Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum View comments Thomas has solid debut but Lakers fall to Mavericks NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “This was a must-win for us. We were missing some guys and the bench had to come up big,” said Terry, who had only nine 3-pointers for the season before adding three Saturday night. “I can still come in and be a spark,” he said. “At this age you find ways to help your team if you’re on the court.”Milwaukee stayed ahead by hitting 13 of 20 shots in the fourth quarter, winning for the eighth time in 10 games.Mario Hezonja led Orlando with 23 points. Evan Fournier added 20, and Shelvin Mack had 19.Khris Middleton had 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee.The Bucks (31-24) won for the sixth straight time in the second game of a back-to-back.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next The Magic (18-37) missed 14 straight 3-point shots and saw their three-game winning streak broken.“We were right there the whole game,” said D.J. Augustin, who missed all four of his threes. “I felt like we could have pulled away at the end, but Jason Terry came in and hit some big shots, like he’s been doing his whole career.”Mack made all six of his shots in the first half in leading Orlando to a 54-50 halftime lead. But after Mack made a 3-pointer midway through the second quarter, Orlando missed 16 of its next 17.Hezonja scored nine of Orlando’s first 11 points, and a couple of free throws by Augustin with 3:31 left in the second quarter gave the Magic a nine-point lead, the biggest for either team until the Bucks matched it in the fourth quarter.VOGEL ENCOURAGEDThe Magic’s failure to win a fourth straight game for the first time since December of 2015 did not discourage coach Frank Vogel. “This is the standard of how we want to play. We want to build an extra-pass culture with a competitive spirit on the defensive end,” Vogel said. It takes time for this stuff to develop but it looks pretty good right now.”TIP-INSBucks: C John Henson did not play because of a sore right hamstring. … F Jabari Parker, who has played 71 minutes in four games since returning from a knee injury, was inactive for the second game of a back-to-back. … The Bucks are 9-3 in the second game of back-to-backs.Magic: Four days after scoring a career-high 34 points against Cleveland, F Jonathon Simmons had nine on 4-for-14 shooting. … F Aaron Gordon (seven games, strained left hip flexor) and C Nikola Vucevic (21 games, fractured left hand) are expected to return soon.UP NEXTBucks: Host Atlanta on Tuesday night.Magic: At Chicago on Monday night. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH A couple of 3-pointers by the 40-year-old Terry put the Bucks ahead to stay late in the third quarter, although the game stayed close until Antetokounmpo’s three-point play made it 107-100 with 45.7 seconds left.“I’m not sure a lot of teams have a guy like Giannis,” Milwaukee coach Joe Prunty said. “You can go up and down the stat sheet and you know it’s going to be filled.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 6-foot-11 forward had a modest game by his standards, compiling five rebounds, five assists and a couple of blocks.But the Bucks might not have won without the contribution of Terry, who put them ahead to stay with a couple of 3-pointers late in the third quarter. MOST READ Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks the ball in front of Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla. — The Milwaukee Bucks got what they have come to expect from 23-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo and an unexpected boost from 40-year-old Jason TerryAntetokounmpo scored 32 points and Terry came off the bench to score 11 points in the second half in the Bucks’ 111-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT
Youths vandalise church, thrash worshippersRaipur, Mar 6 (PTI) A group of about 15-20 youths today allegedly barged into a church at Kachna village on the city outskirts and vandalised the premises and thrashed the people present, police said.”Around 15-20 youths entered the church premises located at Kachna village while prayer was underway,” Raipur Additional Superintendent of Police Neeraj Chandrakar told PTI.They allegedly damaged chairs, fans and other articles in the premises and even beat up the people present, he said.The accused were reportedly sporting saffron bands on their forehead, he said. They fled the spot when the police arrived, he said.Based on the victims complaint, a case has been registered under sections 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt), 295(injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) and 147(rioting) of the IPC, he said.Three motorcycles belonging to the