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Chicago Bulls fire Fred Hoiberg, name Jim Boylen head coach

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The Chicago Bulls have fired head coach Fred Hoiberg after a 5-19 start to the season.Hoiberg coached the team starting in 2015, leading them to a playoff appearance in 2016.Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson thanked Hoiberg for his time with the team, and insisted the move was not about the team’s poor start to the season.“At media day, [General Manager Gar Forman] and I spoke about how we weren’t going to evaluate things based on wins and losses,” he told reporters. “This decision was not based on our record.”The Bulls have started the season missing some key players, including starting point guard Kris Dunn and small forward Lauri Markannen who only made his season debut on Dec. 1. Paxson also told reporters the injured players were not an excuse.“What we’re lacking is kind of an energy and spirit about our team and we need to get that back,” he said. “It’s not as simple as saying we would’ve gotten that with healthy players, with Lauri coming back, Kris Dunn coming back, Bobby [Portis] coming back. It wasn’t going to be that simple.”Assistant coach Jim Boylen has been tapped to replace Hoiberg as head coach on a long term basis, and not just as an interim coach.“I think it sends a message to the team that they have faith in me,” he told reporters. “We’re going to try to build this thing from where Fred had it.”Boylen has served with an assistant for several NBA teams, including the Indiana Pacers and the San Antonio Spurs. His only prior head coaching experience was for four seasons at the University of Utah.Boylen will most likely want to start with improving the team’s offense. The Bulls are 28th in points per game with 103.4.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. December 4, 2018 /Sports News – National Chicago Bulls fire Fred Hoiberg, name Jim Boylen head coachcenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Keble PemBroken

first_imgBefore the Blues game against Oxfordshire on Friday evening, it was the turn of the colleges to try 20/20 cricket as last year’s cuppers winners Pembroke defeated Keble by 7 wickets. Coloured clothing and music may have been the order of the day but Pembroke’s victory was largely thanks to a disciplined bowling and fielding performance. Having won the toss and elected to field Pembroke skipper Paul Ramsay led the way making a breakthrough with his third ball removing Booth for a single. When Chris Stearn nicked his next ball to Jonathon Fennell at slip, Keble were reeling at 3-2. They took time to recover with captain Rafe Roylands (23) and Ross Bland (14) putting on 31, but were unable to score quickly. Ramsay, who finished with figures of 4-1-10- 2, was ably supported by offspinner Adam Hunter (4-1-6-2). A rally from Stuart Drury (29) and Alan Bannister (22) boosted the Keble score to a competitive 116 with 31 runs coming from the last two overs. Keble required early wickets to put pressure on the Pembroke but had to wait until the eighth over when Dan Fox was caught superbly at backward point by Booth off the bowling of Stearn for 13. Any hope of a Keble fightback faded with Laurence Parker-Brown (39) and Nick Warrillow (22) adding 44 runs for the second wicket in just 6 overs effectively ended any Keble resistance. Warrilow fell in the 14th over, attempting to repeat a huge six off Roylands getting stumped by Tim Oliver in the process, the same bowler finding the edge to remove Parker-Brown two overs later. Fennell and Tom Bullock required just 3 overs to score the remaining 23 runs, with Fennell squrting the winning run to third man with on over to spare.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more

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I thrive on the pressure – Poyet

