LiAngelo Ball center of attention at UCLA media day

first_imgThe Ball family was thrust into a media spotlight thanks to the brothers’ outspoken father, Lavar. Lonzo Ball played just one year at UCLA, where the Bruins finished 31-5 and lost to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen. LiAngelo follows this season. Lavar Ball has pulled his youngest son, LaMelo, out of high school and has said he’s home-schooling him.Ball is one of seven freshmen joining the Bruins but clearly is the most heralded because of the name on the back of his jersey.“I think he has a pretty good head on (his shoulders),” junior Aaron Holiday said. “Obviously, coming in being one of the Ball brothers and his dad, there’s a lot going on with him so he’s handled himself pretty well, and I think he’s good with that.”He’s proven to be a reliable shooter in his young career and once had 72 points in a high school basketball game.“He can shoot it, and we’re going to need it,” Alford said. “He’s lost weight. He’s in much better shape. I like the strength he adds. He gives us a different look when you’ve got maybe speed and athleticism in different areas of our backcourt. Gelo brings a whole different look of someone who is 230-235 pounds. You don’t see a lot of guards with that kind of body, so we can post him. He can extend the floor to the NBA 3 with ease. He’s like a lot of freshmen right now. As he learns defensively what needs to take place, he’s going to be a very valuable piece.”ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball (2) greets his brother LiAngelo Ball, left, and father LaVar Ball, right, after scoring 20 points in their 114-77 win over Long Beach State at an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles. The UCLA Bruins open preparations for a new season with another Ball brother in the lineup. With Lonzo Ball off to the Lakers after one season, his middle brother LiAngelo takes up residence in Westwood. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File)LOS ANGELES — There’s a new Ball on the court at UCLA.Cameras and cellphones captured the moment Wednesday as LiAngelo Ball walked toward the center of the court at Pauley Pavilion.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LiAngelo Ball is listed at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, measurements that were updated in July.His new teammates have noticed his shooting touch, and in a few weeks, they’ll take the new Ball show on the road when UCLA takes a trip to China.“He’s been really well and shoots the ball extremely well,” senior center Thomas Welsh said. “That’s onething if you give him space in the corner or wherever it is, he can knock the 3 down. I’m excited to see what he has to bring. All the freshmen have their own flavor and style in the game. Seeing how they all work into the new system will be interesting.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cleveland rocked: Indians’ season comes to stunning halt Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The younger brother of Lakers guard Lonzo Ball was making a debut of sorts at UCLA media day. The freshman was not made available to the media but he was there for pictures and practice.Freshman Chris Smith noticed the hoopla as he walked alongside his teammate and said, with a hand over his eyes: “There’s a Ball brother here?” and jokingly looked around.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBall is sure to be under a microscope and face expectations unlike those faced by most college basketball players.“It’s hard. Obviously, Lonzo sets a very high bar,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “I will say knowing the family like I know, they’re all made that way. They’re all made in a championship pedigree. Gelo (pronounced Jello) is not going to be any different than that. He’ll figure out his role as he gets into this thing. I know he’ll fight and compete and extend his role as much as he possibly can because he’s got that championship DNA that I think all of them have.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

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Grizzlies make 13 3-pointers, beat Clippers

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Detroit improved to 7-3 with its fifth victory in six games. Avery Bradley had 24 points, and Tobias Harris added 20.Sacramento lost its seventh straight game to fall to 1-8. Zach Randolph led the Kings with 19 points. /cbb Read Next LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Blake Griffin had 30 points for the Clippers, and Patrick Beverley had 23.The Clippers were 4 of 26 from 3-point range, while the Grizzlies went 13 of 31.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPISTONS 108, KINGS 99.DETROIT — Andre Drummond had 16 points and 19 rebounds to help Detroit beat Sacramento. Wilder wants to get rid of Stiverne, then unify heavyweights Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, defends against a shot by Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. APLOS ANGELES, United States — Mike Conley scored 22 points and the Memphis Grizzlies made 13 3-pointers and dominated off the bench to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-104 on Saturday.Marc Gasol added 21 points and Tyreke Evans had 20 to top four reserves in double figures. The Memphis backups outscored the Los Angeles reserves 55-22.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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Cavs revamp roster at trading deadline hoping LeBron stays

