Autopsy is done on Nash

first_imgAllen, whose contract expires this week, has 27 sacks in three years with the Chiefs. But he earned a base salary of $425,000 in the final year of his contract – well below the salaries of most other starting defensive ends. Feeley gets 3-year extension from Eagles: Quarterback A.J. Feeley and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed on a three-year contract extension, nearly eliminating the chance that Jeff Garcia will return to Philadelphia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dr. Gregory Ewald, a cardiologist, treated 25-year-old Darris Nash, Damien’s brother, and said he had a weakened heart muscle condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy. The ailment can be caused by a viral infection, inflammation or other causes. Ewald said some cardiomyopathy conditions run in families. He said he never met Damien Nash, but “the fact that Damien was doing high-level athletics may indicate that was not the problem.” Chiefs’ Allen wants trade:Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen formally requested a trade out of Kansas City after contract negotiations broke down over the weekend in Indianapolis, Allen’s agent, Ken Harris, said in a phone interview Sunday. The Kansas City Star reported that the team rejected the request, and Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson told the newspaper that the club plans to tender Allen on March 1, the deadline for teams to submit qualifying offers to restricted free agents. Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore could not immediately confirm the report Sunday. He said he was waiting on lab results to check for drugs or alcohol, and a look at tissue sections. He’s also asked a forensic pathologist who specializes in hearts to look at Nash’s heart. Nash died Saturday after coming home from a charity basketball game he’d organized in his brother’s honor to benefit heart transplant research. center_img The St. Louis County medical examiner’s office said results of an autopsy on Denver Broncos running back Damien Nash may not be known for days. “I didn’t see anything to point to a cause of death,” said Dr. Kamal Sabharwal, the medical examiner. last_img read more


Ginseng hunters reminded about upcoming March deadline

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) hunters are being reminded that uncertified root may not be possessed after March 31 without a weight receipt, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Anyone planning to keep uncertified ginseng beyond the deadline must schedule an appointment to get it weighed and documented.In Ohio, the harvest season for ginseng runs from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31 each year. All harvested ginseng must be certified by the ODNR Division of Wildlife prior to export from the state to verify its weight and legal origin. Federal law requires that all state lots of ginseng be separated and totaled by the year. Because of this necessity, all uncertified ginseng must be weighed and accounted for each year.Appointments for weight receipts are available for the third Wednesday in March at the designated locations listed below, and the division requests that these appointments be scheduled at least three business days in advance to ensure that staff members are available.Wildlife District One Office, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215614-902-4222Wildlife District Three Office, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319330-245-3084Senecaville Fish Hatchery, 57199 Seneca Dam Road, Senecaville, Ohio 43780740-589-9930Cooper Hollow Wildlife Area, 5403 CH & D Road, Oak Hill, Ohio 45656740-682-7524Wildlife District Five Office, 1076 Old Springfield Pike, Xenia, Ohio 45385937-372-5639, ext. 5033The export of American ginseng from the state of Ohio is regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and ODNR. Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial herb that is highly valued in the United States and worldwide for its alleged medicinal traits. Due to its value and significant harvest pressure, regulation on both harvest and export are necessary to ensure survival of the species.last_img read more


Lacuna, PH swimmers hope to get out of SEA Games slump

first_imgLIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES View comments Also swimming for the Philippines is Fil-Am newcomer James Deiparine, who owns the national record of 28.13 seconds in men’s 50-meter and 1:02.00 in 100-meter breaststroke.Deiparine, whose mom hails from Angeles City, Pampanga, is making his first SEA Games appearance. He first donned the tricolours in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last month.The country bagged two silvers and 11 bronze medals in the Singapore edition.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Jasmine Alkhaldi. INQUIRER File photoKUALA LUMPUR — Swimming, the Philippines’ biggest frustration the past Southeast Asian Games, hopes to get out of the doldrums this time when competition starts Monday at KL Sports City.One of the sports with the biggest number of gold medals at stake at 38, the country went home with nothing two years ago in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 6 MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program But two-time Olympian Jhessie Lacuna hopes to break that slump when he competes in the men’s 400-meter heats in the morning. He won silver two years ago in this event in Singapore.Lacuna has trained in Italy along with fellow Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlso buckling down to work are Nanjing Youth Olympic Games veteran Roxanne Yu and Fil-American Nicole Oliva who will vie for 100m backstroke heats.Six gold medals are at stake in one of the two centrepiece events of the SEA Games which will have heats in the morning and finals in the evening starting at 7 p.m. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more



