Towns, Timberwolves beat Suns

first_imgEDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Towns had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and the Timberwolves beat the Phoenix Suns, 115-108, on Monday night.“I was going to do everything in my power and my part to ensure we didn’t come out of tonight with a loss,” Towns said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliAndrew Wiggins scored 26 points and Zach LaVine added 23 for the Timberwolves. Ricky Rubio had 12 assists and Minnesota picked up its first win at home since Nov. 17.Eric Bledsoe scored 27 points for the Suns, who have lost three straight and four out of five. Brandon Knight had 21 points off the bench and Devin Booker scored 18 on 6-for-15 shooting for Phoenix. After Phoenix cut the Wolves’ lead to 105-103 with four minutes to play, Towns grabbed two offensive rebounds against Tyson Chandler, who ranks fifth in the NBA in rebounding, and scored on the second putback after getting fouled.Towns let out a yell and pounded his bicep, then swished the free throw for a five-point lead. The play ignited a 10-2 run that put away the game.“Even missing the first one, I was determined to get that second one,” Towns said. “I would’ve gotten a foul running over someone to get it. Every single ounce of energy I had left to make sure I go up and get that ball.”That kind of intensity is what Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau has been trying to instill from the start.“Great, multiple-effort play,” Thibodeau said. “That’s will and determination and often times that’s the difference right there between winning and losing.”TIP-INSSuns: Knight made 8 of 13 shots, and his efficiency in the first half kept the game from getting away from the Suns while Booker and Bledsoe started 3 for 14. … Jared Dudley scored 12 and Leandro Barbosa had 10 points for the Suns bench, which outscored Minnesota’s 44-20. … The Suns missed 10 free throws.Timberwolves: Rubio made two technical free throws to run his streak to 34 straight without a miss. That’s the longest active streak in the league after Stephen Curry’s ended at 44 in a row last week. … The Wolves went 24 for 25 from the line.VOLATILE SUNSMarqueese Chriss and P.J. Tucker both picked up technical fouls for arguing with the officials, and the Suns had trouble keeping their composure for much of the night. Chriss was particularly erratic, barking at officials Monty McCutcheon, David Guthrie and Kane Fitzgerald and wrestling with Towns under the basket. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Tucker voiced his displeasure often while guarding Wiggins, with officials not letting him play as physical as the burly forward likes to on that end.“We let it get to us early as far as the refs and the other team, we let it get to us and we could never recuperate from it,” Bledsoe said.UP NEXTSuns: Phoenix heads back home to face the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.Timberwolves: Minnesota hits the road to play the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND The game figured to be heavy on offense, with two young teams far more concerned with putting the ball in the basket than stopping anyone on the other end.The Suns came into the game second in the league in pace, second in fast-break points and third in points off turnovers. And the Wolves are the first team in history to have three 21-year-olds averaging at least 20 points per game.“One thing we know we need to get better at is our toughness,” Suns coach Earl Watson said. “That’s not a stat. We have to become more feisty because we are small on the perimeter.”The Wolves built a 14-point lead in the first half, but have given away double-digit leads all season long. They were coming off a particularly disheartening loss against Houston on Saturday night in which they blew a 12-point lead with two minutes to play before losing in overtime.Phoenix cut the deficit to two points several times in the fourth, but the Wolves had an answer each time.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH APMINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns has watched his Minnesota Timberwolves give up so many leads this season that he had finally had enough.Once he made up his mind, the Phoenix Suns couldn’t hold him down.ADVERTISEMENT Bulls break out of slump, rout Pistons As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View commentslast_img read more

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‘Rarest’ ape’s path to survival blocked by roads, dams and agriculture

