13Julius Erving31-34+7.8+6.3+5.93.2-4.6 10Kevin Garnett27-30+9.9+9.7+7.95.0-4.9 19George Gervin30-33+1.1-0.4-1.3-3.3-4.4 2Mookie Blaylock29-32+7.2+3.6+4.90.2-7.0 14Shawn Kemp24-27+6.5+3.1+3.82.0-4.5 12Bobby Jones25-28+7.7+5.1+3.83.1-4.6 Includes players who played at least 50 percent of available minutes each season in the four-season stretch.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 3Michael Adams28-31+4.4+1.7-0.1-1.6-6.0 4James Worthy28-31+4.0+2.3+0.7-1.6-5.6 15Dirk Nowitzki27-30+5.7+6.7+5.21.2-4.5 7Derek Harper28-31+4.3+2.8+0.7-0.9-5.2 18Dwyane Wade27-30+10.7+9.4+5.96.3-4.4 9John Drew23-26+3.1+1.3-0.7-1.8-4.9 8Terry Porter27-30+6.1+3.1+2.41.0-5.1 PlayerAgesYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 44-year Change 11Ricky Rubio25-28+1.9+0.8+1.7-2.9-4.8 Few players have ever declined so much as Melo, so quicklyBiggest decline in Box Plus/Minus (BPM) for qualified NBA players over a four-season span, 1976-2019 16Ray Williams25-28+4.0+3.1+3.9-0.4-4.4 Carmelo Anthony may have played his last game as a member of the Houston Rockets. Or maybe not. Who knows? Either way, the Carmelo Experiment in Houston hasn’t gone according to plan over the first month of the season. Coming off a charmed 65-win campaign in 2017-18, this year’s Rockets are below .500 — and while Houston’s problems run deeper than Anthony, he has done little to suggest they’re merely coincidental with his presence on the team.Going into the season, my colleague Chris Herring wrote that Anthony’s success or failure in Houston would largely depend on his ability to curtail his usual scoring tendencies and play effectively off the ball — finding opportunities for open shots (presumably off passes from Chris Paul and James Harden) and knocking them down. In addition, Anthony would need to prove he wasn’t a total liability on defense, considering Houston lost lockdown forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute over the summer.Unfortunately, Anthony hasn’t really done much in any facet of that role so far. He has dialed back the share of team offense he’s using — down to a career-low 20.5 percent usage rate — which would normally be a positive sign of accepting a diminished function in the offense. But he’s also stopping the ball too often — he has assisted just 2.9 percent of teammate buckets while on the floor — and his shooting hasn’t been up to par. Anthony is hitting catch-and-shoot jumpers at an effective field goal percentage of just 51.8 percent, which according to Second Spectrum ranks 32nd out of 48 shooters with at least 50 attempts. More concerning, Anthony also ranks 224th out of 266 qualified shooters in overall quantified shot quality, Second Spectrum’s metric for judging the expected value of a shot (based on distance, defender proximity, etc.). Anthony has always excelled at making tough shots, but in order to fit into Houston’s obsessively efficiency-maximizing scheme, he needed to prove he could generate easy ones, too.Moreover, Anthony has been a prime culprit in Houston’s drop from sixth in defensive efficiency last season to 20th this year. According to Basketball-Reference.com, the Rockets are allowing an eye-popping 119.2 points per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court, 10.1 more than they do with him off the floor. That 109.1 mark without Anthony would rank 14th in the league anyway, so it’s more than just Anthony that’s causing the Rockets to slip from their defensive form of last season. His arrival certainly hasn’t helped the cause, though.Anthony’s friend (and fellow Banana Boater) Dwyane Wade tweeted Sunday that fans and journalists were trying to make Anthony “the fall guy” for Houston’s slow start, and he has a point. Looking beyond Anthony, Houston has three rotation players — Eric Gordon, Gerald Green and Michael Carter-Williams — with true shooting percentages below 50 percent. Harden hasn’t quite recaptured his MVP form from last year, and Paul appears to be slowing down at age 33. The Rockets look sluggish (they rank 28th in pace) and are making only 32.7 percent of their many three-point attempts, which ranks a shocking 25th in the league.1For comparison’s sake, they ranked 13th last year.But Anthony is also hitting new statistical lows in what has been an otherwise Hall of Fame career. At age 33 with Oklahoma City last season, he’d never been