Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Last place Suns add to Lakers’ woes MOST READ Each team played without a franchise star: 76ers center Joel Embiid missed his fifth straight game with a sore left knee. Embiid, averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games for the Sixers, said he expected to return next week. Golden State’s Klay Thompson sat out with a sore right knee suffered in Thursday’s loss at Orlando.Without Embiid, Mike Scott scored 22 points and was a surprise star for the Sixers, until he botched a late intentional foul that gave Golden State life. Simmons had his second straight triple-double and 22nd of his two-year career with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists. He also had nine turnovers.Curry picked up his fourth foul with 8:15 left in the third and sat the rest of the quarter.“It was disappointing just because he got himself vulnerable,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We need him out there, especially with no Klay. I think he knows that and he was kind of disappointed in himself.”The game got wild without him. Damion Lee, former star at nearby Drexel, hit a pair of 3s in Curry’s absence that kept it a one-point game. Considered a throw-in as part of the Harris trade with the Clippers, Scott hit a pair of 3s that stretched Philly’s lead to five.Golden State’s stars put them ahead to close the quarter. Durant hit a step-back jumper and Iguodala, the once-popular former Sixer, connected on a 3 for a 93-90 lead to close the third.Curry took over for the Warriors in the fourth.“He’s the second-best point guard ever. Argue that,” Iguoudala said.TIP-INSWarriors: Big man Kevon Looney sat out because of right pelvic soreness. Alfonzo McKinnie left the game with a left hip contusion. … Kerr enjoyed Golden State’s only visit of the season to Philly. He apologized before he met the media for wiping his mouth after the final bite of a cheesesteak. Sixers host Orlando on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments 76ers: Played short-handed against the Warriors: big men Boban Marjanovic (right knee sprain) and Amir Johnson (upper-back tightness) also sat out with injuries. Jonah Bolden started for Embiid, and the backup was Justin Patton, who hasn’t played this season.BRYCE IS RIGHTFranklin the mascot wore a Harper No. 3 Phillies jersey. Harper gave Simmons a shoutout in his press conference in Florida.“It’s amazing for Philly to have a guy like that coming here. We welcome him,” Simmons said.COMEBACK KIDZhaire Smith, a 2018 first-round pick acquired from Phoenix on draft night, made his return to basketball this week in the G League. He suffered a broken left foot, and he had a severe reaction to food allergies that dropped his weight to 164 pounds. Smith is up 206 pounds and will finish the Blue Coats season before it’s decided if he’ll play this season for the Sixers.WILT’S 100It was the 57th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game for the Philadelphia Warriors. Chamberlain shot 36 of 63 from the floor and an un-Wilt like 28 of 32 from the free-throw line to hit 100 in Philadelphia’s 169-147 win over the Knicks.UP NEXTThe Warriors play Tuesday at Boston. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra But maybe that greatness is sometimes taken for granted.“It’s interesting, because I think he’s still underrated,” Warriors teammate Andre Iguodala said. “I still think he doesn’t really get the respect he deserves.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCurry got the 76ers’ attention with five 3-pointers and 28 points to rally the Warriors to a 120-117 win over Philadelphia on Saturday night.Curry seemed invisible in long stretches, especially in the third when he played just 3:45 of the quarter and watched the 76ers keep competitive in his absence. LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history With Curry back in the lineup in the fourth, the Warriors squashed Philly’s upset bid in front of a sellout crowd that included plenty of Philadelphia Eagles and the first appearances of Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper jerseys. Curry buried a 3-pointer for a 111-109 lead, the Sixers tied it, then Curry scored the next six points over the final 2:35 of the game to do what he does best — carry the Warriors in the clutch.“We’re getting on this six-hour flight with smiles on our faces,” Curry said. “These feel good, these games where you figure out how to win in a playoff atmosphere.”The Sixers had one last shot to at least tie but Tobias Harris lost the ball out of bounds with 1.7 seconds left. It was the final fumble in a series of miscues down the stretch, including Ben Simmons missing the rim on an intentional miss at the free-throw line.“I think there is a little bit of confusion because we have a whole new team and we’re trying to get guys in places,” Simmons said.Kevin Durant scored 34 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 25 to help the Warriors snap a two-game road losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry reacts after a foul was called against him during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Philadelphia. 