Talking trade with Darci Vetter

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Darci Vetter   A conversation with…Ambassador Darci Vetter, who served as the chief agriculture negotiator for the office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the Obama Administration who spoke at the recent National Institute for Animal Agriculture meeting in Columbus OCJ: Agriculture is really dependent on trade, even more-so than we often realize. What are some of the key things we need to understand?Darci: U.S. agriculture is very heavily dependent on trade, not only because we produce more than we consume, so we have to find customers elsewhere, but also because we use those markets to add value to our products. We send things that might not be valuable here. Some of our variety meats or our lower quality cuts we can send abroad and have them be profit centers instead of something that costs more money for us to dispose of or find a use for in the U.S. We use foreign markets to create and find the best opportunity to sell all the different things we are good at producing, whether that’s plant or animal product. We have gotten pretty good at doing it and one of the reasons we are so good at it and that we have these strong trade agreements with other countries. OCJ: As you just pointed out, it isn’t always necessarily government against government all the time in these trade negotiations, when you get down to it it really is about a farmer producing for a consumer and we need to reemphasize that on what is going on at the governmental levels, right?Darci: That is absolutely right, we have very strong relationships with our customers in Mexico and vice versa here and that’s been built over time. We’ve had NAFTA in place for more than 20 years along with that framework of trade between us. They can be challenged but hopefully not broken overnight. I think those are things we want to remember and to keep intact and to tell our stories on both sides of the border about the importance of the agriculture economy for both of us. OCJ: Another trade issue that’s been at the top of mind is the Trans Pacific Partnership that you worked on, but that the Trump Administration quickly pulled out of at least partly due to concerns that it was multi-lateral. President Trump seems to favor more bi-lateral agreements. What are your thoughts on that strategy moving forward?Darci: I think there was some concern of that because it was a negotiation among 12 parties that somehow to get all 12 to reach agreement you would have to go with the lowest common denominator. There was concern that the TPP might not reach the highest standard or create as complete a market opening as you would otherwise and mostly we heard examples of that on the manufacturing side. I am not really sure that was the dynamic that had a play in agriculture or even a play across the board because I think it can be true that you choose a group of countries who all have a commitment to a very ambitious agreement and you use them to push each other and to add value for the agreement. So in agriculture, if you just look at the countries that are there, you have two different types of opportunities. You had expanded access into Canada and Japan which are high income, high value markets and pretty mature markets, but also two countries that in their past agreements had refused to put agricultural products on the table. That changed. We said to be part of this group and get access to 12 other countries at once, you have to be all in. Every country has to open every product and so for the first time, we got expanded access to Canada’s poultry and ag market, something we didn’t get in NAFTA. And Japan, who in the past when negotiating free-trade agreements with countries said, “We have these six sacred products and we just don’t touch them.” Japan would never talk about rice, dairy, sugar, pork and beef — all of them were on the table in TPP and we got access to all of them. Japan and Canada were willing to do that because they not only got access to new markets, but they also got access to these real powerhouses of growth. The TPP included Vietnam and Malaysia, countries in southeast Asia who have this rapidly growing middle class who are able to buy all sorts of other products, ag and non ag, and for the U.S, as incomes rises in those countries, they start buying more of things we already send them such as feed grain, skim milk powder and basic products. Then they start demanding all of these value added products. Our meat, our poultry, our dairy, more fresh fruits and vegetables as they improve their nutrition.Through TPP we had the opportunity to get in on the ground floor when they were just starting to buy those products and form those