With top guy Vic Manuel ailing, Alaska struggles in PBA Finals opener

first_imgMOST READ Manuel, who is averaging 25 minutes per game this conference, played just a little over 16 minutes in Game 1 due to health issues.“I was sick the last three days and there’s tightness in my right leg,” Manuel said in Filipino after the Aces took a 100-84 beating Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissA healthy Manuel would’ve made a big difference for Alaska, which started out flat and fell behind big early as Magnolia opened the game with a 15-0 lead.The Aces, who trailed by as much as 21, rallied within eight with still four minutes left before Mark Barroca helped the Hotshots close out the game with a 9-0 run. The 31-year-old bruiser leads the Aces’ locals in scoring this conference, norming 15.9 points per game on top of 5.1 rebounds.But he was a non-factor in Game 1 after posting only six points.“They (Magnolia) were able to dictate the tempo of the game in the first quarter. Of course, we will bounce back from this. We can’t let this series go 2-0,” Manuel said.“Their pressure defense never changed. They’re more willing to win this game. We got caught off guard and they dominated the game.”Despite the disappointing loss, Alaska head coach Alex Compton still saw a silver lining in backup big man Jake Pascual, who played extended minutes to fill in for Manuel.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 Compton commended Pascual’s activity on the floor which translated to the former San Beda star collecting five points, four rebounds, two steals and one block. He was also a team-high plus-7.“The one bright spot that we had I think Jake Pascual played great. He was ready, he was clearly ready,” Compton said.“I couldn’t keep Jake off the floor. If you look at our plus-minuses, Jake was our best guy today. He was plus-7. His energy was contagious. He was taking shots away from them, he was taking seals away, he was getting hands on rebounds, he had some deflections that caused some steals. I thought Jake was great today.”Game 2 is on Friday night at Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Kaya FC’s Elite U-13 bags silver in int’l football tourney in Phuket Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MANILA, Philippines–Alaska big man Vic Manuel sat on the bench for the most part of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals opener against Magnolia, a game where Aces certainly needed one of their top locals to be on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Controversial Nimba Ebola Funds Distribution Backfires

first_imgThe controversial distribution of US$ 100,000 Ebola Funds allotted from the Nimba County Development Funds to fight Ebola has backfired, with Gbi and Dorlu Administration District Commissioner David Toe saying he had not received a cent from the Administration of Nimba County, headed by Supt. Fong Zuagele.Commissioner David Toe on Radio Kehgheamahn Breakfast show on 6th October, 2014 said his district’s share of money to enable them to carry on awareness is yet to be delivered.All efforts to get his share have proven futile and the only reason given him is the allotted share for his district was spent on other Ebola issues in Karnplay.At the time of the distribution of the said funds, he said, he was on an awareness trip in his district distributing buckets and other preventive materials to the citizens.“At the time the stakeholders were meeting in Sanniquellie, I was on a trip distributing buckets and I didn’t hear the story, but when I got the info and went to Sanniquellie, the County Inspector, Reginald Mehn, told me that my share of the money was used to bury Ebola victim in Karnplay,” he said.“All the money I have been using for Ebola in my district came from my pocket; I have not received any money from the county as it was announced,” Commissioner Toe stated.Nimba leadership has been at loggerheads over how the US$ 100,000 allotted to fight Ebola in Nimba was used.The Nimba Lawmakers of the 53rd National Legislature had repeatedly said that the money was intended to purchase PPE and sufficient  medical drugs for all health centers in Nimba, but instead,  the county leadership headed by Supt. Fong Zuagele divided portions of the money among the 17 administration commissioners, city mayors,  and media, while the some of the money was used to procure motorcycles for the awareness campaign in the county.The diversion of the funds from the expectation of the caucus brought great dissatisfaction among them, something they considered as disrespect.This crisis and other issues led the Lower House of Parliament to summon Superintendent Fong Zuagele and Development Superintendent Teeko Yorlay for an inquest. As a result; the plenary imposed a “vote of no confidence” in the two county officials.However, in counter reaction to Commissioner David Toe’s  claim on the same media 6th October 2014, Nimba County Inspector Reginald Mehn said the Commissioner was left out, because he was at the special county council sitting to endorse the usage of the money so what was allotted for them was diverted to other area of need, precisely in Gbehlay Geh/Karnplay). It appears as though Gbi and Dorlu were not the only districts left out; Kparblee was another district believed not to  have received any share of the Ebola Fund, Mr. Toe said. Gbi and Dorlu is one of the remotest districts in Nimba,  located at the southern part of Nimba bordering Sinoe, Rivercess, and Grand Bassa counties. But this district had been complaining bitterly of marginalization from the county administration from developments and other  opportunities.  This has led them to seek legislation to join Rivercess County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aguero treble gets City back on track as United eye Sanchez

