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Murray wins Heisman Trophy as top college football player | The Manila Times Online

LOS ANGELES: Kyler Murray won the prestigious Heisman Trophy Saturday (Sunday in Manila), the highest honor in US college football going to a player who could yet be headed toREAD The post Murray wins.....»»

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Celtics dominate lowly Bulls for franchise record 56-point win | The Manila Times Online

LOS ANGELES: Jaylen Brown came off the bench to score 23 points as the Boston Celtics recorded the biggest margin of victory in franchise history with a 133-77 demolition ofREAD The post Celtics domin.....»»

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Bucks edge Raptors in battle of top Eastern teams

LOS ANGELES, USA – The Milwaukee Bucks bounced back from a disappointing defeat with a big win in Toronto on Sunday, December 9 (Monday, December 10, Philippine time) by edging the Raptors, 104-99, in a battle of the NBA's top Eastern Conference teams. The Raptors still own the best record in ........»»

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Draymond Green to return for Warriors

LOS ANGELES, USA – Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is set to return against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, December 10, (Tuesday, December 11, Philippine time) after missing 11 straight games with a sprained toe. Green's return will give the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors their "core 4" along with ........»»

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Longtime friends James, Wade prepare for last meeting as opponents

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com LOS ANGELES — Friendships are never formed totally by choice, because fate demands a say-so in the process by creating the time and the place and in the curious case of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the basketball court. It was in Chicago, June of 2003, site of the NBA’s annual draft combine, the meet market for young players gathered to someday change the game, when Wade and LeBron had each other at wassup. In some ways, it was an unlikely pairing: Teenaged phenom from Akron, Ohio, fresh from the cover of Sports Illustrated and the high school prom who already had a national following; and an overlooked underdog from the Chicago suburbs who only became an acquired basketball taste weeks earlier after a searing run through the NCAA tournament. That day, Wade and LeBron went through the checkup lines for height and weight, vertical leap and whatever else the combines put rookies through and then during a break came the only measurement that counted, when one future Hall of Famer sized up the other. LeBron said: “Some things you can’t explain. Sometimes it’s just chemistry.” Wade said: “When you’re young and coming into the league, you find guys you have something in common with, then you continue to link and that’s what we did. It’s organic how we built this friendship.” Some 15 years later, the bond will endure, likely forever. The basketball part, however, ends Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) after the game when Wade, who’s calling it a career after this season, peels off his sweat-soaked Heat jersey and swaps it for a Laker top belonging to LeBron. It might qualify as the best trade of the NBA season, or at least the most emotional. "It's sweet and sour,” said LeBron, anticipating the moment at Staples Center. “The sweet part about it is I've always loved being on the same floor with my brother. And the sour part about it is that this is our last time sharing the same court.” Brother? How many folks with different blood can call each other that? True friendship is answering the phone at 3 a.m. instead of letting it ring, and reaching for the tab with longer arms, and above all, becoming a mattress when the other guy falls. Those tests were aced throughout the LeBron-Wade bromance that stretched through two Olympic teams, four years in Miami, two NBA championships and even 46 games in Cleveland together but of course was always put on hold whenever they were on opposite benches. This is best placed into proper context by Gabrielle Union, the actress and wife of Wade, who says ever so delicately about her husband in those friend vs. friend moments: “He wants to kill him. Drop three-balls on him.” Perhaps so, because as Wade says, “you always want to beat your best friend,” yet their competitive spirit is confined within the baselines and between the jump ball and buzzer. Then the teasing and bragging rights begin by text or call, almost instantly. This arrangement irked the old-school basketball culture, long cringing at the chummy ways of a new generation, believing that most if not all interaction should cease until the offseason, or even better, when careers are done. Wade and LeBron then turned up the volume on that subject when they linked up as teammates with the Heat in 2010, angering the purists and creating, at least initially, a team to be despised as well as respected. Not that Wade and LeBron regret that experience at all, or the noise that followed; this was, as Union observed, “far bigger than basketball.” The chance to be neighbors and watch their kids grow up together and celebrate championships on South Beach until well past sunrise was a priceless part of the bonding process, something neither will be able to duplicate as they begin a new phase of their relationship. The chance to let their hair down (well, Wade anyway) and loosen up, away from the crowds and the media, is something they could keep to themselves. Although: Mrs.Wade spilled a few