NBA Commissioner Adam Silver arrives at a press conference before NBA All-Star Saturday Night events in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)Change is coming to the defense-optional All-Star Game, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants to hear ideas.Silver and players’ union President Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers have spoken about how to make the game more competitive. No decisions have been made, but the Western Conference’s 192-182 win over the Eastern Conference last month in New Orleans underlined such a need.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Who’s a good dog? The tennis ball retrievers at Brazil Open Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:21Trump suggests Iran responsible for downed plane01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing View comments Some All-Stars said that night they would like to see a more authentic game, and the league apparently agrees.“We will change it by next year,” Silver said. “It shouldn’t be playoff intensity, but the guys should be playing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnNext year’s game is in Los Angeles.Silver spoke Friday at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, hosted by MIT. He even shared an email address — Adam@NBA.com — in case anyone wants to share suggestions with him. “You hear people talking about 4-point shots, something that’s not about to happen in the NBA, but maybe in an All-Star Game,” Silver said. “Maybe there’s a few spots on the floor where it’s a 4-point shot. Maybe there’s a halfcourt shot in the last minute that’s 10 points. I don’t know. Those are crazy ideas.”New Orleans’ Anthony Davis scored an All-Star record 52 points in this year’s game, 10 points more than the mark by Wilt Chamberlain that stood for 55 years. The West has flirted with 200 points in each of the last two seasons — 196 in 2016, 192 this year. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 dunks by himself, and LeBron James was taking (and once, made) shots from the midcourt area.“We collectively want to try to make All-Star weekend better for the fans,” Paul told reporters in Milwaukee on Friday. “All the way around. Even in CBA talks and stuff like that, that was one of the things that the players, the owners and everybody was talking about. Trying to fix that, spice it up a little bit to keep it interesting.”Bucks coach Jason Kidd, a perennial All-Star as a player, is confident the league will find the right fix.“Adam’s a very smart man,” Kidd said, “and they’ll figure it out.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions For this year’s game, the voting process was changed — fan votes were no longer the sole basis for selecting starters, but instead part of a formula that also took player and media balloting into account. The player-voting element in particular was criticized by some NBA coaches like Golden State’s Steve Kerr, who said it wasn’t taken as seriously as it should have been.“In an All-Star game like this, guys aren’t trying to get hurt,” Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving said after the All-Star Game. “We all enjoy the company of each other’s presence. But at the same token, us as competitors, when it starts getting close, you can feel it. For me, I would love to play in a competitive game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town
“I felt like we were right there,” he added. “That’s the worst thing, especially about the day after.”Still, it’s primarily because of backcourt mates Wall and Beal that the Wizards do have reason to look on the bright side after winning only a single playoff series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“Obviously, having those two guys on the team, like Brad and John,” center Marcin Gortat said, “we’re always going to have expectations.”This season began with a new coach — Scott Brooks replaced Randy Wittman, who was fired after missing the playoffs a year ago — and with questions about the chemistry between Wall and Beal. It also started with a 2-8 record. BROOKS REVIEWBrooks received glowing praise from players after Year 1 of his five-year, $35 million contract. “As a team, we respect him, we respect how he coaches, the way he does and how he is as a person, outside of coaching,” Beal said. “I loved him. He granted everybody confidence, freedom, on both ends of the floor.”INJURIESReserve forward Kelly Oubre Jr. said that he had an MRI exam last week on his injured right knee but did not want to hear the results, so he doesn’t know if he will need offseason surgery. Backup center Ian Mahinmi, who missed a chunk of the regular season with a knee problem and the start of the playoffs because of a calf issue, said he is not sure whether he might need any sort of procedure now that the season is over.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “For sure, I’m confident in our team. … It’s on to getting better this offseason. And next season, it’ll be totally different,” Beal said. “We’ve got to remember that feeling that we have now and be better next year.”Here are other things to know about the Wizards as they head into the offseason:GORTAT’S FITGortat tends to speak his mind and did so again Tuesday, raising the possibility that he might wind up elsewhere despite still being under contract with the Wizards. “I’m just going to sit down in the summer and talk to my agent, talk to my people, my closest people,” he said, “and I’m going to analyze if this is the right fit.”A couple of other nuggets from him:— About his critics, “I know there’s a lot of freaking idiots looking directly at the column with the points, telling me that, ‘You scored only four or six points; team lost because of you.’”— About his position’s place in today’s NBA, “Nobody respects centers anymore. Nobody looks at them as a valuable piece.”