21 Sep
2020

Crunch time approaching for Pardew

first_img But he acknowledged that irrespective of Cabaye’s situation it is essential for the club to bring in new faces to add to their solitary summer signing Loic Remy before the transfer window shuts early next month. Pardew said: “We know we’ve got some business to do and the next nine days are very important to this football club. I’m still fighting and I’m determined to make a success of this season for our fans.” Pardew would not elaborate on Cabaye’s absence but did hint at his imminent departure when he said: “We need to get ourselves in a situation where if he stays, great, and if he doesn’t we need to get someone equally as good.” Pardew watched his side fail to muster a single shot on target on a dreary afternoon at St James’ Park, but almost saw them snatch victory when substitute Sammy Ameobi hit a cross against the inside of the post in injury time. With Hammers keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen stranded, the ball bounced down to a surprised Yoan Gouffran who somehow conspired to scoop the rebound over the bar when it would have been easier to score. Other than Ameobi’s late effort Newcastle’s best chances were a couple of off-target free-kicks by Hatem Ben Arfa, who has impressed Pardew in the way he has bounced back from last season’s nagging injury issues. “One thing Hatem showed today and against Manchester City is his hamstring is fine and he’s still got that burst of pace,” said Pardew. “I was pleased with his commitment, and that bodes well for us.” Newcastle boss Alan Pardew knows he is heading into one of the most crucial periods of his three years in charge of the Magpies after enduring more frustration in Saturday’s goalless Barclays Premier League draw with West Ham. Yohan Cabaye was once again left out of Pardew’s matchday squad and his future on Tyneside looks increasingly bleak with Pardew indicating the club must step up their search for a replacement. Pardew did not comment on reports Cabaye had refused to play since Arsenal lodged an initial £10million bid last Monday, with both the Gunners and Paris St Germain expected to table improved offers next week. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

