Police hunting Linden man over murder

first_imgPolice have launched a manhunt for a Silver City, Wismar, Linden resident known as “Fifty”, in connection with the murder of 55-year-old Leroy Barron, an unemployed resident of Lot 59 Old Kara Kara, Mackenzie, Linden.According to Police, the incident occurred at about 11:00h on Friday at Co-op Crescent, Mackenzie.Initial investigations revealed that there was an argument between Barron, who was known to do odd jobs around the Mackenzie Market and the suspect, during which the suspect allegedly armed himself with a piece of wood and dealt the victim a severe beating before fleeing the scene.The victim was later taken to the Linden Hospital Complex in an unconscious state where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The body is presently at the Wismar Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.last_img read more

Verified: Cllr McBrearty confirms he is considering his position with Fine Gael

first_imgNewly-elected county councillor Frank McBrearty has confirmed to Donegal Daily that he is considering his position within the Fine Gael party.Sources very close to the Raphoe politician yesterday told us that he was on the verge of quitting the party just three days after the local elections.Some misinformed commentators dismissed the story on social media as they could not verify it. However, last night Cllr McBrearty confirmed to us on the record that he is due to meet with senior Fine Gael members to discuss his future.He said “I can confirm that I am seriously considering my position within the party. Somebody within my inner circle spoke to Donegal Daily yesterday because they are disgusted by the way I am being treated.“Today I want to confirm the story. I feel I am being bullied and treated atrociously by certain members of the party.“I want unity in this party but I have been told now that I was not wanted and that I was never wanted by certain people. “We have been Fine Gael people for many years back to when people like Jim Higgins took up our case in the 1990s when we were being wrongly accused by the Gardai.“Fine Gael took up our case and I’m a proud member of the Fine Gael party.”He said he was sorry that people like Minister Joe McHugh had become involved in the controversy.He added “It is a crying shame that Joe McHugh is stuck in the middle of this. He endorsed me because he knows what I can do.“I have not spoken to him directly about this because he is in America but I know that he is aware of it. I will speak to him about it when he comes back,” he added. He added that it was a matter of public record that councillors Martin Harley and Jimmy Kavanagh did not want him in the party.The 50-year-old businessman said that if he quits Fine Gael he will either stand as an Independent or will co-opt a member of his family to the council seat.He added “Nobody will get my seat only a member of my family because it’s a McBrearty seat.“They may try to take it off me but I will fight them through the courts for it.” He added that he never wanted to top the poll in last weekend’s election and denied that his vote had fallen.He said this was a strategic plan which almost brought three seats to Fine Gael in the Lifford/Stranorlar area but said that Cllr Martin Harley’s transfers were a “disgrace.”Asked what would change his mind about resigning from the party, Cllr McBrearty said he wanted unity among the elected members of Fine Gael.“There is no unity at present and there is a concerted effort to get me out by certain people.“I have been bullied and my mental health has suffered. Some people within this party have treated my family atrociously and I will not allow that to continue,” he said.Verified: Cllr McBrearty confirms he is considering his position with Fine Gael was last modified: June 1st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFine GaelFrank McBreartyquitlast_img read more