friendship secrets the other day, with an ohmigod and a roll of the eyes. “They laugh a lot,” she said. “LeBron is silly. Dwyane is silly. They’re silly and goofy together. When they’re around each other it’s like a never-ending sleepover. That’s what it feels like when you’re in their orbit. They have an unspoken language and jokes and it’s like a show and everyone’s watching.” It helped that, in addition to being in the same sport, both LeBron and Wade became all-time greats, because like-minded and like-talented people tend to magnetize. It was LeBron who collected MVP awards and a huge social media flock at first, then Wade followed up by winning a championship first, and this created a mutual respect for each other’s abilities. It also allowed them to walk through the same exclusive doors together, for example, making a pair of Olympic teams and a batch of All-Star Games, therefore putting them in close company even before the Heat experience. From those moments, a relationship tightened. And when life threw airballs in their direction, one was there to help the other. “When I was going through the custody of my kids and that battle, he was someone I talked to constantly and told him what I was going through,” said Wade. “And vice versa, when he was going through things family-wise, I could talk to him and try to relate. You lean on guys who have similar stories and have gone through similar things in their lives to help with advice or just be there to listen.” Curiously, one of their few awkward moments happened when they became teammates in Miami initially. The transition, Wade admitted, was friction-free but not totally smooth. Superstars have egos. Adjustments were needed and were done and this was made possible by LeBron’s game, which is built on unselfish play. “It would’ve been easier if we went to a neutral site,” Wade said. “But because he came to Miami, it was my team before he got there. It was a little hard because of that, but once we got through the first year it was easy. He can play with anybody. He can go out and score or he can get 17 points and 20 assists. He knows if a guy hasn’t shot the ball in a while and how to get him going.” Their on-court chemistry was astonishing to witness at times, the best entertainment in basketball back then. They knew each other’s tendencies, spots on the floor and how to mesh. How many times did Wade toss a lob to a streaking LeBron for a dunk, or vice-versa? Along with Chris Bosh, this was one of the most productive link-ups in NBA history. Four years and four trips to the NBA Finals don’t lie. And true friendship is following your pal to Cleveland in winter, as Wade did last year in an awkward attempt to re-create the past. To this, Wade shook his head and laughed: “Yeah, yeah, you right about that.” While Wade is putting a bow on this retirement season, he marvels at his friend’s staying power and salutes LeBron’s decision to sign up with the Lakers and take on Los Angeles. “I think it’s great, something he wanted to do,” Wade said. “For a player to be able to map out his career the way he has been able to do, he’s doing it his way. This is the way he wanted, to end it here in L.A., on and off the court. His career is not over, but this is the last layer of his career.” And LeBron, reflecting on Wade’s NBA imprint, said: “D-Wade has definitely had a helluva career, obviously. A first-ballot Hall of Famer, a three-time champion and so on and so on. I mean, it speaks for itself. But what he's done for that franchise and what he's done for that community since he's been drafted has been a pretty good story.” This is curious timing, how the NBA schedule has Wade making his last trip to Los Angeles and against LeBron not long after Wade and Union, who have a home in L.A., recently welcomed a newborn daughter. The families spent Sunday (Monday, PHL time) together at the baby shower, then the farewell game tips 24 hours later. Union calls it the “end of a basketball brotherhood but the beginning of a real friendship with basketball gone” and Wade agrees. “When we first came into the league people couldn’t understand how we could be friends during the season," Wade said. "When I was in Cleveland for a game I’d go to his house the night before, we’d go to the movies and hang out and then we’d go at each other in the game. We’d laugh about that. We enjoy having a different relationship than what was done before us, but then going out and playing against him, I’d always want to whup his you-know-what. And vice versa. Just the times we shared. The moments when it’s not all been great, but to be able to have somebody to talk to and run things by. A lot of people don’t have a LeBron James to call up and say, 'Hey, I’m thinking about this, what do you think about it?’ That’s special.” What will also be special Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) is when Wade, as has been his routine after every game this season, swaps jerseys with an opposing player; this will be the 1,001st game of Wade’s dwindling NBA career. “Obviously this is something I wanted to do in my last year,” Wade said. “But of all the players in the league, LeBron is one of my closest friends so this one will mean a little more, because of the paths that we both went down as competitors against each other and as teammates. We’ll be linked together forever.” And what might be said between friends and competitors caught up in that moment? Wade offers this: “We’ll look at each other and say, 'Yo, this is it.’ It’s crazy that it happened so fast. We remember the night we got drafted like yesterday. But it comes fast. Just an ending of a chapter in both of our lives.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

