Irving, James lead Cavaliers over Pistons

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes At Cleveland, Irving was 11 of 15 from the field with 11 assists, one short of his career high, in 29 minutes as the defending champions were hardly challenged by Detroit.James, who rested Wednesday in a loss to Indiana, made 9 of 14 shots and played only 28 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentFollowing a slow start that saw Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue call timeout less than two minutes into the game, the Cavaliers took over. Cleveland led by 11 at the end of the first quarter, took a 56-39 lead into halftime and continued to dominate.Cleveland built the lead to 33 points in the fourth quarter, allowing Lue to rest his starters for the entire final period. We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 EDITORS’ PICK Clippers improve NBA’s best record with win over Bulls Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers passes during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena on November 15, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Raptors 121-117.CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving scored 25 points and LeBron James, returning to the lineup after sitting out a game, added 21 as the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled past the Detroit Pistons 104-81 on Friday.Elsewhere, Golden State cruised to a comfortable victory against Boston, Oklahoma City defeated Brooklyn on the back of another triple-double from Russell Westbrook and Charlotte ended Atlanta’s hot streak.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan 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 The Pistons’ starting five of Tobias Harris, Marcus Morris, Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith combined for only 37 points.J.R. Smith, who returned after missing three games with a sprained right ankle, hit three 3-pointers and moved past the Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki into 15th place on the NBA’s all-time list for 3s.Klay Thompson scored 28 points, Kevin Durant had 23 points and 10 rebounds against the team he spurned this summer and the Golden State Warriors scored 18 points in a row in the third quarter to pull away and beat the Boston Celtics 104-88.Stephen Curry had just 16 points — his second-fewest of the season — while sitting out much of the fourth quarter as the Warriors cruised to their sixth straight victory.Avery Bradley had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Boston and Isaiah Thomas scored a season-low 18.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas At Oklahoma City, Westbrook had 30 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in his fourth triple-double of the season, and the Thunder defeated the Brooklyn Nets 124-105.Westbrook made 13 of 21 shots and had just three turnovers. It was the 41st triple-double of his career.Victor Oladipo scored 26 points and Steven Adams added 15 for the Thunder, who won their second straight after a four-game losing streak.Brook Lopez scored 22 points for the Nets.Nic Batum had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Cody Zeller matched his career high with 23 points and Charlotte came from behind to end the Atlanta Hawks’ six-game winning streak with a 100-96 victory.Zeller was 9 of 10 from the field. Kemba Walker overcame a slow start and scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half for his 10th straight 20-point game.The Hornets improved to 8-3 with their first victory against one of the upper-echelon teams in the Eastern Conference.Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Kent Bazemore had 19 points.Dwight Howard had 10 points and 18 rebounds before being ejected in the fourth quarter when he delivered an intentional elbow to Zeller’s face. Howard had been a key factor up until that point, but the Hawks seemed to collapse without him.Also Friday, the Phoenix Suns beat the Indiana Pacers 116-96, the San Antonio Spurs topped the Los Angeles Lakers 116-107 and the Toronto Raptors held off the Denver Nuggets for a 113-111 victory. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more

