a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer hints Greenwood set to sign new deal

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer hints Greenwood set to sign new dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted Mason Greenwood is set to sign a new deal.The teen proved the matchwinner for their Europa League victory over Astana.”We are always in talks with the boys, about how we look at their future, and Mason is obviously one we want to keep with us,” said Solskjaer afterwards.”It is natural for Mason to play football, score goals and be in and around the box. He knows how to finish. “He showed glimpses today of what he can become.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Photo: Louisville Fan Makes The “L” Signal In The Middle Of A Huge Kentucky Crowd At A Bar

first_imgLouisville fan throws up the L while standing with Kentucky fans.Nashville, Tenn., is currently serving as a second home for thousands of Kentucky fans who have descended upon the city to watch the Wildcats in the SEC Tournament. Bridgestone Arena is full of blue-and-white clad Kentucky supporters. Many of the bars and restaurants surrounding the arena are packed with Wildcats’ fans, too. There’s at least one Louisville fan in the area, though. This Kentucky rival threw up an “L” signal while ESPN’s cameras showcased a bar full of Wildcats’ fans. @CardChronicle I guess a little turnabout is fair play. pic.twitter.com/Gb3MLGlamx— Christopher S. Jones (@ThrowinUpLs) March 15, 2015Well done, Louisville fan. Perhaps we’ll get Kentucky-Louisville Part Two in the NCAA Tournament.last_img

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Record floods show world has changed and NB must adapt scientists say

