Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title But they’re far from content and next season could finally be UP’s year with Akhuetie and Di Liaño back in tow and the likes of Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras making their debut for the Maroons.RELATED STORIESINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweepINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Manny Pacquiao back as champRELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Making it at No. 5 on the list of top sports stories of 2018 are the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nets beat Hornets in 2OTs on Joe Harris’ late layup For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil University of the Philippines captured the hearts of many and stole the UAAP spotlight after making its first finals appearance since 1986.After a series of losing seasons, including winless campaigns, the Fighting Maroons finally broke through in Season 81.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 ChrissAt the forefront of UP’s dream run were steely guard Paul Desiderio, electrifying sophomore Juan Gomez Di Liaño and Bright Akhuetie, who went on to have an MVP campaign.UP may not have won the championship after getting swept by Ateneo in the finals, but the Fighting Maroons already overachieved when they stunned No. 2 Adamson in the Final Four. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending 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
Houston teammate Austin Rivers, who joined the Rockets just three weeks ago, marveled at Harden’s ability to not let Sunday’s struggles spill over into Monday’s performance.“He comes off a game where he was 1 for 17 and everybody’s saying whatever and it just doesn’t even faze him. He just comes in tonight like he was 17 for 17,” Rivers said. “That’s just the mindset that the great ones have. I’m telling you right now, if another player went 1 for 17 they would have come in tonight a little … messed up. James comes in and that’s just why he is who he is and it’s impressive.”After his huge first half, the Grizzlies double-teamed Harden on most every possession in the first few minutes of the third quarter and he didn’t score again until there were about five minutes left in the period. That basket was the start of an 11-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from Harden that pushed the Rockets’ lead to 76-60 with about 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the third.A 3-pointer by JaMychal Green got the Grizzlies within 12 later in the third before Harden scored five quick points to make it 87-70.Garrett Temple and Mike Conley scored 14 each for the Grizzlies, who lost for the eighth time in nine games.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco sends Garvo Lanete to NorthPort for 2020 draft pick View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 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 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines 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 LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Memphis Grizzlies’ Garrett Temple (17) and Mike Conley defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — After scoring a season-high 57 points in Houston’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, James Harden was asked how he was able to put Sunday’s loss to Orlando, when he went 1 for 17 from 3-point range, behind him so quickly.“I went 1 for 17? That’s a lot of 3s missed,” he deadpanned. “Oh wow!”ADVERTISEMENT THEY SAID ITHarden on if having the most consecutive 30-point games since Chamberlain means anything to him: “No. The win was important.”MR. 600The win was the 600th of D’Antoni’s career. The 67-year-old coach had 14 wins in one season in Denver, 253 in five years in Phoenix, 121 in four seasons with the Knicks, 67 in two years with the Lakers and got his 145th victory with Houston in his third season.“I appreciate these guys and everybody before them,” D’Antoni said. “But it just means you’ve coached some good guys, and you’re able to avoid getting fired too many times.”UP NEXTGrizzlies: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.Rockets: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Then the reigning MVP, who scored 38 points against the Magic despite that terrible statistic, got serious when asked if it’s easy to forget about such a night.“Yeah, because if I make six of them it’s on,” he said. “It’s a 60-point game. So Orlando got lucky last night.”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 ChrissHarden extended his streak of 30-point games to 17 by halftime, pouring in a franchise-record 36 points in the first half to send Houston on its way to a 112-94 victory. It’s the longest such streak since Wilt Chamberlain had 20 straight games of at least 30 points in 1964.It’s the franchise-record 14th time Harden has scored 40 this season and the eighth time in his last 11 games. It’s the third time he’s topped 50 points this season and the 12th time in his career. He surpassed his previous season best of 54 against Washington and fell just shy of the career-high and club-record 60 points he scored last January against Orlando. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who worked for the Rockets from 2011-16, said his team tried to keep the ball out of Harden’s hands, but Houston does such a good job of putting him in different spots on the floor that it’s difficult to do effectively.“There’s so much space, so you have to give them credit and give him credit just for the talent he is and the impact he has on the game,” Bickerstaff said.Harden’s latest big game came on a night when the Rockets were without three starters, as center Clint Capela joined Chris Paul and Eric Gordon on the injured list after he hurt his right thumb Sunday night. It’s possible Capela could miss significant time, but coach Mike D’Antoni said the team won’t know how long he’ll be out until he gets a second opinion later this week.Harden made his first two 3s on Monday night to quickly outdo his 3-point shooting from Sunday and finished 6 of 15. It’s the 13th time in the last 14 games that he’s drained at least five 3s after his NBA-record streak of 12 straight ended with his cold shooting performance against the Magic.Harden made 15 of 17 free throws and had nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.He crashed to the court making a 3 as he was fouled by Green to give him 52 points with just under five minutes remaining. Harden completed the four-point play to make it 103-85.Harden went to the bench to a standing ovation with 3:35 left and Houston ahead 107-85.