Okumu vows UP will be in Final Four in Season 81

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ La Salle dominates Ateneo to complete 2nd round sweep Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Okumu  vowed that the Lady Maroons will make the Final Four next year.“In every tournament, I think everyone wants to win and next season you’d be interviewing me for the playoffs not here,” Okumu told reporters after their final game of the eliminations Saturday at Blue Eagle Gym.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Lady Maroons ended their Season 80 campaign with a convincing four-set win over University of the East, 14-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-23, to finish with a 6-8 record.Although UP failed to enter the semifinals, Okumu’s team for Season 81 will still have an intact core that features Isa Molde, Diana Carlos, and Ayel Estrañero. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES University of the Philippines was two spots away from cracking the UAAP Season 80 Final Four and that didn’t stop head coach Godfrey Okumu from making the boldest prediction for Season 81.ADVERTISEMENT And if the Lady Maroons relied on the results of the other teams, University of Santo Tomas, National University and Adamson University, to see if they could qualify for the Final Four, Okumu said UP will have control of its own fate in Season 81.UP was locked in a precarious spot midway through the second round wherein just one or two games separated the Lady Maroons, Golden Tigresses, Lady Bulldogs, and Lady Falcons.“This year we were waiting for NU to lose so that we can get a chance, but next year we’re not going to wait for anyone to lose,” said Okumu. “We’ll just win and get there (Final Four).”ADVERTISEMENT 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 View commentslast_img read more

Cavs star James goes to locker room after shot to jaw

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina James was under the basket when he collided with Tatum, whose shoulder hit James squarely in the jaw. James was shown rubbing his chin, and then he went to the locker room.After scoring just 15 points in Boston’s Game 1 blowout, James had 21 in the first quarter on Tuesday night. He finished the half with 25 points, six assists and four rebounds.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 crown Former Wildcat Cauley-Stein thinks Kentucky ‘should get a super team together’ in NBA Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img View comments 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 Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James sits on the scorer’s table during a timeout in the first half in Game 2 of the team’s NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Boston. At left is teammate JR Smith. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Cavaliers forward LeBron James left Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night and went to the Cleveland locker room in the second quarter after colliding with Boston’s Jayson Tatum under the basket.He returned a few minutes later and finished out the half with what the Cavaliers said was a strained neck.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Biles electrifies on 1st day of US gymnastics championships

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Simone Biles competes on the balance beam at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — Simone Biles didn’t come back after a two-year break from gymnastics to just win. That’s not really what it’s about for the Olympic champion. She’s won enough — more than enough really — during her career. And she’s got the medals to prove it.The second act of her remarkable career is about something more. At 21, she has a greater appreciation of her own natural abilities than she did when she won four golds at the 2016 Olympics. She wants to find out where all that talent and all that power can take her and her sport.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 “Every single meet she does she learns about herself again and it takes time,” Landi said. “It took her so many years to get really comfortable with what she was doing and the reward was all the gold medals. It took some time … but overall with technical aspect, mental aspect, she’s back, so it’s good.”She’s even working in an upgrade or two. Biles did just one vault at the US Classics but added an Amanar for nationals. She drilled it with ease, seemingly falling out of the sky while finishing her 2 1/2 twists.Hurd did her best to keep Biles at least within sight. She missed out on a chance to make a real run at Biles two weeks ago when Hurd fell off the beam. There were no major mistakes this time around. She finished in the top five on all four events, looking like someone who has taken a significant step forward over the last 10 months.Riley McCusker is third, followed by Grace McCallum and Trinity Thomas. Defending national champion Ragan Smith, battling foot injuries, struggled. The 2016 Olympic alternate is tied for ninth after putting up a 53.750, well below her all-around scores at the 2017 championships when she easily rolled to victory.Biles was just beginning the early stages of her return last August. She got serious about competing last fall and now appears to be even better than she was when she returned from the 2016 Olympics with a record-tying five medals. She’ll likely stroll to her fifth national title on Sunday. After that it’s preparing for the world championships in October before adding even more difficulty in preparation for the long run to the 2020 Summer Games.Why?“It’s what I’m capable of,” she said with a laugh.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Former NFL linebacker credits yoga for saving his life “It’s such an honor to be able to compete with the GOAT,” Hurd said, using the popular acronym for Greatest Of All Time to describe Biles. “She’s just such a legend and it’s amazing. Clearly I’m watching her because you can’t not watch her. Your eyes are just automatically drawn to her.”In that sense, nothing has changed for Biles. She returned to competition following a her post-Olympic sabbatical at the US Classic two weeks ago and won easily even with a handful of small errors she promised could clean up in time for nationals.Though Biles wasn’t quite perfect — she stepped out of bounds twice during her floor routine — she left little doubt she remains in a class by herself. And it’s not close. The chasm between Biles and the rest of the world appears to be widening two years before the Tokyo Olympics. She tries to shut out the noise, instead focusing on the next challenge and not the prospect of living up to her own rapidly growing legend.“It doesn’t matter the gap between her and everyone else,” co-coach Laurent Landi said. “She doesn’t compete against everybody. She competes against herself.”And even on a night when she reached heights not seen since her star-making turn in Brazil, both Biles and Landi believe she’s still not 100 percent. It will take time to get her to successfully harness her adrenaline on floor exercise. She stepped out of bounds during her first tumbling pass in Columbus. This time, she was so relieved to keep her first pass in bounds that she promptly found herself stepping outside the white lines on both her second and third runs.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I have nothing to prove,” Biles said. “I can quit if I wanted to.”No chance. She’s simply too curious to see where this thing goes.FEATURED 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’Biles dominated the opening night of the US Championships on Friday, posting the highest scores on all four events on her way to an all-around total of 60.100. It’s the first time since the all-around final in Rio de Janeiro two years ago that anyone’s topped 60 points.No one has really come close in the interim. Then again, no one is Biles. Reigning world champion Morgan Hurd put together the best night of her career as a senior and her score of 57.000 but will head into Sunday’s finals a distant second behind Biles. The 17-year-old Hurd is well aware who she’s up against. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Rain or Shine rides James Yap’s hot hand to frustrate NLEX