consumer relationships that are so important that they would look to the U.S. to get those products. Without TPP in place, we face a real competitive disadvantage into those markets because they already have the ASEAN free trade agreement that will give them zero tariffs on products like dairy and wine where we excel instead coming from New Zealand and Australia. Japan and Australia have already signed a bi-lateral free trade agreement. The tariffs on beef from Australia are now more than 10% with percentage points lower that what the Japanese pay on beef coming from the U.S. Our cattleman say it’s costing them $400,000 in lost sales a day to the Japanese market, our top market for beef, so it is important that whatever approach we use, bi-lateral or multi-lateral agreement that we can get back into the game and we have a strategy. That’s so important for us. OCJ: You clearly spent quite a bit of time working on the TPP and to see it pitched out the window, that has to be somewhat frustrating.Darci: It’s hugely disappointing, because it was a very complex negotiation because you had to get 12 countries all rowing in the same direction but also because this agreement had almost unanimous support from the agriculture sector. It is disappointing to hear rhetoric about trade that I think undervalues the good it can generate throughout the ag supply chain and how much it does for rural economies. Part of the reason I love working in ag trade is because both agriculture and trade policy have traditionally been bipartisan and so you get to form all sorts of coalitions that might not be possible in other places, and we really saw that in assistance I got from industry and Congress and elsewhere in negotiating the TPP.I believe that the TPP model isn’t going away and one of the things we really tried to do in TPP was try to make it a more transparent negotiating process, and so the text of that entire agreement — every tariff in its schedule for being reduced to zero, every rule that was written in that agreement — has been publicly available since 2015 so people saw what we achieved. While it may not go into force with precisely those countries on the timeline that we thought, I think it will influence how countries negotiate with each other. In fact, in this renegotiation of the NAFTA, we Wilbur Ross, U.S Secretary of Commerce, saying we should look really hard at the TPP text for how we might modernize NAFTA, how we might bring in labor and environment provisions into the agreement, how we might update our intellectual property standards, how we think about disciplining state-owned enterprises and things like that to modernize an agreement that is now 23 years old. It will have ripple effects somewhere, somehow so I don’t think it is going away, but obviously I would have loved to see it be ratified right away. OCJ: Clearly there are some negotiating strategies that have been promoted by the Trump Administration that will apply to trade moving forward, what are your thoughts on some of the pros and cons of the new strategies we are seeing?Darci: I think you have to keep in mind with trade negotiations and when you are negotiating with people that you want to make your core partners, these are people you are going to have to deal with every day. Negotiating is step one and then there is implementation and countries have to make real changes to implement these agreements to their tariff schedules, to their regulations. This is a long term relationship. I think sometimes folks point to Donald Trump’s book, “The art of the deal,” where you start with the really hard core position, throw them off their balance and you wind up closer to the goal you wanted and you don’t have to go so far to the middle. I think that’s great, if you are buying a building or a car and the deal is over once the deal has been made. The whole point of a trade agreement is to bring our economies closer together and to spend more time “hanging out” once its over. Really engaging and understanding involves not just what the other side is asking for, but why they are asking for it and where they want to see that relationship be in the years ahead. That is pretty critical to getting a good trade deal that allows all the sectors of our economy to participate. OCJ: Why is it so important for Ohio’s farm community to share their stories with regard to these trade issues?Darci: I think sharing that story is vastly more powerful coming from the mouths of farmers and ranchers from Ohio than it is from me. Farmers and ranchers can talk about the decisions that they make and the options that they have to provide for their families, to sell their products, to add value to what they do in a way that I just cannot.last_img read more

