NBA: Toronto Raptors interested in signing Greg Monroe

first_imgAdvertisement 38tNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa40qWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7x8e( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) rf5Would you ever consider trying this?😱akcu64Can your students do this? 🌚m6qRoller skating! Powered by Firework Toronto Raptors is interested in free agent forward Greg Monroe according to a report from TSN, which cites unidentified league sources. Monroe would provide the Raptors with additional scoring power off the bench, the report says.Advertisement While Monroe wouldn’t provide the Raptors their much-needed rim protection, he is a gifted frontcourt scorer.Advertisement The 28-year-old Monroe averaged 10.3 points and 6.9 rebounds in 20.4 minutes per game in 2017-18, spending time with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Phoenix Suns, and the Boston Celtics. His value has cratered in recent years, but Toronto could use another frontcourt player after trading away Jakob Poeltl, who played all 82 games for them last season, in the Leonard deal.Toronto sent Jakob Poeltl to the San Antonio Spurs as part of the Kawhi Leonard trade, so the Raptors have a clear hole at center. Playing Serge Ibaka or Pascal Siakam out of position are their only options to spell Valanciunas.Advertisement Monroe was traded by the Bucks to the Suns last November and finished last season with the Celtics. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Iker Casilas confirms retirement from football at age of 39

first_img Iker Casillas has announced his retirement from football following a long and successful career with Real Madrid, Porto and the Spanish national team.  He left for Porto in 2015, making over 150 appearances for the Portuguese club and winning two more league titles to add to his trophy cabinet.  Casillas, 39, has not played for Porto since 2019 when he suffered a heart attack and made the announcement on social media on Tuesday.  SPORT.es The goalkeeper also enjoyed great success with Spain, winning two European Championships and one World Cup as La Roja dominated the international game between 2008 and 2012. “The important thing is the path you follow and the people who accompany you, not the destination,” he wrote. “Because that with work and effort, everything else arrives on it’s own and I think I can say, without doubt, that it has been the dream path and destination.”  Casillas broke through at Real Madrid as a teenager and went on to make 725 appearances for Los Blancos, winning five La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues. center_img Iker Casilas anuncia su retirada Upd. at 15:58 CEST IN SPORT.ES 04/08/2020last_img read more

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NDCU throws in support for a disc golf course

first_imgThe Nelson Disc Golf Society (NDGS) received some major financial support from the Nelson District Credit Union to install a proposed disc golf course (also known as Frisbee golf) in uphill Nelson.NDGS, a group of over 40 disc golf enthusiasts/volunteers, is currently waiting for feedback regarding a November presentation they made to Nelson City Council, where they proposed to fund, install, and maintain a disc golf course in zoned parkland between the Salmo-Troup Rail Trail and the Nelson Municipal Cemetery.The proposal includes building a trail identified in the city’s Active Transportation Plan, as well as new and upgraded hiking trails throughout the disc golf course site that can be enjoyed by both players and non-players. Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, but instead of using a ball and clubs, players throw a Frisbee at a target to complete a hole.The uphill site was identified this spring after the forest was partially cleared under the Community Wildfire Protection Program. The remaining trees and topography are ideal obstacles for a disc golf course. “It’s a fun, free family game we hope to play in a beautiful area of our city; all you need is a Frisbee,” said Mike Moor, one of NDGS’s members. “BC already has over 40 disc golf courses, six of them located in the Kootenays. Frisbee golf is growing in popularity and is now part of the BC Senior Games.” “The Nelson Disc Golf Society has a solid proposal and a lot of support and momentum for a local disc golf course. We hope the course will be an asset for the entire community,” said Bradley Roulston from the Nelson and District Credit Union. “We supported a similar course in Rossland, which has been a real success story.” Nelson & District Credit Union isn’t the only organization who feels this proposal is above par.“We’ve successfully raised over $12,000 from local businesses and the public of our community,” said Chris Charlwood of NDGS. “However, we are still $3,000 short in reaching our $15,000 budget.” NDGS is asking for permission only to install the targets, trails and signage this spring, in cooperation with the city, at no cost. For more information about the game, proposal, location, map, videos and for contributions, please visit nelsondiscgolf.orglast_img read more

