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Blue Dragons in twin YBC kill

DILIMAN Preparatory School completed a twin kill, winning its two matches in the 2018 Youth Basketball Cup Summer Showdown at the DPS covered courts in Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City recently. DPS rode on the solid, all-around game of JC Lopez to subdue PCC, 62-56, in the 15 years old and….....»»

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Unusually long heatwave in Europe brings drought, wildfires

Wildfires in the Arctic Circle, drought-stricken farmers and a spike in hospital treatment for sunburn: an unusually long heatwave this summer has northern Europe in its grip. Farmers across the region have warned that crop yields will be down while poor grass quality is affecting the quality of milk and the availability of animal fodder. In Sweden, where temperatures are the highest for a century, farmers are even sending their animals to slaughter because there is no hay left to feed them. Their plight is extreme, but echoes concerns across Europe at weeks of soaring temperatures and little rain. Poland has asked the EU for financial aid after more than 91,000 farms were af...Keep on reading: Unusually long heatwave in Europe brings drought, wildfires.....»»

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Reports: Mavericks reach deal with Ferrell, close with Dirk

NBA.com staff report The Dallas Mavericks are making sure one of their young, talented players stays in the fold and are working to keep their franchise icon from going anywhere, too. According to ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, the Mavs have an agreement in place with guard Yogi Ferrell on a two-year contract. In addition, Mavs all-time leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs are making plans to finalize a one-year deal with the former Finals MVP, Charania writes. Last week, the Mavs rescinded Ferrell's qualifying offer, which made him an unrestricted free agent. However, that move was just a formality, MacMahon writes, as the sides were in the final stages of working out the new deal (which costs Dallas slightly less in annual salary). Here's more from Charania on the deal Ferrell and the Mavs reached: Free agent guard Yogi Ferrell has agreed to a two-year, $5.3 million deal to return to the Dallas Mavericks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Ferrell returned to the Mavericks with the promise of being the backup shooting guard next season, league sources said. The second season of his deal includes a trigger date on July 7, league sources said. Ferrell, 25, earns a two-year contract after spending his first two NBA seasons with the Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets. He joined the Mavericks on a 10-day contract in January 2017, one month after the Nets waived him. Ferrell was an instant success, and had a performance of 32 points and nine 3-pointers against the Portland Trail Blazers on Feb. 3, 2017, leading to a two-year deal. Last season, Ferrell averaged 10.2 points, three assists and 2.5 rebounds per game as he started 21 of 82 games played for Dallas. Per both ESPN and Yahoo Sports, the Mavs are expected to use the remaining salary cap room they have to give Nowitzki a contract. Here's more from Charania on that deal: In what could be Dirk Nowitzki’s final NBA season, the future Hall of Famer and the Dallas Mavericks plan to finalize a one-year, $5 million deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Nowitzki and the Mavericks are not in a rush to sign the contract, but Nowitzki remains a Maverick for life. The Mavericks and guard Yogi Ferrell agreed to a two-year, $5.3 million deal on Thursday, leaving the team with $5 million in salary cap space to re-sign Nowitzki. In late June, Nowitzki and the Mavs mutually opted out of his contract for next season to give Dallas more room to make moves in free agency. The Mavs made a sizable splash in free agency this summer as they added former All-Star center DeAndre Jordan. Nowitzki, who has played his entire NBA career with Dallas, became the first international member of the NBA's 30,000-point club in 2017. He is the team's all-time leader in points scored, games played, rebounds, blocks, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted and 3-pointers made and attempted. The Mavericks haven't won a playoff series since taking the title almost seven years ago, cycling through dozens of roster moves to try to give Nowitzki another shot at a title. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports19 hr. 14 min. ago Related News

