In a matter of just five seconds, JV Gallego got into a fateful fork that would either lead him to becoming a hero or a goat.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jarin says Bulldogs need to ‘get up, play together’ amid 1-5 start Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “I think I just have to be more aware of the clock next time, I have to be more mature for our next games, and be more composed,” said Gallego in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.As Gallego laid down under the basket, with tears just waiting to roll down his eyes, teammate Issa Gaye and captain Dave Yu immediately picked him up and told him to keep his head high.Head coach Jamike Jarin also told him that’s he’s not in trouble for the wrong that he did.“I asked him why he’s putting his head down,” said Jarin. “I never get mad with those plays because it was a judgment call on his part and he saw that Dave was free and he had a chance to win it.”“All of us makes mistakes, that’s part of growth of everybody, and that’s why I’m here to mentor these young men,” added Jarin, whose team fell to a 1-5 record and tied University of the East at the bottom of the ladder.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil He became a goat.In National University’s close 89-88 loss to University of the Philippines, Gallego had the chance to win the game but instead of going for a game-winning layup he chucked a pass to Dave Ildefonso out in the wing as the buzzer sounded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissGallego knew he made the most crucial of mistakes that led to the Bulldogs’ fifth loss in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.But only in his second year, Gallego knows he can still make up for his mistake. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. To make matters worse for FEU, Arvin Tolentino was slapped with his second straight disqualifying foul this season after his cheap shot on Huang with 15.9 seconds left.Huang finished with a career-high 20 while grabbing six rebounds for the Growling Tigers, who won their third straight game.Marvin Lee added 17 points with five assists for UST with Henri Subido tallying 14 points and Germy Mahinay putting up 10 points and eight boards.Despite making less field goals than FEU, 25 to 30, the Growling Tigers made up for it from the foul line hitting on a 21-of-27 clip while the Tamaraws went 7-of-13 from the stripe.Richard Escoto led the 5-3 Tamaraws with 12 points while Tolentino had 11 points and 11 rebounds before his exit.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title FEU held on to a slim 51-49 lead early in the fourth but that just fueled the Growling Tigers’ tenacity as they went on a game-changing 16-3 run to take a 65-54 after Zach Huang’s jumper with 3:55 left.Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela was then, called for a technical foul with 2:01 left in the game after he challenged the referees for calling an offensive foul on his guard Alec Stockton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s so easy to coach these guys because they’re so connected, whatever you tell them to do they will,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo in Filipino. “There’s no resistance on their part.”“It’s a good thing they appreciate our efforts because they see the results and they trust us coaches even more.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas downed Far Eastern University anew, 78-70, to sweep their head-to-head battle in the elimination round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Growling Tigers won their first meeting, 76-74, and their latest win bumped them to .500 territory with a 4-4 record.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Crawford stops Benavidez late in last round to keep WBO belt
1 Arsene Wenger has Gunners fans fearing the worst ahead of the new season Arsenal fans are fearing the worst ahead of the new Premier League season. Centre-back Per Mertesacker was recently ruled out of action for ‘a few months’, according to manager Arsene Wenger, and he is running out of defensive options, with Calum Chambers and Rob Holding set to pair in their pre-season tour.Wenger has only brought in three players so far this summer – Granit Xhaka (costing in the region of £30m), youngster Holding from Bolton and Japanese forward Takuma Asano – and fans want to see more through the doors at the Emirates. In comparison to rivals chasing the top four, including Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, that is very little.LISTEN: Arsenal transfers and signings: Fans disagree about club policy on talkSPORT – ‘It’s becoming embarrassing!’Last week, chief executive Ivan Gazidis said Arsenal can win the title without making more signings but he has recently talked about the pressure on the club to win trophies. Wenger bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette this week and has been linked to Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, but supporters want to see deals done. READ MORE: Premier League transfers: Done deals so far in summer 2016With just over two weeks to go until the Gunners kick off their campaign at home to Liverpool, check out how frustrated some fans are feeling on social media:
Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Analysis#Features#Location#mobile#NYT#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Services like Foursquare, Gowalla and others make it easy to post your physical location to the Web – but what makes people want to do that at all? Fifteen-month-old Foursquare is adding 100,000 new users every week, and Facebook has made it clear that location is a feature it is preparing to offer soon. What’s the motivation for users to register where they are in the offline world online? We asked some users of these services and found that they had varied and interesting answers.Service May VaryOf course, location services vary widely in nature. Nick Bicanic’s startup EchoEcho, for example, is a very discreet service for letting one friend know where you are at a time, emphasizing extreme ease of use. OK Magazine’s new celebrity-stalking location app might represent the other end of the spectrum.Most people who shared their experiences with us were using one of the big social location apps: Foursquare, Gowalla, Google Latitude or BrightKite. Real-world businesses are starting to make interesting use of these services. (Here’s one list of 21 different examples.)The types of places users check into are somewhat diverse, too, though the stereotype of Foursquare users as youthful bar-hoppers is largely confirmed by the numbers. According to a data visualization by the independent group BitsyBot Labs, bar check-ins on the service beat out check-ins at places of education and parks almost all last week. Bars were about equal with the arts and entertainment category. Food and shopping reign supreme, but on most days travel tops drinking, too.Those numbers tell you something about aggregate activities, but why do individuals participate in this in the first place? It’s emotional, and it’s different for different people. Will location apps become far more popular once mobile coupons become ubiquitous, and people can save money by using such services? Maybe, but there are clearly other types of incentives already available.Serendipity and ConnectionSan Francisco entrepreneur Pat Diven uses location-based social networks for probably the best-known reason, in the types of circumstances you might expect. He’s checked in on Foursquare more than 400 times, including at the bloggers’ event WordCamp, more than three times at an Apple store, and at more than 20 different pizza places. His Plancast account, where he records not where he is, but where he will be, indicates that he’s the kind of guy who likes both big tech conferences, as well as things like camping in Big Sur and beer and music parties in the countryside.“I use location for chance meetups with people I know in the city,” he said last Friday afternoon via a Twitter client on his phone. “It’s worked a few times.” Diven also raised a common concern, articulated as a sophisticated social network user might: “Hoping for more granular control soon!” He’s a good example of an active person who both exposes a lot of their activity publicly and has entirely private accounts on other services.Diven exposes enough, though, that I was able to see a lot of information about what he likes to do just by looking around online – I didn’t speak to him for this article beyond trading a single tweet. He’s been doing this for long enough (his Twitter account is more than three years old) that he’s sure to have decided that a certain amount of public exposure was worth it to him.Cambridge-based experimental tech CEO Shava Nerad is on the other side of the country and has a different take on the use of location apps to connect with other people. She says for her, it’s simple. “I have friends who work in coffee shops and we like to spontaneously clump to co-work,” she said by iPhone early Saturday evening. “The rest doesn’t matter to me.”Nerad’s public Foursquare history is much tamer than many people’s – though she did once win a badge for checking in after 3 a.m. on a weeknight, so apparently it’s not all about working.Portland, Ore., consultant Mike M. says he uses location services to track people more than to meet them. His son works in emergency medical services, and Mr. M keeps an eye on him using Google’s service Latitude, “hoping he stays safe.” (I called him Mr. M. just because I don’t want to see his kid get in trouble.)Location apps for tracking people around medical matters? That kind of thing makes many people take pause. Some of the same types of tracking technology are being incorporated into medicine and are in many cases causing a substantial reconsideration of patient privacy.In the consumer world, it’s different. Last week I showed my dental hygienist who else was checked in to the dentist’s office on Foursquare at the same time I was, and her first reaction was concern about HIPAA (the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which regulates the security and privacy of health-related data). She decided no one could stop the patients themselves from exposing their own location; she just couldn’t confirm to me whether or not she actually knew who those people were.Much more straightforward, in the people-connection department, was my wife’s comment left on Facebook last week when she got home and I was gone. I had checked into a coffee shop and pushed the update from Foursquare to Facebook, and she commented “there you are! I was wondering where you went.”Be it for chance or as an exercise in caution, the uses of location services for tracking other people are just beginning to become clear.For the WinMany of the popular location-based social networks present themselves as games. They give points to users for going to new or multiple places, then tally the points up against the user’s friends. Does that really motivate people to check