La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’1.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 A preseason brawl between La Salle and Far Eastern University may have fanned the animosity between the two powerhouse squads, but Green Archers coach Aldin Ayo would rather have his players deal with the absence of their main man.Ben Mbala, last season’s Most Valuable Player, won’t see action with the defending champion Archers when Season 80 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament fires off this weekend.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “Our team caught a lot of people by surprise,” said Sandy Arespacochaga, deputy of Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. “We did well so it’s also a challenge for us to be consistent.”For University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol, the challenge is dealing with the absence of key recruits Ibrahim Quattara and Rob Ricafort, who were declared ineligible Monday, just hours before the league’s press conference at Mall of Asia Arena.“We don’t know yet how our team will look like,” said Perasol, noting UP will appeal the league’s decision that his players need to serve one more year of residency.The season kicks off with University of the East and National U battling at 2 p.m. this Saturday at MoA Arena, followed by the 4 p.m. clash between Ateneo and Adamson.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES “It’s a big test playing without Ben,” Ayo said of his Cameroonian center, who may miss two games as he plays for his national team in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket. “But we don’t rely on one player only, we rely on our system.”Ayo, as well as new FEU coach Olsen Racela, said their teams had moved on from last week’s invitational game that resulted in an ugly free-for-all in Davao City. It’s the second straight year the two schools figured in a preseason altercation.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“What I always preach and tell my players in basketball or in life is not to dwell on the past—move forward, be mindful of the present,” said Racela.All’s well between coaches Aldin Ayo of La Salle (left) and Olsen Racela of Far Eastern U after a recent offseason brawl among their players in Davao City. —Sherwin VardeleonThe Archers and the Tamaraws stand as favorites this season along with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, who reached the finals last year despite the graduation of several veterans. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension So beats Colombian; Sadorra loses MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
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Five-time world boxing champion MC Mary Kom may have seen the best in the business in several sporting meets in India and abroad. Yet the Manipuri likes to tread a cautious path when it comes to predicting her chances at the Asian Games. “You cannot dismiss anybody as mean or the strongest,” declared the Manipuri, as women’s boxing makes its debut here.Perhaps it’s Mary Kom’s modesty that has stood her in good stead. But the mother of two does not want to take any chances as she will be fighting in a new weight category (51kg) for the first time. Mary Kom feels she will have a tough time this time around.With prayers on her lips, she said she was wary of the Chinese, Thai and Japanese boxers. “The Chinese are really good and I have run into them in the World Championships before at Taejon City. They have been specially preparing for the Games. They will give a good fight,” she said.As for her preparations, Mary Kom feels confident. She, however, feels that having to up her weight from 46 to 51, she was struggling a bit. “It’s okay now, but when you constantly chance your weight category, things can go awry. More than concern for winning a medal for India, I am worried about how people back home will feel if I fail. They have been pinning a lot of hopes on me and for them at least I want to win a gold medal here,” she said.advertisementKeeping that in mind, the 27- year-old is sparring with teammates at the gymnasium since her arrival a couple of days ago. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award winner is conscious of the fact that she will have to fight exceedingly well to win a medal.”This is a very big opportunity for me. A gold medal here will keep my motivation level high for the London Olympics,” said the boxer.Asked if she managed to visit the church at the Athletes Village, Mary Kom smiled to say that she didn’t have to do that to pray to the god. “God is in my heart so I don’t have to visit the church,” she said.Now contrast this with another champion boxer Suranjoy Singh who was standing away from Mary Kom. Even as the entire media attention was on her, the CWG gold medallist was waiting patiently for Mary Kom to return so that they could go for practice together.When a scribe introduced the boxer to another of his ilk as a star boxer to watch out for at the Games, the Manipuri brushed aside the remark by saying: “No sir, I have not yet become a star. You will have to wait for two more years, until the London Olympics,” he said.The message from the diminutive pugilist was loud and clear.
