Houston’s Harden wins NBA MVP over James and Davis

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments He averaged 23.1 points in his first season with the Pacers while nabbing his first All-Star berth. He also led the league in steals for the first time.The Defensive Player of the Year went to center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.He was the leading vote-getter for the league’s All-Defensive first team while anchoring a Jazz defense that ranked second in the NBA in defensive rating.Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers took Sixth Man honors.The guard became the first player to average at least 20 points for the first time in his 13th season or later. He led the league in fourth-quarter points and scoring average.Williams kissed his two young daughters on his way to the stage after becoming the Clippers’ third winner in the last five years.Dwane Casey was chosen Coach of the Year for his work with the Toronto Raptors, who fired him last month. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons.“Can’t look in the rear view mirror,” Casey said backstage. “Winston Churchill said success is measured by failure, failure, and then come back with enthusiasm, and that’s what I’ve done.”Casey led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time in franchise history after winning a team-record 59 games. Casey coached the East in the All-Star Game for the first time.Casey won over Quin Snyder of Utah and Brad Stevens of Boston. Robertson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from presenters Charles Barkley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.After Barkley mentioned last year’s recipient Bill Russell, Boston’s Hall of Fame center flipped his middle finger in Barkley’s direction.Robertson is the career leader in triple-doubles and was the first player to average one for a season. His antitrust case against the NBA also ushered in free agency for players, which Robertson said was his most important assist.Backstage, Robertson commended the activism of today’s players, although he wondered why more white athletes aren’t speaking out.“The only thing that really bothers me is where are the white athletes when this is happening?” he said. “This is not a black athlete problem. You see injustice in the world. It’s all around.”Robertson went on to say he hopes “the whites and the blacks get together, even with the football,” a reference to NFL players who have taken a knee or sat in silence during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees 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 Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 He led the league in scoring, 3-pointers and 50-point games with four while helping the Rockets to an NBA-leading 65 wins.James didn’t attend the show in Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport amid speculation about his future. He has until Friday to tell the Cavaliers if he will pick up his $35.6 million option for next season or opt for free agency.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 crownHarden, who is from Los Angeles, led his mother on stage before he accepted the trophy from Commissioner Adam Silver.“I’m not going to get emotional,” he said from behind dark sunglasses. “She’s my backbone in good times and bad times.” MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Clippers’ Lou Williams is NBA Sixth Man of the Year LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers won Rookie of the Year.The guard averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, joining Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only rookies to post those numbers in a season.Simmons helped Philadelphia to a 52-30 record, including ending the season with a 16-game winning streak.He beat out finalists Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Jayson Tatum of Boston.Guard Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers earned Most Improved Player.ADVERTISEMENT NBA player James Harden, of the Houston Rockets, left, accepts the most valuable player award as his mother, Monja Willis, looks on at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)SANTA MONICA, Calif. — James Harden of the Houston Rockets was voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, beating out four-time winner LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans at the NBA Awards on Monday night.Harden joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals in a season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Don’t be “cowed” by false claims about beef

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Husband and wife environmentalists Denis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes take to bashing beef and dairy in their new book “Cowed.” Published this year, it attacks animal agriculture on multiple fronts — health and nutrition, food safety and cattle production.The book also makes one of the most outlandish predictions that you’ve ever heard. According to the authors, “If the human population grows another 50%, and everyone starts to eat as much beef as Americans, we will wipe out much of the rest of the animal world.”Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group applauds this statement on the back cover by saying that the authors have mapped the destructive co-migration of earth’s two great conquering herds, humans and cows. You can believe this when you see cows grazing in New York’s Central Park or on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.Nebraska has a lot of cows, 1.88 million, according to the latest statistics, but it also was home this spring to a half million sandhill cranes along the Platte River. The cranes stop to fatten up on corn kernels left behind in farm fields before migrating north again. Nebraska is second in the nation in number of cattle and calves, but they don’t seem to be crowding out the cranes.The Hayes would have you believe that all cattle operations are big, factory farms. Nebraska has 20,000 beef cow operations, the average herd size is 94 head and only 770 are larger than 1,000 head of cattle.Big is always bad to critics of agriculture, even though economies of scale are accepted for most other industries. The complaints about cows in the book have all been heard before. American restaurants served 9 billion hamburgers last year, 3% more than a year earlier. Take that as a vote of confidence in beef.In fact, there is a lot of positive news about beef to reassure consumers. Recreational runners are among the fittest Americans, and Runner’s World magazine includes beef in its nutrition advice and recipes for runners. It cited a review of 76 existing studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that found no association between saturated fat and heart disease, a departure from previous thinking. Runner’s World reminded runners that red meat contains iron, zinc and protein and is right for a healthy diet.The authors of “Cowed” connect a virulent form of E. coli bacteria with what they call factory farming, which in their view is a feedlot used to finish cattle. However, the Department of Agriculture says the prevalence of E. coli O157:H7 is not affected by the production system. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) samples ground beef and, according to its data, this strain occurs at a rate of less than one quarter of 1%. FSIS says it is rare for the strain to find its way into meat products, and the sale of those products is prohibited. Safe handling and proper cooking also reduce the risk of spreading E. coli or becoming infected.The authors claim they aren’t against eating beef; they just want Americans to eat less. That’s up to consumers who shouldn’t be cowed or misled by critics of America’s livestock industry.last_img read more

