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Ricky Rubio’s play points to winning ways in NBA postseason

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ NBA great Ray Allen talks about being ‘clutch,’ new book 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 Westbrook said he’d shut down Rubio in Game 4.His efforts backfired — Rubio got more of Westbrook’s attention, and the Thunder weren’t as effective helping on Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, Utah’s two best players. Westbrook was overly aggressive and had four fouls at halftime. The Jazz rolled 113-96 .Westbrook toned it down after the game.“It wasn’t about me or him,” he said. “Let’s get past that. We’re done with that.”Looking around the playoffs, that’s probably a good thing.How goes a team’s point guard, so goes the team.New Orleans’ Rajon Rondo and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons are among the point guards whose play has lifted their teams.That has been true in the matchup between Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Washington’s John Wall. In Toronto’s two wins, Lowry averaged 10.5 assists, but 6.5 in two losses. Wall averaged 27.5 points and 14 assists as Washington won two games to even the series.The 32-year-old Rondo appeared to be overmatched heading into the matchup with Portland’s Damian Lillard but showed he is not past his prime.Rondo averaged 11.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 13.3 assists to help the New Orleans sweep the Trail Blazers. Lillard averaged just 18.5 points in the series, eight below his regular-season average, and shot just 35 percent from the field. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) battle for a loose ball in the second half during Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)OKLAHOMA CITY — A poised and productive Ricky Rubio has been smiling and laughing, masterfully running Utah’s offense in his matchup with Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.Meanwhile, the reigning league MVP has been scowling, shoving, fouling, complaining and most of all — losing.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s fair to say Rubio has been more effective for the Jazz.The Rubio-Westbrook matchup mirrors what is happening throughout the NBA playoffs: The team that gets the best point guard play usually wins.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 crownRubio’s all-around success has the Jazz on the brink of advancing. Utah has a 3-1 lead on the Thunder and can finish the series Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.He summed up his play after Game 2, saying “I did my job, looking for my teammates, and looking for my shot too when it was open. I just took what the game gave me and watched film and got better and we played as a team.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Philadelphia’s Simmons has averaged 19.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 9.8 assists t help the 76ers take a 3-1 lead in their series against the Miami Heat. In Game 4, he had the first triple-double for a rookie in a playoff game since Magic Johnson in 1980.Miami’s Goran Dragic is playing well, too — he’s averaging 19.5 points and shooting 49 percent. But when Simmons has been special, the 76ers have won.Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe and Boston’s Terry Rozier have gone back and forth on the court and in the media. Rozier dominated the first two games — both Boston wins — averaging 23 points on 47 percent shooting while Bledsoe averaged 10.5 points and shot 36 percent.Bledsoe won the next two matchups, and so did the Bucks. Bledsoe averaged 13 points on 50 percent shooting while Rozier averaged 9.5 points on 26 percent shooting.Rubio doesn’t have to statistically out-perform Westbrook, who has averaged a triple-double the past two seasons. For Rubio, the key has been not trying to do too much. Just be the team’s floor general.On offense, he takes open shots and finds his teammates. On defense, he can take chances because the 7-foot-1 Gobert can erase most mistakes.“That is our strength,” Rubio said. “Play as a team and get a win.”One more Utah win and Oklahoma City’s season is done. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Maybe it is just that simple.Rubio is averaging 18.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8 assists per game against Oklahoma City, all well above his regular season numbers. The 27-year-old is in the first playoff series of his seven-year career, yet he is playing like a seasoned veteran.Westbrook and the Thunder have tried to throw Rubio off his game, maybe to a fault.Westbrook has lost his focus at times. He is averaging 21.3 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists in the series, but he’s shooting just 37 percent from the field and 21 percent from 3-point range.Rubio went for a triple-double in a Game 3 victory , the first playoff triple-double for the franchise since John Stockton had one in 2001.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Thompson saves day as Ginebra outlasts San Miguel to close in on PBA title

