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Philracom finalizes handicapping system

MANILA, Philippines — In an  effort to align its handicapping rules and regulations to world-class standards as a result of its recent acceptance into the In.....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 23rd, 2017

Philracom sets rating-based handicapping system in races

Philracom sets rating-based handicapping system in races.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 17th, 2017

Handicapping system finalized

Handicapping system finalized.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 21st, 2017

Philracom launches IFHA-style handicapping

Philracom launches IFHA-style handicapping.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 27th, 2017

Philracom to employ new rating system

Philracom to employ new rating system.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2017

Race prizes up with new handicapping system

MANILA, Philippines - As a result of the Philippine Racing Commission’s new rating-based handicapping system following its affiliation with the International.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 18th, 2017

LifeScience pushing Faber test system

The LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness, an integrative facility committed to advancing and optimizing health, continues to promote the benefits of defining allergies through the Faber testing system. The first step is to define the type of allergy a person suffers from. Many don’t really know the types of allergies that afflict them and [...] The post LifeScience pushing Faber test system appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News6 hr. 27 min. ago

Tugade supports sabotage raps vs ‘selfish, small-minded’ Piston

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade expressed support on Monday on the filing of an economic sabotage case against the "selfish" and "small-minded" jeepney group Piston that mounted a two-day strike starting today. In a text message shared to reporters by Cesar Chavez, the transport undersecretary for rails, Tugade agreed to the Philippine Stock Exchange's (PSE) suggestion of suing Piston, especially that the local bourse was forced to shut down today because of the group's strike against the jeepney modernization program. "They [are] selfish and small-minded. We want the Filipino public to be safe and have better transport system. Change is hard but must be done," Tugade to...Keep on reading: Tugade supports sabotage raps vs ‘selfish, small-minded’ Piston.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News20 hr. 24 min. ago

Poe: Nationwide transport strike ‘wake up call’ to DoTr

The transport strike that had forced Malacaang to suspend government work nationwide should serve as a "wake-up call" to the Department of Transportation, Senator Grace Poe said on Monday.   "The two-day nationwide transport strike on October 16 and 17 should serve as a wake-up call to the Department of Transportation to listen to the jeepney drivers and operators, who have been airing their woes about the program," Poe said in a statement.   While she supports the modernization of transport system, including jeepney fleets, Poe said this should not result in the displacement of jeepney drivers, most of whom belong to the poor sector.   "We stand firm...Keep on reading: Poe: Nationwide transport strike ‘wake up call’ to DoTr.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News20 hr. 24 min. ago

Philracom revenues increase for first time in three years

MANILA, Philippines — Reaping the benefits of its innovations and membership in the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the Philippin.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2017

