Ancelotti: ‘Salzburg-Napoli fundamental’

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti warns Napoli that their two meetings with RB Salzburg are “fundamental” for Champions League qualification. “I want to see intensity and courage.” It kicks off on Wednesday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) in Austria. “Salzburg started the season well and although they changed a lot of players, they maintained the same approach to football with intensity and pace,” said Ancelotti in his press conference. RB Salzburg beat Genk 6-2 in their opening fixture and only narrowly lost 4-3 away to Liverpool, so are genuine contenders for qualification from this group. “There is a lot at stake in these two games, as Salzburg have shown they are capable of qualifying for the Round of 16, so yes these will be very important matches. “I want to see a courageous Napoli team that gives its all. This will have a lot of intensity, so we need courage, ideas, the desire to take the game by the scruff of the neck and collective work to overcome a team that has been doing very well this season. “Salzburg have players with different qualities and characteristics in attack, who combine well. They can do damage both with close passing and on the counter-attack, so they are versatile. “They did very well against Liverpool, as it’s not easy to score three goals at Anfield, so we must certainly be wary.” Napoli have not won a Champions League away fixture for three years, while Salzburg are unbeaten at home in Europe since 2016. “It’s not just my fault, Maurizio Sarri was here too,” smiled Ancelotti. “We have the experience of playing here last season in the Europa League. It’s true we lost 3-1, but after 20 minutes we already had qualification in our pockets with the away goal, so we relaxed a bit too much. “These are passionate and intimidating atmospheres, but we have to resist that and focus on playing with courage. Napoli can only win if we show our quality. A win away from home would be fundamental in the group, obviously.” Ancelotti was asked about Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano, who returned from Mexico with an ankle injury and did not feature in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Hellas Verona. “Lozano had a knock on international duty, but he is fine and will certainly give his contribution tomorrow. Arek Milik has always had space when he’s been in good shape. I know if he’ll play from the start, and he could do, but I won’t tell you… “Dries Mertens is the freshest, as he was rested at the weekend, so the one with the freshest legs has a better possibility of starting. I don’t decide the line-up, it is the work in training that tells me what to do. “We are all here to do the best of our abilities and I think our best is enough to get three points here. Considering 14 players for this game is important, as I know you are only interested in the starting XI, but those who come off the bench can be decisive. “You reporters tend to get the XI right, but the important thing is that I get the right XI!” Will Fernando Llorente be in the starting line-up? “It depends on what kind of game you expect. If I thought we’d play for 90 minutes in the opposition half, then Llorente would have advantages. I think we need to choose strikers who are… good,” he smiled. Ancelotti was also asked if he still felt happy in his work, perhaps in light of recent comments from President Aurelio De Laurentiis. “Football was my passion when I was 10 years old and it is still my passion, even if the environment around it doesn’t always make me happy, but I love watching games, working on the formations and studying teams. That I will always love.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Marino: ‘Atalanta enthusiasm in Manchester’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Atalanta director Umberto Marino said they approach the Manchester City clash “with great enthusiasm” in the Champions League. It kicks off at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. “You can breathe football in Manchester, whether it’s City or United, it is talked about in every street. As a small club, we approach this game with great enthusiasm,” Marino told Sky Sport Italia. This is the Orobici’s first ever Champions League campaign and 2,500 fans have made the trip from Bergamo. “The lads are concentrated, they know this is a unique stage to play on and we want to do our best.”last_img read more