first_imgThere and Back AgainYou’re walking in a jungle, and you meet a lion. What time is it? It’s time to run.” That’s Vir Das’s earliest memory of a joke. He was 8, watching a senior’s speech at a school debate, and wasn’t impressed. His assessment: “The joke is wrong. If,There and Back AgainYou’re walking in a jungle, and you meet a lion. What time is it? It’s time to run.” That’s Vir Das’s earliest memory of a joke. He was 8, watching a senior’s speech at a school debate, and wasn’t impressed. His assessment: “The joke is wrong. If you run into a lion, it’s time to die.”Twenty-nine years later, the boy who didn’t laugh is the first stand-up comedian from India to get a Netflix special, joining an esteemed legion that includes Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle and Kevin Hart. Das is conscious of the prestige platform. “They say that in comedy it takes 15 years to find your voice. I am a rank newcomer on the world circuit,” says Das, who has been at it for nine-and-a-half years. “There’s no wisdom or perspective to be expected from a guy like me. I am just figuring s*** out.”Titled Abroad Understanding, the set is performed at two venues-a stadium in Delhi and a comedy club in New York. Over an hour, Das shuttles between the funny and the serious, always being sincere and occasionally even poignant. “If you look at the issues plaguing India and America, they are the same,” says Das. “You can’t skirt around them and say frivolous s***. Somebody is going to get uncomfortable. But if you preface your show with the right context, then you can say whatever the hell you can.”Asked if comics can say whatever they want in India’s current hyper nationalist climate, Das replies, “During the Congress [era], there was a lot of fodder. We mercilessly went after Manmohan Singh and the party. I think Modi has a great sense of humour. His electoral speeches were witty. He is not the problem. It’s the people who worship that are the problem. I have never stayed away from it. It has been largely OK.”advertisementBut one wonders if Indian comics can be as brazen as The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj was at the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner in taking on the political establishment. “I love him,” says Das. “Yes, there would be consequences in India. Which is still not a good enough reason not to do it.” It is all about dealing with the audience. “When you’re in clubs and smaller rooms, and people pay a manageable amount of money to see you, there is a certain creative freedom. You can mess around.” But Das is one of the few English stand-ups to sell out stadiums. “When you’re selling 12,000 tickets, not all of the audience will support the party you support. I can’t demean these people. You have to find more creative ways to look at it.” He cites a wisecrack from his special, which called Donald Trump the US’s “arranged marriage”-a candidate chosen by the elders for the young-as an example. “It’s a unique and Indian take on something that US late night show hosts talked about for two years.”Having performed in both India and the US, Das feels nothing is untouchable when it comes to humour. But there is a difference in how audiences react. “Indians, we can’t handle [not agreeing with a funny joke]. It can’t be ‘I didn’t laugh, but you did, so I hate you and your family’.”-Suhani Singh BREAKING BOUNDARIESThis year’s Kashish Mumbai International Queer Festival will screen almost 150 films on the LGBTQ community.As the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) of India continue their battle to decriminalise homosexuality and seek equal rights, there is one initiative that has been sensitising people about the community through the medium of cinema. In 2010, filmmaker and activist Sridhar Rangayan got approval from the Union ministry for information and broadcasting to organise the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Festival.”Kashish is both a platform for advocacy and entertainment,” says Rangayan. “It intends to serve two purposes-a pride event for the community where they can watch films and find a resonance of their own lives across the world; [and] an event where mainstream audiences could watch LGBTQ films to understand… [and] interact with the community.”In its eighth year, the festival will feature 147 films from 45 countries, from May 24-28. “The quality of films has gone up, especially of Indian films,” says Rangayan, adding that India has 29 films-features, documentaries and shorts. He wishes, however, that the films had a shelf life beyond the festival. “If these reach out to mass audiences it will create a revolution,” he says.PARINEETI RETURNSIt has been two-and-a-half years since Parineeti Chopra had a sizeable role in a Hindi film. Though the 28-year-old actress believes that “out