Phelan: How Sir Alex ended my Man Utd careerby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan has revealed how his time as a player at Old Trafford was brought to an end.Phelan signed for the Old Trafford outfit from Norwich City in 1989 but his career with the club came to a frustrating end five years later. “He came up to me the Friday before the game on Saturday, last game of the season, and pulled me to one side at the training ground,” Phelan told The Athletic.”He said: ‘Enough’s enough, son. I’m letting you go’. ‘Letting me go where?’ ‘You’ve done terrific for me, but I’m going to bring in some of the young kids’.””This is when the Class of ’92 were around. I was older then, a little bit gobby.”‘Who?’ ‘I’m going to play Gary Neville’. ‘Gary Neville? What’s he got? Come on, Gaffer. You’re gonna play a kid?’ ‘Yeah’.”Phelan would go on to join West Brom, where he would spend 18 months before deciding to hang up his boots. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
NEW ORLEANS, LA – MARCH 26: Albert, the mascot for the Florida Gators, performs during their game against the Butler Bulldogs in the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Tomorrow’s Florida-Ole Miss basketball game is “’90s Night” in Gainesville, and the Gators have been posting really cool NBA Jam-style promo clips for the special event on their Instagram page. Between Dorian Finney-Smith jumping off the screen for a huge baseline slam, and Chris Chiozza catching literal fire, these “Gator Jam” videos are pretty awesome.The Gators and Rebels tip off at 9 p.m. We hope Florida has plans to roll a few more of these out before game time.
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said on Thursday that the income tax raid on JD(S) leaders overseeing the electioneering of his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy in Mandya and nephew Prajwal Revanna in Hassan was “politically motivated” and he would stage a demonstration against it in Bengaluru along with Congress leaders. “I am going to stage a demonstration in Bengaluru. Let the whole nation see how the income tax department is being misused. These raids are politically motivated,” a visibly upset Kumaraswamy told reporters in Mysuru. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The pre-dawn raids at 15 to 20 places triggered an angry backlash from Congress as well as JD(S) leaders. More importantly, the raids were on people who were monitoring the electioneering of the two belonging to the Gowda family, including state minor irrigation minister C S Puttaraju and his nephew Ashok, who is a district Panchayat member in Mysuru. Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna are testing political waters for the first time under the tutelage of Kumaraswamy and PWD minister H D Revanna. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Asserting that he had predicted the raids Wednesday night itself, Kumaraswamy said for the first time the I-T officials raided government offices too, such as PWD office in Hassan and Tahsildar office in Kanakapura. Accusing the principal chief commissioner of income tax department (Karnataka-Goa region) B R Balakrishnan of acting as a “political agent”, the chief minister said he was eyeing on a gubernatorial position post retirement. “A BJP leader sends list of people to Amit Shah, who eventually forwards it to Balakrishnan to carry out raids. Balakrishnan is acting as an agent of BJP. It seems that he wants a post retirement position such as governor of some state,” he added. Kumaraswamy questioned BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa as to whether he could win elections without money. “Note counting machine was found during raids at BJP leaders’ houses. They are now teaching us about honesty. Did the I-T officials find note counting machine at Puttaraju’s house? They are out to frighten us but the fact is the BJP is shaken and wants to win election by intimidating us. We are not the ones who get scared,” said the chief minister. The raids did not perturb Revanna. Speaking to reporters in Hassan, he said, “So long as I have the blessings of Sringeri Sharadamba and Shankaracharya, nothing will happen…Anybody conspiring against me or trying black magic will be destroyed. I am so well protected.” Former chief minister and Congress strongman Siddaramaiah said if the BJP thought that these intimidation tactics would win them the election, then they are wrong in their assumption. Yeddyurappa rubbished the charges, saying the Income Tax department was doing its duty and it should not be linked with politics. Meanwhile, the income tax department in a press release in the wake of the chief minister’s statements to the press, said no MP, MLA or minister had been covered in the searches and they were being carried out on the basis of credible information received. “Certain searches are being carried out by the income tax department in Karnataka Goa on contractors and connected persons. No MP, MLA or minister have so far been covered in the searches. These searches are being carried out on the basis of credible information received,” it said. The searches were carried out on a wide range of professions and businesses including bureaucrats, breweries, MNCs, mining barons, diagnostic centres, trusts, educational institutions, medical colleges, real estate, fisheries, and film industry and including politically exposed persons, said the release. It also said these searches have resulted in collecting credible evidence on tax evasion. The searches on politically exposed persons have covered their entire range of the political spectrum. The I-T department also said CRPF personnel being used for the searches had not been flown from outside the state. “While it is true that CRPF is being used for providing security, the said central armed police personnel were requisitioned from the State Police (ADGP Law and Order) following normal protocol and have not been flown in outside the state,” the release said. The department also said its activities should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. “We also request that the activities of the income tax department should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. In particular statements which sound like an incitement to physical violence issued by persons holding very responsible posts are deeply deplorable,” it added. The Income Tax department is committed to carrying out its functions in a professional and fearless manner. The Department will act on credible information regardless of political affiliations, the release said.
