Anel Hadžić to sign for Turkish Eskisehirspor?

first_img(Source: The B&H national football team player, Anel Hadžić, could leave Sturm and go to Turkish Eskisehirspor soon, according to Austrian media.As alleged in media, Laole Hadžić is close to sign for Eskisehirspor, in which he would earn almost 700,000 EUR per season. In case he changes the club, he would become part of a great B&H colony in Turkey.During the last season, Hadžić was one of the best players of the club in Graz. Besides Eskisehirspor, several other clubs were mentioned during the summer transfer period.last_img read more

Week 13 Fantasy Sleepers: Mecole Hardman, Benny Snell Jr. both potential ‘starts’

first_imgIn Week 13, the last week before most fantasy playoffs get underway, the last thing you want to deal with is injuries to your stars. But if you own Tyreek Hill and James Conner, that’s what you’re putting up with. For savvy fantasy owners, injuries create opportunities, and in this case, two of our Week 13 sleepers. If Hill is out, it’ll free up Mecole Hardman to show off his blazing speed. And if Conner is inactive, Benny Snell Jr. could see another 20 carries and factor heavily into start ’em, sit ’em decisions.Opportunity is the theme for a few other players on our list. There’s Jonathan Williams taking advantage and then some of the absence of Marlon Mack (hand) and probably looking at another 20-plus touches this week. Jack Doyle should see an increase in the Colts’ passing attack, too, now that Eric Ebron (ankle) is on Injured Reserve. And Nick O’Leary joined Jacksonville off the street, caught four passes, and is now looking at a dream matchup against the Buccaneers. WEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIt’s a weird time of year for quarterback sleepers and streams because we’re past bye weeks and you might not need to sit your stud. But if you’re really in need of one, Sam Darnold continues to take advantage of good matchups, and the disappointing Jared Goff might bounce back.Some of our Week 12 sleeper picks were spot on. Both Bo Scarbrough and Benny Snell Jr. were great, although neither found the end zone. Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold both took care of bad opponents, as expected. James Washington delivered, too.WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPWe were let down by Derrius Guice against a bad Lions’ run defense, which is not an encouraging sign for him. Hunter Renfrow, Allen Lazard, and Jeff Driskel all proved to be too much of long shots, too.To see our Week 13 busts, click here.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 13 Fantasy Sleepers: Running backsJonathan Williams, Colts vs. Titans (Billy Heyen). Williams’ 29 touches from a week ago suggest his usage will remain heavy with Marlon Mack already ruled out for Week 13. If you’re wondering whether his Week 12 performance was a fluke, all it should take is realizing the volume he had to make you stick with him.Jamaal Williams, Packers @ Giants (Vinnie Iyer). This backfield should go back to featuring plenty of Aaron Jones and Williams after Aaron Rodgers spots Green Bay a lead. New York’s front seven won’t either stop the run or cover either back well out of the backfieldBenny Snell Jr., Steelers vs. Browns (Matt Lutovsky). We liked Snell last week, and we’re back on the train this week. Pittsburgh proved with Snell’s 21 carries last week that it will feed him when James Conner (shoulder) is out, and it sounds like Conner is slated to miss another game. Cleveland is allowing 4.6 yards per carry to RBs, so Snell will put up numbers will decent volume again.MORE WEEK 13:Waiver pickups | FAAB budget | Snap counts | Stock watch | Fantasy playoff SOSWeek 13 Fantasy Football Sleepers: QuarterbacksSam Darnold, Jets @ Bengals (Heyen). Darnold has carved up bad defenses the past three weeks, throwing nine touchdowns in that psan. Another bad opponent should equal another good performance.Kyle Allen, Panthers vs. Redskins (Iyer). Washington’s pass defense isn’t as good as it showed against the Lions and might be without Ryan Kerrigan (concussion) to get after Allen. They can’t cover his main weapons, so it should be another solid day.Jared Goff, Rams @ Cardinals (Lutovsky). You know him…you hate him…but this is a good spot for Goff. He’s been held without a touchdown pass in each of the past three games, but that was against the Bears, Bears, and Ravens. The Cardinals allow the most fantasy points to QBs, and Goff has generally put up stats in favorable matchups this year, averaging 385.7 yards and 2.3 TDs in three games against the Bucs, Falcons, and Bengals. Week 13 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide receiversLarry Fitzgerald, Cardinals vs. Rams (Heyen). Jalen Ramsey should spend a lot more time on Christian Kirk as Fitzgerald avoids him by working out of the slot, and we saw Marquise Brown work his way to two touchdowns over the middle of the field in Week 12.Dede Westbrook, Jaguars vs. Buccaneers (Iyer). This should be a high-scoring affair through the air for Nick Foles vs. Jameis Winston, and he’s the piece to consider after DJ Chark, Mike Evans, and Chris GodwinMecole Hardman, Chiefs vs. Raiders (Lutovsky). Tyreek Hill (hamstring) is playing, but he could see reduced snaps. Hardman has always shown big-play upside, and that was especially on display in Week 2 against the porous Raiders pass defense (when Hill was out) when he caught four passes for 61 yards and a score and had another long TD called back on a questionable holding penalty. Week 13 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight endsDawson Knox, Bills @ Cowboys (Heyen). The Cowboys struggle against tight ends, and Knox has made the starting job in Buffalo his again. Whether it’s at the beginning of the game or potentially in garbage time, the rookie should get a chance to make a few athletic plays. Jack Doyle, Colts vs. Titans (Iyer). The Titans can give up numbers to the position, and now Doyle no longer needs to worry about sharing key snaps and targets with Eric Ebron (ankle).Nick O’Leary, Jaguars vs. Buccaneers (Lutovsky). The Bucs allow the second-most fantasy points to TEs, and O’Leary caught a season-high four passes on four targets last week. He could get one target and do nothing this week, but if you’re going for a boom-or-bust fill-in, he works because of the great matchup.  Week 13 Fantasy Sleepers: DefensesLos Angeles Chargers @ Broncos (Heyen). Brandon Allen doesn’t scare me, and the Broncos still can’t decide what to do with their rushing attack. Derwin James (foot) is slated to return for the Chargers, giving it some upside to go along with a high floor. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dolphins (Iyer). Their defense is doing its part to produce and try to lift the offense, and it can blitz Ryan Fitzpatrick into key mistakes.New York Jets @ Bengals (Lutovsky). You might think the Bengals offense will be better with Andy Dalton back under center, but in his eight games as a starter, Cincinnati turned it over 15 times (1.9 per game), gave up 29 sacks (3.6 per game), and averaged just 15.5 offensive points per game. The Jets have put up big numbers the past three week, piling up 13 sacks, five takeaways, and two defensive TDs. This should be another high-floor, high-ceiling perofrmance for the Jets.last_img read more