of sight is out of mind” in Bollywood, especially for an actress, she wasn’t too perturbed with her absence. Chopra took a 10-month break in 2015 to address health issues, get fit and finish her house. She got back to work last year, the first results of which will be seen in the romantic comedy Meri Pyaari Bindu, releasing May 12.advertisement”I overworked myself,” says Chopra about the three releases she had in 2014. “By the end of it I had started doing work without any thought. When Kill Dil and Daawat-e-Ishq didn’t do well, I took a break.”In her first three years in the business, Chopra won praise for her debut, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, and then Ishaqzaade. Soon, though, naysayers began criticising her appearance, rather than praising her talent. But Chopra doesn’t seem bitter. “When I get a bad review for an outfit or my weight or how my make-up is done, I’m like ‘Yeah, exactly’,” she says. “I’m very objective. I know when I’m looking good or when I’m giving a good performance. I have no illusions about myself. Even my humour is self-deprecatory. I’m always analysing myself. If my nails aren’t growing properly, I will make fun of them for three days.” It’s this positivity and honesty that translate on to the screen and deliver results.In her upcoming release, Meri Pyaari Bindu, Chopra doesn’t just act-she sings too. It comes naturally, she says, and as a matter of fact, she also has a BA (Hons) in Music. She claims to have been able to sing “ABCD” by the age of nine months, and says her first stage show was when she was three. “I feel very comfortable on stage. It is home ground,” she says. “Right now if you tell me to sing a song, I will be most happy to do so.”-Suhani SinghWATCHLISTBULLETS OVER BOMBAYIn April 1958, a highly decorated naval officer killed a man. This is the story of the tabloid-fuelled trial that followed.The Nanavati case was independent India’s first big sex and murder story. The story ran and ran, with twists and turns, its deceptive explosive power expanding from the epicentre in south Bombay like (what in those days would have been called) an atom bomb. In itself the story was simple, and the main action, as it were, was over within four or five hours of a hot, late April afternoon in 1958. A handsome and much decorated naval officer, Commander Kawas Nanavati, on leave from his warship, discovers that his wife has been cheating on him. At lunchtime on the afternoon in question, Sylvia, a beautiful, quiet 28-year-old Englishwoman tells her Parsi husband that she has become involved with a Sindhi businessman acquaintance of theirs named Prem Ahuja. Nanavati drops Sylvia and their children to a matinee show, goes back to his ship and requisitions a revolver. He then drives to Nepean Sea Road, locates Ahuja in the bedroom of his apartment and shoots him dead. Nanavati then goes to his naval Provost Marshal and tells him what he has done. By 4.30 pm the naval hero is in a deputy commisioner’s office, handing over his weapon and surrendering.advertisementAll of this-the whodunit, whydunit and howdunit-is over by page 15 of Bachi Karkaria’s gripping book. The actual saga unfolds over the next six years, as the case moves from the sessions court all the way to the Supreme Court. The initial cast of characters also expands: in starring roles are many of the great Parsi lawyers from the ’50s; various judges and prosecutors; two tabloid editors, both Parsi, both Oxbridge, trying to out-gutter each other till the great denouement of their sub-plot. Nehru, Krishna Menon and Mountbatten play walk-on roles, and last but not least is the real ‘Bond’, the real double-triple agent par excellence and beyond belief, Mr Ram Jethmalani.Along the way, the book addresses the role of the press in sensationalising the case and the eternal manthan between the executive and the judiciary. It also exposes the way the military protects its own and the way governments compromise on principles to salvage ‘good visuals’ for themselves. Finally, it takes on the tensions between different ethnic communities-in this case Parsis and Sindhis (remember Jethmalani) -and the way movies parasitise things out of real life. Whether it’s the broad sweep of the way the different estates, (judiciary, executive, army, press), clash like tectonic plates, or the detail, for instance Jethmalani’s cunning in focusing on the fact that a towel didn’t slip when it should have, and the way that towel becomes briefly iconic, in these times of post-facts and alt-reality In Hot Blood is a very good primer indeed.