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Celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson hired by Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A celebrity trainer known for getting the Kardashian clan into shape is going to work for the Los Angeles Lakers. Gunnar Peterson is the Lakers’ new director of strength and endurance training, the team announced Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). br />   br /> Peterson has been a favorite trainer among entertainers and athletes for many years while running a well-regarded private gym in Beverly Hills. His client list has included Sylvester Stallone, Halle Berry, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara and Pete Sampras, along with most of the Kardashian family. Peterson will develop a strength and conditioning program for the Lakers, general manager Rob Pelinka says. The 16-time NBA champion franchise has replaced several key members of its internal staff since Magic Johnson and Pelinka assumed control of basketball operations earlier this year. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 24th, 2017Related News

Senate 'can't outvote' House in martial law vote – Lacson

Senate 'can't outvote' House in martial law vote – Lacson.....»»

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Physical presence needed to vote – Pimentel to De Lima - InterAksyon

Physical presence needed to vote – Pimentel to De Lima - InterAksyon.....»»

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Warriors one win away from Finals with Spurs on the brink

em>By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press /em> San Antonio’s sense of humor was still there Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Gregg Popovich predicted that Golden State stayed out way late after winning game three of the Western Conference finals, celebrating with burgers and sundaes before spending Sunday (Monday, PHL time) playing poker. Manu Ginobili, amid plenty of questions about whether his career is ending, said the Spurs planned to lose the first three games of this series simply to make their comeback look more impressive. The laughs seemed helpful. The reality is that Golden State is just better, especially against a seriously undermanned Spurs team. All jokes aside, the Spurs — and everyone else watching this West final — know it’s just about over. No team has successfully rallied from 3-0 down in an NBA playoff series, and a San Antonio team that is without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and now David Lee is facing that most precarious deficit. Game four is Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) in San Antonio, with Golden State now on the brink of clinching its third straight NBA Finals trip. “Circumstances were such that we could be in a totally different position now,” said Popovich, the Spurs coach whose teams have been swept only twice in 52 previous series on his watch. “That didn’t happen. It’s called life. Slap yourself. Quit your crying and move on. game four.” He’s right, of course. How different this could have been if Leonard didn’t re-injure his ankle when San Antonio was rolling with a 23-point lead in the third quarter of game one. The Spurs led by at least 22 points in each of their first four games against the Warriors this season. What they did against Golden State worked better than what anyone else did against Golden State. Then, thud. Leonard — who won’t play in game four barring something “miraculous,” Popovich said — has been out since landing on Zaza Pachulia’s foot in a hotly debated was-it-dirty-or-not closeout by the Warriors’ center. Game one changed in that instant, the whole series changed along with it and the Warriors will become the first team in NBA history to start a postseason 12-0 if they win on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). “You know what the Spurs are about. ... They’ve got a lot of pride. These guys are pros, man,” Warriors forward Kevin Durant said. “We can’t come out here and feel like we’ve won already before the game has started. We’ve got to go take it.” The Warriors have made it look easy, which is their normal. Golden State has won 12 consecutive games, the third time this season the Warriors have enjoyed such a streak. Combine the regular season and the postseason, and this Golden State team (78-15, .839) has a better record so far than last year’s regular-season record-setting club (88-18, .830). Still, they’re not satisfied. “We’ve got to play better,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. As impressive as they have been, the Warriors have had lapses. Golden State turned the ball over 21 times in game three, leading to 25 San Antonio points. The Warriors also yielded 15 offensive rebounds, which San Antonio turned into 18 more points. They won by 12 anyway. And if closing a team out on the road is supposed to be among the toughest postseason tasks, the Warriors have apparently missed that memo: Golden State won by 25 in Portland to clinch the first round, and by 26 in Utah to close out the second round. “You let those guys get rolling, they’re a handful,” Spurs forward Pau Gasol said. Ginobili helped keep San Antonio close in game three with 21 points. He’ll likely get an emotional welcome Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), just in case the veteran decides this season will be his last — a topic he wanted really no part of on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), saying he’ll decide over the summer. “This is getting a little weird,” Ginobili said after questions hinting at retirement. “It truly is.” em> strong>NOTES: /strong> /em> The only teams to sweep a Popovich-coached team were the Suns in 2010 (when Warriors coach Steve Kerr was GM in Phoenix) and the Lakers in 2001 (when Kerr played for the Spurs). Warriors acting coach Mike Brown said there’s no change in Pachulia’s condition. Pachulia played only seven minutes of game two with a heel injury, and didn’t play Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Durant lauded Popovich for not playing Leonard through the bad ankle, saying other players appreciate when teams put the future of their own players first. .....»»

