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Senatorial polls: When being known doesn’t translate to being preferred

Does popularity, on social media or otherwise, translate into votes? What the Pulse Asia senatorial poll is saying about the voting preferences of Filipinos......»»

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State Department report: EJKs still chief human rights concern in Philippines

The alleged cases of summary execution in President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war remains a major human rights concern in the Philippines, amid rising impunity following a dramatic surge in police killings, the US State Department said in its global rights report for 2017......»»

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Towns, Timberwolves return home in big hole against Rockets

By Dave Campbell, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first taste of the NBA playoffs for Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns has been rather bitter, thanks to the three-point-happy Houston Rockets. The two-game totals tell a frustrating story for the 22-year-old: just 13 points, 5-for-18 shooting and a 2-0 deficit in the series against the Rockets. Towns has found himself the subject of pointed criticism from analysts, fans and even his own team. The switch-heavy Rockets have double-teamed Towns to a stifling effect, and the Timberwolves sure haven’t helped their seven-footer out by getting him the ball in favorable situations in the post. “They’re coming to double. He knows that. He has to face up, be strong with the ball, make quick moves,” point guard Jeff Teague said. “But we have to figure out how to get him running, get him some easy buckets.” The team’s struggles have taken a little luster off Minnesota’s first postseason home game in 14 years, but the fans who remember the Timberwolves reaching the Western Conference finals in 2004 will surely be eager to witness the playoffs in person no matter the daunting challenge in this first round. “This organization, all of our fans, they deserve this moment,” Towns said. And they want a win. The Timberwolves host the Rockets on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) in Game 3. Earlier in the day, Miami takes on Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference and New Orleans hosts Portland, both in Game 4. Later, Utah visits Oklahoma City in Game 3. Towns tried his best to shrug off the bad vibes and stinging rebukes when speaking with reporters on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “You dwell too much on the past, you forget that you’ve got to take care of the present,” Towns said. The chatter on TV and Twitter, he said, has escaped him. “I live my life very Amish-like,” Towns said. “Other than video games, I don’t think I have a reason for electronics. It’s a life that I’ve always loved.” ___ 76ERS AT HEAT 76ers lead 2-1. Game 4, 2:30 p.m. EDT (2:30am, PHL time) NEED TO KNOW: It’s simple: The team that has imposed its will is 3-0 in this series. Philadelphia took the pace where it wanted it in Games 1 and 3. Miami out-toughed the 76ers in Game 2. The Heat have to find a way to keep Philadelphia’s 3-point shooting in check; the 76ers made 18 shots from beyond the arc in Game 3. Joel Embiid is back from a concussion and a broken bone around his eye, and an already-confident Philadelphia bunch seems to have even more swagger now. KEEP AN EYE ON: 76ers guard Marco Belinelli. The 76ers are 25-6 when he plays and 14-1 when he scores at least 15 points. In this series, he’s 13-for-27 on shots from 20 feet and deeper, and many of those makes have been daggers for Miami. PRESSURE IS ON: Heat center Hassan Whiteside . Backups Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo have played a combined 145 minutes in this series, while Whiteside has played only 41, with 11 points, nine fouls, seven turnovers and three field goals in the three games. There’s no room for error now for Miami, so either Whiteside will figure it out fast in Game 4 or the Heat will get someone else into his spot. HISTORY LESSON: This is the fourth time in Dwyane Wade’s career that the Heat have trailed an Eastern Conference opponent 2-1. In the three previous Game 4s in that scenario, Miami has won all three with Wade averaging 26.7 points in those second-round games against Indiana (2004 and 2012) and Toronto (2016). ___ TRAIL BLAZERS AT PELICANS Pelicans lead 3-0. Game 4, 5 p.m. EDT (5am, PHL time) NEED TO KNOW: The sixth-seeded Pelicans are on the cusp of a surprising sweep of the