Timberwolves waive oft-injured center Nikola Pekovic

first_imgView comments China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak He had Achilles tendon surgery on his right foot in 2015 as a last-ditch effort to revive his career, but the pain returned. He spent most of last season in Montenegro.Pekovic still has one year remaining on this contract, but the team was able to work out an arrangement so that they can gain some salary cap relief heading into free agency, an important step for a team that wants to be aggressive in adding veterans to a young core that won just 31 games last season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Nikola Pekovic. APMINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Pekovic’s combination of size and strength made him a productive and popular player early in his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.He just may have been too big for his own good.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet The Timberwolves waived Pekovic on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time), likely ending a career that was derailed by foot and ankle problems over the past three seasons. Pekovic missed all of last season and played only 12 games the previous season, a disappointing development for a player that was on his way to being one of the most effective centers in the league when he signed a five-year, $60 million contract in 2013.The 6-foot-11, 307-pound native of Montenegro was coming off a season in which he averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds and formed a formidable pick-and-roll tandem with Ricky Rubio. He was limited to 54 games in the first season of his new deal, but still averaged 17.5 points and 8.7 rebounds that season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundCalled “The Godfather” for his menacing appearance on the court, Pekovic was a fan favorite. Affable off the court, he remained a popular figure with his teammates, who desperately missed his toughness and efficiency over the past couple of seasons.The chronic foot issues really started to set in during the 2014-15 season, when he played in just 31 games. The Timberwolves and Pekovic tried numerous methods to address the problems, including surgeries, diets and different workout regimens. In the end, nothing worked. Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as NBA draft looms End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

UG pharmacy graduates should not suffer this fate

first_imgDear Editor,This letter was written out of a pure desperation and frustration. I am a University of Guyana Pharmacy graduate.My colleagues and I graduated November 2015. Almost one year later, we are yet to receive our practicing licence. Numerous letters have been published with regard to this issue but to no avail. The reason that was cited for us not receiving our licences in January, as per norm, is the Pharmacy Council of Guyana in collaboration with the Ministry of Health planned to initiate the Pharmacy Internship Programme, as stipulated in the Pharmacy Practitioners Act 2003 Chapter 18.This law dictates that all pharmacy graduates must complete the internship programme prior to becoming licensed.After months of receiving no information what so ever, approximately three months ago, we were assured that internship would commence in August or September 2016, the latest.In addition to this long wait, the Council is now calling for the duration of the internship to be one year. The law governing such internship clearly states six months as the least duration period for the internship programme.Is it fair? Is it reasonable? Is anyone being considerate to the grief and inconvenience we have already endured? That instead of utilising the least prescribed duration period they would implement one year!To add insult to injury, the University of Guyana has requested that we begin paying our loans as of September last, when currently our Degrees are not of much worth but to our pride. We are now in October 2016; when will we get help? When will we be real pharmacists? Do we need to protest to be heard?Is this how the country rewards young people that choose an honest way of living? If the Council and the Ministry are not yet capable of facilitating such a programme, why keep us hanging in the balance?Sincerely,Desperate graduatelast_img read more

Firefighters continue to work the Pouce Coupe fire and others in the Peace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Firefighters continue to fight forest fires that started on Saturday in the B.C. Peace.The largest fire is south of Pouce Coupe at 27 hectares.  There are currently 28 firefighters working the fire and they are making good progress.  Crews are working on the perimeter of the fire.  An origin and cause investigator is on route to start the investigation into what caused the fire, but early indications suggest it is human-caused.The Baldonnel fire is currently in the mop-up stage with 16 firefighters working on the scene.  The fire reached seven hectares in size.- Advertisement -A fire in East Pine, that can be seen from Highway 97 is still burning and 50 percent contained.  There are nine firefighters working the fire that is only one hectare in size.There were only two new fire starts on Sunday.  One west of Charlie Lake is less than a hectare is in size and one south of Chetwynd is two hectares.All the other fires that started Saturday are now considered out.Advertisement All of the fires started this weekend, were caused by humans.B.C. Wildfire Service officials are stressing residents in the Peace Region need to obey the fire ban that was implemented earlier this month for the entire region.  A category two ban is in place that covers all open burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide.  The ban also includes burning barrels, fireworks and stubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 2,000 square metres.  At this time the ban does not include campfires.Fire Information Officers Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that conditions in Northeast B.C. are starting to dry out because of the lack of rain that the rest of the Southern Interior has experienced this week.last_img read more

Spotting bigots worth $20,000

first_imgLANCASTER – Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is offering $20,000 in reward money for information in two racially motivated vandalism incidents at two county parks in the Antelope Valley. The latest incident occurred last week at Apollo Park, where vandals spray-painted racial epithets inside an office building and stole a county truck and tools. A week earlier, someone etched “KKK” on the vehicle of an African-American park employee at Steve Sorensen Park in Lake Los Angeles. “The supervisor offers rewards in instances like these when law enforcement feels it will be an important tool in identifying and apprehending suspects in hate crimes,” said Tony Bell, his spokesman. “Hate crimes like these are an affront to the community and will not go unpunished.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The board will take action on the rewards at today’s meeting. Anyone with information on the two incidents is being asked to contact Lt. Don Downton at the Lancaster sheriff’s station at (661) 940-3840. The Apollo Park incident occurred the evening of Oct. 3. The Sorensen Park incident occurred between the hours of 4:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sept. 26. At Sorensen Park, “KKK” was etched on the left side of the hatchback, below the window, on recreation-services leader Eugene Washington’s 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Washington said he has had no previous racial trouble in the 2 1/2 or three months he has worked at the park. Authorities assume the “KKK” stands for the Ku Klux Klan, a secret society of white males who commit crimes of bigotry and hate. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

New firm cleans green

first_imgPASADENA – After years of intensive training with a local social activist group – and perhaps a little bit of magic – a group of 10 immigrant women recently launched a Pasadena-based, cooperatively owned, eco-friendly cleaning business. “We want to support each other and work in a healthy way,” said Xiomara Sanchez, 45, one of the member-owners of Magic Cleaners, through an interpreter at a meeting Wednesday night at the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California headquarters in Pasadena. “Our products are safe for kids, animals as well as for clients and workers,” she said. The women, all from Latin American nations, have gone through numerous courses with the institute, which since 1984 has worked to “create a more democratic society by responding to the needs and problems of disenfranchised people through leadership development and educational programs,” according to its Web site, www.IDEPSCA.org. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The history of Magic Cleaners can be traced to its members’ involvement in an institute leadership program for low-income Latina women in Pasadena, Mujeres en Movimiento (Women in Movement). In 2001, the institute launched the Domestic Worker Association to provide women in Pasadena with a safe place to seek employment and a space where they could participate in the planning and implementation of community-based events and fundraisers, according to the Web site. “They are pursuing Jefferson’s ideal,” said program director Raul Anorve, “that all human beings are endowed by our creator with the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness.” In classes ranging from business basics and administrative skills to environmentally conscious cleaning techniques and product knowledge – with an emphasis on learning English – the women worked for more than three years before creating the limited liability partnership. Perfidio Gaona, one of the project’s earliest participants, said the team intends to “be different and offer an excellent service to clients. We want to do a great job. We want to open the cooperative to other women.” mary.gurton@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea pals Rice and Mount set to start in England midfield for first time

first_img latest AFP or licensors Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Good to see you both! 👋@masonmount_10 🤝 @_DeclanRice pic.twitter.com/QIOpYCaJzs— England (@England) September 2, 2019“I’m delighted Mason is there too! When I got released from Chelsea, we always said ‘One day we will play together again’ and hopefully now that chance will be for England. That would be really special for me and my family.”Gareth Southgate’s England will book their place at Euro 2020 if they win in Prague.The Three Lions also face Bulgaria on Tuesday evening, with the threat of fan racism arising a hot topic of conversation leading up to the fixture. on target Best mates Mason Mount, left, and Declan Rice are set to start together in England’s midfield for the first time Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Mount, too, has emerged as a first-team regular under Frank Lampard’s tutelage as the Stamford Bridge youth revolution continues to make steady progress.The duo are now set to line up together in midfield for England in Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic, which Hammers star Rice says will be ‘really special’.“It’s a great young, attacking team and I’m really looking forward to working alongside the lads again and under Gareth and hopefully getting two victories,” he told West Ham’s official website last month. Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Mason Mount and Declan Rice have been inseparable since first meeting at Chelsea’s academy more than 10 years ago.Rice moved on to pastures in 2014 following his release from the Blues and has since gone on to flourish for London rivals West Ham, but that hasn’t stopped the pair’s blossoming relationship continuing to flourish. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman center_img MOST READ IN FOOTBALL appointed 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti rookie error Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ stalemate Southgate has attempted to defuse the row after the Bulgarian Football Union [BFU] federation president Borislav Mikhaylov expressed his anger at his country being stereotyped as ‘racist’ and ‘hostile’ by England.“If I was him, and I was only reading those quotes and not knowing the context of why the things were said and the responses were said, then I would feel probably as he does,” he said in a pre-match press conference.“We are not trying to create a situation at all, far from it.” update targets statement last_img read more

