Griffin not rushing Zion Williamson s return to lineup staff report After a report earlier this week that heralded rookie Zion Williamson will return "outside of the 6-8 week window" initially projected for his recovery from knee surgery, Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operation joined the Fox Sports New Orleans broadcast to clarify Williamson's progress. "I think six weeks (from Oct. 21) was three days ago," Griffin said. "He continues to progress. He's progressing very well. He feels very good about his process. And eight weeks is several days from now, and if we get outside of that, it will be because he hasn't met the metrics for return-to-play that are laid out for him and every player on our team. He will not be treated any differently in terms of the return-to-play metrics. "Now we have been much more cautious with him in terms of how quickly we've ramped him up from stage-to-stage because he's 19 and he's still growing and he was 285 pounds when he had the surgery. That's a different [type of] player, that's a diffferent [type of] person. It's a population of one. So we're obviously going to treat him differently as we ramp him through the stages. But there's been no other setback or mission afoot except to get him back on the court as quickly as possible." The Pelicans announced on October 21 (Oct. 22, PHL time) that Williamson had surgery to repair a torn right lateral meniscus, sidelining him for the start of the regular season. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound former Duke star averaged 23.2 points in four preseason games before missing the final exhibition with right knee soreness. ESPN's Andrew Lopez reports that Williamson has returned to do some on-court work, which includes walk-throughs with the team and spot shooting. In an interview with the assembled media last month, Williamson himself was preaching patience about his recovery time and projected timeline. "Nothing's changed, the timeline has not changed," Griffin said Thursday (Friday, PHL time). "If he hits those [return-to-play] metrics in seven weeks fine; if he hits them in 10 weeks, fine. We don't care when that is, but he's not getting on the court until he proves to us he's healthy, no matter what he wants to do." Griffin said that Williamson likely won't be playing in back-to-back games initially upon returning, with a likely gradual build toward 'full strength' in game situations. The delayed start, which stripped New Orleans of their starting power forward, has contributed to the Pelicans' disappointing 6-16 record thus far. "We're trying to win basketball games and quite frankly we've done a horrible job of that," Griffin said. "And where we might be failing in the short term, I think we're succeeding in the breadth of what we're trying to do, which is build a sustainable winner. And we're well on our way to that despite the current record." The 19-year-old Williamson turned pro after one season in college, during which he averaged 22.6 points and was voted to the Atlantic Coast Conference's All-Defensive Team. He also averaged 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocked shots. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report......»»

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SEA Games 2019: Eumir Marcial s win was for teammate John Marvin, and for all Filipinos

