Butler made his move—now it’s Wolves’ turn

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Butler has told the Minnesota Timberwolves that he has no intentions of re-signing with the club next summer, his way of saying “trade me now” or “lose me for nothing later.” The Athletic first reported Butler’s decision.It’s a power move that players can make.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 ChrissThing is, it comes with risk — because what happens next is not up to Butler.This was the lesson learned from the Kawhi Leonard situation, from the Kyrie Irving situation, from the Paul George situation. Leonard supposedly was hoping for a trade from San Antonio to the Los Angeles Clippers. Irving wanted to be sent by Cleveland to either San Antonio and Miami. George was widely assumed to leave Indiana for the Los Angeles Lakers. FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) watches in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Minneapolis. Butler isn’t the first NBA star to ask for a trade, nor will he be the last. But it’s far from guaranteed that even if he succeeds in forcing Minnesota into making a move he’ll wind up in a place he wants. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File)MIAMI— Jimmy Butler knows that NBA players can force their way into trades.Forcing their way into a trade that suits the player, that’s an entirely different story.ADVERTISEMENT ONE: Against toughest foe yet, Jomary Torres wants to let her fight do the talking MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown It should be easy to deduce that Butler can see himself with the Clippers, New York or Brooklyn, since all of those teams will have the cap space to give him the $140 million (or $190 million) max contract he’s seeking.Miami would interest him as well, since Butler has raved about the city in the past and he’s still very tight with fellow Marquette alum and former Chicago teammate Dwyane Wade. Toronto is believed to be on his radar. Playing alongside LeBron James with the Lakers is something that hardly anyone in the NBA would sneeze at.A person with knowledge of the Timberwolves’ situation said that Minnesota has been talking to multiple teams, gauging the Butler market. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because talks are ongoing. The Timberwolves aren’t exactly in a position of strength, since now everyone knows that Butler wants out and training camps start in a few days. But that doesn’t mean Minnesota doesn’t control how this will play out.When Leonard asked for his trade, the Spurs had the luxury of time and wound up getting a very good deal from Toronto. The Cavs and the Pacers also had plenty of time to work out something to their likings when moving Irving and George.Minnesota doesn’t have that same cushion. That’ll eventually lead to Butler being asked why he waited until the final days of the offseason to inform the team of his unhappiness, because not only did he potentially limit Minnesota’s options but he could have limited his own.“You should always try to get a perennial All-Star,” former NBA forward Caron Butler told TMZ Sports, adding that he thinks Jimmy Butler is “a real winner.”The Timberwolves can basically make any of the following decisions:— Move Butler right away and start camp without distraction;— Hang onto him for a while and see if he changes his mind;— Work out a sign-and-trade; Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum — Make him play out the year.Butler was their leading scorer last season. He’s an All-Star. He helped them end a 14-year playoff drought. Losing him, no matter what they get back, wouldn’t seem to help the Wolves’ chances of returning to the playoffs in a still-loaded Western Conference.Sometimes, even irreconcilable differences work out.Houston won NBA championships in 1994 and 1995, led by Hakeem Olajuwon. People forget that in 1992, he demanded a trade in a very ugly situation sparked by the Rockets thinking that he was faking a hamstring injury. They mended fences and won titles.Most of the time, though, when a player wants out, they get out.Dwight Howard demanded to be traded by Orlando in 2012, and got his way. Shaquille O’Neal wanted to leave the Lakers in 2004, got sent to the Heat, and then eventually forced them to send him to Phoenix. Chris Paul and Chris Webber have forced trades, too. And it’s not a new thing — Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wanted trades and got them.Butler got his trade ball rolling.Where it goes, at least this season, that’s up to Wolves coach and president Tom Thibodeau — whose own future in Minnesota might be hanging by a thread as well right now — more than anyone else. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Leonard is in Toronto , at least for one season.Irving got sent to Boston , and is a free agent next summer.George landed in Oklahoma City, and probably will be there for years.Not a whole lot of people saw those exact moves coming. But the teams did what was best for them. In all three cases, the Spurs, the Cavs and the Pacers got the best deal they could make.Now it’s Butler’s turn.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Cormier chokes out Lewis, defends 2nd title at UFC 230

