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Wizards beat Lakers 119-108 to clinch division title

LOS ANGELES — Washington clinched its first division crown in 38 years with a 119-108 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, ending the longest division-title drou.....»»

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Wizards beat Lakers 119-108 to clinch division title

em>By Beth Harris, Associated Press /em> LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Wall scored 34 points and Washington rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-108 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time), clinching the Southeast Division title for its first division crown in 38 years. Wall shot 14-of-25 and Bradley Beal was held to 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting, but the Wizards ended the longest division-title drought in NBA history with their fourth straight victory. 'I didn't know that,' coach Scott Brooks said before the game. 'Now we're fighting for playoff positioning.' When the franchise last claimed a division title in 1978-79, it was known as the Bullets of the Atlantic Division and played in suburban Landover, Maryland. The team had won its lone NBA championship the previous season and went on to lose the 1979 Finals to the Seattle SuperSonics. From 1979-80 on, Washington has had one of the worst winning percentages in the league, and while the team has made the playoffs 14 times in that span, it hasn't gotten past the second round. Washington put the divisional slump in the past by outscoring the Lakers 37-13 in the fourth. The Wizards opened on a 19-6 run to tie it at 101 with their starters on the bench for much of the spurt. Wall returned with his team down four and hit a layup and stole Russell's bad pass for a fast-break one-handed tying dunk. Beal came back, too, and he and Wall combined to score Washington's next seven points for a 108-104 lead. Kelly Oubre Jr. hit a three-pointer to make it 113-108, effectively finishing off the Lakers. D'Angelo Russell led Los Angeles with 28 points and Jordan Clarkson added 22 points. The Lakers led by 16 in the third, when they outscored the Wizards 28-14 to start. Wall tossed up an air ball during the Lakers' run before making his team's last two baskets to pull them to 95-92 going into the fourth. The Lakers have lost 16 of 18 since the All-Star break and have eight games remaining before missing the playoffs yet again. The Lakers kept it close in the first half, leading 58-55 at the break. Rookie David Nwaba's layup at the buzzer allowed the Lakers to tie it at 27 to end the first quarter. Larry Nance Jr. blocked Jason Smith and Russell came up with the ball, feeding Nwaba on a fastbreak. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Wizards: /strong> /em> They didn't have a field goal over the final 4:13 of the opening quarter, with four different Lakers blocking five shots in that stretch. They opened their five-game trip with a 12-point win over defending NBA champion Cleveland on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). They have won five straight over the Lakers in L.A. em> strong>Lakers: /strong> /em> Coach Luke Walton turned 37 on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). They lost the season series 2-0, getting beaten by eight points on Feb. 2 (Feb. 3, PHL time). strong>INGRAM OUT /strong> Lakers forward Brandon Ingram sat out his second straight with right patellar tendinitis after playing in the team's first 72 games, including 33 starts. He's averaging 9.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a rookie. 'He gives us a dynamic presence out there,' Walton said. 'He's grown so much as a player. Not only are we losing some scoring, but defense.' Walton said Ingram wasn't pleased when told he wouldn't be playing. 'That's a good thing,' he said of Ingram's frustration. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Wizards: /strong> /em>At Clippers on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in last back-to-back of season. They are 19-11 in such games. They beat L.A. by seven points at home in December. em> strong>Lakers: /strong> /em>At Minnesota on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) in a rematch of last Friday's (last Saturday, PHL time) game in L.A., where the Lakers won by 11 points in their first overtime game of the season. .....»»

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Portugal airport to be named after Ronaldo near his hometown

