Dynasty in making? Warriors chase third title in 4 years

first_imgFILE – In this Dec. 12, 1987, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers’ Magic Johnson (32) goes for a layup while Boston Celtics Kevin McHale, right, comes up from behind during fourth-period NBA basketball game action in Boston. Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are trying to to join Bill Russell’s Celtics, the Bulls led by Michael Jordan and the Lakers’ trio of title runs fueled by George Mikan in the 1950s, Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the ’80s, and Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant nearly 20 years ago as the only franchises in NBA history to capture three championships in four years. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors have repeatedly said they want to build something special for the long haul, to compete for championships year after year.LeBron James considers his familiar NBA Finals opponent among the best teams ever.ADVERTISEMENT “What we’ve been able to do here … kind of taking a small step every year until 2015, winning our first championship, it is a sense of pride around that,” Curry said. “Being the elder statesman here and seeing what has all gone into being on this stage every single year — when it comes to the guys that I get to suit up with every single night, from Bob Myers down to the coaching staff to the ownership — it’s just a transformation that I got to see firsthand and all the details that went into it.“So at some point, when this is all said and done, I hope to kind of just sit back and really truly appreciate, from start to finish, all that went into it. But there is an awareness of where we were to where we are. And I appreciate it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s coming to be a dynasty. If you win a couple more, then you’re talking about a dynasty. So three of them is in the right stage and the right movement to becoming a dynasty, yes.”The defending champions are playing in a fourth straight finals chasing a repeat they couldn’t pull off in 2016 after capturing the franchise’s first title in 40 years during 2014-15 with Kerr as a rookie head coach.TNT analyst and former player Charles Barkley wants nothing to do with dynasty talk regarding the Warriors.“We don’t have any dynasties. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a dynasty,” Barkley said. “The Bulls won six, the Spurs won five. We’ve had a lot of really good teams. I think the only dynasty is the Spurs. They’ve been great for 20 years. The Warriors are not going to win. Winning two in four years is not a dynasty.”Golden State would love nothing more than to continue building momentum as the franchise approaches the opening of its new San Francisco arena, Chase Center , in summer 2019 if all remains on schedule. That leaves one last season at Oracle Arena.B.J. Armstrong earned titles alongside Jordan with the Bulls from 1991-93. If the Warriors win another, they will join dynasty status in Armstrong’s mind.“They’re right there,” Armstrong said. “For them to have a sustained level of excellence like they’ve had, I don’t take that for granted and I think anyone who’s played or observed this game knows how difficult that is for one, let alone to be able to get here four times and have an opportunity to win three speaks for itself. …“If they win this one, they’re right up there with all of the teams for a dynasty-type caliber situation up here in Golden State.”Curry was around for all the losing: 26 wins his rookie season of 2009-10, 23 two years later then gradually building to more victories each season thereafter.He is proud to be part of a transformation — one the two-time MVP hopes they contend for titles for years to come. 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And their domination doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon, so if they keep winning Golden State will have its place in history.“As a fan of the NBA, you could go down the list of the teams that won multiple years and just dominated the league for stretches of time,” Curry said.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 Warriors are trying to join Bill Russell’s Celtics, the Bulls led by Michael Jordan and the Lakers’ trio of title runs fueled by George Mikan in the 1950s, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the ’80s, and Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant nearly 20 years ago as the only franchises in NBA history to capture three championships in four years.The Warriors are halfway there, holding a 2-0 lead against the underdog Cavs as the series shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationscenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “Listen, Golden State is one of the best teams I’ve ever played. It’s one of the best teams that’s ever been assembled,” said James, who is playing in his eighth straight NBA Finals and fourth in a row against Golden State.Curry, sharp-shooting Klay Thompson, fiery Draymond Green and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala make up an All-Star-studded squad trying to repeat after James thwarted that quest two years ago when the Cavs stopped the defending champs. Kevin Durant bolted from Oklahoma City to join the cast last season.“You look at it, they’ve got four Hall of Famers on their team in Klay, Dray, Steph and KD. They’ve got a Finals MVP that comes off their bench,” James said in reference to Iguodala. “… I don’t know where they will fall in my book, but they will have a nice chapter.”Not everybody is ready to crown the Warriors as a dynasty, not just yet anyway. Not even if they win the title this year.“I don’t like to go dynasty stuff, they’ve been the team of the decade,” said Gary Payton, the longtime Seattle SuperSonics point guard who played 17 seasons through 2007. “That’s what it is. They’ve been doing their thing. When we get into a dynasty is Michael Jordan and them winning six, that’s a dynasty. The Golden State Warriors (would have) won three out of four, that’s great.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Pique keeps Barca unbeaten, Atletico cut gap

