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Raptors sign guard Jodie Meeks to 10-day contract

TORONTO--- The Toronto Raptors signed guard Jodie Meeks to a 10-day contract Wednesday. While with Washington last season, Meeks was suspended 25 games after testing positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone prohibited under the NBA drug program. The suspension came a day before Game 1 of the Wizards' first-round playoff series against Toronto. Meeks was traded to Milwaukee during the offseason with 19 games remaining on the suspension, then waived when the ban ended. The 31-year-old former Kentucky player has appeared in 531 regular-season games with Milwaukee, Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit, Orlando and Washington, averaging 9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 22...Keep on reading: Raptors sign guard Jodie Meeks to 10-day contract.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 5 hr. 34 min. ago Related News

Oscars chef cooks up a storm for the big night

LOS ANGELES, USA — They will nibble on Oscar-shaped flatbreads topped with smoked salmon and caviar, sip French champagne and sink their teeth into tiny chocolate Oscar statuettes. Nothing is good enough for Hollywood's elite who will be wined and dined after the Academy Awards on Sunday, February ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News5 hr. 47 min. ago Related News

Robert Rodriguez on how he pried ‘Alita’ from James Cameron’s hands

LOS ANGELES---"I'm not giving it to a director. You'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands," Robert Rodriguez quoted James Cameron as saying about his passion project, "Alita: Battle Angel," in an interview in 2012.   Flash-forward to 2019. Robert directed "Alita: Battle Angel" with James' full blessing. James, whom Robert calls Jim, also wrote and produced the cyberpunk action movie based on a manga series.   The boyish Robert, wearing his trademark newsboy cap, black tee and dark blue jeans in this recent interview, pointed out that while he was glad he got the project, he felt the pressure.   "The fact that I got it, I thought, I can't screw thi...Keep on reading: Robert Rodriguez on how he pried ‘Alita’ from James Cameron’s hands.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 17 hr. 47 min. ago Related News

Marlon Tapales on way back to throne

Former WBO bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales is back on track for another shot at the world title and now that he’s based in Los Angeles staying in trainer Rodel Mayol’s apartment, the Tubod, Lanao del Norte, slugger isn’t straying from keeping a sharp focus on the throne......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Sports19 hr. 48 min. ago Related News

Cops nab American expat for sexual exploitation of minors in Pampanga

ANGELES CITY, Philippines – Acting on a tip from the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), police in this city arrested an American expatriate for alleged online sexual exploitation of minors. Armed with a warrant, operatives of the Philippine National Police-Women and Children’s Protection Center-Luzon Field Unit (PNPWCPC-LFU) initially planned ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 20th, 2019Related News

Los Angeles City Councils president suggests to deploy army of cats to deal with rat situation

Los Angeles City Councils president suggests to deploy army of cats to deal with rat situation Fox News Herb Wesson, the president of Los Angeles' City Council, suggested deploying an army of cat.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsFeb 20th, 2019Related News

National Emergency Protesters Gather at Los Angeles City Hall - NBC Southern California

National Emergency Protesters Gather at Los Angeles City Hall NBC Southern California A noon rally is planned at Los Angeles City Hall as part of a nationwide set of demonstrations against President.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsFeb 20th, 2019Related News

