Will Buyout Season Help The Cavs And Warriors

It’s buyout season in the NBA, meaning that washed-up, out-of-favor or otherwise disgruntled veterans have begun to make their way to contenders. Specifically, Deron Williams and Jose Calderon have (or will soon have) new teams. Williams appears to be headed to Cleveland, where he’d become the latest in a long line of faded stars and aged role players to team up with LeBron, while Calderon seems likely to wind up in Golden State.Neither move would likely change how deep Cleveland or Golden State goes in the playoffs, but both players could fill key roles for the defending finalists.Deron WilliamsWilliams, who has already cleared waivers and has reportedly informed the Cavs that he’ll sign with them, has had a rough year in Dallas, being displaced in the rotation by Seth Curry, Devin Harris and Yogi Ferrell. He’s averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists in 29.3 minutes on the season but has seen his role cut considerably since January. But even though Williams’s overall stats remain down and he clearly isn’t the player he was earlier in his career, there’s a chance that he’ll fill the specific needs of the Cavs.LeBron James has publicly called for Cleveland to add another point guard to its roster after the departure of Matthew Dellavedova to restricted free agency, and the stats bear out the claim: The Cavaliers have only three players with an assist rate over 10 percent:1Basketball Reference.com’s assist rate is an estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while he was on the floor. LeBron (41.9), Kyrie Irving (30), and 21-year-old backup point guard Kay Felder. This season, Williams has a 40 percent assist rate, which may not be the best gauge of point guard play on its own but could be a good indicator that he can help the Cavs.While the Cleveland offense is known for ball movement and numerous 3-point shooters, it also relies on having a player initiate the offense using ball screens and drives. That’s what draws the defense’s attention away from the other, off-ball actions that spring Kyle Korver or Richard Jefferson open. Williams should help to keep those skills on the floor when James and Irving take a rest. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Williams scores 89.9 points per 100 possessions as a pick-and-roll ball handler (this is fairly good) and outperforms Felder in nearly every scoring category.Williams obviously won’t solve all of the Cavs’ problems — for that, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith will need to return healthy and ready for the playoff run, and Andrew Bogut, who has secured his release from the Philadelphia 76ers and is expected to sign in Cleveland, will have to help hold down the fort until they return. But if Williams can do even a passable job at alleviating the playmaking deficiency that’s forced James into long minutes, he may prove just as crucial as either of those players.Jose CalderonCalderon was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers and is reportedly leaning toward the Warriors as his preferred destination. Calderon would be the Warriors’ third point guard, behind Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston, so his role would be smaller in Oakland than Williams’s would be in Cleveland, but adding shooting off the bench is key for Golden State, which has surprisingly few dead-eye shooters on the roster behind Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. When Did Sports Become So Political? Related: Hot Takedown Calderon has never been a lockdown defender, and rarely even a serviceable one, but he’s always balanced that out by being one of the most efficient offensive players in the game, picking up a 50-40-90 season along the way. This season, his shooting numbers are all way off of his career norms — 41.6 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three, and a 50.8 true shooting percentage — though he’s also played fewer than 300 minutes on the season.During his longest stretch of extended action — an eight-game run in November and December during which he was pressed into starting — Calderon looked more like himself, posting a 60.2 true shooting percentage and 34.6 assist percentage. He also put up a 116 defensive rating to a 107 offensive rating, and the Lakers dropped five of those eight, so he wasn’t exactly a game-changer. But in a spot-role for the Warriors, he wouldn’t need to be.Most relevant to a job with the Warriors is Calderon’s 39.3 percent shooting on spot-up threes, making him, at worst, one more piece of shooting on a team that runs on the stuff.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Ohio State womens soccer clinches postseason spot behind Paradisos 2 goals