Historic day as Glenswilly NS gets green light for major extension

first_imgThey have waited decades and fought many campaigns in a bid to expand their school.Now the community of Gelnswilly has been rewarded with the announcement this morning that the school if to get its extension.The announcement, which was made by Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh, means the school will mean an overall redevelopment of the current building as well as FIVE new classroom. Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh, speaking at the school, said he was honoured to be able to make the announcement.“It is an honour to be the Minister who shares this great news with the people and school community of Glenswilly National School.Minister Joe McHugh telling pupils all about the plans for their new school. Pic by Donegal Daily.“Principal Joe Gallinagh and the Board of Management have been given the green light to tender for the contractor to get the shovels in the ground and the teams on site to develop a top class school building.”Minster McHugh personally broke the good news during a visit to Glenswilly National School with a huge turnout from teaching staff, the local community, parents, Donegal football hero Neil Gallagher and Donal Kelly, father of the late Manus Kelly. “This is a massive boost for the people of The Glen,” the Minister said.“The school will get a quality refurbishment and as part of the massive redevelopment, a five classroom extension, a new general purpose room and three special education rooms and other ancilliary rooms.“Huge credit has to go to principal Joe Gallinagh, all the staff, chair of the board of management Eileen Quinn and board members and the whole school community for their support and dedication to this project all the way through.“This Government is meeting its commitment to Glenswilly under the National Development Plan and now with the tender process ready to go to secure a contractor we are on course to have builders on site next year.The plans for the new school. Pic by Donegal Daily.“We are talking about a school building of the best standard and from an environmental point of view it will have a near zero energy rating and it will be a fitting investment for the people of The Glen.” Minister McHugh also noted the intensive work being carried out in the Department of Education and Skills on a range of other school projects in Donegal.“I know there are many school communities keen to hear news as good as this and I am looking forward to confirming progress on several fronts this month,” Minister McHugh said.Minister McHugh chats with principal Joseph Gallinagh and former Donegal GAA star and past pupil Neil Gallagher. Pic by Donegal Daily.“Glenswilly NS is just one of many significant investments we have seen make massive progress in the last while, including St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny making it on to the fast-track Adapt programme, upgrade works at Moville Community College, plans coming together for St Mary’s National School, Stranorlar and many other smaller but no less important extensions and repairs and redeveloped classrooms.“I know there are other projects that are priorities for each school community up and down the county and I am dedicated to seeing them make good progress.” Historic day as Glenswilly NS gets green light for major extension was last modified: September 7th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalextensionGlenswilly National SchoolMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more

Sterling praised after debut

first_imgRaheem Sterling won praise from manager Roy Hodgson after the Liverpool youngster made his England debut against Sweden.The 17-year-old from Harlesden was involved in the first England goal in their 4-2 defeat and caused the Swedish defence problems before being substituted late in the game.“I thought the debutants were good, all of them did fine and I am certainly a wiser man than before this game going into 2013,” said Hodgson.“We were undone by some individual brilliance and maybe a bit of inexperience,” he added. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

PH men’s volleyball team vows to give it all in SEA Games

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Bong LozadaMen’s volleyball national team skipper John Vic De Guzman said Thursday the squad he’ll be leading in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games will be a different one from the 2015 team that failed to bring home a medal.“I can’t say where we are right now but we made sure that this team will be a different one from the 2015 one,” said De Guzman in Filipino in the athletes send-off for the SEA Games last Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next WATCH: Bodybuilder breaks neck after failed backflip attempt PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES “What I can say is this SEA Games will be more exciting.”The men’s national volleyball team traveled to Korea for its training camp where the team would train for almost 16 hours with meals serving as the only rest for them.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 shutoutAnd even though De Guzman and his peers went through rigorous activities during their two-week stay in Korea, the captain did not make any concrete promises.“I am not saying that we’re confident we’ll bring home the gold, but what I can say is we’ll do our best, we’ll play to our extent and we’ll take it to heart everything we’ve been through in Korea,” said De Guzman. And one thing the team will definitely remember once they start playing in Malaysia is the injury to hitter Greg Dolor who suffered a broken pinky finger.De Guzman said the injury to one of their offensive weapons deeply hurt the team skills-wise, but it also bolstered the group in the attitude department.“That hurt but we all know now that we’re far more motivated going into the SEA Games and we’re braver now because we’ll be offering our games to Greg.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes MOST READlast_img read more

Who leads among win-win Pinoy warriors?

