Thunder’s Adams, Roberson should benefit from superstar trio

first_imgNFL: Message being lost in political firestorm over anthem MOST READ Thunder coach Billy Donovan understands that the remaining players must be prepared to make the most of their chances for the team to be its best.“Certainly, Russell and Paul and Carmelo, there’s a lot of excitement around them, and rightfully so,” he said. “But Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Jerami Grant, Raymond Felton — we’ve got to be a team, and it’s got to be all of us collectively as a team, and I think that’s where the focus is right now going forward.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams. APOKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City’s new super trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony will draw attention from two of the Thunder’s most rapidly improving players.Starters Steven Adams and Andre Roberson should have more room to operate while opponents try to stop three of the league’s top offensive threats.ADVERTISEMENT “Regardless it’s going to open up a lot of things,” said Adams, a 7-foot center.Adams has already has established himself as one of the league’s most effective players around the rim. Last season, he posted career highs of 11.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game and ranked seventh in the NBA in field-goal percentage at 57.1 percent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Steven Adams is a monster,” Anthony said. “He’s a monster like somebody from the ‘Game of Thrones’ or something. I love him. First day, his energy, what he brings to the game, to the court, to his teammates — his energy is incredible.”Roberson was a second-team all-defense selection last season, but he has shown flashes of potential on offense and is an excellent rebounder. Last season, he averaged career highs of 6.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:55Next challenge for OKC is ‘getting on same page,’ says Adams00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Fans might get to see the playoff version of Roberson more often this season. In the five-game series against Houston last season, he averaged 11.6 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field.George looks forward to playing alongside Roberson, especially on the defensive side. In the past, Roberson would defend an opponent’s best player. Now, they can share responsibility and take pressure off Anthony.“I think I can take alongside the role with Roberson to leave Melo to do what Melo does, and that’s to put points on the board and that’s to be a mismatch, matchup problems on the offensive end,” he said. “But, really, it’s to take that pressure off him defensively to where he doesn’t have to exhaust himself chasing the smaller guys, or have to defend the primary guys on most nights.”Patrick Patterson, a power forward the Thunder picked up in the offseason, said his role will remain the same. He averaged 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds for Toronto last season and was a potential starter before Anthony arrived.“Energy guy,” he said. “Make sure to give energy, make the guys comfortable and opening space on the floor. I expected to come here and earn a spot. I knew I was going to have to work hard.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Liverpool have ‘no chance’ of landing Italian ace, says agent

first_img1 Stefano Okaka in action for Sampdoria Liverpool have been told they have no chance of bringing Sampdoria star Stefano Okaka to the club in January, according to the player’s agent.Brendan Rodgers had targeted the 25-year-old powerhouse to address his shortage of strikers, but it now appears even a bid of more than £10 million could not tempt the Serie A side to cash in on one of their prized assets.According to Rai Sport 1, the Reds watched the Italy international score in Sampdoria’s 3-1 win against Verona on Monday night and believe the forward has all the qualities to succeed in the Premier League.However Andrea Cattoli, Okaka’s representative, insisted the striker is only focused on performing well for his current club, adding there is “no chance” of a January switch to Anfield.“The player’s mind is only on Sampdoria, and he wants to do well in this shirt,” Cattoli told the Italian TV channel.“He’s come into his own in thanks to the great work done by manager Sinisa Mihajlovic. At the moment there’s no chance of a transfer.”Okaka has already enjoyed one short spell in England – playing eleven games for west London side Fulham during the 2010/2011 campaign.last_img read more

The 11 clubs who have contributed the most goals at World Cup 2018

first_imgWe’re into the quarter-finals of World Cup 2018 and we’ve seen plenty of goals – 146 to be precise.Across 56 games, this means there have been 2.61 goals per match, while a record 10 own goals have also been scored. 10= Zenit St Petersburg players have scored three goals at World Cup 2018 England players celebrate reaching the World Cup quarter-finals. ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches diamond geezer 5. Manchester United players have scored seven goals at World Cup 2018 LU BEAUTY 12 NO JOY 7= Manchester City players have scored four goals at World Cup 2018 Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football 10= Villarreal players have scored three goals at World Cup 2018 12 2= Barcelona players have scored 10 goals at World Cup 2018 12 talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ You’re the one Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song 12 A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers 6. Atletico Madrid players have scored six goals at World Cup 2018 SUPERSTITION center_img 12 12 Fallon d’Floor 7= Chelsea players have scored four goals at World Cup 2018 Pure class Good times Shy guy 2= Tottenham Hotspur players have scored 10 goals at World Cup 2018 Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings Latest World Cup 2018 news Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup 12 12 Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? 4. Real Madrid players have scored nine goals at World Cup 2018 12 12 1. Paris Saint-Germain players have scored four goals at World Cup 2018 But which domestic clubs have contributed the most to the tally over in Russia? Find out below. 7= Liverpool players have scored four goals at World Cup 2018 12 misery 12last_img read more

