City loss suggests problems at PSG amid Poch's Man Utd link

PSG did not appear to accept Mauricio Pochettino's demeanor in the Man City loss, which illustrated why a move to Man United could appeal to the manager. (Author: Gardener)

PSGMANCHESTER, England - Mauricio Pochettino is happy at Paris Saint-Germain, at least in public, and not being distracted from the opportunity to run Manchester United but would never have been suspected due to his pained expression during his team's 2-1 champions league -Defeat at Manchester City. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus in the second half after Kylian Mbappe's opener for PSG were enough for the win and Group A for City, which could have won with more. Sometimes Pochettino looked more like the manager of a team fighting for relegation than a coach responsible for one of the favorites to win this year's Champions League. This defeat will not affect PSG's prospects for qualifying from Group A as RB Leipzig's 5-0 win over Club Brugge confirms the French club's place in the round of 16, but the defeat puts Pochettino's team in second place and the prospect of a difficult draw against a group winner like Liverpool or Bayern Munich in February. That in itself is seen as a failure by the discerning owners of PSG and Pochettino's job security will not be helped if the club are eliminated in the round of 16 but for now at least he is happy as the team coach and the owners are unwilling to take him fired from the last 18 months of his contract to take responsibility at United. The results will determine how long Pochettino and PSG stay in their current positions, but the team's way of performing against City has little dampened speculation that all is not all right at Parc des Princes. PSG are as rich as any other club in world football, are 11 points ahead of the top of Ligue 1 and have the most dazzling line of strikers in the game with Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar. But something is clearly wrong between Pochettino and his high-profile team and that's why friends of the 49-year-old tell anyone who listens that the Argentine is open to the prospect of replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford. Sources have told ESPN that Pochettino has not settled in Paris - he still lives in a hotel away from his London-based family 11 months after replacing Thomas Tuchel on the PSG hot seat - and that he is becoming increasingly frustrated is about the absence of collective unity in the association from top to bottom. Football players and coaches are usually willing to ignore off-field problems when things are going well on the pitch, but that doesn't happen at PSG. Pochettino has always been a coach who demanded certain principles from his players. You have to work incredibly hard without the ball and be ready to act as a unit and help out in unfamiliar areas of the field if necessary. And therein lies Pochettino's problem in Paris: his players just don't work hard enough, individually or collectively, and his superstar threesomes, Messi, Neymar and Mbappe, all seem to believe that backtracking is just what regular players do. In the 90 minutes, Pep Guardiola's city players covered a total of 111.7 kilometers. Messi, Neymar and Mbappe had their moments when their quality unsettled City. But there were also times when PSG were forced to defend with eight players because the three remained far from defensive, hands on hips at times, waiting for the foot soldiers to recapture the ball and release it on a Counterattack. For a coach who prepared Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura to pursue lost causes and fall deep at Tottenham Hotspur, it will be very painful when his PSG strikers leave it to everyone else. At Spurs, however, Pochettino had a group of young, ambitious players ready to answer any of his demands and orders. They bought into his idea and his personality, and Spurs almost won the Champions League because of it. At PSG, the players don't seem to have the same respect for - or fear of - Pochettino, and his frustration is also borne out by his inability to get his message across. As an experienced trainer, he knows that his seniors only record what they want to hear and not what they don't hear. If PSG's big stars underperform, Pochettino will pay the price, but the club will lose too. Perhaps it would be best for everyone involved if Pochettino and PSG accepted that it wasn't really working and discussed his future with United and PSG hire a coach who already has experience of winning the Champions League with a squad full of big egos. But at the moment Pochettino is of course happy and so is PSG.


Jesus ends the fight against Manchester City to sink PSG and secure the top spot

Kylian Mbappé gave Paris Saint-Germain the lead but Manchester City struck back with goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus and secured their spot in the round of 16 as group winners (Author: Gardener)

