Wizards fire team president Ernie Grunfeld after 16 seasons

first_img Lakers’ LeBron James addresses being shut down, explains offseason motivation 2019 NBA Draft lottery: Knicks, Suns, Cavs close in on best odds for top pick A disappointing season has led to a change at the top for the Wizards as Washington announced Tuesday it has fired team president Ernie Grunfeld.“We did not meet our stated goals of qualifying for the playoffs this season and, despite playing with injuries to several key players, we have a culture of accountability and a responsibility of managing to positive outcomes,” Ted Leonsis, chairman and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, said in a statement.  “I wish to thank Ernie for his service to the Washington Wizards. He and his family have been great leaders in our community and have worked tirelessly to make us a top NBA franchise.” Grunfeld was hired before 2003-04 and led Washington to a 568-724 record over the last 16 seasons with eight playoff appearances, though the Wizards never advanced past the conference semifinals.Grunfeld was given an extension in May 2017 before the Wizards finished eighth in the Eastern Conference and lost in the first round of the playoffs in 2017-18. Related Newscenter_img After that season, Leonsis wrote a letter to fans and noted “the team’s inconsistency was sometimes frustrating to watch.”“There’s no easy way to talk about a first-round loss. I’m disappointed, the team is disappointed and I know you, our fans, are disappointed,” Leonsis wrote. “Our singular goal in everything we do is to win a championship. You deserve it. Our city deserves it. It remains our first and only priority and I think our team showed this year that we have the pieces to make it happen.”  However, with a roster void of meaningful contributors beyond All-Star Bradley Beal, Washington is currently 32-46 and in 11th place in the Eastern Conference.Midseason acquisitions Jabari Parker (15.5 points per game) and Bobby Portis (14.3), are second and third, respectively, in scoring behind Beal, while highly compensated point guard John Wall only played 32 games before being shut down for the season in January with a heel injury.Senior VP of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard will take over Grunfeld’s duties and report to Leonsis as the team searches for a new president.last_img read more

Villa fans on Twitter react to Hogan talks

first_imgAston Villa fans on Twitter are split over the merits of signing Brentford striker Scott Hogan.The Bees have entered talks with their Championship rivals over a potential sale, with Crystal Palace also making an enquiry.Villa had previously been in for Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes, and some of their fans are not sure Hogan is an improvement.Would rather #AVFC spend the money on Rhodes instead of Hogan— Marcus Patterson (@beefro1980) January 31, 2017Hogan been prolific for half a season…. Rhodes been prolific for 5 years…. let that sink in for a minute or two #avfc— villaparkb6 (@villaparkb6) January 31, 2017What makes Scott Hogan more appealing than Jordan Rhodes,Rhodes has scored at this level and below and years— Shaun Beasley (@shaunbeasley98) January 31, 2017If we weren’t prepared to pay 9 mil for Rhodes why pay 15 for Scott hogan, madness #avfc— Jamie Hughes (@jamiebarthughes) January 31, 2017Does anyone rate Hogan? Apart from his recent goals he has struggled with clubs and injuries. Price tag seems very high for him. #avfc— Mark Patton (@MarkPatton7) January 31, 2017But others said they preferred former Rochdale man Hogan, given he is on the way up in his career.Signing Scott Hogan would be a good deal. Better all arounder than Jordan Rhodes. #AVFC— Matt Lynch (@mattlyynch) January 31, 2017Would have hogan over Rhodes any day of the week #avfc— Dayll (@beeza88) January 30, 2017Scott hogan looks decent, much rather him over Rhodes tbh⚽️— Tom (@tom_comerford2) January 30, 2017I would prefer scott hogan but if the lad doesnt really want to come and is waiting for someone else then rhodes is the better option #utv— david (@davidhunt80) January 31, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Steve Kerr impressed with Warriors’ reserve centers in Game 3 win

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.PORTLAND — Steve Kerr’s Damian Jones experiment exploded in his face.Jones had played just three minutes and 12 seconds since Dec. 1, when he tore his left pectoral against the Pistons. He returned in Game 1 of these Western Conference Finals after more than five months sidelined and played a minute and 42 seconds of garbage time before playing a mere minute and a half in the third quarter of Game 2.Kerr started …last_img