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Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover

Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover.....»»

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De Lima seeks furlough to vote for Senate bills - Inquirer.net

De Lima seeks furlough to vote for Senate bills - Inquirer.net.....»»

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De Lima seeks furlough to vote for Senate bills - Inquirer.net

De Lima seeks furlough to vote for Senate bills - Inquirer.net.....»»

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Swiss vote to withdraw country from use of nuclear power

BERLIN — Swiss voters are supporting a referendum to withdraw the country from nuclear power in favor of renewable energy......»»

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De Lima asks Pimentel to let her vote on crucial bills - Inquirer.net

De Lima asks Pimentel to let her vote on crucial bills - Inquirer.net.....»»

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Napakahirap niyang tanggalin - Vicente on cutting Kim Dy

Head coach Francis Vicente stood by his coaching staff’s decision in choosing the 18 players that composed the national women’s volleyball team pool. But the mentor mentioned the name of De La Salle University star Kim Dy as the hardest one among the original 27 members of the pool to cut in the Final 18 list. “Napakahirap (niyang tanggalin) kasi alam naman natin ‘yung laro niya sa UAAP maganda. Mahirap din, mahirap,” said of Vicente of the 21-year-old opposite hitter, who helped the Lady Spikers win back-to-back titles in the UAAP. Vicente together with Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Joey Romasanta and vice president Peter Cayco announced the roster Friday at the Arellano Gym in Taft Avenue.  Vicente said that he and his coaching staff deliberated and voted on who will be included in the list. And it was no easy task, he said. “Nag-vote eh. Hindi ako puwedeng lumihis sa vote na ‘yun. Hindi ako lang ang coach d’yan,” he said. “Kung ako lang mag-isa madaling mamili ng players. Pero nagbotohan eh.” Superstar Alyssa Valdez led the list that will undergo extensive training in Japan and Korea as preparation for the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Former DLSU star Mika Reyes was named team captain. Dy, named UAAP Finals MVP back in Season 78, was among the original members of the pool but the coaching staff decided to go with veteran opposites Jovelyn Gonzaga and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas. “You cannot have so many opposites sa isang team. Ni-rank namin ‘yan by specialization,” said Vicente. Dy’s teammates libero Dawn Macandili and setter Kim Fajardo made the list.     “Siyempre sad ako (na di ko kasama ang BFF ko) pero hindi pa naman ito ang last na SEA Games,” said Macandili, who bagged the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Most Valuable Player last year. “I think that Kianna has the potential pero ‘yun nga mayroon pa kasing players (n aka-position niya) and siguro ‘yung mga coaches na nag-decide may standard sila na sinusunod. Parang may strategy sila sa pagpili ng players.” Other members of the pool are Denden Lazaro, Abigail Marano, Gen Casugod, Maika Ortiz, Lourdes Clemente, Jaja Santiago, Ces Molina, Kath Arado, Rachel Anne Daquis, Ria Meneses, Rhea Dimaculangan and Roselle Baliton. The 18 players will be nipped to 12 when they come back from their foreign training. The Final 12 will officially banner the tri-color in the biennial meet set on August 19-30.        --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 19th, 2017Related News

UCF's 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall does pre-draft workout with Magic

