Phoenix open to more trades after failed PBA Govs’ Cup bid

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It’s really painful, disappointing conference for us. It’s more painful knowing it’s our first time to miss the quarterfinals. A lot more sleepless nights especially that we’re going to have to wait until December for the all-Filipino before we can play again.” Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Phoenix has had a busy season after being involved in several trade deals.The Fuel Masters, however, aren’t done yet in revamping their roster especially after a failed campaign in the 2017 Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “Obviously, [we have] a need for additional big man in the draft. We don’t need just one, we need two more big men. Doug (Kramer) played well today, but we don’t have any more big man yet to complement, especially in the all-Filipino,” said Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia after a loss to Rain or Shine on Wednesday eliminated the Fuel Masters from playoff contention.“Our bigs like Willie Wilson, Eriobu are small bigs. We’re looking at the draft and of course, we are open to trades. We always discuss with management whatever comes our way that’s how we rebuild.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Fuel Masters made several moves this season. They traded second-year playmaker Simon Enciso to Alaska for veteran guard RJ Jazul, before acquiring former national team mainstay Jeff Chan from Rain or Shine, who got Mark Borboran and a future second round pick in return.Phoenix have also unloaded flashy guard Cyrus Baguio and got Dylan Ababou and NLEX’s 2020 second round pick. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The team also took part in a three-team deal that sent TNT’s Ranidel de Ocampo to Meralco on Monday where the Fuel Masters let go of rookie Norbert Torres and ended up with the Bolts’ first round pick in this year’s draft and the KaTropa’s second round pick in 2019.Phoenix had a promising start this conference, winning its first two games. But the Fuel Masters’ campaign took a turn for the worse after their explosive import Eugene Phelps suffered a foot injury last month and star swingman Matthew Wright missed five games due to national team commitments.“Honestly, we didn’t know that Eugene’s injury was a stress fracture on his left foot. He was playing with pain and he wasn’t the same,” Vanguardia recalled. “We had to make a change, and Brandon (Brown) wasn’t in shape yet. We lost that long preparation we had before the conference.”“We also didn’t get lucky with the schedule. Our national team player missed the most out of our games. He missed five games this conference. It was tough because we saw how he can deliver when he’s with us for long stretches,” Vanguardia said of Wright.Wright unleashed 36 points while Brandon Brown added 33 points and 20 rebounds, but despite their big production, Phoenix still went on to drop its eighth straight game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:31CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PVL: San Beda thwarts St. Benilde for second win View commentslast_img read more

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Durham wants no letup from No. 1 Bolts heading into playoffs

first_imgPingris wants showdown with Ginebra in playoffs Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESTopping the eliminations is not a cause for celebration for Allen Durham.Meralco claimed the top seed in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 9-2 card but the reigning Best Import said that his team shouldn’t rest on its laurels going forward.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “We got to keep doing work and we have a number one goal in mind and that’s to be champs. We got to get back to work tomorrow,” he said. “If you wanna be a champion at anything, it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be games like this in the playoffs and we just got to play defense and keep going.”Meralco faces Blackwater on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. “It feels good, but they don’t give you trophies for being number one in the regular season,” he said after the Bolts’ 104-101 victory over San Miguel Beer on Sunday.Durham said Meralco’s performance against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen was a good gauge to see how far last year’s runner-up can go in the playoffs, especially after trailing by 18 points midway through the third quarter before eking out the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We knew that if we wanted any chance to win, we’re gonna have to play all 48 minutes. That’s what we did tonight. We started slow but we just stayed with it and kept grinding, that’s just the type of team that we are,” he said.Durham fired 35 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, and two blocks in the victory and the 29-year-old big man feels it would take more from him and the rest of his teammates if they want to win the franchise’s first-ever PBA title. View commentslast_img read more

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Westbrook has season-best 46 to lead Thunder past Wizards

first_imgNBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Anthony is still getting used to his team winning when he has off nights.“I’ve got to remind myself that I am on the team with somebody else, and they do some of the things that you are capable of doing that you have been doing your whole career,” he said. “But for me to be on the same side as that — I don’t have to go after it every night. I just take what the other team is giving us. It’s a beauty to watch when it’s working and when it’s clicking, especially now when we are winning games.”Bradley Beal scored 41 points, John Wall had 21 and Markieff Morris added 20 for the Wizards, who committed 23 turnovers.The Thunder took a 54-40 lead into halftime, but Washington tied the score at 68 before the Thunder rallied. Felton hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Thunder up 10, and Oklahoma City led 82-74 at the end of the period.A powerful right-handed jam by Westbrook gave the Thunder a 92-85 lead in the fourth, and a steal by George led to a dunk by Westbrook that put Oklahoma City up 99-89 with just under seven minutes to play. Westbrook punctuated his performance with a two-handed breakaway jam with about a minute remaining.ADVERTISEMENT “We came back,” Beal said. “I don’t think the deficit was too bad. It was just those offensive rebounds and those turnovers down the stretch.“We clawed back into the game, we were moving the ball in transition efficiently, getting rebounds, and all of a sudden, that kind of died down and stopped. When that happens, the game totally flipped in their favor and the momentum changed.”TIP-INSWizards: Coach Scott Brooks spent seven years as Thunder coach. … Went more than four minutes without scoring to start the game. … C Ian Mahinmi committed three fouls in three minutes in the first quarter and finished with four fouls in 11 minutes.Thunder: George drained a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer but was called for a technical foul on the play. … Westbrook will be on the Team LeBron All-Star squad along with former Thunder player Kevin Durant.JOKE’S ON WESTBROOKAnthony had Westbrook, whose name appeared last, convinced the list of All-Stars was in order of selection. After Westbrook learned that the list was alphabetical, he responded to his teammate.“See, I told you man, it’s in alphabetical order man,” he told Anthony. “Of course I was first.”STAT LINESWestbrook is averaging just 2.5 3-point attempts during Oklahoma City’s win streak. He averaged 4.6 per game before that.“Yeah, trying to keep attacking the basket and find ways to get in the paint and make plays happen,” he said.QUOTABLEBeal on whether Adams, who was issued a technical foul for kicking him in the groin in the third quarter, did it intentionally: “I don’t know if it was or not, all I know is I got kicked where I shouldn’t have.”UP NEXTWizards: at Atlanta on Sunday. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Thunder: at Detroit on Sunday. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I just read the game honestly and if it’s time for me to take over, then that’s what I do,” Westbrook said.George scored 18 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Anthony added 13 on 4-for-11 shooting. Westbrook filled in the gap by making 19 of 29 field goals in one of his most efficient shooting performances of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We need him to be that way,” Oklahoma City reserve point guard Raymond Felton said. “Some nights he can score 46, some nights he can score 20. Whatever it is, we still need him to be aggressive the way he was tonight.”Steven Adams added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has won 20 of 28 after an 8-12 start. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Durant drops triple-double, Warriors hit 21 3s to beat Wolves Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots as Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony couldn’t find their shooting rhythm, so Russell Westbrook went into attack mode and overwhelmed the Wizards.Westbrook scored a season-high 46 points, and Oklahoma City beat Washington 121-112 on Thursday night for its sixth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

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Tyus Jones Posts Heartwarming Tribute To “Best Friend” Jahlil Okafor On Twitter

first_imgJahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones at McDonald's All-American Game.Twitter/@BigJah15By now, you’ve heard that Duke freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones met in third grade, roomed together and became best friends in ninth grade, and chose to play for the same college so that they could potentially win a national championship together. Thursday, with Okafor officially declaring for the NBA Draft after just one season, Jones took to Twitter with a cool tribute to his teammate. He urged Okafor to go make “another dream” a reality.So happy for my brother/bestfriend. We had a goal since 9th grade, & we did it Jah. Now go make another dream a reality. You earned it!— Tyus Jones (@Tyusjones06) April 9, 2015Currently, it isn’t known whether Jones will join Okafor and declare for the upcoming NBA Draft. But if he does decide to take the jump, it would be pretty cool to see them both drafted on the same night.last_img read more

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Tyson Foods New facility in Tennessee to create 1500 jobs

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Tenn. – Tyson Foods Inc. plans to build a new chicken production complex in Tennessee, a $300 million project that is expected to create more than 1,500 jobs when the facility begins operations in late 2019, the company said Monday.The new plant in Humboldt will produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for retail grocery stores nationwide, the Springdale, Arkansas-based company said in a statement and a news conference. The plant will help it meet strong consumer demand for its chicken, the company said. Construction is expected to begin within three to six months.Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker attended the news conference and praised Tyson for choosing Humboldt, a rural city of about 8,200 people located about 85 miles (135 kilometres) northeast of Memphis. Tennessee competed with other states for the project. Doug Ramsey, group president of poultry for Tyson, would not discuss which other states were in the mix.Officials said the local agriculture community will benefit from the project, providing supplies and feed for the plant, which will feature a hatchery, processing facility and feed mill. Tyson’s project will be built at a 500-acre (200-hectare) Gibson County industrial park that’s been seeking a tenant for about 20 years, county mayor Tom Witherspoon said.“It’s rare that you get a manufacturing project that has such an impact on our agriculture community,” Witherspoon said. “That’s what’s made it such a good project for Gibson County.”Ramsey said the existing industrial park, availability of labour and access to feed grains produced in the region, were reasons why Tyson chose Gibson CountyHaslam said that while unemployment in Tennessee is low — at 3 per cent as of September — “it’s no news that some of our rural counties have struggled.” He called the plant a “big deal” for the state.“Agriculture is a big part of who we are,” Haslam said. “So we combine our farmers’ ability to contribute to this facility with the jobs that will be located here.”Tyson currently operates four facilities in the state, employing about 5,000 people. The company says it paid Tennessee farmers more than $61 million in the 2016 fiscal year.The announcement marks the second major economic development project Tyson has begun this year in Tennessee. In August, the company announced an $84 million expansion of operations in Union City. That project is expected to create about 300 jobs.The company’s portfolio of products includes Tyson chicken, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm and Ball Park.last_img read more

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Saudi Aramco in parleys with Reliance for stake in refinerypetchem complex

first_imgNew Delhi: Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil exporter, is in talks to buy stake in Reliance Industries’ oil refineries and petrochemical complex, sources privy to the development said. Aramco opened talks with Reliance as $44-billion mega refinery-cum-petrochemical complex, where it was taking a 50 per cent stake along with UAE’s ADNOC, got delayed after ruling BJP-government scrapped plans to acquiring land for the project in coastal Maharashtra. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe sources said talks have been going on for few months now but there is nothing concrete that has materialised just as yet. Reports suggested Aramco may take 25 per cent stake for $10-15 billion but sources discounted such a valuation saying market capitalisation of Reliance at Tuesday’s closing price on BSE was over Rs 8.5 lakh crore, at least half of which or Rs 4.25 lakh crore (about $60 billion) would be coming from refinery and petrochemical business. A 25 per cent stake would translate into $15 billion without even considering any premium of giving a firm a foothold into a well-established business in the world’s third largest energy consuming nation, they said.last_img read more

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Andhra CM blames BJP for violence in Kolkata

first_imgAmaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday strongly condemned the violence “perpetrated” by the BJP in Kolkata on Tuesday. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief alleged that after desperately trying to destabilise the West Bengal government through the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax Department, the BJP was now resorting to direct violence which shows its true colours. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Vandalising the statue of a great reformer like Sri Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is an indication of the pseudo-nationalism practiced by the BJP. This incident underlines the need for all the opposition parties to stand united against the destructive tactics of Amit Shah-led BJP,” Naidu tweeted. The TDP leader, in his tweets in Telugu, alleged that Amit Shah during his rally in Kolkata used vandals to create violence. He said in the past people of the country saw how Narendra Modi used Amit Shah to create hatred among people in Gujarat. He said in West Bengal where BJP has no strength, the party is trying to create disturbances targeting a senior woman leader like Mamata Banerjee and maligning her government.last_img read more

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Cairo sees first snow in years as cold snap hits Egypt

first_imgCAIRO – A regional cold snap spread to Egypt on Friday, with some Cairo suburbs seeing snowfall for the first time in years, a weather official said. The Middle East has been hit by a fierce winter storm, with temperatures in Egypt plummeting over the past two days as torrential rain also lashed parts of the country.“It is the first time in very many years” that it has snowed in the suburbs of Cairo, said Ali Abdelazim, an official at the meteorological centre. “The whole garden was white,” Karim Kheirat told AFP by telephone from the new town of Medinati northeast of the capital.“It’s the first time in my life that I have seen it like this.”Other suburbs of the capital also saw light snow showers, residents said.In the Sinai Peninsula, the storm deposited a blanket of snow several centimetres (inches) thick in the mountainous area around Saint Catherine’s monastery for the first time in decades.Mokhtar Hussein, who lives in the area, said he had not left his house since Thursday because of the weather.“We aren’t leaving the house at all because the whole town is covered in snow,” he said.On the Mediterranean coast, gardens, streets and houses in the town of Ras al-Bar were covered by a layer of white after heavy snow, resident Rania al-Mubashir said.The northern coastal city of Alexandria only received light snowfall, but authorities shut the port for the third consecutive day because of the bad weather and strong winds.last_img read more

