Wenger happy despite Spurs spree

first_img Press Association Manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal squad to show their true value when big-spending Tottenham head to the Emirates Stadium for Sunday’s north London derby. While Spurs star man Gareth Bale is on the verge of a multi-million pound move to Real Madrid, they have nevertheless smashed the club transfer record three times this summer bringing in the likes of Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli and £26million striker Roberto Soldado, with the signing of Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches from Steaua Bucharest confirmed on Friday. Tottenham’s summer spending spree passed the £90million mark when they completed the signing of Erik Lamela from Roma while the club announced last night they had reached an agreement with Ajax over the transfer of Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen. “I know all the players they have bought. For the rest, we will see how well they integrate and how well they will do. It is very difficult to predict that,” said the Arsenal boss, whose side again finished above Spurs in fourth place last season. “They try very hard (to bridge the gap) of course, that is normal. In our job, there is always a technical risk when you buy more than three players because you unbalance a little bit the stability of your squad. “I know that in England it is very well seen, but it is always difficult when you bring so many players in, how everybody will do to predict that.” Wenger says Arsenal – who failed in bids for Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Yohan Cabaye earlier this summer – will never be bullied into paying what they believe are inflated fees to push through a deal or make any “panic buys” ahead of the September 2 deadline. “We have financial potential, I wouldn’t deny that, but we will decide still to pay the right price,” he added. Wenger maintains direct comparisons between Arsenal and Tottenham’s strength cannot be drawn just on spending alone. He continued: “I think about does my squad have a chance to fight for the Premier League or not. We don’t compare to Spurs especially. “Last year, if you had looked at Chelsea’s squad at the start of last year, would you have said they had a squad to fight for the Premier League last year? Yes. “However, they finished two points ahead of us and it is in the last game that it (third place) has been decided. “So you let people talk and you try to analyse the quality of the game you have. “I just can say one thing, in the last six months we have lost one game.” By contrast, Wenger has completed only the free transfers of midfielder Mathieu Flamini and France Under-21 striker Yaya Sanogo. Arsenal are, though, expected to be late movers ahead of the September 2 deadline – with Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria of Real Madrid said to be top of the wanted list. Wenger, however, insists his men can show they are more than a match for Spurs’ new big-money signings by continuing on from the wins over Fulham and Fenerbahce following an opening day home defeat by Aston Villa. “I can understand that it is very interesting for people to read the newspapers and see who goes in and out, but there is only one thing that matters if you really love football – and that is what happens on the pitch,” said Wenger, who will be without forward Lukas Podolski for up to three months because of a torn hamstring. “We have a way to play, good players and let’s focus on that. “It’s a good opportunity for us to show our strengths against Tottenham because they have as well strengthened their team. “I am confident that we will have a very good performance.” Wenger is not in awe of Tottenham’s summer spending spree – and even claimed it could end up destabilising the balance of the squad rather than turning them into Barclays Premier League top four contenders. last_img read more