Birdies and blunders, but a healthy week for Tiger Woods

first_imgWe are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Westbrook’s 5th straight triple-double lifts Thunder over Pelicans MOST READ Tiger Woods reacts after putting on the third hole during the final round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas. APNASSAU, Bahamas — The return of Tiger Woods was more about the big picture than any of his big numbers.And that started with the sight of that red shirt on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan 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 View comments Senators to proceed with review of VFA As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Woods showed no stress in his swing or in walking five straight rounds, starting with the pro-am. He had plenty of length, at times going after his driver with a little more pop to clear a bunker. He holed a few long putts . He missed a few short ones. At times, he looked like he had never been away for that long. And at times it did.“It’s kind of new to me again, the feel of playing, the feel of adrenaline in my system, hitting shots,” Woods said.One day after he briefly pulled within two shots of the lead, it was clear early on this day would be a struggle.Woods was scrambling for pars instead of being in a position to attack pins. He twice made double bogey on a par 5, starting at No. 6 when he blasted out of the sandy area to the back side of a double green, forcing him to chip off the putting surface. Still, he rallied with three straight birdies to play the front nine in even par.He was never going to win the tournament — Matsuyama was too far ahead — but it was a chance to post a decent number and take more positives into what figures to be a two-month offseason. Instead, Woods added two more double bogeys and shot 40 on the back nine.He made his third double bogey of the week on the 18th hole without even going into the water. His tee shot landed in a thick palmetto bush, and he had to take a penalty drop to take it out. Just his luck, his drop in the sandy waste area settled right in front of the nub of another bush. He got that back to the fairway, went just over the green and took two putts from there for his 6.“What he did here showed that he’s certainly up for the task and his game is there. He’s ready to go,” Jordan Spieth said. “Even with Tiger, every time we set expectations, he exceeds them.”Woods at least starts his climb from No. 898 in the world, the product of not playing since Aug. 23, 2015.He said he wants to play a full schedule in 2017 — that typically means no more than about 20 a year — and will look at his options over the next few weeks.“I need to play more tournaments. Zero in 15 months is not a lot, so this is one,” Woods said. “I thought I made some good, positive things happen this week. Made a lot of birdies, also made a lot of mistakes. That’s something I know I can clean up.” Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes His caddie, Joe LaCava, offered the best perspective.“I wasn’t going to compare him to the rest of the field. They’ve been playing all year and they’ve been playing great,” LaCava said. “Honestly, my goal was to get him through five rounds on his feet. That was big.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK The other players were not about to measure him by his score — not yet, anyway.“The whole world is watching a couple of rounds of golf,” said British Open champion Henrik Stenson, who finished second to Hideki Matsuyama . “It’s great to see him back and healthy and playing. I want to see him up in contention and try to beat him when it matters the most.“Give him three or four tournaments, maybe six tournaments, maybe around the Masters,” he said. “It’s easy to overanalyze a very limited amount of golf.”Rarely has a December event attracted this much curiosity. Woods, the dominant player of his generation, had gone 466 days since his previous tournament because of two back surgeries. The recovery at times made it difficult for him to walk and led him to wonder if he would ever play.“Getting back to this point is beyond anything that I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime,” said Woods, who turns 41 at the end of the month. “The pain issues that I had, it was rough. Quite frankly, there some pretty dire times where I just couldn’t move.”ADVERTISEMENT Woods grumbled about three more double bogeys in the final round of the Hero World Challenge. Considering how badly he has felt in the 15 months since he last played, he still was able to keep it in perspective.“It feels good to be back out here playing again, competing and trying to beat the best players in the world,” Woods said. “I missed it. I love it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliHe even loved some of his golf at Albany.Woods made 24 birdies, the most of anyone this week. He also had six double bogeys, three of them in the final round. The last one on the final hole, his third of the week on the 18th, gave him a 4-over 76. It was the highest score of the tournament, and he finished 15th in the 17-man field.last_img read more

RoS eyes share of lead; Nash makes debut

first_imgAgainst Blackwater, Garcia has cautioned his wards about one other thing:“I told them that we cannot take Blackwater for granted, because this is not the same team (that we are used to beating in the past).”Today’s game will also give Blackwater coach Leo Isaac a gauge on how far the character of his team has developed ever since snagging the most-chased amateur in Mac Belo.The 6-foot-4 former Far Eastern ace in the UAAP has been every inch the player he is touted to be, averaging just under 23 points and eight rebounds a contest.Meanwhile, Nash Racela formally makes his PBA coaching debut later at 7 p.m. when TNT KaTropa shoots for a piece of the lead, and a third straight win, in its clash with Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT Senators to proceed with review of VFA MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus “It’s chemistry that we need to develop quickly,” Garcia told the Inquirer over the phone yesterday after wrapping up preparations for their 4:15 p.m. clash with Blackwater today for a piece of the elimination round lead at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“Yes, we have the material to contend and even win,” Garcia said. “But we will still have to get used to playing with each other. We are breaking in James (Yap) slowly and Jay (Washington) is starting to learn his role in the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe Painters will be coming off a 108-103 loss to Barangay Ginebra, which seemed like a won game for them coming into the last six minutes until they fired blanks in the stretch and failed to contain the Gin Kings.“It’s in situations like that where we need to know each other a lot better,” Garcia, who took over immediately after Yeng Guiao left for NLEX, went on. “Basically, we played a good game against Ginebra, until we made some bad decisions in the endgame.” Racela will be calling the shots starting today, though he sat beside assistant Josh Reyes for the first time last week in a victory over Blackwater.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Boxing, UFC fusion fight on tap?center_img Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan 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 Former FEU head coach and now TNT mentor Nash Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCaloy Garcia believes that what he has now at Rain or Shine is a lineup that is good enough to win the PBA Philippine Cup.But having taken over just over a month before opening day and with its cornerstone taking his act to another team, Garcia believes that the Elasto Painters are back in their infancy stage.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes We are young As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

