LeBron’s Cavs, Warriors set sights on Finals rematch “With Pyongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022, winter sports will move from Europe and North American to Asia,” said Lee who is attending the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo. “We will have more sports fans among Asians because of PyeongChang 2018 and Beijing 2022.”The PyeongChang Games will mark the second time the Olympics have been staged in South Korea, which hosted the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnConstruction workers are putting the finishing touches on the 12 competition venues in PyeongChang and Gangneung, including six new facilities that organizers say are about 96 percent complete on average.The athletes and media villages, an international broadcasting center, and a pentagonal stadium that will host the opening and closing ceremonies are expected to be finished by September. Lee said he didn’t think a recent scandal at Olympic sponsor Samsung will impact the Games.A South Korean court has approved the arrest of a billionaire heir to Samsung accused of bribery and other charges in connection to a massive corruption scandal that engulfed the president and riveted the nation.“Samsung has already committed to sponsoring the IOC and the PyeongChang organizing committee,” Lee said.“Even with the recent scandal, I don’t think (the Olympic sponsorship) will be affected,” Lee added. “We already have the agreements, and Samsung has already donated and has agreed to sponsor (the Olympics). So I don’t think it will be affected.”Questioned over a lack of infrastructure at the site of alpine skiing in Jeongseon, Lee said improvements were being made.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Two new hotels are being constructed and the road to Jeongseon is being expanded from two lanes to four lanes,” Lee said. “By the Games time we will have some hotel rooms. The construction of venues is almost done so we will now focus on building roads, hotels, restaurants.”Lee also said North Korea deserved to participate in PyeongChang if they maintained the Olympic principles.“Sports are separate from politics,” Lee said. “As I continually mention, we will keep the basic principle of IOC which says peace is one of the priorities. Those who like peace should participate and can participate and North Korea is no exception, they still can participate if they maintain the Olympic spirit.”Relations between the two Koreas have worsened since North Korea conducted two nuclear tests and a string of rocket launches last year as it continues to expand its nuclear weapons and missile programs.North Korea is taking part in the ongoing Asian Winter Games which Lee cited as a promising sign.On NHL players taking part in PyeongChang, Lee said he met recently with league officials in New York and said he expected the players to be in South Korea.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lee Hee-beom, president and CEO of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), delivers speech during a media conference in Sapporo, northern Japan, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Lee expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)SAPPORO, Japan — Lee Hee-beom, the head of the PyeongChang organizing committee, expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia.While the region has traditionally lagged behind North America and Europe in terms of winter sports competition, staging the next two Winter Olympics in Asia would significantly shift the balance, Lee said.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG View comments
TRACK and field fans can expect some superb performances today as the 12th staging in the Diamond League series takes place in Birmingham, England. This is the final meet before the grand finals scheduled for Zurich and Brussels and it will be the last chance for several top athletes to secure spots. Eight Jamaicans, led by sprinter Shericka Jackson, will be in action today. The other Jamaicans down to compete are Ronald Levy, Tajay Gayle, Yanique Thompson, Yohan Blake, Danniel Thomas-Dodd and Janieve Russell. Both the women’s 200 metres and the men’s 100 metres will be hot as several of the world’s leading athletes will be in action. Following her superb form at the recent European Championships in Berlin, where she ended with three gold medals, including wins in the 100 and 200m, all eyes will be on Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith in the half-lap event. She is the world leader in the 200m following her splendid 21.89 seconds in Berlin. The only sub-22-second athlete in the field this season, Asher-Smith will not have things her own way as she will come up against the likes of Shauna Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, Americans Jenna Prandini and Gabrielle Thomas, Cote d’Ivoire’s Josee Marie Ta Lou , Denmark’s Dafne Schippers and Jamaica’s Jackson. Miller, with a season’s best of 22.06, is the fastest in the field with a life time best of 21,88 and the Commonwealth Games champion will want to remain unbeaten in the half-lap event this season. Jackson is also having a great season in the 200m. She has a personal best of 22.05 and will be hoping for a big run today. Eight men with times under 10 seconds are down to compete in the 100m, where there will be preliminary round action before the grand final. National champion Tyquendo Tracey, with a season’s and personal best of 9.96 seconds, cannot advance to the Diamond League grand finals. Blake, with a best of 9.95, has a chance to do so, however, as he is sitting in eighth position on nine points. He will need a good placing here to guarantee a spot. His training partner, Zharnel Hughes, who is coming off a big win for Great Britain at the recent European Championships is in 10th position on seven points and could leapfrog Blake. Chijindu Ujah, also of Great Britain, is in ninth position on eight points. The United States look set to dominate the event today as the likes of world leader, Noah Lyles, with a best of 9.88, and teammates Michael Rodgers (9.89) and Christian Coleman (9.98) are down to contest the event. Following three defeats in a row, all to American Shamier Little, Jamaica’s Janieve Russell will get a chance to exact revenge before the grand finals when both clash in the women’s 400 metres hurdles. After two close finishes in Diamond League contests, Little scored a comprehensive victory in Canada last week at the NACAC Championships and will be hoping for another big win here but Russell may have learnt a lot from that big defeat and could return to winning ways in Birmingham.
