“It is prescribed that the original bottle with the label “Varaždinsko bučino uje” may only be filled with 100 percent pure premium oil, which the members of the Association continuously monitor and measure, and no other brand in Croatia has that. We gained added value through protection and achieved three important goals. Varaždin pumpkin oil has become recognizable, the market demand for it has increased, and the price of this indigenous premium quality product has also increased.”Pointed out the prefect Čačić. It is expected that within 1,5 to two years, the name Varaždin pumpkin oil will be protected throughout the EU. For manufacturers of geographical indications at national level, it means added value for their product. Varaždin County accounts for as much as 25 percent of the total production of pumpkin oil in Croatia, and more than 1 percent at the EU level. On December 12, 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture issued a decision on national protection, which successfully completed the procedure initiated last year by the Varaždin Pumpkin Oil Association and Varaždin County. “This decision of the relevant ministry is the crown of two years of work on branding our pumpkin seed oil. For a year and a half, the Administrative Department for Agriculture and Rural Development and the association worked on extensive documentation which now proves that Varaždin pumpkin oil is a unique product of exceptional quality.”Said Prefect Radimir Čačić at a press conference at the County Palace held today, January 9. Let us add that Varaždin County now has seven products that are already under one of the forms of protection in the European Union and / or in Croatia. In addition to Varaždin pumpkin oil, these are: Varaždin cabbage, Zagorje turkey, Zagorje mills, Varaždin klipič, Zagorje štruklji and Zagorje acacia honey. “Varaždin pumpkin oil” is protected by a geographical indication at the level of the Republic of Croatia, which made it the first pumpkin oil with this type of protection. The protection of Varaždin pumpkin oil is based on traditional production, which in Varaždin County, according to historical records, began 150 years ago, while the tradition of using Varaždin pumpkin oil in the diet dates back to the 18th century. “For producers, the protection of Varaždin pumpkin oil is very important. We believe that the demand will be much higher, because Varaždin pumpkin oil is already a food without which any salad is unthinkable today. It is very important to continuously educate customers and teach them quality, because we, the producers gathered in the association, pay special attention to quality. The impetus to protect our premium and 100 percent pure oils was the emergence of products of very low prices and catastrophic quality. Now there will be a stamp with prominent protection on the original bottle so that people will know exactly what they are buying. People have become interested in production because they see that there is a future and that the consumption of Varaždin pumpkin oil is increasing”Pointed out the president of the Varaždin Pumpkin Seed Oil Association Matija Patrčević. Photo: Varaždin Pumpkin Seed Oil Association
Loading… In what could be a chain of transfer, Chelsea may move for Ajax shot-stopper Andre Onana and allow their club record signing to depart on a season-long loan deal.Kepa, 25, replaced Thibaut Courtois as the club’s number one – with the Belgian international instead moving to Real Madrid – following his €80m move from Athletic Club Bilbao in 2018 and has established himself as the team’s number one shot-stopper.However, Willy Caballero, 38, replaced Kepa between the sticks for Lampard’s side during a run of matches in February including crucial games against Leicester, Manchester United, Tottenham and Bayern Munich.Read Also: Premier League: Two Chelsea stars pen new dealsKepa has often been selected as the Spanish national team goalkeeper ahead of David De Gea but his fallout at Stamford Bridge may harm his chances.The goalkeeper is said to be prioritising minutes next season ahead of the 2021 European Championships and now wants to leave London.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Valencia are hopeful of completing a loan deal for out-of-favour Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.Advertisement Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBrother Creates A Phenomenal Dress For His Sister8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee That is according to a report in El Mundo Deportivo, who say Los Che have identified the Spain international as a replacement for Jasper Cillessen – who has been linked with a summer exit.As per Valencia-based outlet Plaza Deportiva, Cillessen may return to his former club Ajax after a less than convincing campaign at the Mestalla and the Spanish club are now on the lookout for a replacement.