first_imgMOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Cormier, who also holds the light heavyweight crown, made quick work of an overmatched Lewis with a rear naked choke. He celebrated with his family in the cage as Lewis trudged out, still in his trunks unlike the last fight that made him a quick star.Cormier (22-1, 1 no-contest) had a quick takedown in the first and turned in a dominant yet dull effort to easily take the round. He didn’t waste much time in the second and left MSG with a little slice of history.He was still ready to rumble.With trash talk worthy of WrestleMania hype, Cormier called out former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE star Brock Lesnar for a match in 2019.Cormier had an itch to add a third (yet faux) title.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown James scores 28 points, Lakers edge Blazers 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 Daniel Cormier holds his belts after defeating Derrick Lewis by submission during the second round of a heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 230, early Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK — The “DC” initials that flashed on the Madison Square Garden marquee have a deeper meaning for Daniel Cormier.Dual Champ.ADVERTISEMENT The main event had history, if not the thrills of the earlier bouts.Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza connected on a flush right hand to the temple to knock out Chris Weidman in the third round in a battle of two fighters who both badly needed a victory.Souza and Weidman were engaged in a brutal slugfest that kept both fighters on their feet for most of the first 2½ rounds. Weidman finally got caught and clung to Souza’s leg as he tried to find his bearings. Souza got a couple of punches in for good measure until referee Dan Miragliotta mercifully stopped the fight.Souza rebounded from a loss to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 224 and did it with a busted nose. Weidman stunned Souza with a right that smashed the Brazilian’s nose, making it spew blood for the remainder of the first round.Israel Adesanya had a breakout performance with a dominant destruction of veteran Derek Brunson than ran his record to 15-0 and launched him as serious contender in the middleweight division.Adesanya flipped off Brunson early in the first round and finished him not much later for the TKO win. Adesanya landed a knee to the face that stumbled Brunson and finished him off with a left that had the crowd on its feet. Adesanya, who has earned comparisions to a young Anderson Silva, danced in the middle of the octagon on a night where a new star was seemingly born.His bio on his @stylebender Instagram account says he likes to “say the darndest things.” Adesanya had something to witty to say to the MSG crowd.“They say this is a walk in the park? Nah, it’s a walk in the Garden,” Adesanya said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Bring that belt with you when you come to my house,” said Cormier, who has vowed to retire at age 40.Cormier won the heavyweight crown when he flattened Stipe Miocic, a bout that ended with theatrics after he called Lesnar into the cage. Lesnar shoved Cormier in the chest while the fighters traded insults to hype a potential future bout.UFC President Dana White has said he wanted a Lesnar-Cormier bout signed for next year, a showcase that would surely be the biggest ever for heavyweights. Lesnar is still with WWE and left the promotion’s controversial Crown Jewel event on Friday in Saudi Arabia as the Universal champion. His status remains as murky as ever — he still has to serve out the remainder of a USADA suspension — and was not spotted at MSG.Cormier beat Anthony Johnson in 2015 to win the light heavyweight title and defended it against the likes of Alexander Gustafsson and Volkan Oezdemir.Cormier has never lost to anyone except Jon Jones, the star-crossed former light heavyweight champion who beat him twice. The second bout last year was changed to a no-contest when Jones failed a doping test that kept him out of the sport for 15 months. Cormier will be stripped of his light heavyweight title and the 205-pound crown will go to the winner of the Jones-Gustafsson bout at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas.Jones has ruled out a trilogy, and Cormier’s next challenger will surely give him a better fight than Lewis.Lewis (21-6) served 3½ years in prison in his early 20s stemming from a parole violation when he was charged with aggravated assault shortly after high school. Lewis took up mixed martial arts shortly after his release and used his big right hand to ascend to a title shot. He had won nine of his last 10 fights and his self-deprecating humor — including a randy answer as to why he stripped off his shorts inside the cage after his last win — earned him a sponsorship deal with Popeyes Chicken.“Look who just slid into our DMs before the weigh in,” the fried chicken joint tweeted, with a picture of Lewis chomping on a drumstick.Much like attacking a bucket of chicken, Cormier tagged Lewis everywhere: leg, thigh, and then the neck for the decisive blow.“A lot of people have to understand that I’ve been doing this for nine years and I fought at a championship level for eight of them,” Cormier said. “If you have a puncher’s chance it’s not good enough.” Cormier draped himself in two title belts, history-making bling that cemented the 39-year-old as one of the greats in the mixed martial arts game.“Two belts for each shoulder! I get to look at this again,” Cormier said. “It’s history and Daniel Cormier is one of the best of all-time.”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 ChrissHe backed up his boast with authority in New York.Cormier choked out Derrick Lewis in the middle of the second round to retain his heavyweight championship in the main event of UFC 230, becoming the first fighter to defend titles in two weight classes. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

