Raptors beat Pacers in Kyle Lowry’s return

first_imgRead Next UP NEXTPacers: Visit Cleveland on Tuesday night.Raptors: Host Atlanta on Tuesday night. Serge Ibaka scored 18 points, while Lowry had 12 points and eight assists after missing the previous six games because of a sore lower back.“He’s a big piece of what we’re tying to do here,” Powell said. “It seemed like he hasn’t missed a beat.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKawhi Leonard rested on the second night of a back-to-back, but Lowry played 32 minutes and shot 4 for 10, going 2 for 6 from 3-point range.“Good to be out there with my guys,” Lowry said. “It felt good to be able to help them get a win.” Thailand fires coach Milovan Rajevac after AFC Asian Cup loss to India Powell scored 10 points in the second and Toronto led 70-63 at halftime. Ibaka had 10 in the third as the Raptors took a 96-84 edge into the final quarter.“Everybody was wide open tonight,” McMillan said.TIP-INSPacers: C Myles Turner (right shoulder) was not available. Sabonis made his second start of the season. … All five starters scored at least 10 points.Raptors: Powell’s career high is 30, set at Brooklyn on April 13, 2016. … Lowry and Leonard have played together in 21 of Toronto’s 42 games. … Lowry had not played since Dec. 22 at Philadelphia. He missed the four games before that because of a sore left thigh.BENCH BOUNCES BACKToronto got more bench points in the first quarter (six) than it did in all of Saturday’s win at Milwaukee (five). The Raptors finished with 52 bench points.“We talked about coming out and setting a tone, bringing the energy and playing our game,” Powell said.KAWHI RESTSLeonard has been held out of at least one game of all eight back-to-backs so far this season, one year after being limited to nine games with San Antonio because of a quadriceps injury. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He was really good tonight,” Nurse said.Green matched his season high with five 3-pointers and Toronto hit 17 of 33 from long range, one shy of its season best.“They were the aggressors all night long,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We never really established that we could stop them.”It was the fifth time this season the Raptors have faced a team that had won at least five straight games. Toronto is now 3-2 in such encounters, also beating Miami on Dec. 26 and Milwaukee on Saturday.“Hopefully this will be an eye-opener for us, and realize we’ve got a lot of work to do if we want to get to where we want to be,” Indiana’s Victor Oladipo said.Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points, Domantas Sabonis had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Oladipo scored 16 points for Indiana. The Pacers have lost five straight and 14 of the past 16 against the Raptors.Thaddeus Young scored 14 points and Darren Collison had 11.Indiana has won 13 of its past 16, losing twice to Toronto and once to Cleveland in that span. The Raptors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Pacers 99-96 on Dec. 19.“This is a tough place to play,” McMillan said. “They make it a tough place to play, and we haven’t had success here in a number of years.”Both teams shot better than 60 percent in the first quarter but the Raptors made six of nine attempts from 3-point range to lead 37-35. 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Indiana’s most recent win Toronto was March 1, 2013.Lowry also had three steals and three rebounds, and took a pair of charges.“There’s about 32 other things out there that you’re not seeing that he’s doing that don’t get recorded on the stat sheet,” coach Nick Nurse said.Danny Green scored 15 points and Fred VanVleet had 12 as the Raptors returned from a victory in Milwaukee on Saturday to win their fifth straight at home.Powell made 10 of 12 shots and scored 11 points in the final quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) drives between Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) and guard Tyreke Evans (12) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kyle Lowry returned from injury to help the Toronto Raptors extend a run of home dominance over the Indiana Pacers.Norman Powell scored a season-high 23 points, Pascal Siakam had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and the Raptors beat Indiana 121-105 on Sunday night, snapping the Pacers’ six-game winning streak.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Emphatic wins for Lyon and Bayern Munich show up growing inequality

