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Durant’s MVP prediction a ‘great compliment’ for Antetokoumpo

Durant’s MVP prediction a ‘great compliment’ for Antetokoumpo

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen Giannis Antetokoumpo won the 2017 NBA Most Improved Player award, 2014 Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant congratulated the Milwaukee Bucks star and predicted an even bigger future for the 22-year-old.“It’s guaranteed that he will be an MVP,” said Durant in a video on YouTube. ADVERTISEMENT View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pingris aims to return next month 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend And on Sunday, Antetokoumpo thanked Durant for the kind gesture.“That was a great compliment,” said Antetokoumpo during his media availability at Fairmont Makati for “Greek Freak Invades Manila” event with King Bally Entertainment Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Antetokoumpo, though, knows he still has a lot of work to do if he ever hopes to win the most prized individual award in the NBA.“I just try to listen and be like ‘yeah but I still got to work’ because if I worked hard enough everybody can say ‘you can be great, you can do great things,’ but most of the time when people say that it puts pressure on you,” said Antetokounmpo. LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 22-year-old finished the 2016-2017 season with 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 1.6 steals and was just the fifth player in league history to lead his team in all five categories.He was also the first player in the NBA to finish in the top 20 of the five statistical categories. Antetokounmpo said he’s received compliments from other NBA players including LeBron James and Stephen Curry, but getting better starts with putting in the work and not just mere praise. “I got compliments from LeBron, KD, and Steph when I was a rookie and nobody knew me back then,” said Antetokounmpo. “But if you put in work every year, and get better every year you will achieve it.”RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

James Yap rescues Rain or Shine, makes go-ahead 3-point play vs former team Magnolia

James Yap rescues Rain or Shine, makes go-ahead 3-point play vs former team Magnolia

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Paul Lee, the man Yap was traded for, gave Magnolia a 74-72 lead with 6.1 seconds left to play but that was a false hope for the Hotshots since their former hero, the man who gave them seven titles, was just waiting for his moment.Yap finished with a game-high 18 points with five rebounds while Maverick Ahanmisi added 13 points and seven boards with Norbert Torres pitching in 11 points of his own.Ian Sangalang, who led the Hotshots with 16 points and 18 rebounds, had a chance to win the game for the Hotshots but his shot hit the backboard as time expired.Mark Barroca also finished with 16 points for the Hotshots who dropped their third straight game against zero wins.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—For the majority of his career, James Yap delivered countless wins for the Purefoods franchise before he was traded in 2016.Now, he’s doing the punishment to his former team.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Yap converted a clutch three-point play to rescue Rain or Shine in a dramatic 75-74 victory over Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.The former poster boy of the Hotshots drilled a beauty of a floater that faked three Hotshot defenders with 3.2 seconds left and, for good measure, he also drained the bonus free throw to seal the league-leading Elasto Painters’ seventh win in eight games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“The story of the game was James Yap,” said Painters head coach Caloy Garcia. “If you see the last plays we were running it was all for James.”“We knew that James wants to win against Magnolia so win or lose he’ll take the last shot.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sonny Thoss shows flashes of old form in Aces win Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

