Coach Okumu marvels at UP effort to pull off miracle comeback

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 But the Lady Maroons proved that no lead is insurmountable as long as there is a strong belief it can be conquered.Despite the odds, Okumu never doubted his players, who, led by veteran stars Ayel Estranero and Isa Molde, delivered and rewarded their coach.“I kept saying we can this today. There’s no tomorrow, ” said Okumu, who has transformed the Lady Maroons to become a champion team in just a year since taking over the team following the resignation of Jerry Yee.“We talked at the start of the fifth set about how much do we want to win. In order for us to get the championship, all of us need to want it that’s why everyone actually never gave up until the end,” said Estranero, who made the title-clinching service ace.Estranero and Molde combined for six of the Lady Maroons’ last eight points, but for them, it takes a team to win a championship.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Okumu, obviously, needed more time to absorb everything.“Wow,” said an overwhelmed Okumu, who was left speechless moments after the Lady Maroons orchestrated one of the greatest comebacks in Philippine volleyball in recent memory to clinch the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference championship on Wednesday night.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 ChrissIt was UP’s first major volleyball title in 36 years and it took an improbable run that only these resolute Lady Maroons could pull off.A winner-take-all Game 3 was imminent after Far Eastern University, which also mounted a spirited rally of its own down two sets to none and trailing, 5-13, in the third set, zoomed to a commanding 13-7 advantage. Sapporo expected to drop out of 2026 Winter Olympic bid race “Isa won’t be able to score if no one’s going to defend, I won’t be able to set if no one’s going to play defense. It was a collective effort from everyone, from the coaches, the players even those on the bench,” Estranero said.UP rose from 7-13 down in the fifth set to seize a historic crown and Okumu couldn’t have put it any better.“Miracles happen. This is one of those volleyball miracles.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP celebrates after outlasting FEU in 5 sets to claim the PVL Collegiate Conference championship. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonUniversity of the Philippines coach Godfrey Okumu walked inside the Filoil Flying V Centre press room in a daze.He sat down on a monobloc chair facing the media and gathered himself to let what had just transpired sink in.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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Nothing new: Mary Joy Tabal wins 6th straight Milo Marathon

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Tabal, the Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, clocked two hours, 56 minutes and 31 seconds.“I am happy because I was able to defend my title. There were challenges that I’ve encountered during the run, but nonetheless, I am very happy because I finished the race safe and injury-free,” said Tabal.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 ChrissIn the men’s category, Rafael Poliquit set a personal best of 2:28:47 and finished in first place.Both Tabal and Poliquit claimed the top seed slots in the 2019 SEA Games and took home P150,000 each. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom The 29-year-old Tabal was six minutes behind Margaret Njuguna of Kenya, who 42K ruled the Open Category. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – Mary Joy Tabal during last year’s National Milo Marathon Finals in Cebu. CONTRIBUTED PHOTORio Olympian Mary Joy Tabal extended her reign as Milo Marathon Queen after winning the local women’s category of the 42nd National Milo Marathon Finals Sunday in Laoag City.It was a historic run for Tabal, who became the first female marathoner to win the title six straight times.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run PLAY LIST 01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep02:14Carpio 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 Holloway stops Ortega by TKO at UFC 231 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Magnolia guard Jio Jalalon denies punching anyone in Game 4 of PBA Finals

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia guard Jio Jalalon denied that he and his teammates threw punches during Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against Alaska Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Although the game was heated and had its physical moments, especially in the last three minutes when Mark Barroca hit Chris Banchero in the groin, there wasn’t any ejection or a long delay of play.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Furious Alex Compton says Magnolia played ‘dirty basketball’ in Game 4 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Jio punched us, somebody punched Mike in the testicles, somebody punched Chris in the testicles, and at what point is that going to be called?” said Compton. “That’s literally a low blow and I’m not happy about that one bit. That’s dirty basketball, to call anything else would be a lie and I’m not a liar.”Jalalon vehemently denied Compton’s claims and he even went back to the incident between the Philippines and Australia in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers that saw 10 Filipinos, including him, get suspended in Fiba tournaments.Jalalon, who wasn’t even part of the national team lineup against the Aussies, was slapped with a five-game suspension after he punched one of the Australian players right in the jaw.