Simmons’ triple-double helps 76ers top Bulls

first_imgPhiladelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25), left, moves around Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday (7) during the second half on an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 115-101. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons had 19 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 115-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.Dario Saric added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Joel Embiid had 22 points for the 76ers, who have won seven of 10.ADVERTISEMENT Bobby Portis scored 22 points and Zach LaVine had 21 for the Bulls.Philadelphia played without guards JJ Redick (left leg), T.J. McConnell (personal) and Jerryd Bayless (left wrist), but Simmons picked up the slack.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 folkThe rookie was just two assists away from a triple-double in the first half when he helped the 76ers to a 55-41 halftime lead with 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. His slam dunk with 7:40 left in the third quarter was part of a dominating period for Philadelphia.Embiid’s 3-pointer with 4:23 left in the third stretched the 76ers’ lead to 25 points at 79-54. Embiid, who last week was named an All-Star starter for the Eastern Conference, threw his hands up to get an already excited Philadelphia sports crowd even more revved up. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold PLAY LIST 07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Philadelphia has had difficulty protecting late leads this season and blew a 15-point second-half advantage in Monday’s 105-101 loss at Memphis, but the 25-point cushion was more than enough for the hot-shooting 76ers.Philadelphia made 16 3-pointers, finishing 16 for 32.The Bulls, who began play five games behind the eighth-place 76ers in the East, have been playing better basketball of late. But Chicago still could have been reeling from Monday’s 132-128 double-overtime loss to New Orleans in which the Bulls blew an 18-point fourth-quarter lead.Chicago did get some good news before the game as Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen were selected by the league’s assistant coaches to the Rising Stars game, which features first- and second-year players and will be played on Feb. 16. Dunn will play on the U.S. team while Markkanen will compete for the World squad.Embiid, Simmons and Saric will team with Markkanen on the World team in the Rising Stars game.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bulls: Ryan Arcidiacono, who played college ball at nearby Villanova, received a loud cheer when he entered with 3:13 left in the first quarter. … Dunn (concussion) missed his third straight game.76ers: Former Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels got a standing ovation when he was introduced in the second quarter. … Former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield and NFL Hall of Famer Franco Harris sat a few seats from each other courtside. .. With Philadelphia set to play the Patriots next week in the Super Bowl, the crowd erupted in several E-A-G-L-E-S! chants during the game.UP NEXTBulls: Host the Lakers on Friday night.76ers: Begin four-game road trip at San Antonio Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Martinez gains slot to PyeongChang Winter Olympics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Fajardo, Romeo, Ravena banner Visayas All-Stars

first_imgJune Mar Fajardo leads Visayas all-stars. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational team mainstays June Mar Fajardo, Terrence Romeo, and Kiefer Ravena won’t be donning the national team colors in the third leg of the 2018 PBA All-Star Week but will hoist the flag for the Visayas All-Stars in Ilo-ilo on May 27.The trio will be at the forefront of the battle and they are joined by Ginebra big man Greg Slaughter and two-time PBA MVP James Yap of Rain or Shine in the first five.ADVERTISEMENT Abueva teams up with Ginebra studs for Luzon All-Stars Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Also earning a spot as a reserve in the Visayas selection are Chris Ross, Jeff Chan, JR Quiñahan, Joe Devance, Jericho Cruz, Asi Taulava, and Emman Monfort.Magnolia coach Chito Victolero is tasked to handle the squad.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 crownThey will face the Gilas Pilipinas squad in the final leg of the three-part midseason extravaganza to prepare the Nationals for the third window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.Leading Gilas in the tiff will be Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, and captain Gabe Norwood. 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Also representing the national team in the exhibition game are Troy Rosario, Mac Belo, Matthew Wright, Allein Maliksi, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Jio Jalalon.The three-part All-Star Week tips off in Digos, Davao de Sur on May 23, before going to Batangas City on May 25.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

