Westbrook, Anthony help Thunder rally past Kings

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Carmelo Anthony added 20 points, Paul George scored 18 and Steven Adams had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder, who avoided what would have been a fourth straight home loss thanks in large part to a dominant third quarter in which they outscored the Kings 31-16.“We were definitely more focused,” George said. “We’ve been in this position where we played a sub-.500 team and for whatever reason, we tried to turn it on and win the ballgame late in the fourth. Tonight we took it at them early, got that cushion and that carried us through the finish.”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 folkBuddy Hield scored 16 points and Willie Cauley-Stein added 15 for Sacramento, which scored only 36 second-half points and is 1-16 on the road against Oklahoma City since the Thunder franchise moved from Seattle.Oklahoma City was up 91-77 with 2:51 left before official Matt Boland called two quick technical fouls on Westbrook after he complained about being called for traveling on a play on which he thought he’d been fouled. Road Warriors: Durant’s 32 leads NBA champions past Cavs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After the teams went scoreless for the first three-plus minutes of the fourth, Sacramento pulled within seven on a basket by Cauley-Stein, but Patrick Patterson hit two 3-pointers in a 17-second span and Alex Abrines followed with another to extend the Thunder’s lead to 86-70.TIP-INSKings: Hield traveled back to Norman on Sunday to visit practice at No. 4 Oklahoma. Hield led the Sooners to the 2016 Final Four. … The Kings, who beat the Thunder on Nov. 7 in Sacramento, haven’t won two straight over the Oklahoma City franchise since the 2007-08 season, when the team was in Seattle. … The Kings made 15 of 25 free throws, while the Thunder went 14 of 29 from the line.Thunder: Ace defender Andre Roberson sat out for the eighth straight game with patellar tendinitis in his left knee. … For the 14th straight game, Westbrook recorded a double-double with at least 20 points. The only guard in NBA history to have a longer such streak was Michael Jordan, with 15 straight in 1989. … George, the NBA steals leader, had five. … Westbrook’s 16 rebounds were three off his career high. … At halftime, the team showed a video with Thunder players reciting excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famed “I Have A Dream” speech.THE EJECTIONWith Oklahoma City up by 14 and the game seemingly under control, Westbrook looked to finish it off with a driving layup, but collided with Cauley-Stein as De’Aaron Fox appeared to hit Westbrook in the face. Boland ruled that Westbrook had traveled, setting off the slew of technical fouls.Westbrook didn’t stick around to answer questions after the game, but Donovan said Petraitis later apologized to him for calling the technical foul on the coach.“The official made a terrible mistake and he acknowledged it,” Donovan said. “I was yelling to the other official across the floor to get his attention and (Petraitis) just T’d me up. He came by and apologized to me. I definitely didn’t deserve a T. . I’ve been doing this long enough, I know when I’m close to getting a T and when I deserve a T. That was totally undeserved and should not have been called.”UP NEXTKings: Host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday before embarking on a six-game road trip.Thunder: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Another official, Gediminas Petraitis, then called a technical foul on Thunder coach Billy Donovan for protesting Westbrook’s ejection. Hield made all three technical free throws and Cauley-Stein went 1 of 2 from the line with 2:35 left, pulling Sacramento to 91-84. But the Kings made only one field goal the rest of the way, and George blocked a shot and came up with a steal in the final two minutes.“Melo, he was able to score about 15 points that (third) quarter,” Hield said. “He was helping open up the gap for him. (Westbrook) started making plays for everybody else. We got it back under 10, but we’ve got to be a little more experienced and a little more controlled. We’ve got to do better at executing late. We have to do a better job at helping each other out and make plays down the stretch.”The Kings led 24-20 after the first quarter and stretched their advantage to 48-33 after two free throws by Bogdan Bogdanovic with 3:03 left in the half. The Thunder closed the half on an 11-3 spurt to pull to 52-46.The Thunder seized control with an 11-0 run in the third quarter, highlighted by consecutive alley-oop passes from Westbrook for dunks — first to Anthony, then to Adams. Anthony’s two free throws put Oklahoma City ahead 75-66 with 1:39 left in the quarter.“We just had to decide that we wanted to play (and) pick it up, take it up another level,” Anthony said. “Once we decided we wanted to do that in the second half, we changed the outcome of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View commentscenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in front of Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) and teammate Paul George (13) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — The third quarter has often been a problem for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season, but that’s when they made their move Monday night against the Sacramento Kings.Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists before being ejected, and Oklahoma City rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to beat Sacramento 95-88.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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D-League: Gamboa-St. Clare burns Mila’s Lechon for back-to-back wins

