Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek after 2 seasons

first_imgCarpio 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 MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Hornacek opened up the offense after Jackson’s departure, and the Knicks started surprisingly well this season. But they tailed off toward the middle of the season and then completely collapsed late after All-Star Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL on Feb. 6.Hornacek said he was prepared for the chaos that comes with the Knicks job and he experienced plenty of it, from Jackson’s feud with Carmelo Anthony, who was eventually traded in September, to his own clash during this season with Joakim Noah, who then remained on the roster but never returned to the team.With Anthony, Noah and Derrick Rose all gone, the Knicks lacked the veteran roster this season they had when Hornacek was hired with playoff expectations.They didn’t get there this season — though briefly thought they had hopes after starting 16-13 — and Hornacek tried to preach patience late in the season as the losses piled up with a young roster that defended dismally.Hornacek is 161-216 and has never reached the postseason as an NBA coach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this March 15, 2018 file photo, New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek calls to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in New York. The New York Knicks have fired coach Hornacek after two seasons, a person with knowledge of the decision said early Thursday, April 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)NEW YORK — The New York Knicks will open their offseason with a coaching search.The team fired coach Jeff Hornacek after two seasons, a person with knowledge of the decision said early Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT “Jeff is a good guy,” forward Michael Beasley said after Wednesday’s victory. “He played the hand he was dealt. It’s difficult to do anything because all you’re thinking about is not to mess up.”Hornacek went 60-104 and had a year left on his contract. He became the first coaching change after the NBA regular season completed, sending the Knicks in search of their 11th different head coach since Jeff Van Gundy resigned in the 2001-02 season.The Knicks have won just one postseason series since then and didn’t get close to competing in one under Hornacek, running their streak to five straight 50-loss debacles.Hornacek, previously a head coach for three years in Phoenix, himself was even surprised when he became Jackson’s choice, since they had little relationship other than facing off in the NBA Finals when Hornacek played for Utah against the Jackson’s Chicago Bulls.Jackson said Hornacek would be allowed to run whatever offense he wanted and not required to implement the triangle Jackson used as a coach. But he shifted gears during Hornacek’s first season, and the team returned to the triangle with poor results.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast The Knicks made the decision shortly after beating Cleveland on Wednesday night to finish a 29-53 season. They lost more than 50 games and missed the playoffs both seasons under Hornacek.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement isn’t planned until later in the day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe firing was first reported by ESPN.Hornacek was hired in 2016 by Phil Jackson and lasted just one more season after Jackson and the team parted ways last summer. President Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry apparently weren’t pleased with the results, though they knew the Knicks were rebuilding with younger players. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron, Cavs end ‘crazy’ regular season with loss to Knicks P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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As Barclays Premier League Begins: Must GOL Close All Video Clubs?

first_imgSince the auspicious year of 2002 when Liberia practically handed its chance of going to the World Cup to Ghana, Liberian football has lost its prestige; and today, thousands of Liberian football lovers visit video clubs to satisfy their craving for the global sport.Interestingly, we live in challenging times where the deadly Ebola virus has forced the Liberian government to order changes in our way of life.Though the ravages of Ebola have been felt in three countries, and acknowledged by the United Nations, with thousands of dollars pouring in for rescue, there are still some Liberians who doubt Ebola’s presence in the country.The seriousness of the Ebola virus compelled the Liberian government to order a 30-day compulsory vacation for workers, and followed it up with a 90-day State of Emergency, with further restrictions. Buses and taxies have reduced the number of passengers they carry, and all schools are closed in the country.The gravity of Ebola’s effect in the wake of these restrictions should not be lost on any of us, and therefore it goes without saying that everyone must be willing to go with the measures to remove this killer from our country. And as far as Liberian football lovers are concerned, there is a glaring challenge.The European League that they love so much began on Saturday, and football lovers will be visiting the various video clubs in their respective communities in droves across the country. It means they will gather in large numbers, which is against one of the rules of the fight against the Ebola virus.Video clubs are not spacious enough to let viewers avoid touching each other; and since the spread of the virus is through physical contact through a gathering of a large body of people, it makes sense that football lovers become aware of this. In plain language, football lovers must not sit in their large numbers in overcrowded rooms, a characteristic of almost all video clubs in Liberia.Sadly, we’re not living at a period where such discipline is adhered to voluntarily. Therefore, aware of the seriousness of the fight against the Ebola virus, it makes sense for the Government of Liberia to impose some stringent measures to ensure conformity.Those who may not be in favor to this suggestion will claim that for the GOL to order video clubs closed, would mean denying some Liberians their source of daily bread. Granted! But such people must be told that considering all the measures taken by the GOL mentioned above, it makes sense for football lovers and video club operators to join the fight against the elimination of Ebola in the country. What other sacrifice can they offer in this direction?It is only the living that can watch football games. What sense will it make when the Ebola Virus is stalking us at our every move, if preventive measures are not dutifully enforced to an indiscipline bunch of football lovers whose major pre-occupation is cheering a football match playing thousands of miles away?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Flyers bounce back to beat Border Kings

first_imgAfter a loss on Saturday night in Stony Plain, the Flyers got up early on Sunday and hit the bus to Onion Lake, Sk.   This time out, the Flyers tightened the screws, and defeated the Lloydminster Border Kings.  Saturday night’s game was one that saw the Flyers make too many mistakes – a product of rust, and the product of switching to a new defensive system.  But, in just a day, the Flyers managed to iron-out a lot of the kinks.  A tired Fort St. John squad allowed very few odd-man rushes, and never allowed the Border Kings much time with the puck. Newcomer Ryan Manitowich opened the scoring, when he took a feed from Ryan Carter and snapped it over B.J. Boxma.   Manitowich also scored in his Flyers debut on Saturday.  After winning an Allan Cup with Bentley last season, Manitowich was convinced by his friend Ryan Carter to join the Flyers this year, and the two look like they will play on a line together whenever they are in the lineup (they played this weekend with Tyler Brough).   “We’d always wanted to try to meet up and play a little more hockey together” said Manitowich.   He and Carter play on a rec league team together in Calgary, but he adds the chance to play in another Allan Cup was appetizing.  Manitowich also says having Carter on his line had made his transition more natural. “ Plus just knowing someone on the team makes it a little easier coming in.” – Advertisement -Aaron Scheppers scored the lone goal of the second period.   After a good cycling shift from youngsters Jeff Fast, Jeff Shipton, and Adam Horst, Horst found Scheppers all alone in the slot.   Scheppers, playing defence for the weekend, beat Boxma five-hole, to make it 2-0 Flyers after 40 minutes. In the third, the Flyers continued to control the lion-share of puck possession.  Despite giving the Border Kings several chances on the powerplay in the final frame, the Flyers’ penalty kill did a tremendous job.   After a four-point night in his Flyers debut on Saturday, Donny Lloyd iced the game, when he scored a powerplay marker from the point through Boxma, giving the Flyers a 3-0 win. After being disappointed with the outcome on Saturday, Troy Hunt earned the shutout in goal, and says the differences between Saturday and Sunday were clear.  “The Forwards did a better job of getting back into our zone” says Hunt, admitting that his team was still getting over off-season rust. Advertisement Next up for the Flyers – the bus ride home. The 3-0 win gave the Flyers a .500 weekend, but also confidence going ahead, and the sense that the weekend was well worthwhile. “50/50” said Hunt, when asked his opinion on the weekend.  But, Hunt also echoed the comments of his team mates on Saturday, saying many of mistakes that the team had made the night before were a product of rust.  He says the team looked a lot better even one day later, and says the Flyers are optimistic about having a strong team this year.  “We’re right there with the Stony Plains and Bentleys, we just need a little better conditioning at this point of the season. It was a disappointing game yesterday [in Stony Plain] but the boys had a better effort tonight, and we really tightened things up in our defensive zone.” One thing that the Flyers excelled in all weekend was their play on special teams.   Fort St. John added another powerplay goal on Sunday, giving them a weekend powerplay efficiency of 3/10, and a perfect 15/15 on the penalty kill.  Coach Adam Brash says the weekend on the whole was “positive.” He says his team played a fairly complete game “about 52 minutes of good effort” he says.   The coach was concerned with the penalty trouble his team got into late in the game, but also admits that is a product of early-season conditioning. Click here for a highlights package from Sunday’s game. [asset|aid=2043|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=70294d9fb3c5708a605258fd54afb3ac-Flyers won 3-0 over the Lloydminster Border Kings_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisementlast_img read more

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Warm weather to increase forest fire risk

first_imgFire crews have already responded to 149 wildfires this season, 112 of them were caused by people. The Prince George Fire Centre is urging the public to be careful when having a campfire.Temperatures are expected to get up to 30 degrees this weekend and most of the region has a fire danger rating that is moderate to high.Both Fort St. John and Dawson Creek are listed as having an extreme hazard risk.- Advertisement -As the temperatures climb, there is also a lack of humidity that will contribute to drier forests.Residents are reminded that new regulations are in effect and state that campfires can not be bigger than 0.5 metres high or wide.Campers must also have a one metre clear area around their fires, with eight litres of water and a shovel nearby.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Left standing without the altar

first_imgAt a time when most brides would be putting final touches on wedding favors, Fernandez, who attended high school in Pico Rivera, is busy trying to find a lawyer to help recover more than $15,000 spent on booking the Ivy House Gardens in Inglewood. She and her fiance, Nathan Lopez, 27, don’t know where, how or even if they’re getting married on the date they planned. They said they’ve cancelled their honeymoon due to the uncertain circumstances. Fernandez said she was at work when one of her bridesmaids called to tell her that she’d heard the news on the radio. “I was just in shock,” she said. “I didn’t know what to think at that time.” Fernandez is not alone. SOUTH EL MONTE – Kimberly Fernandez was all set to get married to her high school sweetheart on Sept. 29. With more than 200 invitations out, she’d be the first in her family to have a traditional, fairy tale wedding. Her plans came crashing down Wednesday when she learned that the venue she’d booked had suddenly shut down. With just two weeks to go until the big day, she had nowhere to get married. As the 26-year-old hair stylist from South El Monte ran her fingers along the lace of her couture wedding gown, her eyes welled with tears. “It’s just sad that somebody could take it away,” she said, her voice choking. John Crawford, former owner of the Ivy House and manager until it closed, said there are about 80 couples who had wedding plans cancelled. He said things had been “tenuous” for months, but owner Christel Reyna announced her decision to close and abruptly halt events Tuesday. Reyna did not return calls Thursday or Friday. “She didn’t discuss it with (employees), it was just like, boom,” he said. “She could have closed it in an orderly manner.” Authorities said they began reviewing the matter after receiving calls Tuesday from people alleging they had been defrauded by the Ivy House and its owners. Inglewood police Lt. Mike McBride said the department is looking into the issue to determine whether it is a civil or criminal case. Crawford said the Ivy House lost its operating permit when it changed ownership, but would have closed anyway for financial reasons. Inglewood city spokesman Ed Maddox said the situation was “very complex,” and that facts were not yet clear. But for Fernandez and Lopez, who made their final payment, the clock continues to tick. “Everyone was really looking forward to my wedding,” said the bride-to-be, holding the tulle veil she had made. “It would have been beautiful.” bethania.palma@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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REFERENDUM WILL ENSHRINE CHILD PROTECTION IN THE CONSTITUTION – HARTE