Mbappe sends France into 2nd round with 1-0 win over Peru

first_imgAt 19 years and 183 days, Mbappe became the youngest scorer in France’s World Cup history.With two wins from two matches in Group C, France is through to the next round with a match to spare while Peru has been eliminated.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 crownFrance coach Didier Deschamps made a pair of tactical adjustments after an underwhelming performance in the team’s opening win over Australia. He put Blaise Matuidi and Olivier Giroud in the starting lineup but kept his same 4-3-2-1 formation with Giroud out front.Both used their speed and passing to expose gaps in Peru’s backline. Paolo Guerrero started for Peru after coming off the bench in the opening loss to Denmark. He came out with energy, but he cooled down after receiving a yellow card in the 23rd minute.Guerrero nearly missed the World Cup before having his doping ban lifted by a Swiss judge prior to the tournament. France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was one of three opposing captains, along with Australia’s Mile Jedinak and Denmark’s Simon Kjaer, who signed a letter to FIFA supporting the lifting of the ban.Guerrero had one of Peru’s best chances in the 87th minute from a free kick, but his attempt went right at Lloris.After getting very little out of the three-prong attack of Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele in their opening win, the French trio was active in Yekaterinburg.Griezmann had a pair of opportunities stopped within the first 15 minutes, with Mbappe and Dembele consistently getting past Peru’s defense to set up scoring chances.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments France’s Blaise Matuidi, right holds up France’s Kylian Mbappe’s hand as they celebrate after Mbappe scored the opening goal of the game during the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)YEKATERINBURG, Russia — Kylian Mbappe’s first World Cup goal put France into the round of 16.The teenage forward tapped in a ball headed toward goal in the 34th minute to give France a 1-0 victory over Peru on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘No loser’ in Eustaquio-Morales ONE rematch Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina But it was midfielder Paul Pogba who opened things up for Mbappe’s goal. Pogba beat his defender and found Giroud with a perfect pass. Giroud then chipped it for Mbappe to easily tap it past goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.Energized by the tens of thousands of Peruvian fans, the South Americans tried to match Les Bleus’ intensity early but were outshot 12-10 with only two of Peru’s chances on target, with two others blocked.GROUP DYNAMICSBoth teams play their final group stage matches on Tuesday. Peru will face Australia in Sochi while France takes on Denmark in Moscow.KEY TO SUCCESSDeschamps got a boost from Giroud and Matuidi in the match against Australia and wisely made the move to start them against Peru. The chemistry they found as substitutes carried over and it sharpened France’s attack.Peru again showed why it is one of the most fun teams to watch at this year’s World Cup, using creativity to open spaces for scoring opportunities. But that constant motion ate up a lot of energy and hurt their control as the match progressed.100TH APPEARANCEThursday marked the 100th international appearance for Lloris. The 31-year-old keeper first played for France’s national team in 2008 and has been a fixture ever since.He also now has made 76 appearances wearing the captain’s armband. MOST READ 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

Central Bank Building Glitters on Monrovia Skyline

first_imgThe finally completed Central Bank of Liberia Building on Ashmun Street, just across from the historic Centennial Pavilion, spectacularly displays its dazzling lights, beautifully glittering on Monrovia’s skyline at night.Central Bank Governor J. Mills Jones, asked by the Daily Observer a few months ago when the building would be dedicated, said the government was waiting for the end of the Ebola Epidemic.Now that the virus is almost defeated, it may not be long before the Bank moves from its Warren and Carey Street headquarters, into its imposing and dazzling new edifice. It will be the first building in Monrovia to have multi-storied inside parking.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Loan saves grain elevator in Fort St. John

first_imgA million dollar loan will allow farmers in the Peace Region to operate their own grain elevator.At a ceremony today, the Northern Development Initiative Trust presented the North Pines Farmer’s Institute a cheque for $965,416.The money will allow the Farmers to purchase and operate the Cargill Grain Elevator and rail-head, as well a grain dryer, and land and properties from B.C. rail.- Advertisement -NDI Chair, and Mayor of Chetwynd Evan Saugstad, says it’s a key element in keeping Peace Region grain moving.[asset|aid=2238|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=4657f99b93ce9297567e3d06b0d8efdc-sauggy 1_1_Pub.mp3]He says the loan will save farmers money, and give them a little more autonomy.Advertisement [asset|aid=2240|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=4657f99b93ce9297567e3d06b0d8efdc-Sauggy 2_1_Pub.mp3]The elevator has faced the prospect of demolition, which prompted the NPFI to request a loan to allow it to purchase the property, giving farmers a more economical way to get their product to market.last_img read more

This week at the Beach

first_imgThursday Men’s basketball: vs. UC Irvine, at Walter Pyramid, 7 p.m. Wednesday Men’s volleyball: vs. UCLA at Walter Pyramid, 7 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Saturday Women’s tennis: vs. Cal Poly at Campus Courts, 11 a.m. Women’s water polo: vs. CS Northridge at Campus pool, noon Men’s volleyball: vs. UC Irvine at The Gold Mine, 7 p.m. last_img

