Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos gives hope to Arsenal and Tottenham over summer transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal and Tottenham have been heavily linked with Ceballos (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t want them [Real Madrid] to sell me,’ Ceballos told Onda Cero.‘But I want to enjoy myself and feel important, wherever that may be.‘I have a bit of experience and I believe that next year will be my best year.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 28 Jun 2019 8:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Dani Ceballos has hinted his future could be away from Real Madrid (Getty Images)Dani Ceballos admits he doesn’t want Real Madrid to sell him this summer but has not ruled out the prospect of joining Arsenal or Tottenham on loan.The 22-year-old started only 13 games in La Liga last season and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.Reports in Spain claim that Madrid would be open to a loan deal with both Arsenal and Tottenham heavily linked with a move for the midfielder.Ceballos has been one of Spain’s standout performers during their European Under-21 Championship campaign this month and the midfielder has suggested that he could be leaving Madrid for a temporary spell.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos gives hope to Arsenal and Tottenham over summer transferlast_img read more

Three NBA titles later, Steve Kerr is still learning how to coach these Warriors

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Just about a year ago, the Warriors slogged their way through a mostly meaningless game in Indiana, losing by 20 points and allowing the Pacers to shoot 53.8 percent from the field. Annoyed by what he saw, coach Steve Kerr pulled the entire starting five from the game with 7:14 to play.A short while later, in the tunnel below Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Kerr took an unusual tack with his players: He bashed them in his postgame interview. Kerr does not kick and scream about those losses. He tried that once, and it didn’t work. Instead, the idea is to nudge this team past next week’s regular-season finale and ensure that those blowout home losses are just a function of regular-season fatigue and not a feature of the Warriors’ postseason run.”Accept those games and move on,” Kerr said. “The reality is, it’s just at this level — when the talent is everywhere, every team in the league has talent, man, it is just going to happen and there are going to be nights where you just don’t have it.”You have to find a way to get through all that and get better and be ready for the playoffs. And we will.” OFFSEASON PREVIEWS: Lakers | Knicks | BullsSteve Kerr roasts the Warriors performance as “embarrassing”— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 6, 2018Kerr cited a lack of “just caring in general” as his team’s problem. He announced that he was “mad.” He labeled it an “embarrassing effort, a pathetic effort.” Kerr had been on the job since 2014, but never, even on some of the Warriors’ worst nights, had he been so blunt in his use of pejoratives directed at his players.Looking back on that night during a conversation with Sporting News this week, Kerr had a crooked smile.”Yeah, that didn’t work,” he said. “It was counterproductive.”Indeed, after the tirade, Warriors players were annoyed, and some of Kerr’s assistant coaches suggested he cut out the ranting and return to his more usual, measured comments in the future. The Warriors lost to the Pelicans at home three nights later and closed the year with a 7-10 record in their final 17 games.It was put to Kerr that maybe, on that night, he was not being himself and the public flogging of his bunch did not work for that reason. He laughed.”Oh, I was being myself,” he said. “I meant every word of that. But every coach has to figure out what works for his team. I was genuinely embarrassed by our performance, but calling them out did not work. It did not have the effect I thought it would have. So I learned something. I haven’t done that since.”We’ve had plenty of nights that were tough to handle (this year) that maybe you want to say some things. We have had some home games where we have lost by 20 or more points at home. But the most important thing for me to do then is to pick up their spirits, give them a break, remind them what they’ve done, what they’ve accomplished and move forward.”It’s easy to forget that Kerr is still something of a newcomer in coaching circles. A 15-year veteran as a player under the likes of Lenny Wilkens, Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich, Kerr has had time as an executive (he ran the Suns from 2007-10) and has spent much of his post-playing days as a broadcaster.But he is only in his fifth year on the bench. Kerr had never been an assistant coach before becoming a head coach, a rare leap. The average NBA head coach today has had more than nine years as an assistant coach, and of the four who have never been assistants, Boston’s Brad Stevens and Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan have been NCAA head coaches. The Clippers’ Doc Rivers is the only other head coach without experience as an assistant or as a college coach.Still, Kerr is preparing to lead the Warriors into the playoffs for the fifth time and continue his streak of reaching the NBA Finals each year as a coach. The Warriors will be the favorites to win their third straight title, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since the Lakers of 2000-02.But even with the remarkable record he has compiled (the Warriors are 63-20 in the playoffs under Kerr) and the possibility of a third straight title, he’s still learning as he goes.”It’s hard for anyone to understand it,” Kerr said. “Not just fans, even people in the organization. Unless you’ve been through it, unless you felt it as a player, it’s hard to understand just how difficult it is spiritually, emotionally and physically to get up for every single game, knowing you’re going to face the other team’s very best effort and then still having enough left to be at your best this time of year.”Golden State’s defensive dipOne advantage Kerr has is his experience as a player. Kerr was a member of the Bulls for the second phase of their Michael Jordan-led dynasty, winning rings in 1996, ’97 and ’98. He’s done this before, as a player.There are differences, of course. The Bulls were a juggernaut, but they did not have the overwhelming advantage in top-line talent that the Warriors have had since the summer of 2016, when they signed superstar forward Kevin Durant. Adding center DeMarcus Cousins has given the Warriors five starters who have been All-Stars in the last two years.Still, Kerr said the lay of the land is much the same. Each run to a championship is a little different in terms of degree of difficulty.”For me, I think when you win the first one, I think it gets easier to win the second one,” Kerr said. “You’ve broken through. You’re playing with a little house money. You don’t have that pressure that comes with, ‘Well, you can’t win the big one.’ You’ve already won the big one. So, I felt as a player, winning the second one in Chicago in 1997, winning the second one in San Antonio, it just felt like there was a little pressure off because we had already had a taste of it. So there’s that dynamic.”But then you win the second one, total exhaustion sets in. Winning the third one is the hardest thing of all. The Bulls, we won three. But Year 3 was brutal. We barely survived. I think that experience as a player has helped me as a coach because I know what these guys are going through.”There’s no place where that exhaustion shows up more clearly than in the team’s defensive numbers. As the following chart shows, the Warriors were no worse than sixth in defensive rating during Kerr’s first three years as coach. They were 11th last year and are down to No. 12 this year.Warriors Def. RatingReg. Season (Rank)Playoffs (Rank)2014-15100.4 (1)98.7 (1)2015-16102.8 (6)105.1 (7)2016-17103.4 (2)105.3 (2)2017-18106.8 (11)101.8 (1)2018-19108.8 (12)???(Via stats)MORE: Kerr expresses disappointment for LeBron’s tough season”There’s no doubt that is where the effect of the wear-and-tear shows,” Kerr said, “because defense in the NBA is all about making the extra effort — running out to the shooter, closing on him at the line and maybe he pump fakes. Now, is the next guy going to run out there and chase him off the line? Then the shot goes up. Are all three guys remaining in the play willing to take on a guy crashing the offensive glass?”It takes serious effort, and that’s the only way it’s going to work. And it’s where I have for sure seen the biggest lapses.”But Kerr has been careful not to prod his players too hard after their defensive slip-ups. Given that they’ve played 83 postseason games since 2015 — essentially giving them six full NBA seasons squeezed into five years — the Warriors have cut back on practice time, hoping to preserve the players’ legs. Before the year, Kerr had considered cutting out game day shootarounds altogether, but decided against it.Instead, the Warriors do more film work than they’ve done in the past. But Kerr still has players consistently go through the team’s 15-minute defensive fundamentals drill at nearly every practice. It’s a balance between keeping the Warriors’ defense sharp and acknowledging team fatigue is almost predestined to sap the numbers.”I think when the Lakers won their first championship with Shaq and Kobe,” Kerr said, “they were first in the league in defense. Then it went down from there. They were middle-of-the-pack. In Chicago, we didn’t have that quite as much, our defensive rating was always going to be good, but that was because Michael Jordan was a maniac and didn’t let anybody off the hook, tired or not.”But that’s really hard to do, and it’s really hard to maintain that intensity.”The silver lining here is that, last season, the Warriors had their worst regular-season defensive rating under Kerr, then snapped into place during the playoffs. The rotations they missed, the box-outs they let slip, the failures to close out on shooters that were common in the first 82 games were gone once mid-April came around. The Warriors were No. 1 in defensive rating in the playoffs last year.”For sure we have that ability to do that again,” Kerr said. “We’re not counting on it, but we’re going to try to tap into it. It will definitely be a theme for us. As long as we’re healthy, I think there is no reason why we can’t be the best defensive team in the playoffs.”Warriors fighting off dramaMore than defensive slippage, if fatigue is batting the Warriors around a bit, it’s most noticeable within the locker room itself, where there seems to be some interpersonal fatigue.This has been an especially ornery group this season, with players variously grouching at Kerr, at fans, at the media, at each other and — as a unit on