New year, new hair, new Phoenix deal for Matthew Wright

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Matthew Wright sportinga  new haircut.MANILA, Philippines—New year, new hair.Phoenix star Matthew Wright finally ditched his curly tops to sport a new buzz cut as part of a new version of him for 2019.ADVERTISEMENT It was essentially a fade cut that had a curly top, much like what Ryota Miyagi of the iconic Slam Dunk anime sported.Wright said he wanted to look different and that he’d end up looking the same as before in a few months.ADVERTISEMENT How hard is it to be a basketball player? Just take a look at June Mar Fajardo’s feet Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “I just felt like it was a new year, this was my hair for a long time,” said Wright after the Fuel Masters’ Friday practice at Upper Deck. “I think it’s time for a change, a new hairstyle, I feel like I could just go out of bed and look more like a basketball player.”Wright has been wearing his hair the same since he entered the league in 2016 as part of the special draft from which the members of the Gilas program were taken.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 Chriss ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s just a change of scenery, it’s hair, it’s going to grow back,” said Wright who’s also aware that his hair has been the subject of several memes. “If it looks ugly, in three or four months, it will be back to how it was before.”“It’s not really a big deal, even here in Phoenix they were teasing me, but I don’t mind. It’s just hair.”Aside from the new do, Wright also got a fresh contract with the Fuel Masters, who are eager to surpass last conference’s playoffs breakthrough this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more


PPP condemns Dilma Rousseff’s removal

first_imgIn light of the recent decision by Brazil’s Senate to vote in favour of removing Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff from office, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has voiced its disdain for the impeachment. “The PPP condemns the impeachment of former President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff by the parliamentary Opposition,” the Party noted in a press statement on Saturday.Rousseff was ousted for supposedly manipulating the country’s budget and was removed after 13 years in office. The PPP pointed out that her removal is “tantamount to a mockery of the democratic process” in Brazil as Rousseff had been elected to office by a majority of the Brazilian people.“The removal of the former President is nothing short of a parliamentary and judicial coup against the former President and her Workers’ Party which over the years have transformed the economy to a global economic powerhouse and which lifted millions of Brazilians out of the poverty threshold,” the PPP stated on Saturday, adding its concern over moves in neighbouring Venezuela to shorten the reign of President Nicolás Maduro.“The removal of Ms Rousseff raises some serious question regarding the role played by reactionary forces in the removal of governments which are perceived to be on the left of the ideological spectrum, especially when seen against the backdrop of ongoing attempts by forces hostile to President Maduro in Venezuela to remove him from power before the constitutionally due date,” the PPP pointed out.Bringing the issue closer to home, the Party referenced moves by international players in its early removal from office which greatly impacted upon Guyana’s future: “The PPP recalls its own experience in the early 1960’s when foreign vested interests in collaboration with local reactionary forces conspired to remove the democratically elected PPP Government from office with devastating consequences for the political, economic and social life of the country.”“The situation in Brazil represented a case where a ‘technical’ argument was advanced by the political Opposition to derail the democratic process which is clear violation of the expressed will of the Brazilian people who voted for her in democratic elections,” the PPP expressed.In this regard, the PPP says it joins with all progressive forces in extending solidarity with the former President and the Workers’ Party of Brazil on what could only be described as “a rape of democracy” in the country.The PPP stated that it is calling on the international community to unite and take note of the “unfortunate development” which it reiterated was an “assault on democracy in Brazil.”Rosseuff who had represented the left-leaning Workers’ Party has continued to deny the accusation against her which stated that under watch, funds were moved “between Government budgets,” a crime under Brazilian law.Some 61 Brazilian senators voted in favour to remove her from office, whereas only 20 voted against the measure. After she was suspended, an interim leader, Michel Temer had assumed office but has since been sworn in as President of the neighbouring republic.Reports stated that he will lead the country until January 1, 2019 when Rousseff’s term would have ended.last_img read more