OSU senior forward Michela Paradiso (9) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Anbo Yao / Lantern photographerMichela Paradiso saved her best for last. Playing in her final home game for the Ohio State women’s soccer team, the senior midfielder/forward netted a career-high two goals to lift the Buckeyes over Michigan State on a rainy Wednesday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.With the win 2-0 over the Spartans, OSU (10-5-3) clinched the No. 7 seed in the Big Ten tournament, which is set to begin on Sunday.“I knew we needed this game to enter the Big Ten tournament so I just wanted to help carry my time and show them what it takes to come out on top,” Paradiso said.The game, which was senior night for Paradiso and forwards Marisa Wolf and Katelyn Kraft, was a perfect finale for the players to end their careers in Columbus on.OSU got on the board early on. In the third minute of play, Paradiso — an Upper Arlington, Ohio, native — possessed a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Nikki Walts and finished from 15 yards out.With the win, the Buckeyes are 9-1 when they get on the board first on the season.The hometown girl’s story just continued to get better.“(Paradiso) has really found herself this year,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “Michela’s a very serious young woman. She takes her academics seriously, she takes herself seriously and her soccer. So what I’m proud of is that she’s really found a way to enjoy everything.”Perhaps it was the way Walker prepared Paradiso in the morning that propelled the senior to be successful on Wednesday night.“I said to her this morning, ‘Just soak it all in because you don’t get these moments back.’ So I think for her to have those goals and help carry her team into the Big Ten tournament and what we were calling a championship game today, I’m just so proud of her,” Walker said.In the 31st minute, Paradiso drew a penalty kick and finished to her right for her second goal of the night and her fifth of the season.Heading into halftime, OSU led the Spartans 8-4 in shots, including 5-1 on the frame. The teams were knotted in corner kicks at two.The Spartans brought on very physical play in the first half, and Walker said she prepared her team to stay at ease and not feed into negative energy.The Buckeyes were unrelenting in their pressure in the second half though they sat comfortably with their two-goal lead.“We really felt that was the biggest challenge. In soccer, a 2-0 lead is most difficult because all it takes is one goal and all of a sudden the team gets their confidence back and your team feels like they’re on their heels,” Walker said. “We just challenged them to step up and make sure that we did all of the little things again.”Freshman goalkeeper Devon Kerr was in the net for the entire 90 minutes as opposed to the Buckeyes’ usual starter, redshirt junior Jillian McVicker,..“Devon is such a big presence, physically. She makes great reactionary saves,” Walker said. “Devon is so young so there’s still a lot of experience that she needs to gain so for us today she really did what she needed to do.”Walker said she could not be more proud of her team and how it rose to the challenge presented to them.“I want them to really enjoy this moment right now while we wait to see where we’re headed,” Walker said.The win for the Buckeyes gave them the No. 7 seed in the Big Ten tournament, which granted them a matchup with No. 2-seeded Wisconsin.“This is what you’ve done all this work for,” Walker said. “The excitement is that we’ve gotten there and now let’s see what kind of run we can put ourselves on.”Paradiso last appeared in the Big Ten Tournament as a freshman, so she said she is excited to return in her final year wearing the scarlet and gray.“It feels so good,” she said. “For a lot of these girls it’s their first trip to the Big Ten (tournament), only the senior class has been there. I’m just so happy to bring back that tradition … of going to the tournament.”OSU’s quarterfinal matchup against the Badgers is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Madison, Wisconsin. read more

Ohio State defense quiets critics Spartans attack

EAST LANSING, Mich. – For about five weeks, the Ohio State football defense heard almost nothing but criticism. For the majority of OSU’s game Saturday against Michigan State, the Buckeyes’ defense heard almost nothing at all. Playing against an MSU team that features one of the nation’s most prolific running backs, OSU, time after time, sent the Spartans’ offense back to its sideline and the bulk of the 76,000-plus screaming fans at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich., into their seats with not much to cheer for. A week removed from giving up 403 yards of offense to a now 0-4 Alabama-Birmingham team, the Buckeyes allowed just 303 yards. The Spartans were 4-for-15 on third down, averaged a mere 1.5 yards per carry, and completed only 52 percent of their passes. The stat the Buckeyes are likely most proud of, though, is the 45 yards MSU junior tailback Le’Veon Bell totaled on the ground. Coming into Saturday’s contest, Bell was the nation’s third leading rusher, averaging 153 yards per game. “That’s a good back. He won’t be held to (such low yardage). I’m venturing to say that won’t happen again to that guy. He’s a good player,” said OSU first-year coach Urban Meyer. OSU players agreed with their coach. “It’s amazing, ain’t it?” said OSU redshirt senior defensive end Nathan Williams of the Buckeyes’ bottling up Bell. “It’s incredible. We played our butts off up front.” Saturday’s defensive performance was needed by OSU, and not just to pave the way for a win against a Big Ten foe. Coming into its game against the Spartans, OSU ranked at the bottom of the Big Ten in defense, and it was something that shocked Buckeye players. “Somebody sent us a text last week showing us we were last in defense, and we were just like, ‘Dang,’” said redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby. Williams said he took the criticism aimed at OSU’s defense to heart. “We take things personal, and we showed it (Saturday),” Williams said. Prior to kickoff Saturday, MSU’s defense ranked best in the Big Ten. But by 7:40 p.m., it was the Buckeyes’ defense that looked better, as now No. 12-ranked OSU (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) held on for a 17-16 victory against then No. 20-ranked Spartans (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten). “We have a lot of confidence in this defense. I have a lot of confidence in this defense. I think (Saturday) we finally played to our potential,” said senior linebacker Etienne Sabino, who all but sealed the win with a third-down hit on MSU junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell late in the fourth quarter that stalled a possible game-winning drive. The potential for the defense, according to OSU players, is to be the best in the conference and one of the best in the country. “Michigan State’s supposed to have one of the best defenses in the Big Ten, so we just wanted to come out here (Saturday) and show that we’re the best defense in the Big Ten,” Roby said. The players the OSU defense employed Saturday are mostly the same players that have been playing, and struggling, throughout the first month of the season. Those players’ muscles were not any bigger and their legs were not any quicker Saturday against the Spartans. The difference between OSU’s defensive performance against MSU versus its output during the first month of the season was, according to Buckeye players, the game plan. OSU had nine players in the box most of the game and had its defensive backs play one-on-one coverage. They forced Maxwell to throw and did not let Bell, a 6-foot-2, 244-pound bruiser, gain yards up the middle. Williams, who has been a part of the OSU program since 2008, said the game plan was the best he’s ever been a part of in his career as a Buckeye. “We’ve seen (Bell) get going on tape, and it’s all bad news once he gets running downhill. So we didn’t give him the opportunity to get going downhill. We closed the gaps, and played great defense,” Williams said. As bad as OSU had been on defense heading into its game against MSU, Meyer said he was confident the Buckeyes were capable of the performance they turned in Saturday. “Absolutely I thought (we were good enough to win). I thought our defense was good enough to play better the first four games; that’s how much confidence I’ve got in our players and coaches,” Meyer said. Meyer and his players said they know the strong defensive outings will have to continue for the remainder of the season. This upcoming Saturday, OSU faces No. 21 Nebraska. The Huskers average 44.8 points per game and more than 300 yards per game on the ground. It will be another major test for the Buckeyes’ defense, but Williams said he hopes OSU’s performance against MSU will give OSU a leg up. “I hope Nebraska looks at this tape and realizes they can’t run on us,” Williams said. Whether or not the Huskers hear Williams warning will be proven Saturday, as OSU takes on Nebraska at 8:00 p.m. in Ohio Stadium. read more

