Westbrook ‘eternally grateful’ to OKC, Harden vows ‘fun’ at Houston

first_img‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:09Malls set month-long, nationwide March 2020 sale to boost tourism02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MOST READ ADVERTISEMENT The comments served to confirm Thursday reports that former NBA Most Valuable Player Westbrook was being traded to the Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul, two first-round NBA Draft picks and a swap of two more future draft selections.“I can’t even begin to put into words all of the emotions I have right now. It’s been one heck of a journey Oklahoma!” Westbrook posted on his Instagram account.“You have supported me through all of the ups and the downs, and stood by me through the good times, and tough times. For that I am eternally grateful to you.“I’m leaving Oklahoma with so many friends and so much gratitude. I could never thank you all enough for sticking with me. It’s been a dream and a whirlwind.”In 2016, Westbrook became the first NBA player since Oscar Robertson in 1962 to average a triple-double for an entire season. He has now done that for three consecutive campaigns.ADVERTISEMENT Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists FILE – In this Jan. 25, 2012 file photo Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden, left, talks with teammate Russell Westbrook in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. The Westbrook-Harden reunion in Houston is a neat story, but both guards have changes to make for the trade to work. They are both “ball dominant” players and getting big-time stars to change is never easy. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, file)Now he joins a Rockets backcourt alongside NBA scoring leader James Harden, a former NBA MVP and Westbrook’s ex-Thunder teammate who has been the scoring spark for Houston since leaving Oklahoma City in 2012.“When I left OKC, I was sad. Then Houston made a home for me,” Harden said Friday, according to ESPN. “Rockets is my home. And now an opportunity came available where Russ wasn’t happy. Now we’re back. It’s going to be a lot of fun this year, I guarantee you that. Believe it.”Earlier reactions to the move worried that one basketball a game might not be enough for two players who are accustomed to handling the ball much of the time and producing the bulk of their club’s scoring.The pairing unites the NBA’s two top scorers over the past five seasons.But reports said both players wanted the deal, suggesting they understand they would need to adapt to create the most formidable force for opponents.Harden often draws double teams from defenders while Westbrook’s versatile playmaker skills could make the Rockets more difficult to stop beyond Harden’s scoring heroics.Westbrook’s posting also spoke of how much he has grown over 11 seasons in Oklahoma City, one of the NBA’s smaller markets.“When I came here, I was 18 years old, bright eyed, and completely unaware of all the amazing things that would soon take place,” Westbrook said.“I grew up in Oklahoma with an amazing bunch of people. The people here are what makes this place so special… You are all what makes Oklahoma such a beautiful place, and the reason I’ve loved playing here all of this time.“I’ve met so many amazing people who have helped shape me into the man that I am today. I hope I have impacted the Oklahoma community as much as Oklahoma has made an impact on me and my family.” Russell Westbrook declared Friday he would be “eternally grateful” to Oklahoma City Thunder supporters while his new NBA Houston Rockets teammate James Harden predicted “a lot of fun” next season. Benefits of township living Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Novak Djokovic wins longest point ever recorded at Wimbledon View commentslast_img read more

Kiefer Ravena ‘relieved’ after making his first game back from long layoff

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—He’s officially back.Kiefer Ravena played his first game after his 18-month suspension in Gilas Pilipinas’ 85-75 loss to the Adelaide 36ers in their final tune-up game ahead the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup Sunday at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind hercenter_img View comments Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ravena was allowed to practice with his club team NLEX and Gilas two months but he still wasn’t able to play in the national team’s trip to Spain wherein they played in a pocket tournament.“It’s been 18 months but coach Yeng (Guiao) made sure that I won’t exert too much effort because I was too eager to play,” said Ravena, who checked into the game at the 3:15 mark of the first quarter.“For me to be able to share the court with them once again is a huge thing for me coming into the World Cup.”ADVERTISEMENT Impressive rookies Perez, Bolick make Gilas final 12 for Fiba World Cup MOST READ OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon The 6-foot guard had 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field in his return to action that had him breathing a sigh of relief.“When I first got into the court, I just felt relieved,” said Ravena in Filipino. “I don’t need to hide anymore, I won’t think that I can’t do what I’m doing, or that I can’t play the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’m just playing the sport that I love and representing my country to the highest and best of my abilities.”Fiba suspended Ravena back in May of 2018 for ingesting a substance included in the banned list of the World Anti-Doping Agency.last_img read more

