Pep Guardiola says Kevin De Bruyne will be a ‘big miss’ for Manchester City

first_imgOn the positive side, fellow midfielder David Silva, who did not feature in last weekend’s season-opening win at Arsenal, could return against Huddersfield on Sunday.Guardiola said: “He trained the last two or three training sessions. Last week he was not fit, he had a little problem in his leg, but he has been training good this week.” Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack The matches Kevin De Bruyne could miss Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? impact Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Manchester City have confirmed Kevin De Bruyne will be out for three months with a knee injury.The Citizens announced that the Belgian midfielder has suffered a lateral collateral ligament lesion (LCL) but will not require surgery. August 19 – Huddersfield (home)August 25 – Wolves (away)September 1 – Newcastle (home)September 15 – Fulham (home)September 18/19 – Champions League group stage (TBC)September 22 – Cardiff (away)September 29 – Brighton (home)October 2/3 – Champions League group stage (TBC)October 7 – Liverpool (away)October 20 – Burnley (home)October 23/24 – Champions League group stage (TBC)October 28 – Tottenham (away)November 3 – Southampton (home)November 6/7 – Champions League group stage (TBC)November 11 – Manchester United (home) smart causal NEW ERA highlights He played 30 minutes of City’s 2-0 victory against Arsenal last weekend, having returned to pre-season training earlier that week.De Bruyne is now set to miss numerous big fixtures in both the Premier League and Champions League.The Belgium international is set to miss City’s first four Champions League games as well as the Spurs clash and another potentially key game against Liverpool on October 7.It also seems unlikely the 27-year-old will be fit for the first derby of the season against Manchester United on November 11.City boss Pep Guardiola said: “He will be a big miss. Last season Kevin was outstanding and, of course, for him and his family you never want these long injuries.“But you accept it. It’s part of the game, part of the amount of games and seasons, games and seasons (they play) and in the end the players fall down.“Sometimes that is normal. They don’t rest. It was a tough season last season. They come back in a short recovery and we demand in the first moment, ‘come on let’s go’ because we are in the competition. Of course human beings have a limit and sometimes these things happen.” LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS We can confirm @DeBruyneKev has suffered a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee.No surgery is required, and the midfielder is expected to be out for around three months.Get well soon, KDB! #mancity pic.twitter.com/hozcvnF8BX— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 17, 2018De Bruyne flew to Barcelona on Thursday to be assessed by highly-regarded Spanish doctor Ramon Cugat amid fears he could miss up to four months of action.The midfield maestro was City’s player of the season in their record-breaking 2017/18 campaign, featuring in all but one match as they stormed to the Premier League title. possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures gameday Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes silverware Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more ALTERED last_img read more

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Assou Ekotto insists he did not mock Spurs

first_imgBenoit Assou-Ekotto returned to Twitter to insist he had not previously posted a picture with fellow Tottenham outcast Emmanuel Adebayor in order to mock the north London club after their defeat against Liverpool.Andre Villas-Boas, who froze both players out at Spurs, was sacked in the wake of their 5-0 thrashing at the hands of the Merseysiders.Assou-Ekotto, currently on loan at QPR, later tweeted a photograph of him and Adebayor smiling broadly, seemingly revelling in Tottenham’s problems.The left-back’s two-fingered gesture and a three-fingered one by Adebayor was also taken by many as a reference to the five goals Spurs conceded.After posting past pictures in which he posted with the same gesture, citing them as proof he meant no offence, Assou-Ekotto tweeted: “So as many people think as im enough stupid to b happy about a bad game of spurs…ur IQ is verrrry LOW! I left 10min b4 the end…(3/0.”last_img read more

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Hunter Pence savoring what might be his final week with the Giants

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Hunter Pence won’t come right out and concede this is his final week as a member of the Giants, but the popular outfielder plans to soak in the coming days.“I’ve really, thoroughly enjoyed my time here. Really love working for this organization, this team, this city,” Pence said before Monday night’s game against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park.“Everything about it has been an absolute delight for me, getting to play the game I love around such incredible individuals and …last_img

