Punter Zach Sinor Launches His Heisman Campaign

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I don’t want PFB to take too much credit here, but we’ve been tweeting and talking about this for nearly a year now, and it finally happened. Zach Sinor officially launched his Heisman Trophy campaign this week with Oklahoma State’s blessing. What a world.Mason Rudolph can have his 4,000-yard seasons, James Washington can have his 20-TD outings, I just want to see Sinor next to Nick Chubb and Jalen Hurts in New York come December. Sinor4Heisman4Ever.After being left off the Ray Guy Award list in 2016, @ZachSinor29 is thinking big this year. Real big. #Sinor4Heisman #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/htS0eZPtVs— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) June 28, 2017AdChoices广告last_img read more

PSG hold transfer talks with Courtois’ father

first_imgTransfers PSG hold transfer talks with Courtois’ father amid doubt over Chelsea future Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 22:31 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thibaut Courtois Getty Images Transfers PSG Chelsea Real Madrid Premier League UEFA Champions League Ligue 1 The Stamford Bridge shot-stopper is in demand with Real Madrid also interested in him, while the Blues are desperate for him to stay Paris Saint-Germain have met with Thibaut Courtois’s father, Thierry, to discuss a potential move away from Chelsea at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.Belgian TV station RTBF already suggested earlier this week that the Ligue 1 leaders had joined Real Madrid in the race for the goalkeeper’s signature and Goal can confirm PSG officials had a meeting with Courtois’s dad in London on Monday.The Paris side are in the market for a new goalkeeper as they target an upgrade on current No.1 Alphonse Areola and the 25-year-old Courtois has been earmarked as one of the top candidates. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The Belgium international’s existing deal with Chelsea is due to expire come June 2019 and the Blues have been in talks with the shot-stopper for over a year in an attempt to renew his contract, with a renewal potentially costing them over £200,000-a-week in wages.Courtois has yet to make a decision on his long-term future, though, as he has admitted on more than one occasion that he would like to return to Madrid at some stage in his career.The goalkeeper’s two children live in Spain’s capital following a previous loan spell with Atletico Madrid and Courtois is keen to be closer to his family.Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on Courtois’ situation at Chelsea and his aforementioned ties to Spain mean PSG face an uphill battle to get their man if he does decide to leave Stamford Bridge.Chelsea remain hopeful they can convince Courtois to sign a new and improved deal with the Premier League giants, but their underwhelming performances this campaign could throw a spanner in the works as they are in danger of missing out on Champions League football.Courtois joined Chelsea from Genk in 2011, but spent three seasons on loan at Atletico before displacing Petr Cech as the man between the sticks at the reigning Premier League champions.He has since made well over 100 league appearances for Antonio Conte’s men, winning two Premier League titles and one League Cup in the process.last_img read more

‘Diego Costa & Thiago at home playing for Spain’

first_imgWorld Cup Diego Costa & Thiago at ‘home’ playing for Spain – Senna Tauan Ambrósio 19:14 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Diego Costa Spain Getty World Cup Spain A trio of La Roja’s World Cup squad were born outside of the country but that won’t be an issue according to a man who enjoyed a similar experience Diego Costa, Thiago Alcantara and Rodrigo Moreno are at ‘home’ playing for Spain according to European Championship winner Marcos Senna.Senna –  like Costa, Thiago and Moreno – was not born in Spain, but went on to play for La Roja, despite his Brazilian heritage.Atletico Madrid striker Costa is the only one of the quartet who has actually played for Brazil at senior level before he controversially swapped allegiances in 2013. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Despite their background, Senna has insisted that each player is at home playing for Spain and that all three are ‘extremely important’ to their team at the World Cup in Russia.“Spain has been growing gradually, and those three players obviously could not be left out,” Senna told Goal. “They’re extremely important to the Spanish team.“They’re 100% adapted to the Spanish football culture, otherwise they wouldn’t be playing for Spain. They’re completely at home.”Senna spent the majority of his playing career with Spanish side Villarreal, making 357 appearances in all competitions during his 11 years at the club.After being granted Spanish citizenship in early 2006, Senna was capped 28 times for Spain during his five-year international career and won the European Championship in 2008 before missing out on the 2010 World Cup squad.Even though he is honoured to have played for Spain, he is unsure who he would like to win should his adopted country face Brazil in Russia.He joked: “I’m a privileged person because I can support both! This year I’m [cheering] for both of them, but I was with the Spanish national team during a coaching course, I’ve been invited to see the first game and I have friends in Spain (Iniesta, David Silva…).“I don’t know anyone from the Brazilian national team. I don’t know if I want to see both teams playing in the final… I don’t know which would need to be eliminated first, but I don’t want to see them playing the final, because then I can relax and cheer (laughs).”Spain’s success at the Euros in 2008 secured a first tournament triumph since 1964 and Senna revealed the pride he felt at being included in that team, calling it a ‘privilege’ to have played a role in what started a dominant period for Spanish football. He said: “Being a part of this winning generation was a privilege. It worked out, we had a great European Championship.“I think before that, Spain used to carry a very heavy weight on its shoulders, of always being a favourite and not being able to win. We took this weight off in 2008. We played very well and, after that, the players were ‘released’, and they started to believe that the title was possible.”last_img read more

Real Madrid deny €310m Neymar offer

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid deny making €310m Neymar offer to PSG Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:56 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Neymar PSG Real Madrid 2017-18 Getty/Goal Transfers Real Madrid Neymar Brazil PSG Barcelona World Cup Ligue 1 Primera División After reports on Spanish television suggested the club had made a world-record offer for Neymar, the Merengue denied the claims Real Madrid have issued a strong denial after reports in Spain claimed a world-record offer has been made to Paris Saint-Germain to buy Neymar.The Brazil superstar has been linked with Madrid ever since leaving LaLiga rivals Barcelona for PSG last August.PSG paid a world-record €222million to trigger Neymar’s release clause but, although the forward fired the club to a domestic treble, reports have indicated he has failed to settle in Paris. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Spanish public broadcaster TVE reported on Monday that Madrid have offered PSG €310m (£275m/$360m) to bring the Brazilian back to LaLiga.But Madrid quickly hit back at the claims with a statement that denied making any contact with PSG or Neymar over a possible blockbuster transfer.”Given the information issued tonight by TVE on a supposed offer of Real Madrid to PSG and player Neymar, Real Madrid said that this information is outright false,” the statement read.Comunicado Oficial.https://t.co/NaEgNMgMpF #RealMadrid pic.twitter.com/D1ZX2u1pZe — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) July 2, 2018 “Real Madrid has not made any kind of offer to PSG or the player. “Real Madrid is surprised that Spanish public television has been able to broadcast absolutely false information without anyone from this medium contacting any of the parties to check the alleged information that could easily have been denied.”last_img read more

