Record 62 international players to feature in 2018 NBA Playoffs

first_imgCarpio 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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames China’s Zhou Qi is the lone player from Asia who will play in the Playoffs while the continent that has the most representation is Europe, which has 36 of its citizens going to the postseason.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives past Dallas Mavericks forward Maximilian Kleber (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)It can’t be denied that the NBA has become a global league, and in the coming 2018 playoffs, the Association will feature a record number of international players.Sixty two international players from 33 countries across the 16 teams including France’s Tony Parker, who has the longest active playoff streak of any player, will be on his 17th straight postseason appearance,  will be vying for the Larry O’Brien trophy.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img France and Australia, who has rookie Ben Simmons and 2014 champion Patty Mills, are the most well-represented country with seven players each while Canada, who has Andrew Wiggins, and Spain both have four.Cameroon, which has Joel Embiid, Turkey, Croatia, and Brazil have three players each in the playoff teams.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 crownIt’s worth noting that the NBA has changed its format of the Rookie-Sophomore game during the All Star Weekend to Team USA vs. Team World.It still features the team’s rookies and sophomores but instead of playing in a team with their draft mates, it now the youngsters from different countries against those from the United States. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew As a sign of gratitude, Adorador offered coaching gig in UE girls team P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Parks basks in glory of ABL success, growth under coach Alapag

first_imgRay Parks. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueSTA. ROSA — In case anyone has forgotten, Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is still an alpha.And for everyone who begs to disagree, he only has one thing to say: “Was I gone?”ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident There’s no question about Parks’ pedigree. After all, everyone expected him to excel and make waves wherever he took his talent.But aside from his averages of 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists this year, there’s something more about Parks that hasn’t been written as much — his growth as a basketball player, something he truly capitalized in this run under coach Jimmy Alapag.“Give me an opportunity and I’ll make the most of it. And just being around these great players, it allowed me to grow. I learned from them and I was put in an opportunity to make the most of it,” he said. “Just getting better as a player is everybody’s goal and to win a championship — to do both is great.”That begs the question: is the PBA next on Parks’ radar?He’d rather take it one battle at a time.ADVERTISEMENT Balkman completes redemption, and he has Alapag to thank for it View comments 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Once again re-affirming his place as one of the best young talents out of the PBA today, Parks delivered a season to remember this past 2018 ASEAN Basketball League, winning his second ABL Local MVP award, a Finals MVP plum, and a championship for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas.READ: Alab Pilipinas captures ABL championship with Game 5 winFEATURED 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 crownMake no mistake, he has heard every criticism hurled his way, but after an unforgettable season in the regional league, he could proudly boast his accomplishments and look at his doubters straight in the eyes.“Y’all been grilling me about not winning championships. Hey, we here now. Write about this, tweet is, post it, put a billboard up, do whatever you gotta do. Got the net, got the trophy, MVP, we got what we came for,” he said. LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “Right now, I just wanna enjoy this championship with my teammates. I can’t say I’m back because I never left. I got no love for the past couple of months, so let’s talk about this for the next couple of months. Come show me some love, keep talking about this, and come draft time, we’ll see,” he said as he exited the venue while saying three words which is sure to titillate some of the league’s most rabid crowds.“Never say die!”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next read more

Rondina, Gervacio oust Canada to barge into FIVB Manila Open quarterfinals

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The Philippine duo of Cherry Rondina and Dzi Gervacio rose above their competition and dispatched Canada’s Megan Nagy and Caleigh Cruickshank, 21-17, 21-17, to advance to the quarterfinals of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Saturday at SM Sands by the Bay.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Rondina and Gervacio, who were the second seeds in Pool D, will face Japan’s Shinako Tanaka and Sakurako Fujii, the top pair of Pool C, in the quarterfinals  at 3:30pm.The Philippines used methodical approach in handling its lead late in the second set after two straight Canadian errors gave the Filipinos a 15-13 lead.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 crownGervacio scored on back-to-back kills for the 17-14 lead before Rondina sent over a hammer for the 18-14 buffer.“From the beginning our mindset was we won’t let ourselves be embarrassed in front while representing our country,” said Rondina in Filipino. “We had to give it our all.” P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Neymar back in France to continue recovery from injury Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Rondina scored another hit for the 19-16 lead before Gervacio’s effort out the Philippines at the 20-16 match point.Cruickshank then overshot her serve that awarded the Filipinos the victory.“I never expected that we would go this far, that we will still be playing at this point,” said Gervacio in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT 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’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Comedian apologizes for ‘edgy joke’ about Warriors’ Green

