MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. AFP photo/TIMOTHY A. CLARYCurrent Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo grew up in the streets of Athens, Greece and admittedly did not know much about the NBA growing up.His current coach Jason Kidd was one heck of a point guard before trading the ball for a clipboard, and surprisingly, the 22-year-old stud did not know much about his coach’s playing career either.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Arellano trumps JRU, joins 2nd-place logjam in NCAA volleyball Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA As detailed in an article from Sports Illustrated, the ‘Greak Freak’ grew furious at his mentor after suffering a ‘DNP-CD’ (Did-Not-Play Coach’s decision) during Kidd’s first coaching year with the team in 2014.“I was like, ‘Let’s see what this guy did in his career, anyway,’” Antetokounmpo recounted, and did a quick Google search of Kidd’s bio on his phone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThe brash, young player was quickly put in his place, as the 6’11 lanky star discovered Kidd’s long list of accolades as a 10-time All-Star player, and being one of the game’s all-time greats.“I saw Rookie of the Year, NBA championship, USA Olympic gold medal, second in assists, fifth in made threes, blah, blah, blah. I was like, ‘Jesus freaking Christ, how can I compete with that? I better zip it,” he shared. We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Since the hysterical incident, the two have developed quite a strong bond and the results have been undeniable.Under Kidd’s tutelage, Antetokounmpo currently leads Milwaukee in every major statistical category—23.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.9 steals—and is on pace to become the Bucks’ first All-Star since Michael Redd in 2004.He is on his fourth season with the Wisconsin-based franchise, and has blossomed from his unlikely transition into taking the crucial point guard position. Khristian IbarrolaADVERTISEMENT Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine View comments
Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop Fultz will not play Sunday, but there is no timetable for his return to action.“We’ll be as cautious as we can, making sure he’s healthy,” Pierce said.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’It was the last thing the Sixers wanted to see just when they appeared to be ready to put years of misery behind them. They have dealt with significant injuries to center Joel Embiid and last year’s No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, over the last three years.“Oh no no no,” Embiid tweeted, “don’t do this to us.” Markelle Fultz. APLAS VEGAS — No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz needed to be helped off the court with an injury to his left ankle in the Philadelphia 76ers’ summer league game Saturday night against Golden State.Fultz appeared to roll his ankle in the second half and was helped to the locker room by two teammates. Sixers summer league coach Lloyd Pierce said Fultz has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle and “will be treated accordingly.”ADVERTISEMENT The move energized a fan base that had been worn down by years of tanking under previous GM Sam Hinkie, though his oft-criticized strategy was finally starting to pay off with the accumulation of talent in Philly.The Sixers also added veterans J.J. Redick and Amir Johnson to supplement the young core and appeared poised to get rolling in the wide-open Eastern Conference.Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season for the Huskies, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats.“I think that he has a tremendous feel for the game,” Brown said. “I think that the way he plays and the pace he plays with is going to allow him to play multiple positions. He has proven to be a better shooter than personally I expected.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fultz, who signed his contract earlier in the day, was taken for X-rays. The former Washington star had eight points in 15 minutes.“I’m a little bit punch-drunk with the injuries that we’ve had with our first players selected over the years,” head coach Brett Brown said during the ESPN telecast.But Pierce said he was trying not to look at it that way.“It’s easy to put that on the history that we’ve gone through, but no, it’s just part of the game,” Pierce said.The 76ers pulled off a trade with Boston before the draft in June to move up from No. 3 to No. 1 to take Fultz, the dynamic scoring point guard that GM Bryan Colangelo felt was the perfect piece to put with Simmons and Embiid.ADVERTISEMENT Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste Imee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer Robert Whittaker edges Romero, grabs interim belt at UFC 213 McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LATEST STORIES View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy
LOS ANGELES (AP): Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was sentenced to community service on Wednesday after being charged with marijuana possession and resisting arrest following an incident last month at a Los Angeles housing project, prosecutors said. Randolph entered a no-contest plea during a court appearance Wednesday and was immediately sentenced to 150 hours of community service, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office. The two-time All-Star may petition the court for the charges to be vacated if he stays out of trouble for a year, Mateljan said. Randolph initially had been arrested in August on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, a felony, but Los Angeles city prosecutors instead charged him with misdemeanour drug possession. Court documents said the 36-year-old Randolph possessed “more than 28.5 grammes of marijuana or more than four grammes of concentrated cannabis or both.” Randolph also was accused of resisting arrest and obstructing a Los Angeles police officer in the discharge of his or her duties. Randolph was arrested August 9 at the Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts after officers observed a crowd of people drinking, smoking marijuana, blasting music and blocking streets, police have said. The officers observed three people, including Randolph, run off but immediately stopped one of the men, police said. Randolph and another man ran inside a home and were arrested after a crowd of bystanders formed and attempted to block the officers, police said.
