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Pets of the week: 8-25-20

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– Today’s “Pets of the Week” features Berri, Sherbet, and Amelia.This is Berri. He’s a four–year–old pit bull who loves going on walks. He’s still quite young for a dog, and has a playful and curious personality. When he’s outside, he loves nothing more than running around. When he’s indoors, Berri loves a squeaky soft toy.Next, meet Sherbet. When she came to the shelter, she was a bit of a shy girl, but now she’ll latch onto you and cuddle all day long. She loves playing with other cats, and her favorite toys are the kind she can chase around.Finally, meet Amelia. She’s about two and a half months old and something of a tomboy. She loves to rassle with other kittens and climb around wherever she can.To learn more about adoption, visit Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Governor Whitmer encourages all Michiganders to get a flu vaccineNext Bond set for Alpena man who threatened another with a baseball batlast_img read more

Los Angeles Clippers hopeful seven-game road trip can bring them together

first_imgJamal Crawford echoed that sentiment.“We need to figure it out,” he said, “and I think getting away and getting back with each other on this road trip will be good for us.”Trust issuesThere was a lot of talk about the Clippers trusting each other on offense. Or, in their case, not trusting one another.Certainly, the Bulls did, the way they were beautifully passing the ball. Coach Doc Rivers said his players tried to do too much “individually.”Blake Griffin, who scored 19 points, tried to explain that.“Some of it was on me,” he said. “I held the ball a little bit too long. We tried to force things, but it was in a way that we were trying to get something going. It was not so much in a selfish way, or in a way of, ‘I want shots.’ I think we were just searching instead of relying on the offense. We just searched a little bit too hard.”Griffin admitted this team is not what it was a season ago.“We have not really gotten to that point of where we were at last year,” he said. “It is not a thing where we have to sit back and point fingers, we just need to go out and do better and trust in the process.”SolutionRivers was asked in the postgame news conference what it will take to get back to that 2013-14 quality.“Trust,” he said. “We’ve gotta keep trusting and playing on both ends. And it’s in us and I keep saying that, but we just haven’t done it yet.”Scouting the MagicOrlando is coming off 107-93 solid victory Monday at Detroit. The Magic have won three of their past four. Nikola Vucevic — a 7-foot post player from USC — leads Orlando with 18.8 points and 11.8 rebounds. He went for 25 and 14 at Detroit. Other top scorers include small forward Tobias Harris, who is averaging 18.4 points, and shooting guard Even Fournier, who is averaging 17.3.Even with Monday’s effort, the Magic are averaging only 97 points per game, 22nd best out of 30 teams. They are allowing 98.6 points, which is 16th in the league.Next up for the Clippers after Orlando will be Miami (6-5) at 5 p.m. Thursday (Prime Ticket, TNT). It was so stunning, even point guard and 10-year veteran Chris Paul said he didn’t remember the last time he experienced such a drastic change in a game.Wednesday, the inconsistent Clippers (5-4) begin an 11-day, seven-game trip at the Orlando Magic (5-7) at 4 p.m. (Prime Ticket).The road swing could be a blessing.“(It) can help,” said guard J.J. Redick, who Monday made his first shot and missed his next six before finishing 2 of 10 from the field. “It can be a bad thing. I think it will be good to get away and bond. There is nothing like winning games on the road. That brings teams together. “If we were able to string some wins together on this road trip, it will be really good for us.” Maybe, just maybe, a road trip is exactly what the Clippers need. Something’s gotta give, because this Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde persona they’ve resembled could result in a lousy season.On Monday, two nights after playing their best game of the season in a 120-107 victory over Phoenix, the Clippers came back with their strangest effort of the young campaign against the visiting Chicago Bulls.The Clippers trailed 21-18 after a poor first quarter. They got hot and had a 17-point turnaround to lead 46-32 with just under four minutes left in the second. They then got outscored 73-43 over the final two-plus quarters to fall 105-89.It doesn’t get much worse than that. Then again, it does because this happened with the Bulls missing two of their best players — point guard Derrick Rose and power forward Pau Gasol.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

This €40m midfielder could be the perfect buy for Klopp – spotlight on whizz-kid

first_img1 Ruben Neves (centre) By Charlie BennettNew Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp already has plenty of options in midfield in Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Emre Can, Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen, but could they be joined by one more?Here, talkSPORT takes a look at Ruben Neves, who Liverpool are reportedly leading the chase for.Name: Ruben NevesDate of birth: 13/03/1997Birthplace: Santa Maria da Feira, PortugalPosition: Central midfieldClub: PortoWhat’s the latest?Liverpool are said to have been monitoring the deep-lying holding midfielder since January, and Klopp has reportedly given his blessing for a deal to go ahead. However, he won’t come cheap, with Porto tieing Neves down to a contract until 2017 and, crucially, implementing a €40m buy-out clause last year as they sensed bigger clubs sniffing around.Did you know?1) Neves became Porto’s youngest ever league goalscorer when he found the net on his debut in August last season against Maritimo with a drilled shot from inside the box. This season, he became the Champions League’s youngest ever captain when he lead the team against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the recent 2-0 Champions League win.2) Due to his ball control, composure, passing ability and aggression, Neves has been compared to Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets by Cristian Tello, who is on loan at Porto from Barca.3) But he has a cleaner disciplinary record than Busquets with just two yellow cards so far this season in comparison to the Spaniard’s six.4) Liverpool’s first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders has already worked with Neves at Porto, and was a key figure behind the midfielder’s progression to the first team.5) Neves signed with super-agent Jorge Mendes earlier this year, joining the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and Radamel Falcao as his client.They say:We talk about technical and tactical talent, but Neves has extraordianary mental talents. He’s a player who sees the game with an extraordianary calmness and know what the game needs– Porto B coach Luis Castro believes Neves’ mental strength sets him apart from the rest.Video evidence:last_img read more