Lakers jeopardize Spurs playoff bid with OT win

first_imgCabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “To beat them multiple times in a season for a young team that’s kind of finding themselves is a nice accomplishment, but they are most likely still going to the playoffs this year and we’re not,” Walton said.TIP-INSSpurs: Rudy Gay had 14 points off the bench. … Manu Ginobili (rest) did not play. … San Antonio was outscored 21-9 in fast-break points, including an 11-2 disparity in the first quarter. … The Spurs’ magic number to clinch their 21st consecutive playoff berth remains two.Lakers: G Lonzo Ball missed his fourth consecutive game because of a left knee contusion. … F Brandon Ingram remains in concussion protocol and missed his third straight game. … The Lakers set a single-season franchise record with 782 3-pointers, breaking the previous mark of 774 in 2013-14. … The Lakers wore their Minneapolis throwback uniforms.ALMOST PERFECTFrye was 8 of 9 from the field, but his only miss had his teammates and Walton laughing at the veteran’s expense after whiffing on an uncontested dunk at the start of the fourth quarter.“It was funny because after that he made that 3 that hit the top of the backboard and fell in. I turned to him and said, ‘Stick to that,’” Hart said.DEFENSIVE SWITCHAldridge had 14 points in the first half and 12 more in the third quarter before Walton decided to start double-teaming him. The adjustment worked, forcing Aldridge to become a facilitator.“He does what he’s supposed to do, get rid of the ball, and now it’s up to the rest of the players to attack and make plays,” Gasol said.UP NEXTSpurs: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.Lakers: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) is fouled by San Antonio Spurs’ Pau Gasol (16) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)LOS ANGELES — Kyle Kuzma and the Los Angeles Lakers easily could have surrendered to fatigue on the second night of a back-to-back late in the season against a team fighting for playoff positioning.Instead, the Lakers found the resolve to end a three-game losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Batang Gilas barges into Fiba Asia U-16 quarters “It’s unreal, but it can happen,” said Pau Gasol, who had 11 points and 12 rebounds. “Those guys played with no fear. They have the green light to get them up, they made a lot of tough shots, and it hurt us.”Dejounte Murray had 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Patty Mills scored 15 points, but the Spurs lost their seventh straight on the road.Josh Hart had a chance to win it in regulation for the Lakers, but his layup hit the back of the rim and went off the front as time expired.The Lakers swept the Spurs for the first time since 1997-98, relying on their second unit to fight back from an eight-point deficit in the third quarter. Channing Frye scored 19 points off the bench, and Tyler Ennis added 10 points and seven assists.Walton was pleased with the sweep, but downplayed the idea it represented a significant achievement for a young team.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 Kuzma scored six of his 30 points in overtime and the Lakers swept the three-game season series against the San Antonio Spurs with a 122-112 victory on Wednesday night.Kuzma, who became first rookie in NBA history with 1,200 points, 450 rebounds and 150 3-pointers in a season, made a 3-pointer and a sky hook to start overtime and give the Lakers a lead they would not relinquish. Los Angeles outscored the Spurs 14-4 in the period.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 crown“Tonight I could tell he wasn’t going to ask to come out of that game. He was going to fight through it,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Kuz, it’s fun watching him compete at that level when he gets in that zone.”LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points for the Spurs, who lost on back-to-back nights at Staples Center and are tied with Oklahoma City for fifth place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Utah. The Spurs and Thunder both have three games remaining.last_img read more