Fraud Suspected in Ebola Rice Distribution in Nimba

first_imgComplaints of alleged fraudulent activity over the distribution of food ration intended for residents of various Ebola affected communities in Nimba County is have surfaced with reports that several other persons are being denied food and cash benefits.On the April 29, 2015, a member of the Buu – Yoa Community Forum in Nimba County, Jamuel Wonah, told the Daily Observer that the distribution of food ration in Teahplay Boyealay on April 24 and 25 was done without any prior notice to the residents thereby denying most of the beneficiaries from the process.He said after the few who turned out received their shares, the bulk of the balance that left were allegedly auctioned before the other beneficiaries could arrive from their various farming activities.Mr. Wonnah explained that after the first distribution, ADRA, an entity in charge of the process, told the citizens that since the distance to the distribution sites in the various towns were far, they will instead bring cash as substitute to the food ration.But, according to him, on April 24 when the distribution team returned in those communities, they distributed LD3400 was given to each person instead of the US$40 that was previously earmarked for each beneficiary.He added on the April 25, 2015, the same group under the team leader only identified as Larry carried on distribution of nutritional items in the same community without displaying the way bill for the chiefs to approve.Since Ebola response food began reaching Nimba County, the process has always been associated with alleged fraudulent activities, particularly during the distribution of the food items and the cash.In October 2014, some local health workers were arrested for allegedly stealing about 200 bags of rice from the ware house in Sanniquellie. They were charged and sent to court, but the court exonerated them after going through the court proceedings.Later in November of the same year, another food distribution conducted by ADRA led into confusion in Karnplay linking the City Mayor of Karnplay, but what became of the case is yet to be known.Since the Ebola rice saga involving the local health workers the distribution of food items last year, ADRA is now implementing the food distribution from WFP.But in many of the allegations, which include selling of relief rice to business owners in Ganta, ADRA along with WFP representatives disputed the claims describing them as “liar and misleading.”However, efforts to get comment from ADRA representative in Saclepea, Alex Jallah, about the recent distribution sagas remain futile as he was yet to respond to Daily Observer after he had earlier promised to call back.Early this reporter text a message to him about the allegations, but to no avail.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


COTED must position itself to address rapidly-changing trade environment – Chair

first_imgThe rapidly-changing trading environment demands that the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) of Caricom find an “appropriate mix of methodologies and strategies” to address the Council’s expanding agenda.This is according to Antigua and Barbuda’s Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration Minister, Chet Greene, who is chairing the 46th Meeting of COTED.In remarks at the opening session of the meeting at the Caricom Secretariat on Wednesday, in Guyana, the Minister referred to both internal and external trade matters that could impact the Community’s progress towards sustained economic prosperity.These include the implementation of the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME); market access for products; the review of the Common External Tariff (CET); the CARIFORUM-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA); the future of trade with the United Kingdom after Brexit and the impasse between the US and China.“Colleagues, there are a number of other issues that will impact on our respective industries, which we must pay particular attention to. These include the impasse between the USA and China, reports of Turkish imports (particularly flour) into the Region, and the importation of fake goods from various countries,” Greene stated.He further said that geopolitical decisions were causing changes within the external trade and manufacturing environment, which would certainly have an impact on our industries and market.‘The Council must position itself to examine the real and potential impact of these matters, and take proactive concrete steps to remedy them. Colleagues, we cannot afford to be reactive, our respective industries and businesses are depending on us to confront and deal with these issues in a decisive way.“Who else is best suited to safeguard our interest,” the Minister queried rhetorically. He pointed out that the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas mandated COTED to promote, evaluate, establish, and develop policies, programmes, and measures that protect and preserve the Region’s trading environment.In his remarks, the Minister urged the Meeting to find mechanisms to settle longstanding issues and to address the new and emerging matters on the agenda. He said that the rules of procedures of COTED – which would have been discussed at the meeting – would help to deal with the longstanding matters.“Colleagues, if we are to seriously settle these longstanding issues for the benefit of our respective Private Sector, we must consider the provisions of the Treaty outside of a Member State’s right to take those matters to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). I am reminded of an old adage, “it’s the Private Sector that trade, and we create the enabling environment and set policies”. Let us not, therefore, create obstacles or prevent the free flow of trade between our respective countries,” the Minister said.“Let us not hand this over to anyone, but work within the provisions of our Treaty, and other foreign and domestic relations to address these issues,” he said.The meeting of regional Ministers with responsibility for trade concluded on Thursday.last_img read more