Manchester CityGiven the speculation, Mauricio Pochettino thought he had caught a break on the field in Manchester. The Paris Saint-Germain coach, closely linked to the vacant position at United across the city, had seen his team look vulnerable at the back and unpredictable everywhere. And then they led through Kylian Mbappé at the beginning of the second half. Manchester City couldn't lose this Champions League game because they had been the better team for so long. Pep Guardiola had the sophisticated strategy, he had the better players of the evening - namely Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva - and yet waste threatened to undermine them. Raheem Sterling equalized and when Gabriel Jesus, substitute, led home from Silva's nice break, City was on the way to victory that secured them the qualification for the last 16 as group winners. It felt perfectly fitting that Pochettino and PSG stayed at the Lowry Hotel - where José Mourinho had stayed throughout his tenure at Manchester United. Because Pochettino and United had given the backstory a big element - in terms of whether he will go to Old Trafford to follow Solskjær. Pochettino usually went through his rumors at the pre-game press conference on Tuesday, expressed his delight in his current job but did not deny any reports and left the door ajar. Her position right now is that Pochettino is going nowhere during the season. PSG have a Champions League to win after all and that has always been a fascinating benchmark for them. And indeed, city. PSG's “three kings”, as Pochettino described Lionel Messi, Mbappé and Neymar, were on the field, but what about their City equivalents? It was certainly a shame that Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish were absent. Grealish's pre-game tweet that he had four tickets he couldn't use got a bit of a boost. Riyad Mahrez was in the mood, swaying back and forth on the right side, his touch always silky, and he almost gave City the lead after a wonderful move in the 18th minute. The pass to Gündogan, which was practically on the byline, looked no further, but Mahrez made it and got the ball back via Silva. He cut inward and formed a curler past Keylor Navas, only to have Achraf Hakimi behead off the line. It was PSG's second goal-line throw, the first coming early when Rodri got over Hakimi to hit a Mahrez free kick. Presnel Kimpembe was in the right place with Navas to leave. PSG measured their thrill in the first half mainly in nutmegs. Messi did Raheem Sterling to one; Mbappé on Rodri was the other, but there was little structured play from Pochettino's team. And yet they could have led by half time when John Stones in the 44th one on one with Ederson opened Mbappé his body and rolled up. It was a bad mistake. City were faster and more coherent in the first half. PSG unsettled the press and had other good chances - none better than Gündogan's 33rd minute after a clever approach and a cross from João Cancelo. Nuno Mendes flocked the distance and Gündogan had time to measure the shot. Zinchenko was also blocked by Marquinhos and Mahrez let Navas crawl over his goal with a low curler. Pochettino was open about the difficulty of finding a system that would get the best out of his marquee trio beforehand. Pochettino exchanged them; they hiked a bit themselves. They shot early in the second half, Neymar kicked in over a pass from Nuno and Messi quickly exchanged passes with Leandro Paredes to make room for the cross. When he cut it back, it distracted from Kyle Walker and there was Mbappé to ram under Ederson. City didn't panic. They knew they could tackle PSG's backline after getting in behind them many times, and the equalizer came when Rodri cracked the inside right channel for the onrushing Walker. No one was chasing him, and the first time he volleyed, substitute Gabriel Jesus flicked a patch under pressure and Sterling stretched to chase home. Jesus had extended Navas and yet PSG, which was so dangerous with the smallest shots, might have regained the lead when Neymar swapped passes with substitute Ángel Di María and prevailed. Jesus would show him the way.


How Silva became the main character in Man City

BBC expert Micah Richards on how Bernardo Silva's surprise resurgence means Manchester City is less dependent on Kevin de Bruyne's brilliance. (Author: Gardener)

