Dhoni rues lack of partnerships after defeat

first_imgIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lamented the lack of partnerships after the six-wicket defeat at the hands of England in the one-off Twenty20 international in Manchester. India have already lost the Test series 0-4.”Partnership is key, doesn’t matter what format it is. Once you lose quick wickets, like we did after 12 overs, it doesn’t help. You want to have at least five or six wickets in the slog overs,” remarked Dhoni after his side lost nine wickets in the final eight overs as England pulled off a rather easy win.India were 104 for one in the 13th over before being bowled out for 165, with three balls remaining.Dhoni said one of the reasons for his side losing quick wickets was because they wanted to press on for 15-20 runs extra to make up for the lack of fifth bowler. “Since we don’t have the fifth bowler, we wanted to push a bit hard. We wanted to get those extra 15-20 runs and in the process we lost quick wickets.”Once you lose quick wickets it becomes difficult. Virat (Kohli) hasn’t bowled much in Twenty20 format and there were two part-time off-spinners.”Even though India struggled to get through the quota of fifth bowler between Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the four overs cost the visitors 48 runs, and Dhoni doesn’t see the possibility of the team going with six batters and five bowlers in the forthcoming one-day series.”In the last two years, we haven’t played with five bowlers. I don’t see it happening now. We don’t want to play with a batter light (less).” .advertisementTwo bright aspects for India were the batting of young opener Ajinkya Rahane who made 61 and Rahul Dravid who slammed three sixes in his knock of 31 runs.”Rahane expressed himself. He didn’t worry too much about the occasion. Whenever the ball was in his area, he scored most off them. He got over 50 runs which was critical for us.”As for Dravid, he tends to take the leg to the ball in longer formats of the game but here he needed to take the leg out of the line of the ball. That’s what you sometimes need to do in international cricket.”last_img read more

Anju, Gopichand drafted as members of Khelo India

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 26 (PTI) Indias lone athletics World Championship medal winner Anju Bobby George and chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand have been drafted as members of Khelo India, a national programme for the development of sports in the country, an initiative by the Government. Khelo India is a seven-member committee, in which Anju and Gopichand are the two sportspersons. The committee will be headed by Sports Secretary Rajiv Yadav. Known for her feats as a long jumper, Anju has recently quit as the president of the Kerala Sports Council along with 13 other members in protest against the “insulting behaviour” of Kerala Sports Minister E P Jayarajan. Gopichand, a former all-England badminton champion, has been the coach of the Indian national badminton team since 2006 and is responsible for the likes of Sania Nehwal, P V Sindhu, K Srikanth and others doing well at the international level. PTI CM ATK ATKlast_img read more

Premier League: Manchester City playing like Brazil, says Gabriel Jesus

first_imgManchester City star forward Gabriel Jesus on Saturday reckoned his club’s playing style is almost playing in the same manner as Brazil in the ongoing season.The Pep Guardiola-managed side are on top of the English Premier League table with 22 points after eight matches.Manchester City (29) have managed to score the highest number of goals so far in the Premier League.”Yes, it was almost like (Brazilian football),” Jesus, who has made 11 appearances for Brazil since 2016, was quoted saying by Sky Sports.”In Brazil, when we win with so many goals, the players tend to start playing with more style and being playful. They start jumping around and it did feel more or less like this. It felt like a very beautiful way of winning that game,” the 20-year-old added.The Brazilian international also heaped praise on coach Manchester City coach Guardiola and said he is happy to be training under him.”Pep Guardiola is a very ambitious manager, that’s a reason why he has been able to win all the trophies he has won in his career,” Jesus who has made 17 appearances for Manchester City said.”I am very happy to get the chance to be trained by him and I am very proud to be able to grow under his management. I hope we will carry on together and we will be able to improve even more,” Jesus added.last_img read more

Sunil Chhetri’s team donates fines worth Rs 50,000 to Indian Blind Football Federation

first_imgThe small amounts collected from the Indian footballers as fines for minor breach of discipline are being put to use for a noble cause as the team decided to donate Rs 50,000 to the Indian Blind Football Federation.The fines were collected from the national team members over the past few years for breach of discipline like arriving late for training sessions, carrying mobile phones for meals, wearing the wrong attire. This money donated by the ‘Blue Tigers’ will be used by the IBFF to buy footballs.Head Coach Stephen Constantine said, “it’s important to give it back to the community”.”The footballs which the blind footballers use cost USD 50 each. So we are helping them busy some balls,” he said ahead of India’s Asian Cup group match against hosts United Arab Emirates on Thursday.”We collectively agreed among everybody within the national team — the players, and the staff — that any money collected from fines or any misdemeanours will be donated for a good cause. It’s just a very small gesture, but it shows that we can.”We loved this concept: Gurpreet SinghGoalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu said the players “support the noble cause wholeheartedly”.”We love this concept of helping others with the money,” Gurpreet said.”The sanctions are there to impart discipline amongst us. Although nobody wants to be fined, this initiative makes us believe in the larger aspects of life. If we are able to contribute for a cause or help, why not. It helps us be better individuals.”advertisementMeet the team that keeps the #BlueTigers in shape.#BehindTheScenes #BackTheBlue #AsianDream #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/EMdwcqlpjhIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 8, 2019IBFF Sporting Director Sunil J Mathew thanked the Indian team for their initiative.”This is to acknowledge and thank you for the donation towards helping cover the stay & kit expenses at the National Blind Football Academy at Kochi,” he said.”We would like to especially thank the entire AIFF Coaching staff & the National Team for their support. We wish the entire team the very best for the Asian Cup.Also Read | AFC Asian Cup: India not getting carried away with the win, says Stephen ConstantineAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup: Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play againstAlso See:last_img read more

