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10 months agoLeicester boss Puel delighted with Choudhury for Chelsea win

first_imgLeicester boss Puel delighted with Choudhury for Chelsea winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel was delighted with Hamza Choudhury’s performance for victory at Chelsea.Choudhury made his first Premier League appearance of the season in the 1-0 win at Chelsea, the midfielder handed a start after his impressive display in the midweek Carabao Cup clash with Manchester City. “I was happy about Hamza against Man City and I think he confirmed why (against Chelsea),” said Puel.“He’s a young player from the academy but for me it’s important to give game-time for players to continue to develop. If an academy player can have good quality, he can come and compete with his team-mates.“I’m happy about the work, about the game of Hamza. He needs to continue this way.“It’s a good response for the team and for the work at the club, not just the professional players but at the academy. It’s a reward for all of the coaches and for all the hard work in the academy.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoNikola Vlasic: Everton are looking for great names and players from big clubs

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nikola Vlasic: Everton are looking for great names and players from big clubsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton winger Nikola Vlasic has no doubts about the club’s ambitions.Now on-loan at CSKA Moscow, Vlasic has detailed what Everton have planned for the coming seasons.He told Sportske Novosti, “Everton has spent £100m last year on reinforcements. Only three players – Richarlison, (Yerry) Mina and (Lucas) Digne – cost about £90m.”Everton are looking for great names and players from big clubs, like Barcelona.”Despite these immense investments, the team is currently in the 11th place. That means there will be new, big purchases (in the future).”I know (Everton) have decided internally that they will try to be the new Tottenham and join the biggest league clubs.” last_img read more

22 days agoKlopp: RB Salzburg taught Liverpool players valuable lesson

first_imgKlopp: RB Salzburg taught Liverpool players valuable lessonby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says Liverpool earned an important lesson against RB Salzburg on Wednesday.The Reds were cruising in the first-half after Sadio Mane made it 3-0.But a defensive capitulation meant the scores were tied with 30 minutes remaining, only for Mohamed Salah to save the day with the winning goal.Klopp said: “The first 30 minutes was some of the best football we played so far, I would say, against a very good organised team with a clear identity. We did everything that they don’t like on high speed, scored the three goals, could have scored more.”They changed the system – that’s allowed and not really a problem usually but tonight it was for us. We changed, for some reason, the approach. Some were in a controlling mood, some were in an attacking mood, and other positions were too hectic.”The other problem was that we tried to finish our situations off through the middle of the park. They had one midfielder less in the defence because they took a little bit more risk, left a No.10 between the lines, and we still tried to push through the centre.”[We] lost the balls there, they passed the ball to the 10 and he could turn at the back of Fabinho: counter-attack. That changed the momentum of the game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

NLRB Ruling Reignites CollegeAthlete Pay Debate

How much are college athletes paid? And how much would they get on the open market?Those questions gained urgency Wednesday when a regional National Labor Relations Board director in Chicago ruled that Northwestern University football players can vote to unionize. Northwestern plans to appeal to the national NLRB in Washington, and the case could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.If the ruling stands, and Northwestern players unionize, that could eventually lead to the professionalization of college sports and a market that sets prices for college athletes’ labor. Until then, the economic questions his ruling raises are worthy of an advanced college syllabus.How much are college athletes paid? The conventional response is the face value of their tuition, room and board. In 2011, USA Today estimated that value at $27,923 annually, as a median for college-basketball players at Division I schools. A 2012 report by the National College Players Association — an advocacy group for college athletes, so not exactly a neutral source — and Drexel University Sport Management put the average value of an athletic scholarship at $23,204 annually.USA Today put more than just tuition, room and board into its calculation of student-athlete value. The newspaper calculated that college basketball players get $120,000 annually, the majority of it from the elite training they receive. That’s based on the typical cost of a year at a private training program that college and NBA players use: $60,000 to $80,000.But packing that much money into the value of a scholarship rests on several shaky assumptions. First, not only do most college basketball players not go pro, but many probably don’t plan to and would never pay for private training. Second, whatever the quality of that private training, it’s aimed at optimizing a player’s individual success. College coaching might do the same, but its primary aim is the success of the program, and some coaches teach systems that don’t translate into pro success. Third, on-the-job training isn’t considered a monetary benefit in other contexts. It’s an investment by the employer for boosting its employee’s productivity.Other extras USA Today considered, such as tickets, are more credible, though it’s doubtful that all players who didn’t get freebies would pay face value.How much should college athletes be paid? Southern Utah University economist David Berri outlined a calculation in the Atlantic last week, but his work was based only on the University of Kansas men’s basketball team, hardly a representative program. The NCPA/Drexel study compiled revenue totals for college basketball and football programs by extrapolating from pay structures in the NBA and NFL. Teams in those pro leagues pay their players roughly half their revenue, so the NCPA assumes colleges would pay their athletes the same. But it’s not obvious they would.Pro teams pay for talent because they want to draw crowds, boost TV ratings and sell merchandise. It’s reasonable to think college fans are less fickle about their teams. Current students can’t as easily follow another team or wait until their team is better in five years. Alumni also will root for the uniform, affected as much by their own fond memories as by the quality of today’s teams.That’s the theory, anyway. Last week, Michael Lewis and Manish Tripathi, researchers at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, checked it out by studying the relationship between revenue and winning in the NBA and Division I men’s basketball. They found that NBA teams’ revenue was twice as sensitive to winning. So college teams don’t have to worry as much about getting top players as NBA teams do. “College revenues are driven more by the permanent nature of the fan base, and by the brand equity created over time,” Lewis and Tripathi wrote.Don’t read that as a defense of the status quo. Lewis and Tripathi point out that much of college programs’ brand equity comes from past players, and they argue that programs should pay their alumni as well as their current players.Most of the revenue-based payment ideas don’t really apply to the so-called nonrevenue sports, the ones without big fan bases, expensive tickets, and shoe and TV deals. Athletes in those sports wouldn’t do as well in the open market, though Deadspin has argued there’s plenty of money to pay them, too, perhaps from reducing coaches’ salaries so that they represent the same share of revenue as pro coaches’ pay. Again, though, that calculation only makes sense if coaches’ value in college matches the value of pro coaches. To the extent that coaches such as Michigan State’s Tom Izzo account for part of colleges’ brand equity, they may be worth a higher revenue share than their pro counterparts. read more

Anthony Davis Has Been Great So Why Are The Pelicans So Bad

SEASONTEAMPLAYERAVG. GAME SCORE ’13-14Utah JazzGordon Hayward13.9 ’12-13Washington WizardsJordan Crawford8.2 ’16-17New Orleans PelicansAnthony Davis26.3 Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans finally found the win column Thursday, managing to hold on in a hard-fought game in Milwaukee that marked their first victory of the season.It took a lot longer than they would’ve liked. Before the win, New Orleans was 0-8 despite the dazzling play of Davis, who in the season opener posted a 50-point, 15-rebound, five-steal, five-assist, four-block performance. Through nine games, he’s averaging 31 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists.Davis’s off-the-charts, early-season numbers are essentially unprecedented in modern basketball for such a struggling team. If we look at Game Score — Basketball-Reference’s metric for a player’s contribution and efficiency in a single game — we can see that no player on a team that’s begun a season 0-8 has come anywhere near Davis’s average Game Score of 26.3 during that initial stretch of games in the 30 years for which the stat is available. (The Sixers, who haven’t won an October or November game since 2013, will seek to avoid an 0-8 start on Friday night.) Players with the highest Game Scores on NBA teams with an 0-8 start, since 1985 ’15-16Philadephia 76ersJahlil Okafor12.2 ’02-03Memphis GrizzliesPau Gasol14.4 ’05-06Toronto RaptorsChris Bosh16.6 ’14-15Philadephia 76ersTony Wroten13.8 ’85-86Phoenix SunsLarry Nance13.6 ’01-02Memphis GrizzliesLorenzen Wright14.6 ’12-13Detroit PistonsGreg Monroe12.4 ’88-89Indiana PacersWayman Tisdale14.7 ’97-98Los Angeles ClippersLamond Murray9.6 ’97-98Denver NuggetsLaPhonso Ellis5.0 ’11-12Washington WizardsJaVale McGee11.1 ’04-05Charlotte HornetsBaron Davis19.2 Source: Basketball-reference.com While players from earlier eras — Artis Gilmore, Bernard King and Mark Aguirre to name a few — put up big numbers for similarly bad teams, Davis’s statistics stand apart because of how many different ways he’s able to impact a game. He has career highs in both usage percent and true shooting percent (despite shooting just 18.8 percent from three this season) — one of the rare instances where a player’s increased workload coincides with an uptick in efficiency. That’s thanks to a hypermodern post-up game that often sees him catch the ball near the free throw line, post his man, and either quickly turn to drive or face up and work from the dribble. While these may not be “post” plays in the traditional, back-to-the-basket sense, they’ve been effective — Davis is scoring 110 points per 100 possessions on post plays, according to Synergy Sports, after scoring 78.2 and 84.7 points per 100 the last two seasons.While the 23-year-old’s average Game Score only covers about 10 percent of the season, consider this: If he finishes the season at his current level, Davis would surpass all but one MVP season over the past 30 years (Michael Jordan’s 1987-88 campaign, in which His Airness posted 35 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists a night)The obvious question: How are the Pelicans — who also lost 11 of 12 to start last season, as Davis missed three games with injuries — this terrible with such a great player, especially with their defense having improved considerably from last season?Several factors are to blame.Perhaps the most obvious: Besides Davis, there hasn’t been enough offensive firepower, or perimeter shooting, to keep opposing defenses honest. Yes, some of that figures to change once floor general Jrue Holiday returns to the lineup. But without floor spacer Ryan Anderson, who signed with Houston in July, Davis isn’t getting much help from the Pelicans’ wing players just yet. Shooting guard Buddy Hield, for example, the Pelicans’ first-round draft pick who averaged 25 points per game during his senior year at Oklahoma, is taking almost six three-pointers a night, but is connecting on just 23.5 percent of them.Teams have sent hard, aggressive double-teams at Davis on 9 percent of his post-up looks this season, three times as often as last year, per Synergy Sports. He’s done well when he opts to shoot over the double, but he hasn’t had a reliable shooter to pass to. Of the 15 times he’s passed out of a post-up double-team, the Pelicans have scored a total of four points and shot just 7 percent (1-of-13), according to Synergy. Defenses have been wise to ignore perimeter shooters: New Orleans is an NBA-worst 28.6 percent from behind the arc.Another problem: The team is essentially playing without a point guard. The Pelicans have been without guards Holiday and Tyreke Evans (who is out with knee issues), and recently lost Lance Stephenson — who’d played well as a primary ball handler off the bench — to a groin injury, leaving journeyman backup Tim Frazier to handle things. The ailment was a setback for a team that has done surprisingly well, all things considered, when Davis is forced to take breathers. The Pelicans’ net rating, while still negative, has been better in the minutes that Davis is on the sidelines, according to NBA.com.If there’s a saving grace for Davis and the Pelicans so far, it’s that they’ve been relatively unlucky to this point. According to NBA.com, they’ve lost a league-high six games in clutch scenarios, where the score was within five points in the final five minutes of play. They’re also the only team in the NBA with two overtime losses already, meaning they might be due for success in close games going forward.But even if their record doesn’t bounce back and they do indeed turn out to be one of the NBA’s worst teams, Davis’s otherworldly performances might be reason enough to watch them play from time to time.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Ohio State womens lacrosse to play Big Ten opener at Michigan

“We have definitely shown to be versatile on offense, and I think that stems from our growing chemistry,” she said. “Being able to take different things from each game has prepared us for Big Ten play, and we’re all really excited to prove ourselves this weekend.”The Buckeyes consider their work ethic to be their biggest strength, said sophomore midfielder Molly Wood, so they’re working on the little things to make the team better.“The Big Ten conference is one of the toughest in the country, and we’re fortunate enough to play in it,” Wood said. “We’re going against some amazing teams, and we will have big matchups every single game the rest of the season.”Wood added that having such a competitive conference will help pump up the team’s intensity, as they want to represent OSU well in the Big Ten.“Michigan is our biggest rival, and we it’s going to be a huge fight,” Wood said. “We both want a victory, and we’ve been working hard, so it’ll be a great game.”Player of the weekDabrowski was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, recognizing her performances in OSU’s two games last weekend. Venechanos said Dabrowski is a superb facilitator for the team, and she’s a huge positive influence for the Buckeyes in the attack.“Cian is a great team player, as we’ve been asking her to put some goals up and she’s been handling the pressure really well,” Venechanos said. “She’s been getting double- and sometimes triple-teamed, but she’s a fearless player and it’s great for her to hit that landmark.”Dabrowski said it’s an honor to be recognized in such a tough lacrosse conference.“The Big Ten is strong and continues to get stronger, so it’s really humbling to be acknowledged when some of the best players in the country are from our conference,” Dabrowski said. “We’ve all been working really hard and getting extra work in so whenever someone is recognized it’s really special and it reflects on the entire team.”Although Dabrowski won the honor, she credited most of the work to her teammates.“I think it starts and ends with the little things that they do to give us those extra opportunities on attack,” Dabrowski said. “Sometimes things don’t go our way, but we can always count on our defense to get a big stop for us, and we’re all committed to winning the draw and ground-ball battle.”Dabrowski goes into this weekend with a team-record 100 goals, but she said she still has room for improvement.“My focus going forward is better shot selection by making smarter decisions and taking the shot that I want,” Dabrowski said. “Another focus of mine that has a strong impact is having more draw controls, boxing out to make it easier for the drawers to do their job, and coming up with the ball when I can.” Wood said playing with Dabrowski in the attack is a great opportunity to create opportunities for herself and her teammates.“It’s so amazing to be able to play with Cian because she’s such a playmaker,” Wood said. “She works hard to make the rest of us look better, too, and we can always count on her to come in clutch.” Additional achievementsWood leads the Big Ten and ranks ninth in the NCAA with 5.5 draws per game, and she is also second on the team with 25 goals. Wood said the team is working as hard as it can as it heads into Big Ten play.“We still have our toughest games coming up, as we’re only halfway through our season,” Wood said. “It’s just about stepping up and working hard every day at practice, and making sure we’re on the same page.”Venechanos goes into the weekend with 100 wins under her belt. She has been successful throughout her career as a player and a coach, with four NCAA titles and a total of eight conference championships.“It’s a great milestone, and I give credit to all the former players and assistant coaches,” Venechanos said. “It happened really fast, and it’s incredible to be able to do it at a place like OSU.”Up nextThe Buckeyes are next set to take on Penn State on April 9 at 4 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU players celebrate during a game against Michigan during the 2014 season.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is getting ready to open Big Ten play as it travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to play the Michigan Wolverines. OSU is starting its conference schedule on the right foot, ranking second in the Big Ten through nonconference play thanks to a seven-game winning streak.OSU is 3-0 against the Wolverines, winning last year’s meeting 13-5 at home. Going into conference play, the team is not thinking about the seven-game winning streak but rather starting fresh from the beginning, said OSU coach Alexis Venechanos.“We’re looking for areas to get better because the competition is going to be greater and the speed of play is going to be faster,” Venechanos said. “The Big Ten is a faster, more physical conference, and the championship is on the line, and the intensity picks up a lot.”Venechanos said she expects the weekend’s contest to be a physical and aggressive game against OSU’s rival. Michigan leads the Big Ten and is 10th in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game, averaging 10.9. The Wolverines are currently 5-6 going into Big Ten play, though, so she said they will be ready to fight.“We are just going to worry about ourselves, so we’re looking to get sharper in our style of play,” Venechanos said. “Our defense, our attack and our midfield need to be on the same page, and we’re expecting a competitive Big Ten game.” Continued successOSU has a record of 9-1, which has tied the program record for the best start to the season. A victory against Michigan would give the Buckeyes the record of the best start to a campaign in program history. Also, a win would give OSU its record for the longest winning streak.The games leading up to the Big Ten opener have allowed the team to piece things together, said senior attackman Cian Dabrowski. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State takes on Wisconsin in second round of Big

