Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 The Pelicans play next on Friday night at home against Minnesota, and the game is slated for national television.There is a gray area in that the rules provide for exceptions in “unusual circumstances,” but the Pelicans elected not to force the NBA into a position of having to rule on whether Davis’ public trade request through his agent, Rich Paul, constituted an unusual circumstance in this case.Public trade requests are also banned by NBA rules, and Davis was fined $50,000.Here are some other considerations the Pelicans had to weigh:SITTING DAVISADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Triple-double magic from Russell Westbrook leads Thunder past Grizzlies New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, sits on the bench with center Julius Randle, guard E’Twaun Moore, second right, and guard Elfrid Payton, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — After Anthony Davis found out he wouldn’t be traded Thursday, the six-time All-Star learned the New Orleans Pelicans will let him suit up for the remainder of the season.While Davis had stated publicly that he’s ready to move on from New Orleans, he also had said he was prepared to play for the Pelicans as long as he remained under contract with them.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra — Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has said the club had decided not to play Davis before Thursday’s trading deadline. However, he had offered no indication of what the club would do if Davis remained in New Orleans for the rest of the season.—Giving Davis playing time potentially creates an awkward situation in the locker room because he is essentially a lame-duck star. Also, his playing time could come at the expense of players the Pelicans want to develop for the future.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments MOST READ “Ultimately, Anthony made it clear to us that he wants to play and he gives our team the best opportunity to win games. Moreover, the Pelicans want to preserve the integrity of the game and align our organization with NBA policies,” Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said in a statement. “We believe Anthony playing upholds the values that are in the best interest of the NBA and its fans. We look forward to seeing Anthony in a Pelicans uniform again soon.”The Pelicans initially appeared inclined to move on without Davis and focus on the players who might help them going forward. Davis’ image has been removed from promotional materials, the club’s official website and even a team hype video that plays before home games on the Smoothie King Center’s expansive scoreboard screens hanging above the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut benching a healthy player could potentially infringe on NBA rules designed to protect the investments of ticket holders and broadcast partners alike against the prospects of star players being arbitrarily rested.Those rules, for example, prohibit clubs from “resting healthy players for any high-profile, nationally televised game.” Doing so, the rules state, “will constitute conduct prejudicial or detrimental to the NBA and result in a fine of at least $100,000.” — It would be in the Pelicans’ interest to avoid any risk of a basketball-related injury to Davis, given the likelihood of re-engaging a number of teams in trade talks after the season.—The market for Davis becomes clearer after the NBA draft lottery, when all teams’ 2019 picks have more concrete trade value.— In addition, the market for Davis should improve when the Boston Celtics are able to strengthen trade offers they make this summer.Boston, which has a stockpile of draft picks and promising young players as trade bait, is not eligible to trade for Davis under NBA rules until July 1, unless the Celtics also trade away Kyrie Irving. Irving is a factor because of what’s known as the Rose Rule, which says NBA teams cannot trade for more than one player who has signed an extension. Irving currently is playing under an extension signed with Cleveland that has an option year after this season, meaning it could be renegotiated in a way that also allows Boston to bid for Davis.—The NBA Players Association could have gotten involved on Davis’ behalf if he had been benched against his wishes.The union did not return messages left by The Associated Press on Thursday. Paul, who represents Davis, also declined comment.PLAYING DAVIS— Playing Davis helps the Pelicans put the best product on the court for fans in the stands and give them the best chance to win. New Orleans entered Thursday night’s action six games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 27 games left.— The decision reduced the odds of a fight between the Pelicans and the union or discipline from the NBA.— Davis appears healthy. Before New Orleans defeated the Bulls in Chicago on Wednesday night, he was not on the club’s injury report, meaning he was technically available to play after recovering from a Jan. 18 sprain of his left index finger that had sidelined him the previous eight games. He was not listed on the Pelicans’ injury report released on Thursday afternoon in advance of the game against the Timberwolves.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporterThey had a pact to never compete, but twins Grant and Grace Lach broke that pact in May of 2018 for their individual efforts to earn a spot on the Ohio FFA State Officer Team.“All throughout our time in the FFA we had a pact that we wouldn’t compete against each other and running for state office was the first time that we broke that pact,” said Grant Lach, 2018-19 State Vice President at Large.With the bright lights, adrenaline pumping and the election results being announced, their broken pact made the big moment for anyone running for state office even bigger for the twins from the Bloom Carroll FFA Chapter. But, as it turns out, breaking the pact paid off. They are the first twins to ever serve together as state officers in Ohio.Grant and Grace recently had the chance to reflect on what it was like to serve together on the 2018-19 state officer team. A year ago, their pact added to the nerves, and the excitement of the announcement of the election results. Grace had her named called first.“It was scary to think that there was a chance that one of us wouldn’t get it, but the moment I heard his name called I was just so excited,” said Grace Lach, 2018-19 State Vice President at Large.Grace and Grant have always gotten along well and throughout their time in FFA have worked as partners for Agriscience Fair projects. Their unique twin teamwork continued while serving as state FFA officers.“There were several times throughout the year that I realized how phenomenal it was to have unlimited access to another state officer, whether it was asking for input on a workshop, figuring out how to divide up chapter visits, or practicing speeches. Even though we have grown closer through serving together, I feel that we have also both been able to really find ourselves individually too,” Grant said.Their different experiences through the last year made serving as state officers better for both of them.“Grant and I are very different people so our year has looked very different but it has been amazing to know that he is there for me if I need advice, a sounding board for my new ideas, or someone to tell how my chapter visit or event went,” Grace said. “I love when he gets home from a speech and just cannot wait to tell me about all the amazing members he met and fun he had,”Their favorite part of serving together has been the growth that has happened through the year..“Grace’s dedication to inclusion and celebration of diversity has really shown through in everything that she has done. I am so glad to have seen the impact that she has had on members across the state,” Grant said.A strong support team is essential as challenges arise throughout the year as an officer.“We would always be the first one available to call on a long drive back for a chapter visit. Life chats have been numerous, and we know that we can be honest with one another — even if it’s not exactly what we want to hear,” Grant said. “We both know very well that growth occurs in the same place that you experience challenge — being there for each other makes those challenges much more bearable.”Twin selfies and endless twin jokes were just the beginning of the fun moments that happened as the result of serving together.“At camp, Grant and I, because we are twins, we only counted as one for a slushie-shower and got coated in green slushie together,” Grace said.Grant and Grace describe each other as positive and resilient. They are thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow together as they served the 26,000 Ohio FFA members during the past year.“Serving as a state officer is already a true blessing, getting to do it with your best friend since birth just elevated the experience,” Grant said. read more
The Tiger Spikers tied La Salle at the fifth spot with a 4-6 record while the Fighting Maroons bowed out of the race with a 1-9 card.Joshua Umandal and Jaron Requinton had 20 points apiece for UST while Manuel Medina and Jayvee Sumagaysay had 15 and 13 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Spurs claim 21st straight home win over Hawks Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Adamson University took a share of the third spot after stunning Far Eastern University, 25-14, 22-25, 25-23, 16-25, 17-15, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ The Soaring Falcons tied Ateneo with 6-4 records while the second-seeded Tamaraws dropped their second straight game, the third in four games, to slip to an 8-2 card.George Labang had a game-high 24 points for Adamson while Leo Miranda and Paolo Pablico had 15 and 14 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRichard Solis had 18 points to lead FEU.In the other game, University of Santo Tomas kept its pace for a Final Four spot and in the process eliminated University of the Philippines, 25-17, 18-25, 25-20, 25-15. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting read more