Warner gets belated life ban from FIFA

first_img “In his positions as a football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, as well as other money-making schemes.” Warner is currently fighting extradition to the United States, where he was one of 14 current and former football executives indicted in May on “racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies”. The US Department of Justice said the 72-year-old former government minister, while serving as CONCACAF president, had along with other football executives engaged in an elaborate 24-year-old scheme “to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer”. Last week, Trinidad and Tobago’s attorney general, Faris Al Rawi, signed off on papers allowing the extradition to proceed. Warner served as CONCACAF president for two decades and as a powerful FIFA vice-president for close to three decades. He quit both roles in 2011 to avoid an ethics investigation into his role in the cash-for-votes scandal when some Caribbean Football Union officials were accused of accepting bribes from then FIFA presidential candidate Mohammed bin Hammam, in exchange for their votes at the election later that year. Bin Hammam, a Qatari, was also handed a life ban by FIFA in July 2011. ZURICH, Switzerland, (CMC): Former football supremo Jack Warner has been slapped with a life ban by football’s world governing body, FIFA, four years after he quit the organisation at the height of the cash-for-votes corruption scandal. FIFA said yesterday that it had reached the decision after its Ethics Committee had in January launched an investigation into Warner’s involvement in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The Trinidadian, FIFA said, had been guilty of breaching several of the articles of the body’s code of ethics relating to conflict of interest and “accepting and offering gifts and other benefits”. As such, Warner will be prohibited from any kind of “football-related activity at national and international level for life.” “Mr Warner was found to have committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF,” FIFA said. money-making schemeslast_img read more

Thunder star Durant not rushing to decide on future

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY (AP): Kevin Durant has a lot to consider in the next month. The face of the Thunder franchise since their move from Seattle in 2008 is heading into free agency and what he chooses to do after July 1 could shake up the NBA landscape. Durant was the 2014 MVP and is a four-time scoring champion. He led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012 and to the Western Conference Finals in four of the past six years. He recovered from a broken bone in his right foot that cost him much of last season to post one of the best years of his career. At just 27, he is in his prime and capable of being the centrepiece of a championship squad here — or elsewhere. Durant would stand to make significantly more money if he signs for a year with Oklahoma City, then signs a longer deal with the Thunder the following year. Two days after the Thunder lost to the Golden State Warriors in Game Seven of the conference finals, Durant ruled nothing out. “I really haven’t wrapped my mind around it since it’s so fresh coming out the playoffs,” he said on Wednesday. “I really haven’t thought about next week, moreso than next month or what’s going to happen.” With the salary cap going up, many teams will have the money to make a run at him. Washington, Durant’s hometown team, recently hired former Thunder coach Scott Brooks, whom Durant has great respect for. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Boston’s Isaiah Thomas have taken to Twitter in hopes of luring Durant east. Durant said there will be very little outside influence on his decision. “I’ve got to just hear from me and hear what I want and talk to myself on what I need and how I can make this thing work for myself and just try to be a little selfish,” he said. “Obviously, I’m going to have some advice, but also, I want to make the decision that’s best for me.” He said he loves his teammates and at times he spoke as though he planned to be back. “Are we going to work on our game and come back even better, or are we going to be excited about what we did?” Durant said. “Be complacent, or are we going to want more? I think that’s the next step for us all — thinking of how we can all be better.” Durant said he doesn’t plan on bouncing from city to city as teams try to woo him, stating, “that’s not who I am”. “It may seem like I’m not talking and I’m not giving information, but I’m just really trying to make sure I tie everything up properly and make this thing right,” he said. Durant has elevated Oklahoma’s profile so much that he was inducted into the state’s Hall of Fame late last year. And Durant has made a point to have a local presence. He donated $1 million in disaster relief to the Red Cross in 2013 after a tornado ravaged south Oklahoma City and Moore. He also owns a popular restaurant in downtown Oklahoma City. “He’s obviously had a great impact on this community and this organisation,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Obviously, the organisation and the community love him a great deal as well. This is about Kevin. If he needed anything from me, I would be there to talk to him about anything. But this is about what Kevin wants to do and it’s his decision.” Durant bounced back from his injury to average 28.2 points per game – more than when he was scoring champion in 2010-11 and 2011-12. He grabbed a career-high 8.2 rebounds per game and added 5.0 assists per contest, the second-best total of his nine-year career. He improved as a defensive player, at times dominating in the play-offs. Along the way, he avoided allowing the hoopla around him to be a distraction. “I could not be more impressed with the way he handled this year,” Donovan said. “Everywhere we went, people wanted to talk about it and he never allowed it to get into the team and I really, really respected that and admired that. He put the team first.” Durant’s choice could have a domino effect, with Russell Westbrook entering the final year of his deal. The current core has a promising future. The Thunder took a 3-1 lead on the Warriors before losing the next three games. Together, they could make a move in the West, provided that the youngest emerging stars — Steven Adams and Enes Kanter — continue to improve at their rapid pace. Kanter, a seven-foot post who is just 24, was third in the sixth man of the year balloting. Adams, a seven-foot post who is just 22, emerged as a bruising, yet agile double-double threat during the play-offs. Shooting guard Andre Roberson, known as a defender, showed promise as a scorer late in the play-offs. Those talented young players could make it tempting to stick around.last_img read more

