Beermen trip KaTropa in first meeting since PBA Comm’s Cup finals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I don’t know how we won this game because we were very tentative at the start of the game,” SMB head coach Leo Austria told reporters at Smart Araneta Coliseum.There was hype heading into the game being that it was the two teams’ first meeting since Game 6 of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals where the Beermen won their fifth championship in three seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Austria, however, downplayed the finals rematch with the duel happening early in the conference.“This is not a barometer whether you’re a strong team or not. This is just the start of the conference,” he said. But the players knew differently. The intensity was high and the physicality was above normal that resulted to the likes of Beermen’s Chris Ross and engaging in sporadic commotions with KaTropa’s Michael Craig, Roger Pogoy, Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo.The Beermen leaned on Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter in the fourth quarter, where they extended a one-point lead to 14, 93-79, late.Fajardo scored 12 in the final frame while Lassiter unleashed 10 of his 16 points in the period.Wendell McKines added 22 points and nine rebounds for San Miguel, which had 20 more free throw attempts than TNT.The KaTropa, who blew and early 10-point lead, went to the line just eight times while the Beermen went 19-of-28 from the line.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer scraped past TNT, 97-91, Wednesday night in a heated game that saw several dustups and trash talk between two rivals.Reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo made his presence felt on both ends of the floor with 27 points, six rebounds and five blocks for the Beermen, who improved to 2-0 in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Teng downplays latest feat, says anyone from Thunder can step up ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ Craig struggled mightily going 8-of-25 from the field and scoring just 16 points with six turnovers. He did, however, grabbed 18 rebounds and had three steals. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View commentslast_img read more

Accused dies after prolonged illness

first_imgEnmore businessman kidnaping/murder Thirty-two-year-old Sheldon Chase, who had been on remand for the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Enmore auto spares dealer Rajendra Singh, also called “Sunil”, whose body was later recovered in the Le Repentir Cemetery, died while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC).Guyana Times understands that Chase had, for the past few months, been undergoing dialysis at the GPHC, but took his final breath at the medical facility on Saturday last. Chase had reportedly been in an out of hospital, and thus could not have attended court when the matter was called. He, along with five others, had been on remand since 2014.The forty-year-old auto spares dealer of Lot 15 Foulis, Enmore, ECD had been kidnapped five days prior to his death. When his body was discovered in the Le Repentir Cemetery, his hands had been tied behind his back with a piece of rope. A white cloth has also been tied around his neck. Investigators confirmed that he had been strangled before his throat was slit, and he was believed to have been tortured.Singh’s body had borne several marks of violence, which indicated that he had been severely beaten. A bullet wound was also visible to his head. The businessman had been clad in a pair of black socks, a pair of short blue pants, and a blue t-shirt. There had been fresh bloodstains around his body, which was tied to an abbey tree.By a tattoo on one of his arms, the businessman had been positively identified by a close relative who is also a police rank. A cousin of the dead man had subsequently turned up at the scene, but there were no signs of the businessman’s immediate family members.The kidnappers had reportedly contacted the family on one day prior to the discovery, requesting that the Gy$25 million ransom be dropped off at a certain location.The kidnappers had reportedly contacted Singh’s family after kidnapping him, and they had given the family an ultimatum of 12:00 noon on Tuesday to deliver the money – a deadline the family did not meet.Police ranks at the scene said the kidnappers initially wanted to kidnap the businessman’s 13-year-old son, but instead captured him. Since the kidnapping, the man’s wife and son have not been seen in public.Minutes after the kidnapping, Singh’s family had been contacted. A ransom of Gy$50 million had been demanded for the businessman’s safe return. After the initial amount could not be raised, the kidnappers had phoned the businessman’s wife requesting Gy$25 million instead.last_img read more

Totem Archers AGM Tuesday

first_imgThe New Totem Archery Club has announced its AGM will take place on Tuesday Nov. 4th. at 7:00 pm. It will be at the Taylor Community Hall, and anyone interested is welcome to attend.If you have any questions, call Rory at 261-4361.- Advertisement –last_img