-Ruchir JoshiHARD ROCKIndian climbers take aim at the Bouldering World Cup.As India gets ready to host the IFSC World Bouldering Cup this June, former national sport-climbing champion Sandeep Maity is training hard to make sure he winds up on the podium.Maity, and seven other sport climbers from across the country, are on a 21-day training tour across Europe to improve India’s chances at the second consecutive world cup hosted by this country since 2016. “We did not make it to the semi-finals of the IFSC Bouldering World Cup in 2016 due to the lack of world-class coaching and training in India,” says Maity. “This Europe training tour is giving us the opportunity to train in the best conditions sport-climbing can provide abroad.”India is yet to make a mark in the international arena, and does not have a dedicated sport-climbing federation-leaving the Indian Mountaineering Foundation to organise events. Nevertheless, the 2016 event was “an astonishing success” despite limited promotional efforts, says Girivihar, a four-decade-old mountaineering club that funds sport-climbing programmes here. Some 4,000 spectators turned out to watch 80-odd athletes from 24 countries.While Indian sport climbers are solving bouldering problems for this June’s World Cup, there’s something bigger brewing. Sport-climbing is slated for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Ever dreamt of being on an Olympic podium, Mr Maity?-Anil NairSLAVERY AT SEAOnce the captain of the Sam Simon-a Sea Shepherd vessel patrolling the Arctic to catch illegal toothfish operators-Siddharth Chakravarty now has a very different view of the battle.When the conservation group’s Operation Icefish nabbed the Thunder for illegal fishing in 2015, Chakravarty and his sailors saved 30 Indonesian fishermen from drowning after the Caucasian officials running the ship opted to scuttle the vessel and flee. “It was so reminiscent of the hierarchies of the colonial era. The officers had their suitcases packed, while the fishermen were scrambling to save what they could,” he recalls.The incident convinced him that activism was creating a serious problem for an already-vulnerable community and eventually led him to leave Sea Shepherd for an MSc in the politics of conflict, rights and justice at SOAS, London.”In certain cases, enforcement creates more conflict,” he says, pointing out that two million migrant workers are employed by fishing companies. He believes it’s only a matter of time before the Indian fishing industry goes the same way. “It may not be migrant workers, but it’ll be some other vulnerable community,” he says.-Moeena HalimPolitics and PassionA veteran Congressman’s retelling of the epic is an unashamed love song to a most complicated character.Dr Veerappa Moily’s The Flaming Tresses of Draupadi-newly translated from Kannada into English by D.A. Shankar-retells the Mahabharata from Draupadi’s point of view. The feminist approach offers “the ambrosia of original epic in [a different] vessel”, as Dr Moily puts it, and is an unashamed love song to one of the most complicated female figures in Indian literature.Fate is cruel to Draupadi. Her marriage to five brothers makes her life unimaginably complicated. But society reserves only mystified sympathy and the occasional “oh, poor dear”, for those who suffer such trials. To Dr Moily, that is why the character is misunderstood. “By portraying [Draupadi] as soft and delicate,” he says, “civilised society has undermined her personality.” Given the present concern of the Hindu right over polygamy, it’s an interesting choice of source material for the veteran Congress party leader from Karnataka, whose book was launched at Rashtrapati Bhavan last month. But if there’s any comment on the times, it’s subtle.”There is an impression in India that women are subjugated,” he says. “Draupadi is something above that. She is not tied to any husband.” When pressed about those five husbands, he quickly reaches for the text. “She was the woman who underwent oppression and exploitation more than any other woman in the Mahabharata,” he reads aloud, pausing to glower at us over his moustache. “But,” he makes a fist and punches in the air for emphasis, “she did not shrink with fear or diffidence, nor did she blame providence! Not only did she submit herself for the great cause, but was also a powerful influence behind many of her contemporaries!”Though the poetry is occasionally made stilted by translation, Dr Moily’s passion for the subject is clear. Moreover, his formidable knowledge of the epics offers some interesting perspectives. Take Draupadi’s relationship with Krishna. As Dr Moily says, “Krishna called her sakhi. That is more than just ‘friend’.”