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Butler ‘this close’ to rejoining Timberwolves on court

first_imgScarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Butler took part in five-on-five drills on Tuesday for the second straight day, Thibodeau said. This last stage of rehabilitation from the meniscus injury on Feb. 23 is about stamina, timing and taking contact.“You’ve got to trust Jimmy. That’s the main thing,” Thibodeau said. “You go step by step, do all the things that the medical people are asking him to do, but he’s the athlete. He knows. He’s been through this before in different situations. When he’s ready to go, he’ll go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Wolves visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. They host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. The final regular- season game is on April 11 against the Nuggets.“You’ve got to risk it for the biscuit, and I’m ready to do that,” Butler said. “I want to be in the playoffs. I want to continue to play. I’m not saying I’m the only reason we’re going to make it. But I think the chances are a little bit higher if I’m out there.”The Wolves are 8-8 since Butler was hurt, in quite the fight to keep playing beyond next week. They hold tiebreakers against every other team that’s slotted fifth through 10th as of Tuesday, though two losses to Denver could give the Nuggets that edge.Far more problematic than the probabilities and scenarios for Minnesota is the lack of fire on display down the stretch, particularly on defense. The Wolves lost 121-97 at home to Utah on Sunday to let the Jazz move ahead of them into sixth place.“We’ve just got to get tougher. We’ve got to play like some dogs. Teams just do whatever they want against us. I don’t like it. But there ain’t no coach in the world that can make somebody play hard. Ain’t no coach in the world that can make somebody want it,” Butler said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims The All-Star shooting guard, whose fearlessness with the ball and tenacity defending it has been badly missed by the team, told reporters after practice on Tuesday that he’s “this close” to being back on the court.Butler was a full participant in the workout, coach Tom Thibodeau said, and his surgically repaired right knee would be evaluated again on Wednesday.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 Timberwolves play at Denver on Thursday, one of two matchups left with the Nuggets. They’re one of their primary competitors for the remaining playoff spots in the stacked Western Conference, where the fourth and eighth places were separated by two games entering the games on Tuesday. The Nuggets are ninth.“I’m going to wake up one day and be like, ’Let’s go play some ball,’” Butler said. “It’s just, when that day’s going to come, I don’t know.” LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves moves against David Nwaba #11 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves have been stumbling down the stretch, trying to hold on long enough for the franchise’s first postseason appearance in 14 years.Jimmy Butler might be back just in time.ADVERTISEMENT Canelo-Triple G rematch is off after Alvarez withdraws In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebacklast_img read more

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Inconnu Spring Splash Invitational results in success

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, BC- The North Peace Leisure Pool was a bustling place this past weekend as the Inconnu Swim Club hosted the 2018 Spring Splash Invitational.The competition showcased athletes from the Peace Region area, mainly Fort St. John and Peace River. While the meet was the last short course competition of the season, the coming weeks will be becoming increasingly busier as the athletes prepare for larger meets. Head coach of the Novice group, Brittany Welsh, stated that this was an excellent competition to put her young athlete’s skills to the test. Welsh’s group consists of athletes age five to ten and Welsh expressed they all have had phenomenal growth and improvement this past season. “It makes me so proud to watch my swimmers improve so much”. – Advertisement -Welsh currently swims with the National Group consisting of athletes age fifteen to seventeen under Inconnu head coach Steve Carson. As she is in her final year of high school, Welsh has secured her spot on the University of Alberta Varsity Swim team and will be relocating to Edmonton to begin training and attending University in the early fall.Alongside her teammates, many Inconnu athletes will be travelling to the Alberta Long Course Provincials in Edmonton, March 15th-18th. As well they will be off to Swimming Canada Westerns in Victoria April 12th-15th, followed by the BC Tier 2 Age Group Championships July 6th-8th in Victoria. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fielding to be a priority this spring

