NBA legend Julius Erving defends LeBron James’ NBA Finals record

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet NCAA: Letran scrapes past EAC for first win LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “Dr. J” Julius Erving (left) with fellow NBA legends Oscar Robinson and Bill Russell  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Despite taking part in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) last six Finals—with eight total appearances overall—LeBron James has drawn flak for his subpar 3-wins-and-5-losses championship record.Although his individual greatness on the court cannot be questioned, the NBA’s premier superstar remains hounded by pundits questioning his presumed lack of success on the league’s grandest stage.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Having won titles in both the NBA and ABA (American Basketball Association), Julius Erving put in his two cents on James’ record and what it means for his legacy.The retired legend, best known as “Dr. J,” who experienced several Finals setbacks of his own as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, said that LeBron’s past shortcomings do not entirely fall on his shoulders.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’“The game is a team sport, so individuals don’t win championships. Teams win championships,” he told FS1’s Undisputed. “You’re only as good as the team can take you. You can only go as far as the team can take you.”Knowing first-hand how hard it is to contend for a championship on a consistent basis, the NBA Hall of Famer also lauded James’ efforts throughout his storied career. LATEST STORIEScenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “So, 3-5 doesn’t mean anything. I’m more impressed with eight Finals than I am with the record in the Finals,” he said.“If he was 0-for-8 in Finals, that would still be an amazing achievement. That’s like going to eight Super Bowls.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Donegal Centra stores seal sponsorship of Donegal LGFA

first_imgDonegal Centra stores have once again confirmed their sponsorship of Donegal Ladies GAA. The long-running sponsorship is the perfect match for the local supermarkets and the teams – as Centra endorses healthy living through their products and events.As Centra supports jobs in the community, so too do they like to support local organisations, charities and initiatives. The chain of local supermarkets are at the heart of local communities as Ireland’s leading convenience retailer.They employ around 400 people across 17 stores in Donegal. Centra stores are independently owned, which means that retailers live locally and care about providing jobs, value and quality to their communities.Centra Donegal Store owners confirm sponsorship of Donegal LGFA, pictured at Centra BallyshannonThis weekend, the Donegal Minor Ladies take on Monaghan in the Ulster Final.The Donegal Senior Ladies recently reached the League semi-finals. This year, Donegal will hope to retain their Ulster championship title and build on 2018 when they reached the All-Ireland senior semi-finals for the first time. Sponsoring training kits, hoodies and other expenses of the Donegal LGFA is just one of Centra’s ways of giving back to their loyal customers.The company has built up a loyal customer base due to the substantial contribution they make to the communities that stores are based in and their contribution to the local economy.Centra stores in Donegal source almost €3.5million worth of products from local suppliers per annum. As well as supporting local suppliers, Centra stores also spend €769,500 with businesses in Donegal communities each year.Each Centra store in the county, from Killybegs to Clonmany, is proudly involved in supporting their own GAA club.Mairtin Kelly, owner of Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top Letterkenny, shared his delight with the renewed Centra sponsorship of the Donegal LFGA. Kelly said: “We are extremely proud to support Donegal Ladies GAA. They have done phenomenally well and bring great pride to the county. With the introduction of the new management team last year it bodes well for the future.“Every local Centra store supports a local team too. Here, we are delighted to sponsor the Termon GAA Club. I feel that we share the same vision and goals.”For more updates on Centra’s community projects, healthy living ideas and weekly store offers, follow @CentraIreland on Facebook.Donegal Centra stores seal sponsorship of Donegal LGFA was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Centradonegal ladies gaaDonegal LGFAhealthy livingsponsorshiplast_img read more

Giants trade pitcher Derek Holland to Cubs for cash

first_img Giants disrespected Bumgarner with contract offer, says ex-teammate Less than a week after designating Derek Holland for assignment, the Giants are trading the lefty pitcher to the Cubs.The team announced the move Friday, saying it would send cash along with Holland to Chicago in exchange for cash considerations from the Cubs.Related Articles How Madison Bumgarner took control of his free agency and left the Giants for the D’backs center_imglast_img

