ROS, SMBeer turn back foes

first_imgMos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours How to help the Taal evacuees Big Ben fuels La Salle win PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz may have wanted to leave the game on the saddle of victory. But Rain or Shine had business to attend to.The Elasto Painters ripped Alaska, 112-82, Wednesday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Sports Center here, strengthening their bid for a top four finish going into the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody “I just told the players that we will go up against Alaska and that they should play like they want to win,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.While it wasn’t the best way for them to exit the game, Hontiveros and Dela Cruz will always look back at the fond memories they created in the PBA.“I learned so many things; coach Alex [Compton] told us in the locker room that even if we leave the relationship is still there,” said Hontiveros, who had three titles overall in his 17-year career in the PBA.“Obviously I didn’t have the accolades, the trophies, the championships I wish I had but I got to meet some really great people, played against awesome opponents, imports, and played for great coaches in the best league in Asia,” said Dela Cruz, who also won three titles, all with the Aces.ADVERTISEMENT Rain or Shine improved to 6-4 and stayed in the hunt for a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals while the Aces bid farewell to two of their stalwarts—and their season—with a 3-8 card.San Miguel Beer held off Phoenix, 109-107, to also bolster its top-four drive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Beermen found themselves in a dogfight in the stretch with the already-out Fuel Masters but held on for their seventh win in 10 outings.Rain or Shine broke the game wide open with a big second-quarter run before stretching the lead to 98-61 after opening the fourth with a 15-0 run. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Poetry October 23, 2014