first_img Press Association Gus Poyet admits he does not know if he could do his job without the pressure football brings. However, he insists he thrives under the pressure. He said: “I like pressure because it’s the way I have been brought up. When you are in Uruguay and when you play football and when you play for the national team, the pressure is there to win. “There is no other result, so it is part of my life. “Can I work without pressure? I don’t know – I have never done it so far. I have never played football or managed without pressure. “I suppose it would be nice, but maybe I would not be myself after because I don’t have the pressure. “I don’t know. It’s part of the game. I like it, I really like it.” Poyet remained coy over his team selection as he conducted his pre-match press conference, revealing that both key midfielder Lee Cattermole and January signing Jermain Defoe could be involved, but going little further. But he hinted that he might gamble on striker Defoe, just as Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone did, ultimately unsuccessfully, with Diego Costa ahead of last May’s Champions League final. The 47-year-old head coach this week took the unusual step of issuing an open letter to fans after demoralising defeats to QPR in the Barclays Premier League and Sky Bet League One Bradford in the FA Cup fifth round had been misinterpreted. Poyet finds himself in a difficult position heading into Saturday’s crucial home clash with West Brom, with the Black Cats having slipped to within two points of the relegation zone in which they were entrenched for much of last season. He said: “Last season’s Champions League final, Costa played 20 minutes. You would think if there’s a game in which you need a player like Costa on the pitch, it’s that game. “Then when he comes off after 20 minutes, it’s very easy to say that he shouldn’t have played. “But that’s too late.” West Brom boss Tony Pulis expects Poyet to send his Sunderland side out firing. While West Brom’s form has started to pick up since Pulis took charge early in January, the Black Cats have hit a potentially damaging slump. The Wearsiders have won just one of their last eight league games and are only two points above the relegation zone in 15th place. With five wins and just one defeat in eight games in all competitions under Pulis, West Brom appear to be heading in the opposite direction. But the head coach will take nothing for granted at the Stadium of Light this weekend. “We have watched them on two or three occasions,” said Pulis, whose side are two points above Sunderland in the table. “We watched the QPR game and in the second half they could have scored two or three goals. They had a sloppy first half then Gus looked at that. They really pulled it together and if they had got the breaks they could have easily got a result. “They are not far short of getting results. I have tremendous respect for Gus and that football club, so we will be prepared for what will be a tough battle.” Pulis would not necessarily be drawn on the issues concerning Poyet and the supporters, but is convinced the former Chelsea midfielder is a strong enough character to turn the situation around. He said: “Gus has got to do what Gus has got to do. We are all different. What Gus does is up to Gus and you have got to give him the respect he deserves as a tremendous player, while he has coached and managed and done very well. “He took Sunderland to a cup final last year, so he hasn’t done too bad. “He is straight as a die, whether you talk to him on the pitch or off it. He is a good football man, he knows the game. I have enjoyed his company when I have been with him. “It is a wonderful area – the north east is a very passionate area for the clubs. “The expectations are high up there and you have to live with that. Gus has been up there 18 months, two years, he will understand that now.” last_img read more

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Kelley Gibson uses WNBA experience to recruit, develop players as Syracuse assistant

first_imgQuentin Hillsman said recruiting has gotten harder since he became the head coach at Syracuse.He used to tell recruits they would get playing time to persuade them to join the Orange. But as his team improved, he could no longer make those guarantees.Enter Kelley Gibson, a former WNBA champion.“Just that she’s done it,” Hillsman said, “and her background and her success as a player has been a major reason why we’ve gotten some of the All-Americans, some of the other players we’ve gotten.”Gibson is No. 22 SU’s (21-8, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) recruiting coordinator and has played a significant role in shaping Syracuse’s team, which will start the ACC tournament on Thursday morning. Gibson learned from WNBA legends and helped the Houston Comets win their fourth-consecutive championship in her rookie year in 2000. Fifteen years later, the fourth-year assistant coach passes on what she learned to the Orange’s current squad.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShe compared the work ethics of Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson and Cynthia Cooper to Kobe Bryant’s. Gibson would get to practice and see Cooper was there before anyone else and would stay after practice, too. When the Comets’ best players were also the hardest working, that’s what taught Gibson how to be a pro and that’s what she tries to instill in SU’s players.“We all say hey, you got to work hard, you got to come in early and stay late,” Gibson said. “But when you witness it from great players … when you’re there and you see it and you witness it, that’s the experience that I talk about.”While most people think recruiting is about selling, both Hillsman and Gibson said it’s actually about building relationships and trust.With Gibson’s background in the WNBA, it’s made it easier for her to gain the attention of recruits right away.“She can tell players ‘I played at the highest level, I won at the highest level and I know what it takes to get there,’” Hillsman said.On a daily basis, Gibson makes sure to connect with recruits. Her key is to “hammer the phones.” She sends morning texts and afternoon texts to the recruits that she prioritizes. She checks their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages to gather information and find things to talk about with them. Gibson makes sure to stay in touch with coaches that have sent players to Syracuse in the past to check on their upcoming prospects.Gibson strives to get the recruits to visit SU as early as possible and from there, she lets the campus and the team’s current players speak for themselves. The campus visit is what sold Cornelia Fondren and both Bria and Briana Day.“She was different from most coaches that tried to recruit me,” Briana Day said. “She was very easy to talk to … She just talks like a player since she’s played at all levels. We can relate and she knows what she’s talking about.”In practice, Gibson primarily works with the guards and her method is hands-on. St. Francis (Georgia) High School head coach Aisha Kennedy witnessed it when she visited a Syracuse practice.“I was impressed that she was so passionate about it,” Kennedy said, “and that she took the time to explain the drill, why they do the drill.”Kennedy coached SU senior Diamond Henderson and still coaches Abby Grant, a senior in high school, who has signed to play for the Orange next year. She noticed how genuine Gibson is with her players, which is why she’s comfortable sending them to Syracuse.Henderson said what stands out about Gibson is, “She’s just cool.” And it’s Gibson’s experience that has helped her connect that way with players.“You got to be yourself,” Gibson said. “I’ve been a former player, I’ve been in their shoes. So I understand a lot of it, what they’re going through, trying to manage being a student and an athlete. It’s like a job, and I’ve been in their shoes.” Comments Published on March 4, 2015 at 12:09 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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