Man CityWith the great squad that Manchester City have, their manager calling someone "unbeatable" means they have to do something very special - and Bernardo Silva is in that category now. Alongside Phil Foden and Joao Cancelo, the Portuguese midfielder was one of three standout players for City this season, which is remarkable considering he almost left the club in the summer. There are only three players at City who will always play when they are available - Ederson in goal is one, Kyle Walker pinned the right-back and is another, and then there's Kevin de Bruyne. When De Bruyne is fit and City has a big game, he always starts - and he should because when he plays they are a better team. He's a very different kind of player, but he still has a huge impact on the game. If the Belgian playmaker is absent, as he faced Paris St-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday at Etihad Stadium, we know Silva can take over the reins. I don't mean he has the same skills because I don't think he's such a good player - for me De Bruyne is the best midfielder in the world. But as the person City can count on every week, Silva is certainly that man. Silva has acted as a striker on the right wing in the past and has played in three positions for City this season: as a false nine and three left and right in midfield. It's those last two roles that I think suit him best and have helped him shine because when he's deeper he can get more involved in the game - forward and defensive. I love his attitude and watch all the work he does for the team. Even from possession of the ball you don't often get flair players who are great, but that doesn't seem to bother Silva because he just doesn't stop running. It's the same when he's on the ball, and that's one of the differences to De Bruyne. Yes, De Bruyne breaks lines of defense and is faster than people think but when you think of him, it's his passport that makes him world class. With Silva, City has more of a dribble from the depths - when he was in Monaco his teammates called him Bubblegum because the ball always stuck to his feet, and he does that more than any other player for City. Silva may not be all that fancy, but he's just as reliable and definitely does a great job in a different way. I don't think he's underrated - the City fans absolutely love him and you can see why Pep is like that too. Silva's down-to-earth personality makes him a superstar who is very easy to work with, like David Silva was when I was at the club. He and De Bruyne can play together but we may not always see the absolute best of both because they both want to be in the same areas in right midfield. When watching Silva he always pulls to the right so he can get in with his left foot and he does a lot of his best work there. If they're both on the team, they can't both be used there and it's usually Silva who has to move left or further forward. It works because Silva knows City's system and it is good enough to be effective whatever is asked of it. But when you play him in his best position, you really see what he can do. There's a lot to look forward to in Wednesday's Champions League game against PSG and it's exactly the phase I expect Silva to shine - against players with a much bigger reputation than him. City goes in without much pressure because they are at the top of Group A, but I remember the feeling - in these games against the best of the best, the top players want to show everyone how good they are. * Our coverage of Manchester City is bigger and better than ever - everything you need to know here to make sure you don't miss a moment * Everything City - go straight to the best content


Chelsea football is ready for the challenge of facing the historic offense committed by Unity Christian in the D4 State Finals

YPSILANTI - Josh Lucas knows who his team is up against, but he also knows he's got a good team. The fourth-year head coach of Chelsea's soccer team is well aware of the challenges his defense will face when it comes to the Division 4 final against Hudsonville Unity Christian at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Ford Field in Detroit. Chelsea haven't faced a crime like Unity Christian's this year. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaChelsea head coach Josh Lucas speaks to the team in a post-game scrum after the state's semi-final win over Freeland in Lapeer on Saturday, November 20, 2021.The defense will meet when they play in the division final at 7:30 p.m. 4 vs. Hudsonville Unity Christian competes on Friday at Ford Field in Detroit. Chelsea haven't faced an offensive like Unity Christian's this season. The Crusaders have scored 751 points that year - an average of 57.8 points per game - and are only 24 points away from breaking the state record in one season (774) by Orchard View in 1999, with the Associated Press ranked No. 1 team in D4 throughout the season - with Unity Christian in third place - there are some who believe that Unity Christian is the superior team. The Crusaders defeated No. 2 Edwardsburg 58-8 in the other semifinals and Edwardsburg coach Kevin Bartz said he has never trained against a better team than UC. And after Chelsea beat Freeland 30:27 in the semi-finals last week, Freeland coach Kevin Townsend didn't mince his thoughts on Chelsea's odds against Unity Christian. "I'm not sure if either of us will have a chance against Unity Christian next week," he said. Of course, Lucas wasn't happy with Townsend's remarks, but said his team wouldn't use outside doubters to bring them into the matchup. “Ultimately, you have to take care of your own team,” said Lucas. He did that and that's his choice, but at the end of the day our kids are excited. “We're 13-0, (Unity Christian) is 13-0 and we're excited to play. We know we have a difficult task with these guys and their offensive. We averaged 42 points per game on offense too, so they've never seen an offense like ours and I know (Defensive Coach Grant) Fanning will have these guys up on the defensive. Chelsea's offense wasn't as dynamic on the scoreboard, but the Bulldogs had a strong year on this side of the ball as well. They averaged 41 points per game (491 total) and are only 31 points away from setting the school record for points in a season, which could lead to a high score. "So at the end of the day it can come down to who can get the most points," said Chelsea senior running back and safety Trent Hill. Both defenses have been solid this season too, both allowing 20 or more points four times this year and both allowing less than 14 points on average. Chelsea will most likely need their defense to make some stops, which senior defender Carson Gray believes the team can do. "Nobody really gives us a chance and we come," said Gray. You have never seen a team like us, I think. Obviously a really good offensive but we have a really good game plan, I'm confident and they have never seen a defensive like us. Chelsea narrowly won the state titles in 2014 and 2018 but are back in the state championship and have the chance to make history. Regardless of Friday's result, Lucas said he was confident that his team will play with an effort and that Unity Christian will face the toughest challenge of the season. "I know a lot about Coach (Craig) Tibbe and what he did with this program," he said. “He's really got this team over the top in the last five or six years. “Very good offensive, but our kids play with a chip on their shoulders. "Our boys will be ready to go and it's an exciting time and we can't wait to get out on Friday night."


