‘Immaturity’: So much for the Wizards’ great expectations

first_imgLATEST STORIES Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) shoots as he falls over Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) and Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl (42), from Austria, with Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright (55) nearby during the second half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 27, 2018, in Washington. The Raptors won 102-92. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — For a team that entered the season thinking it was ready to win 50 games and reach the Eastern Conference finals, John Wall’s Washington Wizards sure did lose a lot of games against teams that didn’t even make the playoffs.And everything revealed by those defeats against the likes of the Hawks and Magic, or the Mavericks and Suns, or the Nets and Bulls — a lack of consistency, for example, or an inability to close out opponents — were the same sorts of problems that failed the Wizards in their first-round exit as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT “We had some great moments. Then we showed bad moments,” Wall said Saturday, the day after a 102-92 loss in Game 6 against the No. 1 seed Toronto Raptors ended Washington’s season. “Just kind of not respecting some of the opponents that we went against.”Asked why that happened, forward Markieff Morris said: “Sometimes it felt like it was immaturity. … Not coming in and doing our job.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe issue might have been as much a detriment as missing Wall for 41 regular-season games because of health problems — they were 23-18 with him, 20-21 without — or a mediocre reserve unit.“I guess the one thing about the Wizards (is) you never know who you’re going to expect today,” center Marcin Gortat said. “You might get a team that’s going to lose to the worst team in the league — or can beat the best team in the league.” Now the question becomes whether that trio of players and their coach can finally take a step forward next year. Wall and Beal have yet to get past the second round of the playoffs.“Going into the season,” Brooks said, “we definitely had some high expectations.”They weren’t met.Here are other things to know about the Wizards as their offseason begins:CHEMISTRY MAJORSThere was a lot of speculation about whether there was shaky locker room chemistry, and while reserve Mike Scott and Gortat were eager to dismiss that notion, others weren’t so clear that it was a non-factor.“I feel like we might not have identified the real issues,” backup center Ian Mahinmi said. “Unless we can honestly and genuinely talk and find solution, we (are) going to continue the trend that’s going right now.”He mentioned “miscommunication” and added: “I don’t think we had a genuine approach with everything.”Said Wall: “When things are going well, everybody’s happy, everybody wants to be here. But when things get rough, that’s when you really figure out who’s your brother.”WALL AND BEAL Beal carried the club while Wall was out and played in all 82 games for the first time. As for chatter about breaking up the duo, Beal says he’s not interested. “They have trusted us, to build around us,” Beal said. “I’m not really a fan of change and starting over again. Hopefully (owner Ted Leonsis and team president Ernie Grunfeld) won’t give me the boot — or give either of us the boot.”SMALL BALL?With two back-to-the-basket and screen-setting centers in Gortat and Mahinmi, the Wizards could try to figure out a way to make a change to that part of the roster.“We don’t really have an athletic big. I mean, Ian is older. (Gortat) is older,” Wall said. “They’re not athletic guys, but they do the little things that permit their game to help as much as possible.”Brooks would love his big men to shoot 3s, but Gortat flatly ruled out trying to work on that aspect of his game.“I hate small ball,” Gortat said. “Small ball basketball in this league is just trash.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Shooting guard Bradley Beal, who joined Wall as an All-Star for the first time, agreed with others that the Wizards had a problem taking for granted games against foes with losing records.“There were a lot of times that we would just show up and think we were just going to win the game,” Beal said. “You can’t do that. You have to respect everybody.”Wall and Beal — the two leading scorers — are both playing under long-term, maximum-money contracts, as is third option Otto Porter Jr.And coach Scott Brooks has three years left on his deal.So the assumption is that this will be the core moving forward. Wall said it’s clear that Washington needs some new parts, more than once describing what’s lacking are players “that really want to be here.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Jacobs beats Sulecki, eyes another middleweight title shot Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Tunisia coach says his team is feeling pressure