-Aditya WigARCHITECTURE BRUTALIST DELHIThe demolitions of the Hall of Nations in Delhi’s Pragati Maidan earlier this month, and Chanakyacinema hall back in 2008, have highlighted the dire need to preserve our rich heritage of Modernist architecture. Modernism is not a singlemonolithic architectural style, but rather an overarching term given tomany connected movements and iterations over the past many decades.In the 1950s-80s, one of the prominent movements in modernism was known as Brutalism. This movement took the modernist idea of unembellished andunadorned architecture still further, by rejecting external decorativecladding and even paint and plaster, keeping the building’s concretestructure exposed as the finished facade. The aim was to representbrutal honesty in architectural form. In India, Brutalism gainedpopularity after the French architect Le Corbusier designed some of theworld’s seminal Brutalist buildings in Chandigarh and Ahmedabad in theearly 1950s. AKBAR HOTELShiv Nath Prasad 1969In Chanakyapuri, this is an archetypal Brutalist building, following in the tradition of Le Corbusier’s Secretariat building in Chandigarh. IIT DELHIJ.K. Choudhary 1968The main academic block of IIT Delhi is one of the city’s earliest Brutalist structures, and exudes the requisite seriousness to house a premier academic institution. POLISH EMBASSY Witold Ceckiewicz 1973The Polish Embassy is easily one of the most interesting modernist structures in the city. It is designed around an open courtyard, and part of it is raised high up on soaring columns, providing a vertical dynamism to the massing. SHRI RAM CENTREShiv Nath Prasad 1969The Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts at Mandi House was constructed at the same time as Akbar Hotel. TIBET HOUSEShiv Nath Prasad 1974This almost square box on Lodhi Road is raised on a smaller base. It is one of the more compact examples of exposed concrete, egg-crate facade structures from the 1970s. NMNH/ FICCI BUILDING 1972Not many people would call this building (recently gutted by fire) a thing of beauty. As an unapologetic exposed-concrete building with a severe industrial aesthetic, it fit right in with the other Brutalist structures coming up in the ’70s. NCDC BUILDING 1974 & NDMC PALIKA KENDRA 1983Kuldip SinghPalika Kendra, on Parliament Street, is a soaring concrete structure, and the NCDC building on Khel Gaon Marg is a quirky stepped-pyramid building. Connecting these two, as well as Akbar Hotel and Shri Ram Centre, is Mahendra Raj, a structural engineer who deserves much credit for the design of these structures.DESIGN CONCRETE PLANSCement has gone from being an essential but banal element of architecture to the new darling of the design world.Chic cement sounds like an oxymoron. How can a material used for sidewalks or skyscrapers be anything but ordinary? While most get boxed in by cement’s unattractive qualities, designers have been shining the spotlight on this humble material. In fact, the Dalmia Bharat Group, a leading manufacturer of cement, saw the potential and invited internationally acclaimed designers to take a stab at forging a new identity for the stuff. The result: Craft Beton, a two-day exhibition in Delhi, which displayed over 50 different decor products (home accessories, lighting, furniture and jewellery) made from green cement (which has a low carbon footprint). “We started working on this a year ago and it is our endeavour to showcase its beauty to the world,” says Sundeep Kumar, executive director, corporate affairs and corporate communication at the Dalmia Bharat Group. They brought in four people with a design background-art curator Iti Tyagi, designer Somesh Singh, sculptor Miroslaw Baca and industrial designer Alan Saga-for a three-and-a-half month residency. “Most of them had never worked with cement and at the end of it they wondered why they had not done so earlier,” says Kumar. Most of the products exhibited are limited edition, handmade.-Ridhi KaleQ+AMrs. Funnybones Twinkle Khanna, producer, on films, books, and laughter.Q: You’re Mrs Funnybones on Twitter. One person who you turn to for a laugh? A: My sister, Rinke. We just crack up whenever we are together. I don’t know what it is that we laugh about.Q: A book you recently read that you’d recommend? A: Alain de Botton’s The Course of Love. I liked how he wrapped a story around the psychology of a relationship. It made a lot of sense to me.Q: You recently turned producer. Did your husband, Akshay, give you a hard time on the set of Padman? A: He’s the one having a tough time. In fact, when I asked him, ‘Are you coming back to Mumbai this weekend?’ he replied, ‘I don’t know. The producer is really making me work too much.’Q: Do you get jokes forwarded to you on WhatsApp? A:There is an elderly gentleman who sends me 11 to 12 WhatsApp forwards every single day. Sometimes he tries to invent his own jokes which are really poor. But I don’t have the heart to tell him anything, so I just say, “You’re very funny, Uncle. How do you do it?”Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given that you have passed on to your own kids? A: To laugh at success so that you can shrug off failure easily.-Suhani Singhlast_img read more