first_imgLiberia’s New Civil WarBy Kenneth Y. Best, Jr.(A Poem, Inspired by the Daily Observer Editorial: ‘Caring For Our Ebola Orphans’)This is the new civil war, fought by an unseen, chemical enemyRaging across West Africa and stretching towards the places we think of when dreaming of peace and securityNo one knows how long we will fight and what it will take to winMany don’t know the names of the thousands who have met their dreadful endAnd just like our previous, not so distant civil war,This too will take advantage of all its orphaned children –The real survivors: their small, strong bodies and brave souls, independent but vulnerableWhich army will they join? What kinds of weapons will they hold?What will be their legacy? What will they be told when they are left alone, or when strangers come to hold them?Will families come to their rescue? Or will they be left to the care of those strangers, who seek to comfort their souls?Or will predators snatch them away into danger, to abuse and control?And what of their siblings, cousins and friends who succumb to the fate of their parents – who will bury them?If they do survive and are yet unable to tell, who will be their voices?Who will be the buckets that dip into those wells? And what shall come up?Who will give them chances, and what shall be their choices?Mama’s market won’t sell; she just buried her oldest child andAll her neighbors have shunned her, so the younger must go hungry awhileNurses will not take them in; hospitals are too full, or vacant –Overflowing with infected patients or emptied from being overrunIn the on-going crises of uncontainable contaminationA terrified, angry, suspicious population defending their habitations will riotWhile the invisible enemy triggers mistrust along community lines,like villages surrounded by wild firesSo now, mama can’t even go to the next town to buy food, let alone sellSurvival all over again is the only pastime, and time will tell if the past will repeat itselfIn the meantime,NO hugsNO kissesNot even a secret handshake,Or barely a long look of sincere affection for comfort’s sakeGot to watch who’s behind or beside you; can’t see who’s next to fallImagine the pain of a parent whose child has been deniedOr the horror of a child whose parent has just diedHow quick the transition from a hospital door to death’s dark corridorsAn invisible enemy has broken down nations, ravaged communities, and decimated familiesAnd they are saying that a cure is hard to come by…because over here, we’re too poorWe haven’t even begun to hear the children crying, or to see the coming rage in their eyes, or the after effects of their growing up and asking us, “Why”?The new civil war has hit closer to home and caused more damage in shorter time than any previous calamity ever known in West AfricaAnd its name is Ebola: so dangerous, so silentWe have not known this scale of war before; maybe the NativeAmericans of June 1763, or the Tuskegee Airmen of the Jim Crow era – but no, not us…not weNo overthrow was required – in fact, it infiltrated our government,Broke down economies and evaporated the poor; even global markets are affectedPreparedness and awareness were the initial casualties, then came mass suffering as people just expiredThe desperate cries for help, the bodies in the streets, African doctors killed in action against this enemyWhile foreign doctors live to escape – somehow, we’re disconnected from a better fateAnd the media coverage of this epidemic, so demeaning, as if some of us don’t know what’s really going on – we see through the silver screen, but dimlyAnd as if we brought this on ourselves…But then again, who’s to say that we didn’t? Can God’s anger be questioned?Can we hold back the scourge? Can we still learn our lessons?Eric Duncan would have testified, but he didn’t live to tell of his own survival;It will be those of his household who tell it for him, and not to his revivalSo: to aspiring nurses protecting yourselves and healing your families, God bless youI pray that in some way, God will make it so I can help youTo all the Ebola Orphans, I hope to one day give you better namesThan the stigmas this war has placed upon you for your shameI wish to bring you hugs, put you on airplanes,Not to quarantine but to give you the love that you’re used to, or haven’t yet receivedAnd sweeter dreams than the nightmares you are living,Higher truths than the lies you are forced to believeYou are our future, our heritage – not another national emergencyThe Lord said He would make thy plagues wonderful,Because of the sins of your forefathers – and so He has, indeedBut children, my heart is with you urgently in this heavy fight for your lifeBecause you are all loved andBECAUSE ALL OF US ARE RESBONSIBLEEach one of us is accountable for the least of our people, as taught by ChristAnd through all this, His eyes watch diligently from aboveAs we struggle day by day with the silent killer, Ebola, in this NewLiberian Civil War Scars of a tired nationBy: Lekpele NyamalonWhat more can a country take?Stories of children that can’t live in peaceTreating each other like strangers from afarThe sons returning and the ones they metFighting for a space left by Mama1980-panic splashed upon the face of Africa’s oldest childBringing down the walls a century highBuilding another 100ft higherShaking to shreds young old mamaPromising her a lie to leave her aloneWhat a tired country she has becomeStanding alone on a continent she blossomedLeft alone by countries she led to IndependenceA troubled house is always lonelySuch a land she stands to beHer place in history forgotten by men of timeLeft to maggots and bugs to chewAnd spit into history’s shredderHer prints erased from the archives of Africa’s glossaryAnd left to wander- gathering crumbsCouldn’t her sons keep her diaryOf how generous a home she hadGiving a shelter for Africa’s neglected,Spewing hope into a lifeless continentDoomed by colonialism and whisked by fear?She went in shock and comatoseFor 14years her eyes couldn’t blink nor winkOnly ears of thunder and terrorWith a sigh of relief to live againHer candle is lit in a thunderstormThe scars of a tired nation are eating up againThe face of EBOLA shatters the dreamTo put together a wretched, lonely lifeCould this scar flip into a star?And shine forever? TimeBy: Lekpele Nyamalon Oh time and time onlyWho can trust you?I dare not do, or I’ll be lonelyNo one dares, only you.When the sun smilesYou’ll just show up- the journey beginsSoaring above slowly as you riseWhile we hurry to meet your flapping wingsThou art the holder of fateOnly thy arms holdeth the hoursAnd thy breadth and mind knoweth the dateWhen we miss you, our time here is only a tour Voice of a GhostBy: Eric G. Gbanlon (0886220513)As I cried and rolled in ashes,They stood and started to boast;With my blood at the brim of their glasses,They laughed and began to toast.Allowing my organs to rot in separate places,Was that which hurt me the most;Like paint, my blood besmeared the bushesLike rocks, my bones filled the coast.The work is done, it’s time for wagesIn equal measures, we eat what we roast;They ate me; they are human-phages,They are now being hunted by my ghost. 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Welcoming President Weah’s Initiative