“Ben Silverman is the best-known and most beloved television executive on Madison Avenue,” Zucker said. “The timing has absolutely nothing to do with our fall schedule.” No changes are planned to that schedule, the executives said. Silverman founded Reveille, which specialized in adapting overseas television programming for American audiences. He played a role in bringing series like “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” “Big Brother” and “The Biggest Loser” to the U.S. Silverman will continue to own Reveille, although he will not benefit financially from any projects going forward. The company will continue for two years its deal offering NBC Universal a first look at everything it develops. Silverman and Graboff will both be responsible for all of NBC’s prime-time, daytime and late-night programming. Both will report to NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker, with Graboff concentrating on the business side and Silverman on creative efforts and scheduling. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Fourth-place NBC fired chief programming executive Kevin Reilly on Tuesday only three months after giving him a new three-year contract. Reilly was replaced by the two-man team of Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff. Silverman owned a production company responsible for bringing shows like “The Office” and “Ugly Betty” to American television, while Graboff has been a veteran TV executive concentrating primarily on the business side. NBC Universal acted quickly because it was eager to bring on Silverman, who had told NBC Universal chief executive Jeff Zucker within the past two weeks that he was thinking of selling Reveille Productions, his independent firm. “This was really much more about a moment in time with regard to Ben Silverman than it was about anybody else,” Zucker said. Silverman said that he considered the late NBC entertainment executive Brandon Tartikoff a mentor and that he grew up as a latchkey kid in New York watching NBC. “This has been a dream job for me ever since I was a little kid. “I want to find big shows that are quality shows,” Silverman said. “To me, the hallmark will be quality with noise.” Despite developing “Heroes” and receiving critical praise for shows like “Friday Night Lights,” Reilly had been unable to stop NBC’s long slide from the heyday of “Friends” and “Seinfeld.” The network had two of its least-watched weeks in memory in April, and watched from the sidelines as Fox’s “American Idol” and ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” generated heat in May. The firing comes at an awkward time for parent company NBC Universal, less than two weeks after NBC released a new fall schedule to lukewarm response and just as NBC is preparing to sell commercial time for next fall.
Countrywide said in its SEC filing late Thursday that it has adequate funding liquidity but added “the situation is rapidly evolving and the impact on the company is unknown.” The filings by both companies came as liquidity – loans available to borrowers including banks, companies and homebuyers – dries up around the world. Central banks in Europe, Japan and the U.S. have been infusing their markets with cash as stocks plummet internationally. Countrywide packages many of its home loans into bonds and sells them to investors. Stung by deteriorating credit quality and a stagnant housing market, investors have soured on the bonds, the company said. Rather than sell the bonds inexpensively, Countrywide said it was keeping the home loans in its own portfolio. The lender is also becoming pickier about which borrowers to lend to. In addition, Countrywide said credit quality among its prime borrowers – clients with solid credit ratings – has drastically worsened. At the end of June, 3.7 percent of Countrywide’s prime home equity borrowers were not up to date with their payments, compared with 1.5 percent at the end of the second quarter last year. The percentage of prime home equity loans pending foreclosure was also up 0.12 percent from 0.08 percent in the year-ago period. In all, 4.9 percent of the company’s loans were delinquent at the end of June, up from 3.9 percent a year ago. During a conference call last month, Countrywide Financial, based in Calabasas, assured investors it has access to more than $46 billion in cash and was not in financial distress. But in a sign of its difficulty selling loans, Countrywide said in the filing it had transferred $1.9 billion in mortgages from the “loans held for sale” category to the “held for investment” classification. The company marked down the value of the loans by $200 million. “The problem is you can’t find a home for loans with investors right now, so as a result they’re having to hold more loans,” said Frederick Cannon, an analyst with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc. “In my view, Countrywide has a strong balance sheet and can get through this.” J.P.Morgan Securities analyst George A. Sacco Jr. said Thursday’s filing was not a new view from Countrywide’s management team. The outlook reiterates the company’s assessments during the recent conference call, he said. Washington Mutual said in its filing that deposits decreased by $12.57 