New Delhi: Securities Appellate Tribunal has set aside the NSE’s 2017 order banning OPG Securities for six months and has asked the exchange to pass a fresh order in the matter. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) had suspended stock broker OPG Securities for six months in September 2017 as a trading member on all segments after it found that OPG had used the secondary server instead of primary server without any valid reason in co-location facility. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe NSE had introduced co-location server at its premises in 2009 and OPG had subscribed the facility, according to Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) order. The use of secondary server was permitted only in case of failure of primary server and the NSE had already issued such directions, the SAT order said. It conducted the forensic investigation by Deliotte Touche Tohmatsu LLP and the forensic report brought adverse findings against OPG, following which the exchange had passed the order in September 2017. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysHowever, another forensic report by EY LLP in the same issue was submitted and OPG argued that the report depicts a different picture, the order said. “In view of the fact that another forensic investigation report has come up it would be in the interest of justice that the impugned order be quashed and set aside and the matter be remanded to the respondent Stock Exchange to have a fresh look in the matter,” SAT said in an order on Wednesday. Besides, it directed the NSE to pass the order in six week after giving an opportunity to OPG Securities for hearing.
The variety of responses to my article “The Hidden Value of the NBA Steal” has been amazing. I expected there to be a lot of questions and criticisms, but I didn’t anticipate the depth and thoroughness of reader analysis.Some of the points people raised (pro and con) I expected; some I did not. For example, a number of people objected to my characterization of the hoop as only “slightly larger” than the ball. As I’ve learned, the diameter of a basketball (9.2 inches) is only 52 percent of the diameter of the rim (18 inches). I definitely thought the ratio was higher. The maximum distance a ball can clear the rim is only 4.4 inches, so perhaps I should have said “not too much larger” instead. But the point — that shooting is beautiful, and I understand why we devote so much attention to it — stands.I���ve picked what I think are the four most common and most salient questions and comments, and will respond to them in four parts. Here’s the first:“Can a steal really be worth NINE points?”This question arose in various forms, many of which were not phrased as a question and some of which I can’t repeat in polite company.Here’s one of the more gently worded versions, emailed in from “Johnny”:Isn’t the “theoretical” upper bound on the value of a steal capped at 8 points? I say this by looking at the limiting case where on every possession we don’t steal the opposing team makes a three pointer, is fouled and then makes the free throw. Then on every possession where we steal, we make a three pointer, is fouled and then makes the free throw and every possession where we don’t steal we don’t score. In this case the value of a steal would be 8 points (saved 4 points from making the steal and gained 4 points from scoring after the steal). Now this is obviously completely unrealistic, but I find it hard to believe a steal could be worth anything more.And here’s the language in my article that some people objected to:Yes, this pretty much means a steal is “worth” as much as nine points. To put it more precisely: A marginal steal is weighted nine times more heavily when predicting a player’s impact than a marginal point.The confusion here is somewhat understandable and probably stems from how we understand the word “worth” (the quotes were meant to signify that I was using a precise definition). The finding isn’t that getting a steal improves a team’s chances of winning by the same amount that adding nine points would. But kudos for being skeptical enough to imagine me capable of such absurdity. By “worth,” I meant the ability of steals to predict a player’s impact (as measured by the amount his team suffers when he doesn’t play) versus the ability of points to do the same.Conversely, a few stats-savvy readers disliked this comparison from the opposite direction: In other words, raw points scored have been so discredited in the advanced statistical community that using them as a basis of comparison is too easy! I should note that the outsize predictive value of steals is not especially controversial in that community either. For people interested in the cutting-edge, box-score-based predictive metrics, I recommend Daniel Myers’ work on “advanced statistical plus minus” and its ilk (check out the monster coefficient for steal percentage).A good number of readers also concluded that comparing “worth” of steals to points in this way invited confusion, and thus may have been a mistake in presentation, if not of analysis. The logic goes like this: If a steal only nets us two points or so, you’re “inviting confusion” by saying it’s “worth” nine points. People know that two points is not nine points, so it looks ridiculous.Perhaps they are right that this is difficult for someone unfamiliar with the issues to read idly. But the reason I phrased it that way originally, and stand by that language, is simple:When it comes to predictions, a point is not worth a point.I think understanding this concept is important, and inviting people to deal with it instead of skirting around it is worth the debate. This is a fundamental lesson of empirical thinking: The immediate value of something can be (and often is) very different from its predictive value.
We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Olympic tennis should be as, well, grand as a Grand Slam. The world’s best players show up with a chance to win hardware for their countries — and without making a yearlong commitment. They get to hang with other great athletes in the Olympic Village. And they only get one chance every four years — not four chances every year. That makes it especially precious for players who are sidelined with injury just before the games, as Rafael Nadal was in 2012 and as Roger Federer is this year. The reality, though, is a bit more flawed. The necessities of the national nature of the Olympics imposes restrictions on what is otherwise mostly an individual sport. And that robs the Olympics tennis event of some of its top players and teams — and that’s not counting the stars who blamed Zika when they withdrew.No country gets more than four players in each of the men’s and women’s 64-player singles draws — half the size of major draws. That limit means half of France’s eight men in the Top 50 don’t get a shot at individual glory. Meanwhile, to improve regional representation, Ons Jabeur of Tunisia (ranked No. 188 at the time the entry list was finalized) and Stephanie Vogt of Liechtenstein (No. 274) got into the women’s draw. At majors, they’d usually have to try to earn their way in through qualifying.At least in singles, players are competing as they usually do. On the tours, some of the best doubles teams are paragons of multinational cooperation — a former pairing of an Indian man and a Pakistani teammate inspired tennis fans in both their countries. Part of what makes tennis great, if you’re into individual agency for athletes, is that even when players team up on tour, they do so by choice. They choose whom to partner and whom to dump — leading to a fun round of musical chairs and attendant gossip in each offseason. The Olympics, though, forces teammates to split up. Four of the top 10 women’s teams in the world, including the very best one, pair players from different countries. So do six of the top 10 men’s teams. There isn’t a ranking for mixed doubles, yet just three of the 16 majors since the last Olympics were won by a man and woman from the same country. Yet all those players who normally partner with someone from a different country had to find someone else to play with in Rio de Janeiro.The bigger problem with mixed at the Olympics is how easy it is to medal once you’ve qualified: Just 16 teams enter (after having qualified by making it into one of the other draws and then signing up for mixed in Rio), so it takes just two wins to reach the semifinals. Win one of the next two matches and you’re on the podium.Partly because of all the limitations, especially on top players who don’t qualify because their country’s talent pool is too deep, the tours stopped offering ranking points for wins in this year’s Olympic event. John Isner, the highest ranked American man, cited that as a major factor in his decision to skip Rio. Isner and other opt-outers have been feasting on depleted competition at the tour events. Isner got 150 ranking points for beating three players outside the top 50 in Atlanta last week — 150 more than he would’ve gotten if he’d won the gold medal in Rio. Ranking points, not gold, are the currency on tour, yielding direct entry to events and higher seeds that offer safer passage through the draw.The Olympic men’s singles draw may have lost other stars to early upsets because of their best-of-three-set format until the final. Novak Djokovic, who has won just about every important title except a gold medal, lost his first match in straight sets to Juan Martin del Potro. At a major he would have had a chance to try to come back — a thrilling prospect whether or not he would have pulled it off.I asked the International Tennis Federation, which helps organize the event, for a response to my criticisms. David Haggerty, president of the ITF, said in a statement sent through a spokesman: “The ITF is happy with the overall format of the Olympic Tennis Event, which presents a unique opportunity for players to represent their countries in individual competition. The current format ensures a strength of entry alongside a diversity of nations that reflects the universality of our sport.” He added that the draw size and number of sets are constrained by the desire to limit the event to a little over a week so players can get back on tour, and so that they can enter singles, doubles and mixed without undue burden.I’m not arguing, as many do, that tennis shouldn’t be in the Olympics.1Nor is it a plea on behalf of ESPN, the owner of this website and the broadcaster of the U.S. Open but not of the Olympics. All of the sport’s top players in recent years have competed passionately for their countries and have medaled in 2008 or 2012, or both: Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Djokovic, Federer, Nadal, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. I watched many of them at the London games in 2012 and enjoyed the novelty of watching singles stars playing doubles, wearing country uniforms and bringing lots of new colors to the usually staid Wimbledon aesthetic. And no one who watched the Djokovic-del Potro epic, or saw both players’ tears afterwards, would prefer it had never happened. It’s just a reminder that when the Olympic format is forced on top of an established sport’s pre-existing structure, flaws and awkwardness are inevitable. Tennis is an individual sport and is at its best when players — and doubles pairs — are free to compete for themselves.
Junior wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) runs the ball downfield during the first quarter of the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell is questionable for Saturday’s game against Iowa, head coach Urban Meyer said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.Campbell was injured early in the first quarter of Saturday’s 39-38 comeback win against Penn State and did not return to action.“He got dinged on a kickoff return,” Meyer said. “He’s tough as nails, too.”Meyer was asked whether Campbell was in concussion protocol, but said he did not know.Campbell is a starting H-back and has a career-high 29 catches for 410 yards and two touchdowns this season. He is Ohio State’s primary kick returner as he has taken nine kickoffs 329 yards, including an 82-yard return against UNLV.Redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill is listed as a starting H-back as well and walk-on C.J. Saunders played Campbell’s position after the starter was injured Saturday.Campbell has also added five carries for 51 yards and a rushing touchdown.The Buckeyes will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against the Hawkeyes in Iowa City, Iowa.
The Ohio State Men’s Basketball team fell to Maryland at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 18 in a 75-61 loss. Photos by Casey Cascaldo The Buckeyes exit onto the court prior to the start of the game against Maryland. Ohio State lost 75-61. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor
Emmanuel Petit believes Alexis Sanchez’s performances have been totally unacceptable at Manchester United given his pay rateThe Red Devils signed Sanchez in an exchange deal from Arsenal in January with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.Sanchez signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with United that sees him earn £14m a year after tax.But the Chilean forward has since failed to deliver what was promised at United after finding the net only four times in 30 appearances.This has led to United manager Jose Mourinho dropping him at times this season with the club only eighth in the Premier League standings.Now former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Petit has called on Sanchez to take responsibility instead of hiding away.The French World Cup winner even suggested that Sanchez’s brother instead turns up to play at Old Trafford during match days.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The manager is on the bench, so you need to show pride in your own performance when you are on the field and the first one who has gone into hiding at United is Alexis Sanchez,” Petit told Goal.“He wanted to leave Arsenal because he was chasing the salary United could offer.“Now he receives so much money and in nine months what has he done? Nothing. I have not seen him. I think they signed his brother.“I understand that players believe they deserve certain financial rewards when they reach a certain level, but what we have seen from Sanchez at United has not been acceptable.”The Frenchman also added that the United squad have let Mourinho down this season.The Red Devils will host Arsenal at Old Trafford tonight in the Premier League with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).