The Skiff: August 31, 2017

first_imgprintFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoVolume 116, Issue 2: Harvey shatters record for rainfallAlso: Football preview, tobacco policy and more. ReddIt ReddIt + posts The Skiff The Skiff A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes Linkedin Facebook Facebook The Skiff by TCU360TCU Box 298050Fort Worth, TX [email protected] Linkedin Previous articleThrowback Thursday: TCU TriviaNext articleBeach Volleyball adds two signees to 2017 class The Skiff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img The Skiff: Nov. 14, 2019 Life in Fort Worth Twitter The Skiff Twitter The Skiff: Dec. 5, 2019 The Skiff: Nov. 7, 2019 The Skiff The Skiff The Skiff: Nov. 21, 2019 Welcome TCU Class of 2025 last_img read more

Thomas Meunier reveals transfer talks amid Arsenal and Man Utd speculation

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Thomas Meunier has been linked with a move away from PSG (Picture: Getty)PSG defender Thomas Meunier has admitted that he has held talks with a dozen interested clubs since January amid speculation linking him to both Arsenal and Manchester United this summer.The 27-year-old has been linked with a £22m move away from PSG where he has spent the past three seasons with the Premier League tipped to be his next destination.Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who worked alongside Meunier during two seasons in the French capital, is particularly keen to sign the Belgian having encountered problems at right-back last season.Meunier has been coy over his future in recent weeks and hinted that he could leave PSG next summer on a free transfer should the club fail to receive a substantial bid for his services in the current transfer window.ADVERTISEMENT Thomas Meunier reveals transfer talks amid Arsenal and Man Utd speculation Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 4 Jun 2019 3:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link188Shares Unai Emery worked with Meunier at PSG (Picture: Getty)‘It’s something that could suit me,’ Meunier told Le Parisien when asked whether he could leave at the end of his contract next summer.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t think the club would make a lot of money from me, actually. I have a market value, but I’m a defender, I play one game out of three and I’m turning 28.‘It’s not like Adrien [Rabiot], who is worth €50m.’Although Arsenal and United appear to be the frontrunners to sign Meunier should he depart PSG, he insisted that a number of clubs have made contact over signing him.Meunier added: ‘There have been phone calls since January with interested clubs. There are a dozen clubs, all of which are in the top five of their leagues.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAlthough Meunier was not a guaranteed starter for Thomas Tuchel last season, he still made 31 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals and registering four assists.Emery is keen to sign Meunier to provide competition for Hector Bellerin while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has earmarked him as a possible successor to the departing Antonio Valencia.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorslast_img read more

Lakers pick up the pace, and find success

first_imgNo longer does Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni nervously pace the sidelines motioning with his hands for his players to increase their speed. No longer does his players openly scoff at such demands. No longer does D’Antoni’s belief in the “ball finding energy” amount to nothing more than a bumper-sticker slogan. Yes, plenty of things have changed this season, and they go beyond the lack of consistent locker room bickering last season that contributed to a first-round playoff exit to the San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers have also played an offense that matches more with D’Antoni’s vision, which places a high premium on 3-point shooting, layups and what he calls “an equal opportunity” for everyone to contribute. The Lakers haven’t exactly replicated the fast-paced Phoenix Suns offenses D’Antoni coached that soon gathered a reputation for scoring in “seven seconds or less.” During his five seasons in Phoenix (2003-08), D’Antoni’s teams averaged between 110-112 possessions per game. But the Lakers are awfully close.The Lakers (9-9) have played at the fourth-highest pace this season, averaging 100.3 possessions per game, an increase from the 96.8 they averaged last season. But through the first month of the NBA season, the Lakers provided a decent blueprint on how to run D’Antoni’s offense. “The ball is moving and it’s not really sticking too much,” Lakers center Pau Gasol said. “We’re getting opportunities for everyone. That means we’re doing well, scoring and playing at a pace that we’re comfortable. If that translates to wins, which is the most important part, you have nothing to complain about.”The Lakers rank fourth both in 3-point shooting (40.9 percent) and assists (24.06), animprovement from last season’s outside shooting (35.5 percent, 19th overall) and assists (22.4, 16th).Credit the steady presence of Steve Blake (42.9 percent 3-point shooting this year, 42.1 percent last year), improvement from Jodie Meeks (44.8 percent this year, 35.7 percent last year) and some pleasant surprises from new arrivals Xavier Henry (45.2 percent) and Wesley Johnson (43.6 percent). Those numbers have ensured nine different players leading the team in scoring en route to signature wins against Western Conference powers Houston, the Clippers and Golden State. Incidentally, the Lakers also have practice drills that require the team to make quick passes in hopes of building rhythm, ball movement and team play. “Nobody is jacking too much while somebody is right in their face,” Henry said. “If somebody is shooting a 3, it’s because we swung the ball pretty quickly and guys got open looks.”There’s still some things to critique.The Lakers remain 12th overall in the Western Conference. Their 101.06 points-per-game average only ranks 14th overall. Their turnovers this season (14.89, 21st overall) mirrors last season’s output (14.6, 23rd). “I’m a big part of the turnover problem, but it has nothing to do with pace of play,” said Blake, who’s averaged 2.2 turnovers this season. “I just made some bad decisions.” Yet, the Lakers believe the recipe involves revving up the accelerator even more, hoping it will send opponents further into a tailspin. “That’s how we want to play,” Blake said. “It doesn’t have to be hectic, but it’s good to play at a pace where you can get the other teams tired. Hopefully it can get players out of position on the defensive end by pushing it.”Another version of Showtime? Not quite. But after the they spent most of last season relying on Bryant’s heroics to cover up for hobbled personnel and the constant infighting, the Lakers have shown a much more visually appealing picture on the court. A much faster one, too. “We can push it even a little bit more,” D’Antoni said. “Our success, a lot of it is due to the pace we can keep. Sometimes we lose that pace. We need to keep it up there.”How?“Push it. Just go,” D’Antoni said. “It doesn’t matter what the other team does. As soon as you score or rebound, you have to go. The point guard has to push it, the wing has to run and the wings have to get down. You don’t hurry, but you go quickly and get good shots.” Plenty of uncertainty surrounds how the Lakers will sustain this pace when accounting for the pending return of Kobe Bryant (torn left Achilles tendon) and Steve Nash (back). Both practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday with hopes of returning when the Lakers (9-9) visit the Sacramento Kings (4-11) on Friday at Sleep Train Arena. But only Mother Nature knows how Bryant will look picking up a basketball in a game for the first time in seven months. Or if Nash can restore the greatness that earned him two NBA MVP awards when he ran D’Antoni’s offense in Phoenix so well that the coach reflected it only took Nash an hour to learn it.Lakers backup point guard Jordan Farmar, whose averages of 9.2 points and 4.4 assists reflect his match for D’Antoni’s fast-paced system, also will stay sidelined for about a month after an ultrasound Monday showed he tore his left hamstring.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more