FUNCHAL, Portugal (AP) — Welcome to Cristiano Ronaldo Airport. That will likely be the message awaiting passengers in the Madeira Islands when the local airport is renamed after the local star. Ronaldo is expected to attend a ceremony at the airport outside his hometown of Funchal on Wednesday, a day after his Portugal side plays Sweden in the city in a friendly. It will be the first time Ronaldo plays with the national team in the city where he grew up. Funchal also features a Ronaldo statue, a museum about him, and a hotel complex named after him. 'This game is a great tribute to the people of Madeira, they deserve it,' Ronaldo said on the Portuguese Football Federation website. Portugal's squad landed on Monday at the airport, displaying the trophy it won at the 2016 European Championship in France. A sign with the player's image was already being added to the facade of the airport, which until Tuesday was called the Madeira International Airport. The name change at the airport, known as one of the windiest in the world, attracted a lot of attention locally, with some politicians opposing it and saying that the footballer's name should be added to a stadium or another sporting venue. Some said the Madeira regional government didn't have the legal right to make the name change without consulting the main government. 'Sometimes, national gratitude has short memory, but Madeira doesn't,' Miguel Albuquerque, the president of the Madeira government, said when the name change was announced last year. He added that the tribute was fair considering Ronaldo's services to his homeland. Ronaldo is regarded as a promoter of Madeira, which is considered one of the world's top travel destinations. A couple of years ago, he used his social media accounts to ask fans to vote for Madeira in a contest organized by the travel industry. The islands southwest of Portugal are known for their incredible landscapes, and their wine is known worldwide. The islands are about 500 kilometers (310 miles) from the African coast, and some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the European continent. Ronaldo grew up in Funchal sharing a room with his older brother and two older sisters before moving to the mainland to join the youth squads of Sporting Lisbon. From there he made it to Manchester United and eventually to Real Madrid, becoming one of the world's biggest soccer stars. He received his fourth world player of the year award this year. Last year, vandals painted Lionel Messi's name and jersey number on Ronaldo's statue after Messi received the world player prize. The statue was unveiled in 2014 in the presence of Ronaldo and his close relatives. His family is also expected to attend the airport ceremony on Wednesday. .....»»

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Late free throws help Minnesota end skid at Indiana

em>By Michael Marot, Associated Press /em> INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Ricky Rubio made three free throws with 3.4 seconds left to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-114 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Minnesota snapped a season-high six-game losing streak by taking its only lead of the quarter. Rubio had 21 points and 10 assists, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 37 points and 12 rebounds. Rubio was fouled by Jeff Teague, though it appeared Rubio ran into his own teammate on the play. Indiana fans booed the officials as they left the court. Indiana's Monta Ellis got off a last-second three-point shot, but he was off the mark. Paul George scored 37 points to lead the Pacers, whose playoff chances took another hit. Teague had 20 points and 10 assists. Indiana still hasn't won back-to-back games since early February. The Pacers appeared to have control when they took a 104-95 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Instead, the young Timberwolves fought back and finished the game on a 9-2 run. Indiana started the day in a three-way tie for the No. 5 seed in the East, yet looked listless most of the night. Minnesota took a 26-25 lead by closing the first quarter on a 9-1 spurt. The Timberwolves then scored 10 straight points early in the second quarter to make it 36-29, and after the Pacers briefly grabbed a 55-54 lead late in the first half, Gorgui Dieng's triple with 1.9 seconds left put Minnesota up 59-57 at the half. In the third quarter, the Timberwolves knocked down back-to-back three’s to make it 82-73 and eventually 87-78. That's when the Pacers cranked up the energy, played with some urgency and finally turned the game by scoring 15 consecutive points to lead 92-87 early in the fourth. They continued to extend the lead until Minnesota's final charge. Rubio made all 13 of his free-throw attempts, and Towns was 10-for-10 at the line. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Timberwolves: /strong> /em> Ended a seven-game road losing streak by winning outside Minneapolis for the first time since beating Utah on March 1 (March 2, PHL time). Minnesota avoided a second straight season sweep by the Pacers. The Timberwolves won at Indianapolis for the first time since Jan. 23, 2015. Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and Dieng had 19. Coach Tom Thibodeau was called for a technical foul early in the fourth quarter. em> strong>Pacers: /strong> /em>George had 25 points, six rebounds and two steals in the first half while going 8-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 on three’s. He finished 12-of-21 from the field, didn't make another triple and had four steals. Indiana was 29-of-35 from the free-throw line compared with Minnesota's 32-of-37. After committing 10 turnovers in the first half, Indiana had only four in the second half. Ellis had 19 points, Myles Turner had 15 points and eight rebounds and Thaddeus Young finished with 14 points. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Timberwolves: /strong> /em> Begin a three-game homestand by hosting the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). em> strong>Pacers: /strong> /em>Will try to avoid a third straight season sweep when they visit Memphis on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). .....»»

