Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “Our last four wins were just grind out wins and this is no exception. Good thing Kevin Alas saved the day for us. He made fantastic shots and even I was surprised,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.It turned out to be a career night for Alas, who finished with a career-best 25 points, while also hauling down eight rebounds and dishing out five assists as NLEX rose to fourth place with a 6-4 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGuiao bared that he has been urging the fourth-year guard to rely on his three-point shooting more.“I’ve been getting on Kevin’s outside shooting past games. But I did not expect that it will pay dividends this early,” he said. “Today, he showed us that he’s an outside threat. That’s just incredible shooting, the best I’ve seen him shoot from the outside this past one and a half years.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Rondina powers UST past Adamson in 3 sets for 2nd win Read Next The scores:NLEX 93 — Alas 25, Ravena 23, Tiongson 9, Quiñahan 8, Al-Hussaini 6, Baguio 5, Mallari 5, Soyud 4, Ighalo 3, Miranda 3, Fonacier 2, Gotladera 0, Taulava 0.BLACKWATER 90 — DiGregorio 16, Erram 14, Jose 14, Maliksi 13, Sena 12, Belo 10, Palma 6, Marcelo 5, Pinto 0.Quarters: 23-20, 41-46, 65-74, 93-90. PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Kevin Alas caught fire in the payoff period to propel NLEX past Blackwater, 93-90, and into the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Sunday at Philippine Arena here.Alas, the former Letran hotshot, pumped in 16 points built on four treys in the fourth quarter as he led the Road Warriors’ comeback en route to their fourth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Alas’ hot-shooting allowed NLEX to overturn a 65-74 deficit to start the fourth canto to build an 84-78 lead with 7:04 remaining.Blackwater rallied with Allein Maliksi cutting the deficit down to three, 93-90, with a split from the free throw line with 7.4 ticks left, but Mac Belo missed a potential game-tying triple as time ran out.Kiefer Ravena continued his stellar play inside, this time, uncorking 23 markers on top of three boards, and three steals, while Juami Tiongson got nine points, four rebounds, and three assists.Mike DiGregorio led Blackwater in scoring with 16 points, while JP Erram had a double-double of 14 markers and 17 rebounds.The defeat brought the erstwhile-streaking Elite back to earth as they drop to 4-6.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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NEW YORK — The game film confirmed everything the New York Jets already figured.A victory was there for the taking against the New England Patriots on Oct. 25. They just couldn’t seal the deal.“I think the hardest thing to swallow,” right guard Willie Colon said, “was that we had them right where we wanted to.”New York took a 17-16 lead into the fourth quarter, and Nick Folk’s 30-yard field goal made it 20-16 with just under 13 minutes left.That’s when Tom Brady went to work.The Patriots quarterback completed 14-of-17 passes while leading New England on two touchdown drives for a 30-23 victory at Gillette Stadium.“We were the more physical team,” Colon said. “I felt like we were able to make a lot of big plays on third down that kept the drives going. We just didn’t score enough touchdowns. When it came late in the game, obviously Brady took over and those guys made the bigger plays that counted. You have to take your hats off to them.”With the loss, the Jets dropped to 4-2 — two games behind the AFC East-leading Patriots, who remained undefeated at 6-0.Some fans and media were impressed by how tough the Jets played their rivals, narrowing the gap perhaps in a division that has been won by the Patriots 12 of the last 14 years. All that, though, meant little to coach Todd Bowles.“There are no statements when you lose,” he said. “You’ve got to win games. We’re not in this thing to play close games.”And with that, the Jets were already turning their focus on their next opponent: the Oakland Raiders, who are 3-3 after a 37-29 victory at San Diego.Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was actually reviewing tape of the Raiders — “multitasking,” he called it — while speaking to the media on a conference call.“We’re onto the next game here and trying to figure out the best way to attack Oakland,” Fitzpatrick said. “In every game, you’re going to learn stuff and there’s some stuff that we learned from, whether it was situations or whether it was different routes or the way that we called certain plays, we’ll get better each and every game. You’ve got to be quick to move on.”That doesn’t mean the loss to the Patriots didn’t sting.Brandon Marshall dropped a pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter on a drive in which the Jets had to settle for a field goal and just a four-point lead rather than eight points. Marshall also was called for a false start penalty that ended the game after New York had recovered an onside kick and reached the Patriots 37 one play later.Bowles also took some heat for his clock management and not using any of the Jets’ timeouts during the Patriots’ final touchdown drive.