Celtics, Sixers renew rivalry with new casts in East semis

first_img“In transition, they just make you pay,” Celtics center Al Horford said. “They just present a whole different challenge.”BROWN OUTStevens said guard Jaylen Brown still had some soreness from a hamstring injury he sustained in Game 7 and is doubtful for Game 1 against the Sixers. Tests on Sunday were negative, the coach said.“It looks like it could be something that allows him to play as the series goes on,” Stevens said.The No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Brown averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this season. He said on Saturday he would be back.“Whatever it takes, I wouldn’t miss this series for the world,” Brown said.The Celtics are already without stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, as well as Daniel Theis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next All those banners hanging from the Garden rafters.All that history on the parquet floor.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 crownAll that bad blood between the two cities.A civic rivalry that dates back to the Revolutionary War era came of age on the basketball court with Wilt Chamberlain leading the Philadelphia Warriors, and later the 76ers, against Bill Russell’s Celtics in the 1960s. Larry Bird and Julius Erving picked it up in the 1980s. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Two years after winning just 10 games, the Process is paying off for the 76ers.Embiid, the third overall pick in 2014, returned after missing the first two games of the playoffs and averaged 18.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in three wins over Miami.Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016 before missing all of last season, averaged 18.2 points and 10.6 rebounds against the Heat — both improvements over his regular-season numbers.“They’re super-talented,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “That’s what happens when you’re in the NBA playoffs. It’s fun.”HOMETOWN SHOUTOUTMorris said he’s enjoyed watching the hometown Eagles win the Super Bowl, followed by Villanova’s NCAA basketball championship.“Philly, we had a great year,” the Celtics forward said. “(Rapper) Meek Mill got out of jail — it’s funny, but it was pretty big for our city. A lot of people really appreciated it. You can tell that feeling when you get there, where it’s coming back. A guy that’s been there my entire life and not really seeing it at its peak. Right now Philly is at its peak with everything, sports, living out there. It’s coming back.”RUNNING GAMEThe Celtics held Milwaukee and star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo to zero fast break points in Game 7 of their first-round series.They know that transition defense will also be a key against Philadelphia, which was one of the best in the NBA on the break. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View comments Forward step: LeBron, Cavs pushed to limit but not done yetcenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFPWALTHAM, Mass. — Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are about to find out what the NBA playoffs are really about.After dispatching the Miami Heat in five games in the first round in their first career postseason appearance, the Philadelphia 76ers’ youngsters will open the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night in Boston against the Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Celtics forward Marcus Morris, a Philadelphia native, grew up watching the Allen Iverson-led 76ers that went to the NBA Finals in 2001 but lost to Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker’s Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals the following year.He’s not expecting any favors from his hometown crowd.“I’m expecting the same treatment as far as them not even caring that I’m from Philadelphia,” he said after practice on Sunday, a day after the Celtics advanced by eliminating the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of their first-round series. “I really don’t care either, when I’m competing against them.”The franchises have met 19 times in the playoffs (though only three times in the past 33 years), with Boston holding a 12-7 edge.YOUTH IS SERVEDADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

Lawn Tennis’ Elections Today

first_imgThe chairman of the Constitutional Review Committee of the Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF), Cllr. Lloyd Kennedy has dismissed report on the postponement of the federation’s elections on Friday, 4 April at the SKD complex.Cllr. Kennedy stated, via mobile phone yesterday that the Committee would not acknowledge or act-upon any complaint or protest for the postponement of the elections for the fourth time since the end of its recent dispute in the Court law.The veteran sports lawyer said the LTF’s elections will begin at 2:00p.m., and would be observed by representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and others. Elections Commission chairman Dr. W. Taylor Neal revealed 42 members have registered to vote and interested individuals have applied for four of the five positions up to press time yesterday.He named John P. Dexter and Adolphus Wade as candidates for the presidential post, while the vice president, secretary and treasurer position have each candidate applying.Meanwhile, Coaches Alfred Kandakai and Josiah Gono, on behalf of the Coaches Committee, have called for the postponement of the elections, questioning the voters’ registration and the qualification of candidates.The duo argued that there are discrepancies in the voters’ list and there is no civic education regarding the Friday’s elections.In 2013, the Secretary General of LTF, John P. Dexter and colleagues petitioned the Civil Court against the elections arguing that the then Vice President, Houssein Cheaitou was not qualified to contest the elections based on his nationality, few months after the death of president, Prof. Harold J. Monger.Veteran lawn tennis players and officials at the Ministry of Youth and Sports influenced the withdrawal of the case.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-Sports Minister Launches Sports Clinic for Children

