Fans react to Ighalo’s transfer deadline day switch to Man Utd

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Football lovers took to social media platforms to react to Manchester United’s late loan signing of Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.Advertisement Read Also: Ighalo not the right player for Man United – Warnock cautionsThe Old Trafford dwellers announced the arrival of Ighalo on Transfer Deadline Day,  no thanks to a back injury to Marcus Rashford which could rule the England forward out of action for three months.Below are some selected tweets from the fans on Twitter.Odion Ighalo, Get in!! Can’t wait for the Bruno – Ighalo link up. Welcome to Man Utd #Proper9— Michael OJ. (@mrmicheal_) January 31, 2020 Loading… Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew About2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TVPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Did You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind The former Super Eagles forward is making a return to the Premier League after plying his trade with Watford for three years, between 2014-2017 before joining China’s Changchun Yatai. This has got to be the most shocking news everCongratulations Ighalo This is truly an amazing landmark for every Nigerian hustler. From Ajegunle to Old Trafford #MUFC #Ighalo— Daniel Paul (@dannywoka) January 31, 2020last_img read more

ESforce Holding announces partnership with game developer Game Insight

first_imgESforce Holding has announced a partnership with game developer Game Insight. The partnership will aim to create an esports ecosystem based on the mobile shooter Guns of Boom.ESforce Holding is best known to the esports world for its work with the likes of Natus Vincere, and SK Gaming although recently the company relinquished the rights for Natus Vincere. The release states that ESforce aspire to develop promising mobile games in the field as it identifies the sizeable opportunity that mobile esports presents. The release states that the “strategic partnership will aim to develop the first mobile esports shooter”. It may be slightly off from the truth, as Critical Ops has been running for quite some time and has 30 million downloads. The company behind it, Critical Force, recently welcomed Kevin Chou to its board. The partnership will use ESforce experience in the esports space and Game Insight’s game development expertise to develop a game which the pair hope will create a successful mobile esports. ESforce plans on building a Guns of Boom based ecosystem which will include the shooter game being tested by players from SK Gaming and Alexander Kokhanovskyy, Co-owner, ESforce Holding stated: “A collaboration with a mobile game developer, especially one as large as Game Insight, is a valuable experience for our holding company. Through combining Game Insight’s expertise with our experience in esports, we get all the components we need to create a unique project and a prospect for a global mobile esport.”Anatoly Ropotov, CEO, Game Insight commented: “Guns of Boom is a game that has already become popular with tens of millions of players around the world. By adding an esports mode to the game, we are, first and foremost, meeting our audience’s clearly shaped needs. Our collaboration with the esports holding ESforce emphasizes Guns of Boom’s superb quality and assures our players that the esports ecosystem will be implemented on a top-notch level.”Esports Insider says: Good news for the both of them. Many are waking up to the mobile esports opportunity now – so we’ll have to wait and see how this goes. There’s increasing competition in the space now, but with the likes of VP and SK behind a game it could well be a hit.last_img read more

Raiders’ deja vu with Randy Moss — Antonio Brown headed to Patriots

first_imgALAMEDA — About five hours after being released by the Raiders, Antonio Brown has landed with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.Brown asked for and received his release Saturday morning, and by mid-afternoon ESPN’s Adam Schefter was reporting a one-year contract with the Patriots.Raiders coach Jon Gruden and his team had finished their media obligations when the news broke. Gruden, however, responded to a text message about Brown joining the Patriots and said “I wish …last_img read more

NLEX rookie Ravena flourishes in first playoff game

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEver the competitor, Kiefer Ravena just couldn’t let NLEX down in the endgame as he took matters to his own hands in the Road Warriors’ 105-99 win over Alaska in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals on Monday.“I really wanted to win,” Ravena said. “I was really in the zone during the game because we’re already here, we had to struggle the whole conference, and we couldn’t afford to relax because it’s just a best-of-3 series. We have to capitalize in games like these.”ADVERTISEMENTRavena weaved his magic in the endgame, first setting up Michael Miranda for the go-ahead bucket with 22.7 seconds remaining before following it up with the insurance layup that put the Road Warriors ahead, 100-96, in the final 18.8 ticks.He finished the job off with a pair of foul shots in the last 7.8 seconds to secure the victory as he wound up with 25 points and eight assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout read more

Mohammed Shami on Kohli-Paine spat: Can’t mind these things too much

first_imgIndia would have been better served with a frontline spinner in their side, pace spearhead Mohammed Shami said on Monday following the potentially match-winning exploits of Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon in the second Test in Perth.In the absence of injured off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the touring side opted to go in with four quicks on the green-tinged pitch with all-rounder Hanuma Vihari being the only slow bowling option for India.Lyon proved India’s main tormentor in the first innings with 5/67 and has already taken the wickets of captain Virat Kohli and opener Murali Vijay in the second to put Australia on course for a series-levelling win.”The decision is taken by the team management and we can’t do anything about it,” Shami told reporters at the end of the fourth day’s play with his team still needing another 175 for a 2-0 series lead with just five second innings wickets remaining.”We had a spinner in Hanuma Vihari and you can’t say he bowled badly. He bowled well. But I feel, probably we could have played a frontline spinner.”India have left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav as the other slow bowling options in the squad. Vihari, playing only his second Test, took 2/53 in the first innings but went wicketless in the second.India were left to chase a target of 287 to win the second Test after Shami’s spectacular spell of fast bowling saw Australia dismissed for 243 even after a wicketless first session on the fourth day.advertisementShami, 28, took career-best figures of 6/56 with some blistering short-pitched bowling as Australia lost five wickets for 15 runs.’KOHLI-PAINE VERBAL EXCHANGE PART OF GAME’The talking point of the day was the verbal spat between skipper Tim Paine and Virat Kohli. Umpire Chris Gaffaney had to separate the two at one point.”We cannot say much about it. It is part of the game, but nothing too serious. When you play Test cricket it is a long match and you have a long time so a little bit aggression is there and sometimes you react on the moment.”We don’t need to mind these things too much. It is part of the game. If these things don’t happen in the match then I think the match won’t be interesting either.””Maybe in that moment, things get heated up but it is not something to be made a big issue out of. According to me, we should leave this here.The saga continued even when Kohli was dismissed, with Paine sledging Vijay in Kohli’s name. Shami said these things shouldn’t be taken personally.”I have said earlier too that this is a part of the game and we don’t take it personally. If there is no sledging, you won’t enjoy the game and the public won’t enjoy the game.”If there is aggression, the match becomes more interesting. It is part of the game as it should be,” he said, of the Paine comment.”What happens on the outside, what the opposition does, it doesn’t affect us. We have to focus on our game and we have to improve our game. Not what step of ours is being watched and what is not,” he said.KOHLI-PAINE VERBAL DUEL A GOOD FUN: HAZLEWOOD”I think it was all good fun, it’s quite competitive out there as you know and there’s going to be words from time to time but it was all in good spirits,” Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood told reporters.”I don’t think we read too much into it, we go about our work as we see fit and the Indians can do what they like. We control what we control and our behaviour is what we control. We’ll worry about that and let everything else take care of itself.”‘PATIENCE KEY FOR INDIA'”When there is a partnership we have to be patient, especially on a wicket on which we were constantly beating them. We were not bowling badly, we were maintaining good line and length,” he said.”But the wickets were not coming. As soon as the first wicket fell, we got momentum and we carried that momentum forward.”The wicket was normal for the first two days. But it has been a little up and down from the third day, there has been some uneven bounce. Some balls have kept low but it’s a typical Perth wicket.”(With inputs from Reuters)Also Read | Prithvi Shaw ruled out of Test series in Australia, Mayank Agarwal named replacementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya to join Team India in Australia, likely to play Boxing Day TestAlso Read | KL Rahul brutally trolled after twin failures in Perthadvertisementlast_img read more

11 days agoRedknapp: Guardiola, Klopp couldn’t handle Brighton

first_imgRedknapp: Guardiola, Klopp couldn’t handle Brightonby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp says the Premier League’s best managers wouldn’t be able to take a smaller club into the top-six.Redknapp believes the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola would not be able to dominate the league without their star-studded playing groups.Asked about former club Spurs, Redknapp told the Daily Mail: “They’ve got a great group of players. It’s some squad, if you go through it, I don’t care what anybody says I don’t think there’s a lot between that squad and Liverpool’s and Man City’s squad, I really don’t.”You’re as good as your players. Graham Taylor once said “your manager is never as good as you think he is and he’s never as bad as you think he is, he’s somewhere in between” and that is football management. “If you put Pochettino, or you put Pep [Guardiola] or [Jurgen] Klopp and let them go and manage Brighton or manage Norwich or Sheffield United, they’re not gonna go and put them in the top six, it doesn’t work that way. “It’s about the players. He [Pochettino] has got the good players but at the moment there’s been hiccups – one of two of them are not playing to their real potential or as good as they can.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Report: Fred Hoiberg “Couldn’t Fully Commit” To Iowa State Return During Recruitment Of 5-Star Cheick Diallo

first_imgFred Hoiberg dances in new Infiniti comemrcial.YouTube YouTubeYouTubeToday, the Chicago Bulls ended months of speculation with the firing of head coach Tom Thibodeau. While a number of names have been connected to the opening, one of the most popular is Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg. Earlier this month, ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard admitted that Hoiberg has NBA aspirations, and reports emerged that the Bulls job is his “if he wants it.” According to the Ames Tribune, during his recruitment of five-star Kansas signee Chieck Diallo, the nation’s top power forward, Hoiberg could not commit to a return to the Cyclones for this upcoming season. In early April, Hoiberg let it be known to five-star recruit Cheick Diallo that his immediate future at ISU was not a certainty, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told the Ames Tribune.While Hoiberg did not definitively say he planned to move on to the NBA, sources said, he also communicated that he couldn’t fully commit he would be returning to ISU to coach Diallo and what figures to be a preseason top-10 Cyclones team in 2015-16.Losing Hoiberg would be a tough pill to swallow for Cyclone fans, but credit him for not lying to a recruit. There may not be that many coaches who would take that approach, with a top prospect on the line, and no guarantee that he has a new job lined up.[Ames Tribune]last_img read more

Florida Public Safety Trolls Florida State With Pokemon-Inspired Jameis Winston Crab Legs Joke

first_imgA closeup of Jameis winston calling an audible.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 06: Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles calls an audible against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game on December 6, 2014 in Greenville, North Carolina. Florida State won 37-35. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)It has been over two years since former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was caught shoplifting crab legs at a Publix Deli in Florida, but the shelf life on the jokes stemming from that incident is still ongoing.The University of Florida’s official public safety account couldn’t resist a crab jab at its rival today when a Pokemon Go account tweeted a picture of the character Krabby sitting on a platter of crab legs. Can anyone confirm if this location is at #FSU football locker room? #PokemonGO #FSUfootballjokes #Publix— UF Public Safety (@UFPublicSafety) July 11, 2016Florida fans will probably never stop bringing this up, but Florida State fans will likely continue to point out that they’ve won five of the last six meetings between the two programs.last_img read more

COSCO Shipping Energy Warns of Over 50 Pct Profit Fall

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-listed COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation forecasts a drop in profit for the first six months of this year of up to 57 percent year-on-year.Specifically, the group’s net profit attributable to the equity holders is expected to range between RMB 800-900 million (equivalent to approximately USD 118.3-133.1 million), a decline of approximately 51% to 57% as compared to last year’s equivalent of RMB 1.85 billion.COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation disposed of its dry bulk cargo business at the end of June 2016. The revenue from the disposal of the dry bulk cargo business less the operating loss from the dry bulk cargo business constituted a net profit from discontinued operations worth RMB 743 million, the company said.However, the net profit from the continued operation of the group’s oil and gas transportation business fell by approximately 19%-28% on a year-on-year basis, mainly due to a decrease of approximately 40%-60% in the daily revenue level on the market of different types of vessels for foreign oil transportation in the first half of the year.last_img read more

How The Warriors Should Adjust Their Offense Without Steph Curry

The Warriors are hurting. The latest bad news came over the weekend, when the team learned that superstar Stephen Curry, who was just returning from a six-game absence because of a tweaked right ankle, sustained a Grade 2 MCL sprain to his left knee. He joins three other hurt Golden State stars who are currently riding the bench: Kevin Durant has a rib fracture, Klay Thompson has a fractured right thumb and Draymond Green has a pelvic contusion.Coach Steve Kerr has already ruled out the idea of Curry returning for the first round of the postseason. But these other guys will be back. So, how will the Warriors’ offense function without Curry when the postseason starts up? And how should it?To some, these questions might seem pointless, considering that Durant, a fellow superstar, is also on the roster. After all, the possibility of a Curry injury was among the best arguments for signing Durant: Even if Curry goes down, there’d be two other stars (Durant and four-time All-Star Thompson) to count on.1This doesn’t even include Green, the reigning defensive player of the year, who logged a dominant 32-point, 15-rebound, 9-assist outing during Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. But any changes to a powerhouse lineup like the Warriors’ has some impact: Defenses now will have more resources to clamp down on Durant. The challenge then for Golden State is to navigate the increased attention on Durant while not making any wholesale changes to the offensive plan with only nine games left in the regular season. After all, the Warriors want Curry to hit the ground running when he returns, using the same pass-happy system that was in place when he left.There are a handful of things we can likely expect once the other banged-up Warriors rejoin the lineup as expected. The most important: It’s a safe bet that most of the key role players will shoot at least slightly worse without Curry in the picture — a majority of them have performed worse on offense in times when Curry’s been out and Durant’s been playing (compared with their performance when sharing the court with both Curry and Durant). Kevin Durant—63.055.5 PlayerWith Curry, w/o DurantWith Curry and DurantWith Durant, w/o Curry Stephen Curry62.261.7— JaVale McGee64.570.472.7 Effective field goal percentage is a measure of shooting efficiency that accounts for 3-pointers being worth 50 percent more than 2-pointers.Sources: Second Spectrum, NBA Advanced Stats Andre Iguodala61.344.539.2 Nick Young51.674.048.6 Effective FG% Zaza Pachulia44.763.358.3 Klay Thompson63.067.549.0 Curry’s impact on the DubsEffective field goal percentage of Warriors with at least 30 shots taken in each scenario below, 2017-18 Draymond Green48.755.550.5 Durant’s offensive performance has also suffered when Curry isn’t playing. Despite being a top-three player in the world, Durant occasionally finds easy looks as a result of the fear that defenses have of Curry getting open along the arc. One indication of the boost Durant gets: Green has completed 16 alley-oops to him over the past two seasons — many of which were sprung while Curry was distracting defenses with fake backscreens. But those were all with Curry on the floor. Without Curry, Green hasn’t found Durant for a single lob during that time period, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Durant is still a dynamite scorer without Curry, though — as evidenced by his 45 points per 100 possessions (on 48 percent shooting and 42 percent from 3-point range) in the four games he played mostly without Curry recently. But the downside without Curry is that the free-flowing offense grows more stagnant as Durant isolates more to find his shots. The Warriors go from having 106.0 possessions per 48 minutes when Curry orchestrates the offense to 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes when Durant is on the floor without Curry. And the total number of isolations per 100 plays increases 43 percent, from 10.1 to 14.4, when Durant spearheads the attack without Curry, according to Second Spectrum. The high-octane club goes from scoring almost 122 points per 100 possessions with Curry and Durant to 108 when Durant plays without Curry.A few caveats: Those pace and offensive efficiency numbers, while down considerably, would still rank among the highest in the league. If anything, this merely speaks to how otherworldly the Warriors are at full strength, or at least when Curry is running their offense. Without Curry playing, they would still be favored against just about any team out West, perhaps except for Houston.The Warriors know that, too, and based on their recent history with knee sprains, it seems a foregone conclusion that they’ll take things slowly with Curry’s rehabilitation. Curry of course missed two weeks of the postseason in 2016 after suffering a less severe Grade 1 MCL sprain. He had a 40-point game in his return against Portland but then struggled in the finals (he later suggested that he wasn’t anywhere near 100 percent that postseason after the injury). The team took a different approach with Durant last season — and saw different results. He returned from a nearly six-week absence and Grade 2 MCL sprain to outplay LeBron James and earn the finals MVP.While Durant and the rest of the Warriors await Curry’s return, there are several tactics they could take to both take advantage of the line-ups they will have on the floor and to make sure that Curry can re-enter the offense seamlessly. For one, Golden State would be smart to push the tempo and to screen more on the ball using either Green or Andre Iguodala to set picks for Durant. (The Warriors set about 10 fewer on-ball screens per 100 possessions when Durant is running the offense without Curry.) Both Green and Iguodala are playmakers and are more likely to keep the ball moving than Durant. He’s a good passer but calls his own number for 1-on-1 scenarios far more often than most players do.This is why running more simple screen-and-roll sets could help Durant: Such plays give him a clearer opening for an occasional jumper when he wants one. But they also allow him to share the ball with confidence that he can get it back in perhaps his most lethal position: off the catch, where he shoots a far-higher percentage than when he dribbles several times before launching an attempt.It’s worth noting that the Warriors have generated more points per play out of Durant pick-and-rolls with Green setting the screen this season (1.18) than they have with Curry pick-and-rolls in which Green is the screen-setter (1.08), according to Second Spectrum.2Among NBA pairs who’ve run at least 100 direct pick-and-rolls — meaning that the player associated with the play either shot the ball, was fouled, turned it over or passed to a shooter within one dribble of receiving the ball.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For context, the Durant and Green combo ranks second in efficiency among NBA pairs who’ve run at least 100 direct pick-and-rolls, trailing only the unstoppable duo of Curry and Durant.So, no — there’s obviously no true way to replace everything Curry brings on offense. But playing a style that isn’t far removed from what he’s used to could help keep the team in rhythm for when he returns.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more