Report: Denmark 0 Ireland 0

first_imgDenmark 0 Republic of Ireland 0: O’Neill’s men stand firm to set up second-leg showdown in Dublin Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 05:40 11/12/17 DenmarkvIreland_cropped Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland side kept a third successive clean sheet to boost their hopes of reaching the World Cup in Russia. Denmark and the Republic of Ireland drew a blank in Copenhagen as the first leg of their World Cup play-off ended in a 0-0 stalemate.Fittingly at the Parken Stadium, the visitors dropped deep and defended solidly to keep a third successive clean sheet that puts them in pole position to reach Russia ahead of the return meeting in Dublin.The Danes struggled to break down their resolute opponents and even when they did occasionally get a sight of goal, Darren Randolph was on hand to keep them out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Middlesbrough goalkeeper made three key saves in the first half but was fortunate to see Pione Sisto shoot wide when well placed inside the penalty area.Having won in Wales last time out to reach the next stage of the qualification process, Ireland can now secure a first World Cup appearance since 2002 on Tuesday.Amazing support once again :: #COYBIG #DENIRL pic.twitter.com/RoSQ6fty06— FAIreland :soccer::flag-ie: (@FAIreland) November 11, 2017Martin O’Neill made just one change from the side that triumphed 1-0 in Cardiff, a result that squeezed them past Wales to take second place behind Serbia in Group D.With David Meyler suspended, Callum O’Dowda started on the right side of a midfield that, from the outset, was clearly drilled to deny Denmark any space inside their opponents’ half.The hosts attempted to combat the lack of room by going long, with a diagonal ball from halfway allowing Jens Stryger Larsen to get away a left-footed volley. Randolph acrobatically turned the effort aside before Andreas Cornelius sent the rebound straight at the grounded goalkeeper.While Cornelius at least hit the target with his attempt, Sisto was guilty of carelessly side-footing beyond the far post after Randolph’s weak save from Christian Eriksen’s drive ran perfectly into the Celta Vigo forward’s path.Ireland’s only chance of note in the first half came from an unlikely source, Cyrus Christie failing to lift a lob over the advancing Kasper Schmeichel from a tight angle.The full-back was needed in his own penalty after the break to block a shot from Stryger Larsen, Christie ducking down to take the well-struck drive flush on the top of his head.Yet Denmark rarely came close to landing a telling blow in terms of the tie; Age Hareide sent on attack-minded substitutes in Yussuf Poulsen and Nicklas Bendtner, with the former at least forcing Randolph to flick over his late header over the bar.#WCQ | FT:Denmark 0-0 Republic of Ireland::Everything to play for in Dublin on Tuesday! #WorldCuphttps://t.co/SpQDWJq93q pic.twitter.com/p3Ztwqmebm— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) November 11, 2017As the hosts ran out of ideas, Ireland’s ambition levels were raised with every scoreless minute that ticked by. Shane Long – who scored twice in a 4-0 win on Danish soil a decade ago – replaced the isolated Daryl Murphy in the hope of utilising the Southampton striker’s pace against a tiring defence.The change did not get O’Neill the away goal he craved, but Ireland at least held firm through to the final whistle and, in the process, set up a huge occasion at the Aviva Stadium. Key Opta stats: – Republic of Ireland are unbeaten in each of their last four play-off qualifiers away from home (W1 D3) and have avoided defeat in all of their fixtures on the road in this World Cup qualifying campaign (W3 D3).- Indeed, Republic of Ireland have not lost any of their last five international meetings with Denmark (W2 D3), keeping clean sheets in each of the last three (W2 D1).- Darren Randolph made four saves in the first half, more than he had made in any other half of Ireland’s 10 previous World Cup 2018 qualifiers.- Denmark have not lost a single international fixture in 2017, winning four and drawing four of their eight games and conceding just four goals – they haven’t suffered defeat since October last year against Montenegro (1-0).  read morelast_img read more

Why won’t TV rights company pouring millions into English football reveal its owners?

