Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Elite played a couple of pocket tournaments in Indonesia and Macau before returning to the Philippines for the PBA’s third conference.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I actually saw this kind of game from them during our time abroad, it really helped a lot because it helped with our chemistry,” said Elite’s head coach as he wiped away his tears. “It feels so great to win.”“This is God’s will and I’m sorry if I started crying because I really didn’t have any rest. These tears are from happiness. I want to thank the players because they sacrificed a lot.”Maliksi finished with 28 points, nine coming in overtime, with nine rebounds to lead the Elite while Henry Walker had 23 points and 14 rebounds.Pinto had 12 points, six of which came in the extra period after going scoreless in the second half, to aid Blackwater.Terrence Romeo had a team-high 24 points for the KaTropa, who dropped to 1-2 while new import Stacey Davis had 23 points and 16 boards with Jayson Castro pitching in 20 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blackwater muscled its way in overtime and broke its losing streak to TNT, coming away with a 104-98 win in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The Elite, who played their first game in the conference, were 0-11 against the KaTropa since they joined the league in 2014.John Pinto and Allein Maliksi were quick to respond to the Elite’s situation as they scored the first 14 of their team’s points in overtime for the 97-89 lead with 2:17 left in extra time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Maliksi then hit the dagger jumper for Blackwater’s 100-93 lead with 49.1 left to play.An emotional Bong Ramos said it took his team more than their regular practice sessions to achieve the cohesiveness they displayed in crunch time. View comments LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal South Korea demands probe into Chinese swimming ‘assault’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced
By Jennifer Dobner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. GEORGE, Utah – The leader of a polygamous sect insisted that a 14-year-old girl surrender her “mind, body and soul” to an older cousin, despite her objections to being married, a prosecutor said Thursday. Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is charged with rape by accomplice in the case. As his trial opened, prosecutors said he told the girl she risked losing salvation if she refused to enter a religious union with her 19-year-old cousin. The girl first had sex with her cousin months after their ceremonial marriage in a Nevada motel, Washington County prosecutor Brock Belnap said. When she later complained to Jeffs, he replied: “`Repent. Go home and give yourself mind, body and soul to your husband.’ And she did,” Belnap said. The jury will see pictures of the girl having her wedding dress sewn, Belnap said. “She’ll be smiling, but you’ll understand that pictures don’t necessarily say what was going on in her heart.” Jeffs, 51, was a fugitive for nearly two years and was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list when he was arrested during a traffic stop outside Las Vegas in August 2006. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison. Jeffs has led the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints church since 2002. Followers see him as a prophet who communicates with God and holds dominion over their salvation; ex-church members say he reigns with an iron fist, demanding perfect obedience from followers. Defense attorney Tara Isaacson said the alleged victim’s cousin will testify that no rape occurred. She said other couples belonging to Jeffs’ church will talk about how he counsels them about marriage. During a 1999 sermon, Isaacson said, Jeffs told his followers that a “man should only have marital relations with a wife if she invites it.” The girl may not have liked being married to her cousin, Isaacson said, but “being unhappy is different from being raped.” Jeffs is not charged with being a polygamist, and the marriage between the cousins was monogamous. Still, polygamy casts a long shadow over the case. Polygamy advocates have long contended that the freedom to practice plural marriage as part of their religion is a civil rights matter. Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints church members believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven. The practice is banned in the Utah Constitution and is considered a felony offense. The Mormon church disavowed polygamy in 1890. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!