first_imgThe Daily Observer in its Thursday December 20, 2018 edition reported the story of the launch of a US$3 million initiative, by President Weah to support and empower small Liberian businesses.The Daily Observer reporter, Alvin Worzi, quoting President Weah said “My desire is to strengthen and support you, so that ordinary business people will be able to move from sidewalks to stores.”In a restatement of his desire to see Liberians become active participants in the nation’s economy, President Weah said, “this is to help them move from the level of petty markets to manufacturing, and from being spectators to being active participants in the national economy…”The Daily Observer welcomes this initiative by President Weah but however with caution and guarded optimism of its success. This guarded optimism is informed by past experience where such funding has been used to benefit mainly the shakers and movers who, as the records show are remiss in meeting commitments to repay their loans.This newspaper recalls that in May 2014, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) to partner in a loan scheme, through the Private Sector Development Initiatives (PSDI). It was meant to financially strengthen Liberian owned businesses, which were expected to repay, and the repayments would revolve or be disbursed to other Liberian businesses. In this regard, an account would be established through which borrowers would receive their loans..Towards this end, a Memorandum of Understanding was reached between the MFDP and LBDI to run the PSDI loan activities together; however, customers’ evaluation-vetting was squarely done by MFDP.But the money, rather than being given to actual small Liberian businesses, actually ended up in the pockets of individuals in positions of influence.  Most of the loans were never repaid and the individuals involved were never made to account.In retrospect, there were no defined criteria based on which qualified individuals could benefit. As a result, loans were given out to individuals based on friendship or on close connections to the President.A 2017 audit of the MFDP conducted by the Internal Audit Agency revealed that 24 borrowers who received cash loans amounting to US$965,400 did not make any repayment.According to the auditors, during 2014 to 2016, the project disbursed US$2,274,400 to forty-six (46) borrowers. The auditors found out that Dr. James F. Kollie, former Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs (MFDP), signed all the loan approvals while serving in the position.The auditors discovered that out of an initial amount of US$1,991,900 that was disbursed to thirty-six (36) customers, only US$282,500 had been recovered. The recovered amount was re-disbursed to an additional ten (10) customers, thereby raising the portfolio to US$2,274,400. This meant that the initial disbursement of US$1,991,900 was still outstanding, the report stated.For example, out of forty-six (46) borrowers, only Garson Incorporated, located on 11th Street, Sinkor, believed to be owned by Dr. James Kollie, paid its obligation of US$150,000 plus US$10,500 interest, amounting to a total repayment of US$160,500. Garson Incorporated’s account statement revealed that the institution had only an US$11.00 obligation outstanding.Analysts point out that the recovery of those loans has proved to be a rather daunting task and there are credible fears that those loans may likely not be recovered because the individuals have not been made to account.This behooves the LBDI leadership to put into place watertight but nondiscriminatory measures to ensure that qualified businesses are afforded access to financial credit — that is, if LBDI would be allowed to perform its due diligence on loan applications. But while the Daily Observer welcomes this initiative, there are concerns about the currency in which this money will be disbursed to the public.For instance, will beneficiaries be paid in US dollars or in Liberian currency. Given the critical shortage of Liberian dollars on the market, will loan beneficiaries be required to repay the loans in US dollars?Another concern is that of transparency and or the lack of it, which could serve to undermine the President’s stated objectives to lift Liberians out of poverty. Rules, regulations, etc to which beneficiaries will be expected to adhere must be clear and unambiguous. And there should be no bending of the rules.The Pro Poor rice and the situation surrounding its handling, for example, provides reasons for concerns about transparency and accountability. Although the rice, according to the official accounts, was intended to be distributed equitably to poor families, It turned out to be not the case.There are credible reports of government officials commandeering rice which according to official accounts was intended for the poor but which for the most part ended in the hands of big shots and speculators and is now being sold above the stipulated price of US10.00 per 25kg sack.Tempered by this experience, questions are already being asked whether this new initiative like the one before it and now the Pro Poor rice, will not fall subject to behind the scene manipulations.It must not be forgotten that the credibility of this government is at stake given all that has transpired particularly since the government announced that it had launched an investigation into the disappearance of billions of Liberian dollar banknotes.This time around the LBDI should not leave the vetting of loan applicants to the Ministry of Finance. Since the Bank is contributing US$2 million to the loan scheme — twice more than government — it should assume a commanding role in the vetting process to ensure that the money will go only those deservingly qualified.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Steve Walsh leaves Leicester to become Everton’s director of football

