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Veteran, 99, raises £13M for UK medics

LONDON, United Kingdom — A 99-year-old British World War II veteran on Thursday completed 100 laps of his garden in a fundraising challenge for healthcare staff that has “captured the heart of the nation”, raising more than £13 million ($16.2 million, 14.9 million euros). “Incredible and now words fail me,” said Tom Moore, a captain who served […] The post Veteran, 99, raises £13M for UK medics appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsApr 16th, 2020Related News

WWII veteran, 99, raises almost £12m for UK health workers

A 99-year-old British World War II veteran has raised almost £12 million ($15 million) in his fundraising challenge for frontline health workers by walking laps of his garden. Tom Moore, a captain who served in India and Burma, is being sponsored to complete 100 lengths of his 25-meter garden in time for his 100th birthday […] The post WWII veteran, 99, raises almost £12m for UK health workers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsApr 16th, 2020Related News

Mighty-Pilipinas takes down Al-Riyadi to take home first Dubai title

Mighty Sports-Pilipinas has finished the job on one of the most dominant campaigns in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament. The Filipinos imposed their will on Al Riyadi, 92-81, Sunday (Philippine time) at the Shabab Al-Ahli Club to resoundingly register their name as the champions of the 2020 iteration of the invitational tourney. Of course, reinforcements Renaldo Balkman and Andray Blatche showed the way with the former finishing with 25 points and the latter ending with 21 markers. Filipino-American Mikey Williams did his part as well with 13 points while two-time UAAP Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena contributed six markers. All of that was more than enough for the Philippines to be able to bring home its first trophy from Dubai. A year ago, Mighty-Pilipinas had to settle for third-place - still their best showing in the tournament. That was until now when it became the first team outside of West Asia to be crowned champion. BOX SCORES MIGHTY-PILIPINAS 92 - Balkman 25, Blatche 21, Williams 13, Moore 11, Kendrick 10, Ravena 6, Malonzo 4, Go 2, Ju. Gomez de Liano 0, Belga 0. AL RIYADI 81 - Efevberha 26, Jackson 20, Haidar 14, Arakji 10, Bawji 6, Saoud 3, Mneimneh 2, Townes 0, Akl 0, Gyokchyan 0. QUARTER SCORES: 24-20, 46-42, 74-57, 92-81. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 1st, 2020Related News

Mighty-Pilipinas exacts revenge on AS Sale to enter Dubai Finals

Mighty Sports-Pilipinas is already assured of its best-ever finish in the Dubai International Tournament after getting the better of AS Sale, 80-76, Saturday (Philippine time) at the Shabab Al-Ahli Club. Still, the Filipinos have their sights set on a historic title in the 2020 iteration of the invitational tourney when they take on either Hoops Lebanon or Al Riyadi Beirut in the Finals on Sunday (Philippine time). This one didn't come easy, though, as the Moroccans, who had downed the Philippines last year, battled back from 11 points down after three quarters. Renaldo Balkman had all the answers, however, and wound up with 29 points. With that, Mighty-Pilipinas already improved upon their third-place finish from a year ago - and there's the championship round still to go. BOX SCORES MIGHTY-PILIPINAS 80 - Balkman 29, Blatche 17, Williams 12, Ravena 7, Malonzo 6, Kendrick 5, Moore 6, Go 0, Ju. Gomez de Liano 0, Belga 0. AS SALE 76 - Kourdou 20, Najah 20, Slimane 14, Arnold 11, Elmasbahi 6, Almahini 5. QUARTER SCORES: 25-15, 44-34, 66-55, 80-76. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 31st, 2020Related News

Lynx star Maya Moore skips second straight WNBA season

Moore, regarded as one of the best in the sport, will be sitting out her second straight season and foregoing her contention in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in favor of supporting Jonathan Irons, a man sentenced to prison that she believes is innocent......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 23rd, 2020Related News