accused were seized from the spot, he said, adding efforts are on to nab the miscreants.Meanwhile,president of Chhattisgarhs Christian Forum, Arun (RPT) Arun Pannalal claimed that it was the fourth attack on a Christian place of worship in the past one month in the state.”Around 15-20 men with saffron bands on their forehead entered the church while Sunday prayer was under way at around 12 PM, and started vandalising the premises,”Pannalal said.”They started damaging chairs and fans. They did not spare women and even tore up their clothes. They also thrashed an infant,” he said.The assailants were heard accusing that people were being converted in the church, he said.advertisement”A group of 40-50 people from downtrodden families in the village had set up the church under a tin shed, where they perform prayers every Sunday,” he said, refuting the conversion charge.He said, “We are thankful to the police that they reached immediately and took the necessary action.” PTI TKP SDL RG
Brazil coach Tite has recalled veteran central defender Thiago Silva to his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Venezuela.The 31-year-old former captain of the national side won the last of his 59 caps in the 2015 Copa America but then fell out of favour with Tite’s predecessor Dunga. (Also Read: Aguero, Higuain set for Argentina return)The new coach said he called the Paris St Germain player within days of taking over and he is now in contention for a place alongside either Miranda or PSG team mate Marquinhos at the heart of the Brazil defence.The other surprise in Friday’s announcement was a first call up for Flamengo goalkeeper Muralha.OSCAR ALSO RETURNSThere were also recalls for Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho, Chelsea’s Oscar, Bayern Munich striker Douglas Costa and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool.Tite, the former Corinthians coach who took over from Dunga in July, led his side to victories over Ecuador and Colombia in his first two matches in charge and will take his squad to Natal in northern Brazil to play Bolivia on October 6 and then to Merida to face Venezuela five days later.Bolivia are eighth in the 10-team qualifying group for Russia 2018, while Venezuela are bottom with no wins from their eight games.Brazil are currently second in the South American table. The top four teams qualify automatically and the fifth-placed side goes into a play-off with a team from Oceania.SQUADGoalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Muralha (Flamengo), Weverton (Atletico Paranaense)Defenders: Miranda (Athletico Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), Gil (Shandong Luneng), Daniel Alves (Juventus), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis -(Athletico Madrid)advertisementMidfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Lucas Lima (Santos), Giuliano (Zenit) Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Firmino (Liverpool), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras)
HALIFAX – A sexual assault charge against a Halifax taxi driver has been dropped, after the Crown said there was no realistic prospect of conviction.Farset Mohammad’s judge-alone trial, in relation to an alleged sexual assault in a cab in downtown Halifax in 2015, was scheduled to begin in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Monday.But Crown lawyer Kim McOnie told Justice Timothy Gabriel they would not be calling evidence in the case.The judge then told Mohammad, who was sitting in the public gallery, that the sexual assault charge against him had been dismissed.“You’re free to go, sir,” he told him.Outside of court, McOnie said the Crown determined there was no realistic prospect of conviction.“I’m not going to talk about the evidence. It was a combination of factors,” said McOnie. “The Crown’s mandate is not to proceed if there’s no realistic prospect of conviction.”The Halifax Regional Municipality said Mohammad’s taxi licence was suspended in July 2015.A number of Halifax taxi drivers have faced allegations of sexual assault in recent years.In January, a taxi driver acquitted of sexually assaulting a drunk and unconscious woman was ordered to again stand trial in a case that sparked a national debate over intoxication and the capacity to consent to sex.The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal had concluded the judge that presided over Bassam Al-Rawi’s trial erred in law by finding there was no evidence of lack of consent.A decision is expected Friday in the case of Seyed Mirsaeid-Ghazi, accused of groping a female passenger in October 2015.The Crown in that case alleges Mirsaeid-Ghazi rubbed the woman’s thigh and slid his hand down the top of her dress and touched her bare breast as she sat in the front seat of his cab.