first_imgFormer Youth and Sports Minister, S. Tornorlah Varpilah, has launched a 10-year Sports Clinic Program in Central Liberia, targeting children between ages 6 – 15.Mr. Varpilah said the Sports Clinic, which he referred to as ‘Pilot Project’ includes music, arts, football and basketball.The former Youth and Sports Minister told newsmen over the weekend in Gbarnga, Bong County that the program is aimed to take the kids from the streets of Gbarnga within a period of 10 years.Mr. Varpilah, who is also the former Transport Minister and the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Port Authority (NPA), indicated that the initiative is also intended to help government develop the youth.The former high school basketballer, who is credited for relaunching and rebranding the Upcountry Basketball Tourney after 22 years, stressed that the kids would be trained ‘By the Book’ and by qualified trainers to have a solid foundation.He divulged that football coaches have already registered and recruited 12 community teams; while the basketball program will deal with students from the 2015 Upcountry Basketball Champions, St. Martins High School and the William V.S. Tubman-Gray High School.He also stated that the art class will tackle 20 kids, as well.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 Liberians Arrested for Black Money in Bangkok

first_imgImmigration police arrested two Liberian men in central Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday over a black dollar scam and found they possessed fake US dollar banknotes, security authorities in Thailand have said.Immigration police commissioner Nathanthorn Prousoontorn said David Neal, 40, and Mathas Davies, 53, were arrested in their rented room on Sukhumvit 4 Road (Nana Tai Road) in Klong Toey district with fake US dollar notes with a denomination value of about US$5,000.The men allegedly confessed that they lured many Thai and foreign victims into believing that they had a special chemical that could erase a black coat from dollar banknotes they obtained from a charity fund of the United Nations. Many victims believed them and bought the chemical at a cost of 100,000 to 500,000 baht, Police Lieutenant/General Nathathorun said.The Liberians had overstayed their tourist visas for years and rented the apartment for eight months before the arrest, he said.Police were seeking a Thai accomplice and the source of the counterfeit notes, he said. (Source: www.bangkokpost.com). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UPP Names Rev. Bleah As Vice Standard Bearer