first_imgIt’s doubly hard looking for the next big star in Philippine boxing following bright results from abroad last week.No, there definitely was no lack of worthy contenders.Fact is the search for the next Manny Pacquiao has become crowded following win-win stands by Filipino boxers in foreign rings.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  All these winners appeared solidly headed toward a world crown challenge.Jhack Tepora, 21-0, 16 KOs, scored a stunning second round stoppage of former African world titlist Lusanda Komanisi in East London, South Africa, to capture the WBO Intercontinental featherweight crown in his first international outing. His handlers at Omega Pro Sports International wasted no time to announce Tepora would be seeking a crack at the world title in the crowded featherweight division.Before Tepora’s stunning triumph, the sensational Frank Duno of Sanman Gym in General Santos City scored an impressive decision over seasoned Mexican lightweight Juan Pablo Sanchez at The Forum in Inglewood, California.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 shutoutThe victory was a followup to Duno’s stunning stoppage last March of then unbeaten Golden Boy standout Christian Gonzales of Mexico. The 21-year-old Duno, handled by former world flyweight champion Rodel Mayol, is now with the Golden Boy stable of Oscar de la Hoya.At Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Nonito Donaire Jr. dominated Mexican Juan Pablo Sanchez in a well-attended featherweight contest. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Genesis Servania was not successful in his challenge to unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez in their clash in Tucson, Arizona, last Saturday. Servania floored Valdez in the fourth, but was himself decked in the fifth. It was a compelling contest and Servania, who fights out of the Kashimi gym in Japan, said he would continue his hot hunt for a world crown. He used to be a major fighter in the ALA Stable.The week before last, Milan Melindo of the ALA Stable, retained his IBF light flyweight crown in a thrilling and bloody battle in Cebu. Melindo is seeking to unify the world light flyweight crown.It was not a simple comeback win for Donaire, 34, who lost his WBO super bantamweight crown to Jessie Magdaleno of Mexico last November. Donaire, 38-4, 24 KOs, announced he has been renewed by a new diet and a new coach (Max Baffel), at the same time swearing the presence of his wife Rachel in his corner to shout out instructions was a major factor in his return to the mainstream.Donaire, the 2012 Fighter of the Year, is now recognized as the WBC Silver featherweight belt owner.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Dancers, Amit pile up silvers for PH delegation; Bowlers shoot for gold Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Thunder’s Paul George prepares to face former team

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FILE – In this Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) tries to get past Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. New Thunder star Paul George prepares to play the Indiana Pacers On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, for the first time since he was traded during the offseason. (AP Photo/Chris Nicoll, File)OKLAHOMA CITY — Just four games into the season, Paul George has to face the team he just left under less than ideal circumstances.During the offseason, George’s camp let it be known he planned to become a free agent after next season.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Pacers got Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis from the Thunder in exchange for George. Oladipo is averaging 22.3 points per game. Donovan said Oladipo is in a good place because his athletic ability can be maximized in Indiana’s up-tempo style.“The greatest Victor has always had in my opinion has been his energy,” Donovan said. “That’s the way it was in college. He’s worked exceptionally hard to develop his shooting, develop his ballhandling.”Sabonis is averaging 12.3 points and nine rebounds.George’s adjustment has been a mixed bag so far. He’s averaging 21.3 points, but he’s shooting just 37percent from the field.“The more of these games come around, the more I see teams play us, the more opportunities I see that are opening up. The game is different for me now, in an easier way that I’m not taking advantage of.” Read Next NBA fines Suns’ Jackson $35,000 for ‘menacing gesture’ The disappointed Pacers opted to trade the face of their franchise to Oklahoma City rather than play a season with a star they had no long-term future with and perhaps get nothing in return.With the Pacers, George was a four-time All-Star and helped Indiana reach the Eastern Conference Finals twice. The Thunder host the Pacers on Wednesday night.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 shutout“It’ll be emotional from a standpoint of it’s an organization that I started with, had a wonderful journey with, that I had seven unbelievable years with,” George said.George was especially close to Larry Bird, who was team president when the Pacers made him the 10th pick in the 2010 draft. George said he appreciated the time he spent with Bird, who has stepped down as president but remains with the franchise as a consultant. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments “His stories, his knowledge of the game, talking with him through playoff battles and his understanding,” George said. “He’s a legend. Hall of Fame player, Hall of Fame across the whole board — executive, coach.It meant a lot as a young player coming into this league. I was grateful to have that time talking to him and sharing conversations.”New Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony had to face his old team, the New York Knicks, in the season opener. He said he spoke with George during the preseason about facing their former teams so soon.“If I sit here and say he’s not excited about that game tomorrow, I’d be lying to you,” Anthony said.Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he expects George to handle the situation well.“I’m sure that there’s things he’s going through, but he’s a pro,” Donovan said. “He’ll handle things how he sees fit to handle them. I think he’ll be fine.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:38Trillanes accused of harassment, hiring social media trolls01:24Alleged Manila drug queen to face murder, drug raps — NCRPO01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPlast_img read more

