H-DNL football: Arcata tops Hoopa Valley in key Little 4 contest

first_imgKein Mazzotti rushed for a pair of scores and Matthew Robinson threw for as many as Arcata High passed a tough test on homecoming night, downing Little 4 Conference foe Hoopa Valley 36-19 Friday night at the Redwood Bowl.Mazzotti concluded Arcata’s first drive of the night with a 34-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter. Mazzotti helped to set up the score with a 15-yard burst earlier in the drive.“This was a must win game,” Arcata coach Jamal Jones said. “We got the job done, …last_img

AP source: 76ers, Embiid agree on max contract extension

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Embiid and the Sixers have agreed on a $148 million, five-year extension and it could reach even more if the 7-foot center reaches certain incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the contract has not been officially announced.Embiid’s career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college career at Kansas and all three seasons with the Sixers. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had minor surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He has yet to practice or play in the preseason and was not in Boston on Monday night for Philadelphia’s preseason game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe had more pressing matters to tend to back home.“He’s a difference maker,” coach Brett Brown said Monday. “He has a chance to be great. There’s still lots of work to be done. When you look at his body of work … he’s really only been playing basketball for six years, he’s just scratching the surface.” Embiid had 32 points and seven rebounds in a Jan. 27 game against Houston and has not played or practiced since he was hurt.Embiid had adopted “The Process” as a nickname and was introduced as such as part of the pregame lineup festivities. Embiid waves his arms and exhorts fans to get louder as they chant “Trust the Process!”The Sixers are counting on Embiid and No. 1 overall picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz to carry the team from the bottom of the league into an Eastern Conference playoff team.The Sixers will surely be protected in the deal if Embiid continues to deal with injuries that have him more on track to become the next Greg Oden instead of the next Anthony Davis.But the flashes of brilliance have convinced team president Bryan Colangelo and ownership that Embiid wasworth the risk.“In the time that he has been on the floor, we have seen him change completely the gym,” Brown. “He does it with just his physical presence. He does it with a defensive mindset. And he does it with an offensive target that’s different than anything else we have.”He didn’t pick up a basketball until a few years ago, when a friend informed him that very few 7-footers succeed in soccer. A couple months later, Embiid was lured to a basketball camp in the capital of Yaounde run by NBA veteran Luc Mbah a Moute, one of just two players from Cameroon to have played in the NBA.Mbah a Moute persuaded Embiid’s parents to let him move 6,000 miles to Florida, and helped enroll him at Montverde Academy, one of the best high school programs in the country.He played just 28 games in his lone season at Kansas and 31 in three years with the Sixers — 59 games that matter in four years, worth $148 million and counting. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Argentina and Messi not getting any sympathy from Brazil Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia PLAY LIST 01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The 23-year-old Embiid, a native of Cameroon, was only recently cleared to participate in 5-on-5 drills but the Sixers must feel confident enough in his health to offer him the max deal.Or worried enough to lose him down the line without striking a deal.With his social media savvy and dominant offensive game, Embiid has become an instant fan favorite in Philadelphia. He’s recently been spotted at Eagles games cheering on winning kicks and been caught on tape by fans running the city streets and playing late-night tennis.But his popularity hasn’t matched his production. The Sixers slapped him with minutes restrictions in his rookie season, even when he was healthy. The Sixers also held Embiid out for at least one game in back-to-back sets and his limited playing time was one reason he was not a strong enough candidate to win Rookie of the Year. He averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.He helped the Sixers win eight of 10 games in one stretch in January, a stunning run for a team that won 10 games the previous season.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the Philadelphia 76ers Media Day on September 25, 2017 at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — The 76ers have put their trust in Joel Embiid.Philadelphia bet its future on Embiid, signing one of the more talented, yet injury-prone, players in the game to a league maximum contract extension.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

