Kings hold on to end 14-game losing streak to Spurs

first_imgLATEST STORIES Iman Shumpert made a tiebreaking jumper with 4:05 remaining, De’Aaron Fox and Nemanja Bjelica followed with 3-pointers and the Kings pulled away for a 104-99 victory on Monday night.“Man, I don’t really care about the streak,” Sacramento center Willie Cauley-Stein said. “More or less that was a must-win game. We have to defend home, you know? We slipped up and missed one last game so this one was a must-win mentality coming in. We got it.”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 Kings had lost two of their three games on this homestand, including a 101-88 defeat to the Lakers on Saturday in the second half of a back-to-back.Rested and back to its running ways, Sacramento took advantage of an injury-riddled Spurs team to beat San Antonio for the first time since Nov. 15, 2014. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, center, stuffs as San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) ands Bryn Forbes, (11) look on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ending a 14-game losing streak that spanned nearly four years to the San Antonio Spurs didn’t mean as much to Sacramento as finishing its quick four-game homestand with an even record.It’s understandable, since many of these young Kings were still in high school the last time Sacramento beat the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 awardcenter_img Shumpert broke the tie with his 16-foot jumper.Aldridge had 14 points and 18 rebounds. DeRozan scored 23 points with eight assists, and Rudy Gay added 14 points and nine rebounds in his return to the Spurs lineup.“There was just a bunch of miscommunication, switching, and a lot of things that caused us to collapse,” DeRozan said. “They took an advantage of it and hit the three shots when they needed them. They exploited us and made us turn the ball over when we made a mistake.”Bogdanovic had 11 points off the bench in the first half while Fox hit a pair of 3-pointers to help give the Kings a 56-55 lead at the break after San Antonio made a late run.Sacramento took advantage of the Spurs’ cold shooting in the third to take control. San Antonio made more free throws (eight) than it did baskets (six) in the quarter.TIP-INSSpurs: Pau Gasol (left foot soreness) missed his third consecutive game. … Gay, who spent three-plus seasons with the Kings before signing with San Antonio last year, missed the three previous games because of right heel soreness.Kings: Two nights after having only nine assists in a loss to the Lakers, Sacramento dished out 27 against San Antonio. … The Kings had a 45-32 advantage in bench points. . Kosta Koufos (right calf) did not play.BOGEY’S BACKThe Kings are continuing to be cautious with Bogdanovic as he recovers from a pair of knee procedures in the offseason. Bogdanovic played nearly 25 minutes against the Spurs and shot 9 of 17 with three 3s. “He’s trying to find his rhythm a little bit and he’s also playing with some guys that maybe he hasn’t played with before,” coach Dave Joerger said. “But I thought he was really feeling it and did a terrific job.”UP NEXTSpurs: Play at Phoenix on Wednesday.Kings: Play at Memphis on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It certainly left an impression on Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.“Their culture is changing,” Popovich said. “Guys are committed, guys are physical, taking some pride in defense. They look really good.”Fox finished with 19 points and seven assists. Cauley-Stein had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 points for the Kings.Sacramento led the entire third quarter but didn’t shake San Antonio until late in the fourth.DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge made back-to-back long jumpers to tie the score at 90-all with 5:11 remaining. The Spurs went cold after that and made three baskets down the stretch, all of them 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Barnes scores 23 as leads Mavericks past Bulls Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

