SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)GAZZANIGA,YOSHIDA, FONTE, VAN DIJK, BERTRAND,WANYAMA,S. DAVIS, ROMEU, WARD-PROWSE,MANE, LONGKANE,ERIKSEN, DEMBELE, SON,DIER, ALLI,ROSE, VERTONGHEN, ALDERWEIRELD, WALKER,LLORISTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)Former Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino returns to St Mary’s Stadium with Tottenham, who missed the chance to record their longest unbeaten run (15 games) in the top flight since 1967 last Sunday when they were beaten 2-1 at home to Newcastle United.Saints have gone four Barclays Premier League games without a win, a sequence that has seen them drop to 12th place. They suffered their third defeat in four at Crystal Palace, where they lost 1-0 last Saturday. A fifth game without a win would be their worst run since November and December of last year.They return to St Mary’s where they have won only three of eight home games while scoring 13 goals which is actually two more than pace-setters Arsenal.Spurs are fifth despite last weekend’s loss but they have won only two while drawing four of their seven away games. But their defence has been mean on the road, conceding just seven goals – only Manchester City (6) have conceded fewer away goals.
Dunbeholden clobber Johnson Hill in INSPORTS Community LeagueRicardo Douglas (12th, 35th), Kavion Smickle (24th), Jeffery Wheeler (34th), Ricardo Boothe (47th) and Patrick King (57th) scored for Dunbeholden in the hefty win.Meanwhile, a double strike from Fabian Murray carried East West Strikers to a 2-1 win over Reid’s Pen. Murray scored in the 43rd and 60th minutes, while Reid’s Pen’s consolation goal was scored by Oneil Malcolm in the 78th.In another game, Greater Portmore Strikers drew 1-1 with Christian Gardens. Nicholas Steele scored for Greater Portmore Strikers in the 50th minute and Alrick Isaac equalised for Christian Gardens in the 55th minute.Fort cool Spit FyahVeteran club Fort International created a big upset as they inflicted a 300-294 defeat of previously undefeated Spit Fyah in the City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League at Passagefort Drive last Sunday.Fort led 155-152 at half-time. However, Spit Fyah overhaul Fort and led by as much as 23 points, but Fort, playing on their home ground, rallied to win by six points in a sensational countdown.In another game, Right Stuff defeated Passagefort United 300-281. The competition continues tomorrow.Braeton, Racing in KO clashBraeton United are looking to qualify for their second final of the season, as they clash with Racing United in the feature match of a semi-final double-header of the Portmore Division Two Knockout football competition at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex, starting at 3 p.m. Braeton United are the midseason champions.In the other semi-final game, Cedar Grove Estate, who are searching for their first title in club history, face off against Edgewater.In first round action, Braeton United outshot Edgewater 4-3, Racing United eliminated Daytona 1-0, Cedar Grove had a similar 1-0 win over Waterford, while Cumberland booted out Southborough 7-6 on penalties, after the players were unable to break a 2-2 deadlock in extra-time.Cumberland secure final semi-final spotCumberland FC cut down Daytona 4-1 to snatch the fourth and final semi-final spot in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football league last week Sunday.With the win, Cumberland move1 p.m. 11 points and fourth place. Cedar Grove placed joint second with Edgewater (13 points), after the former played to a 0-0 draw with top seed Braeton United (17 points).The semi-final pairings pit Braeton against Cumberland at 1 pm andCedar Grove tackling Edgewater at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 28, both games at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex.Jamalco maintain lead in ClarendonDefending Major League champions of Clarendon, Jamalco, continue to lead the way in the 2016 season of the Clarendon Football Association (CFA)/Captain’s Bakery & Grill Major League. They have been the most impressive of the three preliminary round group leaders, which includes former Premier League campaigners Sporting Central Academy and Kemps Hill.Jamalco sit pretty in Zone B with 16 points, compiled from five wins and a draw. Their latest win was a 2-0 home effort against New Bowens, the second time they have