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PBA: Coach Leo on Finals: 'I think it will be a good series against Ginebra'

It's either San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria is stressed over the PBA semifinals or he just has a really, really high level of confidence. Or maybe he just thinks in advance. Anyway, it seems like coach Leo is already ready for a Commissioner's Cup Finals against Brgy. Ginebra. After taking a 2-0 semis lead against Alaska Monday, Austria casually mentioned the Gin Kings as their Finals opponents. Take note, San Miguel could still end up losing to the Aces and Ginebra is still only up 1-0 against top seed Rain or Shine in the other series. But asked if he has the championship already in mind with the Beermen one win away from the Finals, Austria is keeping his focus on the present series against Alaska. Can't say the same against the Ginebra-Rain or Shine series. "No, we're not thinking of the championship, dahil kung para sa amin, darating 'yan eh," Austria. "But I think it will be a good series against Ginebra, dahil alam naman natin they are the hottest team in the league right now, eight consecutive wins ano. And makikita mo, nag-beef up sila, so with the addition of Jeff Chan, so probably they are preparing their team for our zone defense against them," he added. It's either San Miguel head coach Leo Austria is stressed over the PBA semifinals or he just has a really, really high level of confidence. Or maybe he just thinks in advance. Anyway, it's funny. That's coach Leo for you. Back to the Alaska series, Austria is still bracing for an Aces comeback. This current rivalry has seen crazier things happen in the recent past. "Well, makikita mo naman talaga, lahat naman sinasabi, sabi nila super team kami against Alaska without Abueva and Banchero. And they keep on fighting back, and in the first half, lagi kaming nalalamangan nila. So I have to admire, 'yung trabaho ng mga coaching staff dahil talagang scouted nila, and alam nila kung anong ginagawa namin, but maybe because of the superior talent we have, 'yun ang nagpe-prevail," Austria said. "But we should not be matuwa dito sa talent na pinapakita namin, dahil come championship game, so it's a different story. And we still have to work hard, especially on defense," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Headed to Europe? Beware new breed of pickpockets, scammers called ‘hotel rats’

Visitors to Paris beware: scam artists dubbed "hotel rats" by local police have devised another strategy for ripping off hapless tourists. The premise is simple. A network of professional con artists don skirts, suits and ties to try and blend in with the moneyed, well-heeled guests of hotels across the city. The actual acts of thievery vary, however, between swiping baggage while mingling with tourists in hotel lobbies, or booking rooms with fake names and breaking in looking for bags and valuables to steal, reads a report in Le Parisien. And while the most popular target for "hotel rats" is the Golden Triangle, the ritzy 8th arrondissement of the Champs-Elyses, police note...Keep on reading: Headed to Europe? Beware new breed of pickpockets, scammers called ‘hotel rats’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 5 hr. 28 min. ago Related News

Duterte’s mood changes lead peace talks with Reds nowhere

[Editor's Note: President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his third State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 23. The Inquirer looks back at promises he made in Sona 2016 and Sona 2017, and how he and his administration performed on those promises. We will also look at major issues that marked his two years in office in our #Sona2018 series.] Like a stormy romance, peace talks between the government and communist insurgents have always careened off the path to church. Peace in the negotiations has always depended on President Rodrigo Duterte's mood, although supporters of the effort to put an end to the insurgency that's been going on for half a century have not given up on their...Keep on reading: Duterte’s mood changes lead peace talks with Reds nowhere.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 18 hr. 15 min. ago Related News

[OPINION] On Duterte s sexual abuse and the washing of the feet

Editor's Note: The author originally wrote this on Facebook as an open letter to the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC). Rappler is republishing this with the author's permission. I recently saw a report that PCEC leaders will meet with President Duterte and have offered to wash his feet ........»»

