first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Lucky Liverpool? Yeah – and they deserve it Leno, Mourinhoby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Bernd Leno was doing his best Jose Mourinho impersonation in the aftermath of Liverpool’s trouncing of Arsenal on Saturday…The goals – all five of ’em – were “unlucky”, claimed the Gunners goalkeeper. And the foul for Mohamed Salah’s penalty debatable. Fortune was simply with the hosts on the day.And to be fair, you can understand Leno’s reasoning. Another day. Another ref. And Sadio Mane is shown red for grabbing Stephan Lichtsteiner around the throat early doors. With Arsenal still in touching distance after halftime, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn’t missing from under Alisson’s crossbar. And just as Mourinho had complained a fortnight ago before losing his job at Manchester United. Liverpool’s goals in both games were full of ricochets. Deflections.But what was also common over the two games was how through sheer force of will, Liverpool managed to find those goals. Yeah, they were lucky. But they made that luck themselves. Driving forward. Attack. Attack. Attack. There’s nothing subtle about Jurgen Klopp’s team at the minute. Nothing measured. They go at it at 110%. And what tends to happen to people – to teams – who behave like that, they end up being luckier than most. The more shots. The more waves of attacks. The more chances you have of scoring.Okay, okay. Itis a bit more sophisticated than that. But Liverpool are not nine points clear at the top of the table for second guessing themselves. For holding back. Something has clicked these past 18 months. That drive. That passion we see on the pitch. It’s reflective of what has been occurring inside the boardroom – whether that be at Anfield or in Boston. And that approach is being rewarded in spades.While others held back – including Manchester City and Khaldoon al-Mubarak – Liverpool paid what was needed to ferry Virgil van Dijk away from Southampton. Another board. Another know-it-all exec. And Klopp would’ve been told to cool his jets. To make do with Joel Matip. But not FSG.When others – including an England captain – spoke against adding Xherdan Shaqiri to his squad. Klopp backed his judgment. Was supported by his transfer committee. And rolled the dice. Alisson Becker? Andrew Robertson? None were deals celebrated unanimously by those inside the game. But the manager – and the club – never hesitated.For the moment, everything they touch is turning to gold. But the differences is, this club. And these players. They’re not holding back waiting – hoping – for it to all fall in place. They’re out there. Making it happen. Yeah, fortune appears to be with Liverpool, but only because they’re willing to fight for it.So now they’re three wins clear at the summit. But there is a qualifier. There has to be at the midway stage of the season. But it’s a qualifier that is part tribute to what Klopp and Liverpool have managed to do in recent weeks.It was only a month ago and many were saying how far City? And not just this season. But in terms of an era. A Blue dynasty. They appeared unstoppable. Untouchable. Yet now, Pep Guardiola’s lot are more concerned about second place and Tottenham than keeping in touch with the runaway Reds.City haven’t suddenly turned from champions to chumps. But it’s a tribute to the work of Liverpool that a team some were declaring the greatest seen in English football are now eating their dust.Liverpool haven’t benefitted from City being dragged back down. They’ve taken their standards to a new level – and City are now having to find it within them to catch up. And they surelywill come again. A returning Fernandinho, Kevin de Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy will make sure of that. And then the onus will be thrown back on Liverpool to find another gear – something which Klopp has always insisted is well within them.Guardiola threw it out there last week. ‘It’s far easier being the hunter than the hunted’, he declared. A warning which fell flat on it’s face after Saturday’s Anfield performance.The City manager must know, it’s going to take much more than a generic throwaway line to force this Liverpool team off their stride. There justis something about them this season.Witness Mo Salah’s gesture. On a day when Aboubakar Kamara is being slated by his manager and fans for his behaviour around a Fulham spotkick. Salah does the opposite. A Golden Boot. A goals bonus. He sacrificed it all. And won praise from Klopp after giving up his penalty for Roberto Firmino to complete his hat-trick. That’s something no amount of spending can buy.Leno. Mourinho. Yeah, they can point to lucky moments in games. But you don’t haul in today’s Manchester City team on good fortune. Liverpool have made their own luck. And the standard to beat. It’s now up to the rest in 2019 to catch up.last_img read more


first_imgCALGARY – Imperial Oil Ltd.’s commitment to begin construction this year on its $2.6-billion Aspen oilsands project in northern Alberta comes less than a week after it received long-awaited approval from the Alberta government.The speed of the announcement Tuesday surprised observers who have watched Calgary oilsands rivals including Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Cenovus Energy Inc. and MEG Energy Corp. announce production cuts to avoid steep discounts currently being paid for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend oil.Imperial’s project would add 75,000 barrels per day of bitumen production to current output of about 300,000 bpd but won’t start up until 2022, by which time many observers predict that new pipeline capacity will ease export bottlenecks and restore normal pricing levels.“As we look at a three-and-a-half-year construction project execution period, we think the dust will settle in some of these areas and a project that has as many advantages as Aspen does, we’re confident it will be a globally competitive investment,” CEO Rich Kruger told media on a conference call following Imperial’s investor day in Toronto on Wednesday morning.He acknowledged that the company is counting on government to ensure pipelines are built in time for project startup.Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement oil pipeline project is expected to be in service in late 2019 and one or both of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline or the federal government’s Trans Mountain expansion are expected to be in service a year or so later.Meanwhile, crude-by-rail exports from Canada rose to a record 230,000 barrels per day in August.Imperial has signalled it will increase rail use to 170,000 bpd in the first quarter of 2019, up from an average of about 80,000 bpd over the summer, from its co-owned railway terminal near its Edmonton refinery.In situ oilsands projects which produce bitumen from wells have an advantage over open pit mines such as Imperial’s nearby Kearl project that opened in 2013 and was expanded in 2015, Kruger said.“Our view is with the large resource base, with the history of innovation and responsible development, that the highest quality oilsands can and will be competitive on a global basis, not all oilsands,” he said during his investor day presentation.“We see in situ as having fundamental advantages today over new greenfield mining developments.”Imperial decided to go ahead with construction during a slow time in the oilsands because it hopes less competition will save money on labour and component costs, said Theresa Redburn, senior vice-president of commercial and corporate development.Aspen is being designed to add solvents along with steam into horizontal wells to melt the heavy sticky bitumen, a technology tested in a seven-year pilot project, she said.Imperial expects to save about 25 per cent in capital costs per barrel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water use intensity by about the same amount compared with traditional in situ projects that use steam alone.In a report, analysts at Tudor Pickering & Holt questioned the project’s cost of about $35,000 per barrel per day versus previous company estimates that the entire 150,000-bpd project could be built for $27,000 per flowing barrel.It said the cash-rich company can afford to ramp up spending next year and still buy back about $2 billion worth of its shares.The approval process for the project and its 75,000-bpd second phase has been a bone of contention with Kruger, who has complained it was taking too long to win approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator since application was first made in 2013.The AER, however, has said the review period was prolonged due to Imperial’s application changes, with the latest version submitted in May 2017, and First Nation consultation adequacy requirements.The Aspen project is expected to create about 700 jobs during peak construction and more than 200 jobs during operations.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX,IMO, TSX:CVE, TSX:CNQ, TSX:MEG)last_img read more


first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — A temporary injunction freezing a joint venture between airplane manufacturers Boeing and Embraer has been overruled by a Brazilian justice.The ruling was made Saturday morning by Federal Court President Therezinha Cazerta, who said that the matter is outside the court’s purview.The $5.26 billion venture was stalled by a similar court procedure earlier in the month.Labour unions say that it’s actually a sale and will move most of the business to the U.S.Under the current terms, Boeing is to receive 80 per cent of the venture and Embraer the remaining 20 per cent. The subsidiary is expected to take on all of Embraer’s commercial aviation activities.The agreement between the two companies is championed by Embraer as necessary to keep the company competitive.The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgThe City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the sewer upgrades were supposed to have been started earlier this year, but a number of multi-government agencies at multiple levels – including Transport Canada – needed to give their approval for the City’s plans.Harvey wasn’t able to say whether the sewer replacement would be completed before the end of the year, or whether the delay would cause the City to postpone widening 100th St. up to the East Bypass Road until 2020. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is now accepting tender submissions for sewer upgrades along 100th St. under the CN Rail tracks near Northern Lights College.The work, which involves installing 200 metres of 1.5-metre diameter storm main under the CN Rail tracks at the north end of 100th St. is part of the City’s plans to widen the road next summer.The City had originally planned to continue widening the road this summer, but during 2018 Capital Budget discussions, the City postponed that work until 2019 so that the storm drain near NLC could be replaced and upgraded.last_img read more


first_imgGurugram: Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, the Congress candidate for Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency, on Thursday filed his application. Among the leaders who were present during his filing of nomination were Randeep Surjewala, Rao Dharampal and Sukhbir Singh Kataria. Before filing the nomination, the 61-year-old leader exhibited his show of strength when he first held a roadshow in Old Gurugram and then held a public meeting at Congress headquarters in Kaman Sarai.Urging the electorate to vote for him, Captain Yadav raised national as well as local issues. He highlighted how nationally demonetisation destroyed the nation’s economy and increased the rates of unemployment. On the local issues, the six-time MLA from Rewari asserted that how the BJP government was not able to bring the development to South Haryana region and stalled the progress of Gurugram. In the affidavit filed, Captain Yadav has stated that his source of income is mainly from his rental incomes however his spouse Shakuntla Yadav is getting income from the business investments. Named after his father Rao Abhay Singh an automobile showroom in Behror Rajasthan is registered under his wife’s name. He owns two Toyota Innova one is of 2015 model and the other 2017. Besides an automobile showroom in Rajasthan, Captain Ajay Singh and his family have also done investments in commercial establishments in Manesar and Daruhera. While Yadav’s total investments in commercial establishments amount to Rs 30.85 lakh his wife Shakuntala’s is nearly Rs 1.47 crore. Captain Yadav’s family also has substantial investments in residential building. Besides his house in Rewari, he has houses in DLF, Gurugram and Sector-31. While the net worth of his investments in residential building amount to nearly Rs 10.37 crore while his wife’s total value of assets is nearly Rs 7.22 crore. The importance of Captain Yadav can be gauged from the fact that he has won Rewari Vidhan Sabha seat six times for the Congress. He won the Rewari seat for the first time in 1989 after which he continued the successful trend with wins in 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2009. In South Haryana where he was instrumental in making Congress a formidable party, he has been rewarded with various ministerial births including finance, PWD, etc in the state government.last_img read more


first_imgMOGADISHU – No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attackAt least seven soldiers were killed and 20 injured when a car bomb struck a military convoy in eastern Somalia on Thursday.Eyewitnesses said that a bomber blew himself up in a booby-trapped car in the semi-autonomous Puntland region.“The explosion was powerful; it caused major damage,” Puntland Health Minister Abdullah Ali told reporters.He expected the death toll to rise further.No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.Somali authorities usually blame such attacks on the Al-Shaabab militant group.last_img


If you want to talk about the really good guy who’s not in the tournamentMarkelle FultzFreshman PG, 6-foot-4, WashingtonFultz’s Huskies won’t be in the tournament, but he may come up in draft conversations just the same. Like Ball, Fultz is a stand-out point guard prospect. But while Ball’s offense comes from all over, Fultz was at his best in pick-and-roll, where he has scored 101 points per 100 plays — among the best in the nation for that play type, according to Synergy. He’s especially good at turning the corner quickly and finishing at the rim, but he can also curl around the screen and fire a pull-up three — a shot that’s growing in popularity (and effectiveness) in the NBA. Otherwise, Fultz gets most of his offense by getting out in transition and getting set up for spot-up jumpers, where he’s good but doesn’t stand out as much as he does in the pick-and-roll.If you’re looking for wingsJosh JacksonFreshman SF, 6-foot-8, KansasJackson is a defensive standout and one of the best point-forward prospects in the class. While his defensive numbers (via Synergy) are good but not great (he’s holding his marks to 81 points per 100 plays overall), he can straight-up stick his man and chase him off of shots he’d otherwise take. In fact, his overall numbers are pulled down a bit by his role: Despite spending most of his time as a stretch-4, almost 60 percent of his defensive plays come against spot-up shooters and in isolation, which are play types where the offense believes it has an advantage. Yet Jackson is still holding his own.Jackson is a natural and willing passer who finds runners on the break and in semi-transition, often on clever back-door cuts, and sucks defenders in on drives before dishing to a teammate for an easy dumpoff and dunk. Kansas also puts Jackson in a lot of 4-5 pick-and-rolls, where he can throw lobs to center Landen Lucas. A lot of times, prospects can put up impressive passing numbers simply by using a lot of possessions (Jackson’s assist percentage is 18.9 — very good for a non-point guard), but in this case, the eye test matches the numbers. Jackson is the truth.The one question with Jackson’s game is whether his jump shot is real. Jackson began the season shooting miserably from long range, going 23.7 percent on 2.1 3-point attempts per game in his first 18 games. But since late January, he’s been on a tear. In 13 games since Jan. 21, Jackson is shooting 51.3 percent on three 3-point attempts per game. That evens out to 38 percent on the season, but that kind of extreme swing is worth keeping in mind. As with any one-and-done prospect, we’re dealing in small sample sizes. But for Jackson, there’s at least some explanation for the inconsistency: His coaches aren’t touching his jump shot this season.“Now can he tighten it up and do some things differently? Absolutely,” Kansas coach Bill Self said in December. “But that will probably be on somebody else’s watch. That won’t be on our watch as much. I don’t see a reason why when you have a young man for a very brief period of time why you want to totally cloud his brain with something other than very, very few, simple things.”So the state of Jackson’s jumper over the next few weeks may not be the most important thing to focus on. But how able he is to adjust once he’s in the NBA will be crucial, as the difference between a wing prospect who can do it all and one who can do it all minus a jumper is the difference between an All-NBA-level talent and a useful role player.Jayson TatumFreshman F, 6-foot-8, DukeTatum is a down-the-middle wing prospect. He’s a good defender (allowing 73 points per 100 plays), a pretty good defensive rebounder (19.7 percent defensive rebound rate), a pretty good spot-up jump shooter (89 points per 100 plays, according to Synergy, although 12 of his 37 made threes for the year came during a three-game stretch in February), and a pretty good passer. But his underlying metrics don’t match up with his more obvious talents, such as when he broke out and averaged 22 points per game through the ACC tournament. The natural comparison for Tatum is Justise Winslow, another Duke swingman/small-ball 4 with obvious talents that can go unrecognized by college stats.If you are Vivek RanadiveMalik MonkFreshman PG, 6-foot-3, KentuckyOver the last several seasons, we’ve gotten a pretty clear idea of the tastes of Sacramento Kings owner Ranadive, as well as the forcefulness of his pursuit of those tastes. The Ranadive type is a guard in the mold of Ben McLemore, Nik Stauskas or Buddy Hield, a gunslinger who can shoot a team into the Final Four all on his own. This season, no player captures that type better than Kentucky’s Malik Monk. No offense to Monk.Monk is a shooter, and almost singlehandedly shoulders the load of 3-point shooting for Kentucky. This makes him a somewhat unique Kentucky guard, as he’s averaging nearly seven 3-point attempts per game and hitting 40 percent of them, which is impressive on its own, but more so when you consider that he’s doing it while dealing with extra defenders cheating off of backcourt mates De’Aaron Fox (24.2 percent from three) and Isaiah Briscoe (27.3 percent). For many NBA fans, March Madness is the embarrassing time of year when they realize that while they can recite, say, the Milwaukee Bucks’ bench rotation or the draft implications of a Sacramento Kings win, they can’t name more than a handful of college players. The tournament is the first time such fans will be seeing many of the players whom they’ll then discuss at length leading up to the NBA draft. So if you’re starting from zero, or are just looking for a quick refresher on a few prospects, here’s a viewing guide to the top lottery prospects in the tournament.If you’re looking for point guardsLonzo BallFreshman PG, 6-foot-6, UCLAChances are that most NBA fans have heard a little bit about Lonzo Ball. But much of the talk has been about his father, his brothers or his draft stock, rather than just how outstanding Ball has been on the court.First off, Ball is one of the most efficient scorers in the college game. His top-line analytics are staggering: Ball has a 66.7 true shooting percentage and scores 108 points per 100 plays; 56.3 percent of his field goal attempts are threes (he hits 41 percent of those). The overall efficiency is propped up a little because 31 percent of his plays (a massive chunk) have come in transition, where he scores 112 points per 100. Getting out and running is an effective strategy, and a big reason why the Bruins lead the NCAA with 90.4 points per game, but it’s not quite as telling for what Ball will be able to do in the NBA. For that, catch him spotting up for that broken-looking jumper of his — he scores 125 points per 100 plays on spot-ups, which is just as impressive as it sounds.Where Ball isn’t as polished is on the pick-and-roll — a play type that fellow top prospect Markelle Fultz of Washington excels at. Ball scores a more mediocre 78 points per 100 pick-and-roll plays. He’s also just a so-so rebounder for his size, with a 9.4 total rebound rate and 14.4 defensive rebound rate, neither of which is overly impressive for a 6-foot-6 superathlete.But those are all just individual stats. What makes Ball so special is that he can do all those things while also operating as a true point guard. Combine Ball’s individual stats with his passing numbers and the numbers begin to get silly. According to Synergy Sports Technology, he has an absurd 156 points per 100 plays on all plays he finishes — so when he shoots or draws a foul or commits a turnover — plus plays on which he records an assist. A little reference, since this isn’t the most common stat around: These plays + assist numbers tend to look a little inflated compared to what you usually see for players, because adding assists includes only made shots. This isn’t ideal, but it does give a good sense of the total contribution of a player, since adding more assists will nudge the number upward. Here are the numbers for some other top players: Fultz and Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox are at 127p+a/100; Malik Monk of Kentucky is at 119; Josh Jackson of Kansas is at 116. Those are very good numbers, but Ball’s still stand out when compared apples-to-apples.De’Arron FoxFreshman PG, 6-foot-3, KentuckyThe line on Fox has been that he’s a jump shot away from being a top-five pick. So it’s telling that he’s still projected to be a late-lottery pick. On the year, Fox is scoring just 79 points per 100 plays on spot-up jumpers, according to Synergy, which is not very good at all. That’s not a great sign for a perimeter prospect, but Fox has one big thing working in his favor: speed.Fox is a burner, one of the fastest guards in the country, and puts that speed to material use in his game. He and backcourt mate Malik Monk are both in the top 15 of transition plays per game (5.6 per game for Fox, 5.7 for Monk). And once Fox is out in the open court, he can get to the rim at will. His penetration also carries him on isolation plays, where he’s strong (97 points per 100 plays). The question is whether Fox can combine those individual skills into an all-around game. He’s sitting on an assist percentage1The percentage of teammate field goals assisted by a player while he’s on the court. of 30, which is solid, but he doesn’t have the best passing instincts out on the break and can force things at the rim.VIDEO: Our picks for bracket success This perimeter workload has weighed down other parts of Monk’s game. As a prospect, he was known for killer athleticism, but he hasn’t gotten to the basket the way Fox has for the Wildcats: 80 percent of his shots in the halfcourt offense have been jumpers, according to Synergy. He’s scored an excellent 111 points per 100 plays on those jumpers, so it’s working out. But he’s even more efficient when he gets to the rim, either in half court or in transition.If you’re looking for big menLauri MarkkanenFreshman PF/C, 7-foot, ArizonaMarkkanen is a 7-foot freshman center out of Finland who lacks a true comparison in the modern game because I’ll be struck down by the Almighty if I invoke Arvydas Sabonis.Markkanen is sitting on a 63.3 true shooting percentage; 44.4 percent of his field goal attempts are threes, and he hits 43.2 percent of them. He isn’t just a jump shooter, though — Synergy has him averaging 125 points per 100 plays as the roll man in pick-and-roll and 102 points per 100 plays posting up — both excellent numbers. He is a bigger body than recent rangy big-man prospects like Nikola Mirotic but has more bounce than guys his size. This allows him to be a strong rebounder (17.7 defensive rebound rate) but also a live body filling the lane in transition or cutting off the ball. While Markkanen’s stats are impressive enough, he’s one of the guys in the tournament who are especially eye-opening in live action since a not-that-scrawny 7-footer moving around the court and doing the things he can do is a rare sight, even in the NBA.Check out our March Madness predictions. read more


All newsletters See more NFL predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more MLB predictions Things That Caught My EyeKareem Hunt is incredibleRookie running back Kareem Hunt has opened his NFL career with a staggeringly good trifecta of games. He’s accumulated 538 rushing and receiving yards in three starts for the Kansas City Chiefs, with a fourth game tonight against Washington on Monday Night Football. Of the 812 rookies who have racked up more than 100 yards in their first three games, Hunt sits behind only Billy Simms, who put up 562 yards for Detroit in 1980. [FiveThirtyEight]Niners (D-CA) vs. Bucs (R-FL)The NFL has been a nexus recently for protests, particularly last weekend after some goading from the president on Twitter. This sent league executives into a crisis, and it’s clear why: The NFL appeals to people across party lines in a way few other sports do, with fans in San Francisco (who have a +22 point Democratic lean) to Tampa Bay (a +9.5 Republican lean). [FiveThirtyEight]MLB teams waffle on jumping lowest possible bar for safetyA devastating line drive foul that severely injured a child has spurred league-wide introspection about how much netting should protect spectators from baseballs. People in luxury boxes hate mildly obstructed views, but also baseballs can be dangerous projectiles as seen in New York last month. Only 10 of 30 teams have netting that goes to the end of the dugouts. At least four teams have announced they will extend the netting in the wake of the injured 2-year-old in Yankee Stadium. [The New York Times]WatsonThe Texans set a franchise record for points scored in their 57-14 win over Tennessee, with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tying a 1961 Fran Tarkenton record for five touchdowns — four thrown, one rushed — for a rookie quarterback in a game. [ESPN]New Jersey man fails to pay protection racketThe New York Giants tried their third offensive line in four games. It didn’t work either, and the team lost to the Tampa Bay Bucs on the road. If you ever wanted to tackle Eli Manning, your next available opportunity is by working for the Chargers next week. [ESPN]2016 repeat?Two of the best teams in college football right now are Clemson and Alabama, the two teams who incidently played in the college football championship game last year. Despite the loss of Deshaun Watson — you remember the phenom on the Texans you read about mere moments ago – Clemson pivoted terrifically to a rushing offense and we could see a rematch later this year. [ESPN]Big Number5 under 5There are five teams in the NFL who — based on FiveThirtyEight’s projections — currently have less than a five percent chance of making the playoffs. Those teams are Cleveland (0-4) and San Francisco (0-4), each with less than 1 percent chance of making the postseason; the L.A. Chargers (0-4), with a 1 percent chance; Chicago (1-3) with a 3 percent chance, and the New York Giants (0-4) with a 4 percent chance. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack[in which three reporters monitor the AFC East]neil:Pats haven’t lost more than 3 home games in a season since Brady became starting QBThey have 2 home losses already this yearwalt:dangis tom brady an elite quarterback? tbd.heynawl-enten:Who is watching this Jets game?Heading towards a tie and fastneil:I gave up on it lolTurned to NFL Network gameday liveheynawl-enten:[4:35 PM] Here we go[4:35] Jets kick for the win[4:35] let’s see[4:36] IT’S GOOD![4:36] Oh wait[4:36] flag down[4:36] NOPE[4:36] IT’S GOOD[4:36] JETS WIN[4:36] LOLPredictions MLB NFL Oh, and don’t forgetThe tick tock of the Adidas scandal read more


Before the season started, coach Thad Matta told his team that the regular season Big Ten champion was going to have four losses. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, they were nearly at that number just two weeks into the season. After four games, OSU was just 1-3 and near the bottom of the conference standings. But despite the slow start, the team was surprisingly confident. “I don’t think we were really thinking about, ‘We don’t really have a shot to win it,’ because we had a lot of games to play,” junior Jon Diebler said. “We were still positive that we were going to get back on the right track.”And that’s exactly what they did. Two months and 13 wins later, the Buckeyes are the Big Ten champions.“We had shown that we could be a good team and there were spurts where we played good basketball,” junior David Lighty said. “Everything just kind of flowed for us to get these wins.”The trouble began for Matta and the Buckeyes in early December when Turner was sidelined with a back injury. OSU was left without its best player for what was initially projected to be as many as eight weeks. The loss made what was already expected to be a difficult start to conference play even harder. OSU was scheduled to begin Big Ten play with four of its first five games away from Columbus. Fortunately, Turner returned sooner than expected, but after the slow start, his team had a tall mountain yet to climb. Despite all the odds stacked against him, Matta said his confidence never wavered.“It was one of those things where I never even thought about a Big Ten championship,” Matta said. “It was more of how to get ready to play. I knew in July when they sent me the schedule, with the start, it was going to be challenging.”Matta has always been a strong proponent of the typical one-game-at-a-time mentality that so many coaches have, or at least appear to have when in the public eye. But for Matta, it’s no act. Ignoring the prying of reporters, Matta refused all year to look ahead to a potential title. It’s a mindset that Diebler said has been infused throughout the team. “He keeps pounding it into our heads, so after three years I guess we’re going to [believe it],” Diebler said. “Honestly, we were mad because we were losing and we know what type of team we could be so it was frustrating to start off 1-3. Obviously we’re doing alright right now.”With the exception of junior David Lighty, the conference title is a first for all of OSU’s regular contributors, including junior guard Evan Turner.  “You keep persevering through and keep pushing through and keep overcoming the odds,” Turner said. “People always knock you down and don’t show you that type of respect because they don’t see how hard you work. “We paid our dues and I guess some of the luck is coming.” read more


first_imgThe Manchester United striker is out with the Belgium squad getting ready for the World Cup, and a pre-tournament friendly against Portugal in Brussels on Saturday.But in a brief press conference at Belgium’s training camp, the forward was asked to choose between Belgium and United with a clear answer to the question “is the current Belgium squad better than the Manchester United squad?”, he acknowledged that Belgium squad is better by answering “Yeah”. However, it was after winced, took a deep breath and smirked his face, signaling how tough the decision was for him to make, according to the Mirror Uk.Also, in fairness to the striker, most football fans will also take his stance if asked and would surely agree with him so far Belgium’s preliminary squad for the World Cup includes Lukaku,Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen, Thibaut Courtois, Dries Mertens, Vincent Kompany, Mousa Dembele and more.last_img read more


first_imgDavid de Gea has insisted that he’s focused on helping Manchester United win games and not on his contract situation.With his current contract running out in the summer, David de Gea is still locked in talks with Manchester United who have an option to extend his deal by a further year.Mourinho’s comment this week about the deal, caused further uncertainty as he said he wasn’t confident that the deal will go through.However, de Gea is choosing to concentrate on his team’s performance on the pitch.“What matters is the team and all of us being focused on what we need to focus on, which is winning games, rather than contracts or any topics that can be a distraction. What matters is focusing on football.” de Gea told Sky Sports in an exclusive interview.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We have an important game against Everton and we have some big fixtures over the coming months. I think that’s what matters, rather than thinking about anything else.“I’ve been here for many seasons, as we’ve said. I’ve been at the club for eight seasons now. I’m very happy here. I always feel that warmth from the fans and everyone who works at the club.“I think it’s very easy to be focused on what you have to focus on, partly because we have lots of training sessions and play every three or four days.“You have to be focused on what’s important, which is the team, winning, doing well in training and being in good shape to give your all.“You don’t have time to think about things that aren’t as important as football and the points that are at stake in the games that we have to win and do well in.”last_img read more


first_imgThere were no reported injuries as a result of the collision or the fire. Employees at JoAnns were evacuated as a result of the fire. initial reports received by KSRM News were of a semi striking a powerline in the area. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services and Soldotna Police responded to a small fire at the rear of JoAnn Fabric in Soldotna, this morning.Duane Kant with SPD: “At about 6:15 a.m., we responded up here to the JoAnn Fabric building because a commercial motor vehicle had backed into the building. The vehicle struck the main electrical junction box and caused a small fire at the building.” last_img


first_img ADC AUTHOR Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) withdrew his hold Wednesday on the nomination of Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David Berger to become the service’s next commandant, allowing Berger’s Senate confirmation to move ahead this week, Military Times reported.Sullivan said Wednesday he had worked out his concerns with Marine Corps officials, but did not offer his reason for objecting to Berger replacing Gen. Robert Neller as the service’s top military officer.Sullivan only said that the issue “is between me and Gen. Berger,” according to the report.Berger’s Senate confirmation could be finalized as early as this week unless another lawmaker raises concerns.Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Olivia G. Ortizlast_img