Western Province lift Currie Cup

first_img29 October 2012Western Province were crowned South African provincial rugby champions for the first time since 2001 after an upset 25-18 defeat of the Natal Sharks in the Absa Currie Cup final in Durban on Saturday night. It was a tight but deserved win for Allister Coetzee’s charges.Before the game, most pundits agreed that the Sharks had too much firepower for the men from Cape Town. They had better depth, they were more experienced and they had beaten Province (or the Stormers) in their four previous meetings in 2012.In addition, the game was at Mr Price Kings Park where the Sharks had lost only to the Super Rugby champions, the Chiefs, all year, and when the same two teams met in the 2010 final in Durban, the Sharks ran out convincing 30-10 winners.But that is why the game is played. Victories on paper don’t count.FlyhalfThe star of the Sharks’ 20-point victory in 2010 was flyhalf Patrick Lambie, who scored 25 of the home team’s 30 points. He had been in superb form heading into the 2012 final and was expected to dominate his Western Province counterpart Demetri Catrakilis.It didn’t turn out that way as Catrakilis played a pivotal part in Province’s victory, performing efficiently throughout and landing two drop goals, one with his right foot and the other off his left foot to stretch his team’s lead to seven points right at the death.Early on, it looked as if a Sharks’ victory would be a formality. The game was hard-fought, but the Sharks were bossing it.With their all-Springbok front row, they were clearly stronger in the tight scrums, but Province, led by Bok lock Eben Etzebeth, gave the Sharks fits at lineout time. Nonetheless, they appeared in control of the game.DominatedAfter Catrakilis landed an early penalty, the Sharks dominated possession and territory. By the 27th minute they led 12-3 after forcing four kickable penalties, which Lambie landed.While Province resisted strongly – their defence has been their strength throughout 2012 – they did not appear threatening on the offence, especially after losing star winger Bryan Habana to injury early on, and with the Sharks playing most of the game in the Western Province half, it looked as if regularly kicking penalties would win it for the hosts.Dion Fourie and company, however, pulled back three points in the 33rd minute when Joe Pietersen, Habana’s replacement, landed a long distance kick at posts.TryThen, with half-time drawing near, Juan de Jongh won Province a scrum inside Sharks’ territory with some good defence. From the set piece, the visitors executed a planned move to perfection as De Jongh took a pass from Catrakilis and just evaded the tackles of two defenders. He then wrong-footed Lwazi Mvovo to race through and score under the uprights.Catrakilis added the conversion to put Province, who had been under the cosh, into a narrow 13-12 lead.The try seemed to inject the visiting team with belief and inspiration and they began to take the game to the Sharks more, whilst maintaining a stubborn and hard- hitting defence.Right before the half-time whistle, Catrakilis added a further penalty to the Western Province score to make it 16-12 to the underdogs at the break.Massive scrumThe Sharks began the second half with a massive scrum that destroyed the Province front eight and earned the home team a penalty. Another successful kick from Lambie reduced the deficit to only one point.Province were put under significant pressure for the next 10 minutes, but the Sharks could not find a way over the try line and had to settle for Lambie’s sixth penalty after 56 minutes, which did, nonetheless, give them a narrow 18-16 lead.It didn’t last long as the men in blue and white forced their way deep into Sharks’ territory, where they put the home side under heavy pressure. They were awarded a penalty and Catrakilis made no mistake with the easy kick to edge his side 19-18 in front.Drop goalTwo minutes later, captain Dion Fourie made a break and after a number of phases Catrakilis struck with a well-taken drop goal to extend his team’s lead to four points.Western Province kept up the pressure and played the game in the Sharks’ half, but when they won a penalty Joe Pietersen was wide with a longer range effort.With five minutes to play, Province won a tighthead and took play into the Sharks’ 22. Catrakilis then stuck a dagger in the hearts of Sharks’ supporters by scrambling to his left and striking a left-footed drop goal low over the posts.At 25-18 down, the home team needed a converted try to level the contest and they very nearly got it.Guessed correctlyAn excellent break down the right put Louis Ludik in the clear, with Charl McLeod racing up on his outside, and only Pietersen to beat. Ludik drew Pietersen and passed to McLeod. The fullback, though, guessed correctly and at the last moment pulled out of tackling Ludik and dragged McLeod down.With time up, Province had a scrum and needed only to kick the ball out to win. McLeod, though, forced a turnover and the Sharks’ faithful looked on. hoping for a fairytale ending.The men in black and white worked their way up the field, pushing Western Province back, but, after going through numerous phases, a knock on meant the Cape Town-based team had won the Currie Cup for the first time in 11 years.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

West Bengal govt. to go on a statue spree

first_imgCollege Street and its adjoining areas in north Kolkata, which witnessed violence during BJP president Amit Shah’s roadshow during the height of the Lok Sabha poll campaign, will see many more busts and statues.Along with the installation of a statue of Rabindranath Tagore at the entrance of Presidency University, one of Sir Asutosh Mookerjee inside the Centenary Hall of Calcutta University will be shifted to a place where it gets more viewers.State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said artists were being selected for replacing the bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, which was vandalised during the BJP president’s roadshow on May 14. A new statue of Bengal’s renaissance icon will be installed at Vidyasagar College where the violence had erupted. The college will also have a Vidyasagar museum.Mr. Chatterjee said there were plans of installing statues of Raja Ram Mohan Roy and poet Kazi Nazrul Islam in the College Street area.last_img read more

Apple’s iWatch may not be available until 2015 globally

first_imgiWatch is expected to compete with other smartwatches manufactured by Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm. (Photo: to reports, Apple’s iWatch, dubbed the Diet Watch, may not be available until 2015 globally. The watch equipped with the latest sensor technology could track calories and steps as well as heart rate.Chinese analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that complexity of watch design isthe reason behind the delay. However, the product from Apple’s stablecould be launched in October, alongside Apple’s next iPad range. Reports said iWatch would include more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data and access to features such as messages and notifications through integration with the iPhone and iPad. A sweat sensor is believed to be one of the sensors on the watch.In an attempt to boost the sales of the smart watch, the technology giant recently poached senior executive Patrick Pruniaux from Swiss luxury watch brand Tag Heuer.iWatch is expected to compete with other smartwatches manufactured by Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm.Apple applied for a trademark for the iWatch in Japan, a patent official said earlier this week.It has also been revealed that Apple has signed up a host of sports star to try the wearable – including basketball star Kobe Brant, who was recently spotted at Apple’s Cupertino campus.last_img read more