Brazil star plays down Chelsea link

first_imgCorinthians midfielder Paulinho has told Brazilian media there is no truth in speculation he is on course to join Chelsea when the transfer window opens in January.The Brazil international, 24, is one of a host of players linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.But, speaking to Lancenet, he said: “When an offer comes I wil be the first to tell everyone about it. This is just more speculation.“There was nothing. I’m happy here. We have the Club World Cup at the end of the year and I’m totally focused.“It’s hard to deal with this kind of situation but I have a family and team-mates who help me do my best every day.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Jeurys Familia surrenders crushing homer, Melvin tossed in A’s in loss to Rays

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It’s not often A’s shortstop Marcus Semien gets overly upset with a call. His teammates and coaches consider him to be one of the more even-keeled players on the roster. But October is quickly approaching, and emotions are at an all-time high.Semien was visibly upset as he argued with home plate umpire Larry Vanover on the way back to the dugout, feeling robbed of a fair shot to break a tie game after a pitch from Rays (81-66) reliever Vidal Nuño appeared to be well out …last_img read more

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Tourism in South Africa

first_imgThe entrance to the Lost City at the SunCity entertainment complex in North Westprovince. The complex is the region’sbiggest tourist drawcard.(Image: Hannelie Coetzee,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morephotos, visit the image library.)Growing at three times the world average, tourism has become one of the most important sectors in South Africa following the end of apartheid, creating almost a million jobs and even overtaking gold exports as an earner of foreign currency.Figures released for the first three quarters in 2010 reveal that in the nine months to end of September, South Africa welcomed almost 6-million arrivals, an average increase of 17.1% over the same period in 2009. The second quarter recorded a major 91.3% increase in visitors from the Americas, compared to the same period the year before. This was attributed to South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in June and July.While figures for the last quarter were not available at the time of writing, it was revealed that 9 933 966 visitors arrived in South Africa in 2009, compared to 2008’s 9 699 365 – a 3.6% increase year-on-year.Between 2003 and 2009, 63-million tourists came to South Africa.In 2009, South Africa experienced a 5.7% increase in arrivals from African land markets, while revenue generated by foreign arrivals increased by 7.0%.A key driver of this growth has been the liberalisation of South African airspace, which has seen an increasing number of international airlines carrying out more weekly flights between South Africa and other countries.The move to liberalise local airspace was approved by the government in 2006, in an attempt to increase competition in the aviation industry and improve affordability of air travel.There has been an increase in flights between major South African cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town and countries in Europe and the Middle East, while foreign carriers from the US and China have started services between the two respective countries.South Africa is also increasingly targeting business tourists: even though they only make up five percent of foreign arrivals to the country, they on average spend up to three times more than tourists arriving on leisure purposes.Business visitors to the country, including those attending conferences, exhibitions and incentive trips contributed four percent, or R2.3-billion, to South Africa’s total tourism revenue.According to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, 40% of business visitors returned to the country within give years of their first visit, while 18% went on leisure trips prior to their business activities and 22% did the same afterwards.Statistics from the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry show that South Africa is ranked 32nd globally for business tourism, with 1.3% of the market, a figure which the body expects to increase to 2% over the next few years.While international tourism is vital for the industry’s growth, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism also emphasises the need to nurture domestic tourism within South Africa. However, the recession in South Africa resulted in an 8.0% decrease in domestic tourism compared to 2008.Turning the domestic tourism market from one that is driven by the need to visit family or friends to one that is driven by family or individual lifestyle choices in order to grow the market is a challenge that the tourism department has since identified.The tourism department currently runs a programme called Sho’t Left, which encourages South Africans to travel more within their own country by providing them with information about tourist attractions as well as access to tour operators providing reasonable-priced tour packages.2010 World CupAs expected, hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup sparked a South African tourism boom, with private business also geared up in anticipation of the hordes of followers attracted to the event.As early as the Tourism Indaba held in Durban in June 2006, South Africa’s First National Bank noted that most of the country’s luxury hotels were already experiencing unprecedented occupancy levels, driven mainly by holidaymakers in Cape Town and business travellers in Johannesburg.Hosting the Fifa Confederations Cup and the British and Irish Lions rugby tour in 2009, as well as the Indian Premier League’s 2009 tournament and soon after, the Champions Trophy of the International Cricket Council, further increased the media coverage of the country across the globe, while also attracting thousands of fans.For the first time in the event’s history, Fifa gave accreditation to not only South Africa’s top-notch hotels, but also to selected game lodges, guesthouses and bed and breakfast establishments that obtained necessary star grading rating from Tourism Grading Council of SA.This move helped South Africa achieve the dual objectives of spreading tourism benefits beyond cities where matches were taking place and providing spectators with a wider range of accommodation options.In addition, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique signed an agreement to share the tourism spin-offs of the World Cup through “border-free” tourism packages.South Africa’s provincial Limpopo Tourism Parks Board, the Zambia National Tourist Board, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and Mozambique struck the deal creating the Limpopo-Zambezi Destination following the Tourism Indaba conference held in Durban. The agreement saw the creation of new package tours between and within the four countries, the easing of border formalities to smooth the passage of travellers through border posts, and joint marketing and branding in support of the package tours.The National Treasury later allocated R574.9-million to South African National Parks (SANParks) to develop infrastructure and improve facilities at the country’s nature reserves ahead of the World Cup.This complemented the R600-million that was spent on the infrastructure component of the Expanded Public Works Programme, which was used for general upgrades, as well as for new rest camps, tourism roads, fences and other related infrastructure,In addition, South Africa’s National Energy Efficiency Agency committed a further R500-million to SANParks, which was used to make facilities within the country’s national marks more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly ahead of 2010.Growth and jobsThe tourism boom has had a positive knock-on effect on the country’s hotels. Leisure travel remained the key earner across the various travel sectors, with sports tourism also performing well.Tourism’s contribution to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) rose from 2.7% to 7.9% in the 2009-2010 period. The average spend per tourist in South Africa was R9 900.The sector, being fairly labour-intensive and having lesser entry barriers, has been identified as one that is vital to ensure the country achieves its goals set out in the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA), which aims to halve unemployment and poverty in the country by 2014.The government aims to increase the tourism sector’s contribution to 12% of GDP, which has the potential to create a further 400 000 jobs.While tourism has continued to outperform all other sectors of the economy, former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – who heads Asgi-SA – has stated that the sector is far from saturated.She said challenges facing the tourism industry included increasing volumes of both local and foreign tourists, increasing tourist spend and improving the geographic spread within the country beyond the three provinces that attract the most tourists – KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape.With regard to job creation, Mlambo-Ngcuka said that while one job was created for every 12 foreign arrivals in South Africa, some competitor countries managed to create one job for every eight foreign arrivals – an issue that had to be addressed.Useful linksDepartment of Environmental Affairs & TourismSouth African TourismEastern Cape TourismFree State TourismGauteng TourismKwaZulu-Natal Tourism AuthorityLimpopo TourismMpumalanga TourismNorthern Cape TourismNorth West TourismWestern Cape Tourismlast_img read more

