Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes for a layup past Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) and forward Markieff Morris (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)WASHINGTON — Continuing their turnaround from a terrible season start, the Oklahoma City Thunder picked up their fourth consecutive victory by beating the struggling, booed-at-home Washington Wizards 134-111 behind Russell Westbrook’s 23 points and 12 assists Friday night.From 0-4 to 4-4, the Thunder are clicking right now, led by Westbrook, who missed the first two games after a procedure on his right knee and sat out the final quarter of the rout at Washington.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 TIP-INSThunder: Came in shooting 27 percent on 3s, but hit 47 percent — 15 for 32 — against Washington. … George has complained of a nerve issue with his left foot, and coach Billy Donovan said George thinks it affects his defense. “There’s times where he wishes he could push off a little bit better and move a little bit better — more to the extreme that he’s capable of doing,” Donovan said. “I think he still feels he’s hindered by it.”Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. played with a bruised big left toe and scored nine points in only 16 minutes. … Brooks on Ian Mahinmi, who started at center while Howard was sidelined but now returns to a backup role: “His minutes are going to shrink quite a bit, but he has to be ready whenever he’s called on.”NEW SPONSORThe Wizards’ jerseys had a sponsor’s logo for the first time, part of a multiyear deal with an insurance company that also will advertise on uniforms for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the G League’s Capital City Go-Go. Nearly all NBA teams now have such a jersey sponsorship arrangement; the Thunder still do not.UP NEXT:Thunder: Host the Pelicans on Monday.Wizards: Host the Knicks on Sunday. And even though OKC was the team playing on the second night of a back-to-back, it looked a lot fresher and more active than Washington, which was coming off a two-day break and finally got to see new center Dwight Howard make his debut.After missing all of training camp, every exhibition game and the first seven regular-season games with a sore backside, Howard started and immediately appeared to have an impact, scoring 13 first-quarter points. But soon enough, Washington got into its usual bad habits, the ones that have led to loss after loss so far: ineffective defense and low-effort rebounding.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 Wizards have lost four games in a row to drop to 1-7, and spectators let the players hear their displeasure in the second quarter, jeering when OKC went ahead 61-40 on Jerami Grant’s dunk on a pass from Westbrook. When Paul George made his third straight 3 attempt, a night after going 0 for 10 from beyond the arc, it made the halftime score 79-50, equaling the Thunder’s record for most points in a half.An Oklahoma City team averaging 109 points this season was already at 110 after three quarters. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments George wound up with 17 points to surpass 10,000 for his career, and Grant scored 22.Howard had 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, three rebounds and four fouls in 23 minutes. When he was out of the game, he either laid down on his stomach on the sideline or stood.Bradley Beal scored 27 points, and John Wall had 19 points and nine assists, but Washington’s pair of All-Star guards also combined for 12 turnovers.The Thunder went up by as many as 33 points in the third quarter and shot 57 percent for the game. They outrebounded the Wizards 38-30.None of that should come as a surprise, given that Washington began the night allowing an NBA-worst 122.4 points per game and averaging only 41.3 rebounds, 27th in the 30-club league.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Teen gymnast Carlos Yulo makes PH history with bronze in world championships Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao (R) fights Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANMANILA, Philippines — Adrien Broner hasn’t been stopped through 38 professional fights but that streak could be in jeopardy against Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight title fight on January 19.Pacquiao’s sparring partner George Kambosos believes the Filipino ring superstar still has the punching power to deal Broner his first knockout loss.ADVERTISEMENT Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson could miss month with sprained left foot “I expect Manny to win every round, win convincingly,” he said.“It’s not an easy fight. Broner is a hell of a fighter, a good boxer and he’s training very, very hard for this fight. This is an opportunity for him to push his career back up. He needs this win but Manny understands that.”Pacquiao, who ended his knockout drought with seventh-round stoppage of Lucas Matthysse five months ago to win the WBA welterweight title, skipped Tuesday’s training to rest after a busy day in Senate.Pacquiao, who turns 40 on Monday, is expected to get more rounds of sparring on Wednesday before leaving for General Santos on Thursday to continue his training camp. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “If someone’s gonna knock Broner out, Manny can do it,” Kambosos, who has sparred with Pacquiao for more than 100 rounds since the Jeff Horn bout, told INQUIRER.net Tuesday.The 29-year-old Broner has lost only thrice—all by unanimous decision—against Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter and Mikey Garcia.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 ChrissMaidana decked Broner twice and nearly knocked him out several times throughout their fight in 2013.Kambosos, a feisty undefeated lightweight prospect primed for a world title shot, has no doubt Pacquiao will beat Broner but added the four-division champion won’t go down quietly. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments
Here is a list of nonprofit groups that foster business development in the Valley: Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; (818) 379-7000. A private, nonprofit development and marketing collaborative, the Economic Alliance provides business-retention counseling and promotes trade and community planning. Valley Economic Development Center 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Third Floor, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; (818) 907-9977. Founded in 1976, the community-based nonprofit corporation offers training, consulting, technical assistance and financing to small and medium-size businesses. Valley International Trade Association 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; (818) 379-7000. A nonprofit, membership-supported educational association, VITA presents luncheons, seminars and workshops about international trade. Valley Industry and Commerce Association 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 203, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, (818) 817-0545. Established in 1949 as the Industrial Association of the San Fernando Valley, the group now known as VICA is widely considered one of the most influential business-advocacy organizations in Southern California. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I want to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victims of the terrible attack in our beloved Barcelona, in addition to totally rejecting any act of violence,” Barcelona star Messi, 30, wrote on Instagram.“We are not going to give up, there are many more of us who want to live in a world in peace, without hate and where respect and tolerance are the basis of coexistence,” added the Argentine who arrived in the Catalan capital as a teenager 14 years ago.Real Madrid’s Portuguese captain Ronaldo took to social media to express his shock at the attack which also left more than 50 injured.“Dismayed at the news coming from Barcelona. All the support and solidarity (to) the family and friends of the victims,” he wrote on Twitter.Like Ronaldo and Messi, other athletes took to social network in an outpouring of solidarity with the Catalan capital.“All my support for the families affected and the city,” Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal wrote on Twitter, while his great friend, basketball player Pau Gasol, declared himself “devastated by what happened on the Ramblas in Barcelona. All my support for the victims, wounded and relatives in these difficult times.”All football clubs in the Spanish first and second divisions will observe a minute’s silence in memory of the victims when the new La Liga season starts on Friday.“All clubs will pay homage to the victims and their families after the tragedy in Barcelona,” Spanish league officials said in a statement.Spanish three-time world motorcycling champion Marc Marquez, also a Catalonia native, accompanied his message with an image of a circle formed with the motto “I love Barcelona” surrounding that same expression in Catalan with a big heart.From Portugal, Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas wrote: “What sadness, all my solidarity with the victims and their families. A lot of strength Barcelona.”And from Paris, a city that has also suffered similar terror outrages, Paris Saint-Germain’s Spanish coach Unai Emery was “very saddened by the news coming from Barcelona, unfortunately one more black day. All my support for the victims and their families ”“No to terrorism. No to the dictatorship of fear. Stop terrorism,” wrote Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on Twitter, with the image of a broken heart.FC Barcelona took to Twitter: “Deeply saddened by the attack on our city. All our thoughts are with the victims, their families and with the people of Barcelona.”Barcelona also said their players would wear black armbands in their home game against Real Betis on Sunday.Real Madrid issued an official statement expressing “its deepest sorrow regarding the attack which has taken place in the city of Barcelona and the club stands together with the victims, their families and their friends.“It also hopes for the quickest possible recovery to all those injured in the incident.”Villarreal, meanwhile, decided to suspend the official presentation of Colombian striker Carlos Bacca “as a sign of mourning” for the attack.From the world of cycling, the general director of the Vuelta, which begins Saturday in the French city of Nimes, said: “We are dismayed by the dramatic attack in Barcelona and our condemnation of these events is total.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi (2ndR) vies with Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo during the Spanish league football match December 3, 2016 © AFP/File / JOSEP LAGOMADRID, Spain, Aug 17 – Football icons and longtime rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined Spanish sports stars around the world in expressing their grief after Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona left 13 people dead.Barcelona’s most famous street Las Ramblas was packed with tourists when a van drove into the crowds, leaving scenes of carnage.
Former QPR and Leicester wideman Lloyd Dyer has joined Birmingham on loan until the end of the season.Dyer signed for Watford in June but has started just four league games for the Hornets, with the last of his appearances coming on December 20.There were a number of Championship clubs considering a loan swoop for the 32-year-old but the Birmingham-born schemer has now joined the Blues.Dyer’s arrival will further boost Birmingham’s late charge for the play-offs although his debut could come in the FA Cup against former club West Brom at the weekend. 1 Watford winger Lloyd Dyer
Enrique took over as coach after the World Cup last month, which saw Fernando Hierro in temporary charge following the shock sacking of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament.“I talked to him (Enrique) a week or two ago. I told him that the decision was already made,” Pique said ahead of Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla.Pique is the latest member of the great World Cup-winning Spanish side to quit the national team, following the likes of former Barcelona teammates Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.His defensive partnership with Carles Puyol was key to Spain’s maiden World Cup title in 2010, while he also won Euro 2012.“It was a great stage at the Euros and World Cup,” added Pique.“I’m very happy to have participated in all these successes, but now I want to focus on Barca. I have three years left year and the more the better.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gerard Pique announced his international retirement on Saturday © AFP / Josep LAGOBARCELONA, Spain, Aug 11 – Spain centre-back Gerard Pique confirmed that he had ended a glittering international career on Saturday, saying that the appointment of his former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique would not change his mind.The 31-year-old made the last of his 102 international appearances in Spain’s World Cup last-16 loss to Russia.