first_imgEven though defense will be a priority, there are no plans to add additional drills. “There’s nothing more we can to pound these guys with it,” Scioscia said. Long toss Jered Weaver and Bartolo Colon played long toss with each other from about 120 feet, although they are on much different return paths. “Jered was very encouraging,” Scioscia said. “He feels good. We’re moving forward with him but it will be tough to say when he might be on the mound.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Physical examinations will be in order today for position players, who also need to make sure their gloves are in proper condition. The Angels were the worst fielding team in the AL last season, committing 124 errors for a .979 fielding percentage. The fielding miscues led to 80 unearned runs after the Angels led the league in that category in 2005 with just 45 unearned runs. Fielding will no doubt be a priority in this camp as the first full-squad workout is set for Tuesday. “I’m very comfortable with the system and with what (fielding coach Alfredo Griffin) does with the infielders,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ve got some work to do because we’re going to have different chemistry on the infield with rookie (Howie) Kendrick at second, Figgy at third and (Casey Kotchman), Kendry (Morales), (Robb) Quinlan or (Shea) Hillenbrand at first.” center_img Injury report Scioscia does not think the injuries to Colon and Juan Rivera will wind up costing them the season. Colon is rehabbing rotator cuff problems, while Rivera broke his tibia in winter ball. With Colon, the real question revolves around what type of pitcher he will be when he returns. “Bart’s injury is one that historically heals itself; it will heal,” Scioscia said. “The timeframe of it, I don’t know, and how much stuff a pitcher retains after an injury like this will vary. But Bart will be back pitching at some point.” 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

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Lukaku hits back at critics of his weight

first_img0Shares0000‘I always work hard,’ said Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Inter Milan from Manchester United, in response to criticism of his weight © AFP/File / Miguel MEDINALONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 31 – Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku defended his professionalism in the wake of criticism over his weight towards the end of his time at Manchester United.The Belgian joined Inter in a 65 million euro move earlier this month after two years at Old Trafford. Lukaku scored 42 goals for the Red Devils, but just 15 of them came last season as he fell down the pecking order once Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho.And former Manchester United captain Gary Neville was among those to criticise Lukaku’s physical condition, claiming he weighed over 100 kilogrammes.“He (Neville) can talk about my fitness but he should never say anything about my professionalism, that I don’t work hard enough,” Lukaku told the BBC.“That is something he cannot say. All the coaches I have had say the same thing about me.“What did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer say when I was on the training ground? What did he say? That I always work hard and always do my best to try and improve myself. Same with Jose Mourinho and (Belgium and former Everton manager) Roberto Martinez. Now (Inter coach) Antonio Conte will say it.“Last year was just a bad year. It happens in football. You just have to move on. I am not going to sit here and react in a negative way.”Hopes were high that Lukaku could spearhead a new era for United when he joined from Everton for £75 million ($91 million) in 2017, but he left Manchester having failed to win a trophy.“For me, the Manchester United experience is one I am grateful for – not a good one because we didn’t win and I wanted to win with the club – but they gave me a chance,” added Lukaku.“I got to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, so I will always be respectful to them. At the end, I thought it was better for me to move on and try different things.”Lukaku was particularly complimentary on the way Solskjaer handled his exit.“Me and Ole tried to work together but at one point I had to be honest with him. He was also honest with me. We found an agreement. I wanted to go. He understood why I wanted to go.“It is something I will always be grateful to him for. We had a conversation man to man. I told him how I felt and he understood. He will always get massive respect from me and massive protection.”Alexis Sanchez followed Lukaku’s path by also leaving United to join Inter on a season-long loan deal this week.United will still pay a large chunk of the Chilean’s reported £400,000 a week wages so keen were they to cut their losses on a disastrous signing.Sanchez has scored just five times in 45 appearances since joining from Arsenal in 2018, but Lukaku believes the two can form a potent partnership in Serie A.“He has had a difficult time at Manchester United. Coming here was the right move, in a good dressing room, where the manager wants winners who can really help the team. He is going to be part of that,” said Lukaku.“He is going to add a lot of competition to the squad we already have. Now it is up to him to show it. I really believe he is going to do well for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Delight as two dogs return home

first_imgThese two dogs went missing from their home in Roosky, Convoy on Friday night. The devastated owners had launched an appeal with Donegal Daily to find their dogs, who are loved by their family very much.It had been feared that the dogs may have been stolen as there had been no sightings of the dogs in the area.However earlier this evening, the dogs wandered home. The dogs are in good health and are very happy to be home.The owners are delighted that they are reunited.Delight as two dogs return home was last modified: November 6th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:convoydogsfoundlostrotweilerslast_img read more

