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 It’s final: PBA veteran superstars to beef up Gilas in Fiba Asia in Lebanon IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass the ball as he drives against Dennis Smith Jr. #1 of the Dallas Mavericks during a semifinal game of the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 108-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLonzo Ball seems to be just what the Lakers needed.Yes, it’s only summer league, but Los Angeles is mired in a playoff drought and in much need of some excitement. Enter the No. 2 pick in the draft.ADVERTISEMENT The circus atmosphere off the court somewhat overshadows what Ball has done on the court.Ball has been impressive with is play-making skills.It all makes the 6-foot-6 Ball seem like an ideal for La La Land.He grew up in the suburb of Chino Hills and the City of Angels is used to big point guards with next level passing ability. Fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma has averaged 20.5 points per game in large part due to Ball’s pinpoint passes.Magic Johnson, the Lakers president of basketball operations, immediately laid out his expectations after drafting Ball — for the rookie’s number to hang from the Staples Center rafters. And the former UCLA star is making the architect of Showtime and owner of five championship rings look like a soothsayer.“Passing translates, I don’t care what level you’re on,” Johnson told Lakers.com. “Lakers fans are thirsty. … This team will be exciting and it starts with that point guard position. ”Lakers fans in Vegas are all on board for the Ball era.“I like the idea the Balls are taking control of their own lives and trying to start their own brand and do things their way,” said Mark Appelbaum, 51, who sat courtside in a Kobe Bryant high school jersey. “It’s brought life and excitement back to the Lakers because Lonzo brings life and excitement with the way he plays.“I don’t look at it as being brash I look at it as being confident. … I think it’s funny that people are making a big deal about it, he’s just doing what he wants.” Ball has created a buzz around the Los Angeles franchise — on and off the court.He has averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds in six summer league games in Las Vegas. The California native with Showtime-like flair has two triple-doubles and four double-digit assist games while leading the team to Monday night’s championship game. He will miss the final contest with a mild calf strain.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’His absence Monday is almost throwaway line in the final chapter of Ball’s summer league story.The 19-year-old Ball made more headlines wearing different brands of sneakers each game. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation “All press is good press, technically,” Finish Line content manager and creative strategist Brandon Edler said. “Just the fact that we continue to talk about their every single move is amazing for their brand. … Maybe his dad is just on a completely different level and he’s sitting there thinking, ‘Maybe this isn’t a great way to sell the shoe, but we’ve got everybody talking about us and every time somebody’s talking about us, that’s great for Big Baller Brand.’”Ball and his boisterous father, LaVar, just might be marketing geniuses with how they’ve kept his sneaker choice as headline news despite turning down lucrative offers from the major brands.The sneaker rotation is clearly a deliberate plan and LaVar continues to tell people he’s asking for a huge deal with one of the major companies.Many have criticized the hype machine and multiple summer league players have said they wouldn’t wear the brand. But those same players were supportive, even envious, of the concept of having their own independent fashion and sneaker line.The Ball method is certainly unconventional. Rarely does someone promote their own brand by featuring products from other companies. But Lonzo said that’s part of the Big Baller Brand — having the independence to do what one wants.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 5 ADVICE As Rooney said goodbye, England fans said hello to a host of impressive debutants. So, how did everyone perform?Jordan Pickford – 7The World Cup hero probably had more to do than he expected and made a smart save from Christian Pulisic before being replaced at half-time.Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8Played more as a right winger and demonstrated superb technique to grab his first England goal. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Alexander-Arnold was mightily impressive REVEALED Jadon Sancho gives England fans plenty to be excited about It was a vibrant display from Winks 5 Latest Football News 5 Callum Wilson grabbed a memorable debut goal 5 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Fabian Delph – 7Provided an excellent cross for Wilson’s goal as he moved from central-midfield to left-back.Dele Alli – 8Completely bossed the game in the first half without breaking a sweat.Jesse Lingard – 8What a strike it was to open the scoring. Shades of that wonderful goal against Panama in Russia.Callum Wilson – 8He took his time, but he finally got his goal. Credit to him for keeping his head up despite a host of missed chances. BEST OF Wayne Rooney had a night to remember MONEY RANKED Wayne Rooney got a warm send-off and first-hand glimpse of the future as debutant Callum Wilson completed a comfortable win for Gareth Southgate’s young side against the United States.A dominant England ran out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Wilson. Michael Keane – 6England were hardly threatened at the back but the plucky Pulisic did cause a few nervous moments for the Everton defender.Lewis Dunk – 6It was his misplaced pass and then a poorly judged tackle which led to Pulisic’s chance, however it was an assured debut overall.Ben Chilwell – 7Looks more impressive with every week that goes by and tonight furthered his case as England’s new first-choice left-back.Harry Winks – 7He’ll be disappointed with his quality in the final third, but the Americans couldn’t get near him. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow 5 no dice Jadon Sancho – 9Fearless, arrogant, talented. England fans have every right to be excited about the young Borussia Dortmund starlet.Sub: Alex MacCarthy – 6He would’ve liked an opportunity to prove himself on his debut but he wasn’t tested.Sub: Wayne Rooney – 8He’s still got it. A couple of sensational passes and clever touches ensured a farewell to remember. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Sub: Jordan Henderson – 6Kept the ball moving as the USA began to fade.Sub: Eric Dier – 7Injected some much-needed energy and crashed into tackles as England began to take their foot off the gas.Sub: Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 5Saw plenty of the ball but his footwork was often clumsy.Sub: Marcus Rashford – 5Sometimes when you’re desperate to impress, you end up forgetting to do the simple things.