AP source: Machado, Padres agrees to $300M, 10-year deal

By Bernie Wilson, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — With their city’s long-suffering fans desperate for a winner, the rebuilding San Diego Padres delivered their splashiest free agent signing ever by agreeing with All-Star infielder Manny Machado on a $300 million, 10-year deal. A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. Machado can opt out after five years and become a free agent again, the person said. Machado’s agreement would be the second-largest in baseball history behind Giancarlo Stanton’s $325 million, 13-year deal signed with the Miami Marlins ahead of the 2015 season. It would be the highest deal for a free agent, topping Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million, 10-year contract with the New York Yankees from 2008-17. More records may be broken soon. Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper could top Stanton’s deal in coming days or weeks. That won’t matter a bit to Padres fans, who have never celebrated a World Series title and were keeping their fingers crossed in recent days as it became apparent that their team, with a mostly sad-sack history stretching back a half-century, actually had a chance at landing Machado, who is only 26. Some fans seemed braced for yet another disappointment. But news of the deal was greeted with euphoria on social media. Speaking at spring training in Peoria, Arizona, Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler said: “We do not have a deal with any free agent player. We are continuing discussions, and that’s all we have to say.” Teams draw a distinction between an agreement subject to a physical and a finalized deal. While Fowler looked serious, general partner Peter Seidler couldn’t help but smile while waiting for his turn to speak. Without confirming the deal, Seidler — a nephew of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley — spoke of what his ownership group wants to bring to San Diego, where the Padres play in a gem of a ballpark just off the bay. “Ron and I, we love the city of San Diego, we love sports in San Diego, but we’re also well aware of the history. There’s never been a championship from a major sports franchise in San Diego. ... We as an organization want to completely change that. We want our franchise to win year after year after year. And we’re going to do whatever we can rationally do to help make that happen.” The Padres lost 96 games last year, haven’t had a winning season since 2010 and haven’t been to the playoffs since 2006. They haven’t won a playoff series since the 1998 NL Championship against Atlanta. They were routed in their two World Series appearances, by Detroit in 1984 and the New York Yankees in 1998. And they’ve had the city’s big league sports scene to themselves since the NFL’s Chargers moved to the Los Angeles area two seasons ago. The Chargers did win the AFL title in 1963 but were blown out by San Francisco in their only Super Bowl appearance, after the 1994 season. Other than the AFL title, the biggest championships won around here were probably Little League World Series titles in 2009 by Park View of Chula Vista and in 1961 by El Cajon-La Mesa Northern, which included Brian Sipe, who won the NFL’s MVP Award in 1980. Padres players were ecstatic, even though the signing was not yet official. Catcher Austin Hedges was headed toward bunting drills when he heard the news. He pumped his fists and said, “I’m just that excited about bunting.” “You see me smiling right here,” said first baseman Eric Hosmer, who exactly a year ago earlier finalized a $144 million, eight-year deal with San Diego. “We’ve all been practicing today, obviously. We’ve all kind heard what’s been going on, and all we can say is he’s a guy we’d love to have, and I think it changes things pretty quickly if we do have him here. “He’s one of the top guys in the league,” Hosmer added. “Obviously extremely young free agent that’s got a lot of amazing baseball left in him and he’s already had a lot of amazing baseball in his career. We’re all just glad he’ll hopefully be here with us in San Diego.” The Padres have been rebuilding mostly with prospects and draft picks since a failed win-now approach with high-priced veterans in 2015. Machado is expected to fill the team’s glaring need at third base. He began last year at shortstop with Baltimore, was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers after the All-Star break and split time and shortstop and third. He struck out to end the World Series loss to Boston. With Machado on board, the next big move for the Padres is expected to be the promotion of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., the 20-year-old son of a former big leaguer and the No. 2 overall prospect in baseball. A four-time All-Star, Machado hit .297 last year and set career bests with 37 homers and 107 RBIs. A four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, he has a .282 career average with 175 homers and 513 RBIs in seven big league seasons. The Chicago White Sox were among the teams that pursued Machado, trying to get in position for a second title under owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who turns 83 next week. “Still in a bit of disbelief,” executive vice president Kenny Williams said. “I feel we put our best foot forward. Jerry, in particular, really stepped up.” Machado also met with the Yankees, a team that had expressed concern over Machado’s remarks about hustling — not hustling, actually — during the playoffs. After failing to run out a grounder in the NL Championship Series, Machado said: “Obviously I’m not going to change, I’m not the type of player that’s going to be ‘Johnny Hustle’ and run down the line and slide to first base.” Machado tried to clarify his remarks after the season, saying, “looking back, it doesn’t come across how I meant it.” Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner took notice of Machado’s initial comments, labeling them “troubling” and added, “That ain’t going to sell where we play baseball.” No worries. Padres fans will take him. ___ AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum and AP freelance writers Jack Thompson and Weston DeWitt contributed to this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 20th, 2019Related News