worse according to Player Efficiency Rating (12.7), Win Shares per 48 minutes (.071) or Box Plus/Minus (-3.8). Although there was hope he’d just slumped in a bad situation on OKC, Anthony is blowing away those old career-worst marks this season: He currently has a PER of 11.5 with .043 WS/48 and a BPM of -5.1.It’s not unheard of to see a player dip so drastically in production as he ages into his 30s, but it is shocking to see it happen to a player who has been as good as Anthony has been and also hasn’t suffered a major injury. According to Basketball-Reference’s data, Anthony’s 7.7-point decline in BPM from 2015-16 to 2018-19 is tracking to be the largest since the ABA merger for any player who logged at least 50 percent of team minutes over each season in a four-year span. BPM by Year in Span … 1Carmelo Anthony31-34+2.6-0.7-3.8-5.1-7.7 A player had to be very good in order to even suffer so large a decline in the first place, and Anthony certainly fit that bill … once upon a time. Many of the names on that list managed to bounce back and be quality contributors going forward, though few were as old (and none as bad) as Anthony has been recently. So in that sense, the collapse of Anthony’s game has been historic — we’ve never really seen a star’s numbers fall off quite so much in such a short time.If the Rockets do end up cutting ties with Anthony, he may still draw interest from certain NBA teams. (At the very least, the Melo-to-the-Lakers rumor mill is already starting to rumble back to life.) And, however small, there is some evidence Anthony could be more effective in a different system than that of the Rockets, where his game never meshed with Mike D’Antoni’s overarching philosophy at either end of the court. But whether due to fit or declining skills, it has been a nothing less than stunning fall for Anthony these past few seasons. 17Scott Skiles26-29+1.6-1.4+1.0-2.8-4.4 20Kevin Willis29-32+1.0-0.4+1.1-3.2-4.2 5Dwyane Wade28-31+9.4+5.9+6.33.9-5.5 6Kareem Abdul-Jabbar37-40+4.9+4.5+1.6-0.6-5.5
Ryan Giggs is convinced that Real Madrid is the right club for his national team start player, Gareth Bale, and he advised him to stay in Spain despite his situation hasn’t been easy.The Wales star has struggled to gain his regular spot in the starting eleven under Zinedine Zidane and he has been expected to change clubs sooner or later but his national team’s coach believes that it wouldn’t be the right choice.The former Manchester United player spoke about Bale’s situation as he said, according to Sky Sports:“Yes. I went to see him against PSG [in the Champions League last-16].”“When you go there the aura around the club, there are only a handful of clubs who have got that.”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“So, of course, you want to stay there. He’s won three Champions League titles, the proof is in that.”“When you are at clubs like that you are always going to win things.”“I learned a lot when I was (United) manager for the four games and about how lonely it was.”“When you shut the door of your office and everyone else has gone home, you’re on your own.”
Aaron Ramsey’s future has been given another twist with Arsenal now willing to sell him in the January transfer windowThe 27-year-old midfielder’s contract will expire at the end of the season with latest reports suggesting that a new offer by Arsenal has been withdrawn.This means that Ramsey will likely leave the Emirates as a free agent in next summer’s transfer window.But the Daily Mirror reports that Arsenal are determined to make sure they don’t go empty-handed.The Gunners have now decided that if they cannot keep Ramsey, then the only other option is to sell him in January.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Arsenal used the same approach with Alexis Sanchez in the last winter transfer window, which saw the Chilean completed a swap deal to Manchester United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.Manager Unai Emery had stated earlier this month that he was hopeful of convincing Ramsey to sign a new long-term deal.Ramsey was signed by Arsene Wenger a decade ago from Cardiff City and played major roles in the club’s three FA Cup titles by scoring the winning goals in finals against Hull City and Chelsea.Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with moves for the Wales international.