10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari explains leaving Isco on bench

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari explains leaving Isco on benchby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari left Isco on the bench for victory over Rayo Vallecano.Real overcame Rayo 1-0 via a Karim Benzema strike, with Solari pleased about the win, which he discussed after explaining his benching of Isco.”My interest is in ensuring that all players are well, happy and committed and we all work for that,” he said.”I try not to make mistakes in the formation or the substitutions and I do that because it is part of my job.”With the way the match went, I brought Dani Ceballos in for Marco [Asensio] because he was tired then Fede [Valverde] for the midfield and Vini came in because he was the only forward on the bench who could replace Benzema.”We were dominant against Rayo and should have gone in at half-time with a more comfortable lead but when you don’t take your chances you will suffer.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


10 months ago​Arsenal quoted enormous asking price for Lille winger Pepe

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal quoted enormous asking price for Lille winger Pepeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have been quoted a fee of roughly €80 million if they want to sign Nicolas Pepe.The Lille winger is a hot prospect from Ligue 1 who has been in impressive form this season.Gunners boss Unai Emery does want to sign a winger to add another dimension to his team.But Lille sporting director Luis Campos said to Telefoot: “I hope he will stay this winter. We’ll do everything to keep him.”All the top clubs in the world have their eyes on him, and that’s normal, but the president has been clear. The idea is for him to continue at the club.”In contrast, with my experience in football, I would say that if a club arrives with a big number and can convince the player… I would sell him for €80 million.”That’s the price tag, but you’d have to convince the player and he’s been a big part of us being in second place.” last_img read more


18 days agoShaqiri content with Liverpool role: I’m a leader

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Shaqiri content with Liverpool role: I’m a leaderby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winter Xherdan Shaqiri considers himself one of the leaders in the squad.Swiss star Shaqiri has often spoken about his disappointment at not playing enough for the Reds.While he has impressed when given a chance, he is behind Mohamed Salad and Sadio Mane for a position on the wings.Speaking about his role at the club, he told Schweizer Illustrierte: “Apart from the fact that I would like to play more, I’m happy in Liverpool. “I have a certain status in the team because I am one of the more experienced players. “I think I’m one of the leaders.” last_img


3 days agoFred assures Man Utd fans: I feel like I’m getting better

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fred assures Man Utd fans: I feel like I’m getting betterby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Fred says he’s finally adapting to the rigours of Premier League football.The Brazilian has been disappointing since arriving from Shahktar Donestk for a whopping £52m in the summer of 2018.But Fred insists he has needed time to change his playing style from the Ukrainian leagues.”My first season was difficult but that is normal when a footballer changes league,” he said. “The Ukrainian league isn’t as strong as the Premier League. It’s faster and more physical here.”You need to start games strongly and finish them strongly.”It’s the full force for 90 minutes, but it takes time to adapt to English football when you come from Ukraine, even though I was playing against some of the best teams in the Champions League, but I believe I am adapting.”The 26-year-old added that feeling more settled in the city of Manchester is playing a role in his improvement on the pitch.”I’m learning day by day. I feel like I’m getting better. I have a big heart. I will play better.”I like Manchester. My family are here and they like it too. They are speaking English. I’m having English classes, too, but it’s not possible all the time because we travel a lot but we speak lots of languages here.” last_img read more


