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Lady Gaga, JLo kick off inauguration in style

Lady Gaga launched Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony by belting out a classic rendition of the US national anthem, donning a billowing ball gown and enormous dove brooch......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsJan 20th, 2021Related News

Lady Gaga, JLo kick off inauguration in style

Lady Gaga launched Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony by belting out a classic rendition of the US national anthem, donning a billowing ball gown and enormous dove brooch. The long-sleeved gown, reportedly Schiaparelli, featured a fitted navy drop-waist bodice with a demure mock neck collar, a look completed with a voluminous scarlet skirt that ensured she […] The post Lady Gaga, JLo kick off inauguration in style appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJan 20th, 2021Related News

A strange fire ball crosses the sky of Spain

The sky of Spain lit up a ball of strange fire accompanied by a loud roar that lasted a few seconds. At dawn on Monday,.....»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsJan 19th, 2021Related News

G League vet keen on playing PBA ball

Filipino-American stalwart Taylor Statham has declared his jump to the pros, making the 2021 PBA Rookie Draft extra richer with still over a week before the Jan. 27 deadline......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 17th, 2021Related News

Ball control key to Bianca’s LPGA, Olympic bids

Bianca Pagdanganan is focusing on ball control to gain more consistency as she cranks up her preparations not only for the resumption of her campaign in the LPGA Tour in two months time but also the Olympics in July......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 14th, 2021Related News

Ball control key to Bianca Pagdanganan s LPGA, Olympic bids

Bianca Pagdanganan is focusing on ball control to gain more consistency as she cranks up her preparations not only for the resumption of her campaign in the LPGA Tour in two months time but also the Olympics in July......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJan 14th, 2021Related News

PBA, SBP play ball early in new year

It will be a busy start for 2021 for both the PBA and the SBP with activities lined up in the first quarter of the new year......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsDec 31st, 2020Related News

Too many chiefs

For the nth time, Malacanang gave Health Secretary Francisco Duque a pass. Lucky guy. Maybe the Palace is right that what happened with the Pfizer vaccine is no big deal. What does it matter if the vaccine is delayed for six months? It only means that the virus will kill more Filipinos. Did the effort to procure 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine for January 2021 fail because Secretary Duque dropped the ball? Duque denies it and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez is insisting that there is no fiasco because the negotiations are still on......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsDec 25th, 2020Related News

Locsin: Duque must see pandemic through

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. believes Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, whom he confirmed as the one who had “dropped the ball” in negotiations with US drug maker Pfizer for COVID-19 vaccine supply to the country, must stay in his post to see the pandemic through......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 24th, 2020Related News

Dropping the ball

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. made clear on Twitter that in his view, “someone dropped the ball” on a deal with US pharmaceutical company Pfizer that would have shipped 10 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines by January 2021......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsDec 23rd, 2020Related News

Buwaya

One thing we hate about the basketball ‘buwaya’ (ball hog) is how this overeager player is taking most of the shots during the game......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsDec 22nd, 2020Related News

Wesley So sees strong chance for Filipino chess players to excel

“Filipinos should play chess. Our natural ability is not for foreign ball sports,” said the 27-year-old So in his message during the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines’ online drafting last Sunday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsDec 21st, 2020Related News

Wesley: So much for ball games

Wesley So, a Philippine-born chess player now representing the United States, believes that Filipinos have a stronger chance in excelling in this mind game than in ball games......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsDec 21st, 2020Related News

Dropping the ball

Being a health worker is a challenging job under any circumstance. After going through the rigors of schooling, on-the-job training and residency then actual medical work - whether in the big city hospitals or in rural health centers - the toll on body and spirit, not to mention on families, is truly unforgiving......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsDec 21st, 2020Related News

‘Kickvacc’ nga ba ang dahilan sa nabigong pagbili ng bakuna ng Pinas sa Pfizer?