DIVERS ARE AWASH WITH SUPPORT FOR DONEGAL!

first_imgDiver’s Hyundai are always awash with support for the Donegal GAA team – and today is no different.The Letterkenny branch of the well-known car dealership is today carrying out a carwash in aid of the team’s training fund.Car washes are just €3 each and every cent will go towards the development of the squad. Hopefully Diver’s wil be having another charity car wash – the week ahead of the All Ireland Final!DIVERS ARE AWASH WITH SUPPORT FOR DONEGAL! was last modified: August 23rd, 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:Diver’s HyundaiDonegal GAAlast_img read more

ELECTION 2014: CANVASSERS FACE APARTMENT BLOCK LOCKOUT – GALLIGAN

first_imgA large number of apartment dwellers in Letterkenny are not getting a chance to grill their local election candidates due to difficulties canvassing the complexes, according to election candidate Christy Galligan.Election candidate Christy GalliganGallligan sai d he is encountering many difficulties trying to canvass people in apartments and getting to speak to them face-to-face.“This is far from ideal, and is denying people who live in apartments a chance to engage with the campaign. “I’ve been unable to canvass apartments on the Lower Main Street, the Port Road, High Road, Neil T. Blaney Road and a number of other blocks in the town,” he revealed.The former Garda Sergeant said he understood fully if people don’t want to engage with candidates.“But there are always those who do, and who like to get a chance to quiz them on the doorstep.“Buzzing an intercom in the hope that an apartment-dweller will answer and come down a few flights of stairs to talk to you is total pot-luck. I think we need a more innovative way of facilitating residents if they wish to engage a candidate, and to allow canvassers make their case to the electorate. “I think local residents’ groups in the town need to find a solution to the problem, either by organising a local meeting at which candidates could attend, either within a complex or at a nearby location.“Many people in these apartments might be of the negative equity generation and dealing with personal debt, so it is important that we get to engage with them, find out their issues, and discuss how it is that local public representatives can help them.“People who live in apartments have just as much of a right to have a say in their local democracy and meet candidates as people in housing estates.”ELECTION 2014: CANVASSERS FACE APARTMENT BLOCK LOCKOUT – GALLIGAN was last modified: April 9th, 2014 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:apartment blockscanvassersChristy GalliganElection 2014:lockoutlast_img read more

Community development funding for Donegal halved in last 10 years

first_img“The aim of SICAP is to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality through local, regional and national engagement and collaboration. Its vision is to improve the life chances and opportunities of those who are marginalised in society, living in poverty or in unemployment. It is simply unacceptable that Fine Gael has seen fit to slash these vital supports.“This follows Fine Gael’s record for neglecting marginalised groups. Leader funding was reduced on the sly by Fine Gael last year by €10 million. This is further funding which is pivotal in providing local communities the resources they need to develop their areas. “I note that the name of these funding programmes regularly change – the current Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) succeeded LCDPs, which superseded the LDSIP and the Community Development Programme. This continual change of name arguably helps to hide the extent of the decreases in funding.”Community development funding for Donegal halved in last 10 years was last modified: May 9th, 2018 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:Community Development FundinghalvedSenator Padraig Mac Lochlainn Community development funding for Donegal has more than halved in the past ten years. The situation has been slammed by Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.In a series of responses to parliamentary questions from Sinn Féin, it was revealed that total funding in Donegal has fallen from €4,313,917 in 2008 to €2,008,916 in 2018. Senator Mac Lochlainn said these are programmes which are instrumental in reducing poverty and improving the opportunities of those who are marginalised in society.He said Minister Ring has acknowledged the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) as “a key intervention for disadvantaged communities.“There are few counties in Ireland enduring worse social and economic disadvantage levels than Donegal so why is our funding still on the floor. How can this Government and the previous two Governments, have allowed our funding to be more than halved over the last ten years? last_img read more