SUPER 8: No regrets for Blackwater after super effort in Macau

MACAU --- As far as Blackwater is concerned, the foreign training in preparation for the PBA Governors' Cup is still a success. The Elite failed to advance to the semifinals of the Summer Super 8 tournament here, finishing third in Group B behind China's Guangzhou Long Lions and Korea's Samsung Thunders. However, Blackwater split its games against both teams, beathing Samsung and dropping one against the Lions. All three teams ended up with identical 2-1 records and the Elite barely missed out on the semis due to inferior quotient. Thursday in the final day of Group play, Blackwater handled its business, dominating Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka of Japan, 90-66, but it wasn't enough to make up the quotient deficit. "Okay lang, basta kami na-achieve namin yung dalawang panalo," head coach Bong Ramos said. "Ako naman, sabi ko lang sa mga players, 'you did your part,'" he added. In Blackwater's foreign buildup for the next PBA conference, the Elite won a pocket tournament in Indonesia and played well here in Macau. That's a success for the Elite. "Syempre marami pa kaming kailangan improve, although meron ng mga points na nag improve ang team pati yung adjustment nila sa sistema na ginagawa ko, offensively and defensively, and naiintindihan na nila kung bakit ako nagagalit," Ramos said. "Chemistry maayos na, siguro yung toughness na lang mentally, isa yun sa mga dapat improve, tapos yung level ng energy and enthusiasm sa loob," he added. For now, it's time for some proper rest for Blackwater before heading back to work. "Break kami mga one week kasi di naman kami nagpahinga," Ramos said. "Pero active rest yun," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports19 hr. 14 min. ago Related News

SUPER 8: NLEX s Puso enough for semis, Elite miss out due to inferior quotient

MACAU --- NLEX's Puso comes through. Thanks to a brave comeback Thursday agains Xinjiang at the East Asian Games Dome here, the Road Warriors will advance to the semifinals of the Summer Super 8 tournament. NLEX erased a 17-point deficit to beat the Flying Tigers, 88-78. The Road Warriors will be the no. 2 team in Group A behind the undefeated Etland Elephants from South Korea who earlier beat the Formosa Dreamers, 87-52. In Group B, things got a little messy as the Guangzhou Long Lions, the Samsung Thunders, and the Blackwater Elite all finished with identical 2-1 records. Blackwater beat Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka, 90-66, to make its case for the semis. However, the Elite missed out after the Thunders pulled out a 78-73 victory over the Long Lions. After quotients. Guangzhou takes first place in Group B followed by Samsung. The Super 8 will take a break Friday before the semifinals set on Saturday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

SUPER 8: Digregorio continues to believe in Blackwater

MACAU --- Late last season in the PBA, Blackwater was seen as a team on the rise. Blackwater was knocking on the door of the semifinals, as the then no. 8-seed Elite pushed no. 1 Meralco to the brink in the quarterfinals. The future looked bright for Blackwater. This current season, the Elite, with a top-5 All-Filipino player in JP Erram, missed the Philippine Cup playoffss due to bad quotient. Still respectable. But things fell apart in the Commissioner's Cup as a plethora of things, including a coaching change, doomed Blackwater. The Elite finished the tournament with a woeful 1-10 mark. They won their only game thanks to a last-second dunk by import Henry Walker. After that terrible stint, the Elite are busy preparing for the Governors' Cup, part of that buildup is the Summer Super 8 tournament here. In two games, Blackwater split its games with teams from South Korea and China. The Elite have the chance to advance against a team from Japan Thursday. The team is confident. "I'm confident. As long as the rims are 10 feet high and the ball still bounces, we're confident," guard Mike Digregorio said. "We have all the confidence in the world to win," he added. The rebuild has been a long process for Blackwater. But the team has more than enough talent to make it work. Digregorio has nothing but overwhelming belief on his team and previous close calls suggest that the Elite are on the verge of a breakthrough. The process just needs a little more push. "Every day is a work in progress. We had a coaching change and the Commissioner' Cup wasn't the conference that we wanted but I believe in this team, I really do," Digregorio said. "Last Governors' Cup we were knocking on the semis, last Philippine Cup we played really well. We're building towards coach Bong's system and adjusting to him. Every day is a learning process but we're getting better and we're working towards success," he added. There's success to be found in Macau and the Elite are one win away from advancing to the next round. They plan on doing so, obviously. "We plan on winning. We didn't come here to not advance. We're gonna come and win. We're building towards the Governors' Cup so I think we have the team to make noise in the Governors' Cup and also advance [here]," Digregorio added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