first_imgWento (r) announces Rev. Bleah in SaclepeaThe opposition United People’s Party over the weekend selected Reverend John Bleah, former president of the Liberia Inland Church, as the party’s number-two to the standard bearer, MacDonald A. Wento.The Nimbaian’s selection comes nearly two months after the standard bearer of the opposition Liberty Party (LP), Charles Brumskine, also selected another Nimbaian, former Forestry Development Authority managing director Harrison Karnwea, as his running mate.Rev. Bleah’s selection as running mate to a party’s standard bearer brings to two the number of Nimbaians in that capacity. Meanwhile, speculations are rife that the governing Unity Party (UP) and other political parties are contemplating choosing Nimbaians as their running mates.Like Karnwea, Rev. Bleah is a resident of Saclepea and a son of the county.Mr. Wento made the announcement on May 21 at the party’s convention held in the auditorium of the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Hall in Saclepea.Before announcing Bleah as his running mate, Mr. Wento said Liberia is faced with multiple problems, “because of voting the wrong people into office.”He said in the midst of economic failure, Liberia is now faced with the dilemma of electing a new government in October.He explained that among the country’s numerous failures, it will baffle the international community to note that after years of being a dysfunctional society, “they are yet to arrive at a solution that would evolve a simple mental picture of where Liberia would be in about 5 years from October.”Wento then rhetorically remarked: “As funny as it may sound, how many times have we heard policy interpreters saying we have a challenge to take us back to prewar status?”He said in 21st century Africa, most of Liberia’s sisterly republics have advanced far ahead of her.He said the country’s “forever backwardness” is one of the reasons some of the youth revolted, “because they want a future of hope, not backpedal where unpleasant memories of death and destruction belong.”Mr. Wento stressed the need for reconciliation, adding that history bears testament of the UPP as Liberia’s national liberation movement, “a regrouping of a hardened, professionally purged and battle–poised band of political warriors ready to push out any incompetent and non–performing government.”He said: “This movement bears the insignia of the radical matrix for reform transformation, an elite political fighting machine mobilized to threaten and uproot the ‘Last of the Mohicans’ in the domestic arrangement, and to ensure the UPP assumes the mantle of the country’s leadership for a better Liberia under my leadership.”He noted the UPP’s impressive democratic performance since its formation, adding that the party has refocused its efforts to deepen its “motherly” role and to restructure its social contract with the people of Liberia in terms of the social, cultural, educational, political, religious and economic dimensions in the context of a multi–party and multi-ethnic environment.“Fellow Liberians,” he said, “to achieve these virtues, we must reconcile ourselves and develop the attitude of patriotism and nationalism.“We need to change our negative thoughts toward our country and develop the attitude of love. We need to be passionate to serve, not to be served, so as to rise above tribalism, sectionalism, nepotism as well as all forms of discrimination.”Mr. Wento said it is on the basis of this reconciliatory drive that the UPP and its collaborating parties – the People’s Progressive Party and the Liberia Restoration Party, deemed it necessary to have the standard bearer from Grand Gedeh County and the vice standard bearer from Nimba County so that the two counties, along with UPP, can draft a new agenda for the future of the country.Rev. John Bleah is a well-known personality in the county especially in the county’s predominantly Christian communities. He served the United Liberia Inland Church (ULIC) for many years as president and subsequently retired. He is currently the missions director of the Saclepea Inland Mission in Central Nimba County.In his acceptance speech, Rev. Bleah thanked Mr. Wento for selecting him as his running mate. He then stressed the need to reconcile the nation, something he said Liberians are in need of because they were traumatized by the country’s civil war.He called on all Liberians to reconcile with God before calling on each other to be ambassadors of reconciliation.The program was attended by the executives of the three collaborating parties – PPP, UPP and LRP, and Nimbaians from all walks of life.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Twinning of Georgetown with an Indian City being pursued – High Commissioner

first_img…commits to working with M&CC to beautify Mahatma Gandhi statueThe Government of India has committed to assist the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to beautify the statue of Mohandas Karamchand “Mahatma” Gandhi located in the Promenade Gardens, Georgetown, in observance of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr KJ SrinivasaThis is according to Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Dr KJ Srinivasa, who, during a courtesy call to Georgetown Mayor, Ubraj Narine, on Wednesday, stated that his country will be providing assistance to relevant authorities in Guyana to help beautify.He pointed out that this beautification process will not be limited only to the statue that was erected in honour of Mahatma Gandhi, but also various parts of the capital city.“This is the year of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Ghandi. So, as part of that, we will be trying to help the city of Georgetown to beautify that area and to redo that premises”.The statue of Mohandas Karamchand “Mahatma” Gandhi located in the Promenade Gardens, GeorgetownHe explained that India will also be assisting Guyana with developing and transforming Georgetown in various ways using plans that have been successful in advancing cities in India.“We are also working upon trying to do a twinning of the city of Georgetown with a city in India where complementarities can exist say for example garbage disposal and also in the IT and the language field and the development of culture etc”.Gandhi, during his lifetime, advocated for non-violent actions.In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared Gandhi’s birthday on October 2 as an ‘International Day of Non-Violence’. It is also a national holiday in India.Gandhi’s Doctrine of Non-violence and his philosophy of love, tolerance and truth, have not been confined to India, but are embraced around the world where people fight for freedom and self-determination.His teachings of peace and humanity greatly influenced various freedom struggles and inspired several world leaders such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela in their fight for equity.last_img read more

