St Mirren refute talk of Jack Ross becoming Sunderland boss

Posted in hqpxmowc on December 24th, 2019

first_img“So unless there is some major skulduggery going on then it’s nonsense.”He added: “To hold talks with Jack, we would have to grant permission, as has been the case with Ipswich and Barnsley recently. But we’ve had no contact from Sunderland at all.”After guiding St Mirren to the top flight, Ross was given permission by the Buddies to speak to Ipswich about the prospect of replacing Mick McCarthy.Sunderland have now also emerged as contenders for the sought-after coaches’ signature after the club was taken over by new chairman Stewart Donald. Donald told Talksport on Wednesday the Black Cats will announce a new manager shortly: “On the manager front, we have agreed literally this morning, so we are just drawing up contracts with the man we want.“I am expecting there to be news on that very soon.“We’ve agreed terms and literally the contracts are with the lawyers.“The man in question is absolutely thrilled, which is what we want, and I’m absolutely delighted that he’s coming, so that’s exciting for us.“I’m hoping that by the end of the day, we can reveal that.” St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott has refuted speculation that Jack Ross is to become the next manager of Sunderland.Reports on Wednesday morning stated that Scottish football Manager of the Year Ross had agreed terms to take on the challenge of rebuilding the Black Cats following their relegation to League One.But Scott has rubbished the rumours, insisting “major skulduggery” would have to be at play for the move to happen as no contact has been made between the two clubs.He said: “There has been no contact from Sunderland with us and Jack is on holiday.last_img read more

Biologists are close to reinventing the genetic code of life

Posted in mzibuqwe on December 1st, 2019

first_imgBiologists are transforming the proteinmaking instructions of Escherichia coli. C. Bickel/Science Biologists are close to reinventing the genetic code of life By John BohannonAug. 18, 2016 , 2:00 PM The term “life hacking” usually refers to clever tweaks that make your life more productive. But this week in Science, a team of scientists comes a step closer to the literal meaning: hacking the machinery of life itself. They have designed—though not completely assembled—a synthetic Escherichia coli genome that could use a protein-coding scheme different from the one employed by all known life. Requiring a staggering 62,000 DNA changes, the finished genome would be the most complicated genetic engineering feat so far. E. coli running this rewritten genome could become a new workhorse for laboratory experiments and a factory for new industrial chemicals, its creators predict.Such a large-scale genomic hack once seemed impossible, but no longer, says Peter Carr, a bioengineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington who is not involved with the project. “It’s not easy, but we can engineer life at profound scales, even something as fundamental as the genetic code.”The genome hacking is underway in the lab of George Church at Harvard University, the DNA-sequencing pioneer who has become the most high-profile, and at times controversial, name in synthetic biology. The work takes advantage of the redundancy of life’s genetic code, the language that DNA uses to instruct the cell’s protein-synthesizing machinery. To produce proteins, cells “read” DNA’s four-letter alphabet in clusters of three called codons. The 64 possible triplets are more than enough to encode the 20 amino acids that exist in nature, as well as the “stop” codons that mark the ends of genes. 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The gene that enables CCC to be translated into proline could then be deleted entirely. “There are a number of ‘killer apps'” of such a “recoded” cell, says Farren Isaacs, a bioengineer at Yale University, who, with Church and colleagues, showed a stop codon can be swapped out entirely from E. coli.The cells could be immune to viruses that impair bioreactors, for example, if crucial viral genes include now untranslatable codons. The changes could also allow synthetic biologists to repurpose the freed redundant codons for an entirely different function, such as coding for a new, synthetic amino acid.For this study, Church’s team decided to eliminate seven of the microbe’s 64 codons. That target seemed like “a good balance” between the number of changes that appeared technically achievable and the number that might be too many for a cell to survive, says Matthieu Landon, one of Church’s Ph.D. students. And the seven spare codons could eventually be repurposed to code up to four different unnatural amino acids.But making so many changes, even with the latest DNA editing techniques such as CRISPR, still appeared impossible. Luckily, the cost of synthesizing DNA has plummeted over the past decade. So instead of editing the genome one site at a time, Church’s team used machines to synthesize long stretches of the recoded genome from scratch, each chunk containing multiple changes.The team has now turned to the laborious job of inserting these chunks into E. coli one by one and making sure that none of the genomic changes is lethal to the cells. The researchers have only tested 63% of the recoded genes so far, but remarkably few of the changes have caused trouble, they say.Does this progress report from Church’s lab put biologists on the doorstep of a new era of virus-free bioengineered cells? “More likely on the driveway than the doorstep,” Isaacs says. Carr agrees. “The upcoming phases of synthesis, testing, and assembly are likely to take several years,” he says. “The toughest 5% of the design may end up requiring 95% of the effort.”In the meantime, another issue is likely to dominate discussions: safety. One concern is that many of the “unnatural” proteins that the recoded E. coli could be engineered to produce may be toxic, and the cells’ resistance to viruses would give them a competitive edge if they escaped into the environment—or into our own guts. “As we get closer to full multivirus resistance, this becomes more critical,” Church acknowledges.The failsafe that Church plans to build into the microbes is superficially similar to the one used to control the bioengineered dinosaurs in the film Jurassic Park. Those resurrected creatures couldn’t survive without a special nutrient supplied by their human masters—that is, until they found a source of the nutrient in the wild. In a study published in Nature last year, Church demonstrated a failsafe system for engineered microbes that should be far more robust. Not only does the required nutrient not occur naturally, but it appears to be virtually impossible for the cells to overcome the barrier through mutation or mating with normal cells in the wild.Whether others will agree with Church that his failsafe is unbeatable remains to be seen. “The term ‘safe’ needs a lot more scrutiny,” Carr says. “Instead of the all-or-nothing connotations of ‘safe’ or ‘not safe,’ it is more useful to describe degrees of risk.”last_img read more

Maran: ‘When you’ve got Nainggolan…’

Posted in tnljfllg on November 30th, 2019

first_imgRolando Maran concedes “it’s an advantage to have a player like” Radja Nainggolan, after Cagliari beat SPAL 2-0 with his stunner. The Sardinians started badly with two straight defeats, but are now unbeaten in six and surged past Roma into fifth place. “The first two rounds were difficult, but we worked hard and I tip my hat to all the lads who put our training into practice,” the Coach told DAZN. “We must continue like this, trying to improve, but also maintaining a balance between defence and attack. We need to stay in the game to the last minute, the last centimetre, and these lads have it in their DNA.” The deadlock was broken by a spectacular Nainggolan chest and volley into the far top corner. “It’s an advantage to have a player like this in the squad, as he can do that. He has extraordinary technique and you feel his influence throughout the match.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Land Bill will be rejected in Rajya Sabha: Sharad Yadav

Posted in hqpxmowc on November 27th, 2019

first_imgTerming the Land bill as ‘anti-farmer,’ Janata Dal (U) chief Sharad Yadav on Sunday said that the bill will be rejected in Rajya Sabha.”This bill (Land acquisition bill) is anti-farmer and we would ensure that the Narendra Modi government faces a defeat on this and the bill is not passed in Upper House of the Parliament where we have a majority,” Yadav told in Jammu.Accusing the Modi government of being pro-industrialist, Yadav said that the bill was aimed at benefiting the industrialists and major corporations.”From the day one this government was formed, it has been benefiting the industrialists, corporates and multinationals and now he (Modi) wants to snatch the land from farmers and give it to these industrialists but we won’t let this happen,” he said.He said that when the parliament resumes in the next few days he would give his statement during the debate on the bill.”Let the Prime Minister speak in the House after that we will have a debate on this (bill)” he said.Yadav also accused the BJP for spreading communal tension and polarising the situation, “They are breaking churches, talking of love Jihad and Ghar Vapsi whereas poor farmers are committing suicide.””Everyday one or the other incident happens in the name of religion which is very dangerous for the growth of the country. The Centre is in a great hurry to benefit big business houses which was clear from the way they brought the insurance bill, coal and mines and minerals bills,” he said.advertisementYadav stated that opposition parties got united to make sure that these bills were not passed, but for the sake of the growth of the country the parties extended cooperation to the government.”We extended cooperation for the sake of growth in the country albeit we were not satisfied with the clauses of the bills,” he said.Yadav noted that while the opposition was against the Land Acquisition Bill, the government again promulgated it in the form of an ordinance.”This bill is completely against agriculture and farmers on which 70 per cent of our population depends. I coordinated the march towards President’s House from Parliament House to oppose this bill,” he said.He said that they were in favour of Land Acquisition Bill 2013 that was passed after due consultation with all the political parties including the BJP.”The government is not worried about farmers or improvement of agriculture. They are busy in bringing down the fiscal deficit by pleasing big business houses.”The contribution of agriculture to our GDP has been declining tremendously as it was once upon a time at 35 per cent of the GDP which has come down to only 13 per cent now,” Yadav said.The JD(U) leader complained that when the bills will be enacted, “small enterprises in the country would not be able to sustain their business”.”How will they compete with big corporate houses?” he asked.Yadav said that the corporate houses were running on bank loans, “That is why non-performing assets have reached nearly around Rs 3 lakh crores and the government has not brought the names of these business houses in public domain so far,” he added.last_img read more

The problems that may stop the US retaining the Women’s World Cup

Posted in kvziqmgj on November 16th, 2019

first_img Read more Women’s World Cup USA women’s football team Share on Twitter The US women’s national team are considered a favorite to win next month’s World Cup, and there’s good reason for it. The team are No1 in the world rankings and have outscored their opponents 85-16 over the past 18 months. The Americans again showed their dominance in a 3-0 win over Mexico on Sunday.But the refrain from coach Jill Ellis afterward was that the USWNT still have plenty to work on if they want to win in France, and US Soccer shouldn’t make room in the trophy case just yet. As strong as the US are, they aren’t invincible. Here are the four issues the Americans need to address if they want to win a World Cup, and the one big thing that may make up for all their problems.Concern No1: They are too vulnerable to the counterattackIf there’s one reason to be excited about the USWNT’s chances in France, it may be their ultra-attacking approach. That, however, is also something to worry about. The US attack is the team’s best asset, and it makes sense that Ellis wants to maximize it. But that also means that the team are never just focused on their defense.The team’s full-backs, Kelley O’Hara and Crystal Dunn, and defensive midfielder Julie Ertz are given freedom to push up the field and support attacks. When that happens, the US are only a quick counterattack away from being exposed by a direct ball that can get behind center-backs Becky Sauerbrunn and Abby Dahlkemper, who lack the speed to win a footrace against the world’s top strikers.Mexico on Sunday were never going to threaten the Americans – El Tri didn’t even qualify for the World Cup – but there were moments when, if Mexico had controlled the ball a bit better, they could have been in on goal. We’ve seen it happen to the USWNT before. In the quarter-final of the Rio Olympics in 2016, it took Sweden just three passes to bypass every outfield player on the USWNT and score. features Women’s World Cup ticket fiasco shows Fifa’s capacity for chaos Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Women’s World Cup 2019: the complete guide to all the stadiums Read more The USWNT’s hope may be that even if that happens, they can outscore their opponents, but they are exposing themselves to a calculated risk.“There’s been a lot of talk that, ‘Oh, the back line is letting in a lot of goals’ but people seem to forget that the way our team plays, we commit a lot of numbers forward,” Crystal Dunn said on Sunday. “We really do push numbers high – not to say we can’t recover, but there is risk that are taken with the way we play. We’re a transition-based team and we love to go forward, especially myself.”Concern No2: The attack can be too one dimensionalIf there’s one part of the attack the USWNT doesn’t need to worry about, it’s along the flanks. That’s where the Americans generate the bulk of their goals, and it makes sense — after all, when Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath are on the wings (or substitutes Christen Press and Mallory Pugh), of course that’s where goals come from. Add in Dunn and O’Hara, as already mentioned, and the wide channels are where the USWNT is busiest.But the problem is that the USWNT relies on using the flanks so heavily that it’s unclear there’s a sufficient Plan B if opponents can successfully nullify the wingers. As we saw in the aforementioned game against Sweden in 2016 — the USWNT’s worst loss in history — the USWNT didn’t know how to score when it wasn’t along the flanks. They crossed the ball 38 times in that game, and again on Sunday against Mexico, much of the USWNT’s best chances came from crosses.The USWNT has looked to have Dahlkemper lob direct, vertical balls up the field as a means of getting chances centrally. But their best bet, it seems, will be that Rose Lavelle will be able to work her magic in France.It’s the playmaker’s first World Cup, and she’s one of the youngest players on the team, but Lavelle dazzled on Sunday with her back heel flicks and crafty dribbling for the 45 minutes she played. She’s the only true No. 10 on the roster, and the USWNT needs her to have a good World Cup. She has dealt with injuries over the past year, but says she is ready for that to be behind her.“I think I can clean some things up, but I feel like I’m finally coming back into the form I was when I first started playing professionally, so I’m excited about that,” Lavelle said Sunday.Concern No3: Some key positions lack depthThe USWNT have perhaps the most talented player pool in the world. That’s partly why so many American-born players with dual nationality have opted to play for other countries – breaking into the USWNT ranks is incredibly difficult. US sports Share on Messenger But on the 23-player roster that Ellis has chosen, some positions have very little depth. That means the USWNT are an injury or suspension away from a big problem. Ellis, for her part, seems to realize that. That’s the only way to explain why Heath, one of the best right wingers in the world, played 26 minutes as a left-back on Sunday. The only true left-back on the roster is Dunn (who is an attacking midfielder for her club) and Ellis has hinted her preferred left-back backup is O’Hara, the starting right-back. Tierna Davidson, a center-back and the youngest player on the roster, is another option. But now, it appears Tobin Heath has been added to that depth chart.“We did throw a lot at them in terms of checking some boxes and making sure we got a lot of things covered,” Ellis said Sunday.Concern No4: The defense looks shakyThe USWNT have played teams ranked in the top 10 of the world five times in 2019. In all but one of those games, against France, England, Japan and Australia, the Americans conceded multiple goals. That has to be a worry.Yes, the USWNT’s positive goal differential in any calendar year or any tournament will be huge, but that’s because they play so many weak teams. Against better competition, the USWNT defense have struggled to be as effective. In France, they will probably have to beat many of those top 10 teams.As Dunn points out, some of it is because of the USA’s attacking attacking nature. But part of it seems to be a drop-off in quality from a goalkeeper who can’t match Hope Solo – it’s not Alyssa Naeher’s fault that Solo was a generational talent – and a defensive line that is still gelling. The back line will need to work on organization and communication before arriving in France, which is only two weeks away.Why all this may not matter: The USWNT have the best players in the worldAll those worries aside, the USWNT have arguably the best squad in the world. They may lack the perfect like-for-like depth that would help fans rest easy, but there aren’t any bad players on this team.The attacking line of Alex Morgan flanked by Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe is difficult to improve upon. Off the bench come Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Mallory Pugh, who would be starters on just about every other team in the world. The USWNT’s central midfield is as deep as possible on a 23-woman roster. And even the back line, which has suffered some communication and chemistry issues, is full of individual talent, like the smart leadership of Sauerbrunn. They just need to work together better.The USWNT have vulnerabilities, but if they can get the reps to build cohesion and the coach can put every player in her best position, the USWNT have a shot of winning it all – and that’s pretty remarkable, given how rare repeat winners are.“When we leave here,” Ellis said from New Jersey on Sunday, “it’s keeping it simple and doing what we do as best as we can.” In other words: Ellis just needs to put players in their best positions and they will take care of the rest. Topics Women’s World Cup 2019 Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea midfielder Barkley: ‘Magical’ Hazard one of world’s best

Posted in myekaaeu on October 28th, 2019

first_imgChelsea midfielder Barkley: ‘Magical’ Hazard one of world’s bestby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has praised Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard after his display in Wednesday night’s EFL Cup quarter-final win over Bournemouth. Hazard scored with six minutes remaining to clinch a 1-0 victory for the Blues.”The way we were playing, you could see we had the belief that a goal was going to come,” the Chelsea midfielder told Sky Sports.”When Eden got that goal, he can produce magic moments like that. Credit to him and the team who got stuck in.”He’s playing really well. He’s up there with the best in the world. He can produce goals like that out of nothing and to play with a player like that is fantastic.”He’s relaxed, but once he’s on the training pitch he’s magical. He plays with enjoyment. He scores goals and creates goals. He’s laid-back, but on game day he’s ready to make things happen.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photos: Former Florida DL Dante Fowler Ran A 4.6 40 Wearing A Gold Watch

Posted in jetevarl on October 27th, 2019

first_imgDante Fowler runs 40 in gold watch.Dante Fowler took the look good, play good mantra to heart at the NFL Combine this morning. The former Florida defensive lineman, a projected first-round pick, ran the 40-yard dash while wearing cheetah cleats and a gold watch. The outfit worked. He ran a 4.6. 260 pounds. 4.61u 40-yard dash. You, Dante Fowler, are a monster. WATCH: http://t.co/WuhH2ZdIad #NFLCombine pic.twitter.com/ZBTZ584nl6— NFL (@nfl) February 22, 2015Wrist game, Dante Fowler. pic.twitter.com/9cAoLqheEH— Lucas Dolengowski (@LDolengowski) February 22, 2015Close up of Dante Fowler’s gold watch pic.twitter.com/UiZTcP0r4I— David Ely (@David_Ely) February 22, 2015That’s a very, very good time for a player who will likely be a defensive end or outside linebacker in the NFL. Well done, Dante.last_img read more

Phillip Dorsett Taken No. 29 Overall In NFL Draft

Posted in yemiwbag on October 27th, 2019

first_imgPhillip Dorsett poses infant of NFL draft logo.Phillip DorsettPhillip Dorsett, a speedy wide receiver out of Miami (Fla.), was taken No. 29 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Round 1 – Pick 29 @Colts select Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/98PmabXjdd— #NFLDraft (@nfl) May 1, 2015Dorsett, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound wideout, surged up NFL teams’ draft boards over the past couple of months. He had an excellent combine and impressed numerous franchises during individual workouts. Dorsett was a serious deep threat with the Hurricanes, averaging 24.2 yards per catch, with 10 of his 36 catches going for touchdowns. According to NFL.com, Dorsett’s closest comparison is John Brown. Here’s more: He can challenge teams vertically inside or outside and he has home-run potential after the catch as a slot receiver. With smaller wide receivers like T.Y. Hilton and Antonio Brown proving that small and fast can win in the NFL, Dorsett should be coveted by more than one team and has the potential to turn into a star in the NFL.The Green Bay Packers are now on the clock.last_img read more

Nick Foles Is Not Carson Wentz And The Eagles Adjusted Accordingly

Posted in fofabvlic on September 29th, 2019

Yards/Completion …% of Passes by Air distance QuarterbackThrough AirAfter CatchTotal<=0 Yds1-10 Yds10+ Yds Around Thanksgiving, the idea that the Philadelphia Eagles would make it all the way to Super Bowl LII wouldn’t have surprised many people. Philadelphia started the season 10-1, and quarterback Carson Wentz emerged as the front-runner for league MVP honors. But after Wentz was lost to injury in Week 14, the Eagles’ title chances seemingly disappeared, too. Backups — like Philly’s stopgap, Nick Foles — seldom carry a team to Super Bowl glory. Carson Wentz7.74.812.415.5%44.3%40.2% *Playoff games onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Nick Foles*5.56.712.228.646.025.4 In today’s NFL, throwing shorter passes isn’t always correlated with better outcomes. But Foles is succeeding in large part because his receivers are taking those short passes and running for big gains after the catch. With Wentz under center, the Eagles’ pass-catchers produced only 98.6 yards after the catch per game (eighth-fewest in football); with Foles in the playoffs, they’ve nearly doubled that output (164.5 YAC/game). In particular, they’re doing a ton of damage on screen passes, which Pederson seldom utilized with Wentz. Running back Jay Ajayi, for instance, went from gaining just 7.4 yards after catch per game with Wentz during the regular season1In the five games immediately after Ajayi was acquired from the Miami Dolphins in late October. to 51.0 yards per game in the postseason, including nearly 30 receiving yards per game on screens alone. Foles is also making smart reads and getting the ball out very quickly. In the playoffs, he’s averaging 2.39 seconds before each pass, a mark that would have been fourth-fastest in the NFL during the regular season. (Wentz, for comparison, was 17th-fastest, at 2.54 seconds.) Foles has used that quick release to lethal effect when conducting the run-pass option — which is more than just a ubiquitous piece of announcer-speak during Eagles broadcasts. The RPO helps freeze defenses with the added threat of handing off to a dangerous runner like Ajayi, and it lends itself to the types of quick passes that Foles has excelled at this postseason. Philly ran plenty of RPOs even before Foles took over, but that section of the playbook has been crucial to Pederson’s resurrection of the Chip Kelly-era version of Foles.Now, it remains to be seen which version will show up for the Super Bowl this Sunday. The conditions have been right for Foles to succeed in the playoffs thus far — Philadelphia hasn’t had to play from behind much and has enjoyed one of the league’s most drastic home-field advantages. But there’s no telling what will happen if things go off script. That’s why the Eagles need to stay out of third-and-long, where the drop-off from Wentz to Foles is really glaring. (On third down with 8 or more yards to go, Wentz was the NFL’s top passer this season according to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating; only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers was even remotely close.) They need to keep feeding the ball to Ajayi, who’s averaging roughly the same number of yards from scrimmage in these playoffs (98.5 per game) as he did during his All-Pro season with Miami in 2016. And perhaps most importantly, Foles needs to keep playing mistake-free football: Only 8.2 percent of his passes have been off-target this postseason — a rate that would easily have ranked No. 1 in the league during the regular season.He could do all of that, of course, and still fall short: Tom Brady could always reach into his bag of comeback tricks, and there’s also the small detail of Brady and Bill Belichick’s 15-0 record in the playoffs against teams that they’re facing for the first time in a season. But putting those metaphysical factors aside, the Patriots have their own vulnerabilities. They aren’t exactly a defensive powerhouse, having ranked ninth-worst in the NFL in expected points added during the regular season. And although that number improved as the year went on, they still allowed the league’s fourth-highest QBR on passes that traveled fewer than 10 yards through the air — the kinds of throws they’re likely to see a ton of from Foles and company. If the Eagles can execute their newfound offense and resist Brady’s supercharged comeback powers, there are plenty of reasons to think Foles (of all people) will be the one to deliver Philadelphia its long-awaited Super Bowl parade down Broad Street.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Foles did little to suggest otherwise in four mostly lackluster appearances to close the regular season. But he spent the month of January proving himself up to the challenge. With 352 yards (on 26-for-33 passing) and three touchdowns versus Minnesota, he produced one of the greatest QB performances in conference championship history. The game brought back memories of Foles’s 2013 season in Philadelphia, when he posted the third-best single-season passer rating in NFL history. But it was also a testament to the adjustments that Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson made to accommodate the different strengths of Wentz and Foles.Under both Wentz in the regular season and Foles during the playoffs, the Eagles’ offense averaged over 390 yards per game. But those yards were accumulated in different ways. Before Wentz’s injury, Philly was a balanced team whose aerial attack primarily relied on the power of its quarterback’s arm — often assisted by Wentz’s magician-like ability to improvise and buy time in the pocket. One thing it didn’t do, however, was ask receivers to do lots of work after hauling in the football. Through Week 14, Wentz led the league in touchdown passes per attempt and ranked third in air yards per attempt, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, but his targets were only 22nd in yards after the catch per reception.Foles connected on three 40-yard passes against the Vikings. But those have been big exceptions to the Eagles’ general approach with Foles at the helm, which has been to throw much shorter. In the playoffs, Foles’s average pass has traveled 7.1 yards through the air. Compare that with Wentz’s average of 9.8 air yards per attempt during the regular season, and you can begin to see how Pederson has shifted his offense’s focus. Forty percent of Wentz’s passes went 10 or more yards downfield, compared with 25 percent for Foles in the playoffs. And Foles has actually thrown a larger share of his passes to players at or behind the line of scrimmage (29 percent) than 10 yards past it. Philly’s passing offense changed in the playoffsDistance traveled through the air — and after the catch — for passes by Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks, 2017 season read more

Croatian goalkeeper expecting a defensive approach from Russia

Posted in jetevarl on September 18th, 2019

first_imgCroatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic is expecting Russia to deploy defensive tactics against them in what he feels will be a “tough match” against the hostsFollowing their penalty shoot-out win over Denmark in the last knockout round, Zlatko Dalic’s side will now be taking on the hosts in front of the Russian supporters at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi for a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup.Stanislav Cherchesov’s side have already performed above expectations on home soil and come into Saturday’s game on the back of having eliminated 2010 winners Spain on Sunday following a robust defensive display.And Subasic is expecting more of the same for Croatia this weekend.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“Team Russia is a difficult opponent, it is a good team with good players. They will play at home, and, naturally, fans’ support will be an additional factor of pressure on us. The Russian team is most likely to choose defensive tactics, so this is going to be a tough game. However, I hope that we manage to win,” said the 33-year-old, as quoted by TASS.“In all, Russia has demonstrated solid performance at the World Cup. They have very dangerous counter-attacks and are strong in playing as a team, that’s why I don’t want to single any of their players out,” he added.Like his counterpart Kasper Schmeichel did for Denmark,  Subasic performed superbly in Croatia’s penalty shoot-out win and saved three of the spot-kicks taken by the Danes.“On the day before the game with Denmark, we trained penalty kicks, and I managed to save many shots. The situation in a game is totally different, however, because you have to cope with all this pressure,” he said.last_img read more