UST, Perlas pairs unbeaten

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Bombs away: Cherry Rondina comes off the bench, sparks Petron win in PSL Finals opener 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Also sporting 3-0 records after two intense days of competition are BanKo-Perlas 1’s Dzi Gervacio and Bea Tan and Creamline’s Fille Cayetano and Kyla Atienza.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 Chriss ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Babylove Barbon and Gen Eslapor of University of Santo Tomas made it to the semifinals after extending their perfect run to three games in the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour December Open 2018: A Christmas Rally Saturday at Sands SM By The Bay.Barbon and Eslapor, third placers in last month’s Dumaguete leg, topped Derie Virtusio and MJ Ebro in an all-UST Maynilad quarterfinals duel, 21-11, 21-13.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

LeBron James progressing from groin injury, update expected next week

first_imgMOST READ A Lakers medical update on Thursday said James was recovering and had been cleared to step up his training.“LeBron James was evaluated by team medical staff and physicians today,” the Lakers said.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 Chriss“The healing of James’ groin injury is progressing and James has been cleared to increase on-court functional basketball movements.”The statement said a further update on James’ condition would be issued on January 16, meaning the NBA superstar is likely to miss three more games for the Lakers. Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say PLAY LIST 03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img The Lakers have lost five out of eight games since James’ injury and are currently eighth in the Western Conference standings with a 23-19 record.rcw/bbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next (FILES) In this file photo taken on December 17, 2018 LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center in New York City. – (Photo by AL BELLO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)LeBron James faces at least another week on the sidelines as he continues his rehabilitation from a groin injury, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Thursday.James has not played since limping out of the Lakers’ victory over the Golden State Warriors on December 25.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo lead NBA All-Star fan voting Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Duke star Zion Williamson injures knee after Nike shoe blows out

first_imgNike, who is in a 12-year deal with Duke stemming from an extension in 2015, released a statement wishing Williamson, a projected top overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, a speedy recovery.Williamson was wearing a school exclusive pair of PG 2.5s that are primarily designed for wing players and guards.“We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery,” said the sports giant. “The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue.”WNBA legend Swin Cash,s a two-time WNBA champion and a two-time NCAA champion with University of Connecticut, chipped in in saying Williamson should wear LeBron James’ sneakers that are built for bigger players.“Honestly at Zion’s size he needs to change up & wear Brons shoe. They are literally built for a guy his size. I remember after my back surgery I changed up shoes because of the shock impacted to my back,” said Cash who also wished the best for Williamson.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Duke’s Zion Williamson (1) falls to the floor with an injury while chasing the ball with North Carolina’s Luke Maye (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Duke rookie sensation Zion Williamson was forced out of the Blue Devils’ game against archrival University of North Carolina after he suffered a knee injury in the two teams’ matchup in the Atlantic Coast Conference.Williamson was about to turn the corner against the Tar Heels’ Luke May when his left shoe exploded resulting in what Duke head coach Mike Krzyewski called a “mild knee sprain” in a report by ESPN.com.ADVERTISEMENT The 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward then clutched his right knee in pain just 36 seconds into the game before walking off, in his own power, to the Blue Devils’ locker room without his Nike PG 2.5s.UNC, the no.8-ranked team in the conference, then took advantage of Williamson’s absence and cruised to an 88-72 win over the top seeded Blue Devils.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIt put everyone in the position of having to figure it out, playing without him, while playing a really good team. It’s not a good situation,” said Krzyweski in the ESPN.com report.“At halftime the realization that he’s not there settled in. And we played horrible to start the second half. The final 16 minutes I thought we played really well, but it was too late,” Kryzewski added. Pacquiao: No boxing for son Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chieflast_img read more

Nets crush Mavericks to end 3-game skid

first_imgMOST READ Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) dunks in front of Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith, bottom, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — The Nets needed a win, and they got their easiest one ever in Brooklyn.DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points, Rodions Kurucs had 19 and the Nets easily snapped a three-game losing streak with a 127-88 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT “It was ugly from start to finish,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “When you lose every quarter in an NBA game, you certainly haven’t done what you needed to do, so very disappointing night.”With Treveon Graham out with back soreness, Kurucs started at power forward, and coach Kenny Atkinson also inserted Allen Crabbe for LeVert at shooting guard. LeVert had started the previous seven games after coming off the bench in his first two after a returning from a 42-game absence with a dislocated right foot.“I think we wanted to change something up, do something different. Him coming off the bench or starting, he told me this morning, ‘I really don’t care, Coach, as long as I get my minutes,’” Atkinson said of LeVert, who was the team’s leading scorer when he got hurt. “He got his minutes.”Atkinson said before the game that Brooklyn’s problem in its recent losses to Washington, Charlotte and Miami was poor shooting affecting their effort on defense.Neither side of the floor was a problem in this one, as the Nets were shooting above 60 percent into the fourth quarter before finishing at 56.5 percent. They limited Dallas to 35.6 percent.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next They extended it to 26 after three, also their biggest margin of the season, and all that was left from there was cheering for Nowitzki to get on the board. Fans screamed his name as soon as the Mavs started bringing the ball up the floor, and booed the Mavericks players who took shots rather than pass to Nowitzki, who still hasn’t said if he will retire.TIP-INSMavericks: Dallas opened a three-game road trip. It has won five straight and 16 of the last 17 matchups with Washington, its next opponent. … Nowitzki finished 2 for 13.Nets: Kurucs and Carroll both made five 3-pointers. … Russell had 13 points and 11 assists.SUPPORT FOR DIRKNowitzki said the receptions he has received on the Mavericks’ trips to the East have been phenomenal, but he wishes the Mavericks could play better. They lost by 30 at Memphis in their previous game.“So I am really appreciative,” he said. “I enjoy it, but I enjoy winning a little better.”ON THE ROAD Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra The Nets led 31-21 after one and quickly pushed the lead to 18 led by Carroll and Dinwiddie. They maintained that 18-point cushion at halftime — after Doncic threw in a halfcourt shot for the final basket — for their biggest halftime advantage of the season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Caris LeVert added 18 points and Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 16 on a night the Nets shook up their starting lineup but were fueled by their reserves. The 39-point margin was their most lopsided victory at home — and matched their biggest victory overall — since moving from New Jersey in 2012.“This was definitely a game for us to build off of,” guard D’Angelo Russell said. “Coming into this one, we knew we had to get it. We know we’ve got a tough stretch coming up so we need all the confidence we can get.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Nets were routed by teams below them in the standings in their last three games but led nearly the entire way, with the lead ballooning to 44 points. Brooklyn moved back into a tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.Dwight Powell scored 20 points and Luka Doncic had 16 for the Mavericks, who lost for the seventh time in eight games. Dallas did finally get Dirk Nowitzki a couple late baskets after he missed his first nine shots in what could have been his last game in Brooklyn. Tiger Woods pulls out of Bay Hill with neck strain Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Kristaps Porzingis has been traveling with the Mavericks, even though he won’t play this season while recovering from his torn left ACL. Carlisle said it’s doubtful Porzingis takes part in full practices this season, but that he’s been doing a lot of things behind the scenes and vocal in huddles during the games. The 7-foot-3 forward hadn’t been traveling with the Knicks before they dealt him to the Mavs.“The No. 1 thing right now is his health, getting him back 100 percent, which will happen,” Carlisle said. “But in the meantime he’s picked up his workouts, he’s doing more aggressive 1-on-1, controlled banging-type stuff with some of our assistants and making great progress.”UP NEXTMavericks: Visit Washington on Wednesday.Nets: Host Cleveland on Wednesday. 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Messi helps Barcelona beat Lyon to reach Champions League quarters

