Duterte opens '18 Palaro in Ilo­cos Sur

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VIGAN, Ilo­cos Sur -For the sec­ond year in a row, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo R. Duterte made an ap­pear­ance in the open­ing cer­e­monies of the Palarong Pam­bansa.

Duterte came to the Quirino Sta­dium on Sun­day to de­clare the 2018 edi­tion of the an­nual sports meet open.

In his speech, Duterte sees the "Palaro" as an av­enue to mold the next gen­er­a­tion of in­no­va­tors not just in sports but in life in gen­eral as well.

"More than just a show­case of the Filipino youth’s tal­ents and skills in the field of sports, the Palarong Pam­bansa serves as a train­ing ground for fu­ture lead­ers and na­tional builders whose val­ues and prin­ci­ples are founded on per­se­ver­ance, dis­ci­pline, team­work, in­tegrity, and love of coun­try," he said.

He then re­it­er­ated that his ad­min­is­tra­tion will keep on sup­port­ing the na­tional ath­letes.

"The govern­ment re­mains stead­fast in pro­mot­ing phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, en­cour­ag­ing sports pro­grams and sup­port­ing ath­letes, es­pe­cially as they com­pete in in­ter­na­tional events," Duterte con­tin­ued.

Mean­while, Ly­dia De Vega-Mer­cado was given the Palarong Pam­bansa Life­time Achieve­ment Award dur­ing the open­ing rites.

Her daugh­ter Steph, who is set to make a pro vol­ley­ball re­turn via ex­pan­sion club Petro Gazz in the up­com­ing PVL Re­in­forced Con­fer­ence, ac­cepted the award on her be­half.

A to­tal of 1,311 medals will be given out in the reg­u­lar sport­ing events.

Some 815 medals will be pre­sented to win­ning par­tic­i­pants in the high school di­vi­sion, and the re­main­ing 496 to those in the ele­men­tary di­vi­sion.

There will be 241 golds, 241 sil­vers, and 333 bronze medals to be awarded in the sec­ondary games.

On the other hand, 156 golds, 156 sil­vers, and 184 bronzes are at stake in the ele­men­tary di­vi­sion.

A to­tal of 198 medals will be for ath­let­ics, mak­ing it the most medal-rich sport this year.

An­other 180 medals will be for swim­ming, even as 158 more will be given out in ar­nis and 152 in taek­wondo.

Aer­o­bic gym­nas­tics, dance sports, and pen­cak silat will make their de­but this year as demon­stra­tion sports. PNA CLEVE­LAND — LeBron James fig­ured he had ex­pe­ri­enced ev­ery­thing in 12 post­sea­sons.

Turns out, there was some­thing new.

Vic­tor Oladipo scored 32 points and In­di­ana out­played Cleve­land from the start while pulling off a stun­ning 98-80 vic­tory Sun­day in the se­ries opener, hand­ing James and the Cava­liers’ their first loss in the open­ing round in eight years.

It also was the first play­off-open­ing loss for James, who came in 12-0 in Game 1s and didn’t re­al­ize he had been per­fect start­ing the post­sea­son.

But while he knows the nar­ra­tive be­fore Wed­nes­day’s Game 2 will be on the strug­gles of Cleve­land’s play­off new­com­ers, James isn’t wor­ried.

“I’m down 0-1 in the first round,” he said. “I was down 3-1 in the Fi­nals. So, I’m the last guy to ask about how you’re go­ing to feel the next cou­ple days.”

The Pac­ers are feel­ing con­fi­dent after beat­ing the Cavs for fourth time this sea­son.

In­di­ana took con­trol from the out­set, open­ing a 21-point lead in the first quar­ter and push­ing it to 23 in the third. The Cavs got within seven in the fourth, but Oladipo, once a role player who has blos­somed into an All-Star in his first sea­son with In­di­ana, hit a big 3-pointer and Bo­jan Bog­danovic helped put Cleve­land away with a 3 to make it 88-71.

When the fi­nal horn sounded, the Pac­ers didn’t cel­e­brate or run around the floor like they had ac­com­plished any­thing spe­cial.

They calmly walked off, busi­ness as usual.

“We be­lieve that we can win,” Oladipo said. “We came into this game with a men­tal­ity that we wanted to at­tack on both ends of the floor and play the way we’ve been play­ing all year, and we did a great job of that. It’s only one game, it’s only Game 1.”

The Pac­ers com­pletely out­played the three-time de­fend­ing con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons, whose tur­bu­lent reg­u­lar sea­son has car­ried over into the play­offs.

James scored 24 with 12 as­sists and 10 re­bounds for his 20th ca­reer triple-dou­ble. But James got lit­tle help as Cleve­land’s four other starters — Kevin Love, Jeff Green, Rod­ney Hood and Ge­orge Hill — com­bined for 25 points. Rock­ets edge Wolves, 104 - 101

In Hous­ton, James Harden scored 44 points and pow­ered a big fourth-quar­ter run that al­lowed the Rock­ets to out­last the Tim­ber­wolves 104-101 Sun­day night in Game 1 of the first-round play­off se­ries.

“We were strug­gling to make shots, strug­gling to re­ally have any kind of rhythm and James put us on his back,” coach Mike D’An­toni said. “He’s been do­ing it for a while now.”

Min­nesota scored four straight points to get within 3 with about 30 sec­onds left. Chris Paul added two free throws after that for Hous­ton, but a tip-in by Karl-An­thony Towns got Min­nesota back within 3. After a bad pass by Paul gave the Tim­ber­wolves a chance to tie it with 1.5 sec­onds left, Jimmy But­ler’s shot was short.

The Tim­ber­wolves had a one-point lead with about seven min­utes left when Hous­ton used a 9-0 run, with the last seven points from Harden, to make it 9486 with about four min­utes to go. Harden, who also had a steal in that span, capped the run with a 3-pointer that prompted Min­nesota coach Tom Thi­bodeau to call a time­out.

Jeff Teague ended Min­nesota’s scor­ing drought with two free throws after the time­out and added a 3point play after a bas­ket by Harden. Harden made an­other shot to give him 11 straight points for Hous­ton be­fore an­other bas­ket by Teague.

Harden got Capela in on the scor­ing after that, find­ing him for an al­ley-oop that pushed the lead to 101-93 with less than three min­utes left. Celtics hold off Bucks, 113 - 107

Al Hor­ford had 24 points and 12 re­bounds and Bos­ton over­came Khris Mid­dle­ton’s long 3 that beat the fourthquar­ter buzzer, top­ping the Mil­wau­kee Bucks 113-107 in over­time Sun­day to open the play­offs.

The Celtics led 99-96 with 0.5 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion when Mid­dle­ton took an in­bounds pass on the far right wing and hit a con­tested 35-footer. Bos­ton outscored Mil­wau­kee 14-8 in the ex­tra pe­riod.

Terry Rozier added 23 points, four re­bounds and three as­sists for Bos­ton in his first ca­reer play­off start. Jaylen Brown fin­ished with 20 points. Rookie Jayson Ta­tum added 19 points and 10 re­bounds.

Rozier said he knows he’s un­der a spot­light this post­sea­son with Kyrie Irv­ing out for the sea­son fol­low­ing his re­cent knee surgery.

Game 2 in the be­stof-seven se­ries is Tues­day night in Bos­ton. Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 re­bounds and seven as­sists be­fore foul­ing out in over­time. Mid­dle­ton had 31 points, eight re­bounds and six as­sists. Malcolm Brog­don scored all 16 of his points after half­time. AP

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