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Rebuilding Hawks pick 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce as coach

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew When outlining his plan last month to search for Budenholzer’s replacement, Schlenk emphasized he wanted to hire a coach best-suited to work with young players.“Obviously one of the things that’s most important is having a coach who’s going to connect with our young players, continue to develop our young players,” he said. “That’s going to be a big part of it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It was critically important to find a dynamic teacher who could connect with and develop our young core while instilling the culture and high standards we feel are necessary in a successful program,” Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said in a statement. “Lloyd Pierce checks every box, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him leading the Atlanta Hawks into the future.”The Hawks have scheduled a Monday news conference to introduce Pierce.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 crownPierce, 42, spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach in Philadelphia where the 76ers just reached the Eastern Conference semifinals after finishing third in the conference with a 52-30 record. Pierce also spent two years as assistant coach with Memphis Grizzlies, including 2013 when they reached the 2013 Western Conference finals.“This is a day I’ve been working toward for a long time and it’s an honor to be the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks,” Pierce said. “I have great respect for Travis and strong belief in his plan to bring a championship to the city of Atlanta. After spending time with ownership, it’s clear they have a deep investment in and commitment to making this a model organization. This opportunity is a perfect fit for me, and I’m eager to get started.” Neymar still has fears over foot injury ahead of World Cup More youth is coming in the June 21 NBA draft. The Hawks have three first-round picks, so the rebuilding effort will gain momentum.Pierce also has been an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors in 2010-11, and he was assistant coach for player development with Cleveland between 2007-10, which included three playoff berths and a spot in the 2009 Eastern finals. Pierce started as an assistant coach at his alma mater at Santa Clara between 2002 and 2007. He played four seasons with two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash a teammate.Once the decision was made to part ways with former coach Mike Budenholzer, who was interviewing for other jobs, Schlenk emphasized he would seek a replacement to work with such young players as center John Collins and forward Taurean Prince.Pierce replaces Budenholzer who left last month after five seasons with Atlanta . The Hawks went 24-58 this season, which was worst in the Eastern Conference and tied with Dallas for the NBA’s third-worst record. But they were rarely blown out, losing 21 games by fewer than 10 points with only seven losses by 20 or more points.The last-place conference finish followed 10 straight playoff appearances. The Hawks hit bottom after the team that won 60 games only three years ago gradually lost such starters as Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce talks to players during the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. The Atlanta Hawks are giving Pierce his first head coaching job in the NBA, choosing a man who has been an assistant with Philadelphia and Memphis to rebuild the franchise. The Hawks announced Friday, May 11, 2018. they had agreed to terms on a deal with Pierce. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks are hiring a young coach in Lloyd Pierce to lead a rebuilding team that is about to add even more youth.The Hawks announced Friday they are giving Pierce his first head coaching job in the NBA, choosing a man who has been an assistant with Philadelphia and Memphis to rebuild the franchise.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