first_imgCarpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Only 1 fighter to blame in Golovkin-Alvarez mess Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) challenges an official in front of New Orleans Pelicans forward E’Twaun Moore (55) in the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in New Orleans, Sunday, May 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — A comedian is apologizing for a social media post in which he said he hopes Golden State forward Draymond Green “gets shot in the face” leaving the arena after Game 4 of a playoff series against the Pelicans.Andrew Polk says the post, which also alludes to high gun violence rates in New Orleans, was meant as an “edgy joke.” Polk says he wishes “no harm to anyone over a simple game.”ADVERTISEMENT Green, who has a reputation for feistiness and psychological gamesmanship, had eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists in a lopsided Warriors victory.Green says he didn’t fear for his life. Green also says he feels sad for anyone who threatens violence over a basketball game and prays they get the help they need.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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’last_img read more

Asian Games bosses crack down on boozing in athlete villages

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced FILE – Flags of participating countries at the 2018 Asian Games flutter at the athlete village in Kemayoran district, in central Jakarta on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYAsian Games organizers have cracked down on boozing in the athletes’ villages, Indonesian officials said Monday, warning competitors that the consumption of alcohol is “not allowed” and unhealthy.Athletes who have already finished their events and officials were flouting rules against drinking in the villages, said Harry Warganegara of Games organizing committee Inasgoc.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 1 and done: Halep 1st No. 1 seed to lose 1st US Open match Warganegara was responding to complaints that athletes were bored of the food and drink served at the accommodation provided for competitors.“We cannot control the athletes 100 percent. (They say) ‘I have already lost anyway, I’m an official, I’m not playing, I can drink.’ But they can’t be like that,” he said.About 17,000 athletes and officials are taking part in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, the biggest sports event in Indonesia’s history.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “There were some who came in with beer… We have prevented that, many bottles,” said Warganegara.“We inspect. They cannot bring it in… It’s not healthy. Smoking is also not allowed.”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’Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, banned the sale of alcohol in most convenience stores and small shops outside holiday hotspot Bali in 2015, although it is still widely available in supermarkets, bars and hotels.Most Indonesians are moderate Muslims and alcohol has long been available, but growing opposition from politicians pushing a more conservative brand of Islam has created an uncertain climate. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more

