Pons happy to defer scoring to teammates in win over UP

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bernadeth Pons had her lowest-scoring game for Far Eastern University this season, but the Lady Tamaraws’ captain is fine with sharing the offensive limelight with her teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Madayag: Ateneo needs to play with more confidence Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed FEU’s senior hitter had just nine points in FEU’s sweep of University of the Philippines, 25-23, 25-23, 24-19, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament and Pons is actually relieved that her teammates were able to fulfill the team’s demands.“I’m happy with my scoring because that means everybody can contribute,” said Pons in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “I even told them that volleyball comes easy when everyone scores.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAgainst UP, Heather Guino-o and Toni Rose Basas carried the scoring load finishing with 11 and 10 points, respectively.Pons was FEU’s leading scorer in all three games prior to its win against the Lady Maroons and had eclipsed the 20-point mark twice. LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City After Saturday’s matches, Pons is the fourth-leading scorer of the season averaging 16.5 points-per-game, just half a point behind third placers Diana Carlos of UP and Jhoanna Maraguinot of Ateneo.FEU improved to a 2-2 record, sharing the fourth spot with Ateneo in the standings, and Pons is confident they can start putting together a winning run at this point in the first round.“We still have three remaining games in the first round and this win was really big for us because we got a lot of confidence from this,” said Pons. “Our morale really improved after this one.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 MOST READlast_img read more

Kansas tops West Virginia to win Big 12 title

first_imgThat allowed the Jayhawks to seal their latest Big 12 championship from the foul line.“We had open shots, didn’t make them. They had contested shots, made them,” Huggins said. “If they can do that for three weeks, they could win a national championship.”MORE ON DOKEAzubuike will be evaluated again Sunday, and Self expressed hope that he would be ready for the Jayhawks’ NCAA Tournament opener. The 7-foot sophomore hurt a ligament in his left knee during practice Tuesday, but he appeared to be moving well with a brace on before the game.BIG PICTUREWest Virginia will be happy to play someone other than Kansas in the NCAA Tournament. Not only have the Mountaineers struggled against the Jayhawks in Kansas City, they were swept in the regular season — blowing a big second-half lead during the game in Lawrence.Kansas got a big lift from De Sousa, who joined the team after graduating from high school in December. The 6-foot-9 forward grew by leaps and bounds during his time at Sprint Center, making the Jayhawks an even scarier proposition in next week’s NCAA Tournament.UP NEXTWest Virginia and Kansas head home to rest before Selection Sunday. The Big 12 could get anywhere from five to nine teams into the dance, with the Jayhawks a likely No. 1 seed. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “They just did a real good job of knocking down shots,” Carter said. “Seemed like every shot they put up, it went in. When we went cold, they kept hitting.”The Mountaineers controlled most of the first half, picking and choosing when to employ their full-court press. And they caught a break when Mykhailiuk and Mitch Lightfoot picked up two fouls apiece, allowing Konate to score nearly at will in the paint.Then the Mountaineers’ big fella picked up his second foul and took a seat on the bench.The Jayhawks roared back to briefly tie the game, and trailed 34-33 at the break after De Sousa threw down an alley-oop dunk in transition in the closing seconds of the first half.One of the hallmarks of Kansas over the years, especially under Bill Self, has been tenacious half-court defense — and the Mountaineers shredded it early in the second half. They scored their first eight possessions, and Miles’ layup gave them their biggest lead at 51-43 with 15:08 left.From there, the game turned into a back-and-forth prizefight: Kansas scored 10 straight, West Virginia answered with eight in a row and the Jayhawks responded with 10 more.“They got control of the game. We made a run. They got control in the second half, we made a run,” Self said, “and that was the difference. When they had a chance to distance themselves we got back in it, and we played almost flawless down the stretch.”The Jayhawks’ last run was part of a larger 17-3 charge to finally take control.Graham capped it with his fadeaway baseline jumper over Carter — after shedding a bit of clothes — and a 3-pointer from the wing that made it 73-66 with 3:49 to go.West Virginia got it to 76-70 on Carter’s two free throws moments later, but Miles missed a 3-pointer and Carter missed a circus-style layup, then turned the ball over with a minute left. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kansas players celebrate as the championship trophy is help by Devonte’ Graham following an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the Big 12 men’s tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 10, 2018. Kansas defeated West Virginia 81-70. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Devonte Graham ripped off the shooting sleeve he was wearing and tossed it into the crowd, then took the two-time Big 12 defensive player of the year baseline for a pullup jumper.Talk about unflappable.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We just locked on and starting plays and kept competing, and it was just fun. It was fun to be out there,” Graham said with a smile. “It helped that we were able to make shots.”Modest understatement there. The Jayhawks shot 72 percent from the field in the second half, and 56 percent for the game, while going 15 of 27 from beyond the 3-point arc.“They have a lot of guys who can make shots,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “Let’s be honest, all of those guys out there, if they’re not McDonald’s All-Americans it’s because they’re from another country. They have good players and their guy can coach, you know?”Daxter Miles Jr. hit five 3s and had 25 points to lead West Virginia, which has lost the last three Big 12 title games. Sagaba Konate added 18 points while Carter, the best defender in the league, finished with 17 points and nine assists.West Virginia still has not won a postseason league tournament since the Big East in 2010.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffercenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City 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 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. FEU guns its way to Street Dance title, UST takes high school plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Unstoppable, too.The league’s player of the year finished with 18 points and 13 assists, most of them during the decisive second half, and Graham led ninth-ranked Kansas to an 81-70 victory over Jevon Carter and No. 18 West Virginia in the Big 12 Tournament championship game Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMalik Newman added 20 points on his way to tournament MVP, and freshman Silvio De Sousa had 16 points on 8-for-8 shooting in place of injured big man Udoka Azubuike, lifting the Jayhawks (27-7) to their 11th tournament title and a likely No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.It was the second time in three years they’ve beaten West Virginia (24-10) for the championship. 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Fort St. John Men’s Rec Hockey League seeking two teams for year end tournament