Ball leads Pelicans past Pistons in overtime, 117-100

By Dave Hogg, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Lonzo Ball scored five of his 17 points in overtime and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Detroit Pistons 117-110 on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) in a matchup of injury-depleted teams. The Pistons are still missing starters Blake Griffin (knee), Luke Kennard (knee) and Reggie Jackson (back), while the Pelicans played without their top three scorers — Brandon Ingram (knee), Jrue Holiday (elbow) and JJ Redick (hamstring) — along with Derrick Favors (hamstring) and Zion Williamson (knee). Detroit, which trailed by 16 with 11 minutes to play, tied the game at 100 on Derrick Rose's bank shot with 30 seconds left. E'Twaun Moore missed two short jumpers, giving Detroit the ball with 14 seconds remaining, but Rose missed at the buzzer. The Pelicans opened overtime with a 9-2 run, including five points from Ball, and Rose had two turnovers in the last 90 seconds. New Orleans has won three of four and is now 9-4 after a 6-22 start. Jahlil Okafor had 25 points and 14 rebounds while Nicolo Melli scored 20 points and Moore had 16. The Pistons lost their third straight and their 12th in the last 15 games. Rose had 23 points and eight assists, while Christian Wood added 18 points and nine rebounds. Rookie Sekou Doumbouya scored 16 points. Okafor had 19 points and eight rebounds as the Pelicans took a 63-52 halftime lead. Detroit narrowed the gap to seven at the start of the third, but Melli answered with a 3-pointer. The Pelicans kept the gap in double figures for the rest of the quarter, going into the fourth with an 89-77 lead. Doumbouya's transition dunk cut it to 97-91 with 6:05 left, and Rose followed with a layup in traffic. Josh Hart and Wood traded 3-pointers, and another layup by Rose pulled the Pistons within 100-98. TIP-INS Pelicans: With the Pelicans short-handed, rookie Zylon Cheatham entered the rotation as part of coach Alvin Gentry's second unit. He played 11 minutes, scoring two points in his third NBA game. Pistons: Guard Jordan Bone, who came into the game with six NBA minutes over three games, was inserted into the game in the first quarter as part of a three-guard second unit. Bone finished with no points in eight first-half minutes. UP NEXT Pelicans: Host the Utah Jazz on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Pistons: Visit the Boston Celtics on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 14th, 2020Related News

Bogdanovic, Jazz edge Pelicans 128-126 for 6th straight win

By Brett Martel, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 35 points, Joe Ingles added 22 and the Utah Jazz extended their winning streak to six games by holding on for a 128-126 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Brandon Ingram scored 35 points for New Orleans but could not convert a driving layup attempt at the horn while being defended by Rudy Gobert. The Utah center was chasing Ingram down the right side of the lane and appeared to make body-to-body contact that forced Ingram over the baseline as he attempted to take the final shot. As the horn sounded, Pelicans players leaped off the bench pleading for a foul call while Utah players celebrated Gobert's defensive play and quickly disappeared down the tunnel. Officials briefly went to the scorer's table to check if there should be any time left and then ruled the game over, eliciting a cascade of boos from the crowd. Gobert had 19 rebounds and Donovan Mitchell capped a 19-point night with a driving floater in the lane that broke a 126-all tie with 1:12 left and wound up being the winning basket as the Pelicans missed their final three shots and Utah its last two. The game had 18 lead changes and 11 ties. Utah briefly went up by 11 in the third quarter and the Jazz maintained a slim lead for most of the fourth until Lonzo Ball, who had 21 points, hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 121 with 3:15 left. Ingles' free throws and his left-handed alley-oop feed across the lane to Gobert helped Utah take a five-point lead before J.J. Redick's free throws and Ingram's 3 tied it at 126. Redick finished with 23 points for the Pelicans, who were without second-leading scorer Jrue Holiday (19.6 points per game) for the first time this season because of his bruised left elbow. TIP-INS Jazz: Ingles made four 3s and the Jazz, who came in averaging 12.4 per game, finished with 16. ... Bogdanovic hit 11 of 21 shots, including three 3s, and all 10 of his free throws. ... Utah improved to 11-2 with the starting lineup of Mitchell, Ingles, Bogdanovic, Royce O'Neale and Gobert. ... The Jazz improved to 11-9 on the road. Pelicans: Derrick Favors had 10 rebounds and three blocks, including one on Gobert that led to Ingram's tying 3 in the final two minutes. ... Ingram has scored 30 or more eight times in New Orleans' first 37 games. ... E'Twaun Moore scored 13 points but missed all four 3s he attempted. ... Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry dropped to 15-30 against Utah. ... Ingram was called for a technical in the third quarter for apparently arguing that a foul should have been called on his missed shot. ROOKIE MAGIC While top overall draft choice Zion Williamson has yet to make his debut, the Pelicans' other two first-round picks — center Jaxson Hayes and guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker — combined for a memorable highlight that caused a frenzy in the stands. Alexander-Walker, selected 17th overall, floated an alley-oop pass well above the rim as he began to drive the lane. Hayes corralled it with his right hand just before it hit about halfway up the backboard and slammed the ball down. The Pelicans seemed to feed off the energy created by the play, which came early in a 16-3 run to close the third quarter that put the Pelicans up 97-95. UP NEXT Jazz: Host the New York Knicks on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Pelicans: Host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 7th, 2020Related News

