FILE – Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on January 19, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — With Dallas’ Luka Doncic and Atlanta’s Trae Young leading the way, the top five NBA draft picks from 2018 have been selected as the top five NBA rookies this season.Doncic and Young were unanimous first-team selections for the NBA All-Rookie team, which was announced Tuesday. Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton, Memphis’ Jaren Jackson and Sacramento’s Marvin Bagley III are also on the first team, which was chosen by 100 voters who cover the league.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Doncic and Young join other unanimous first-team all-rookie picks over the last decade: Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell (2018), Malcolm Brogdon and Dario Saric (2017), Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis (2016), Andrew Wiggins (2015), Michael Carter-Williams (2014), Damian Lillard (2013), Kyrie Irving (2012), Blake Griffin (2011) and Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings and Stephen Curry (2010).Others receiving votes: Phoenix’s Mikal Bridges, New York’s Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, Minnesota’s Josh Okogie, Dallas’ Jalen Brunson, Brooklyn’s Rodions Kurucs, Chicago’s Wendell Carter Jr., Charlotte’s Mile Bridges, Detroit’s Bruce Brown, Sacramento’s Harry Giles III, Orlando’s Mo Bamba and Indiana’s Aaron Holiday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ayton, Bagley, Doncic, Jackson and Young were the first five picks in the last year’s draft.This marks the first time since the 1984 draft that the first five picks ended up as first-team all-rookie — the selections that year being Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Charles Barkley. That was the entirety of the rookie team that season; the NBA didn’t start doing first- and second-team selections until 1988-89.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Hawks had two all-rookie selections this season, with Kevin Huerter on the second team to join Young. Also on the second team were a pair of Los Angeles Clippers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet, along with Cleveland’s Collin Sexton and New York’s Mitchell Robinson.Rookie of the year will be announced at the NBA Awards show in Los Angeles on June 24. Doncic, Young and Ayton are the finalists. Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Gilas women’s team scores whopping win to kick off Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup bid Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard
We know what we’ll be doing on March 12. Please forward our mail and calls.#WizardingWorldOrlando pic.twitter.com/IbhzaSL4bW— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) March 8, 2019If there’s anything that can match the hype of Star Wars at Disney, it’s announcements for Harry Potter fans over at Universal. Any ideas what details will be revealed? Add your best guesses in the comments.Weekly Crowd LevelsDetailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Report Share This!We find out what lies in the Forbidden Forest on March 12. Here’s this week’s Universal Orlando preview. Winter weather patterns routinely come as far south as Orlando, so pack for the weather. Volcano Bay could have a delayed opening or closure when highs are in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Refer to Universal Orlando’s Twitter account for the latest operating information.Operating Hours & Early Park AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.AdmissionTwo-day, two-park tickets are $274.99 per adult and $264.99 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).Showtimes and RefurbishmentsUniversal’s Cinematic Celebration ShowtimesMarch 9 – 10: No ShowMarch 11 – March 15: 9:15 p.m.Universal’s Superstar ParadeMarch 9 – March 15: 2:00 p.m.The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts CastleMarch 9 – March 15: Ongoing from dusk till park closeComplete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.RefurbishmentsPopeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and Me Ship The Olive: February 25 – March 15Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)EventsFeet don’t fail me now! Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida February 9 – April 4. Enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine, music straight from Louisiana, and a daily family-friendly Mardi Gras parade. On select nights major musical acts rock the Music Plaza Stage after sundown. All entertainment is included with your admission to Universal Studios Florida.See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag!
Cristiano Ronaldo is also gunning for the coveted Ballon d’Or this seasonPortugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo might have some competition in the run for the Ballon d’Or award this year but the forward has no competition when it comes to having the best hair in the game as he won the Salon d’Or for the best hair in the game.Ronaldo was voted the winner of the Salon d’Or award by Goal magazine after they got readers to decide whose mane they liked the best. Ronaldo claimed an overwhelming victory with 32 percent of the vote.Right behind Ronaldo at the second spot was Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, whose retro long hair and beard was a popular look, with 9.4 percent of the vote, News.com.au reported.Brazil’s Neymar came third with 7.9 percent of the vote for his spiky mop.The 20-player shortlist was drawn up by international hair stylist Daniel Johnson, which included Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.Johnson revealed that Ronaldo deserves this victory, adding that the Real Madrid star wears his hair like the badge on his shirt, with serious pride.Johnson explained that what’s great about Ronaldo’s hairstyle is that it suits difference face shapes and added that the shape of the face is vital, and he believes that that would have been a factor in the voting.
