first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ FEEL THE GAME BOBBY MOTUS Superstar exodus’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]FOR many seasons, the Eastern Conference had been lagging behind their Western counterparts talent-wise. Not only do stars get aligned along the Pacific coast, their supporting cast can very well be starters on the lesser blessed teams on the Atlantic side.Consider the recent transfer of New York’s supposed savior Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks acquired him from Denver in 2011 with the hope of bringing back lost glory to a tradition-rich and economically profitable franchise, and who was responsible in their playoff run for two consecutive seasons. Injuries hampered Melo recently and with a much publicized conflict with then GM Phil Jackson, the distressed liberator requested for a trade. Long story short, the 10-time All-Star, four-time Olympian and three-time Olympic gold medalist is now teammates with Russell Westbrook and Paul George, and the trio will together roll in the thunder for Oklahoma City.As a great isolation shooter, he will thrive in OKC. Melo moves well without the ball and can practically launch those shots from anywhere. With George as the other wing, Westbrook will have fun directing traffic and finding either of his two terrific wings.Kevin Durant’s flight to the Bay Area left a big void in OKC but with new residents George and Melo, a much louder and resounding thunder clap will be heard from Oklahoma in the days to come. And yes, at least four Western Conference teams will be making life uncomfortable for the Warriors.On the other side of the fence, a ball dominant player will never agree to a bench role. Melo had been a starter all his basketball life and with it come the accompanying status, the requisite swag. If Coach Billy Donovan decides to stick to the tested starting unit, it could complicate things.Melo coming off the bench will bruise his ego. Used to the adulation and being the de facto franchise image of his previous team, a big adjustment from his end will be made and I think it will be a long and hard journey to transition. The second unit will not suit him and he will sulk and whine if Donovan makes Melo as their sixth man.Another all-star is set to change zip codes as soon as waivers will be cleared. Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls had agreed to part ways in a “purely basketball decision.” The Bulls are on a rebuild mode and they opted to let go of Wade and his nearly $24-million contract rather than let him stay and play on a struggling team. But unlike Melo, D-Wade had been aware of his limitations and would be content in a support role. He won’t be going West but will staying put East-side.Reportedly, they had come to terms with Cleveland. LeBron James and Melo had voiced their eagerness to have D-Wade as their teammate but Bron will have that bromance rekindled. Wade had been instrumental in bringing LeBron to Miami where they went to the NBA Finals four times and won the title twice. And it was reported that Bron was aggressively lobbying for Wade to join the Cavs and said that he would love to play again with him.The Cavs now had added another high-profile transferee to their line-up and on paper, they had become a ridiculously strong team. With Isaiah Thomas nursing a hip injury until January, Cleveland still has enough firepower in Bron, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, and now D-Wade, who has dramatically improved his shot for his fourth NBA title.The balance of power still tilts heavily to the West that only Cleveland and Boston, barring injuries and unexpected player movements, will dominate the East. The Cavs are now the heavy favorites to rule the EC and when all roads lead to another Finals meeting with Golden State. When that happens sometime in June of next year, we could just call it an NBA All-Star final./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

PSL: Orendain makes triple-doubles as Lifesavers win anew

first_imgGenerika-Ayala Lifesavers’ Patty Jane Orendain (center) threads the defense of Smart Giga Hitters’ Joyce Sta. Rita (17) and Jasmine Nabor (4). PSL MANILA – Generika-Ayala Lifesavers continued their rise in the 2018 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference after a 25-19, 25-12, 25-15 sweep of Smart Giga Hitters at the Caloocan Sports Complex.Patty Jane Orendain led the way with triple-double 18 points, 13 excellent digs and 10 excellent receptions for the Lifesavers, which won their third straight game Saturday night for a 3-3 win-loss slate.After handily winning the first two sets, the Lifesavers nearly crumbled in the third frame after establishing a 16-9 advantage when the Giga Hitters went on with a mini run to come to within 4.But that was the closest the Giga Hitters came as Orendain restored order for the Lifesavers with consecutive points before Marivic Meneses and Angeli Araneta put on the finishing touches. “We didn’t expect to win in straight sets. We know Smart is such a strong team with an intact core,” said Lifesavers libero Kath Arado. “We executed everything we did in practice. Those were the keys that led to this victory.”In the other match defending champions Petron Blaze Spikers kept their hot streak going as they crushed Cignal HD Spikers in straight sets 25-22, 25-16, 25-19. Frances Molina had 15 points to lead the way for the Blaze Spikers (5-0).“Siguro sobrang focused lang ng players namin. Alam nila na lahat ng games at mga kalaban importante,” said Petron head coach Ceseal delos Santos. “Kailangan consistent kami in every game and maganda iyong pinakita namin in regards doon.”Earlier Milena Alessandrini scored 24 points while Eya Laure chipped in 19 markers as University of Santo Tomas edged Far Eastern University 25-16, 13-25, 25-17, 25-15 in the Collegiate Grand Slam./PNlast_img read more

Moto3: Jakub Kornfeil retires due to financial reasons

first_imgThis comes to as a major surprise considering the fact that he signed with the BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race squad back in September 2019 to compete in the 2020 season. With financial reasons stated as his main antagonist towards his retirement, Jakub Kornfeil decided to no longer compete in Moto3.According to Kornfeil via his Instagram page, “At the end of the season, in Valencia, I never imagined that this would be the last race of my career in the MotoGP™ Championship. I still have a valid contract with the team, but I was forced to make this very important decision for my life.”“I should have started the season on a different budget than what I thought, what I hoped to have, and I wouldn’t even have the certainty of reaching the race at Mugello. I still feel like a winner, even if I never won the title. I’ve always tried to do my best both on and off the track.”Image credit: MotoGPMotoGP Malaysia 2020 tickets now on sale!–Ads– It’s a sad day for Moto3 as one of their starts, Jakub Kornfeil, announces his retirement out of nowhere. The announcement was posted on his Instagram page just moments ago which basically explains his decision to withdraw from the very competitive 250cc category.last_img read more

Boys HS Hoops: Led by Harris’ 35 the Brush Arcs Clinch the WRC Title with a 75-57 Win Over Willoughby South

first_img Related TopicsBrush ArcsWilloughby South Rebels By Don DiFrancescoWilloughby South 16 11 12 18 = 57Brush (home) 10 23 20 22 = 75LYNDHURST, OHIO – The Brush Arcs, behind a terrific performance by senior guard Andre Harris, clinched the Western Reserve Conference title with a solid 75-57 victory over Willoughby South on Friday evening in Lyndhurst.Harris had an outstanding second quarter, scoring 15 points and almost single-handedly seizing the momentum for Brush. The Arcs trailed 16-10 after the opening period, but four consecutive Harris baskets—two 3-pointers and two layups—gave Brush the lead at 29-24 with 1:34 to play in the first half. In the second half, the Arcs demonstrated their team speed as they expanded their lead into double digits. Senior point guard D.J. Dial scored 10 of his 16 points after the intermission and demonstrated poise on both ends of the court. Harris put an exclamation point on the evening with two thunderous fourth-quarter dunks and finished with a game high 35 points.South was led by senior forwards Damion Williams (18 points) and Xavier Hopps (17 points).SouthWilliams 6-5-18Hopps 6-4-17Schoeppler 3-0-6Hagwood 2-0-5Wetzel 2-0-4Sloan 1-0-3Susnik 1-0-2VonSeggern 1-0-2Rebounds: 30 Turnovers: 17Field goals: 22/53, 42% 3-point shots: 4/16, 25% Free throws: 9/14, 64%BrushHarris 12-8-35Dial, D.J. 4-8-16Dial, J. 3-1-9James 1-4-7Hugley 3-0-6Franks 1-0-2Rebounds: 35 Turnovers: 13Field goals: 24/49, 49% 3-point shots: 6/13, 46% Free throws: 21/31, 68% NEO HS Stafflast_img read more

Kenai Fire Department Extinguishes Burned Shed

first_imgThere was no danger of the fire spreading. Captain John Harris says the 8×16 shed was a home under construction. Capt. Harris: “He wasn’t residing there permanently, he was working on it, and as he was working on it, he would stay there, but that wasn’t his primary residence.” Responders arrived to find the structure fully engulfed in flames and on the ground. Capt. Harris: “It was estimated, not much with the structure itself, about $1,000 worth of tools.”center_img It is believed that the stove was the cause of the fire. The building was declared a total loss. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享At 9:39pm yesterday evening Kenai Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire off of Bridge Access Road. The owner said he had left the wood stove, which heated the structure, burning when he left earlier in the evening.last_img read more

O’Dowda Called Up By Ireland

first_imgFresh from winning his second senior cap in a recent friendly with Oman, the City winger has been chosen by Martin O’Neil for the two FIFA World Cup qualifiers.Ireland face Georgia at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Thursday, October 6th, before heading to Chisinau three days later.Meanwhile, youngster Jack Challis has been called up by Wales Under-19s for a training camp between October 3rd-5th.The camp will take place at Carden Park Hotel, with Challis’ team-mate Joe McNulty on standby for the trip.last_img read more