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TNT also tried to arrange trade for Kia draft pick, says Narvasa

first_imgView comments After announcing the approval of the trade on Friday, PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa shared that TNT also tried to strike a deal with Kia for the coveted draft pick.“Kia has talked to several prospects, other teams, and how they arrived with San Miguel, I guess it’s between them. The proposal just came to me,” the league executive said. “But if (Magnum) Membrere came here, (Kia) must have talked with TNT also. I don’t know who the others are or were.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: PBA approves Kia-San Miguel trade Narvasa said that Standhardinger bared his intention to join the draft three weeks prior to the September 4 deadline for Fil-foreign aspirants with the Fil-German forward’s agent processed his papers. But to his surprise, KaTropa assistant team manager Magnum Membrere also submitted another application for Standhardinger, duplicating the 28-year-old’s papers. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alibaba co-founder to buy 49 percent of Brooklyn Nets —reports Read Next MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Ultimately, they settled for the final deal which saw San Miguel receive the top overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft in exchange for Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and the Beermen’s 2019 first rounder.The inclusion of Tubid, Narvasa said, was the clincher for the trade to progress.READ: Austria mum on reported SMB-Kia trade“I told them JayR will pass because he’ll be able to guard (June Mar) Fajardo. McCarthy also gets an ok because they need a point guard who can defend Chris Ross. Next, they wanted (Keith) Agovida, but I told them that can’t be because it came from them that they need veterans,” he said.“I told (Kia governor Bobby) Rosales that they need to get a shooter so I added Tubid in the deal. San Miguel will have to find someone in their rotation to replace (Marcio) Lassiter, and if San Miguel adds Tubid to the trade, I think this will pass. But if you don’t give Tubid within one hour, the deal is off and forget the deal.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I was wondering why (Membrere) was the one to submit, but I just let it fly,” he said.Already sensing that a deal was in the works between Standhardinger and TNT, Narvasa was shocked when it was Kia and San Miguel agreed on a trade which was submitted to his office.READ: Kia defends latest trade, prefers veteran talent over one rookie“I was wondering why the pick will go to San Miguel,” he pondered, assuming that the talks with the KaTropa slowly fizzled out.The SMB-Kia transaction loomed over the league for the past week. During that time, Narvasa talked to parties from the Beermen and the Picanto as they tried to find a valid trade between the two teams.ADVERTISEMENT BOCAUE — It turns out, San Miguel wasn’t alone in chasing the number one pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Troy Daniels hits late 3, Suns hold off Grizzlies