Lady Bulldogs trust new system

National University’s dominating championship run in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference is a testament that the Lady Bulldogs are already adapting to a new system under head coach Babes Castillo. Just a few months since assuming the post left by Roger Gorayeb last summer after the 79th Season of the UAAP, Castillo was able to slowly guide the squad under his system and bring fresh brand of play for NU.     The PVL was his testing ground and the Lady Bulldogs delivered. NU swept all of its nine games in the tournament including an emphatic demolition of Far Eastern University in the best-of-three Finals series. Six-foot-5 veteran Jaja Santiago, Risa Sato, a healthier Aiko Urdas and Jorelle Singh, third year setter Jasmine Nabor and top libero Gayle Valdez responded well with Castillo’s system.  Even with a new coach the Lady Bulldogs were able to collect their third straight Collegiate Conference title since winning the defunct V-League’s last two editions in 2015 and 2016. “Sabi nga namin, ang natutunan ko sa conference na ito is a matter of respect and mag-jive kami sa bagong sistema na ini-implement sa amin,” said Santiago, who won the Conference Most Valuable Player award. “Natutuwa ako kasi lahat kami sumunod doon and lahat kami nakuha namin ‘yun.” Castillo is the graduating Santiago’s fourth coach in her five-year collegiate career. She was coached by Francis Vicente during her rookie year before going under the guidance of Dong Dela Cruz and Roger Gorayeb in the next three years.  So adapting to a new system isn't new to her. “Natutunan ko na wala namang mawawala kung susundin ko ang bagong sistema and mamahalin namin kung ano ang meron kami ngayon,” she said. “Happy ako na dito sa PVL nakuha namin ang sistema na gusto talaga ni coach para sa amin. Tingin ko sobrang malaking maitutulong nito for the team.” The championship is a big boost for NU as the Lady Bulldogs prepare for the most important battle when the 80th UAAP tournament rolls early next year.  br /> NU has a two-year UAAP Final Four drought. “Pagtatrabahuhan po talaga namin na makarating ng championship ngayong UAAP kasi yun po talaga ang goal naming,” said Nabor, named Finals MVP. “Kumabaga last UAAP po yun po ang plano namin pero may mga kulang pa po.” br /> “Parang simula ngayon hanggang mag-UAAP na pagtatrabahuhan po namin ang mga dapat naming pagtrabahuhan para makuha po namin ang goal naming,” she added. “Sisiguraduhin po namin na nasa maayos kami na preparasyon,” Santiago seconded. br />   br />   br /> --- br /> Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles br />   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2017

DILG wants to keep proposed budget for drop box drug reporting system - GMA News

DILG wants to keep proposed budget for drop box drug reporting system - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsOct 14th, 2017

Landbank account holders can now pay taxes online

MANILA, Philippines — State-run Land Bank of the Philippines launched yesterday an electronic payment system which allows its account holders to pay their ta.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

Slaughter didn't look like a Finals rookie for Ginebra Game 1

LUCENA CITY --- If you didn't know any better, you'd think that Greg Slaughter has a wealth of experience playing PBA Finals games. However, the towering former no. 1 pick only played his first game in the Finals Friday at the Quezon Convention Center here, and he certainly belonged. In Game 1 of the Governors' Cup Finals rematch between Ginebra and Meralco, Slaughter came off the bench and made instant impact for the Gin Kings. Not only did he score 14 points and grab eight rebounds in just 21 and a half minutes of play, he also blocked two shots and changed the course of many others as he served as an near-immovable anchor for the Ginebra defense. It was a far cry from his first meeting with Meralco this conference where he also scored 14 points but it came in a 78-93 loss. That was his first game back after 10 months due to injury. 'That was our first game, my first game back. Obviously, it was a big difference, we had to find our chemistry,' he said. 'I think that first game, we didn't wanna step on each other's toes. But got a better idea on what we're running now and how we're gonna be there for each other on defense,' he added. Despite playing in the championship round for the first time in his pro career, Slaughter didn't look bothered at all, mainly because he never forced anything. He stayed true to Ginebra's system and it paid off. 'No, not really [nerves]. I didn't feel too much pressure, we played a good team game today, played good team defense. Everyone chipped in and did their part,' he said. However, it would have been better if Greg's first Finals game came under better circumstances. Both the teams in ths series faces a long road back to the city after Game 1. And there's only one day of break before Game 2 rolls on Sunday at the Big Dome. But still, it's worth it a little bit more because Greg and Ginebra got the W. 'I'm just glad we got the win. It's kinda tough, you got a long ride home, just glad we're coming back with a win,' Slaughter said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

PTTC holds consultations on Halal Assurance System

&'160;   The Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) led by its Executive Director Nestor P. Palabyab, met with the Islamic D&'8221;wa Council of the Philippines (IDCP), one of the internationally recognized Islamic organizations in the country as well as the academic community, represented by UP Institute of Islamic Studies Dean Macrina Morados, to exchange views [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