World Cup 2014: Winners and Losers

first_imgThe world’s best soccer festival has traveled fives at several centers in Brazil, with smashing but surprising results.At the time of writing, two of Africa’s representatives, Nigeria and neighbor Ghana were scheduled to honor their engagements against Iran and United States respectively late last night.All Africans’ expectation is the expectation the two nations would follow the example of Cote d’Ivoire, who punished Japan 2-1 in their first group match.Against Iran, one of the giants in Asia, there were speculations last night that the Super Eagles would depend on Peter Odemwingie to hold the trump card for the Eagles’ victory.How far that can be ascertained is known by now. For the Black Stars of Ghana, who held some form of psychological victory over the Americans, having beaten them twice in World Cup clashes, Coach Jurgen Klinsman would need more to support his herculean wish against the Black Stars.For the Americans, victory this time would not only erase some of that past pain but also provide a solid base for Klinsmann in his attempt to overcome favorites Germany.Ghana’s John Mensah, who played in the 2010 win over Monday’s opponents as a late call-up, acknowledged the previous games between the two sides will add an extra edge in yesterday’s game in Natal.”It’s going to be like a revenge [match] for the United States, because we beat the United States in 2006 and we beat them in 2010,” Mensah told”Once again we’re playing them in the first game. For the first game of the competition, everybody is focused and nervous, so it’s going to make the game very, very interesting.”Everybody will be expecting something from Ghana and from the United States as well.”It’s a difficult game, but we’ll try as much as possible to win.”USA coach Klinsmann has courted debate with his decision to omit the country’s record goals-corer Landon Donovan from the squad.“Donovan is a fans’ favorite and has been hired to commentate on his former’s team-mates on US television, providing a potentially distracting sub-plot, but full-back Fabian Johnson is fully behind the boss,” according to ESPN.Results have been shattering, especially after Croatia gave favorites, Brazil a scare and the Dutch destroyed the invincibility of Spain to convince the Spanish about the tragedy they are faced in the 2014 World Cup.Another shocking result was the demolishing of Ronaldo’s Portugal 4-0 in their Group G match yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wills: Pierre a ‘natural’ No. 1
first_imgWills, who works with Dodgers players during spring training on bunting and baserunning, was immediately impressed with what he saw from Pierre despite a career on-base percentage (.350) below the optimum for a leadoff man. Wills said Pierre already is an excellent bunter who could improve that OBP by bunting for more hits. “He had 16 (bunt singles) last year, and that’s not enough,” Wills said. “A player like him should have 20-25. He hit .292 last year. If he just had four more bunt hits, he could have easily been close to .300. That could have led to who knows how many more runs, because scoring runs is the key thing.” “There are nine different ways you can score from third base that you can’t score from second, including passed balls, wild pitches and sacrifice flies,” Wills said. “It also puts pressure on the third baseman and shortstop on a groundball because they know they have to come up with it, and it takes the breaking ball in the dirt away from the pitcher. “But you need to be successful 19 out of 20 times stealing third to justify it and about eight out of 10 times stealing second,” Wills said. “The year I stole 104 bases, I was 31 of 32 stealing third. The one time I got caught I came back to the dugout and everyone looked at me like I was crazy.” Late innings: Little said, barring injury or ineffectiveness, Takashi Saito will remain the club’s closer no matter how well the fireballing Jonathan Broxton might fare as the primary setup man. But with Saito having turned 37 last week, Little didn’t rule out using Broxton to close selected games if Saito needs a break. “If everyone is healthy, I think it will be hard for us to think about making a change,” Little said. “If we have to use Saito three days in a row, a lot will depend on what happens in those three games. There were some games last year when he came in and threw eight or ninepitches and the game was over. But there also were times when he threw 25 or 30pitches.” Broxton has long been considered the Dodgers’ closer of the future. While he still is just 22 and has yet to spend a full season in the majors, his spot on the Opening Day roster is all but a lock. Knowing that, Broxton has brought a slightly different approach to camp, trying simply to prepare for the season instead of impressing the organizational brass. “Last year, I tried to go out and turn heads and show everyone what I could do,” said Broxton, who didn’t make the club out of spring training but was promoted to the majors for good May 1. “This year, I’m going to wait until the (Grapefruit League) games start to turn it up.” Another catcher: Tony Harper, who had been ticketed for minor-league camp after hitting .287 for Single-A Columbus last season, was invited to the big-league side to help catch side sessions. The Dodgers have seven catchers in camp, but won’t keep more than two for the season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VERO BEACH, Fla. – Although Dodgers manager Grady Little remains tight-lipped on whether the newly signed Juan Pierre will bat first or second, one of the greatest leadoff hitters in the game’s history said Monday that the fleet center fielder would be a perfect fit at the top. “It’s the manager’s decision, of course, and we all know that,” Maury Wills said. “But I think Juan is a natural leadoff hitter.” center_img Pierre also had 10 successful sacrifices with the Chicago Cubs last season. Wills said Pierre knows far more about proper bunting techniques than the average player. “He already knew that if you want a hard bunt, you don’t move your hands as far up and that for a softer one you move them 3 or 4 inches farther up the bat,” Wills said. “I started to tell him the other day that when you bunt, you’re not necessarily looking for a strike. I said, `You’re looking for something …’ and before I could finish my sentence, he said, `Something I can handle.’ Even if it’s off the plate a little bit, you might be able to get in front of a changeup and deaden it on the grass.” Although Pierre tied for second in the majors with 58 steals last year, he also was caught 20times, and Wills wants him to improve that success ratio. Wills also has stressed to Pierre the importance of stealing third whenever the opportunity presents itself. last_img
Sweden beat South Korea with VAR penalty

