Former champion Azarenka withdraws from Australian Open

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Australian Open organizers last month granted her a wildcard entry, with Tiley saying at the time, “Vika’s current situation is obviously very difficult for her and we have reached out to offer any support we can.”Azarenka had initially been scheduled to make a return to competitive tennis in New Zealand last week, but withdrew from that tournament as well.The Australian Open starts next Monday at Melbourne Park. Defending champion Serena Williams has already withdrawn, saying her game wasn’t back to a level where she believed she could contend for the title just four months after giving birth to her first child.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus wraps an ice towel around her neck during a break in her quarterfinal match against Angelique Kerber of Germany at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Two-time champion Azarenka has withdrawn from the 2018 Australian Open, with her wildcard entry to the season’s first major reallocated to Ajla Tomljanovic, Australian Open organizers announced in a social media post Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, a week before the tournament begins. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)MELBOURNE, Australia — Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open, with her wildcard entry to the season’s first major reallocated to Ajla Tomljanovic.Australian Open organizers announced Azarenka’s withdrawal in a social media post Monday, a week before the tournament begins.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “It’s unfortunate that (Azarenka) is unable to travel to Australia this year,” organizers posted on Twitter, quoting tournament director Craig Tiley. The Australian Open, “is her favorite tournament and she’s looking forward to returning to Melbourne next year.”Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, has been involved in a custody dispute involving her son Leo, who was born last Dec. 19.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 folkShe hasn’t competed anywhere since Wimbledon, where she lost to Simona Halep in the fourth round on July 10.Former No. 1-ranked Azarenka played only six matches in 2017 and her year-ending ranking plummeted to No. 208. US Open champion Stephens beaten in first match of 2018 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

San Miguel-Alab coasts to 8th win

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Balkman fired 21 points while Josh Urbiztondo notched 17 points built on five triples as Alab rolled to its eighth win in 12 games to move within half a game off Thailand club Mono Vampire at third spot.Justin Brownlee also had another solid outing with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Ray Parks Jr. poured 16 points for Alab which now owns two road wins over the Slingers this season.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 folkIn another match, former PBA first round pick Keith Jensen powered CLS Indonesia Knights to an 82-72 victory over Westports Malaysia Dragons at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.Jensen, who replaced compatriot Rudy Lingganay, debuted with 18 points. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ The San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas partnership got off to a rousing start in the Asean Basketball League on Sunday.With Renaldo Balkman leading another balanced charge, Alab hammered out an 82-69 victory over the Singapore Slingers for its fifth straight win at OCBC Arena in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ancajas stops yet another challenger Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Home fans spur Bataan to first win

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ex-pros Robby Celiz and Gary David added 11 points apiece for Bataan, which turned a close game into a rout in the fourth quarter after putting the clamps on Batangas’ shooters.“It was a big factor that the crowd was behind us and the guys were really inspired tonight,” said Bataan coach Jojo Lastimosa, whose team closed out the game on an 11-0 run. “Everybody just stepped up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Risers also got solid efforts from former University of Santo Tomas center Jeepy Faundo and Pamboy Raymundo in the second half, even as the Athletics ran out of steam after a strong start.It was the first loss of Batangas in the tournament and just third overall since the Rajah Cup, where the Athletics went 16-2 en route to the crown. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bataan Risers’ Pamboy Raymundo. Photo from Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball LeagueBALANGA CITY, Bataan— Feeding off the energy of a boisterous home crowd, Bataan used a strong finishing kick to stun inaugural champion Batangas City-Tanduay, 81-67, Wednesday night for its first victory in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at Bataan People’s Center.Former Ateneo stalwart Vince Tolentino fired 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on top of five assists as the Risers, who went winless in two home games last season, delivered a memorable home debut to atone for their opening-game setback to Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lions, Tams reach semis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Earlier, Navotas hammered out a second straight victory following a 59-55 triumph at the expense of Caloocan Supremos-Longrich.Levi Hernandez and Kyle Neypes combined for 27 points, but it was the Clutch’s airtight defense down the stretch that ensured coach Ritchie Ticzon’s charges stayed unbeaten despite committing 28 turnovers.“We turned the ball over so many times and that is something we need to address,” Ticzon said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Injured Ashaolu defies pain, doctor’s orders to lift NLEX anew