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Occult Cosmology Mutters Dark Matters

first_imgNew instruments and projects will seek to find influences that no scientist understands.Humility before the dark forces: Even the wizards are in dread and awe of dark occult phenomena. Thomas Kitching, lecturer in astrophysics, intones on The Conversation:We live in interesting times. For thousands of years, we have thought we knew what the universe – and everything in it – was made of: normal matter, the kind that make up the elements of the periodic table.However, the discovery in the 1990s of a completely unknown force dubbed dark energy that makes up 70% of the cosmos – causing it to expand at an accelerated rate – has taught us to be humble. Since then, astronomers have begun investing billions of pounds in experiments which aim to find out what this mysterious phenomenon is. What they discover is guaranteed to change physics forever.Put similar words in the mouth of a witch doctor, and the comparison is apt. Kitching goes on to describe scientific tests of dark energy and some proposals for what it might be. In the end, though, he confesses, “all of these explanations may be wrong, dark energy could be something even stranger.” Just keep those billions of pounds [or dollars] flowing.Calling up the dark matter: An article on Science Daily discusses the next 25% of mysterious unknown stuff [MUST] that shineth not. But lo! The wizards with their crystals might see the light. “Bright sparks shed new light on the dark matter riddle,” the headline reads: “Highest sensitivity detector ever used for very light dark matter elementary particles.” The CaWO4 crystal may shed light on the “unsolved riddle” of matters we know not of._________In the philosophy of science, an “occult force” does not have to conjure up visions of witches or magic. It can refer to any unknown entity that appears to cause an observable effect. Gravity has been called such. Alexander Rosenberg, in Philosophy of Science: A Contemporary Introduction, page 85, he says: “Gravity thus seems an ‘occult force,’ whose operation is no less mysterious than those which non-scientific explanations like astrological horoscopes invoke to allay our curiosity. And the same may be said of other such unobservable notions.”For a limited time, scientists can appeal to unobservable phenomena as placeholders for ignorance in part of a larger theory that they feel has merit. This has led to other important historical discoveries, like oxygen and epigenetics. Think of the aurora borealis, or northern lights.  Early humans watching the amazing light show were certainly baffled by its cause. It took years of research into magnetic fields and the solar wind to understand what is going on.But if the appeal to occult phenomena goes on indefinitely, and never finds empirical support, it becomes, like Rosenberg says, no better than astrology. It’s not science, even if scientists are working on the problem with scientific instruments, until it comes out of the darkness.It shouldn’t take as long as it used to. Methods, basic science, and instrumentation have progressed fantastically since the aurora was figured out. These days, to attribute 95% of reality to mysterious unknown stuff should rightly humble our science wizards. Cosmologists have been using the empty labels “dark matter” and “dark energy” for many years now. The most sensitive detectors have failed to turn up anything. How much time do they get? How much money should they be allowed to spend?At some point very soon, they should put up or shut up and get their own money. Better yet, they should think outside the box and question the assumptions of any theory that requires ridiculously copious amounts of occult phenomena. It’s slavish devotion to the big bang that accounts for much of the current occult belief.(Visited 154 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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10 months agoPorto midfielder Yacine Brahimi interesting Everton

first_imgPorto midfielder Yacine Brahimi interesting Evertonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto midfielder Yacine Brahimi is interesting Everton.The Mirror says they sent a scout to watch the 28-year-old Algeria international in action during his club’s 3-1 victory over Nacional on Monday night.And Brahimi enhanced his reputation by scoring twice as Porto moved six points clear at the top of the Portuguese League.Brahimi is set to be out of contract at the end of the season, so could be available at a knock-down price.Born in Paris, the attacking midfielder started his career with Rennes in France before moving to Spanish club Granada in 2013 following a loan spell there the previous season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ovechkin Is The Best Player To Never Make A Conference Final

