Ameen-Moore sheds weight in anticipation of increased role

first_img Published on August 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Prince-Tyson Gulley and Jerome Smith’s styles meshed well, but only Gulley will suit up for Syracuse this season.When asked if the Orange will lack a power running back with Smith departing to the NFL, Gulley shook his head and smiled, an even bigger runner on his mind.“Not at all. People will see A.D.,” he said, referring to senior Adonis Ameen-Moore. “He’s another one of those guys. We’ve still got a power runner in the backfield.”In the past two seasons, Smith was the thunder and Gulley the lightning for the Orange’s rushing attack. Gulley returns and the backfield has plenty of options, but Smith’s not one of them. A leaner Ameen-Moore is now SU’s likely short-yardage option, where his 5-foot-11, approximately 240-pound build made him the anchor of the “tank package” two years ago. “Naturally you think Adonis will be that guy,” SU running backs coach DeAndre Smith said. “He’s a big physical kid, gets downhill, so I’m expecting him to be that guy and take that role.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGulley has the speed and George Morris II seems poised for a breakout year. Devante McFarlane averaged more than six yards per carry last season and the coaches have raved about freshman Ervin Phillips.Syracuse’s group of backs is deep, but Ameen-Moore is still the team’s largest runner.Thanks to improved eating habits, the senior said he’s lost about five pounds since last year — contrary to the 246 pounds he’s currently listed at on SU’s roster. “Adonis, what I’ve seen is ‘Less is more,’” head coach Scott Shafer said. “He lost some good weight. He looks quicker, more agile out there.”During the Doug Marrone era two years ago, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett threw Ameen-Moore into a revamped goal-line package dubbed the “tank package.” The result was five rushing touchdowns, which ranked him second on the team despite playing in just six games.But as Smith and Gulley combined for 1,370 yards and 16 touchdowns last year, Ameen-Moore became a non-factor, totaling just 26 yards on five carries all season.“I wasn’t really having a big role, so I was kind of just letting back and wasn’t doing too much,” he said. “Cutting weight wasn’t something that was hard for me. It wasn’t something I haven’t done before.”In the past, Ameen-Moore said, he’d go all day without eating and then would have one big meal at the end of the day, which led to the weight increase. Now he makes sure he consistently has smaller meals throughout the day and keeps his metabolism going.He and the coaches are both happy with his weight, though he would like to drop an additional five pounds soon.If the Orange wants size and brute force, though, Ameen-Moore is ready to contribute that.“I’m the biggest one, but I can do a lot of things that they can do. And they can do a lot of things that I can do,” Ameen-Moore said. “Hopefully I can come in and show the coaches I can have a more significant role with the team.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Running back coach Smith hopes Ameen-Moore can provide downhill runninglast_img read more

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GNPC aim to sponsor other sports in Ghana

first_imgLeading sponsors of the Stars, GNPC,have now seet sights on supporting others sports in Ghana as they have just done by helping the GOC send the athletes to Rio for the Olympic Games.The Petroleum firm made their intention known at the cocktail party to send off Ghana’s contingent for the Rio Olympics.This was made through the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Alex Mould, who revealed that one of their cornerstone pillars is to support sports in their cooperate social responsibility  and as such will be supporting other sports in Ghana.“Everybody knows GNPC supports the Black Stars but they do not know we support other sports also. We are discussing with the various sporting bodies and the Ministry of Sports to see how we can assist in ensuring that Ghana steps up once again to the pedestal everybody knows us to be,” he said.“We will be supporting hockey, swimming, boxing and other various areas. We will be working with Ministry of Sports as well as the various sporting bodies to ensure that we support you in the years coming so that we are able to qualify many athletes for the next Olympic Games to be hosted in Japan.”GNPC supported Team Ghana with a whopping $120,000 for Rio Olympic Games.   –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Angels still have holes to fill in infield as winter meetings begin

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With so many games at first taken by Pujols, it might be tough for the Angels to attract a premier first baseman like Eric Hosmer, Carlos Santana or even Logan Morrison.If the Angels are looking for one more big bat, the cleanest fit might be getting an everyday third baseman. Mike Moustakas is the player most often linked to the Angels, but his defense is questionable and he’s never been much of an on-base threat. Otherwise, the third base market is thin.If the Angels go after a lesser player, it would probably be a right-handed hitter to platoon with Valbuena at third.Danny Valencia, a right-handed hitter who crushes lefties and plays first and third, might be a good fit, although there are questions about his clubhouse presence. Right-handed hitting Eduardo Nuñez could also be a possibility, providing the extra benefit that he could be the backup shortstop.Depending on the caliber of player the Angels get, it might squeeze out Cron, who could be a trade candidate.The corner infield decision relates to second in the amount of money the Angels have to spend on that spot, and also on how strongly they desire their second baseman to be able to hit left-handed.Cesar Hernandez of the Philadelphia Phillies is arguably the most perfect fit for the Angels. He is solid defensively, a switch-hitter, arbitration eligible for three more years at a total cost of about $21 million and he has a .372 on-base percentage over the past two years.The Phillies, though, don’t need to trade Hernandez, and it’s likely the only thing that would push them to do so is if they can get a young, major-league ready starting pitcher. The Angels now have six years of control of Ohtani, which makes everyone else in the rotation a little more expendable.Other than Hernandez, there are plenty of available second basemen who could be acquired for little more than money. Starlin Castro is about to be traded from the New York Yankees to the Miami Marlins once the Giancarlo Stanton deal is final. He makes more than $11 million each of the next two years, so the Marlins would likely move him to any team that will take the whole salary, but Castro hits right-handed and is below average on defense.Right-handed hitting Ian Kinsler ($11 million in 2018) and left-handed Jason Kipnis ($30 million over the next two years) are both coming off bad years. If the Angels want either one, and want to pay them, the prospect cost should be minimal.The best free agent second baseman is Neil Walker, who is 32 and has been injured much of the past two years. He is a switch-hitter who has a .355 on-base percentage the last two years, though.The Angels also need a backup shortstop to replace Cliff Pennington and a fourth outfielder to replace Ben Revere. Nolan Fontana and Michael Hermosillo, respectively, are the best in-house candidates.All of that is going to cost enough that the Angels are likely to search the bargain bin for added depth for the pitching staff. Last year, Eppler got Blake Parker, Bud Norris and Yusmeiro Petit on waivers or minor league deals.If the Angels go out of the box and add a marquee pitcher such as Yu Darvish, they would probably have to trade at least one of their young pitchers to fill another hole inexpensively. ANAHEIM — On a day dedicated to celebrating Shohei Ohtani, Mike Scioscia stood at the podium in front of Angel Stadium on Saturday and sent a not-so-subtle message to his bosses.“As we move forward, Billy and Arte aren’t done this winter to make our team the well-rounded team we can be,” the Angels manager said, a nod to General Manager Billy Eppler and owner Arte Moreno sitting to his right.Eppler simply smiled, no doubt aware that even though he’d already earned the Angels’ biggest headlines of the offseason by getting Ohtani, there is work to do as the Winter Meetings hit full swing on Monday outside Orlando, Fla.Ohtani bolsters the rotation and potentially the lineup, as a part-time designated hitter, but the Angels still have a shopping list topped by the need for one or two infielders.center_img The Ohtani deal, however, slightly changed the direction of the search.“We have talked about a little different dynamic of position players and how we can pivot off (the Ohtani) acquisition and best manage 162 games,” Eppler said Saturday.The Angels’ need for a second baseman hasn’t changed, but now their criteria for a corner infielder has shifted.With Ohtani now occupying the DH spot semi-regularly, Albert Pujols is pushed to first base semi-regularly as well. That leaves Eppler to solve a puzzle at first and third.He has Pujols for about 50 games at first; Luis Valbuena at first or third, but not against lefties; and C.J. Cron at first. It’s likely the Angels can afford one player to fill in the gaps.last_img read more

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On deck: Cardinals at Dodgers, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

first_imgST. LOUIS (22-19) AT DODGERS (26-19)Where: Dodger StadiumTV: SNLA (where available)THE PITCHERS DODGERS LHP CLAYTON KERSHAW (7-2, 2.15)vs. Cardinals: 6-5, 3.18 ERA (15 starts)At Dodger Stadium: 74-30, 1.99 ERA (141 starts)Hates to face: Dexter Fowler, 20 for 50 (.400), 3 doublesLoves to face: Jhonny Peralta, 4 for 18 (.222), 8 Ks Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img CARDINALS RHP LANCE LYNN (4-2, 2.78)vs. Dodgers: 3-1, 4.35 ERA (six starts)at Dodger Stadium: 2-1, 4.68 ERAHates to face: Yasiel Puig, 6 for 12 (.500), 3 walksLoves to face: Adrian Gonzalez, 4 for 17 (.235), 4 KsUPCOMING MATCHUPSWednesday: St. Louis RHP Mike Leake (4-2, 2.03 ERA) at Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (1-1, 2.77 ERA), 7 p.m. SportsNet LA, ESPNThursday: St. Louis RHP Michael Wacha (2-1, 2.74 ERA) at Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (3-2, 5.03 ERA), 7 p.m., SportsNet LAlast_img read more