Wenger: Jose showed lack of respect

first_imgArsene Wenger accepts things can get a “bit heated” between rival managers, but feels Jose Mourinho showed a lack of respect when the Chelsea boss said 10 years without winning the title must be “very boring” for Arsenal supporters. There is certainly no love lost between Wenger and Mourinho, the pair having squared up in the technical area at Stamford Bridge earlier this season. The Arsenal boss was given the opportunity to respond when he spoke to the media on Friday morning ahead of the Barclays Premier League match at Hull on Monday night. When asked what he thought of Mourinho’s comments, Wenger replied: “The biggest thing for a manager is to respect other managers. Some people have to improve on that.” Asked if Mourinho should conduct himself with more dignity, the Arsenal manager answered: “Look, everybody lives with his own internal problems and I live with mine. That’s enough.” Chelsea held a press conference later on Friday ahead of the match with Crystal Palace on Sunday, when they could seal the championship. Mourinho was given the chance to respond to Wenger’s earlier statements, but waved away any questions on the matter. Wenger has endured his fair share of touchline bust-ups down the years, the fiery relationship with former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson the subject of many a back page. The 65-year-old, though, believes coaches must eventually put a distance between professional and personal disagreements. He added: “You can have incidents with other managers sometimes. It gets a bit heated when you fight directly with them, but in the end I believe time heals and the important thing is to respect each other as much as you can.” Failure to beat Chelsea effectively ended any already slim hopes of a late title push, the Gunners now some 13 points off the pace after the Blues won at Leicester in midweek, although with a match still in hand. Arsenal could be down to fourth place by the time they kick off at Hull on Monday night. Wenger was asked if he felt the deficit was a fair reflection of the difference between the two sides, with Arsenal having enjoyed a superb run of form in 2015 following a poor start. “That is always very difficult to say because when you fight for the championship, you win some games because you smell you can do it, not because you’re fourth or fifth. It doesn’t always represent the value of the team,” the Arsenal boss said. “The gap is a gap and they have been more consistent than us from the start of the game. They had a very strong start and that kept them going until the end.” Wenger has a near full-strength squad to choose from, with full-back Mathieu Debuchy doubtful because of a hamstring problem. Midfielders Abou Diaby and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also come back into contention before the end of the season, along with captain Mikel Arteta. “He makes progress week by week, but needs more time,” said Wenger, who expects both Arteta and Tomas Rosicky to agree new deals. Arsenal have been linked with a summer move for an experienced goalkeeper, including Chelsea veteran Petr Cech. Wenger, though, indicated that was an area which he had confidence already. “I believe in the goalkeepers I have,” added the Arsenal boss. “I believe that (Wojciech) Szczesny is a very good goalkeeper and (David) Ospina has come in and done a fantastic job. “You look at the numbers in the Premier League and who is top of all the goalkeepers and you will see it is Ospina.” Press Association Some Gunners fans chanted “boring, boring Chelsea” during last weekend’s goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium, which moved the Blues a step closer to the Premier League title for the first time since 2010. In his post-match press conference, Chelsea manager Mourinho responded by turning the tables back on Arsenal, who last won the English top flight with the ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-2004. last_img read more

Germans outraged as U.S. plays wrong version of their anthem

first_img(REUTERS)-German tennis has responded with outrage after the United States Tennis Association (USTA) made the embarrassing error of playing the Nazi-era version of Germany’s national anthem during a Fed Cup tie in Hawaii.The version played included the first stanza, beginning “Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles,” which was used as Nazi propaganda. It was dropped after World War Two.“I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I’ve never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in Fed Cup,” Germany’s Andrea Petkovic said, adding that she considered walking off court before the singles match against Alison Riske.She later said her first comments had been somewhat emotional but that was because the incident happened before her game and she was left stunned.“We were left shocked and did not know how to react,” Petkovic said.German team coach Barbara Ritter said the mistake was “an absolute scandal, a disrespectful incident and inexcusable”.German tennis federation chief Ulrich Klaus said his American counterpart had apologised for the mistake.“Our American hosts at the Fed Cup opening in Hawaii made a mistake that should not happen,” Klaus said in a statement.“The fact that in the year 2017 a wrong anthem can be played that is associated with the horror of the past was for players and staff and the officials present both shocking and disturbing.”“The USTA through its president Katrina Adams has apologised officially in writing and in person and deeply regrets the blunder.”Riske won the opening rubber to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead. Bad weather prevented any further play on the opening day of the tie.last_img read more