Brazil vs Chile: Hosts showing some nerves ahead of Round of 16 tie

first_imgBrazil will take on Chile in the first tie of the FIFA World Cup, Round of 16 stage on Saturday There’s no denying it, the thought of sudden World Cup elimination is on the minds of Luiz Felipe Scolari and his Brazil squad.The veteran coach wants to assure the people of the host nation, though, that nerves are nothing to be worried about.”It’s normal to feel uncomfortable and anxious ahead of this first elimination game,” Scolari said Friday, on the eve of Brazil’s second-round match against Chile. “We are a bit more scared and nervous.”It’s normal in any competition, not only because this one is in Brazil. We know we can’t make mistakes, we can’t lose.”A win over Chile at the Mineirao Stadium will keep Brazil on track for its sixth World Cup title, while a loss would be considered a massive failure in a country which has invested billions to stage the tournament.Scolari said there’s a chance that Chile plays better than Brazil and eliminates the hosts, which shouldn’t be considered the end of the world if it happens.”We have been doing our job with a lot of dedication, but we have to understand that if they are better than we are in the game and they win, we can’t lower our heads, end our lives and throw ourselves into a well,” he said.Brazil has reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup every time since 1994. Its last elimination in the second round was against Argentina in 1990.advertisementThe Brazilians haven’t lost to Chile since a World Cup qualifier in 2000, and have never lost a head-to-head with the Chileans on home soil. Since 2000, Brazil has won 10 of 12 matches against the Chileans. The teams have met three times in World Cups, with Brazil winning 4-2 in the semifinals of the 1962 tournament in Chile, then 4-1 in the second round in 1998 and 3-0 at the same stage in 2010.”Statistics don’t mean anything to us,” Brazil captain Thiago Silva said. “We have to remember that in the other side there is a team with the same dreams that we do. So if we can’t advance, life must go on.”Scolari hinted that he will change the team’s midfield for the match, replacing defensive midfielder Paulinho with Fernandinho, who played well as a second-half substitute in the 4-1 win against Cameroon. The Manchester City player, a late addition to the World Cup squad, scored a goal and helped set up another.It remained unclear if defender David Luiz would be fit to play after leaving Thursday’s practice because of a back problem. The Brazilian federation said he participated in part of the team’s training session on Friday, and an MRI scan didn’t show any serious injury. The federation said he would remain undergoing treatment until shortly before the match.Brazil has four players going into Saturday’s match with a yellow card, including Silva, striker Neymar and defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo. Another yellow against Chile will sideline them from the quarterfinals if Brazil advances.last_img read more

