Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “It’s a normal reaction when you disturb the status quo, but give us a chance to prove our philosophy,” he said on Friday in a small chat with reporters at Azure Residences in Bicutan.“We already espoused this kind of philosophy when we started the team three years ago, but it takes time to embrace that philosophy. We understand the public’s outcry, but we appeal to give us a chance to contribute something different.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSince joining the PBA in 2014, the Kia franchise—which was initially called the Kia Sorento, before getting its name changed to Mahindra Enforcer, among others—has never gone beyond the quarterfinals. The team’s best finish was fifth place in the 2016 Governor’s Cup.But after that, Kia lost key guys likes like Aldrech Ramos, Niño Canaleta and Paolo Taha through either trade or free agency and has never won more than three games per conference this 2106-2017 season. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kia is reportedly sending the number one pick in this year’s draft proceedings, which is projected to be Christian Standhardinger, to San Miguel for a  combination of Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Yancy de Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Rashawn McCarthy, and Keith Agovida, along with the Beermen’s 2019 first rounder and cash considerations.Rosales said that the 0-11 finish in the 2017 season-ending Governors’ Cup factored into the decision of the revamp.“Partly. We’re never at the cellar, the last team. In the previous seasons, were never the last team. So yes, it was a factor.”Among the changes is the appointment of Joe Lipa as the new team manager, together with his group of Bong Nave, Raymond Gabriel, and Dr. Iby Bautista. Chris Gavina has also been officially appointed as the squad’s head coach.“We’d like to play the kind of basketball that is not confined to the books. We’d like to veer away from the orthodox and shift to something unconventional. The idea that we’re trying to develop has been proven before, but we know that it takes years and a lot of dedication on the part of the players and the coaching staff. We’d like to pay our dues,” said Lipa.ADVERTISEMENT Cousins has 41 and 23 in Sacramento return, Pelicans rally Kia’s new management vowed that the team it will trot out this season will be ready to prove the doubters wrong.“We’ll put up a fighting team. We may not become champions immediately, but we’ll put up a fighting team,” Rosales ended.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? New Kia team manager Joe Lipa and team governor Bobby Rosales. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netGoing on a road less travelled, Kia is hoping for the public’s understanding as it embarks on a new journey this upcoming PBA season.Team governor Bobby Rosales understands the outcry following the Picanto’s decision to trade the top pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft to San Miguel, but said that his team is embracing an “unconventional philosophy” in forming their squad.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

PBA cancels Legazpi game due to Mayon threat

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Rain or Shine dumps Phoenix for 2-2 record Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The PBA has cancelled its provincial game in Legazpi City slated on February 3 as Mayon Volcano threatens to erupt.The match between Barangay Ginebra and NLEX was set to take place at Ibalong Centrum for Recreation but was moved to Cuneta Astrodome on the same date.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Albay, the province where Mayon Volcano is located, is now under a state of calamity as the volcano continues to spew lava.“The PBA will set another game in Legazpi as soon as its playing schedule permits and wishes the people and the entire province of Albay safety and security in this trying time,” the league posted on its official Twitter account.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Thunder’s Roberson expected to miss rest of season

first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Roberson’s absence will also make it difficult for All-Star Paul George, also considered one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, to gamble for steals. George is second in the league in that category.Donovan said George’s role won’t change.“The one thing that I think is a mistake is now to throw all this onus on Paul George, that he now has to be our defensive stopper,” Donovan said. “It has to be our team.”Donovan said rookie Terrance Ferguson would start Sunday against Philadelphia, but he did not guarantee Ferguson would remain the starter going forward. He said the slot would be filled by the player who makes the most sense on a game-by-game basis.“It’s not about, ’Hey, listen, you’ve got to prove to me to earn the spot,’” Donovan said. “I trust Terrance. Terrance is a terrific player, he’s a great guy, he’s a team guy, he’s unselfish. He’ll do anything that’s asked of him.”ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Day, Noren need another day to decide winner at Torrey Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson fist-bumps a fan as he is carted off after slipping during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson is expected to miss the rest of the season with a ruptured left patellar tendon.The Thunder made the announcement in a news release on Sunday. The team also said Roberson had surgery Sunday at the McBride Orthopedic Hospital in Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Thunder coach Billy Donovan said it will be difficult to fill the void left by one of the league’s top perimeter defenders.“You don’t replace him,” Donovan said. “It’s no different than having a guy that gets 25 points a game and goes out. You’re not going to have one person go out and replace 25 points.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRoberson was taken off on a stretcher in the third quarter of Saturday’s game at the Detroit Pistons after landing hard on the court. His left leg seemed to give way as he was beginning to jump for an alley-oop, and he landed on his tailbone or lower back.The 6-foot-7 Roberson was an All-Defense second-team selection last season. In 39 games this season, he averaged 5.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.15. He had missed eight games earlier in the season with left patellar tendinitis.last_img read more