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Schroder, Hawks beat Suns 95-91 to snap 7-game losing streak

em>By Paul Newberry, Associated Press /em> ATLANTA (AP) -- Dennis Schroder hit consecutive three-pointers to spark a 17-1 run that carried the Hawks to a 95-91 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time), snapping a seven-game losing streak and boosting Atlanta's playoff hopes. The Suns lost their ninth in a row in a matchup of teams with the two longest active losing streaks in the NBA. Playing again without All-Star forward Paul Millsap and two other key players, the Hawks raced to an 18-point lead in the first quarter. But Atlanta sleepwalked through the next two periods and went nearly 4.5 minutes in the fourth without scoring. The Suns, without Devin Booker, took advantage of the Hawks' shooting woes, finally taking their first lead on Alan Williams' lay-in with 10:37 remaining and stretching the margin to 78-71. But Schroder swished back-to-back shots beyond the arc, and the Hawks pulled away from there. He finished with 27 points. T.J. Warren led the Suns with 24 points. Booker, just two games removed from his 70-point performance against Boston, sat out the game after aggravating his injured right ankle. The Hawks had to go again without Millsap, who missed his sixth straight game with an ailing left knee. He's expected to be out at least through the weekend. Also sidelined were fellow starter Kent Bazemore (bruised right knee) and top bench player Thabo Sefolosha (strained right groin). Bazemore is expected to play on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) at Philadelphia, while Sefolosha also appears close to returning. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Suns: /strong> /em> Had their lowest-scoring first quarter of the season, but it wasn't their worst period. Phoenix managed only 10 points in the fourth of a Nov. 25 (Nov. 26, PHL time) game against Minnesota. This is the longest losing streak for the Suns since a 13-game skid from Jan. 26-Feb. 25, 2016. em> strong>Hawks: /strong> /em> Avoided their longest losing streak since an eight-game slide in February 2014 during Mike Budenholzer's first season as coach. Despite Schroder's heroics in the fourth quarter, Atlanta had another tough night from long range. The Hawks made just 6-of-27 beyond the arc and are 11-of-54 over their last two games. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Suns: /strong> /em>Return home to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) after wrapping up a fruitless six-game road trip. em> strong>Hawks: /strong> /em> Begin a three-game road swing Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) against the 76ers. .....»»

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Jeanie Buss is boss for life

A battle over control of the Los Angeles Lakers is over after an agreement was reached to have Jeanie Buss serve as controlling owner of the storied NBA franchise for the rest of her life, making permanent the arrangement her late father and longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss said in his will that he wanted......»»

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Agreement puts Jeanie Buss in control of Lakers for life

LOS ANGELES — A battle over control of the Los Angeles Lakers is over after an agreement was reached to have Jeanie Buss serve as controlling owner of the st.....»»

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Agreement puts Jeanie Buss in control of Lakers for life

