Ex-Tottenham defender Jadon Brown excited about Huddersfield ‘challenge’by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham defender Jadon Brown is excited about his move to Huddersfield Town.After signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with Town, the Lewisham-born defender was ‘very excited’ at the prospect of joining the Club and moving away from home.“It’s a new challenge for myself with being away from home, a new dressing room and a new opportunity,” he told HTTV.“It was an easy decision for me because I have more opportunities to be in and around the First Team and I thought that if I get that chance then that is something that I can try and take.”The youngster added that he wanted to ‘get the experience’ of playing against different types of footballing sides.“As you get older the game changes and you’re not always playing against technical player.“For me as a player I like to get forward a lot and you know you’ve got to do more defending in the box, more blocks and more heading, so I can challenge my game a lot as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The NBA regular season ends Wednesday, and the playoffs begin Saturday. And with that in mind, we’re going to shake things up a bit with regard to FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings.Until now, we’ve ranked every team according to a projection of its true talent over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. (For more details on the original methodology, see our introductory rankings post.)But this week, with many teams resting key players in preparation for the playoffs, we’re ranking every team according to its projected playoff power rating. This means we’re projecting every team to be at “full strength” in terms of minutes given to players who will be available for the postseason, instead of only projecting for the next week. Playoff probabilities and expected end-of-season wins are still driven by projected minute distributions over the next few days, but the power ratings themselves have been geared to capture the talent that each team is bringing into the playoffs.With the playoffs being emphasized more in our ratings, it’s fitting that the San Antonio Spurs rank in the top two for the first time since early February. They’ve won 11 straight games, a run backed up by the underlying talent of one of the league’s best teams.The Atlanta Hawks also benefit from our switch to “playoff power” — while Thabo Sefolosha’s bizarre season-ending injury hurts their chances of winning the championship, we’ve boosted the playing time for many of their good players who have consistently been listed as day-to-day in the injury report in recent weeks.As for teams on the fringe of the playoffs, we noted last week that the Boston Celtics were basically a coin flip to make the playoffs, battling it out with the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for one of the two remaining postseason slots in the Eastern Conference. A week later, the Celtics have all but completely claimed their spot; our model now gives them a 98.9 percent probability of making the playoffs.By the same token, the Heat have almost completely dropped out of the race, with just a 2.4 percent chance of qualifying for the postseason. That leaves the Nets and Pacers to fight over one spot with two games left per team. Our calculations give Brooklyn the inside track largely because of the team’s possession of the tiebreaker over Indiana, in addition to an easier remaining schedule (the Nets face the No. 9 Chicago Bulls and No. 23 Orlando Magic; Indiana faces No. 7 Memphis and No. 15 Washington).Out West, the race for the No. 8 seed is between the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Pelicans have the edge in our simulations. Oklahoma City is marginally more talented, according to RPM, and is even projected to win fractionally more games on average, but New Orleans holds the tiebreaker over the Thunder.In no small part because of those tiebreakers, there’s a 45 percent probability that the Nets and Pelicans will be the final two teams to slip into the playoffs when the season ends Wednesday.
OSU sophomore Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes a free throw in a game against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 24 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 82-74. Credit: Maria Martello | Lantern PhotographerIn Ohio State coach Thad Matta’s head coaching career, he has stood on the sideline for 531 games.He has won 403 of those, while dropping 128. But in none of those 531 contests has his team had more losses than wins in the record column.That will change on Tuesday, as the Buckeyes (2-3) are set to welcome No. 10 Virginia (5-1) to the Schottenstein Center for a 7:30 p.m. matchup as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.OSU’s season started off without any noteworthy results, grabbing 20-plus-point victories over a pair of unspectacular opponents. The wheels came off from there, however, as consecutive home losses to Texas-Arlington and Louisiana Tech dropped OSU to .500, before an overtime loss to Memphis in Miami gave Matta a losing record for the first time in his career.Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said having a losing record comes as a shock when a player comes to a school like OSU, but the team has to keep its composure and keep getting back on track.“None of us expected to be 2-3, but we’ve just got to stay the course,” Tate said. “We have to learn how to grow, how to improve every week in practice.”Tate and fellow sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop each offered the same two culprits for the Buckeyes’ struggles: turnovers and poor free-throw shooting.“We’re not losing games by a lot. They’re close games. It’s just the turnovers, we have to cut back on those, and make our free throws,” Bates-Diop said. “We could be getting different questions right now if we’re doing that.”The Buckeyes are turning the ball over 16.2 times per game, ranking 323rd in the nation out of 346 qualifying Division I schools. Virginia, on the other hand, ranks second with just 7.5 turnovers per game.Matta said the praise for the Cavaliers’ efficiency lies with coach Tony Bennett, who is now in his seventh season in Charlottesville, Virginia.“I think Tony Bennett has done a tremendous job in terms of coming in and establishing that program … I don’t think Virginia gets the respect of other schools, but they’re as good as any of them, that’s for sure,” Matta said.For the Buckeyes, Tate said it is never easy to snap a losing streak, and the team is unlikely to get any help against a team like the Cavaliers. Still, he said the team is trying its hardest to keep its focus one game at a time.