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Taulava, PH out to conquer the Great Wall Lastimosa, who’s filling in for head coach Yeng Guiao who’s in Indonesia as the national team coach, was in awe of how Ashaolu’s been playing despite the bum knee.“Olu’s awesome, he’s defying the doctor’s advice and I have news that he has actually a 70% tear, it means half of it is dangling already,” said Lastimosa. “I don’t know how he’s playing you got to give the guy credit he’s showing tremendous heart because he really wants to play.”NLEX, though, has already contacted former Governors’ Cup import Aaron Fuller to replace Ashaolu.Lastimosa said Fuller, who played in 2017, will arrive on Tuesday but Ashaolu still has to play NLEX’s game on Wednesday due to the shortage of preparation time.Ashaoulu said he’s still thankful that his injury won’t need any surgery and he just needs to undergo therapy to fix the problem.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms “If I need surgery I won’t be playing, I just need some rest and rehab,” said Ashaolu who’s been with the Road Warriors since the Commissioner’s Cup. “That’s a good thing, I don’t need surgery, that’s a blessing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ NLEX deputy Jojo Lastimosa said Ashaolu has a “70 percent” partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee but has endured the suffering to put up big numbers.“I probably shouldn’t be playing but I mean I’m here to play basketball, I’m a player, I’m going to keep playing,” said Ashaoulu, who put up 27 points and 13 rebounds in NLEX’ 123-107 win over NorthPort Sunday at Ynares Center here in Antipolo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Until we figure out a plan moving forward, I’ll keep getting wins for this team,” added Ashaolu.Ashaolu was nothing short of spectacular in the Road Warriors’ opening day win over TNT when he finished with 33 points and 23 rebounds. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—No amount of pain or persuasion from any physician could stop Oluseyi Ashaolu from helping NLEX get to a good start in the PBA Governors’ Cup.The Road Warriors have built a steady lead early in the conference with a 2-0 headstart and it was thanks in large part to Ashaolu, who’s playing tremendous basketball while being under excruciating pain.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Sapporo ends bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Amid criticism of theatrics, Klopp defends ‘smart’ Neymar Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption With four remaining bids for 2026, the race so far remains in healthier shape for the IOC than the 2022 bidding, which came down to only Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, both of which faced criticism for their governments’ human rights records and a perceived lack of winter sports tradition.However, each of the remaining bids faces its own challenges.Government support for Stockholm’s bid appears less certain after recent elections in which the governing party lost ground, while there has been infighting between the three Italian cities despite their nominal alliance. Calgary’s bid faces a non-binding referendum Nov. 13 — Olympic bids elsewhere have often struggled to win over voters. Erzurum’s key problem is Turkey’s status as a winter sports outsider which has never won an Olympic medal on snow or ice.The host city or cities will be chosen at the IOC session in Milan next September.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japanese officials have said 41 people were killed when an earthquake hit Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, where Sapporo is located, on Sept. 6. Even before the earthquake, Sapporo officials had said they might prefer to focus on 2030.The IOC said in a statement it “expressed its understanding that recovery from the earthquake in the region should be the immediate principle focus but greatly appreciated the continued strong commitment as a future host for the Olympic Winter Games.”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 ChrissFour bids remain in contention for 2026: Stockholm, Sweden; Calgary, Canada; a three-way Italian bid from Turin, Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo; and Erzurum, Turkey.Sapporo’s exit means there is no chance of having three consecutive Winter Olympics in East Asia after this year’s games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the upcoming 2022 event in Beijing. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 file photo, people walk by a poster for the Sapporo Asian Winter Games, displayed at the main media center in Sapporo on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. The Japanese city of Sapporo has dropped its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a recent earthquake. The International Olympic Committee says the city will now focus on a bid for the 2030 Games. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The Japanese city of Sapporo has dropped its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a recent earthquake.After meeting with Sapporo representatives, the International Olympic Committee said Monday the city, which became the first in Asia to host the Winter Olympics in 1972, will now focus on a bid for the 2030 Games.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Grizzlies ready to erase painful memories of last season