Lukaku satisfied with first season at United

first_img0Shares0000LukakuLONDON, United Kingdom, May 31 – Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he is happy with his overall performance this past season but admits he wants trophies next year.The 25-year-old joined Jose Mourinho’s charges from Everton in July last year and made 51 appearances in 2017/18, scoring 27 goals and providing nine assists across all competitions. The Belgian is satisfied with what he was able to achieve as an individual at the club, but is determined to help United claim silverware next term.“For me it’s always down to work,” he told the press while on duty with Belgium ahead of the World Cup in Russia.“I know I have some talent, but for me it’s about the work I do every day with my club. I try to improve myself every day and to learn from my past matches.“I think for myself individually it was a good season but as a team we didn’t win anything. That’s what hurts. But that’s something that we’re going to try and change next season.“I’m looking forward to seeing our squad with a few reinforcements next season, and to try and win the league and other trophies too.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Spiderman No Match for Real Spider

first_imgNational Geographic News took the occasion of the upcoming Spiderman sequel to investigate the superpowers of real spiders.  If you were spidy, you could:Jump 50 times your body length.  That would be like a man jumping 300 feet (the world record is 29 feet, 4.5 inches).Walk upside down on smooth surfaces, with 170 people hanging on.  Spiders do this with microscopic hairs that create atomic attraction forces.  Geckos have this ability, too (see 08/27/2002 headline), but spiders are not related to geckos.  One scientist remarked, “From a biological point of view, that was pretty astonishing.”Weave webs out of material like flexible steel, with seven different kinds of thickness and adhesive strength.Create beautiful works of art.  Some garden spiders incorporate spirals and crosses into their wagon-wheel shaped webs.Cameron Walker writes, “Spiders aren’t swinging their way through the skyline or facing up to crazed criminals like Doc Ock, the villain in Spider-Man 2.  But they’ve got the wherewithal to survive in a range of environments that gives them their own extraordinary edge.”    According to another spider story posted on National Geographic June 24, scientists are puzzling over why some spiders evolved the ability to spin symmetrical webs.  Another species with this ability was recently found in Peru.  One researcher from the Smithsonian said, “It’s interesting because it doesn’t make any sense.  There doesn’t seem to be any advantage to having a symmetrical web, yet it evolved independently among spiders more than once.  It’s not possible that this is a just random drift in evolution and these spiders are stumbling into the ability to measure things.  It must have evolved for a reason, but we don’t know what that reason is yet.”Spiders deserve more respect than we give them.  We usually can’t step on them fast enough.  OK, so you don’t want them in the house.  At least live and let live outside, where they do you a lot of good (if you also despise flies).  And once in awhile, from a safe distance, take a good, long look at that miniature package of superpowers.  Nature is usually more entertaining and thought-provoking than a blockbuster movie.  That’s a good thing for a kid to learn.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Thabo Rapoo: dancing to inspire

