Finally: Warriors-Rockets is the series everyone wanted

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors defends James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during their NBA game at ORACLE Arena on October 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPThe buildup for this series truly began in February, with some pointed comments from Golden State’s Draymond Green.Or in October, when Houston won at Golden State on ring night.ADVERTISEMENT This Rockets team was assembled — the key being the trade for Paul last summer — with hopes of unseating the reigning champion Warriors from their perch atop the NBA. So far, so good. Houston set a franchise record with 65 wins in the regular season, went 2-1 against the Warriors in games that were hyped at the time though seem meaningless now, and has the likely MVP in James Harden.But how this Houston season will be remembered hinges largely on the outcome of this series.“Everybody at the beginning of the year thinks they’ve got a chance to be here,” Houston’s P.J. Tucker said. “Everybody talks about winning. Everybody talks about fighting for a championship. … We really believed it. We’re really fighting to get there. This is not a game. Everybody takes their job serious.”He’s right on all counts, particularly on the talking.And the talking will most definitely continue over the next few days. With five full off days between the Warriors’ and Rockets’ respective second-round clinchers on Tuesday and Game 1 of their series, a lot of people will be saying a lot of somethings.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It picked up in January, when the teams split a pair of games. And in February, Green told Sports Illustrated that he knew the Rockets were focused on knocking the Warriors off.“Noted. Great. We’ll see y’all soon,” Green said then.Soon, now, has a definitive date. Soon is Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “I think it’s going to be a great series,” said New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, whose Pelicans fell in five games to the Warriors in the West semifinals. “I think it will be very entertaining. I think the people will have a great time watching that series because you have great players out there. … I’m looking forward to it.”He’s hardly alone.For as great as LeBron James has been, again, the West matchup is going to overshadow the East finals between Cleveland and either Boston or Philadelphia. That’s no disrespect to the East; that’s just reality given the seasons that the Warriors and Rockets have had, and the collision course that seemed so inevitable for either to avoid.“The whole world’s been waiting for this matchup,” Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal said in his role as an analyst Tuesday night on TNT.The three Warriors-Rockets games were about as anticipated as any in the regular season: Golden State lost two of the three, and the final combined score of those matchups was Warriors 353, Rockets 352.“That was so long ago,” Warriors forward Kevin Durant said. “I think both teams are different and playing better. So you know, I try not to look at those games but we kind of know, they know what we do and they know what we do.”It’s the second time in four years that Houston and Golden State have met in the West finals; the Warriors ousted the Rockets in five games in 2015 on their way to the NBA title. Golden State was the No. 1 seed that year, Houston was No. 2. The seeds are flipped this time, after Houston finished the regular season with the league’s best record.This is the first time since 2014 — a span of 15 series — where Golden State will have to play Game 1 on the road.“Every series you play, it gets harder and harder and harder,” said Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who is seeking a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals and third ring in four years. “So following that trend for sure.”The verbal jousts between the Warriors and Rockets go back to the preseason, with Green questioning Houston’s commitment to defense. And after Houston beat Golden State 122-121 on opening night of the season, that prompted Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni to turn that phrase back around on Green. Djokovic loses to Edmund in Madrid Open; Nadal advances MOST READcenter_img Or in June, when the Rockets landed Chris Paul.Whenever it started, however it started, it’s clear that this is the series that the NBA-watching world wanted. Western Conference finals, Golden State versus Houston, Game 1 on Monday on the Rockets’ home floor. Series winner to the NBA Finals, series loser will undoubtedly feel like they let a championship ring slip away.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“They got us. We got them,” Green said. “Got to go out there and play. We’ll see who better.”After more than 10 months of playing, posturing and some pontificating, it really is that simple. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View commentslast_img read more