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Wellington police notes: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, January 16, 2014•8:04 a.m. Jamie D. Krug, 46, Winfield, was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 69 mph in a 55 mph zone.•6:50 p.m. Officers assisted an outside paper service agency in the 100 block N. Plum, Wellington.•10:27 p.m. Non-injury, hit and run accident in the area of Shadylane and High, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Kaylie G. Callaway, 29, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Jessica L. Harrington, Wellington.•11 p.m. Kaylie G. Callaway, 29, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with duty to report an accident.last_img

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Severe Weather Update — Monday August 5th — 9:15 PM update

first_imgFROM KGLO NEWS — 8:55 PM — These counties cleared from Severe Thunderstorm Watches — Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Kossuth, Winnebago, Worth, Mitchell, Mower. Still in effect for all other counties in listening area 838 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019IAC079-091-187-197-060200-/O.CON.KDMX.SV.W.0170.000000T0000Z-190806T0200Z/Webster IA-Wright IA-Humboldt IA-Hamilton IA-838 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM CDTFOR NORTHEASTERN WEBSTER…SOUTHERN WRIGHT…SOUTHEASTERN HUMBOLDTAND NORTHWESTERN HAMILTON COUNTIES…At 837 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Eagle Grove, or10 miles west of Clarion, moving southeast at 45 mph.HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.SOURCE…Trained weather spotters. At 8:35pm, trained weatherspotters 2 miles north of Eagle Grove reported a 60 mphwind gust.IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.Locations impacted include…Clarion, Eagle Grove, Big Wall Lake, Goldfield, Duncombe, Thor,Vincent, Woolstock, Eagle Grove Municipal Airport, Sportsman Park andClarion Municipal Airport.This includes Interstate 35 between mile markers 150 and 153.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of abuilding. 858 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…Western Hardin County in central Iowa…Southern Wright County in north central Iowa…Southwestern Franklin County in north central Iowa…Hamilton County in central Iowa…* Until 930 PM CDT.* At 857 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a lineextending from 9 miles east of Big Wall Lake to near Webster City,moving south at 45 mph.HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.SOURCE…Trained weather spotters. At 8:55pm, a trained weatherspotter 5 miles southwest of Woolstock reported a 60 mphwind gust.IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.* Locations impacted include…Webster City, Jewell Junction, Big Wall Lake, Hubbard, Alden,Stratford, Radcliffe, Dows, Ellsworth, Stanhope, Williams,Blairsburg, Kamrar, Randall, Woolstock, Buckeye, Popejoy, Galt,Webster City Municipal Airport and Drake Airport.This includes Interstate 35 between mile markers 129 and 163.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of abuilding.&& 844 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 915 PM CDTFOR NORTHEASTERN HARDIN…EAST CENTRAL WRIGHT…FRANKLIN…NORTHWESTERN GRUNDY AND BUTLER COUNTIES…At 843 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a lineextending from 10 miles northwest of Allison to near Ackley to 6miles north of Iowa Falls to 11 miles southwest of Hampton, movingsoutheast at 40 mph.HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.SOURCE…Radar indicated. The Hampton Airport reported a 43 mph windgust at 8:35pm.IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.Locations impacted include…Iowa Falls, Hampton, Allison, Parkersburg, Ackley, Clarksville,Sheffield, Aplington, Alden, Dumont, Dows, Latimer, Coulter,Alexander, Geneva, Bristow, Rowan, Bradford, Hansell and Chapin.This includes Interstate 35 between mile markers 153 and 175.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of abuilding.center_img 905 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHEASTERN HARDIN…EASTCENTRAL WRIGHT…FRANKLIN…NORTHWESTERN GRUNDY AND BUTLER COUNTIESWILL EXPIRE AT 915 PM CDT…The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the area.Therefore, the warning will be allowed to expire. However gustywinds are still possible with these thunderstorms.A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 1100 PM CDT forcentral and north central Iowa. Wright IA-Franklin IA-910 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR SOUTHERN WRIGHT AND SOUTHWESTERN FRANKLIN COUNTIES IS CANCELLED…The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the warned  area. Therefore, the warning has been cancelled.A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 1100 PM CDT for central and north central Iowa.There are currently no warnings in our immediate listening arealast_img read more

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Pate to deploy full-timer to review list of felons barred from voting

