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Lakers land German big man Moritz Wagner with 1st-round pick

EL SEGUNDO, California --- The Los Angeles Lakers chose German center Moritz Wagner with the 25th pick in the NBA draft Thursday night. The 6-foot-11 Wagner entered the draft after leading the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament championship game. The Berlin native led Michigan with 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season, demonstrating versatility and a steady outside shot. The Lakers are focused on the free-agent signing period next week as the way they could get back into championship contention after the worst half-decade stretch in franchise history. But before the Lakers find out whether Paul George, LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard will join, they added Wagner ...Keep on reading: Lakers land German big man Moritz Wagner with 1st-round pick.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 1 hr. 37 min. ago Related News

Taiwan passes bill cutting veterans’ pensions

TAIPEI -- Taiwan’s military veterans will see their pensions cut as soon as next month after parliament passed a controversial bill that had sparked violent demonstrations. Wednesday’s vote marks a victory for President Tsai Ing-wen, whose attempts to make sweeping pension cutbacks since she came to power two years ago….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: News15 hr. 37 min. ago Related News

Philippines high court upholds removal of chief justice

upheld [text, PDF] the removal of its chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno after her May 30 motion for reconsideration. In an 8-6 vote the 15-member high court confirmed their May 11........»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJun 21st, 2018Related News

Philippine SC affirms ouster of chief justice

MANILA: In a similar vote of 8-6, the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday affirmed 'with finality' its decision more than a month ago which dismissed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno who beca.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJun 20th, 2018Related News

Report: Gregg Popovich meets with Kawhi Leonard

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich met with Kawhi Leonard in San Diego on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) in the hopes of repairing the franchise's fractured relationship with their disgruntled star, Yahoo! Sports reported. NBA.com's David Aldridge confirmed the report. Source confirms reports that Gregg Popovich met in San Diego tonight with Kawhi Leonard. First direct communication between the two since Leonard’s trade demand Friday. — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 20, 2018 ESPN initially reported that Popovich was flying to California to meet with Leonard before Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) Draft before amending its report to indicate the meeting had taken place on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Leonard played just nine games in a bizarre season in which he fell out with the Spurs. Despite being cleared to return by the Spurs -- notoriously cautious with injuries -- Leonard continued to rehab and seek outside opinions. The saga reached its apex last week as multiple outlets reported that Leonard had indicated to the Spurs that he prefers to be traded rather than continue playing for the team that traded for him during the 2011 draft and hoped to build around him in the wake of Tim Duncan's retirement in 2016. Leonard is reportedly angry with the Spurs for mishandling the injury. In particular, ESPN reported that Leonard is "irate" over public comments from Popovich and teammate Tony Parker as his absence wore on. Leonard, a two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, averaged 16.2 points in those nine appearances as the Spurs failed to win 50 or more games for the first time since the abbreviated 1998-99 season. It was a disappointing follow-up to his career season in 2016-17, in which he averaged 25.5 points to establish himself as arguably the best two-way player in the NBA. Leonard is under contract for two more seasons but can exercise a player option to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. According to ESPN, Leonard will let teams interested in trading for him that he intends to play in Los Angeles, preferably for the Lakers, when he becomes a free agent......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 20th, 2018Related News