Cavaliers’ coaching situation unclear after Lue’s firing

first_img“I’m sure you guys are aware that there are some talks that are going on,” Drew told reporters. “I don’t know if any type of agreement or settlement will be made. I am prepared either way. I’ll continue to do my job, but right now there’s not been any type of agreement.”Drew said he plans to coach the team Tuesday night against Atlanta, but after that, nothing is definitive.He was asked if “acting” coach was a more fitting title.“I guess that would be more accurate, more consistent,” he said.General manager Koby Altman fired Lue, who in 2016 became the only coach to win a pro sports championship in Cleveland since 1964, on Sunday because he felt the team was underachieving. The Cavaliers are 0-6 in their first season since three-time champion LeBron James left them for the second time as a free agent.ADVERTISEMENT They had hoped to remain competitive while developing young players like rookie guard Collin Sexton. But the plan wasn’t working with Lue, forcing Altman to make a difficult decision.“The challenge of this year was we had a mix of veterans and young guys and that’s a complex situation that’s difficult,” Altman said. “It didn’t come together the way we envisioned and we just didn’t think coach Lue was the right fit for this group. We wanted to go in a different direction, a different coach and a different voice.”Enter Drew, who went 8-1 while filling in last season when Lue was dealing with health issues.Drew understands what the Cavs are up against and he’s prepared to take it on.“It’s not a very complicated situation,” he said. “It’s obvious this team is going in a different direction with the group that we do have and with the decisions that have been made with the organization. I would like to be part of it long term, to be perfectly honest. I’ve been through the rebuilding process as a player and as a coach and I feel I know what it takes. Certainly when you talk about rebuilding, it’s not an easy thing to do. It’s usually something that takes a little time.“If it’s going to take some time, I’d like to be part of that. I made the organization pretty aware of that, that this is something that’s not going to happen overnight. In order to be a part of that, I feel that it’s going to have to be something done with a little bit more security.”Altman said the Cavaliers feel fortunate to have someone with Drew’s experience as a possibility to lead the team through the remainder of a challenging season. Altman thought the players responded well to Drew during their first practice together.Drew went 143-169 in four seasons as an NBA coach. He was fired after going 15-67 with Milwaukee in 2013-14.Lue, who played for Drew, was the first one to call his former coach after he was let go by the Bucks. Drew has never forgotten that gesture and they formed a tight friendship.Drew spent part of Sunday at Lue’s home. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I mean the job that he did here has been unbelievable,” Drew said. “I don’t think he gets enough credit for what he’s done. But before I left yesterday I told him how much I appreciated him, and I know he’s going to be OK. He’s still going to be Ty, though. Ty’s going to be Ty. But I’m going to miss him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img But after walking off the floor, Drew, the team’s top assistant coach under Lue for the past two years, wanted to make something clear.“I’m not the interim coach,” he said emphatically. “I’m the voice right now.”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 ChrissSo much for Cleveland’s transition game.Drew added a surprising wrinkle to Lue’s dismissal on Monday by saying he’s not ready to commit to the Cavaliers in the long term until he gets a new contract. Drew said his agent, Andy Miller, has been with talks with the team about restructuring his deal. Drew is under contract through this season. Real Madrid fires coach Lopetegui after big loss to Barca FILE – In this April 1, 2018 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers interim coach Larry Drew gestures to his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Cleveland. The Cavaliers have a coach for Tuesday night, Oct. 30. Top assistant Drew, who was expected to take over after Cleveland fired Tyronn Lue, said Monday, Oct. 29 that he is not the team’s interim coach but is merely “the voice right now.” Drew said his agent Andy Miller has been in talks with the Cavs about restructuring his contact and is not making any long-term commitment to the team until they reach an agreement. Lue was fired on Sunday, Oct. 28 by general manager Koby (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio— After an emotional day and restless night, Larry Drew went back to work.He organized practice, met with stunned players still reeling from Tyronn Lue’s firing and put the Cleveland Cavaliers through drills as they prepared for Tuesday’s game.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Dwyane Wade makes more New Orleans memories, Heat beat Pelicans

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wade, who turns 37 in January and plans to retire after this season, said the efforts of fans around the country to see him play one last time is “definitely not lost on me.”So when a sore back sidelined him for Miami’s previous game at Memphis, he was determined to do what he could to loosen up in time to give it a go in New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I definitely understand the sacrifices people make to be at our games,” Wade said. “I just wanted to make sure tonight I was able to get out there. And then I started feeling pretty good as it went on, got a couple shots to fall and the rest is history.”Wade received an enthusiastic ovation when he first checked in and then made his first three 3-point attempts, the last of which he banked in with Davis guarding him closely in the final seconds of the first half. Wade stopped short of saying he meant to use the glass, but recalled thinking that was the only chance the shot had to fall when he released the ball over Davis’ long arms. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) celebrates with center Bam Adebayo (13) in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. The Heat won 102-96. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Dwyane Wade fondly remembers his dominant first game in New Orleans as an emerging college star with Marquette. He won’t forget what was likely his final performance as a pro in the Big Easy, either.Wade walked off the court to chants of “D-Wade! D-Wade!” from fans converging on the tunnel to the visitors’ locker room after his 19 points — highlighted by tough shots over Anthony Davis at the end of each half — helped the Miami Heat beat the Pelicans 102-96 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Wade said Marquette’s visit to Tulane in January 2003 was the first time he was aware of NBA scouts in attendance for one of his games. He scored 35 points in an 85-73 win. He returned to New Orleans that season for the Final Four in the Superdome. Then as an NBA rookie, his first playoff series was against New Orleans, which was then in the Eastern Conference, and Miami won that series.“I’ve had a lot of great moments here,” Wade said. “I was glad I was able to get out there today and kind of finish it off the last time being here.”UP NEXTHeat: Host Houston on Thursday night.Pelicans: Visit Milwaukee on Wednesday night. Nuggets beat Raptors in matchup of conference leaders Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hassan Whiteside had 17 points and 12 rebounds in his matchup with Davis.Davis had 27 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and three steals, but curiously did not take his first shot of the second half until hitting a 3-pointer with 5:43 left in the fourth quarter.“Every time he got the ball they were running two guys at him. Once again, A.D. is not going to force shots,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “He did what he was supposed to do and he had seven assists — probably could have easily had double figures. We did not make some (open) shots.”Both teams shot worse than 42 percent and Miami missed 25 3s, but the difference in the game was Miami’s rebounding. The Heat outrebounded the Pelicans 57-38, pulling down 22 offensive rebounds and converting them into 25 second-chance pointsTyler Johnson added 15 points off the bench for Miami, whose reserves outscored New Orleans’ bench 58-20.Julius Randle had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, but limped to the locker room with 6:49 to go after rolling his right ankle during a lost scrap for a rebound. Holiday had 22 points.TIP-INSHeat: Reserve wing player Derrick Jones Jr. scored 11 points in 21 minutes. … Guard Goran Dragic sat out for the fourth time in five games with right knee soreness. … Starting forward Justise Winslow left the game in the first half with right ankle soreness and did not return.Pelicans: Forward Nikola Mirotic missed his second straight game with a right ankle injury. … Forward Darius Miller missed eight of nine shots, including seven of eight from 3-point range, where he normally hits 38 percent.MEMORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I decided to ask God to put it in for me — just prayed on it,” Wade said with a laugh.The Pelicans were as close as 96-90 after Davis’ 3 with 2:32 to go. But Miami, which led nearly the entire game — and by as much as 17 — squashed any hope of a late comeback with Wade’s driving floater over Davis to make it 100-92 with 51 seconds left.Wary of the pressure Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was putting on Heat ball handlers, Wade said he acted decisively to explode past Holiday toward the hoop.“And then when I got down there I saw the big fella coming, so the only chance I had to get the shot off, I had to throw it high, kind of like the 3, but just in the paint,” Wade said. “It was kind of the icing on the cake.”Josh Richardson scored 22 points for Miami, which closed out a six-game road swing with its fourth victory on the trip.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

