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first_imgCANADIAN Pacific President Robert Ritchie announced on December 11 that major cost savings were essential if CP’s new eastern operating subsidiary St Lawrence & Hudson is to stave off the risk of sale or closure. Higher productivity and lower property taxes in Ontario and Québec have been identified as key issues, with up to 30% of the 4500 staff to lose their jobs.SL&H agreed to sell its 174 km line from Mississauga to Owen Sound to Ontario Midwestern Railway on December 16. Services north of Orangeville had been suspended since December 1995. OM’s business plan is based on reviving freight traffic, but the company is considering a commuter service from the Orangeville area to an interchange with GO Transit.On December 18 CP offered its 291 km Sudbury – Sault Ste Marie line for sale, together with a 60 km branch from McKerrow to Espanola and Whitefish Falls. CP is confident that it ’can find a new operator who will maintain a reliable and low-cost regional link to the core network.’ olast_img read more

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Herrera calm after deadline puzzler

first_imgAthletic Bilbao captain Carlos Gurpegui insists team-mate Ander Herrera has been unaffected by the bewildering saga that surrounded him and Manchester United on transfer deadline day. David Moyes’ United were still being linked with Herrera right up until the close of the transfer window, with reports emerging late on Monday night that three people said to be representing the Red Devils had turned up at the Spanish league headquarters, seemingly to meet the clause in the 24-year-old’s contract. The trio left an hour later, apparently unable to complete the paperwork required to finalise the deal. However, it then transpired that United, who dealt directly with Athletic, knew nothing of the trio’s existence. According to reports in Spain, the three men were Spanish lawyers, but it remains a mystery exactly what their involvement was. While the pursuit of Herrera ended in bizarre circumstances, Moyes remains a fan and could revisit the deal in January – even though he believes the 36million euros clause in the player’s contract is too high a price to pay. Herrera, meanwhile, returned to training with Athletic on Tuesday looking relaxed and not dwelling on what might have been, according to Gurpegui. “He looks calm to me and only thinking about Athletic. He’s well aware that he’s staying and that he’s happy, at least that’s my feeling,” Gurpegui told a press conference. “The important thing is that Ander is staying here, that he’s a part of the squad and that we have to take advantage of the player that he is. “He’s staying with us, which is the important thing despite all the rumours and hypothetical situations.” Gurpegui added: “It’s true that up until last night there was a chance that he could leave, we all knew that Athletic won’t negotiate. From now on, the only thing we must think about is correcting our mistakes and continue improving. “There’s no point dwelling on what happened yesterday or the day before. Ander is with us and hopefully he’ll have a fantastic season.” Gurpegui was also asked about what Herrera might have revealed to his team-mates about the events of the last few days. “His version is that he had an offer and little more. On Sunday until 5pm I was with him and yesterday we didn’t talk all day. I don’t know his version, he’s staying,” said the 33-year-old midfielder. “I cannot put myself in his situation, because I’ve never experienced it. I don’t know what he’s been thinking.” Press Association After failing in their bid to prise Cesc Fabregas away from Barcelona this summer, United turned their attention to another Spanish playmaker in Herrera as they sought to bring in reinforcements. Athletic rejected an offer from the Barclays Premier League champions last week, insisting they would not negotiate for their players and warning that if United wanted Herrera they would have to pay the release clause in his contract of around £30.75million. last_img read more

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Steady as he goes

first_img He heaves shots — hundreds of them — at a hoop, alone, in a gym. Any gym will do, and even just a hoop and a ball will work. Because before there was a gym, there was a driveway and before there was a driveway, there was a basement and before that, a kitchen.And the whole time there was the shooter, relentlessly honing his craft, arcing a ball through a hoop.There was Trevor Cooney.Cooney’s a Division I athlete and a serviceable defender in Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, but so much of his legacy as well as the fate of SU’s upcoming season simply rests on how often he can score.Jim Boeheim needs him to. The Orange is returning just over 37 percent of its points from last year — the lowest in Boeheim’s 38 years with SU — and putting points on the board, often three at a time, is what Cooney needs to do to carry him and his teammates deeper into the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU faded with his shooting stroke in 2013–14. And while Syracuse fans badly want him to be more, 53.9 percent of SU’s 3-pointers from last season return with his stocky 6-foot-4 body.“I always want to be known as a shooter,” Cooney said. “I like to shoot.”He was a good basketball player who happened to score before he was known as and became a shooter. But Cooney likes being labeled. He likes the effect the slightest flinch of his eyes or head has on opponents.But when he was squeezing a foam ball in his kitchen and shooting it at a plastic rim — the kind you’d have in a dorm room — he was just a 4-year old. While his parents did dishes, he shot baskets, his father Brian Cooney said.It helped him relax before bedtime.When he started to dribble, though, around age 6, his mother banished him to a 4.5-foot basket in the basement. There, he played with an inflated rubber ball before graduating to the driveway around age 7.The only expectation then was that he would eventually go to sleep. That was before he’d step on a court as a high school freshman, catch a ball and have “Shooter-shooter-shooter” screamed at him before he ever fired a shot in front of the people declaring his role.“They said it enough to him, he actually became the shooter,” Brian Cooney said.He gets to the Carrier Dome hours before it fills up with the fans who hear about his marathon shooting — and making, he said he only counts makes — sessions at the Carmelo K. Anthony Center and want to see that success replicated. To them, it only matters so much that he’s being charged at by people whose job it is to make him miss or that he’s surrounded by people screaming for him to shoot. It’s just supposed to work.“I think people kind of add to Trevor and they hope to get G-Mac (assistant coach and former Syracuse star Gerry McNamara) once again,” said Stan Waterman, Cooney’s high school coach at the Sanford (Delaware) School. “But I think they’re a little bit different in terms of the fundamentals of the way they shoot the ball, but I think they’ve got the same mindset in that they think that shot’s going in.”The comparisons to McNamara aren’t fair to Cooney, Waterman said. They wouldn’t be to anyone. McNamara won the school’s only NCAA title as a freshman, shooting 35.7 percent from 3. And McNamara, unlike Cooney, was a point guard.People close to Cooney said that he knows the comparisons are there. He doesn’t really talk about them. He just shoots.“It’s what you are,” assistant head coach Mike Hopkins said.In his freshman year at the Sanford School, Cooney shot practically one-handed, shot-putting balls toward the rim, Waterman said, but he made his shots. He was mostly just a spot shooter then.The following season, opponents targeted Cooney with a box-and-one defense, designating one player to deny him the ball while the rest packed in their defense.With a slightly lopsided rise and fall to his motion, Waterman said, Cooney became one of the best players in the state, but also one, Waterman said, he would catch being too unselfish.“At times, yes, very,” Waterman said. “And I think that’s just a product of the person he is and the personality that he has, that he’s a competitive kid, but he is very unselfish and maybe needs to be a bit more selfish and a bit more aggressive in regards to his basketball game.”On the last play of Cooney’s high school career, he ran off a screen, got the ball on the right wing from a baseline inbounds pass, then passed the ball. It was a state championship-winning assist.The Syracuse coaching staff wants him to use his shot to set up and take better drives. The Orange wants him to be more aggressive on offense, matching his defensive intensity.Against Boston College on Feb. 19 last season, Cooney shot 1-of-6 from 3 and 2-of-8 from the field in 40 minutes. It was SU’s first loss of the season.“It’s not, ‘Oh, I know this is wrong or this is right today’ type of a thing,” Cooney said of his performance in the game. “It’s just kind of how sports are. And that’s just how it goes sometimes.”He didn’t shoot better than 30 percent from 3 for the rest of the season. Syracuse lost four of its next seven games, including the first round of the ACC tournament against N.C. State and the round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. He shot a combined 1-of-10 from beyond the arc in the two tournament losses.Waterman watches Cooney from afar and thinks that sometimes when he shoots, it’s hard for him to slow down from the shuffling he does atop SU’s zone and the diving after loose balls that sends the Orange breaking down the court.The groove Cooney said he found against Notre Dame last season, going 9-for-12, goes away. The hoop that Cooney said seemed bigger is just normal and pretty hard to put a ball through.For himself and for Syracuse, the boy who used to squeeze a foam ball and shoot to relax needs to relax to shoot and score.Said Boeheim: “He’s a scorer. He scored last year. When he shot the ball well, we won.” Comments Published on November 13, 2014 at 12:49 am Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. This is placeholder text Advertisementlast_img read more