42N. Backstrom85.937000 12Jeremy Roenick105.682310 45Zach Parise85.054010 5Pierre Turgeon119.482200 26Brett Hull96.456000 17Keith Tkachuk99.791100 10Jarome Iginla112.450010 36Pavel Bure93.113010 50Henrik Sedin83.654010 Alexander Ovechkin’s Capitals have never managed to make it past the second round of the NHL playoffs. Sidney Crosby is largely to blame.The playoff futility of the Ovechkin-era Capitals has reached almost comic proportions as the team has made it nearly an annual tradition to squander a great regular season with a first- or second-round exit each April. And the Penguins are the team that’s most responsible for that history of failure: In their nine playoff appearances from 2008 to 2017, Ovechkin’s Capitals have been eliminated in the second round by the Penguins on three occasions. And each time, Crosby’s Penguins have gone on to lift the Stanley Cup — including both of the last two years.Another second-round series between the two teams kicked off on Thursday night, and if the result of that game is any indication, the Capitals might be looking at more of the same. Despite scoring just 17 seconds into the first period, holding that 1-0 lead for more than two periods, and then taking a 2-0 lead 28 seconds into the third period on a snipe from — you guessed it — Ovechkin, the Capitals managed to, somehow, lose to the Penguins. It feels like déjà vu all over again for the Capitals and their tortured fanbase.But regardless of how this series ends, it’s a safe bet that it will be competitive. Despite their inability to progress to the conference finals or beyond, Ovechkin’s Capitals have played a lot of playoff hockey — in the 16 series they’ve been involved in since 2008,1Excluding the one they’re currently contesting with the Penguins. they’ve played 103 games, or 92 percent of the maximum number of games they could have played had all 16 series gone to a seventh game.Perhaps it’s because the Caps are just 3-7 in game sevens during his tenure, but there’s a misconception that Ovechkin has been subpar in the postseason, which has clouded his legacy as one of the two or three best left wingers in league history. The 32-year-old Ovechkin has never missed a playoff game his Capitals have been involved in, and he’s averaged more than half a minute more ice time in the playoffs than he gets in the regular season. He earns slightly fewer points per game in the playoffs than the regular season — .95 versus 1.12 — but so do Crosby and Patrick Kane, and you won’t see anybody questioning their legacies. And for what it’s worth, Ovechkin has outperformed Crosby when they’ve met in the playoffs — 28 points to 24 over the course of four head-to-head series.2Including their ongoing series, which began last night.You’d think a guy who’s won seven Rocket Richard trophies as the league’s top goal scorer (the most ever since the award was first handed out in 19993Bobby Hull also led the NHL in scoring seven times, but he did so long before the Richard trophy was awarded. Bobby Hull is pretty good company.), three Hart Memorial trophies as the league’s MVP (one more than Crosby, mind you), and who this season became just the 20th member of the 600-goal club might command a little more respect. But the Ovechkin narrative — however unjust — revolves around playoff failures.To be fair, those failures are manifold. They’re also amplified by their contrast with Ovechkin’s regular-season dominance. From 1987 to 2018, Ovechkin has earned more point shares than any other player through their age-32 season. Among the top 50, only four players 32 and under failed to claim even a single conference finals berth: Teemu Selanne, Brett Hull, Ovechkin’s teammate and power play provider Nicklas Backstrom, and Ziggy Palffy. 