Dream IPL debut for Aussie bowler

first_img Tye could have got one more wicket off his last delivery but Ajay Jadeja, also playing his first game for the Lions, blew a catch at midwicket to dismiss Rahul Chahar. Supergiant captain Steve Smith, who missed the last game due to illness, top-scored with 43. It was the Lions’ first win in three matches while Supergiant have lost three of their four matches. Today, Kolkata Knight Riders host defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (5:30 a.m. Ja time) and Kings XI Punjab take on Delhi Daredevils in Delhi at 9:30 a.m. RAJKOT, India (AP): Andrew Tye of Australia made a dream Indian Premier League (IPL) debut with a hat-trick to earn the revamped Gujarat Lions a thumping seven-wicket victory over Rising Pune Supergiant yesterday. Medium-fast bowler Tye, one of the four changes made by the Lions, finished with five for 17 and restricted Supergiant to 171-8. Veteran Brendon McCullum (49) and Dwayne Smith (47) then carried the Lions to 172-3 in 18 overs for their first win. Both batsmen tormented Supergiant bowlers with a 94-run opening stand off 53 balls, and negated the spin threat of Imran Tahir, who finished with 1-53. Tye, who took five wickets in five Twenty20s for Australia, claimed the wickets of Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwari, and Shardul Thakur in the last over for his hat-trick. Two earlier blows gave him the wickets of Rahul Tripathi (33) and Ben Stokes (25). MISSED CATCHlast_img read more

Marcial to skip AIBA C’ships for SEA Games

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Paradecenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial, right, celebrates winning the fight against Singapore’s Tay Jia Wei. Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee /Putting more premium on the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, Eumir Felix Marcial won’t take part in the AIBA World Boxing Championship due to a scheduling conflict, as per ABAP executive director Ed Picson.The world championship in Hamburg, Germany will be held on Aug. 25, just a day after boxing events in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia wraps up.ADVERTISEMENT Air Force blasts UP, stays in top 4 of PVL And with the 21-year-old Marcial set to compete in the SEA Games, Picson said ABAP decided to give more importance to the biennial meet.The biggest factor considered was the public perception that the possibility of bagging a gold medal in the SEA Games has a higher significance than winning in the world tilt.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’“The general thinking seems to be that the public is more aware and concerned about the Southeast Asian Games rather than the world championships and we had to consider public perception even officials of various organizations are asking us about the SEA Games,” Picson told reporters Tuesday during the PSA Forum at Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City.Minus Marcial, the weight now falls on the shoulders of light flyweight Rogen Ladon and flyweight Daniel Maamo, who also landed a slot in the world championships, to deliver. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetlast_img read more

Mapua battles Perpetual at home

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission The Cardinals are coming off a morale-boosting 78-75 victory over the Letran Knights last week in a game where Andoy Estrella delivered the game-winning triple at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.But Mapua, which is fielding a shorthanded team this season following the decision of Allwell Oraeme and Darrell Menina to sit out the tournament, will be facing a tough test against the Altas.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’Perpetual is desperate to finally get a first win of the season after losing to St. Benilde via forfeiture last week and Emilio Aguinaldo College last Friday. The Altas have actually protested the NCAA Management Committee’s decision to forfeit their win over the Blazers after they wore the wrong uniform.As they wait for the decision, however, the Altas will need to deal with a Mapua squad that has embraced its role as an underdog this season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Mapua seeks back-to-back wins when it battles Perpetual Help on Wednesday as the NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament goes to Mapua Gym in Intramuros as part of “NCAA on Tour.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer The Altas, who are the only winless team in the field, will rely on the trio of Gab Dagangon, Prince Eze and Keith Pido.Lacking depth, the Cardinals will be hard-pressed to stop the 6-foot-9 Eze, whose length gave the Blazers problems last week.JR Raflores, Leo Gabo and JP Nieles lead the supporting cast for the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix bangs up Kia 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 View commentslast_img read more