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Panama to make World Cup debut against strong Belgium team African teams have made a disappointing start to the World Cup. Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria have lost their first matches. Senegal plays Poland on Tuesday.On the other hand, Maaloul said England players are having to contend with higher expectations. That’s why he expects the match in Volgograd to be tight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Tunisia’s Anice Badri runs with the ball during a game of handball during a training session for the 2018 soccer World Cup, at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Tunisia play England in a group G match in Volgograd, Monday June 18. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)It’s daunting enough for a smaller country with less of a track record to take on a team like England. But Tunisia’s taking pressure to another level.Coach Nabil Maaloul has said ahead of Monday’s opening match against England that his team is carrying not only the hopes of 12 million Tunisians but also those of Africa as a whole and of the Arab world. ADVERTISEMENT 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 View commentslast_img read more

Race for D-League semis spots nears homestretch

first_imgCoach Charles Tiu is hoping that the worst is over for Go for Gold (5-2) after they snapped their two-game skid with a 135-91 demolition of AMA last Monday.“I think that was a wake-up call, that we have to shape up because we can’t lose the next three games,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Rey Publico will bolster the Scratchers’ frontline as he partners with ex-pro Jerwin Gaco and guards Jai Reyes and James Martinez.CEU coach Derrick Pumaren acknowledges that his young side must shape up to avert a repeat of their first meeting which Go for Gold won, 92-83, last June 14. LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Go for Gold and Centro Escolar University jostle for position in preparation for a potential semifinal duel in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Monday.The Scratchers and the Scorpions, with three games left in the elimination round, are focused on claiming a playoff spot in their 1 p.m. tussle.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Tepora now a world champ like ‘Sir Manny’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ 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 View comments “We didn’t really come out and compete with them,” Pumaren said of their previous duel.The Scorpions (4-3) need to see more from Cameroonian center Gilles Oloume and guard Orlan Wamar to improve their chances of entering the next round.In the 3 p.m. match, Marinerong Pilipino-Technological Institute of the Philippines (4-3) and Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College (3-4) collide to boost their semifinal bids.Marinero-TIP is coming off a 91-83 win over Che’Lu Bar and Grill last week. It also scored a 42-point whipping of Batangas-EAC in their initial encounter, 106-64, last June 18.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Ricciardo to leave Red Bull for Renault at end of F1 season

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms PBA Finals: Balkman, Devance nearly come to blows at halftime View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing during the first free practice session of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit, in Mogyorod, north-east of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, July 27, 2018. The Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP)MILTON KEYNES, England — Daniel Ricciardo is leaving Red Bull for Renault at the end of this Formula One season.The Australian driver, who has won seven races since joining Red Bull in 2014, has agreed to a two-year deal with Renault.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Ricciardo says “it was time for me to take on a fresh and new challenge.”Replacing Carlos Sainz, Ricciardo will partner Nico Hulkenberg at the French manufacturer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Ricciardo says “there is a lot ahead in order to allow Renault to reach their target of competing at the highest level but I have been impressed by their progression in only two years.”The 29-year-old Ricciardo is already familiar with Renault, whose engines have powered Red Bull’s cars. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Ricciardo is fifth in the 20-driver standings after 12 of the season’s 21 races.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Galvelo, role players step up for Letran