third-seeded Blazers, and their margin of victory has grown in each game. They dominated Game 3, leading by as many as 20 points in the first half and 33 in the second. Veteran guard Rajon Rondo has masterfully run the offense, and the Pelicans have played unselfishly with a different scoring leader in each game: Anthony Davis with 35 in Game 1, Jrue Holiday with 33 in Game 2 and Nikola Mirotic with 30 in Game 3. KEEP AN EYE ON: Portland’s body language, intensity and aggressiveness. Guard Damian Lillard challenged the Blazers to ramp up those aspects of their game, stressing that the Pelicans were “a lot more aggressive than we were and we didn’t dish it back out. I think in the playoffs and in a situation like this, when a team is coming for you like that, you’ve got to maybe go out of your way to do it back, even if that means foul trouble or some altercations happen out there.” PRESSURE IS ON: Lillard. The Pelicans have sold out to stop the Portland star, who missed 9-of-14 shots in Game 3. “It’s either going to be a tough shot, or I’ve got to give the ball up,” Lillard said. “I’ve got to trust making the right play, and when it comes time I’ve got to take my chances and I’ve got to take those tough shots.” INJURY UPDATE: Blazers starting forward Evan Turner missed Game 3 because of a toe injury in Game 2. The team did not update his status on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). ___ ROCKETS AT TIMBERWOLVES Rockets lead 2-0. Game 3, 7:30 p.m. EDT (7:30am, PHL time) NEED TO KNOW: The Rockets cruised to a 20-point victory in Game 2 despite only 12 points on a staggering 2-for-18 shooting performance by James Harden. After squandering their chance to steal Game 1 on the road in a three-point loss, the Wolves are back home in a big hole against the team with the best record in the NBA. They’ll need a big boost from a home crowd celebrating the team’s return to the postseason to send the series back to Houston for a Game 5. KEEP AN EYE ON: Gerald Green. The 32-year-old journeyman, once acquired by the Wolves in the franchise-altering 2007 trade that sent Kevin Garnett to Boston, made five three-pointers in Game 2 for postseason career-high 21 points. PRESSURE IS ON: Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau. Though cornerstones Towns and Andrew Wiggins are getting their first taste of postseason, Thibodeau and veterans Jimmy Butler, Jamal Crawford, Taj Gibson and Teague he brought in last summer have plenty of playoff experience. The Wolves have been largely directionless on offense against the Rockets and their underrated defense. INJURY UPDATE: Rockets forward Ryan Anderson, who has sat out the first two games with a sprained ankle, is likely to play in Game 3. Forward Luc Mbah a Moute, who dislocated his shoulder in the second-to-last game of the regular season, said this week he wouldn’t rule out a return in this series. ___ THUNDER AT JAZZ Series tied 1-1. Game 3, 10 p.m. EDT (10:00am, PHL time) NEED TO KNOW: In the first two games, the higher-rebounding team has been the winning team, with Game 1 going to Oklahoma City and Utah taking Game 2. A critical part of this trend will be Thunder center Steven Adams and his presence on the floor. He played just 22 minutes in Game 2 before fouling out. The Thunder will have to do better against Utah center Rudy Gobert and forward Derrick Favors, who combined for 31 rebounds in Game 2. KEEP AN EYE ON: Russell Westbrook. He has taken a secondary role at times in this series, but that might change. With Oklahoma City’s inability to close in Game 2 after leading in the fourth quarter, Westbrook could look to be more of a scorer in Game 3. He’ll need more help from Carmelo Anthony, who has made just 11 of 31 field goals in the series. PRESSURE IS ON: George. The man who called himself “Playoff P” before the series began came out with 36 points and eight three-pointers in the opener. He followed that with a dud, just 18 points on 6-for-21 shooting. INTRIGUING MATCHUP: Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell vs. Thunder guard Corey Brewer. Mitchell used his speed to slice through the Thunder defense for 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter of Game 2 . He was essentially unstoppable once he decided to stop shooting three-pointers. The Thunder could be forced to put George on him more if Brewer struggles defensively again. ___ AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami and AP Sports Writers Cliff Brunt in Oklahoma City and Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this report......»»

