West Ham boss Pellegrini warns Man Utd: We’re in a good momentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is full confidence facing Manchester United at London stadium.West Ham beat United 3-1 in the same fixture last season. Asked if the current Hammers team is even better, Pellegrini said: “Maybe, but that doesn’t mean we are going to beat Manchester United. We beat them 3-1 here and I hope we can get a win again. “Man Utd played last night but they changed nine players so it will be a different team. “We are in a good moment so, if we are playing against the big teams, we must show we can play in the same way.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Agent of Spurs star Son would love to place him at Napoliby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Heung-Min Son admits he’d love to place the Tottenham star at Napoli.However, Thies Bliemeister says he won’t force the issue.”I have never taken a player to Napoli but I would like it thanks to (Diego) Mardona, my favourite player. I talked to Napoli before with directors who are no longer with the club. I will take advantage of the double meeting with Salzburg to talk to them,” Bliemeister told Radio Marte.”As for Son in Naples, why not? You should never say never in football. Son likes Italy, the food and the Italian people. It is not easy to move him to Napoli as he costs a lot, but one day maybe, who knows?”
zoomImage Courtesy: Hammonia Reederei German companies Ernst Russ Group and Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG have jointly sold their shares in affiliated ship management company Hammonia Reederei GmbH & Co. KG to Scandinavian investors.Both founding shareholders of Hammonia JV transferred their shares to Norwegian investment firm Ness Risan & Partners (NRP) and former owners of Containerships Group, Finland.The transaction is subject to antitrust approval, according to the duo.Hammonia is the technical ship manager for bulkers, containerships and multipurpose vessels. Its fleet comprises more than 40 vessels, according to data available on the company’s website.The JV was founded by Ernst Russ and Peter Döhle in October 2003. Recently, the capital shares accounted for 31.37 % each.With the transaction, Ernst Russ said it follows its strategy and further focuses on activities in asset investment and asset management in shipping and real estate. Currently, the asset and investment manager administers a fleet of around 100 container, tanker and bulker ships as well as other vessels.Furthermore, Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG bundles the fleet’s technical management in-house, however, remains service provider for Hammonia in Chartering, Crewing and Insurance.Peter Döhle is a fully integrated ship owner and manager in the segments container, bulk and multi-purpose based in Hamburg. Döhle has a strong focus on containerships of up to 14,000 TEUs.
YEARSEAST TEAMWEIGHTED AGEWEST TEAMWEIGHTED AGEAVG. When the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meet on Christmas Day, each does so as a heavy favorite to reach the NBA Finals for a third-straight season, something that’s never been done by a pair of teams in the NBA’s 70-year history.But while it’s natural to focus on the current season, and to see if the clubs set a new standard by meeting for a third-consecutive summer, it’s also reasonable to think it could be years before anyone supplants them in the finals, because of their youth.The last two teams to meet in back-to-back finals, the 2012-13 and 2013-14 Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, were much older at the time of their first meeting than the Cavs and Warriors were for theirs. San Antonio had an average weighted1Weighted by minutes played. age of 28.6 years; Miami’s was 30.3 years old. Before them, the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz of 1996-97 and 1997-98 were the only other set of back-to-back finals foes from the past two decades. The Bulls were 30.7 years old on average at the start of their championship-round showdowns, and the Jazz were 29.6, per ESPN Stats & Information Group.The Cavs and Warriors, by contrast, were on average just 26.9 and 26.6 years old, respectively, when they first met in the finals back in 2015, making them the third-youngest repeat finalists ever, behind the Knicks and Minneapolis Lakers from 1951-52 and 1952-53, and the Washington Bullets and Seattle Sonics from 1977-78 and 1978-79. Put another way: The NBA hasn’t seen back-to-back finals foes as young as Cleveland and Golden State in about 40 years.2We’re using ages in the first season the teams met in the finals, a solid proxy since conference-winning teams tend to not have a lot of roster turnover. 1977-78Washington Bullets27.4Seattle Sonics26.026.7 1981-82Philadelphia 76ers28.1Los Angeles Lakers26.827.5 1987-88Detroit Pistons27.4Los Angeles Lakers28.928.2 1996-97Chicago Bulls30.7Utah Jazz29.630.2 1956-57Boston Celtics27.0St. Louis Hawks27.627.3 2012-13Miami Heat30.3San Antonio Spurs28.629.5 2014-15Cleveland Cavaliers26.9Golden State Warriors26.626.8 1983-84Boston Celtics28.0Los Angeles Lakers27.527.5 1971-72New York Knicks28.8Los Angeles Lakers29.529.2 1951-52New York Knicks25.5Minneapolis Lakers25.925.7 1964-65Boston Celtics28.3Los Angeles Lakers26.427.4 1959-60Boston Celtics27.5St. Louis Hawks27.527.5 Back-to-back finals foes, by youngest average age Rematches in the NBA Finals aren’t all that unusual. There have been 14 back-to-back occasions throughout league history. But they were a lot more common in decades past, when the league had far fewer teams and little enough competitive balance to see the Celtics and Lakers meet in the finals six times in eight years.It also helped that powerhouse teams from those eras could stay intact since salary caps and unrestricted free agency didn’t take root until the mid- to late-1980s. Far more player movement happens these days, forcing teams (even borderline dynastic ones) to make tough personnel decisions.The Warriors and Cavs, despite their willingness to spend, aren’t totally immune to those choices. Golden State, for instance, may be forced to part with one of its better players (likely free-agent-to-be Andre Iguodala or Shaun Livingston) in order to give Steph Curry and Kevin Durant the max salaries they deserve.And while Cleveland has almost all of its top players inked for the foreseeable future (LeBron James can opt out in 2018), Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert paid $54 million to cover the Cavs’ league-high luxury-tax bill. (Granted, the tax helped the Cavs earn the city’s first major pro sports title in 52 years. But a looming, costly repeater tax could eventually cost Gilbert more than $100 million if the Cavs opt to keep their roster together long term.) In the shorter term, the Raptors also are a threat. According to our NBA forecast, they have a 34 percent chance of winning the East, just behind the Cavs’ 37 percent, as of Thursday. (The Warriors have a 59 percent chance of reaching the finals, and there’s about a 22 percent chance of a Warriors-Cavs final.)But stepping back for a minute, there’s still reason to think the Warriors and Cavs are a solid bet to face each other again in the finals for years to come.For starters, there’s the fact that these clubs have already been playing at a high level for years. They currently rank second all-time among back-to-back finals participants in combined win percentage over a three-season span, just behind the Bulls and Jazz from the 1995-96 season to 1997-98, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Chicago and Utah had a .780 win percentage during their window; the Cavs and Warriors are at .770. (Similarly, with a look at the harmonic mean of the Cavs and Warriors’ Elo ratings — a system used to rate the strength of teams over time — we see that over the last two-plus-years, they trail only the Jazz and Bulls’ run in terms of teams that have played in consecutive finals.)And obviously the magnitude of the Durant signing can’t be overstated. Aside from the fact that the Warriors vastly improved their starting five, somehow becoming even less guardable than before, it’s also important to look at how that signing changed the landscape of things out West.By acquiring him, Golden State not only kept Durant from joining a 67-win Spurs team or a star-studded Clippers club (both of whom met with Durant as he mulled his options as a free agent) but also poached him from Oklahoma City, a team that nearly eliminated the Warriors last season and arguably stood as their biggest long-term threat.In Cleveland’s case, James alone gives them a good shot at returning to the finals, given that he’s reached six in a row, and has shown before that he doesn’t necessarily need both his co-stars at full strength to get there. The real question is how long James, who’s never had a serious injury that forced him to miss considerable time, can play at an all-world level.James turns 32 in a week, and has taken on a heavy load of playing time, both this season and over his career; one in which he’s already logged more career minutes than Larry Bird did during his before retiring at age 35. (The other top seven Warriors and Cavs’ players in win shares — Durant, Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson — have far less tread, and are 28 or younger.)From the looks of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which still needs to be ratified but which the owners and players’ union tentatively agreed to last week, it doesn’t look as if there will be real impediments to the Warriors’ and Cavs’ being able to stay together for the next few years. In fact, the framework of the agreement contains some elements that might actually help Golden State keep its star players despite the fact that some believed the opposite might take place after commissioner Adam Silver expressed concern with the rise of superteams after Durant chose to join the Warriors.In any case, even with months to go, it wouldn’t be surprising to anyone if the Cavs and Warriors make history to reach the finals a third-straight time. At this point, the better question might be how long they can keep the streak going.CORRECTION: (Dec. 23, 12:11 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated the years the Bulls and Jazz and the Heat and Spurs played back-to-back Finals. The correct years were 1996-97 and 1997-98 for Chicago and Utah, and 2012-13 and 2013-14 for San Antonio and Miami.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 1961-62Boston Celtics27.9Los Angeles Lakers25.926.9 Ages calculated from the start of each teams’ two-year run to the NBA Finals.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 1967-68Boston Celtics29.5Los Angeles Lakers27.828.7
GameDay airs at 9 a.m. on ESPNU and from 10 a.m. to noon on ESPN. Check out College GameDay’s website at collegegameday.com Follow College GameDay on Twitter @GameDayFootball. College GameDay’s new Facebook page is facebook.com/collegegameday. When Ohio State hosts Penn State on Saturday, the Buckeyes will be well-rested. That might not be a good thing. Despite its .823 winning percentage under coach Jim Tressel, OSU maintains a lackluster 2-4 record when coming off a bye week. With its last loss after a week off coming from the Nittany Lions in 2005, OSU looks to buck the trend. As one of four one-loss teams atop the conference standings, the Buckeyes’ Big Ten ambitions depend solely on their performance down the stretch. That starts with Penn State. The two squads are no strangers to jockeying for position in the Big Ten against one another. When a Big Ten title was on the line in 2008, a costly fourth-quarter fumble by OSU signal caller Terrelle Pryor dashed the No. 10 Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl aspirations and virtually punched No. 3 Penn State’s ticket to Pasadena, Calif. Last year’s meeting in State College, Pa., had similar implications but produced a much different result. Paced by 228 yards on the ground and an efficient performance from Pryor, the No. 15 Buckeyes upset the No. 11 Nittany Lions, 24-7, and moved one step closer to a Rose Bowl trip of their own. This year’s bout has significant but different Big Ten ramifications. At 6-3 (3-2 in the conference), the Nittany Lions look to play the role of spoiler, while the Buckeyes (8-1, 4-1) are fighting for a second straight Rose Bowl bid. They must remain perfect to get there. A Wisconsin loss would help their cause as well. On paper, OSU seems the overwhelming favorite. However, the Nittany Lion faithful have seen a revitalized Penn State team of late. Winners of three straight and averaging 36.3 points per game during that span, the Nittany Lions have been sparked by back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances from 2009 first-team All-Big Ten selection Evan Royster and the emergence of sophomore quarterback Matthew McGloin. Those wins have come against Minnesota, Michigan and Northwestern. The Silver Bullet defense is a different beast. Ranking third nationally in total defense and fourth in rushing defense, the Buckeyes will be no easy task for Royster and Penn State. Add 105,000-plus scarlet-clad, screaming fans, the ESPN College GameDay gang and a potential sixth straight conference title to the mix, and it appears as though this contest is OSU’s to lose. Although OSU handily defeated the Nittany Lions in Happy Valley a year ago, don’t think the Buckeyes will forget what happened in Columbus the previous year. Ask Purdue about the whole revenge thing. Couple that with a new and improved Pryor under center along with the lingering bad taste from Wisconsin, and the Buckeyes seem poised to continue their high flying show in the ‘Shoe. Either way, as the college football season comes to a close, no victory will come easy.
Ally Kraemer contributed to this story. It’s official: Former Florida running backs coach Stan Drayton will be the new wide receivers coach for the Ohio State football team, coach Jim Tressel announced today. “Stan Drayton, first and foremost, is a fine person and a family man,” Tressel said in a press release. “We are fortunate to gain one of the finest coaches in America to serve our kids, school and community.” Drayton will bring with him 14 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including time at the University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Villanova, Allegheny, Mississippi State and Tennessee. The Cleveland native also coached the Gators’ running backs during the team’s 41-14 victory against the Buckeyes in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game. Until today, spokespeople from OSU would not confirm reports that Drayton was leaving his post as the Gators’ running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Steve McClain, associate athletics director for communications at Florida, said the Gator staff wouldn’t be left shorthanded. “Yeah, I’d say that our coaching staff is intact at this time,” McClain told The Lantern on Wednesday. Tressel said Drayton will be a good addition to the Buckeyes’ football staff. “He is a Buckeye born and bred,” Tressel said of the Cleveland-born Allegheny graduate, “and will add a tremendous dimension to our football family.”
Antonio Conte managed to win the FA Cup with Chelsea after beating Manchester United 1-0 and it means that he has won one trophy for each year he has been at the club.The Italian coach still doesn’t know anything new about his future as his job has seemed to be in jeopardy – however, he insisted that the club know him well and they have enough information to make just the right decision.The former Juventus coach spoke about his future as he said, according to Talk Sport:After two years the club knows me very well.”“If they want to continue to work with me, they know me. I can’t change. My way is always the same: hard work and to build a strong mentality with my players.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I can’t change. I’m this. I’m this and I think my past speaks very clear as a player and as a manager. You can say what you want, but I’m a serial winner.”“I showed this in England in a difficult moment for the club, after the 10th place (in 2015-16). I’ve shown this also today because we found the right way to win this trophy.”“I’m very happy for the players, I’m very happy for our fans. At the same time, I’m happy for the club.”“The decision to charge me (with the job), in two seasons I brought two trophies for this club.”
This partnership has allowed at risk youth to give back to the community, learn the importance of hard work, teamwork and accomplishing goals, while allowing them an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and develop healthy outlets and social skills. The Core Cognitive Restructuring Unit in combination with the Boys Treatment Unit at McLaughlin Youth Center (MYC), in Anchorage, traveled to the Kenai Peninsula to put up fencing around the river. MYC has assisted the U.S. Forest Service and the Stream Watch Volunteers with this project for over 20 years. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Russian River opens today, and a group of youths worked over the weekend to complete the Russian River Bank Restoration Project. The MYC Boys Treatment Unit, in Anchorage, works with youths on substance abuse issues. However, they also offer treatment on other levels, such as victim impact, self-esteem, anger management, and life skills. The CCR Unit provides treatment to male juveniles who have been adjudicated for sexual offenses, or non-sex offenses with significant inappropriate sexual behaviors in their histories. The program itself is based on a relapse prevention model educating young offenders in the strategies and skills they will need in the community to remain offense free. Photo Courtesy of: Alaska Health and Social Services