MPBL: Munti faces unbeaten QC at home

first_imgMuntinlupa has picked up victories on the road since losing to Navotas in its first game while Quezon City is undefeated in four games to share the lead with the Tanduay-backed Batangas City Athletics.“They’re starting to play better while gaining more confidence,” said Quezon City coach Vis Valencia, referring to the host team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWinless Bataan and Imus collide at 7 p.m.STANDINGS: Batangas 4-0, QC 4-0, Muntinlupa 3-1, Valenzuela 3-1, Parañaque 2-2, Navotas 2-2, Caloocan 1-4, Imus 0-4, Bataan 0-4 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Denied of a home victory at the start of its campaign in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL)-Anta Rajah Cup, Muntinlupa faces another acid test when it battles unbeaten co-league leader Quezon City on Tuesday.Expect a full house crowd at Muntinlupa Sports Complex as the Angelis Resort-backed Cagers try to sustain the momentum of a three-game winning streak against the formidable Capitals supported by Royal Manila at 9 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:29Police 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 Read Next LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Regine Arocha named NCAA Finals MVP View commentslast_img read more

Antetokounmpo Powers Bucks Past Celtics 123-102 in Game 2

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo attacked the rim, Khris Middleton connected from long range and Eric Bledsoe turned in an effective performance.The Milwaukee Bucks looked more like themselves in Game 2.Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Middleton made seven of Milwaukee’s franchise playoff-high 20 3-pointers, helping the Bucks even their second-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics with a 123-102 victory Tuesday night.Antetokounmpo, one of the top candidates for NBA MVP, went 7 for 16 from the floor and 13 of 18 at the foul line. It was an important turnaround for Milwaukee after he had 22 points on 7-for-21 shooting in Game 1 on Sunday.Middleton finished with 28 points. Bledsoe, who was held to six points in the series opener, finished with 21 points and five assists.The Bucks led by as many as 31 points after a closely played opening half. Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series is Friday night in Boston.“I think that’s more what we’re accustomed to seeing,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I liked our spirit, our activity, our competitiveness all up and down the roster. Giannis and Khris and Bled really set a tone.“We need to capture that, take it to Boston with us and play that way up there.”Marcus Morris paced Boston with 17 points. Jaylen Brown had 16, and Al Horford finished with 15.Kyrie Irving, who had 26 points and 11 assists in the Celtics’ 112-90 victory in Game 1, had nine points on 4-of-18 shooting.“We weren’t very good on either end,” coach Brad Stevens said.Milwaukee broke it open by outscoring Boston 39-18 in the third quarter. Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in the period, including a 3-pointer over Horford to give the Bucks an 81-71 lead with 5:33 left.Antetokounmpo tipped in his own miss and made another 3 to help Milwaukee pull away. The Bucks went on a 24-2 run to carry a 98-73 lead into the fourth.“I think in Game 1 I didn’t do a good job finding my teammates,” Antetokounmpo said. “So of course I wanted to be aggressive, but then you’ve got to make the right plays. At the start of the game tonight, the right play was the pass.”Irving credited the Bucks’ defensive plan.“They did a great job of switching tonight and forcing me left,” Irving said. “I started the game off well getting downhill and setting an example for my teammates of how we want to play. I just didn’t put my stamp on that.”Brook Lopez and George Hill each finished with 10 points for Milwaukee, which went 20 for 47 from beyond the arc. Pat Connaughton grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Bucks to a 54-45 advantage on the glass.Milwaukee switched on screens more often than usual and held Boston to 39.5% shooting (34 of 86).“That’s an easy thing for them to adjust to and I thought they did a very good job of it,” Stevens said. “Basically, Giannis and smaller were doing that and they kept Lopez as a protector. They have a lot of defensive versatility. Everybody knew Game 1 was not going to repeat itself.“They did a good job of owning the space on both ends of the court.”MIDDLETON’S NIGHTMiddleton went 7 for 10 from deep. He also grabbed seven rebounds.“I think one of our main things is playing with pace,” he said. “They’re a great defensive team once they get set. So the main thing for us is to try to get a stop and get out and run. And I was able to find open 3s and pull-up 3s with that.”TIP-INSCeltics: Morris started at forward for the second straight game in the series, with Horford at center. Backup center Aron Baynes was available after twisting his left ankle in Game 1 and played 10 minutes while picking up four fouls. Stevens said Baynes’ role would not change. “He will rotate off Giannis and their other bigs,” Stevens said before the game. … Boston has won five of six playoff series against Milwaukee, including the 1974 NBA Finals. The Celtics won that series in seven games, taking three of the four games played in Milwaukee.Milwaukee: F Nikola Mirotic was in the starting lineup in place of Sterling Brown, who struggled in Game 1 and also experienced back spasms. Mirotic picked up two quick fouls guarding Jaylen Brown and was replaced by Connaughton with 8:43 left in the opening quarter. Mirotic finished with nine points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes. “He added a physicality; his defense is what stood out to me,” Budenholzer said. “He’s such an incredible shooter. To get him in the game more, to get that 3-point threat out there just makes sense.”UP NEXTGame 3 is Friday night in Boston.By CHARLES F. GARDNER, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

