Messi ‘could have joined Arsenal’

first_img Press Association Argentina midfield maestro Messi developed into one of the world’s greatest players at the Nou Camp, but was close to considering a switch to England when he was 15 in the Barcelona Academy. A recent biography suggests the potential deal broke down because Arsenal were unable to purchase accommodation for Messi’s family, who were keen to join him in London, although the South American would still have needed to secure a work permit. Lionel Messi could have joined Arsenal from Barcelona as a teenager along with Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique, Arsene Wenger confirmed today. center_img Despite all of their efforts, Arsenal boss Wenger – who also scouted the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Didier Drogba when they were raw talents – believes the player just felt settled in Spain rather than take a chance on a switch to England. “I think in the end, he was not so keen to move, because it was at a period where Fabregas came, and Fabregas and Messi played together in the same team (at Barcelona Academy). We wanted to take Fabregas, Messi and Pique. It worked only for Fabregas,” said Wenger. “It was not completely down to a flat in the end. It was down to the fact that, in the end, Messi was comfortable at Barcelona.” last_img read more

TRACK : Syracuse prepares for Big East Championships in New York City

first_imgWhenever Jaquan Holland returns to the New York City area to compete, he feels a level of comfort he rarely experiences anywhere else during the season.It’s the chance to return to the place he knows best. A chance to return home.‘Any time I’m at The Armory, it’s like home for me,’ Holland said. ‘It’s a comfort zone. So every time I go there I perform well.’So when Holland ran personal records in the preliminary and consolation rounds of the 200-meter dash earlier this month at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory in New York City, it wasn’t a coincidence. Simply being close to home, where family and friends support him from the stands, elevates Holland’s motivation to another level.Holland is one of many Syracuse athletes who will be participating in the 2012 Big East Indoor Track and Field Championships at The Armory in New York City this weekend. For Holland, it’ll be the biggest meet of his Syracuse career so far. The Orange plans to send roughly 50 athletes to the meet, all of whom were required to meet qualifying standards. While Holland may be one of the few who is returning to his hometown area, all of Syracuse’s competitors will feel an extra level of motivation to succeed in one of the most important meets of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBy achieving a standard time or distance this weekend, athletes can earn automatic qualification for the NCAA Indoor National Championships.Events run all day Saturday and Sunday, concluding with an awards ceremony Sunday afternoon. Head coach Chris Fox said this weekend will mark the end of the indoor season for about 80 percent of the SU athletes, who will then start training for the outdoor season.Team points will be scored for placements in individual events, but Fox said that Syracuse does not put a huge emphasis on the team’s finish in the Big East standings. At last season’s indoor championships, the men’s and women’s teams finished ninth and 11th, respectively.Fox said he hopes for an improvement on those numbers, but it’s the individual performances he would most like to see the biggest progression in.‘As opposed to scoring a ton of points, we try to have some quality people,’ Fox said.Individual Syracuse athletes boast some of the best marks in the Big East this season. On the women’s side, senior Lauren Penney holds the second-best time in the conference in both the mile run and 3,000-meter run. Graduate student Flings Owusu-Agyapong sprinted to the top time in the conference in the women’s 60-meter dash. Holland ranks fourth and second in the Big East in the 60- and 200-meter dashes, respectively. And graduate student Jarret Eaton ran the best time in the entire nation in the 60-meter hurdles.Although past times are often used as indicators, Fox said the seeding from earlier performances can be deceiving. Most of the athletes at Syracuse and other Big East schools have only run two meets coming into the championships.Fox said that veteran athletes may not have performed their best up to this point, and they will be striving to reach their peak level of performance this weekend.‘Some older, fifth-year, fourth-year kids at some other schools might not have run hard yet, so this might be the first time they’ve run hard,’ Fox said. ‘The seeding means nothing at this point.’Eaton has already qualified for the national championships, and his teammates will attempt to join him this weekend. If they don’t, they’ll get one final shot at the Columbia Last Chance meet March 3.Fox said tension and nerves begin to surface during championship rounds when athletes realize the significance of the meet. And because it serves as the conclusion of the indoor season for many athletes, Fox refuses to downplay its importance.‘We take the pressure off for a lot of meets, but not for this one,’ Fox said. ‘This one’s important. It’s important that they go there and try to do well for Syracuse University.’jspramuk@syr.edu  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jacob: jspramuk@syr.edulast_img read more