first_imgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain— Just when the Camp Nou crowd was getting nervous, Lionel Messi turned a close game into a complete rout.Messi scored two goals before setting up two more for teammates as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for a 12th straight season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Luis Suarez helped Barcelona go 2-0 up by halftime by earning a penalty converted by Messi and then setting up Philippe Coutinho to score.Lucas Tousart gave the visitors hope with a goal in the 58th minute after Barcelona failed to clear a corner kick. That meant Lyon only needed one more goal to go through, but Messi scored again in the 78th before passing for Gerard Pique and substitute Ousmane Dembele to round off the big win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We suffered unnecessarily for a while after they made it 2-1,” said Messi, who matched Xavi Hernandez’s club record of 476 career victories. “We complicated things by letting our guard down on a set piece. After the 3-1 we could calm down.”Messi’s goals were his seventh and eighth in the Champions League this season and took his tally to 36 in all competitions for Barcelona. But he could only watch hopelessly while prone on the turf when Messi floated his penalty kick past, using the “Panenka” style scoop after the goalie has moved too early.Messi’s 17th-minute spot kick was thanks to Suarez, who deftly sought and found contact with sliding defender Jason Denayer in the area to draw a foul.Suarez continued to torment Lyon*s backline with his runs into the box. A quick switch of the ball from his left boot to his right was enough for Suarez to juke past Fernando Marcal and draw in Lopes before he passed for Coutinho to tap home on the half-hour mark.Lopes had already been shaken up in a collision with Coutinho that forced play to be stopped for around five minutes before he tried to go on playing. But Lopes finally asked to be substituted in the 34th.Backup Mathieu Gorgelin denied Messi from close range before halftime, and Marcal hustled back to clear Messi’s chipped shot before it crossed the line just after the restart.Lyon grabbed a lifeline when a corner kick was knocked on by three players— including two from Barcelona— before Tousart controlled the ball with his chest and fired past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Nabil Fekir then fired high as Lyon’s pressure worried Barcelona for the first time.Seeing his team’s control of the match in danger, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde sent on Dembele and Arturo Vidal to try and equal Lyon in speed and muscle.The move worked.Messi made the most of the back-and-forth second half when he received the ball alone while charging toward the area. He put the ball on his left foot to draw two defenders the wrong way, before he cut back to his right and poked the ball under Gorgelin. Read Next Cristiano Ronaldo paying Juventus back with goals galore Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra The Argentina forward then found Pique and Dembele arriving unmarked on quick attacks to complete the demolition.“When (Messi) is playing at this level you almost can’t stop him,” said Lyon coach Bruno Genesio. “The third goal completely broke us. We could have been able to do more against a team that was having doubts.” With the win, Barcelona set a Champions League record of 30 consecutive home matches without a loss that dates back to September 2013.Barcelona also stayed on course for a possible treble of titles. It leads the Spanish league and has reached the final of the Copa del Rey.In Wednesday’s other game, Sadio Mane scored twice as Liverpool advanced with a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich.The quarterfinal draw is on Friday.Barcelona was on the front foot from the start and Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes did well to swat away Messi’s first shot on goal shortly after kickoff.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ellen Flies to African-Arab Summit

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, heading a high-level delegation, has departed the country for an official visit to the State of Kuwait, where she is expected to attend the African-Arab summit. She will also pay a working visit to the government and people of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) capital Dubai , after which she will head westward to participate in the 2013 European Development Days Forum in Belgium.According to the President’s office, President Sirleaf’s first stop will be a four-day visit to Kuwait, where she will attend the 3rd African-Arab Summit to be held at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City on November 19 and 20.Highlighted on the Summit’s agenda will be trade and investment issues that would impact positively on the peoples of the two regions. The Summit will be held under the theme: “Partners in Development and Investment.”At the conclusion of the summit, it is anticipated that delegates will adopt a declaration and resolutions to advance the achievement of the aims of the partnership.While in Kuwait City, President Sirleaf will hold bilateral meetings with the Emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and other government officials in the interest of the government and people of Liberia.The first such Summit was held in Cairo, Egypt, in March, 1977. Three decades later, the event was revived at a 2nd Summit held in October, 2010, in Sirte, Libya.Immediately after the climax of the summit, the Liberian President will begin a three-day Working Visit to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday, November 21, at the invitation of Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.President Sirleaf will hold discussions with Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum, as well as other high-ranking officials. The Liberian leader’s focus at the discussion will be on infrastructure. She will visit the Dubai Port facility; the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industries; the Road and Transport Authority; and the Emirates Competitive Council.In furtherance of her journey, President Sirleaf and her delegation will arrive in Brussels, Belgium, on Sunday, November 24, to participate in the 2013 European Development Days forum.“As one of three Co-Chairs of the United Nations High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, President Sirleaf will address the EDD Opening Plenary, titled “A Vision for the Post-2015 Agenda.” Other high-level speakers are: the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso; the President of Niger, H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou; the Prime Minister of Cape Verde, José Maria Neves; and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma,” the Executive Mansion said.President Sirleaf, who also chairs the African Union’s High-Level Committee, will serve as a panelist during the closing post-2015 discussion on “A New Development Agenda: The Way Forward.”African Union’s High-Level Committee was set up to ensure that the African Common Position is clearly incorporated in the formulation of the next global development agenda which will succeed the Millennium Development Goals,Other panelists expected to grace the event are the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs; the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson; the Executive Director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima; the Chair of Southern Voices on Post-MDGs, Debapriya Bhattacharya; and the Director for the Centre for the Study of African Economies at The University of Oxford, Professor Paul Collier.In her capacity as Chair of the High-Level Panel on Fragile States, President Sirleaf will preside over morning and afternoon side events on the subject. The Panel is an initiative of the African Development Bank.President Sirleaf will hold a series of bilateral meetings with the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso; the Director General of the European Investment Bank, Tamsyn Barton; the Executive Director of the International Trade Center, Arancha Gonzalez; the Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), Aisa Kirabo Kacyira; the European Union Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs; the President of the European Council, Herman Von Rompoy.The Liberian President will also hold a trilateral meeting with the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security/VP of the European Commission, Baroness Catherine Ashton, together with the President of Malawi, Her Excellency Mrs. Joyce Banda. The European Development Days was organized by the European Commission and is Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation – the gathering of European development practitioners and their partners worldwide.Its aim is to win hearts and minds of all stakeholders, fostering engagement and facilitating the implementation of the agenda for greater aid effectiveness. Since it was launched in 2006, EDD has become one of the fastest-growing international forums and a landmark event in the development calendar. It is anticipated that the Liberian leader will return home on Friday, November 29. While she is away, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Amara Konneh, will chair the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.Members of the President’s delegation have not been disclosed, but reliable sources have it that the President left with a large number of her cabinet, include two independent journalist; one from the print media and another from the electronic media.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sinoe Residents Praise GVL