PH finishes 4th in men’s water polo

first_imgFILE – Photo from Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Website.The Philippines just missed out on a podium finish in men’s water polo, losing to Indonesia, 12-5, Sunday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Stumbling from the get-go, the Filipinos faced a 4-1 deficit in the first quarter against the reigning silver medalists and failed to respond in the ensuing quarters to bow out of the competition with three straight defeats.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Halep in line for No. 1 after Cincinnati semifinal win Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Teen gunned down in Masbate The Philippines finished its campaign with a 1-3 card, with its lone win coming against Thailand, 9-7 in the opening day last Tuesday.Singapore won the gold medal, Indonesia settled for silver, while host country Malaysia wound up with bronze.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’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READlast_img read more

Butler ties season high with 26, Wolves beat Magic

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, eyes the basket as Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic of Montenegro defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—Jimmy Butler tied a season high with 26 points, Taj Gibson scored a season-high 24, and the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the Orlando Magic 124-118 on Wednesday night.Jeff Teague had 22 points and 11 assists, and Andrew Wiggins added 20 points as all five starters scored in double figures to help the Timberwolves end a two-game slide.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 Butler has scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games and seven overall this season.He had 16 points in the first half, and added seven in the first 4:36 of the second half to give Minnesota an 84-71 lead.Wiggins had seven points as Minnesota finished the third quarter on a 14-0 run for a 106-80 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Westbrook’s 34 points lead Thunder past Warriors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 13 rebounds for his 14th double-double, which tied DeMarcus Cousins for the league lead.Aaron Gordon scored 26 points and added nine rebounds for the Magic, who have lost six straight. Terrence Ross scored a season-high 22 points, Evan Fournier had 19 and Nikola Vucevic finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneOrlando was outscored 41-18 in the third quarter to fall behind by 26. However, the Magic started the fourth quarter on a 19-1 run to get within eight.Butler made Minnesota’s first basket of the quarter, a 3-pointer midway through the period, to end the rally. The Magic got within four in the waning seconds before Teague hit two free throws. MOST READ View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Caracut also finds his mark to keep Green Archers alive

first_imgView comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 “We just trusted each other,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene READ: Mbala back to his old dominant self in Game 2 win “While I was playing, I didn’t want my teammates to feel down,” he said in Filipino. “So in the third quarter, I just said to myself that I need to set a good example to my teammates.”“I just did everything I could for my teammates and for the La Salle community.”READ: Baldwin: We won’t think about Game 2 Caracut scored seven points in the third quarter alone, where the Archers outscored the Blue Eagles, 26-8, to take a 68-59 lead heading into the fourth period.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Like Mbala, Caracut also redeemed himself after a listless Game 1.READ: La Salle rallies to stun Ateneo, forces UAAP title decider FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCaracut went scoreless in the finals opener on Saturday but he quickly put that forgetful outing behind with a stellar performance in Game 1.The third-year guard wound up with 13 points and was a game-high +17 when he was on the floor. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Baldwin: We won’t think about Game 2 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? La Salle needed Ben Mbala to be his usual self in Game 2 to extend its finals series with Ateneo.But the Green Archers also needed the big lift provided by Andrei Caracut to do so.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Westbrook triple-double keys OKC in 3OT thriller vs 76ers