Sports publicist Tanya Lee says there is not enough appreciation for the importance of marketability among athletes. Lee was speaking with The Gleaner about sporting teams building better partnerships with their sponsors and the importance of player endorsements in strengthening such relationships. She said that creating the right image in the media is just as vital as winning is to that athlete in his or her respective sport. “I am still surprised at how many of our sportsmen and women lack the requisite media training and, or appreciation of how much more bankable they can be by building their brands and their media and social media presence,” Lee said. “More of our athletes need to consider brand building a part of their job. Where they may not be savvy, they need to hire social media managers and publicists to enhance their brands and marketability.” However, she said that winning is also important because it increases an athlete’s popularity and fan base. From there, sponsors have a better platform to work with the athlete to promote their goods and services. “A strong social media following and social relevance is also key, as that creates significant brand value whereby an athlete can influence followers to support any brands they are aligned to,” Lee explained. “Being personable and media savvy is also a huge benefit as brands like to associate with athletes who relate well to the public and their customer base.” Some of the biggest sporting stars who have gone on to have lucrative endorsement deals such as Serena Williams, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jamaica’s own Usain Bolt are seen as charismatic figures. Lee said that while charisma is an important factor, athletes who lack this value can still be successful endorsers because of how relevant their athletic prowess and success is to specific brands. “Charisma is an asset to any athlete,” she shared. “Think of Usain Bolt or LeBron James – athletes who endorse some of the world’s biggest brands. But some athletes are less charismatic and still bank heavily for brands based on their skills and wins. Lionel Messi is a good example of the latter.” The discussion regarding athletes’ marketability comes at a time when many of Jamaica’s largest brands have urged sporting teams and associations to not just reach out to them seeking sponsorship without offering anything in return. One notable example is senior vice president of operations and marketing at GraceKennedy Money Services, Noel Greenland, who said last year that brands and athletes who endorse them should put more focus on selling their products in a unique way.