GuySuCo halts private farmers cane supply

GuySuCo halts private farmers cane supply

first_imgWales Estate closureBy Shemuel FanfairAs the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) prepares to cease operations at the Wales Sugar Estate, West Bank Demerara (WBD), last Saturday was the final day the corporation accepted canes from private planters.Final days of Wales – GuySuCo to make final decision on factory closing date todayGuyana Times was told on Sunday that much of the farmers’ canes were left in the backlands, which has amounted to wasted produce. Information reaching this newspaper also indicated that GuySuCo deserted the majority of the sugar cane it had in its control.However, the final cane supply has already been accepted at Wales Estate and is currently being processed. This newspaper was told this would occur over a three-day period and after that operations will be halted.Following the repeated mechanical disruptions that occurred late into Saturday night – the same day the final canes were accepted – the Police were reportedly alerted to be on patrol to monitor activities at the estate.Meanwhile, today GuySuCo’s senior management is likely to make the final decision on the entity’s closure. This follows reports received by this publication that instructions have already been issued to Wales Factory managers that the boiler must be shut off today.Additionally, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder in an interview with Guyana Times last week reaffirmed that sugar operations at Wales would not extend beyond the December 31, 2016, that Government had already announced for the entity’s closure.“No worker in the factory will be continuing service at Wales; the crop has to finish at Wales by December 31, 2016,” the Minister stated.Holder had further told this newspaper that lands controlled by GuySuCo were being prepared for rice cultivation. In September, the sugar corporation had disclosed that it intended to convert some 485 acres at Wales Estate into rice cultivation. Holder had also informed Guyana Times that plans are in the pipeline for remaining lands to be converted for planting “other crops” when lands for sugarcane cultivation are no longer operable. In February, the Minister had told the National Assembly that the sugar factory would be converted into a business establishment that will see the rearing of poultry and other livestock.With the expected final days to the closure of the estate, the future and livelihood of over 1000 workers and the sustenance of their families remain uncertain.GAWU maintains that over the last 11 months, it has been in the dark over the Wales conversion plans, noting that GuySuCo has offered little explanation on the future of many of the workers. The closure of the over a century estate by yearend has affected some 1700 workers directly and thousands of persons in the Wales and surrounding communities indirectly.The decision to close the entity was confirmed by Government in January 2016 after Guyana Times broke the news earlier that month.last_img read more

Firefighter homeless for Christmas

Firefighter homeless for Christmas

first_img…as early morning fire strikesA fireman, Troyden Williamson, attached to the New Amsterdam Fire Service is now homeless and counting his losses after his home was engulfed in flames early Friday morning.The fire, said to have been caused by a lit kerosene lamp, completely destroyed the two-storey, three-bedroom house located at Cuffy Drive, Tucber Park, Berbice.Williamson told Guyana Times that he was asleep when the fire started. He heard a loud explosion and upon checking noticed huge flames in the kitchen.He explained that he returned home at about 20:00h on Thursday and did some cleaning before lighting a lamp and retiring to bed. At about 02:00h Friday he was awakened by the sound of an explosion.“The room that I was in did not have any fire so I broke the window and called my neighbour who helped to get me out through the window.”Williamson said as he moved away and looked back he noticed that the entire wood-and-concrete building was engulfed in flames.Not wanting to comment on the Fire Service’s response because of his attachment to the service, Williamson said the building is owned by an overseas-based Guyanese.“Everything went up in flames, I know the fire service will do whatever they can but I have lost all that I had,” he told Guyana Times.The young man said he lost everything, however, he is not distressed by the loss of his home just two days before Christmas.“I don’ think it will affect my Christmas because Jesus is the reason for my season. Despite what happened I still put my trust in God. I believe that all things worketh for good, so I put it in the hands of God.”The firefighter said he is not sure where he will be living, but is asking for assistance from the public. (Andrew Carmichael)The house completely engulfed in flames early Friday morninglast_img read more

USC basketball notes: Seattle sendoff for Stewart

USC basketball notes: Seattle sendoff for Stewart

first_imgFollowing an emotional farewell in his final game at Galen Center, senior Lodrick Stewart will get another sendoff this week in Washington. Stewart went to high school at Rainier Beach in Seattle. His father, son, girlfriend Sherrill Simmons and many other family members live in the area. He expects to have around fifty friends and family members at the Huskies game Thursday. “Going home brings a different player out of me,” Stewart said. “I want to get a win in front of my hometown crowd, especially being my last time playing there.” Stewart is 1-2 in Seattle with the Trojans. USC won there his freshman year but lost by 14 last season and 30 the year before. It will be the first game this season for his son Jaylin, who turned 2 earlier this month. “He watches all my games on TV,” Stewart said. “It’s funny, when he recognizes me on TV he runs and tries to grab the TV.” Cromwell on rebound: Against Stanford, RouSean Cromwell looked like the aggressive and tireless defender with quick reflexes who made an impact at USC as a freshman. He had just two points, three rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes, but Cromwell’s defense on the 7-foot-tall Lopez twins was key in the Trojans’ 69-65 victory. The 6-foot-11 sophomore forward finally is getting back to the way he played before two serious injuries set him back. Cromwell fractured his foot in the middle of last season and had to miss 15 games when he stepped on a loose ball during warm-ups. He came back for the final five games, but then needed to have knee surgery during the offseason to clean out debris. “Sitting out as long as I did, I was a little reluctant to move that hard,” Cromwell said. “Compare the Stanford game to the beginning of the season, I’m putting a lot more pressure on my legs and my movements are a lot quicker.” Cromwell still has a screw in his right foot that sometimes hurts during cold temperatures. “I would love to go back in time and not had these injuries but they are a part of me now,” Cromwell said. Lewis mending: Dwight Lewis said his right wrist has bothered him throughout Pac-10 play and was the reason he sat out practice Friday. The freshman guard said he doesn’t remember the exact nonconference game that he sprained the wrist on a fall. “I landed on the wrist and it’s never been right since,” Lewis said. After only playing three minutes against Stanford because the Trojans went big to match up with the Lopez twins and then skipping practice Friday, he came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points Saturday against Cal. “It’s more my wrist feels better,” Lewis said. “It’s been bothering me for a while, but it’s getting better and better every day now.” matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Matthews tries to focus on field

