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The COVID stock flight will bring these S&P 500 stocks into focus when trading resumes

Chart watchers try to estimate how deep the pullback on the stock markets could get. (Author: Gardener)

ChartS. shares suffered a sharp sell-off on Black Friday following the discovery of a rapidly spreading variant of the coronavirus that is causing COVID-19. Chart watchers try to estimate how deep the pullback could get. "Although we've looked for a pullback, it's difficult to predict how quickly it will develop," said senior technical analyst Mark Arbeter of Arbeter Investments, noting that "panicked downward moves often make the pullback faster or shorter" . while at the same time erasing possibly “obscene” positive sentiment levels that accompanied the rally. While it remains unclear how transferable or deadly the new variant discovered in South Africa will be, investors on Friday dumped stocks and other perceived risky assets and stacked them in safe investments like government bonds and gold. Read: The WHO refers to the Coronavirus variant from South Africa as "Omicron" and describes it as a "worrying variant". 2% from its all-time high on November 18. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 1,000 points from its daily low and ended the day down 905.04 points, or 2.5%, which is its largest daily percentage and percentage decline of 2021. See: The world takes action when a new variant of coronavirus emerges in southern Africa. Holiday trading conditions have been blamed for amplifying market movements; Stock trading ended at 1:00 p.m. Eastern to U. In the graph below, Arbeter shows that the key levels of support for the S&P 500 are clustered. “The probability that the market will stop in an area with multiple supports close together should theoretically be higher than at a random point on the chart. The S&P 500 fell as low as 4,585.43, closing below the first level of support Arbeter identified at 4,634 - a retracement of 23.6% of the index's rally since October. It also removed the next level of support at 4,600, the mid Bollinger Band on the daily chart. Below that is the first group of support levels at 4,570, the 50-day exponential average; 4,566, the 38.2% retracement of the rally; and 4,550, a previous high from early September. The second cluster starts at 4,525, the simple 50-day average, he said, and follows the rally at 4,512, a 50% retracement; 4,500, the median Bollinger ban on the weekly price chart, and 4,490, the 21-week exponential average. "The stock market took a left hook on Black Friday and slipped into the weekend," said Arbeter in email comments shortly before the end. "They say the markets are not bottoming on Friday, so many are looking for a low early next week," with the headlines on the weekend news being a big determinant of Monday's price action.

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The US stock market is suffering from an ugly Black Friday sell-off. Here are the biggest losers (and winners)

Wall Street slid down on Black Friday as investors reacted to new travel bans linked to a variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 called B.1.1.529 and has been identified in South Africa. (Author: Gardener)

Black FridayWall Street stocks fell sharply on Black Friday as investors reacted to new travel bans following the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus in South Africa that is causing COVID-19. Wall Street stocks fell sharply on Black Friday as investors reacted to new travel bans following the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus in South Africa that is causing COVID-19. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite all lost at least 2% on the day known as Black Friday, one of the most important shopping days after Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite all lost at least 2% on the day known as Black Friday, one of the most important shopping days after Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday. Energy stocks The S&P 500 energy sector closed 4% as crude oil prices fell double-digit percentages on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund lost 4%. The fund was helped by declines at APA Corp. cited. Occidental Petroleum Devon Energy Corp. and Marathon Oil Corp. Financials were the second worst performers on Black Friday among 11 sectors in the S&P 500 index dragged down by a decline in US Treasury bond yields. in particular the 10-year government bond The financial sector of the S&P 500 lost 3.3%. The Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF, which tracks the sector index, was led by declines in American Express Co. Drug stocks Drugmakers surged, while Moderna stocks, which made COVID vaccines, surged more than 20%. However, those gains were not seen by pharmaceutical funds including Invesco Dynamic Pharmaceuticals ETF, down 1.6%, iShares US Pharmaceuticals ETF, down 0.2%, and SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals ETF, down 1.9% on Friday great boost. Travel-related stocks The popular airline ETF US Global JETS, which has now become a good indicator of market assessments of progress in overcoming pandemic restraints and the economic recovery, closed 7.2%. down 5%; Southwest Airlines stock was down more than 4%. American Airlines shares fell 8.8%. Meanwhile, Expedia's shares were down 9.5% and United Airlines was down nearly 10%. The ETFMG Travel Tech ETF, a separate exchange traded fund sometimes used to represent optimism about changes in activity related to COVID restrictions, fell 6.4% on Friday. Stay-at-Home Trades However, a number of stay-at-home trades outperformed the broader market. The Direxion Work From Home ETF lost 1.2%. Avaya Holdings Corp. declines Xerox Holdings Corp. and Progress Software Corp. worst performed in the ETF. The crypto prices also took it on the chin. Bitcoin is down 5% in the past 24 hours and was recently trading at $ 54,840 on CoinDesk on Friday lunchtime. Take a look: Major cryptocurrencies are crashing amid concerns about the new variant of COVID. The S. dollar is down 0.7% from the session as measured by the ICE US dollar index, which pulled it down from a 16-month high.

