Clippers draft pair from Florida State, take Mfiondu Kabengele 27th, Terance Mann 48th

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “It really started with the group we have,” Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, told reporters at the Westdrift Manhattan Beach hotel. “They’ve really helped redefine what a Clipper is – competitive, hard-playing, tough dudes who have some grit and some toughness and some resiliency. And I think you’ll find it in both the young men we drafted.”At Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Kabengele reflected on his big moment.“My agent grabbed my leg. He didn’t want to tell me anything, but he said, ‘Be ready,’ ” Kabengele said. “I said, ‘OK, Brooklyn’s picking, so I won’t have to travel and I’m staying here. Then I come to find out that I’m traded to the Clippers. (Coach) Doc Rivers, Lou Williams and (having Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) a fellow Canadian was just like a bonus.“The Clippers are great, just similar to Florida State University – the whole team, (there’s) a team cohesion and togetherness … I just know it’s the right spot.”What advice had he received from his famous uncle? “He was everything for me during this whole process,” Kabengele said. “(He told me) what to expect – workouts, coaching and just the business.”The 250-pound Kabengele is considered a mobile big man with the chops to defend on the perimeter. He’s known for his strength and his impressive offensive instincts, including effective footwork and a soft touch.“Fi, as their sixth man, was their leading scorer and has an unbelievable knack for scoring inside and out,” Frank said. “He can play the forward position, he can also play some at center, he’s trending toward the new center in his ability to not just roll and finish, but to shoot the college 3. He’s got some good weak-side shot-blocking awareness.”Kabengele shot 37 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the free-throw line last season in college. He also averaged 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game.Meanwhile, last season at FSU, Mann averaged 11.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and shot 50.5 percent from the field.“We’re always looking for big wings,” Frank said of Mann, whom one of the Clippers scouts has known since the player was in 7th grade. “And Terance is a terrific playmaker, a very good defender and has improved his shooting each year.”Said Kabengele of his still-teammate: “Terance Mann was everything, a leader, poised and calm. He is someone that I looked up to throughout this whole process. He took me under his wing when I first got to Florida State University. And then how he (carried) himself in Tallahassee, I tried to do the same thing.“We can contribute to the culture that you guys already have.”Drafting Kabengele in the first round means the Clippers will add a guaranteed contract to their payroll. Second-round picks don’t have guaranteed contracts.The projected cap hit associated with the 27th pick is $1,645,300, according to Real GM. In order to maximize their cap space in free agency, the Clippers could waive Tyrone Wallace and Sindarius Thornwell, both of whom have non-guaranteed contracts.Kabengele’s selection made it a record-setting four Canadians selected in the first round. Also picked: Duke’s R.J. Barrett (Mississauga) went third; Virginia Tech’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Toronto), 17th; and Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke (Vancouver), 21st.The Clippers hope to make a significant splash in free agency when they reportedly will pursue the Toronto Raptors’ Leonard, the Southern California native who this month won his second NBA title and NBA Finals MVP.“(Free agency) is definitely an important part of the process,” Frank said. “You look at the ways to improve your team and tonight was one of them. Free agency’s next, player retention is another big part of it, player development is another big part of it. Obviously, we’re gonna do our best in free agency and also realize we never put all our eggs in one basket.”Point guard Gilgeous-Alexander, the Canadian already in the Clippers’ camp, also was in Brooklyn, back at the scene of his selection a year ago. He was on hand Thursday to celebrate his cousin Alexander-Walker, a standout at Virginia Tech who was selected 17th by the Brooklyn Nets and promptly delivered to the New Orleans Pelicans.“It’s a blessing, obviously,” said Gilgeous-Alexander, an All-Rookie second-teamer last season, on ESPN’s broadcast. “We worked for it our whole life. And we knew, as early as I can remember, that we’d both make it, and we’re here today … and we’re ready for the challenge.As for which of them won more one-on-one games growing up in Canada?“I’ll say him,” Gilgeous-Alexander joked. “It’s his day.”Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 As expected, Zion Williamson, the superstar forward from Duke was selected No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans. Williamson was one of three Duke players selected in the first round, along with Barrett (third to the Knicks) and Cam Reddish (10th to Atlanta).Murray State’s Ja Morant was the second overall selection, by the Grizzlies.Florida State already had a presence with the Clippers; assistant coach Sam Cassell played for the Seminoles before being drafted 24th in 1993.“If you guys have watched Florida State play, they’re a very hard-playing, competitive team,” Frank said. “And I’m a pretty simple guy: You get some hard-playing, tough dudes and you become a hard-playing tough team.“So it just kind of came together. And the fact that they’re on the same team, we saw a little bit of a byproduct (of that) even on the G League level when we had (former Seton Hall teammates) Angel (Delgado) and Desi (Rodriguez). Just having guys who have that connection, they build that camaraderie.”#FSU’s Mfiondu Kabengele, who will play for the #Clippers next year, averaged 22.3 PTS, 11.4 REBS, 2.6 BLKS+ 1.1 STLS per-40 minutes while shooting 37.4% on threes in 71 appearances over two seasons with the #SeminolesHere’s a look at our interview + workout with @Mfiondu— DraftExpressContent (@DXContent) June 21, 2019center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates MANHATTAN BEACH — While Canadians keep a watchful eye on Kawhi Leonard’s every trip out to eat or shop or go to the ballpark – documenting them all on social media – the Clippers had their sights set on a Canadian center with impressive basketball lineage.The Clippers traded up to nab 21-year-old center Mfiondu Kabengele – a Toronto native and the nephew of Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo – with the 27th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.In exchange for the 6-foot-10 former Florida State standout, the Clippers sent Brooklyn their 56th pick and the protected 2020 pick that they’d received in last season’s Tobias Harris trade with Philadelphia.Then, with the 48th pick, the Clippers selected Kabengele’s Florida State teammate, 6-6 small forward Terance Mann. The 22-year-old reportedly impressed scouts with his versatility and ability to move without the ball during his performance at the G League combine earlier this week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Pele is on the mend: ‘I’m ready to play again!’

first_imgPele was in Paris to attend a sponsor event with Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe. Soccer legend Pele is feeling “much better” following treatment for a urinary tract infection in a French hospital.It was confirmed Wednesday that the 78-year-old was being given a course of antibiotics after falling ill. A tweet posted on the three-time World Cup winner’s Twitter account read:  “Thank you for all your love! The anti-biotics are working and the tests are all [checkmark emoji].”Thank you for all your love! The anti-biotics are working and the tests are all . I feel so much better, I think I’m ready to play again!— Pelé (@Pele) April 5, 2019Pele is widely considered one of the greatest players in soccer history and joked that his treatment had worked so well he felt ready to grace the field once again.”I feel so much better, I think I’m ready to play again!” he added.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Pet Rescue has revealed that people are threatening to shoot unwanted dogs if they are not collected.The well-known animal rescue group revealed they have received several calls from people after the Christmas period making the threats.But DPR say they are inundated with rescue or rehoming requests and are simply trying their best. A spokesman said “Our volunteers have had several phone calls demanding that we help now or they will SHOOT or let the dog in question go to roam the streets.“I would like to remind people that these are your pets and although we do offer a Rehoming service it depends on the foster space available and on how quickly we rehome the dogs that are in our care.”The group said that already 2016 has started the same as every other year in rescue centre across the country.And they added “We at Donegal Pet Rescue would like to remind people that we are a voluntary organisation who are trying to help as many unwanted pets as we can. “We appeal to everyone to please have patience. Our volunteers are not here to take abuse or threats from members off the public.”The group aded that for stray dogs, they do offer a service were they will ADVERTISE for the owner on their Facebook page and contrary to popular believe they are not a collection service for all animals found wandering.“We would ask people to keep an eye on our page for dogs available for Rehoming and to help share our lost and found album to help reunite pet.“Please SPAY AND NEUTER your pet and don’t add to the problem.”DONEGAL PET RESCUE REVEAL PEOPLE ARE THREATENING TO SHOOT UNWANTED DOGS was last modified: January 11th, 2016 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:dogsDonegal Pet Rescueshootlast_img read more