Parliament office yet to receive resignations from Ministers

first_imgDespite announcement of “resignations”Only days ago, Government announced that the process will be initiated for dual citizen Members of Parliament (MP) to resign from the National Assembly and that such persons had already handed in their resignations to President David Granger.However, it has emerged that the parliamentary office has not received any resignations from these dual citizen parliamentarians – Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine.When contacted by Guyana Times, Clerk of the National Assembly Sherlock Isaacs said the process involves the MP’s resignations being handed to the Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland.“They would have to send it to the Speaker of the National Assembly, as required by the Constitution,” the Clerk explained in a brief interview. He said to his knowledge this has not been done.Minister Harmon had indicated weeks ago that Government would be looking to hold a sitting of the National Assembly on April 11; a sitting the Opposition has said it would not attend. When asked, however, Isaacs noted that no notice has been issued regarding the holding of any sitting.On April 2, the Ministry of the Presidency had announced that effective April 1, Members of Parliament (MP’s) on the Government side that have dual citizenship had resigned.In a statement afterward, Government had said the vacated ministerial posts will be occupied by the former Ministers’ Cabinet colleagues. According to a statement, Ministers who acted in the past for them will once more fill in.But then in another statement the next day, the Ministry of the Presidency had announced that the resignation of four Ministers will not take immediate effect. Further, the statement had said three of the four parliamentarians who have indicated their intention to resign, plan on renouncing their foreign citizenship.Article 155 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana states that “No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who (a) is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state.”In February, Chief Justice Roxane George had ruled on the case filed by Compton Reid over the dual citizenship of former AFC Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandas Persaud. In the case it brought to the Chief Justice, Government had argued that Persaud’s dual citizenship status invalidated his vote in support of the No-confidence Motion that brought the Government down.This argument also formed part of the opinions presented to Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland in the hopes that he would reverse the ruling… something the Speaker ultimately refused to do.The Court of Appeal later upheld the January High Court ruling that it is illegal for persons holding dual citizenship status to be sitting in the National Assembly. Government has been under increasing criticism, even from its own supporters, for stating that dual citizens will return to the National Assembly despite these two rulings.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo last week said the three Opposition MPs – Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, Odinga Lumumba and Adrian Anamayah – who are also dual citizens, will also resign. He noted that they have already written to the Representative of the List, Donald Ramotar, and by next week, will all submit letters to the Speaker of the House.However, the Opposition Leader explained that only Teixeira and Lumumba will be renouncing their foreign citizenship.“Adrian Anamayah will not renounce. He has explained to me that there are family obligations and other issues so he will not renounce because of those commitments he has…,” Jagdeo noted.Nevertheless, he revealed that Teixeira has already commenced the process and is awaiting a response from the Canadian authorities on her application for an expedited renunciation, while Lumumba is expected to start his process soon.last_img read more