Rogge backs Beckham Olympic snub

first_img0Shares0000Rogge said that it was British coach Stuart Pearce’s job to select the best players to give the host squad its best chance for success when the London Olympic tournament kicks off later this month. “If the head coach decides not to field the player that’s the end of it,” Rogge said.“This is not an issue for sentiment. It’s not an issue for nostalgia. It’s about being the best athlete in the world in your own place, in your own sport.”Rogge, 70, said he would have “loved” to have seen former England football captain Beckham, a major player in the bidding to bring the Games to London, on the field in the Olympics.“He has done a great job in bidding for the Games,” Rogge said. “He has a great personality. He has a very likeable person. But it’s the law of sport.”Rogge said he plans to watch competition in all 26 sports on offer at London, looking forward to seeing a swim showdown between US stars Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte and the men’s 100-meter athletics final on August 5.“I want to see the fight between Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake in the sprint,” Rogge said.Blake defeated Bolt, the reigning 100m and 200m Olympic champion and world record-holder, in both events at last weekend’s Jamaican Olympic trials.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Scientists say SoCal overdue for Big One

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The analysis was published in today’s issue of the journal Nature. Experts have estimated that a quake on the southern San Andreas of magnitude-7.6 or greater could kill thousands of people in the densely populated greater Los Angeles area and cause tens of billions of dollars in damage. It was the 800-mile San Andreas fault, which runs down California like a scar, that caused the 1906 San Francisco earthquake that led to about 3,000 deaths. But scientists know very little about the 100-mile dormant southern segment, which slices through Southern California from San Bernardino, east of Los Angeles, to near the Mexican border. The section last popped in 1690, producing an estimated 7.7 magnitude quake, but caused little injury or damage because hardly anyone lived there at the time. LOS ANGELES – New earthquake research confirms the southern end of the San Andreas fault near Los Angeles is overdue for a Big One. The lower section of the fault has not produced a major earthquake in more than three centuries. The new study, which analyzed 20 years of data and is considered one of the most detailed analyses yet, found that stress has been building since then, and the fault could rupture at any moment. “The southern section of the fault is fully loaded for the next big event,” said geophysicist Yuri Fialko of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. Predicting exactly when that might happen, however, is beyond scientists’ ability. Using satellite radar and global positioning data, Fialko measured the movement of the southern San Andreas between 1985 and 2005. Small movements along a fault can relieve strain. Calculating those subtle motions allows scientists to figure out how much strain is building up. Fialko found that the southern end of the fault has shown little movement and that significant strain is building up. The fault’s slip rate, or average annual movement, was measured to be about an inch a year – similar to previous estimates. Surprisingly, Fialko found that the two sides of the southern San Andreas behaved differently, with one side showing more flexibility than the other. This could help scientists understand potential earthquake risks, he said. Ken Hudnut, a U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist in Pasadena, who had no role in the study, said the latest research reaffirms the need to study the mysterious southern San Andreas more closely. In the fall, Hudnut will head a $240,000 project that would conduct tests on the southern segment to get a better idea of the threat it poses.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Camarillo Heralds’ ace in the hole

first_img12:00 p.m. Your quarterback who passed for more than 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns and led your team to an 11-1 record and the CIF semifinals has graduated. How do you make up for his loss? If you are Whittier Christian High School football coach Jon Caffrey, you hand the ball to senior tailback Esteban Camarillo as usual, only this year, you ask him to carry it an additional dozen times. Sounds simple enough. In two seasons, Camarillo has rushed for more than 2,700 yards and 29 touchdowns. Last year, he averaged about 22 carries and nearly 9 yards per trip before finishing with 2,107 yards and 25 touchdowns. nds simple enough. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FIFA 18 Team of the Week 18: FUT inform squad revealed

first_img 12 We might be in the middle of FIFA’s Team of the Year announcement but they’ve still got time to give us the usual Team of the Week, don’t you worry about that.All of Europe’s top leagues are featured, with one boosted card on offer boasting an incredible 94 rating – but who is it?These in form cards will be available in FIFA 18 packs from 6pm (UK time) January 17, until 6pm (UK time) on January 24, 2018.To see the FIFA 18 Team of the Week 18 click the right arrow above to find out… Goalkeeper: Sergio Asenjo (Villarreal) – 86 rating (+2 from his base card) – Click the right arrow above to see who else made FIFA 18 Team of the Week 18… 12 Central midfield: James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich) – 87 rating (+1 from his base card) Striker: Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – 94 rating (+2 from his base card) Striker: Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) – 84 rating (+3 from his base card) 12 12 Centre-back: Martin Hinteregger (Augsburg) – 81 rating (+4 from his base card) 12 12 Left midfield: Goncalo Guedes (Valencia) – 83 rating (+9 from his base card) Striker: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) – 84 rating (+2 from his base card) Centre-back: Jonny Evans (West Brom) – 82 rating (+3 from his base card) Central midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) – 81 rating (+3 from his base card) Centre-back: Paul Baysse (Bordeaux) – 82 rating (+4 from his base card) Left midfield: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – 87 rating (+5 from his base card) The FIFA 18 Team of the Week 17 squad in full… 12 12 12 12 12 12last_img read more

Sports Scores For Saturday November 16th

first_imgWest Sioux and West Lyon collided at the UNI-Dome in playoff football. Northwestern and Morningside squared off for the GPAC football crown.Class 1A#1 Van Meter 49, #11 Iowa City Regina 17#5 West Lyon 26, #3 West Sioux 21Class 2A#4 OABCIG 41, #3 Algona 32#1 Waukon 32,  #11 Williamsburg 14GPAC FootballJamestown 31, Briar Cliff 10(1) Morningside 37, (5) Northwestern 27Dakota Wesleyan 30, Hastings 7Midland 31, (RV) Dordt 28GPAC Tournament Volleyball Championship#2 Jamestown 3, #8 College of Saint Mary 0GPAC Women’s BasketballJamestown 78, Doane  56(1) Concordia 113, Briar Cliff 59(11) Northwestern 83, College of Saint Mary 70(16) Hastings 65, Mount Marty 49(19) Morningside 81, (5) Dordt 78(7) Dakota Wesleyan 71, Midland 48GPAC Men’s Basketball(16) Jamestown 97, Doane 71Mount Marty 107, Hastings 105(4) Morningside 96, (25) Dordt 86(RV) Briar Cliff 70, Concordia 69(7) Dakota Wesleyan 85, Midland 65NCAA FootballWisconsin 37, Nebraska 21South Dakota State 38, Northern Iowa 7North Dakota State 49, South Dakota 14Iowa State 23, Texas 21Iowa 23, Minnesota 19last_img read more

Kinlough triathlete Mark McGowan completes 10 Ironmans in 10 days

first_imgA Kinlough triathlete has finished second overall in the gruelling Deca Ironman Challenge in the UK.Mark McGowan completed 10 triathlons in 10 days – a total of 151 hours.The Deca Ironman Challenge is a long-distance triathlon consisting of approximately 18 hours of swimming, cycling and running every day for 10 days.Mark spoke to Ocean FM Sport after the race: play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat Mark McGowan 02/08/2019 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. This year’s event was held at Allerthorpe lakeland park near York.Another Irishman, Gerry Duffy from Mullingar, won the event in 2011.last_img

Rib Lake tops Columbus Catholic in WIAA Division 4 softball regional quarterfinal

first_imgDons ends season 3-14By Paul LeckerSports ReporterRIB LAKE — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic softball team saw its season come to an end with a 9-8 loss to Rib Lake in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday. Statistics from the game were not provided.The ninth-seeded Dons end the season with a 3-14 record.Rib Lake (7-12) moves on to a regional semifinal on Wednesday at Thorp (22-2).(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img

People’s Bus visits Reagile Primary

first_img Brand South Africa and MAN Truck and Bus, joint drivers of the initiative, have scheduled People’s Bus stops across all nine provinces and their smallest cities and towns, including Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, Upington in the Northern Cape, Bhisho in the Eastern Cape, and Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal. “Taking the People’s Bus into the country areas and smaller towns and cities will enable us to spread the World Cup experience to as many South Africans as possible,” said Brand South Africa Acting CEO Paul Bannister. SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 23 February 2010 The People’s Bus – an initiative to build public enthusiasm ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup – made the first stop on its nationwide tour at Reagile Primary School in Tembisa, north of Johannesburg on Friday. The customised bus – a mobile hub of football trivia and fan gear that will be visiting more than 50 locations across the country between now and the World Cup kickoff on 11 June – was met with huge enthusiasm by the kids at Reagile.center_img Click arrow to play slideshowVideo: World Cup People’s Bus (1)last_img read more