Blockbuster trade not what Kawhi, DeRozan hoped for

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst Kawhi Leonard’s turbulent last days with the San Antonio Spurs ended Wednesday morning (late Wednesday, PHL time) with a trade that neither major party involved in the deal liked. The Spurs traded Leonard, the 2014 Finals MVP, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All-Star, along with veteran guard Danny Green, to the Toronto Raptors for four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan, second-year big man Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round Draft pick, which is protected from 1-20 next year. In doing so, San Antonio ended a relationship with the player that was poised to be the Spurs’ next lynchpin, but who had grown disenchanted with the franchise and wanted out. Leonard wanted to be traded to Los Angeles, closer to his hometown of Moreno Valley, Calif. He preferred the Lakers, and made that known in June, but was not averse to playing with the LA Clippers. However, the Spurs were adamant that they would not trade him to a Western Conference team, even though there was a strong likelihood that he would only stay with any team that traded for him until next year. That is when he would likely opt out of his contract, become a free agent and go to Los Angeles. Even though the 27-year-old Leonard told the Raptors in conversations between Toronto and his camp over the last week that he did not want to go there, the Raptors were willing to take the chance, anyway. DeRozan sought assurances from the Raptors that he wasn’t being moved in recent days. Both he and his representatives met with Raptors officials during NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, according to a source, at which time Toronto insisted that it wasn’t going to trade him. Now, DeRozan feels “lied to,” the source said, and, while having no personal grudges with the Spurs, is extremely upset at the deal. Meanwhile, @DeMar_DeRozan not backing off of claim he was lied to by Toronto regarding a potential trade, per source. Extremely upset. — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 18, 2018 Leonard also is not happy at going to Toronto, for several reasons, including the higher taxation rate in Canada than in Texas, which has no state income tax. Leonard’s camp had informed the Spurs he didn’t want to go there, but the Spurs made no promises either way. San Antonio had had significant discussions with the Philadelphia 76ers -- a team Leonard would have given a fair shake at convincing him to stay had it been able to make a deal with San Antonio. But the 76ers were unwilling to include guard Markelle Fultz, the former first pick overall in the 2017 Draft, or forward Dario Saric in any package proposals for Leonard. Leonard only played in nine games last season, citing an injured quad muscle that did not respond to treatment. But privately, Leonard was unhappy with what he thought was bad advice from the Spurs’ medical staff, and sought advice from his own group of doctors, removing himself from San Antonio to continue treatments in New York as the regular season ended and playoffs began. The Spurs did not push Leonard during his rehab, and referred questions about his status during their first-round series with the Golden State Warriors to his camp. Leonard’s uncle has acted as his agent for the last couple of years. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich informed Leonard’s camp of the trade early Wednesday (Wednesday, PHL time) in what was deemed a “cordial” conversation, according to a source. However, given the trade, Leonard is now contemplating not taking part in next week’s USA Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas. A final decision has not yet been made. For his part, the 28-year-old DeRozan let his feelings be known in an Instagram post early Wednesday (Wednesday, PHL time), saying in part, “Ain’t no loyalty in this game” after being dealt from the only team he’s played for in nine NBA seasons, and for whom he has been nothing but a first-class ambassador. The Raptors took DeRozan with the ninth pick in the 2009 Draft, during which time DeRozan became the franchise’s leader in several categories, including games, points and minutes played. He grew as the franchise did, helping lead it to the most successful period in its history alongside his close friend and All-Star teammate, Kyle Lowry. The backcourt did ads together, took vacations together with family and led Toronto to franchise records for wins, reaching the Eastern Conference finals in 2016. At every turn, DeRozan expressed happiness at playing for and living in Toronto, even as he had to make several cross-country trips last season to be with his ailing father in Los Angeles. DeRozan remade his game as part of the “culture reset” demanded by general manager Masai Ujiri after Toronto was beaten in the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cavaliers in 2017 -- a familiar outcome, as James and Cleveland beat the Raptors in three straight postseasons. DeRozan relied less on isolation sets than he had in years past, trying to move more without the ball and give it up so others could be more involved. Toronto won a franchise-best 59 regular season games last season and was the top seed in the Eastern Conference. However, Toronto suffered another playoff loss to Cleveland, this time a 4-0 sweep. It was especially galling considering the Cavaliers had been extended to a seventh game in their first-round series with Indiana, yet still managed to rally from a double-digit deficit to shock the Raptors in Game 1 in Toronto. The Cavs then cruised the rest of the way in the series. Ujiri fired coach Dwane Casey afterward, ultimately picking assistant coach Nick Nurse as Casey’s successor. But the reset of the team wasn’t complete. The Raptors believe strongly in their young core group of players, all of whom have been developed by Toronto the last few seasons -- guards Fred Van Vleet and Delon Wright, forward O.G. Anunoby and big man Pascal Siakham. Toronto initially opted to keep its existing vets around the kids, giving DeRozan a five-year, $138 million extension in 2016, then giving Lowry and forward Serge Ibaka extensions last summer – Lowry got a three-year, $100 million deal and Ibaka got a three-year, $65 million deal. However, after the latest playoff debacle, the Raptors let it be known around the Draft that none of their players were untouchable. If Toronto can get Leonard on board, the Raptors would have a potentially dynamic defensive group on the wings, with Leonard and Anunoby capable of guarding multiple positions. Ibaka isn’t the defender he was in Oklahoma City, where he was first team all-Defensive three years in a row, but he’s still a plus defender at his position. The 31-year-old Green is entering the final year of his contract. Long considered one of the best two-way guards in the game, Green was outstanding in the Spurs’ seven-game loss to the Heat in the 2013 Finals, making 27 3-pointers in the series en route to setting a Finals record. Poeltl, 22, was taken ninth overall by Toronto in the 2016 Draft. He worked his way quickly into the Raptors’ rotation, averaging 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds last season. Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. 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 19th, 2018Related News

