Kevin Durant was lost in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday (June 11, Singapore time) and likely for months to come with a ruptured right Achilles. Durant, who is three weeks from another foray into free agency, played for the first time since May 8, when he strained his right calf. “Seeing your brother go down, trying to be there for him. It puts everything in perspective,” said Steph Curry. Durant exited in the second quarter after starting the game at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on fire. He had 11 points, two rebounds and one block to help the Warriors set the early pace in a game they ultimately won 106-105. After the game, Bob Myers, the Warriors’ president of basketball operations, confirmed that Durant sustained an Achilles injury. “I don’t know the extent of it,” an emotional Myers said. “He’ll have a MRI tomorrow.” Early in the fourth quarter, ABC’s broadcast showed Durant leaving the building in a … [Read more...] about Golden State star Kevin Durant likely to miss rest of NBA Finals
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NEW YORK: Anthony Joshua’s bid to make a splash in his US debut ended in misery for the three belt heavyweight world champion with a stunning loss to underdog Andy Ruiz at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Ruiz recorded a monster upset, by knocking down Britain’s Joshua four times to take the World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization titles. The 29-year-old Ruiz came into the fight as a massive 32-1 underdog. But he won it by TKO in the middle of the seventh when the referee stopped it at 1:26 of the round after the fourth knockdown. Ruiz, sent to the canvas once himself, knocked Joshua down twice in the third round and twice more in the seventh. “I still can’t believe it. I am still pinching myself to see if this is real,“ Ruiz said. Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) had a massive height and reach advantage as he weighed in at a chiselled 247 pounds (112.4 kg) alongside the portly Ruiz, who beefed up to 268 pounds … [Read more...] about Ruiz shocks Joshua for three heavyweight world titles
A ‘quickie’ reunion with friends in L.A. FUNFARE - Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) - May 30, 2019 - 12:00am Things are more meaningful when unplanned, more memorable when fleeting because they make you crave for more time for longer how-are-yous and how-have-you-beens. That’s what happened on the last of our recent five-day working trip to L.A. purposely to interview the stars of The Last Summer (now streaming on Netflix), marked by “quickie” meetings with friends at spare hours. My nephew Raymond de Asis Lo (The STAR’s L.A. correspondent) wanted to host an impromptu double post-birthday brunch, so between Viceroy (L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills where the Netflix junket was held) and Holiday Inn (near LAX where we were booked for a mid-morning PAL flight back to Manila), he directed Jemela Nettles (the immigration lawyer who kindly drives us around when we are in L.A.) to proceed to the … [Read more...] about A ‘quickie’ reunion with friends in L.A.
By Louis Keene Jennifer Medina and Elizabeth Dias, The New York Times Mon., April 29, 2019 POWAY, CALIF.—The rabbi had just finished comforting a congregant as she prepared to say the traditional prayer for the dead in honour of her mother when a loud crack rang out in his synagogue. It was about halfway through the Sabbath service on Saturday when a gunman turned what was supposed to be a time of solace into a day of horror. The rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, turned quickly to see the body of the woman, Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, slumped on the floor. He began to rush toward her when he caught sight of several small children watching as the gunman unleashed the attack on Chabad of Poway. “My instinct was to go to her, but I turned toward a doorway and these little kids were there, so scared,” he said. By then, Goldstein had been shot in both hands. “I just grabbed them with my bloody fingers. They were screaming and I was shouting.” As Goldstein … [Read more...] about Synagogue shooting keeps religious leaders on edge: ‘No one should be gunned down in worship’
By Jennifer Medina Christopher Mele Heather Murphy The New York Times Sat., April 27, 2019 LOS ANGELES—A gunman opened fire in a synagogue in Southern California on Saturday, authorities said, killing one person and injuring three others during a religious service on the last day of Passover, a holiday that celebrates Jewish freedom. Officials said the assailant had been taken into custody and identified him as John Earnest, a white 19-year-old man armed with an AR-15-style weapon. The shooting, at Chabad of Poway, about 25 miles north of San Diego, is the most recent in a series of high-profile acts of violence at houses of worship, including the mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand last month and the church bombing in Sri Lanka last week. It came exactly six months after one of the worst attacks against the U.S. Jewish community left 11 dead in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Local officials called the California shooting a hate crime. The gunman … [Read more...] about One dead in California synagogue shooting near San Diego