Koulibaly: Preferred solution to Red Devils problem

first_imgEarlier in the window, it was reported that Manchester United had made a £64 million bid for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Mirror among the sources to have reported  that the transfer was a done deal. Koulibaly That hasn’t proved to be the case, but could the Red Devils get something over the line before 11pm on January 31?Advertisement Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayLil Nas X’s Hit Song Is Becoming The Longest #1 Song Ever6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Loading… center_img Having missed out on Erling Haaland and Marco Mandzukic, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a statement signing, and Koulibaly fits the bill. Read Also:Koulibaly set to make £64m switch Man Utd United’s defence was exposed in recent defeats by Manchester City, Liverpool and Burnley, and the Senegal international could be an ideal option to partner Harry Maguire in the heart of the defence. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Should the Reds Keep Choo?

first_imgShin-Soo Choo has certainly been worth the price the Reds paid to get him.  Now comes the task of deciding if he should stay.  When they traded for him, their plan was to borrow him for one year to win a World Series and then let him go to free agency.  However, he did so well as a Red that now you begin to wonder if you can afford to give him the big contract and keep him as your lead-off hitter.  Economically, the answer is “no”.  He will want a long-term contract at a high price level and this will reduce your ability to retain younger players.  You have invested a lot of money in Billy Hamilton, and he is definitely the outfielder of the future.  The question is–“is Hamilton ready to play regular next year?”  Hamilton is only 23 years old and could be a long-time fixture in Cincinnati if he can hit.  There is no doubt he can do everything else very well, but nothing happens until you get on base.  Choo, on the other hand, is a proven commodity; but Cincinnati is not a Korean strong hold of population.  Choo is reportedly hoping to go to Chicago or New York where his ethnic background might be better suited.  We all know that his agent wants that size city so he can jack up his asking price.last_img read more

CAF Champions League: Wasteful Enyimba held by 10-man Al-Hilal in Aba

first_imgRelatedPosts Plateau United target 2021 CAF champions league berth Plateau United dedicates continental ticket to fans Breaking: NFF adopts PPG, sets new date for league kick off Enyimba International Football Club of Aba were held to a disappointing goalless draw by 10-man Al-Hilal FC of Sudan in Sunday’s CAF Champions League Second Preliminary Round first leg clash in Aba. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Peoples Elephant were dominant all through the duration of the match, but lacked the cutting edge on the final third. Enyimba fired an early warning to Al-Hilal FC when Nelson Ogbonnaya planted his headed effort from Stanley Okorom’s free kick into the side netting just five minutes after the start. The visitors heeded the warning and applied caution in their defensive approach, absorbing all that the hosts threw at them at the end of a one-sided first half. Enyimba again came close to breaking the deadlock two minutes later when Okorom hit the side netting from a free kick almost on the same spot as the first. Ghana import, Daniel Darkwa, drifted up field and just when he was about getting a clear sight on goal, he was tripped by Abuaagla Named. Enyimba’s centre-back, Ifeanyi Anaemena, added his name to the list of those who missed scoring opportunities when he swept his glorious chance waywardly over the crossbar in the 12th minute. This was after Onuwa Emeruwa’s sleek touch off Dimgba’s cross from the right. On the quarter hour mark, Stanley Okorom stung the gloves of goalkeeper Salim Macoola with a rising strike from distance, but the shot stopper did well to push the ball away for a corner. Five minutes later, Al-Hilal were reduced to 10 men with Nazar Nassr was shown a straight red card for violent conduct when the defender stepped on Enyimba’s defender, Daniel Darkwa. With the numerical advantage, Enyimba patiently worked and waited for the breakthrough as they encamped in their opponent’s territory and continued to pile countless pressure on Al-Hilal’s defence. Obi Damson had his effort parried by the goalkeeper in the 42nd minute and the ball came back gloriously for him. Unfortunately, his second bite at the cherry went wide off target. For the first time in the game, the visitors sneaked behind Enyimba’s back line with Barnet Named getting to the byline, but his left foot effort was easily caught by goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai. Perhaps, the best chance of the half fell on Dimgba who found his way into the crowded Al-Hilal box. He twisted and turned all the defenders who virtually got fixed on a spot but his shot towards the far post went wide to the consternation of the packed stands that included Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State. Both sides went into the break on equal terms. The restart followed same pattern as the first with Enyimba in absolute control of the game but were unable to break down the visitor’s resolute defence. Al-Hilal found an opportunity for a counter attack with Mohammed Darac firing a left foot drive that went marginally wide, with Afelokhai fully stretched in the 51st minute. In a frantic move to shore up his attack, Coach Usman Abdallah substituted Obi Samson for Bashir Abdulrahman and Martins Usule for Onuwa Emeruwa. The move almost paid off as Abdulrahman came close to finding the back of the net with a fierce strike from close range, but the goalkeeper reacted brilliantly, pushing the ball for a corner. With seven minutes remaining on the clock, Stanley Dimgba fired a ferocious shot from the edge of the box but Macoola went down early enough to gather. Al-Hilal displayed tremendous composure, organisation and confidence as they repelled every Enyimba offensive till the final whistle. The Peoples Elephant will travel to Sudan for the return leg on September 29.Tags: Al-Hilal FCCAF Champions LeagueDaniel DarkwaEnyimba International FClast_img read more

Cricket News Jasprit Bumrah delivers terrific spell, falters in death overs in series-deciding Kotla ODI

first_imgIn his next spell, he bowled full and bowled around the short of a length area. Bumrah mixed his length well and continued to choke the flow of runs needed for Australia to sustain momentum. When he came onto bowl in the final 10 overs, generally considered the death overs, Bumrah was in his elements. The right-arm pacer beat the outside edge of Stoinis as he used the angle and seam well to generate movement of the deck. After eight overs, Bumrah had remarkable figures of 8-0-14-0. With only three overs remaining and with Australia having lost momentum scoring just 51 runs in 13 overs and losing five wickets, the stage was set for a Bumrah special. However, it backfired. After conceding a couple first ball, Jhye Richardson used the pace to guide a full ball to the third man fence. Bumrah pitched it up outside off and Richardson drove brilliantly to the deep extra cover fence. When he responded with a yorker, Bumrah showed off his angry side and hurled a mindless throw back onto the stumps. However, it ricocheted and defeated Rishabh Pant’s attempt to stop the ball and he conceded another four runs. When Pat Cummins steered a full ball to the third man fence, 19 runs had come off the 48th over. Bumrah conceded four boundaries in the over. He had not conceded a single four in eight overs. Australia had tipped the match in their favour slightly. Another boundary in the final over by Richardson saw Bumrah conceding 25 runs in two overs as Australia ended on 272/9. The figures of 10-0-39-0 are not bad considering how the rest of the bowling fared on the Kotla deck. However, the bowling spell of Bumrah summed up the roller-coaster time he has endured in this series.  Jasprit Bumrah had figures of 8-0-14-0 before the death overs.Bumrah has taken five wickets in the entire series.India has lost only once in the Feroz Shah Kotla to Australia. New Delhi: Jasprit Bumrah is currently the No.1 ODI bowler in the ICC rankings. His ability to bowl perfect yorkers at the death and maintain his accurate line, length on a consistent basis has made him a class apart from the rest of the bowlers. By his own lofty standards which he has set ever since he burst on to the scene in the Sydney ODI against Australia, this current series has not actually lived up to his stature. After a brilliant performance in the Vizag T20I, Bumrah was attacked in the Bangalore match as Australia won the series 2-0 for the first time. In the ODIs, he had a moderate game in Hyderabad before sealing the deal in Nagpur with a brilliant spell of 2/29. In the game in Ranchi, he went wicketless and had an economy rate of 5.3 and in Mohali, he was undone by the dew factor as he was carted for 63 runs despite taking three wickets. In Delhi, his see-saw momentum continued. Australia had made a decent start after winning a crucial toss. Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch gave Australia a fast start. Bumrah came onto bowl in the seventh over and he immediately restricted the flow of runs. His plan to bowl back of a length and on a good length around the off stump area worked wonders. In his first four overs, he conceded just eight runs.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

Chattanooga faces Wofford in SoCon semis

first_imgSTELLAR SENIORS: Chattanooga has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Matt Ryan, Ramon Vila, David Jean-Baptiste, Rod Johnson and Maurice Commander have collectively accounted for 73 percent of the team’s scoring this season and 71 percent of all Mocs points over the last five games.NATHAN IS A FORCE: Nathan Hoover has connected on 30.1 percent of the 269 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 10 of 35 over his last five games. He’s also made 92.8 percent of his free throws this season.THRIVING WITH THREES: Wofford is 5-0 when it makes 14 or more 3-pointers and 13-15 when it falls short of that total. Chattanooga is 12-0 when it makes at least 10 from 3-point range and 8-12 on the year, otherwise.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Terriers have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Mocs. Chattanooga has an assist on 31 of 78 field goals (39.7 percent) over its previous three contests while Wofford has assists on 46 of 77 field goals (59.7 percent) during its past three games.TO ERR IS HUMAN: Wofford’s offense has turned the ball over 12.3 times per game this year, but is averaging 16 turnovers over its last five games.___ March 8, 2020 Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWofford (18-15, 10-10) vs. Chattanooga (20-12, 11-8)Southern Conference Tourney Semifinals, Harrah’s Cherokee Center, Asheville, North Carolina; Sunday, 5:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Wofford is set to take on Chattanooga with the victor securing its spot in the SoCon championship game. Chattanooga won both of the regular season matchups earlier this season. The teams last went at it on Feb. 8, when Wofford made just 10 free throws on 14 attempts while the Mocs hit 19 of 22 en route to a seven-point victory. Chattanooga faces Wofford in SoCon semislast_img read more

Grant brothers Jerami and Jerian meet for 1st time in college careers

first_img Published on February 5, 2013 at 12:47 am Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Related Stories HALTED: Syracuse rides stifling defensive effort past No. 25 Notre Dame snapping 2-game losing streakChristmas rebounds from poor performances in win over No. 25 Notre DameGallery: No. 9 Syracuse defeats No. 25 Notre Dame Jerami Grant played with the same focus and energy that has characterized his breakout performances this season on Monday night. He knocked down mid-range jumpers and rose above the defense to finish at the rim.But every now and then, he caught himself letting his guard down for a moment as he shared the Carrier Dome court with his older brother in Syracuse’s 63-47 victory against Notre Dame.“It was a good experience,” Grant said. “Definitely had fun out there with him. Even though it was mostly business on the court, every once in a while, we would talk on the free-throw line or something like that.”Jerian Grant, starting guard for the No. 25 Fighting Irish, finished with a team-high 15 points and five assists, and got a firsthand look at a career night for Jerami. The Syracuse freshman scored a career-high 14 points for No. 9 SU, helping end a two-game losing streak for the Orange.He got SU going with a mid-range jumper from the foul line in the opening minute. And he added another just a few minutes later as a part of Syracuse’s 10-0 run to start the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGrant later converted in transition to keep his team out in front by three with less than eight minutes to play in the first half. A minute later, he drove aggressively down the right side of the lane, flew toward the basket with his right arm extended and banked a shot home as he crashed to the ground.But the impressive play was waved off as the official called Grant for an offensive foul.Grant emerged late in the half to spark a strong finish, swishing an open jumper from the right corner and slicing through the Notre Dame defense for a layup as time expired at the half.“He’s more than capable player,” said SU guard Brandon Triche. “He’s definitely shown a lot of people that. I’m sure a lot of people didn’t expect him to play a lot, but he’s taken full advantage of the opportunity.”Grant’s impressive drive to cap the half brought Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey rushing onto the court. With a scowl on his face and arms out, Brey stared down his players as they made their way to the tunnel.While Grant’s play infuriated Brey, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim gave him another glowing review.The freshman has fit seamlessly into the lineup, making plays at both ends of the floor ever since forward James Southerland went out due to eligibility issues.On Monday night, Grant turned in another steady performance. He played all 40 minutes and grabbed six rebounds to go with his career-high 14 points.Jerian served as perhaps the lone playmaker for the Irish. The junior guard hit 3s to keep Notre Dame within reach in the first half, and got into the lane against the SU zone to free teammates and create scoring chances.Triche pointed out Jerian’s use of screens as one flaw in an otherwise stellar defensive effort for the Orange. Jerian utilized them to score and distribute, trying to keep his team in the game.But in the end, Jerami got the best of the matchup between brothers.Said SU forward C.J. Fair: “He’s being aggressive, he’s been working hard, he’s getting the minutes that he deserves and he’s taking full advantage of it.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

League of Legends NA LCS team names revealed ahead of first franchised season

first_imgEsports Insider says: Every naming decision in esports tends to come under scrutiny now, but the stories behind the Clutch City gives it our seal of approval – given that clutches in video games are fairly prevalent. We’re not too sold on the other two, though – although they’re not on Excelsior level by any means. Gold Coin United22$571,429 TeamSplitsSharesPayout eUnited22$571,429 Big Gods Jackals22$571,429 Team Dignitas26$1,714,255 Immortals410$2,857,143 Three NBA teams were accepted into the newly-franchised North American League of Legends Championship Series league back in October. This week, the names for the incumbent NBA organisations have been revealed. The three teams to have entered the NA LCS, and what they’re set to be called (per ESPN reports) are:Golden State Warriors — Golden GuardiansHouston Rockets — Clutch City GamingCleveland Cavaliers — 100 Thieves100 Thieves, the name adopted by the Cavaliers is an extension of the clothing brand that belongs to former Call of Duty and now famous YouTube star Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag who is heading up the Cavaliers’ esports. Meanwhile, Houston Rockets brand Clutch City Gaming is based off the city’s nickname as Clutch City. The roots to the name are interesting and entrenched in Houston’s rich traditional sports history. Back in 1994 the city was dubbed “Choke City” after the Rockets threw away fourth-quarter leads in the Western Conference semifinals and, a year prior, the NFL team had managed to lose a 32-point lead in the playoffs. The team later mounted a huge comeback in the series to win in seven games and go on to win their first championship. The headline changed from “Choke City” to “Clutch City” and the nickname has stuck from there.One would assume Joe Lacob and the Golden State Warriors’ name is fairly straight forward to explain. Given the name of the NBA franchise, it’s simply an alliterative title using the existing Golden brand. Additionally, as revealed by Jacob Wolf at ESPN, the organisations that missed out on the franchising are entitled to a payout. The payout is based on a $12 million exit payment pool, comprised of the $3 million buy-ins paid by new teams entering the league. The payouts are calculated based on 3 shares per split for former Championship Series teams, and a 1 share per split for Challenger Series teams, capped at 10. The table below illustrates the payouts for each team:  Phoenix139$2,571,429 Tempo Storm22$571,429 EnVyUs39$2,571,429last_img read more

Ballon d’Or 2019: Matthijs de Ligt beats João Félix, Jadon Sancho to win Kopa Trophy

first_img Source: en.as.com Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt won the second edition of the Kopa Trophy at the Ballon d’Or gala in Paris on Monday.The Kopa Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding player under the age of 21, with PSG star Kylian Mbappé winning the first edition last year.Dutch centre back De Ligt was among ten candidates for this year’s edition of the award and eventually beat out fellow favourites João Félix of Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.The Juventus player’s nomination comes days after Felix won Tuttosport’s Golden Boy accolade. De Ligt’s credentialsDe Ligt’s nomination comes on the back of a stunning campaign last season with Ajax, whom he captained to their first Champions League semi-final since 1997 at the tender age of 19.The talented young defender was the subject of an intense bidding war in the summer, with Juventus beating early favourites Barcelona to secure his signature in July.Following his 85-million-euro move to Serie A, the Ajax academy graduate has clocked up 15 appearances for Juventus, netting one goallast_img read more

Clippers make history with hard-fought comeback vs. Celtics in Boston

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates At a fan event Friday night in Los Angeles, President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank assured Clippers Nation that the team — even while incorporating five new players, and even with a first-round draft pick in the balance — still wants to make the playoffs.“Even though the faces have changed, the personality has stayed the same of the team,” said Frank, whose franchise loses the pick to Boston in June’s draft unless it’s a lottery selection. “These guys, they just keep battling. It’s a credit to our players in terms of who they are and what they’re about. We’re really, really excited about our guys battling.”And on Saturday night in Boston, the Clippers (31-26) put up a fight for the record books, rallying from a 28-point deficit to defeat the Celtics 123-112.According to ESPN, it was the largest comeback by any road team since 2009 and the largest blown lead by the Celtics since 2003. “We broke out the J.J. Redick package with him,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said in reference to the former Clippers sharpshooter who this season was Shamet’s teammate in Philadelphia. “You know, (Shamet) can really shoot, and he shoots off the run so quick.”Not gun shy, Shamet made his 100th career 3-pointer Saturday, becoming the 15th NBA player to reach that milestone in the first 55 games of his career.He also surpassed 250 3-point attempts — of which he’s made 40.9 percent.That puts the 21-year-old former Wichita State standout in elite company. According to basketball-reference.com, the only rookies in NBA history who had at least that many attempts and a better 3-point percentage than Shamet are Steph Curry (43.7 percent), Wesley Person (43.6 percent), Gary Neal (41.9 percent), Brent Barry (41.6 percent) and Klay Thompson (41.4 percent). For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Related Articles It also was the first time in 20 seasons that a team has rallied for multiple 25-point comebacks in one season — the Clippers managed to do it in the span of one whirlwind week.Feb. 2: They rallied from 25 points down to win at Detroit, 111-101.Feb. 3: They fell behind by 23 in Toronto and lost, 123-101.Tuesday: They came back after trailing by 20 in Charlotte to win 117-115.Wednesday: They completed the trade sending Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott to Philadelphia for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala and four draft picks.Thursday: They traded Muscala to the Lakers for Ivica Zubac, traded Avery Bradley to Memphis for Garrett Temple and JaMychal Green, and waived Marcin Gortat and Milos Teodosic.Also Thursday: With only 10 players remaining, they fell behind by 27 in Indiana and lost 116-92.Saturday: They wiped out a 28-point deficit in Boston for the largest comeback in team history.The sixth and final game of their roller coaster road trip comes Monday in Minnesota.“We just keep fighting,” Montrezl Harrell told reporters in Boston after the win. “We’re just going to go out there and keep fighting.”A SPLASHING DEBUTShamet, the rookie guard, brought some daggers to the fight Saturday, helping bury Boston by sinking four 3-pointers in his new team’s 42-point fourth quarter.last_img read more