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Agriculture, Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Dams, Deforestation, Development, Ecology, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Featured, Forests, Great Apes, Habitat Degradation, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Hunting, Infrastructure, Mammals, Oil Palm, Orangutans, Over-hunting, Palm Oil, Poaching, Primates, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Research, Roads, Sustainable Development, Tigers, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade According to a new study, the Tapanuli orangutan, one of only seven species of non-human great ape alive today, faces serious threats to its survival as infrastructure development and agriculture threaten more than one-quarter of its habitat.In November, a team of scientists reported that a new species of orangutan living on the Indonesian island of Sumatra was distinct from Sumatran and Bornean orangutans.They believe that fewer than 800 Tapanuli orangutans survive.Conservationists and scientists warn that a proposed 510-megawatt hydroelectric dam could push the new species closer to extinction. Even as scientists introduced the world to a new species of orangutan in 2017 — one of only seven non-human great apes alive today — they were already working to pinpoint the threats that might lead to its demise.In a new study published today in the journal Current Biology, a team of scientists reports that road expansion, agricultural conversion and a planned hydropower project could destroy more than one-quarter of the Tapanuli orangutan’s existing habitat. With no more than 800 individuals, the world’s rarest ape species could face extinction not long after we became aware of its existence.“In forty years of research, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything this dramatic,” said William Laurance, a tropical ecologist at James Cook University in Australia and the team’s leader, in a statement.A male Tapanuli orangutan in the Batang Toru forest. Image by Tim Laman via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 4.0).In November, a different group of researchers concluded that orangutans living in the Batang Toru region should be considered a new species, Pongo tapanuliensis. Based on the differences in their behavior, genetics and morphology, the Tapanuli orangutan is distinct from its cousins living in the rainforests of Borneo (Pongo pygmaeus) and elsewhere in Sumatra (Pongo abelii), they argued.Around the same time, Laurance and his colleagues had created detailed maps of the road network across northern Sumatra, including the forests of Batang Toru, part of a broader effort to map both infrastructure projects and targets for conservation across Southeast Asia. They decided to use those analyses to explore the impact the existing — and future — infrastructure developments might have on the Tapanuli orangutan.“It just seemed like an obvious thing to do,” Laurance told Mongabay.The estimated range of Pongo tapanuliensis in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, with the region’s legal forest-use designations and non-forest land covers. Image courtesy of Sloan et al., 2018.They found that planned developments pose a serious threat to this species’ survival, not to mention that of other animals such as the critically endangered Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae).The forests that are home to the Tapanuli orangutan are split into eastern and western “blocks,” along with the Lubuk Raya reserve, creating three isolated populations. What’s more, about 5 percent of the remaining numbers live in the Dolok Sibual Buali reserve, linked to the western block by a sliver of forest only about 700 meters (2,300 feet) wide.This corridor, as well as a sizeable chunk of the eastern block of habitat, have been zoned for oil palm and other types of agriculture, putting around 14 percent of the species’ total habitat in danger of development. Splitting the already-disjointed orangutan populations into smaller and smaller pieces will increase the chances of problems like inbreeding and accelerate the species’ slide toward extinction, the authors write.But the most pressing threat looming over these orangutans is a proposed 510-megawatt hydroelectric dam.