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s Spanish defender Gerard Pique (C) vies with Espanyol’s Spanish forward Gerard Moreno (L) during the Spanish league football match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona © AFP / PAU BARRENAMADRID, Spain, Feb 4 – Gerard Pique salvaged a 1-1 draw for La Liga leaders Barcelona at city rivals Espanyol on Sunday, keeping their bid for an unbeaten campaign on track, while Atletico Madrid edged out Valencia to cut the gap at the top to nine points.Ernesto Valverde’s men were in danger of falling to their first league defeat of the season when Gerard Moreno nodded the hosts ahead midway through the second half, but centre-back Pique met a Lionel Messi corner in the 82nd minute to snatch a point. Barcelona are now nine points clear at the top of the table from Atletico Madrid, who beat third-placed Valencia 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.The Catalan derby was played in pouring rain and Valverde slammed the “dangerous” pitch.“Even though it was raining, we thought that the pitch would hold, but then we saw that the grass was not going to hold up and that the pitch was becoming dangerous,” the Barcelona coach said.“On our passes from defence the ball could get stuck in a puddle and that’s why things got difficult.“We give a lot of value to this draw, because it was hard to get because of this scenario and because it’s a derby and we didn’t want to lose.”The five-time European champions also set a new club record of 22 matches unbeaten to start a league season on Sunday, and are still in the hunt for a La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble.“We are still up there (top of the table). The conditions for them and for us were not the best, but it was an entertaining game,” Barca captain Andres Iniesta told BeIn Sports.They were far from at their fluent best against a stubborn Espanyol whose point drags them eight clear of the relegation zone, although Philippe Coutinho came close to scoring his first goal since joining from Liverpool last month when he struck the crossbar in the first half.Faltering champions Real Madrid are 19 points adrift of arch rivals Barca in fourth, after throwing away two points in a 2-2 draw at Levante on Saturday.– Correa stunner cuts the gap –Atletico took advantage of Barcelona’s draw to revive their slim title hopes, as Angel Correa produced a moment of magic to win the game.Neither side managed to create many chances in a sloppy first half, with Saul Niguez seeing a long-range effort palmed away by Valencia goalkeeper Neto, while Simone Zaza dragged a shot wide for the visitors.But Correa stunned Neto with a magnificent long-range strike when nothing appeared on in the 59th minute, with the ball flying into the top corner from 25 yards out to give the 22-year-old Argentinian his sixth league goal of the season.Valencia plugged away but never truly threatened an equaliser, with Diego Simeone’s hosts doing enough to keep Barca looking over their shoulders.But star forward Antoine Griezmann was whistled by the home fans late on, when he opted to run down the clock instead of pushing for a second goal.The Frenchman has had an up-and-down relationship with the Atletico supporters since saying last year he wanted to leave the club in the future.“Griezmann did what he had to do… That’s normal, people want to win,” coach Simeone said.“The players are the ones who best interpret what they have to do on the pitch. Griezmann made only good choices tonight, even though he didn’t score and couldn’t finish.“Everyone is happy, all the fans are celebrating at home and everyone is happy.”Earlier on Sunday, Girona moved into the top half of the table as Uruguayan international Cristhian Stuani scored a double in a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao, while Getafe and Leganes played out a goalless draw.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fort Nelson Emergency Services Community Christmas Dinner

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – The tradition continues with the 27th Community Christmas Dinner. According to Treasurer Rob Cheyne, the dinner has grown into one of Fort Nelson’s biggest events. Cheyne shares the success is thanks to 50+ volunteers, local businesses that support, and restaurants and grocery stores that lend us their capacity to pull this all together. Advertisement For more information you can email; info@comunitydinner.ca or CLICK HERE Over 400 age-appropriate gifts are given out to children 12 years of age and younger. The Santa Parade starts around 10 am after hospital visits and Santa arrives by helicopter, landing outside the NR. Rec Centre at 1 pm and visits with children until 5:30 pm.center_img Over 100 dinner deliveries are sent into the community by emergency services volunteers to seniors, disabled people, or workers who cannot attend. Being held at the NRR Recreation Recreation Centre in the Community Hall on Saturday, December 21st, 2019 from 1 pm – 7 pm. The community is welcome to a festive meal of turkey, ham, potatoes, peas corn and bun. This meal typically feeds 1500 people. – Advertisement -Fort Nelson Emergency Services Christmas Dinner Society shares they have been serving free Christmas dinners for now 27 years. Driven by community spirit this event is kept alive. The dinner has changed and evolved over time but was originally started as a way to feed families in need and workers who were far from home. last_img read more

Peace Regional RCMP lay multiple charges following a pursuit

first_imgGRIMSHAW, AB – Peace Regional RCMP lay multiple charges following a pursuit. – Advertisement -The vehicle was then driven at an occupied police vehicle, colliding with it, before fleeing toward Grimshaw on Highway 2.  A short pursuit was initiated and the vehicle became immobilized as a result of the tire deflation deployment and came to rest in the Grimshaw townsite.  Peace Regional RCMP share, on December 23, 2019, at approximately 10:00 a.m., RCMP responded to a rural area for a possible sighting of a vehicle that had been reported stolen. The stolen vehicle was taken from a fenced compound of a Grimshaw area business earlier the same morning. Police located the vehicle parked on a range road with a lone male occupant sleeping inside. The male awoke as police approached and placed the vehicle in motion, driving over a tire deflation device that had been deployed.  Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000Operation of a motor vehicle in a manner dangerous to the publicOperation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by a peace officerOperation of a motor vehicle while prohibited from doing soObstruction of a peace officerPossession of a controlled substance (x2)Failing to comply with conditions of a release order (x6)Mischief by damaging property (x3) Should you have information relating to this or any other crime, please contact the Peace Regional RCMP detachment at 780-624-6677. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)center_img As a result of the investigation, Michael Jeffrey Ginter (33) of Grande Prairie was charged with multiple criminal offences, as follows:Advertisement Ginter was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and will be appearing in the Peace River Provincial Court on Jan. 13, 2020.   Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter, which remains under investigation at this time.  The occupant of the vehicle attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by police at the scene after a brief foot chase. last_img read more

Man City line-up: Forgotten striker to get a chance against Liverpool?

first_img Manchester City striker John Guidetti 1 Manchester City face their toughest pre-season test tonight as they take on Liverpool in New York.The Premier League champions have thrashed AC Milan 5-1 and Sporting Kansas City 4-1 so far on their tour of America and now they rock up in the Big Apple looking for another morale boosting victory.The victor could land a psychological blow to their title rivals ahead of the new season with a good result, which is why Manuel Pellegrini is likely to go with a more experienced team against the Reds.Youngsters like Gregory Leigh and Kelechi Iheanacho have shone so far for the Blues this summer but it’s likely they will only make the bench in New York and that means possible starts for Micah Richards, Gael Clichy and Javi Garcia.And there also might be room for Swedish striker John Guidetti in the starting XI as he looks to prove his worth to his Chilean manager.Is this how Manchester City’s team to face Liverpool might look?last_img read more

Mbappe stars as PSG snatch dramatic point at Real Madrid

first_img0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe helped Paris Saint-Germain come back to grab a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid on Tuesday © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Nov 27 – Kylian Mbappe instigated a dramatic Champions League comeback on Tuesday as Paris Saint-Germain scored twice in two minutes to rescue a draw against Real Madrid and secure first place in Group A.Madrid dominated the majority of a pulsating contest at the Santiago Bernabeu and looked to have sewn up an impressive victory when Karim Benzema scored his second goal in the 79th minute. But PSG pulled off an unlikely turnaround as Mbappe capitalised on a defensive mix-up to pull one back in the 81st minute before Pablo Sarabia, once of Real, drove into the top corner in the 83rd for 2-2.Gareth Bale, who came on as a substitute to another mixed reception from the home fans, almost won it in injury-time but his bending free-kick struck the post.It means PSG will go through as group winners while Madrid are guaranteed to finish second after Club Brugge drew 1-1 at Galatasaray in the early kick-off.An excellent Madrid performance was tarnished not only by their late capitulation but also another injury to Eden Hazard, who hobbled off with what looked like an ankle injury in the second half.Despite recovering from a hamstring strain and making his first appearance in seven weeks on Friday, Neymar was also left on the bench by PSG coach Thomas Tuchel, only to be brought on at half-time. It was his dummy that led to Sarabia’s equaliser.Madrid fans ran the rule over several players as their names were announced before kick-off, with Neymar whistled, perhaps on the assumption he will soon return to Barcelona, and Mbappe cheered, presumably in the hope he will one day join Real Madrid.Keylor Navas, who left last summer, was also given a warm reception while the jeers for Bale were audible but noticeably less pronounced than when he came on against Leganes on Saturday.Zinedine Zidane’s press conference on Monday became another ode to Mbappe, who will reportedly be Madrid’s number one target next summer.– Mbappe impresses –The Frenchman, in his 100th game for PSG, looked like he wanted to put on a show, puffing out his chest after an early foul by Sergio Ramos and squeezing Zidane’s hand as he fetched a ball from behind his back.The threat of Mbappe hung over the match but Madrid were much the better side, slicker in their passing, faster with the ball and more aggressive in winning it back.Benzema has scored 14 goals this season © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSTheir goal came in the 17th minute and Hazard started it, skipping between Thomas Meunier and Marquinhos before switching to the right. Isco struck Fede Valverde’s pull-back against the post before Benzema showed a cool head to find the corner.On the back foot for most of the half, PSG twice went close towards the end of it. Mbappe, slipped through by Angel Di Maria, opted to shoot when he might have squared for Mauro Icardi to tap in.Icardi was then brought down in the area after nipping around Thibaut Courtois. Referee Artur Dias pointed to the spot before showing the goalkeeper a red card but VAR decided Idrissa Gueye had pushed Marcelo in the build-up. The penalty and sending off were cancelled.Neymar came on to whistles at half-time and Benzema should have made it two shortly after, instead hitting the legs of Navas when free at the back post.Madrid looked to have put the game to bed when Luka Modric ghosted clear and Marcelo’s cross found the deadly Benzema free at the back post.But the celebrations had barely finished when Mbappe pulled one back, a gift as Courtois and Raphael Varane allowed Meunier’s cross to slip between them, leaving the 21-year-old with an open net.It still felt more like a consolation but PSG had other ideas as a clever dummy from Neymar fooled the entire home defence and the ball cannoned out to Sarabia, who swept it into the top corner.Both teams looked for a winner and PSG went close, Mbappe firing into the side-netting before Bale’s bending free-kick hit the post deep into injury-time.0Shares0000(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

CARRIGANS MAN TO MUSCLE IN ON HIS DREAM

first_imgJonathan Gillen knows how to muscle in on a winning combination.The Carrigans man is to represent Donegal in the 2012 NABBA Mr Ireland Bodybuilding Show in Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Sunday.The winner is given the title of Mr Ireland 2012 and qualifies for the Mr Universe Competition in November in England. He trains between X-treme Fitness in Derry and Railway Gym in Lifford.More power to your elbow Jonathan and your biceps and your triceps!Bring home the title to Donegal.   CARRIGANS MAN TO MUSCLE IN ON HIS DREAM was last modified: September 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarrigansJonathan GillenMr Ireland Bodybuilding Showlast_img read more

DONEGAL COUNTY CHILDCARE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES THIS CHRISTMAS

first_imgPercy is getting ready to be swamped with presents for needy families this Christmas.The hugely successful Presents for Percy Appeal is back for 2014! The appeal managed by Donegal County Childcare helped 270 local families meet the Christmas requests of approximately 700 children last year.And now the team at Donegal Childcare aim to match this achievement for Christmas 2014! Avril McMonagle, Manager of DCCC said the Presents for Percy Appeal has been initiated by the DCCC Team as a practical way of making a contribution to children and families in need of a little extra support at Christmas.“We have enlisted the help of a number of family support agencies to act as distributors of donations to the Presents for Percy Appeal. Not only will this make a valuable contribution to the work of local agencies working with children and families, it will ensure that all donations are targeted to those most in need of support right across the county’.If you would like to be a recipient of the appeal, contact DCCC for a full list of family support agencies in your area.If you would like to donate money to the appeal Cheques/Postal Orders can be made payable to the Presents for Percy Appeal, and sent to Donegal County Childcare, 10-11 St Columba’s Terrace, High Road, Letterkenny. Alternatively, if you would like to make an online banking donation to the Presents for Percy Appeal, the banking details are as follows: Bank: Bank of Ireland, BallybofeyA/c No: 9264 8110Sort Code: 90-47-12IBAN: IE07 BOFI 9047 1292 6481 10BIC: BOFI IE2D Please give your name as the payment reference. Closing date for all donations is Friday 5th December 2014.The DCCC Team are urging all early childhood services, schools, businesses, parents and children to get behind the Presents for Percy Appeal, to make a real difference to children in your local area. No contribution will be too big or too small!For more information to either make a donation or to be a recipient of the appeal, please contact Avril McMonagle, DCCC Manager 074 91 23442/086 2431695 or email info@donegalchildcare.com. Keep an eye on the DCCC facebook and website pages www.donegalchildcare.com for updates on the Percy Appeal 2014.DONEGAL COUNTY CHILDCARE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County ChildcarePresents for Percylast_img read more

MAYOR OF LETTERKENNY CLAIMS HE HAS BEEN SNUBBED BY MINISTER VARADKAR

first_imgThe Mayor of Letterkenny has slammed Minister for Health for snubbing local public representatives during his visit to the town today.Letterkenny General HospitalCllr Gerry McMonagle, who is also a member of the Regional Health Forum West, told Donegal Daily he received no invitation to Minister Leo Varadkar’s visit to Letterkenny General Hospital today.Mayor McMonagle said the secrecy of the visit is akin to the goings on of “the Russian Government.” “It’s like something out of a Russian spy novel. We are elected representatives and I am a member of the Regional Health Forum.“I have not received an invitation to today’s visit and I don’t even know why Minister Varadkar is here.“I would like the time to speak to him about several aspects of the hospital and the healthcare system in Donegal in general.“But we don’t even officially know that he is here so we cannot even ask him. “It is a ridiculous situation. He is answerable to the people of Donegal and, as a publicly elected politician, I should be able to ask those questions,” he fumed.A spokesperson for Letterkenny General Hospital has said that Public Representatives from all political parties, including each member of the Regional Health Forum were invited by the General Manager of Letterkenny General Hospital to attend the opening of the redeveloped catering unit and dining facilities and the redeveloped pulmonary laboratory.“The invitations were issued by email and the General Manager apologises if any addresses are no longer being used.”MAYOR OF LETTERKENNY CLAIMS HE HAS BEEN SNUBBED BY MINISTER VARADKAR was last modified: October 1st, 2015 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:donegalgerry mcmonaglehospitalLEO VARADKARlast_img read more

This staff member is to leave Middlesbrough ahead of Championship campaign

first_img1 Head of recruitment Victor Orta looks set to leave Middlesbrough as the club prepare to rebuild for life in the Championship.It is understood the Spaniard, who arrived in December 2015 to lead the European scouting network which then head coach Aitor Karanka hoped would help him to build for a bright new future, is in talks over a severance deal.His departure would all but signal the end of the Karanka regime on Teesside with his interim replacement Steve Agnew having drafted in coaches Joe Jordan, Paul Jenkins and Jonathan Woodgate in an ultimately unsuccessful bid to stave off relegation.It is understood Boro have been less than impressed with the return on an investment they hoped would give them an edge over their competitors during the last two transfer windows.Chairman Steve Gibson is currently facing a major decision on Karanka’s long-term replacement – he was coy when asked about his plans during a rare interview at the weekend – but determined to right the wrongs of a difficult campaign.However, he has vowed to ‘smash’ the Championship as Boro look for an instant return to the top flight and has vowed to add to what he believes is a strong core of players.The Teessiders, who won promotion after seven years in the second tier as runners-up to Burnley last season, currently sit in 19th place in the Premier League table ahead of Sunday’s trip to Liverpool having seen relegation confirmed by a 3-0 defeat at Chelsea on May 8. Victor Orta was hired by former Boro head coach Aitor Karanka last_img read more