Raptors will need to work some magic now after Kawhi trade

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press Raptors boss Masai Ujiri better have some magic plan. Because if he doesn’t, Lakers boss Magic Johnson certainly will. Before Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan — the headline pieces in a four-player trade between San Antonio and Toronto on Wednesday — play a single game for their new teams, this much is clear: The Spurs got better, the Raptors are taking a gargantuan risk and the Los Angeles Lakers are going to sit back and see what happens. San Antonio essentially swapped one All-Star for another, ridded itself of a headache — the Leonard-wants-out saga — and got a first-round draft pick as well. Hard to argue. In DeRozan, Toronto traded away a guard who led the Raptors in scoring in each of the last five seasons for a player who, without hardly ever saying a word, has made clear that he wants to be in Los Angeles. A bold strategy, but if Ujiri can win over Leonard in a year just like Sam Presti and Oklahoma City did with Paul George, it could work out like gangbusters for the Raptors. And if Leonard doesn’t see the virtue in making Toronto home for the long term, the Lakers will be waiting. Remember what Johnson said earlier this offseason about the Lakers’ strategy: that it will be a two-year mission. Getting LeBron James to sign with LA earlier this month was a big part of the plan, but it wasn’t the whole plan. Phase 2 is surrounding James with superstar talent, and it’s hard to see any reason why Leonard doesn’t end up in purple and gold at some point in 2019 — whether through a trade or free agency. Leonard probably isn’t happy, but he almost certainly can’t run the risk of sitting out another year. DeRozan clearly isn’t happy. That’s no disrespect to San Antonio — the Spurs are a model franchise and Gregg Popovich is a coach almost anyone would want to play for — but DeRozan rather would have stayed in Toronto. DeRozan got plenty of support from his NBA peers, including Dwyane Wade, who told The Associated Press that he hopes this trade reminds fans that teams will do what they want when they feel it’s time to move a player — so players shouldn’t be derided when they exercise their options to move on through free agency, either. “DeRozan gave everything to Toronto, everything they asked him to do from the standpoint of loyalty,” Wade said. “That’s why I hate loyalty and sports, those two words, they shouldn’t go together. You just feel for guys and their family. He committed to them. It’s a business and you understand the business, but from a player standpoint, it just sucks.” The Spurs were never going to trade Leonard to the Lakers. It made no sense. Why would San Antonio help a fellow Western Conference team get better, especially when the best team in basketball — Golden State — seems to have a chokehold on the Larry O’Brien Trophy with no plans of letting go anytime soon? Plus, the Lakers didn’t have the sort of assets the Spurs would have wanted for an elite player like Leonard. He played in nine games for the Spurs last season and was barely a factor. DeRozan will almost certainly give San Antonio more next year than Leonard gave the Spurs last year. Hence, they just got a lot better. Boston had the required assets but apparently wasn’t willing to part with them. Philadelphia did, too. But Toronto, to its credit, saw no reason why it shouldn’t be bold this summer. Dwane Casey was the coach of the year who won 59 games and led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the East last season. He got fired because the Raptors never figured out how to beat James in the playoffs. The Raptors are really good. Second-best record in the regular season a year ago, behind only Houston. But they know they’re not good enough to win a title, and while they stopped short of blowing up the team they sure gave the foundation a couple of good thwacks with a wrecking ball in dumping Casey and trading DeRozan. Can Leonard get them over the hump? Maybe. If he’s healthy, he could be the best player in the Eastern Conference, largely because of the way he can take a game over on the defensive end. That’s a player worth the risk. So now we see if Ujiri can work some magic. ___ Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds@ap.org.....»»