Fort St. John’s Denny Morrison qualifies for fourth Olympic games

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Fort St. John’s Denny Morrison has qualified for his fourth winter Olympics.Morrison finished in second behind Vincent De Haître in the men’s 1500m race.  De Haître skated to a time of 1:43.44 and Morrison finished with a time of 1:44.13.  After having already met the time standard of 1:44.14 in the fall, De Haître and Morrison were the only two to skate under that time, Saturday, and therefore earned two of the three spots available to Canada in the men’s 1500m for the 2018 Olympic Games.Denny Morrison could be taking part in his fourth career Olympics, where he won a medal each time out.- Advertisement -“I crossed the line and I knew I did what I had to do, but I knew I could have had an even better race,” said Morrison. “I didn’t feel exhausted like I normally do in my best races. I feel like I’m capable of the results that I was capable of before all of what I lived through. I feel like I’m back! It leaves me inspired to do even more. I’ve been setting realistic goals for myself and now, a realistic goal is a podium in South Korea.”“It’s not just a victory for me in speed skating, but a victory for all the support staff that got me here. It’s a huge milestone today and a huge victory for myself and the overall team. I also hope it’s a victory for other stroke survivors or others that have gone through something similar to me to know that you start with the goal post close and then keep moving them further because it’s an accumulation of those small steps that’s got me to this.”2018 Long Track Team Selections will be officially announced on Tuesday at Calgary’s Olympic Oval.Advertisementlast_img read more

Detective, 80, is still on active duty

first_imgLAPD Sgt. John O’Toole isn’t a fan of change. The 80-year-old policeman will soon mark his 54th year on active duty, putting him in the No. 1 spot on the department’s officer seniority list. And he has no plans for retirement, which suits his colleagues just fine. “I’m just amazed,” said Valley Traffic Division Capt. Ron Marbrey. “Here he is, he came on the job in 1953. I wouldn’t be born for four years. … Fifty-three years later, he still has the enthusiasm that our young guys do.” Throughout his career, O’Toole, who lives in Studio City, has shot it out with bad guys and helped secure the 1960 and 2000 Democratic conventions. He’s also seen countless department changes, including officers who now holster automatic weapons. “I still have a .38 (revolver),” the silver-haired veteran said. In 1943, when he was 16, the Los Angeles native dropped out of Dorsey High School. He and another under-age pal had doctored documents so they could join the service. A B24 Navy tail gunner fighting in the Pacific, O’Toole, like countless other veterans, had some difficulty adjusting to civilian life after World War II. After a four-year stint on the assembly line of the old Studebaker plant in Southeast Los Angeles, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department in May 1953 and never looked back. “The first day they said, `This is a quasi-military organization,”‘ O’Toole said. “I felt right at home.” In 1960, O’Toole was assigned to a team to protect then-Sen. John F. Kennedy at the Democratic National Convention. After a lead decoy car in Kennedy’s entourage stopped directly in front of the Biltmore Hotel, the future president, seated in a car in the rear, was inadvertently left a block from his destination. “The first car was supposed to pull all the way up to 6th Street,” O’Toole said. Kennedy “was clear down on 5th Street.” A large crowd of supporters mobbed Kennedy’s car and O’Toole and other officers rushed Kennedy into the hotel. “There was a lot of pushing and shoving to get him in the elevator,” O’Toole said. “He wasn’t too happy.” O’Toole was promoted to sergeant in 1964 and became a detective in 1972, continuing his work in accident investigations. He came to work in the Valley in 1974 and has never left. A detective with Valley Traffic, O’Toole starts work at 5 a.m. and ends a 10-hour shift four days a week by presenting evidence to city and state prosecutors for felony and misdemeanor charges in drunk-driving and other cases. When he started working as a police officer, he said, he made about $260 a month. Five years ago, the department started its Deferred Retirement Option Plan, in which retirement-age officers can choose to have their pensions accumulate in interest-earning accounts while they continue drawing their regular salaries. After five years, they must retire. O’Toole joined the program – for one day. “I turned down half a million dollars on that,” he said. “Oh, well, money’s not everything. “The longer you stay, the harder it is to leave,” he added, explaining his love for his job. “It’s like being married. Of course, I’ve been on the job longer than I’ve been with my wife.” Married at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City in 1962, John and Rita O’Toole traveled the world together. Rita had immaculate taste, spoke several languages, including Italian, and had a knack for making things happen – like the couple’s wedding. Nearly four years ago, after Rita was stricken with a form of Alzheimer’s disease, O’Toole was forced to admit her to an Encino retirement home. He visits her nearly every day. If he gets close to his wife, he thinks she might still recognize him. Her grip is still strong, and that means something to him. His dedication to his job, it seems, is only surpassed by his dedication to Rita. “I met my wife the first week out of the Police Academy,” he said, explaining why he’ll continue his daily visits. “It seems my whole life revolved around her, and I know she’d do the exact same thing for me.” rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

