LeBron flattered by Philly fans’ free-agency fawning

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings “That’s dope,” he said.The three billboards were unveiled on Monday on busy Interstate-480 outside Cleveland, and each contains a message asking James to sign with the Sixers this summer as a free agent.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 folkThe signs, which were paid for by a Chester, Pennsylvania, company were inspired by the Oscar-nominated film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” But their objective was to entice James to come to Philadelphia.Although James may not see the signs because they’re not on any route he would take from his home in Bath, Ohio, to Quicken Loans Arena, the three-time champion was warmed by their sentiment. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Three billboards trying to entice Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James to come to Philadelphia are shown near a highway, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Cleveland. The three billboards were unveiled on Monday on busy Interstate-480 outside Cleveland, and each contains a message asking James to sign with the Sixers this summer as a free agent. Although James may not see the signs because they’re not on any route he would take from his home in Bath, Ohio, to Quicken Loans Arena, the three-time champion was warmed by their sentiment. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)“It is actually very flattering that I’m sitting here at 33 and in my 15th year and teams or guys — I don’t want to say teams because that becomes tampering — but people in their respective city want me to play for them,” he said. “That’s cool I think.”James’ appreciation caused a commotion on social media as Sixers fans began dreaming of No. 23 in one of the team’s jerseys. NBA tampering rules prohibit teams from having any involvement in recruiting players, but there’s nothing to stop fans from making their pitch.“We’re passionate about Philadelphia,” Asher Raphael, co-CEO of by Power Home Remodeling, the company that paid for the billboards told ESPN. “We have an amazing city. It’s the best sports town and it’s an awesome place to live. We think the best athletes should want to play here.”The Sixers will visit the Cavaliers on Thursday night.James can opt out of his contract with Cleveland following this season and the superstar can hit the free-agency market.ADVERTISEMENT Without Ronaldo, Madrid loses to Espanyol in Spanish league One of three billboards trying to entice Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James to come to Philadelphia are shown near a highway, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Cleveland. The three billboards were unveiled on Monday on busy Interstate-480 outside Cleveland, and each contains a message asking James to sign with the Sixers this summer as a free agent. Although James may not see the signs because they’re not on any route he would take from his home in Bath, Ohio, to Quicken Loans Arena, the three-time champion was warmed by their sentiment. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James has Philadelphia’s basketball pulse racing.The NBA superstar still hasn’t seen three billboards urging him to join the 76ers, but he’s flattered by the idea that a city would want him to play there.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The second billboard has the motto: “Complete The Process,” a takeoff on the Sixers’ “Trust The Process” mantra and the third says: “#PhillyWantsLeBron.”James’ free agency figures to be the NBA’s biggest offseason story, and the four-time champion recently shot down any discussion about his future until this season ends.Following Tuesday’s shootaround before the Cavs hosted Brooklyn, James initially pretended he was unaware of the billboards.“A lot of potholes on 480,” James joked. “Got to be careful with the cars. Got to be very careful. That’s why I don’t do much driving. I sit in the backseat. You talking about the billboards, though?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Serena Williams loses in 1st round at Miami Open to Osaka