Matthews tries to focus on field

first_imgHowie Kendrick hit his first homer of the spring, and finished 2-3 with two RBI. Chris Resop, who gave up six runs on five hits in the fourth inning, took the loss. LACKEY STARTS STRONG Staff Writer Vincent Bonsignore contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Earlier this week, Matthews and Guerrero were both hesitant on a fly ball to shallow right-center by Oakland’s Mike Piazza. Matthews took over at the last second, hanging on for the out as the ball nearly squirted out of his glove. “That’s one of those learning plays, just figuring out where (Guerrero’s) range is and him learning where mine is and where to expect me to be,” said Matthews, seemingly overjoyed to get a question about baseball. “Between him and Garret, I really don’t have to say a whole lot to them.” John Lackey was impressive in his first start of the spring, retiring the first seven batters he faced and collecting five strikeouts in three innings in a 10-7 loss to the Diamondbacks. Lackey gave up just two hits and one earned run, and left with a 4-1 lead. “The fact that it was his first start, he was very, very impressive,” Stoneman said. TEMPE, Ariz. – Gary Matthews Jr. prefers to focus on the games he will play and not the ones he could be forced to miss. If a suspension or discipline of some kind is on its way, then so be it. center_img Matthews said he knows that no matter what happens, he will be playing baseball this season, and he’s going to have to learn how to play with his new teammates. Matthews is undergoing a crash course this spring on how much ground he will have to cover while playing between Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero. The Angels’ two veteran corner outfielders have had their share of speed-slowing injuries in recent seasons. last_img read more

Three mega striker signings – but who is the best?

Three mega striker signings – but who is the best?