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says hackers have not compromised any Iowa voting systems, but Pate says the Russians are waging a “war of public opinion” on social media to sow doubt about the U.S. election process.“I think, if anything, the Russians proved they were very active on that front and the things they’ve done, cyber-wise, has been to create the doubt, not to really get a result or impact an election directly,” Pate says. “…That’s as damaging as if they did get in.”Pate says Russian military officials visited some public websites for Iowa counties before the 2016 election, but did not access any private information. Pate says his office is working on another election-related project — to improve the flawed list of people who are barred from voting because of a felony conviction.“We’ll probably end up having one full-time person doing this and monitoring it because bad information in is bad information out,” Pate says. “We have to make sure that when we get information from other government entities, we have to ensure that it’s the most accurate and up-to-date.”The Des Moines Register has reported some Iowans who are not felons have wrongly had their ballots rejected. Pate says his office doesn’t maintain the list, but the court system sends a list of felons to his office and that list is passed along to county auditors, who have the power to add and remove names from the list of eligible voters. Pate admits people convicted of felonies in other states aren’t all being added to the list.last_img read more

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First Rumson Female Police Officer Best Candidate

first_imgBy Madelynne KislovskyRUMSON – The borough has a new police patrol officer on its staff that brings the quote from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Though she be but little, she is fierce,” back to life.Grace Maggiulli, who describes herself as standing at 5’2, 120 pounds, is the first fulltime female police officer in the Rumson Police Department. Born, raised, and still living in Middletown, 20-year-old Maggiulli is “very excited to be where I am and start my career in Rumson. It’s a great town and a great community.”Although no members of her family have a career in law enforcement, Maggiulli knew it was the job for her after entering a vocational program for law enforcement in Long Branch, the Academy of Law and Public Safety Program, during her junior and senior year of high school.“I always knew I wanted to do something where I gave myself to others that wasn’t a teacher or a doctor. Law enforcement always seemed like a great way for me to do that,” Maggiulli said.Prior to her job as a police officer, Maggiulli began working as a dispatcher for the Rumson police in August 2014. “They were all already comfortable with me, and I received the same treatment as anyone else, male or female. There were no and there are no special accommodations,” said Maggiulli.Maggiulli said that regardless of gender, being a police officer demands the same things from all of its members. “The job is what the job is. I love being on the road, I love working, I love what I do and I can only imagine how things are going to be down the line. There’s not one thing I can complain about,” Maggiulli said.“Growing up, I was always friends with a lot of boys,” Maggiulli said. “When it came to working with all men, it didn’t strike me as something that would be a challenge. I believe that women do have a place in law enforcement. Although we’re small in numbers, we’re valued for what we do.” Maggiulli advises that if being in law enforcement is something that a woman wants to do and feels strongly about, nothing should hinder them.Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl administered the oath of office to Maggiulli on Sept. 28. “First of all, it’s an honor for us to welcome our first female police officer to the force. But I think it needs to be said that this was not an exercise in hiring a new female police officer. It was an exercise in hiring the best candidate that we felt was the right person for the Rumson Police Department going forward, and it just happened to be a female, Grace Maggiulli,” Mayor Ekdahl said.According to Ekdahl, it is not uncommon to begin a career in law enforcement in dispatch. Maggiulli succeeded in this area, and after taking the necessary classes in the Monmouth County Police Academy, Freehold, moved on to a Class II Special Officer, allowing her to go out on patrol with another officer present, which she also excelled at. Maggiulli then was chosen as a patrol officer over the other 25-30 applicants, making it a highly sought after job, according to Ekdahl.“Grace is definitely on the younger side of average for someone just entering a police force. But her maturity is well beyond her years, and she exhibited that as both a dispatcher and a Special II, and continues to show that as our newest officer,” said Mayor Ekdahl.Maggiulli graduated from Middletown High School North in 2013 and from Brookdale Community College, Middletown, with an associate’s degree this past May. She is taking online classes at Farleigh Dickinson University for her bachelor’s degree in administrative science, and hopes to get her masters in the same field.last_img read more