“We all know what happened in that Gilas incident, so that’s over and I moved on from that,” said Jalalon. “And I’m really staying away from that.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We weren’t trying to hurt anyone, if anything happened on the court then I would like to apologize,” said Jalalon in Filipino.“I didn’t punch anybody, Alaska was pressuring us, some little bumps here and there but I would never punch anyone on the court,” added Jalalon, who finished with seven points, seven rebounds, and six assists.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 ChrissAlaska head coach Alex Compton accused Jalalon of punching some of his players and that import Mike Harris was also hit in the groin area during the game.READ: Furious Compton says Magnolia played ‘dirty basketball’ in Game 4 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES View comments PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

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Mark Barroca wins PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:14Carpio 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 Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Terrence Romeo tells Leo Austria: ‘I don’t care if I’m starting or not, I just want to win’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The 32-year-old Barroca helped the Hotshots close out the Aces in six games with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal in a masterful 102-86 victory Wednesday night.Barroca bagged his second Finals MVP plum after also earning the recognition back in the 2014 Philippine Cup.Magnolia gave the Purefoods franchise its 14 crown overall and ended a four-year title drought.ADVERTISEMENT P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Mark Barroca upon receiving his Finals MVP trophy. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/oAbi3YobeJ— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) December 19, 2018 Barroca, who is now a six-time PBA champion, averaged 11 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game in the championship round.“This championship is special because it’s been a long time since we won the championship,” Barroca said in a TV interview shortly after the final buzzer of Game 6.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Magnolia guard Mark Barroca more than made up for his rough play in Game 4 that nearly cost him a suspension with a Finals MVP performance in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup title series against Alaska.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Yosuke Saruta confident he can ‘overwhelm’ Joshua Pacio for ONE strawweight strap

first_imgLATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Saruta has been with ONE for nearly a month now but he was surprised to get a title shot in just his second fight under the promotion.The 31-year-old Japanese believes he has Pacio, 22, figured out and that he has the capabilities to overcome his younger foe.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“I was surprised [with the title shot], but it will be proof that I am the number one mixed martial artist in the world at strawweight,” said Saruta. “His strongest point is his striking, especially spinning kicks and his punching power. That is why I’m trying to strengthen my striking defense.”“His weak point is grappling. My grappling skill is much higher than his, so in the fight, I’m planning a combination of strikes and takedowns.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Saruta’s (18-8-3) first fight with ONE ended in a unanimous decision win over former champion Alex Silva in December, and this was enough for the promotion to award Saruta with a title shot.The veteran fighter is confident he can end Pacio’s reign saying he has all the advantage in every aspect of the fight.“My strongest points are my physical ability and stamina and will keep moving through the whole fight and when my opponent is getting tired I will finish him,” said Saruta.“I think I will overwhelm him in all aspects, and the finish him in the fourth round. I want people to know my name as the toughest Japanese athlete, and I will be the World champion.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quality rookies led by CJ Perez ready to fuel Columbian Dyip Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MANILA, Philippines—Joshua Pacio is just four months into his reign as ONE World strawweight champion but Yosuke Saruta plans to end it immediately.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Paul Desiderio ready to bring ‘Atin to’ fire to Blackwater

