Potts out to fulfill promise to grandfather by joining PBA Draft

first_imgMOST READ “This isn’t just about basketball. I think it’s important that I came here,” he said.It’s a facet of Potts’ life that he really put a premium on since arriving to the country coming from the United States two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I feel like there’s a lot of Fil-foreigners who come here just to play basketball, but I think that’s not the right way to think. I think you should really know where you came from,” he said.“There’s a lot of Fil-foreigners who don’t take advantage of knowing where they come from and for me, it’s really important to know those things, where and how it all started, and to make sure that basketball is more of a tool to get back to my Buendia family. That was a bigger thing for me.” Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Entering the draft also moves Potts closer to realizing the promise he made to his deceased grandfather years back.“I didn’t know the PBA until I talked to my grandfather. He told me that if I couldn’t make it in the NBA, why not try the PBA. He said [the PBA] is like the NBA of the Philippines and I should look it up,” Potts recalled.“It’s funny because when I was visiting him in San Diego, he told me to at least make him that promise, that, ‘If I can’t make it to the NBA, the NBA D-League, at least, you try.’ I knew I have a family here and he told me to just try. And I tried.”That’s why Potts doesn’t have any doubts when he decided to make the jump to the pros.“I’m very prepared. I think about the promise I had to my grandfather a lot and I really believe that I’m ready. This is the product of years and years or preparation,” the 6-foot-3 swingman said.ADVERTISEMENT Potts believes he is a two-way player, someone who is effective on both ends of the floor.“Coach Jamike allowed me to thrive on the offensive part of my game, while coach Boyet exposed me to the defense. Dealing with them in my time with San Beda gave me great upside as I enter the PBA,” he said.With his confidence on a high, all Potts wants is to land on a team where his talents will be maximized.“I’d rather be on a team that needs me than a team that wants me because I want a team that needs me for the services I can give to the team,” he said.Potts feels he would be a good fit to teams like NLEX, Ginebra, Alaska, and TNT“There are teams that need help and I want to be that person who gives that help to the team that picks me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Davon Potts. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDeclaring himself for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is more than just basketball decision for Davon Potts.He also looks at it as a chance to reconnect with his Filipino roots and get to know his relatives from Rosario, Cavite.ADVERTISEMENT Mbala to miss La Salle’s UAAP Season 80 opener vs FEU Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datulast_img read more

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Pressure of returning to the top made UST stronger, says coach

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “They absorbed everything,” said rookie head coach Marc Chaiwalla Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “The pressure was there but it made them hungrier and stronger.”READ: Adamson pulls off shocker, claims first UAAP Cheerdance titleFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUST scored 638.50 of a maximum 800, behind Adamson’s 663.50, to nab a second silver medal in three years.The Salinggawi Dance Troupe were once the kings of the cheerdance competition after winning eight titles in the first 12 years of the competition, but has seen a fall in its performance in the past eight years. Adamson pulls off shocker, claims first UAAP Cheerdance title “It was super crazy, it’s really unexpected, and overwhelming, that we won the silver” said Chaiwalla in Filipino. “We’re really happy with this one.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas is still trying to regain its once proud glory of being the UAAP’s undisputed cheerdancers, but the new Salinggawi Dance Troupe know it is getting there.After missing out on a podium finish in 2016, the Salinggawi Dance Troupe roared back and took the silver medal in the Season 80 edition behind champions Adamson University Pep Squad.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson And Chaiwalla experienced the worst of it when UST finished in its lowest rank of seventh place back in 2013.Now that he’s a coach, Chaiwalla just wanted his performers to leave everything on the floor.“Of course our goal was to get back to the podium but as the days went by I wished that every single one of them would be safe, and that they would be happy with their performance,” said Chaiwalla. “If they’re happy, that’s more than enough for me.”Salinggawi proved that it is back to elite status with a simple theme that’s dedicated purely to UST.Clad in black with tiger stripes, Salinggawi took advantage of its dancing skills and highlighted its performance with a three-tier pyramid with a split at the top.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View commentslast_img read more