first_imgEverton have confirmed the appointment of Steve Walsh as their director of football.The 51-year-old has left Leicester, where he was joint assistant manager and head of recruitment, to take up the newly-created role with their Premier League rivals.Walsh was widely credited for the club bringing in Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante – three players who proved instrumental in the club’s sensational title triumph last season.He signed a new long-term contract with the champions in May, but has been tempted by the prospect of working alongside new Everton manager Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park in a more senior position.Walsh told the club’s official website: “I’m proud and privileged to become director of football at such a fantastic and historic club. With a new manager and a new major shareholder, it feels very much like a new era here at Everton and that potential is what is most exciting.“I know the club well, my roots are in the north west and my brother, Mickey, was an Everton player in the Bob Latchford era and always proud of that fact. I also did my initial teacher training at Liverpool Hope University many years ago.“I’m genuinely excited to be here at the club and very much looking forward to getting down to work.”A former PE teacher, Wales has also scouted at Chelsea and Newcastle and is highly thought of in the game.Everton chairman Bill Kenwright added: “It’s great news to welcome Steve to our new era at Everton Football Club.“His track record, particularly at Leicester City, is already the stuff of football folklore, and both myself and Farhad, having spent time with Steve, are convinced he is exactly the right fit for our club and our new manager, Ronald Koeman.” Steve Walsh with Jamie Vardy 1last_img read more

MAN APPEARS IN COURT AFTER HUGE HAUL OF CANNABIS FOUND

first_imgA Killygordon man has appeared in court charged with possession and the sale and supply of drugs.Sidney Gibson. Pic by Newspix Irl.Sidney Gibson of 319 The Curragh, Killygordon appeared at a special siting of Letterkenny District Court today. His arrest follows the discovery of up to €400,000 worth of cannabis herb in Castlefin recently.The court was told that the 45 year old was arrested by arrangement on Wednesday last, April 30th.Garda Karen Walsh told the court that they were seeking directions from the Director of Pubic Prosecution in the case.The court agreed to grant Gibson bail under a number of conditions.They include that he surrender his passport, sign on three times a week at Ballybofey Garda station, no not contact any known drug-dealers and to keep a curfew of 11pm and 7am.Judge Denis McLoughlin told defense solicitor Patsy Gallagher that he was granting legal aid but wanted to see a statement of means for Gibson.The case was adjourned for mention until May 19th next.MAN APPEARS IN COURT AFTER HUGE HAUL OF CANNABIS FOUND was last modified: May 3rd, 2014 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) Tags:donegaldrugsKillygordonSidney Gibsonlast_img read more

Court: Lax apartment owner must pay city $100,000

first_imgPALMDALE – City officials won a court judgment of $100,000 against the former owner of a downtown apartment complex that had been a source of building code violations and drug activity. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frank Jackson entered a summary judgment against Kimberly Ann Doyle, whom the city had sued over multiple code violations and criminal activity at a 22-unit apartment complex in the 38000 block of 11th Street East she had owned. The judge also ordered Doyle to pay the city’s legal fees, which are estimated between $50,000 and $60,000. “This victory puts on notice all property owners who let their properties slide into disrepair, impacting their neighborhoods and the greater community, that Palmdale will not let you get away with it,” said City Attorney Matt Ditzhazy. “It will cost you a lot more money if we have to force you to clean up your own property.” City officials filed the case against Doyle in November 2003 after 13 months during which, according to the lawsuit, there had been drug dealing, public disturbances and harassment of passers-by, as well as at least 26 arrests and the shooting of a man trying to buy drugs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The apartment had also fallen into a state of disrepair. The roof, plumbing, electrical systems, railings, walls and carpeting all needed work to bring the apartments up to code standards, officials said. Cleaning up the complex on 11th Street East required the work of a court-appointed receiver, David Pasternak, and the city’s Partners Against Crime program, a joint effort involving the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the city’s code enforcement, public safety and housing divisions. Pasternak oversaw the recent sale of the apartment complex to Antelope Valley orthodontist Gilbert Snow, city officials said. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 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

