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Week Three of Southland Play Tips-Off Wednesday

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first_img• Undefeated: New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana are the only undefeated teams left in Southland play. The Privateers defeated Lamar by 10 on Wednesday to hand the Cardinals their first loss of the season. UNO then won in overtime at McNeese, 82-75, on Saturday to move to 4-0 in the league season. The Lions earned a 72-70 win at Abilene Christian on Saturday in the team’s lone game of the week.• Home/Road Sweeps: Every home team won in last Wednesday’s league contests as Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, New Orleans, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Abilene Christian each claimed a win. It was a completely different outcome in Saturday’s games as the six road teams walked away with a victory: Central Arkansas, Nicholls, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana.• Overtime Hours: Two of Saturday’s games needed overtime to determine a winner. League leader New Orleans went to overtime for the first time since the 2017 Southland Conference championship as the Privateers squeezed past McNeese 82-75. Central Arkansas and Lamar went to two overtimes before the Bears knocked off the Cardinals 100-91.• Triple Double: Central Arkansas freshman guard DeAndre Jones record a 13-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist triple double on Saturday to become the first Bear to record a triple double since Scottie Pippen (1987). It was Jones first career start and just the second triple double recorded in the Southland Conference this season; Braxton Bonds of HBU did so on Dec. 15. He is one of 14 players in the nation to tally a triple double this season.• Birthday Boy Nets Big Present: Celebrating his 22nd birthday this past Saturday, Central Arkansas senior guard Jordan Howard became the Southland career leader for three-point field goals made. He accomplished the feat during a double-overtime win at Lamar, passing McNeese’s Demond Mallet (1997-2001). Howard is currently ranked sixth nationally for scoring with 23.9 points per game.• Axe ‘Em: Stephen F. Austin leads the nation in turnovers forced, averaging 22.31 per game. The Lumberjacks also rank second in steals per game (11.8) and total steals (188) while also ranking third in turnover margin (6.3).Schedule:Wednesday, Jan. 10Abilene Christian at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.New Orleans at Stephen F. Austin* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.McNeese at Nicholls* – 7 p.m.UIW at Central Arkansas* – 7 p.m.Sam Houston State at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 7 p.m. New Orleans (7-8, 4-0 SLC), the only team to start conference play with four-straight wins, puts its unbeaten record to the test at Stephen F. Austin (13-3, 2-1 SLC) tonight on ESPN3. The Lumberjacks had the best non-conference record heading into league action at 11-2 before dropping their conference opener at Southeastern Louisiana, 72-63. A Privateers win would make just the fourth time in program history that UNO begins league play 5-0 and the first time since 1992-93. The ‘Jacks are 9-0 at home this season and have the nation’s best home court record since the 2012-13 season, going 80-3 in that span. Nicholls (9-8, 3-1 SLC) begins a three-game home stretch Wednesday, hosting McNeese (5-9, 2-2 SLC). Roddy Peters dropped 24 points for the Colonels in their last outing at Houston Baptist on Saturday, giving the team their best start to Southland play since 2014. In conference games, the Cowboys have three players averaging 15.5 points or more with James Harvey leading the trio with 17.5 points per game. Houston Baptist (4-12, 0-3 SLC) will search for its first Southland win of the season when the Huskies host Abilene Christian (10-7, 2-2 SLC) tonight while UIW (5-8, 0-3 SLC) will try to accomplish the same feat at Central Arkansas (8-9, 2-2 SLC). HBU leads the nation in offensive rebounds per game, averaging 16.69 per game. The Wildcats’ junior forward Jaren Lewis ranks first in the Southland for field goal percentage (62.0 percent), which puts him at 22nd in the country. The Bears head into their game with UIW following a double-overtime victory at Lamar. Sam Houston State (8-8, 2-1 SLC) contests Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-9, 1-2 SLC) on the road. The Bearkats, who are second in the league in scoring offense for conference games, have reached the 70-point mark in each of their three league games. The Islanders’ Joseph Kilgore looks to bring his squad back to .500 in league play; the senior guard leads the team in scoring (17.1 points per game), rebounding (4.9), assists (2.2) and steals (1.7). The only other undefeated Southland team in league play is Southeastern Louisiana (9-7, 3-0 SLC). The Lions compete at Lamar (10-7, 2-2 SLC) this evening; the Cardinals are just one just one of three Southland teams with 10 or more wins this season. Southeastern is the most accurate three-point team in league action, shooting .424 from behind the arc in its opening three games. Additional storylines: Saturday, Jan. 13Central Arkansas at Nicholls*- 3 p.m.Abilene Christian at Northwestern State* – 3 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at New Orleans* – 4:15 p.m.McNeese at Southeastern Louisiana* – 5 p.m.UIW at Stephen F. Austin* (ESPN3) – 6 p.m.Houston Baptist at Sam Houston State*- 6:15 p.m.* – Conference Game FRISCO, Texas – Week three of Southland Conference contests tips off Wednesday with 12 teams in action. All six games are scheduled for 7 p.m. CT starts.last_img read more