first_imgNew Brunswick’s record-breaking floods are a jarring reminder climate change is bringing a watery future that will wash away old patterns of life and force many to higher ground permanently, say environmental scientists and hydrologists.“The reality is that people expect the world to be the way it was, but it’s not,” said Louise Comeau, a professor at the University of New Brunswick and member of a national panel on climate change adaptation.When the waters recede, the provincial and federal governments must frankly inform homeowners the future holds more of the same, says hydrologist John Pomeroy, director of the global water futures program at the University of Saskatchewan.“Sometimes people, when they’ve been flooded out, it’s a good time to offer to buy them out and remove the homes from the dangerous location,” Pomeroy said in an interview.New Brunswick is suffering through record flooding, with rising waters forcing the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway between Moncton and Fredericton and many people being forced out of their homes.“The floods look like they’re getting larger,” said Pomeroy, who is working on a fresh models for mapping future floods, in tandem with a network of university scientists studying the nation’s largest rivers.The hydrologist says the public needs to understand historical levels of water flow are no longer guides to the future.Sudden temperature flips from frigid April snowstorms to 26 C, as occurred during the spring runoffs in parts of New Brunswick, are a feature of climate change that encourage flooding, he said.The province’s legislative committee on climate change cited computer models predicting that by 2100, New Brunswick’s mean annual temperature will increase by as much as 5 C, while more intense rain and snow will increase the amount of moisture hitting the ground.Those trends aren’t the sole causes of river flooding, but higher seasonal temperatures and precipitation increase the risks, says Al Pietroniro, a senior hydrologist with Environment Canada.“Across the country there’s an acceleration of what we call the water cycle, which means because the atmosphere is warming, we’re seeing increased precipitation,” he said in a telephone interview.Premier Brian Gallant told a briefing last week that it’s clear the increasing frequency and severity of severe weather events can be traced to climate change, and the government needs to become more proactive.“We have to do everything we can to combat climate change. We have to do everything we can to mitigate versus climate change, we have to do everything we can to raise awareness about climate change,” he said.“We have to do a better job of mapping where there are flood zones, where there will be the potential for flood zones in the future, where there will be erosion, what can be done to protect our coasts and to protect our communities.”Comeau, who has authored studies on the impact of climate change in her province, says she suspects that floods once expected every 30 years are now more likely to be “once every five years or even every two to three years.”Every region of New Brunswick now has flooding stories to share describing dislocation and disruption, she says. In addition, an ice storm on the Acadian Peninsula in January 2017 caused power, communication and transportation disruptions.Perth-Andover and the Tobique First Nation have experienced multiple flood events, including the province’s most costly event at $25-million in March 2012.The province provided $8 million to cover the cost of relocation and flood-proofing of low-lying homes, with approximately 80 homes that were damaged, either demolished or relocated, as well as road and downtown changes to infrastructure.In 2014, in response to recurring flood events, the province released a flood risk strategy, noting that from 2008 to 2014, the province experienced a “three-fold increase in disaster relief assistance programs triggered by flooding,” and $100-million in direct costs to the province, estimated to be half of total costs.Blair Feltmate, the head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, says that “New Brunswick has an attitude of management by disaster.”“New Brunswick seems to rush to address risk when it’s happening, and then, after the event subsides, the province relaxes and waits for its next disaster.”Jason Thistlethwaite, an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo’s faculty of the environment, said in an interview part of the problem is that municipalities set zoning regulations and collect property tax revenue but it’s Ottawa that is paying the lion’s share of disaster relief.“It’s good to produce the information (flood plain maps), but ultimately it’s hard for a municipality to impose development requirements when their primary source of revenue is property taxes from new development,” he said.The province must move more quickly to create a common set of standards on new development for all towns and cities to obey, he said.The federal government must also refine its approach, he argues, tying disaster relief funding to requirements that homeowners move out of areas doomed to see repeated floods.The province has entered into agreements with Public Safety Canada to update and modernize existing inland flood maps by 2020 and coastal maps by 2019, said a spokeswoman for the Environment Department.Officials from the provincial departments of Environment and Justice were otherwise unavailable to comment on the government’s implementation of its climate change action plans, which were announced by the Liberals with fanfare on Dec. 7, 2016.Mike O’Brien, the mayor of Fredericton, says his city has been a leader in adapting infrastructure for climate change, with storm water systems upgraded and some key intersections raised.New apartment complexes along Queen Street, not far from the high point of the latest floods, were approved several years ago, but the mayor said “Buildings constructed on the periphery of the flood plain are designed to handle it … but looking forward and 50 years down the road, what different regulations will have to be considered? We’d love to be part of that discussion.”Comeau says the provincial government has taken steps, such as improving mapping available to the public, and has been moving towards giving municipalities clearer guidelines on zoning rules in flood plains. Cities are hiring teams to work on flood adaptation, she says.But she also says people who live near the province’s 60,000 lakes and 2,500 lakes and ponds must buy into the science of climate change, and the tough discussion on moving out of flood plains needs to start immediately.“Often when the infrastructure decisions are being made, the community wants the ice rink fixed rather than the water pipes enlarged,” she says.She says she’s hopeful the latest disaster may start to shift citizens’ attention onto what lies ahead, even as they bail out and cope with the latest round of damage.“You have to have a conversation about the reality,” she said.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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Trump cancels Putin meeting over RussiaUkraine sea flap

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — President Donald Trump says he’s cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels.Trump tweeted his decision Thursday after departing Washington for a world leader summit in Argentina, where he and Putin were to meet.Trump says “based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!”Russia recently seized three Ukrainian vessels and crews. Russia said Ukraine didn’t have permission to pass between Russia’s mainland and the Crimean Peninsula. Ukraine insisted its vessels abided by maritime laws.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Liz Weston 4 tech tasks to keep your parents safer online

