Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as NBA draft looms

first_imgGerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working NBA: Gasol to opt out of deal but re-sign with Spurs — report He would join a young squad that features Simmons, who missed all of last season with a foot injury; Jahlil Okafor and 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. That young core of talent could provide a base to rebuild the team.Since 2003, the 76ers have won only one playoff series and they have only one winning season since 2005. The Sixers went 28-54 last season.“We have a core of young players that will be significantly stronger once the draft selection is made,” Colangelo said.“We felt like we were in the right position to make a deal. We felt the value of adding the one pick now was the right thing at the expense of only losing one of four going forward.”Croatian forward Saric was asked on Twitter about the young group melding into a championship team and replied, “It will be hard but I hope with young team we got big chance to be dominant.”ADVERTISEMENT The Los Angeles Lakers have the second pick in the draft and are expected to select University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) standout Lonzo Ball.The 19-year-old point guard had 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals a game for the Bruins last season. No other US college player averaged 14 points with six rebounds and six assists a game as well.Boston comes back at third overall with point guard Isiah Thomas solidly in place, making Fultz expendable and opening the door for other talented playmakers as Josh Jackson, a shooting guard who scored 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals a game for Kansas last season.De’Aaron Fox, a point guard who scored 39 points against Ball-led UCLA in the national college tournament, is also among the top prospects.The Phoenix Suns will select fourth, followed in order by the Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Markelle Fultz #20 of the Washington Huskies. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTONEW YORK—Markelle Fultz is expected to become the number one pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft after the Philadelphia 76ers swung a deal for the top choice after watching his private workout.The 19-year-old point guard, who played at the University of Washington last season, would become the club’s fourth top overall pick and follow 2016’s first overall pick by Philly, Australian forward Ben Simmons.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Bryan Colangelo, the 76ers president of basketball operations, played coy about the pick even after swapping the first and third picks with Boston and giving up a future number one pick to get the first choice of unclaimed talent.READ: NBA: Celtics, 76ers complete swap of first, third draft picksFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I feel that within the top 10, there are probably five or six sure-fire All-Stars. There may be one or two franchise-level players,” Colangelo said. “On Thursday night, hopefully we make a decision that results in one of those franchise-level players being here.”Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for a Washington Huskies team that was 9-22. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April View commentslast_img read more

Real Madrid in tough Champions League group

first_imgMONACO (AP): Two-time defending champions Real Madrid landed in a strong Champions League group with Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, and APOEL in the 32-team draw yesterday. Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo finished second to Dortmund in last season’s groups before lifting a third European title in four seasons. Tottenham, who should face their former star Gareth Bale with Madrid, was arguably the unluckiest of the record five English sides. Manchester United and Liverpool received favourable draws in the groups which begin play on September 12. The top two in each of the eight groups advance to the knockout rounds. United return after a one-year absence to play top-seeded Benfica which they beat at Wembley to win the first of their three European titles in 1968 Basel, and CSKA Moscow. Liverpool landed with the weakest top-seeded team, Russian champions Spartak Moscow, plus Sevilla, and Maribor. Liverpool lost the 2016 Europa League final to Sevilla. Barcelona, who were in the second-seeded pot, landed with Juventus a rematch of the 2015 final won 3-1 by the Spanish giants – Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon. Neymar’s bid to win a first European title for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) will open in a group with five-time winners Bayern Munich plus Anderlecht and Celtic. Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, a three-time Champions League winner as a coach, formerly led PSG. Chelsea, the last English team to win in 2012, are grouped with Atletico Madrid, Roma, and Azerbaijani newcomers Qarabag. The other newcomers, Leipzig, are in a balanced group with top-seeded Monaco, Porto, and Besiktas. Shakhtar Donetsk head another strong group with Manchester City, Napoli, and Feyenoord. Shakhtar continue to play home games away from Donetsk, which is at the centre of conflict between Ukraine government forces and pro-Russian separatists. – Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, Basel, CSKA Moscow. – Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht, Celtic. – Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, Qarabag. – Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos, Sporting Lisbon. – Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, Maribor. – Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord. – Group G: Monaco, Porto, Besiktas, Leipzig. – Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, APOEL.last_img read more