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Louis Bockner documents inaugural fight of Nelson Boxing Club’s Jacob Rudkoski

first_imgWhen asked about the violence aspect he shakes it off.”It’s a sport. We’re not here to kill each other. Tell me that a six minute boxing match this weekend is going to do more damage than my buddies partying tonight.”In the bathroom of the restaurant I ask Rudkoski how he’s feeling, curious if his calm demeanor is hiding a nest of butterflies. After all, it is his first fight.”I feel good,” he says. “I’ve definitely got a bit of the nervous feeling but that’s just because I’m competitive. I get nervous before a chess match. It’s good. It keeps you sharp.”Rudkoski prepares to enter the ring        The second annual Cranbrook Eagles Boxing Club’s Charity Challenge is held in, where else, the Eagles Hall — a legion-like room filled with enough chairs and banquet tables to seat over 200 people.At one end volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the raised ring while at the other a stuffed Golden Eagle in a glass case presides over the action. Near the taxidermy watcher Rudkoski sits as Pineiro wraps his hands.The wrap is done in silent ceremony. A curt nod of approval from Rudkoski is all that is given after the completion of each fist followed by a mock hit into his palm. Satisfied coach and fighter rise along with the anticipation.Now people are filing in. Now the bell rings. Now the fights begin. The “thwack, thwack” of gloves on flesh is mirrored by fighters warming up in corners and alcoves around the room hitting pads with coaches.There is no animosity here. No intimidation or verbal aggression. Only a sense of a show, in this case put on to raise money for families in need. At the first Charity Challenge they had hoped to raise $5,000. Instead they raised $20,000.Fighters dressed in blue and red move through the crowd either in anxious, pre-fight wanderings or in post-fight glory. Even the defeated seem content, showing little signs of disappointment. After every battle there is a hug of recognition.”Respect is given all around,” Bockner tells me,” because everyone knows how hard it is.”Rudkoski is scheduled to fight tenth. His opponent, a tall, broad-shouldered man named Tyler Crew from the Southpaw Boxing Gym in Calgary, is dressed in blue trunks and sports a Mohawk.Somewhere between the seventh and eighth fight they disappear to the basement to warm up. Pads are pummeled as the final words of advice are given.”Be fast, be relaxed,” Pineiro tells him. “Basic stuff. It’s gonna be good.”Seventy-five seconds later the boxing match is over As the bell rings, Rudkoski moves almost gracefully from the red corner. The pace is different than most of the previous fights. There is no rush. They both seem to say, there is time. And then the blows begin to land.A gasp escapes from the crowd as Rudkoski lands a bone crushing shot on Crew’s shoulder, missing his head by inches. The next one finds its mark, Crew’s head snapping back as he stumbles into the corner. Rudkoski hesitates and in that moment the referee steps in, ushering Crew to the corner as blood streams down the left side of his face.The doctor is summoned and after two white medical pads are turned crimson he shakes his head. Seventy-five seconds after the opening bell the fight is stopped due to a technical knock out by injury. Rudkoski looks almost disappointed. The bubble of anticipation has burst and his record is officially 1-0.Great first fight, but now it’s time to train for the next oneOutside the car rain hammers down with tropical intensity, inside the victorious fighter once again appears calm.”It’s funny,” he says, “you do all that paperwork, you train for months and drive all that way and then it’s over in 75 seconds.”          As with most things in life, there is an ebb and flow to boxing. Moments of intense, adrenaline-fueled action are interspersed among long periods of training, waiting and anticipating.Unlike other sports there is no season or pre-season. There are no playoffs and no World Series. There is only the fight. And again, like life, it is often over before you fully realized it had begun.”Great job and have a good weekend,” Pineiro says as Rudkoski goes his separate way, “I’ll see you Monday.”A days rest is all he will get before the work begins anew. There will be no coddling or ego stroking, no time off to relish his achievement and none is expected.With the next fight already on the horizon the coach will ask for everything the fighter has and the fighter will oblige. By Louis BocknerMore than 200 people recently flocked to the Eagles Hall in Cranbrook to take in the second annual Eagles Boxing Club’s Charity Challenge.Nelson boxer Jacob Rudkoski was one of the fighters on the card, jumping into the ring for the first time.Louis Bockner was one of the 200 fight fans watching with anticipation as Rudkoski realizes his dream to box in a sanctioned event and writes this account of the Nelson Boxing Club inaugural taste of the sport.My first memories of Jacob Rudkoski are found on baseball diamonds and are preferable to the ones that came after on football fields. I consider myself lucky to have escaped the meetings of our rival high schools unscathed and now, after watching his performance as a boxer, I am forever indebted to John “Jack” Broughton who, in 1743, created weight divisions, ensuring Rudkoski and I will never be re-united in the ring.Rudkoski joined coach Jesse Pineiro and assistant coach Peter Bockner at the Nelson Boxing Club in May after several years of training as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, a move instigated by a desire to refine his skills.Unlike MMA, which combines multiple fighting disciplines, he feels boxing allows him to focus on one aspect while leaving the kickboxing, wrestling jiu jitsu and muay thai in their respective fields. Now, six months later, we’re somewhere between Yahk and Cranbrook on our way to his first fight.The talk in the car centers on boxing — this fighter versus that fighter, the match ahead and the training behind. As the Nelson club’s only heavyweight he rarely finds anyone on par to spar with, a fact he believes has made him a better fighter.”Even training in MMA I rarely met guys my size,” he says. “It makes you work on speed, it makes you faster.”The Weigh InIn the basement banquet room of Cranbrook’s Sandman Hotel he strips to his underwear for the weigh in. Tipping the scale to a modest 102.1 kilograms he carries his weight lightly on legs like telephone poles. Even his head is big with a heavy-set brow and his hands resemble toaster ovens.As the room fills with people — fighters, coaches, mothers, fathers and more — glances dart around the room, hoping to discern prospective opponents. All Pineiro or Rudkoski know about his man is that he’s from Calgary and is about 100 kilograms.This narrows the field considerably as most of the fighters sitting in the lineup to see the doctor are in their teens or younger; a sign that boxing is still alive in Canada despite competition from the ever popular Ultimate Fighting Championship and major sports like soccer and hockey.  Some are lanky, some are round, some are silent, some are laughing and some look simply scared.As the doctor shines his flashlight in the pupils of a young man with a “Lethbridge Boxing Club” T-shirt the voice of Bill Watson, one of the Cranbrook Eagles Boxing Club coaches, cuts through the murmurs.”Can I have everyone’s attention?” he asks. “If you’re fighting in the blue corner you get changed and ready in the basement. If you’re in the red corner there’s a cube truck in the parking lot.”Cornerman and Trainer, Jesse Pineiro ‘At dinner the advice from coach to fighter begins to flow.”What I really want you to do is keep your hands up and finish with the left,” Pineiro says. “Do it religiously. That left brings you back defensively.”Use your punches. Nice and long and remember, keep your left up.”Although Pineiro’s amateur career record (10-5) is “kind of underwhelming” he carries with him a wealth of knowledge acquired through sparring with, and learning from, world-class fighters and coaches all over the world.In the early 2000’s he brought that knowledge back to his hometown of Nelson —  a city whose once vibrant boxing community was all but extinct.”In Nelson we’re building it from nothing,” Pineiro says. “[People] have no idea about boxing and they have little interest.”A point he and fighters like Rudkoski are hoping to change.”It’s a good thing to get into,” says Rudkoski. “It’s character building.”last_img read more

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Nelson U18 Selects settle for Silver at Provincial B Girls Cup

first_imgThe Nelson Selects ran out of offence, dropping at 2-0 decision to Chilliwack Attack in the Gold Medal Match of the BC Soccer U18 Girl’s Provincial B Cup Sunday in Penticton.The loss gave Nelson the Silver Medal.In 2014, the same group of players won the Bronze Medal as Nelson defeated the same Chilliwack Attack 6-1.Nelson, which advanced to the final on a goal average after finishing in a tie with Williams Lake in division standings, saw the offence dry up in the Gold Medal Match.The Selects opened the tournament by blasting Kootenay rival Columbia Valley Titans 4-1. Striker Naomi Perkins scored three times to lead the Selects with Jena Wheeldon adding a single.Nelson then played to a scoreless tie against Williams Lake.In the final contest of the round robin Saturday, Perkins scored twice to power Nelson past Powell River Edge 2-0.Nelson doubled by host PinnaclesNelson Selects lost 4-2 to host Penticton Pinnacles in consolation round action at the BC Soccer U16 Girl’s Provincial B Cup Sunday in Penticton.Nelson finished the tournament in sixth place.The Selects opened the Provincial B Cup with a 1-0 win over Burnaby Girl’s SC Intensity.Nelson was pounded 5-1 by Kelowna before losing 2-1 to Juan de Fuca. The loss knocked the Selects out of the medal round as Juan de Fuca secured second spot in the division with four points, one more than Nelson.last_img read more

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St. Joseph’s College, Galway Fly The Flag For The Republic Of Ireland