Sam Hubbards journey The road from lacrosse commit to OSU defensive end

OSU redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) defends during a game against Western Michigan on Sept. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU 38-12. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThe Ohio State defense has nearly been an impenetrable blockade for opposing offenses so far in 2015.Through four weeks, the Silver Bullet unit ranks sixth in the nation for total defense, having allowed opponents to cross the goal line just six times while holding them to an average of 253 yards per game.A considerable chunk of the defense’s early success can be traced to the transformation and emergence of redshirt freshman Sam Hubbard — whose road to becoming a key rotation piece at defensive end for the defending national champions has been long, winding and far from conventional.Before ColumbusPrior to arriving at OSU, Hubbard was a two-sport standout for Cincinnati’s Archbishop Moeller High School, playing safety on the gridiron and midfield on its lacrosse team. He was already planning on going to college for athletics, but neither at OSU nor for football. Rather, he had already given his verbal commitment to play lacrosse for Notre Dame.He might have stayed on that road had OSU coach Urban Meyer not waltzed through Hubbard’s gym class during his junior year in high school and seen him playing dodgeball.“We were all just playing like a normal day in class and he walked in with his leather jacket and everyone was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s Urban Meyer,’” Hubbard said.Meyer was there to see Moeller’s football coach, John Rodenberg, who is also the gym teacher.Hubbard admitted to giving extra effort, but said he didn’t think much of it until his coach introduced him to Meyer after class.From there, their relationship began, and by early April 2013, Hubbard decommitted from Notre Dame and pledged to play football in Ohio’s capital.After the football season, Hubbard decided to forgo his final year of lacrosse to spend the winter gaining an extra 15-20 pounds to prepare for enrolling in Columbus, as he would no longer be a safety.Redshirt seasonHubbard was recruited to be an outside linebacker, and he went through camp at the position. Shortly after, however, the coaches decided to try him at tight end to utilize the former lacrosse player’s athleticism. That experiment would only last a few weeks before he was back to working as a linebacker.Soon thereafter, his road took another turn when coaches told him he would be heading to defensive line coach Larry Johnson’s position room.“I just sat down in the back of the room and just had no idea what he was talking about for the first four or five weeks,” Hubbard said.Despite the lack of familiarity, Hubbard’s ability shined through during his first few weeks, impressing the coaching staff, including Meyer — who considered pulling Hubbard’s redshirt after a few weeks but deemed it “unfair” due to how late into the season it was.The strong finish to his redshirt campaign, combined with a spring practice effort that earned effusive praise from Meyer, resulted in high hopes for Hubbard’s regular season debut wearing scarlet and gray.Game reps at lastHubbard, who now tips the scale at 265 pounds, was just supposed to be in the rotation at defensive line for OSU, but junior Joey Bosa’s suspension for the season opener meant an increased role in his first live action.On just the game’s ninth play against Virginia Tech, he registered his first career sack before  corralling three more tackles and one quarterback hurry.OSU sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) and senior linebacker Joshua Perry (37) attempt to tackle Virginia Tech redshirt-junior tailback Trey Edmunds (14) during a game against Virginia Tech on September 7 in Blacksburg, Virginia. OSU won 42-24. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorSince the win, Hubbard has continued to excel, which is a key reason for the Silver Bullets’ dominance. The redshirt freshman has amassed multiple tackles in each game — including 1.5 sacks against Northern Illinois — to bring his season tackle total to eight.After the three position switches, Hubbard said he finally feels like he belongs.“I didn’t feel like a defensive end until I got into the game and actually played against Virginia Tech,” he said. “After I saw those game reps I realized that I did belong where I was.”It must be noted that a certain portion of his early success stems from the fact that a consensus top-10 pick in the NFL draft plays on the opposite side of the defensive line in Bosa.Hubbard doesn’t refute that claim though, admitting that Bosa was seeing double and triple teams throughout the game. However, he won’t be complaining.“I’m thankful for it,” Hubbard said.Despite the additional blockers Bosa commands, Hubbard committed to the switch and worked hard to get this far down the road so swiftly.“He’s a hard worker,” sophomore linebacker and fellow class of 2014 recruit Raekwon McMillan said. “During the offseason he was working hard, showing the older guys that he can go out there and do it out on the field.”The season is young, with the Buckeyes having eight more regular season games still on the docket. But despite Hubbard’s immediate impact, his growth and development — which safeties and co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash called “off the charts” — still has a long way to go.But he knows that.“I haven’t even been at this position for a full year. I’m just gonna keep taking all the coaching in, knowledge and more experience I get the better,” Hubbard said. “It’s only up from here.” read more

Football JT Barrett eclipses Drew Brees sets Big Ten record for career

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett throws a pass in the first quarter against Penn State on Oct. 28. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWell, add one more to the list. Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett set the Big Ten record for career touchdown passes in the second quarter against Penn State Saturday, eclipsing former Purdue Boilermaker and future NFL Hall of Famer Drew Brees. Barrett’s 14-yard connection with wide receiver Terry McLaurin was his 91st career touchdown pass. The score cut into Penn State’s lead, making it 21-10, with 9:32 remaining in the second quarter. Barrett already set the record for career touchdowns responsible for among Big Ten quarterbacks earlier this season, also passing Brees. As a freshmen, he set the Big Ten single-season record for touchdowns, with 45.He now owns 29 school or Big Ten records. read more