first_imgTelevision industry Football Premier League has 14 of the 30 highest-earning clubs in the world Share on Facebook David Conn Twitter Sports rights Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Sky and BT are paying less but the Premier League bubble has not burst Facebook Share on Pinterest Read more Topics Contacted by the Guardian, De Kervasdoué said he had a lawyer’s duty of client confidentiality and declined to say which English sports rights company had been acquired, or why he was an original director of Homer Newco, which took over Pitch in 2009.beIN Sports also declined to answer questions about the relationship with Pitch or the anonymity of its ownership.Pitch’s chairman, East, declined to answer questions about the Dutch company which was the agency’s controlling party, the 2009 takeover, why De Kervasdoué, QSI’s lawyer, was an original director of Pitch’s new owner, and why anonymity and confidentiality are drawn over it all. He said that Pitch’s majority owners now are the two main directors, McGrath and Jon Owen, who from 2015 have been noted on Companies House documents as owning 75% of Homer Newco, with Homere Holding reduced to owning 25 shares. East said the statement in Pitch’s 2015‑16 accounts, that Homere Holding remains the ultimate controlling party, is “incorrect” and will be corrected in this year’s accounts.The spokesman for Pitch said of its ownership arrangements: “Due to confidentiality Pitch is unable to comment on ownership or contract valuation questions beyond the information previously provided.”The EFL has strong regulations on transparency for its own clubs, requiring them to state and publish who owns them and that the individuals are “fit and proper” people to be owners but the league does not have similar requirements for its commercial partners and did not register any concerns about Pitch’s anonymous ownership:“As our chosen sales partner, Pitch International negotiate the sale of the broadcasting rights of all five EFL competitions, internationally, with local broadcasters to secure maximum value for the EFL on behalf of our 72 Clubs,” the league said in a statement.“The EFL has a growing global appeal and is currently broadcast in over 190 territories worldwide. Each individual proposal brought forward by Pitch is separately considered and where appropriate, approved by the EFL.”The FA, asked about the anonymity of ownership at one of the companies paying hundreds of millions of pounds in the “transformational” deal for English football, and the amount of money coming into the game from Qatar, with whose association the English FA signed a cooperation agreement last week, declined to comment. features Share on Messenger The immediate owner which took over the 75% stake in Pitch was a London-based company formed that year, Homer Newco Limited. In turn its owner, the controlling shareholder of Pitch until December 2015, was a company registered in Amsterdam, Homere Holding BV. Dutch companies are not required to have the same level of transparency as in England where shareholders are identified; in Holland only a 100% owner must be disclosed. The ownership of Homere Holding is declared in Dutch company filings to be 97.34% held by a party recorded only as “Shareholder 1”.The Pitch accounts, which show rising income every year, most recently £28m from the Middle East and Africa, £33m from America and £60m from the UK and Europe, have stated since 2010: “The members consider Homer Newco Limited to be the controlling party. The ultimate controlling party is considered to be Homere Holding BV, a company incorporated in the Netherlands.”The founding documents of Homer Newco, which state the Dutch entity as the sole owner, record that an original director was Hervé de Kervasdoué, who had an address in the Paris suburb of Bougival. De Kervasdoué is a French lawyer, who acted for Qatar Sports Investments on the acquisition of PSG in 2011.That deal was listed on the website of his firm, RedLink, as one of its notable achievements. Also listed was: “Acquisition of a prominent English company in the sports rights industry.” Pinterest The former FA chairman Greg Dyke said he saw no contradiction between his suspicions over Qatar’s World Cup bid and cashing in on millions from a Qatari broadcaster. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Fifa via Getty Images The FA Share on LinkedIn A spokesman for Pitch told the Guardian it has an “arm’s length” commercial relationship and not an exclusive arrangement with beIN or any other broadcaster. “Many rights holders and agencies across numerous sports deal with beIN, which is a major broadcaster in the Middle East and elsewhere,” he said.Famously beIN’s most prominent move in Europe has been the huge money paid to broadcast Ligue 1 in France jointly with Canal+, a deal first done after the state fund, Qatar Sports Investments, bought Paris Saint‑Germain in 2011.Less well-known has been the huge money the Qatari broadcaster is paying into English football, both directly and by buying the rights to FA and EFL matches from Pitch. In the current 2016-19 round of Premier League deals, beIN is paying a reported £429m to broadcast matches in the Middle East and North Africa, following £315m paid over the previous three years. beIN also bought the Premier League TV rights for Thailand, paying £187m for three years, according to industry reports, and holds the rights for Indonesia and New Zealand.This huge money has been pouring into English football from Qatar throughout the period in which the integrity of the country’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup has been repeatedly attacked, particularly by the former FA chairman Greg Dyke. He told the Guardian he did not see any contradiction between his publicly stated suspicions over Qatar’s bid and cashing in the millions from beIN: “The TV rights just tend to get sold to the highest bidder,” he said.In a climate of increasing demands for transparency in financial flows and in football club ownership Pitch has never, through its rapid rise, said who its ultimate owner is, although East is a well-known, gregarious character, and Paul McGrath, one of the company’s founders, has been involved in media rights for years. Public documents filed in the UK at Companies House state that in December 2009, 75% of Pitch was bought for £52m. Yet nobody involved has ever explained who bought this stake. East repeatedly declined to answer the Guardian’s questions about Pitch’s ownership or the 2009 takeover, citing confidentiality. Read more Share via Email Share on Twitter The Football Association unveiled its plans last month for a menu of multimillion-pound investment into grassroots facilities and projects, and wiping out the debt on Wembley, largely from the sale of greatly increased TV deals for FA Cup and England matches. Announcing the international sales last year, the FA’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, said the money would have “a transformational impact” on football across the country.One of the major buyers in those international deals, reported to have paid £210m from next season to 2023-24 for the exclusive rights to broadcast in the Middle East, North Africa and western Europe, is an agency based in London, Pitch International. Pitch has also bought the English Football League’s international media rights, reported to be £120m over five seasons until 2021-22.Formed in 2004 with two principal directors and a chairman, Trevor East, who is a former BSkyB executive – then taken over in 2009 by an investor who has never been publicly identified – Pitch has rapidly risen to become a significant agency in English football TV rights.Pitch sells the rights around the world. For the Middle East and North Africa region, where the Gulf is the richest territory, it has consistently sold its English football rights to beIN Sports, the Qatari broadcaster. Formerly the sports arm of Al Jazeera, beIN has become the dominant broadcaster in the region having had huge, sustained investment from Qatar state funds. In the new “transformational” deal for FA rights, Pitch is understood to have again sold on the rights for the Middle East and North Africa to beIN.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal midfielder Xhaka ‘unhappy’ after Brighton draw

first_imgArsenal midfielder Xhaka ‘unhappy’ after Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka admits they must improve after their 1-1 draw with Brighton.The Switzerland international started in midfield, before moving into a back three for a goalless second half.Xhaka said, “Of course we wanted to take three points. We tried our best and I think we had a good game today, but maybe with a bit of luck we could have got the three points. We’re not so happy at the moment.”At 1-0 we had two or three good chances where the keeper was excellent. But after it went to 1-1, from our corner and a long ball, it can happen but if you come here and concede a goal like this, it’s not good enough.”It was difficult in the second half. Brighton were good in defence, they stayed compact and played on the counter. We had chances, not as many as in the first half, but that’s football and we have to improve a lot of things.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Sindhu Saina static at 5th and 8th spots in badminton rankings

first_imgNew Delhi: Star Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were static at fifth and eighth spots respectively in the recently released Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings. While both Sindhu and Saina held on to their places in the women’s singles rankings, Mugdha Agrey and Rituparna Das climbed up six and one spot, respectively, to be placed at 62nd and 65th positions. Among the men’s singles shuttlers, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma managed to hold on to their 10th and 13th spots in the latest rankings issued on Tuesday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhB Sai Praneeth, who lost to World No. 1 Kento Momota in last week’s Japan Open semifinals, moved up four places to the 20th position. H S Prannoy (31st), Parupalli Kashyap (35th), Shubhankar Dey (41st), Sourabh and Verma (44th) all moved up the in the men’s singles chart. Among other Indians in men’s singles chart, Ajay Jayram is placed 67th while Lakshay Sen is at 69th spot. The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty climbed up two places to 16th spot, while the combination of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy is static at 25. Another Indian duo — MR Arjun and Ramachandran Shlok — jumped seven spots to 48. The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy dropped two places to 24. In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy dropped two spots to 22, while the pair of Ponnappa and Rankireddy are up by two rungs to 23rd spot.last_img read more

Commissioners say families still have faith in inquiry

first_imgAudette and Buller made the comments Wednesday at the start of the second day of community hearings in Saskatoon.They said turnout has been strong for the sixth stop of the inquiry looking into hundreds of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada.“There are some common themes of poverty, of racism,” said Buller, “but there are also local issues as well that we’re hearing. For example, in Edmonton there were issues regarding local policing. Here, we’re not hearing that same level so far.”The often teary testimony of grief and loss has been playing out while inquiry staff tender resignations or are fired.So far about 22 people have left, including three lawyers – one of whom quit on opening day here.Buller wouldn’t comment on “personnel matters” but said the inquiry remained on track.“I can tell you with great confidence that the work that we’re doing will continue in a good way across Canada, that the real news here this week is what the families and survivors are telling us.“And we intend to move forward.”Audette acknowledged family members had voiced concerns about the staff turnover.“I made sure that I called them, all of them who called me or got in touch with me, and same with my colleagues to explain the situation, to reassure them and making sure that we will and continue to honour the work that we’re doing with them.”Liberals blocking a motion to call commissioners to the committee?The termination of one employee left people in northern Saskatchewan in a lurch said Cree NDP-MP Georgina Jolibois who is from northern Saskatchewan.Jolibois said her office is working with a group trying to bring a hearing to Prince Albert similar to the statement gathering in the northern Manitoba community of Norway House earlier this month.“One of the concerns that I have is that this will delay the inquiry coming north,” the Indigenous Affairs critic said in a telephone interview. “We’re hoping to get that back on track.”Commissioners were questioned by the Commons Indigenous Affairs Committee in September before so many employees departed.Jolibois said she’d like to speak to them some more about the impact the job losses were having on their mandate and hear what kind of support or therapy witnesses were getting after their traumatic testimonies, after fired health managers said after-care was lacking.“I would like to call them back at some point but I’m not going to interrupt their hearings,” she said.However, she said the Liberal majority on the committee was blocking any attempts to discuss the inquiry she said.Jolibois said that same Liberal block was preventing the committee from calling officials with the Privy Council Office, which funds the inquiry. And, has been blamed by commissioners for delays in approving funding and hiring. Kathleen Martens Shirley McLean APTN NewsThe public may be losing confidence in the national inquiry but commissioners say the families aren’t.“Absolutely not. It’s anything but,” said chief commissioner Marion Buller. “They want us to go ahead and continue with our good work, and they’re very supportive.”Commissioner Michele Audette said families are encouraging them to keep going.“I hope that you stick there, I hope that you stay there because my statement (being) worth something is very important.”Watch Shirley McLean’s report from the Saskatoon hearings here.last_img read more

Ecuador earthquake UN relief chief calls for more support to vulnerable communities

