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Magic withstand late Miami rally for rare road win

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Starting for the injured Aaron Gordon, Hezonja shot 7 of 14 from the field and 4 of 9 on 3-pointers as the Magic won their third road game in the last 24. They dropped Miami to just 13-11 at home.“I’m not paying attention too much to my game because I know my game, I know what I can do, but as long as we are winning I am happy that I am helping my teammates,” Hezonja said.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 Heat appeared to tie the game after Tyler Johnson was credited with a basket when Orlando’s Bismack Biyombo was called for goaltending with 2.8 seconds remaining. A video review overturned the call.“I think they can’t review it unless the whistle blows so I think they’re told if it’s close, blow the whistle and we’ll look at it,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. “I didn’t think it was really close. I would have been shocked if they called it a goaltend.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “We can’t change our offense and be too drastic,” Richardson said. “We just have to approach like any other day and be ready to work and fix what we do wrong.”Simmons and D.J. Augustin scored 16 points apiece for Orlando. Evan Fournier finished with 13 points.The Heat missed all 12 3-point attempts in the first half. But 16 points in the paint helped Miami build a 29-17 lead in the first quarter.Consecutive 3-pointers from Simmons keyed a 10-2 run the final 1:13 of the second quarter that got the Magic within 60-59 at halftime. Orlando then scored 34 points in the third.“It’s hard to explain what happened in that third quarter,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “The first quarter and obviously the fourth quarter you love the way your team is competing and just laying it all out there to the end. I just don’t have an explanation for the third quarter — very uninspiring.”TIP-INSMagic: Leading scorer Gordon missed his fourth consecutive game because of a strained left hip flexor. The injury also forced Gordon to withdraw from the Slam Dunk contest during All-Star weekend. Gordon participated in the previous two Slam Dunk contests. Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell will replace Gordon.Heat: Kelly Olynyk left with a left shoulder strain midway through the first quarter and didn’t return. Olynyk fell hard to the floor after positioning for a charging foul on Biyombo. . Olynyk was scoreless, ending a streak of 11 consecutive games in double figures. . Miami made 20 free throws in the first two periods, a season high for a half.ANOTHER CLOSE CALLThe Heat have lost by six points or less in their current losing streak. The two-point margin against Orlando coupled the two-point deficit that started the streak in Cleveland Jan. 31. Miami also lost by six and four points against Philadelphia and Detroit, respectively.“Just a few small breakdowns. In the last few games they’ve been critical,” Richardson said.PHILY PROUDVogel received pregame congratulations for the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl championship. Vogel, who grew up in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, celebrated the Eagles’ victory over the New England Patriots, while watching Sunday’s game from the Magic’s team hotel in Miami. “It’s been a long drought and they finally won it,” Vogel said of the Eagles’ 57-year span between championships. “It’s something my father never experienced. I never experienced. It’s exciting.”UP NEXT: Marreese Speights’ consecutive 3-pointers capped a 12-2 surge and his second one extended Orlando’s lead to 99-89 with 11 minutes remaining. Speights finished with 12 points.The Magic withstood a 16-2 Miami run late in the fourth quarter. Josh Richardson’s layup with 2:53 remaining tied it at 109 before Simmons’ dunk put Orlando ahead for good.“It’s a game of runs and we just were able to sustain their run long enough to win the game,” Simmons said. “I just made plays down the stretch. My teammates and coach trusted me with the ball and I just made a play.”Richardson scored 20 points for Miami, which lost its fourth straight. Hassan Whiteside added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Justise Winslow finished with 16 points.The Heat have now started their last two homestands with losses against the last-place teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences in Orlando and Sacramento.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Nowitzki cherishes 20 seasons, content to help Mavs rebuild Magic: Host Cleveland on Tuesday.Heat: Host Houston on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Orlando Magic guard Shelvin Mack, center, drives past Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, left, and center Bam Adebayo (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — The Orlando Magic found the right setting for a rare road win.Mario Hezonja scored 20 points and Jonathan Simmons made the tiebreaking dunk with 1:31 remaining as the Magic beat the Miami Heat 111-109 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

