Thompson’s injury another blow for struggling Cavaliers

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Lue has been scrambling to come up with combinations that work, and his job has been made more difficult by injuries to Rose, Iman Shumpert and with James working himself into shape after missing most of the preseason with a sprained ankle.Also, the Cavs are still without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who is still recovering from a hip injury.Wade, who signed a one-year deal for a chance to play alongside his close friend James again, likened the Cavs’ current state to something he experienced a few years ago in Miami.After winning consecutive titles, the Heat started 4-3 before winning 10 straight games. They finished 54-28, won the conference title and made the Finals for the fourth straight year.Wade is still amazed it happened.“I don’t know how we made it,” he said. “As a team, we were kind of like this. It was worse because it wasn’t new guys. It was guys who had been around each other four years in a row. Your jokes weren’t funny anymore to other guys, when you walked in it wasn’t a big smile any more. Guys were just over you. It’s like being in a bad marriage. But we somehow made it to the Finals.“Indiana should have beat us that year. We had a mental edge over those guys and we were able to win. But we shouldn’t have been there. So it’s tough, definitely. That’s why it hasn’t been done a lot. For the guys here, you have to pull from something else to motivate you, to get you to feel that hunger again like you had that first year. That’s sports, it’s tough.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (4) passes against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — The worst four-game stretch of LeBron James’ career and a shocking start for the Cavaliers got a little worse Thursday.Forward Tristan Thompson could be out a month with a strained left calf.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES As the Cavs regrouped at practice before leaving to play the Washington Wizards on Friday, there were signs of concern or panic about the slow start from such an experienced team. Losses are going to happen.“No one in here is a rookie,” Wade said. “Everyone in here has been through it. Lots of guys have been through the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. It’s frustrating when you’re going through it.We have to continue to understand that we’re going to get out of this together and this is going to be a distant memory at one point, but right now we’re in it. We have to figure it out and I think we will.”Wade said communication, or a lack of it, has been at the root of Cleveland’s problems. With the league’soldest roster, it’s not a surprise that the Cavs are struggling defensively against younger, and in some cases, more athletic teams.But what it alarming is that the Cavs have been slow to correct their mistakes and teams are shooting so well against them. Cleveland’s opponents are making a league-high 42 percent of their 3-point attempts.Wade joked that it feels like teams are “shooting like 90 percent on open shots and 70 percent on contested shots.”“We have a long way to go defensively,” he said. “If we was at our best defensively and they was tagging us like this, it’d be red alert. Right now, as we said, we’ve got to continue to get our coverages down, our communication down.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nadal remains on track for first Paris Masters title One of Cleveland’s most dependable players over the past few years, Thompson was injured in the second quarter Wednesday night in a loss to the Indiana Pacers. Thompson, who has been moved out and in of the starting lineup by coach Tyronn Lue, left Quicken Loans Arena using crutches. The team said an MRI confirmed the strain and that he’ll need as much as four weeks to recover before he plays again.Thompson’s injury is the latest setback for the Cavs, who have dropped four straight and are 3-5, not where a team expected to make it to its fourth NBA Finals figured to be at this point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut injuries, new players, an older roster and defensive lapses have contributed to make the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions one of the early season’s surprises — for the wrong reasons.Cleveland has lost the past four games by a combined 64 points, the most lopsided four-game span for James since he lost four in a row during his rookie season. But that’s when he was virtually alone on a Clevelandteam, not one with All-Stars like Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pyeongchang Olympics brings ‘real hope’ to divided Koreas, says Bach

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises A general view shows the Olympic rings on the roof of the skating venue of the 2018 Pyeongchang winter Olympics in Gangneung on February 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONESOlympics chief Thomas Bach on Monday said the Pyeongchang Winter Games brought “real hope” to the divided Korean peninsula and conceded there was no “Plan B” even when nuclear tensions put them under threat.Bach was speaking four days ahead of the opening of the Games, which received a major boost when isolated North Korea ended months of bellicose posturing by agreeing to send a contingent of athletes.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Ricci Rivero shuts down transfer rumors NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Bach said it had been a “long and difficult journey” to organise an Olympics in Korea, whose two sides are divided by a heavily fortified border — just 30 miles (50 kilometres) from the Games site — and remain technically at war.Officials from France, Germany and Austria all expressed concerns about sending athletes as tensions spiralled last year, when North Korea fired a series of missile tests and exchanged threats of war with the United States.But Bach said: “In all the conversations we had, the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 were never put in doubt. On the contrary, we could always feel support.”“Despite the sometimes worrying political circumstances, we were always standing at the side of our Korean hosts and never talked of a Plan B,” he added.‘Impossible dream’ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “The Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 have allowed another new beginning on the Korean peninsula,” Bach told delegates at the opening ceremony for this week’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) session. “They have opened the door for a peaceful dialogue between the Republic of Korea (South) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The Olympic spirit has brought two sides together that for too long were divided by mistrust and animosity. “The Olympic spirit has brought real hope for a brighter future for everyone on the Korean peninsula.” South Korean President Moon Jae-In has long argued for engagement to bring the North to the negotiating table over its nuclear ambitions.But not all of his countrymen agree and there is a public perception that Moon’s administration made too many concessions to the North to secure its participation at the Olympics. Chiming with Bach, Moon said: “Something truly wonderful is taking place in the divided and war-torn nation… throughout the world the message of peace is echoing.”“One or two months ago, many countries were concerned with the safety of the Pyeongchang Olympic Games. North Korea’s participating in the Games and a unified team under the banner of peace seemed like an impossible dream then,” he added.North Korea is sending 22 athletes to Pyeongchang, along with a large number of officials and an all-female cheer squad.A unified Korean women’s ice hockey team, whose squad includes 12 players from the North, on Sunday made its debut ahead of the Games, losing 3-1 to Sweden in a practice match.The team has proved polarising in South Korea, where it has been blamed for a sudden drop in Moon’s approval ratings.While enthusiastic supporters cheered on the joint team, protesters chanting “Pyongyang Olympics!” also gathered outside, stamping on a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and ripping up the blue-and-white Korean unification flag.last_img read more