“My thoughts are with the people of Ecuador as they deal with the loss of loved ones, and devastation caused by Saturday’s earthquake and aftershocks,” noted Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien in a press release“Many people have lost their homes, their livelihoods. But I was struck by their resilient spirit. The actions of the Government of Ecuador and local communities themselves saved many lives,” he added. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which Mr. O’Brien heads, hundreds have been killed, thousands injured and over 720,000 people are affected. The Government, local emergency responders, the Red Cross and other organizations are working together to provide people with food, drinking water, shelter, emergency medical assistance and other basic services, including restoring electricity. Visiting the towns of Manta, Canoa, Jama, and Pedernales in the eastern coastal region and Portoviejo inland, the Emergency Relief Coordinator met people who had lost everything in the earthquake. “I met many people living in the open or sheltering in the remains of their homes, exposed to the weather,” he said. “Medical facilities and items are urgently needed for people who were injured, as well as food, clean water and basic sanitation.” In Manta, Mr. O’Brien met Rosa, a teenager, rescued after four days, but now in need of immediate and long-term medical and psycho-social support. In Tarqui, he listened to the story of Ernesto, who saw his house collapse from across the street, killing his wife and injuring his children. In Pedernales, he met the head of the Chilean search and rescue team, the first international responders on the scene trying to find survivors in those vital early hours. During his two-day visit, the Humanitarian Chief met with Foreign Minister, Chancellor Dr. Guillaume Long, Minister of National Defense, Ricardo Patiño and other ministers and senior officials leading the earthquake response, to discuss how best to support the national relief efforts. OCHA stressed that people urgently need safety, food and water, and basic health care. Children need a place to continue their studies, and families need support to rebuild their lives. The humanitarian community stands ready to support the Government to ensure that critical needs are met, Mr. O’Brien underlined. “The United Nations and our international partners are supporting the Government by mobilizing international support for immediate and life-saving assistance, to bolster relief, intensify recovery and help people get their lives and livelihoods back on track,” he said. “Today I allocated $7 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to kick-start vital operations in logistics, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, and emergency health.” The Emergency Relief Coordinator noted that the UN and partners would be launching the full Flash Appeal for the Ecuadorean relief operation tomorrow, to help some 350,000 people with immediate relief and initial recovery assistance within the next three months. read more

Henrys Monaco earns 2nd win ahead of meeting with Vieira

PARIS — Colombia striker Radamel Falcao scored two penalties in a 2-0 away win at Amiens on Tuesday to give Monaco coach Thierry Henry his second victory in 10 games since taking over at the French league club in mid-October.The win lifted Monaco out of the relegation zone and dropped Amiens into 19th place. Both teams have 13 points but Monaco has the better goal difference.Also Tuesday, Nice and Angers played out a 0-0 draw. The sixth successive clean sheet for coach Patrick Vieira’s Nice set a single-season record for the club in the league. But scoring is a problem: Nice was also scoreless in a 0-0 draw with Guingamp last weekend and remains in seventh place with 25 points.Angers has 18 points, in 12th place.Former Arsenal teammates Vieira and Henry go head-to-head for the first time as coaches in the league when Nice travels to Monaco on Friday.The Associated Press read more