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Kyle Anderson missed the game after spraining his left ankle Saturday. … Jaren Jackson Jr. had 12 points.Rockets: Paul missed his 12th game in a row with a strained left hamstring. … Gordon missed his eighth straight game with a bruised right knee. … Danuel House had 15 points and Rivers scored 11. … Nene started in place of Capela. 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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extended gratitude to foreigners including the United States, People’s Republic of China, Nigeria, Norway, Germany and others that rushed to Liberia’s aid during the Ebola crisis that claimed over 3,000 lives.In her annual message to the National Legislature on Monday, President Sirleaf confessed that Liberia’s international partners came to the country’s rescue at the time when all seemed lost as the disease was raging.“We want to pay tribute to our African brothers and sisters, to the countries that stood by us and came to our rescue when everything seemed to be lost. We want to also express our gratitude to the international community for standing up with us in global solidarity as we faced this deadly disease,” President Sirleaf said.She made special reference to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan and his government for their role played in assisting Liberia despite the threat of Ebola exposed to citizens of that country by a Liberian.When Ebola broke out, Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian, travelled to Nigeria to attend an ECOWAS meeting. He became ill and was diagnosed with the disease. He died but not before infecting several of his care givers including a Nigerian doctor who also died.President Sirleaf also acknowledged that Nigeria has helped Liberia professionally and financially. Nigeria is on record for being the first African country to help Liberia by contributing US$500,000 to fight Ebola. Of late Nigeria contributed over US$1 million and sent scores of health workers to assist on the African Union team.On the largest scale, the President said “The United States took the lead closely followed by the People’s Republic of China, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Cuba amongst others and joined b international development partners such as the European Union, World Bank, African Development Bank, smaller organizations and individuals.”President Sirleaf also recognized U.S. President Barack Obama for the role played to send thousands of military troops to intervene in the Ebola crisis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Men’s Recreation Hockey League is nearing the end of its 2017/18 season.The league consists of thirteen teams with eight teams in the A side and five teams in the B side. Currently, Rig Ratz leads the A side standings with a record of 8-1-1, while DRS is in first place in the B side with a record of 7-1-1.The regular season concludes on February 11th, where teams will begin to prepare for a three-division tournament in mid-March.- Advertisement -In action tonight Epscan clashes with Big Horn at 9:15 p.m. in Side A, over in Side B, D and T Disposals faces-off with FSJ Tropics at 9:00 p.m.
Cristiano Ronaldo – will he return to Manchester United or stay in Spain? 1 Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has admitted Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘angry and hurt’ over allegations of tax avoidance, yet insists he is relaxed about the superstar’s future at the Spanish club.Reigning Ballon d’Or and Best FIFA Men’s Player award winner Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Manchester United having been “outraged” by what he feels is unfair treatment by Spanish tax authorities, making him determined to leave the country.READ MORE: Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid and sign for Man United – story so farThe 32-year-old only signed a new deal with Real in November and is under contract until 2021, although his unhappiness has caused an issue for Perez as he begins his new term as the head of the European and Spanish champions.However, Perez told esRadio that talks would be held with the Portugal forward once he returns from international duty.“He has a contract with Real Madrid and, when he stops playing at the Confederations Cup, we will talk. He is an honest person and complies with all his obligations,” Perez said on El Primer Palo.“I have spoken with [Ronaldo’s agent] Jorge Mendes and there is no need to worry about anything else. With Cristiano, you have to wait, he’s angry, he is hurt.”Commenting on Ronaldo’s tax affairs, Perez added: “We all have to fulfil our fiscal obligations. Madrid is not responsible for the players’ declarations, but there has never been a concealment. Cristiano does not have to deny anything he has not said.”Perez also admitted that head coach Zinedine Zidane is keen to bring Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe to the Bernabeu, but hinted that the 18-year-old may have to wait a little longer to join the Champions League and LaLiga winners.“He is a very good player, it reminds me of last year of when they said that we would sign Pogba,” Perez said of Mbappe.“The summer is very long, Zidane has had a close relationship with him for several years.“But very few players play at Real Madrid at the age of 18. He should have patience, the coach has it in his mind. It’s not worth saying if we are going to bring in players who could be on the bench.”