The World Bank: A Friend in Need and in Deed

first_imgWorld Bank Group (WBG) President Jim Yong Kim paid an emergency visit with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday, to reassure her, the Liberian government and people of the Bank’s determination to help redress the drastic economic downturn which the deadly Ebola virus has caused the nation.President Kim stressed that in addition to the US$200 million  and other resources which the Bank had already provided in the anti-Ebola battle, it will continue to support Liberia until the virus is decisively  defeated.  But, he declared, “We don’t need to wait to get to zero to start working on the economic recovery.”Then President Kim told President Sirleaf pointedly the purpose of his emergency visit: “Our second area of support is agricultural production.  Agriculture is a key pillar of the Liberian economy and we are concerned that agricultural production has dropped as a result of the epidemic.”In the spirit of a true and trusted friend, President Kim added: We will help Liberian farmers recover from this crisis.  We must make sure that the Ebola outbreak is not followed by a food insecurity crisis.”What more can one ask of a friend who comes to see and help another while he or she is sick, but looks beyond the sickness to help the patient become firmly reestablished in the post-recovery period?In addition to helping Liberia improve its agricultural production, President Kim told President Sirleaf that the WGB was poised to assist in improving selected infrastructure “that are critical for economic competitiveness.”  This includes access to electricity and road and bridge construction that connects   farmers to markets.We sincerely thank President Kim for coming personally, not through a mission, to deliver this magnificent message of hope.  Liberia can thank its lucky stars that this first independent African Republic was present when the Bretton Woods institutions—the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others—were created following the establishment of the United Nations in 1945.  President Sirleaf recalled that the Bank has been engaged with Liberia since the early 1960s and has played a pivotal role in the country’s post-war reconstruction.Now that we have been reassured of the commitment and support of the world’s preeminent financial institution in our post-Ebola recovery, what, may we ask, can Liberia and Liberians do for themselves?For this newspaper has constantly cautioned in its editorials that all the external help we are given will amount to nothing if we do not help ourselves.What do we mean?  We think it is not an accident that World Bank President Kim first touched on AGRICULTURE in the several development initiatives he outlined to help Liberia rebuild her Ebola- devastated economy.Let us quickly be reminded that Liberian agriculture declined long before Ebola.  This newspaper which has,  since its founding in 1981 and until now, carried a weekly  Agriculture column, has for sometime now been calling attention to Liberia’s  agricultural decline.  We recently carried an alarming report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which stated that there was serious food insecurity in Liberia.  Most particularly, FAO said that even the nation’s leading breadbasket, Lofa  County, was suffering from food insecurity!We made an editorial comment on that, too, but never heard a word from Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth.  She treated the FAO report with the benign neglect with which she has treated the entire agricultural sector in Liberia.   When she met a Daily Observer editorial team several years ago, she described as “untrue” a complaint relayed to her from the people of Todee that they had not seen an agricultural  extension agent in 15 years.  Yet, where are the extension agents.  All we see is pickups—given by some donor(s) carrying agricultural slogans.  We don’t even grow coffee anymore; and our cocoa production is down, down, down.  So are other tree crops, such as citrus—grape fruit, lime, oranges and tangerine.Even the rubber farmers are complaining.  The government, through the Central Bank, has pumped into commercial banks US$5 million to help farmers deal with the downturn in the world rubber price, to keep their farms open.  Does Agriculture Minister know that most of the farmers still do not have access to those funds.  Does she even care?We think that if President Sirleaf truly appreciates the agricultural help which  President Kim is offering to boost Liberian agriculture, she should find a new Agriculture Minister who can DO something in this vital, crucial, critical, indeed ALL-IMPORTANT sector of our economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

French ref who kicked player banned

first_img0Shares0000Tony Chapron, who kicked Diego Carlos and then showed the player a red card, faced his own punishment on Thursday © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCEPARIS, France, Feb 2 – The French referee who kicked out at a player during a Ligue 1 game was Thursday handed a three-month ban by disciplinary chiefs with a further three months suspended.Tony Chapron, 45, kicked Diego Carlos of Nantes towards the end of the match against Paris Saint-Germain on January 14 after being knocked over when the pair collided. Chapron sent the player off before apologising the next day, saying Carlos had bumped into him but that his own reaction had been “clumsy” and “inappropriate”.The French Football Federation (FFF) suspended Chapron “until further notice” and the league’s disciplinary commission met Thursday in Paris with Chapron attending the two-hour proceedings with his lawyer.“The meeting took place in a calm atmosphere which was in contrast to the media lynching (around the affair),” said Samuel Chevret, the referee’s lawyer.At the time of the affair, the FFF said in a statement that Chapron had reviewed video footage of the incident and “noted that his fall had been caused accidentally”.Chapron apologised, saying in a statement to AFP: “The Nantes player, Diego Carlos, crashed into me.“At the time of the collision, I felt a sharp pain where I had recently suffered an injury. My unfortunate reaction was to stick my leg out towards the player.”Several weeks before the incident, Chapron had announced that he planned to retire from refereeing at the end of the season.He has been refereeing in France’s top flight since 2004 and has taken charge of more than 400 matches, including the French Cup final in 2014. In October, he refereed a game in the Chinese Super League.Before Thursday’s hearing FFF president Noel Le Graet said: “He’s someone who has done a beautiful job. He has made a small mistake, that he clearly recognises. Killing him at this point achieves nothing. He’s someone who deserves respect.”Tony Chapron attended a disciplinary heading in Paris on Thursday © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREThere are almost no precedents for Chapron’s offence in France. In 2015, Philippe Kalt lost his chance of refereeing the League Cup final for elbowing away Adamo Coulibaly while showing a card to another Lens player. But he was back refereeing in Ligue 1 before the end of the season.Footage of Chapron’s kick went viral across the world.Nantes president Waldemar Kita, who was seen laughing incredulously after the red card was shown, said he spoke to Chapron at the end of the game.“He told me that he had never wanted to kick the player and that he had felt himself pushed in the back,” he told French television.“It’s a joke. I got 20 text messages from across the world telling me this referee is a joke.”Nantes midfielder Valentin Rongier had a good view of the incident and called for the referee to be given a long ban.“He says he slipped, but I know he kicked him,” Rongier told Canal+.“I know it’s very difficult to referee but you have to question them from time to time… We do that, we get a 10-match ban.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more