Manchester City are monitoring Manuel Pellegrini, according to the Sunday People.Malaga boss Pellegrini has been touted as the frontrunner to take over as Chelsea manager at the end of the season, but it is claimed City officials have sounded out the Chilean’s representatives.The Sunday Telegraph suggest Pellegrini remains the favourite for the Chelsea job and again speculate about the future of former Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who is expected to leave Real Madrid.And the Mail on Sunday report that Rafael Benitez is confident he will make an immediate return to management when his spell in interim charge at Chelsea comes to an end.Meanwhile, Liverpool have made the first move in an expected summer battle to sign Loic Remy from QPR, the People say.The France striker joined Rangers from Marseille in January on the understanding that it would put him in the shop window.His departure from Loftus Road is almost certain and it is claimed Liverpool have made it clear they will be tabling a bid.Arsenal are said to be interested along with Newcastle, who missed out on Remy when he joined QPR after holding talks with both clubs. Tottenham have also been linked with him.The People also say Arsenal want R’s keeper Julio Cesar and that forward Jamie Mackie is a target for newly promoted Cardiff City.Meanwhile, Fulham are considering a summer move for Manchester United keeper Anders Lindegaard, again according to the People.West Ham are also said to be interested in the Dane, who is expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.A number of keepers have recently been linked with Fulham amid doubts over the futures of Mark Schwarzer and David Stockdale.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Eddie Howe has warned the rest of the Championship his Bournemouth side will be a hard team to stop if they continue their ruthless streak in front of goal.The Cherries hit five past Fulham to move back to the top of the table and become the division’s leading scorers.Bournemouth had picked up just four points from the six games before Tuesday’s win over Wolves but Howe said he hopes that blip is now over.“If people felt we were going to win every game this season, I’d say that expectation is too high” Howe said.“During the six games we didn’t win, I thought the performance levels were very strong.“We were dominating games, we just weren’t being clinical enough in both boxes.“But in the last two games we’ve refound our confidence in front of goal and when we have that ruthlessness we’re a hard team to stop.”Howe said he was pleased to have won so comprehensively at Craven Cottage given the strength of the Fulham squad.He added: “I felt it was going to be a difficult fixture, when you see the players Fulham have.“But we started the game very positively, the lads were clinical in front of goal and could have scored more.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday started an inquiry into the death of a youth in police custody.According to the police, Rizwan Pandit, a resident of Awantipora in south Kashmir, was in police custody and died during the night of March 18-19. Pandit was a schoolteacher by profession.”Pandit was held in pursuance of a militancy case under investigation,” said the police.A magisterial inquiry is underway in the case under Section 176 of the Code Of Criminal Procedure, the police said.The police also initiated a separate case of alleged violation of police jurisdiction. Pandit was allegedly lodged in the Cargo Camp of the police Special Operations Group in Srinagar.The authorities closed the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora on Tuesday. All the examinations were postponed due to precautionary measures.
Robert Andrew Garcia and Jemyca Aribado each claimed bronze medals in the singles’ events of squash in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at the National Squash Center in Kuala Lumpur.Garcia ranked third in the men’s singles as Malaysia’s Ng Eain Yow ruled the event to win the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH gets first bronze in pencak silat Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Mohammad Syafiq Kamal of Malaysia also got the silver, while Singaporean Samuel Kang Shan Mu shared the bronze with Garcia.It was the same case for Aribado in the women’s singles, as Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia took home the mint.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 shutoutCompatriot Rachel Mae Arnold settled for silver, while Aribado and Sneha Sivakumar of Singapore both had bronze.Garcia and Aribado earlier competed in the mixed doubles event, copping the bronze medal. Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Garcia also got a bronze with David William Pelino in the men’s jumbo doubles, while Aribado had a silver with Yvonne Alyssa Dalida in the women’s jumbo doubles and another bronze in the women’s doubles.That hiked squash’s contributions to the Philippines’ medal haul to six, after one silver and five bronze medals. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool youngster Cain overjoyed with first professional contractby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJake Cain says it’s a dream come true signing his first professional contract with Liverpool.The 18-year-old midfielder, who has been with the club since the age of nine, penned terms earlier this week.”It’s a dream come true really,” Cain told Liverpoolfc.com.”It has been one of my aspirations all my life and it has finally happened. I’m buzzing with that and all my family are made up as well.”I was at the Academy and Alex [Inglethorpe] called me into his room and offered it to me. I was over the moon to get it signed.”