Thunder add reinforcements for MVP Westbrook

em>By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press /em> OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook did it all last season and it wasn’t enough. Westbrook averaged a triple-double and topped Oscar Robertson’s single-season record for triple-doubles on his way to winning the league MVP award and the scoring title. He led the Thunder to the playoffs after Kevin Durant left for Golden State in the offseason. A five-game playoff exit at the hands of the Houston Rockets was typical of Oklahoma City’s season — great play from Westbrook but the team falling short. Reinforcements have arrived. The Thunder have acquired All-Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in trades, and now, Oklahoma City is poised to return to elite status. “To be able to play with those two guys and the rest of the guys we have is amazing,” Westbrook said. “I’m excited. I’m looking forward to making a great run, and I’m happy they’re here.” Anthony, now 33, appears to have plenty in the tank. He averaged 15.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in the preseason. He said he expects to score, but he will do what is needed to fit in with coach Billy Donovan’s system. George led the Indiana Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and 2014. He missed most of the 2014-2015 season after breaking his leg, then the Pacers lost in the first round of the playoffs the next two seasons. His early adjustment appears to be going smoothly — he averaged 20.3 points in the preseason. He believes that being paired with superstar talent gives the Thunder a chance to be special. “You need guys of that stature and that level to be able to help and create something special,” George said. “It’s just that era where you’ve got to face teams that are going to have two or three guys that can take over games and be iconic to this league.” Here are some things to watch from the Thunder this season: strong>BACKUP POINT GUARD /strong>: The Thunder sometimes ran into trouble last season when Westbrook would go to the bench to rest, and it was a particularly big issue during the playoffs. New pickup Raymond Felton should be an upgrade. The veteran has 657 NBA starts and averaged 9.5 points per game just two seasons ago for Dallas. strong>ADAMS’ DEVELOPMENT /strong>: Center Steven Adams had his best season last year, and he will be in position to be even better this year. He ranked seventh in the league in field-goal percentage last season, and with George and Anthony drawing attention, he should be open a lot more this season. He shot 62 percent from the field during the preseason. strong>HIGH-FLYER: /strong> Rookie guard Terrance Ferguson played professionally in Australia last season. He showed off his springs on several highlight-reel plays while averaging 6.3 points in the preseason. There’s substance to go with the flash. “He’s a guy that comes in and works hard, does the things we ask him to do on both ends,” Anthony said. “Wants to get better. You can’t ask for a better rookie than that. A guy who wants to be out on the court and working his way to have an opportunity to gain some minutes. So he is a guy that you guys will be hearing more of in the future.” strong>THREE-POINT SHOOTING: /strong>Oklahoma City was the worst three-point shooting team in the league last season at 32.7 percent. The addition of George, Patrick Patterson and Anthony should help that. All are good shooters, and they should get plenty of open looks playing off of the other talent on the roster. strong>REPLACING ENES: /strong>The Thunder had to give up Enes Kanter to get Anthony. Kanter was one of the best reserves in the league — just two years ago, he finished third in the race for Sixth Man of the Year. He’s an elite offensive rebounder and one of the league’s most efficient shooters. “Enes was a great guy, he was a great teammate,” Donovan said. “He in my opinion is maybe the best offensive rebounder in the game. You know, I think he’ll be missed.” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