Five things we learned in the Premier League

first_imgMan City players celebrate their goal against Chelsea on Saturday. De Bruyne fired the rocket that sunk the bluesLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | The Manchester clubs continued to lead the way in the Premier League, City and United both winning this weekend, while Tottenham kept pace by overpowering Huddersfield and Liverpool lost ground in a draw with Newcastle.Here are five things we learned in the Premier League this weekend:Man City now look like a Guardiola teamMany English football fans struggled to suppress their glee last season when Pep Guardiola’s hugely anticipated first campaign as Manchester City manager ended with the damp squib of a third-place finish after heavy defeats against such relative underdogs as Everton and Leicester City. But the dominant nature of City’s 1-0 win at reigning champions Chelsea this weekend showed the Guardiola approach is now bearing fruit. The margin of victory was misleading, with City having pinned Chelsea inside their own half –- in classic Guardiola style –- and restricted them to a handful of half-chances. Guardiola spoke after the game about wanting to see his team impose their style at grounds like Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium and on Saturday’s evidence, they will not approach any away ground with trepidation. Mourinho ethos taking hold at UnitedThat Manchester United thrashed bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace, a side who have lost all of their opening seven Premier League matches this season without scoring a goal, 4-0 at Old Trafford was no surprise. But United manager Jose Mourinho’s comments afterwards were revealing when he suggested having experienced players such as Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia in the side was beneficial as they understood the concept of the team. The cynical view is that the only star of a Mourinho side is the Portuguese manager himself. But if he and his squad are now on the same wavelength, that’s a concerning sign for the rest of the division. Kane a joy and a worry for SpursEngland’s Harry Kane is scoring goals for fun for Tottenham Hotspur at the moment, with his double in a 4-0 win against Huddersfield taking his tally to 13 for September for club and country. However, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino must be terrified that injury will strike and leave him in desperate need of a replacement as his reserves are sparse, with Dutch signing Vincent Janssen having failed to sparkle last term. As Ronald Koeman is finding at Everton in the absence of Romelu Lukaku, a failure to replace a proven goalscorer can prove costly and Spurs will hope they can find a solid back-up for Kane in the January transfer window. Magical Sanchez back in favour With just hours left before the transfer deadline, it appeared certain Alexis Sanchez had played his last game for Arsenal. Sanchez was desperate to join Manchester City and, after refusing to sign a new contract, the Chile forward had finally forced Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to consider selling him. But the deal fell through, putting Sanchez in the difficult position of having to return to Arsenal. A section of Arsenal’s fans responded with boos for their star and Wenger initially left him on the bench. But Sanchez is too talented to stay in the dog-house for long, as he proved with a sublime back-heeled assist for Alex Iwobi’s goal in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Brighton. No wonder the jeers quickly turned to cheers. A 5-0 defeat by Manchester City apart, the old routine seems to be in evidence again this season with Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle following frustrating stalemates with Watford (3-3) and Burnley 1-1. The one consolation for Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, whose side thrashed Arsenal 4-0, was that this latest draw was the result of Liverpool’s inability to take their chances rather than another lapse by his much-criticised defence.Share on: WhatsApp Familiar failings still haunt LiverpoolLiverpool’s failure to be crowned champions of England since 1990 can in part be explained by the way they have dropped points against so-called ‘lesser’ clubs while performing well against title-contenders.last_img read more

