On Erik Spoelstra’s mind these days: A berth, and a birth

first_imgChicken fingers and coffee have been replaced by green juice and yoga, part of the reason why he’s probably more fit at 47 than when he took over the Heat at 37. Spoelstra is happier and healthier — and he’s bracing for an intense next few months, with the Heat chasing a playoff spot while he and his wife get ready to become first-time parents.The baby is due around April, which is also when the playoffs start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Am I ready? I don’t know,” Spoelstra said. “We’re going to find out. Been reading my books.”There are parenting books and playbooks, but nothing combines the two — though those around Spoelstra are sure he’ll find the balance between baby and basketball. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ “The change will be great,” said Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy, the former Heat head coach and assistant coach who has remained close with Spoelstra from their time together in Miami. “I’m really, really, really, really happy for him. But certainly anybody who has raised kids, and I’ve had four of them, will know that you can throw all your theories out the window. My only advice would be to enjoy every day of it.”That’s Spoelstra’s mantra now, and an even more intense devotion to his health is helping.The Heat put as much of a premium on fitness as any team in the NBA, and Spoelstra holds himself as accountable as he does the players in that regard. It’s not uncommon to see him ducking out of the team hotels on road trips for a hot yoga class at a place he knows in Detroit, or finding a space in the back of a spinning class in Boston or New York.The season is a grind, and everyone tends to wear down. Most everyone, that is. Spoelstra seems to be an exception.In his 10 seasons as head coach, Spoelstra has led the Heat to wins 58 percent of the time in the first 41 games — and 64 percent of the time in the final 41 games. This season is right on his usual pace: Miami, despite dealing with a slew of injuries, is 24-17 going into the second half which starts at home Sunday against Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT Mirai Nagasu looks toward South Korea and past Sochi snub Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra yells to officials during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Spoelstra received a technical on the exchange. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)MIAMI — Gone are the days when Miami coach Erik Spoelstra would spend the final few pregame moments wolfing down hot dogs while pulling on his suit jacket and hurrying to the court.It’s all different now, and more changes are coming.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “He sets a phenomenal example,” Miami guard Rodney McGruder said. “You walk in here early in the morning, he’s in the weight room getting his work in. He’s already getting a sweat in before practice. Game day, he’s out there walking. It just shows he’s consistent in his approach. He does it every day and it makes you want to challenge yourself and be that consistent and like he would say, build habits.”Spoelstra was a guard in college and has always kept a trim physique. He hasn’t played basketball in nearly a decade, giving it up for good when now-Indiana coach Nate McMillan ruptured his Achilles’ while scrimmaging with players in Portland. But with age came wisdom, he’s eating cleaner than ever and always can find the time to work on his body and mind.Having a sister who is a nutritionist helps. So, too, does allowing himself time without his phone in some workouts.And when he needs a different form of relaxation, his Oregon-based family keeps him supplied with cases of wine from the state’s Willamette Valley.“Those first few times without your phone, you’re like an addict,” Spoelstra said. “It’s not just your phone, it’s your life. All these things are going through your mind simultaneously, all the noise. Now I go in, 15 or 20 seconds later, I’m in a different place. There’s physical benefits, emotional benefits, mental benefits. I’m hooked now for life.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Alberta Junior B Provincial schedule released Thursday

first_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Alberta Junior B Provincial schedule was released Thursday.The host Fort St. John Huskies will be in Pool B with the winners from Capital 1, Northeast and Heritage 2 leagues. Pool A will consist of the winners from Capital 2, Northwest, Heritage 1 and Calgary leagues.The event takes place on March 29th to April 1st at the North Peace Arena and the Pomeroy Sports Centre with opening ceremonies getting underway at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday followed by the opener between the Huskies and the Heritage 2 winner at 8:00 p.m.- Advertisement -The Huskies are coming off two losses in Peace River over the weekend for their first two-game losing streak of the season. With a record of 17-5 they sit in third place in the NWJHL standings, one point behind the North Peace Navigators and Dawson Creek Junior Canucks for first but have games in hand on both teams.The Huskies next game is on January 5th when they welcome the Grande Prairie JDA County Kings to the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is at 8:00 p.m.The full schedule can be found below.Advertisementlast_img read more

More money needed for museum

first_img“We’ll get there,” said Tim McCallion, who sits on the museum board and executive committee. “Will it be hard work? Yes, but we’ll get there.” McCallion, president of the West Region for Verizon Communications Inc., was honored at last week’s gala for shepherding a $1 million grant to the museum from the Verizon Foundation. He and his wife, Anne, also believed so strongly in creating a world-class children’s museum for Los Angeles that they pledged $100,000 of their own money. McCallion said donors will be more apt to contribute to the museum now that its walls and roof are complete. “I’m like, really patient,” said 8-year-old Lauren Montes of Northridge, who once emptied her piggy bank of $2.75 to help it along. “I feel excited about the opening. I can wait.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dierking was forced out Nov. 10 for failing to raise the $14 million needed to complete the $52 million museum near Hansen Dam. Since then, a nationwide search has narrowed to three candidates, with a museum head expected to be announced this month. “We want someone who has a passion for this, who cares about children, who can articulate it – (and) who can raise money,” said Corwin, who declined to discuss the candidates. Last week, the museum raised $405,000 at its first banquet fundraiser at the Beverly Hills Hotel. A San Fernando Valley fundraiser is in the works, possibly for December, at the Universal Sheraton. LAKE VIEW TERRACE – Sluggish fundraising could push back the opening of the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles up to six months, officials said Monday. The partially completed museum, scheduled to open this fall, might not open its doors until the following spring. “We’re not going to make it,” said Bruce Corwin, co-chairman of the museum board. “Realistically, it’ll be the end of this year or spring of 2008. We’re going to open when we’re ready to open.” Officials attributed the delay to the high cost of steel as well as low contributions after the loss of Executive Director Mark Dierking three months ago. last_img read more

El Clasico: Barcelona predicted XI v Real Madrid

first_img 11 18. Jordi Alba (left back) 9. Luis Suarez (striker) 11 14. Javier Mascherano (centre back) 11 5. Sergio Busquets (centre midfield) 11 11. Neymar (left wing) 4. Ivan Rakitic (right midfield) 11 6. Dani Alves (right back) 11 11 3. Gerard Pique (centre back) – see how we predict Barcelona will line up against Real Madrid, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 You can listen to Barcelona v Real Madrid live on talkSPORT2 at 19:30 (BST), Saturday, April 2. For details of how to retune your DAB radio, click here.The second La Liga Clasico of the season is now upon us with Luis Enrique’s table-topping Blaugrana ten points ahead of their fierce rivals.Victory at the Nou Camp will put Barcelona a step closer to winning the title but they will be wary of Real’s firepower.Los Blancos have outscored Barca this season – albeit only by one goal – meaning Enrique’s defence will have to be at it’s best to deny Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.But, in case you had forgotten, Barcelona have a decent triumvirate of their own, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar ready to wreak havoc.The trio came through the international break unscathed but what about the rest of their team-mates?Well, they all appear fit and well, but Rafinha, Douglas and Adriano are all absent.So who will start the match? Click the right arrow above to see our Barcelona predicted XI to face Real Madrid….You can listen to La Liga and Copa Del Rey matches until the end of the 2017-18 season on talkSPORT 2. For details of how to retune your DAB radio to receive talkSPORT 2, click here. 11 10. Lionel Messi (right wing) 11 11 13. Claudio Bravo (goalkeeper) 8. Andres Iniesta (left midfield) last_img read more

STUNNING report: Real Madrid have until June 15 to trigger De Gea release clause

first_imgReal Madrid have until June 15 to activate a £39million release clause in Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea’s contract, according to reports in Spain.AS claim De Gea’s representatives ensured the clause was inserted in the new contract he signed back in September to leave the door ajar for a move to Madrid this summer.However, if Real fail to stump up the cash by the deadline, United will then be free to slap any price they want on De Gea’s head.De Gea was so close to sealing a dream switch to Real last summer, but a breakdown in communication between the two clubs in the final hours of the transfer window put his hopes of a move back to his homeland on ice.The Red Devils are still desperate to keep hold of the Spaniard, but much depends on whether manager Louis van Gaal will remain in charge at Old Trafford next season.De Gea is understood to be keen on a managerial change this summer, with Jose Mourinho still the hot favourite to replace Van Gaal.The 25-year-old still harbours dreams of playing at the Bernabeu sooner rather than later but is also thought to be open to staying in England for at least another year. Are Manchester United and Real Madrid set to have another summer transfer saga over David de Gea? 1last_img read more


first_imgCHRISTMAS ADULTS HANDBALL DOUBLES COMPETITIONCalling all past and present, young and not so young handballers. Work off some of those Christmas pounds with our handball competition on Fri 28th and Sat 29th Dec in Mac Cumhaills Gaa Centre.€5 entry per person. Teams/Fixtures will be annouced on Fri 21 Dec. Closing date for entries is 14th Dec. All proceeds will go to The Donegal Sports Partnership -Sports Inclusion Programme. Contact Avril 086 3394306 or Mark 086 3394306 3G ASTRO TURF PITCHState of the art 3G Astro pitch is available. Please contact Terry O Reilly(0866095347) for times etcRESULTS Hard luck to our Under 13 footballers who were beaten in the County Semi Final by a very strong Naomh Conaill side.MINI STRICTLY COME DANCINGThe Mini Strictly will be held in The Villa Rose on Dec7th. Tickets are available from any committee member.Please come along and support the boys and girls as they strut their stuff.MAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThere were no winners of the lotto this week.There were 4 match 3 winners. Patsy Mc Cool, Dan Mc Cool, Susan Mc Daid. Each receives $35€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for details The jackpot will be €2200 next weekIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!FOR SALEWe have club bags for sale. €15. Ideal for school bags. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in Vi this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome.CLUB MEETING’SClub meetings will be held on the Last Monday of every Month at the Clubhouse. Any person wishing to get involved in the club please come along or contact any member.CLUBHOUSE BARThe Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationGAA NEWS: SEAN MACCUMHAILLS CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 20th, 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:Sean MacCumhaills Club noteslast_img read more

Aston Villa confirm arrival of Anwar El Ghazi after beating Leeds to loan signing

first_img“I am thrilled to join a football club of the size of Aston Villa,” El Ghazi told the club website.“I visited Villa Park late last night after flying in from Holland and it gave me goosebumps.“I can’t wait to get out there and experience it for real and play in front of such passionate fans.” El Ghazi was highly-rated when he broke through at Ajax Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade El Ghazi had reportedly been told to find a new club as he was no longer part of manager Christophe Galtier’s plans.This news was understood to have reached both Aston Villa and Leeds, with the Villans ultimately emerging victorious in the race for his signature. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 BIG BLOW gameday cracker possible standings Aston Villa midfielder ruled out for at least two months with fractured ankle Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT review targets Aston Villa have signed Anwar El Ghazi on loan from Lille.The Netherlands winger joins for the 2018/19 season with an option-to-buy clause said to be in place which could make his move permanent. Alternative Premier League table based on expected goals – lucky Spurs? smart causal BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Latest Aston Villa News revealed How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures ANALYSIS 1 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Chelsea beat Spurs, Man United lose – What happened in the Premier League Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? First of all I would like to thank all of Lille’s fans for everything. You will forever remain in my heart and you never know what the future will bring. Right now I am really happy with this new challenge and I am looking forward to meeting all Aston Villa fans. pic.twitter.com/FEvVbgPtFw— Anwar El Ghazi (@AElGhazi7) August 22, 2018last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S Mark English took gold at the European Team Championships in Tallin, Estonia, to help Ireland to a 7th placed finish today.The team finish matches Ireland’s finish last year – and were best in the track sports out of all 12 countries taking party.English won the 800m in style, whilst Thomas Barr won the 400m Hurdles, Brian Gregan took the 400m and Paul Robinson landed the 1,500m gold. Fionnuala Britton took silver in the 5000m. SUPER MARK ENGLISH TAKES EUROPEAN GOLD TO HELP IRELAND TO 7TH was last modified: June 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:estoniaEuropean team championshipsmark englishlast_img read more


