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Moreno edges toward outright win in Ecuador presidential vote

Moreno edges toward outright win in Ecuador presidential vote.....»»

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House set to vote on 'watered-down' death penalty bill next week - Philippine Star

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House set to vote on watered-down death penalty bill next week

MANILA, Philippines — The leadership of the House of Representatives has decided to put the death penalty bill to a vote for second reading on February 28, m.....»»

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Rockets' Gordon edges Cavs' Irving for Three-Point title

NEW ORLEANS -- The NBA's three-point contest was shortened from three rounds to two back in 2000, but it took three full rounds for Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon to secure a win in the 2017 JBL Three-Point Contest. After Gordon and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving each scored 20 points in the championship round, besting the score of 17 from Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, Gordon and Irving had to go to a bonus round to determine the winner. It was the first time the championship had required a shootout since 2012, when Kevin Love defeated Kevin Durant. In the extra round, Irving made 8 of 10 shots from the corners and finished with 18 points. Gordon followed, utilizing the same energy-conserving set shot he’d used all night. After making just 2 of his first 5 attempts, Gordon made 11 of his next 12. Gordon finished with 21 to win it, becoming the first player in Rockets franchise history to win the three-point contest. Three of the first four contestants began the contest by putting up huge scores. Kemba Walker opened the first round by scoring 19 points, and Irving followed with 20 points, a total that included making 10 of his last 15 shots. After Dallas guard Wesley Matthews scored just 11 points, Former Pelicans guard Eric Gordon overcame a smattering of boos to make for out of five balls on each of the first four racks and finish with 24 points. After a break, the first round continued with four players who had to put up high scores to avoid elimination. Lakers guard Nick Young scored 18, which was one shy of keeping him in the contest. Portland’s CJ McCollum got cold in the middle of his round, making just one shot from each of the middle three racks and finishing with 10 points, while Kyle Lowry followed with just 9 points. To finish the opening round, defending champ Klay Thompson began by making 4 of his first 5 shots, but made only 2 of 5 on three of the next four racks and finished with 18 points, a healthy score but not enough to advance to the championship round on this night. .....»»

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Leni laments ‘arm twisting’ on death penalty bill

MANILA, Philippines - Unlike the present ruling party, the Liberal Party did not “arm twist” its members to vote for priority measures during the Aquino admi.....»»

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India legislators come to blows before confidence vote

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Shooting Star: An exclusive interview with Kevin Martin

p align="center">  During the early 2000’s, the NBA was dominated by dynamic scorers like Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, and Allen Iverson just to name a few. So when the Sacramento Kings drafted 21 year old Kevin Martin as the 26 suth /su overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft, no one was really sure whether his high-scoring exploits at little known Western Carolina University would materialize in the pros. During his third year in the league, Martin suddenly burst onto the scene, starting all 80 regular season games for the Kings and leading them in scoring, averaging 20.2 PPG. Sacramento may have not made the playoffs that year but Martin developed a reputation as one of the game’s up-and-coming shooting guards. After six seasons with the Kings, Martin would go on to play for the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves before closing out his career with the San Antonio Spurs. It was a productive twelve year career that ended without much buzz. But, for Martin, he wouldn’t have had it any other way because according to him, he’s the type of person who likes to keep things “under the radar”. Martin is now 34 years old. He’s happily retired and is now focused on helping the NBA by traveling the world and being an ambassador for the game. As part of promoting the NBA All-Star Weekend, Martin is in the country for the very first time to connect with the Filipino basketball community. I was able to chat with “KMart23” yesterday at the Globe Iconic Store at Bonifacio High Street, Taguig. The first thing I asked him was why he retired so young. The 6’7” native of Zanesville, Ohio was wearing a blazer, jeans and shiny wingtips. He looks like he can still play the game at a high level. So, it was a bit strange to hear his response. “It was more mentally than it was physically. I maxed out. Everybody gets a different calling card at different points in life and right now, I’m living beyond playing the actual game.” Aside from the Philippines, Martin is looking to visit China, Africa and Europe as part of his journey to give back to the community. In relation to me still believing that Martin could play in the NBA, I asked him which team he would play for if ever he made a comeback. I was surprised by his choice. “I would play for the Golden State Warriors. It would be an easy ride. With all those great players, I would just sit there and enjoy the ride,” said the smiling Martin, in a very chill manner. Ron Artest and Brad Miller were the players Martin looked up to the most. They were his teammates in Sacramento and even though they would move on to different teams later on in their careers, Martin would still reach out to them for advice. One thing Martin did learn early in his career though, was never to talk trash to Kobe Bryant. He told me story about how the Black Mamba torched him for 45 points after he made the mistake of getting a little too cocky for his own good. “I made an unbelievable shot. I looked at Kobe and said something like, ‘I’m a great two-guard! I’m on my way!’. And he said, ‘You gotta work for this one, Young Fella!’.” Playing with Kings from 2004 to 2010 was an “unbelievable time to be a two-guard”, says Martin. “We were in the same division as the Lakers. So, I saw Kobe four times a year.” Besides Kobe, Martin also mentions T-Mac, Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton and Jason Richardson as his toughest competitors. Honestly, I am still in disbelief that a player as talented as Martin has already closed the chapter of his playing career in the NBA. But, getting opportunity to sit down and talk to him made me realize that maybe he has a bigger purpose in life that goes beyond the hardcourt. In those 12 years in the NBA, Martin may have never won a Championship or made it to the All-Star game. Despite that, I still won’t forget the game-winning lay-up he made over Tim Duncan in the 2006 NBA Playoffs. Kevin Martin proved that could shine in a league of stars. We’re thankful to have a person of his caliber here to spread his wisdom and knowledge about the game we all love.     .....»»