Dutch Utility Reinvents Its Mission

first_imgLaunching other servicesEneco has several other ventures in the works. One of them, called Jedlix, is an app for charging electric vehicles that takes advantage of a surplus of low-cost wind power at night. Eneco says that the user decides the time at which he or she wants the vehicle to be fully charged, and the app “takes care of the rest.”Eneco says partnerships with Tesla and Microsoft allowed it to create a flexible app just as interest in electric vehicles is on the rise.There’s also Luminext, a monitoring system for outdoor lighting as well as solar panel repair. Its sizable investments in wind energy help attract customers who want to buy their electricity from clean sources, and it helped Eneco land a 10-year contract with Google for clean energy at a data storage center opened in the northern part of the country last year.A program called “CrowdNett” is designed for Eneco customers who already own solar panels. The utility encourages these customers to install a battery, like the Tesla Powerwall, and then dips into the stored electricity to even out loads on the grid as needed. Participating customers get €450 a year (about $530) for their trouble. While still in its infancy, the program is appealing to customers who would like to see an end to the use of fossil fuels. Vermont Utility Makes (Another) Efficiency OfferUtilities Should Stop Driving With the Brakes OnNew York Utility Finds Big Payoff in New IdeasVermont Utility Expands Heat Pump Program Which Utilities Sponsor the Best Energy Efficiency Programs?Energy Efficiency Costs Less Than New GenerationWhy a Vermont Utility Welcomes Solar The start was slowEneco’s foray into new ventures was slow at first. The utility began by promising to distribute an energy monitor called the Toon (see Image #2, below) to several dozen homes. But the manufacturer didn’t supply enough of them, and some of those that were placed in customers’ homes didn’t work. Eneco went back to collect the Toons, but they found that some customers didn’t want to give them up. If the device itself had some problems, the idea that customers could monitor their own energy use was clearly a hit. RELATED ARTICLES More than 300,000 Toons have since been installed, and Quby has agreed to supply them to utilities in Belgium and Spain.Customers pay €3.50 (about $4.12) per month for the Toon. By monitoring energy use, customers should be able to reduce consumption by about 10%, according to Quby, but some customers have reported savings much greater than that.Like the Nest and similar smart thermostats sold in the U.S., the Toon allows customers to change heat settings with a smartphone app. The device has displays to show how much electricity and natural gas are being used, and it can provide weather forecasts to help customers use power efficiently. The Toon also has helped Eneco retain customers: the number of those who jump ship for a competing provider of electricity has fallen by 60%.As The Times reports, selling less electricity might seem like an odd goal for an electricity retailer, but the company says that it more than makes up for the lower sales with the growth of its service businesses. Plus, customers say they like the idea they are doing something positive for the environment by consuming less power, and the Toon helps them do that. After concluding that selling electricity as a commodity is no guarantee of business success, a Dutch utility has developed a variety of services to attract new customers and guarantee its survival in an era increasingly dependent on renewable energy.What began as a bungled attempt to introduce energy monitors to a few Dutch households has since blossomed into a suite of new programs: charging electric vehicles, repairing solar panels, and tapping into energy stored on the home batteries of its solar customers. Along the way, Eneco has turned its energy monitor into a big success story.The business approach, described in an article in The New York Times, is designed to give the company a more stable future as well as help transition its customers to a clean-energy future. Eneco executives adopted the plan after realizing that getting into price-cutting wars with its competitors for electricity and natural gas sales wasn’t going to take them very far.“We said ‘we have to create an increasing customer loyalty by doing something different,’” said Hans Valk, chief executive of Eneco subsidiary Quby and formerly the leader of Eneco’s consumer business. “What we are trying to do is switch from selling a pure commodity to selling energy as a service.” Some similarities hereMany U.S. utilities are using more conventional business models, and resisting a wider use of renewable energy by consumers, particularly rooftop solar, by seeking curbs on net-metering reimbursements. But in Vermont, Green Mountain Power has shown some of the same flexibility and willingness to experiment as Eneco, and utilities elsewhere are using a mix of efficiency programs and new business approaches.In May, GMP began offering Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries and Tesla GridLogic software to customers, in part to lower demand on the grid at peak times. The utility said that it would be able to shave 10 megawatts off peak load, the same as taking 7,500 homes off the grid. By late June, the company said that it had requests for the battery from almost 1,000 customers.GMP, a Certified B Corp, also began offering a Nest thermostat and an Aquanta water heater controller for 99 cents per month. The deal, like the Powerwall program, helps consumers save money, but it also gives the utility some ability to reduce demands on the grid by rescheduling when the water heaters will run. GMP also offered no-money-down deals on ductless minisplit heat pumps, and a $10,000 price break on a Nissan Leaf Flyer electric car.In California, the Public Utilities Commission has approved pilot proposals to increase the use of electric vehicles, according to a post at Utility Dive. The $1.3 billion program to tap into the state’s investor-owned utilities would use a variety of means to boost electric vehicle use, including school and transit buses.Con Edison in New York has used efficiency programs, neighborhood solar and other innovative measures to head off threatened power shortages and avoid spending $1.2 billion on a new electrical substation. The measures together cost $200 million.New York energy chief Richard Kauffman said ConEd’s plan could be used elsewhere. “It’s not only an evolution of processes, thinking, and culture,” he said, “it’s also a gradual change in business models, evolving away from ‘programs’ to these activities being integral to the business itself.”last_img read more