"Chicago Med" will air tonight, November 24th, but "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago P.D." not

Will 'Chicago Med' Season 7 air tonight, November 24th? It is, but it's not a new episode. And 'Chicago Fire' and 'Chicago P.D' don't air at all. (Author: Gardener)

November 24thFans of NBC's One Chicago shows can't wait to see what's in store for the rest of Chicago Fire season 10, Chicago P. All three shows left fans with more questions than answers after episode 8. And now that the shows are on vacation hiatus, fans will have to wait for the seasons to resume. So, is Chicago Med tonight, November 24th, 2021? Fans of NBC's One Chicago shows want to know when they can expect new content. All three shows were on hiatus from episode 8, which aired November 10, 2021, according to the official One Chicago Twitter page. The shows will not return to the way you are until December 8, 2021 with new content, "reads the tweet posted along with the return dates for the shows. D. Season 9, Chicago Med Season 7, and Chicago Fire Season 10 as the showrunners are likely to want to complete the 2021 storylines. Will season 7 of Chicago Med air tonight, November 24th, 2021? The medical drama will air on NBC at its usual 8:00 p.m. airtime. EST, but it's not a new episode. Instead, NBC Chicago Med will air Season 7 Episode 1, which first aired in September. However, re-watching the first episode of the newest season could be the perfect time for fans to refresh their knowledge of everything that has happened so far. The episode titled "You Can't Always Trust What You See" shows how Dr. Natalie Manning leaves and Dr. Will Halstead returns to Gaffney Chicago Medical Center. New doctors Dylan Scott and Stevie Hammer are also joining the crew, which is a surprise to Halstead since he has been with Hammer in the past. What about Chicago Fire Season 10 and Chicago P. Will NBC air old episodes of the other One Chicago shows? Unfortunately for Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire fans will have to wait until December 8, 2021 for the shows to return in any form. The following Wednesday, December 1, 2021, NBC will air the 89th Annual Christmas Party at Rockefeller Center at 8 p.m. EST - the usual Chicago Med time slot. Then at 10 p.m. EST, NBC airs Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes. When Chicago Med Season 7 finally returns, who will we see in Episode 9? A Chicago center reminds us that Dr. Ethan Choi has returned this season, and we're sure we'll see him on the episode which airs December 8, 2021. Fans can also see Jay Halstead, Will Halstead's brother from Chicago PD, make a guest appearance on Chicago Med Season 7.


Snapchat turned Snap Map into a custom visual adventure

New layers introduced in Snap Map show public stories or personal memories tied to a location. (Author: Gardener)

MapSnapchat's solution to making Snap Map more fun, useful, and partnered-ready - without cluttering it - has finally gone live. First announced in May, the new “layer” function of Snapchat will start on Wednesday. Layers are pretty much what they sound like: when you activate a layer it pops up all kinds of content or information about locations on the map, so the user can see at a glance certain categories of things that they can activate or deactivate instead only from points. These partner levels enable users to visit restaurants or events. However, these are still in progress and will be available "in the coming months". The two that go live on Wednesday, "Explore" and "Memories," come internally from Snap. Explore is an extension of the "Heat Map" that shows photos and videos of specific locations and serves as a portal for viewing stories with user-submitted content. When the exploration layer isn't turned on, you'll see icons for popular places that you can use to view and click the stories. When you activate Explore, these icons become larger and more dynamic. I noticed a S. map and an Explore preview in New Orleans showing a marching band. I probably wouldn't have been tempted to dive in with a static icon that read only "New Orleans". The Memories layer also adds an unexpected joy to the Snap Map experience. Snapchat will already send you notifications when you have a reminder from a year or five or how many years. But even here, by reducing the size of the map, I was able to jump back to memories of short trips that I had forgotten or of fun days in different neighborhoods. But Snap's take on the concept highlights the silly or memorable moments you've posted on Snapchat, so it's a different and more playful vibe. "Places are a big part of what makes a memory special," said Bryant Detwiller, Snap's head of Map Product, via email. “It's amazing to pan the map and see my memories appear like vignettes that help me relive a fun evening, an old neighborhood that I once called home, or a certain chapter in my life I am transported back to that moment, to the friends I was with and the places we visited. You can find layers in the upper right corner of Snap Map. When you open Snapchat, click the map icon on the far left. Then you will see the available levels: Explore is indicated by a blue globe, Memories by a yellow circle with photo drawings. Snap Map came to prominence shortly after its launch in June 2017 when it became a fascinating portal through which the gun controls of students could be found in early 2018. Since then, the use has increased: According to Snap, more than 250 million Snapchatters are engaged in the each month Map. However, the feature that allows users to post their locations to followers and friends has been criticized as a security risk for teenagers ocation is opt-in and customizable, but that's not necessarily something a teenage user would be smart about. Even so, Snap has continued to expand the map. May launched "My Places," a Google Maps-like feature that allows users to see popular places (and information about those places), save favorites, and view places they've marked in previous Snaps. Like layers, My Places only appears when you click the Places icon located at the bottom of the screen. Otherwise, usually only places with linked stories are shown on the map. Snap has emphasized that Layers is taking the map to the next level by evolving it "from a product to a platform". Basically, that means partners - or maybe one day users - can build on the map. Snap didn't answer whether it would start monetizing layers or the map, and Detwiller said it was "still in the early days of that platform". "At this stage, we are very focused on developing helpful and useful experiences for our community," said Detwiller.