Liberty upsets Mississippi for 1st NCAA tournament win

first_imgLATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants The Bulldogs had used their superior size to control the paint on both ends and had broken open a tight game before the Flames responded. Homesley was fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three foul shots. He then hit two from long range to cut it to 67-64.Homesley also had a backdoor dunk on a feed from Cabbil to make it a one-point game before hitting a long 3-pointer late in the shot clock to put Liberty back on top 69-67 with 2:34 to play.After three free throws from the Bulldogs, Cabbil’s 3 provided the final lead change of the night.“We just have an incredible belief throughout this entire team,” Cabbil said. “Even when we got down by 10, everyone was still yelling, ‘We can get back into this.’ Down the end we were able to get some critical stops, a couple of charges, some big-time 3s.”Cabbil finished with 18 points and Myo Baxter-Bell added 13.BIG PICTURELiberty: The Flames showed early that they were poised to match up with a Power 5 team. They made seven 3-pointers in the first half and led by four points before Mississippi State scored the final six to lead 37-35 at the break.Mississippi State: Howland’s first recruiting class for the Bulldogs finished on a down note but had an impressive run building the program. Mississippi State went to the semifinals of the NIT last year and made the tournament for the first time since 2009 this year.ICE WATERLiberty ranked 12th in the nation this season in foul shooting, making 77.1 percent. So it was no surprise the Flames were able to ice the game at the line, making 8 of 10 in the final minute. Google Philippines names new country director For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Chris Bosh ready to see his jersey retired by Miami Heat Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte BLOCK PARTYThe Bulldogs had seven blocked shots in the second half as Aric Holman and Abdul Ado made things difficult for the Flames on the interior, forcing them to rely on outside shots.UP NEXTLiberty advances to play the winner of the game between Virginia Tech and Saint Louis. MOST READ “Everybody on the team believed we were going to come back,” Homesley said. “It was just a matter of time that we were going to make a run.”The Flames (29-6) were making their fourth tournament trip in school history, but lost twice as a No. 16 seed and once in a play-in game. This year’s team had more respect, a higher seeding and capitalized on the opportunity. Liberty advanced to the second round of the East Region to play the winner of the game between Saint Louis and Virginia Tech.FEATURED 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, logisticsHomesley helped rally Liberty from a 10-point deficit in the second half by scoring 14 points in a span of less than five minutes.“He took over. He’s done that on occasion for us. He’s had spurts,” coach Ritchie McKay said. “When he starts to feel good about his shot, he’s such a dangerous offensive player.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Cabbil then hit from long range to make it 72-70 and celebrated with an enthusiastic fan section that made the cross-country trip from Virginia for the game.Liberty did the rest at the foul line to spoil the first tournament trip for Mississippi State (23-11) in a decade.Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 27 points to lead the Bulldogs and Reggie Perry added 21.“It’s just a tough, tough pill, tough one to swallow, especially the way we had that lead late in the game,” coach Ben Howland said.Mississippi State appeared poised to take control when Peters started a 10-0 run with a 3-pointer and ended it with a layup that made it 63-53 midway through the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Liberty guard Caleb Homesley celebrates after scoring against Mississippi State during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN JOSE, Calif. — Down by 10 points with less than seven minutes to play against a more accomplished opponent, Liberty didn’t give in a bit. Instead, the Flames just kept getting the ball to Caleb Homesley.Homesley scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half, and Lovell Cabbil hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:16 to play to send 12th-seeded Liberty to its first NCAA Tournament win, 80-76 over fifth-seeded Mississippi State on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer proves Man Utd record breaker: We want to entertain

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer proves Man Utd record breaker: We want to entertainby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer admits he’s happy to be breaking records at Manchester United.Paul Pogba scored twice while Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku also netted to stun Bournemouth.And Solskjaer is only the THIRD United boss in history to win his first three games in charge.He declared: “We want to go attacking. We’ve been at home two games and have to entertain the crowd.”You have good players, they want to learn, improve — I just want to do my bit.”We created some great chances — some fantastic attacking football.”That’s what the fans want to see and the players are enjoying themselves.” last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool legend Souness yet to be won over by Fabinho

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Souness yet to be won over by Fabinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Graeme Souness is yet to be won over by Fabinho.Souness has questioned whether the Brazil midfielder is up to the standards Liverpool are seeking to reach.”Liverpool don’t have what I would call milky players,” he told the Sunday Times. “Before the season began they identified midfield as an area that needed strengthening and brought in Fabinho and Naby Keita. “I am yet to be fully convinced by Fabinho and wonder why it has taken such a long time for him to get up to speed.”He has played well since getting into the team but he still has a bit to go.” last_img read more

Latest College Football Playoff Rankings Revealed By Selection Committee

first_imgCollege Football Playoff bracket.College Football Playoff BracketThe top quartet from last week’s College Football Playoff rankings — Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa — all won over the weekend, so not much change was expected at the top of this week’s list. However, with No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Baylor and No. 10 Michigan losing to No. 9 Stanford, No. 19 TCU and No. 8 Ohio State respectively, some shake-up beyond the top group was inevitable. The major story line of tonight’s rankings unveiling? Which teams sitting outside of the top four are most likely to benefit from any chaos this coming Saturday. The selection committee just debuted its fifth rankings of the year on ESPN. Here’s the full Top 25:1. Clemson pic.twitter.com/5LQ4iAUHNo— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20152. Alabama pic.twitter.com/nrAx2olvmY— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20153. Oklahoma pic.twitter.com/a2jlICQE3s— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20154. Iowa pic.twitter.com/Pprt4q3w7w— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20155. Michigan State 6. Ohio State— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20157. Stanford 8. Notre Dame 9. Florida State 10. North Carolina— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201511. TCU 12. Baylor 13. Mississippi 14. Northwestern 15. Michigan— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201516. Oregon 17. Oklahoma State 18. Florida 19. Houston 20. Southern California— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201521. LSU 22. Temple 23. Navy 24. Utah 25. Tennessee— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 2015What do you think, college football fans? Did they get it right?last_img read more