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Nadal – Kyrgios: rivalry, duels and direct confrontations

first_imgRivalry, piques, competitiveness and, above all, two gamers of unquestionable high quality. These are the elements that make up the duels between Rafa Nadal and Nick Kyrgios, some matches which can be on their technique to changing into a tennis traditional within the present period. The eighth confrontation between the 2 will happen this Monday (09:00, Eurosport) in Melbourne, within the knockout levels of the Australian Open, however, How have been the remainder of your duels? Then the reply.Nose to noseAfter seven video games between the 2, Nadal dominates the head to head, one thing widespread within the Manacorense with virtually all his rivals. Nevertheless, with Kyrgios it maintains a minimal benefit: 4-3. In Australia and earlier than his viewers, Nick has the chance to match the competition.Duels and surfacesNadal and Kyrgios have confronted one another on all sorts of surfaces of their seven duels. On clay, within the 1,000 Masters in Madrid and Rome, the Balearic dominated with out dialogue. In grass there’s a tie after two video games performed over the London inexperienced of Wimbledon: triumph of Kyrgios in 2014 and victory of Nadal in 2019. However issues change in laborious observe, the place the Australian dominates 2-1: Nick gained in Cincinnati 2017 and Acapulco 2019, whereas the Manacorense emerged victorious in Beijing 2017. Thus, the laborious floor of the Rod Laver Enviornment favors the quick and forceful recreation of Kyrgios.Jonathan DiMaggio & nbsp; (Getty Pictures) ‘); return false; “class =” merchandise-multimedia “>Kyrgios ended up exhausted after his duel with Khachanov.Jonathan DiMaggio (Getty Pictures) Sequence of victoriesThis would be the first time they each meet in a tough observe grand slam, due to this fact, it’s an unprecedented duel on the Australian Open. Curiously, should you have a look at the outcomes of your final six video games, The sequence displays an alternation within the winners: Nadal (Madrid), Kyrgios (Cincinnati), Nadal (Beijing), Kyrgios (Acapulco) and Nadal (Wimbledon). Will Kyrgios hold the sequence successful in Melbourne? In fact, you’ll not have it simple as a result of it comes with far more put on than Nadal. To succeed in this spherical, Manacor beat Pablo Carreño in simply an hour and a half, whereas Kyrgios beat the copper to interrupt Karen Khachanov in 4 hours and a half.ControversiesPast sports activities, the final matches between Spanish and Australian have been seasoned by a little bit of controversy. A struggle of declarations by which Kyrgios all the time used to assault the Balearic: he printed a message referring to the Balearic in social networks with syringes emoticons (hinting doping), multitude of criticism for the time Nadal makes use of between serve and serve, provocative celebrations within the Acapulco event, and so forth. All this local weather of pressure brought on Nadal to have fun the factors with nice effusivity in his final precedent, in Wimbledon, so the ambiance in Melbourne, with a grandstand overturned along with his participant, is anticipated to be hostile. Nick’s final jarring be aware happened a couple of days in the past, when in his second spherical match in Australia he mimicked Nadal’s hobbies when working a service when he acquired a warning by the chair choose. The present is assured.last_img read more

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Jarencio lightens up Batang Pier mood amid playoff chase; Elite stay in quarterfinal hunt

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano In only his first conference in charge, the former UAAP champion coach of University of Santo Tomas has injected a light and positive atmosphere within the Batang Pier as they make a push for a playoff spot.The Batang Pier went on to register a 108-91 victory over the Picanto as they stayed on track for a Top 6 finish at the end of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at Smart Araneta Coliseum.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 folk“Coach is like a friend to us, but at the same time we give him the utmost respect,” Araña said in Filipino. “The atmosphere has been great whether we win or we lose. Every time we lose, he tells us to move forward and focus on the next game.”Jarencio’s approach is paying dividends with the Batang Pier improving to 5-5 for a tie of sixth spot with Barangay Ginebra heading into their final game of the elimination round against Phoenix Petroleum on March 2. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle (left) dribbles his way past KIA’ s Reden Celda. —SHERWIN VARDELEONWith more than a minute remaining and victory against KIA in the bag last Wednesday night, GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio gave Ryan Araña a free rein to call a play during a timeout, much to the surprise of the veteran forward.Although Batang Pier guard Stanley Pringle scored on the next possession, the play designed by Araña wasn’t executed, drawing a laugh from Jarencio and his players.ADVERTISEMENT Altas seek 11th NCAA men’s plum vs Chiefs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The mind-set right now is to try to get into that Top 6 so we will play a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals,” said Sean Anthony, who had 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals in 27 minutes on the floor. “We want to be playoff-ready and that Phoenix game is another playoff game.”Later, Blackwater tightened up its defense down the stretch to close out the elimination round with an 83-78 trouncing of Phoenix Petroleum to keep its quarterfinal hopes alive.Mike DiGregorio, Mac Belo and Raymar Jose each finished with 14 points, while JP Erram continued his stellar showing with 12 points and 19 boards for seventh double-double of the conference as the Elite wound up with a 5-6 record.“We’re hoping that five wins will be enough for a playoff for the quarterfinals. We’re looking forward to playing more games this conference,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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