NLEX sweeps Alaska, enters semis for first time

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Kevin Alas led all scorers with 18 points, including an acrobatic drive that extended the Road Warriors advantage, 87-83, with 1:12 to go. Alas also grabbed nine rebounds.The Aces, who drew a beastly effort from Calvin Abueva, missed their last five attempts from the field inside the final three minutes.Abueva wound up with 17 points and 16 rebounds for Alaska, which had 24 turnovers and shot only 4-of-20 from downtown.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tigresses on wrong side of history as Lady Warriors finally end skid Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City NLEX’s Kevin Alas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX booked a historic trip to the semifinals after sweeping Alaska following an 87-83 win in Game 2 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Michael Miranda emerged as the unlikely hero for the Road Warriors, who arranged a best-of-seven semis duel with No. 2 Magnolia beginning Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Miranda reentered the game with 3:20 left in the game after replacing JR Quiñahan, who fouled out, and scored five unanswered points, a 3-pointer and two free throws, that put NLEX ahead for good, 85-80, with 2:06 remaining.He finished with 12 and three rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We knew before the game that Alaska was going to get back at us a lot harder than in our first game. Our luck held up and the team deserves the credit,” said Yeng Guiao, who is only in his second season as NLEX’s head coach.“They really wanted this. They’re very hungry to make the semifinals and make our fans happy, make our supporters happy, our management happy. This bunch of guys were able to at least get to the farthest level that we can get.”last_img read more

Ludlow ponders resignation

first_imgWith pressure mounting to accept a plea bargain to resolve a federal criminal case, county labor chief Martin Ludlow is telling associates he will decide this weekend whether he will remain in his post and fight the charges against him. “This is obviously a difficult time for him and he wants to talk with his family this weekend on what is in everyone’s best interest,” said Mary Gutierrez, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. The federal government reportedly plans to indict Ludlow, 41, on political campaign violations stemming from his successful 2003 campaign for the City Council. The investigation has focused on the use of funds by Service Employees International Union, Local 99, which represents nonteaching school district workers, in staffing mobile telephone banks on Ludlow’s behalf. The inquiry is being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in cooperation with the District Attorney and city Ethics Commission and is looking into whether union funds were diverted for campaign purposes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Ludlow stepped down last year from his City Council job to take over as secretary-treasurer of the county federation – an umbrella group that covers some 600,000 workers in the county – following the sudden death of Miguel Contreras. Ludlow is a close ally of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – the mayor has variously compared their relationship to one of brothers or father-son – as well as having strong ties throughout the labor movement. Prior to his City Council election, Ludlow had worked for Villaraigosa and also as political director for the county federation of labor. Neither Ludlow nor his attorney, Stephen Kaufman, returned telephone calls. “All of us in labor are devastated by this,” said Jim Hilfenhaus, public affairs director for Laborers Local 300. “We all like Martin. He has done an outstanding job coming in when he did and what we are facing in the coming months.” The AFL-CIO is being threatened nationally because of the decision by Hotel and Restaurant workers, under their UNITE HERE union, and members of the various SEIUs to pull out and form their own organization. However, that breakaway has not affected – so far – groups such as the county federation where the different unions have joined forces for years on political issues. “The one thing about labor in Los Angeles is we have all pretty much been there for one another,” Hilfenhaus said. “We haven’t had the disputes that occurred in other cities with unions going after one another.” Villaraigosa said he has offered to help Ludlow and is personally devastated by the allegations against his friend. “I don’t have any information beyond what was in the newspapers,” Villaraigosa said. “Needless to say, I did not know about any of this.” Also, he said it is a matter for the unions to handle. “Last time I looked, I didn’t have a vote that he be hired,” Villaraigosa said. “They had hired Martin Ludlow because he has a great deal of talent.” Councilman Herb Wesson, who was elected to succeed Ludlow on the council, said he called to offer his help. “All of us are very upset with this,” Wesson said. “I will do anything I can to help him and his family through this.” If Ludlow does resign his $140,000 a year job, labor leaders are said to be looking to appoint Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Center for Labor Research. Wong did not return telephone calls. He has worked with a number of different unions throughout the city and his research has involved most of the major labor efforts in the city. Staff Writer Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 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