76ers set to turn promising season into must-see TV

first_imgDeadline described the pitch like this:“Brotherly Love is inspired by the life of Ben Simmons and centers on a unique sibling relationship within a multi-ethnic family. Together, they pursue their dreams while navigating life in the spotlight in Philadelphia, a passionate city where sports is in your blood, and your blood is always boiling.”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 ChrissDon’t touch that dial — well, unless the 76ers are on.“It’s just funny because a lot of people probably pitch their lives and think everything should be a TV show,” Simmons said Friday. “We brought it to life. (My brother) wrote something up, pitched it to a few different people. NBC loved it and went with it. It’s really going to be about our relationship and how things just happen. It’s more of a comedy-sitcom type of show. It will be pretty funny. Hopefully, that goes through and works out.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But with Embiid, Simmons and 2017 No. 1 NBA draft pick Markelle Fultz aboard, the Sixers believe they can top the 52 wins and a playoff series win from a year ago as they chase a championship.Embiid, speaking at 76ers’ media day, said a successful season would be “an appearance in the NBA finals.”That’s a pretty lofty goal for a franchise that made no meaningful offseason additions and just this week named 39-year-old Elton Brand, who retired only two years ago, as general manager.“I just remember dunking on him really bad,” Embiid said. “That’s crazy it was two years ago.”Coach Brett Brown expected a dominant season out of Embiid (22.9 points, 11 rebounds) and Simmons, whose friendship with Kendall Jenner made TMZ headlines this summer. He spent the offseason working on his jumper.“I’ve never been on a team where I have to take shots,” Simmons said.But the player who can make the most impact as a pseudo-newcomer is Fultz. Bordering on bust territory after just one season, Fultz had his rookie year derailed by a mysterious shoulder injury, a broken shot and confidence issues. He played the first four games, missed 68 games because of the injury and was benched in the playoffs against the Celtics.Fultz struggled with his mechanics when he played, and his shooting form was widely mocked around the NBA.Even his personal trainer, shooting coach Drew Hanlen, said Fultz suffered from the “yips” and “completely forgot how to shoot.”The 20-year-old Fultz said Hanlen used a “misterm in words.” Oh, and LeBron James (through SpringHill Entertainment) is listed as an executive producer.The 76ers were shooting for Ben & Bron.The Sixers met with James’ representatives just hours before the free-agent signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, the brief flirtation enough to make the organization think they might have a shot at the NBA great.“I feel like he could have been a great piece to add to get us where we need to be,” All-Star center Joel Embiid said.So the 76ers will try to win their first NBA title since 1983 without The King.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img “What happened last year was the injury, let me get that straight,” Fultz said. “It was the injury that happened that didn’t allow me to go through a certain path that I need to to shoot the ball. Just like any normal person, when you’re used to doing something the same way each and every day and something happens, of course you’re going to start thinking about it. It’s just normal.”Fultz took about 150,000 shots this summer and reworked his form to prove he’s ready join Embiid and Simmons on the Big Three.“This summer was really just me working to get my mechanics back, my confidence back, my swagger back,” Fultz said.The Sixers need it all — the swagger, the shots, the early success that can propel them toward Eastern Conference contention. The franchise that won just 10 games three seasons ago is now on the cusp of becoming an elite team.“It’s going to be a great year,” Embiid said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Joshua weighs in 11 kilograms heavier than Povetkin Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Philadelphia 76ers’ Norvel Pelle reacts to eating a donut for a Sixers.com gif during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Camden. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)CAMDEN, N.J. — Ben Simmons is set to turn the 76ers into must-see TV.But he hopes to have another smash hit off the court. NBC has given a script commitment to “Brotherly Love,” loosely based on the life of the Aussie-born NBA rookie of the year.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