em>By Anthony McCartney, Associated Press /em> LOS ANGELES (AP) — A battle over control of the Los Angeles Lakers is over after an agreement was reached to have Jeanie Buss serve as controlling owner of the storied NBA franchise for the rest of her life, making permanent the arrangement her late father and longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss said in his will that he wanted. The agreement was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) and states that Jim and Johnny Buss have agreed that their sister will serve as the controlling owner. The filing ends weeks of uncertainty about control of the Lakers as the franchise tries to put several losing seasons behind it. Earlier this month, Jeanie Buss went to court seeking an order to control the team after her brothers called for a board meeting that she interpreted as a challenge to her power. That filing came days after she removed Jim Buss as the Lakers' executive vice president of basketball operations. She replaced her brother with Magic Johnson and also fired longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak, whom Johnson replaced with sports agent Rob Pelinka. A person familiar with the agreement who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly said Jim Buss has been replaced as a trustee of the Lakers by his younger sister, Janie. A document filed Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) names Janie Buss as a successor trustee and states that she agrees with her older sister serving as the team's controlling owner. Jim Buss will retain his ownership stake in the team. Attorney Robert Sacks, who represents Jim and Johnny Buss, did not return a phone message Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Sacks had previously said the brothers have no interest in wresting control from their sister and that the entire court fight was unnecessary. The Lakers also had no immediate comment on the development, which was first reported by the Los Angeles Times. 'It's hard to imagine a better outcome. Jeanie will run the team, just as Dr. Buss always intended,' her attorney, Adam Streisand, wrote in an email. 'And Laker fans can get back to hoping for championships instead of favorable court rulings.' The league approves of the move. 'We are pleased that this matter has been resolved,' NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. 'Jeanie is as knowledgeable and experienced as any owner in sports and the Lakers are in great hands.' As a player, Johnson led the Lakers to five NBA championships, but the team has been in rebuilding mode for several years in what has arguably been the lowliest stretch in franchise history. Hopes were briefly high with even talk of a return to the playoffs at the beginning of this season when Luke Walton took over as coach with high draft picks like guard DeAngelo Russell and forward Brandon Ingram taking the floor. But the team is just 21-52, in last place in the Western Conference and headed to the draft lottery again. ___ em>AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed. /em> .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 27th, 2017Related News

A vote for the Spurs

While most soothsayers are predicting either the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA title this season, TNT skills coach Alton Li.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMar 27th, 2017Related News

Tumulak confirms jumping from Team Rama to BOPK

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/razel-v-cuizon" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Razel V. Cuizon /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> AFTER several months of being independent, Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak confirmed that he is now with Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), if the group will accept him. The move will increase the number of BOPK members in the City Council even more after Mayor Tomas Osmeña confirmed that Councilor Nendel Hanz Abella is also with them now. Abella, who was still in Manila yesterday, has yet to issue a statement to strong>SunStar Cebu /strong> on the matter, despite several calls to him. In an interview yesterday, Tumulak said he made the decision a month ago after he observed that the administration of Osmeña is more on improvement of the City than running after controversies. “They are more focusing on how to improve the city, especially in the basic services, and my advocacy is the same advocacy with the mayor, especially maintaining public order and safety,” Tumulak told reporters. Tumulak said he saw the eagerness of Osmeña when it comes to serving the city residents, particularly during the last Sinulog. Tumulak said service to the people should be the top priority of public officials. Despite his announcement of joining BOPK, Tumulak said he is willing to take a stand in the council, particularly on public issues. “Let’s set aside political differences. But if there are party decisions that can’t benefit the city, I will not vote,” he said. Osmeña, for his part, said BOPK has long accepted Tumulak. He, however, clarified that he never asked anyone to pledge allegiance to the group since he only wanted them to work for the people. As to the challenge of Councilor James Cuenco that he and Abella clear out everything as the administration has now claimed to be the majority, Tumulak said he will not accept it. “I will only accept it when we can see that they will come to City Hall every day. Cuenco only comes to City Hall once a week to attend the session. I come to City Hall every day and go on field on weekends. Now, I challenge them to do the same,” he said. Osmeña also told reporters that he was once invited to visit the residence of the Cuenco family, where the councilor expressed that he will be joining BOPK. He said Cuenco wants to run as vice mayor under BOPK in the next elections, but he told him it is the group that will decide. At present, BOPK has nine councilors, including Tumulak, Abella, Margarita Osmeña, Sisinio Andales, Eugenio Gabuya Jr., Joy Augustus Young, Alvin Arcilla, Mary Ann delos Santos and Jerry Guardo. Team Rama, on the other hand, has eight councilors, including Cuenco, Pastor Alcover, Jose Daluz III, Eduardo Rama, Raymond Garcia, Joy Pesquera, Philip Zafra and Joel Garganera. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Source: Sunstar SunstarCategory: NewsMar 27th, 2017Related News