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra escaped San Miguel Beer, 87-83, to move a game away from winning the title in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Scottie Thompson buried the clutch jumper off of Justin Brownlee’s bailout pass that put the Gin Kings ahead, 84-83, with 36 seconds left in the game.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel had a chance to tie the game with 23 seconds left but mustered a couple of ill-advised three-pointers with the first one being Arwind Santos’ 30-foot heave and the next one was Chris Ross’ attempt that got called as an out of bounds violation when he stepped on the sideline.Thompson finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Ginebra while Brownlee had 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and four blocks but struggled to get the ball to the basket hitting on an 8-of-21 clip.Renaldo Balkman had a game-high 34 points and 20 rebounds while Fajardo had 23 points and 11 rebounds.Ginebra will shoot for the crown on Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms June Mar Fajardo gave San Miguel the 83-78 lead with a one-handed hammer on the face of Thompson with 3:15 left in the game but this became the eventual prelude to the Ginebra comeback.“We made the stops when we had to and Justin made a couple of nice plays down the stretch, and we pulled it off,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “It’s one of the toughest games I’ve played in the Finals.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We got that crucial Game 5 but we got to make sure we just don’t win the battle and lose the war because the war’s still out there.”Thompson, not done with his huge jumper that gave Ginebra the lead, would put the Gin Kings up 86-83 with an open layup in transition. MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments ‘Competitive’ PH team bound for Asian Games LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals PLAY LIST 01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:14Carpio 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 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Gaskin blasts Govt over 2018 revised economic growth rate

first_img– says mismanagement, incompetence remains rifeA recent move by Government to revise the economic growth rate for 2018 from 3.8 percent to 3.4 percent is another indication that it is incapable of managing the economy, creating and attracting investments, and promoting sustainable development for future generations to come.This is according to former Presidential Advisor Ramon Gaskin, who told Guyana Times on Sunday that the David Granger-led Administration remains clueless on how to run the Guyanese economy.With Government being more than three years in office, Gaskin said, “If they still can’t get it right, they will never get it right.”At the recent 48th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), held in Grenada, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced that the previous 3.8 per cent growth projection he had announced at the last budget reading would be revised downwards.Notwithstanding further decline in the sugar industry, Minister Jordan has said theEconomist and former Presidential Advisor, Ramon Gaskinoutlook for 2018 is positive, as real growth is projected to be 3.4 per cent, slightly below the budgeted 3.8 per cent, with increased output in rice, construction, manufacturing and services sectors.Guyana’s last best growth rate was 5.2 per cent, recorded in 2013. World Bank records show Guyana’s growth rates as follows: in 2014, it was 3.8 per cent; in 2015, it was 3.2 per cent; and in 2016, it was 3.3 per cent. For 2017, initial projections of 3.8 per cent were revised to 3.1 per cent. This figure then went to 2.9 per cent before the final figure of 2.1 per cent was determined.Gaskin said while he feels there is too much emphasis on growth rate as a general rule for Guyana, it is an important indicator for financial institutions like the World Bank, among others. Focus is most times placed on growth rate, inflation rate, exchange rate and debt to GDP.“I don’t focus too much on that. I focus on the unemployment rate and the rate of job creation…And this is something that this Government shouldn’t feel proud about. As a matter of fact, the growth rate is not properly captured by the statisticians in this country for many reasons,” he explained.The economist said production in Guyana is declining rapidly, and unless this is addressed, there is a strong likelihood that the growth rate would continue to decline. While the downsizing of the sugar industry has a major role to play, Gaskin said, gold smuggling is also a contributing factor among other factors.“Sugar is down to 130,000 tonnes. We are in very big problem with sugar. There is no production there. That is why you’re not even getting molasses from Enmore. So we have a lot of problems there, because of the mismanagement of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the privatisation plans.”BauxiteBut to compound the issue, Gaskin noted, bauxite production declined in 2017Finance Minister Winston Jordansomewhere close to 1,417,557 tonnes as a result of inclement weather and mechanical problems. And while Government had promised that the industry was likely to see improvements in its performance in 2018 due to an increase in world demand for aluminum and the construction of a new mine, other factors may hinder that.Prices of aluminum, a by-product of bauxite, have fallen on the international market by more than 12 percent since April, when the United States (US) Government imposed sanctions against Russian giant Rusal Co., the second-largest supplier of the metal after China, which has operations here. Rusal was one of dozens of entities hit with sanctions designed to punish Russia for interference in the 2016 US presidential election.On that note, the economist said the expansion of bauxite production in Guyana does not seem to be promising. This is especially since international financial agencies have reported that Rusal’s exports and finances could take another hit if Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska, owner of Rusal, is unable to persuade the US to lift sanctions by late August, according to several industry sources.MismanagementGaskin told Guyana Times that while the rice sector’s production is balanced, the price for the commodity is not where it used to be. Outside of rice, bauxite, gold and sugar collectively are not doing well, and when it comes to forestry, there is some work that needs to be done to create value added.“Because of the low production and the low exports, we have diminishing revenue from exports and increasing payment for imports for fuel. So, we have a bigger deficit on the trade account, and the reserves have dropped now below US$500 million for the first time in a long time. So we have big problems with the reserves, the trade deficit, and the massive spending on projects,” he stated.Gaskin said that, coupled with the poor performance of the local economy, “it is clear to all Guyanese that mismanagement, incompetence and corruption remain high under this Government. They are looking to give their party supporters, friends and relatives all the Government-related jobs. And do you know that the monthly bill for public servants is one of the highest in this country?”The economist said slow economic growth will continue until the country starts to receive revenues from oil. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