Excellence fatigue: The normalization of defects

When I read this article “Excellence fatigue: The normalization of defects” written by Steve Moore I immediately sent a request to Dr. Tim Elmore for permission to feature it in this column and he graciously granted me an approval......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceDec 6th, 2019Related News

Ingram leads Pelicans past Suns 124-121

By Jose M. Romero, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Brandon Ingram scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and JJ Redick scored 26 points, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a 124-121 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). ?? B.I. 4TH Q TAKEOVER ??@B_Ingram13 scored 15 4th Q points (28 total) to lead the @PelicansNBA to victory! #WontBowDown pic.twitter.com/lbRmq91e68 — NBA (@NBA) November 22, 2019 Jrue Holiday had 23 points and nine assists for the Pelicans, who earned their third straight win. E’Twaun Moore added a season-high 19 points. Ingram's drive and strong finish at the rim while being fouled helped New Orleans open a 122-115 lead with 1:25 to play. Holiday missed two free throws with 0.5 seconds to play, giving the Suns a chance to tie after a quick timeout. But the Suns couldn't get a good shot up. Kelly Oubre Jr. led Phoenix with 25 points in its third consecutive loss. Devin Booker had 19 for the short-handed Suns, who were without starting center Aron Baynes and starting point guard Ricky Rubio......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 22nd, 2019Related News

Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Croatia qualify for Euro 2020

By Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Croatia qualified for the 2020 European Championship on Saturday. Germany advanced with a 4-0 win over Belarus on Saturday, with Toni Kroos scoring twice and steering the side top of Group C. Second-place Netherlands also qualified despite a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland in Belfast. Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis missed a penalty in the first half. Austria joined already qualified Poland from Group G with a 2-1 win over visiting North Macedonia. Poland won 2-1 for its first win in Israel since 1988. Croatia booked its place as Group E winner with a 3-1 win at home over Slovakia. IMPRESSIVE GERMANY Injury-hit Germany started with an unfamiliar central defensive pair of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Matthias Ginter and Freiburg’s Robin Koch, the latter making only his second appearance and his first in a competitive game for Germany. There was little sign of inexperience against defensively minded Belarus, however, with Joachim Löw’s team dominating with good chances early on for Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry and Kroos. Manuel Neuer pulled off a brilliant flying save to deny Igor Stasevich with the visitors’ first chance, just before Matthias Ginter made the breakthrough in the 41st minute. Leon Goretzka scored four minutes after the break, and Ginter set up Kroos to mark his 95th game for Germany with the third goal in the 55th. That set off fans’ celebrations with Mexican waves going around the stadium. Stasevich had a chance to pull one back from the penalty spot after a clumsy challenge from Koch, but Neuer guessed the right way. Kroos wrapped up the scoring with a fine second goal in the 83rd, turning with a left-right combination to elude two defenders before shooting with his left boot inside the post. WALES HAILS BALE Gareth Bale returned from injury and helped Wales keep its automatic qualification hopes alive with a 2-0 win at Azerbaijan in Group E. Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson scored in the first half to give Wales its first away win in more than a year. Third in Group E with 11 points, Wales can secure automatic qualification with a win in its final game on Tuesday over second-place Hungary on 12 points. Bale hadn’t played for a month due to a calf injury, but the Real Madrid winger played just under an hour in Baku before being taken off by coach Ryan Giggs to safeguard his availability for the Hungary showdown in Cardiff. Bale was a booking away from suspension. BELGIUM PERFECT Eden Hazard scored twice and younger brother Thorgan Hazard also grabbed a goal as already qualified Belgium beat already qualified Russia 4-1 in St. Petersburg. The Belgians’ ninth win from nine qualifying games ensure they top Group I and join Italy as one of the six seeded teams in the finals’ draw on Nov. 30. Scotland defeated Cyprus 2-1 in Nicosia to move third in the group, and Kazakhstan won 3-1 at San Marino. Also, Slovenia beat Latvia 1-0 in Group G......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 17th, 2019Related News