Chelsea defensive duo Christensen, Emerson doubtful for Newcastleby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndreas Christensen and Emerson are doubtful for Chelsea’s clash with Newcastle United on Saturday, according to Goal.Emerson has been out of action since September with a hamstring problem, but he has not officially been ruled out of facing the Magpies.Christensen picked up a hamstring problem over the international break.In positive news for the Blues, Antonio Rudiger could be eased back by Frank Lampard’s after an interrupted start to the season.Reece James, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic also picked up injuries over the international break. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Beijing: China on Thursday warned retaliation for US President Donald Trump’s order that effectively barred Chinese telecom giant Huawei from the US market, saying Beijing will take necessary measures to safeguard rights and interest of its business firms. Escalating the bruising trade war with China, President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday barring American companies from installing the foreign-made telecom equipment posing a national security threat, a move apparently aimed at banning Huawei from US networks. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Trump’s decision risks escalating tensions with China as the world’s two largest economies clash over whether Huawei – the world’s largest provider of telecommunications equipment – poses a spying risk to Western infrastructure networks. The US and China are already locked in a trade battle that has seen mounting tariffs, sparking fears the conflict will damage the global economy. Reacting sharply to Trump’s move, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing here that China will take measures to defend the interests of Chinese companies. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests “We have noted the US department of Commerce decision. China always asks its business to comply with laws and regulations in export control and fulfil their international obligations. We always ask them to abide by other country’s laws regulations in their overseas business,” Lu said. “But we are against other countries’ unilateral sanctions based on domestic law and practices that abuses export control measures. We urge the US to stop such practice and create favourable conditions for business cooperation. China will take necessary measures to safeguard Chinese business’ legitimate rights and interests,” he said. He, however, parried questions over what measures China would take, saying the commerce ministry would come out with a response. Asked whether China would now target US firms in retaliation, Lu said, “as for the foreign firms, so long their operations are lawful, they should not be concerned. In international trade, the basis is mutual respect and mutual benefit”. Separately, Huawei in a statement said that “unreasonable restrictions” by the US infringed on its rights. “Restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives,” the telecom giant said. “In addition, unreasonable restrictions will infringe upon Huawei’s rights and raise other serious legal issues,” it said. Huawei is already fighting a major legal battle against US to stave off the extradition of its CFO Meng Wanzhou, who has been arrested in Canada, to face prosecution for violations of American sanctions against Iran. Meng, the daughter of Huawei owner Ren Zhengfei, has been accused of misleading banks about the company’s business dealings there. Huawei alleges that the US is stifling its business as it has emerged as a major competitor for the next generation 5G telecom technology. In the media briefing, Lu while replying to a question whether China view Trump’s move as a major escalation of trade war, said, “we are opposed to other countries making every issue a national security and using that as pretext to suppress other businesses . “China will defend its business’ rights and interests. As for China’s view on the executive order (of Trump) we can say that nobody say this as constructive and friendly gesture,” he said. Lu also gave a lukewarm response to remarks made by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, one of the lead American negotiators, that he anticipates going to China for more trade talks in the near future. China always stands for consultations and negotiations to resolve differences, he said, adding that Beijing opted for talks even when US turned away from negotiations in the past. “But I have to point out that in negotiations there has to be good faith,” he said, emphasising respect, equality and mutual trust and good faith. “One must match words with action. There should be no flip-flopping,” he said. Also in a related issue, Lu confirmed that China has formally arrested two Canadians who have been detained in December last year on suspicion of endangering national security. Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, and Michael Spavor, a Canadian businessman based in China, have been arrested in what Canada alleged as tit-for-tat retaliation to Huawei CFO Wanzhou’s detention. The timing of their charges also coincides with US ban on Huawei.