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WHORISKEYS ARE LEADING LIGHTS AGAIN THIS CHRISTMAS

first_imgWhoriskey’s famous Christmas lights in KerrykeelMichael and Mary Whoriskey’s Christmas lights have become a huge attraction for people around Kerrykeel and further afield in recent years.The lights have managed to raise thousands of euro for deserving charities.This Saturday night at 8pm, former Donegal Person of the Year, Fergus Cleary will switch on the lights at the couple’s home at Ranny, Kerrykeel. This year all proceeds will be going to the Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital and hot chocolate and mince pies will be served to everyone by the Whoriskey family.Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the festivities. WHORISKEYS ARE LEADING LIGHTS AGAIN THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 30th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christmas lightsKERRYKEELWhoriskeyslast_img read more

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Bus riders want concessions

first_imgThe Bus Riders Union said Friday it will seek a four-year extension to the federal consent decree governing the MTA unless Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa can forge an agreement to improve service. The group hopes the mayor, who chairs the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board, will voluntarily support the extension or convince the agency to expand service in order to avert further litigation. “We’re reaching out to the mayor to provide some leadership,” said BRU organizer Manuel Criollo. “It’s all in the mayor and MTA board’s court at this moment.” Villaraigosa said Friday he does not support extending the consent decree. But the MTA insists it plans to fully implement the court’s orders. “There’s an ongoing commitment by Metro to maintain a high level of quality service,” said MTA spokesman Marc Littman. “With all the time and energy that’s been spent improving the Metro system, we’re not going to renege on that.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Mayor Villaraigosa continues to support the improvements made to the MTA bus system under the consent decree … The mayor believes that MTA, with or without the consent decree, must have a first-class bus system,” said a statement issued by press deputy Darryl Ryan. The MTA agreed to the consent decree in 1996 to settle a lawsuit that claimed bus riders’ civil rights were violated when the MTA proposed a fare hike for the bus system while it was building suburban rail. The 10-year decree is set to expire in October, and a court-appointed monitor said this week the MTA had made substantial progress in improving the bus system. However, the court also required MTA to buy 134 more buses to expand the Metro Rapid express system and ensure over the next five years buses run frequently and operating funds are not diverted from other routes. The BRU said it needs some way to ensure MTA’s compliance with the orders. last_img read more

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Kind-hearted students to donate proceeds of Christmas Concert to Michael McGrath fund

first_imgThe students of Finn Valley College are set to donate the proceeds of Saturday afternoon’s Christmas Concert to the Michael McGrath fund.All proceeds from the 2:30 pm matinee on Saturday will go towards securing life-saving medical treatment for Letterkenny man Michael.The concert, which takes place at the Balor Theatre in Ballybofey, hopes to give Michael’s campaign a boost. Michael made the trip to Vienna along with his sister Bernadette and Mary to begin immunotherapy treatment for stage four bowel cancer. The popular teacher will stay in the Austrian capital for two weeks.The total cost of the treatment is €150,000, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover the cost. To date, €117,000 has been raised.So why not get down to the Balor Theatre this Saturday afternoon?This year’s theme is country, with foot-tapping and finger-clicking guaranteed. Booking is strongly advised, so log on to the Balor website or contact the Box Office on 074 91 31840.If you can’t make it on Saturday but would still like to donate, you can help Michael on his journey by visiting his GoFundMe. Whether it’s a fiver or €500, all donations are greatly appreciated by Michael and his family.https://www.gofundme.com/a-future-for-michaelThank you.Kind-hearted students to donate proceeds of Christmas Concert to Michael McGrath fund was last modified: December 13th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:BallybofeyBALOR THEATREFundmichael mc grathlast_img read more

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SA takes part in Syria peace talks

first_img22 January 2014 South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is in Switzerland for a peace conference which hopes to break the stalemate in the three-year Syrian civil war. Nkoana-Mashabane was invited by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to attend the high-level international meeting, which starts in Montreux on Wednesday. The meeting will be attended by dozens of countries that had agreed to the 2012 Geneva Communique, which calls for an end to fighting and the installation of a transitional government with full executive powers. International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela said on Wednesday that South Africa believes there can be no military solution to the conflict in Syria, and sees the conference as a step in the right direction towards bringing an end to the suffering of the Syrian people. Monyela said South Africa believed that democracy was an unassailable right of the Syrian people. “The South African government is thus committed to encouraging all parties involved in the current conflict in Syria to engage in a process of all-inclusive national dialogue, free of any form of violence, intimidation or outside interference aimed at government change, in order to satisfy the legitimate democratic aspirations of the Syrian people.” The conference participants will seek to make arrangements for humanitarian aid to flow into that country, where over 100 000 people have been killed and more than eight-million others driven from their homes since the conflict erupted between the government and various groups seeking the ousting of President Bashar al-Assad. Monyela said South Africa was deeply disappointed by the fact that the Syrian conflict had been raging for nearly three years, with devastating humanitarian consequences. “The situation in Syria is evolving into one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent times, with severe political and economic consequences for the entire region.” The Montreux meeting, which is designed to give international support to the efforts to resolve the deadly conflict that has torn Syria apart, will be followed by talks in Geneva – scheduled for Friday – between the two Syrian delegations and UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, who is organising the peace conference. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has rescinded his invitation to Iran to participate in the Syrian peace conference, his spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters on Monday. Nesirky said Ban was “dismayed [and] deeply disappointed” after Iran released public statements conflicting with what was reportedly discussed in private, resulting in their invitation to participate being withdrawn. Iran, whose invitation was seen as controversial due to that country’s backing of al-Assad, refused to support a process to form a transitional government – one of the stated goals of the conference, as laid out in the Geneva Communique. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Novak Djokovic ‘Sincerely Hopes’ Andy Murray Can Return to Top Next Year

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. andy murrayhip surgeryNovak Djokovictennis First Published: October 28, 2019, 11:00 PM IST Paris: Novak Djokovic said on Monday that he “sincerely hopes” Andy Murray can continue his comeback from hip surgery and return to the upper echelons of tennis next year.Briton Murray contemplated retirement earlier this season before undergoing a career-saving hip resurfacing operation. But the three-time Grand Slam champion claimed his first ATP title since March 2017 earlier this month with victory over Stan Wawrinka in Antwerp.”I sincerely hope so. I hope that he can be in contention for the top spots because tennis would profit from that and benefit,” said world number one Djokovic ahead of his bid for a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title this week.”We know how big of a legacy he left behind and he is still creating for himself.”Knowing what he has been through in the last three years, it was really nice to see him win a title after a long time. And only he knows the adversities that he had to face — physically, but also mentally.”The 32-year-old Murray, who became world number one for the first time during the 2016 Paris Masters, will play for Britain at the inaugural Davis Cup finals in Madrid in November.Djokovic took a hiatus from the sport in 2017 himself to recover from a long-standing elbow injury before bouncing back to win two Grand Slam titles in each of the last two years.”I know the discipline and the ethics that he (Murray) has and how hardworking he is, so he definitely deserves it,” said the Serbian. “And I would definitely wish him all the best.”Murray is not playing in the French capital, while Djokovic will open his campaign with a second-round match against either his compatriot Dusan Lajovic or French lucky loser Corentin Moutet. last_img read more