FIFA research says 3.5B people viewed some World Cup action

first_imgThe 10 most watched games all had a verified average TV audience of more than 260 million viewers. The second-highest rating was 327.5 million for Croatia’s semifinal win over England in extra time.FIFA’s research suggests most viewers also watched for longer than they did four years earlier.The number of people watching at least 30 consecutive minutes of any game in their home was almost 2.5 billion — up more than 27 percent from the same measure in 2014.South Americans were the most avid viewers despite watching fewer hours overall of a tournament where Brazil exited in the quarterfinals, and Argentina in the round of 16.FIFA said 96.6 percent of South America’s population saw at least one minute of any game. However, their 5.52 billion hours of total viewing fell 26.9 percent from the 2014 tournament where host Brazil placed fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ FILE – In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, people watch a giant screen during the World Cup final between France and Croatia, on the Champ de Mars next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. FIFA says more than 3.5 billion people viewed some of the 2018 World Cup, with 1.12 billion watching at least one minute of France beating Croatia 4-2 in the final. A FIFA-commissioned review of World Cup viewing says Friday, Dec. 21 the final’s television audience was 516.6 million by the traditional measure of “global average in-home audience.” (AP Photo/Bob Edme, file)GENEVA  — More than 3.5 billion people viewed some of the 2018 World Cup action, with 1.12 billion watching at least one minute of France beating Croatia 4-2 in the final, according to FIFA.A FIFA-commissioned review of World Cup viewing published Friday said the television audience for the final was 516.6 million by the traditional measure of “global average in-home audience.” More watched on digital devices and out-of-home screenings in public spaces, bars and restaurants.ADVERTISEMENT Chooks-to-Go 3×3 league set to kick off with 12 city-based teams Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom In Europe —which provided all four semifinalists in Russia — the 2018 World Cup reached 86 percent of people watching an average of 14.6 hours.“In contrast only 38.4 percent of the Asian population were reached by World Cup coverage, reflecting relatively lower interest in the Indian subcontinent,” FIFA said.Still, almost 30 percent more viewing hours were measured in Asia, where games in Russia were played in time zones more convenient than in 2014.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic PLAY LIST 01:29Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’02:46Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Changing viewing habits — and no South American team in the final — help explain a drop from the 545-million average TV audience for the Germany-Argentina final in 2014.In comparison, the 2016 European Championship final attracted a 284.4 million average audience for Portugal beating host France. The most-watched Super Bowl in the United States was 114.4 million when the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.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 ChrissFIFA said the global TV audience for the 64-match tournament in Russia averaged 191 million per game — up from 187 million for the 2014 edition in Brazil.“Each game was a global televisual event in its own right,” soccer’s governing body said, citing research by Publicis Media Sport & Entertainment. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Spurs overcome slow start to beat Pistons; Popovich ties Sloan on NBA’s career wins

