Jon Gruden addresses Raiders firing GM Reggie McKenzie

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceAs of 1:15 p.m. Monday at Raiders headquarters, Jon Gruden had yet to speak with his former general manager.Gruden drove home Sunday night after upsetting the Steelers, and that’s about as much as he revealed about the chain of events since the final whistle that led to 2016 NFL Executive of the Year Reggie McKenzie being shown the door.“Obviously, there was a meeting last night and changes have been made,” Gruden …last_img

10 months ago​Bottle thrower at Emirates identified by Arsenal

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Bottle thrower at Emirates identified by Arsenalby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal say they have identified an image of the person who threw a bottle at Tottenham’s Dele Alli on Wednesday.The 22 year old was struck on the head by a plastic bottle during Spurs’ 2-0 win in the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Emirates Stadium.Police are investigating the incident.”Anyone identified will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed to the police to commence legal proceedings,” said the club.Alli was hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd as Arsenal prepared to take a throw-in in the 73rd minute.The Metropolitan Police says it is working with Arsenal to try to identify the person responsible, but no arrests have been made.”We have all been embarrassed by the individual who threw a bottle at Dele Alli,” Arsenal added in a statement.”Behaviour of this type has no place at Emirates Stadium and after analysing CCTV footage, which showed him leaving the stadium after throwing the bottle, we have identified an image of the suspect.”We are liaising with the Metropolitan Police and investigations continue in order to apprehend the culprit.”Arsenal’s statement added: “We are not responsible for the actions of one individual, but send our apologies to Dele Alli and everyone at Tottenham Hotspur for this incident.”We do not tolerate any anti-social, discriminatory or violent behaviour at Arsenal Football Club.” last_img read more

College GameDay Announces That It Will Head To Philadelphia For Temple vs. Notre Dame

first_imgCollege GameDay graphic for Temple vs. Notre Dame.Instagram/American_confComing into the season, Temple looked to be one of the easiest games on Notre Dame’s schedule. Two months later, Temple is 7-0 and a favorite in a very solid AAC conference, and Saturday’s game in Philadelphia is one of the best on the schedule. Now, College GameDay is officially heading to the City of Brotherly Love, making this potentially one of the biggest weekends in Temple football history.We’re coming to Philly! See you Saturday, @Temple_FB and @NDFootball. pic.twitter.com/g0EVhjJMAn— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 26, 2015Temple is very [email protected] @Temple_FB @NDFootball pic.twitter.com/Ty29yP0eXV— Temple Owls (@TempleOwls) October 26, 2015While we love seeing GameDay at places with a ton of history and classic college football Saturday atmospheres, it is always cool when the show heads somewhere new and unique. Temple certainly fits that bill. The Owls and Fighting Irish kick off at 8 p.m. on Saturday night. Notre Dame opens as a 10.5 point favorite in the game.last_img read more

Mitch Garver Wasnt Catching Strikes So He Changed His Catching Stance

“A lot of times with those big-depth breaking balls, those sliders that sweep across the front of the zone, they go in and out of the zone,” Garver said. “They are very hard to catch. You have to learn how to catch them properly. I wanted to get underneath the ball when I’m receiving it.”The most conspicuous change Swanson suggested Garver make was employing a variety of one-knee, Tony Peña-style stances, which had gone out of fashion in the professional game. Going lower, Swanson reasoned, would help a catcher get more favorable calls on lower pitches. “We didn’t invent the one-knee setup,” he said. “But those were traditionally done with nobody on base and less than two strikes.”When runners are on base, catchers are taught to go to what Swanson calls a “secondary” stance, sitting higher to position themselves better for throwing out a runner or blocking a ball in the dirt. What Swanson proposed was going to a knee on all counts, even if it adversely affected the ability to throw or block balls.“Only a fraction of the time does the ball actually land in the dirt. Only a fraction of the time does a runner actually try to steal,” Swanson said. “Catchers across the league perform worse … with runners on base. We’ve tried to flip it upside-down.”Since the value of framing is tied to compelling borderline pitches to be called as strikes, FiveThirtyEight examined available Statcast data on called strikes and balls on the edge of the strike zone and the zones just off the plate. The data shows that catchers do receive less favorable calls when runners are on base. That was true of the Twins, too, until this year, when the one-knee stance came to Minnesota.The Twins rank 12th in the majors in pitch framing this season, and Garver is up to 23rd out of 110 catchers. He has used his new stance to better “absorb” borderline pitches, and his frequency of called strikes caught has become more concentrated in the lower zone. As he returned home to New Mexico last winter, Mitch Garver knew he had to be better. In 2018, Garver ranked 110th out of 117 qualifying catchers in fielding runs above average. As a catcher, that meant he struggled mightily with pitch framing18.6 runs saved below average. As measured by Baseball Prospectus, framing is a component of fielding runs above average for catchers. — the skill of a catcher to receive borderline pitches in a way that allows them to get favorable called strikes.Garver turned 28 in January. He had been only a league-average hitter at the plate and a liability behind it. He knew that if he couldn’t receive the ball better, his career would be in jeopardy. He had heard that a coach hired the previous season was working miracles with the Twins’ minor league catchers. So Garver called Tanner Swanson and invited him to Albuquerque.“It’s the only reason I’m still catching,” Garver told FiveThirtyEight. “Really.”The Twins have surprised MLB with their offense this year, with a record five batters — including Garver — hitting 30 home runs as the team broke the single-season home run record in August.2Though the Yankees have overtaken the home run lead. Minnesota is the only major league team with four position players among the top 35 qualifiers in year-to-year gains of wins above replacement. Among those Twins, Garver is the most improved, and he’s the seventh-most-improved player in all of baseball.But Garver’s improvement with his glove has been just as dramatic as his work with his bat. This season, Garver has been worth 4.4 fielding runs above average, achieving the fifth-greatest improvement in the metric.3Among catchers with at least 200 plate appearances in both 2018 and 2019. Per plate appearance, his performance in wins above replacement, which includes framing value, ranks as the eighth-best mark in baseball.The growth with his glove is where Swanson comes in. Swanson never played catcher in college, nor had he coached professionally when he joined the Twins organization in late 2017. But he spent six years working with college catchers at the University of Washington and Santa Clara University, and he attracted the attention of Jeremy Zoll, the Twins’ director of minor league operations, after a presentation Swanson gave at a catching coaching clinic.“I kind of had a clean slate to look at it objectively. I didn’t carry all these biases — ‘Well, this is how I used to do it. This is how I was taught,’” Swanson said. “I think a lot of times as coaches, we have these drill packages that we’ve compiled and we don’t truly understand the ‘why’ or question whether a particular drill leads to improvement.”Since the late 2000s, when analysts first quantified the value of pitch framing, more teams have started to prize catchers who can get more favorable calls for their pitchers. After all, every pitch matters: The difference in batting average on a 2-1 count and a 1-2 count is 178 points this season. Teams began paying for the skill. In 2016, the Twins were graded as the fifth-worst framing team in baseball. One of Derek Falvey’s first acquisitions after being hired as GM late in 2016 was signing pitch-framer extraordinaire Jason Castro. But Swanson believed that framing was not only an innate gift — it could be taught.Swanson employed drills using weighted balls, implements typically reserved for pitchers, to help Twins catchers improve their hand speed and movement patterns. “You’re dealing with timing and getting the ball from point A to B. The faster we can do that the more deceptive we are,” Swanson said. “I don’t want to say fool umpires but [rather] to influence them to call borderline pitches as strikes. That’s their primary job.”Going into this season, Garver graded as a poor receiver on balls in the lower part of the strike zone and below. Swanson said that’s a problem in today’s game, with record rates of breaking balls and changeups — pitches that typically either cross low in the zone or below it. “[Garver] deserves the credit. His desire to improve didn’t stop once he got to the big leagues,” Swanson said. After all, Swanson notes, “He called me.”Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Opinion NFLs punishments for Patriots Brady are fair

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks to the media at a press conference at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. Jan. 22, 2015. The press conference centered around the fact that 11 of 12 Patriot game balls were under-inflated according to NFL rules during the first half of Sunday’s AFC Championship victory over the Colts. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe NFL announced its punishment for the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady on Monday for the underinflation of footballs used in the 2015 AFC Championship Game, five days after league-appointed attorney Ted Wells released the findings of his lengthy investigation.Wells concluded that it is “more probable than not” that members of Patriots personnel — specifically, Jim McNally, who is the officials’ locker room attendant for New England, and John Jastremski, an equipment assistant for the Pats — deliberately released air from game footballs after they were inspected by the referee.The report also found that Brady, who would go on to be named this year’s Super Bowl MVP, “was at least generally aware” of McNally and Jastremski’s illegal actions “involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.”New England was fined $1 million and was stripped of two future draft picks — a 2016 first-round selection and a fourth-rounder in 2017. Brady received a four-game suspension, without pay, for the start of the 2015-16 NFL season. Additionally, McNally and Jastremski were suspended by the league indefinitely.The Wells report has garnered plenty of criticism. Brady’s agent, Don Yee, said in a statement that there was “no fairness” in the investigation and that it had a “pre-determined” outcome. The use of the language “more probable than not” in the report has drawn flak for not being definitive enough.As for the punishment, Yee called it “ridiculous.” He said they will appeal the suspension.Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement Monday night after he was informed of the discipline.“Today’s punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation,” he said. “It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.”He added that they still believe there was “no tampering with footballs” but that their “intention was to accept any discipline levied by the league.”I believe this discipline is fair — for the most part.First off, the comments from Yee and Kraft are expected. Of course they would not flat out say they agree.I looked through the report and read the text messages between McNally and Jastremski. I took note of the other evidence Wells brought forth, and my personal conclusion was that a calculated and purposeful effort was made to deflate the footballs and that Brady knew about it. I do not think that such actions to deflate the balls would happen without the man who would be throwing them during the game — Brady — knowing about it.And because of my personal conclusion drawn from the Wells report, I feel a four-game suspension for Brady is spot on. The argument is that an underinflated football becomes softer, which make it easier to grip, throw and catch. The extent of this competitive advantage is unknown to me but regardless, it is inconsequential.If a cyclist uses banned performance-enhancing drugs but still loses in the Tour De France, he still broke a rule. Or if a wide receiver uses Stickum but still drops a pass, he still broke a rule. The fact of the matter is that a violation occurred. There are rules for a reason. A rule was broken and punishment rightfully should follow.Do I think that if Brady played the AFC Championship Game with properly inflated footballs that they would have lost the game against the Indianapolis Colts? Obviously I can’t say for sure, but I do believe New England still would have won and advanced to Super Bowl XLIX.The fact that they still might have won the game without committing the violation does not make the fact that Brady was “at least generally aware” of the violation any better. He needed to be punished, and I believe he received the proper discipline. It is a matter of protecting the integrity of the game.To me, anything more than a four-game suspension would have been excessive. Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer recently was suspended for four games in 2015 for sending text messages to the sidelines during games. Considering this, I think four games for Brady being “at least generally aware” that the game balls for a crucial AFC Championship Game were being tampered with is totally reasonable and fair.As for the rest of the punishment, there is no question McNally and Jastremski should be suspended indefinitely. The $1 million fine — tied for the largest in league history — given to the organization is also adequate, in my opinion. Bear in mind that this occurred in a game that determined who would play in the Super Bowl. Violating a rule in such a pivotal game should have harsh consequences.The league also took two future draft picks away from the Patriots. This is a relatively common disciplinary action. Since 1980, 14 teams have lost draft choices because of infractions.New England forfeits next year’s first-round selection and a fourth-round pick in 2017. It is only the second time since 1980 that a first-round pick was lost. The first time was in 2008, when the NFL took took away New England’s as a result of illegally videotaping an opposing team’s sideline.The one in 2017 makes sense. However, I feel taking away a first-rounder is steep. The New Orleans Saints did not even lose a first-round pick because of their illegal paying of players to purposely injure the opposition. They lost second-round choices in 2012 and 2013.Losing multiple draft picks is certainly reasonable, but taking away such a high selection seems to be slightly excessive. Vacating a third-round selection next year, instead of the first-rounder, would have satisfied me.With that said though, I believe the NFL handed down mostly appropriate punishments. The “deliberate effort to circumvent the rules” deserved severe discipline, and the league issued just that.The impact this has on Brady’s legacy and the Patriots franchise in the future remains to be seen.But one thing is for sure: Brady’s first game back from his looming suspension is scheduled to be on Oct. 18 at 8:30 p.m. in Indianapolis against the Colts — the same team the Patriots faced during the AFC Championship Game with the deflated balls.Interesting timing, to say the least. Mark your calendars for that one. read more

Jagielka wants to have a positive end of the season

first_imgThis season hasn’t been an easy one for Everton but it seems like they have finally reached the safe places and can focus just on ending the season positively – which is what Phil Jagielka wants.The Toffees are about to face Manchester City in their upcoming game and the experienced defender believes that with a possible win, they can end the season on a positive note despite it hasn’t been that successful.The former England international spoke about his side’s remaining games, according to evertonfc.com:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We want to be pushing on. Since the new manager came in, results wise it has been a steady incline and it is putting us back on a steady footing.”“Our league position is not too bad and there is a chance – if we go on a run – we can finish not too far off where people may have expected us to finish, having had a positive season. That is what we need to look for from now until the end of the season.”“They’ve [City] gone to a new level this year. Their movement is brilliant at times but there are chinks in the armour, it has been proven this season and is up to us to look at those. I expect a busy day off the ball but on the ball, we must make sure we put them under as much pressure as possible.”last_img read more

Opinion Marcelo Bielsa is not vain he is only Argentinean

first_imgOne might confuse Marcelo Bielsa as a vain individual for the way in which he speaks about tactics and goes over the rules. He is just Argentinean.There has been a very split opinion in regards to Marcelo Bielsa’s latest stunt, the type that has earned him that “El Loco” (Crazy Man) nickname and people might confuse his personality as vain.But anybody who could go on this train of thought doesn’t have the full story about who Marcelo Bielsa really is, the man is Argentinean first and foremost.People who were born in that country are born with a natural arrogance that separates them from the rest of people who were born in Latin America, not even Lionel Messi is forgiven by this personality trait.The Barcelona star is the perfect example that you simply cannot elude the personality that most perfectly describes your race or country, for he is arguably one of the most grounded people you will ever meet and yet he still appears above the rest of simple mortals just by the way he conducts himself with others.But don’t let that idea of him confuse you, Messi only appears arrogant and yet he is merely a very shy man.Something very similar happens with Marcelo Bielsa, a true genius of the craft who loved immersing himself in the tactical analysis that can become quite obsessive.Las portadas de los diarios ingleses, dedicadas a Marcelo Bielsa 😂 pic.twitter.com/GotD12uLIT— La pizarra de Bielsa (@pizarrabielsa) January 17, 2019As I saw Bielsa’s explanation that he used to defend himself from those football espionage accusations, I can easily understand how some people might have gotten the idea that he was mocking them by not only accepting he spied on Derby County before facing them on a match, but also revealing that he’s been spying on every single squad that will face them down the line throughout the current season.It’s also easy to understand how some people might fall under the idea that Marcelo was just bragging by letting everybody know how much of a genius he is by recollecting this information that no other manager would dare to gather.The study of a single match from only one club takes over four hours of analysis with all the players present, just imagining how much time it took Bielsa to gather information from every club boggles the mind and could bring about some envy from his peers.But all these people who criticize Bielsa fail to understand his true intentions, Bielsa doesn’t care about leaving everybody else as an obsolete excuse of a manager and he even loves the idea of sharing all his knowledge with anybody who is humble enough to listen.In a sense, Bielsa is even naive for thinking that people wouldn’t dare to see his actions as a threat rather than an honest invitation to spread the gospel.Dani Ceballos, the most underrated Spanish player today Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We’ve been looking for the next great Spanish player and we had him under our noses all along, meet underrated Dani Ceballos.Even though you’ve…”Toda la información que necesito para estar claro la recolecto sin mirar las sesiones de entrenamiento de mis oponentes…” pic.twitter.com/hLSB7M2Gx0— Marcelo Bielsa (@Frases_M_Bielsa) January 17, 2019The perfect example of what we say is within a video that recently surfaced from the time in which Marcelo Bielsa still managed Olympique Marseille, the Argentine manager received a very special visit from none other than Zinedine Zidane.The Frenchman is humble enough to understand Bielsa’s intentions are not wicked or perverse, the Argentine manager offered to explain the tactics with pleasure and ‘Zizou’ gladly accepted the tremendous offer.Bielsa even noted that he didn’t want the proposal to be perceived as vain, all he felt was a responsibility to share the knowledge with someone who took the time to pay him a visit in order to learn more about the craft.This famous visit by the French manager was made all the way back in 2014 as reported by Marca, which was just before Zidane took control of the squad that eventually won three consecutive Champions League titles.One might say that ‘Zizou’ learned a thing or two from that generous offer that Bielsa gladly extended, an intention that might be confused with vanity by many.But the ones who really know what football is all about, are fully aware that Bielsa is nothing but a misunderstood genius.Hasta Zidane busca la asesoría de Bielsa… pic.twitter.com/TILrBfwxCT— Fernando Cevallos (@FerCevallosF) January 18, 2019What’s your take on Marcelo Bielsa’s way in which he carries himself with others as a professional manager? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Police update on Friday 13 snorkel death in Provo

first_img Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Recommended for you Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back open Related Items:accident, california, ocean, police, Snorkel, update, water sports Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe man found floating in Leeward waters early on Saturday morning is identified at this hour, 52 year old visitor from California; his name is David Underwood. Underwood and his family would have left the TCI on Sunday but a scuba diving trip turned tragic on Friday around 3:30pm, when Underwood reportedly left the group to get more weights to do some undersea exploring of a popular dive site called, The Cathedral but he never made it to the boat. Police confirm that a search started when the group noticed him missing around 4pm, that search went on for three hours before it was suspended for the night and resumed on Saturday morning. Minutes after 7am Saturday, David Underwood was discovered about two miles off the Leeward Cut. The man had arrived on the island on Wednesday May 11th 2016 with his wife and a group of friends.Police have not yet ruled on the death; an autopsy will be performed.last_img read more