Jordan will still have input on Hornets draft day decisions

By Steve Reed, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan hired proven general manager Mitch Kupchak this offseason to help turn around a franchise mired in mediocrity since he became the Charlotte Hornets’ majority owner eight years ago. But that doesn’t mean the highly competitive Jordan won’t have input on personnel decisions, beginning with the NBA draft on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Kupchak said in a pre-draft news conference Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) that he’ll have final say in who the Hornets select before quickly adding, “well, with the exception of one person — and obviously that’s ownership.” Kupchak has won 10 NBA championships, including seven as an executive with the Los Angeles Lakers — so he knows a thing or two about building a winning roster. But he’s quickly learning that Jordan, who many consider the best NBA player ever, is still very much a hands-on owner when it comes to the players he employs. And Kupchak understands that. “There is a huge business component to our relationship,” Kupchak said. Kupchak said he has communicated with Jordan on the phone and via text throughout the draft evaluation process. The 55-year-old Jordan arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) and the two have been studying tape on potential draft picks since. The Hornets, who have failed to make the playoffs three of the past four seasons, have the 11th overall pick in the draft. Kupchak has known Jordan since he was a freshman at the University of North Carolina. However, Kupchak said that while they both are former Tar Heels, he never had considered Jordan a friend prior to being hired this past offseason to replace Rich Cho as Hornets general manager. Since then they have had dinner together and gotten to know each other a little more. He said the relationship has changed for the better. “Hopefully when all is said and done, our other relationship, which is our friend relationship continues to grow and is not altered in any way,” Kupchak said. “There are no favors being done here. We’re friends and I think we’ll remain friends, but the bottom line in this business is success and winning games.” Kupchak was rather forthcoming in the team’s pre-draft press conference Tuesday, (Wednesday, PHL time) saying the does not expect to trade the 11th overall pick. He also said he expects that the handful of top-notch big men will be off the board by the time the Hornets make their selection. “Right now I think the best player on the board is the player we are going to go after — and I’d expect that player to be a guard or a wing,” Kupchak said. “... I think we expect that we will be looking at guards and wings, but we will see.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 19th, 2018Related News

House to junk impeach rap vs ousted Sereno

The House of Representatives will dismiss an impeachment complaint against former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and will not recommend filing of charges against her, congressional leaders said on Tuesday. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte made the announcement as the Supreme Court, via an 8-6 vote, made final its ruling sacking Sereno through [...] The post House to junk impeach rap vs ousted Sereno appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJun 19th, 2018Related News

It’s final: Sereno is out

THE Supreme Court (SC) made final on Tuesday its decision to sack Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, reiterating its order to begin the process of selecting a new chief magistrate. The Supreme Court en banc maintained its May 11 ruling with a vote of 8 against 6, as predicted by The Manila Times on Monday. In a 27-page resolution penned by [...] The post It’s final: Sereno is out appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJun 19th, 2018Related News

SC upholds Sereno’s removal

THE Supreme Court (SC) chief justice post was declared vacant on Tuesday after its justices voted 8-6 to uphold the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno by quo warranto last month. The vote, which was the same as that which granted the quo warranto petition of the solicitor general on May 11, was made in an […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJun 19th, 2018Related News

SC rejects Sereno ouster appeal

      The Supreme Court has refused to reverse its May 11, 2018 decision that removed Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice.   Still with a vote of 8-6, the High Court denied Sereno's motion for reconsideration, according to a Court insider.   The May 11 decision granted the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida and invalidated the appointment of Sereno in 2012.   The SC disqualified her from the post for lack of proven integrity due to her failure to file all her statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) when she was still teaching law in the University of the Philippines. /muf...Keep on reading: SC rejects Sereno ouster appeal.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 19th, 2018Related News

On SC’s rejection of Sereno ouster appeal, Umali says, ‘I expected it’

House justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali on Tuesday said he was "relieved" that the Supreme Court (SC) has junked former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's motion to reverse its May 11 decision that led to her ouster. "Actually expected ko naman 'yun ano, actually I was interviewed earlier and I said I don't think the SC will change its position. I feel so relieved that I need not to prepare anymore on the Senate trial," Umali told reporters. Umali was referring to the impeachment case filed at the lower House which they need to defend at the supposed Senate trial. The high court, with a vote of 8-6, denied Sereno's motion for reconsideration, according to a Court ins...Keep on reading: On SC’s rejection of Sereno ouster appeal, Umali says, ‘I expected it’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 19th, 2018Related News

