David de Gea will wait to see if Jose Mourinho will remain as Manchester United manager next season before agreeing to a new contract beyond 2020. (Daily Mirror)Meanwhile, the Red Devils may look to sell centre-back Eric Bailly in January to help fund Jose Mourinho’s defensive overhaul. (Manchester Evening News)Chelsea have opened talks with AC Milan over the sale of Cesc Fabregas to the Serie A side. (Calciomercato)Juventus are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on a free next summer, but have identified Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot as their next target if the Welshman decides against joining the Italian champions. (The Sun) Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 3 3 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star West Ham will only hand Samir Nasri a six-month contract if they decide to sign him. The 31-year-old former Man City and Arsenal forward is training with the Hammers as he completes a doping ban which runs until January 1. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal and Tottenham are both keen on signing Hoffenheim midfielder Nadiem Amiri, despite the 22-year-old German not yet playing this season due to injury. (Bild)Manchester City’s 19-year-old Spanish midfielder Brahim Diaz has reportedly reached an informal agreement to join Real Madrid in January – FULL STORYMan City could look to replace the youngster in the same transfer window, with the Premier League champions favourites to sign Benfica’s 17-year-old Portuguese midfielder Tiago Dantas. (Manchester Evening News)Former Liverpool and City striker Mario Balotelli has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer with Philadelphia Union. The 28-year-old is currently at Ligue 1 side Nice, although has only made eight appearances this season. (Goal) moving on targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com AC Milan attempted to sign Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, before he left Real Madrid to sign for Juventus, but the Italian club’s former owners would not sanction the deal. (Sportitalia)Former West Ham defender James Collins, 35, could join Aston Villa having been training with the club since his departure from the London club. Villa boss Dean Smith will make a decision on Collins in the near future. (Birmingham Mail)Leicester defender Filip Benkovic has been described as ‘top class’ and ready for the Premier League by Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers. The 21-year-old Croatian is on loan with the Hoops this season, and has been likened to Virgil van Dijk. (Daily Record) 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest talkSPORT.com EXCLUSIVES and transfer headlines:‘Liverpool were outclassed by Paris Saint-Germain and James Milner is NOT a central midfielder’, says Dean SaundersN’Golo Kante is being ‘wasted’ and may look to leave Chelsea if it continues, says Tony Cascarino ‘Maurizio Sarri is totally wrong’ – Dean Saunders slams Chelsea manager over his comments about N’Golo Kante‘I loved it, me!’ – Neil Warnock defends Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho over bottle-smash celebration Rangers boss Steven Gerrard eyeing Wolves defender Dominic Iorfa and urged to sign Ashley Cole Mario Balotelli could be on his way to the MLS targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Eric Bailly could be on his way out of Manchester United RANKED talkSPORT.com round up all the biggest transfer news from Friday’s papers and online…
New Delhi, Sep 6 (PTI) Two days after an Asian Games medal winner lamented about the lack of help to athletes in presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a couple of silver medallists have praised Arvind Kejriwal for hiking the prize money for sportspersons.At a felicitation event last Tuesday, wrestler Divya Kakran, who won bronze in the Asian Games in Jakarta, had lashed out at the Delhi government for not extending any help to her before the games. Kejriwal was present on the occasion.”Nobody helps us when we need it and had I got assistance, I could have even won a gold medal,” she said at the event.However, Pinky Balhara, who won silver in Kurash at the recently concluded Asiad, thanked the Delhi chief minister for the “substantial increase” in the cash award.”I would like to thank Arvind Kejriwal sir on behalf of all the athletes for substantial increase in the cash award. It will definitely help all the athletes to focus on their game and not worry about the financial burden,” she said in a video message.The Delhi government has increased the cash award for gold medal winners of Asian Games to Rs 1 crore. The cash prizes for silver and bronze medal winners in Asian Games have been raised to Rs 75 lakh and Rs 50 lakh, respectively.Silver medal winner of the archery event in the Jakarta Asian Games, Abhishek Verma, also appreciated the hike in the cash prize, saying it will help athletes in their preparations.advertisement”I want to say thanks to Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi government on the behalf of all the sportspersons for the hike in cash awards. They are less than some states but more than many states. It will help athletes in their preparations,” he said.The government has also announced two new policies to promote sports in Delhi. PTI VIT IJT
With a few notable exceptions, one being Brother Eli on the 2007 Giants, even the dumpier quarterbacks who get to the Super Bowl tend to play at about a league-average level. But Manning has blazed a new trail for ineffective passers with eyes on the Super Bowl, so long as they play in front of a superlative defense and cobble together a few decent playoff starts. There’s a reason the 2015 Broncos’ most similar team was the 2009 New York Jets.Funny thing, however: Manning playing poorly doesn’t seem to matter very much for Denver’s chances of winning the game. Based on regular-season value over average, Cam Newton and the Panthers have a huge advantage in the passing game over the Broncos — the sixth-biggest in any Super Bowl since the merger, in fact2The biggest passing mismatch was the aforementioned 2007 Eli against the record-setting Tom Brady. — but that hasn’t mattered much in past Super Bowls. Whether you look at total or per-attempt measures of value, there’s essentially zero correlation between the disparity in regular-season QB performance for the Super Bowl opponents and the eventual point margin of the game itself. This makes sense, as the equilibrium of a successful team will account for poor play from any given position (even QB) if the rest of the team is strong enough. And given the importance of quarterbacks to modern NFL play, the Broncos’ compensation for Manning’s play is just about the most impressive thing we’ve seen out of a unit leading up to a Super Bowl. Peyton Manning, The Sheriff, is back in the Super Bowl saddle. Good for him; we’ve written many paeans to Manning over the years, for the simple reason that he’s the greatest statistical quarterback of all time. But let’s face it: 2015 was also far — faaaaaar — from Manning’s best season, and in the context of a Super Bowl appearance, Manning’s standard of play pales even in comparison to “game managers” like Trent Dilfer. In a lot of ways, Peyton’s 2015 was worst regular-season performance ever by a QB who would eventually start the Super Bowl.During the regular season, Denver had the NFL’s eighth-worst passing offense according to Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average, with a mark one full standard deviation worse than average. That’s really bad by Super Bowl standards: If we index the Broncos’ DVOA relative to the league, the only post-merger Super Bowl team to throw the ball less effectively were the Vince Ferragamo-led 1979 Los Angeles Rams.Now, Manning was injured during the regular season and missed six games, so you might think others share in the blame over the Broncos’ lousy aerial attack. But you can’t pin this on Brock Osweiler — he was mediocre in Manning’s stead, not outright horrible. Manning, on the other hand, was the league’s worst QB (on a per-drop-back basis) according to adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A), and its second-worst according to DVOA. He ranked among the bottom 15 percent of NFL passers in not just conventional categories such as touchdown and interception rate, but also fancier numbers like the percentage of his throws that were on-target.1In the estimation of ESPN’s Stats & Information group. Plain and simple, he stank.Let’s compare Manning’s overall season to those of other Super Bowl starting QBs over the years. If we judge by ANY/A compared to the league average from the season in question, Manning’s 2015 ranks second-worst, again ahead of only Ferragamo’s catastrophic 1979 numbers. And Ferragamo’s damage was at least limited: He started only five of the Rams’ 16 games, and played in an age when teams passed less, so a poor QB wasn’t as harmful to his team’s chances as today. (Not that it mattered for Ferragamo; his Rams lost the Super Bowl to the Steelers 31-19.)Manning, by contrast, plays in a pass-crazed era and threw the ball about as often per game as his peers, despite his horrible passing efficiency rates. The result, according to Football Perspective founder Chase Stuart’s method of judging QB value versus league average (which considers both passing and rushing value) was by far the worst regular season by a Super Bowl starter since the merger.
ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, among the more creative and popular personalities on the all-sports network, announced on Twitter Monday night that he is enduring a third bout with cancer.“Blessed by prayers..I’m back in the Fight. C reared its head again. Chemo evry 2 wks but I’ll still work, still work out..still #LIVESTRONG”Scott was flooded with well-wishes from fans, including Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.“Thanks for prayers..ill fight w ALL C survivors & loved ones. Cancer wants to re-appear..picked the right guy cuz I HIT HARD all day long!!”In 2007, according to Touched By Cancer magazine, Scott was first diagnosed with cancer after he got sick during a Monday Night Football game. An emergency appendectomy revealed the presence of appendiceal cancer.After six months of chemotherapy, Scott was declared cancer-free. However, in early 2011 doctors discovered that malignant tumors had developed on his small intestine. More surgery and chemotherapy were required.And now, recently, the cancer has resurfaced.Scott, who graduated from the University of North Carolina, outlined his post-chemo regimen on Twitter: “Here’s what I do right aftr chemo. Leave the infusion center & go STRAIGHT 2 either do a p90x wkout or train MMA..THATS how you #LIVESTRONG”Known for phrases such as “Boo-yeah” and “cooler than the other side of the pillow,” Scott last year said: “Cancer sucks, and the effects of chemotherapy suck, and you’re going to feel like crap sometimes. But you’re going to feel like that whether you’re lying in bed or going to work or working out, so you might as well go out there and live your life.“If you believe you’re not being touched by this, then it’s much better.”And so, he works.“I love my job,” Scott said then. “Those of us who do what we do, we’re blessed. Being on when you don’t feel well is not the challenge. I love writing. I love creating our shows every night. And by the time it’s time to go on, you’re charged. And when you’re going through something like this, going to work helps. Having that energy helps. Having a positive mindset helps.”
ADC AUTHOR Senior White House officials met with top congressional leaders Wednesday to resume negotiations toward reaching a comprehensive deal on spending limits but left at a stalemate on overall spending to avoid another government shutdown this fall, Politico reported.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) met with Acting White House Chief of Staff Mitch Mulvaney, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Acting Management and Budget Office Director Ross Voight to discuss a two-year agreement.However, the meeting ended after failing to agree on topline funding allocation, raising new doubts over their ability to avert another fiscal crisis later this year, according to Roll Call.The negotiations stalemate prompted Republicans to turn to a one-year continuing resolution to increase domestic spending and halt steep budget cuts from a potential sequester this fall.“We are taking sequester off the table,” Mnuchin said after the meeting. “We are prepared to do a one-year CR with a one-year debt ceiling. The president has every intention of keeping the government open.”After the meeting, Democrats blamed Republican leaders hesitance to set a limit without approval from President Donald Trump. Republicans countered that they didn’t receive serious offer to reach agreement, and later Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) dismissed a one-year deal.“A one-year CR is bad policy, it’s bad politics and it’s a fallback,” he said. “We should be negotiating a bill. We want to do better.”