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Grizzlies drafted Jaren Jackson Jr., a star of the NBA summer league, at No. 4 overall out of Michigan State. They also signed restricted free agent Kyle Anderson away from San Antonio with a four-year, $37.2 million offer sheet and added veterans like Garrett Temple , Shelvin Mack and Omri Casspi through trades and signings.Parsons has played only 70 games combined over the past two seasons since signing a four-year, $94 million contract. But he said he feels good and ready to play as needed.All the offseason changes has general manager Chris Wallace believing the Grizzlies got better as well after missing the postseason for the first time in eight seasons.“I’m very confident we’ll be back in the thick of things in the Western Conference, and we’ve had a lot of success against these teams over the years,” Wallace said. “We’ve done well in the playoffs against some of the top teams in the West. I think we can continue that after a year on the sidelines. We’re raring to get back into the playoffs and be a real factor again.”Bickerstaff finally got to put together his own coaching staff and put together his own plan for a season after finishing two seasons as interim coach first in Houston and last season with Memphis. He embraces the idea of finding a different way to compete in the All-Star filled Western Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) and center Marc Gasol (33) pose during the team’s NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Mike Conley and the Memphis Grizzlies want to make very clear that what happened last season was an aberration.Conley and the rest of the Grizzlies — yes even oft-injured Chandler Parsons — are reporting for training camp healthy and ready to erase the memories of that painful and ugly 60-loss season.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Let’s be out on a limb a little bit, take a little bit of risk and see what happens,” Bickerstaff said.Not only is Conley back, but center Marc Gasol remains a cornerstone for Memphis as well.The 7-foot-1 Gasol, who will be 34 in January, can opt out of his contract after this season. Gasol, with Conley’s help, organized a minicamp of sorts for all the Grizzlies in Los Angeles to help everyone get to know each other outside of the grind of a season or training camp.“That’s why we’ve been in contact all summer with everyone and why we set up the little minicamp in L.A.,” Gasol said. “It’s because I’m excited, and I think we have an important job this season coming up.”Conley noted teams trying to rebuild often jettison the older players. He’s been with Memphis 11 seasons and Gasol 10. Both veterans like the changes the front office made.“We’re a team that can get right back in the mix of things,” Conley said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Red-hot NLEX deals Blackwater its first loss in Guiao’s return “Now we’re back both feet planted, and we give ourselves just as good of a shot as anybody,” Conley said Monday.The Grizzlies have been through a whirlwind of changes since wrapping up that 22-60 season.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 ChrissJ.B. Bickerstaff, who took over on an interim basis after David Fizdale was fired last November, starts training camp Tuesday as a head coach at the beginning of a season for the first time in his career. Conley has been cleared with no restrictions with his sore left heel finally fixed surgically after limiting him to just 12 games last season.Memphis also has a handful of new faces on the roster trying to keep pace in an ever tougher Western Conference.last_img read more

UAAP: Kouame drops 33 as Ateneo crushes FEU for share of no. 1

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Blue Eagles played without suspended Thirdy Ravena and Mike and Matt Nieto, who are both down with dengue, but Angelo Kouame stepped up to help them tie Adamson at the top spot with 7-2 records.Kouame had a monster performance with 33 points and 27 rebounds, 14 of which came under the offensive glass.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 ChrissThe Tamaraws, meanwhile, missed the services of Arvin Tolentino, who is serving a two-game ban, and slid to a third-place tie with La Salle at 5-4.Ateneo avenged their 63-60 first round loss to the Tamaraws. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Richard Escoto had a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Tamaraws. Both teams were still level after the first quarter at 16, but the Blue Eagles upped the pressure broke away, leading 34-22 heading into the break.FEU managed to string together a 6-0 run at the start of the fourth to trim the deficit to 14, 62-48, but the Blue Eagles powered through down the stretch and regained stability a 21-point lead, 77-56, after Kouame’s bucket with 2:27 remaining.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said the team just took what the FEU defense gave and that was to dump the ball inside to Kouame who had the space after the Tamaraws closed in on the Blue Eagles’ shooters.“We took advantage of the opportunity because FEU locked down on our shooters and that left Ange wide open for offensive rebounds,” said Arespacochaga. “Credit not only goes to Ange but also to our shootersAnton Asistio aided Ateneo’s offense with 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Thai cave survivors train with Galaxy, Ibrahimovic Despite the absence of its key cogs, Ateneo still dominated Far Eastern, 82-62, in their second round meeting in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Tyler Zeller looking forward to USA Basketball debut

first_imgLATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Before flying to Argentina on Sunday night, the Americans gathered in Houston for a few practices. Clinching scenarios weren’t exactly discussed in great detail, and players’ focus was largely kept on Thursday night’s test in La Rioja — where as many as 11,000 Argentines will fill an arena to root against the U.S.“They know where we stand, and they know we’re going to need to win two more games to qualify,” U.S. coach Jeff Van Gundy said.The G League has provided most of the players that the U.S. has used in qualifying so far, and that will be the case again this time with 10 players coming from those clubs. The other two are free agents — Eric Moreland, who appeared in 67 games with Detroit last season, and Zeller, a vet of 406 NBA games with four different teams.Zeller, 28, was waived by Milwaukee during the preseason. He has also played for Boston, Cleveland and Brooklyn during his NBA career. Van Gundy said these two games will be a chance for Zeller to show he belongs back in the league.“Some guys have never been in the NBA and want to get there and other guys like Tyler have been there and want to get back,” Van Gundy said. “For Tyler, it’s important that he show the NBA people that the thing they’re most concerned about, which is probably his pick-and-roll defense, is capable of standing up against NBA competition.”ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ The 7-foot Zeller will likely get matched up plenty Thursday against a familiar face: Longtime NBA player Luis Scola leads Argentina.“It’s a great opportunity,” Zeller said. “We’re going against two of the better FIBA teams in the world on this trip, we get to go compete at a high level and I think everybody here is excited about that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. When USA Basketball resumes its quest to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Zeller will be wearing the red, white and blue in an international game for the first time. The NBA veteran and current free agent is one of the 12 players on the squad for this two-game window of qualifying, which starts with a crucial matchup Thursday at Argentina.“Obviously, I just love to play,” said Zeller, who played for four NBA teams after leaving North Carolina in 2012. “When they called and asked if I wanted to play, I told them I’d love to. Hopefully I can get on an NBA team, play well and somebody will pick me up after. But at the end of the day, I just love to play basketball and I want to go compete for our country and try to get them qualified on this trip.”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 ChrissThe U.S. is on the brink of clinching one of the 32 spots for the World Cup, with a 7-1 record in qualifying so far and tied for first with Argentina in Group E of the Americas qualifying. They’re in a six-team division for this round, and the top three finishers in that division are automatically assured of a berth.The U.S.-Argentina winner will have a three-game lead over the fourth-place team with three games left, so Thursday’s outcome looms large. If the U.S. goes 2-0 on this trip — the Americans visit Uruguay on Sunday — the World Cup spot will be clinched. A 1-1 record could assure a spot as well, depending on outcomes of other games in this qualifying window. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo moved to tears in Jerusalem Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this Oct. 12, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks center Tyler Zeller, left, looks to shoot as Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng defends during an NBA preseason basketball game in Milwaukee. When USA Basketball resumes its quest to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Zeller will be wearing the red, white and blue in an international game for the first time. The NBA veteran and current free agent is one of the 12 players on the squad for this two-game window of qualifying, which starts with a crucial matchup Thursday at Argentina.(AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)Tyler Zeller spent the last few weeks waiting for a team to call.His country came through.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