Holiday’s 36 points push Pelicans past Clippers 132-127

By Brett Martel, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored 36 points and stole the ball from Paul George three times in the final minutes to spoil George’s season debut and lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 132-127 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). George was playing for the first time since signing as a free agent with the Clippers because he’d been recovering from shoulder surgery last spring. He did not appear rusty, scoring 33 points in 24 minutes, only to be done in by late turnovers at the hands of Holiday, who finished with six steals, including one on Lou Williams’ attempted bounce pass in the final seconds to seal the victory. Derrick Favors had 20 points and a career-best 20 rebounds in the first 20-20 game of his 10-year career. Frank Jackson added 23 points in a reserve role. The Clippers played without Kawhi Leonard, who was being rested for the third time this season to ease stress on his sore knee after playing a night earlier in a loss at Houston. But the Pelicans were hardly sympathetic with starters Brandon Ingram (right knee) and Lonzo Ball (groin) sidelined, as well. George’s 3 cut the Pelicans’ lead to 126-123 with 42 seconds left. But the Clippers left Jackson unguarded on the perimeter on the other end, and he took his time squaring up and connecting on his fourth 3 of the game to restore New Orleans’ six-point lead with 30 seconds left. J.J. Reddick, who started and scored 19, hit two free throws with 11.4 seconds left to help wrap up just New Orleans’ third victory in 11 games this season. Williams scored 31 points and Rodney McGruder 20 for the Clippers, who’ve dropped two straight. The Pelicans trailed 43-36 early in the second quarter when they put together the game’s first big run. Favors scored six straight Pelicans points on a free throw, a tip-in and his first 3-pointer of the season from the left corner. Holiday followed with a 3 soon after that capped a 13-1 run which put New Orleans up 50-44. Holiday added two more 3s, and Jackson another to widen New Orleans’ lead to 14 at 66-52. Holiday added a driving dunk and finger roll to push his two-quarter total up to 24 points, and the Pelicans carried a 72-59 lead into halftime. The Clippers needed less than a quarter to surge back into the lead, however. George opened the second half with a quick driving layup, pull-up jumper and a 3 as part of an 11-2 run to make it 74-70. Los Angeles inched ahead when Williams hit a 3 and followed with a driving layup as he was fouled to make it 88-86, and neither team led by more than eight after that. TIP-INS Clippers: Montrezl Harrell had 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting. ... McGruder came in 1 of 6 on 3s for the season and hit 5 of 7 in New Orleans. ... The Clippers were 11 of 24 from 3, with George hitting 3 of 5. Pelicans: E’Twaun Moore scored 15 in his first start of the season as the Pelicans used their eighth starting lineup in their first 11 games. ... Guard Josh Hart (left knee and ankle sprains) and center Jahlil Okafor (left ankle sprain) both joined Ingram, Ball and top draft choice Zion Williamson in street clothes on the bench. UP NEXT Clippers: Host Atlanta on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) in the first of five straight home games. Pelicans: Begin a weekend of back-to-back games at Miami on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time), followed by a home date with Golden State on Sunday night (next Monday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 15th, 2019Related News