TERRANCE HARRIS, Associated Press br /> ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The deadline for Tacko Fall to make his NBA decision is fast approaching and the UCF center still isn't sure what he is going to do. The 7-foot-6 post player has not hired an agent and has until next Wednesday to decide whether to remain in the NBA draft or return to the Knights for his junior season. Fall is going through pre-draft workouts and interviews for several teams, and the nearby Orlando Magic was his latest stop Thursday. 'It has been really stressful just really thinking about it,' Fall said following his workout at the Magic's practice facility. 'It's a great decision, the most important decision I've ever since I chose a college really.' There have been indications during this process that the Senegal native should return to school and continue to grow under UCF coach Johnny Dawkins and his staff. Fall arrived at UCF two years ago as a raw player who had only played three years of organized basketball in the United States. He made impressive strides as a sophomore, averaging 10.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots while earning American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. But in the NBA where the trend now favors smaller line up with quick centers who can also play on the perimeter, Fall isn't the commodity he once might have been. Fall said he was 'kind of' invited to last week's NBA Combine in Chicago, but he did not attend, instead opting for the team workouts and interviews like Thursday's Orlando session. Fall has previously worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston. He has a workout scheduled with Utah and is hoping to meet with Houston prior to making his decision. Magic interim general manager Matt Lloyd said there are teams and situations where a primarily shot-blocking rim protector like Fall can still be successful. 'The league is so geared toward speed but basket protection is one thing he can do,' said Lloyd, who worked out five others players in addition to Fall on Thursday. 'He can stand in front of the basket and hit the turn.' Fall said he hopes to make a decision by Tuesday, after completing his scheduled pre-draft workouts and interviews and talking things over with his family and Dawkins. 'Afterward I will definitely get more feedbacks and talk to Coach and talk to my family,' he said. 'Coach Dawkins is very experienced and he has been around these guys so he knows.' Fall said he has learned a lot through the experience and believes he will benefit from it whether he stays in the draft or returns to school. 'Regardless I will be in good position,' he said. 'Definitely if I stay in college I will make even bigger jumps like I did last year.'   .....»»

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UCF's 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall does pre-draft workout with Magic

TERRANCE HARRIS, Associated Press br /> ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The deadline for Tacko Fall to make his NBA decision is fast approaching and the UCF center still isn't sure what he is going to do. The 7-foot-6 post player has not hired an agent and has until next Wednesday to decide whether to remain in the NBA draft or return to the Knights for his junior season. Fall is going through pre-draft workouts and interviews for several teams, and the nearby Orlando Magic was his latest stop Thursday. 'It has been really stressful just really thinking about it,' Fall said following his workout at the Magic's practice facility. 'It's a great decision, the most important decision I've ever since I chose a college really.' There have been indications during this process that the Senegal native should return to school and continue to grow under UCF coach Johnny Dawkins and his staff. Fall arrived at UCF two years ago as a raw player who had only played three years of organized basketball in the United States. He made impressive strides as a sophomore, averaging 10.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots while earning American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. But in the NBA where the trend now favors smaller line up with quick centers who can also play on the perimeter, Fall isn't the commodity he once might have been. Fall said he was 'kind of' invited to last week's NBA Combine in Chicago, but he did not attend, instead opting for the team workouts and interviews like Thursday's Orlando session. Fall has previously worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston. He has a workout scheduled with Utah and is hoping to meet with Houston prior to making his decision. Magic interim general manager Matt Lloyd said there are teams and situations where a primarily shot-blocking rim protector like Fall can still be successful. 'The league is so geared toward speed but basket protection is one thing he can do,' said Lloyd, who worked out five others players in addition to Fall on Thursday. 'He can stand in front of the basket and hit the turn.' Fall said he hopes to make a decision by Tuesday, after completing his scheduled pre-draft workouts and interviews and talking things over with his family and Dawkins. 'Afterward I will definitely get more feedbacks and talk to Coach and talk to my family,' he said. 'Coach Dawkins is very experienced and he has been around these guys so he knows.' Fall said he has learned a lot through the experience and believes he will benefit from it whether he stays in the draft or returns to school. 'Regardless I will be in good position,' he said. 'Definitely if I stay in college I will make even bigger jumps like I did last year.' ___ More AP NBA: apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball .....»»

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Iran vote: US maintains nuclear deal sanctions relief

Iran vote: US maintains nuclear deal sanctions relief.....»»

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Warriors become just the 5th team to start NBA playoffs 10-0