NEC Certificates CSOs in Nimba

first_imgOn January 4th, 2014, the National Elections Commission (NEC) certificated at least ___ civil society organizations  (CSOs) in Nimba County for playing major roles in voter education awareness.According to the Upper Nimba Magistrate, Mr. Princeton Monbiah, the certificate of accreditation was awarded to these organizations because of their past performance in NEC’s civic education awareness exercise.“They are qualified to carry voter education prescribed by the National Elections Commission,” he said.The certification ceremony took place at the official launch of the civic and voter’s education campaign on the 2014 voter role update exercise which was held across Liberia on the 4th January.The voters’ roll update was launched in Ganta, Nimba County, and brought together Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties including several chiefs and elders from across Nimba.Some of the CSOs included; the Inter-Visionary Artists, Daughters of Nimba, Rural Women Promoter, Nimba County Development Association, Give Them Help, Agricultural Relief Services, Small Enterprise Development Organization among others.NEC Deputy Commissioner Samuel Z. Joe, Nimba Superintendent Christiana Dagadu,  Ganta City Mayor Dorr Cooper and chiefs and elders attended the launch in Ganta.Supt. Dagadu encouraged the citizens to do their best by going through the voter roll process. She also urged the CSOs to reach everywhere in the county with sharing their awareness so the citizens could be informed.“Reach all parts of Nimba, don’t focus on urban areas alone, reach the rural parts so everybody can be aware of the coming exercise,” City Mayor Dorr Cooper said reinforcing the Superintendent’s earlier statement. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Williamses Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

first_imgMr. T. Nelson Williams, Jr., Managing Director of the Liberian Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC), his wife Soni, and siblings, recently held a reception in honor of their parents, Mr. T. Nelson Williams, Sr. and his wife Mrs. Ethel Williams, in observance of their 50th wedding anniversary. The program was attended by family members, friends and well wishers.It was marked by a selection of songs and remarks from family members and friends.Several distinguished personalities attended the ceremony.  They included  Ms. Euphemia Weeks, Chair of the Liberia  Telecommunications Authority (LTA); Dr. Ophelia Weeks, Dean of the T.J. Faulkner College of  Science and Technology, University of Liberia (UL);  and their brother, Mr. Rocheforte L. Weeks, Jr.    The Weekses are close relatives of the Williamses, since Mrs. Williams’ mother was a sister of the Weekses’ grandmother, who was also a Ledlow from Grand Bassa.  Among those who witnessed the occasion was Mr. Ben Tetteh, a Liberian architect, who was an early 1960s schoolmate of T. Nelson, Sr. at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon.Many who attended the program applauded the couple for their loving and sincere commitment to their marital vows, which they have been able to keep for over a half century. The speakers expressed the hope that the good Lord would grant the Williamses long life to enjoy many more anniversaries.Mr. Williams wedded his wife Ethel at the St. Peter Claver Church in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, on December 21, 1963.The marriage has been  blessed with four children—T. Nelson, Jr., Ulmaria, a daughter who is married and living in the United States, MP and Horatio as well as several grandchildren.T. Nelson, Jr. paid tribute to his parents for bringing up him and his siblings in the fear of God and love and respect for all people.  They taught the children to study and work hard and to be achievement-oriented. Young Williams stressed the importance of respecting time; a value their father instilled in them.  “Whenever we had to travel, we got to the airport at least four hours before departure, because my father insisted he did not want to be late.”  Speaking at the program, UL Science and Technology Dean, Dr. Ophelia Weeks, a neuroscientist, said the couple celebrating 50 years together was indeed commendable.“You have done very well by working together to make your marriage a happy one, so we say congratulations!”Kenneth Y. Best of the Daily Observer newspaper, who attended the Williams’ wedding ceremony in Buchanan 50 years ago, described the couple as role models for married people.“I am highly gratified that we can join you in celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary. Your living together for this period of time is a great example for others to emulate,” he told the couple.Mr. Best wished Almighty God’s continual blessings on them and their children and other descendants.In response, Mr. Nelson disclosed that their union has survived due to patience and hard work.“We learned and kept the ancient principle always extended to newlyweds that says two people should not get angry at the same time.  So I learned always to exercise restraint whenever Ethel, my wife, was vexed. This is what has kept our relationship going,” he explained.    For her part, Mrs. Ethel Williams recalled that during their regular prayer meetings in Buchanan her mother and grandmother always prayed that “God would send someone for me.” “The fact that we have been able to remain together for so long has little to do with us.  It is Jesus’ work.   We are grateful to Him and we praise and thank Him for that,” Mrs. Williams concluded. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more