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Vote for death draws nigh - Business Mirror

Vote for death draws nigh - Business Mirror.....»»

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House eyes early vote on death penalty bill

MANILA, Philippines - The fate of the House bill reimposing the death penalty in the country may be known next week as Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas plans.....»»

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By the numbers, here's a look at NBA All-Star weekend

TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer br /> NEW ORLEANS (AP) — You know the names. Now know the numbers. With the NBA's All-Star weekend events getting underway in earnest Friday, here's a look at some of the numbers of note going into the festivities in New Orleans. ___ .895 The career field goal percentage for New Orleans' Anthony Davis in All-Star competition, the best in the game's history for those with at least 15 baskets made. ___ 5-9 The height of now-two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics, who — if rosters are to be believed — is the shortest All-Star in history. Calvin Murphy (1979) was also listed at 5-foot-9, while Slater Martin (1953 through 1959), Ralph Beard Jr. (1951) and Michael Adams (1992) were on rosters as 5-foot-10. The other sub-6-footers are Fred Scolari (1952, 1953), Billy Gabor (1953), Dana Barros (1995) and Terrell Brandon (1996, 1997), all 5-foot-11. ___ 9 The number of 3-pointers Paul George made in last year's All-Star Game, setting a record. Carmelo Anthony had the mark with eight in 2014. (George also set a record in last year's game with 19 attempts from beyond the arc.) ___ 11 Golden State is the 11th team to have four All-Star selections in the same season, with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson picked to represent the Warriors this weekend. The other teams with four: Atlanta (2014-15), Boston (2010-11), Detroit (2005-06), the Los Angeles Lakers (1997-98), Philadelphia (1982-83), Boston (1974-75), San Francisco (1967-68), the Celtics and the Lakers (1961-62), and Fort Wayne (1953-54). ___ 13 LeBron James is getting into some rarefied air with his 13th consecutive All-Star selection. Only Kobe Bryant (18 straight) and Kevin Garnett, Karl Malone, Shaquille O'Neal and Jerry West (14 each) have been picked for more consecutive games than James has. There's three others with 13 straight nods: Bob Cousy, Tim Duncan and John Havlicek. James will also become the second active player with 13 appearances, joining Dirk Nowitzki. ___ 21 By the NBA's count, Greece — thanks to Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo — is the 21st country or territory to have at least one player selected for an All-Star Game. Players born in four different countries were selected for Sunday's game, the many U.S.-born stars joined by Antetokounmpo, Memphis forward Marc Gasol (Spain) and Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving (Australia). ___ 25.6 Among those with more than one All-Star appearance, Kevin Durant's 25.6-point average in All-Star Games is the best in the game's history. (Dale Ellis scored 27 points in his lone All-Star outing.) ___ 30 The number of cancer survivors who will be at Friday night's Rising Stars game in honor of longtime sideline reporter Craig Sager, who died of cancer last year. The 30 survivors from the New Orleans area will be seated in a 'Sager Strong' section. ___ 120 LeBron James' first basket on Sunday will be his 120th field goal in All-Star play, breaking a tie with Kobe Bryant for the most in the game's history. James is already the leading All-Star career scorer with 291 points entering this weekend — one more than Bryant posted. And if he takes seven shots Sunday, James will be the All-Star career leader in that stat, too. (Bryant has 238, Michael Jordan took 233 and James has 232 and counting). ___ 215 The number of days older that Carmelo Anthony is than any other All-Star. Anthony is 32 and so is LeBron James — but Anthony was born seven months earlier, and James said he was thrilled to give up the title of 'oldest All-Star' when Anthony was added as an injury replacement for Kevin Love earlier this week. ___ 369 The total points scored in last year's game, the most in All-Star history. The West topped the East 196-173. Before last year, no team ever scored more than 163 points in an All-Star matchup. ___ 1987 That's the last year in which someone actually fouled out of an All-Star Game: Hakeem Olajuwon had the honor, or dishonor, of doing so in that matchup. He wasn't the only one getting physical that year — the two teams combined to shoot 91 free throws in that game at Seattle. Last year, the teams combined to shoot seven. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 17th, 2017Related News