Braves’ Minor has soreness again in left shoulder

first_imgATLANTA – Braves left-hander Mike Minor had discomfort in his pitching shoulder again, pushing back his attempts to rejoin Atlanta’s rotation.Minor felt pain as he attempted to ramp up his work in Florida, president of baseball operations John Hart said Sunday. Minor, a former Vanderbilt and Forrest standout, began the season on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.Minor was in the Braves clubhouse before Sunday’s game against the Mets but did not speak with reporters. Hart said Minor returned to Atlanta to see team doctors and now will go back to Florida to begin throwing again.“Obviously we’re sending him back and we’ll continue to manage it, but we wanted to make sure there was nothing suspicious that was going on,” Hart said. “I think at the moment he’s going to be back in Florida. He’ll continue along in the rehab, but there’s obviously some level of concern because the discomfort came back.”Minor also had shoulder soreness last spring that delayed the start of his season. He finished 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA, a significant decline from his 2013 performance, when he was 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA.Tests have shown no structural damage. Hart said exploratory surgery could be an option if the discomfort remains, but “we are not there yet.”Minor was examined by Braves lead orthopedist Dr. Xavier Duralde. Hart said Minor was found to have “some inflammation and a little bit of an impingement” in the shoulder when he was examined several weeks ago.“We don’t have a recommendation as of yet. … We’ll just have to monitor where he is as he goes through the next week to 10 days of his rehab,” Hart said.Minor won a combined 24 games in the 2012-13 seasons. Despite his poor results last year, he ranks fifth among National League left-handers with his 3.52 ERA since the 2012 All-Star break.Minor’s spring struggles contributed to the decision to acquire right-hander Trevor Cahill from Arizona on April 2. The Braves also added Shelby Miller and Eric Stults to the rotation in the offseason.last_img read more

IFC pumps in K100,000 for Besta FA Cup finals

first_imgSoccer BY FRANKIY KAPIN International Food Corporation through its brand Besta presented K100,000 yesterday as the major sponsor for the finals of the 2018 Besta FA Cup regional tournament starting tomorrow. Twelve teams representing the four regions of PNG are confirmed to take part in the last leg of the Besta FA Cup challenge stemming out as eventual winners from the regional challenges earlier in the year. IFC chief operating officer Ahmad Faisal Hamdan said the company continues to sponsor the Besta Cup over the last five years. This year it is putting in a K100,000 prize money to cover for both the men’s and women’s divisions. The K100,000 will be halved with K50,000 going to the male and female winners and to be divided in order of top winners with the champions to pocket K20,000 in both categories. The company senior manager (Sales and Marketing) Roslan Abd Wahed confirmed the arrangement, adding that the K100,000 was a way of giving back to grassroots people for their services to the company which is 90 per cent dominated by Papua New Guineans. Hamdan thanked IFC to continue its financial backing of the Besta cup next year. He said the company continued to support soccer through the Besta tinned fish brand which is truly PNG owned and made. Wahed said the IFC sees soccer as a healthy sport thus want to nurture and educate PNG soccer elites to raise tomorrow’s champions. Wahed said: “Not only is Besta PNG owned but is made by Papua New Guineans for Papua New Guineans. PNG societies should support Besta as 90 per cent of the IFC workforce is PNG.” He also acknowledged the positive support of the Besta Cup from the wider corporate community as a whole. He commended, especially parents for the immense support of their children taking part in the Besta Cup and soccer as a whole in PNG. “Besta cup is played in the four regions of PNG so it’s always about PNG. From here they (players) are selected to join the National Soccer League teams as well the PNG side or contracted out of PNG,” Wahed said. Edrish Kumbruwah, the technical director of PNG Football Association and director Education centre of the PNG soccer academy, receiving the K100,000 and as the host, said this weekend’s challenge brings together the regional champions from the four regions. Kumbruwah confirmed the K100,000 to be the prize money divided amongst the top three finishers in both the female and males categories. He said the tournament is as well a feeder program for the Besta FC franchise participating in the NSL annually. He said the respective four finalists of the U-17 youth festival earlier in June who had their finals disrupted by heavy rains and deferred to this month are as well invited to be curtain raisers to the Besta FA cup finals. PNGFA media officer Daisy Serum acknowledged the IFC’s sponsorship of K100,000 which is a lot of money for the tournament. The 12 teams will be divided into two pools in both categories and games are scheduled to start on tomorrow with the opening and ending with the finals on Sunday.last_img read more