Filipin-British boxer John Marvin found himself on the losing end of a Split Decision result against Vietnam's Hoang Truong Dinh in the second day of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Boxing competitions, Thursday at the PICC Forum Tent in Manila.  Marvin, the Philippines' light heavyweight, was dropped in the opening round by a well-timed counter overhand-right, and was playing catch up to the Vietnamese pug from that point. While Marvin did a lot better in the second and third rounds, it wasn't enought to sway the judges' decision as he bowed out of the tournament, unable to defend his gold medal from the 2017 SEA Games.  While it was definitely a heartbreaking loss for Marvin, he was still all smiles as he greeted fans on his way out of the competition area.  Someone who wasn't able to contain his emotions however, was Marvin's teammate and Pinoy middleweight bet Eumir Marcial.  Marcial could not hold his tears back as he came to console his fallen teammate after the loss.  The following day, it was Marcial's turn to take to the ring, and he didn't disappoint, making short work of Malaysian Azmi Mohd Aswan Che. Marcial needed just one round to defeat Che and move on to the finals of the Men's Middleweight division.  Following his spectacular win, the AIBA World Championships silver medalist explained just why he was extremely emotional following Marvin's loss.  "Sobrang close kami, lahat ng pag-hihirap namin, magkasama kami, yung training namin, talagang binigay namin yung blood, yung disiplina namin, yung hard work namin dito, para dito sa SEA Games," Marcial told the media.  "Nasaktan ako, nalungkot ako sa nangyari sa kanya, especially nung nalaman ko na kaya pala siya hindi maka-suntok kasi sobrang maga nung kamay niya. Nung first round pa lang, maga na yung kamay niya. Sabi ko kahit na na-knockdown siya, maka-bawi naman siya eh, kasi nung training andun yung, talagang gusto niyang makuha yung gold, kaya sabi ko bawi na lang sa second round pero nakita namin, lahat nating mga Pilipino na hindi siya maka-suntok ulit, so sa lahat, may injury siya, maga yung kamay niya," he continued.  With his fallen teammate in mind, Marcial came into his bout and delivered, dedicating the win to Marvin, the rest of his team, and the rest of the Filipino people.  "Sabi ko, itong game na 'to, kasi hindi siya nakakuha ng medal, so, hindi lang 'to para sa akin, hindi lang 'to para sa Pilipino, para sa amin din ito, kasi hard work namin, yung pagsasma namin, lahat. Kumbaga alam namin yung isa't-isa, kaya naging emotional ako nung natalo siya." With Marcial one more win away from a third-straight gold medal in the SEA Games, the Zamboanga-native calls for support from the Filipino people. "Hinihingi namin lahat, ng Philippine Boxing Team na suportahan niyo kami, manood kayo sa laban namin, i-cheer niyo kami, kasi we win as one naman eh. Yung panalo namin ay panalo din niyo.".....»»

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Riza Santos, Miss Globe bet

By ROBERT R. REQUINTINA ** A FORMER “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate is the country’s official candidate to the Miss Global 2019 pageant. Riza Santos is no stranger to pageantry. Santos represented Canada in Miss Earth in 2006, Miss World in 2011, and Miss Universe in 2013. “Her extreme pageant experience would work well to her […].....»»

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‘Sarumsom 2’ art exhibit opens today at SM City Naga Mall Atrium

‘Sarumsom 2’ art exhibit opens today at SM City Naga Mall Atrium.....»»

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Pardo police chief: Angkas driver person of interest in habal-habal driver’s killing

CEBU CITY, Philippines — An Angkas driver is allegedly a person of interest in the killing of a habal-habal or motorcycle-for-hire driver at past midnight today, December 6, 2019, along Natalio Bacalso Avenue in Barangay Bulacao, Cebu City. Police Lieutenant Colonel John Kareen Escober, Pardo Police chief, said in an interview at Cebu City Hall […] The post Pardo police chief: Angkas driver person of interest in habal-habal driver’s killing appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Five Philippine pugs gun for final slots today

It’s a day of reckoning for five Philippine boxers who will enter the ring at the PICC Forum to battle in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games semifinals this afternoon, hoping for a win to fight for the gold......»»

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SEA GAMES: Dec. 6 schedule

WEEKEND na at may balak ka bang manood ng mga laro sa SEA Games?  Here is today’s schedules:   DECEMBER 6 5:30 a.m. SURFING (W) – Longboard open quarterfinal 5:30 a.m. SURFING (M) – Longboard open quarterfinal 5:30 a.m. SURFING (W) – Shortboard open quarterfinal 5:30 a.m. SURFING (M) – Shortboard open quarterfinal 5:45 a.m. […] The post SEA GAMES: Dec. 6 schedule appeared first on Bandera......»»