D-League: Akari-Adamson a win away from outright semis seat

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES View comments “We became aggressive. We we’re to lax early on,” remarked coach Franz Pumaren on that fourth period turnaround.Mojica went 5-of-6 from downtown, three of those coming in the payoff period to finish with 15 points and three rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAlso helping Akari-Adamson in the takeover was its overall shooting from beyond the arc at 10-of-20.Papi Sarr led the Falcons with 16 markers and six boards, while Sean Manganti flirted with a triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Messi begins road to Russia as Argentina chase World Cup glory Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESAkari-Adamson moved a win away from clinching an outright semifinals berth in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup with a 101-83 victory over Perpetual Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Falcons caught fire in the fourth quarter behind Egie Boy Mojica as they put the game beyond doubt with a 31-point finishing kick.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism The Scores:AKARI-ADAMSON 101 — Sarr 16, Mojica 15, Ahanmisi 14, Lastimosa 14, Manganti 14, Catapusan 8, Espeleta 7, Macion 6, Camacho 5, Bernardo 2, Lojera 0, Longalong 0, Zaldivar 0.PERPETUAL 83 — Charcos 22, Aurin 15, Eze 15, Coronel 11, Tamayo 7, Mangalino 3, Precillas 3, Villanueva 3, Pasia 2, Peralta 2, Pido 0, Tiburcio 0.Quarters: 22-20, 50-39, 70-67, 101-83.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jerrick Ahanmisi got 14 markers, four boards, and four dimes, while Jerom Lastimosa also had 14.Akari-Adamson took a share of the lead in the standings at 8-3, tied with CEU, and has a chance to claim the top two spot with a win against JRU on April 5.“We’ve been stressing to the players that each game is important for us. I don’t want to sound hypocrite that we don’t want the top two because we do want that scenario. But we acknowledge that it’s hard to play a team that is out of the playoffs in JRU,” said Pumaren.Edgar Charcos paced Perpetual with 22 points, 10 assists, and two rebounds, while Prince Eze and Kim Aurin got 15 markers apiece.The Altas remained in the playoff race for now, but at 3-6, their fate is no longer in their hands.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

New import helps Petro Gazz spread wings even wider

first_imgMOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “Every player did something out there, we started believing in ourselves and everybody is playing for victory,” added Lymareva-Flink, who joined the Angels midconference after 6-foot-4 Kudi Kullerkann got injured.“It is already a great experience for me; I’m so proud I can be part of the team,” said Lymareva-Flink. “It’s like I’ve been playing here for a couple of years already.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Petro Gazz celebrates after scoring against Pocari Sweat Air Force. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonFor the second straight game, Olena Lymareva-Flink almost single-handedly carried Petro Gazz to victory.The Ukrainian star unloaded 30 points for a 25-19, 20-25, 28-26, 25-21 victory over defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force Wednesday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 25-year-old Lymareva-Flink, who gushed about the warm welcome her teammates showered her with upon arriving in the country six days ago, was certainly at home with the Angels, igniting decisive fight-backs in the third and fourth sets.“This is what I called like a team game,” said the 6-foot spiker, who also accounted for five aces. “We were a little bit down but we collected all the power and the emotion and pushed, pushed, pushed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Angels indeed pushed the Lady Warriors to the limit for two successive sets, climbing from 8-16 to steal the third frame, before chipping away from a 2-10 deficit in the fourth to score their second straight win.Petro Gazz thus forced a gridlock in the middle of the standings by catching their foes at 3-3. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Mitra extends Supercross lead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Billups discusses front office ambitions, Pistons’ future

