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first_imgPhoto by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netChristian Standhardinger couldn’t be any calmer as he prepares for his PBA debut.“I feel great,” he said on Tuesday, not minding the hype surrounding his long-awaited arrival as San Miguel takes on Meralco at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “The way I see it, as long as we win, you can play me two minutes. On the bench, I’ll be the best cheerleader there is. There’s not gonna be any problems for me here,” he said.READ: San Miguel will only get better “I’m all about winning, and that’s it. I’m not worried about personal glory. I feel I’ve had enough in my career playing in Europe, having a good impact in the ABL. That’s not what I’m all about. I’m all about winning and they know that here. I make sure there won’t be any problems.”What Standhardinger is looking forward to, though, is playing in front of Filipino fans on a regular basis, feeding off the fans’ enthusiasm regardless of the reactions he garners.“I just know that a lot of fans cheer for me and I have a good connection with many fans, but I always know that a lot of fans boo me. It’s ok,” he said. “It’s like a relationship, sometimes we have good times and sometimes, we have bad times. No matter if its good times or bad times, I love the Filipino fans. I can’t wait to play in front of them and soak in all of this great atmosphere, great energy from the Filipino people.”ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Wednesday’s match may be one of the season’s most sought-after games because of Standhardinger alone, but the top pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is tempering expectations as he has accepted his reduced role with the Beermen.READ: Standhardinger: ‘I’m not a rookie’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We have a great team. My role here is obviously different a little bit. I’m gonna be in a more supportive role and that’s what I’m gonna embrace. The most important thing is we win championships,” he said.Standhardinger also said he hasn’t given much whether he’ll be starting, coming off the bench, or being the team’s biggest booster. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pao Javelona gets call up from GlobalPort MOST READ LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View commentslast_img read more


first_imgMatt Le Tissier claims Dejan Lovren showed Southampton ‘an incredible amount of disrespect’ when he left for Liverpool last summer.The Croatian defender handed in a transfer request and admitted his head was ‘already at Liverpool’ before sealing a £20million switch to Anfield.And St Mary’s legend Le Tissier admits the whole deal left a sour taste in his mouth.“When Dejan Lovren left he showed an incredible amount of disrespect to Southampton,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast show. “Even before the clubs had agreed a fee he did an interview saying that his head was at Liverpool and the club should let him go.“These guys are under contract and they should show a little bit more respect to the clubs which are paying them a good wage. I just thought he was bang out of order.”last_img read more


first_imgTwo playoff teams apparently have dropped out of the race to sign Kevin Durant out of concern about the ruptured Achilles tendon suffered by the Warriors’ impending free agent.Both the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers have backed off on pursuing Durant, an NBA executive told the Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher. Neither the Clippers nor the 76ers want to spend more than $30 million on a max contract to have Durant sit out the season as both feel they can be serious title contenders, …last_img read more


first_imgIn hopes to shed salary and enhance roster flexibility, the Warriors will waive veteran Shaun Livingston before his $7.7 million contract becomes fully guaranteed on Wednesday, a league source confirmed to Bay Area News Group. ESPN first reported the news.The Warriors had planned to part ways with Livingston’s salary, but they had mutually agreed to push back making a decision to July 10 so they could assemble most of their roster before making a decision. The Warriors also explored trading …last_img read more