first_imgThe winter-scheduled FA Women’s Super League 1 kicks off on 22 September with Everton – chosen to replace Notts County, who have folded, in the top flight – hosting the 2013 and 2014 league winners Liverpool. The Merseyside derby will be shown on BT Sport.Last weekend, though, France, Germany and Spain welcomed the start of their 2017-18 seasons, providing the first chance to look at how the giants of European football have strengthened and to see some of the major players of Euro 2017 back in action for their clubs.In France the England right-back Lucy Bronze made her much-anticipated debut for the European champions, Lyon. Bronze, having missed out on pre-season, lasted 60 minutes and provided the assist for Ada Hegerberg’s second goal before being taken off as Lyon put seven past Rodez. Talking points• The England internationals Izzy Christiansen and Jill Scott have signed new contracts with Manchester City. Both have been at the club since 2014 and were key components of Nick Cushing’s side who won the league and League Cup double in 2016. They reached the Euro 2017 semi-final with England, where they lost 3-0 to the hosts, Holland.• The Arsenal and England right-back Alex Scott has announced her retirement from international football. Scott, who made her debut against Holland in 2004 (the team she played her last game against), is England’s second most capped player, behind her former Arsenal team-mate Fara Williams, and has 12 goals for her country. She won silver at Euro 2009 and bronze at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. Scott, a pioneer of women’s football on and off the pitch, explained her decision in an emotional video: “My dream as a little girl playing in that football cage in the East End of London was to one day pull on the Three Lions shirt and represent my country. I am so proud and humbled that I managed to do just that.”• USA and Germany held on to the top two spots respectively in the Fifa world rankings released on Friday. England jumped to an all-time high of third after their semi-final finish in the Netherlands. Holland have shot up five places to seventh after winning the Euros.• The draw for the last 32 of the women’s Champions League ties has been made. Most notably, Manchester City travel to Austria to play Polten, and Chelsea were excitingly drawn against last season’s Bundesliga runners-up, Bayern Munich. Glasgow City’s players face a long distance and financially difficult trip to Kazakhstan’s BIIK-Kazygurt. The holders, Lyon, should sail past Poland’s Medyk Konin but the semi-finalists Wolfsburg have a tricky tie against the La Liga champions, Atlético Madrid. The two legs will take place over the 4-5 and 11-12 October.• Portland Thorns became the second team in the US NWSL to secure a play-off place, with a 4-0 win over Washington Spirit. North Carolina Courage are top of the table and have confirmed a spot in the play-offs but missed out on the chance to grab a home play-off game, losing 2-1 to Chicago Red Stars. A win over Houston Dash would secure that advantage. Chicago and Orlando Pride sit level on points in third and fourth place respectively (Chicago in front thanks to their head-to-head record against Orlando). They are five points clear of Seattle Reign in fifth and six clear of Sky Blue in sixth, with three games to play, and the chance they could drop out of the play-off places makes for an exciting run-in. Share on LinkedIn Hegerburg announced on 29 August that she was taking a break from international duties with Norway, who lost all three of their matches at Euro 17 without scoring, having become disillusioned with the Norwegian Football Federation’s support for the women’s team. The 22-year-old’s decision has rocked women’s football in her home country but her four goals, including a first-half hat-trick, in Lyon’s league opener showed the drama off the pitch has not affected her focus on it.Lyon will this season be without Orlando Pride’s Alex Morgan, after she chose not to extend her stay in Europe, and Pauline Bremer, who moved to Manchester City as part of Bronze’s deal, but they have added the Euro 2017 winner Shanice van de Sanden from Liverpool to strengthen their hopes of winning the Champions League for a third consecutive season.Their fellow Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain perhaps provided the sole shock of the weekend, drawing 1-1 at home to Soyaux, whom they beat by two goals in both meetings last season. Finishing third in the league has meant PSG unexpectedly missed out on a Champions League, with the league runners-up, Montpellier, joining Lyon in Europe’s premier cup competition. PSG will be hoping to remedy that by challenging for the title. They have recruited Barcelona’s top scorer Jenni Hermoso, along with the Rosengard captain and defender Emma