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Ginebra slips past Magnolia anew in Christmas Clasico

first_img“It was like a perfect storm for us to get beat tonight, but our guys figured out a way. We weren’t perfect out there but we played with really good energy.”As much as the bigs shone under the spotlight, the win wouldn’t have been possible without the solid showing of Ginebra’s backcourt.LA Tenorio scattered 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and five steals, while Scottie Thompson added six markers, nine rebounds, and seven assists in the victory.Magnolia saw the career-night of Ian Sangalang go down the drain. Sangalang had 25 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.Paul Lee had 16 markers, three assists, and three steals, while Peter June Simon got 15.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Guiao says playing at PH Arena ‘convenient’ but won’t regard venue as NLEX homecourt Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES MOST READ Slaughter fired 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and four blocks, capping a dominant showing with a game-sealing three point play with 29.2 seconds left.Aguilar contributed 12 markers and five boards, highlighting his outing with a pair of rim-rattling dunks in the final 2:05 taking the air out of the opposition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJervy Cruz chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench.“I’m a little surprised at how well we played,” said coach Tim Cone as he was impressed with how his Gin Kings performed after the offseason the team had coming to this first conference. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The scores:GINEBRA 89 — Slaughter 24, Tenorio 15, J. Aguilar 12, Cruz 12, Caguioa 7, Ferrer 7, Thompson 6, Mariano 4, Taha 2, R. Aguilar 0, Manuel 0.MAGNOLIA 78 — Sangalang 25, Lee 16, Simon 15, Pingris 6, Barroca 4, Dela Rosa 4, Gamalinda 4, Herndon 2, Melton 2, Ramos 0, Brondial 0, Pascual 0.Quarters: 22-17, 48-37, 66-60, 89-78.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Ginebra once again, had Magnolia’s number after coming out with an 89-78 win in their Christmas Clasico clash Monday night at Philippine Arena here.The Gin Kings went to their strengths late as Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar sealed the deal to lead their squad to a triumphant debut.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Bulanadi powers stags to semis

first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allyn Bulanadi made seven three-pointers on his way to 31 points as San Sebastian College routed Holy Trinity College, 93-75, Saturday in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Elite Eight at Ynares Sports Arena.The Stags thus joined NCAA champion San Beda to the crossover semifinals starting Monday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.The Lions, unbeaten in two games, go for a sweep against winless La Salle Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Teenager Krog races to silver in Asian championships Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img In Group A, Lyceum mauled Naga College Foundation Tigers, 94-82, to boost its semifinal bid.CJ Perez had 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Pirates who picked up their second straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLyceum will make the Final Four if Ateneo defeats University of Visayas in their showdown. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View commentslast_img read more

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Austrian snowboarder Schairer breaks neck in scary crash

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Martinez finishes 28th, fails to advance to Olympics free skate round GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings The Austrian Olympic Committee said Schairer fractured the fifth vertebrae in his neck. It said there is no indication the 30-year-old Schairer experienced any neurological impairment or long-term damage.              /kgaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ From bottom to top is Pierre Vaultier, of France; Jarryd Hughes, of Australia; Markus Schairer, of Austria; and Hanno Douschan, of Austria runs the course during the men’s snowboard cross elimination round at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Thursday, February 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Markus Schairer of Austria is heading home for treatment after breaking his neck in a frightening crash during the Olympic men’s snowboard cross quarterfinals.Schairer lost control in the air on the final jump of the treacherous downhill course on Thursday. He slammed into the snow on his back, sending his goggles flying. He was able to get to his feet before being taken for a medical exam.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:56At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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TNT blows big lead, beats GlobalPort in heated game