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Gallery OSU vs Rutgers

The Ohio State Buckeyes kicked off Big Ten play against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Coach Meyer stands in front of the team before the Buckeyes take the field against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo Editor

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Ohio State mens volleyball duo Michael Henchy and Dustan Neary seeing the

Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy (6) hits the ball while junior middle blocker Dustan Neary (18) watches during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSenior year of high school: staring out at the volleyball court and eating popsicles, Dustan Neary and Michael Henchy sat with their backs against the bleachers after defeating a high school rival for their first time in 10 years.“That was a pretty cool moment and I think it says something about our friendship off the court,” Henchy said of the time with Neary after the win.Now both juniors on the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, Neary and Henchy were previously high school volleyball teammates at Ventura High School in Ventura, Calif. The pair officially became teammates their sophomore year of high school when they both made the varsity team. Henchy said slowly but surely, he and Neary became good friends.“We didn’t really know each other freshmen and sophomore years. Our junior year we started to hang out a little bit and our senior year he started hanging out with me and my friend group a lot,” Henchy said. “It was more of an every weekend than an occasional kind of thing. Just spent a lot of time hanging out together … we could play pretty much any sport together.”Even though the two are good friends, they agreed they get a little competitive at practice, both in high school and today at OSU, where Neary is a middle blocker and Henchy is an outside hitter.“During high school our coach would have to split us up and put us on separate teams, it was always a battle,” Neary said with a laugh. “We would talk trash through the net all the time. But at the end of practice, we knew we were friends.”After high school, different recruiting processes led them to opposite ends of the country.Neary attended Moorpark Community College in California for two years before coming to OSU. Although Neary started playing volleyball in the fourth grade, he said he had more of a passion for basketball and that hurt him during recruitment.“I played basketball through high school and volleyball was kind of just something I did when I wasn’t playing basketball,” Neary said. “I didn’t start taking volleyball seriously until my junior year of high school … Everybody else had started (playing) earlier and I think they got noticed earlier, I was late getting into it. My talent was more raw, I guess.”Neary added he transferred to OSU so he could continue his volleyball career.Ventura High School boys volleyball coach Kim Adair said in a phone interview she loved Neary’s laughter on the court.“When he’d make a block or a kill, he would just turn around and have this grin on his face and then he’d get into the huddle and just laugh, just get joy from what he did,” Adair said.At 6 feet 6 inches tall, Henchy didn’t start playing volleyball until his freshman year of high school, and Adair said she enjoyed watching him develop a passion for the game.OSU men’s volleyball coach Pete Hanson said Henchy’s level-mindedness makes him a great asset on the court.“Michael brings a real level of steadiness, maturity … I think because we’re a pretty young group right now, that’s important for us,” Hanson said. “He keeps everybody pretty focused on the next play, regardless of what might have happened on the previous play.”Henchy said his decision to come to OSU was an easy one.“I took my official visit to Ohio State, went to a football game and got to meet the guys on the team and it was just a no-brainer from there,” Henchy said.Neary said after deciding to transfer, OSU was always an option because he had a good friend there.“In the recruiting process, I (sought) them (OSU) out first and out of the schools I showed myself to, Ohio State showed the biggest response,” Neary said. “Having my friend here made a difference.”Hanson said Neary’s work ethic was what made him appealing.“When we watched him at a junior college tournament, his team was playing in like eight or nine games in a couple hours and he seemed to play all the games,” Hanson said. “He kind of just kept going, and going, and going … and that is what kind of caught our eye — this guy just works hard all the time.”Henchy said he was excited to hear Neary was considering transferring to OSU to play.“When I found out he (Neary) was thinking of coming here, the wheels started to spin and I started putting in some good words with the coaches. I started telling him more about the campus,” Henchy said.In those two years, the two players kept in touch by emails and texts every now and then, and got to hang out on breaks from school.“After not seeing him that much for two years, I came here and it was pretty much exactly the same, exactly where we started off,” Neary said.On the OSU men’s volleyball team (7-6, 4-2), the two players have worked to become starters.“It’s funny lining up next to him in the front row and looking over and seeing the same thing the entire way through high school,” Neary said.Correction Feb. 25: An earlier version of this article’s headline had Dustan Neary’s first name spelled ‘Dustin,’ when in fact, it is Dustan. read more

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