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LeBron vows NBA fightback after ‘one of toughest career losses’

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Cleveland’s LeBron James, known for bouncing back stronger from playoff losses, promises such heroics Sunday in the NBA Finals after what he calls one of the toughest defeats of his career.Defending champion Golden State opened the best-of-seven championship series with a 124-114 overtime home victory Thursday after the Cavaliers led in the final seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial But far from demoralized, James said he is re-energized by the chance to level the series before the scene changes to Cleveland next week in the fourth consecutive finals between the two clubs.“You should feel excited about the opportunity to be better and be great and move forward,” James said. “I woke up feeling excited about the opportunity that presents itself tomorrow.“I expect us to come and play with the same grit we had in game one. And we made a lot of mistakes in game one. I expect us to be better.”Improvements after defeats have become a James trademark in the playoffs. Four times after producing fewer than 27 points in a post-season loss this year, James has scored 42 or more in the following contest.But where do you go from 51 points?ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “That means he has to score 60 now, right?” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of James. “Well, got to score 60 tomorrow then I guess.“After a loss, it’s tough. But I think he always comes out and leads by example and sets the tone early. I think, offensively, we need him to do that, especially on this floor with their crowd and the way they play. We need him to set the tone early in all the games.”‘Animosity and edginess’Stephen Curry, who led the Warriors with 29 points in the opener, says his team will be more aggressive in keeping James from comfortable situations.“We’ve got to be a little bit more aggressive,” Curry said. “It just means doing things a little bit faster, a little bit more physical, and trying to make not just him but everybody else more uncomfortable out there to start the game. I think we can do that.”Draymond Green poked James in the right eye during a drive to the basket that the Cavs playmaker says looks worse than it hurts.“There is going to be a little animosity and a little edginess,” Curry said. “We’re enjoying the competitive environment.”Big Cavs effort expectedA victory Sunday would put the Warriors halfway to their third crown in four seasons, the other denied when Cleveland rallied from 3-1 down in the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history.“They might have been deflated, and they came back and won. So we’re expecting another great effort from them,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. MOST READ Jeron Teng, 2 ex-La Salle players stabbed in BGC; suspects arrested Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Referees reversed a charging foul on Warriors forward Kevin Durant on video review into a blocking foul on James in the final minute of regulation time and Cleveland’s J.R. Smith squandered a last shot chance in the fourth quarter apparently unaware the score was level.“It’s one of the toughest losses I’ve had in my career,” James said Saturday. “Because of everything that kind of went on with the game and the way we played.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“It was a tough 24 hours… for our whole ballclub because we put ourselves in a great position to be successful.”James scored 51 points, grabbed eight rebounds and passed off eight assists, his scoring total the most in an NBA Finals game since 1993 and the most ever in a losing cause. “We’ve been through this too many times. All we’ve done is win one, and we’re on to the next one.“We’re right where we want to be and we’re all very confident that we’re going to get better from here.”Kerr, who said Warriors forward Andre Iguodala remains doubtful for game two with a left leg injury, said limiting James would be a priority.“I didn’t think we made him work hard enough. I thought everything was smooth sailing for him,” Kerr said. “We’ve got to put more pressure on him. We can’t just sit back and let him pick us apart.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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PVL: BanKo-Perlas sweeps quarterfinals, eliminates PetroGazz

first_imgAmy Ahomiro’s service ace capped off Banko’s 6-3 spurt late in the second set for a 2-0 advantage.Lakia Bright poured 21 points for BanKo-Perlas while Jutarat Montripila tallied 12 markers.Olena Lymareva-Flink scored 17 points for the Angels.The Perlas Spikers will face the PayMaya High Flyers in the semifinals while the Water Defenders will face top-seeded Creamline Cool Smashers. Ivan Ruiz L. SuingADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Chism expects fireworks as he faces Guiao, Road Warriors Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding BanKo-Perlas breezed past PetroGazz 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 to complete the quarterfinals sweep in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 The Perlas Spikers finished the playoffs with a 5-0 slate and also eliminated the Angels from the semifinals hunt, giving Pocari Sweat-Air Force the last semifinals spot.The Lady Warriors had a 4-1 win-loss card while PetroGazz ended the quarterfinals at 3-2.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 crownBanKo-Perlas hung on to a 20-19 lead in the third set when they uncapped a five-poin, game-winning swing sealed by an off-the-block kill by Nicole Tiamzon.“Going into this game, the players feel relaxed. I was planning to put in the second stringers in the third set but then we realized we can’t jeopardize our momentum in the match,” Perlas Spikers head coach Ariel dela Cruz said in Filipino. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View commentslast_img read more