RelatedPosts Rangers postpone resumption Ahead 2020/21 season: LMC fixes date for Club Licensing application 2020/2021 Season: Rangers set resumption date Rangers International Football Club of Enugu has demoted eight first team players to its B Team, the team’s Media Officer, Nobert Okolie, said on Tuesday. Okolie told newsmen in Enugu that the decision was taken by the club’s technical crew and management after an emergency meeting. Okolie explained that the action was part of the “Performance Based” agreement signed by both parties. He said the club would source for quality strikers to end its woeful performance in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League. He said: “In a bid to stop the not too impressive run in the ongoing season, the management of the Flying Antelopes, Rangers International FC, have sent some of its players to the ‘B’ team of the club.” Okolie also said all the strikers in the club have had their salaries slashed by 40 per cent until they improve their scoring ability. He said the club’s General Manager, Davison Owumi, has described the action as necessary to bring out the best from the players. He quoted Owumi as saying: “I must say that this measure of sending some of you to the ‘B’ team is for you to catch up with the form we saw in you and engage you in the first place. “We need to start winning games and move out from where we currently occupy to where we rightly belong.” NAN reports that the seven times Nigeria league champions have won only one league game, drew three and lost five of their nine matches this season. Rangers is currently 20th on the NPFL table and third in the Confederation Cup group A.Tags: Davidson OwumiNigeria Professional Football LeagueNobert OkolieRangers FC
Related Articles Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Two unbeaten fighters with mightily impressive knockout records take centre stage in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium this weekend, with the world watching with bated breath as one record crumbles to dust.Britain’s Anthony Joshua, with 20 wins from 20 fights and a perfect 100% KO record, faces off against Joseph Parker, with the New Zealander unbeaten in his 24 fights, 18 of which, or 75%, have been ended early.The unification bout, which see’s Joshua and his WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles go up against WBO holder Parker, has been dubbed a ‘history maker’ in the build up, with the Briton set to experience a stadium bout for the fourth time in his burgeoning career (two each at the Principality and Wembley).However, how is the fight benefiting from the longer Easter weekend build up? And crucially, who are punters backing and could we potentially see Joshua lose his crown?Alan Alger, Public Relations Manager at Betway, has been discussing the upcoming bout: “AJ is a heavy favourite for the fight and punters can’t see past the man from Watford. Although not necessarily taking that price, we’ve seen plenty of interest in a Joshua knockout and a knockout or stoppage in some of the earlier rounds.“There’s a lot of expectation around this fight, and there’s naturally more interest than normal due to it being an Easter bank holiday. Factor in that it’s Anthony Joshua fighting, and the whole package makes this a huge betting event.“With events like this between now and the summer, it’s important that we carry this momentum into the World Cup, which obviously is huge for the industry as a whole.”With the worldwide interest now catapulted in the direction of Joshua, is he the biggest player in the sport? And could boxing betting records fall by the wayside if he continues to march down this path?Alger added: “He’s currently the sport’s biggest player, there’s no doubting that. People love his background story given his rise through the ranks as an amateur and choosing to fight at the Olympics. He’s a likeable character, and he still has huge potential to do bigger things in boxing.“We expect him to break boxing betting records, especially given that his next fight could be against Deontay Wilder, where the levels of interest would be very high.”
Vardy has nine Premier League goals against Arsenal in his career ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace RelatedPosts Maddison and Vardy scored the goals in what was a fairly easy win for Leicester Tags: ArsenalJames MaddisonJamie VardyLeicester City In fact, the only real clear-cut chance of the first half fell to the away side with Alexandre Lacazette curling the ball just wide after receiving the ball from strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.But whatever Rodgers said to his players at half time clearly had the desired effect as Leicester simply had too much for this fragile group of Arsenal players.Wilfred Ndidi should have opened the scoring but his left-footed effort crashed against the bar.Arsenal did actually have the ball in the net when Aubameyang got on the end of Sead Kolasinac’s low cross but the new Gunners captain was offside and the goal was rightly chalked off. Leicester did their top-four chances no harm whatsoever with a comfortable 2-0 win over Arsenal at the King Power Stadium.Neither side could be separated at half time but the Foxes outclassed their opponents after the break. Vardy then turned provider to set up James Maddison, who drilled in the second to give Brendan Rodgers’ men a deserved three points.The result puts Leicester second in the Premier League – although Liverpool and Manchester City will play each other on Sunday – while Arsenal is a huge eight points off the Champions League spots.Has Leicester been such over-whelming favourites to beat Arsenal? In recent memory, probably not.But the hosts got off to a slightly timid start with the onus clearly on them to win but Gunners midfielder Matteo Guendouzi was given a huge let-off when Caglar Soyuncu was tugged down in the box – neither the referee nor VAR giving a penalty. Aubameyang got off to a losing start in his first game as Arsenal’s club captainLeicester continued to pin their opponents back and took the lead when Vardy adjusted his feet well to stick the ball past Bernd Leno after great combination play from Barnes and Tielemans.This was Vardy’s ninth Premier League goal against the Gunners and he almost had his tenth moments later but his fizzing effort was kept out by Leno.But that opportunity would not be one they’d live to regret as Maddison made it 2-0 on 75 minutes – Vardy the provider this time as he teed the ball up for the midfielder, who drilled it through Hector Bellerin’s legs and beyond Leno.Leicester somewhat eased up after that and almost went 3-0 up but Guendouzi headed a Leicester corner narrowly wide of the goal – a moment that summed up Arsenal’s dismal display. Source: Talk Sports Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba The deadlock was broken through Jamie Vardy’s tidy finish following good work from Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans.
PreviousUC Riverside’s Dean Miller, (#20), bats against Nebraska during Saturday’s non-conference game at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)UC Riverside head coach Troy Percival and Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad meet at home plate before the start of their non-conference game at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)UC Riverside head coach Troy Percival talks with pitcher Riley Ohl, (#51), during Saturday’s non-conference game against Nebraska at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNebraska head coach Darin Erstad, watches from the dugout during Saturday’s non-conference game against UC Riverside at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)UC Riverside’s Riley Ohl, (#51), delivers a pitch in the first inning to Nebraska’s Spencer Schwellenbach, (#1), during Saturday’s non-conference game at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)UC Riverside’s Damien Sanchez,(#1), misses the ball as Nebraska’s Spencer Schwellenbach, (#1), slides into second base safely during Saturday’s non-conference game at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)Nebraska’s Angelo Altavilla, (#7), turns a double play as UC Riverside’s Alec Arnone, (#7), during Saturday’s non-conference game at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)UC Riverside’s Nick Kafer,(#18), reaches for a fly ball against Nebraska during Saturday’s non-conference game at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)UC Riverside’s Cole Pofek, (#23), rounds second base as Nebraska’s, Cam Chick,(#29), mishandles a ground ball during Saturdays non-conference game at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)UC Riverside’s Cole Pofek, (#23), slides home safely in the first inning against Nebraska during Saturday’s non-conference game at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)UC Riverside’s Travis Bohall,(#30), slides safely into home during Saturday’s non-conference game against Nebraska at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)Nebraska’s Spencer Schwellenbach, (#1), catches UC Riverside’s Dylan Orick,(#35), during Saturday’s non-conference game at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)UC Riverside’s Dean Miller, (#20), bats against