first_imgFigure skater saving pups from South Korean dog meat trade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum A former All-Star, Thomas still hasn’t fully recovered from a serious hip injury and there were no signs he was going to improve enough to make a difference this season.But beyond that, he had worn out his welcome with some biting comments toward teammates and coach Tyronn Lue.The Cavs shipped Thomas, forward Channing Frye and one of their 2018 first-round picks to the Lakers for point guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr., two athletic 25-year-olds who can potentially be part of Cleveland’s core for years to come.“You make a trade and you want it to succeed, like anything else,” Altman said in assessing the Thomas-for-Irving deal. “The level of value we got back in the Kyrie Irving trade was pretty good. Did it fit? Did it work? Probably not. So with those pieces, we decided to shuffle the deck and get younger and get some youthful talent with energy and enthusiasm, great cultural pieces that I want to be a part of.”Cleveland also parted with Jae Crowder, who came over from the Celtics with Thomas and didn’t pan out, by sending the forward and former league MVP Derrick Rose to Utah for forward Rodney Hood. Iman Shumpert was dealt to Sacramento for guard George Hill, a veteran who can shoot and create.And Altman completed the stunning midseason renovation by trading Dwyane Wade back to Miami, where he’ll finish his career with the franchise that drafted him and the one he put on the map by winning three titles.Altman consulted with Wade and James about the move since their friendship is what led to them playing together in Cleveland this season.While Altman’s main objective was to repair Cleveland’s culture, his efforts also were designed to appease James, who hasn’t been himself in recent weeks. However, with the deadline hours away, James put together a 37-point, 15-assist, 10-rebound game on Wednesday that he capped with a game-saving block in the final seconds and a buzzer-beating shot to edge Minnesota in overtime.It was vintage James, who had been playing at an MVP level before his puzzling drop-off.Altman feels the trades will rejuvenate James. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “This guy is so good he dictates outcomes,” he said. “That was the hardest part for me was seeing him . and I don’t want to say he didn’t believe in this group and want to be careful in saying that because he’s going to compete every night and try to get whatever teams he’s on to the Finals, but I wanted to see a renewed sense of joy in him and being around him the last 24 hours has been great.“He’s excited and I can see a renewed sense of excitement and joy in him when he’s in the building and we will see that translate to some fun basketball because he’s the key.”Just last week James expressed doubts about the Cavs’ commitment to fixing their roster. He had watched other All-Stars — including close friends Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony — get traded since the end of last season and he wondered if Cleveland was going to make any significant moves to improve.He doesn’t have any doubts now.James, who holds a $35.6 million option, said before the deadline that he would not waive his no-trade clause. He has not given the Cavs a long-term commitment in order to keep pressure on owner Dan Gilbert to continue to upgrade the roster.The Cavs made their moves.James gets the next one. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, celebrates after making the game-winning basket in overtime in an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 140-138 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Once summer rolls around, LeBron James stars on a different stage.All eyes in the NBA and across the sports world will focus on James during free agency.ADVERTISEMENT There are already teams lining up for an audience with The King, should he opt out of his contract. On Thursday, the Cavaliers turned their roster upside down in hopes of convincing James he doesn’t have to go anywhere.And just like that, another chapter was added to a chaotic season in Cleveland.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith an unexpected flurry of moves before the NBA trade deadline, the Cavs unloaded six players to change their identity and culture while moving back into title contention. They also showed James, who can be a free agent in July, they’re willing to do whatever’s necessary to help him win another championship.“He’s the guy that is going to take us back to the promised land,” Cavs general manager Koby Altman said, “so you want to put the right pieces around him.” View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City All it took was a massive makeover.Altman ended an experiment doomed to fail by infusing youth into what was the league’s oldest roster and holding onto a coveted first-round draft pick in case James decides to leave.The Cavaliers have been in a freefall, losing 13 of 20 games since Christmas Day. But what had become obvious and more troublesome to Altman, and anyone that spent any time around the team, was that the Cavs were miserable, disconnected and on a path to self-destruction.“We were really worried that what was going on on the floor and sort of our culture in the building that we were marching a slow death,” Altman said. “And we didn’t want to be a part of that.”So Altman’s first move in the overhaul required the 35-year-old to swallow his pride and scuttle the blockbuster trade that brought guard Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland last July in the deal for Kyrie Irving.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 5