“It’s right in the core habitat,” Laurance said.Land cleared as a staging area for the building of a new hydroelectric dam. Image courtesy of Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.Based on the team’s analyses, they figure the project would dramatically change 96 square kilometers (37 square miles), or about 8 percent, of the animal’s range in the next four years. The dam’s construction would inevitably carry with it a suite of ancillary impacts, such as the access roads that crews will build and the pathways for power lines that they’ll have to carve through the forest. Such openings into the forest increase the odds that farmers will clear more land for agriculture or hunters will enter the area.Conversely, restoring forest at the proposed site of the dam would create a few narrow corridors that could reconnect the eastern and western populations and boost the species’ chances of survival, Laurance said.Despite these concerns, the project continues to move forward. Laurance said that he received confirmation that the World Bank has decided not to help fund the $1.6-billion project, likely because of the potential environmental damage. But the Bank of China has pledged financing for the dam, and a Chinese-state-owned hydroelectric company called Sinohydro has signed on to handle its construction.“It’s only about 510 megawatts. That’s not that much,” said Serge Wich, a primatologist at England’s Liverpool John Moores University, in an interview. “There are alternatives to get that energy.”Bornean (left), Sumatran (middle) and Tapanuli (right) male orangutans. Image by Eric Kilby, Aiwok and Tim Laman via Wikimedia Commons (GFDL).Wich was not involved in this research, but he was a coauthor of the paper announcing the new orangutan species in November.“There is so little time to protect this species,” he said. “The main value in this paper for us is that we can use it to further indicate what the main threats are and that there are still parts of their habitat need to be protected.”He urged the dam’s developers and representatives of the Indonesian government “to have a sensible discussion” about alternatives for generating power in this part of Sumatra. In the same vein, a growing cadre of scientists and conservation organizations, led by groups like the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme and the Sumatran Orangutan Society, are campaigning for a change in the project’s course.But if that doesn’t happen, the dam would be “the beginning of the end of this species,” Wich said.He said that little beyond the “extreme conservation” approached used in shepherding Africa’s mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) back from the brink of extinction, such as near-round-the-clock surveillance by armed guards, will keep the Tapanuli orangutan from disappearing forever.An adult female Tapanuli orangutan. Image by Tim Laman via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 4.0).“Personally, I think it would be an enormous tragedy if we would lose a species for 510 megawatts,” he added. “That sounds absurd to me, but that seems [to be] where it’s heading if the government and company are not willing to change their path.”Laurance and his colleagues agree, arguing in the paper that the government should protect every bit of the animal’s remaining habitat without hesitation.“It’s not going to take a huge push to actually drive something like this to extinction,” he said. “It is absolutely time to pull out all the stops.”Banner image of an adult female Tapanuli orangutan by Tim Laman via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 4.0). John Cannon is a staff writer at Mongabay. Find him on Twitter: @johnccannonCITATIONSNater, A., Mattle-Greminger, M. P., Nurcahyo, A., Nowak, M. G., de Manuel, M., Desai, T., … & Lameira, A. R. (2017). Morphometric, behavioral, and genomic evidence for a new Orangutan species. Current Biology, 27(22), 3487-3498.Sloan, S., Supriatna, J., Campbell, M. J., Alamgir, M., & Laurance, W. F. (2018). Newly discovered orangutan species requires urgent habitat protection. Current Biology, 28:R1-R3.Editor’s note: William Laurance is a member of Mongabay’s advisory board.center_img Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more