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Oshoala, Oparanozie to Star for Falcons in Cyprus Cup

first_imgDefenders for the trip include Onome Ebi, Osinachi Ohale, Faith Michael and Glory Ogbonna, along with midfielders Rita Chikwelu, Ngozi Okobi, Amarachi Okoronkwo and Halimatu Ayinde as well as forwards Ini-Abasi Umotong, Chinwendu Ihezuo, Rasheedat Ajibade and Francisca Ordega.The players and officials are scheduled to arrive in Abuja on Friday, with the team getting training sessions in the evening of same day, as well as on Saturday and Sunday morning before departure by Egypt Air.The delegation will sleep in Cairo on Sunday and arrive in Larnaca on Monday and settle down for the commencement of action two days later in a competition that is billed to have three groups.The Falcons are billed to make the trip to take part in the annual Cyprus Women’s Cup tournament which begins on Wednesday, 27th February in Larnaca, with two other African teams also expected to participate.Falcons’ coach, Thomas Dennerby has already selected 24 players for the contest which will also have South Africa, Mexico, Finland, Cameroon, Belgium, Slovakia, Korea DPR, Czech Republic, Thailand, Hungary, Italy and Austria in attendance.The Falcons’ first match is against Austria, on the evening of February 27, before further games against Slovakia March 1 and Belgium March 4, in the group phase.Dennerby will hope that, unlike when they could only finish third in China, behind the host and South Korea, but ahead of Romania, that his side will make it to the Cyprus Cup final on March 6.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona Femeni of Spain attacker, Asisat Oshoala and Guingamp of France striker, Desire Oparanozie are both back in Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons for the trip to Cyprus for another build-up competition towards the 2019 FIFA Women’s Worlds Cup.Oshoala and Oparanozie alongside Ngozi Ebere missed the Falcons’ trip to China for a similar contest last month, but footballlive.ng gathered that they will be part of the Falcons’ squad that will depart Nigeria through Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Sunday.They will be joined by a former junior international, Uchenna Kanu, who is now a student in the United States, with ex-U-20 team, Falconets’ goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie also listed along with Tochukwu Oluehi.last_img read more

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#AFCONonCiti: Appiah on potential early exit -“You must be prepared for anything”

first_imgGhana coach, Kwesi Appiah, says he is “prepared for anything” as the country stares at potential early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.The Black Stars must avoid defeat against defending champions Cameroon in their second Group F game on Saturday at the Ismailia stadium, to avoid exiting the competition at the group stages for the first time since 2006.Asked if he is afraid he might be sacked if Ghana fails to qualify, Appiah laughed off the question before saying;“Coaching is risk taking. Any coach who is afraid of being sacked, isn’t a great coach. As a coach, you have to be prepared for anything. Unfortunately, that’s the job we have found ourselves in.”“For me, I don’t believe in being afraid of whatever happens along the line,” Appiah concluded.Ghana must win against Cameroon on Saturday to boost their chances of qualifying to the next round after they drew 2-2 against Benin in their opening game.Ghana has reached the last 4 of the AFCON in each of the last 6 editions but have failed to win the trophy.–Fentuo Tahiru is in Egypt covering the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations courtesy Betway.last_img read more

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2015 Nations Cup: Algeria closes in on Morocco finals

first_imgAlgeria will qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they beat Malawi on Wednesday, while wins for Cameroon and South Africa will put them within touching distance.The Desert Foxes have shown why they are Africa’s top-ranked side by winning all three of their Group B games, two of which were away from home.They are expected to capitalise on their home advantage against Malawi to book their place at next year’s finals in Morocco with two qualifiers to spare.All Wednesday’s games are the reverse fixtures from last weekend – the second of the double-header ties that pitted two group teams against each other home and away in the space of a few days.In Blantyre on Saturday, Algeria’s slick passing had Malawi chasing shadows at times and it is hard to think they will not repeat or better the 2-0 victory they achieved then.Once again Sofiane Feghouli and Yacine Brahimi (both pictured, top)will look to run things from midfield. Wednesday’s “The first time I coached South Africa against Congo in 1992 we scored once, the second time we scored twice last weekend, so I am hoping for three come Wednesday,” said Mashaba.Strikers Bongani Ndulula and Tokelo Rantie struck the goals that conquered Congo in Pointe-Noire and they are likely to start in a side that has not conceded a goal in three qualifiers.Borussia Dortmund strike Aubameyang is Gabon’s big weapon up frontLike Nigeria, record seven-time title-holders Egypt and shock 2012 winners Zambia need home victories to keep alive hopes of qualifying. However, a 2-0 victory in Gaborone suggests Egypt can defeat Botswanaagain and put pressure on Senegal and Tunisia in Group G.Botswana will be without India-based midfielder Ofentse Nato, who has retired from international football at the age of 25 after accusations of coming to camp drunk.For Senegal or Tunisia to secure a place, one of them must win in Monastir and hope Botswana stun Egypt.Having being thwarted in Dakar by a packed Tunisian defence, Senegal coach Alain Giresse will hope attackers Papiss Cisse, Sadio Mane and Dame Ndoye can benefit from greater space.Zambia should end a three-match winless run having held Niger goalless in their Group F match in Niamey. One disruption to Chipolopolo’s preparations has been the expulsion from the squad of captain Chris Katongo , who has fallen out with the coaching staff.In Group C, Gabon visit Burkina Faso with Borussia Dortmund goal-poacher Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in top form, and a win coupled with a draw between Angola and Lesotho would qualify the Panthers.Aubameyang was on target in his side’s 2-0 win over the Burkinabe at the weekend and will fancy his chances of adding another goal to his tally.Uganda must bounce back after Togo beat them 2-0 in Kampala to inflict on them their first home defeat in 10 years.That result – along with Ghana’s 1-1 draw away to Guinea – means Group E is very tight. Togo could move from bottom to second with a win over the Cranes, though they will again be without first-choice goalkeeper Kossi Agassa who has returned to his French club Stade Riems for treatment for an injury that forced him to miss the Hawks’ win on Saturday.Ghana have home advantage against Guinea and will be motivated to secure all three points and take control of the group.The Black Stars are currently being coached by Maxwell Konadu, who is in temporary charge while a new permanent boss is sought.Ghana’s football Association announced on Monday that German Bernd Schuster had replaced Dutchman Patrick Kluivert on a five-man shortlist for the job.last_img read more

