SANTA CLARA — Film review at 49ers training camp could spark tension tonight, especially among defensive backs and wide receivers.NFL officials are in town for their annual visit to inform players and staff — and media — about new rules for the coming season. No change has drawn more attention and ensuing concern than coaches’ ability to dial up a replay challenge for a pass-interference penalty, whether it’s called or not, against the offense or defense.Cornerback Richard Sherman arrived at …
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Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa created history by winning the first-ever gold medal in squash while pugilists Sarita Devi and Devendro Singh had to be content with silver as India added four more medals to their kitty on the tenth day of competitions in the 20th Games on Saturday.Dipika and Joshana stole the limelight with their historic feat as they beat Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro of England 11-6, 11-8 in the womens doubles squash final. It was the first squash medal for India in the Commonwealth Games.Sarita Devi and Devendro Singh were the other star performers during the day with their silver-winning achievements in the boxing ring while Sakina Khatun claimed an unexpected bronze in powerlifting as India made a last-ditch effort to boost their medals tally.Sarita lost to Shelley Watts of Australia after a gritty fight in women’s lightweight (57-60kg) category final while her younger brother Devendro was beaten by Paddy Barnes of Northern Ireland in the men’s light-flyweight (46-49kg) final at the Hydro Arena.Devendro was no match for Barnes and the unanimous 3-0 verdict in favour of the Irish reflected that.With the two silver on Saturday, India has bagged three medals from boxing with Pinki Jangra having won a bronze after losing her semifinal bout against Michaela Walsh of Northern Ireland in women’s 51kg category yesterday.The collection of four more medals took India’s overall tally to 55 with 14 gold, 25 silver and 16 bronze.India maintained their fifth position in the medal standings with England topping the charts with a total collection of 145 medals followed by Australia (125), Canada (75) and Scotland (49).advertisementSakina Khatun did India proud by winning a bronze medal in the women’s lightweight (upto 61 kg) powerlifting event.The Bangalore-born powerlifter finished behind Nigeria’s Esther Oyema (Gold) and England’s Natalie Blake (Silver) settle at third position.The Indian lifted a total weight of 88.2 kilograms, while Esther lifted 136kgs and Natalie managed 100.2kgs.India kept themselves on course for a historic gold medal in the badminton event with P Kashyap just a win away while 2010 champions Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, too, were on course to defend their title. Young P V Sindhu, however, suffered a heartbreaking loss.World No. 22 Kashyap played out of his skin to avenge his loss to England’s Rajiv Ouseph, who had beaten him at the 2010 Delhi Games and also dumped him during the mixed team event at the Emirates Arena here.In an energy-sapping one hour and 23 minute match, Kashyap bounced back from a game down to edge out World No. 26 Ouseph 18-21 21-17 21-18 and assure himself of at least a silver medal.Delhi Games gold medallist pair of Jwala and Ashwini too notched up an easy 21-7 21-12 win over Lai Pei Jing and Loo Yin Lim in the women’s doubles semifinals to set up a final showdown with World No. 18 Malaysian combo of Vivian Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon.However, Sindhu, who is playing her first Commonwealth Games, could not go the distance in women’s singles as she went down fighting to Michelle Li of Canada 22-20 22-20 in the last-four encounter.This was her second defeat to Li in the tournament. The Indian had lost to the Hong Kong-born shuttler in the mixed team event.The Hyderabad girl will meet Malaysia’s Jing Yi Tee in the bronze medal contest later in the day. Jing was defeated by World No. 17 Kirsty Gilmour from Scotland in the other semifinal.It could have been an all-Indian final showdown in the men’s singles but RMV Gurusaidutt could not recreate the same magic which saw him beat top seed Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia last night in the quarterfinals.After battling for more than an hour, Guru finally went down 21-16 19-21 15-21 against World No. 40 Derek Wong of Singapore in the other semifinals.London Olympics quarterfinalist, Kashyap will now take on Wong in the summit clash on Sunday.In men’s hockey, India came from two goals down to defeat New Zealand 3-2 in the semifinals to set up a summit showdown with holders Australia.Trailing 0-2 in the 18th minute, India sans regular skipper Sardar Singh were revived by strikes from stand-in-captain Rupinder Singh Pal, Ramandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh, who ensured at least a silver medal for the country.The Kiwis drew first blood in the second minute with Simon Child taking a neat cross pass to put the ball screeching into the net.The Black Sticks continued with their fine show and three minutes later, Hugo Inglis fired at the net again but this time it was stopped by the Indian goalkeeper Sreejesh Ravindran.advertisementIndian fullback Rupinder also came up a with a forceful hit at the Kiwi net but goalkeeper Hamish McGregor was alert to put the strike at bay.The New Zealanders missed a penalty corner in the 10th minute but they did not repeat the mistake when they got the next opportunity, as hard-hitter Nick Haig scored on the rebound to double the lead in the 18th minute.Achanta Sharath Kamal proved to be no match for Singapore’s Jian Zhan as the Indian was blanked 4-0 in a one-sided men’s singles table tennis semifinal match.The top Indian paddler lost 11-6 11-6 11-6 11-8 to his 32-year-old opponent from Singapore at the Scotstown Campus.That the 32-year-old from Chennai, who had won a gold in the 2006 Melbourne Games, struggled to match up to Zhan’s play could be gauged from the fact that the match was over in just 27 minutes. The scoreline also reflects the one-sided nature of the match.Kamal had earlier teamed up with Anthony Amalraj to win a silver medal for India after losing to Singapore’s Gao Ning and Hu Li in the final of the men’s doubles table tennis event.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea won’t consider offers for N’Golo Kanteby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea won’t consider the sale of N’Golo Kante.The midfielder continues to be linked with a move to Juventus, but reports claim the star is not up for sale.Juve coach Maurizio Sarri is said to be keen on reuniting with Kante in Turin.He is said to have told the club’s vice-chairman Pavel Nedved that Kante should be high on the club’s list of targets.But now according to Sky Italia’s Fabrizio Romano, there is no truth in the rumours.Romano told Calciomercato that there is no negotiations to bring Kante to the Serie A giants despite sporting director Fabio Paratici being a big admirer of the 28-year-old.
NC State scored a huge come-from-behind victory Thursday night, as sophomore forward Beejay Anya hit a game-winning jump hook with no time remaining on the clock against LSU to move his team to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. As you’d imagine, the fans back in Raleigh were just a bit excited. The below video, which shows a few hundred students celebrating on campus, has gone viral.Here’s Anya’s shot, for those who missed it. The party is on in Raleigh. The Wolfpack will get No. 1 Villanova on Saturday, and if they win that one, look out.
20092.72.63.53.912.7 Once we have those ratings, we can add them up to get an overall score for each playoff game. Unsurprisingly, wild-card games have the lowest average score, followed by divisional games, conference championships and the Super Bowl. (Hey! It works!) But this year’s opening weekend scored lower than the typical wild-card round in three of four categories; total scoring was the only metric in which it didn’t underperform, and even then, these games were basically average by wild-card standards. Pittsburgh’s 30-12 blowout over Miami was the eighth-lowest-rated wild-card game since 1990, and the rest of the opening weekend’s slate didn’t fare much better.4The highest-rated game of the weekend was, remarkably, Houston-Oakland, which ranked 43rd among the 108 wild-card games played since 1990.Overall, it was the fourth-worst wild-card weekend since 1990 according to my measure of game quality: Wild card avg.126.96.36.199.411.7 The good news is that things should get much better from here. Although New England is a massive favorite over Houston, the rest of the divisional round is filled with high-quality teams who should be relatively closely matched. That’s not always a guarantee of great football — looking back at my college-bowl grades, how about the barn-burner that was my highest-rated matchup? (Clemson trounced Ohio State 31-0 … oops.) — but it can’t hurt, particularly after the relative snoozefest that opened the playoffs. 20188.8.131.52.913.3 199184.108.40.206.610.4 19902.33.12.43.411.2 20052.62.92.34.011.8 199220.127.116.11.510.3 20012.72.92.83.011.4 2018.104.22.168.512.0 19922.214.171.124.511.2 If you’re like me, the start of the NFL playoffs is always a source of excitement — until you remember that the two best teams in each conference have bye weeks, leaving the dregs of the postseason field to play games that aren’t much better than the league’s standard regular-season fare. Sometimes wild-card games can rise above all that, producing classic games in spite of themselves, but those games are the exception to the rule.Even by those low standards, this weekend’s wild-card action was full of duds. Texans-Raiders was one of the ugliest on-paper playoff matchups in recent memory — and it ended up being arguably the weekend’s most exciting game. Every matchup was decided by double digits, only one featured an above-average amount of scoring,1Relative to the NFL’s regular-season average of 46 total points per game. and there was only one upset in the bunch (if you even could call it that — our Elo ratings gave Oakland a slight edge over Houston, though Elo didn’t know about Oakland’s mess at QB). Add it all up, and it was one of the worst wild-card rounds since the NFL playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990.We can measure the quality of each playoff game using a metric similar to the one I used to grade college football bowls. To rate the NFL games, I graded each postseason matchup since 1990 by summing up four different five-point ratings2Where the average is 3, the maximum is 5, and the lowest possible score is 1.: how good the teams were, how close the game was, how many points were scored, and how much upset potential the game had.3Here’s how each is defined in more detail:How good the teams were. This is based on the harmonic mean of the two teams’ pregame Elo ratings. Better matchups, like Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks, get a 5; worse ones, such as 1999’s Cardinals-Cowboys wild-card tilt, get a 1.How close the game was. For this, I estimated the average margin of the game at any given moment, from the perspective of the eventual winner. Higher grades are given to great comebacks — see the Bills’ epic 1993 victory over the Oilers — and to nail-biters like the Giants’ last-second win over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXV. Lower grades go to laughers like the Jaguars’ 62-7 demolition of Miami in 2000.How much scoring the teams did. This is just the total number of points scored in the game. (High-scoring games aren’t always exciting, but they tend to be more watchable than grind-it-out defensive struggles.) The Cardinals’ 51-45 win over the Packers in 2010 gets a 5; the Steelers’ inelegant 7-6 victory over the Patriots in 1998 gets a 1.How much upset potential the game had. All else being equal, possible upsets make for interesting games. So for this category, I estimated the underdog’s average win probability at any given moment in the game. Games where the underdog dominates, such as when Baltimore thrashed New England in 2010, score highest; ones where the favorite’s victory was never in doubt, like when Tim Tebow’s Broncos never had a chance against the Pats in 2012, score lowest. 20062.13.22.92.710.9 20072.23.12.93.711.9 Conf. champ.3.63.13.03.112.8 199126.96.36.199.211.6 20188.8.131.52.011.1 20184.108.40.206.010.7 20220.127.116.11.211.5 20042.12.83.33.711.9 19918.104.22.168.813.2 20102.33.23.03.912.4 20082.53.22.93.512.1 19922.214.171.124.211.1 199126.96.36.199.610.3 199188.8.131.52.511.5 The best NFL wild-card weekends (1990-present) 20184.108.40.206.612.4 Super Bowl4.13.03.23.313.6 Divisional3.13.03.03.012.0 20032.32.93.12.911.2 20002.53.32.64.112.5 PLAYOFF YEARGOOD TEAMSCLOSE GAMESHI SCORINGUPSET CHANCETOTAL SCORE 199220.127.116.11.612.2 AVERAGE SCORE OF GAMES IN ROUND Each game is graded on a five-point scale in four categories: how good the teams were, how close the score was throughout the game, how many points were scored and the chances of an upset throughout the game.Based on data from Pro-Football-Reference.com 20022.03.23.43.912.6
The 19-year-old midfielder scored his first goal for Burnley in his second English Premier League start of the season19-year-old midfielder Dwight McNeil scored his first goal for Burnley as his team defeated West Ham United 2-0.And for manager Sean Dyche, this was great and will definitely give his player boost.“I’m delighted for Dwight. The first goal, there’s seven passes and they haven’t touched the ball, I’m really pleased with that, and Dwight is a player with real quality,” Dyche told Sky Sports.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The pride in him and his family will be enormous. I like him a lot, he’s featured a couple of times for us, but it’s about judging when these young players play.”“We’re a little bit stretched with injuries, but I thought it was valid today. I was delighted for him,” he added.“It was really tough on Joe [Hart]. He’s a fantastic ‘keeper and a professional. He was the first one to jump up when Tom made the save from Andy Carroll late on.”
Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross says he is impressed with his team’s away performance this season and urging his team-mates to continue with the run of form.The German International says he is wary of the new Manchester United team under interim manager Solksjaer.He told the club’s official website, “It was an important game and a good win for us [the win in August], but that’s just a memory for us. We’re really good at home, and now it’s about trying to be better when we play away from the Amex.Pep Guardiola is convinced Manchester City will improve Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – May 12, 2019 Ahead of the crucial end of the season for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola is convinced his squad will improve even more next season.It appears…“Our last league game against West Ham was one of our better ones, and we’ll try to do the same again and be better away from home.“In my opinion we’ve improved our performances on the road. Maybe we haven’t got the points we wanted, but I feel that we’ve improved in general compared to last season.“They [Man United] have had some very good results at the moment and are very confident. They’re in a really good feeling and a really good mood. It will be really tough, but we will do our best.”