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES “Just mental errors, mental errors defensively, and gave them some easy buckets,” San Antonio guard Bryn Forbes said. “I don’t know if it was to slow the run, but kind of get our head on right — kind of slow their pace there.”The Spurs responded well after those early problems, taking the lead by halftime and cruising to a 119-107 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, and Popovich moved another step higher on the NBA’s career wins list.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 ChrissPopovich now has 1,221 victories. He’s tied with Jerry Sloan for third place, trailing only Don Nelson and Lenny Wilkens.“I thought after the first quarter, we competed well, we were sharper and we executed better,” Popovich said. “We had a poor first quarter, but I thought we pulled it together and focused pretty well after that.” MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT  — San Antonio was already down eight points when the Spurs took a timeout around the midway point of the first quarter.Then, after a turnover led to a Detroit dunk, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called another timeout, just 14 seconds after the first.ADVERTISEMENT Popovich said Gay would likely miss the next two games as well.TIP-INSSpurs: San Antonio came in averaging 12.3 turnovers per game, the lowest mark in the league. The Spurs had only nine against Detroit. … DeRozan also had nine assists and seven rebounds. … San Antonio went 26 of 32 on free throws, while Detroit was 14 of 17. … The Spurs remained percentage points behind Houston for the top spot in the Southwest Division.Pistons: Detroit was without backup C Zaza Pachulia (right lower leg contusion).ANOTHER LISTIt was the 518th road victory for Popovich, breaking a tie with Nelson for second on that career list. He’s now two behind leader Pat Riley.LENGTHY STRETCHDrummond played the entire first quarter, plus the first 4:56 of the second. That didn’t prevent San Antonio’s big run.In addition to Pachulia, the Pistons are also without backup point guard Ish Smith (right adductor tear).“Zaza and Ish are definitely missed, and I’m still trying to get adjusted to being out there with the second group,” Drummond said. “I’ve watched a lot of film of what they do, but I’m still working to find the best ways to get them involved and help them get into the best positions to score.” The Spurs trailed 19-9 after the second of those two timeouts, but they appeared to get the message. A 23-2 run spanning parts of the first and second quarters put the Spurs up 45-33.It was relatively smooth sailing from there for San Antonio, which led 59-51 at halftime and 84-73 after three quarters.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points for the Spurs. Blake Griffin scored 34 for Detroit, and Andre Drummond added 19 points and 14 rebounds.“Everyone talked about the regime ending in San Antonio, but they still have two Hall of Fame players in LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan and they are obviously a well-coached team,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “I thought we got off to a great start, but their second unit came in and speeded things up. We didn’t match it. We have to be able to pump the gas at the start of the second quarter.”San Antonio was without forward Rudy Gay, out with a sprained left wrist, but the Spurs still won a season-high fifth straight game. Detroit has lost seven of nine.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTSpurs: Visit Memphis on Wednesday night.Pistons: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Paul Lee’s new season off to rough start with thumb injury

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gilas Pilipinas practices with Andray Blatche for 2nd straight day MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img “It’ll take around a week and the only bad part here is it was hit again after it got snagged in my teammate’s jersey in practice,” said Lee who played for 13 minutes in the Hotshots’ season opener.“I’ll be back, no problem, it just so happened that my thumb got hit earlier. The team assistants earlier asked me what I felt on my thumb and I told them that it was painful whenever I caught the ball so we decided that I’d sit the game out.”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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lee was already nursing a sore right thumb prior to the match against the KaTropa when he aggravated it early in the third quarter of the PBA Philippine Cup game Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.“It’s just sad that I wasn’t able to help the team, but it does happen in games,” said Lee in Filipino. “That’s part of the job, so I’ll just wait for this to heal.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLee left the game at the 10:24 mark of the fourth quarter after his hand got slapped on a rebound play and he said that it will take at least a week for him to fully recover.The shooting guard, however, said he’ll be ready to practice with Gilas Pilipinas on Monday but he would refrain from joining the scrimmages to allow his thumb to heal. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Paul Lee re-injures thumb in first game of season. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Paul Lee’s start to the 2019-2020 PBA season hit a bit of a snag in Magnolia’s first game of the year.Magnolia not only lost 80-75 in overtime against TNT, but it also saw Lee get sidelined with an injury.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more