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Mike D’Antoni: Lakers ‘lifeless’ in loss to Charlotte

first_imgWhatever finish line the Lakers see in the distance, whether it’s that point where injuries start healing or when Kobe Bryant comes back, the season ends, they’re officially staggering to it.Their sixth consecutive loss Friday night was one thing. The way they fell, 110-100, to Charlotte at Staples Center could be predictable from a team that has seen as much adversity as it has, but they know they’re at a tipping point.“I know it’s tough for all of us to be in the situation we’re in, but we’ve got to come out with energy, we have to come together as a team,” Nick Young said. “I can’t do nothing but believe. I believe in all of us. We just have to find that balance.“We can’t point fingers, we can’t get distracted and start fighting amongst each other. That could make it worse, and a longer season than normal.” Charlotte’s Al Jefferson scored a career-high 40 points, added 18 rebounds and the Bobcats (21-27) feasted on the Lakers’ lack of defense. Gerald Henderson added 20 points and Charlotte shot 52.3 percent for the game.Jefferson hit 8 of 12 shots in the fourth quarter alone.Gasol had 24 points and nine rebounds, but for the second consecutive game said he was limited by a sore groin, perhaps the aftereffect of favoring a big toe injury.“It felt better with two days of rest with treatment,” Gasol said. “We tried to make it feel better and calm it down. Once the game started and I did certain moves, I aggravated it. There’s something going on. I’m just aggravating it. That’s not good for anyone.”Young, struggling with his shot in recent games, came out quickly and had 15 points by halftime, but made only 3 of 12 shots in the second half to finish with 21. Jodie Meeks added 19 points, but he and Young were a combined 13 of 37 from the field.Kendall Marshall had 10 points and 12 assists, but the Lakers shot only 38.7 percent from the field. But he couldn’t argue about D’Antoni’s assessment of a “lifeless” start.“He’s right. We didn’t come out to play,” Marshall said. “Personally, I’ve got to set the tone at point guard. We didn’t do that either. I can’t point to one thing we did well.”Young briefly rallied the Lakers in the second period. His 3-pointer cut the deficit to 50-45 after the Bobcats had built a 12-point lead, but the Lakers were outscored 12-4 in the final 3:19 of the period.In a moral victory, the Lakers outscored the Bobcats by a point in the third quarter but still entered the final period trailing 86-74. Somehow, the Lakers did it without Young scoring in the third, which has repeatedly been the team’s nemesis this season.So has defense, and the Lakers had no answer in the paint for Jefferson, who made 18 of 32 shots to lead a team that was without guard Kemba Walker, who averages 18.7 points and five assists. Walker missed his sixth straight game with a sprained ankle.The Lakers have no margin for error with their own walking wounded.“Every mistake now is a big load on our shoulders and we don’t seem to bounce back well,” Gasol said. “We don’t seem to get the right energy and the right mindset.”Help is on the way, but the Lakers (16-31) are a half-game out of last place in the Western Conference.“We’re going to get some energy guys back sometime next week and be able to get a little better rotation,” D’Antoni said. “But we were lifeless the first half. There’s no excuse for it.” As they keep pointing toward the return of one-third of the roster. Right now, they’re pointed toward two days off before a three-game road trip, hoping they’ll get a player or two back along the way.They also have to deal with an MRI exam of Pau Gasol’s recent groin flare-up, so they’re hardly out of the woods on the injury front. They just got back from a seven-game trip. Their depleted roster has tongues hanging.But the one element the rest of them cannot fail to provide was missing — effort from the outset.“We came out lifeless and got down,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We’re not a type of team that can come out and be listless, especially on defense, in the first half. “They just weren’t ready to play, for whatever reason. Whether it’s the end of January, who knows? We just can’t do that, and we did it, and we’d better learn from it real quick or it’s going to be a long season. Well, it already is, but it can be ugly and they’ve got to understand that the only chance we have is to have 48 minutes of energy and we didn’t have it.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Cavs reach agreement with free agent Nwaba