first_imgRomeo, who played his first five seasons with the Batang Pier, finished with 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the field.Castro notched a double-double with 21 points and 10 assists while Pogoy added 20 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Tyler, who was saddled by foul trouble, had 14 points and 12 rebounds in less than 26 minutes of action.Sean Anthony fired a game-high 34 points for GlobalPort, which even took an 81-77 edge with 1:22 to go.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Castro scored seven of TNT’s first 13 points before a barrage of treys by Roger Pogoy and Jericho Cruz followed by a dunk by Troy Rosario extended it to 16, 107-91, with 7:27 remaining.“It’s nice that the PBA is allowing some level of physicality, but if it gets to a point where players intentionally hurt each other, we should all question that,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose squad squandered a 21-point lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I think there were some unnecessary actions in some possessions that I think the commissioner has to look at so we and the fans will be able to enjoy the game more.”It was a heated game that saw players from both teams being called for technical and unsportsmanlike fouls especially late in the game. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Kipchoge, Cheruiyot of Kenya win at hottest London Marathon MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESTNT restored order in the fourth quarter after blowing a big lead to beat GlobalPort, 128-114, in a heated game at the start of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jayson Castro led a strong fourth quarter by the KaTropa, who went on a 24-10 surge to open the final frame.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GlobalPort big man Mo Tautuaa got tossed after a confrontation with TNT import Jeremy Tyler with 2:41 remaining.After a dunk, Tautuaa’s feet careened into Tyler, who was under the basket, while hanging onto the rim. Tyler grabbed Tautuaa’s left foot and the Fil-Tongan retaliated by kicking the former NBA veteran on the chest. The two had to be separated from each other.Another heated exchange broke out between Pogoy and Joseph Gabayni, who replaced Tautuaa, less than a minute later.Pogoy confronted Gabayni, who fouled him hard and got called for a flagrant foul penalty one.The game also marked the TNT debut of Terrence Romeo, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade three weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Despite slim chances, Blackwater not bowing out just yet

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Walker, who replaced Jarrid Famous six games into the conference, showed his winning attitude as he made big plays on both ends of the floor inside the final minute, including the game-winning dunk over Hotshots big man Rafi Reavis with 3.4 seconds left.“I couldn’t leave it to chance. I don’t really dunk anymore, but for the game, I didn’t want it to get it blocked and my daughter’s watching gotta put it down for the win,” Walker said.At 1-7, Blackwater still has a mathematical chance to make a late quarterfinals run although, it no longer has control of its own fate that sweeping its remaining games still won’t secure them a spot in the last eight.It also doesn’t help that the Elite’s final three games will be against Rain or Shine, Meralco, and San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Henry Walker all pumped up after game-winner. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBlackwater coach Bong Ramos felt relieved after his team finally broke through for its first win in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.But despite that, Ramos already appeared resigned to the idea that the Elite are no longer in play for a playoff spot after digging themselves a deep hole with seven straight losses to open the conference.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “I know we’re now uninvited guests but I believe we’re still here and unlike others, we’re not here to just be on vacation,” Ramos told reporters in Filipino after a 86-84 squeaker over Magnolia on Wednesday.JP Erram, import Henry Walker and the rest of the Elite, however, aren’t planning to coast through their last three games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We’re going to enjoy this win but we still have games left to play, our conference isn’t over yet,” Erram said in Filipino. As players, our goal is to win every game even though, we don’t have any chance [to make the playoffs]. We just have to push each other to win because that’s the goal that we set before the conference began.”“We’re going to win, we’re gonna win that’s how we’re approaching it. That’s the only way we can,” Walker told reporters. “We’re building for the next conference but at the same time, I don’t come over here to lose. I don’t have that in my body.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Muguruza sends Sharapova to worst Grand Slam loss in six years Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

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The interview remains critical in the NBA draft process