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The stock market fear indicator is skyrocketing and could signal that if it closes above this key level, “2022 will be a tough year for investors”

Traders work on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 18, 202Spencer Platt / Getty Images Concerns of a new COVID-19 variant that ... (Author: Gardener)

a tough year* Concerns about a new variant of COVID-19 shot Wall Street's fear display by up to 51% on Friday. * The rise in volatility could signal an end to the low volatility regime of 2021, according to Fairlead Strategies. * This is the level the VIX will have to close above to signal a "difficult 2022" for the stock market. US stocks plummeted Friday, with Wall Street fear levels skyrocketing as concerns over a heavily mutated variant of COVID-19 spread in the markets. The Cboe Volatility Index, also known as the VIX, helps measure investor fear. Katie Stockton of Fairlead Strategies believes Friday's spike in volatility could signal an end to the low volatility regime in 2021, which brought the broader market more than 20% gains, and the start of a "tougher band in 2022". on a Friday note. That is, if the VIX closes above the key 25 level both today and next Friday as the upward move would be confirmed on a weekly basis. This level represents an important risk threshold and "would suggest that the market has entered a high volatility regime after spending most of 2021 in a low volatility regime," said Stockton. Friday's move catapulted the VIX well above the 20 level, which is an important threshold monitored by quantitative and systematic mutual funds that tend to add more equity leverage when the index falls below 20. This leverage is likely to be rolled back on Friday as the risk-off trade hits everything from airline stocks to the energy sector. Despite the sharp movement in stocks on Friday, Stockton would not be quick to react during the shortened trading day after Thanksgiving as markets close at 1 p.m. The VIX reduced its previous gains and traded at 25.44pm on Friday morning.

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The US stock market is suffering from an ugly Black Friday sell-off. Here are the biggest losers (and winners)

Wall Street slid down on Black Friday as investors reacted to new travel bans linked to a variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 called B.1.1.529 and has been identified in South Africa. (Author: Gardener)

Black FridayWall Street stocks fell sharply on Black Friday as investors reacted to new travel bans following the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus in South Africa that is causing COVID-19. Wall Street stocks fell sharply on Black Friday as investors reacted to new travel bans following the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus in South Africa that is causing COVID-19. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite all lost at least 2% on the day known as Black Friday, one of the most important shopping days after Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 Index and the Nasdaq Composite all lost at least 2% on the day known as Black Friday, one of the most important shopping days after Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday. Energy stocks The S&P 500 energy sector closed 4% as crude oil prices fell double-digit percentages on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund lost 4%. The fund was helped by declines at APA Corp. cited. Occidental Petroleum Devon Energy Corp. and Marathon Oil Corp. Financials were the second worst performers on Black Friday among 11 sectors in the S&P 500 index dragged down by a decline in US Treasury bond yields. in particular the 10-year government bond The financial sector of the S&P 500 lost 3.3%. The Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF, which tracks the sector index, was led by declines in American Express Co. Drug stocks Drugmakers surged, while Moderna stocks, which made COVID vaccines, surged more than 20%. However, those gains were not seen by pharmaceutical funds including Invesco Dynamic Pharmaceuticals ETF, down 1.6%, iShares US Pharmaceuticals ETF, down 0.2%, and SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals ETF, down 1.9% on Friday great boost. Travel-related stocks The popular airline ETF US Global JETS, which has now become a good indicator of market assessments of progress in overcoming pandemic restraints and the economic recovery, closed 7.2%. down 5%; Southwest Airlines stock was down more than 4%. American Airlines shares fell 8.8%. Meanwhile, Expedia's shares were down 9.5% and United Airlines was down nearly 10%. The ETFMG Travel Tech ETF, a separate exchange traded fund sometimes used to represent optimism about changes in activity related to COVID restrictions, fell 6.4% on Friday. Stay-at-Home Trades However, a number of stay-at-home trades outperformed the broader market. The Direxion Work From Home ETF lost 1.2%. Avaya Holdings Corp. declines Xerox Holdings Corp. and Progress Software Corp. worst performed in the ETF. The crypto prices also took it on the chin. Bitcoin is down 5% in the past 24 hours and was recently trading at $ 54,840 on CoinDesk on Friday lunchtime. Take a look: Major cryptocurrencies are crashing amid concerns about the new variant of COVID. The S. dollar is down 0.7% from the session as measured by the ICE US dollar index, which pulled it down from a 16-month high.