“‘Kickvacc’ nga ba ang dahilan kung bakit nabigo ang Pilipinas na masigurong makakabili ng 10 milyong doses ng Covid-19 vaccine mula sa Pfizer? “Huwag naman sana na may issue ng ‘kickvacc’ sa dropping of the ball ng Pfizer vaccine procurement,” ayon kay Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan kaugnay sa pagbubunyag na hindi umano trinabaho ng administrasyon […] The post ‘Kickvacc’ nga ba ang dahilan sa nabigong pagbili ng bakuna ng Pinas sa Pfizer? appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsDec 18th, 2020Related News

‘Someone dropped the ball’

The above was a direct quote from Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. I have told my friend Ted that he should be more discriminate with his tweeting and he has politely ignored my criticism. In this instance, he was correct. That was the only way he could raise the issue without offending anyone directly......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceDec 17th, 2020Related News

Duque junks & lsquo;drop ball& rsquo; talk

Health Secretary Francisco Duque II denied claims of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Senator Panfilo Lacson that the Philippines’ bid to secure 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer was bungled, saying negotiations with the American pharmaceutical company are still ongoing......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsDec 16th, 2020Related News

Pfizer deal just delayed; Duque dropped the ball?

The Philippines’ deal with drug manufacturer Pfizer for the procurement of coronavirus vaccines is still “in progress,” Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 16th, 2020Related News

LaMello fashion designer na

BUKOD sa malapit na ang NBA career ni LaMelo Ball, sideline rin nito ang pagdidisenyo sa sarili niyang clothing line. The post LaMello fashion designer na first appeared on Abante......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsNov 15th, 2020Related News

Coaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78

By JOSEPH WHITE AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — John Thompson, the imposing Hall of Famer who turned Georgetown into a “Hoya Paranoia” powerhouse and became the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship, has died. He was 78 His death was announced in a family statement released by Georgetown on Monday. No details were disclosed. “Our father was an inspiration to many and devoted his life to developing young people not simply on but, most importantly, off the basketball court. He is revered as a historic shepherd of the sport, dedicated to the welfare of his community above all else,” the statement said. “However, for us, his greatest legacy remains as a father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. More than a coach, he was our foundation. More than a legend, he was the voice in our ear everyday.” One of the most celebrated and polarizing figures in his sport, Thompson took over a moribund Georgetown program in the 1970s and molded it in his unique style into a perennial contender, culminating with a national championship team anchored by center Patrick Ewing in 1984. Georgetown reached two other title games with Thompson in charge and Ewing patrolling the paint, losing to Michael Jordan’s North Carolina team in 1982 and to Villanova in 1985. At 6-foot-10, with an ever-present white towel slung over his shoulder, Thompson literally and figuratively towered over the Hoyas for decades, becoming a patriarch of sorts after he quit coaching in 1999. One of his sons, John Thompson III, was hired as Georgetown’s coach in 2004. When the son was fired in 2017, the elder Thompson -- known affectionately as “Big John” or “Pops” to many -- was at the news conference announcing Ewing as the successor. Along the way, Thompson said what he thought, shielded his players from the media and took positions that weren’t always popular. He never shied away from sensitive topics -- particularly the role of race in both sports and society -- and he once famously walked off the court before a game to protest an NCAA rule because he felt it hurt minority athletes. “I’ll probably be remembered for all the things that kept me out of the Hall of Fame, ironically, more than for the things that got me into it,” Thompson said on the day he was elected to the Hall in 1999. Thompson became coach of the Hoyas in 1972 and began remaking a team that was 3-23 the previous season. Over the next 27 years, he led Georgetown to 14 straight NCAA tournaments (1979-92), 24 consecutive postseason appearances (20 NCAA, 4 NIT), three Final Fours (1982, 1984, 1985) and won six Big East tournament championships. Employing a physical, defense-focused approach that frequently relied on a dominant center -- Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo were among his other pupils -- Thompson compiled a 596-239 record (.715 winning percentage). He had 26 players drafted by the NBA. One of his honors -- his selection as coach of the U.S. team for the 1988 Olympics -- had a sour ending when the Americans had to settle for the bronze medal. It was a result so disappointing that Thompson put himself on a sort of self-imposed leave at Georgetown for a while, coaching practices and games but leaving many other duties to his assistants. Off the court, Thompson was both a role model and a lightning rod. A stickler for academics, he kept a deflated basketball on his desk, a reminder to his players that a degree was a necessity because a career in basketball relied on a tenuous “nine pounds of air.” The school boasted that 76 of 78 players who played four seasons under Thompson received their degrees. He was a Black coach who recruited mostly Black players to a predominantly white Jesuit university in Washington, and Thompson never hesitated to speak out on behalf of his players. One of the most dramatic moments in Georgetown history came on Jan. 14, 1989, when he walked off the court to a standing ovation before the tipoff of a home game against Boston College, demonstrating in a most public way his displeasure against NCAA Proposition 42. The rule denied athletic scholarships to freshmen who didn’t meet certain requirements, and Thompson said it was biased against underprivileged students. Opposition from Thompson, and others, led the NCAA to modify the rule. Thompson’s most daring move came that same year, when he summoned notorious drug kingpin Rayful Edmond III for a meeting in the coach’s office. Thompson warned Edmond to stop associating with Hoyas players and to leave them alone, using his respect in the Black community to become one of the few people to stare down Edmond and not face a reprisal. Though aware of his influence, Thompson did not take pride in becoming the first Black coach to take a team to the Final Four, and he let a room full of reporters know it when asked his feelings on the subject at a news conference in 1982. “I resent the hell out of that question if it implies I am the first Black coach competent enough to take a team to the Final Four,” Thompson said. “Other Blacks have been denied the right in this country; coaches who have the ability. I don’t take any pride in being the first Black coach in the Final Four. I find the question extremely offensive.” Born Sept. 2, 1941, John R. Thompson Jr. grew up in Washington, D.C. His father was always working — on a farm in Maryland and later as a laborer in the city — and could neither read nor write. “I never in my life saw my father’s hands clean,” Thompson told The Associated Press in 2007. “Never. He’d come home and scrub his hands with this ugly brown soap that looked like tar. I thought that was the color of his hands. When I was still coaching, kids would show up late for practice and I’d (say) ... ‘My father got up every morning of his life at 5 a.m. to go to work. Without an alarm.‘” Thompson’s parents emphasized education, but he struggled in part of because of poor eyesight and labored in Catholic grammar school. He was moved to a segregated public school, had a growth spurt and became good enough at basketball to get into John Carroll, a Catholic high school, where he led the team to 55 consecutive victories and two city titles. He went to Providence College as one of the most touted basketball prospects in the country and led the Friars to the first NCAA bid in school history. He graduated in 1964 and played two seasons with Red Auerbach’s Boston Celtics, earning a pair of championship rings as a sparingly used backup to Bill Russell. Thompson returned to Washington, got his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of the District of Columbia and went 122-28 over six seasons at St. Anthony’s before accepting the job at Georgetown, an elite school that had relatively few Black students. Faculty and students rallied around him after a bedsheet with racist words was hung inside the school’s gym before a game during the 1974-75 season. Thompson sheltered his players with closed practices, tightly controlled media access and a prohibition on interviews with freshmen in their first semester -- a restriction that still stands for Georgetown’s basketball team. Combined with Thompson’s flashes of emotion and his players’ rough-and-tumble style of play, it wasn’t long before the words “Hoya Paranoia” came to epitomize the new era of basketball on the Hilltop campus. Georgetown lost the 1982 NCAA championship game when Fred Brown mistakenly passed the ball to North Carolina’s James Worthy in the game’s final seconds. Two years later, Ewing led an 84-75 win over Houston in the title game. The Hoyas were on the verge of a repeat the following year when they were stunned in the championship game by coach Rollie Massimino’s Villanova team in one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. Success allowed Thompson to rake in money through endorsements, but he ran afoul of his Georgetown bosses when he applied for a gambling license for a business venture in Nevada in 1995. Thompson, who liked playing the slot machines in Las Vegas, reluctantly dropped the application after the university president objected. Centers Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo turned Georgetown into “Big Man U” under Thompson, although his last superstar was guard Allen Iverson, who in 1996 also became the first player under Thompson to leave school early for the NBA draft. “Thanks for Saving My Life Coach,” Iverson wrote at the start of an Instagram post Monday with photos of the pair. The Hoyas teams in the 1990s never came close to matching the achievements of the 1980s, and Thompson’s era came to a surprising and sudden end when he resigned in the middle of the 1998-99 season, citing distractions from a pending divorce. Thompson didn’t fade from the limelight. He became a sports radio talk show host and a TV and radio game analyst, joining the very profession he had frustrated so often as a coach. He loosened up, allowing the public to see his lighter side, but he remained pointed and combative when a topic mattered to him. A torch was passed in 2004, when John Thompson III became Georgetown’s coach. The younger Thompson, with “Pops” often watching from the stands or sitting in the back of the room for news conferences, returned the Hoyas to the Final Four in 2007. Another son, Ronny Thompson, was head coach for one season at Ball State and is now a TV analyst. ___ Joseph White, a former AP sports writer in Washington who died in 2019, prepared this obituary. AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 15th, 2020Related News