Ohio State 59, Purdue Fußball 31

Despite the loss to the state of Ohio on Saturday, Purdue still has a chance of eight wins in the regular season with games against Northwestern and Indiana (Author: Gardener)

Ohio State 59COLUMBUS, Ohio - The avalanche of yards and points came quickly and didn't stop until Purdue was completely buried with no hope of return. A total of 472 yards in 47 games corresponded to 52 points and a 35-point lead for Ohio State. The Boilermakers did not fully recover from the onslaught but should recover for their next two games. Just keep going, winning the last two games and finishing the regular season with eight wins. The last time Purdue had eight regular season wins - 2006. The trio combined 28 catches for 350 yards and five touchdowns. This is dynamic passing game and it's hard to see anyone in the Big Ten slowing it down. Stroud had the whole day in his pocket and could wait until his group jumped up. The course of the track was sharp and the game designs seemed to confuse the boiler makers in the back half at times. Wilson had the biggest day with 10 catches for 126 yards, adding a 51-yard TD run on a jet sweep. He made four touchdowns that day. Aidan O'Connell: The senior continued his run of accuracy and flawless quarterback play for the Boilermakers. Another game in which he completes at least 74% of his passes with an achievement of 76.9% (40 out of 52). That's five games in a row in which the ball is put in the right place at the right time. Four more touchdowns for O'Connell, who has had nine without interceptions in the last three games. Ten of his 16 touchdowns this season came against rated teams. Though Purdue was behind in the second quarter of 28, it was a positive sign to see the offense keep moving the ball and O'Connell to pitch and catch with David Bell, Jackson Anthrop and Milton Wright. Purdue's offensive line: While there was no production in the running game, the pass protection was just right. The Buckeyes haven't picked up a sack. OSU led the nation in this category with 34, with 29.5 coming off the defensive. O'Connell had all day in his pocket and made the most of every pass attempt. The Buckeyes usually rushed the defensive line and these four took down other offensive lines. FORWARD: Purdue offensive holds momentum despite one-sided loss to OSU David Bell: Another 100-yard reception game for the native Indianapoliser that complements the current program record. Bell has 16 career games of 100 yards or more after catching 11 passes for 103 against the Buckeyes. The only thing missing was a touchdown when O'Connell tried to connect with Bell late in the game. Another productive achievement for Bell, who tried again and again through physical play to open up. Jackson Anthrop: Continues solid late season play with seven catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns. That's 19 catches in the last three games and four touchdowns for Anthrop. His 25 yard TD trench connected the score to 7 after the OSU defense left him alone while he focused on Bell. It wasn't all sunshine for Anthrop, however, whose fumble on a kickoff return initiated a Buckeye touchdown during the first half of the points. In the end just another mistake in a long day, but one that cannot be repeated in the last two games. Purdue goes three-and-out in its first series, but the freshman punt and the Buckeyes begin at the Boilermaker 39-yard line. Five games later, OSU was in the end zone. 14-7 in the first quarter and Jack Plummer comes into play. Jeff Brom reveals after the game that the game should be a "throwback to quarterback". Purdue moved the ball and seemed ready to hit the Buckeyes' score. ► TreVeyon Henderson's TD run: One game after the fumble, Henderson raced 57 yards for the touchdown and a 21-7 lead with 5:14 remainder in the first quarter. It took the Buckeyes two games to extend their lead to 35-7 at the beginning of the second quarter after the turnover. 0: Combined bags from Purdue and Ohio State, with O'Connell and Stroud throwing a total of 90 attempts at passes. 8.9: Average first down yards for the Buckeyes. ► Can the Boilermakers finish with two wins and have eight wins in the regular season? ► Will Purdue establish a running game in the last two games or continue to rely heavily on the pass? While Purdue defeated two senior teams in Iowa and Michigan State, it's clear that Ohio State is in a different class than the rest of the Big Ten when coach Ryan Day's team is at stake. It doesn't mean the Buckeyes will break the Spartans and Michigan in their last two regular season games or manipulate anyone who comes out of the Big Ten West in the title game. Saturday showed that if you concentrate you have all the ingredients to be a contender for the national championship. The Ohio State running game got under way and the Boilermakers couldn't handle the offensive. But the fact that the Buckeyes took this game seriously is an honor for what Purdue did that led into the game. Brohm's team wasn't going to sneak up on Ohio State. The Buckeyes didn't want to be the newest top five team to fall to the unrated Boilermakers. It still has a good defense for Purdue and that will be seen in the last two games. The Boilermakers ran into an attack machine and had no answers. You will have answers for Northwestern and Indiana, and the offensive has taken another step forward behind O'Connell and Co. Purdue are able to win eight games this season and it's a brand that was hard to see at the start of the season. Mike Carmin reports on Purdue Sports for the Journal & Courier.