first_imgIn the wake of accusations that Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) is engaged in land grabbing, some residents of Sinoe County have come to the company’s defense, thus dismissing the claims. Those citizens in defense of GVL said the company always negotiates peacefully with locals on the acquisition of land to develop oil palm.Two eminent sons of the county, Patrick P. Saydee and Reverend D. Lassanah Seequah, who are both members of the Torjuowon District National Congress (TNC), made the disclosure at a press conference recently held in Monrovia.Addressing a cross section of reporters, the chairman of the TNC, Mr. Saydee, clarified that GVL acquired land through consultation with the people in the community.“It is untrue that residents of Sinoe County are not interested in GVL’s investment. We want to make it clear the claims of some citizens saying that the company is wrongly influencing Sinoe’s people to acquire land for its operations are absolutely wrong,” he asserted.He said it is important for those who claimed they are from the county to join their fellow citizens in making those decisions.For his part, Mr. Seequeh said there have always been meetings held with the people to keep them up to date with the company’s operation in the county.“This process has led to the crafting of a memorandum of understanding to help guide development in the county,” he stated.Meanwhile, the head for communication at GVL, Virgil Magee said that his company was committed in ensuring that the residents get the opportunity to improve their lives.“GVL is here to create opportunities that would better the lives of citizens in Liberia. Their oil palm operation is helping to reduce the level of rural poverty,” he said.He said as part of the company’s social responsibility scholarships and employment opportunities for locals have been fulfilled by the company.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BYC Regains Honor with Fighting Spirit

first_imgChampion club, Barrack Young Controllers, yesterday fought back from 2-0 down to even the scores 3-3 at the end of a grueling 90minutes of total soccer.It was a performance that shocked thousands of stunned soccer fans who had given up hope of the team’s recovery, after the visitors took a comfortable early 2-0 lead.“Never in the history of Liberian football has a team fought back with such astonishing success,” said a soccer fan who spoke to the Daily Observer.It was in the first leg of the CAF Championship League at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.At the same venue last Friday, Confederation Cup campaigners, Red Lions failed to tame their Algerian counterparts, Club Sportif Constantinois, losing 1-0 in their first leg to the horror of home fans.With the poor showing of Red Lions in the mind of soccer fans, they, however, believed that the ‘Go Blue Boys’ could do better, and they waited for the inevitable.It was bolstered on by the team’s fighting spirit, despite always scoring behind the Ivorians that convinced soccer fans that they could do better in the return leg in Abidjan, this weekend.Their Ivorian counterparts, Sewe Sport of San Pedro yesterday made their early announcement that they were in the country for serious business.By the 5th minute, the Ivorian champions have slotted in 2-0.The two early goals did not dampen the fighting spirit of the Liberian champions and Isaac Popo reduced the tally before the end of the first half.When the second session resumed, the Ivorians raced ahead with their third goal but it was BYC’s Blamoh Nymely who found his side’s second goal.The Liberian champions did not look back and covered every blade of grass on the field, as soccer fans urged them on to score which came through Prince Saydee. The team’s response did not come as a surprise, and therefore throwing the chance for the final decider in far away Abidjan this coming Sunday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more