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Karamoh receives racial abuse

first_imgYann Karamoh has confirmed that he received racial abuse on social media after Parma’s 2-2 draw with Inter. Karamoh helped Parma earn a point against his former side on Saturday and posted a video on Instagram of his goal at San Siro. However, one vile user replied to the clip with a message containing monkey and banana emojis, which did not go amiss. “I’d like to share this unacceptable message with you,” wrote the France Under-21 forward on Instagram. “Football is a dream for us players and for you fans, a passion handed down from generation to generation. “No matter your frustration, these messages mustn’t exist.” Roma defender Juan Jesus was also subjected to racism on the platform, resulting in the perpetrator being banned from attending football matches in Italy. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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De Ligt: ‘Happy to be at Juventus’

first_imgMatthijs de Ligt assured he is “very happy to be here” after another strong performance in the Juventus defence. “We’re making progress.” Paulo Dybala’s free kick from the tightest of angles secured a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid and top spot in their Champions League group. “We saw improvement today, although there are some aspects we need to improve both as a team and individually,” the defender told Sky Sport Italia. “It’s still only November and we’re making progress. We can still improve our style of football.” De Ligt was again asked about the suggestions in Holland that he regrets choosing Juve over Barcelona. “When you arrive at a club as important as Juve, there is pressure, but I wouldn’t be here if I couldn’t handle it. I had to adapt to a new system, but I am satisfied with the way things are going. “I want to enjoy this moment, I am satisfied and very happy to be here.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Modi to file reply to second showcause notice

first_imgLalit Modi will on Monday submit his reply to the second showcause notice issued to him by the BCCI which accuses the suspended IPL Commissioner of planning a rebel Twenty20 league in England.”The reply would be filed tomorrow. It would not be as voluminous (as the reply to the first show cause),” Modi’s legal adviser Mehmood Abdi reiterated today.Modi’s reply to the first showcause served on him soon after the conclusion of IPL’s third edition on April 25 ran up to over 15,000 pages, including a 160-page main reply with supporting documents.Modi responded to the first notice over allegations of murky financial deals in the IPL and bid rigging on May 15. He was served a second showcause by the BCCI on May 6 based on an e-mail sent to the Board by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Giles Clarke.In his e-mail, Clarke leveled serious charges against Modi that the Board found “detrimental to Indian cricket, English cricket and World cricket at large.”The notice referred to Modi’s March 31 meeting in Delhi with representatives of English counties Yorkshire, Lancashire and Warwickshire in which he allegedly talked about a parallel Twenty20 league in England and Wales in which eight existing franchises would bid for nine counties in the UK.”You have allegedly discussed this as a commercial proposition…and also set out that IPL would guarantee each county a minimum of USD three to five million per annum plus a staging fee of USD 1.5 million if the counties supported this idea,” the BCCI notice said.advertisement”You have allegedly offered a structured deal, by which the returns would be shared 80:20 between the franchises and the counties, a player model based on the IPL model and offered inducement to gather the rest of the county members to support your ideas and goad them to overpower their own governing bodies,” it said.”You have allegedly planted a seed of thought of players’ revolt if the governing bodies of respective cricket boards do not allow them to participate in this extended version of IPL,” it added.”It challenges not just the authority of BCCI but also (that of) ECB and suggested that IPL would henceforth literally shift to the hands of the franchises and the respective national governing bodies would be forced to watch helplessly while the game and the power of administration are hijacked,” Srinivasan said in the notice.”The volume of the reply depends on the issues raised.I don’t think the reply would be as voluminous (as the first).We will try to satisfy the Board (with the reply),” Abdi told PTI a few days ago when asked whether the second reply would be as staggering as the first one.Modi sought and obtained a 10-day breather to reply to the second show cause notice from the BCCI and the deadline ends tomorrow. .Incidentally the Board’s marketing committee meeting, chaired by president Shashank Manohar, has also been convened in Mumbai tomorrow to decide on team sponsorship that has boiled down to a two-horse race between Bharati Airtel and Sahara Group.The Board is yet to reply to Modi’s recent 14-page letter to BCCI president Manohar asking both the Board chief and secretary Srinivasan to recuse themselves from any future proceedings against the suspended IPL Commissioner.Modi had launched a scathing attack on Srinivasan in his letter to Manohar, saying the BCCI secretary should not be part of the panel adjudicating charges of financial irregularities against him.In his letter, Modi said Manohar too should stay away from the proceedings, since it would “tantamount to being a judge, witness and a potential co-notice” in the case.Modi alleged Srinivasan had grossly misused his power as BCCI secretary and said there was a clear case of “conflict of interests” since he was also owner of the Chennai Super Kings team in the IPL.”But I’m quite optimistic they (BCCI) would respond (to the letter from Modi),” Abdi said a few days ago.Asked about the future course of action, including legal, if the response was not favourable to Modi, Abdi had said, “Let’s wait and see. Let’s not pre-empt the matter.last_img read more