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Quality vs. Quantity: What Should You Record While Traveling?

first_imgDrone ItThe audience will want the scale and scope of your story. This is where you establish the space so that they can better understand where you are. You can capture the scope with either 2-5 wide-angle shots or by flying a drone (if you have one). I like getting my drone up and in the sky when I arrive at a location — to better understand the geography. I can scout out places to see and places to avoid, and above all else, I can get my wide establishing shots banged out.(Side note: check the laws of flying your drone before putting it up in the sky. In the last few years, many remote locations have begun putting up drone bans.)Close-UpsAfter you’ve taken some time to learn the location, go for a walk and absorb the surroundings. Figure out what makes it unique. Is there a river? Are there lots of rocks? Whatever qualities you discover, put them in a catalog of close-up shots to capture for your edit. For a short video, I like to gather 3-5 close-ups of each feature.Story While having selection footage is helpful, the key to great storytelling is about quality content, not quantity overload.For filmmakers, traveling can sometimes become a burden of B-roll overload. You want to be present and enjoy your trip, but also capture the shots you need for a dynamite edit. Personally, I’ve had my fair share of trigger-finger moments, where I’ve arrived at a stunning location and gone entirely overboard with capturing B-roll beauty of almost every single mountain, river, shrub, rock, and stick.The following tutorial will share some filmmaking secrets regarding what to capture when arriving at a new location. The word “story” gets tossed around among filmmakers. While I’ll agree that story is paramount to engaging an audience — and making your video worth watching — you don’t have to pull your hair out building a complex narrative. I like to use the reward method. What would be a reward for my audience? Is it a talk-to-the-camera moment about a resolution I’ve discovered? Is it a brief tutorial about something I found  on this journey? Or is it a reaction to the intense struggle of, let’s say, climbing a mountain?Rather than thinking of a story as good and evil, climax and conflict, drama and resolution, look at it as a message to your audience. If you don’t have access to actors or scripts, craft a micro-narrative that is structured with a journey and then a reward. The journey could be some B-roll shots of someone climbing up a mountain, and the reward could be seeing them summiting.Interested in the track we used to make this video?“Body Slam” by GyomLooking for more video production tutorials? Check these out.Editing Tips: Sorting Footage and Creating Quality TimelinesFrom The Wizard of Oz to Transformers: 100 Years of Color GradingCreative Uses for Bokeh Overlays + Free Prism Bokeh PackGetting Creative: Five Cool Video Edits that Genuinely WorkTips for Making High-Quality Small-Budget Video Tutorialslast_img read more

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Chennai Super Kings set up final clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imgThe stage couldn’t have been set up any better for the Chennai Super Kings as they set to take the field in the final of the Indian Premier League at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.The defending champions have all the aces in their pack as they try to defend their title and unlike the previous year when they were the underdogs against a rampant Mumbai Indians, this year the MS Dhoni-led side has worked like a well-oiled machine, hitting top gear at the right time.Right from the first game of IPL-4 when they piped Kolkata Knight Riders by two runs, Chennai have raised their game whenever the pressure has been on.The Super Kings don’t have the top-run getters or the highest wicket-takers in their ranks but what they have is a bunch that has been amongst the runs and wickets. There are five batsmen in the Chennai line-up – Suresh Raina, Mike Hussey, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni and Muali Vijay – who have scored more than 300 runs in the ongoing tournament with the entire batting line-up in good form.When it comes to bowling, they have three players – off spinner R Ashwin and pacers Doug Bollinger and Albie Morkel – who have picked 15 wickets or more. Also, the Super Kings have three bowlers who have conceded less than seven an over and five in all who went for less than eight an over.It is clear that not only is their batting in fine fettle, their bowlers have the ability to squeeze the runs. That they are being led by a World Cup, Test championship, IPL and Champions League winning captain loads the dice in their favour.advertisementAnd most importantly, the Super Kings are playing at Chepauk, a fortress that no team has breached yet in seven attempts.Common sense says that law of averages should come into the equation, but the way the defending champions have utilised the conditions, it would take a huge effort to breach their defences.In Twenty20 cricket, it doesn’t take more than a short burst or a brilliant catch to change the game. But looking at the Chennai line-up, they seem well equipped to tackle any situation, even the marauding Chris Gayle.last_img read more

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10 months agoReally? Man Utd player claims ‘90%’ of squad AGAINST Mourinho

first_imgReally? Man Utd player claims ‘90%’ of squad AGAINST Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA senior player says Jose Mourinho has lost “90 per cent” of the Manchester United locker room, it has been claimed.The Sun says backroom staff who have fallen out with the Portuguese boss are confident they will outlast him at the club.Mourinho branded Paul Pogba a “virus” infecting the dressing room after United drew 2-2 at Southampton two weeks ago.Yet one star seen as loyal to Mourinho is said to have told pals following the Saints game that 90 per cent of the squad no longer back the manager.And morale is believed to have fallen so far since then there are fears United could get a hiding at Liverpool.One member of staff who had a run-in with the manager is reported as saying: “I’ll be here long after he’s gone.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoValencia coach Marcelino accepts he’s under pressure