Azarenka makes winning return after break to have baby

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Smith saves TNT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Victoria Azarenka AP FILE PHOTOMALLORCA, Spain — Former top-ranked Victoria Azarenka made a winning return to tennis after a year out to have a baby — but she first had to save three match points at the Mallorca Open on Wednesday.Azarenka beat Japan’s Risa Ozaki, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7) in the first-round match that started late on Tuesday but was halted due to darkness.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “I definitely felt better on the tennis court, especially playing-wise,” Azarenka said. “I wouldn’t say I had the best preparation coming to this tournament, but mentally it’s better to go through this kind of a match.”Azarenka next plays Croatia’s Ana Konjuh in the second round.Azarenka will be looking to lead Belarus in the Fed Cup final against the United States in November. CBBADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “There were a lot of ups and downs, good shots and then easy mistakes. That’s something to expect after a long break, but definitely something I need to work on,” the 27-year-old Azarenka said after her first match since withdrawing from last year’s French Open due to a knee injury before she got pregnant.When play restarted on Wednesday, Ozaki was serving for the match. But Azarenka broke her serve to stay alive and then fended off three match points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was definitely complicated, having to stop and come back for a short amount of time,” Azarenka said. “But it was really intense because it was the end of a third set.”Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open winner, announced she was pregnant and would step away from the courts last July. She gave birth to a baby boy named Leo in December. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Cocolife, Sta. Lucia eye 5th place

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “We want to finish on a high note,” said Kungfu Reyes, coach of Cocolife. “Our pride is at stake. We will prepare hard against Sta. Lucia and make sure that we will bring home the fifth-place trophy.”Cocolife will be led by star players Michele Gumabao and Denden Lazaro and battles a Sta. Lucia squad beefed up by new acquisitions like Fil-Ams MJ Phillips and Rebecca Rivers in the 7 p.m. encounter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We may be a new team, but we fight hard every game,” said Sta. Lucia coach Sammy Acaylar. “That’s why I told the team to get [fifth place]. Our management has been very supportive and there’s no better way to repay their trust by finishing the conference with a huge victory.”The Lifesavers and the winless Iron Ladies collide at 5 p.m. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ LATEST STORIES Pocari tests Power Smashers Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sta. Lucia Realty and Cocolife fight for fifth place, while Generika-Ayala and Cherrylume mix it up for the seventh spot on Saturday in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at De La Salle Sentrum in Lipa City.The Realtors and the Asset Managers, both newbies in the league, are hoping for a breakthrough finish this season.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Back on top, Banjo Norte puts bitter past behind

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Walker, DiGregorio tow Blackwater past Phoenix for 1st win But past is past and the 24-year-old is just elated to finally return to the podium and once again rule the Asian elite category.“I was able to make up for those. I really prepared hard for this and even trained for three weeks in Phuket,” he said.“Next year, I’ll prepare harder so we can defend the throne for our team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Jake Cuenca, Gerald Anderson talk about training for triathlon PLAY LIST 00:52Jake Cuenca, Gerald Anderson talk about training for triathlon00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Banjo Norte’s triumph in the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines erases every bitterness he felt in the past three Cebu tilts.“When I crossed the finish line, every bit of those are gone,” Norte said in Filipino, looking back at the tribulations he faced in the previous editions.ADVERTISEMENT After winning in 2013, the Cagayan de Oro-born triathlete has yet to replicate his success and reach the peak for Filipino elite participants in the Cebu staging until now.Norte could not defend his title in 2014 as he failed to take the four-minute penalty after organizers ruled him committing illegal drafting in the race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLuck wasn’t on his side again in 2015, losing much headway in the bike course as two other competitors zoomed past him to settle for a third place finish.Norte admitted he only had himself to blame for his finishing fourth last year, citing lack of training for the Asia Pacific Championships. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Chooks’ Austin won’t back down in possible clash vs Blatche in Champions Cup