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Kerr watches as Everton make Palace pay for penalty miss

first_imgOn Saturday, Kerr traveled to the KCom stadium to watch Hull City, the club also sponsored by the betting firm.pic.twitter.com/8zrJp3uEBi— Dylan Kerr (@legend3) October 21, 2018Meanwhile, Everton’s third successive win in the Premier League lifted them into eighth place, but defeat left Palace just two points above the early season bottom three.The Eagles, managed by former England boss Roy Hodgson, had a great chance to break the deadlock on the hour mark when Wilfried Zaha was fouled in the box by Seamus Coleman.Luka Milivojevic hit his penalty down the middle and Pickford, diving left, blocked with his trailing leg.“I just looked at his run up and he normally whips it, I left my right leg dangling and managed to get a foot on it,” Pickford told Sky Sports. “It was a game-changer as it got the crowd going, and we needed that.Everton manager Marco Silva was then rewarded for his decision to make attacking substitutions with two well-taken goals.Calvert-Lewin came off the bench to head Everton in front from a cross by Ademola Lookman in the 87th minute and two minutes later fellow substitute Tosun capped a counter-attack with a powerful finish past Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.“It’s devastating to lose in the last minutes of the game,” said Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka. “We played well and created chances in the second half.”“The plan was to defend first, not concede and take our chances, but we didn’t take enough. We didn’t play badly, we will learn from this game.“We stick together and keep fighting,” he added.Coleman, returning from injury after missing Everton’s four previous league games, had the first chance at Goodison Park on Sunday but shot over the crossbar.Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin heading in the opening goal against Palace at Goodison Park © AFP / Oli SCARFFPalace then started to get into the game, with James Tomkins heading wide from an Andros Townsend cross.Pickford turned away a Milivojevic free-kick before Cheikhou Kouyate went even closer to a goal when his header hit the bar.Following a goalless first half, the match sparked into life in the second period.First came Palace’s penalty heartbreak, which was soon followed by Hennessey also saving with his feet to deny Everton’s Theo Walcott.But rather than settle for a point, Silva brought on Tosun for Bernard and then introduced Calvert-Lewin and Lookman.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saved a penalty from Luka Milivojevic during a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 21 – Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr was in attendance as Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saved a penalty before substitutes Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun scored in the closing minutes, the Merseysiders winning 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday.Kerr has been in th United Kingdom for the past one week and attended the match to scout on the Toffees who will be playing his Kenyan side on November 2 in a friendly match organized by sponsors of the two teams, SportPesa.last_img read more