UPDATE – Shaw internet currently down

first_imgUPDATE #3 – As of 4pm it seems most residents in the region have had their internet service restored.UPDATE #2 – It sounds like many people in the North Peace are still without service.  The latests word is 3:30pm, service should be restored. UPDATE – Shortly after 2pm internet service was restored in the North Peace.- Advertisement – Shaw Internet services are down in the Fort St. John and Taylor areas.Internet services went down at around 3 a.m. Monday morning and Shaw officials estimate it should be up by around 2 p.m.Although an exact cause has not been given, a company official guessed that a fibre optic cable may have been cut.Advertisement Several businesses in the area are also affected as debit and credit card machines require an Internet connection.last_img

Recyclable dog toys can end a pet peeve of environmentalists

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jakks is also looking for ways to bring a little bit of green to the children’s toys it designs, develops, produces and markets under various brand names. “We’re looking at other ways to incorporate recycled materials into several Jakks Pacific lines, as well,” Berman said. MALIBU – In case anyone wondered how the family dog could get in on the environmental craze, toymaker Jakks Pacific is marketing canine accessories made from recyclable materials. The AKC Green Planet Collection, featuring pet toys and products made of recycled plastics and polyester stuffing, is among the latest product lines for Jakks, in partnership with JPI Pets. The packaging is 100 percent recyclable and endorsed by the American Kennel Club. “We recognize the importance of being an environmentally conscious company,” said Stephen Berman, president and COO of Jakks Pacific Inc., located on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. “Now, dog owners can enjoy premium quality treats, toys and accessories that are good for the environment and reflect the prestige and heritage long associated with the American Kennel Club.” last_img read more

Arsenal boss Wenger salutes ‘Suarez-like’ star

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger heaped praise on Alexis Sanchez for rescuing the Gunners against Burnley in their 3-0 win, and likened him to Barcelona star Luis Suarez.The north London outfit famousely tabled a £40,000,001 bid for the Uruguayan star, when it appeared he may leave Liverpool last year, but were rebuffed and instead the 27-year-old stayed at Anfield and produced an incredible season, before joining Barcelona in the last transfer window.Wenger showed no interest in pursuing Suarez again, and his arrival at the Nou Camp actually paved the way for Sanchez to join Arsenal in a £30million move. Since then the Chile World Cup star has excelled massively and grabbed a brace against Burnley, the opener coming on 70 minutes, when it appeared the Gunners could be heading for a frustrating draw.“Sanchez got us out of trouble first and then it became an easy game. The header he scored is more the result of determination and desire than doing something special technically,” said Wenger, who had described Sanchez as a ‘street footballer’ in the build-up to the match.“He has the attributes of a fighter and of a quality, talent player. That’s what you want to see in every football player.”Asked whether he expected Sanchez to adjust to Premier League football so quickly, the French manager said: “No, that would be pretentious. I like him as a player and I was ready to give him time if he needed it.“But he’s settled in much quicker than expected. Now I play him through the middle and he has shown he can find the ball, he can dribble and he can go at you.“There are similarities with Suarez a little bit by going at you, by being where you do not expect him to be in the box, and by having that huge desire to be at the end of things.”last_img read more

Croatia allow players to decide if Nikola Kalinic will get a World Cup medal

first_img Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic gave Kalinic his marching orders days after the Nigeria win Croatia have yet to decide whether Nikola Kalinic will receive a medal for his participation at the World Cup.Kalinic was dismissed from the squad after refusing to come on as a substitute during Croatia’s tournament opener – a 2-0 victory over Nigeria. 1center_img With Croatia making it through to the final against France on Sunday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT at 4pm – the players will receive either a gold or silver medal.On whether the AC Milan forward will receive a medal, Croatia’s director of communications told ESPN Brasil: “Let’s see. The players will decide.”FIFA’s 2018 World Cup regulations do not specify who should receive a medal.Article 52.8 states: “Fifty medals will be presented to each of the top three teams in the final competition, i.e. gold medals to the winners, silver medals to the runners-up and bronze medals to the team ranked third.”Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic said in a statement that Kalinic was asked to enter the game in the 85th minute of the Nigeria game.However, Kalinic cited a back injury as the reason why he did not want to play but Dalic suggested the injury was used as an excuse to hide his frustration at being left out of the starting XI.The team have won three knockout round games that have lasted 120 minutes but they have played the lion’s share of the tournament with 22 players instead of 23.last_img read more