Lawyer: Evidence shows coaches knew of NCAA family payouts

first_imgFormer amateur basketball league director Merl Code arrives at federal court, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in New York. Code and two co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to charges that they committed fraud by plying families of college basketball prospects with cash so the prospects would attend colleges sponsored by Adidas. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for a longtime Adidas employee urged jurors Thursday to use common sense and evidence to conclude college basketball coaches like Bill Self at Kansas and Rick Pitino at Louisville knew shoe companies were paying money to families of elite athletes to steer them to their schools.Attorney Michael Schachter, representing Adidas sports marketing manager James “Jim” Gatto, cited testimony and evidence that emerged during the fraud conspiracy trial of Gatto, aspiring sports agent Christopher Dawkins and Merl Code, a former Adidas consultant.“Ladies and gentlemen, what help do you think a coach thought Jim Gatto was going to provide in persuading a kid to go to their college?” he asked. “Jim works for a shoe company. He is not a guidance counselor. Kids don’t turn to him for assistance in where they should go to college.”Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Diskant, who has portrayed the schools and sometimes their coaches as victims of the defendants, said in a closing statement that coaches were not “running rampant.”“Nothing can be further from the truth,” the prosecutor said, highlighting protocols in place at schools to ensure compliance with NCAA rules.He said the defendants hid payments from coaches, knowing they would be fired if they facilitated payouts to players’ families.“Does that mean that some of the coaches didn’t break the rules? No, it’s possible they did,” Diskant said.The prosecutor noted that there was no mention of money in two voice messages Gatto left for Pitino. He also cited evidence that Dawkins, speaking of a financial payout, told the Bowen family: “I would never tell Rick anything like this because I don’t want to put him in jeopardy.”Schachter told jurors that the government’s star witness — former Adidas consultant Thomas “T.J.” Gassnola — lied when he testified that he was concealing from universities the fact that cash was being paid to the families of top recruits.He cited Gassnola’s testimony about a North Carolina State assistant coach. Gassnola, who pleaded guilty to criminal charges and cooperated with prosecutors, told jurors that he delivered cash in 2015 to Coach Orlando Early, who planned to give it to a personal trainer for highly touted point guard Dennis Smith Jr. so it could be relayed to the athlete’s family.Schachter said evidence shows that Self “knew of and asked for a payment to be made to Silvio De Sousa’s handler.”The lawyer added: “More than that, Coach Self requested just that kind of help that Mr. Gassnola arranged as a condition for Coach Self to permit Adidas to continue their sponsorship agreement with the University of Kansas.”Schachter also cited a conversation his client had in late May 2017 with Pitino, saying it occurred just after Code told Gatto that he needed money for the family of Louisville recruit Brian Bowen Jr. because the University of Oregon, a Nike school, had made an “astronomical offer” to recruit him.Schachter said Gatto wanted to be sure Pitino wanted Bowen before he spent his employer’s money.“Why, precisely, would Louisville’s head coach think that a shoe company representative wants to speak with him about a player?” Schachter asked. “Ladies and gentlemen, I submit to you that the only explanation that makes any sense is that Coach Pitino knows exactly why Jim is calling to discuss a player.”Bowen committed to Louisville on June 1, 2017, though he never played for the school. He now plays professionally in Australia. Pitino, a legendary coach, was never accused of a crime but was fired amid the investigation’s fallout.North Carolina State announced last year that Early and the school’s head coach were leaving the program months before the corruption case became public.Smith played one year at NC State. He now plays for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.De Sousa is a sophomore at Kansas.The jury is likely to start deliberations Monday.___Associated Press Writer Tom Hays contributed to this report.last_img read more