first_imgLegendary South African jazz singer Thandi Klaasen died on 15 January 2017 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. The news was announced by her daughter, jazz singer Lorraine Klaasen, who lives in Canada.Legendary South African jazz singer Thandi Klaasen died on 15 January 2017. In a career spanning over 50 years, from performing as a child on Sophiatown street corners to singing on the stages of London’s West End, her distinctive worldly rasp was a hallmark of the South African jazz sound. (Photo: YouTube)CD AndersonAs one of the country’s foremost singers, Klaasen was comfortable in a number of genres, from big band and intimate songbird jazz to more traditional as well as modern African music.She was best known for her breakout role in the Sophiatown musical King Kong, performing alongside other South African music legends such as Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim and Kippie Moeketsi. Klaasen was in the original South African production and reprised her role in the hugely popular London West End production in 1961.Growing up the Johannesburg suburb of Sophiatown, she was the daughter of a shoemaker and a domestic worker. As a child, she sang and danced in various church choirs; later – in the 1950s – becoming a street performer. As a teenager, Klaasen was attacked with acid, leaving her with permanent facial scarring.While the injury severely affected her singing voice, it did not stop her from achieving her dream of becoming a professional singer. Instead, she used it as a positive and developed her distinctive world-worn rasp. Despite her circumstances, she persevered in forging a remarkable career as a singer. Speaking of that time, Klaasen recalled: “Even if people in the street make you feel like you have leprosy or like you’re dirty… you must be strong.”Beginning her professional singing career with a number of local jazz groups, Klaasen met King Kong creator Todd Matshikiza when she was with the Harlem Swingsters.She performed regularly with other jazz greats of the era, including Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuku and Sophie Mgcina. Following the King Kong years, Klaasen went on to perform around the world for more than 40 years, alongside top international artists such as Roberta Flack and Patti Labelle.On news of her death, South African Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa tweeted: “We are saddened to learn that jazz legend Thandi Klaasen has passed on. (She) will be remembered for her indomitable spirit, who succeeded against all odds… her silky smooth voice serenaded audiences the world over. How much richer we are having heard her sing. How much she touched our spirits and made us complete beings in a world in which things were falling apart.”For “her excellent achievement in and contribution to the art of music”, Klaasen was awarded South Africa’s Order of the Baobab (Gold) in 2006. She also won a number of South African music awards and lifetime achievement accolades throughout her career, including the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Lifetime Achievement award in 2013 and an MTN South African Music Award. She also received a Woman of Distinction award from the Canadian government in 1999 for her tireless dedication to the anti-apartheid struggle.Klaasen married, became a mother and lived in Canada for most of the 1970s and 1980s; however, in 1994 she returned to live and perform in South Africa permanently, reliving her humble beginnings in her beloved Sophiatown.Her life and work was an inspiring mix of determination, joy and beauty, rising above limitation and setback to beat the odds and reach the top of her art.Source: Wikipedia, News24, South African History Online Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? Visit the Brand South Africa resources page for more information.last_img read more


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first_imgAn Israeli national, David Driham ailas Dudu, on Wednesday, was allegedly attacked by a water sports operator and his aides at Anjuna beach in north Goa, for damaging a jet ski during a joyride, according to a complaint filed at the Anjuna police station.Mr. Driham had been arrested for drug peddling in 2010 and acquitted by a trial court later.The water sports operator, Mahesh Gadekar, in a counter complaint alleged that it was Mr. Driham who first attacked and verbally abused him. The police said that both complaints were taken on record and the incident will be probed. According to police complaints, Mr. Driham hired a jet ski on Wednesday on the assurance that he would not take it towards the rocky area of the beach.Mr. Driham has been admitted to a local government hospital for treatment, the police said.last_img read more


first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd coach Alvarez: De Gea can improveby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United coach Emilio Alvarez claims that David De Gea can improve.The Spanish goalkeeper has been in excellent form with United for the past 18 months, despite having a difficult World Cup in between with Spain.De Gea has started every Premier League game this season, but his coach Alvarez, who has stayed on after the departure of Jose Mourinho, insists De Gea has areas to improve. Alvarez told the club’s official website: “David is, of course, the one who plays more and is an important player for the club, but the three of them [goalkeepers] are doing very well.”With David, we are always thinking about how he can get better and better, and better. To be honest, I don’t think David will ever stop. He can get even better!” last_img read more


first_imgFraser: Bournemouth must overcome Southampton mental blockby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRyan Fraser says Bournemouth must get over their mental hurdle to beat local rivals Southampton away from home.Cherries have beaten their south coast neighbours seven times from 29 meetings, but all of which were at the Vitality Stadium.Discussing the club’s record at St Mary’s, Fraser told the Daily Echo: “It’s disappointing. The gaffer mentioned it, he was already on to the next game in the changing room (after Everton).”Now we’ve got the win under our belt at home, he says we’ve never really had a good record away and it’s time for us to set down a marker that we can go there and turn them over.”We bring big fans, large numbers and we always seem to go away disappointed. Even at home I think I remember one game that we won, but we’ve never really dominated them.”I think we should try and impose ourselves and try and mentally get over that hurdle of going there and trying to win.”It’s one that if we play our best, I can see us winning.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgA closeup of Miles Bridges in a green Michigan State uniform.EAST LANSING, MI – JANUARY 4: Miles Bridges #22 of the Michigan State Spartans reacts during the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Breslin Center on January 4, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)A consensus top-15 player, five-star small forward Miles Bridges is the crown jewel of Michigan State’s stellar 2016 recruiting class. Yesterday, he showed one of the reasons why.Last night, Bridges posted video on Twitter of him absolutely killing the vertical leap test during workouts. Vert test todaypic.twitter.com/mCDXBjoRo1— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges01) June 30, 2016It’s not clear exactly how high Bridges got up, but it looks to be pretty high. MSU fans have every reason to be excited about this kid.last_img read more