So this week, it has come to light that Sakima Mullings has a retina illness that has put a pause on his boxing career as he explores treatment options before making a return to the ring. In a conversation with The Gleaner at the Stanley Boxing Gym last Saturday, the World Boxing Council Caribbean Boxing Federation welterweight champion expressed that he is facing his fiercest component yet as he fights to maintain vision in his left eye. Mullings, who is best known for twice becoming the Wray & Nephew Contender Series Champion, has been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. According to the American National Eye Institute, retinitis pigmentosa is a disease which causes degeneration in the eyes, specifically in the rods and cones of the retina. It is hereditary and involves a breakdown and loss of cells in the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. Common symptoms include difficulty seeing at night and a loss of peripheral vision. In the worst cases, it can cause blindness. The institute also outlines that typically, those living with the disease have difficulty seeing in dim or dark light. They also have difficulty perceiving fine visual and colour details. They may experience difficulty performing essential tasks of daily living such as reading, driving, walking without assistance, or recognising faces and objects. Mullings said that some symptoms had been with him for quite some time, but became more severe after his exhibition bout last March at the launch of the 2018 Contender series. While he doesn’t directly attribute complications of his illness to boxing, it was a tear in Mulling’s retina that signalled that he needed to seek treatment. He has since seen several specialists in different countries and hopes to have a final procedure and go through six to eight weeks of recovery before returning to the sport. Caution My research has uncovered that numerous studies point to a significantly high incidence of ocular and vision-threatening injuries that occur in the sport of boxing. With a hereditary predisposition to retina-related issues, Mullings needs to exercise extreme caution to minimise the likelihood of further ocular injury or irreversible trauma to his eye. By applying preventive measures in the ring from the onset such as, first, thorough sight-function examinations by a ringside ophthalmologist and constant use of ocular and facial protectors, he may have minimised the harsh effects of the sport on his retina. A study conducted on 74 boxers in Italy in cooperation with the New York State Athletic Commission uncovered a prevalence of ocular injuries in boxing. Titled The Ocular Complications of Boxing, the study outlined that at least one ocular trauma was found in 66 per cent of boxers. Vision-threatening injuries defined as significant damage to the angle, lens, macula, or peripheral retina occurred in 58 per cent of boxers. Nineteen per cent of boxers had angle abnormalities. Nineteen per cent of fighters had pathologic cataracts while 24 per cent had retinal tears. With this hereditary disease, very common among boxers, Mullings was always at risk for facing this issue. I hope that all athletes will use this as another example of paying keen attention to securing a good insurance policy that protects them against partial or total disability or any other risks associated with their sport. There are many instances in which injury or illness prevents many of our athletes from being able to continue in their sport, and the anxiety that results from losing the associated income may force them to make decisions that may not be in their best interest healthwise. A good insurance policy will militate against returning to a sport in the face of numerous variables, which may make this decision foolhardy. At 36 years old, and after nine solid years of entertaining local and regional boxing fans, I think Mullings has already made a significant contribution to the sport. I hope that now, his main focus is his health and safety. I wish him and his family the very best and a speedy recovery. One love. – Tanya Lee is a Caribbean sports marketer, author, and publicist. Follow her @tanyattlee on Instagram.
Style Mission, as the name so aptly suggests, is a special event concerning style, yet purposefully styled with a mission, in mind. Sonia Noel and the Sonia Noel Foundation for Creative Arts had begun this mission some years ago, featuring her fashions, all designed to support the less fortunate, the financially challenged and the underprivileged. This year, Style Mission returns with a bang…featuring a cross-section of local designers, all part of Guyana Fashion Week (GFW) 2016, under the creative direction of the Caribbean’s fashion guru, Richard Young, on September 11 at the Pegasus Hotel at 16:00h.The charity is geared towards assisting two outstanding persons in the creative field to seek further medical attention. Popular actor/comedian Henry Rodney and former lead hairstylist and makeup artist for GFW, Corin Gibson, are both in need of assistance to meet their medical expenses. Style Mission 2016 is expected to raise funds so as to enhance the life chance of the individuals.Noel, recently bestowed with an honorary doctorate and 2016 Philanthropic Leader award for her extraordinary philanthropic work, continues her style mission, as it were, by giving back to her community and elevating the ways we seek to develop nation-building confidence among our citizenry.The presentation also comes as a precursor to GFW, highlighting an eclectic range of innovative designers and showcasing stylists, hairdressers and makeup artists alike.The phenomenal Russell Lancaster will grace the proceedings with his inimitable singing style. Also featured at the event will be an auction of jewellery from King’s Jewellery World, a painting by Devina Deputron and a signature piece by Noel.Local celebrities such as Ron Robinson, Merrano Isaacs, Jennifer Thomas and Sonia Yard will also be in attendance and will add that special touch. Ras Camo will be there to entertain with his music.“Giving back is in my DNA,” Noel ecstatically said. It’s a premier event in aid of a worthy cause. Tickets cost $2500 and $4000, and are available at Nigel’s Supermarket and the Pegasus.