billion for the six months ending June 30, compared to an increase of $11.39 billion for the comparable period last year. The company is now expending billions in financing costs, a business that previously generated cash for the bank, according to the filing. Net cash the company uses in financing activities zoomed to $34.24 billion for the six-month period. In the comparable period, financing generated $5.13 billion. At the same time, its lenders are apparently demanding repayments. For the six months ended in June, it made $42.9 billion in repayments, up from $28.37 billion for the comparable period. Lehman Brothers analyst Bruce Harting said in a research note Friday that he expects Washington Mutua’s losses from its pool of riskier loans to be offset by the traditional loans in its portfolio. While all mortgage lenders are facing stress because of the credit crunch, the worst off are those that have been dependent on financing from Wall Street. “That business model appears to be coming unwound pretty quickly,” Cannon said. “In our view, we believe that the institutions with depository funding are going to get through this.” Harting echoed that view, concluding savings and loans may have the edge if the mortgage debt woes continue. He noted that in the 1980s, such institutions were able to survive, even as their loan portfolios suffered losses, because they were primarily funded by federally insured deposits. “Look for (savings and loans) to actually have opportunities to cherry pick higher quality lending opportunities in the event the liquidity crisis wears on,” Harting wrote.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CALABASAS – Shares of Countrywide Financial Corp. slipped more than 2 percent Friday after the nation’s largest mortgage lender said in a regulatory filing that “unprecedented disruptions” in debt markets could continue or worsen. Company stock fell 80 cents, or 2.79 percent, to close at $27.86. Shares had opened the day by plunging more than 17 percent in premarket trading. Shares of Washington Mutual Inc. also dropped more than 2 percent after the bank said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Thursday that disruptions in the mortgage market could affect its liquidity. Its shares dropped 81 cents, or 2.20 percent, to close at $35.95.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita European governments, scrambling to avoid the specter of a mutation that could trigger a pandemic capable of killing millions, sprayed trucks from Turkey with disinfectant. In Italy, a consumer group urged the government to impose a ban on travel to Turkey, and in Greece, veterinary inspectors stepped up border checks. Underscoring the vulnerability neighboring countries feel, Bulgaria began issuing its citizens special instructions on how to deal with an outbreak. ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey raced to contain an outbreak of bird flu Tuesday, destroying 300,000 fowl and blaring warnings from mosque loudspeakers, after preliminary tests showed at least 15 people have been infected with the deadly H5N1 strain. The World Health Organization, meanwhile, reported Wednesday that two more people in China died from the virulent strain, bringing the death toll on the Chinese mainland to five and the worldwide toll to 78. As Turkey recorded the first human deaths outside eastern Asia, jittery European governments stepped up border checks. Turkey’s 15 cases in one week is a record for the current bird flu outbreak. Never before has such a high number of cases been seen in such a short time in Asia, where nearly all the deaths have occurred.
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ACTON – The two plots of land near Sierra Highway blend neatly today into the wide canyons around them, but the people who live in the area see change on the horizon. Two new housing developments are in the works. One site is on the western edge of Agua Dulce. The other is in Acton. Both projects have sparked some reaction from neighbors living in between who don’t know one another today but have much in common. “Unless they do something about our streets, water and sewage, they shouldn’t build more homes here,” said Tony Mashhour. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Mashhour runs Pepper Tree Liquor, a lone convenience store and gas station along a barren stretch of Sierra Highway. Although the new residents would bring business to Mashhour’s shop, the Agua Dulce resident views the two-lane highway outside his window as dangerous and sure to become more so with traffic. Sierra Highway serves as a major thoroughfare from Palmdale to Santa Clarita, and many commuters travel the road as an alternative to the Antelope Valley Freeway. If Mashhour took a right turn out of his store and headed down Sierra Highway a few miles, he’d pass a few ranches and some horses, and eventually he’d come upon 140 acres reserved for seven new homes near Wright Road. The acreage is east of Sierra Highway and “leans” against the wide, towering canyons around it. He might also meet Jeff Sutherland, a 37-year-old who lives in a tiny community tucked behind Wright Road, a dirt road lined with white fences. When the Canyon Country man learned of the