STORM UPDATE: WORST IS OVER FOR DONEGAL, SAY FORECASTERS

first_imgLATEST: WINDS are easing in many parts of Donegal tonight – but it’s still VERY stormy!Gusts of around 110km/hr can still be expected throughout this evening and our seas remain choppy – as shown in this picture of a yacht at Inver Bay.The worst of the ex-Hurricane Katia are over however, though the gusts that will be around for a few more hours yet could still cause damage to power lines and rip branches off trees. AA Roadwatch and gardai have appealed to motorists to exercise extreme caution on the roads overnight as debris from the storm and excess surface water could add to the danger.More than 6,000 homes lost power in the county today, but tonight just 200 homes are without power and ESB says crews remain on standby in case of any other emergencies.Earlier the Coastguard was alerted when a man fell overboard from a boat in Mulroy Bay but he was able to make his own way ashore safely.Tonight forecasters said winds would ease to 80km/hr, still very breezy but not as bad as earlier today. STORM UPDATE: WORST IS OVER FOR DONEGAL, SAY FORECASTERS was last modified: September 12th, 2011 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) Tags:hurricane katia storm donegal inver baylast_img read more

Titans, Oilers, Power; all in action as NBL returns

first_imgKIU Titans defeated UPDF 102-52 in the University side’s last game (File Photo)FUBA National Basketball LeagueYMCA Courts, WandegeyaFriday, 03-08-2018-JKL Dolphins vs BetWay Power @06:00pm-KIU Titans vs City Oilers @08:00pmWANDEGEYA – The FUBA National Basketball League (NBL) returns on Friday evening with two games in the Men’s division.Last year’s finalist KIU Titans and City Oilers will face off in the late kick off of the day with second spot high on the agenda.This will be the second meeting between the two sides after Oilers swept the Kansanga based side in the play-off finals on route to lifting a fifth consecutive crown early this year.“It is always a difficult game whenever you come up against KIU, said Oilers’ star player and National team captain, Stephen Omony.“We lost to them in the first round and we will be hoping to make amends on Friday evening. But like i said, it will be difficult as they possess a lot of quality.KIU defeated Oilers 72-57 in the first round game played at the MTN Arena on the 1st of June, and it was the University side’s first win against the defending champions in the last six meetings.KIU will go into the game high on confidence as they have won all their last five games in the league, including a 102-52 victory over UPDF Tomahawks in their last outing.The last time they lost a league game was at the start of last month when they went down 78-81 to ‘giant slayers’, Ndejje Angels.For Oilers, they are the most inform team in the division at the moment, having won all of their last eight games in the league.Coincidentally, their last loss too came at the hands of Ndejje on the 15th of June.With both teams having played the same number of games (17), Oilers seat second on the 12 team log with a 14-03 record while the Titans are third having won 13 and lost four of their matches so far.The early tip-off will see leaders BetWay Power in action against JKL Dolphins who seat fourth on the log.Power took the honors in the first game thanks to a 82-60 victory over their opponents on Friday.The BetWay bankrolled side will be targeting a third successive victory after overcoming Charging Rhinos and Ndejje in their last two league games.For JKL, they will be hoping to bounce back from their 44-53 shocking defeat to UCU Canons in their last match.In the Women’s division on Thursday evening, KCCA Leopards edged out KIU Rangers 54-51 at the same venue.Comments Tags: Betway Powercity oilersFUBA NBL 2018JKL DolphinsKIU Tiatanslast_img read more

Takeaways: Sharks’ Labanc is trying to ‘prove a point’ with trade deadline looming

first_imgEDMONTON, Alberta — As Canadians indulged in a coast-to-coast celebration of the game they love, the lone American team on the slate played the role of spoilers.The Sharks stole the spotlight on Hockey Day in Canada, an annual celebration of Canada’s favorite sport, thumping the Edmonton Oilers in a 5-2 win. The Sharks were the only American team that participated in Saturday’s hockey smorgasbord, a showcase that also featured bouts between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs, …last_img