Last weekend, “Nothing to Laugh About” opened to sold out audiences at the National Cultural Centre. The show received high praises from patrons on Facebook, as if the uproars of laughter were not enough.Theatre fans would recall the frenzied rush for tickets last weekend when many persons were unable to get their hands on any.Holdovers are not typically associated with this production but because of the high demand for the show from patrons who were unable to acquire tickets for any of the four nights, the franchise has decided to hold one final show.As such, the show is set Saturday, June 9, at the National Cultural Centre. Tickets are available at the National Cultural Centre, Payless Variety and Sir Mars and cost $1000, $1500 and $2000.“Nothing to Laugh About” is a satirical compilation of skits which focus on the humorous aspect of societal issues such as infidelity, homosexuality, politics, corruption, marriage, etc.This year has been rich with controversial events that have all contributed to the inspiration in penning the pieces for the show.
I thought long and hard about replying to Mr Freddie Kissoon’s polemic “If Guyana cannot confront people like Ryhaan Shah and Ravi Dev, it will explode”, (KN 3-7-17) to correct some of his claims. The article repeats views the author has expressed so many times before, I doubt it will have any effect on his conclusions, but I hope he will at least check their premises.He claimed the End of Indian Immigration event at the Cultural Centre was “funded by some businessmen who accumulated vast wealth from Bharrat Jagdeo’s oligarchic rule”. This claim formed the basis of much of his polemic, such as me serving the said “oligarchs’ interest” by riling up Indians, etc. However, the event “Garv aur Izzat”/Pride and Dignity”, hosted by an ad-hoc 18-member group GIIAA, was funded by the Social Cohesion Ministry and the Indian High Commission. Both these two institutions are to be commended.PM Moses Nagamootoo, Minister George Norton, Min Cathy Hughes, and Min Jaipaul Sharma, from the Government benches, were also at the event, as was Adrian Anamayah representing the Opposition Leader. The PM and Min Norton also spoke, to an audience that included the US Ambassador and the British HC, among others. Hardly the local Indian sans cullotte, to be exhorted to revolution.Another claim was “ninety per cent of the Guyanese economy is in the hands of Guyanese Indian business people”, I would like to know the source of this titbit, since I am sure Mr Kissoon wouldn’t have made it up, even if it does seem outlandish.He then claims there are “no exclusive Amerindian, African, Chinese or European school in Guyana, but there is a huge Hindu school at Cornelia Ida owned and operated by a Hindu priest, Aksharananda”. But in so doing, he is comparing apples and oranges – national origin with the Hindu religion. There are numerous Christian Schools, and even a Bahai one, for instance.Mr Kissoon claims when I asked “Indians to rise up”, I “didn’t distinguish the ordinary Indian folks like me and hundreds of thousands like us who have nothing and got nothing under Jagdeo and Ramotar”. Yet the Chron criticised me for talking about Wales workers – which I did – who I think qualify as “ordinary Indian folks”. The Chronicle, however, parsed my statement for not talking about “African Wales workers”. You just cannot please some people.Mr Kissoon also ignored the wider context of my presentation where, according to one report, I “explained that during indentureship, Indian protests against the planters’ exploitation were actually protests against the British colonial state which underwrote sugar interests. The killings of 1939 at Plantation Leonora led to a widening of the franchise in 1947 by the Moyne Commission and the Enmore killings in 1948 to the struggle for independence and democracy. Their descendants, therefore, had a responsibility to protect democracy.“The essence of democracy must be nourished through protest and through the populace, who have earned and fought for their freedom, to guard their freedom jealously. Today, we will do our foreparents the greatest honour to maintain our garv (our pride) and our izzat (our dignity) if we were to take our responsibility, take that inheritance and to rise up and do what is necessary to protect what we have built.”Lastly, Mr Kissoon says, “Unfortunately, Black leaders did not urge Black Guyanese to do what Dev is instilling in Indians to do.” Meaning rise up and protect what they built? He really insults stalwarts, who I respect for their fidelity to the cause like David Hinds, Tacuma Ogunseye, Eric Philips, et al.He would remember he wrote a series of articles about a friend of his he dubbed the “Wild Man”, who instigated the violence emanating from Buxton for an African Resistance to overthrow the State between 2002 and 2008. On the “Black Youths” killed during that period, I would also remind him that I called at the Square of the Revolution at the Rule of Law march, for an inquiry into the then endemic violence. But, sadly, I also had to remind that audience Indians had also been killed.
