Morales, Finau receive GNAC awards

first_imgHumboldt State football senior kicker Jose Morales and freshman linebacker Moses Finau were named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Special Teams and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday.The two Lumberjacks were key contributors to Saturday’s 23-16 road win over Simon Fraser in what was the final game in program history for Humboldt State football. The selections mark the third and fourth times HSU football players have earned weekly all-conference honors during the …last_img read more

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Turning junk into cinema magic

first_img20 October 2003South African film producer Anant Singh’s company, Videovision Entertainment, has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom that opened the Durban International Film Festival this month.The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom, produced by Zimbabwe-based Philip and Jacqui Cunningham, is directed by Roger Hawkins.The characters and sets featured in the film have been made exclusively from junk, giving birth to the world’s newest animation style, dubbed “junkmation” by its creators, Sunrise Productions.“We were thoroughly impressed with the ingenuity of The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom and its distinctive African flavour”, said Singh. “The filmmakers have done an amazing job in not only creating a film that is characteristically African, but a film from which a new animation style has been created for the world.”Last month, Videovision presented The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom at prestigious festivals in North America. The film had its world premiere at the Montreal Film Festival, where it opened the African Horizons section.Junkmation is inspired by the unique works of art created from junk in Africa, where skilled craftsmen transform pieces of junk into useful items, reports SA Film. Junk of any type – wood, metal, wire, tin, plastic, empty containers – find new life as objects of art and decoration and everyday use.The film’s producers tapped into this art form and brought it to life to create a world unlike any other, peopled by characters recreated from junk.The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom is a magical tale that follows the journey of a group of children on their way to find the mythical sky kingdom.Enslaved in an underground city, Blockhead, Squidge and Lucky stage a daring escape and begin a journey that sees them pursued by the evil emperor’s hyenas as they travel through the Jungle of Despair and the Desert of Desolation.“We are pleased to have Anant Singh and Videovision Entertainment handle the world distribution of The Legend of the Sky Kingdom, and we are thrilled to have the film selected for the Montreal World Film Festival”, the Cunninghams told SA Film.“As junkmation was our inspiration for the film, we remained true to its art form, we decided to tap into the creative source of the style – the street artists and vendors themselves. In so doing, we combined our technical and creative expertise with the raw talent and craftsmanship of these highly original and gifted artists.“The approach we used in The Legend of the Sky Kingdom has never been attempted anywhere in the world before, and the results are truly radical.”Director Roger Hawkins told SA Film: “The whole ethos of our production was to ‘use what you’ve got’. I realised that we did not have vast resources or big budgets, but what we did have was the incredible ingenuity of African street artists. This inspired us and made us realise that art can always find a form to express itself.“The idea of making a movie out of nothing really appealed to me, and I think it fired our creativity and passion in a way that proved you don’t need big money and experience – what matters is passion and determination.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Go easy, Tiger, Day urges ahead of comeback

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 14-time major champion has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems which forced him to miss the 2015-2016 season.“There’s no pressure. I think it’s a 17- or 18-man field, there’s no cut, he’s playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at,” Day said at the Australian Open in Sydney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“From what I see on Instagram and what he’s been telling me, he says he’s ready and I’m hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he’s hitting it very long.“And if he’s hitting it long and straight, then that’s going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He’s always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Woods is included in an 18-man field which features many of world golf’s elite, including world number one Dustin Johnson and world number two Jordan Spieth.“I have no idea where his game’s at because the last time I spent time with him he wasn’t even hitting full swings yet,” Spieth said in Sydney.“But he was confident coming off of this last surgery to get back into it and to be able to have the time necessary and strength to practise as much injury free as possible.”‘Best he’s felt in years’Woods has not played competitively since February, when he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC He underwent surgery in April, his fourth operation on his troublesome back, and has been posting videos of himself in practice.He announced he would be making his comeback at the Hero World Challenge, an invitational event to benefit his charity foundation.“I did talk to him and he did say it’s the best he’s ever felt in three years,” said Day, a friend and confidant of Woods.“He doesn’t wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, ‘Look, it’s great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can’t live a happy, healthy life, then that’s difficult’.“I totally understand where he’s coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating.”Woods, who last won a major in 2008, has also battled personal demons. In May, he was arrested for driving under the influence after being found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz by a roadside.Woods, who was found to have five drugs including the powerful opioid hydrocodone in his system, later revealed he underwent professional treatment to help him manage his medications.Under a plea agreement reached in Palm Beach County, north of Miami, Woods will avoid jail time unless he commits major violations of his probation. Read Next Late rally pushes Lakers past Bulls Jason Day of Australia reacts to his tee shot during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International golf club in Shanghai on October 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GOH CHAI HINJason Day assured Tiger Woods on Wednesday that he’s under “no pressure” ahead of his long-awaited comeback at an exclusive invitational tournament next week.Day, a former world number one, said Woods had told him he feels ready for his return at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Tigers push series back home for KO match

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles There’s just no quit in the Davao Occidental Tigers.Gritty and resilient, the South division champions sent the MPBL Datu Cup national finals to a winner-take-all Game 5 after hammering out a come-from-behind 77-66 victory over the San Juan Knights Monday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ex-pro Billy Ray Robles delivered a career performance with 22 points and 18 rebounds as the Tigers clawed their way back from a 10-point deficit early in the final period, before pulling away.“Everyone in the team believed and that’s all that mattered,” said Davao coach Don Dulay. “We needed to do whatever was possible to bring the series back home. Now we have Game 5 at home. It’s going to be wild.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe deciding game of the series is slated on Thursday at Rizal Memorial College Gym in Davao City, where the Tigers won Game 2.“The crowd will be a big help and it would be nice to play in Davao, but definitely it still depends on us,” said Dulay. The Knights grabbed a 57-47 advantage a minute into the final period, but play was stopped for five minutes after a bottle of water was thrown on the floor.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Down 2 goals, Ceres-Negros completes jaw-dropping turnaround vs Persija Jakarta View commentslast_img read more

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SPORT-RUSSIA-LD DOPING 2 LAST

first_imgMcLaren said there was evidence that the “washout” of McLaren said there was evidence that the “washout” of samples before London was taking part on a weekly basis in at least athletics and weightlifting.”The Russian team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale.”McLarens first report, released in July, led to more than 110 Russian athletes being banned from the Rio Olympics but also caused a major rift between the IOC and WADA.He said this infighting has got to end to be able to tackle global doping.The report is a huge new blow to Russia, which is already battling to get back into the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) because of an earlier inquiry.Russia has said the earlier McLaren report lacked detail and needed more investigation.New Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov, a former Olympic champion fencer, said yesterday that the country had “declared war” against doping. There are many doubters over Russian efforts however. The IAAF and WADA are keeping to their suspension of Russia, meaning the country may not be able to compete at the world athletics championships in August. WADA president Craig Reedie said last month that Russia was a long way off returning to the global body.Anti-doping officials have complained about a lack of access to closed cities where athletes are training and also to a Moscow laboratory where samples sought by international sporting federations are kept.Athletes from Russia and other East European states have dominated the list of cheats caught in new tests on 1,243 samples taken at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.advertisementTennis star Maria Sharapova has been among a host of Russians ordered banned because of doping failures over the past 18 months.IOC medical director Richard Budgett said Wednesday that there is more bad news to come from the London tests which are not yet finished.”There will be many more to come in the coming weeks and months,” Budgett warned without saying which countries were involved. AFP AH AHlast_img read more

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How Anthony Davis Would Fit On The Lakers Celtics Nets Sixers And

What the Sixers would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 Philadelphia 76ers with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings Expected wins28.8 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Courtney Lee01190020-0.5-1.1-1.5 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson08160024-1.8+0.4-1.3 Rajon Rondo25200027-0.9-0.3-1.2 Anthony Davis000192342+2.9+3.2+6.1 Shake Milton200002-1.2-0.8-2.0 Team total Moritz Wagner000000-2.1+0.0-2.1 Tyson Chandler00031215-2.3+2.4+0.2 Anthony Davis000172340+2.9+3.2+6.1 Expected wins46.5 What the Nets would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 Brooklyn Nets with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings The Lakers’ package3Which may or may not include Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has a de-facto no-trade clause and can veto any idea that’s not to his liking. — likely made up of some combination of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac — isn’t really a secret to anyone at this point. That group is young and talented. It just isn’t clear whether any of the players possess the talent to become stars at some point. (For the sake of this exercise, we left Ingram out of the deal, though the Pelicans could easily demand that he, Kuzma, Ball and others be included. Their preference remains to be seen.)Ball, Kuzma and Ingram have all struggled to take the next step this season. That shouldn’t be a deal-breaker. It’s a huge adjustment learning to play with LeBron James and then having to go back to playing without him as he recovers from injury. But it does raise a big question for New Orleans: Should the Pelicans really be dealing away a superstar on the hope that one of these young Lakers will ascend into something significant? The answer becomes even more important considering that any picks the Lakers send over would likely be toward the back end of the first round, because a Davis-LeBron duo would peg Los Angeles as one of the top seeds out West.In the short term, the Lakers’ full-strength postseason version with Davis would improve to a CARMELO rating of 1645,4Using the same playoff adjustment as we usually do, except weighting it by projected regular-season minutes (according to our algorithm) rather than actual regular-season minutes to date (since Davis obviously has zero real-life minutes on his new team for now). up from the 1589 posteason mark we’re estimating with their current roster. That is roughly the same as the Denver Nuggets’ full-strength playoff rating, but it may also be understating the Lakers’ chances. Would YOU want to bet against a team led by James and Davis in the playoffs (at least against anybody except perhaps the Warriors)?5That would be a fascinating series. More than a few observers would be tempted to give the Lakers a strong chance, given its star duo, yet we project Los Angeles’s CARMELO rating to be about 200 points lower than the Warriors’ mark at full strength!CelticsPossible (offseason) deal for Davis: Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum and picks.Boston probably has the most attractive, cost-controlled assets in the league. But the Celtics are in a holding pattern because of a little-known rule that prohibits teams from acquiring more than one player on Davis’s “Rose Rule” contract via trade. In 2017, Boston traded for Kyrie Irving, who also signed a Rose Rule extension. That means the club would have to deal Irving to acquire Davis — which obviously won’t happen. More feasibly, Boston could re-sign Irving to a new contract in free agency this offseason, which would give the team the freedom to then make a deal for Davis.The Celtics have several young, relatively cheap players — Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum — who would appeal to any team starting a rebuild. They’re also likely to have three first-round picks in the 2019 draft. With this war chest potentially available from Boston this summer, the Pelicans should consider waiting on a Davis deal if they are not blown away by an offer at the deadline.Just for fun, though, if the Celtics did trade Kyrie for AD this year — sending, say, Irving, Daniel Theis and Guerschon Yabusele to the Pelicans for Davis — the resulting team would be pretty stacked, with a playoff full-strength CARMELO of 1752. That’s about 50 points higher than the Houston Rockets and 20 higher than the Toronto Raptors, albeit still nearly 100 points lower than the Warriors’ mark. The Celtics currently have the third-highest standard rating in the East, but their playoff rating would easily vault to No. 1 with a Kyrie-for-AD swap (which, again, will not actually happen).(By comparison, it’s worth noting that in the far more realistic scenario — a Davis trade for Brown, Rozier, Smart and Tatum over the summer — the Celtics’ CARMELO would be 1723, which would also be a 30-point improvement over their current full-strength playoff rating, good for about two-and-a-half extra wins over a full season.)NetsPossible deal for Davis: Jarrett Allen, Allen Crabbe, D’Angelo Russell and picks. Johnathan Williams000213-2.0+0.2-1.9 Mitchell Robinson000000-1.2+2.4+1.2 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING New Orleans has to listen if the Sixers are willing to offer 22-year-old rookie of the year Ben Simmons — the burly ball-handling forward who will likely develop into a perennial All-Star. Simmons would not only give the Pelicans a franchise player, but he would also be on a reasonable contract, which buys New Orleans some time to build around him.The real question here is whether Philadelphia — which arguably possesses the best frontcourt in the league already — would even consider such a move. The Sixers already pulled off a trade in November for Jimmy Butler and have done well since then — even while some players grumbled over a need for more defined offensive roles. A deal for Davis would improve Philly’s roster on paper slightly, elevating its full-strength playoff CARMELO from 1677 to 1710, but maybe not by as much as a team might expect when adding a superstar of Davis’s stature. And a Davis deal — one that would force Joel Embiid to learn how to play alongside another dominant big — might bring about even more questions about chemistry, since they’d be somewhat redundant as rim protectors and floor-spacing bigs.All of this suggests that the Sixers might sit this opportunity out rather than offer up Simmons.KnicksPossible deal for Davis: Tim Hardaway Jr., Kristaps Porzingis and a pick. Jimmy Butler015200035+3.0+0.9+3.9 Anthony Davis000221840+2.9+3.2+6.1 Team total Dzanan Musa000000-1.8-0.5-2.3 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Corey Brewer000000-2.4+0.6-1.8 There are deals made at the NBA trade deadline every year, but rarely do those last-minute swaps truly change the trajectory of a season. Yet that sort of potential might exist this season: We learned Monday that superstar big man Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, which all but means that the Pelicans have to deal him before he leaves for nothing.Davis is supremely talented, enough so that teams that once said they wouldn’t touch their rebuilding plans are no doubt now counting their pocket change to gauge the cost of a deal with New Orleans. It’s widely assumed that the Los Angeles Lakers will be aggressive in trying to get something done before the Feb. 7 deadline. And there’s seemingly a huge incentive for them to make that push. The Pelicans can almost certainly create an even bigger bidding war if they wait to trade Davis this summer. By then, the asset-rich Boston Celtics can be involved, and the draft-lottery dust will settle, clarifying which club will have the rights to the No. 1 overall pick.1And a clear path to Duke freak of nature Zion Williamson. So it will probably take a home-run offer to entice the Pelicans to let Davis go now.For the time being, we took a crack at estimating where Davis could go and how five teams would fare with him — according to our CARMELO projection model, which generates depth charts and power ratings for every team — after parting ways with the players it’d take to land him.2Specifically, we focused on CARMELO’s “full-strength” playoff rosters, which are our best guess at which players would play — and how much — when everyone is healthy and ready for the postseason (including an adjustment for playoff experience).LakersPossible deal for Davis: Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and picks. CARMELO team rating1560 240-1.8-2.9-4.6 JaVale McGee00001717-2.4+1.7-0.7 What the Lakers would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings DeMarre Carroll00715022-0.5-0.3-0.8 Spencer Dinwiddie31000031+2.3-2.1+0.2 Frank Ntilikina210003-2.6-1.0-3.6 CARMELO team rating1387 Ed Davis000055-1.3+2.1+0.8 Noah Vonleh00021021-1.3+1.5+0.2 Landry Shamet22000022+0.7-2.4-1.6 Joe Harris02900029+1.0-1.1-0.1 240+1.8+0.3+2.2 Mario Hezonja007007-1.9-0.2-2.1 Jared Dudley00414018-1.4+0.2-1.2 Enes Kanter00001313+0.5-0.6-0.1 Expected wins52.9 Alex Caruso11400015-1.6-0.2-1.7 T.J. McConnell24000024-1.1-0.5-1.6 Treveon Graham13200015-1.6-0.5-2.0 CARMELO team rating1645 240+1.2+3.4+4.6 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk01700017-2.0-1.6-3.6 240+5.6+2.3+7.9 Wilson Chandler00918027-0.9-0.1-1.1 They may not get much attention in this conversation, but the Brooklyn Nets probably have some dark-horse potential for landing Davis.Any deal would obviously hinge on the Pelicans’ interest in building around one of the Nets’ guards — either 22-year-old D’Angelo Russell, who has an outside chance at an All-Star spot and is a restricted free agent this summer, or Caris LeVert,6The deals would be pretty different, depending on which player was included. Russell makes far more in salary than LeVert, which means that more Brooklyn players would have to be dealt to complete a trade with LeVert as the centerpiece. who illustrated flashes of stardom before going down with an injury earlier this season. Beyond surrendering one of them, Brooklyn would also have to offer promising 20-year-old center Jarrett Allen. Allen Crabbe would almost certainly have to be part of any deal to make the money work, and it seems likely that the Nets would need to part ways with a couple of first-round picks.It’d be a steep, depth-diminishing price for a team that, after years of irrelevance, is just now finding its footing in the Eastern Conference playoff race. And even with Davis in the fold, the resulting roster, with a CARMELO rating of 1560, would not be much better than a lower-tier playoff team in the short term. But the Nets have long been interested in landing a top-flight star, and this provides them that chance, giving them more than a full season to build around Davis and convince him to stick around.SixersPossible deal for Davis: Markelle Fultz, Mike Muscala, Justin Patton, Ben Simmons and a pick. Michael Beasley000000-1.3-0.2-1.5 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Rodions Kurucs00002020-1.4-0.5-1.9 Amir Johnson000505-1.2+1.9+0.6 Shabazz Napier400004+0.2-0.8-0.6 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Anthony Davis000251742+2.9+3.2+6.1 LeBron James401421039+4.9+1.2+6.1 Alan Williams000000-1.7+1.3-0.5 Expected wins60.2 Zhaire Smith00150015-1.2-0.4-1.6 Emmanuel Mudiay30000030-0.3-2.0-2.3 What the Knicks would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 New York Knicks with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings Lance Stephenson01900019-0.8-1.2-2.0 Allonzo Trier31800021-1.9-2.6-4.5 Lance Thomas000000-2.7-0.1-2.9 Kevin Knox00275032-2.8-3.2-5.9 Caris LeVert09210030+0.0-0.6-0.6 Team total Luke Kornet00051217-0.4+0.6+0.2 Damyean Dotson01850023-0.7-1.1-1.8 Theo Pinson000000-1.7-0.5-2.1 Team total PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Trey Burke13000013+0.7-2.5-1.8 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Brandon Ingram00340034-1.4-0.4-1.8 Furkan Korkmaz061007-0.4-1.2-1.6 Joel Embiid00003131+1.5+2.6+4.0 J.J. Redick02730030+2.0-2.0+0.0 Jonah Bolden000000-2.2+1.1-1.0 Isaac Bonga8600014-1.8-0.2-2.0 CARMELO team rating1710 Expected wins: 28.8 | CARMELO team rating: 1387 Depending on how a New Orleans deal with New York would look, the Knicks could be in a similar boat to the one the Celtics are in.Because the Pelicans will be looking to replace Davis’s star power, they might be interested in exploring a deal with whichever team lands the No. 1 overall pick — something the Knicks are in the running for (we won’t have clarity on that until mid-May). If New York wins the lottery, it’s possible that New Orleans would have enough interest in that pick, Tim Hardaway Jr. and perhaps Kevin Knox to make a deal.But there’s another school of thought to consider: that perhaps it’s better for the Knicks to trade Kristaps Porzingis — who’s coming off an ACL tear and who basically plays the same position as Davis — than to surrender the team’s top pick to the Pelicans. And perhaps New Orleans would prefer to have the 23-year-old Porzingis, who was a known, All-Star level commodity before his injury.The teams’ preferences at this stage are a mystery. But if both the Knicks and Pelicans have legitimate interest, a few options potentially exist for a deal to happen. Would the resulting team even be any good, though? According to CARMELO, a Davis-led Knicks squad would still carry a below-average 1387 rating at full strength. That wouldn’t exactly be a great fit with what Rich Paul, Davis’s agent, described as the star’s preference to play for “a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.”Yet the Knicks would have considerable cap space to put another top-shelf talent next to Davis during free agency, which would help boost their projection much higher.Jay Boice contributed research.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Di Francesco happy with the attitude shown against Liverpool

first_imgAS Roma were just one goal from forcing an extra-time at home against Liverpool but at the end, they were eliminated – but Eusebio Di Francesco insisted that the attitude shown by his players sent a great message.The Italian coach believes that the fighting spirit that his players showed is a great example of the way they should be doing things at the club in future – but now, they have to focus on their upcoming game against Cagliari.The former Sassuolo coach spoke about his side’s upcoming game as he said, according to Calcio Mercato:Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“We’ve got many things to assess for the line-up against Cagliari. I’ll decide between today and tomorrow. Strootman, Perotti and Defrel are definitely ruled out.”“It’s going to be a tough game over there, as they’ve just come off a two-day training camp. We’re expecting a real battle, but we have to go into it playing to our strengths and showing our football.”“The team showed great identity in the game on Wednesday, which is fundamental for a project like Roma’s. It was emotional for me to see the unity and will to win from the Giallorossi players and fans that evening.”last_img read more

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Juventus plot a late swoop for PSGs Adrien Rabiot

first_imgJuventus are reportedly plotting a late move for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien RabiotThe Frenchman has under 12 months remaining on his current deal at PSG and has yet to agree on a new contract extension.The likes of Barcelona and Liverpool have been keeping tabs of Rabiot’s situation at the Parc des Princes.But the Daily Mirror reports that Juventus plan to beat both of their European rivals to Rabiot’s signature before today’s Italian transfer deadline.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.With midfielder Claudio Marchisio having left the club after 25-years earlier this morning, Juventus have now view Rabiot as an option to replace the Italian.Previously, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel had admitted that Rabiot could leave the club before the end of the French transfer window.Although the German does hope to retain him ahead of his debut campaign in charge of the Ligue 1 giants.Rabiot has made 209 appearances for PSG in his eight years at the club.last_img read more

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Allan revels in important Napoli victory

first_imgAllan claims the comeback victory Genoa 2-1 at Marassi is worth more than three points for Napoli in the pouring rain.Napoli were behind courtesy of a Christian Kouame header when play was halted at the 59th minute for a waterlogged pitch.When it resumed, Goals from Fabian Ruiz and Davide Biraschi(O.G) completely turned the tie around to secure victory for the Naples side.“Considering how the victory arrived, it’s worth even more than three points,” Allan told Football Italia.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“It was a hard-fought win in a really difficult arena, even more difficult to play in today with the atmospheric conditions.“We won and that’s the important thing, we can go into the break for international duty with more confidence.”Juventus visit Milan tomorrow evening, while Inter have a tricky trip to Atalanta, so it could be a very positive round for Napoli.“I’m sure Milan-Juve will be entertaining to watch, but we mustn’t think about it too much. There’s a long way to go, we must focus on ourselves and look forward.”last_img read more

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