first_imgSerena Williams returns to Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — The match ended with Serena Williams grinning at the net. She saved her worst shot for last, and after a rare first-round defeat she had to laugh.Still rusty in her return from pregnancy, Williams was unable to overcome a tough opening draw at the Miami Open and lost Wednesday to Naomi Osaka, 6-3, 6-2.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters On the final point, Williams thundered forward to attack an easy shot at eye level, whacked the ball six feet past the baseline and responded with a sheepish smile.Not that motherhood has mellowed Williams. She left without talking to the media.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 folkThe 20-year-old Osaka, who earned her first career title Sunday at Indian Wells, said she was nervous at the start playing her idol for the first time. Osaka said her goal was to avoid Williams winning 6-0, 6-0.“She’s the main reason I started playing tennis,” Osaka said. “I just wanted her after the match to know who I am.” Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img Mission accomplished. What did Williams say when they shook hands after the match?“She said ‘good job’ and stuff,” Osaka said. “I kind of blanked out, but I’m pretty good she said ‘good job.’”Osaka, who has both American and Japanese citizenship and lives in Fort Lauderdale, raised her profile with last week’s title run and showed no signs of letup and overpowered the erratic Williams. Osaka had the stronger serve and wore down Williams in rallies working her from side to side.The matchup worthy of a final came about because both players were unseeded. Osaka is ranked a career-best 22nd, while Williams’ ranking is 491st after a layoff of more than a year.Another new mother and former No. 1, three-time champion Victoria Azarenka, defeated Catherine Bellis 6-3, 6-0. Seeded players are in action beginning Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Williams has been eliminated in the first round only four other times, most recently at the 2012 French Open. The latest defeat came at a tournament she has won a record eight times and considers her hometown event.The match was the last for Williams at Key Biscayne, 90 miles south of her home in Palm Beach Gardens. The tournament is moving next year to the Miami Dolphins’ stadium, where Williams helped with the ceremonial groundbreaking Monday.Because of Williams’ ranking, she entered the draw as a wild card, and looked the part. She needed only eight shots to win the match’s first five points, but things became much more difficult after that.Playing her fourth match since returning to the tour, Williams was a step slow to balls in the corners and often late with her swing, while she put barely half her first serves in play. Early in the second set she resorted to her patented scream of “Come on!”, but the outburst failed to turn things around.Osaka was heartened that she provoked Williams to shout at herself.“Sometimes she plays matches where she doesn’t say ‘Come on!’ at all,” Osaka said. “That’s a little bit sad, because it’s like, ‘Do you think she’s trying?’ So I just wanted her say ‘Come on!’ once. I knew then maybe she would be trying a little bit.”Williams tried, but typical of her struggle was an exchange midway through the last set. She scrambled forward to scoop a ball back, retreated to hit an awkward, lunging overhead, and then stood and watched helplessly as a crosscourt forehand from Osaka whizzed past for a winner.Osaka’s serve reached 116 mph, and she was never broken. When Williams pushed her to deuce three times in one game, Osaka closed it out with consecutive aces, and said she drew inspiration from her hero.“Sometimes when I’m in a really hard position when I’m serving, I’m like, ‘What would Serena do?’” Osaka said.That approach has served Osaka well. She’s 14-4 this year and will next face No. 4-seeded Elina Svitolina as the tournament’s new player to beat. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Bucks’ Antetokounmpo leaves game with ankle sprain Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Brady sees ‘urgency’ in preseason game vs Super Bowl foe

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ New Jersey takes in $40.6 million in sports bets in July New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watches from the sideline during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady thinks his next game against the Philadelphia Eagles is a little like the last time he played them.The reigning NFL MVP says he’s eager to get back on the field for the first time since the Super Bowl, and his next chance is in Thursday night’s exhibition game against Philadelphia. Brady did not play in the preseason opener against Washington last week.ADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Brady, who turned 41 this month, said he is feeling healthy and planning to play on Thursday night. The decision will be up to coach Bill Belichick.“I certainly plan on being out there,” Brady said.Also Tuesday, Brady repeated that his goal is to play “a long time.” He reportedly reached an agreement that could boost his pay this year by $5 million in 2018; he is signed through next season.“You always have short-term goals and long-term goals, and this year’s the one I’m focused on,” he said. “Obviously, I want to play for a long time, so I’ve said that for a while. Feel like I’m a broken record.”ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve got a big one against the Eagles and we know the challenge they present,” Brady said on Tuesday. “So, (we’re) trying to put a lot into it and see if we can obviously get a lot out of it. You know, it’s a big test. They’re a good team and we’re going to have to play well.”Philadelphia beat the Patriots 41-33 in February for its first Super Bowl title. The teams will meet again in New England this week, with considerably less on the line.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’But you wouldn’t know if from listening to Brady, who said there is urgency even in the second game on the exhibition schedule, because the team needs to line up against an opponent to measure its progress.“They’re important,” Brady said. “If it was a waste of time, we wouldn’t do it. I think there’s a lot of urgency, and you know we’re not where we need to be, got a lot of work to do and these practices are a part of it, (along with) the opportunities that we get in the game.” View commentslast_img read more