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES FILE – In this May 18, 2018, file photo, reporters and photographers surround Trae Young, from Oklahoma, during the interview segment of the NBA draft basketball combine, in Chicago. Most of the furniture was taken out of several rooms on the 15th and 16th floor of the hotel in downtown Chicago. There’s a couple tables, a few chairs, and when the doors open to those suites draft hopefuls can make or break their futures in 20 minutes. This is where the interviews happen for the draft, where teams meet players and ask them about everything from their family histories to their thoughts on highway safety before investing millions of dollars. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)CHICAGO — The elevator stopped at the 16th floor of the swanky hotel, and after a few nervous steps down the hallway a soon-to-be professional athlete was ready to face perhaps the most unpredictable part of the NBA draft process.The interview.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “Is this just about money?”They asked the player what he thought of his teammates in college, how he deals with teammates that he doesn’t like, how he reacts to criticism. One of the interviewers has turned his chair around, another has his feet up on an unused chair and there were even a couple moments of laughter. Almost out of nowhere, there was a very specific question about a block-charge call the player was involved in during a game this past season, and how he reacted to a referee about the call not going his way.The player slid down in his chair a little bit.“How’d you even know about that?” he asked, sheepishly.The time flies by, the interview wraps and the player was due in a few minutes one floor down for another of his seven meetings scheduled throughout the day. Everyone stands, handshakes happen all around, and just like that, it was over. The notebooks close, and the player is walked to the door by the coach who pats him on the back twice while saying “you did great.”The kid stepped into the hall, the door closed, and that was it.Every team does interviews differently, but for the most part the setup was the same — cleared-out hotel room, about 30 minutes per session, somewhere between five to 10 people in the room to greet the player. By nightfall and the end of the day’s meetings, everyone is exhausted. Michael Porter Jr., the Missouri player who will be a lottery pick, couldn’t even remember how many teams he met with on Day 1.“It’s all on my phone,” he said, as he started running down the list.There have been some famous, or infamous, stories of how draft combine interviews have gone in recent years.Many NFL hopefuls have said they’ve been asked about their sexuality; Jeff Ireland, when he was the general manager of the Miami Dolphins, made headlines in 2010 for asking Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute. The Minnesota Timberwolves have been asking players for a couple of years if they speed up or slow down at yellow lights — it’s a question seeking insight not into their traffic habits, but their ability to make split-second decisions. The Detroit Pistons brought a virtual reality setup into their interviews this year, much to the delight of players and something that will likely be copied for years to come given how much of a hit it was. The draft hopefuls were presented with about 12 scenarios when they had the VR headsets on, and were told to assess what to do in the various situations.And the Portland Trail Blazers went deep into psyches, with a sports performance psychologist asking players a series of questions to determine their personality traits.“So accurate,” said Brian Bowen, who eventually removed himself from draft consideration but will still seek a pro career since the NCAA isn’t granting the former Louisville recruit eligibility at South Carolina for the 2018-19 season. “It was crazy.”Kevin Huerter, who is leaving Maryland after two seasons and could get selected as early as the middle of the first round, said some teams — San Antonio and Golden State in particular — were more in-depth than some other clubs were with him during the combine interviews.“Pick one moment in time that describes your personality,” Huerter said he was asked during the Warriors meeting. “I thought that was a really good question.”While one player said he was asked to participate in a staring contest, truly bizarre tales seemed nonexistent.“I don’t let it get there,” Miami’s Bruce Brown Jr. said. “That’s just my personality, to bring everybody up and make everybody smile. Every interview went great.”There was plenty of basketball played at the combine, plenty of on-court testing and evaluation going on, and the sharing of medical information is of enormous value to the teams. There have been more workouts for individual teams since the combine, and more interviews. But teams will review notes from sessions at the combine before Thursday night.“It’s all about business,” said Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr., someone who will almost certainly be a lottery pick and prepared for that by meeting with most of the teams that have top-14 selections in this draft during his time in Chicago last month. “At the next level, there’s no more just playing the game.” Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “Relax, man,” the coach said to the player, an early entry candidate, as he sat down. “We’re just trying to get to know you.”Water was offered, and the chat began.A couple of people were taking handwritten notes, the focus clear by the fact that no one is checking their phones, and the interview was more of a conversation than an interrogation. There was an order to things, with five team staffers asking the bulk of the questions, each getting roughly the same amount of time to play their respective role.“What would your family tell us about you?”“How many cellphones do you have?”ADVERTISEMENT Down in the lobby, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka of the Los Angeles Lakers chatted with familiar faces and pretended not to notice random fans taking selfies with them in the background. Agents held court with other agents, Clippers coach Doc Rivers talked with some journalists and a couple dozen people were outside with their phones ready to snap pictures of whoever was walking in next.But upstairs, high above the bustle and din of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the real action was happening.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThere were probably about 300 interviews conducted over two days in the Windy City during the draft combine. Those chats — more than perhaps the basketball that was played that week — give teams their best insight into a prospect and help decision-makers determine which players will merit multi-million-dollar investments at Thursday’s NBA draft. The Associated Press was granted access to one of the sessions.The 25-minute meeting was held in a room that had its usual furniture — bed, television, dressers — cleared out for two couches and a table with eight chairs. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘Iranian Messi’ feels at home at World Cup before Spain game Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Guangzhou holds off Seoul for Asia League title