The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Stephen A. Smith Region

first_imgThe 64 Most Annoying People in sports media bracket.The 2016 NCAA Tournament field was unveiled Sunday night, meaning that for the next three days, college basketball fans will be spending their time filling out brackets. We here at College Spun have a different kind of challenge for you, however. We want you to help us determine the most annoying person in sports media. We’ve gone ahead and nominated 64 different candidates.A few of the nominees – like Barstool Sports, Saturday Down South and SB Nation – are actually entities, rather than people. But you get the gist. We’ve also put ourselves on here, just in case you think that we’re actually the most annoying.Let’s get started. You can vote on the Stephen A. Smith region below:The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports MediaThe 64 Most AnnoyingVote On The Stephen A. Smith Region Below1. Stephen A. Smith vs. 16. Cris Collinsworthstephen a smith cris collinsworth“You don’t want to make an enemy out of me.” Actually, we don’t really care if we do. More Annoying: Stephen A. Smith or Cris Collinsworth?2. Mark May vs. 15. Terry Bradshawmark may terry bradshawOhio State fans might be enough to push Mark May through here. Bradshaw is a long-shot. More Annoying: Mark May or Terry Bradshaw3. Bill Walton vs. 14. Joe BuckJoe buckWalton’s bizarre announcing style drives most people nuts. Buck has his detractors too, though. More Annoying: Bill Walton or Joe Buck?4. Mike Lupica vs. 13. Gus JohnsonLupica“From the parking lot!” More Annoying: Mike Lupica or Gus Johnson?5. Curt Schilling vs. 12. Danny KanellSchillingSchilling can’t stop expressing his political views. Kanell can’t stop hating on the SEC. This will be close. More Annoying: Curt Schilling or Danny Kanell?6. Dan LeBatard vs. 11. Katie NolanKatie NolanSome argue LeBatard is a “stunt guy.” Nolan’s detractors are mostly people who don’t appreciate sarcasm. More Annoying: Dan LeBatard or Katie Nolan?7. Tim Tebow vs. 10. Peter KingtebowTebowmania was supposed to end when he stopped playing in the NFL. Some wish King would stop writing about the NFL. More Annoying: Tim Tebow or Peter King?8. Mel Kiper Jr. vs. 9. Tony Kornheiser Mel Kiper jrMore overrated: Continuous NFL Draft analysis or PTI?  More Annoying: Mel Kiper Jr. or Tony Kornheiser?Vote On The Darren Rovell Region Here >>>last_img read more

Barcelonas 43game unbeaten record – the stats

first_imgWhile they may have failed to complete their aim of going the entire league campaign unbeaten, Barcelona’s record of 43 games unbeaten in La Liga will undoubtedly stand for many years to come with the club recording some impressive stats during their 394 days undefeatedThe Spanish champions began their legendary streak on April 15 at the Nou Camp, where they defeated Real Sociedad 3-2.They remained unbeaten for the rest of their six league games in the 2016/17 season and in the process set the following stats up to May 13:34 victories and nine draws111 points122 goals scored33 concededPlayer StatsIn that 13 month period, goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen played in all but one of those 43 games and recorded 3,780 minutes on the pitch.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Lionel Messi also featured in 42 of those 43 matches and in that time the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored a club-best of both 44 goals and made 14 assists.His nearest rival was his strike partner Luis Suarez, who ranked in 29 goals and made 12 assists.Ivan Rakitic, who played in 40 of those games, topped the charts for most passes made at 2,732 passes with 2,453 completed (89.78%).(Obtained by club website)last_img read more

England Harry Kane allays injury fears

first_imgTottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has brushed off concerns over his mental and physical fitness ahead of England’s UEFA Nations League tie against Spain.The England captain who finished as top scorer at this summer’s World Cup is expected to be honored for his achievements in Russia by wearing a specially commissioned pair of golden boots against Spain, reads little into those figures beyond the fact that he may simply have become more efficient in front of goal.“People are looking as if I’ve changed my game but I’ve scored the same number as after four games last season. Maybe I’ve become a better finisher,” Kane said, according to London Football News.“Whether it’s 10 shots or 28 shots, I’ve scored the same number. And I’ve scored in two games rather than one.”“There are always little things that people pick out of your game but I feel good, I feel sharp. That’s what important.”“It was great, I scored some good goals and important goals but there was stuff I could have done better as well…certain finishes, certain movements.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“To win the Golden Boot at the World Cup and feel like I could have done better is exciting. There’s a lot of improvement (to go) and I’m at a high level already.”Meanwhile, Kane has not ruled out the possibility of a mid-season rest at some stage, though, and feels Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is open to the prospect.“The manager is very good at managing that throughout the season,” he said.“I feel fine now, everyone’s fresh, but there might be stages in the season where you have a dip.“That’s where the manager comes in and you might get a few days’ break, or rested for a game.”last_img read more