JR Smith says he knew game was tied when he dribbled out clock in Game 1

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But instead of trying for a winning layup, Smith moved away from Kevin Durant at the hoop and the game went into overtime.“We got lucky,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “He could have taken a shot, but he dribbled out. I guess he thought they were ahead. We got lucky.”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 crownCavs coach Tyronne Lue said Smith thought the Cavs were ahead, but Smith said he thought the game was tied and was trying for a final shot.“Kevin was standing right there. I tried to bring it out and get enough space to maybe get a shot off,” Smith said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 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 “I thought we were going to take a timeout because I got the rebound. I’m pretty sure everybody didn’t think I was going to shoot it over KD.“If I thought we were ahead, I would have just held on to the ball and let them foul me.”Durant, who had three blocks, said, “If he had tried to put a layup up, I had a good chance to contest it.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours JR Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles in the closing seconds of regulation as LeBron James attempts direct the offense against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPCleveland’s JR Smith committed a major faux pas at the of regulation in Game 1 of the NBA Finals by failing to attempt a potential game-winning shot.With the game leveled at 107-107 with 4.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, George Hill missed his second freethrow and J.R. Smith grabbed the rebound.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Olympic gold medalist Hanyu to receive prestigious award MOST READlast_img read more

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PVL: Eya Laure leads unbeaten UST past UP

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “Coach Kungfu and I have known her (Laure) since she was in grade five so I already know her tendencies,” Fernandez said. “And her body language is unlike anything I’ve seen from a rookie.”Laure wasn’t the only Tigress who stepped up with Christine Francisco adding 16 points and Carla Sandoval tallying 12 points.Isa Molde and Nicole Magsarile had 13 and 12 points, respectively for UP, which dropped to 1-1.The Maroons also played minus a key cog with Tots Carlos out for the tournament due to a shin injury.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 65,000 Indonesians go loco for poco-poco in Asian Games record attempt Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas regrouped after a slow start to beat University of the Philippines, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 26-24, to stay unblemished in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Golden Tigresses leaned on their super rookie Eya Laure to turn things around and chalk up their fourth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “We’ve really prepared for UP since last week because UP is a team you have to watch out for,” said UST deputy Ian Fernandez in Filipino. “We had viewing and we studied their positioning especially their defensive pattern because we know UP has a solid team.”Laure delivered 18 points, highlighted by five service aces, to lead the Tigresses, who are atop the standings despite missing the services of star spiker Sisi Rondina and Dimdim Pacres. Rondina and Pacres opted to skip the tournament.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 noticed that I wasn’t being much of a help to my teammates in the first two sets,” Laure, who got going as the game went on, said in Filipino.Fernandez said the familiarity with Laure’s game has made it easy for the coaching staff to make the UST high school standout to be one of the focal points of the team’s offense. MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Nadal passes test after test, beats much younger foe at Open

