Thibodeau laments lack of toughness; Wolves try to hang on

first_imgAldridge injured as Wizards beat Spurs to snap losing streak In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Beginning a supposedly softer stretch of their schedule that has the potential to help propel them to the finish line, the Timberwolves took an egregious loss on Monday to a languishing Memphis team that had lost all 17 road games to date in 2018. The outcome only furthered the doubt among an embittered fan base about whether the Wolves can hang on long enough without All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler to finish in the top eight in the Western Conference.“We have to keep pushing forward. For some guys, this is a new experience. This is about your will,” coach Tom Thibodeau said after the 101-93 loss. “You can’t approach it without knowing what you have to put into it.”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 crownThe word Thibodeau kept using in his postgame lament was toughness, the intangible trait that the truly elite teams use to supplement their top-flight talent. That’s what Butler has provided and then some in his first year with the Wolves, his reunion with Thibodeau after the two developed a strong working relationship in Chicago. Power forward Taj Gibson, another reclaimed asset from Thibodeau’s time with the Bulls, has done the same. Point guard Jeff Teague, the other major offseason acquisition, has hit his stride lately and supplied plenty of his own grit.That’s the experienced portion of the team, along with sixth man Jamal Crawford. Young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, going through the rigors of a playoff race for the first time, haven’t yet built up that resilience. The Grizzlies pushed around the Wolves with a playoff-style physical approach, and the home team didn’t produce enough resistance. 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(AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves have seven games to go in this strenuous regular season, coming tantalizingly close to the tormented franchise’s first appearance in the playoffs in 14 years.The trouble is their once-sturdy postseason bid is also teetering on the brink of being painfully denied.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View comments “I believe we will get it done,” Thibodeau said, “so I told them that today. We’ve just got to keep fighting.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “I like those kinds of games. It was on both ends. Both teams were playing physical, and they were letting us play,” Teague said. “People just haven’t been a part of those kinds of games, so it was an adjustment for some of us.”Teague didn’t have to name names. Thibodeau didn’t either, when he praised the tenacity by Gibson and Teague and left out the rest of the Butler-less starting lineup. Nemanja Bjelica, who has often taken his game to a higher level during extended action in Butler’s absence, was scoreless with a minus-18 rating in 22 minutes against Memphis. Towns was overshadowed by Grizzlies center Marc Gasol. Wiggins was 7 for 17 from the floor, missing four of five attempts from 3-point range.“I just think at times we just miss shots,” Gibson said, downplaying the toughness factor. “It was a gritty game. It came down to the wire. We had good looks. It just didn’t go the way we wanted it to. If you’re playing in this league and you’ve got 40-some wins, you’re a tough team. It’s nothing about grit, nothing about physicality. It just comes down to misses and strong rebounds and knowing your coverages.”The Wolves (42-33) are in eighth place in the conference race, just as close to fourth as they are to ninth. They host Atlanta on Wednesday and play at Dallas on Friday before hosting seventh-place Utah on Sunday. Denver, one of the teams trying to bump Minnesota off, appears twice on the final four games of the schedule.Perhaps Butler will join them. He did some light jogging and 3-point shooting on the court after practice on Tuesday, but Thibodeau declined to reveal a timetable for his return. Butler has not yet been cleared for contact, so the Wolves can’t simply bank on his return.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Bruins hoping to heal quickly

first_img“I can’t really extend my left arm all the way, but they said I shot the ball pretty well,” he said. “I’m not going to be 100 percent Thursday, but if I’m near 100 percent, then I’m going to feel comfortable playing.” Howland said Collison’s status would be decided before tip-off. Collison injured his shoulder in the second half of last Wednesday’s 70-65 victory over USC. He believes it happened when he ran into the basket support after getting fouled. “It’s a lot better than it was last week,” he said, explaining the pain was so bad after the USC game that he couldn’t use his left hand. Collison didn’t play in UCLA’s 70-65 loss at West Virginia last Saturday, which gave freshman Russell Westbrook his first start. It was a rocky one, with Westbrook turning the ball over and missing shots in front of the loud road crowd. “We’re in crunch time now,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. Collison said his left shoulder was feeling better Tuesday. He spent 20 minutes shooting but had no contact in practice. “Without Darren, we are in a little bit of chaos,” leading scorer Arron Afflalo said. If Collison can’t go Thursday, Westbrook likely would replace him again. “I have faith in Russell if he does get that opportunity, he’s going to be successful,” Collison said. “I told him to keep his head up. It was a team thing. We all played bad.” Mata sat out the second half Saturday because of a sore left hip. “I feel much better,” he said. “I feel confident I’ll be ready.” Arizona State would seem to be an easy game for the Bruins, who won 60-50 at Pauley Pavilion last month. But they fell behind by 11 points to start the game against the Sun Devils’ zone. Arizona State (6-18) had a pair of four-point losses to Oregon and Oregon State last week. Before that, the Sun Devils lost to Washington State by one and by five to Washington. “They have nothing to lose,” Collison said. “ASU is still a good team. They brought everyone down to the wire.” The game will reunite Collison and his high school teammate Jeff Pendergraph, the Pac-10’s second-leading rebounder who is shooting 55 percent from the floor. “I spoke with Jeff and he was asking how I was feeling,” Collison said. “You look forward to the game a lot more than other games.” It also pairs brothers Josh Shipp of UCLA and Jerren Shipp of ASU. In their other meeting, Josh finished with 12 points and Jerren eight. “This game has me very nervous,” Howland said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LOS ANGELES – Injuries to point guard Darren Collison and center Lorenzo Mata proved costly in UCLA’s weekend loss at West Virginia. The fifth-ranked Bruins now are waiting to see if their starters will be in the lineup for this week’s road trip to Arizona. The Bruins (21-3, 10-2) head to the desert with a half-game lead over Washington State (10-3) in the Pac-10 race. They play Thursday at Arizona State, winless in 13 conference games, and Saturday at No. 19 Arizona (8-5). last_img read more

