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BracketRacket: ‘You want to skip steps but you can’t.’

first_imgConnecticut head coach Kevin Ollie cuts the netting on the rim after his team defeating Michigan State 60-54 during a regional final at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Welcome back to BracketRacket, the one-stop shopping place for all your offbeat NCAA tournament needs. In today’s edition, coach Cal keeps going back to the future, Florida beats Dayton (again!) in some kind of parallel universe, UConn wins but loses face, and tourists enjoy a rare moment of consensus in New York. Without further ado:WE DON’T REBUILD AT KENTUCKY, WE … ACTUALLY, WE DO REBUILD. EVERY YEAR.If “The John Calipari Finishing School for NBA Prospects — Sponsored by the University of Kentucky(TM)” sent out a newsletter to high-school recruits, the latest might read something like this.“This year’s class is having a slam-bang time at the NCAA tournament. We’re going to the Final Four — again! — and preparations are already underway for a reunion at this summer’s NBA draft. But enough about this year’s team, since many of them won’t be around by the time you arrive in the fall. Can’t wait to see you in Lexington!”Say what you want about coach Cal, but the man has nerves of steel. Around this time last year, the Wildcats’ season ended with a loss to Robert Morris in the opening round of the NIT and worse, the cupboard was practically bare. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky’s best player went down during the season with a devastating knee injury, and was already rehabbing to go pro.So Calipari simply did what he’s always done: start over.He recruited circles around every other coach in the game, bringing in six McDonald’s All-Americans and trying to coach ’em up fast enough to deliver a happy meal by tournament time. There were chills and spills along the way, but after Kentucky held on to beat Michigan in the Midwest regional final Sunday, Calipari took a brief, but well-deserved bow.“The whole thing about building a team, especially young guys, is it’s a process and you cannot skip steps. You want to skip steps,” he said emphatically, “but you can’t.”You can building a program, though.Take nothing away from Calipari’s in-season work, but it pales in comparison to his abilities as a talent scout. In his four previous seasons at Kentucky, he’s already put 17 players in the NBA, with another handful set to join them this June. He’s the only coach to send three No. 1 overall picks to the pros, the only coach to have five players taken in the first round in the same year (2010), and the only one to squeeze six in since the league cut the draft to two rounds.And he’s showing no signs of slowing down.Plenty of Kentucky fans took a break Saturday between the Wildcats’ wins in the tournament to take in the Indiana High School Class 4A boys basketball state championship game. The kid to watch turned out to be Indianapolis Arsenal Tech’s 6-foot-10 Trey Lyles, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lock up a state title.Lyles is already committed to Kentucky, which if nothing else means coach Cal saved himself some postage.___ART IMITATING LIFE, OR MAYBE JUST THE NCAA TOURNAMENTIt’s a miracle no one thought of it before.OK, you probably did. More than once, too. Maybe you and a few pals even went down to the basement, found a Nerf ball and taped a mini-backboard to the wall. Maybe you even filmed it.But get it on air?These guys did: (via YouTube.com): http://bit.ly/1ogFgmn .They’re part of the WCJB-TV crew at an ABC affiliate in Gainesville, Florida. Barred from showing highlights of Florida’s win over Dayton — non-CBS stations can’t until the day after the game — anchor Zach Aldridge, meteorologist Mike Gismondi and two other guys from the station re-enacted the Gators’ triumph, from the pre-game locker room huddle to the postgame celebration.“I can’t air any of it without breaking the law and every other rule and regulation known to TV,” Aldridge says in the run-up to the clip. “But I want to show you the next-best thing.”You might be selling yourself short, Zach. It was actually more entertaining than the real thing.___THANKS, I NEEDED THATIn what’s threatening to become a postgame tradition, UConn’s coach and players have begun exchanging celebratory slaps. Not the usual high- or low-five variety, but slaps upside the head.Coach Kevin Ollie started it after UConn’s upset win over Iowa State, finishing up an interview on the court and then, as he walked by Terrence Samuel, delivering the chuck here (via YouTube.com): http://bit.ly/1dIQrzp . It was — pardon the expression — a hit with the team.Deciding one good turn deserved another, Ollie gathered his Huskies around him for the postgame interview after upsetting Michigan State on Sunday and wanted confirmation he wasn’t dreaming. Naturally, the task fell to Samuel, who delivered here (via The Big Lead): http://bit.ly/1dIS9kkBracketRacket just made UConn its pick to win it all.Not because the Huskies are the best team still standing, but because we’d like to see how many of them would still be standing by the end.___CELEBRITY ALUMS OF THE DAYInstead of going mano-a-mano, our next two combatants traded blows via the video board at Madison Square Garden.During a second-half timeout in that same UConn-Michigan State game, former Spartan and 2000 national champion Mateen Cleaves turned up on the screen and got a rousing cheer from the green-and-white-clad fans in the crowd of 19,499. A few seconds later, the camera found former Husky and 1999 national champion Richard Hamilton.With much more of the crowd in his corner, Hamilton escalated the battle by raising his arms and imploring the UConn fans to cheer even louder. Then back to Cleaves, who recovered nicely by matching the arm-raising gesture and for good measure, started “popping” the Michigan State shirt he was wearing. Back came Hamilton, popping his shirt and the place went up for grabs.Mindful that the timeout was coming to an end, the board operator finally went to a split screen showing both Cleaves and Hamilton. Judging by the ovation, we’re scoring it a draw.___STAT OF THE DAYSTATS notes that if three of the Final Four teams wind up blanketed by confetti a week from Monday, they won’t need a refresher course to act like they’ve been there before. In fact, five of the past 10 national championships have been won by either Connecticut (2004, 2011), Florida (2006, 2007) or Kentucky (2012). The exception is Wisconsin. The Badgers’ last — and only — title dates back to 1941.___QUOTE OF THE DAY“We got 16 of the most out-of-body turnovers known to mankind, to be honest.” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo explaining the Spartans’ self-inflicted wounds against UConn.___SUNDAY’S RESULTSRegional FinalsMIDWESTAt IndianapolisKentucky 75, Michigan 72EASTAt New York CityUConn 60, Michigan State 54FINAL FOURSaturday, April 5SemifinalsAt Arlington, TexasUConn (30-8) vs. Florida (36-2), 6:09 p.m. EDTKentucky (28-10) vs. Wisconsin (30-7), 8:49 p.m.NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPMonday, April 7Semifinal winners, 9:10 p.m.last_img read more


Get Green This Season with Secondhand Safari May 2

first_img$40 for covered booth, approximately 10×10 feetSaturday, May 2 will be a springtime extravaganza where bargains abound with over 1,500 visitors and 100 vendors in years past. Along with garage sale booths, the Secondhand Safari will also have educational booths, a free book and magazine exchange, entertainment, food, and more. Admission to Secondhand Safari is just $1 all day long, so get ready for bargain hunters galore!The Secondhand Safari will be on Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set up for sellers will be on Friday, May 1 from noon to 10 p.m. The doors will be locked after set up Friday evening and security will be on-site until the event opens Saturday.Representatives from Goodwill Industries will be on hand throughout the day on May 2 to accept donations (at their discretion), giving sellers the chance to donate any of their unsold items at the end of the day.For more information on the May 2 Secondhand Safari, or to reserve your booth, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair. Submitted by Thurston CountyGreen is springing up all over this season, including in your wallet! Spring cleaning can make you a tidy sum at the Thurston County Fair’s annual Secondhand Safari on Saturday, May 2.It’s not too late to reserve a booth and help keep usable secondhand goods out of the landfill. Buyers, sellers, swappers and traders can all feel good about making the green choice while keeping more greenbacks in their pocket at Secondhand Safari.Not sure if you have enough gently used treasures for a booth? Secondhand Safari is a great fundraising opportunity for your family group, school club, church, charity or scouting club.Outdoor spaces and covered spaces are going fast for the May 2 event, so call the Thurston County Fair Office today at (360) 786-5453 to reserve your booth:$25 for outdoor booth, approximately 10×10 feet Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


“Real Madrid is the best thing that could happen to Reinier”

first_imgMauro Lucius Graça Parente Carvalho (Brazil, 1960), known as Mauro Brasília since his time as a futsal player, a discipline in which he became world champion in Spain in 1985, opens the doors of his home in Rio de Janeiro to ACE. In an upper-middle class urbanization, between ping-pong or soccer matches, it teaches this newspaper where Reinier Jesus grew up and lives, 17, the new signing of Real Madrid, with which AS was also in Rio ( see photo below). He is accompanied by his wife, Suzana, as kind and hospitable as he is: his home is that of AS during the three and a quarter hours that the meeting lasts. When were you aware of Real Madrid’s interest for the first time?In December. Before we did not believe that a club such as Madrid had an interest in Reinier. When the news came to us it was a party because I want a team as big as Real does not happen to anyone.Who first learned that the signing could be done, you or your child?I. The first thing we did was talk to Reinier, over the phone because he was on vacation at the beach, and at first he got a little scared, but then he understood that the Madrid project would be the best thing that could happen to him.Did they celebrate it?At home, with my wife, my daughter and friends. With a lot of peace of mind, we didn’t have a big party.Do you remember your son’s famous photo at the Bernabéu in March 2018? The twists and turns of life.I was with the Brazilian national team and they went to the stadium. What a coincidence, because today is one step away from stepping on the Bernabéu lawn!You were there too some time later.Yes, in February or March 2019. I was delighted with everything I saw. José Ángel Sánchez (General Director of Real Madrid) treated us very well. It was a wonderful experience. I hope you are closer to all that now.Did Madrid call you to receive them or did you propose it?Our agent invited us to know that. We were also in the training centers of PSG, Arsenal and Manchester City.Which left them the best feeling for infrastructure and treatment?All are very beautiful facilities, with high technology and with very trained people. Valdebebas is an impressive thing, like the City’s training center, which is a city. In the Arsenal they have many interesting, new things that we are beginning to know in Brazil. In Europe it is already on another step. What team in Europe was Reinier from?From Madrid, especially since the time of Cristiano. He also has Zidane as an important figure, especially because he looks a bit like his playing style and height, with a very classic football. Then Madrid was always the team he followed and always watched their games. Then there were others from Europe, such as Borussia de Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Juventus … The best Milan too, and now with (Lucas) Paquetá, who is our friend. But Real Madrid was always the team he liked most.Who wanted to be young?Kaka. There has always been much talk that they have a very similar style. I showed him videos of Zidane, Van Basten, Guti, which is also a phenomenon and I really liked what he did. Reinier had these Madrid players as a reference. From Brazil, to Ronaldo ‘The Phenomenon’, Ronaldinho, Kaka. And now, Flamengo teammates like De Arrascaeta, Bruno Henrique, Gabigol …How was he as a child?It started late, with eight years. It was not early. He was always a very smart player for his age. When all the children ran behind the ball, he positioned himself in such a way that it reached him and he was ready. I observed that very early in him. It is one of his best qualities: intelligence, positioning in the field, reading the game … As a child he taught him to improve the technique, sometimes he even cried saying that he did not want more exercises, but it has been very good.And as a person?He was very calm, very obedient to parents. He never gave much work at home. He watched TV, played with his friends in the street …Tell us some mischief or anecdote.When he was 11, in 2013, we arrived in Fluminense in 2013. He went to do his first training and, when he left the field, brought a folder. I asked him what it was and he replied that the documentation for the registration. I asked him what they were asking for, he took out the papers and began to read: “The birth record, the school certificate, the identity card and 3×4 photos”. Then I asked him how many photos were necessary and he answered me several times “3×4”, until at my insistence he said “Papai, you’re a donkey, I’m telling you 3×4!”. He was very young and did not know that 3×4 was the size of the photo.How would you explain to Madrid players the type of player your child is?It has always been an attacker. In the middle, not the bands. And more midfielder than forward.But in his appearances with the first team of Flamengo only Gabigol improves the scoring average. Does your evolution lead you to be more midpoint or second point?I see him more as a midfielder, a 10. With Jorge Jesús he has played out of his original position, always ahead, between the defenders, by the tip, which is not where he likes it most. He likes to come back, facing the rival defense.last_img read more


Two Filipinos headline ONE card in Thailand

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Tyson” will take on undefeated Japanese Daichi Takenawa (11-0-1) in a bantamweight clash in the undercard of Clash of Legends.Abelardo earned a ONE Championship contract after he beat Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg via first round stoppage and that win marked the Filipino’s fourth straight victory and sixth in seven matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAlso in the card is Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong who plans to get back on the winning track as she takes on Thailand’s Jihin Radzuan in the women’s atomweight division.Iniong (7-4) lost her last fight against Istela Nunes via unanimous decision while Radzuan (4-0) looks to extend her winning streak with her last three fights all happening inside the ONE Championship cage. After witnessing Fiba records, Sisters of Mary Boystown also get financial boost SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READcenter_img Headlining the card is Nong-O Gaiyanghadao as he takes on Han Zi Hao in a firecracker of match for the ONE Super Series Muay Thai World bantamweight title.Gaiyanghadao is considered as one of the best strikers of all time having competed in over 300 professional bouts winning two Thailand National Muay Thai Championships, four Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai World Championships in different weight classes, and a Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai World Championship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filpina dynamo Gina Iniong from Team Lakay. ONE CHAMPIONSHP PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—A couple of Filipinos are set to do damage in ONE Championship’s Clash of Legends card on Feb. 16 at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.Mark Abelardo (17-5) is set to make his main roster debut after an impressive outing in Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series 3.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more


Red Dragon members claim nearly 20 medals in Whitecourt

first_imgWHITECOURT, AB. – Red Dragon Martial Arts competitors were in action in Alberta for the 28th Annual Whitecourt Championships this past weekend.The kids didn’t disappoint as a total of 18 medals were won. Megan Ross won gold in poomse which is a form of basic attack and defence, and silver in sparring. Levi McLain captured a bronze and silver. Ryan Dutchak claimed the bronze in both events. Ethan Schedlosky won the silver in sparring.Jhuztine Orcena won the silver in poomse and gold in sparring. Marshall McCracken placed third and second. Wyatt Hickey claimed the gold in sparring. Max Mumma won bronze in poomse and silver in sparring. Brody McKnight won a bronze in both events, while William Brain went home with a bronze and gold medals.- Advertisement -“So proud,” added Master Ben Marsh. “The team fought hard and we are very proud of them and their performances.”last_img read more


Hope meets opportunity

first_imgLAUSD board President Marlene Canter and board member Monica Garcia both expressed the district’s support and endorsement of the Broad endowment for the alliance, which will be able to expand the number of its charter schools to 20. “We are a huge big family,” Canter said, “and we’re all working for the same thing, which is to ensure that every single child has exactly what he should have in order for him to go to college.” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818)713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “All of us here today are seeing the tipping point in the charter school movement in Los Angeles,” Broad said in talking about his gift, which raises his foundation’s commitment to L.A. public charter schools to $36 million. “Charter schools are accomplishing what many public schools are struggling to do. They are dramatically improving student achievement. “What’s happening is we’re really seeing a revolution from the bottom up. Public charter schools are doing a better job educating children than other public schools. It’s not only parents, (it’s) students, teachers – they’re all demanding change.” Broad was joined during the announcement by representatives from the Los Angeles Unified School District, former Mayor Richard Riordan – the alliance chairman – and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. Robin Kramer, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s chief of staff, said Broad’s “return on the investment … will be found in thousands of changed lives of families and kids.” Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and South Los Angeles teenager Jesse Aguilar live at opposite extremes of the city, but their lives crossed Thursday at the intersection of hope and opportunity. Aguilar, 17, the son of Salvadoran immigrants, finds himself at the doorstep of the American dream thanks to Broad, whose education foundation funds the inner-city charter school that transformed the youngster into an honor student. “When I came to Gertz-Ressler High School two years ago I was a C student – today I’m an A student,” said Aguilar, “and when I graduate next year I’ll be the first in my family to attend a four-year college.” Aguilar shared his story at an auditorium at the Frank E. Baxter Education Center, just west of downtown, where on Thursday the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced it was injecting an additional $10 million in grants into the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, creating another 13 new charter schools and giving other Jesse Aguilars a chance. last_img read more


MEMBERS OF NORTH-WEST 10K COMMITTEE TO GET A CIVIC RECEPTION

first_imgThe 10K has gone from strength to strength over the years.Letterkenny Town Council is to host a Civic Reception for past and present members of the North West 10k committee who have helped to raise €656,000 for 19 charities since it was setup in 1996.The proposal was made by Fianna Fail Cllr Dessie Larkin during the last formal meeting of the Town Council on Monday night.The North West 10k is sponsored by DonegalDaily.com and Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure. Cllr Larkin spoke of the wonderful work that the 10k committee continued to do as evidenced by the charity run and walk at the beginning of May where the two main organizations to benefit were the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Fund. Cllr Larkin spoke about the history of the event going back to the Rockhill 10k which ended in 1996. That’s when the North West 10k committee was formed and the event was initially hosted on a Saturday evening in Letterkenny before moving to a Sunday. Cllr Larkin said it drew massive crowds into the town providing a significant economic boost for shops and restaurants.He concluded by saying that 10k committee members past and present should be recognized before the Town Council is finally abolished at the end of the month.Cllr Larkin received unanimous backing for his proposal including Cllr Victor Fisher who said fantastic work had been done for a number of charities over the years.“It does something great for the town. It is a fantastic event and the work of the committee should be recognized” said Cllr Tom Crossan of the Letterkenny Community Residents Party. All Cllrs present supported the proposal including Gerry McMonagle, Ciaran Brogan, Jimmy Kavanagh, Lisa Culbert, Jim Lynch and Mayor Paschal Blake. While a date hasn’t been confirmed for the Civic Reception it will be held before the end of the month.  MEMBERS OF NORTH-WEST 10K COMMITTEE TO GET A CIVIC RECEPTION was last modified: May 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:civic receptionLettrkenny Town CouncilNorth West 10klast_img read more


Right for Man United? £100m-rated star’s performance assessed

first_img 4 Milinkovic-Savic is a strong aerial threat but only won four out of eight duels in the air against Costa Rica. He was not the match-winner, that honour went to ex-Manchester City star Aleksandar Kolarov, who netted a stunning free-kick.Most watching will have enjoyed the performance of Milinkovic-Savic, who played just behind Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.With all the intense scrutiny on his performance, talkSPORT.com took a look at the 23-year-old and how his display may help or hinder any possible transfer to Old Trafford.Milinkovic-Savic actually didn’t see any of the ball in the opening five minutes of the match but drifted between the Costa Rican lines and toward whichever full-back had the ball in the midfield area. Once the ball was in the final third, though, he occupied a central role, alongside Mitrovic as they looked to dominate their opponents in the air.When he did get on the ball after about six minutes he was quick to drive forward on the front-foot, dribbling past defenders before moving the ball out wide. Whenever either Aleksandar Kolarov or Branislav Ivanovic got into crossing positions, even from just beyond the halfway line, he surged towards the box in an attempt to get close to Mitrovic as Serbia attempted to go direct against their smaller opponents, which Man United boss Jose Mourinho may like as he seeks support for Romelu Lukaku from deep. A mark against him though is that despite his threat he only won four of eight offensive headers.Opposite number David Guzman attempted to tightly mark the 23-year-old but using his guile he was able get away with both his pace and skill and drifted off his radar with some fine movements.Off the ball he did well to cover Guzman, causing Costa Rica to attempt riskier forward passes, which didn’t pay off too often, and if the ball-player opted to not use Guzman, Milinkovic-Savic pressed to force errors and turnovers in possession, indeed the player completed two tackles and two block, but also gave away four fouls although all were in the Costa Rica half.At defensive set-pieces, Milinkovic-Savic showed excellent awareness and was able to react quickly to Costa Rica’s tricky routines. On one occasion, despite initially losing Giancarlo Gonzalez, he swiftly move to the goal-line when the ball was sent to the back-post and his man headed over. Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was on show for Serbia in their 1-0 win over Costa Rica. 4 4 Overall, Milinkovic-Savic certainly caught the eye with his movement and his presence in the final third. His creativity, close control, and dribbling make him a real threat, along with his aerial ability, but he was let down with decision making and his pass selection in the end which could be costly with Lazio wanting big money for their superstar.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Lazio midfielder leaves Costa Rica defender Johnny Acosta for dead as he dribbles towards goal. 4 Smart one-touch passes helped ball progression in tight situations, and his positional awareness were certainly highlights but there were poor decisions too and by completing just 66 per cent of his passes he won’t have done himself too many favours.His tendency to drift towards the right will also be of note to any Manchester United scouts watch. With possible new team-mate Paul Pogba preferring a position on the left of a three-man midfield it would be interesting to see whether Milinkovic-Savic would be afforded the same role with the Frenchman dropping into a two-man role with Nemanja Matic behind him.It seems unlikely Mourinho would allow both stars to operate together further forward and leave Matic, or incoming Red Devil Fred, alone in front of their backline in too many games.In terms of shooting, the Serbia star, with 27 minutes gone, almost broke the deadlock but a offside flag spared his blushes when an excellent touch was followed by a tame shot straight at Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas from 12 yards.An outrageous overhead kick, belying his 6ft 4in frame, got the crowd on its feet but a fine Navas save once again denied him, while a poor long-range attempt was a blot on his copy book with 75 minutes on the clock.Linking with his forwards, Milinkovic-Savic had some decent moments and almost grabbed an assist early in the second period with a delicate pass to Mitrovic but the Newcastle striker couldn’t beat Navas, before a superb chest-down to Mitrovic almost led to a goal for Filip Kostic. An acrobatic shot from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic almost produced a goal for Serbia. Manchester United transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was one of the stars of the show as Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 at World Cup 2018.The Red Devils have been heavily linked with the Lazio sensation over the last six months, and he didn’t do too much wrong in a decent all-round display.last_img read more


Half-time: Tottenham 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgChelsea are playing without a recognised striker at White Hart Lane but still managed to cause problems for Tottenham in the first half.Blues boss Jose Mourinho dropped Diego Costa and deployed Eden Hazard in a central role up front.Hazard responded impressively and headed over from Oscar’s cross as Mourinho’s side enjoyed a spell of pressure.Pedro has also been lively for the visitors and went close with a firm strike from near the edge of the penalty area.At the other end, Son Heung-min had a good chance for Spurs but his header from Harry Kane’s cross was saved by keeper Asmir Begovic, who also kept out an effort from Moussa Dembele.Chelsea, without injured skipper John Terry as well as Ramires, have defended well so far and Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas have had the upper hand in midfield.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Hazard.Subs: Amelia, Djilobodji, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Costa.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


49ers OTA preview: What other than Garoppolo is worth studying?

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Let the games begin. Well, not officially for a few months, but the 49ers’ game-within-the-game position battles now commence.Organized team activities begin Monday, and these ramped-up practices offer a first look at the most promising roster battles in coach Kyle Shanahan’s three years.Here are five players or groups under the most scrutiny:1. Is Jimmy G’s knee A-OK? Don’t dare let fatigue set in when it comes to reports about Jimmy Garoppolo’s knee rehabilitation. …last_img