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La Salle s Andrei Caracut settles into leadership role

MANILA, Phiippines – Early in the first round, veteran Andrei Caracut was having trouble finding his place in the new De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers system. But amidst the criticisms, the Season 78 Rookie of the Year finally scored a breakout game in  winning fashion against the University of the East Red Warriors as ........»»

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UE s Alvin Pasaol on UAAP MVP bid: Wala sa ’kin yun

      MANILA, Philippines – Alvin Pasaol is the undoubted lone star of the UE Red Warriors. In 8 games so far, the burly 6-foot-3 forward has been a nightly 20-point, 10-rebound threat against any Warriors opponent.  So not surprisingly, Pasaol emerged as one of the UAAP Season 81 MVP frontrunners, amassing enough stats to finish at ........»»

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Liberation of Marawi City remembered

A year after its liberation from Islamic State (IS)-linked militants, Marawi City is inching its way to total recovery and freedom from terrorism and violence, with P20 billion earmarked to help its citizens rebuild their homes and livelihood, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

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Curry guides Warriors past Thunder in opener

Stephen Curry capped a game-high, 32-point performance with a key three-point play with 1:46 remaining Tuesday night, helping the host Golden State Warriors hold off the Russell Westbrook-less Oklahoma City Thunder 108-100 in the second half of the NBA’s opening-night doubleheader. Kevin Durant dropped in 27 points for the Warriors, who overcame 7-for-26 shooting from […] The post Curry guides Warriors past Thunder in opener appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

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THE RUINS OF MARAWI: A year after liberation, Meranaws await rehabilitation

By Carolyn O. Arguillas MindaNews and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/PCIJ / 17 October) -– The groundbreaking for the government’s ambitious rehabilitation of this city was supposed to take place today, the first anniversary of Marawi’s “liberation” from the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group that had laid siege on it last year. Last […].....»»

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Pasaol on MVP chances in UAAP 81: Gusto ko lang manalo kami

Alvin Pasaol is Bright Akhuetie’s closest competitor in the MVP race after the first round of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. With averages of 23.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.6 steals, University of the East’s main man has already accumulated 71.57 Statistical Points (SPs) – just around five points away from pacesetter Akhuetie. This, even though he doesn’t have the benefit of that much win bonus as the Red Warriors only have one win to show after eight games. For Pasaol himself, however, the MVP is far from his mind. “Wala sa akin yun. Gusto ko lang manalo kami,” he told reporters after their latest loss on Wednesday. And for them to do that, the third-year forward knows full well he needs to keep doing what he’s doing – and much more. “Mas maganda yung leader ka in action kaysa lip service lang yung ginagawa mo,” he said. Of course, Pasaol also knows full well that he cannot be a one-man show. “Sinasabi ko sa kanila na maglaro sila nang mabuti, kaming lahat, maglaro lang nang mabuti. Nandito lang ako sa likod nila,” he shared. He then continued, “Kung kailangan nila ako, nandito lang ako.” And even though they find themselves at the bottom of the standings at the start of the second round, last year’s Mythical selection still has full faith they have a shot at the playoffs. As he put it, “Kaya pa namin. Push pa namin ang sarili namin na kailangan naming gumawa.” He then continued, “Gusto naming yung standing namin last season, lamangan pa namin.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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After Erdogan-Pompeo meet, no word on Khashoggi fate

ANKARA, Turkey — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has met Turkey’s president and foreign minister over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. No details were immediately released about the talks Wednesday between Pompeo and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. The three posed for photos before their […].....»»

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Warriors get rings, then beat Thunder on NBA opening night

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, speaks to fans during an awards ceremony to recognize the team's NBA championship prior to a basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder,.....»»

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IN NUMBERS: DLSU Green Archers vs UE Red Warriors - UAAP Season 81

MANILA, Philippines – One team is trying to build momentum on an upset win while the other is just desperate to change its losing ways. "I think we’re right on track," said De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers head coach Louie Gonzalez after their stunning overtime win over ........»»