Event planning set for Tuesday

first_imgThe Antelope Valley Service Organization Association will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday to plan upcoming ceremonies for Memorial Day, Flag Day, POW/MIA Remembrance and Veterans Day. The meeting will be held at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. All Antelope Valley community service organization representatives are invited to attend to help plan these events. The Memorial Day Service will be held at 11 a.m. May 28 at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 2200 E. Avenue S in Palmdale. The Flag Day Ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 14 at the Antelope Valley Mall. The POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 15 at McAdam Park, 38115 30th Street East. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at Desert Lawn Memorial Park at 11 a.m. Nov. 11. These ceremonies are free and open to the public. The AVSOA comprises more than 20 area service clubs and encourages community members to participate in the organization’s annual events. Its goals are to promote community involvement and recognize and pay tribute to those in the community who have and are serving the country. For more information, contact Heidi Valdez at the Palmdale Senior Center at (661) 267-5596 or hvaldez@cityofpalmdale.org. Armin Gomez works in the Public Information office of the City of Palmdale. She posted this story May 1 on the Antelope Valley hub on valleynews.com. last_img read more

Two people taken to hospital following accident on Alaska Highway last night

first_imgAs a result of the collision the truck went off the road and hit a light pole. There was significant damage to both vehicles.The passenger of the Jeep and driver of the truck were taken to hospital.- Advertisement –last_img

‘ON ME ED, SON’ – MUM’S DESPERATE BID FOR ROCKER SHEERAN’S TICKETS!

first_imgA Donegal mum has posted a picture of her son on Facebook for all the world to see how much he looks like Ed Sheeran.Is it Ed and Mark or Mark and Ed??But Eileen Doherty has a method to her madness.Like thousands of others she has been unable to get tickets for Ed’s two sold-out shows at Croke Park this summer. But Eileen is hoping that Ed sees the picture of son Mark and his remarkable resemblance to the singer.Eileen’s caption read “Hi Ed i’ll give you back your son if you give us 2 tickets for your show lol”And if Ed is reading this (well you never know!), Eileen has promised to bring Mark!‘ON ME ED, SON’ – MUM’S DESPERATE BID FOR ROCKER SHEERAN’S TICKETS! was last modified: March 9th, 2015 by StephenShare 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

Chelsea and Manchester United joined by Juventus in chase for teen sensation

first_imgJuventus have joined Chelsea and Manchester United in the race for teen sensation Cengiz Under.The 19-year-old impressed during his debut campaign for Istanbul club Basaksehir last season and he has been dubbed ‘the Turkish Paulo Dybala’.Chelsea and Manchester United have been alerted to the forward’s talents and he has already spoken of his dream to play in England.Juventus, according to Turkish news outlet Fotomac, are now also in the running too, and they could make a formal offer for Under in the coming days.The Italian champions were watching the Turkey international last season and they were impressed by his role in Basaksehir’s second-placed finish in the Super Lig.Basaksehir are aware of the interest in Under, but they have already told the youngster it would be in his best interests to stay put for one more season. Cengiz Under is a man in demand 1last_img read more

