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NCAA: Letran survives Lyceum after controversial review

first_imgA dramatic game between Final Four contenders Letran and Lyceum ended in the most anticlimactic of ways after game officials huddled together for a review of a call after the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Although the game ultimately fell into the hands of the referees in a controversial decision, the match itself was a pulsating affair that saw the two teams slug it out in the final quarter.Marcelino almost traveled on his spin attempt but was able to get up for a layup that gave Lyceum a 75-73 lead that Bong Quinto quickly erased with a literal falling down shot that tied it at 75-75.Quinto would then work his magic twice more with his drives, giving the Knights an 80-77 lead with just two minutes left.“The players gave it their all, it was all out all heart, I can’t say anything aside from that they gave it their all,” said Napa. “The kids are the ones laying it out on the line and I’m just here to guide them, teach them what’s right and tell them the things they’re not supposed to do. The good intention became good execution.”Larry Muyang finished with a 23-point, 16-rebound double-double for Letran while Quinot delivered 20 points seven rebunds, and four assists.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Osaka into China Open semifinals with win over Zhang LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum JP Calvo played his part as the Knights’ floor general 18 points, four boards, and six assists.Mike Nzeusseu led all scorers with 25 points with 10 rebounds while CJ Perez had 16 points and eight boards. The Knights came away with a 80-79 win over the Pirates after referees ruled Jaycee Marcelino’s field goal with 40.8 seconds left in the game was a long two instead of a three, which was the initial judgment.Marcelino’s field goal initially tied the game at 80 but it was later deemed a two after the review that was conducted at the end of regulation instead of during the dead ball situations after the shot was made.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissStill, it was a win the Knights badly needed as they improve to an 11-4 record to stay at the third seed while the Pirates settled at the second spot with a 14-2 slate.“Good win or big win for us? I don’t know but we won it’s that simple,” said Letran head coach Jeff Napa in Filipino. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

LNP Launches ‘Operation Guardian Angel’

first_imgAuthorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) yesterday launched what they called a tactical operation, code name “Operation Guardian Angel.” According to an LNP release, the operation is intended to address the high incidence of criminal activities during the holiday celebrations.The LNP calls on the public to cooperate with the police by reporting any suspected criminal activities in their communities. Operation Guardian Angel commenced on December 1 and will be active up to January 15, 2017. It will entail the deployment of police officers at strategic intersections and other places to provide assistance to the physically challenged, pregnant women, and the elderly who will be crossing major roads. The presence of police officers will also serve as a deterrent to criminals, who may want to inflict harm on peaceful individuals.“The operation will also address the problem of traffic congestion and conduct surveillance, detection and deterrence patrols including possible arrests of violators in commercial centers,” the release said.The release quotes the Police Director Gregory Coleman as saying that Operation Guardian Angel is intended to provide an enabling and safe environment for every resident and stranger entering the country through an effective, efficient, and professional police service delivery.Coleman said modern policing is concentrated on service delivery. He called on police officers to adapt to the new trend of policing if they want the police to win the confidence of the Liberian people.He assured the public of police preparedness to provide the required security services as the country approaches the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.Director Coleman has warned LNP officers to adhere to the principals of democratic policing, discipline, excellence and to avoid getting entangled in corrupt practices. He maintained that police officers are to demonstrate professionalism that reinforces their commitment to democratic values, respect for human rights and a non- partisan approach to duty.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Al-Ahly, Kitale Queens dominate R. Valley Chapa Dimba