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, right, looks to make his move on Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, left, of Australia, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists, and Oklahoma City and the Philadelphia 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller before the Thunder pulled out a 119-117 victory on Friday night.Andre Roberson scored the winner with 10 seconds left for the Thunder. But one of the early contenders for NBA game of the year belonged to Joel Embiid and Westbrook as they drove, blocked and rebounded their way toward one big play after another.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid scored 34 points in 48 minutes with an achy back and rallied the Sixers from a 17-point hole.Embiid, Philly’s franchise center and social media star, grabbed his lower back when he took a hard foul on a drive to the basket in the fourth quarter. Embiid grimaced during timeouts on the bench and trudged into position a few times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkEmbiid sucked it up and carried the Sixers in the fourth and the first overtime. His feed to a charging Ben Simmons on the baseline for a two-handed dunk tied the score at 94-all with 53 seconds left in the quarter. The Sixers closed the fourth on an 11-0 run.Embiid scored the first bucket of OT and the Sixers led for the first time in the game. The Sixers’ five-point lead with 1:20 left in overtime was wiped out on Paul George’s 3-pointer and a Westbrook bucket that made it 102-all. The Sixers blew their final possession on an ill-conceived 3 for Dario Saric. MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NBA: New York Knicks ace Porzingis eases injury fears Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson UP NEXTThunder: It’s Melo vs. the Knicks at MSG on Saturday.76ers: Play Monday at Chicago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m not a fan,” coach Brett Brown said. “I like living behind closed doors.”But Brown understood the exposure would help build the brand and serve as a recruiting pitch of sorts to any free agents intrigued about becoming part of The Process. The Sixers put on a show in the fourth until Embiid gave them a scare.Embiid’s health woes have dogged him since his college career at Kansas and every slip, ache or bump throws Sixers fans into a panic. Embiid has been banged-up lately but he calmly went to the line and made both free throws. He fell again when he tripped over Adams, who earned a foul, and sank two more free throws to make it 78-72.TIP-INSThunder: Roberson had missed two games with a sprained left ankle. … Coach Billy Donovan was drilled in the face on an errant no-look pass — as in, Donovan wasn’t looking — by Sixers forward Richaun Holmes. … Embiid’s trash-talking was in perfect health. He jawed with Carmelo Anthony after a late foul.76ers: F Robert Covington shot three airballs in the first half.MELO BACKCarmelo Anthony warmed-up for his New York homecoming with 24 points. Anthony cracked the 20-point mark for only the second time in his last 10 games and perhaps gave Knicks fans a glimpse of what’s ahead when he returns to Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Anthony had struggled headed into Friday’s game, averaging just 17.7 points on 40 percent shooting. He made 11 of 17 shotsMO STATUESThe 76ers unveiled a statue for former point guard Maurice Cheeks outside their complex in New Jersey. Cheeks helped lead the Sixers to the 1983 championship and the team retired his No. 10 in 1995. Cheeks joined Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham and Wilt Chamberlain as Sixers with statues. The Sixers aired a video tribute for Cheeks and fans and players on both teams gave a standing ovation to the Thunder assistant coach. Round 2 was just as fun.Westbrook and Robert Covington exchanged 3s and George tied it at 109 on a driving layup. Westbrook and Embiid swapped buckets that kept it even and the Sixers had one more chance to win it with 1.2 seconds to go in the second OT.Embiid and Westbrook combined to score eight straight points in the third overtime, and Embiid even waved goodbye as the crowd went wild when Steve Adams fouled out of the game.But Embiid seemed gassed at the end and there’s no telling how the heavy workload may affect his availability the rest of the week.The Sixers were featured on ESPN on Friday as part of Philadelphia All Access, and Sixers’ related content was aired throughout the day on all platforms.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Serena says motherhood may make her better player

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Serena Williams of the US Jelena returns the ball to Ostapenko of Latvia during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2017 match in Abu Dhabi, on December 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NEZAR BALOUTLook out, women’s tennis. Serena Williams isn’t quite back on tour, but she says she wants more Grand Slam titles and may be an even better player after becoming a mother.In an interview with Vogue magazine published Wednesday, Williams also recounts the harrowing medical ordeal she went through after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on September 1.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Medical ordealWilliams told Vogue she had an emergency cesarean section after the baby’s heart rate fell dangerously low during contractions.The surgery went well “and then everything went bad,” she said.Williams, who has a history of blood clots, suffered from shortness of breath the day after the birth and told her doctors she needed a CT scan.Several small blood clots were found in her lungs, and Williams was put on an anticoagulant.“I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!” she joked.More complications followed as intense coughing caused her C-section wound to open and a hematoma was found in her abdomen.After returning home, Williams said she was unable to get out of bed for six weeks.In the interview, Williams also discussed her rivalry with her older sister, Venus. “I know that her career might have been different if she had had my health,” Serena said. “I know how hard she works,” she said. “I hate playing her because she gets this look on her face where she just looks sad if she’s losing. Solemn. It breaks my heart.“So when I play her now, I absolutely don’t look at her, because if she gets that look, then I’ll start feeling bad, and the next thing you know I’ll be losing.“I think that’s when the turning point came in our rivalry, when I stopped looking at her,” she said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img “It’s not a secret that I have my sights on 25,” said the 36-year-old Williams.Williams, who married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian at a star-studded wedding in New Orleans in November, said being a mother may boost her quest.“Actually, I think having a baby might help,” she said. “When I’m too anxious, I lose matches, and I feel like a lot of that anxiety disappeared when Olympia was born.“Knowing I’ve got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don’t have to play another match,” she said. “I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige.“I want them, but I don’t need them,” she said. “That’s a different feeling for me.”ADVERTISEMENT Williams, 36, played an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in late December but pulled out of this month’s Australian Open, saying she was “super close” but not yet playing at the level needed to compete.She is now eyeing a return to the women’s tour at the Indian Wells tournament in March.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWilliams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, told Vogue she is determined to win more major titles and surpass the record of 24 Slams held by Australia’s Margaret Court.“Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams,” she said. “I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately. 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Paul’s season-high 37 leads Rockets over Blazers Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more