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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday defended his decision to conduct dope tests on government employees and police personnel, saying such tests were held in the Army too.“The current situation in the State, where addicts are resorting to using concoctions due to scarcity and high price of drugs, has warranted such harsh steps,” he said, while taking to journalists after the passing-out parade at the Police Recruit Training Centre in Hoshiarpur.‘Supply lines choked’“Mounting pressure on drug smugglers and the mafia has choked the supply lines and is forcing addicts to go for concoctions, which are resulting in deaths,” said the Chief Minister.Capt. Amarinder said that his proposal for giving death penalty to first-time drug smugglers and peddlers was also aimed at eliminating the drug menace.“The increase in tip-offs received by the police and the large number of youth coming to drug treatment and rehabilitation centres shows that the people are worried about the deaths being caused by the use of concoctions. They are actively joining the government’s campaign against drugs,” he said.SIT probeOn allegations of involvement of former Akali Dal Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in a drugs case, the Chief Minister said that the SIT formed to probe the matter had submitted its report to the court.
Weeks after launching the Samajwadi Secular Morcha, Shivpal Singh Yadav on Tuesday announced his new political party, which has been registered with the Election Commission as Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia.Earlier, Mr. Yadav had said his front would contest all 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 elections.His aide and former Minister, Sharda Pratap Shukla, said the new party would become a big force in the State.Mr. Yadav launched the Morcha on August 29 after falling out with his nephew and Samajwadi Party president, Akhilesh Yadav, complaining about neglect in the Samajwadi Party.
The US Open women’s semifinals scheduled for Thursday evening have been postponed due to the threat of rain.Both the men’s and women’s semis will now be played on Friday, tournament officials announced. Play was scheduled to begin at 7pm ET (2300 GMT) on Thursday with world number one Serena Williams taking on Italian Roberta Vinci.The delay puts the American’s calendar-year grand slam bid on hold. That match would have been followed by second seed Simona Halep against Flavia Pennetta of Italy.An action-packed Friday marathon of action will now start at 11am ET with the Halep-Pennetta match, followed by Williams versus Vinci.The men’s semifinals will follow, with world number one Novak Djokovic tacking defending champion Marin Cilic and then an intriguing all-Swiss matchup between five-times US Open winner Roger Federer and French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.This will be the last year the US Open will have to deal with delays and postponements on the main venue Arthur Ashe Stadium court, because a retractable roof will be fully operational next year.Fans entering the massive 23,000 seat stadium the past two weeks have had a glimpse of the skeleton structure taking shape over the showcourt. The retractable roof is just part of the $500 million renovations taking place at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre.A new 8,000 seat grandstand court is also in the works and Louis Armstrong court will be torn down after this year’s grand slam and rebuilt.Flushing Meadows has largely escaped bad weather this year but from 2008 to 2012 the US Tennis Association was forced to push the mens final to Monday because of rain delays.advertisementNot wanting to juggle schedules, tournament officials opted for Monday men’s final in 2013 and 2014 before switching back to a Sunday date this year.
Even as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) looks for a replacement for Ramesh Powar as the women’s cricket team coach, an internal communication from the board has revealed how the two-member Committee of Administrators (COA) are split over the move.BCCI’s acting-secretary, Amitabh Choudhary’s letter to General Manager Saba Karim suggests that Diana Edulji is being targeted and her cricketing credentials overlooked in the decision making around this and other issues.”It is now part of the BCCI records that while the views of the only other member of the CoA, so half the CoA-if that need be said, having far better credentials in the game than any of us in the BCCI, have been repeatedly ignored, confidential mails received by only a few orchestrated to be leaked just to bring discomfort to her in the public eye.”Considering the sensitivity of the whole issue, specially the fact that a member of the CoA was concerned, I had immediately asked for a report from the concerned officials, but to no avail,” Choudhary wrote in his letter to the GM.One of the important questions he asked was how exactly did the leak happen in the Mithali Raj letter episode.Choudhary wrote: “How was the report of Ms Mithali Raj leaked? Who is the author of the unauthorised, unprecedented, mid-season above referred change of rule?” he enquired.While Edulji has steered clear of making any comments on the issue, she did say that she did not see anything foul in the team management’s move to drop Mithali from the World T20 semi-final, which India eventually lost by a big margin against England.advertisementApplicants have been given time to apply for the job by 14 December. Powar, the man in the centre of the storm, endorsed by Indian T20 captain and vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana respectively, is yet to re-apply for the job.About the board’s decision to change the player transfer rule regarding wards of government employees, Choudhary said that it was unwarranted and could have been avoided mid-season.”As my modest mind understands, the change of rule was unauthorised and unconstitutional. That was so because it had no sanction from the Technical Committee, Tournament Committee, Apex Council or the General Body.”That it is not even clear as to who is its author. That, considering it was mid-season, it was unprecedented in cricket history,” the letter further stated.Also Read | Amitabh Choudhary stunned, Mithali Raj letter to BCCI not shared with secretaryAlso Read | Diana Edulji defends Mithali Raj’s exclusion: Can’t be questioning playing XI Also Read | Was Ramesh Powar’s relationship with Mithali Raj strained before World T20 controversy?