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Josh Hart matures during summer league, wins MVP

Los Angeles Lakers' Josh Hart shoots around Portland Trail Blazers' Zach Collins during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP P.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 18th, 2018Related News

Josh Hart matures during summer league, wins MVP

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Josh Hart wasn’t around to see the conclusion of the summer league as he was ejected from the championship game after criticizing the officials. The Lakers fell short in the title game, losing to Portland 91-73 on Tuesday night. Hart earned league MVP honors for a stellar two-week performance. He had a team-record 37 points in the double-overtime win over Cleveland in the semifinals on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Yet, his main takeaway from the game was that he, “missed two clutch free throws.” His performance on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) surpassed the 36-point effort by Lonzo Ball last year. “I don’t go for individual accolades,” said Hart, who finished with 12 points in the title game. “That’s never been a reason why I played this game. I play this game to win. That’s the biggest thing, I came here to win, I came here to dominate.” And while the Lakers couldn’t repeat as summer league champions, and he did anything but dominate during his disappointing appearance in the final, the 6'5" shooting guard’s evolution since the conclusion of his rookie season is what became apparent, and exactly what the Lakers needed to see. “We’ve been going since the middle of May, we focused on some things he needed to work on, talked about leadership qualities going into summer league because he was one of our veteran presence that has played legit NBA minutes, and he took all those things and carried into the three-week process here - and he was phenomenal every night,” Lakers summer league coach Miles Simon said. “I really love Josh for that because he fought to continue to play cause he’s a competitor and he’s a winner and we’re trying to build a championship mentality throughout our organization and we talk about those things every day. And Josh embodied all those things over this time.” He embodied the type of player Lakers coach Luke Walton is hoping will complement a lineup that is sure to be resuscitated with the most polarizing figure in sports - LeBron James. “Josh is a phenomenal player, I have fun watching him grow from school, it’s amazing,” said Portland’s KJ McDaniels, who scored 17 points and earned game MVP honors. “He did great leading his team every day. It’s always good going against the best guys in the league. He’s going to do great things with the Lakers.” Sidelined in March after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left hand, Hart finished the regular season averaging 7.9 points per game and grabbing 4.2 rebounds per game. He also shot 39.6 percent from three-point range, leading the team in three-point percentage. Since the offseason Simon said the focus has been to push Hart with a few aspects of his game that needed improvement: ball handling, shooting off the dribble and working off a pick-and-roll. “Nothing that he did here surprised me, it’s things we concentrated on and that he’s worked on,” Simon said. “He brings it every day to the gym in the offseason with a tremendous work ethic and you can see the payoff here in summer league. And that is going to be a great springboard for him going into training camp.”.....»»

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

SUPER 8: Long Lions dominate Elite after Blackwater goes cold in fourth quarter

MACAU --- Good start and even better finish for the Long Lions. Guangzhou shut down Blackwater in the fourth quarter, rolling to a convincing 88-69 win Wednesday in the Summer Super 8 tournament at the East Asian Games Dome here. Up by only one entering the final 10 minutes, 59-58, the Long Lions opened the fourth with 13 straight points. That was part of a larger 22-1 run to put the game on ice. Guangzhou's defense was merciless and it helped that the Elite missed easy shots all through the fourth quarter. Blackwater was scoreless in the first five minutes of the final period and didn't score a field goal until the 2:11 mark via a triple from Mike Digregorio. "Actually ang nangyari, ang dami naming atake na libre na di na-covert," head coach Bong Ramos said. "Basketball is a game of moments, they [Long Lions] momentum and naka-kuha sila ng three points, yun di na kami naka-score," he added. Five players scored in double figures for the Long Lions led by captain Ju Mingxin with 21 points. Guo Kai added 16 points while Shirelijian Muxtar and 7'1" center Zheng Zhun were good for 14 points each. Digregorio led the Elite with 13 points.   The Scores: GUANGZHOU 88 – Jing 21, Guo 16, Shirelijian 14, Zheng 14, Gu 10, Tian 5, Wang 3, Yao 3, Heng 2, Song 0. BLACKWATER 69 – DiGregorio 13, Jose 11, Maliksi 11, Sumang 8, Erram 6, Palma 6, Javier 5, Pinto 5, Banal 2, Belo 2, Zamar 0. Quarters: 24-21, 46-37, 59-58, 88-69.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