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The Batang Pier will be spearheaded by Stanley Pringle, who will carry some sort of a chip in his shoulder after finishing second to June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer in the race for the MVP trophy.Fajardo won his fifth straight MVP during last Sunday’s Leo Awards that preeded the opening ceremonies of the 44th season of the league.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ But he feels little pressure. What he embraces is the challenge.“At this point, all I really want to gain is the experience,” Desiderio told the Inquirer during the recent PBA media day.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 knows he has to find his niche in Blackwater coach Bong Ramos’ system, a search that should be easier after the Elite dealt away Paul Zamar.Desiderio fits the Zamar profile. He is a gutsy playmaker who isn’t afraid to take shots. Even when he isn’t making them, he has enough self -faith to call game winners, an aspect of his personality that gave rise to the #AtinTo movement inside the Diliman campus. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college For someone picked fourth in a draft that was supposedly lacking in depth, Paul Desiderio will have some of the spotlight trained on him.Most of it will be residue sheen from his stint with University of the Philippines in the UAAP, where he ended a career that took on folk hero proportions when he led the Maroons to their first Finals stint in decades.ADVERTISEMENT Teary Victoria Azarenka admits to struggling after loss in Australia Now if he can only earn the minutes to prove he can knock down big-time shots in the pros.“I spoke with coach Bong and he told me I will get my chance to prove myself,” Desiderio said in Filipino.He promises he hasn’t loss an ounce of the confidence and swagger that endeared him to a school that finally crawled out of collegiate basketball’s underbelly.“I’m going to be the same players,” said Desiderio. “What Blackwater is going through is the same as what UP went through when I was there. So I’m going to do my best to do with Blackwater what I helped achieve in UP.”Blackwater will unveil Desiderio at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, where the Elite make their Philippine Cup debut against NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Hold your horses: Too early to label Fajardo GOAT

first_imgExplosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Patrombon, Arcilla headline PPS Actifit Open In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Fajardo won his fifth MVP trophy last Sunday, eclipsing the record shared by former San Miguel Beer star Fernandez and long-time Purefoods franchise player Patrimonio.The 6-foot-10 Cebuano also shrugged off GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) suggestions, saying in Filipino the stars that came before him “accomplished more, especially in terms of championships.”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 ChrissCone also said the number of MVP awards does not automatically make one the greatest ever, a tag that has fueled a lot of debates in a team sport like basketball.“You know, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—who is my favorite player—he had six MVPs. But they don’t consider him the best of all time, because [he was] from a different era. Michael Jordan came later, LeBron (James) came later, Bill Russel before all of them. So it’s really difficult [to tell],” he added. Fajardo has also said he shouldn’t be considered the PBA greatest player.“There are legends who came before me,” he said in Filipino. “I think they should be considered as such (GOAT). They played here in the PBA and they have accomplished more, especially in terms of championships.”Fernandez, for example, has won a league record 19 championships.Cone, though, is willing to stand by the claim that Fajardo is the league’s most dominant player.“There’s no doubt. You don’t win five MVPs for nothing. He has been remarkably healthy for all the pounding that he takes. That itself is just worthy of being MVP. That’s another thing Alvin [also] had.“No doubt, right now, June Mar in the last four, five years, has been the most dominant in our league.”The debate is expected to rage on until Fajardo fills out his potential. With at least three to four peak years still ahead of him, Fajardo, if he stays healthy, has what it takes to end his mark by putting the MVP record beyond reach.By then, the debate may finally end.Or not.Cone reminded everyone how far-reaching the definition of “greatest ever” is, bringing up the legend who has had the most impact on the country’s basketball lore. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES June Mar Fajardo with his trophies which includes a fifth PBA MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA’s most decorated coach believes there’s too much history that needs to be weighed and eras that need to be broken down before anyone can award GOAT status to San Miguel Beer star and five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo just yet.“I think it’s very difficult to compare eras,” Tim Cone said. “Ramon Fernandez was incredible. I coached Alvin Patrimonio for many years [and] he was incredible.”ADVERTISEMENT While MVP trophies indeed have never been a measure of greatness, the manner by which Fajardo won them is what opened up GOAT discussions: Fajardo collected MVP awards in consecutive fashion.Since entering the PBA, the 29-year-old Fajardo’s lone non-MVP year was his rookie season. His fourth MVP came in his fifth year in the PBA. Fernandez won his fourth MVP award 13 years after his PBA debut while it took Patrimonio almost a decade to collect his four trophies.