The interview remains critical in the NBA draft process

CHICAGO --- The elevator stopped at the 16th floor of the swanky hotel, and after a few nervous steps down the hallway a soon-to-be professional athlete was ready to face perhaps the most unpredictable part of the NBA draft process. The interview. Down in the lobby, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka of the Los Angeles Lakers chatted with familiar faces and pretended not to notice random fans taking selfies with them in the background. Agents held court with other agents, Clippers coach Doc Rivers talked with some journalists and a couple dozen people were outside with their phones ready to snap pictures of whoever was walking in next. But upstairs, high above the bustle and din of Chica...Keep on reading: The interview remains critical in the NBA draft process.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 18th, 2018Related News

Shaq to LeBron: No need to chase titles anymore

Shaquille O'Neal has some advice for LeBron James: There's no need to chase championships anymore. Take it from someone who's been there. That's the advice the Hall of Fame center has for his one-time teammate, as shared by ESPN's Ian Begley. "My problem toward the end of my career was I was trying to shut everybody up and I was greedy [for more championships]," O'Neal said in an interview with ESPN at a pre-draft event on Friday evening for teens from the Y in Brooklyn. "After I got to three [titles], everybody was saying I couldn't get another. So I got four. After I got the fourth, they were saying I couldn't get another one. So I was trying to make quick stops to get it. Phoenix, Cleveland, Boston." O'Neal won three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat, but he didn't win any in the final three seasons of his 19-year career. He doesn't think James should try to chase championships at this point in his 15-year career. James can test free agency this summer if he declines the player option on his contract. "Somebody told me a long time ago -- they said your book is already set [before the later stages of your career]. You can add index pages toward the end, but your book is already set. So LeBron's book is already set," O'Neal said. "He done already passed up legends; he done already made his mark -- he has three rings. His mentality now is probably: I want to get four before [Golden State Warriors guard] Steph [Curry] does. That's probably his mentality now. But if I was him, I wouldn't be trying to get four, five and six because it ain't going to matter. It's just something else to talk about, something else to add to the pages. He's a legend, talked about as who is the best between he and Michael Jordan, so he's set." After getting traded to the Miami Heat in February 2008, O'Neal was subsequently dealt again in June of 2009 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then in the offseason of 2010, he signed with the Boston Celtics, which turned out to be his final season in the NBA. James has two championships with the Heat, and one with the Cavaliers, the franchise's sole title. He's also a three-time Finals MVP, a four-time regular season MVP, a 12-time All-NBA First Team member, a five-time All-Defensive Team member, and a former Rookie of the Year. As of the 2017-18 season, James is #7 on the NBA career scoring leaders list (31,038 points), #11 on the career assists leaders list (8,208), and #16 on the career steals leaders list (1,865). James has until 11:59pm on June 29 (11:59 am, June 30, PHL time), to decide whether or not he opts out of his current Cavaliers contract......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 18th, 2018Related News

Report: Lakers, Clippers question severity of Leonard s injury

Just how hurt is Kawhi Leonard? That's the question the LA Lakers and the LA Clippers are asking, per a report by The LA Times' Tania Ganguli. Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and one-time Finals MVP, is reportedly seeking a trade away from the San Antonio Spurs, with an eye towards heading home to Los Angeles, where he grew up and played college hoops. However, per Ganguli, neither the Lakers, nor the Clippers, are rushing to assemble any trade offers: Neither the Lakers nor Clippers have had trade discussions with the Spurs, as both teams have concerns about the severity of Leonard’s injury. He spent several months away from the team while rehabbing, which led to public barbs from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich about Leonard’s absence — an unusual move for the Spurs. While the Lakers are open to trading any player on their roster, how much they are willing to give up depends on their confidence in his health. It’s also unclear if the Spurs would be willing to trade Leonard to the Lakers or any other team. If they are, other teams might have more significant assets to offer, especially given that the Lakers do not have a lottery pick this year. They will select 25th in next week’s draft, a pick they got in a trade with Cleveland. The Clippers have more to offer than the Lakers. They would be willing to create a package with forward Tobias Harris and the 12th or 13th pick in this year’s draft, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly. In game one of the 2017 Western Conference Finals, Leonard injured his ankle when he fell on the foot of Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia. He failed to play the rest of the series, and the Spurs lost in a sweep. Come the 2017-18 season, Leonard missed the first 27 games of the new campaign with what was described as a "right quadriceps injury." He figured in nine games, playing on a minutes restriction and avoiding back-to-back outings, and put up 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks. He didn't play past January 13, 2018 (Jan. 14, 2018, PHL time) though, due to the quadriceps injury flaring up again. That led to the tension between Leonard and the Spurs, as team doctors had cleared him to play again, while Leonard opted for a second opinion, and later, further rehab......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 18th, 2018Related News