Celtics fans should be encouraged by Ime Udoka after 14 games

New Celtics coach Ime Udoka has had a mixed track record in the first 14 games of his tenure, but real positive signs are emerging. (Author: Gardener)

Ime UdokaOn Monday - after the Celtics outlasted the Cavaliers in a bout that answered the question, "Who else wants an unsatisfactory win?" - Jayson Tatum was asked for a progress report on new coach Ime Udoka. Tatum started his first line in relation to Udoka and realized how difficult it must be to be a head coach in the first year. "It's like we're in a relationship," said Tatum. Tatum is both right and the wrong person to answer this question because he struggled tremendously to keep up his end of this equation. Tatum doesn't purposely miss any shots, of course, and this cold snap is almost certainly not permanent. The 23-year-old later stated in a very frank response to his struggles that he has never missed so much in his career and he expects to find out for himself. But Tatum's struggles have thwarted any Celtics' plan this season, and they make it difficult to rate Udoka about a fifth of the way through his first season. Celtics media and fans have raised many concerns about Udoka - some fair, some less so. But before we look at the concerns, let's examine the positives. After a slow start - like a start in the lower 10 percentile - the Celtics have come back to life. According to the NBA's stats page, the Celtics have the 10th best defensive rating - fourth best in their last 10 games (and again the season is only 14 games old). The Celtics have excellent defensive staff and Udoka is building something that seems to be working. "In the first 10 games we really felt we were where we needed to be," said Udoka on Monday. "I can still grow in this area, but the offensive now is the focus, the shift and see how we can get over 98 by keeping teams under 100." What is it that worries Celtics fans the most? Based on our scientific method of data gathering (tweeting a few things about Udoka and reading the responses) the biggest concerns are three: rotations, end-game strategy, and young people usage. Udoka has repeated over and over that players have been “in and out” of the line-up since preseason. Even so, Udoka has compiled largely successful lineups. Six out of eight of its most-used groupings have a positive net rating. The second most-used lineup this season (108 possessions) is Dennis Schröder, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Tatum and Rob Williams, who have a net rating of 6.2 according to Cleaning the Glass. The third most-used lineup - the totally healthy starters: Smart, Brown, Tatum, Brown, and Horford - have a net rating of +7.5 across 106 properties that are second and third best in the league between Utah and Miami. The starting line-up without Jaylen Brown even collapses at 0.0. The 25 ball possessions played by Schröder, Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, and Al Horford were an absolute small-sample disaster at -23.3, although you can see how such a line-up could tie in with Brown. In general, however, Udoka's lineups were fine. So what about his strategy at the end of the game? Cleaning the glass has a statistic called "Expected Profit Difference". Put simply, it measures how many wins a team should have given its offensive and defensive stats. For example: Tatum shoots 29.4 percent in the last three minutes of games that are within five points and an almost weird 12.5 percent in the last minute of tight games. Translation: Tatum shoots at his position more than anyone in the NBA during crunch time, and this season he misses almost all of his shots. Would a better Tatum performance fix any late game issues? Maybe not, but imagining improved crunch time numbers from Tatum that push the Celtics to 8-6 or 9-5 isn't much of a challenge. If the Celtics were 9-5 while Tatum fights, the conversation could be very different. Finally, there is the question of the young players. Udoka - perhaps encouraged by Brad Stevens, who trained the same way - prefers to play his veterans. Pritchard only plays an average of 10.6 minutes per game while Nesmith only plays 9.5. But consider the mandate Udoka received from Celtics management when he was hired. During the off-season, Stevens insisted that whatever the organization does should make life easier for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Perhaps Pritchard and Nesmith would help, but Udoka is hardly the only coach who trusts veterans more than youth. Another thing to keep in mind: Udoka probably wants to cause a sensation. The Celtics can say what they want to make Udoka their next long-term coach, but while Pritchard and Nesmith's development could be useful from an organizational perspective, they are not the focus. Udoka's job is primarily to make the Celtics a contender and - secondarily, but certainly related - to make Boston a place where Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown want to play long term. If Udoka (very sensibly) sees making Tatum and Brown happy as critical to his job security, and if he (very sensibly) sees victories as the way to make Tatum and Brown happy, it is a short journey to “to Play Veterans at all times, if “possible.” None of this is meant to be an excuse - no coach is perfect, few first-year coaches are elite, and Udoka is hardly an exception. Tatum, for example, makes many more isolation attacks and significantly less pick- and roll. There are probably many ways Stevens and the front office would like to improve Udoka. But the underperforming Celtics are knocking on the door of a solid season. Udoka is not Gregg Popovich. Udoka is himself - a new coach whose zeal im Director's chair doesn't need to be fully tested yet, Celtics fans might be wise to give Udoka's coaching style a chance to flourish.


