Former San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili jokes with the media at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in San Antonio. Ginobili recently retired at age 41 after 16 seasons with the Spurs and helping them win four NBA championships. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili walked into the San Antonio Spurs practice facility and saw the intense efforts of his young teammates in preseason workouts.Ginobili had put himself through those same workouts for 16 seasons. But this August morning, the 41-year-old realized he couldn’t. For a player who has literally thrown himself into his basketball career, the realization his body and spirit were no longer willing cemented the decision to walk away from the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT His willingness to put team first also endeared him to Popovich and the fans. Despite averaging 13.3 points, 3.8 assists and 3.5 assists in his career, Ginobili only started 349 of 1,057 career games. Accepting a role off the bench was difficult for a player as competitive as Ginobili, especially since his goal was to be an NBA starter.“Never did (achieve that),” Ginobili said, laughing. “I actually achieved it in my game two or game three. I said ‘Yes,’ then boom, back to the depths of the bench. At the beginning it was kind of hard. It took me a while to understand it, to get my ego out of the middle between Pop and me, or the game and me, and how that had to be done for the team and me.”Coming off the bench only cemented Ginobili’s legacy. His selflessness, along with a Eurostep drive to the basket he helped popularize, will surely lead to a place in the Hall of Fame.In addition to his NBA success, Ginobili won a championship in the Euroleague and Italian league and led Argentina to gold in the 2004 Athens Olympics.Ginobili reflected on all that success and all those memories last season, knowing it would be his last. Although he “left the door open” for a possible return this season, Ginobili said nothing changed his mind.“Even though I was, I am very sure about the decision, it’s still awkward,” Ginobili said. “It’s still tough. You are convinced, you talk to your wife, you know what you’ve got to do. But my finger shaked a lot before hitting that enter (to announce his retirement). It wasn’t an easy decision.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think it’s going to be a great challenge for him having a different kind of team, maybe less corporate knowledge,” Ginobili said. “I think it’s going to be a fun challenge. I think he’s going to do good.”The Argentina native was twice selected to the All-Star team and twice named to the All-NBA third team despite spending most of his career coming off the bench. He was named the 2008 NBA Sixth Man of the Year.“Playing 16 years is completely unexpected and going through everything we went through,” Ginobili said. “Big disappointments, huge wins, creating that type of union with the coaching staff, with the front office, with the staff, teammates . it’s been an amazing journey, way beyond anything that can be expected.”Ginobili played professionally in Argentina and Europe for seven seasons before joining the Spurs in 2002 following his selection with the 57th pick in 1999. He entered the NBA as a mop-topped 25-year-old who could make a spectacular pass one minute and then throw the ball into the stands the next. Ginobili’s dynamic, if erratic, plays endeared him to fans but caused consternation for Popovich. But his coach grew to love and accept Ginobili’s unique abilities.“As time went along, I learned to not speak if I thought a shot was contested or if there was a defensive play he wanted to make to get a steal because he does things that win games,” Popovich said. “So, it taught me to watch a little more and not be so micromanagement like.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Golovkin meets an angry Alvarez for middleweight title 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I couldn’t see my body going through that kind of grind again,” Ginobili said Saturday during a press conference at the Spurs practice facility. “I felt that I had a good season, that I left everything that I had in the previous season both physically and mentally.”Ginobili was thoughtful, self-effacing and funny in his first interview since announcing his retirement Aug. 27 on social media. He steps away after helping San Antonio win four of its five NBA titles, the last coming in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHis retirement, along with Tony Parker’s departure to the Charlotte Hornets as a free agent, brings an end to the era of the Spurs’ Big Three. Along with Tim Duncan, Ginobili and Parker helped San Antonio become the most successful franchise in any sport based on winning percentage.The Spurs also will be without Kawhi Leonard, who requested a trade and was dealt to Toronto along with Danny Green for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl. It will be the first time coach Gregg Popovich enters a season without one of the Big Three by his side. 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– as Police conclude investigationsDetectives are now said to be wrapping up investigations into the murder of travel agent Reona Payne, who was killed when her reputed husband, GDF Captain Orwain Sandy, reportedly shot her eight times to her body on Saturday.According to Acting Crime Chief Paul Williams, the investigation is almost completed, and the soldier will be charged within the coming week.Reona Payne and Captain Orwain Sandy in happier timesIt was previously reported that, at about 11:00hrs on the day of the shooting, the couple were in a motor car proceeding along First Street, Alexander Village, and were heard arguing.The vehicle, PWW 7163, stopped in the said area, and Payne reportedly exited.With his service pistol in hand, Sandy pursued her, and a scuffle ensued. The man then used his weapon to discharge eight rounds in the direction of the now dead woman.He then re-entered his vehicle and travelled to the Brickdam Police Station, where he reported what had transpired. Police visited the scene and discovered Payne’s lifeless body.Sandy reportedly was threatening the woman’s life for a number of months, after he had suspected her of infidelity.Guyana Times saw text messages exchanged between Payne and a friend dating back to December 27, 2017, wherein she reported that she had been punched to her face by Sandy.Pictures were also sent by Payne which showed her right eye being swollen shut.One text message sent by the late Payne read as follows: “next thing you know, he was screaming that he would give up his career for me…he would put me in a box…and punched me in my face”.A workmate of Payne’s also reported seeing bruises on her body and marks of violence on her face.As such, Payne’s relatives are of the belief that Sandy had planned the murder.
…Police need to be “comfortable” – RamjattanOver $700 million from Central Government and the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme will be dedicated to the modernisation of several Police Stations across the country.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanThis is according to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who made the disclosure recently at the commissioning ceremony of the La Parfaite Harmonie Police Station, West Bank Demerara (WBD).He stated that Government would be providing $260 million for the rehabilitation of the Brickdam Police Station, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); the Leonora Police Station, Region Three (Essequibo Islands- West Demerara); the Special Branch Unit building in Georgetown; the Cove and John Police Station in Region Four and the reconstruction of the Anna Regina Police Station headquarters, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Brickdam Police StationThe monies would also cater for the construction of the Fort Wellington Police Station, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); the Mabaruma Police Station Headquarters building, Region One (Barima-Waini); Golden Grove Police Station Divisional Headquarters, Region Four, and the Mahdia Police Station Headquarters in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).“But we also had gotten monies form Citizen Security Strengthening Programme and this year … will see $80 million going towards the Mahdia Police Station, Wismar Police Station a sum in that equivalent about $80 million, Parika Police Station $59 million, Baramita gets $77 million and Albion Police Station will get $80.9 million. The Whim Police Station also being the beneficiary of $81.3 million, all to ensure that these facilities are brought to almost brand-new status if not brand-new status,” he stated.He emphasised that although training of Police ranks was integral in ensuring that quality security services were provided by the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the ranks should be provided with the necessary assets so that they can execute their functions effectively.“So that when trained they will utilise these assets for even improved services to the community … we need comfortable and pleasing circumstances in which they operate – their working conditions…”
1 Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has undergone a medical with the Premier League club.The Saints are reportedly closing in on a £10million deal for the England international, who travelled to the south coast on Friday.And, after a 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, Koeman revealed that the 26-year-old stopper has taken a step closer to sealing his switch.“Of course we are interested, of course he did the medical tests,” Koeman was quoted as saying by the Daily Echo.“For sure we are interested, but I didn’t hear he has signed.”Meanwhile, the Saints manager also admitted Southampton had a bid – believed to be in the region of £4.5million – rejected by Leeds United for young right-back Sam Byram.The highly-rated 20-year-old is a target for a host of other top flight sides, but the Yorkshire outfit are seemingly holding out for the best deal.“We lost Calum Chambers to Arsenal – he [Byram] was a player we had on the list and it’s true that we had a bid for him, yes,” the Dutchman added.“What I heard was that Leeds didn’t accept it.” Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster
A man who is occupying the home of a dead Church Minister has been told to prepare himself to possibly go to prison when he appears in court.John Doe, aka Daniel Greene appears at court in Letterkenny.Daniel Greene has been living in the home of the late Very Rev Samuel Reede for a number of months. He moved into the property in Newtowncunningham following the death of the 86 year old Anglican Reverend in 2010.It was only last February when estate agents visited the site that they noticed ‘For Sale’ signs had been removed from the property.The locks of the house had also been changed and a sign saying ‘No Trespassing’ had been placed in the window.The proceeds from the sale of the house, which had been left to the dead man’s brother Charles, were to be divided between three local charities.Barristers and Gardai were initially unable to discover the identity of the man living in the property and he was referred to by the courts as John Doe.A barrister representing the family of the late Rev Reede won an order for vacant possession of the lands and the bungalow and an injunction against ‘John Doe’.Mr ‘Doe’ was eventually brought before Letterkenny Circuit Court where he told Judge John O’Hagan that his name was Daniel Greene.He claimed he has bought the house and had legal documents to prove this.Judge O’Hagan adjourned the case until August to allow Greene to hand in his documentation but the case was again adjourned until yesterday at Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court.Solicitor for the late Rev Reede’s family, Ms Fiona Brown said yesterday that she had tried to serve papers on Greene but they had been returned to her office.Judge Petria McDonnell told Ms Brown to serve the papers on Greene, 51, again and not to place them in an envelope.“I am a firm believer in not using envelopes,” said the Judge.She instructed Ms Brown to inform Greene that Gardai will be collecting him to appear in court this Friday to put the allegations to him.“Gardai will be calling to collect him on Friday and the court will decide if he will go to prison so he might want to make the necessary arrangements,” warned Judge McDonnell.‘JOHN DOE’ TOLD TO PREPARE HIMSELF FOR JAIL IN HOUSE ROW was last modified: October 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Daniel GreenehomeJohn DoeRev Samuel Reede
But defeat meant they would arguably face a far easier route to the semi-final, having to play Sweden or Switzerland in the quarters.The standings in Group G were so tight in fact, fair play was set to come into account.After Adnan Januzaj scored a belter to send Twitter and the country of Belgium mad, Manchester United man Marcus Rashford was presented with a glorious chance to equalise.Played clean through and with the option to square the ball to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the 20-year-old inexplicably missed. Rashford making sure England finish 2nd in the group. What a lad.— – (@AnfieldRd96) June 28, 2018 However, several fans were quick to make light of the situation – even joking he meant to do it on purpose!Check out some of the hilarious responses below! Rashford wants to play Colombia. Pass it on.— SportsJOE (@SportsJOE_UK) June 28, 2018 2 I can only assume Marcus Rashford has been studying the fixture list closely.— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) June 28, 2018 Rashford missing on purpose to give us a better chance of progressing in the tournament. #ENG #ENGBEL pic.twitter.com/z5OtxjQjch— lakhan (@lakhan809470) June 28, 2018 Rashford sends his shot wide “Rashford missed on purpose.” 😡England fan coming out the stadium has a Rashford conspiracy story.#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/yT31lSWrPb— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 28, 2018 Januzaj’s screamer sealed all three points for Belgium 2 Nobody told Januzaj about this “don’t win the group” They told Rashford…..— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) June 28, 2018 Rashford has definitely tapped into the ‘make sure we finish 2nd’ vibe. His reward: subs bench for the rest of the tournament— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) June 28, 2018 England fans were unsure how to approach Thursday night’s game against Belgium.On one hand, a victory would ensure they carried on the winning momentum they had managed to gather after beating Tunisia and Panama.
If you fancy ‘muscling’ your way into a great day’s entertainment then Letterkenny is the venue for Ireland’s strongest man competition this Saturday.Twelve finalists will battle it out for the title of the title in the Under 90kg category.There will be a number of events which promises to turn the new Dunnes Stores car park into an open-air theatre of blood, sweat and probably even tears. And some of the events will certainly bring tears to many eyes.They include the car deadlift, the duck, walks and drag, stones up to 150kg.The event, which is being promoted by Energyise Gymnasium, is being organised by Dane Warner – four times winner of Ireland’s strongest man.Dane was also Ireland’s representative at the World’s Strongest Man in 2002. Six of the finalists will be from Northern Ireland and the other six will be from the south.One of the most familiar faces on the day will be none other than Mike Ahearne, better known as Warrior from Gladiators fame.A spokesman for the event said a fun-filled family day out for all is promised.“Hopefully we’ll get some good weather. It’s a great day out and it’s great to see these guys do their thing.“Some of the weights they lift are quite incredible and have to be seen to be believed,” he said. EndsIRELAND’S STRONGEST MAN HITS LETTERKENNY THIS SATURDAY was last modified: July 15th, 2011 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:Ireland’s strongest man
CRUEL THIEVES robbed a pensioner while at Mass at the weekend and tried to rob another in her home – as Gardaí warned that burglars are operating in Donegal this week.The latest victim – a woman in her 80s – returned to her home in Glengad in Inishowen to find the house ransacked.Christmas presents were among the items take in the raid. Local people have put together a €1,000 award leading to the capture of those responsible. There have been a number of other burglaries across Co Donegal in the past 48 hours, with warnings in rural areas, particularly in Fanad and Inishowen.Three men tried to break into the home of a 75-year-old woman in Kerrykeel in another incident.“It is just ridiculous,” said a neighbour of the Glengad victim, “how anyone could raid the home of a pensioner while she was at Mass is beyond belief.”Anyone with information on the Glengad burglary should call Gardaí on 074 93 74109. Other incidents in the county came just hours after Gardaí issued a public Christmas safety message.Thieves have also targeted revellers out and about over the weekend, with Nicolle Toland having cash and a phone stolen in Letterkenny.Sgt Paul Wallace told Donegal Daily: “Unfortunately there are people who see Christmas as a time to steal, an opportunity.“The lead in to the busy Christmas period is identified as an ideal opportunity to promote crime prevention and encourage awareness.“Although it is the time of the year where the majority of us will practice the tradition of giving gifts, unfortunately the majority of burglars view it very differently and see the festive season as an opportune time to break into a home.” To help prevent burglaries from happening over the festive season the Garda Community Relations Bureau would like to share the following tips:Going Away For the Festive Holiday• Avoid discussing any holiday plans or planned Christmas outings on any types of social media or in public where strangers may hear or view details of your absence from home.• Make your home look like someone is living in it. • Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries.• Trusted neighbours and friends may be able to help you by collecting yourpost, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car in yourdriveway.• Leave important documents and valuable items with other family membersor a bank. Alternatively lock them in a safe.• Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are travelling toyour holiday destination. A work address will suffice if you want to label yourluggage.• If you normally leave valuable bicycles or similar items in your shed, considerputting them in the house.• Check the locks on any gates or sheds and upgrade/replace if necessary. Make sure anything that can be used by a burglar to gain entry to your property i.e. garden tools are safely locked away.• Make sure that you lock all outside doors and windows and set your house alarm if you have one.At Home• Lock and bolt your doors and windows.• If you used a ladder to put up outside decorations remember to put it awayafter, preferably in a locked shed. Remember bins and ladders could be usedto access first floor windows by a potential burglar.• Remember never leave any presents or valuables where they can be seen bya burglar i.e. in view of a window! Consider putting presents under theChristmas tree early on Christmas morning.• Keep out any unwanted visitors ‐ it is always a good idea to have a doorviewer or chain fitted to your front door especially in the holiday seasonwhere you are likely to receive more visitors to your home.• Consider fitting exterior lights with sensors in the garden and front of your house. This will help to deter a burglar as they are more confident whenworking in the dark.• If you are expecting a parcel, make sure someone is there when it isdelivered, or ask a neighbour to take it in. Avoid having it left on the doorstep.• Keep keys, mobile phones, purses, wallets and other valuable items lockedaway out of sight.• Don’t leave your keys in the door at any time.• Never leave keys in view of the windows or doors.• Once you’ve opened all your gifts, don’t leave the boxes on view outside toadvertise your good fortune to criminals.COMMUNITY ALERT: BURGLARS TARGET HOMES AS ELDERLY PENSIONER ROBBED was last modified: December 23rd, 2013 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:Christmas break-insGlengadraidsTHEFTSthieves
Donegal has had the smallest increase in rents in the country in 2017, according to the latest Daft.ie Rental Report for 2017. The county has been listed as one of the least expensive places to rent in Ireland, with average rent prices at €599 in the final three months of 2017. Rents rose by 3.9% in the year, which is ‘by far’ the smallest in Ireland.Across Ireland, the average rent price rose by 10.4% to €1,227, the report revealed.The report gives a snapshot of the average monthly rents in Donegal in Q4 of 2017:1 bed apartment €4362 bed house €4933 bed house €5884 bed house €6415 bed house €661Nationally, the rental market is impacted by an underlying urban pull, according to Economist Ronan Lyons.The report forecasts a drop in people living in rural areas in decades to come. More people are moving to urban areas each year. In the context of Ireland’s forthcoming National Planning Framework – dubbed “Ireland 2040” – Lyons estimates that urban areas will grow by something like 2% a year, while rural areas will see their populations shrink by 1.5% a year. Donegal rent prices among cheapest in Ireland was last modified: July 19th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:daft.iepropertyrent
The A’s are making sure their key pieces from last year’s playoff run get paid.The club announced Friday it has reached an agreement to avoid arbitration with Khris Davis, Marcus Semien, Mark Canha, Sean Manaea, and newcomer Jurickson Profar. The home run king of 2018, Davis will be rewarded with a $16.5 million salary, the highest salary ever given out to an A’s player over a single season. The previous highest was the $12.5 million given to Eric Chavez in 2010. Just one A’s player remains …