first_imgKitale Queens over-powered Nandi’s Itigo girls thrashing them four goals to nil to emerge winners in the girls’ category.Malondo Agnelita scored a hat trick for her team seeing the back of the net at 35th minute, 45th minute and at 69th minute before Cynthia Libondo sealed the win for the Queens at 74th minute.“We’ve been working hard for this tournament winning against very tough teams along the way. We work as a team and this has earned us good results. This is the basic reason I became the MVP in the tournament. We look forward to being national champions in June at Kinoru,” said Cynthia Libondo, MVP & Captain, Kitale Queens.It was a tough match between Uasin Gishu’s Tumkas FC and Kajiado’s Al-Haly in the boys’ finals ending in a nil–nil draw in normal time.  Al-Haly won the match scoring thrice in the post –match penalty shootout.“The game was very tough as our opponents were equally good. Our win today is a great news to the people of Kajiado and we’re very happy. We plan to go back to the drawing board and build our skills as we soldier to the national finals. We are looking forward to a great history,” said Hassan Abdirahman, Coach Al-Ahly.The winners received a cash reward of Sh 200,000 each and now join Bishop Njenga Girls and Lugari Blue Saints from Western, Manyatta Boys and Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza as well as Super Solico and St Mary’s Ndovea from Eastern for the national finals.The runners-up also pocketed Sh100,000 each among other individual prizes. The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propeling gifted players to the national team.This year an all-star team will be selected to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Al-Ahly, Kitale Queens dominate R. Valley Chapa DimbaNAIROBI, Kenya, March 25 – Al-Ahly FC from Kajiado County and Tranzoia’s Kitale Queens were on Sunday crowned the boys and girls Rift Valley Region Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Champions.The two teams booked their national finals slots after emerging top during the regional finals held at the Eldoret ASK Showground.last_img read more

Scientists think Saturn’s dazzling rings are older than believed

first_imgSaturn’s shimmering rings may be as old as the solar system, scientists said Wednesday, debunking earlier theories that the rings were formed during the dinosaur age. Astronomers had thought Saturn’s rings were cosmically young, likely born some 100 million years ago from leftovers of a meteoric collision with a moon, based on data by NASA’s Voyager spacecraft in the 1970s. However, new data from the orbiting international Cassini spacecraft suggest the rings have existed as far back as 4.5 billion years ago, roughly the same time the sun and planets formed. The probe also found evidence that ring particles are constantly shattering and regrouping to form new rings. “Recycling allows the rings to be as old as the solar system although continually changing,” said Larry Esposito, a Cassini scientist from the University of Colorado, Boulder. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ The findings were presented at an American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco and will be published in a future issue of the astronomical journal Icarus. Saturn’s trademark arcs have awed astronomers since Galileo’s time. Scientists are interested in the rings because they are a model of the disk of gas and dust that initially enveloped the sun and studying them could yield clues about planet formation. Saturn’s ring system consists of seven major rings and thousands of ringlets, mostly made of orbiting ice mixed with dust and rock fragments. The notion that Saturn’s rings may be a permanent feature was based on observations by the ultraviolet spectrograph instrument on Cassini, which viewed the light reflected from the rings and watched stars passing behind them. The Cassini mission, funded by NASA and the European and Italian space agencies, was launched in 1997 and reached Saturn in 2004. The mission is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

HANKS FOR THE MEMORIES – SHAY GETS TO MEET ACTOR TOM

first_imgHANKS FOR MEETING ME! SHAY WITH ACTOR TOMYOU just know he was awestruck – you can see it in this picture.For most people meeting Shay Given is a star-studded experience.But when Shay met Tom Hanks in America, you could see the Donegal man was blown away. In fact Shay described this moment thus: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”Actor Hanks attended a match between Aston Villa and US team Portland Timbers at their home stadium in Portland, Oregon.We’re not sure if Shay is a heavy metal fan – but he also got to meet legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Geezer Butler.But he does know Hanks is a Villa fan and was even given the chance to give Shay and his fellow players a team talk before kick-off! Said the double Oscar winner: “I don’t know what to say to guys before they go out and play a match! I know it’s a friendly match, but I think all those guys were thinking, ‘Man, I better play good today otherwise I’m not going to get much playing time later on in this season.’ So they’re all under a lot of pressure – I don’t know what they need a chucklehead like me down there for! But (they’re) nice guys… anytime they’ll put up with me, I appreciate their patience.”The game ended at 2-2, but Aston Villa went on to win 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out.Lifford man Shay is looking forward to Premiership season which kicks off in just three weeks. HANKS FOR THE MEMORIES – SHAY GETS TO MEET ACTOR TOM was last modified: August 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alternative Championship table after 17 matches, based on statistics