TIFF 2016 The splashy parties sure to draw Alist crowds

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement TIFF 2016 Aside from the films, a big part of the Toronto International Film Festival is the parties. Each year, there are dozens of splashy events that see celebrities mix and mingle with each other and a select group of industry heavyweights and influencers. Many of the events raise funds for charity and several feature big-name performances.This year is no different. In fact, TIFF 2016 is shaping up to be a year of unique bashes. While some are more intimate, others are so star-studded they’re likely to be talked about for weeks to come.Here are the most covetable tickets in town this TIFF!AMBI Gala When: Wednesday, Sept. 7Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 55 Simcoe St.Why: Hosted by the AMBI Group’s co-founders – Italian-Canadian film producer Andrea Iervolino and businesswoman, producer and philanthropist Lady Monika Bacardi – this event will raise funds for Children’s Aid Foundation and UforChange. Earth, Wind & Fire and The Tenors are set to perform, while James Franco, Martin Short and William Baldwin will be part of the evening’s formal program. Pamela Anderson, Mike Tyson, Danny Glover, Paul Sorvino and Heidi Klum are also set to attend. Legendary singer Diana Ross performed at last year’s gala.Maison MoëtWhen: Thursday, Sept. 8 & Friday, Sept. 9Where: 111 King St. E.Why: If you want to sip on something like the stars, this is the bash to try to get into! Presented by Moët & Chandon, it will feature A-list DJs Hannah Bronfman and Jason Palma who will keep the dance floor full of celebs all night long.Producers Ball Presented by FandangoWhen: Friday, Sept. 9Where: IT House x Producers Ball, 128 Peter StreetWhy: This annual event hosted by Drew and Jonathan Scott celebrates the behind-the-scenes work producers do to make films happen. Directors, celebs and other media are also expected to attend.Bungalow 8 Pop Up at The Rooftop LoungeWhen: September 8, 9 & 10Where: Thompson Hotel, 550 Wellington St. W.Why: The tight-lipped pop-up nightclub at Thompson’s Rooftop Lounge, Bungalow 8 was a legendary nightspot in NYC popular with celebrities for its private discretion. This year, it’s coming to Toronto for a third year. In 2015, Idris Elba, Darren Aronofsky, Cary Fukunaga, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Luke Evans, Donald Glover and Zachary Levi attended.InStyle GalaWhen: Saturday, Sept. 10Where: Windsor Arms, 18 St. Thomas St.Why: A staple of the TIFF circuit, the annual InStyle Gala returns to the Windsor Arms for another year. This is always one of the most star-studded events of the festival because it draws Hollywood heavyweights looking to get away from the public spotlight. Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott return as hosts in 2016.Entertainment Weekly Must List PartyWhen: Saturday, Sept. 10Where: Thompson Hotel, 550 Wellington St. W.Why: This is the second year for this incredibly popular party, though details on what’s happening are scant (organizers don’t want too many secrets leaked about the event!). Last year, the festival’s biggest stars swung by the party, including Sandra Bullock, Tom Hiddleston, Julianne Moore, Emily Blunt and Brie Larson.Bovet 1822 Artists for Peace and Justice 2016 Festival FairWhen: Sunday, Sept. 11Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin TerraceWhy: This annual benefit marks its eighth year at the film festival, as usual raising funds and awareness for Paul Haggis’ Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ). This year’s co-hosts include Maria Bello, Jeremy Renner, Catherine Keener and Maxwell, while APJ board members Paul Haggis, Pascal Raffy, George Stroumboulopoulos and more will attend. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more