How to Use Social Media to Grow Your Fundraising Events

first_imgIf you have the resources, tweet multiple times per day (about three to five depending on your audience). You can post more often on Twitter than on Facebook because Twitter’s feed moves faster. The return on investment for fundraising events equals increasing donations, raising awareness, and maximizing ticket sales. So how can you influence the ticketing life cycle and encourage more people to attend your event? Leverage social media to make your next fundraising event a success with these lessons from nonprofit social media expert Ritu Sharma.1. Create a calendar and a planBegin planning your social media campaign 6 to 8 weeks before your event, plan backwards from the date of the event, and keep track of your digital communications with a social media manager like HootSuite or TweetDeck. “Creating a content and communications calendar is one of the most underutilized but best things that a nonprofit can do,” Ritu explained. You already know the name of your keynote speaker, where the event will take place, and other key details, so capitalize on this knowledge: Prescheduled messages now to save time as the event nears and let you focus on other areas. You should also begin posting this information to your website and local community calendars.2. Use social media to maximize engagement and tie it all together with dataCreate a digital registration page with your branding using a tool that includes social sharing such as Network for Good’s Event Ticketing and Registration software. It’s this last part-social sharing-that’s the key: People are 60% more likely to share your event registration after they’ve signed up.Create unique links for each of your social media sales sources (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and email campaigns) so that you can track registrations and donations from each. You can also create unique links for big partners so that you’ll be able to identify which partners and sources were the most helpful, drove the most traffic, and ultimately brought in the most registrants and donations. Measure your results throughout the campaign in order to tweak your outreach strategy.Once your registration page is live, make sure that people know about it! Create a Facebook event and cultivate your community with active posting and responding. If your weekly reports show that Facebook is leading to the highest number of donations and ticket sales, you can focus your efforts on what’s working.3. Continue to leverage social channelsWhen others interact with you, even to find out about an event, they want to know what’s in it for them. By posting more useful, beneficial, and educational content than promotional content, you’ll see the greatest response and be perceived as a group with value. It’s this balance that will help grow your online community to propel you and your event forward.Promote on Facebook:Post regularly with pictures of last year’s event and attendees, as well as this year’s upcoming performers and auctions. Create a hashtag for your event to include in all posts, such as #NFGgala. That way your attendees can easily follow your event and tweet about it, too. You can also create your own groups for your community, organization, and event. Invite all attendees to your group on LinkedIn and share exclusive content with them.4. Keep the conversation goingOn the big day, prominently display your event’s hashtag and project the Twitter conversation in real time using free services like Twitterfall.com. Then after the event, post videos and attendees’ stories on Facebook, ask for feedback or share an email survey, thank your attendees on Twitter, and write recaps of the event on LinkedIn. As a final step, be sure to analyze your tracking and analytics to determine which social channels were the most effective for getting registrants and keeping supporters energized.Social media can help you drive registrations for your fundraising event, as well as keep the conversations going after the event is over.(Image Credit: Ritu Sharma/Social Media for Nonprofits) Before you start posting in a group, look at the culture first, and then look for ways to add value with your content so that members will view you as a contributor and not as self-serving. Just like with influencers, adding value to a group on LinkedIn is another way to create name recognition. If your registration rate is low, try a direct message Twitter campaign. Download a list of all of your Twitter followers to Excel, segment them by location, and then target them with an individualized message. When most Twitter users receive a direct message, they also receive an email from Twitter alerting them. Don’t forget to say thank you. Your manners are important on Twitter, too, so remember to acknowledge everyone who helps you promote your event.Link up:LinkedIn is great for reaching communities, not just individuals. Members form groups with others based on shared interests and similar careers have the most traction. Invite attendees to RSVP on Facebook after they register. Tag VIPs, attendees, and partners in your Facebook posts.Tweet it out:Discover your cause’s top 10 influencers and then spend time cultivating a relationship with them. Retweet their content and send them messages so that they’ll take note of who you are and you’ll build brand recognition with them. Then, when you are gearing up for your event, they’ll be more willing to share it. If you send these influencers a premade tweet, chances are high that they will share your message, but not if you hadn’t cultivated a relationship with them.last_img read more

Webinar on Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage Advocacy: Registration Open

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 22, 2013March 13, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Registration is now open for the May 8 webinar, “Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage: Advocacy, Approval, Access.” The webinar will be hosted by Family Care International, Gynuity Health Projects, PATH and Population Services International.From the webinar announcement:Misoprostol is a safe and effective medicine for preventing and treating postpartum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal death. While it is practical for use both at health facilities and in home births, it is not widely available or accessible in many countries.In this free, interactive hour-long webinar, learn from the experts how focused advocacy can drive policy change and ensure women’s access to this essential medicine.To register, click here.For more, check out the MHTF blog’s recent guest post on misoprostol for treatment of postpartum hemorrhage by FCI President Ann Starrs and Gynuity Health Projects President Beverly Winikoff.Share this:last_img read more

What Are “Healthy” Markets and How Do They Contribute to Healthy Mothers?

