first_imgFoden won’t follow duo out of Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Phil Foden is confident his career can be fulfilled by staying put.Foden, who signed a £30,000-a-week deal last month which keeps him at the club until 2024, has seen Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) and Brahim Diaz (Real Madrid) leave the club in the last 18 months.“We’ve got the best set of players and the best staff so I’m in the right position,” he said. “I’m learning off them every day, so I couldn’t be in a better place.”With regard to Diaz and Sancho, he added: “It’s up to them, really – they have gone their separate ways, and everyone has their own plan, in what they want to do, so fair play to them. Everyone is different, and I see myself playing here. It’s up to them, really.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgGurugram: In a bid to clean Gurugram’s polluted air, Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Limited (GMCBL) will go ahead and buy 50 electric buses which will be added to the Gurugaman fleet. The Central Government will aid the Gurugram public agency in this purchase. Gurugram is the only city in Haryana to get electric buses under the Union Ministry of Heavy Industries’ FAME-India scheme. According to an official of GMCBL, the department had applied for 100 electric buses, of which 50 have been approved by the ministry. “New buses will take at least six months to be added to the fleet,” the official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderTo push clean mobility, the ministry of heavy industries has sanctioned funds to buy 5,595 electric buses in 64 cities. Of 5,595 buses, 5,095 will ply as intra-city and 400 as inter-city buses. As many as 100 buses will be given to DMRC for last-mile connectivity. “These buses will help in saving petrol and diesel and also check CO2 emission,” said Chandrashekhar Khare, the CEO of GMCBL. The fleet of electric buses will ply on five routes, which have not been identified yet, and will be operated from a depot in Sector 48. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsCharging facility will be available at the depot and two other hubs in the city. The cost will be shared by the Centre and the statement in a 40:60 ratio. After receiving the funds, GMCBL is expected to issue the tender for the e-buses. At present, GMCBL is running 81 non-air-conditioner CNG buses on seven routes of the city and the authority is planning to have 500-strong bus fleet and 25 routes in the city. Taking cognisance of the increased vehicular pollution, the Gurugram administration will now invest in electric vehicles. To begin with, an order of 12 vehicles have already been tendered by Gurugram metropolitan development authority (GMDA) officials who will then phase out the vehicles that are mostly operated on diesel.last_img read more

3-point share38.1%36.3% This year’s Huskies lag behind the 2015-16 champ teamBased on 23 selected offense and defense statistics comparing the 2015-16 and 2018-19 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team Season Assist-to-turnover ratio3131555 And here are the categories in which Stewart comes out on top: Collier (2018-19)Stewart (2015-16) Possessions per 40 minutes70.970.8 Opponent average win percentage59.5%56.2% Offensive rebounds per game3.22.2 Assist-to-turnover ratio1.802.45 Defensive rebounding rate72.6%69.9% 2015-162018-19Is 2018-19 better? Assist rate21.5%22.7% Source: university of connecticut Opponent 3-point share29.9%28.3%✓ Opponent 3-point share4632517 Opponent 3-point rate30.2%32.2% Free throw share4153267 Total rebounding rate57.9%54.6% Source: Her Hoop Stats Free throw share80.0%73.5% Total rebounds per game10.78.7 Turnovers per game1342675 2018-19 UConn forward Napheesa Collier vs. 2015-16 forward Breanna Stewart in 17 statistics where Stewart leads Collier Turnovers per game2.01.6 3-point share28.0%42.6% Points per game88.183.4 Blocks per game1.53.4 Source: her hoop stats Turnover rate11.0%10.0% Usage rate27.0%26.8% This year’s UConn team ranks the best of the seven Huskies teams in just one category (fewest turnovers per game). It also trails the pack in several categories, most of which are on the defensive end. The 2018-19 Huskies generate the fewest steals and opponent turnovers of any UConn champion since 2009, allow the most points and the best shooting percentage, and give up the most rebounds. They are also shooting the worst percentage from the field, but they are still scoring more points per game than three of the previous six UConn champions.If you take the average in each statistical category, this year’s UConn team also ranks below average in all but two categories: turnovers per game and assist-to-turnover ratio. All together, these comparisons suggest there is some truth to the idea that this year’s UConn team isn’t as much of a juggernaut as it has been for most of the past 10 years.Where does that leave this year’s Huskies?Don’t panic, Huskies fans. None of this means the 2018-19 team cannot take home another championship. In fact, FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions give UConn a 70 percent chance of making its 12th straight Final Four and a 16 percent chance of winning the championship. The latter is the third-best odds of any team left in the tournament. And UConn may have an ace up its sleeve in the form of senior Napheesa Collier. The 6-foot-1 forward was inexplicably left off the list of four finalists for the 2019 Naismith Player of the Year Award, but many of her numbers actually compare favorably to what three-time Naismith Player of the Year Breanna Stewart did in her senior year in 2015-16. Here are the stats in which Collier tops Stewart: Offensive rebounding rate11.6%9.4% Opponent points per scoring attempt0.790.82 Record6th1st5th1st7th1st1st Effective field goal share63.4%62.8% Collier (2018-19)Stewart (2015-16) Fouls per game1.61.4 Points per game21.119.4 Free throw rate15.9%16.0% Rebounds per game6723414 Season ranking Field goal share7215634 Last weekend, the UConn women’s basketball team punched its ticket to a 26th straight Sweet 16 with an 82-74 win over Buffalo. It was business as usual except for one small detail: the Huskies are a No. 2 seed, making this the first year since 2006 that the Huskies are not a No. 1 seed. The selection committee’s decision was controversial, but UConn Coach Geno Auriemma shrugged it off, saying, “We’re not going to practice differently because we’re a 2 instead of a 1.”Auriemma surely hopes his team doesn’t play any differently, either, as the Huskies have advanced to the Final Four in each of the past 11 seasons. In that span, they have won six national championships.But seeding aside, are this year’s Huskies any different? After all, this team only lost two games and none in the American Athletic Conference. Are UConn fans right to be upset about the No. 2 seed, or is the seed a real reflection of the fact that this year’s Huskies aren’t quite as elite as their title-winning predecessors?2018-19 UConn versus 2015-16 UConnUConn most recently won an NCAA title in 2015-16, led by the dominant trio of Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck. That team went 38-0 and won by almost 40 points per game, including a 31-point victory over Syracuse in the national championship game. According to Her Hoop Stats, UConn led the nation in most traditional and advanced statistics, including points per game, points allowed per game, field goal percentage, points per scoring attempt, assists per game and block rate.As an exercise, I selected 23 statistical categories from Her Hoop Stats on which to compare the 2015-16 and the 2018-19 teams. These included statistics on offense and defense—and on shooting, rebounding, assists, steals, blocks and fouls — in an attempt to represent the full range of each team’s abilities. Eight of the statistics happened to be categories in which UConn led the nation in 2015-16. This year’s UConn team leads the nation in just one of these statistics — foul rate — and bettered the 2015-16 team’s numbers in only three. This year’s team holds opponents to a lower shooting percentage on three-pointers, records assists on a higher percentage of its baskets, and has a slightly lower turnover rate than the 2015-16 team. Field goals attempted per game13.912.8 Steals per game7134256 Opp. turnovers per game7146235 Blocks per game7321456 Opponent effective field goal share38.0%38.8% 2018-192015-162014-152013-142012-132009-102008-09 Steal rate2.6%3.5% Steals per game1.51.8 Effective field goal percentage59.0%55.8% Turnover rate14.2%14.1% This year’s Huskies aren’t quite at previous levelsHow the six recent UConn championship teams and the 2018-19 rank in selected statistics Offensive rebounding rate39.8%35.6% Block rate16.1%10.5% 3-point share6215374 Foul rate15.6%16.9% Total rebounding rate17.3%17.0% Opp. rebounds per game7126425 Field goals made per game8.67.4 Defensive rebounds per game7.56.6 Collier is averaging 21.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game for the Huskies. She ranks in the top 10 percent of players nationally in usage rate (27.0 percent), meaning that more than one in four Huskies possessions while she’s on the court ends with her shooting the ball or turning it over. (She registers an assist on another 21.5 percent of UConn possessions while she’s on the court.) Despite such a heavy workload, she is among the most efficient players in the nation, ranking 19th in field goal percentage (61.9%) and 22nd in points per scoring attempt (1.30).In March, anything can happen. Sometimes a player puts a team on his or her back and carries it to a championship. Basketball fans in Storrs know something about this: Kemba Walker did it for the UConn men in 2011 and Shabazz Napier followed suit three years later. In other years, the best team does win, as shown by UConn’s four undefeated seasons from 2008-09 to 2015-16. In other years, it’s a little of both — such as in 2002-03, a dominant season for the Huskies that Auriemma famously summarized as, “We have Diana [Taurasi] and you don’t.” This year, whether the title goes to an excellent team or to a transcendent individual talent, the UConn women have a good chance of taking home the trophy. The Huskies may not be quite as intimidating as they once were, but the 2-seed is still among the nation’s best. And, of course, they have Napheesa, and other teams don’t. Opponent turnover rate25.3%19.1% Assists per game3.64.0 Points per scoring attempt1.231.17 Points per game4216573 Opp. field goal share7523416 Assists per game5132467 2018-19 UConn forward Napheesa Collier vs. 2015-16 forward Breanna Stewart in 11 statistics where Collier leads Stewart Block rate4.7%11.9% 3-point rate28.5%30.5%✓ Steal rate16.6%11.8% 3-point rate8.8%19.9% Opponent points per game48.355.3 Minutes per game32.529.1 Defensive rebounding rate21.9%23.3% Opp. points per game7342516 Assist rate63.2%64.0%✓ Free throw share71.3%83.6% However, the 2015-16 team set an incredibly high bar; comparing any team to that team feels akin to saying, “These UCLA Bruins are OK, but they’ve got nothing on John Wooden’s 1972 squad.” Not only did the 2015-16 UConn team go undefeated, but it didn’t win a single game all season by fewer than 10 points. Seniors Stewart, Jefferson and Tuck became the first three picks in the 2016 WNBA draft — the only time three players from the same school have ever been the top three picks in the WNBA or NBA draft.2018-19 UConn versus UConn title teams since 2009Her Hoop Stats only offers advanced statistics on teams from the 2015-16 season to the present, but UConn makes plenty of traditional stats available in its women’s basketball archives. Here is how this year’s UConn team compares to the six most recent UConn champions in 16 categories: Points per scoring attempt1.301.32 Source: Her Hoop Stats Foul rate2.7%2.6% Assist-to-turnover ratio1.821.70 read more

first_imgThe Italian goalkeeper stayed with the team after the Calciopoli scandal when his team was punished and forced to play in the Italian Lega Serie BDuring the Calciopoli scandal, Italian Lega Serie A club Juventus was punished with a demotion to the Serie B.And many would have thought all of its biggest stars like goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon would leave.But the veteran footballer stayed.“In football, you can send a message to the outside with loyalty,” Buffon explained to L’Équipe’s Sport & Style Magazine.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“To say to the fans: ‘in difficult moments, I’ll be there’. We play for fame, money, trophies and a lot of things, but we also play to feel a sense of belonging.”“I was captain of Italy, I was captain of Juve. I had a lot more responsibilities for the group. It’s a logical point of life, the normal evolution of a sporting career between 30 and 40,” he added.“When I was young I was different, I did what I wanted. It was beautiful and easier, I didn’t really follow the rules.”“But if you behave the same way at 40 as you did at 20 you have a problem,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_imgRio Ferdinand recently made a shocking revelation about his struggles with binge drinking in the early years of his football career.Ferdinand was part of the Hammers academy in 95′ before a switch to Leeds United where his displays caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson in what was a big money move for a young central defender.And it was during his time at Upton Park – the Hammers’ former home – that he says his drinking reached levels that he now looks back on with regret.In an interview cited by the Mirror, the former England defender turned pundit said: “I used to get through a load when I was younger. I could probably get through eight, nine, ten [pints].Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Then I’d move on to the vodkas. I could go through loads. I could go all day drinking then wake up and go again when I was younger.“I always say to people who ask if I have any regrets about playing, I wouldn’t have drunk alcohol.“When I was younger… I was a lunatic. When I was at west ham… elements of my career are a blur. People talk about certain times in the games and I just sit and nod my head. I haven’t got a clue what they’re talking about. I don’t remember.”last_img read more

first_imgLater during the pursuit on Friday during the arrest the final ATV was located nearby in a wooded area along with a stolen firearm. On Monday, Troopers remanded Deboard into Wildwood Pretrial after it was determined he had stolen the trailer. He was previously arrested on Friday for the charges from the break-in on May 26. On May 26,  Deboard was found to have made forced entry into the residence, a woodshed and a detached garage.  Numerous items were stolen, to include thousands of dollars in camping/outdoors equipment and power tools. In addition, three ATVS had been stolen.  The majority of the items, including two of the ATVs were recovered nearby. Deboard was also remanded on charges stemming from a theft that took place on May 14. Troopers received a report that someone stole gas and a red 6 gallon gas tank from a commercial fishing site on the Ninilchik Beach.  During an unrelated investigation Deboard was found in possession of the gas can and the charges were added to the current arrest.last_img read more