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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis have all won it at least once. James won the award last year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I know we all saw the way the game was last year, and we’re going to try to top it,” James said. “Hopefully, it can come down to the wire, like it did last year, but we’ll see. We’ll see what happens.”NEW CAPTAINMilwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is relishing his first time as an All-Star captain.“I’m comfortable on this stage,” Antetokounmpo said during media day.That doesn’t mean he’s taking this lightly.Antetokounmpo, who has led the Bucks to the NBA’s best record so far this season and is an MVP frontrunner, says the captaincy — and the mere mention of a team being called Team Giannis — is humbling.“If you told me that six years ago … I would have never, never, never thought I would be in this position right now,” Antetokounmpo said.MVP PUSHCharlotte’s Kemba Walker will have the home crowd on his side Sunday night. And while Walker says he hasn’t given much thought to making an All-Star Game MVP push, many of his fellow All-Stars wouldn’t be surprised to see the Hornets’ guard take a swing at winning that award.“Kemba is different,” said Houston’s James Harden, the NBA scoring leader and last season’s MVP. “The way he’s so crafty, his ball-handling, his shot-making ability. He’s been playing at a high level. One of the top players, definitely, as far as playing for the first half of the season, and he’s been doing it for some years now. Definitely one of those guys that gets overlooked.” Adam Silver’s annual NBA address keys on competitive balance “I’m just keeping it real, to be honest,” Davis said while talking with reporters. “I knew that’s all you guys wanted to talk about. I just stated how I feel, I stated my intentions and I go on from there.”Davis confirmed that there was a list of teams on his preferred get-traded-to list — James’ Los Angeles Lakers, along with the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks.He also denied that the Celtics were not on his list, news sure to delight fans in Boston and not the rest of the Eastern Conference.“They are on my list,” Davis said.The Lakers unsuccessfully tried to acquire Davis, and the Pelicans aren’t exactly sure what happens now. They fired general manager Dell Demps on Friday and replaced him on an interim basis with Danny Ferry, a move that Davis said caught him by surprise but also doesn’t change his thinking that a change of scenery is needed. It’s been argued that the Pelicans might be best served not playing Davis, though the NBA — which has already fined the 2017 All-Star MVP for saying he wanted a trade — would surely come down hard if they sat him for no reason.ADVERTISEMENT NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 23: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on against the Detroit Pistons at Smoothie King Center on January 23, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Anthony Davis isn’t completely sure if he’s going to play in Sunday’s All-Star game. He doesn’t know how much the New Orleans Pelicans will have him play the rest of this season. Or where he’ll play next season. Or where he’ll play the season after that, either.So Davis, obviously, has a lot of questions.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES “It’s about the best situation for me, the best fit for me,” Davis said. “When the time comes, obviously, I have to re-evaluate my situation and see what market best fits me and go from there.”Here’s some more of what to know about the All-Star game:DIRK AND DWYANENeither Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki nor Miami’s Dwyane Wade expects to play a lot in the game, which they got invited to by Commissioner Adam Silver to commemorate their NBA careers. Nowitzki is in his 21st season, all with the Mavericks, and hasn’t officially said he’s retiring. Wade is retiring after 16 seasons, most of them with the Heat.“I’m getting old,” Nowitzki said. “This doesn’t get old. This is great to be here. Just enjoying the stage one more time.”Wade had his son Zaire on the floor for some of practice on Saturday, as father-and-son were throwing lobs to each other.“He has the same dream,” Wade said, “to one day be sitting up on this podium.”CLOSE GAME?LeBron James is hoping for a close game Sunday.James was one of the players who decided enough was enough when it came to All-Star teams flirting with scoring 200 points, and wanted to find ways to make the game more competitive. It still doesn’t — and won’t — have playoff intensity, but last year’s game was played at a higher level than any All-Star Game had in years, a 148-145 final, and James wants that to continue. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? At All-Star media day, he also had some answers.Yes, Davis wants to keep playing through the end of the season with New Orleans. No, he didn’t eliminate Boston from the list of cities where he would consider playing. Yes, he will test the free agent market in the summer of 2020. And above all else, big market or small market, he insists that having a chance to win is all that matters going forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s time to go play ball,” Davis said. “That’s what I’m trying to do.”Davis — provided a shoulder strain doesn’t keep him out — will finally be LeBron James’ teammate Sunday night, when Team LeBron takes on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Team Giannis in the All-Star Game. The league’s annual showcase exhibition always comes with subplots, and this year, the one where Davis just asked for a trade that didn’t come seemed to generate more All-Star weekend buzz than anything else. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
It all started with the biting of my nails. I couldn’t get to the core of the nail; sometimes,. Sometimes my fingers would bleed unknowingly because I bit too deep, too many times. One bad habit led to another until I realized that biting my nails was not that bad after all.I remember my neighbor’s eight year old daughter, Diamone, falling off a moving motorbike she had just gotten on. I ran to help the child up. She was lucky not to have been sitting fully on the bikemotorbike when it took off. After she was settled and no longer crying, I began checking her for any broken bones. It was then that I spotted specs of blood all over her blouse.“Oh My God, she is bleeding somewhere; there! There is blood on her shirt,” I heard the driver of the motorcycle shouting.Frantically I searched the child for any possible scrapes or bruises, but there weren’t any;. I couldn’t see where the blood was coming from. That left everyone standing in the crowd very confused. Bystanders began checking the ground where she had fallen, and still there was no clue where the blood came from.That was until I looked at my hands, my fingers. Each of my fingers was infected with puss and blood from the warts that had already burst. When the motorcyclist looked at my hands, he asked me what was wrong. He thought it was a medical condition.The biting of my nails was just a bad habit.Many months after my fingers began to look deformed due to my cannibalistic behavior my life took a down turn when I realized that I was not making enough money to survive. I was working as a professional, but my job could only cover school fees and some medical expenses. But my family and I were unable to gain weight – that meant we were not eating enough.I fell into depression, tried reaching out to my relatives, but they all had the same story as if they were reading sentences from the same book.“The country is hard, right now and I am not making much at work and there is a recession,” I was told over and over again. However, they said they would keep me in prayer. I tried to pray for myself instead and told them not to bother. God would listen to me because He knew my problem more than they did.I prayed and fasted and went to church religiously for a good six months. I stopped biting my nails and began twisting strands of my hair until I began noticing that bald spots were gradually appearing on my head. And then I met Square.Square was a carpenter in my community who came to help me fix a hole in my leaking roof. I noticed that he always smelled of smoke and had this creepy way of looking at me. He went from fixing a leak to becoming someone I could pour my heart out to. That was until the day he asked me to walk him to a secret location where he could go and “smoke.”Like a sleepwalker, I followed him. Not because I was curious, but I wanted to be free and okay about life just as he appeared to be. In a room filled with men and women who looked like society had easily pushed them off the face of the earth and this was the only place left for them to be, I saw some of the dirtiest, ugliest human beings I had ever seen. Drugs had consumed their time, interests and everything that could have helped get them a decent place to live.“This is my jue here oh, my old ma. She just came to sit with me small,” I was introduced by Square.They all seemed fine with the fact that I was clean, not interested in their taking drugs and timid at their stares. Somewhere during the hour I sat there, I felt a tap on my shoulder and when I turned to look at who was trying to get my attention, a wrapped up tube-like cigarette was pushed into my lips. I took a drag, inhaled as if I had been waiting for that moment.As months went by, so did my mind, my ability to work or even look after my family. I had stopped taking calls from concerned relatives who began hearing rumors that I was losing a lot of weight and looking very bad. I was inside a world that loved me, that soothed my thoughts and helped me accept what I could not change.My fingernails