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Solid fundamentals shield Philippine economy from martial law – DOF - Philippine Star

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Now Warriors All-Star, Durant was once their 2nd choice

em>By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press /em> Truth be told, Golden State’s former coach wasn’t sure the Warriors needed Kevin Durant. The Warriors were already small-ball sensations, capable of piling up the points with their daring drives and sizzling shooting. So rather than add another scorer, Don Nelson figured Golden State might be better off getting a dominant man in the middle to shore up the defense in the 2007 NBA draft. Nelson thought the Warriors needed Greg Oden. That was 10 years ago, leading up to the heavily hyped draft in which the Oden-Durant debate raged throughout basketball. And now, as Durant leads the league’s most potent team into the NBA Finals while Oden is long gone from the NBA spotlight, it’s easy to forget that a lot of people agreed with Nelson. “I think everyone felt that there were two players there that were going to be prominent players, but one thing you can’t count on is injuries,” Warriors executive Jerry West said. “So Greg really never had a chance to have a career, where Kevin’s obviously been more than advertised.” The Warriors were looking like a lottery team in March 2007 when Nelson was asked what he thought they should do if they got the No. 1 pick. He’s one of the innovators of small ball, a coach who seemed more comfortable with a point forward than a power forward, so it wouldn’t have been surprising if he leaned Durant. But he favored Oden, a seven-footer who in his lone season at Ohio State was drawing comparisons to Hall of Famer Bill Russell, Nelson’s teammate in Boston. “I think it’d be pretty simple for us,” Nelson said. “We would probably have to go with the bigger guy at this point.” Nelson said he might reconsider if he thought Durant was going to be a superstar, and the forward looked like one as he tore through the Big 12 as a freshman at Texas. But with the Warriors already having Baron Davis, Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson, Nelson saw other needs. “With this team, the center position is one that we’re looking for,” he said. “But I’d say anybody up front. Our backcourt’s pretty solid.” The Warriors were fined by the NBA for Nelson’s comments about players who weren’t yet draft eligible. Boston, San Antonio and New Orleans also would be penalized that spring when normally button-lipped coaches couldn’t help themselves when thinking about the promise of the two freshmen. “I don’t think there could have been any more hype than there was,” Memphis guard Mike Conley said. “It was an amazing time to see two great players who have Hall of Fame potential from the beginning. You just know that they could come in and win multiple championships and be All-Stars every year and you don’t have that in every draft.” The No. 1 pick became a moot point when the Warriors finished the regular season with a 16-5 kick to secure the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, then pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in NBA playoff history when they ousted the 67-win Dallas Mavericks in the first round. Later that postseason, the Portland Trail Blazers won the draft lottery and the Seattle SuperSonics were second. The Grizzlies had the league’s worst record and the best odds at the No. 1 pick but fell to fourth as West, then the Grizzlies’ president of basketball operations, was left livid with the process. Had he been given the chance, West said he would have taken the best player available, which is always his strategy. He said he considered Durant that player. Many mock drafts had it the other way, given Oden’s potential — he likely would’ve been the top pick a year earlier out of high school, but the 2006 draft was the first with the NBA’s age requirement. “Everyone is always looking for someone big in the draft because everyone thinks it’s a game-changer. Well, the game has changed,” West said. “Now, they’re not naming big guys unless you’re really versatile. There are very few back-to-the basket centers in the league that are not versatile enough to go out and play on the court. And so when you look at it, I think A, it would have been really interesting to see if another team, except Portland, who they would have taken if they needed a center.” Oden’s knee injuries ended his NBA career after 105 games, long before he would’ve had to worry about playing away from the basket, the way traditional centers such as Marc Gasol now do. But Conley, Oden’s high school and college teammate who went to the Grizzlies with their No. 4 pick, believes his friend could have handled the transition. “I think he’s that kind of a talent. He would have reminded me of like a Joel Embiid, how he’s able to stretch it out there and shoot the ball like he is,” Conley said, referring to Philadelphia’s rookie center. “So I think they have similar bodies and similar way they move, so I think he could have done it.” Instead, Oden himself acknowledged he goes down as a bust, which nobody could have predicted when coaches were tantalized by him. “Same thing was true with the Bowie-Olajuwon-Jordan draft, and that was years before that,” said former NBA Commissioner David Stern, recalling more of Portland’s painful past, when the Blazers took oft-injured center Sam Bowie at No. 2 in between Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan in 1984. “You never know. That’s the beauty of it. That’s why people watch,” he said. Next week they’ll be watching Durant, who will play for his first title in his first season with the Warriors, a chance to finally be No. 1 on a team that once viewed him as their No. 2. “I’m really proud where I am right now as a player and being as consistent every year as I’ve been,” Durant said. “Since my first year I’ve grown so much and I’m proud of myself in that area as well, but I’ve got a long ways to go. Hopefully there’s another 10 more years.” ___ em>AP Sports Writers Janie McCauley in Oakland, California and Teresa Walker in Memphis, Tennessee contributed to this report /em> .....»»

