Cavs’ Green appreciates NBA Finals run after heart surgery

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “My concern was health and getting back on the floor,” Green said. “After I got back on the floor, the main goal is to be able to compete in the finals and win a championship. And I’m here.”It makes playing for a title that much sweeter when his career came so close to ending at age 25.“I’ve battled. I’ve worked my (rear) off each day since January 9, 2012, to get back on this court and now compete for a championship. I almost lost it all, and now to talk about the NBA Finals and playing in it, I’ve been truly blessed to be able to step foot on this court, to play this game.“Each day I give it my all, whether good or bad. I live with the results. But I am enjoying it, every single moment of this. I don’t take nothing for granted. Nothing.”Green returned to a reserve role with Love completing concussion protocols ahead of Thursday’s NBA Finals opener, but his enthusiasm boosted teammates seeing a fourth consecutive finals trip through fresh eyes.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Cavs’ Love, Thompson avoid suspension for Game 1 altercation Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ “It’s fun. I’m going to enjoy every moment,” Green said. “I’m truly grateful to be here.”Green scored seven points and passed out five assists over 36 minutes in Cleveland’s 124-114 overtime loss to Golden State in the finals opener Thursday.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 former Georgetown University standout was selected fifth overall by Boston in the 2007 NBA Draft and quickly traded to Seattle. He was traded to Boston in 2011 and was with the Celtics on December 17, 2011, when he was diagnosed with an enlarged aorta.After surgery, Green missed the remainder of the season but worked to regain his fitness and re-signed with the Celtics seven months later. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “What he does on the basketball floor is extra credit,” Cavaliers star LeBron James said. “This guy had open-heart surgery a few years ago. The game was basically taken away from him and they said it’s possible you’ll never play the game of basketball again.“The fact that he can put on a uniform every day and do the things that he does out on the floor — I don’t care if he makes a shot — it’s the cherry on top because the game was taken away from him.” Green inspires LeBronGreen bounced around to Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando before joining the Cavaliers last July as a free agent. He averaged 10.8 points and 3.2 rebounds a game for Cleveland, playing nearly half the game every night.It’s a comeback tale that humbles even James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player in his ninth career NBA Finals and eighth in a row.“I’ve always kind of had aspirations for Jeff, especially when he went through the heart surgery,” James said. “To see the game be taken away from someone so young, I was like, wow, this is a reset for me personally to never take the game for granted.“It gives you an opportunity think (about) the situation you’re in. It was always great to compete against Jeff, especially after he was able to get back on the floor. None of us can actually know unless we’ve been through that, but you can be inspired by it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jeff Green of the Cleveland Cavaliers controls the ball against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPWhen Jeff Green underwent open heart surgery in January 2012 to repair an aortic aneurysm, doctors said he might never play basketball again. Now he’s playing in the NBA Finals.The 31-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers forward scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in place of injured Kevin Love in a seventh-game Eastern Conference victory over Boston that lifted the Cavs into their fourth consecutive championship series and Green into his first.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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On call: Cavs turning to seldom-used Hood against Warriors