Five new arrivals to look out for in Ligue 1

first_img0Shares0000Thomas Tuchel has replaced Unai Emery as coach at Paris Saint-Germain © AFP / Jure MakovecPARIS, France, Aug 8 – Neymar is still there, for now at least, and Paris Saint-Germain are set to kick off their defence of the French Ligue 1 title against Caen this weekend.With Marseille playing Toulouse in the opening game on Friday, AFP Sport looks at five of the most interesting new signings in France ahead of the 2018-19 campaign: THOMAS TUCHEL (PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN)Age: 44Position: Head coachPrevious club: Borussia Dortmund (GER)The biggest change at PSG ahead of this season has come in the dugout. Indeed, the old season had still not finished when the capital club announced the appointment of the German Tuchel as their new coach on a two-year deal.He arrives after a year out of the game following his departure from Borussia Dortmund, and succeeds Unai Emery whose last season in charge saw PSG win the treble but lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16.A successful defence of the Ligue 1 title combined with a better performance in Europe are the twin objectives for Tuchel.However, with a large number of players returning late from holidays after the World Cup, pre-season has possibly not offered too many clues as to how Tuchel will fare at the Parc des Princes.GIANLUIGI BUFFON (PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN)Age: 40Position: GoalkeeperPrevious club: Juventus (ITA)Gianluigi Buffon is 40 now but is hoping to be PSG’s number one goalkeeper © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULAT— The transfer window does not close for French clubs until the end of August, so PSG may yet get the cheque book out.So far, however, the only new arrival has been Buffon.Splashing huge amounts of money last year on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe while not recruiting a goalkeeper of proven quality left their squad looking rather unbalanced.But it remains to be seen if bringing in the 40-year-old Buffon is the ideal solution.The goalkeeping great had the advantage of being available without a transfer fee, although he was expected to retire at the end of last season before deciding to have another crack at glory in the Champions League, which has thus far evaded him in a long career.PATRICK VIEIRA (NICE)Age: 42Position: Head coachPrevious club: New York City FC (USA)Patrick Vieira is aiming to follow in the footsteps of fellow France legends Didier Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane by enjoying success as a coach © AFP / YANN COATSALIOU— As France basks in the glow of the national team’s World Cup triumph in Moscow, one of the stars of the team that won the trophy in 1998 makes his return to the French game as a coach.Vieira is following in the footsteps of other members of his generation of World Cup winners by making inroads into management.Didier Deschamps and Zinedine Zidane have enjoyed fantastic years, and now Vieira is hoping to make his name as a coach in Europe. Now 42, the former Arsenal midfielder arrives at Nice — just along the Cote d’Azur from where he started out at Cannes — after two years at New York City FC.He will hope to build on the fine work done by predecessor Lucien Favre.ALEKSANDR GOLOVIN (MONACO)Age: 22Aleksandr Golovin enjoyed an excellent World Cup with Russia © AFP / Odd ANDERSENPosition: MidfielderPrevious club: CSKA Moscow (RUS)— There have again been big departures at Monaco, but they have pulled off quite a coup with the signing of Golovin.Born in Siberia, the 22-year-old midfielder arrives in the glitzy Mediterranean principality after enjoying an impressive World Cup with hosts Russia.Monaco — whose billionaire owner and vice-president are both Russian — beat the likes of Chelsea and Juventus to his signature, agreeing a reported 30 million-euro deal to sign him from CSKA Moscow.He will have a big role to play in Leonardo Jardim’s team, with Thomas Lemar, Fabinho and Joao Moutinho all having been sold.JEAN-EUDES AHOLOU (MONACO)Jean-Eudes Aholou in Strasbourg colours shortly before moving to Monaco © AFP / FREDERICK FLORINAge: 24Position: MidfielderPrevious club: Strasbourg— Ivorian Aholou will be one to watch after joining Monaco from Strasbourg on a five-year deal for a reported 14 million euros.Aholou’s rise has been remarkable — two years ago he had just been promoted to Ligue 2 with Orleans before being sold to Strasbourg for 350,000 euros in January 2017 and helping them to promotion.His profile means a successful spell in the principality could have him eventually following the likes of Fabinho, Moutinho, and Tiemoue Bakayoko before them, to England.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Zidane downplays Madrid move for Pogba

first_imgPogba had also added to the doubts surrounding his future by saying that “all players dream of playing for Real Madrid”.But ahead of his team’s La Liga game at home to Villarreal on Sunday, Zidane appeared to downplay the chances of Pogba moving to the Santiago Bernabeu.“I said Pogba was a good player but I could say the same about other players,” Zidane said at a press conference on Saturday.“I know him but nothing more. If you ask me about Pogba, I say he is a very good player but he plays for Manchester United.“At the end of the season we will see which players come here, and who leaves, but I did not say ‘We are going to sign Pogba,’ nothing like that.“I will not say anything until the deals are done.”Madrid sit third in La Liga, 18 points behind champions Barcelona and with little hope of catching Atletico Madrid in second.Zidane’s team have delivered a series of underwhelming performances, most recently in a 0-0 draw with Getafe and 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano.“I was very angry the other day, so were the players, they didn’t enjoy it either,” Zidane said. “Sometimes nothing goes your way.”Madrid fans have vented their frustration towards a number of players, in particular Gareth Bale, but Zidane said supporters cannot assume anyone will leave.“The season is what it is but the fans must think about next season. There will be changes but many of these players will stay,” he said.“The fans will be the same, and most of the players too so we must stick together.“We are going to have time to prepare for next season. Until August 31 anything can happen, so it will be a long summer.”Vinicius Junior has been one of the few positives to come from Madrid’s season and he could return against Villarreal after two months out with a hamstring injury.“Vinicius is training much better and ready to be in the squad,” Zidane said.“He is very good, he is an important player for this team and the future. He is 18 years old and we have to be patient.“But he deserves to be here and next year, we will see how we can make the best of him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has played down reports linking Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba with a move to the Spanish club © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMADRID, Spain, May 4 – Zinedine Zidane has played down speculation linking Real Madrid with a summer move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Zidane said in March he knew Pogba personally and likes him “a lot” before adding Madrid could be his next club “when his experience in Manchester comes to an end”.last_img read more

Donegal team off to the Big Apple as County Board targets ‘major fundraising’ in New York

first_imgTHE DONEGAL senior footballers will play two challenge games in New York next April as part of a fundraising visit next April.Rory Gallagher’s team will play the New York senior team at Gaelic Park on Thursday, April 13 and again on Saturday, April 15.Donegal County Board Chairman Sean Dunnion confirmed the news this afternoon in his annual address to County Convention at the Abbey Hotel. This week, the Donegal Board accepted an invite from their New York counterparts.“This provides is with a great opportunity to do some major fundraising during the six-day visit, make some new contacts and build the relationships further we already have forged with contacts in New York, Boston and Philadelphia,” Mr Dunnion told club delegates at Convention.“The primary element of the fundraising will take place on Friday April 14th with a golf classic during the day followed by a reception and auction in the evening.“Other smaller events, a fundraising draw, meetings and presentations to business people are currently being discussed with the New York County Board and Donegal New York GAA Club and further details will be announced early in the New Year.” The trip will come after the completion of the Allianz League and will aid both Donegal and New York in their preparations for next year’s Championship.  Donegal team off to the Big Apple as County Board targets ‘major fundraising’ in New York was last modified: December 11th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has launched a bill to repeal the Family Home Tax and committed his party to repeal the tax if in government after the next general election.Speaking at the launch of the Financial Local Property Tax Repeal Bill Deputy Doherty said: “This bill is a key part of Sinn Fein’s alternative to austerity for lower and middle income families. These families have borne the brunt of austerity budget after austerity budget under Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael/Labour. They need a break.“This tax was signed off on by Fianna Fáil and has been taken up by the Fine Gael and Labour. There are a wide range of alternatives as Sinn Féin has consistently pointed out. “The method of collection of this new tax is brutal. Those who are accepted as being unable to pay face a 4% penalty next year while those who can’t pay but are not recognised as being unable to pay face a 8% penalty. The government will raid salaries, social welfare payments and pensions to extract this tax on the family home.“We know the reality that one in four mortgages are in distress yet these same households who may be in negative equity and have paid stamp duty now face this extra tax. That is blatantly unfair.“We saw in last week’s list of exempted ghost estates just how few exemptions will be tolerated.“Sinn Féin in government will repeal this tax. Our bill would refund the tax paid by citizens for the year in which it is scrapped. “This bill will be introduced on the floor of the Dáil tomorrow and will be debated during our Private Members’ Time at the earliest opportunity.“We will continue to campaign across the state to win support for this bill.” TD DOHERTY LAUNCHES BILL TO REPEAL HOUSE TAX was last modified: March 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Antelope Valley Things To Do

first_imgQuartz Hill High School students will perform the Halloween comedy “The Creature Creeps” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday in the 200 quad cafeteria at the campus, 6040 W. Ave. L, Lancaster. Tickets are $4, or $3 for Quartz Hill High students with Associated Student Body cards. “Samuel Beckett Gets The Blues” will be performed at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12; and 2 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Black Box Theatre at Antelope Valley College, 3041 W. Ave. K. Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military; and $5 for students and AVC employees. Call (661) 722-6300, Ext. 6728. “Pride and Prejudice” will be performed at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $15 adults and $10 for ages 17 and younger. Call (661) 723-5950. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 7-10:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Desert Inn, 44219 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 942-8401. Performances are 6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 28. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Ranger-led nature hikes will be held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Call made for specialist drug sniffer dog for Donegal

