After overcoming an injury and the thought of leaving school, Tia Thevenin is ready to reach new heights

first_img Published on January 25, 2017 at 11:57 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Tia Thevenin should have been taking in the beaches and enjoying the time with her family at their Jamaica vacation home. Instead, the summer getaway was filled with confusion, heated discussion and tears.The bubbly Syracuse track and field hurdler was several months removed from a difficult first year at her new school. She had torn the muscle connecting her gluteus maximus to her hamstring and couldn’t walk or sit or play, so she redshirted. She just wanted to leave.“I’m alone at Syracuse, not many people understand,” Thevenin remembered. “I’m away from my family, and I don’t like that. I’m hurt, and I don’t think I’m going to get better … (There was) a lot of self doubt.”About two weeks ago, Thevenin ran the 60-meter hurdles in 8.32 seconds, breaking a school record set 17 years earlier by Veronica Tearney, then Dyer. Tearney is now a director of strength and conditioning and close friend of one of Thevenin’s mentors, Roxanne Woodley.Had Thevenin left school and returned home to Canada, the record run would have never happened. Rehabbing the torn muscle physically was long and drawn out, but the mental toll presented the most difficult obstacle. Now that she’s fully healed, Thevenin’s poised to take Syracuse, and herself, to new heights.“This year’s been really good to me, training-wise, competing,” Thevenin said. “That era is over.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs a high school freshman, she attended an informal track practice before the season to see which group she’d fit in with best. Coaches didn’t see a great fit and assigned her to the hurdling group that Woodley volunteer coached for.Woodley had no words the first time she saw Thevenin run because she looked like a “cat in water.” Thevenin didn’t compete her freshman year because she needed more training. By the following school year, she understood the hurdling techniques, like knowing her lead leg and when to take off.“Selfishly, being a former hurdler, I wanted to hold onto her,” Woodley said. “I didn’t want to send her over there (to other units of the track team) because this is my little secret right here.”To this day Thevenin doesn’t know why she started and continued as a hurdler, given her good flat speed. But she won her first race and by the end of senior year, she made the Canadian World team. Then, she and Danielle Delgado became the only two hurdlers for Syracuse.Ally Moreo | Photo EditorWarming up pre-meet in the spring of her freshman year, she tore her muscle. Tape-marked lines usually tell runners where to go, but hers weren’t lined up correctly. She ran out of an exchange zone during a relay practice and felt a pain in her leg.The rehab dragged to prevent injury aggravation. The lack of clear improvements frustrated Thevenin. After fully healing physically, Thevenin still didn’t trust her leg to hold up under the stress.“I think she ended on a real bad note that year,” Syracuse track-and-field assistant coach Dave Hegland said. “And she puts pressure on herself, she has really high expectations and it’s natural to doubt yourself in the process when you’re young like that.”While injured, Thevenin called Woodley and expressed her concern. Was Syracuse the right choice? Would she run at a high level again? Could she even enjoy it?Around that time, Woodley said, Thevenin wanted to go home.“She was emotionally, mentally burnt out,” Woodley said.Woodley stressed that leaving now wouldn’t be the right choice. Part of the issue, the former coach thought, was Thevenin clinging on to things from back home and not fully immersing herself at SU. Injuries prevented Woodley from running in college. She didn’t want Thevenin passing up an opportunity that she knew was perfect for her.Thevenin’s parents weren’t keen on the idea of their daughter leaving Syracuse, either. They both agreed that for a number of reasons, some unrelated to her running career, Thevenin needed to stay.Patricia Thevenin, Tia’s mother, said her daughter didn’t really know how to handle the struggles and setbacks popping up at SU.“She was so used to doing well, so used to being one of the best,” Patricia said. “… I told her, you have to prepare yourself for disappointment.”After talking with those closest to her, Thevenin decided to stay. She credits her parents with not imposing their decision and allowing her to figure things out for herself. She competed her sophomore year and won a few meets early on in the season.But she still doubted herself. She had visualized in rehab the process of running. She sometimes overthought the situation and anxiety prevented her from running naturally. Her real breakthrough came over the summer, at Olympic trials.“I remember we were on the warm up track, my coach and I, and I was doing hurdle starts and I just felt good,” Thevenin said, emphasizing the last word. “Then I said, ‘After this race is over and done with … I’m going to work this summer to make sure that I always feel like I’m ready to go.’”Thevenin finished 12th. She felt upset and wanted to do better, but remained hopeful because all the runners who finished ahead of her had more experience than she did.Now her short-term goal is to win the NCAA championships, though she keeps the 2020 Olympics in the back of her mind. The goals are so affixed in her head that she’s sometimes forgotten to celebrate her accomplishments along the way. While everyone, including Woodley and Tearney, congratulated Thevenin after breaking the school record, she was unsatisfied and annoyed she hadn’t run at a national standard.When Thevenin ran in her freshman year of high school, she needed to believe in the path she was on, even though she had no idea why coaches picked hurdling. Four years later, Thevenin drew again on her ability to keep the faith.“In my whole being I thought, ‘No, I can’t do this. I can’t come back.’ And …” Thevenin said, her voice trailing off and a smile creeping across her face. “I did.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Softball: Jenkins finds her power for Wisconsin in freshman season