Grapple with the Glendora Wrestling Club

first_imgFor information call (626) 252-0470. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Glendora Wrestling Club has scheduled practices from 5-8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting March 1 at Glendora High School, 1600 E. Foothill Blvd. The club gives elementary, middle and high school athletes a chance to test their skills. Once the club has enough athletes, it will split the time for juniors from 5-6 p.m. and the open division from 6-8 p.m. last_img read more

‘Big Unit’ is pleased after first outing

first_imgRandy Johnson threw 52 pitches in batting practice against Arizona Diamondbacks prospects Saturday and wants to pitch in an exhibition game this month. It was the first time he’s thrown BP since back surgery in October. “I’m pleased with where I’m at right now, as I have been with every step,” Johnson said. “To not have any real setbacks other than maybe a stiff back here and there, I think that’s to be expected, especially with the workload I’ve been doing this quickly. I’m pretty pleased.” The Big Unit allowed a few balls to be hit out of the infield, but only two were sharply hit. “I was impressed,” first baseman Chris Carter said. “I wasn’t expecting him to be nearly as good the first time. He may be the best pitcher I’ve ever faced and he’s not even (100 percent).” The Diamondbacks have said they’re not sure if Johnson will be ready to pitch in a game before the exhibition slate ends, but the left-hander said he’d like to try. “I’d like to be ready for opening day, but I think you have to take the appropriate steps to get there,” Johnson said. “What we’re doing right now is just that.” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said Johnson decided to throw more pitches than initially expected at Maryvale Baseball Park, where Arizona played the Milwaukee Brewers later Saturday. “We were looking earlier at maybe mid-30s, but he wanted to take a break and throw some more,” Melvin said. “He was throwing both sides, throwing sinkers, throwing everything he had.” center_img There is still no timetable for when Johnson will pitch in an exhibition game. Melvin said Johnson would be scheduled to throw another round of batting practice after seeing how he felt Sunday. Benitez progressingArmando Benitez is ready to step back on the mound and show that he can be the San Francisco Giants’ closer when the season starts next month. Benitez is slated to make his first appearance of spring training Sunday in a split-squad game against the Seattle Mariners as he works his way back from knee injuries that cut short his 2006 season. “I have to be looking forward to it. It’s been a long time since I’ve pitched,” Benitez said Saturday. “I feel very good. I want to see how I do tomorrow against the hitters. I’m a little excited to pitch.” Benitez said he’s close to 100 percent after finishing last season on the disabled list with two arthritic knees, the right one so painful he could hardly put pressure on it. He began throwing off the mound early in spring training and looked good throwing at minor league camp last Tuesday. Ruling on the hillSamuel Alito liked being on this bench, too. Dressed in a green Devil Rays jersey instead of a black robe, the Supreme Court justice stood in the dugout Saturday, getting ready to throw out the first ball before Tampa Bay played his favorite team, the Philadelphia Phillies. Asked what he would throw, Alito said, “A gyroball.” Devil Rays reliever Ruddy Lugo drew the assignment of catching Alito. The justice offered an opinion on how to frame the pitch. “Make it look like a strike,” Alito told Lugo. Short hopsBrian Roberts and the Orioles are nearing an agreement on a two-year extension that would put the second baseman under contract through the 2009 season. Roberts is already signed this season for $4.2 million. The Orioles are seeking an extension because he would become eligible for free agency after 2008. The 29-year-old Roberts has a career batting average of .280. He set career highs in 2005 with a .314 average, 18 homers and 73 RBI, a season that was cut short by an elbow injury that required offseason surgery. Ryan Zimmerman was given a $400,000 salary for 2007 by the Nationals after finishing second in NL Rookie of the Year voting last season. Zimmerman hit .287 with 20 homers and 110 RBI for Washington in 2006. Kansas City Royals third baseman Alex Gordon, a touted prospect the team hopes to build around, will be sidelined for a few games with a sore shoulder. 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