‘Rusty’ Gilas Pilipinas bows to Jordan in tuneup

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Syracuse’s Hillsman schedules with an eye toward NCAAs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas fell short in its first test after bowing to Jordan, 98-92, in a scrimmage Monday night as part of its buildup for the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers before a packed crowd at Meralco Gym.The Filipinos climbed back from a deep hole early and even took the lead but failed to sustain their form when it mattered most.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Gilas plays Jordan for the second time in another tuneup on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 “We’re a little bit rusty but there’s still a lot of room for improvement,” said national team coach Yeng Guiao“We’ve had some good stretches but we also had some bad stretches. Our execution is not good. We have to fine-tune our execution on both ends.”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 ChrissMarcio Lassiter kept Gilas in the thick of the fight late but Jordan turned to its veteran forward Zaid Abbas to keep the Filipinos at bay.Abbas led all scorers with 24 points  Christian Standhardinger had 21 for the Philippines. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

ESLRF Director Stresses Empowerment for Students

first_imgThe Executive Director of the Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation (ESLRF), Emma Smith, has stressed the need for Liberian students to be empowered educationally and socially so they can be easily integrated into the larger society and be able to make positive impacts.The ESLRF Executive Director spoke in Paynesville at the end of a week-long Picnic Festival and year-end party for several students and children in the ELWA Community.Ms. Smith said social and educative gatherings of students from various institutions, such as the one she had organized, are some of the best ways to allow them space to disclose issues or problems they confront in their homes, schools and society.This year’s edition of the regular event organized by the foundation brought together over one hundred (100) students from various high schools and universities in and around Monrovia. The theme of this year’s festival was “Know your purpose.”Ms. Smith said with the help of other well-meaning Liberians and institutions, her foundation will remain committed to supporting such initiatives to discover and enhance the skills and potentials of students in the country.Ms. Smith thanked the MRU, Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC), the ESLRF staff among others for their meaningful contributions in making the day a success.The planner and coordinator of the festival, Morris McCarthy, said the program was initiated by the Executive Director of the Foundation in order to enlighten students about their potentials and abilities. Mr. McCarthy added that the program, which comprised of sports, fieldtrips and a career development lecture series, is also geared towards affording students the opportunity to expose some of the problems and challenges that confront them during their educational pursuits and social life.He said a basketball match was organized between the students of the African Methodist University (AMEU) and the United Methodist University (UMU) at the LBS basketball court in Paynesville – which the AMEU team won, and was awarded a purse.He said the week-long festival, which began with the basketball tournament, included a fieldtrip and lecture series held at the John Gbezede Beach off the Robertsfield highway.He added that the events were climaxed by certification of each participant and a children’s party.Also speaking, the Founder and CEO of the African Dream Academy (ADA), Rev. Samuel Enders, admonished the students to stay committed to pursuing their dreams to be successful. Rev. Enders said the progress and success of any person is in his or her own hands.He described the theme “Know your purpose” as “exploring and exploiting your dreams consistently thereby ignoring too many distractions that may fall along the way.”Rev. Enders challenged participating students at the festival to be agents of change in transforming their communities, institutions and society at large through their own positive contributions.He pledged his Institution’s commitment to supporting the initiative of the Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation in order to raise more competent future leaders in the country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Draft Green State Development Strategy could be approved soon