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From Red Light To Omega Market

first_imgThe Omega Market complex, future home of Red Light market sellers, may be dedicated in October this year, on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s birthday, an architect has told this paper.Speaking to the Daily Observer in an interview, the chief architect of the project, F. Augustus Caesar disclosed that the head of the project, Mrs. Clavenda Bright-Parker is mounting pressure on all parties to expedite the completion of the project to dedicate it on the President’s birthday on October 29 this year.“The market is now roofed and we are assessing the level of the remaining work so as to know how much is needed to complete it,” Mr. Caesar said. Pointing out some major works still pending, the Mr. Caesar named the running of electrical wires, plumbing, painting, building of stalls, fencing, and running of water pipes.“It is our hope that the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC) will help to provide the needed utilities that are within their capacities,” he added.According to Mr. Caesar, the new market site will have a bank, internet facilities, warehouses, school and towers for GSM companies. As onlookers view the project now, they quickly imagine that the thousands of people congregating at Red Light for business will soon be relocated.The newly constructed market complex has been roofed, but remaining works mentioned by Mr. Caesar are yet to be completed.The market project is funded by the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, with other institutions including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority supporting through a grand raffle draw and other activities.The project was launched in 2013 following the dismantling of the United States-owned Omega Tower that once stood at the site. The project aims to relocate sellers from Red Light and facilitate smooth passage for vehicles and pedestrians. There had been many attempts by past leaders to relocate Red Light marketers, but space and shelter to accommodate them were not available.Red Light market is littered with challenges. As a result of the huge convergence of people there, controlling pedestrians, vendors, vehicle traffic and garbage appears extremely difficult.Residents and street vendors deliberately dump dirt on the roadside, while just few inches away, other vendors spread goods for sale, near the piled up dumps.This results in pedestrians using the main road to walk among moving vehicles. Red Light is one of the main entry points to Monrovia from the interior and surrounding countries including Guinea and Ivory Coast.Unlike pre-war days when marketers were not at Red Light as they are now, traffic congestion there was not felt as it is now. But since the area became a point of making business in 1997 during the Charles Taylor Administration, it has become challenging for movement of traffic and waste management.The filth in the commercial district often gets to a point where the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) with help of the Liberia National Police has to vigorously enforce the law, breaking down market stalls and raiding the stalls of stubborn vendors who continuously impede traffic by selling on the road side.The road leading from the ELWA Junction to Red Light being already a narrow 2-lane corridor is regularly congested with traffic. Drivers wanting to maximize their number of trips in and out of Red Light each day, crowd the opposite lanes creating hours-long traffic jams in the vicinity. The road on the other hand does not have a wide shoulder for vehicles to park off the main lane; consequently, drivers block traffic when they stop to get passengers on or off their vehicles.Regardless of the constraints, police strive to enforce the law. Liberia National Police (LNP) officers were seen just this week penalizing drivers who are in the habit of impeding the flow of traffic at Red Light by impounding their vehicles to be freed upon paying US$150.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cuba Scholarship Beneficiaries Appreciate Chargé d’Affaires