Salah to leave Liverpool as part of Mbappe swoop, Xhaka set for Arsenal exit

first_img update Getty Images – Getty LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES ON TALKSPORT.COM on target Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Getty Images – Getty stalemate Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 2 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta rookie error targets Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff center_img latest Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a target for Barcelona and the Spanish giants could make a bid as early as January. (El Chiringuito)Lucas Torreira is set to hold talks next week over his future at Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland could snub interest from the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal to join Bundesliga side RB Leipzig from partner club Red Bull Salzburg. (Sky Sports)Pep Guardiola is open to managing in Italy when his contract with Manchester City expires at the end of next season. (The Times)Bayern Munich will not appoint Arsene Wenger as the club’s new manager, despite the former Arsenal boss expressing his interest in the position in a phone call with chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. (Sky Sports)Manchester United, Tottenham and Wolves are in contention to sign Colombian forward James Rodriguez from Real Madrid in January. (El Desmarque) Liverpool fans, would you swap Mohamed Salah for French star Kylian Mbappe? appointed Xhaka could now leave Arsenal after being stripped of the captaincy for swearing at fans Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti statement talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…Liverpool are planning a £215m move for PSG forward Kylian Mbappe as part of a deal that could see Mohamed Salah head to Real Madrid. (El Desmarque)Former Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka could leave the club in January, with Newcastle United ready to make a move for the 27-year-old Swiss midfielder. (The Times) 2 Arsenal will rival West Ham in a £22m bid for Eintracht Frankfurt defender Martin Hinteregger. (The Sun)MLS commissioner Don Graber has claimed Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed for AC Milan. (Daily Mirror)Burnley’s 19-year-old English winger Dwight McNeil says he is focusing on his football rather than speculation linking him with Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)Crystal Palace are monitoring the progress of Netherlands striker Wout Weghorst, who has scored eight goals in 15 appearances for Wolfsburg this season. (Calciomercato)Southampton defender Cedric Soares says he will leave the club at the end of the season but the Portugal international wants to save them from relegation first. (Daily Telegraph) Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in futurelast_img read more

Aston Villa vs Liverpool live: talkSPORT commentary for cup quarter-final

first_img Liverpool’s young stars will face Aston Villa Getty Images – Getty 3 getty 3 Aston Villa vs Liverpool: How to listenThe quarter-final tie will get under way at 7:45pm on Tuesday, December 17.Full commentary from Villa Park will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 7pm.Hugh Woozencroft will bring you all the build-up before handing over to our live commentary with Jim Proudfoot and Ray Houghton.To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.Aston Villa vs Liverpool: What has been said?Liverpool stand-in boss Neil Critchley said: “It should be a great opportunity for all of us.“It will be a privilege to lead out a Liverpool team at a fantastic stadium against great players.“I’m really interested to see how our boys do. I’ll be really proud to lead our boys out and I hope they play to their capabilities, because if they do, that’s where I get most satisfaction from.” Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Confirmed team newsAston Villa: Nyland, Elmohamady, Chester, Konsa, Taylor, Lansbury, Luiz, Hourihane, Jota, Kodjia, Trezeguet.Substitutes: Kalinic, Guilbert, Hause, McGinn, Grealish, El Ghazi, Wesley.Liverpool XI: Kelleher, Hoever, Van den Berg, Boyes, Gallacher, Chirivella, Kane, Christie-Davies, Elliott, Hill, Longstaff.Substitutes: Winterbottom, Clayton, Norris, Clarkson, Dixon-Bonner, Bearne, Stewart. Dean Smith’s Aston Villa should be confident of reaching the Carabao Cup semi-finals Liverpool kick off their hectic week with a Carabao Cup quarter-final clash against Aston Villa tonight.Fresh from beating Watford in the Premier League on Saturday to continue their seemingly unstoppable march towards the title, Liverpool now face three games in just five days.With Jurgen Klopp and the senior squad in Qatar for their Club World Cup semi-final on Wednesday, Neil Critchley will lead out the Under-23s in the Midlands.talkSPORT will have full coverage of the unique game this week and here’s how you can tune in…last_img read more

Transfer Talk: Danny Ward exits Dons, Anthony Stokes in Hibs return

first_imgRangers, meanwhile, have been linked with St Johnstone striker Michael O’Halloran again. The Ibrox club were reportedly interested earlier in the season after the Scot scored against them in the League Cup.17-year-old Brentford striker Matt Stevens is also speculated to be on the radar of the Ibrox club, with Mark Warburton keen to raid his former club. Aberdeen have been dealt a blow with the news goalkeeper Danny Ward will return to Liverpool midway through his loan spell.The 22-year old has become a fans favourite in the opening months of the season at Pittodrie but Jurgen Klopp has opted to bring him home early. The Anthony Stokes loan deal saga continues with Hibernian becoming the front runners to sign the striker. John Hughes had expressed his interest at the weekend to take him to Inverness Caley Thistle but the Celtic striker could end up back at Easter Road afterall, where he played during the 2009-10 season.last_img read more

Scotland will not have it easy, warns Lithuania boss

first_imgLithuania manager Edgaras Jankauskas has warned Scotland they will not have it easy in Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Vilnius.Scotland need a win to keep their qualification hopes alive and face a side who took a point in the previous match at Hampden.Jankauskas, who spent two years at Hearts as a player and a season as assistant manager, said his players had put in the work and were in the right frame of mind to deliver a blow to Gordon Strachan and his team.“I’m confident because I think the preparation is going well and our players are motivated as well,” Jankauskas told STV.  “We know we have tough games ahead of us but we know dedication can turn any dream into a reality.”The match will be played on an artificial surface, something Scotland midfielder Scott Brown expressed his unhappiness about. Strachan downplayed concerns and Jankauskas said that he didn’t think Scotland would have a big problem adapting.“Of course we know this pitch a little bit better than our opponent but as I mentioned, when you play such a high-profile team they can adapt to any condition.” he said.  “They have proven that through the years so I think the chances are even.”last_img read more