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Marcelino accepts he’s under pressureby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino accepts his job is under review.Los Che drew 1-1 at home to Real Valladolid at the weekend, heaping more pressure on the head coach.”My job strengthens me and it gives me comfort,” he said. “I do not feel anything else because we are not winning at the moment and all I want to do is win.”I have never been given an ultimatum; it is a personal matter.”We are winners and when we do not win, we cause disappointment.”The other day [against Valladolid], we deserved to win but we just were not capable of turning it into a victory.”That is what saddens me the most.”It has happened to us a lot just lately and when it happens frequently, we begin to feel disillusioned.”I was already aware of the meeting before the game and I am not worried because if the owner decides he wants to get rid of the coaching staff then there is nothing I can do about it and I have to respect his decision.”I am convinced that we are on the right track and because of that I am optimistic and confident that our luck will soon change.”We have scored 17 goals from 263 chances.”This is something that has to change; it cannot last forever.” last_img read more

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5-Star LB/DE Erick Fowler Flips From LSU To Texas

first_imgErick Fowler flips his commitment from LSU to Texas.Erick FowlerIt’s possible that no one will have a better National Signing Day than the Texas Longhorns. Charlie Strong already has several four-star commitments in the fold, and Manor (Tex.) five-star linebacker/defensive end Erick Fowler just flipped his commitment to UT after being pledged to LSU since June 2015. Reporter Victor Diaz is on the scene at Fowler’s announcement ceremony and has video. Manor’s Erick Fowler chooses #UT. Big get for the Longhorns. pic.twitter.com/NghaFU7N7j— Victor Diaz (@VictorOchoDiaz) February 3, 2016Manor is the No. 7 outside linebacker in the 2016 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.last_img read more

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Six Key Stats On The Warriors vs Cavs ReReRematch