NBA: Lakers open to trade offers for Lou Williams

Los Angeles Lakers guard Lou Williams has performed well off the bench but his efforts have not been enough to push the team to success. With the NBA trade deadline barely a week away, the word out is that the 30-year-old may just be on the block......»»

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Hollande voices fear of cyberattacks in French vote

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FOI Bill, oks na sa Kamara

APRUBADO na sa House Committee on Information ang Freedom of Information Bill matapos ang isang unanimous vote dito ng mga miyembro ng lupon. Batay sa consolidated version ng FOI bill na naipasa sa komite, binibigyang-kautusan ang lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno ang awtomatikong paglalabas ng impormasyon kasama ang mga kontratang pinasok ng mga ito hanggang [&'].....»»

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Bledsoe's triple-double leads Suns over Lakers, 137-101

em>By Jose M. Romero, Associated Press /em> PHOENIX (AP) -- Eric Bledsoe had his third career triple-double, the first for a Phoenix player since November 2015, and Devin Booker scored 23 points to lead the Suns over the Los Angeles Lakers 137-101 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Bledsoe got his 10th rebound with 6:06 to go and exited shortly after, finishing with 25 points and a season high-tying 13 assists. Marquese Chriss added 15 points and eight rebounds for Phoenix, with all four of his baskets on dunks. Alex Len came off the bench to contribute 15 points and nine boards. The Suns led 102-76 after three quarters and coasted to their second victory in seven games and 11th straight over the Lakers at home. Lou Williams and D'Angelo Russell led Los Angeles with 21 points apiece. The Lakers have lost three of four. The Suns set season-highs for points and field goal shooting (55.7 percent). Phoenix made eight of its first 12 shots, two of those on lobs for dunks by Chriss and Booker. Chriss threw down another alley-oop dunk with 5:13 left in the first quarter, giving the Suns a 23-6 lead, and his putback jam off Booker's miss at the 3:25 mark made it 27-8. Phoenix was up 32-15 at the end of the first quarter after leading by as many as 22 points, with Los Angeles making just five of 19 shots with eight turnovers. The Lakers cut the margin to 11 twice in the second quarter, but the Suns built it back to 20. Bledsoe banked in a 41-foot heave at the buzzer, and Phoenix led 68-48 at halftime behind 21 points from Booker and 10 assists from Bledsoe. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Lakers: /strong> /em> G Jordan Clarkson and F Larry Nance Jr. played despite both dealing with a sprained thumb. Russell played on a sore knee. Williams has scored at least 20 points 25 times this season, tops among NBA reserves. em> strong>Suns: /strong> /em> P.J. Tucker left midway through the second quarter when he tumbled over a photographer along the baseline after a missed transition layup. Tucker limped back to the locker room with a bruised lower back but returned in the third quarter. The 15 points allowed in the first quarter were a season-low for the Suns. Their 68 points in the first half were a season high. strong>HUSTLE PLAY /strong> With the Suns up big late in the third quarter, Booker caught up to Clarkson on a fast break and blocked his layup attempt off the backboard. The play got Booker's teammates and fans on their feet with cheers. strong>WORLD CHAMP /strong> Chicago Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo sat courtside. Rizzo and the Cubs just started spring training in nearby Mesa. strong>WEEKENDERS /strong> Four players in the game will play for the U.S. team in Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) NBA Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend in New Orleans. Booker and Chriss will represent the Suns, while the Lakers will send Russell and Brandon Ingram. Also, Derrick Jones Jr. of the Suns will compete in the Slam Dunk Contest, and the Lakers' Nick Young will take part in the Three-Point Shootout, both on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Lakers: /strong> /em> Return to regular-season action Feb. 24 (Feb. 25, PHL time) at Oklahoma City. em> strong>Suns: /strong> /em>Start a three-game road trip Feb. 24 (Feb. 25, PHL time) at Chicago. .....»»