first_imgReport: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacquiao still ‘hungry’ to fight Chauncey Billups of Killer 3’s speaks to the media during BIG3 – Week Four at Little Caesars Arena on July 13, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Dylan Buell/Getty Images/AFPDETROIT — Chauncey Billups is still eyeing the chance to run an NBA team.The former Pistons standout was back in the Detroit area Friday night as part of the BIG3 — entertainer Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league of former NBA players, which made a stop at Little Caesars Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team World Peace, of course, was the most infamous participant in the brawl between the Pistons and his Pacers at The Palace in 2004. On Friday night, he punted the ball away early in the game and was tossed — although it was a bit of a shank.“I told him in the locker room, ‘If you was going to kick it, you should have put it in the top row or the top deck at least,’” Billups said. “It was a weak kick.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In one offseason, Casey has been fired by the Toronto Raptors, got hired by the Pistons and was named NBA Coach of the Year.Billups is still viewed fondly in Detroit after leading the Pistons to the NBA title in 2004. The team played at The Palace of Auburn Hills back then. The Pistons played their first season at downtown Little Caesars Arena in 2017-18.“It’s always good to be here. Everybody knows how much I love the city, love the fans. Obviously, I never had the opportunity to play in this building. I wish we would have. I wish we played in the city when we were here,” Billups said. “But The Palace was good to us. The city was good to us, the fans. So it’s always good to be back here. I’m such a big Pistons fan. … I’m excited for the team for next year. The East is wide open, and I’m excited for the team. New coach, new everything.”As for Friday’s BIG3 competition, Billups’ team — the Killer 3s — lost the night’s opening game. Metta World Peace of the Killer 3s was ejected. That was an unusual development in what Billups said should be a light-hearted league.“We’re doing this for fun,” Billups said. “It ain’t that serious. So that’s kind of my message. We’re out here to just have fun, compete, have a good time, enjoy the fans of Detroit, enjoy every single city that we go to, and go home to our family and chill and relax. That’s what this thing is all about to me.”ADVERTISEMENT Billups had talks with the Cavaliers last year but did not join their front office. When Detroit overhauled its organization this year, he seemed like a potential fit, but that didn’t happen either.“My desire is to one day run a team, be in a front office and try to build a champion,” Billups said. “I know that I will and I know I’m going to do a good job. When that opportunity presents itself, and it’s a good opportunity, I’ll be ready to go.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Pistons were run by Stan Van Gundy — their coach and president of basketball operations — for the past four seasons, but they moved in a different direction this offseason. Dwane Casey was hired as Detroit’s new coach, and Ed Stefanski came on board as a senior executive.“I thought Stan did a good job. Stan is a very good coach, but sometimes you just need a new voice,” Billups said. “Coach Casey obviously has been a very good coach the last few years, he’s really ascended to the top of the ranks in the league. Whatever happened in Toronto presented an opportunity for him to come here.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Tempered emotions

first_imgLATEST STORIES Volleybelles cast focus on SEA Games next year They will take on the TNT KaTropa on Friday before going through an 18-day vacation prior to the Fuel Masters’ Sept. 19 face-off with the Bolts.Eugene Phelps averaged 40 points the past two games for Phoenix, definitely a cause of great concern for the Alaska frontline led by Mike Harris.“Mike is doing a great job limiting the activity in the paint. He’s a defensive catalyst for us and I hope we continue doing the things that we did the two previous games,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.The NLEX Road Warriors replaced the injured Olu Ashaolu and will unveil Aaron Fuller in their meeting with the Columbian Dyip in the curtain-raiser at 4:30 p.m.Battling through pain, Ashaolu just couldn’t stop the Road Warriors from sliding to their first defeat against the Magnolia Hotshots three games into the season-ending conference.Akeem Wright is again expected to lead the offensive chores for the Dyip.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Calvin Abueva will be all business when his Phoenix Fuel Masters tangle with the Alaska Aces for the solo leadership in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.With Abueva inserted into the Phoenix rotation, the Fuel Masters remain unbeaten in two games, having toppled the Columbian Dyip and NorthPort Batang Pier in convincing fashion.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal But Alaska hasn’t been a slouch either this conference. With Simon Enciso finding his range and Chris Banchero providing steady leadership, the Aces have joined the Fuel Masters on top following a couple of runaway victories at the expense of title contenders TNT KaTropa and Meralco Bolts.“It’s going to be a good matchup. We will definitely enjoy it,” said Abueva, who helped the Aces capture the 2013 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title during his rookie year, in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The absence of fireworks in his statement seems to be in line with the team stance regarding the looming matchup.Coach Louie Alas, his face half in shadow as Phoenix wrapped up a practice session, said there was nothing special about the game against the Aces other than it is another match the Fuel Masters need to win. “We prepared the way we always do,” said Alas. Gesturing to reporters and TV crew that popped up during their practice, he added: “I understand you guys find it interesting and you see the drama. But as I told the players, we can’t get caught up in all of that. We have to play hard, we have to execute.”Most of Alas’ concern centered on one thing: “Since I came here, we’ve been crushed in the two games we played against Alaska. As early as the second quarter, we already lost the game. That has to change.”After six seasons with the Aces, Abueva was traded to the Fuel Masters prior to the conference in exchange for a first-round pick and Karl Dehesa.Abueva also said he won’t get caught up with the emotions of his first meeting with his first PBA ballclub. He and his teammates are focused on winning two more games before the league takes a breather to accommodate the Fiba World qualifiers.“We have been focusing on our first four games before the break. There’s no rest until the end of the month,” said Abueva.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Paul George, Russell Westbrook rally Thunder past Rockets

