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Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arwind Santos goes for the slam. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer kept rolling after crushing Blackwater, 115-106, to book a ticket to the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.It was a collective effort by the Beermen, who had seven players finishing in double-digit scoring led by Arwind Santos’ 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Santos also posted a game-high 15 rebounds and scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to help San Miguel build a 24-point buffer, 107-83.Marcio Lassiter scored 18 points, Kelly Nabong had 13 while Alex Cabagnot and Renaldo Balkman added 12 points apiece. June Mar Fajardo posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.The Elite started the game strong and even led by 11, 43-32, after a Raymar Jose jumper at the 7:23 mark of the second quarter before the Beermen ended the first half on a 25-6 run.Walker scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Blackwater, which wrapped up its conference with a 1-10 slate.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s a very important game for us. We knew we can beat Blackwater but I told them this team is very dangerous because of their import Henry Walker,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.The Beermen notched their sixth win in seven games and their 6-4 record put them in good position to finish in the top six and avoid a twice-to-win disadvantage in the quarterfinal round.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 crownComing off a two-week break, San Miguel needed to shake off the rust before finding its groove in the latter part of the second quarter.The Beermen carried their momentum into the second half, where they dominated the Elite. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 94 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “You’re the champ Conor!” Robbie Fox yelled, an Irish flag draped around his neck. “They won’t do anything to you Conor, you’re the champ!”McGregor, clad in a tight, blue pinstripe suit, was joined in court by his 25-year-old friend, fellow fighter, Irish citizen and co-defendant Cian Cowley, who was sentenced to three days of community service and anger management.Prosecutors said the sentence will allow McGregor to “reflect on his conduct and give back to society.” The charges to which he and Cowley pleaded guilty are technically violations, not criminal offenses.McGregor, once the UFC’s simultaneous 145- and 155-pound champion, hasn’t fought since the fracas.The UFC stripped him of its 155-pound championship belt in April because he had not fought in 17 months. During that time, McGregor turned to boxing and secured a guaranteed $30 million payday despite losing a highly anticipated bout last year to Floyd Mayweather Jr.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team McGregor will also be evaluated for an anger management program and barred from contact with fighters injured in the mayhem after a news conference for the UFC 223 event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in April.There are no restrictions on McGregor’s travel. If he stays out of trouble for a year, his record will be wiped clean. If he violates the terms of his plea deal, he could be jailed for up to 15 days. Prosecutors said he’s already paid to fix the bus.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’“I just want to say I’m thankful to the DA and the judge for allowing me to move forward,” McGregor said outside a Brooklyn courthouse. “I want to say to my friends, my family, my fans, thank you for the support.”The 30-year-old Irish brawler, who last month said he regretted his actions, then rushed to a waiting SUV with his entourage, separated by bike-rack barricades from dozens of photographers and reporters and a self-professed superfan. MOST READ The UFC declined to comment Thursday on the outcome of McGregor’s case.Last week, McGregor attended the World Cup final in Moscow as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin and posed with him in a photo posted on Instagram. In the caption, McGregor called Putin “one of the greatest leaders of our time.”The day before, on McGregor’s 30th birthday, his girlfriend revealed on Instagram that she was pregnant with their second child.McGregor, widely known for his fight-related antics, was seen on camera attacking the bus in a Barclays Center loading dock after a press event ahead of UFC 223, which featured the sport’s biggest card of the year.He and an entourage that UFC president Dana White described as “20 hoodlums that flew in from Ireland” crashed the event allegedly looking for retaliation against main event fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, who had been in an altercation with McGregor’s friend Artem Lobov.Video showed McGregor tossing trash cans and being blocked from throwing a barricade before he launched the hand truck. Fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were hurt by shattered glass, forcing them from their bouts.Nurmagomedov, the current 155-pound champion, was on the bus and said he had to be restrained to keep from fighting McGregor. In an online chat with fans this week, Nurmagomedov said he’d be interested in taking that battle to the UFC octagon.White said McGregor justified the confrontation in a text exchange just before he turned himself in to police. According to White, he said it “had to be done.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Motivated Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West 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 Conor McGregor, center, appears in court with co defendant Cian Cowley, left, during a hearing, Thursday, July 26, 2018, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The mixed martial arts star pleaded guilty Thursday to disorderly conduct in exchange for community service to resolve charges stemming from a backstage melee at a New York City arena. (Charles Eckert/Newsday via AP, Pool)NEW YORK — This time, Conor McGregor didn’t put up a fight.The mixed martial arts star pleaded guilty on Thursday to disorderly conduct and will perform five days of community service to resolve charges stemming from a backstage melee at a New York City arena in which he was caught on camera hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments
DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced The gold medal-winning eagle putt of Yuka Saso from the fringe, sealing a historic sweep in women’s golf for the Philippines. pic.twitter.com/OBaI6vygoZ— Musong R. Castillo (@musongINQ) August 26, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ MOST READ READ: Saso puts herself, team in contention for medalThe 17-year-old Saso bounced back from her double bogey in the 17th hole. China’s Liu Wenbo was the frontrunner going into the 18th hole with a 13 under mark but wavered in the final with a quadruple bogey and finished with 11 under after 72 holes.Saso’s triumph also lifted the Philippines women’s team to the gold medal spot, pushing the country’s gold total to three.Bianca Pagdanganan was also secured a podium finish as she bagged the bronze in the women’s individual.The Philippine team secured the gold medal with a 22 under mark after Saso’s performance.Weigtlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines first gold medal. The Filipinos now have 12 medals overall, 10 of which are bronzes.ADVERTISEMENT Federer, del Potro, pleased to see Djokovic on the rise Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal GOLDEN GIRLS. Bianca Pagdanganan, Yuka Saso and Kaye Lois Go won the gold in women’s golf in the 2018 Asian Games in Pondok Indah Golf Course. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPhilippine bet Yuka Saso delivered the country’s second and third gold after conquering the women’s individual golf competition in the 2018 Asian Games Sunday at Pondok Indah Golf and Country Club in Jakarta.Saso flourished in the crucial stages, delivering on an eagle in the 18th hole to finish with a 13 under after 72 holesADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee PLAY LIST 01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:25SEA Games: PH dancesport plucks 5 gold medals in standard events02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
While the group dressed in loud and outrageous fluorescent outfits, Harry and Meghan were more subdued, but their message to the group was clear.“They’re super passionate about mental health. They are showing that mental health does not discriminate,” OneWave co-founder Grant Trebilco said.Charlotte Connell, a OneWave member, said Harry spoke of his own experiences seeking counselling more than 20 years after his mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997 when he was aged 12.“Harry said it took him not six months, but 18 months to find the right person to speak to. ‘You’re not going to find the right person to speak to straight away’,’” Connell said.Both Harry and Meghan used exercise as a way of keeping well, Connell said.“Even in her jetlagged state, she got up in the morning and did yoga at 4.30 a.m.,” Connell said.“She said it’s so good for healing her mind,” Connell added.After Bondi, the couple made an unannounced visit to Macarthur Girls High School in Parramatta in central Sydney.The shrieking students gave the couple a rock star welcome to a school assembly.“When they walked in, I felt like my heart stopped. Their presence just made everyone shocked,” 15-year-old student Rhiannon said. The couple finished their day’s events with formal meetings with Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten.Harry and Meghan will also visit Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand during their 16-day tour. /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Britain’s Prince Harry, left Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, right, and Invictus Games representatives climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day four of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (AP Photo/Steve Christo, Pool)SYDNEY — Prince Harry scaled the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Friday to raise a flag marking the arrival of the Invictus Games, his brainchild and the focus of his current royal tour of Australia and the South Pacific.The sporting event, founded by Harry in 2014, starts on Saturday. It gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball and to find inspiration to recover.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The fact that the Duchess of Sussex never planned to climb the world’s tallest steel arch bridge with her husband had fueled speculation that she is pregnant. The speculation was confirmed on Monday when Harry and the former Meghan Markle announced that their first child is due in the northern spring.Harry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, four members of the Australian team and the widow of an Australian veteran climbed more than 1,000 steps up the back of an arch to raise the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 flag.