first_imgGovernment’s Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) draft framework could be approved in a matter of months.This will pave the way for a final policy document that will guide the country’s plans for the environment, its eco-system, and how this will tie into the social and economic development here.Environmental Consultant to Government, Andrew Bishop, made this disclosure at a workshop held by the Environment Department on Monday at Parc Renaye. The focus there was primarily on the RIO Mainstreaming Project, which is aimed at sensitizing media operatives on the Rio conventions.Participants of the Department of Environment (DOE) and the United Nations Development Programme/Global Environmental Facility (UNDP/GEF) workshop for media workersBishop told workshop participants that the framework of the GSDS includes key provisions in the energy and forestry sectors that would control emissions. He said, too, that the Climate Resiliency and Strategy Action Plan is still being reviewed, to ensure it is aligned with national plans.The former Commissioner of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) also told media practitioners that Guyana’s reporting obligations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNCCC) in the forestry sector, inventory of greenhouse gases, is ongoing.Bishop said the ultimate goal is to mainstream the conventions with national processes, starting with a National Forest Plan, since it cross-cuts all the conventions.Stakeholder Management Coordinator of the Department of Environment, Aretha Forde, in her remarks, stressed the importance of the GSDS to the national development trajectory.“It (GSDS) is intended to help Guyana achieve a green economy. So the green economy is the destination and the GSDS is how we will get there,” she told media professionals.It was noted that there are public misconceptions about the strategy. However, it was also noted that Guyana currently has a GSDS framework document. Regional consultations will help to guide the formulation of a sound policy, but not without the input of citizens and other stakeholders.Patsy Ross, a Multilateral Environmental Agreements Specialist with over 20 years’ experience, was one of the presenters at the workshop. She spoke about issues relating to the UNCBD.She said lands are being degraded globally, and the estimated economic cost is now billions of dollars each year. Based on this, it is estimated that there will be a demand for energy, food, water and other things by 2030.“What is so important about the land? Land degradation affects fibre, fuel, nutrients cycling, carbon sync, regulating climate services, recreation, and eco-tourism among others,” Ross told the workshop.The environmental specialist said deforestation in mining and agriculture are drivers of land degradation in Guyana; therefore, there is a need for these plans to align to livelihoods and sustainable development.“There is also a reporting requirement on what has been done to address land degradation,” she added. Guyana is reportedly one of the first countries to volunteer to establish a programme to address this issue.The GSDS comprises seven thematic areas, such as: sustainable management of the environment, renewable energy, resilient infrastructure, human health and well-being and governance.The three conventions are: the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), ratified August 29, 1994, the focal point agency of which is the Office of Climate Change (OCC); the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), ratified on the same date, the focal point agency of which is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and the United Nations Conventions to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which was ratified on June 26, 1997, the focal point agency of which is the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC).As a means of getting the local press corps to cover more environmental issues, the workshop was hosted on Monday by the Department of Environment (DoE) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme/Global Environmental Facility (UNDP/GEF).The aim of the workshop was to improve public awareness on issues relating to the environment, especially in the area of climate change, land degradation, and water preservation, among others. It also focused on increasing awareness and understanding of the Rio Conventions on climate change.The workshop formed part of an implementing project titled, “Strengthening technical capacities to mainstream and monitor Rio Convention implementation through policy coordination.”last_img read more

Ailing hospital finds a buyer

first_imgSAN GABRIEL – A local hospital group says it will buy the ailing San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, which has been on the market since September. AHMC Healthcare Inc. has signed a non-binding exclusive letter of intent with Catholic Healthcare West, which owns the 273-bed facility. “There is every intent to continue to run the hospital as is,” said Dr. Stanley Toy, a spokesman for the group. The letter is the culmination of CHW’s search to find a buyer who will “commit to preserving health care services in the community, including acute care, emergency services and care for those who cannot afford to pay for it,” the company said in a statement. It is owned by Jonathan Wu, who serves as chairman of the board. San Marino Mayor Matthew Lin, also a physician, is vice chairman. Details of the agreement have not been finalized, Toy said. It is also unclear whether the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center will continue to offer the same services or continue labor contracts. “AHMC has met with representatives from the unions to start dialogue,” Toy said. “We plan to continue this very amicable dialogue to ensure the concerns of both sides are addressed.” The industry has seen better days, said Jim Lott, executive vice president of the Hospital Association of Southern California. Payment rates from private insurers and the government are low, with Medical reimbursing about 65 cents on the dollar, Lott said. In areas with high immigrant populations, possibly one in three patients are uninsured. To cut costs, new owners can revise contracts with insurers, said Lott, who is not familiar with CHW-AHMC discussions. patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The hospital was put up for sale after several years of operating at a loss, officials said then. After a final agreement is reached, the transaction must be reviewed by the California Attorney General’s Office. The process can take up to 120 days. If approved, the purchase will enhance the hospital group’s dominance in the area. AHMC Inc. was formed in 2004 after the purchase of four hospitals from Tenet Healthcare Corporation: Garfield Medical Center, Monterey Park Hospital, Whittier Medical Center and Greater El Monte Community Hospital. The group is affiliated with Alhambra Hospital Medical Center and the Doctors’ Hospital Medical Center in Montclair. last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, May 9