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The COVID stock flight will bring these S&P 500 stocks into focus when trading resumes

Chart watchers try to estimate how deep the pullback on the stock markets could get. (Author: Gardener)

ChartS. shares suffered a sharp sell-off on Black Friday following the discovery of a rapidly spreading variant of the coronavirus that is causing COVID-19. Chart watchers try to estimate how deep the pullback could get. "Although we've looked for a pullback, it's difficult to predict how quickly it will develop," said senior technical analyst Mark Arbeter of Arbeter Investments, noting that "panicked downward moves often make the pullback faster or shorter" . while at the same time erasing possibly “obscene” positive sentiment levels that accompanied the rally. While it remains unclear how transferable or deadly the new variant discovered in South Africa will be, investors on Friday dumped stocks and other perceived risky assets and stacked them in safe investments like government bonds and gold. Read: The WHO refers to the Coronavirus variant from South Africa as "Omicron" and describes it as a "worrying variant". 2% from its all-time high on November 18. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 1,000 points from its daily low and ended the day down 905.04 points, or 2.5%, which is its largest daily percentage and percentage decline of 2021. See: The world takes action when a new variant of coronavirus emerges in southern Africa. Holiday trading conditions have been blamed for amplifying market movements; Stock trading ended at 1:00 p.m. Eastern to U. In the graph below, Arbeter shows that the key levels of support for the S&P 500 are clustered. “The probability that the market will stop in an area with multiple supports close together should theoretically be higher than at a random point on the chart. The S&P 500 fell as low as 4,585.43, closing below the first level of support Arbeter identified at 4,634 - a retracement of 23.6% of the index's rally since October. It also removed the next level of support at 4,600, the mid Bollinger Band on the daily chart. Below that is the first group of support levels at 4,570, the 50-day exponential average; 4,566, the 38.2% retracement of the rally; and 4,550, a previous high from early September. The second cluster starts at 4,525, the simple 50-day average, he said, and follows the rally at 4,512, a 50% retracement; 4,500, the median Bollinger ban on the weekly price chart, and 4,490, the 21-week exponential average. "The stock market took a left hook on Black Friday and slipped into the weekend," said Arbeter in email comments shortly before the end. "They say the markets are not bottoming on Friday, so many are looking for a low early next week," with the headlines on the weekend news being a big determinant of Monday's price action.

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Wall Street shaken by new COVID variant fears, Dow falls over 900 points

Live stock market news updates: Wall Street shaken by new COVID variant fears, Dow falls over 900 points (Author: Gardener)