first_imgHood is confident he’s ready.“Just going out there and try to help the team, on offense be aggressive and on defense just be physical,” he said.Hood struggled during a playoff series with Utah against Golden State a year ago, making just 1 of 15 3-pointers and shooting 12 of 38 overall.Those stats don’t matter now.The only number that counts is his and will soon be called.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lue didn’t get nearly enough in Games 1 and 2 in Oakland from J.R. Smith (5 of 19) or Kyle Korver (4 points). Korver has been completely neutralized by the Warriors, who are not giving him any room to shoot.“It’s hard because they switch out on everything,” Lue said. “So all the actions you run for Kyle, they just switch out to deny and take him away. When they are helping on LeBron’s penetration, the one guy they’re staying at home on is Kyle. They’re not leaving his body.”Unlike the 37-year-old Korver, Hood is quick enough to beat the Warriors off the dribble, create open space to shoot and maybe get to the rim. Defensively, he’s got length and mobility.He’s shown flashes. The Cavs now need him to shine steadily.“He’s very talented,” said forward Kevin Love. “He’s a guy that can step in and fill up a scoreboard. Left-handed. A little bit unorthodox in the way that he plays. Just having that height on him and that wingspan, and the ability to not only make shots, but on the defensive end to switch out. Also play a guy like K.D. (Kevin Durant) at his size and just make it tough on both ends of the floor for their team. That gives all of us a lot of confidence that he can come in and make an impact.”Hood’s short stay in Cleveland has been nondescript.He averaged 16.8 points for the Jazz, but the 25-year-old never truly found his rhythm while coming off the bench for the Cavs over the regular season’s final 21 games. Still, he was in Lue’s starting lineup for the series opener against Indiana before Cleveland got beat soundly.Hood saw spot duty the remainder of that series, and was essentially ineffective in three games against the Raptors before Lue tried to send him into the closing minutes of the clinching win on May 7 as the Cavs completed a sweep of the Eastern Conference’s top-seeded team.When Hood declined, it upset a few teammates. Hood insisted he wasn’t protesting his reduced role and explained that there had been a mix-up. He apologized to the Cavs, many of whom laughed off the incident as minimal in a season overflowing with juicier drama.While waiting for another chance, Hood has received positive support from Cleveland’s coaches and former teammates, including Joe Johnson who could relate to his plight after sitting in Houston. Alvarez-Golovkin rematch talks collapse – report China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls File-This April 6, 2018, file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers’ Rodney Hood reacting during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. Hood’s most notable moment in these playoffs happened while sitting on the bench. He’s getting up and getting in. Looking for an offensive weapon to negate Golden State’s size and ability to switch on defense, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is expected to play Hood in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in hopes of cutting into the Warriors’ series lead. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)CLEVELAND — Rodney Hood’s most significant moment in these playoffs came while sitting on the bench.Well, he’s getting up and getting in the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Read Next MOST READ Looking for an offensive weapon to negate Golden State’s size and ability to switch assignments on defense, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said he’ll play Hood in Game 3 on Wednesday night in hopes of cutting into the Warriors’ series lead.Hood, who began this postseason in Cleveland’s starting lineup, has been mostly a non-factor during the Cavs’ spring run which included him refusing to check into the final minutes of a blowout win over Toronto in the second round.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 crownThat’s not an option now.“We’re going to give Rodney a chance,” Lue said following practice at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday. “He’ll get a shot and see how he does. He’s been working, staying ready. So we’ll see.” Lue did not specify if Hood will start, when he’ll come in, how much he’ll play or whose minutes will be affected.Hood promised to be ready for anything.“I don’t know when it’s going to come or what stage of the game,” Hood said. “I’ve been preparing. I’ve been working hard, so if I get the opportunity, just go out there and play. Just have fun.”Trailing 2-0, the Cavs are searching for some kind of spark and could find it if the 6-foot-8 Hood can tap into some of the offensive skills that made him attractive to Cleveland at the trading deadline.He was acquired on Feb. 8 from Utah, and there were more than a few basketball experts who viewed the lean lefty as the best new piece on a day when the Cavs also dealt for guards George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and big man Larry Nance Jr.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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Laminou determined to put injury behind him to help EAC

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say05:19Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts02:14Carpio 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 Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Hamadou Laminou showed he can fill Sidney Onwubere’s shoes in Emilio Aguinaldo College after a 34-point explosion against Lyceum in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Cameroonian center is putting his season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury behind and is focused on helping the Generals in any way he can.“I don’t want to think about my injury anymore,” said Laminou, who is now the team’s star after the departure of Onwubere. “I want to focus on scoring.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: NCAA: Lyceum holds off EAC rally for 2nd win Laminou was out of the season after playing just five games for EAC last season, underwent rehabilitation for a year before joining the General’s training three weeks ago. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew EAC head coach Ariel Sison told Laminou to continue to keep taking shots to build his confidence.“This is his first game after that injury. In the first two quarters, he was not able to sink his shots but I told him to be patient and the shots will fall down,” Sison said in Filipino.Laminou’s consistency will be tested when EAC faces Arellano University on July 19 at  AU gym. Ivan Ruiz L. SuingADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES FIFA invites rescued Thai boys to London awards event View commentslast_img read more

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Down 3-2, Balkman unfazed ahead of Game 6: ‘Don’t count us out’