SUPER 8: Korea s Etland Elephants continue to roll in Macau

MACAU --- China and Korea were the two big winners or Day 2 of the Summer Super 8 tournament at the East Asian Games Dome here. South Korea got the first pair of victories Wednesday as the Etland Elephants beat the NLEX Road Warriors, 75-60. The Elephants took over solo lead in Group A with a 2-0 mark and are essentially through to the next round. After a beating at the hands of Blackwater in Day 1, the Samsung Thunders bounced back by surviving the Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka in the second game of the day, 68-63. The other PBA team in the Macau invitational, the Blackwater Elite, took a 69-88 beating at the hands of the undefeated Guangzhou Long Lions in the third game. Blackwater was only down one after three quarters but the Long Lions dropped a 22-1 run in the fourth to seal the victory. In the last game of the day, the Xinjiang Flying Tigers made quick work of the Formosa Dreamers, 94-57, for the first win. After the days, the Super 8 standings is as follows: Group A Etland 2-0 Xinjiang 1-1 NLEX 1-1 Formosa 0-2 Group B Guangzhou 2-0 Blackwater 1-1 Samsung 1-1 Fukuoka 0-2 Only the top-2 teams from each group will advance to the crossover semifinals set this weekend.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

Portland Blazers rule NBA Summer League

    LAS VEGAS, United States – KJ McDaniels stepped up as the Portland Trail Blazers rolled past the Los Angeles Lakers, 91-73, to rule the NBA Summer League on Tuesday night, July 17. McDaniels unloaded 17 points and 7 rebounds in just 20 minutes off the bench to help ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 18th, 2018Related News

Lakers, Trail Blazers to meet for Summer League title again

(AP Photo/John Locher). Los Angeles Lakers' Josh Hart, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton battle for the ball during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Mon.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJul 18th, 2018Related News

Ref University: NBA spending summer seeking new officials

LAS VEGAS --- It's a half-hour after their game ended and the night is just beginning for referees Ashley Gilpin, Natalie Sago and SirAllen Conner. They've showered, they've changed clothes, but dinner and the bright lights of Las Vegas will have to wait. A long classroom session is up first. They walk into a tiny locker room, grab seats on folding chairs and open their notebooks. Everything they did on the court that night --- where they stood, where they looked, what call they made, what call they didn't make--- will be scrutinized on video for the next two hours by NBA referees, tasked with teaching the summer refs what they need to know to make it to the league. Think ...Keep on reading: Ref University: NBA spending summer seeking new officials.....»»

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

SUPER 8: Blackwater holds off pesky Samsung Thunders

MACAU --- Pinoy teams hold serve to start the Summer Super 8 tournament. Blackwater managed to hold off a pesky Samsung Thunders squad Tuesday at the East Asian Games Dome here, taking a 78-67 decision in the invitational tournament organized by Asia League. The Elite picked up their first win in group B, joining NLEX as early winners of the Macau joust. The Road Warriors earlier smashed the Formosa Dreamers in group B. Blackwater was in control for most of the game, taking several double digit leads starting in the second period. But the Thunders would simply not go away and the Elite had to rely on a strong fourth-quarter finish to put the game away. A 10-0 run for a 76-62 lead essentially iced the game in favor of Blackwater. JP Erram was a beast for Blackwater, scoring 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. For good measure, he also had three blocks and two steals. Rookie Raymar Jose added 14 points for the Elite. The Thunders got 16 points each from Kim Hyun Soo and Kim Dong Uk.   The Scores: BLACKWATER 78 – Erram 20, Jose 14, Zamar 11, Belo 9, Maliksi 8, DiGregorio 7, Banal 3, Javier 2, Palma 2, Pinto 2, Sumang 0. SEOUL SAMSUNG 67 – Kim DU 16, Kim HS 16, Lee 12, Cha 7, Cheon 6, Bae 5, Hong 3, Jang 2, Choi 0. Quarters: 21-16, 41-37, 63-59, 78-67.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 17th, 2018Related News