PBA: Kia halts 16-game skid, upsets Rain or Shine

first_img8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But it appeared like the game was really for the Picanto after the Elasto Painters muffed two free throws and five makable attempts from the field, three of which came in the last 19.5 ticks.Rain or Shine guard Chris Tiu, one of the best free throw shooters in the league, had a couple of splits from the line. He also missed an open triple from the right corner that would’ve given the Painters a one-point lead in the waning seconds.The game got testy late in the second quarter that saw the ejection of Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan and Kia’s Eric Camson after engaging in a fight.Glen Khobuntin filled in for Camson, scoring eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back baskets that gave the Picanto a 96-89 cushion with 1:52 remaining.Mark Yee nearly had a double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds while Rashawn McCarthy and Roider Cabrera led Kia with 14 points each.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Mark Yee. PBA IMAGESKia finally stopped its seemingly interminable slide after stunning Rain or Shine, 98-94, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Picanto ended a 16-game losing skid dating back to last conference. It was Kia’s first taste of victory since pulling off a double overtime win over Phoenix on May 21, 2017.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Brady mum on status for AFC title game after hand injury Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Rookie Rey Nambatac notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Painters, who fell to 2-3. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’m more relieved than anything else because of this win,” said Kia coach Ricky Dandan. “We broke that [16-game losing skid] and this will go a long way in our rebuilding our ball club.”“It was really difficult for us because our confidence were all shot, but we really had no choice but to move forward and look at the positives despite all of those blowout games,” he added. “We really dug deep and our guys really worked hard for this win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKia posted its first win this conference after a 0-4 start but not after surviving an anxious final minute where the Picanto barely avoided a major collapse.Protecting a three-point lead with 55 seconds left, Kia turned the ball over twice. View commentslast_img read more

