Paul Lee says Hotshots should be ready for Gin Kings

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief But Lee, ever a cautious cager, says it won’t be easy considering the the caliber of the teams waiting for them as they push through with their elimination round campaign—especially the schedule just around the corner.“We’re always reminded that all of our wins would be for naught if we can’t pull through on the Sunday game,” Lee told reporters in Filipino shortly after a 109-83 decision over the Dyip in Araneta. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMagnolia faces Manila Clasico rival Barangay Ginebra this Sunday at the same venue. And a loss would put in peril the Hotshots’ bid for a comfortable place in the playoff round. Right now, Lee and the Hotshots sit on the Philippine Cup’s 7th spot with a 3-4 record. Their four last remaining games should propel them higher in the standings and could get them off the crosshairs of whoever secures the second spot, which will be enjoying a twice-to-beat incentive come quarterfinals. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Eduard Folayang focused on takedown defense for Shinya Aoki rematch Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 “The breaks of the game didn’t just go our way,” he said.“We just have to learn from all that. This is the situation now and we just have to be primed for whoever is up ahead.”But first things first: the showdown with the crowd darlings, which Lee knows by heart, is going to be “a battle.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Magnolia snared their second straight victory at the expense of Columbian on Wednesday night, and guard Paul Lee hopes this heralds good tidings for the Hotshots.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES “We need to be ready, we need to prepare,” Lee said of their game against the Gin Kings, who improved to a 4-3 slate after a gritty stand against league-leading Phoenix Pulse.“I know that they want to exact revenge,” he added, pointing to Magnolia’s semifinal win that dethroned Ginebra in the previous Governors’ Cup. Lee also rued Magnolia’s shaky start into the conference, but said that the team’s focus sights now zero in on its remaining tasks.After the Gin Kings, the Hotshots will face the unpredictable NorthPort Batang Pier. Then, they proceed on taking on the current doormat Blackwater Elite, and the NLEX Road Warriors.“It’s a bummer,” he said of their 0-3 skid that opened the all-Filipino campaign. Magnolia narrowly lost to the Fuel Masters and the second-best team Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

What a Waste: 10 Things to Never Spend Money On

first_img Post navigation You want to save your money for the big things in life. But, there are so many things that want you to part ways with your money sooner and not later.Money mistakes such as a $4 coffee every work day or a $1 lottery ticket here and there might not seem like a big deal. It’s when you add up the cost of all those purchases that you realize they are all a waste of money.If your goal is to inflate your savings account or put money aside for a specific goal, such as buying your first home, stop wasting your money on these items:Coffee You Don’t Make at HomeCoffee is expensive no matter whether you prepare it at home or buy it from a cafe. Although a pound of coffee can cost around $10, depending on how fancy you like your beans and where in the country you live, buying a coffee drink from a cafe will always cost more.A fancy latte from a chain or privately owned coffee shop can cost between $4 and $5 per cup. If you buy just one latte a day, five days a week, you’ll end up spending more than $1,000 per year, just on beverages.Dry CleaningI’ve got a secret for you: your work clothes probably don’t have to be dry cleaned.Unless the label says “dry clean only,” you can more often than not get away from washing your dress pants, button-up shirts and dresses in cold water. Skip the dryer and hang or lay flat to dry to extend the life of your clothing.Dry cleaning might not seem like it costs a lot of money, but it does add up. If you dry clean a $50 skirt four times a year at a cost of $5 per clean, you’ll end up spending an extra $20 each year on the skirt.To avoid dry cleaning bills, check the garment’s tag before purchase. If it says “dry clean only,” leave it on the rack.Bank FeesBank fees can really eat into your budget and there’s no reason they should. Your bank might charge you a fee just to keep your account open or it might charge you a fee if you use another bank’s ATM.If your bank does charge fees, consider switching to one that doesn’t or switching to a credit union.Penalties and Late FeesLate payment penalties are a complete waste of money. You are paying for your own forgetfulness.You gain nothing from paying the late fee except maybe a feeling of annoyance at having to pay it. The best way to avoid paying penalties is to set up automatic payments or bill pay reminders, so that you are never late again.Fancy Cable ChannelsThe premium cable channels seem to offer a lot. You get to watch high quality, engaging shows and see movies and specials before anyone else. But, paying for premium cable channels is one of the top money mistakes people make.Instant video streaming and mail-order DVD rentals make it possible for you to watch the shows once only available on premium cable, without having to shell out $15 each month.Lottery TicketsWhether you prefer scratch-off tickets or the daily number, buying lottery tickets on a regular basis is a big waste of money.Your odds of winning big are somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 in 13 million. With odds like that, the chances of you recouping what you spent on those tickets are slim to none.The next time you feel tempted to take a chance on lottery tickets, put the money you would have spent on those tickets in a savings account instead. You won’t have the chance to win a million dollars, but you also won’t be throwing your money away.A Too-Good-to-be-True OfferMy husband and I were recently approached by a saleswoman who had an “amazing” deal for us. For just $100, we could stay in a deluxe hotel on the beach in Virginia during the off-season.The catch was that we’d have to sit in on a 90 minute presentation about a condo timeshare.The deal was tempting – $100 for a three night trip – but we turned it down, since we hadn’t budgeted for an extra trip. We had no need for it.Any time a salesperson presents you with an offer that seems fantastic, look at the details closely. Odds are pretty high that the deal will benefit the salespeople more than it does you.The Extended WarrantyDo you need to purchase an extended warranty? No, but the stores selling you the product don’t want you to know that.When you purchase the warranty, you usually end up paying half of the product price again. The store you buy the warranty from lucks out, as most people never need to use it.Most products will last for years and not break down. Save the money you’d have spent on the warranty and put it to better use.Snacks at the Movie TheaterAt the grocery store, you can get a pound of popcorn kernels for around $1. At the movie theater, the large popcorn can cost between $6 and $10.The next time you head out to the movies, skip the concessions and you’ll end up spending half as much. If you don’t think you can go two hours without a snack, tuck a candy bar into your pocket.Or, better yet, eat before the trip to the movies.Magazines at the NewsstandReading a magazine is an enjoyable way to kill time while waiting at the doctor’s office or on a plane. But the cost of a magazine at the newsstand is never worth it.If you really enjoy a particular magazine, consider subscribing to it or checking it out at your local library. Subscribing often lowers the per issue price substantially, from around $5 to around $1 or even less.Kelly Anderson is a financial planner who blogs about financial advice you can use in your everyday life. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Relatedlast_img read more