Wenceslao: Duterte on Robredo

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/bong-o-wenceslao" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Bong O. Wenceslao /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-column field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/column/candid-thoughts" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Candid Thoughts /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> I HAVE been critical of the policies and moves of President Rodrigo Duterte but this time around I like the way he is handling the case of Vice President Leni Robredo. I initially thought that with the way his allies like House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez are acting, preparing to throw everything including the kitchen sink at the VP, the plan is to make her another Leila de Lima. That move would be in keeping with the goal of gaining total political control. The Duterte camp always felt uneasy with Robredo, who is with the opposition Liberal Party (LP), as the VP. That uneasiness apparently intensified when Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano filed am impeachment case against the President. Any move to oust Duterte, whether the VP has a part in it or not, would benefit her. Alvarez must have looked around him and realized that an oust-Leni move can be successful. He already tasted success when he forced the members of the House super-majority to support his bill seeking the re-imposition of the death penalty. He can do that again to force the same House super-majority to vote for the VP’s impeachment—especially if he has the President’s imprimatur. I also think the Senate seating as an impeachment court would eventually oust Robredo considering the number of Duterte supporters there and the lack of scruples of some of them. Consider that even Senate President Aquilino Pimentel had started hitting Robredo and the LP, virtually linking them to the Alejano impeachment case. What happens if Robredo is ousted. Here’s Section 9 of the 1987 Constitution: “Whenever there is a vacancy in the Office of the Vice-President during the term for which he was elected, the President shall nominate a Vice-President from among the Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives who shall assume office upon confirmation by a majority vote of all the Members of both Houses of the Congress, voting separately.” In this sense, the possibility of either Pimentel or Alvarez becoming VP is high. Of course, the process would be long and divisive, that is why I was pleasantly surprised when, after linking Robredo to the impeach Duterte move, the President told those behind the impeach Robredo move to “stop it,” noting that the elections have just been held and that Robredo is an elected official (she garnered more than 14 million votes in the polls). Not content with that statement the President, during the graduation ceremony of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) where he and the VP was guest, also invited Robredo and her children to a dinner with his family. That’s an interesting twist that could be interpreted a number of ways. Here, the VP can go hardline or be pragmatic. The hardline stance was enunciated by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who warned that the dinner is a “trap” meant to “disarm her and politically neutralize her.” The pragmatic stance is her accepting the invitation to clear any misunderstanding blanketing their official ties and to neutralize those who are raring to defy Duterte’s diktat on the impeach Robredo move. Whatever Robredo’s response would be, I would say that the President showed a rare act of diplomacy on this one. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Source: Sunstar SunstarCategory: NewsMar 27th, 2017Related News

Malilong: What Tommy wants, he will now get

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/frank-malilong" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Frank Malilong /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-column field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/column/other-side" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">The other side /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> JERRY Guardo has confirmed Team Rama’s worst fears. He has left the party to make common cause with Mayor Tommy Osmeña and the BOPK. At least, Guardo is honest about his intentions. He did not claim that he was going independent. How quickly the wheels of fortune turn. How long ago was it when Team Rama captured three BOPK members? Noel Wenceslao, Gerry Carillo and Richie Osmeña abandoned Osmeña, who had just suffered his first political defeat in the hands of Mike Rama. Rama never got to wrest control of the council, however, because the expected anticipated additional defections from the BOPK did not materialize as Osmeña counter-maneuvered. It’s different now because Tommy has the numbers. James Cuenco was quoted by this paper yesterday as saying that they are still the majority in city legislature. I think James was being sarcastic. Dave Tumulak and Hanz Abella did say that they were not defecting to Osmeña’s side when they resigned from Team Rama but for all intents and purposes, the two are already BOPK partisans. Cuenco himself was the subject of defection rumors, along with Guardo and Jun Alcover, weeks ago. But he told me he was not changing political loyalties and it appears that he spoke the truth. As for Alcover, I don’t think he and Guardo are going to be party-mates again, at least not in the immediate future. Not that Osmeña needs any more conversions. The new political equation in the council allows him to push his agenda, political or otherwise. Lawyers have a term to describe those who may be similarly minded as Guardo or Tumulak or Abella. They are surplusage. On the other hand, the burden is bigger on Team Rama to stanch the bleeding and avoid demoralization in their ranks. A decimated party is bad for the morale of its ward leaders and foot soldiers. Unless Rama, Vice Mayor Edgar Labella and other party bigwigs act as decisively as Osmena did when he started losing his men some three years ago, a mass defection to the BOPK is a distinct possibility. I do not know whether that would be bad or good for the city. But in the months leading to last year’s elections, I suggested in this space that the city’s electorate should vote straight. I said then that the mayor versus council squabble that marked Rama’s entire second term proved the necessity for the mayor and the councilors to come from the same party. Apparently, we haven’t have had enough of quarreling at City Hall as we elected a BOPK mayor and a Team Rama council last year. The idealists among us assert that the set-up was good for democracy, for check and balance, particularly; that we cannot afford a rubber stamp council. The present council has adopted Osmeña’s position on certain issues such as the 93-1 land swap between the city and the province but the mayor obviously thinks that it is not enough. He wanted a more “cooperative” council. Well, it looks like he finally got one. What Tommy wants from the council, he will now get.. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Source: Sunstar SunstarCategory: NewsMar 27th, 2017Related News