first_imgAll of us are vulnerable to fraud. But the ways some older people use technology can put them at higher risk.That’s where you come in. When you’re home for the holidays, or the next time you visit your folks, offer to help with a few tasks that can keep your parents safer online.CHECK PRIVACY SETTINGSIdentity thieves glean details from social media accounts that they can use to impersonate others. Unfortunately, many people have no idea how much information they’re exposing to the world.“If you’ve never changed your Facebook privacy settings, everything you post can be seen by everyone,” says Doug Shadel, AARP’s lead researcher on consumer fraud and author of “Outsmarting the Scam Artists.”Your mom may love the birthday greetings on her special day, for example. But publicly posting birthdates, full names, addresses, relationship status, hometowns and other key details just makes it easier for someone else to answer security questions that give access to Mom’s accounts, Shadel says.offers a privacy checkup link, accessible via the question mark at the top of every page, that allows people to quickly adjust some of their settings. Also show your folks how to access their privacy settings from the drop-down menu to the right of the question mark. Then, tackle any other social media sites they use. If you’re not sure where the privacy settings are or what to change, search the site’s name plus “privacy settings.”BOOST LOGIN SECURITYSecurity experts say it’s essential to:?Use strong passwords of eight characters or more.?Never reuse passwords.?Add two-factor authentication when possible.People older than 65 are actually less likely to reuse passwords than younger people, an AARP survey found. Only 36 per cent of the older crowd use the same password on more than one site, compared with 55 per cent of those ages 18 to 49.That may be because older people have fewer accounts to keep track of, Shadel says. Anyone who has more than a handful of passwords quickly realizes how hard it is to keep track of them all. To stay safe, Shadel recommends people use password managers such as LastPass or 1Password to ensure they’re using strong unique passwords, particularly for financial and email accounts.Not all security experts are convinced that password managers are the solution. For example, Avivah Litan, distinguished analyst at business research firm Gartner, worries about trusting any one company to guard your information. She suggests other methods, such as writing down passwords in disguised form that only the user can translate.Even strong passwords can be hacked, though, so Litan also suggests people help their parents add two-factor authentication to their important accounts. With this protection, they typically will be texted codes to use in addition to their passwords.“It really raises the bar,” she says. “It’s much harder for criminal to hack into their account.”SET UP ONLINE ACCESS AND ALERTSOnly one-third of people older than 65 have online access to all of their financial accounts, the AARP survey found. People should have that access so that they can monitor their accounts for fraudulent activity, Shadel says. Weekly check-ins are a good goal; Shadel says he checks his bank account and credit card activity daily.“A lot can happen in the 30 days you’re waiting for that statement,” Shadel says.Once your parents have online access, show them how to set up account alerts that will notify them via email or text of unusual activity, large transactions and other noteworthy events that could indicate fraud.HELP FREEZE THEIR CREDITAfter the massive 2017 data breach at Equifax, one of the three big credit reporting agencies, security experts recommended consumers freeze their credit reports at all three credit bureaus. Credit freezes prevent potential lenders from accessing those credit reports, making it harder for identity thieves to open up new accounts.Unfortunately, only 14 per cent of adults have set up those freezes, even though they are free, Shadel says. It’s also free to temporarily lift a freeze, so consumers can apply for new credit when they want it.You can help your parents set up freezes and find a secure place to store the log-in credentials or PINs they’ll need for any thaws.These methods aren’t foolproof. The aim is to be just difficult enough to victimize that the fraudsters move on to the next target.“If you put up any resistance at all, your chances of being a victim go way down,” Shadel says._______This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet .Liz Weston is a columnist at NerdWallet, a certified financial planner and author of “Your Credit Score.” Email: [email protected] . Twitter: @lizweston.RELATED LINK:3 steps to strong passwords you can remember https://nerd.me/steps-for-strong-passwordsLiz Weston, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Rahul not to appear personally in contempt case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi seeking his response on a contempt petition for “incorrectly” attributing his ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to it in the Rafale case but exempted him from personal appearance. “Personal presence of the alleged contemnor is dispensed with, for the present,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said in the order. The notice was issued after the top court rejected Gandhi’s plea to close the criminal contempt case filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi after his explanation in an affidavit on Monday claiming that the remarks were made in the “heat of political campaigning”. Gandhi had also expressed regret over his remarks. The apex court said the contempt case will be heard on April 30 along with the pending review petitions against the December 14, 2018 verdict that gave a clean chit to the Modi government in the Rafale fighter jet deal on a petition alleging irregularities. After hearing the arguments by former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Lekhi and senior advocate and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing Gandhi for around 10 minutes, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi passed the order. “On the basis of the statements made by Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, senior counsel appearing for the alleged contemnor (Rahul Gandhi), we deem it proper to issue notice in the matter,” the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said. Further, it said “Personal presence of the alleged contemnor (Rahul Gandhi) is dispensed with, for the present. “We also deem it proper to direct the Registry to list the present contempt petition along with Review Petition and connected Review Petitions and Miscellaneous Applications on April 30,” the bench said. The Congress said Gandhi in his “explanation” to the Supreme Court asserted that it was never his intention to attribute the ‘chowkidar chor hai’ slogan to the top court, but the party will continue to use the expression in the future. Singhvi told reporters that Gandhi’s affidavit clearly mentioned that a campaign is being run by the party president, Congress and other parties since the last 18 months or so alleging that Prime Minister Modi, some union ministers and others are complicit in the Rafale “scam”. “In this context, we had coined and repeatedly used, endorsed and relied upon the political slogan ‘chowkidar chor hai’ which we have done, we continue to do, and will continue to rely upon,” Singhvi said, citing Gandhi’s reply in the court. “It was never our intention to attribute this slogan as a finding of the Supreme Court. Indeed it could not have been such an intention for the simple reason that no court much less the Supreme Court would adopt or endorse such a slogan in a court order,” he said. Singhvi said he requested the court to close the matter, asserting that the BJP was politicising it and even using the court as a forum for politicisation. During the hearing, the court asked Rohatgi to apprise it of the contents of Gandhi’s affidavit. “We have not read the affidavit. Tell us what Rahul Gandhi has said,” the CJI said. Rohatgi said the Congress President has “admitted” that he made a “wrong statement” relating to the April 10 verdict of the apex court which merely had rejected the preliminary objections of the Centre on admissibility of certain documents to adjudicate the review petition in the Rafale case. “Rahul Gandhi said he made the statement in a euphoric manner,” Rohatgi said, adding that Gandhi had made the wrong statement without reading or seeing the order. Referring to the affidavit. the senior advocate said: “The apology is in a bracket.” “According to me it is not an apology. Actually a lip service of apology,” Rohatgi said. He said the top leader of a main political party is making a statement that “chowkidar Narendra Modi chor hain” without reading even the order of the apex court.last_img read more