this one — at referees. Kerr took the lesson on knocking his players in the media last April, but by this April, he’s been mostly tested on his ability to defuse the controversies his players have kicked up and do his best to protect them publicly.The most serious dated back to November, when Durant and Draymond Green got into an in-game shouting match that spilled into the locker room and resulted in a one-game team suspension for Green (who, allegedly, was accusing Durant of a lack of loyalty thanks to his upcoming free agency).Stephen Curry was out with an injury during that stretch, and the Warriors lost five of six games. Kerr said at the time that the Warriors were “banged up a little bit physically, and we’re banged up spiritually,” but vowed that “we’re going to” get the team spirit back.But Kerr also had to contend with the tongue-lashing that Durant gave the media in February, when he broke nine days of silence by telling reporters to “grow up” and stop speculating about his free-agent prospects. After that one, Kerr told San Francisco radio station 95.7 that, though Durant probably should have had a different approach, he’d been previously good with the Bay Area media so “let’s give him a pass.”Even Kerr himself was at the center of a controversy in March. When it appeared to lip-readers across the sports world that he’d said, “I’m so f—ing tired of Draymond’s s—,” Kerr ratcheted down the tension with humor, claiming the lip-readers got it wrong.”What I said was, I beg to differ with Draymond’s approach,” Kerr said. “Those were my exact words. I don’t know how somebody misconstrued that.”Raw feed shows Draymond seemed to be complaining about something on the bench when Kerr appeared to say he was tired of “Draymond’s shit”— gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 11, 2019MORE: Is Shaun Livington contemplating retirement?So it has gone for much of the year, the worn-out Warriors chugging along as the No. 1 seed in the West even as they continually hit these spots of quicksand in which they get swallowed up by drama of their own making. Kerr shrugs it off.”I played on a lot of teams,” he said. “It’s nothing new that over the course of a season, things are going to happen, problems are going to arise. There’s not a team in the league that doesn’t have stuff like that come up. It’s more pronounced with our team because people are so interested in our players, and it seems like nothing goes unnoticed.”For the Warriors, any spiritual splintering on top of the physical fatigue that’s already in place can lead to unsightly results. There have been a bizarre handful of games in which Golden State has been unable to summon any sustained energy and has lost by a wide margin at home — six times this season, the Warriors lost by 20 or more at Oracle Arena, the most recent being a 35-point loss to the Mavericks on March 23.”Everybody has been planning and scheming for us for years,” Kerr said. “They’ve been building their roster specifically to beat us. And all the sudden, there is a game in February where a team just absolutely blows you out because you have nothing to offer emotionally. To the world it looks like, ‘Man, what the hell is going on with their team?’”last_img read more

Former Florida corner Chris Steele allowed to play for USC this season, NCAA says

first_imgJones ended up transferring to Jacksonville State after the cases were presented to UF’s conduct and conflict resolution office.A blessing from God…The NCAA has cleared my waiver. Can’t wait to compete with my brothers this year! Fight On ✌🏽— Steele. 🖤 (@KinggChris7) August 7, 2019Steele is expected to compete for the starting cornerback position for the Trojans along with Olaijah Griffin, Isaac Taylor-Stuart, and Greg Johnson.Steele was a four-star prospected out of Bellflower, California, and was ranked the No. 5 cornerback in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports. OFFICIAL: USC freshman CB Chris Steele is immediately eligible after having his waiver approved by the NCAA. #FightOn— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) August 7, 2019The freshman cornerback filed for immediate eligibility in June, when he was accepted to USC. He originally committed to the Trojans in July 2018, but decommitted in October and ended up signing with the Gators in December. Steele enrolled at Florida in January, but his decision to leave the program came after his request for a different dorm roommate was denied. Related News USC’s Austin Jackson calls bone marrow transplant to little sister ‘a godsend’ Chris Steele will be suiting up for USC in the fall.The Florida transfer’s petition for immediate eligibility to play was approved by the NCAA, USC confirmed Tuesday. center_img Florida cornerback C.J. McWilliams out for season with torn Achilles His roommate in Gainesville, Jalon Jones, was accused by two women of sexual battery, though Steele’s request came before the women came forward with the complaints. Both women declined to press charges.last_img read more

(Update: Monday, 8:30 p.m.) Fort Worth woman dies after 2-car accident on U.S. 160 at turnpike gate

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ethel McClintock, a 65-year-old female from Fort Worth, Texas, was killed in a two-car accident which occurred at 9:41 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 160 at the Kansas Turnpike Exit No. 19 gate.McClintock was a passenger in a 2009 Subaru Outback that was going eastbound on U.S. 160. Amy Gaither, a 42-year-old female from Oxford, was driving westbound in a 2005 GMC Envoy with four children all 14 years and younger.According to the Kansas Turnpike Authority accident report, the driver in the Subaru Outback attempted to make a left turn onto the I-35 entrance at the toll booth plaza. Gaither’s front struck vehicle No. 1 right front in the west bound lane at U.S. 160.Sophia McGee, an 8-year-old of Fort Worth, Texas, was also injured. According to another media report, there were eight people injured in the accident.For larger version of the pictures above, click here.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +13 Vote up Vote down redfanx2 · 272 weeks ago God, please watch over these victims and rescue crews! Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Wondering · 272 weeks ago Was it 160 or on the turnpike? Report Reply 1 reply · active 272 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 272 weeks ago 160 turnpike entrance Report Reply +7 Vote up Vote down Monty Schmitz · 272 weeks ago This entrance is a very dangerous whether vehicles are entering or leaving the turnpike. I have experienced drivers turning into or leaving make extreme moves that may cause accidents like this one. I believe the engineering of this intersection was very poor. Also, that they should re-engineer to make it safer. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 272 weeks ago I agree Monty…just wondering why they haven’t lowered the speed limit to about 45 in that area….this is a horrible area….and it would save lives…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down KSU Mom · 272 weeks ago What about an update about the Gaither family?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Harold Gaines · 272 weeks ago I live just east of the entrance. Many drivers seem to not realize that not all traffic on US 160 is headed to the turnpike. I cannot say how many times drivers have turned right in front of me as I was heading west, seemingly expecting me to turn north onto the turnpike. As much as I don’t like them, what is needed is a roundabout. They DO work to lower speeds and increase safety at intersections. Lowering the speed limit won’t work, in my opinion; it will be universally ignored. I’m not holding my breath on ANY action being taken, though. Report Reply 1 reply · active 271 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Steven T · 271 weeks ago I don’t get it – can you please explain? I looked on Google Earth, and to me – I live out West where roads are hilly, curvy, and visibility is limited – this looks like the safest, most visible, totally obvious intersection one could imagine. It is only 2.5 miles from town. Why would any vehicle intending to enter the turnpike from the eastbound lane be going more than 30-35 mph, and then slow to almost stopping to check oncoming traffic before turning left? And how in the name of goodness could anyone who has a driver license and is 40+ years old possibly make a left onto the turnpike right in the path of a westbound vehicle? Can you not see westbound traffic coming a mile (literally??) away from the eastbound left turn lane, and see clearly that such a vehicle is moving fast and not veering right towards the turnpike entrance? Is it just me, or is this “accident” being taken for granted way too easily and blamed on the road without question, when obviously, unless there is some hidden info I am missing, obviously the driver of the Subaru was not paying attention at all and did something overtly negligent and deadly for no more reason than – what? What would possibly be the reason to make such a left turn without first scanning the oncoming lanes?? Left turns cross traffic lanes – That is the first rule of driving!! Why is this driver a “victim” and not the “perpetrator” or at least the “cause” of this event?? “Accident” is a word that should be reserved for situations that are very difficult to avoid, or which are caused by random events converging. This was no accident – it was the result of a driver who was either not looking at all when crossing highway traffic, or who looked and chose to be in a hurry rather than be safe. If we as a society stopped making excuses for inexcusable driving decisions, and started holding people accountable for the easily avoidable damage they cause, maybe drivers would wake up, take precautions, be aware of their surroundings, and not be so careless about their behavior behind the wheel. If I fire a rifle into the sky, thoughtless of the danger of a stray bullet, and the bullet falls a mile away and kills someone, I would get charged with a homicide, manslaughter, even though the probability of such a thing is negligible. Apparently, driving a car into that same person because I was too hurried to bother checking the roadway before turning into traffic is somehow acceptable…Why?? Monty – you describe the things you see drivers doing as “extreme,” and yet you propose that the road be re-engineered. It is a flat, straight road! Don’t you think that perhaps it is our driving habits and laws – and consequences for violations – that need to be re-engineered?? Someone making an “extreme” move in this place should lose their license, at least. Such a person has no regard for human life, and is so self-centered or ignorant of the dangers so as to (at least) question their continued privilege of operating a piece of heavy equipment in public. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more