Nebraska during Saturday’s non-conference game at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)UC Riverside head coach Troy Percival and Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad meet at home plate before the start of their non-conference game at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)NextShow Caption1 of 12UC Riverside head coach Troy Percival and Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad meet at home plate before the start of their non-conference game at University of California Riverside in Riverside, Ca., February 16, 2019. (John Valenzuela/ Contributing Photographer)ExpandRIVERSIDE – The dozens of card games, hundreds of lunches and road trips all over the continent, the thousands of hours of conversations on every element of the game of baseball when they were Los Angeles Angels teammates and this is what Troy Percival remembers the most about Darin Erstad.And no, it wasn’t the obvious connection you’d think. It wasn’t Erstad putting away Kenny Lofton’s fly ball – one induced by Percival on the mound – for the final out of the 2002 World Series.“I remember I came into a game to get a courtesy inning,” Percival said. “He had just come off a concussion and made a diving play that gave him another concussion. So I go to the hospital to see him and ask him, ‘What are you doing? That game was over.’ He goes, ‘No. The ball is never falling.’“I’ve never forgotten that. Especially when you’re on the mound, the ball is never falling. That’s just who he is. It’s fun to watch what he turns his teams into. They follow a good leader.” Erstad’s Nebraska Cornhuskers followed their leader into Riverside this weekend for a four-game series with Percival’s UC Riverside Highlanders. It’s the third season in a row the two former Angels teammates have started their collegiate seasons playing each other by coaching their respective alma maters, but the first time they’ve brought the series to the Riverside Sports Complex, where Percival’s retired No. 40 features prominent on the center-field wall. The previous two seasons, the teams met at the Angels’ spring-training complex in Mesa, Ariz., splitting four games.Related Articles Son of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar charged with stabbing attack on neighbor NCAA grants extra year of eligibility to fall sport athletes, addresses scholarships in light of COVID-19 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “As soon as I got the job here, I called him and started getting advice, because this is not an easy job to do if you were never an assistant,” Percival said. “I picked his brain pretty much four, five times a week. I was calling him asking questions like ‘How do you start the program? How do you get your influence into the team?’ Just everything top to bottom and he was always there to answer the call.”Erstad answered the call during the offseason, when Percival called to inquire about – naturally – getting hitting philosophy from a player who, in 2000, hit .355 with 240 hits. Erstad told his former teammate about a book called “High Scoring Baseball” that Percival and his coaches devoured and incorporated this season in an effort to go next-level offensively.That book stresses situational hitting, execution and putting the ball in play. In otherwords, Erstad and Percival have come full circle when it comes to making the ball fall. Nebraska captured Friday night’s game, 21-6. The teams split Saturday’s doubleheader, with UCR winning the opener, 10-9, behind three hits from freshman Alec Arnone and two hits and two RBI from freshman Damian Sanchez, and Nebraska taking the nightcap, 10-6.Putting aside the ebb and flow of a long college baseball season, nothing has ebbed in the flow of the relationship between Percival and Erstad that began when Erstad joined the Angels in 1996 and lasted through and beyond the ends of their professional careers in 2009. The two built a friendship that surprised no one who knows them and their intense, focused personalities, having regular lunches, working out together and asking questions of each other about their respective disciplines.“I respect him probably more than anyone in the world,” Erstad said. “We’re on the phone a lot anyway. Both of us being head coaches, you deal with issues with teams and you’re trying to learn from everyone and what different people are going through. He’s obviously got a huge pitching background, so I’ve always picked his mind about it.”Percival hasn’t been shy about doing the same, especially since seeing what Erstad has turned the Cornhuskers into since taking the job at his alma mater in 2012. The former Angels center fielder entered his eighth season winning 58 percent of his games, along with a Big Ten title and three trips to the NCAA Regionals. 