first_img0Shares0000Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist, left, celebrates after opening the scoring from the penalty spot.NIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia, Jun 18- Sweden beat South Korea 1-0 in both countries’ first match at the 2018 World Cup in Russia thanks to a penalty from captain Andreas Granqvist that was awarded thanks to VAR.Veteran Swedish skipper Granqvist scored the only goal of the game from the spot after Viktor Claesson was upended by South Korean substitute Kim Min-woo Kim in the 62nd minute. Despite furious appeals, El Salvadorean referee Joel Aguilar, who had ironically been whistle-happy up until that point, intially waved away Swedish penalty claims.But after consulting the video, he pointed to the spot.It was the third VAR penalty awarded at these championships after France and Peru also benefitted from video referrals.The win was reward for Sweden’s more attacking approach, but it was unsurprising the winner came from the penalty spot in a game between two sides who had only managed two goals between them in seven games heading into Russia.Sweden never really convinced that they would score prior to the penalty despite their domination and a toothless South Korea did not manage one shot on target.However they should have equalised in the 90th minute but Hwang Hee-chan put a free header wide, spurning the Koreans’ best chace of the game by far.The victory leaves Sweden joint top of the group after Mexico’s surprise victory against world champions Germany on Sunday.Next up for the Swedes is an intriguing encounter against Germany in Sochi on June 23.South Korea started the game brightly, forcing the first corner in the fourth minute, but were gradually forced back by an attritional Swedish side.It was the Europeans who came closest to breaking the deadlock when forward Marcus Berg was denied by a fine point-blank save Jo Hyeon-woo in the 20th minute.Berg was denied again nine minutes later by a desperate last-ditch block from Kim Young-gwon.Captain Andreas Granqvist scored the penalty that gave Sweden victoryDespite their increasing dominance, Sweden also demonstrated why they have struggled to score goals.Berg, again, and Claesson went close before the end of the half, but it was clear for everyone to see why they had only scored once in their four matches prior to Russia.Korea threatened only on the break where Son Heung-min’s pace troubled 33-year-old Granqvist, who was without defending partner Victor Lindelof, who was ill.The somewhat rancorous build-up to the game — where Sweden were accused of spying on their opponents — was increasingly reflected in the niggly nature of the match.Resilient Sweden held firm after the goal and the Hwang late scare aside, and a half-hearted South Korea appeal for a penalty, their defence rarely looked troubled.The huge celebrations, the first match played in the $290 million stadium, at the end showed the importance the Swedes attached to this match.Before the game, South Korea’s coach Tae Yong-shin called it a “must win” game but the defeat leaves his side contemplating only an early exit.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal shocked by Rennes in Europa first leg

first_imgBenjamin Bourigeaud equalised for the French club moments later, and their second-half pressure paid off as a Nacho Monreal own goal put Rennes ahead before Ismaila Sarr’s late header gave them a two-goal cushion in the tie.Unai Emery’s side must now turn the tie around in the second leg at the Emirates Stadium next Thursday if they are to progress any further in a competition which represents their only hope of silverware this season as well as offering a potential route into next season’s Champions League.The Gunners recovered from a first-leg deficit to beat BATE Borisov in the last round, but Rennes are a step up in quality and are revelling in what is already their best ever European run. This result is also a shot in the arm for French clubs after Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League humiliation against Manchester United on Wednesday.Rennes had eliminated Real Betis in the last round and there was a superb atmosphere in a stadium packed to its capacity of almost 30,000.Arsenal were missing French striker Alexandre Lacazette, who is suspended for both legs of this tie after being sent off against BATE in Belarus.They still got off to a perfect start, taking the lead inside four minutes when Iwobi’s cross-cum-shot from the left edge of the box curled low into the far corner.Rennes slowly grew into the game, though, with Hatem Ben Arfa — who was sidelined last season by Emery when both were at Paris Saint-Germain — increasingly influential.Petr Cech, who spent two years at Rennes before joining Chelsea in 2004, saved well from a Ben Arfa free-kick in the 34th minute.As half-time approached, Ben Arfa played in Sarr, who was hauled back by Sokratis just outside the area. The Greek defender had already been booked, so a second caution equalled a red card.Bourigeaud struck the wall from the resulting free-kick, but the ball came back to him and he sent a stunning half-volley arrowing into the far corner.Rennes had been unbeaten in all 12 previous home games since the appointment of Julien Stephan as coach in December, and they made the most of their man advantage in the second half.Cech made several interventions before being beaten again in the 65th minute, as Mehdi Zeffane’s cross from the right deflected off Monreal and looped into the net.Their potentially crucial third goal arrived with two minutes left as James Lea-Siliki whipped in a cross from the left and Senegal star Sarr — a menace on the right flank all evening — arrived to head in at the far post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal were left stunned as Rennes came back to win 3-1 against the 10-man Gunners in their Europa League last 16, first leg© AFP DAMIEN MEYERRENNES, France, March 7 – Arsenal face a major battle if they are to reach the Europa League quarter-finals after a 3-1 defeat away to Rennes in France on Thursday, despite Alex Iwobi putting the Gunners ahead early on.Iwobi’s goal gave the Premier League side the perfect start in this last 16, first leg at a raucous Roazhon Park, but the match hinged on the sending-off of Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos four minutes before half-time.last_img read more