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As Nigerian Ends Tour of Duty, Liberians to Take Charge of AFL’s Top Posts

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first_imgThe Commander-In-Chief (C-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has declared that by February, Liberians would fully take charge of the nation’s armed forces.They will, accordingly, serve in the echelons (levels in a hierarchy) of the AFL’s command structure.President Sirleaf described as ‘tough’ the times when a Nigerian officer had to be in charge of the AFL. A turn of events that took place in keeping with the crafting of 2003 Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The President was pleased to announce this situation was now something of the past.According to C-I-C Sirleaf, with the support of the international community, especially the United States and United Nations’ peacekeeping and peace-building efforts, Liberia has rebuilt a new, ethnically balanced and professional army.The President maintained that her government has embarked upon a process to enhance the professional capacity of other security apparatuses, including the Liberian National Police (LNP), immigration and intelligence agencies in line with their responsibility to man the country’s borders.However, she admitted that much work remains to be done. As such, government welcomes the recent United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 2116 extending the mandate of UN peacekeepers to September.President Sirleaf’s statement was contained in her Annual Message to the third Session of the 53rd National Legislature on the theme: “Consolidating the Processes of Transformation.”Referencing the role of the Ministry of National Defense (MOD), the C-I-C said the 1,980-person-strong AFL continues to position itself to support a democratic environment through tactical and technical proficiencies and the development of a robust capacity to defend Liberia’s territorial integrity.She explained, “The Armed Forces Training Command now headquartered at the newly renovated Todee Camp, Upper Montserrado County, assumed responsibility for tactical and proficiency training locally and is presently training 140 new army recruits.”“The number,” C-I-C Sirleaf noted, “would be increased by some 400 recruits who have already been vetted and endorsed by the Joint Personnel Board.”“The AFL is also expanding its engineering and medical units to assist in reconstruction projects and social service delivery. Similarly, the Coast Guard of 82 persons, is expanding and strengthening its capabilities to patrol and protect the country maritime domain, as evidenced by the recent arrests of several illegal fishing vessels in the country’s territorial waters,” explained President Sirleaf.The President also disclosed that the United Nations Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) transition plan to transfer security management of the state to the government has entered its second phase.The exercise follows the completion of phase one in strategic locations, such as Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County; Foya District, Lofa County; and the Loguatou Border in Nimba County, respectively. According to C-I-C Sirleaf, plans are well under way for trained security units to fill security personnel gaps created by the UNMIL drawdown.In her last year’s Annual Message, President Sirleaf indicated that government would, at this year’s Armed Forces Day—February 11— celebration, install a Liberian army Chief of Staff, among other top military brass.The process is the result of close consultation with relevant committees, particularly the security sector.Based on the consultation, “We have officially nominated, for confirmation by the Senate, the Chief of Staff, the deputy Chief of Staff and the Brigade Commander, all of whom, if confirmed, would be installed in these positions on February 11; Liberia’s Armed Forces Day.”Afterwards, the government would then bid farewell to General Suraj Abdurrahman of Nigeria, who the President said “served so well as the Command Officer-in-Charge of the AFL.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Valentine’s Day by the numbers

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 36 million heart-shape boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentines Day. $1.79 billion is the amount Americans spend on premium chocolates each year. California has edged out Pennsylvania, home of Hersheys, to become the nations chocolate capital. 136 companies produce chocolate and cocoa products in California compared with Pennsylvanias 122. 3,600 people will dress in red and attempt to break the record for the Largest Human Heart Formation today in Hungary. 25.7 pounds is the per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2005. 8 billion candy hearts with messages will be produced this year. 3,467 is the number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States.last_img read more