first_imgIt’s shaping up to be another exciting season in the Championship and, quite frankly, it’s anyone’s to win.For all the early talk of Leeds United winning the title they now sit third, with seven points separating the top 10 clubs.Meanwhile, the fight against relegation appears equally as tight as five points separate 15th spot to 23rd, although Ipswich Town are five adrift at the foot. 9 24. Bolton Wanderers – Real position = 23 (relegated)Real points = 16 | Expected points = 923. Rotherham United – Real position = 18 (relegated)Real points = 18 | Expected points = 1022. Reading – Real position = 20 (relegated)Real points = 16 | Expected points = 1421. Ipswich Town – Real position = 24Real points = 11 | Expected points = 14 7. Bristol City – Real position = 13Real points = 22 | Expected points = 276. Queens Park Rangers – Real position = 10 (play-off spot)Real points = 26 | Expected points = 285. Birmingham City – Real position = 12 (play-off spot)Real points = 24 | Expected points = 284. Norwich City – Real position = 1 (play-off spot)Real points = 33 | Expected points = 28 9 West Brom striker Dwight Gayle has been in the goals this season. 9 12. Blackburn Rovers – Real position = 9Real points = 26 | Expected points = 2311. Preston North End – Real position = 18Real points = 18 | Expected points = 2310. Swansea City – Real position = 8Real points = 26 | Expected points = 23 Ipswich Town fans celebrate a goal in their derby clash with Norwich City Sheffield United star Eddie McGoldrick misses a penalty against Sheffield Wednesday. 9 Norwich City players celebrate with their own fans at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road. 9 14. Stoke City – Real position = 14Real points = 22 | Expected points = 2213. Aston Villa – Real position = 11Real points = 24 | Expected points = 22 Jack Marriott celebrates scoring for Derby 9 Millwall players celebrate Jack Grealish in action for Aston Villa. Here at talkSPORT.com we’re always keeping an eye on EFL Stats on Twitter to see how Football League players and clubs are performing based on their expected goals and other data.They have come up with an alternative table based on their rough xG ratings across the whole season.Find out how the stats believe the Championship SHOULD be shaping up below… 1. Sheffield United – Real position = 4 (Championship title winners)Real points = 30 | Expected points = 36 20. Sheffield Wednesday – Real position = 17Real points = 20 | Expected points = 1519. Millwall – Real position = 21Real points = 16 | Expected points = 18 9 Expected goals (xG) is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match.Every single shot is awarded an xG value based on the difficulty of the attempt, with factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders present affecting the value.The higher the xG of a particular shot, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot.The xG value of every shot in a game is then used to calculate the expected goals in a particular match. 9 9 18. Wigan Athletic – Real position = 16Real points = 20 | Expected points = 1917. Hull City – Real position = 22Real points = 16 | Expected points = 2016. Nottingham Forest – Real position = 7Real points = 27 | Expected points = 2115. Derby County – Real position = 6Real points = 28 | Expected points = 21 What is expected goals? 3. Middlesbrough – Real position = 2 (play-off spot)Real points = 31 | Expected points = 312. Leeds United – Real position = 3 (automatic promotion)Real points = 30 | Expected points = 32 Tom Carroll in action for Swansea City. Kemar Roofe celebrates scoring against Nottingham Forest. 9. Brentford – Real position = 15Real points = 21 | Expected points = 258. West Bromwich Albion – Real position = 5Real points = 28 | Expected points = 26last_img read more