DowShares tumbled on Friday as global markets were rocked by a new variant of coronavirus discovered in South Africa, raising concerns that new growth-restraining bans could be imposed if the variant became widespread. However, key benchmarks fell sharply during the holiday-curtailed session, with the Dow (^ DJI) plummeting more than 900 points, recording its worst day of the year and third worst Thanksgiving sell-off ever. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 (^ GSPC) fell over 2%, its biggest drop since February, and the Nasdaq (^ IXIC) also fell sharply, but its losses were partly curbed by a rally in holdings in stocks. A new variant of coronavirus was discovered in South Africa, which led to an emergency meeting of the World Health Organization. Scientists say the new strain B.1.1.529, known as "Omicron", is a cause for concern because it contains a large number of mutations found in other variants - including the rapidly spreading delta variant , which exploded over much of the summer - and it seems to be spreading rapidly. While there's no evidence yet, health officials fear the mutant variant could dilute or resist the effectiveness of vaccines. "It goes without saying that it is too early to say exactly how great the threat posed by the new strain B.1.1.529 is to the global economy," said Neil Shearing, group chief economist, Capital Economics. in a message. “The lesson from the past few years, however, is that it is the restrictions imposed in response to the virus - rather than the virus itself - that is causing most of the economic damage. So the key question is how governments will react if the B.1.1.529 strain does spread, "Shearling wrote." That in turn depends on how far it escapes vaccines and, more importantly, creates stress in national health systems ", He added, underscoring that the US and UK governments have adopted an approach of" living with the virus "and are therefore far less likely than in other regions that new restrictions will be put in place. BioNTech (BNTX) said Friday it was expecting more data on the new variant of coronavirus in South Africa within two weeks to help its shots be revised and that the company and Pfizer (PFE) - its vaccine partner - its vaccine could redesign within 6 weeks, aiming to distribute it within 100 days. Pfizer rose to the record high by up to 8%, suggesting since The new variant could create demand for the vaccine. While fear of COVID-19 dominated investor attention for much of 2020 and 2021, Pfizer confirms that it has a variant vaccine in 100 days with the ability to manufacture four billion doses in the first 12 months, according to Citi analyst Andrew Baum , could produce. Travel and Leisure stocks were among the hardest hit stocks early Friday, with Carnival Corp (CCL) and Royal Caribbean (RCL) down 10% in early trading. Travel platform Expedia (EXPE) was the fifth worst performer in the S&P 500, losing 11% during the shortened trading day, while home sharing site Airbnb (ABNB) slumped more than 5%. On the flip side, stay-at-home stocks rose 9% in Zoom (ZM), while Netflix (NFLX) climbed 2%. Oil prices also fell to their lowest level in more than two months on Friday, raising concerns about a slowdown in demand. Oil fell 10% on its worst day since April 2020, with U.S. crude oil futures falling 6.2% to $ 73.57 a barrel as fears of falling demand were perceived in the face of the new variant. Bond yields have also fallen as fears of inflation in the market have temporarily given way to a desire for safe investments. The return on the 10-year U benchmark. "We're still in a place where yields are so low that the safe haven of bonds isn't as safe as it looks," ProShares' Simeon Hyman told Yahoo Finance Live on Friday. "You're not making that much money on this little treasury rally today, so it's a tough spot." Banks that benefited from higher interest rates were broadly weaker as bond yields fell. 11:15 a.m. ET: Carnival, travel slumps due to fears of South African Covid variant Cruise ship stocks continue to retreat as Covid fears mount. Carnival Corp (CCL) lost more than 12% while Royal Caribbean (RCL) lost more than 11%. Friday's decidedly risk averse tone calls into question the aggressiveness with which the Federal Reserve could withdraw its stimulus measures. Just a day ago, some thought that the soaring price hike could lead the Fed to accelerate the tightening - or even hike rates faster. What a difference a day makes. Marc Chandler of Bannockburn Global FX pointed out in a research note that the rise of a new variant is upsetting Fed expectations about the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan: since then, 4-5 Fed officials and several large banks have also emphasized this possibility . However, that scenario is being challenged today, as seen in the swap markets and Fed fund futures. Here the markets traded just before the opening bell: the Dow fell over 250 points in the afternoon session as investors continued to worry about inflation, wages and supply chain issues.

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Kareem Hunt, Aaron Rodgers NFL Injury Status and Fantasy Impact for Week 12

The Cleveland Browns received a big boost ahead of their most important section of the season. Cleveland plans to activate Kareem Hunt from injured reserves for Sunday's clash with the Baltimore Ravens on ESPN ... (Author: Gardener)