Plan now for the 2019 OCA Replacement Female Sale

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John F. Grimes, OCA Replacement Female Sale ManagerThe Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is announcing an event of potential interest for both the buyers and sellers of beef breeding cattle. On Friday evening, Nov. 29, the OCA will be hosting their seventh annual Replacement Female Sale. The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock facility in Zanesville and will begin at 6:00 p.m.The 2019 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Replacement Female Sale will provide an opportunity for both buyers and sellers to meet the need for quality replacements in the state. Consignments may include cow-calf pairs, bred cows and bred heifers. Females must be under the age of five as of Jan. 1, 2020 and may be of registered or commercial background. Bred females must be bred to a bull with known EPD’s and calves at side of cows must be sired by a bull with known EPD’s. Pregnancy status must be verified by an accredited veterinarian through traditional palpation, ultrasound or by blood testing through a professional laboratory. Analysis must be performed within 60 days of sale. Consignments will also be fulfilling specific health requirements.At the 2018 sale, buyers evaluated 107 lots of bred heifers, bred cows, and cow-calf pairs at the auction. The sale included 80 lots of bred heifers that averaged $1,437, 25 lots of bred cows that averaged $1,377, and two cow-calf pairs that averaged $1,450. The 107 total lots grossed $152,275 for an overall average of $1,423. The females sold to buyers from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.Why discuss a sale that is several months away? As we are in the midst of the 2019 breeding season, now is an excellent time to evaluate your herd and consider marketing decisions for the fall. Young, high quality cattle backed by solid genetics are in demand with potential buyers. Yearling heifers bred artificially to proven calving ease sires are very marketable. A shorter breeding season that results in a tighter calving window has also proven to be popular with potential buyers.It is also a great time to evaluate the body condition of potential sale animals and make nutritional adjustments to the animal’s diet in anticipation of a late November sale date. A Body Condition Score in the 5-6 range on a 9-point scale at sale time is a good goal to strive to achieve. It is my experience that while prospective buyers may complain about overly fat breeding cattle, they certainly resist purchasing breeding cattle that are in thin body condition.Consignments for the sale are due to the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association by October 1, 2019. Sale information can be obtained by contacting the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or at their web site located at www.ohiocattle.org . If you have any questions about the sale, you can call me on my cell at (937) 763-6000, or contact me by e-mail at grimes.1@osu.edu. Please consider this sale as an opportunity for both buyers and sellers to help contribute to the improvement of Ohio’s beef cow herd.last_img read more

TweepML Launches Twitter Groups Service & OPML-like Format

first_imgAs well as making it easy to create groups, TweepML enables its users to share them too. There are ‘follow’ counts on the homepage, showing how many people have followed each group.In addition to the groups service, TweepML is also announcing an Open Standard Extensible format. This is an XML-based format, similar to the RSS grouping format OPML, for applications and services to share lists of Twitter users. An example use is publishers adding a “tweepml.tml” file to their site listing its writers. We will look to do that for ReadWriteWeb, using the above file.While there are similar Twitter group services on the Web, such as Twibes and Crowdstatus.com, TweepML’s usability makes it stand out. Plus the format is simply a great idea and well implemented.Follow the ReadWriteWeb team on Twitter! Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Product Reviews#twitter#web Related Posts A new service called TweepML just launched that makes it easy to create and share groups of Twitter users. It’s more than just a grouping service though, TweepML is also an open extensible format. What OPML is to RSS, TweepML is to Twitter. Groups are of course one of the core features of social software, but up till now it’s been relatively cumbersome to create groups of Twitter users – even in otherwise feature-packed Twitter clients like TweetDeck and Peoplebrowsr. TweepML makes this process real simple.As an example, here is a group I created for the ReadWriteWeb writing team: http://tweepml.org/ReadWriteWeb/. Simply click on that link, scroll to the bottom of the page, enter your Twitter login details (TweepML states that it doesn’t store that data) and click the “Follow” button. Voila, you’re following all of the ReadWriteWeb team! richard macmanus Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more