first_img11 November 2008From dancing the traditional Prawiroguna in Indonesia to Afro-fusion in the inner city of Johannesburg, the winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance 2009 is leaping his way into the hearts of national and international audiences.Thabo Rapoo (29) studied at the Johannesburg Dance Foundation before joining Johannesburg-based Moving Into Dance Mophatong as an aspirant dancer in 2002, becoming a company member in 2003.In 2002 he danced solo in Mumbai, Jaipur, Calcutta and Delhi. Since then, with Moving into Dance Mophatong, Rapoo has graced the stages of international festivals in Luxembourg, Bolzano, Vienna, Turin, Sweden, Kuopio, Washington, Finland and India.In 2004, he made his debut as a choreographer with the Moving Into Dance production Kgotla, which was performed in Johannesburg, Luxembourg, Bolzano and Vienna.In 2005 he choreographed eMandulo for a Moving Into Dance and Vuyani Dance Theatre joint season, and in 2006 he attended international choreographers’ workshops in Senegal.In 2007 Rapoo choreographed Time to Dance for the JIM-Jack Arts & Culture Company, and received a Phillip Stein Young Choreographer’s Grant to create a new work for the 2008 FNB Dance Umbrella.Se-Hume Tlokweng, a tribute to his mentor, legendary musician Tlokwe Sehume, was presented at the 2008 FNB Dance Umbrella, where Rapoo received an award for most promising male dancer in a contemporary style.For Rapoo, whose favourite style is Afro-fusion, dance is not just artistic expression. It’s an opportunity to inspire his generation.“I chose dance as a career because of my passion for it,” he says. “It is a non-verbal form of communication.”He has facilitated workshops for emerging choreographers at the FNB Dance Umbrella, as well as for the Gauteng Dance Manyano.Rapoo, who calls Newtown, Johannesburg his home, is currently studying through an arts and culture scholarship programme in Surakarta, Indonesia.While he loves the appreciative South Africa audiences, he worries that they are often small, and that so many young artists are leaving the country to build a career elsewhere.“I will encourage my peers not to leave South Africa to seek jobs elsewhere, because the grass is not always greener on the other side,” he says.Rapoo says he wants to use the opportunity that the Standard Bank Young Artist Award has given him to do a piece that he has been dreaming about for a long time but has never had the funds to bring to fruition.“I am looking forward to giving some of my peers an opportunity to work with me, and to create a job for them for the time that I will be working with them.”The annual Standard bank Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, with Standard Bank coming on board as a sponsor in 1984.The awards, seen as one of the most prestigious of their kind in the country, honour young South African artists who have not yet gained widespread national exposure or acclaim, but who are making a significant mark in their field.The awards recognize and actively promote the talent of these young artists, providing them with financial support and a platform for experimentation. Winners receive a cash prize and financial support for their participation on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.Source: National Arts Festival, Grahamstownlast_img read more