beaten this team.Even with four games to go in Group B, they could seal their second round berth with victory away to Lionel Town today. Nearest rivals New Bowens are on 10 points, while third-placed Lionel Town are on five.In the first game, they ran circles around Lionel Town 5-0. Ironically, Jamalco have only dropped points this season against Threadlight, the lowest-placed team in their zone.Sporting Central, with a record of three wins and two draws, lead Group C under way points, one point clear of the chasing pair of Moores United and Original Hazard. Their away clash againstKemps Hill are the leaders in Zone A with 12 points, two more than York Town. Comfort are next on nine points.Los Perfectos back in Manchester footballFollowing a near 15-year hiatus, multiple Manchester parish champions, Los Perfectos, are back competing in a Manchester Football Association (MFA)-run football competition.Los Perfectos have over the years fielded a team in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Women’s league.However, they made a resounding start to a new campaign in the parish as a male outfit when they defeated Epping Forrest 6-0 earlier this week in the Jamalco-sponsored MFA Division One.The 2016 season of the Division One competition got underway last weekend at the Kirkvine Sports Club with a dress parade involving the 12 teams that will compete in two preliminary zones of six teams each.Awards were made to the three top teams. Hanbury FC captured the top spot, followed by Northern Caribbean University (NCU) President’s Xl, with Trinity United FC taking third spot.In the opening matches, NCU President’s Xl and Star Zone Academy drew 2-2, Plowden FC drew 1-1 with Mandeville United FC, 360deg Club won 2-0 against Starz Academy, while Technical Strikers outscored Clandon Strikers 3-1.Hillstars secure semis spot earlyDefending champions Hillstars became the first qualifier to the semi-final stages of the MFA Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League, when they defeated Georges Valley 2-0 earlier this week.With just four matches to go in the return phase of the preliminary round, Hillstars are the overall leaders with 29 points, one more than Zone Two leaders Downs. However, they are supreme in Zone One where they have a nine-point lead over Mile Gully. Georges Valley are a further four points adrift.Zone Two is far more competitive and far from being decided. Following their recent 7-1 demolition of Porus, Downs lead a tight pack with 28 points. Ricam are second on 24 points, one ahead of Alligator Pond (23). Only two teams from each zone will make the cut.In other Major League matches, Mile Gully and Comfort drew 0-0, Old England lost at home 1-2 to Greenvale and Alligator Pond had a 2-0 win over Villa United.Black Star win mid-season titleBlack Star FC were crowned mid-season champions of the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League after defeating Real Treasure Beach FC 5-4 on penalties.In the finals played at St Elizabeth Technical High School, the two teams had battled to 1-1 draw in full and extra time.In an earlier zonal match, Black Stars had easily defeated Real Treasure Beach 3-1. However, the champions were surprised when Jovaughn Williams scored for Real Treasure Beach FC in the 77th minute. The 1-0 lead lasted 10 minutes as Dwayne Brown minimised the scare to score for Black Star FC two minutes from time. No further goals were scored throughout extra-time.The chase for the league title resumes today with three games and two tomorrow.Today’s games:n Haughton United vs Real Treasure Beach FC at Elimn Holland PYC vs Vineyardn Tafari Lions vs Super ActionTomorrow:n Newell vs St Bess at Hounslown Black Stars vs Appletonn Rum Bar Rum National Darts LeagueWith a game against lowly Shooting STARS, leaders Central Strikers look set to maintain their position in the Rum-Bar Rum National Darts League, which will continue tomorrow with fourth round matches at the Upper Level Sports Bar in Mandeville.The matches are: Central Miners vs Shooting STARS at 11 am, Chelsea Precision vs Dynasty MoBay at 11 am, BOJ Gators vs MoBay Darters at 2 pm, Guy’s Darters vs Dynasty MoBay at 2 pm.Central Miners lead with six points, followed by Chelsea Precision (five), Dynasty MoBay (four), Guy’s Darters (three), BOJ Gators (two), Portmore Stimulus (two), Portmore Contenders (one), Shooting STARS (one) and MoBay Darters (0).
