Dirk on today’s NBA: ‘It’s more about making money and winning than loyalty’

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Break new ground Folayang working on ground game, striking as he awaits next fight 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts during play against the Memphis Grizzlies at American Airlines Center on March 3, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPDirk Nowitzki certainly knows a thing or two about loyalty.Although the German-born superstar has received a lot of enticing offers whenever he hits free agency, the 39-year-old forward has often made compromises to stay with the only team he has ever known, the Dallas Mavericks.ADVERTISEMENT He also credits his decision to stay with the franchise to other factors aside basketball, particularly his tight relationship with team owner Mark Cuban and the loyal Dallas fan base.“I think I’m old school,” Dirk, who led Dallas to an NBA title in 2011, said. “Some of these guys that are now stars are obviously younger. The business has changed a bit. You know, I never knew what to expect when I came to Dallas, but everything just came together here. The way, when I got here, that the community embraced me and wanted me to succeed.”He added: “Cuban buying the team at the end of my second year was a huge part of why I was here my entire career. He was a huge supporter of mine. He’s a friend of mine and he’s always supported me throughout my career. So I was here, I belong to this community, and for me, it was always easy for me to be loyal.” /raADVERTISEMENT Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Winning start LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Now entering his 20th NBA season with the team, the one-time NBA MVP acknowledged that loyalty is a rare trait to have in the league these days.“The new NBA is a little different. It’s about making money and winning and not as much about being loyal anymore,” he said during an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio and relayed by The Score.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNowitzki recently inked a $10-million contract over the summer—which is a relatively modest contract for someone of his stature. Although he has gotten up in age, the 13-time All-Star remains as one of the best stretch forwards around.Having accumulated around  $245 million since entering the league in 1998, Dirk has willingly taken pay cuts in order to sign other talents and help improve the Mavs roster. View commentslast_img read more

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Wizards lose forward Otto Porter Jr. to left leg injury

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Pringle saves day for Batang Pier The Wizards drafted Porter third overall in 2013 out of Georgetown.Oubre has been averaging 10.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in the series, along with playing active defense.He was going to draw the tough assignment of guarding DeMar DeRozan in Game 6; Toronto’s All-Star guard came into Friday putting up 28.8 points per game.But the Wizards also could use some better shooting from Oubre, who has been making only 41.5 percent of his field-goal attempts, including 3 for 16 — 19 percent — on 3-pointers.“He’s going to get opportunities. Hopefully he can knock some shots down to get some confidence. He hasn’t shot the ball well for a while,” Brooks said. “But he does a lot of other things. He’s aggressive. He’s an emotional player. He gives us a spark that way, and now he’s going to have to start the game with that same intensity he gives us off the bench.”NOTE: Casey said backup PG Fred VanVleet would be available. VanVleet has been dealing with an injured right shoulder and appeared in only one game in the series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Top reserve Kelly Oubre Jr. moved into Washington’s starting lineup to take Porter’s spot.Brooks said he also expected Tomas Satoransky and Ty Lawson to see increased minutes off the bench.“You hate to hear that about a young man, to go down like that,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said about Porter, “but they have a lot of guys that can step in and play that role.”Porter received a max contract last offseason, when he was a restricted free agent and the Wizards ended up matching the Brooklyn Nets’ $106 million, four-year offer sheet for the forward.That came after Porter set career bests of 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and a 3-point shooting percentage of 43.4.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) dunks past Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka, right, during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Forward Otto Porter Jr. missed a must-win Game 6 for the Washington Wizards in their playoff series against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night because of an injured left leg.“It’s hard on him,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “It’s hard on all of us.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The No. 8 seed Wizards entered Friday trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series. They announced a few hours before the scheduled tipoff that Porter is sidelined indefinitely after having a medical procedure earlier Friday to prevent permanent damage to muscles in the leg because of compartment syndrome.Porter has averaged only 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists while making just five 3-pointers during the playoffs.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 crownHe was Washington’s third-leading scorer during the regular season, behind John Wall and Bradley Beal, averaging a career-high 14.7 points, along with 6.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He was third in the NBA in 3-point field-goal percentage at 44.1, another personal best.“He hasn’t got a lot of things going offensively,” Brooks said. “But I always felt that, any day now, he was going to have a bust-out game. It’s not going to happen.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View commentslast_img read more

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Vision 2030 under Spotlight

first_imgThe achievements of the agenda for Vision 2030 have come under the spotlight with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressing doubt as to their implementation.In the annual State of the Nation address, the President disclosed that the Agenda for Transformation pointed out that the national Vision 2030 would only be achieved if there is economic transformation that addresses the long standing structural deficiencies in the system.According to the President, “the beginning years of our national recovery required reactivation of growth in those traditional economic sectors; however, these latter years demand a commitment not to repeat the mistakes of the past. We should rather respond to inequality by lifting a larger number of the Liberian populace out of long-standing poverty through inclusive growth.”President Sirleaf identified as part of the chronic deficit in Liberia’s growth potential a large undiversified economy dependent on traditional export products; iron ore, rubber and timber, which she said, are exposed to the global markets’ volatility. The Liberian leader said, despite these historical constraints and the sluggishness of global economic recovery in the last two years, the Liberian economy would continue to be resilient.President Sirleaf explained, however, that growth and progress could have registered at even higher levels if greater effort had been made to unleash the potential consistent with the more than US$16 billion which was mobilized in Direct Foreign Investment. She said: “As we move to address historical constraints, infrastructure is a first priority.” The President added that an economic constraints analysis conducted by the government in collaboration with the Millennium Challenge Corporation identified electricity and roads as the two biggest constraints of economic growth and private investment in Liberia.The Liberian leader furthered that many challenges remain in improving financial management; a state of affairs exacerbated by unduly long procurement processes. The President declared this situation must be corrected.“We are addressing these shortcomings by strengthening the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework budget process; strengthening the technical capacity of the Project Management Office in the Department of Budget; and reviewing the laws, provisions and organizational arrangements in the procurement process.” Madam Sirleaf concluded that the Government would implement stringent guidelines relating to State-Owned Enterprises (SOE); which would no longer be allowed to make discretionary disbursements, approved by self-serving company boards that are not in conformity with the nation’s priorities and goals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Soesdyke man gets 4 years for narcotics trafficking, assault

first_imgA man who hails from Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara (EBD) was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment by Magistrate Wanda Fortune after he pleaded guilty to possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, cultivating a prohibited plant, and assault.Narest GopaulNaresh Gopaul was sentenced to four years for the narcotics trafficking charge, three years for cultivating a prohibited plant and three months for assault. The sentences will run concurrently.According to Police information, ranks on June 1, 2019 responded to a report of an assault committed on Homouttie Narine, 69, a farmer of Yaruni, Upper Demerara River by Gopaul, also called “Rickey”, 29, who is also a farmer of Lot 27 Soesdyke.Upon arrival at the location, the ranks conducted a search of the camp and found approximately 14 cannabis plants.Gopaul was told of the offence committed and is said to have told ranks “…about two months now I plant them plants”.He was arrested and taken to the Mackenzie Police Station where he was charged for assaulting the woman. Gopaul pleaded guilty to all of the charges.last_img read more

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Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse Association’s Pewees bring home silver

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse Association’s Novice, Peewee and Bantam teams were in Sherwood Park over the weekend for a Tournament from May 31 to June 2.After a great tournament of three wins, one loss, the Peewees managed to come home with silver medals.The Novices and Bantams had one win, three losses each during the Tournament.- Advertisement -According to Lyndsay Beer, of the Lacrosse Association, during a two-week break, the teams had a chance to improve their play before heading off to Sherwood Park.“With the two weeks between tournaments the players and coaches really focused in, taking what they learned from Red Deer to Sherwood Park and it shows in their hard work and performances there.”All teams, including our Mini-Tykes and Tykes, will be geared up for Exhibition Games against the Grande Prairie Thrashers this Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.Advertisement Admission to the Exhibition Games is free for all attendees.last_img read more

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Arsenal looking to trim squad, says Kroenke

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal looking to trim squad, says director Kroenke. Photo/TeamTalkLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 21 – Arsenal are actively seeking to reduce the size of their squad before the close of the European transfer window on 2 September, according to club director Josh Kroenke.The Gunners made almost £140million worth of signings in transfer market, with the likes of Nicolas Pepe and Kieran Tierney coming in. And, with Shkodran Mustafi being linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium, Kroenke admits that there are “discussions” ongoing that could see players leave before the European deadline.Kroenke told BBC Sport: “I would defer to our football operations staff but I know there are a few names that have come up who might not see as much playing time this season, so whether that’s via loan or permanent transfer I know there are discussions going on. I’ll leave that to our football operations staff.“So from a player’s perspective, whether it’s good or bad news I think the best thing you can do is be honest with the player because they’ve only got a limited window where they can be at their physical peak.“I would say whatever we’re doing we’re going to be aggressive and we’re going to be decisive, and we’re going to communicate well and honestly through it all.”When asked if Arsenal will continue their spending in the next transfer window, Kroenke added: “That’s hopefully a sign of encouragement for Arsenal fans that, when we’re out in the market place, you might never know what we’re thinking and you could be surprised by some of the names that come up.“As for January, I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We’ve got to evaluate some things in the short term and figure out where we might need to address going forward, so when January does roll around we’re going to be proactive again.”0Shares0000(Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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He’s back! Check out Zidane assisting Madrid hero Ronaldo for goal

first_img1 This has got to be one of the best football line ups of all-time… albeit a few years past their prime!The original Ronaldo joined Zinedine Zidane, Cafu and Clarence Seedorf, among others, in an all-star XI for the United Nation’s 12th annual charity ‘Match Against Poverty’ in Saint-Etienne, France, this week.The all-stars would have been unstoppable in their day, but lost 7-9 to French Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne, despite some magic moments from their ageing maestros.David Trezéguet was first on the scoresheet for the all-stars and Ronaldo scored a hat trick, proving he’s still got it – kind of.One of his three was set up by Zidane, his former Real Madrid teammate, with a skillful flick-up to the Brazilian ex-international, who cushioned the ball with his belly (that’s big enough to rest a beer on, surely) and casually tucked it away on the volley.Moments later, four-time Champions League winner, Clarence Seedorf chipped St Etienne’s goalkeeper Jérémie Janot from outside the box.The French side sealed the win, though, with Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – guesting for the hosts – netting his third goal to cap an entertaining evening’s action.Check out the full-match highlights here.last_img read more

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Gareth Bale is not to blame for Real Madrid’s demise, according to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

first_img1 Gareth Bale Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Gareth Bale is not the man to blame for Real Madrid’s Champions League exit and all round underwhelming season.Bale has been under increased scrutiny this season and Madrid’s European departure at the hands of Juventus further increased the pressure on the Welshman.The world’s most expensive player was culpable of squandering several gilt-edged opportunities during that 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu, but Pochettino doesn’t feel Bale is solely responsible for Madrid’s malaise.“I think Gareth Bale is not the only player responsible for what’s happening at Madrid. I think Bale is an unbelievable player but sometimes it’s not easy to score 30 or 40 goals every season,” said the Argentine.“It’s difficult for him because maybe the expectation at Real Madrid is different than at another club. It’s not easy to play for Real Madrid, especially now they have no opportunities to win the league, the Champions League or the Copa Del Rey.”Pochettino believes the £86 million former White Hart Lane man is a player that needs to feel he is the heart and soul of the team – much like he was at Tottenham – but finds it hard to assume that mantel when the whole Madrid squad is full of world-class players such as Cristiano Ronaldo.The Argentine coach added: “Bale is a player that needs to feel that the team plays for him, like Ronaldo or Messi. They are a type of player that needs to feel confident and play the way that they want to play.Sometimes that’s not easy. At Real Madrid you have a lot of big stars and it isn’t easy to settle from the first moment,” said the Argentine.It has been rumoured that Bale’s problems have stemmed from the language barrier he faces and his difficulty picking up Spanish; something which Pochettino is all too familiar with since he started managing in England.“I think it’s important [to speak the language]. It’s always difficult to adapt if you go to a new club or country but I don’t know if that affects his job or his game. It’s difficult to know from here,” said the 43-year-old.last_img read more

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‘Outplay Liverpool? Outpass Liverpool? Nonsense! It’s not a possession competition’

first_img Eddie Howe and Bournemouth are in the Premier League for the first time this season Eddie Howe says Bournemouth are ready to adapt their style to help secure Premier League points, ahead of the club’s first top flight visit to Anfield.The 37-year-old Cherries manager and his team have become associated with an entertaining brand of passing football that helped them win the Championship and promotion to the top division for the first time ever.Now Bournemouth face Liverpool on Monday night, pitting Howe against another relatively young manager who has carved a reputation for free-flowing football.Indeed, Howe has described Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers as a “role model”, but the Bournemouth manager says the game at Anfield won’t be a simple matter of which team has most possession of the ball. “Our aim is not to outplay Liverpool, or outpass Liverpool, or any nonsense like that,” Howe said. “Our aim is to try and win the game.“Then how we do that, and how you go about best doing that, that is down to how you see the game, so it’s not a competition on passes, it’s a competition on winning the game.“The football really is irrelevant, it’s about finding a way to be competitive.“We certainly don’t follow anybody, we try and take our own lead.” 1last_img read more

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GOING TO THE BIG APPLE! MAYOR TO VISIT NEW YORK ON ST PATRICK’S DAY

first_imgExclusive: MAYOR Frank McBrearty is to travel to New York for St Patrick’s Day after admitting that his opposition to his predecessors going to America was “a mistake.”The Mayor, his Deputy, a councillor and the County Manager will all travel to the States next month as an official delegation; with taxpayers picking up the bill.Cllr McBrearty had voted against previous trips but he told Donegal Daily that he now regretted that. “We have had correspondence from several Donegal Associations who are keen that we are there in an official capacity,” said the Mayor, who praised councillors Cora Harvey and Noel McBride for their previous trips.He had opposed a trip by Cllr Brendan Byrne in 2010.“It was a mistake. I have learned over the past few months that it was a mistake because it is important, especially in the year of The Gathering, that Donegal gets its message across in the States,” he said.Cllr McBrearty said the trip “isn’t a junket” adding: “The money spent on this trip is an investment and will help build relationships across the Atlantic, especially with American companies who are based here and providing jobs here.” After a stormy day in the council chamber in what one councillor described as “the most bizarre I’ve ever seen” the Mayor said he hoped he could work with all parties going forward to show a united front for Donegal.“We have to work together for the people and I sincerely hope that I can help unite the chamber in the months ahead for the benefit of all the people,” he added.        GOING TO THE BIG APPLE! MAYOR TO VISIT NEW YORK ON ST PATRICK’S DAY was last modified: February 21st, 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:GOING TO THE BIG APPLE! MAYOR TO VISIT NEW YORK ON ST PATRICK’S DAYlast_img read more

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