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[OPINION] China s grand larceny

Editor's Note: Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario delivered this speech at a West Philippine Sea forum organized by the Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute on July 12 this year. The forum marked the second anniversary of the Philippines' legal victory against China at The Hague......»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 15th, 2018Related News

Dejected England, Belgium aim to leave World Cup on a high

    SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia – England manager Gareth Southgate admits the World Cup 3rd-place playoff is a game that no team wants to play, but the match against Belgium on Saturday, July 14, offers the chance to finish the tournament on a winning note. A gut-wrenching 2-1 loss to Croatia after extra-time denied ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 14th, 2018Related News

Stocks extend win streak to 4 days

Share prices extended their winning streak to four days, ending the week on a positive note as strong corporate earnings for the second quarter start to pour in......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceJul 13th, 2018Related News

Vista Land signs P7.7-B corporate note facility

VISTA Land & Lifescapes, Inc. (VLL) has secured corporate note facilities totaling P7.7 billion to fund its capital expenditures this year......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceJul 13th, 2018Related News

Ogie turns serious on Regine’s plea to Du30, the Gilas meme and going indie

We seldom see singer-actor Ogie Alcasid seem so serious and no-nonsense, but it's only natural for him to rush to protect his family when the going gets tough. In a rare moment of earnestness, he shares his thoughts on wife Regine Velasquez's plea to President Duterte to stop dragging God's name in scathing speeches. Ogie told the Inquirer: "I will always defend my wife and her beliefs [on] the love of God." On a lighter note, he and ex-wife, former Miss Australia Michelle van Eimeren, became a Facebook meme, as a result of the basketball brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and the Australia Boomers. The viral photo was captioned, thus: "Hindi kami kasali diyan!" (We are not in...Keep on reading: Ogie turns serious on Regine’s plea to Du30, the Gilas meme and going indie.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 12th, 2018Related News

Nats close out in style

THE Philippine national women’s team shut down its campaign on a high note as it dominated Smart-Army, 25-16, 25-17, 25-17, in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Arena. Despite competing with a depleted roster, the Nationals still made their presence felt as….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsJul 12th, 2018Related News

Comm. Silver, NBPA say competitive imbalance not a problem

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com LAS VEGAS -- First came the backlash. Next, backlash to the backlash. By Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), much of the whipsawing over competitive balance -- or more accurately, imbalance -- as an NBA problem rising to the level of crisis had calmed down. Yet powerful voices from the league’s summer nerve center could not dismiss it entirely as an issue meriting closer inspection. “I'm not here to say we have a problem,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday after the Board of Governors meeting. “And I love where the league is right now. [But] I think we can create a better system.” Neither Silver nor Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, sounded an alarm in their separate news conferences about what many see as a widening gap between the league’s haves and have-nots. Roberts, in fact, seemed to feel that all is well and that talent inequality is in the eye of the beholder. “Competitive balance, it almost depends on what your favorite team is,” said Roberts, who was rehired as head of the players union in another four-year contract announced Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). “I don’t hear anybody in the Bay Area worrying about competitive balance. I also don’t hear the people in Philadelphia worrying about competitive balance, or Houston. “We’ve got great teams. And it’s never been the case, as far as I’m concerned, where I was not able most of the time to predict what teams were going to be in the Finals.” The topic came up in precisely that context before the Finals last month when Silver was asked about Golden State and Cleveland meeting in the championship series for the fourth consecutive year, a first in any of the major professional sports leagues. It reared its head again this month soon after free agency opened on July 1, with events conspiring to make insiders wonder about a growing disparity among teams. LeBron James’ signing with the Los Angeles Lakers was the biggest move in what appeared to be a continuing shift of strength into the league’s Western Conference. That was followed by the news that DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans’ All-Star center, had joined the champion Warriors. That signing sparked the initial backlash, a rich-getting-richer cry that pointed not to Cousins’ one-year deal for $5.3 million in 2018-19 salary but the fact that the Warriors will spend in excess of $20 million for it when luxury taxes are counted. Golden State had the NBA’s fattest payroll in 2017-18 of $137.5 million, despite a $99 million salary cap, thanks to various exceptions in the prevailing “soft cap” system. “I don't necessarily think it's per se bad that the Warriors are so dominant,” Silver told reporters, not long after discussing the “competitive landscape” with the owners. “As I've said before, we're not trying to create some sort of forced parity. What we really focus on is parity of opportunity. And a fair point could be made in the tax system, when certain teams are spending significantly more than others, that that's not parity of opportunity.” The counter-backlash came from folks who rushed to the Warriors’ and Cousins’ defense, correctly noting that neither did anything wrong, conducting their business within the rules as specified by the collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the players. That CBA is the object of endless study and imagined revision, with amendments possible if negotiated prior to the end of the current deal after the 2023-24 season. Shooting for a “hard cap” likely would be a tough sell to players accustomed to the freedom of movement they currently enjoy. “It's not necessarily [Roberts’] issue,” Silver said in response to the union director’s characterization. “I think it's on me and our Labor Relations Committee, ultimately, to sit with the players and their committee and convince them that there may be a better way of doing things.” Silver mentioned Charlotte owner and legendary NBA superstar Michael Jordan, chairman of that Labor Relations Committee, as a valuable resource in addressing owners’ and players’ competition concerns. Both sides have valid arguments. Interest in the NBA never has been higher by almost any metric chosen, from selected TV ratings and licensing revenues to the game’s growth globally. Attendance at the MGM Resorts Las Vegas Summer League keeps pushing higher, with fans eager to see top rookies, second-year players and relative free-agent unknowns chasing their pro hoops’ dreams. The valuations of the 30 NBA franchises, of course, all have soared beyond $1 billion, according to Forbes.com, with the Knicks, the Lakers and the Warriors all estimated to be worth more than $3 billion. Longtime NBA observers such as TNT’s David Aldridge wrote a column this week that argued on behalf of dominant teams, anyway, saying that they actually drive rather than depress fan interest. As for any inability to win games or titles, he laid the blame for that on poor franchise management. The Knicks and the Clippers have all sorts of big-market advantages but haven’t won any championships lately (or at all in the Clippers' case). For Roberts, whose players reap 51 percent of NBA basketball-related income that tops $7 billion annually, business is good, period. “I’m excited about this new season,” she said Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). “This free agency, there’s been a lot to write about so we’re all, I think, looking forward to what’s going to happen come October. “To the extent that people are predicting the end of the game, I just don’t think so. I would be surprised if Adam called me to say, ‘What the hell are we going to do?’ I think he’s as happy as I am. ... I think we’re in good shape.” Critics note Golden State’s on-court dominance in winning the last two championships. It only took nine NBA Finals games --one over the minimum -- while facing arguably the league’s best player in LeBron James. But those same critics seem to foget that the Warriors were pushed to the full seven games in the conference finals, and actually faced elimination twice before beating the Rockets. “I recognize what Michele's saying,” Silver said. “But at the same time, if you talk to players in the league, and I've talked to plenty of individual players as well, they want to be in the most competitive league possible too.” For every player on the Warriors' roster -- or the Rockets, the Thunder, the Celtics or the Sixers -- there are five or six on teams that realistically have no chance of chasing a ring or the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Cleveland went to four straight Finals thanks to James; no one envisions the Cavaliers getting back any time soon. “Maybe there are some players who think they’re on a second-class team,” said Sacramento wing Garrett Temple, one of the NBPA vice presidents. “But most players I’ve played with or been around, their thought process is, ‘We’re gonna get our team to become one of those first-class teams.’ It’s more of a challenge. More so than, ‘We need them to disband so we can make everybody equal.’ Because we’re competitors.” That really is the crux of the issue. Silver and some franchises want most of the competition to come on the floor, in games, in full view of fans who believe their teams can sufficiently compete. The league’s current title contenders are fine with a system that allows them to compete all the way to the top, with an owner stroking gargantuan checks to crowd out rivals. “Let me make clear that under the current system we want teams to compete like crazy,” Silver said. “So I think the Warriors within the framework of this deal should be doing everything they can to increase their dominance. That's what you want to see in a league. “You want teams to compete in every way they can within the rules.” Silver addressed a variety of topics that were came from the BOG agenda, including: -- Change is coming on multiple fronts, most notably in the league’s age limit. That seems likely to be re-set back to 18 years old from 19, permitting players to enter the league from high school. It’s a move that the NBA should be better equipped to handle with a near 30-for-30 farm-system affiliation with its G League. It also fits with the findings of an NCAA task force that cites dissatisfaction with “one-and-done” college players. Said Silver: “My personal view is that we’re ready to make that change.” -- The start of free agency, annually triggered at midnight ET on July 1 (12:00pm, July 1, PHL time), will be moved to a daytime or prime time opening bell. It’s one of those traditions that no one thought to change, Silver said. -- The league’s investigation into the Dallas Mavericks’ sexual harassment issues should be completed by the end of the month. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 12th, 2018Related News