Fall manure application tips

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Silage harvest is moving along rapidly in Ohio, with corn and soybean harvest expected to be earlier this year than normal. Livestock producers and commercial manure applicators will be applying both liquid and solid manure as fields become available.For poultry manure, handlers are reminded to stockpile poultry litter close to the fields actually receiving the manure. Stockpiles need to be 500 feet from a residence, 300 feet from a water source and 1,500 feet from a public water intake. Poultry litter cannot be stockpiled in a floodplain and cannot have offsite water running across the litter stockpile area. The site also cannot have a slope greater than 6%.Litter stockpiles need to be monitored for insect activity and steps taken to keep insect populations in check if necessary. Farmers receiving poultry litter from a permitted facility need to have their fertilizer certification training completed. While field application rates of two to three tons per acre of poultry litter are common, farmers should still have soil tests and manure tests taken so manure nutrients being applied are fully utilized by the following crop rotations.For liquid manure applicators, examine fields for tile blowouts, soil cracks, wormholes, and any other situations that might allow manure to reach surface waters. Old clay tile that are not charted, and may have an outlet buried in the bottom of a ditch, have caused a number of manure escapes in Ohio over the years.Liquid manure application rates are limited to the moisture holding capacity of the soil or no more than a half-inch or roughly 13,500 gallons per acre for tiled fields. Limiting application rates below legal limits can help keep more nutrients on fields. Remember, a corn-soybean rotation will remove about 120 pounds of P2O5 over two good growing seasons. That will drop your soil test level about six pounds per acre. Applying high amounts of manure will rapidly raise soil test levels and result in greater losses of phosphorus from farm fields.Incorporated liquid manure or liquid manure incorporated within 24 hours does not have a setback requirement from ditches and streams this time of year. If just surface applied, with no plan of immediate incorruption, a vegetative setback of 35 feet is recommended or a 100-foot setback if there is little or no vegetation growing in the field. These recommendations for non-permitted farms are the rules for permitted farms.The state-wide rule for surface manure application is a weather forecast saying “not greater than a 50% chance of a half inch or more of rain in the next 24 hours or for very heavy soils (typically Hydrologic group D) a quarter inch of rainfall can cause runoff when combined with a half inch of liquid applied on the surface. It’s advisable to print out the weather forecast when you start applying manure so you have the needed proof if an unexpected storm drenches the area.The rain forecast does not apply to incorporated manure. However, the soil must be fractured and disturbed when manure is applied to quality for incorporated. Just poking holes in the soil does not qualify as incorporation. Deep incorporation of manure nutrients could help break up the phosphorus stratification issues that may be contributing to the increasing levels of dissolved phosphorus leaving Ohio farm fields.For permitted farms, when more than 50 pounds per acre of manure nitrogen is being applied, it’s required that a field have a growing crop or cover crop be planted. In manure amounts, this could be a little as 1,500 gallons per acre of swine finishing manure, one ton of poultry litter, 3,000 gallons of dairy manure, 1,000 gallons of liquid beef manure or five tons per acre of solid pen pack manure.All farmers should consider utilizing cover crops with manure applications to capture the available nitrogen and turn it into organic nitrogen in the form of additional roots and stems. Livestock producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin watersheds must have a growing cover crop in the field if they intend to apply manure to snow covered or frozen soil this winter.Cover crops can help livestock farmers recapture manure nutrients and conserve soil by reducing erosion. Cover crop seedings do not have to be perfect. The goal is to combine nutrient recovery and protecting the environment.last_img read more


Winners And Losers

first_imgSoon after Mebrahtom Keflezighi became the first American in 27 years to win the New York City Marathon on Nov. 7, an online debate erupted over whether the 34-year-old Eritrea-born U.S. citizen was legitimately an “American winner.”Although Keflezighi migrated to the United States in 1987 when he was only 12 and became a naturalized citizen in 1998, a New York Times headline noted, “To Some, Winner Is Not American Enough.” The online controversy ricocheted into the mainstream media. CNBC.com sports business reporter Darren Rovell commented that Keflezighi is only “technically American,” adding, “Nothing against Keflezighi, but he’s like a ringer who you hire to work a couple hours at your office so that you can win the executive softball league.”Rovell later apologized, admitting: “It turns out, Keflezighi moved to the United States in time to develop at every level in America. So Meb is in fact an American trained athlete and an American citizen and he should be celebrated as the American winner of the NYC Marathon.”  The online debate parsed considerations such as U.S. birth, age at which one migrates or becomes a U.S. citizen, the length of time one has lived in the country, etc. Do you become a “real American”, as opposed to a “technical” one, when you are naturalized? Is a U.S. permanent resident of 30 years “less American” than a naturalized citizen who has lived in the United States for just five years? How about a long resident nonimmigrant or, for that matter, an illegal alien? Also, when an immigrant becomes an American citizen, does she lose her original nationality? Does that depend on whether you are, say, an Argentinean citizen (which permits dual nationality) or an Indian citizen (which does not)?It is ironic that America, the immigrant Mecca, has such difficulty embracing its naturalized citizens, when its law commands their allegiance and fidelity. By contrast, India, which has among the world’s most restrictive citizenship practices, can’t seem to break its bonds with overachieving nationals, who by law are obligated to renounce their Indian citizenship when they swear a foreign allegiance. Indeed, it claims into its bear hug even those without a credible association. Witness the joyous celebrations in India over NASA astronaut Sunita Williams and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, both of whom are U.S. born with no particular affinity for India. This October, after he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, British molecular biologist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, who emigrated in 1972 from Tamil Nadu, complained of Indians “clogging up” his mailbox with congratulatory messages. India clings tenaciously to its globally reputed naturalized citizens even in death. Recently, the Indian government rejected as “absurd” a claim from Albania to return Albanian born Nobel laureate Mother Teresa’s remains from Calcutta, who, an Indian spokesman insisted “is resting in her own country, her own land.”Curious how India and America seem to have their citizenship wires crossed.  Related Itemslast_img read more