Captain courageous Virat Kohli best in the business right now

first_imgIndian cricket has been blessed with some terrific captains over the years especially since the turn of the millennium when Sourav Ganguly took over the reins and turned his team into a hungry bunch of boys who wanted to win at all cost. Team India’s record in the longest format was always a worry whenever they travelled abroad but the momentum started to shift in their favour slowly but surely. (We are seeing the best of Virat Kohli now: Nasser Hussain to India Today)Rahul Dravid then took over from where Ganguly left and kept the momentum going. Anil Kumble and Mahendra Singh Dhoni together helped India clinch the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for the first time. And now that all the legends have retired, the responsibility lies on the young shoulders of Virat Kohli, Indian cricket’s latest wonder boy. (England’s fans bowled over by Virat Kohli)In a very short span of time Kohli has managed to bring back memories of the Ganguly era when the team was being lead by a captain who feared nobody and took on every challenge that came his way. Kohli’s talent and passion for the game was never doubted by anybody but everybody wondered how he would fare once he took over from Dhoni, India’s most successful captain in history. (Kohli rises to career-best Test rankings)Two years and 20 Test matches later we have got our answer, and the future looks bright for Indian cricket. Kohli is yet to lose a Test series and has already gone past Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sunil Gavaskar to become the fourth most successful Indian Test captain with 12 wins. It’s still early days but Kohli already has a better winning percentage than any other captain India has ever had. (What happens when Virat Kohli walks out to bat in an Indian stadium?)advertisementThe win at Mohali was Kohli’s 16th successive victory as captain, a feat which even Dhoni or Ganguly could not manage. It’s the third longest unbeaten streak for an Indian captain behind only Sunil Gavaskar’s 18 and Kapil Dev’s 17. Kohli could very well match Gavaskar’s record as India still have two more matches left to play against England in this series. (How Kohli inspired England’s teenage genius Hameed)Kohli’s hot-streak as captain has been such that even his contemporaries have not been able to match up to him. His records speak for himself. Australia captain Steve Smith for example, recently suffered a crushing series defeat at home against South Africa. In 17 Tests, Smith has won 8 and lost 5 and the defeat against the Proteas have raised a few eyebrows in Australia. Smith’s own batting average has increased from 51.83 to 68.11 but the team graph is on a decline. (Have lost all adjectives for Virat Kohli, nobody at par with him: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)South Africa’s stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis has certainly made a very good start. Du Plessis has delivered the results whenever he has been asked to lead the side and has showed that he can become the full-time skipper if need be. He has lead the team to three Test wins out of five and suffered just one loss. (Virat Kohli exclusive: Don’t compare me with Sachin Tendulkar)This year Kohli has taken his game to an all new level both in terms of his batting and his captaincy. With a win percentage of 70, Kohli is head and shoulders above captains from the other three top Test playing nations – England, Australia and Pakistan. In 2016 Mts Won Lost Drawn Win % W:L Virat Kohli (IND) 10 7 0 3 70.00 – Steve Smith (AUS) 9 3 5 1 33.33 0.60 Alastair Cook (ENG) 15 6 6 3 40.00 1.00 Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK) 8 4 4 0 50.00 1.00 Overall Mts Won Lost Drawn Win % W:L Virat Kohli 20 12 2 6 60.00 6.00 Steve Smith 17 8 5 4 47.06 1.60 Alastair Cook 57 24 20 13 42.11 1.20 Misbah-ul-Haq 50 24 15 11 48.00 1.60With great power comes great responsibility and Kohli has ensured that he leads by example. He has the highest average among the top four captains this year and is just behind Cook in terms of runs scored in 2016.Batting record as captain (in 2016):    Mts Runs Avg Hs 100s 50s Virat Kohli 10 965 68.92 211 3 2 Steve Smith 9 721 55.46 138 2 4 Alastair Cook 15 1147 44.11 130 2 7 Misbah-ul-Haq 8 523 40.23 114 1 4Batting record as captain (overall):   Mts Runs Avg Hs 100s 50s Virat Kohli 20 1861 60.03 211 7 4 Steve Smith 17 1771 68.12 192 7 7 Alastair Cook 57 4721 47.21 263 12 24 Misbah-ul-Haq 50 3867 53.71 135 8 32last_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo Dominates as Knicks Fall to Bucks