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Arriving passengers to be monitored: Cebu, Bohol alert - Philippine Star

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Davao City seeks transfer of detained Maute members - Sun.Star

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300000 sign petition to lift contraceptive TRO - Philippine Star

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Fujifilm PH eyes 30% sales growth in 2017

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BIR files 3rd tax evasion complaint vs Mighty - Sun.Star

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Totti leaves future uncertain before final match with Roma

ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer br /> ROME (AP) — Francesco Totti has finally announced that Sunday's match against Genoa will be his last with Roma after an incredible 25-season career with his hometown club. Whether the 40-year-old Totti will continue playing with another squad remains anyone's guess. The 2006 World Cup winner opened his future to questions by releasing a carefully worded statement on Thursday. 'Roma-Genoa, Sunday 28th May 2017. The last time I can wear Roma's jersey,' Totti said. 'I can't tell you in a few words how much these colors meant, mean and will always mean to me. 'I just feel that my love for football never fades; it's a passion, my passion. It's so deep I can't imagine not fueling it any longer. Ever. From Monday I'm ready to go again. I'm ready for a new challenge,' Totti added. The first part of Totti's statement inferred that it wasn't his decision to end his Roma career but that of the club, by not offering him a contract for next season. Totti has not hidden his difficult relationship with Roma coach Luciano Spalletti, who has used Totti mainly as a last-option substitute. However, Spalletti is widely expected to follow former Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini to Inter Milan; while Sassuolo coach Eusebio Di Francesco, a former teammate of Totti's, could move to Roma. The second part of Totti's statement, when he mentioned a 'new challenge,' inferred that Totti is considering ending his career with another club. Miami FC, which plays in the second-tier NASL and is managed by Totti's former teammate with the national team, Alessandro Nesta, and co-owned by Paolo Maldini — another former Italy teammate — appears to be the most attractive option. James Pallotta, Roma's American owner, has offered Totti an unspecified management position. As for Sunday, Totti is not expected to start. While the match at the Stadio Olimpico was sold out for Totti's goodbye, Roma enters the final match of the season still looking to seal second place in Serie A and a direct berth into the Champions League. Roma is one point ahead of third-place Napoli, which will play at Sampdoria. Totti has appeared in 785 matches in all competitions with Roma, third all-time in Italy for most games with a single club behind only Maldini (902 with AC Milan) and Javier Zanetti (858 with Inter Milan). Totti is also second all-time in goals scored in Serie A with 250, 24 short of the record that Silvio Piola established from 1929-54. No other active player has more than 200. But statistics don't tell the entire story for Totti, a cultural icon perhaps more linked with his club and city than any other player in Italian history. Born in the working-class San Giovanni section of Rome, Totti made his debut for Roma at the age of 16 way back in 1993. In 1998 at the age of 22, Totti became the youngest ever Serie A captain. At the 2000 European Championship, Totti's chipped 'Panenka' penalty against the Netherlands highlighted his talent and audacity. A year later, Totti led Roma to its third Serie A title and was the centerpiece of a celebration inside the Circus Maximus attended by a crowd estimated at 1 million. After a spitting incident with Denmark's Christian Poulsen at Euro 2004 slightly tarnished his image, Totti regained respect within the national team by returning from a broken leg to help Italy win the 2006 World Cup — playing with a metal rod and about 10 support screws inside his left ankle. In 2007, Totti led Serie A with a personal-high 26 goals and earned the Golden Shoe award as the top scorer in Europe. In 2015, Totti scored twice as Roma came back from two goals down to earn a draw with Lazio in the city derby, then took a selfie with Roma's fans in the background. A final highlight came in February, when Totti scored in added time to give Roma a 2-1 win over Cesena and a spot in the Italian Cup semifinals. On Sunday, Totti's career will be honored with an extensive post-match celebration at the Olimpico. Whether or not there will be more highlights next season — somewhere — remains to be seen. ___ Andrew Dampf on Twitter: www.twitter.com/asdampf .....»»

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Ginebra powers past Blackwater for solo second place

Brgy. Ginebra has made it a habit to flip the switch during second half of games on its way to victory after victory in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup. The Gin Kings did it again Friday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Laguna, powering past Blackwater for a 96-82 win. Tied at the half and down by eight early in the third period, Ginebra unloaded several mini-runs to regain control before landing the haymaker in the fourth. The Gin Kings outscored the Elite by 11 in the final period, cruising to a 14-point victory and improve to a 7-2 record, half a game behind Star for first place. .....»»

