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The news of Ravi Shastri wanting to apply for the position of India's cricket team has put the spotlight back on captain Virat Kohli. Shastri, who is known to enjoy a great working relationship with Kohli, was not among the applicants when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) advertised the role ahead of the Champions Trophy. With Anil Kumble revealing that the captain had reservations about his style and Shastri Andre Branch Youth Jersey showing a sudden interest in replacing the legendary leg-spinner, fans are now asking whether Kohli is pushing for the latter's appointment.
Several former cricketers have questioned the importance given to Kohli's inputs while selecting the Indian cricket team's coach. Experts feel that the coach's fortunes cannot be decided based on the whims and fancies of the captain.
Fielding coach R. Sridhar has now offered a rather interesting perspective on what differentiates Shastri from Kumble.
"Shastri was somebody who was character-based. He wanted characters in the team, so he worked on that kind of approach. He wanted to take that approach to the field. Kumble was someone who wanted to achieve excellence in his own way," he told the Hindustan Times.
"They were two different people, they cannot be the same," Sridhar added.
He believes that a captain should have the freedom to follow his instincts in order to lead the pack http://www.dolphinsshopnfl.com successfully.
"What is important in today's cricket as a leader is to follow the energies within the group. It is important to be receptive. You have to yield to the demands of the group and you have to make sure that each guy is in the best possible space," said Sridhar.
He also went on to spell out what it would take for Kohli to be a good leader.
"The current Indian team has some great experience. So we should allow that experience to take over and be inclusive and take the best possible decisions for the team. What is important to be a good leader is to be a good follower," added Sridhar.
It will be interesting to see whether Shastri appears for an interview with Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) or he is directly chosen for the top post.
It's no secret that Shastri and Sourav Ganguly don't get along. It was all out in the open soon after the BCCI appointed Kumble as coach of the Indian cricket team in 2016 after consulting the CAC, of which Ganguly is a part.
Shastri and Ganguly then went on to trade several blows in full public view, accusing each other of lacking professionalism.
Speaking to Wisden India, Shastri had termed Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a 'dada captain' and omitted Ganguly's name altogether from the list of the best Indian skippers.
The Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli spat has been a trending topic since the former tweeted his resignation as India coach, highlighting his reasons Brent Burns Womens Jersey for quitting the high-profile job - among them that captain Kohli had "reservations" about his style. Sources told NDTV that there were sharp differences and several reasons why to two were almost destined to fall apart. For one, they alleged, "Anil Kumble treated players like school kids." The coach reportedly gave the players a "dressing-down" after the team lost the ICC Champions Trophy final to Pakistan at The Oval on June 18.
The focus from Kumble has now shifted to selecting India's new coach. The list includes Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput, among others.
Two days ago, former Team India director Ravi Shastri too threw his hat in the ring and now, going by the team's choice, is considered as the most likely candidate to replace Kumble.
Meanwhile, former India cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar wants the Indian skipper to have a say in selecting the coach. He emphasizes that, if not part of the process then at least the captain should be kept in the loop.
Manjrekar took to Twitter and said," Considering the events so far, best to keep Virat in the loop while appointing India coach. That would be the sensible thing to do."
From general public to cricket fans to former cricketers, everyone seems to be unhappy with the way things http://www.authenticsanjosesharks.com were handled. Some are standing by Anil Kumble while the younger generation has been supporting the Indian skipper.
An engineer applying for the post of India coach has also raised few eyebrows which shows the extent of the sentiments attached with the high profile job.
The last date to apply for the coach's job is July 9 and the onus will again be on BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman to choose the best man for the job.

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cb|Emailogin / FIFA Set To Shift India's Games To New Delhi
« on: Today at 05:20:56 AM »
Defending champion Andy Murray's indifferent form of late did not prevent him being named top seed for Wimbledon for the first time on Wednesday. The 30-year-old Scot and world number one -- who suffered a shock first round defeat at the hands of journeyman Australian Jordan Thompson at last week's Queen's tournament -- will not face any of his fellow members of the 'Big Four' until the semi-finals.
Novak Djokovic, whose form has also taken a turn for the worse, Roger Federer, fresh from winning at Halle, and Rafael Nadal, reinvigorated after triumphing at the French Open, are all seeded in the top four with Murray for the first time at a Grand Slam event Authentic Alan Trammell Youth Jersey since Wimbledon in 2014.
Djokovic -- a three-time Wimbledon champion -- and seven-time champion Federer both benefit from the Wimbledon organisers' habit of not sticking blindly to the world rankings.
Djokovic is raised to second seed despite being the world number four, and the Swiss master is promoted to third seed from a global ranking of five with second-ranked Nadal dropping down to fourth seed.
World number three Stan Wawrinka -- overwhelmed by Nadal in the French Open final -- has never reached the last four at Wimbledon and drops to fifth seeding.
The player in the men's draw who gains most benefit from http://www.dolphinsshopnfl.com/Authentic-Adam-Joseph-Duhe-Jersey Wimbledon's liberal seedings policy is Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, who is lifted 10 places from 26th in the world to 16th on account of his love of grass.
The women's draw sees world number one and last year's beaten finalist Angelique Kerber of Germany top the seedings with Romania's French Open finalist Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic and Ukrainian Elina Svitolina rounding out the top four.
Defending champion Serena Williams is absent as she awaits giving birth to her first child.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is seeded 11 and provided she recovers from an abdominal injury, which ruled her out of Eastbourne this week, could provide a fairytale winner after suffering severe wounds to her left playing hand while fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home last December.
FIFA is set to shift India's Under-17 World Cup matches from Mumbai to the national capital Delhi as the apex soccer body has taken the host government's request "very seriously". The All India Football Federation (AIFF) initially wanted Mumbai to host Dolphins Youth Jersey India's home matches but later asked FIFA to shift them to Delhi due to pressure from the sports ministry as it felt it was appropriate that the capital hosts the home team's games.
Asked if they have finalised on shifting India's round robin matches from Mumbai to Delhi, FIFA's head of events Jaime Yarza told PTI, "We are working on the most beneficial decision for the tournament. We take the requests from the Indian Government very seriously, as it's our main partner in the organisation of the FIFA U-17 World Cup."
As hosts, India would normally be placed in Group A and will be the number one team -- A1 -- in the four-team group. Navi Mumbai was originally scheduled to host Group A matches but the AIFF's request means Delhi could now host those while Navi Mumbai will have to settle for Group B games.
A source, in the know of the developments, said FIFA is "very close" to shift the matches.
"Together with the AIFF and the Government, this world cup will change http://www.officialauthenticbroncostore.com/Nike-Aqib-Talib-Jersey.html future of football in India. We are convinced to reach a decision which will satisfy all parties," Yarza said.
The first FIFA event in India will be held across six Indian cities from October 6 to 28.
Though he did not reveal the names, Yarza said at least two top players will be present on the the day of the official draw in Mumbai on July 7.
"Well, we cannot spoil the fun for the fans. We will have two top players for the official draw on the 7th July, as well as some other appearances until the start of the tournament.
"But it's difficult to find time on the agendas of such football legends, so we'd rather work carefully to make sure that these legends make an impact on the Indian fans. But one thing we can confirm: football fans will not be disappointed!"