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The Sydney Harbor Bridge is an Australian icon and I can think of no better place to raise the … flag,” Morrison said in a statement.During the descent, Harry hugged fellow climber Gwen Cherne, a games ambassador whose husband Peter Cafe, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, took his own life in February. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LeBron on Lakers’ opening game loss: ‘It’s not instant oatmeal. It’s not that fast’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We were talking about mental health and really working on changing the way that our global community looks at mental health and deals with it,” Cherne said later.The flag will fly 134 meters (440 feet) above Sydney Harbor until the games close on October 27.Harry and his American former actress wife will attend the opening and closing games ceremonies. Around 500 athletes from 18 nations will compete in venues around Sydney.The couple earlier Friday walked barefoot on Bondi Beach to meet a group of surfers focused on mental well-being.The group, OneWave, meet weekly in an “anti-bad vibe circle” on the sand.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES View comments
After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Yes, I’m calling their attention,” Victolero said of the referees. “Let’s be consistent.”“I know that (what Victolero said) was a part of the coaches’ mind game for the series,” Marcial told the Inquirer over the phone as both tacticians want to gain an advantage over the other considering how close this series has been hyped.“I don’t see a reason why he (Victolero) should call the attention of the referees.“For me, the first three games of the series were the best-officiated games I have seen so far.”Marcial said he issued a memo addressed to both Compton and Victolero for their statements on officiating.Both coaches are off the hook for their previous comments, but Marcial won’t be lenient the next time around.“They’ll be fined if they criticize officiating through the media again,” Marcial said.“The right thing to do is address the technical committee or the commissioner.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Another Petron-F2 title clash looms MOST READ Victolero was wondering where Compton was coming from when the Alaska coach made his post-Game 2 rant on officiating.“I kept reviewing the tapes (of the first two games) and saw that my players weren’t doing anything,” Victolero said in a calm voice. “For this game, the Alaska players were the ones holding my players and they weren’t calling the fouls. I just want consistency.”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 ChrissConsistency in officiating has been an age-old problem in any league.But PBA commissioner Willie Marcial bluntly denies that there’s something wrong with the way the first three games have been called by his officials. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Game 4 is set Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum at 7 p.m.Magnolia won Game 1, 100-84, on Wednesday and executed better in the stretch to pull out a 77-71 triumph in Game 2, when Compton came out with his tirade about how Victolero’s guards were able to get away with several “karate chops.”A total of 25 fouls were slapped on Magnolia and 24 against Alaska in Game 3.But a big difference why the Aces were authoritative on Sunday was the fact that they turned the ball over just 15 times after averaging 25.5 errors in the first two.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Beaten black-and-blue Sunday night, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero praised the enemy for a job well done before launching his attack on officiating and asking for fairness for the rest of the PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-seven title series.“Coach Alex (Compton of Alaska) did a good job (in making the adjustments),” Victolero told reporters, shortly after a 100-71 loss.“Coach Alex (also) did a good job calling the attention of the referees (after Game 2) about (how) my guards (are) playing defense.”ADVERTISEMENT
MOST READ Simmons finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but said his numbers don’t tell the whole story.“I was just frustrated,” Simmons said. “I want to play well and perform for the team. I want to make sure we win every game we play. I think the second half was a different kind of Ben.”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 ChrissJimmy Butler added 20 points and rookie Landry Shamet had a career-high 17 off the bench for the Sixers (21-12), who shot 53.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.Philadelphia had lost three of four, including a lopsided defeat in San Antonio on Monday. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “We hung around,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “That’s kind of what we do. We’re pests. But when we miss open shots and they’re knocking every single one of them down, that’s how the game broke open.”TIP-INSKnicks: The Knicks were without Mitchell Robinson (sprained left ankle) and Allonzo Trier (strained left hamstring). … Damyean Dotson had 14 points off the bench after missing the last two games with a sore shoulder.76ers: Some of the loudest cheers came before the game when Hall of Famer Julius Erving rang the ceremonial bell. . The Sixers had their best shooting first half of the season (58.7 percent).MR. 10,000When asked about becoming the 47th active NBA player to score 10,000 points, Redick was self-deprecating before pausing to appreciate his longevity.