Mississippi State’s Mullen expecting test from Vanderbilt

first_imgSTARKVILLE – For weeks, Dan Mullen has told his team, fans and the media, the only reward for playing a big game in the Southeastern Conference is an even bigger one the following week.Mississippi State played in what many called the biggest game in the program history last week against Alabama.It’s reward? Vanderbilt — a team that hasn’t won a game against a major-conference opponent.“Go ask our team’s opinion of Arkansas,” Mullen said. “You could’ve said the same thing about a couple of weeks ago.”Mississippi State needed a fourth-quarter comeback against the Razorbacks two weeks ago. The Bulldogs won by a seven points in the closest game it played all year.Last week, Arkansas captured its first win more than two years with a 17-0 win against LSU.Mississippi State looks to extend Vanderbilt’s losing streak one more week.To do that, the Bulldogs have to move on from their 25-20 loss to Alabama last week, one that transferred power in the Southeastern Conference and the College Football Playoff to Alabama.Mississippi State ranked atop the CFP Rankings last week. It ranks No. 4 in the lastest poll.The final rankings will be released on Dec. 7. There’s still three weeks of SEC football, including the conference championship, to play out.The debate surrounding Mississippi State’s ranking ends with a loss in the final home game of the season.Vanderbilt ranks last in the SEC in 10 statistical categories, including scoring, total offense, turnovers and red zone offense.The Commodores’ three wins this season have come to UMass, Charleston Southern and Old Dominion. They haven’t scored more than 17 points in an SEC game since Sept. 20.There’s not much motivation to be found within Vanderbilt’s numbers. The Bulldogs can look at their own though.“We’ve made such an emphasis on winning at home and going undefeated at home would be a pretty special deal,” Mullen said.It would be only the second season where Mississippi State completed a 7-0 record at home. The only other time it happened was 1999.It would also set up one of the most important Egg Bowls in history. If Auburn beats Alabama, the winner of the Egg Bowl will represent the SEC west win the SEC championship game.It all starts with Vanderbilt, though.“There’s so much football to be played this year,” Mullen said. “We have to worry about trying to beat Vanderbilt this weekend.”Contact Michael Bonner at mbonner @gannett.com. Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.No. 4 Miss. State vs. VanderbiltSaturday, 6:30 p.m., SECDavis Wade Stadium, StarkvilleMSU’s Prescott among early Conerly Trophy finalistsMississippi State star quarterback Dak Prescott is among the first three finalists for the Conerly TrophyOther finalists announced Tuesday were Belhaven receiver Greg Livingston and Mississippi College defensive back Dylan Klibert.Prescott, considered one of the top candidates for the Heisman Trophy, has led No. 4 Mississippi to a 9-1 record. This season, he has 2,521 passing yards with 20 touchdowns and 861 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns.The award goes to the state’s top player at a senior college. Ten finalists are named and schools have until Tuesday to announce their finalist for the trophy. The award will be presented Dec. 2 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson.Livingson has 117 receptions for 1,341 yards and eight touchdowns. Klibert intercepted two passes and has 48 tackles, including seven for lost yardage.The Conerly Trophy is sponsored by C Spire.For entry rules and qualifications on fan voting, go to www.cspire.com/conerly beginning Nov. 25.The Dec. 2 banquet is nearly sold out. Call the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame at (601) 982-8264 for details.last_img read more

Parents of late actor Anton Yelchin reach settlement with Fiat Chrysler

first_imgTommaso Boddi/WireImage(Los Angeles) — Nearly two years after the tragic accidental death of rising actor Anton Yelchin, his parents have reached a confidential settlement with automobile maker Fiat Chrysler.Yelchin died on June 19, 2016, after his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his driveway and pinned him against his security gate at his home in Studio City, California. The Star Trek actor apparently had gotten out of his car with the the vehicle in neutral instead of park. However, that model car had issues with its gear shift and had been recalled a month earlier.In a statement to People magazine about the settlement, Yelchin’s publicist said, “The settlement will go to the Anton Yelchin Foundation and to the filming of a documentary on Anton’s life. The mission of the Foundation is to empower and support young people engaged in creative arts who face career challenges due to debilitating disease or disability.”Fiat Chrysler, which makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee, stated, “FCA US is pleased that we’ve reached an amicable resolution in this matter. The details of the settlement are confidential. We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the Yelchin family for their tragic loss.”Yelchin was 27 years old at the time of his death. In addition to playing Chekov in the latest Star Trek movies, he also starred in such films as Alpha Dogs, Thoroughbreds, Terminator Salvation and more. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more