0Shares0000Adel Amrouche hasABUJA, Nigeria, Oct 11 – Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr believes the sudden resignation of Libya coach Adel Amrouche could motivate their rivals even more ahead of a crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.Amrouche quit as Libya coach just days before the clash in Uyo, southern Nigeria, over unpaid wages. But German handler Rohr has warned over complacency.“The coach can change, but the players and his assistants are still there, so it won’t be an easy game because they changed the coach,” Rohr said.“Sometimes it’s even more difficult when a new coach joins the team because the players then want to show what they can do.”Israel-based midfielder John Ogu said the Super Eagles are more concerned with winning the two games against the north Africans than on the issue with their coach.“We won’t be carried away by their problems,” he said.“These things happen in football. We just want to remain focused because our target is to get the three points on Saturday before we start thinking of the next game on Tuesday.”Libya sit top of Group E with four points from two matches, South Africa are second also on four points with Nigeria third on three points.Three-time African champions Nigeria, who have failed to qualify for the last two Africa Cups, face Libya in the reverse game in Sfax, Tunisia, on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Like thousands of other Africans, Lamin came to Russia during the 2018 tournament on a “Fan ID” that allowed spectators to bypass the country’s usual visa requirements.While most came purely to watch the football, others had plans to stay on and find work.Some believed they could claim asylum in Russia or that the country would be a stepping-stone to life in Europe.But eight months after the World Cup, their hopes have been dashed and the Russian interior ministry has said it is stepping up measures to deport all over-staying guests by the end of March.– Little hope of asylum –Like thousands of other Africans, Lamin came to Russia during last year’s World Cup on a special temporary visa for fans, which he overstayed © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVLamin, an assumed name, said he needed to flee a family conflict in The Gambia because his life was in danger.A church friend told him Russia would be easy to enter during the period it was hosting the football tournament.Even so, it wasn’t easy when he arrived.“I was confused, I had no place to stay, the situation was tough,” he said.The former management student was eventually helped by a Liberian immigrant who shared food and offered a space in the apartment.But during a raid in February, police found the Liberian had no valid documents and he was deported.“I don’t know what I’m going to do next, I’m totally scared,” said Lamin, who has been given temporary leave to stay until the middle of March.With the help of the Civic Assistance Committee, an organisation that works with refugees in Russia, he has put in an application for permanent asylum.There is little hope, however, of it being granted. Official figures show that in 2017, Russia gave full refugee status to just 33 people.– Wave of arrivals –Lamin, a 23-year old Gambian, is one of some 12,000 people who stayed on in Russia illegally after his fan visa for the World Cup expired © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVThe “Fan IDs” were originally valid just for the period of the World Cup, but President Vladimir Putin later announced they could be used for re-entry until the end of 2018.Last month, interior ministry official Andrei Krayushkin said 12,000 people had stayed on illegally after the end of the year.But efforts by the security services had so far reduced that number to 5,500, he told a press conference.Daniel, who has worked with African migrants in Moscow for 10 years but did not want to give his last name nor where he works for fear of repercussions, said the World Cup had brought the biggest wave of arrivals he had ever seen.“When they get here, they’re stuck. They don’t want to go back, they can’t go forward,” he told AFP.“Most don’t speak Russian, and without Russian, the chances are very small of finding a job.”One such immigrant is Solomon, who came during the World Cup to watch Nigeria play — his home side. He already had plans to stay on after the tournament.At first, the 31-year-old found work as a gardener but is now unemployed.“In Nigeria, there is no job, no good politics, no good life,” the engineering graduate said.“I just want to stay here for a little time, so that I am able to work, get some money and go to another place.”He is “very worried” about the interior ministry’s March deadline, but says he has no plans to leave of his own accord.– Trafficking victims –Rights groups say that most African migrants don’t speak Russian, and without that, they stand very little chance of finding work © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVA few in extreme circumstances have been granted leave to stay beyond March.Victoria came from Nigeria on a World Cup ticket with plans to study in Russia, but on arrival, the 22-year-old discovered she had been trafficked into prostitution.A woman came to meet her at the airport, took her back to a flat and told her to take off her clothes.“She took my passport and my Fan ID,” Victoria said.After being forced to work as a street prostitute, Victoria got in touch with the anti-trafficking NGO Alternativa and managed to escape.The organisation has helped her obtain permission to remain until the summer, and she has found some work in a shoe repair shop.“I want to stay in Russia,” she told AFP at the NGO’s central Moscow office.“Not to stay permanently — I just want to have some money, so that at least when I go back to Nigeria I can start a business.”But others who were trafficked, like 20-year-old Progress, remain in a state of limbo.Alternativa is preparing an application for an extension so that “maybe I can stay in Russia,” said the young Nigerian woman, who was also forced into prostitution.“A lot of the girls who came with me are still working. They are too scared to leave.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Only 33 people won full refugee status in Russia in 2017 © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Mar 6 – In a cramped apartment on the outskirts of Moscow, Lamin has little more than the clothes and the Bible he brought with him when he came to Russia on a temporary World Cup visa last summer.The 23-year-old Gambian shares the two-bedroom flat with nine other people — the youngest a newborn baby girl, the daughter of a Congolese flatmate.