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors “I’ve seen a lot of his games and I know his style of play. He’s a very crafty player, a very good post player. Whenever I can, I study film of a lot of players and I can definitely learn a lot of things from watching him play,” he said.Austin will be tasked to steer Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 10-team tournament in Chenzhou, China from September 22 to 30. /idl Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges But that doesn’t mean that the import, who is also a prospective naturalization candidate for the Philippines, will back down against the seasoned Blatche.“I’m excited,” said the 23-year-old. “It’s always exciting to be able to go against great competition, but as a basketball player, I was thought to never back down from anybody. When it comes time for us to match up, I’m gonna play hard, that’s all I can do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThere’s a high chance that Blatche’s Xinjiang Flying Tigers will meet Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup if the two teams make it past the group stages.Austin, however, said that Chooks should have no fear in the continental club tourney if it finds itself in a collision course against Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCoach Chot Reyes is well aware of how good Andray Blatche is, being Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player for the better half of the past three years.One player in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas who hasn’t seen the 31-year-old in action first hand, though, is Isaiah Austin.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Ex-teammate Kanter on Durant’s Twitter comments: ‘It’s just really sad’ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

SURESH KALMADI, LALIT BHANOT SACKED FROM CWG OC

first_imgCommonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi and secretary general Lalit Bhanot were on Monday sacked by the sports ministry. Sources told Headlines Today that the new Sports Minister, Ajay Maken, has already signed the file for their removal. Earlier, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had demanded removal of Kalmadi and Bhanot saying they were obstructing the agency from carrying out its investigations in cases related to corruption involving the 2010 Games. The matter had reached Attorney General Goolam E. Vahanvati. He had opined that Kalmadi was appointed the OC chief before it got registered as a society and had said that the sports ministry can sack Kalmadi.last_img read more

West Bengal: Rivalry between Buddhadeb and Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal has had its fair share of political mud-slinging, thanks to the stalwarts of the state’s two largest parties – the Trinamool Congress and the CPM. On several occasions, the war of words between former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee of the CPM and Trinamool’s Mamata Banerjee touched nasty heights, as personal attacks overshadowed political jibes.Mamata, for instance, offered the ageing Bhattacharjee a new pair of spectacles when the latter questioned the work done by her as the railway minister.Bhattacharjee had last year taken a dig at Mamata for introducing several new trains at frequent intervals instead improving the efficiency of the existing ones and then splashing her achievements as railway minister in newspaper advertisements.”Mamata claims she is doing things for the Railways. But her ministry works only in newspaper advertisements. It’s a tamasha . Every day, we see advertisements announcing new trains. But no one knows where these trains are going. Lies every day, every day newspaper ads worth lakhs,” Bhattacharjee had said.A stung Mamata had retorted within hours. ” Can’t you see the development work my ministry has done? Do you suffer from some sort of an eye disease? If you wish, I can get you a pair of spectacles.” On another occasion, when Bhattacharjee dubbed Trinamool Congress workers as ” violent anti- socials”, Didi asked the then chief minister to tape his mouth shut and ” go to a political vanavas ( exile)” for a few days.The verbal volleys touched a new low with the erstwhile chief minister calling Mamata a “liar” and the Trinamool Congress leader retaliating with claims that Bhattacharjee was directly responsible for the spurt in Maoist activities in the tribal belt of Jungle Mahal.advertisementTalking about Mamata’s promise to solve the state’s two major problems – Maoist violence in western districts and the Gorkhaland agitation in the Hills – Bhattacharjee had said: ” She is waving hands in Jungle Mahal as well as the Hills. I wonder to whom she is waving.” After the embarrassing rout in the recent assembly elections, Bhattacharjee has been keeping low. But with the Singur Bill passed on Tuesday despite a walkout by the Opposition Left Front lawmakers, perhaps his CPM will find fresh fodder to attack Mamata. Another round of verbal volleys could be in the pipeline. For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Husband of Jaipal Reddy’s niece arrested for her ‘murder’

first_imgThe Hyderabad Police on Wednesday arrested the husband of Union Minister Jaipal Reddy’s niece Kiran Reddy on charge of the latter’s murder. The 26-year-old dermatologist was found dead inside her home in the Jubilee Hills area of Hyderabad on Saturday. Her parents had accused her husband Chaitanya Reddy and the in-laws of killing Kiran, who was the daughter of Petroleum Minister’s elder sister. The police had initially registered an FIR of accidental death, but changed it to a murder case after a complaint from Kiran’s father who alleged that her death was unnatural and accused Chaitanya and his family members in his complaint. Kiran and Chaitanya had got married about five years ago. For more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more