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No permanent enemies in politics doors never shut for new alliesVijayvargiya

first_imgKolkata: BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya says the doors of NDA are “never shut for new allies” as there are no permanent enemies in politics. The BJP, he asserted, is in a position to win at least 30 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal as the people of the state are “fed up” with the misrule of TMC. But when asked whether the doors of NDA will be opened for Mamata Banerjee in a post poll scenario, Vijayvargiya told PTI in an interview that if she wants to return, then NDA would take a call whether to induct her or not. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “These are speculative questions, we won’t give an answer to it. In politics there is never a permanent enemy. If she feels the situation is suitable and wants to return to NDA then we would take a call on it whether to induct her or not,” Vijayvargiya, who is also the BJP’s in charge of Bengal, said. Asked if the BJP will welcome Mamata Banerjee to the NDA if she rectifies her policy of alleged minority appeasement and on infiltration, Vijayvargiya said, “We can’t answer speculative questions. Our fight is against those who are disrespecting the country, our forces and its valour, and Mamata Banerjee is one of them and part of that alliance who have indulged in it. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The present elections are being fought between “patriots” (deshbhakti) and “power mongers” (kursibhakti). Questioning armed forces to secure minority votes is shameful. We are fighting against it and we are fighting against her in West Bengal,” he said. After the formation of the TMC in 1998, it was part of the NDA from 1998-2006. Banerjee was also railway minister in the NDA cabinet. Earlier when Banerjee started her political career it seemed that she used to fight for the poor and oppressed. But now she has completely changed and now she shelters goons and is more interested in opposing country’s interest. She has gone in the wrong direction, Vijayvargiya charged. His comments comes in the backdrop of allegation by the opposition CPI(M)-Congress in Bengal, that both the TMC and BJP are engaged in a mock fight and TMC is the “trojan horse of BJP” in opposition camp. Modi in an interview last week has said that the Trinamool Congress supremo sends him kurtas, which she chooses personally for him, and Bengali sweets, every year. When asked whether the BJP-led NDA would remain open for new allies in post poll scenario, he said the decision regarding it would be taken by senior NDA leaders. “The decision regarding it would be taken by senior NDA leaders. But the doors of NDA are never shut for anyone. If in future (post poll) some one (party) wants to join us then NDA leaders will take a call,” the 62 year old BJP leader said. Maintaining that the BJP would win much higher number of seats than 2014, he refuted as baseless the speculation that someone else might be propped up as PM candidate in case NDA falls short of majority. “No one is even thinking of it. Nobody is even thinking that Modiji will not be re-elected a PM. The country has already decided that only Modiji will be the next PM and there is no need to even answer this question,” he said. He also mocked Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for running away from Varanasi out of “fear of defeat at the hands of Modi” and at the same time equated Congress president Rahul Gandhi with a “comedian”, whose statements act as comic relief and are not taken seriously by masses. Referring to Vadra’s decision against contesting from Varanasi against Modi, he said, “She got afraid and decided against contesting, out fear of defeat at the hands of Modiji,”. Speaking on Rahul Gandhi’s call to defeat the BJP, Vijayvargiya, said the more he address public meetings the higher the number of seats BJP’s would win the polls. “The more he campaigns, the better for Modiji. As people of this country don’t take him seriously. His statements are good for entertainment, just like comic relief,” he said. Asked whether nominating Sadhvi Pragya from Madhya Pardesh in the Lok Sabha polls would send out a wrong message, Vijayvargiya said Sadhvi Pragya was allegedly tortured by the UPA government just to establish that there is “Hindu terror” in the country. “She was tortured just to establish the terminology of Hindu terror in this country which was coined by P Chidambaram, Digvijay Singh. So I thinks it’s a good opportunity to decide, as people now have a choice to make. As whoever thinks there is Hindu terror would go with Digvijay Singh and those who think there is nothing called Hindu terror would vote for Sadhvi Pragya,” he said. When asked to react to allegations that the BJP doesn’t respect its senior leaders like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, he said there is a rule in the party that those above 75 should not be given ticket. “Not giving ticket doesn’t mean that we don’t respect our senior leaders. We respect our senior leaders and they are part of our Margdarshak Mandal,” he said. Holding that “opposition alliance is on its death bed”, Vijayvargiya said the BJP would form the next government with a bigger majority. Suggesting that the TMC government might not complete its full term till 2021 as it will face existential crisis post Lok Sabha elections, Vijayvargiya said the “political career of Banerjee is short lived”. “The existence of this state government is a at stake. In Bengal a authoritarian rule in going on. Several ministers, MLAs and senior leaders of TMC are not happy in the party and they are in constant touch with us. And as soon as we win 25-30 seats in Bengal, those who are disgruntled would leave the party and would join us,” he said.last_img read more

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What to Watch For in the NBA Finals

For all the talk this season about conference imbalance in the NBA and the inequity of its playoff structure, things seemed to have worked out just fine. Measured by point differential, we’ve ended up with the best teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences in the finals, and fans everywhere get the chance to watch a rarity in pro basketball: an NBA Finals rematch.Who’s going to win? The old adage is that defense wins championships, but this matchup is all about the offenses.The San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat have had the two best offenses in these playoffs and, surprisingly, both have been more efficient than they were in the regular season. Their offensive systems are different, but they have the same basic goal: Create good shots. With that in mind, here are some things to watch for:Spurs movementIn April, a study by two members of the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective found that, after controlling for time of possession, the Spurs’ offense had more movement and more passing than any other offense in the league, and by a wide margin. Indeed, according to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Statistics, the Spurs’ offense has featured more movement during the playoffs than the other three conference finalists.Movement Per Minute of PossessionPassing and ball movement are not perfect proxies for offensive effectiveness, but in the Spurs’ case, they are symptomatic of an offense that is working well. San Antonio doesn’t have any player as individually brilliant as Miami’s LeBron James to consistently pull good shots out of thin air, so the Spurs rely on their collaborative system. The distance traveled is of particular importance. On average, the five players on the floor for the Spurs cumulatively travel nearly 500 feet farther per minute of possession than the players for the Heat. That’s 500 extra feet of screening, rolling and cutting, searching for seams in the defense and open space on the perimeter.The Heat’s defense plays at a frenetic pace, aggressively trapping pick-and-roll ball-handlers and flying around the perimeter in a series of rotations to cover shooters. It can be devastating when done well, but the Spurs are uniquely suited to turn this aggression against the Heat.Shot selectionWhile a key indicator of the Spurs’ offensive health is the movement and passing they use to create shots, the key for the Heat is simply the location of their shots.The Heat spent most of the past two weeks burying the Pacers with 3-pointers. These outside shots buoy Miami’s offensive efficiency, but the Heat’s 3-point shooting is also a reflection of how easily James, Dwyane Wade and the Heat’s other ball-handlers get into the lane and collapse the opponent’s defense.In his NBA Finals’ preview at Grantland, Zach Lowe pointed out some of the methods the Spurs used to defend the Heat in last year’s playoffs, and how they resulted in a slew of mid-range jump shots. If we look at the breakdown of the Heat’s true shot attempts (which includes field goal attempts and trips to the free-throw line) we can see just how far last year’s pattern was from what the Heat have just done.Miami Heat Shot SelectionFor the Heat, 3-point attempts are tied to their ability to get inside the defense. James, Wade, Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers were able to get into the lane with ease against the Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals, and the result was that nearly 30 percent of Miami’s true shot attempts in that series were 3-pointers (which they made at an obscene 40.8 percent clip).In last year’s finals, however, by walling off the paint and offering up mid-range jump shots to the Heat, the Spurs were able to keep them away from the rim, off the free-throw line and inside the 3-point line. The Heat will surely have some adjustments ready this year, and we should be able to tell a lot about how they are working just by looking at the locations of their shots.LineupsThe offensive systems each team employs to create good shots revolve around lineups. The Heat would prefer to play small, arraying three and sometimes four shooters around James. The Pacers were loathe to change gears and try to match up with them, but the Spurs may be more willing. They have more depth than any of the teams the Heat have played in these playoffs, and San Antonio is much more comfortable using that depth in a variety of arrangements.A big issue in last season’s finals’ matchup was the way the Heat’s small lineups forced the Spurs to separate Tiago Splitter and Tim Duncan. The Spurs used that pairing for about 20 percent of their regular-season minutes, then just over 11 percent in the finals. But Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich has been more aggressive this season about experimenting with different lineups.It is tricky to parse statistics for the Spurs between big and small lineups because of the big and small skill set of Boris Diaw. When he’s playing power forward for the Spurs, the “big” or “small” nature of the lineup depends on the matchups and what he’s being asked to do. But having him on the floor allows the Spurs to have their cake and eat it, too.Back to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Statistics: Diaw was third on the team in touches per game, at 49.2, during the regular season. While Diaw is capable of scoring in a variety of ways, he averaged just 9.1 points per game because his role in the Spurs’ offense often called for him to be a facilitator. He averaged 38.9 passes per game; about 79 percent of his touches involved moving the ball to another player. This usually worked out well for the Spurs, as Diaw is among the best big man passers in the game. His assists created an additional 6.7 points per game for the Spurs during the regular season.In the Spurs’ Game 6 victory to close out the Oklahoma City Thunder, Diaw saw a lot of extra touches by virtue of playing some extra minutes, but it was what he did with those touches that made the difference.The Boris Diaw StoryIn Game 6, Diaw’s touches accumulated nearly 50 percent more points for the Spurs than they did during the regular season or in the series to this point. This increased output from Diaw was needed, with the Spurs struggling to hit 3-pointers and Tony Parker sitting out the second half with an ankle injury.Diaw’s ability to shift between big and small defensive assignments, and scoring and facilitating roles on offense, may allow the Spurs to sidestep a lot of the matchup land mines the Heat have waiting for them.MarginsThese teams are incredibly talented, well-coached and, ultimately, evenly matched. Each has a series of counters available for every obvious advantage the other will try to exploit. That’s why this series will be won at the margins and in the minutiae. Little things — the Spurs forcing the Heat to make one extra defensive rotation, the Heat getting the ball to a 3-point shooter instead of settling for a seemingly open jump shot around the free-throw line, and the tiny in-game matchups that shift the rotations — will be the deciding battles. read more

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Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston on watch list for Ray Guy Award

OSU junior punter Cameron Johnston (95) stands on the sideline during a game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Virginia. OSU won, 42-24. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Lantern photographerCameron Johnston, a senior punter on the Ohio State football team, has been named to the preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation’s top punter. Johnston, one of 28 collegiate punters on the watch list that was released Thursday, was a semifinalist for the award during the past two seasons. Since the award’s inception in 2000, the only Buckeye to take home the hardware was B.J. Sander in 2003. Johnston is one of the most decorated punters in program history, with three school records to his name. He set the single-season record in 2015 for most punts inside the 20-yard line, with 31. En route to that total, he set a new career mark, with 83. His average of 57.0 yards per attempt in a 2014 game against Illinois is also a school record. A native of Geelong, Australia, Johnston’s ability to pin opponents deep in their own territory has been invaluable to coach Urban Meyer’s teams over the past two seasons. With the loss of 14 starters total from last year’s roster, having Johnston back to lead the special-teams unit should be an asset.In all, five Buckeyes are on preseason lists, including redshirt senior Pat Elflein, who was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list on Wednesday. The award honors the nation’s top collegiate center. It’s the first time Elflein has been included on the trophy’s watch list, but that’s because this will be his first season as OSU’s center. He has started the past two seasons at guard, where he helped turn the Buckeyes’ front five into one of the most respected units in the country. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Elflein, who has twice been a first-team all-conference guard, shocked many with his decision to return for a fifth season. But his decision to stick around will likely pay dividends for an OSU offense that lost seven starters from a season ago, including three on the offensive line. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett is on the Maxwell Award watch list, handed out to the nation’s top player, regardless of position. Junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan and redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis are on the Bednarik Award watch list, given annually to the country’s top defender. OSU is set to open the 2016 season on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green. Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Ronaldo has no plans to retire from Portugal

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he has no plans whatsoever to retire from representing Portugal at international level, even if he wins the World Cup in RussiaThe Real Madrid superstar recently added his fifth Champions League title to his mounting collection of silverware and finally ended his long wait in winning a major trophy for Portugal after leading the national side to the European championship in France two years ago.Now for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, there is only one trophy remaining that has eluded him throughout his entire career – the World Cup.But, even if he wins the biggest trophy in world football this summer and fulfils his childhood dream, Ronaldo insists that he will have no plans to retire as he still has plenty left to give.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Winning the World Cup is the best thing you can possibly achieve in your career because you represent your country and it is so difficult to win,” said the 33-year-old, according to the Daily Mail.“So if we could do it, then for me it would be the maximum. To give a World Cup to Portugal would be the greatest dream of my life and mean that I would have won everything a player can aspire to win.”He added: “Some people may think if I win the World Cup it would be time to retire, but I am ambitious and I still have a lot to give to this sport.”Portugal will begin their World Cup campaign against Spain in their Group B opener.last_img read more

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