‘Wilshere should NOT go to Euro 2016 unless 100 per cent fit’ – Arsenal hero

first_imgFormer Arsenal and England midfielder Ray Parlour believes Jack Wilshere should NOT travel with England to Euro 2016 if he is not 100 per cent fit.Gunners star Wilshere has endured a frustrating year, with persistent injuries keeping him out of action so far this season.However, he is expected to be back in first team contention by April, which would give him around two months to prove his worth to manager Roy Hodgson.Wilshere has been an important player for England in recent years, and Hodgson told talkSPORT on Tuesday that the 24-year-old merits a place in his squad on past performances alone.But Arsenal hero Parlour was warned it would be unwise to take an unfit player to this summer’s championships, insisting there are many other in-form Premier League stars who could take his place in the Three Lions team.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Parlour said: “I wouldn’t take anyone unless they’re 100 per cent fit. I don’t think you can take that gamble.“They’ll be no rushing back for Jack. Arsenal are taking their time with him, they’re going to get him exactly how they want him before he plays again.“But if he can get back into the squad and play six games before the end of the season, starts playing on a regular basis and starts showing his form again…Roy has always been a loyal man, and he’ll be loyal to the players who have got England to the Euros.“It’s been a frustrating few years for Jack. We all know he’s a great player, there’s no doubt about that, but can he stay fit? That’s the real question.“I think Jack Wilshere will go if he IS fit, but there’s a lot of competition for places. Roy’s got a real dilemma with who he picks, especially in that midfield area.“Roy has so many options, which is a great sign for England. There are so many players playing well that he’s got a bit of a headache when it comes to picking his team.“I think Ross Barkley’s got to play, I like the way he attacks players, and it’s going to interesting what he does with the likes of Dele Alli. He’s been great for Spurs this year, but will Roy think it will be too much of a gamble to play him? I don’t think so.“But then you’ve got Eric Dier in a more holding central midfield role, and will Danny Drinkwater get an opportunity? Will Mark Noble?“It will be interesting to see the squad he picks for the upcoming friendlies, to see if those in-form guys get an opportunity. If they do, they have to take it.”last_img read more

‘Woodward’s not that stupid’ – Man United fans disgusted by links with Chelsea ace