first_imgThere is a new Barbershop arriving in town, a barbershop like no other.Mavericks is going to bring the barber experience to a new level in Donegal, and quite possibly the whole of Ireland for that matter. Mavericks Traditional Barbershop is going to deliver new barbering techniques, meet the modern mans demands and more, all in a vintage way!!!When you step into Mavericks Traditional Barbershop, you know you have stepped into something completely different and about to experience something special.This really is a Traditional shop. As you enter the shop from either the main street or Larkins Lane your eye can not be helped but to be drawn to the remarkable Mahogany bar stocked with the finest of whiskeys, spirits, beers and minerals.As you settle in the waiting area like I did, I imagined how I would feel sitting upon the shoe shine chair getting my brogues polished back up to their best, as they say in Mavericks “no point in just your head looking good, you need to look good head to toe!!” . I promised myself that was going to be something I get done on the next visit as I don’t think a pair of converse would benefit much from a polish today.That and a hot towel shave just like the guy before me as it looks really good.The two young boys in the corner playing pacman on the old cocktail table brought me back a few years and made me realise just how much work has been done on this place to set the scene. Its impressive to say the least.The barber soon called me to the chair, a chair like I’ve never sat in before, it had Mavericks embroidered across the back of it to set it off. It was then that this place really impressed.His attention to me and understanding my wants and needs was meticulous and once we agreed on that, he continued to offer me anything from the bar or a freshly brewed coffee from their very own Mavericks cups, all complementary.Because I had to go back to work in the afternoon I decided to treat myself to a nice cup of coffee. The conversation between us was enjoyable as he got to work but what I really liked is how the barbers had the whole place involved, it was like a group of lads out for the night having the craic not just awkward small talk between a barber and his client.When the cut was done he brought out a hose and hovered all trimmings of my head, neck and shirt.Class I thought, simply class, as I’ve always detested that moment when I stood up and could feel the hair itching the back of my neck. It couldn’t get much better than this.Well it just did, the barber brought out a tray of classic colognes and breathe fresheners to smell good and freshen up. What a finishing touch. This was male grooming at its best, beyond its best, it was reinvented! I used to think a barbers is place you have to go to get your hair cut. Not anymore. Mavericks Traditional Barbershop is a place I look forward to going to, for that atmosphere, to look and feel good and the complementary refreshment of your choice.This is a place that every man should experience, because this I can tell you, is something special, very special.Mavericks Traditional Barbershop is located below the cavern on Lower main Street at Larkins Lane junction and opposite Pearse Road Tyres, in Letterkenny.There is always parking available and it is open Monday to Saturday.We highly recommend you check this place out!UNIQUE MAVERICKS BARBERS TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD was last modified: July 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesMavericks BarbersNewnewsUniquelast_img read more

Blues may recall Lukaku and Sturridge will reject loan move – reports

first_imgChelsea could recall Romelu Lukaku from his season-long loan at West Brom in January, The People suggest.The Blues have an option to take the striker back and are tipped to do so if he does not get a regular starting place for the Baggies.The People also say Daniel Sturridge plans to reject loan offers and would rather leave Chelsea on a permanent basis in January.Liverpool were interested in a loan deal for Sturridge earlier this year and are expected to make another attempt to sign him when the transfer window opens, but the forward is apparently not keen on a temporary move.And The Sun on Sunday report that Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has pleaded with owner Roman Abramovich to do whatever it takes to keep Ashley Cole at the club.Meanwhile, Fulham are plotting a £12m bid for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, according to the Sunday Mirror.Bent has been dropped and stripped of the captaincy by manager Paul Lambert and it is claimed Fulham will offer the player a way out of Villa Park.It comes after Whites boss Martin Jol indicated he would like to sign Bent, saying: “If your club wants to be top 10, you need strikers such as Darren Bent, who’ll score 15-20 goals a season.”This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more