Ducks lay goose egg

first_imgHejduk gave himself an early birthday present by scoring his 18th goal in the first period. Hejduk, who turns 31 on Wednesday, skated in front of the net on a Colorado power play and rifled a shot between the legs of Giguere. The Avalanche had been outscored 8-2 in the first period of their last three games. Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger extended his goal-scoring drought to seven games since coming back from a broken foot on Jan. 28. He has three assists in that span. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Paul Stastny added a goal for the Avalanche, who won for the second time in six games. Jean-Sebastien Giguere finished with 27 saves. DENVER – Peter Budaj stopped 39 shots in posting his second shutout of the season and Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Ducks 2-0 on Tuesday night. The Ducks, who came into the game with the second-best mark in the Western Conference, have now lost three straight games. They also haven’t scored in two contests – going 139 minutes, 16 seconds without a goal. center_img Andrew Brunette, Joe Sakic and Jordan Leopold all had assists for Colorado. Budaj was back in net after being pulled in the second period against Dallas on Sunday. Budaj gave up four goals before Jose Theodore relieved him. But Budaj came up with one big save after another against a Ducks team that was second in the West in scoring at 3.21 goals a game. It was Budaj’s fourth career shutout. He beat Columbus 3-0 on Nov. 17, stopping 27 shots. Stastny tied the Ducks’ Dustin Penner for fourth in goals among rookies with his 18th of the season. Stastny is also third in points with 47. last_img read more

Residents invited to open forum over proposed multi-family housing unit in Charlie Lake

first_imgMembers of the public are invited to come discuss their thoughts over a proposed 17 unit multi-family housing project tomorrow night at 7 PM, in the Charlie Lake Community Hall.One resident, Melanie Meyer, claims the rezoning and construction started without given any of residents notice, and called the PRRD – who issued a stop work order.“The application for rezoning was time stamped February 2nd, 2015. This work was done during the summer, and we are only finding out about it now,” she told Energetic City. “They’ve started building, although, you can’t see this from the highway. The lot is cleared of trees.”- Advertisement -Meyer says she is going to speak up at the hearing tomorrow night to address the situation, and wants more information out there for other people to know what is going on and form their own opinions.“I would just like the public to be more aware of what’s happening, not my thoughts. I want people to think about this themselves, and come to the meeting.”General Manager of Developmental Services with the PRRD Bruce Simard was not available for a comment as this article was published.Advertisementlast_img read more

Starlet to be handed another chance? Arsenal predicted XI v Hull City

first_imgArsenal host Hull City on Saturday 20 February and you can listen to the game live on talkSPORT from 12:45pm GMT.FA Cup holders Arsenal continue their quest to win the trophy for the third time in a row.The north Londoners slipped past Burnley in their previous tie, but it’ll be no easy task to brush Championship title contenders Hull City aside, even if Steve Bruce does rest some of his first team.Arsene Wenger is also expected to make a number of notable changes to his line up with key players such as Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud likely to be rested, but who could deputise in their absence?Could Alex Iwobi get another chance to impress? Will new signing Mohamed Elneny make another appearance?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal line up v Hull City by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 11 35. Mohamed Elneny (centre midfield) 3. Kieran Gibbs (left back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Arsenal line-up against Hull in squad number order 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 21. Calum Chambers (right back) 14. Theo Walcott (left wing) 11 13. David Ospina (goalkeeper) 23. Danny Welbeck (forward) 11 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right wing) 11 11 4. Per Mertesacker (centre back) 11 11 11 45. Alex Iwobi (attacking midfield) 11 34. Francis Coquelin (centre midfield) last_img read more

‘He’s the player we’ve missed for years!’ Arsenal fans react to Xhaka rumours

first_imgThere is still a week left of the Premier League season but Arsenal are starting their transfer business early this year with a rumoured deal for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka.Arsene Wenger is expected to bow to the pressure from displeased fans and splash the cash this summer with the Switzerland international expected to be the first big money signing through the door of the Emirates.The Gunners have been heavily linked with Xhaka since January but Wenger is firming up his interest before the midfielder heads off to the European Championships.WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT GRANIT XHAKA? CHECK OUT talkSPORT’S TRANSFER SPOTLIGHT HERE!Predictably, Arsenal fans are thrilled with the news their manager is finally loosening up the purse-strings and bringing in a big name signing.Check out all the best reaction to the news on social media below! 1 Granit Xkaha: The Gunners are reportedly close to a £34m deal last_img read more

