John Wall practices again but not sure when he’ll play

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John Wall practices again but not sure when he’ll play

first_imgView 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 In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery FILE – In this Dec. 27, 2017, file photo, Washington Wizards’ John Wall, left, puts up a shot against Atlanta Hawks’ Ersan Ilyasova, of Turkey, in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta. Wizards point guard John Wall says he feels good after a pair of full-contact practices but is not sure when he will return to game action for his struggling team. Wall spoke to reporters on Monday, March 26, 2018, his first remarks in Washington since having surgery on his left knee Jan. 31. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is not planning to change his style whatsoever when he returns from his latest knee surgery — whenever that might be.“I’m just going to be John Wall,” he said Monday after the second full-contact practice of his comeback from an operation on Jan. 31. “That’s all I know how to do.”ADVERTISEMENT “It’s been good. It’s been bad. We’ve played well, at times. Sometimes, we haven’t played well. Like when everybody was saying that they (were) playing better without me, that was great. The good thing is, I’m glad we did we did win those games when we did, because if we didn’t, right now, we would be in a situation where we might not be in the playoffs,” Wall said. “I feel like everybody should have given those guys credit for playing well.”Wall’s session with reporters on Monday was his first in Washington since having surgery on his left knee. He said he lost about 10 or 15 pounds during his rehab, without intending to.The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft out of Kentucky had surgery on both of his knees before last season.This time, Brooks said, Wall has been able to do pretty much everything as usual in his pair of full-fledged practices, including dunk.“He’s getting his rhythm back. He can get to gaps and seams and angles not a lot of guys can get to. There’s only a handful of guys — maybe not even that — that can do it in the NBA,” Brooks said. “He’s one of the best players in the league.”ADVERTISEMENT Markelle Fultz returns to lineup for 76ers Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims The All-Star declared himself “feeling great” but said he is not sure when he will be able to play in a game for the Wizards, who desperately need help at the moment. Washington has lost three consecutive games heading into Tuesday night against the visiting San Antonio Spurs; coach Scott Brooks said Wall will not play in that one.“It’s getting close. He’s had two really, really good days. His energy level is high. He’s anxious. You can tell. He wants to get out there,” Brooks said. “We still want to be patient.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWashington has dropped to sixth in the Eastern Conference at 40-33 and will only have eight games remaining after facing the Spurs.The Wizards are 14-11 without Wall during his current absence — he last played on Jan. 25 — and 19-17 overall this season without him. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters As for Wall himself?He figures he’s ready.Just waiting for the official clearance from team doctors.“When I’ve had an injury in the past, I don’t think about it. I go out there and play the same way I played before, and that’s with a lot of aggression, a lot of attacking mode, a lot of fast pace. And I’ve been doing that,” he said. “All I had to do was show that glimpse and that showed me I was being myself again.”Washington’s latest loss was 101-97 at home against the lowly New York Knicks on Sunday night.“We just thought it was going to be a cakewalk,” Bradley Beal said, “and they smacked us in the mouth.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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ACTIVA-Liberia, MFA Sign 3-Year Partnership Deal

first_imgPlayers of Monrovia Football Academy and staff of Activa-Liberia assemble at the Blue Field. (Photo credit: Christopher Walker.)By Anthony Kokoi and William HarmonLiberia’s premier insurance company, Activa International Insurance Company (Liberia) Limited, has signed a 3-year partnership agreement with the Monrovia Football Academy (MFA) to undertake comprehensive insurance of all its players and staff.The agreement was sealed yesterday at the Blue Field in the PHP Community in Monrovia. ACTIVA, which conducts its corporate social responsible (CSR) programs through its ACTIVA Foundation has become co-sponsor of the MFA, an ambitious academic and sporting project.The academy provides quality education and professional training and life skills for less privileged boys and girls to break down gender barriers, improve academic performance, and produce well-rounded leaders.It uses football – the most popular sport in Liberia – as a positive-incentive mechanism to encourage student-athletes to attend school and improve academic performance. It also delivers professional coaching and a comprehensive football curriculum that disrupts bad habits, introduces fundamental techniques, and encourages student-athletes to “think the game” at a high level.It is against this backdrop that the company’s CEO indicated that they thought it prudent to form a partnership with the MFA. “This effort is part of our CSR and we are proud to be here for this agreement,” he noted.Speaking at the brief ceremony, Activa-Liberia CEO Saye Gbalazeh said he was impressed with the kind of work MFA is doing in Liberia. “Taking the kids from the communities and providing them these kinds of opportunities and incentives are such great ideas, and we at ACTIVA really appreciate this endeavor.”ACTIVA is a pan-African insurer and the originator of the Globus Network, which is a grouping of insurance companies in 36 countries in Africa. Activa is headquartered in Cameroon, with its holding company in Mauritius.“We as a company exist within a community and that community is Liberia, and we see ourselves as being part of this community. Therefore, we must support positive things that are happening within this community,” he saidThe company provides client services backed by the best international financial security such as Munich Re, Africa Re, among others. Services are delivered by an efficient management system.(L-R) Activa-Liberia Managing Director, Saye D. Gbalazeh, shakes hands with MFA Founder Will Smith (Photo credit: Christopher Walker)Managing director Gbalazeh signed on behalf of his entity, while MFA founder Will Smith signed for his institution in the presence of Activa staff and the kids of the academy.The academy currently has 70 student-athletes (41 boys, 29 girls) aged between 8-12 and aims to build its own facilities so that it can eventually expand to 300 students aged 8-18 from all 15 counties of Liberia.“We are excited to sign a 3-year partnership with one of the biggest companies in Liberia and are proud to have them as sponsors,” Smith said. He added that the company’s logo will be displayed on all MFA distribution materials, including quarterly newsletters, the MFA website, and flyers.Activa-Liberia now serves as MFA’s official provider of staff and student health insuranceMeanwhile the MFA has been actively cultivating global recognition. It recently hosted U.S. women’s national soccer team coach and 2015 FIFA Coach of the Year, Jill Ellis, in Liberia from November 29-December 2, 2016. Ellis was accompanied by the goalkeeper of the team, Ashlyn Harris. Both women visited Liberia as sports envoys sponsored by U.S. Embassy, Monrovia, U.S. Soccer, and SportsUnited, which is the Department of State’s division devoted to sports diplomacy. Ellis was subsequently named as an official Monrovia Football Academy Ambassador.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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