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Westbrook, Biles win athlete of year honors at The ESPYS

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first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The Patriots and Falcons shared the best-game award for the Super Bowl, won in a furious comeback by New England.LeBron James, a five-time winner last year, was named best NBA player. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won best MLB player, while Crosby won best NHL player.The show’s most bizarre bit involved Bill Murray accepting the best moment award for the Chicago Cubs’ World Series victory that ended a 108-year championship drought.Wearing a red party hat on top of a backward Cubs cap, Murray cracked, “One hundred eight years of waiting is hardly a moment. This is the culmination of 108 years of momentum by momentous men.”The actor and comic plucked a bottle of champagne out of a mop bucket being pushed by retired Cubs catcher David Ross disguised as a janitor. Murray used a sword to open the bottle and took a swig. He gave presenter Nick Offerman a bottle to open with the sword, and the longtime Cubs fans toasted and drank.Ross eventually shed his disguise and writhed on the stage mimicking moves from his “Dancing With the Stars” appearance. Ross opened his own champagne bottle with the sword and chugged as Cubs owner Tom Ricketts watched from the audience at Microsoft Theater. The trio then poured champagne on each other’s heads.The NBA champion Golden State Warriors earned best team honors, while Warriors newcomer Kevin Durant received the championship performance trophy.“It was an unbelievable year,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “A lot of noise and hype around it from the beginning of the year, but we tried to keep our head down and focus on the process. Hope to represent exactly what a team means.”Actor Bryan Cranston presented the Icon Award to 89-year-old Vin Scully, who retired in October after a record 67 years broadcasting for the Dodgers.“Hi everybody and a very pleasant good evening to you,” Scully said, drawing cheers at his signature greeting. “I hope you don’t mind, but I wanted to hear it one more time.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer She was one of three double winners. Biles also won best female Olympic athlete.Phelps won record-setting performance for extending his record Olympic medal haul and as best male Olympic athlete.Aaron Rodgers won best NFL player and shared best play with then-Green Bay Packers teammate Jared Cook. Another Packer, Jordy Nelson, earned best comeback honors.The biggest ovation of the night belonged to former first lady Michelle Obama, who posthumously honored Eunice Kennedy Shriver with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for championing the rights and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities through her founding of Special Olympics. Her son, Tim Shriver, accepted the trophy.“Once a great first lady, still a great first lady,” Shriver told Obama as the crowd roared its approval.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Ball scores 36 for Lakers in NBA Summer League tournamentcenter_img Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend NBA player Russell Westbrook (R) accepts the Best Male Athlete award from NFL player Russell Wilson and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn onstage at The 2017 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Russell Westbrook won best male athlete at The ESPYS, while Olympic gymnast Simone Biles earned best female athlete honors Wednesday night.The 25th annual show honoring the past year’s top athletes and sports moments was hosted by Peyton Manning, who humorously mocked his reputation as a control freak and an overexposed commercial pitchman in the retired NFL quarterback’s opening monologue.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Westbook was the NBA MVP, led the league in scoring and set a record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42. The Oklahoma City Thunder star won the trophy over Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.“It’s been an unbelievable journey for me,” said Westbrook, a fashion fiend who adjusted his black shirt and green pants with wide white stripes before he spoke. “I want to make sure I look good first.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Biles became the most decorated U.S. Olympic gymnast at the Rio de Janeiro Games, winning five medals, including four golds and a bronze. She beat out Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, WNBA star Candace Parker and Serena Williams for the honor.“Ever since Rio it has been an amazing year,” Biles said. “I want to thank you all for believing in me.” Comedian Jon Stewart gave the Pat Tillman Award for Service to Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro for his strength through adversity and continued service to his country.The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance was given to 15-year-old New Orleans Saints superfan Jarrius “JJ” Robertson, who is fighting a rare and chronic liver disease.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commissionlast_img read more

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“Think big, think progress”