The LeBron James School Of Driving

The LeBron James School Of Driving

2014-159.855.1360.53 FIELD GOALS ON DRIVESTRUE SHOOTING ON DRIVES DeAndre JordanLAC51338474.973.4 Myles TurnerIND26519172.174.3 Montrezl HarrellHOU24118275.578.6 2016-179.562.4165.22 There are players in this group who shoot about as well down low as LeBron does, but generally, the most successful shooters within 3 feet are traditional bigs who need to be fed the ball in advantageous spots to get those looks. Most on this list were assisted anywhere between 60 percent and 80 percent of the time on such shots. That’s the tradeoff that the league has long made with its star big men — they provide efficient scoring and floor-spacing from the post but are reliant on other players to get them the ball. Not so for LeBron.James combines competent play out of post-ups with his utter dominance driving to the hole to provide the same impact on a game that once came from star centers. It isn’t just the scoring consistency and spacing, either: LeBron also piled up more and-one opportunities than anyone in the league this season. Some of the value of those and-ones is already captured in James’s impressive true shooting percentage. But the ability to keep pressure on a defense, inch it closer to the penalty and generate extra opportunities for 3-pointer shooters, all at the same time, is something no other player in the league has. T.J. WarrenPHX24617972.856.4 2015-169.254.5460.55 Tyson ChandlerPHX20514570.760.7 David LeeSA25417870.174.2 LeBron JamesCLE59546177.5%42.5% FIELD GOALS WITHIN 3 FEET Clint CapelaHOU44932271.783.2 Karl-Anthony TownsMIN57340170.058.1 Hassan WhitesideMIA44832773.060.2 PLAYERTEAMATTEMPTSSUCCESSFULPERCENTAGEASSISTED LeBron drives, 2013-present SEASONDRIVES PER GAMEPERCENTAGELEAGUE RANKPERCENTAGELEAGUE RANK Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL64044970.251.2 Nene HilarioHOU25718672.487.1 2013-147.663.0%167.5%3 Rudy GobertUTA54139172.373.4 Kevin DurantGS27421879.661.9 LeBron doesn’t need much help at the rim Richaun HolmesPHI20214873.377.0 Kristaps PorzingisNY20914770.371.4 Minimum 200 attempts and a 70 percent field-goal percentage during the 2016-17 regular season.Source: Basketball-Reference.com Dwight HowardATL47434372.465.3 Marcin GortatWAS35825170.172.5 Willie Cauley-SteinSAC22715970.076.7 James scores 135.2 points per 100 plays when he drives to the basket off of pick-and-rolls, according to data from Synergy Sports Technology. That number barely budges when he drives off of isolations — typically regarded as a low-efficiency play, the domain of hero-ball icons like Carmelo Anthony and DeMar Derozan — where he gets 128.1 points per 100. Now compare those numbers to the efficiency of a Stephen Curry spot-up jumper, which is just about the most feared play in the game today: Curry scored 132.5 points per 100 on spot-ups this season, right around the midpoint between a LeBron drive off the pick-and-roll and the “inefficient ones” off isolation.Of course, LeBron doesn’t drive just to score: There’s also the matter of finding all those open shooters. When James passes to spot-up shooters out of the pick-and-roll, his team scores 120.3 points per 100 plays — best in the NBA among players who made at least three pick-and-roll passes per game. That’s due in part to the Cavs simply having better shooters than other teams, but it’s LeBron’s vision and ability to hit teammates from anywhere on the floor that makes the whole thing hum. Kyrie Irving is a very good point guard, but in comparison with LeBron, the offense scores 7 fewer points per 100 plays when Irving passes to spot-up shooters on those drives; Irving also shot 11 percentage points worse on drives this season than James did, 51.4 to 62.4. And so the difference between James barreling into the lane and Irving doing so is not only the daylight between those two sets of numbers, but also the shift in the split-second calculations that opposing defenders must make.Splitting the pick-and-rollEven when opponents know what’s coming — that James is going to get a high screen and be asked to navigate the defense from there — the 32-year-old still manages to pull a rabbit out of his hat from time to time, befuddling defenders who’ve technically done everything by the book. Perhaps no play exemplifies this better than when James splits a pick-and-roll.When Cleveland sets up a high pick-and-roll for James, two defenders align themselves in a way that — they hope — keeps him from going to the basket with the ball. But James is often able to spot the slightest bit of daylight, ducking between the two defenders and beginning an unstoppable, downhill sprint toward the rim anyway.The play — which generally involves James crossing the ball over from his right hand to his left — has ended in a dunk a third of the time this season. While he only pulls this particular rabbit out of his hat occasionally — it only happened 15 times during the regular season — James averaged 1.87 points per play and scored on a blistering 87 percent of his possessions when he split the pick and roll, both rates that easily ranked as the highest in the NBA among players with at least 10 plays, according to Synergy Sports. (Interestingly, Irving had the league’s second-best rate in each category.)In those plays (a number of which came against Golden State and the Eastern Conference finalist Boston Celtics), James capitalizes on defenders not “closing the chain” to stop him from weaving between them with a dribble. Trying to prepare for James’s violent drive to the basket, the second defender generally comes out too wide, allowing James to take the inside track toward the paint, where few players want any part of being in his way.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/lebronmagic.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/lebronboston.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/lebronwarriors2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The impact of the big man — without the big manThe thing to note through all of this is that James isn’t simply a brawnier version of other drive-and-kick maestros like Westbrook or James Harden. A critical difference is that James provides not only efficient offense, but also the collateral benefits typically associated with a star big man — only without the limitations.Here’s a list of players who shot 70 percent or better from inside of 3 feet this season,4On 200 or more attempts. ranked by the percentage of their close-range baskets that stemmed from an assist: Just about every NBA team has its signature play, the clip that flashes into your head when you think about how they do what they do. It’s Steph Curry pulling up for a transition three, or Chris Paul tossing a lob off of the high pick, or Russell Westbrook catching a whisper of daylight, changing speeds and dunking the seams off the ball.For the Cleveland Cavaliers, the signature play is also the foundational one: LeBron James driving to the hole. Steph pulling up for that 30-footer on the run is the shiniest piece of the Warriors system, but there’s a whole team of clicking, whirring parts underneath that make it work. LeBron attacking the rim is different. It might seem like mere brute force, reinforcing the image of the Cavs playing un-Warriors-like Riley-ball, but it’s the linchpin, the whole system tied up in one player’s ability to do everything at once while doing the one thing he does better than anyone else.It starts with the shootersLeBron is the engine that powers everything, but the rest of the Cavs’ offense is built around 3-point shooters. Going back to the days when James lobbied the team to sign Donyell Marshall or made his playoff runs flanked by Boobie Gibson and Wally Szczerbiak, he has always been surrounded by as much shooting as possible.This season’s Cavs might be James’s most talented shooting team yet, with premium sidekicks such as Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver, as well as a handful of castoff shooters such as Derrick Williams and James Jones. During the regular season, 13 Cavaliers played in at least 20 games and shot at least 35 percent (the NBA average) from three. That’s an uncommon amount of firepower, even among contenders: The Warriors had only six such players; the Spurs had nine; the Rockets five.1In the playoffs, the Cleveland rotation has shrunk some, but the number of shooters exceeding 35 percent is holding relatively steady at nine — and doesn’t yet include a slumping Irving, who has shot just 28 percent from 3 in the postseason after hitting 40 percent during the regular season.Shooting and driving have a symbiotic relationship, and their effect on the game is obvious: Good outside shooting spaces the floor for drives; better drives cause the defense to collapse, creating more open 3-pointers. But the effect for the Cavs is even greater than normal, because LeBron James going to the rim is still the most dangerous play in basketball.In the four seasons the NBA has collected player-tracking data, LeBron has been driving far ahead of the pack. He has led the league in field-goal percentage on drives2Minimum four drives per game. twice, and even that doesn’t quite convey how far removed he really is from most of his peers. Year in and year out, James shoots about 5 to 10 percentage points better on his drives than the players who drive most frequently.3Specifically, players with a minimum of seven drives per game. JaVale McGeeGS25318372.379.8 read more

Track and Field Ohio State impresses at Tennessee Relays

Ohio State freshman Andre Jeff crosses the finish line in 4×400-meter relay to seal the 2018 men’s track and field Big Ten championship in Geneva, Ohio on Feb. 24. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern reporterOhio State’s freshmen had a big weekend at one of the most competitive meets of the season, the Tennessee Relays, in Knoxville, Tennessee.On the men’s side, freshman Eric Harrison and freshman Andre Jeff had impressive days individually and contributed to some of the top performing relay teams. The women’s 4×800-meter-relay team finished second with freshmen Aziza Ayoub and Mary Figler providing a bulk of the support for the unit. The meet involved many professional athletes, including world record holders such as Christian Coleman and Kendra Harrison. Four-time Olympic athlete Justin Gatlin also competed at the meet. Men’s recapOhio State’s sprint medley team, consisting of freshman Tavonte Mott, junior Kyle McKinney, freshman Paul Bete and Jeff, finished first with a time of 3:27.Harrison, junior Nick Gray, senior Duan Asemota and senior Zack Bazile brought Ohio State’s 4×100-meter relay team to a second-place finish with a time of 39.31 seconds. The Buckeyes fell to America’s ProForm team, a professional group that carried Coleman and Gatlin.Harrison set a personal best, finishing second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.70 seconds. Jeff finished second in the 400-meter run with a time of 46.92 seconds. Senior Cole Gorski finished third in pole vault with a jump of 5.30 meters.Bazile finished third in long jump with a jump of 7.79 meters.Asemota, senior Jerry Jackson, junior DeJuan Seward and freshman Joseph Cooper led Ohio State’s 4×200-meter relay team to a third-place finish with a time of 1:25.30.Senior Nick Demaline finished third in the shot put with his last throw of 19.62 meters.Women’s RecapJunior Sarah Kanney won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:54. Ohio State’s 4×800-meter relay team made up of freshman Aziza Ayoub, freshman Mary Figler, senior Olivia Smith and sophomore Annie Ubing finished second with a time of 9:02.Junior Sarah Stanley finished second in javelin throw with a 42.23-meter throw.In the 400-meter dash, senior Maggie Berrie finished second with a time of 52.88 seconds.In the 100-meter hurdles, senior Chantel Ray placed fifth with a personal best time of 13.11 seconds. Ray was among fast company in that competition. Kendra Harrison, who won the race, owns the 100-meter hurdles world record.  Ohio State will host its only outdoor meet, the Jesse Owens Track Classic, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, all day both Friday and Saturday. read more

Facebook profile email address switch isnt as evil as you think

first_imgYes, Facebook swapped the email address that’s shown on your profile page. Some are saying that the move was made to bolster the site’s email-to-messaging functionality, and that’s certainly a possibility since messages from folks who contact you using that address get their message delivered to your Facebook inbox. But even if that’s their only motivation in making the switch, the end result isn’t necessarily a bad thing.Why? Because there are hundreds of millions of Facebook users out there that don’t know the first thing about protecting their own privacy. By switching what’s shown by default on their profiles, Facebook is providing a decent first line of defense against spammers, scammers, and other ne’er-do-wells. It also keeps your real address hidden from sketchy, emotionally unstable ex-lovers.Beyond that, it certainly appears as though they’re informing users about the change. The banner above is what I was shown after visiting profile for the first time in ages, and it’s pretty clear what’s going on. There’s even a cheery, blue button at the ready should someone want to switch that address back. But since it’s generally considered a bad practice to list any real email addresses you use on sites like Facebook, why not use the @facebook.com one?Facebook has made some pretty big blunders in the past, but apart from complaints from some that they were “forced” to switch there’s not much of a downside this time around. The fact that they’ve actually taken a step to conceal a key piece of personal information is a good thing. It’s certainly more important, from a security standpoint,  than offering up six-month trials of antivirus software to users — a move that was met with applause and high-fives.last_img read more

Turkish Deputy PM meets with Patriarch members of ethnic Greek community

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Turkish State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc on Monday expressed the Ankara government’s desire for “equal treatment of all citizens”, speaking during a closely watched meeting at the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate here.The a high-profile meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, members of the Holy Synod and representatives of the dwindling ethnic Greek minority of Istanbul was held at the Patriarchate’s Fanar-district headquarters.This is the second time a senior member of the Turkish government has visited the Fanar since the 1952 visit of then premier Adnan Menderes.The talks between the Ecumenical Patriarch and the top Turkish government official focused on several pending and pressing issues, including the reopening of the Theology School of Halki and the smooth operation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the “primus inter pares” of the world’s Christian Orthodox Patriarchates.Another long-standing issue involves property seized over the decades from the Ecumenical Patriarchate and ethnic Greek charitable foundations in Turkey, as the return of such real estate holdings requires the Turkish government’s direct cooperation.Bartholomew thanked his interlocutor for the return of the historic Greek Orthodox orphanage on the Marmara isle of Büyükada (Prinkipo) to the Ecumenical Patriarchate and reminded that 2011 marks 40 years since the Theology School on the isle of Halki was shut down.Commenting on the Prinkipo Orphanage case, Arinc underlined that “the law and court decisions were implemented”.During his visit to the Fanar, which lasted more than an hour, Arinc also met several Hierarchs, members of the Holy Synod, while he was also met with leading representatives of the ethnic Greek minority in Istanbul.The visit of the Turkish deputy PM bears heightened symbolism, the latest in a string of several noteworthy changes that have taken place in recent years in relations between the Patriarchate and the Turkish government. Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas was briefed by telephone by Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos on Turkish government vice president Bulent Arinc’s visit to the Phanar on Monday and expressed the hope that this visit will be accompanied by more substantive steps by Turkey that will lift obstacles for the Patriarchate’s functioning.Source Athens News Agencylast_img read more