first_imgWith the summer transfer window getting into full swing, clubs are moving to secure their targets ahead of the new Premier League season.Alexandre Lacazette, Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata are all expected to line-up for new clubs when the action kicks off on August 12.But who is most likely to hit the ground running and fire their team towards glory?All three are tipped to smash their future club’s record transfer fees, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United ready to splurge over £180million collectively on new leading men.Lukaku is the only striker with Premier League experience and may benefit from already forged relationships during his previous spell with the Blues.Lacazette and Morata will add further star quality to England’s top-flight and will be confident they can take to a new style of play with relative ease.Style of playAll three players could argue they offer something completely different, but what the trio do have in common is a habit for finding the back of the net.Lacazette proved to be Lyon’s star man last season, scoring 28 Ligue 1 goals and helping the club to a fourth place finish in France’s top division.His relentless style of pressing will offer Arsenal the chance to play higher up the pitch and utilise their possession to better effect, something they simply can’t do when Olivier Giroud is occupying a central role.At Everton, the priority of any Toffees performance was to play to the strengths of Lukaku, where a direct approach helped the big Belgian bag an impressive 25 Premier League goals.But should Lukaku complete his expected return to Stamford Bridge, he will have to adapt to being less of a battering ram, and more of a leading man that is capable of linking the play.Despite making only 14 starts in LaLiga, Morata notched 15 goals as he largely played as a back up to the striking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.Jose Mourinho will be hoping the player he handed his Real Madrid debut to, will be able to fill the shoes of the departed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and provide the Red Devils with more of a mobile threat than the big Swede offered in his single season at Old Trafford.Opening fixturesPremier League success stories are often written within the opening chapters, so it is vital each striker gets off to an impressive start with their new club.Lacazette will face Leicester, Stoke, Liverpool, Bournemouth and Chelsea in his first five league games in the red shirt of Arsenal.The Frenchman’s preference to run at defenders should prove effective against teams who would otherwise sit back and wait to be opened up. But Lacazette’s real test of his credentials will come up against the leading lights of Liverpool and Antonio Conte’s champions.Lukaku, meanwhile, will play against Burnley, Tottenham, Everton, Leicester and Arsenal on his expected return to west London.The 24-year-old won’t be lacking motivation should he face his current Toffees teammates and is likely to thrive in three home fixtures, where he will be expected to justify his price tag with a bright start to the season.Morata’s impending arrival will see him come up against West Ham, Swansea, Leicester, Stoke and Everton on his introduction to life in England.The Spaniard’s considerable frame should allow him to hold his own in the early stages of his Old Trafford career, and with a kind fixture list, Morata will be eager to replicate Ibrahimovic’s early impact.Show us your medalsWhile Morata may have lacked the consistent run of starts that Lacazette and Lukaku have enjoyed, when it comes to honours there is simply no contest.So far, Morata has picked up two LaLiga titles, two Copa del Reys, two Champions Leagues, one Super Cup, one Club World Cup, two Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias and one Supercoppa Italia.To save you counting, that’s 13 club trophies earned during his career with Real Madrid and Juventus.Meanwhile, Lukaku picked up the only piece of silverware to date in his career, when Chelsea won the FA Cup in his debut season at Stamford Bridge.Surprisingly, despite being 26, Lacazette has yet to taste victory on the biggest stage, saving most of his adulation for individual awards during his seven years with Lyon.Whatever past successes the trio have enjoyed, memories will be put to one side as they attempt to establish themselves as their new club’s most reliable threat in front of goal. 1 The three strikers are set to compete against each other in the Premier League last_img read more

SHOCK AS FINANCE MINISTER ACCUSES DONEGAL BUILDERS OF WIDESPREAD FRAUD

SHOCK AS FINANCE MINISTER ACCUSES DONEGAL BUILDERS OF WIDESPREAD FRAUD

first_imgFINANCE Minister Michael Noonan shocked Dail Eireann last night during a debate on tax reliefs for home owners, by accusing Donegal builders of widespread fraud.He said builders in Donegal are “night and day working in the black economy” during a debate at the Finance Committee.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty was furious at the comment, accusing Mr Noonan of a cheap shot at the Gaoth Dobhair politician.  SHOCK AS FINANCE MINISTER ACCUSES DONEGAL BUILDERS OF WIDESPREAD FRAUD was last modified: November 27th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

STRANORLAR DEATH: ROAD TO REMAIN CLOSED FOR MOST OF TODAY

STRANORLAR DEATH: ROAD TO REMAIN CLOSED FOR MOST OF TODAY

first_imgGARDAÍ are warning motorists to allow extra time for journeys through the Twin Towns today following this morning’s fatal road traffic accident.A man in his 60s died after being struck by a vehicle around 2.50am near McClay’s Corner in Stranorlar.A Garda spokesman said: “A forensic investigation is underway and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible, or to allow plenty of extra time for their journey.”  STRANORLAR DEATH: ROAD TO REMAIN CLOSED FOR MOST OF TODAY was last modified: April 5th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashdeathDelaysrtaStranorlarlast_img read more

B-52s enter home stretch of the season riding seven-game winning streak

B-52s enter home stretch of the season riding seven-game winning streak

first_imgThe Humboldt B-52s hosted the San Francisco Seals at Bomber Field Monday night for a single game series, winning 10-7 on the back of a strong outing from starting pitcher Brian Meyer.In six innings of work Meyer allowed three runs — all earned — off six hits, with two runs in the second and one in the fifth. Meyer issued two walks while striking out 11 batters to earn his fifth win of the season. Zach O’Hanen and Matt Becker combined for one and one-third of an inning of relief allowing four …last_img read more