Ohio State redshirt senior point guard Carmen Grande (1) dribbles the ball in the second half of the game against Rutgers on March 3. Ohio State lost 66-56. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorLife on the bubble isn’t something the Ohio State women’s basketball team is used to.Redshirt senior forward Makayla Waterman has never missed the NCAA tournament in her four seasons at Ohio State, and head coach Kevin McGuff hasn’t missed out on the big dance since his first season with the Buckeyes in 2013.With conference tournaments in full swing and Selection Sunday only a few weeks away, it is crunch time for an Ohio State team that hasn’t yet secured its tournament berth. With the opportunity to play as many as four games in the Big Ten tournament, any one of those matchups could mean the difference between moving on and watching the NCAA tournament from home.Ohio State’s opening matchup comes against Wisconsin, who the Buckeyes swept in the regular season by scores of 70-68 and 61-50, and they will get another crack at them on Thursday.Projected StartersOhio State (14-13, 10-8 Big Ten)F — Dorka Juhasz — Freshman, 11.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Makayla Waterman — Redshirt senior, 7.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.7 apgG — Carmen Grande — Redshirt senior, 8.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.9 apgG — Janai Crooms — Freshman, 8.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apgG — Carly Santoro — Redshirt senior, 11.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.3 apgWisconsin (14-17, 4-14 Big Ten)F — Marsha Howard — Senior, 14.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.4 apgF — Imani Lewis — Freshman, 12.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 0.6 apgG — Kelly Karlis — Senior, 8.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.2 apgG — Niya Beverley — Sophomore, 7.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.4 apgG — Kendra Van Leeuwen — Junior, 4.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.2 apgOhio State enters the tournaments as a No. 5 seed after finishing with a 10-8 conference record during the regular season. The Badgers entered the tournament as the 13 seed and knocked off Penn State 65-57 to move on to the second round. The past two matchups between the Buckeyes and Badgers have leaned heavily towards Ohio State, with Wisconsin unable to stop the Buckeyes from scoring. In the first game, freshman forward Dorka Juhasz went off for a 21-point, 15-rebound double-double in addition to three other Buckeyes scoring in double digits in the 70-68 win.Just 11 days later, redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande dropped 17 on the Badgers while Juhasz again notched a double-double, this time with 10 points and 14 rebounds in the 60-51 victory.While Wisconsin’s offense doesn’t necessarily light up the scoreboard — it is ranked No. 12 in the Big Ten in scoring offense — the Badgers do have a pair of potent forwards in senior Marsha Howard and freshman Imani Lewis who are both averaging double-digit point totals. While Howard and Lewis have been able to find the basket, the overall shooting of the Badgers is poor. Wisconsin shoots just under 40 percent from the field, 28 percent from 3 and is only shooting 58 percent from the free throw line. The Badgers are better on the defensive side of the ball, only allowing 63.5 points per game, slightly more than the 62.1 points that Ohio State averages on offense. For an Ohio State team that struggles on the offensive end, Wisconsin will not make things any easier. The Badgers are allowing their opponents to connect on 39 percent of their shots from the field this season.If the Buckeyes want to move on in the tournament, Grande and the rest of the graduating seniors will have to step up to ensure they can find the basket against Wisconsin’s stingy defense. Ohio State will take on Wisconsin on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. read more

Koscielny is delighted about Arsenals win

first_imgThe former France star scored in the 2-0 win over Chelsea in yesterday’s English Premier League fixture.Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny scored the second goal for the Gunners in their 2-0 victory over Chelsea yesterday.And he’s delighted after the great victory.“We needed to win. We did a mistake last week and it was a game of six points,” Koscielny was quoted by Goal.“If we lose, it would be nine points; if we win just three points. We are still in the race for the top four.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It was important, the commitment was amazing from all the boys. We talked a lot and we showed on the pitch which way we want to go together,” he commented.“It is good to play like this. We want to fight for each other.”“When we talk about a clean sheet it is not just about the defenders. We showed everyone working together; the strikers work and help the rest of the team. Then at the back, it is easier to win the challenges,” he added.“It is good for our head – we can keep this [mentality] for the rest of the season.”last_img read more

Thousands left homeless and more than 10000 feared dead in Philippines

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThousands left homeless and more than 10,000 expected dead as the death toll continues to climb following last Friday’s typhoon that severely battered sections of the Philippines. President of the Filipino Association in the Turks and Caicos, Rizaldy Gregorio is appealing to the entire Turks and Caicos to assist with donations for his countrymen. Friday’s typhoon will put an even greater strain on the country as it is still recovering from a 7.4 magnitude earthquake which shook it just last month. To make donations to the TCI Filipino Association, you can visit Moneygram Downtown Providenciales or NCS money transfer at the Tropicana Plaza also on Provo or contact 441-3065. last_img read more