48Phil Kessel84.522002 38Peter Forsberg91.241402 2Jaromir Jagr144.044202 7Mats Sundin116.543200 30Anze Kopitar95.030102 24Ryan Getzlaf97.452301 44Jonathan Toews85.440203 14Luc Robitaille102.445110 15Theoren Fleury101.560101 25Corey Perry97.152301 21Ilya Kovalchuk98.520010 20B. Shanahan99.163103 37Daniel Sedin92.554010 22Patrick Kane97.840203 furthest round reached 28A. Mogilny96.261111 29Patrick Marleau96.155300 6Joe Thornton118.664200 Show more rowsIncludes players whose entire careers have come since 1987, the first season in which the NHL used its modern 16-team, best-of-seven series playoff format. Point share totals are regular-season only. For players in the 2018 playoffs, furthest round reached totals include the round their team is currently in.Source: Hockey-Reference.com 9Mike Modano115.243121 27Mark Recchi96.441101 31Vincent Lecavalier94.921101 43V. Damphousse85.963101 47Jeff Carter84.531212 16Marian Gaborik101.430201 19Rick Nash99.222110 33Eric Staal94.420101 34Sergei Fedorov94.143113 23Paul Kariya97.732010 ▲▼Player▲▼point shares▲▼1st Rd▲▼2nd Rd▲▼Conf Final▲▼Final▲▼Won Cup▲▼ 8Evgeni Malkin115.733113 40Patrik Elias87.463012 4Joe Sakic125.930402 1Alex Ovechkin152.737000 32Jason Spezza94.743110 13Marian Hossa104.061121 18Eric Lindros99.511210 Ovechkin’s playoff record is uniquely disappointingNumber of playoffs by furthest round reached, among forwards with the most point shares through their age-32 seasons, 1987-2018 But some of these players had more shots at glory after their age-32 season. Things didn’t end up working out for Palffy (and they obviously haven’t worked out yet for Backstrom), but Selanne and Hull remained productive in their mid-to-late 30s. Each man was blessed with longevity and an ability to mostly escape calamitous injury, and each finished his career having hoisted at least one Stanley Cup. Hull was 34 when he finally got the job done (in dramatic fashion), while Selanne was 36.Who knows exactly how much longer Ovechkin’s career will last, or how much longer he’ll remain the NHL’s best goal-scorer. To this point, he’s been like Selanne and Hull, able to avoid career-jeopardizing injury while remaining one of the league’s elite forwards. It’s difficult to sustain scoring numbers like Ovechkin’s for a single NHL season, let alone well into one’s 30s. But nothing of what Ovechkin does in the future — or what he did in the past — will matter if he’s able to lead his Caps to postseason glory this spring.So, could 2018 be different? Could this be the year the Capitals finally flip the narrative? This Capitals team is in many ways worse than those that won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2010, 2016 and 2017 (and they’re already down a game in yet another second round series). They score less relative to their competition, and they give up more shots, which means they also give up more goals. But maybe being unburdened by the weight of the expectations that come with being the league’s best regular-season team is exactly what the Capitals need. There’s a lot of hockey left to play in this series, and it’s anyone’s guess as to who will emerge victorious.If the Capitals can exorcise their Penguin-shaped demons, there’s no telling how far they can go in these playoffs. And even if they crash out in the conference finals, at least Ovechkin will get to wash off some of the stink that has followed him in his otherwise brilliant career. 46Joe Nieuwendyk84.671102 3Sidney Crosby137.933113 41Patrice Bergeron86.134011 49Ziggy Palffy84.221000 39Steven Stamkos88.811210 11Teemu Selanne105.732000 35Dany Heatley93.711210 read more

