201516 NBA Preview This Could Be The Rockets Year

Here’s a case where I disagree with CARMELO, which projects Ty Lawson to produce about the same WAR as he did last season. The Rockets love what Lawson brings to their backcourt in terms of pushing the pace and creating for others. Expect his WAR to improve. And here’s how CARMELO sees the Rockets’ key players: Is this the beginning of the end for Dwight Howard? In 2013, he produced 8.1 wins above replacement, and his WAR has declined each year since. However, last season’s 1.6 WAR was a result of his playing in just 41 games because of injuries. Howard’s WAR should increase this season; it’s projected to be 3.3. But CARMELO has Howard on the downslope of his career: He turns 30 in December and has a history of injuries. Howard’s poor foul shooting doesn’t help his cause, making him a liability on the floor late in games. When healthy and on top of his game, he’s a dominant center, but CARMELO is skeptical, putting Howard in the “key role player” category. Before every game, Trevor Ariza (the Rockets’ third offensive option) plays EA Sports FIFA 16 on PlayStation. It relaxes him. He’ll lose some minutes to Lawson, but Patrick Beverley’s value to the Rockets has never been higher; he’s a defensive point guard who’s expected to create havoc this season. The Houston Rockets lost 180 man-games to injuries last season; only two teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves, had more players receive DNPs. And the Rockets still won 56 games — mostly because of shooting guard James Harden, who led the team in scoring 60 times while playing in 81 games. A healthy Rockets team should compete for a title, and while keeping the core group together was important, the trade for point guard Ty Lawson brings an added dimension to the offense. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projects the Rockets to go 52-30. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. James Harden is one of the best players in the NBA — just check out his top five comparables. But the Rockets expect Harden to do less ball handling thanks to the addition of Lawson, and the team is trying to speed up the pace this season. Both those things may help Harden cut down on his turnovers. Lawson becomes the main ball handler, thus pushing Harden into more of a traditional two-guard role where the Rockets want him to catch and shoot, and play off the ball. Injuries slowed Terrence Jones’s game down, but in training camp Rockets coach Kevin McHale said he’s making quicker and smarter decisions, which is a positive step. Jones is expected to start at power forward this year.Read more: 2015-16 NBA Previews read more

Martinez accuses Real Sociedad of blocking Manchester City move

first_imgInigo Martinez recently disclosed he thinks Barcelona and Manchester City deals have fallen off because of Jokin Aperribay, Real Sociedad’s current president.Martinez initially rose to stardom when he arrived at Athletic Bilbao in January from Anoeta for the hefty fee of 65 million euro. Now, he has been frequently linked with a move to the winners of the Premier League season but the player seems to think this will not happen either.“You see they [City] are really interested, they give the ‘okay’, but strange things happen,” he told Diario de Gipuzkoa. “You’re already p***** off and you wonder if it’s chance. Well, no, it wasn’t chance,” Martinez said, according to FourFourTwo.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The same thing happened with Barcelona, it seemed. If I was annoyed before, that finished me. The ‘no’ from Barcelona wasn’t because of a Real issue, although they tried, but because of an internal issue at Barca.”“Here, though, the non-consideration on City’s part was motivated 100 per cent by some position at Real that I prefer not to comment on,” Martinez went on to add.last_img read more

West Hams penalty shootout hero Adrian thrilled with win

first_imgWest Ham United defeated Mainz 05 on penalties following a 1-1 draw on Tuesday with goalkeeper Adrian coming to rescue by saving a spot-kick, before scoring one of his own to ensure victory for the HammersManuel Pellegrini’s side managed to break the deadlock after 70 minutes at the Silberstadt Arena in Tuesday’s pre-season friendly due to Snodgrass’ cross finding Toni Martinez, who then headed home the opening goal.But the lead would only last for 10 minutes with Robin Quaison equalising for Mainz.With neither side able to score again, the tie was to be decided in a penalty shoot-out.And Adrian stepped up to save Pablo de Blasis’ effort, before then later coolly slotting home his own penalty-kick with Gaetan Bussmann sealing the victory for West Ham to hand the club the Betway Cup for the first time.“It was a very good result,” Adrian told the club website.Alisson Becker, LiverpoolReport: Injury update on Liverpool’s Becker George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Liverpool has released an update on Alisson Beckers progress as he recovers from injury.According to Liverpoolfc.com, there is still no timeline for the Brazillian…“At the end I saved one, I scored one and we won so I am very happy!“It was a good night for us, I thought we played really well. We played against a really good team in Mainz, they play attacking football and they press really high so it was a really good test for us.“I thought we pressed really well, we kept the ball and created good chances. We had the better chances and fortunately we got the win we deserved on penalties in the end. In pre-season it is important that every game you get better and put into practice the manager’s ideas. We are getting there, and it was another good performance.”The Spanish shot-stopper had asked to be one of West Ham’s first five takers, but was turned down by assistant coach Enzo Maresca.“I wanted to be one of the first five penalty takers! I told Enzo that I wanted to take one but they didn’t give me the chance! I was happy to take one, and to score for the team eventually,” he revealed.West Ham will now conclude their pre-season preparations with a final game against French club Angers SCO in Grodig on Friday.last_img read more

Sancho explains why he moved to Borussia Dortmund

first_imgThe Bundesliga footballer is focused on playing with England right now, but the former Manchester City winger believes he chose the right clubBorussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is making headlines lately because of how well he’s playing.And he’s close to getting his first cap for the England national team.On today’s press conference, he talked to the Bundesliga’s official website on why he decided to leave English Premier League club Manchester City to join the German league team.“I was just focused on improving as a player,” Sancho said.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“[It’s] a city that loves football like no other. My main focus was to play the first team and obviously get minutes under my belt.”“I would say I’m a bit tricky, direct and just confident,” he added.“I believe in myself in one-on-one situations. I used to look at Ronaldinho, growing up, on YouTube. I just liked how he used to carry his team sometimes… and obviously, he used to try things that no one else would try.”“I was at training when I first got the call-up,” he commented.“Straightaway I called my parents, and obviously they were just delighted for me. I just couldn’t stop smiling for the whole day.”last_img read more

Mancini Nations League finals the target for Italy

first_imgItaly manager Roberto Mancini insists their objectives remain unchanged, despite a difficult patch of formThe Azzurri will host Portugal at the San Siro on Saturday night in a Group A3 clash knowing that victory is a must.The two nations last met in Lisbon in September with Portugal emerging 1-0 winners without Cristiano Ronaldo.“At the beginning of the tournament our objective was to try to reach the final phase of the Nations League,” Mancini told Rai.“We lost in Portugal with a very young team, but now we have the chance to beat them at San Siro.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Italy are currently second in Group A3 with four points from three games.“We need to focus on that, then we’ll see what happens in Portugal-Poland,” added Mancini.“Our first objective is to play a good game, to play well as we did in the last two matches.“I want to see a team that attacks, above all for the San Siro crowd. It’s a stadium which is full every time Italy come, and that’s important.”The Nations League match will begin at 20:45 (CET).last_img read more

Samir Nasri Im a different man now

first_imgFrench midfielder Samir Nasri feels “blessed” to have been given a second chance following his move to West Ham and promises he’s a changed manThe 31-year-old was given an 18-month ban from football after breaching the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules in 2016.The suspension came shortly after his contract with Turkish side Antalyaspor was terminated with his last competitive outing being in August 2017 in a Super Lig match against Yeni Malatyaspor.But now Nasri has been given a rare second chance in a top Premier League club after convincing his former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini of his fitness.Although the ex-France international admits he thought his career might come to an end at one stage.“I had some really tough moments when I was really down,” Nasri told West Ham TV on YouTube.“Mentally I’m really strong, but for maybe the first time in my life, I cried about my career because I thought it was over.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool 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.“I’m 31 years old now and I’m more mature. If it was five years ago maybe I would have some problem with it or talk too much about it.“When you’ve been out for a year and you think it’s over, you think completely differently after that.“I was just looking on TV and I wasn’t able to train, and in the meantime, I had a son. A lot of things have changed in my life, and for the best. I’m really happy about it. I’m just blessed.“I’m lucky to have a second chance. Not everyone in life has a second chance and I do. I know I will give 100 per cent.”Nasri could make his West Ham debut on Wednesday at home to Brighton.last_img read more

Grace Oglesby Named ACC Swimmer of the Week

first_imgOglesby swept the butterfly events at the IU Invitational, earning a pair of NCAA A cuts with lifetime bests in both the 100 and 200 fly. She won the 100 fly in a time of 50.75, which is the third-fastest time in the nation so far this season.  Print Friendly Version In the 200 fly, Oglesby won by over three seconds and eclipsed her own personal best time by a half-second. She is one of just three swimmers in the nation who have secured an NCAA A cut in the event and currently holds the No. 2 time with a 1:52.64. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following a career weekend at the IU Invitational, University of Louisville junior Grace Oglesby has been selected as the ACC Swimmer of the Week, which was announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Conference office. Oglesby also swam the 200 IM, placing fourth with an NCAA B cut time of 1:57.32. In total, she scored 90 individual points to help the No. 8 Cardinals to a second place finish at the IU Invitational.center_img The Goshen, Ky. native was also instrumental in the Cardinals’ 200 and 400 medley relays. She posted the top butterfly splits in the entire field with a 23.01 in the 200 medley and 51.27 in the 400 medley relay. Louisville’s 200 medley relay finished third with a 1:36.31, while the 400 medley relay took first by nearly a full second in a time of 3:30.55. Both relays earned NCAA automatic qualifying times. This marks the first ACC weekly honor of Oglesby’s career and the fourth straight week a Louisville swimmer or diver has been selected for the award. Story Linkslast_img read more