first_imgI’d rather we sign Malcom or Pulisic for 60m than Willian. Don’t know why @Manutd aint going for him. #Mufc— AMB Chidiebere MFR™ (@Diebere7) July 24, 2018 Barcelona have also been hoping to sign Willian this summer – and have had three bids rejected by Chelsea – but they appear to have pulled the plug on their interest by swooping for Malcom, the Bordeaux winger, on Monday evening.This has handed United a free run at Willian, and talkSPORT told you earlier today that the Red Devils ‘can and want’ to pay the £62million fee Chelsea have set as the forward’s asking price. Mourinho is known to be a big admirer of Willian This has not gone down particularly well on social media, with United fans believing a move for Willian, who turns 30 next month, is hardly wise.talkSPORT have collected some of the best reactions to the rumours, and you can see them below… Wait Barça have seriously hijacked the Malcom to Roma deal??? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂Then again this means Woodward after pressure from Jose will swoop in for Willian to replace Martial🤧🤧🤧🤧🤧🤧🤧😭😭😭😭 #mufc— Ronnie 💯 (@Meticulous31) July 24, 2018 To be honest would prefer Perisic over Bale. He’d bring far more to the team. But at this stage either would be better than Willian#MUFC— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) July 24, 2018 Now they won’t sign Willian and we’ll probably end up with him 😂 https://t.co/3FfOYT9P10— consigliere (@1MisterH) July 24, 2018 I’d rather not sign anyone at all than sign Maguire & Willian #mufc— Phillip Mehegan (@prmehegan) July 23, 2018 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star We’re getting Willian. As if I could be more depressed as a United fan https://t.co/fyLr7d0vps— PP6 (@ThatDayInMay99) July 24, 2018 Latest transfer news LATEST Manchester United are prepared to pay Chelsea’s asking price for Willian as they look to sign the forward this summer.Willian, the Brazil international, has been a long-term target of United’s, with the Old Trafford club’s manager, Jose Mourinho, hoping to reunite with a player he worked with while the Portuguese was still in charge at Stamford Bridge. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing IN DEMAND targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on three-way race Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Malcom to Barcelona. Hope that doesn’t mean what I think it means about Willian….— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) July 23, 2018 REVEALED Highly doubt we’re getting Willian. Woodward wouldn’t even spend £45m on a 28-year-old Perisic, so what makes you think he’ll spend £70m on a 30-year-old Willian? Woodward may be a crap negotiator, but he’s not that stupid.— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) July 23, 2018 1 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ TOP WORK RANKED LIVING THE DREAM Mourinho wants to take Willian for 70m? pic.twitter.com/YYFX3RBIoG— . (@denimchicken21) July 24, 2018 targets Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January last_img read more

The other ways Son could avoid national service if South Korea lose

first_img MONEY highlights Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade silverware Most popular football news England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won impact Son has arrived at Spurs from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 RANKED smart causal How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED Under Korean law, all men must do 21 months of National Service before their 28th birthday.However, the South Korean government gives exemptions for sports stars who perform exceptionally at major tournaments.Son was given permission by Spurs to miss the start of the Premier League season to play as one of his nation’s three over-age players despite the fact that it is not a Fifa-mandated competition.Son, who turned 26 in July, will avoid the call-up if the team win on Saturday, but there are other opportunities. The 2019 Asian Cup, to be staged in the United Arab Emirates in January, is one and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is another, report The Times.This, though, occurs after he turns 28, but he could seek a waiver to allow him to play in a last-ditch attempt to avoid being called up. BEST OF Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Tottenham forward Heung-min Son is one win away from avoiding mandatory national service.If South Korea beat Japan in the Asian Games’ gold medal match on 1 September, he will be exempt. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 possible standings last_img read more

JIM ‘RUBBISHES’ RUMOUR OF LEAVING BANK FOR A START WITH THE COUNCIL!

first_imgWell known bank manager has denied rumours that he is to quit the bank and take up a position with the council.The Letterkenny-based AIB boss will swap his pinstripe for a boilersuit to collect litter along the roadside this Saturday for a good cause.Jim, along with colleague Garvan McCloskey and a number of like minded people will be clearing litter from the roadside between the Dry Arch and Drumkeen all in aid of “Relay for Life” supporting the Irish Cancer Society. “We have an AIB team involved in Relay for Life and we were looking at different fundraising ideas. We developled on the idea of a sponsored walk and decided to clean up as we go.”He said. ” We have plenty of beautiful countryside in Donegal, but we also have many with a careless attitude to litter.“My Mum, who died from cancer three years ago, loved getting out in the fresh air for a walk – but got very annoyed by the amount of litter along the roadsides. So in this way, I can help tidy up a little stretch of road, raise a few bob for the Irish Cancer Society and get a bit of fresh air while I’m at it!”People are asked to make a donation at the Parkside Service Station, Pattons Shop, Drumkeen, Jameson’s Bar Drumkeen or the Dry Arch Service Station. If anyone wants to join in, the crew will be meeting up at the Parkside Service Station, Drumkeen to start at 9am on Saturday 10th and will be finished by 12.30pm.Martin Roarty of Donegal County Council is providing us with gloves, sacks, high-vis vests, litter pickers and safety signage.The pupils of Lurgybrack NS have also done up a number of posters for us calling on people to “keep the N13 clean!” Bacon rolls and tea will also be provided – so it’s all good!! JIM ‘RUBBISHES’ RUMOUR OF LEAVING BANK FOR A START WITH THE COUNCIL! was last modified: March 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AIBJim McLaughlinRelay for Lifelast_img read more

ONE MAN CONFIRMED DEAD IN BARNESMORE CRASH

first_imgA man has died following two car collision near Barnesmore Gap this afternoon.One man has died in the crash at Barnesmore.The man, who was in his 80s, died when his vehicle was in collision with another car around 4pm.The accident happened close to the junction for the turn-off for Harvey’s Point Hotel on the N15. No other details on the other people involved in the crash have been released at this stage.The collision occurred about 2 miles north of Clar chapel.The occupant of the second vehicle, a woman in her 60s, has been taken by ambulance to hospital.Diversions are currently in place as crash scene investigators carry out a full investigation. ONE MAN CONFIRMED DEAD IN BARNESMORE CRASH was last modified: August 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Barnesmore GapcrashdeadGardaimanlast_img read more