The Saints were defeated 2-1 by Cardiff City in the English Premier League, leaving them in the bottom three of the table.Southampton FC couldn’t defeat Cardiff City, and just two minutes after tying the match, they ended up losing 2-1 after Kenneth Zohore scored the winning goal for the Bluebirds in the last play of the game.After this result, Southampton is now in 18th place of the table, out of 20 teams, with only 24 points after 26 matches.They have won only five times, drawing nine, and losing 12 matches.And for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, this defeated left him “speechless.”“I’m speechless. I don’t quite know the words to put in,” he told the club’s official website.“The only thing I can say that makes sense right now is that we, as a group, as a team and as a club, need these days to get together and analyze our small mistakes and details.”“Then we’re going to improve, do better, work harder and come back as a stronger side,” he added.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They (the coaches) prepared everything for us, we just had to put it into play. We did all right and in some parts of the game we created what we had to.”“You have to give credit to Cardiff for keeping believing because in this case, you have to believe until the end,” he continued.“We’re going to work on what we have to work on and come back stronger – that’s what this club is about, that’s what the players are about and that’s what the coaches are about.”“We have a big potential, but we still have to put it into excellence. This is what we will work on,” the footballer concluded.Skipper Pierre-Emile Højbjerg says #SaintsFC must bounce back stronger after a painful #PL defeat to #CardiffCity:— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 9, 2019
Evacuations ordered as bomb squad investigates suspicious device in Lemon Grove January 17, 2018 Posted: January 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Evacuations were ordered in Lemon Grove after a suspicious device was found Wednesday near a U-Haul center.A bomb squad was sent to a self-storage business in the 1800 block of Massachusetts Avenue, near Main Street in Lemon Grove, where a caller reported finding what appeared to be a “military practice device,” a sheriff’s lieutenant says.Bomb squad personnel have safely impounded that possible piece of military equipmentDeputies evacuated the immediate area and shut down some traffic lanes as a precaution pending resolution of the situation.Officials have reopened the area to the public. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 3:21 PM
One of the Governor’s other key priorities this year is to permanently change the way work is done in the Capitol by enacting his proposed budgetary reforms and transparency measures – including his legislation that would enact pay freezes if they ever push the state to the brink of a government shutdown again. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker, gave his fourth State of the State Address, on Thursday evening. During the address Governor Walker called on lawmakers to enable Alaska to control its own destiny by resolving our fiscal challenges during the legislative session that is now currently under way. Walker: “We make nothing on oil discovered but left in the ground. Access and production are key. We are now working to develop toll roads so exploration can take place 12 months a year rather than just in the winter months.” This year, the state saw the highest dollar bids on North Slope lease sales in over 20 years. Governor Walker also highlighted some highlights for the upcoming year including the AK LNG project. The State leads the project for the first time, and the Joint Development Agreement – signed with the presidents of the U.S. and China at the table – puts the project the closest to reality it’s ever been. Governor Walker: “Even with the challenges ahead, I remain the eternal optimist, and there is good reason for optimism. We have all the tools to control our own destiny and build a safer, smarter, stronger Alaska.” According to Walker one key primary focus of the legislature this year is to provide the infrastructure to develop our resources. “This is the customary role of government.” Governor Walker: “Passing a budget on time is not complicated. Other states do it on time. So can we.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-State-of-the-state.mp3VmJennifer-on-State-of-the-state.mp300:00RPd
Nissan Motor Co’s Datsun brand is all set to make a comeback in the Indian auto market after a gap of 33 years on MondayThe Japanese car maker is all set to pull the wraps off its new Datsun car, K2, as a concept in New Delhi at the hands of Carlos Ghosn, Head of Renault-Nissan.Vicent Cobee, Corporate Vice-President of Nissan Motor’s Datsun business unit, speaking to Business Line said, “India is probably the most competitive country in the world for the automotive industry. It does not cover 100 per cent of technology or components required to make a car but it is giving a good 97 per cent.”The soon-to-be-launched car is expected to be priced in the ₹2-₹4 lakhs range and is expected to invite direct competition from Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon.Seeking to tap into the ultra-low cost car market, Nissan plans to expand its Datsun brand in emerging markets like India, Indonesia, South Africa and Russia, before moving onto other markets like Southeast Asia, Middle East and Latin America.”We want to stay focused on four countries (India, Russia, Indonesia and South Africa) initially and make this project a reality. Of course, we will go beyond that because the emerging new middle-class will hopefully happen in many places,” Cobee said.Apart from the K2, the company also plans to roll out another model by 2014 end and the third model in 2016, according to Reuters.