UFC champ could face fine, suspension for post-fight fracas

first_imgFight poses a question: Is this UFC or WWE? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “There’s going to be fines,” White said. “There’s going to be God knows what. Can these guys get visas to get back in the country? We’ll see how this plays out, but I’ve been doing this for 18 years, and this is the biggest night ever, and I couldn’t be more disappointed.”McGregor’s $3 million purse was not withheld after commission officials examined video footage and determined his side had done nothing wrong in the melee. While Nurmagomedov brawled with McGregor teammate Dillon Danis outside the cage, a few men from Nurmagomedov’s camp — at least two of whom appeared to be UFC fighters, although the promotion and the commission haven’t formally identified them — climbed into the cage and confronted McGregor, who defended himself while getting sucker-punched from behind.McGregor’s first public response to the drama came on Twitter early Sunday morning: “Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.”By following his masterful victory with a reckless response to McGregor’s lengthy campaign of verbal and physical aggression, Nurmagomedov showcased the best and worst sides of mixed martial arts in a 30-second span. The Dagestan native who trains in San Jose, California, also overshadowed his years of steady progress to become one of MMA’s top pound-for-pound fighters.But Nurmagomedov said he had been brought to a boil by McGregor’s behavior since April, when McGregor infamously attacked a bus carrying Nurmagomedov and several other UFC fighters. McGregor was incensed after Nurmagomedov confronted a member of his team in New York earlier in that week, which ended with Nurmagomedov winning the UFC 155-pound belt.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t understand how people can talk about I jump on the cage, you know?” Nurmagomedov said after apologizing to the Nevada commission during a brief post-fight statement to reporters, his title belt displayed on the dais before him.“What about he talked about my religion, he talk about my country, he talk about my father? He come to Brooklyn and he broke bus. He almost killed a couple of people. What about this? … I don’t understand. I’m respectful. My father teaches me, ‘Hey, you have to be always respectful.’”After McGregor agreed this summer to return from a 23-month UFC absence for this highly lucrative bout, Nurmagomedov absorbed the Irish superstar’s gleeful taunts related to his family, friends and Muslim faith during their fight promotion.McGregor crowed when Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, the champion’s beloved father and a longtime wrestling coach, couldn’t attend UFC 229 because he couldn’t secure a U.S. visa in time. McGregor called Nurmagomedov’s father a “quivering coward” during a boisterous news conference.On Thursday, McGregor referred to Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, as a “snitch terrorist rat.” McGregor appeared to be referring to a book written several years ago which claimed that Abdelaziz once worked as an informant for the NYPD and FBI among U.S. Muslims in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.McGregor’s barbs were pointed, as usual for a fighter who built his massive fortune both with heavy fists and cutting words. White knew that Nurmagomedov and his teammates took it all very personally, but he was shocked by their response.“This isn’t the last time guys are going to say mean things to each other,” White said. “This is the fight business. That’s how it works. People have been saying mean things to each other for 18 years here in the UFC. Nothing like this has ever happened.”White was at Mike Tyson’s fight with Evander Holyfield in 1997 when Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear and went on a rampage that spilled into the stands. The UFC 229 scene also recalled Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Zab Judah in 2006, in which the fighters’ trainers brawled in the ring between rounds and nearly set off a riot; the post-fight fracas between entourages and fans at heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe’s fight with Andrew Golota in 1996; and a Strikeforce MMA show in Nashville in 2010 which ended with a post-fight brawl carried live on CBS.McGregor’s fame attracted attention to UFC 229 from millions of people who don’t watch MMA regularly, and the embarrassing post-fight events fit neatly into many casual stereotypes of the sport as a barbaric, exploitative spectacle. In truth, such displays of poor sportsmanship are fairly rare in MMA.“I promise you this is not what a mixed martial arts event is normally like,” White said. “When you have such an amazing event that we’ve worked hard to build for several months, and it goes perfect … this is not what we’re about. This is not what we do. This isn’t how we act.” 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 LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Khabib Nurmagomedov speaks at a news conference after the UFC 229 mixed martial arts event Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. A brawl broke out after the main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor when Nurmagomedov climbed over the cage and set off a scuffle with another fighter in McGregor’s corner. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Khabib Nurmagomedov was the calm, glowering foil to Conor McGregor’s antics for six months while the loquacious Irishman built a frenzy of hype around their UFC lightweight title fight.When Nurmagomedov forced the biggest star in mixed martial arts to tap out Saturday night to end what’s likely to be the most lucrative show in UFC history, he had fashioned the perfect response to McGregor’s verbal insults and physical attacks.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Although White said he was “disgusted” by McGregor’s behavior in Brooklyn, the UFC promoted this bout using video footage of McGregor’s violent attack, which traumatized strawweight champion Rose Namajunas and left two other fighters unable to compete due to injuries from the shattered glass.When asked about the UFC’s exploitation of the bus attack, White said he would do it all again, calling it “part of the story.”And whatever punishment Nurmagomedov faces, his drawing power will be increased exponentially when he returns to MMA. The gifted grappler from a little-known republic on the shores of the Caspian Sea acquired enormous cultural notoriety with his renegade actions and the show’s success.UFC 229 shattered the promotion’s previous gate record with $17.2 million in ticket sales at T-Mobile Arena, and White expects the pay-per-view sales to break the promotion’s record as well. That massive audience saw Nurmagomedov put on a beautiful display of well-rounded fighting against the biggest puncher in MMA.“He had the opportunity to walk out of that place a champion,” White said. “He would have looked like a stud, instead of flying over the cage and doing the things that he did. It should have been a very different night for him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But when Nurmagomedov promptly hurdled over the cage and fought with McGregor’s taunting cornermen while his own teammates ambushed McGregor in the octagon, the Russian champion and his friends might have seriously damaged careers that were just about to take off.“These guys are in big trouble,” UFC President Dana White said. “It is going to be ugly.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissExecutive director Bob Bennett said the Nevada Athletic Commission intends to file a complaint following its investigation into the actions of Nurmagomedov and his team for setting off a post-fight melee at UFC 229 immediately after McGregor submitted to Nurmagomedov’s choke in the fourth round. Nurmagomedov’s $2 million purse has been withheld, and he could face a hefty fine along with a lengthy suspension.White said three members of Nurmagomedov’s team were detained by police, but released after McGregor refused to press charges. White acknowledged Nurmagomedov’s lightweight title could be stripped if his actions result in a significant suspension.last_img read more