Friends recall him as the gentle giant. The world hails him as the original machoman – Rustam-e-Hind of wrestling and Bollywood’s first action hero, who gave the mythological Hanuman a He-Man twist.Deedar Singh Randhawa – Dara Singh to the world – became a phenomenon long before stars created by crafty marketing strategy came into vogue.His ability to balance the two unrelated spheres of wrestling and films is what makes Singh unique in our pop culture.He passed away on Thursday at his residence in Mumbai after a cardiac arrest. The 83-year-old was hospitalised last Saturday after he complained of chest pain and uneasiness. With little chance of recovery and keeping with his family’s wishes, Singh was shifted to his residence on Wednesday. The last rites were performed on Thursday afternoon.A file photo of Dara Singh with his wife at an event.Bollywood’s fondness for the big man with a bigger smile is evident from the galaxy of celebrities – Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Rishi Kapoor and Raza Murad – who came to mourn his death at the funeral.Bachchan, who played Dara Singh’s son in Manmohan Desai’s 1985 blockbuster Mard, aptly defined him as “an entire era of celebrated presence”.Singh’s debut film saw him essay a prop role in the 1952 Dilip Kumar-Madhubala drama, Sangdil. He was last seen on screen as Kareena Kapoor’s grandfather in the 2007 hit, Jab We Met.The intervening years saw him constantly redefine his charisma. He brought alive Hanuman twice – once in the sixties’ film, Ramayan, and then again in the eighties when Ramanand Sagar cast him in the role in his superhit serial on the epic. He also played Bhimsen in the 1965 screen adaptation of Mahabharat.advertisementAs a wrestler, his bouts were nothing short of spectacles. Along with Australian champion King Kong and Canadian ace Flash Gordon, Dara Singh created the first template of the entertainment sport that has today become a TRP topper in its various avatars such as WWF, WWE and TNA wrestling. A famous fight where Dara lifted King Kong above his head and flung him to the ropes is stuff that legends are made of in the wrestling world.Given his 6-foot, two-inch frame, wrestling glory was only expected. But Dara had a far bigger challenge to overcome when he entered Bollywood.Not many leading film-makers were willing to cast a wrestler stud as hero in an era when intense drama ruled. Dara chose to carve his niche in smallbudget Hindi and Punjabi action films of the fifties and the sixties, in the process turning the genre into a peculiar kitschy art form.With little script or cinematic finesse to offer, films such as Sikander-E-Azam, Jagga Daku, Toofan, Do Dushman, Daku Mangal Singh, Aandhi Aur Toofan, Jawaan Mard, Faulad, Tarzan Comes To Delhi, Tarzan And King Kong, Samson and Hercules found a fiercely loyal fan base riding solely on his brawn power.He went on to direct a few films too, notably Rustom with Tanuja and Sohrab Modi in 1982 and the 1978 film Bhakti Mein Shakti that also featured Bharat Bhushan.Singh was a true star, revered by die-hard fans as the larger-thanlife demigod he normally played on screen. So much so, many in his ancestral village of Dharmoochak near Amritsar reportedly refused to believe he was no more. For these fans, their Hanuman will remain immortal forever.He was born here in November 1928 to Balwant Kaur and Surat Singh Randhawa and it is here that he first learnt the ropes of wrestling.Soon after the villagers learnt about his death, the residents of the village, including some of his contemporaries, gathered outside his house to reminisce about their lost gem.Dara was affectionately called Balwanji (wrestler) in the area. No wonder then that the village has come to be known as Balwan da pind (wrestler’s village) – but not solely owing to his fame. Village lore is replete with tales of Singh’s philanthropy.– Inputs from Vikas Kahol in Chandigarh.
Sri Lankan cricketers have ended their battle against the authorities over signing of the contracts for the year 2012, an official said on Wednesday.”The contracts have been issued to the cricketers to obtain their signatures,” Nishantha Ranatunga, secretary of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said.The cricketers’ contracts were to have been signed before the end of March but delayed due to the disagreement over some of the conditions imposed by the SLC. As a result, since April the cricketers have been playing for the country without their contracts and their salaries, reports Xinhua.Speedy action to issue contracts came following Sri Lankan players threat to boycott country’s first premier league tournament, Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) which is to kick off August 11 with foreign participation.Sri Lanka, the 1996 cricket world champion, has faced many debacles since co-hosting 2011 Cricket World Cup during which the SLC ran into debts up to $70 million for building two international stadiums and renovating one.The SLC also had to borrow over $five million dollars from a state-owned bank to pay players’ salaries.The World T20 Championship runs from Sept 18 to Oct 7 in Sri Lanka.
BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Lakers: Zubac shot 9 for 10. … The Lakers had lost three of four, so this meant a lot. … Los Angeles improved to 5-6 on the road vs. the Western Conference. … Tyson Chandler, who had been questionable with back spasms after he missed Sunday’s game against Memphis, returned and played 15-plus minutes.Warriors: Iguodala reached double figures for the fourth time this season. … Curry and Draymond Green each picked up two early fouls, and Green fouled out with 5:36 left. He was limited to four points, five assists and five rebounds.UP NEXTLakers: At Sacramento on Thursday.Warriors: Host Portland on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 25: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball while being closely guarded by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James prides himself in his durability, being available night after night, game after grueling game.That’s why the Lakers star is so mad he got hurt.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? He is scheduled for an MRI exam Wednesday and coach Luke Walton is preparing to be without James on Thursday night in Sacramento.James has played in 156 straight games overall and 116 in the regular season. And he’s not about to guess whether he will have to miss time.Stephen Curry made consecutive 3s shortly after James exited, and the Warriors got within 78-76 at the 2:48 mark of the third — but Kyle Kuzma and the persistent Lakers stayed at it every possession. Curry wound up with 15 points but the home fans had seen enough well before the final buzzer and headed out for the rest of Christmas.“They played like they had nothing to lose. They played like they had a free swing,” Curry said. “Everybody who touched the ball was aggressive. They just had a different look in their eye and we weren’t able to match that. They went out and won the game, that’s basically it.”Kuzma contributed 19 points with a pretty baseline 3 late, Ivica Zubac had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Rajon Rondo 15 points and 10 assists off the bench as the Lakers snapped an 11-game losing streak on the Warriors’ home floor since a 118-115 overtime win Dec. 22, 2012. Los Angeles also ended a seven-game skid overall in the rivalry with its first win in the series since March 6, 2016.ADVERTISEMENT James made it look easy early on shooting over Jonas Jerebko and Kevon Looney. James hit a turnaround jumper at the 4:39 mark of the second quarter to put the Lakers ahead 52-37 and L.A. led 65-50 at the break.It was James’ second straight Christmas game at Oracle Arena after playing here with the Cavaliers last year and losing 99-92.Walton — a former Warriors top assistant and dear friend of Steve Kerr — got some time with his Hall of Fame dad, Bill, before the game and a few moments to catch up with Curry and share holiday greetings in the hallway after the two-time MVP’s warmup routine.Kevin Durant, playing on a tender left ankle, had 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Andre Iguodala came off the bench and made his initial five shots and 7 of 9 by halftime on the way to a season-high 23 points while also handling some of the load defending James.Golden State shot just 9 for 36 from deep, Curry going 2 of 8 and Durant 3 for 8.MCGEE’s RING DELAYEDLakers center JaVale McGee was still sick with a respiratory infection and missed his fifth straight game, didn’t travel and missed his scheduled moment to receive his championship ring. That will now happen Feb. 2 when the Lakers return to Oracle Arena.McGee was one of three big men who rotated in Steve Kerr’s rotation on the way to a repeat title.“I’m happy for JaVale. He’s getting more of a chance to play with the Lakers than he did with us,” Kerr said. “We had a lot of centers play a really important role for us the last couple of years. He was fantastic and we loved having him here. Wish he was here and that we could give him his ring today, but we’ll do it next time. Very happy for him and his success this year.”TIP-INS LeBron James leaves game vs Warriors with strained left groin Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James’ 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising 127-101 rout of the Golden State Warriors.“I take a lot of pride in it,” James said of always playing. “That’s why it (angered me) not to be able to go back into the game. It’s more than anything being available to my teammates, being available to my coaching staff. That’s something I take more personal than anything. Hopefully it’s not a long thing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefJames grabbed at his left groin area with 7:51 left in the third after slipping under the Warriors’ basket while trying for a loose ball. He tried to stretch it out, awkwardly walked toward the Lakers bench trying to loosen up before leaving on his own though gingerly out the tunnel for the locker room.“I wasn’t able to go back into the game, obviously. I’ll get an MRI tomorrow and see what’s up,” James said. “With me with injuries, I’m never too concerned about them. I was able to walk off on my own power. I felt a pop, see if I could stretch it a few times, see if it would relieve but it didn’t. … I did a couple exercises to see if I could continue to go but I didn’t feel like it would benefit my team or me. So I came back and got a jump start on the rehab.” Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments
Jazz: Gobert has logged a double-double in nine of his last 10 games against the Blazers. . Dante Exum matched his season-high with 15 points off the bench. . Utah shot 13-of-21 (61.9 percent) from 3-point range over the final three quarters.UP NEXTBlazers visit the Warriors on Thursday.Jazz host the 76ers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Jazz extended their lead to 68-51 on back-to-back baskets from Ricky Rubio early in the third quarter.Portland chipped away at the lead and finally cut it to 92-83 on a floater from Seth Curry early in the fourth quarter. That’s as close as the Blazers got.Gobert answered with a dunk to push Utah’s lead back to double digits. It sparked a 14-2 run that slammed the door shut on any potential comeback. Mitchell punctuated the run with a 3-pointer, putting the Jazz up 106-85 with 4:49 remaining.TIP INSBlazers: Lillard did not attempt a free throw. He came into the game ranked fourth in the NBA in free throws made and eighth in the league in attempts. . Portland scored 14 points off 17 Utah turnovers. . The Blazers made just 35 baskets against the Jazz for the second time this season.