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UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Espejo records 55 points, Ateneo forces decider

Marck Espejo is a monster. With the three-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University’s back against the wall, Espejo rose to the occasion with a record-setting display of his offensive prowess, helping the Blue Eagles extend the Final Four series with a hard-earned 18-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 15-9, win over twice-to-beat Far Eastern University Saturday in the 80th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.    The graduating four-time Most Valuable Player Espejo scored a jaw-dropping 55 points including 11 in the fifth set to break his previous high of 39 markers in a second round five-set loss to the Tamaraws, who swept the Katipunan-based squad in the elims.    Espejo had 47 attacks, six kill blocks and a pair of aces for Ateneo. John Rivera scored eight, Gian Glorioso got six while Chumason Njigha and Ron Medalla combined for 10 points for the Blue Eagles.  Game 2 is on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Espejo wreaked havoc in the fifth set and gave Ateneo an 8-5 lead. FEU closed the gap 8-9 before the Blue Eagles extended their advantage to 11-8 off an off the block kill by Espejo.  The Ateneo star finished off FEU with a thunderous spike to cap the Blue Eagles' closing 4-1 assault.  Espejo brought the Blue Eagles back into life in the fourth set with his powerful smashes as Ateneo overhauled an early 8-11 deficit. Ateneo went ahead 23-20 before FEU scored two straight to draw close, 23-22.  Espejo put the Blue Eagles at set point off a spike before the Tams saved a point but the Ateneo ace hammered an attack to put the match into a decider.       FEU took a 2-1 match lead after hanging tough late in the third frame. The Tams after a disappointing second set trailed early in the frame before making a run for a 20-20 deadlock. Redijohn Paler broke a 23-23 tie with a hit off a combination play before Espejo forced an extension with a kill of his own. Jude Garcia scored on an attack before Ateneo’s John Rivera sent his attack straight to the net as the Blue Eagles surrendered the third set.                        JP Bugaoan and Garcia each had 15 points while Paler had 12 markers for the Tams.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PBA: Standhardinger excited to 'win some championships' with SMB

Less than a week after his elimination from the Asean Basketball League, Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger is already in the Philippines preparing for the PBA with San Miguel. The no. 1 pick of the 2017 Draft joined the Beermen in practice for the first time Saturday. Standhardinger arrived in the country from Hong Kong Friday. While the Beermen, the defending Commissioner's Cup champions, are yet to be complete in training as most of the key players are still on vacation following a successful title defense in the All-Filipino, Standhardinger says that his first session with San Miguel was near flawless. "It was great," Standhardinger said. "Great guys. The last two years I've only had great teammates so that's very good. I think that's a little blessing. I hope that'll continue," he added. The Beermen's vaunted starting 5 missed practice Saturday but Standhardinger understands why. He's just looking forward to having them back soon enough. "I think they're somewhere else, on vacation or something," Standhardinger said. "They need to recover as well, I mean, they all played a lot of minutes. I can't wait until they're here," he added. Standhardinger also can't wait to win titles with the Beermen, especially after his failed stint with Hong Kong in the ABL. "Yes, yes. I think so far, what can I say, they're all great guys," he said. "I'm excited that we're gonna go together and try to win some championships," Standhardinger added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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State Department report: EJKs still & apos;chief& apos; human rights concern in Philippines - Philippine Star

State Department report: EJKs still 'chief' human rights concern in Philippines - Philippine Star.....»»

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Ex-envoy to UN gets 27 years for graft - Philippine Star

Ex-envoy to UN gets 27 years for graft - Philippine Star.....»»

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Your next pilot could be drone software

Would you get on a plane that didn’t have a human pilot in the cockpit? Half of air travelers surveyed in 2017 said they would not, even if the ticket was cheaper. Modern pilots do such a good job that almost any air accident is big news, such as the ........»»

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Kris Aquino officially returns to Star Cinema via movie ‘I Love You Hater’

Kris Aquino officially returns to Star Cinema via movie ‘I Love You Hater’.....»»