ESPN Predicts Which CFB Team Would Win A 68-Team NCAA Tournament In 2016

first_imgESPN Bracket of College Football teams.ESPN BracketA couple of weeks back, we put together a 68-team college football bracket, attempting to predict which team would win an NCAA Tournament if it happened in CFB for the 2015 season. Our champion: Ohio State. You can view the full bracket here. ESPN has now done the same thing, but for the upcoming 2016 season. Who would win a Final Four … of college football teams? We crown a winner: https://t.co/U3S0DihDoq pic.twitter.com/a4TK3zicb3— ESPN (@espn) March 31, 2016ESPN’s top seeds for the 2016 season, based on preseason polls and their FPI:1-seeds: Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Baylor2-seeds: Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma, Stanford3-seeds: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Houston, Tennessee4-seeds: Ole Miss, Michigan State, TCU, USCThe predicted champions, from Mark Schlabach and Sharon Katz. (1) Alabama over (1) Florida StateSchlabach’s breakdown: After playing five games in five weeks (and 15 games in the season to date), Alabama and FSU would finally get a weekend off before playing in the inaugural College Football Tournament Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After a closer-than-expected 27-24 win, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban would join legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Byrant as the only coaches in college football history to guide their teams to six national championships. Alabama’s defense will lead it to its fifth national title in eight seasons.(2) LSU over (2) OklahomaKatz’s breakdown: And your FPI national champion is — LSU. Well, sort of. If this bracket was played out, FPI would give LSU the best chance to win the tournament, but it would win only about 15 percent of the time. What does FPI see in the Tigers? They return an FBS-high 18 starters, including Fournette, to a team that has been consistently efficient over the past few years. Oklahoma would provide a tough challenge, but ultimately LSU would be favored in a rematch of the 2004 Sugar Bowl, leading to the Tigers’ first national championship since 2007.Alabama and LSU, huh? What do you think of ESPN’s prediction, college football fans? You can view ESPN’s full breakdown here.last_img read more

HAPPY NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY

first_imgAdvertisement ABOUT NCFD: National Canadian Film Day has always been about encouraging all Canadians to celebrate the incredible achievements of our nation’s filmmakers.In 2017, NCFD 150 was an event of unprecedented size and scope, which reached an astonishing number of people across the country and around the world. In April 2018, nearly 900 events were held on the fifth annual NCFD, and thousands of Canadians here and abroad helped it take root as an annual tradition.Film – more than any other medium – has the power to capture the soul of a nation, and when we only watch movies from somewhere else, we lose a part of ourselves. There’s nothing wrong with loving Hollywood films, but they’re no substitute for the connection you can feel when you watch something from your own backyard. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Happy National Canadian Film Day! ?We’re celebrating 100 years of Canadian cinema with 1,000 screening events across the country and around the world. #CanFilmDayFind an event near you — or discover the great films being streamed and broadcast today: https://canadianfilmday.ca Advertisementlast_img read more

