Back and better: Porter Jr. says he’s best in NBA draft class

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The players who are likely to be taken at the very top of next month’s draft aren’t participating in the combine. Arizona’s Deandre Ayton declined an invitation, Slovenian standout Luka Doncic’s season in Europe isn’t in Chicago — his European season isn’t over — and Duke’s Marvin Bagley III only took part in interviews with some teams.That doesn’t mean intrigue is lacking at this gathering of hopefuls.Texas’ Mo Bamba, he of the 7-foot-10 wingspan , said he believes he merits consideration from Phoenix for the No. 1 overall pick. Billy Preston , who left Kansas in November under the cloud of an NCAA investigation and briefly played in Europe, is in Chicago and insisting that he’s ready mentally and physically for the NBA life. Brian Bowen , who hasn’t played a college game yet — he left Louisville for South Carolina after it became known he was part of the FBI’s probe into college basketball and could only practice with the Gamecocks after enrolling there — is participating as well.But there might not be a player in Chicago with more intrigue around him right now than Porter, who went from can’t-miss to couldn’t-play.“Mike is a great player,” said Bruce Brown Jr., a guard who’s leaving Miami after two seasons for the NBA. “I know him personally. We’re cool as friends. I think he can show the world what he is capable of and what I know he’s capable of.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 The way he sees it, Porter was widely considered the best high-schooler in the country 12 months ago — even though he had back issues that led to him having surgery last fall and basically robbed him of his only college season at Missouri. So now, he thinks it’s logical that if his back is better, his stock should be even higher as well.“I’m still the best player,” Porter said.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 crownAnd that’s his message at the NBA Draft Combine, going on this week in Chicago. The small forward went through the anthropometric testing — height, weight, wingspan, body fat percentage and so on — but isn’t partaking in on-court matters this week, opting instead to save his statements there until he gets workouts with teams over the coming weeks.“I know without a doubt,” Porter said. “I’ve played against all these guys. They’re all great players. But I’m the best player in this draft and I can’t wait to show what I’m capable of.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Warriors’ Curry says ‘no panic’ after big loss to Rockets Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Porter is among the 25 or so Chicago invitees who are skipping the 5-on-5 portions of the combine. That’s not a surprise — the trend in recent years has been for players who are likely to be taken with the highest picks to skip some or all of the combine events — but a case could be argued that Porter could have used some game time.He played in three games at Missouri, one of those for only two minutes before his back surgery on Nov. 21. He returned for two NCAA Tournament games.Here’s how little Porter played last season: There were 3,505 players in Division I who scored more points than he did in his only college campaign. Porter shot 10 for 30 at Missouri, scoring 30 points in 53 minutes.Obviously, those aren’t best-player numbers. Everything else on his resume suggests otherwise — 36.2 points and 13.6 rebounds per game as a senior in high school, MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game, and was both the Naismith and Gatorade Boys High School National Player of the Year awards. He was the fifth player to sweep those, joining Alonzo Mourning, Dwight Howard, Chris Webber and LeBron James.Big-time company.“In the workouts, I won’t be holding back at all,” Porter said.He’s interviewing with a slew of teams this week — New York, Dallas, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Atlanta, Cleveland, Memphis, Houston and the Los Angeles Clippers so far, with Sacramento, Charlotte, Oklahoma City and Boston still to go. He knows that the Bulls fans are letting anyone who will listen on Twitter know they want him, and said he was impressed how New York’s braintrust knew many things about him.And make no mistake: He says he is raring to play again.“I was hoping to turn college basketball upside down, just like a lot of these players,” Porter said. “But this is just a step in my process. It’s a little different, but I’m more ready than ever. I’ve been dreaming about this NBA stuff for so long. I feel like I’m ready.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Michael Porter Jr., from Missouri, speaks to reporters during the NBA draft basketball combine Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — If given the chance, Michael Porter Jr. would have a simple question for those who touted him as the best NBA prospect in this draft class a year ago and no longer do today.Why?ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View commentslast_img read more

Ban Lifted: Kuwaitis compete under own flag at Asian Games

first_imgFive swimmers set to make a splash at the Asian Games The Olympic Council of Asia, the governing body of Olympic sports for the region, said in a statement Friday it was “delighted with today’s decision” taken by the IOC’s executive board.The OCA statement said this will allow “Kuwaiti athletes to take part in the 18th Asian Games under the flag and anthem of Kuwait.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The suspension was imposed after the IOC accused Kuwait’s government of interfering in Olympic sport in the country.The IOC says Kuwait’s government has promised “fresh elections” for sports organization boards and also given a “clear undertaking … not to obstruct the work” of the Kuwait Olympic Committee. The suspension can be re-imposed in October if the IOC board isn’t satisfied with the changes. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Kuwait’s national team football players pose for a group photo ahead of the 2017 Gulf Cup of Nations football match between Kuwait and Oman at the Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad Stadium in Kuwait City on December 25, 2017./ AFP PHOTO / Yasser Al-ZayyatJAKARTA, Indonesi — Athletes from Kuwait will be able to compete under their own flag in the Asian Games after the International Olympic Committee provisionally lifted the country’s suspension, which had been in place for nearly three years.The Asian Games open on Saturday in Jakarta.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The suspension meant Kuwaiti athletes at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro had to compete under the title of “Independent Olympic Athlete.” When Fehaid Al-Deehani won a gold medal in double trap shooting, the Olympic anthem played and the Olympic flag was raised.There was no repeat at this year’s Winter Olympics because no Kuwaitis competed.Kuwait said its delegation at the Asian Games consists of 40 athletes and officials.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

James Harden still unstoppable, rallies Rockets past Warriors in OT

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Houston Rockets’ James Harden, right, is defended by Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — James Harden hit a contested 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in overtime and finished with his second triple-double of the week and fifth straight 40-point game, rallying the Houston Rockets past the Golden State Warriors 135-134 in a thriller between Western Conference powers Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.Kevin Durant’s long 3-pointer missed as the buzzer sounded in what will go down as one of the best games this regular season — a rematch of the seven-game Western Conference finals won by two-time defending champion Golden State.ADVERTISEMENT Stephen Curry put the Warriors ahead with 23.1 seconds remaining in OT on the way to 35 points — a basket that shouldn’t have counted because Durant was clearly out of bounds when he flung the ball back in.Harden, however, had one more improbable, acrobatic moment still in him. He released the ball with at least four hands in his face for the game-winner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe reigning MVP finished with 44 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, while Clint Capela contributed 29 points and 21 rebounds for Houston.Harden also hit 3-pointers at the 3:52 and 2:02 marks of OT in a game featuring dazzling displays on both ends by some of the game’s biggest stars. Klay Thompson made a go-ahead layup with 40.6 seconds left in the extra period, then Harden tied it at 132 on a pair of free throws with 33.5 seconds left.Durant added 26 points and seven rebounds.Harden also had a triple-double Monday against Memphis of 43 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists but he was disappointed with nine turnovers he thought gave the Grizzlies too many transition opportunities.Including his 50-point game Dec. 13 against the Lakers, Harden has scored at least 30 in 11 straight.Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s simple message about defending Harden, who went to the line 27 times Monday: “Don’t foul him!”ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college DeMar DeRozan’s triple-double lift Spurs past Raptors in Kawhi Leonard’s return Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Harden shot five free throws in the first quarter Thursday and nine in all.His jumper with 5:37 left in regulation cut Golden State’s lead to 112-111. He also got the Rockets close by knocking down two 3-pointers and assisting on another basket in the final 1:26 of the third as Houston cut its deficit to 98-92 going into the final quarter.Thompson scored 26 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the first half. After struggling to find his stroke from deep, Thompson is 10 for 17 on 3-pointers the past three games.With his first 3 at the 7-minute mark of the opening period, Durant became the 32nd player in NBA history to reach 22,000 points.Falling backward as he released the ball over Harden, Durant swished a 3 with 59.2 seconds left in the first half.The cold-shooting Rockets fell behind 70-53 at halftime. Houston was just 6 of 23 from long range, 3 for 9 by Harden, while the Warriors shot 62.8 percent.TIP-INSRockets: F James Ennis, who had been questionable with a strained right hamstring, returned after missing the previous 10 games. … G Eric Gordon sat out a second straight game with a bruised right knee.Warriors: C Kevon Looney scored in double figures for the ninth time this season. … Durant is one of six active players in the 22,000-point club, joining LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Carmelo Anthony, Vince Carter and Dwyane Wade. … Durant has 12 straight games with 20 or more points. … Golden State dropped to 10-3 when dishing out 30 or more assists.RUN TMC LATEST STORIES As part of the final season at Oracle Arena, the Warriors honored the “Run TMC” era featuring the trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin.They were recognized on the big screen during a first-quarter timeout and Hardaway was shown sitting courtside next to Warriors owner Joe Lacob.UP NEXTRockets: At Portland on Saturday.Warriors: At Sacramento on Saturday looking for a fourth straight road win vs. the Kings.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardlast_img read more

No grounds for extending 90-day period – Jagdeo

first_imgNo-confidence resolution The Constitution says after a no-confidence vote is passed, elections must be held within 90 days unless both sides of the National Assembly agree to an extension. However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is against such an extension except for very limited reasons.In an interview with the media after a meeting of the Executive Committee, Jagdeo was asked about this proviso. He noted that the only way he could foresee an extension was to accommodate the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM)… and a limited extension at that. He referenced some examples of this.“Can we hold the elections; would GECOM be ready in 90 days’ time? We believe GECOM can be ready, but assuming GECOM needs time, like two weeks’ time or a month more, then that could be a possibility.”“But only then the National Assembly could legitimately reconvene, because that is explicitly spoken about in Article 106 and 106, 7; that with a two-thirds vote in the National Assembly you can extend the three months period. But it has to be done with our approval.”The former President also noted reports from the Government that they are reviewing all their options following the vote but added that Government has no options other than what the law says they must do.“I saw the desperate press release from (Alliance For Change leader) Raphael Trotman, talking about they have to explore this option, that 34 is the new majority in the Parliament… we believe they’re going to try this.”On December 21, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – against the Government succeeded when former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.A total of 10 MPs had previously debated the motion, but when a vote of division was called, Persaud’s vote changed the numbers to 33 versus his colleagues’ 32 votes against the motion.While Persaud’s former coalition colleagues have claimed of being betrayed by the vote, the parliamentary Opposition has thrown its support behind the MP’s right to vote in whichever direction his conscience leads him. Persaud has since left the country.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106(6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”President David Granger has already committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Several organisations and parts of the diplomatic community, have called for mature leadership and a smooth move to General and Regional Elections constitutionally due next year.For its part, GECOM has assured that it is capable of delivering elections once the date is set. It is understood that the recently hospitalised GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, is on medical leave. The next statutory meeting of the Commission is slated for January 7, 2019.last_img read more

CANU will continue to do its work with professionalism – Unit

first_imgAttorney Siand DhurjonIn light of a lawsuit brought against the Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU) by a United States-based woman who alleged that she was asked to strip naked and squat by drug enforcement officers, the unit is contending that it will continue to conduct searches of passengers, luggage, vehicles etc. at all ports of entry and exits in Guyana.In a release to the media, CANU stated that those searches will be done in accordance with local and international standards with due cordiality and professionalism.“In keeping with CANU’s mandate to stem the trafficking of narcotics the Unit has been successful in thwarting a number of passengers from using their bodies, luggage, cargo and other objects to traffic narcotics (cocaine in particular) through Guyana’s Ports”, the drug enforcement unit stated on Wednesday.Further CANU stated that it will continue to aid in maintaining the perceived credible Image of the ma-jority of Guyanese Travellers and will continue to abide by the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act Chapter 10:10 of the Laws of Guyana.Recently it was reported in the local press that Ayana Adams, who is Guyanese by birth and a US citi-zen, was in the process of returning to New York on a Caribbean Airlines flight, after vacationing in her homeland when she was forced to strip and squat.As such, she has reportedly filed a $40 million lawsuit against CANU through her attorney Siand Dhur-jon who had given a detailed account of what took place. As a result of the incident, Adams missed her flight which ultimately meant that she would have missed school and more importantly, she was una-ble to report for duty following her vacation here in Guyana.According to Dhurjon, CANU has breach his client’s human rights.last_img read more

Fort St. John Drag Racing Association to begin season next weekend

first_imgThe second event on this year’s calendar is the NAPA Auto Parts Father’s Day weekend on June 14 and 15. That’s followed by the Fountain Tire IHRA Division six Pro-Am race July 11-13. The season will conclude September 6 and 7 with the Pro Street Automotive Regular Season Final.The Fort St. John Drag Racing Association will be the only group at the tracks this season as the North Peace Bracket Racing Association will not be having their races at Northern Lights Raceway unlike last year.Racing for each event begins at 10 a.m.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Banks DIH supports Persaud ahead of Suriname Golf Open

first_imgEight-time Guyana Open men’s Golf champion Avinash Persaud has secured from Banks DIH Limited sponsorship to compete in the Suriname Invitational Golf Tournament billed for October 6-7 (next weekend) at the Paramaribo Golf Club.Clifford Reis, Chairman/Managing Director of Banks DIH, presents the sponsorship cheque to Avinash Persaud, while Gavin Todd and Troy Peters look onChairman and Managing Director of Banks DIH Limited, Mr. Clifford Reis, presented Persaud with the sponsorship cheque during a simple ceremony at Thirst Park on Wednesday.Himself an ardent golfer, Reis said Banks DIH Limited was extremely delighted to be sponsoring the reigning Guyana Open champion, to enable his participation at the Suriname tournament which is expected to attract international competitors.Persaud will join approximately 19 local golfers who will be competing in the Suriname tournament.“We wish Avinash every success in Suriname. I am confident that the exposure will assist in his future development,” Reis said.Persaud, who has held the Guyana Open title for four consecutive years, also expressed confidence ahead of the tournament.“My goal is to win the Best Gross at the event. I would like to thank Banks DIH Limited for sponsoring my participation in Suriname,” he declared.Persaud, who first won the Guyana Open when he was 16 years old in 2006, has said he would be using this Suriname tournament to sharpen his game for the prestigious Guyana Open tournament, billed for November 4-5 at the Lusignan Golf Club, East Coast Demerara.last_img read more

Whittier College revamps Campus Inn

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Construction work is well under way at Whittier College this semester, where officials are conducting an $18.5 million renovation and expansion of the Campus Inn that’s expected to be completed by next summer. The Campus Inn had housed a dining area, bookstore, cafe, student life and student government offices, and a student lounge. But when the project is done, the new Campus Center will also feature additional rooms for entertaining, a copying center and a small amphitheater. For more on this story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. There is more traffic and less parking, but Whittier College students say the inconvenience will be well worth it when the $18.5 million renovation of the campus dining hall is completed next summerlast_img read more

Prosecutor will take Vick case to a grand jury

first_imgJURISPRUDENCE: Star quarterback may face an indictment after pleading guilty to federal dogfighting charges. By Hank Kurz Jr. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RICHMOND, Va. – The prosecutor in the rural county where Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has admitted to bankrolling a dogfighting operation plans to present “a host of bills of indictment” regarding the case to a grand jury today. Vick, his co-defendants and lawyers will not attend the closed proceeding. Efforts to reach Vick’s lawyers by telephone and e-mail were unsuccessful. Vick and three co-defendants already have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the case, and all are awaiting sentencing in federal court before the end of the year. Vick, who faces up to five years in prison, also has been indefinitely suspended without pay by the NFL and been dropped by all his major sponsors, including Nike. The local charges, and a conviction, could spell an end to any hope he has of resuming his NFL career after serving a likely federal prison term. An animal cruelty charge in Virginia is punishable by up to five years in prison, and he admitted in his written plea to helping kill six to eight pit bulls days before the first raid. That alone could expose him to as many as 40 years in prison. Vick, in his written plea, also admitted to supplying money for gambling on the fights involving Bad Newz Kennels dogs. He said he did not personally place any bets or share in any winnings, but gave his three co-defendants all those proceeds. The co-defendants, all of whom pleaded guilty before Vick and detailed what they said was his involvement, agreed to testify against him had the case gone to trial. The case began in late April when authorities, conducting a drug investigation of Vick’s cousin, raided the former Virginia Tech star’s property and seized dozens of dogs, most of them pit bulls, and equipment commonly associated with dogfighting. Six weeks later, with the local investigation perceived to be dragging and a search warrant allowed to expire, federal agents arrived with their own search warrants and started digging up dog carcasses buried days before the first raid. Poindexter, who had been widely criticized for the pace of the investigation, reacted angrily when the feds moved in, suggesting that Vick’s celebrity was a draw, or that their pursuit of the case could have racial overtones. He later eased off those comments, saying that the sides would simply be pursuing parallel investigations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Yes, I’m presenting matters to the grand jury that involve dogfighting at 1915 Moonlight Road,” Surry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Monday night. Moonlight Road is the address of the two-story home on 15 mostly undeveloped acres that has been host to “Bad Newz Kennels” since 2001. It’s where dozens of pit bulls were found in April, and where they were trained, fought and brutally executed. “Most of the matters that I’m presenting have already been admitted in sworn statements authored by the defendants in the federal proceedings,” Poindexter said. He couldn’t detail the exact indictments he will pursue, but said the local investigation and the federal investigation largely focused on different crimes. “The killing of dogs is one of those statutory prohibitions. Dogfighting is a crime, the mistreatment of animals is a crime, so you could take your pick, or take them all,” Poindexter said before cutting the conversation short. “I don’t have anything else to say about it. I’m through with it. Hopefully, it’s coming to an end.” last_img read more

Barbara Hudspeth

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dan shared that, but his teacher made some comment about it not being local news or some such thing. Dan’s reply was “I don’t care. My grandparents live in Whittier and it is important to me.” Yes, I remember the Whittier Earthquake, Oct. 1, 1987. Jelly and jams in glass jars fell from the kitchen cupboard onto the countertop and broke. What a mess to clean up. But another thing I remember is about my grandson, Dan, who lived in the Minneapolis area. He was almost 13 at the time. He was supposed to bring a news item to school that day for sharing. His dad got a newspaper for him and the headlines were about the earthquake. last_img read more