Station wagon’s a power player

first_imgBy Gregory J. Wilcox STAFF WRITER Dodge’s Magnum is yesteryear’s station wagon on steroids. Especially when it’s powered by a 5.7-liter, 350 horsepower Hemi V-8 under the hood. Or better yet, the 6.1-liter, 425 horsepower beast. OK, it might not be the prettiest or most practical urban explorer out there. But there is no mistaking its distinctive low profile and the edgy exhaust growl that subtly announces some powerful American muscle is nearby. In one sense, this car is almost in a class by itself these days. It’s a station wagon, pure and simple. This particular niche fell out of favor when SUV mania hit in the early 1990s, but the genre actually dates back about 30 years when AMC introduced the Eagle for the 1980 model year. And that was pretty much it for the good ol’ station wagon. In fact, the original Dodge Magnum first appeared in 1978 as a bulked up, high-style (for the time) sports sedan. This current version appeared in 2005 and is the company’s first station wagon since the Colt model in the early 1990s. While the SUV supplanted the station wagon in popularity, Dodge seems to have hit upon something because I encounter many Magnums while traveling about Southern California. The car seats up to five and will carry a modest amount of cargo – there is 27.2 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 71.6 cubic feet with them down. This is ample space for a road trip of a week or longer. The Magnum’s rear liftgate swings up instead of out so loading in parking areas is easier and the opening is larger than expected, too. “The 2007 Dodge Magnum is a stylish alternative for consumers who want the comfort and performance of a car, and the capability and image of a sport-utility vehicle (SUV), without sacrificing everyday functionality. Nothing else is like it on the road,” said George Murphy, senior vice president for global marketing at the the Chrysler Group, in a statement. The R/T model Drive Time tested also came with rear-wheel drive for the first time. This option also includes performance-tuned suspension, braking and steering, large 20-inch chrome-clad wheels and 245/45ZR20 all-season performance tires. The 2007 Magnum lineup features three engines, two transmissions, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive systems, and a variety of suspension tuning characteristics. The Hemi engines feature what Dodge calls a multi-displacement system that shuts off fuel consumption in four cylinders when V-8 power is not needed. Dodge says this can boost fuel efficiency by up to 20 percent. It also has an electronic stability control program, all-speed traction control and four-wheel anti- lock brake system. All this gets you where you are going in comfort and style. The Magnum handles like a smaller car and the ride is firm. The interior is focused on the driver and features classic-style round instruments and satin silver dash, door and console accents. The adjustable leather trim seats are firm and comfortable. The only noticeable drawback is the center console. It’s a bit short and made for an uncomfortable place for my right elbow at times. The cockpit also featured a hands-free cell phone connection with Bluetooth technology, Sirius satellite radio (one-year fee subscription with purchase), a full map DVD navigation keyed to a global positioning system and a rear seat DVD video system with remote control. Headphones were included so the driver wouldn’t be distracted by the sound track. “If practicality isn’t your priority, though, the Magnum may be an attractive choice. Its bold styling commands the road, and the optional Hemi V-8 delivers confident acceleration,” noted the Web site “Perhaps the biggest draw is its distinctiveness. In a market crowded with conformity, it’s a welcome nonconformist.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Manchester United legend backs Pedro pursuit

