Bela Padilla nominated Best Actress in 15th Seoul Int’l Drama Awards

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Bela Padilla has been nominated for the coveted Best Actress award at the Seoul International Drama Awards (SDA) 2020 for her role in the 2019 ABS-CBN crime drama “Sino ang Maysala?”

Padilla was recognized for her portrayal of Juris in the said television series (internationally titled “Mea Culpa”), the award-giving body announced yesterday, Aug. 6.

“Sino ang Maysala,” which ran for over three months, has likewise been nominated under the Serial Drama category along with seven other foreign shows.

The British-Filipino actress has since expressed her gratitude through social media. Through Instagram Story, she said, “Thank you so much for the nomination!!! and from one of my favorite countries too!”

Bela Padilla

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Padilla also took pride in being nominated alongside British actress Imelda Staunton, who is known for playing the infamous professor Dolores Umbridge in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

“Thank you!!! To be nominated with Ms. Hyo Jin and professor Umbridge herself!!!!! is honestly the most kilig part for me,” she said via Twitter on the same day.

The SDA, South Korea’s only international television festival, recognizes excellence in television drama from around the globe. A total of 212 entries from 41 countries were screened this year, according to its organizers.

Kapuso actor Alden Richards won the Asian Star Prize (male category) from the said festival last year. The first Filipino to win the award was Dennis Trillo in 2016.

Padilla was nominated along with six other actresses, namely South Korea’s Si-Eun Park (“Everything and Nothing”), Hyo-Jin Kong (“When the Camellia Blooms”) and Ji-Eun Kim (“I Have 3 boyfri3nds”), Czech Republic’s Zuzana

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James Harden’s 39 points help Rockets past shorthanded Lakers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — James Harden had 39 points and 12 assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 113-97 victory on Thursday night over the Los Angeles Lakers, who were playing without LeBron James.

The Lakers, who clinched the top seed in the Western Conference on Monday, didn’t have James because of a sore right groin.

The Rockets were also short-handed, missing Russell Westbrook because of a bruised right quadriceps. But the combination of Harden’s big game and Houston’s long-range shooting were enough to take care of the Lakers. The Rockets made 21 of 57 3’s while Los Angeles hit just 2 of 19.

The Lakers scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 94-89 with about eight minutes to go. Houston had three turnovers and didn’t score in the fourth until a layup by Harden with just more than seven minutes remaining to allow Los Angeles to make it close.

Houston coach Mike D’Antoni raved about the way Harden has been playing since the season restarted as the Rockets have gone 3-1.

“His commitment on defence is number one,” he said. “He stays locked in and is trying to win whatever it takes, accepting the double teams and trying to trying to bust it through to other guys. So there’s a lot of good things to marvel about.”

Harden’s layup jump-started Houston’s offence and was the start of an 11-0 run that pushed the lead to 105-89 with five minutes remaining. Harden, Austin Rivers and Robert Covington each made a 3-pointer in that span.

“We’re playing pretty good,” Harden said. “There’s a lot of things especially defensively that we can correct but I think our energy … and pace has been good.”

Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 21 points

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Lewis Hamilton uncomfortable negotiating new deal during pandemic

SILVERSTONE, England — Lewis Hamilton feels uncomfortable negotiating with Mercedes over a lucrative new deal as the world struggles during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Formula One world champion’s contract is up for renewal in five months’ time.

“Honestly, it doesn’t feel like the right time to sit down and talk about it,” said Hamilton, who heads into the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday with a 30-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas in the championship.

“When you think about so many people in the world who have lost their jobs and people who are now unemployed, to sit down and negotiate a big contract doesn’t feel like the most important thing that I need to apply time to at this second. I don’t feel comfortable about it so I am going to wait a little bit longer.”

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as F1 tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season. This Sunday’s event is being called the 70th Anniversary GP to mark the sport’s landmark year.

Mercedes announced Thursday that Bottas will be retained for a fifth season. Given Mercedes’ imperious dominance, the Finn is providing the sole challenge to Hamilton.

Hamilton is on course to match Michael Schumacher’s record haul of seven world championships this season.

“I do want to continue with this team and it is not a big effort for us to sit down and get it done,” the 35-year-old Hamilton said. “I am not talking to anyone else. I am looking forward to continuing, particularly as we have just started a new chapter of how we educate ourselves and how we understand what we are going to do in terms of being more diverse and more inclusive. I am super excited with what is

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