Goran Dragic back with Heat after summer title for Slovenia

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 17. 2017, file photo, Slovenia’s Goran Dragic lifts the trophy after defeating Serbia in the Eurobasket European Basketball Championship finals in Istanbul. Here’s how Heat guard Goran Dragic spent his summer vacation. He led Slovenia, his mother’s homeland, to an improbable gold medal at the European Championships. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)MIAMI — A quick summary of the last few weeks in the life of Miami guard Goran Dragic:He led Slovenia, his mother’s homeland and the place he calls home, to an improbable gold medal at the European Championships. The title game came against Serbia, his father’s homeland and a place where he still has relatives.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Heat had a strange season a year ago — starting 11-30, finishing 30-11 and missing the playoffs in a tiebreaker. Dragic averaged a career-best 20.3 points, and emerged as a locker-room leader as the year went along. He also did what he could to persuade Heat free agents like Dion Waiters and James Johnson to stay.“It’s a lot of new challenges ahead,” Dragic said. “I’m looking forward to come to Miami and to battle for a title in Miami. Nobody gave us a chance, the Slovenian national team. Nobody is going to give us a chance in Miami. But I always believe. Why not?”An estimated 20,000 people stood in the pouring rain to greet the Slovenian team when it arrived home. The medal ceremony after the championship game became Slovenia’s most-watched television event in the country, at least since ratings started being kept. Dragic was told 94 percent of the nation was watching.“I’m just proud of him,” Heat President Pat Riley said. “And I’m proud that we have him.”Before 1991, both Serbia and Slovenia were part of Yugoslavia. Hence, the family ties for Dragic still exist.“Playing for my national team for the past 12 years, you’re always waiting to achieve something, and as soon as we won the final all the burden from my shoulders fell down,” he said. “I felt so happy. And, of course, on the other side, I have family in Serbia. But I was born in Slovenia … it was not a question that I was going to do everything to bring them a title.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City He was the tournament’s MVP . He received one of Slovenia’s highest civilian honors. He was brought to tears by a gift of a jersey from the mother of his idol, the late star Drazen Petrovic.And through it all, the words of Heat coach Erik Spoelstra echoed in his head — winning a championship is usually more demanding mentally than physically.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Now I fully understand what he means,” Dragic said.It’s a lesson Dragic hopes to put to more use starting next week, when he returns to the U.S. and the Heatbegin training camp. The only true point guard on Miami’s roster, Dragic is going to be a major key if the Heat are to return to the playoffs and contend in the Eastern Conference. And coming off his MVP showing at EuroBasket, the Heat hope his game keeps elevating. “He looked sensational,” Spoelstra said of his point guard’s play at EuroBasket. “I’m so happy for him, so proud of that accomplishment, this most unlikely championship. Slovenia is a country of only 2 million.It’s smaller than the city of Miami. And to beat the powerhouses over there, but also to see how passionate Goran was about trying to lead this team to the title.”Dragic averaged 22.6 points and 5.1 assists in the nine games. His 35 points in the title game was the high for the tournament.He told Spoelstra in June he was all-in on trying to deliver Slovenia its first gold medal.“He trained extremely diligently for this,” Spoelstra said. “And he competed and led at such a high level. You could just see the emotions pouring out of him. I talked to him on the phone after they won and he said, ‘This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.’”The task that awaits in Miami won’t be easy.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IOC tries to calm Olympic concerns amid North Korea tension View commentslast_img read more