Men’s hockey: Intense weekend ends in draw for Badgers and Buckeyes

first_imgIt was a strange weekend for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team as they earned their first win and their first loss within a span of two days.The Badgers (2-1, 1-1 Big Ten) welcomed the Ohio State Buckeyes to the Kohl center this weekend for their first Big Ten game of the 2017-18 season. The Badgers, who were ranked 12th in the nation before the weekend began, were slated to overcome the Buckeyes with little to no effort needed.Unfortunately, that is not what happened the first night of the series.Wisconsin and Ohio State got off to a slow start Friday, with neither team managing to net a goal until well into the second period.What to expect from Men’s hockey this seasonThe 2016-’17 season was a huge success after Tony Granato resurrected the team to a winning season finishing with 12 Read…It would be Wisconsin who would manage to net the first goal of the night, scored by Trent Frederic a little bit under ten minutes into the second period, but Wisconsin’s lead would not last long. Less than seven minutes after Frederic lit the lamps for Wisconsin, Ohio State would answer back with a goal of their own, tying the game back up at 1-1.It seemed throughout the night as if Wisconsin could not garner enough momentum to truly seal the game, as every time the Badgers would manage to score a goal, Ohio State would score one not long after. Shortly into the second third period of the game, it seemed as though the Badgers would be able to walk away with a victory, until the Buckeye’s John Wiitala would even the score at 2-2 for the second time that night.With the game tied, any only five minutes remaining after Wiitala’s goal in the third period, it would seem as though these two Big Ten powerhouses would be heading into overtime. That was, until Ohio State’s Mason Jobst would score his second goal of the night with a little less than 1:20 left in the final period of the game.Daniel Yun/The Badger HeraldWisconsin walked away from the first night of the series with their first loss of the season, but they would not let this series end without giving Ohio State a run for their money Saturday. The Badgers came out of the gate swinging the following night, with Wisconsin’s own Will Johnson scoring the first goal of the game well into the first period.After Johnson’s goal, the Badgers would continue the scoring drive, tallying a total of three goals by the time that the second period was over. It seemed as though UW was headed for a shutout, but they still had to get through the third period.While Ohio State might not have been in the lead, they sure weren’t going to give up easily. The Buckeyes came back with a vengeance during the third period, scoring three goals within a matter of 24 seconds. Even with these two rapid goals, there would not be enough time for the Buckeyes to light the lamps up one more time, and it would be Wisconsin that would walk away with a 3-2 victory the second night.Crease Creatures: the story behind UW’s first hockey student orgWhen you’re standing in the student section of the Kohl Center, it can be easy to feel distant from all Read…Although they tallied a loss during their first Big Ten game of the season, the Badgers still managed to impress many with their quick rebound between Friday and Saturday’s game. Not only did Wisconsin earn their first Big Ten win of the season, but they also rose two spots this week in the USCHO rankings, landing themselves at the No.10 position this week.Wisconsin’s next series will take them out to Massachusetts, where the Badgers will get the task of taking on two of the best teams in the East. The Badgers start their weekend off against Boston College, and will end the weekend against Merrimack.last_img read more

GHPL Week 8: “We have to beat King Faisal for Olympics fans”- Gladson Awako

first_imgGreat Olympics midfielder, Gladson Awako, says he and his team mates will have to get a good result in their Week 8 tie at King Faisal to please the team’s fans.Olympics lost at home to WAFA in Week 7 by a lone goal to leave them 14th on Ghana Premier League table on 7 points.The loss was Olympics’ 4th of the season and their second reverse at home.Ahead of their match, Awako is urging the he fans to keep faith with the team so they will get a good result at the Baba Yara Stadium.“Great Olympics are not happy at all and it was very clear during the match against WAFA. I could see their displeasure as they sat in the stands.I want to assure and promise them. We face King Faisal today in Kumasi and it will be a difficult match because they are struggling.However, I want the fans to stay behind us and support us. No matter what, we are going to get a positive result today. We are either getting a point or we are getting a victory.”Olympics will head into the match without a head coach after Prince George Koffi resigned on Tuesday. His assistant, Seth Hoffman, will handle the team in Kumasi until a new head coach is named and according to sources close to the team, the new coach will be unveiled before the end of the week.last_img read more

Dodgers’ offense tamed as Giants take a split in season-opening series

first_img“I think you just have to give credit to those guys. They matched up really well,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You’re seeing a different guy every time at bat and they made pitches.”The Giants didn’t have an extra-base hit. But they saved three of their nine singles for run-scoring situations, starting with Darin Ruf’s one-out RBI single in the third inning off Dodgers starter Julio Urias.Urias scraped his way through five fitful innings. He had runners on in every inning, walked three and needed 78 pitches to get through five innings. But he did hold the Giants to 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.“I really struggled with the first pitch,” Urias said through an interpreter. “Usually I try to attack fast. That’s part of my gameplan. But I wasn’t able to execute that. Later on, I was able to adjust and get out of the issues.”The Dodgers matched that in the third inning when Mookie Betts singled, stole second and scored on a Cody Bellinger single — a sequence that could be repeated many times in the future. PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts catches a fly ball hit by San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández runs to first base after hitting a ground ball during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 26: Drew Smyly #18 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on July 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)Cutouts occupy some of the stadium seats before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval, right, tosses the ball to relief pitcher Tyler Rogers for the out on Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval tosses a ball to relief pitcher Tyler Rogers for the out on Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy at first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Donovan Solano heads toward the dugout after the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts tosses his bat after hitting a fly ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts swings at a pitch during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts hits a fly ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Donovan Solano connects with an RBI single during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández stands on the field during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández stands on the field during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kiké Hernández reacts after striking out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Mauricio Dubon hits an RBI single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts chases a fly ball hit by San Francisco Giants’ Tyler Heineman during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford throws to first base for the out on Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford throws to first base for the out on Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler walks toward the dugout after visiting the mound during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler walks toward the dugout after visiting the mound during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager prepares for his at-bat as cutouts of fans sit in seats during the third inning of the Dodgers’ baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Drew Smyly, center, leaves the mound after he was removed by manager Gabe Kapler during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)With the seats at Dodger Stadium empty, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)An operator adjusts a camera in a section filled with cutouts of fans during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Mauricio Dubon, left, is greeted by manager Gabe Kapler, center, and bench coach Kai Correa after scoring on a single by Darin Ruf during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants’ Mauricio Dubon, right, avoids a tag from Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias to reach first base during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts watches from the dugout as cutouts sit in the seats during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers special assistant Jose Vizcaino stands on the field during practice as cutouts occupy some of the stadium seats before the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias winds up to throw against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Cutouts fill the stadium seats before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Cutouts fill the stadium seats before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Cutouts fill the stadium seats before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers special assistant Jose Vizcaino stands on the field during practice as cutouts occupy some of the stadium seats before the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Cutouts fill the stadium seats before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, left, scores on a single by Cody Bellinger as San Francisco Giants catcher Tyler Heineman stands in front of the plate during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts catches a fly ball hit by San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 40Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts catches a fly ball hit by San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Dodgers won’t have a playoff spot clinched by the end of next week after all — even with the expanded postseason field.After lopsided wins on the first two days of this delayed (and abbreviated) season, it looked like the Dodgers would run roughshod over the National League West. To that point, they had beaten the San Francisco Giants in six consecutive meetings (stretching back to last September) by a combined score of 42-4. Even with a close loss in Saturday’s game, the Dodgers had scored runs off 11 different Giants pitchers in the first three games of this season-opening series at empty Dodger Stadium.But Gabe Kapler kept playing a shell game with his starters and crowd-sourcing his relievers and came away with a split of the season-opening series with one of his former employers. The Giants used seven pitchers to tame the Dodgers lineup Sunday night, holding them to seven hits in a 3-1 win.The Dodgers lost on back-to-back days at home just five times all last season while going an NL-best 59-22 at home. But there wasn’t much more noise from the Dodgers’ offense in this one. Kapler picked through the “data points” to send six relievers to the mound, most sticking around only for the three-batter minimum.Side-armer Tyler Rogers was the only one to find any trouble. He survived a seventh inning that featured back-to-back singles by Justin Turner and Bellinger and a hit batter, loading the bases with two outs for Kike’ Hernandez.Despite having left-handed bats to choose from on the bench (Joc Pederson, Matt Beaty and Edwin Rios), Roberts chose not to pinch-hit for Hernandez, citing Rogers’ reverse splits — a .250 average against right-handed batters, .160 for left-handers albeit in a major-league career that encompasses all of 19 2/3 innings now.Hernandez bounced out to end the inning.“Actually, he’s very neutral, Rogers,” Roberts said. “They started that inning with (Rogers facing) Muncy, Turner and Bellinger. That obviously speaks to the fact that he’s pretty neutral. And that would be the third time Kike’ has seen him in four nights. … He got a hit off him the first time so I just went with the familiarity.“Obviously having Joc on the bench if it was a righty killer, or a guy that has a slider that really handles the right-handed hitter certainly it’s a conversation. … I think you have to dig a little deeper than what hand the guy throws with.”The game’s only extra-base hit — a leadoff double by A.J. Pollock — didn’t come until the bottom of the ninth but it did bring the tying run to the plate for the Dodgers three times. Trevor Gott retired Will Smith, Betts and Max Muncy to earn the save.The Giants, meanwhile, took the lead on a two-out RBI single by Mauricio Dubon in the sixth off lefty reliever Adam Kolarek and expanded it with another two-out single by Donovan Solano in the seventh off Pedro Baez.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Trae Young can’t close gap on Luka Doncic in Rookie of the Year race