first_imgManchester United legend Bryan Robson believes the club must sign Pedro from Barcelona.Ed Woodward has reportedly flown out to Spain to finalise the deal with the only sticking point being the fee, as the Catalan giants are insisting the Red Devils pay the full £22m buy-out clause.And Robson, who is an ambassador at Manchester United, has backed the club’s pursuit of the forward, who recently scored the winner in the UEFA Super Cup.“I think we definitely need another striker, because if we get injuries to Memphis or Chicharito or Rooney,” said the former United and England captain.“We’re very short on strikers at the moment, so I think Pedro would be a very good signing for United at this time.”last_img read more


first_imgJACKIE CROSSAN PREMIER DIVISIONCockhill Celtic Yths               0-6                   Glengad UnitedThe league leaders turned in a superb second half performance to dismantle the home challenge and keep themselves in line for a first ever premier league title. The opening half was a dour tight affair with defences on top and no chances at either end.The defining moment of the half arrived when Glengad took the lead on 40 minutes after Stephen Mclaughlin broke on the right and crossed for John McDaid who sneaked in at the back post to fire past Leo McColgan.But on the restart four goals in a ten minute spell stunned the home side.Mclaughlin began the rampage when he burst past two defenders before shooting past McColgan from close range. Minutes later a quick counter attack saw JG Mclaughlin release Patrick McDermott and he finished superbly.McDermott then added another after being releasd by Charlie Byrne he played a one two with Terence Doherty before slotting home.Then on 58 minutes Mclaughlin raced clear onto a Ruairi Doherty clearance to drill past McColgan.The home side tried to respond and Garbhan Friel had a twenty yards effort well saved by Martin McLaughlin. But Glengad had the final say when substitutes Seamus Doherty and Daniel McDaid combined with Doherty’s cross headed home by McDaid to complete the scoring.Jackie Crossan Premier DivisionPPtsGlengad923Redcastle1119Moville716Aileach914Clonmany612Carn811Culdaff109Cockhill105Illies102Premier Division 2pm, Sunday January 20thIllies V CuldafE Doherty Cockhill V CarnD McLaughlinAileach V MovilleG O KaneRedcastle V GlengadT MoyneINISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: COCKILL CELTIC YOUTHS 0, GLENGAD UNITED 6 was last modified: January 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GLENGAD UNITED 6INISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: COCKILL CELTIC YOUTHS 0last_img read more


first_imgThe drastic loss of form of Darren O’Leary remains a concern for Cappry ahead of their crucial clash with Milford United this weekend.The Manchester City fan has seen his beloved side beaten by Arsenal and then humbled by Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.The embarrassment has affected O’Leary’s form and Cappry will hope City’s encouraging draw with Chelsea will ensure there towering centre-half returns to the form of old. O’Leary is a quality centre-half and one of the best in the division, but perhaps the fact he has to cover every week for the tactically inept Gavin Reilly has now taken its toll.Cappry Rovers are in for a  very tough game when they travel to Moyle View Park, Milford on Sunday.They are to take on Milford Utd who are on a bit of a high after winning the two games on the trot, their last a very impressive 5-3 win against Drumoghill FC. Kick off in Milford, 2pm.All support welcome. CAPPRY ROVERS NOTES 02/02/2015CAPPRY ROVERS LOTTOLast weeks lotto numbers were 7, 18, 19, 21. There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Noel McMenamin, Conkers.Next weeks jackpot is €1900. Remember if you’re not in you can’t win!! DONEGAL YOUTH LEAGUECappry Rovers 3-0 Fanad UtdOur U18’s beat Fanad Utd 3-0 at home today. Goals from Ethan McGlynn, Brian Foy and Stephen Carr. Well done to the lads on a difficulty day, with better finishing we could have had a few more.Training on Monday nights as usual at 7.30pm, Cappry Park .UNDER 10’sUnder 10 training for Cappry Rovers will be starting back on Friday 6th of February, time to be confirmed.CAPPRY CLUB GEARWe will be holding an order evening for Cappry Club gear on Thursday, Feb 5th. Time will be confirmed closer to the day.LAST MAN STANDINGWe are entering our 3rd week of our Last Man Standing competition and we still have 104 participants left in the competition.This weekends selections will be posted on our Facebook page.Good luck to all.O’LEARYS LOSS OF FORM FOR CAPPRY ROVERS WORRYING AHEAD OF CRUCIAL CLASH WITH MILFORD was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Cappry RoversNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more