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Grace under pressure

RIKA WINS GRAND PRIX LOS ANGELES — Japan’s rising star Rika Kihira won the battle of the 16-year-olds as she upset reigning Olympic champion Alina Zagitova to claim ladies’ gold at the International Skating Union Grand Prix Figure Skating Finals on Saturday. I made a mistake early but got to go out there and finish […].....»»

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Too easy for Lakers

MEMPHIS — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers weren’t about to let fatigue get the better of them on the second night of a back-to-back. We come out, our job is to bring energy regardless of playing back-to-backs or 40 minutes or whatever The Lakers recovered from a loss Friday night in San Antonio […].....»»

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Wade scores 25 points in his 1,000th game, Heat top Clippers

By Doug Padilla, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 25 points in his 1,000th career game, leading the Miami Heat to a 121-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Wade was 8-for-21 from the field and 5-for-10 from three-point range. The veteran guard will play his final regular-season game in Los Angeles on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat held a 91-90 lead after three quarters using a big fourth to pull away. From the end of the third until just over three minutes remained, the Heat went on a 25-2 run to take control. Tobias Harris scored 20 points and Lou Williams added 18 for the Clippers, who were just 7-of-29 from three-point range and 33-for-89 from the field. Miami was without guard Josh Richardson, who was a late scratch because of a shoulder impingement. They also lost guard Tyler Johnson early in the first with a left hip contusion. Johnson had scored eight points in the opening five minutes. Goran Dragic was out because of rest. The Heat finished strong despite playing Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) at Phoenix when they defeated the Suns. Miami has won four of its past five games and is 2-0 to start a season-high six-game road trip. As the Heat piled it on in the fourth, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers earned two quick technical fouls and was ejected. James Johnson scored 18 points for the Heat and Kelly Olynyk added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Derrick Jones Jr. had 11 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who saw their NBA-best nine-game home win streak end. The Clippers entered having won 10 of their past 13 games. TIP-INS Heat: Wade was 4-for-7 from three-point range in the opening two quarters, tying his career high for made three's before halftime. ... Miami outscored the Clippers 30-8 in the final quarter to put the game away. Clippers: The eight-point fourth quarter was their lowest scoring quarter since March 2003. ... Luc Mbah a Moute, who has not played since Oct. 23 (Oct. 24, PHL time) because of a knee injury, is likely two weeks away from playing according to Rivers UP NEXT Heat: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Clippers: At Phoenix on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time)......»»

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Rookie Doncic powers Mavericks past Rockets

    LOS ANGELES, USA – Luka Doncic and Wesley Matthews scored 21 points apiece as the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 35-point night from James Harden to beat the Houston Rockets, 107-104, in the NBA on Saturday, December 8 (Sunday, December 9, Manila time). Slovenian rookie Doncic started slowly but caught fire late in ........»»

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Celtics dominate Bulls for franchise record 56-point win

    LOS ANGELES, USA –  Jaylen Brown came off the bench to score 23 points as the Boston Celtics recorded the biggest margin of victory in franchise history with a 133-77 demolition of the Chicago Bulls in NBA action on Saturday, December 8 (Sunday, December 9, Manila time). The Celtics improved to ........»»