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, shoots as Houston Rockets guard James Harden defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Houston. Oklahoma City won 117-112. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — Paul George said it took a fiery halftime discussion to help the Oklahoma City Thunder overcome the largest deficit they’ve seen all season.“We just knew we had to have a better second half,” George said. “Being down that much at the half, that’s not the team we are. We know this team very well and we knew that wasn’t us. So we had to come in here and talk and just light a fire under this team and we did that.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “He’ll help us defensively,” D’Antoni said. “I thought he may have gotten a little tired in the second half, but the first half, he was a dog out there. It was good. There are a lot of positive things.”TIP-INSThunder: Reserve SG Alex Abrines was released Saturday, with the Thunder citing personal reasons. Abrines appeared in just two games since Dec. 23, sitting out because of undisclosed personal reasons. In 31 games this season, Abrines averaged 5.3 points.Rockets: Houston was outrebounded 53-39. The Rockets fell to 8-5 without leading rebounder Clint Capela. He has a right thumb injury. … Kenneth Faried had 17 points and 12 rebounds.UP NEXTThunder: Host Portland on Monday night.Rockets: Host Dallas on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next George scored 45 points, Russell Westbrook matched the NBA record with his ninth straight triple-double and Oklahoma City overcame a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 117-112 on Saturday night.It was Oklahoma City’s largest comeback victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We just never got into any flow, but then I thought once we got some stops, we got out in transition,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Obviously, Paul with what he did tonight was phenomenal, the way he played. And he was on (James) Harden a lot. He was unbelievable tonight on both ends of the floor.”Defensively, George fought through screens in the final minute to stay on Harden. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I look forward to playing against the best,” George said. “That’s how I was taught the game — just enjoy matchups and have fun with it.”Westbrook had 21 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds to match the record streak set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1968. Westbrook has 22 triple-doubles this season and 126 overall. He also had 10 turnovers and was 8 of 21 from the field.“It’s really incredible,” Donovan said. “It took whatever it was, 60 years, until somebody did it just to show you how hard it is to do and how unique of a player he is to be able to do it.”Harden led the Rockets with 42 points, reaching 30 points for the 29th straight game — two shy of Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in NBA history, but far behind Chamberlain’s record run of 65 games. Harden was 11 for 28 from the field, going 6 of 16 from 3-point range, and made 14 of 15 free throws.The 26-point deficit was Oklahoma City’s largest of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Boxing faces breakaway threat ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics Westbrook gave the Thunder a one-point lead with a driving layup with 26.9 seconds remaining. On the following possession, Harden missed a 3-pointer, and George got the rebound and was fouled with 3.4 seconds left. He made both free throws put Oklahoma City up three. Houston turned it over on the following inbound play.George made 12 of 22 shots, hit 6 of 14 3-pointers and made 15 of 18 free throws to finish four points shy of his career-high 49 points set in 2013 with Indiana.The Thunder made seven of their first eight shots in the third quarter to quickly cut Houston’s lead in half. Oklahoma City outscored Houston 42-20 in the quarter to even the score at 90.“We knew to get back into the game, we had to defend at a high level,” Westbrook said. “We got stops and won a big game on the road.”Oklahoma City fell into a deep hole in the first half following a sizzling second quarter from the Rockets. After dominating Sacramento 44-17 in the second quarter of a 127-101 win in their previous game on Wednesday night, the Rockets outscored the Thunder 42-23 on Saturday night.“We have to be consistent for four quarters,” Harden said. “It’s pretty simple.”Houston had won seven of eight home games against Oklahoma City.“They’re a good team and they played well,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We had our chances. We just didn’t finish off. We came out flat the second half for whatever reason. Maybe being up 22 did it, I don’t know.”Dennis Schroder had 17 points off the bench for Oklahoma City.Iman Shumpert, acquired by Houston from Sacramento ahead of the trade deadline, made a 3-pointer from the corner on his second shot attempt and finished with three points in 24 minutes. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