first_imgWATCH: Frances Tiafoe channels LeBron for Australian Open celebrations “We had a lead and they were able to cut it down to just six. I think it’s just one of the things we had to look at right now, how to close out games cause if it was too close, we would’ve lost the game,” he added.JR Quiñahan led the way for the Road Warriors with19 markers while returning guard Kevin Alas chimed in 12.NLEX also drew commendable effort from off-season acquisitions Marion Magat and Poy Erram, who contributed 13 and 10 points respectively, but they weren’t enough to help pull the rug from under Rain or Shine, who was in control since the halftime break.Rain or Shine faces Barangay Ginebra next in a rare affair slated in Calasiao, Pangasinan.NLEX, on the other hand, will try to enter into the win column when they face NorthPort this Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “We had good ball movement, we shared the scoring, and James stepped up big time,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.The ElastoPainters kept their iron grip on the lead with the help of Javee Mocon who fired 13 points, and Jewel Ponferrada, who added 12 to fill the void left by Raymond Almazan, who sprained his ankle in practice earlier this week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut Garcia said there’s much more to work on.“It’s really difficult playing against NLEX because we know that they won’t stop playing hard,” he said. “It showed towards the end.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Vintage performance from James Yap saves Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESRain or Shine rode on a vintage performance by James Yap to open its Philippine Cup campaign on a good note, thwarting NLEX, 96-87, Friday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.Yap turned back the clock, uncorking three straight long bombs to wrest the lead from the Road Warriors in the first half and finish with 20 points and three assists, leading the Elasto Painters in scoring for the first time since pushing them to a semifinals berth July last year.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

HAPPENING NOW: President, Opposition reps continues GECOM nominations discussion

first_imgRepresentatives of the President and the Leader of the Opposition are currently meeting in the Mazaruni Room at the Ministry of the Presidency to continue discussions on the nominations for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).FROM LEFT: Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall; Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon; Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence; and PPP Presidential Candidate, Irfaan AliThe Government’s side is represented by Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon and Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence while the Opposition Leader is being represented by Anil Nandlall and Irfaan Ali.This meeting follows one, which was held between President David Granger and Leader of the Opposition yesterday. During that meeting, it was agreed that representatives from the two sides will continue meeting today to continue the process. (MoTP)last_img read more