Épidémie de gastroentérite déjà près d1 million de malades

first_imgÉpidémie de gastro-entérite : déjà près d’1 million de maladesFrance – Les données du réseau Sentinelles pour la semaine du 11 au 17 janvier indiquent une très forte poussée épidémique de gastro-entérite. En trois semaines, 936.000 personnes ont consulté leur médecin généraliste pour cause de diarrhée aiguë.Alors que l’épidémie de grippe A semble désormais terminée, c’est une épidémie de gastro-entérite qui touche actuellement les Français depuis trois semaines. Pour la semaine du 11 au 17 janvier, 408.000 personnes ont consulté leur médecin généraliste pour cause de gastro-entérite, soit 650 cas pour 100.000 habitants. Le seuil épidémique se situe à 287 cas pour 100.000 habitants.À lire aussiEpidémie de varicelle en France : enfants et adultes sont concernésLe responsable adjoint du réseau Sentinelles, Thierry Blanchon, affirme toutefois que le pic épidémique pourrait déjà avoir été atteint. Ce pic a pourtant été plus fort que les années précédentes. Depuis trois semaines, 936.000 personnes ont été infectées par le rotavirus. Ce virus touche les personnes de tous âges, l’âge moyen des malades la semaine dernière s’est fixé à 24 ans.La gastro-entérite est un virus typique de l’hiver, hautement contagieux. Les pertes liquides causées par les vomissements et la diarrhée peuvent causer une déshydratation, notamment chez les enfants et les personnes fragiles. Pour éviter la contamination, il est recommandé de suivre les mêmes mesures d’hygiène que celles prises pour prévenir la grippe A.Le 21 janvier 2010 à 10:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Des robots miniatures pour soigner les patients

first_imgDes robots miniatures pour soigner les patientsUne équipe de chercheurs dirigée par le professeur Brad Nelson de l’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale (EPF) de Zurich s’apprête à tester sur l’oeil humain un prototype de robot miniature. Cette avancée laisse entrevoir un avenir prometteur des nouvelles technologies médicales.Brad Nelson et ses collaborateurs vont bientôt expérimenter leur robot miniature sur l’œil humain. Celui-ci interviendra dans le transport ciblé de médicaments pour traiter une affection rétinienne. L’illustration présente le nouveau prototype à côté de la mouche. Ce système, d’environ un tiers de millimètre est capable d’effectuer, sous l’influence de champs magnétiques oscillants, une sorte de mouvement natatoire.À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerBien que limité, ce modèle offre de nouvelles perspectives pour le développement de robots contrôlés et guidés par l’influence de champs magnétiques externes. Ces nouveaux robots seraient capables d’effectuer de façon autonome des opérations à l’intérieur du corps humain comme le transport de substances actives ou des interventions chirurgicales extrêmement précises.Ces nouvelles technologies représentent une avancée importante pour la chirurgie mini-invasive. En effet, une légère incision dans une zone anodine du corps suffirait pour introduire les robots. De plus, ces robots extrêmement compacts pourraient intervenir dans quasiment toutes les régions du corps.Des discussions sur le développement de ces nouveaux systèmes sont actuellement en cours avec des sociétés du secteur des techniques médicales. Le 2 mars 2011 à 14:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Two injured in Dollars Corner area crash

first_imgTwo people suffered injuries described as not life threatening after a two-vehicle crash south of Dollars Corner this morning.Emergency crews were called to a crash at Northeast 72nd Avenue and Northeast 199th Street where two pickup trucks collided.One of the trucks landed on its side and a 54-year-old woman inside had to be extricated, Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy said.The agency was assisted by Clark County Fire District 3 and Vancouver Fire Department and spent about 15 minutes with the heavy extrication, Dawdy said.A man was also taken to an area hospital, Dawdy said.Both people had not life threatening injuries, Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Todd Barsness said.Details about the crash were not immediately available, though Barsness said that, according to a witness, one of the pickups ran a red light.last_img read more

The Maritime Department Warns of Resitrictions in Transporting Relief Items by Boat

The Maritime Department Warns of Resitrictions in Transporting Relief Items by Boat

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 11, 2017 – Providenciales – The Maritime Department was informed that a number of persons with boats/vessels have been attempting to transport relief items into those islands affected by Hurricane Irma. Whilst your intentions are good, it is currently unsafe as there has been restrictions with the ability to maneuver, as a result of shift of sand, increased currents, etc.The Maritime Department is advising vessel operators to refrain from transporting/traversing within these unsafe zones at this time until further notice. Response efforts are limited.For more informative, please contact: Mr. Henry Wilson at 1-649-332-7196 or the DDME at 1-649-341-6022 / 1-247-2196 Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more