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Minnesota Timberwolves deny Ricky Rubio trade talks

Milt Newton denies speculation that the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to trade point guard Ricky Rubio.

Minnesota Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton has insisted that the franchise is not looking to trade point guard Ricky Rubio.

Rubio was limited to just 22 games last season due to injury, and it was the second time in his first four years in the league that he had been sidelined for a significant period of time.

"We are not talking to anybody about trading Ricky," Newton told The AP.

Newton added that the 24-year-old is "one of the best facilitators in the league", and believes that the Spaniard has a crucial role to play in leading a team full of young talent.

The Timberwolves open their training camp on Tuesday with Rubio expected to attend.

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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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