LONDON (AP):Fusing strength, aggression and pace, Eden Hazard received the ball inside Chelsea’s own half and just kept on running, fending off every frail barrier of Arsenal’s resistance.Laurent Koscielny was the first opponent brushed aside and Francis Coquelin was left spinning, trying forlornly to put in a tackle before slipping to the turf.Hazard just continued to zip forward. Koscielny had darted back in defence, but was as ineffective in immobilising Hazard a second time. The fleet-footed winger wove his way past the Arsenal captain and then outmuscled Shkodran Mustafi before slotting a low shot past goalkeeper Petr Cech.”To dribble like I did,” Hazard said, “I try to do this every game, but it’s not like this every game.”It was a mesmerising solo goal that thrilled Chelsea fans, coming between Marcos Alonso’s header and Cesc F‡bregas’ lob into an empty net in a 3-1 victory for the Premier League leaders over Arsenal. Owner Roman Abramovich was in awe, high-fiving those around him in the executive seating. Manager Antonio Conte flung himself into the crowd behind the dugout, swarmed by fans.A goal of such exceptional quality embodied Chelsea’s transformation since a 3-0 loss in the reverse fixture in September. That defeat saw an eight-point chasm open up between Chelsea, then in eighth place, and front-runner Manchester City. Now, Conte is well placed to end his first season as Chelsea manager by lifting the Premier League trophy, with his team 12 points in front of north London clubs Tottenham and Arsenal.”It’s important to keep our antenna very high,” Conte said, “because in my career as a footballer, I won a lot, but I lost a lot.”WENGER LOSING A LOTIt is Arsene Wenger losing a lot at the moment, with his Arsenal side beaten in four of their last nine league games.”We lost many balls in positions where you cannot afford to lose it when you play against a team good on counterattack,” Wenger said.Coming four days after a home loss to Watford, this was another unsettling day for a bedraggled Arsenal and Wenger, who was forced to watch from the stands as he continued his four-match touchline ban for pushing a fourth official.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Rose ceremony: Cavs finalize 1-year deal with Derrick Rose Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans The lawsuit claims Green bumped into them at a night club in East Lansing last summer and that the forward bullied Edmondson, who was then a football player at Michigan State University, about how he pays for scholarships for people like him. It claims men in his entourage then physically assaulted him, pushing him against a wall and choking him. When his girlfriend tried to intervene, one of the men pushed her into a wall, the lawsuit says.The next night they ran into Green at a restaurant and when the couple approached him to make peace, he slapped Edmondson in the face, the lawsuit claims.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Green did not immediately respond to a text message seeking comment.The couple’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, said at a news conference in Los Angeles Tuesday that they decided to file a lawsuit because Green has refused to accept responsibility for the July 2016 incidents. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “The filing of this lawsuit was a last resort,” Bloom said.Green, a former Michigan State Spartan, last year paid $560 for a noise violation in a deal that got rid of a misdemeanor assault-and-battery charge filed in the case.Green has been an essential member of the Warriors team that has won two championships in the past three years, and last month was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year.ADVERTISEMENT Draymond Green sings during the Golden State Warriors’ NBA championship rally Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland is celebrating its second championship in the past three years. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was sued Tuesday by a couple who claim he and his entourage assaulted them last year in Michigan.Jermaine Edmondson and Bianca Williams filed the lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages in California’s Alameda County.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets MOST READ View comments
FILE – In this Oct. 5, 2017 file photo, Carlos Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, is escorted by federal police officers after being taken into custody at his home, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nuzman was charged by Brazilian prosecutors Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, with corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, and running a criminal organization. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)RIO DE JANEIRO — Carlos Nuzman, the head of last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, has been charged by Brazilian federal prosecutors with corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and running a criminal organization.Brazilian prosecutors announced the formal charges on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Alejandro lauds teammates’ fighting spirit despite loss to Ateneo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Papa Massata Diack, Lamine Diack, former Rio governor Sergio Cabral, and businessman Arthur Cesar deMenezes Soares Filho were also charged in the filing.Nuzman resigned last week as the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee. He has denied any wrongdoingand wrote in his resignation letter that he was “unjustly implicated.”The filing says Nuzman has undeclared assets in Switzerland, including 16, 1-kilo gold bars.“While Olympic medalists chased their dreams of gold medals, leaders of the Brazilian Olympic Committee stashed their gold in Switzerland,” prosecutor Fabiana Schenider said when Nuzman was arrested.The day after the Olympics ended, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach presented Nuzman, and former Mayor Eduardo Paes, gold “Olympic Orders” for their role in running the Rio Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “These were marvelous Olympic Games,” Bach said. “The Olympic Games Rio 2016 have shown the best of the Cariocas (Rio residents) and Brazilians to the world.”Prosecutors wrote in court documents that “There is robust evidence that Carlos Nuzman, as head of Brazil’s Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 organizing committee, had an increase in his total assets that is incompatible with his declared assets. On the other side, there are elements that suggest there was embezzlement of taxpayer money that was destined to the referred Olympic entities.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 75-year-old Nuzman was arrested two weeks ago and is being held in prison.Prosecutors also filed corruption charges against Nuzman’s right-hand man at the Rio Olympic organizing committee, Leonardo Gryner.In the filing, prosecutors said the two “promoted, formed, financed, and integrated a criminal organization aimed at committing the crimes of corruption and embezzlement in detriment of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Olympic Committee and the organizing committee of the Rio 2016 Olympics.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBrazilian and French authorities say Nuzman helped pay $2 million to Papa Massata Diack to win votes to stage the 2016 Olympics.In the vote in 2009 to pick the host city, Lamine Diack, Papa Massata’s father, was a powerful IOC member from Senegal with sway over the African voting bloc. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP NEXTCavaliers: Host Golden State on Monday.Pacers: Begin a five-game road trip at Phoenix on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) is fouled by Indiana Pacers’ Thaddeus Young as he goes up to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — Lance Stephenson had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Darren Collison scored 22 points and the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 22-point, first-half deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 97-95 on Friday night.The Pacers have won three of four and improved to 3-0 against the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oladipo made the free throw to extend Indiana’s lead to 84-82.Cleveland, which lost its previous two games by a combined 62 points, was outscored 84-61 over the final three quarters and wound up blowing the lead almost exactly nine months after the Cavs rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat Indiana in the playoffs.TIP-INSCavaliers: Jeff Green scored 13 points, all in the first half, and was the only other player in double figures. … It’s the first time in 10 Central Division games Cleveland failed to score at least 100. … Love now has 7,007 career rebounds. … The Cavs were 7 of 34 from 3-point range and wound up shooting 43 percent overall after shooting 59.1 percent in the first quarter.Pacers: Oladipo finished with 19 points while Domantas Sabonis had 12 points and 15 rebounds. … It’s the first time Indiana has beaten Cleveland three times in a season since 2013-14. … Indiana was 10 of 21 on 3s just two days after going a season-worst 1 of 18 from beyond the arc. … The Pacers are 17-5 when making 10 or more 3s in a game.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James did everything he could to prevent the Cavs from losing a third straight game. He finished with 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, while Kevin Love had 21 points and 10 rebounds.But James had two chances in the final two seconds to win it and missed both opportunities — after Victor Oladipo gave Indiana the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 2:09 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFirst, the four-time MVP stepped out of bounds with 1.7 seconds to go, a play that was confirmed on replay review. Then, after Collison made a free throw to give the Pacers a 97-95 lead, James’ desperation 3 bounced high off the rim as the buzzer sounded.James also was baited into a technical foul by Stephenson with 7:53 left in the game. A replay review showed James shoving Stephenson in the chest, though TV replays showed Stephenson driving his thumb into James’ side. View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Elite overthrow Kings 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals
‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 “The intensity, the willingness of players to play was there. They didn’t want to go back to Batangas,” said coach Michael Tan. “If we’ll return, it will be for the motorcade already.”It was a fitting ending for the Batangueños, who only lost twice this conference and have been on top for the whole conference.Llagas finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds for Muntinlupa, while Moralde got 14 and seven in the defeat.The Scores:BATANGAS 68 — Rogado 14, Quinto 12, Varilla 10, Teodoro 9, Eguilos 7, Santos 6, Acuna 5, Olayon 4, Villamor 1, Grimaldo 0, Alvarez 0, Pasculado 0.MUNTINLUPA 66 — Llagas 19, Moralde 14, Reverente 12, Mangahas 11, Ylagan 7, Jaime 3, Apreku 0, Vergara 0, Stevens 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Donaire: I’m peaking physically, in terms of experience LATEST STORIES Tanduay Batangas Athletics. Photo from MPBL FacebookTanduay Batangas Athletics showed tremendous poise in the end game and nipped the Muntinlupa Cagers, 68-66, in Game 4 of the 2018 Anta Rajah Cup Finals to become the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) champions Thursday at Muntinlupa Sports Complex.The Athletics won the battle of attrition in the final minute as Jaymo Eguilos drained the go-ahead jumper, 67-65, with 58.9 seconds remaining before making it a three-point game with a split in the last 18.2 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Quarters: 16-12, 43-28, 54-47, 68-66. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Cagers, though, stayed in the game and came within two, 68-66, after a split from the stripe from Dave Moralde in the last 14.9.Tey Teodoro failed to seal the deal for Batangas as he botched both of his charities in the ensuing play, but Muntinlupa center Pari Llagas also missed a chance to force overtime after misfiring on both of his freethrows with 1.2 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMoncrief Rogado topped the all-out attack for the Athletics with 14 points and four rebounds, while Bong Quinto got 12 and three off the bench.Paul Varilla just missed out on a double-double with his 10-point, 9-rebound performance for the Athletics.
Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Young Paras falls to Japanese champ Kyoguchi in 1st world title fight Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls PetroGazz snapped out of its slump after a hard-fought win over BanKo, 15-25, 18-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-9, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Reinforced Conference Sunday at Batangas City Sports Coliseum.The Angels chalking up their first win after starting their campaign with three straight losses. They now have same record as the Perlas Spikers, who suffered their third consecutive setback.ADVERTISEMENT Jutaray Montripila and Lakia Bright had 27 and 23 points, respectively, to lead the Perlas Spikers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Angels head coach Jerry Yee was finally able to breath a sigh of relief.“I’m relieved, well I’m not the only coach who will feel that way after getting his first win,” said Yee in Filipino. “Thank God we got this first win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnastasiia Trach put up 27 points to carry the Angels while Kadi Kullerkann and Cherry Nunag combined for 30.Wensh Tiu, who received little playing time in the Angels’ first three games, was given an opportunity this time and made the most out of it with 10 points. 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments
Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this June 3, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James watches during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif. Two people familiar with the decision say James has told the Cavaliers he is declining his $35.6 million contract option for next season and is a free agent. James’ representatives told the Cavs on Friday, June 29, 2018, said the people who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly commenting on moves ahead of free agency opening Sunday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)CLEVELAND — LeBron James made the first move. Now what?Cleveland? Los Angeles? Philadelphia? A surprise?ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The chance to join one of the league’s most iconic franchises has an appeal to James and he said following this year’s Finals that he remains in “championship mode.”The Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets are also believed to covet the four-time league MVP, who just played in his eighth straight Finals.James will factor family — he has three children, and his oldest son is a rising hoops star — into the choice of where he plays next.James just completed his 15th NBA season, and it may have been his best yet.He played all 82 regular-season games for the first time, averaging 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 9.1 assists per game. He showed no signs of slowing down, if anything he had found a new gear.James then carried the Cavs, with their flawed roster after a massive trading deadline turnover, through the Eastern Conference playoffs — they survived two Game 7s and swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors — to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight meeting with the Golden State Warriors.It was James’ eighth consecutive Finals appearance, a remarkable feat not matched since Hall of Famer Bill Russell and a handful of Celtics did it in the 1960s. Cleveland was overmatched but James had the Cavs in position to steal Game 1 before a late-game missed free throw by George Hill and mental meltdown by Cavs forward J.R. Smith, who dribbled out the final seconds of regulation thinking his team was leading, led to an overtime loss.With MVP Kevin Durant heading the charge, the Warriors completed a sweep of the Cavs and James, who revealed following the series that he had broken his right hand in a fit of frustration following Game 1.James had numerous reasons to be upset. He had done everything possible, and as he left Quicken Loans Arena following Game 4 along with his sons, there was an air of uncertainty heading into this summer.Those unknowns remain, but James is closer to solving them. LATEST STORIES View comments Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees 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 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Stay tuned. Decision III is this summer’s blockbuster, and it’s coming soon.James told the Cavaliers that he is not exercising his $35.6 million contract option for next season and will become an unrestricted free agent, two people familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe decision to decline the option for 2018-19 was expected by James because it gives him more options, which includes him re-signing with the Cavs, who can offer him the most money — a five-year, $209 million contract. James can also sign a short-term deal with Cleveland, something he has done each year since returning in 2014.James had until 11:59 p.m. to express his intentions to the Cavs and his agent Rich Paul informed the team in the morning, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity to the AP because the sides are not publicly commenting on moves ahead of free agency opening Sunday. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Best-ever World Cup? It is shaping up nicely MOST READ The three-time champion is now the most coveted prize in an NBA free-agent class that includes All-Stars Paul George and Chris Paul. Teams can begin negotiations with free agents at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.The fact that he didn’t pick up his option could be good news for worried Cavs fans, who fear James may leave them for the second time in his career. If he had opted in, it would have likely meant the Cavs had worked out a trade for James.And while the Cavs remain hopeful he’ll stay, there are other teams in the mix for the 33-year-old — and the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be at the top of the list.With the ability to sign two maximum-contract players, the Lakers can build a “Super Team” with James if they are able to also land George or work out a trade with San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard. On Thursday, George told the Oklahoma City Thunder he’s declining his $20.7 million option for next season.James already has some shallow roots on the West Coast with two homes in the Los Angeles area and a film production company.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding
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(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BOSTON — There was a moment during the past month in which Marcus Smart wasn’t sure where he’d be playing basketball this upcoming season.A day after signing a four-year deal to remain in the only NBA jersey he’s ever played in, Smart said he’s focused on doing what he can to help the Celtics win their 18th championship.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? “I’m ecstatic. This is a blessing,” Smart said Friday.After being in limbo since the start of free agency, Smart cemented his pact with the Celtics on Thursday. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Smart will be paid $52 million over the next four years. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose the terms of the contract.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Boston brings back a 6-foot-4 defensive cornerstone who has developed a reputation for toughness and doing the little things that help the Celtics win. Smart is also the longest-tenured player on the roster.The confidence that general manager Danny Ainge is showing in his abilities is not lost on Smart, who acknowledged he knew he was entering a tough free agent market this summer. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The signing also will allow Smart to shift his attention back to his mother, 63-year-old Camellia Smart, who continues to undergo treatment for the bone marrow cancer she was diagnosed with in April.“When you kind of go through adversity and something like this hits you and your family, it kind of puts everything in perspective and everything else kind of becomes a blur to you and really not that important,” he said.He has been with her in Texas since the season ended and said she’s stable and doing well.“She’s hanging in there,” Smart said. “This is a hard time. But at the same time, it’s an exciting time for my family. So, with the signing, it kind of brings a little joy to a situation and lightens up the situation that was a little darkened for me. … As of right now, she’s doing great.”As far as basketball is concerned, he’ll continue trying to improve.“I’m just gonna be working on all aspects of my game. The uniqueness about me is I don’t do one thing perfectly or great. I do a little bit of everything. That’s what makes me so unique. I’m just trying to master a little bit of everything. … If I could just get better a little bit each year, then I did my job.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “To be honest, I didn’t know where I was gonna end up. I was just enjoying this whole process,” he said. “It is a business, so things aren’t perfect. That’s why it’s called negotiations. You guys come together and you finally agree on something. We both agreed. Boston loves me and I love Boston. Boston wants me here and I want to be here. I am here. So we made it work.”Barring any late changes, Smart’s return also means Boston will be bringing back the core of the team that won 55 games and reached the Eastern Conference finals while battling numerous injuries and being without both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward the entire postseason.Smart was a huge part of the run, stepping in to a starter’s role after returning from thumb surgery late in the first round of the playoffs. He averaged 9.8 points, 5.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game as Boston pushed LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the conference finals.Now, James is in the West with the Lakers, and given the emergence of youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, Smart said he doesn’t see any reason why the Celtics shouldn’t be a favorite to come out of the East.“We demonstrated the talent and ability we had to do that last year with a few missing pieces. With those missing pieces back in action, I think it really makes it hard for teams,” Smart said. “I think we have a real shot.”ADVERTISEMENT Adamson trips Arellano in PVL Collegiate men’s opener Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.