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France Is Rich With Offense But Is Winning With Defense

England0.89 Portugal1.10 Pogba has much more rarely gotten into the final third to create, passing instead more from deep and wide areas. This has kept him from being particularly dangerous in the attack, where his shot involvement has dropped by 4.6 shots attempted or assisted per 90 minutes with Manchester United to 2.8 for France. But in this disciplined, defensive role, the midfielder has found ways to affect the game, most recently with six attempted tackles and two penalty area clearances against Belgium. Pogba has been asked to trade his usual attacking production for defense, and so far, the plan has worked.The one man on France who doesn’t seem limited by these tactics is Kylian Mbappe. With Pogba playing deep, Mbappe has been asked to move the attack through the final third. He has attempted 52 take-ons, most in the tournament — a rate of about 10.6 per 90 minutes. Mbappe is a dangerous dribbler, but for Paris Saint-Germain last season, he averaged 6.4 take-ons per 90. If you’re hoping for excitement from France, wait for Mbappe to get on the ball. He will be looking to beat a defender or two, and that will be the primary danger France poses in open play. Otherwise, Les Bleus will be focus on defending.Will this strategy work against Croatia? Deschamps has to trust that his attack will produce goals even while outnumbered in the final third, while the midfielders trail the play. If Mbappe cannot progress the ball for his teammates, a long and scoreless match is possible.Croatia has thus far excelled in long matches, surviving extra time three times to reach the final. Its strength is its skilled midfield, where Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic all rate among the world’s best passers. Over time, opposition teams lose the legs to press Croatia, and the midfielders can find space to work. England successfully pressed Croatia in the first half and kept possession about even at 47 percent to 53 percent, but Croatia dominated the ball 64 to 36 percent in the second half, when it scored its equalizer.In the final, Croatia is likely to depend on its defense (seventh in the World Cup in the chart above) to hold back a more talented opponent. France will likely refuse to commit numbers to the attack and hope its skill wins out. If France can notch an early goal, it’s hard to see Croatia finding a comeback as it did against England. But France’s strategy has the same weakness that was discovered by Portugal in the final of the 2016 Euros. If the opposing team’s defense is solid, Les Bleus do not have the kind of swarming, overwhelming attack that can be counted on to pick up a needed goal. And if the match is running late and Modric starts to find himself with an extra yard of space in midfield, the possibility of an upset — and a first-time World Cup winner — starts to look a lot more likely.France is rightly favored, and its defense, strengthened by some conservative tactical choices by Deschamps, has been impregnable. But the final of the Euros showed what happens when this French approach fails, and if Croatia’s defense can hold back Mbappe and the French forward line to start, its midfield has the skills to pull off a late upset.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. Spain1.02 Brazil0.56 Senegal0.64 Sweden1.00 TeamExpected goals allowed France0.61 Three players exemplify how the French approach works. First is N’Golo Kante. He may be the world’s premier open-play defender. Kante has averaged about 7.5 tackles or interceptions per 90 minutes since 2014-2015, most in the world among players with at least 8,000 minutes played in league and Champions League play those four seasons. Brazil’s Casemiro, at 7.04, is the only other player with more than 7. Kante’s talents prevented Leicester City’s open attack from leaking goals during the Foxes’ miracle title campaign, and they then helped Chelsea rebound to a title after falling out of the top four the previous season. He is the primary reason that France so rarely concedes good chances. But instead of giving Kante the job of cleaning up midfield himself, as he often does for his club teams, Deschamps gives him added protection with the deployment of Paul Pogba.Pogba is a great playmaker who does much of his best work in more advanced areas. With France, Pogba is reserved, and his forays into the final third are limited. The blue wallTeams with the fewest expected goals allowed per match in the 2018 World Cup Uruguay0.50 Source: Opta Sports Croatia1.00 France entered the European Championships in 2016 with perhaps the most talented squad, and Les Bleus beat fellow tournament favorite Germany in the semifinal. A final matchup loomed against a less-heralded Portugal, which had never won the tournament. Portugal had played a defensive style that bottled up the midfield and limited opposition attacking opportunities.Sound familiar?In this World Cup, France knocked off two former champions from South America before winning its semifinal over Belgium, the next-best team remaining in the tournament according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index. Croatia, like Portugal in 2016, has never won a major tournament and got to the final through a comparatively easy draw. In the 2016 final, Portugal managed to stymie France and won its first ever European championship on an extra-time strike. Will this international final see another upset and first-time winner, or will the French golden generation bring a second-ever cup home?Croatia is a clear underdog — as it was in the semifinals against England — and there’s reason to believe the task ahead is even more difficult than it seems. SPI rates France as a solid 59 percent favorite to win. Through the tournament and even in qualifying, as Mike Goodman pointed out before the games started, it has been clear how France would choose to play. Despite an incredible blend of world-class attacking talent, Les Bleus set up first to prevent opposition chances and win on defense. And they have. France has conceded just four goals in six matches — three of which came against Argentina in the round of 16. And Didier Deschamps’s team has even better underlying numbers, with about 0.6 expected goals conceded per match. Australia0.76 read more

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Late charge propels Ohio State mens basketball to 6864 upset of No