Donegal school scoops €2,500 in national sticker competition

first_imgScoil Baile An Caislean, St Johnston has won €2,500 for sports equipment in the Aldi Play Rugby primary school sticker competition.Principal Liesel Toner and pupils were recently presented with the cheque by Seamus McDermott, store manager from Aldi Buncrana.School principal Liesel Toner receiving the cheque from Seamus McDermott, store manager from Aldi Buncrana alongside Rachel Wilson and Conor White, pupils from Scoil Baile An Caislean. ©INPHO/Bryan KeaneThe much-welcomed cash prize was won through a great show of teamwork by the school as they collected stickers from their local Aldi to fill an Irish Rugby poster. Each primary school that submitted a valid poster will receive an Aldi Play Rugby kit bag which includes rugby balls, water bottles and water bottle holders per completed poster.Pupils from Scoil Baile An Caislean with the chequeDue to the phenomenal success of the campaign, Aldi will be sending out over 16,000 rugby balls and over 24,000 water bottles to primary schools across the country.In the same competition, Scoil Naomh Treasa in Clonmany was one of two winners to be awarded the top prize of €50,000 to give their sports facilities a makeover.Donegal school scoops €2,500 in national sticker competition was last modified: May 28th, 2019 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:Scoil Baile An CaisleanSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1

first_imgRoss Wallace’s brilliant goal put Sheffield Wednesday ahead in Slavisa Jokanovic’s first match in charge of Fulham.Wide-man Wallace, whose left-footed deliveries tormented Fulham when they were beaten at Wednesday in September, struck in the 29th minute at Craven Cottage.Tim Ream stood off him and Wallace cut in from the right and unleashed a fantastic shot from 35 yards that whizzed past keeper Andy Lonergan.The goal came after Whites midfielder Jamie O’Hara tried his luck from long range and saw his effort flash narrowly wide.Earlier, Emerson Hyndman had a shot saved by Owls keeper Joe Wildsmith after Alex Kacaniklic’s right-wing cross was deflected into the American’s path.After going behind, Fulham thought they had equalised when Ross McCormack found the corner of the net after being teed up by Moussa Dembele, but McCormack was offside.Fulham: Lonergan, Richards, Stearman, Burn, Ream, Kacaniklic, Mattila, O’Hara, Hyndman, McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Lewis, Garbutt, Hutchinson, Parker, Smith, Woodrow, Christensen.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Things No Salesperson Should Ever Do

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now No salesperson should ever lie to win a deal, speak poorly about your competitor, exaggerate claims about what you sell, give up too soon, lack the resourcefulness to be creative in achieving your goals, be undisciplined, be pessimistic, be negative, be cynical, allow disempowering thoughts to guide your actions (or lack thereof), fail to follow up, respond to an RFP without reading and challenging it, believe they don’t need to plan a sales call, show up to a meeting without a pen and paper, rely on their company’s history to prove they’re worth doing business with, stop reading books on their craft, stop reading books that make them more conversational, fail to continuously improve their ability to create value for their clients, waste time listening to politics or sports between sales calls, leave the office without a list of phone numbers you can dial from the road, not carry something to shine their shoes in the car, pretend they can’t use the technologies necessary in sales now, believe that their business is so different that the principles of selling don’t apply to them, lead with pricing (when that is not your business model), negotiate with their sales manager before negotiating with the client, ask for the commitment to decide before going through a process that earns you the right to ask, leave a meeting without another meeting, treat the gatekeeper and other stakeholders as if they are unimportant, watch hours of television (or Netflix) at night, avoid a necessary conflict, fail to prospect every day, fail to build a pipeline that protects you from needing bad business, take on a nightmare client for the money, share your compensation model with your client, lack credibility, accept their lack of business acumen, avoid dealing with all the stakeholders who are going to be impacted by a deal, go without executive sponsorship, send a proposal by email, give the client a demo that shows them every feature, read the client your proposal out loud, or use a high pressure sales tactic to bully a prospect.last_img read more

18 days agoCrystal Palace plan new January move for Chelsea striker Batshuayi

first_imgCrystal Palace plan new January move for Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are planning a new move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi in January.Palace, who are currently sixth in the Premier League, plan to bolster their attack when the transfer window reopens and have made Chelsea striker Batshuayi a leading target, says the Daily Mail.The 26 year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park and was a popular figure, scoring six times in 11 starts and 13 appearances in total.Palace hope Chelsea could be persuaded to part with Batshuayi due to Tammy Abraham’s emergence, along with the presence of Olivier Giroud in Frank Lampard’s squad, and also the Belgian’s contract situation.Batshuayi signed a five-year deal when he joined Chelsea, who beat Palace to his signature, from Marseille in 2016 for £33m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Jim Harbaugh Hung Out With Hank Aaron While Wearing His Jersey Ahead Of Today’s Camp In Atlanta

first_imgJim Harbaugh MichiganJim Harbaugh MichiganJim Harbaugh and his staff are down in Atlanta for today’s satellite camp with Georgia at Cedar Grove High School, but beforehand, he took the chance to meet a local legend. Harbaugh sat down with Atlanta Braves great Hank Aaron, while wearing his jersey.Jim Harbaugh’s local attire for today’s Atlanta camp: Braves’ jersey of Hank Aaron. While sitting next to Hank Aaron— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 2, 2016The best part? He’s wearing the jersey while conducting the actual camp.Hank Aaron, former mayor/civil rights leader Andrew Young and Jim Harbaugh talking to campers— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 2, 2016Never change, Harbaugh.last_img

Daniel Craig to return as 007 in 2019 Danny Boyle at helm

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Daniel Craig is back as Bond, the spy series’ producers confirmed, in a Danny Boyle-directed film due for release in 2019.Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions announced Thursday that production on the 25th official James Bond thriller will begin in December at London’s Pinewood Studios.Craig will reprise his role as 007 and Oscar-winner Boyle (“Trainspotting,” ”Slumdog Millionaire”) will direct from a screenplay by Boyle’s frequent collaborator John Hodge.Confirmation of Craig’s fifth Bond film followed speculation that the 50-year-old actor was about to hand in his license to kill. He said in 2015 that he would rather “slash my wrists” than return to the role — but later backtracked on those remarks, made just after he finished filming his fourth Bond film, “Spectre.”Boyle has directed Craig as Bond once before, in a 007-themed segment for the opening of the 2012 London Olympics.EON said that after more than a decade at Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures will release the next installment of the superspy franchise internationally. MGM will handle the U.S. release.Sony’s Bond contract expired in 2015 and many of the major studios competed for the chance to distribute the profitable franchise.As per tradition Bond 25 will open a bit earlier in the U.K., on Oct. 25, 2019, than in the U.S., where it will debut on Nov. 8, 2019.last_img read more

Etihad Airways President and CEO reaffirm commitment to Maharashtra

first_imgEtihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), James Hogan, met with the Maharashtra Chief Minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis, to reaffirm the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s commitment to the Indian state and its capital Mumbai.He was accompanied by Vijay Poonoosamy, the airline’s Vice President, International & Public Affairs and Neerja Bhatia, General Manager – India. They met Chief Minister Fadnavis at his official residence in Mumbai.During the meeting the CM outlined the priorities of the state, identifying areas of mutual interest and opportunities for Etihad Airways to support economic growth. The CM and Hogan discussed new areas of collaboration between Maharashtra and Etihad Airways, especially in tourism and cargo exports.In turn, Hogan gave the CM an introduction to Etihad Airways, its operations in India and the significant benefits that come from the airline’s commercial and strategic partnership with Indian carrier, Jet Airways.Etihad Airways and Jet Airways together operate more than 220 flights between India and Abu Dhabi each week, including five daily flights from Mumbai and a daily flight from Pune.Hogan also made the CM aware that Etihad Airways carries more business and leisure travellers into India than it takes out. In 2014 the number of flights to India, purchased in Europe, the GCC, and the United States, rose by 65% compared to the previous year.In the first six months of 2015, Etihad Airways transferred more than 235,000 guests onto the Jet Airways’ network into India through its codeshare partnership, with Jet Airways providing 182,000 guests onto the Etihad Airways network.last_img read more