RED HUGHS GAA CLUB LOOKING FOR NEW SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

first_imgClub AGM’SThe senior and minor board AGM’S took place on Sunday. Congratulations to Denis Mc Gill being elected as senior board Chairperson and Damien Wilson on being elected as minor board chairperson for 2016.The PRO position was not filled and the club are appealing for anyone that is interested in taking this very important position to contact Club Secretary Kathy Kelly. Full list of posts filled as followsSenior BoardChairperson : Denis Mc Gill. Assistant Tommy Mc Glinchey, Secretary Kathy Kelly, Assistant Ciaran Kelly, Treasurer Liam Doherty, Assistant Alice Doherty, Registrar Eamon Kelly, Development Officer Tommy Kelly, Scor Officers Gleanoir Kelly & Nicola Kee, Children’s Officer Orla Noonan Sweeney,Minor BoardChairperson Damien Wilson, Secretary Ciaran KellyCongratulations to everyone who took a post and good luck in 2016.Senior And Reserve Managers The club are inviting applications for both senior and reserve managers position for the coming season. Applications should be emailed to club Secretary Kathy Kelly by the 31/12/15 email. secretary.redhughs.donegal@gaa.ie or call (087) 764 7168Monster BizarreThe Annual Monster Christmas Bizarre takes place this Sunday in the Parochial Hall doors open at 4.30pm the usual fantastic prizes will be on offer. Prizes include 2 X plasma TVs, 2 X 10 inch Tablets, Actifry, BMX Stunt Bike, Adult Mountain Bike, Toys, Food and Drink Hampers, Fuel Vouchers, Meat Vouchers etc etc.CongratulationsWell done to Eimear Gallagher on being selected on the under 16 County Ladies Team for 2016. Best of luck for the coming season from everyone in the club.Sympathy The club extend their sympathy to the Quinn family Carn on their recent family bereavement.RED HUGHS GAA CLUB LOOKING FOR NEW SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM was last modified: December 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAARED HUGHS.Sportlast_img read more

Premier League new-boys chasing Manchester United starlet

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade silverware And the England youth international, who has never made a senior appearance for Man United, is the subject of interest from the Premier League new-boys as they prepare for their return to top flight football.The Sun say Fulham want Henderson to replace David Button, who is likely to join Brighton this summer. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? LATEST MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS crackers Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? who plays? smart causal center_img RANKED deals Henderson caught the eye with some excellent performances while on loan at Shrewsbury Town Premier League new-boys Fulham are hoping to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson this summer.Henderson, 21, impressed while on loan at Shrewsbury last season, helping them to the League One play-off final. REVEALED Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics However, it is stated that rival interest in Henderson is fierce, with both Stoke City and Bristol City also tracking the glovesman.United are said to value Henderson at around £1m. 1 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT possible standings gameday cracker England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won last_img read more

CROOK FRANCOIS LOSES COURT CASE

first_imgThe financial regulator in the North has obtained full control of over Stg£20m from a crook Francois de Dietrich.More than 200 Donegal people lost millions in the scam run from offices in Ballybofey – and exposed by donegaldaily.com.The Financial Services Authority (FSA) secured judgment at the High Court in Belfast in its case against him and his firm ETIC Solutions. A judge ruled the FSA was entitled to recover all losses of ETIC’s clients.Mr Justice Deeny said: “The sum involved only consists of deposits and not of the sums promised to the investors in this illegal investment scheme.”The order represents the total amount identified as having been deposited in the scheme. Interest was also included in the order at a rate set at 6%.Mr Justice Deeny declined to fix interest at a more punitive level. “We don’t at this stage know the profits made by the defendants and I’m unwilling to speculate on this at the present time,” he added.Legal costs were also awarded to the FSA. The summary judgment, delivered without a full trial of the issues, was for Stg£21,556,576 in total.Laura Gillespie, a lawyer at McGrigors who has been acting on behalf of the FSA, says: “We welcome today’s decision which is a major step forward in the litigation against Mr. De Dietrich.“The result again demonstrates that the authorities are committed to stamping out wrongdoing no matter where it takes place.”An injunction to stop de Dietrich accessing or moving any funds remains in force.Scores of people on both sides of the Irish border, many based in the Donegal area, invested in the scheme which promised high returns.However, de Dietrich disappeared leaving investors with massive losses.The FSA then intervened and froze more than £20m in assets linked to de Dietrich. He has insisted that his businesses were legitimate and that he was working to return all outstanding money.Francois is living in a village in France – tracked down by the BBC earlier this year.In January he was jailed in his absence for 18 months for contempt of court in failing to fully disclose his worldwide assets.Lawyers representing de Dietrich are due to appeal against the prison sentence next month.They are expected to argued that the order for full disclosure was draconian and that he complied with requirements to reveal all business interests on either side of the order.CROOK FRANCOIS LOSES COURT CASE was last modified: December 16th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:crookFrancois de Dietrichon the runscamthieflast_img read more