Near-miss accident in Muff sparks calls for speed review

first_imgThe council and NRDO are being asked to review speed limits and traffic enforcement in Muff after a near-miss accident on Tuesday morning.The alleged incident involved an HGV and a car near the service station at the turn onto Main Street.Sinn Féin local election candidate Terry Crossan witnessed CCTV footage of the incident and said: “The village of Muff witnessed a near-devastating road traffic accident this morning. “A car slowed up and indicated to turn right into the Texaco station. While the car was stationary waiting on oncoming traffic to pass, a large HGV lorry which was clearly travelling too fast, could not get stopped in time to avoid a rear end impact and had to swerve left towards the footpath.“Luckily there were no pedestrians using the footpath at that particular time but it is used frequently by mothers with prams and toddlers as there are two local crèches in the immediate vicinity.”Mr Crossan is now calling on Donegal County Council and the Donegal National Road Design Office (NRDO) to re-examine the speed limits and traffic enforcement in both the villages of Muff and Quigley’s Point in conjunction with local gardaí.Crossan said: “Speed through the village is presenting an increasing danger to the public and will only improve whenever the speed limits are reviewed and enforced. “Speed limits should also be reviewed in the vicinity of the play park on the outskirts of Muff and also at Quigley’s Point where there is a major traffic junction and the newly opened Point Inn as well as the village shop and a caravan parkHe added: “Both I and my colleagues, Jack Murray and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn have received complaints about these issues and we understand that the Donegal NRDO are to review all of this. This is vital and I will be working for this review as soon as possible and actions to follow.”Near-miss accident in Muff sparks calls for speed review was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:muffROADSSpeedterry crossanlast_img read more

Thousands to attend National Hunger Strike Commemoration Parade in Lifford and Strabane

first_imgA large crowd is expected to attend the National Hunger Strike Commemoration Parade taking place in Lifford/Strabane this coming Sunday.The event will be one of largest public events the area has ever witnessed with thousands of people from every corner of Ireland and further afield, along with many visiting bands, attending.Speaking to the media beforehand the local MLA Maolíosa McHugh the event is set to be one of the biggest the area has seen. He said “The Hunger Strike period of 1980/81 was a defining watershed in our history and had a particularly profound effect on areas like Strabane where pride in the Hunger Strikers –their courage and their sacrifice remains undiminished and on Sunday the local community will turn out in strength to remember them.“A massive amount of work has went in to organising this parade and wider programme of commemorative events to ensure a fitting tribute to their memory.“With thousands of people from every corner of Ireland and further afield also in attendance, along with many visiting bands, it will be one the largest public events the area has ever witnessed.“The parade will be forming up in the Diamond in Lifford at 2:30pm and will make its way, along the Lifford Road, around the ASDA roundabout and onto Bradley Way, onto Bridge Street, over the Bridge, down Market Street and finishing at Abercorn Square. “The organisers have liaised with the authorities on both sides of the border and will deploy large numbers of stewards on the day in an effort to keep traffic disruption to an absolute minimum.“We look forward to welcoming and hosting families of the Hunger Strikers to the area and in making it a memorable occasion for them and for all attending. Given the massive influx of people, local businesses and particularly local hotels/B&Bs, shops, food outlets and pubs are also set to receive a welcome boost in trade.”Thousands to attend National Hunger Strike Commemoration Parade in Lifford and Strabane was last modified: July 30th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Fly the Flag for Football!