Paul Pogba could soon move to Barcelona

first_imgAccording to the Daily Star Sunday, his agent will hold talks with Manchester United today to plan a £100 million transfer to Spanish side BarcaFIFA World Cup champion, French midfielder Paul Pogba, could say goodbye soon to Manchester United after his agent was reportedly in talks with the Red Devils to put a £100 million transfer price for the player and sell it to Spanish powerhouse Barcelona.Rumors say agent Mino Raiola will meet with United today, to plan the release of his client to Spain, after the Frenchman was rumored to have a strained relationship with Manchester’s Portuguese boss, José Mourinho.Pogba has not been very happy with his defensive role in the English club, and after winning the FIFA World Cup he believes his abilities would be better if he has an attacking role. Meanwhile, Barcelona has already teased that the midfielder would wear shirt number eight if he moves to the Azulgrana.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Pogba remains on holiday after being crowned with the World Cup, despite Mourinho’s calls for players to return early.Blending in ??? #islandholidays pic.twitter.com/KN0vKsK8RL— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 1, 2018last_img read more

Mihajlovic sues Sporting Lisbon

first_imgFormer Sporting CP manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is suing the club after he was sacked nine days after taking the job.According to Football Italia, now former Fiorentina, Bologna, Milan and Torino boss Mihajlovic is suing Sporting CP at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).“I had accepted the job with great enthusiasm, even more than usual because it meant going abroad in a prestigious league that was new to me,” Mihajlovic told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.“Precisely because it was so new to me, I made sure to get all the necessary background information and precautions during the negotiations. I never expected to be not on the bench in August, but in a tribunal trying to defend myself after my rights have been trampled on.“It was a long negotiation with the ex-President De Carvalho, as we decided on the transfer strategy, including different alternatives for the players who were trying to tear up their contracts.Bruno Fernandes, Sporting CP, Sporting Lisbon,Tottenham did not have the credentials to buy Fernandes George Patchias – September 5, 2019 Sporting president Varandas says Tottenham did not have the credentials to fulfill the bid for Bruno FernandesIn an interview with Sporting Lisbons president Frederico…“I can confirm that I was sacked without just cause by Sporting CP just a few days before the start of the contract that would’ve tied me to the club for three seasons.“In the middle of June, I went to Lisbon to negotiate with the Sporting directors for my personal terms and those of my staff. On June 18, we signed a three-year contract that was due to start on July 1.“A few days later, President Bruno de Carvalho was removed from his post by the Board of Directors and on June 27 the club annulled my contract, claiming I had not passed the trial period set in the Portuguese rules for contracts.“However, they cannot say that because at that moment the contract hadn’t even started yet and I was still on vacation in Sardinia…“In 30 years of my career, as player and then Coach, I’ve never seen anything like it. I will have my rights respected, that you can count on.”last_img read more

Police continues investigation in the death of Kevino Smith

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Press Release update: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI, January 19. 2017 – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force began further work on Grand Turk in the continuance investigation surrounding the disappearance and subsequent death of Kevino ‘Bah’ Smith.On Friday 6th March 2015, Kevino Smith was reported missing by his parents. Following the report, a police investigation was launched. As a result of extensive searches by the police and members of the community, his body was later found in the Breezy Brae area on Thursday 16th April 2015.   Following the discovery of his body, a number of people have been arrested on suspicion and are currently on bail for numerous offences which includes Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Perverting the course of justice.The renewed enquiries by police are the first of many that will be conducted on the island of Grand Turk to find the persons responsible for this crime.  We are determined to establish what happened to Kevino and how he came to lose his life, which we hope will bring some closure and small comfort to his family.   The police are aware that there are persons within the Grand Turk communities who may have vital information which can assist the investigation. We, therefore, appeal to you to come forward with any information that you may have.Anyone with information surrounding Kevino Smith’s murder, location or any information relevant to this investigation is asked to call the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force at 911 or 941-4448 extension 81843 or 81837 or use the untraceable, anonymous Crime Stoppers Miami number at 1-800(TIPS) or 1-800-8477.   No names or numbers are requested, and only the information provided is passed on to the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force. Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Recommended for you Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA #MagneticNewsMedialast_img read more