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Westbrook scores 38 in triple-double as Thunder top Knicks

em>By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press /em> OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook scored 38 points and posted his 27th triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 116-105 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Westbrook moved into sole possession of third place for the most triple-doubles in a season, behind Oscar Robertson's 41 in 1961-62 and Wilt Chamberlain's 31 in 1967-68. The star guard had 14 rebounds and 12 assists in the 64th triple-double of his career. Victor Oladipo scored 21 points and Jerami Grant added 13 for the Thunder, who snapped a two-game skid. Carmelo Anthony had 30 points for the Knicks after being selected to the All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Kevin Love earlier in the night. Derrick Rose scored 25 and Courtney Lee added 16. The Knicks jumped out to a 16-2 lead and shot 73 percent in the first quarter to take a 39-27 lead. Anthony made his first seven shots and scored 19 points in the first quarter. New York led by 17 in the second quarter before the Thunder rallied and took a 62-60 lead at halftime. Westbrook had 19 points and 10 assists at the break. Westbrook clinched his triple-double on a rebound with about seven minutes left in the third quarter. Oladipo's three-pointer as time expired in the period put the Thunder ahead 88-80. With about five minutes remaining, Westbrook caught Anthony on a pump fake before draining a 3 that put the Thunder up 105-94. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Knicks: /strong> /em> C Joakim Noah and G Brandon Jennings sat out with injuries. Noah missed his fifth straight game with a sore left hamstring, while Jennings sat out with a sore Achilles tendon. Willy Hernangomez started in Noah's place and finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. Anthony was held to one point in the second quarter. em> strong>Thunder: /strong> /em> G Alex Abrines was added to the Rising Stars Challenge as a replacement for injured Philadelphia big man Joel Embiid. Abrines joins Thunder forward Domantas Sabonis on the World Team. Thunder owner Clay Bennett presented Westbrook with his All-Star Game jersey before the opening tip. Former center Kendrick Perkins attended the game. He was at the team's practice earlier in the day. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Knicks: /strong> /em> At the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 23 (Feb. 24, PHL time). em> strong>Thunder: /strong> /em> At the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 24 (Feb. 25, PHL time). .....»»

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Magic’s 1st pick: Yup, Kobe Bryant!

Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson on Tuesday said he is keen to find a role for Kobe Bryant as he attempts to help revive the flagging NBA franchise's fortunes......»»

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Vote in Muslim Indonesia’s capital heads for run-off

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EU Parliament to vote on Canada trade deal

EU Parliament to vote on Canada trade deal.....»»

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Cousins scores 40 points, Kings hold off Lakers 97-96

em>By Beth Harris, Associated Press /em> LOS ANGELES (AP) -- DeMarcus Cousins had 40 points and 12 rebounds, and the Sacramento Kings hung on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-96 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) for their fourth straight win. Lou Williams scored 29 points off the bench to lead the Lakers, who rallied from 13 down early in the fourth quarter and tied the game 91-all on his three-pointer with 1:31 to play. Los Angeles pulled even twice more, including on another triple by Williams, but couldn't overcome Cousins, who scored the final 10 points for Sacramento. Williams' potential game-winning triple went wide right of the basket at the buzzer. He was 4 of 11 from long range. The Lakers got within two in the third only to have the Kings run off nine points in a row and extend their lead to 68-57. Williams made a three and another basket, and Larry Nance Jr. scored to cut Sacramento's lead to 70-64 heading into the fourth. .....»»

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Cyprus president: 'historical reference' not a policy change

NICOSIA — Cyprus' president on yesterday rebuffed claims by breakaway Turkish Cypriots that new legislation making the annual commemoration of a 1950 vote in.....»»

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