in? Does it motivate people to go to more or different places? Apparently, it does. New York City author, social media consultant and mom Tamar Weinberg says, “people disagree with the concept of badges, but I think it’s fun to chase after new opportunity & status.” Hutch Carpenter, almost Weinberg’s exact opposite as an enterprise engineering platform executive and a dad in San Francisco, says he sees it that way too. “I second that,” he said of Weinberg’s explanation. That ethos of location-based public achievement may go transgenerational, too. Carpenter checked in on Foursquare at Toy Story 3 this Saturday, said it was his 6-year-old son’s first trip to a movie theater, and pushed the update to Twitter.This gameplay isn’t necessarily about narcissism. Virginia-based developer Alex Stone, who says he’s made several friends because of Foursquare, says of competing service Gowalla that “[its] quest for items and trip pins has led me to discover some really cool spots in my own small town.”As a Personal HistoryThe thing that surprised me most when I asked people why they use location-based social networks is how many of them say they use it primarily to track their own personal history. It’s a lazy diary, people say. I thought, naively, that I was the only one who felt that way.Some people say they use it to help with their expense tracking on business travels.Buffalo, NY, Web developer Adrian Roselli told me Friday that he started using BrightKite “so I could post photos in real-time while traveling and associating each with locations on maps.” He says he publishes the RSS feed of his check-in history to a map he can view later, to trace his route. That’s really geeky, but according to his check-ins, Roselli spent Friday night having dessert with a woman and Saturday morning on a charity bike ride. So apparently, you can push a check-in feed to a map and still maintain some connection to the kinds of things that normal people do. Several people told me they are doing technical things like that with their check-in histories for self-awareness.When I went to New York with my wife earlier this month, she grew very tired of me pulling out my phone to check in everywhere we went. But once we got home, she admitted it was nice to be able to scroll back through the updates to Facebook I published and remember all the places we had been.Or, as Palo Alto’s Spencer Schoeben told me this weekend, “I love looking back at my check-in history and remembering the awesome things I’ve done.” Schoeben is the 16-year-old founder of one startup company and CEO of another, so he’s recording a busy young man’s history with those check-ins.Schoeben has reason to be proud of his accomplishments – and maybe we all do. The one rationale for checking in no one I talked to claimed for themselves – but that one very perceptive person quietly told me was probably more common than not – was showing off. “To non-explicitly brag about your coolness and/or importance, based on where you eat, drink, work, and travel.” That makes sense to me. Heck, I’ll own it myself, to some degree.Did I feel a little cool when I checked in at Manhattan’s underground Ping-Pong venue and bar called SPiN New York and wrote “Crazy place, ping pong balls flying everywhere, hitting me while I drink beer and blog”? Yeah, I did. Was I aware of what I was doing the next weekend when I checked into two mid-century modern furniture stores in a row? Yes, throw me to the type of piranhas that eat people like me! I was aware of what I was doing.There are clearly many different reasons people use location-based social networks. Many of us use them for several different reasons ourselves, at different times.There are, of course, other sides of the story, ranging from the very serious to the somewhat serious. Dan Tynan wrote this weekend at IT World about why you should consider not participating in these kinds of services. Tynan writes a blog called Thank You For Not Sharing, which says it includes “a fair amount of whining.” (It’s really quite funny.) Presuming you’re fully informed (though that’s another matter), then whether these services are for you comes down largely to your circumstances and your attitude. They aren’t for everyone. But they are a good experience for some people, as the stories above illustrate. If you’ve ever wondered why on earth someone would use a service like this – that’s why. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit marshall kirkpatrick The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, who also holds the Home portfolio, has directed the police to smoke out the insurgents responsible behind the recent bomb explosions in the State. Two BSF jawans were killed and three persons, including a woman and a girl, were injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded near a BSF camp at Koirenggei on Wednesday. On Thursday, an Assam Rifles personnel was wounded when two bombs exploded in Imphal.Mr. Singh said that no solution can be found by resorting to violence. “The government strongly condemns the senseless violence,” he said.Meanwhile an outlawed outfit, People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangliepak, has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack on the BSF camp. The outfit also expressed regret for hurting the civilians.Mr. Singh said that while doors for negotiations were open, no stones would be left unturned to deal firmly with those who resorted to violence. He added that security has been beefed up in all trouble-prone areas in the state.