Samsung still has time to correct its foldable dream

first_imgNew Delhi: Just when the industry through innovation in the smartphone business had hit stagnation, Samsung wowed us with its first foldable device “Galaxy Fold,” worth a whopping $2,000. A super-premium phone that took almost a decade in the making and opens like a book when unfolded, shouted everything next-generation. However, the expectations took a beating when reports of the Galaxy Fold issues surfaced. The units given to international tech reviewers encountered display distortion and screen flickering issues, forcing the South Korean giant to postpone its launch in Hong Kong and Shanghai on April 23 and 24 respectively, and issue a recall of review units. The big question lingers: Will the “Foldgate” make a dent in Samsung’s image like the Galaxy Note 7 with exploding batteries did in 2016? According to CyberMedia Research (CMR), the smartphone major has been mature and pragmatic enough by postponing its launch and sorting out all the issues before its general availiability. “All said, for Samsung, there is no race for first past the post with its foldable smartphone. It is more imperative for the company to focus on not delivering a flawed product, but rather ensuring highest consumer experience when the device goes on sales,” Prabhu Ram, Head, Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR, told IANS. Defending its devices just days before its roll-out, a Samsung spokesperson assured that the firm would “thoroughly inspect” the units. According to market research firm Gartner, foldable phones would make up 5 per cent of high-end phones sales by 2023 with around 30 million units. According to Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Principal Analyst of market research firm techARC, from a technology-rich company like Samsung, “one would expect things out only after reliability of desired levels are achieved”. The Galaxy Fold is expected to be priced around Rs 1,40,790 in India. “Nevertheless, the lab and real-world conditions play differently. I don’t see it as a big issue as the product has not exchanged hands with consumers yet. They have time to correct this aberration,” Kawoosa told IANS. Some units of the Galaxy Fold, which became the first phone with a foldable OLED display, is encountering two primary issues: the foldable screen seems to have a layer of protective layer that is similar to a cheap screen film. Several units reportedly failed after the layer was taken off. Few other screens failed because the hinge exposed areas which allowed debris to get inside of the display, thus, damaging the unit. “We expect that users will use a foldable phone as they do their regular smartphone, picking it up hundreds of times a day, unfolding it sporadically and typing on its plastic screen, which may scratch quickly depending on the way it folds,” Roberta Cozza, Research Director at Gartner had earlier said. However, according to market research firm techARC, this is primarily a material issue than a design. “I think till the time it’s a plastic-based screen, the chances of such mishaps remain high. I would certainly like to see a glass display, that too from credible makers like Corning, to have a reliable foldable screen,” stressed Kawoosa. Moreover, there’s no denying that the second-generation of foldable devices would be better that the experimental and ambitious first generation iterations. “The first generation of an innovation is always experimental, and which over successive iterations achieves perfection. Let’s’face it. The Galaxy Fold was just a mistake in timing. It does not take away anything from its manufacturing capabilities,” Ram noted.last_img read more

