Cavs revamp roster at trading deadline hoping LeBron stays

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ A former All-Star, Thomas still hasn’t fully recovered from a serious hip injury and there were no signs he was going to improve enough to make a difference this season.But beyond that, he had worn out his welcome with some biting comments toward teammates and coach Tyronn Lue.The Cavs shipped Thomas, forward Channing Frye and one of their 2018 first-round picks to the Lakers for point guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr., two athletic 25-year-olds who can potentially be part of Cleveland’s core for years to come.“You make a trade and you want it to succeed, like anything else,” Altman said in assessing the Thomas-for-Irving deal. “The level of value we got back in the Kyrie Irving trade was pretty good. Did it fit? Did it work? Probably not. So with those pieces, we decided to shuffle the deck and get younger and get some youthful talent with energy and enthusiasm, great cultural pieces that I want to be a part of.”Cleveland also parted with Jae Crowder, who came over from the Celtics with Thomas and didn’t pan out, by sending the forward and former league MVP Derrick Rose to Utah for forward Rodney Hood. Iman Shumpert was dealt to Sacramento for guard George Hill, a veteran who can shoot and create.And Altman completed the stunning midseason renovation by trading Dwyane Wade back to Miami, where he’ll finish his career with the franchise that drafted him and the one he put on the map by winning three titles.Altman consulted with Wade and James about the move since their friendship is what led to them playing together in Cleveland this season.While Altman’s main objective was to repair Cleveland’s culture, his efforts also were designed to appease James, who hasn’t been himself in recent weeks. However, with the deadline hours away, James put together a 37-point, 15-assist, 10-rebound game on Wednesday that he capped with a game-saving block in the final seconds and a buzzer-beating shot to edge Minnesota in overtime.It was vintage James, who had been playing at an MVP level before his puzzling drop-off.Altman feels the trades will rejuvenate James. LATEST STORIES Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, celebrates after making the game-winning basket in overtime in an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 140-138 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Once summer rolls around, LeBron James stars on a different stage.All eyes in the NBA and across the sports world will focus on James during free agency.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There are already teams lining up for an audience with The King, should he opt out of his contract. On Thursday, the Cavaliers turned their roster upside down in hopes of convincing James he doesn’t have to go anywhere.And just like that, another chapter was added to a chaotic season in Cleveland.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith an unexpected flurry of moves before the NBA trade deadline, the Cavs unloaded six players to change their identity and culture while moving back into title contention. They also showed James, who can be a free agent in July, they’re willing to do whatever’s necessary to help him win another championship.“He’s the guy that is going to take us back to the promised land,” Cavs general manager Koby Altman said, “so you want to put the right pieces around him.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases center_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 “This guy is so good he dictates outcomes,” he said. “That was the hardest part for me was seeing him . and I don’t want to say he didn’t believe in this group and want to be careful in saying that because he’s going to compete every night and try to get whatever teams he’s on to the Finals, but I wanted to see a renewed sense of joy in him and being around him the last 24 hours has been great.“He’s excited and I can see a renewed sense of excitement and joy in him when he’s in the building and we will see that translate to some fun basketball because he’s the key.”Just last week James expressed doubts about the Cavs’ commitment to fixing their roster. He had watched other All-Stars — including close friends Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony — get traded since the end of last season and he wondered if Cleveland was going to make any significant moves to improve.He doesn’t have any doubts now.James, who holds a $35.6 million option, said before the deadline that he would not waive his no-trade clause. He has not given the Cavs a long-term commitment in order to keep pressure on owner Dan Gilbert to continue to upgrade the roster.The Cavs made their moves.James gets the next one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours All it took was a massive makeover.Altman ended an experiment doomed to fail by infusing youth into what was the league’s oldest roster and holding onto a coveted first-round draft pick in case James decides to leave.The Cavaliers have been in a freefall, losing 13 of 20 games since Christmas Day. But what had become obvious and more troublesome to Altman, and anyone that spent any time around the team, was that the Cavs were miserable, disconnected and on a path to self-destruction.“We were really worried that what was going on on the floor and sort of our culture in the building that we were marching a slow death,” Altman said. “And we didn’t want to be a part of that.”So Altman’s first move in the overhaul required the 35-year-old to swallow his pride and scuttle the blockbuster trade that brought guard Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland last July in the deal for Kyrie Irving.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Figure skater saving pups from South Korean dog meat trade View commentslast_img read more

