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Warriors think Westbrook’s style is ‘easy to defend’—report

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES Read Next Although most defenses appeared helpless against the seemingly unstoppable guard, the reigning NBA champions Golden State Warriors reportedly do not fear his daredevil play style.In an episode of the “Low Post” podcast, ESPN’s Zach Lowe shared that some members from the Warriors locker room believe that the high-flying guard is “so easy to defend, it’s like cake to them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough his statistical average against the Warriors remained stellar, Westbrook only shot 37.5 percent from the field and turned the ball over 32 times in four contests. The Thunder also dropped all four games.However, he visibly lacked on-court support last year, often putting the entire team on his shoulders for most of the year. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook walks down the court in the final seconds of Game 2 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston.  APAfter averaging a triple-double and bagging the 2017 NBA MVP Award, its’ safe to say that Russell Westbrook had his way against most NBA defenders throughout the 2016-2017 NBA season.The 28-year-old point guard relied on his freakish athleticism to dominate the competition, tallying unworldly averages of 31.6 points, 10.7 boards and 10.4 dimes, while playing 81 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC That won’t be the case this year, as fellow perennial All Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony are now on board and ready to take some load off the mercurial guard. /ra Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Offseason overhaul complete, new era begins for Celtics LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Beermen ‘won’t back down’ from KaTropa after intense Game 3

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJust like the Incredible Hulk, the San Miguel Beermen are a different animal when they’re angry.Arwind Santos himself noted that heated confrontations, like what happened in halftime of Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against TNT on Sunday, just lights a fire under the Beermen, making them more driven to claim the win.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “That’s the good thing about this team when we’re angry. We remind each other that it’s okay to feel that because we don’t want to lose,” he said in Filipino. “If our opponents want that kind of game, we’ll give it to them but we won’t lose focus on what we want to achieve.”Tempers flared late in the second period when TNT stand-in import Mike Myers and Governors’ Cup reinforcement Michael Craig jawed at Chris Ross.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Those guys, they keep talking to me and I don’t know why,” shared Ross. “The guy told me he’s playing next conference, I said I’m not worried about the next conference I’m worried about the game right now.”Emotions escalated during the halftime break, where the two imports allegedly pushed a metal railing that hit San Miguel governor Robert Non and some of the Beermen staff who were on their way to the dugout. Both denied the accusations against them. LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve been together for so long and the chemistry is already there. We’re locked in on what we wanted to do and we know what to expect from them after we won Game 2,” he said.Ross, though, hopes the Beermen won’t have to wait for such instances before coming to their senses.“I hope we can get to that level where we can just play at that level from the beginning. That will be good for us. But as long as we got that extra level to go through, it’s always good,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FIFA’s video review system under scrutiny again in Russia Nonetheless, the scuffle seemingly fueled the Beermen in the third quarter as they came out hot en route to a 109-97 Game 3 win and a 2-1 series lead.“We won’t back down from them,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.Ross echoed Santos’ sentiments and said that heated confrontations “kind of gets our juices going.”“It’s kind of like waking up a sleeping dog or something. We’re just trying to play basketball and when they start to do things that we feel that aren’t basketball, we kind of turn it up the notch,” he said.June Mar Fajardo said it’s San Miguel Beer’s poise given that the Beermen have a lot of experience being in pressure-packed situations.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Lakers sign Caldwell-Pope for 1 year, $18 million