‘Despite Challenges, We Are Making Progress’

first_imgFinance Minister Amara Konneh has told lawmakers of the House of Representatives that he and his team are making progress in the collection of government revenue despite the challenges contrary to allusions by those he calls “critics”.Minister Konneh told the Plenary of the Lower House that when he appeared before that august body on January 21 this year, the total revenue collected as at January 17, 2014 was US$278.3 million.The Finance Minister indicated that given the work that functionaries of the government have done together since that time, the total revenue collected as at May 12, 2014 is US$425.8 million, adding that this is a US$147.5 million increase since his last meeting of January 17, 2014.He made the assertions on Tuesday, May 13, during a public hearing at the House of Representatives as regards shortfalls in the National Budget of fiscal year 2013/2014.“This information,” according to the Finance Minister, “shows only one thing, that we are making progress in the face of challenging times.”“Permit me to remind us that when we submitted the draft Budget on April 30, 2013, the total estimated revenue was US$553 million. By the time the Budget was approved, that amount had risen by US$29 million to US$582 million,” he told lawmakers.He further stated that before the budget was approved, every one of them, including lawmakers, knew, that US$1.5 million captured as social contribution from offshore oil companies was not likely to come through because those estimates were not supported by the production sharing contracts.“However, we agreed that we should announce the US$582 million and then during implementation we will adjust the revenue envelope accordingly,” Minister Konneh explained.The treasury boss also added that when the budget was submitted, the exchange rate was L$75 to US$1.However, according to the Minister, because of the present exchange rate, which stands at L$90 to US$1, if the Liberian government collected all the revenues projected in the budget, there would be a “shortfall” of roughly US$7 million.Minister Konneh further explained to the lawmakers that with a noticeable slowdown in economic activities in the region, including Liberia, the country’s economy is exposed. He, however, maintained that in spite of these challenges, “we have taken several measures to mitigate the overall impact on the economy, and I have brought a detailed spreadsheet for your review, which shows what we have done.”Before the Minister began his explanation about the state of the nation’s economy, with the approval of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, he presented to lawmakers a spreadsheet, which indicated, according to him, that only US$167 million remains to be collected for this budget year.“I have highlighted areas where I believe your assistance will be invaluable to meeting the targets we consider to be realistic. I classified the areas as either “Uncollectible, Delayed or Risky,” Minister Konneh pleaded.According to the Minister, the total amount was estimated at US$70 million.He stressed that “for an economy that has survived largely on demand fueled by UNMIL’s presence and International NGO activities, no one needs to tell us that the withdrawal or slowdown of these major actors will have adverse economic impact on us.”“In 2010, aid accounted for over 127 percent of our Gross National Income (GNI), peaking at $1.4 billion. In 2011 and 2012 respectively, aid as a share of our GNI fell to 53.8 percent amounting to 4764 million, and 36 percent totaling $570 million, respectively. Moreover, the Government of Liberia’s slowness to ensure the operationalization of major concessions is hindering the reversal of the decline in aggregate demand in our economy. We can cry the slow progress and debate all we want, but that does not help us move forward,” Minister Konneh said.Meanwhile the Finance Minister reluctantly accepted responsibility for the revenue crisis. He added, however, that his acceptance does not suggest that he is the lone guilty party or he is inefficient or incompetent.The Finance Minister also failed to extend apology to the Legislature for the Finance Ministry’s press statement to lawmakers’ call for his resignation. In the press statement, it is said by some lawmakers, including Representative Isaac Roland that the Ministry allegedly used profanities on as they performed their legislative duties.After hours of closed-door discussion on the way forward, the legislature emerged with a decision to have the Minister apologize in seven local dailies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ellen Emphasizes Manufacturing above Exporting Raw Materials

