GMS presents; The 2018 NBA Manifesto

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New Zealand coach aims a jibe at Johnny Sexton after comments on referee Barnes

New Zealand coach aims a jibe at Johnny Sexton after comments on referee Barnes: http://www.givemesport.com/1416399-all-blacks-coach-takes-dig-at-johnny-sexton-after-referee-controversy. Thanks for watching, subscribe for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaLXNyzskVLe-6Kn6ECJnBw?sub_confirmation=1 Football News24/7  New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster has taken a dig at Ireland's Johnny Sexton, after the fly-half's comments regarding the referee appointed for this weekend's clash sparked controversy.   Sexton was holding nothing back when he expressed his wariness regarding English referee Wayne Barnes, claiming that both he and his team were right to question the appointment after past issues between both parties.   Sexton also went on to state that he believed his side would have to be on their best behaviour for the clash with the All Blacks, or risk falling foul of the English referee once again.   "We pride ourselves on our discipline" Sexton told journalists. "We have come on the wrong side of Wayne Barnes in the past, so it is something we are going to have to look at even more so this week".  All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster, however, took a very different view of things, coming to the referee's defence whilst also firing at dig at Sexton over his own history.   "I'm not sure why he says that, Barnes is a great ref," Foster told the Irish Independent, per Rugby Lad.   "Johnny seems to give them [the referees] a bit of advice on the part too, so I'm sure he will carry on doing that."  Sexton also fell foul of England head coach Eddie Jones last week, following team-mate Owen Farrell's controversial tackle on South African full-back Andrew Esterhuizen.   "If he was Johnny Sexton, then we'd be able to complain about him, but because he's Owen Farrell, he's allowed to be hit late" Jones told journalists.   When Jones' comments were put to Sexton, however, the Irishman seemed to find the humour in the moment.  "I don't know how I was mentioned at an England and New Zealand press conference, it still baffles me. I didn't think we were playing England until February!"  Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms #NewZealand, #coach, #aims, #jibe, #JohnnySexton, #after, #comments, #referee, #Barnes #irelandrugby, #allblacks, #rugbyunion, #OwenFarrell, #johnnysexton, #unmissable

Diego Maradona thinks he knows why Florentino Perez sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus

Diego Maradona thinks he knows why Florentino Perez sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus: http://www.givemesport.com/1416502-diego-maradona-why-real-madrid-president-florentino-perez-sold-cristiano-ronaldo. Thanks for watching, subscribe for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaLXNyzskVLe-6Kn6ECJnBw?sub_confirmation=1 Football News24/7  If you don’t watch much Spanish football and are wondering how badly Real Madrid are missing Cristiano Ronaldo, just look at the La Liga table.  It’s extremely rare to see Los Blancos outside of the top three; however, the reigning European champions currently find themselves sixth in the table after the first 12 games of the 2018-19 campaign.  It’s been a disastrous start to the season for Madrid, who confirmed that Santiago Solari was the club’s new permanent manager earlier this week after sacking Julen Lopetegui last month.  They’ve only scored 20 league goals this season, while their +4 goal difference is inferior to Barcelona’s, Sevilla’s, Atletico Madrid’s, Deportivo’s and even Espanyol’s.  Ronaldo averaged 50 goals a season during his nine seasons at the Bernabeu - and although Madrid’s woes this season aren’t solely down to the Portuguese superstar’s departure, there’s no doubt the La Liga giants are struggling without his goals.  Madrid’s loss has undoubtedly been Juventus’s gain. Many football fans thought Ronaldo would struggle to score goals in Serie A - because of his advancing years - but the 33-year-old is currently in the process of making those doubters look foolish.  The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has already scored nine goals in his first 15 appearances for Juve. Eight of those goals have come in Serie A.  Diego Maradona has been asked about Madrid’s decision to sell Ronaldo in an interview with the Spanish newspaper Marca - and the football legend thinks he knows the real reason Florentino Perez sold him for £100 million in the summer.  “I think that it was a good move for Cristiano,” Maradona began. “He gave his all to Madrid, he wasn't enjoying it as much as he does now in Italian football and Florentino is always planning.  “When he saw Ronaldo was only getting a goal a game he sold him.”  Interesting. Maradona reckons Perez got rid of Ronaldo because he was only scoring a goal a game towards the end of his Madrid spell, instead of braces and hat-tricks.  It seems he believes that Perez thought Ronaldo was in the early stages of decline.  Asked if Madrid are missing Ronaldo, Maradona added: “Clearly yes but I always say that a player doesn't make a club. Madrid will recover, they will win again, they have a great squad but the truth is that Ronaldo continues to score goals and people will say why was he sold.  “I always say that Florentino is clever and if he let him go it was for a reason.”  Judging by these comments, Maradona clearly feels Perez’s decision to sell Ronaldo for £100 million will look smart in the long run.  Ronaldo, meanwhile, recently confirmed that Perez played a big part in his decision to leave Madrid.  “I felt it inside the club, especially from the president, that they no longer considered me the same way that they did in the start,” the prolific forward was quoted as saying by the Guardian last month. “In the first four or five years there I had the feeling of b #DiegoMaradona, #thinks, #knows, #FlorentinoPerez, #soldCristianoRonaldo, #Juventus #football, #CristianoRonaldo, #Juventus, #RealMadrid, #LaLiga, #SerieA, #diegomaradona, #debatable

Eddie Jones explains why he has vowed to never attend another referees' meeting

Eddie Jones explains why he has vowed to never attend another referees' meeting: http://www.givemesport.com/1416430-eddie-jones-classes-officials-meetings-as-waste-of-time-after-underhills-ruledout-try. Thanks for watching, subscribe for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaLXNyzskVLe-6Kn6ECJnBw?sub_confirmation=1 Football News24/7  Eddie Jones is considering boycotting future World Rugby meetings for coaches and referees after declaring them a “waste of time”.  England were denied victory over New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday after a late try by Sam Underhill was ruled out for offside by referee Jerome Garces following intervention from TMO Marius Jonker.  The call against Courtney Lawes, who had charged down TJ Perenara’s box kick to give Underhill his opportunity, was borderline and has divided opinion.  Adding to England’s frustration is that at last week’s World Rugby-organised gathering of officials and coaches to discuss key areas of the game, the revised TMO protocol was outlined.  Among the changes is that try-scoring should be an on-field decision made by the referee and that the TMO should only be consulted in the case of a “clear and obvious” infringement, which Lawes’ offside was not.  Jones refuses to condemn the officials, but insists “there is something wrong, somewhere.”  “I don’t think I’ll go to another referees’ meeting in my life. It’s a waste of time,” Jones said.  “The referees have a tough job, tough decisions to make, and all we want in rugby is consistency in decision making. We are happy to take every decision they make.  “But if we have policies then we have to follow them. If we don’t follow them, then what is the point in being involved in those policies and decision making?  “I would rather just accept it and get on with it. Smile at the end of the game if it doesn’t go our way, know that if it does go our way, it won’t the next time.  “That’s the way it goes, you either get the rub of the green or you don’t. I don’t have any sour grapes at all about the game.  “You win some, you lose some, and get on with it. But there is something wrong, somewhere.”  George Kruis has been ruled out of the remaining two Quilter Internationals against Japan and Australia because of a calf injury, while Manu Tuilagi is unlikely to play any role against the Brave Blossoms at Twickenham on Saturday.  England are determined to avoid any threat to Tuilagi’s comeback from a minor groin strain after the Leicester centre put years of injury misfortune behind him to propel himself into contention this autumn.  “Manu needs to go at absolutely 100 per cent. You see these games and they are getting so much more physically exacting. You need to be at 100 per cent,” Jones said.  “He’s a different sort of athlete. He’s like a racehorse that has to be their absolute best to run a mile at his best. He’s a finely tuned athlete and you have got to have him right.  “It is no use playing him when he is not right because all you do is cause damage, physical and psychological.”  Dylan Hartley should be available after being replaced at half-time against New Zealand due to a thumb problem, prematurely ending his finest display for England for some time.  “Generally speaking, he is going well. He can work a bit harder. More actions. More tackl #EddieJones, #explains, #vowed, #never, #attend, #another, #referees, #meeting #newzelandrugby, #englandrugby, #manutuilagi, #allblacks, #rugbyunion, #georgekruis, #unmissable

Andy Farrell refuses to address rumours he and Lancaster could replace Joe Schmidt

Andy Farrell refuses to address rumours he and Lancaster could replace Joe Schmidt: http://www.givemesport.com/1416260-andy-farrell-insists-new-zealand-still-the-worlds-best-even-if-ireland-win. Thanks for watching, subscribe for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaLXNyzskVLe-6Kn6ECJnBw?sub_confirmation=1 Football News24/7  Andy Farrell insists New Zealand will still be “top of the tree” even if Ireland beat the All Blacks on Saturday.  New Zealand will retain the world number-one ranking even if number two side Ireland win in Dublin this weekend.  The All Blacks’ top-dog status would have been under threat had they lost to England last weekend. But their 16-15 victory means the back-to-back world champions will stay world number one come the turn of the year.  New Zealand boss Steve Hansen has already this week insisted Saturday’s victor should be viewed as the world’s best, whatever the rankings – but Ireland assistant coach Farrell believes the All Blacks are the clear front-runners.  “This is a side that has been top of the tree for nine years, and let’s be fair, it’s been longer than that really,” said Farrell about New Zealand.  “There’s only one team that is top of the tree. But it’s an important year (for Ireland). It’s important for us to keep building and keep trying to close that gap.”  Assistant boss Farrell is firmly in Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) minds as a replacement for Joe Schmidt should the head coach opt to return to his native New Zealand after next year’s World Cup.  Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster is on the IRFU radar to step into the Ireland set-up too, leading to the possibility of Farrell linking up again with his former England colleague.  Farrell neatly sidestepped the issue on Tuesday, insisting he would be foolish to address such talk when preparing to face the All Blacks.  Asked to comment on whether he could step up as Ireland head coach in time, Farrell replied: “Thank you very much! Look, that type of thing, you won’t expect me to answer that today in the week that we’ve got.  “What I would say on that is that I have a fantastic job, I really enjoy myself working under Joe, learning.  “Joe will make his decision in time, I’ll keep enjoying myself and hopefully keep getting better.”  Farrell confirmed Rob Kearney, Garry Ringrose and Kieran Marmion all trained fully on Tuesday so should be in contention for selection for Saturday.  Kearney has been battling past a shoulder issue, while Ringrose suffered a bang to the hip in Ireland’s 54-7 win over Italy in Chicago.  Scrum-half Marmion limped out of Saturday’s 28-17 win over Argentina in Dublin with an ankle complaint, but has now shaken that off.  And with British and Irish Lions star Conor Murray still not match fit due to neck issues, Marmion’s availability is a clear boost to the hosts.  On Kearney, Ringrose and Marmion, Farrell said: “They all trained, the full session, and obviously we’ll take stock of that over the next 24 hours but they are on the right track.  “Other than the lads you already know about everyone took the field and some of the lads are progressing well.”  Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms #AndyFarrell, #refuses, #address, #rumours, #Lancaster, #could, #replaceJoeSchmidt #irelandrugby, #allblacks, #rugbyunion, #unmissable