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The deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), which ravished the nation and brought it to its knees in 2014, has left in its wake stories that will be told for generations. It has even gone down in Liberian and world history as the worst form of the EVD ever to hit mankind. The World Health Organization (WHO) said more than 10,600 persons contracted the virus in Liberia. Of that number, nearly 5000, precisely 4,807 died from the virus. More than half of that number was cremated, which is totally against the traditional manner in which Liberians handle their dead.However, there are hundreds of others, who, by the grace of God, survived the scourge. One of the survivors, who has credited his survival from the disease to God’s miraculous intervention “in the affairs of man,” is Dr. (MD) Kent Brantly.Dr. Brantly was the first American to contract the EVD, while trying to selflessly save his patients, who had come to the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Hospital’s emergency room. Brantly had, by then, been working with ELWA for at least eight months. He had to be flown back to his home country for advanced medical treatment. After spending three weeks at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, he walked out of the hospital an EVD survivor.Our Health Correspondent met him Thursday, June 25, on the compound of ELWA hospital. He had come back to extend thanks and appreciation to his Liberian and US colleagues who looked after him when he fell sick before he was flown out of Liberia. The first part of this interview was published on Tuesday, June 30. Below is the second and final part:Daily Observer (DO): Have you been able to meet other American survivors like Nurse Nancy Writebol and others? What do you talk about when you meet?Kent Brantly (KB): I have met several of the American survivors, including Nancy. Nancy and I were close friends before we both got sick and we were in the hospital at the same time in America. So, we share something very close together and that will be a bond that we share for the rest of our lives. I am so glad that Nancy and her husband David are back in Liberia and working with SIM (Sudan Interior Mission) and working at ELWA to serve Liberia. I’m very proud of her. I have met Dr. Rick Sacra; he was my mentor here at ELWA hospital and I am so thankful to God that he’s well. He’s been back to Liberia a couple of times and working here at the hospital. I thank God for him. I have met several other American survivors and things we talk about…you know there have been two American survivors, who got Ebola in America. The rest of them were people who got the disease by working in West Africa. And that’s the thing that we all talk about. We recognize that it was so much harder for people here. Most of America can understand and America is paying so much attention to us and we are saying, ‘Don’t pay much attention to us. Pay attention to West Africa. That’s where we need to be focusing.’ So that is the thing that we talk about the most.DO: So, Doc, when you heard that Eric Duncan, the Liberian guy who took Ebola to America had passed away, how did you feel personally?KB: I was really heart broken when I heard that news. It just made me so sad. I still have not met his fiancée Louise Troh, but I hope to meet her someday. I felt so bad for his whole family. It was a very sad day.DO: When you go around the world or travel to places in the States, what messages do you give?KB: I have a few messages. One is that we are all neighbors-whether we live in America or West Africa, we are all neighbors. We live in a global community. We are all neighbors and God has called us to love our neighbors. Jesus said the two most important things in this life are to love God with your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. And that love for our neighbor ought to motivate us to have concern and to take action to help our neighbors in need. And in terms of Ebola, that means helping our West African neighbors trying to bring an end to this outbreak. That is one of the things I talk about the most.DO: Doc, let me take you back. How did you contract the Ebola disease?KB: I would never know. I really, I don’t know for sure. Initially the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), tried to do an investigation and tried to figure out and they came up with one idea but I was never quite convinced that was the right story…DO: What is the story?KB: I mean they just tried to figure out who I had contact with and who Nancy had contact with and there was one of our other co-worker, who also got Ebola and he died around the same time. I think I probably got it from a patient in the emergency room. Someone who came in with Ebola, but they thought at first that it was malaria or something else. I had to take care of the patients in the emergency room along with the staff here and in the emergency room. I think it was probably in one of those situations where I had made contact with the patient. Because of our work in the Ebola treatment Unit, we had all the proper equipment. We were following the right protocols. We were doing things appropriately. So I just had to guess that it was in the emergency room.DO: Do you still intend to practice as a Medical Doctor?KB: I do. You know once you are a doctor practicing medicine in the United States, they don’t want you to stay out of practice for too long, alright. So, I