“June Mar is the greatest of this era—maybe the best all time, but I’m not gonna say anything definitive who’s the best. I don’t have one. They’re all good,” said Cone, who himself is in the conversation when it comes to debates on the greatest PBA coach of all time—he is the only coach to have assembled two Grand Slam seasons.‘Legends before me’“If I say June Mar [is GOAT], then that’s saying something about Mon, that’s saying about Alvin,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT “Probably, maybe he may not be the best player, but the biggest personality? The most important player of all time? [Sonny Jaworski] He won an MVP, I believe… in terms of probably the most important person in the history of our league? It was Jaworski,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks win 6th straight, outplay Luka Doncic, Mavs

first_imgMOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reaches for a pass in front of Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS– Giannis Antetokounmpo got the best of fellow Euro star Luka Doncic again, and Milwaukee’s All-Star captain has help on the way.Doncic, the 19-year-old Dallas rookie sensation, is all that’s left from the starting lineup the Mavericks put together in the offseason.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Antetokounmpo attacked from the beginning, getting a layup and dunk for the first two baskets of the game. Lopez had little trouble around the rim as well, making six of eight from inside the arc while going 2 of 6 from long range.Even guard Malcolm Brogdon backed down the Mavericks for easy buckets, finishing with 18 points along with backcourt mate Eric Bledsoe.“We are scoring at a really high rate in the paint,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We sprinkled in a few 3s here and there.”TIP-INSBucks: F Khris Middleton was given a night of rest on the front end of a back-to-back. … Budenholzer said it wasn’t clear whether Mirotic would be available for his Milwaukee debut on the second night of a back-to-back at home against Orlando. The fifth-year forward has been listed with a right calf strain and missed his last seven games with the Pelicans.Mavericks: Antetokounmpo’s brother, F Kostas Antetokounmpo, was expected to be active before he was a late scratch because of an illness. The younger Antetokounmpo is a rookie who hasn’t played for the Mavericks and has spent most of the season with their G-League team. He was active but didn’t play when the teams met in Milwaukee last month. … Trey Burke, one of four players to join Dallas in the seven-player blockbuster with New York, scored 18 points. Tim Hardaway Jr., another guard from that trade, had 12.TRY AGAINAntetokounmpo shot an air ball on a 3-pointer in the first quarter but came back and swished one less than a minute later. He was 1 of 3 from long range. “I love he missed one and … two possessions later, shoots another and makes it,” Budenholzer said. “We’ve been saying for the whole year, when he’s open we want him shooting with confidence.”BIG SWING IN THIRDThe Mavericks had a season-high 22 3-pointers, going 9 of 16 in the third quarter. Milwaukee pushed a 13-point halftime lead to 23 before the Mavericks got back within eight going into the fourth quarter. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers NO RANDOLPH FOR MAVSDallas waived Zach Randolph two days after acquiring the forward from Sacramento in the Barnes deal, a trade designed for salary-cap relief. The 37-year-old Randolph never played for the Kings in his second season with them. Justin Jackson, the other player in the deal, made his Dallas debut late in the fourth quarter and hit a 3-pointer.UP NEXTBucks: Go for three-game season sweep of Orlando at home Saturday.Mavericks: Portland on Sunday in finale of three-game homestand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 17 rebounds and the Bucks rolled to their sixth straight victory, beating the retooling Mavericks 122-107 on Friday night.The Bucks outscored the Mavericks 80-26 in the paint, led by Antetokounmpo going 13 of 19 from the field while repeatedly powering his way to dunks and layups.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBrook Lopez scored 20 points for the Bucks, who have surged to the best record in the NBA (41-13) with a pair of six-win runs on either side of a loss. One of those victories was over the Mavericks at home, when Antetokounmpo scored 31 points to Doncic’s 18 in a 10-point win.“Antetokounmpo is a great player, but 80 points in the paint is just ridiculous,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “In this league, you have to be able to guard penetration … with a level of force and will. We did not do that.”center_img Column: NBA trade deadline provides best reality show around View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Doncic scored 20 points but had just three rebounds and two assists in his first game since the NBA’s only teenager with multiple triple-doubles got his third.Dallas was without Harrison Barnes, traded to Sacramento two nights earlier while playing in a win over Charlotte. The Mavericks had already shipped starters Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews and DeAndre Jordan to the New York Knicks.Both deals were more about the future than the present, signified mostly by the plan to sit the biggest prize. Kristaps Porzingis won’t play the rest of the season while recovering from a knee injury the 2018 All-Star sustained last February while with the Knicks.“It’s hard,” Doncic said. “They were four people that always played with me, a lot of time together. I just have to adjust to it.”Milwaukee didn’t have Nikola Mirotic a day after acquiring him from New Orleans before the trading deadline. It didn’t matter as the Bucks shot 54 percent despite going 10 of 36 (28 percent) from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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UNMEER Provides US$100K

first_imgOver 130 community based-organizations (CBOs) converged at the offices of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Monrovia last week to learn how to apply for the mission’s new small grants program, known as Community Quick Impact Projects (CQIPS).  According to UNMEER Montserrado County Field Crisis Manager, Peter Dalglish, the workshops are part of initiatives by UNMEER to provide CBOs with up to US$5,000 each to engage in a range of activities that will bring Liberia to zero new Ebola case. “It’s about helping people who have been traumatized or stigmatized as a result of Ebola. Let’s consider all the quarantined families in Montserrado County who have suffered and have been kept inside their homes for 21 days,” stated Dalglish.“It has been really difficult for children when schools reopened two weeks ago. Quarantined children weren’t allowed to return to school with their friends, so we are looking for projects that will provide them with support,” he said. Dalglish said UNMEER will be providing funds for a variety of projects, including training for local women on health promotion; a music program or installing a polystyrene tank on top of a primary school.” UNMEER has set aside US$100,000 under its Community Quick Impact Project (CQIPS) that will run for eight to 10 weeks. Each proposal will be reviewed within five days after it has been submitted and funding will be provided within two weeks after its approval.With many of the smaller faith-based, women and youth organizations in Montserrado County not having bank accounts, funds will be received on their behalf by a registered organization, he said.Dalglish lauded Liberians for their character demonstrated since Ebola paralyzed the country in July 2014.“Liberia is a strong country with a very strong President. I am from Canada and what I have learned is about the courage, resilience and determination of Liberians.   The world,” he said, “should thank them for stopping this disease. As a country, you deserve the Nobel Peace Prize,” Dalglish added. He said UNMEER looks forward to receiving innovative projects. “We want to act as a catalyst for Liberian community groups and build on the skills of community leaders”.   The workshops brought together 159 participants from 133 local CBOs, most of which had never attended a meeting at a United Nations office or received funding from any international donor. “The workshop was very educational [and] I enjoyed it.  There are a lot of things that I learned here that I didn’t know because I have never been in the NGO [non-governmental organization] sector before,” said Tenneh Kromah, executive director of the Community Youth Initiative (CYI) of Monrovia. The CYI was established in 2013 with its programs implemented by voluntary contributions from its officials, Kromah said.  She hoped to secure some of the funds to help integrate Ebola survivors into the community.“There is a demarcation between the non-Ebola and Ebola survivors. We need to go into the community to educate people that when you survive Ebola, people can still come around you and you can go around other people.  “There are other students in my community who survived Ebola that feel that when they go around their friends, they won’t be accepted, especially the youth. These are our primary targets,” Kromah stressed.   Michael Tarpeh Young, chairman of the Federation of Chocolate City Youths, hailed UNMEER’s approach in working with grassroots organizations. “This workshop was important as it relates to the global fight against Ebola. I think UNMEER has now come to a major point where we all can unite because in the past, communities that have been directly affected were excluded from this process,” said Tamba Boimah, director of Community Health Service at the Ministry of Health and one of the facilitators.  He serves as the Pillar Lead for Community Engagement and Social Mobilization at the Incident Management System (IMS) in Montserrado County.“Everything takes place at the community level and most of our mistakes in the past were because we designed programs and just dumped them on the communities, but over time we engaged them and got them involved in the process,” he said. “They have wonderful ideas. It is the community members who should take action. We want to encourage and support them to think and act as community leaders. They must not only criticize. They have the right to criticize;  they have the power in their hands to stop EVD [Ebola Virus Disease],” Boimah concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Guyana is in need of a truth and reconciliation commission

first_imgDear Editor,Following my November 25 letter in which I asked for an independent investigation of the narrative of the ‘execution of 400 Black men’, I was sent the original document, in which the claim was made by the People’s National Congress (PNC). After reading the document, I can safely say that no one currently making that claim has read that document, for far from being a list of black men killed extra-judicially, this was a call for inquiry into various cases of alleged Human rights abuse over a 17-year span (1993-2009).Editor, there are a handful of names on that list that would warrant a Commission of Inquiry, principal among these would be Ronald Waddell, Sash Sawh and Yohance Douglas, the rest of the document is odious bundling of innocents and police officers with the very people who murdered them. How can I describe the revulsion I experienced to see the names of the Lusignan massacre victims–men, women and children brutally murdered in their own homes, included on that list next to notorious murderers such as Shawn Brown, Troy Dick, Jermaine ‘Skinny’ Charles and Rondell ‘fineman’ Williams – the very men who murdered them! How do the families of the 35 policemen included on that list feel about them being named alongside the men who brutally murdered them? I am horrified that someone equated the lives of victims with the perpetrators of their demise without a thought of the additional hurt this would cause their families.The intellectual authors of that document were strangely silent after there was a change in Administration in 2015. HE Granger referred to ‘troubles’ to describe an era that included massacres, violent warfare between rival criminal gangs commonly referred to as ‘fine man gang’ and ‘phantom squad’. Leader of the Opposition, Former President Bharrat Jagdeo welcomed an inquiry into the ‘troubles’, “let’s have the mother of all inquiries” he said in 2005 and repeated in 2016, and alluded to political control of the Fine man and other criminal gangs; President Granger named the massacres that occurred in Kitty, Lamaha Gardens, Bourda (2002) Buxton-Friendship, Prashad Nagar (2003) Agricola-Eccles, La Bonne Intention, Bagotstown-Eccles, Black Bush Polder(2006) Bartica and Lusignan (2008) as incidents for which there have been no resolution and which require investigation during the ‘troubles’. Interestingly, the only incident of this period that has been subject to an inquiry is the Lindo Creek massacre; the one atrocity denied by the Fineman gang, this massacre occurred during the period the Fineman gang were on the run in that geographical area and were apportioned the blame. The Lindo Creek CoI was tainted from the outset with the appointment of retired Judge Donald Trotman, father of Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman as lead Commissioner and Patrice Henry, brother of Minister of Education Nicolette Henry as its attorney-at-law; it therefore came as no surprise when the Fineman gang was exonerated and the Joint Services were implicated; this CoI raised more questions than answers. Was vindication of the Fineman gang the objective? Why were none of the other massacres not subject to inquiry? Did HE Granger know the answer before he asked the Lindo Creek question? For that is the logical conclusion for his selective and essentially dishonest approach.Despite wide circulation to International organisations such as the United Nations, the dossier never compelled any recipient to begin an inquiry, partly because it is a poorly compiled document which does not survive a cursory examination. For example, among those listed are two GDF officers, Lt Colonels Ross and Narine who died of heart attacks, 26 unidentified males including a ‘gunman’, many who were killed by bandits during robberies and bandits killed in Police/Bandit shootouts such as Chowtee, Eddo, Bully et al. The list contains a significant number of Indo-Guyanese and other ethnicities so as to render the ‘400 black men’ claim meaningless, there are also names repeated so as to bolster the figures.Editor, in researching the claim of 400, I have come to the conclusion that Guyana is in need of a truth and reconciliation commission as was done in South Africa during the post-apartheid era, The mandate of that commission was to bear witness, record, and in some cases grant amnesty to the perpetrators of crimes relating to human rights violations, as well as offering reparation and rehabilitation to the victims.Unless Guyana engages in a similar exercise, our nation will forever be vulnerable to those willing to tell big bold lies such as is contained in the dossier of the 400. Let us always seek truth regardless of the consequence “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” John 8:32 (King James Bible)Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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