MINISTER McGINLEY DEFENDS €579,000 HAND-OUT TO GAOTH DOBHAIR CRISP FACTORY

first_imgThe Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Dinny McGinley T.D., has defended a decision to give more than half a million euro to a Co Donegal crisp factory.The Donegal South West TD said that the Government has given approval for grant assistance by Údarás na Gaeltachta to Largo Food Exports Ltd., a company based in Gaoth Dobhair Business Park.He said the taxpayer handout of €579,564 will assist the company in updating equipment and in funding a research and development programme for new high-value products to be produced in the Gaeltacht for the Irish and British markets. Making the announcement, Minister McGinley said: “This investment is vital in securing the continued presence of Largo Food Exports Ltd. in Gaoth Dobhair.“The State’s investment in this company shows the Government’s commitment to consolidating employment in areas such as Gaoth Dobhair in order to sustain viable rural communities and, in particular, to support the Irish language as the community language in a strong Gaeltacht heartland.”Minister McGinley added that this announcement endorses the Government’s commitment to retaining Údarás na Gaeltachta’s enterprise development function and to the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030.“The creation of jobs in Gaeltacht areas is central to the aim of the Strategy, which is to ensure that the Irish language is passed from generation to generation as a vibrant family and community language,” said the Minister. The Minister commended Largo Foods and its CEO, Raymond Coyle, in particular, for their ongoing commitment to the Gaoth Dobhair operation, which currently supports the equivalent of 125 full-time jobs – 190 full-time and part-time positions. MINISTER McGINLEY DEFENDS €579,000 HAND-OUT TO GAOTH DOBHAIR CRISP FACTORY was last modified: February 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Economists offer new arguments for U.S. research tax break

first_imgAdd another study to the sagging bookshelf of reports suggesting that the United States would benefit from permanently allowing companies to get a tax break for investing in research and development.The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), one of the nation’s largest industrial trade groups, today released a report from three academic economists that reviews the scholarly literature on the economic impact of the so-called R&D tax credit, worth some $7 billion annually in recent years. It concludes that making the credit permanent—a long-sought goal of industry and science groups—could boost the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) by 0.16% annually and add between 36,000 and 38,300 jobs each year.The report marks the renewal of what has become a perennial lobbying campaign in Washington, D.C. For years, many economists and a large bipartisan group of lawmakers in Congress have advocated making the credit more generous and permanent, arguing it is an efficient way of promoting investment in scientific advances. Since the credit was created in 1981, however, Congress has allowed it to lapse six times—most recently in January 2014—and temporarily extended it 16 times. 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Analysts estimate making the break permanent would reduce tax revenues by some $100 billion to $150 billion over the next decade, and lawmakers have so far been unable to agree on ways to offset that loss of revenue.It’s almost certain lawmakers will ultimately reinstate the credit for 2015. But NAM and other groups hope Congress will finally agree to make it permanent, perhaps as part of a larger overhaul of the U.S. tax code.Today’s report, titled A Missed Opportunity: The Economic Cost of Delaying Pro-Growth Tax Reform, tries to strengthen the case for taking the plunge. It reviews scholarly studies of the R&D credit and four other business-related elements of tax policy and concludes that proposed reforms could, together, boost annual GDP by 1% and create 500,000 jobs per year. “These estimated impacts are significant and worthy of consideration in the ongoing discussion about the future of pro-growth tax reform,” write the authors, economists Donald Bruce and Matthew Murray of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Tami Gurley-Calvez of the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. “Additionally, we do not believe they are out of line with the prior literature.”Whether the new numbers will help change the political calculus in Congress, however, won’t be known until lawmakers begin discussing tax policy in earnest, sometime later this year.last_img read more

Halllllara to the Group Stages

first_imgPAOK comfortably secured their place in the Europa League Group Stages, defeating Dinamo Tbilisi 2-0 in the second leg. The Dikefalos tou Vora eliminated the Georgian Champions 5-0 on aggregate (0-3 win in the first leg). Rodrigues and Tzavellas scored the goals for the hosts in the first half.After an emphatic 0-3 win in Georgia for the first leg, PAOK had an easy task ahead of them in today’s match to secure their place in the Europa League Group Stage. PAOK put the game to rest as early as the 5th minute, when Rodrigues’ pressure forced a mistake from Dinamo’s backline, and his one-two with Pererya set him up for the opening goal of the game. The goal took any pressure that was on PAOK as the hosts had complete control of the game. At the end of the first half, PAOK was awarded a penalty but Djalmo Campos was unable to give PAOK the 2-0 lead from the spot. However, from the resulting corner Tzavellas doubled PAOK’s lead with a close-ranged header late in the first half.The second half was played out with minimal chances as the best opportunity fell to Pererya, who was unable to convert one-on-one with the opposing keeper. Varela came close to a goal in his debut with PAOK, but his effort did not find the target late in the game. The final whistle came with PAOK comfortably securing their place in the Europa League Group Stage.PAOK will play in the Europa League Group stage for yet another season. In tomorrow’s draw, the Dikefalos tou Vora will be in the 2nd seeded pot.Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