— About the way the season ended, “Yeah, we could say ‘If, if, if, if.’ There’s a lot of ‘if.’”PORTER’S PATHOne key question is whether restricted free agent Otto Porter Jr. will return to his only NBA team. He didn’t shed any light on the matter, saying, “I haven’t really thought about that yet.” Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend But Washington turned things around, thriving at times under Brooks and finishing with 49 wins, and its guard tandem could smile Tuesday while discussing the perceived rift between them.“It didn’t do anything but make our friendship and brotherhood become more tight,” Wall said.As for where they need to improve, Wall sounded a note he’s hit after past postseason exits.“I’m tired of saying the same thing,” the four-time All-Star said, “but we’ve got to do a better job of closing out games.”Beal wants this season’s ultimate disappointment to fuel the Wizards for the future.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working With Fiba U-16 tilt in the bag, Batang Gilas goes for Seaba sweep Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, and Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas speak on the court after Game 7 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Boston. The Celtics won 115-105 to advance to the Eastern Conference championship series. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)WASHINGTON — For the third time in four seasons, John Wall and Bradley Beal exited the playoffs in the second round, extending the Washington Wizards’ nearly four-decade drought without a conference finals appearance.“It feels a little different, but a little bit of the same. It’s kind of like I’m tired of being in this situation. I’m tired of losing in the second round. I’m kind of at that point now,” Beal said Tuesday, about 15 hours after Washington was eliminated with a Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Determined to share the ball, Salado joins D-League record books Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Philippine Azkals Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netGUANGZHOU—There’s little time to sulk for the Philippine Azkals on the heels of their worst loss in 15 years here.With a crucial AFC Asian Cup Qualifier coming up against Tajikistan in Dushanbe, the Azkals quickly shrugged off a heavy 1-8 defeat to China last Wednesday night in a friendly at Tianhe Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ The team will try to figure out what went wrong against a strong Chinese side, which has now won 13 straight matches against the Philippines.While the attack looked threatening for most of the first half, the Azkals’ defense was exposed time and again by the technically gifted and more cohesive Chinese team. The loss was tough to take for the team with several players getting into a heated argument at the changing room after the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“The game showed us how much we have to work to play at that level in Asia,” said coach Thomas Dooley who is now focusing on the Tajikistan match on Tuesday.
MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Kang’s father caddied for her when she won the US Women’s Amateur in 2010 and 2011. She keeps a journal where she writes messages to her father.“If I could wish anything, I would wish that my dad saw me won,” said Kang, wiping tears from her eyes. “I think that it’s been a really difficult road for me the past four or five years. It’s life, though, you pick yourself up and you have to keep working hard at it, and then believe in what you’re doing, and not letting yourself down.“I just know that he’s here for it. What are the odds that my first win is a major? Pretty sure he had something to do with it. It’s just incredible. But I know that he was there, because I felt—I felt him with me every day, and I still do.”It was another great finish for the LPGA Tour’s second major of the season. Henderson beat Lydia Ko in a playoff last year at Sahalee in Washington.The 24-year-old Kang trailed Henderson and Chella Choi by one after she bogeyed the par-4 10th. But Kang moved in front with four straight birdies on Nos. 11-14, getting hot with her putter at the right time.ADVERTISEMENT “The back nine, I think I honestly got really tired,” Thompson said. “I don’t really know what hit me. Overall the whole week, I played very well. Just missed a few putts that I needed to make, and kind of my wedges let me down a little bit.” /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Kang also had a clutch 21-foot par putt at 16 on her way to a 3-under 68 and the winner’s check of $525,000. Her previous best finish in a major was a tie for 14th in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open.Henderson closed with a 66 to finish a stroke back. Choi, who was tied with Kang for the lead coming into the day, was third at 10 under after a 71.“Really, she won this, and I was just trying to make it a little bit closer and maybe force a playoff but like I said, I played great and I wouldn’t really take anything back,” Henderson said.Mi Hyang Lee (67), Amy Yang (68) and Sei Young Kim (68) tied for fourth at 9 under, and Lexi Thompson (69) and Inbee Park (68) were another two strokes back.Kang’s first victory in her 144th LPGA start was a popular one in some high-profile circles. Michelle Wie, one of Kang’s closest friends on tour, followed her around right after the win. Dustin Johnson texted “That’s how you’re supposed to play, congrats,” and Wayne Gretzky and Caitlyn Jenner — two buddies from her days at Sherwood Country Club in California — also reached out.While she got some great support from her friends this weekend, it was some sage advice from brother that set the tone for her breakthrough win. Feeling overwhelmed after her last practice round, Kang called Alex, who plays on the Web.com Tour, to help formulate a game plan. He told her to “just blast it down.”