Kerr pushes Warriors to keep joy, chase repeat championship

em>By Janie McCauley, Associated Press /em> OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr recently threw out a perplexing question to his star-studded Golden State roster: What should he tell a team that has won championships in two of the last three years and still reached the Finals in the other? How might he spark improvement from a group that has won 67, 73 and 67 games the past three seasons? “It’s got to be about what’s important to us,” Kerr said. “The joy of coming to practice every day is important for our guys to remember, the process.” Kerr is already challenging his Warriors to find ways to get better. He is strategizing ways to make sure they don’t become complacent, maintaining the edge that has turned this franchise into a perennial contender with names such as Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green leading the charge after decades of futility. “It’s been really smooth. There’s a chemistry and a certain expectation of how we’re going to play versus last year,” Curry said. “There were a couple unanswered questions going into camp and a feeling out process but Coach has challenged us to focus on the details in how we can get better from last year. He joked around: ’What do you tell a team that’s won 67 games or 65-plus the last three years, two championships, how do you tell a team like that to get better? Or what do you tell a team like that to get better? It’s basically about the details and the fine points of our offense, and cutting hard, setting screens for each other, the counters that we’re going to add to our offensive sets. All those little things are built on the foundation that we set last year and obviously Kevin’s a part of that. We all are. So it’s kind of good to put that in the right perspective.” What the franchise has accomplished the past three seasons isn’t lost on Green. “It’s a special thing,” he said. “And I think a lot of times in life we forget to live in the moment, especially in our day and age, social media — let me record this — miss everything I’m watching because I am looking at it through a phone. You forget to enjoy the moment. ... As much as I try to enjoy the moment, you’ll never fully understand it until it’s over.” Here are some things to watch for with the Warriors: strong>INVITE WITHDRAWN: /strong>Curry made headlines on media day last month when he reiterated he didn’t want to visit the White House under President Donald Trump, who then withdrew his invite to the champs a day later via Twitter. The Warriors have become a face for social advocacy in sports— specifically speaking up against racial injustice. “That’s the genesis of our stance and if you watched us all last year we stood for the national anthem,” Curry said. “Certain teams locked arms or had different demonstrations and the NFL’s taken a different approach. But it’s about the message, it’s not about the act. For the life of me if that doesn’t just get across to everybody, it’s not a disrespect at anything about the flag or the anthem and we can hopefully move in the right direction.” strong>KERR’S HEALTH: /strong> Kerr missed 11 games during the postseason dealing with neck pain, nausea and other symptoms stemming from a 2015 back surgery. He has made improvements but still feels discomfort at times. The 2016 NBA Coach of the Year is staying optimistic he will be on the bench all season. “It’s been a long odyssey ... and not easy, but I’m lucky to have the support of not only the players but Bob [Myers] and Joe [Lacob],” Kerr said. “Everybody is constantly so supportive, and I’m looking forward to the season. I’m excited. I think it’s going to go smoothly. I think I’ll be fine. But who knows. As Vin Scully once said, we’re all day-to-day.” strong>ROSTER INTACT: /strong>With so many familiar faces back — 12 to be exact — there are only a handful of players being integrated for the first time. “It’s a lot easier to pick up the system when you’re only one of two or three new guys instead of six or seven,” Kerr said. “Because all the other guys who have been here, they can help and everything flows more smoothly. So I think it’s a little easier job this year for the new guys to blend in because there are fewer of them.” strong>THREE CENTERS: /strong>Kerr can again use his three diverse centers in a deep rotation — beginning with Zaza Pachulia then going to alley-oop dunk man JaVale McGee or precision-passer David West. Pachulia said it’s much different this season with everybody understanding what to expect from each other and having already developed a trust level. “When something is working, let it work,” Pachulia said. strong>NEWBIES: /strong> Nick Young and Omri Casspi are two newcomers on an experienced roster, both capable shooters who will be counted upon to take pressure off the starting five when called upon for key minutes. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

Jazz hope Hood can pick up scoring slack after Hayward exit

em>By Kareem Copeland, Associated Press /em> SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rodney Hood wasn’t shy about announcing that he wants to be named the NBA’s Most Improved Player this season. The Utah Jazz may need that kind of effort from him to earn a second consecutive playoff berth. The franchise was shaken when Gordon Hayward signed with the Boston Celtics on July 4. The Jazz had been building the program for years with Hayward as its offensive centerpiece and were left twisting when the team’s leading scorer decided to head East. “Kind of understood that during the summer when everything went down,” Hood said of the new opportunity. “Just preparing for it. Got in the gym, put in a lot of work. Getting ready for that opportunity. To be in my fourth year and get this opportunity to lead such a great team and be alongside [Rudy Gobert] and help us get back to where we were ... I’m ready for it.” Between Hayward and George Hill, who signed with the Kings, the Jazz lost their top two scorers, who combined for 38.8 points per game. That’s exactly where they need Hood to step up. Hood has shown the ability to be a big-time scorer, but injuries and consistency have been a persistent issue. He worked on his post game with Joe Johnson during the summer and has been aggressive in the preseason. Recent history suggests Hood will need at least a 7.3 jump in his scoring average to be named Most Improved. He averaged 12.7 points in 59 games last season and the last four winners of the award all averaged at least 20 — Giannis Antetokounmpo (22.9), C.J. McCollum (20.8), Jimmy Butler (20.0) and Goran Dragic (20.3). That’s a significant jump for Hood. Only 31 players averaged 20-plus points last season and that was the first time in Hayward’s career. The Jazz hadn’t had a player average 20 points since Deron Williams during the 2010-11 season. A healthy Derrick Favors and Gobert are expected to help on offense, but the Jazz are hoping Hood can make the kind of leap that Hayward did in recent years that turned him into an All-Star. “Our challenge is going to be to score,” coach Quin Snyder said. “Being able to score in the half court, particularly at the end of the game. [Hayward] developed into that for us. That’s one thing everybody agrees on, we have a really balanced team and are looking for guys to step forward and want the ball in those situations.” Here are some things to watch for with the Jazz: strong>LOCKING UP: /strong>That Jazz led the league in scoring defense (96.8 points per game) last season, were No. 2 in 2015-16 and No. 1 in 2014-15. That effort on the defensive end won’t change. The unit is anchored by Gobert, who led the league in blocks last season, and the Jazz added known defenders in Ricky Rubio, Thabo Sefolosha and Epke Udoh. Rookie Donovan Mitchell is also a dogged defender. strong>STILL TRENDING UP?: /strong> Gobert has turned himself into one of the league’s best defenders in the last three seasons as his rebounding average has risen from 9.5 to 11.0 to 12.8. The 7'1', 245-pounder’s points per game have done the same — 8.4 to 9.1 to 14.0. Expectations are for those offensive numbers to keep trending upward. He’s one of the better big men in the pick-and-roll with excellent screens and the ability to dive toward the basket. Gobert has also worked to develop a knack for catching lobs and passes in traffic and finishing around the basket. “I’ve just got to keep doing the things I do well even better,” Gobert said. “Yes, I’m going to be in some different situations where I get the ball in the post or on the elbow. So, I’ve got to be able to help my team in those situations.” strong>NO LUCK: /strong>Guard Dante Exum has sustained a significant injury for the second time in three years. The 2014 No. 5 overall pick missed 2015-16 with a torn ACL and could now miss all of 2017-18 with a shoulder injury suffered last week. Many believed Exum was on the verge of a breakout season after struggling early in his career. strong>SPREADING IT AROUND: /strong> Snyder’s system has always emphasized ball movement, but he’s only had shoot-first point guards leading the way between Trey Burke and George Hill. Rubio brings a traditional pass-first guard to the starting lineup for the first time in years. The seventh-year veteran has struggled with his shot throughout his career, but the Jazz anticipate more easy buckets because of Rubio’s natural court vision. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

Aldridge still trying to find his place with Spurs

em>By Raul Dominguez, Associated Press /em> SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge admitted to feeling some frustration following an offseason filled with trade rumors. They troubled him enough to do something he hadn’t really done before. The 6’11” forward reached out to coach Gregg Popovich for a serious talk about his place on the team as it continues its transition, slowly but surely, away from the Tim Duncan/Big Three era. “The relationship has always been great, it’s no issue,” Aldridge said. “It’s just that I’m trying how to mesh who I was to who I am now and trying to get more out of me in the system.” The success of those talks could go a long way in determining if the Spurs can keep their place among the top teams in the rugged Western Conference. San Antonio essentially stood pat in the offseason, adding Rudy Gay and Joffrey Lauvergne while losing Jonathon Simmons and David Lee. The Spurs will again rely on veterans like Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Pau Gasol while anticipating improvement from younger players like Dejounte Murray, Davis Bertans and Bryn Forbes. Entering his 12th NBA season, Aldridge has averaged 18.0 and 17.3 points in two seasons with San Antonio. Those are respectable numbers, but not for a four-time All-Star with Portland who became the biggest free agent signing in Spurs history. “It was a probably a little bit of frustration at one point on my end because I felt like I wasn’t really fitting into the system as well as I could and I wasn’t helping to the level I felt like I could,” Aldridge said. The frustration grew in the postseason, which ended with a sweep by Golden State in the conference finals. Aldridge averaged 15.5 points against the Warriors, but only 11.3 points in the final three games after the Spurs lost Leonard to an ankle injury in Game 1. While fans and Aldridge himself are demanding more, Popovich and his teammates simply want more of the same. “I feel like he played well for us last year,” said Leonard, who sat out the entire preseason as a precaution to protect his right quadriceps. “Come in and be a presence on both ends of the floor be aggressive.” Aldridge said he is healthy after missing two games in early March due to a minor heart arrhythmia and playing with tendinitis throughout the season. He has looked comfortable and happy in the preseason, averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in four games while taking on a greater leadership role. “Now we’ve got to help [Aldridge] out a little bit more so he’s comfortable in his own space offensively,” Popovich said. “I haven’t done a very good job with that [in the past].” Some other things to watch from the Spurs early this season: strong>PROMISING PARKER: /strong> Parker’s rapid recovery from a ruptured quadriceps tendon has astounded doctors, the Spurs and even himself. San Antonio’s veteran point guard plans to return by mid- to late-November, which is two to four months sooner than initially expected. Parker could not move for three weeks after suffering the injury May 4 against Houston in the second round of the playoffs. The 35-year-old had to re-learn how to walk and was told he might not be able to bend his knee as he had before. Parker is cleared for all activities, but was held out of full-contact practices. strong>MURRAY’S GROWTH: /strong>Murray is expected to start at point guard while Parker completes his injury rehabilitation. The second-year player out of Washington has averaged 9.3 points and a team-high 3.8 assists in the preseason. The 6’5” guard averaged 3.4 points and 1.3 assists in limited minutes last season. “I’m very optimistic about his future,” Ginobili said. “He’s going to be a great player, a potential All-Star, [but] you don’t know if it’s going to happen now or in five years. It depends a lot him, but he’s a very talented kid.” strong>MANU RETURNS: /strong> Ginobili returns for his 16th season after nearly retiring in the offseason. Admitting it was a “close call,” Ginobili opted to return to the only NBA team he has played for. Ginobili averaged 7.5 points last season, the lowest of his career, but enjoyed one of his most injury-free seasons. “I still had the appreciation for the game, I still enjoy being here every day,” Ginobili said. “Incredible organization and a place where I feel respected and listened to and appreciated and I appreciate it, too.” strong>YOUTH MOVEMENT: /strong> The Spurs are expected to rely more on their youth than in previous seasons. Second-year players Murray, Bertans and Forbes and rookies Derrick White and Brandon Paul are embracing that opportunity, even impressing San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. strong>ONE PLAYER, MULTIPLE ROLES: /strong> Gay joined San Antonio after playing the past four seasons in Sacramento. After missing the final two months of last season following surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, the 12-year veteran has participated fully during the preseason. At 6-foot-8, Gay is expected to play multiple positions in the frontcourt in a role similar to the one filled by Boris Diaw. “It was a do or die point in my career,” Gay said. “I wanted to be with an organization that is known for winning and can help me raise my game to another level. So, I mean, where else do you go?” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

Now or never for the Minnesota Timberwolves

em>By Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press /em> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have gone through a makeover this summer, changing their logo, their uniforms and renovating Target Center to usher in a new look for a team that has been a doormat for well over a decade now. If logo designer Rodney Richardson wanted to add a Bulls head to the new look, it would have been appropriate. After a disappointing first season in Minnesota, coach and president Tom Thibodeau went looking for some familiar faces from his days with the Chicago Bulls to set a different tone with a team that has spent the last four seasons billing itself as a young and exciting group on the rise. Jimmy Butler came from Chicago in a trade. Former Bulls Taj Gibson and Aaron Brooks were added in free agency. Thibs even added John Lucas III to the coaching staff to try and bring another voice familiar with his system and knowledgeable of his demands to the organization to make sure nothing gets lost in translation. Thibodeau will never admit that there was a concerted effort to target ex-Bulls. But there is no dispute he went looking for players from his Chicago era to add an edge to a team that features young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. “It was who fit us best and what we needed,” Thibodeau said. At the top of that list was toughness. A young team with few proven veterans lost 22 games last season in which it held a double-digit lead. Butler and Gibson bring that by the bucketful, and the Wolves also added 37-year-old Jamal Crawford to the bench for another veteran who has been in all kinds of big spots. “A lot of guys don’t understand when you get to the NBA, it’s not just about running up and down the court and smiling and having fun,” Gibson said. “It’s a business. Everyone has to align with each other like a puzzle piece.” The Wolves go into the season in a loaded Western Conference looking to end the longest active playoff drought in the league, which stretches back to 2004. After hoping that streak would end for several years, this year that is the expectation. The season opener is Oct. 18 at San Antonio. Here are some things to watch with the Timberwolves this season: strong>WIGGINS RE-UPS: /strong>Wiggins finally signed a five-year, $148 million contract extension on Wednesday, ending a head-scratching process that was made more complicated by his decision to part ways with agent Bill Duffy on the brink of a new deal in August. The deal is sure to be one of the more polarizing in the NBA for a gifted scorer who has yet to make an All-Star team. strong>KAT’S MEOW: /strong>Towns has put up some incredible numbers in his first two seasons, making him a fashionable choice to become the league’s next big star. Perhaps the only thing holding him back is a bigger commitment on the defensive end. Towns frequently lost focus on that end last season, but flashed strong potential as a rookie when playing alongside Kevin Garnett. Playing in a starting five with Gibson and Butler figures to help him make the necessary strides. strong>BJELICA’S RECOVERY: /strong>Nemanja Bjelica has never been a starter in his three seasons with the Wolves, but he may be one of the team’s most important players. At his best, he is a versatile, playmaking shooter who can play multiple positions and give the second unit some much-needed offensive punch. He was just starting to show everything he can do last season when he went down with a broken foot. He has been playing in the preseason, and the Wolves will need him to stay healthy and effective to compete in the West. strong>MUHAMMAD RETURNS: /strong>Shabazz Muhammad turned down a four-year, $40 million contract offer from the Timberwolves before last season, hopeful that another strong year could help him break the bank as a free agent in the summer. But the salary cap did not increase as many projected, and Muhammad was one of many restricted free agents to get squeezed. He wound up settling for a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, a bargain for the Wolves. Now Muhammad is motivated to have a strong season for a competitive team to try to recoup some of the money he lost. “We felt fortunate we were able to get him back,” Thibodeau said. strong>RUBIO’S REPLACEMENT: /strong>The Wolves traded longtime point guard Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz this summer and brought in Jeff Teague on a three-year, $57 million deal to give Thibodeau the scoring point guard he wanted. Rubio is an immensely popular figure locally, and it didn’t take Teague long to figure out what kind of shoes he has to fill. “He was a fan favorite,” Teague said. “I hear it every day. No, seriously. I really do.” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

Less time, fewer timeouts among adjustments for NBA coaches

NEW YORK — Mike D'Antoni ran an offensive system known as seven seconds or less, so he likes things fast......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017