There’s No Stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo from Being Hoop God

first_imgBrother Kostas is a redshirt freshman at the University of Dayton but the rest of the family moved into a new downtown complex before this season, with Giannis and Alexandros Antetokounmpo (a high school sophomore) housed on the fifth floor and Charles and Veronica on the fourth.“Leading your family is a lot tougher than basketball,” Antetokounmpo said. “Especially right now. But I’ve got to be strong for my family. “Things,” he continued, “are going to get better.”MOST IMPROVED NEEDS IMPROVEMENTHe’s not perfect despite the accolades. His outside game needs work and reading the game at both ends of the floor to make better decisions. “He’s like a plane that just started taking off,” Kidd said. “He’s at 10,000 feet.”When he arrived in Wisconsin, via the 15th overall pick in the 2013 N.B.A. draft – where he waved the Greek flag – Antetokounmpo was measured at 6 feet 9 inches and weighed less than 200 pounds. A half-decade later, he is closing in on 240 pounds, and coaches and teammates routinely refer to him as a 7-footer.Milwaukee assistant coach Frank Johnson, noting Antetokounmpo’s bulked-up body and added strength, said, “He gets bumped now and he loves it,” a tall test in the rough-and-tumble world of the NBA where muscle matters.Bryant, now in his second season of retirement, had seen enough coming into training camp to challenge Antetokounmpo via Twitter in late August to make a bid for the league’s Most Valuable Player Award. Bryant told the Times that he was moved by Antetokounmpo’s “rare physical gifts that are matched by a rare inner passion.”Bucks staffers do worry that Antetokounmpo is occasionally too hard on himself, having watched him head straight for the practice floor on the same night as a frustrating loss more times than they care to remember.After a home game 96-89 loss to the Boston Celtics he said it was all his fault, not his teammates, taking hard a loss of one game in an 82-game season that’s so long that some players just mail it in occasionally and could care less who they are playing for or even if they win or lose as long as they get paid. There’s no W’s and L’s on the checks.He’s not lost touch with the youth who didn’t seem to have a chance growing up in Greece and wanted to have a garage sale as a part of his recent move to pay homage to growing up in Athens. The Bucks’ front office and his mother Veronica talked him out of it.“I’m a great seller — that’s one of the other talents I have,” Antetokounmpo said. “I wanted to do it so bad. But they told me I couldn’t because three or four thousand people would show up.”He’s dyed-in-the-wool Milwaukee now, even with its frigid winters so unlike the sun and warmth of Athens and Greece. “I really don’t see Giannis going anywhere,” Redd said. “Even in the future.“With what he’s doing on the court, it’s going to automatically draw people to come play with him. I know people have that stigma about Milwaukee. But it won’t be hard for him to attract talent here. I just want a ring when they get a ring.”In the month since his father’s death, Antetokounmpo revealed that he often found himself looking at a picture on a private Instagram page he maintains. The image shows Giannis, Kostas, Alexandros and their older brother, Thanasis, who currently plays for Panathinaikos in Greece after a brief stint with the Knicks, all sleeping in the same bed.He said he was about 10 or 11, sharing one bed with three brothers as his parents slept in a small nearby den.“It’s an unbelievable story,” Antetokounmpo said. “Good stuff.” And it’s just getting started.TweetPinShare11 Shares Look, up over the backboard, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s ….. Giannis Antetokounmpo!It’s taken a little while for The Greek Freak as he’s called, Greece’s best basketball player, son of Nigerian immigrants who gave their sons Greek first names, to come into his own in the National Basketball Association but it seems like he’s on a path to join the pantheon of the game’s greatest ever players, a combination of Elgin Baylor, Connie Hawkins and Oscar Robertson – you have to go back to names from the past to compare him because few in the game today are his match.He didn’t lead Greece to the Olympics or Under-21 titles, didn’t play for his national team this year because he said he had a knee injury and – after criticism he didn’t have his heart in his homeland – had to watch while Greece couldn’t even quality for the European tournament.Antetokounmpo has elevated his game to superstar status while playing with one of the NBA’s still-mediocre teams, the Milwaukee Bucks, not a premier city to showcase his growing myth as a player who soars like a pterodactyl, and, at 6-11 with a 7-3 wingspan, handles the ball like a guard and can bring dunks from above like thunder from the gods.