Last summer, we speculated that the NBA was getting more interesting, if not more competitive. That premise ended up mostly holding true this season: Although it’s Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals once again, their fourth consecutive rendezvous was also nearly called off. The Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics helped make the Warriors and Cavs work harder to get here than they ever had to before.1The two teams played 35 combined games to get through the conference playoffs, the most they’ve had to play in any of their preceding Finals runs. Another rematch looked far from inevitable just a handful of days ago — that part was interesting! (As long as you put aside the generally lopsided nature of most games this postseason.)Now we’re left with the matchup that has become as much a part of late spring as commencement speeches and pollen allergies. And although this year’s version contains many of the same characters as earlier sequels, there are just enough possibilities here to keep things, well, interesting — albeit probably still not competitive. Here are six numbers to keep an eye on as we see whether the Warriors can hang onto their title, or if the Cavs can shock the world again.The Vegas oddsIs this the biggest NBA Finals mismatch ever? According to the Las Vegas bookmakers, it’s in the conversation. The Westgate SuperBook installed the Warriors as 1-to-10 favorites going into the series, which translates to about an 89 percent probability of winning after adjusting for the vigorish. Using the archived numbers at SportsOddsHistory.com, which go back to the 1998-99 season, the only Finals matchup more lopsided than this one came in 2001, when the Los Angeles Lakers had an implied 94 percent probability of beating the Philadelphia 76ers. (The Lakers ended up cruising to victory in five games.)Our own Elo model is slightly more optimistic about the Cavs’ chances. Based on both teams’ pre-series ratings, Cleveland has roughly a 20 percent probability of beating the Warriors. (Our interactive model gives the Cavs a slightly better chance because it takes into account things that Elo alone ignores, including playoff experience and travel distance.) That’s still the eighth-lowest of any Finals underdog since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger, but it’s actually about double what the Cavs’ odds were heading into last year’s Finals — and only a bit worse than Cleveland’s 27 percent probability before the 2016 Finals (which they won, of course, in one of the greatest upsets in NBA history). * With a minimum 12 games played. Share is out of possessions the team had while that player was on the court.Possession share includes possessions used via field goal attempts, drawing fouls, turning the ball over, passing for assists and extending possessions with offensive rebounds.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 1993Michael JordanCHI38.029.45.036.8 Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2017Cavaliers1691Warriors18509.6 1986Rockets1640Celtics18078.7 Unfortunately for LeBron James and the Cavs, though, none of the underdogs on the list above ended up winning the championship. That’s because the NBA Finals are particularly unkind to underdogs. We can split hairs about how much of a favorite Golden State should be, but no matter how you slice it, upsets of this magnitude basically never happen on this stage.LeBron James’s share of team possessionsJames has built an entire career out of doing everything for his teams: scoring, distributing, rebounding, defending and countless other little on-court acts that help you win games. But in these playoffs, his workload is approaching a level that’s unprecedented even by his standards.Through a combination of shooting, ball handling and rebounding, LeBron has personally been responsible for about 38 percent of the Cavs’ possessions when he’s on the floor in these playoffs. The only player (minimum 12 games played) who’s handled a higher percentage of possessions in any postseason since the merger? James himself in his 2015 playoff campaign, when he nearly willed an undermanned Cavs squad past the Warriors: 2018LeBron JamesCLE35.946.73.637.6 LeBron’s workload is historic (again)Largest share of team possessions an individual player was responsible for in the playoffs,* 1977-2018 The bad news for James is that his supporting cast this season is even worse than it was that year (or in any of his other NBA Finals seasons, 2007 included). So he’ll need to keep shouldering this historic workload through the Finals if the Cavs are to have any shot at winning. James is a superhuman athlete, but between his 41.3 minutes per game, his 38 percent possession usage on offense and his likely defensive responsibilities — according to Second Spectrum, no Cavalier defended Kevin Durant for more possessions in last year’s Finals than James did — it’s fair to wonder how much more of this The King can handle before running out of gas.The Warriors’ assist-to-turnover ratioMy colleague Chris Herring once described the Warriors’ offense as “beautiful chaos,” a system of intricate off-ball screens designed to spring their many skilled shooters free for open shots. In order to work properly, though, that offensive machine requires a lot of patient and precise ball movement, which Golden State has had a bad habit of getting away from at times this year. While the Warriors did lead the league in assist-to-turnover ratio during the regular season, they frequently fell victim to stagnant offensive motion and careless passing against the Rockets, who held Golden State to a ridiculously low 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio in the three games Houston won during the Western Conference finals — a mark that would have easily been the NBA’s worst during the regular season.Of course, the Warriors had a sky-high 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio in the games they won over Houston, a sign of how well their offense still functions when it really clicks. But replicating that will also mean cutting out another of the bad habits Golden State slid into against the Rockets: too much iso-ball with Durant. Nobody runs more isolation plays than Houston, and somehow James Harden and friends convinced the normally free-flowing Warriors to do the same, with ugly results. After running