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IPL 2011 to have 74 matches

first_imgThe Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council met in Mumbai on Sunday and decided to introduce a changed format involving a total of 74 matches during the expanded fourth edition of the twenty20 extravaganza.”There would be a total of 74 matches in all,” IPL’s interim chairman Chirayu Amin told reporters after the meeting.”Each franchise would get to play a minimum of seven matches,” according to another IPL source.Indications are that the teams would be split into two groups in the initial phase.Till last season there were eight franchises who played on a home-and-away basis leading to 56 matches in the league phase, followed by two semi-finals, a 3-4 placings match (played only in IPL-III) and a grand final – making it a total of 60 matches.With two additional franchise teams added to the fray, Sahara Warriors of Pune and as yet unnamed Kochi franchise, a continuation of the home-and-away format would mean a total of 94 matches which the Council members did not find feasible.Among the other major decisions taken today were the retention of players for next few seasons by the original eight franchises and date of the next players’ auction.The IPl GC today decided that a total of four players can be retained by each (original) franchise, which includes a maximum of three Indian players. The players’ auction would be held in the second week of November.Amin said that each franchise would have a cap of USD 9 million to spend at the next players’ auction but this amount would get reduced with retention of players.advertisement”The franchises may have only half their money in hand if they decide to retain all the four players to spend during the new players’ auction,” he explained.At the inaugural players’ auction held here in February, 2008, each franchise had USD 5 million to spend.Another USD 2 million was the cap for the second auction held in Goa and for the third auction, held again in Mumbai, each franchise was allowed to spend only USD 750,000.The Council also proposed minor changes in the catchment areas of the various franchises. The decisions have to be vetted by the BCCI’s AGM on September 29.last_img read more

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South African umpire John Wright revives memories of Chile final

first_imgOn Sunday, life comes a full circle for Indian hockey. The team is up against France in the final of the Olympic qualifier and a step away from exorcising the ghosts of Santiago.However, they will find a familiar face when they walk out on the turf at the National Stadium.South African umpire John Wright, who officiated in the final against Britain in Chile four years ago, will be blowing the whistle in the match against France too.A well respected umpire, Wright brings vast international experience with him. He has been umpiring since 1994 and still remembers the day when the erstwhile powerhouse of the sport and eight-time gold medallists India had to swallow their pride after losing to Britain 0-2 and failing to qualify for the Olympics for the first time in 80 years.The 41-year-old said the Indians were ‘distraught’ after the match.”I remember they were distraught while going off the field. Playing at the Olympics is a lifetime opportunity and it is disturbing for any player to miss out on that,” Wright told Mail Today.He and Henrik Ehlers of Denmark were officiating in the match and found themselves at the receiving end after some decisions went against India.”They (India) tried to shift the blame on the umpires after the match, but I can’t recall any such serious incidents in the match. They were not good enough to qualify at that time.”Four years hence, Wright predicts India will be unstoppable in the final against France.advertisement”From what I have seen, they are a vastly improved side, far more prepared and organised. They are playing the kind of hockey that we are used to see from India. I would be surprised if they don’t qualify for the London Olympics.”I have been seeing the Indian team since 1994 and I think they are in a pretty good space at the moment and have great leadership going,” he said.Wright, whose brother Peter is also an umpire, says that the game has changed so much that umpiring is a real challenge now.”The game has changed a lot with the advent of artificial surface, inter-passing and new equipment. It is lot quicker. The game is played at a great speed now and we have to keep pace with it,” he said.last_img read more