Melecio on target as La Salle rips foe

first_imgKim Aurin tried to rescue the Altas, fueling a last stand that pushed his school to within five, 81-76, but La Salle stepped on the gas with their defense keying a 17-0 run that iced the outcome.“We lost our rhythm at the start,” coach Louie Gonzalez admitted. “The team is not even half of what we want to be by the UAAP season but the good thing is that the players have surrendered themselves to learning the system.”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 crownLa Salle fell behind after missing all its field goal attempts in the final five minutes before the fourth. But Melecio had 17 of his team-high 27 points in that period to spark the turnaround.Arellano University picked up its second win in three games after crushing Lyceum, 93-76, in the earlier game. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Michael Canete poured 11 of his 17 points in the first half to fuel the Chiefs’ breakaway and added 12 rebounds and three steals.“It is a big deal for us to win against Lyceum because it gives us an indication of where we are right now as the NCAA draws nearer,” Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Aljun Melecio waxed hot when it mattered the most, draining five triples in the fourth quarter to power La Salle to a 96-83 victory over Perpetual Help on Friday in the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup at FilOil Flying V Centre.Melecio’s scoring spree allowed the Green Archers to overturn a seven-point deficit entering the final period and coast to their third straight victory in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC With momentum on its side, can F2 Logistics repeat last season’s success against Petron? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

TNT routs Columbian

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man-mountain Josh Smith’s menacing presence proved enough from the start to drive the Dyip away from the paint and open opportunities for Terrence Romeo and Troy Rosario, who led the KaTropa to their fifth win in six games, tied with idle Rain or Shine.In the second game, Meralco spoiled Justin Brownlee’s debut with Ginebra in this conference after escaping with a 93-82 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Bolts notched their fourth victory in six games, while dropping the Gin Kings to 1-4.With Jayson Castro efficiently sharing the ball, the KaTropa leaned on Rosario and Romeo in building a 19-point advantage in the first period, a deficit Columbian wasn’t able to put a dent on the rest of the way. MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Josh Smith returns for TNT. PBA IMAGESTNT KaTropa made Columbian Dyip look like they didn’t belong in the same league.Ruthless right off the bat, the KaTropa fired on all cylinders and didn’t let up to turn the Dyip into a total wreck Friday night, hammering out a 123-95 victory that gave TNT a share of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup lead at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Subic Ironman bets to undergo drug testing and Uytengsu wants PBA to do the same Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Columbian dropped to 3-4 after taking a second straight loss.“The game plan was to play hard from the start and finish the game in the first half,” said Rosario in Filipino, as he ended up as the most efficient KaTropa after scoring 21 points built on 10-for-14 shooting in just 19 minutes.Rosario, one of four stalwarts of TNT who will banner the Gilas squad that will seek gold in the Asian Games in Indonesia in August, had 10 points in the first quarter and helped propel the KaTropa to 72 first half points.TNT frustrated Columbian coach Ricky Dandan, who took full advantage of the All-Star Week break to instill a defensive mindset on his team.It failed completely.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Instead, it was the KaTropa backcourt of Jericho Cruz, Roger Pogoy, Romeo and Castro who shut down Columbian scorers Rashawn McCarthy, Reden Celda and Jerramy King.Smith, who replaced Jeremy Tyler, didn’t feel the need to assert himself as his beefy 290-pound frame alone adequately played the role for which he was hired.“Josh added size for us inside and it really helped that we had a good start,” said TNT coach Nash Racela.Cruz buried a long buzzer-beater from midcourt for a 32-point TNT bubble at the half.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 awardlast_img read more