Trump criticizes California over suit against border wall

WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize California's lead role in a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Trump sought to link California's high-speed rail project to his plan for the wall. He claimed the "failed Fast Train project" was beset by "world record setting" cost overruns and had become "hundreds of times more expensive than the desperately needed Wall!" The estimated cost for a San Francisco-to-Los Angeles train has more than doubled to $77 billion. That's about 13 times more than the $5.7 billion Trump sought unsuccessfully from Congress to build the wall. Last week,...Keep on reading: Trump criticizes California over suit against border wall.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 19th, 2019Related News

Zlatan: I will break every record in the MLS this season

LOS ANGELES, USA – Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic set an exceptional challenge for the upcoming Major League Soccer season on Sunday, vowing to rewrite the league record book this year. The 37-year-old Swedish superstar unveiled new Galaxy jerseys in a flashy entrance, then told a crowd of fans his ambitious ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 19th, 2019Related News

Pyro festival moves to SM Clark

In support of the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay, SM Supermalls group has moved the world’s biggest pyro-musical show to SM City Clark in Angeles City, Pampanga for its 10th year. The Philippine International Pyro-musical Competition (PIPC) is an annual pyrotechnics show where 10 countries battle with breath-taking fireworks performances amid symphonic accompaniment. Among the […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsFeb 19th, 2019Related News

Who votes for the Oscars, and how does it work?

LOS ANGELES, USA –The ballots are almost all in! Millions of television viewers around the globe will tune in Sunday, February 24 to watch the Oscars, the glitziest night in showbiz, but most don't know how the winners are chosen. Less than 8,000 people in the entertainment industry select ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 19th, 2019Related News

Alita defeats rivals in North American box office

LOS ANGELES, USA – Fox's new sci-fi spectacle Alita: Battle Angel is dominating North American box offices with an estimated $33 million take this 4-day holiday weekend, industry trackers said Sunday, February 17. The film, with Rosa Salazar voicing Alita, a cyborg almost more human than machine, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 19th, 2019Related News

Fiascos and fumbles: Oscar organizers stumble to restore glory

LOS ANGELES — First it was the furor over a proposed new “popular” film category, then it was the fiasco over planned host Kevin Hart, and last month the organizers of the Oscars were accused of intimidating celebrities not to present at rival award shows......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceFeb 18th, 2019Related News

J.B. Holmes outlasts Justin Thomas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — J.B. Holmes rallied from a four-shot deficit in the final round and won a marathon finish Sunday in the Genesis Open for his first victory in three years and a trip back to the Masters. Holmes closed with a 1-under 70, and that was enough to overcome Justin Thomas, who took […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsFeb 18th, 2019Related News

LOOK: Elbow dunk over Shaq wins Diallo Slam Dunk title

LOS ANGELES, USA – Oklahoma City Thunder's Hamidou Diallo used Shaquille O'Neal as a prop to capture the NBA Slam Dunk title on Saturday, February 17 (Sunday, February 18, Philippine time). The high-flying rookie put out a call over the loudspeaker for the "biggest person in the building" and out strolled ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 17th, 2019Related News

LeBron James on owning NBA club: Right fit, right city

    CHARLOTTE, USA – LeBron James says that following fellow NBA superstar Michael Jordan into owning an NBA club is "more of an aspiration" than dream as he prepares for a 15th NBA All-Star Game. The 34-year-old Los Angeles Lakers playmaker will captain Team LeBron against Team Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 17th, 2019Related News

Tapales returns in line for world title crack

  MANILA, Philippines – Marlon Tapales put himself back in line for another world title run with a fifth-round knockout of Fernando Vargas Parra on Saturday, February 16 (Sunday, February 17, Manila time) at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. Knowing he needed an impressive performance, Tapales did just that, dropping ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 17th, 2019Related News

Thomas leads Scott by one

LOS ANGELES — Justin Thomas eagled the first hole of the third round Saturday to open a one-shot lead over Adam Scott at the rain-hit Genesis Open, where Tiger Woods was surging as darkness halted play. It’s good to get off to a good start and go home and get some rest Thomas and Australia’s […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsFeb 17th, 2019Related News

With Roma, Alfonso Cuaron reinvents how he makes films

LOS ANGELES, USA — Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron has experimented before with styles and genres, from space epic Gravity to road trip coming-of-age tale Y Tu Mama Tambien to fantasy flick Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. But with Roma, his highly acclaimed autobiographical love letter to his ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 17th, 2019Related News