Kings rally in 4th quarter to beat Pelicans

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Willie Cauley-Stein had 22 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, Buddy Hield scored 28 and the Kings overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the reeling New Orleans Pelicans 122-117 on Sunday.“The identity that we’re never out of a game, we love,” Joerger said. “The identity of starting slow because we’re going to catch you later is not what I’m looking for. We’ve got some young bodies, some young minds, and the best is in front of us. But there’s some tired guys in there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSacramento fell behind by 19 in the first half Friday before rallying to beat the Memphis Grizzlies.By doing the same thing against New Orleans, the Kings became the first team since the 2010 Indiana Pacers to trail by 19 and win in consecutive games. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “It’s fantastic,” Joerger said. “Guys have put in a lot of work. It’s also a feather in the hat of our organization and the direction that we’re going.”UP NEXTPelicans: At Dallas on Wednesday night.Kings: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “We’ve just been fortunate to get stops late,” Cauley-Stein said. “We don’t want to have to battle down 20. We just have to get stops earlier. In the first half of the last couple of games, they get a lot of layups.”Bogdan Bogdanovic added 24 points, De’Aaron Fox had 19 points and 11 assists, and Iman Shumpert scored 10.Anthony Davis had 26 points and 17 rebounds for the Pelicans. Jrue Holiday added 27 points, six assists and seven rebounds. New Orleans has lost four straight and 12 of 17.“It’s kind of the same story for us,” Holiday said. “Between the coaches and the players, we have to get on the same page when it comes down to the last four minutes. In the second half they started making shots.”Down 105-94 with 7 1/2 minutes left, the Kings scored 14 consecutive points as part of a 19-5 run to take control. Hield fueled the comeback with a pair of 3-pointers and a fast-break layup, and Fox made a free throw to put the Kings up 113-110 with 2:03 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Sacramento pushed its lead to 121-114 before Davis made a 3. After Fox made one of two free throws, Julius Randle scored and appeared to get fouled but the play was overturned on replay.The Pelicans, who scored a franchise-record 149 points against the Kings when the teams met in the second game of the season in October, got off to another fast start. New Orleans led 32-13 in the first quarter, then withstood a surge by Sacramento in the second to go up 69-58 at halftime.“We played well over stretches and then we go away from what we’re doing,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We stopped moving the basketball and tried to do it ourselves. We’re not capable of doing that.”TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans scored 66 points in the paint. … Davis had eight points in the first quarter, going 6 for 6 on free throws. … Nikola Mirotic missed his fifth consecutive game because of a sore right ankle.Kings: Marvin Bagley (bruised left knee) sat out his fifth straight game. … The Kings made five 3s in the fourth quarter.FOX-LIKE REFLEXESFox made a phenomenal defensive play in the second quarter when he chased down Tim Frazier and blocked a fast-break layup attempt from behind. The ball ricocheted off the backboard and nearly went to midcourt, leading to an easy basket for Hield as the Golden1 Center crowd erupted in a thunderous ovation.NEW YEAR, NEW KINGSWith two games left in 2018, the Kings (18-15) are guaranteed of heading into the new year with a winning record for the first time since 2004-05. New Orleans Pelicans guard Frank Jackson (15) passes the ball around Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Dave Joerger is pretty proud of the way his Kings have been able to generate a few big comeback wins this season.It’s the early double-digit deficits the Sacramento coach could do without.ADVERTISEMENT Myles Turner, Pacers beat up well-worn Wizards Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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And now for the hard part

