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Several things to watch as a busy NBA offseason begins

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Texas’ Mohamed Bamba makes his case with Suns Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dwyane Wade has been talking about retirement, and there’s been no indication yet if he’s anywhere near a decision. Miami is in a tough situation on the cash front — Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson, Goran Dragic and James Johnson will make nearly $78 million themselves next season — and the Heat wants to find a way to keep Wayne Ellington. What will Wade do? And if he stays, how much can the Heat pay him? Or do they make big trades and add some star power?THE KNICKSTwo questions for the Knicks to figure out: Will they allow David Fizdale the time he needs to build the team he wants? And what will they do with Kristaps Porzingis this season? Give Fizdale time, and he’ll win in New York. But rushing Porzingis back off ACL surgery could be a most unnecessary risk for a team that isn’t going to contend next season anyway.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours COACHESThe vacancies in Detroit and Toronto should be filled soon. The Pistons might be best-served to hire Dwane Casey, who led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference this season. This is a crucial hire for the Raptors, since whoever will be calling the shots next season will have a team that should be good enough to contend for the East title.THE DRAFTArizona center Deandre Ayton will likely go No. 1 to Phoenix, which makes sense on a lot of levels. The intrigue really starts there. Does Vlade Divac use the No. 2 overall pick and bring Luka Doncic, the young Slovenian who has been talked about as a can’t-miss NBA star for some time, to Sacramento? What does Atlanta do at No. 3? Inevitably, someone will move up on draft night and that probably means an established player (or players) will be on the move.GAMBLINGADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James smiles during a news conference following Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, early Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to sweep the series and take the title. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)CLEVELAND — The NBA offseason has arrived, which means nothing will happen for the next four months other than a draft, three summer leagues, free agency, the creation of a new schedule, coaching hires, trades, roster reworkings and possibly movement toward letting high school graduates jump directly into the league again.It all adds up to very little downtime.ADVERTISEMENT There is no shortage of questions about what will happen this summer — leading off, of course, with yet another decision to be made by LeBron James about his future and where he’ll play next season as he resumes his quest for more championships.Here are some non-James topics heading into the offseason:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownKAWHI LEONARDThe mystery of the 2017-18 NBA season is the mystery of the offseason as well. Leonard played in only nine games for the Spurs this season while dealing with a leg injury, the specifics of which are a closely guarded secret even by San Antonio’s notoriously tight-lipped standards. He could get a supermax deal, he could get traded, he might still be hurt. But the Spurs — and the league — need answers, because he can change a lot of directions in a hurry. The Supreme Court ruling already has bets on games being placed in Delaware, and more states will be following suit soon. Expect the NBA to continue pushing for 1 percent of the action, which the league says is needed in part to cover what will be its new costs as far as protecting the integrity of the game and the players. It’s also unclear if injury reports will have to be more specialized in a betting world. Wouldn’t bettors have liked knowing LeBron James had a badly injured — he says broken — hand in Games 2, 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals?OFFICIATINGThe NBA knows fans, players and coaches aren’t thrilled with the level of officiating in the league right now. This will absolutely be a big topic — maybe the primary topic — when the board of governors meet in Las Vegas next month. Also, there will be a challenge-flag-type item tinkered with during summer league games; it won’t be a red cloth like in the NFL, but the concept will be the same as the league studies whether something like that should be added.THE LAKERSMagic Johnson and Rob Pelinka should have about $62 million in cap space to go shopping with when free agency opens July 1 — including for James, meaning the Lakers could get transformed and become a playoff team again in a hurry. Expect them to use the No. 25 pick in the draft on a 3-point shooter, since no team can surround James with enough of those.CHRIS PAUL AND PAUL GEORGEAgain, like so many other topics, the futures of Chris Paul and Paul George will probably have some impact on whatever James decides to do this summer — or vice versa. Paul wants a max contract, and if his hamstring didn’t pop late in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals he and the Houston Rockets may very well have been in the NBA Finals. George seemed to be hinting that he could stay in Oklahoma City, but is a Los Angeles native. It seems likely that either, or both, would try to align with James — but how?THE PELICANSYes, the Pelicans. West semifinalists this season, New Orleans needs to decide what it wants to do with DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo. The Pelicans have already given coach Alvin Gentry an extension , and keeping either Cousins or Rondo — or both — to play alongside Anthony Davis might make New Orleans a sleeper pick in the West next season. Question is, will Cousins be full-go coming off his Achilles injury.THE HEATlast_img read more

Suspected bandit died of multiple gunshot wounds – PM report

first_imgDiamond dealer’s botched robberyThe 25-year-old suspected bandit Gerally Johanison Henry, who was gunned down during an attempted robbery at Kay’s Diamond Enterprise Ltd on Saturday last, died of multiple gunshot injuries about his body.A post mortem examination was performed on his body by pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh on Friday at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s mortuary, and the body has been handed over to his relatives for burial.Meanwhile, investigations into the botched robbery continue. Police in an earlier statement said the diamond dealership is owned and managed by a male caucasian, who told investigators that he had received a phone call from Henry on the fatal Saturday morning. He said the man had indicated that he wanted to buy diamonds, and advised him to go to the office.Henry, the businessman said, arrived at the business establishment at about 12:03h, and they had what he described as a “general” conversation before the now dead man asked to use the washroom.“Upon his return from the washroom, Henry pointed a pistol in the direction of the owner, who was sitting in his chair behind his desk in the office, and told him not to move; but [the businessman] instinctively drew his licensed handgun and discharged several rounds in the direction of Henry, who was struck in the upper part of his body and he fell [to the ground],” the Police said.The matter was reported and emergency medical technical (EMT) personnel were summoned and pronounced Henry dead at the scene.The Police had recovered a 9mm pistol along with eight live matching rounds in the magazine and one round in the breech, which was allegedly in possession of the deceased. The weapon and ammunition have been lodged.last_img read more

Roy Hodgson exclusive: Wayne Rooney WILL be in England’s Euro 2016 squad if fit

first_img 1 With Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy scoring 19 and 17 goals in the league respectively, Rooney faces a lot of competition for a starting place.However Hodgson refused to rule out Rooney playing alongside the two in-form strikers, saying he is capable of playing in a number of different positions for the Three Lions.“It depends which system we play,” he continued.“It also depends on the other players at the time and how well they’re doing and how keen we are to get them in the team.“The good thing about Wayne and getting into the team is that he has more than one string to his bow. He can play behind strikers and he can play as an out-and-out striker.”READ: England boss Roy Hodgson tells talkSPORT: ‘This team has enormous qualities and the right attitude – the future looks bright’ A fit Wayne Rooney is a certainty for England’s Euro 2016 squad, manager Roy Hodgson has told talkSPORT.The Three Lions captain is currently sidelined with a knee ligament injury and will miss the friendlies with Germany and the Netherlands at the end of the month.England’s record goalscorer has been out of form this season, scoring only seven times in the Premier League, which has led to speculation whether the 30-year-old is deserving of a place in the squad.Rooney is expected to be back in action for Manchester United in April and if he is fully fit by the time Hodgson names his 23-man squad, he will be on the Eurostar to France, with the England boss stressing how important loyalty to the cause is to him.“Yes I can [say Rooney will be there if fit], because he is our captain, he is our most experienced player,” Hodgson said in an exclusive interview with Drivetime.“He’s not missed one squad of the last eight squads. He has never let us down.“I’m not prepared to say categorically about any players at this stage that they will go but I certainly will dismiss any discussions about Wayne Rooney and whether or not he should go. My only fear is that he won’t recover in time from his injury, but it’s a minor fear.”last_img read more