first_imgHe had one more pivotal part to get through: Khachanov’s set point in the fourth while ahead 6-5 as Nadal served at 30-40. But Khachanov put a forehand in the net there, and after a thrilling point that featured a drop shot, a lob, a leaping ’tweener by Khachanov and a volley winner by Nadal, they headed to another tiebreaker.This one was pretty much all Nadal.In sum, he handled the particularly crucial points better than Khachanov did. Which, really, should come as no surprise given the disparity in age, experience and success. One man, the 32-year-old Nadal, owns 17 Grand Slam titles, three at Flushing Meadows. The other, the 22-year-old Khachanov, has never been past the fourth round at a major tournament.The sort of big hitting the 6-foot-6, 192-pound Russian displayed Friday, including 22 aces and booming groundstrokes, bodes well for his future.“That just shows that I’m really close to this high level against top guys. Hopefully it will be soon on my side,” Khachanov said.Perhaps, but Nadal is still at the top of the game.After they finished, Ashe was the site for Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams, Part 30. It’s their earliest meeting at a Grand Slam tournament in 20 years.Earlier, 2017 champion Sloane Stephens betrayed a lot more emotion on that court than she usually shows anywhere, all of the double fist pumps making perfectly clear just how tight and tense things had been during her 6-3, 6-4 win against two-time runner-up Victoria Azarenka.Stephens, the No. 3 seed, grabbed the last three games after returning from a brief break while the Ashe roof was shut (it was then reopened before Nadal vs. Khachanov).Stephens went from up a set and 3-1 in the second to down 4-3 when Azarenka took three games in a row. That’s when rain came. “The man upstairs,” Stephens said, “was looking out for me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Karen Khachanov, of Russia, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal’s knee was bothering him. His decade-younger, barrel-chested U.S. Open foe was bashing the ball.The defending champion was two points away from falling into a two-set hole. Then he was two points away from dropping the third set. And then he was one point from losing the fourth set and being pushed to a fifth.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Serena matches her easiest win over Venus in US Open rout 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 Just prior to the delay, Khachanov had served for that set at 5-4, and three times was two points away from taking it. But he couldn’t get closer than that. Nadal broke for 5-all and, after the delay, broke again to even it at a set apiece, aided by two double-faults from Khachanov. When Nadal earned that set with a passing shot that drew an errant volley, he crouched and yelled. Folks sitting in his guest box rose. A chunk of the crowd gave a standing ovation. Khachanov swatted a ball in disgust.Nadal said the brief break was just what he needed.“I just trying to calm myself for a moment. He was playing well,” Nadal said. “But for me, the most important thing is have the right tempo when I am playing. For some moments I felt things were going too fast in my mind. I didn’t take the time to do the right steps, to go to the ball with the right decision, with the right determination, with the right timing.”The end of the third set was similar: Khachanov twice was two points from owning it and couldn’t get across the line, helping Nadal with three double-faults in the tiebreaker. And while Nadal kept letting set points slip away, four in all, he made No. 5 count, and how. It was a quintessential Nadal point, too: a 40-stroke exchange — yes, 40! — that featured so much defense from Nadal until Khachanov netted a backhand, then tossed his racket on the sideline.“I needed that set, of course,” Nadal said.ADVERTISEMENT As all of those key moments presented themselves, he managed to come through. The No. 1-ranked Nadal overcame a shaky start Friday and used his customary relentless style to wear down No. 27 seed Karen Khachanov physically and mentally, eventually getting to the fourth round with an entertaining and back-and-forth 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) victory that took 4 hours, 23 minutes.“I escaped a very tough situation,” Nadal said, “so it’s a great thing.”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’The man he beat in last year’s final at Flushing Meadows, No. 5 Kevin Anderson, got through his own tough test against an up-and-coming opponent, edging No. 28 Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.After Nadal ceded the opening set, he had a trainer put tape under his right knee, which has caused problems off-and-on for the Spaniard over the years. Nadal later got more wrapping there during a 10-minute break at 5-all in the second set while the retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium was shut because of light rain. MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

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Soriano-Tan, Guzman-Lee pairs rule BVR On Tour El Nido leg

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Harris scores 22, Clippers down Wizards University of Santo Tomas alums Guzman and Yee prevailed over DAF-ARMM Hach Gilbuena and Edmar Flores, 21-15, 21-17 to claim the crown.It was the second time this year that Soriano, who last played in the Santa Ana Open in June before sitting out in the next two editions, and Tan won a BVR leg.  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 ChrissThe pair, who swept all of their four pool matches Saturday, also ruled the Puerto Galera leg last January.It was a double celebration for Guzman as the former UAAP champion recently passed the electronics engineer licensure examinations. Also, Guzman and Yee won their breakthrough BVR title as a pair. The championship was also the first for Guzman since winning back-to-back with Krung Arbasto in the Cabugao, Ilocos Sur and Dagupan legs earlier last year.In the semifinals, Soriano and Tan bested Lio Crusaders’ Sydney Eleazar and Paulina Ong, 21-10, 21-7,  while Gervacio and Doromal turned back Balai Adlao’s Gizelle Tan and Ria Lo, 21-10, 21-5.   The women’s and men’s champions took home P50,000 cash prize.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 comments LATEST STORIES Photo from BVRCharo Soriano completed a triumphant return in the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour by teaming up with Bea Tan to win the women’s crown, while KR Guzman capped his successful weekend on and off the sand court by joining forces with Ian Yee to bag the men’s title Sunday at Lio Beach in El Nido, Palawan.Representing Seda Hotels, Soriano and Tan edged Perlas’ Dzi Gervacio and Roma Doromal, 21-16, 21-19 in the championship match for a perfect 6-0 run in the two-day spikefest held in the one of the country’s finest beaches.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

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Young Lady Eagles up against Alyssa-led Cool Smashers

first_imgThe young Lady Eagles, using the tournament as part of their build-up for the UAAP wars, now find themselves shooting for the crown but against a team teeming with talents, including two former stalwarts of the Katipunan-based school.Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado, Creamline’s 1-2 punch, are all primed up to claim another championship after helping deliver the Reinforced Conference last July.With Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza, Pau Soriano and Melissa Gohing, the Cool Smashers have the edge in manpower, not to mention experience.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title SPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut the Lady Eagles have the momentum they could ride on in the upcoming playoff. They also have the height to disrupt or unsettle the Cool Smashers’ attacks.“We have nothing to lose,” said Bea de Leon, who forms part of the tall Ateneo triumvirate that includes Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino. “For as long as we believe in each other, we’ll be okay.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Ateneo-Motolite will need more than grit and court smarts when it takes on a powerhouse Creamline side poised to nail a second Premier Volleyball League crown in the Open Conference Finals beginning Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Through sheer determination, the Lady Eagles hurdled the fancied BanKo-Perlas Spikers in their best-of-three semifinal duel, fighting back from two sets down to snatch a thriller in a five-setter of a sudden death.The Cool Smashers disposed of the PetroGazz Angels in two in their side of the Final Four of the season-ending conference organized by Sports Vision.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LPGA-bound Ardina joins pradera hunt Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 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 MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

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F2 Logistics books first finals berth

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk After loss to Creamline in finals, Motolite-Ateneo focuses on UAAP F2 Logistics went through the wringer before booting out Generika-Ayala, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20, 19-25, 15-5, Tuesday night to book the first finals slot in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Muntinlupa Sports Center.After going toe-to-toe with their foes through four sets, Cha Behag, Ara Galang and Aby Marano sparked a massive rally in the deciding set to finally pull off the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Also making it into the finals of the Collegiate Grand Slam was University of Santo Tomas, which clobbered University of the East, 27-25, 19-25, 25-14, 25-20, in the first match.The troika of Eya Laure, Milena Alessandrini and Tin Francisco powered the Tigresses to a title showdown against University of the Philippines.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 ChrissThe winner-take-all finals duel is set on Dec. 20 at the Mall of Asia Arena. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

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Vince Carter watches the good times, but is he near goodbye?

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Carter hasn’t said if he plans to retire following the season. He would make NBA history if he returns, as nobody has played 22 seasons in the league.So was the video premature?“I’m OK with it. Either way it’s cool,” he said with a smile. “I’m very thankful for it, that they even considered it.“When it was mentioned to me I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”The video was played in the first half, shortly after Carter had come off the Hawks’ bench for the first time. He received ovations from the crowd both times, and he acknowledged the fans after the video played.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He never played in Brooklyn but was one of their best when the Nets played in New Jersey, ranking third on the franchise scoring list while playing in the backcourt alongside Jason Kidd.“Obviously it wasn’t in this building, but nevertheless the feeling is still the same,” Carter said. “My five years here was fun, a lot of fun. J Kidd made it obviously easy to play the game up and down and create a lot of highlights and memories, so it was awesome to see.”The Hawks’ road trip has been right down Carter’s memory lane. They played Tuesday in Toronto, where he began his career and has repaired his relationship with fans that was damaged when he pushed for the trade that landed him in New Jersey.“It’s a great trip. Stressful sometimes, a lot of people to see, but the appreciation I’m very thankful for and I’ll never forget it,” Carter said. “And like I said, the video, yes it could be premature, or not. It’s still, they’re thinking about me and I’m very thankful for that.”He’s still productive, starting eight games and averaging 7.2 points, with a 21-point performance last month. If he comes back, he breaks a tie with Kevin Garnett, Robert Parish and Kevin Willis for the most NBA seasons. (Dirk Nowitzki, like Carter drafted in 1998, is also in his 21st season).Carter was informed during his postgame interview that he was overheard as he was leaving the arena Tuesday in Toronto telling someone that he would see him next year.“Really?” Carter said with a laugh. “Well, I’ll see you guys next year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trail Blazers send Bulls crashing to fifth straight loss Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra The Nets honored Carter, who is the oldest active player, with a tribute video during their game against Atlanta, a way to say thank you for his 4 ½ seasons with the franchise.“It was great. Any time you can see old video of when you were young and spry and springy and all of that good stuff, I mean, it’s always great to see,” Carter said.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 ChrissGood times, yes.But was it goodbye? 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Atlanta Hawks’ Vince Carter (15) watches a video tribute to him during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Vince Carter looked up at the highlights, enjoying the view of himself back in the days when he was among the NBA’s highest flyers.He’s about to turn 42, now in his 21st season, and he doesn’t jump quite like the guy being shown Wednesday night on the Barclays Center overhead screens.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

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Gilas coach Guiao worried over availability of players

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I’m very concerned, because can you imagine, the only time we’ll see them compete [as a unit] is in the games itself,” Guiao told reporters on Tuesday, shortly after the team’s second straight practice at Meralco Gym.Luckily, there’s a reason to be optimistic over the matches slated Feb. 22 and 24. For starters, Andray Blatche is back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We are getting there,” he told reporters on Tuesday after wrapping up practice. “We are getting better chemistry. Andray is getting more familiar with the plays.” LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img National coach Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas are looking at two must-win road games against Qatar and Kazakhstan in the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifying tournament.And much to their worry, they are again dealing with player availability during practices.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Mighty-PH turns back Syrian club Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READlast_img read more

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Rotary Club of Monrovia to Commit US$1,000 for Ebola Fight

first_imgThe Rotary Club of Monrovia has vowed to commit US$1,000 to help Government battle the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed more lives in the country.The club’s commitment to provide the amount was announced last Friday by its newly inducted incoming president, Madam Victoria Cooper-Enchia.Madam Cooper-Enchia said the amount will be used to purchase gloves for healthcare workers that handle cases of Ebola.At the end of the induction program, the amount was raised among the members.Another project Madam Coper-Enchia disclosed in her statement was the construction of a public library where students will be able to go and read to improve their learning.The expected donation to be made by the organization is part of its activities in consonance with its motto, “Service Above Self.”Speaking in an exclusive interview following the induction, Mrs. Victoria Cooper-Enchia explained that as a worldwide organization, Rotary comprises people with professional backgrounds who converge and discuss issues and are guided by high ethical standards in their respective professions and offices.“Wherever a Rotary member works, whether the person is a carpenter, an entrepreneur, minister or director, he/she is guided by a high ethical standard,” she noted.She admitted that though they are not an NGO group, a lot of Rotary members in Monrovia are working and operating their own businesses and can meaningfully contribute their quotas to the organization to sustain it and to meet its humanitarian obligations to communities.In order to identify a Rotarian among other people in public places, the newly inducted president said a Rotarian will always demonstrate the necessary values associated with Rotary.Also speaking, outgoing president Milton Weeks said as organization engaged in humanitarian work, Monrovia Rotary has identified with people in many communities in Monrovia by providing hand pumps and other services.He said during his tenure they brought some members to the organization and were able to establish internet café in Saclepea, Nimba County.Besides Monrovia where they are based, they are making Rotary popular in other counties including Harper, Maryland County, he said. Although he they are doing their best as an organization to impact the lives of others, he said not many people know Rotary because there has not been much publicity about the organization.Though out of the leadership position now, he will still work with the current leadership to help enhance the activities of Rotary Club of Monrovia through publicity.The keynote speaker of the occasion, USAID Deputy Mission Director Barbara Dickerson energized members with motivating words to continue the humanitarian work and achieve goals in line with purpose and meaning of Rotary.She provided some philosophical statements of some earliest Rotarians including Paul Harris whose statement says, “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”Rotary was started by Paul P. Harris in Chicago, USA on February 23, 1905. It is intended to bring together professionals of diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendship.The name “Rotary” came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.  It has over 1.2 million members worldwide.The Rotary Club of Monrovia was founded on January 24, 1964 as the first Rotary Club.  It has over the years used resources, knowledge and professions to serve their communities in Monrovia and across the country.Some notable projects the club has undertaken are the construction and furnishing of a school block comprising 6 classrooms, latrine and well in Ben Town, Schefflin, sponsoring three Liberians as ambassadorial scholars to Rotary’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program in Bangkok, and over 40 wells and hand pumps for communities in and around Monrovia.It is also engaged in training teachers in sign language and enrolling deaf children in school as well as providing US$25,000 funding for micro-credit program implemented by the Foundation for Women.At the end of the induction ceremony on July 4, Liberian politician and former g­overnment official, David Fahart was admitted to the Club as a new member.For outstanding supports given the club, Euphemia Weeks, Loris Mardia Shannon and Nathaniel Richardson, members of RCM were given the Paul Harris Award.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Defense Counsel Jason Doe Solves:

first_imgIt was a case that many thought had come at the wrong time. The preoccupation of Monrovians was the expulsion of the Ebola Virus that had invaded and ravaging the country and everywhere there were buckets of chlorine for hand-washing to fight the virus. Ebola was now the grim reaper and its victims were increasing by the day.  It was at this period that newspapers reported the robbery and murder of George Dean, a 26-year-old money changer, of Sinkor, a suburb of Monrovia. What gingered interest in the case was the arrest and confession of the alleged murderer as well as the fact that the famous trial lawyer Jason Doe had been hired by the defendant. So when the case opened, despite the Ebola fear in Monrovia, the courtroom was packed with many who were simply there to witness the renowned counselor’s classic cross-examination might put to the test. With a reported confession, many Monrovians felt that this could be the case that the famous Jason Doe could not crack at the preliminary trial. And after two weeks the witness, who many believed, had the trump card to send the defendant to face his doom would be cross-examined by Jason Doe.  Hundreds of spectators besieged seated at the courtroom in a case described by metropolitan newspapers as the ‘Case of the Murdered Money Changer.’  It was in the final moments of the day, and Jason Doe seemed exasperated by the witness’ frustrating tactics.  The lawyer regarded the witness for a moment, and frowned. “Sami Young is your friend?” he said, with a grin.  The witness said, with a mixture of nonchalant, “He was my friend before.”  “Is that yes, or no?”  Shifting his position, the witness responded with apparent lack of affectation.  “Yes.”  “On the 15th of July,” the lawyer attempted a drive for the truth, “You claimed that you met the defendant at a secluded area on Bushrod Island?”  “Yes,” he said, “and to be precise, it was near the St. Paul’s Bridge.” “You testified that the defendant told you that he had a plan to get free money?”  “Yes.”  “What was your response?”  “I did not think it was any wrong way to get money,” the witness said, “and therefore I was prepared to go along.” “Until when did you begin to have second thoughts?” “Until I learned that he was using the Ebola situation to steal money.” “But U$5,000.00 was found in your room?” “It was planted there by someone.” “Who was that someone?” “I wish I know.” “Is that your answer?” “I can definitely say that it was the defendant.”  “How did you know that since you are unable to give account of the U$5000.00 found concealed in your house?”  Suddenly, the prosecutor was on his feet.  “Your Honor,” Prosecutor Gilbert Solo said, “Counsel is trying to undermine the witness’ confidence as to how the money got to his room.  “Counsel’s intent is to weaken the witness resolution to stick to the truth and as a result he would extract dubious information from him.” Judge Sackor turned her slightly bulging eyes back to the prosecutor.  “How is that true?”  “Counsel’s questions are too personal and I think he is being too dogmatic and unrealistic,” the prosecutor said.  The judge lowered her head and stared at the prosecutor over her glasses and said, “Should the court understand that the defense should not elicit information regarding how the money got to the witness’ apartment?”  “Not exactly, Your Honor,” Solo said, “but under the present circumstances and in such an intense cross-examination, counsel is being unfair.”  The judge said conversationally, “The Court is on top of the situation and therefore I stipulate that the defense will continue the cross-examination of the witness.”  “Thanks Your Honor,” the prosecutor said, bowing his head, as a bitter smile wedged at the corner of his mouth, for the blow resulting from the judge’s rebuke was not lost on the spectators, as a low but brief murmur of disapproval swept across the room.   With a triumphant sneer of victory, Jason Doe pushed forward.   “How did you know that the money was planted in your room, since you testified that you did not go along with the plan?” “Since he wanted me to be the fall guy, he apparently did that to implicate me.”  “Robert Joe,” Jason Doe said, with a noticeable anger in his voice, “Why would he connect you in particular? Why was it that when police officers bumped into the money after a tip off, you claimed that the U$5000.00 came from your sister in the United States?” “Yes.” “Was the money from your sister?” “The police did not let me tell the story my own way.”   Judge Elizabeth Sackor relaxed her tense posture.   “Witness cannot eat his cake and have it and the Court is concerned with the witness’ apparent lack of what is going on in this courtroom and he must therefore not evade questions from the defense.”  Jason Doe then relaxed, and sweeping his eyes across the spectators, repeated the question.  “Was the money from your sister?” Fidgeting with his hands, the witness answered, “No.” “Where did the money come from?” “It was apparently planted by someone and the only person I can think of is the defendant.” “Why will he do that? Have you had a previous misunderstanding on anything?””Not really,” he said, “but these days Liberia is hard and people can do anything. May be he is envious of me.” “How long have you known the defendant?””I have seen him around, counselor, and nowadays people are doing all kinds of wicked deeds against people they don’t even know.””Ok,” the lawyer considered his answer, “how does that fit in with the defendant, since in your own words, you have seen him around, suggesting that you don’t know each other. So where was the money found by the police?” “In my room.”  Jason Doe’s face expressed some amusement at the witness’ answer and then said, “The police found the money in your room, did they not?””Yes,” the witness said, putting his bandaged right hand behind his back, “if that is what you are asking.” Jason Doe smiled but it was Judge Sackor who reacted.”You want the court to believe that the defendant who was not found with any incriminating evidence was the brain behind the robbery and eventual murder of the money changer?”  The witness showed an apparent misunderstanding of the question and stared at the judge in the face. Realizing his lack of response Jason Doe strolled to the defense table and after examining through some papers, returned to the witness.  “Mr. Joe,” he said, “what happened to your bandaged right hand? Is not correct that you sustained an injury during the attack on the victim, as you masterminded the entire episode?  “Is it also not true that you have made several requests to the decedent to borrow an amount of money like the one found hidden in your room?” The two questions were apparently unexpected and suddenly, beads of perspiration began to form on forehead. With his right bandaged hand still concealed behind him, he lifted his left hand and began to mop his face with the edge of his shirt’s sleeves.  Sensing the situation, the clerk rushed to him with a bunch of paper towels, and for the next couple of minutes the courtroom waited in suspense as the witness struggled to get the increasing amount of sweat off his face without success. Judge Sackor decided to announce for ten minutes recess and invited both counsels to her chambers.  WHEN court resumed ten minutes later, Judge Sackor took over proceedings and summarized the conclusion of the case.  “The defense has shown that the witness knows more about the circumstances of the murder of the money changer than the man who is currently being accused.  “The apparent motive to the murder unfortunately was because the decedent was unprotected in his money changing business.  “It suggests to me that the practice of placing huge amount of money in various currencies in boots for exchange in the full glare of the general public needs to be discouraged.”  After brief hesitation, the judge continued, “The tragic consequence of the death of the money changer could be identified on the fact that the witness and some of his accomplices apparently chose to murder him simply to take away the money that he sat behind.  “In the wake of the foregoing, the Court is convinced that there is no probable case against the defendant in this case and he is therefore ordered released and the witness held for further investigation and subsequent trial.”  THIRTY minutes later they assembled at criminal lawyer Jason Doe’s Benson Street private office, where former defendant Sami Young, the lawyer, his private secretary Janet Lovebird and a retired police officer, George Jebor examined the circumstances of the case, after each had washed their hands with chlorine water, at the entrance of the lawyer’s office.  “Jason,” the retired officer said, “how did you know that the witness was the mastermind of the entire episode?”   The lawyer grinned.  “From the beginning of the case I was looking at the fact that my client had apparently joined the party to murder the victim for quick money.  “It was only when the witness said someone might have planted the money into his room that I realized I was not making use of his own admission.”  “But,” Janet Lovebird said, “was he really part of the murder party?”  Smiling, the lawyer replied, “Absolutely and he was in fact the man responsible for the murder and it was the reason he sustained a heavy cut to his right hand.  “Please remember that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare announced that the current Ebola presence in the country has, among its symptoms, vomiting, and so what really happened was that the witness led his party to the venue where the decedent did his money exchange business around 5:30p.m on the fateful day.  “Due to an early afternoon rainfall many of the businesses in the area had packed for home leaving the decedent and few others, scattered about.   “When the party arrived the witness informed the victim that he wanted to change U$20, the money he did not even have on him, then all of a sudden the witness began to tremble, and began to vomit, after he had inserted his fingers into his own mouth.  “Afraid of the Ebola vomiting syndrome, the victim jumped up running and it was then that the witness and his party broke into the booth and they were making away with the money when the victim realized what was going on and chased after them.  “The victim was struck over the head and stabbed at least three times on his chest but in the melee, he struck the witness right hand with a club nearby.”  “What a dangerous way to steal money,” the retired officer said. “How did your client come to be part in the whole episode?”   The lawyer, smiling said, “That was the clever part.  “Two weeks after the incident, police intensified their investigations and someone somehow hinted them that the witness could be questioned.  “The reason was that he had, before the robbery, sort the help of a couple of people who refused to participate in his deal, so the day after the police talked to him, he visited my client, and explained a phony story about his sister sending him money from the United States.  “He had done that with a promise to offer my client U$5,000.00 but it was only when the death of the victim was announced that my client saw how dangerously close he had come to become part of such a dangerous plot.”  Janet said, “That was too dangerous.”  Smiling, Sami said, “It was foolish of me to have agreed to help him but I am thankful to God first and to Counselor Doe my innocence is proving.  “I never thought that some friends can be so dangerous, but now that I know it gives me a sense of preparedness to be more wary of such people in the future.”  The group burst out laughing, as Sami stood up and grabbed Counselor Doe’s hand and pumped it repeatedly. 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