Camp Nou Reopens for Olympiakos after Catalonia Agitation

first_imgChants in favour of independence are common at the Camp Nou from a section of the Barca fanbase, most notably in the 17th minute to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714.Barca have also been repeatedly fined by UEFA for fans flying the Catalan ‘Estelada’ flag, which has become a symbol of the independence movement within Catalonia, at Champions League matches.Leading Barca players such as Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta called for politicians on both sides of the independence debate to negotiate in the wake of the October 1 referendum.As Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets and seized ballot papers leaving 92 injured, among nearly 900 who sought medical attention that day, Barca beat Las Palmas 3-0 behind closed doors.Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted he tried to have the match abandoned, but instead settled for showing their opposition by playing the match in an empty 99 000 capacity Camp Nou.Yet, players have been less keen to position themselves on the confused political fallout in the past few weeks.A standoff has ensued with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy calling on Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to clarify if he has declared independence for Catalonia on the basis of the referendum, deemed illegal by the Spanish government.“What we like is playing and enjoying ourselves in a spectacular atmosphere like today,” said Iniesta after Barca’s 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.Barca’s first visit to the capital since the escalation of the political divide was expected to provoke a hostile welcome for the visitors.However, other than the waving of more Spanish flags than normal at Atletico matches and some jeers for Pique, the match passed off peacefully.“It was a great game, in a great atmosphere, in a great stadium,” said Barca boss Ernesto Valverde.Despite a series of distractions on and off the field, including the loss of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and calls for Bartomeu to resign on top of the Catalonia crisis, Barca have started impressively under Valverde.A run of nine straight wins in La Liga and Champions League was ended on Saturday, but Barca are heavy favourites to get back to winning ways against one of Valverde’s former clubs.Valverde won three league titles with the Greek giants, who have never won in 14 previous visits to Spain. TONIGHT FIXTURESQarabag Vs AtleticoChelsea Vs RomaAnderlecht Vs PSGBarca Vs OlympiacosCSKA Vs BaselBenfica Vs Man UtdJuventus Vs SportingBayern Vs CelticShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram For the first time since playing to an empty stadium in protest at a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia, Barcelona’s Camp Nou opens its doors when Olympiakos visit tonight.On the field, Barca should have little problem sweeping aside an Olympiakos side without a point in the Champions League so far this season to consolidate their position atop Group D.However, how Barca’s fans will react to a tumultuous few weeks of political tension in Catalonia is less predictable with the support split like the rest of society on wealthy northeastern region of Spain.last_img read more

CARICOM chairman signs agreements

first_imgPM Holness signs three CARICOM agreements Chairman of the Caribbean Community(CARICOM), Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, on Friday signed three agreements pertaining to matters of the regional body. The signing took place during the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM that ended in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Friday.Arrest Warrant Treaty One agreement relates to the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty, which seeks to establish a system of arrest and surrender of requested persons within the Community for the purposes of conducting a criminal prosecution for an applicable offence; or executing a custodial sentence where the requested persons have fled from justice after being sentenced for an applicable offence.Reestablishment of CXCAnother pertains to the Revised Agreement for the Establishment of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). This seeks to update the CXC’s legal structure in light of subsequent organizational practices, recent market developments and current needs, with particular emphasis on accommodating requests from additional territories and institutions to join or otherwise participate in the CXC.Amend Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas The other document is the Protocol amending the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to incorporate the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement as an organ of the community and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security as an institution of the community.The Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas establishing CARICOM, including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), was signed in 2001.Among the objectives, are improved standard of living and work in member countries; accelerated, coordinated and sustained economic development; and organization for increased production and productivity.The Conference of Heads of Government, which consists of the Heads of Government of the Member States, is the supreme organ of the CARICOM and determines and provides its policy direction.last_img read more

Arcata reams Red Bluff, advances to AIBT semifinal

first_imgNiko Zambas dropped 15 points including three 3-pointers and the Arcata Tigers clawed their way to a 62-44 victory over Red Bluff in their first-round Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament game, Thursday night at Arcata High.“I thought our defense was much improved tonight compared to last weekend,” Arcata head coach Dusty Scofield said. “We were connected as a unit and our defensive intensity where were we need it to be.”With Thursday’s win Arcata (2-2) advances to the semifinal round of …last_img