A bird flies by the Vedanta office building in Mumbai August 16, 2010.Reuters fileDiversified natural resources company Vedanta on Monday reported a consolidated net profit for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016-17.According to the company, its consolidated net profit during the quarter under review stood at Rs 2,989 crore from a loss of Rs 21,104 crore in the corresponding period of 2015-16.However, the company said its attributable PAT (profit after tax) before exceptional items and DDT (Dividend Distribution Tax) for the fourth quarter increased by 3.4 times to Rs 2,971 crore from Rs 861 crore reported during the corresponding period of 2015-16.Vedanta’s consolidated revenue during the quarter under review rose by 41 percent to Rs 22,371 crore from Rs 15,828 crore earned during Q4 of FY16.”I am happy to report that Vedanta has posted strong financial and operational results in FY2016-17. Our strategic focus to ramp up production across the portfolio namely in Zinc, Aluminium, Power and Iron Ore businesses throughout the year, has supplemented revenue growth,” Tom Albanese, Chief Executive Officer, Vedanta, was quoted as saying in a statement.”In particular, record production levels at Zinc and Aluminium were well-timed in an environment of strong supply side pressures on both commodities. Our cost management initiatives have helped us deliver strong returns for all our shareholders.”
Devastated to hear that VB Chandrasekhar has passed away. I remember him in the first ever IPL auction in 2008, raising the paddle to the unheard sum of $ 1.5 million dollars to bring MS Dhoni to CSK. He will be missed.— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) August 15, 2019 VB Chandrasekhar.TwitterFormer Indian cricketer VB Chandrasekhar was found dead at his residence in Chennai on Thursday. The former Indian opener was found hanging and according to police sources, he might have committed suicide, reported NDTV. According to other reports, initially it was suspected that he might have died due to cardiac arrest but later the police confirmed that he committed suicide. The police have said financial liabilities connected to his Tamil Nadu Premier League team “VB Kanchi Veerans”, may have led to the dire act. However, no suicide note has been recovered.”Financial liabilities appear to be the reason,” a senior police officer told NDTV.The former Indian cricketer is survived by his wife and two daughters. Chandrasekhar played his debut first-class match at the age of 25. He then went onto score 4,999 runs in the 81 matches he played with a career best of 237 not out. He had an average List A career scoring 1053 runs in the 41 matches he played.The 57-year-old cricketer who was six days short of his birthday represented India in seven ODI matches but due to poor performances, his career was short-lived. Post-retirement he was involved in coaching and commentary. The former right-handed batsman was also a national selector for sometime after which he had his stint as a manager of the Chennai Super Kings team for three years. Chandrasekhar was the person behind Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s arrival into Chennai Super King. The whole cricketing fraternity was shocked by his sudden demise and took to Twitter to write down their tribute to the former wicket-keeper batsman.Harbhajan Singh Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman expressed their disbelief and expressed condolences for his family and friends.”Very shocking to hear VB Chandrashekhar indian cricketer is no more.. very sad news .. very young to go.. rest in peace VB.. Big lose condolences to the family,” Harbhajan wrote.Very shocking to hear VB Chandrashekhar indian cricketer is no more.. very sad news .. very young to go.. rest in peace VB.. Big lose ☹️ condolences to the family @CSKFansOfficial @ChennaiIPL @BCCI— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 15, 2019″Terrible news…VB…too soon. Shocking! Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,” Kumble tweeted.Terrible news…VB…too soon. Shocking! Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. — Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 15, 2019″Deeply saddened and shocked to know about the demise of my good friend VB Chandrashekar. Heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul RIP,” Laxman wrote.Deeply saddened and shocked to know about the demise of my good friend VB Chandrasekhar. Heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul RIP.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 15, 2019Indian cricketer Suresh Raina mentioned what a crucial role he played for the foundation of CSK. Former team director of KKR Joy Bhattacharya also mentioned how instrumental he was in bringing MS Dhoni to CSK.Extremely sad & shocked to hear about the passing away of VB Chandrasekhar sir. His consistent efforts made it possible to set the right foundation of the CSK team. He always encouraged & believed in us since very beginning. My deepest condolences to the family. pic.twitter.com/g2mtq8wRos — Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 15, 2019