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo coach Oliver Almadro and his Lady Eagles needed to battle their way to the top of UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball.And he warned his wards that things would only get tougher.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying “It was kind of a wake-up call in the first set seeing how they played and they did a really good job,” said Kat Tolentino, who added 10 points, the same output of Ponggay Gaston.  “I think it’s their mentality that they have nothing to lose. If they win, then it’s a good boost for them. But if they lose they’re rookies so it’s not as much pressure [as it is] for us.”And if Ateneo needs any reminder just how tough the second round will be, La Salle provided it in the second game as the Lady Spikers stayed at the heels of the Lady Eagles with a 25-15, 25-19, 26-24 victory over last year’s Finals foe Far Eastern U.It was the fifth win in seven games for La Salle, which kept Ateneo’s 6-1 record within reach.“We have to put more effort and more sacrifices this second round. Teams will want to beat us, they will play even better. So hopefully the positivity and energy will manifest in the second round,” said Almadro.“I think the second round will definitely be harder because of the adjustments of the teams,” added Tolentino.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief 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 Fun and games help Beermen surround newcomer Romeo with family atmosphere Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FEU was in it in the third set, overhauling a six-point deficit to take set point at 24-23. But Tin Tiamzon found her range and La Salle’s vaunted blocking clicked just in time so that by the time Des Cheng shuttled in the winning point, the Lady Spikers deflated the Lady Tamaraws’ fight. —WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Stunned in the opening set by a young National University trying to pull off another statement win, Ateneo needed to dig deep to fetch a 23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 triumph Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre and keep its winning streak intact.“The first round was really a tough one for us,” said Almadro. “We really learned a lot from here but I’m telling my players that going into the second round, it will not be any easier.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Lady Bulldogs showed just how much opponents will be clawing at the Lady Eagles. Given little hope against a team that entered the game on a five-game win streak, NU drew inspiration from a gutsy victory over University of the Philippines to carve out an opening set win.“They really showed us that despite being rookies, they can compete against veterans and all of the teams in the UAAP actually,” said skipper Bea de Leon, who finished with 13 points, behind Maddie Madayag’s team-high 17. “That was one of the toughest games we played actually for me.”last_img read more

2014 B’ball League Begins Today

first_imgThe national first and second division basketball leagues begin today at the Sports Commission on Broad Street, amidst the threat of rain.Virtually youthful outfit Kardinals, (3rd division champions) will rub shoulders with Deviers in the opening game at 5:p.m. while the triple champs LPRC Oilers will meet the tough 2nd division champions, Barnersville Celtic, at 6:30pm.On Thursday, April 3, Uhuru Prince will face Du-Runners at 5:p.m. and C-Base will lock horns with S. Brothers.However, the late starting of the basketball league has raised serious concerns among basketball fans.Basketball fan Emmanuel Diggs complained about the late beginning of the league and said the league should have completed the first phase at the Sports Commission and continue with the second phase at the Samuel K. Doe’s Gym, during the raining season.“As a number one priority and due to safety playing the game in the raining season is not the best decision to take,” basketball fan, Jeremy Parker said.Meanwhile, Liberia’s basketball chief scribe Allen Goodridge, regretted the opening of the tournament in April, but said it was due to the lack of funds.The 2013 LBA League closed on Saturday, March 22 instead of between November 2013 and February 2014. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Watching Her Life Flash Before Her: “I Want Her to be Like Me”