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 26, 2015October 25, 2016By: Erin Seaver, Market Dynamics Advocacy Officer at PATHClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As we approach the final days of the Millennium Development Goals, maternal mortality remains an unfinished agenda. Too many women around the world continue to die from preventable complications of pregnancy and childbirth each year.In recognition of this unfinished agenda, the World Health Organization recently released Strategies toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM), which calls on all countries to reduce maternal deaths by at least two-thirds of their 2010 baseline by 2030.As a key strategy, the report emphasizes increasing women’s access to maternal health products around the world. To support this, we must better understand the dynamics of the health care markets in which lifesaving maternal health medicines and tools are delivered.What is market dynamics and what is a “healthy” market?Market dynamics is often defined by experts as the interactions between actors on both sides of supply and demand that determine how products are bought, sold, delivered, and administered. This includes how manufacturers produce high-quality health products; how countries and donors procure such products; how distributors deliver them on time and in the right quantities; how health care practitioners administer the products; and most importantly, how people become and remain aware, educated, and proactive in improving and maintaining their health through these products.Many may be quick to assume that access to a health product is mostly dependent upon price, but in reality, it is determined by a whole host of factors that can be especially challenging in low-resource parts of the world.Take a moment and think about the last time you visited you doctor or drug store to obtain a medication. Was it available within a reasonable time frame? Was it affordable or covered by health insurance? Was it easy to use or did it require a companion device? Did you have concerns about its quality? Most importantly, was the product effective and did it meet your needs?In low-resource settings, health products are not always available, or can be too expensive, of uncertain quality, or unusable due to poor design. Even worse, several of these issues may coexist at once.These characteristics—availability, affordability, quality, acceptability, and secure supply and delivery—are the measures of “healthy” markets for health products. Without careful attention to each of these characteristics, crucial medicines and health tools fall out of reach to those who need them most. In other words, the health of people—especially mothers and their newborns—is inextricably linked to the “health” of the market that delivers necessary lifesaving products.Harnessing the power of markets to save mothers and childrenThe global health community is increasingly monitoring market characteristics to identify opportunities to shape market structures to increase access to lifesaving products to improve health and save lives.At PATH, we are committed to expanding access to products that protect mothers and their babies from preventable death and illness. Throughout our 40-year history, we have worked with a range of public and private sector partners across the spectrum of product development and delivery to address market dynamics for vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and medical tools and devices with the goal of improving access to high-quality, lifesaving health products.Successful market-shaping efforts have already improved access to vaccines, antiretroviral drugs, and—more recently—contraceptives. As shown by the EPMM report, however, there is much to be done to improve global and local markets for maternal health products. Local and regional market shaping for uterotonics (medicines used to induce labor and reduce postpartum hemorrhage), for example, could result in improved availability, affordability and quality of oxytocin and misoprostol to save mothers’ lives.Harnessing the power of markets is fundamentally about harnessing the power of people—working within and across sectors, collaboratively, transparently, and toward mutually beneficial goals—to ensure that mothers, babies, families and communities survive and thrive.To reach the goal of ending preventable maternal mortality, we must strive for a better collective understanding of market dynamics and support efforts to shape healthy markets for essential, lifesaving health products. Healthy markets can and should lead to healthier mothers and a healthier world.More Information:Strengthening Markets for Reproductive Health: PATH says partnerships show there’s room for the private sectorAccess and Equity in Reproductive Health: Ensuring equity through a total market approachNext Billion Market Dynamics e-bookUSAID’s Healthy Markets for Global Health: A Market Shaping PrimerMarket Shaping for Family PlanningShare this:last_img read more

The Global Epidemic of Unnecessary Cesarean Sections (Part 1)

first_imgPosted on January 24, 2017January 30, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Cesarean section surgery, when medically indicated and performed by trained staff with the necessary equipment and supplies, can be a life-saving procedure for the mother and baby. However, compared to vaginal delivery, cesareans are associated with a higher risk of maternal and neonatal death; numerous maternal morbidities including infection, uterine rupture and amniotic fluid embolism; neonatal morbidities often related to iatrogenic prematurity; and potential complications in subsequent pregnancies. Studies have also observed that children born via cesarean are more likely to develop respiratory problems, diabetes and obesity later in life. Therefore, cesareans should be considered a major surgical intervention and only be performed when clinically necessary. Furthermore, to minimize the risks associated with cesarean section, the surgery should only be performed by skilled health workers in high quality facilities.For many years, researchers have debated the optimal cesarean rate for maximizing maternal and infant health outcomes. Since 1985, the World Health Organization has estimated the ideal population-level cesarean rate at 10-15%, although some scientists have suggested a higher figure. Further investigation of an optimal rate is certainly warranted. Theoretically, the optimal population-level cesarean rate should be calculated based on the proportion of laboring women who have a medical indication for cesarean delivery. But, unfortunately, the high and increasing levels of cesarean delivery rates around the world illustrate that the procedure is not always medically indicated.Clinicians sometimes disagree about what constitutes a medical indication, and in some cases lack the necessary tools to identify a complication. For example, fetal distress is a commonly reported reason for performing a cesarean—but how exactly does one measure fetal distress? How long should a provider wait for an abnormal fetal heartbeat to return to normal before deciding to perform a cesarean? How can clinicians in low-resource settings without access to fetal monitoring technology accurately assess these situations?Before developing consensus on the optimal population-level rate, the global maternal health community must agree upon the medical indications for cesarean delivery and ensure that clinicians around the world are adhering to standardized, evidence-based guidelines.Read Part 2 and Part 3.—Read a statement about the prevention of primary cesareans from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

A More Accurate Method for Estimating Country-Level Health Workforce Needs?