Cone sees Brownlee, Balkman turning into ‘mortal enemies’ in PBA Finals

first_imgJustin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman celebrated a championship together with Alab Pilipinas in the  ASEAN Basketball League almost three months ago.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES On Friday, the two will find themselves back in the finals stage. Only this time, they will be on opposing sides playing for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup crown.Ginebra coach Tim Cone expects Brownlee and Balkman to put their friendship aside and figure in an ultra-competitive matchup the moment the ball goes up in the air in Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’m sure in the beginning there’s gonna be giggles and laughs between the two of them maybe a few high fives privately but once the series gets going, I tell you, those guys are so competitive,” Cone said after Ginebra knocked outed Rain or Shine in Game 4 of the semifinals Monday night to set up a best-of-seven duel with San Miguel Beer.“The two of them are gonna be mortal enemies out there. They’re former teammates, but I think they’re really gonna go at each other,” added Cone. “I don’t know how much they’ll guard each other. I assume, Balkman will guard Justin a lot but I’m not sure how much Justin will guard Balkman.” Balkman and Brownlee had already faced each other when the Puerto Rican forward led the Beermen past the Gin Kings, 104-97, in the elimination round on June 3.In that keenly-awaited showdown, Balkman finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks while Brownlee had 18 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks.Brownlee, who is making his third finals appearance with Ginebra, admitted it will feel different not being on the same team as Balkman.“I guess it feels a little weird,” Brownlee said on Tuesday. “He’s on the other side now. That’s my brother for life but now he’s an opponent.”Balkman believes it’s going to be a dogfight come Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Fireworks expected in action-packed ONE: Reign of Kings Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ “We all brothers, but it’s gonna be a fight until the end. We’re both trying to win a championship.”Cone can’t wait to see how it unfolds.“It will be an interesting matchup and it’s ironic that we both got these guys late, we were both at the bottom of the standings when they came and they’ve brought us all the way back to the top of the mountain and now they square off with each other so that’s a very nice story right there. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

Back by the beach, Dodgers look to get hot in World Series

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lyceum destroys Letran to return to NCAA finals Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “You get on the road and things can be a little quirky,” Buehler said. “I would think that most people would be better at their home ballpark and to have their home crowd behind them. And we expect them to be out and loud tomorrow.”With the shift to the National League, the designated hitter vanishes. Boston manager Alex Cora must decide whether to insert J.D. Martinez into an outfield corner to keep the major league RBI leader in the batting order. He ruled out shifting Mookie Betts from right field to second base to create room.Martinez is playing with a sore right ankle after slipping while rounding second base in the opener.“Actually he felt better today walking around,” Cora said. “He got treatment on the way here. He’s going to get treatment tomorrow. He’ll get treatment tomorrow morning. In the afternoon we’ll make a decision.”After starting the first all right-handed-hitting lineup (with no switch-hitters) in Series history against lefties Chris Sale and David Price, Roberts will revert to a more orthodox assortment against Porcello. Left-handed-hitting Joc Pederson will lead off instead of Brian Dozier, and fellow lefties Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy could join him along with switch-hitting catcher Yasmani Grandal. The benched quartet included the Dodgers’ top four home-run hitters.Roberts was a member of the 2004 Red Sox, who became the first team to overcome a 3-0 postseason deficit when they beat the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series. Boston then swept St. Louis for its first title since 1918. Roberts remembered the message of then-Red Sox manager Terry Francona: win tonight.“You can’t win four games in one night,” Roberts said. “So just the focus-on-one-game-at-a-time mentality. I know it’s easier said than done.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dodger Stadium viewed on Thursday, Oct., 25, 2018, a day ahead of World Series Game 3 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox. The Series shifted scene after the Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the cold of Boston’s Fenway Park. (AP Photo/Ron Blum)LOS ANGELES — Palm trees! Shorts! Sunglasses!While the World Series isn’t quite a trip to the beach, the Boston Red Sox anticipate staying hot in balmy California, and the Los Angeles Dodgers hope a warm welcome will help them reverse a 2-0 deficit.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles traveled Thursday, deciding to get a full night’s sleep in a Boston hotel rather than flop on flat-bed airplane seats while cruising cross-country through the night. Boston’s players spent the night at home, then jetted west.Porcello went straight from the charter to Dodger Stadium, GQ ready in a dark suit, dress shirt and violet necktie.“I actually have it buttoned up because I have a stain on my white shirt,” he said. “I’ve been walking around Dodger Stadium with this thing snug, so nobody could see that. It’s not as good as it looks right now. I’m hiding everything.”Boston burst ahead in the Series at its 106-year-old ballpark, defined by the 37-foot Green Monster in left, the triangle in center, the Pesky Pole in right and the Citgo sign beyond. The Red Sox thrived in the chilly, damp nights. The Dodgers bundled up and tried to endure.Now Los Angeles is back in its own elements. The yellow, light orange, turquoise and sky blue seats looked like 55,000 or so dominoes lined up, the San Gabriel Mountains shimmering beyond the hexagonal video boards and the parking lots. While there were no formal workouts by either team, a few Dodgers played catch in left field.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ “I think the climate is a little different,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts deadpanned Thursday. “There’s a familiarity, obviously, for us. There’s been a lot of talk of outfield depth; we’re very familiar with the ballpark.”Walker Buehler, a 24-year-old rookie right-hander, will be the center of attention when he starts Game 3 for the Dodgers in Friday’s late-afternoon twilight against Rick Porcello. Not so Wednesday, when Buehler flew home from Boston ahead of his team and went unrecognized.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 ChrissHe missed a 4-2 win by the Red Sox at Fenway Park that opened a 2-0 Series lead. The Dodgers once again looked off-kilter in the cold of autumn in New England.“We actually took off like 30 minutes before the first pitch and landed about 30 minutes before the last out,” he said. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Anthony Davis remains in trade limbo; Harrison Barnes to Sacramento

