first_imgAinge went on to defend Irving and said he wanted to take the blame away from the veteran. The Celtics finished the season with a 49-33 record and many questioned Irving’s leadership.”A lot of people put a lot of heat on Kyrie of being the guy that’s supposed to be this great leader and it was his responsibility to lead everybody,” Ainge said. “I continually tried to remove that pressure from Kyrie and [tell him to] just be yourself, just go play, just have fun, find joy in the game. … I think he did feel that burden, that he had to be too much, and wasn’t able to do that.”I don’t like the fact that it’s all the blame on [Irving]. I’d like everybody to take responsibility for that. I feel like the Kyrie-bashing is unfair, that’s all.” Enes Kanter trolls Kyrie Irving as he explains why he’ll wear No. 11 with Celtics “He did express to me on a couple of occasions between March and the end of [the season] that he really wanted to go home,” Ainge said about Irving, who grew up in New Jersey. “I got the impression at that point that he wanted to go play in Brooklyn more than he wanted to play in New York or Boston.”LISTEN: @danielrainge joins @Toucherandrich to shed more light on Kyrie Irving’s departure and talk about the Celtics’ offseason additions https://t.co/9UHD8P8dk1— 98.5 The Sports Hub (@985TheSportsHub) July 18, 2019Irving had mentioned at one point that he planned to re-sign with the Celtics, but Ainge revealed Irving never had that conversation with him. Related News Tacko Fall could make Celtics’ roster, team taking ‘his development very seriously,’ Danny Ainge says Kemba Walker will ‘forever love’ Michael Jordan “He told everyone else, but I never had that conversation with him,” Ainge said. “I asked him point blank in the conversations that I had with him, ‘Would you consider returning to Boston?’ And he was always ‘Yes.’ He was always in that frame of mind. I don’t think he was out the door for sure by then. I think he was contemplating all his options.” Kyrie Irving’s decision to leave Boston and sign with the Nets in free agency didn’t come as a surprise to Celtics general manager Danny Ainge. During a recent interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich,” Ainge opened up about some of the conversations he had with the six-time All-Star in the months leading up to his free agency.last_img read more

first_imgArgonia-Attica Argonia-Attica has clinched a playoff berth. The winner will receive the district crown.Follow us on Twitter. South Barber is currently (+)31 and plays Attica/Argonia.Pretty Prairie is at 0 and plays South Haven.Caldwell is at 0 and plays Norwich. Win and Mulvane loss. Sumner Newscow report — The following is the football playoff possibilities for next week for all of the Sumner County teams, courtesy of Garrett “Cheese” Wilson, the voice of the Crusaders.The winner will advance to the playoffs.WellingtonWellington can clinch a playoff berth with:Win over Ulysses by 8 points, regardless what Mulvane does with Rose Hil.Win and Mulvane loss.Win by 1 more point than a Mulvane win.Loss by 1 less point than Mulvane loss. CaldwellCaldwell can clinch a playoff berth with:A win plus Pretty Prairie win and a South Barber loss. Wellington can win the district with:Win by at least 8 points and 1 more point than a Mulvane wins over Rose Hill.Mulvane wins by 9 – Wellington would need to win by 10 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments If this happens whoever has the most points will get the second playoff berth. Conway SpringsConway Springs can clinch a playoff berth winA win vs Chaparral.last_img read more

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United appeared to be closing in on Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez on Monday, leading the chase to sign the Chile international ahead of long-time suitors and local rivals Manchester City.If the transfer goes ahead it would be the third blockbuster move of the January transfer window involving Premier League clubs following Philippe Coutinho’s big-money move from Liverpool to Barcelona and Virgil Van Dijk’s arrival at Anfield from Southampton.Sanchez, 29, looks to have played his last game for Arsenal, with manager Arsene Wenger saying on Sunday that his move could be confirmed “in the next 48 hours”.However there is uncertainty as to whether he will pick the blue or red half of Manchester.Pep Guardiola’s City, whose move for the player collapsed at the end of the summer transfer window, are understood to be reluctant to pay a reported fee in the region of £35 million ($48 million, 39 million euros) for a player who is out of contract at the end of the season.United boss Jose Mourinho has done nothing to rule out his interest in Sanchez, calling him a “phenomenal player” and admitting that if there is a “fantastic opportunity” to sign a top player in the January transfer window, the club would be interested.– Makeweight Mkhitaryan? –And there was speculation on Monday that Mourinho was prepared to let United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan move south to London club Arsenal in order to help get the deal done.It certainly looked as if Mkhitaryan was on his way out of Old Trafford after he failed to even make the bench for Monday’s Premier League game at home to Stoke City.“I would lie if I said it was a pure tactical decision. It was just a choice of the players that we know, in this moment, they have 100 percent their heads in Manchester United,” said Mourinho as he explained the Armenian’s absence. “I don’t think it’s easy for a player to play when there are doubts about his future.“It’s added pressure that a player doesn’t need, so I think it’s the best for him and for us, while the doubt is in the air, to protect him.”Runaway Premier League leaders City boast a dazzling array of attacking talent with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero vying for places.Sanchez would certainly feature for City, who lost their unbeaten Premier League record at Anfield on Sunday, as they chase silverware on four fronts but he would probably struggle to pin down a permanent starting berth at the Etihad.Second-placed United, who are 15 points behind City, also have an impressive selection of forwards but Sanchez could expect more playing time alongside Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford, with doubts growing over the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his recent return from a long-term injury.Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2014 and in a stellar 2016/17 campaign scored 30 goals and made 17 assists, though his form has since dipped.His loss would be a major blow for Arsenal, who face losing another big-name player to one of the Manchester clubs after Robin van Persie swapped the Emirates for Old Trafford in 2012.A number of Arsenal players have also joined City in recent years including Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Kolo Toure.Wenger left Sanchez out of his squad to face Bournemouth on Sunday, where they slipped to a damaging 2-1 defeat, leaving them eight points off the top four.Arsenal themselves have been linked with a £35 million move for Bordeaux forward Malcom but Wenger, who said the club would need a replacement if Sanchez were to leave, refused to confirm his interest in the Brazilian.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgMinneapolis Public Schools and the city’s parks department said they will be ending their relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department following George Floyd’s death.The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board voted Wednesday night to end its relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department, according to a recording of the meeting. All nine of the Park Board’s members voted in favor of the resolution to immediately stop using “Minneapolis Police to staff park-sanctioned events” and end the practice of “Park Police response to Minneapolis Police Department calls.”The vote came after the Minneapolis Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday to terminate the district’s contract with MPD, which provided school resource officers at school buildings.“George Floyd died on the street slowly and deliberately strangled and our children watched,” Jenny Arenson, vice chair of the board said during the virtual meeting on Tuesday. “Minneapolis police, individual officers and the city have work to do. And until they demonstrate they have done that work, we need to separate our relationship.”Additionally, the University of Minnesota also announced they would “no longer contract with the Minneapolis Police Department for additional law enforcement support” and it will not use the police department for “specialized services are needed for university events.”last_img read more