first_imgLIST OF PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS Christina Brothers School, Omagh, Tyrone                            Northern IrelandSt. Thomas More School                                                                EnglandYsgol Cyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr                                                WalesSt. Joseph’s College, Galway                                                       Republic of IrelandSt. Ninian’s High School, Giffnock                                              ScotlandHolyrood Secondary, Glasgow                                                    Scotland JOSEPH’S COLLEGE, GALWAY jetted off to Glasgow last evening  in preparation for the Allen McKinstry Cup which kicks off this weekend. Sunday, May 27, 2018 KO 10.30amPositional Play-Offs 1 vs 2 andTeams finishing in places 3-6 after day 2 will be paired with a team they have not yet played on day 1 or day 2.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The three day event will see the FAI Schools representatives take on two qualifiers from Scotland and Wales while they hope the results go their way for the positional play-offs on Sunday morning as the impressive Toryglen Regional Football Centre plays host. Fixtures | Toryglen Regional Football CentreFriday, May 25, 2018, KO 4.30pmSt. Ninian’s HS, Giffnock vs Ysgol Cyfun Gymraeg PlasmawrHolyrood Secondary, Glasgow vs St. Joseph’s CollegeChristian Brothers School vs St. Thomas More School Saturday, May 26, 2018 KO 10.30amSt. Ninian’s HS, Giffnock vs Christian Brothers SchoolHolyrood Secondary, Glasgow vs St. Thomas More SchoolYsgol Cyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr vs St. Joseph’s College Scotland as host nation can select two representatives to participate in the competition which will see two Glasgow based schools do battle as Holyrood Secondary and defending Champions St. Ninian’s High School selected. Other competitors include Christian Brothers School, Omagh, Tyrone (Northern Ireland), St. Thomas More School (England), Ysgol Cyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr (Wales) as well as the Galway men all in contention for title honours.Now in its eleventh year, the Republic of Ireland representatives have had some notable successes winning on three occasions.FAI Schools hosted the tournament in 2016 which saw St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny go all the way and claim glory with Douglas Community School coming runners up that season.Oranmore’s Calasanctius College were crowned Champions having captured top spot in Belfast three years ago.  Those included in the squad that day were Adam Rooney, Aaron Connolly and Ronan Manning.Previous to that, when FAI Schools last hosted on home soil in 2012, it was the turn of Ulster crew St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny taking the title as the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh facilitated the tournament with St. Joseph’s College, Galway coming a gallant fifth that year.  Stars like John Kennedy and Conor Melody lined out that weekend for the Bish and it is ironical that they’re both back in the management setup at the School now coaching the future generation.Similar to the Bish, St. Brendan’s College, Killarney have qualified twice for this tournament and were runners up four years ago and managed a fourth place finish last season.The Galway crew under the stewardship of Robert Grealish and Barry McDermott will be hoping to replicate their extraordinary Cup form with some top class performances over the coming days.Captain Gary Higgins and his charges will be looking forward to the challenge having captured the Bank of Ireland FAI Schools First Year Boys National Cup title last season which saw them qualify for this eventBuilding on their superb 2016 campaign, the same panel of players claimed National Cup success last month when they captured the Under 15 National Minor Cup, the next grade up. The momentum is with the lads now and they need to get points on the board early. The Galway side will face Holyrood Secondary in the first outing on Friday evening while they’re pipped against Welsh side Ysgol Cyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr on Saturday morning before the play-offs on Sunday.#AllenMcKinstryCupJOSEPH’S COLLEGE, GALWAY | Darragh O’Leary, Aaron McHugh, Matthew Mulvaney, Keane Griffin, Ciaran Kinsella (GK), Calum Loomes, Benicio Sehe, Brian Okoye, Aaron Kavanagh, Gary Higgins (Captain), Liam Melody, Darragh O’Malley, James Egan (GK), Adam White, Luke O’Gorman, Rory O’Brien, Conall Gallagher, Harry Browne, Churchill Idemudia, Ronan BambaraMANAGEMENT STAFF | Robert Grealish, Barry McDermott, Cathal McGinn & John Kennedy KIT MAN | Neil Alonelast_img read more

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England star Dier raked in £1million in commercial income last year

first_imgERIC DIER raked in nearly £1m in commercial income last year, new figures reveal.The Tottenham and England star owns the single share in Ted Leonard Ltd, the company which manages some of his off-field activity.4 Eric Dier, centre, and fellow midfielder Ross Barkley, left, focus during England session at Ciudad Deportiva Luis del Sol, Seville, ahead of the Spain clashCredit: PA:Press AssociationAnd documents filed at Companies House show that the firm had £1,783,368 in cash in the bank at the end of 2017, compared to £795,710 a year earlier.Including creditors and other assets, Ted Leonard’s net assets rose from £895,897 to £1,799,835.Dier is thought to earn close to £70,000 per week from a contract extension with Spurs that he signed two years ago and will pay UK income tax, mostly at the top rate of 45 per cent, on his basic wages.But like many players, he set up a separate company to take care of income from image rights, sponsorship deals and other sources because such firms pay corporation tax at a rate of 19 per cent if they make profits over a certain amount.4 Versatile Spurs star Eric Dier has stepped up his game financially on the back of his success with EnglandCredit: EPA4 Midfield anchorman Eric Dier has won 36 England caps since his full debut in 2015Credit: ReutersTed Leonard was founded in December 2014. Dier and dad Jeremy are the two directors.Former Sporting CB star Dier, 24, has risen swiftly since moving to England with Spurs in 2014.And after making his full international debut the following year he now has 36 caps, including his appearance against Spain in Seville.He and Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane hit the woodwork as the Three Lions had the better of a dull 0-0 draw away to Croatia in the empty Stadion Rujevica stadium on Saturday.England manager Gareth Southgate blames Premier League bosses for leaving England stars knackered 4 Eric Dier is up for taking on Spain after the goalless 0-0 draw away to CroatiaCredit: AP:Associated Pressmost read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the Emirateslast_img read more

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