have started working a few shifts back at a hospital in America so that I can return to the practice of Clinical Medicine and someday, I will get back to it full time. But right now, I am doing it on the side as I continue to try to be a responsible steward of these opportunities to speak and remind people of the importance of loving our neighbors and helping West Africa beat Ebola.DO: After you survived the virus, did you have any post Ebola problems like some of the Ebola survivors here who are suffering from some medical conditions?KB: There is this problem called post-Ebola syndrome. It is a very real thing. It’s a problem that Ebola survivors have. Not everyone has it. Not everyone has the same problems. Some people have joint pains, muscle pains, eye problems, nerve pains… I am very thankful that I have made a full recovery and I don’t seem to have any of those problems. But we need to be helping the survivors who have those problems and there is a clinic here at ELWA to treat survivors. It should be publicized so that people know and can come here if they are Ebola survivors. They can come here to get care.DO: Lastly, if you are ever presented with the opportunity to come back to Liberia, are you going to come back?KB: Only God knows. We are praying for His guidance as we try to decide what to do next. Liberia has a very special place in our hearts. We are praying for guidance from God about what to do next.DO: Thank you so much, Sir.KB: Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
For the small nation of Croatia, the loss spells bitter pain but fans at home will celebrate the best run in the nation’s history, which featured a stunning win against Argentina and a semi-final victory against England.Earlier, Croatia’s fans, massed behind Danijel Subasic’s goal, unveiled an enormous flag during their national anthem and their side roared out of the blocks, pinning France back in their own half.It was the French who scored first, courtesy of an own goal in the 18th minute by Mario Mandzukic following an Antoine Griezmann free-kick but they were pegged back by a lovely Ivan Perisic strike 10 minutes later.Griezmann restored France’s lead from the penalty spot after the referee awarded a controversial spot-kick with the help of VAR (video assistant referee) for a hand ball.As thunder rolled around the stadium, Griezmann lined up the penalty, holding the ball under his arm. Crotia goalkeeper Subasic did his best to put the French striker off but he held his nerve to lash the spot-kick into the net.Croatia were first out after half-time and again were into their stride quickly, with the brilliant Luka Modric pulling the strings in midfield as roars of “Croatia” echoed round the stadium.But Manchester United’s Paul Pogba extended France’s lead within a quarter of an hour, stroking the ball home — sparking scenes of joy behind the goal from French fans, who knew their country had one hand on the trophy.Kylian Mbappe appeared to make sure just just minutes later. But Croatia were given renewed hope when Mandzukic made the most of a mistake by France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.– France victorious –France, strongly fancied to win the final, started their tournament in France slowly, beating Australia and Peru by the odd goal before a goalless stalemate with Denmark saw them top the group.But they moved up through the gears in the knockout stages, seeing off Lionel Messi’s Argentina in a seven-goal thriller before cruising to a 2-0 win against Uruguay and seeing off Belgium 1-0 in the semi-final.For Croatia, the match in Moscow was perhaps one too far after they were taken to extra-time for three consecutive games.Deschamps, who captained France when they lifted the World Cup in 1998, has become just the third man to win the trophy as both a player and a manager after Franz Beckenbauer and Mario Zagallo.Croatia have brought joy to their Balkan nation of just four million people by defying the odds to progress to the final while reigning champions Germany, then Argentina and Brazil all fell by the wayside in Russia.Football fever has slowly built over the past four weeks as France took its young national team to heart, with ecstatic scenes on the Champs-Elysees avenue after their semi-final victory.Giant screens were erected in scores of fan zones across the country under exceptionally tight security, with the biggest gathering of all expected in Paris, where 90,000 will converge on a fanzone next to the Eiffel Tower.Red-and-white chequerboard patterns were everywhere in Croatia, on cars, in shop windows, trams, buses as well as on jerseys worn by waiters, shop workers or TV presenters.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The victory was France’s second in their history – with their first success coming 20 years ago on home soil. Photo/COURTESYMOSCOW, Russia, July 15 – France won their second World Cup 20 years after their maiden triumph on Sunday, seeing off a dogged and desperate Croatia side who refused to lie down in one of the most electrifying finals in recent years.The breathless 4-2 victory under stormy skies at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium means Didier Deshchamps’ side — balancing youthful vitality and tournament nous — have buried the pain of their defeat in the Euro 2016 final on home soil.