“If you had told me 10 years ago as a third-year guy struggling to get into the rotation that I would score 10,000 points, I would think you were crazy,” he said. “It’s a cool thing for me. I didn’t realize I was that close.”EASY TRIPLE-DOUBLESJust because Simmons had his fourth triple-double of the season — and the 16th of his career —doesn’t mean he was happy with his performance.“Some guys don’t ever get (triple-doubles) in their career,” he said. “I’m fortunate to have a playing style where it’s pretty easy.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 TIMMY TIMEFizdale said Hardaway, the team’s top scorer who missed New York’s last game, has been dealing with plantar fasciitis but added that he has no thoughts of shutting him down.“Only a couple of us knew it was really bothering him,” the Knicks coach said. “I think just one game of rest really helped him. He came back and felt like himself.”UP NEXTKnicks: Host Atlanta on Friday night.76ers: Host Toronto on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (25) hangs on the rim after a dunk as New York Knicks’ Noah Vonleh (32) looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons was angry at himself by halftime. The New York Knicks paid for it after the break.Joel Embiid had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Simmons got his second triple-double in his last three games, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped out of a funk to beat the Knicks 131-109 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT “For most of the game, our offense was humming,” said JJ Redick, who finished with 14 points, surpassing the 10,000-point milestone for his career. “I thought Ben was great in terms of being on the attack. They really had no answer for Jo (Embiid). And the biggest thing was the second half, we were pretty good defensively.”Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 points and Kevin Knox had 21 for the Knicks (9-24), who have lost three straight and eight of their last nine. Emmanuel Mudiay, averaging 20 points per game in his previous nine contests, was held to 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting.“It’s tough when you have Ben Simmons, who’s really fast, who’s running downhill the whole game,” Knox said. “You’ve got Embiid, who’s hard to really guard in the post. … They’ve just got a lot of weapons.”The Sixers were clicking offensively from the start, scoring 38 points on nearly 70 percent shooting in the first quarter, capped by a four-point play from Furkan Korkmaz. They led by as many as 14 in the first half and took a 69-61 lead into halftime, though the Knicks closed the half on a highlight-reel alley oop from Hardaway to Knox.After the Knicks cut Philly’s lead to three early in the third, Embiid and Simmons had back-to-back one handed slams to get the home crowd going and help the Sixers pull away.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Houston Rockets set NBA record with 26 triples in 136-118 win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
“I just felt like I had to play this game just to make sure we were in good position,” Embiid said.Embiid was greeted with a rousing standing ovation in his first game for the Sixers since he took a flying leap over actress Regina King on Feb. 13 in New York. Embiid hadn’t played since he was on the court for 23 minutes in the All-Star game, though the team has denied a link between playing in the game and his knee injury.“I felt like at some point after the All-Star game, I was uncomfortable,” Embiid said. “We did some tests and I’m glad everything was good. It’s just about making sure that I’m pretty strong.”Embiid made 11 of 21 shots in 28 minutes and showed the Sixers what they missed in his absence.Early in the fourth, Embiid pump-faked from the top of the 3-point arc, drove the lane and was fouled as he tossed up a one-handed layup. Embiid extended his arms and pointed at himself, mouthing “I’m back” as Sixers fans went wild. He sank the free throw for an 83-74 lead and hit the bench to a standing ovation. Embiid cupped an ear toward the crowd, a signature move from former 76ers great Allen Iverson.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid had 33 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in nearly a month, leading Philadelphia past the Indiana Pacers 106-89 in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup on Sunday.“He is a difference maker in all ways, shapes and forms,” coach Brett Brown said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEmbiid returned to the lineup after being sidelined by a sore left knee. The Sixers were just 4-4 in his absence, including a blowout loss Friday at Houston that only exacerbated the problem.With Embiid back, the Sixers (42-25) moved into a tie with Indiana for third in the East, and they hold the tiebreaker over the Pacers by virtue of their 3-1 record in the season series. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The Sixers are 26-9 at home and want that edge in the playoffs.“We’re on the clock, and I think that the sense of urgency and awareness of what we are getting close to, having to perform at the level that we have to perform at is real for these players,” Brown said. “I can feel that there’s an excitement having Joel back.”The Pacers missed their shot to knock the Sixers down to fifth in the East.The Pacers missed 17 of 20 shots in the third and scored only 11 points while falling behind 72-70 after holding a 14-point lead. The Pacers went the final 6:55 of the third without scoring a basket and never got going in the fourth.Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 18 points.