Iowa senior center Adam Woodbury (34) puts up a shot while OSU freshman center Daniel Giddens (4) defends during a game on Feb. 28 at the Schottenstein Center.Credit: Evan Szymowicz | Sports DirectorAfter its five-point halftime lead quickly evaporated in the beginning of the second half, the Ohio State men’s basketball team desperately tried to hang on as eighth-ranked Iowa slowly gained control. Then, with about four minutes left in the game, it all changed. Redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams sank a jumper, trimming Iowa’s lead to four. From there, the Buckeyes rattled off a 10-2 run, which included two clutch 3-pointers, the first by junior forward Marc Loving. The second came from Williams in the corner after a cross-court feed from JaQuan Lyle to give OSU a 66-62 lead. Iowa trimmed it to a one-basket deficit after a layup from senior center Adam Woodbury, and it had a chance to tie it with less than five seconds remaining, but senior guard Mike Gesell was swatted from behind by sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop at the rim. As the scarlet-and-gray clad crowd erupted in piercing applause, Loving chased the ball down, then calmly sank two free throws to cap off the Buckeyes’ second-half push to grab a 68-64 upset on Sunday afternoon at the Schottenstein Center. “This was a great win, because (first) we won the game but (also) how we had to win it,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “Being down, and fighting and scraping and clawing, we came together.” Loving led OSU (19-11, 11-6) with 25 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including four 3-pointers. It was his first 20-plus point game since Jan. 3. Besides getting it done on defense down the stretch, Bates-Diop supplied 19 points and six rebounds. Williams, who was instrumental in the second half as OSU climbed back into it, finished with 11 points after a sluggish start. His energy off the bench, coupled with his scoring punch, proved to a key reason why the Buckeyes engineered the upset.“Just because I’m missing shots doesn’t mean I have to stop being aggressive,” Williams said. “I just stay confident in my ability, and it worked out pretty well.” The game’s opening five minutes were characterized by sloppy play — uncontested rebounds careening of players’ hands that eventually fell out of bounds, travels and lazy passes. At the 15-minute mark, the teams had a combined seven turnovers, which was one more than total shots made. Shortly after though, the offenses began to show a pulse.The Hawkeyes (20-8, 11-5) secured a 12-7 advantage after an 8-0 run, and it looked like they really found their stride, but Loving would not let them break free.The junior forward hit his second 3-pointer of the game, then followed it up with a layup after an aggressive take. Then, after a two-minute back-and-forth, Loving connected again from deep to give OSU a 15-13 lead with 11:04 left in the half. Both teams brought high energy levels, as players were looking to push the ball off misses and were quick to the deck for loose balls. Williams didn’t score in his first-half stint off the bench, yet his ravid activity spread to his teammates. Neither team could swing momentum solely in its favor, as they traded baskets throughout the final 10 minutes of the first half. It wasn’t until the final three minutes that the Buckeyes really looked like the better team. After a crafty up-and-under reverse layup by Bates-Diop at the 1:42 mark, OSU led 33-28. Maybe sensing it was its last time to see OSU at home in the regular season, the crowd was engaged, responding to unfavorable calls with emphatic boos, while cheering made baskets with heavy applause. It provided the underdog Buckeyes with the necessary boost to overcome an 11-turnover first half to head into the locker room leading 35-30. “We feed off their energy,” Loving said of the louder-than-usual fans. “The adrenaline definitely helps boost you a little bit.” Loving paced the Scarlet and Gray with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting, three of which were from downtown. Bates-Diop complemented Loving with 11 points of his own, as well as four rebounds. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a 54 percent clip from the field, which was critical, along with the crowd’s boost, in overcoming 11 turnovers. The Hawkeyes, despite shooting 39 percent from the field, including an 0-for-7 showing from 3-point territory, were able to trail by just five because a balanced attack. Seven players tallied points, with Gesell leading the way with 10. Senior forward Jarrod Uthoff, a top candidate for conference player of the year, was held to seven points on 2-of-7 shooting. If the Buckeyes devised a scheme during halftime to quickly bury the Hawkeyes, it was hard to tell.The first two minutes couldn’t have gone much worse for OSU. The Buckeyes had three turnovers, including a lazy cross-court pass and one that went through redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson’s legs as he rolled uncovered to the basket. Meanwhile for the Hawkeyes, junior guard Peter Jok drained a corner 3-pointer and Gesell sank two three throws to tie the game at 35-35. OSU had the chance to try and put away Iowa early on, but it simply couldn’t rid itself of the turnovers, which continued to give the Hawkeyes extra possessions. Frankly, the Buckeyes weren’t shooting bad from the field — at the 12:00 mark, they were at a respectable 48 percent — it’s just that they kept turning it over before attempting shots. This allowed Iowa, powered by nine successive points from Uthoff, to methodically build momentum, despite multiple aggressive attempts by OSU to keep the game within its grasp. After grabbing its first second-half lead at the 13:46 mark, Iowa held control over the next seven minutes, although Williams, Loving and Bates-Diop tried to claw OSU back. Eventually, after trailing for much of the second half, the Buckeyes swung momentum back in their favor after Williams began heating up. Feeding off the crowd and, OSU was able to string together near-flawless play down to stretch to get the win in final regular-season game at the Schott. “Today we just showed a great amount of toughness and the ability to fight adversity,” Loving said. “It’s hard to stay in the game with that amount of turnovers.”  Although Lyle didn’t score, the freshman point guard added five rebounds and five assists, two of which set up critical 3-pointers down the stretch. Matta praised his young player for finding ways to impact the game outside of the scoring column. Uthoff and Gesell finished with 16 points apiece to lead the Hawkeyes, who now drop to a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten.Looking for a second straight upset as a last-ditch effort to bolster their NCAA tournament résumé, the Buckeyes are scheduled to conclude their regular season Saturday on the road against Michigan State. OSU fell to the Spartans 81-62 at home on Tuesday. The rematch is set for noon in East Lansing, Michigan. “We’ve got to be a better basketball team up there on Saturday than we were last Tuesday,” Matta said. “We’ll go back to the drawing board, keep working and get better.” read more