first_img1 Transfer rumours and paper review Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Angel di Maria could be on his way out of Old Trafford after Manchester United sealed a £25million deal for Memphis Depay. Paris Saint-Germain, who were keen on Depay, now want to take the Argentine on loan for the season. (The Sun)Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to hang onto goalkeeper Petr Cech against the player’s will – and is adamant the Stamford Bridge stalwart must not head to a Premier League rival, with Arsenal known to be keen on him. (Daily Mirror)Antoine Griezmann is open to a summer move to Chelsea. Atlético Madrid are keen to renegotiate Griezmann’s current contract to increase his £43 million buy-out clause. Griezmann, though, is trying to find out what the extent of Chelsea’s interest is before he makes any further decisions over his long-term furture. (Daily Telegraph)Sampdoria are eyeing a summer move for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.The Italian club have already publicly admitted they want to sign Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli, and they hope they can pull off another Premier League coup. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are trying to move into pole position to sign defender Toby Alderweireld on a permanent deal. Alderweireld, 26, is in demand as his season’s loan at Southampton nears an end, with parent club Atletico Madrid ready to sell him. As well as Saints and the White Hart Lane club, Chelsea and Manchester City are also keen on the centre-half, but Spurs are hopeful of winning the race. (Daily Mirror)Bournemouth are ready to offer Everton outcast Sylvain Distin the chance to stay in the Premier League as they seek experience to bolster their assault on the top-flight. Distin is out of contract this summer and looks certain to be released after being frozen out following a row with manager Roberto Martinez. (Daily Express)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Paul Pogba would be joining Man City purely for the money, claims former starTop clubs won’t be interested in want away Man City star Yaya Toure, claims Danny MillsNewcastle lead Liverpool and Southampton in 15 team race for goalkeeper Orjan NylandNo contact from Manchester United over summer move, claims CavaniReports: Juventus reject £60m Barcelona bid for Paul PogbaArsene Wenger: Theo Walcott will not leave Arsenal this summer amid Liverpool rumoursArsenal and Tottenham joined by Benfica in battle to land Serbian starletReports: Chelsea open talks with Atletico Madrid over star duoReports: Chelsea told £47m can land top La Liga starChelsea transfer update: Monaco eye move for Belgian flyerArsenal ready to offer £22m and player in deal for Portugal starMark Hughes admits Asmir Begovic’s Stoke future remains uncertainlast_img read more

New-look Liverpool! Four EXCITING LFC line ups with big money new signings courtesy of Sterling deal

first_img 5 2. Liverpool’s defence was shambolic at times last season and the versatile figures of Marc Bartra and Toby Alderweireld would open up a range of options for Rodgers. Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling seems destined for an acrimonious departure from Anfield this summer.The 20-year-old forward is adamant that he isn’t a money grabber, but will do his bank balance no harm if he does complete a move to Manchester City.Manuel Pellegrini’s side lodged a new and improved £40 million offer for Sterling earlier today, but it still might not be enough to get their man.The Merseysiders could opt to hold out for an even bigger fee, although plenty of their fans will be hopeful that Brendan Rodgers takes the money and scarpers.But how should the squad be strengthened if the Reds receive a healthy windfall for their prize asset? Which areas of the side are in need of attention?A more fitting question would be which areas do not need to be reinforced? The answer is none. New additions are required all over the park.How can the Reds spend their Raheem Sterling money?Given that it now seems as though Sterling will be sold for a minimum of £40 million, Liverpool are set to receive a healthy transfer pot, once Queens Park Rangers’ share of the sum has been divvied up.Yet, of the hordes of targets that Liverpool have been linked with only one, two, or perhaps three, will arrive. talkSPORT has assessed how the Merseysiders could line up once they have spent their Raheem Sterling money, below…1. Roberto Firmino’s trickery would help to ease the loss of the spark that Sterling provides in attack while Nathaniel Clyne could ensure the unpopular Glen Johnson is instantly forgotten. 5 3. But what if Liverpool put all of their eggs into one man’s basket? Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke has a huge release clause, but his signature could be a masterstroke if the Belgian forged a partnership with Daniel Sturridge. 5 4. Finally, a marquee signing could lift the entire mood at the club. Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, who has attracted interest from Chelsea, is a superb talent and could be the X factor that Liverpool have lacked since Luis Suarez’s departure. Brendan Rodgers 5 5 Which side would you most like to see at Anfield next season, Liverpool fans? Let us know in the comments below…last_img read more