“They were all positive plays,” he said of the Patriots’ drive. “Had we stopped them at any shorter time when we could have used a timeout, we would have used it.”The Jets also had no answer for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who had 11 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. But they did shut down New England’s running game, holding the Patriots to 16 total yards on nine rushes — with Brady leading the team with 15 yards.With New York RB Chris Ivory dealing with tightness in one of his hamstrings, he finished with just 41 yards on 17 carries.“Everybody was kind of disappointed,” Colon said. “I think at the end of the day, we all understand where we’re at. We still control our season, we still control our fate. The one thing we can’t do is let this resonate.”Certainly not against the Raiders, who turned two interceptions of Philip Rivers into 10 points on Oct. 25 against San Diego and got three TD passes from Derek Carr.Rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper already has 33 catches for 519 yards and three TDs, including three games of 100 or more yards receiving.Bowles plans to have the Jets leave for Oakland after practice Oct. 30, making no changes to the itinerary despite the cross-country flight.“We have to learn from our mistakes and clean up the little things, but if we linger on this game, then we’re going to get beat next week,” Bowles said. “Oakland played a heck of a ball game (Sunday). We know we have to move on. We know what kind of fight we have …”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Dr. Jaja lauded the JIS for highlighting positive stories Story Highlights The team will be learning about the structure and processes of the agency and how it relates to persons outside Government Botswana team urged to benchmark the “spirit” of the JIS in addition to the programmes and services Members of staff of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) have been urged to continue to highlight the positives and to showcase what is good in Jamaica.This advice came from Motivational Speaker, Dr. Nsombi Jaja, while addressing employees at a staff meeting session held on September 18, at the agency’s head office in Kingston.The special meeting, attended by the Honorary Consul of Botswana, Dr. Henley Morgan, was held to welcome a visiting five-member delegation from Botswana.The delegation, led by Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of State President, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo, who is responsible for information and broadcasting services, arrived in the island on Tuesday, September 17, for a communication benchmarking visit.Other members of the delegation are: Manager, Radio, Keitirile Mathapi; Director, Information Services Department, Russ Molosiwa; Managing Editor, Botswana Daily News (Information Services Department) Charmaine Revaka; and Chief Information Officer, Daphne Motswakae, who has responsibility for reporters in districts and the sub-editing desk.Dr. Jaja lauded the JIS for highlighting positive stories, stating that significant good is happening in Jamaica compared to the negatives.“You cannot focus on the negatives all the time and that now becomes what we pay attention to. You cannot build a country like that; you have to feel good about the country in which you live, you have to see the positive things in the country, you have to have hope on a day-to-day basis in order for you to be able to give your best wherever you are,” she stated.“People will start seeing Jamaica through a different set of lens because you have helped Jamaica to clean the lens that they are looking at this country through and to see the wonderful blessings that God has blessed us in Jamaica,” Dr. Jaja added.She advised the Botswana team to benchmark the “spirit” of the JIS in addition to the programmes and services offered by the agency. “No amount of benchmarking of what they do is going to help you to adopt what it is they are doing if you do not capture the heart and essence of what this organisation is,” she stated.Mr. Kaboeamodimo, in his remarks, said his delegation is benchmarking with the JIS because of the local agency’s long history of public education and news reporting.He noted that his country has a similar office called Information Services, which is responsible for information and broadcasting in Botswana.“We have come a long way since our Independence, being responsible for information functions of Government. We like to see ourselves as connecting Government with every citizen every day in the country,” he said.The Deputy Permanent Secretary, who said he was inspired by the motivational talk and prayers, said his team would like to know “how you are able to handle the information services of government, the manner in which you do it, whether by radio or whatever else you do.”Additionally, he said, the team will be learning about the structure and processes of the agency and how it relates to persons outside Government.Other speakers at the meeting were Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe; Dr. Morgan; Director of Human Resources, JIS, Bernita Locke; and Mr. Molosiwa.