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After a long, bumpy journey, ‘Mowgli’ settles in at Netflix

LOS ANGELES (AP) --- To say Andy Serkis has been through the wringer with his adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" is a bit of an understatement. It was always going to be an ambitious project for a first time director --- dark, intense and more in the spirit of Kipling's stories, with a big studio (Warner Bros.) behind it, a blockbuster budget, A-list talent to match, from Christian Bale to Cate Blanchett, and all the high-pressure stakes that go along with that. But five years ago when he signed up to direct, Serkis didn't know that Walt Disney Studios would soon be announcing its own live-action Jungle Book, which would beat his to theaters by over two years and...Keep on reading: After a long, bumpy journey, ‘Mowgli’ settles in at Netflix.....»»

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WBC approves rematch

LOS ANGELES — The World Boxing Council gave the go-ahead Friday for a “direct rematch” between their heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, who battled to a draw in Los Angeles last Saturday. “Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time, which has […].....»»

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Warriors cool off high-flying Bucks, Nets surprise Raptors

LOS ANGELES: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 40 points as the Golden State Warriors avenged a November loss to the Milwaukee Bucks with a 105-95 victory on Friday…READ The post Warriors cool off high-flying Bucks, Nets surprise Raptors appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Russell turns up heat in OT as Nets surprise Raptors

LOS ANGELES, USA – D'Angelo Russell scored 29 points as the Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors for the first time in more than 3 years with a 106-105 overtime win on Friday, December 7, (Saturday, December 8, Philippine time).  Russell carried the host Nets on his back in overtime, scoring ........»»

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Cavaliers, Wizards, Bucks swing multi-player trade

    LOS ANGELES, USA – The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova and forward John Henson and two draft picks from the Milwaukee Bucks, Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman announced Friday, December 7 (Saturday, December 8, Manila time). The move is part of a three-team, multi-player trade that also involves ........»»

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With Kevin Hart’s downfall, hosting the Oscars got harder

LOS ANGELES --- The "most thankless job in town" just got even more difficult. The Oscars have a longstanding host problem, but Kevin Hart's swift downfall over old anti-gay tweets has led to bigger questions about the gig and the liability of social media histories. READ:Hart steps down as Oscars host after outcry over old tweets It's just the latest controversy for the organization that puts on the Academy Awards, which is trying to combat declining ratings for its marquee event while weathering the pressure of being a focal point for the shortcomings of the entertainment industry as a whole. "I think it's embarrassing," Matthew Belloni, the editorial director of The Ho...Keep on reading: With Kevin Hart’s downfall, hosting the Oscars got harder.....»»

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Destiny Child’s Michelle Williams reveals engagement is off

LOS ANGELES --- Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams has called it quits with her fiance. The star announced Friday that her engagement to 40-year-old pastor Chad Johnson is over. The 38-year-old wrote on Instagram that "things didn't work out." Williams says she doesn't want to "destroy another relationship." The announcement came the same day Williams released her new single, "Fearless." The couple announced their engagement in April. They appear in the reality show, "Chad Loves Michelle," on the Oprah Winfrey Network. An email seeking comment was sent to her agent.MKH RELATED STORIES: Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child being treated for depression in mental...Keep on reading: Destiny Child’s Michelle Williams reveals engagement is off.....»»

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Dwyane Wade set to reach 1,000 career games

LOS ANGELES --- Dwyane Wade never thought he would play 1,000 games. And he's unsure what the milestone will mean. Wade is in line to become the 15th active player to appear in 1,000 regular-season games, the milestone he'll hit assuming he plays Saturday night when the Miami Heat visit the Los Angeles Clippers. "I don't even know the significance of 1,000 games," Wade said. "I don't know if it's a big deal. I think it's just another number." The Heat might disagree with that. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra didn't know Wade was nearing the milestone until earlier this week, and got wide-eyed when told that Wade had appeared in so many games. "That's crazy to think about," Spoelstra sa...Keep on reading: Dwyane Wade set to reach 1,000 career games.....»»

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Mayweather to stage entertainment spectacle in Japan | The Manila Times Online

LOS ANGELES: Boxer Floyd Mayweather says his New Years Eve bout with Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa will be all about the entertainment. The nine-minute exhibition in Japan will have noREAD The p.....»»

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Jazz beat Rockets to keep hot streak going | The Manila Times Online

LOS ANGELES: Reserve Derrick Favors finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Utah Jazz delivered another shooting night to remember with a 118-91 victory over the Houston RocketsREAD The post Ja.....»»

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