first_imgThe 2018-19 NBA MVP race is down to three legitimate candidates, though it’s looking more and more like a two-man race between Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and reigning MVP James Harden. Can the same be said for Rookie of the Year with Trae Young and Luka Doncic?Young’s recent play has sparked conversations about the gap between him and Doncic, who has been the Rookie of the Year favorite throughout the season. The Hawks point guard went off in February, averaging 23.3 points and 9.3 assists per game while shooting 43.7 percent from beyond the arc. That stretch turned the heat back up on a budding rivalry, one that started with a draft-day trade back in June. Keep in mind Doncic also lost all of his fellow starters at the trade deadline — Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews and DeAndre Jordan to the Knicks, and Harrison Barnes to the Kings. That’s a huge burden for any No. 1 option, let alone a guy who just turned 20 years old.Recency bias can grab all of us. Young got ripped early because he was struggling while Doncic thrived, and now the narrative has flipped with Young stringing together signature performances and Doncic sliding. The Hawks and Mavericks could have made a rare win-win trade at the 2018 NBA Draft, but we won’t know for sure until years down the road, regardless of how many hot takes fly off the shelves.However, putting their Rookie of the Year cases side by side should provide a clear answer to the initial question. Save your energy for the MVP debate. MORE: Breaking down NBA’s tight MVP race”I know it’s a part of my life now,” Young told Marc Stein of The New York Times when asked about comparisons to Doncic. “I tell everybody that hopefully we’re both 15-plus years down the line and we’re still playing and it’s a competition that’s been going since draft night. I think it’s going to go on forever, so might as well just accept it and take it on as a challenge.”Front office executives for the Hawks and Mavericks will be paying attention to each other’s rising stars for the rest of their careers, but when it comes to their first years in the league, the entire body of work should win out here. Even when factoring in Young’s late surge, he is still well behind Doncic in just about every category. Just look at the numbers across the board…Luka Doncic, MavericksStats: 20.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 43.0 percent shooting, 34.3 3-point shootingAdvanced: 19.2 PER, 55.0 true shooting, 29.8 usage, 4.3 win shares, 3.6 box plus-minus, 1.45 real plus-minus, 2.9 value over replacement player2018-19 MavericksOff RatingDef RatingNet RatingTS %Doncic On106.2108.8-2.656.1Doncic Off104.3105.3-1.054.4Trae Young, HawksStats: 18.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 41.1 percent shooting, 33.3 3-point shootingAdvanced: 16.0 PER, 53.4 true shooting, 27.9 usage, 2.2 win shares, -2.0 box plus-minus, -2.93 real plus-minus, 0.0 value over replacement player2018-19 Hawks Off RatingDef RatingNet RatingTS %Young On106.7112.9-6.256.7Young Off100.5103.8-3.353.8Doncic holds an advantage in points, rebounds, steals, shooting, 3-point shooting and every major advanced stat. Young is a significantly bigger target as a defender with the worst mark among all point guards in ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus-Minus (minus-4.67). While not great on the defensive end, Doncic is much closer to passable (minus-1.10).The Mavericks aren’t a juggernaut with Doncic on the floor, but he is better than Young in terms of those splits as well. Dallas (27-40) currently has a superior record to Atlanta (24-45) in a deeper conference.Both rookies have logged a similar amount of games (63 for Doncic, 69 for Young) and total minutes (2,031 for Doncic, 2,117 for Young), so Young can’t gain an edge there unless Doncic’s lingering knee injury keeps him on the bench with less than a month to go in the regular season. (For what it’s worth, Doncic has said he wants to “play every game.”)And let’s not pretend Doncic hasn’t been putting up some impressive stat lines of his own lately. The Slovenian sensation is averaging 22.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists in his last 15 games. He didn’t go off for 36, 36 and 49 in three straight games like Young, but he hasn’t fallen off a cliff either.last_img read more

EGP welcomes £13m award from Sport England

first_img The England Golf Partnership (EGP) has today welcomed a £13 million grant from Sport England to continue to develop the sport over the four years from 2013-17. The grant is an increase on the £12.5 million core funding award for the current period and will support programmes to encourage more people to start and stay in golf and to nurture talented players. Roger Moreland, the EGP’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are very pleased with this level of financial support from Sport England and look forward to working with them to maximise their investment and to build on our successes of the past four years.” The grant is part an investment of almost half a billion pounds in grassroots sport, announced today by Sport England. It is intended to keep the inspiration of London 2012 alive and help fulfil Lord Coe’s pledge that the Games would get more people playing sport, a feat that no other host nation has ever managed to achieve. Sport England’s Director of Sport, Phil Smith commented on the grant for golf: “This investment reflects the progress the EGP has made in getting more people playing golf and developing talent within the sport. “Whilst there are challenges in keeping people playing golf in the current economic climate, we are confident that the EGP will continue to demonstrate leadership and innovation within the sport to ensure the number of people playing grows.” The 2013-17 Whole Sport Plan for golf, which will be rolled out from April, includes plans to encourage more people with a disability to take up golf and focuses on providing opportunities for people older than 26 to take up the game and play more often. In addition, the plan contains proposals for increasing the number of young people aged 14-25 playing the game. Roger Moreland added: “There are many challenges in golf, not least those of the weather and of the economic climate, but we are excited about the prospects for the coming four years, which will include the return of golf to the Olympic movement. “This award is a vote of confidence in our achievements to date and we will continue to work to make golf welcoming, accessible and a sport that offers fun and value to those who want to play.” The current four-year plan has shaped a successful period for golf development, during which a network of County Golf Partnerships became established and created a significant increase in golf participation. Their activities, to direct new and returning golfers to structured PGA coaching and playing opportunities, are enhanced by working with pro-active, affordable and accessible golf centres and by a better understanding of the requirements of golfers and would-be players. In the last year a pilot marketing campaign, Get into Golf, has promoted activity with one clear message. Since the current plan began in April 2009, over 154,000 people have tried golf at taster and coaching sessions, of whom more than 85,000 were aged over 16. To date, 4200 new memberships have been reported as being created as a direct result of their activity. These numbers have accelerated as the CGPs have become more customer-focussed. The latest CGP Impact Report shows that in the year to the end of September 2012, over 70,000 people tried golf – almost double the number in the in 2011. In the same period the number of adults playing golf regularly as a result of being involved in CGP activity increased by eight per cent. Meanwhile, England Golf’s 2012 golf club membership questionnaire has revealed that, although golf club membership dropped overall, 25 per cent of clubs have experienced an increase in membership in the last two years. These clubs are being examined in detail to establish how they are achieving success. The EGP brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England. 17 Dec 2012 EGP welcomes £13m award from Sport England last_img read more