“I’ve never seen anybody like him,” former Buck star Michael Redd told the New York Times in a feature about the rapidly growing legend of Antetokounmpo. “We’ve never seen anything like this. The numbers he’s getting right now are almost on accident. Once he learns how to play play — unstoppable. It’s almost like he’s from another planet.”Not another planet, but another country – Greece – and he’s given the country downtrodden with more than 7 ½ years of bad news during a crushing economic crisis some good news and someone to look up to, apart from the anti-semitic, racist, anti-Capitalist, anti-immigrant extreme right Golden Dawn which wants racial pureness as a test of Greekness.Antetokounmpo is in his fifth season and became an All-Star last year as a highlight reel of shuttering dunks and floating in air toward the basket while people got out of the way. He won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award, averaging 31.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists this year improving on the most improved player, numbers never before exceeded: not by Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Lebron James. Nobody. Looks like the knee is better.And he’s still only 22 but as the Times reported, “No one has quite figured out how to size up this 6-foot-11 235-pounder who occasionally needs just one dribble from midcourt to swoop to the rim and does all that scoring without a dependable perimeter stroke to open up the rest of his game.” And get out of the way if you don’t want to get hurt because he’s gone 57 in two dribbles.FREAKISH STUFFWhat, exactly, is he? “Point all,” Bucks Coach Jason Kidd – who, when he played was one of the game’s greatest ball handlers, told the Times after trying to find the right definition.Veteran Bucks guard Jason Terry, referring to his former longtime teammate Dirk Nowitzki, the revolutionary power forward, said, “Dirk, in my eyes, is the best European player to ever play this game. He literally changed the way his position is played. But Giannis doesn’t even have a position. He does it all, and he’s still learning what to do out there.”What bumped Antetokounmpo above his peers this year is that he’s found a shooting touch and outside game, hitting 60 percent from the field, which means defenders can’t stay back, can’t stick on him and can’t stay with him.He’s a fan favorite not just because of his player but because, coming from Athens, he said he truly loves Milwaukee. This from a man who, when he was young, sold sunglasses around the Athens neighborhood of Sepolia for a few bucks before becoming a multi-millionaire with a galaxy-wide smile and unabashed humility.“I’m a low-profile guy,” he said. “I don’t like all these flashy cities like L.A. or Miami. I don’t know if I could be the same player if I played in those cities,” he told the paper.Antetokounmpo is in the first year of a four-year, $100 million contract extension — $11 million less than the maximum he could have signed for — but the Bucks know other teams are already planning pitches to lure him away in four years.Antetokounmpo is on a course to be eligible for a so-called “supermax” contract extension from the Bucks via the league’s new Designated Player Exception during the 2020 off-season, which would put him in line for a new deal well in excess of $200 million. Maybe he, like most, will take the money and leave Milwaukee when the time comes but said in a Tweet that “I got loyalty inside my DNA,” although his country’s own basketball federation doubted that when he said the knee soreness would keep him from playing for Greece.He’s even moved his family to Milwaukee, a happy time saddened with the sudden passing of his father on Sept. 29 at age 54 from a heart attack.  “I can feel the love from the city every day I step on the floor,” Antetokounmpo said. “For me, what I’m going through now, I appreciate it even more.”last_img read more