‘Superteams’ rise to challenge Warriors for crown

first_imgThe superteams will be tested on opening night with Boston visiting Cleveland and Houston at Golden State. Oklahoma City will open Thursday at home against New York, Anthony’s former club.’James says that despite potential issues with 2011 MVP Rose, 2006 MVP Wade, himself, Love, Crowder and teammates relegated to reserve duties, the Cavaliers will come together and again be a championship threat.“At the end of the day when guys sign here and wanted to come here, we all know what we’re here for,” James said. “So there’s no ego. The only ego is bring your game, which these guys know how to do. We all have a common goal, so none of that other stuff matters.” View comments “Just because you compile a team of superstars don’t mean it’s going to work, because it’s a lot of ego,” Green told GQ magazine.”And we just happen to have a perfect group to where it works.”Las Vegas oddsmakers agree. The Warriors are a runaway favorite to repeat as champion at about 2-1 with Cleveland next at 4-1 ahead of Boston at 10-1 with Houston and San Antonio at 15-1 just ahead of Oklahoma City at 16-1. ‘They don’t stand a chance’ It’s the NBA version of a nuclear arms race, complete with a fistful of teams stockpiling top talent and legend Michael Jordan, a six-time NBA champion with Chicago who owns the Charlotte Hornets, warning of mutually assured destruction.ADVERTISEMENT “I think it’s going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint,” Jordan told Cigar Aficionado magazine.“You’re going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage. Or they’re going to have a tough time surviving in the business environment.”In the wake of a heartbreaking seventh-game loss to Cleveland in the 2016 NBA Finals after a record 73-9 season, the Warriors recruited Durant, the former MVP who opted out of Oklahoma City. They rolled through the playoffs with a 16-1 record.It’s a follow-on to the escalation James helped spark in 2010 when he left Cleveland for Miami to join Wade and Chris Bosh in a “Big Three” that reached four NBA Finals in a row, winning in 2012 and 2013.When he returned to the Cavaliers in 2014, he matched up with Irving and added Kevin Love for a new “Big Three” and now such trios abound.“It’s pretty… sick to see how everybody is just in a … panic about what to do,” Green told GQ. “That’s the fun part about it — they know they don’t stand a chance.”Green said the Warriors were inspired by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s comments after last June’s NBA Finals, when he said the Warriors “are not unbeatable. There have been bigger upsets in sports history. We are going to keep improving our roster. We’re used to long odds. If Golden State makes the odds longer, we might up our risk profile and get even more aggressive. We have something up our sleeves.”That proved to be pairing Paul and Harden, two of the NBA’s best, in the Houston backcourt.“They are really trying to rethink their whole strategy,” Green told GQ. ‘Only ego is bring your game’  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Men’s Open Squad Inspire Parkes Juniors

first_imgAs part of the weekend, the squad helped coach Parkes’ junior teams who will take part in the New South Wales Junior State Cup later this month. Parkes Touch Association President, Al Gersbach, says it was an enjoyable experience for all involved. “We got a lot out of it from a coaching point of view and the kids got a lot more out of it. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We had a dinner on the Saturday night and the comment I made was that a few times during the day I got the opportunity to stand there and look around and see everyone’s expressions and all of the Australian players were laughing and doing stuff with the kids and the kids were having a ball, they were over the moon. They were all laughing and having fun and the Aussie guys did an absolute fantastic job,” Gersbach said. It is the second time that the squad has trained in Parkes in recent years, following their first training camp at Pioneer Oval in October 2009. Gersbach says that there are plenty of benefits of having the squad comes to Parkes and hopes it can happen again in the future. “It’s good that we’ve got that association with the guys after the first one we had, it’s just grown from that. A lot of friendships were made then and I think they continued from there, especially with the kids, they knew most of the Aussie players when they turned up. For the new kids, they were just over the moon that there were Australian players standing there in front of them.”“I can’t speak highly enough of what they’ve done for us, the benefits we received, and the squad from the sound of it thoroughly enjoyed coming out here too. They were very professional in the way they went about things,” Gersbach said. Close to 150 players and officials from Parkes will travel to Wollongong for the Junior State Cup later this month and the teams are looking forward to the challenge following the help from their new friends. “I’m actually the coach of the under 12’s boys team and the improvement that came from them after the weekend, we trained again on Monday after the guys left on Sunday and the improvement was 50 per cent better than before.”Thank you to Fiona Lovett from Parkes Touch Association for providing the photos. More photos can be found on the Touch Football Australia Facebook page as well as the High Performance part of this website. Please click on the following links:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-3780-0-0-0&a=PHOTOGAL_Vhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid defender Varane: How can I complain about my Ballon d’Or place?

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid defender Varane: How can I complain about my Ballon d’Or place?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid defender Raphael Varane had no problem with his placing in the Ballon d’Or vote.Varane finished seventh in this year’s running.He said, “It’s (Luka) Modric, a friend, who won. So I can only be very happy for him. “There are only great players in the race. If I had been told a few years ago that I would be disappointed if I did not have the Ballon d’Or, I’d have signed for that right away (laughs). “No, frankly, I cannot be disappointed because my year for 2018 was fantastic. And for me, the most beautiful reward, it is the comments of some people in the world of football which were expressed.” last_img read more

16 days agoCasper exclusive: Man Utd must follow Man City with sporting director hire

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say Casper exclusive: Man Utd must follow Man City with sporting director hireby Andrew Maclean16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveClass of 92′ graduate Chris Casper says Manchester United should follow in the footsteps of their rivals by hiring a sporting director.The Red Devils have gone from perennial champions under Sir Alex Ferguson to floating in the Premier League abyss six years after the great Scot’s departure. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have been and gone, and current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be next with his team sitting 12th on the table.Every United fan and their dog have had an opinion on where the club’s gone wrong, with recruitment the term heard frequently amongst pub banter and social media threads.United are looking for a sporting director to rectify the problem, with a range of names thrown around from RB Leipzig mastermind Paul Mitchell to ex-United leader Rio Ferdinand.But news of an appointment has dried up and recruitment has faltered as a result, as Solskjaer’s sudden shortage of attacking options can attest.United are undoubtedly leaps and bounds behind league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool, and Salford City sporting director Casper thinks filling the new position will allow for maximum efficiency throughout the club.Asked if it would be smart move, Casper told TribalFootball.com: “Yeah I think so. Especially when you look at Txiki Begiristain with Man City and Michael Edwards at Liverpool as their sporting directors. “I think it’s just about having that link with the manager, I think it’s really important. The strategic plan and the plan the owners are looking to achieve, I think that’s got to be clear in how you want to achieve it and you need to someone who is going to help co-ordinate that. “You can lack support for all the different departments, and especially for the manager on the side of recruiting staff, recruiting players and take away a lot of the nonsense that managers in the past have had to deal with, speaking to agents and trying to deal with players and things like that. “The head coaches that Man City and Liverpool have got are unbelievable coaches and they can focus on what they do best and that’s working with players on the training and getting the best out of them. And it’s clearly working for them because they are the best two teams in the league.”Solskjaer has intimated United would be targeting young and hungry British players in their recruitment drive this past summer.Signings Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James all meet those requirements, which Casper thinks is a wise idea for the future.He added: “It’s sensible. It’s got to be a long-term strategic plan. “It can’t be short-term, over one year or 18 months. It has to be a five, ten-year plan of what they’re going to do. You look at Manchester City, obviously not with British players, but they have a certain identity of a player that they want to bring in and they’ve been doing it for the last eight to ten years. “That’s a long-term strategy and plan that’s flourishing. That’s what Man Utd has to look towards now and hopefully this is the start of young players being given an opportunity. “It’s the biggest club in the world and they’ve got to get back to hopefully where they were seven or eight years ago, regularly challenging for the Premier League and Champions League.” last_img read more

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller Accepts Fan’s Challenge To A Race

first_imgOSU 40-Yard DashOSU 40-Yard DashBraxton Miller’s throwing arm is yet to reach full strength – the Ohio State senior quarterback is working his way back from a torn labrum – but his legs appear to be good-to-go. Saturday afternoon, the two-time Big Ten MVP accepted on Twitter a fan’s challenge to a race. We’re not sure if Miller is joking or serious. Hopefully he’s the latter.  @BraxtonMiller5 you ready to race big dog— Alex Gies (@AGies3) April 11, 2015You think u gonna win? https://t.co/KlFfvFomED— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) April 11, 2015Next Saturday? https://t.co/idlmES3Gi0— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) April 11, 2015@AGies3 I’ll give you a 10 yard head start pic.twitter.com/VizcXE35Dt— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) April 11, 2015Please let this happen, Ohio State. The Buckeyes spring game is set to occur next Saturday at Ohio Stadium.last_img read more

ESPN’s Football Power Index Strength Of Schedule Rankings Are SEC-Heavy

first_imgESPN’s pre-season Football Power Index (FPI), defined as “a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season” has debuted. The rankings are compiled based off the results of 10,000 simulations. One of the categories you can rank teams in order of is remaining strength of schedule. Since the 2015 season hasn’t begun, the FPI strength of schedule rankings represent which teams have the toughest slates this year. Alabama tops the FPI strength of schedule rankings, and the top 20 is not surprisingly SEC-heavy. Twelve of the 20 programs are members of the SEC. ESPN SOS RankingESPN SOS RankingThe full FPI rankings are available here.last_img

Video: Penn State’s James Franklin Wears Easter Bunny Costume, Tackles Pinata

first_imgJames Franklin wears a bunny costume while tackling a piñata.James Franklin BunnyEaster Sunday is tomorrow, and Penn State head football coach James Franklin is hosting an event for children at his house. It features candy, possibly an egg hunt…and Franklin dressed up as the Easter Bunny.Yup, that’s correct. Franklin dressed up as the Easter Bunny and took down the pinata containing candy for all the party-goers. Instead of using a bat, he laid out and tackled the pinata. A 6’2″ and extremely competitive Easter bunny at @coachjfranklin‘s house? Yup, that checks out. pic.twitter.com/ISCItB4qgG— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) March 26, 2016Father, Coach, Friend, Loving Husband…Easter Bunny? @coachjfranklin #PSUnrivaled Happy Easter from Happy Valley pic.twitter.com/3iv9Y6Z02R— PJ Mullen (@psuPJ) March 26, 2016That’s an incredible sight. Not every day you see a Big Ten head coach in a furry costume tackling a pinata. [ Dr. Saturday ]last_img read more

Alberta PC candidate Morton Metis cant have their cake and eat it

first_imgAPTN National NewsOne of the front runners for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives used a covert email address to avoid public scrutiny.Ted Morton used his first and middle names for an email address he used for internal communications while he was in government to discuss hot button issues.The “Frederick Lee” pseudonym was used to discuss controversial new land use legislation. In one of these emails, from November 2008, Morton wrote about Metis settlements in Alberta, stating that their lands are not considered private lands in the conventional sense.“If the Metis suddenly want to share in some of the potential benefits of private land ownership, do they also want to be subject o all other restrictions and duties that attach to private land ownership in Alberta? I doubt it. They cannot have their cake and eat it took,” wrote Morton in the email.Morton was not available to comment on the emails.last_img read more