Believe it! 76ers roll with Meek Mill past Heat, into 2nd round

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Believe it, Philly.The 76ers are rolling in the postseason — and rappers, politicians, actors and athletes are dancing along in the ride.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 crownEmbiid and Ben Simmons shined again in front of rapper Meek Mill, and the dominant duo ushered the nightmares-into-dreams Process of the Philadelphia 76ers into the second round with a 104-91 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.The 76ers, winners of 10 games just two seasons ago, are in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 2012. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Goran Dragic was whistled for a technical after slapping Simmons on the backside of his head, and that got the crowd howling early in the third. Simmons kept his cool — the rookie is rarely rattled — and made the Heat pay. JJ Redick sank the free throw off the technical, and Simmons kicked the ball out to Robert Covington on the possession for a 3 and a 54-48 lead. Redick followed with his third 3, and Philly was litty again.Redick, who scored 27, sank the dagger late in the fourth that got the party started. Coach Brett Brown was showered with water and sports drinks in the locker room.“We’ve got more to do. We’ve got more to give,” Brown said.TIP-INSHeat: Josh Richardson played with a sprained left shoulder. He picked up three fouls in his first 2 minutes. … James Johnson was hit with personal and technical fouls late in the fourth that ended a 10-0 Miami run. … Justise Winslow led the Heat with 18 points.76ers: Redick was whistled for a technical foul in the first half. … Missed 10 of 12 3s in the first half.WADE OUT?Dwyane Wade is considering retirement. He congratulated Embiid after the game (“the NBA is in great hands with Joel”) and said he “couldn’t have asked for a better ending” this season than to return to the Heat. Wade did not announce a decision on his future.“You’re going to make me emotional if we start to think about that or talk about that right now,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Salah magic leads Liverpool to win over Roma in Champion League semis “I kind of promised the city this,” Embiid said.The Sixers won the series 4-1 and turned the Wells Fargo Center into the wildest house party in the city. Embiid had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Simmons had 14 points and 10 boards, and the entire team was energized by Mill’s surprise appearance. Mill made a dramatic return hours after Pennsylvania’s highest court ordered him freed while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions.He was taken from prison by helicopter to Philadelphia, where he rang the ceremonial bell at the start of Game 5.“Welcome home Meek Mill,” was about all that was heard from the public address announcer as wild cheers drowned out the rest. Mill sat courtside next to Hart and Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin.Before the game, Mill visited privately with the Sixers in their locker room.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments “For him to come to this type of game … I was just happy,” Embiid said.Hart talked trash, wandered onto the edge of the court to rile up fans and palled around with Mill as the young and gettin’ it Sixers proved they just might be the team to beat in the East.They’ll have plenty of time to rest and recover — Embiid again played in a black mask to guard a face injury — with the other Eastern Conference playoff series expected to stretch into the weekend.They await the winner of Milwaukee-Boston. The Celtics lead the series 3-2.The 76ers were buzzing once Mill’s release made headline news in the city. Rubin had organized prison trips with Embiid, Simmons and Markelle Fultz, and the rapper’s songs played in the locker room and during warmups.Simmons called Mill’s presence “amazing.”“Just having someone that looks out for us, all of us here, it would just mean a lot for him to be back in Philly, in the city of Philadelphia with the fans, especially with a game like that tonight,” Simmons said.Mill breezed into the locker room about 45 minutes before tip and hugged some of the Sixers. Mill was met with a crush of media and celebrity fans as he tried to take his courtside seat. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and retired boxing great Bernard Hopkins sat near Hart and Mill, and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf joined them in the second half. The national champion Villanova Wildcats posed for pictures with Mill in the locker room.What they saw was just the latest beatdown from a franchise whose maligned rebuild has morphed into the one of the trendiest terms in sports.The Sixers outscored the Heat by 14 in the third quarter to snap a tie game and had fans belting “Trust the Process!” MOST READ Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, of Cameroon, talks with Rapper Meek Mill, right, during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 104-91. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid hoisted diminutive comedian Kevin Hart not unlike the way a parent would toss up a toddler. Embiid then pulled him in for a hug as confetti rained on the court, team flags waved around them and the promise of a rowdy late-night celebration was on deck.Hart grabbed the mic and yelled, “Let’s give it up for Joel Embiid!”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

Revealed! The best players ever to wear Arsenal’s squad numbers

first_img 24. Manuel Almunia (wore Arsenal’s No.24 between 2004 and 2008) – It was also worn by Mark Flatts (1993-1994 and 1995-1996), Paul Dickov (1994-1995), John Lukic (1996-2001), Richard Wright (2001-2002), Rami Shaaban (2002-2004), Vito Mannone (2008-2013), Abou Diaby (2013-2015) and Hector Bellerin (2015-present). 28 17. Emmanuel Petit (wore Arsenal’s No.17 between 1997 and 2000) – It was also worn by John Jensen (1993-1995), David Hillier (1995-1996), Edu (2000-2005), Alexandre Song (2005-2012), Nacho Monreal (2012-2014) and Alexis Sanchez (2014-present). getty images – getty 4. Patrick Vieira (wore Arsenal’s No.4 between 1996 and 2005) – It was also worn by Paul Davis (1994-1995), Stefan Schwarz (1995/96), Cesc Fabregas (2006-2011) and Per Mertesacker (2011- present). 28 21. Lukasz Fabianski (wore Arsenal’s No.21 between 2007 and 2014) – It was also worn by Steve Morrow (1993-1995), Eddie McGoldrick (1995-1996), Luis Boa Morte (1997-1999), Tomas Danilevicius (2000-2001), Jermaine Pennant (2001-2004), Mart Poom (2005-2007) and Calum Chambers (2014-present). 28 28 28 28 28 28 15. Ray Parlour (wore Arsenal’s No.15 between 1995 and 2004) – It was also worn by Anders Limpar (1993-1994), Stefan Schwarz (1994-1995), Cesc Fabregas (2004-2006), Denilson (2006-2011) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (2011-present). 28 10. Dennis Bergkamp (wore Arsenal’s No.10 between 1995 and 2006) – It was also worn by Paul Merson (1993-1995), William Gallas (2006-2010), Robin van Persie (2010-2012) and Jack Wilshere (2012- present). 28 28 13. Alexander Hleb (wore Arsenal’s No.13 between 2005 and 2008) – It was also worn by Alan Miller (1993-1994), Vince Bartram (1994-1997), Alex Manninger (1997-2001), Stuart Taylor (2001-2005), Wojciech Szczesny (2011-2012) and David Ospina (2014- present). 9. Nicolas Anelka (wore Arsenal’s No.9 between 1997 and 1999) – It was also worn by Alan Smith (1993-1995), Paul Merson (1995-1997), Davor Suker (1999-2000), Francis Jeffers (2001-2003), Jose Antonio Reyes (2003-2006), Julio Baptista (2006/07), Eduardo (2007-2010), Park Chu-Young (2011-2012) and Lukas Podolski (2012-2015). 28 GETTY 19. Gilberto Silva (wore Arsenal’s No.19 between 2002-2008) – It was also worn by Jimmy Carter (1993-1995), John Jensen (1995-1996), Remi Garde (1996-1999), Stefan Malz (1999-2001), Junichi Inamoto (2001-2002), Jack Wilshere (2008-2012) and Santi Cazorla (2012-present). 27. Emmanuel Eboue (wore Arsenal’s No.27 between 2004 and 2011) – It was also worn by Paul Dickov (1993-1994), Scott Marshall (1994-1995), Paul Shaw (1995-1997), Kaba Diawara (1998-1999), Stathis Tavlaridis (2001-2004), Gervinho (2011-2013) and Serge Gnabry (2014-present). 28 28 8. Ian Wright (wore Arsenal’s No.8 between 1993 and 1998) – It was also worn by Freddie Ljungberg (1998-2007), Samir Nasri (2008-2011) and Mikel Arteta (2011- present). 14. Thierry Henry (wore Arsenal’s No.14 between 1999 and 2007) – It was also worn by Martin Keown (1993-1999) and Theo Walcott (2008-present). 7. Robert Pires (wore Arsenal’s No.7 between 2000 and 2006) – It was also worn by Kevin Campbell (1993-1995), David Platt (1995-1998), Nelson Vivas (1998-2000) and Tomas Rosicky (2006- present). 