first_imgPBA IMAGESGamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare used a strong second quarter surge to dump Mila’s Lechon, 70-58, and cruise to its second win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Tied at 17 with 4:27 to play in the second frame, the Coffee Lovers staged a 16-0 burst to take a 33-17 halftime lead and grab a lead as high as 30, 59-29, early in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Quarters: 17-10, 33-17, 57-29, 70-58.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The boys underestimated our opponents and that’s why our lead was cut down,” he said. “I know they can take 30-point leads. This is a lesson for us that every game, we need to give our best.”Axel Iñigo was the lone bright spot for cellar-dweller Mila’s Lechon (0-3) with 23 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.The Scores:GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 70 — Jackson 19, Dionisio 15, Rubio 10, Pare 8, Rebugio 8, Bitoon 4, Ambuludto 3, Hallare 2, Acuno 1, Catura 0.MILA’S LECHON 58 — Iñigo 23, Montuano 12, Ng 9, Delfinado 5, Acibar 2, Derige 2, Parala 2, Sarangay 2, Padilla 1, Bellosillo 0, Crisostomo 0, Deles 0, Herradura 0.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Fil-Am guard Trevis Jackson sustained his standout performance, this time finishing with 19 points and five rebounds, while Aris Dionisio got 15 markers, four boards, and three blocks.Raymond Rubio chimed in 10 points off the bench, along with five rebounds, while Malian big man Mohammed Pare kept things afloat in the paint as he wound up with eight markers, 18 boards, three steals, and two rejections.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 folkThe Coffee Lovers are now at to 2-1.Dominant as the victory may seem, coach Jinino Manansala wasn’t happy with how Gamboa-St. Clare finished the game as it saw the lead dwindle down to as low as 11 late in the game. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Gorayeb rues Lady Stags’ ‘lack of urgency, responsibility’ in doomed season Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Pistons’ Willie Reed suspended 6 games by NBA

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The NBA conducted its own investigation. League officials interviewed all the parties involved and consulted with domestic violence experts.Reed will begin serving his suspension on Wednesday when the Pistons face the Brooklyn Nets. Detroit acquired him last week in the same deal that sent Blake Griffin to the Pistons.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 folkThe National Basketball Players Association called the punishment “excessive and inappropriate,” adding it was filing a grievance and seeking an expedited hearing to get Reed back on the court quickly.The 27-year-old Reed is averaging 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds this season. LATEST STORIES Detroit Pistons center Willie Reed (33) grabs a rebound as Portland Trail Blazers forward Caleb Swanigan (50) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Detroit Pistons center Willie Reed has been suspended for six games by the NBA after the league investigated the circumstances surrounding his arrest on a domestic violence charge.Reed was arrested last August on a misdemeanor battery charge involving his wife. He entered a pretrial diversion program in October to resolve the charge against him.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lakers fined $50k after Johnson praises Antetokounmpo MOST READcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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Lower teams jockey for position

first_imgView comments Cignal HD and Sta. Lucia Realty, both sharing 3-3 marks, collide with Generika Ayala and Foton, respectively, in the penultimate day of the first elimination round. Matches start at 4:15 p.m.Though all eight teams remain in contention at this stage, the clubs’ showing in this round will determine their rankings in the pool stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut with powerhouse Petron and F2 Logistics expected to be on opposite brackets, Sta. Lucia coach George Pascua believes winning their last game will carry a different weight.“You really can’t choose between Petron and F2 Logistics. Both of them are very tough teams,” said Pascua. “A very convincing win would surely be a major morale-booster for us.” Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Sta. Lucia will have to put up with Foton, the sleeping giant in the conference which is languishing deep in the standings with a 2-4 record after massive revamp in the preseason.“Foton is a very tall team,” said Pascua. “We have to work double time to break their blocking and come up with strong services to take away their first ball.” —MARC ANTHONY REYESSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenterscenter_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rugby slide ‘just a phase’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Four teams in the lower half of the standings angle for better positions going into the pool play as they clash Thursday in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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It’s the last day of the NBA regular season, with much to decide