Man Utd, Liverpool informed of price for Bayer Leverkusen whiz Havertzby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayer Leverkusen whiz Kai Havertz is attracting big Premier League interest.The Daily Express says Manchester United and Liverpool have been told they must pay £90million to sign Havertz.German midfielder Havertz is expected to be one of next summer’s hottest transfer properties after he said he could be on the move next summer.Speaking to Sportbuzzer, Havertz said: “I am happy to stay at Leverkusen for one more year. What happens next summer will be experienced in the future.”The 20-year-old has been linked with interest from United and Liverpool as well as Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund.And while he is contracted to Leverkusen until the summer of 2022, it is believed the Bundesliga club are ready to cash in. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The playoff situation is slightly more open in the AFC. The New England Patriots have clinched the top seed. And the Indianapolis Colts are locked into the fourth seed, where they will face either the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round. A matchup with the Bengals looks slightly more likely at this point, with a probability of 60 percent.The San Diego Chargers’ playoff fortunes have swung wildly. Their probability of making the playoffs was as high as 76 percent in mid-October, but dropped to near single digits just a month later following some key conference losses. Going into Saturday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Chargers’ playoff chances were just 15 percent. In that game, San Diego overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime before winning on a Nick Novak field goal.With that victory, the Chargers now have a playoff probability of 41 percent going into their matchup this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, and a win guarantees the Chargers a playoff berth. However, if the Chiefs can win at home, their playoff chances stay alive, along with those of the Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans. With a total “swing” of 200 percentage points, the Chargers-Chiefs game is one of our top matchups this week: With just one week remaining in the NFL regular season, the playoff implications are fairly straightforward, and running thousands of simulations of Week 17 outcomes may seem like computational overkill. But the playoff field is far from settled, particularly the seeding, so a simulation model can still be helpful in sorting out the probable from the improbable.Speaking of improbable, the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers will play for the NFC South division title this Sunday. They are No. 22 and No. 24, respectively, in our rankings based on the betting lines:The winner will most likely face the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs, though there is still a 7 percent chance the NFC South winner will face the Seattle Seahawks instead.There are four NFC teams with any real chance at the conference’s top seed.1Technically there are five, but the Dallas Cowboys would need a tie between Detroit and Green Bay for a chance at the top seed — something that’s very unlikely. The Seahawks can clinch the top seed with a win over the St. Louis Rams. A Seahawks loss would boost the chances of securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs for the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and the Cardinals.If you find the various clinching and elimination scenarios for your team too difficult to keep track of, we’ve made it easy on you. Use the interactive tool below for a quick summary of which games matter — including those that matter for the top draft pick.2The interactive does not include the 16 teams that have nothing to play for this week, which is all the teams already eliminated from the playoffs that don’t have a shot at the No. 1 pick, plus teams like New England and Indianapolis whose playoff position is set. The race for the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft is between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans. The Buccaneers are the current favorite, owing to a weaker projected strength of schedule than the Titans.