20. Mathieu Flamini (has worn Arsenal’s No.20 since 2013) – It was also worn by Pal Lydersen (1993-1994), Chris Kiwomya (1995-1997), Matthew Upson (1997-2002), Guillame Warmuz (2002-2003), Philippe Senderos (2003-2006) and Johan Djourou (2006-2013). 28 28 28 25. Nwankwo Kanu (wore Arsenal’s No.25 between 1998 and 2004) – It was also worn by Neil Heaney (1993-1994), Mark Flatts (1994-1995), Scott Marshall (1995-1998), Emmanuel Adebayor (2005-2009) and Carl Jenkinson (2011-2014). 12. Lauren (wore Arsenal’s No.12 between 2000 and 2006) – Lauren was an Arsenal player for seven years from 2000 28 22. Gael Clichy (wore Arsenal’s No.22 between 2003 and 2011) – It was also worn by Ian Selley (1993-1997), Oleg Luzhny (1998-2003), Francis Coquelin (2012-2013) and Yaya Sanogo (2013-2015). The best player to wear no.1 for Arsenal since squad numbers were introduced in 1993 is David Seaman. To find out the rest of Arsenal’s best ever players by squad number, click the arrow above! – Seaman had Arsenal’s number one shirt between 1993 and 2003. It’s also been worn by Jens Lehmann (2003-2008), Manuel Almunia (2008-2012), Wojciech Szczesny (2012-present). 18. Gilles Grimandi (wore Arsenal’s No.18 between 1997 and 2002) – It was also worn by David Hillier (1993-1995), Steve Morrow (1995-1996), Pascal Cygan (2002-2006), Mikael Silvestre (2008-2010), Sebastien Squillaci (2010-2013) and Nacho Monreal (2013-present). 28 11. Marc Overmars (wore Arsenal’s No.11 between 1997 and 2000) – It was also worn by Eddie McGoldrick (1993-1995), Glenn Helder (1995-1996), Nicolas Anelka (1996-1997), Sylvain Wiltord (2000-2004), Robin van Persie (2004-2010), Carlos Vela (2010-2011), Andre Santos (2011-2013) and Mesut Ozil (2013- present). 5. Martin Keown (wore Arsenal’s No.5 between 1999 and 2004) – It was also worn by Andy Linighan (1993-1995), Steve Bould (1995-1999), Kolo Toure (2006-2009), Thomas Vermaelen (2009-2014) and Gabriel (2015- present). 23. Sol Campbell (wore Arsenal’s No.23 between 2001 and 2006) – It was also worn by Ray Parlour (1993-1995), Paul Dickov (1995-1996), Alberto Mendez (1997-1999), Nelson Vivas (2000-2001), Andrey Arshavin (2008-2013) and Danny Welbeck (2013-present). 2. Lee Dixon (wore Arsenal’s No.2 between 1993 and 2002) – It was also worn by Abou Diaby (2005-2013) and Mathieu Debuchy (2014- present). 28 Squad numbers were first introduced to the Premier League in 1993.Prior to that, teams numbered 1-11 in each game (with two substitutes as numbers 12 and 14), meaning players could change number each game.Since the introduction of squad numbers, however, certain players have become synonymous with the number on their back.At Arsenal, Tony Adams wore the number 6 until he retired, while Thierry Henry will always be no.14, despite his brief time as no.12.Some numbers at Arsenal have been worn by a succession of star, while other digits have been assigned to lesser lights.So, who are the best players to wear 1-28 for Arsenal in the era of squad numbers?Take a look at the slideshow above to find out!Disagree with our selection? Comment below. 28 28 16. Aaron Ramsey (wears Arsenal’s No.16 after being handed it in 2008) – It was also worn by John Hartson (1994-1996), Stephen Hughes (1998-1999), Sylvinho (1999-2001), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (2001-2004) and Mathieu Flamini (2004-2008). 28 28 28 28 6. Tony Adams (wore Arsenal’s No.6 between 1993 and 2002) – It was also worn by Philippe Senderos (2006-2008) and Laurent Koscielny (2010-present). 26. Nicklas Bendtner (wore Arsenal’s No.26 between 2007 and 2009) – It was also worn by Jimmy Will (1993-1994), Lee Harper (1994-1997), Fabian Caballero (1998-1999), Moritz Volz (1999-2000), Igors Stepanovs (2001-2004), Emmanuel Frimpong (2011-2014) and Emiliano Martinez (2014-present). 3. Ashley Cole (wore Arsenal’s No.3 between 2001 and 2006) – It was also worn by Nigel Winterburn (1993-2000), Igors Stepanovs (2000/01), Bacary Sagna (2007-2014) and Kieran Gibbs (2014- present). 28 28 28. Kolo Toure (wore Arsenal’s No.28 between 2001 and 2006) – It was also worn by Paul Shaw (1994-1995), Stephen Hughes (1995-1998), Michael Black (1998-1999), Graham Barrett (2000-2001), Amaury Bischoff (2008-2009), Kieran Gibbs (2009-2014) and Joel Campbell (2014-present).last_img read more