Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet TNT import Donte Greene shoots over Mahindra import Keith Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT will take one last shot in hopes of improving its standing this 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The KaTropa have parted ways with import Donte Greene, who will be replaced with Joshua Smith for the team’s final two games in the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT TNT is already assured of a quarterfinal slot with a 6-3 record, but the KaTropa are still eyeing to snag a seat in the top two.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith PLAY LIST 00:51Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Will Voigt to help Mighty, not fill Gilas’ coaching spot Gomez de Liaño bros still undecided on UP return View comments FEU opens Filoil bid with win over CSB School to fine parents for picking up their children late World’s shortest man dies in Nepal at 27 MOST READ ‘Maman Dion,’ mother of singer Celine, dies at 92 Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sources close to the situation said the 25-year-old Smith will make his debut on Saturday against Alaska in Legazpi City.The 6-foot-10 Smith spent the last two years with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA D-League, where he averaged 8.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists this past season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Smith will be TNT’s fourth import this conference after Denzel Bowles, Lou Amundson, and Greene.Greene averaged 29.0 points, 14.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks in seven games for the KaTropa. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend
It’s starting to be an anxious time for Los Angeles City Council leadership. Council President Eric Garcetti, winding up his first two-year term as head of the 15-member body, is looking over his shoulder for potential challengers. Garcetti, who succeeded former Councilman Alex Padilla by promising he’d allow other members to play a greater role, is particularly concerned at the prospect of a challenge by Councilman Herb Wesson. Wesson, a former state Assembly speaker who is no stranger to power politics, demurs on the subject but can’t help grinning at the possibility. It all started after Wesson said he will not run for Yvonne Burke’s seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and was happy being a member of the City Council. “I haven’t decided what I want to do,” Wesson said. “I’m not unhappy with Eric as president, but I have to say I don’t mind people thinking about me as running for mayor or council president. It makes them take you more seriously.” The council is set to elect its new leaders at the first meeting in July. While Garcetti is universally liked, some council members have confided that they are upset because he advances a personal political agenda on some issues – such as extending a “living-wage” ordinance to hotels near Los Angeles International Airport – that creates problems for them. Even if Wesson doesn’t challenge Garcetti for his post, conditions are ripe for the council to pull together a compromise slate. Signs are getting clearer on whom Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plans to endorse in the U.S. presidential race. While he has been courted by all the major candidates, he has been the closest with the Clinton campaign – dining two weeks ago with the former president and Sen. Hillary Clinton while in New York City. Now there is word that one of Villaraigosa’s most-trusted political aides, Michael Trujillo, is going to work for Hillary Clinton as field director of her California campaign. It’s quite a move up for Trujillo, who got his start in politics as the youngest city commissioner ever under former Mayor Richard Riordan. Trujillo has held a variety of campaign posts and most recently managed the successful campaign of Los Angeles Unified School District board member Tamar Galatzan. If Villaraigosa is feeling picked on these days, he found some unlikely support from San Francisco publication Beyond Chron (www.beyondchron.org), which criticized a recent New Yorker profile of the mayor. Writer Randy Shaw compared the profile to a “Fox News `fair and balanced’ report on Barack Obama.” Shaw wrote that the New Yorker reporter only went to political enemies of the mayor and none of his friends. “The New Yorker profile is disturbing, due to the magazine’s widespread credibility, and raises questions as to why its top editors sacrificed this credibility by approving publication of (the reporter’s) deeply-flawed political attack,” Shaw wrote. LAUSD Superintendent David L. Brewer III is putting the finishing touches on his reorganization plan for the district. The plan is scheduled to be released June 14, but drafts of it so far have drawn an underwhelming response. One critic, who asked not to identified, said the plan does not look at key parts of LAUSD and has little focus on the two main issues facing the district: instruction and construction. firstname.lastname@example.org (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!