Namfrel supports ban on Smartmatic

The National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) is supporting the proposal to ban Smartmatic International from supplying vote counting machines (VCM) to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for next year’s polls......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 18th, 2018Related News

Urbanized Metro Manila to have direct vote for leaders under draft federal system

PHILIPPINE CAPITAL Metro Manila will have a different type of regional government under the proposed federal system given that it is composed of mainly urbanized areas. The post Urbanized Metro Manila to have direct vote for leaders under draft federal system appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsJun 17th, 2018Related News

Kawhi Leonard wants out of Spurs, looks for Lakers trade

MANILA, Philippines – After months of controversy and rumors, San Antonio Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard wants out of the team and a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. {source} San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard has Los Angeles — preferably the Lakers — at the center ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 16th, 2018Related News

Flashback Friday: Phil Jackson wins 10th NBA title

By Jeff Case, NBA.com Phil Jackson's legacy as an NBA coach was secure long before the 2009 NBA Finals. But in leading the Los Angeles Lakers to their 15th NBA title, Jackson further cemented his place as one of the NBA's best ever. On June 14, 2009, the Lakers defeated the Magic in Game 5 to win 2009 NBA title. The championship was No. 10 for coach Phil Jackson, which pushed him past Red Auerbach for most NBA titles as a coach. After the win, Jackson said, “I’ll smoke a cigar tonight, in memory of Red.” It was Jackson’s fourth title with the Lakers. In 2010, he won his fifth title with the Lakers and 11th overall as a coach. Jackson’s first six NBA titles as a coach came with the Chicago Bulls from 1991-98. He also won two as a player with the Knicks in 1970 and '73. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 15th, 2018Related News