Kareem HuntThe Cleveland Browns received a big boost ahead of their most important section of the season. Cleveland plans to activate Kareem Hunt from injured reserve for Sunday's clash with the Baltimore Ravens, according to ESPN.com's Jake Trotter. The Browns will play the Ravens twice over the next three weeks, with the matchup on Sunday in Baltimore in Week 14 at FirstEnergy Stadium quickly following after the Browns' departure in Week 13. Cleveland needs as much help as possible digging their way out of the bottom of the AFC North, or at least moving them to a better spot on the AFC wildcard conversation. The Green Bay Packers are in better shape than the Browns but cannot afford a second straight defeat with home advantage in the NFC for the remainder of the season. Green Bay has no reason to worry about the status of Aaron Rodgers for the week 12 duel with the Los Angeles Rams. Rodgers is due to play on Sunday despite not exercising all week with a toe injury, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Below is a look at any major injuries that could affect Sunday's Week 12 matchups. The Browns couldn't have asked Hunt to return at a better time. Cleveland must put together a run to get out of 11th place in the AFC and bottom place in AFC North. Hunt hasn't played since week 6. Since then, the Browns have used D'Ernest Johnson in both a backup role behind Nick Chubb and as a starter with Hunt and Chubb. Johnson's fantasy football value has dropped to zero and Hunt is ready to return. Hunt made 10 or more carries for five straight weeks prior to his injury. Hunt last earned three goals in the four games before his injury. The 26-year-old should be included again with the two decisive duels against Baltimore. Rodgers and the Packers face an important duel over their playoff seed on Sunday. Green Bay and the Los Angeles Rams are separated by a game in the prize column. The toe problem shouldn't significantly affect Rodgers' performance against the Rams, but it could be an inconvenience at times during Sunday's game. Rodgers has thrown 677 yards in the past two weeks, including a four touchdown performance in last week's loss to the Minnesota Vikings, and his imagination shouldn't be compromised against a Rams defense that allows 81 points in the past three weeks Has. Rodgers should bond with Davante Adams often, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling might be worth an awesome look after catching four balls for 123 yards and a result last week.

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Manchester United's problems are not being fixed by a new manager

Although a new face will soon be on the sidelines, the problems of this superclub run much deeper than coaching. (Author: Gardener)

Manchester United'sIn 1892 Manchester United became an official member of the English Football League. In 1902, the club was on the verge of bankruptcy, only to be saved by a wealthy local brewer named J. He put money into the team and oversaw the construction of his striking new stadium called Old Trafford. United won a number of trophies and was nicknamed "Moneybags United" by critics who thought the club was just spending its way to success. About 50 years later, Louis Edwards made a living selling meat in Manchester. World War II had just ended and the UK Treasury Department was nearly bankrupt. Unless everyone still had to eat and everyone still wanted to eat meat, so the butcher in the neighborhood had what everyone else was missing: money. You are buying your local football club. - Sources: United to appoint Rangnick as interim manager At the time, most clubs were jointly owned by "normal" people: when they were formed, club shares were distributed to people in the local community and then passed on to the family. Clubs were rarely making money at the time, and you haven't received any significant dividends on your property. Edwards eventually found a copy of Manchester United's share register and paid a notorious corrupt councilor to go around town knocking on shareholders' doors and offer them to buy up their shares for a little money and, seriously, a little bit Meat. By 1964, Louis Edwards had secured control of the richest club in the world. A string of unlikely events and unique personalities would make United a team seemingly too big to fail. "Analysis shows that much of what explains Manchester United's success is dependent on, driven by luck and bad luck and hardly the result of a deliberate strategic plan." That's true, but there is an invigorating impulse that has united all of United's folders over time: the desire to make money. It's obvious now - and even cute - but Manchester United were one of the first clubs to see themselves as a means of generating income. By making more money than its competitors, the club won more games than its competitors, and so the team became more popular than its competitors, and so the club made more money than its competitors ... Auditing firm Deloitte has published an annual ranking of the richest clubs in the world over the past 16 years. United was never worse than fourth and was England's richest club 16 out of 16 times. That's pretty much the only thing they've won in the past few years. They currently rank eighth in the Premier League and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was finally shown the door. This team can of course improve, but how much better can they actually be? Last season Manchester United finished second in the Premier League, their highest ranking since Sir Alex Ferguson's resignation in 2013. Over the summer, one of the best wingers in the world, Raphael Varane, joined Jadon Sancho World full-back and Cristiano Ronaldo, a little-known Portuguese attacker who has scored 483 goals and won the Ballon d'Or three times in his career. This team should only get better - or should it? Prior to the season, the Sporting Index betting market put Manchester United's projected total score at 75 - just a point improvement from 74 points from the previous season despite the influx of new talent. With that number they are also behind Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. They weren't as good as their position in the table suggested. United had an incredibly low score for a runner-up; the average over the past 10 seasons was 82 points. They weren't as good as their total score suggested. According to website FBref, United produced an expected goal difference (plus-18) that was significantly worse than their actual goal difference of plus-29. Both Liverpool and Chelsea went the opposite way: xG differentials that were much better than United's but goal differentials that were worse. So essentially United benefited from double luck for themselves and bad luck for two of their closest rivals. So it's not that the markets thought the signings of Ronaldo, Sancho and Varane were worth just one point; It's like last year they thought United weren't a true 74-point team. Of course, United hasn't even met that expectation this season. Very often, teams experience immediate improvement when they change managers, but not necessarily because they changed managers. Teams are usually not forced to fire a coach until they have a series of particularly bad results, but the results usually get "particularly bad" due to unsustainable factors such as bad finish, bad goalkeeper, or great finish from the opponent. Then a new coach comes along and can ride the wave of positive regression to the mean. Despite some really terrible results last month, United's goal difference is slightly better than their xG difference: minus-1 compared to minus-2.6. United didn't play in fifth place while taking one team's points in eighth place; They got a team's points in eighth place while playing at the same level as a team in 13th place. Over time, there is a very strong correlation between team performance and player wages. United earns more money than any other team in the Premier League and, according to Transfermarkt, has the third most valuable squad in the world behind Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. Neither is a direct substitute for salaries, but both work well enough and while United pays their players more than just any club in the world, United have rightly achieved results on par with a Premier League team in midfield. This gives rise to two possibilities: Solskjaer's 12-game stint earlier this season is one of the worst managerial feats we've seen, or those players just aren't as good as we think they are. Despite growing research that managers do not have a major impact on team performance over a long period of time, these studies work in aggregates. There are clearly managers who are capable of making their players better and making sure that payroll is not an immediate fate. While this was an example of a team that was unlucky under first coach Frank Lampard, Thomas Tuchel ensured an immediate and real improvement in the team's quality of play that was not due to just a few extra shots hitting the back of the net. The players haven't changed at all, and yet the team has improved. While Lampard may have been fired for failing to improve on a Chelsea team that had spent a lot of money in the off-season, United got worse under OGS after adding Ronaldo, Varane and Sancho. Given that they were so bad, there are a few simple fixes that the team will immediately improve. The clearest: play Sancho more. From the end of the 2018 World Cup until this summer, there were four players in Europe who played at least 5,000 minutes of play and averaged at least 1.00 non-penalties plus assists per 90 minutes: Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe and Sancho. He has only played 40.1% of the available minutes in the Premier League this season - less than Daniel James, who is currently employed by Leeds United. Edinson Cavani only played 19.7% of the minutes, Anthony Martial is 18.4, Marcus Rashford is 16.1 and Donny Van De Beek is 5.6. These are all established or expensive players who, one would think, could contribute more than one minus 1-goal differential team if they were all on the field more often. By now, Mason Greenwood, a really nice prospect who's not a really good player yet, has played 74% of the available minutes. Shifting some of your minutes to these other players seems like the clearest path to instant improvement for the team. He has played 91% of the minutes in the Premier League since rejoining the club. He has scored four goals and set up two more - good for a rate of 0.74 goals plus assists per 90, a little worse than Watford's Josh King and a little better than Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold. That's a pretty good performance (13th best in the league), but it's also nowhere near what Ronaldo did at his peak or what the best attacking players in the world are producing these days. Also, it's pretty clear that Ronaldo is a huge disadvantage at 36 versus 37 when United are out of possession. Last of all strikers in terms of pressure per 90 minutes, according to FBref, he hasn't even attempted a tackle in the Premier League this season. Is that kind of profile - pretty good goalscoring, terrible defensive performance - really worth more than 90% of the league minutes (at the expense of some of the names above) for a team aiming for national dominance? Yes, Ronaldo has saved them time and again this year in the Champions League, but maybe they wouldn't need to be saved as often if a more dynamic attacker were in his place for more of the minutes. These, of course, don't seem to be the subtle questions the club will ever consider. Liverpool has a team of physics graduate students to help with decision making. Chelsea have built a so-called "army" of young talent to support the money tube controlled by Roman Abramovich. And Manchester City essentially rented the Brain Trust that built the great Barcelona teams of the early 2010s. Each club has a clear plan, although the level of clarity can vary. While there is much talk of the need to restore "Manchester United DNA" on the field, the lack of identity is particularly evident in the way the team makes decisions. The former is the guy who thought the Super League would go down well with the fans; The latter is leaving the club in a few months and since Sir Alex has been the figurehead for poor performance on the field of talented, highly paid, previously successful stars who look good on paper but always underperform on the field. While Sancho's skills really fit into any tactical situation, think about the rest of the team's recent big signings. Ronaldo needs everyone behind him to do extra work. Bruno Fernandes was by far United's best player of the OGS era but it's unclear if he can be that effective if he's not on the ball all the time. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a fantastic defender, but he's just nowhere near the kind of attacking power you see as a full-back for elite teams across Europe. Harry Maguire's limited athleticism means he can't quite cover the space behind the defense when United are playing a high line. these are all valuable e-players, but they are all somewhat clumsy players with one-sided skills who have to explain their shortcomings by the way the team plays and the other players around them. If you were to build a team with a clear vision, you would never end up on the same list with all of these guys. Then comes Ralf Rangnick, the man with perhaps the best plan, who has developed the successful top-down approach at all Red Bull-owned clubs. And sure, maybe he's the one to finally figure out how this poorly run club works on a level that is required of his ability to make money. But he's only here until spring and we've already seen four coaches have failed to live up to expectations since they last won the Premier League. With every manager fired, it becomes clearer that the ultimate problem isn't the man on the sidelines. Until something changes in the way the club works, from top to bottom, its success remains dependent - driven by luck or bad luck, never the result of a conscious strategic plan.