Even as the response to ticket sales continues to be lukewarm in centres such as Goa and Delhi, Yarza sounded confident Brandon Marshall Authentic Jersey that it would pick up after the draw.
"We are very satisfied with venues like Guhawati, Kochi or Kolkata. The Indian public seems to be aware of the importance of this world cup for the future of football in India, and no one would like to miss the stars of tomorrow in their own country.
"Having said that, we need to increase our efforts in Navi Mumbai, New Delhi and Goa. But it's customary that ticket sales increases once the teams' venues are known, so we'll analyse carefully the ticket sales reports after the draw. In general, FIFA is very satisfied with ticket sales until now."

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cb|Emailogin / Warren Gatland finds an ally
« on: June 28, 2017, 11:46:53 AM »
Warren Gatland has two aims on this tour. The obvious one is to beat the All Blacks, but the other is to win over the New Zealanders. Back in February, Gatland said that he wanted to repair the damage done when the British & Irish Lions last came here, in 2005. Clive Woodward’s side came across as arrogant and, hidden away in hotel rooms or ring-fenced in training grounds, operating at a far remove from the country they were Eagles Youth Jersey touring, managed to alienate the public. “We are trying to go there and mend some stuff from 2005,” Gatland said. “We want to engage with the community, to play some good rugby, we want to get the public on our side. We want to be great tourists.”
You guess Gatland has a third, more personal, ambition too, one left unstated. He was born and raised in Hamilton and his family still live there, but he, away in Wales for most of the year, seems to have an exile’s desire to impress his own. “A savage loves his native shores,” he said before the tour. “I am a very proud Kiwi, desperate to be successful back home against the All Blacks.”
New Zealanders tend to think that they have the best of rugby right here and they don’t much reckon deeds achieved on the other side of the world.
For all Gatland’s good intentions, he could not help but provoke the local players and coaches. He has called the New Zealanders out for illegal scrummaging, illegal blocking, and dangerous play. They have not taken kindly to his criticism. Whether Gatland was right or not, high-hat tactics do not go over well when your team have just been beaten 30-15. Steve Hansen’s comebacks have not been any better. Only, Hansen’s team are on top, which makes him a tough man to talk down to.
So when Hansen described Gatland as desperate on Monday, the New Zealand Herald illustrated his remarks with a full-page cartoon of Gatland dressed as a clown. It was the third time they have pulled this stunt, the second with Gatland, and it has not got any funnier. It makes them look like the loudmouth in the corner, repeating the joke over and again because they do not understand that nobody laughed first time http://www.nikeeaglesjerseysshop.com/allen-barbre-jersey-for-sale-c-56.html around. In the end then, it is best to ignore them. That is exactly what Gatland did. “I couldn’t give a toss,” he said on Tuesday.
Gatland insists he has not heard or read what Hansen said. Only that, he said with a wry smile: “I heard that he rang up a radio station, I thought that was quite unusual for an international coach.” The All Blacks insist that the radio interview was pre-arranged. “As a Kiwi you’d like it if, when you came home, things would be a little more positive from one or two members of the media. That hasn’t happened. But you can’t let that get to you – you have to take it on the chin.”
His chin must sting. The Lions can afford to lose this series. Rugby fans will still love them. But Gatland does not have that much slack, here in New Zealand at least. Which is why it was good to hear from a man willing to cut him some, the All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster. He and Gatland go way back. They played rugby together for Waikato, where Foster bossed the backs, Gatland the pack, cricket together for Northern Brent Burns Youth Jersey District’s U19 team, and coached together, for a season, at the Chiefs. They were even euchre partners. These days, Foster lives 500 metres down the road from Gatland’s family.
All this noise, Foster said, “is just part of the environment when you play a big series”, and, he added, this series is as big as they come. “I guess we probably give a little bit, they give a little bit, and that’s all part of things when stakes are high. So he’s doing what he thinks he needs to do to prepare his team and we’ll do what we need to do,” he said. “There’s a lot at stake. Everyone is looking for an edge. People are just trying to find that edge in different sorts of ways. I wouldn’t read too much more into it than just that.”
Once the series is over, Foster says he hopes he, Gatland, and the other coaches will share a beer or two. “Everyone is trying to put everything on the line, everyone is trying to get an edge or upset the other team in whatever way it is, but at the end of the day, we’ll go hammer and tongs at each other and at the end of the third Test we’ll sit down and have a quiet beer and have a good yak about it. You understand the pressures everyone’s under when you’re doing http://www.authenticsanjosesharks.com/authentic-brent-burns-jersey similar jobs. He’s doing what he thinks is best for his team. We’re doing what we think is best for our team, but it’s important we catch up and have a yarn to people as mates.”
Foster came across as honest, measured, calm and respectful. All qualities you might try to present if you were auditioning to be the All Blacks’ head coach. And here’s the thing. Gatland has made no secret that he has designs on that job when he finishes with Wales in 2019. If it does nothing else, that a national paper painted him as a clown gives you an idea of his chances. Foster, on the other hand, is reckoned to be one of the most likely contenders to succeed Hansen when he does stand down.

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Knicks president Phil Jackson said last week Carmelo Anthony prefers to stay a Knick. Reportedly, he would just as soon be LeBron James’ running mate with the Cavaliers.
An ESPN report stated Tuesday that Anthony’s agents have approached the Knicks about getting waived via a buyout in order to sign as a free agent Sabres Jersey with the Cavaliers, and got rebuffed.
It is hardly a secret James would love Anthony on the roster. Nevertheless, the mixed messages coming from the Anthony camp is confusing. The same report stated Anthony’s preference is to remain a Knick — which corresponds to what Jackson said. But the allure of James and his former Knicks buddies J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have become enticing.
A source confirmed the Knicks are aware Anthony prefers getting released rather than agreeing to a trade, even if he would lose a trade-kicker bonus. Anthony understands the Cavaliers don’t have the assets to make a deal for him, and this way he can add depth to the Eastern http://www.authenticsanjosesharks.com Conference champions without taking away a major piece such as Kevin Love, who is being dangled for Paul George.
According to a source, Jackson’s stance is he will not give up Anthony without gaining an asset or two and remains determined to find a trade partner. After all, Anthony, 33, is just a few months older than James.
The Knicks have not entirely ruled out the stretch provision with Anthony, which would give them an extra $15.4 million in cap space in spreading his $54.1 million contract over five years.
But the Knicks, according to a source, would consider that maneuver only as “an asset’’ if it means the extra cap savings definitively would net them a star player.
“That’s unlikely,’’ the source said.
Otherwise, the cap space is an abstract asset in their eyes, not to mention Anthony would be on the books for five years in the stretch scenario.
Jackson desperately is trying to rebuild and develop young players. One last-resort option is to try to play Anthony off the bench and give larger roles to the younger players.
Anthony is going through a separation from his wife, La La. The issue of being away from his 10-year-old son, Kiyan, came up on a talk show Tuesday. La La indicated he very well may be elsewhere but hopefully close by.
“The most important thing with that is just to stay close to Kiyan,” La La said on “The Wendy Williams Show.”
“That’s my priority, that’s his priority. So wherever he ends up, of course we want him to be happy.”