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LOOK: Comelec begins simulation of 2018 Barangay, SK polls

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday kicked off the simulation of the 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School in Tondo, Manila. The Comelec scheduled the simulated voting from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at two precincts. At least 100 voters, including youth and senior citizen voters, were set to participate in the mock polls. Voters aged 15 to 17 were only be given SK ballots, while those aged 18 to 30 were given two ballots---one for SK and the other for Barangay---since they were eligible to vote for both polls. Voters aged 31 and above were only given Barangay ballots. After the voting simulation, the Co...Keep on reading: LOOK: Comelec begins simulation of 2018 Barangay, SK polls.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 9 hr. 9 min. ago Related News

Towns, Wolves return home in big hole against Rockets

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --- The first taste of the NBA playoffs for Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns has been rather bitter, thanks to the 3-point-happy Houston Rockets. The two-game totals tell a frustrating story for the 22-year-old: just 13 points, 5 for 18 shooting and a 2-0 deficit in the series against the Rockets. Towns has found himself the subject of pointed criticism from analysts, fans and even his own team. The switch-heavy Rockets have double-teamed Towns to a stifling effect, and the Timberwolves sure haven't helped their 7-footer out by getting him the ball in favorable situations in the post. "They're coming to double. He knows that. He has to face up, be strong wit...Keep on reading: Towns, Wolves return home in big hole against Rockets.....»»

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Ice drop

I would like to thank the people who have emailed me with kind words about my column, which I have been writing in the Philippine STAR since 1998......»»

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James Yap writes touching bday greeting to son Bimby

Basketball star James Yap took to social media to send his greeting to his son, Bimby who celebrated his 11th birthday recently. In Yap’s post, he greeted his son BimbyThe post James Yap writes touching bday greeting to son Bimby appeared first on DZRH News......»»

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Kris retaliates amid James Yap’s birthday message to Bimby

Queen of All Media Kris Aquino on Friday made it clear that there is definitely bad blood between her and former husband, Basketball star James Yap. Kris was quick toThe post Kris retaliates amid James Yap’s birthday message to Bimby appeared first on DZRH News......»»

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Donaire, Frampton make weight for WBO Interim title bout

Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire Jr. and Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton both made weight for their upcoming WBO Interim Featherweight World Title fight set for the SSE Arena in Belftast, Northern Ireland.  Donaire tipped the scales at 125.5-pounds, while Frampton came in at exactly 125-pounds, making their title bout official.  The 35-year old Donaire is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ruben Garcia Hernandez, and is looking for another run at the top-tier of the featherweight division after most recently holding the WBO Super Bantamweight Championship.  Frampton, 31, is also looking to get back to the top of the 125-pound rankings after losing his WBO ttile to Leo Santa Cruz back in 2017. The hometown boy Frampton is coming off a unanimous decision win over Horatio Garcia.    You can catch Nonito Donaire Jr. vs. Carl Frampton for the WBO Interim Featherweight World title on Sunday, April 22nd, 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! You can also catch the fight LIVE on Sunday, April 22nd, 2:30 AM on SKY Sports Pay-Per-View for only P199!.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports13 hr. 56 min. ago Related News

Report: Warriors star Stephen Curry not close to playing

NBA.com staff report The Warriors are doing just fine without Stephen Curry in the first round. They may need to keep that momentum going without him in the next. The Athletic's Marcus Thompson II reports that Curry "is not close to playing" and that "he isn't in the final stages of his rehabilitation" from a sprained left MCL. If that is true, he could be in danger of missing at least part of the second round, which could start soon given the current 3-0 series leads held by the Warriors and Pelicans, respectively. The two-time Kia MVP has not played since March 23 (Mar. 24, PHL time). The Warriors survived another injury scare on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) when Kevin Durant suffered a sprained ankle late in their 110-97 Game 3 victory over San Antonio. Durant, however, walked off under his own power and told reporters that he was fine after the game......»»

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429 HIV-AIDS cases in Iloilo province

ILOILO province has the second highest number of confirmed Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) cases in Western Visayas. Dr. Maria Socorro C. Quiñon of the Provincial Health Office said Iloilo has 429 confirmed HIV-AIDS cases as of 2017. Iloilo City tops the list with 531 cases. “This is very alarming but the […] The post 429 HIV-AIDS cases in Iloilo province appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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Few SK bets: Comelec extends COC filing deadline - Philippine Star

Few SK bets: Comelec extends COC filing deadline - Philippine Star.....»»

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Grace Poe tops senatorial poll; Sara Duterte in - Philippine Star

Grace Poe tops senatorial poll; Sara Duterte in - Philippine Star.....»»

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Duterte seeks list of firms into labor-only contracting - Philippine Star

Duterte seeks list of firms into labor-only contracting - Philippine Star.....»»

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