It’s Okay to Want a Deal. It’s Not Okay to Need One.

first_imgIt’s okay to want a deal. It’s not okay to need a deal.If you need a deal, then you won’t qualify your prospective client. You’ll choose something less than your dream client, the prospective client for whom you can create breath-taking, earth-shattering, jaw-dropping results. If you need a deal, even a nightmare client starts to look a dream client.You don’t sell well when you need a deal either. You ignore the sales process that guides you successfully from target to close and take shortcuts instead. To get to that deal, you have to pitch. So you skip ahead and make the ask before you’ve created enough value to have earned it.When it comes to negotiating, forget about it. If you are lucky enough to find your way to a possible deal, your desperate need for a deal eliminates your ability to negotiate (not that you would have done enough value creating to deserve to capture any in the first place).But the root cause for “needing” a deal is always the same: You didn’t prospect when you needed to. There is only one thing that inoculates you from needing a deal and that’s a healthy pipeline of opportunities. You sell better, you sell more effectively, and you create more value as a salesperson when you don’t “need” a deal.When you don’t “need” a deal, you’re more confident. That confidence is what allows you to “want” a deal, to tell your dream client that you “want’ their business, and that you “want” to help them achieve the outcomes you sell. “Needing” a deal makes you desperate, and desperation is no way to win a deal.QuestionsWhat’s the difference between “wanting” and “needing” a deal?Why do you “need” a deal?Why is desperation a horrible place from which to sell?How does the confidence of not “needing” a deal help your sales performance? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Rhodes loving the challenge of trying to stop Smith

first_imgMOST READ Rhodes shared that he’s fine with the dip in his points knowing the capability of his battle-tested supporting cast.“I let my locals do the scoring. I think my gameplan was more of let my locals score and get them involved instead of me. I need to get involved on defense, and It feels great. When you don’t have to score, it feels great and all you have to do is defend. It feels great especially for me. I’m very happy with how I played because I think I did a great job at that,” he said.With the Beermen seemingly finding a solution after two games, Rhodes is upbeat that the momentum is with his team side as they gear up for Game 3 on Sunday.“That’s our gameplan, to come here and play San Miguel basketball,” he said. “Last game, we didn’t do that and we let them take us out of rhythm and our style of play. We just got to continue this every game.”ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “That was the gameplan, for me to just try and make him do things he was uncomfortable with. We succeeded with that,” he said.Rhodes shared that the Beermen truly welcomed the challenge of stopping the gigantic Smith after that dominant 21-point, 9-rebound showing in Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s fun actually because you know, it’s a challenge. Because he was so big and strong, it was actually fun for me,” he said.Though the mercurial reinforcement’s offense took the hit, mustering only seven points in the game, his job on the defensive end was exceptional as he hauled down 11 rebounds and four blocks. View commentscenter_img Racela says loss of focus, composure in Game 2 defeat to SMB LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFrustrated in Game 1, Charles Rhodes is now speaking on a different tone as San Miguel found a temporary solution to the problem that was Joshua Smith.The Beermen ganged up on the TNT reinforcement whenever the behemoth got the ball in the post, and they were successful in making the burly import uncomfortable, limiting him to just 11 points, six boards, and five dimes in the 102-88 Game 2 San Miguel victory.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

10 months agoMonaco coach Henry turns to Crystal Palace defender Sakho

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Monaco coach Henry turns to Crystal Palace defender Sakhoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Thierry Henry is seeking Premier League signings to rescue their season.Deep in talks with Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, Henry is also eager to strengthen his defenceL’Equipe says Monaco are this week moving for Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho.The Frenchman has revived his career over the past year, playing his way back into the France squad this season.ASM are ready to test Palace’s resolve with a firm offer for Sakho after talks with free agent Pepe fell through last week. last_img

10 months ago​Bayern Munich defender Boateng rules out January transfer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Bayern Munich defender Boateng rules out January transferby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has rejected the chance of leaving in January.The centre-back, who has been linked with Manchester United in the past, has struggled for both form and fitness in recent years.And he has only started 11 of 17 possible Bundesliga games.But he is not on his way out of the club just yet. He wants to prove his quality and get back his regular spot in the starting lineup.”A change this winter is out of the question for me,” Boateng said at a training camp in Doha.”It was a difficult year for me,” he went on to say to reporters.”I fell short of my expectations and I’m not happy with that.” last_img

Elderly man attacked with hammer succumbs to injuries

first_imgKolkata: A person was arrested at the New Town police station for allegedly hitting the head of a person with a hammer and attacking a few others at Swamijinagar in New Town. The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon.According to locals, a person identified as Kumud Biswas (61), who is a resident of Swamijinagar, was having a cup of tea at a roadside tea stall on Tuesday afternoon. Around 5 pm, the accused person identified as Adhir Bawali, who is also a resident of the same area, came there with a hammer in his hand. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBefore anyone could understand anything, Bawali reportedly hit Biswas on his head multiple times. When others present at the tea stall tried to stop him, Bawali allegedly attacked them too. Hearing the scream of the victims, locals ran to the tea stall. Seeing resistance, Bawali fled the spot. All the injured persons were rushed to a private hospital in Baguiati where two of them were treated and discharged. Biswas was undergoing treatment but his condition was critical. On Wednesday afternoon, Biswas succumbed to his injuries. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayInitially after the incident, a person identified as Gopal Sikdar lodged a complaint at the New Town police station. On the basis of the complaint filed, a case was initiated at the New Town police station on charges of punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt, voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means and attempt to murder. However, as Biswas died charge of murder will added to the case. According to the police, Bawali was drunk when he attacked Biswas and other people. However, police are trying to find out whether Biswas had any enmity with the accused. Bawali will be produced at the Barasat Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) court on Thursday and appeal for police custody.last_img read more

The Warriors Didnt Need Kevin Durant To Be This Good

The narrative going into the 2016-17 Warriors season was how unfair it was that one of the best teams of all time added one of the best players of all time to become unstoppable. And after the Warriors posted the best winning percentage in NBA postseason history and their star acquisition won the NBA Finals MVP, the narrative coming out of the season is much the same, only louder. But easy to lose in this narrative is the simple fact that the Warriors probably didn’t need Kevin Durant for the team to be this good — or at least almost this good. While adding Durant has been a success, it didn’t end up breaking basketball any more than the Warriors had broken it already.Counting the regular season and playoffs, the Warriors won 84 percent of their games this year — up from 83 percent last year and 81 percent the year before. Teams have only won 80+ percent of their combined season games 11 times in the 70-year history of the NBA.1The Bucks (1970-71 season) and Celtics (1985-86) have done it once each; the 76ers (1966-67, 1982-83), Lakers (1971-72, 1986-87), and Bulls (1995-96,1996-97) have done it twice each. The Warriors have now done it three years in a row.2The Warriors won 18 of the 22 games — 82 percent — that Durant didn’t play in this season.But the Warriors’ mission isn’t just to win titles, it’s to guarantee them. And Durant is both icing and insurance policy — a guarantee that the Warriors will always have an MVP-caliber, one-man offense available. Though he makes them a little bit better in his own right, his main value comes from making what happened to them in the 2016 playoffs less likely.So what does make them so good? And, more broadly, is greatness a matter of refining all aspects of a discipline, or does it stem from being freakishly good at one thing? The Warriors are the first dynasty in the ball-tracking era,3Tracking cameras have been installed in every NBA stadium since the 2013-14 season. which gives us an opportunity to measure their greatness in ways that we couldn’t for dynasties past.This, in turn, may also help answer the question of just how likely the Warriors are to regress to the mean. If their greatness is a confluence of factors, then there’s a whole lot of things that could go wrong to bring them back to earth. On the other hand, if their greatness is more about one thing, then maybe they can keep crushing the game indefinitely.The most dominant three-year dynasty everThe Warriors are an offensive juggernaut — but they’re more than that as well. We can see how much they’re contributing to their margins elsewhere by comparing their offensive rating (points scored per 100 possessions) to their SRS (margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule), like so: This uses the SportsVu optical tracking data to judge offensive and defensive shooting versus league averages — it’s pretty similar to offensive and defensive ratings, but with rebounding and fouls taken out so we can concentrate on just shots taken and defended. Over their three-year run, the Warriors have been the best on both ends of the floor when it comes to both making and defending shots. Even so, their offensive prowess is particularly absurd.Another thing we can do to compare their offense and defense is to break them down two-dimensionally: by the quality of the shots taken or allowed (based on each shot’s modeled expectation), and then by how good a team was at scoring or preventing each shot, given that expectation. This relies heavily on my shot-value model, which accounts for shot type, shot location, shot clock, dribbles, time held, home court, defender position, defender distance, defender height and more.4The “more” is that I include one of STATS/SportsVu’s proprietary “shot difficulty” metrics as a variable in my model, though it isn’t weighted very heavily. While they’ve scored about 7 more points per 100 possessions than league average, they’ve also been 10.6 points better than their opponents overall — so about a third of their edge seems to come from something other than offensive efficiency.But it isn’t rare for teams with stronger-than-average offenses to also have stronger-than-average defenses. This is a bit counterintuitive — it seems like a great offensive team would be more likely to be weak on defense, since those are two very different skillsets and trade-offs must be made. And teams do, in fact, have to choose between more offense or more defense, so it’s significant that the relationship isn’t negative at all.The offense can make the defenseTo understand the sometimes complicated relationship between offense and defense, take the case of Dennis Rodman. Despite being known as a great defensive player, Rodman’s teams defended just about as well with or without him. And despite him being unable (or unwilling) to score himself, his teams were significantly more efficient on offense when he was on the court (even after accounting for his offensive rebounding). I suspect this is because having Rodman in the game allowed his teams to devote fewer resources to defending and rebounding, diverting those energies to offense instead. Similarly, having a highly efficient outside offense may allow a team to divert resources to the other end of the floor — not to mention that having your offensive players hang out more in the space between their opponents and their opponent’s basket can make their defensive job easier.So let’s compare the Warriors’ offense and defense a bit more directly: The Warriors are respectable at shooting inside the arc, but have been more than twice as good as the next-best team at shooting 3s in this period. They’re so good at it that there’s an argument that they should be doing it even more often, and that Curry — still the best shooter the game has ever seen — should be doing it way more often.You can throw more defense at them, and teams have done so — as you see in the breakdown chart above, they’re pretty close to average in 3-point shot quality already. But the Warriors are still better at shooting 3s than any other team is at anything — 3s, 2s or defense. And diverting more and more resources toward keeping them from scoring 130+ points per game (as they would if they got off a typical Warriors dynasty-era 3 on every possession), comes at a price. Opponents are working so hard to stop the 3 that they’re almost certainly losing something from their offense or 2-point defense, which likely helps explain why the Warriors get so many open looks inside the arc.Part of being good at lots of things is being really good at a couple of things. Curry’s ridiculous shooting opens up the Warriors’ offense. Not only are his shots incredibly efficient, but he also draws so much of his opponents’ attention that he makes his teammates look amazing — and makes his team immensely better. Looking at NBAWowy, which tracks how teams perform with a given player on the court versus on the bench, the Warriors outscored their opponents by 3.1 points per 100 possessions when Durant was playing and Curry was not; that number jumped to 16.1 points per 100 possessions with Curry on the court and Durant on the sidelines.5And 19.5 points per 100 possessions when they were both playing.While Durant may be the story of the season, the Warriors’ dynasty was built and is still being propped up by Curry’s ability to throw the ball into the hoop from great distances. Provided he keeps being able to do that, expect Golden State to keep the game broken. This shows that the Warriors appear to have a lot of players who are better at defense than they should be. Perhaps being free to focus on defense more than rebounding and offense helps. Perhaps they play bigger than their size in part because they’re typically in better position than you would expect from players on a more conventional offense whose goal is literally to get behind the other team. Perhaps opponents have to play offense with an extra eye on defense, or with more defenders than they would usually play.Also, having people like Stephen Curry and Durant as the offensive centerpieces may allow you to surround them with players who are more defense-oriented. Much like Rodman, someone like Draymond Green’s value may be fully realized precisely because he isn’t required to carry his offense. For a power forward, his responsibilities don’t include that much penetrating and collapsing the Warriors opponents’ defenses. Thus, despite being somewhat undersized for his position, Green has thrived — and indeed, may be one of the most valuable players in the league — in his current role.And Curry’s shooting makes the offenseWhile the link between Golden State’s offense and defense is speculative, the relationship between their 3-point shooting and their other shooting is easier to track.Golden State’s relentless barrage of 3s tends to make people forget that the Warriors are also good at 2-point shooting. The difference is that much more of their value on 2s comes from getting good shots, while more of their value on 3s comes from making the shots they get. Typically there is a relationship between how good a team is compared to expectation for both 3- and 2-point shooting, which is unsurprising since we’d expect good shooters to be good shooters, no matter where they’re shooting from. But the Warriors are not only unusually good at 3-point shooting, they’re also better at 3-point shooting than other shooting by an unusual margin. Comparing the two directly, we can see where the Warriors really butter their bread: read more

Lavender has last chance to leave her ideal legacy

In her first three seasons at Ohio State, Jantel Lavender has accomplished almost everything one could expect from the Cleveland-native center. But OSU coach Jim Foster thinks her career is yet to be defined. “I think Jantel’s career will be measured by championships more so than points scored,” Foster said. Postseason success is the biggest element missing from Lavender’s resume. In Lavender’s time at OSU, only once has her team advanced past the second round of the NCAA Tournament. “We haven’t had the postseason run that we need to,” Lavender said. “Our team just has to be more strong and more together and, you know, more cohesive, for us to go far.” Lavender enters the 2010-11 season as one of the most decorated players in college basketball. She was selected to the Associated Press Preseason All-American team and the watch list for the Wooden Award, which is awarded to the best male and female athletes in college basketball. She was also named the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year. Should Lavender win her fourth straight Big Ten Player of the Year award after the season, she would be the first in conference history to do so. Lavender said she has her sights set beyond just earning all-conference honors. “The goal is to be a national player of the year,” Lavender said. She has all the tools to earn that honor. In her first three seasons at OSU, Lavender has averaged 20 points and 10.3 rebounds per game and is 534 points shy of Katie Smith’s OSU career scoring record, as well as 63 rebounds short of Tracey Hall’s OSU career rebounding record. Lavender said individual accomplishments come second to team goals. “If my team needs me to get 30, or if my team needs me to get 18 points and 25 rebounds, then that’s what I’m trying to do,” she said. Lavender’s career has gotten help from junior point guard Samantha Prahalis, who is on pace to break the school’s career assist record this season. “Sammy in the open floor is very, very talented, she really is, and you like a complement to that,” Foster said. “Not often is that complement a (center). Usually you see guards finishing plays. To have a center who can run like that, catch like that and finish like that, I think that’s a little different.” Foster compared the chemistry between his point guard and center to that of NBA Hall of Fame members and former Utah Jazz teammates Karl Malone and John Stockton. “That’s a fair one,” Prahalis said when asked about the comparison. “He always says that.” Lavender said she agreed with the evaluation but offered her own comparison for the duo. “I always try to say, you know, (Steve) Nash and (Amar’e) Stoudemire,” Lavender said. “I think that his comparison is just something to make us see where we are in our game.” After this season, Lavender will take her professional-ready game to the next level, where she is projected to be a top-five pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft. But first, she has some unfinished business. “I don’t think that we’ve gotten to the place that I want to be, you know, as a far as a team,” Lavender said. “I want a national championship.” read more