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Mahindra signs Corpuz

first_imgDozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte He further improved his averages in the Finals, where he netted 19.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in the Tile Masters’ first franchise championship appearance in the league.Corpuz’ entry to Mahindra will be a welcome boost to its thin frontline which only banners import Keith Wright, Mark Yee, Jason Ballesteros, and Prince Caperal.He will be cleared to play for the Floodbuster’s game on Sunday against TNT.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Celtics slump as Millsap lifts Hawks Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJackson Corpuz got the biggest break of his professional career after Mahindra signed the undersized big man Thursday evening.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the Floodbuster snagged 6-foot-4 forward just mere hours after Racal fell to Cignal in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mahindra team manager Joe Ramos also said Corpuz has signed a contract good until August.“We wanted to sign him up earlier, but with Racal’s success in the playoffs, we did not want to disrupt their run,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAfter going undrafted in 2014, Corpuz has carved a long career in the PBA D-League as he bounced from one team to another before landing in Racal last season.This past conference has been the best of Corpuz’ career as he averaged 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds for the conference, making him a contender for the MVP plum. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READlast_img read more

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Fajardo all ears as he sits out Gilas practice

first_imgSpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos June Mar Fajardo observes the action as he rests his sore right knee.Limited to a spectator anew on Thursday, June Mar Fajardo still kept a keen eye on coach Chot Reyes’ schemes from the sidelines.“I’m watching what coach is teaching,” said Fajardo in Filipino as he sat the practice session out due to his sore right knee.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Greg Smith welcomes naturalization for Gilas Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’center_img Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments But Fajardo’s dedication to learn remains as he tried to absorb every lesson in preparation for the 2017 Seaba Championships in May.“That’s why I’m here, that even though I’m not joining them on the floor, I’m seeing what coach wants us to run,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFajardo has yet to participate in the grind since the daily Gilas Pilipinas practices began last Monday.However, he shared that he would finally join the team when practices resume on Sunday in preparation for the 2017 PBA All-Star Week. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government “I’ll be on the court next week,” he said.Fajardo will suit up for the Gilas squad in Cagayan de Oro on April 26 before teaming up with the Visayas All-Stars in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu on April 30.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Morado praises Palma: ‘She had the biggest heart today’

first_imgPanelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out GALLERY: ONE Championship Kings of Destiny Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRemy Palma has the reputation not only as one fine middle blocker, but also as an even better person.And on Sunday Palma has found a new admirer.ADVERTISEMENT And that performance didn’t go unnoticed.Even Palma’s tears after the game transcended teams.“You can just see how Palma poured her heart out in the game, and I actually felt her emotions when she cried,” said Morado.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ After Ateneo ended Palma’s UAAP career in the Final Four of Season 79, Jia Morado took some time to praise FEU’s skipper.READ: Ateneo sets up sixth straight finals series with La SalleFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“If there’s a person who has the biggest heart in today’s game, it has to be Remy,” said Morado after Ateneo’s four-set win, 25-22, 25-10, 16-5, 26-24, ay Mall of Asia Arena.Palma put on a spirited effort in her final collegiate game with 12 points, including three service aces. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Cavaliers didn’t want Warriors celebrating in Cleveland

first_imgMore Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “And you give us a day in between and we were ready to come out. Especially me, because that taste wouldn’t have been the same if we would have lost tonight and they would have celebrated on our home floor. So I’ll just leave that at that.”READ: Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs for 3-0 leadIrving hit 15-of-27 shots from the floor, going 7-of-12 from 3-point range to set the pace for a finals record 24 3-points on 45 attempts.But it was his extra motivation that caught the notice of James.“I didn’t hear it, but some of the other guys heard it and told me that they wanted to celebrate on our floor once again and they wanted to spray champagne in our locker rooms,” James said.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Golden State still leads the best-of-seven title series 3-1 and can claim the trophy at home on Monday. But the loss snapped the Warriors’ NBA-record 15-game playoff win streak and denied them the league’s first unbeaten playoff run.READ: Cavs avoid elimination, overpower Warriors in Game 4FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“You hear some chatter going on throughout the Warriors locker room in terms of them trying to end it here, and it was another do-or-die game for us, and we had to leave it all out there,” Irving said.“It’s part of the game, I understand that. But we knew what we were faced with. Then you add some chatter in there, and that adds some extra motivation. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “We got to find our edge and respond,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “So all that chatter and stuff is neither here nor there. It’s whatever you need to get yourself ready to play.”Green warned that extra motivation is little help at this stage.“Winning a championship is enough motivation. All the antics and stuff don’t really matter. That’s water under the bridge,” Green said. “If you need extra motivation to go close out in five, you’re screwed, because that won’t be enough motivation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Warriors’ Green stays in Game 4 after technical foul fiasco READ: Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1“I think it came from Draymond (Green, a Warriors forward), which is OK, that’s Dray anyway.”James shrugged off unbeaten runs and celebration talk and just kept his mind on the moment.“I didn’t stress anything besides just live in the moment,” he said. “We have a great opportunity to give ourself another opportunity to keep going. We came out and this was as close to a 48-minute game as we played in the post-season. It was big for us.”Irving said he scans social media for such slights as premature celebration talk.READ: Warriors’ Green stays in Game 4 after technical foul fiasco “We’re in the finals. Everything is accessible. Social media is everywhere. It raises the bar, especially the attention that goes on with it,” Irving said.“So we see everything. I’ll be sitting up here lying saying that I didn’t see it. But I relish in that challenge. I know my teammates do as well. Definitely heard the chatter.”Curry said the Warriors will be ready to answer the Cavaliers raising their game.READ: LeBron’s legacy assured but Jordan’s might glow brighter Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) argues with Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) and Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)Talk from the Golden State Warriors about popping champagne corks and celebrating an NBA title on Cleveland’s court for the second time in three seasons inspired Kyrie Irving to do something to prevent it.Irving scored 40 points and LeBron James added 31 with 11 assists and 10 rebounds to power the Cavaliers over Golden State 137-116 Friday, averting what would have been a historic win and NBA Finals sweep for the Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Sports can help Manchester’s healing process – Coe