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ By agreeing to a one-year deal with the rebuilding Lakers, Caldwell-Pope will be able to hit the market as an unrestricted free agent in 2018 when a longer-term deal could be available from the Lakers or another club.Los Angeles appears to be using all of its available salary cap space on Caldwell-Pope. He will be their second highest-paid player next season behind newly acquired center Brook Lopez, who also will be a free agent next summer.General manager Rob Pelinka has said the Lakers are firmly committed to preserving enough cap space in 2018 to sign two free agents to max contracts. Luol Deng and Jordan Clarkson are the only veterans on Los Angeles’ roster with a contract beyond the upcoming season.Caldwell-Pope is suspended for the first two games of next season. He was arrested in March, and he pleaded guilty last month to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Bayern sign Rodriguez on loan deal from Real Caldwell-Pope was among the top handful of talents remaining on the free agent market after spending his first four NBA seasons with the Detroit Pistons. The former eighth overall pick from Georgia averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists last season while starting 75 games.The 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) Pope could play a major role next season for the Lakers alongside point guard Lonzo Ball, the second overall pick. Los Angeles traded D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn last month, and Nick Young signed with Golden State.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCaldwell-Pope also is a strong two-way player who should improve the Lakers’ defensive competence. Los Angeles became a solid offensive team last season under first-year coach Luke Walton, but only two teams allowed more than the Lakers’ 111.5 points per game.Detroit renounced its rights to Caldwell-Pope last week after acquiring Avery Bradley in a trade with Boston. Caldwell-Pope has been a starter since his rookie season with the Pistons, but they elected not to award him a lucrative long-term deal to stay. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena In this March 24, 2017, photo, Detroit Pistons’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope takes a shot against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press Tuesday night, July 11, 2017 that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million contract. (AP Photo/John Raoux)LOS ANGELES — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million contract.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal hasn’t been announced.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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LOOK: Estranged ex-Celtics teammates Pierce, Allen ‘bury the hatchet’

first_imgAllen, on the other hand, went on to capture another NBA title in South Beach before calling it quits.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters WATCH: ’08 Celtics squad bares dispute with Ray Allen Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments NU rolls to 2nd wincenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The estranged former comrades posed for a photo together, while appearing at the Super Penguin Basketball Celebrity Game at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China over the weekend.“Time to get the band back together,” “The Truth” wrote on Instagram, tagging the rest of the “Big 4” members, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.“No matter what happen we all formed a special bond that can never b broken,” he added, using the hashtags #burythehatchet and #onceacelticalwaysaceltic.Meanwhile, the pair have both walked away  from the NBA, with Pierce recently signing a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Celtics.NBA: Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s jersey next seasonADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul After winning an NBA Championship together in 2008, former Boston Celtics teammates Paul Pierce and Ray Allen did not have an amicable parting of ways, as the latter left for the Miami Heat in 2012.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut after admitting “being hurt” by the sharpshooter’s decision to jump ship during an appearance on  TNT’s “Area 21” back in May, it seems that Pierce has let bygones be bygones and reunited with Allen.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Indian athletes aim for best-ever haul in CWG