first_imgBut their return to winning ways here had manager Pep Guardiola proclaiming his side needed 10 more victories to be crowned champions.Their advantage at the top of the table had been cut to single figures, for a few hours at least, when second-placed Manchester United beat Burnley 1-0 earlier on Saturday.Normal service resumed in the day’s late kick-off, though, with Aguero glancing in Kevin De Bruyne’s cross in the 34th minute to open the scoring at the Etihad.The Argentina striker then converted a 63rd-minute penalty awarded after Raheem Sterling tumbled in the box following a tug by Javier Manquillo.But struggling Newcastle scored against the run of play four minutes later when a rare lapse saw Jacob Murphy sprint through and finish in composed fashion.Arsenal’s defender Nacho Monreal (R) celebrates after scoring with midfielder Granit Xhaka during the English Premier League football match against Crystal Palace January 20, 2018 © AFP / Ben STANSALLAguero, however, put the result beyond doubt when City’s all-time leading goalscorer completed his 11th hat-trick for the club seven minutes from time following a superb run and pass from Leroy Sane.“We needed it (this win) after last week,” Aguero told BT Sport. “It’s a long season though and we’ve not won anything yet.”– ‘Didn’t panic’ –Guardiola added: “We need 10 more wins to be champions…It was important how we reacted at 2-1, we didn’t panic.”Meanwhile, Arsenal showed there was plenty of life after Alexis Sanchez as they beat Crystal Palace 4-1 without the United-bound Chilean forward.With Sanchez inching towards a £35 million transfer to United rather than City, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger left him out of his matchday squad.Manchester United’s striker Anthony Martial (R) vies with Burnley’s defender Phil Bardsley (L) during the English Premier League football match January 20, 2018 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYAny fears Arsenal might falter up front without him proved groundless as they surged into a 4-0 lead inside 22 minutes at the Emirates Stadium thanks to goals from Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny, Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette before Luka Milivojevic pulled one back for Palace late on.Arsenal remain outside the top four but heartened manager Wenger said: “We played our real game in the first half, real pace and real combination.”– United ‘so close’ to Sanchez –At Turf Moor, United striker Anthony Martial scored a 54th-minute winner with his third league goal in as many matches.Jose Mourinho left midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the proposed makeweight in the Sanchez deal, out of his matchday squad and afterwards the United manager indicated the transfer saga was nearing an end.“Expect soon or never,” he said. “So close, so close, so close…I know my people are doing absolutely everything they can.”But Wenger warned: “Sanchez will only happen if Mkhitaryan comes here, that will be decided in the next 48 hours.”Chelsea won 4-0 away to Brighton as the reigning English champions leapfrogged Liverpool, who play Swansea on Monday, into third place.The Blues’ first win of 2018 saw Eden Hazard score twice with a goal in each half, while Willian and Victor Moses were also on target.Chelsea’s midfielder Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match against Brighton and Hove Albion January 20, 2018 © AFP / Glyn KIRKOn a day when all Premier League fixtures were preceded by a minute’s applause honouring former West Bromwich Albion and England forward Cyrille Regis, a trailblazer for black players who died aged 59 last week, the Baggies drew 1-1 with Everton.Jay Rodriguez gave West Brom an early lead before Theo Walcott, on his Everton debut following a midweek move from Arsenal, laid on an equaliser for Oumar Niasse in the 70th minute.But the sight of Toffees midfielder James McCarthy going off with a broken leg cast a shadow over Everton boss Sam Allardyce’s 1,000th game as a manager.New Stoke manager Paul Lambert won his first game in charge of the Potters as they beat Huddersfield 2-0 with second-half goals from Joe Allen and Mame Biram Diouf to climb out of the relegation zone.Leicester beat Watford 2-0 while West Ham and Bournemouth drew 1-1.Tottenham Hotspur continue their quest for a Champions League place on Sunday against Southampton.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between against Newcastle United January 20, 2018 © AFP / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 20 – Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City restored their 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win at home to Newcastle United on Saturday.City’s 30-match unbeaten run in the league, which spanned two seasons, came to a dramatic end with a 4-3 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield last week.last_img read more