first_imgCarpio 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 Yahoo Sports first reported Nwaba’s agreement.The 25-year-old Nwaba averaged 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 23.5 minutes in 70 games — 21 starts — for the Bulls. Chicago revoked its qualifying off to Nwaba, who received interest from Indiana as a free agent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’At 6-foot-4, Nwaba is a solid defender and better-than-average shooter who will likely join Cleveland’s rotation and give coach Tyronn Lue depth as the Cavs try to stay competitive following LeBron James’ exit as a free agent.Nwaba previously played with the Los Angeles Lakers and in Cleveland will be reunited with former teammates Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. FILE – David Nwaba #11 of the Chicago Bulls moves against Marvin Williams #2 of the Charlotte Hornets at the United Center on April 3, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent guard David Nwaba has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.Nwaba, who played for the Chicago Bulls last season, will join the Cavs once contract terms are finalized, said the person who spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because negotiations between the sides is are ongoing.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Milan, Turin, Cortina to launch joint bid for 2026 Olympics View commentslast_img read more

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Former model accuses Ronaldo of rape, football star calls it ‘fake news’

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “When Cristiano Ronaldo completed the sexual assault of the plaintiff, he allowed her to leave the bedroom stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman,” it said.The lawsuit said Mayorga reported the alleged assault to the Las Vegas police the same day and underwent an examination at a local hospital.It said the assault had left her with “severe emotional and bodily injuries including but not limited to anal contusions, posttraumatic stress disorder, and major depression.”It said she developed an alcohol problem and was suicidal.Under pressure from Ronaldo’s “fixers,” Mayorga settled the case “in exchange for a payment of $375,000 and non-disclosure of the sexual assault,” the lawsuit said.It claimed the agreement should be voided because she was “incompetent and lacked the mental capacity to participate in negotiations and settlement of her claims due to the injuries suffered during the initial sexual assault.”The suit also called for the agreement to be dismissed because it amounted to concealment of a crime for which there is no statute of limitations.The unidentified “fixers” were named as co-defendants in the lawsuit, which also accuses the Juventus forward of violating the 2010 nondisclosure agreement.In an interview with Der Spiegel, Mayorga, who has a degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said she was inspired to come forward in part by the #MeToo movement which has exposed the sexual abuse of women by powerful men.Ronaldo is a five-time winner of FIFA’s men’s player of the year award. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments The Portuguese striker, who is married and the father of four, left Real Madrid this year to join Juventus for 100 million euros ($117 million).Ronaldo won two La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns with Real after joining from Manchester United in 2009 for a then world-record fee of £80 million ($94 million). /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “What they said today, fake — fake news,” the 33-year-old star of the Portuguese national team said in a post that was later deleted.Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, accused Ronaldo, in a 32-page complaint filed last month with a district court in Nevada, of raping her on June 13, 2009.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 ChrissMayorga alleges in the lawsuit that she was pressured into signing a nondisclosure agreement to keep the alleged rape secret and is seeking no less than $200,000 in penalties and damages.The complaint was first reported by the German magazine Der Spiegel. Lawyers for Ronaldo have reportedly threatened to sue the magazine over the story. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a game on Aug. 25, 2018. AP FILELOS ANGELES, United States – Cristiano Ronaldo is facing allegations of rape by a former model who accuses the Portuguese superstar of attacking her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009.Ronaldo, who now plays for Juventus in Italy’s Serie A, rejected the charges as “fake news” during a live chat on Instagram.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 World champ paddlers to PSC: What about us? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum In the suit, Mayorga said she met Ronaldo, who was then 24 years old, on the evening of June 12, 2009 at the Rain Nightclub in the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.It said she accepted an invitation to join Ronaldo and others in his penthouse suite to “enjoy the view of the Las Vegas strip.”She was invited to join guests in a hot tub but she declined because she did not have a bathing suit, the complaint said.Ronaldo offered her clothing and then followed her into a bathroom where she was going to change clothes, it said.‘No, no, no’After she refused his demand to perform oral sex and said she wanted to leave, Ronaldo pulled her into a bedroom and anally raped her while she screamed “no, no, no,” the complaint said.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Rockets buckle down on Kemba Walker to frustrate feisty Hornets

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Well, that plan got ditched after one half.Paul told D’Antoni at halftime he wanted to guard Walker after the Hornets three-time All-Star erupted for 27 points on 9-of-10 shooting. D’Antoni agreed, and the change worked — Paul helped hold Walker to eight points in the second half as the Rockets escaped with a 118-113 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJames Harden scored 30 points, Clint Capela had 23 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and the Rockets won their third straight. Paul also heated up in the fourth quarter and finished with 17 points and 10 assists for the Rockets (36-25).“I would rather not (guard Walker) as much as possible, but I also like playing defense,” Paul said, adding that nobody in the league changes pace like Walker does, making him a difficult cover. Harden had plenty of support, especially from Capela, who was all over the glass.The Rockets trailed by four entering the fourth quarter but opened with an 18-4 run behind six points from Paul, including four on fall-away mid-range jumpers.The Hornets battled back behind Walker and Jeremy Lamb, who had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and had a chance to tie with 17 seconds left. Walker missed a leaning 3-pointer from the right wing and the Hornets fouled Harden, who made two free throws to make it a five-point game. Walker missed another 3 with seven seconds left.“Maybe it was some attitude adjustments,” D’Antoni said of his team’s second-half defense. “We just played harder. In the second quarter, we lost our spirit completely and (the Hornets) played well.”The Hornets are a half-game ahead of the Magic in the battle for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.“We just have to stay confident,” Walker said. “We are playing really hard, competing our butts off. That’s really all that matters.”TIP INSRockets: Scored 41 points in the first quarter on 61 percent shooting. … Faried didn’t start but still managed to pick up his fourth foul by the middle of the second quarter. … Gordon had six points and missed all five 3-point attempts in the start.Hornets: Walker became the first Eastern Conference player to reach 200 3-pointers when he buried a step-back jumper against Harden in the first quarter.PAUL’S RETURN View comments Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Paul, who grew up in Winston-Salem and played at Wake Forest, said he enjoyed finally getting a chance to play a regular-season game in his home state. He’d missed the last two because of injuries.“So I’m sure my grandparents and all my family — all 300 of them that came to the game — enjoyed it,” Paul said with a laugh. “It’s nice to play here and not be in a suit.”BATUM’S DEFENSEBatum’s defense on Harden was outstanding all night as he flustered the MVP candidate at times and made a couple steals which led to dunks.But Batum wasn’t relishing in his effort after the game, saying “we still lost the game so it doesn’t mean anything to me. … We did a good job, trying to contain them, had a game plan. But they made plays.”UP NEXTRockets: Host Heat on Thursday night.Hornets: Visit Nets on Friday night. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In his first game since ending his streak of 30-point games at 32, Harden struggled from the field, missing his first eight shots from 3-point range — even having one blocked by Nic Batum, who gave the MVP candidate fits all night with his defense.Harden finished 10 of 29 from the field and 1 of 11 from 3-point range, but he made two clutch free throws with 14.6 seconds left to put the game away.Harden has been bothered by a neck injury the past few games.“I’m trying to figure out how to run and move my neck at the same time,” Harden said. “Just getting a feel for the game, but I will be all right.”“He was just out of sync,” D’Antoni said, saying the recent schedule got to him. “And, the start to the year it takes him about three or four games to get back into rhythm. He will be fine and that is the least of my worries.” ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker, right, and Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul, left, chase a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni replaced Kenneth Faried in the starting lineup with Eric Gordon on Wednesday night, a move designed to cut down wear and tear on Chris Paul’s body.The reasoning behind the move was D’Antoni doesn’t want Paul chasing point guards like Charlotte’s Kemba Walker all over the court and running off screens this late in the season. 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