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Warriors hold off Westbrook-less Thunder

    SAN FRANCISCO, USA (UPDATED) – Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant accepted their championship rings for leading Golden State to a third NBA title in 4 campaigns, then powered the Warriors over Oklahoma City, 108-100, in their 2018-19 season opener on Tuesday, October 16 (Wednesday, October 17, Manila time) at the Oracle Arena ........»»

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La Salle rides third-quarter surge to dispatch UE

    MANILA, Philippines – The La Salle Green Archers opened their UAAP second-round campaign on a high note, drubbing the struggling UE Red Warriors, 79-59, in Season 81 men's basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, October 17. La Salle's spitfire guard Encho Serrano unloaded 18 points and Andrei Caraut also starred with ........»»

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Palestinians win U.N. backing to lead developing country bloc

UNITED NATIONS – The Palestinians won backing Tuesday, October 16, to lead the biggest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations, raising their profile at the world body despite opposition from the United States. The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to grant the observer-state of Palestine temporary rights to act ........»»

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Rivalry matches grace opening of new NBA season

The opening of the 2018-2019 NBA season will be graced by opening matches featuring old foes and title contenders. Reigning champions Golden State Warriors will face off against usual rivals Oklahoma City Thunder in first big match-up in the Western Conference. Warriors’ two-time finals most valuable player Kevin Durant will once again suit up against […] The post Rivalry matches grace opening of new NBA season appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

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Ronaldo rape allegation moving on 2 legal tracks in Nevada

LAS VEGAS --- A lawsuit filed by a Nevada woman who claims Cristiano Ronaldo raped her nine years ago and paid her $375,000 in hush money has set in motion a two-track legal process in Las Vegas. One involves the lawsuit, which will proceed to a jury trial in civil court only if a state judge sides with attorneys for plaintiff Kathryn Mayorga on key procedural and statutory questions. The other track involves a police investigation that was recently reopened at the request of Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher who alleges that one of the world's most famous athletes attacked her in the bedroom of his penthouse at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. At the end of the investigat...Keep on reading: Ronaldo rape allegation moving on 2 legal tracks in Nevada.....»»

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Coach Kobe: Bryant shares philosophies on how to reach kids

WASHINGTON --- Call him Coach Kobe. Kobe Bryant sounded just as passionate about coaching his daughter's middle-school basketball team as he was about playing for the Los Angeles Lakers under Phil Jackson as he held court about his coaching philosophies and the state of youth sports on Tuesday. Bryant was the headliner for the Aspen Institute's annual summit on youth sports. The gathering was meant to foster discussion about how to improve youth sports in America and share data about participation rates, the health and development of child athletes and other trends. Bryant said he was fortunate to have played for coaches who encourage players' creativity rather than taking...Keep on reading: Coach Kobe: Bryant shares philosophies on how to reach kids.....»»

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Ronaldo rape allegation moving on 2 legal tracks in Nevada