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Damian Lillard score 20 points to lead Portland. Evan Turner added 12 points off the bench. The Blazers (19-15) lost to Utah for the second time in five days after shooting just 39 percent from the field.Jae Crowder scored seven of Utah’s first nine second-quarter points, starting with the team’s first 3-pointer of the game, to cap a 9-0 run that gave the Jazz a 33-26 lead. The Blazers pulled within three on three different occasions. Lillard hit a couple of baskets to cut the deficit to a basket, then fed Jusuf Nurkic for a layup to trim Utah’s lead to 43-40.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefThe Jazz pulled away before halftime behind hot shooting from the perimeter. Joe Ingles and Crowder buried back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 16-5 run. Mitchell finished it off by beating the shot clock with another outside basket, giving the Jazz a 59-45 lead.Utah went 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the second quarter after going 0-of-8 in the first quarter. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, rear, dunks on Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks while Donovan Mitchell added 19 points to lead Utah to a 117-96 victory over Portland on Tuesday night.Joe Ingles chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists for the Jazz (17-18), who won for the fifth time in their last six home games while shooting 55 percent from the floor.ADVERTISEMENT The half-dozen times sports made you smile in 2018 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As Harden has been piling up points, opponents are searching for ways to slow him down. He’s often asked about the different things teams have thrown at him and seems amused at the varying tactics.“I’ve been seeing double teams, triple teams, zones,” he said. “I’ve been seeing it all these past few weeks.”During this streak more than one opposing coach has considered it an accomplishment to limit Harden to less than 40 points.Kenneth Faried, who signed with Houston last week, has had to defend Harden in the past and noted the mindset he had when faced with that task.“He’s going to get 30,” Faried said. “It’s going to happen. So you might as well just mark that down in the book. You’ve just got to make sure he doesn’t get the 60 points.”In the days following his 61-point show at Madison Square Garden, the Beard was asked if he feels like he’s un-guardable right now.“I mean, I’ve always felt like that,” he said with a sly smile and laugh. “So I don’t know about now, but I’ve had that feeling. It’s just confidence. That’s all it is.”Houston went 12-5 in 17 games without Paul, who returned over the weekend. The Rockets have won three straight to improve to 29-20 and are in fifth place in the Western Conference. While they’ve made strides since a terrible start had them near the bottom of the conference, Harden and Houston know they need to get much better if they hope to bring the team its first title since 1995.That, Harden says, is why he doesn’t like all the talk about his high scoring and why those close to him know they shouldn’t discuss it either.“Nobody can praise me,” he said. “None of my friends and close family, I don’t want them to be talking about it. We’ve got a long way to go.” Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “When we left here we thought he was really good and then somehow, some way he’s gotten even better,” he said. “Last year he was the MVP and now he’s even better and it’s a credit to him, his work ethic and the passion that he plays the game with.”Harden led the league in scoring last season for the first time by averaging 30.43 points a game, but injuries to Chris Paul and Clint Capela have forced him to carry an even bigger load this year and he’s averaging in NBA-best 36.33.If he keeps this pace up for the rest of the season he would be the first player to average more than 36 points a game since Michael Jordan averaged 37.09 in in 1986-87. If the season ended today, Harden would have the seventh-highest scoring average in NBA history behind that season by Jordan, which ranks fifth, and five seasons by Chamberlain.His average is seven points higher than Steph Curry and Anthony Davis, who are tied for second with 29.3 points a game. But as much as Harden is scoring, he’s also finding ways to get his teammates involved, and his 8.2 assists a game are tied for fourth in the league.“I know the attention I draw on the court and the defense is locked on me so I try to help the guys get their opportunities to make it easier for them to score,” Harden said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 5 years after ‘snow jam,’ storm takes aim at Super Bowl city “I love to hoop,” he said. “I love to just be out there and the grind.”He scored 40 points in Houston’s win over Orlando on Sunday night to extend his stretch of consecutive 30-point games to 23, the fourth-longest streak in NBA history behind three such streaks by Chamberlain. In 13 games this month, last season’s MVP is averaging 44.1 points. He has scored at least 40 points in eight games in January, including two 50-point games and a franchise-record 61 in a win over the Knicks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s remarkable,” teammate Eric Gordon said. “I’ve been around a lot of big-time players and he’s for sure the best scorer I’ve ever been around and he does it so easily. It’s a credit to him. He’s one of the best scorers ever.”It isn’t only Harden’s teammates who have been wowed by his work. Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who worked for the Rockets from 2011-16, gushed about him. LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates the 114-110 over the New York Knicks at the end of the game at Madison Square Garden on January 23, 2019 in New York City. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — James Harden has been scoring at a pace not seen since Wilt Chamberlain in the 1960s.He doesn’t want to talk about it, of course. He never does, whether things are going well or not. But it is clear he is enjoying this because his scoring outburst has coincided with Houston climbing the standings, back among the top teams in the Western Conference after an early-season slump.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes