Liverpool legend Rush: West Ham kid Rice better than Stonesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Ian Rush has no doubts about the potential of West Ham utility Declan Rice.Rush feels that Rice, who has just penned a new deal, is on a similar path to Manchester City defender John Stones who made a £50m move to the Etihad in 2016 after breaking into the Everton team as a teenager.”He reminds me of John Stones, when he was Everton,” he said on beIN Sports.”I think Rice is a better player, at that age. Whether [he plays for] England or Ireland, it’s up to him to decide. He’s come on a lot. For me, he’s a centre-back. He can play the holding midfield role as well. To be at his best, for me he’s a ball-playing centre-half.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce confident Joelinton will be regular goalscorerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is confident Joelinton will be a regular goalscorer.Joelinton got off the mark at Tottenham last month and Bruce feels the build-up to that goal – 17 passes in 46 seconds – proves Newcastle’s ‘big, physical animal’ will get benefit from better service.”I think when he played for Hoffenheim, he played towards the left a lot. I saw him play against Manchester City and he played to the left, which a lot of the teams do,” he told the Evening Chronicle.“They’re not actual wide players or wingers as such – they play on the left-hand side – and I think he got used to that role.“Certainly he’s aware – and we’ve made it clear to him – that we have to score more so all the spotlight, of course, is on him and Almiron. But, as a team, we have to create more and that’s got to be the aim going forward.”
Leicester boss Rodgers leaps to defend Choudhuryby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has leapt to the defence of Hamza Choudhury after his tackle on Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.Salah was forced off minutes before the the end of the Reds’ dramatic 2-1 Premier League win at Anfield on Saturday after being caught on the left ankle by a poor challenge from Choudhury.“I don’t think it was a really bad challenge,” said the former Liverpool boss. “Mohamed Salah is coming inside and the speed he travels and Hamza is coming back.“I have tried to look at it but the camera is quite a way away. The emotion of the game, it might seem worse than it was.“He is an honest boy, Hamza, he makes challenges but I don’t think there was anything malicious.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ESPN’s Jon Gruden is apparently not a fan of Oregon’s brightly-colored uniforms. On Monday, ESPN aired Gruden’s QB Camp with former Ducks’ quarterback Marcus Mariota, who is expected to be a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft. During Mariota’s session with Gruden, the NFL analyst expressed some distaste for Oregon’s fluorescent yellow uniforms, saying he rooted against the Ducks when they wore them. Jon Gruden trashes @Univ_Of_Oregon fluorescent yellow unis to Marcus Mariota while wearing a fluorescent yellow polo pic.twitter.com/Ul6Ya9uSg6— Chris Law (@ChrisLaw) March 17, 2015Gruden, of course, said all of this while wearing a neon-yellow polo. We’re guessing a man of his intelligence realizes the irony in his comments.
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha elections of 2019 have begun on Thursday with the voting in 91 seats of 20 states, but the ruling BJP is still yet to announce name of candidates for approximate 31 seats. Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are among the states.So far, the party has declared 403 candidates for the seven-phased parliamentary elections. In many seats, BJP is facing a quagmire that has left senior leaders and ticket aspirants baffled. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’For Delhi, the filing of nominations for all seven seats will commence on April 16. But the three main parties – Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bharatiya Janta Party and Congress are yet to finalize the names. Sources said BJP is waiting for the Congress-AAP deal to get finalised. The mongering buzz indicates that there will be a major reshuffle in the saffron quarter this time. Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, former Aam Admi Party leader Kumar Vishwas and former IPS officer Deepak Mishra are the floating names to replace few BJP existing parliamentarians. The last date for filing of nomination is April 23 in Delhi. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn Madhya Pradesh, the party is yet to decide its candidates for its strongholds – Bhopal, Vidisha and Indore. In Bhopal, the party plans to field Sadhvi Pragya Bharti or former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, where Congress is also likely to field the party veteran and former CM, Digvijaya Singh. Similarly, party sources said that for the Indore seat, the top brass has selected the name of the mayor Malini Gaur. However, she is already holding two posts- MLA and mayor of Indore. Even, candidates for Khajuraho, Guna-Shivpuri, Sagar, Dhar and Ratlam-Jhabua are yet to be decided. In Rajasthan, Dausa is yet to get its BJP candidate. This is one of the twelve constituencies which will go to polls in the second phase on May 6. According to the party sources, BJP leader Kirori Meena is demanding a ticket for his wife and former MLA Golma Devi, whereas independent MLA Omprakash Hudla, with support from former chief minister Vasundhara Raje, is also staking a claim for the seat. The BJP is contesting on 24 out of the total 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state. It has fielded Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) leader Hanuman Beniwal from Nagaur seat. Meanwhile, the saffron party further banks on 13 more allies in this election, where it had 16 parties to depend on in 2014. Though BJP is pitching the fight this time on “Modi versus all” and “Kaamdar versus Naamdar” face-off, but experts opine that the party leadership has gone about carefully suturing alliances in all key states-taking into account that the Prime Minister alone might not be enough to thrust to retain power. The party had nominated 428 candidates among the 545 seats. However, there is twist and twirl in the equation this time. Party sources said that this time BJP may field around 434 candidates.
Bengaluru: Cracks within the ruling coalition partners in Karnataka appeared to widen as JD(S)State president A H Vishwanath and former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah accused each other of not following the “coalition dharma.” The flare-up between the two leaders that could complicate matters for the Congress and JD(S) further stemmed from the growing ‘Siddaramiaah for CM’ clamour within the Congress. The call has irked the JD(S) leadership, with Vishwanath Sunday flaying it as “chamchagiri” (sycophancy) and questioning the ability of Siddaramaiah as an administrator. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”What is so special (about Siddaramaiah rule), was his administration greater than Devraj Urs’? People remember Devraj Urs even today after 30 years. What great administration happened (during Siddaramaiah) to remember it for decades? What major developmental work happened? Nothing…,” Vishwanath had said Sunday. A miffed Siddaramaiah tweeted Monday, “I would raise the jealous statement by Vishwanath in the coordination committee. Earlier it was G T Deve Gowda (higher education minister) and now Vishwanath. Don’t know who is the next? It is better if seniors in JD(S) take note of it.” Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHe said “coalition Dharma” was preventing him from speaking openly against “irresponsible” remarks of Vishwanath. “Vishwanath is notorious for his mischievous statements. May God give him wisdom,” Siddaramaiah tweeted. Reacting to Siddaramaiah’s tweet, Vishwanath Monday questioned what Siddaramaiah had done as the chairperson of the coordination committee of Congress and JD(S). Speaking to reporters, Vishwanath said, “The coordination committee has been formed for coalition dharma. Do discuss in the coordination committee. You are the chairman there. Who has stopped you from saying in the coordination committee that you want to be the chief minister.” He also emphasised upon the fact that the coordination committee could not draw a common minimum programme even in the last one year. “Coordination committee has to coordinate between both coalition partners in the government JD(S) and Congress. You are not ready. You are accusing me of being irresponsible,” Vishwanath said. He said though Siddaramaiah had been the chairman for a year, the common minimum programme has not been prepared yet. “It has not yet framed which direction the government should proceed, what the programmes of the government should be and which are the principles of the two parties to proceed with,” Vishwanath charged. He also stressed that if at all there is any scope for Siddaramaiah to become chief minister again, it will be only in 2022 and not before that. Deputy chief minister Dr G Parameshwara, who is from the Congress, too blamed Vishwanath for his remarks. “I am not aware of personal differences of opinion between two leaders. However, when the two parties decided to run the government together it was not appropriate for Vishwanath to speak low about the coordination committee chairman. Such talk should not happen in future.” “Even we should not speak so. That’s what is called as ‘Coalition Dharma,” he said. As the two leaders sparred, the BJP termed Vishwanath’s remarks as a reflection of the JD(S) leadership. “It is not a statement by A H Vishwanath but something Kumaraswamy wants to convey through him,” BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa said. Bickering between coalition partners was evident even during the Lok Sabha elections. Though the two parties fought together bitter rivalry still prevailed at the grassroot level. Squabbling was quite evident in Tumakuru, Hassan and Mandya from where JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda, his grandsons Prajwal Revanna and Nikhil Kumaraswamy contested respectively.
Junior guard Raven Ferguson (31) blows past a defender during a game against Old Dominion Nov. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-60.Credit: Liz Young / Campus editorA 12-7 (2-1) record is not exactly a stellar start to the 2013-14 season for the women’s basketball team. However, with 13 games left in the regular season, the year is far from over.Despite seven losses, the Buckeyes are coming off of arguably their biggest win of the year, knocking then-No. 22 Indiana from the ranks of the unbeaten and out of the top 25 in a 70-51 win Saturday.Part of the Buckeyes’ struggles might be their tough schedule, which is ranked as the hardest in the country according to Women’s Basketball State, a website that specializes in women’s basketball statistics.The tough schedule is something coach Kevin McGuff said will help his team down the stretch.“We have faced a variety of styles. We have faced big teams and small teams,” McGuff said. “All of that together, I think, has really put us in a good position to kind of embrace the great challenge of the Big Ten schedule.”Of OSU’s remaining 13 games, four come against opponents currently ranked in the top 25. OSU plays No. 16 Penn State twice (Thursday on the road and Feb. 9 at home) No. 18 Nebraska (Feb. 20) and No. 22 Purdue (Feb. 6) a team the Buckeyes beat 89-78 in Columbus Jan. 2.McGuff said a key to success for the rest of the season is keeping their eye on the prize.“We will not beat one single team in this league if we do not have great focus and concentration,” McGuff said.Sophomore point guard Ameryst Alston has been an important asset to the team so far this season. She has played in every game and currently leads the team in average points per game with 16.9. Her 29-point performance at Indiana matched her career high and earned her Big Ten Player of the week honors.“It’s a blessing and it does feel great,” Alston said of the honors. “Hard works pays off.”Alston is not the only player on this OSU team that has contributed to their improved play, with the Buckeyes winning five of their last six games.Junior guard Raven Ferguson has also stepped up her game as of late, recording a career-high 18 points in the win against Indiana.“This was Raven’s best game all year,” McGuff said in a press release following the win against Indiana. “She generated a lot of offense for herself and her teammates.”Ferguson said the win against Indiana gave her and her team confidence going forward.“It is something we can build on for the future,” Ferguson said. “It was just a confidence builder because I had not been playing well.”Ferguson is one of five players averaging more than nine points per game, something that she said is a big positive going forward.“It helps us as a team knowing that anybody can score,” Ferguson said. “That is the main thing … putting points on the board and getting everybody to contribute.”The Buckeyes are set to take on the Nittany Lions in State College, Pa., Thursday at 7 p.m.
Ohio State redshirt senior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) guards a Michigan player on an inbound play in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOne day after finals have ended for students at Ohio State, the men’s basketball team (8-3, 2-0 Big Ten) plays host to Appalachian State (5-6) for both teams’ first game in a week. The Buckeyes are coming off a dominant 97-62 victory against William & Mary in their first matchup since returning to their nonconference schedule. Here is a rundown of what to expect in Ohio State’s 6 p.m. matchup against Appalachian State Saturday.Projected StartersAppalachian State:G — Ronshad Shabazz — Junior, 6-foot-5, 217 lbs., 21.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.5 apgG — Justin Forrest — Freshman, 6-foot-2, 195 lbs., 16.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.5 apgF — Tyrell Johnson — Junior, 6-foot-8, 205 lbs., 8.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Griffin Kinney — Senior, 6-foot-8, 240 lbs., 11.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Isaac Johnson — Sophomore, 6-foot-9, 212 lbs., 6.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.4 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.0 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 6.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.5 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 18.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.5 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.0 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 12.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.8 apgScouting Appalachian StateThe Mountaineers have been one of the more prolific offenses in college basketball to this point in the year. They are 18th in both points per game at 87.6 and 3-pointers made per game with 10.6.The bulk of the Mountaineers’ offense has run through its starting point guard, Ronshad Shabazz. He will be the only player in this game with a points per game average of more than 20.“[Shabazz’s] a lefty that can score at every level,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “He’s an older kid. Strong, built a little bit like [Ohio State forward Jae’Sean Tate] and can do it all in terms of scoring and facilitating for his team.But according to Ken Pomeroy, much of that has to do with the type of opponents they have played. They have faced off against the 166th-best defensive schedule to this point, and thus their adjusted offense is only 124th-best in the nation. While the offensive success might be in question, the Mountaineers’ ability to rebound well and outplay their opponents on the inside has been a standout feature of their season. They are tied for 27th in the nation, averaging 8.3 more rebounds per game than their opponents. Appalachian State is not an exceptionally tall team. According to KenPom, it is only the 64th-tallest team in the nation. But the Mountaineers hold a significant weight advantage over many of their opponents. They have four starters that weigh in at more than 200 pounds compared to just three for Ohio State.“Depth and size across the board, really maybe in some ways, as good a positional size as we’ve seen in terms of bigger guards, bigger wings. They’re certainly bigger than us at those guard and wing spots,” Holtmann said. “They’re a tough, physical, veteran team that’s going to play exceptionally hard and I’m interested to see how we’ll respond after kind of a week of final exams and you’re always concerned about any game, but certainly concerned about the game after finals.”Avoiding the upsetOn paper, Ohio State should handle its business against Appalachian State. Ohio State has appeared the more dominant team against stronger teams and seems to have more on-court talent than the Mountaineers. But with finals week having just taken place, a week away from action and knowing they are playing against a weaker opponent, this could set the stage for a potential upset. Holtmann — citing a similar opponent in the University of Texas Arlington, who beat Ohio State in 2015 — said the Buckeyes are aware of the importance of not overlooking opponents like Appalachian State since that loss. He added that veterans on the team will be leaned on to keep a younger team focused on the matchup. “What I rely on and lean on in those situations is our older guys who’ve been through it. Because young guys don’t know,” Holtmann said. “They just don’t know. It’s not their fault, but freshman have no idea how good players are at all levels of college basketball.”Holtmann said that while he brought up the concept of losing to a heavy underdog if overlooking them, he is letting his veterans who were on the team that lost to UT Arlington — Bates-Diop and Tate — handle how much the team reflects on that loss. Those two veterans both said that loss was the reason Ohio State failed to make the NCAA Tournament that year.“They’re important games, and sometimes they can make or break you when it comes to March,” Tate said. “The only thing that me and Keita as older guys can do is learn our lesson that time and only that time, and just try to prepare the younger guys on the team who haven’t been in this situation.”Health UpdatesBoth sophomore center Micah Potter and freshman forward Kyle Young were absent from the team’s win against William & Mary, but they both practiced Thursday, Holtmann said. He said the two will be gametime decisions. Young and Potter are dealing with ankle injuries.
England national team head coach Gareth Southgate has revealed his reasons why he changed the team’s tactical shape for their UEFA Nations League game against Croatia on Friday.The former England U-21 manager said that he moved back to a 4-3-3 to take advantage of the country’s next generation of wingers.Southgate ended his year-long experiment with the 3-5-2 system on Friday night, switching to a 4-3-3 formation that he will stick with for Monday’s game with Spain in Seville.Explaining why he made the switch, the ex-England central defender said it was to help England on the pitch, but also because he has “half an eye” on England’s junior teams and the talented wingers coming through.Southgate explains why he started Jadon Sancho Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Jadon Sancho was given a start ahead of Marcus Rashford in England’s win over Kosovo and the manager explained why he went down that…Southgate began with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and City’s Raheem Sterling out wide on Friday, with Borussia Dortmund’s youngster, Jadon Sancho replacing Sterling for the last 12 minutes.Southgate said he seeks to evolve the England team, he knows that a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 would better suit the young wingers and No 8s he has coming through the country’s junior teams.“We looked at players that might come into the teams, younger ones, and part of my thinking was always what is the mid to long-term as much as the next few games. There are obvious issues we have to resolve immediately, in terms of how we defend and how we press.” Southgate said, according to Independent.“But also with half an eye in my mind on other players who can come in and play that way, who we’ve seen in the junior teams in a similar system.”