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “We work each and every day for moments like this and I just happened to hit the shot,” Daniels said. “It feels great, I’ll tell you that. I rather for it to be on them (the Grizzlies) then anyone else.”T.J. Warren led the Suns with 27 points, and Daniels — acquired from the Grizzlies in September — added 14 off the bench. Phoenix won at home for the first time since Nov. 19 against Chicago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTyreke Evans led Memphis with 23 points, and Marc Gasol added 13 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. The Grizzlies have lost eight of nine games and nine straight on the road.“It’s a matter of who makes the most plays and who makes the least mistakes,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said, “and tonight they made one more play then we did.” LATEST STORIES BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq The teams traded baskets and leads for much of the fourth quarter, and there were three ties. Neither team scored from the 3:45 mark of the fourth quarter until Daniels’ key 3.Memphis had two chances to tie or take the lead, but Evans’ 26-footer at the buzzer missed.I thought I could have got to the basket but I kind of stepped back and shot the 3,” Evans said. “It shouldn’t have came down to that. We had the early lead in the game.”Greg Monroe rebounded a miss and saved the ball to Daniels for his shot. Monroe had 12 rebounds.“I just wanted to make sure I stayed in bounds,” Monroe said. “If I could just get it to him, I knew he had an open shot.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Grizzlies used a 15-2 run to grab a 21-9 lead in the first quarter. But Phoenix outscored Memphis 17-4 over the final four minutes of the quarter to take a 26-25 lead going into the second.Evans scored 11 of his points in the opening 12 minutes.“It was a struggle all night, really,” Suns coach Jay Triano said. “From the opening tip, five of their first baskets where straight-on drives to the basket.”The Suns took a 53-44 lead on Warren’s 3-pointer with 2:40 left in the second. Then Warren scored and was fouled, making it 56-46.Warren had 17 of his points at halftime, and the Suns led 60-51 at halftime.The Grizzlies erased a 12-point third quarter deficit and took a 76-75 lead on Evans’ layup, then Kobi Simmons got a steal and layup for a three-point Grizzlies lead with 2:25 left in the third.Memphis took an 81-79 lead into the fourth quarter. DeRozan scores 45 points, Raptors rally to beat 76ers MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Phoenix Suns center Greg Monroe (14) drives to the basket past Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APPHOENIX — Troy Daniels knew his shot was going in the moment it left his hands, and he knew exactly where he was on the court — right in front of his former team’s bench.Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 17.6 seconds to play to give Phoenix the lead, and the Suns held off the Grizzlies 97-95 on Thursday (Friday Manila time) for their third victory in four games.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues View commentslast_img read more

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Hood scores 29 points as Jazz beat Spurs