Dolcini, Defense lead the way for Huskies

first_imgCamrin Dolcini delivered 19 points and the Fortuna girl’s basketball team picked up its second consecutive Big 5 Conference victory with a 50-27 win over the visiting McKinleyville Panthers, Wednesday night at Fortuna High.The Huskies’ defense overwhelmed the Panthers in the first quarter, and for much of the game, as the visitors scored just two points in the opening period and not much more the rest of the way. Offensively, Dolcini kick-started the Huskies offense with eight first quarter …last_img

Jobs centre to help unemployed youth

first_img24 July 2012 South Africa’s Gauteng province launched the first of 20 jobs centres on Monday in a bid to address unemployment and poverty among the province’s youth. The Lulaway Job Centre is a walk-in facility equipped with computers and staffed by trained young graduates on Louis Botha Avenue in Highlands North, Johannesburg. The provincial Department of Health and Social Development plans to register and train 8 000 young job-seekers by the end of 2012/13. Of these, 5 000 will be placed in various permanent positions in the private sector, with more than 107 companies having pledged their support for the project. At the centre, young job-seekers will be able to register on the job portal, receive career guidance, conduct screening tests and be assisted with job placement and job counselling. Free assessments are offered to ensure that young people pursue careers that complement their strengths. The department’s spokesperson, Sello Mokoena, explained that one of the unique features of the jobs centre model was to ensure that entry level positions were only available to the unemployed youth. “We intend establishing 20 job centres throughout the province,” he said, adding that some of the areas that will benefit from the project include Thembisa, Khutsong, Kagiso, Kwa-sokhulumi, Devon, Mamelodi, Diepsloot and Sicelo in Midvaal. “The centres will be housed in existing development centres, Thusong Centres and Business Enterprise Centres as they are closer to communities,” he said. Mokoena said it was important for job seekers to possess skills such as problem- solving, creativity, synthesis and analysis. “We need to increase access to information and to ensure that job-seekers are equipped with the relevant knowledge and market-related skills,” he said. Given the unemployment level in the province, employers would have to engage young job-seekers, and ensure that they have suitable credentials and practical experience to advance the economy, and to improve their lives. “We are concerned about limited employment opportunities for young people. They need to take cognisance of what job opportunities are available in the marketplace, and they should also seek more job opportunities and capitalise on their personal strengths,” Mokoena said. He said jobs centres should be seen as a part of a greater strategy for ensuring that young people survive the challenges of the globalised economy, as Gauteng is part of the international jobs market. Mokoena said too many young people find themselves locked into poverty and unemployment because of ignorance and lack of information. “We urge them to make use of government services and to make informed decisions, which is why we have initiated this project.” Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Get My Parking launches smart city pilot in India

first_imgStudies of traffic congestion regularly point much blame at cars circling for parking. To tackle this perennial problem, Get My Parking is joining a smart city initiative to launch a smart parking pilot in India.As reported in Firstpost, the Delhi-based startup’s technology is being tested in government smart city initiatives.“We are getting a lot of traction from various municipal corporations,” said Get My Parking CEO Chirag Jain. “We have started a pilot project in Jaipur.”See also: Greek startup Sammy guides boats to shore — and parkingJain describes his company as providing a technological solution that allows the smart location of free parking spots through a smartphone app. The technology was the brainchild of alumni from IIT Madras and FMS Delhi.He explained that the need for his company’s solution came from examination of how chaotic parking systems lead to many vehicles driving slower than the normal flow of traffic as they seek a spot to leave their cars.“Just imagine when hundreds of cars are doing that at the same time,” said Jain.Get My Parking received recent kudos from senior government figures including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The praise came from the successful use of the startup’s technology that helped ease traffic chaos during Kumbh Mela, the mass Hindu pilgrimage where members of the faith travel to bathe in a sacred river.Get My Parking attracting investor interestThe company is also attracting the attention of investors. Recently the startup drew a first funding round from Chennai Angles and is hoping to close its second round of financing soon.One of the areas that Jain says is of key importance is ensuring the parking technology integrates into smart city infrastructure in a secure way to keep citizens safe.“Security is of prime concern as we work with a lot of consumer data,” he said. “The security is taken care of accordance to utmost privacy for our consumers.”The interest in developing such smart city technology comes as India is expanding its internet infrastructure to facilitate growth in Internet of Things technology. Tags:#India#IoT#parking#Smart Cities#smart city#transport IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img Donal Power How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citieslast_img read more