By Ken Ritter, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a Nevada woman who claims Cristiano Ronaldo raped her nine years ago and paid her $375,000 in hush money has set in motion a two-track legal process in Las Vegas. One involves the lawsuit, which will proceed to a jury trial in civil court only if a state judge sides with attorneys for plaintiff Kathryn Mayorga on key procedural and statutory questions. The other track involves a police investigation that was recently reopened at the request of Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher who alleges that one of the world's most famous athletes attacked her in the bedroom of his penthouse at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. At the end of the investigation, police will decide whether to recommend that prosecutors file criminal charges against the 33-year-old soccer star from Portugal who plays for the Italian club Juventus and his national team. He has had lucrative contracts with other clubs including Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and Real Madrid. The Associated Press does not generally name people who say they are victims of sex crimes. Mayorga gave consent through her lawyers to make her name public. THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION Mayorga's attorneys say she underwent a medical exam to collect DNA evidence soon after the alleged attack in June 2009. But the investigation was ended because Las Vegas police said she only identified her attacker as a European soccer player — not by name — and did not say where the incident took place. The case was reopened in recent weeks at Mayorga's request. Her lawyers say she provided Ronaldo's name to detectives who interviewed her in 2009 and identified the location as the Palms Hotel and Casino. Police will turn over the results of the investigation to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson to decide whether to file criminal charges. A jury of 12 people would have to reach a unanimous verdict of guilt for a conviction on a felony sexual assault charge that could bring a sentence ranging from 10 years to life in state prison, depending on whether the jury decides if Mayorga suffered substantial bodily injury. Police have refused to release documents about the case. Officer Aden OcampoGomez, a police department spokesman, said Tuesday he could not comment about an ongoing investigation. THE LAWSUIT Ronaldo's attorneys have not yet responded to the lawsuit filed by Mayorga on Sept. 27 in Clark County District Court. William Terry, a veteran Nevada criminal defense attorney not connected with the case, predicted that Ronaldo's legal team will ask the judge to dismiss the lawsuit before they reply to its claims. "There will be a ton of issues to decide long before the case gets to a jury," Terry said after reviewing the lawsuit and statements by attorneys at the request of The Associated Press. "I think the whole complaint is vulnerable to dismissal." Before the lawsuit could go to trial, Judge Adriana Escobar would have to decide if too much time has passed since the alleged attack; whether Ronaldo or Mayorga violated a 2010 non-disclosure agreement that requires Mayorga to keep quiet about an encounter that Ronaldo's lawyers say was consensual; and whether documents cited in European news stories about the case are authentic. Mayorga's attorneys want to void the non-disclosure pact. The lawsuit claims Ronaldo used "fixers" to pressure Mayorga to sign. It also accuses Ronaldo or people working for him of conspiracy, coercion and fraud, defamation, battery, breach of contract and negligence for allowing details of the confidential settlement to become public in European publications. If the lawsuit gets to trial, a jury of as many as eight people would be asked to reach a majority decision based on a preponderance of evidence or the probable truth or accuracy of the allegations. That is a less-stringent standard than a criminal case. If jurors find in favor of Mayorga, they would be asked to consider possible monetary damages. Mayorga is seeking an unspecified amount greater than $200,000. TIMING OF THE CLAIMS Leslie Mark Stovall, a lawyer for Mayorga, has acknowledged that plaintiffs in personal injury cases in Nevada usually have two years to file a civil lawsuit. However, he says a psychiatrist diagnosed Mayorga this year with post-traumatic stress and depression "caused by Cristiano Ronaldo's sexual assault in 2009." As a result, the attorney says, Mayorga was not emotionally or legally competent to enter the non-disclosure agreement nine years ago. "We believe that we have the factual basis to ask the court to set aside the agreement so that we can litigate her original damages," the attorney said. In the police case, veteran prosecutors, defense attorneys and law professor Eve Hanan at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, agreed that the state could bring criminal charges despite the passage of time because Mayorga filed a police report. "There is no statute of limitations if there is a valid police report," attorney Tom Pitaro said......»»

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NFL wants players to play with a free mind