The new fire station at La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD), is expected to be commissioned shortly. This is according to Deputy Fire Chief Compton Sparman who revealed that while he is unable to disclose the exact date of the commissioning, it is expected to be soon. Earlier this year, Fire Chief Marlon Gentle had announced that the Station would begin operations before the 50th Independence anniversary as at that time the building was close to completion.Gentle had explained that the Guyana Fire Service was awaiting fire tenders and trucks that would serve that Station. A sum of $18.6 million has been allocated for the construction of the building; however, the cost of the fire tenders has not yet been disclosed. Residents of La Grange and surrounding areas have been continuously expressing concerns over the fact that the area, which is highly populated and surrounded by developing housing schemes, was not equipped with a fire station.The closest fire station is the Leonora Fire Station located on West Coast Demerara (WCD); however, owing to the distance it cannot effectively manage fires on West Bank Demerara.As such, on most occasions when fires occur, the central fire station located in Georgetown responds as it takes a shorter time to arrive in these areas. The Wales Sugar Estate occasionally offers assistance to surrounding areas. The Estate usually deploys a pump on a Canter truck which uses water from surrounding canals and drains to extinguish the fires. Melanie Browne, a resident of La Grange explained that the commissioning of a fire station in the area would provide much relief as well as a sense of security on the occasion of a fire. “When we have fires over here, it takes a long while for the trucks to reach the house and most times when they get here the place almost completely burnt down,” the woman explained. “So we are glad that we are getting a fire station because it is something that we have been waiting for and something that we need,” she stated.Another resident was quite pessimistic about the announcement as he related that they are constantly being told that the fire station would begin operations “soon” yet to date this is not so. “Man, they always saying that they opening the fire station soon but soon never reach. Since last year abbey hear them seh them fuh start wuk it, yet it still deh close up deh,” Jailall related.
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts with teammates after making a shot to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers at the end of the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game in Toronto on Sunday, May 12, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)There’s a one-name superstar on either side: Giannis and Kawhi. There’s a Milwaukee franchise that hasn’t been to the NBA Finals in 45 years, opposite a Toronto franchise that has never been to the title round. The Bucks have a coach with an economics degree who wasn’t there last year; the Raptors have a coach with an accounting degree who wasn’t the boss last year.Similarities abound between Milwaukee and Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LATEST STORIES Over the next couple of weeks, one team will separate itself.The top-seeded Bucks play host to the second-seeded Raptors on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. They had the best records in the NBA this season — Milwaukee went 60-22, Toronto went 58-24 — and one of them will have home-court advantage for the NBA Finals starting May 30.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“You can’t get caught up in people’s expectations,” Raptors star Kawhi Leonard said Tuesday. “You’ve got to worry about self-expectations, team expectations, and winning, and that’s what we have to focus on. It doesn’t matter about the one-on-one match-up. This game isn’t a one-on-one basketball game.”Leonard made the shot that sent Toronto to the conference final, a buzzer-beating corner jumper over Joel Embiid that bounced on the rim four times before dropping. The Bucks, predictably, were impressed. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption RARITYThis is the first East final since 2006 where neither coach was leading his respective team a year earlier. Miami’s Pat Riley faced off against Detroit’s Flip Saunders in 2006; Riley was in the Heat front office the previous year, and Saunders was getting fired by Minnesota. Raptors coach Nick Nurse was an assistant with the Raptors under Dwane Casey last season, and Budenholzer was in the final year of his stint with Atlanta.INJURY WATCHThe Raptors are still without key reserve OG Anunoby (appendectomy), and Nurse said it likely will be at least another week before the team could pinpoint a possible return date. The Bucks will be without Pau Gasol for the rest of the season with a foot injury — so unlike the West final where Golden State’s Stephen Curry meets Portland’s Seth Curry in a brother-brother matchup, the East final will be played without Raptors center Marc Gasol facing his brother.POWER MATCHUPThis is the first time an East final has paired teams that posted at least 58 regular-season wins since 2011, when Miami (58-24) beat Chicago (62-20). It’s the 33rd time that a No. 1 seed has faced a No. 2 seed since the 16-team format was put into use in 1984; in the East, No. 2 seeds have beaten No. 1 10 of 18 times, and in the West it’s the No. 1 seeds with an 8-6 edge.CHASING HISTORYToronto has already tied a franchise record with 66 wins this season, counting both regular season and playoff contests. The 2015-16 Raptors went 66-38 overall; these Raptors are 66-28 so far. The Bucks are up to 68 wins this season, fourth-most in franchise history. The 1970-71 Bucks won 78 games, so Milwaukee’s single-season mark is out of reach, but this season’s team could get to No. 2. The 1973-74 Bucks won 70 games and the 1971-72 Bucks won 69.MONEY MATTERSThe NBA’s playoff pool of bonus money this season is a record $21,676,510, and Milwaukee and Toronto are both assured a significant chunk of that. The Bucks have already claimed $2,516,774 in pool money; the Raptors are up to $1,782,207. The winner of this series is assured $2,543,681 more just for making the NBA Finals — and would get another $1,295,117 for winning the title. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo leaves the court after defeating the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)However, they weren’t rattled. The team with the best regular-season record also has the best record in these playoffs so far at 8-1, and confidence is not in short supply. The Bucks’ only blemish in these playoffs is a Game 1 loss at home against Boston in the second round, a mistake that will be on their minds Wednesday.“Against Boston, you can go down 1-0 and you’ll still be fine,” Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said Tuesday. “But against Toronto, it’s hard to be in that spot, to lose the first game in your home.”Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer is acutely aware of all that Leonard brings to the table. He was an assistant in San Antonio when Leonard was getting started there — after the Spurs, somewhat ironically, traded George Hill to Indiana for Leonard’s draft rights. Hill is now the Bucks’ backup point guard.“He made a great first impression on San Antonio on his teammates, on his coaching staff,” Budenholzer said when asked about his early days with Leonard. “Just the ability to get loose balls, rebounds and all kinds of little things that sometimes go unnoticed. But to think that he was going to evolve to the player he is … I don’t know when that happened.”Here’s some other things to know going into the Milwaukee-Toronto series:ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo gets back at UST, forces decider for UAAP volleyball crown
Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Both fighters started out strong, landing heavy shots from the opening bell but it was Duno (20-1, 15 KOs) who connected better.The fourth round saw Rodriguez (30-8 26 KOs) get bloodied after an accidental headbutt while the fifth round featured Duno losing a point for hitting his opponent with a low blow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDuno sent Rodriguez to the mat with a solid body shot in the final minute of the eighth round but was unable to follow it up with no time left on the clock.Rodriguez then suffered a cut on his cheek after another accidental headbutt prompting referee Raul Caiz Sr. to send the fight to the scorecards. FILE – Romero Duno of the Philippines looks on after defeating Juan Sanchez of Mexico during their lightweight bout at The Forum on September 23, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Filipino boxer Romero Duno scored a tight split decision victory over Mexico’s Juan Antonio Rodriguez in nine-round slugfest to claim the North American Boxing Organization lightweight title at Fantasy Springs Casino in California Thursday.The judges scored 85-84 ,86-83 for Duno, and 85-84 for Rodriguez.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Topless Tongan eyes unique Olympic treble Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu This was Duno’s 11th straight win while Rodriguez his second of his last three fights with his last victory coming against Filipino Mercito Gesta, who is a good friend of Duno’s.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments