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Andrew Wiggins signs contract extension with Timberwolves

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, left, of Spain, congratulates forward Andrew Wiggins after he drew a foul while taking a shot against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—A five-year contract extension worth nearly $150 million sat in front of Andrew Wiggins for more than two months.Not only did the 22-year-old Wiggins not jump at the first chance to sign it, he decided to revamp the team of advisers around him and essentially lead the process himself. The Minnesota Timberwolves are hoping that self-assurance and unflappable nature helps a franchise long in the basement finally break through.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Miguel Cotto books December farewell fight “He’s never satisfied. He wants to get better,” coach and president Tom Thibodeau said. “I think he’s already demonstrated that to make the progress that he’s already shown is impressive, but as I mentioned, it’s scratching the surface. And now we hope that it’ll continue to grow and it’ll translate into wins.”Owner Glen Taylor made it clear to Wiggins early in the summer that he was comfortable with paying the huge price to keep the athletic wing in the fold. It is extremely rare for a player coming off of a rookie contract to turn down a max-level extension, but Wiggins did inject a little drama into what is normally a straight forward process.The sides were on the verge of reaching a deal in August when Wiggins decided to part ways with agent Bill Duffy, who had represented him ever since he was drafted by Cleveland and traded to Minnesota in 2014.Taylor told The Associated Press in August that he wanted to meet face-to-face with Wiggins before the deal was signed to have a frank conversation about the expectations that come with such a big contract.“He seems like a very good person,” Taylor said then. “He seems to have the ability and so the only thing it would be is for some reason he didn’t work hard enough to obtain the skill sets. That’s what you’re asking him to commit to.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments The meeting was held in September and Wiggins completed the process without an agent while leaning on a close circle of advisers, including his parents, and an attorney to review the paperwork. Duffy is still expected to challenge to get a commission from the deal as well.“I did it by myself and it was my first time doing it, obviously,” Wiggins said. “So I just wanted to make sure I was doing everything correctly.”Wiggins made great strides as a scorer in his first three years, improving as a 3-point shooter, developing a low-post game and using his athleticism and strength to get to the free throw line. But he still has a long way to go as a defender and rebounder, and will need to be even better than the .356 shooter he was from 3-point range last season if the Wolves are going to snap that skid.Wiggins has also been a durable fixture in the lineup ever since he arrived in town. He has missed just one game in his first three seasons while averaging 36.2 minutes per game.“He deserves every dime,” Towns said. “He’s one heck of a player. We’re blessed to have him.”Despite all of that, the contract is sure to be a polarizing one. As good as Wiggins has been as a scorer, certain metrics paint him as a very poor defender and an offensive player ill-equipped to play in this era of pace and space.“It’s motivation to get better and show everybody what I can do, the other stuff I can do,” Wiggins said. “The stuff they think I can do, add more, just keep on adding to my game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Wiggins signed his contract Wednesday, a straight five-year deal with no player option that puts a big piece of business to rest a week before the Wolves open the season. From his rookie of the year press conference in 2015 when he professed “I hope I’m here forever ” to the eve of his fourth season in the league, the Canadian has never wavered in his admiration for his home away from home.“I like everyone from the trainers to the coaches to the front office, my teammates,” Wiggins said. “I love everybody. They’ve treated me with nothing but nice since I got here. And they were the first people who gave me the opportunity to play in the NBA after I got traded from Cleveland and they welcomed me with open arms so this is where I wanted to be at.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWiggins averaged 23.6 points in his third season in the league and has cemented himself as one of the building blocks of an up-and-coming franchise. Along with Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler, Wiggins is expected to help the Timberwolves end a 13-season playoff drought.He will not turn 23 until February and has yet to make an All-Star team. But had he made it to restricted free agency next summer, there was a very good chance another team would have sent a max offer sheet his way. The Timberwolves beat them to the punch.last_img read more

Gas prices in Fort St. John, across the country ever-evolving

first_imgAt a 105.4 early this morning, B.C. was nearly eight and half cents higher than the one next closest to it in Quebec, and still the only provincial average in the country over a dollar a litre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Another day, and still another change in the price of retail gasoline in Fort St. John and across the country.Locally, another filling station has broken out of the common posted price pack with an increase, and this time its Chevron outlet on 108 Street and Alaska Road north.An early morning monitor revealed it now has a posted price of 101.9 a litre, and that’s seven cents higher than the new common price, which dropped two cents earlier this week to a 94.9 cents a litre. Now, its just two cents higher than what the GasBuddy.com online monitor shows as the most common price in Dawson Creek.- Advertisement -It comes at a time when the national average seems to have settled for the moment at about 93 cents a litre.The BC-average price, while up two cents over a week ago and ten cents higher than a month ago, also seems to have settled for the moment slightly above 105 cents a litre — with the province-wide differential at about 27 cents.The GasBuddy survey again has the low end price at the Prince George Costco, as well as a Fas Gas outlet in Fort St. James at 90.9, and the high end price still at a Husky outlet in Delta at a 117.9 cents.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘It’s like a final’ – Atletico meet Juve in a clash of high stakes

first_img0Shares0000Massimiliano Allegri will use five-time Champions League winner Cristiano Ronaldo’s experience as Juventus face Atletico Madrid © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOMADRID, Spain, Feb 19 – Massimiliano Allegri told Juventus not to be afraid of Atletico Madrid but for one of these teams their worst fears in this season’s Champions League are about to become a reality.Crashing out in the last 16 would be unthinkable for two clubs that were among the favourites when the draw for the knock-out stages was made in December. “Those that have ambition are not afraid,” Allegri said, after his side were drawn to play Atletico, with the first leg on Wednesday at the Wanda Metropolitano.“It’s like a final, we cannot put a foot wrong,” Atletico boss Diego Simeone said.Juventus and Atletico Madrid have reached 12 European Cup finals between them, with last season’s game in Kiev the first in five years in which neither had featured.Atletico went on to win the Europa League instead, proving themselves too strong for Europe’s second-tier competition, while Juventus were dumped out by eventual winners Real Madrid, undone by a controversial Cristiano Ronaldo penalty in the 98th minute.It was Ronaldo’s 10th goal in seven games against Juventus, having scored twice in the first leg and twice in the final in 2017 too. Juve beat Real in the semi-finals two years earlier but even then, Ronaldo managed a goal in each leg.There was understandable relief, as well as joy, when the Portugese switched sides last summer and now, there is belief. Ronaldo has not finished in single figures for goals in the Champions league since 2011.As Lionel Messi said: “They already had a good team and now they have Cristiano Ronaldo.”– Juve’s two decade wait –But with anticipation comes pressure. Juventus are on course to win an eighth consecutive Scudetto but this is the one trophy they crave.Miss out again and it will be 23 years since they last lifted Europe’s premier prize, this time with its most prolific player ever among their ranks.“We have to be wary of Atletico,” Allegri said.Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann has scored four goals in six Champions League games this campaign © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZO“And we have to find the right moment to score. It’s crucial that we get a goal there, otherwise qualification will be very difficult,” he added.Atletico’s own record signing last summer, Thomas Lemar, was not even born when Gianluca Vialli hoisted the trophy in 1996 for the Italians but expectation weighs heavy on them too.Atleti have the chance to play a final at home this year, at the Wanda Metropolitano, and not only snatch the cup away from rivals Real but do it in the city they both call their own.“Of course we are inspired by playing a final in our own stadium, in our own city, in front of our own fans,” Simeone said.“But it is pointless only to imagine it. The reality will be what we deserve,” he added.Simeone extended his contract as Atleti coach until 2022 last week and while few can question the remarkable progress made during his tenure, there are some that believe a ceiling has been reached.They are out of the Copa del Rey and seven points behind Barcelona in La Liga, where back-to-back defeats earlier this month failed to capitalise on a rare Catalan dip.Summer signings are yet to fully fire and there is scepticism about the January arrival of Alvaro Morata, not just because of his links to Real. When results waver, questions about Simeone’s style also invariably follow.“It is a style I like, it makes us win,” Antoine Griezmann told UEFA on Monday.Winning a trophy on their own patch would be even better.“It’s an extra motivation for us and for the fans. The road to get there will be tough but we’ll give it our all,” World Cup winner Griezmann added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Appeals court to consider `wardrobe malfunction’

first_imgBy John Dunbar THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court will consider today whether a notorious “wardrobe malfunction” that bared singer Janet Jackson’s breast during a televised 2004 Super Bowl halftime show was indecent, or merely a fleeting and accidental glitch that shouldn’t be punished. The case is the second recent test of the federal government’s powers to regulate broadcast indecency. Last June, a federal appeals court in New York invalidated the government’s policy on fleeting profanities uttered over the airwaves. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia will hear arguments about the Feb. 1, 2004, halftime show when 90 million Americans watched singer Justin Timberlake pull off part of Janet Jackson’s bustier, briefly exposing one of her breasts. The episode was later explained as a problem with her costume. The FCC fined CBS Corp. $550,000. CBS challenged the fine, claiming “fleeting, isolated or unintended” images should not automatically be considered indecent. The agency noted it has long held that “even relatively fleeting references may be found indecent where other factors contribute to a finding of patent offensiveness.” The case is being argued at a time when the Federal Communications Commission’s enforcement regime regarding broadcast indecency is in a state of flux. The government is considering whether to take the profanity case to the Supreme Court. At the same time, Congress is working on a legislative remedy. The agency is hoping it will fare better in Philadelphia than it did in New York. In that case, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected by a 2-1 vote the agency’s polices on indecent speech. The case involved two airings of the “Billboard Music Awards,” in which expletives were broadcast over the airwaves. The court rejected the FCC’s policy on procedural grounds but was “skeptical that the commission can provide a reasoned explanation for its fleeting expletive regime that would pass constitutional muster.” The U.S. Office of the Solicitor General, which argues cases on behalf of federal agencies, asked for a 30-day extension to decide whether it will appeal that case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Arguments today are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom. 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

JOIN A JOURNEY INTO THE TWIN TOWNS’ PAST THIS WEEKEND

first_imgTHE Ballybofey, Stranorlar and District Historical Society would like to invite you to journey into the past at a photographic exhibition which will take place this Saturday, May 11, from 10 am to 6 pm in the central atrium of the new Butt Hall (of which the Balor Arts Centre is part).This exhibition will include a number of rare, and never seen in public before, old photographs. The society, which was formed a year ago, will also launch a new ‘history trail’ brochure detailing a brief history of the Twin Towns at the event.Admission is €3 for adults and €1 for children/students and this payment also enters you into a draw for some donated spot prizes.Everyone is welcome.The society is also planning a number of summer field trips, the first trip will be to the caves at Gortletterlagh and the date has yet to be confirmed. The next meeting of the society will take place at the end of the month in the Henderson Hall, Stranorlar. The date and time will be confirmed shortly.New members are always welcome, for more information please come along to the next meeting or contact the Society Chairperson, Aubrey Oliver. JOIN A JOURNEY INTO THE TWIN TOWNS’ PAST THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 8th, 2013 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:Ballybofeyhistorical societyStranorlarlast_img read more

Boro icon wants Steve Gibson to offer him Middlesbrough manager job

first_img1 Fabrizio Ravanelli wants to become Middlesbrough’s next manager and has asked chairman Steve Gibson to call him.Gibson has yet to decide who will be in charge at the Riverside next season following Middlesbrough’s relegation from the Premier League.Steve Agnew, who was appointed interim head coach after Aitor Karanka’s departure in March, has held discussions with Gibson about next season but speculation persists that Garry Monk or Nigel Pearson could be appointed.But former Boro favourite Ravanelli believes he is the man to lead what he says has the potential to be a top-10 club in England.“I was very disappointed to see Middlesbrough relegated, for the club, for the fans, for everybody,” Ravanelli said.“But now it is important to start again. The club must show a lot of ambition because Middlesbrough has the potential to finish in the top 10 of the Premier League.“I would love the opportunity to arrive for me to get the manager’s job at Middlesbrough.“If Steve Gibson called me, no problem. That would be good.“The Championship is a good league with a lot of quality teams.”Ravanelli was a huge hit on Teesside after his shock move from then-European champions Juventus in July 1996.The Italy striker scored 32 goals in 50 games as Boro reached the League Cup and FA Cup finals at Wembley, but the club’s relegation from the top flight saw him join Marseille in September 1997.“Middlesbrough is in my heart every day,” Ravanelli said.“It was a great experience in England, especially as I was one of the first Italians to play in the Premier League.“I love the Middlesbrough fans, they are fantastic, and I hope one day it is special for me there again.”Ravanelli started his coaching career with the Juventus youth team and spent two years at his former club.He left Juventus in 2013 to take over at French outfit Ajaccio, but he lasted only five months and was sacked with the Corsican club second from bottom in Ligue 1.“I had to leave early, but I enjoyed my experience in Ajaccio,” Ravanelli said.“I want to start coaching again and I don’t want the mistake of making the wrong choice.“This is the start of a new career for me and I hope to have the possibility in July before the new season. So why not Middlesbrough?” Fabrizio Ravanelli was an instant success at Middlesbrough last_img read more

TIR CHONAILL GAELS AND DUNGLOE GAA CLUBS LAUNCH CHARITY CYCLE IN MEMORY OF THE LATE BRID CARR

first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels and An Clochan Liath GAA clubs have teamed up to launch a lung busting 100km Charity Cycle in memory of the late Brid Carr, who died from ovarian cancer last year. The eagerly awaited announcement of the CLG An Clochan Liath cycle team for the 100km Letterkenny to Carrick (Via Ballybofey- Donegal Town – Killybegs ) charity cycle on September 12th has been released by team manager Gerard Pat Boyle and lead rider Eamon McGee. Gerard and Eamon have reserved their right to nominate the final two riders as wild cards in the final weeks leading up to the cycle.Donegal Daily can reveal that former Dungloe GAA star John Fred is favourite for one of these places as he was spotted dropping off a bag at Gerard’s house on Tuesday.It hasn’t been confirmed but local sources believe the bag contained cash. The team’s selection includes representatives from the executive, senior team, reserves, ladies , underage managers, supporters and critics.The 15 names released who will team up with the Tir Conail Gaels cycle team on the 12th September include:1. Gerard Boyle2. Adrian Alcorn3. Brendan McGee4. Eamonn McGee5. Patrick McGowan6. Brendan McCole7. Shaun Boyle8. Owen Bonner9. Joe Boyle10. Myles Sweeney11. Daniel Walsh12. HughieMc Ginley13. John Ham14. Shaun Sharkey15. Raymond Pat BoyleThe event is hoping to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer awareness and research and will honour the memory of Brid Carr who passed away late last year.Brid Carr was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in December 2010 shortly before her 51st Birthday.She was originally from Glencolmcille, Co Donegal but lived in London with her husband Seamus and their three children – Christina, Anna and Tom.Brid trained as a nurse in The Mater Hospital in Dublin and then moved to Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital in London where she was Urology Nurse Specialist.Brid was of great assistance to club members of CLG An Clochan Liath whose children attended Great Ormond Street Hospital, and for this reason the club had no hesitation in supporting the fundraising efforts in her memory. She passed away on 11th October 2014 at age 54.The link between Tir Chonaill Gaels and An Clochan Liath has spanned five decades, founder member of the gaels Jackie Greene came from sheskinrone.Past players from Dungloe to play with TCG include Donal Boyle, Jamsie Mc Cready, Joe Neely, Shaun Campbell , John Paul Mutley and currently Adrian Hanlon.John Duffy from Meenmore served as the Gaels PRO during the seventies and eighties. Any Business or individual wanting to make a donation can approach any member of the team or contact – Gerard Pat Boyle  (086) 602 7161TIR CHONAILL GAELS AND DUNGLOE GAA CLUBS LAUNCH CHARITY CYCLE IN MEMORY OF THE LATE BRID CARR was last modified: July 31st, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

Newman Named MVC Softball Pitcher of the Week for Second Straight Week

first_imgNewman and her teammates travel to the USF Tournament, Feb. 23-25, in Tampa, Fla. Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Redshirt junior Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) has been named Missouri Valley Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week, the league office announced Monday, Feb. 19. This season, Newman is 4-0, hasn’t allowed a run, struck out 33 batters and allowed just nine hits in 20.0 innings of work. Her 46 career wins is tied for the eighth most in program history with her pitching coach and former Drake standout, Tina DeAngelo (Zuccolo), who played from 1993-95. Newman has 588 career strikeouts, which ranks sixth all-time at Drake. She has won seven MVC Pitcher of the Week awards in her career.center_img Newman continues to make an impact in her return to the circle in 2018. Newman, who missed most of 2017 due to injury, earned both of the team’s wins at the February Freezer this past weekend. In her first start against the host school, the Mississippi State Bulldogs, she pitched 7.0 innings and allowed just four hits and struck out seven as the Drake Bulldogs won 1-0 in eight innings. Newman followed that performance with five scoreless innings in the Bulldogs’ 4-0 win over South Alabama. She allowed just two hits and struck out seven with two walks.last_img read more

Letterkenny tree offers special way to remember a loved one this Christmas

first_imgLetterkenny Rotary Club is inviting people to contribute to their traditional Christmas Tree of Remembrance in Letterkenny Shopping Centre.Patrons can dedicate a ribbon in honour of someone they want to remember now at this festive time.This can be for someone who is passed away, someone who is sick or away from home or just someone you want to remember while supporting worthwhile charities. It continues daily until 2pm on Christmas Eve in Letterkenny Shopping Centre.You are invited to place a ribbon on the tree for a voluntary donation with main charitable beneficiaries this year being St Vincent de Paul and Donegal Down Syndrome.The cost of the ribbons are €2 each or 3 for €5 or a donation of your choice.Ribbons will be removed on Christmas Eve where they will form part of the Ecumenical Church Service on Sunday, January 19, in Conwal Parish Church Letterkenny.  Letterkenny tree offers special way to remember a loved one this Christmas was last modified: December 17th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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 Tree of RemembrancedonegalDonegal Down SyndromeLetterkenny Shopping Centre.ST VINCENT DE PAULlast_img read more

South Africa consoles Tsvangirai

first_img9 March 2009 South Africa has sent its condolences to Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on the death of his wife, Susan, in a car accident on Friday. South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, who is also chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), issued a statement on Saturday expressing shock at the accident and conveying the condolences of the country and the region. “As you mourn the death of your beloved wife Susan, please be assured of the unwavering and moral support of the government and people of South Africa as well as the SADC during this hour of need and bereavement,” Motlanthe said. Former South African president Thabo Mbeki, who was a major role-player in the talks to establish a government of unity in Zimbabwe, has also sent his condolences to the Tsvangirai family. Tsvangirai and his wife were travelling on Friday from Harare to Buhera, where he was due to attend a rally on Saturday. His car was hit by a truck which crossed into the oncoming lane and side-swiped his vehicle, causing it to roll several times, police said. Britain has confirmed that the truck was owned by a joint Unites States-British aid project that delivers HIV/Aids drugs. Susan Tsvangirai died at the scene of the accident. She was reportedly flung out of the car as it rolled over and landed on top of her. Rescuers found her 15 metres from the wrecked vehicle, fatally wounded with serious internal injuries and fractures to both legs. She was rushed to Beatrice Hospital, where she was confirmed dead on arrival. Tsvangirai, who sustained minor injuries in the accident, left for neighbouring Botswana for medical treatment on Saturday after he was released from the Avenues Clinic in Harare. The MDC has said it will carry out its own investigation into the collision. While the authorities have not suggested foul play, Finance Minister Tendai Biti has suggested that a police escort might have prevented the accident. The accident has raised new concerns about Zimbabwe’s fragile unity government, whose inception has been plagued by disputes over the appointments of top officials. The new government faces an array of problems, including food and fuel shortages, the world’s most serious hyperinflation, and a cholera outbreak in which nearly 88 000 people have been infected, with nearly 4 000 killed. Tsvangirai, who turns 57 on Tuesday, had six children with his wife Susan, who was popular among MDC supporters, and would chant “mother, mother” when she appeared at rallies with her husband. Susan Tsvangirai avoided the spotlight, but stood by her husband throughout his ordeals as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s most determined opponent. She is to be buried in her rural hometown of Buhera on Wednesday. A senior official from Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the party headed up by Tsvangirai, said a procession would be held in Harare on Tuesday in her honour. Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more