first_imgThe missing star power of Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell might have taken some sheen off it but the athletics event of the Delhi Commonwealth Games promises to be enthralling nonetheless with home-grown talents such as PT Usha-protege Tintu Luka gearing up to make a mark.India have just nine athletics medals, including a gold, in the Commonwealth Games history but the country can look forward to a haul of at least six this time, according to Athletics Federation of India chief Lalit Bhanot.Athletics is one discipline in Commonwealth Games which presents a world class field. Competitors from Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Jamaica, Kenya and Canada take part in it.Not surprisingly, India have many times won more athletics medals in Asian Games than Commonwealth Games.’Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh is the only Indian to have won a gold — in men’s quarter mile or 440 yards race in Cardiff, Wales in 1958 when it was still known as the British Empire and Commonwealth Games.The colour of the medals will, however, depends on whether the athletes can touch their personal bests in home conditions.”This time we have the chance to have the best medal haul in our Commonwealth Games history. We are aiming for six to eight medals. It is a very tough world-class competition in athletics as competitors from Jamaica, Kenya, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada are taking part,” Bhanot told PTI.”In Melbourne, we won two silver — Seema Antil in women’s discus throw and women’s 4X400 relay. But this time we are hoping that we will be among the top performing athletics countries,” said Bhanot who is also the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee spokesman.advertisementIn four events — men’s shot put, men’s discus throw, women’s discus throw and women’s 4X400 relay — Indians are among the season’s top five performers among Commonwealth countries.India is expecting two medals from women’s discus throw out of the three in the team — Krishna Poonia, Harwant Kaur and national record holder and Melbourne Games silver medallist Seema Antil.Poonia and Kaur are in the top five and Antil is sixth.All the three were also fielded in Melbourne with Antil winning silver with a throw of 60.56m.Poonia hurled the discus to 63.69 in April in USA, which put her third in the season’s best list behind Dani Samuels (65.58m) of Australia and Elizna Naude (64.49m) of South Africa. .Naude had won gold in Melbourne with an effort of 61.55m while Samuels bagged a bronze by clearing 60.56m.Poonia, who was fifth in Melbourne four years ago with 58.65m, has not touched 61.00m in her two latest performances — at the Asian All Star Meet in July here and National Inter-State Championships in Patiala last month.Kaur, who was seventh in Melbourne with 57.64m, has a season’s best of 60.66m which she recorded at Patiala and is fifth among the Commonwealth discus throwers.She has a personal best of 63.05m which she did six years ago and had done 61.08 in 2008 though in the last two months she has not been able to go past the 61m mark.Antil, on the other hand, has not touched 60m for quite some time and she will need a major improvement in her form to win a medal though she is the national record holder with a throw of 64.84 in 2004.In women’s 800m race, Luka has improved by leaps and bounds in recent months and she broke Shiny Wilson’s 15-year-old national record yesterday in the VTB Bank Continental Cup by running 1:59.17 to finish a creditable fifth. Wilson’s earlier national record was 1:59.85 set in 1995.Luka is now sixth among Commonwealth top performers this season with Beijing Olympics gold medallist Nancy Jebet Lagat of Kenya leading the time with 1:57.75, followed by another Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei (1:57.84), Jamaican Kenia Sinclair (1:58.16), Britons Jemma Simpson (1:58.74) and Jennifer Meadows (1:58.88).But the withdrawls of Simpson and Meadows, who finished fourth in Croatia, have brightened Luka’s medal hopes.The 21-year-old P T Usha protege will, however, have to contend with tough competition as top finishers in Melbourne four years ago are in prime form this time around as well.Janeth had won gold in Melbourne with a time of 1:57.88 while Sinclair was the silver medallist with 1:58.16 four years ago.Janeth, a former world champion and Beijing Olympics silver medallist, and Sinclair finished first and second in VTB Bank Continental Cup on Saturday in Split, Croatia, where Luka shattered Shiny Wilson’s record with her first sub two minute performance of her career.South African world champion Caster Semenya, who resumed running recently after her gender test controversy a year ago, will also be aiming for a medal though her best this season was 1:59.65.advertisementAnother event in which India can expect a medal is in women’s 4X400m relay. The Indian quartet of Rajwinder Kaur, Manjith Kaur, Soman Chitra and Pinki Parmanik had won a silver in Melbourne with an effort of 3:29.57.This season, the Indian relay team’s 3:32.63 time is the fourth best behind Great Britain, Jamaica and Nigeria. In Melbourne, Australia had won gold with a timing of 3:28.66 while Nigeria (3:31.83) and Jamaica (3:34.91) had finished third and fourth respectively.Fast improving women jumper Mayookha Johny is another medal hope in both long jump and triple jump. She broke Anju Bobby George’s 2002 triple jump national record of 13.67m by clearing 13.68m at the National Inter-State Meet in Patiala last month.In long jump, her 6.64m is seventh among the season’s best Commonwealth performers while she is sixth in triple jump.”I am aiming to jump around 14m in which I think should win a medal in long jump. In triple jump, I am aiming for 6.7m or 6.8m to get a medal,” Mayookha had said after the Patiala meet.Among men, India’s medal hopes are mainly on shot putters Om Prakash and Saurabh Vij but they may not be gold. With Vij testing positive for a banned stimulant has dealt a blow to India as he had recently recorded a staggering 20.65m in the Delhi Athletics Championships.His effort though was not counted as national record as it came in a state event which did not follow standard rules including dope tests.The IAAF website though took note of Vij’s effort which is below the Commonwealth best of Canadian Dylan Armstrong’s 21.58m. Dorian Scott of Jamaica, who won silver in Melbourne four years ago with an effort of 19.75m, is second with season’s best of 20.55 while Martin Scott of Australia who won bronze in Melbourne has a personal best of 20.10 to lie fourth this season.Om Prakash and Great Britain’s Carl Myerscough have same 19.99m to be in fifth place in season’s best efforts.Om Prakash, who have a personal best of 20.02m recorded last year in Chennai said he wood look to clear 20.50m for a medal.”I am looking to clear at least 20.50m which I think should be enough for a medal. Winning gold depends on the performance of other competitors. Armstrong could only have 19.70 in the VTB Bank Continental Cup on Saturday so you never know,” he said.last_img read more