$80.6 million to battle terror

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2By comparison, New York City received $124.5 million, down $83 million, and the San Francisco Bay Area saw a $5 million drop to $28.3 million. Overall, the federal government allocated $1.7 billion this year – including $710 million to urban areas, down from $829 million last year. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa credited regional cooperation and lobbying efforts as part of the reason for the increase in city funds. “This is a regionwide problem and we have to approach it that way,” Villaraigosa said. “I think what we saw here was that if it was any other region in the United States, they would have been at each other’s throats to get this money. We were able to work together.” The money will be paid by the federal government as the local jurisdiction develops final plans for its use over the next 30 days, officials said. Los Angeles will get more than $80 million to fight terrorism this year, 15 percent more than last year, reflecting its continuing risk as a potential target, officials said Wednesday. The increase Los Angeles will receive runs counter to the nationwide trend and results from a change in the funding formula to provide more money to cities at greater risk. “We know Los Angeles is a target, that Hollywood is a target, that our ports and airports are a target,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said at a news conference announcing the grants. “Well, the terrorists know it, too, and we have to be prepared.” Under the federal Urban Areas Homeland Security Grant, the Los Angeles/Long Beach area will receive $80.6 million – or $11.5 million more than last year. Baca said there are 30 or 40 items from which he and other local officials want to prioritize and choose. Baca and Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said they expect one of the top priorities will continue to be regional efforts to gather intelligence. “It will be the best-spent money you don’t see,” Bratton said. Officials said they also hope to complete a program to provide radio communication among all public safety agencies. Still, Chris Bertelli, a spokesman for the California Office of Homeland Security, called this year’s grants “a mixed bag for California.” Previously, the federal formulas gave a greater weight to population in distributing the funds. The new risk-analysis method resulted in decreases to cities like San Diego, Anaheim and the Bay Area, while cities like Omaha, Neb., and Louisville, Ky., saw increases. State and Los Angeles officials had lobbied for the formula change, but Bertelli said his agency is not entirely sure the federal government got it right. “There are a lot of places you would normally associate with being high-risk urban areas that saw significant reductions of funding,” Bertelli said. “In many respects, we were lucky in California because Los Angeles did receive an increase. But the Bay Area had a $5 million reduction. “Seeing how Omaha, Nebraska, is getting more money than San Diego, how much faith can you have in that kind of risk analysis?” Federal officials said the new formulas were designed with cooperation and input from state and local homeland security experts from across the country. “Our goal is to greatly enhance the collective preparedness of the nation while making certain that finite resources are directed to areas most at risk and to solutions that are innovative and regionally driven,” federal Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in a written statement. The grants are spread among five programs. California received $231 million, the most of any state. That includes $136 million for the Urban Areas Security Initiative, which goes directly to cities. The rest of the funds are distributed by state officials, who had not yet determined how the money will be distributed among California’s counties. The money is used in a variety of ways to prepare first responders for a terrorist attack or natural disaster, including training, equipment purchases and upgrading the abilities to share information among government agencies. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SENSATIONAL! CARL McHUGH SET FOR ANOTHER TRIP TO WEMBLEY!

first_imgLETTERMACAWARD soccer star Carl McHugh is off to Wembley – for the second time in the same season after another fairytale win on Sunday.Nahki Wells was the hero as his brace helped Carl’s Bradford City book a return to Wembley in the League Two play-off final at the expense of Burton Albion.The League Cup finalists, who were beaten 5-0 by Swansea in February, had trailed 3-2 from the first leg. But Wells capitalised on a defensive error to level the tie before James Hanson gave them an aggregate lead for the first time with a fine finish.Jacques Maghoma’s penalty meant it was 4-4 overall before Wells struck again.The Bantams will now face Northampton at Wembley on Saturday, 18 May for a place in League One.Carl was on the bench for the play-off second leg. Now he will be hoping to kick a ball on that Wembley turf yet again later this month. SENSATIONAL! CARL McHUGH SET FOR ANOTHER TRIP TO WEMBLEY! was last modified: May 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:SENSATIONAL! CARL McHUGH SET FOR ANOTHER TRIP TO WEMBLEY!last_img read more

Musa Kabega and Rogers Sirwomu retain Huye Rally crown

first_imgMusa Kabega and Rogers Sirwomu have now won two consecutive Huye RallysFor the second year running, the duo of Musa Kabega and Rogers Sirwomu won the Huye Rally.The crew that went into this year’s race as favourites did not disappoint as the came home in a time of 5:56:00, just a minute ahead of fellow Ugandas Jonas Kansime and Aaron Nsamba.It was a dominant performance by the KG Rally crew and they never looked like they would lose their crown.They led from start (Saturday) to finish and will be eyeing for a third consecutive Huye crown next year.“The event was good and exciting as well, said Siromu after the race.“We didn’t have so many challenges besides minor issues with our intercooler that made us lose a bit of time But luckily, it did not affect as at the end.“The service team had it fixed and we managed to maintain our lead till the final stage.Jonas Kansiime kept himself in the contention for the top spot with a clean drive throughout the race, maintaining his second position to the end.Rwanda’s Giesen Jean Jean settled for third position becoming the best placed local driver.Rwanda’s Geisen Jean Jean (left) finished thirdBurundi’s Imitiaz Din finished in fourth position followed by Remeze Christian and Uganda’s Sadat Negomba in fifth and sixth respectively.Uganda’s representatives finished 6th, 7th and 10th.Negomba Sadat and Zubeda Abdallah scooped 6th spot as their Toyota Runx came home in a time of 7:17:00, just over 22 minutes behind Remezo Christian of Burundi.Nagasha Graham and Reymond Munigwa, driving a Subaru Impreza finished in seventh while the duo of Balondemu Gilberto and Waiswa Ibrahim could only manage 10th spot.Only ten crews finished of the eleven that started the event on Saturday.The motorsport competition in South Province is organized in memory of late Claude Gakwaya, one of the best rally drivers the country has ever produced.He passed away in a motor accident in 1986.The final standings after the two day race:1. KABEGA MUSA / ROGERS SIRWOMU (Uganda) – MITSUBISHI EVO9, 05h56’00.2. JONAS KANSIIME / AARON NSAMBA (Uganda) – MITSUBISHI EVO9, 05h57’00″3. GIESEN JEAN JEAN / DEWALQUE YANNIK (Rwanda) – TOYOTA CELICA S, 06h07’00″4. IMITIAZ DIN (Burundi) / REGIS KARINGIRWA (Rwanda) – TOYOTA AVENSIS, 00:06:35:00”5. REMEZO CHRISTIAN / GAHURAZIRA JEAN MARIE (Burundi) – TOYOTA CELICA, 00:06:55:00”6. NEGOMBA SADAT / ZUBEDA ABDALLAH (Uganda) – TOYOTA RUNX, 00:07:17:00”7. NAGASHA GRAHAM / RAYMOND MUNYIGWA (Uganda) – SUBARU IMPREZA N8, 00:07:50:00”8. ALAIN GASHI MURENZI / FAUSTIN KALIBU (Rwanda) – TOYOTA CURREN, 00:07:33:00”9. MUTUGA JANVIER/ BUKURU HASSAN (Rwanda) – BUGGY, 00:06:06:00”10. BALONDEMU GILBERTO/ WAISWA IBRAHIM (Uganda) – TOYOTA COROLLA 2WD, 00:07:48:00”Comments Tags: Huye Rally 2018Musa KabegaRogers Sirwomulast_img read more

Cubs fall to Burundi in Build-up game

first_imgThe Cubs (white) are preparing for the 2019 AFCON Finals in Tanzania (Photo by FUFA Media)International Build Up GameBurundi 2-0 Uganda Cubs Stade Louis Rwagasore, BujumburaTuesday, 15-01-2018BUJUMBURA – The Uganda U17 National team, the Cubs were defeated 2-0 by Burundi in the Build-Up game played at the Stade Prince Louis Rwagasore on Tuesday evening.A goal in either half by Cedric Mavugo and Bienvenue Kanakimana gave the home side the victory.This is the first of the many planned build ups for the Uganda U-17 team preparing for the 2019 AFCON U-17 finals that will be held in Tanzania in April.After the loss, Uganda Cubs first assistant coach Jackson Magera cited positives from the game.“Although we have lost the game, I am impressed by the performance of the team players, said Magera.“There are many aspects technically and tactically that we have to improve upon especially how to defend well and convert the created chances.“We shall continue to improve as the preparations for the TOTAL U-17 AFCON finals go on.At the AFCON tournament, Uganda is in Group A alongside Tanzania, Nigeria and Angola.Their first game will be against Angola followed by a match-up with the hosts then close their group fixture list with a date against Nigeria.Uganda Cubs XI vs Burundi U-20:Jack Komakech (GK),Kevin Ssekimbegga, Ibrahim Juma, John Rogers, Gavin Kizito (Cpt), Ronny Ziraba, Rogers Mugisha, Andrew Kawooya, Najib Yiga, Isma Mugulusi, Thomas KakaireSubstitutes: Delton Oyo (GK), Ivan Asaba, Davis Sekajja, Innocent Opira, Yasin Abdul Owane, Polycarp Mwaka, Samson Kasozi, John Kokas Alou, James JariekoComments Tags: 2019 U17 AFCONJackson Magerauganda cubslast_img read more