Berglund and the Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Engler.Montpellier demonstrated they have no intention of relinquishing their Champions League berth, matching Lyon’s tally with a 7-0 win over SSPTT Albi. “LouLou” adorned the backs of every Montpellier shirt as the team paid tribute to the recently deceased club president Louis Nicollin. La Paillade have recruited heavily, with the striker Stina Blackstenius joining from the Swedish side Linkopings FC, where she scored 39 goals in 79 appearances, and other recruits including Katrine Veje from Western New York Flash and Janice Cayman from Paris FC. England’s Euro 2017 dream ends at hands of Van de Donk inspired Holland Read more Share via Email Women’s football Topics Share on Facebook featurescenter_img Sportblog Reuse this content Holland edge past Denmark in thriller to secure Euro 2017 title Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Paris FC, who were called Juvisy before they were adopted by the Ligue 2 men’s club and moved from amateur to professional in the process, inflicted a 5-1 drubbing on promoted Fleury 91, whose fellow Division 1 Féminine newcomer Lille put three past Bordeaux, who narrowly avoided relegation last season.Toni Duggan had to wait a little longer than her former Manchester City team-mate Bronze to make her first appearance for her new side. The Barcelona forward watched from the bench alongside Uefa’s player of the year Lieke Martens until the 68th minute, but she made the most of her time on the pitch, rounding the goalkeeper 10 minutes after her introduction before coolly sliding the ball in from a tight angle. Duggan’s goal completed a 9-0 rout of Zaragoza in which Marta Torrejón, Alexia Putellas and Andressa Alves each scored twice.Barcelona are keen to reassert themselves having finished second in the league for the past two seasons after they had won the preceding four La Liga titles. Alongside the marquee signings mentioned above they have brought in a lot of experience, with the Champions League trophy on their radar. The French midfielder Élise Bussaglia, formerly of PSG, Lyon and Wolfsburg (among others) has joined along with PSG’s Natasa Andonova and Atlético Madrid’s league-winning defender María Pilar León. Barça’s dealings have been seen as a statement of intent, showing they are serious about propelling their women’s team into Europe’s elite and extending brand Barcelona beyond the men’s game.Atlético, the reigning champions, came from a goal behind to beat Albacete 3-1. Five players made their debuts for Atléti, including the Champions League winner Aurélie Kaci from Lyon. The promoted teams, Madrid (no connection to Real) and Sevilla, held their own, the former earning a 1-1 draw with Levante after conceding in the second minute and Sevilla losing 2-1 thanks to a late winner from Sporting de Huelva.In the Frauen Bundesliga last season’s champions, Wolfsburg, and runners-up, Bayern Munich, made strong starts. Double winners Wolfsburg (whose end-of-season celebrations were cruelly sidelined until 3 September as the men’s team battled relegation) beat Hoffenheim 6-0. The Denmark captain Pernille Harder, recruited from Linkopings FC at the start of the year, scored twice.Bayern, knocked out of the Champions League by PSG at the semi-final stage last season, saw off Essens with a 3-0 win, with the newly recruited Czech striker Lucie Vonkova getting the second goal after last season’s Bundesliga top scorer, Mandy Islacker, scored the opener. Both German sides have been dealt tough Champions League ties, Wolfsburg facing Atlético and Bayern drawing Chelsea and domestic success could very quickly be left as the season’s focus.The two sides joining the top tier this season were introduced to the reality of life in the Bundesliga, Köln losing 2-0 to Frankfurt and Werder Bremen 3-0 to Sand.There are exciting players and teams to watch in these leagues, with no guaranteed title winners. However with all of these top sides, bar PSG, securing such emphatic wins – 7-0, 7-0, 9-0, 3-0, 6-0 – it’s hard not to consider the relationship between uneven growth and competitiveness in European women’s football. More and more clubs are taking their women’s teams seriously. There are huge commercial opportunities within the women’s game. That investment and consideration should be welcomed, but as clubs pump their sides at the top with resources, making for an increasingly exciting and competitive Champions League, the gap between the top and bottom of domestic leagues is getting bigger.How football associations balance encouraging growth and investment with maintaining competitiveness and level, or at least closer, development will be an essential task in their attempts to grow the game in their respective domestic leagues. Share on Messenger Read morelast_img read more

