February 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Western Conference guard Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (0) wins the MVP trophy after the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. The West defeated the East 163-158. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
(Reuters) – Russell Westbrook exploded for 41 points to lead the Western Conference to a 163-158 victory over the East in the 64th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder guard showed off his dazzling athleticism with a series high-flying dunks, once slamming home an alley-oop pass from Chris Paul with his head above the rim.
Having set a first half scoring record with 27 points in just over 11 minutes, Westbrook went on to hit 16 of 28 shots — including five three-pointers — and added three steals as he was named the game’s MVP.
Westbrook came within one point of the All-Star record 42 points scored by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962 and finished one point better than Michael Jordan’s 40 scored in the 1988 game.
“It’s definitely an honor to be grouped with those two guys, especially in an All-Star Game,” said Westbrook. “We were just trying to win the game and close it out.”
Leading the way for the East was four-time NBA most valuable player LeBron James, who posted 30 points.
James praised the talented Westbrook.
“He’s unbelievable,” the Cleveland Cavaliers forward said. “He’s an unbelievable talent in our league. His motor, his athleticism, his demeanor about how he approaches the game, it’s all great. It’s great for our league.”
Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks added 21 points for the East hitting 7-of-12 from three-point range, while James Harden matched him from beyond the arc in scoring 29 for the winners.
The game made All-Star history right from the start as the Gasol brothers lined up for the opening tap as the first siblings ever to start the midseason classic.
Pau Gasol of the Bulls won the tip from younger brother Marc of the Grizzlies and the game was on.
“The opening tip was fun,” West coach Steve Kerr said. “Just to see them jumping against each other and to think about them growing up in Spain.
“Whoever would have guessed that one day they would jump center at the All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. That was a special moment.”
With the players on both sides enjoying free-wheeling dashes up and down the floor, turning floating feeds into thundering dunks, the sides combined for 321 points, most ever in an NBA All-Star Game.
Besides bragging rights, the winning West team players pocketed $50,000, double the amount taken away by the losers.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo will face no charges in Las Vegas in connection with a sexual assault allegation because the case cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, prosecutors said on Monday.
Ronaldo, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time and plays for the Italian club Juventus, has maintained he is innocent of rape.
The allegation made headlines last year after Las Vegas police said they were investigating it.
The case stems from a June 13, 2009 call from a woman to Las Vegas police. She reported that she had been sexually assaulted and police took her to the hospital for an examination, the Clark County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement on Monday (July 22).
But she declined to identify the person who she said assaulted her.
The woman and Ronaldo reached a civil settlement in 2010 and law enforcement did not hear again from her until August 28, 2018, when she asked police to reopen the investigation. She said Ronaldo was the person who sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said.
“Based upon a review of the information presented at this time, the allegations of sexual assault against Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” the District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Ronaldo’s attorney, Peter Christiansen, and a representative for his sports agents could not immediately be reached for comment. (REUTERS)
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Sunday, July 21st, 2019
Malacañang congratulates Senator Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao for defending his WBA welterweight belt against Keith Thurman on Sunday (July 21).
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Pacquiao made the whole country proud. Pacquiao won in a split decision and knocked down Thurman in the first round.
“Pacquiao’s victory is not only his, but of the entire nation. As such, the Palace is one in rejoicing with the Filipino people as the Pambansang Kamao once again puts the flag above the pedestal with his display of tenacity and courage,” he said.
Meanwhile other lawmakers have sent their congratulations to the Pambansang Kamao.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) also joins the Filipino people in celebrating Pacquiao’s victory.
“We share the triumph of our People’s Champ with every Filipino who cheered and pray for this latest honor for the country,” according to their statement. “Senator Pacquiao not only brought honor and glory to the country but also inspired many Filipinos to excel in their work.”—AAC (With reports from Lea Ylagan, Rosalie Coz, Harlene Delgado, Grace Casin)
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