The Rockets Love Launching 3s From Way Past The Line

Brooklyn Nets70– The Rockets shoot from (way, way) downtownNBA teams with the most 3-point attempts from 28-35 feet, 2017-18 Golden State Warriors84– Indiana Pacers107– Cleveland Cavaliers93– Portland Trail Blazers108– Detroit Pistons77– Houston Rockets178– DALLAS — The Houston Rockets, who at the moment seem to be the only team worthy of challenging the defending champion Warriors, just might be the NBA’s most unapologetic club.The team set fire to the record books last season by launching more than 40 3-point attempts per night, which shattered their own record from 2014-15 and was over six 3s a night more than the team with the second-most attempts. Yet entering this campaign, reigning Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni still wanted more, saying that Houston could realistically take 50 per game. Houston may not be quite that extreme so far, but they are on pace to become the first team in history to shoot more 3s than 2s — which is mind-boggling in its own right.Yet for all the attention paid to how many 3s the Rockets are taking, there’s been less attention paid to where, exactly, the club is hoisting them from, and the positive difference it’s making for their offense even if the shots don’t all go in.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Going into their nationally televised matchup Friday night with the Pelicans, the Rockets were spotting up from a different zip code far more than any other team. Houston’s taken a whopping 178 three-point attempts from the 28-to-35 foot range, according to data from James Jackson of ESPN Stats & Information Group. For context, the teams right behind Houston on this list, Portland and Indiana, have taken just 108 and 107 attempts from this distance which is at least 4 feet behind the line. But after those three teams, no one else has even managed to crack 100 so far. This number is unusually high for the 3-point-obsessed Rockets, too: They’ve already taken more 3s from that range in 46 games this season than they took during last year’s entire 82-game slate. Charlotte Hornets78– Boston Celtics93– Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Team3-point Attempts Miami Heat70– Of course, it’s not like Houston — which entered Friday as the No. 2 seed, at 34-12 — is regularly canning these looks. The Rockets are connecting on just under 30 percent of their shots from that deep,1When the Rockets take 3s from above the break, their average shot distance is 25.8 feet from the basket, the second-farthest in the NBA. a far cry from the 36 percent league-average mark from 3-point range in general.Still, there are several reasons that those shots help the team even if they don’t go in, and just about all of those reasons stem from the spacing these long shots create. Chris Paul and James Harden certainly benefit from the extra room, and they already rank among the NBA’s best playmakers, even without the help.Watch this pick-and-roll play against Utah, where Paul comes down and finds big man Clint Capela for a dunk. Jazz swingman Joe Johnson was prepared to help at the rim, but began scrambling back toward sharpshooter Ryan Anderson, even though he was standing nearly 30 feet from the basket. Johnson’s recognition that Anderson can make shots from that distance was enough to send him rushing away from Capela.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Capela, who’s in the middle of his best season and is currently leading the NBA in field-goal percentage, has been perhaps the biggest beneficiary of the additional spacing. Harden and Paul, two of the best no-look passers, have had a field day throwing him lobs (He’s second in the league in dunks). His average shot attempt this season is coming fewer than 2 feet from the basket.“Having all that extra space definitely enhances Clint’s game,” said D’Antoni, who told me he gave a handful of players (namely Anderson, Harden and Eric Gordon) the green light last season to experiment with the longer 3-point tries.The importance of Capela’s vertical floor-spacing role within the offense can’t be overstated. For starters, the Rockets run an NBA-high 62 direct2Meaning an action that led directly to a shot, foul or change of possession. pick-and-rolls per 100 possessions, according to Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats, meaning he’s involved in dozens of scoring opportunities each game, with both Paul and Harden. One thing worth noting about this trio: Paul, Harden and Capela have led the Rockets to a 19-0 mark this season when all three suit up and play. The team is just 15-12 when one or more of them doesn’t play.When I asked Paul what it’s like playing in an offense with so much space, he explained that he’s still learning to adjust to how open some of his teammates are. “My friends joke with me and tell me I’m a new player now, but it’s a cool way