Soca Camp Fire at HJ Water World on Saturday

first_imgAs Hits and Jams Entertainment continues to promote events of a high standard for all Guyanese, this weekend, patrons can expect another one which will definitely set the bar above all. Come this Saturday, the HJ Water World will be a buzz of activities with Soca Camp Fire. Fresh off Barbados, the main entertainer will be Marz Ville, a soca sensation who has been creating quite a buzz with his signature tunes “Bang Bing”, “Whinning Positions” and “Wine and Dip” among others. He will be backed by the Fusion Sound Family, including Selector Diamond and Deejay Gully Ras.Apart from the vibes, the main attraction will be the bonfire, and games and other fun activities for the entire family. Admission remains at $1000 after 22:00h and tickets will be available at the gate.last_img

Fire Fest Fan Appreciation Show rescheduled to New Year’s night

first_imgDue to the inclement weather over the past week, Fire Fest Production was forced to reschedule its Fan Appreciation Concert and International Show which was billed for the Tuschen Community Centre ground, East Bank Essequibo on Boxing Day. Chutney lovers can now come out to party on New Year’s night. Tickets purchased for the show remain valid and there have been a few additions to the line-up. Promoters are making sure the ground is ready for the revellers and more so, that the artistes arrive in time to give patrons their money’s worth. The event will be epic with several high-class performances from renowned singers. The concert is a way of giving back to fans that have supported Fire Fest Production over the year whether at Clash of the Titans, Guyana Night concerts or any other production put on by the entertainment company The line-up for Sunday night’s show include former International Chutney Monarch, Rikki Jai; Guyanese Baboo, Terry Gajraj; Mahendra Ramkellawan; Asha G; Chiney Man; Granny Ivelaw; Cool Boyz; Steven Ramphall and others.The event will also feature the Dax New Generation Band, Fire Fest Dancers, the Fire Fest Band and others.The official emcee for the event is WR Reaz. Tickets for the event cost $1500 and those who have not purchased tickets as yet can do so at the gate on the night of the show.last_img read more

‘Stocky’ Andray Blatche back in duty for Gilas PH

first_imgLOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Andray Blatche’s first practice with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Denison Dalupang/InquirerAndray Blatche finally joined Gilas Pilipinas’ training for the FIBA World Cup Monday night at Meralco Gym in Ortigas, cranking up the Filipinos’ preparations for the global meet slated for August in China.The naturalized big man arrived in Manila last Saturday morning but was only able to put in work Monday due to the national team’s fixed twice-a-week training schedule which includes Thursday nights. ADVERTISEMENT Benefits of township living SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian LATEST STORIES Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station MOST READ Despite being visibly stockier, Blatche, now 32, blended well with the members of the training pool which ran an assortment of half and full-court offensive plays.“Until you get the feel! Until you get the feel!” Guiao barked, as he continued to smoothen the members’ familiarity with the system.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBlatche’s last stint with the national team was during the Asian qualifiers in Kazakhstan, where he fired 41 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, punctuating the Filipinos’ return to the World Cup. A Brooklyn native who was made Filipino citizen in April 2014, Blatche is also set to reprise a key role for the Philippines after helping Gilas through the 2014 edition of the games in Seville, Spain. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Boxing greats split on Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman bout Gilas is due for a pocket tournament in the same European country early August and a couple of tuneup games with Australian club Adelaide 36ers.The Filipinos are bracketed with Serbia, Italy, and Angola in Group D play set in the Chinese city of Foshan beginning August 31.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Irresponsible, Tragic Response to Development, but Thank God for Saving the Children