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT In the biggest game of the eliminations, so far, Kianna Dy glowed with a queenly presence that no single soul inside Mall of Asia Arena matched.Dy scored in every possible way for the Lady Spikers as they beat the Lady Eagles in four sets, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, in the first meeting between the two rivals.The Season 78 Finals MVP finished with a season-high 21 points on 11 spikes, seven blocks, and three service aces.Dy was downright magnificent during La Salle’s blurring 10-0 run in the third set that saw the Lady Spikers tie the set at 21 after being down, 21-11.In those 10 unanswered points, Dy scored four points and three of those were blocks with Kat Tolentino the unfortunate victim on two occasions.Dy then came up in the clutch with another block on Tolentino that put La Salle in the 24-19 match point.2. Bernadeth Pons (Far Eastern University, outside hitter)Bernadeth Pons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: No. 4Weeks on list: 3Add “Giant Killer” to Bernadeth Pons’ possible nicknames.  Read Next Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ The Lady Maroons came back from a 19-11 deficit in the first set and although losing the period 33-31 was a misfortune, Carlos and spike partner Isa Molde lit up in the next three sets.UP crushed UST in the next three periods and came away with a 31-33, 25-23, 25-16, 25-12 victory as Carlos put up 32 points while Molde had 24.7. Shaya Adorador (University of the East, opposite hitter)Shaya Adorador. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AWeeks on list: 1She’s the final debutante of this week and she was the embodiment of clutch when UE shocked Adamson.Shaya Adorador may have scored just 11 points in UE’s five-set win over the Lady Falcons, 25-22, 22-25, 15-25, 25-20, 15-13, but she was truest to the definition of being clutch.Adorador scored four of the Lady Warriors’ six points and she did it with grace rarely seen on a high-paced match.She used an off-speed shot to glance the ball on the defense of Adamson for UE’s 13-9 lead then she blocked Mylene Paat for the Lady Warriors’ 14-11 match point.And as a final touch, Adorador made a gorgeous off-speed kill that landed smack in the middle of the Lady Falcons’ defense. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sore knee sidelines Celtics’ Irving for game against Bulls A pulsating first round is finally in the books of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.National University emerged as the top dog after the first half of the season, while Far Eastern University and De La Salle also reached elite status by sharing the second spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAteneo is in the middle of the pack with Adamson University while University of Santo Tomas is slipping.Also struggling is University of the Philippines while University of the East managed to escape a zero-win embarrassment. LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa So with that thrown out of the way, here are the seven best players who showcased their wares in the final week of Round 1.Oh, and there are four new names on this list.1. Kianna Dy (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Kianna Dy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AWeeks on list: 2ADVERTISEMENT The league’s stat sheet stuffer was instrumental in the Lady Tamaraws’ four-set conquest of the previously unbeaten Lady Bulldogs in the first game day of Week 5.FEU humbled NU, 25-22, 25-27, 25-13, 25-20, in a game where Pons finished with 18 points and 11 excellent receptions.Pons followed that performance up with a humble seven points, nine excellent digs, and 10 excellent receptions against all-time rival UST.And aiding Pons’ case as the No. 2 player this week is FEU’s four-game winning streak.3. Tin Tiamzon (De La Salle University, outside hitter)Tin Tiamzon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AWeeks on list: 1It’s midway through the season but there are still debutantes to this list, and La Salle’s Tin Tiamzon is the first of four.The Lady Spikers’ unheralded outside hitter made her presence felt against rival Ateneo in the first finals rematch for Season 80.Tiamzon scored 13 points in the Lady Spikers’ victory and was the most efficient attacker on La Salle’s side converting 12 of her 28 spike attempts. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving 4. Jaja Santiago (National University, middle blocker)Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: No. 3Weeks on list: 5There has been only one constant on this list and that is Jaja Santiago.NU’s towering middle blocker led with composure as she paved the way in the Lady Bulldogs’ bounce back win of the tournament against the Lady Maroons.Santiago finished with 17 points in the Lady Bulldogs’ 25-23, 25-23, 25-17 victory over UP after scoring just 13 points in their loss to FEUNU’s superstar has yet to be excluded from this list and even her team’s lone setback of the season against the Lady Tamaraws wasn’t enough to boot her of this weekly ranking.5. Kath Arado (University of the East, libero)Kath Arado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AWeeks on list: 1 She’s the second debutante of this week and she’s the reigning Best Digger of the league.Kath Arado has been languishing under the massive shadow that Dawn Macandili cast over the liberos in the UAAP but the Season 77 co-Rookie of the Year finally got away from the darkness.UE prevented a winless campaign this season when it scored an upset over Adamson University in five set, 25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-13, and Arado showed that she can be as capable as Macandili in the UAAP level.Arado was a defensive terror for the Lady Warriors when she tallied 24 excellent digs and 32 excellent receptions.6. Diana Carlos (University of the Philippines, outside hitter)Diana Carlos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AWeeks on list: 1She’s one half of UP’s high-scoring duo and she’s the third of this week’s four newcomers.Diana Carlos and the Lady Maroons may have lost their final game of the first round against NU, but UP was a master stunner when it faced UST.UST was looking to shakeup the ladder when it faced UP on Wednesday but the Lady Maroons had other plans and pulled the proverbial rabbit from the legendary magician’s hat. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicolast_img read more