to play,” he told me. “Nobody argues about shots or anything. When you see us get frustrated, a lot of the time it’s because we’re not defending. The offense is free-flowing, and guys just let (long shots) go.”Giving players like Paul and Harden more space to work with is almost cruel. A weak-side defender’s inability to help leaves primary stoppers on an island, and the star point guards are happy to take their chances with those matchups. The result so far: The Rockets go 1-on-1 more than any other NBA team and are the league’s most efficient isolation team by a wide margin.3Their current scoring rate is the highest on record in the Synergy Sports database, which goes back 14 years. Similarly, Harden and Paul rank No. 1 and No. 2 in isolation efficiency among those who go 1-on-1 at least three times per contest. (Harden is somehow scoring nearly 53 percent of the time in iso scenarios to this point.)But the isolation plays are just one way the extra spacing has helped Harden this year, after he showed himself to be perhaps the NBA’s best passer last season. The extra room has also enabled him to toy with defenses at times. In this first video of the Rockets playing against Sacramento, Harden draws three defenders at once — two of whom run into each other — and feeds the ball to Capela after the Kings fail to account for him in the paint. Less than two minutes later, knowing that the defense won’t make the same mistake and leave Capela open again, Harden makes it look as if he’s going to throw the ball back to his center but instead swings the ball to a wide-open Anderson, who’s waiting 5 feet above the top of the key.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In just those two plays, the Rockets illustrate how easily they can break a defense. If you pay too much attention to Harden or Paul, they’ll simply go over the top to Capela. Pay too much attention to someone cutting through the paint? There’s a good chance it’s going to cost you 3 points, given the caliber of shooters they have lining the perimeter. And it goes without saying that if you neglect Harden or Paul driving into the paint, Houston will either score or draw a shooting foul, which the Rockets do better than anyone.All of this explains why Anderson likes to stand so far off the line: It forces the defender to make a choice: Am I going to come out and guard him up to 30 feet from the basket and be too far away to provide help on James or Paul, or do I want to be in position to guard against the drive and risk letting Anderson or Gordon get an open 3 from basically another county?“I kind of like shooting it from that deep. Most times, no one wants to come out that far, so it feels kind of like a free throw, where there’s no pressure,” said Anderson, who was prodded by D’Antoni to start taking that shot based on what his coach had seen in shootarounds and practices. “And if they do hug up on me, like Harrison Barnes was doing tonight, all it does is leave room for James and Chris.” (Harden finished Wednesday’s game with 25 points, 13 assists and one turnover.)You might think this sort of dilemma might send a defense scrambling, but opposing teams sometimes treat the court like a minefield: Often they’re a bit too confused about who they should shade toward and wind up unwilling to make a definitive step in any direction. Houston’s opponents move at the league’s seventh-slowest rate on defense, according to Second Spectrum. On the flip side, the Rockets know exactly what they want to do when they have an open look, regardless of how far away they may be from the basket.“They’re really comfortable out there,” D’Antoni said of his players, who get more wide-open 3s per game than any other team. “If it’s just as comfortable [as a shorter 3], why not shoot it? I’m willing to live with that.” read more


Wenger praised Wilsheres leadership

first_imgJack Wilshere has been one of the brightest parts of Arsenal’s ongoing unsuccessful season and Arsene Wenger insisted that he is a “future captain material” despite his new contract still hasn’t been signed.Wilshere’s contract is about to expire at the end of the season but his coach is confident that the Englishman will stay and can become the future captain of the team as he has been there for a long time.The England international was hailed by Wenger as the Frenchman said, according to Metro:“He has a long history with the club, strong link with the club.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Jack Wilshere on the pitch is a big quality.”“Apart from his technical top qualities he has personality and is in the right place on the pitch, and now with the maturity to organise around him.”“That’s why I played him central.”“I just thought the combination of history, the fact that he’s a long-term player for the club, the fact that he has experience and knowledge now, I trust now to make him captain.”last_img read more