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WOMEN’S BEACH FOOTY TEAM MIXING IT UP ON THE SAND

first_imgThe Australian Women’s Invitational Beach Footy Team has performed extremely well on the first day of competition in the Inaugural Harvey Norman Beach Footy Challenge at Sydney’s Maroubra Beach.The Australian Invitational team featuring some of the hottest young players in Australian Women’s Touch Football, recorded narrow 4-2 defeats in their first two games against a Pacific Island combination and a Queensland Maroons Team top heavy with stars from the National Rugby League.Playing in the purpose built stadium with non-stop music and a fantastic festive atmosphere, the Aussie girls have won a legion of fans with their spirited efforts in attack and defence.Playing to unfamilar rules, which include a marker in defence, and a kicking option, and a liberal interpretation of the late pass rule, the young stars of Australian touch are doing remarkably well against their star studded opposition.The Pacific islander Team featured champion  All Black  Rugby Union superstars Jerry Collins and  Ma’a Nonu, and former Rugby League and Touch International Adrian Lam, showing silky hands and feet in the opening exchanges.The Aussie girls scored two slashing touchdowns to Alyce “the Rat” Hulbert and Dearne “Bangers” Cooper and made some great defensive efforts before going down 4-2 to the fleet of foot Pacific Islanders.The second game of the day at 12.00pm was a real highlight for the players and spectators alike with the girls taking on a stellar Queensland team led by the World’s best Rugby League player and Australian Rugby League Captain Darren Lockyer.Kangaroo Tri-Nations and NRL Premiership winning Broncos Brent Tate, Karmichael Hunt, Justin Hodges, and Shaun Berrigan were among the names that lined up on the half way line against the girls.In the game of the day, the girls began brilliantly and surprised the boys with their exceptional fitness, handling skills and tactical prowess which moved the boys around the field in attack, and deprived them of time and space in defence.Captain Giselle Martin led from the front and after some great lead up work from Alyce Hulbert, scored a great touchdown to put her team in the hunt at 2-1 down at the break.The crowd was sensing an upset and got right behind the girls and shortly after half-time Nicole “Sero” Beck snaffled a dive over touchdown to put the girls in front.The Maroons hit back, to make it two all and the two teams battled hard to gain the decisive edge.That man Lockyer donned the red cape and again proved the difference conjuring a sensational solo touchdown when his team needed it most for a 3-2 lead.The Maroons got a touchdown right on full time to take the game out to a 4-2 scoreline.The Maroons were full of praise for the girls, none more so than the mercurial Lockyer who rated the girls performance highly.“The girls were magnificent, they went really well. They have great fitness, excellent hands, and they dig in in defence – very impressive. No wonder they have such an outstanding International record.” Lockyer enthused.The girls next game is scheduled for 2.00pm this afternoon against a Billy Slater led Young Guns combination.Results will be updated at the close of play today.Competition recommences tomorrow at 11.00am with the Women’s Team taking on the Blues and the Celebrities at 1.25pm to try to qualify for the semi-final series.last_img read more

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9 months agoTottenham chasing Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong

first_imgTottenham chasing Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jongby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are chasing Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong. The Mirror says Tottenham have entered the race to sign Ajax’s brilliant youngster De Jong — as Real Madrid prepare to launch a £100million bid for his fellow midfielder Christian Eriksen.De Jong will be sold to the highest bidder at the end of this season.Paris Saint-Germain are in pole position, after telling Ajax they will pay £67million.But Madrid have made Eriksen a top summer target as they look to revamp an ageing squad, and Spurs have responded by contacting De Jong’s agent, Ali Dursun, and giving him guarantees that will match the current highest bid for his client. De Jong, 21, looked destined for Manchester City late last year, only for the Premier League champions to request that the deal for him was put on ice. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month ago​Man City midfielder Fernandinho: Let’s see how I perform against attacking teams

first_img​Man City midfielder Fernandinho: Let’s see how I perform against attacking teamsby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Fernandinho is not getting carried away regarding his centre-back performances.The defensive midfielder has needed to move further back in the starting lineup, given injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.But he knows that despite two wins and clean sheets against Shakhtar Donetsk and Watford, there are many tougher tests to come.”I’m still in an adaptation process,” he said to reporters.”It’s something new for me although I did know since the end of last season that playing as a centre-back was a possibility.”I’ve started training it from the beginning of this season so it’s still new, but I’m trying to learn from that experience.”The way we play makes it a bit easier because we keep the ball with us most minutes.”But when an opponent attacks more through crosses or behind-the-line runs… let’s see how I’m going to perform.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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17 days agoArsenal defender Mustafi laughs off ‘irrational’ criticism: I’m mentally strong

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal defender Mustafi laughs off ‘irrational’ criticism: I’m mentally strongby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveShkodran Mustafi has laughed off a poll naming his as the world’s second worst defender.The Arsenal stopper finished behind Manchester United’s Phil Jones in a survey conducted by Spanish newspaper Marca, who asked 150,000 people who was the world’s worst defender.But Mustafi says he isn’t bothered by the poll results.”In the first two years after my move to Arsenal in 2016, things went very well for me,” Mustafi told German outlet Speigel. “But shortly after Christmas 2018 there was a kink. I’ve made a few mistakes and they’ve created a mess that I’ve never experienced before.”Mustafi added: “There were days when I really doubted something about myself. But at some point I realised that I am mentally strong.”Something my wife said helped me a lot: ‘If you were really as bad as people are making you out, you would never have been a World Champion and Arsenal player, something must have brought you here’. Since then I can handle it better.”I’m self-critical enough to realise that I made mistakes. I can also deal with tough criticism. “But the criticism has become escalated and irrational. I have become a target. At some point, people even blamed me for a defeat I had not played in at all.” last_img read more