“All of them hurt,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “Certainly, this game, with a team so close to you, big game. Had an opportunity to split the series and didn’t get that done.”Embiid was out of basketball shape — conditioning has always been a factor for the 7-footer — and he was whistled for three fouls in his first 9 minutes of play. He was already wiped from a scrimmage on Saturday that left him concerned he’d miss the game.“Yesterday, I was on the floor, crying for my life,” Embiid said. “I didn’t think I was going to come in and play.”Embiid, who missed his first two seasons with injuries, said he expected to sit out other games for rest the remainder of the regular season.Embiid went wild when he was called for a foul on Domantas Sabonis’ drive to the basket in the first quarter. Sabonis appeared to drive the baseline untouched by Embiid and hit the court to toss up a shot. Embiid was called for the foul and was quickly banged for a technical foul for yelling at the referees. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) goes up for a shot past Indiana Pacers’ Kyle O’Quinn (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid mouthed “I’m back” to a roaring 76ers crowd that had missed the popular big man.The Sixers will need him to stick around to get back among the NBA’s elite.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid was fatigued and frustrated in the first half — and the fans were fed up.The Sixers were soundly booed off the court by 20,636 fans as they trudged into a timeout down 14 points in the second quarter. JJ Redick buried a 3 out of the timeout and Ben Simmons threw down a dunk to help get the crowd going again.Sabonis gave the Pacers a big lift after he missed with five games with an ankle injury. Sabonis, one of the top reserves in the NBA, had five assists in the first half to help Indiana to a 59-51 lead.“If we’re the team that we think we are, these are the kind of games we’ve got to win,” Pacers center Myles Turner said.TIP INS:Pacers: Tyreke Evans, a native of nearby, Chester, Pennsylvania, did not play because of an illness. … The Pacers wore their “Hickory” uniforms.76ers: The 11 points scored by Indiana in the third were the fewest scored against 76ers in any quarter since New Orleans also had 11 in the third on Feb. 9, 2018.UP NEXTPacers: Return home to play New York on Tuesday.Sixers: Host Cleveland on Tuesday. 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The Liberia National Cyclists Association, (LINCA) got a surprise sponsor that not only believed in them but showed up to urge them across the finish line on Sunday as over 30 cyclists competed for this year’s national title.The Liberia Telecommunications Authority partnered with the Ministry of Youth & Sports to give the LINCA a boost they really needed to prepare for the annual event and LTA Chairman Angelique Weeks showed up just before they got underway. “It’s great to see the youth involved in an event like this,” she told the crowd “most of the time we focus on soccer and there is so much more we can do in other sporting areas to encourage development.” LINCA President Jerry Freeman said, “The teams are so grateful to LTA, they followed through and showed up to encourage us also.”Acrobatic riders dazzled the crowd outside the SKD Stadium prior to the race. Each county was represented by two riders in a ten lap race that took them down the S.D. Cooper Road all the way up to the Paynesville Junction and around again. William Johnson, representing Gbarpolu County, emerged as this year’s winner, riders from Cape Mount County and Nimba came in second and third.The LTA Commissioners are getting ready for senate confirmation hearings later this month. Confirmation for Chairman Weeks will mean four more years at the helm of Liberia’s regulatory authority, the Weeks Commission took office in 2009. —Contributed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT) in collaboration with the GIZ Regional Resource Governance Project has conducted a Fifth Speaker Event in a series of regular events on Natural Resource Management which are intended to improve public awareness of the impacts of resource governance on peace and development. The program was held on Wednesday, July 2, in the Auditorium of the University of Liberia, under the theme, “Local Employment in the Extractive Industry Concessions: What’s in it for Liberia”. According to Mr. Zarway, Sector Expert from the GIZ Regional Resource Governance Project, the perceptions of the people that concession agreements signed are intended to create job for all Liberians raises a serious issue and he called on the public to do away with such idea.Mr. Zarway explained, “The issue of jobs by companies in concession agreements is based on specialized skills, but not just degrees as many people have claimed, thereby creating the impression of getting job with only a degree.”He further attributed the issue of impression of job creation for all to the national legislature that they usually create the atmosphere that after the signing of concession agreements; all Liberians will get a job.The GIZ Sector Expert indicated that the issues of panel discussions of local experts and practitioners from civil society, government and the private sector would share issues, challenges and prospects for improving the natural resource management regime of Liberia and the Mano River Sub-region at large.