first_img Nowell’s experience at full-back should bolster England’s positional play in the back three, with Bath’s Anthony Watson also as comfortable at 15 as on the wing. Ireland’s confident march to nine consecutive victories since their 13-10 defeat to England in last year’s Six Nations has been built entirely around supreme tactical nous. Half-backs Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton seize territory first, then seek to dictate the tempo: Nowell’s inclusion is a clear bid to counter the Irish’s kicking-game acumen. Zebo believes England will not suffer for the loss of Brown, who was voted last year’s Six Nations player of the tournament. “I don’t think it will weaken them, to be honest,” Zebo said. “The two guys who are coming in are quality operators and have played a lot at the highest level as well. “I don’t think it will take away from their back three. “The threats of pace, aerial ability and finishing are all still there, so we’ll have to be on top of our game to nullify their attack.” Press Association Munster wing Zebo has warned Ireland to guard against Goode’s ability to join the line as an auxiliary playmaker when Joe Schmidt’s side take on England in Dublin on Sunday. Saracens full-back Goode will replace Brown in England’s last line of defence, after the Harlequins flyer failed to recover from concussion suffered in 47-17 victory over Italy. Alex Goode will spearhead England’s counter-attack threat and ease the loss of Mike Brown for the pivotal RBS 6 Nations showdown with Ireland, according to Simon Zebo. Ireland are fully expected to bombard England’s re-jigged back three with an aerial assault in the Aviva Stadium Grand Slam eliminator, but Zebo remains wary of Goode’s attacking qualities. “We’ve played Saracens a lot in the past couple of years, and he has probably some of the best footwork I’ve ever seen attacking the line at pace and still being able to change direction,” Zebo said of Goode. “It’s a very exciting back three for them, and we know how dangerous they are, so Alex Goode, his counter-attacking ability will probably lead the line for them. “So we’ll be doing well to keep him quiet. “I suppose it’s a big blow to lose Mike Brown in one way, but Alex Goode is a top-quality player if he comes in. “We’ve seen his attacking ability and prowess at full-back at Heineken Cup-level consistently, so for him to come in, in our opinion as a back-three player, he doesn’t take away anything from their threats out wide.” England boss Stuart Lancaster has dropped Jonny May as expected, after the Gloucester speedster botched a straightforward try-scoring opportunity against Italy. Exeter’s Jack Nowell is primed for his first Test action in a year after recovering from long-term knee trouble and regaining top club form. last_img read more

first_img…has one hand on titleKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars beat Jamaica Scorpions in a nerve-jangling contest here Saturday, to increase their lead at the top of the standings and virtually assure themselves of a fourth straight title in the Regional Four-Day Championship.Set a 136 for victory at Sabina Park on the third day, Jaguars stumbled and stuttered their way to their target, before achieving victory 45 minutes before the scheduled close, when tail-ender Veerasammy Permaul (10 not out) turned off-spinner John Campbell into the on-side for a single.The run chase was carried by opener Chandrapaul Hemraj who top-scored with 40 while Keemo Paul got 21, but Jaguars collapsed from 64 for two to 84 for six as they lost four wickets for 22 runs in quick time.Paul, who counter-attacked lashing three sixes in 11-ball cameo, put on a crucial 30 for the seventh wicket with Permaul to edge Jaguars closer to their target.Drama ensued, however, when Paul was stumped off left-arm spinner and captain Nikita Miller. And with only nine runs added, veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul was caught close-in off by Fabien Allen for 16 looking to work Miller away on the leg-side.The double success for Miller left Jagurs tottering on 123 for eight, handing Scorpions a huge chance to snatch a late win.But Brandon King dropped Gudakesh Motie (6 not out) at second slip in a critical miss for Scorpions and he remained with Permaul to see Jaguars to their sixth win of the season.Miller was the best bowler with four for 64 to end with an eight-wicket match haul.Earlier, Scorpions were dismissed for 212 in their second innings after resuming from their overnight 167 for five.Opener Assad Fudadin added nine to his overnight 61 before falling lbw to left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer, after facing 192 balls all told and striking seven boundaries.He extended his sixth wicket stand with wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas to 39 before becoming the first casualty of the day.Thomas lasted 118 deliveries and hit four fours before going bowled by Paul, as Scorpions lost their last four wickets for 19 runs.Left-arm spinner Motie finished with four for 39 while Paul picked up two for 33.SCORPIONS 1st Innings 106Jaguars 1st Innings 183Scorpions 2nd Innings(overnight 167 for five)J Campbell c Paul b Motie 62A Fudadin lbw b Reifer 70J Blackwood run out 9B King b Motie 0P Palmer run out 10F Allen b Permaul 4+A Thomas b Paul 36D Green c Johnson b Motie 0*N Miller not out 4D Jacobs c Persaud b Motie 0R Leveridge lbw b Paul 0Extras (b5, lb4, nb8) 17TOTAL (all out, 80.5 overs) 212Fall of wickets: 1-112, 2-127, 3-133, 4-149, 5-153, 6-192, 7-193, 8-197, 9-212, 10-212.Bowling: Paul 13.5-3-33-2, Joseph 3-0-27-0, Reifer 13-4-26-1, Johnson 2-0-16-0, Permaul 23-3-62-1, Motie 26-9-39-4.JAGUARS 2nd Innings (target: 136 runs)C Hemraj c wkp Thomas b Green 40V Singh lbw b Leveridge 3*L Johnson c King b Campbell 16A Persaud b Jacobs 7S Chanderpaul c Allen b Miller 16+A Bramble c wkp Thomas b Miller 3R Reifer lbw b Miller 6K Paul st Thomas b Miller 21V Permaul not out 10G Motie not out 6Extras (b7, lb1) 8TOTAL (8 wkts, 58.3 overs) 136Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-48, 3-64, 4-72, 5-76, 6-84, 7-114, 8-123.Bowing: Leveridge 8-3-7-1, Miller 19-7-64-4, Campbell 20.3-6-37-1, Green 4-2-6-1, Jacobs 7-1-14-1.last_img read more

first_imgIn observance of its 110th anniversary, the National Library has prepared a calendar of events under the theme “Preserve the past, embrace the future”, which will aim to educate and promote the importance of knowing and preserving one’s history.Some of the exhibits on displayChief Librarian Emily KingThe anniversary celebrations were kick-started on Sunday, with a 5K fitness run and walk in collaboration with the Guyana Athletics Association. This event was followed by a photography exhibition showcasing some of the agency’s past achievements, librarians and Guyanese authors at the library’s Church and Main Streets, Georgetown location on Monday.At Monday’s exhibition, Chief Librarian Emily King during a brief interview with this publication explained that since the library is one of the country’s most valued repository, it is tasked with the responsibility of helping to preserve materials that possess historic value, and according to her, this is the aim behind the exhibition.“This year we are celebrating 110 years and that’s no mean feed for any organisation…our theme for this one tenth anniversary is ‘preserve the past, embrace the future’ and right away persons would want to think why preserve the past, we are one of our nation’s valuable repositories, and because of this we are charged with preserving these materials for future generations, so that they can have access and know there future,” King stated.With regards to the period for which the events will be held, King highlighted that celebrations will conclude on November 14, 2019 with the finals of a reading competition.“Up to the end of November we will be conducting a number of events so we can sensitise members of the public that libraries are still vital and we’re here to stay…we will conclude on the 14th of November and the event, which rounds up all of our celebrations, will be the finals of our champion readers competitions”.Some of the events will include a health fair, which will be held on Thursday, followed by the launch of a Champion Readers Competition, which is expected to have a total of 110 schools from across the country participating. This will be followed by an award ceremony at the library’s main branch, among other events.last_img read more

first_imgThe Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), Odisha is government of India’s flagship programme for achievement of universalisation of elementary education (UEE) in a time-bound manner, as mandated by 86th amendment to the Constitution of India making free and compulsory education to the children of 6 to 14 years age group, a fundamental Right. SSA invites applications from eligible candidates to fill up various of its vacant posts.VacanciesTotal Posts: 173Name of the posts :Physical Education Instructor – 105 PostsArt Education Instructor – 168 PostsPay Scale:Rs 100 per each class and maximum upto 24 classes per month.Eligibility CriteriaAge Limit:For Post I – The age of the applicant must be minimum 18 years and maximum 45 years.For Post II – The age of the applicant must be minimum 18 years and maximum 42 years.Educational Qualification:Candidates’ minimum educational qualification must be graduate or postgraduate in physical education and sports authority directorate Odisha certificate and for the post of art education instructor, the candidates must be graduate in visual arts/performing art and BMUHow to apply:All eligible and interested candidates are required to download the online application form, fill in the important details and attest the relevant documents and send it to ‘The District Project Coordinator, SSA, Near Jail Chowk, Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi – 766 012, Odisha’.Important Dates:Last date for receiving the application form is August 26, 2014.last_img read more

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — Stephen Curry laid down on the court at one point while Giannis Antetokounmpo was driving in for what became one of his 12 dunks.“I’m going to play hard no matter what,” Antetokounmpo said. “That’s the only thing I know how to do.”Milwaukee’s emerging 22-year-old Greek star, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the East squad with 30 points. . Lebron James scored 23 – including a 3-pointer from the midcourt logo – while his Cleveland teammate Kyrie Irving added 22 points and 14 assists.Click on the image to see the video of Gianni’s moments from the game. Photo: Larry W. Smith/Pool Photo via APMove over, Wilt. After 55 years, one of your records is no more. Anthony Davis took care of that.At the defense-free dunkfest that now serves as the NBA’s All-Star Game, Davis scored a record 52 points and led the Western Conference past the Eastern Conference, 192-182 on Sunday night. He made 26 of 39 shots, scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and became the first player since Kobe Bryant in 2011 to win MVP honors on his home floor.“It was amazing,” Davis said. “That’s what I wanted to do … get the MVP for this crowd, for this city. This one definitely means a lot to me.”Davis was the star of stars in a game where the teams combined for more points than in any other All-Star contest. It came on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo had more dunks — 12 — than his name has consonants and LeBron James became the first player to eclipse 300 points in an All-Star career.Being linked to Wilt Chamberlain, who had 42 points in the 1962 game, only made it more special, Davis said.“The next one I’m going to try to do is 100 points,” Davis said.He even outdid Westbrook, who had 41 points in just 20 minutes — which ordinarily would have been enough to merit him what would have been a third straight MVP award.Not this time. It was Davis hoisting the trophy, thanks to his West teammates deferring to their host time and again.“It shows our guys recognize what the weekend is about,” West coach Steve Kerr saidDurant had a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Stephen Curry added 21 points for the West. And after the game, word came that Sacramento is trading All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans as part of a deal that will involve five players and two draft picks.Cousins played only two minutes. The New Orleans fans will see much more of him soon enough.Antetokounmpo had 30 points for the East. James scored 23 — including a 3-pointer from the midcourt logo — while Cleveland teammate Kyrie Irving added 22 points and 14 assists.“There were a few too many transition baskets allowed,” East coach Brad Stevens deadpanned. “But I think that was strictly coaching.”Davis became the story that overshadowed The Story coming into this game, that being the Durant-Westbrook whatever.If any animus remains between Durant and Westbrook, it was hidden. They passed each other the ball in the pregame layup line, and not long after Westbrook checked into the game the former Oklahoma City teammates provided one of the game’s top highlights — a give-and-go, capped by Durant lobbing the ball to set Westbrook up for a dunk.“OH MY GOD! WHAT JUST HAPPENED?” Curry shouted on the West bench, which moments later broke into celebration. Players jumped and threw hands skyward, Curry tossing a cupful of ice water onto a smiling Durant amid it all.“It was a nice give-and-go, man,” Westbrook said.Added Durant: “It was a great basketball play. He was open so I threw him the lob. He can jump really high so yeah, good play.”Kerr said that set the West up for the rest of the night.“I guess that’s kind of the beauty of the game,” Kerr said. “You just let the game break the ice, and that play, I thought, broke the ice.”Westbrook scored 12 points — all on 3s — in a 63-second span late in the third quarter, coming off the bench and firing over and over and over again. And then he opened the fourth quarter with another 3, giving him 34 points in just under 14 minutes played to that point.It looked like he was a cinch for MVP honors, until Davis scored 20 points in the fourth.“He did a good job,” Westbrook said, “and got it done.”TIP-INSEast: Irving also led the East in rebounds with seven. … Isaiah Thomas scored 20 for the East. Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16. … No East player logged more than 24 minutes.West: Curry took cover in the third quarter, comically hitting the deck face-first as Antetokounmpo went in for yet another dunk. So later in the quarter, Antetokounmpo went over Curry for a rebound slam — one that left Curry staring at the scoreboard for a replay.CELEB WATCHA huge roar greeted Jon Batiste, who performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” pregame, when he started the song.It wasn’t for him.That happened to be the moment when John Legend — the halftime performer — and Chrissy Teigen were shown at their sideline seats on the video screens around the arena. And a louder cheer came not long afterward when Beyonce and Jay Z got on-screen.Among the other celebs in the seats: Guy Fieri, Dave Chappelle, Julius Erving, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and The Roots.UP NEXTThe next All-Star Game is Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, which will host for a record sixth time.TweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

4Shaquille O’Neal5220251.84+4.7517.3 27Ben Wallace299691.88+3.6212.3 9Rasheed Wallace4816271.97+3.6369.6 28Patrick Ewing197031.76+6.1209.9 30Shawn Kemp144892.09+7.3195.9 7Richard Hamilton3514442.01+4.7402.7 8Hakeem Olajuwon229311.59+10.4382.9 6Scottie Pippen5220071.75+3.7420.1 20Terry Porter227881.66+7.0242.3 12Dwyane Wade3714502.02+3.2316.7 1LeBron James3716082.12+9.4790.2 The first two rounds of the NBA playoffs were relatively shaky for the Atlanta Hawks. After winning 60 games and posting a +4.8 Simple Rating System (SRS) score during the regular season, the Hawks have played at only a +2.7 SRS level in the playoffs,1Even after weighting performances in big games more heavily. having been taken to six games by both the Washington Wizards (+0.2 regular-season SRS) and Brooklyn Nets (-3.1) despite holding home-court advantage in each series.And now the real test begins: Atlanta’s first Eastern Conference finals berth ever.2The franchise went to 12 division finals — the precursor to the conference finals — before the NBA split into conferences in 1970-71 but hasn’t advanced this far in the playoffs since. Waiting for the Hawks are the Cleveland Cavaliers, the second-biggest overachievers of the playoffs thus far, according to SRS. Despite the Hawks’ home-court edge, our power ratings set the Cavaliers’ odds of winning the series at 63 percent, and the Vegas sportsbooks concur, setting Cleveland as roughly 67 percent favorites in the series.Much of the difference in talent between the two teams boils down to one simple fact: The Cavaliers have LeBron James, and the Hawks do not. According to the latest update of ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus ratings,3Specifically, the short-term version supplied to us by Jeremias Engelmann. James has inched past Stephen Curry as the most effective player in the NBA right now.But maybe the math is even simpler than that.At the most elemental level of analysis, a James-led team hasn’t lost before the NBA Finals since 2010. James has won five conference finals in six tries. And, most notably, he is arguably the best conference finals performer the league has seen since 1985 (the first year for which has complete playoff game logs and — coincidentally — Michael Jordan’s rookie season). James has been mostly stellar in every round of the playoffs, but in this particular stage, the only peer James has is Jordan himself.This is apparent using the single-game version of Daniel Myers’s Box Plus/Minus (BPM), which is one of (if not the) best box-score metrics4A little background on the link: BPM was known as ASPM, or Advanced Statistical Plus/Minus, when I backtested it in 2013. available to the public because of its ability to predict team performance in pseudo out-of-sample tests. Using BPM, with adjustments for the level of competition faced, home-court advantage and the leverage of each game, we can measure how many points above replacement were contributed by every player to appear in each round since 1985.And here’s a closer look at just the conference finals, where James has shined his brightest: 5Tim Duncan4516831.57+6.0438.1 11Reggie Miller3914331.97+3.4319.5 13Magic Johnson3112311.61+5.2299.7 15John Stockton289971.60+6.0265.0 16Byron Scott4513271.63+3.6252.4 19Chauncey Billups4115992.02+1.7245.5 3Kobe Bryant4518221.84+6.5590.6 21Manu Ginobili3710711.65+4.6242.2 18Karl Malone3414171.62+3.3250.1 25Robert Horry4713781.70+2.5219.9 James and Jordan, separated by a mere 0.1 units of leverage-adjusted points above replacement, are probably interchangeable picks for the No. 1 conference finals players in that span.Jordan was marginally more effective on a per-minute basis, although James has played more crucial minutes from the perspective of championship probability added. James has shot more efficiently, rebounded with greater frequency and blocked more shots; Jordan was the superior passer and ballhandler (while taking on a slightly greater offensive role) and recorded more steals. James’s teams have played better offensively; Jordan’s were better on defense. The choice might be more a matter of preference in playing style than anything else.But beyond those two, few have any legitimate claim to the modern conference final crown. Only Hakeem Olajuwon, whose +10.4 leverage-weighted BPM was higher than either His Airness or The King, might have a serious case. Yet Olajuwon also played fewer than half as many minutes as Jordan in his conference finals career, a gap that widens still when leverage is accounted for.That’s why, when it comes to accumulating big performances in crucial conference final games over the course of many seasons, Jordan and James tower over the rest. And unfortunately for Atlanta, the latter is a force with which the Hawks will have to reckon if they want to advance to the NBA Finals. 22James Worthy3111881.60+3.9233.6 10Isiah Thomas3011631.86+5.3326.0 23Jeff Hornacek3211441.59+4.0226.3 14Larry Bird229351.62+7.2285.8 26Kevin Durant177171.87+5.7213.8 2Michael Jordan4518681.71+9.8790.1 PLAYERGMPAVERAGE LEVERAGEBPMLEVERAGED PTS ABOVE REPLACEMENT 29Kevin McHale228811.58+5.1204.3 17Clyde Drexler3012001.73+3.8250.3 24Ray Allen3913462.02+1.9222.2 read more

Source: Joe Montana1979-945,3919,50413,106 YARDS ABOVE… Jim Kelly1986-964,7792,8156,295 Dan Marino1983-998,35812,04919,029 Brett Favre1991-1010,1695,81613,971 Tony Romo2006-154,3315,3048,414 Warren Moon1984-006,8232,9478,062 Steve Young1985-994,1499,89011,175 Manning (2nd half)2006-155,0478,18412,456 Peyton Manning1998-159,38016,56024,101 Troy Aikman1989-004,7153,2927,035 Dan Fouts1973-875,6047,33511,280 Manning (odd years)1999-154,1757,64811,002 QUARTERBACKYEARSPASS ATT.AVERAGE QBBACKUP QB Aaron Rodgers2005-154,0477,7919,775 John Elway1983-987,2504,9309,793 Ben Roethlisberger2004-155,4235,9219,426 Carson Palmer2004-155,4433,4968,053 Ken Anderson1971-864,4757,0879,162 Roger Staubach1969-792,9586,2847,187 Manning (even years)1998-145,2058,91313,098 Philip Rivers2004-155,3395,1749,217 Drew Brees2001-158,0859,57216,151 After a month of speculation that began almost immediately after the clock expired in his Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers, Peyton Manning has finally made it official: He’s retiring from football after 17 NFL seasons.You don’t need fancy stats to tell you that Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, if not the greatest. (Granted, we’ve used statistics to describe Manning’s impact a number of times over the years.) But they do help us put his accomplishments in perspective. Much like Jerry Rice, consensus G.O.A.T. among wide receivers, there are two (!) Hall of Fame careers lurking inside Manning’s résumé, according to a variant of Chase Stuart’s all-time QB ranking algorithm:1Setting each passer’s adjusted yards against the replacement level of a backup QB, the same baseline used by Football Outsiders in their Yards Above Replacement metric. Manning (1st half)1998-054,3338,37611,645 Terry Bradshaw1970-833,9012,1124,465 Peyton Manning’s had two Hall of Fame careers Tom Brady2000-157,79212,32718,245 Whether you break Manning’s career into two parts chronologically or based on even- and odd-numbered seasons, each half is of essentially the same quality as a Hall of Fame QB — like, say, Dan Fouts or Steve Young — by itself. Manning had more opportunities to throw the ball than just about anyone, ever, so he’s had an advantage in piling up value over replacement compared with quarterbacks of previous eras. But he also helped shape the NFL into the pass-heavy game it’s become, serving as the ultimate archetype of a modern field general.The end of Manning’s career was ugly — both statistically and in terms of off-field allegations — even if he did cap it off with a Super Bowl title. But in terms of his on-field performance, few QBs could match even half of what Manning accomplished over his storied career. read more

LOS ANGELES – It only took an exceptionally bad basketball half to end an 11-game winning streak and Ohio State’s season. With its dreams of returning to the Final Four left to fester in the Los Angeles sun, the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes watched their NCAA Tournament run collapse as Wichita State toppled them, 70-66, at the Staples Center Saturday evening. The No. 9-seeded Shockers jumped OSU early, laying the foundation for a 20-point lead that would force coach Thad Matta’s squad to play from behind for nearly 34 of 40 minutes of play. In a dizzyingly woeful outing, OSU shot 31 percent and, more miserably, connected on just 5 of 25 tries from 3-point range in its first loss since Feb. 17. “I thought we had some pretty good looks – they just weren’t going down for us,” Matta said in a somber Buckeye locker room following the game. “It’s been a great season for this basketball team. It never ends the way you want it to, but I love the fact of what this team was able to accomplish in terms of sitting at 18-7 (on Feb. 17) and finishing 29-8. They hit their stride at the right time.” But against Wichita State, OSU finally stumbled. Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes with 23 points but struggled mightily to do so. The junior forward made just eight of 20 attempts in addition to missing all six of his shots from behind the arc. Sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross added 19 points, but he too found a well-glued Wichita State defense to be problematic. So did the rest of OSU. “Those are shots you have to make – that we’ve been making in this tournament, that we’ve been making in the Big Ten. Guys had good looks,” Matta said. “Unfortunately, they didn’t go down. And a lot of times that becomes contagious. A guy hits one, another guy hits one, things kind of pick for you. It just didn’t happen tonight.” In a first-half performance worthy of elimination, the Buckeyes clanked and clunked their way to 24 percent shooting and found themselves down by as many as 13. Namely, Thomas, a beacon of scoring consistency for OSU, found it difficult to connect on much of anything early. The Big Ten’s leading scorer mustered nine points on 4 of 13 shooting and 0 for 5 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes. “(It was) very frustrating, very, very frustrating,” Thomas said. “And, you know, it’s just crazy.” The recent development of scoring accomplices like Ross and junior guard Aaron Craft were missing, too. The two combined for seven points on 2 of 11 shooting in the game’s first act. Also nowhere to be found was the swagger that often comes with a team playing for a chance at venturing back to college basketball’s mecca. On the boards, the Buckeyes (29-8) were outmuscled, 27-17, in the first. Any attempt to puncture the Shockers’ interior defense, headed by senior forward Carl Hall, who finished with six blocks, was rendered futile. Admittedly, OSU players have said they’re at their best when playing in transition. But against Wichita State (30-8), such movement was non-existent in the first period as the Buckeyes failed to score a single point off fast breaks. “The funny thing about it, I looked at the box scores, we didn’t have no fast break points,” Thomas said. “You ain’t got no fast break points, you can’t (get them to turn the ball over) and you’re shooting 24 percent. It’s hard to win in the Elite 8.” They went into the half down, 35-22. Matta said his message in the locker room during intermission was simple. “We talked about it at halftime, let’s just cut (the lead) under 10 in the first four minutes,” he said. “We got off to a not-so-good start in the second half and it got kind of deep.” Deep as in the worst deficit OSU had faced since its lost to Wisconsin in Madison more than a month earlier. The shooting woes continued. So did the inability to attack the basket and – perhaps more importantly – defend its own. Time and again, Wichita State gashed OSU’s interior defense for the type of layups you might see during shootaround before the game. On the other end, Hall defended the rim and refused the advances of Craft, among others. “They played Big Ten defense, that’s what you see in the Big Ten,” Matta said. “It’s a loaded box and what you have to do is be able to knock a couple shots down and get some points in transition. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do either today.” Thomas said the Shockers’ defense reminded him of a particular conference foe. “They packed it real well. They was physical. That was a physical team. They reminded me of a Michigan State a little bit in the Big Ten. They was physical, they had shot blockers. They packed it in, they dared us to shoot the 3,” he said. For most of the contest, it worked. But Behind Ross and Thomas, though, the Buckeyes would rally and cut the hole to eight points with 3:55 to play. “We was down like that against Michigan State in the first half, like 12 or 13 points. When we dug ourselves (in a hole), we came back. And we tried to do that this game,” Thomas said. While the momentum continued and brought fans clad in scarlet and gray to their feet, it would ultimately come to a halt against a Shockers squad that remained posed down the stretch. Sophomore forward Shannon Scott hit a pair of free throws to make it 62-59 with 2:49 remaining, but Wichita State sophomore guard Tekele Cotton answered with a gut-punch 3-pointer to again extend the Shockers’ lead. After a layup by Thomas on the ensuing possession, Shockers freshman guard Fred VanVleet’s jumper would make it 67-61 with a minute to play. While the Buckeyes heaved desperate shots in the game’s final 60 seconds, it was ultimately too little, too late against a Wichita State squad on the cusp of reaching its first Final Four since 1965. In his last game, OSU senior forward Evan Ravenel said had his team put the pieces together Saturday, it might’ve been a different story. “If we played a complete game of basketball today,” he said, “we would definitely would be going out to Atlanta.” Instead, the Buckeyes will travel about 2,250 miles back to Columbus. read more

first_imgJorginho’s shock move to Chelsea instead of Manchester City appears set to happen with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming the newsThe Italy international had been expected to join Pep Guardiola’s this summer after the Catalan had made Jorginho his top transfer target.But, while Jorginho and his agent were keen on the move, City were unable to agree on a suitable transfer fee with Napoli and Chelsea are understood to have now made a move of their own for the 26-year-old.The rumours began this week in a double scoop that will see both Jorginho and his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer.During Carlo Ancelotti’s official presentation as the new Napoli manager, De Laurentiis confirmed that Jorginho’s move to Chelsea is set to go ahead – although he was not quite as certain when it came to Sarri.“We said to ourselves if Jorginho has any requests, we’ll take them into account,” said De Laurentiis, according to SportsKeeda.“I accepted Manchester City’s offer 15 days ago but I have to apologise to them.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I can understand if the player prefers to live in London than in Manchester, and if Chelsea pay him more I can understand that too.“Jorginho to Chelsea is not tied to Sarri.”Sarri is no longer the Napoli manager, but is still tied to the club with his contract.With Chelsea reluctant to pay for his release clause, on top of paying current head coach Antonio Conte a big severance package for releasing him, Sarri’s prospects do not look to good right now.But De Laurentiis did have some positive news on the matter: “His case is at the finish line, it depends on him. We’ll see what happens in the next hours.“My lawyers have submitted the text to his lawyers.”last_img read more