Paternity of Smith’s baby still an issue for courts

first_imgStern was living with Smith at the time of her death. He and the baby, Dannielynn, reside in the Bahamas. – Associated Press Newsom’s date says sorry for comments An aspiring actress dating San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom offered a public apology for referring to the married ex-employee with whom the mayor had an affair as a woman with a “checkered history” and “bad news.” Jennifer Siebel, 32, apologized the same day she posted disparaging remarks on a local Web blog about Ruby Rippey-Tourk, Newsom’s former appointments secretary and the wife of a longtime political aide. The mayor acknowledged and apologized for the affair with Rippey-Tourk on Feb. 1 after her husband, Alex Tourk, learned of it and quit his job as director of the mayor’s re-election campaign. Siebel’s online postings came after she told the San Francisco Chronicle: “If people did research into the scandal … the woman is the culprit. Alex Tourk is a nice man and it saddens me that his wife did that to him.” In her blog post, Siebel described herself as “a total woman’s woman” and said: “I just wish as women that some of us had more respect for ourselves and didn’t always throw ourselves at the men,” she wrote. The attempt at damage control only produced more reproaches of Siebel in the blogosphere, however, and she issued the apology a few hours later. The mayor’s office declined comment. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A lawyer for one of three men claiming to be the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby asked a judge Tuesday to order the late Playboy model’s partner, Howard K. Stern, to come to California and provide a DNA sample. Attorney Debra Opri, who represents Smith’s former boyfriend Larry Birkhead, said after a closed hearing that she wants the DNA to determine if Stern is the baby’s father. His name is on the little girl’s birth certificate. “Put up or shut up, that’s what we’re asking for,” Opri said outside court. Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider refused to make Stern a part of the paternity court action but said he would review the matter in two weeks after he considers the law more closely, Opri said. last_img read more

Money laundering a security concern

first_img“We cannot measure the problem of money laundering,” she said. “Quite frankly, the problem hasn’t gotten any better, only bigger.” Laundered money gets “washed” after it is introduced into the currency system via banks, money service systems, casinos and several other avenues, Salazar said. Profits from money laundering often end up financing legitimate businesses such as real estate firms, insurance companies and stock market investments, she said. Salazar also showed slides of thousands of dollars seized from cereal boxes, platform shoes, stereo speakers, bicycle tires and even inside condoms. “The hiding places are limited to the imagination of the crooks,” Salazar said. “They are getting pretty desperate.” Special Agent Martin Odenyo also advised business owners not to cut off all ties with a customer or business if they become suspicions. “Be non-committal, collect information and contact us so we can run them through our database,” he said. For more information, or to reserve a presentation for your business, call (213) 633-6249. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Local business owners can help stem the tide of money laundering and counterfeiting by reporting “red flag” signs to Homeland Security officials, an agent for the federal agency said Tuesday. “Know who your customers are,” U.S. Homeland Security Special Agent Ana Salazar told business owners at the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly security and safety briefing. “If you suspect someone or something doesn’t seem right – report it,” she said. Money laundering, the act of concealing the source of illegally gained currency, is a major concern for Homeland Security officials, expanding so quickly that federal agents are hard-pressed to keep tabs on it, Salazar said. last_img read more