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Video: Are you watching Arsene Wenger? Dropped Arsenal star scores excellent brace for France

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first_imgFortunately for France, as hosts of the 2016 UEFA European Championship, they have been exempt from the stress of qualifying for the tournament, but, even so, that doesn’t mean that Didier Deschamps’ men aren’t eager to impress in the build up. And perhaps none more so than Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.It has been a challenging few months for Giroud who has not only fallen significantly out of favour at the Emirates Stadium this season, becoming second choice to Theo Walcott, but also suffered the embarrassment of being booed by the French fans during a clash with Serbia in September. However, he looked to relish playing time for his country last week and his confidence should have received a much needed boost.He scored a brace in France’s final friendly of the international break to seal victory over Denmark on Sunday night, and will hope that manager Arsene Wenger was watching closely. Have a watch of his two goals above and check out the assist from Anthony Martial for his first.Should Arsene Wenger pick Olivier Giroud more often at Arsenal or is Theo Walcott really the superior option? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below…last_img read more

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IRISH SCREEN STAR TO LAUNCH NEW DONEGAL FILM OFFICE WEBSITE

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first_imgWell-known Donegal actor Sean McGinley is to officially launch the Donegal Film Office’s website.Actor Sean McGinleyThe launch, under the auspices of Donegal County Council, will take place on Friday, 16th January 2015 at 11.30am at Glenveagh National Park.The new website will be a showcase for films shot in Donegal as well as all the county has to offer for film production companies considering choosing the county as a suitable location. IRISH SCREEN STAR TO LAUNCH NEW DONEGAL FILM OFFICE WEBSITE was last modified: January 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ACTORDonegal Film OfficeSean McGinleyWEBSITElast_img read more

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A home for Heaven, Serenity, other miracles

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Maybe it was because I was in foster care,” said Donna, explaining why she adopted the girls. “I have a brother who is mentally retarded, and I think that’s what drew me into it, too.” Medical problems are not uncommon with foster care children, since many have faced abuse and neglect at the hands of their parents and caregivers. When they first enter the court system, about 80 percent have a chronic medical condition, such as asthma, failure to grow, or problems with seeing and hearing. Some have multiple illnesses. The Del Alto girls represent a minority of foster care children who are deemed medically fragile and whose varying conditions require special care. There are as many as 400 of them among the 30,000 foster children living in Los Angeles County. At 5, Jozee is the oldest of the four sisters and requires the most attention. Her birth mother, suspected of being on drugs, had left her alone in a bathtub. The near drowning damaged her brain, leaving her partially paralyzed and unable to see or speak. Two years ago her throat became paralyzed after recurrent bouts of pneumonia. The brown-haired Jozee lay in a recliner in the family’s living room this week for a tube feeding. Her sisters touched her arm, talked softly to her and watched for any reactions. The child lifted her arms and hands from time to time, as if waving. LANCASTER – The girls’ adoptive names are tributes to the hardships they’ve overcome. Heaven was born addicted to drugs. Serenity had a hole in her brain. Miracle needed a liver transplant. And then there’s Jozee, whose name doesn’t follow the same ethereal pattern as her sisters. Born Josephine, she nearly drowned at 8 months and suffered brain damage. Her adoptive parents knew she might remember her birth name and didn’t want to confuse her with a completely new one. Born to transients, prisoners and teen moms, the girls got their starts in life in foster care. Medical conditions made their ride through the hard-knock system even tougher. But that ride came to an end when they were adopted by foster parents Donna and Ernesto Del Alto of Lancaster. Donna sees Jozee’s movements as signs of improvement. The activity confirms for her that she made the right decision for surgery to help Jozee breathe after the paralyzation. Doctors had discouraged the operation on the girl who they’d diagnosed as semi-comatose and had recommended that she die naturally. “I said `save her,”‘ the 42-year-old said. “She fought so hard to live. I don’t feel she’s ready to go.” The Del Altos have been foster parents for 10 years. Along the way they learned of children in the system with severe medical conditions, ranging from cancer to Down syndrome, who need foster parents. They were interested and wanted to help. When children with severe medical conditions, such as cerebral palsy, don’t find foster parents, they’re usually placed in pediatric facilities in hospitals where they receive round-the-clock supervision, said Jose L. Galindo, social worker for the Department of Children and Family Services. Galindo said those with less debilitating conditions, such as diabetes, can live in other care facilities, such as homes that medical staffs regularly visit. The thought of a sick child living without the comforts of a home troubled the Del Altos, who then became certified to take them in. Donna also enrolled in nursing school. When the first foster call came through, it was to take in a baby with a broken bone in her hip. She was in a cast from the waist down. She wasn’t in their care long before the baby’s grandmother came forward to claim her. Then Miracle came into their lives. They saw her in the hospital, bloated and with eyes and skin yellowing because her liver was malfunctioning. When they learned she could die, the Del Altos weren’t sure they wanted to take her home, wondering if their family could handle the heartache. But the next day the couple visited her again at the hospital. This time they brought their children Tony, 23, Angel, 21, and Emmalee, 17. After explaining the circumstances of the sick baby who lay before them, they asked their kids what they should do. “Take her,” they said, shuddering that she could die alone. But she thrived. As did Jozee, who came next, then Heaven and Serenity. And while their medical conditions are under control for now, the girls could still face more difficulties in the future, including mental health problems, whether it’s from trauma they endured as babies or possibly passed on genetically. Donna and Ernesto have taken classes on mental health and said they are ready to look for the signs as the girls get older. So will they adopt more children? At first Donna said no, but in the same breath she changed her answer to “probably after I finish school.” The couple is waiting to see if the girls have siblings in the system who are searching for permanent homes. Sitting in a recliner, Ernesto grinned at the four girls while a Barney video played on the wide-screened TV in the living room. As the program played, 5-year-old Miracle danced across the floor while Serenity, 2, followed step. Heaven pulled a small suitcase into the room and pulled out a tiara, which she adjusted to fit her head. Growing up in a family with 12 brothers and sisters, Ernesto said he’s at home with all the commotion the kids make. “What can you do?” he said and shrugged. “They all need love.” sue.doyle@dailynews.com (661)257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Chelsea must NOT sell Hazard to become a European giant, ex-Blue tells talkSPORT