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo opened the game with a one night-only move, hiking the ball through his legs to Eric Bledsoe after securing the opening tip.The All-Star forward finished off the New York Knicks with some familiar plays in the lane, wheeling around defenders to get to the foul line.Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, outmuscling the Knicks to help the Milwaukee Bucks hold on for a 120-112 win on Friday night.Khris Middleton had a game-high 30 points for the Bucks, who got a head-start on their fourth-quarter surge when Antetokounmpo rejected Emmanuel Mudiay’s attempted layup before the third-quarter buzzer to preserve a 91-89 lead.“I think one thing that is really important is to never underestimate or undervalue the things that he does,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said about Antetokounmpo.The Bucks took control with a 19-7 run over a six-plus minute stretch of the fourth to build a 16-point lead that withstood a late run by the Knicks. Antetokounmpo had his way getting to the bucket, while Middleton provided balance from the perimeter after his 3 with 5:03 left gave Milwaukee a 112-96 advantage.“We’ve got to be able to lock in even more now and finish the game — that’s what we did,” Antetokounmpo said.New York, which finished a winless four-game road trip, has lost 14 of its last 15 games. Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 26 points, while Mudlay scored all 19 of his points in the second half.Still, the Knicks hardly looked like a draft lottery-bound team after rallying from an early 15-point deficit to take a brief lead in the third quarter. They held held edges in offensive rebounds (11-6) and second-chance points (14-5).“They battled and never quit,” coach Jeff Hornaceck said.Antetokounmpo swatted away their hopes of finishing a comeback.The Bucks, who fell into eighth place in the East entering Friday after losing six of their last seven games, hope to gain ground again in the playoff race during a four-game stretch against 40-loss teams that started with the Knicks.“We need every win at this point, so it was a good win no matter who it was,” Middleton said.Antetokounmpo’s opening-tip move was an attempt to have some fun to help get over a tough stretch, trying to emulate the game-opening routine that Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook have in Oklahoma City. Eric Bledsoe got in on the act with Antetokounmpo by doing a pushup before bringing the ball up the floor.“It was a half pushup but I don’t think we’re going to do it again, that’s it,” Antetokounmpo said slyly.Prunty wasn’t as impressed.“I didn’t like it. Didn’t like it,” he said.TIP INSKnicks: F Michael Beasley, who played for Milwaukee last year, finished with four points in 22 minutes. … F Troy Williams led all scorers in the first half with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He finished with 18 points.Bucks: Improved to 18-7 against teams under .500. … Bledsoe had five points, seven assists, four steals and three turnovers in 14 minutes in an active first half. … Zeller had 12 points in 16 minutes in his return from a two-game absence because of back soreness.HIGH ENERGYMilwaukee was at its best early on when pushing the pace. Bledsoe had four assists in the first quarter and the Bucks were active in the backcourt to force five turnovers in the period.The Knicks closed the first half with a 7-0 run to get within 60-55 after Hardaway Jr. hit a 3 over the outstretched arm of 7-footer Tyler Zeller just before the buzzer.Hardaway liked the team’s energy.“I think when we’re in these situations, when you start learning as the season winds down how we can build the leads once we have them and continue to fight and try to get three stops in a row,” he said.ON GIANNIS“Now that they allow the Euro-step, that you can go from the top of the key or the halfcourt line to the basket without dribbling, it makes it tough to guard him because he’s good at it, and he’s got long strides.” — Hornacek on Antetokounmpo.UP NEXTKnicks: Open five-game homestand Sunday by hosting the Toronto Raptors.Bucks: Hit the road to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.By GENARO C. ARMASTweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