NBA adds players, media vote to All-Star Game selections

first_imgTaiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan 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 PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson display their All Star Game jerseys on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. APNEW YORK — The NBA is adding players and media to the voting process in a change to the way starters for the All-Star Game are selected.Fans will account for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a panel of basketball media will each account for 25 percent.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: DeMarcus Cousins goes off on reporter for writing about his brother Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports EDITORS’ PICK Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH The NBA has used fan voting to select the starters for its midseason game since the 1974-75 season.Voting begins Sunday during the NBA’s five-game Christmas lineup. Players can each complete one ballot, featuring three frontcourt players and two guards in each conference, and may vote for themselves or teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliFans can submit one ballot each day through NBA.com, the NBA App, Twitter, Facebook and Google Search, as well as via Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblogs in China.Voting will conclude Jan. 16. The All-Star Game is Feb. 19 in New Orleans.last_img read more

Can jaguar tourism save Bolivia’s fast dwindling forests?

first_imgFew countries in the tropics have seen trees chopped down as quickly as Bolivia did between 2001 and 2017.Within Bolivia, nearly two-thirds of that loss occurred in just a single state—Santa Cruz—as agribusiness activity, namely cattle ranching and soy farming, ramped up.This loss has greatly reduced the extent of habitat for some of Bolivia’s best known species, including the largest land predator in the Americas, the jaguar. On top of habitat loss, jaguars in Santa Cruz are both persecuted by landowners who see them as a danger to livestock, and targeted in a lucrative new trade in their parts, including teeth and bones.Duston Larsen, the owner of San Miguelito Ranch, is working to reverse that trend by upending the perception that jaguars necessarily need be the enemy of ranchers. ÑUFLO DE CHÁVEZ, Bolivia — Few countries in the tropics have seen their trees chopped down as quickly as Bolivia did between 2001 and 2017. According to data from the University of Maryland and World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch, Bolivia lost 45,000 square kilometers (17,400 square miles) of tree cover, or 7 percent of its total forest cover, since the turn of the century. That represents an area larger than the state of Ohio.Within Bolivia, nearly two-thirds of that loss occurred in just a single state — Santa Cruz — as agribusiness activity, namely cattle ranching and soy farming, ramped up. As is the case in neighboring Brazil, soy and cattle are now big business in Bolivia. And in fact, Brazilians, as well as people of European and North American descent, are big players in Bolivia’s soy and cattle industries.Tree cover loss in Eastern Bolivia near San Miguelito Ranch, Santa Cruz between 2001 and 2017. Santa Cruz lost 2.92M ha of tree cover between 2001 and 2017 according to data from the University of Maryland and Global Forest Watch.This loss has greatly reduced the extent of habitat for some of Bolivia’s best-known species, including the largest land predator in the Americas, the jaguar (Panthera onca). On top of habitat loss, jaguars in Santa Cruz are both persecuted by landowners who see them as a danger to livestock, and targeted in a lucrative new trade in their parts, including teeth and bones. While trafficking in jaguar parts is illegal in Bolivia, laws are rarely enforced.Jaguars are thus increasingly under pressure in Santa Cruz and other parts of Bolivia where natural forests are giving way to agricultural landscapes.But one landowner is working to reverse that trend by upending the perception that jaguars are the de facto enemy of ranchers.Duston Larsen runs San Miguelito, a ranch that conservationists say serves as a model for a different approach to navigating the rancher-jaguar conflict in Bolivia and beyond.last_img read more