“If we are saying in reality that our resources are taken away weekly, monthly and yearly and the perceptions that concession agreements are there to provide job for everyone, if not, there is a fear that we may go back to where we have come from as Liberians,” Mr. Zarway asserted.One of the panelists on the table, Mr. Urias Goll, from the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), explained that NOCAL has created lot of opportunities for the people of Liberia including scholarships both national and international as part of its program to prepare Liberians to work in concessions in the extractive industry sector.He said despite the country is yet to discover oil in commercial quantity, the oil company continues to train people and create opportunities for Liberians.Mr. Goll indicated that the issue of job creations by concession companies is in specialized areas including technical, professional and specialized skills by but not just degrees in general.“We have more young people within the company and it has over 196 people and stay continues to train people, provide scholarships at the various universities and other vocational institutions across Liberia,” he added.Also serving on the panelist, Samuel D. Karyah from the Liberian Innovation Foundation for Empowerment (LIFE), Inc., explained that research has shown that Liberians have skills but have not been given the opportunity in the sector.Karyah argued that there are weaknesses in the enforcement of the law in the country, stressing, “That is a serious problem for the society.”Mr. Karyah further stated, “We have come to identify what the companies want and we can work with them to ensure that they create the employment for the people of Liberia.”The Fifth Speaker Event brought together staffs and students from the University of Liberia, officials of government and Liberian and international civil society organizations which agreed on the need for further discussions in which all relevant stakeholder committedly participate in order to create training and employment opportunities for Liberians in the extractive industries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Deputy Finance Minister for Administration, Jordan Sulonteh, has rejected media reports that the Ministry owes four months’ salary arrears to its contractors.Mr. Sulonteh clarified that though the Ministry owes some of its contractors, it does not owe any of them for four months as is being speculated in the media.Sulonteh disclosed that the Ministry has begun paying the contractors for January and February, 2014. He blamed the delay in the payment of the contractors, however, to funding and policy issues.“There were budgetary constraints,” he said on Wednesday. In its Wednesday edition, this paper, quoting anonymous contractors of the Finance Ministry, reported that the Ministry has not paid its contractors for four months.Speaking under the condition of anonymity on Monday, Finance Ministry contractors told our reporter they had not been paid since October, 2013. The contractors shifted the delay of their four-month salary arrears payment to the failure of Deputy Minister Jordan Sulonteh, whom they accused of doing little to pay them.The contractors disclosed that Deputy Minister Sulonteh was in the habit of making fruitless promises to them.“We are disappointed at the level of delays in our payment process,” they said. “Deputy Minister Sulonteh has always made promises that are not forthcoming. Just imagine, we didn’t take pay for the Christmas and New Year seasons, but worked.” But in a statement issued late last night, Deputy Minister Sulonteh noted that the Ministry of Finance does not owe any contractor four month salary arrears as claimed in media reports. According to him, payroll for employees including contractors is on track.Minister Sulonteh explained the Ministry is on target as it is currently paying all employees including contractors for the month of January and February 2014, respectfully. He said the delay was due to some funding and policy issues. “There were budgetary constraints, which we’ve dealt with and we are taking care of it as we speak,” he said and added that employees are already receiving money in their respective bank accounts.In a meeting with a cross-section of consultant and contractors at his office Monday, Minister Sulonteh challenged the contractor to prove him wrong. “We do not owe you four months, we are currently settling the January and February arrears.”In a meeting with the contractors Wednesday, February 12, Minister Sulonteh frowned at those who provided what he called “misleading information” to the media. “I am disappointed, but not discouraged…” he said and emphasized that the Ministry of Finance payroll is up-to-date in keeping with Minister Amara Konneh’s mandate to pay employees, including civil servants and normal employees’ salaries.Minister Sulonteh described the media report as propaganda intended to undermine the administration. He said the Ministry has instituted measures to close loopholes in the system, which he said is making more difficult for people to abuse the employment process. As a result of the rigorous payroll validation process, Sulunteh added, the ministry was able to establish which employees were actually working and which names were simply draining the government’s coffers, taking pay and not showing up for work.Minister Sulonteh told the employees that contractors who are currently working with the Ministry are legitimate staff whose performance and evaluation process were carried out before they were even certified.“The Ministry of Finance will protect the rights of contractors who are legitimate; but for those who are not legit, you don’t belong in this building,” warned Minister Sulonteh. Meanwhile, Finance Ministry sources have hinted to our reporter that the Ministry has begun paying all legitimate contractors; including some of the Ministry’s employees who have not been paid for a couple months.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)