Vice Ganda silently flexes affinity for retro NBA jerseys on It s Showtime

Don’t look now, but Vice Ganda, arguably the brightest star on noontime TV has been flexing an assortment of retro NBA gear that would make even the most hipster of basketball fashionistas drool. ABS-CBN’s unkabogable ‘It’s Showtime’ star may not immediately register as the biggest celebrity hoops fan, but he’s nonchalantly showing off his array of retro NBA swingman shirts and outer wear on national TV.  Let's check out the comedian's hardwood classics-inspired fits from the past four days:   GOLDEN STATE OF MIND His choice of NBA-related pieces really started last June 11. Vice Ganda, real name Jose Mari Viceral, wore a 90’s era Golden State Warriors bomber jacket on the show. Whether it’s a tribute to the very fun Run TMC trio from the late 80s to the 90s, or a silent congratulations  of sorts to the 2018 NBA Champs, it still has our thumbs up.  Ganown yown! 😂😂😂#ShowtimeHappinessLunes pic.twitter.com/WQRAPDXQzX — ItsShowtimeNa (@itsShowtimeNa) June 11, 2018 Sinabi na kasing hindi pwede! 😂😂😂#ShowtimeHappinessLunes pic.twitter.com/MrNsIx3L5O — ItsShowtimeNa (@itsShowtimeNa) June 11, 2018 Beklamation na!#ShowtimeHappinessLunes pic.twitter.com/0hJLx4SXWd — ItsShowtimeNa (@itsShowtimeNa) June 11, 2018 Yieeeee meron nga ba? ❤️#ShowtimeHappinessLunes pic.twitter.com/URrhkw1DgT — ItsShowtimeNa (@itsShowtimeNa) June 11, 2018   LARRY LEGEND Then the box-office star followed it up with an oversized Larry Bird Celtics shirt in its insanely clean home colorway the day after.  There’s just something about Celtics green on immaculate white that harkens back to the days of Larry Legend that’s classic and always stylish. Ang mga tawa eh! Nakakahawa!#ShowtimeArawNgKaLayaan pic.twitter.com/JKM6ZutBIG — ItsShowtimeNa (@itsShowtimeNa) June 12, 2018 Nakakagigil!#ShowtimeArawNgKaLayaan pic.twitter.com/ocjAZrYrFx — ItsShowtimeNa (@itsShowtimeNa) June 12, 2018 Kasheee nemen! ❤️#ShowtimeArawNgKaLayaan pic.twitter.com/U2884ZNP1z — ItsShowtimeNa (@itsShowtimeNa) June 12, 2018   BAD BOY The next day, Vice then donned a Detroit ’Badboys’-era Dennis Rodman jersey shirt that complements his wildly colored hair.  The huge Pistons type in bold red pops out from the dark blue base of the shirt, and it just goes well with Vice’s dreamy pink hair. May paghawak oh!#ShowtimeHunyoPanaLo pic.twitter.com/wkSf068jdz — ItsShowtimeNa (@itsShowtimeNa) June 13, 2018 ❤️❤️❤️#ShowtimeHunyoPanaLo pic.twitter.com/QqW4VKKVWq — ItsShowtimeNa (@itsShowtimeNa) June 13, 2018 Chismisan eh 😂😂😂#ShowtimeHunyoPanaLo pic.twitter.com/LBZsynkppA — ItsShowtimeNa (@itsShowtimeNa) June 13, 2018   SHOWTIME INDEED In his latest flex, Vice stayed consistent with his retro vibe the whole week with a regal Magic Johnson Lakers away jersey in dark purple. The gold lettering with white shadows definitely shout ‘Showtime Lakers’, and it’s a pretty apt jersey to wear on the noontime show. Squat nga kasi besh! 🤣🤣🤣#ShowtimeHuweBestDayEver pic.twitter.com/Vpc3woTIJu — ItsShowtimeNa (@itsShowtimeNa) June 14, 2018 Lukso ng dugo besh eh!#ShowtimeHuweBestDayEver pic.twitter.com/JRgTt1TZx7 — ItsShowtimeNa (@itsShowtimeNa) June 14, 2018 🤣🤣🤣#ShowtimeHuweBestDayEver pic.twitter.com/nuJpQ2vPxa — ItsShowtimeNa (@itsShowtimeNa) June 14, 2018 Tag mo pinaka maganda mong friend!#ShowtimeHuweBestDayEver pic.twitter.com/fRFawqhhVO — ItsShowtimeNa (@itsShowtimeNa) June 14, 2018 While most of the ‘It’s Showtime’ members’ threads are more daring and fashion-forward, NBA fans should probably keep their eyes peeled for Vice Ganda and his next retro flex......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 15th, 2018Related News

Argentina’s lower house pass bill to legalize abortion

Buenos Aires, Argentina -- Argentine lawmakers has backed a bill legalizing abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, a historic step for Pope Francis' Catholic homeland, although the measure must still pass through the Senate.   Thousands of abortion rights activists cheered and hugged outside Congress on Thursday, as the lower house Chamber of Deputies passed the bill by 129 votes to 125.   The bill will now go before the Senate, where it was thought likely to face an uphill battle to become law. However, in the hours following Thursday's vote, former president and now senator Cristina Kirchner's center-left Front for Victory bloc removed a major obstacl...Keep on reading: Argentina’s lower house pass bill to legalize abortion.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 15th, 2018Related News