Matt Storey is many things. He is a 22-year-old sports fanatic who can talk for hours about his favorite teams, players and even mascots. He is a ball boy at Huntington Park for the Columbus Clippers. He works at Riverside Methodist Hospital in patient transportation and environmental services. He is also developmentally disabled, which normally would keep someone from doing half the activities he does. Matt, who has trouble speaking, communicated through his parents. “He started in sixth grade being the manager for the eighth-grade basketball team,” said Ken Storey, his father. Matt participated in the Special Olympics growing up, but decided he enjoyed managing more. While at Dublin Coffman High School, he managed the football, wrestling and baseball teams. He loved going to the games and feeling like he was part of each team, even though he didn’t get to be on the field. Matt’s parents even bought him a Dublin Coffman helmet, which he wore on the sidelines with his No. 99 jersey. His hard work and personality did not go unnoticed, and his classmates voted him homecoming king in 2008. “Matt has the ability to adapt to those around him,” said Kim Storey, his mother. Matt was also able to hold jobs off the field in the school store and at Longhorn Steakhouse. “The amazing thing was that, at Longhorn, he learned the table numbers by associating them with professional athletes,” Kim said. It was during a trip to Huntington Park in 2009 that Kim felt she had found the perfect fit for Matt. “It is very hard to find employment for special needs. Everywhere I go, I wonder if it is a good place for Matt to work,” she said. “But when I was down at Huntington, I just got this feeling.” Matt’s parents put together a portfolio and sent it to George Robinson, the clubhouse manager. After looking at it and making a few phone calls, Robinson decided to give Matt a job. “He has a passion and a love for the game like I do,” Robinson said. “After we talked, we had a little special bond.” Robinson always keeps an eye on Matt by staying on the steps of the dugout or notifying the umpires about him. Matt learned quickly and did his job well. The players immediately took notice, and developed a fondness for his hard work. “All the players joke around with him,” Robinson said. “Matt is part of our family here.” When the Clippers were en route to their Governors Cup victory last year, they asked Matt to come to the ballpark and work during the playoffs. When the 2011 season was about to begin, Robinson sent the Storeys an email talking about how much the team wanted Matt back. The Storeys could not wait for Matt to don his uniform again this year. “We sit in the stands and just enjoy it,” Ken said. The journey from sixth-grade manager to working at Huntington Park has been as exciting for Matt as it has been for his parents. “The Clippers have been wonderful through all this,” Ken said. “To take a chance on a boy like Matt just speaks volumes about them.”
The former Barcelona star has shared his thoughts that his son Justin needs more time to improve and mature on- and off-field before moving on to Barcelona.Kluivert Jr. was told has to wait some more time before moving on to Barcelona by his own father, who himself is a former Catalan striker.Justin, who is currently playing at Ajax, has been certainly following his dad’s footsteps – he has been the center of attention for quite a few clubs ever since entering the football scene in Amsterdam.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“The truth is that now is not the time,” Partick Kluivert claimed, according to the42.“He is just in his second year in the Netherlands and moving to a club of the magnitude of Barca should not be the first choice. For now, go step by step, calmly and calmly, but as a father I will support him in anything he decides.”Barca are reportedly more than ready to make Kluivert Jr.’s dream reality already, but so are Milan and Roma.
New Manchester United signing has addressed rumors of a rift in the club’s dressing room.The midfielder has spoken about reports suggesting there’s a bad atmosphere in the dressing room and a rift with Jose Mourinho.Following the defeat at Brighton last weekend, there were suggestions that Mourinho has lost the will of some of his players and there were reports he could be on the verge of losing the dressing room.But the Brazil international has hit back at the reports and insists the reality is the total opposite to what has been reported in the media.“The media love to talk,” Fred told ESPN Brazil, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“The dressing room has an excellent atmosphere. From what I’ve seen since I arrived, no one has a problem with anybody. It’s the contrary. Everyone wants to help everyone.”“(The criticism) is normal. We lost a match. It is a big team, a European giant. It is normal that people talk, but Mourinho is a great manager. I am really happy to be working with him.”“I’m really happy to be part of this group as well, because it is a really good and closed group. We are all finding solutions to help us improve on the pitch to find our victories.”“No one is happy after a defeat. I was very angry about this defeat [against Brighton] and we could have gone top, but this is football. Unfortunately, we didn’t play well, but now we have a big game in front of us and we need to try to improve and look for the victory.”“Unfortunately, the last match didn’t go as well, but day by day we are getting to know each other a little more and I am certain that this squad get better.”
The Brighton and Hove Albion winger has been having a hard time with injuries, but for Carlos Queiroz, he might be available for the continental tournamentThe 2019 AFC Asian Cup kicks off this weekend, and Iran’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh might be fit for those first matches.This is according to Iran’s coach Carlos Queiroz, who spoke to Reuters today.“From a medical and technical point of view, we have a strong belief that he will be able to recover for the competition, although possibly not for the first stage,” the Portuguese coach told Reuters.Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“After the World Cup, we were living a good moment with our performances and the opportunities that most of our players got to live and play in good teams in Europe.”“But unfortunately we have been hit by a wave of injuries since September,” he added.“We have a settled group with good foundations and good knowledge between all of them and we just need to turn these difficulties into belief and hope. We’re going to try.”