Five things we learned in European football this weekend

first_img0Shares0000Sergio Ramos and Real Madrid have clawed their way back into Spanish title contention © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSPARIS, France, Feb 11 – Sergio Ramos helped Real Madrid pull to within six points of La Liga leaders Barcelona, while Paris Saint-Germain suffered another injury blow with the loss of Edinson Cavani ahead of their Champions League showdown with Manchester United.As Borussia Dortmund served up both good and bad in the Bundesliga, and Benfica hit rare heights in Portugal, AFP Sport looks at some of the main talking points from the weekend in Europe: Madrid not out of La Liga raceReal Madrid overtook Atletico to become Barcelona’s closest challengers in La Liga, with the gap down to six points between Spain’s two grandee clubs.Real continued their resurgence with their most impressive victory yet under Santiago Solari, inflicting Atletico’s first home defeat of the season in a 3-1 win.A good weekend for the European champions got even better on Sunday as an injury-affected Barcelona were held to a goalless draw away to Athletic Bilbao.Lionel Messi played but was not fully fit while the likes of Jordi Alba, Arthur Melo and Ousmane Dembele were also missing from the starting line-up. Barca will be grateful now for five days off, with their Champions League tie against Lyon to come next week.Injury curse rocks PSG againEdinson Cavani has scored 22 goals in 26 games for PSG this season © AFP/File / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATParis Saint-Germain appeared clear-cut favourites in December when they were paired with Manchester United in the Champions League last 16, but injuries to Neymar, and now Cavani, threaten to derail their European ambitions once more.The French giants lost Neymar ahead of last year’s return clash with Real Madrid at the same stage of the competition, and will be without both the Brazilian and Cavani for Tuesday’s trip to Old Trafford.Uruguayan Cavani sustained damage to a tendon in his hip after blasting home a first-half penalty in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bordeaux in Ligue 1.Reports in France suggest the 31-year-old could also miss the return leg, leaving PSG to rely heavily on Kylian Mbappe against a rejuvenated United side that have won 10 of 11 games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Fickle Dortmund give Pochettino much to ponderTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino would have watched Borussia Dortmund’s 3-3 draw at home to Hoffenheim with mixed feelings ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League first leg at Wembley against the Bundesliga leaders.Even without injured top-scorer and playmaker Marco Reus, Dortmund shredded the Hoffenheim defence for 70 minutes, going 3-0 up, with Jadon Sancho giving one of his best performances in the yellow shirt.The England winger was everywhere at Signal Iduna Park, opening the scoring with some superb finishing, setting up goals for Mario Goetze and Raphael Guerreiro, while also hitting the post — which would have made it 4-0 with 20 minutes left.However, Hoffenheim suddenly found huge spaces to exploit in the closing stages as Dortmund’s back four crumbled with Ishak Belfodil netting goals, after taking advantage of loose marking, either side of a Pavel Kaderabek header.Sirigu spot onTorino goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu continued his fine run of saving spot-kicks, stopping a fifth out of seven Serie A penalties in a 1-0 win over Udinese on Sunday.The 32-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain ‘keeper denied Rodrigo De Paul what would have been an equaliser in Turin, which earned him an ovation at the end of the match as he threw his gloves to the fans.“Today I had instinct and luck,” said the Italy international. “I saw that he was not looking at me anymore so I decided to push left with all the strength I had and it went well. Sometimes you feel it, it’s instinct.”Benfica in rare territoryDouble digits: Jonas rounds out the scoring as Benfica humiliate Nacional © AFP / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRABenfica have roared back to within a point of reigning champions Porto after a run of six straight victories — the latest a 10-0 mauling of Madeira-based Nacional on Sunday.The Lisbon club sacked Rui Vitoria, who led the team to back-to-back league titles in 2016 and 2017, at the start of the year but have swiftly regrouped under his successor Bruno Lage.Haris Seferovic and Jonas both struck twice while Alex Grimaldo, Joao Felix, Pizzi, Francisco Ferreira, Ruben Dias and Rafa Silva also found the net as Benfica recorded the biggest win in the Portuguese league since 1965.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