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES “It’s seven games for a championship, we have to go to a Game 7.”Balkman was stellar for San Miguel with 34 points and 20 rebounds but was the victim of controversial non-calls in the final minute.The Puerto Rican appeared to have gotten contact with Ginebra center Greg Slaughter when he went up for a shot with San Miguel up 83-82.“Last three minutes you get no calls at all? That’s wild. That’s the wildest thing I’ve seen in my life,” said Balkman, who vowed that San Miguel wouldn’t stop until Ginebra has won four games.“They got to beat us one more time then we’ll call it quits. Lucky, we have one more chance at Game 7, I mean it’s not over yet. Don’t count us out.”ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Country calls’ and Standhardinger answers right away ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins San Miguel’s Beer run just hit a roadblock and one wrong step could jeopardize its title retention bid in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 After the Beermen crushed Barangay Ginebra with two straight wins in Games 2 and 3, the defending champions suffered the same predicament and lost twice to the Gin Kings dropping to a 3-2 deficit.The Beermen’s 87-83 Game 5 loss was the first match in the whole series that wasn’t a blowout after the first four games were decided by at least 25 points, but it didn’t mean San Miguel’s morale took a backbreaking hit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Import Renaldo Balkman is unfazed of the situation and he vowed that the Beermen would lift the title after Game 7.“It’s not over yet, you can say whatever you want but it’s not over yet,” said Balkman Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We win as a team, we lose as a team, and we’re going to play the game. It’s 3-2, we’re in the finals, and it’s a championship game right now.” After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Kobe Bryant not planning to play in BIG3 league next year

first_imgFILE – In this Dec. 18, 2017 file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant arrives for a halftime ceremony, retiring both of his jersey’s during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)NEW YORK — Kobe Bryant won’t be coming out of retirement to play in the BIG3 next year.A spokesperson for the longtime Los Angeles Lakers star said Tuesday that Bryant isn’t playing next season in the 3-on-3 league of former NBA players.ADVERTISEMENT Speculation that Bryant would play had heated up earlier in the day when league co-founder and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz said during the league’s weekly conference call that he “did hear from a credible source yesterday that Kobe says he’s playing next year.”But Molly Carter, chief marketing officer of Kobe Inc., says the NBA’s No. 3 career scorer has no plans to do so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The BIG3 wraps up its second season with the championship game on Friday in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 awardcenter_img Hidilyn Diaz: ‘I miss cheesecake!’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

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Alaska humiliates TNT for 2nd straight win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska quickly raced to a commanding lead to rip TNT apart, 125-96, for its second straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Simon Enciso lit the Aces’ flame as early as the first half scorching the sorry KaTropa for 22 points, all seven of his field goals coming from deep, and lead Alaska with a 68-39 lead at the break.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian Games: Saso, PH women’s golf team deliver 2 golds, 1 bronze LATEST STORIES It wasn’t just Enciso who did damage for the Aces as Chris Banchero and import Mike Harris already put up complete games in the first two quarters alone.Harris was spectacular in the first 24 minutes with 10 points and 19 rebounds while Banchero had 10 points and nine assists at the break.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Mike was the catalyst of the defense, Chris was finding everybody, Simon was making shots and was absolutely on fire and that was the biggest thing,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton.“I’m really happy for Simon and I was really impressed with Chris with nine assists in the first half.” View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Alaska wasn’t just shooting the lights out against the hapless KaTropa, but the Aces were also a solid bunch underneath outrebounding TNT 63-51.The Aces also held the KaTropa to just a 33.7 percent clip from the field, 29-of-86, while making 51 of their 101 attempts.Enciso slowed down in the second half but still finished with 30 points on 9-of-12 from deep while Harris had 16 points and 24 rebounds.Banchero was still an orchestrator in the last two quarters with 15 points and 14 assists.Stacy Davis 26 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists to lead TNT while Troy Rosario had 16 points and 11 boards.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal As Alaska rose through the ranks with a 2-0 record to top the standings, the KaTropa fell to a sorry 1-3 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

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Butler misses Wolves shootaround amid trade-demand drama

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Coach Tom Thibodeau, speaking publicly for the first time since Wednesday’s practice, said Butler was doing conditioning work in Minneapolis and had not been suspended.Asked if Butler would play in Minnesota’s regular-season opener at San Antonio next Wednesday, Thibodeau said: “The situation remains fluid.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissButler told ESPN following Wednesday’s practice that his issues with the Timberwolves have not been fixed.“Let’s just be honest. It could be,” Butler said in the interview. “But do I think so? No.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments “We always had practices like that in Chicago,” Gibson added. “It was always a good competition, and at the end of the practice everybody shook up and we still understood we were teammates.”Butler told ESPN he was waiting for one of his teammates to stand up to him, but it never happened.“If we would have thought it was serious, we would have, but we didn’t think it was that serious,” Gibson said. “It was just guys being competitive and going at it in practice … I was just used to playing guys growing up, talking trash and having fun at the same time.”The saga with the four-time All-Star started in mid-September, when it became known that Butler told Thibodeau that he wanted a trade after a season in which he was Minnesota’s leading scorer and helped the Wolves snap a 14-year playoff drought.The Timberwolves have had talks with several teams. Thibodeau has said any deal must be in the best interest of the Timberwolves.Thibodeau said some of what was reported in the aftermath of the practice was incorrect, but he declined to elaborate.“It’s not uncommon when players scrimmage that there will be some talk,” Thibodeau said. “It was competitive.”Asked if he was pleased with the practice, Thibodeau said: “You’re never pleased with practice. You’re always striving for it to be as good as possible.”Thibodeau said he would not comment on Butler’s reported criticism of Towns and Wiggins. He acknowledged his team would have to deal with the constant media attention over the situation and whether Butler will be traded.“That’s the challenge of the NBA,” Thibodeau said. “Every team is going to through something at some point of the season. For us it’s early on and the challenge is not to get distracted, to get ready for the season.” Center Karl-Anthony Towns would not address what happened at that practice or whether a players’ meeting was held Thursday.“I think the only thing that needs to be clarified is we’re excited to pick up a basketball here today in Milwaukee,” Towns said. Asked if he would be happy to play with Butler in the season opener, Towns said, “I’m happy to play basketball with anybody.”Butler will be a free agent at the end of the season and would be eligible to sign a five-year deal with Minnesota at that point. Young stars Towns and Andrew Wiggins have signed five-year contracts with the team.Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson, who played with Butler in Chicago, said he did not think Wednesday’s practice was out of the ordinary.“I felt it was like a normal practice, but it was new for guys,” Gibson said. “It’s only our second year together (in Minnesota), but I’ve been around Jimmy for a long time.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this April 25, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler, right, watches from the bench during the second half in Game 5 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets, in Houston. With Butler’s status still unresolved, coach Tom Thibodeau and the Timberwolves head toward the season coming off the franchise’s first playoff appearance in 14 years but carrying yet a still-cloudy outlook despite the super-max contract Karl-Anthony Towns.(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)MILWAUKEE — Jimmy Butler was absent as the Minnesota Timberwolves wrapped up preparations for their preseason finale Friday night.Butler has demanded a trade but returned to practice with the team Wednesday, a session that included him verbally challenging teammates and coaches. He was not with the team at Friday’s shootaround in Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Serena Williams talks motherhood, insecurities at conference Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Butler was brought to Minnesota prior to last season to reunite with Thibodeau, the former Bulls coach, and bring leadership to a young team. The Timberwolves reached the playoffs last season and lost to Houston in the first round.“The biggest job of a leader, in my eyes, is to unite and inspire,” Thibodeau said. “It’s OK to confront, that’s not an issue. But if you do confront, don’t beat down.”Notes: Wiggins was not with the team Friday, remaining home while awaiting the birth of his first child.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Mitchell scores 30, Jazz beat Hornets in Korver’s debut

first_imgUtah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, center, talks with Donovan Mitchell, right, and Ricky Rubio, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Robert Gobert had 20 points and 17 rebounds and the Utah Jazz scored 54 points off 3-pointers to hold off the Charlotte Hornets 119-111 on Friday night.Kyle Korver made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points in the debut of his second stint with the Jazz, who acquired the veteran from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. Jae Crowder, Korver’s former teammate in Cleveland, added 24 points off the bench for Utah.ADVERTISEMENT The Hornets got within six points with just over nine minutes left in the game, but Korver hit a pair of 3s to help hold them off.Utah took its biggest lead at the start of the second period, a 16-point advantage, behind 10 points from Mitchell and eight from Crowder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCharlotte clawed back late in the first half, mostly behind star Kemba Walker and veteran Tony Parker, and tied the game for the first time midway through the third period on a three-point play by guard Jeremy Lamb.But Utah kept hitting 3s. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Joe Ingles made a 24-footer, Mitchell hit a 27-footer and Crowder, who finished with six 3s, connected on a 25-footer during a 90-second stretch late in the third period to get the lead back to 13.TIP-INSJazz: Went 5 of 11 on 3-pointers in the first quarter to build a 33-19 lead.Hornets: Charlotte was without starter Cody Zeller most of the game. The center left in the second quarter with a left rib contusion and didn’t return. … Lamb has scored at least 18 points in eight of his last nine games.WELCOME BACKADVERTISEMENT This was the annual return to North Carolina for Jazz coach Quin Snyder, who played at Duke. The Blue Devils went to the Final Four three times in Snyder’s four seasons.BACK AND FORTHThe Jazz and Hornets have split their two-game season series in each of the past four years, with the home team prevailing in all eight of those games. Utah will have a chance to sweep this season’s series when hosts the Hornets on April 1.UP NEXTJazz: At Miami on Sunday night.Hornets: Host New Orleans on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Irving scores 29 as Celtics blast Cavs Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