first_imgTwo single parents living with one another share a lot of things in common, including the fact that they are lesbians. What many in their communities, churches, social life and work places don’t know about the two women is that they are living together as a couple.For the past five years they have been secretly living as ‘husband and wife’ in a small rented room outside Monrovia, which barely can accommodate two people, let alone an entire family.Mommi, who’s the dominant, masculine one, keeps her hair cut low and feels her lifestyle and preference for women has over the years been a test of time.”I love women and have suffered because of it. Liberians don’t accept this type of fetish and desire that I have for my wife. So we have to try to hide it the best way we can,” she shrugged.What confuses many of their tenants living in the 8-bedroom house that they all share is the fact that these two women do everything together, including taking baths.”Sister, when you love the same sex, you have to counsel them, the people around you, to help them understand why you are the way you are. They need to understand why my wife and I are doing some of the things that we do, together,” Mommi maintained.”They understand why I teach my wife that she should never trust or like a man because men have hurt both of us. And because of this, she trusts me and those around us respect our feelings” she revealed.Because of that trust, Martina, Mommi’s partner, says she finds herself satisfied with her life, which she says has never been this good.”She has put it in my head, her daughters head that we should hate men, that they are no good to us because of many reasons. You pick your own that has happened to you before, either way, all women have suffered behind a man. Our daughter is two years old and we want her not to depend on a man either. Period,” she declared.Meanwhile, I watched a pretty child with carmel skin kick on a football, which seemed to be her favorite toy. When I called the child over to me, she bounced over with aggression and ran past me to pick up a mini sized toy car to play with.”If you see our daughter, she’s already behaving like a boy child. We’re training her to love women, because she will never be hurt by one,” she said confidently.“Watching her grow reminds me of how I was brought up and I want her to be like me in everyway possible,” she added.Martina, who has been unable to have children to date, says as a teen, a man she lived in the house with abused her.”I don’t blame my feeling for women on being raped. But, this man always abused me and there was no one that I could run to and tell. So I grew up with this feeling that my life with a man ever again would be ruined, so I’ve decided to forget about men. I was 18 when I learned how to be with a woman,” she revealed.According to Mommi, who says she gave birth only to please her wife says she tried to find a normal life, but lives and does everything as a man would.”I wear men’s clothes and I am what you call a stud. And when it comes to the men who see me portraying them, they feel offended at times and humiliate or mock me. But I’m okay with it; I try to block out the rude remarks and evil stares whenever I’m in public places with them,” she added.Meanwhile, the child who has never felt pain, abuse or reason to hate men or dislike them, watches her parents with love. For her, she trusts that every decision her parents make will be for her best interest.“What I have planned for my daughter is already working, she gets excited whenever other women come around her, and frightened when she sees men. That’s the reaction we want from her,” said Mommi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Symbols of Recovery