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Hood had 29 points and the Jazz fended off multiple comeback attempts by San Antonio to beat the Spurs 100-89 on Thursday (Friday Manila time).Utah played without rookie guard and top scorer Donovan Mitchell, who missed his second consecutive game with a bruised right big toe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When Donovan is out, I have to be a lot more aggressive,” Hood said.The Jazz led most of the way, but the Spurs fought back each time it appeared Utah was ready to put the game away. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Troy Daniels hits late 3, Suns hold off Grizzlies MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes, right, guards Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APSALT LAKE CITY — Missing their leading scorer for the second consecutive game, the Utah Jazz needed Rodney Hood to score in bunches.He did exactly that, including 11 fourth-quarter points to help Utah end a three-game losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq The Jazz led 50-38 at halftime thanks to a 14-point half by Hood. Utah used a 17-3 run spanning the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second, highlighted by back-to-back 3s from Joe Johnson and Rubio, to take a 30-17 lead.The Spurs opened the third quarter with an 11-1 run as LaMarcus Aldridge warmed up and cut the lead to two. San Antonio answered each time the Jazz tried to pull away before Hood finally sealed it.“We knew they were going to go on a run,” Hood said. “I saw daylight and just had to rise up and shoot the ball and make the right play when they started trapping me and blitzing me.”The loss broke a three-game winning streak for the Spurs.“There really shouldn’t be (any) excuses for mental mistakes,” San Antonio guard Patty Mills said. “We understand this is a long season and a long grind … but the other team is going through it as well. We just had too many of those tonight.” Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Hood took over in the fourth quarter after San Antonio cut the lead to 82-81. Utah went on a 13-2 run with Hood scoring nine straight points, including a contested pull-up 3-pointer from the corner and a spinning, mid-range jumper to push the lead to 12.“You noticed he was pretty good, huh?” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I thought they did a really good job in pick-and-roll, attacking and getting the ball to really open shooters. The last two 3s he hit, they were contested pretty well and he made great shots.“In general they did a great job executing and finding the open man out of pick-and-roll and they really sliced and diced us in that regard. That was nice to watch in a weird sort of way.”Ricky Rubio had 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Derrick Favors finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.Bryn Forbes led the Spurs with 12 points.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Nash: Challenge is for us to make shots

first_img“I think if you look at the whole game, Jayson was making the right decisions. He was taking the shots that he needed to take, making the right passes. But it just so happened that his teammates weren’t able to convert,” he said.Castro churned out an impressive statistical line of 18 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds in the season opener, but his support group didn’t do enough to pull off the W.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTNT threw up 102 attempts and converted 31, a 30-percent shooting clip which further sinks when looking at the three-pointers: The Texters went 8-of-38 from downtown.Further weighing the team down was the exit of Anthony Semerad, who was performing relatively well and shot 3-of-7 from threes to notch 13 points. Semerad left the game after injuring his right knee at the 8:38 mark of the fourth period, which further put the Texters at a disadvantage. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayson Castro did all he could for TNT, but even his near triple-double performance couldn’t prevent his side from falling to Rain or Shine, 82-79, Friday night at the start of their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup campaign.And for coach Nash Racela, it’s all because the other KaTropa players need to step up and make their shots.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Though Racela acknowledged the 33 offensive boards his team snared, as well as the 73 total rebounds TNT hauled, as a positive they could build on, he said he’d rather have his side drilling those shots than getting second chances.“We got those 33 because we missed a lot of shots. The energy was still there despite us missing our shots. We were trying to get shots off those misses, which is a good sign for us, but then again, we’d rather have us making our attempts,” he said.Luckily for the Texters, they will have a week-long breather before trying to correct those miscues as they take on Alaska on Dec. 29, at Cuneta Astrodome.“For sure, they’ll force us to take the outside shots again, so it’s a challenge for us to make it from the outside. Again, we’ll find ways to have better execution next time,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NBA Christmas Day Games on BTV and NBA Premium Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq View commentslast_img read more

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Tiger Woods decides to be his own swing coach

first_imgAP FILE PHOTOTiger Woods is embarking on his latest comeback without a swing coach.Woods said Friday (Saturday Manila time) on Twitter that since fusion surgery on his lower back in April, he has been relearning his body and his golf swing by relying on feel and the previous three years of work with Dallas-based Chris Como.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “For now, I think it’s best for me to continue to do this on my own,” Woods said. “I’m grateful to Chris Como for his past work, and I have nothing but respect for him.”Como was not in the Bahamas when Woods returned following his fourth back surgery. In his first competition in 10 months, Woods had plenty of speed and power in his swing, shot three rounds in the 60s at the Hero World Challenge and tied for ninth against an 18-man field, 10 shots behind Rickie Fowler.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMore important than his score was his form: Woods looked strong and fit with his swing and his posture all through the week.He has not said where he will play first in 2018. Read Next 2 officials convicted at FIFA trial; 3rd awaits verdict LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Unlike the previous three coaches employed by Woods — Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and Sean Foley — Como was not as steady a presence in public even when Woods played an 11-event schedule in 2015.Notah Begay, who has known Woods since they played together at Stanford, introduced him to Como in the summer of 2014. Woods hired him as a consultant late that year as he talked about a “new old swing” he would try to employ.Como said in a text message that Woods’ “electrifying play” in the Bahamas was the byproduct of “a lot of hard work over the last few years while fighting through injury and pain,” and he felt there was plenty of enthusiasm for next year.“When our professional relationship began, I was asked to help Tiger utilize his own instincts and feel while playing pain free,” Como said. “I think we’ve accomplished that and I’m proud of the results. Tiger is ready to have an incredible run in his career. I’m eager to watch what will be one of the most exciting sports comebacks of all time.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Porzingis returns but Beasley gets the ‘MVP’ chants in Knicks win over Celtics