Hong Kong targets activists day after vote

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Blazers beat Lakers, tie Denver for final spot in West

LOS ANGELES — Damian Lillard scored 22 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-81 on Sunday night (Monday Manila time) to pull e.....»»

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Blazers beat Lakers 97-81, tie Denver for final spot in West

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Damian Lillard scored 22 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-81 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) to pull even with Denver in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Both the Blazers and Nuggets are 35-38 with nine games left in the regular season. They play each other Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) in Portland. Denver lost at home to the New Orleans Pelicans earlier Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Portland took control by outscoring the Lakers 37-24 in the third quarter and led by as many as 26 points. Los Angeles shot 39 percent from the field and was out-rebounded 61-42. Allen Crabbe added 18 points off the bench for the Blazers, and Noah Vonleh grabbed 14 rebounds. D'Angelo Russell led the Lakers with 22 points, and reserve Tyler Ennis scored 14. Portland led 40-32 at the break after an unsightly half in which the teams took turns struggling from the field. At halftime, both were shooting exactly 32.6 percent. The Lakers won their previous game against the Timberwolves but have won consecutive games only once since mid-November. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Trail Blazers: /strong> /em> Shot 62.4 percent against Minnesota on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), their best mark since hitting 64.1 percent on March 12, 2003. Coming into Sunday (Monday, PHL time), they had shot 50.6 percent over their last five games. em> strong>Lakers: /strong> /em>Rookie forward Brandon Ingram, who started the previous 19 games and averaged 12.1 points on 48.4 percent shooting, did not play because of right patellar tendinitis. Said coach Luke Walton: 'He was out there warming up and it's not right.' Corey Brewer got his first start for the Lakers. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Trail Blazers: /strong> /em> Face the Nuggets for the final time this season Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) in Portland. The Blazers lead the season series 2-1. Lillard is averaging 36.3 points against Denver. em> strong>Lakers: /strong> /em>Host the Washington Wizards on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) and will face a top NBA backcourt for the second consecutive game. Los Angeles lost the first meeting 116-108 when John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 56 points for Washington. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 27th, 2017Related News

Minus Cousins, Pelicans top Nuggets 115-90 behind Davis' 31

DENVER (AP) -- Anthony Davis had 31 points and 15 rebounds, helping to compensate for the absence of injured DeMarcus Cousins, and the New Orleans Pelicans boosted their flickering playoff hopes by beating the Denver Nuggets 115-90 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). The Nuggets began the night clinging to a one-game lead over Portland for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. The Trail Blazers played later at the Los Angeles Lakers. New Orleans is in 11th place in the West with nine games remaining and faces long odds in trying to overtake Dallas, Portland and Denver for the final playoff berth. Nevertheless, against the Nuggets, the Pelicans overcame the absence of Cousins, who sat out because of a right ankle injury sustained during Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) loss at Houston. Davis had his 45th double-double of the season and finished with 30 or more points for the 32nd time. .....»»

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SOFIA — Bulgarians voted yesterday for the third time in four years in an early election that could tilt the European Union's poorest member closer to Russia.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: WorldMar 26th, 2017Related News

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