first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “What a night! I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it!” said Elias Edraki, 35, also of Toronto.Fans had gathered both indoors and at dozens of outdoor venues across the country to cheer on a team from a city many Canadians love to hate, their enthusiasm measured by unusually jammed bars.Dozens of cities across Ontario also held packed viewing events as did many other places from coast to coast, such as Halifax, which threw a massive outdoor block party.“This is the best day of my life!” said John Cooke, 35, of Toronto.Montreal shut down two city blocks to allow the improbable: people cheering a team from Toronto. Thousands braved the rain, forming a red tide, as organizers handing out “We the North” T-shirts.ADVERTISEMENT Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Fans celebrate in Jurassic Park outside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, Canada—Fans poured onto the streets and honked horns in Toronto and celebrated throughout Canada after the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA championship on Thursday night.“And that’s how we do it in the North,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted above a photo of him, two of his children and a dog watching the game.ADVERTISEMENT One man was booed when he arrived in a blue Warriors T-shirt. But he ripped it off to reveal a Raptors jersey. The Warriors shirt was set on fire, burning until police doused it. Fans in Regina, as they did on Monday, watched on the massive screen at the Roughriders’ home stadium, while Edmontonians headed to the Expo Centre.Even in Rockford, Illinois, hometown to Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, fans began a party at 6 p.m. at the newly created Jurassic Park RKFD to watch their local hero perform.“Fred is an amazing basketball player and a genuinely good person both on and off the court,” Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said.The championship win by the Raptors marked the first for a Canadian team in one of the big four professional sports since the Toronto Blue Jays won the 1993 World Series, and the first for an NBA team outside the U.S. A parade will be held on Monday.“I remember coming here as an immigrant from Sri Lanka in 1989 and we watched Joe Carter hit that home run for the Jays,” said Subi Mahan, 37, of Pickering, Ontario, who was with his two boys, Kiyan, 6, and Kishan, 9. “(So) to be here and share this with my boys is amazing. This is what love is.”Love of the Raptors, with their best performance in their 24 seasons, prompted Toronto Mayor John Tory to don his now-signature black-and-gold blazer to visit the gathering crowd Thursday.“It is beyond comprehension that people could be down here, huddled under these makeshift tents, for hours on end, more than a day, overnight,” Tory said. “It’s cold, it’s rainy, it’s been such a terrible spring, but they’ve been here week after week, day after day, and they’re the greatest fans in sports.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Thousands of spectators who jammed Jurassic Park, the fan zone outside the team’s empty downtown arena, to watch Game 6 of the NBA Finals on big screens screamed in gleeful pandemonium as the final buzzer sounded on the Raptors’ 114-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors.Rapper and Raptors global ambassador Drake said the team played with heart.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We did this off of love,” Drake said after the game. “We willed this into existence.”The crowd sang Queen’s “We Are the Champions” as they streamed into clogged streets. Some climbed poles and waved shirts. Car horns blared in a triumphant cacophony. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Jollibee, Philippine Rugby Football Union renew partnership for Philippine Volcanoes’ campaign Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup AJ Edu, Kai Sotto spearhead tall Gilas youth roster for Fiba U19 World Cup MOST READ Georgia Peregrina and Jerard Jacinto swam to the first place in the girls! and boys’ 16-18 100m backstroke events to add to Desirae Mangaoang’s gold medal finish earlier in the day.READ: Desirae Mangaoang delivers 1st gold for Philippines in SEA Age swim meetFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPeregrina, a Fil-Australian swimmer who is also making her debut for Team Philippines, registered 1:06 in her backstroke swim and 2:23.26 in her individual medley, which was good for a silver medal.“I feel very proud to be able to do it (win a medal) for my country and I’m really happy,” said the 18-year-old swimmer. “My times were not very good so that was a bit disappointing but I’m just glad I was able to add to the tally.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ PHNOM PENH—The Philippines plucked two more gold medals before the end of the first day of competition in the 43rd Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championships Friday at Morodok Techo National Sports Complex here.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jerard Jacinto one of the Philippines’ gold medalists in day 1. Photo by Celest Flores-ColinaJacinto, meanwhile, copped his first gold medal with a time of 56.92, 1.6 seconds faster than second placer Hoe Yean Khiew of Thailand.The Philippines also managed to grab four more silver medals after Peregrina’s win and Rian Marco Tirol’s second place in the 16-18 boys’ 50m breaststroke event in the morning.Ivo Nikolai Enot (13 & under boys’ 100m backstroke), Sam Banos (14-15 girls’ 100m butterfly), Miranda Renner (16-17 girls’ 50m freestyle) and Adrian Echler, Matthew Alumbres, Juan Daos and Miguel Barreto (18U 4×200 freestyle relay) all took home silver medals.Athena Chang (13 and under girls’ 400-meter freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay), Renner (100m butterfly) and Mia Tandingan (14-15 girls’ 50m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay), Xiandi Chua and Janelle Lin (4x200m freestyle relay) added bronzes to the country’s medal haul.After the first day, the Filipino junior swimmers have three golds, six silvers and four bronze medals for sixth place.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more