Joel Embiid leads Sixers past Lakers

first_imgSurging Painters wrest top spot SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “I wasn’t shocked by it,” Redick said, before Embiid turned to him and replied, “You sure?”The shot rimmed out as much of the crowd gasped. Simmons has never made a 3 in his two seasons in the NBA, but believes he’ll have more opportunities to expand his game with Harris joining a star-studded starting lineup alongside him, Redick, Butler and Embiid.“With this new five I think it’s going to be exciting in terms of what we can do,” Simmons said. “I’m just trying to take what they give me.”UP NEXTLakers: Complete their six-game trip at the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.76ers: Host the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “We had too many breakdowns,” James said. “Way too many breakdowns.”TIP-INSLakers: Johnson said before the game that he didn’t believe the New Orleans Pelicans engaged in good-faith negotiations at the trade deadline during the Lakers’ pursuit of Anthony Davis. Johnson added that the LA players who were on the trade block are professionals who are capable of moving forward. “This is how this league works,” he said. “They know it. I know it.” … Mike Muscala, one of two players the Lakers acquired at the deadline, had eight points in 13 minutes against the team he spent the first half of the season with before being dealt. … Coach Luke Walton said Josh Hart was available after dealing with knee tendinitis, but the former Villanova star did not get into the game.76ers: Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, film director M. Night Shyamalan, New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout were in attendance. So was new Philadelphia Union midfielder and Mexican national team star Marco Fabian, who swapped jerseys with fellow Philly newcomer Harris after the game. … The Sixers scored at least 33 points in each quarter — the first time the team has done so since 1986. … Philly finished with 33 assists and seven turnovers.SIMMONS BELIEVES IN MAGICJohnson revealed that Simmons has reached out to the Lakers about working out with him this summer to learn more about playing the “position as a big guard.” Pending league approval, Johnson noted he’d be happy to accommodate such a wish.“I love his game,” Johnson said. “I love his vision.”Said Simmons: “Trying to learn from somebody like that would be huge.”SIMMONS FOR 3?!?Perhaps the most surprising part of the game came one minute into the second half when Simmons attempted just his third 3-pointer of the season — and the first that wasn’t an end-of-clock heave. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes JJ Redick added 21 points for the Sixers, who have won two straight after acquiring Harris and four others at Thursday’s trade deadline. Jimmy Butler finished with 15 points in front of a packed Philly crowd that brought a playoff-like feel to the nationally televised game.“The East better watch out,” said Johnson, the Lakers president who made the trip to Philly for the game. “This is a stacked team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesKyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 39 points while James had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.James was facing Philadelphia for the first time since the Sixers made a big push to sign the superstar as a free agent last summer. He and Kuzma both missed the last matchup with Philly on Jan. 29, which the Sixers won 121-105. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I thought they were going to be very good anyway before they made any moves, before the season even started,” James said. “And they’ve made a bunch of moves to improve their club.”Fresh off a buzzer-beating win at Boston, the Lakers shot nearly 60 percent and scored 40 points in the first quarter. But fueled by Redick’s four-point play, the Sixers closed the first half on a 19-6 run to take a 76-67 lead into halftime.Embiid, who was questionable to play because of gastroenteritis, led the charge with 25 points in the first half after lighting up the Lakers for 28 in the teams’ first matchup.“I must not be a big LA fan,” said Embiid, who had his league-leading 23rd game with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds. “It’s fun. I’ve been more consistent against both LA teams.”Philadelphia’s lead ballooned to 109-94 at the end of the third quarter after T.J. McConnell’s 3-pointer in the closing seconds. The Sixers ran away with the game from there while gleeful fans chanted “Kobe’s better” at James.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, center, goes up for the shot against Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, of Cameroon, and Jimmy Butler, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — Magic Johnson and LeBron James have captured eight NBA titles between them. With Johnson in the stands and James on the court, the Philadelphia 76ers showed off their own championship potential.Joel Embiid had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 22 points in his second game with Philadelphia, and the new-look 76ers beat James and the Los Angeles Lakers 143-120 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more