The biography of Pittsburgh-born rapper Mac Miller recalls the joy he spread

Author Donna-Claire Chesman visits Pittsburgh to promote The Book of Mac. (Author: Gardener)

PittsburghMac Miller's untimely death in September 2018 caused great sadness among fans everywhere, including in his hometown of Pittsburgh. But Chesman, who had loved the best-selling rapper's music since she first heard it years earlier, knew that she had more to give as a professional hip-hop writer. Her laudatory speech, “Thank you, Mac Miller” was published on DJ Booth, the website she was working for at the time. But even that wasn't enough in the case of an aspiring music star whose life had ended at the age of 26 after an accidental drug overdose. "I realized that the only way I would personally feel better about this tragedy would be if I wrote through it," she says. But even her “Year of Mac” - a series of weekly online articles she wrote about Miller - wasn't enough. "When that was over, I realized I didn't want to stop." The result is The Book of Mac: Remembering Mac Miller (Permuted Press), a biography that combines Chesman's writing on Miller's music with oral traditions gathered from more than 30 of his friends and collaborators, including musician Wiz Khalifa and Thundercat, and record label owner Benjy Grinberg. The New Jersey native, who now lives in Philadelphia, calls Miller "my only artist who I feel represents me as a person, all the emotional twists I've gone through." Chesman, who calls Miller Malcolm by his first name, says she intends to use the book to promote appreciation for the rapper's artistic growth throughout his short career - from his mixtape "Kids" from 2010 to the five studio albums that were released during his lifetime and published in 2020. Circles, ”a posthumous publication that won gold and was perhaps Miller's most widely acclaimed work. "It's such an accomplishment to go from 'Nikes On My Feet' to 'Woods'," says Chesman, quoting two songs that summarize Miller's work during that era. Miller grew up in Point Breeze and is known to honor his neighborhood with the song and album, both of which were titled "Blue Slide Park". At 15 he turned to hip-hop and at 18 he was signed to Grinberg's independent label Rostrum Records, which was then based in Pittsburgh. While the Taylor Allderdice High School graduate's first album received mixed reviews, he quickly developed a style of music that relied on psychedelia and lyrically began exploring his own demons, including depression and substance abuse. In 2014 Miller signed with the major label Warner Bros. Chesman, now the editor-in-chief of the music streaming platform Audiomack, explored Miller's life through interviews with those who have worked with him most closely. "He was a character, but it was so real," said their bassist and composer Thundercat, a Miller employee. Most of the time he wasn't afraid of the unknown. He invited a guy like me into his life, found a place where I existed in his reality ... We shared a lot of different things, but as a man he seemed like my type to me. "The biography is" authorized "in so far as she was approved by Miller's estate, says Chesman. But aside from Miller's mother, who provided the book's cover photo, the estate wasn't involved in the research and writing, she says. The book covers the troubled pages of his personality, she says, right up to his death. "It's like a punch in the pit of the stomach, but it's still a reminder that, regardless of any kind of darkness in his subjects, there was this predominant light that he brought to himself and to others," says she. Miller's legacy lives on in Pittsburgh, in part through the Mac Miller Fund. Even his music career is going to live better with the recent re-release of his mixtape “Faces” from 2014. ”Chesman's book event in Pittsburgh will take place on Thursday, November 11th at 7.30pm at the White Whale Bookstore.


Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook accused of assault by former girlfriend

A former friend of the Minnesota Vikings, who is returning Dalvin Cook, has charged him with assault, assault and false incarceration in connection with an altercation that allegedly took place at his Minnesota home nearly a year ago in which Cook alleged on Wednesday he is the one who was attacked. (Author: Gardener)

Dalvin CookMinnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is charged with assault by former friend Dalvin Cook (33) of the Minnesota Vikings. A former friend of the Minnesota Vikings, who is returning Dalvin Cook, has charged him with assault, assault and false incarceration in connection with an altercation that allegedly took place at his Minnesota home nearly a year ago in which Cook alleged on Wednesday he is the one who was attacked. Cook's ex-girlfriend Gracelyn Trimble accused him of deliberately beating her several times in November 2020, causing her "pain and suffering, emotional agony, humiliation and injuries such as a concussion, cuts, bruises and scars" filed Tuesday. Trimble, a US Army sergeant first class living in Texas, flew to Minnesota to retrieve her belongings after "learning of further infidelity on Cook's side," according to the Dakota County District Court lawsuit filed in Minnesota. She went into Cook's garage and grabbed a club which she kept there "to defend herself fearing what Cook might do" as she was packing up her things, the lawsuit said. Trimble went into the living room, which was where Cook and two other people were, and asked Cook to help her get her things - the bridge of her lower forehead and the bridge of her nose to poke open and blood gushed open, "says the lawsuit." Trimble tried however, pointing the mace at Cook to defend himself was unsuccessful due to his overwhelming strength. Instead, the mace sprayed mostly in Trimble's eyes. "Cook threatened to kill her while she pointed a gun at her head," the lawsuit states, and that Trimble was locked up when Cook picked her up and refused to take her Trimble is seeking more than $ 50,000 in damages, the lawsuit said. Cook "is the victim here," the agent said. On Wednesday, Cook said he was the victim in the situation while he was on the lookout Reporters during the Vikings' regularly scheduled media availability turned time, "Cook said." I put my head up knowing the truth was coming. "Cook's agent Zac Hiller said he was" because Dalvin did this Is a victim and did nothing wrong. ”According to running back attorney David Valentini, Trimble broke into Cook's house, attacked him and two others, and“ tried to extort millions of dollars from him. ”Sgt. Trimble has illegally entered his residence in Inver Grove Heights without the consent or knowledge of Mr. Cook, "Valentini said in a statement to CNN. Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings is charged with assault in the lawsuit," Sgt. Trimble entered Mr. Cook's home with a stolen garage door opener. Upon entering the apartment, Sgt. Trimble immediately and without provocation physically attacked Mr. Cook, slapped him repeatedly and slapped Mr. Cook directly in the eyes, and then struck both of his houseguests. "Valentini added that Trimble Cook and his guests with one During this hostage situation, Sgt. Trimble attempted again to attack a female guest of Mr. Cook, and when Mr. Cook tried to stop the attack, Sgt. Trimble was knocked down and suffered a small cut over her nose. These facts are confirmed by at least two independent witnesses. "The National Football League said in a statement it would review the matter as part of its personal code of conduct." We will continue to monitor developments but his status will not change, "the NFL said. The Vikings are aware of the" ongoing dispute between Aware of the parties, "the team said in a statement to CNN. Cook was drafted from the state of Florida by the Vikings in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.