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IPL attendance so far so good

first_imgThe popularity of the Indian Premier League is under the scanner but if one is to go by attendance figures at the venues in the first four days, the slam-bang T20 tournament is in great demand once again.Ever since low attendance figures and empty stands were noticed last year in the IPL, the general feeling was that ‘cricket fatigue’ had set in. After the highs of the ICC World Cup, to expect fans to come and watch cricket all over again for six weeks was an unrealistic demand. Yet, to say that the popularity of the IPL was dwindling was perhaps being too harsh.Sports View by S. Kannan.There is no harm in a sporting event re-inventing itself and this time, the litmus test was the opening ceremony. It had all the ingredients, Bollywood plus Kollywood showcasing all the glitz and glamour. A packed audience watched the spectacle, which set the ball rolling for the tournament proper.This was the week when people said the IPL would be competing with Bollywood for its popularity and survival. And the way fans have trooped into the stadia at Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore and Jaipur leaves no doubt that people are turning up to cheer for their favourite teams.I, for one, was surprised how Kolkatans braved the heavy showers for almost two-and-a-half hours and waited for the rainreduced match between KKR and Delhi Daredevils to begin.Mind you, this was the same city which last year surprised franchise owners by not turning up at the Eden Gardens. And last year, when India played England in an ODI, there were more empty seats. Yet, when KKR played Delhi Daredevils, the sight was pleasing as close to 55,000 spectators watched an extremely short match where there was no dearth of action.advertisementMumbai, Jaipur and Bangalore, too have responded well in the first few days, which goes to show that ‘cricket fatigue’ is indeed questionable as in this format, one doesn’t get bored so easily.Agreed, the early trend was unusual with Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata losing their first matches at home. But there have been other notable changes as well and it involves the behaviour of the pitches. If in Chennai, we first got to see unusual movement and the home team complaining, in Mumbai, spin from the first over was worrying.While the curators would be in the best position to explain this phenomenon, as days progress and pitches are used more often, one is bound to see bigger scores being registered.Then again, till now, we really haven’t seen a 200-plus score being registered by any team. And if one talks of individual scores, barring Ajinkya Rahane, the rest have not really launched blistering attacks.The common belief is that T20 cricket is for younger players and the older ones don’t have much of a role to play in it. However, the trend has been different in IPLV, where, barring Sachin Tendulkar, the evergreen faces have caught the eye.When Sourav Ganguly led his team Pune Warriors at the Wankhede Stadium, the cynics wondered if he was the right man for the job. Dada did not do too much with the bat but the astute skipper certainly led from the front as Pune made a Mickey Mouse out of Mumbai Indians.And once the action shifted to Jaipur, the man who made an emotional farewell speech after being felicitated by the BCCI and now leads Rajasthan Royals showed he has taken over the new job with aplomb.After Shane Warne said goodbye, it was a bold decision to hire Rahul Dravid as captain and mentor. He doesn’t have too many star players and the sprinkling of Rajasthan state players who were part of the victorious Ranji Trophy campaign are on view. Yet, with Rahane in full flow, Dravid didn’t have too much to worry about in the opener.A lot of fans may have forgotten the wily Muttiah Muralitharan. On Saturday, the Sri Lankan off-spinner bamboozled Delhi Daredevils to fashion a good win for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The way Murali foxed the batsmen was a pointer to what could lie ahead on tracks where there maybe some aid for the bowlers.These are early days for the IPL and given the long format of the tournament, everything looks open at this stage. As for Delhi Daredevils, they have to get the mix right in bowling and batting. With Umesh Yadav limping off the field on Saturday, there is a worry for skipper Virender Sehwag as Varun Aaron is far from being fully fit.advertisementHowever, if one is to go by the hungry look on Sehwag’s face, he seems ready for the challenges ahead. The next match is on home turf and he needs to ensure the winning trend is restored.And back to the topic of IPL versus Bollywood movies, it was close to house full at the cricketing venues, while reviews for House Full 2 haven’t been that encouraging. These days, movie producers make their money in the first four or five days of release, irrespective of the huge costs incurred in producing a movie, and on that basis alone, the IPL is doing well at the box office.last_img read more