first_imgWhile this season has not proved as triumphant as last year for the Wisconsin softball team, the Badgers have many reasons to be optimistic about their future.The biggest reason, however, is freshman Kelsey Jenkins.After losing four key seniors from last year’s team that recorded the second-most wins in school history, the 2015 Badgers have had to rely on multiple freshman to take on big roles — with Jenkins carrying possibly the heaviest load of them all.The freshman third baseman has emerged as one of the team’s most dangerous hitters and has had a stellar first season at the plate thus far, hitting for a .322 batting average and leading the team in home runs with two.As good as she has been all season, she has been even better as of late. Jenkins was red hot last week against Green Bay and Illinois, hitting .500 with two home runs and nine RBIs over five games.Following her hot hitting, Jenkins moved from second to cleanup in the batting order. Jenkins said that the move was a big confidence booster, but felt weird at first because she was never a power hitter in high school.“I’ve never really hit fourth batter before,” Jenkins said. “It’s kind of like a confidence booster to stick a little five-five freshman in the four-hole and think that she’s going to do something. It’s been fun transforming into a power hitter.”Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy spoke earlier this week of how impressed she’s been by Jenkins and how much potential for greatness the Tucson, Arizona native has.“She is really coming along,” Healy said. “This weekend at Illinois she had a couple of home runs and she has really been on a tear the month of April — knock on wood — but it has been fun to see her come along and come into her own, and I think she is going to break a lot of offensive records.”Healy also noted that when she recruited Jenkins out of Arizona, she was drawn to her eye at the plate in addition to her slugging ability.Jenkins leads the team with 36 walks this season, 11 more than Chloe Miller, who is second on the team with 25 walks.“She just looked like a freshman that knew how to take a lot of walks early in the season,” Healy said of Jenkins. “She has got a great eye.”Jenkins said Healy and assistant coach Randy Schneider’s positive coaching style played a big role in her decision to go across the country to come play softball at Wisconsin.“Coach Healy and Coach Schneider are so positive and fun, and it’s great to play under coaches who always believe that you’re the best player,” Jenkins said. “They’re always chanting like, ‘Come on! You’re the best! You’re the best!’ and it’s very positive hearing that when you step in the batter’s box.”Jenkins is also fortunate to have senior star outfielder Marissa Mersch as a teammate who she can learn from. Mersch, who is second on the team this year in RBIs and batting average, was a large contributor as a freshman as well.Back in 2012, Mersch started 32 games for the Badgers, stealing seven bases and tying for first in triples in Big Ten single-season play.According to Mersch, the biggest difference she noticed between high school and college games was how much work was needed in order to be successful.“Coming in freshman year is a lot different than high school ball and travel ball,” Mersch said. “You have to put a lot more work into it, doing film, meeting with coaches, doing all those extra things.”However, if anyone can handle that transition, Mersch believes it’s Jenkins. Mersch agrees with her coach, saying that Jenkins has what it takes to be special.“Kelsey is swinging a really hot bat and I’m really proud of her,” Mersch said. “Everything is mental and she has so much potential, and I know she’s going to do great things at Wisconsin.”As Jenkins continues to draw high expectations, the grounded freshman is still concerned about improving at “the little things,” which would explain why one of her goals this season is to bunt for a hit at least once.While she’s is still aiming to master a bunt, it’s safe to say that she has certainly gotten the whole college softball thing down pretty quickly.last_img read more

Badgers leading Team USA into 2016 World Cup of Hockey

first_imgThe 2016 World Cup of Hockey, a.k.a. the NHL’s response to the International Olympic Committee’s banning NHL players from the 2018 Winter Olympics, begins Sept. 17.Some of the best players from around the world will take to the ice, clad in their respective country’s colors in attempt to win the first edition of the tournament since 2004.This includes Team USA, a tough, bump and grind team that, while slower than most of the other squads, will be able to throw around the smaller skaters that comprise them. Luckily for Badgers fans, this team includes four former Wisconsin men’s hockey players, one of whom will serve as captain, another as an assistant captain and a third as part of the team’s leadership committee.Captain Joe Pavelski — CenterTwo seasons at the University of Wisconsin culminated in a national title during the 2005-06 season for Joe Pavelski. Afterward, he joined the San Jose Sharks for the 2006-07 season, where he quickly established himself as a key player after seeing limited action as a rookie due to a leg injury.The Plover, Wisconsin native has always been a balanced scorer who’s steadily improved with age. Pavelski spent his first few seasons progressing from a 40-point scorer to the mid-60s range. After the 2012 NHL lockout, however, a new Pavelski emerged that’s pushed on 80 points in the past three seasons.Credit his mindset for that, which also makes Pavelski the perfect choice for captain — he has a high work rate, puts the team first and is always willing to do the dirty work.While not the biggest player, his constant drive to do what’s best for the team often leads him to the front of the net. Look for the first-liner to frustrate goalies when he parks himself in front of the crease to setup a screen, and don’t be surprised if he scores on a redirection or putback.Assistant Captain Ryan Suter — DefenseDavid Stluka/UW Athletic CommunicationsThe Madison, Wisconsin native spent only the 2003-04 season at UW before jumping ship for the pros. His first seven seasons, spent with the Nashville Predators, proved unfruitful so when he had the chance, Ryan Suter joined the Minnesota Wild ahead of the 2012-13 season.Since 2008-09, Suter has never dipped below 30 points thanks to his passing skills and hockey IQ. Last season, he recorded a career-high 51 points and established himself as one of the premier offensive defensemen in the NHL.While not a standout in any specific area, Suter is an all-around above average player who can handle large chunks of ice-time. Over the years his play-reading skills have developed as a result, making him a reliable choice on the second or third line for Team USA.Suter also draws from his international experience. He played in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics and every level of the Internaional Ice Hockey Federation World Championship from 2002 to 2009.Ryan McDonagh — DefenseRyan McDonagh left UW after three seasons in 2010 to sign a professional contract with the New York Rangers and spent only half a season in the American Hockey League before being called up to the Blueshirts full-time. The St. Paul, Minnesota native has since made himself a staple of the Rangers as a hard-nosed defenseman who makes smart reads on plays.His large frame often buys him time on the puck and helps him to force opponents off it. McDonagh is known for blocking shots and the occasional big hit, a pure shutdown defenseman, but he is no stranger to offensive play.The current Rangers captain has averaged just under 37 points over the past three seasons by making efficient passes from the blue line to set up teammates. Though, when he needs to he can net the puck as well and tallied 31 goals in that same time.McDonagh is the type of defenseman you want on your team and could be a first-pairing while also a focal point of one of Team USA’s powerplay units. He will be taking on a leadership role as a member of Team USA’s leadership committee after he was named to the position by John Tortarella, his former Rangers coach and Team USA’s coach.Derek Stepan — CenterDerek Stepan’s time at UW lasted for only two seasons from 2008-10, but he will long be remembered as one of the top forwards to leave the school.After joining the New York Rangers alongside fellow Wisconsin teammate McDonagh, Stepan carved a career out of being an undersized, agile center. Despite that lack of size, the playmaking ability has not abandoned Stepan in the NHL.The Hastings, Minnesota native has consistently ranked among the Rangers’ top scorers and has never dipped below 44 points in his career. Stepan is assist-heavy in that respect, but can pot an important goal when needed to — ask the Washington Capitals.Stepan does have some noticeable limitations though. His size prevents him from posting in front of the goal for screens and he can be defensive liability at times when in his own end. But the good outweighs the bad, and Stepan could very well find himself on the second-line as well as a powerplay line.While he won’t be under the microscope like Patrick Kane or Zach Parise, Stepan might just pop up at the right moment to steal the spotlight.last_img read more

EPL Review: Sergio Aguero show sees Man City past Newcastle, Sunderland draw

first_imgSergio Aguero scored five goals as Manchester City came from behind to thrash Newcastle 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium.City end the day back on top of the Premier League after a resounding victory in which Aguero scored five in 20 minutes during a remarkable spell in which Kevin De Bruyne also netted for the hosts.Newcastle, who drew 2-2 with Chelsea last weekend after having held a two-goal lead, went ahead in the 18th minute when Aleksandar Mitrovic stooped to head home a Georginio Wijnaldum cross for his first goal since his summer move from Anderlecht.He saw a second goal ruled out for offside on 25 minutes, but City were level just before the break when Aguero beat Tim Krul with a diving header from Fernandinho’s headed assist.That sparked a goal glut that saw Aguero complete his hat trick by the 50th minute, with Kevin De Bruyne producing an acrobatic finish for his side’s fourth.Aguero added a further two goals in the 60th and 62nd minutes to match the Premier League record for goals in a single match before being substituted by manager Manuel Pellegrini four minutes later. Sunderland threw away a two-goal lead as they were held to a 2-2 draw West Ham United at the Stadium of Light.Sunderland, who had taken just two points from their opening seven games this season, went into the game on the back of strong speculation that coach Dick Advocaat had decided to walk away regardless of the result.However, Advocaat was given cause to reconsider his resignation as Steven Fletcher fired home following a Yann M’Vila corner on 10 minutes before Jeremain Lens chipped home a second on 22 minutes.Fabio Borini missed a glorious chance to make it 3-0 on 38 minutes, though, and his failure to hit the target was punished just before the break when Carl Jenkinson pulled one back for the Hammers. Sunderland then saw Lens sent off when he picked up a second booking on 57 minutes, and West Ham were level on the hour as Dimitri Payet fired home.Leicester City continued their impressive start to the season with a 2-1 victory at Norwich City.England international Jamie Vardy gave the Foxes the lead when he won and converted a penalty for his sixth goal in eight Premier League appearances.Leicester doubled their advantage shortly after the restart when Jeffrey Schlupp scored on the counter-attack, but Dieumerci Mbokani gave the hosts hope when he flicked home a Jonny Howson cross on 68 minutes.However, Leicester held on for a victory that leaves them fourth in the table. Aston Villa’s poor start to the season continued as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Stoke City.Stoke scored the only goal of the game on 55 minutes when Glen Johnson picked out Marko Arnautovic, who fired a low shot past Brad Guzan.Bournemouth played out a 1-1 draw with Watford.Glenn Murray gave Bournemouth the lead on his full debut for the club, heading past Heurelho Gomes on 28 minutes, but Watford were gifted an equaliser just before half-time when keeper Artur Boruc gave the ball away to Odion Ighalo for a simple finish.Murray had the chance to win it from the penalty spot late on, but Gomes made the save to give the Hornets a share of the spoils. Crystal Palace continued their impressive start to the season with a 2-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion in Saturday’s early game.Yannick Bolasie made the breakthrough when he headed home Yohan Cabaye’s superb cross from the left after 67 minutes, and Palace doubled their advantage when Wilfried Zaha won a late penalty, which Cabaye converted.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Former MotoGP champion dies following cycling accident in Italy

first_imgFormer MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has died aged 35 following a cycling accident in Italy last week.Bufalini Hospital in Cesena confirmed on Monday that the American had passed away, five days after the incident took place.It was reported last Wednesday that Hayden was struck by a Peugeot which ended with the car’s windshield being smashed.Hayden was then treated by medical staff at the scene of the road accident, before being taken to the local hospital in Rimini where he was being treated for “severe chest and head injuries”.The Kentucky rider was a former MotoGP world champion who rode for Honda and Ducati for 12 years between 2003-2015, and famously beat Valentino Rossi to the MotoGP title in 2006.He switched to World Superbikes for the past two seasons, and won his first World Superbike race at Sepang in Malaysia just one year ago.last_img read more

Clippers can’t slow Jimmy Butler down stretch in loss to Timberwolves

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “The miscommunication, the awareness, we’re talking to each other and they’re racing the ball up the floor,” he said of several breakdowns that led to easy Clippers baskets in the fourth quarter. “The fourth quarter is so different, and we have a lot to do in that area.”The Wolves overcame a season-high 30 points from Austin Rivers, who matched his career best with seven 3-pointers. Rivers’ final 3-pointer gave the Clippers a 92-91 lead with 6:54 to play before Butler scored nine in a row to send them to their third straight loss.Minnesota led for most of the game but couldn’t manage a serious run, mostly due to Rivers’ shooting. Rivers hit three 3-pointers in the final five minutes of the first half to keep the Clippers close. He had a career-high 20 points in the half.“I just got good looks early and once you see a couple go in, it goes from there,” Rivers said. “Once you make a couple, even the tough ones seem easy, or at least in my mind.”The back and forth continued for most of the second half, and a couple of Minnesota defensive lapses led to easy layups and a wide-open dunk by Montrezl Harrell to give the Clippers an 84-83 lead with 9:12 to go. PreviousTimberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns battles for a rebound with the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell during the second quarter of Sunday’s game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) drives on Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) with Los Angeles Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan (6) setting a pick in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard forward Jimmy Butler (23) shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) fouls Los Angeles Clippers guard Sam Dekker (7) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones (1) drives around Los Angeles Clippers guard Jawun Evans (1) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns fights for a rebound with Los Angeles Clippers Montrezl Harrell (5) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones (1) drives around Los Angeles Clippers guard Jawun Evans (1) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) is congratulated by Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) after scoring on the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) is congratulated by Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) after scoring on the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) drives through a pick by Clippers center DeAndre (6) while Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) and Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) defend in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) shoots against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) has the ball stolen by Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng (5) in the third quarter of a NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) shoots in front of Los Angeles Clippers forward Jamil Wilson (13) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) passes to Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) over Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell is fouled by Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford (11) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots in front of Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers Doc Rivers yells during a timeout against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau argues a call against the Los Angeles Clippers in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Clippers 112-106. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague against the Los Angeles Clippers during a NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns battles for a rebound with the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell during the second quarter of Sunday’s game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) drives on Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) with Los Angeles Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan (6) setting a pick in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)NextShow Caption1 of 21Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) drives on Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) with Los Angeles Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan (6) setting a pick in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — Austin Rivers had his best game of the season, but that wasn’t enough to offset a heavy dose of Jimmy Butler on Sunday night.Butler scored 20 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help Minnesota outlast the short-handed Clippers 112-106. After the game, though, Butler spent more time bemoaning his team’s efensive breakdowns — a common sight in these parts for the past several years.“We’ve got to start guarding somebody,” Butler said. “It’s really bad, it’s really noticeable, and everybody capitalizes on it. But lucky enough, if your shot’s falling you can still win. But good gracious, if it’s not, I’d hate to see which way this game could’ve went.”Sounds an awful lot like his defensive-minded coach, Tom Thibodeau, who’s trying to solve Minnesota’s defensive woes as it looks to turn around a culture of losing. Thibodeau looked and sounded just as downcast as he has after losses.center_img Rivers’ seventh 3-pointer gave the Clippers a one-point lead, but Butler took over from there, hitting a free throw, 3-pointer and short jumper before converting a 3-point play to give the Wolves some breathing room.“I mean, if I make a couple shots,” Butler said, “why not keep shooting the ball?”His teammates certainly didn’t mind.“That shows you why he’s such an elite player in this league,” Karl-Anthony Towns said. “I was glad to have the popcorn right there and have a front row seat for it because it was amazing.”GROWING PAINSRookies Jamil Wilson and C.J. Williams made their first career starts. Wilson finished with nine points and Williams five. The Clippers were again missing four of their opening-night starters, but it wasn’t obvious from the close score. And the Clippers’ bench outscored Minnesota’s 43-23.“Overall, I’m upset,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I mean, you want to win the game. But I loved how we played. It’s amazing how much better we got in one night. That’s what I would take.”TIP-INSClippers: Doc Rivers said forward Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) would play 3-on-3 and could be close to returning. “He’ll play in the next couple, two to three games will be my guess,” Rivers said. Gallinari, who is averaging 12.8 points, missed his 13th game due to the injury. … Lou Williams had 23 points off the bench, and DeAndre Jordan had 17, including some big dunks in the fourth. … The Clippers face Minnesota again on Wednesday, this time at Staples Center.Timberwolves: Thibodeau reached 300 career victories. He’s 300-200. … Former USC standout Taj Gibson had 20 points, and Towns had 15 points and 12 rebounds for his NBA-leading 19th double-double. … Forward Nemanja Bjelica missed his sixth straight game since spraining his left foot. He’s dressed for the last four games. … Jamal Crawford scored 12 points in his first game against his old team. Crawford played five seasons for the Clippers. … The Wolves have beaten the Clippers three straight times.last_img read more

Kenan Kodro – Bosnia’s Future Top Forward?

first_img21 year-old forward Kenan Kodro currently plays for Osasuna in the Spanish 2nd division, where he is recording more and more minutes as the season is maturing. He has played a total of 75 minutes this season, scoring 1 goal and assisting 2.In the most recent game for the club, Kenan Kodro was the hero of the night and Man of the Match, despite only playing the last 16 minutes. He came on while Osasuna was trailing behind 1-2 to Tenerife and immediately made an impact, assisting the game-tying goal in in the 77th minute, and then scoring the winner in the last minute of the match.Osasuna’s manager Jan Urban has stated that he will rely on Kodro to fill the right-wing role as well as the center-forward role as needed. Kodro has the pace, versatility, and ball control ability to play anywhere in attack.Kenan days ago, “My idol is Edin Dzeko. I admire his style of play and often try to model my game around his.” Standing at an imposing 1.90 meters, he is only 2 centimeters shorter than Dzeko and in many ways poses a resemblance to him on the pitch.Kenan is the son of Meho Kodro, former La Liga top goalscorer and Real Sociedad legend who later played for Barcelona and famously scored two goals in the El Clasico against Real Madrid.Kenan Kodro’s 1 goal and 1 assist against Tenerife earlier this week: (Source: bhdragons/ photo reprezentacija)last_img read more