MLB notes: Report: Girardi helped rival

first_imgFlorida Marlins officials were unhappy to hear that their manager last year, Joe Girardi, gave rival pitcher Jon Lieber helpful tips during the season. Lieber said his season with the Philadelphia Phillies turned around shortly after he was roughed up by the Marlins last July 31, and he credits a phone call from Girardi, a former major league catcher. They played together with the Chicago Cubs from 2000-02. “He just mentioned that the hitters said everything that was coming in was just very flat,” Lieber told the Philadelphia Daily News. “I wasn’t on top of the ball like I should have been.” Both teams contended for the National League wild-card berth, and Lieber beat the Marlins twice in September. Florida general manager Larry Beinfest declined to comment, but another team official said the front office was angry about the matter. The official requested anonymity because Beinfest wouldn’t comment. Girardi was fired after the season despite being voted NL Manager of the Year. Also: The Minnesota Twins and reliever Jesse Crain agreed to a $3.25 million, three-year contract. … The Cleveland Indians have started talks with the agent for starter C.C. Sabathia on a contract extension. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pay the planet forward

first_imgEarth Day at 37 has molted with a new skin of financial investment that it never had before. Founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970, the Earth Day Network now reaches more than 15,000 organizations in 174 countries and is the only event – other than New Year’s Day – celebrated simultaneously by all faiths and nationalities. More than 500 million people participate every year. Yet, Earth Day this year also has a new look as it has transcended from the hippy-dippy ponytails to the suits, with more than $3 billion in new venture capital now streaming into various forms of “green” technology. Many of these investments will reduce our CO2 emissions, increase fuel efficiency, or help quench our thirst for renewable energy, the ultimate driver is to generate a very green dividend on these green investments. As in the stock market, money moves in and out of investments based on two emotions: fear and greed. The iconoclastic founder of the Ventura-based Patagonia, environmentalist Yvon Chouinard is a rare businessman who also fully recognizes embracing the long view. During a particular crisis, Chouinard recalled in his book “Let My People Go Surfing,” “we had become unsustainable and had to look to the Iroquois and their seven-generation planning, and not to corporate America, as models and of stewardship and sustainability.” “As part of their decision process,” Chouinard added, “the Iroquois had a person who represented the seventh generation in the future. If Patagonia could survive this crisis, we had to begin to make all our decisions as though we would be in business for 100 years.” Patagonia survived the crisis and has been named one of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” by Working Mother magazine and one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” among other awards. Similarly, taking the long view is the underlying theme in Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” as the former vice president advocates that we must visualize the consequences of our unabated warming of the planet some 15 to 30 years from now. With 70 million people added to the world’s population every year, requiring more fuel and resources to feed, his predictions are becoming even more exigent. While it is encouraging that there is $3 billion flowing into new green technology, the window on the expected return of investment is three, five, maybe seven years tops. However, if the return is not there, will these investments stay or will investors pull the plug and search for the next thing? The other consideration is the human investment in the form of passionate environmental nongovernmental organizations all over California. These range from the well-entrenched Sierra Club with its 800,000 members to other smaller but very effective organizations like the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, Earthjustice, Heal the Bay, and many others. All diligently follow their passion of conservation and education in multiple disciplines. This is the “balance” that Carson emphasized throughout her epic book. On this 37th Earth Day, more than ever, there must be a continual re-investment in human, grass-roots organizations that take the long view to match the current financial investment. And together, we have a fighting chance to pay the planet forward. John T. Boal is the author of “Be A Global Force Of One!” and a co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Volunteer’s Soul.” He lives in Burbank. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Yet those on the front lines of the environment, from the late Rachel Carson to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Ventura businessman and environmentalist Yvon Chouinard to Al Gore – as well as those at scores of large and small environmental organizations throughout California – have used another emotion as their driving force. And that is passion – the passion to engage the public to preserve the planet beyond our humble blink of time on Mother Earth. Carson eloquently articulated this long view of our impact on the environment and how we must fully realize the consequences of our collective actions. In “Silent Spring,” some 45 years ago, she wrote: “The chemicals to which life is asked to make its adjustment are no longer merely the calcium and silica and copper and the rest of the minerals washed out of the rocks and carried in rivers to the sea; they are the synthetic creations of man’s inventive mind, brewed in his laboratories, and having no counterparts in nature. “To adjust to the chemicals would require time that is nature’s; it would require not merely the years of a man’s life but the life of generations.” That was Carson’s astute observation and prediction in 1962. Yet today, there are 100,000 chemicals or “synthetic creations” with only about 300 of them tested to see if they cause cancer. How many generations out have we impacted? last_img read more