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis laughs as he walks on the court before an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)MIAMI— Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.By 3 p.m. Thursday, that may change.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trump lashes out as impeachment trial is in limbo PLAY LIST 02:26Trump lashes out as impeachment trial is in limbo01:08DOT assures PH ‘very safe’ for tourists amid alleged abduction in Makati00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Davis remained in place Wednesday, though the run-up to the NBA’s annual trade deadline picked up steam in plenty of other locales around the league — including Dallas, where the Mavericks took Harrison Barnes out of their win over Charlotte in the third quarter because he’s about to get moved to Sacramento, according to two people familiar with the negotiations there.“I got word of it during the game,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTobias Harris going to Philadelphia from the Los Angeles Clippers as the centerpiece of a six-person, four-draft-pick swap was the first notable deal of Trade Deadline Eve. Later, Chicago agreed to acquire Otto Porter Jr. from Washington for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis. The Mavs and Kings agreed to swap Barnes for Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson, and as the day was winding down the Wizards struck again — this time sending Markieff Morris to New Orleans for Wesley Johnson.The Mavs-Kings and Wizards-Pelicans deals were confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity by people directly involved in the negotiations, all speaking on condition of anonymity pending the mandatory NBA trade calls to make the deals official. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I mean, obviously, it’s on everyone’s mind,” Gentry said. “But we just try to put it on the back burner and focus on the task at hand and that’s playing the Chicago Bulls. Not anything we can do about it. … I think everything kind of clears up after (Thursday), at least for a while. And you can go back to I guess normal, or whatever our new normal is going to be.”In other trades Wednesday:— A person familiar with the terms said NBA-leading Milwaukee was sending center Thon Maker to the Detroit Pistons for forward Stanley Johnson. Both were lottery picks, Johnson in 2015 and Maker a year later. That trade was also pending the NBA reviewing the financial terms and approving, which is required for any deal to become final.— The Los Angeles Lakers — one of the teams known to want Davis — made another deal, getting Reggie Bullock from the Detroit Pistons for rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk. Bullock is a shooter, and Lakers star LeBron James loves surrounding himself with those. Bullock is making nearly 39 percent of his 3-point tries this season. Mykhailiuk has averaged 3.3 points in 39 appearances.— Philadelphia swung a deal with Toronto, getting Malachi Richardson and some draft considerations for cash. Richardson appeared in 23 games during two seasons with the Raptors.— Two people with knowledge of the deal say Houston, Sacramento and Cleveland are finishing a trade that will most notably send Iman Shumpert from the Kings to the Rockets. Houston is sending Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss to the Cavaliers. Alec Burks — now traded for the second time this season, after starting the year in Utah — will go from the Cavaliers to the Kings, when the league signs off on the necessary matters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott went to the 76ers, while Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala and Landry Shamet went to the Clippers. Philadelphia — with an eye on moving way up from the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference — also gave up a protected 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 first-rounder that was once owned by Miami, and second-rounders in 2021 and 2023 through Detroit.“We are in the unique position to contend now and we think this trade positions us well for the postseason,” 76ers general manager Elton Brand said.Porter will be headed to Chicago, with the Wizards taking back Parker and Portis. Parker has been bracing for a trade, and moving Porter is a financial win if nothing else for Washington. So is the move that sends Morris to the Pelicans, one that should get the Wizards out of having to pay anything in luxury tax this season.Another deal with tax ramifications was worked out between Miami and Phoenix. The Heat sent Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington to the Suns for Ryan Anderson, helping alleviate the logjam of guards that Miami coach Erik Spoelstra has been dealing with all season — plus considerably lowering the Heat’s expected luxury tax bill. It’s likely that Ellington will be a buyout candidate, and therefore would be able to pick his own spot to finish the season.“This business is tough but this kid is tougher,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade wrote on Twitter, talking about Johnson. And later, he told Ellington he has “a brother for life.”Meanwhile, Davis remained in place and out of uniform.The Pelicans haven’t played him since he and agent Rich Paul went public last week with their trade request, and decided not to play the six-time All-Star in Chicago on Wednesday either. The reasons for that were obvious; in case a deal can be made, it’s not worth it for the Pelicans to risk an injury.“It’s going to eventually get resolved,” Gentry said.There will be resolution — maybe just partial resolution, but resolution nonetheless — when the deadline arrives Thursday afternoon. Davis is still under contract for next season, so the Pelicans are in a slippery spot where they don’t need to deal their best player now for fear of losing him in July for nothing but also know that he doesn’t want to remain in New Orleans.If the Pelicans don’t trade Davis by Thursday, they’ll almost certainly be back in the depths of trade talks in June and July — draft time and free agency. “Part of the business,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.And business, on Wednesday, was busy — as expected.The Dallas-Sacramento deal will be significant for both sides.The Kings are trying to get into the Western Conference playoffs, and now can add Barnes to their promising young core. Barnes has a $25.1 million player option for next season. Meanwhile, Dallas — which got Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. from New York last week in a massive deal — will have tons of salary-cap space to spend in the coming months as it looks to add more pieces around Luka Doncic.“Things are going to look different on the court,” said Carlisle, who wished Barnes well and told him after Dallas’ game that he believes the Sacramento deal is a good situation for him.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FIFA president Gianni Infantino is only candidate for electionlast_img read more