first_img MOUNTING HORROR The head of track and field’s governing body recalled watching, “with mounting horror”, from the IAAF headquarters in Monaco as news of the atrocity unfolded at the Ariana Grande concert. “Like many people, we felt we just needed to be here,” said Coe, the double middle-distance Olympic champion. “It can’t remedy or gloss over what happened a few days ago, but, at least, it can help in that grieving process. I hope that the athletes feel tonight and the people, the great people that were here tonight, feel that the athletes may have just helped in that healing process too.” Security in Britain is high on the IAAF agenda, with London hosting the World Championships in August at the Olympic Stadium. “I know the diligence and forensic work (by the security services); our police services are outstanding,” said Coe, who headed the 2012 London Olympics organising committee. “They’re the best in the world. You’ve only got to see the way they responded here (on Monday) and the work that we did in London with those teams. “The same thought and the same diligence is going into all these events and it’s important that we provide a safe and secure environment, but we don’t lose sight of the fact that sports is a celebration of humanity and we must never lose that.” MANCHESTER, England (AP): Sports can help Manchester’s healing process by celebrating humanity following the arena attack, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said on Friday after watching athletes competing in the city’s streets. Less than a mile from the scene of Monday’s suicide bombing, Coe was among hundreds of people who lined a specially constructed street track to see stars competing, including Australian former Olympic champion hurdler Sally Pearson. Around the corner, British world champion Greg Rutherford won the long jump event in Albert Square, which hosted Tuesday’s attack vigil. The City Games went ahead amid tight security, with Britain’s terror threat level raised to critical after the blast that killed 22 people at the Manchester Arena. Thousands of runners were expected also take to the Manchester streets today for a half marathon and 10-kilometre race. “Sports can actually help in that healing process,” Coe said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It’s not the only solution, but at this very moment, there are coaches working the length and breadth of the country in some really challenged communities, and that’s what sport does all the time. Maybe this is a really important time for sport to be involved in that process.”last_img read more

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Bolt expects emotional send off

first_imgWorld’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has said that he is looking forward to what he expects to be an emotional send-off when he runs his final race on home soil at the JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium tomorrow. Bolt shared the stage with Allyson Felix, David Rudisha, Sally Pearson, Mo Farah, Christian Taylor, and Wayde van Niekerk in a question-and-answer session at the official press conference ahead of the meet yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. He said he is looking forward to the energy his fans will provide at the National Stadium, which organisers said they expect to be filled to capacity. “It’s gonna be a great reception,” Bolt said. “I’m home, the amount of people that called me to get tickets (he laughs), I know the stadium’s gonna be full, so I know it’s gonna be high energy, and I know it’s gonna be just one big party. It’s going to be emotional, but I’m definitely looking forward to it.” The multiple Olympic and World Championship gold medallist also spoke about the motivation he got from Jamaicans, as a whole, to help him to do well for the country. “For me, I live to make my country proud,” he said. “When I was growing up, my role models were Don Quarrie, Herb McKenley. I watched these guys dominate and work hard (to) make their country proud. I just wanted to be like them. “Growing up, I got a lot of love, I got a lot of push, I got a lot of banter also from the country itself. But it was always love that allowed me to work hard and to be like the great Bob Marley himself, just trying to make my country proud and put my country on the map. I think I’m a legend. I work hard, I’ve done everything I possibly can do to prove myself as one of the greatest athletes ever.” Bolt said he knows the public will be showing up to see him at his best tomorrow and as such, he said he will try to not let emotions get in the way. “I don’t know how to feel. It’s my last time in front of my home crowd, so I don’t know how the emotions will be. I know they’re gonna be loud. I’m just going out there with an open mind. Just trying to do my best as always and put on a show for them because that’s what they’re coming out there to look forward to. We’ll see what happens. The fans in Jamaica know that when I show up, I always show up at my best. I always go out there and give my all. I always try to make sure they’re happy because they’re very hard to please, but I try my best,” he joked. Bolt will line up on the track in the special ‘Salute to a Legend’ 100m race against friends and relay teammates Michael Frater, Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter, Jevaughn Minzie, and Nickel Ashmeade, as well as Antiguan Daniel Bailey and Ramon Gittens of Barbados. ROLE MODELSlast_img read more