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World Leaders Commit to Tackling NCDs

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says world leaders who participated in the third United Nations (UN) High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have committed to taking steps to tackle the issue. “The NCD crisis is real and a danger to all of us. The statistics suggest that close to four billion of the seven-billion population of the world are afflicted by one NCD or another,” he noted.center_img Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says world leaders who participated in the third United Nations (UN) High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have committed to taking steps to tackle the issue.“The NCD crisis is real and a danger to all of us. The statistics suggest that close to four billion of the seven-billion population of the world are afflicted by one NCD or another,” he noted.“I think coming out of that (meeting), was a general consensus around the need to create a unified approach and message around the crisis of obesity in our countries and work together, not to replace initiatives that… countries were already pursuing, but to understand more of what each of us is doing, strengthen where we can, through collaboration, so that the message of prevention is a first line of defence to deal with this NCD epidemic,” Dr. Tufton said.He was addressing a press conference at his New Kingston offices on Monday (October 8) to provide details about the meeting held in New York on September 27 as part of the United Nations General Assembly.The meeting included a comprehensive review of the global and national progress achieved in putting measures in place that protect people from dying too young from conditions such as heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes.Dr. Tufton said there was endorsement of Jamaica Moves and Caribbean Moves.Jamaica Moves is part of the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, which covers seven main categories of diseases – cardiovascular conditions, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, sickle cell, mental health disorders and chronic renal failure.The Health Minister informed that the world leaders, at the meeting, emphasised the need to change the culture and behaviour of persons.“That is why we here in Jamaica have placed so much emphasis on the preventative side, because we believe that the curative side is going to be prohibitively expensive. Coming out of that launch of Caribbean Moves, we felt that there was sufficient evidence to support our initiatives and efforts,” he noted.Dr. Tufton said there will be increased focus on trans-fats and sodium based on their contribution to obesity and hypertension.“Those two areas, over time, will get greater attention as part of the preventative measures. It is in keeping with the global thrust to look at diet as part of the holistic approach to dealing with health and wellness,” he said.last_img read more

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Stakes remain high for Ohio State mens basketballs latest meeting with Kansas

With the faintest of grins, Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr. made sure to note that former Kansas big man Thomas Robinson won’t be in Columbus to bully the Buckeyes in the paint Saturday. “That’s a huge relief,” the junior guard said almost gratefully, as if the thought of the hulking 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward evoked memories – perhaps agonizing ones – of what happened the last time the teams met. Largely thanks to his 19 points and eight boards in last year’s Final Four matchup, Robinson, who was selected as the 5th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, helped ensure the anti-climatic end to what would’ve been OSU’s first national championship berth since 2007. Kansas coach Bill Self’s squad rallied from nine down at halftime to best the Buckeyes, 64-62, before falling to Kentucky on the sport’s biggest stage. Word of that might’ve taken some time to reach Smith Jr., though. “I didn’t continue to watch college basketball,” Smith Jr. said of his reaction to the season-ending loss. Almost eight months later – and more than a year ago since the Buckeyes’ first setback against the Jayhawks in a similarly hyped early-season matchup last December in Lawrence, Kansas, No. 7 OSU (8-1) might have another chance at revenge against No. 9 Kansas. Smith Jr., who admitted to have “been waiting for this game since our schedule got released,” stopped short of calling Saturday’s game revenge. “My mindset’s not on revenge,” he said. “We’re two different teams right now.” Smith Jr. likely is right in his assessment of playing the Jayhawks without Robinson and the likes of former guard Tyshawn Taylor, now of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. Kansas (8-1) might not be quite the team it was last year – but maybe neither are the Buckeyes, which find themselves in a similar boat without the inside presence of former forward Jared Sullinger. “We’re trying to do our best with what we still have,” Smith Jr. said. And while the teams – in their personnel and dynamics – are different, the stakes aren’t quite as dissimilar. Similar to both meetings in 2011, Saturday’s showdown finds both clubs toward the top of the Associated Press poll – OSU at No. 7 and Kansas at No 9. In a 30 or 40-game season, hyped games such as these don’t always alter a team’s trajectory, but the outcome could serve as a projection. It did last season, after all. “Obviously you’re going to hopefully learn quite a bit about your basketball team as you get ready to head into January, February, March,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “My job is to keep thinking big picture and knowing what lies ahead but you use this game as an opportunity.” Even inside the confines of the Schottenstein Center, Matta maintains an “experienced, seasoned” Jayhawks squad pose a threat that will almost certainly challenge an OSU team that’s been largely untested-save for a 73-68 loss against Duke on Nov. 28 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. “I think Kansas right now is playing at a level as high as anybody in college basketball,” Matta said. “They start four seniors. Man, it’s like wow.” Smith Jr. said Saturday might just to come down to which team proves more durable. “I think for both teams this game is going to be a toughness match,” he said. He’s not alone in that theory, either. “Who’s going to be the tougher basketball team?” OSU junior guard Aaron Craft said. “They do a phenomenal job of getting second-chance points, grabbing 50-50 balls, really limiting possessions for us offensively. “We have to find a way to overcome that-if not match that, or be better their intensity and their toughness. Because that’s what Kansas basketball is about.” The features Craft listed seem to be suggestive of a team matching its talent with as much effort. OSU, arguably, has struggled with that coming into their game against the Jayhawks and it might have been best exemplified against a mediocre Big South squad Tuesday, when OSU eked out perhaps its most ugly win of the season, 66-55, against Winthrop. “I guess what we’ve learned is we’re not going to be able to just come out here any given night and think we’re going to play our best basketball, we have to mentally prepare for that leading up to the game,” Smith Jr. said. “It’s part of being a winner and we’ve lacked on some that sometimes.” OSU and Kansas are scheduled to tip their game at 4 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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Spalletti disappointed as Inter lose again

first_imgInter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has revealed his disappointment and loss of words after his team succumbed to a late home defeat to Parma.The Nerazurri were tipped to challenge for the title after an impressive summer of player recruitments but so far have fallen short of any challenge with two losses in their first four games of the season.On loan, young Inter full-back Federico Dimarco scored the winner 11 minutes from time to compound more misery on his parent club.Spalletti admits his team haven’t been good enough so far this season and he believes they must do better when Spurs come to the San Siro on Tuesday for their UEFA Champions League opener.“It’s a painful defeat,” Spalletti told reporters, according to SportsKeeda.Juventus v Atalanta BC - Serie ASerie A Season Preview 2019-20 Boro Tanchev – August 23, 2019 The 2019-20 Serie A campaign starts this weekend with the clash between Parma and defending champions Juventus.“When you find yourself with four points from four games in front of this crowd and considering the fixture list, it becomes difficult to find excuses.”“We did well for long spells, we were always in their half but we certainly need to offer more than what we did. The responsibility is mine above all if a lot of players are showing less than their full potential.”“I don’t see this as a soft team. The guys are working in the right way with the attitude that you need. At times, perhaps we’re creating more confusion by trying to change the things that aren’t coming off.”“Up to their goal, we were in it but we wasted too many easy chances considering the quality that we have. We need to stay solid, keep our heads and learn also how to make the most of scrappy chances.”last_img read more

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Phil Foden to sign 6year extension with Manchester City despite lack

first_imgThe teenage prodigy has been linked with clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, among other, but the 18-year-old prefers to continue playing for his childhood club.Manchester City’s Phil Foden will sign a new six-year contract with the Premier League champions on Monday, according to the Telegraph. Foden only has 13 appearances for Man City this season and has yet to start a league match for Pep Guardiola’s team.Multiple teams have asked for Foden on loan but Guardiola believes the youngster will benefit more from being around their first team. Despite pressure to play Foden, Pep insists he is being careful with the midfielder’s growth and development.Foden trusts Guardiola’s judgment and knows he’s in good hands. The player and coach relationship between the two is second-to-none, with the Telegraph reporting that his teammates call him ‘Pep’s lad’ in reference to the manager’s fondness of the teenage Englishman.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.Last year, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the Manchester City chairman, said he wants at least one academy player to make it to the first team every year.“I’d like at least a player, if not two, playing and competing at the first team level from the academy every year,” he said. “That is what I would like. Can we do that? We will try everything we can. Certainly, everyone knows that ambition and target and today I think the academy is producing.“The short answer is that the academy is producing what we aspire for it to produce and it is doing it now. I’m not talking about the future, I’m talking about now because I know what we have.”last_img read more

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