State costs for old inmates’ care skyrocketing

first_imgHARDWICK, Ga. – Razor wire topping the fences seems almost a joke at the Men’s State Prison, where many inmates are slumped in wheelchairs, or leaning on walkers or canes. It’s becoming an increasingly common sight: geriatric inmates spending their waning days behind bars. The soaring number of aging inmates is now outpacing the prison growth as a whole. Tough sentencing laws passed in the crime-busting 1980s and 1990s are largely to blame. It’s all fueling an explosion in inmate health costs for cash-strapped states. “It keeps going up and up,” said Alan Adams, director of Health Services for the Georgia Department of Corrections. “We’ve got some old guys who are too sick to get out of bed. And some of them, they’re going to die inside. The courts say we have to provide care and we do. But that costs money.” Estimates place the annual cost of housing an inmate at $18,000 to $31,000 a year. There is no firm separate number for housing an elderly inmate, but there is widespread agreement that it’s significantly higher than for a younger one. In addition to medical costs there are other, less obvious expenses. For instance, elderly inmates can’t climb to the top bunk so they sometimes need to be housed in separate units that require more space. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1976 that inmates have a constitutional right to health care. But what that means can depend on where an inmate is locked up. In Alabama, the Southern Center for Human Rights in 2005 filed a federal class action lawsuit to force the Hamilton Aged and Infirm Correctional Facility to improve conditions. Prisoners with serious medical conditions sometimes had to wait several months or more for treatment at the overcrowded facility housing frail inmates with dementia and Alzheimer’s, the lawsuit said. A federal judge in 2006 appointed a receiver to oversee California’s prison system after finding that an average of one inmate a week was dying of neglect or malpractice. A new report issued by the receiver found that as many as 66 inmates died last year because of poor medical care. State lawmakers have been reluctant to tinker with the tough laws that are keeping more people in prison for longer sentences. Reacting to violent crime waves in the 1980s and 1990s, state lawmakers passed two- and three-strikes laws and abolished parole. They are now seeing the results of those laws, said Ronald Aday, professor of aging studies at Middle Tennessee University who has written a book on aging prisoners. “This number is going to keep going up and up until they address the issues that are putting these people there in the first place,” Aday said. At Men’s State Prison in central Georgia, the older inmates stick together, said Manson Griffin, 66, and Joe Williams, 62. They rattle off a list of ailments common to men their age: arthritis, high blood pressure, bad backs. Williams wears a neck brace and walks with a cane. Both are taking a laundry list of prescription medications. Still, Griffin said he’s in fairly good condition compared with some of the older inmates at Men’s, where the average age is 52 and the oldest prisoner is 86. “It’s heart-rending to see some of the older people in the condition they’re in,” Griffin said. “You have to wonder why they haven’t had a little leniency on them to let them go home. “What can an 80-year-old man in a wheelchair do? Run?”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Justice Department statistics show that the number of inmates in federal and state prisons age 55 and older shot up 33 percent from 2000 to 2005, the most recent year for which the data was available. That’s faster than the 9 percent growth overall. The trend is particularly pronounced in the South, which has some of the nation’s toughest sentencing laws. In 16 Southern states, the growth rate has escalated by an average of 145 percent since 1997, according to the Southern Legislative Conference. Rising prison health care costs – particularly for elderly inmates – helped fuel a 10 percent jump in state prison spending from fiscal year 2005 to 2006, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. That growth in spending is projected to continue, the group said. The graying of the nation’s prisons mirrors the population as a whole. But many inmates arrive in prison after years of unhealthy living, such as drug use and risky sex. The stress of life behind bars can often make them even sicker. And once they enter prison walls, they aren’t eligible for Medicaid or Medicare, where the costs are shared between the state and federal government, meaning a state shoulders the burden of inmate health care on its own. last_img read more

Stoppage-time strike sends England U19s into Euro 2017 final

first_imgLukas Nmecha scored three minutes into added time to send England’s Under-19s into the final of the European Championship.The Manchester City forward came off the bench to net with virtually the last kick of the game. It came after good work from Tottenham’s Marcus Edwards on the right, and his pass inside found Nmecha on the edge of the six-yard box, with his brilliantly-crafted backheel beating Czech Republic goalkeeper Martin Jedlicka.The young Lions will now face Portugal in Saturday’s final and will be hoping to replicate the Under-20s, who won the World Cup last month. See the all important goal below… 1 Lukas Nmecha: The Man City youngster netted the vital goal for England center_img We’ve done it! @LukasNmecha’s audacious injury-time goal sends the #YoungLions into the #U19EURO final! 👏 pic.twitter.com/N7bgmUMlY7— England (@England) July 12, 2017last_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 1 – Blues lead but visitors begin to threaten

first_imgGoals from Fernando Torres and Ramires left Chelsea edging towards a win that would take them to within two points of Premier League leaders Arsenal.The Blues, who face Arsenal a week on Monday, went ahead when Torres tucked away the rebound after Willian’s low shot had been tipped onto the post by Crystal Palace keeper Julian Speroni.And Branislav Ivanovic missed a great chance to double the lead when he fired wide after being put through by Juan Mata’s delightful back-heel.Chelsea seemed to be in control but switched off at the back and Marouane Chamakh equalised just before the half-hour mark, steering home from nine yards out after being found by Joel Ward’s ball in from the left.But Ramires struck five minutes later, collecting Eden Hazard’s pass and sending a 25-yard shot beyond the motionless Speroni into the corner of the net.Mata, back in the starting line-up along with Michael Essien, scuffed a shot wide following good work on the left by Willian early in the second half.At the other end, Cameron Jerome’s effort went wide before Petr Cech was twice called into action.Jason Puncheon’s drive forced a good save from the Chelsea keeper, who was also able to gather Damien Delaney’s close-range header.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Azpilicueta; Essien, Ramires; Willian, Mata, Hazard, Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Lampard, Oscar, Schurrle, Ba, Eto’o.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

NBA All-Star weekend: Stephen Curry masters the dunk and lob

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Before the NBA All-Star game game ended, Stephen Curry needed to give the hometown crowd one last parting gift. He didn’t heave a shot from halfcourt. He didn’t shoot a 3. He didn’t even attempt a floater.Instead, Curry did not something that rarely defines his game. He threw down a dunk. With the clock ticking down to zero, Team LeBron had no inkling to play any defense. And why would they? They were about to cement a 178-164 win over “Team Giannis” in Sunday’s NBA All-Star …last_img