Wright gets hot as Phoenix stuns Meralco

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRookie Matthew Wright found his touch late and Phoenix came back to beat Meralco, 94-90, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Wright fired 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, where the shorthanded Fuel Masters rallied from double digits.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bolts, who led by as much as 12, 71-59, slipped to 2-3 despite drawing a career-high 24 points from rookie Jonathan Grey.Wright, the Fil-Canadian swingman, scored 10 points inside the last four minutes including Phoenix’s last three points all coming at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Tanduay happy with PBA D-League Draft haul As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “I’m just relieved. We lost last two games by an average of 31 points. It was like sleepless nights for all of us,” said Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia, whose squad improved to 3-3.“But I just challenged the guys. Halfway point of the conference, we just have to be thankful that we’re 2-3 because the way we’re playing we could have been 0-5.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe Fuel Masters played without their two key veterans in JC Intal and Willie Wilson.“The guys stepped up with JC and Willie out tonight,” said Vanguardia. “Willie had amoebiasis even during our game against Star and he suffered from numbness due to complications with his meds while JC has a bruised rib.” View commentslast_img read more

McCollum has 43 points, Blazers top Wolves

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points for the Timberwolves. But Karl-Anthony Towns had just 11 points on 3-for-15 shooting and missed all six of his 3-pointers. Zach LaVine also was quiet with 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting and the Wolves fell to 9-11 in games in which they lead by double digits.“I shot good shots, put them up with the same form and they just weren’t going in,” Towns said. “I tried to do other things, try to make free throws when you got them, get rebounds, make assists. I don’t know. I shot good shots, they just didn’t fall.”Portland had lost seven of its last eight and was floundering with its star on the bench with ankle problems.Lillard was listed as doubtful for the game with that sprained left ankle. He worked out hard before the game and showed no noticeable limp, but the Blazers started McCollum at point guard again with two days off before their next scheduled game. McCollum, who was averaging 26 points per game with Lillard out, scored 13 points in a ragged first quarter and put up 16 in a 32-15 third quarter that helped the Blazers turn a 14-point deficit into a five-point lead going into the fourth.“Without Damian, that’s 28 points and a lot of defensive attention,” McCollum said. “Seven assists, six rebounds, so a lot more energy has to be utilized on my end. I have to try to keep guys involved and take over as a decision maker.”ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Goal transformed into art: Wenger lauds Giroud’s ‘scorpion’ The Wolves came back to tie it with 7:23 to play, but Shabazz Napier hit a big 3, Turner hit a soft jumper and Allen Crabbe knocked down another 3 to put the Blazers in front for good.Before the game, Portland coach Terry Stotts said it was important for his players not to try to do too much with Lillard out.“I just said there might be a guy who scores 10 more than you expect,” Stotts said. “He scored 20 more than I expected.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Crabbe had 10 points and a career-high eight rebounds. … McCollum topped 30 for the seventh time this season. His previous career high was 37. … Napier scored three points, the only bench player besides Turner to score.Timberwolves: PG Ricky Rubio had a rough night, going 0 for 5 from the field and getting torched by McCollum on defense. He did not play in the fourth quarter. … Minnesota entered the game 10th in the NBA in free throw shooting, but missed six of them on Sunday night. … Towns did have 13 rebounds and six assists, all in the first quarter.MISSING MOTIEJUNASThe Timberwolves had a workout scheduled with free agent forward Donatas Motiejunas as they considered adding him to help them bolster a bench that has struggled mightily this season. After working out with New Orleans, Motiejunas took a flight to Minneapolis on Sunday. But by the time he got off the plane, he had an offer from the Pelicans on the table and canceled his workout with the Timberwolves.“We never got a chance to sit down with him,” coach Tom Thibodeau said.UP NEXT Senators to proceed with review of VFA Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum (3) receives a pass from forward Mason Plumlee 24) with Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) pursuing during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. APMINNEAPOLIS — When the Minnesota Timberwolves jumped out to a 12-point lead over Portland at halftime, the struggling Trail Blazers looked to be on their way to yet another loss.Turns out C.J. McCollum had the young Wolves right where he wanted them.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young McCollum scored a career-high 43 points to carry the Trail Blazers to a 95-89 victory Sunday night.Mason Plumlee had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Evan Turner added 11 points for the Blazers. They were without star point guard Damian Lillard for the fourth straight game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngMcCollum made 16 of 25 shots, including a 30-foot 3-pointer with just over 2:30 to play to put the game out of reach.“We were being soft as a team and I think it showed in our performance,” McCollum said. “We knew that we needed to come out and compete.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Trail Blazers: Portland travels to Golden State on Wednesday at which time Lillard could be ready to return to the lineup.Timberwolves: Minnesota hits the road to start a two-game trip in Philadelphia on Tuesday against Joel Embiid and the 76ers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Illegal mining creeps into southern Bahuaja-Sonene National Park

first_imgA large amount of fuel trafficking takes place Massiapo, the capital of the district of Alto Inambari, mostly for use in illegal gold mining operations.A regional committee against illegal mining in Puno is considering declaring the buffer zone of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park a mining exclusion zone. ALTO INAMBARI, Peru — There are some places that we always remember better than others. That is what David Araníbar says when he thinks about the district of Alto Inambari, seven hours away from the city of Puno in Peru’s Sandia Province.Araníbar, the director of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, grew up in that area of the rainforest and still remembers seeing catfish racing downstream in the Inambari River, alongside otters who would run beside the catfish trying to trap them. Many years have passed since the last time Araníbar has seen an otter in the area. The area around the Inambari River, which has long been the otters’ preferred route to travel, is now filled with heavy machinery and barrels of mercury.It is an area that has been transformed by illegal mining.As the otter population decreases, the number of illegal stands selling fuel continues to climb. The fuel is there to facilitate mining in the area. An inspection by the provincial attorney specializing in environmental matters in Puno in late 2017 identified 36 points of illegal mining in the Inambari River Basin. Of those, 18 were in Alto Inambari. A large number of those illegal mines are located in the buffer zone of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, just a little over one mile from the protected area. It seems like just a matter of time before illegal mining makes its way into the park itself.last_img read more