only 11.0 isolations per 100 possessions during the regular season (according to Second Spectrum), the Warriors were up to an astounding 28.5 per 100 in the West final. Durant is a brilliant 1-on-1 player, and sometimes that type of offense is unavoidable, but the Warriors are at their best when these plays are selectively mixed in amid the beautiful chaos — not when they’re the centerpiece of the attack.The Cavaliers’ 3-point percentageAs I’ve written before, Cleveland is abnormally reliant on 3-point shooting to power its streaky offense — and to compensate for a defense that ranked next-to-last in efficiency during the regular season. In the postseason, the Cavs’ 3-point percentage has been 10.5 percentage points higher during wins than during losses (unsurprising from the team that had the league’s biggest regular-season gap). When the shots are falling, Cleveland can beat anybody. But it’s anybody’s guess as to whether that will be true on any given night.Nobody typifies this Cavs phenomenon more than Kyle Korver and JR Smith, a pair whose value is almost completely dependent on how well they shoot the basketball. In playoff wins this season, they’re shooting a combined 47 percent from downtown; in losses, that figure drops to 26 percent. This might be a chicken-and-egg thing: Do the Cavs win because Korver and Smith shoot better, or do Korver and Smith shoot better because the offense is working better overall? There could be something circular there. But it’s telling that the quality of looks the pair gets (as measured by Second Spectrum’s quantified shot quality) barely changes between wins and losses — rather, the difference is almost entirely driven by big fluctuations in shot-making after controlling for the difficulty of their shots.That makes the Cavaliers dangerous (and frustrating) for fans and haters alike. Although the Cavs’ hot-and-cold shooting touch might not matter as much against a team as talented as the Warriors — Cleveland got demolished in last year’s finals despite matching Golden State’s 3-point percentage — one of the Cavs’ best paths to victory rests in one of their patented hot streaks.Golden State’s third-quarter runsAs our ESPN colleague Baxter Holmes wrote earlier this month, one of the Warriors’ deadliest weapons is their ability to go on a devastating run in the blink of an eye that buries opponents before they even know what hit them. Although it can strike at any time, it often manifests itself right after the team emerges from the locker room for the second half: Golden State’s third-quarter scoring margin during the regular season was 199 points better than that of any other team in the league.2In other words, the difference between the Warriors’ third-quarter scoring margin and that of the next-best team would itself rank second in the league in third-quarter scoring margin! And in the playoffs, the Warriors have outscored opponents by 130 total points in third quarters, versus only 20 points in every other quarter combined. In Games 6 and 7 of the Western Conference finals, the Rockets watched their season slip away largely on the strength of massive runs staged by the Warriors during the third quarter.To a certain extent, there isn’t much that Cleveland — or anyone — can do to combat the Warriors’ quick-strike tendencies. But for a Cavs team prone to wildly up-and-down sequences of play (both from game to game and within the same contest), keeping Golden State from being able to capitalize on vulnerable moments will be a victory in itself. (For what it’s worth, the Cavs actually outscored the Warriors by 4 points in the third quarters of the 2016 finals.)Two deadly lineups?A decent chunk of the Warriors’ dominance over the past half-decade stems from the success of a few specific five-man units — matchup nightmares for whom opponents have no good answer. That has carried over into these playoffs, in which the so-called “Hamptons Five” lineup of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala (who will miss Game 1 of the finals but could be available later on), Klay Thompson and Durant has outscored foes by 22.9 points per 100 possessions thus far. In concert with Golden State’s switch-heavy defensive scheme, the versatility and length of that group ensures that the Warriors don’t suffer defensively even while playing their top offensive players together.But the Cavaliers have a lineup that has somehow been even more effective in the playoffs than the Hamptons Five (although in fewer minutes): The group of James, Smith, Jeff Green, George Hill and Tristan Thompson, which is outscoring opponents by 25.7 points per 100 possessions during the postseason so far.Lineup data is so noisy that there’s no guarantee that a given group’s apparent synergy in the past will carry over into the future. But that’s all part of the bargain with this Cavaliers team. Since they remade their roster at midseason, they’ve been using the playoffs as a lineup laboratory of sorts, searching for the group that works best together — and it’s still a work in progress. None of Cleveland’s other common postseason lineups (among those that have played at least 50 minutes together) are in the same neighborhood as the group above, though, while Golden State has four separate combinations (including the Hamptons Five) that rank higher than the Cavs’ second-best unit of James, Hill, Smith, Korver and Kevin Love.When you’re as heavy an underdog as the Cavs are, experimentation might be the best option, so we’ll see what group(s) coach Tyronn Lue turns to as the series takes shape.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 2002Nets1601Lakers171716.2 1996SuperSonics1695Bulls183212.8 2003Nets1624Spurs174615.1 The biggest NBA Finals underdogs since 1977According to probabilities generated by pre-series Elo ratings UnderdogFavorite 2009LeBron JamesCLE36.439.54.337.0 SeasonPlayerTeamUsage %Assist %Off. Reb. %Poss. % 2018James HardenHOU36.735.92.537.2 200176ers1592Lakers17687.8% 1992Michael JordanCHI37.128.34.935.7 1999Knicks1631Spurs174516.5 2015LeBron JamesCLE37.645.24.9%38.8% SeasonTeamElo RatingTeamElo RatingUnderdog Win % 2016Russell WestbrookOKC34.352.46.936.7 1981Rockets1573Celtics166820.4 2018Cavaliers1611Warriors171019.6 2013Carmelo AnthonyNYK38.09.32.535.7 2014Russell WestbrookOKC34.340.57.335.6 2003Allen IversonPHI36.736.02.536.2 2014Heat1638Spurs173020.9 read more