first_imgCalls have been made for a specialist drugs sniffer dog to be sent to Donegal.The call was made at today’s meeting of the Joint Policing Committee at County House in Lifford.The issue was raised following a discussion on combatting drugs across the county. Garda Chief Superintendent said that despite an increase in the availability of drugs, her drugs unit had decreased because of resources.County councillor Michael McClafferty said the availability of a drugs dog would be a real asset in the fight against the spread of drugs.He suggested the dog could be allowed loose in colleges or schools to sniff out drugs in schools.The suggestion received the report of committee member James Trearty who said the suggestion had real merit as did county councillor Nicholas Crossan. “We have a huge coastline and a huge area to cover so such an addition could be very worthwhile,” said Mr Trearty.Chief Supt McGinn said there were no plans to add such a dog to the drugs unit in Donegal.However, she added that the Revenue Commissioners did have a dog and that Gardai have a very good relationship with them and that they could utilise their dog if needed.Call made for specialist drug sniffer dog for Donegal was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DOGdonegaldrugsplansnifferlast_img read more

Contractual sanitation worker dies inside Wazirabad drain

first_imgA 37-year-old contractual sanitation worker suffocated to death after he got trapped inside a drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Wazirabad on Sunday. Teams of the National Disaster Management Authority, the National Disaster Response Force and the Delhi Fire Service were deployed to trace the worker after he went missing. His body was pulled out late in the evening. According to the police, a call was received at 3.15 p.m. about a sanitation worker, hired to clean a clogged drain, being trapped inside. A police team rushed to the spot and also alerted the fire department. When fire department personnel failed to trace the missing worker, the NDRF and the NDMA were called in.Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Nupur Prasad said the worker, identified as Krishan, was a resident of Sri Ram slum cluster. “We will register an FIR under relevant sections of the IPC at the Wazirabad police station. We are trying to trace the contractor,” she said. The workers told the police that they had been hired by a contractor, identified as Anil, at ₹400 per day and had not been provided safety kits. The cleaning work started around 9 a.m. with two workers entering the drain at a time. “Around 1.45 p.m. Krishan and I entered the drain and on the way back I found that he was missing. I tried to locate him but could not. I immediately informed the other workers and the contractor,” said Manoj, adding: “When we failed to trace him, we informed the police. But by the time the police reached the site, the contractor had fled.” “The drain is full of toxic gases, our oxygen cylinder ran out in just two hours. How could the workers clean the drain without any safety gear?” asked a NDRF man, who wished not to be named.last_img read more

Alab Pilipinas taps Ivan Johnson as import

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight So far, joining Johnson in the Alab Pilipinas roster are reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and returning Heritage Import Lawrence Domingo. View comments Read Next LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img MOST READ Eustaquio shrugs off close loss, hopes to be included in Manila card Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FILE PHOTO – TNT Import Ivan Johnson. PBA IMAGESAlab Pilipinas is bringing in the big guns this as it signed up Ivan Johnson as its first World Import for the coming Asean Basketball League season.The menacing 6-foot-8 bruiser is undoubtedly a huge addition for the Philippine team and immediately propels the squad among the favorites.ADVERTISEMENT Johnson has proven to be a winner having led TNT to a PBA title in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The former NBA veteran returned to the PBA the following year, but was handed a lifetime ban, which was later downgraded to a one-year suspension by the league after disrespecting commissioner Chito Narvasa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJohnson last saw action for Sagesse in the Lebanese Basketball League, where he averaged 17.3 points on 33 percent shooting from three, on top of 7.8 rebounds last season.The 33-year-old, though, is expected to be in a better state of mind for the regional tournament with Jimmy Alapag, a respected figure not only in the Philippines but also in Asia, calling the shots for Alab. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more