Man United’s ‘unbelievable team spirit’ pleases Van Gaal

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hailed his side’s “unbelievable team spirit” after the Red Devils came from behind to beat Preston North End in the FA Cup fifth round.A 3-1 victory at Deepdale sealed United’s progression to the quarter-finals, where they will face Premier League rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford, but it wasn’t plain sailing for the top flight side.After a goalless first half, Scott Laird put the dogged League One Lilywhites ahead only for Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney – from a disputed penalty – to win it for United.And Van Gaal, whose side have now suffered just one defeat in 19 games, was pleased with the performance.“In the first half I was reasonably satisfied, we don’t give anything away which is always difficult in such games, especially against long balls and the fights between central defenders and [Preston striker Kevin] Davies,” said the Dutchman.“Second half, the [Preston] goal was a little bit unlucky, it was deviated.“But then we showed an unbelievable team spirit. We changed the shape and that was the solution I think. We scored fantastic goals, but a little bit lucky also I think.”United were a much improved prospect when the ineffective Radamel Falcao made way, with Ashley Young – who assisted Herrera’s goal – coming off the bench and Fellaini utilised further up the pitch.Asked about the Belgian’s contribution, Van Gaal acknowledged he had taken a rare chance in an advanced position but cast doubt over whether it would regularly be available to him.“He [Fellaini] has body, we can always put pressure with him, he also scores goals,” added the United boss.“I played him in the position that he wants for the first time but I do not always have a position for him.”last_img read more

Transfer head-to-head: Arsenal targets Morata and Higuain compared

first_img Price – Both players will cost Arsenal a large chunk of their transfer budget for the summer, with proven goal scorers coming at a very high premium. Morata re-joined Real Madrid after Euro 2016 for £25.6m as part of a buy-back deal set when the Spaniard first moved to Juventus. However, Madrid are looking to cash in immediately and have made him available for between £57m-£64m. Higuain is being priced at around £75m by Napoli after the club’s president said he hoped the player wouldn’t betray the team by leaving. However, it is reported that Napoli would accept a fee in the region of £47m if Olivier Giroud moved in the opposite direction. 6 Likelihood of transfer – Napoli are adamant they do not want to sell Higuain and this stubbornness to do business will only drive the Argentine’s price up. Higuain has also just enjoyed the season of his life and there is no guarantee he would want to leave Italy and join Arsenal. However, Morata is up for sale and the Premier League looks set to be his destination. Madrid are keen to sell which works in Arsenal’s favour, as does the fact they will guarantee him first-team football, something Chelsea cannot as long as Diego Costa is there. 6 Goals – click the arrow, right, to see how else Morata and Higuain compare… – Morata only managed seven Serie A goals in 34 games last season for Juventus but did score the winner in the Coppa Italia final to help the club complete the double. His goal scoring record has never been great for the Old Lady as he only managed eight goals the season before. Higuain on the other hand scored 36 goals to break a 66-year Serie A goal scoring record, while no one else managed more than 20 goals. Since moving to Napoli in 2013, Higuain has 71 goals in 104 league appearances. Age and experience – At only 23, Morata is at the start of his career, having only made his first-team debut in 2010 and made 100 league appearances since. He has played in two Champions League finals and scored in one but he is not yet the finished article and would likely improve over time. At 28, Higuain is older than his former Real Madrid team-mate and very much in his prime. He has played in World Cup and Copa America finals and has a great deal more experience. Furthermore, he is rumoured to be following Lionel Messi into international retirement, which would improve his club football hugely, considering the travel involved in playing in South America. 6 6 Style of play – Morata scored three goals in Euro 2016 while playing in Spain’s possession-focused formation, similar to the style employed by Arsenal. He would therefore likely take less time to adapt to Wenger’s tactics and settle into the Premier League. Higuain is more of a forward that plays on the last man and uses his strength well, which would be an asset given the physicality of the Premier League. So, which player should Arsenal sign? – Arsenal have been linked with Higuain for a number of transfer windows and there must be something preventing Wenger for formally bidding for him. However, he is in his prime and would offer instant success rather than be another signing for the future, which Wenger has a tendency to lean towards. The Gunners must weigh up whether they are prioritising short-term success or building a team. If it is the former then Higuain is your man, if not, it’s Morata. 6 Arsenal have already made one big name signing this summer by bringing in Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach for £34m, but they are keen to make more.Arsenal have missed a 20-goal-a-season man since Robin van Persie left the Emirates in 2013 and that is an area they are looking to strengthen this transfer window.The two main candidates to fill that void are Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain.Morata has just rejoined Real Madrid after they activated their buy-back clause in his Juventus contract, but he is available for transfer, while Higuain is fresh from completing the best goalscoring season of his career with 36 goals in 35 league games.But who should Arsenal and Arsene Wenger sign? talkSPORT puts the two star strikers head-to-head.Click the arrow above, right, to see how the pair compare!  6last_img read more