Lost luggage means nothing as national team arrives with ‘gift’

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gilas Pilipinas arrived to a welcome fit for heroes on Monday night with coach Yeng Guiao and rugged forward RR Pogoy embracing the adulation even if their luggage was lost in transit.“It might have been left in Dubai or wherever, but I don’t care. I will never forget this experience,” Pogoy said in Filipino at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where a small crowd of well-wishers cheered loudly for Guiao, who steered the Filipinos to two overseas wins and back to the Fiba World Cup that will be held in China later this year.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View comments Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra The Philippines was the seventh qualifier from Asia, joining host China, Australia, New Zealand, Jordan, Japan and Iran in the 32-nation main draw which the Chinese will host in eight cities from Aug. 31-Sept. 15.“I know our countrymen didn’t waver in their faith, and our National team didn’t let them down,” said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, who traveled to both Doha and Astana together with members of the board to support Gilas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title As title defense starts, Cangolf starters remain a mystery SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “We all know that Filipinos love basketball so much,” Guiao said. “This is our gift to them.”Gilas pulled off victories over Qatar and Kazakhstan in a three-day span, shrugging off the effects of long plane rides and varying weather to punch one of the last World Cup tickets reserved for Asia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“What we did took a lot from us,” point guard Jason Castro said in Filipino. “The plane trips were tough, the climate was difficult to handle, and almost straight from the (Kazakhstan) game, we had to go to the airport [for the flight to home].“But it’s all worth it, seeing that our countrymen are happy,” he added.last_img read more