first_img8 April 2009Thousands of South African flags will be handed out to travellers and holidaymakers over the Easter weekend as part of “Fly the Flag for Football”, a national campaign to build public support and excitement leading up to the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.The 2010 National Communication Partnership, a partnership of organisations involved in communicating about the soccer showpieces being hosted by South Africa, aims to distribute over 47-million South African flags through various campaigns by the time the World Cup kicks off in June 2010.“Our national Flag is a powerful symbol of unity and pride, and we would like to play our part by encouraging South Africans to proudly fly the flag as the eyes of the world are upon us,” Margaret Dingalo of the International Marketing Council of South Africa said in a statement on Monday.“The 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup is starting in less than 100 days, and excitement is building,” Dingalo said. “We need to help drive enthusiasm and patriotism, garnering support among South Africans for Bafana Bafana and the event as a whole.”Dingalo said the Easter long weekend had been chosen to launch the campaign as it was traditionally one of the busiest holiday periods in South Africa, with thousands of people travelling across the country.Colourful face-painted figures wearing South African flag t-shirts and makarapas, the football fan hat that is unique to South Africa, will be handing out free flags at tollgates, garages and airports across the country.Stand to win Confederations Cup tickets for yourself and three friends: visit www.flythesouthafricanflag.mobi on your mobile, or SMS ‘FLAG’ to 41929 (R2 per SMS).State-of-the-art digital “shoot-outs” will take place at a number of airports and garages along busy holiday routes, where members of the public will have a chance to win prizes by taking shots at a virtual goal.Zakumi, the 2010 Fifa World Cup mascot, will also be spotted around the country interacting with people and encouraging support.For South African football great Mark Fish, the campaign’s official spokesman, the Confederations Cup and World Cup are about more than football, representing “the opportunity of a lifetime, for South Africa and Africa as a whole.“Let us raise our flags in unity, joining together to make the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup joyful, unforgettable events,” Fish said. “Fly your flag and show the world the warmth and spirit of South Africa.”The Fly the Flag for Football! campaign will include an interactive mobile website, www.flythesouthafricanflag.mobi, where members of the public can find more information and enter competitions.Members of the 2010 National Communication Partnership include the International Marketing Council of SA, South African Tourism, the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee, the Department of Arts and Culture, South African Airways, Proudly South African, and several other private sector and civil society groups.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Africa’s branding challenge highlighted

first_imgA youth panel discusses their vision of AfricaBrand South Africa chairperson Anitha Soni, speaking at the Brand Africa Forum in Johannesburg on Thursday, challenged African nations to co-operate in developing strong country brands to improve the continent’s global competitiveness.Soni told a gathering of more than 300 government, business and civil society representatives at the Sandton Convention Centre that this would require better cooperation and information sharing among African countries.David Haigh, Founder and CEO of Brand Finance PLCHosted by Brand South Africa and the Brand Leadership Academy and featuring several high-profile local and international speakers, the 2nd annual forum sought to harness African and global wisdom and experience to find home-grown solutions to improving the continent’s image and reputation.Brand Africa founder and chairman Thebe Ikalafeng, addressing the forum, said that a key to increasing Africa’s growth was to be found in “in stimulating and growing thriving African and global businesses and brands in Africa,” which in turn required a better understanding of local environments.Founder and Chairman of Brand Africa Thebe Ikalafeng‘Brand equity’ counts in tough timesBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said that, in times of economic uncertainty such as the world is presently undergoing, “brand equity” would attract direct foreign investment.“The return on risk is obviously a factor which will be taken into account, but a country’s reputation for financial excellence and maturity will be the real driving factor,” Matola said.Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara told delegates that the benefits of nation branding were immense, “as they have both financial and non-financial implications.“But it is critical to ensure that the country brand transcends political affiliation,” Mutambara said. “Our politicians need to be aware that, as nation brand ambassadors, they have to sacrifice political gain in lieu of the greater brand, the country.”Mutambara said that in order for Africans to gain international respect, the continent as a whole had first to excel.‘Country branding is not by accident’“Country branding is not by accident. It is a strategic, holistic engagement which is a long-term commitment, at least 20 years. Only then can we claim success on all levels, personal, national and continental.”He also highlighted the need for African countries to create pockets of excellence both to foster economic growth and development and to improve international competitiveness.Other speakers at the forum included international economist Dambisa Moyo, author of Dead Aid and How the West was Lost, Malik Fal, managing director of Endeavour, and Vijay Mahajan, author of Africa Rising.Dr Vijay MahajanDuring his keynote address on the BRICS group of fast-growing emerging economies, Vijay Mahajan stressed the significance of Africa as a new market that could not be ignored.“Africa is richer than you think, and it is certainly not a ‘media dark’ continent,” Mahajan said. “In light of this, the BRICS economies [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] have both a direct and indirect role to play in Africa’s continued growth and development.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more