first_imgMinister Joe McHughLetterkenny is to receive €20,000 in funding for Irish Language Networks and Gaeltacht service towns.The announcement was welcomed by Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh TD.He said “I welcome the announcement from the Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, Seán Kyne T.D. that he has approved funding of €85,000 for Foras na Gaeilge to commence the language process for the recognition of Irish Language Networks and Gaeltacht Service Towns under the Gaeltacht Act 2012, including up to €20,000 being made available for Letterkenny.” This funding of €85,000 will support five community groups in language planning at local level to prepare local language plans with the objective of achieving the status of ‘Irish Language Network’.This includes two grants of up to €20,000 to be made in respect of successful applications from Letterkenny and Galway City, in order to help them achieve the status of ‘Gaeltacht Service Town’.Minister McHugh added “I had the pleasure of announcing Letterkenny among the list of towns to be recognised as Gaeltacht Service Towns while serving as Minster for the Gaeltacht. This was a massive step forward in the language planning process as it relates to language communities outside the Gaeltacht being given statutory recognition as Gaeltacht Service Towns, and is an important step in achieving the objectives of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language.“I wish to commend all of the stakeholders on their work to date and I hope they will continue working together in these towns to prepare and implement a language plan.” LETTERKENNY TO RECEIVE €20K FOR IRISH LANGUAGE NETWORKS was last modified: July 7th, 2016 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:irish languageMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more


first_imgONE of Donegal’s worst ever gorse fires continues to rage today – with homes and property under serious threat of being hit by the inferno.Roads in and around Lettermacaward are closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles as fire officers and gardai respond to more than 70 calls for help.A strong wind is fanning the flames. The fires cover several square miles between Lettermacaward and Dungloe.At one stage – according to an eyewitness around 6am this morning – the flames were so large, they actually jumped across the road at Cloughally and continued to burn towards Meenacross.Fire crews from Dungloe, Glenties, Killybegs and other districts are still tackling the blaze.Gardai have told us they have closed several roads as visibility is poor, but also the flames have now crossed the road at several locations. A number of homes in Lettermacaward have been evacuated by the emergency services.Fire service chief Bobby McMenamin said their work was particularly perilous because of the large number of homes in the rural districts.“We would ask people to avoid the area completely today until the fire is brought under control,” he said.A short time ago, a Lettermacaward resident told us: “Last night it looked like something from the Bible; it was very scary.“There is a thick cloud of smoke in the area and it is hard to breathe. It is like something you’d see on the news in Australia or America but it’s happening in our own back yard here.” You can read previous posts on this story here: here: HOMES EVACUATED AS GORSE FIRES CONTINUE TO RAGE was last modified: May 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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


first_imgDONEGAL TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has paid a glowing tribute to the woman who drowned off the Inishowen coast this week.Christine Plummer, who was 40, died after getting into difficulty near Rockstown Harbour“I am deeply saddened to learn that Chris (Lorraine) Plummer tragically drowned yesterday in Inishowen,” said Deputy Mac Lochlainn. “She was such an intelligent and thoughtful person who regularly participated in discussions on my Facebook page.“She cared deeply about fairness in politics, locally, nationally and internationally and believed in community activism. My deepest sympathy to all her family and friends. May her noble soul rest in peace.” TD IN WARM TRIBUTE TO DROWNING VICTIM CHRIS was last modified: July 24th, 2013 by John2Share 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:TD IN WARM TRIBUTE TO DROWNING VICTIM CHRISlast_img read more