“Any loss will have an impact on your confidence, but coach is doing a great job telling us to stay the course,” Tate said. “Teams go through losses all the time, it’s just how you bounce back the next game.”A glance at the CavaliersVirginia comes into Tuesday night’s matchup 5-1, with the lone loss coming in a second-game hiccup at George Washington.While the quality of its other five opponents hasn’t been the strongest, Matta said he has been more than impressed with what he’s watched.“They’re as good of a basketball team as I’ve seen this year … They’re such a great blend of the positions, inside, outside,” Matta said. “It’s definitely a veteran basketball team that’s going to be a great challenge for us.”Virginia — which earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament a season ago but was ultimately upset by Michigan State in the Round of 32 — uses a balanced offensive attack rather than relying on a go-to scorer.Redshirt senior guard Malcolm Brogdon leads the team with 16.7 points per game. The 2014-15 AP All-American Second-Team recipient has also chipped in 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.The Cavaliers have shot exceptionally well this season, shooting the ball at a 51.7 percent clip from the field while holding opponents to 39.1 percent. Those marks rank 13th and 74th in the nation, respectively.“They’re a great defensive team,” Tate said. “They run a lot of offense through their post, so post defense will be really key. We’ve just got to execute and take care of the ball.”Up nextAfter the Cavaliers, the Buckeyes are set to resume action on Saturday against another school from the 10th state — Virginia Military Institute. Tip is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
The president of the Mundial host, Vladimir Putin in a rallying call before tournament says Russia will “fight until the end” even though they head into the World Cup in poor form.The side automatically qualified as hosts but they are the lowest ranked of the 32 teams at the tournament and are without a win in 2018. However, they will launch the World Cup on Thursday when they face Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.“Our team have not achieved big results in recent times,” said Putin according to BBC.Russia’s last win came on 7 October when they beat South Korea 4-2 in a friendly in Moscow. Since then they have lost to Argentina, Brazil, France and Austria and drawn with Iran, Spain and Turkey.However, Putin expects Stanislav Cherchesov’s side to raise their game with a population of 144 million willing the hosts on.Scotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“We very much expect – all fans and lovers of football in Russia – expect the team to play with dignity, for them to show modern, interesting football, and to fight until the end,” added Putin.Russia are ranked 70th in Fifa’s world rankings – three places below opening opponents Saudi Arabia. After Thursday, Russia move to Saint Petersburg to face Egypt on 19 June before rounding off their Group A programme against Uruguay in Samara on 25 June.Cherchesov knows his players need to discover some confidence.“I am not a therapist able to reassure anyone,” he said after a 1-1 draw against Turkey on 5 June.“We are making progress and our main task is to believe in ourselves. We also need the fans to believe in us.”
Arsenal have welcomed Aaron Ramsey back to training as they prepare for their mouth-watering Premier League encounter against Manchester City, according to Goal.The midfielder is understood to have overcome a calf injury that ruled him out of Arsenal’s final two preseason friendlies against Chelsea and Lazio.The Wales international could play some part in Unai Emery’s first competitive game as manager of Arsenal.There has been constant speculation surrounding Ramsey’s future at the Emirates leading up to Thursday’s England transfer deadline.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Ramsey currently has a year left on his Arsenal deal, and reports suggest the player wants around £300,000 a week deal to stay at the club.The 27-year-old was linked with moves to Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona but with the transfer window closed in England the player will remain at the Emirates for the time being.Arsenal are expected to be without the defensive duo of Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny for the game against City on Sunday.Kolasinac picked up an injury during the club’s International Champions Cup (ICC) friendly against Chelsea while Koscielny continues his recovery for a serious injury he picked up towards the end of last season.
Former Juventus manager Marcello Lippi believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival could not have been better timedThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner stunned the football world by leaving Real Madrid for a €112m switch to Juventus in the summer.Ronaldo recently revealed that the Real president, Florentino Pérez, no longer valued him and so he decided to leave.While his old employers struggle in his absence, Ronaldo has made an impressive start to life in Italy.The Portugal captain has managed seven goals and five assists in 10 Serie A games.And Lippi thinks that Ronaldo’s timely arrival has given Juventus a brilliant boost as they chase an eighth straight league crown and a first Champions League title since 1996.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.The veteran Italian coach also suggests that a Ronaldo from three years ago wouldn’t have been as effective as he is now.“Juventus signed him at the right time,” Lippi told Courier Dello Sport, via Express.“His impact is unbelievable.“If the Bianconeri had signed him three years ago, he would’ve had a much less impact than now.”Ronaldo also recently spoke of his hopes of winning a record sixth Ballon d’Or this year.Juventus will host Cagliari on Saturday at Turin with kick-off to start at 20:30 (CEST).
Having scored the goal that gave Crystal Palace a win against Manchester City, Luka Milivojevic is hoping that his sides next two matches will be victorious.Basking in the euphoria of their 3-2 win against City, Milivojevic is excited and says he would celebrate with family even though still have two matches before the year ends.How Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“You prepare in a different way because of the opponents, you see we had to defend a lot and we knew we would only have a few changes because this team don’t give you a lot of space but we convert two goals from the three or four counter-attacks we had and what can you say when you come here and take three points against one of the best teams in the league,” he said as quoted by club’s official website.“I am going to celebrate with my family but we have two more games before the end of the year, both at home, and I am hoping we can give the fans more reasons to celebrate in those matches.”