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first_img1 Ray Wilkins has urged Chelsea to keep hold of superstar Eden Hazard if the Blues have ambitions to become a giant of European football.The Belgium forward has been heavily linked with the Champions League winners since proving his talent at Stamford Bridge, and rumours have resurfaced in recent weeks following the 26-year-old’s superb season in west London.He scored 16 goals and created a further five in 36 games as the Blues won the Premier League title, and Hazard spoke out about the rumours with the newspaper HLN in his homeland.“We all have dreams. It could be Spain, it could be staying with Chelsea,” he said. “But it’s not something I’m thinking about right now. We’ll see.”“If I would ever join Real Madrid, I could end up on the bench too. I just want the best solution for myself.”“In football you never know, but at the moment it’s not something that’s on my mind. I’m a Chelsea player. I still have a contract for three years. We’ll see.”Though Hazard has no outspoken desire to leave Stamford Bridge, Chelsea could be tempted to sell him should Real offer the kind of money paid in recent years for Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.However, Wilkins has made it clear selling Hazard should not be on the cards if Chelsea want to transform from just a ‘winning club’ to a giant of European football.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Wilkins said: “He’s got three years left – keep him for those three years and give him another one!“He lives in one of the finest cities in the planet and he’s going to be always winning trophies, because that’s the way Mr Abramovich has run Chelsea over the last few years.“They’re a winning club now, they win and they win often.“But, if they want to progress and be one of the top clubs in European football, they cannot afford to let Eden Hazard move to one of your biggest rivals.”There has been bad news for Hazard in recent days, as he broke his right ankle while on international duty and underwent surgery which means he will not return to training for three months. Eden Hazard has spoken out about rumours linking him with Real Madrid last_img read more

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In Search of the ‘Green Economy’