‘Carragher’s a f*****g loser and Gerrard’s slip was karma’ – El Hadji Diouf

first_img Diouf and Gerrard didn’t see eye to eye during his time in the Premier League Unpopular former Premier League striker El Hadji Diouf has gone on a verbal rampage, saying Steven Gerrard’s famous slip against Chelsea was karma and calling Jamie Carragher ‘a f*****g loser’ in an explosive interview in France.The ex-Senegal international was derided by fellow players and fans for his spitting habits and dirty challenges, and it seems he hasn’t lost his loud mouth after this astonishing attack on his former Liverpool teammates.Diouf didn’t see eye to eye with many at Anfield but least of all Gerrard. The former Reds captain claimed in his autobiography the striker was one of the worst signings in the club’s history, while Diouf retorted by accusing the former Reds captain of ‘never liking black people’ in a radio interview last year.And it seems Diouf wasn’t done there, while also revealing he attacked ex-Sunderland team-mate Anton Ferdinand with a smashed glass in a club in Manchester.Speaking to So Foot magazine in an interview due to be published in France on Thursday, Diouf said: “The difference between Jamie [Carragher] and me is that I am a world-class player and he is a s**t.“The type of s**t that writes a book and mentions me all the time. Me, in my book, he does not warrant one phrase: he’s a f*****g loser.”And on his spat with former skipper Gerrard, he added: “Do you think Gerrard means it when he says that El-Hadji Diouf is not a very good player?“I carried the national team for many years, 14 million fans on my shoulders. When we won, it was thanks to me. When we lost, it was my fault.“What I represented for Senegal, he [Gerrard] never managed 100th of that for England. He has never done anything in the World Cup or the Euros.“When I arrived at Liverpool, seeing as I just did what I wanted, he thought that I did not respect the club.“But he downright killed his team by slipping against Chelsea. If Liverpool has never won the Premier League, it’s no accident. What goes around, comes around.”Diouf also launched an expletive-laden storm on his ‘crap’ former Sunderland teammates, and Anton Ferdinand in particular, who he called ‘the number one w****r’ at the Stadium of Light and who he apparently fought with on numerous occasions.The striker, who played for the Black Cats for ‘six s****y months’ in 2008, said:  “We were not fighting, I sorted him out, before we were separated.“I said to him, ‘Let’s go to the gym, I will take you on.’ He did not want to. I said, ‘You are like your brother… you walk like him, you eat like him – write your own story.’“Inevitably, it was difficult in terms of atmosphere, I spent six s****y months there. We were not a team. There were little w*****s in the group who thought they were the best but they were crap. Anton, he was the number one w****r.”On crossing paths again in a Manchester nightclub, he added: “I ignored him; that must have bothered him, so he came over to test me.“I’m a man, I can defend myself. If there is a crazy guy who wants to take me on, I’ll show him that I’m crazier than him. The first of his friends who came too close to me, he ended up running away.“Since I was drinking champagne, I broke my glass and I attacked them… I came out unscathed, and since then, the club now uses plastic glasses.” 1last_img read more