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, drives against New York Knicks guard Trey Burke, right, during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)MIAMI — The end has arrived.Actually, for Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas and Charlotte, the end came in their season finales Tuesday. There are nine teams who know Wednesday is the last day of their season. Another 15 teams have already clinched playoff berths.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina UAAP volleyball: FEU bolsters bid for twice-to-beat after rout of UE P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Then there’s Minnesota and Denver.Game 82 for both teams will have a Game 7 feel, which is a fitting way to transition from the regular season to the postseason. Nuggets at Timberwolves, winner to the playoffs, loser to the offseason. It’s the first time since 1997 — and only the third time since the NBA went to this postseason format in 1983 — that two teams will play on the season’s final day in such a situation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s bigger than all of us,” Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns said.Minnesota is trying to get into the playoffs for the first time since 2004 — the longest current drought in the NBA. Denver — winner of six straight to give itself this chance — is trying to get to the postseason for the first time since 2013. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Philadelphia would be the No. 3 seed in the East if it beats Milwaukee, and a franchise that knew nothing but losing (OK, “process” losing) in recent years will set a record — for winning. If the 76ers prevail, it would be their 16th consecutive victory and that would top the record for longest winning streak to end any NBA season.SCORING TITLEHouston’s James Harden has the scoring crown wrapped up. He’ll be the first player to win back-to-back scoring titles since his former Oklahoma City teammate Kevin Durant won three straight from 2009-10 through 2011-12.MORE POINTSOnce again, the NBA will see more points than ever (in terms of total, not average per game). There were 259,753 points in the regular season a year ago; that will be surpassed Wednesday night, and the league is on pace to reach somewhere around 261,000 by the time the final whistle blows.TRIPLE-DOUBLE RUSSOklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook needs 16 rebounds against Memphis to average exactly 10.0 per game this season. If he gets there, he’ll average a triple-double for the second consecutive year. Westbrook has six games this season with at least 16 rebounds, including a season-high, 18-board effort at Miami on Monday night. Westbrook will also lead the NBA in assists per game.STRUGGLING WARRIORSGolden State lost 10 of its final 17 games this season. The Warriors’ regular season ended Tuesday with a blowout loss at Utah. Klay Thompson isn’t worried, and he knows the defending champions — who have dealt with many injuries, most recently Stephen Curry out with a knee issue — have plenty of doubters. “We’re ready to prove people wrong,” Thompson said.TOP SHOOTERThe field-goal percentage race between Houston’s Clint Capela and the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan might look closer than it really is. Capela is shooting 65.3 percent, Jordan 64.3 percent — but if Jordan is going to catch Capela, he’ll have to shoot 15 for 15 on Wednesday (assuming Capela doesn’t take any shots). Jordan was trying to be the first player to lead the league in shooting for six straight seasons, but it seems like he’ll merely have to settle for tying Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal with five straight crowns.TOP REBOUNDERAnother category where Jordan will finish second. Detroit’s Andre Drummond will lead the league’s rebounding race for the second time in three years.WILD NORTHWESTThe Northwest Division this season will go down as the most competitive in the current six-division format — and it’s not even close. The team that finishes last in the Northwest this season will be only three games behind the team that wins the division crown. There’s never been a last-place team within less than 11 games of the winner in this current format, which has been in play for 14 seasons.ROOKIE WATCHThere have been 116 rookies in the NBA this season, up 28 from last season, and the latest addition is noteworthy. Andre Ingram is a 32-year-old who debuted Tuesday for the Los Angeles Lakers against Houston. He’s the oldest rookie this season and he more than paid his dues, having logged 384 games in what’s now called the G League — where he’s the career leader in 3-pointers (713). This year’s rookie class is the largest since 1949-50, when 120 players made their debuts. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flamescenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next So there’s only one spot left in the 16-team tournament that will decide whose fingerprints get to put the smudge of a championship celebration on the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June.Much like the race between Minnesota and Denver, the entire tournament bracket itself is going down to the wire. There will be eight first-round matchups, and every single one of those pairings will be decided on Wednesday. So, too, will 11 of the 16 seeds. Portland and Utah will play for the No. 3 seed in the West, in one of the few cut-and-dry matchups.The only order of business that was cleared up Tuesday was the No. 2 overall seed, with Toronto now assured of finishing with the NBA’s second-best record.Here’s 10 other things to note going into the last day of the regular season:A FIRST FOR LEBRONIt’s really, really, really hard to find something that LeBron James hasn’t done in his career. But if he appears for Cleveland against New York on Wednesday night, it will mark the first time in James’ 15 seasons that he plays in all 82 regular-season games. He will lead the NBA in minutes played, field goals made and total points this season — at 33 years old.PHILLY RECORDADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastlast_img read more