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COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (7): Collusion with the Abu Sayyaf

Seventh of 10 parts 26 May 2017 Whenever lengthy discussions of the Abu Sayyaf are undertaken, the matter of the possible collusion of persons in authority, whether they be military or police personnel or local government officials, with the ASG inevitably comes up.  Let us take a look at each of these in turn. Military/Police [&'].....»»

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More details emerge on how Duterte made martial law decision - Philippine Star

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Business Front Page May 27, 2017

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Terrorists' death toll in Marawi fighting reaches 31 - Sun.Star

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‘Twilight’ star Robert Pattinson revamps career at Cannes

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Romeo returns to lead Globalport to a crucial win over ROS

Welcome back Bro. Terrence Romeo came through in the clutch for Globalport Friday, leading the Batang Pier to a crucial 107-101 victory over defending champion Rain or Shine at the Alonte Sports Arena in Laguna. The victory, Globalport's second straight, allowed the Batang Pier to stay in the playoff race of the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup as the league's lone neon green team improved to 4-6, tied with idle Phoenix for 8th place. Down by eight with five minutes to go, 86-94, Romeo anchored a Batang Pier rally as the two-time scoring champion played in his first game back from Gilas Pilipinas. Romeo buried a three and converted on a layup as Globalport cut the lead to one, 96-97, with 2:28 left in the game. Then, after import Justine Harper finally snatched the lead thanks to a pair of free throws, Romeo scored a booming trey to give the Batang Pier a 101-97 advantage in the final 1:20. Romeo added two more free throws to his tally as Globalport managed to hold on despite losing an early 16-point advantage. The dynamic point guard out of FEU pumped a game-high 26 points of 50 percent shooting on top of five rebounds and seven assists. Harper added 19 for the Batang Pier while Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony came up with 15 points apiece. Rain or Shine, who is holding on for dear life at 6th place with a 5-5 record, got 23 points from import Duke Crews. James Yap was also effective for the Elasto Painters as the two-time league MVP fired 22 points off the bench in a losing effort.   The scores: GLOBALPORT 107 - Romeo 26, Harper 19, Pringle 15, Anthony 15, Pessumal 9, Cortez 8, Maierhofer 3, Mamaril 2, Forrester 2, Grey 2, Paredes 0. RAIN OR SHINE 101 - Crews 23, Yap 22, Cruz 14, Chan 10, Tiu 6, Belga 4, Tolomia 3, Norwood 2, Ahanmisi 0. Quarters: 27-14, 48-44, 75-73, 107-101.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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San Beda remains perfect ahead of duel with DLSU

San Beda College wanted all the momentum it could get heading into the most anticipated matchup thus far in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. The Red Lions got just that in Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as they made quick work of still luckless University of the East, 68-55. NCAA Finals MVP Arnaud Noah was a force down low with 16 points and eight rebounds, but it was the NCAA champions’ depth which again proved key in their second straight win to start the tournament. “From my 25 pooled players kasi talaga, yung mag-show up dito, yun yung magiging part sa NCAA,” coach Boyet Fernandez said. Backing up Noah was Javee Mocon who posted a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double. And proving their superior depth, a total of 14 players contributed in the scoring column for Fernandez. Next up for still spotless San Beda is UAAP champion De La Salle University on Sunday. “Sana tuloy-tuloy pa ‘to because we’re playing against La Salle,” Fernandez said. But before that, the Red Lions took care of business in this one, mostly courtesy of a 26-7 second quarter. However, the Red Warriors were able to pull within four in the middle of the third. It was at that point that San Beda pulled out the quick counter and put the game away with a 10-2 run for a 50-38 lead entering the final frame. “Credit to the boys kasi yung mentality nila, yun yung nagpanalo,” Fernandez said. Alvin Pasaol paced UE with 19 points and six rebounds. Unable to keep up with the depth of their opponents, however, they fell to 2-4. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 68 – Noah 16, Mocon 10, Bolick 8, Potts 5, Toba 5, Oftana 5, Bahio 4, Tongco 3, Soberano 3, Presbitero 2, Cabanag 2, Carino 2, Abuda 2, Adamos 1, Doliguez 0, Carlos 0, Giussani 0, Abude 0 UE 55 – Pasaol 19, Magbuhos 9, Maloles 4, Cruz 4, Derige 4, Green G 3, Toribio 3, Manalang 2, Varilla 2, Acuno 2, Gagate 2, Conner 1, Cullar 0, Abanto 0, Armenion 0, Olayon 0, Green J 0, Magbuhos 0 QUARTER SCORES: 12-21, 38-28, 50-38, 68-55 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

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