Srinagar: The “gloves are finally off and India has chosen territory over people”, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Friday as speculations grew in the valley about some possible major decisions regarding the state’s special status. “You failed to win over the love of a single Muslim majority state which rejected division on religious grounds & chose secular India. The gloves are finally off & India has chosen territory over people,” Mehbooba, the PDP president, wrote on Twitter. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’She said New Delhi seemed to be preparing “to rob” the people of Jammu and Kashmir of “whatever little is left to protect their unique identity”. “(PDP founder and two-time chief minister) Mufti (Mohammad Sayeed) sahab would always say that whatever Kashmiris will get, it will be from their own country India. But today the same country seems to be preparing to rob them of whatever little is left to protect their unique identity,” she said in another tweet. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KEarlier, the former chief minister expressed hope that Kashmir would not be “used as a red herring to distract masses from the real issues”. “The economy is in free fall but I hope like always Kashmir isn’t used as a red herring to distract masses from the real issues. Such a move will have catastrophic consequences & push Kashmiris to the brink,” she said. Mehbooba said for a state that is often referred to as the crown of India, “the uncaring and callous treatment meted out to its people is disconcerting”. “Ideally some sort of clarification should’ve been issued. Instead a misinformation campaign is being run while an uneasy calm prevails in Kashmir,” she said as the valley remained on the edge even as a fresh order asking Amarnath yatris and tourists to leave Kashmir was issued by the state administration. In the aftermath of the order, people started buying essentials and lining up at petrol pumps to fill their vehicle fearing disturbances in the law and order situation. “Complete chaos on the streets of Srinagar. People rushing to ATMs, petrol pumps & stocking up on essential supplies. Is GOI only concerned about the safety of yatris while Kashmiris have been left to their own devices?” she said as the city witnessed traffic jams at several places.
2016-1718.236.831.2 2015-1613.045.025.8 This season is different. Leonard’s usage has spiked to 31 percent (that’s Russell-Westbrook-before-this-season range), and he’s nearly doubled his pick-and-roll possessions, going from 14 percent of his possessions last season to 26 percent this season while remaining deadly effective. His 106.1 points per 100 possessions on those plays is among the best in the league, better even than Harden’s formidable pick-and-roll game this season (101.6), albeit on about half the number of possessions per game.16.1 pick-and-roll possessions per game for Leonard, 11.7 for Harden. Leonard still gets a lot of spot-up jumpers, but he’s now being assisted on only 37 percent of his 2-pointers, pretty much in line with LeBron James or an in-his-prime Kobe Bryant. He’s creating his own offense now, rather than waiting for the offense to come to him.Maybe most impressively, Leonard has done all this without dropping an ounce of efficiency. After Monday night, his 61.7 true shooting percentage had inched past his career-high from last season (61.6 percent). This is somewhat surprising, given that Leonard has gone from shooting 44 percent on 3-pointers last season to 39 percent this season. But he’s made up for that by adding more long twos to his game — often on quick curls around a high screen, as he did in the Houston game, but also in isolation on a variety of hesitation and pull-up moves — and making nearly half of them. These are the shots that had DeMarcus Cousins saying that he saw “flashes of Kobe” in Kawhi’s game, and it’s rare that workmanlike perimeter grinders are able to add them to their games so successfully. Guys learn to shoot corner threes much more often than they learn to Kobe-step.That ability to pick up hard-to-master skills is what makes Leonard such an intriguing prospect, even now as a credible MVP candidate. He still isn’t as natural a passer as many of the other perimeter players who are the nexus of their teams, but he’s improving. And as we’ve seen with the maturation of Westbrook as a point guard, the transcendent passing gene may come only by birthright, but you can get pretty damn far with time and stubbornness. So far, Leonard has gone from a 13 percent assist rate the last two seasons to 18 percent this season. That’s partly just a function of using more possessions, but the capacity and willingness to do that are part of his growth. And the notion that at 25 years old, Leonard is playing this well but has clear paths to improvement is downright lurid.All this newfound offensive firepower comes alongside Leonard’s reputation as an all-world defender. The game-winning block Monday night will stand out, but it’s Leonard’s body of work that speaks for itself. His defensive numbers have been a little hard to decipher this season (they dipped badly early in the season), but defensive metrics in the NBA often are. His metrics have since normalized, and while his defensive Real Plus-Minus is still just OK, he’s now back near the top of the league in points allowed per 100 possessions as the primary defender (82.1 points per 100 possessions) and is recovering on the leaderboards of other individual stats.In all likelihood, even a sustained run of games like Monday night’s won’t do much to change Leonard’s reputation as a souped-up role player. In fact, he’s averaged 33.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 steals in four games in March and erupted in high-profile games, such as a dominating 41-point game in a win over LeBron’s Cavs in January.Yet folks are still trying to act surprised about a pull-up and a chasedown coming in quick succession against the Rockets. To change those stripes, he’ll have to take this act deep into the playoffs, into the marquee rounds against marquee opposition, and outduel his more famous counterparts.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 2014-1513.045.023.0 2013-1410.451.918.3 Kawhi Leonard creates his own offense now The San Antonio Spurs have spent years tinkering with their style in plain sight. Since they drafted Tim Duncan in 1997, the Spurs have gone through the bruising Twin Towers and Bruce Bowen bully-ball eras; the high-octane, ball-movement era featuring Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw; and, more recently, a post-heavy attack built around LaMarcus Aldridge. San Antonio’s shifting styles have kept it current with league trends and accentuated the roster’s strengths, but traditionally, that’s meant that the Spurs’ reputation has been slightly out of step with how the team is actually playing at any given moment. Now, that disconnect between the team’s rep and its play has transferred to its best player. Kawhi Leonard is staging a bona-fide MVP campaign while playing a very different brand of basketball than he did the last time he was at the center of the basketball-watching universe.On Monday night, the Spurs took down the Houston Rockets thanks to a late-game charge led by Leonard, who went for 39 points that included a contested pull-up three followed by a game-sealing block on fellow MVP candidate James Harden.That’s as good a late-game effort as you’ll see most nights, but it’s also not altogether different from what Leonard does from night to night. That some are (correctly) holding it up as the moment Leonard’s MVP campaign launched in earnest is pretty solid evidence that the image of Leonard many fans have — dutiful two-way cog in the Spurs machine, in balance with the talented Spurs roster around him — isn’t really the guy who’s out there this season.Instead, Kahwi Leonard has stopped playing quite so much like Kawhi Leonard and taken up the game of a go-to superstar. In 2013-14, the last season the Spurs won the title, Leonard’s usage percentage was just 18.3 during the regular season, which is low for a key offensive player. Of the possessions he did use, 28 percent came on spot-up shots, and an additional 22 percent came in transition; 52 percent of his 2-point shots were assisted, making him much more reliant on others for his offense than the typical perimeter star. His role was as an elite defender and a floor spacer, not a key creator in the offense. 2012-137.754.416.4 RATE SEASONASSISTASSISTED 2PUSAGE Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2011-126.6%53.2%14.5% While Leonard has steadily grown into one of the most efficient players in the league over the last few seasons, he has still carried the label of a system player. Even last season, his most-common play type was the spot-up jumper (on which he scored a phenomenal 125.1 points per 100 possessions), which has obvious value but doesn’t fit the traditional go-to guy mold.
The 2002 National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes are often remembered for finding a way to win through adversity. Sound familiar?The No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes have found themselves in the same situation this year as the Buckeyes were in 2002.Iowa has been the underdog in many of their games this season, even as a Top 25 nationally-ranked team.Penn State was a 10-point favorite over Iowa on Sept. 26, Michigan was an eight-point favorite on Oct. 6, and Michigan State was favored by one point on Oct. 24.Iowa beat Penn State by 11 and Michigan and Michigan State each by two.The 2002 Buckeyes had the same problem with the odds makers, going unfavored in games against ranked teams No. 7 Washington State, No. 10 Penn State, No. 11 Michigan and No. 1 Miami.Both teams have been considered underdogs because of their inability to blow out bad teams with bad records.Iowa has four fourth quarter come-from-behind victories, two of which they were heavily favored in against Northern Iowa and Indiana. The other two came against Penn State, ranked No. 5 nationally at the time, and Michigan State.Iowa seems to be reading the blueprint of the 2002 Ohio State team that had five fourth quarter comeback victories. OSU had to go into overtime to beat both Illinois (4-7) and No. 1 University of Miami in 2002.Both teams had to rely on their defenses for fourth quarter victories.OSU had six regular-season games decided by seven points or less in 2002 while Iowa has racked up four of their own this year. In 2002, the Buckeyes had two important games decided by their defense, against No. 10 Penn State and No. 1 University of Miami in the National Championship game.OSU was forced to silence an explosive Penn State offense, which averaged 36.4 points per game, to preserve its 13-7 win.In the National Championship game, OSU held the Hurricanes out of the end zone from its one-yard line four times to win the championship. Iowa has already proven that its defense can perform similar feats. In the first game of the season, the Hawkeye defense blocked two Northern Iowa kicks in the final seven seconds of the fourth quarter that would have won the game. They also clinched the Michigan game with an interception with a minute-and-a-half remaining in the fourth quarter to seal Iowa’s victory. The overall defensive statistics for both the 2002 OSU team and the 2009 Hawkeyes are impressive. Iowa has averaged 13.5 points per game with 18 sacks, 18 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries through nine games.In 2002, OSU allowed 13.1 points per game with 32 sacks, 18 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries in 14 games. The offensive play-calling for the teams does differ. The Hawkeyes focus on the pass, while the Buckeyes were oriented on the run. Mostly on the legs of Maurice Clarett, the Buckeyes ran over every opponent, with 2,678 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns on the ground. The Hawkeyes have relied on the arm of quarterback Ricky Stanzi, who has passed for 2,052 yards. That is only 58 yards short of OSU’s starting quarterback, Craig Krenzel, in 2002. Stanzi has also thrown 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, surpassing Krenzel by two touchdowns but also throwing six more picks.The Iowa rushing game only racked up 1,127 yards and accounted for 11 touchdowns, much less than OSU did in both categories. The Buckeye offense was more potent, scoring 45 offensive touchdowns in 2002. The Hawkeyes are on track to score only 33 offensive touchdowns this season.Adversity within the roster is something both teams have been acclimated to as well. The 2002 Buckeyes were without explosive freshman running back Maurice Clarett at 100 percent for 3 games after he injured his shoulder against Penn State with four regular season games remaining. The Hawkeyes are without freshman starting running back Adam Robinson for the rest of the season, who injured his ankle in their win against Michigan State.Both of the teams have had similar results to this point in the season, but Iowa has three games remaining in the season, including one against OSU in Columbus on Nov. 14. The other two remaining games are at home against Northwestern and Minnesota.Iowa’s championship destiny does not lie in its hands as it did for OSU in 2002. No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Alabama are all ahead of the Hawkeyes by considerable margins in the BCS. Two of these three teams will have to lose for Iowa to make the National Championship game and match the dream season OSU achieved in 2002.
Jose Mourinho has made some significant changes to his Manchester United squad for the Premier League showdown against Newcastle.Mourinho who is under intense scrutiny desperately needs three points today at Old Trafford in their last Premier League clash before the International break.The Portuguese boss has had spats with a number of his star players in recent times, including Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly, but both start the game.And following the club’s abysmal start to the campaign, reports suggested the former Madrid man was set for the axe irrespective of the Newcastle result.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Manchester United have quashed those rumours but Mourinho simply cannot afford another loss and has named a strong side on paper for the visit of Rafa Benitez’s struggling Magpies.MANCHESTER UNITED VS NEWCASTLE LINEUPSMan Utd XI: De Gea, Young, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw, McTominay, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku, MartialNewcastle XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Muto
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praises on Brazilian goalkeeping duo of Alisson Becker and Ederson Moraes.Klopp believes that Liverpool and Manchester City shot-stoppers could be the two best goalkeepers in the world.Both players will come up against each other on Thursday when Manchester City host Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in a titanic tussle at the top of the table.Liverpool is currently seated in the first position on the standings with Pep Guardiola’s men in third place, seven points behind the Reds.Alisson has been impressive for Liverpool since signing from AS Roma in the offseason for £65 million (€73m/$85m).Klopp has praises performance of the Brazil first-choice goalkeeper and Ederson, who was back-up with Brazil at the 2018 World Cup, saying they have set a new standard for goalkeepers from their country.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Alisson is unbelievably important,” he said, according to Goal.“(Claudio) Taffarel was the goalkeeper I knew from Brazil, an outstanding goalkeeper, but I do not remember a lot of world-class ones.”“Now they have two of the world’s best, if not the world’s best. It is incredible.”“Coming from Germany, I knew how important Manuel Neuer was with his football playing on top of his goalkeeping skills,” Klopp added. “You can’t imagine that two can come along with the same skills — and maybe even a bit better.”“They all have their specific importance, for sure, but Ali is not only the goalkeeper. He is an outfield player as well and that helps of course.”“What I would say is these two boys do not have to hide.”