Ilicic, more than Cristiano and Haaland

first_imgIlicic, 32 years old and in his first absolute campaign in the Champions League, had failed to score any goals in the group stage, but he raised his voice in this phase of direct elimination, in which he sank Valencia with a goal in the first leg, played in San Siro, and with a strong poker this Tuesday in Mestalla.The Slovenian midfielder, who at the beginning of his career stood out for his enormous talent but lacked continuity, he is living the best moment of his sporting life and was decisive for the great 4-3 victory achieved in the field of Valencia, after 4-1 of the first leg of San Siro. Atalanta’s number 27 started 2020 bluntly and already has 14 goals, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus Turin forward, and two more than the Norwegian Erling Braut Haaland, who at 19 is breaking records with the German Borussia Dortmund. The records of Ciro Immobile, which marked 11 goals in 2020 with Lazio (27 totals in Serie A) and those of Argentine Lionel Messi, who signed 9 with Barcelona, ​​and the Polish Robert Lewandowski, who also put in 9 with Bayern.He only needed ten games to sign these 14 goals and reached 21 total goals in this outstanding season: he entered 15 in Serie A, being the top gunner of Atalanta, and one in the Italian Cup in addition to the five in the European Cup.With his poker at Mestalla he became the first player capable of scoring four goals away from home in the phase of direct elimination of the Champions League and joined the restricted group of players who scored 4 goals in Europe.Already part of a group that includes the Hungarian legend of Real Madrid Ferenc Puskas, author of a poker in the final of the 1960 European Cup won against Frankfurt, the Argentine Alfredo Di Stéfano, Messi, the Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic or the Ukrainian Andriy ShevchenkoDreams Ilicic and dreams of Atalanta, which this year disputes the first Champions League in its history and has already put its name among the eight best clubs in the continent, wanting to continue surprising for quality of play, organization and results.Ilicic: “Atalanta is no longer a surprise”Slovenian Josip Ilicic, who signed a poker this Tuesday to Valencia in Mestalla (4-3) to send Atalanta to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, considered his team “already it’s no surprise “and promised” to compete until the end “, whoever the next rival. “The Atalanta is no longer a surprise, we have been doing great things, our goal is to show that we deserve to be where we are. We do not want to stop, we want to continue growing”, Ilicic said at the end of Mestalla’s game, in statements to ‘Sky Sport’.“The important thing is to have fun, it is not easy to reach these levels. It is a long road that we are doing in recent years, “he added. Asked about which rival he wants in the quarterfinals, Ilicic said his team has no favorites and stressed that “the goal is compete, nothing more. “And downplayed poker signed on Tuesday, as its only goal is to get as far as possible in this competition. “The most important thing is the team. A player without a team is not going to any side. Hopefully next time the ‘Papu’ wins (the Argentine Alejandro Gomez), “he said.center_img Slovenian Josip Ilicic led Atalanta to the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Tuesday with a strong poker to decide 4-3 at Valencia in Mestalla and already scored 14 goals in this 2020, which makes him the top scorer so far this year in the five major European leagues ahead of the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and the Norwegian Erling Braut Haaland.last_img read more