first_imgView comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Photo from Asia League FacebookMACAU—Guangzhou avoided a late-game collapse and survived Seoul’s rally to come away with a 78-72 victory and the championship in the Asia League Super 8 Sunday at Macau East Asian Games Dome.The Long Lions held a big 16-point lead, 65-49, at the 7:38 mark of the fourth quarter after Zheng Zhun’s layup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Beermen back in finals, knock off Aces in Game 4 Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img That lead, however, dissipated after the Samsung Thunders went on an electrifying 20-6 run that Kim Dong Uk’s three-pointer capped off that pulled the Korean side to within two, 71-69, with 58 seconds left to play.Guangzhou managed to survive through free throws as the Long Lions went 7-of-8 from the line in the final minute of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Ju Mingxin led the Long Lions with 25 points and five rebounds while Zheng had 13 points and seven boards.Lee Gwan Hee put up 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Samsung Thunders while Kim and Jang Min Guk had 14 and 12 points, respectively. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more

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Stephen Curry shoots 86, finishes last in Web.com event

first_imgNBA player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors tees off on the seventh hole during Round Two of the Ellie Mae Classic at TBC Stonebrae on August 10, 2018 in Hayward, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPHAYWARD, Calif. — Stephen Curry dropped 11 strokes to par on the first eight holes and shot a/an 16-over 86 on Friday to finish last in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic.The Golden State Warriors star, making his second appearance in the event at TPC Stonebrae, finished at 17-over 157 after opening with a 71 on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron to make Lakers debut at Portland, returns to Cleveland in November On the back nine, Curry birdied the par-4 10th, made a triple on the par-4 11th, bogeyed the par-3 12th, birdied the par-4 14th, had a double bogey on the par-3 16th and a bogey on the par-4 18th.“It’s the same way I do on the court when I’m not making shots,” Curry said. “You just find something to focus on that you can do. For me, it was just trying to take each shot and just have fun with it and trying to hit a good shot and not really get too down about the result if it wasn’t what I was expecting.”Prugh matched the tour nine-hole record with a back-nine 27 in a 60 that left him 16 under. He birdied the first seven holes on the back nine, parred the 17th and birdied the 18th.“My putter has been a little streaky here and there, but when it’s on, it’s on,” Prugh said. “I’ve been making putts and fortunately whenever that happens it makes everything easier. ”Prugh was two strokes short of the tour record of 58 set by Stephan Jaeger two years ago at TPC Stonebrae and one shot off Jaeger’s 36-hole tour mark for strokes.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Josh Teater was two strokes back after a 62.Curry played alongside Cameron Champ and Martin Trainer. Champ, the Utah Championship winner last month who leads the tour in driving distance, was tied for 42nd after rounds of 68 and 67. Trainer, a two-time winner this year, shot 69-70 to miss the cut.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Curry was last among the 154 finishers — 33 strokes behind leader Alex Prugh — and missed the cut by 13 strokes. Last year, Curry shot 74-74 to tie for 148th and miss the cut by 11 shots.“I couldn’t hit a driver to save my life today, so that’s how golf goes,” Curry said. ” One day you have it, or at least in the amateur world, one day you have it and one day you completely lose it and you have no idea what you’re doing over the top of the ball.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Playing as an amateur, Curry bogeyed the par-3 second, made a quadruple-bogey 9 on the par-5 third after hitting consecutive drives out of bounds, bogeyed the par-4 fifth, made a triple on the par-4 seventh and a double on the par-4 eighth.“As always, it’s an amazing opportunity to be out here to test my game under the ultimate pressure, stressful situations,” Curry said. “Today was interesting all the way around. I knew sort of what I had to shoot (to make the cut). I played the first holes OK and then the wheels fell off on the third hole.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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