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first_img– First Lady urges ICT participants at Melanie DamishanaFirst Lady Sandra Granger on Tuesday urged participants in the first Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training programme in the Melanie Damishana community to “think big” and to use the training as a catalyst for a successful future.The programme, which is a collaborative effort between the Office of the First Lady and the Social Protection Ministry, will run for 13 weeks and cater for 30 participants. The launch was held at the Vigalstra Housing Cooperative Administrative Building, Melanie Damishana, East Coast Demerara (ECD).The First Lady, in her address, congratulated the participants for making the decision to acquire the skills needed to succeed in times of constant technological advancement. She also emphasised the importance of continuous training and the upgrading of their skills if they were to remain relevant and adapt effectively.“This workshop is unique in that it not only teaches you about ICT; it also helps to prepare you for the world of work. It includes modules on Sexual and Reproductive Health; Robotics, which was introduced into the programme last year and proved to be very popular with our young people. Once you adhere to the instructions of the facilitators, attend sessions punctually and participate fully in this workshop, you will have earned skills in ICT required to function in the modern environment,” she said.Chief facilitator Fitzroy Younge, who provided a brief overview of the programme, noted that its objectives were to empower and educate the youths of the Melanie Damishana community and enhance the standard of living of marginalised youths through improved employability.“You have made an intelligent decision to improve the quality of your life and enhance your opportunities for development and your success. The skills that you will acquire over the next 12 weeks will contribute not only to your area, but, by extension, to the development and progress of Guyana,” he said.Younge explained that the workshop would take the form of classroom discussions, illustrations and hand-outs that would be provided to every participant after each session to aid in their revision for the workshop’s final assessment. At the close of the programme, participants will graduate with a certificate that has been certified by the Board of Industrial Training.In an invited comment, participant Janasha Ostrum explained that her aspiration of becoming an architect and her general love of technology motivated her to sign up for the workshop. “It’s going to benefit all of us here because, as First Lady said, it’s a bankable certificate; it will help you to get a job easier,” she said.Meanwhile, 18-year-old Emanuel Burnette, who graduated from the workshop when it was held in Buxton, credited the programme as being the catalyst behind him furthering his knowledge in the ICT field.“I was not really familiar with the basic things on a computer; I had never really used a computer before, but after this class it has made a difference in my life because after that, I graduated from the ICT class, I went to do information technology at a club in Georgetown and it has benefited me a lot,” he said.It is for this reason, Burnette said, that he decided to lend his support to the programme and decided to volunteer at this workshop.In addition to ICT training, the workshop will also provide instruction on basic office skills, numeracy and literacy training, sexual and reproductive health, communication skills, telephone ethics, microenterprise development and training in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) robotics.This is the fifth ICT workshop that has been held to date since the programme started last year.last_img read more

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Klopp desperate to end Liverpool trophy drought

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first_imgHe has lost his past six finals since winning his first with Borussia Dortmund in 2012.At his presentation as Reds boss in October 2015 he pledged to win a “title” within four years. But after three trophy near-misses, the last in May’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, he admits he does not know when that claim will come to fruition.Liverpool’s last major trophy was the League Cup in 2012 but they have not been English champions since 1990.“I have said it a few times: I have no idea when we will win something but I’m sure this club will win something,” he said in an interview with Premier League Productions.“I don’t know when so let’s have the best times of our lives until then.”Klopp added: “Nobody wants to look back in 10 or 20 years and say ‘So the best time we had without winning anything was when Klopp was here. It was so funny and all that stuff.”Liverpool have been touted as Manchester City’s closest challengers for the Premier League this season and are currently level with Pep Guardiola’s side and Chelsea on 18 points after eight matches, having yet to be defeated in the league.“If you think about it, we are maybe in the best moment for ages but a few other clubs are the same and they made the same steps so that makes it really hard,” Klopp said.“It looks like we are really on a good way and the only thing I can guarantee is that we constantly develop.”But he warned fans that he is not a miracle-worker.“As I said in my first press conference here, if anybody thinks that I can perform wonders then it could become really difficult in the future, because I can’t.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp walks past the Champions League trophy after defeat to Real Madrid in the 2018 final © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 12 – Jurgen Klopp says he does not want to be remembered as the “fun” Liverpool manager who failed to win silverware as expectations rise that the club can break their long trophy drought.The German manager celebrated his three-year anniversary at Anfield this week but has not tasted success despite taking the club to three finals.last_img read more

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