Farewell To Tim Duncan The Greatest TwoWay Player In Modern NBA History

Shaquille O’Neal56.325.435.0 Nobody combined offense and defense like Tim Duncan 8Larry Bird41,329120.353.674.2 Wilt Chamberlain35.849.041.4 18Pau Gasol41,57281.438.552.2 4David Robinson38,492100.680.389.3 Includes all NBA regular seasons and playoffs from 1973-74 to the present.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 14Magic Johnson40,783149.134.656.2 11Jason Kidd56,19994.855.470.0 20Patrick Ewing45,80141.265.350.5 7Kareem Abdul-Jabbar50,840144.453.578.0 Kevin Garnett50.033.039.8 10Scottie Pippen49,17487.462.372.7 Hakeem Olajuwon30.638.534.1 The post-Jordan NBA era unofficially ended Monday, when San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan announced his retirement after 19 seasons as a pro. Duncan was at the forefront of the league for the past two decades, winning five championships and a pair of MVPs as the best player of the generation that entered the league as MJ was on his way out. But for whatever reason — be it playing in small-market San Antonio, his relatively low-key public persona or all the things that go into a nickname like the Big Fundamental — Duncan’s greatness remains undersold in many quarters. So here are a couple of ways in which he made a case for being the best player in modern NBA history.All-around greatnessDuncan never scored more than 25 points per game after age 25, and he didn’t crack 20 PPG after turning 30. His low-post game, premised around that classic bank shot, was solid but rarely feared, particularly later in his career. But Duncan augmented his point totals with good efficiency, great rebounding and a nice passing touch for a big man that allowed him to anchor the Spurs’ offense even when his days as a big-time scorer were in the past.And on defense, Duncan was uniformly incredible throughout his career. He was named to 15 All-Defensive teams — the last of which came at age 38 — and led the league in defensive Win Shares five times, to go with nine other top-five finishes. In terms of suppressing offensive efficiency (relative to league average), Duncan’s Spurs were the NBA’s best defensive dynasty since Bill Russell’s Celtics. And even in the twilight of his career, Duncan consistently ranked among the league’s top five defensive players according to the plus/minus metrics. He’s undeniably on the shortlist of the best defenders in basketball history.Put it all together, and it’s hard to find a modern player with a better combination of offensive and defensive résumés than Duncan. To measure this, I used a couple of statistics from Basketball-Reference.com: value over replacement player (VORP) and Win Shares, both of which strive to capture a player’s total on-court influence over his team’s success.1Since VORP only goes back to 1973-74, that’s the earliest season included in my sample. I converted both metrics to a figure representing wins above replacement (WAR), and broke down each into its offensive and defensive components, zeroing out seasons where a player dipped into negative-value territory. Then I summed up offensive and defensive WAR for a player’s entire career — including the playoffs, where Duncan built a good amount of his legend — and took the harmonic mean (which favors balance between the two instead of a lopsided total in one category) of a player’s offensive and defensive tallies.By that standard, Duncan has no peers among modern NBA players: 13Charles Barkley44,179154.941.064.9 Moses Malone40.933.136.6 15Clyde Drexler43,109118.235.654.7 2Kevin Garnett55,701107.387.296.2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar61.582.670.5 Paul Pierce36.337.436.8 19Horace Grant44,79368.341.351.5 6LeBron James46,861196.252.582.8 WINS ABOVE REPLACEMENT 3Karl Malone62,759162.567.595.4 Great both young and oldDuncan also performed those acts of all-around greatness for just about two decades straight, playing like a Hall of Famer as both a young player and an old one. Back in 2014, my colleague Nate Silver was curious about how rare that combination was for a player:I wondered which other players in the NBA, and in the other major team sports, have had so much impact over their full professional lives. In other words, which of them were both very effective as young players and as old players?For an answer, Nate looked at each player’s Win Shares before age 25 and after age 32, taking the harmonic mean (yes, that again) of the two numbers to find players who matched Duncan’s career path. There weren’t many.Since Duncan has only added to his post-32 totals since then, let’s re-run the same exercise, updated through the end of Duncan’s career: NBA WIN SHARES PLAYERTHROUGH AGE 24AGE 33 ONWARDHARMONIC MEAN Tim Duncan47.855.051.1 1Tim Duncan56,738108.1110.3109.2 Michael Jordan53.643.648.1 12Michael Jordan48,485206.541.669.2 PLAYERMINUTES PLAYEDOFFENSEDEFENSEHARMONIC MEAN 9Shaquille O’Neal50,016133.850.273.0 17Robert Parish51,88170.941.452.3 5Hakeem Olajuwon49,97179.593.385.9 The NBA’s best full life-cycle players Dirk Nowitzki53.037.543.9 Sorted by harmonic mean of NBA Win Shares through age 24 and from age 33 onward.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 16Shawn Marion43,93463.047.053.8 In the end, Duncan still trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — it’s really tough to beat that guy in longevity-based measures — but he did pass Michael Jordan for No. 2 all-time in Nate’s metric, another feather in Duncan’s cap as one of the best and truly unique players in NBA history.Better than the raw numbers?And as great as Duncan looks according to the numbers above, both studies were conducted using derivatives of the basic box-score stats. Those can be fine for estimating a player’s value in a broad sense, but they have a tendency to misfire in some areas — such as defense, or even the more subtle aspects of offense like screening or space-creation — where Duncan happened to excel.Perhaps that’s why, when Real Plus-Minus creator Jeremias Engelmann released a bank of adjusted plus/minus data encompassing the 2001-2014 seasons, Duncan ranked as the third-best player of that era, trailing only Kevin Garnett and LeBron James. That’s slightly higher than Duncan placed according to Player Efficiency Rating (he was fifth), Win Shares per 48 minutes (also fifth) or even Box Plus/Minus (sixth), which is designed to emulate plus/minus ratings derived from more granular data.In other words, Duncan’s contributions might be somewhat underrated when we line up his stats against those of other greats from history. The NBA won’t be the same without him in it next season. read more

