Defense a priority for Bruins

first_imgLOS ANGELES – When an opponent crossed halfcourt against UCLA last season, a successful pass was difficult and finding an open shot nearly impossible. So as the Bruins tried to regroup during a Saturday practice after the horrific loss to California in the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference tournament, it made perfect sense that defense was the starting point. “We have to go back to our roots, go back to our defense,” Bruins point guard Darren Collison said. “We’ve been allowing teams \ a little over 45 percent from the field. That’s not our game. We like to hold teams under 35 percent. “We have to bring back that mind-set, and I think we have. This team is capable of doing that. We just can’t get away from that.” In winning 20 of its first 22 games, UCLA (26-5) held opponents to 41.9 percent from the field. In going 6-3 in its final nine games, opponents shot 46.9 percent from the floor, with three teams shooting better than 50 percent. Once the NCAA tournament seedings were announced Sunday, UCLA coach Ben Howland said he would not contact his former assistant and current Northern Arizona coach Mike Adras for a scouting report. Since Weber State and NAU both play in the Big Sky Conference, Howland said he didn’t want to put Adras in a difficult position. The Bears shot 48 percent from the field in the 76-69 overtime win, continuing a disturbing trend for a UCLA squad that is best known for its tenacious defense. As No. 2 seed UCLA heads into Thursday’s meeting with No. 15 seed Weber State in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Sacramento’s Arco Arena, the Bruins need to tighten defensively. center_img Of course, Howland didn’t need to talk to Adras, since the two spoke about 11 p.m. Saturday. Adras said he was on a recruiting trip when he called Howland. “I thought for sure, and I think (Howland) also felt it was going to be Weber,” Adras said. “They know what they’re doing.” Bruins junior guard Arron Afflalo said he relieved a lot of his anger and frustration over his three-point effort against Cal by setting a personal-best in the bench press with 265 pounds. “It’s funny how it gives you that inspiration,” Afflalo said. “Our strength coach told me lifting weights gets rid of nervous energy, any type of anxiety, any type of frustration. It’s true. Afterward, I felt calmer.” Afflalo was named first-team All-American by The Sporting News, the fifth team he’s made. He was also a first-team selection by the basketball coaches (NABC),, and Dick Vitale. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fort St. John City Council recommends moving forward with proposed boundary extension

first_imgCouncillor Trevor Bolin said he made the recommendation to suggest follow up actions “which is the consultations, the regional district consultations done with first nations, going forward based on this plan.” The next step is for Council to approve the configuration at the next regular council meeting. The City will not get written feedback until they formally submit a proposal, but they still are able to get verbal comments ministry.- Advertisement –  If City Council does decide to proceed further with the revised map they will then make requests to First Nations, the Integrated Land Management Bureau, as well as the Agricultural Land Commission for formal responses.last_img read more

Retail complex to include Burger King, Esso, others

first_imgA retail complex is in the works that will be home to a new Burger King, Esso, and other tenants in Fort St. John. The Burger King is expected to be open late this year, or early next year and the Esso should be completed next springThe buildings will be a part of the Gateway Plaza which is located at 111 Street and the Alaska Highway, in front of where the new Hilton Hotel will be built according to Trevor Bolin of RE/MAX.It’s expected there will be five new stores on top of the Burger King and Esso. Bolin said he was unable to say what the stores will be as negotiations are continuing, however he did say there would be a variation of clothing, speciality, and boutique stores.- Advertisement -The other stores will be open come the summer and fall of 2016.last_img read more

Mourinho unfazed by pressure insists Matic

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho is cool under pressure, says Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 3 – Nemanja Matic insists Jose Mourinho can guide Manchester United back into the Premier League title race because the under-fire manager doesn’t let pressure affect him.Successive defeats against Brighton and Tottenham condemned United to their worst start to a season for 26 years and put Mourinho’s position in the spotlight. Last Monday’s 3-0 loss to Tottenham was the heaviest home defeat of Mourinho’s managerial career, a setback that triggered speculation the Portuguese coach might be sacked.Mourinho was embroiled in a close-season feud with United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over transfer policy, and also criticised United star Paul Pogba for his lack of effort last season.But United midfielder Matic says Mourinho’s explosive antics, which also fuelled a rant at the media following the Tottenham game, can actually help because they take the attention away from his players.Mourinho’s men responded to the crisis with a 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday and Matic said: “He was very confident before the game he prepared the game in a very good way.“We knew where they could cause us problems with the long balls, that is why (Marouane) Fellaini played close to our defence, to stop the long balls and I think this performance shows that how we need to play football and we still can compete for the title.“Of course, he knows what he is doing (in press conferences) for sure. You probably know that also. It’s good for us also.“He is one of the best managers in the world, you know what he won in his career so that shows you everything.”Despite United’s spluttering start, Matic, a Premier League winner under Mourinho at Chelsea, has not seen any difference in his manager this season.“No, no. I think he is dealing very well with the pressure,” Matic said.“That is why he is here in Manchester United. I don’t see any difference.”The win at Burnley means United sit on six points after four games, trailing six points behind leaders Liverpool.But Matic knows it is far too soon for critics to write off United’s title bid.“Someone needs to lose to drop the points and it’s still too early to say something,” he said.“We will see in March where we are because in March you can see who is fighting for the title, who is not, who is fighting to be in the top 4. It is still too early.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Leeds midfielder makes Millwall loan move

first_img1 Michael Tonge Millwall have signed Leeds midfielder Michael Tonge on loan until the end of the season.Ian Holloway was keen to strengthen his midfield and is thrilled to have secured the signature of the experienced midfielder.Tonge, 31, has struggled to make a major impact at Elland Road this season and has only made ten appearances.But he is hoping a move to the south London club will help him get his career back on track as he looks to help Millwall move away from the relegation zone.Tonge is expected to go straight into the squad for the Championship game against Huddersfield on Saturday.last_img read more


first_imgA judge has said he cannot hear a civil case between two former legal partners.The case between Kieran O’Gorman and Michael Cunningham, who were formerly business partners at O’Gorman Cunningham Solicitors, was due to be heard today.However, when Judge Conal Gibbons arrived at Letterkenny District Court, he announced he could not hear the case. Judge Gibbons said he knew both solicitors involved and that it would be unfair to hear the case.He said he would contact the office of the president of the High Court to arrange a new date for a Judge who was not known to both solicitors.JUDGE RULES HE CANNOT HEAR CASE BETWEEN TWO DONEGAL SOLICITORS was last modified: May 25th, 2015 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:donegalJudge Conal GibbonsO’Gorman Cunningham Solicitorslast_img read more


first_imgCLG An Clochán Liath GAA News:B’iad 2, 4, 6 agus 14 a huimhireacha lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta oir an lotto. Beidh €1300 sa phóta óir don seachtaine seo.Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann: Evelyn Boyle – Meenmore, Dom Bonner – Drumacart, Sarah O’ Donnell – Meenatottan, Maureen Bonner – Keadue Road agus Rita Cowley – Dungloe. Congratulations to Catríona Solan who won the solo singing the Scór Sinsir in Drimarone. Catríona is now through to the county final in Glenswilly on Friday the 29th. We wish her the best of luck!James Boyle also represented the club in the recitation, and we had a quiz team also present of Jimmy O’ Donnell, Maura McCole, James Boyle and Danny McGarvey. Well done to all involved.CLG An Clochán Liath present a fight night on Saturday the 20th of February in Ionad Spoirt na Rossan. Tickets will be released at local shopping outlets soon. For more information, you can keep an eye on the CLG An Clóchan Liath Fight Night page on facebook.Congratulations to our own Ronan Brennan who was named as Donegal U21 strength and conditioning coach. DELIGHT AS CATRÍONA SOLAN WINS SOLO SINGING AT SCÓR SINSIR COMPETITION was last modified: January 19th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:dungloeGAANoticesScórSinsirSportlast_img read more