Gary Neville has spoken the truth about Fred after his first five months at Man Utd

Gary Neville has spoken the truth about Fred after his first five months at Man Utd: http://www.givemesport.com/1416588-gary-neville-speaks-the-truth-about-fred-after-his-first-five-months-at-manchester-united. Thanks for watching, subscribe for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaLXNyzskVLe-6Kn6ECJnBw?sub_confirmation=1 Football News24/7  Although Jose Mourinho was left immensely frustrated at the end of the summer transfer window after Manchester United’s board failed to help him sign a new centre-back, the Portuguese coach was still handed £52 million to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.  The Brazilian midfielder had reportedly been on Pep Guardiola’s radar but it was United, rather than Manchester City, who won the battle for his signature.  "Fred will complement our other midfielders' qualities, which we need,” Mourinho said after the deal was confirmed, “his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game."  Fast-forward five months and United fans haven’t seen all that much of their big-money summer signing.  Fred has only appeared in seven of United’s 12 Premier League fixtures so far this term, completing the full 90 minutes on just three occasions.  He was an unused substitute during last week’s 2-1 win over Juventus and was also left on the bench during Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.  United fans have every right to wonder why Mourinho spent huge money on a midfielder he won’t even play in the big games.  However, former United captain Gary Neville - who provided co-commentary on the Manchester derby for Sky Sports - says he’s yet to see why Fred commanded such a hefty transfer fee.  “Fred at £60 million, he started the first game of the season and he looked bright, he looked tidy - but does he look like what you would expect for £60 million?” Neville said on the Gary Neville Podcast.  “Does he change a game? Does it look like he’s going to defend your goal? Does it look like he’s going to connect back-to-front? At this moment in time, no.”  Pretty cutting words from Neville, although he’s not wrong. Although Fred arrived at Old Trafford with a big reputation, fans have yet to truly see what all the fuss is about.  However, Neville does concede that it’s still very early in Fred’s United career - and that the South American needs more time to prove himself.  “But he’s still developing, he’s still getting used to Manchester United and he’s coming into a very difficult position in the sense that the club aren’t the most stable at this moment in time in terms of their performance levels and the scrutiny that’s been on the club in the past three or four months,” he added.  “So, I wouldn’t put it all onto Fred but you have to ask the question, where was he [on Sunday] in that central midfield?”  Fred will be desperate to show that he is worth the money United paid for him after the international break, starting against Crystal Palace on November 24.  United fans: is Fred good enough? Have your say below.  Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms #GaryNeville, #spoken, #truth, #about, #Fred, #after, #first, #five, #months, #ManUtd #fred, #football, #ManchesterUnited, #PremierLeague, #BrazilFootball, #JoseMourinho, #debatable

GMS presents; The 2018 NBA Manifesto:
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Football News24/7  Today, GiveMeSport (via me, Mark Deeks, the guy who wrote it) presents the 2018 NBA Manifesto.  The 2018 NBA Manifesto is 870 pages and about 400,000 words on the NBA as of today. It contains reviews, strategies, ideas. And here at GiveMeSport, we present it to you today, for free. No paywall.  This document contains reviews, strategy, assessments, ideas and plans for every NBA team and every NBA player.   1) Look at the assets a team has to work with.2) Look at what it already has.3) Look at what it needs to address.4) Lay out conceptual strategy for it all.5) Discuss without preaching.  It does this 30 times for 30 teams. All in all, it gets quite big.  This is a PDF file, and a live document. The links are navigable. Download it at the link below, and do please share it to all other NBA fans.  Thank you!  - Mark Download the 2018 NBA Manifesto
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