first_imgMedical officers3 Zambia15.066,84314,29521% Auxiliary midwives and auxiliary nurse-midwives1 (lowest paid) Midwives and nurse-midwives2 Azerbaijan9.341,4255,49613% Generalists (doctors)4 Cadre categoryRank order by salary ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Country2012 population (millions)# health professionals needed*# SRMNAH FTEs needed% of needed health workforce that are SRMNAH FTEs Uzbekistan29.3130,49618,15414% Peru30.8136,92221,39116% Obstetricians/gynecologists5 (highest paid) Myanmar53.7239,04937,32916% Malawi16.874,89015,71521% Posted on July 26, 2017July 26, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)An effective health workforce requires not only a sufficient number of workers, but also an appropriate mix of health care providers or cadres. Many of the current models estimating health workforce needs do not adequately address demographic and epidemiological diversity among countries—differences that affect the types of providers and skills needed.To develop a model that takes these demographic and epidemiological characteristics into account, a group of researchers recently published a paper describing a new method for calculating sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health (SRMNAH) workforce needs.The model⇒ Step 1: Estimate the total number of full-time equivalents (FTEs) required to provide universal coverage of all the key interventions in a given year.This step requires identifying the number of women, girls and babies requiring each essential SRMNAH service, which takes into account the demographic and epidemiological profile of a certain country’s population. The authors identified essential practices by consulting the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health’s list as well as the practices recommended in the 2014 Lancet Midwifery Series. Step 1 also involves calculating the length of time needed to deliver each intervention and converting the total annual contact time into equivalent amounts of full-time effort.⇒ Step 2: Allocate the annual number of FTEs required to deliver each intervention to a cadre with the relevant competencies.This step requires defining the different types of workers proving SRMNAH service and ranking them by average salary: *Based on the 44.5 skilled health professionals per 10,000 population threshold proposed in the World Health Organization’s Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030Notably, these projections were substantially higher than those proposed in the 2014 State of the World’s Midwifery Report. This model yielded an ideal ratio of between 1.7 and 1.9 midwives or nurse-midwives per 175 births. In all six countries included in this analysis, midwives and nurse-midwives can meet the majority of the need for SRMNAH workers. Obstetricians/gynecologists and generalist doctors are needed for more specialized SRMNAH services.This model may be helpful for health workforce planning, particularly in countries with limited resources. In addition to these calculations, however, policymakers must ensure equitable geographic distribution, adequate education and training and strong, supportive health systems to enable health workers to provide high quality care.—Read the full open access paper in Human Resources for Health titled, “The ‘Dream Team’ for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health: An adjusted service target model to estimate the ideal mix of health care professionals to cover population need.”Check out other posts in this blog series.Learn more about the global maternal health workforce.Are you interested in sharing your perspective on issues related to the maternal health workforce? We want to hear from you!Share this: Community health workers (CHWs) were not included in the analysis due to a lack of international consensus around the definition and qualifications of CHWs.Next, the authors used the International Standard Classification of Occupations and the World Health Organization’s “Optimize MNH” guidelines to determine which interventions each cadre is qualified to perform. An algorithm was used to allocate the FTEs needed for an intervention to each cadre of health workers.⇒ Step 3: Estimate the annual number of FTEs of each cadre category required to deliver the SRMNAH interventions by stage on the SRMNAH continuum of care—pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, labor/birth or postnatal—and by institutional level of care—primary, secondary or tertiary.Country-specific estimatesUsing this model, the researchers calculated the ideal health workforce size and mix for six countries with diverse population-specific needs.last_img read more

ESPN’s Bowl Projections For Michigan After Week 5

first_imgShea Patterson throws the ball against Army.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 7: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines passes the ball against the Army Black Knights during the first half at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Through the first month of the college football season, Michigan is 3-1. The Wolverines’ toughest stretches are ahead of them.This Saturday, Michigan hosts Iowa in a battle of ranked Big Ten teams. After a road trip to Illinois, the Wolverines close out the month of October with games against ranked rivals Penn State and Notre Dame.In November, UM must square off with Michigan State and Ohio State. The outcomes of those five big games (Iowa, Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State) will determine how the season goes for the Maize and Blue.ESPN has released its newest bowl projections for the Wolverines. Both experts feel Michigan will be facing a Pac-12 team in the postseason.Kyle Bonagura: Arizona State vs. Michigan in the Redbox Bowl on Dec. 30. Mark Schlabach: Michigan vs. California in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27.Michigan fans will likely be disappointed with these predictions, considering the program entered the season with Big Ten title and College Football Playoff hopes. Those goals are still attainable, but there is probably zero margin for error.If Michigan finishes 10-2 or better, it will outperform these most recent bowl projections. However, an 8-4 campaign means the Maize and Blue season ends before New Year’s Day.You can view ESPN’s full bowl projections here.last_img read more

Ohio State Marching Band’s Halftime Performance vs. Michigan State Going Viral

first_imgOhio State's Marching Band had a great halftime show vs. Michigan State.Ohio State’s marching band – also known as The Best Damn Band in the Land – has put together some incredibly innovative performances over the years. The one they pulled off against Michigan State on Saturday night is going viral.The Buckeyes went with a space race-themed show that included a rocketship taking off into space, a reenactment of the moon landing and the phrases “small step” and “giant leap”. It was in honor of the 50-year anniversary of the moon landing.The show caught the attention of ESPN, which tweeted out a few highlights:.@OhioState’s band gave us a quick history lesson 🚀🌑 pic.twitter.com/tm415Qptsq— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 6, 2019 The Columbus Dispatch put up a 60-second version of the show. It was incredibly well done.As for the game, Ohio State led at the break 27-10. The Buckeyes stumbled a bit out the gate before hitting their stride on offense near the end of the half.last_img read more

Klopp hopes European Super League ‘never happens’

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he hopes the concept of a European Super League never comes into effect.The prospect of the continent’s most successful teams breaking away from their domestic leagues to form their own competition has been raised several times over the last three decades and last year it was reported in Germany that clubs are already advancing on their plans to replace the Champions League with another tournament.The idea has proved controversial, however, as the European Leagues organisation has warned that it poses a serious threat to football, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes it will “kill” traditional leagues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream And Liverpool boss Klopp is also worried about a super league being formed, insisting it will become repetitive and boring by pitting the same teams against each other every year.”I hope this Super League will never happen,” he told Kicker.”With the way the Champions League is now running, football has a great product, even with the Europa League.”For me, the Champions League is the Super League, in which you do not always end up playing against the same teams. “Of course, it is economically important, but why should we create a system where Liverpool faces Real Madrid for 10 straight years? Who wants to see that every year?”The German boss believes the football calendar is already too intense for players and getting worse, suggesting fans will start to turn away from the game if things do not change.”FIFA and UEFA are still expanding the tournaments for more participants,” he said. “Apparently they fear a day without football. But I think it’s the other way round. Eventually, the audience will say: ‘I’m not watching that or that either’.”We used to have two or three weeks without football in the winter, so we had ski jumping, downhill skiing, biathlon, and in England, with its variety of popular sports, it would not be a problem.”Many people are trying to get as much of the cake as possible. It’s quite common in life, except in football it’s on the backs of players.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Cruyff not ashamed of lack of Man Utd playing time

first_imgJordi Cruyff believes he joined Manchester United a year too early but insists not playing regularly was nothing to be ashamed of when fighting Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham for a place in the starting line-up.The former midfielder and son of football legend Johan Cruyff moved to Old Trafford from Barcelona in 1996.Aged just 22 when he signed, his three seasons in Manchester were curtailed by injury and, despite the club lifting three Premier League titles during his spell, he only played enough minutes to earn one winners’ medal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The Dutchman admits his switch to England – with a new league and new culture – probably came too soon.”When you take a step like going to Manchester United you need to be mature enough, and I was probably one year short of that,” he told BBC Sport.”You have to adapt. It was different, to have dinner at 5pm or 6pm – I’d never seen that.”I was probably the youngest person in the village where I lived and that was tough. Now it’s a different city, a different vibe – the city is alive.”He also struggled for fitness at United which further hampered his chances of nailing down a place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.”I fell from one injury to another and I could never really get a run and show the manager he could count on me. When Ryan Giggs was injured, I was always injured – and that’s my fault. As a coach, you want players who are ready when you need them. I see that now myself.”Training-wise, I was always on the level that was necessary, but I didn’t play a lot and I probably didn’t bring what I could do in training to the games.”However, despite struggling to make the grade, Cruyff is not too hard on himself when he considers the star quality of the players he was up against when battling for a first-team spot.”If you know you’re going to play 30 minutes every three weeks you make a decision – do I want to stand out by scoring a goal? You can see that in a few games – there was a time when I was just trying to score goals, and others when I was trying to participate in the game and enjoy it.”But with the injuries, I could never catch that train and have a stable season. When I look back at that team – Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, and then the likes of Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Andrew Cole – not to have played much is nothing to be ashamed of.”Now 45, he is managing in the Chinese Super League with Chongqing Dangdai Lifan. After United, he played for Alaves and Espanyol following a loan spell with Celta Vigo. He spent two years in Ukraine with Metalurh Donetsk before a season with Valletta in Malta where he scored 10 goals in 17 league appearances. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Solskjaer’s emphasis on speed is likely to cost him his job

first_img“Pace and power, Man United, that’s what we are,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said in January, four matches into his caretaker role at the club.“When we have players like we have with pace… that’s how we played with Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Ryan Giggs, and Becks (David Beckham) down the sides. We attack quickly when you can. That’s my philosophy as well.”Throughout Solskjaer’s initial run of good results at Old Trafford, this was an effective strategy, the perfect antidote to the rigidity and cautiousness of his predecessor’s tactical approach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream United’s players were instructed to frantically scurry about, their simple mantra – push forward quickly and often – syncing neatly with the inevitable manager bounce following Jose Mourinho’s departure.Confidence and assertiveness are important psychological components to any attacking strategy, and for a couple of months United looked self-assured under the Norwegian.But when United’s form dropped off in April and May, Solskjaer’s emphasis on speed began to look hollow.“That’s always been the way I like to play football,” he said in the same interview in January. “Get the ball up in the opposition’s half as soon as you can, as quickly as you can. If you score, fantastic. If not, then you’ve got to have patient build-up play. But attack quickly.”All of a sudden those comments read a little vague, a little too focused on the mental aspects of the sport.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United PSJust as Solskjaer’s references to Sir Alex Ferguson in post-match interviews quickly went from charming to grating, his tactical reliance on that treble-winning team lost its veneer of astuteness and began to look one-dimensional.The problem with basing your tactical philosophy on the 1990s is that it’s currently 2019. Football has changed a lot since Solskjaer’s heyday.Following a summer of doubling down on pace and power, the good news is that Solskjaer has developed a clear identity in just a few months at the club; succeed or fail, we will know exactly what Solskjaer was trying to build, and exactly on what to judge his tenure. That is no mean feat given the apathy that has engulfed Old Trafford for much of the past six years.Signing Daniel James, placing trust in Anthony Martial, and heavily involving the club’s academy graduates has created a sense of directional clarity that Solskjaer hopes, following more intense fitness coaching, will make them title challengers within a year or two.It won’t.Ferguson’s focus on speed was from a Premier League era of considerably simpler tactics. Matches were more evenly contested, both possession and pressing were sporadic and disordered, and the predominance of basic 4-4-2s betrayed an expectation that individuality would win matches.By contrast, modern English football is distinctly territorial, with the Big Six expected to hold 60 percent of the ball in games defined by possession versus counters, while attacking interplay is the result of complex tactical organisation – a mixture of high-intensity pressing and intricate passing moves.The appearance of creative freedom at Manchester City and Liverpool, for example, is actually the product of fastidious systems training, of movements made habit through repetition.Solskjaer hasn’t been in hibernation these last 20 years and will, of course, be aware of football’s tactical development, and yet United’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend suggests attacking speed really is his only course of action.Harry Maguire Manchester United PSPalace, predictably, sat extremely deep at Old Trafford and, predictably, that completely negated United’s pace in the final third. There was no space for Martial, James, or Marcus Rashford, providing a tactical template for future visitors to Manchester.It’s pretty simple, really: an era of possession-dominance at big clubs makes emphasis on pure speed redundant.Solskjaer is not in immediate peril and small tweaks could make a difference, such as sitting Paul Pogba higher up the pitch or giving Juan Mata more minutes in claustrophobic matches such as last weekend’s.Then again, one of the problems with a loosely structured emphasis on surging into the final third is a susceptibility to the ebb and flow of confidence – hence, the two distinct phases under Solskjaer in the second half of last season. Should more mid-table clubs frustrate Solskjaer’s team, their heads could drop and United – peculiarly prone to collapse – will fall away.A 4-0 victory over Chelsea on the opening day gave the initial impression that United’s summer was a success and Solskjaer’s approach viable.But Chelsea’s overly-expansive formation and porous midfield has become an early theme of Frank Lampard’s reign, taking the sheen off United’s start, before alarming performances against Wolves and Palace confirmed Solskjaer’s tactics – and the technical quality of his squad – have scarcely improved since the club won eight points from the final nine matches of last season.Solskjaer’s obsession with a Ferguson-era ‘United Way’ isn’t just an interview technique, it’s a hazy tactical mantra ill-suited to modern football.This is just the beginning of a transitional year for the manager, but unless he moves away from pace and power, he is unlikely to last the season. 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Ederson: Alisson deserves Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper award

first_imgManchester City star Ederson believes compatriot Alisson deserves to win The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper award following a brilliant year for club and country.Brazil international Alisson moved from Roma to Liverpool in July 2018 and enjoyed an exceptional first season at Anfield as the club won the Champions League.The 26-year-old was named the competition’s best goalkeeper and won the Golden Glove at the end of his maiden Premier League campaign after recording 21 clean sheets in 38 games. Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream He then helped Brazil triumph at the Copa America and looks a clear frontrunner to be crowned the third winner of FIFA’s top goalkeeping honour after Gianluigi Buffon and Thibaut Courtois.Ederson and Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona are also in the running but the City player views his Selecao team-mate as the standout.”I think the three of us were the best, but I see Alisson one step ahead,” said Ederson.”He was great in the Premier League, won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and had a great Copa America as well.”So I think whoever wins will be deserving and I’m happy for two Brazilian goalkeepers to reach this level.”Only a calf injury suffered on the opening day of the new Premier League season has interrupted Alisson’s dream run, ruling him out of Brazil’s upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Peru.His absence gives Ederson a rare chance to stake a claim for the national team’s number one shirt.”We all know the great period that Alisson is living. And I’m having a good time too. Of course, these are opportunities,” said the former Benfica goalkeeper.”As a player you must be prepared for everything. I train as if I am always playing, which makes it easier for me to be used.”I hope to make the best of the opportunities I have here and I’ll give my best.”Brazil first face Colombia at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Saturday before travelling to Los Angeles to face Peru four days later.Man City and Liverpool, meanwhile, return to Premier League action on Saturday September 14.last_img read more

Liverpool’s plans to sign Koulibaly if Van Dijk fell through

first_imgThe list contained four names. Four players above all others. Four defenders to make the difference for a team with big ambitions.Liverpool’s recruitment team, led by sporting director Michael Edwards, had been searching for a centre-back for some time. They were ready to commit big money to give Jurgen Klopp a leader around which to build his backline. “Whatever it takes,” was the message. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream By the spring of 2017, they were in a position to move. Hundreds and hundreds of games had been taken in, agents had been sounded out, background checks completed. Detailed reports on dozens of targets had been filed and filtered.Edwards and his team were left with two lists, A and B. On the B-list were young players deemed to have the potential to develop into top-class talents in the next two or three years. Names such as Manuel Akanji, Eder Militao and Jamaal Lascelles were considered for this.The A-list was different, containing those who it was felt could make an immediate impact on Klopp’s team, who could break up the Joel Matip-Dejan Lovren partnership and take Liverpool to the next level. The “slam dunks”, Klopp called them.Jerome Boateng was on that list. The Bayern Munich man had been coveted by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United the previous summer, and is a player Klopp had admired from his Bundesliga days. At 28, though, he was the oldest of the A-list candidates, and a player with a history of missing games through injury.Aymeric Laporte was another who was seriously considered. He has since become a key figure for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, but Liverpool too looked closely at the Frenchman. City’s long-standing interest, plus the fact he was at Athletic Club – who demand players’ release clauses are met in full and in one payment – were seen as significant obstacles, however.It was Virgil van Dijk – and this is no case of revisionism on the Reds’ part – who was always deemed the No.1 target when it came to that new centre-back. Klopp had watched the Dutchman snuff out his team in both legs of the League Cup semi-final in January 2017 and identified him as a potential world-class talent. “He’s the one,” he told his staff.Virgil van Dijk SouthamptonThe other? Well, he’ll be in opposition when Liverpool begin the defence of their Champions League crown in Naples this week.Kalidou Koulibaly made a big impression when he visited Anfield last season. Though he was on the losing side, and though it was he who was skinned by Mohamed Salah for the game’s decisive goal, the Napoli man was the best centre-back the Reds came up against during their European Cup-winning campaign. “So good, so strong, he’s got everything,” said one member of the Reds’ coaching staff after his side’s crucial 1-0 victory.Koulibaly had impressed in the reverse fixture too, dominating Salah, Roberto Firmino and Co. as Napoli won 1-0 at San Paolo. Pacy, powerful and willing to pass and to carry the ball from the back, the Senegal international stood out a mile that night.His manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has stated that Koulibaly is the best centre-back in the world. “He belongs to the class of [Paolo] Maldini, [Lilian] Thuram, Thiago Silva,” said the veteran coach back in March. A few weeks later, Ancelotti declared that “he is worth €150m.” United, predictably, have been heavily linked with a move for the 28-year-old, who joined Napoli from Genk in 2014.Liverpool, too, would have moved had their pursuit of Van Dijk failed. The Reds worked hard to smooth over relations with Southampton after annoying the south coast club in the summer of 2017 with their public coveting. Had it not been for the work of Edwards and Mike Gordon, the president of Fenway Sports Group, in re-establishing lines of communication, then Koulibaly would have been back on their radar that January. As it was, they paid £75m to land Van Dijk.Despite an indifferent start to the new Serie A season – he was criticised for his performance at Juventus last month, scoring a crucial own goal in his side’s 4-3 defeat – faith in Koulibaly at Napoli remains strong.“We know that he is one of the strongest defenders in the world,” says former team-mate Raul Albiol. “He must stay calm and we should let him work.” Koulibaly was back on song on Saturday evening as the Partenopei beat Sampdoria at San Paolo.Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli 2019As for Liverpool, they will harbour few regrets. They were made to wait for their first-choice target, of course, but Van Dijk’s impact since his arrival on Merseyside has been remarkable. He’s already a Champions League winner and the PFA Player of the Year, and last month he was named Defender of the Season and Men’s Player of the Year by UEFA. He’s strong favourite for the Ballon d’Or, too. Klopp says he’s the best in the world, while Vincent Kompany has suggested he might be the best defender in Premier League history. High praise, indeed.His start to the season, and Liverpool’s, would suggest there has been no drop in standards, that there is no less hunger within Klopp’s squad. They want to re-assert their status as Europe’s top club.Finding a way past Koulibaly and Co. would be a good place to start. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Arsenal vs Bournemouth team news: Pepe starts for Gunners

first_imgArsenal will host Bournemouth at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League, in what should make for an exciting encounter.The Gunners come off the back of a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford last week and an even more promising 4-0 hammering of Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday.Eddie Howe’s side, meanwhile, find themselves 10th in the league after a decent start to the season, winning three games and losing twice so far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Game Arsenal vs Bournemouth Date Sunday, October 6 Time 2pm BST / 9am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial)  TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched  live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. It will be available to stream on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Arsenal squad Goalkeepers Leno, Martinez, Macey Defenders Sokratis, Chambers, Luiz, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Mustafi Midfielders Ceballos, Torreira, Ozil, Guendouzi, Willock, Xhaka, Smith Rowe Forwards Aubameyang, Pepe, Nelson, Martinelli Alexandre Lacazette misses out on the clash due to an ankle injury.Mesut Ozil has fallen out of favour with Unai Emery and is absent again, while Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin are rested following their UEL involvement in midweek.Bukayo Saka returns to the starting XI after sitting out the win over Standard Liege.Arsenal XI: Leno, Chambers, Luiz, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Saka, Ceballos, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Pepe, Aubameyang.Subs: Martinez, Holding, Tierney, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Willock, Martinelli. Position Bournemouth squad Goalkeepers Boruc, Ramsdale, Travers Defenders Francis, Cook, Ake, Daniels, Smith, Stacey, Rico, Simpson, Kelly, Mepham Midfielders Gosling, Surman, Lerma, Ibe, Danjuma, Cook, Stanislas, Brooks, Wilson, Fraser, Billing, Butcher, Dobre, Kilkenny Forwards King, Solanke, Wilson David Brooks, Charlie Daniels and Junior Stanislas are all unavailable for the Cherries.Ryan Fraser returns to the bench, while Adam Smith and Dan Gosling miss outBournemouth XI: Ramsdale, Rico, Stacey, Ake, Cook, Wilson, Lerma, Billing, Wilson, Solanke, King.Subs: Boruc, Francis, Kelly, Surman, L. Cook, Fraser, Danjuma.Betting & Match Odds Arsenal are favourites at  4/9 to win, while a draw is priced at 15/4  at  bet365 . A Bournemouth draw is available at 11/2 .Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview The Gunners could leapfrog Leicester, who lost to Liverpool, in the league should they secure three points against the Cherries on Sunday afternoon.Emery has had an average start to the Premier League campaign, picking up 12 points after seven games, but he will be relieved that the likes of Arsenal’s rivals in Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham aren’t faring much better.Tottenham suffered a shock 3-0 loss to Brighton, which has marooned them in eighth place and just one point behind their north London rivals.Arsenal will be motivated following their emphatic 4-0 victory over Standard Liege in midweek, which featured a mix of youth players and fringe players.Ozil’s involvement in the match – and the squad – is still yet to be seen, with Emery making no suggestions that the midfielder would even be part of the matchday squad.”I am thinking every time the best players for the match. When I decided he isn’t in the squad it’s because other players deserve it more,” Emery said on Ozil and his selection process after the UEL win.“What does he have to do? Continue working.“Sunday we have another match. We are going to decide again.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2019-20Arsenal have already shipped 11 goals after seven Premier League games, and their defensive record has left a lot to be desired. They do possess strengths in their attack, however, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be looking to get off the mark against the Cherries.On the display of his youngsters, Emery said: “Historically Arsenal have that responsibility with the young players. I told you before, my responsibility now is, speaking with the club, to give them chances. Our demands are very high to achieve our target.“We are in one process. We want to do that process as quickly as we can. Our targets on the season are very important.“Each match for the young player, if they play like tonight, they deserve to be with us and to carry on creating our way with them. Matches like tonight it’s good to use them.“Here they are deserving to be with us for the next matches. When they are coming at key moments, matches with a high level, they are closer to us.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Jazz give Trail Blazers a thumping 120-90

first_img Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio shoots in front of Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) Photo Gallery On Friday, however, they were significantly outplayed by the Jazz reserves.UP NEXTTrail Blazers host Dallas on Sunday. Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Jazz give Trail Blazers a thumping 120-90 Portland suffers worst home loss since 2004 By ERIK GUNDERSON, Associated Press Share: PORTLAND — After struggling early amid high expectations, the Utah Jazz feel like they’re finding their rhythm once again.Ricky Rubio had 24 points and eight assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 120-90 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. Kyle Korver scored 18 points and Jae Crowder added 16 as the two combined to shoot 7 for 14 on 3-pointers.The win for Utah follows a home win over the defending two-time champion Golden State Warriors and takes them into a stretch where they’ll play 12 of their next 17 games at home.“We’ve been playing better for the last couple weeks or so and I think the results are coming,” Rubio said. “We feel pretty confident where we are at.” That’s also where Portland coach Terry Stotts saw the game slip away.“The end of the first quarter I thought really changed the tone of the game,” Stotts said. “We gave up 15 points in a 3-minute stretch on some mental lapses that shouldn’t have happened.”The Jazz took a 12-point early in the second quarter, led by 14 after three before pulling away in the fourth.Crowder and Korver seemingly alternated 3-point baskets while back-up point guard Dante Exum racked up assist after assist setting them up. Exum finished with seven assists and six points.Things only got better for the Jazz from there as their strong 3-point shooting did not stop. Utah finished 16 for 31 (51 percent) on 3s. Everybody from the bench players, to unheralded shooters like Rubio, got open 3s to go. Unfortunately for Portland, that has been a theme for them this season as they rank 29th out of 30 teams in opponent’s 3-point percentage.“We’ve given up a high percentage of 3s and they shot them well. It’s the NBA,” Lillard said. “I don’t know how much you can say it’s luck. It’s the NBA. You give up those looks, guys are going to make them. Teams have been hurting us with it.”While things were going well for the Jazz, the Blazers were struggling. They shot 41 percent from the field and 31 percent from long-distance. Their turnovers were also costly as the Jazz scored 21 points off Portland turnovers.One sequence in particular seemed to encapsulate the night for Portland as Lillard missed a dunk and then upon getting the rebound, threw the ball to teammate Jusuf Nurkic, who was standing near the bench but not in the game.center_img TIP-INSJazz: Donovan Mitchell hasn’t had a very efficient shooting season, and he’s shot even worse as of late. For the past seven games, he’s been shooting 35 percent from the field, including 29 percent on 3s. Don’t expect him to stop shooting. As coach Quin Snyder said before the game, he’s being selfish if he doesn’t shoot.“He’s got to play, he’s got to attack,” Snyder said. “He’s our guy. You start questioning that, he’s fine. We won a game and he didn’t shoot great. He’s not going to shoot great at times but there’s been plenty of games when he’s had a rough night. He’s capable of doing that for him, that’s what we want. If he doesn’t shoot, that’s Donovan being selfish.”Mitchell was 1 for 10 from the field against the Blazers.Trail Blazers: After a brief swoon, the Trail Blazers entered the game having won three straight. A big key to the success was the play of the reserves. That is something Stotts believes is an indicator.“That group has done a good job of Evan (Turner), Seth (Curry), Nik (Stauskas), Zach (Collins), Meyers (Leonard), have all done a good job of keeping things going,” he said. “We had a rough stretch and our record kind of reflected that but two out of the last three games.” Follow The Columbian on Instagram According to guard Donovan Mitchell, the key for Utah has been the defense.“Defensively, we were locked in,” Mitchell said. “We’ve been locked in on the defensive end the last two games and we’ve got to keep it up.”Damian Lillard had 19 points to lead the Trail Blazers, who suffered their worst home loss since 2004. The teams will face off again soon when the Blazers visit the Jazz on Christmas Day.“They played a good game, we’ll see them in a few days,” Lillard said.The Jazz took control of the game in the first quarter thanks to reserves Korver and Crowder. The two helped the Jazz take a 2-point lead early in the second and the advantage. Published: December 21, 2018, 11:09pm Follow 4 Photos GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Cavaliers trade Hood to Blazers for 2 players, 2 picks

first_img Cleveland Cavaliers’ Rodney Hood, left, drives past Washington Wizards’ Tomas Satoransky, from Czech Republic, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: Follow Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood is leaving the Eastern Conference netherworld for a chance at glory in the West.Reportedly highly pursued, Hood will help the Portland Trail Blazers navigate the tightly bunched Western Conference playoff race after agreeing to a Sunday afternoon trade.The Cavs acquired shooting guard Nik Stauskas, point guard Wade Baldwin and second-round picks in 2021 and 2023, with a league source confirming a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.Because Hood was playing on a one-year qualifying offer, he had to approve going to Portland and waive his Bird rights. As of Sunday afternoon, the Trail Blazers were 32-20 and fourth in the West standings, while the 11-42 Cavs had the third-worst record in the league. Published: February 3, 2019, 10:15pm By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Stauskas signed a one-year, $1.6 million free agent contract with the Blazers on July 5.Baldwin, 22, was selected 17th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2016 out of Vanderbilt, but has just one career start. He signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with Portland in March 2018, but has spent extensive time in the G League. In 16 games for the Blazers, Baldwin (6-4 and 200) averaged 1.9 points, shooting .303 from the field and .222 from 3-point range. His career average is 3.1 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 56 games.Hood came to Cleveland from Utah in the massive roster overhaul at the deadline last February. In 66 games and 56 starts with the Cavs, he scored 11.7 points per game, with 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. In 45 games, all starts, this season, Hood averaged 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists, shooting .427 from the field, .362 on 3s and .912 from the free-throw line.Hood was prepared for the approaching deadline this time around. A restricted free agent last summer with hopes of a long-term contract, Hood ended up accepting a one-year, $3.47 million qualifying offer from the Cavs on Sept. 9.“It’s good to know people appreciate you,” Hood said at shootaround Saturday morning. “Being a part of a trade doesn’t always mean you’re not a good player — it means they want to do something different for their organization.“As long as you have a job, I’m providing for my family, I’m blessed and you move forward. There’s no malice towards anything. It’s basketball. I’m healthy. I’m playing the game I love.”center_img GO Share: Cavaliers trade Hood to Blazers for 2 players, 2 picks Portland sends Stauskas, Baldwin to Cleveland Mired in a rebuilding season forced by the free agency departure of LeBron James and Kevin Love’s foot injury in the preseason opener that required Nov. 2 surgery, the Cavs continue to build an impressive treasure chest.According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the Cavs have turned Kyle Korver, George Hill, Sam Dekker and Hood into one first-round draft pick and six second-rounders.Stauskas and Baldwin are also in the final year of their contracts.With the league’s trade deadline Thursday at 3 p.m., the Cavs could also move guard Alec Burks. Acquired in trade from the Utah Jazz for Korver, Burks is also in the final year of his deal.Stauskas, 25, hasn’t started a game since March 2017 for the Philadelphia 76ers. The eighth overall pick in 2014 out of Michigan by the Sacramento Kings, Stauskas (6-foot-6 and 205 pounds) averaged 6.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 44 games for the Blazers this season, shooting .419 from the field and .344 from 3-point range. His career scoring average is 6.1. By Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon Journal Follow The Columbian on Instagramlast_img read more

Boys basketball: Battle Ground 69, Auburn 37

first_img BATTLE GROUND — Jaiden Linville 0, KeAndre Hunter-Holliday 12, Vincent McCormic 10, Colin Barton 3, Nathan Millspaugh 1, Brendan Beall 15, Kaden Perry 20, Lukas Karlsson 6, David Reed, Cole Bowden 2. Totals 24 (9) 12-17 Auburn 7 17 9 4–37B. Ground 20 13 14 22–69 Published: February 13, 2019, 10:15pm Share: Boys basketball: Battle Ground 69, Auburn 37 Tags GO The Columbiancenter_img Battle Ground Tigers Kaden Perry scored a game-high 20 points and was equally efficient on defense to help the Tigers stay alive in the 4A consolation bracket.BG faces Olympia at 7:45 p.m. Thursday at Olympia High School in another loser-out game.Brendan Beall’s back-to-back 3s to begin the third quarter helped the Tigers pull away, coach Manny Melo said. He finished wiht 15 points and KeAndre Hunter-Holliday added 12. Vincent McCormic finished with 10 as the fourth Tiger to reach double figures.BATTLE GROUND 69, AUBURN 37AUBURN — Trevon Blassingame 10, Kevin Griffin 0, RIvers 0, Hanson 0, Maleek Arington 5, Darrell Hester 0, Isaiah Dunn 17, Hallett 0, Dae’Kwon Watson 5. Totals 15 (3) 4-13 37. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share:last_img read more