Zapata out to break Ingwe’s 20-year title wait

first_img0Shares0000Newly appointed AFC Leopards coach Radolfo Zapata during a team training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on April 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25- Argentine Radolfo Zapata becomes coach number 14 for AFC Leopards in four years and just like his 13 predecessors, he has arrived preaching the same gospel of breaking the long wait for the club’s 14th Kenyan Premier League title.Speaking to Capital Sport, the tactician believes that AFC has the right quality to vie for this season’s league title despite being seven points behind leaders Gor Mahia with two more matches played. “The league is still open and step by step, we need to continue working hard because I believe we are in the right way. We need to correct some details, improve in a lot of aspects and that is my job. I accepted the challenge because I saw the quality players we have and I think we stand a chance, but we need to go step by step,” the tactician said.Zapata, previously with Botswana’s Gaborone United arrived in the country last Friday but will not be in charge of the club until May 1, but has attended training sessions to continue his assessment of the team.“I came here because this is one of the biggest teams in Africa. I have seen some of their games this season, and I saw that I can come here and we do something big. I have experience working in Africa and I am very pleased to be here,” he added.AFC Leopards forward Ezekiel Odera poses with his March SJAK Player of the Month Award alongside new coach Radolfo Zapata and outgoing coach Dennis Kitambi on April 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAFC Leopards last won the league in 1998 and they have come close on several occasions, but they are yet to hit the right notes.Zapata has confided that he will not change much of Dennis Kitambi’s ideologies at the club with the Tanzanian set to leave on May 8 for a new adventure in Bangladesh with his former coach Stewart Hall.“I have seen what the coach has done and it is something good. I will not change much because I like that style of play. We will only change a few details and I need to see the players more in training so I know their abilities,” he added.He has also admitted that the Kenyan Premier league is competitive compared to his previous assignments having watched a few league matches over the weekend.“Everyone wants to win and the pressure is always there. But the secret is to always play better than the opponent and that is what we will embark to do,” he said.Newly appointed AFC Leopards coach Radolfo Zapata and fitness trainer Mike Shamiah during a team training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on April 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “I have watched some of the games and the first problem I noticed is that we concede a lot of goals. I will need to analyze why that happens and then get a solution. I am sure we will be a great team and hard to beat.”Outgoing coach Kitambi also believes that the team has the ability to vie for the title and believes Zapata will be a good bet to lead Ingwe into the promised land.“The last person to win the title for AFC was Tanzanian and I hope I can leave that good luck charm with the team. They have what it takes and if you look at the table, it is a possible mission for them,” the Tanzanian noted.He will be on the stands on Wednesday afternoon as Ingwe takes on Kariobangi Sharks in Thika while his first match in charge will be a baptism of fire when he faces Gor Mahia in the Hull City challenge play-off on Labor Day in Nakuru.“Derbies are always exciting but I know we have the ability to do well because when a team has a new coach, every player wants to work hard to impress him. I know they will all be playing well to impress me,” Zapata further stated.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Morocco supports Cameroon to host successful 2019 AFCON

first_imgThe North African kingdom had been regarded as a back-up venue for the African Cup of Nations after doubts arose about Cameroon’s ability to host the tournament.“We wanted to talk to you to put an end to rumors making rounds in the media for a while. I reiterate the position of the FRMF and the Kingdom of Morocco. The kingdom is alongside our Cameroonian friends,” Lekjaa said.“The FRMR is at the disposal of the Cameroonian Federation to make the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon an African football festival,” he said. “So the rumors are over.”The 2019 finals will be the first in Nations Cup history to feature 24 teams, after the tournament was expanded last year.-By Xhinua-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFCON TROPHYRABAT, Morocco, Mar 7 – Morocco has vowed its full support to Cameroon to successfully host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.The backing was pledged by the president of the royal Moroccan football federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa during a joint press conference with his Cameroonian peer, Dieudonne Happi in Marrakech.last_img read more