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Do cowboys "down" Zeke?

There's a lot going on in the building here at The Star about "What to do with Zeke?" (Author: Gardener)

ZekeFRISCO - For most of the 2021 season, Dallas Cowboys standout running back Ezekiel Elliott had a knee injury, an illness that first conceded on Sunday may have affected a game plan. "Yeah, I don't know," he said after the Cowboys' 36-33 OT loss to the Raiders on Thanksgiving. "I'm fine, but (the schedule) was probably (influenced)." And now there is speculation that Elliott may be restricted in the future. There are rumors and there is one in the building here at The Star Report from NFL Network on this note, Ian Rapoport on Friday said Dallas could "change" the number of Elliotts touches. FiBut in the past two weeks, Zeke's carries have been reduced. In that game, his replacement, Tony Pollard took 10 carries for 36 yards. Elliott carried the ball nine times for 25 yards and a touchdown - he hit a one-yard score after a major reception game from Pollard who added four receptions for 32 yards and a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown So wears nine against the Raiders. And last week's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, it was limited to nine touches. "Changing that number down from nine brings us pretty close ... Cowboys owner Jerry Jones h at it is called a "bruise" which sounds harmless ... but a "bruise" can actually be a fracture. If you do seven carries, say nine touches, in New Orleans next Thursday, it won't cure a bruised bone. already happened. And there is almost only one other way to "limit" your play. And that is not to play it. That, of course, is not Elliott's way of thinking. "It's very important," he said of the return to the line-up for CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper and DeMarcus Lawrence, all of whom were scheduled to play in Week 13. "We have four division games left in six weeks. We definitely have to hold on and these division games will always be tough.

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Las Vegas Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL Week 12 Thanksgiving Odds, Watch, Tv info.

Who will win the Las Vegas Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys game NFL Week 12 on Thursday and how do you watch it? (Author: Gardener)

Week 12The Las Vegas Raiders and Dallas Cowboys will play in a week 12 NFL game on Thursday. Who is Preferred to Win the Game and How Can You See It? Check out these NFL Week 12 odds for the game, as well as TV info on the NFL Week 12 competition. Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders are big underdogs in their NFL Week 12 Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are a 7.5-point favorite in the game, according to Tipico Sportsbook. The cowboys are -360 on the money line and the raiders are +270. More: NFL Week 12 Schedule, TV info for all 15 NFL Week 12 Games in the 2021 Season The Cowboys look great one week and terrible the next. Which team will appear in week 12? More: NFL Week 12 Picks, Predictions: Who Will Win Every Week 12 NFL Game? Will the cowboys cover for the raiders? Click here for game tips from NFL writers and websites that cover the league. More: Las Vegas Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys Picks, Predictions: Who Will Win NFL Week 12 Game? More: NFL Playoff Picture: Arizona Cardinals Jump Back To Top After NFL Victory In Week 11 This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Las Vegas Raiders vs.

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