Curry leads Warriors to first win, 134-123 over Pelicans

By Brett Martel, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Stephen Curry had 26 points and 11 assists, and the Golden State Warriors won for the first time this season, beating the winless New Orleans Pelicans 134-123 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Draymond Green had 16 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists for the injury-riddled Warriors, who dropped their first two games by 19 or more points before dominating a Pelicans squad that was missing three injured starters, including top overall draft choice Zion Williamson. D'Angelo Russell added 24 points and Damion Lee finished with 23 for Golden State, which led wire-to-wire. Green's layup with 5:07 left put the Warriors ahead 128-99 before the Pelicans made an inconsequential run to make the final score look more competitive than the bulk of the game was. Brandon Ingram had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who had not lost any of their first three games by more than seven points before being run out of their own building by the Curry and Co. The Pelicans were playing a second straight game without veteran guard Jrue Holiday, who has a sprained left knee, and also were without starting center Derrick Favors because of right knee soreness. First-round draft pick Jaxson Hayes had 19 points for the Pelicans, who struggled to make shots for most of the game. New Orleans went 15 of 47 (31.9 percent) from 3-point range and missed 10 of 22 free throws. J.J. Redick had a rough night for the Pelicans. The normally reliable veteran missed nine of 10 shots, including eight of nine from 3. TIP-INS Warriors: Glenn Robinson III had 12 points and nine assists. ... Kevon Looney missed his second straight game with right hamstring tightness, while Alec Burks (right ankle sprain), Willie Cauley-Stein (left foot sprain) and Alen Smailagic (right ankle sprain) have yet to make their season debut. Pelicans: Kenrich Williams scored 16 points and rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker, picked 17th overall, had 15 points and nine assists. ... Veteran guard E'Twaun Moore did not play for a third straight game despite being healthy. UP NEXT Warriors: Host Phoenix on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Pelicans: Host Denver on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 29th, 2019Related News

Wilson throws 4 TD passes, Seahawks hold off Rams 30-29

By Tim Booth, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chris Carson on fourth-and-goal with 2:28 remaining to give Seattle the lead, Greg Zuerlein missed a 44-yard field goal with 11 seconds left and the Seahawks held on for a wild 30-29 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night. Jared Goff and the Rams (3-2) appeared on the verge of a victory after driving into field-goal range in the final 90 seconds. Zuerlein hit three field goals earlier, but this attempt slipped wide right and gave Seattle (4-1) a win it needed against its NFC West foe after losing six of the past eight to the Rams. Wilson was 17 of 23 for 268 and four touchdowns. He was at his best, whether it was his throws from the pocket or when he was forced to improvise. It was one stunning play after another from Seattle’s star, continuing the best start to a season in his career. Seattle appeared to wrap up the victory when Tedric Thompson made a juggling interception of Goff’s deflected pass while lying on the turf with 2:08 left. But the Rams forced Seattle to punt and took possession at their own 7 with 1:38 left. In just seven plays, Goff had the Rams to the Seattle 30 after a 28-yard strike to Gerald Everett. The Rams stalled and a 9-yard pass to Everett on third-down set up Zuerlein’s attempt. The snap was good, but the kick stayed just to the right. Goff finished 29 of 49 for 395 yards and one touchdown just days after throwing for a career-high 517 yards and tying an NFL record with 45 completions in a loss to Tampa Bay. Everett had seven catches for 136 yards, and Cooper Kupp had nine grabs for 118 yards and a TD. Wilson, though, was the star. Wilson had touchdown passes of 13 yards to Tyler Lockett and 40 yards to DK Metcalf in the first half. He threw a 10-yarderto David Moore in the third quarter and he had a final answer after the Rams’ had taken a 29-24 lead. Wilson led Seattle 60 yards in 12 plays, helped during the drive by a roughing-the-passer call on Clay Matthews. After stalling inside the 10, Seattle faced fourth down at the 5. Wilson scrambled like he had all night, buying enough time to find Carson open in the corner of the end zone. The running back scared nearly all of the 69,000 in attendance by juggling the pass before gaining control. Carson finished with 118 yards rushing on 27 carries. The touchdown was his only reception. GURLEY’S MISTAKE Todd Gurley was a featured part of the Rams’ offense early and finished with 51 yards on 15 carries, but the run game vanished during most of the second half. Gurley also fumbled for the first time since Week 3 of last season. The fumble was ripped out by Jadeveon Clowney, who also recovered the ball. It was Gurley’s first fumble in 338 offensive touches. He had gained 1,915 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns between his two fumbles. KEY CATCH Brandin Cooks had just one reception but it was a big one. Cooks pulled in a 29-yard catch from Goff on third-and-8 from the Rams 27 early in the fourth quarter as he was being covered tightly by Shaquill Griffin. Cooks was being evaluated for a concussion after the play and did not return. Carroll challenged there should have been offensive pass interference but the call on the field stood. The catch led to Zuerlein’s field goal that gave the Rams a 29-24 lead. INJURIES D.J. Fluker suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter. He was replaced at right guard by Jamarco Jones, who typically is a backup tackle, but was forced to play guard with normal backup Ethan Pocic out because of a back injury. UP NEXT: Rams: Los Angeles stays in the NFC West, hosting San Francisco on Sunday, Oct. 13. Seahawks: Seattle is at Cleveland on Sunday, Oct. 13......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 4th, 2019Related News