first_imgMs. Zawolo (L) and a member of the Cuba-Liberia Friendship Association, with Chargè d’Affaires Vera (R) and Secretary Toledo (2nd R) after the gowning ceremonyLiberians who have benefited from scholarships awarded by the Cuban Embassy last Tuesday showed their appreciation by gowning the Chargè d’Affaires Yordenis Despaigne Vera and Second Secretary, Carmen Maury Toledo, for contributing to their education.The beneficiaries who are members of the “Cuba-Liberia Friendship Association”, acknowledged the Cuban Embassy officials for their role in promoting Cuba-Liberia relations.Kesselee Kanneh, vice president of the Association, told the Daily Observer that bilateral relations with Cuba have been rewarding and have afforded a good number of Liberians the opportunity to benefit from quality education in that country.Mr. Kesselee who studied Physical Education and Sports in Cuba said that the Association began in early 2000, and has benefitted many Liberians.Ms. Gaydou Zawolo, who studied Agronomy, said “It was very exciting to learn in Cuba because the country has a better learning atmosphere with instructors willing to sit with students and help them understand when there are difficulties.”Zawolo, who is fluent in Spanish, appealed to other Liberians to study in Cuba when they have the opportunity.In remarks earlier, Chargè d’Affaires Vera said many Africans travel to Cuba to engage in cultural and sporting activities.Despite the economic blockade of Cuba by the United States, his country remains committed to providing support to Africa in the area of human resource capacity building, he said.The occasion was attended by Sie-Teba Neufville, Assistant Minister in the Office of American Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Neufville also recalled Cuba’s contributions to the liberation of Africa from colonial domination and against apartheid, for which President Fidel Castro provided men to fight alongside their African counterparts.He said in all of their struggles, Liberia also stood by African countries in support of their freedom.He acknowledged the role Cuba played in the Ebola fight in West Africa in 2014, when Cuba sent 53 medical doctors to Liberia.Minister Neufville disclosed that on the basis of Liberia-Cuba relations, negotiations will soon be concluded with Cuba for medical doctors to come to Liberia to train doctors and other health workers.Ambassador Ibrahim Kamara, head of the African Union Liaison Office in Liberia, extended gratitude to Cuba for its role in African liberation.He said Fidel Castro demonstrated true love to Africans during the colonial and apartheid days, and assured the envoy that Africans will always remember him for that.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Guyanese of Indian Ancestry kick off youth development forum

first_imgAs part of ensuring that youths are being provided with important life skills that will enable them to have better lives while simultaneously equipping them to make meaningful contributions to society, the Guyanese of Indian Ancestry Association (GIAA) has commenced youth development forums.The first of this series of events was hosted at the Madina Building of the GIAA’s conference room in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and saw a turnout of over 40 participants between the age of 12 and 19.These participants represented various groups from both Region Three and Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica).According to the team from the GIAA which is spearheading these youth development forums, such an initiative was deemed necessary since each forum will allow participants the opportunity of becoming “better persons for the future.”During the first session, a young lecturer at the Government Technical Institute (GTI), Asif Ishak, focused heavily on the usefulness and importance of time management.He explained that managing one’s time is vital in an individual’s approach towards achieving any goal and self-development.“Effective time management should be taught from an early age so that the workforce is more effective. The youths were able to identify the ways in which their times are consumed by irrelevant and unnecessary activities,” the GIAA stated in a release.The GIAA team was established two years ago and has been the driving force behind the Annual Indian Heritage Expos at the National Track and Field Stadium, Leonora, Region Three.The team is comprised of persons from various backgrounds whose interest is to promote Indian culture and build a better society.Another activity scheduled by the Indian Heritage committee that is slated within the coming weeks is its Food Fest and Curry Competition. The event is slated for September 22, 2019, at the National Track and Field Stadium, Leonora, WCD.According to the GIAA, this event will be “the first of its kind to be held in Guyana with over half of a million in prizes up for grabs.”last_img read more

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Flyers to take one-year leave of absence from NPHL for 2019-2020 season