Winthrop looks to sweep Presbyterian

first_img February 14, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWinthrop (18-9, 12-2) vs. Presbyterian (9-17, 6-7)Ross E. Templeton P.E. Center, Clinton, South Carolina; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Winthrop goes for the season sweep over Presbyterian after winning the previous matchup in Rock Hill. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 25, when the Eagles forced 26 Presbyterian turnovers and turned the ball over just 19 times en route to a 72-57 victory. Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Winthrop looks to sweep Presbyterian ARE YOU EXPERIENCED: Winthrop has leaned on senior leadership this year while Presbyterian has been fueled heavily by freshmen. For the Eagles, seniors Chandler Vaudrin, Hunter Hale and Josh Ferguson have collectively scored 39 percent of the team’s points this season. In the other locker room, freshmen Cory Hightower, Michael Isler and Zeb Graham have collectively scored 38 percent of Presbyterian’s points this season, including 42 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.CLUTCH CHANDLER: Vaudrin has connected on 40.4 percent of the 57 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 13 over the last five games. He’s also converted 51.3 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Presbyterian is 0-12 this year when it scores 64 points or fewer and 9-5 when it scores at least 65.ASSIST RATIOS: The Eagles have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Blue Hose. Presbyterian has an assist on 31 of 66 field goals (47 percent) across its past three contests while Winthrop has assists on 45 of 76 field goals (59.2 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Winthrop offense has scored 80 points per game this season, ranking the Eagles 19th among Division I teams. The Presbyterian defense has allowed 72.9 points per game to opponents (ranked 245th overall).___last_img read more

United thrash Rooney’s Everton with late flurry of goals

first_img(REUTERS) – Wayne Rooney suffered a miserable return to Old Trafford as his old club Manchester United thrashed Everton 4-0 with a flurry of late goals to go joint top of the Premier League on Sunday.Rooney, who went back to his boyhood club in July after 13 years with United in which time he scored a club-record 253 goals, wasted two good chances to cancel out Antonio Valencia’s stunning early strike for the hosts.He was substituted late on and then watched United add three more goals through Henrikh Mkhitaryan, former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.A rather flattering victory lifted United level at the top with Manchester City. Both sides have 13 points from five games and have scored and conceded the same amount of goals.Everton, who had dominated much of the second half despite having little recovery time from Thursday’s Europa League defeat by Atalanta, dropped into the bottom three with four points.”I think the performance was very good, especially in the first 30 to 35 minutes,“ United manager Jose Mourinho said. ”It was probably our best performance of the season.“There was a moment were I felt we did not kill it so we have to make it solid with Ander Herrera. The second goal went in, then game over.”Everton manager Ronald Koeman said his side’s third heavy defeat in eight days was undeserved.“Sometimes in football you get more than you deserve but today we deserved more than we got,” he said. “What I saw today of my team made me happy.”United took the lead after three minutes with a goal of stunning quality.Nemanja Matic played a crossfield pass and as the ball zipped off a rain-soaked surface, Valencia connected with a right-foot shot that flew past Jordan Pickford into the net.Rooney was given a warm ovation before kick off from the United fans, some of whom held up banners saying “Red Legend”, but it was not a memorable afternoon for the 31-year-old former England skipper.After 20 minutes he slid a left-foot shot wide of the post and in the second half he shot straight at United keeper David de Gea from close range, while Gylfi Sigurdsson was also denied by the Spaniard.Juan Mata struck the post for United with a left-foot free kick before Lukaku, who wasted a good chance in the first half, set up Mkhitaryan after 83 minutes to slide in United’s second — the move stemming from a mistake by Ashley Williams.Lukuku joyfully rammed home his fifth league goal of the season as the game moved into stoppage time before former United player Morgan Schneiderlin handled in the area and substitute Martial tucked away the penalty.last_img read more

Mane Scores Again as Liverpool Returns to Top of EPL

first_imgLiverpool now holds a two-point lead over City, but the champions have a game in hand.The league leaders completed a clean sweep of four English sides into the quarterfinals of the Champions League with a highly impressive 3-1 win at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.But they nearly suffered a very costly European hangover against a Fulham side still 13 points adrift of safety.Most of the visitors’ attacking threat came down their left side in the first half and that proved the source of the breakthrough on 26 minutes.Mane scored twice in Munich in midweek and took his hot streak to 11 goals in 11 games with a simple finish after exchanging passes with Roberto Firmino.At the other end, Babel was Fulham’s biggest threat all afternoon and Tom Cairney fired wastefully over after the Dutchman outpaced Trent Alexander-Arnold just before the break.Liverpool started the second half with greater intent to try and put the game to bed.Andy Robertson was the provider as Georginio Wijnaldum headed a good opportunity over at the far post before Rico was called into action to deny Van Dijk.However, as a torrential rain shower swept over the banks of the Thames to make playing conditions hazardous, Liverpool’s slender lead proved a dangerous one.Floyd Ayite was rightly flagged offside as he headed a deflected shot past Alisson before the Brazilian No 1 got down well to save from Andre Zambo Anguissa.Mane was inches away from securing the points and doubling his tally for the day with a deft header from a corner that clipped the top of the crossbar.But disaster seemed to have struck for Liverpool when Van Dijk’s header back towards Alisson didn’t have enough purchase and Babel stepped in with the break of the ball to tap into an empty net.However, the league leaders showed why they are in the running to end a 29-year title drought to get a vital three points with the help of some erratic goalkeeping from Rico.Mohamed Salah’s goal drought continued as the Egyptian has scored just once now in his last 10 games, but it was his shot that Rico spilt before the Spaniard unnecessarily pulled down Mane.Milner took responsibility from the penalty spot and calmly sent Rico the wrong way to restore Liverpool’s lead, which this time they never looked like letting go.Salah should have got a much-needed confidence boost when released clean through by Mane, but Rico saved low to his left.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool usurped Manchester City to take top spot in the English Premier League but needed a James Milner penalty nine minutes from time to see off lowly Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage yesterday.The on-form Sadio Mane put the visitors in front midway through the first half, but a rare defensive mix-up between Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker allowed Ryan Babel to give his former club a huge scare 16 minutes from time.Fulham’s awful defending all season is the reason they are heading back to the Championship after just one season back in the top flight, and the hosts gave Jurgen Klopp’s men a much-needed gift when goalkeeper Sergio Rico bundled over Mane and Milner secured all three points from the spot.last_img read more

Better Collective: ‘Transformative 2018’ accelerates all future growth options

first_img Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Share Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Publishing its full-year 2018 results, Stockholm-listed Better Collective AS declares a ‘transformative year’ for its business in which it has laid the foundations to become betting/gaming’s leading global affiliate marketing network.Completing its third corporate update as a Stockholm Nasdaq enterprise, Better Collective continues its strong trading momentum recording Q4 2018 revenues of €12 million (Q4 2017: €9.3m).Publishing a Q4 2018 EBITDA of €5.4 million (Q4 2017: €3.5m), Better Collective governance details that the firm was able to maintain its growth capacity despite competing against a tough comparative 2017 period, featuring record net margins gained as a result of a series of favourable sporting results.Jesper Søgaard, Chief Executive of Better Collective, said: “During Q4 2018, we continued to deliver significant growth. However, when comparing to the extraordinarily strong Q4 2017, organic revenue declined as expected. This is explained by the volatility that we face in our line of business, where the timing and results of big sport events plus NDC growth have a direct impact on revenue. “Closing its 2018 accounts, Better Collective reports full-year corporate revenues of €40 million (Q4 2017: €26m), combined with an operating EBITDA of €16 million (Q4 2017: €11m).As previously reported, Better Collective has attributed €4 million in 2018 ‘special item’ costs, related to the firm’s Stockholm IPO and M&A assets, resulting in the firm recording a profits (after tax) decline to €5.4 million (2017: €7.5m).Q4 2018 saw Better Collective continue its M&A strategy, with the company acquiring Swedish sports betting network Ribacka AB for €31 million, a transaction which will have an instant impact on the Stockholm firm’s revenue/net capacities.Jesper Søgaard – Better Collective ASSøgaard said that Better Collective’s quick adjustment to life as a Stockholm enterprise can be seen as proof of the firm’s long-term growth strategy, combining organic growth with fast scale M&A transactions.He added: “Reviewing 2018 I dare say, a year with the main list IPO on Nasdaq Stockholm, allowing us to execute our M&A-strategy, strong business performance, and the US market beginning to regulate, are a combination of events that do not come around that often.“I am highly satisfied with our achievements this year, and I am confident that we have laid the ground for an even more promising 2019 and the years to come.”“Looking at Better Collective, including the businesses that we have acquired during 2018, our company now has annual revenues of >50 mEUR and operational earnings (EBITA) of approximately 25 mEUR, based on proforma numbers, assuming all businesses were consolidated with full year effect 2018.“We strongly believe that size matters, as it allows us to continue investing in product innovation and in market expansion; For us this is key to a long term sustainable growing business.” Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

Depleted Lakers lineup can’t keep pace with Jazz

first_imgIn the third period, the Jazz led by as many as 15, before the Lakers climbed back to get within 105-101 on a pull-up jumper by Josh Hart on the first possession of the final period.However, the Lakers were haunted by a familiar ghost, missing 12 free throws and shooting just 66.7 percent from the line.“I thought mentally we didn’t compete at a high enough level against a playoff team that you need to (have) on the road,” Walton said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat includes Friday, when Kuzma poured in 26 points in a losing effort, just behind Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s team-high 28.“I love competing and being out there and playing as much as I can,” Kuzma said. “I love it. I love this game and it’s fun to be out there and play free and run. … It’s fun to get tired, playing that many minutes.”What has not been fun for the Lakers, is the losing.They have now lost eight of 10 games, a streak that began promptly after they won for the eighth time in 10 games back on March 13.The lack of healthy reserves is clearly a culprit. The Jazz (45-33) are fighting for home-court advantage in the playoffs, and are built for success, with a dynamic rookie – Donovan Mitchell, who scored 26 points – and the Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner, Rudy Gobert. PreviousUtah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) celebrates with fans as he leaves the court following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 117-110. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton has a discussion with referee David Jones during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsUtah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) defends during the first half during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) shoots as Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles, left, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles, left, passes the ball as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Lakers center Brook Lopez tries to shoot around the defense of Jazz center Rudy Gobert during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) goes to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder celebrates after scoring 3-pointer against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) shoots as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) defends against Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots as Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, reaches for a rebound as Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis (10) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton directs his team in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guards Ricky Rubio, right, and Donovan Mitchell (45) celebrate late in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) goes to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, right, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma looks at the scoreboard while sitting on the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, right, defends against Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) in the second half during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton shouts to his team in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) guards Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) in the second half during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) celebrates with fans as he leaves the court following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 117-110. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) celebrates with fans as he leaves the court following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 117-110. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)NextShow Caption1 of 23Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)ExpandSALT LAKE CITY — Too many Lakers players have been asked to do too much for too long. It’s the natural outcome when injuries to young players are met with extreme caution. With five games left in the season, however, the lack of depth has taken its toll.Minutes are high, legs are heavy, losses, like Tuesday’s 117-110 defeat to the Jazz, are piling up.If anyone has benefited from the team’s rash of injuries, however, it’s Kyle Kuzma. Since Brandon Ingram strained his groin more than a month again in Miami, Kuzma has been asked to shoulder a herculean load for the Lakers (33-44).Since that night, Kuzma has averaged 38.9 minutes per game, topping out at more than 46 minutes played in Friday’s overtime loss to Milwaukee. In that span, he has scored at least 20 points in eight games. As the Lakers’ fourth-quarter rally – after falling behind by as many as 15 points in the third – came up short against the Jazz, Channing Frye enjoyed three plots of sideline real estate all to himself, an empty seat to each side.Hey, Utah is known for its wide-open spaces.Only nine players were in uniform for the Lakers with three on assignment with the South Bay Lakers and four more – including Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram – out with injury. That forced Coach Luke Walton to get creative, once again, with his lineups.With no reliable playmakers on the floor, Julius Randle even took some turns at point guard.“He actually looked pretty good at it,” Walton said. “He made some plays for us. But I think that kind of got him out of his beast-mode rhythm that he’s been in later on in the game.”Randle finished one assist shy of a triple-double (12 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists) but committed a team-high five turnovers.“I’m comfortable handling the ball and making plays for others,” Randle said. “I just had too many turnovers and Coach was just trying to put the ball in my hand to dribble-penetrate and try to create for others.”With Randle initiating the offense, the Lakers made their first eight shots and opened a 12-point lead in the second quarter.The Lakers led 46-36 before the Jazz rattled off 11 straight points, taking a 47-46 lead on a tip-dunk by Gobert. Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio scored 25 of his game-high 31 points in the first half, as Utah opened a 65-60 lead at the break.Related Articlescenter_img Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball likely to miss more time with knee bruise Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Minecraft Monday Week 5: Teams, live stream and results

first_imgShotGunPlays & Technoblade won Week 1, Technoblade & iBallisticSquid won Week 2, traves & cscoop won Week 3 and Vikkstar123 & Preston won Week 4. If you’re expecting Vikkstar123 to defend his title this week, then you’re going to be disappointed. He’s on a vacation and won’t be participating.This leaves the door open for Technoblade to return to glory as he nearly carried James Charles to a win last week, finishing in fourth place. This week, Technoblad is paired with CallMeCarsonYT. You can view full rosters for Week 5 below, along with everything else you need to know about Minecraft Monday.When does Minecraft Monday start?Date: July 22ndTime: 4 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. PTHow to stream Minecraft Monday Week 5UMG will be streaming the event live above.You can also watch live from individual streamers on their respective platforms (some stream on Twitch, others stream on YouTube, a rare few choose other outlets). Minecraft Monday Week 5 teams, rostersTeamsPlayer 1Player 2Team 1James CharlesBajan_CanadianTeam 2GrandayyDolanDarkTeam 3RageElixirRavenTeam 4SkeppyBadBoyHaloTeam 5iBallisticSquidSB737Team 6iHasCupquakeJoey GraceffaTeam 7JackSucksAtLifeDoniBobesTeam 8JeromeASF‪Ph1LzA‬Team 9GoodGuyFitzSwaggerSoulsTeam 10DanTDMThinknoodlesTeam 11CaptainSparklezAntVenomTeam 12jschlattConnorEatsPantsTeam 13TechnothepigCallMeCarsonYTTeam 14TravesCscoopTeam 15LaurenzSideYammyTeam 16LogdotzipPrestonTeam 17AphmauRedVacktorTeam 18xqcm0xyMinecraft Monday rules, scoring systemEliminations: +10 ScoreVictory: +30 ScoreTop 2 Teams: +20 ScoreTop 3 Teams: +10 ScoreSurviving: +2 Score (Whenever a team is eliminated all other remaining teams earn +2 Score)An added note, scoring for placements, surviving and victories are split between teammates if both are alive. But if one member of the team gets eliminated, the score is awarded to the surviving teammate.There’s no cheating allowed. Cheating includes no cross-teaming, no “feeding” to help another team no mods or resource packs that grant unfair advantages. Trash talk is allowed, but toxic trash talk could result in a ban.  Minecraft Monday is returning on July 22nd for Week 5 as Keemstar and UMG keep up the $20,000 tournament. The event has changed courses over the past two weeks with additional minigames as opposed to nine Hunger Games events. The winners each week earn $10,000 and an additional $10,000 goes to a random viewer. UMG lists the games played as followed:1. Hunger Games (Spark City)2. TNT Run3. Dropper4. Spleef5. Battle Arena6. Find The Button7. Run From The Lava8. Bingo Hunt9. Hunger Games (MAP)Minecraft Monday Week 5 resultsThe leaderboard above will update throughout the tournament, and you can check at the end of the event who won.last_img read more

Fortnite World Cup Duos finals results: aqua, Nyhrox become first-ever duos world champions

first_imgCompetitors will play six games with the following format:Victory Royale: 10 points2-5 Placement: 7 points6-10 Placement: 5 points11-15 Placement: 3 pointsEach Elimination: 1 pointSaf and Zayt won Game 1 with five eliminations.Zexrow and Vinny1x won Game 2 with seven eliminations.MackWood and Calculator won Game 3 with nine eliminations.Nyhrox and aqua won Game 4 with seven eliminations. Nyhrox and aqua won Game 5 with seven eliminations.4zr and Noward won Game 6 with three eliminations.Fortnite World Cup Duos finals prize poolPlacementPrize Money1st$3,000,0002nd$2,250,0003rd$1,800,0004th$1,500,0005th$900,0006th$450,0007th$375,0008th$375,0009th$225,00010th$225,00011th-50th$100,000As we mentioned before, $30 million is being handed out to the World Cup Finals competitors. The winners for Solo and Duos win $3 million (with Duos being split $1.5M each) and everyone being guaranteed at least $50,000. Fortnite World Cup: Duos qualifiersWeek 2CoverH and MF TwizzOceaniaCR.bell and Scarlet No.1AsiaNRG benjyfishy and NRG MrSavageMEuropeSecret_Mongraal and Atlantis Mitr0EuropeE11 Tschiiinken and E11 StompyEuropeLootboy Mexe and Lootboy SkramEuropewoofgamg crimz and OT SpadessNA EastMSF Clix and MSF ScepticNA EastEnvy LeNain and Tyler15NA EastArkhram1x and Bloom FalconerNA WestW7M pfzin and Code W7M-NicksBrazilWeek 4Gambit.fwexY and Gambit.letw1k3EuropeCOOLER Nyhrox and aqua.EuropeVHV Crue and VHV Chapix.EuropeGO Deadra and GO M11ZEuropeNRG Zayt and Ghost SafNA EastTempo Brush and Tempo CizLuckyNA EastNate Hill and FaZe FunkNA EastKNG Leno and KNG BarlNA WestWeek 6volx and Code ParpyOceaniaNewbeeXXM and Newbee_xMendeAsiaSolary Airwaks and NikofEuropeSolary Hunter and KinstaarEuropeLnuef and QuintenEuropeVP Zssk7 and VP JAMSIDEEurope100T Ceice and 100T ElevateNA EastcoL Lanjok and coL PunisherNA EastFaZe Megga. and FaZe Dubs.NA EastS2 little and S2 jayNA Westwisheydp and GusTavox8BrazilWeek 8E11 itemm and Derox.EuropeOslo. and Not BadSniperEuropeBTL 4zr and Noward.EuropeEon RedRush and Eon znappyEuropeBolt Tetchra and Bolt EclipsaeNA EastRoAtDW and E11 BlooTeaNA Eastcode ronaldo and XXiFNA EastGhost Aydan and Ghost SeanNA WestWeek 10BES Serpennt and BES hypeOceaniaTriggerQQ Flame and TriggerQQ UniqAsiaWolfiеz and RojοEuropeLeStream Skite and LeStream VatoEuropeFaZe Vorwenn and Atlantis TuckzEuropeKlusiabtw and SNG Th0masHDEuropexown iwnl- and 9z kıngBrazilSlackes and KeysFNNA EastTSM_Zexrow and TSM.Vinny1xNA EastCaIculator and coL MackWoodNA EastKNG EpikWhale and 4DRStorm.NA West The 2019 Fortnite World Cup is here. Epic Games is handing out $30 million in total cash prizes for the weekend after already giving away $10 million during the World Cup qualifiers .Airwaks and RL Grime  secured the first major bag of the weekend , winning Friday’s Pro-Am and the $1 million top prize that came with it. Saturday’s Duos finals carries an even larger pot with a $15 million prize pool up from grabs. The duo that finishes in first place will split the $3 million winnings for the ultimate Victory Royale. (YouTube / Fortnite) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c/c7/fortnite-world-cup2-072719jpg_89apscdhu7g91skz4anrwz8hc.jpg?t=893228428&w=500&quality=80 Congrats to all of our winners in the #FortniteWorldCup Finals Day One:NYC Celebrity Pro-AM winners: @Airwaks & @RLGRIMECreative Finals Winners #FishFam : @cizzorz @hiimtylerh @suezhoo @zandOfficial pic.twitter.com/yhAmltn6Mm— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) July 27, 2019We’ve compiled all of the information you need to know about the Fortnite World Cup Duos tournament below, including a live stream  and a roster of the players involved .Some big names were unable to qualify such as Ninja, Poach, Liquid Chap, 72hrs, Cloak, Symfuhny, NICKMERCS, SypherPK and others. But even without some the stars, there are plenty of talented people competing in this tournament.MORE: Full schedule for the 2019 Fortnite World CupFortnite World Cup live streamEpic Games will be streaming the event on Twitch, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, and within the game itself. We’ve embedded their Twitch channel above where you can watch the Finals live once they begin on July 27, with matches starting at 1 p.m. ET.Fortnite Duos Finals resultslast_img read more