PSG 1-1 Chelsea: Blues weather second-half storm to escape with draw

first_img Goalscorers Edinson Cavani and Branislav Ivanovic battle for the ball A flustered Chelsea managed to cling on to claim a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in a rough-and-tumble first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.Jose Mourinho’s Blues were second best throughout the encounter and appeared uncharacteristically unorganised at times, with Thibaut Courtois making a series a fine saves to deny Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Blaise Matuidi.Nevertheless, despite rarely posing a threat in the opening 30 minutes, it was Chelsea who took a first-half lead through Branislav Ivanovic’s header, assisted by an inspired backheeled flick from Gary Cahill.PSG has chances to hit back before the break but it was a lead the visitors held, though it took little time for the hosts to equalise after the re-start.The Blues’ back-four were caught asleep on more than one occasion but often managed to scrap themselves out of danger, but that wasn’t the case when another lapse allowed Cavani to ghost in the box unmarked to head home Matuidi’s cross on 54 minutes.It was a thoroughly one-sided affair from that point, with Courtois twice denying Ibrahimovic as well as former Chelsea man David Luiz, but the stubborn Premier League side managed to hold on to escape with a decent result ahead of the return leg at Stamford Bridge.Both teams appeared very guarded in a slow start at the Parc des Princes, but the game suddenly burst into life as Courtois was forced into back-to-back saves to deny towering headers from Matuidi and Ibrahimovic.PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was soon called into action to pluck Hazard’s cross-cum-shot out of the air, and he was on hand again moments later to punch out a dangerous free-kick, with Cesc Fabregas aiming for John Terry in the area.It was a rare venture in their opponents’ box from Chelsea and their opening goal, scoring with their first shot on target, came as a cruel blow for the hosts, who had created all the game’s best chances.It was an unlikely combination for the goal, too, as defensive trio Terry, Cahill and Ivanovic linked up to put the Blues in front, Terry’s cross magnificently flicked on by Cahill on the edge of the box, with Ivanovic arriving from deep to loop a header into the net.Ibrihamovich has a good chance to ensure his side went into the break level with a free-kick from a dangerous position, but – after David Luiz remarkably wiped off the referee’s marking foam and moved the ball closer to the goal – the Swedish star arrowed his strike over the bar.It seemed another ‘park the bus’ performance could see Chelsea come away with a welcomed away result, but PSG havent lost at home in Europe since 2006 and they were level moments after the break thanks to Cavani.The enigmatic Ibrahimovic has often overshadowed Cavani throughout their forward partnership but it was Uruguayan who starred here, orchestrating all of the hosts’ best attacking moves and scoring his sixth goal in seven Champions League games with a thumping close-range header.It was poor defending from Chelsea, with Cahill allowing the forward far too much space in the box, and, with the returning Diego Costa out of sorts following his three match ban, they lacked attacking presence to reclaim their lead, despite the best efforts of the lively Eden Hazard.The Parisians were rampant in the remaining minutes but were frustrated by a mix of sublime goalkeeping and fortunate defending, Courtois saving from Ibrahimovic after some silky footwork saw the forward clean through on goal, with Cesar Azpilicueta then clearing off the line to deny Ezequiel Lavezzi on the rebound.It appeared Chelsea’s scrambling efforts were to be for nothing, though, when Cavani twinkletoed around two defenders to go through one-on-one in the box, only for the forward to toe poke his shot just wide of the post.And a frantic finale concluded when Ibrahimovic again saw a header well tipped away by Courtois, as Mourinho’s men managed to hold on. 1last_img read more

Griezmann would be a bargain at 11.9bn- Luis

first_img0Shares0000Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis admits the club would be letting Antoine Griezmann go on the cheap if his 100 million euro buyout clause is met this summer © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, May 10 – Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis admits the club would be letting Antoine Griezmann go on the cheap if his Sh11.9bn (100 million euro) buyout clause is met this summer.Griezmann has insisted he wants his future resolved before the start of the World Cup, amid speculation the striker is set for a move to Barcelona. Barca striker Luis Suarez has spoken about Griezmann as though a deal has already been agreed, prompting Atletico’s chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin to say they were “fed up” with the behaviour of the Catalan club.Griezmann could leave Atletico on a high by winning the Europa League final against Marseille next week.“Griezmann is cheap, for sure, at 100 million euros in this market,” Filipe said.“It will seem even cheaper if he plays well in the final. That is the reality, but neither Griezmann, nor the rest of us, are thinking about this. After the final yes, but not before.“We all want to win and it has no effect. We are delighted to play with him, but we are not just Griezmann, many players have worked hard to make this final.“Without doubt he has been our most decisive player this season, so we want him to stay. But what happens afterwards is something completely separate from what happens this week.”Griezmann has scored 30 goals in 51 games this season, including a crucial away goal against Arsenal in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final.The Frenchman has formed a strong partnership with Diego Costa, who insists Griezmann’s focus is currently on the final in Lyon.“For a player, when Barca wants you, it makes you feel important,” Costa said.“But he knows that he is important for us and that we want him here. If then he leaves or not, it’s his decision.“I am very happy with him, with the group, and right now he is thinking of winning a title. If Griezman can make history here with us, win that title, then there’s time after for him to decide what to do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Winners at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards

first_imgWinners of the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards: Video of the Year: Rihanna, “Umbrella,” featuring Jay-Z Male Artist of the Year: Justin Timberlake Female Artist of the Year: Fergie Best Director: Samuel Bayer for Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around … Comes Around” Best Choreography: Marty Kudelka for Justin Timberlake’s “Let Me Talk to You/My Love” Best New Artist: Gym Class Heroes160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Quadruple Threat of the Year: Justin Timberlake Best Group: Fallout Boy, “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” Monster Single of the Year: Rihanna, “Umbrella” Most Earthshattering Collaboration: Beyonce and Shakira, “Beautiful Liar” Best Editing: Ken Mowe for Gnarls Barkley’s “Smiley Faces”last_img read more