first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte has said the referendum on children’s rights is a progressive step which will enshrine the protection of children in the Constitution.He said the passing of the referendum will have a profound impact on the way children are treated in this country – by the state, by our legal profession and by all who work with children.“This referendum will copper fasten the protection of children in the Constitution. It will ensure we all take a child-centred approach, by making children the focus of every decision that is taken about their welfare. It will mean that when decisions are taken affecting them, their rights would have to be taken into account. “The wording of the referendum, which has been published today, says that the State recognises and affirms the natural and imprescriptible rights all children and will protect and vindicate those rights.“It also crucially states that the views of children will be taken into account in legal proceedings. Putting children’s rights specifically into the constitution will mean that in those rare enough cases where children are being abused or neglected within their families, the state can step in more quickly to protect them.He said childhood is a precious time and children must be protected and their rights promoted to ensure that they are consistently treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.“We have a plethora of reports highlighting the neglect, abuse and exploitation that happens when children’s voices are silenced and their best interests ignored. “Successive Governments have made promises to strengthen children’s rights in the Constitution. This issue was first raised in the Oireachtas by former Senator, and later President, Mary Robinson over thirty years ago during the 1976 debate on the powers of the Adoption Board. With this in mind, I heartily welcome both the publication of the wording and the setting of the date for this crucial referendum.“The decision to hold the referendum on a Saturday is extremely pleasing as it will facilitate the likes of students and people who have busy work schedules during the week. Hopefully it will lead to a large turnout on the day which will ultimately give the result greater legitimacy. I look forward to engaging in the upcoming debate and will be campaigning for a yes vote on the streets of Donegal so that the rights of Irish children can be strengthened in our Constitution.” REFERENDUM WILL ENSHRINE CHILD PROTECTION IN THE CONSTITUTION – HARTE was last modified: September 19th, 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)last_img read more

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Men’s Basketball Dominates Overtime To Defeat Loyola, 69-59

first_imgStory Links DES MOINES, Iowa —The Drake men’s basketball team closed the regular season with a thrilling 69-59 overtime win against Loyola on Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Center.With 12 seconds left in the game, sophomore Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) hit a long three-pointer at the top of the arc to tie the game at 48-48. Loyola was whistled for a foul on play, but not the shot, sending the Bulldogs to the line for a one and the bonus. Drake failed to convert on the free throw, but Drake redshirt-freshman Casey Schlatter (Iowa Falls, Iowa) blocked a potential game-winning shot from Loyola’s Milton Doyle as time expired to force overtime. In overtime, six-straight points from Timmer helped open up an eight-point, 56-48, lead with 1:42 left in the contest. From there, the Bulldogs continued to hit shots and Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) pulled down four of his career-high 15 defensive boards to kill the Ramblers’ chances on offense in the waning minutes.”I’m just so happy for these guys,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “You find your true colors through adversity. Today was a better game because we had to fight for five more minutes and it couldn’t have been anymore fitting than how it ended Other than Karl [Madison] it was all freshmen and sophomores out there today.”Olejniczak led the Bulldogs with a career-high 19 points, nine rebounds and six blocks. His lone assist of the day was on the Arogundade basket that gave the Bulldogs’ an eight-point lead in overtime.  In addition to his 15 rebounds, Arogundade added nine points, six of them in overtime, and two assists. “I’m much more confident than I was at the beginning of the season,” Olejniczak said. “Coach believes in me and tells me to believe in myself. I didn’t really [believe in myself] in the beginning of the season but my level of confidence has gone up much more.”Olejniczak and Arogundade’s efforts on the glass helped Drake outrebound Loyola by a 49-34 margin.Loyola (14-15, 7-10 MVC) was led by Milton Doyle with a game-high 20 points. Drake (7-23, 2-16 MVC) held the Ramblers to 26.8 percent shooting in the second half and overtime to pull away with the win. “This is definitely a feeling I’m never going to forget,” Timmer said of the overtime win. “We have been struggling this whole season and we work so hard in practice and we know we aren’t going to separate as a team. We stayed together and we knew our win would come during our last home game and Karl’s [Madison’s] last home game. It’s something to hang your hat on at the end of the year.”Timmer finished the game with 17 points, 10 of them in overtime, to become the 19th Drake men’s basketball player to record 500 points in a season. With the conclusion of the regular season, the Bulldogs will face either Missouri State or Indiana State in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. That opening round game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on March 3 at the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis.Print Friendly Version vs. Missouri State 3/3/2016 – 8:30 p.m. Next Game: Photos Box Score (PDF) center_img Box Score (HTML) Live Stats ESPN 1350 MVC TV Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Previewlast_img read more

