19 Jan
2020

76ers rout Magic for fifth straight win

first_img“But after this game I kind of have a new goal. I want to get to 50 wins. We’ve got to keep pushing for that.”Embiid had 17 points and nine rebounds in just 20 minutes and the surging 76ers moved closer to a playoff berth with their fifth straight victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkErsan Ilyasova scored 18 points, leading six Philadelphia players in double figures as the 76ers (41-30) clinched their first non-losing season in six years. Robert Covington and Marco Belinelli added 15 points.Rodney Purvis came off the bench to score 19 points for the Magic, who have lost eight of nine and dropped to 21-51. Aaron Gordon, the only Orlando starter to score in double figures, had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Simmons has nine triple-doubles. Only one player in NBA history has produced as many as 10 triple-doubles in his rookie season. Oscar Robertson had 26 triple-doubles in his rookie season of 1960-61.TIP-INS76ers: Their 41st win clinched their first .500 or better finish since 2011-12, the last time they were in the playoffs. … The five-game win streak is all against losing teams. The 76ers’ last eight wins have come over losing teams. . . . The 76ers are 18-0 when holding opponents under 100 points.Magic: F Jonathan Isaac, who missed 46 games of his rookie season due to an ankle injury, did not play because of a left foot sprain. … F Jonathon Simmons was out with a right wrist contusion.WE’RE NO. 4!Brown said his players understand what holding onto the fourth position would mean. “We’re aware of where we’re at and we’re adamant about holding onto fourth in the East,” Brown said. “We want to go into the playoffs in rhythm and trending in the form that can equate to a win in the playoffs.”UP NEXT76ers: Host Minnesota on Saturday night.Magic: Host Phoenix on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Embiid and J.J. Redick combined for 10 points in a 12-0 run that left the 76ers with a 70-47 lead just before halftime.“I think our third period was the thing I was most impressed with,” said coach Brett Brown. “We knew with the lead we had built, to be able to maintain that sense of urgency and treat it as an opportunity to build on this lead, we can get some of our high-minute guys some rest.”The Magic’s last lead was 14-12 after Nikola Vucevic made a 3-pointer midway through the first quarter. Belinelli scored on an inbound pass play to tie it, then hit a jump shot to put the 76ers ahead to stay. They led by double figures after the first 15 minutes and by 35 at one point, making for another long night for Magic coach Frank Vogel.“We all understand the situation and it’s not a lot of fun to be part of, but we’ve got to compete,” he said. “We started the game that way, and I felt like we gave in and relented when they made their run. That’s why you saw the mass subs.”The 76ers played the fourth quarter without any starters for the second straight night, leaving Ben Simmons with six points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Despite late scare vs Fiji, Azkals get ‘good training session’ ahead of crucial match Philadelphia 76ers’ JJ Redick, center, looks to pass the ball as he gets between Orlando Magic’s Bismack Biyombo (11) and Arron Afflalo (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — The Philadelphia 76ers keep raising the bar.“After last night, knowing we were in fourth position, we wanted to come out and send a message and let everybody know we will go for the home court,” Joel Embiid said Thursday night after a 118-98 rout of the Orlando Magic.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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17 Jan
2020

Naked political opportunist

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to a letter by one Gerhard Ramsaroop, published in a section of the media under the caption, “AFC has squandered its opportunity”, it should not have the PM position. While I can agree with him that the AFC has squandered its chance, I want to remind Mr Ramsaroop to take off his blinkers and also recognise that the PNC, all by itself, has squandered the opportunity given to it by the citizens to rule Guyana after the last elections.Mr Ramsaroop also has the audacity to state “The PNC retains goodwill, thanks largely to the Grangers”. What has this man been smoking lately? Is he so desperate to be the PM Candidate of the PNC that he spews such rubbish?If one were to look at the credentials of the PNC over the last 4 years, it is one populated with prejudice against another group outside of Mr Granger’s group. This PNC-led administration is one buried in corruption, so much so that the Auditor-General, in his latest report, implored this Granger administration to produce the evidence on the $600 million missing from the Durban Park Project?BOYO must be turning in his grave to be watching down on the nonsense his son has emitted here, and Gerhard must not be given a free pass, since he has now entered the political arena with this toxic piece.So the question to ask is: What do we do with someone who rolls from the PPP to the AFC to the PNC? We should treat him exactly like how we treat his arch-nemesis, Mr Khemraj Ramjattan and Mr Moses Nagamootoo — with scorn.After Mr Granger offered him a big job, Mr Ramsaroop picked up his “paridhan” (belongings) and ran away from Mr Granger, and now he wants to walk into the PNC camp, and they must all clear the way for him to be Mr Granger’s PM Candidate?What happened to people like Mr Khemraj Ramjattan, who has stood side-by-side with Mr. Granger, covering up his incompetence and deflecting all the allegations of corruption against the regime?What I see from Mr Gerhard Ramsaroop is the embodiment of one who is a naked political opportunist, equal in calibre to Mr Derek Basdeo or Mr Sherod Duncan from the AFC. What I see is someone seeking a job from his old friend, Mr Granger. Well, it is too late now, since under a caretaker/interim government, even Mr Granger cannot hire him, and soon Mr Granger will become an illegitimate head of a JUNTA, and then after than a private citizen on a pension if the voters are allowed to vote in free and fair elections.Sincerely,Lisa Allylast_img read more

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