Barry Bonds is back in baseball. The Miami Marlins announced Friday that Bonds will become their hitting coach, joining new manager Don Mattingly’s staff.1Since retiring, Bonds has worked as a spring-training guest instructor for the San Francisco Giants, but not on a full-time basis. So now we’ll get to obsessively analyze Bonds’ proportions all over again, this time in arguably the majors’ worst uniform.Bonds is a lightning rod because of his role in MLB’s steroid era, but I’m not here to re-litigate how much he cheated or what his punishment should be. The guy was pretty terrific at hitting a baseball long before we knew what BALCO was.My question is simple: Does a good hitter make for a good hitting coach?Not necessarily.To find out, I looked at every hitting coach going back to 19732The year the designated hitter was introduced. using data from Retrosheet.org, and for those who played in MLB, I gathered their Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+, a per-plate appearance measure of offensive production that we’re quite fond of at FiveThirtyEight) and the number of wins above replacement (WAR) that can be attributed to their offensive contributions.3For sticklers, this means I removed both positional defense and the overall position adjustment from a player’s WAR. But I did leave baserunning in offensive WAR, as is the custom for the statistic, even though that aspect of the game is often managed by instructors other than the hitting coach.But how does one go about quantifying coaching performance? It’s a complex question that I’ve struggled with over the years. One simple way to judge a hitting coach’s effectiveness is how well his hitters outperformed their expectations. To that end, I used a historical database of Marcel projections — named for the pet monkey from the show “Friends” because they’re so basic a monkey could compute them — and measured the degree to which a hitting coach’s pupils performed better in the batter’s box (according to Weighted On-Base Average, or wOBA) than they were projected to.Armed with all this information, we can see the (non-)relationship between a hitter’s offense and his coaching talents. Whether we make the comparison using the hitting coach’s career WAR, as in the chart above, or using a weighted average of his lifetime wRC+, the correlation between hitting well and coaching others to do the same is effectively nonexistent.While Bonds may have been second only to Babe Ruth among career hitters — ignoring steroids — we have no idea what that means for Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon and the rest of the Marlins hitters. So while the thought of Stanton becoming even more Bonds-like has pitchers everywhere reconsidering their chosen profession, it’s still anyone’s guess whether Bonds will be able to communicate to others just what drove his preternatural plate discipline and freakishly fast reflexes at the plate.
OSU’s defense watches a tipped ball that would then be intercepted by redshirt freshman cornerback Damon Arnette (3) during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Northwestern on Oct. 29. The Buckeyes won 24-20. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor“Defenses win championships” has been the motto adopted by numerous teams throughout sports that defines the winning attitude of a team. Ohio State is notorious for its own catch phrases to capture that final missing piece of motivation during its journey to a national title run.In 2014, it was “The Chase.” 2015 was “The Grind.” This season OSU has lived off of “The Edge,” which is where average stops and elite begins, coach Urban Meyer said in August. To defend and limit an offense as potent as Clemson’s, OSU defense has to surpass that edge on Dec. 31 in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl.OSU defense has already set a school record this season with seven interceptions returned for touchdowns. Co-defensive coordinator and associate head coach Greg Schiano implemented the “sideline return” play that has seized momentum-changing opportunities time and time again. Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker has become one of the most dominant safeties in the country in his first season of significant playing time. He is responsible for three of the team’s seven pick-sixes this season, which is an individual school record.But it’s not necessarily just Hooker. Sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker has arguably been the most improved player this season, considering he didn’t start at the beginning of the year. An injury to junior linebacker Dante Booker put Baker in the lineup. Redshirt sophomore Marshon Lattimore has also excelled in his first season starting at cornerback. Schiano said when talking about Hooker, Baker and Lattimore, you’re talking about three elite athletes at their positions.Schiano and co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell have shared defensive play-calling duties this season that have led to the Silver Bullets being in the top 10 in the nation in several defensive categories, including third in total defense and scoring defense. The play of OSU’s secondary has been its saving grace at times this year. Hooker, Lattimore and company might have to be that safety blanket again up against a Clemson team that completes 27.9 passes and throws for 333 yards per game.“I’ve never coached a secondary as talented as this, and I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” Schiano said. “We had some talented ones in Miami (Florida), but this, to me, is the best.”It’s well known that Clemson junior quarterback Deshaun Watson is the keyholder to coach Dabo Swinney’s offense. Watson, a 2015 and 2016 Heisman finalist, is 30-2 as a starter when he finishes the game healthy. He has completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,914 yards with 37 passing touchdowns, which all rank in the top 10 in the country.Watson is without question the leader of the offense, but having wide receivers like Artavis Scott, Mike Williams, tight end Jordan Leggett and running back Wayne Gallman make the Clemson offense that much more terrifyingly difficult to defend. Scott, currently sitting at 592 receiving yards, likely needs just one catch to join Williams, Leggett and Deon Cain as the fourth Tiger receiver with 600 yards or more.To give some perspective on just how talented the Clemson receiving corps is, Clemson only had two receivers with at least 600 yards in 2011 when All-American quarterback Tajh Boyd had five NFL players — Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins, Dwayne Allen, Martavis Bryant and Jaron Brown — to throw to. Boyd accumulated over 3,800 passing yards in 2011 compared to Watson’s almost 4,000 yards this season.“They have athletes all around the field,” Baker said. “Great athletes, great quarterback, great running back, great receivers. They definitely have athletes pretty much everywhere at every position.”OSU allowed 226 yards against Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, the nation’s leading passers in quarterback rating. During that game, OSU also shut down the other Oklahoma Heisman finalist Dede Westbrook who racked up just 51 yards on five catches against the Buckeye defense.Coach Meyer said his team wasn’t young anymore following the 42-24 victory at Oklahoma in September. He said his team was experienced. Schiano still believes his team is young, but thus far the defense has stood the test and he doesn’t have any reason to believe his playmakers won’t step up to the task at hand against the No. 2 Tigers.“I just look at (the defense) as we have a chance to keep getting better,” Schiano said. “If you get better every day, hopefully at the end you’re playing for it all.”