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Dejan Lovren out for up to 3 weeks says Klopp

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has announced that defender Dejan Lovren will likely be absent for up to three weeks due to a pelvic problemThe Croatia international has managed the injury for over the past year, which saw him make a total of 43 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool.And, as well as helping the Reds reach the Champions League final and secure a second successive top-four finish, Lovren was a key part of the Croatia squad that reached the World Cup final for the first time in the nation’s history.Due to all of this, Lovren will now need some extra time off in order to properly overcome his long-standing issue.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil 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.“He is not fit. Let me say it like this, last year he already had a few problems with that but he could obviously play – and played really good,” said Klopp on the club website.“Recovery days were always enough then it was not a problem and he was in the next session again. We did not train a lot in the end of the season, of course, because we were more or less constantly playing, but he played constantly.“Now in the World Cup, [playing] three times [for] 120 minutes it got a bit worse, but I am pretty sure it will settle in the next one, two or three weeks. In that time he can probably for sure train already, but not the full programme, so that will then take time.”Even without Lovren though, Liverpool still managed to get their Premier League campaign off to a strong start by thrashing West Ham United 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday.last_img read more

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Lucas Moura gunning for more glory

first_imgTottenham forward Lucas Moura hopes to continue his fine form after landing the Premier League Player of the Month award for August.The former PSG winger impressed all throughout the first month of the season, netting three goals and assisting one.In fact, the Brazilian does not want to rest on his laurels as he wants to ‘deliver much more’.“It’s difficult to explain how I’m feeling at the moment,” Lucas explained to Spurs’ official website.“I’m so happy because I know it’s not easy to win this trophy and it was a great month for me and also for the team.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I don’t have much to say but thanks to God and to share this with my team-mates and with my family, and to keep working because this is only the beginning.“We have a lot more in front of us so I need to keep working and doing my best.”“The feeling is impossible to explain because I waited a long time for this moment.“I need to enjoy it but also to keep working because I believe I have much more to give and I’m sure we will have a successful season because we can, and I believe in my team-mates, I believe in this club. I want to deliver much more.”last_img read more

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Torreira excited about Arsenal challenge

first_imgArsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has revealed he is excited about the challenge playing in England.The Uruguay international joined the Gunners from Sampdoria during the summer transfer window for a fee in the region of £27million and has proven to be an astute acquisition.Torreira came off the bench at half-time following a disappointing first-half performance from the Gunners at Newcastle and completely changed the game, inspiring Arsenal to a 2-1 win.That second half display convinced Emery that Torreira was ready and he has been a mainstay of the team ever since, as the Gunners have embarked on an 11-game winning streak.The former Sampdoria combative midfielder has been at the heart of that impressive form, bringing an intensity to the midfield that Arsenal have been desperately lacking for the past few seasons.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s a great challenge and a new challenge for me,” Torreira said, according to Football London. “I’m the kind of person who likes to fight for these things, to always be fighting my way up, like my dad always tells me. I am so happy.”“I’m getting to know London and taking on the challenge of learning English so I can communicate with my team-mates. That’s something that’s not only important for football but also for life.”“The team is doing very well and we achieved a positive result [against Sporting CP] which was really, really courageous. The important thing now is to continue growing and to continue showing this.”last_img read more

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