Jose Mourinho has dismissed any parallels between 2007 and now, insisting he has the desire and determination to lead Chelsea out of their current malaise.The Blues won the 2014-15 Barclays Premier League title at a canter, but have four points from four games and sit eight points behind leaders Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s match at Everton, who frustrated Mourinho in his pursuit of John Stones.With the Toffees sticking to England defender Stones, Chelsea had to turn to other players, like the unheralded Papy Djilobodji, prompting speculation Mourinho was unhappy just weeks after signing a four-year contract.Mourinho had a categorical response for those thinking his second spell at Stamford Bridge could unravel and end as quickly as the first.“Let’s be objective. I don’t want to leave the club, in any circumstances,” the Portuguese said.“And the club doesn’t want me to leave. I’m not going to walk away. The club is not going to sack me.“If somebody anyone thinks that I walk, or I leave the job, it’s somebody that doesn’t know.“Chelsea fans know me for good and for bad and that’s not my profile, to run away from problems, in this case to run away from bad results.” Jose Mourinho 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.So how will all this marketing hoopla translate at the box office? I say the movie will sting the rest of the competition and rake in at least $40million over the next three days. Not all critics have loved the movie, but my niece and nephew, whom I use as a barometer for what kids are into, cannot wait to see “Bee Movie.” POWER PAIRING: While the kids are gonna be buzzing all about the Seinfeld movie, adults have some pretty solid options of their own starting with “American Gangster,” starring Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott. That’s all I need to know, really. I’m so there. “Gangster” bows in just more than 3,000 theaters, and I see it bucking the trend of fall dramas that have failed to gain traction in recent months (“Eastern Promises,” “Rendition” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”). Denzel’s box office record is as solid as anyone’s in the business, while Crowe fared decently with “3:10 to Yuma” a few months back. The R-rated “Gangster” is a shoo-in for second place with an opening-weekend haul of at least $30million. Jerry Seinfeld got boffo ratings on TV, but does he have any box office clout? We’re about to find out with today’s release of “Bee Movie,” a CG-animated flick bowing in a whopping 3,500-plus theaters. Surely you’ve heard of it. We’ve been saturated by the trailers and a variety of commercials, including some from McDonald’s and Ford, tying into the flick. But Seinfeld scored a major marketing coup when he guest-starred last week on the NBC comedy “30 Rock” in an episode that had a network exec coming up with a ratings- boosting gimmick of inserting digital images of Seinfeld into all NBC prime-time shows. Seinfeld is furious at first but is placated when the network agrees to promote “Bee Movie.” TO THE MOON: “Bee” and “Gangster” are gonna knock “Martian Child” right off the launching pad. The film stars John Cusack and seems like a sweet family drama with him playing a man whose adopted son thinks he’s a Martian. It’s booked into about 2,000 theaters, but I don’t think “Martian” will fare that well, struggling to cross the $5million mark at takeoff. YEAR-TO-DATE: As of Sunday, the year’s box office receipts stood at $7.8million, nearly 6percent ahead of 2006. But the total would be far higher if the fall season had not brought about so many disappointments. Grosses were down by 5.65percent from Sept. 4 through Oct. 28, according to box office tracking firm Media By Numbers. HOFFMAN SPEAKS: Phillip Seymour Hoffman is busy promoting his new movie, “The Savages,” and one of the cooler things he’s doing is appearing Tuesday at the Aero Theater (1328 Montana Ave. at 14th Street) in Santa Monica as part of the American Cinematheque series. Hoffman will appear between a 5 p.m. showing of his Oscar-winning role in “Capote” and a 7:30 p.m. “sneak preview” showing of “Savages.” For details, go to www.americancinematheque.com or call the 24-hour info line: 323-466-3456. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!