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COMPLETE TERRACE OF 12 HOUSES FOR SALE FOR €200K

first_imgThe entire of Lennon Grove in Ramelton is up for sale for €200,000.A complete terrace of 12 almost complete houses has been put up for sale with a knock-down price of just €200,000.The houses at Lennon Grove in Ramelton is being offered by Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey.Some of the houses still need some work including plumbing and some joinery. The houses are being sold as one lot and cannot be bought as individual purchases.Eleven of the properties are three storey houses while the other is a three bedroom house with a self-contained apartment.The property is being sold by the receivers Kieran Wallace and Patrick Horkan of KPMG.COMPLETE TERRACE OF 12 HOUSES FOR SALE FOR €200K was last modified: October 21st, 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:12 housesfor saleLennon GroveRameltonlast_img read more

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Uganda humbled by Samoa in Sevens World Cup

first_img Tags: Rugby Sevens world cuptopUganda Rugby Sevens Uganda was playing their first ever Sevens World Cup match (File Photo)Rugby Sevens World CupChampionship Cup Qualifying RoundSamoa 45-07 UgandaAT&T Park, USAReferee: Craig EvansSAN FRANCISCO – Uganda was handed a rough welcome to the Sevens Rugby World Cup on Saturday morning by Samoa.The African champions were demolished 45-07 by the Manu at the AT&T stadium, on the day that they (Uganda) made their maiden bow at the global show piece event.Tolbert Onyango’s men could barely get anything right on the night and with just a minute on the clock, Joe Perez crossed the white wash for Samoa’s first try of the game.Soon it was raining tries for Samoa as Uganda continued to struggle in their first ever Rugby Sevens world cup match, trailing 19-07 at half time despite Micheal Wokorach who was earlier sent to the sin bin for a high tackle, scoring the team’s only try accompanied by Philip Wokorach’s conversion on 10 minutes.Belgium Tuatagaloa, Tofatuimoana Solia, Laaloi Leilual, Alamanda Motuga (2) and Neria Fomai all scored trys for Gordon_Tietjens’s men.30 year old Alatasi Tupou scored four of his attempted six conversions while Murphy Paulo also got in on the act with one of his own.The loss sent Uganda out of main cup contention and will now compete in the bowl. In the bowl, they will take on Zimbabwe on Saturday at the same arena for a place in the semi-finals.For Samoa, they move on to the a quarter final date with Wales in the Challenge trophy.Uganda’s starting seven vs Samoa:Micheal Wokorach, Solomon Okia, Byron Oketayot, Aaron Ofoyrwoth, James Odong, Timothy Kisiga and Philip Wokorach.Comments last_img read more

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Business booms as Donegal company tips its hats to Peaky Blinders!

first_imgBusiness at Hanna Hats in Donegal Town is booming with the success of shows like Peaky Blinders.The company says it is now making more than 2,000 caps a week to the United States.The first Hanna Hats were made in 1964 by David Hanna Snr. David had worked in Donegal with a Mr McDaid but then started his own business when Mr McDaid passed away.Hanna had learned his trade after he was reared in Belfast by the Christian Brothers where he would sew on all of their buttons.The company went into liquidation in 1986 but John and Mary Hanna bought the company back in 1991 and it has made steady progress since.Grand-daughter Eleanor Hanna told the Mail on Sunday that shows like Peaky Blinders starring Cillian Murphy are helping business. “Shows like Peaky Blinders have been fantastic. They stock our Sherlock Holmes hat in the BBC catalogue and when the show airs we get huge interest.“The caps are quite trendy now. We took in a designer through the Northwest Regional College. She is helping us with designs and machines.“We are tweaking the products and making them more fashionable,” she said.The company buys its tweeds from various suppliers including Magee which juts happens to be around the corner on The Diamond in Donegal TownBut the oldest cap is still its bestseller. “Our vintage caps is still the bestseller. It would have been the cap that grandad started off with,” added Eleanor.Business booms as Donegal company tips its hats to Peaky Blinders! was last modified: August 11th, 2019 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:CapsDonegal TownHanna HatsPeaky Blinderslast_img read more

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