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Confusion looms as Owens survives Hell in a Cell

first_imgShane McMahon (top of the cell) looks at Kevin Owens before making his jaw-dropping leap in their Hell in a Cell match. Photo by WWE.comFriends forever?Sami Zayn made the shocking save on longtime friend and bitter rival Kevin Owens, pulling him out of danger and helping him top Shane McMahon in the brutal falls count anywhere Hell in a Cell match Sunday (Monday Manila time) in Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT Baron Corbin stole the United States Championship in their triple threat match to grab his first title in the company.The Lone Wolf squirmed to the ring and kicked AJ Styles out of the squared circle after the defending champion nailed Tye Dillinger with the Phenomenal Forearm.Natalya also used a steel chair on Charlotte to force a disqualification finish and keep her SmackDown Women’s Championship after the Queen connected with a ringside moonsault to the Queen of Harts.Randy Orton topped Rusev once again as he hit an RKO after wiggling out of the Accolade.Bobby Roode was successful in his main roster pay-per-view debut, beating Dolph Ziggler after the Glorious One one-upped the Showoff with a rollup while holding the latter’s tights.After the match, Ziggler nailed Roode with a Zig-Zag as he left the ring frustrated with the result.In the kickoff show, Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable defeated the Hype Bros after Gable pinned Zack Ryder with Mojo Rawley looking on from ringside.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims In the night’s other matches, Jinder Mahal once again retained his WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura, but not without shenanigans from his cohorts The Singh Brothers.The King of Strong Style was moments away from winning the title after connecting with the Kinshasa, but the Singhs distracted the referee, delaying the count for the pinfall.Mahal tried to escape the match, but the challenger was in hot pursuit and brought him back to the ring. However, Nakamura would miss on his second Kinshasa attempt, opening the chance for the Modern Day Maharaja to nail the Khallas.The Usos also became five-time tag team title holders after defeating The New Day in their brutal Hell in a Cell encounter to reclaim the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.Jimmy and Jey Uso subjected the duo of Big E and Xavier Woods to a hellacious beatdown, finishing the match with a double splash with a steel chair on top of Woods for the three-count.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games With the Prizefighter and the SmackDown commissioner beating each other to a pulp inside, outside, and on top of the cell for close to 30 minutes, it was Zayn who turned heads the most and baffled everyone on why he rescued Owens in the match’s conclusion.McMahon seemed poised to win the war after sending Owens crashing to the Spanish announce table halfway down the cell, but he wanted to go for the home run and head-butted the brash Canadian to another announce table, putting him in position for the jaw-dropping elbow drop.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut just like the case in WrestleMania 32, McMahon crashed and burned as he fell on top of the cage and missed on his target, largely thanks to Zayn pulling Owens at the last moment.Zayn then pulled Owens on top of McMahon and motioned the referee to do the three-count as he left everyone in the arena confused on what just transpired. Renacia, Fernandez pace Sletba Open qualifiers Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments read more

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NFL’s new mantra: ‘Go younger. Go cheaper.’