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Round trip: Mike Brown returns to Cleveland with Warriors

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In 2007, the Cavs were no match for the powerful San Antonio Spurs, who overwhelmed Cleveland and swept the series. Brown can surely appreciate the irony in coming back as part of a juggernaut.“Circle of life,” Brown said last week. “Like the ‘Lion King,’ everything comes back around, I guess.”Brown’s Finals debut must seem like a lifetime ago for the 47-year-old, who guided the Warriors to an 11-0 mark in this postseason while Kerr battled intense pain stemming from back surgeries.“My guy did OK while I was gone,” Kerr said before the Warriors won Sunday night.During last year’s Finals in Cleveland, Brown met with Kerr about joining the Warriors staff and replacing Luke Walton, who was bound for the Los Angeles Lakers. The interview came before the Cavs rallied from a 3-1 deficit, and before Kevin Durant announced he was headed to the Bay Area.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “I’m not looking at this as Cleveland fired me twice, this is the time to get back at them or is there any extra incentive?” he said. “I just want to win. I just want to be a part of a winning program and be the last team, quote/unquote, standing.” Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan’s last title in 1998 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Golden State’s well-liked top assistant, whose first two stints as a head coach were to nurture a young LeBron James and then pamper Kobe Bryant, is heading to Cleveland, the city that shaped him more than any other.It’s where he was hired twice and fired twice by the Cavaliers, who are paying him until 2020. It’s where he raised his two sons. It’s where he rooted himself in the community and stayed after losing his job in 2014. And it’s where he still has a home and keeps one of his Harleys, which he took for cruises along Lake Erie to clear his mind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He loves those Harleys,” said Warriors forward Draymond Green. “That just means he has ’em in every city he goes to. That’s an addiction.”When Game 3 tips off Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) with the Warriors holding a 2-0 lead that feels insurmountable, Brown will be back in a building where he and James appeared in their first Finals together 10 years ago. After he was fired for the second time by the Cavs, Brown had stepped outside the coaching circle, choosing instead to watch oldest son Elijah play hoops at New Mexico and filming his other son Cameron’s Friday night high school football games. All the while, he stayed connected by talking with San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, his mentor and former boss.Popovich urged him to join Kerr.Brown’s willingness to accept an assistant’s job despite 563 career regular-season wins and 47 in the playoffs underscores his humility. But that’s Brown: unassuming, ego-less, the consummate teammate.And while he hasn’t strayed from preparation and the attention he learned growing up in a military family, Brown has shown a willingness to change. He has loosened up. With the Warriors, he had no choice.Borrowing philosophies from other coaches, Kerr has created a loose atmosphere, believing a less-structured environment allows players to perform more freely and effectively. Kickball games are not uncommon and yoga is practiced regularly. Warriors practices typically begin with loud music booming through loudspeakers.It can be jarring to outsiders.“I remember the first few practices, me and Mike, we were new guys and we were looking at each other like: ‘This is how it goes down here?’” Durant said. “So it was an adjustment for both of us. It was great for me to have Mike to kind of like go through the season with me, and kind of help me out and help me get adjusted. It was different for both of us.”If things had gone differently, Brown might still be Cleveland’s coach. Given only one season on his return, he was dismissed despite a nine-win improvement and a colossal jump defensively. He still had four years left on his contract, and unfinished plans.Brown could be in demand again. Kerr’s health may prompt a reshuffling at Golden State, and there are certain to be other vacancies next season.Brown though, isn’t in any hurry to pack up, and he’s not viewing his trip to Cleveland as anything more than business. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, right, gestures next to interim head coach Mike Brown during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, California. APCLEVELAND — Mike Brown happily slid into his normal seat to coach Steve Kerr’s left for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. For the first time in weeks the Warriors were whole again.Brown has moved before — not always so willingly — and over the next few days he’ll return to a familiar place.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Beermen celebrate with fans as Grand Slam talks continue

first_imgSan Miguel Beer’s championship celebration continued on Wednesday night as the winningest PBA franchise held a victory party for its employees and fans at SMC head office in Pasig City.The booze kept flowing three days after the Beermen ended their 17-year title drought in the midseason conference.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Miguel chalked up its fifth championship in eight conferences after knocking off TNT in six games but it didn’t take long before coach Leo Austria gave the Beermen faithfuls what they’ve been clamoring to hear.Since the confetti filled the air at the historic Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, the talk of a possible Grand Slam resurfaced and Austria didn’t shy away from it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I know that we’ve won two championships this season and I already know what all of you are thinking and dreaming of right now,” Austria said in Filipino as he addressed the thick crowd.“We’re not going to promise anything but we’re going to do our best to achieve our goal,” Austria added. LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Beermen celebrate with fans as Grand Slam talks continue3.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend NCAA Season 93 Preview: Ambition fuels JRU Heavy Bombers Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Austria thanked his players with special mention to Best Player of the Conference Chris Ross, Best Import Charles Rhodes and Finals MVP Alex Cabagnot and paid tribute to SMC big boss Ramon S. Ang.The multititled coach, who improved his finals record to 5-0, said he is looking at giving his players at least a 10-day break before going back to practice.The Beermen are set to have another victory party for their fans on Friday at Robinsons Galleria.San Miguel Beermen victory party at the SMC office in Ortigas. Photo by Mark GiongcoADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Indonesia angered after Malaysia puts wrong flag in SEA Games book

first_imgMacandili replaces Lazaro in SEA Games lineup Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi says the error is “very painful.”Indonesia’s Olympic Committee chairman Erick Thohir says the mistake “shows negligence” and demanded the guidebook be replaced.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIndonesia appears to have taken particular offense because the guidebook was distributed to VIPs at Saturday’s opening ceremony and only its flag was shown incorrectly.Malaysia and Indonesia are both Muslim majority nations and share a similar language but often trade accusations of stealing the other’s food and culture. CBB Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Indonesians were angered after Malaysian organizers for the Southeast Asian Games wrongly depicted the Indonesian flag (right) in a souvenir guidebook for the event. In the guidebook, the Indonesia flag was inverted, making it look like the flag of Poland (left). AFP FILESJAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia is accusing the Malaysian organizers of the Southeast Asian Games of negligence after the Indonesian flag was printed upside down in a souvenir guidebook.The mistake, which makes the red-and-white Indonesian flag resemble Poland’s, has caused anger in Indonesia where “shameonyoumalaysia” has become the most popular hashtag on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View commentslast_img read more