From the seventh division to the Bundesliga the story of Weydandt

first_imgThe now Hannover footballer was in the Lower Saxony city’s amateur leagues just four years ago, and in the fourth division a few weeks agoHannover 96 forward Hendrik Weydandt must be thinking he’s dreaming.Four years ago he was playing in the seventh division, the Lower Saxony city’s amateurs leagues; a few weeks ago in the fourth division, and on the weekend in the Bundesliga.He has not only come from the lower division to the top flight of the German football, but he also has managed to score in his two matches with Hannover.“I just wanted to see if he could show me his scoring qualities,” manager André Breitenreiter said to the official Bundesliga website.“He’s very hard working, so actually it’s no coincidence he’s here.”“It’s crazy; it’s like a fairy tale,” said Hannover’s sporting director Horst Heldt.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“This is what makes football so special. He was still kicking about in the local amateur leagues just a few years ago and I think this was only his second or third time on the ball, and he takes his chance so coolly.”“He was so nervous, he made such a mess as he was getting changed,” revealed Heldt.“Although I would have expected more from his celebrations,” continued Heldt and promised, “we’re going to give him a professional contract now”.76′ TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR FÜR #H96! ??? Hendrik #Weydandt macht’s – UN-GLAUB-LICH! ?? #NiemalsAllein ⚫️⚪️? | #SVWH96 0:1 pic.twitter.com/Fx9Omjp3de— Hannover 96 (@Hannover96) August 25, 2018last_img read more

How Barcelona is taking extra care of new star Riqui Puig

first_imgFC Barcelona is starting to worry about Catalan midfielder Riqui Puig, the young La Masia product who is laying waste in the academy but getting too many fouls.Even Lionel Messi himself spoke about new Catalan midfielder Riqui Puig’s skills with the ball at his feet, FC Barcelona has found a brand new star who has the ability to play beautiful football in the same vein as Andres Iniesta did when he was still at La Masia. All you need to do in order to realize the level of performance that Riqui Puig has for Barcelona B, is tune in and watch the latest Third Division matches his side plays and look at how much the youngster gets fouled during 90 minutes. Riqui is actually going through a similar path that Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior is also experiencing because both are players that are well above their category and the rest of their opponents can only stop them through some unnecessary roughness. Riqui gathers all the greatest qualities that any great FC Barcelona product must have, he likes to play easy when he does it to the back and he also has that unique creativity when he goes on the attack.? Ciudad Deportiva⚽?? Sesión de los jugadores disponibles del primer equipo. También se entrena Riqui Puig del @FCBarcelonaB?? #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/IlNsaORYxu— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) September 6, 2018The kid’s passing skills are on par with other La Masia players such as Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, and even Messi himself who praised Riqui in his most recent interview with Catalunya Radio. The young player has received Messi’s warmth from the very first day that manager Ernesto Valverde decided to give him more time with the major squad during training sessions, the skipper is taking his role very seriously with every youngster, but he has taken a special kind of care to Riqui due to the unique skills he has: “I already knew Riqui, he had trained with us sometimes last season already, but honestly what he has done this season has been truly spectacular. Now he keeps training with us, I think it’s great that the club is trusting the academy once again and that they are producing these types of players again, these virtues had been lost in the last years,” said Leo Messi during his last interview with Catalunya Radio.¿Qué opinas de Riqui Puig?Messi: “Es bueno que el club esté restableciendo la confianza en la academia y ese tipo de jugadores”. pic.twitter.com/wIjBpQbkbQDavid Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.— ❤?declaracionesBlaugrana?❤ (@datosblaugrana) September 3, 2018Riqui’s absence from Barcelona’s training session.The last match that Riqui Puig played for Barcelona B took a hard toll on him, the player gave us all his repertoire during the 90 minutes against Third Division club Ejea. The player really suffered the consequences of playing for this division but he never stopped proving that he is at least two steps ahead of everybody else during these games, Riqui attempted to bring his squad back to the result but they lost in the end. However, there is a great sensation that Riqui will become a regular in Ernesto Valverde’s major squad and they have the idea that it’s only a matter of time before the boss tells the kid that he can no longer play with the academy. The club’s staff actually revealed that the player missed one Barcelona training session this week because of a recovery process he is going through after that match, Puig received a nasty knock on his right knee and he needs some time for the pain to disappear but he didn’t pick up a more serious injury.Manager Ernesto Valverde’s best chance of possibly handing Riqui Puig his debut with the first squad this season might be during September, the Catalan club has two specific consecutive matches in which the player may get the call-up he’s been waiting for. The first game where Puig could feature is against Girona on September the 23rd, then just three days after the Catalan club will visit Leganes for another La Liga match in a very busy couple of weeks that will have Barcelona play five matches in the span of 15 days. Puig can get his chance to play in one of these two matches because the rest of the Barcelona players are going to need some rest if they want to withstand the great burden of playing so many competitive matches in very little time. Puig’s time is better than ever for that debut, Valverde will keep us in suspense until the time comes to publish the call-up lists for those matches.Messi al ser preguntado sobre Riqui Puig: “Está entrenando con nosotros, ha hecho una pretemporada espectacular y es muy bueno que el Club se fije en este tipo de jugadores y vuelva a confiar en la cantera” pic.twitter.com/J8A1O4qCZW— Abuela Culé (@AbuelaCule) September 3, 2018When do you think Ernesto Valverde will give Riqui Puig his La Liga debut for FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Underdogs Rangers can surprise in Europa League

first_imgThe Scottish Premier League club will take on Spanish La Liga side Villarreal on Thursday night, for Matchday 1 of the competitionScotland’s Rangers were drawn into Group G of the 2018-2019 UEFA Europa League.The Scottish club shares the group with Austria’s Rapid Wien, Russia’s Spartak Moscow, and Spain’s Villarreal.And for manager Steven Gerrard, even though the team is the “underdog” of the group, he believes they can surprise their opponents.“We are the underdogs in the group in terms of the opinions from outside, but in the dressing room we have a quiet confidence and believe we can cause a shock and get out of the group,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.Guiseppe Rossi, Villarreal, ItalyReport: Former United man Rossi almost went to Barca George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi almost joined Barcelona.Currently without a club, and having trained most recently back at his old stomping ground of…“We are not here to make up the numbers. We want to challenge in the group and see where we end up.”“This game doesn’t highlight how far I’ve taken the group but how far the team has taken themselves and the hard work and effort they have put in to get to this stage,” he added.“We all believe this is where this club should be after difficult times and not many people gave us a chance of making this stage.”“If people want to underestimate us or write us off that’s fine. I can see a togetherness and a team growing. I’m happy where we are at this moment,” he commented.“Kyle [Lafferty] will lead the line and there are no secrets. He goes into the game in good form and in a good place.last_img read more

Hleb discusses move to Barcelona

first_imgBATE Borisov midfielder Aleksandr Hleb has revealed his regrets over his move to Barcelona ten years ago.The former Arsenal midfielder insists he made a mistake leaving the Gunners to sign for Pep Guardiola’s team and wished he rejected the advances of the Catalan club back in 2008.Hleb spent three years with the North London club, after signing from German Bundesliga outfit VFB Stuttgart back in 2005.In an interview with the Telegraph, the 37-year-old said he couldn’t fulfill his potential with the Spanish champions.Hleb returned to London on Thursday night with the current team, Bate Borisov playing against Chelsea in their 3-1 UEFA Europa League defeat.“Looking back now, it was a mistake signing for Barcelona,” he said.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I lost my best years. I made some errors and I was never able to show my best.”The ex-Belarusian international also spoke about his relationship with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, and how he and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola didn’t see eye to eye.“He (Henry) offered me a spare room in his house,” explained Hleb, who caused frustration when he left north London a decade ago.”“We watched Arsenal’s games together. I wanted to play and I was annoyed because Guardiola wouldn’t put me on.”“Later, I realised that it was my fault.”last_img read more