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Raiders win possible final game in Oakland, beat Broncos

first_imgCarpio 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Andre Holmes deflected Colby Wadman’s punt just before it crossed the goal line and Isaac Yiadom was in position to down it at the 1. But he couldn’t hold onto the ball and Harris picked it up before racing 99 yards down the sideline for the touchdown that stunned the Broncos. Only Patrick Peterson (99 yards) and Robert Bailey (103) have punt returns that long in NFL history.The Broncos weren’t much better at the other phases of the game, committing pre-snap penalties, generating almost no consistent offense in the first half and then allowing Doug Martin to scamper 24 yards untouched around the end to make it 14-0 midway through the second quarter.Martin, who was born in Oakland, finished with 107 yards for his biggest rushing day since 2015.Case Keenum got the Broncos on the board with a pair of TD passes in the second half to DaeSean Hamilton and Courtland Sutton. But it wasn’t enough as Jalen Richard scored on a 3-yard run for Oakland and the Raiders sealed the win with interceptions by Marcus Gilchrist and Erik Harris.RED FLAG ALERTADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college It’s no Christmas miracle: Giannis Antetokounmpo has arrived Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img Raiders coach Jon Gruden threw his challenge flag after Keenum’s 19-yard TD pass to Sutton, believing that Keenum crossed the line before the throw. But scoring plays are automatically reviewed and the replay booth confirmed the call without a stoppage. Oakland was charged with a timeout, the second time this season Gruden has tried to challenge a TD.FIRST-HALF SHUTOUTThe Raiders came into the game allowing the most points per game in franchise history since 1961, but gave up nothing in the opening half against the Broncos. It’s the third straight meeting between the teams where Denver failed to score in the opening half. Those are the only times in the past 90 games that Oakland has pitched a first-half shutout.MILESTONE WATCHBroncos running back Phillip Lindsay passed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the first half, joining Dominic Rhodes and LaGarrette Blount as the only undrafted rookies to top 1,000 in a season in the Super Bowl era. Lindsay ran for 46 yards before leaving with a hand injury and as has 1,037 on the season. He needs 68 more to break Rhodes’ record set in 2001 for Indianapolis.UP NEXTBroncos: Host the Chargers on Sunday.Raiders: Visit the Chiefs on Sunday. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. An Oakland Raiders fan holds up a sign before an NFL football game between the Raiders and the Denver Broncos in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/John Hefti)OAKLAND, Calif. — Dwayne Harris returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown after Denver failed to down it, and the Raiders gave their fans plenty to celebrate in their possible final game in Oakland, beating the Broncos 27-14 on Monday night.The Raiders (4-11) are set to move to Las Vegas in 2020 and have no lease for next year. With Oakland officials having sued the team over the move, the Raiders are looking into other options for 2019, including AT&T Park in San Francisco.ADVERTISEMENT View comments A decision is expected before the Super Bowl, but many of the die-hards came out for this game knowing it could be the last NFL game ever in the stadium that opened in 1966.It has been almost that long since the Broncos (6-9) had gone back-to-back seasons with losing records, having last done it in 1971-72. After going 5-11 in coach Vance Joseph’s first season, Denver has done little better in year two and general manager John Elway could be ready to make a change after the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Broncos opened the month with playoff aspirations, but three straight losses to teams that entered the game with losing records ended those hopes and have the team searching for answers.Shortly after Oakland native Marshawn Lynch lit the torch in honor of late owner Al Davis before the game, Harris delivered the biggest highlight with a punt return that was tied for the second-longest ever. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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ROUND 1: Manny Pacquiao aggressive from get-go

first_imgManny Pacquiao, right, throws a left to Adrien Broner during the WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. APMANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao is off to his first defense of the WBA World welterweight title as he takes on Adrien Broner Sunday (Manila time) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.The Hall-of-fame bound Pacquiao (60-7-2) is the sport’s only eight-division World champion and is defending the strap he won from Lucas Matthysse in July of 2018.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Broner (33-3-1) is looking for his first win since scoring a split decision victory over Adrian Granados in February 2017.Pacquiao is aggressive early on in the fight, pinning Broner to the corner less than 30 seconds into the first round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Filipino then takes the fight to the ropes but Broner is able to get away only for Pacquio to once again throw another flurry.Broner is clearly on the defensive waiting for an opportunity to throw in a counter amid Pacquiao’s continuous flurries. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Joshua Pacio admits to shortcomings in close title loss to Yosuke Saruta In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

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