The Anthony stalemate, along with the Kristaps Porzingis cold war, Derrick Rose’s uncertain http://www.authenticsabresprostore.com/ future and a modicum of cap space entering Saturday’s free-agency period has left the franchise in a chaotic state — even for the Knicks.
The brass, coaches and the summer-league team hit Orlando on Wednesday for its first practice. Last July, when the Knicks came to the franchise summer league, optimism abounded.
Fresh off the Rose blockbuster, Jackson met with Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee in Disney City and signed them to lucrative deals. Porzingis visited Orlando practice site to meet new coach Jeff Hornacek, hugging him in the Authentic San Jose Sharks Womens Jersey hallway and was positively glowing.
One year later, nobody knows which way is up, and Anthony doesn’t seem certain if he wants to be a Knick or Cavalier.

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cb|GeSHi-mod / shadow Lions in practice but not in status
« on: June 27, 2017, 09:33:17 AM »
The British & Irish Lions’ final midweek game of their 2017 tour is shaping up to be a collector’s item. As things stand there are set to be only eight matches on the 2021 itinerary in South Africa to permit extra preparation time and to assist player welfare, with no further provincial fixtures once the Test series commences.
It potentially gives the management one less pre-Test headache but the consequences of shrinking the present 10-match schedule could be unexpectedly profound. Only five http://www.arizonacardinalsauthorizedstore.com/ warm-up games and three Tests could mean a squad member outside the first-choice lineup featuring only twice in six weeks, with scant chance to stake a claim for Test recognition. The whole mass emotional buy-in, competitive buzz and shared brotherhood that makes a Lions tour so special risks being fatally compromised.
At some stage it will be fascinating to hear from the unused temporary cover players bussed in by Warren Gatland whether their experience proved entirely fulfilling. So far only Scotland’s Allan Dell has actually made it on to the Brent Qvale Womens Jersey pitch, with the other five – Kristian Dacey, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, Gareth Davies and Finn Russell – still waiting to be officially classified as Lions. All are due to leave the squad after the fixture against the Hurricanes, having spent just over a week in a weird twilight zone, shadow Lions in practice but not in status.
While a shorter tour would lessen the need for such selectorial contortions in future, it might be an idea if the game’s power brokers approached players such as Courtney Lawes for their first-hand opinions. Lawes has been among the http://www.houstontexansauthorizedstore.com/ most forceful Lions forwards out here but an unlucky bang to the head against the Highlanders has left him playing a frustrating game of catch-up. Without this Hurricanes game, or its equivalent, he would be reduced to holding tackle bags for the tour’s final fortnight.
As it is the Northampton forward still has an opportunity, if he grasps it, of featuring in the 23 for the second Test on Saturday when the Lions will need all the extra physicality they can muster in the starting lineup and on the bench.
That same theme was reinforced by the forwards coach Steve Borthwick and the centre Robbie Henshaw after the Lions’ captain’s run at Jerry Collins Stadium, the scenic ground just north of Wellington where the much-missed ex-All Black flanker started his club career. “We just need to take it to another level this week,” Henshaw said. “We all know we need to be better but we’ve got the players to do that. It’s an attitude Alfred Blue Womens Jersey more than an action and that mentality will be key.”
Henshaw also agrees with Gatland, that the match officials should keep a sharp eye out for opponents who target the exposed standing leg of his Irish team-mate Conor Murray after he puts up a box-kick. “If the guy’s clearly going for a block down and going for the ball and follows through and hits the player that’s not his fault,” Henshaw said. “But if he’s nowhere near the ball and he’s hit our guy off the ball, it needs to be looked at. The referees might look at it in detail and see but at the moment we’re OK about it. We know teams are going after our key players to put them under pressure and to try to shut them down.”
Last November’s rugged game between Ireland and the All Blacks in Dublin, when the 24-year-old’s participation was ended prematurely by a heavy tackle from Sam Cane, also underlined just how narrow the line is between legitimate force and unacceptable on-field behaviour. “We know how physical they are as a team, it’s a Test match,” Henshaw said. “For us, physicality is also one of the fundamental components in rugby. Everyone uses it in abundance. I don’t think they take it too far.
“Sometimes in the moment people may get their entry wrong, stick out an arm and hit someone high. It’s not intentional and people make mistakes but obviously it’s down to the officials what happens on the pitch and needs to be taken care of.”

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cb|GeSHi-mod / Make up for lost Lions time against Hurricanes
« on: June 27, 2017, 08:37:13 AM »
The British & Irish Lions’ final midweek game of their 2017 tour is shaping up to be a collector’s item. As things stand there are set to be only eight matches on the 2021 itinerary in South Africa to permit extra preparation time and to assist player welfare, with no further provincial Andrew Luck Womens Jersey fixtures once the Test series commences.
It potentially gives the management one less pre-Test headache but the consequences of shrinking the present 10-match schedule could be unexpectedly profound. Only five warm-up games and three Tests could mean a squad member outside the first-choice lineup featuring only twice in six weeks, with scant http://www.indianapoliscoltsauthorizedstore.com/barkevious-mingo-jersey chance to stake a claim for Test recognition. The whole mass emotional buy-in, competitive buzz and shared brotherhood that makes a Lions tour so special risks being fatally compromised.
At some stage it will be fascinating to hear from the unused temporary cover players bussed in by Warren Gatland whether their experience proved entirely fulfilling. So far only Scotland’s Allan Dell has actually made it on to the pitch, with the other five – Kristian Dacey, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, Gareth Davies and Finn Russell – still waiting to be officially classified as Lions. All are due to leave the squad after the fixture against the Hurricanes, having spent just over a week in a weird twilight zone, shadow Lions in practice but not in status.
While a shorter tour would lessen the need for such selectorial contortions in future, it might be an idea if the game’s power brokers approached players such as Courtney Lawes for their first-hand opinions. Lawes has been among the most forceful Lions forwards out here but an unlucky bang to the head against the Highlanders has left him playing a frustrating game of catch-up. Without this Cardinals Authentic Jersey Hurricanes game, or its equivalent, he would be reduced to holding tackle bags for the tour’s final fortnight.
As it is the Northampton forward still has an opportunity, if he grasps it, of featuring in the 23 for the second Test on Saturday when the Lions will need all the extra physicality they can muster in the starting lineup and on the bench.
That same theme was reinforced by the forwards coach Steve Borthwick and the centre Robbie Henshaw after the Lions’ captain’s run at Jerry Collins Stadium, the scenic ground just north of Wellington where the much-missed ex-All Black flanker started his club career. “We just need to take it to another level this week,” Henshaw said. “We all know we need to be better but we’ve got the players to do that. It’s an attitude more than an action and that mentality will be key.”
Henshaw also agrees with Gatland, that the match officials should keep a sharp eye out for opponents who target the exposed standing leg of his Irish team-mate Conor Murray after he puts up a box-kick. “If the guy’s clearly going for a block down and going for the ball and follows through and hits http://www.arizonacardinalsauthorizedstore.com/a-q--shipley-jersey the player that’s not his fault,” Henshaw said. “But if he’s nowhere near the ball and he’s hit our guy off the ball, it needs to be looked at. The referees might look at it in detail and see but at the moment we’re OK about it. We know teams are going after our key players to put them under pressure and to try to shut them down.”
Last November’s rugged game between Ireland and the All Blacks in Dublin, when the 24-year-old’s participation was ended prematurely by a heavy tackle from Sam Cane, also underlined just how narrow the line is between legitimate force and unacceptable on-field behaviour. “We know how physical they are as a team, it’s a Test match,” Henshaw said. “For us, physicality is also one of the fundamental components in rugby. Everyone uses it in abundance. I don’t think they take it too far.
“Sometimes in the moment people may get their entry wrong, stick out an arm and hit someone high. It’s not intentional and people make mistakes but obviously it’s down to the officials what happens on the pitch and needs to be taken care of.”

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cb|Emailogin / Didi Gregorius keeps getting better
« on: June 27, 2017, 04:34:01 AM »
Didi Gregorius has improved yet again. He is a better offensive player than ever and steadier on defense.
His acquisition stands as one of the best of Brian Cashman’s tenure Cam Neely Jersey Womens Jersey because a) the cost was Shane Greene, who has turned into a good setup man for the Tigers, but you would turn a good setup man into a prime-aged shortstop 365 days a year; b) Gregorius has been cost-effective at a time when the Yankees are eyeballing payroll in a much more bottom-line way; and c) Gregorius has handled being the successor to Derek Jeter, who celebrated his 43rd birthday Monday.
Yet as good as Gregorius is — and he is probably the second-best overall Yankee after Aaron Judge — he pretty much has no chance of being an All-Star in 2017 and maybe ever unless there is a spate of injuries. That speaks to the quality at shortstop in the American League.
The AL voting totals were made public Monday for the last time before the team is announced http://www.officialbostonbruins.com/Adidas-Cam-Neely-Jersey over the weekend. Gregorius is in third, but he had half the votes of leader Carlos Correa and also trailed second-place Francisco Lindor by more than half a million votes.
Correa is 22 and Lindor is 23. Both have much higher profiles nationally than Gregorius has — Correa was a No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and Lindor was a breakout star during last year’s postseason.
But Gregorius’ chances of being an All-Star are hurt by more than that. This season, rather than 36 players per team, there will be 32, limiting the number of All-Star reserves. That also will curtail the number of Yankees who will be selected. Judge is a shoo-in, others such as Dellin Betances and Starlin Castro are likely, and Gary Sanchez, Brett Gardner and Luis Severino are possibilities.
And then there is just the overall quality of shortstops in the AL, now and into the future.
Boston’s Xander Bogaerts is 24, and was tied with Houston’s Correa for the lead among AL shortstops in Fangraphs’ version of Wins Above Replacement while hitting .319.
Andrelton Simmons, like Gregorius a 27-year-old shortstop from Curacao, is generally considered the best defensive shortstop in the game, and is having his best offensive season with seven homers, 13 steals and a .280 average.
Seattle’s Jean Segura, also 27, is hitting .330. Texas’ Elvis Andrus, 28, has seven homers, 18 steals and is hitting .293.
None of these players is close to free agency, so you can see how Gregorius could excel and Francois Beauchemin Jersey never sniff an All-Star Game, though he is in the midst of a third straight season of raising his OPS by at least 50 points while convincing the Yankees to teach all of the talented shortstops in their system — such as Gleyber Torres, Tyler Wade and Jorge Mateo — how to play another position. In addition, Gregorius has demonstrated his marked improvement against lefties last year was no fluke by hitting .364 with an .871 OPS off southpaws this year.
Because he missed the first month with a shoulder injury, Gregorius was still about a week to 10 days of at-bats away from qualifying for the batting title. But going into Monday, Gregorius is hitting .312 – only Segura and Bogaerts were better among AL shortstops. He has an .810 OPS – topped by Correa, Bogaerts and Segura, who because of injury also was just shy of qualifying http://www.officialcoloradoavalanche.com/Adidas-Carl-Soderberg-Jersey for the batting tittle.
Perhaps most interesting was that in Fangraphs’ formula for defense, which relies heavily on range, Gregorius was the 10th-best fielder in the majors. Detroit’s Jose Iglesias was the only shortstop ahead of him, while Simmons was an eyelash behind him.
It all speaks to Gregorius growing into a star — though perhaps never an All-Star.
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cb|GeSHi-mod / Mets’ sweep of awful Giants fool you into false hope
« on: June 26, 2017, 10:11:31 AM »
On the same day Tim Tebow was promoted to Single-A St. Lucie, they finished off a three-game sweep of the pitiful Giants with an 8-2 victory at AT&T Park on Sunday.
If not for the first leg of the trip and a four-game sweep at the hands of the mighty Dodgers, the Mets might be in a better mindset.
The Mets are in the patsies part of their schedule with an off-day Monday and then a three-game series against the Marlins in Miami, followed by a three-game series against the Phillies at Citi Field. They need to keep the sweeps Francisco Cervelli Youth Jersey going to have a chance to get back to .500.
Like the promotion of Tebow, a sweep of the Giants does not mean much. Now, at least, the Mets get to sell more Tebow jerseys in Florida. The biggest plus of the day were trade chips Jay Bruce bashing his 20th home run and Curtis Granderson his 10th, a splash shot into McCovey Cove.
As for the Mets 34-41 record, this is the bottom line.
Against the three teams leading their respective divisions in the National League — the Nationals, Brewers and Dodgers — and the one wild-card team they have faced — the Diamondbacks, they have http://www.authenticpittsburghpirates.com/Francisco-Cervelli-Jersey yet to play the Rockies — the Mets’ record is 5-19.
That number tells you all you need to know about where the 2017 Mets stand.
They have five wins and 19 losses against teams that would make the postseason.
Bruce is a veteran who knows the score.
“We still need to play great baseball to have a chance,’’ Bruce said. “We just have to play well and see what happens.’’
Even on a day the Mets got some well-pitched innings by Rafael Montero and the first two home run game of catcher Rene Rivera’s career, there was an injury concern. Michael Conforto was drilled with a pitch on his left hand in the fifth and left the game an inning Adidas Brock Nelson Authentic Jersey later with a contusion. X-rays were negative. Conforto was in left field with Yoenis Cespedes getting the day off to rest his weary legs.
Injuries are part of the Mets and when Terry Collins was asked about the club’s injuries again he offered this: “We came into [last] season, Sports Illustrated had those five guys on the cover. I don’t even know where they all are right now.”
Noah Syndergaard, Jeurys Familia and Matt Harvey are all down, of course.
The Mets are hoping Conforto is OK to play Tuesday because Collins was planning to give the red-hot Granderson the day off.
Injuries and terrible play have put the Mets in the hole they are in and they simply don’t measure up to the better teams. Most of the National League is mediocre at best and there truly are some dreadful teams such as the Giants, Padres and Phillies. The Mets went into http://www.authenticnewyorkislanders.com/authentic-billy-smith-jersey action Sunday with a better record than only four teams, those three lost causes and the Reds.
If the Mets had not swept the Giants, who have fallen deeper into the abyss than the Mets after beating them in the wild-card game in October, that would have been an upset.
Asked what he views as Tebow’s ceiling, Alderson said, “I don’t think about his ceiling. There was a chance that he would completely bomb in spring training, that didn’t happen.’’
Tebow is now back in Florida where he is a living legend.
Alderson said Tebow has been “outstanding’’ in the clubhouse.
“There’s been nothing but positives and I expect that will continue at St. Lucie as well,” the GM said.
After the debacle in Los Angeles, Alderson and the Mets are looking for any positives, no matter how small, they can find these days.

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cb|GeSHi-mod / Lewis Hamilton challenges Sebastian Vettel
« on: June 26, 2017, 05:52:48 AM »
Lewis Hamilton has branded his Formula One world championship rival Sebastian Vettel a disgrace after the German Dee Gordon Authentic Jersey deliberately drove into him at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Hamilton demanded that, if they are to clash, they should do so like “men” outside the car.
Hamilton’s Mercedes was leading the race in Baku and was behind the safety car just before the restart when Vettel’s Ferrari hit him from behind. An angry Vettel, believing Hamilton had braked deliberately and sparked the collision, then drew level and swerved into the side of the British driver’s car.
“Driving alongside and deliberately driving into a driver and getting away scot?free pretty much – he still came away with fourth – I think that’s a disgrace,” Hamilton said. “I think he disgraced himself today, to be honest.”
Hamilton finished one place back in fifth and said: “If he wants to prove that he’s a man, I think he should do it out of the car face to face. I think driving dangerously which can put another driver at risk – luckily we were going slow – but if we were going fast it could have been a lot worse. Imagine all the young kids that are watching http://www.authenticmiamimarlins.com/Dee-Gordon-Jersey Formula One today and see that kind of behaviour from a four-time world champion. I think that says it all.”
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Vettel insisted he had not been at fault, although the stewards gave him a 10?second stop-go penalty for dangerous driving. “It was quite obvious,” he said. “I didn’t run into the back of him on purpose. I damaged my wing, I think he had a little bit of damage as well. Nothing that would have impacted on the race. It’s just not the way to do it. I think it was very clear. In the end we’re racing as men. I don’t have a radio to him. If I get a penalty, then we should both get a penalty.”
He said he had not intended to hit Hamilton when he drew alongside him. “We had a little contact, but I drove alongside him mostly to raise my hand. I did not give him the finger. I just wanted to tell Adidas Cam Neely Authentic Jersey him, because I can’t literally talk to him, that what he did was not right.”
Hamilton strongly rejected the claim he had brake-tested the Ferrari driver. “I think it’s a misjudgment from him to blame it on the car in front,” he said. “Some people don’t like to own up to their own mistakes.”
This season is the first in which the two drivers have competed in closely matched cars in Formula One and up until now their relationship has been marked by a friendly, mutual respect. With Hamilton clearly aggrieved and Vettel having extended his title lead to 14 points, that may be hard to maintain over the next 12 meetings, given Hamilton’s scathing response.
“Ultimately what happened was disrespectful,” he said. “There are kids watching us on TV. You think a multi-time world champion would behave better than that. But we know that, when times get tough, true colours show. I really hope that kids don’t see that and think http://www.authenticbostonbruins.com/authentic-cam-neely-jersey that is the right way. That is not how you drive.”
Ferrari’s team principal, Maurizio Arrivabene, defended his driver. “We don’t want to get into an argument but I think I can say that some decisions that were not entirely clear never worked in favour of our team,” he said.
However, the Mercedes non-executive chairman, Niki Lauda, was fiercely critical. “Vettel is a decent guy, normally,” the three-times world champion said. “This I don’t understand. He is crazy. Lewis will hit him one day. Not with the car but with the fist. If I was Lewis, I would speak to Sebastian and ask him what is wrong.”
Hamilton, however, clearly felt there was no need for further explanations. “There was no reason to pull alongside me at that point it was clear,” he said. “We are world champions, the best in the world, we don’t just swerve to the right.”

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cb|Emailogin / Shikhar Dhawan Excels Before Rain Washes Out Opener
« on: June 24, 2017, 10:56:26 AM »
Former India off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna on Friday said if the Indian team captain feels he is the "boss" then the team can perform without a coach. Prasanna's comment when asked about the rift between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble, who quit as Indian cricket Canadiens Jersey team coach recently. "Why do they require a coach, if the captain is the boss?" Prasanna asked. "I don't think they even need the services of batting or fielding coaches (Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar)."
Prasanna also questioned Kohli's captaincy abilities.
"Kohli is undoubtedly a very good player but I do not know whether he is a good captain or not," he said.
Kumble quit as India coach in the aftermath of their Champions Trophy final loss to arch-rivals Pakistan, stating that Kohli had reservations about his coaching "style" and their partnership was "untenable".
Team India will be without a coach in the tour to the West Indies, where they are scheduled to play five ODIs and one-off T20 match starting at Port of Spain later on Friday.
"If a legendary cricketer like Anil Kumble is not respected, I do not think neither of them -- Bangar and Sridhar -- will have the http://www.authenticcanadiensonline.com/Authentic-Al-Montoya-Jersey guts to speak to Kohli in a confident way. None of them are as experienced like Kumble," Prasanna said.
"Just hire somebody for the physical training and that will be enough. If such is the attitude of a captain I don't think you require a coach," the 77-year-old said.
"We can go back to the good old days of appointing a manager to look after the logistics, if he (Kohli) takes up the responsibility. The role of a coach is not defined," he added.
Prasanna also said the time has come for India to look beyond old warhorses like Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
"I don't think they will be able to continue till the next World Cup in 2019, they will be 38 then. We need fresh and young legs and players who are extremely agile," he said.
"Okay, Dhoni will be the wicketkeeper but Yuvraj is going to be a liability as a fielder. In fact, the selectors should have tried out more youngsters for this West Indies tour, as they are one of the weakest teams at the moment."
Prosecutors in Barcelona say they are not against replacing football star Lionel Messi's 21-month jail sentence for tax fraud with a fine, a spokeswoman announced on Friday.  They said they were willing to give the 29-year-old a fine of 400 euros ($450) a day for the duration of the Anthony Hitchens Womens Jersey sentence -- an option that the defence of the Argentina international has also proposed.
That would amount to more than 250,000 euros, although the court has the final decision over whether to go ahead with this option.
The daily fine would come on top of the 2.09-million-euro fine Messi was also given when he and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of tax fraud in a trial last year and sentenced to 21 months in jail.
Both appealed, but Spain's Supreme Court last month confirmed the jail term for the Barcelona striker, although it reduced Messi's father's sentence to 15 months.
The pair used companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi's income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.
The income related to Messi's image rights that was hidden includes endorsement Brandon Scherff Womens Jersey deals with Danone, Adidas, Pepsi- Cola, Procter & Gamble and the Kuwait Food Company.
Messi is not the only football star to run into problems with Spain's courts, with Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo the latest to have been summoned to appear before a judge investigating tax fraud.
He is due to be questioned on July 31 on suspicion of evading 14.7 million euros in taxes.
England batsman Jason Roy became the holder of a dubious record on Friday when he became the first batsman in Twenty20 International history to be given out for obstructing the field. The England opener etched his name into the record books during a T20I match between England and South Africa at the County Ground in Taunton. The incident happened in the 16th over of England's innings when Roy's teammate Liam Livingstone http://www.nikecowboysjerseys.com/alfred-morris-jersey-for-sale-c-51.html sent the ball towards backward point and asked for a single but changed his mind at the last moment.
Roy, while running back to the crease, changed his path and the throw from the fielder hit his boots. After the incident, South Africa players appealed and the on-field umpire asked for the help of the TV umpire.
After much deliberation Roy was given out, much to the dismay of the home fans.

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cb|GeSHi-mod / Test-match animals can give All Blacks a fright
« on: June 24, 2017, 08:26:05 AM »
Those who query the Lions’ future would have been well advised to consult Owen Farrell on the eve of the first Test. As a player on his second Lions tour, about to face the sport’s ultimate challenge, the fly-half has seldom sounded more motivated. Top players relish big occasions and few come bigger than this.
From where Farrell sits all the players feel the same way; he thinks it is “very strange” some doubt the Lions concept. “When you see the hype around it, how much the players enjoy it and how much everybody involved loves it … it seems like everybody grips on to it when it’s happening so I don’t see why anything Authentic Al Montoya Womens Jersey negative is said about it. The buy-in and how much players look forward to it is huge.”
The glint in his eye, in short, is entirely unforced. Even as a rugby league-playing nine-year-old, Farrell remembers being struck by Brian O’Driscoll’s slaloming try in the first Test against Australia at the Gabba in 2001, the sea of red in the crowd and the general sense of special moments on the other side of the world.
Sixteen years later that thrill is still there, with the assistant coach Rob Howley optimistic about the squad’s chances on the eve of battle: “Test-match rugby is about winning and we feel we’ve got Test-match animals. The confidence of the players showed this morning in training. I think they believe they can win.”
For Farrell, as always, the roaring legends and memories will count for little. Opposite him will be Beauden Barrett, who is easily quick and talented enough to carve out his own slice of Dan Carter-style history. “It is exciting but what you’ve got to remember is not to play the occasion,” Farrell said. “It’s a game of rugby. You can’t be thinking what other people are thinking about or getting excited about http://www.authenticcanadiensonline.com/Authentic-Alexander-Radulov-Jersey external things. It has to be about the team and what we need to do to win. You obviously go into the game with a plan but things can change pretty quickly so you have to be prepared.”
Having earned the nod at No10 ahead of his one-time mentor Johnny Sexton, he is also not about to start fretting about the All Blacks’ 23-year-long unbeaten record at Eden Park. “They’re a fantastic team and they’ve got a fantastic record, especially over here; no one is questioning that.
“But if you go in thinking about past games, you’re thinking about stuff that probably doesn’t matter. You’re trying to convince yourself rather than just playing what’s ahead of you. You are better off doing your preparation then forgetting about it and going in with a clear mind; that allows you to see what’s in front of you. In attack you want to play to the space, whether that be kicking, running or passing. You have to make decisions Barry Church Jersey constantly; if you are making good ones throughout the game, then hopefully you are doing your job right.”
Somewhere beneath the stern game face and narrow-eyed stare at distant goalposts, even so, will be a sizeable measure of family pride. With father Andy in charge of the aggressive defence system that has become such a feature of the Lions’ trip, the All Blacks will be extremely familiar with the Farrell mind-set by the end of this tour.
For Owen only the Father’s Day messages sent by other team-mates to their dads were a slight source of embarrassment. “I didn’t know when to say it to him because I didn’t want to say it in front of anyone else. Everybody got some video messages but they didn’t ask me to do one so I was a bit gutted about that. I don’t think I’ve spoke to him this tour as my dad.” So, no big match  father-son pep talk? “I’ve never had one before, so no!”
As ever in the Farrell family, winning is what matters.
The Lions will not revise their interactions with fans after the tour manager John Spencer was abused and assaulted in an Auckland restaurant. Spencer said he was accosted at a city centre venue called The Depot on Thursday night. A fellow diner asked for a photograph but a New Zealander became aggressive, abusing and shoving the 69-year-old. Spencer pushed the man Barry Church Womens Jersey away and asked to be left alone. The Lions have not made any complaint, and remain disappointed but unfazed by the incident.
“I’ve spoken to John, it’s an isolated, disappointing incident,” Howley said. “We’ve had a fantastic welcome, the New Zealand public have been fantastic with their welcome. “Unfortunately in sport there’s always a minority, it’s not the majority, but the experiences and welcomes we’ve had have been quite unbelievable.”
The Lions will start the three-Test series with New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday, with thousands of fans flooding into Auckland for the fixture. Howley said the one-off incident with Spencer will not knock the Lions off their stride.
“The New Zealand public have embraced us,” he said. “It was only last night we went out to the Viaduct [a waterfront entertainment complex] as a squad and management and we had a lot of Kiwis coming up to us. There’s been banter but that’s all part of it. But coming back to John, it’s an isolated http://www.nikecowboysjerseys.com/benson-mayowa-jersey-for-sale-c-67.html incident, and it’s the minority, not the majority.”

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cb|Emailogin / Porzingis is still a Knick
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:15:33 AM »
So the sky didn’t fall on Madison Square Garden Thursday evening, and cooler heads prevailed. The Knicks weren’t able to pull off a heist, and neither were they snookered into a bad trade. There will be no charts and graphs recalling Bill Russell for Easy Ed Macauley, or Joe Barry Carroll for Robert Avalanche Womens Jersey Parrish and Kevin McHale.
Danny Ainge, Red Auerbach’s spiritual descendant, left the Knicks alone.
So now Knicks fans will turn their lonely eyes toward Frank Ntilikina, the Belgian-born French league point guard who probably will become their best defender on the day he shows up — though that’s not exactly a high bar — and is very much a cornerstone of who and what http://www.officialcoloradoavalanche.com/ the Knicks hope to be in the next few years.
The 7-foot-3 purple elephant in the room, of course, was nowhere near the room. He was 4,200 miles away in his native Latvia. It was just past 3 o’clock in the morning in Latvia when the Knicks selected Ntilikina. We’ll assume Porzingis woke up to that bit of news.
If it seems like his world is every bit the same as it was when he went to bed Thursday night, though, Porzingis is mistaken.
It’s funny what happens when you spend a couple of days as the object of trade talks. Most Knicks fans wanted him to stay. Some were open to a deal. Neither was right, neither was wrong, and as it turned out neither had to fret. A deal didn’t happen.
Now, he has to decide what he is going to be.
Now, he has to show he truly is worth all the hand-wringing and all the saloon back-and-forth and all the water-cooler banter, that he indeed is the franchise player the Knicks believe he can be, that the world of potential that he has teased and taunted with from the start of his rookie season truly is something the Knicks can bank on.
Jackson was reluctant to talk about Porzingis (or Carmelo Anthony, or Derrick Rose, or any other player that had been property of the Knicks for longer than half an hour) and that was understandable because absent trading him, the Knicks president has a whole summer and beyond to ponder Porzingis, to wonder Bryan Rust Authentic Jersey about him, to fret about who he is and what he can become.
Keeping him here sends a wordless message anyway: The Knicks still plan on building whatever they will build around him, even if Anthony happens to still be on the roster when camp opens. That’s how it should be. And now Porzingis has to deliver for real on his early speed, on his early promise. That’s how it should be, too.
The player to whom Porzingis is most closely linked, Dirk Nowitzki, took his first great leap as a third-year player, averaging 21.8 points (first of 12 straight years he topped 20-plus) and 9.2 rebounds. There was still plenty of room for improvement, and improve Nowitzki would. But it was in 2000-2001 — his age-22 season — that we first saw for real what Nowitzki would be.
This will be Porzingis’ age-22 season, too (his birthday is in August). If the Barclays Center filled with boos two years ago when the Knicks selected him with the No. 4 pick, there were plenty of Knicks fans who wore No. 6 jerseys to Brooklyn Thursday http://www.officialpittsburghpenguins.com hoping they wouldn’t be headed for the bottom of a drawer in the attic.
The reaction when Adam Silver read Ntilikina’s name could best be described as relief. If some Knicks fans might’ve preferred they go with Malik Monk, who was still available? That all will be determined across the next few years. The Knicks didn’t hit the home run they might’ve dreamed of by agreeing to field offers for Porzingis.
But they didn’t strike out, either. Porzingis is still a Knick.
Most Knicks fans seem happy about it. Now it’s time for him to justify that faith for real. If he’s going to behave like a big-timer, blowing off his exit interview?
Time for him to play like a big-timer. Starting now.

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cb|GeSHi-mod / Sanctity Of Dressing Room Should Be Maintained
« on: June 23, 2017, 05:26:33 AM »
India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday responded to former coach Anil Kumble’s observations about why he quit the post of head coach and said that while the players respect him, the sanctity of the dressing room needs to be maintained. The Indian skipper said that the happenings of the team Adam Vinatieri Authentic Jersey dressing room is sacred and private. "Anil bhai has expressed his views and he has taken a decision to step out and we all respect that decision. It's something that has happened right after the tournament," Kohli said from Trinidad in the pre-match press conference.
"One thing for sure is that I have had 11 press conferences that have happened during the Champions Trophy. We have created a culture over the last 3-4 years that whatever happens in the change room, we have tried to maintain the sanctity of the change room throughout. That is what the whole team believes in. For us that is paramount," he further added.
"Like I said, for me what's most important is to maintain the sanctity of the dressing-room and what happens in the change-room is something that's very sacred and private to all of us.
"... And something that I would not express in details in a public scenario. As I said, his point of view is out there and we respect that decision."
Kumble resigned after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to not renew his one-year http://www.indianapoliscoltsauthorizedstore.com/al-woods-jersey contract and invited fresh applications for the top post. While the board had extended his contract till the end of the West Indies series, beginning on Friday, Kumble pulled out after the team had left for the Caribbean and tweeted his reasons for resigning.
Kumble, who was appointed as the head coach last year, has had a good run. Under his guidance, India won 10 out of the 13 home Tests with two draws and a single defeat. India also won a Test series comprehensively in the West Indies.
Kumble's contract as the head coach of the Indian team ended on Tuesday after the ICC Champions Trophy and he was not interested in an extension. Hours after resigning, the former India captain put out a statement on Twitter and wrote, "the captain had reservations with my 'style'... In light of these 'reservations' I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit."
Sources had earlier told NDTV that skipper Kohli was "not ready to budge", from his position on Kumble and that "coach-captain relationship was 'irreparable'."
The situation had snowballed just prior to the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 with the BCCI issuing a press Adrian Wilson Jersey release, asking for applications for the post of head coach for the Indian men's cricket team
India face the West Indies in the first of the five ODIs on Friday. But the start of the series has been overshadowed by Kumble's resignation and the reasons he gave for the decision.
Thursday deleted his tweet of 2016, welcoming as coach of the Indian team. Kumble, who resigned as Team India head coach on Tuesday, had taken over as coach in June last year. He resigned after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to not renew his one-year contract and invited fresh applications for the top post. While the board had extended his contract till the end of the West Indies series, beginning on Friday, Kumble pulled out after the team had left for the Caribbean and tweeted his reasons for resigning.
Kohli, in his welcome tweet dated June 23, 20016, had said: "Heartiest welcome to @anilkumble1074 Sir. Look forward to your tenure with us. Great things in store for Indian Cricket with you,"
Kumble, who was appointed as the head coach last year, has had a good run. Under his guidance, India won 10 out of the 13 home Tests with two draws and a single defeat. India also won a Test series comprehensively in the West Indies.
Kumble's contract as the head coach of the Indian team ended on Tuesday after the ICC Champions Trophy and he was not interested in an extension. Hours after resigning, the former India captain put out a statement on Twitter and wrote, "the captain had http://www.arizonacardinalsauthorizedstore.com/adrian-wilson-jersey reservations with my 'style'... In light of these 'reservations' I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit."
Sources had earlier told NDTV that skipper Virat Kohli was "not ready to budge", from his position on Kumble and that "coach-captain relationship was 'irreparable'."
The situation had snowballed just prior to the ICC Champion Trophy with the BCCI issuing a press release, asking for applications for the post of head coach for the Indian men's cricket team

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French point guard Frank Ntilikina met with team president Phil Jackson, general manager Steve Mills and coach Jeff Hornacek at a restaurant next to the Garden on Wednesday morning.
Later, Ntilikina, an 18-year-old point guard fresh off a plane from Paris and the French http://www.officialcoloradoavalanche.com/Adidas-Adam-Foote-Jersey league finals, attended a pre-draft press conference in Midtown, where he said to finally be part of the draft process is “a dream come true.’’
The NBA draft is finally here, and the Knicks’ dream would be netting their point guard of the future Thursday night.
Other potential Knicks picks Dennis Smith Jr., N.C. State’s freshman point-guard stud, and Malik Monk, Kentucky’s freshman combo guard, also talked up the Knicks during the press conference, though combo guard Donovan Mitchell, a Westchester Bilal Powell Womens Jersey product, did not attend.
Mitchell, whose defense has the Knicks intrigued, had his workout with the Knicks pushed from Tuesday to Wednesday.
League sources believe it comes down to Ntilikina and Monk, if the latter drops. There’s a clear division within the organization. Monk, a 6-foot-3 sharpshooter, played only shooting guard in college, but perhaps can become a lead guard in the Knicks’ triangle offense.
Meanwhile, Kristaps Porzingis was back in Latvia, bewildered by a sudden spate of trade rumors. A league source told The Post that the Knicks want a top-4 pick and a significant asset for Porzingis — lofty demands expected to go unfulfilled, despite a flood of phone http://www.officialpittsburghpenguins.com calls from teams.
“They’re not moving him,’’ the league source said.
The Vertical reported Wednesday if the Knicks move into the top four they’d target two-way small forward Josh Jackson of Kansas. The Post reported on March 27 the Knicks may not take a point guard if they move up in the lottery because of their heavy interest in Jackson as Carmelo Anthony’s replacement. The Jayhawks’ freshman told The Post on Wednesday he hadn’t worked out with the Knicks. The Knicks likely would then take Arizona 7-foot center Lauri Markkenen, if he’s available, with their eighth pick as Porzingis’ replacement.
Phoenix, at No. 4, and Boston, No. 3, engaged the Knicks, who reportedly asked for the fourth pick and either shooting guard Devin Booker or small forward Marquese Chriss.
The Knicks don’t have a point guard under contract for next season  other than little-used rookie Chasson Randle. Derrick Rose is a free agent; Ron Baker a restricted free agent.
“It’s crazy,’’ Monk said of New York. “It’s a lot different from Arkansas. I like playing anywhere, but it would be nice here, too. Every night, high emotions, walking into a packed house and legendary building.’’
Ntilikina is 18 and may take longer to adjust. His 6-5 size, 7-foot wingspan, defensive prowess and pass-first game gives him a higher upside. Mills and top advisor Clarence Gaines scouted him closely in France, but it wasn’t until Wednesday that Jackson Alexander Mogilny Youth Jersey finally got to interview him. Ntilikina flew to Newark on Tuesday, though his Strasbourg team is still playing in the French league finals.
“They just wanted to know how I am as a man and how my season went,” Ntilikina said. “It was great meeting him. We talked about a lot of things about the game and who I am.’’
As a triangle fit, Ntilikina blends better than Smith, reputed more for flashy dunks and 1-on-1 play. Jackson has said he’s looking more for team players/defenders than super athletes, and Gaines, according to a source, is a fan of Ntilikina, even if some of the scouts prefer Monk and Smith. Gaines was largely behind the Porzingis pick two years ago.
“The system is a good system for me,’’ Ntilikina said. “I think I could play in it. The organization is very good. I think the game I play with my teammates back in France is very similar to this game. It would be great to be here with its big history.
“First, [I’m a] good defensive player. And on offense, I’m a team player, I want to give a lot to the team, make my teammates better. I think I can score, I can pass it, play pick-and-roll, shoot it.”
The Mavericks want Ntilikina and have talked to the Timberwolves about moving to No. 7 to get him. Knicks president Phil Jackson said on MSG Network Wednesday night “volatility’’ in the draft could make his team “change’’ course.
Ntilikina will return to France for Friday’s decisive Game 5, chartering a flight at 2 a.m. after the draft.
“It’s been different, but not difficult,’’ Ntilikina http://www.indianapoliscoltsauthorizedstore.com/andrew-luck-jersey said. “I’m playing for championships — that’s what we play for. That’s the city [Strasbourg] where I grew up.’’
Smith’s college coach, Mark Gottfried, said Smith has Russell Westbrook “athleticism,” and Smith, who said he is aiming to “win more games and win Rookie of the Year,’’ didn’t shy away from the lofty comparison. “I think it’s a fair assessment,’’ Smith said.
However, Smith’s stock dropped because of North Carolina State’s struggles as the Wolfpack finished 15-17.
As for fitting into the triangle, Smith said, “It would be fine with me. Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, they played in that system, they thrived in it. That’s two of the greatest players we’ve ever seen. I believe I can do the same thing.”
“In the first 12 or 14 picks, you are going to get a good player and a starter,’’ Jackson said. “… Maybe not to begin. An 18-, 19-year-old body isn’t ready for it. The intensity, duration, physicality, but we hope to get a productive player.”

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Site and MOD Comments / Ritish &Lrish Lions have gone for a side
« on: June 22, 2017, 08:20:54 AM »
It is so long since the All Blacks lost a Test at Eden Park that Maro Itoje was not even born the last time it happened. In July 1994 Wet Wet Wet were at No1 in the UK singles charts with Love Is All Around and rugby union was still, officially, an amateur Dee Gordon Youth Jersey game. Should the British & Irish Lions win in Auckland on Saturday it really will be a special achievement.
For Lions fans in search of omens 23 years on, it could scarcely be any wetter across New Zealand’s north island than it is right now. They should also be encouraged by the side Warren Gatland has chosen: this is one that will not mind a greasy ball and has a notably hard, cussed look to it.
Picking Liam Williams at full-back and Alun Wyn Jones at lock has merely enhanced its no-nonsense physical edge, with Peter O’Mahony’s appointment as the captain further reinforcing the theme. Not starting Itoje is clearly a big call but his impact from the bench will be http://www.authenticnewyorkislanders.com/authentic-anthony-beauvillier-jersey significant. As for Elliot Daly on the wing ahead of George North, and Owen Farrell at 10, it hardly confounds the evidence of this tour to date.
Rowntree also reckons O’Mahony would show equal commitment whether he was leading out the Lions or sitting on the midweek bench. “He’s exactly the character you need – a guy who would get on with things if he wasn’t involved in the Test squad.”
Does he ever relax? “Off the field you don’t see him growling at people in the dining room,” Rowntree said. “You need guys who can flick in and out of intensity and he has got that. This is as intense a gig as I have ever done. We seem to have been in 100 hotels in the last week. You need to switch off.”
The matchday squad as a whole will certainly not take a backward step and should add up to more than the sum of its parts. In isolation, for example, New Zealanders will probably regard Jamie George, George Kruis, Jones, Itoje and O’Mahony as inferior to their All Black equivalents. Together, however, they could just hold the key to the Test should the Lions lineout players do more than simply hold their own.
In 2005 the lineout collapsed completely in the first Test; they lost five of their own before half-time partly as a consequence of a belated change to their calls because of fears the All Blacks had cracked the codes. This time Kruis, George and Itoje have the advantage of playing Adidas Brock Nelson Womens Jersey together for Saracens, the European champions.
Kruis and his mentor, Steve Borthwick, reckon New Zealand will struggle to unravel their secrets this time. “The idea is to create a system that is tough to recognise and durable under any circumstance,” Kruis said. “Once you’ve analysed the opposition you tweak it but we’ve shown we’re there or thereabouts. I hope we don’t have to change our calls.”
The England forward has also been doing some intensive homework. “If you look at the stats, they’re the best in attack and second best in defence. We know they’ve got five or six good jumpers in the line. Good teams have come down here and won the ball but not provided great delivery to theirs nines and 10s. We want to be a great team and win ball and get good delivery.”
It should also concern the All Blacks that the Lions have Borthwick involved. Nobody does a more painstaking amount of homework than the former England captain and the mind spools back to Japan’s famous 2015 World Cup win over South Africa in Brighton. That was a supposedly Bruins Youth Jersey impossible assignment, just like this one, and had Borthwick’s technical fingerprints all over it.
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It may be among the reasons why the All Blacks are rushing Kieran Read straight back into the Test arena following his prolonged absence with a broken thumb.
“In Kieran Read they have a brilliant caller, someone who identifies space incredibly well,” Borthwick said.
“That combination of Brodie Retallick, Read and Whitelock works very well together …they’ve been the best in the world for the last few years.”
For all that, Borthwick does not rate New Zealand as unbreakable. Asked if they could be put under pressure by the players at the Lions’ disposal his reply was instant. “Yes, but we’ve got to be smart and we’ve got to be able to adapt while we’re on the pitch. Play at one end of the spectrum and people know what you’re going to do. You’ve got to http://www.officialcoloradoavalanche.com/ be able to move along that.”
Right there is the Lions’ big challenge; to keep the All Blacks guessing. Gatland’s men have the ability to do precisely that.

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