Barcelona celebrates La Liga triumph in city parade

first_imgThe two-hour-long parade also served as a farewell for veteran playmaker Andres Iniesta, who last week announced he will not return for a 17th season with the club. The words “Infinit Iniesta” were painted on the bus that carried the team.Barcelona won the Spanish league for the seventh time in 10 seasons on Sunday, a week after clinching its fourth straight Copa del Rey title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBarcelona still has four matches left in the league but can’t be caught by second-place Atletico Madrid or third-place Real Madrid.Barcelona failed in its attempt to win the treble when it was eliminated by Roma in the Champions League quarterfinals. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Curry ready to return for Warriors in Game 2 vs. Pelicans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Barcelona players on a bus celebrate during a street parade in Barcelona, Spain, Monday April 30, 2018, after winning the Spanish La Liga soccer title. Barcelona clinched the 2017/18 Spanish soccer league title after a 4-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona players and coaches showed off the Spanish league and Copa del Rey trophies to the city and themselves in selfies in a victory parade on Monday.Riding atop an open bus, the team chanted and saluted fans as they wended through city streets before thousands of people.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

Former manslaughter convict jailed on wounding charge

first_imgPaul Johnson, who is accused of chopping his co-worker several times about his body, was on Friday hurled before the courts to answer to a wounding charge.The 39-year-old man appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and admitted to the charge which stated that on September 20, 2019, at D’Urban Backlands, Georgetown, he inflicted grievous bodily harm on Chandrika Vickram.Jailed: Paul JohnsonPolice Prosecutor Sanj Singh informed the court that the Virtual Complainant and Johnson are known to each other and were working at a construction site when there was a misunderstanding.Johnson reportedly left the scene after being annoyed, but moments later returned with a cutlass and dealt the victim several chops about his body then fled the scene.Vickram was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).A report was later made to the police and Johnson was arrested and charged.Prosecutor Singh further informed the court that Johnson previously spent 15 years behind bars on a manslaughter conviction. He was charged for murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.Johnson was jailed for three years for chopping Vickram.last_img read more

Fort St. John Recreation Hockey League president seeks more teams this season

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John Men’s Recreation Hockey League president Mike Hamre hopes that more players and teams sign up for the upcoming rec. hockey season, and soon.Hamre says that in the last 5 years, the league has seen enrolment drop from 17 teams down to a possible 10-team league going into the upcoming 2017/18 season. He says that in the past year, the league has worked to address complaints from players about late ice times and high league fees.Hamre explains that last season, the league rescheduled games with the City so that no games would start after 9:45 p.m. He says that this upcoming season the Rec. League only has two 9:45 p.m. ice times per week, meaning each team will only play a “late” game roughly once every 3 weeks. The league has also scheduled Matinee Games scheduled at 7:30pm each Saturday so that players can bring their kids to games.- Advertisement -When it comes to addressing complaints about high leagues fees, Hamre says that the more teams play, the lower fees get. He explains that if 14 teams played in the league this season, the season’s fees would be under $7000 in total. He adds that all referee and year-end tournament costs would be included in the total. Hamre says that if 14 teams played, each team would play 42 games during the season, or roughly 7 games per month. When it comes to referees, he adds that players can volunteer to officiate games, and that officials get paid for each game.Hamre says that the league has enough room for another three teams to sign up for the season. Teams are able to sign up until August 31st. The league is open to players aged 19+. 18 year-olds are able to play, but need to sign a waiver form.Any questions about getting into the league can be directed to president Mike Hamre via phone or text to (250)262-7534. More information can also be found on the Fort St. John Men’s Rec Hockey Facebook group.Advertisementlast_img read more