first_imgThere are not too many people who remember Kpakor Hill, the high peak near Tubman Farm in Totota, Bong County that motorists traveling up country in the past frequently found impossible to climb, especially during the rainy season.Many, many travelers died when the vehicles in which they traveled plummeted over the steep, muddy cliff into the gorge. Some vehicles, especially trucks loaded with goods bound for the interior, waited for days at the foot of the hill for the mud to dry before attempting the dangerous climb.But all of that is no more. In the early 1960s the Tubman administration engaged the Italian road experts, Vianini, to pave the Monrovia-Totota Road and since then, motorists and passengers have had a safer ride to Totota and beyond. But drivers have taken terrible advantage of this long awaited development, driving recklessly on the paved and levelled hillside, and killing many in totally unnecessary accidents.That road, unmaintained throughout the 14-year civil war, came into serious and hazardous disrepair. One of the successes of the Sirleaf administration has been the paving of the road from Careysburg through Ganta, as far as the Guinea border. After President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf dedicated the road at the Guinea border a few months ago, this newspaper editorially called on motorists plying that vastly improved highway to show their appreciation for this great development by driving safely to reach their destinations, every traveler in one piece.Alas, that was not the case last Thursday, when a tragic accident occurred at Kpakor Hill killing nine marketers who were bringing their goods from Nimba County to marketplaces in Kakata and Monrovia!According to Observer Assistant Editor C.Y. Kwanue, eyewitnesses saw the driver speeding on the paved highway, and reaching the Kpakor Hillside, lost control and plunged headlong over the cliff!But despite the tragic episode, God graciously showed His mercy: An infant and a four-year-old boy were saved from the wreckage!But what a totally unnecessary loss of life—nine innocent and hapless market women and men, most likely farmers also, bringing their goods to the marketplace for sale. They lost their lives, their money and their goods, and their families have been made suddenly destitute.When will our drivers realize that speeding can be costly—and deadly? When will the Liberia National Police be empowered to patrol the highways throughout the country to monitor and control the traffic and curtail speeding on our highways and paved corridors to save lives and property?This seems to us to be among the critical security issues in the country that have a direct impact on our agricultural, commercial and economic development. For surely, when our farmers have struggled to grow and harvest their crops successfully, they must be given the chance to get them safely to the market, go shopping for needed items to take back to their families, and save some of the money to expand their farms and other businesses. But when they are endangered along the way to the marketplaces, losing their lives and their produce, what future is there for their children and other dependents and for their farms and businesses?The Liberia National Police (LNP) Commissioner Chris Massaquoi should take far more seriously the issue of patrolling traffic throughout the country, to save lives and property and keep our farmers and market people safely and profitably engaged in their businesses, by which they can raise their families, further develop their farming and other enterprises, raise their standard of living and enhance the development of their counties.Furthermore it should be a priority to empower all LNP branches in the counties to engage in effective patrolling of the traffic on the paved streets and highways within city limits and most especially along the highways, to stop or at least control the reckless driving that all too frequently occurs.Inter-county drivers should be made to understand that they should show appreciation for the road development being undertaken at great cost by the government. They should not make things worse for the people by having them injured or killed on the highway due to reckless driving, lack of sleep, driving while intoxicated, overloaded vehicles and driving vehicles that are not road worthy and so on. But rather, our drivers should make things better for the safety, comfort, livelihood and progress of the Liberian people and all others who dwell within our borders. It would make a big difference for the better if commercial drivers were required to attend an annual one day road safety certificate workshop which will cover all the issues of road safety, courtesy, passenger care and basic first aid. Many of our drivers learned informally from relatives and friends therefore they never received any training on many of the important issues mentioned above.Formal driver education from a recognized driving school and a comprehensive, scrupulous (trustworthy) driving test must be among the requirements for getting a driver’s license to ply the streets and highways of the nation, if we value the lives of our local traveling citizens and other residents. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Electricity restored to normalcy in Mabaruma

first_img– new generator to be installed shortlyEngineers have rectified minor issues that were affecting the standby generator powering the community of Mabaruma in Region One. The township is now receiving up to nine hours of electricity.Region One Electrical Engineer Frederick Kirk has said a representative from Doosan, the generator’s manufacturers, recently visited the region and dealt with the issues.An engineer examining the generatorKirk explained: “We had a few minor technical difficulties, but the rep is in here from Doosan and he rectified the issue. We did a few trial runs and we haven’t gotten any occurrence of the issue since.” He added, “The generator (is) presently powering the community for nine hours a day, (and there are) future plans of expansion of additional hours”.Prior to that, Kirk noted, the community was receiving only five hours of electricity per day. He said a new generator was procured, and has arrived in Mabaruma. However, its installation is being stalled because it arrived with a part missing.“The new generator came in, but we are awaiting some additional parts as well, mainly the radiator. The radiator should be here tomorrow, and the supplier will come in and install it. So, by the end of the week, the next generator should be up and running,” Kirk explained.The Department of Public Information has recorded Kirk as said that once the new generator has been installed, it is expected to provide Mabaruma with more than nine hours of electricity on a daily basis.The supply of electricity to the sub-district comes as relief to residents, as power outage had been experienced for more than two months after bearings within the generator were damaged beyond repair.last_img read more

Enyeama in hot soup over venue protest

first_imgThe Super Eagles won the match 2-0. Enyeama skippered the side in his 101st appearance for his country — making him Nigeria’s most capped international.The comments reportedly did not go down well with the new Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who said he would not attend the match until football federation chiefs stepped in.Boko Haram Islamists, who believe football is a Western ploy to distract Muslims from their religion, have attacked cities in northern Nigeria, including in Kaduna.But the violence is largely concentrated in the northeast.Enyeama, 32, later apologised but Nigeria Football Federation officials said they were looking at punishing the player after manager Stephen Keshi criticised the remarks.“What Vincent did was unacceptable and he cannot go unpunished for this,” added Nigeria’s former midfielder Garba Lawal, who is now general manager at Kaduna United FC.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nigeria keeper, Vincent Enyeama (right) leads the Super Eagles for their match against Harambee Stars in Calabar. PHOTO/FileABUJA, June 16- Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama could face sanctions after questioning the suitability of the venue for his country’s last Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.Enyeama, who plays for French side Lille, suggested Kaduna city, in northern Nigeria, should not have been chosen to host Saturday’s match against Chad on security grounds.last_img read more

McKeon appoints military students

first_imgNicholas Jurado of Canyon High School will be attending Air Force Academy Preparatory School. Accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., are Ivan Cho, Hart High School; William Jung, Valencia High School; Robert Kay, Highland High School; and Nicholas Taschner, Desert Christian High School. James Brousseau of Paraclete High School will be attending Military Academy Preparatory School. Thomas Morrow, another Paraclete graduate, received an appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Lance LaFlamme of Canyon High School earned an appointment to Naval Academy Preparatory School. Each year, members of Congress submit nominations of students from their districts for admission to one of the five service academies – the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.; the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.; and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon has appointed 11 graduating high school seniors to military service academies and preparatory schools. McKeon recognized his appointees – including six from the Antelope Valley and four from Santa Clarita – during a luncheon Saturday at Santa Clarita City Hall. “I am proud of all our students who were admitted to the nation’s service academies this year,” said McKeon, R-Santa Clarita. “Our selected students have proven themselves worthy of admission to the various academies by excelling in their studies and extracurricular activities.” Students admitted to the Air Force Academy are Callie Brown, Highland High School; Anthony Ruize, Serrano High School in San Bernardino County; and Bradley Ward, Desert High School at Edwards Air Force Base. Each student entering a service academy receives formal military training, a bachelor’s degree and an officer’s commission in one of the four branches of the military. The students receiving appointments will enter the academies this fall.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

Video poll: Whose goal was better – Joe Cole for Coventry OR Alex Mowatt for Leeds?

first_img1 Leeds forward Alex Mowatt and on-loan Coventry star Joe Cole There were some beautiful strikes in last night’s Football League action, but the Drive lads want your thoughts on the pick of the bunch.Joe Cole made it clear he’s not willing to sit around on the bench at Aston Villa, and was praised for his attitude when he sealed a loan move to Coventry City in the summer.And the former England international claimed his first Sky Blues goal in fine style with an effortless free-kick to seal a 4-3 victory over Barnsley on Tuesday.But it wasn’t the night’s only worldy, with Leeds forward Alex Mowatt netting fine long-range stunner to guide the Whites to their first home win since March.But which was better?Check out both strikes and cast your votes in the poll below!Joe Cole – Coventry City 4-3 BarnsleyAlex Mowatt – Leeds United 1-0 Cardiff Citylast_img read more