first_imgThe Ebola outbreak in Liberia no doubt brought the country to its knees, and the news of the situation at one point seemed to have near-apocalyptic implications.  The last thing on the mind of anyone on the ground would have been art or creativity… or so they thought.  Yet, the many priceless acts of creativity throughout this crisis have helped millions of people nationwide emerge from denial and adopt preventive postures and protocols that would keep themselves and their loved ones safe during the epidemic. Among those championing the creative cause against Ebola are artist couple Omar El-Shabu and his better half, Maisha, along with several other Liberian artists who will present their works in a major exhibition at the National Museum in Monrovia from December 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015.  The other artists include Lawson Sworh, Mohammed Bah, Marcus Benn Yancy and Isaac Dubor.Named and styled “Recovery”, the exhibition aims to help eliminate the panic and fear people have of Ebola and make room for healing – “visual healing”, according to the organizers.The Shabus, better known as ‘Baba and Mama Shabu’, have had an extensive and coveted artistic career that sets them apart as nothing less than sages.  Baba, a painter with experience in academia as well as the African textile industry, is regarded for his expert knowledge of traditional African symbols, those native to Liberia being no exception. His use of traditional African symbols in his paintings encodes an awareness that viewers must learn to discover or rediscover, toward a stronger sense of cultural identity.  Such passion for traditional symbols has given birth to a series of projects including the up-coming one, Recovery. “My art is symbolic,” says Baba. “There are a lot of symbols inside of my work.  Now is the time for us to use art symbols.  These symbols represent courage as a way of moving forward from this Ebola outbreak.”The cultural symbols Baba employs come from across the spectrum of Liberian traditions, including Kpelle, Vai, Lorma and Mandingo, to name a few.Mama and Baba have for over a year published a monthly series of articles on Liberian traditional symbols in the Daily Observer’s LIB Life section.  She pens, he paints.  Lately, during the heat of the Ebola outbreak they shifted gears to produce the articles every week, highlighting the role of art and symbols in the fight against Ebola. “We need to do something that’s going to relate to recovery, especially as we get closer to recovering from this Ebola outbreak,” says Mama, speaking of the up-coming exhibition.  “A lot of artists are going to be a part of it, including Baba himself. After the initial shock from Ebola, the deaths, and how people are starting to say let’s move on. We shouldn’t remain down, we need to keep going forward.”The pair expressed their initial wish, which almost came true until the Ebola outbreak.“We planned this exhibition in March 2014 and started to share ideas with others,” Mama explains, “and then Ebola. We started thinking; artists have an important role during periods like this when everyone is down.  We could actually spark a recovery, and that’s how Baba said, let’s have a recovery exhibition.”The Recovery exhibition will be their second in post-war Liberia.  In 2012, Baba held a major exhibition titled, “New Water from the Ancient Well”, at the Liberian National Museum.According to the couple, the idea for that exhibition came about while visiting the museum one day and seeing it’s old artifacts.“Baba was looking at the old artifacts and decided that we needed to have an exhibition.  The exhibition featured pieces [already in] the museum as well as his contemporary interpretation of those pieces. We had paintings and textile tapestries – large wall tapestries. It was beautifuland such a success,” Mama recalls.The New Water from an Ancient Well exhibition sparked a renaissance in many different circles about heritage.  Since that exhibition, Baba has been working with a many artists who were inspired by his works.“A lot of artists have been coming up since the exhibition, giving time and doing different things with Baba,” Mama explains.  “Because of the exhibition, a lot of new art schools have opened and positive things have blossomed. When we produced the exhibition in 2012, we wanted to inspire the Liberian art renaissance.  We wanted to be a part of the renaissance taking place. And we feel that we’re a part of that.“We look forward to doing it again with the Recovery exhibition,” she continues, “and bring on board some of these artists that Baba has been working with,” she disclosed.According to Mama, fear and discipline has been the overall effect of the Ebola crisis.”If you follow the guidelines in staying safe and have instituted some discipline on yourself, you’ll see yourself moving above. And that is the antidote for fear. We have to admit, Ebola did that,” she says.The Recovery exhibition, Baba says, will highlight symbols of recovery and moving forward from the past.”We need all of these symbols because they’re symbols of strength and courage, to move us out of the Ebola era.  In my work, I project that image of courage, getting away from fear. We need to move forward as people.  This Ebola, like so many other elements that are in life, will come and go.  We can’t stop because they exist, we have been here in Africa for more than 10,000 years, and all of these things did not just happen.  There were many disasters, so we must move forward.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Justice is supposed to be a virtue not a vice

first_imgThe sight of Brassington and Singh in handcuffs on callous and unwarranted charges has left me with a hollow and empty feeling. Vendetta and persecution reign supreme in our land of Guyana. What good does this mean-spirited and vindictive act do? Does it garner votes or lose votes? Does it appease the racists among us? What now? Will we see Carl Greenidge in handcuffs? This is a trampling of justice.The handcuffing of Singh and Brassington is an act of unspeakable cowardice by this APNU/AFC Administration.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more