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Portugal consider resting CR7

first_imgST PETERSBURG, Russia (AP):Portugal coach Fernando Santos could deny himself the pleasure of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo play against New Zealand today.After promising to rotate his starting line-up for a third Confederations Cup game in seven days, Santos would not confirm if that means rest for his 32-year-old star.”Everybody wants to watch Cristiano Ronaldo, even I want to watch Cristiano Ronaldo,” the coach said yesterday, smiling when asked how Russia’s enthusiasm for the current world’s best player compared to other countries.”I don’t know if I’m going to play with Cristiano or without Cristiano,” Santos said through a translator. “Obviously, rotation will take place, that I can tell you.”Portugal has the luxury of choosing because of Ronaldo’s decisive header early in a 1-0 win over Russia on Wednesday – his 74th goal in 141 national-team games.The European champions have four points in Group A and need only a draw against No. 95-ranked New Zealand to advance to the semi-finals.One reason Ronaldo is strong deep into June is because Real Madrid managed his playing time more carefully this season. He peaked from April onward with a rush of Champions League goals, including two in the final to help beat Juventus 4-1.Santos also noted his team’s Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday schedule so far in three different Russian cities.”It’s less than 72 hours to recover, it’s not easy,” said the coach, who steered his team to the Euro 2016 title over seven games in a 27-day period in France.Still, the lone New Zealand reporter at the tournament insisted at the pre-match news conference that more than four million people back home want to see Ronaldo face the All Whites for the first time.”It’s many, many millions who every time Cristiano plays are very interested in watching him play,” Santos said. “I’m glad that also happens in New Zealand.”New Zealand is already eliminated after losing both games, though unsettled Mexico in a 2-1 defeat. The North American champion had rested several players who started in a 2-2 draw against Portugal, including forward Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.last_img read more

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Russell, Watson mine gold for Jamaica at World U18 Champs

first_imgJamaica celebrated a double gold medal performance to close off Day Three at the IAAF World Under-18 Championships with De’Jour Russell and Antonio Watson beating their peers in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday. Russell lowered his own championships record in the 110m hurdles, dominating the field to win in 13.04 seconds ahead of Chinese Taipei’s Hao-hua Lu, 13.41 and France’s Thomas Wanaverbecq, 13.55.  Fifteen year-old Petersfield High school student Watson won gold in the 400m with a strong finish, after coming into the final 100m in the middle of the pack. Watson posted a personal best 46.59 to win ahead of Guyanese Daniel Williams, 46.72, and Turks and Caicos’ Colby Jennings, 46.77.  Another Jamaican, Anthony Cox, who also posted 46.77, started strongly but faded into fourth place.  In the girls’ final, Shaquena Foote, 54.05, finished fifth behind winner Barbora Malikova, 52.74 from the Czech Republic; Kenya’s Mary Moraa, 53.31; and Brazil’s Giovana Dos Santos, 53.57.  The results lifted the Jamaicans to four medals (two gold, two bronze) and fourth place on the medal table.last_img read more

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