Australia vs New Zealand: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 37

first_imgWith a solitary defeat in 7 games, Australia became the first team to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals after defeating their Ashes rival England by 64 runs last week. When they face New Zealand at Lord’s on Saturday, they could only look to spoil the celebrations for New Zealand.Barring the defeat against India, defending champions Australia have been highly impressive in this tournament, with their all-round performances in every game.New Zealand, on the other hand, will look to register a win at Lord’s to not procrastinate their qualification to their last game against England.The Black Caps started their World Cup run on a sublime note as they remained unbeaten for the first 6 games. The winning streak ended only when they faced Pakistan on Wednesday.As the 5-time winner World Cup champions take on a team that has never won the World Cup, the match could turn out to be thriller.Here are a few suggestions for your Dream11 Playing 11.BatsmenIn this World Cup, David Warner has proven that he has extraordinary batting feat and thus he should be your blind pick in the batting side. Warner is the highest run scorer in the tournament with his 500 runs. The Australian has maintained exceptional consistency as he has 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries. Warner’s opening partner Aaron Finch ranks second in the top scorers list.The Australian opening duo have put on a record-equalling three century stands with two league games still to go as they are on the track to become the greatest ever pair at the top in a World Cup.advertisementNew Zealand skipper Kane Williamson too has two centuries in this World Cup. Williamson with his composure and unbeaten 106, lef his side single-handedly to a win over South Africa. Your fourth pick for batsmen could be Ross Taylor as after Williamson, he is the second leading scorer for the Kiwis. Taylor has an average of 40.6 in his 5 innings and has 203 runs in total.WicketkeeperThere should not be much doubt in picking the wicket-keeper for this team as Alex Carey has a good stats behind him to support his pick. Alex Carey is on top of charts with 15 dismissals in 7 games. The left-hand batsman remained unbeaten on 55 against India and is averaging at 57.66 from 6 innings in the World Cup.All-roundersAll-rounder Neesham has 131 runs and 7 wickets to his credit and that makes him a must-to-have in your Dream 11. The 28-year-old has picked a 5-wicket haul against Afghanistan. Glenn Maxwell could be your other pick as he has the potential to steady Australia’s middle-order. Maxwell could prove crucial in the death overs to take the team to a big total or finish the game off. Against Sri Lanka, Maxwell’s arrival brought a typical flurry, as he stealed 22 runs off the last over.BowlersFast bowler Mitchell Starc is leading the bowling charts with 19 wickets at 18.26. He provided his side crucial breakthroughs with his bounce, swing and pace. Pat Cummins could be the second choice. The pacer has 11 wickets in 7 innings at an average of 28.45.You could then pick Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson from the New Zealand side to further strengthen your pace side.Australia vs New Zealand Dream11 suggested Playing XI:David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Kane Williamson (vice-captain), Ross Taylor, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Mitchell Starc, Trent boult, Lockie furgeson, Pat CumminsSquads:Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell.last_img read more

Nebraska Makes Big Changes To Football Roster

first_img The four players looking to transfer are Caleb Lightbourn, Quayshon Alexander, Breon Dixon and Cam’ron Jones.Losing Dixon and Jones is brutal for the Cornhuskers considering they were both four-star recruits. As for Lightbourn and Alexander, they’re hoping to find more playing time with their next team.McKewon also revealed that several walk-ons will leave the program, cutting the roster down to 149 players.Nebraska’s APR scores are in: https://t.co/86nghpJTUU #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) May 8, 2019The belief is that Nebraska will add 24 walk-ons over the course of the summer.Either way, it’s clear that changes will continue to occur for the Cornhuskers as they prepare for their second season under head coach Scott Frost.[Omaha World-Herald] Shot of the Nebraska football program, led by Scott Frost.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)With the summer quickly approaching, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have made sizable changes to their roster. The program trimmed its roster earlier this week.The Cornhuskers will enter this upcoming season with the hope that they’ll recapture their success down the stretch in 2018. Obviously the team’s record didn’t indicate that it’s heading in the right direction, but winning four out of the last six games is certainly an improvement.Most signs point to things looking up for Nebraska, but it did receive its share of unfortunate news this week as well.Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald is reporting that four scholarship players for Nebraska have submitted their name into the NCAA transfer portal.last_img read more