seven homes going in, he shrugged. He is more concerned about the 75 homes proposed near Sierra Highway and Vasquez Canyon Road. He is seeing change all around. “It’s going to happen,” Sutherland said. “If you really want to get away from people, you have to get really far, and that’s not worth it.” But if Sutherland and Mashhour took a small road trip north up Sierra Highway, past the sun-scorched fields, random community churches and mom-and-pop restaurants, they might come across Acton’s Jessica Hecker. The 15-year-old is concerned about another housing development. This one includes 39 new single-family homes across a wide chunk of land that Hecker and others find ideal for riding dirt bikes, go-karts and horses. A dirt trail winds its way across the 80-acre property at Bandell Street and Crown Valley Road. The area is along the floor of a canyon, and the slightest movement sends dust clouds swirling into the air. It’s a legendary place for off-road sports, said Hecker, who has even driven a golf cart there. She expects people still to ride in that area after homes are built. “They might have a lot of annoyed neighbors,” she said. If Mashhour, Sutherland and Hecker on her dirt bike headed to the proposed plot, they’d likely stumble on Bryan Carlton, who lives adjacent to the development. Carlton has enjoyed his 11 years of peace in the area, minus the noise from people riding on the dirt path and kicking up dust. But his biggest concern about the new homes is the water that will drain from their lawns into a catch basin at the end of the road. It could pool and gather mosquitoes, he said. “No, I’m not really excited about the homes,” he said. “But more than anything – all the mosquitoes.” email@example.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Besiktas have sent a delegation to London to begin talks with West Ham striker Javier Hernandez, according to reports to Turkey.The Mexican has struggled to perform since joining the Hammers in the summer, and manager David Moyes could decide to cash in before the end of the month.Manchester United have been linked with a sensational return for Hernandez, who left Old Trafford for the Bundesliga back in 2015.Hernandez enjoyed a return to form with German outfit Bayer Leverkusen before joining West Ham in a £16million deal in July, but the move hasn’t quite worked out for the 29-year-old.Besiktas are on the hunt for a new star striker following Cenk Tosun’s move to Everton and, according to Turkish-Football, they have stepped up their efforts to sign Hernandez.The reigning Turkish Super Lig champions have reportedly sent officials to London for talks with the Hammers star, with the club hoping the chance of a return to first-team action and the guarantee of Champions League football will be enough to convince the frontman to move.However, United remain in the race to snap him up and the opportunity of a sensational return to Old Trafford cannot be ruled out. 1 Javier Hernandez has been linked with a West Ham exit despite only joining the club in July
Simon Jordan says Riyad Mahrez should be made to keep playing for Leicester City despite his failed Manchester City move, and has called for the Professional Footballers’ Association to take a stronger stance over AWOL players.The former Crystal Palace chairman blasted the PFA as ‘fundamentally flawed’ in a heated exchange with chief executive Gordon Taylor on talkSPORT on Wednesday.Mahrez has reportedly been absent from the club ever since being denied a deadline day move to the Etihad Stadium in January, and he is expected to miss a third straight game when the Foxes take on City on Saturday.Sources close to the Algerian playmaker have said he has been depressed after his dream move fell apart, and Leicester are supposedly prepared to be patient with their star man and will not rush him back into action.But Jordan, who was alongside talkSPORT host Jim White, insists the player is contractually obliged to play for the team, regardless of his personal disappointment.The former Palace chief took also aim at PFA chief Taylor, who joined Wednesday’s show to share his stance on the situation at the King Power Stadium.“A player not getting what he wanted and downing tools is fundamentally and irrevocably wrong,” Jordan said to Taylor.“The idea that this is a cultural thing, that he’s a footballer and it’s of human interest – we all have to deal with adversity, we all have to deal with situations where we can’t get what we want.“Riyad Mahrez is an employee of Leicester City and under the contract he signed he has to do what the clubs wants of him.“If they don’t want to sell him, he has to get on with it.“Surely that has to be the PFA’s position, if they’re doing what is right for the wellbeing of footballers per se, rather than engaging in supporting prima-donnas doing exactly what they want to do and unwinding the whole fabric of football.”Listen to Simon Jordan and Gordon Taylor’s heated exchange below… LISTEN: On the @JimWhite show this morning, @Sjopinion10 was involved in a heated exchange with @PFA chief, Gordon Taylor, regarding the conduct of Riyad Mahrez.What do you make of this? pic.twitter.com/RSLFesdzJ6— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 7, 2018