em>By The Associated Press /em> The Golden State Warriors’ rare unbeaten start this postseason doesn’t necessarily mean they’re on their way to a title. Golden State is just the fifth NBA team to win its first 10 playoff games in a given postseason. Only two of the four teams that previously achieved the feat went on to win the title. The Warriors aren’t getting caught up in talk about where they might rank in history if they continue this run. They say they’re focusing on continuing to get better and the next game against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals. “We feel like we like our chances against anybody, no matter (who) is on the court,” Warriors forward Kevin Durant said Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) after a 136-100 victory over the Spurs, who played without injured All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard. “That’s the confidence we have. But we’ve got to be ready game three. We know they’re probably going to be full strength in game three and ready to play us.” Here’s a look at the other four teams that had the best starts in playoff history. ___ strong>1989 — LOS ANGELES LAKERS (11-0) /strong> The Lakers followed up a 57-25 regular season by carrying an unbeaten postseason record into the Finals as they sought their third straight title. But after sweeping Portland, Seattle and Phoenix to win the Western Conference title, the Lakers were swept by the Detroit Pistons in the Finals. The Lakers’ title hopes suffered a devastating blow when Magic Johnson injured his hamstring in game two of the Finals. Johnson started game three but played only five minutes before missing the rest of the series. ___ strong>2001 — LOS ANGELES LAKERS (11-0) /strong> The Lakers dropped only one game the entire postseason on their way to winning a second straight championship. The Lakers would win a third straight crown the following year. Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant led a Lakers team that swept Portland, Sacramento and San Antonio in the Western Conference playoffs. After losing 107-101 at home to Philadelphia in the first game of the NBA Finals, the Lakers beat the 76ers four straight times to clinch the title. ___ strong>2012 — SAN ANTONIO SPURS (10-0) /strong> After sweeping Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio took a 2-0 lead over Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals. But the Spurs wouldn’t win another game as the Thunder beat San Antonio four straight times to claim the Western Conference title. Oklahoma City went on to lose in five games to Miami in the NBA Finals. ___ strong>2016 — CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (10-0) /strong> The Cavaliers swept Detroit and Atlanta in the first two rounds of the postseason and took a quick 2-0 lead over Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals before losing five of its next eight playoff games. Cleveland won a six-game series with Toronto but fell behind Golden State 3-1 in the NBA Finals before LeBron James and Kyrie Irving rallied the Cavaliers to the title.  Cleveland also has swept its first two playoff opponents this year as it enters the Eastern Conference finals with Boston, marking the first time a team has stated out 8-0 in two straight postseasons. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 18th, 2017Related News

Favorite Cavs open East finals on road vs. underdog Celtics

em>By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press /em> BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics are heading to the Eastern Conference Finals with the No. 1 seed and home court advantage. But they are still very much underdogs to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. That’s because throughout this season the conversation hasn’t so much been about which team would come out of the East, as much as how much resistance any team could offer the Cavs. So far it hasn’t been much, with Cleveland posting back-to-back sweeps in the first two rounds. After waiting more than a week for an opponent, the Cavs have their latest challenger. It’s a Boston team that many wrote off after the Celtics fell into a 0-2, first-round hole against the Bulls. Now, fresh off a game seven semifinal win over the Washington Wizards , the Celtics in many ways find themselves playing with house money as they prepare to host a LeBron James-led Cleveland team carrying all the expectations into Wednesday’s (Thursday, PHL time) game one in Boston. “We’ve been counted out since I’ve been here, so it’s nothing new,” Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas said. “We’re not really focused on the outside noise and what they think we’re going to...We’re just going to take care of business as we go.” That’s easier said than done. Boston has yet to beat the Cavs this season with Cleveland at full strength. The Celtics’ lone victory came on March 1 (Mar. 2, PHL time), with Kevin Love out after minor left knee surgery. Cleveland won the other games by a combined 35 points, including a 114-91 romp on April 5 (April 6, PHL time). Still, James respects not only the Celtics, but also their hallowed history. “There’s only two winningest franchises in the history of the game, the Lakers and the Celtics,” James said. “Just respect that and look out up in the stands and see the banners, see the jerseys retired and things of that nature. You respect what the history has created at that point.” Thomas has spoken several times this postseason about wanting to experience the make or break moments that only the playoffs can provide. He has his chance against a team that both he and coach Brad Stevens have acknowledged is better than it was even in April. “That’s where LeBron is so good,” Stevens said. “I think that you can’t throw him one look, because he will eventually pick that look apart.” Here are some things to watch as the Eastern Conference finals begin Wednesday. ___ strong>BAD BLOOD /strong> There were major fireworks the last time the Cavaliers and Celtics met in the playoffs. In game four of their 2015 first-round series, which was swept by Cleveland, Boston’s Kelly Olynyk and Love got tangled up and Love was sidelined with a shoulder injury; Cavs forward J.R. Smith delivered a backhand punch to the face of Boston’s Jae Crowder and former Cavs enforcer Kendrick Perkins delivered a crushing blindside screen on Crowder. Smith earned a two-game suspension, Perkins was fined and Love missed the rest of his first postseason after undergoing surgery. “I look back at that game a lot,” Love said. Olynyk was branded Public Enemy No. 1 in Cleveland, but James wouldn’t bite when asked if he thought Boston’s physical forward was a dirty player. “I’m not about storylines,” he said. “I’m just going to play basketball.” strong>ROAD CREW /strong> Nobody is better on the road than James, who has won at least one “away” playoff game in 28 consecutive series. Cleveland hasn’t lost on the road in these playoffs and has reeled off six straight road wins since dropping game two of the Finals last year at Golden State. The Cavs are 15-3 in road playoff games over the past three seasons. Coach Tyronn Lue said there can be an advantage to opening a series on the road. “You get a chance to feel a team out and how they play,” he said. “You know what their adjustments are for you and you get a chance to learn that on their floor, where the pressure is on them because they have to play well at home.” strong>PROTECTING THE GARDEN /strong> The Garden has been a welcomed sanctuary for Boston this postseason, having gone 30-11 at home during the regular season. The Celtics are 5-2 in the playoffs, winning five straight. They are also averaging 113.8 points per game in their building, compared to 99.2 ppg on the road. strong>X-FACTOR /strong> After playing sparingly in the first round, rookie Jaylen Brown came alive in the semifinals against the Wizards. Not only did his minutes and scoring increase, but so did the team’s production when he was on the floor. Last June’s No. 3 overall pick has worked his way back into the rotation and came through with nine points off the bench in game seven. The team was also plus-17 with him on the floor, his sixth game in that series with a positive plus/minus. ___ em>AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Independence, Ohio contributed to this report. /em> .....»»