March Madness bracket projections: Kentucky, UNC shoot up to 2-seed line

first_imgMORE: Grant Williams, once overlooked, on verge of history with TennesseeAutomatic bids (in parenthesis) go to the team with the fewest conference losses. In case of a tie, the bid is given to the team with the best NET rating.Projected No. 1 seedsVirginia (ACC), Tennessee (SEC), Duke, Michigan (Big Ten)Virginia (20-1): NET/Pom/KPI: 1/1/3. vs. Q1: 6-1. vs. Q2: 5-0. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Tennessee (20-1): NET/Pom/KPI: 4/5/7. vs. Q1: 4-1. vs. Q2: 6-0. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Duke (20-2): NET/Pom/KPI: 3/2/1. vs. Q1: 5-1. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Michigan (21-2): NET/Pom/KPI: 6/6/4. vs. Q1: 5-2. vs. Q2: 7-0. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Projected No. 2 seedsGonzaga (WCC), Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan StateGonzaga (21-2): NET/Pom/KPI: 2/3/11. vs. Q1: 4-2. vs. Q2: 3-0. vs. Q3/4: 14-0Kentucky (19-3): NET/Pom/KPI: 5/8/6. vs. Q1: 6-2. vs. Q2: 3-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-0North Carolina (18-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 8/7/5. vs. Q1: 5-4. vs. Q2: 6-0. vs. Q3/4: 7-0Michigan State (18-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 9/4/10. vs. Q1: 8-3. vs. Q2: 4-2. vs. Q3/4: 6-0Projected No. 3 seedsKansas, Purdue, Marquette, Houston (American)Kansas (17-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 17/16/2. vs. Q1: 8-5. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 4-0Purdue (16-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 11/10/9. vs. Q1: 5-5. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 6-0Marquette (19-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 21/28/15. vs. Q1: 6-3. vs. Q2: 3-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Houston (21-1): NET/Pom/KPI: 7/19/8. vs. Q1: 2-1. vs. Q2: 8-0. vs. Q3/4: 11-0MORE: Zion Williamson the runaway favorite for POYProjected No. 4 seedsLouisville, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Texas TechLouisville (17-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 15/13/14. vs. Q1: 4-5. vs. Q2: 4-1. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Virginia Tech (18-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 10/9/25. vs. Q1: 3-3. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Iowa State (18-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 13/12/17. vs. Q1: 4-4. vs. Q2: 3-1. vs. Q3/4: 11-0Texas Tech (18-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 16/15/21. vs. Q1: 3-5. vs. Q2: 6-0. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Projected No. 5 seedsNevada (MWC), Villanova (Big East), Wisconsin, IowaNevada (21-1): NET/Pom/KPI: 14/17/18. vs. Q1: 0-0. vs. Q2: 8-0. vs. Q3/4: 13-1Villanova (18-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 18/18/13. vs. Q1: 3-2. vs. Q2: 7-2. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Wisconsin (16-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 12/11/20. vs. Q1: 5-4. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 6-0Iowa (17-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 23/23/32. vs. Q1: 3-5. vs. Q2: 5-0. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Projected No. 6 seedsKansas State (Big 12), Maryland, LSU, Florida StateKansas State (17-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 30/35/12. vs. Q1: 4-2. vs. Q2: 4-3. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Maryland (17-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 24/20/23. vs. Q1: 3-4. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 9-0LSU (17-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 19/24/16. vs. Q1: 3-2. vs. Q2: 6-2. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Florida State (17-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 29/21/24. vs. Q1: 3-3. vs. Q2: 4-2. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Projected No. 7 seedsBaylor, Mississippi State, Auburn, St. John’sBaylor (15-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 31/26/27. vs. Q1: 4-3. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 6-2Mississippi State (16-5): NET/Pom/KPI: 26/25/19. vs. Q1: 6-2. vs. Q2: 3-3. vs. Q3/4: 7-0Auburn (15-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 20/14/35. vs. Q1: 1-5. vs. Q2: 6-1. vs. Q3/4: 8-0St. John’s (17-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 40/47/28. vs. Q1: 4-4. vs. Q2: 4-0. vs. Q3/4: 9-2Projected No. 8 seedsWashington (Pac-12), Cincinnati, Oklahoma, SyracuseWashington (18-4): NET/Pom/KPI: 27/33/29. vs. Q1: 2-3. vs. Q2: 2-1. vs. Q3/4: 14-0Cincinnati (19-3): NET/Pom/KPI: 25/29/26. vs. Q1: 2-1. vs. Q2: 4-1. vs. Q3/4: 13-1Oklahoma (15-8): NET/Pom/KPI: 38/40/22. vs. Q1: 3-6. vs. Q2: 5-2. vs. Q3/4: 7-0Syracuse (16-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 47/33/33. vs. Q1: 2-3. vs. Q2: 4-2. vs. Q3/4: 10-2MORE: February could be month to remember in college basketballProjected No. 9 seedsMinnesota, TCU, Ohio State, Ole MissMinnesota (16-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 52/51/38. vs. Q1: 3-4. vs. Q2: 2-2. vs. Q3/4: 22-0TCU (15-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 37/37/34. vs. Q1: 0-5. vs. Q2: 5-1. vs. Q3/4: 10-0Ohio State (14-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 36/32/39. vs. Q1: 3-5. vs. Q2: 3-2. vs. Q3/4: 8-0Ole Miss (14-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 39/46/42. vs. Q1: 3-7. vs. Q2: 2-0. vs. Q3/4: 9-0Projected No. 10 seedsN.C. State, Buffalo, Arizona State, IndianaN.C. State (16-7): NET/Pom/KPI: 35/41/76. vs. Q1: 1-6. vs. Q2: 4-0. vs. Q3/4: 11-1Buffalo (18-3): NET/Pom/KPI: 22/22/31. vs. Q1: 2-1. vs. Q2: 2-2. vs. Q3/4: 14-0Arizona State (15-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 60/54/36. vs. Q1: 3-1. vs. Q2: 5-3. vs. Q3/4: 7-2Indiana (13-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 44/44/49. vs. Q1: 3-7. vs. Q2: 3-2. vs. Q3/4: 7-0Projected No. 11 seedsSeton Hall, Alabama, VCU, Temple, Texas, Wofford (Southern)Seton Hall (13-9): NET/Pom/KPI: 67/63/44. vs. Q1: 2-5. vs. Q2: 4-2. vs. Q3/4: 7-2*Alabama (13-8): NET/Pom/KPI: 45/48/37. vs. Q1: 2-5. vs. Q2: 6-1. vs. Q3/4: 5-2*VCU (15-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 49/53/40. vs. Q1: 1-3. vs. Q2: 2-2. vs. Q3/4: 12-1*Temple (16-6): NET/Pom/KPI: 53/76/43. vs. Q1: 1-5. vs. Q2: 5-0. vs. Q3/4: 10-1*Texas (12-10): NET/Pom/KPI: 41/30/30. vs. Q1: 4-5. vs. Q2: 2-3. vs. Q3/4: 6-2* First Four teams As we inch nearer to March Madness, we here at Sporting News are here to offer our best projections for the NCAA Tournament.As always with our Field of 68 bracket projection, we’re here to do our best to help you decide for yourself how your favorite team’s resume stacks up. This isn’t a projection of what the seed lines will look like on Selection Sunday, but it’s an educated guess at how the bracket would look if the season ended yesterday. MORE: Inside the minds of college basketball’s top scorersNo. 12 seeds: Davidson (A-10), Lipscomb (Atlantic Sun), Belmont (Ohio Valley), Hofstra (Colonial)No. 13 seeds: New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (America East), South Dakota State (Summit), Old Dominion (C-USA)No. 14 seeds: Montana (Big Sky), Northern Kentucky (Horizon), Bowling Green (MAC) Loyola-Chicago (Missouri Valley)No. 15 seeds: Georgia State (Sun Belt), Radford (Big South), Princeton (Ivy), UC Irvine (Big West)No. 16 seeds: Bucknell (Patriot), Rider (MAAC) *Robert Morris (Northeast), *Sam Houston State (Southland), *Norfolk State (MEAC), *Prairie View A&M (SWAC)*First Four teamsNewbies: Belmont, Bowling Green, Bucknell, Davidson, Lipscomb, Montana, New Mexico State, Norfolk State, Old Dominion, Princeton, Robert MorrisDropped out: Lehigh, Liberty, Marshall, Murray State, North Carolina A&T, Saint Louis, UCF, UMKC, UNLV, Wagner, Weber State, YaleBubble boys (in alphabetical order): Arizona, Arkansas, Butler, Clemson, Creighton, Florida, Nebraska, San Francisco, UCF, UNCG, Utah Statelast_img read more

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