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Capello announces retirement

first_imgFabio Capello has ruled himself out of the running for the Italy vacancy by announcing his retirement from football managementThe Italian was recently dismissed by Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning in March and had been touted as one of the leading candidates for the vacancy as the new manager of the Italian national team.But Capello, who has managed the likes of AC Milan, Roma and Real Madrid in his 36 year managerial career, has now ruled himself out and announced his retirement.“I’ve already had the experiences of managing England and Russia national teams,” said the 71 year-old, according to Sky Sports.“I wanted to train a club team again and being in charge of Jiangsu was my last football experience.“I did everything I wanted, I’m very happy with what I did and now I’m delighted to be a commentator – you always win in this role.”Following the dissmissal of Gian Piero Ventura, Italy have been actively pursuing their options with former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini being Capello’s preferred option.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Roberto is a coach of experience who has traveled the world.” said the former England coach.“His experience will help him build relations with the players, but the national team lack talent.“We are good coaches when we have good players.“It is difficult to do well with mediocre players. At the moment Italian football is missing great players that can make the difference, there are no leaders.“In Serie A there is little quality. You learn from the best but if the best are bought by the strongest foreign clubs, Italian football doesn’t have good teachers, good players from whom to learn.”last_img read more

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Loris Karius move to Besiktas delayed by an unusual reason

first_imgLoris Karius’ proposed transfer from Liverpool to Besiktas has reportedly been delayed by an unusual reasonThe two clubs are understood to have settled on a £9.5m fee for the under-fire goalkeeper on Monday, which saw Karius being withdrawn from the Liverpool team that defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 that same evening.But confirmation of the deal has not yet arrived.The Liverpool Echo reports that the delay is down to a four-day national public holiday in Turkey.The holiday is called the “Feast of Sacrifice” and is supposed to be the most important Islamic religious festival of the year.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But Karius could still complete his move to Besiktas later today with the German set to undergo a medical in Istanbul.The Turkish giants will initially sign him for a two-year loan deal, which will cost them £2.25m.By 2020, Besiktas will then have to pay Liverpool a further £7.25m to buy Karius – if he meets the performance criteria and makes the required number of appearances, as well as the club qualifying for Europe.Liverpool will also have a 20% sell-on clause included as part of the deal.last_img read more

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