Road Construction Tops Agenda

first_imgIn her annual State of the Nation’s address to the National Legislature on January 27, 2014, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that road construction remains on top of Liberia’s socio-economic development transformation.President Sirleaf said that final discussions with the Japanese Government have been concluded for the reconstruction of the Somalia Drive/Red-light corridor in Monrovia.The Liberian leader explained that the completion of that vital road corridor would considerably reduce the huge menace of traffic congestion that had over the years become a nightmare for commuters and business people in Monrovia.Many skeptics of the administration have expressed some concern about the snail’s pace of negotiations with the Japanese Government regarding the Somalia Drive road project.Understandably, the Japanese Government had insisted on many occasions that funds would not made available if the Liberian Government does not settle property owners through the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Works.President also warned that people undertaking the building of houses on the right ways and ignoring laws and regulations would certainly be removed to give way to genuine national development, growth and progress in the country.In the South East, President Sirleaf disclosed that the Karnwenkan/Tapita Highway would also start this year in order to connect the hard-to-reach areas in that part of rural Liberia.President Sirleaf also disclosed that connecting each county’s capital city with paved roads would be a top priority for this administration during 2014 and beyond.The President Sirleaf reminded Liberians and support partners that as part of the Liberian Government’s road projects, feeder roads rehabilitation remains paramount and under serious consideration.In Lofa County alone, several feeder roads have been rehabilitated thus improving the transport of farmers’ produce to all of the county’s major markets thereby improving their socio-economic conditions. She added that feasibility studies for the Gbarnga/Bong County and Mendikorma Highway have been concluded and final finishing touches are being worked for the full pavement beginning sometime this year.President Sirleaf intimated that the Government of the Kingdom of Kuwait has consented to fund that road project leading to Liberia’s biggest socio-economic food basket.However, citizens and residents of Lofa County have also on many occasions expressed serious concern about the slow pace of the feasibility studies for the reconstruction and pavement of the Gbarnga/Mendikorma Highway in Bong and Lofa Counties.President Sirleaf also pointed out that reconstruction of the nation’s road network has encountered some serious challenges—especially construction work that is associated with the use of laterite.Commenting on the sources funding some of the road projects, President Sirleaf indicated that US$16 million would need to be mobilized in order to enhance the infrastructure development of the nation’s road network.The Chief Executive further intimated that tackling the construction of primary and secondary roads still remains a major challenge and serious constraints are yet to be overcome.In closing on the road projects, President Sirleaf cautioned Liberians and lawmakers that the solution to the enormous challenges and resource constraints cannot be a quick-fix on the part of the Liberian Government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Legislature Bans Hunting, for Now…

first_imgDays following the unanimous vote by Senators to call on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf  to declare a state of emergency and close borders with neighboring countries, the House and Senate appear to have settled on another means of containing the deadly Ebola virus at a local level.An authoritative source within the leadership of the two Houses told our legislative reporter Thursday, April 3, that after almost two hours of joint leadership discussion, the two houses agreed that a moratorium be placed on all hunting activities until the country is free of the Ebola virus.Among other decisions taken by the Legislators during a closed-door meeting, was one that could bid (ask) school authorities declare an early Easter break for all schools in the country—a decision, apparently prompted by steps some families have already begun taking. Such a measure is considered questionable (problematic, doubtful) by some; “a rather alarmist (panicky, historical) way of trying to keep children out of harm’s way,” they volunteered.One knowledgeable observer agreed: he pointed out that—though deadly when contracted—it is easier to get run over by a bus, than to contract a communicable virus such as HIV or Ebola.Due to the seriousness the Legislature attaches to the fight to contain the Ebola virus, our source said that the body might close sessions, beginning next Tuesday.  “The decision to close proceedings at the Capitol Building is seen as a way to help us adequately disseminate information on the outbreak and prevention of the deadly disease; at the same time, we will continue to work with the relevant agencies of government to combat the contagion,”(contamination, infection) the source declared.The outcome of the Joint Sessions’ powwow (meeting) was not discussed in plenary; instead, it was taken to an executive session (closed door).  Despite the two bodies’ decision to call on President Sirleaf to state-of-emergency and close Liberia’s borders,  a US$1.2 million budget is now before that body, to help rein in (harness, bring under control) the deadly virus.According to a news source, seven persons have been confirmed as carrying the virus. They have been placed in quarantine (putting infected people away by themselves); however, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare source did not name the community hosting the seven.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

To Increase Agricultural Information to Farmers, USAID FED Partners With Community Radios

first_imgIn order to increase agricultural information to local farmers for improvement of food security in Liberia, the United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) has entered into a partnership with four community radio stations.The community radio stations are Super Bongese in Bong, Radio Kergheamahn in Nimba, Radio Tamba Taylor in Lofa and Lacsa Radio in Grand Bassa Counties respectively.The occasion organized by the extension and communication department of USAID FED was held on Friday, May 23 at a local hotel in Monrovia. It was attended by stakeholders in the Agricultural sector, members of the media and local farmers.Several presentations were made at the program which include, MoA’s role in strengthening agriculture, with emphasis on the Liberian media, reporting on agricultural issues, farmers access to credit and among others.Speaking at the ceremony, the extension specialist of USAID FED, Doe Adovor, explained that his institution’s partnership with the four community radio stations is intended to enhance food security in Liberia, through the dissemination of information to farmers.He said that USAID FED has provided four laptops, finances and other items to the four stations to enhance their works.According to him, the partnership was important because it will strengthen relationship with local farmers where USAIDFED program is being implemented.He named Bong, Grand Bassa, Nimba, Lofa and Montserrado counties as places that his institution is supporting farmers in rice, cassava, and vegetable and livestock productions.In a power-point presentation, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Charles McClain explained that the mandate of his Ministry is to ensure that farmers in the country are given all necessary opportunities to engage in agriculture in order to boost the country’s economy.He said that it was important for the Liberian media to exert more effort in reporting on the sector to erase the notion by some Liberians that nothing is done by government and partners to improve the level of agricultural production in the country.“There is a whole lot happening in the sector but the information is not getting to the public. We want to encourage the press to reach out for information about the sector,” he said.He emphasized that this was important to help improve the level of food production in the country.“Food security is paramount to the Agenda for Transformation and as such the media plays a very important role in informing Liberians to get involved by investing in agriculture,” he stated.According to Dr. McClain, though the government lacks all the funding for revamping the sector, it is, however, indicated that the contributions of international partners like USAID FED and others are greatly helping to restore the sector.He said that the MoA has created its communication strategy to reach information to local farmers through radio programs.The MoA’s Deputy Minister disclosed plan to work with many community radio stations across the country to promote the massages to rural people.Speaking earlier, USAID FED communication specialist, Nicolas Parkinson urged the press to report on Agriculture in order to improve the lives of Liberian farmers.“There are so many opportunities unfolding in the country that could help change the lives of farmers positively. Therefore, journalists must communicate these opportunities to help the farmers,” he said.He mentioned that policies such as the lifting of tariff on agriculture products and the purchasing of produce locally by government are needed information that would help farmers, if they were informed.Meanwhile, Liberian journalists attending the program have vowed to exert every effort in reaching information about Agriculture to local farmers.They called on the government and its partners to build their capacities to reach farmers in the country.The Liberian journalists, who disclosed plans to form a network of agricultural reporters, said that the lack of logistics to travel from one place to another in the rural areas greatly limits their functions.They made the disclosure to the Daily Observer right after the end of the one-day stakeholders’ meeting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more