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Arsenal endures worst run since 1977; Newcastle wins in EPL

LONDON (AP) — Not since 1977 have things been this bad at Arsenal. The struggling Gunners slumped to a 2-1 home loss to Brighton in the Premier League on Thursday, taking the team's winless streak to nine games in all competitions — its worst run in 42 years. Interim coach Freddie Ljungberg clearly hasn't found a quick fix to all the problems that plagued the team under Unai Emery — who was fired last week — and the Gunners looked completely shorn of confidence against a Brighton side that dominated large parts of the game. “I don't know what to say. I have the feeling that whatever we do it doesn't come out right,” Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin said. “I am lost for words a little bit.” Arsenal is looking lost, period. The team hasn't won in 60 days and allowed Brighton to outplay it for most of the first half. Adam Webster put the visitors ahead in the 36th after Arsenal failed to clear the ball inside the box, giving Graham Potter's side a deserved halftime lead. “We didn't show up in the first half, didn't work hard and want to play. You can't start like that,” Ljungberg said. “At halftime we said 'This is not Arsenal, we have to give it a crack.'” That halftime talk seemed to have worked as Arsenal came out with a renewed sense of urgency, and Alexandre Lacazette equalized with a looping header five minutes after the break. Arsenal kept pushing forward and had spells of pressure, but instead it was Neal Maupay who headed home the winner at the other end in the 80th minute. The loss leaves Arsenal mired in 10th place after 15 games, 10 points outside the top four. PHANTOM OFFSIDE In Thursday's other game, Newcastle was helped by yet another disputed VAR decision as it ended Sheffield United's seven-match unbeaten run in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory. Newcastle took the lead through Allan Saint-Maximin's header in the 15th minute, before Jonjo Shelvey netted a bizarre second midway through the second half. United's defenders switched off completely after the linesman flagged for offside when Andy Carroll flicked the ball on toward Shelvey. However, the referee waved play on and the midfielder slotted the ball into the net when he was clear through on goal, with goalkeeper Dean Henderson making little effort to stop it. A video review showed that Carroll was onside, and the goal stood. It was the hosts' first defeat since losing at home to Liverpool in September. The win brings Newcastle level with Sheffield and Arsenal on 19 points in midtable......»»

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SEA Games: Gilas has Vietnam next in big prelims showdown

MANILA — After starting the 2019 Southeast Asian Games with a 52-point drubbing of Singapore, Gilas Pilipinas is ready move forward through the preliminary stage. The Philippine national team will certainly keep its focus, as anything short of a gold medal here will be a monumental disaster. Up next for Gilas Pilipinas is Vietnam and the Vietnamese have been impressive so far, entering Friday’s clash with a clean 2-0 mark. Vietnam was Cone’s mystery team almost a week before the SEA Games and looks like Coach Tim’s early hunch was right. [Related: SEA Games: Gilas wary of unknown Vietnam] These Vietnamese are good. “We scouted Vietnam today against Myanmar, and they have six really good athletes on their team,” Cone said. “They're gonna be a much stronger opponent,” he added. The Philippines is the heavy favorites to win a 13th straight gold medal in the SEA Games. Gilas Pilipinas also sent a powerhouse crew, going all-PBA this time int he biennial event. However, as Gilas looks to dominate, proper mindset is still key. It’s much easier to underestimate an opponent and doing that opens you up for a historic upset. “We wanna make sure that we're coming out and we're respecting the game, that we're playing the game the right way, that we are respecting our opponents. You didn't see a lot of fooling around. We don't want our guys fooling around,” Cone said. “We're gonna try to play the game the right way. That's very important to us, to represent the country. We want people going back to their respective homes and saying wow, that team played with a lot of class. That's really been uppermost in our minds. Obviously, we wanna win too,” he added. Gilas Pilipinas vs. Vietnam, a crucial match to pretty much decide rankings for the next round, will tip off at the MOA Arena at 8:15 p.m. Friday.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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SEA Games: “Bata” tries to work his magic as gold medal bid resumes vs. powerhouse Vietnam