Demi Moore reveals she was raped at 15

MANILA, Philippines — Actress Demi Moore said she was raped when she was 15 years old by a man who paid her late mother $500. She made this revelation in an interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America on Monday, September 23. Demi wrote the painful memory in her ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 24th, 2019Related News

TERRIFIC 12: Loaded Liaoning is TNT’s first test in Macau

MACAU — If TNT is to break its title drought here for the East Asia Super League’s the Terrific 12 tournament, the KaTropa will have to earn it. The deck has been suddenly stacked for the KaTropa as their first opponent has added major pieces ahead of Group D play. China’s Liaoning Flying Leopards have acquired the services of Lance Stephenson and Salah Mejri to complement a loaded local team led by national team star Guo Ailun. Stephenson played with LeBron James for the Lakers last season and Mejri was last seen by Filipino fans in China, leading African champion Tunisia to a sound beatdown of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The KaTropa are on a collission course against the Flying Leopards Tuesday, with their 9:00 p.m. showdown serving as the main event of a loaded Day 1 slate in The Terrific 12 at the Tap Seac Multi-sport Pavilion. TNT is fresh from a Finals stint in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the team’s first in two years. However, the KaTropa lost that series in six games and their title drought is now at four years and counting. In Macau, TNT can play for a title if it maintains its high-quality of play that ran amok in the PBA but the KaTropa no longer have Best Import Terrence Jones in the fold. They do have the next best thing in KJ McDaniels, who will also suit up for the team in the Governors’ Cup. TNT also has McKenzie Moore for added import firepower. The KaTropa also sill have their local Big 3 of Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy to count on scoring.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 16th, 2019Related News

The Watchmen cometh in HBO GO/HBO series

Based on the DC Comics limited series of the same title created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the nine-episode first season of Watchmen will air in October on HBO with Damon Lindelof as executive producer/writer and Regina King as lead actress......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsSep 1st, 2019Related News

Kansas City Royals being sold in deal expected to fetch $1B

By Dave Skretta, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — David Glass and his family had a very specific set of qualities they were searching for in a potential owner when they decided to put the Kansas City Royals on the market. They wanted an astute and successful businessman, someone with local ties who, perhaps most importantly, had a deep love for baseball. John Sherman fit that description perfectly. So on Friday, the Glass family announced the sale of the two-time World Series champions to an ownership group led by Sherman in a deal expected to be worth about $1 billion. Sherman and his local co-investors will become only the third owners since Ewing Kauffman founded the club in 1969. "The decision to sell the Royals was difficult for our family," said Glass, whose son Dan has served as the Royals' president. "Our goal, which I firmly believe we've achieved, was to have someone local, who truly loved the game of baseball and who would be a great steward for this franchise going forward. In John Sherman we have found everything we were looking for in taking ownership. The 64-year-old Sherman has lived in Kansas City for more than four decades, even after he bought an interest in the Cleveland Indians. He founded, built and then sold a series of energy companies, and he has remained an influential local businessman, dabbling in agriculture and biosciences. Sherman, who played quarterback at nearby Ottawa University, is also a well-respected civic leader, even though he keeps a low profile. He has given time and money to the Truman Presidential Library in nearby Independence, the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, and several local schools. He and his wife, Marny, also work with Teach for America and other programs serving underprivileged youth. "I am enormously grateful to David and the Glass family for this extraordinary opportunity," Sherman said in a statement, "and am humbled by the chance to team up with a distinguished group of local investors to carry forward and build on this rich Kansas City Royals legacy. "Our goal will be threefold: to compete for a championship on behalf of our fans; to honor their passion, their experience and their unwavering commitment; and to carry their hopes and dreams forward in this great Kansas City region we all love for decades to come." Sherman will need to divest his interest in the Cleveland Indians, believed to be about 30 percent of the franchise, and the deal is subject to the approval of Major League Baseball. Those hurdles should be cleared before owners vote on the sale at their meeting Nov. 21. "There's no way that Mr. Glass and the Glass family would entertain selling this team unless they could find what they believe to be the perfect owner who represents everything they stand for, and would go on and represent what baseball means to Kansas City," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. Sherman was introduced to Dolan by Steve Greenberg, the son of Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg. His financial involvement allowed the Indians to push their payroll over the years, including in 2016, when they acquired All-Star reliever Andrew Miller from the Yankees before the trading deadline. The Indians proceeded to reach the World Series for the first time since 1997. "We're very supportive of John and his group reaching an agreement to acquire ownership of his hometown Kansas City Royals," Indians president Paul Dolan said. "His acquisition of the Royals is good for the game of baseball and I wish him nothing but the best." Before the Indians broke through, the Royals had represented the American League in the previous two Fall Classics, winning their second World Series title when they defeated the New York Mets in 2015. But the back-to-back pennants, and the accompanying rise boom in fan interest, came after a long period of dismal performances that left Glass with a mixed legacy in Kansas City. On one hand, the 83-year-old longtime Wal-Mart executive and his family kept the club in town following Kauffman's death in 1993. Glass helped serve as caretaker of the organization until April 2000, when he purchased sole ownership for $96 million — considered a strong bid at the time. On the other hand, Glass was derided during the Royals' many 100-loss seasons for being unwilling to spend money on payroll, something he rectified in more recent years. Many fans also viewed him as an absentee owner whose family was more committed to northwest Arkansas than Kansas City. "He's one of the most unique people I've ever met," countered Royals manager Ned Yost. "Probably starting in 2012, my whole focus was to win a world championship for him. I didn't have any understanding or inkling what it would mean to win a championship for the city. I found that out later. But I wanted to win a championship for him. Every waking moment was meant with him in mind." Yost said watching Glass raise the World Series trophy at Citi Field in 2015 was "one of the top three highlights of my baseball career, because we had accomplished it for him." Glass has reportedly been in declining health, increasing the urgency to find a new owner. The goal all along was to identify someone with ties to Kansas City who would keep the club in town. "I will never forget the thrill of seeing over 800,000 people of this community come together on one sunny November day to salute the newly crowned world champions. It's been a fantastic ride," Glass said, "and I want to thank our great fans for supporting us through the years. But now it's time for someone else to oversee this franchise into its next championship." The sale comes at an opportune time for other reasons, too. Their local television contract expires after this season, and the Royals are expected to sign a new deal that would double annual rights fees to about $50 million. They also have just 12 years left on their lease at Kauffman Stadium, meaning the push for more renovations or a new ballpark — potentially one in the revitalized downtown area — is expected to begin in the next few years. On the field, the club is in the midst of a massive rebuilding effort while barreling toward another 100-loss season. But the Royals have a bevy of young prospects rapidly rising through the minors, and the front office is hopeful the Royals will contend within the next two years. "I heard he's a former season-ticket holder, so that's nice to have someone who's had some love for this city and wants to do what's best," said outfielder Alex Gordon, the Royals' longest-tenured player and a part of both AL championship teams. "This is a great town with great fans. We haven't been giving them a lot the last few years. Hopefully this is just the start of turning things around." ___ AP Sports Writer Tom Withers and AP freelance writer David Smale contributed to this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 31st, 2019Related News