Mourinho wanted Man United stars to WALK to Juventus game, but staff said no

first_imgMourinho blamed that incident on Greater Manchester Police for not providing an escort for the team coach, and he appeared to take matters into his own hands on Tuesday when they got caught up in another traffic jam.The manager called for his players to follow him out of the bus and travel the rest of the way on foot, around a half-mile trip, but security staff vetoed the idea and prevented the team from leaving the vehicle.It didn’t stop Mourinho, though. The Portuguese put up his hood and off he went, with fans capturing footage of their manager walking ahead of them on their way to Old Trafford. United stars are reportedly frustrated with the club’s organisation after arriving behind schedule for each of their last two Champions League home games, upsetting their pre-game preparations.The Red Devils went on to lose against Juventus 1-0, thanks to a Paulo Dybala goal.Man United were fined £13,200 by UEFA last week for arriving late to their home clash against Valencia earlier this month and kick off was delayed by five minutes. That game ended in a 0-0 draw. Mourinho’s idea to walk to Old Trafford was shut down by security personnel United suffered defeat against Juventus and former star Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford Jose Mourinho wanted Manchester United players to WALK to Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Juventus, but club security staff said ‘no’.The manager ended up making the five minute from the team hotel to Old Trafford by himself, while the rest of the squad were held up in traffic for 45 minutes. 3 The team bus is stuck in traffic again so Mourinho has decided to walk from the cricket ground to Old Trafford with his hood up!— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) October 23, 2018He arrived well ahead of the rest of the squad, which apparently took 45 minutes to drive the short distance between the Hilton Garden Inn hotel at nearby Lancashire County Cricket Club and Old Trafford.United had changed hotels for this game to help speed up travel, with the team usually staying at the Lowry in Manchester city centre ahead of matches.However, it made little difference as pre-game congestion again caused the team to be late.Speaking after the Juventus clash, Mourinho fumed after the team eventually arrived at the stadium at 7:09pm, with kick off at 8pm.“We change hotel, it’s just around the corner,” he said.“The players are in the bus for 45 minutes. Mourinho was fuming about the team’s delay 3 3 “I walked, with a hoodie, in the middle of the fans, nobody recognised me. I took two minutes! What I do in two minutes walking, the players cannot do in 45 minutes on the bus. But Juventus is having the same kind of problem.”According to reports by the Daily Mail, the Man United stars are so frustrated by their ongoing travel issues that a group of players refused to take part in recent sponsorship activities in protest, which has led to them being fined by the club.last_img read more


first_imgFormer British champion turned film stunt driver Mark Higgins is planning to return to rally action on next weekend’s Topaz Donegal International.The Wales-based Manxman will drive a WRC Mini owned by Derek McGarrity on round four of the Irish Tarmac championship.Higgins has been one of the most successful drivers for the past decade but in recent times has turned increasingly to film stunt work. He was one of the drivers in the spectacular car scenes in Quantum of Solace and has just returned from Turkey where he was working on the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall.Details for the Donegal appearance are still being worked out but it is planned that Higgins will team up with his old British championship-winning co-driver Rory Kennedy to drive a Prodrive Mini for the first time.They finished second behind Andrew Nesbitt in a Mitsubishi one-two in 2006 and were second again the following year when Sebastien Loeb took his memorable victory ahead of Rally Ireland.Indeed, Higgins led the World champion by nearly 40 seconds at the end of the first leg. “You could say Mark and I still have some unfinished business in Donegal so it would be great to get another chance to set the record straight,” said Kennedy who was a three-time winner of his home international with Bertie Fisher.McGarrity, meanwhile, will switch to last year’s Donegal winning car, the Tim McNulty S12C Subaru.Reigning Tarmac champion McNulty, who trails leader Darren Gass by 46 points in this year’s series, is now expected to sit out the rest of the season.Full details of the three-day Donegal event will be announced in Letterkenny tonight. JAMES BOND DRIVER TO COMPETE AT DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY! was last modified: June 6th, 2012 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:donegal international rallyMARK HIGGINSlast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A major rescue operation has been launched after a climber became stuck on Slieve League.The climber has been stranded hundreds of metres down the cliff-face at Carrick for more than three hours.Both the Donegal Mountain Rescue team and the Killybegs Coast Guard are taking part in the operation to rescue the climber. Members of the Sligo/Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team are also on the way to the scene.It is understood the injured man, who hurt his knee, is a 28 year old. He is stuck 150 metres from the bottom of the cliff.The Sligo-based rescue helicopter was on the scene earlier but had to leave because of poor weather conditions.The climber had made his way three-quarters of the way down the cliff when he was injured. He raised the alarm at lunchtime after making a call from his mobile phone.  MAJOR RESCUE OPERATION LAUNCHED AS CLIMBER GETS STUCK ON CLIFFS was last modified: January 1st, 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:cliffsDonegal Mountain RescueSlieve Leaguelast_img read more