2018 Summer League standouts: Day 14

NBA.com staff report A look at top performers from the 14th day of action at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League: Josh Hart, Los Angeles Lakers The point guard continues to make a case in becoming a key cog with the Lakers young core of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. Hart scored 37 points and grabbed nine rebounds to the lead the Lakers to a 112-109 double-overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the semifinals. Hart, who will enter his second season later this fall, has averaged 24.2 points per game in six contests during the Summer League in Las Vegas. The Villanova product could be in line to be the second Laker in consecutive years (Lonzo Ball) to be named Summer League MVP. Svi Mykhailiuk, Los Angeles Lakers The Lakers' second round pick last month is turning heads with his play in Las Vegas. He scored 31 points, including making six three-pointers on 11 attempts during the Lakers' double-overtime victory over the Cavaliers. The Lakers went on an 18-2 run to take a 28-17 lead led by Mykhailiuk, who was 4-for-4 from long-range in the first quarter. The sharp-shooting Ukrainian is shooting 42.9 percent (18 of 42) from three-point range in six games. Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers Despite shooting only 9 of 22 from the field, the point guard from Alabama is giving Cavaliers fans reasons of hope of the departure of LeBron James. Sexton finished Monday's loss against the Lakers with 27 points.  Sexton forced overtime with a 3-pointer late in regulation and then hit a free throw with 3.3 seconds left in OT to force a second overtime period. Caleb Swanigan, Portland Trail Blazers The Blazers first round pick last season may be getting more playing time next season as the big man continues to have a productive showing in Las Vegas. The 6-foot-8 power forward had 21 points and 16 rebounds as the Blazers took down the Grizzlies 97-92......»»

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SUPER 8: Elephants stun Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Day 1

MACAU --- Opening day for the 2018 Summer Super 8 is in the books. Filipino teams went 2-0 Tuesday at the East Asian Games Dome here with NLEX smashing Formosa, 94-68, and Blackwater holding off the pesky Samsung Thunders, 78-67. [Related: SUPER 8: Road Warriors crush Formosa's dreams to start Macau tilt] In the primetime games, KBL's Etland Elephants stunned the Xinjian Flying Tigers from the CBA. [Related: SUPER 8: Blackwater holds off pesky Samsung Thunders] Jeong Hyo Geun led the Elephants with 19 points on 70 percent shooting from the field while Kim Sang Kyu and Jung Young Sam scored 17 apiece. Hong Gyeong Ki added another 11 points for good measure. The Flying Tigers, who sent a strong 9-man contingent to Macau, got 17 points from team captain Sun Tonglin. In the final game of the day, the Guangzhou Long Lions scrapped their way for a 68-62 win over Japan's Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka. Ju Mingxin fired 24 points as the Long Lions got the Chinese on the board in Group B.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Huge win by Dragons in YBC

DILIMAN Preparatory School proved too strong, too classy for Triple Double, 125-48, in the 19 years old and under category in the 2018 Youth Basketball Cup Summer Showdown at the DPS covered courts in Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City recently. Gerry’s Grill "Best Player of the Game"awardee Airhon Acop led the….....»»

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Report: LeBron James to miss Team USA minicamp

NBA.com staff report LeBron James is expected to miss USA Basketball's minicamp to be held in Las Vegas next week, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN. James, who won two gold medals in 2008 and 2012 under head coach Mike Krzyzewski, will miss the first practices with new head coach Gregg Popovich. James did not play in the 2016 Games in Rio. James, who was in Las Vegas on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) to watch the Los Angeles Lakers play a Summer League game, is expected to make his first comments about his move from Cleveland to Los Angeles on July 30 (July 31, PHL time) when he is hosting the grand opening of the I PROMISE School in Akron, Ohio, a public school created through his charity the LeBron James Family Foundation......»»

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