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has stressed that Liberia no longer needs exportation of raw materials to other countries but must be a manufacturing country where finished goods will be sent out.Expressing the concern while receiving the Letters of Credence on April 30, 2014 from ambassadors, including Mr. Sentürk Uzun of Turkey, President Sirleaf recalled that the civil conflict in Liberia destroyed the infrastructure and fabric of the Liberian society, and as such exportation of raw materials will not do much help but producing goods that will enhance both domestic and foreign trades.Outlining some plans government has about the country, the President named the Vision 2030, which seeks to make Liberia self-sustainable and become a middle income country and the Agenda for Transformation that is a complementary program to Vision 2030 as key on her government’s development agenda on which foreign partners must act.“It is our resolve to shift from simply exporting raw materials to being a manufacturing nation,” she informed the new Turkish envoy.She added that government is quite aware that this ambition comes with huge challenges; reason for which she and her people are calling on all the partners, including Turkey, to direct their investments in the manufacturing and service industries.The President, acknowledging the level of peace Liberia has enjoyed, indicated that the environment now is better for such engagement, and therefore Turkey and others coming in should see it an opportunity to make the needed impact they can in Liberia’s post-war recovery process.The Liberian leader stressed, “Having enjoyed more than a decade of peace and stability, we can say with certainty that this is a favorable environment required for such engagement,” adding, “we therefore note with immense appreciation that your Government has emphasized its willingness and preparedness to explore with Liberia all existing opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation and to contribute to the development efforts of the people of Liberia.”She expressed appreciation to the Government of Turkey for the support given to peacekeeping initiatives in Liberia, especially to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in which 25 Turkish police currently serve.The Liberian leader also acknowledged and thanked the Turkish Government for its technical support to the Monrovia and Paynesville City Corporations, the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation as well as the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. She welcomed with delight, Turkish pledge of continuous support to Liberia’s reconstruction process.Presenting his Letters of Credence earlier, Ambassador Sentürk Uzun extended warm greetings from his President, Abdullah Gül, and sincere wishes for the prosperity of the people of Liberia and her personal wellbeing.He said Turkey is keen to share its development experience with Liberia and other countries within his jurisdiction especially humanitarian diplomacy, a key pillar of Turkish foreign policy, adding, that believing that the 21st century will be Africa’s century, Turkey will continue to nurture the strategic partnership with Africa.Ambassador Uzun, who would be resident in Accra, Ghana, acknowledged that as Turkey highly relishes the friendship with Liberia, his government has instructed him to work for the strengthening of cordial relations as well as promote mutual beneficial cooperation between both countries. “During my tenure here, I will not fail to carry out this instruction to the best of my ability,” the new Turkish Ambassador to Liberia promised.He stressed that despite the distance that separates the two countries, the Turkish Government is willing to develop, wherever possible, economic, commercial and technical cooperation with Liberia to the mutual benefit of both countries and peoples.The new Turkish Ambassador disclosed that in recent years Turkey has improved her contacts and existing cooperation with Africa, and his government is willing and ready to explore with Liberia all existing opportunities for the mutual benefits of both countries as well as to contribute to the development efforts of the people of Liberia.Ambassador Uzun, who is accredited to Sierra Leone and Ghana also, said Turkey is committed to the goal of achieving peaceful relations among nations and pledged his country’s full support to effort aimed at improving international climate and the promotion of global peace and stability within the United Nations framework. “The principles of the Turkish foreign policy are strongly opposed to oppression,” he said.He said given the similarities of the two countries’ foreign policy objectives, he is confident that the coming years will witness frequent consultations between Turkey and Liberia. “Your Excellency, it will be an honor as well as a rewarding experience for me if I can make some contributions to the development of the relations of our two countries in the course of my accreditation here in Liberia,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more