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Koena Mitra shares steamy kiss with Kevin Sorbo in ‘The Story of Naomi’

first_imgA steamy screen kiss that Koena Mitra shares with American actor Kevin Sorbo in her international debut, The Story Of Naomi , is currently doing the rounds on the Internet.Although sources in the film’s unit have claimed the scene was leaked, most others in the industry feel the makers of the film were merely going with the current trend of deliberately giving away to sundry websites in order to fuel publicity.The Story Of Naomi, being billed as Koena’s ‘Hollywood debut’ is actually directed by an American filmmaker of Indian origin Ash Gupta, known so far as a fashion photographer.The ‘leaked’ liplock scene between Koena Mitra & Kevin Sorbo.Sorbo apart, the other notable Hollywood link in the film is producer Michael Hirshenson, best known as a casting associate in films such as Jurassic Park, Mrs Doubtfire, A Few Good Men, Home Alone 2 and When Harry Met Sally. The Story Of Naomi made news when it was announced a while back owing to the sensational character Koena is touted to be playing.She plays Naomi, the film’s bisexual protagonist who has an affair with the film’s hero as well as a woman.Going by the first- look poster, which has Koena striking a provocative pose with a female co- star, Gupta’s film looks like a low- budget sexy movie.Sorbo is best known as a TV star on shows such as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Andromeda . His Hollywood outing so far has mostly been marked by B-flicks such as Kull The Conqueror, Bitch Slap and Fire Down Below . While on Koena, the Bollywood Desert starlet has hardly tasted success in Hindi films in her career spanning just over half a decade. In fact, she has made more news with her reported nose job that went wrong (Koena of course denied having gone for a surgery) than genuine acting skills or stardom.advertisementWith no clear blockbuster to her credit, she is best known for glamour roles in films such as Apna Sapna Money Money , Musafir and Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena . She was last seen in a starring role in the 2008 dud, Anamika . Around the time Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena was releasing in 2005, a section of the grapevine suggested she was having a fling with Fardeen Khan, her co- star in the film.Koena however had vehemently denied the rumour.Coming back to The Story Of Naomi, the film also stars Chris Deveccio and Diep Tran in supporting roles.The film is slated for release sometime next year.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Leak of security breach threat at Pranab’s office embarrasses Congress

first_imgThe leakage of a report on fears that the offices of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and his aides were bugged has deeply embarrassed the Congress.For the beleaguered party and the UPA government, the report on the alleged “spying” of Mukherjee, who is number two in the Manmohan Singh government and heads over three dozen Groups of Ministers on various important policy issues, has come at a time when there are whispers of a disconnect between the Prime Minister and his senior cabinet colleagues.The bugging attempt has spun various conspiracy theories in the corridors of power linking to the trust deficit between the top three – the PM, the finance minister and the home minister.According to the report, Mukherjee on September 7 last year wrote to Manmohan Singh to order a quiet probe into what he reportedly felt was a “serious breach of security” in his office. Confirming a part of the episode, Mukherjee told reporters that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had investigated the reported bugging in his offices and found nothing.Discounting the theory of involvement of high-level personnel in the operation, the baffled Congress responded by spinning wild stories about who could have been responsible.While a senior AICC leader suspected the hand of a corporate house, some others said it could be someone interested in manipulating the stock market. Another hinted at a China angle.This leader said the possibility of such a scenario being envisaged was rooted in the incident involving the hacking of computer networks in some countries by the Chinese. Another leader alleged that “some RSS moles”, either in the finance ministry or the home ministry, might have done it to “defame the government”.advertisementOfficially, the Congress declined to comment on the issue. Spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said: “Mukherjee himself has responded. The party has nothing to add.” But the BJP asked the government to come clean on the episode.”It is a serious matter. If what has come to light is true, then it needs to be investigated. This has come at a time when there are so many cases of financial irregularities and scams,” BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said. “Mukherjee is No. 2 in the cabinet. Who in the government is bugging its own ministers? This raises a lot of disturbing questions,” he said.When asked to respond to the BJP charge that the bugging was the result of differences between Mukherjee and P. Chidambaram, Natarajan said the BJP was in the habit of hurling “baseless and unfounded” allegations.”There is no need to respond to that,” she said.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Ind vs WI 2nd Test Day 1: VVS, Raina save the day for India

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