“Alex is the one that I called to map out the golf course. He’s one of the people that I lean on for everything,” Kang said.Worked out quite well. Kang posted four rounds in the 60s. She had just five bogeys, with each of them coming in the final two rounds.Thompson looked ready to make a charge, beginning with three birdies and no bogeys on her front nine. But she sputtered down the stretch.Thompson contended for the first major title of the year, but was penalized for a controversial rules violation and lost to So Yeon Ryu in a playoff in the ANA Inspiration. The top-ranked Ryu shot a 72 in the final round at Olympia Fields and tied for 14th. LSU title parade draws massive crowds Danielle Kang reacts after making birdie on the 18th green to win the Women’s PGA Championship golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club, Sunday, July 2, 2017, in Olympia Fields, Illinois. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)OLYMPIA FIELDS, Illinois, USA—From a young age, Danielle Kang’s parents instilled in her the belief that anything was possible.Even major championships.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Kang birdied the final hole to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title, edging defending champion Brooke Henderson.Kang bogeyed the tricky par-3 17th, and Henderson closed with two birdies to move into a tie for the lead, coming up just short on a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th. But Kang responded with two solid shots to get to the green in two, and then two-putted for the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I just told myself it was my week. It was my day,” Kang said.Kang lost her father, K.S., to cancer in 2013, but her mother, Grace Lee, was one of the first people to congratulate her on the victory. She also face-timed with brother Alex, an instrumental figure in her performance at Olympia Fields, after the trophy presentation. Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Cycling: Chris Froome under fire over ‘cheating’ jersey Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP): Usain Bolt started the European leg of his final season before retirement with a victory in the 100 metres at the Golden Spike meeting. At the meet, where he has most frequently competed in his career with nine appearances, Bolt reeled in the rest of the field after a trademark slow start to cross the finish line in 10.06 seconds. However, he had to hold off a strong challenge from Yunier Perez of Cuba, edging him by 0.03., while Jak Ali Harvey of Turkey was third in 10.26. Bolt’s performance fell short of his season’s best of 10.03, which was clocked at the 100 and 200 world record holder’s final race in his native Jamaica on June 11. UNHAPPY WITH HIS TIME “I’m not happy with the time,” he said. “It wasn’t a good race, it was pretty slow.” Bolt mentioned a back problem that slowed him, but downplayed its significance. “I’m going to see my doctor (in Germany) soon, I know he will fix every problem,” he said. “All I need to do now is just to train hard and focus on getting myself into great shape. I’m not worried about that. It’s just my back, it’s always an issue. I didn’t get injured, that’s a key thing.” The eight-time Olympic champion is preparing for the IAAF World Championships in London in August, his final major competition. In an emotional farewell after the race, fans held up coloured cards that formed a huge Jamaican flag in the stands, with a giant message: ‘THANX UB’. The Jamaican anthem followed, with Bolt singing along. Other winners yesterday were Mo Farah and Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa, who led home the rarely-contested 300 metres in a world’s best time of 30.81. Farah claimed victory in the 10,000m in what was likely one of his last races on the track. Farah held off a challenge from Kenyan Mathew Kimeli, surging past him with 200m to go to win in 27:12.09. Kimeli clocked 27:14.43. Van Niekerk, Olympic champion and world record holder in the 400m, won the 300m inside the previous best time of 30.85, set by Michael Johnson in 2000, in Pretoria, South Africa. Isaac Makwala of Botswana was second in 31.44, ahead of another South African, Clarence Munyai, who clocked 31.61.
Tissana Hickling and Kevin Nedrick won medals for Jamaica on yesterday’s opening day of the Junior Pan Am Championships in Trujillo, Peru. Hickling picked up silver in the girls’ long jump after finishing second with 6.36m metres. America Tara Davis picked up gold with 6.51m while Tyra Gittens of Trinidad and Tobago was third with 6.22m. Nedrick was third in the boys discus with a throw of 58.86m. Claudio Romero of Chile won with an impressive mark of 62.09m while Turner Washington of the United States was second with 61.30m. It was tough for Jamaica on the track. Amoi Brown clocked 13.52 seconds for fourth and Janeek Brown 13.99 for eighth in the 100m hurdles. The event was won by Tia Jones of the United States in 13.01 with her compatriot Tara Davis, second in 13.05. In the 110m hurdles, Carifta U-20 champion Damon Thomas was fourth in 13.59 while teammate Philip Lemonious finished sixth in 13.69. American Eric Edwards Sr won the event in 13.33. Aneka Brissett was fifth in the girls’ 100m in 11.78 as Trinidad and Tobago’s Khalifa St Fort won gold after clocking 11.32 relegating the American duo of Rebekkah Smith and Symone Mason to second and third in 11.55 and 11.62 respectively. In another track final Jamal Walton of the Cayman Islands captured the 400m in 44.99 with Anthony Carpenter of Jamaica, fourth in 46.92. The outstanding Christopher Taylor will be in action for Jamaica today in the semi-finals of the boys’ 200m.