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Filipino duo fall to China in World Cup of Pool quarterfinals

first_imgMOST READ China showed its might and ousted the Philippines, 9-1, in the quarterfinals of the World Cup of Pool 2018 Saturday at Luwan Arena in Shanghai, China.The loss ended Carlo Biado and Jeff De Luna’s impressive run in the tournament, reaching the Final 8 after trumping New Zealand’s Matt Edwards and Marco Teutscher, 7-3, and England’s Imran Majid and Mark Gray, 7-0.ADVERTISEMENT 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 PVL: PayMaya gets hold of top spot after tripping Iriga-Navy View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dejing Kong and Ming Wang of China instead will advance to the semifinals on Sunday in the hops of pocketing the $250,000 grand prize.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Yesterday we practiced really late because we knew we were facing really strong opponents and we had to work out our chemistry. We performed much better today,” said Kong through an interpreter, according to the tournament’s official website.Biado and De Luna’s exit extended the Philippines’ title drought in the tournament to six years since Dennis Orcollo and Lee Vann Corteza won it all in 2012. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Ateneo flexes muscles in game 2, sweeps UP for back-to-back UAAP titles

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia #UAAPSeason81 | @BLozadaINQ pic.twitter.com/PomC1rjwDJ— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) December 5, 2018 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo displayed its championship caliber and clobbered University of the Philippines, 99-81, in Game 2 to claim the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball title Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT The Blue Eagles collected their second straight crown and 10th overall, cementing their dominance in the last decade with seven championships in 10 years.Ateneo wasted no time pulling away from a determined UP side, which is in its first title appearance in more than three decades, in Game 2, going on a 17-5 run to take a 25-13 lead after Isaac Go’s transition triple.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Scenes at Araneta. #UAAPSeason81 | @BLozadaINQ pic.twitter.com/2SceyNEOWz— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) December 5, 2018“Our priority is to do everything with dignity and class and that’s the servant hood we want to do with the team.”Angelo Kouame also had a big game for the Blue Eagles with 22 points, 21 rebounds, and two blocks.Juan Gomez De Liaño finished with 24 points and eight boards while season MVP Bright Akhuetie had 19 points and seven rebounds.The Blue Eagles claimed a tight Game 1 with an 88-79 win last Saturday. Led by an inspired showing from Thirdy Ravena, the defending champions took total control of the game in the second half, leading by as much as 22 early in fourth as they fended off every attempt of the Maroons to get momentum.Ravena was a man on a mission finishing with 38 points, five rebounds, six assists, and three steals for his second straight Finals MVP plum.The fourth year forward went mental in the fourth quarter scoring 18 points, including nine that came from beyond the arc, as he effectively put the Fighting Maroons to bed.“All praise to God and I want to thank the players, they’re a marvelous team, and they’re a joy to work with,” said Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin. “I’m blessed to work with them.”ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Myles Turner, Pacers send Bulls to losing start under new coach No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