Kobe Paras joins Juan GDL, Ricci Rivero in UP for UAAP Season 82

The future of the University of the Philippines just keeps getting brighter and brighter. Already with a fully-loaded lineup for UAAP Season 81 and with Ricci Rivero coming in Season 82, the Fighting Maroons have secured the services of yet another Gilas cadet in Kobe Paras. “I look forward to the challenge of helping make UP a better basketball team as well as the challenge of helping myself become a better student,” he said in the team’s release on Wednesday. Paras will have to serve a one-year residency before being eligible to suit up for State U in Season 82. Then, he and Rivero will be debuting for the maroon and green, joining Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano, Will Gozum, Jun Manzo, and Nigerian powerhouse Bright Akhuetie. All Gilas cadets, Paras, Rivero, Juan GDL, and Gozum are now also teammates in Diliman. Still, head coach Bo Perasol said that winning needs much more than just talent. “We are fortunate to have a talent like Kobe on board, but winning, as experience has shown us, takes more than talent. We have to get everyone on the same page and to play the right way,” he said. Nonetheless, the addition of Paras is yet another big-time move for UP’s long-suffering basketball program. And on a more personal note, he will be following in the footsteps of father Benjie who won for the Fighting Maroons their last championship in the ‘80s as well as brother Andrei who played for them for one season. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 11th, 2018Related News

Sotto powers Batang Gilas to 13th place with rout of New Zealand

Riding high after earning its first win, the Philippines ripped New Zealand, 73-51, early Monday morning (Manila time) to end its campaign on a winning note in the Fiba Under-17 World Cup in Argent.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 10th, 2018Related News

FIBA U17: Batang Gilas ends stint on high note

Saving its best for last, Batang Gilas romped past New Zealand, 73-51, to close out its 2018 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup campaign on a strong note at the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional in Santa Fe, Argentina. FIBA U17: Batang Gilas ends stint on high note by Jerome Lagunzad Saving its best for last, Batang Gilas… link: FIBA U17: Batang Gilas ends stint on high note.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jul 9th, 2018Related News

Red Lions maul Altas in NCAA hoops opener

San Beda University displayed a champion’s resolve, as it downed University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, 67-65, to open its three-peat bid on a high note in Season 94 National Collegiate Athletic Asso-ciation (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez lauded… link: Red Lions maul Altas in NCAA hoops opener.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jul 7th, 2018Related News

Hotshots survive Beermen behind Chism s solid game

Magnolia weathered defending conference champions San Miguel Beer en route to a 101-97 decision, ending their elimination campaign on a high note in the nightcap of Saturday's PBA Commissioner’s Cup action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Dome......»»

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Red Lions maul Altas in NCAA hoops opener

San Beda University displayed a champion’s resolve, as it downed University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, 67-65, to open its three-peat bid on a high note in Season 94 National Collegiate Athletic Asso-ciation (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez lauded [...] The post Red Lions maul Altas in NCAA hoops opener appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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San Beda, Lyceum triumph

SAN Beda scraped past season host University of Perpetual Help System Dalta to open its three-peat bid on a positive note, while last year’s runner-up Lyceum of the Philippines University turned back San Sebastian for a winning start in the NCAA men's basketball tournament before 19,204 fans yesterday at the….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsJul 7th, 2018Related News

Lyceum holds off San Sebastian in season opener

Lyceum started off its campaign on a good note after finishing off San Sebastian, 85-80, in its opening game in the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. Mike Harry Nzeusseu put up a 23-point, 20-rebound double-double to lead the Pirates in their opening win. The Pirates were in a pinch at the start of the fourth quarter after the Stags came away with four straight steals to on a 9-1 run to take a 69-68 lead in the period. Allyn Bulanadi then gave the Stags a 75-74 lead with another transition basket but that was San Sebastian's final taste of momentum as the Pirates methodically fought back. Spencer Pretta's three-pointer gave Lyceum ...Keep on reading: Lyceum holds off San Sebastian in season opener.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 7th, 2018Related News

San Beda escapes gritty Perpetual in NCAA thriller

  MANILA, Philippines – The San Beda University (SBU) Red Lions opened their NCAA Season 94 campaign on a high note, dropping the tenacious host school University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (UPHSD) Altas, 67-65, at the jampacked Mall of Asia Arena, Saturday, July 7. With less than a minute to go ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 7th, 2018Related News