No one is asking the Buckeyes to replicate last season’s bowl game use of quarterback Terrelle Pryor.In Ohio State’s 24-21 Fiesta Bowl loss to Texas, Pryor threw for 66 yards, rushed for 78 and even caught a touchdown.But as Pryor has battled through injuries to his ankle and knee, the well of offensive diversity has dried up. As coach Jim Tressel called for more runs and asked less of his sophomore quarterback, the team rolled off five straight wins, with Pryor’s arm playing far less of a role.Now, will the untested quarterback finally be let loose in the team’s most critical game of the year?“I hope so,” Pryor said. “I hope for that every game, but I just want to get a ‘W’. Whatever the team needs me to do, I want to do it.”OSU sprinted past its last five opponents, posting at least 225 rushing yards in each victory. But after nearly six weeks off, will the team revert to its steady ground game, or open things up through the air?Pryor believes a balanced scheme would fare best.“It’s whatever they can’t stop,” he said. “If they can’t stop our passing game, then we’re going to keep doing that. We’ve gotten a lot better passing, we can throw the ball, it just depends on if we’re going to do it. If we keep everything balanced, then we’re going to be good.”Receiver DeVier Posey predicted that Pryor is primed for a break-out performance.“I definitely believe he can have a great game,” Posey said. “He’s poised for a great game, he’s been practicing well.” NFL bound?Ten Ohio State juniors filed paperwork to the NFL to learn about their potential status in the league’s April draft.Many players go through the process simply to gauge their draft stock heading into their final collegiate year.Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward suggested that he wouldn’t mind sticking around for his senior season.“Right now, I’m leaning towards staying,” Heyward said. “I’m just enjoying time with my guys. These guys are my brothers.”Defensive end Thaddeus Gibson refused to cave in to constant questions from reporters, saying that the decision only serves as a disruption.“I don’t want any distractions,” he said. “I’m just locked in on [the game], I’ll worry about that later.”Linebacker Brian Rolle, however, fully expects to return to Columbus for a final hurrah.“It’s not something I weighed about, whether I was going to stay or leave,” he said. “I just did it just to know where I’d be if I did think about leaving. I’ll be back next year most definitely.”Rose Bowl adds trio to HallFormer Buckeye offensive lineman John Hicks was one of three inductees Wednesday to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.Hicks paved the way for running back Archie Griffin to collect a pair of Heisman trophies. During Hicks’ time at OSU, the Bucks played in three Rose Bowls, winning one.Hicks spoke to a crowd of family, friends, Rose Bowl bigwigs and media about how the Rose Bowl meant so much to him and his family growing up.Along with Hicks, Barry Alvarez, the current athletic director and former coach of Wisconsin, and Tom Hansen, the former Pac-10 Commissioner, were also elected to the Hall of Fame.Rain, rain go awayInclement weather led to the cancelation of Ohio State’s outdoor practice Wednesday afternoon.A steady rain kept the Buckeyes indoors, where they instead held offensive, defensive and position meetings.