Russian and the US flags running up as the US Secretary of State arrives at Moscow Vnukovo Airport. AFP file photoPresident Vladimir Putin said the United States would have to cut its diplomatic staff in Russia by 755 people and that Moscow could consider additional measures against Washington as a response to new US sanctions approved by Congress.Moscow ordered the United States on Friday to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff and said it would seize two US diplomatic properties after the US House of Representatives and the Senate overwhelmingly approved new sanctions on Russia. The White House said on Friday that US President Donald Trump would sign the sanctions bill.Putin said in an interview with Vesti TV released on Sunday that the United States would have to cut its diplomatic and technical staff by 755 people by Sept. 1.“Because more than 1,000 workers – diplomats and support staff – were working and are still working in Russia, 755 must stop their activity in the Russian Federation,” he said.The new US sanctions were partly a response to conclusions by US intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, and to punish Russia further for its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.Russia’s response suggested it had set aside initial hopes of better ties with Washington under Trump, something the Republican president, before he was elected, had said he wanted to achieve.A federal law enforcement investigation and multiple US congressional probes looking into the possibility that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia have made it harder for Trump to open a new chapter with Putin. Russia denies it interfered in the election and Trump has said there was no collusion.Moscow said on Friday that the United States had until Sept. 1 to reduce its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people, matching the number of Russian diplomats left in the United States after Washington expelled 35 Russians in December.On Friday, an official at the US Embassy, who did not wish to be identified, said the embassy employed about 1,100 diplomatic and support staff in Russia, including Russian and US citizens.‘UNCALLED-FOR ACT’The State Department declined to comment on the exact number of embassy and consular staff in Russia.But a State Department official called Russia’s action “a regrettable and uncalled-for act.”“We are assessing the impact of such a limitation and how we will respond to it,” the official said on condition of anonymity.As of 2013, the US mission in Russia, including the Moscow embassy and consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, employed 1,279 staff, according to a State Department Inspector General’s report that year. That included 934 “locally employed” staff and 301 US “direct-hire” staff, from 35 US government agencies, the report said.That breakdown suggested the actual number of Americans forced to leave Russia would be far less than 755.“We dont (sic) have 755 American diplomats in Russia,” said Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia, in a post on Twitter on Sunday.The cuts would likely affect how quickly the United States is able to process Russian applications for US visas, McFaul said.“If these cuts are real, Russians should expect to wait weeks if not months to get visas to come to US,” he said.Putin said Russia could take more measures against the United States, but not at the moment.“I am against it as of today,” Putin said in the interview with Vesti TV.He repeated that the US sanctions were a step to worsening relations between the two countries.“We were waiting for quite a long time that maybe something would change for the better, were holding out hope that the situation would change somehow. But it appears that even if it changes someday it will not change soon,” Putin said.He said Moscow and Washington were achieving results on cooperation, however, even “in this quite difficult situation.” The creation of the southern de-escalation zone in Syria showed a concrete result of the joint work between the two countries, Putin said.