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Then the show started, and what a show as the great talents of the duo inspired some of our farang talent to join them on stage.We know Phil can belt out the Tom Jones classics but tonight, as we had many Irish golfers, he gave them some renditions of some Irish songs. Garry Barker, Nick Shaw and Terry Archer and one or two others all did a few numbers covering various genres, all in professional style.The place was rocking as the audience joined in the chorus lines, and even a conga line formed as the dancing and music became more exciting.Joy bought out the birthday cake, then some much appreciated donations from Jon Dean and Tommy Marshall became prizes in a lucky draw. Well actually, many lucky draws.A great night where people stayed on much later than ever before having a party to celebrate Phil’s Happy Birthday. This course is in terrific condition, considering the lack of water available, as many courses are drying out now.As we started to assemble at the first tee, the starter was pushing us to get the groups going early as he had to fit in a three-ball. Fairly soon he calmed down after deciding to start them from the tenth.We got our 19 groups away in a little less than two hours and, with no hold ups, all finished in good time, the first group came in under four hours.Plenty of presents available on such a big day with three flights and loads of novelty prizes.Phil Ashton, playing his second game since arriving from UK, took out the A flight with a solid 37 points.Then came three players on 36 points which needed a countback to sort them. Andrew Kelleher maintained his very consistent game to run in to second place followed by Chris Paterson in third and Joe Nagle in fourth. Winner C flight Mike Firkin with Phil Davies.PSC Pattaya Links Golf SocietyWed, Mar. 4 Green Valley StablefordSeventy two golfers came to Green Valley Golf Course to help Phil Davies celebrate his latest birthday. A Flight (0-12)1st Place – Phil Ashton (12) – 37 pts2nd Place – Andrew Kelleher (10) – 36 pts c/back3rd Place – Chris Paterson (8) – 36 pts c/back4th Place – Joe Nagle (11) – 36 pts5th Place – Steve Moxey (9) – 35 pts c/backB Flight (13-20)1st Place – Adam Barton (16) – 37 pts2nd Place – Ann Stokes (14) – 36 pts c/back3rd Place – Chas Miller (16) – 36 pts c/back4th Place – Billy Buchanan (13) – 36 pts5th Place – John Chelo (19) – 35 pts c/back John Hughes came in second, declaring that his 39 points was his best ever in Thailand, well done.Keith Melbourne is a high handicapper but is able to pull one out of the bag sometimes and this day it was a big 38 points, but only third place.Dave Rodriques, in a very rare appearance, surprised himself and his buddies in the group by scoring 36 points and taking fourth spot on countback over Chris Walsh.Now the winners of the novelties.Near pins A flight: Bob Stokes, Barry Wellings (x3).Near pins B flight: John Chelo, Nigel Harrison, Barry Cunningham, John Pearce.Long Drive B flight: Donal McGuigan.Long Drive A flight: Went missing.Long first putt (hole 9): Connie Walsh.Mystery Partners: Chris Walsh/ John Hughes – 75 points. C Flight (21+)1st Place – Mike Firkin (24) – 40 pts2nd Place – John Hughes (22) – 39 pts3rd Place – Keith Melbourne (34) – 38 pts4th Place – Dave Rodriques (30) – 36 pts c/back5th Place – Chris Walsh (26) – 36 pts.Best Front Nine (non-winners) Derek Phillips 21 pts c/backBest Back Nine (non-winners) Andrew Purdie 20 pts c/backIt was still daylight as we arrived back at Links Bar and ready to party.The formalities of the presentations for all the winners was done while the food was being prepared.Then it was out to the pig on a spit and chicken on a spit plus loads of salad and fried rice, enough to feed an army.Inside, we had some mood music by a local Thai duo while everyone was eating and re-living their round of golf. Steve Moxey took fifth spot with 35 points which came after many countbacks at that mark.The B flight results were a mirror image of the A flight.Adam Barton, showing good form this trip won the flight with 37 points. Then followed another three way tie on 36 points which, again, went to countback.Ann Stokes, one of only two ladies in the field, took second spot followed by the now consistent Chas Miller while Billy Buchanan grabbed the fourth place.John Chelo took fifth by winning another multiple countback.The C flight produced the three top scores of the day.The best of them all came from Mike Firkin who, only a few hours earlier, stepped off a plane after a quick trip to Australia. His great score of 40 points won him the flight and the Green Jacket. Promoted ContentbrainberriesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldbrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. 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“The Chiringuito de Jugones” released a preview of the interview with Sergio the ‘Kun’ Agüero. The striker of the Manchester City He spoke of the return to training, the Champions League match against Real Madrid and its future. 10 To train: “15 days ago we received the information on when to return and it was May 4. There is a new meeting. If the Champions League is played in August it will be difficult.”Fear: “When we come back we will be half tense. The issue is that it can be played.”Champions: “We would like to play the return leg with Madrid with the public. It is not easy. We have a good result.”Future: “I have a year and a half left on my contract.”
Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that this stretch coincided with the Aces winning three straight games, something which has been a huge confidence builder for Manuel.“I just do what is asked of me and I become more confident whenever I score. I try not to waste the opportunities given to me by my teammates because they always look for me whenever we run the pick-and-roll,” he said.Manuel’s stellar play has led to coach Alex Compton joking that Alaska has gotten a new reinforcement, but the tireless forward just scoffed off the remark and maintained that all he’s trying to do is to help the Aces get the win.But this current tear also has its cons, with Manuel expecting tighter defense on him in the coming games, starting on Saturday against San Miguel.“I know that in the next games, the defense will be more aware of me,” he said. “But the good thing with our team is that no matter if I score or not, if we get the win, we’ll be alright.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Creamline bounces back, tops PayMaya MOST READ 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 fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours And Manuel has nothing else to thank for but his conditioning this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“I really put myself in better condition. I trimmed weight so that I can avoid injury,” he shared in Filipino.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 crown“Now, I can do what I want to do because I can move well.”From 230 poinds last season, Manuel cut down his weight to 210-215 pounds. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Better conditioning leads to better outputs from Vic Manuel.For the third straight game, the Nueva Ecija native continued to light up the scoreboards, resetting a new career-high 29 points in Alaska’s 110-100 victory over TNT on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments
• Photo Gallery: Lakers vs. Trail Blazers LOS ANGELES – Even with the NBA trade deadline today, the light at the end of the tunnel keeps looking farther away for the Lakers, who now are the first Phil Jackson-coached team in history to lose six consecutive games. The Blazers scored 18 more points than their season average and shot 59.7 percent from the field. The only team to shoot better against the Lakers this season was the Dallas Mavericks in a December loss. All that was left was for the Lakers to work the phones and try to convince the New Jersey Nets they were better off without the remaining $41 million on Jason Kidd’s contract than they were with the All-Star guard. But Jackson portrayed things in less than favorable terms before the game by saying he didn’t think the “momentum” was there to make a deal after spending the afternoon huddled with general manager Mitch Kupchak. Bryant finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but the most telling stat came with the Lakers being out-scored 25-11 with the superstar guard on the bench. Jarrett Jack led Portland with 30 points while Zach Randolph added 16. As indication of how desperate the Lakers were to win, Jackson opted to bring Bryant back at the start of the fourth quarter when he normally rested him. It appeared Bryant would play to the final horn, but Jackson sat him with 8:03 left. The results were disastrous as Portland out-scored the Lakers 10-2 to take a 98-89 lead. Jackson called one timeout with 7:37 remaining after Dan Dickau stripped Andrew Bynum in the post and the Blazers scored at the other end. LaMarcus Aldridge and Randolph sank jumpers for Portland. The Lakers then watched as Sasha Vujacic fell down on a drive and Lamar Odom couldn’t connect on a 3-pointer, which led to an Aldridge basket. Vujacic missed a 3-pointer and the Lakers couldn’t grab the rebound after Dickau missed a 3-pointer. It went to Randolph, who floated in a shot to put the Blazers ahead 98-89. Jackson called timeout again and brought back Bryant. The Blazers went ahead by 11 and finished off the 16-2 run on a Brandon Roy jumper. But the Lakers stormed back with Bryant on the floor and scored seven unanswered points to close to 100-96 on Bryant’s three-point play with 2:50 left. They got no closer as Jack and Randolph each got to the line for two free throws while Bryant missed a 3-pointer and a drive in the lane. Bryant scored nine points in a row for the Lakers after returning but it wasn’t enough. email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They suffered a dismal 112-108 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night at Staples Center, a game that turned on Jackson’s decision to sit Bryant with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Lakers’ continued indifferent defense. What was a one-point game when Bryant went to the bench turned into an 11-point Portland lead in a matter of 3