Winless Suns fire Earl Watson after 3 games this season

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Assistant coach Jay Triano, a former head coach of the Toronto Raptors, was named interim coach. Triano was an assistant at Portland before coming to Phoenix last year.Watson was promoted from assistant to interim coach of the Suns after Jeff Hornacek was fired Feb. 1, 2016. The interim tag was removed on April 19 of that year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWith an extremely young team, the Suns struggled under Watson. He compiled a 33-85 record. Watson’s only full season was 2016-17, when the team went 24-58.The 38-year-old Watson played collegiately at UCLA and in the NBA for 10 seasons. He often spoke of his long talks with John Wooden, emphasized togetherness and a family atmosphere to nurture the young squad but wins were hard to come by. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ And owner Robert Sarver apparently didn’t like what he saw. Phoenix is 0-3 and two of the losses were especially ugly. The Suns were blown out 124-76 by the Portland in their season opener Wednesday night, the most one-sided loss in franchise history and the most one-sided season opener for any NBA team.Phoenix was routed by the Clippers in Los Angeles 130-88 on Saturday night.“I Dont wanna be here,” point guard Eric Bledsoe tweeted Sunday, just as the news of Watson’s firing surfaced in an ESPN report.The tweet by Bledsoe, a former Clipper, was followed by one from the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan saying “Come back home bro.”Bledsoe has been rumored in possible trades for months.Watson’s dismissal is the first NBA coaching change in well over a year. Hornacek’s hiring by the New York Knicks, which was finalized in June 2016, had been the most recent change — and the irony there is that Watson got the job in Phoenix with 33 games left in the 2015-16 season, after the Suns fired Hornacek.ADVERTISEMENT In this Oct. 21, 2017, photo, Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson watches action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles. The Suns have fired coach Watson just three games in to the NBA season. Phoenix announced the firing Sunday night, Oct. 22, after hours of meetings at the team’s headquarters. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Earl Watson just three games in to the NBA season.The Suns announced the firing Sunday night after hours of meetings at the team’s headquarters.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Watson was the league’s second-youngest active coach behind the Lakers’ Luke Walton, and the Suns were tied with the Chicago Bulls as having the youngest opening-night roster in the NBA this season.“I’d like to see the fight be a little bit more,” Watson said after the blowout loss to the Clippers. “Or a lot more, until you know they’re just fatigued.”The Suns came into this season with only four losses by 40 or more points in franchise history. They’ve had two in the first three games of this season. Phoenix has not made the playoffs in seven years, the longest drought in the franchise’s 49-year history.Watson was the 17th Suns coach in the franchise’s history.This was the first NBA season where every coach who started one year had the same job to begin the next.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NBA: Kyrie Irving fined for NBA fan spatlast_img read more

Video: Africa’s first electric car

first_imgThe zero-emission Joule was designed by Cape Town-based Optimal Energy in association with legendary South African-born automotive designer Keith Helfet. The Joule was unveiled in Cape Town in September 2008 – when this video was made – and at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. It’s clean, it’s mean – and it’s good-looking, to boot! Click arrow to play video.last_img

New coalition ramps up agricultural push for NAFTA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A broad-based group of over 30 organizations representing growers, refiners, producers, transporters, retailers and consumers announced the formation of Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF), a coalition that will work to ensure President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders understand the importance of preserving and modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to America’s agricultural and retail economies.“Canada and Mexico represent the second and third largest markets for U.S. agriculture,” said AFF leadership committee member Neil Dierks, CEO of the National Pork Producers Council. “A modernized NAFTA is critical to the prosperity of rural America.”Since taking effect in 1994, the positive impacts of NAFTA extend beyond America’s farming community, and have helped the food and agricultural industries to grow to support more than 43 million jobs. But it is rural economies and communities that are among the biggest winners under NAFTA, the very same communities that powered President Trump to victory in 2016.Under NAFTA, food and agriculture exports have more than quadrupled and account for 25% of American exports. One in every 10 acres of American crops is for export to NAFTA partners. NAFTA has fueled agriculture-related industries’ growth, which in turn has been a driver in building American jobs. Today, American food and agriculture supports more than 20% of the U.S. workforce and provides more manufacturing jobs than any other sector. And NAFTA has helped keep grocery prices down for all Americans.“Farm Belt voters supported President Trump by a three-to-one margin in the last election and they are counting on President Trump to improve NAFTA in the modernization negotiations,” said John Bode, president and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association and a member of AFF’s leadership committee. “It’s not an exaggeration to say many farmers are still farming today because of NAFTA. We know that President Trump has a lot of experience negotiating good deals. We support him in updating and improving NAFTA.”NAFTA has opened markets to America’s farmers, grown domestic jobs and supported $127 billion in annual economic activity. Fruit and vegetable exports alone from the United States to Canada and Mexico have more than tripled under NAFTA. As President Trump’s negotiators are debating major changes to the agreement, we will ensure they keep a clear eye on the positive impact NAFTA has had on the American economy, job growth and wages.“NAFTA has opened new markets to America’s farmers and ranchers, and U.S. agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico have quadrupled under the agreement,” said Zippy Duval, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation and a member of AFF’s leadership committee. “The current negotiations should build upon that success. Farm Bureau is pleased to work with AFF as well as Farmers for Free Trade and other collaborative efforts to engage farmers and leaders at the local, state and national levels and deliver that message to Congress and the President.”As part of this effort, AFF will be launching a robust educational campaign to highlight the positive impact NAFTA achieves for hard-working Americans and lay the groundwork for an updated trade agreement that preserves America’s strong economic standing for decades to come.“We look forward to being active participants in this discussion as we ensure the growers, producers, processors, transporters, retailers and consumers we represent have their voices heard,” said Chris Novak, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association and another member of AFF’s leadership committee. “This issue is simply too important for us to sit on the sidelines.”For more information on AFF, including an initial membership list, please visit https://americansforfarmersandfamilies.com/.last_img read more