Bucks, Raptors begin deciding Eastern Conference title

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Over the next couple of weeks, one team will separate itself.The top-seeded Bucks play host to the second-seeded Raptors on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. They had the best records in the NBA this season — Milwaukee went 60-22, Toronto went 58-24 — and one of them will have home-court advantage for the NBA Finals starting May 30.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You can’t get caught up in people’s expectations,” Raptors star Kawhi Leonard said Tuesday. “You’ve got to worry about self-expectations, team expectations, and winning, and that’s what we have to focus on. It doesn’t matter about the one-on-one match-up. This game isn’t a one-on-one basketball game.”Leonard made the shot that sent Toronto to the conference final, a buzzer-beating corner jumper over Joel Embiid that bounced on the rim four times before dropping. The Bucks, predictably, were impressed. LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Ateneo gets back at UST, forces decider for UAAP volleyball crown Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess RARITYThis is the first East final since 2006 where neither coach was leading his respective team a year earlier. Miami’s Pat Riley faced off against Detroit’s Flip Saunders in 2006; Riley was in the Heat front office the previous year, and Saunders was getting fired by Minnesota. Raptors coach Nick Nurse was an assistant with the Raptors under Dwane Casey last season, and Budenholzer was in the final year of his stint with Atlanta.INJURY WATCHThe Raptors are still without key reserve OG Anunoby (appendectomy), and Nurse said it likely will be at least another week before the team could pinpoint a possible return date. The Bucks will be without Pau Gasol for the rest of the season with a foot injury — so unlike the West final where Golden State’s Stephen Curry meets Portland’s Seth Curry in a brother-brother matchup, the East final will be played without Raptors center Marc Gasol facing his brother.POWER MATCHUPThis is the first time an East final has paired teams that posted at least 58 regular-season wins since 2011, when Miami (58-24) beat Chicago (62-20). It’s the 33rd time that a No. 1 seed has faced a No. 2 seed since the 16-team format was put into use in 1984; in the East, No. 2 seeds have beaten No. 1 10 of 18 times, and in the West it’s the No. 1 seeds with an 8-6 edge.CHASING HISTORYToronto has already tied a franchise record with 66 wins this season, counting both regular season and playoff contests. The 2015-16 Raptors went 66-38 overall; these Raptors are 66-28 so far. The Bucks are up to 68 wins this season, fourth-most in franchise history. The 1970-71 Bucks won 78 games, so Milwaukee’s single-season mark is out of reach, but this season’s team could get to No. 2. The 1973-74 Bucks won 70 games and the 1971-72 Bucks won 69.MONEY MATTERSThe NBA’s playoff pool of bonus money this season is a record $21,676,510, and Milwaukee and Toronto are both assured a significant chunk of that. The Bucks have already claimed $2,516,774 in pool money; the Raptors are up to $1,782,207. The winner of this series is assured $2,543,681 more just for making the NBA Finals — and would get another $1,295,117 for winning the title. MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo leaves the court after defeating the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)However, they weren’t rattled. The team with the best regular-season record also has the best record in these playoffs so far at 8-1, and confidence is not in short supply. The Bucks’ only blemish in these playoffs is a Game 1 loss at home against Boston in the second round, a mistake that will be on their minds Wednesday.“Against Boston, you can go down 1-0 and you’ll still be fine,” Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said Tuesday. “But against Toronto, it’s hard to be in that spot, to lose the first game in your home.”Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer is acutely aware of all that Leonard brings to the table. He was an assistant in San Antonio when Leonard was getting started there — after the Spurs, somewhat ironically, traded George Hill to Indiana for Leonard’s draft rights. Hill is now the Bucks’ backup point guard.“He made a great first impression on San Antonio on his teammates, on his coaching staff,” Budenholzer said when asked about his early days with Leonard. “Just the ability to get loose balls, rebounds and all kinds of little things that sometimes go unnoticed. But to think that he was going to evolve to the player he is … I don’t know when that happened.”Here’s some other things to know going into the Milwaukee-Toronto series:ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts with teammates after making a shot to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers at the end of the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game in Toronto on Sunday, May 12, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)There’s a one-name superstar on either side: Giannis and Kawhi. There’s a Milwaukee franchise that hasn’t been to the NBA Finals in 45 years, opposite a Toronto franchise that has never been to the title round. The Bucks have a coach with an economics degree who wasn’t there last year; the Raptors have a coach with an accounting degree who wasn’t the boss last year.Similarities abound between Milwaukee and Toronto.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

a month agoAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata cools Man Utd, West Ham talk

first_imgAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata cools Man Utd, West Ham talkby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta striker Duvan Zapata insists he’s happy where he is.Zapata is being linked with Manchester United and West Ham.He said, “I am not even thinking about the idea of leaving Atalanta. In football, as in life, you do not know what the future holds, but I have no thoughts other than doing my best for Atalanta.“Our only objective is to be protagonists, so we don’t name targets. “My personal aim is to improve consistently and score as many goals as possible. (Gian Piero) Gasperini is a pleasure to work with, even if it’s exhausting.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more