FIBA: Near triple-double for Blatche as Gilas Pilipinas beats Adelaide 36ers

Gilas Pilipinas gets a huge boost in its preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. The Philippine national team beat Australia’s Adelaide 36ers, 92 - 83, in a practice game Monday at the Meralco Gym. It’s the first of two games between the two teams and Gilas improved to 4-1 overall in its tune-ups ahead of the World Championships. Gilas was in control for most of the game until the 36ers’ strong fourth-quarter effort that gave them the lead, 81-80. Fortunately for the national team, Andray Blatche found RR Pogoy for a booming triple with 3:32 to go that sparked a 10-0 run for Gilas, regaining the lead that they’ll never lose until the final buzzer. Pogoy scored eight in that 10-0 run with Blatche assisting on all three baskets. Japeth Aguilar then dropped a two-hand power slam with 35 seconds left for a 92-83 lead that pretty much sealed the win. Blatche posted a near triple-double and finished with 19 points, 18 rebounds, and nine assists. Japeth Aguilar added 17 for Gilas while CJ Perez came off the bench and scored 12 points. RR Pogoy and Paul Lee were likewise in double figures with 10 points each.     The scores: GILAS PILIPINAS 92 - Blatche 19, Aguilar 17, Perez 12, Pogoy 10, Lee 10, Bolick 8, Almazan 7, Barroca 5, Fajardo 4, Norwood 0, Rosario 0. ADELAIDE 83 - Moore 16, Froling 11, Teys 10, Dillon 10, Taylor 9, Griffin 9, Kyei 8, Johnson 6, McVeigh 4, White 0. Quarterscores: 25-16, 50-49,73-68, 92-83.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 23rd, 2019Related News

LOOK: TNT KaTropa lineup for East Asia Super League Terrific 12 tournament

After coming short in its attempt to win the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, TNT will try to win a championship abroad. The KaTropa are set to see action in the East Asia Super League’s Terrific 12 tournament set for Sept. 17-22 in Macau. TNT, the no. 1 team in the Commissioner’s Cup, ended up taking a six-game loss in the Finals at the hands of San Miguel Beer. In Macau, the KaTropa will bring back their local core led by The Blur Jayson Castro as well as RR Pogoy and Troy Rosario. [Related: TERRIFIC 12: Castro all set to meet old rival in Macau as TNT grouped with Liaoning] However, absent for TNT in the Terrific 12 is PBA Best Import Terrence Jones. Instead, the KaTropa will have Jones’ former Houston teammate KJ McDaniels serving as reinforcement. McDaniels will play for TNT in the season-ending Governors’ Cup in the PBA. TNT will also have another import for the Terrific 12 in McKenzie Moore. Moore is a journeyman with experience playing in Turkey, Australia, and New Zealand where he was NBL MVP. Most recently, he saw action for Mighty Sports Philippines and won the 2019 Jones Cup. TNT will face China’s Liaoning with Lance Stephenson and Guo Ailun to start Terrific 12 play. The KaTropa will then have a showdown with Japan’s Niigata Albirex to finish group play.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 19th, 2019Related News

LBC stag series resumes today

The Luzon Breeders Cup (LBC) 9-Stag Derby series resumes today at Pasay City Cockpit, with Mandy Garcia of Batangas leading the participants with five entries......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 8th, 2019Related News