had become worse, though I had stopped biting them. The sores that were once there were now replaced with these odd looking colored warts and dry skin. My hands resembled rotten uncooked cow meat. My hair was no longer there, but the patches that remained had now become an imagemy children hated to see. I had become a total mess, but didn’t care; no one knew how much pain was inside of me, that I needed these drugs to keep me numb and isolated.I remained a drug addict for a complete five years. I had lost every pigment of my skin, body, shine, attractiveness and healthy look. I was mistaken for an AIDS patient rather than a drug addict.I didn’t care until one day I forgot about the food on the fire.It all started when I vaguely heard my children crying in the other room. I didn’t bother to check. Why? Because I had stopped caring about their cries for attention long ago. But I smelt smoke, a different type from the smell of my eyebrows burning whenever I took a hit, or the ‘Thai’ burning in its rolled up paper. This smoke smelled like rubber burning, but I was powerless to move. I sat there for what felt like ages until I felt some guys who all got high with me pulling me off my bench and dragging me into the fresh air. I was outside!In front of me stood a blaze of fire, it had engulfed the entire house. I could hear voices saying “there is their mother,” and another voice saying, “Chea, she looks bad. What is happening to her?” There were so many voices.It was then that I realized that I needed help and that is why I am sharing my story today.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Jaipur (rural) Lok Sabha constituency is generating a lot of buzz ever since Congress declared Krishna Poonia will contest against Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Rajyavardhan Rathore.Krishna Poonia (42) is Commonwealth gold medallist in the discus throw. Rajyavardhan Rathore (49) on the other hand is Olympic Games silver medalist in shooting. They both are contesting against each other from the constituency.If Krishna Poonia had Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot present at her pre-nomination rally on Monday (April 15), Baba Ramdev was there for Rajyavardhan Rathore on Tuesday (April 16).Rajyavardhan Rathore also expects Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold a rally in his constituency.Rajyavardhan Rathore and Krishna Poonia respect each other’s sports achievements but here, their political role is in question.”I must ask why Rajyavardhan Rathore did so little for the people and did not make much out of his MP fund (sic),” Krishna Poonia said at a rally.She won as an MLA from Sadulpur in Churu in 2018, having lost in 2013. So, she had the disadvantage of being new to the area but she insists the problems such as of water that locals face are as much the same as were in Sadulpur.Rajyavardhan Rathore knows that the BJP did less than expected in his constituency in assembly elections in 2018 and so he let his aides remind people what he has done for his constituency as an MP; that includes building stadiums and holding training camps through the Army to prepare youths for recruitment in forces and making flyovers and subways along Jaipur-Delhi National Highway which touches five of either assembly segments under him.advertisement”This is the worst planned highway in which the company, with alleged links to a UPA minister from Rajasthan, made huge money,” Rajyavardhan Rathore said.Krishna Poonia has been fielded to bring a caste factor because she is a Jat and Rajyavardhan Rathore is a Rajput, and the two castes are always engaged in fierce election battles.Yet, Poonia insists that no one caste can make you win.”Nationalism and economic reservation has overridden caste factors here,” Rajyavardhan said.Rajyavardhan Rathore soon returned to Narendra Modi and core issues with Narendra Modi’s delivery on Swachh Bharat and loans through Mudra Cards.Krishna Poonia was quick to counter. She said that her party was always patriotic, sensitive to masses and will implement NYAY as promised in its manifesto.Rajyavardhan Rathore Rathore calls NYAY a “Dhokha Patra”.Rajyavardhan Rathore is using social media to his advantage. But, during his visits to villages, he has a rusty vehicle modified into a mobile dais which plays the song in local dialect calling him “Hindustan Ki Shaan”.In contrast, Krishna Poonia’s rallies are better organised by the Congress since the party wants to introduce her to the workers.NYAY has generated interest but Kamlesh Saini, a bystander at Poonia’s rally said, “This is a fake promise as loan waiver since it is so difficult to get Re 1 from our government.”Also Read | Lok Sabha Election 2019: All dates, full schedule, constituency-wise details, all you need to knowAlso Read | Krishna Poonia shames Rajyavardhan Rathore for no work done in JaipurAlso Watch | Pakistan is a frustrated nation: Rajyavardhan Rathore