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers have announced that they will be taking a one-year leave of absence from the North Peace Hockey League.According to the release from Flyers’ President, Paul van Nostrand, the decision was made due to a lack of player availability for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.van Nostrand says this decision was not taken lightly and the entire Flyers organization is extremely disappointed with this development.- Advertisement -van Nostrand offers his sincere apologies to all of their faithful fans, sponsors, volunteers and alumni who have stood by this storied team for over six decades.This announcement follows the one that was made last week that the Flyers had reached a team sponsorship agreement for the next two years.The Flyers were scheduled to take part in a pre-season Exhibition Series against the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks on October 19 and 20.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Blackburn pair extend loan deals

first_img1 Blackburn pair John O’Sullivan and David Raya have both extended their deals at their respective loan clubs.Rovers academy graduate O’Sullivan, 21, will remain with League 2 side Accrington Stanley until December 20, whilst Spanish goalkeeper Raya has extended his stay at Conference Premier outfit Southport until January 4th.Republic of Ireland under-21s midfielder O’Sullivan, who made his Rovers debut in 2013, has impressed for Stanley this season and scored a brace on his debut against Northampton Town in a 5-4 win.Meanwhile, Raya has been a fixture in Southport’s team this term and kept three clean sheets in seven appearances. John O’Sullivan last_img read more

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Liverpool legend Fowler set for Kenya visit

first_imgDuring his stay, Fowler will host a number of customer engagement forums; interact players and officials of the National Football team; conduct a football clinic with young footballers under the Musa Otieno Foundation among other engagements.As part of his visit, Fowler will also share his football career experience and business ideas with university students under the Barclays ReadytoWork programme.“Over the years, Barclays Bank has been a proud financial partner of the English Premier League, a collaboration that has seen many premier league legends visit Kenya as part of activities to enhance our brand visibility, reward loyal customers with memorable experiences, as well as inspire local footballers,” Barclays Marketing and Corporate Relations Director Caroline Ndungu announced.“The EPL is one of our most valuable partnerships and Fowler’s visit is a reassurance that our customers will continue enjoying the benefits of this partnership even after we transition from Barclays to Absa. From a business perspective, we want to use this campaign to reward our loyal customers and build on our brand equity by going beyond conventional financial services and offering memorable experiences,” Ndungu added.Fowler’s career at Liverpool is notably the most remarkable, with more than 171 goals scored for the club over 330 appearances for the club.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler to visit Kenya in November. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 6 – Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler is set for a three-day visit to Kenya beginning November 23, courtesy of Barclays Kenya- a member of Absa Group Limited.Fowler, who is best remembered for his time at Liverpool and as the six-highest goal scorer in the history of the Premier League, will be in the country for several activities aimed at engaging EPL fans in Kenya.last_img read more

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Mourinho admits it may take huge fee to land Everton defender Stones

first_img1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits it may take a huge fee from to land Everton defender John Stones.The Premier League champions had a bid reported to be in the region of £20million rebuffed by the Toffees last week, with manager Roberto Martinez criticising the Blues for the way they handled their approach.Unperturbed, Chelsea are expected to up their offer for the 21-year-old – who they view as a long-term successor to John Terry – but Mourinho knows Everton will not let him go without a fight.“That is the market now,” Mourinho has told several national newspapers.“You only pay it if you want to. If you don’t want to pay it, don’t pay. It’s as simple as that.“The market has no rules or limits from season to season.”After the summer departures of Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz, Everton’s defensive numbers are already on the light side and Martinez has insisted he is not interested in selling any of his stars.But Mourinho, who has risked further upsetting the Merseysiders with a “smaller club” comment, is determined to test that resolve.“It’s a good market. That’s why smaller clubs, if they have interesting young English players, they use that in the right way for them,” he said.“I don’t criticise them. They play the market for themselves. If the big clubs don’t want to go over certain limits, they have to make a decision.” Everton star John Stones last_img read more

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THE SUN SETS OVER ICONIC ERRIGAL – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgThe sun sets with Errigal in the foreground. Pic by Joe Langan.We know when Joe Langan from Letterkenny submits a photo it’s not going to be your average snap ’em and smile effort.And this picture taken last night at Rahan in Letterkenny looking towards Mt Errigal is anything but average.Enjoy! THE SUN SETS OVER ICONIC ERRIGAL – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: May 12th, 2016 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:donegalErrigalJoe Langanpicturelast_img read more

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