By Rob Maaddi, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL doesn't want players worrying about getting flagged or fined. "You gotta play," NFL football operations chief Troy Vincent said Tuesday at the league's fall meetings. "You hope that no player is thinking about a rule. We want them to play (with a) free mind where you're just free and you play." Chiefs rookie linebacker Breeland Speaks said he didn't take Tom Brady down because he was concerned about a roughing-the-passer penalty in the fourth quarter of Kansas City's 43-40 loss at New England on Sunday night. Brady eluded Speaks and ran 4 yards for a touchdown to give the Patriots the lead. "We watched that video and watched that play and Tom did what we've seen Tom do a thousand times," Vincent said. "He stepped up in the pocket and the defender didn't make a play or didn't create a sack, but you don't want any player thinking about a penalty or being fined but you hope that he would make that adjustment on some of the things we've put in place and that's not just for his opponent's protection but for his as well." Overall, roughing-the-passer calls are down since the competition committee clarified to game officials the techniques used in such hits during a conference call last month. There were 34 roughing calls through the first three weeks and 19 in the three weeks since the call. Vincent said the league didn't advise officials to cut down on the calls, but emphasized to them making sure they see it clearly. "If you don't see the complete play, don't call it," Vincent said. "That was a directive from the competition committee. That was always the point of emphasis but after the (conference) call and after watching the video, the committee and our coaches (said): 'If you don't see the complete play, we ask that you leave the penalty in your pocket.'" Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was penalized three times in the first three weeks for roughing the passer, including two of which that appeared to be normal tackles. Matthews suggested the league has gone soft and argued that defensive players no longer know what constitutes a legal hit. Dolphins defensive end William Hayes tore his right ACL trying to avoid landing on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. "Every time we emphasized a call, you see more calls in the preseason and first (few) weeks and then you see an adjustment, and a leveling out of calls," said Atlanta Falcons CEO Rich McKay, the head of the league's competition committee. "We're not going to apologize for trying to protect players we think are in a vulnerable state." Some other things we learned on the first day of the NFL's fall meetings: MORE FINES THAN FLAGS: There have been only six penalties for illegal use of the helmet, but Vincent said between 10-12 players have been fined for such hits and almost 70 warning letters have been issued to players about using the crown of their helmet to initiate a hit. "We told officials if they don't see all three elements of it, we can fine it on Monday and we'll get the conducted corrected," McKay said. "I think the players have adjusted, the officials have adjusted and I know the coaches have adjusted." CONCUSSIONS DOWN: Concussions in preseason were down from 91 to 79, a 13 percent decline. Concussions on kickoffs were zero in the preseason, down from three. Concussions in practices were down from 23 to 9. Jeff Miller, the league's executive vice president of health and safety initiatives, credits a reduction plan the NFL put into place last year, improvements in helmets in part spurred by the league ratings of helmets and banning of some, rules changes such as the "helmet rule" and the kickoff rules, and the education of players. "We're certainly optimistic about the results," said Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's medical director. "We'll continue with more in-depth analyses of concussions." HELMET BAN: Miller said there were some 230 helmets players used in 2017 that ranked in the red area, meaning they were banned for new league players in 2018 and will be banned for every player next season. Through Week 3 of this season, about 40 were still in use that were grandfathered in. He noted "it's sometimes hard to make a change," but added that players won't have a choice after this season regarding those helmets. ADVANTAGE, OFFENSE: Teams are scoring more than ever. The number of points (4,489), touchdowns (504) and touchdown passes (328) are the most in league history through six weeks. McKay credited the performance of young quarterbacks and the emphasis on calling illegal contact and defensive holding penalties. Illegal contact penalties are up from 11 to 36. After six weeks in 2016, there were 30 such calls. "We didn't like the way it was going last year and it led to passing yardage going down," McKay said. "As defenses get more aggressive and grab more, yards go down." Vincent said he expects scoring to "normalize" as teams see more film on the young quarterbacks and he noted weather conditions later in the season could make an impact. "I believe some of the defenses and coordinators will adjust," Vincent said. "Players are adjusting all the time and you just need game footage to see what people can and can't do." PARITY IS GOOD: Games have been closer through the first six weeks. So far, 54 games have been decided by one score, tied for the most in league history at this point. There have been 28 games decided by three points or fewer, second-most at this point. "Those are good stats for us because fans want to watch and attend close games," McKay said. ___ AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed to this report......»»

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No chink in Warriors’ armor

NEW YORK — National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner Adam Silver will be at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night, handing the Golden State Warriors what will be their third set of championship rings from the last four seasons. A banner will be displayed. Highlights will be shown. And then the Warriors will have to start all […].....»»

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Archers face Warriors, seek 5th triumph

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As NBA season opens, is it Warriors-Celtics when it ends?

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) grabs a rebound over Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) during the first half of an NBA preseason basket.....»»

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