first_imgNEW YORK—Michael Beasley harbors no illusions that the Madison Square Garden crowd that serenaded him with chants of “MVP!” was serious about the accolade. But he certainly played like it, at least for a night.Beasley had the hot hand as New York held off the Boston Celtics, 102-93, Thursday night, when the Knicks welcomed back a cold-shooting Kristaps Porzingis.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments “It’s nice to hear but I am pretty sure it’s for KP (Porzingis),” said Beasley. “I’m just here for the team. Whatever they need, whenever they need. Scoring, rebounding, defense. I just try my best.”Beasley finished with 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting and added 12 rebounds off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Knicks were 1-5 without Porzingis this season, and the Latvian center was hoping to come out big in his return after dealing with a sore left knee. But he shot 0-of-11 from the field and was hardly a factor. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Poor PH sports in holiday mood Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Not quite there yet

first_imgRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Against the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics last Thursday, Michael Beasley came up with a huge game—32 points and 12 rebounds—that had the Madison Square Garden crowd serenading the well-traveled former No. 2 pick with “MVP!” chants. Beasley dismissed the cheers, saying they were most likely for star Kristaps Porzingis, who was returning from an injury-forced break.“It’s nice to hear but I am pretty sure it’s for KP,” said Beasley. “I’m just here for the team. Whatever they need, whenever they need. Scoring, rebounding, defense. I just try my best.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderBut it’s not like Beasley did not revel in being the man of the moment.Pressed by reporters, he said he knew he had a hot hand way before his third quarter breakout that rescued the Knicks. In fact, he knew he was going to have a good scoring night 28 years ago. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments “January 9, 1989,” said Beasley, referring to his birth date, as if to remind everyone that he always had faith in his scoring abilities long before he helped New York to a 102-93 victory over Boston.Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek did not need the reminder.“Mike, he can do a lot of things with the ball. He was the second pick in the draft 10 years ago, after all. He’s talented and you all saw that tonight,” he said.“If KP’s out he obviously gets the bigger minutes. I thought he played great in filling in for him. He really helped us get some points on the board. Defensively, I liked what he was doing. He’s definitely a rotation guy for us. We have still Tim (Hardaway Jr.) out. That enables us to put Lance (Thomas) in there a little bit more so Mike’s still going to get that rotation,” added Hornacek.Beasley, who struggled with substance abuse in his early days in Miami, bounced around the league and became an MVP in China before joining the Knicks. He has settled well into his role as a reliable sub after getting a few starts early in the season.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa In fact, according to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only nonstarting Knick to have ever scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.“Coming off the bench, starting, whatever the team needs I’m going to do,” Beasley said. “If the team needs me to sit on the end of the bench and be a cheerleader then give me my pompoms.”It was perfect timing, too. Porzingis struggled in his return, missing all 11 shots from the field.“Michael Beasley had my back tonight,” Porzingis said.“Thanks to me the game was closer and I kept it close,” joked the Latvian superstar. “Kobe [Bryant] says you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Today I missed all hundred.”There was laughter. It was a good night. There was one more match to deal with before their Christmas Day game—their 52nd in NBA history, a league record.But just as it looked like the Knicks would ride into that match on a one-horse open sleigh, they got Grinched on Friday night, losing to the Detroit Pistons, 104-101. Ironically, Porzingis had 29 points in that game, although he missed a desperation three that could have saved New York.Just the Knicks being the Knicks. Maybe a little Christmas spirit can help them get going. And going, a little bit more consistently. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH seeks revenge against powered-up SEA squad MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC New York Knicks’ Michael Beasley (8) celebrates after scoring a three point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK—The Knicks are headed into the Christmas Day game in the manner that best describes their season so far: On the verge of something positive but also on the edge of failure. The ambivalence can be seen in their record. At 17-15, they look like a team that could make a playoff run but still fall into losses that lead critics to say they should tank the season.They have won five of their last seven matches, but the last two matches show just how much the Knicks lack the kind of consistency to be legitimate playoff contenders—but then can be fun to watch when they hit their stride.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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