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first_imgThe green economy is much bigger and more pervasive than many of us might realize. However, accurately measuring its reach and workforce, or even just accurately defining it, is proving tricky.That’s at the heart of the disclaimer offered by the Brookings Institution and the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice in a summary of their recently published collaborative study, “Sizing the Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment.” As the study’s authors explain, there are a lot of people out there doing green jobs, some in industries not particularly green, some in businesses with distinctly low-carbon, environmentally friendly missions. And because the overall economy has at least partially subsumed the green economy, it is hard to accurately analyze its prospects for further growth.Clean highlights“The clean economy has remained elusive in part because, in the absence of standard definitions and data, strikingly little is known about its nature, size, and growth at the critical regional level,” the authors observed.Still, they gave it a good shot. Their 65-page report covers “clean economy” employment and enterprise from 2003 through 2010 in every county in the U.S. Its aim is to present a detailed enough picture of the “low-carbon and environmental goods and services ‘super-sector’” to help federal, state, and local agencies address problems that might be slowing the growth of the clean economy. The authors developed an interactive map summarizing some of the study’s results: http://www.brookings.edu/metro/Clean_Economy/Map.aspx#/?ind=1&geo=2&vis=0&dt=1&z=0&x=0&y=0And in their executive summary of the report, the authors also highlighted several key findings:The clean economy employs some 2.7 million workers in a variety of industries. It employs more people than the fossil fuel industry and more than bioscience, but is smaller than the information-technology sector.The report says that the clean economy grew more slowly in aggregate than the national economy between 2003 and 2010, but it also noted that jobs grew explosively in newer clean technology segments. The green jobs sector might have grown much more were it not for cutbacks in the housing and building industries. Still, the green economy added about 500,000 jobs between 2003 and 2010, but it grew faster than the overall economy during the recession.About 26% of all clean economy jobs are in manufacturing, and only 9% are in the broader economy. Clean economy businesses also are big exporters: “On a per job basis, establishments in the clean economy export roughly twice the value of a typical U.S. job ($20,000 versus $10,000). The electric vehicles (EV), green chemical products, and lighting segments are all especially manufacturing intensive, while biofuels, green chemicals, and EV industries are highly export intensive.”The clean economy offers more opportunities and better pay for low- and middle-skilled workers than does the national economy as a whole. Median wages in the clean economy for these workers are 13% higher than median U.S. wages.All metro areas have some type of green-economy activity, although certain types seem dominant in certain metros. New York’s mass transit industries embody a service orientation, for example. Architectural services are big in Las Vegas while professional services are big in San Francisco. Metros in the Midwest tend to focus on manufacturing. Metros such Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and Portland, Oregon, have diversified green economies.A metro’s green economy tends to grow faster when green enterprises cluster geographically close together. Proximity boosts the green-business growth rate by about 1.4% over the growth rate among businesses that are geographically isolated, the study found.The A-Team in AlbanyBelieve it or not, the metro with the country’s highest concentration of clean jobs is Albany-Schenectady-Troy, in upstate New York, according to the study. The clean economy accounts for almost 1 in 15 Albany area workers—more than 28,000 people—with General Electric and the state government propelling a lot of the activity.GE’s global renewable energy headquarters, its power and water division headquarters, and a wind and water turbine manufacturing facility are located in Schenectady (which also happens to be the company’s birthplace). Public sector activity, in areas such as regulation compliance and conservation, accounts for another 10,500 jobs. What’s more, the Albany area is home to more than 4,000 scientists and engineers, and more than 6,000 manufacturing workers, in green economy services and research.last_img read more

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Gilas’ Standhardinger on China: ‘I hope they won’t like playing against me’

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PBA: Alaska arrests skid, trumps Meralco to keep playoff hopes alive

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first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Jeron Teng scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Chris Banchero had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Aces.Alaska got going in the third quarter where it built a 16-point lead before repelling repeated rallies by Meralco in the final frame.Sonny Thoss showed flashes of his old self to finish with 13 points and eight rebounds and his performance did not go unnoticed.“How about Sonny Thoss? I thought Sonny was great. When we needed a basket he scored, when we needed someone to create, he created that three by Racal,” Compton commended.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other “I thought we did a much better job defensively as a team the fact that we held them to 77 points,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton.🎥 Jeron Teng pulls up and hits from the elbow! #PBALabanKungLaban pic.twitter.com/ciW7UGQZd1FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics— PBA (@pbaconnect) March 20, 2019 Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READcenter_img Google Philippines names new country director Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Doping in cards? Bridge ban fuels backlash to Olympic link Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Jeron Teng leads Alaska. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Alaska stopped a three-game slide after beating Meralco, 92-77, to momentarily claim eighth place in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Aces improved to 4-5 to take a half-game lead over Magnolia in the standings. The Hotshots play NorthPort in the second game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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