MORNING SESSION 4:00 a.m: M Shot Put Qualification 4:05 a.m: W 100m Hurdles Heptathlon 4:35 a.m: W Hammer Throw Qualification Group A 4:45 a.m: M 400m Heats 5:00 a.m: W Triple Jump Qualification 5:30 a.m: W High Jump Heptathlon 5:45 a.m: W 100m Heats 6:05 a.m: W Hammer Throw Qualification Group B 6:45 a.m: M 800m Heats AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00 p.m: W Shot Put Heptathlon 1:05 p.m: M 100m Semi-Final 1:26 p.m: M Discus Throw Final 1:35 p.m: W 1500m Semi-Final 2:05 p.m: M Long Jump Final 2:10 p.m: W 10,000m Final 3:00 p.m: W 200m Heptathlon 3:45 p.m: M 100m Final
Jamaica-born winger Leon Bailey has signed a two-year deal with fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) to become the company’s official Ambassador. Andrei Roper, brand manager of KFC, in revealing details of the deal on Thursday, said his company is delighted to be partnering with the outstanding Bayer Leverkusen player who has been linked with a move to number of Europe’s top clubs including England’s Chelsea and Liverpool and Germany’s champion club, Bayern Munich. “We have signed an arrangement with Leon Bailey and by extension his childhood club Phoenix Academy, to be a part of our marketing campaign for our flagship product Big Deal leading up to the World Cup and also our World Cup meal, the Winner Box,” said Roper. “He is going to feature heavily in a couple of television commercials and some digital and social media promotions which will be launched in time for the World Cup. He added: “Leon is a budding superstar in international football and we know he is one of the brightest football talents to come out of Jamaica and we thought it would have been a great partnership for the KFC brand to have him aligned with Big Deal and the Winner Box.” The 20-year-old was in excellent form for the Bundesliga outfit last season with an impressive 12 goals and six assists in 34 appearances in all competitions.
President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Warren Blake, has confirmed to The Gleaner, that Jamaica has failed in its attempt to host the 2019 IAAF World Relays. Blake said the Government was not able to provide a written financial backing to the IAAF, despite the world governing body extending the period, which was given for the country to provide the financial statement. “The decision was for Jamaica to say we could afford to host the event and we needed the Government to say they could come up with the financial backing. We were not able to secure a written financial backing from the Government in time. They gave us a deadline and when the deadline passed they extended it and we still could not come up with a written financial backing,” Blake said. Jamaica became the preferred destination to host the event after The Bahamas, which hosted the first three editions of the meet, relinquished their hosting rights saying that it has become a financial strain. It is reported that it would have cost the country over US$5 million ($687 million) to host the relays as major renovation would have to be done to the National Stadium.
Christmasis a holy day for Christians, a day of commemoration, reflection and sharing in remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ, the man who incarnated hope for mankind. Thousands nationwide, including the majority of Amerindians, will be celebrating by attending mass and church services, and gathering with family and friends to indulge in the season’s festivities.As we go out of our way to make those dear to us happy, let us remember the children who were not so fortunate to wake up to presents this morning, the families who do not have the luxury of sumptuous meals or the company of close ones to look forward to. Let us spare a thought for those who are without families and those who have left us. Let us remember Indigenous peoples around the globe who figure among some of the most impoverished and neglected populations, deprived of decent health care, basic necessities and their human rights. Let us remember the populations trapped in the grips of war and conflict.For if anything, Christmas is the celebration of a man who lived a life of poverty and for the poor.The thriving business built on Christmas is far flung from the stable in which the Son of Man was born, surrounded by his humble parents, shepherds and animals. And so we often forget that the essence of giving which inhibits us this time of the year, is not only in honour of Christ as the three kings had honoured him, but also in acknowledgement of those in need.The late Archbishop of San Salvador Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez on December 24, 1978 said: “No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas without being truly poor. The self-sufficient, the proud, those who, because they have everything,look down on others, (…) – for them there will be no Christmas. (…)”His statement resonates with me in particular this Christmas, after a year of rampant crime and austere measures which plunged our nation into morosity. Social division between Guyanese is increasingly pronounced and the people challenged by poverty, unemployment and other forms of negligence, are often taken for granted by their fellow countrymen and women.I hope that a spirit of solidarity and mutual respect ignites and cements us as a nation, replacing the scorn so often meted out to the small man and woman. It is to these lesser privileged sections of our society that I would like to extend my best wishes for peace and renewed strength to face the challenges ahead. May your Christmas by merry and joyful.Season’s greetings to all.