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Our Oil Discovery, Our Hope

first_imgThree decades and three years ago, Liberians demonstrated an intolerable behavior against the tampering with our stable food rice. It was an act which served as a caveat that Liberians, at any moment, are willing and ready to stand on their feet against whatever forces that tend to reduce the size of their stomach.Today, there is a mental shift from what pleases and satisfies our bellies to what benefits our economy and improves our lives. Interestingly, that is non-edible oil, crude oil. Our crude oil discovery has sparked hot debates among Liberians both in and out of Liberia. Liberians from all walks of life have been seen on street corners, in attayah shops, on university campuses  and even in churches expressing their views on how the oil revenues should be managed and/or allocated to benefit the general populace. The question that has been frequently asked is, “Is our oil discovery a blessing or a curse?” This question arises from ugly situations that have been witnessed in other African countries including Nigeria, North and South Sudan, D.R. Congo, among others, in which there were bloodshed, and destruction of infrastructures and institutions after oil wasdiscovered in those countries.In an attempt to take a  cue from those countries’ experiences, Liberians tend to be vigilant and proactive so that our fragile and enjoyable peace will not degenerate into decadence simply because of misappropriation and mismanagement of oil revenues. Sometime in October and November 2013, the Liberian Legislature led a nationwide consultative and awareness campaign in all counties to solicit the candid views of ordinary Liberians with regards to the new petroleum laws; a process which was greeted with mixed  reactions.While some Liberians welcomed  and commended the process; others rejected and scorned the process as ridiculous, based on the contention that they weren’t given copies of the new petroleum law to read and digest. Many  opined that the process was a waste of tax payers’ money. It was unofficially reported on local media that US$1.2 million was given to the Legislature for the process. This amount most Liberians considered as too much for a consultation process when in fact many Liberians are wallowing far below the economic ladder in destitution.However, our law makers returned from their trip around the country announcing success in their excursion. While it is necessary to consider seriously the proper management of our oil revenues, it is also very germane to invest more in the success of the discovery process. I mean investment in the human resource capacity; the training and placement of brilliant, talented and young Liberians.The recent discovery of crude oil by African Petroleum in our off-shore basin is a laudable achevement. As reported to the general public, the discovery was within the Albian and Turonian strata. Our basin, which is located within the Gulf of Guinea,  provides a reasonable consideration for possible commercial volume of oil reserves. After a thorough research study in the area, it is now believed that the Gulf of Guinea contains about three to four billion barrels of crude oil.However, the onus is upon our stake holders to put into place a proper modus operandi or mechanism that will ensure that our oil discovery is a success.According to resource classification, our resources are at present considered prospective resources. Prospective resources are those quantities of petroleum which are estimated as of a given date to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations. The progression is from prospective resources to contingent resources to Reserves. Each stage requires the expertise of qualified petroleum engineers (reservoir and drilling engineers), petro-physicists, geologists and  petroleum geochemists, among others. Additionally, the utilization of modern sophisticated technologies and software are required. The process might take five to ten years to develop a production well if our oil is of commercial quantity, and there is political stability.Even though the resources within the earth subsurface are yet to be quantified, Liberians have started to raise eyebrows with  regards to the exorbitant expenditure of our oil revenue on nationwide consultation. The Liberians’ hope is that the revenues generated from our crude oil will be used to better the lives of ordinary Liberians and improve the economy.This shared hope has been reflected in our struggle for balanced participation, justice, and equal opportunities, among others. This struggle,  which has been described in our history as the ugly past, saw hideous crimes being perpetrated by Liberians on their fellow countrymen. This led to the massive destruction of lives, properties and institutions. A bitter resentment and lack of trust have developed in the hearts of many Liberians simply because of the cruel and uncivilized behavior demonstrated toward one another.However, after ten years of relative peace, Liberians have seen a prospect for better living and the hope to enjoy their family union and community   cooperation. National leaders are now obliged to provide the enabling environment where all Liberians can realize their potential and contribute to rebuilding of Mama Liberia.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:M. Dokie Mulbah is a summa cum laude Natural Science and Mathematicsgraduate of Cuttington University, who recently returned from the People’s Republic of China with the Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering.  He is currently in conversation with the National Oil Company, including its President, Dr. Randolph McClain, toward engagement to contribute Dokie’s quota to the just and efficient development and exploitation of Liberia’s petroleum resource.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Education and Agriculture: Priorities

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World Bank, GOL Sign US$115M Grant Deal

first_imgThe World Bank Group and the Government of Liberian (GOL) have signed a US$115 million additional financing grant in support of the Ebola Emergency Response Project (EERP) for Liberia. The money will go directly to the health sector in support of Liberia’s model of scaling up community care centers (CCCs), social mobilization and active case search. It will also support rapid response teams and laboratories, medical waste management, training and health workers’ hazard pay and the deployment of qualified foreign health workers to help Liberian medical staff fight Ebola and restore essential health services across the country. The signing ceremony took place at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in Monrovia on Monday, November 24, with the World Bank Country Manager, Ms. Inguna Dobraja, declaring that these grant resources will support the Liberian government to achieve zero cases of Ebola. “Zero cases must be our goal,” said the World Bank Country Manager who signed the agreement on behalf of the Bank. “Although we have seen decline in the number of cases in Liberia, the epidemic is far from over. We need to be fast and dynamic in order to achieve zero Ebola virus disease (EVD); be flexible and adapt our response to changing conditions on the ground.” Ms. Inguna warned “Ebola is not a disease where you can leave a few cases and say we have done enough. No! We cannot slow down the response.” The US$115 million grant agreement penned on Monday is in addition to a US$52 million grant provided to the government by the World Bank few weeks ago bringing the Bank’s total grant support directly to the Liberian government to fight the Ebola epidemic to US$167 million. Ms. Inguna assured the Liberian government of the Bank’s continuing commitment to support the fight against the Ebola epidemic and in the recovery efforts once the outbreak is totally defeated. She also reminded the government to make sure that Liberians do not die from malaria, typhoid and other curable sicknesses despite the intense focus on the Ebola virus outbreak. “The direct impact of the crisis has wiped out hard-earned development gains and many Liberians have lost their livelihoods,” said Ms. Inguna. “We need to support the most vulnerable, especially the Ebola-affected families, get children back to school and farmers back to their fields.” In response, Liberia’s FDP Minister Amara M. Konneh thanked the World Bank Group, particularly President Jim Yong Kim, for the direct support to the government in the fight against the EVD. Minister Konneh declared the US$115 million grant by the World Bank is the second trench of support the Bank is giving to the Liberian government, the first being the US$52 million grant given to the government few weeks ago. “We are more grateful to the World Bank Group, which happens to be the largest donor to the government thus far in the fight against the EVD,” said Minister Konneh. “We [government] will use portion of the money to reopen our clinics and hospitals across the country both public and private. We will also use some of this grant to support our communities because they took charge of themselves and are still doing so in absence of the government and other health institutions,” he added.According to Minister Konneh, the US$115 million will contribute to the control of the Ebola virus disease in the country including psychosocial supports, amongst others.He recalled how the Liberian government had difficulties in handling the EVD outbreak few months ago, but noted that today is a new era where the government has identified the causes of Ebola and how to tackle it.The Liberian Finance Minister underscored the importance of the latest World Bank support as it will help restore basic health services across the country. “We are not going be satisfied until all of our health services are reopened even though the Health Ministry is already reopening hospitals and clinics gradually,” he added.Mr. Konneh warned the public that the EVD outbreak is not over yet despite the decline in the spread of the virus. He praised the Bank’s Country Manager for her strong support in acquiring the fresh financing to fight the EVD.Earlier, Deputy Health Minister for Administration, Mr. Matthew T. K. Flomo, who witnessed the signing ceremony thanked the World Bank for the huge direct support to the Ministry of Health for Ebola response. Minister Flomo also thanked Minister Konneh for lobbying for the grant resources and said the money will help strengthen and improve the sector.On November 18, 2014, the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved a US$285 million grant to finance Ebola-containment efforts underway in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Bank announced that the money would be used to help communities in the three countries cope with the socioeconomic impact of the crisis and rebuild and strengthen essential health services.  The grant is part of the nearly US$1 billion previously announced by the World Bank Group for the countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis.The grant provides additional financing to the Ebola Emergency Response Project (EERP) approved by the WBG’s Board on September 16, 2014, including US$72 million for Guinea, US$115 million for Liberia and US$98 million for Sierra Leone, the three countries most-affected by Ebola.The announcement by the Bank brings the total financing approved so far from the World Bank Group’s International Development Association (IDA) Crisis Response Window (CRW) for the Ebola response to US$390 million. The CRW is designed to help low-income IDA countries recover from severe disasters and crises. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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