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Magic Johnson relieved Lakers get to keep first-round pick

The LA Lakers were in a tough spot. If their pick was not in the top three, the Philadelphia 76ers would get it, and they’d also have to give the Orlando Magic their 2019 first-round selection, the potentially painful legacy of their 2012 offseason, when they acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.  Newly-hired president of basketball operations Magic Johnson kept his fingers crossed when deputy commissioner Mark Tatum announced the fourth pick. When it wasn’t his Lakers, Johnson could finally relax.  “Oh man. When he called out No. 4 and he said it wasn’t us, I said, ‘That’s it. That’s all I care about.’” Johnson said with a big laugh. “I didn’t know where we were going to land from there, but I was like, ‘Okay, I can breathe now.’ So it was a good night for us.”  The Lakers will still owe their 2018 first rounder to the 76ers, now unprotected, but their obligation to the Magic has been reduced to second-rounders this year and next. That’s mitigated somewhat by a 2017 first-rounder from Houston Rockets (from the Lou Williams trade), plus a second-rounder from the Denver Nuggets in 2018.  “It gives us a lot of flexibility because that’s what we wanted, some flexibility. We have it. We have the No. 2 pick and the 28th pick in the first round. That gives us a lot of flexibility to now decide what we want to do, who we want to pick, and we’ll go from there,” Johnson added. “Look, you get a top three pick, especially in this draft. This draft is a special draft because there’s so many good players, not just at the top but we’re going to get a really good player at 28 too. We’re excited.”   With that said, Johnson said the pick won’t change the Lakers’ free agency plans that much. “What happens is we understand that if we got the pick [the high first-rounder] then it might change the directions on what we may do now at 28. Free agency, we understood how much money and cap space we have. I don’t think we’re going to be a major player this year. I’m really looking forward to next summer.”  In the first season under head coach Luke Walton, the Lakers got out to a 10-10 start, only to crater and finish 26-56, second-worst in the West. Johnson was brought on to replace Mitch Kupchak, just prior to the 2017 trade deadline. .....»»

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Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick

NEW YORK — The Boston Celtics have won the NBA draft lottery, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago......»»

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Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick

NEW YORK — The Boston Celtics have won the NBA draft lottery, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago......»»

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Boston Celtics to pick '1 in the 2017 NBA Draft

Here are the results of the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery: 14 - Miami Heat 13 - Denver Nuggets 12 - Detroit Pistons 11 - Charlotte Hornets 10 - Sacramento Kings (via New Orleans Pelicans) 9 - Dallas Mavericks 8 - New York Knicks 7 - Minnesota Timberwolves 6 - Orlando Magic 5 - Sacramento Kings 4 - Phoenix Suns 3 - Philadelphia 76ers  2 - LA Lakers 1- Boston Celtics .....»»

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