BC Hydro Reports Power Outage In Cecil Lake

first_imgUPDATE: Power has been restored to all but a few customers east of Rose Prairie Road. Approximately 50 customers are still without power near Clayhurst.FORT ST. JOHN – B.C. – More than 465 customers are currently without power in the Cecil Lake area this morning.The outage happened at 10:29 A.M., and as of 10:38 A.M., crews are currently enroute to the outage, which is affecting customers east of Rose Prairie Road. The cause of the outage is currently under investigation.- Advertisement -For updates on any power outages, visit https://www.bchydro.com/safety-outages/power-outages.html, and to report an outage, call 1 (888) 769 3766 or *49376 from a mobile phone.last_img

Costa, Coutinho still transfer targets on Deadline Day in Spain

first_img0Shares0000Diego Costa is waiting to find out what Chelsea are going to do with him this summer. PHOTO/SKY.MADRID, Spain, Sep 1- The transfer window closes in Spain at midnight on Friday, so Diego Costa and Philippe Coutinho could still move.In the UK, the deadline was 11pm on Thursday – but La Liga clubs have longer to get business done, and two huge deals from the Premier League to the continent could still happen. Barcelona want to sign Coutinho from Liverpool and have a big-money offer prepped and waiting, should the Reds engage in renewed talks.And Atletico Madrid remain in discussions to sign Chelsea’s striker-in-exile Costa, despite the Blues missing out on Fernando Llorente to Tottenham.Both La Liga sides will be desperate to get these deals done even earlier than the midnight deadline, with Champions League group-stage squads needing to be in by 11pm with UEFA.Coutinho’s potential move appeared to be implicated on Deadline Day when Sky sources reported that Thomas Lemar had turned down a move to Arsenal because he wanted to join Liverpool.Lemar’s decision scuppered Alexis Sanchez’s proposed switch to Manchester City after they launched a £55m offer that the Gunners were prepared to accept – but only if they got Lemar through the door at the Emirates.Barcelona remain determined to land Coutinho and Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria before the Spanish deadline.Costa is still in Brazil hoping to force through a transfer to his former club. He recently opened up on his recent troubles saying he thought it was “disrespectful” that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had texted him to inform him that he was no longer wanted.The Spaniard’s camp are working hard to find a resolution, but it is understood that it remains a “very complicated situation”.Costa’s latest comments came on the back of news that his agent Jorge Mendes was attempting to broker a return for his client to Atletico, who are the only club he will consider moving to.The 28-year-old has not been at Chelsea since they lifted the Premier League title in May, despite his club insisting he meets his contractual obligations to get fit and make himself available for selection.Costa signed for Chelsea for £32m in 2014.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more