On a bright yet wintry afternoon at an expansive manor in Philadelphia's suburbs, Jimmy Butler is adding things up. "Whatever you want from this game, win and you can have it," he says while wearing a 76ers hoodie and sweats, having recently left the team's practice facility. "Name it. You want money? You want a max deal? If you win, I guarantee you have a better chance of that. You want the finest woman in the world? I guarantee: If you win, you're going to have a chance at that. You want all the cars, you want the big house—whatever it is—if you win, I guarantee you'll have a chance at that. Winning is that trump card that everything can be at your fingertips, but you got to win." Butler has done plenty of winning but is aiming for a destination where legacies are earned. He's reached the playoffs six times in his seven completed seasons and likely is headed back there this spring. Only twice has he gotten as far as the second round, however, and after a first-round loss … [Read more...] about Jimmy Butler Is Always Keeping Score
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Nearly a year after girls' wrestling received the green-light as a pilot program, local girls' teams are popping up all over the Pikes Peak region — and they're finding success.Saturday at the Vista Ridge Alpha Throw Down all-girls wrestling tournament some 75 female wrestlers from about 25 schools came out to what is believed to be the biggest collection of girl wrestlers in the Colorado Springs area during the sport's pilot year. Close 1 of 23 Caption + Vista Ridge's Kai Morrison, right, wrestles with Peyton's Samantha Krause-Mahan during the girls wrestling tournament at Vista Ridge High School in Colorado Springs, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. There were 319 girls from 114 high schools in Colorado that certified their weight this wrestling season. This is the first school year that Colorado has allowed an all girls wrestling team in high schools. "The great part about this program is that the girls do not have to wrestle boys if they don't want to," … [Read more...] about Vista Ridge hosts local all-girls wrestling tournament as pilot program; Doherty comes out on top
The top of the rankings this week are filled with the “do we really believe in them?” teams. Toronto and Portland are 1/2 and both have had a reputation of folding in the postseason… but we’re not there yet. Not even close. So they take over the top spots, while the Suns are the new cellar dwellers. 1. Raptors (12-2, last week No. 2). These Raptors want to run — 19% of their possessions and 17% of their points come in transition. Toronto’s raw pace isn’t extreme (102.1 possessions per game, 12th in the league) but when they do they are efficient. The Raptors had won six in a row, including crushing everyone on a West Coast road swing, until they ran into a hot Anthony Davis Monday. Friday against Boston is a fun test and starts another four-game road swing (you know they wish the schedule maker would put more road trips to warm place in January/February and not the fall). 2. Trail Blazers (10-3, LW 4). What’s different about … [Read more...] about NBA Power Rankings: Do we really believe in Toronto and Portland?
Chris McCosky The Detroit News Published 8:40 p.m. UTC Aug 27, 2018 Kansas City, Mo. — You hear this a lot, especially in professional sports: Your greatest strength can sometimes be your greatest weakness. It rings true with Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann these days. His calling card has always been his fierce competitive nature and an unwavering belief in himself. While he was posting All-Star campaigns with the Nationals, he was the definition of a bulldog. It didn’t matter the count. You want to ambush him on the first pitch? Fine, here’s the heater — good luck. He’s got you 0-2, he’s not wasting a pitch. Here’s the heater — good luck. But there comes a point where bulldog becomes bullheaded. And at age 32, after a couple of injury-plagued seasons, Zimmermann seems to be walking that line. The things he could get away with when his fastball was clocking at 94-95 mph, he’s not able to now with the radar … [Read more...] about McCosky: Zimmermann’s Alpha approach working against him
Can Tho invites investors to investment promotion conferenceThe Mekong Delta city of Can Tho will hold an investment promotion conference on August 10, inviting investors for 54 projects worth nearly 124 trillion VND (5.44 billion USD). At a press conference on the conference on August 1, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vo Thanh Thong said investors have already expressed interest in 44 out of the 54 projects on offer, and some are ready to start work immediately on 22 projects. He added that some projects attracted two or more investors, so the city will set criteria to select the best among them. Among the 54 projects, 21 are in real estate, 9 in culture-sports and tourism, 9 in agricultural and industrial infrastructure, 8 in transport, 4 in logistics and power, 2 in cultural-sport and health care infrastructure and 1 in information technology. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is expected to deliver a keynote speech and chair the conference, … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 2/8