Nambatac takes on a bigger challenge, applies for PBA Draft

first_imgIn ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Though chances may be slim for aspirants like him, Nambatac is banking on his learnings in the amateur ranks to propel him to the PBA.“My mantra has always been believe in yourself. Even though there are challenges, as long as you believe in yourself, you’ll be able to overcome them,” he said. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Ever since when I played basketball, it’s really my dream to make it to the PBA. And I think this year is my best chance to jump to the pros,” he said.Nambatac has been averaging 16.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in his senior year as Letran continues to make a run to the Final Four late in NCAA Season 93.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe 6-foot guard knows how tough the competition is making it to the PBA, but he believes that he is more than ready to duke it out with the big boys after a stellar showing with the Knights and an equally respectable run with Racal in the PBA D-League.“It’s a big challenge because when you talk about the draft, all the competitive players in the collegiate league are there,” he said. “But it’s not important for me when I’ll be picked, if it’s in the first round or the latter rounds. All I want is to be able to sign with a team and show how deserving I am for a contract.” Onwubere eyeing impressive farewell in NCAA ahead of PBA Draft DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentscenter_img Rey Nambatac. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRey Nambatac is shooting for the stars and making his dream a reality.One of the highly touted guards in the amateur ranks today, the 23-year-old has thrown his name to the pool as he joins the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Banks Committed to Fighting Ebola

first_imgThe Liberia Bankers Association (LBA) has assured the public of the banks’ commitment to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country.LBA president John B. S. Davies, III gave the assurance on Wednesday, September 10, when he appeared on ELBC Radio morning show. “The banking sector has been very supportive of the fight against Ebola. The sector has provided  both financial and logistical support to the government amounting to over US$250,000. Individual banks are also supporting awareness campaigns at our various branches and communities,” Davies said. The LBA boss noted that banks didn’t budget spending on the Ebola crisis, but individual banks had to readjust their budgets to deal with the challenges brought on as a result of the Ebola outbreak.Mr. Davies, who is also president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), also disclosed that banks are still providing full-time services to clients. “All services are operational at banks even though the Ebola crisis has brought its own unique challenges that we are dealing with daily as an industry and as  individual banks,” he said. According to him, remittances are still flowing, except for the extractive industry which, he said, is largely affected by the Ebola outbreak.Mr. Davies assured the public that the banking sector, as a critical symbol of hope, is the last place to show fear. Our business desk confirmed contractors for a number of concession companies in the extractive and agriculture industries have declared force majeure and left the country out of fear of contracting the Ebola virus and this has affected their relationship with banks. Touching on LBDI’s individual contribution to the fight against Ebola as a bank, the CEO recalled that the Bank had  contributed US$10,000 to the government of Liberia’s Ebola Trust Fund (ETF) and made available US$1,500 goodwill support, to Montserrado County District #13 Rep. Saah Joseph to fuel his ambulances that are being used to transport Ebola patients to various treatment centers in Monrovia. “We also contributed to the US$9,000 that was provided to the Ebola Trust Fund by the LBA as its contribution to fight the virus,” Davies added. He declared that LBDI is also providing free banking services to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for all Ebola-related accounts the Ministry has at LBDI. “Apart from this  critical intervention, we are providing full-scale financial services to Mano Manufacturing Company to produce bleaches and detergents to combat Ebola in Liberia.LBDI Support to Mano Manufacturing Mano Manufacturing Company, the manufacturer of made-in-Liberia chloral, alcohol and other bleaches and other products, such as candles and matches, amongst others, is mostly financed by LBDI. “This company,” Mr. Davies declared, “is also supplying bleaches and detergent to Guinea and Sierra Leone to fight Ebola.” The prices of bleach products have more than doubled in Monrovia, propelled by huge demand as most households, business centers, offices and healthcare centers are using them for cleaning up and hand washing purposes, a method the World Health Organization (WHO) says can help to break in transmission of the deadly Ebola virus.Consumers are meanwhile concerned about the hike in the prices of locally produced  bleach products, with some appealing to the company to produce enough to meet with the rising demand on the market. Banks are still providing loans to certain clients, said Mr. Davies, but he was quick to add that said loans were being disbursed on a case by case basis. “Banks are still lending, but we take every loan situation on a case by case,” he said, noting  that banks are still financing construction and some sectors of the economy that are not badly hit by the Ebola virus outbreak. He intoned that the government of Liberia’s economic management team (EMT), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank Group and other stakeholders are studying the lending strategy for banks for a possible review.Davies noted that a review of the lending strategy was critical to enhancing macroeconomic stability and growth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more