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRookie Koy Galvelo patiently waited for his time and it finally came on Tuesday.Galvelo was a surprise starter for Letran against Emilio Aguinaldo College and the guard made the most of his rare opportunity, scoring 12 of his 15 points in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT He played 13 minutes and 33 seconds against the Generals after logging only 13 total minutes heading into the duel.Galvelo’s breakout game also came at the right time for Letran with its stars Bong Quinto and JP Calvo having off nights, combining for only 13 points on 4-of-24 from the field.And it wasn’t just Galvelo, who gave the Knights an offensive boost.Jeremiah Taladua, who is known for his defense, and Fran Yu also stepped up with 15 and 13 points, respectively.“For me, coach just always tells me to play good defense and the offense will come,” Taladua, who also had six rebounds, two assists and two steals, said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Knights find unlikely heroes in win over Generals “We just wanted to repay what coach is giving us,” said Yu, who fired eight points alone in the fourth quarter.Letran coach Jeff Napa said he wasn’t surprised to see other players coming up big for his team.“I was really confident that they will step up and luckily, these three gave us instant offense,” Napa said.“They all know their roles and I was just waiting for them to deliver. “I always remind them to focus on their defense and the offense will come.” MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college  “As a rookie, of course I needed to step up especially with the loss of Jerrick (Balanza),” Galvelo said in Filipino after helping the third-running Knights clobber the Generals, 91-82, for their ninth win in 13 games. “It also helps that my teammates and coaches trust me.”“Honestly, I waited so long for this time to come. In practice I just kept working on my shooting and tried getting better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt only took Galvelo to make his first basket to easily have his best game.Prior to the game, Galvelo hasn’t scored, going 0-of-7 from the field in all of his previous games combined this season. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Lee, Cansino lead UST over UE

first_imgThe Growling Tigers trailed, 29-23, midway through the second quarter before Marvin Lee went berserk, scoring 12 points during a 16-2 UST run.It was Lee that punctuated the offensive hunt with an open three for the Growling Tigers’ 39-31 lead with less than a minute left in the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We played good defense and for us everything starts when we make defensive stops,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo.UE, meanwhile, dropped lost its sixth straight game to stay at the bottom of the standings with a 1-10 record. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rookie CJ Cansino made history when he became the first freshman in recent memory to complete a triple-double in the UAAP’s collegiate ranks.Cansino achieved the feat with 51.1 seconds left in the game when he found the cutting Zach Huang for the easy layup that gave UST a 74-62 lead and gave him, at that time, a stat line of 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists.As Cansino filled up stat sheets, Lee went mental in the offensive end and had a career-high of 30 points on 8-of-18 shooting all of which came from the three-point area.Cansino eventually finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists while his recipient Huang pitched in 14 points and seven rebounds.Alvin Pasaol led the Red Warriors with 26 points, seven rebounds, and three steals while Philip Manalang added 15 points, four rebounds, and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title S. Korean footballer admits submitting fake records for military exemption Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas boosted its bid for a Final Four slot after topping University of the East, 79-68, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Growling Tigers, who won four in their last five games, improved to a 5-5 record to momentarily tie University of the Philippines, which faces Adamson University later in fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Warriors pick up fourth-year contract option on Damian Jones

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golden State Warriors’ Damian Jones (15) drives past Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)OAKLAND, California — New Golden State starting center Damian Jones had his fourth-year contract option for the 2019-20 season exercised by the Warriors.The two-time defending champions announced the move Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Cavs’ Kevin Love to miss ‘weeks’ with painful toe injury Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img View comments 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 Jones is averaging 6.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 77.8 percent in eight starts so far, playing 16.9 minutes per game.The 7-foot Jones was the Warriors’ 30th overall pick out of Vanderbilt in the 2016 draft. He spent last season as a two-way player going between Golden State and the G League Santa Cruz Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

LeBron James apologizes for controversial ‘Jewish money’ post

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “That’s what I do. I ride in my car, I listen to great music, and that was the by-product of it,” he continued. “So I actually thought it was a compliment, and obviously it wasn’t through the lens of a lot of people. My apologies.”The NBA does not plan to fine James over the post, ESPN said.James — who regularly speaks out on politics and sociocultural issues — also made waves over the weekend for comparing the US professional basketball and football leagues.“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” James said during Friday’s episode of his HBO show “The Shop.”He then lauded the NBA’s commissioner Adam Silver for letting players express themselves.ADVERTISEMENT Eagles make it official, Nick Foles will get another start Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 18: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on December 18, 2018 in New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPAmerican basketball star LeBron James has apologized for posting controversial song lyrics with the phrase “getting that Jewish money” on Instagram, where he boasts over 45 million followers.“We been getting that Jewish Money, Everything is kosher,” the Los Angeles Lakers forward posted in an Instagram story over the weekend, reciting lyrics from rapper 21 Savages’ song “asmr” while wearing a Lakers sweatshirt.ADVERTISEMENT Darren Rovell, a sports business analyst who formerly worked for ESPN, called attention to the post’s problematic use of stereotypes painting Jewish people as wealthy and tightfisted.“Surprised LeBron, who makes very few mistakes, put this out. Does quoting lyrics from a song absolve the person quoting from the responsibility behind the words?” Rovell tweeted. “I’d argue no, especially with a following of 45 million.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSpeaking to ESPN following the Lakers’ Sunday loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, James said “it definitely was not the intent, obviously, to hurt anybody.”“Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone,” the 33-year-old basketball great said. “That’s not why I chose to share that lyric,” adding that he regularly posts song lyrics. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It doesn’t even matter if Adam agrees with what we are saying, he at least wants to hear us out,” James said. “As long as we are doing it in a very educational, nonviolent way, then he’s absolutely okay with it.”The NFL in recent years has grappled with protests from players kneeling during the playing of the US national anthem, as part of movement calling attention to issues of racial injustice and social inequality.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Warriors draft first woman player into NBA 2K esports league

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra James Harden scores 35, Rockets beat Raptors MOST READ That doesn’t mean the women won’t face extra skepticism. Kimanni Ingram, another draft-eligible player, has played with Evans and respects the way she has navigated blowback from male gamers.But even his compliments Tuesday came with a qualifier.“She has the basketball IQ for a girl,” Ingram said. “Most people would be like, ‘I’m playing with a girl. She’s not going to know what to do.’ She knows what she’s doing. You can tell.”News of Evans’ selection traveled fast. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked about her prior to a game against Boston.“I think that’s really cool that she’s passionate and inspired and broke a barrier,” Kerr said. “That’s awesome.”“Esports has become a huge thing now,” said Kevin Durant, Evans’ favorite player. “More people who enjoy the game might get an opportunity to be professionals and make some money for themselves and make some money. I think it’s cool.”Female gamers have had difficulty breaking into pro esports. Among the most popular circuits, League of Legends Championship Series and the Overwatch League have each had just one female player. Those women both received ample praise and criticism on social media.The NBA wants to help Evans and Novin manage that. The 2K League has a transition program based on the NBA’s rookie symposium, and it added sessions specifically for Evans and Novin to help them navigate their potential barrier-breaking roles, including help with social media.One item 2K hopes to change soon: The video game still does not include any female players. Unlike EA Sports’ NBA Live series — which includes WNBA rosters and the ability to create female players — NBA 2K is still male-only. Donohue says 2K is working to add women to future versions of the game.That’s not bumming out Evans right now. She’s already building out her to-do list for her new home in Oakland. LATEST STORIES View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Evans was one of two women who qualified for the 2K League draft this year through the league’s online combine. The other, Brianna Novin, was not selected but could still sign as a free agent.The NBA runs the league in coordination with 2K game publisher Take-Two Interactive, and it did not have any women for its inaugural season. Prior to last year’s draft, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called the lack of gender diversity “a disappointment for all of us so far.”The league set out to solve that problem by holding focus groups with top women gamers to spot potential barriers. One key problem: Data showed that male players weren’t passing the ball to their female teammates — something that wasn’t accounted for when the league analyzed players to build the 2018 draft pool.“It made us put more emphasis on how good a player was when they got the ball in their hands,” said 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue. “That’s the only part of it they can control.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Chiquita Evans poses for photographs with Brendan Donohue after being selected as the 56th pick overall by the Warriors Gaming Squad at the NBA 2K League draft Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in New York. Evans is the first woman selected in the esports league. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — After over three hours of sitting, waiting and stressing, Chiquita Evans heard her name called. She stood, smiled and put on a Warriors cap, striding to the stage backed by the loudest applause of the night.Someone put a microphone in front of her and asked her how it felt. That’s when she finally choked up.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No more sessions as a trainer at Planet Fitness. The Chicago native is heading to the Bay Area.“It feels surreal,” she said. “I’m going to see if I can do a real-life shooting competition with (Stephen) Curry,” Evans said. “That’s what I was known for. See if I can shoot with the best.” 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 “It changes everything,” she said. “It means everything to me.”Evans became the first woman ever drafted into the NBA 2K League on Tuesday night, going in the fourth round to Warriors Gaming, which is operated by the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. A former college and semipro basketball player, Evans is now the esports league’s first female pro, one of the 126 players who will make between $33,000 to $37,000 per season, plus benefits and team housing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs The league also monitored communication between players more carefully at this year’s combine, removing several players for sexist remarks.That kind of harassment isn’t new to Evans, or women in esports in general. One of the biggest challenges for women is finding teammates for games that rely so heavily on teamwork. Female gamers can try to ignore an offensive, trash-talking opponent — and there are plenty of those in the 2K community.But just like in real life, you can’t defend a pick-and-roll if your teammates aren’t willing to communicate.Evans has done most of her competitive gaming with a coed team — right now, five of its 12 players are women — and that’s helped her thrive as a shot-creating small forward.Her experience when gaming outside that team — with both teammates and opponents — hasn’t always been as rosy.“I’ve had sexual remarks put towards me,” she said. “I get told I should be back in the kitchen. ‘2K is not for women,’ I’ve had that. There’s no question about that.”Evans also got loud pushback on social media when she announced last month — on her 30th birthday, no less — that she’d qualified for the draft.“That’s the only time that it’s been discouraging for me,” Evans said. “In that moment, because it was a great moment for me, and I felt like people ruined it.”Other gamers at Tuesday’s draft were eager to welcome Evans and Novin.“Male, female, dog, cat, frog, I don’t care,” said Alexander Bernstein, a returning player with 76ers Gaming. “If you’re the best in the world, I feel like you deserve to be able to play.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Shaki Kamara’s Body Returned in Ruins

first_imgSixteen-year-old Shaki Kamara, who sustained fatal injuries during the West Point rioting on August 20, was laid to rest over the weekend, his family told the Daily Observer.The Kamara family said Shaki died as a result of losing blood after being shot in both of his legs with live ammunition by the AFL.According to Shaki’s uncle, his nephew’s body was ruined. “We didn’t touch it at all. His body was swollen and the leg that was shot was really bad off,” he added.The teenager, who was a Muslim, was buried in the Old Road Community Muslim cemetery by male relatives.“After days of pleading with the government to give us his body, they did; so we buried our son. We don’t know why they really took his body, but they gave us his body back in the same condition it was in when it left the hospital, but bloated. We couldn’t even touch it at all,” Shaki’s uncle disclosed.Shaki was still alive at the time of his admission at the Redemption hospital on August 20. His corpse, however, was seen being whisked away by heavily armed security accompanying the Deputy Defense Minister for Operations, St. Jerome Larbelee, on August 22.According to Shaki’s sister, Evon Kamara, who said she was unaware of the removal of his body, the government was given the authority over his body by their mother.“She never informed us, but later told us that the commissioner of West Point was mediating between the government and family,” she said.Shaki’s grandmother Mrs. Eva Kamara, has confirmed to the Observer that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited the family in West Point and openly apologized for the boy’s death.“She told us sorry but didn’t give us anything. Ma Ellen said that she will get back to us later though, but that’s all,” added the sad grandmother.According to Shaki’s grandmother, the late Shaki was everything to her, and that he is being greatly missed.“That boy was my everything. He washed for me, cleaned, cooked and helped me with my cold water and soft drinks that I sell. I’m hurt that Shaki is gone away from me.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more