… Maxwell suggests restraint, as Australia ponder how to overcome unpickable AfghanGLENN Maxwell is one of limited-overs cricket’s best players of spin, but the all-rounder says Australia might need to take their medicine to successfully counter the threat of spin wizard Rashid Khan in their World Cup opener against Afghanistan.The Australians know Rashid perhaps better than any of Afghanistan’s opponents, yet Maxwell admits the 20-year-old remains one of the few bowlers in world cricket who can make the best look downright silly.Even gloveman Alex Carey, who kept to him for two full KFC Big Bash seasons at Adelaide Strikers and faced him countless times in the nets, struggles to pick him at night time.“At times I think I can (pick him),” Maxwell said of Rashid, who averages 16.02 in the BBL and holds the ODI record as the fastest man to 100 wickets. “He’s very difficult. He is probably one of the more difficult ones (spinners) I’ve played against.“He and (West Indies finger-spinner Sunil) Narine are probably the two you go through stages where you think you are going to hold them and then they bowl a ball that beats you.“And you sit there shaking your head.“For me, I feel like I don’t think I’m going to get out to him, but I don’t feel like I’m going to score much off him.“It’s about targeting other blokes and making sure I’m putting pressure on him to change his lengths and I felt like I did that against him during the Big Bash at different times.“I will be drawing on that experience a little bit. We’ve got a bit of footage to watch, but it’s a different kettle of fish when you’re actually facing him.”Australia’s batters will this week sit down to discuss how they intend to counter Rashid for their clash with Afghanistan in Bristol on Saturday.And should they look closely at his numbers against each of them in the BBL and the IPL (none of Australia’s batters have played against him in international 50-over cricket), they may decide Maxwell’s cautious strategy against him has merit.Data provided by Opta show Maxwell is one of only two batsmen in Australia’s World Cup squad to have faced at least five balls from Rashid and not been dismissed by him.From the 16 deliveries Rashid has bowled to Maxwell, the Victorian has scored 19 runs (a reasonably low strike-rate given he’s only played him in T20 cricket), though he played a false shot to nearly a third of those balls. Shaun Marsh is the other batter to have successfully negated Rashid, managing 17 runs off 15 balls.Rashid has had more success against Marcus Stoinis (who’s gone out to the leggie twice in just 13 balls), Aaron Finch (dismissed twice in 23 balls) and Steve Smith (once in 22 balls).Further backing up Maxwell’s point about showing restraint is the fact he and Marsh have also been the least aggressive players against Rashid among Australia’s World Cup batters. Marsh has attacked just 20 per cent of the balls Rashid has bowled to him and Maxwell 31 per cent.On the other hand, the trio of Finch (who attacked 74 per cent of balls he’s faced off Rashid), Stoinis (54 per cent) and Smith (45 per cent) have been more cavalier.Left-hander Usman Khawaja has faced only three balls off Rashid, while Carey and David Warner (his teammate at Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL) haven’t faced him in a match.“I think just putting pressure on them to bring back the medium pace and faster bowlers might be the way we go,” Maxwell continued.“But once we have that batting meeting during the week guys will come out with certain plans. Guys might target him, I don’t know.”Leg-spinner Adam Zampa has previously explained that Rashid’s greatest strength is his ability to hold the ball more loosely than other wrist-spinners, making it difficult for batters to decipher the difference between wrong’uns and leg-breaks.“The reason he runs in so fast is because he’s got really thick fingers and holds the ball right at the end (of his fingers),” Zampa explained.“I bowl it (with the ball) right in my palm; he bowls it right at the end. He’s so hard to pick because he just uses the end of his fingers.“I tried doing it but they were just slipping out.“I was like, ‘this bloke is unbelievable’.”
MORE: Lakers had to convince LeBron to stop playingThe Lakers entered the season with the notion that its group of talented youngsters, including Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, would thrive and either form a good supporting cast around James or bolster their value as trade bait. They didn’t give that notion much time, however.By late January, during James’ 17-game absence with a groin injury, the franchise switched gears and got ensconced in a disastrous attempt to trade for Pelicans star Anthony Davis, destroying the trust between James and his young teammates. The team collapsed after the failed trade and the Lakers were in near-tank mode by early March.That leaves two problems — finding trades for the Ingram-Kuzma-Ball batch of youngsters and finding some veteran talent for James, who was recently shut down after playing a career-low 55 games this season.The Lakers will take another run at a Davis trade this summer, and they badly need it to happen because it’s the easiest way for them to move the young guys along while bringing back a truly elite talent and protecting the team’s max-salary free-agent slot.James, Davis and a max free agent puts the Lakers back into contention in the West, at least for one of the upper playoff seeds.Without a Davis trade, it becomes a lot more difficult to make a credible pitch to free agents. The Lakers would quickly go from “Come play with AD and LeBron” to “Come play with 35-year-old LeBron and a bunch of young dudes who don’t much like him and we’re still hoping to trade.”Remember, team president Magic Johnson was brought in to help the team close deals with free agents, which had developed into a significant problem in the last decade. He got James. He needs more.Big issue 2: Alas, the fate of coach Luke Walton was probably sealed last spring when, long before James even signed with the Lakers, it was reported that James’ camp had inquired about replacing Walton with coach David Fizdale, formerly an assistant with James’ Heat teams. Walton was not in the free-agent meeting Johnson had with James, a further sign that Walton would not last long in the James era.Walton likely will be let go shortly after the season. But then what? Who’s qualified for a job like this?MORE: Walton will still be wanted on coaching marketThe Lakers will be looking to hire a coach without an idea of what the roster will look like, though they could put off that decision and see how free agency plays out. If they do that, they’ll miss out on qualified candidates who will land with other teams.There have been rumors that the Lakers could look to Jason Kidd as the team’s new coach, however, which means they don’t have to hurry to make the hire because they’re not all that interested in qualified candidates anyway.Free-agent outlook: The Lakers need to trade for Davis make their pitch credible, but the team does have a max-salary slot open, and the intention is to fill it with one of the top players available.At the head of the list are Southern California natives Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson, James’ old teammate Kyrie Irving, and the dream target, Kevin Durant. Get Davis and one of those guys, and this year’s misery will be forgotten quickly.Missing out on those guys means the Lakers could target Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton or DeMarcus Cousins, a somewhat riskier group that might not mesh well. But LA is expected to use its max slot come hell or high water.FREE AGENCY RUMORS: Could Irving prefer Nets over Knicks?That could present a problem. If the Lakers offer something close to a max deal to, say, Middleton or Nikola Vucevic — good players who are not quite max level — they’ll be invested in three players for about $90 million or so.That gives them around $19 million under the cap to sign 10 or 11 players to the roster, around $3 million of which will go to the team’s lottery pick (unless it is traded). The Lakers will pluck as many cheap, late-career vets as they can with the leftover money — remember, when James went to Miami for the 2010-11 season, the team signed the likes of Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Mike Bibby and Jerry Stackhouse.That’s what the Lakers are looking at. The young core will be gone, and they’ll lean on James, Davis, some yet-to-be-determined free agent and a roster of washed-up veterans. It’ll be championship or bust at that point.The young folks: Ball has played 99 games in two seasons, missing much of this year with an ankle injury. He’s a 38.0 percent shooter in the games he has managed to play and hasn’t shown much by way of improvement.Kuzma, after a brilliant rookie season, struggled with his shot all season and has made only 30.3 percent of his 3-pointers this year. He’ll be 24 in July, and those who noted he might not have much room to improve after last season’s output have thus far been proven right.Ingram (18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists) had been having a breakout season when he was diagnosed with deep-vein thrombosis in his arm. It’s likely that the problem will go away with no issue, but it could come back as a blood clot, which would put his career in jeopardy.NBA MOCK DRAFT: Full first-round breakdownCenter Ivica Zubac was given away to the Clippers at the trade deadline, essentially so that the Lakers could keep 36-year-old Tyson Chandler. And Lakers fans saw D’Angelo Russell become an All-Star in Brooklyn and Julius Randle average 21.4 points for New Orleans.The Lakers have not had a very good track record with young players lately. That’s going to cost them as they look to deal away those players this offseason.The young Lakers still on the roster have been put through the trade-rumor ringer and had their reputations battered. They saw their production slump and are coming out much less valuable as assets than they were five months ago.Wait till next year: The offseason had better be kind to the Lakers. They simply must find a way to make the trade for Davis happen and must get a top-tier third player to go with Davis and James. Neither James nor the franchise appears to have the patience to take a smart, measured approach to the offseason.But the urgency is necessary. James suffered the most significant injury of his career this season, and no matter how meticulous he is in caring for his body, age and mileage are taking their toll.MORE: Lakers had eyes on Jimmy Butler before 76ers trade James also went to LA to get more involved in entertainment, and he is currently putting out a variety of television programs, including one in which customers get haircuts and another in which athletes apparently chase citizens around the streets and building-tops of Los Angeles. To some extent, that takes away his basketball focus.Maybe he’s getting older. Maybe he’s distracted by his other projects. But he’s still a guy who averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 55 games this season.His time in the NBA is getting short. If the Lakers are going to get the most out of James next season, they will need to nail their transactions this summer. Big issue 1: The Lakers got their man last summer, LeBron James, in a huge free-agency win. Then the games started, and the whole thing fractured and split irrevocably. Getting James was great, but on every level — the front office, the coaching staff, the other players on the roster, James himself — no one seemed to grasp that a lot more would need to be done.Now comes the clean-up.
According to a UEFA document seen by AFP, August 29 could be chosen as the new date for the final.The New York Times reported Friday that the final would be moved from Turkey but that Istanbul could be chosen as host of a future final, when it is safe for fans to travel from abroad in large numbers.Turkey, a country of 83 million, has so far recorded 4,461 coronavirus-related deaths and nearly 161,000 confirmed cases.The country is currently in the process of loosening lockdown measures introduced to halt the spread of the virus and its domestic football season is set to resume on June 12.Changes could also be made to the format of the Europa League, the final of which was due to be played in the Polish city of Gdansk this week. Paris, France | AFP | UEFA is studying “all the options” for the format of this season’s interrupted Champions League, amid reports on Friday that European football’s governing body is considering moving the final from its scheduled venue in Istanbul.The Turkish city was due to host the final this Saturday at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, but the tournament was suspended in mid-March at the last-16 stage because of the coronavirus pandemic.UEFA still hopes to conclude the competition by the end of August, but with major changes to the format likely and games set to be played behind closed doors.“We are looking at all the options regarding the calendar and the format of the competition in the working group involving the clubs, leagues and national associations,” a UEFA spokesman told AFP.“No decision has been taken yet but there should be at the Executive Committee meeting on June 17.” Share on: WhatsApp
Pittsburgh running back James Conner (24) score his second touchdown of the first quarter in an NCAA college football game against Delaware on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh sophomore quarterback Chad Voytik expected jitters before his first start in three years.There were none. Maybe it’s because Voytik knew he had running back James Conner behind him and a massive offensive line in front of him. And Delaware did not.“We were all relaxed,” Voytik said. “We trusted in the game plan. Once we got the ball rolling, we were just playing a game.”More like dominating it.Conner rushed for 153 yards and four first-half touchdowns as the Panthers methodically crushed the overmatched Blue Hens 62-0 on Saturday. Conner scored on runs of 7, 8, 1 and 19 yards as Pitt posted its largest margin of victory in a season opener in over a century.“Before the game Chad kept saying ‘let’s make it easy, let’s make it easy,’” Conner said. “I wanted to make it easy for him.”Taking full advantage of a line that outweighed the Blue Hens’ front four by 50 pounds a man, the Panthers gashed Delaware for 409 yards rushing and scored touchdowns on each of their six first-half possessions.The only real scare came midway through the second quarter when sophomore wide receiver Tyler Boyd dislocated a finger on his left hand during a punt return.Boyd, who set school freshman records for receptions and receiving yards last fall, spent the second half watching from the sideline with his hand bandaged. Coach Paul Chryst believes Boyd will be available next Friday when the Panthers open ACC play at Boston College. Pittsburgh’s Tyler Boyd (23) returns a punt against the Delaware in the NCAA football game on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)Pitt will need Boyd if it wants to make noise in the wide-open Coastal Division. He caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Voytik in the first quarter, but his presence was hardly required on a day the Panthers dominated Delaware from the first snap to the last.Chryst helped turn Wisconsin into a scoring machine while serving as the Badgers’ offensive coordinator 2006-11 by relying on a massive line. Finally settled at Pitt, Chryst is in the process trying to make the same transformation with the Panthers.The early returns were promising. Pitt ran the ball 56 times and threw it just 14. That wasn’t exactly the way Chryst planned it, but after watching Conner run through gaping holes there was no need to get too deep into the playbook.“We were able to run the football,” Chryst said. “We didn’t really get put in a lot of tough down-and-distance pass game stuff. We didn’t just say, ‘Hey, let’s take this thing the next drive, let’s pound it. But if it’s going, you stay with it.’”Boyd ripped off a 34-yard punt return to set the Panthers up early, and Pitt’s first touchdown of the season provided a blueprint for what Chryst hopes his team looks like in 2014. The Panthers needed four plays to go 41 yards, all four plays handoffs by Voytik to either Boyd or Conner.Pitt’s second drive looked much like the first with a couple of short passes from Voytik sprinkled in. Boyd made a diving grab in the left corner of the end zone for Voytik’s first career touchdown pass and Pitt led 14-0 before the game was 13 minutes old.That was more than enough to end any thoughts of an upset. Chryst’s tenure with the Panthers began with a puzzling 31-17 loss to Youngstown State two years ago. Delaware, like the Penguins, are a respected Football Championship Subdivision program. Unlike Youngstown State, however, the Blue Hens ran into a team ready to play.Delaware managed just five first downs, turned it over three times and took just two snaps in Pitt territory until the fourth quarter.“Defensively, we really didn’t have a chance,” Blue Hens coach Dave Brock said. “We struggled to tackle those guys and got covered up by much bigger and stronger people. They were able to run the ball, but Coach Chryst certainly is a class guy. It could have been a lot worse than it was.”Delaware hoped to could hang around long enough to beat a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent for the first time since 2007 when current Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was under center.It didn’t happen. Not even close. Pitt put together a 99-yard drive early in the second quarter that began with a nine-yard quarterback sneak from backup Trey Anderson, included a career-long 60-yard burst from Conner and ended with Conner bulling in from a yard out for the second of his four scores.While bigger challenges await, it was certainly a promising start.“Everybody on our team says we want to win an ACC championship, win 10 games,” Conner said. “There’s no better time than right now.”___Online: http://collegefootball.ap.org/
By John BurtonFREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office has begun equipping some of its officers with body-worn cameras.As of Jan. 12, 30 of the department’s officers, those in the fugitive warrants section of the department’s Law Enforcement Division, were issued the new cameras as standard equipment.The body-worn cameras, or BWCs, are clipped to the front of the officer’s uniform. According to information released by the Sheriff’s department, the officers have been trained on operating the cameras and the accompanying technology, which will record video and audio of officer-involved incidents.The use of the equipment is in compliance with the directives and standards put forward by the state Attorney General’s Office in its guidelines for using this type of equipment and retention of the recordings, according to the sheriff’s office. The body-worn camera has been issued to 30 officers with the Monmouth CountySheriff’s Office.“These body-worn cameras will build upon the public trust that sheriff ’s officers and our partners in law enforcement have in communities and enhance the safety of the residents we serve throughout Monmouth County,” said Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden in a released statement. In addition to holding all involved accountable, Golden said “they can also help capture quality evidence, recognize officer behavior and decrease complaints filed against members of law enforcement.” The department has been using similar video equipment for police vehicles and prisoner transportation for many years “with great success,” Golden said.The cameras are called Body Vision XV and manufactured by L3 Mobile Vision, Rockaway. The county department was able to purchase the equipment through a grant provided by the state Attorney General’s Office’s Department of Law and Public Safety, with the grant administered by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.Currently, 18 law enforcement agencies in the county have begun using this type of body-worn camera through this grant program.
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CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft will continue with physiotherapy as he returns from his soreness and scapular muscle imbalance.Fultz has played only four games this season. He is shooting 33 percent, 50 percent from the free-throw line and has not attempted a 3-point shot all season, all as a reserve.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Markelle Fultz. APPHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz will miss another two to three weeks as he recovers from soreness in his right shoulder.The Sixers said Fultz’s return to action will be determined by how the shoulder responds to progressive basketball training and practices in the interim.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion
National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “Every time he watches, we loses, so we just wanted to break that and also continue our momentum so that we’ll go home smiling,” said coach Lawrence Chongson said of the no-bearing game for the third-seed Tanduay.Von Tambeling led the Rhum Masters with 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while James Martinez got 12 markers and three dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEmil Palma added 11 points, eight of which coming in the fourth quarter for Tanduay, as they fended off an upset-seeking Racal crew which got to as close as four, 74-70, with four minutes left to play.Paul Varilla also had 10 markers, six boards, and two assists in the conquest for the Rhum Masters. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Quarters: 21-16, 49-44, 68-60, 81-72.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Racal suffered its third straight defeat, sixth in its last seven games, to wound up with a 3-6 slate, with a game against CEU on Tuesday remaining in its schedule.Allan Mangahas poured 14 points to lead his side in the losing effort.The Scores:TANDUAY 81 – Tambeling 13, Martinez 12, Palma 11, Varilla 10, Gaco 9, Sollano 7, Eguilos 4, Taganas 4, Vigil 4, Terso 3, Alvarez 2, Santos 2, Villamor 0.RACAL MOTORS 72 – Mangahas 14, Tallo 10, Cabrera 9, Pontejos 9, Lozada 8, Capacio 6, Faundo 4, Gomez 3, Ortuoste 3, Cortes 2, Grimaldo 2, Octubre 2, Apreku 0, Ayonayon 0.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Eric Kelly moves up to lightweight for Boku fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Emil Palma. PBA IMAGESTanduay continued to gain steam going into the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals, nipping Racal Motors, 81-72 Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With their fifth straight victory, the Rhum Masters ended their eliminations campaign with an 8-2 slate, while also giving team owner Bong Tan, who was in the audience, a win.ADVERTISEMENT
Real Madrid wing-back Marcelo: Don’t go over the top about Iscoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Marcelo has no doubts about the commitment of Isco.The midfielder is being linked with a move in January.”We all know his quality,” said Marcelo when talking about Madrid’s No. 22.”For me, he is the one [in our squad] with the most quality on the pitch.”Sometimes players play more, sometimes less, there are different moments.”We should not go over it so much.”Isco is with Madrid to the death, like all the players.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say