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims That Bowman even needed to make the case that a player still in his 20s wasn’t over the hill shows how much the game has changed since he entered the league in 2010. Players at ages once considered to be their prime playing years now struggle to find jobs.The NFL has undergone a dramatic youth movement in the past decade as teams grow more inclined to go with cheaper, more inexperienced players ahead of seasoned veterans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe change is a reflection of the collective bargaining agreement signed before the 2011 season that capped rookie salaries and limited the chances for young players to renegotiate deals they had outperformed.“I thought the reason we supposedly changed the CBA was to keep veteran guys around, quote-unquote, but that hasn’t been what’s materialized,” said Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who entered the league in 2004. “It’s been: go younger, go cheaper.” LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “Sometimes you need to have older guys on the team just to symbolize what level of play you have to play at in the NFL,” Bowman said. “Young guys come in the league and they don’t know. Coaches want to see so much and get so much out of those young guys that pressure takes over and they can’t do it. You need to have some veteran guys out there.”There are just fewer of them around. The average age of players on opening day rosters has dropped from 26.6 years to 26 years in the past decade, with more than 55 percent of all snaps now taken by players age 26 or younger.While aging quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Drew Brees get much of the focus, the rest of the league is getting younger around them. In nearly every major statistical category the percentage of production in the league coming from players age 25 and younger has risen significantly compared to a decade ago. Players in their 30s who used to serve as mentors for young players are becoming a dying breed.“When I came in the league, it was a great thing to have older guys — Lawyer Milloy or Rodney Harrison type of guys — in your locker room, playing and making plays, because knowledge is power and those guys have seen it all,” Hall said. “When I was a young guy, there was a couple of 10-year veteran corners in my room. Nobody would know their names. But they were just veteran guys who knew the game, knew how to make plays.Guys I leaned on to gain a lot of knowledge from. But you don’t have that now.”Now the young guys are called on to do it all. The share of production from players age 25 and younger has shot up in the past decade. Nearly 60 percent of all yards rushing come from that age group compared to 42 percent in 2007.That pattern is echoed across nearly all statistics, with the share of yards receiving for young players jumping from 37 percent to 48 percent; touchdowns rising from 41 percent to 51 percent; yards passing going from 22 percent to 32 percent; and tackles increasing from 39 percent to 48 percent as players on rookie contracts get more responsibility.“I think that mentality has changed over the years, too,” said Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who entered the league as an undrafted player in 2005. “Because before you got in this league, no matter how good you were unless you were like a first-rounder, if you were a rookie, (coaches) didn’t trust you, didn’t like you. And I think that mentality has changed.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groupscenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ While teams are still willing to shell out big money to quarterbacks, elite pass rushers, shutdown cornerbacks, a few dominant offensive linemen and some big-play receivers, they are filling out the rest of the roster with players mostly on rookie contracts. The current CBA capped rookie salaries for the first four years — and an extra fifth for first-round picks — with the idea that more money would be available to veterans on second and third contracts. But that wealth has only materialized for a minority of stars at key positions, with a large share of veterans getting left behind.“Veterans are being passed over in favor of younger players who cost half as much and don’t even have a fraction of the experience,” said longtime agent David Canter. “Whenever that happens, regardless of profession, the quality of the product is going to decrease. The new CBA helped create this environment as owners duped the players and NFLPA into thinking that the savings on rookie contracts via an unnecessary rookie scale would be passed along to veteran players, with the union scoring the victory of less time in facilities in the offseason.”Instead the reduced offseason practice time, elimination of training camp two-a-days, and the reduction of in-season padded practices in hopes of making the game safer have hurt the quality of play even more; young players get even less preparation.The Raiders were a perfect example of how the move to go young can be detrimental. Despite a glaring need at linebacker in the offseason, general manager Reggie McKenzie refused to spend money to upgrade the position, allowing a proven veteran like Zach Brown to sign with Washington despite visiting Oakland first.That decision backfired as the team struggled at the position and even was forced to use a pair of undrafted rookies because of injuries to other young players before signing Bowman last week to solidify the spot.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Compton looking for player who can match up with Fajardo, Slaughter NaVorro Bowman #53 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after a play against the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 19, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPALAMEDA, California — When NaVorro Bowman joined the Oakland Raiders days after being let go in a youth movement in San Francisco he made a proclamation.“I’m only 29 years old and I still have a lot of juice left in me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

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