MANILA — Admittedly, Efren “Bata” Reyes says he has little to no more pool magic left. But as billiards action in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games go further with critical matches, The Magician looks to pull off a few more tricks up his sleeve in order to snatch that elusive gold medal. Following a smashing debut in 1-Cushion Carom, 65-year-old Bata Reyes takes on Vietnam’s Dinh Nai Ngo with a slot in the gold medal game on the line. Vietnam is the traditional powerhouse in Carom, or “Karambola” as it’s called here, and Ngo is as legit as any opponent could be for Reyes. If Bata is to work his magic, the time is now and he knows it. “Pipilitin ko talunin, pero magaling yun,” Reyes said of Ngo. “Baka mamaya, sumama din tira nun at gumanda tira ko, bumalik,” he added. If Bata somehow pulls through and wins his first-ever SEA Games gold, everyone will know that he worked for it. The Magician has taken on alll of the world’s best during his legendary billiards career and now he’s taking on a Carom powerhouse for the only prize he’s yet to win. “Dito sa karambola, pinaka malakas na kalaban talag Vietnam,” he said. “Kamukha natin, lumalaban din yan all over the world. Sa  karambola, sila tinatawag na world champion ngayon,” Bata said. The Magician is once again the centerpiece of a loaded billiards slate Friday as his semifinals against Ngo is set for 4:00 p.m. at Manila Hotel Tent. Also seeing action for Team Philippines are Rubilen Amit, Chezka Centeno, and Dennis Orcollo in their respective singles categories.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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30th SEAG Surfing tourney resumes today

SAN JUAN, La Union, Dec. 5 (PIA) - - After it was suspended on Monday, Dec. 2, because of bad weather brought about by typhoon "Tisoy", the surfing competition of the 30th SEA Games in the beach sh.....»»

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4-day work week boluntaryo, walang ibabawas sa benepisyo — DOLE

Pinaalalahanan ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ang mga manggagawa at employer na isang boluntaryong kasunduan lamang ang compressed work week at hindi dapat na magresulta sa pagbabawas sa umiiral na benepisyo ng mga empleyado......»»

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Muros says Clark suitable venue for SEA Games

Clark Freeport—Renowned Filipino athlete Elma Muros today praised this Freeport, citing it to be a suitable venue for the various competitions in the on-going 30th edition of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games......»»

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Gilas Pilipinas seeks solo leadership

Two days after trouncing Singapore, Gilas Pilipinas battles Vietnam today Friday, seeking the lead in Group A of the men’s basketball action in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City......»»

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SSS pensioners get 13th month pay

The state-run Social Security System said Wednesday more than 2.83-million pensioners will receive their 13th-month pension starting today, Friday. .....»»

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Five Philippines pugs seek finals slots today

It’s a day of reckoning for five Philippine boxers who will enter the ring at the PICC Forum to battle in the Southeast Asian Games semifinals this afternoon, hoping for a win to fight for the gold......»»

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SM Skating unveils Disney’s “Frozen 2”-inspired rink at SM Seaside City Cebu

Manila, Philippines – Disney Philippines and SM Skating have teamed up to bring the Frozen 2 experience to Disney fans in Cebu. Starting today until January 31, 2019, SM Skating Seaside City Cebu will be bedecked and turned into Frozen 2‘s enchanted forest to bring fans into a journey into the unknown filled with weekend […] The post SM Skating unveils Disney’s “Frozen 2”-inspired rink at SM Seaside City Cebu appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Unemployment rate falls in October

The proportion of unemployed Filipinos fell in October while those wanting more work slightly decreased......»»

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99% of Filipinos Say Medicines Are Expensive – September Ulat Ng Bayan Report

The Department of Health (DOH) today reiterated that an updated list of medicines has been recommended to the Office of the President last September for the imposition of maximum drug retail prices (MDRP), pursuant to the Cheaper Medicines Act of 2008 (Republic Act 9502). This comes after results of the Ulat ng Bayan September Report, […].....»»

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Bulacan LGUs express dismay over delayed airport work

Local government units in Bulacan province expressed dismay over the delayed groundbreaking of the $15-billion New Manila International Airport in Bulakan town which was originally scheduled this month because of the new issues raised by the Department of Finance......»»

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