Towns leading a UK block party

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.LEXINGTON, Ky. – During his illustrious high school basketball career in New Jersey, Karl-Anthony Towns built a reputation as a big man with supreme skill on offense – shooting, passing and dribbling like few near-7-footers can.And while he’s living up to the hype as an offensive threat at the University of Kentucky, Towns is showing there’s plenty of defense in his game as well.Towns, whose top-ranked Wildcats (5-0) will host Texas-Arlington (3-1) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, is the early ring leader of UK’s best-in-the-land block party, which is returning shots to sender at a record pace.Towns has 18 blocks, fourth-most in NCAA Division I through Sunday and twice as many as junior teammate Willie Cauley-Stein, who had 106 blocks last year and entered this season on most people’s short list for top shot-blocker in the country.“I didn’t think (the defensive prowess) was going to translate so well to college,” Towns said, thanking Cauley-Stein, coach John Calipari and assistant Kenny Payne for helping him. “… I didn’t think it would come around this early that I would have this feel on the defensive side.”In UK’s 86-28 dismantling of Montana State on Sunday, Towns had six of UK’s season-high 12 blocked shots, boosting the Cats’ total to 49 and their per-game average this season to a national-best 9.8.That’s better than the 8.6 averaged by UK’s 2012 national title team, which set the Division I record for blocks in a season with 344. (That UK team was ahead of this year’s squad’s pace through five games, however, with 53 blocks total and 10.6 per game.) The national record for blocks per game is 9.1 by Georgetown in 1988-89. CATS VS. TERRIERS: Booker sparks 2nd-half surge as UK tops BU NEW SYSTEM: Upon further review, UK’s platoon stats do popTowns is no new kid with the blocks.Although his offense always garnered more attention, last year’s Gatorade National Player of the Year averaged 6.2 blocked shots as a senior at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, and Towns said he’s always been committed to defense.He’s – happily – used to rejection.“In high school I’ve always felt I was a great shot-blocker, especially in New Jersey,” Towns said. “I just always took pride in trying to make sure the rim was always mine. I protected the home. If my dad sees this he’ll know, I always protect the kingdom at all costs.”The 6-11 Towns and 7-0 Cauley-Stein are just two of a slew of shot-blocking threats on a UK roster that is surely one of the tallest in college basketball in years. There’s also 7-0 Dakari Johnson (seven blocks so far), 6-9 jumping jack Marcus Lee (six) and 6-8 Alex Poythress (four).Their opponents, even highly ranked ones like Kansas, are finding it hard to deal. UK has had at least seven blocks in every game.“That’s why we come in to these games and we’re so full of confidence because we know that if (in practice) we can score on Dakari Johnson and Willie Cauley-Stein and Marcus Lee, you can score on anybody,” Towns said.The Cats have blocked 45 of 174 two-point shots (25.9 percent), which is nearly as many as opponents have made (49) inside the arc. The 2012 team blocked 50 of 210 two-point shots (23.8 percent) in the first five games; opponents made 69 two-pointers in that stretch.Montana State coach Brian Fish said he’s been told UK has the eighth-tallest team in the country – counting NBA teams.“At times you felt help helpless, and you don’t know which guy to attack,” Fish said.Towns is doing his damage without the benefit of major minutes in Calipari’s platoon system, in which 10 players each play about half the game.Towns has blocked 18 shots in five games, playing just 18.6 minutes per game. When Anthony Davis blocked an NCAA freshman-record 186 shots in 2012, he had 22 through five games – in 31 more total minutes than Towns so far.Towns is averaging 6.6 blocks per 34 minutes – the standard to which Calipari is rating his players’ stats this season because the platoon system limits their actual minutes. Davis averaged 4.9 blocks per 34 minutes for the 2012 season and 6.0 per 34 through five games.According to a formula that estimates what percent of two-point shots a player blocks while he’s on the floor, Towns ranks third nationally in block percentage (22.25) and first among major-conference players. Davis’ block percentage in 2012 was 13.75.“(Towns is) rotating better,” Johnson said. “Coach Cal wants him to help his teammates, and that’s what he’s doing. He’s coming over from the weak side and helping his teammates. He’s learning each and every day. … I expected it. He’s very long, and he was guarding me all summer long, so I knew he had that type of potential to be a good defensive player.”Steve Jones can be reached at (502) 582-7176, and Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361.TUESDAY’S GAMETexas-Arlington (3-1) at No. 1 Kentucky (5-0)7 p.m., Rupp Arena, LexingtonTV: SEC Networklast_img read more

The QPR v Aston Villa quiz

first_imgQPR face Aston Villa at Loftus Road on Saturday. Test your knowledge of the history between the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-85]YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

West Ham boss backs Conte to be a success at Chelsea

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook West Ham boss Slaven Bilic believes Antonio Conte will be a success as Chelsea manager.The Blues will begin the new season – and Conte’s reign as boss – against Bilic’s side in a London derby at Stamford Bridge on Monday.AdChoices广告“I rate him very highly,” said Bilic, whose team finished seventh last season – three places above Chelsea.“Antonio Conte is a great manager and wants to change the way they approach the game and the principles. We expect a tough game against Chelsea.“But we are excited about the first game. We have had a good pre-season and have a good squad.”Hammers trio Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang and Darren Randolph have been nursing minor injuries but trained on Wednesday and are expected to be available for next week’s match. See also:Chelsea’s Abraham praised after Bristol City debutHazard shines as Chelsea beat Werder BremenConte pleased with Chelsea players’ attitudeChelsea are tactically flexible – AzpilicuetaDrummy takes Davey on loan from ChelseaChelsea must be patient in ‘crazy’ transfer market – Contelast_img read more

Club don’t think they’ll get money from Manchester United transfer –…

first_imgThe report said Sporting are trying to avoid paying 10% of the money to his former club Sampdoria, and in case the clubs didn’t find an agreement, then the case could end up in court.Well, now it seems it didn’t take long for an outcome. Because according to newspaper O Jogo today, Sampdoria are indeed going to Fifa for their money.It’s said the clubs had been in talks about the pending amount, but the lack of an agreement have convinced the Serie A side they have to make it a legal battle.Embed from Getty ImagesSporting paid €8.5m to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sampdoria in 2017, giving the Italian side 10% of a future profit.In 2018, when Lions players were attacked at the Alcochete training centre, several of them rescinded their contracts with the club, including Bruno Fernandes. A month later, he agreed a new deal with them as a free agent.So when selling the midfielder to Manchester United in a €55m move in January 2020, Sporting believed that the current contract was the one he signed as a free agent, being able to avoid any past clauses they had with Sampdoria.But the Serie A side don’t think it’s legal.Following the amounts mentioned, Sampdoria believe they have the right to €4.6m from Bruno Fernandes’ transfer to the Red Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is AddictiveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoIDA Ireland by CNBC CatalystPfizer, Zalando, Intel, Wuxi: Here’s Why Big Business Is Bullish About Ireland.IDA Ireland by CNBC CatalystUndo A couple of days ago, we covered a story from A Bola which explained Bruno Fernandes’ transfer to Manchester United could end up being investigated by Fifa.last_img read more

Avangard newcomer: Hartley’s training is reminiscent of training in the NHL

first_imgBob Hartley (right) Photo: Omsk AvangardJirži Sekačs, the Czech striker of the Avangard Omsk Hockey League (KHL) club, who joined the team only in this off-season, expressed his opinion about his role in the team and revealed what he thinks about the team’s head coach and Latvian hockey teammate Bob Hartley.“I have to be a team leader, I have to play more time than that [Maskavas] CSKA. I will try to accomplish this task, ”Sekačs revealed. “Everything is fine for now. The whole team of coaches is at a high level. I like that we analyze everything in detail and watch a lot of video games. ”Asked about the team’s head coach Bob Hartley, the Czech striker revealed that the training of the Latvian national hockey team specialist is similar to the training in the National Hockey League (NHL). “It simply came to our notice then. He wants everyone to run and no one has any questions. Indeed, as in the NHL teams, ”Secach said, adding that the team’s goal is to win the Gagarin Cup.In the 2020/2021 season, Sekeka will be the first in the Avangard ranks, as he spent last season in the ranks of Masaka CSKA, accumulating 25 (12 + 13) performance points in 45 matches. After the season, several CSKA hockey players, including Sekeka, were offered pay cuts so that the club could fit under the pay ceiling. The Czech Republic refused and CSKA terminated his contract. In 2018 he won the Gagarin Cup as a member of Kazan “Ak Bars”.Hartley, on the other hand, had a second season at the helm of “Avangard”, but since 2017 he has been the head coach of the Latvian national team. During his debut season, Hartley fought with the Avangard until the final of the Gagarin Cup, where he lost 0-4 with Masava CSKA, but this season fell in the first round, acknowledging the superiority of Ufa’s “Salavat Yulaev” with 2-4.last_img read more

Marcis Osh extends contract with Spartak and will also play in…

first_imgThe footballer himself, after the end of the previous season in early August, emotionally revealed in his social media accounts that he did not want to leave the Xamax team and that he would be ready to play in it below – in the Swiss “Challenge” league, where goalkeeper Andris triumphed in the ranks of “Zurich”. Vanins.In a short publication for Xamax fans, Osh admitted that at the moment, nothing depends on his own choice, but on what the management of “Spartaka”, who owns the 29-year-old footballer, will decide. However, the portal has learned that in the coming days Osh will sign a contract with one of the Swiss Super League teams. At present, a mutual agreement on the lease agreement has already been concluded. It has not yet been officially announced, but Spartak has just revealed that it has extended its contract with the player until the end of 2022.FK Spartaks informs having extended Marcis Oss’ contract until 31.12.2022– FK Spartaks Jūrmala (@fkspartaks) September 14, 2020It’s easy to say that I am just on loan from different team. But no! This team is very special to me and I am as sad as You are! Thanks for the support all season long! 😔– Marc Osh (@MarcisOss) August 3, 2020Marko Trabuki, the Italian owner of Jūrmala “Spartaka”, has already managed to place several team footballers in various Swiss clubs. The most striking examples, in addition to Osha, are Nauri Bulvīte (“Aarau”), Edgar Gaurača (also “Aarau”), who has completed his football career, while Lakya Opara, a 20-year-old Spartaka Nigerian, recently tested in Lugano.Marcis Osh has spent the last two seasons in the “Xamax” team for rent, playing a total of 50 matches in the Super League and scoring six goals. In turn, in the ranks of the Latvian national team, the tallest defender last left the field in November last year, pulling out a 1-0 victory over Austria.The week starts with good news – 29-year-old Marcis Osh will continue to play in the Swiss Super League after the fall of Xamax! Still for rent from Jurmala Spartaka. Official news and the name of the new club soon, probably tomorrow. The new season in Switzerland will start on Saturday.— LV_futbols (@LV_futbols) September 14, 2020last_img read more

Cancellation of Olympic Games ‘not on agenda’, postponement possible – IOC

first_img FOLLOW US Written By Press Trust Of India International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach on Sunday said the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would not be cancelled but that a postponement was an option as the world grapples with the Coronavirus pandemic.”The IOC executive board emphasised that a cancellation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would not solve any of the problems or help anybody,” said Bach. “Therefore, cancellation is not on the agenda.” The IOC added that a decision on the potential scenarios for the Tokyo Games — “including the scenario of postponement” — would be made inside four weeks.The Games are due to get underway on July 24.”The IOC will, in full coordination and partnership with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japanese authorities and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, start detailed discussions to complete its assessment of the rapid development of the worldwide health situation and its impact on the Olympic Games, including the scenario of postponement,” said Bach.”The IOC is confident that it will have finalised these discussions within the next four weeks.” The IOC has faced strong pressure to push back this summer’s Tokyo Games in the last few days, with sporting federations and athletes expressing worries about the health risk as the COVID-19 death tally continues to rise.Earlier on Sunday, track legend Carl Lewis said he wanted the 2020 Olympics delayed by as much as two years.The 58-year-old American — a nine-time Olympic champion — told Houston television station KRIV that he backed the calls for postponement by USA Track and Field and USA Swimming due to disruptions caused by the pandemic. Lewis’ comments came after president of the French Athletics Federation (FFA) urged the IOC to organise new dates for the Olympics and the country’s health minister questioned the idea of sending athletes to Japan. (Image: AP) LIVE TV COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 23rd March, 2020 06:42 IST Cancellation Of Olympic Games ‘not On Agenda’, Postponement Possible – IOC International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach on Sunday said the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would not be cancelled but that a postponement was an option as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic First Published: 23rd March, 2020 06:42 ISTlast_img read more

US Will Not Provide Names of Persons Slapped with Visa Restrictions…

first_imgLynch said it is the Secretary of State who has the power to lift the visa restrictions at any time. CMC Speaking during a virtual press briefing, on Thursday, the Ambassador said records are confidential under US law – so we are not able to identify the individuals or provide details on any individual visa case.” She also refused to provide the total number of those who are facing the visa restrictions but reiterated that their family members may also face similar visa restrictions. Lynch admitted that the Government of Guyana was not formally informed of the visa restrictions, indicating that a public statement was made by the US Secretary of State and that statement was widely reported. The events following the March 2 elections, some of which I witnessed, indicate that there are forces that have repeatedly refused to accept the will of the people at the ballot box”. Lynch said the actions by the US Secretary of State sends a clear message about the consequences attached to “subverting democracy and the rule of law which pose a danger to us and our hemispheric partners”.center_img GEORGETOWN, Guyana– United States Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch says that in the wake of the current political situation in the county, she will not be providing the names of the persons who will have their visas revoked by the US government. She added that the United States has been expressing its concerns over the situation in Guyana for several weeks and remains a friend of Guyana even as it continues to call for a final declaration based on the vote recount. The announcement of the visa restrictions was made on Wednesday by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said the restrictions were targeting persons the US believes are undermining democracy in Guyana, as the country still waits for a final declaration of the results from the elections. United States Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch Questioned about whether the US intends to take any further actions against Guyanese officials, the US Ambassador said she would not be able to comment on that.last_img read more

Grenadian Police Warn Against Carnival Celebrations During COVID-19

first_imgIn a statement, the police said that they have observed people disregarding the regulations and orders put in place to prevent the spread of the virus by participating in Carnival activities even though the August 10-11 celebrations have been cancelled. “Persons who are engaging themselves in carnival-like celebrations are urged to cease and desist from doing so,” the authorities warned. Credit: Jason Audain CMC The police said that while it has chosen the path of dialogue, “we are prepared to enforce the laws, if needs be. “The RGPF (Royal Grenada Police Force) is appealing to persons to adhere to the Rules and Regulations that are in place to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19, in particular the wearing of masks, physical distancing and practical effective personal hygiene”. Grenada, which has so far recorded 24 confirmed tests of the virus, is not the only Caribbean country to have postponed their annual carnival celebrations. Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines cancelled the celebrations as a result of the virus. It said it was also urging the public to cooperate with the police and “refrain from playing jab-jab and engaging in carnival-like activities, all of which are illegal at this time”. ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – The Grenada police have sent a warning to residents that they are fully prepared to enforce the laws in relation to the cancellation of all Carnival-type activities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.last_img read more

Forsett content surprising people on way to career season

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — The highlights were few and far between in the first half of the Ravens’ season-opening 23-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last month.With Ray Rice suspended — and about to be released the following day — and fill-in starter Bernard Pierce managing just 17 yards on six carries as the Bengals led 15-0 at halftime, the Ravens began feeding the ball to their 5-foot-8 veteran newcomer considered little more than a temporary placeholder for Rice at the time of his signing. Baltimore fell short that day but discovered one of its greatest reclamation projects in recent years as Justin Forsett finished the afternoon with a game-high 70 yards on 11 carries.He hasn’t looked back since as he not only leads the Ravens with 503 rushing yards on 87 carries but tops the NFL with a 5.8 yards per carry average through the first seven weeks of the season. Not bad for a 29-year-old who’s played for five different teams in seven years and is entering a stage of his career when most running backs are slowing down considerably.Forsett smiles when asked about the constant disbelief expressed by media and fans while he continues to rack up yards for the league’s seventh-ranked running game.“I’m OK with surprising people,” said Forsett, who’s currently on pace to break the franchise’s single-season yards per carry average. “A lot of guys didn’t know I was still in the league. I just take that in stride. It’s all fun.”Not even the Ravens could have anticipated this much from Forsett, who was signed to a one-year contract on April 4 to serve as an insurance policy for Rice’s unknown status at the time and to bring a veteran presence to help teach new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system. Forsett had averaged 5.9 yards per carry in his only year with Kubiak in Houston in 2012 and owned previous experience working in a zone-blocking system in his four years in Seattle.Most expected Forsett to be the odd man out once Rice returned from suspension, but that, of course, changed when the three-time Pro Bowl running back was cut on Sept. 8. Even now, there remains a feeling of how long Forsett can keep up this type of play as his 503 yards in 2014 are only 47 fewer than his rushing total from his previous three seasons combined.Coaches love his ability to pass block — something that hasn’t been taken for granted with the injuries to left tackle Eugene Monroe and left guard Kelechi Osemele — and his 23 receptions rank third on the team behind wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Owen Daniels.“He gets the most out of his ability,” said Kubiak, who knew Forsett’s character was a perfect fit for head coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens. “He’s not the biggest guy in the world, but he does a great job in pass protection. He’s a three-down player, so he’s a guy that you can keep on the field all the time in what you’re doing. The thing he’s doing right now [is] he’s finding a way to make a big play every week. I think that’s the key.”Many have been quick to point to the resurgence of the offensive line to explain Forsett’s impressive numbers after the group couldn’t open any holes last season when the Ravens ran for a franchise-worst 3.1 yards per carry. But the veteran has run with a confidence and decisiveness that Pierce and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro haven’t shown on a consistent basis.The younger backs are more impressive physical specimens with ideal size for interior runs, but Forsett’s average of 6.63 yards per carry running between the guards is the highest rate in the NFL for backs with at least 20 carries, according to Pro Football Focus. His yards per carry average is substantially better than that of Pierce (3.6) or Taliaferro (4.5), which also illustrates his superior vision in Kubiak’s one-cut system.A humble man of Christian faith, Forsett is more interested in complimenting the men blocking for him than accepting praise for himself after years of less-than-ideal opportunities.“I think it’s the offensive line,” said Forsett when asked how to attribute his success. “They’re doing a heck of a job going out there and executing, getting those guys cut backside and stretching a defense. I’m just able to find holes. I just thank God for the opportunity, and the guys are just working for me.”The Ravens’ biggest concern at this point might be trying to keep the veteran fresh as he ran a career-high 23 times against Atlanta last Sunday and is only 31 rushing attempts shy of his highest total in any season. Listed at 197 pounds, Forsett has a good frame for a back of his stature, but his current pace would have him approaching 200 carries by the end of the season.Forsett was incredibly durable throughout his career until turf toe and a stress fracture in his foot limited him to nine games with the Jacksonville Jaguars a year ago, making him confident that he’ll continue to hold up with an expanded workload in his seventh NFL season. He says he’s always prepared physically to be a starting back, even if the opportunity hasn’t been there for most of his career.“I’ve always taken care of my body, because I had great veterans when I came into the league like T.J. Duckett, Maurice Morris, and Edgerrin James,” Forsett said. “They taught me early on, no matter if you’re playing special teams or running and busting the wedge, take care of your body, because that’s one thing that can get you out of the league. I stay on top of that, so it’s not that bad.”Signing on the same day that the Ravens added Daniels, Forsett told reporters at the time that he carried a chip on his shoulder “the size of Texas” to prove he still had plenty of good football ahead of him. It was the kind of message you typically hear from a veteran cast aside by his former team, but perhaps his career 4.88 yards per carry average entering 2014 suggested he deserved a better opportunity than the ones he’d received in recent years.In fairness, his size doesn’t scream feature back and the label of being a special-teams player is often difficult to shake. Maybe the Ravens knew they had a diamond in the rough, but even they continue to be surprised with how much Forsett has brought to an offense on pace to be one of the most productive in franchise history.No one may have blinked when he was added in the offseason, but Forsett’s play has led many to rub their eyes in disbelief through the first two months of the 2014 season.“He’s a heck of a ballplayer,” wide receiver Torrey Smith said. “I’m surprised that he’s even here right now. I feel like he’s a guy that could be the lead guy anywhere. I’m glad he got his shot here, and he’s able to showcase his talent.”last_img read more