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RIO DE JANEIRO -- When Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden were hired to take over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the expectation within the organization and around the NBA was that they were coming in to make significant changes to a franchise with the longest-running playoff drought in the league. Ecco Shoes Clearance Uk.Ricky Rubio heard his name floated in the constant trade rumor mill, never more than after the Wolves selected Providences Kris Dunn, another point guard, with the fifth overall pick in the June draft.Rubio remained quiet throughout the summer, putting all of his focus into grieving the loss of his mother and then joining his national team to prepare for the Olympics. Now that the Rio Games have concluded and Rubio has earned a bronze medal with Spain, he said he is looking forward to returning to Minnesota to work with Dunn and reiterated his desire to remain with the Timberwolves and help turn them into a winner.Really its a challenge. When a young guy like him who has a lot of potential comes, I think we can really play together, Rubio told The Associated Press. But if we dont [share the floor often], I can really help him [Dunn].Rubio said he was pleased by Thibodeaus hiring and believes the new coaching staff will make a big difference on a young, impressionable roster.I think weve got all the pieces together to make something happen, he said. Im really excited about the new coach and the new staff. They have a lot of years in their backpack and really can teach us how to reach the next level. I think we have the tools. We just have to put all them together.Thibodeau has said he can see Dunn and Rubio playing together in certain lineups, and indications within the organization are that there are no current efforts to trade the veteran starter. One of the teams biggest weaknesses last season was the lack of a solid backup to Rubio at point guard, a setup that caused the Wolves to try to move Zach LaVine from his more natural shooting guard spot.With Dunn in the mix, the Wolves have more depth now. And Rubios presence assures the team doesnt have to force a rookie into a starting spot at one of the games most important positions.The 25-year-old Rubio is entering his sixth season and has yet to see the playoffs. He said that concerns him far more than his team investing a high lottery pick on a player at his position. Rubio believes he can serve as a mentor to Dunn and hopes the two can push each other to new heights.Its something that Ive said since day one. said Rubio, who averaged 10.1 points and 8.7 assists per game last season. I dont want to be in the newspaper. I just want to win. Thats my goal. If I have to sacrifice something -- I will to make this team a winning team.That is the mentality he took on over the summer with Spain, a team filled with proud veterans who take lesser roles when they get together in the summer to compete in the Olympics.All we do [with Spain] when we click is put all the egos apart and really click as a team, Rubio said. The guy who really knows how to [play] defense, put him in on defense. The guy who is exceptional on offense, give him credit and give him the ball. Put everything apart and the team first.Rubio has had several conversations with Thibodeau since he was hired. But they havent had the time to really dig into the situation. Thibodeau was an assistant on Team USA in Rio, so now that the Olympics are over, the two expect to have more in-depth conversations.In my five years Ive been there, definitely its the best group, Rubio said. Players, coaches, you put it all together and its the best weve ever had. The excitement is real. We have really young talent that can really take us to the next level with veterans that can help. And the coach, I think, is going to be the key and the difference. Ecco Shoes Uk Outlet . Jason Zucker and Matt Cooke also scored for Minnesota, which has won five of six. Kuemper made five saves in the first, nine in the second, and nine in the third. The rookies best save came with 2:17 left in the third period when he denied former Wild forward Matt Cullen from just outside of the crease on the right side. Cheap Ecco Shoes Online . -- Mike Smith never saw his first NHL goal go in. . The 31-year-old Spain midfielder hasnt played since Madrid lost in the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid in May due to back and foot injuries. NEW YORK -- With his teams grip on the second AL wild-card spot slipping, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter hoped Dylan Bundy could pitch well and give the suddenly struggling bullpen a break.In his ninth major league start, Bundy wasnt able to help the Orioles with either task.Bundy was tagged for five runs in just four innings as the New York Yankees routed the Orioles 13-5 on Saturday.Chris Davis homered twice and Mark Trumbo hit his big league-leading 39th home run for Baltimore, which lost its third in row. New York won its fourth straight to pull within 2 1/2 games for the last wild-card slot.Starting for the first time against New York, Bundy (7-5) struggled from the first pitch. He walked his second batter, setting up Mark Teixeiras RBI double.Anytime you cant get through five or six innings its not a quality start and I didnt give my team a very good chance to win today, Bundy said. Thats my fault and I got to get better next time.A day after a 14-4 trouncing in which Yovani Gallardo lasted only 1 1/3 innings in the shortest start of his 10-year career, Bundy also came out early.Hes pitched well and just could never really get into that rhythm, Showalter said.Orioles relievers T.J. McFarland, Mychal Givens, Donnie Hart and Brad Brach combined to give up eight runs in four innings. An early strength of the team, the bullpen has struggled of late, allowing 23 runs over the last four games.Thats what happens, Showalter said. Thats why they call it dog days of August. It happens to pitchers, hitters, everybody.The homers by Davis and Trumbo brought Baltimores season total to 202 in 129 games, the fifth consecutive season with at least 200 homers. The 129 games needed to reach the mark are the second-fewest to reach 200 home runs in Orioles history, STATS said.Yankees rookie Gary Sanchez homered for the 11th time in 21 games this season. Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks also connected.New York had 18 hits and drew seven walks on the afternoon, but despite all that offensive output, it was a disputed play on the basess that put them ahead for good. Ecco Shoes Uk Online Sale. .After Davis first homer gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the third, two-out singles by Teixeira, Didi Gregorius and Castro brought home the tying run.With runners at the corners, Castro broke for second. Catcher Matt Wieters throw was then cut off by shortstop J.J. Hardy as Gregorius tried to steal home.Hardys throw appeared to be in time, but Gregorius neatly tucked in his right arm and extended his left arm across home plate.Umpire Ron Kulpa called Gregorius out, but the Yankees challenged and the ruling was overturned. After the review, Brian McCann hit an RBI double for a 4-2 lead.I thought I probably missed on the first hand, Wieters said. It was close on the first hand before he pulled it back. And then I knew I got him on the chest area, but didnt know if he got his right hand in in time. It was close and it didnt go our way.TRAINERS ROOMOrioles: CF Adam Jones was held out of the lineup after aggravating his hamstring injury on Friday. He tried to talk his way into starting, Showalter said.UP NEXTOrioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (5-10, 3.92 ERA) is set to make his fourth start this season against the Yankees. Hes 0-1 in the previous three outings despite a 1.31 ERA.Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (8-10, 4.33) was originally scheduled to pitch Monday in Kansas City. But Girardi made a switch, starting Sabathia instead of RHP Michael Pineda. Girardi cited Baltimores better numbers against right-handed pitching and the Royals success vs. lefties.JERSEY BOYOrioles All-Star reliever Brad Brach will be inducted into the Monmouth University Athletics Hall of Fame in December. He will join Miles Austin III (football) as the newest members of the 2016 class. A native of Freehold, New Jersey, Brach remains the schools all-time leader in wins (29), strikeouts (277), and innings pitched (324 1-3). He was the first Hawk to be selected to the MLB All-Star Game in July. ' ' '