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Sania Mirza-Elena Vesnina lose French Open women’s doubles final

first_imgSania Mirza missed out on winning her second Grand Slam title as she and her partner Elena Vesnina lost the French Open women’s doubles final to unseeded Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in Paris on Friday.Unforced errors cost the seventh seed Indo-Russian pair dearly as they lost the summit clash 4-6 3-6 in one hour and 21 minutes at Court Suzanne Lenglen here.It was a good opportunity for Sania to add a women’s doubles title to her already Australian Open mixed doubles trophy, which she won along with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009 but it turned to be an off day for the Indian and her partner Vesnina.Nevertheless, Sania did create a history of sorts by becoming first Indian female tennis player to reach the women’s doubles final.Vesnina struggled with her first serve throughout and Sania’s feeble shots at the net only helped the cause of the Czech pair.Even the Czech players, especially Andrea, struggled with the first serve in windy conditions but the Indo-Russian pair committed more unforced errors.A strong show by Lucie turned out to be the real difference between the two teams as she did not drop her serve even once and had good control over her strokes.Sania prevented a first set rout when she held serve in the seventh game when they were down 1-5. They made it 4-5 after breaking Andrea in the eighth game, raising hopes of a comeback.But Lucie served out the first set in the 10th game when the Russian hit a backhand long on the second set point.advertisementLucie had committed a double fault on first set point but an unforced error by Sania gave the opponents a second chance which they converted thanks to Elena’s long backhand.The second set too started badly for Sania and Elena as the Russian dropped her serve to hand a mini lead and then she could not held her serve even once.Sania raised her game in the second set and created opportunities but Elena had a poor day.They had a chance to turn the tables when they broke Andrea in the fourth game and had two breakpoints against the same player in the eighth game to make it 4-4 but Lucie yet again played well and denied the rivals a comeback.Lucie hit a volley winner to win the match on second match point.Elena and Sania split euro 165000 as prize money while the winners took home euro 330,000.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Missing south Delhi builder murdered for jewels and cash

first_imgThe decomposed body of a builder was recovered from a flat in Noida’s Sector-92 on Monday, two days after he went missing from his GK-II residence in south Delhi, the police said.Three persons have been arrested in connection with the murder of Vinod Kumar Gupta alias Bansal (55), the owner of BCC Developers, which has construction sites across Punjabi Bagh, Faridabad, Noida and Neemrana in Rajasthan.”Deepak Kumar, 25, and Sonu, both from Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, were detained for questioning in Tilak Nagar area of west Delhi and Pratapgarh respectively on Sunday,” additional commissioner of police ( South- East) Ajay Chaudhary said. They were arrested on Monday.Rakesh, who bought the jewellery stolen from the builder, has also been arrested.The builder was reported missing by his family after he left his South Delhi home on Friday night, saying he had some urgent work in Sarita Vihar. But instead, he was lured to the Sector- 92 flat by Sonu, who had known Gupta for some years, the police said.Gupta’s phone was switched off a few hours later and his sedan was found abandoned near Pari Chowk in Greater Noida on Saturday.”During investigations, we found that Sonu, a native of Pratapgarh, had made around seven calls to the victim. We found that Sonu was missing from his house and posted a team to nab him,” Chaudhary said.The police lay in wait for Deepak at Tilak Nagar, where his sister-in-law stays.Chaudhary said that on grilling Deepak, he revealed the whereabouts of the body.advertisementThe police said that Sonu, a childhood friend of Deepak and Rakesh, had bragged to his friends that the wealthy builder used to carry loads of cash and jewellery on him. Deepak, a driver, and Sonu, currently unemployed, then enlisted the help of another friend called Dilip to rob Gupta.The three arrived in the Capital on Friday.”Sonu was in touch with Gupta throughout Friday and called him to Noida at night on the pretext of discussing some business,” the ACP said. The three lay in wait at the house and murdered Gupta when he resisted the robbery bid.After murdering Gupta, they looted his jewellery and cash, the police said. “They had planned to take his car but abandoned it out of fear of being caught,” Chaudhary added.Later, the police picked up Rakesh, but Dilip, who used to do menial jobs at home, is still on the run.However, a friend of the family said they suspected a prominent builder to be involved. ” We have named a few persons in the FIR, including a prominent builder but the police have not taken any action, since he is an influential person,” the friend, who declined to be named, said.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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