Matic raring to go

first_imgNew Chelsea signing Nemanja Matic is eager to be involved in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United. Matic began his second spell at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday after completing a transfer from Benfica reported by the Portuguese club to be worth £20.75million. The 25-year-old left west London three years ago as part of the deal which saw David Luiz move from Benfica. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho views Matic as the defensive midfielder his team are missing and the Serbia international is keen to make an instant impact against United. “The coach has to decide but I am ready. I’m in training, I played (for Benfica) on Sunday against Porto so I don’t have any problems,” Matic said. United will arrive in the capital as champions but their chances of winning the title are as good as finished as they trail leaders Arsenal by 11 points. Chelsea are only two points behind the Gunners, however, and could finish the weekend as leaders themselves if results go their way. Matic believes the Blues will develop into a dominant force in Europe as well as England. “Chelsea are a very good team and have very good young players. In the next few years Chelsea will show power,” he said. “Of course we need a bit of time because if a player is young he needs time to show all his qualities but I think Chelsea will be one of the best teams in Europe.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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What to know about Alan Griffin, Syracuse’s newest addition

first_img Published on April 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman UPDATED: April 6, 2020 at 4:05 p.m.With two seasons at Illinois in the past, sophomore Alan Griffin is transferring to Syracuse in search of a larger role.The 6-foot-5 sharpshooting guard was one of the top transfers on the market and chose SU over Dayton, Arizona, Iowa State and Texas. As a sophomore at Illinois, Griffin averaged 8.9 points on 41.6% shooting from behind the arc and 86.1% at the foul line.Although he displayed efficient scoring, he came off the bench in 27 of his 28 appearances and only played 18.1 minutes per game. With Syracuse, Griffin has “a chance to be a star,” his high school coach Patrick Massaroni told The Daily Orange.Griffin has two years of eligibility remaining, and will apply for a waiver to be immediately eligible, Massaroni said. Currently, football and basketball players must sit out a year after transferring, unless granted a waiver. The NCAA has debated the one-time transfer rule, but pushed the vote from April to June and it was recently reported that a change wouldn’t affect the 2020-21 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I can only control what I can control,” Griffin told Mike Waters of Syracuse.com. “I can’t worry about the stuff I can’t control.”Here’s everything you need to know about Syracuse’s newest addition:The scouting reportEven in limited minutes, Griffin hit 47 3-pointers last year, 19th most in the Big Ten. He sunk 41.6% of four attempts per game and often ranged several feet behind the arc. In a win at Northwestern, Griffin connected on six of his eight 3-point attempts in a 24 point, seven rebound performance.Although most effective as an outside shooter, Griffin also flashed some off-the-dribble verve at Illinois. Aside from his outside shooting, Griffin brings athleticism and length to SU. Massaroni said his rebounding is underrated — his 4.5 rebounds per game last year projects to 10 per 40 minutes — and his wingspan may allow him to play both on the elbow and on the block of Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone.“With his size, he’ll play so much longer than his 6’5 frame,” Massaroni said.Scott Richey, who covers Illinois basketball for The News-Gazette, said Griffin’s energy and offensive rebounding were big factors in him earning more minutes as a sophomore.“If he can get his defense up to a level where his offensive game is, he’s a pro prospect,” Richey said. “That was the long term ideal if he would have stuck at Illinois. But being at Syracuse doesn’t change that.”For the No. 21 Fighting Illini, Griffin provided energy off the bench behind guards Ayo Dosunmu, Andres Feliz and Trent Frazier. At SU, whether it’s in 2020 or 2021, he’ll have a larger offensive role, especially with the departure of Elijah Hughes.How he got hereAs a senior at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York, Griffin led the Crusaders to the program’s first-ever state federation title. That year, he averaged 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.8 blocks per game while shooting 48% from 3.Following the Federation tournament, he was named Most Valuable Player for a team that went 27-5 and finished No. 11 in the nation.“That team was special,” Massaroni said. “And Alan was the leader.”Even as Griffin led his high school team to a new level, he attracted mostly mid-major teams. Fordham, Marist, Massachusetts, St. John’s, Manhattan, Iona, and La Salle offered him. Syracuse showed late interest the first time around but was one of the earliest to reach out in 2020, Griffin told Syracuse.com.In his freshman year for the Fighting Illini, Griffin played just 8.1 minutes per game. After that season, when many of his teammates went home, Griffin stayed in Urbana-Champaign with Dosunmu to work out and train with the team’s strength and conditioning coach, Richey said.Then, from his freshman to sophomore year, every statistical category improved dramatically. His playing time doubled, scoring tripled and 3-point shooting rose 11.2%.Still, Griffin wanted more opportunities and transferred to Syracuse to find them.Family mattersAlso on that 2018 Stepinac State Federation title team was Griffin’s younger brother, Adrian Griffin Jr., then a freshman. Now, Griffin Jr.’s the No. 6 overall recruit in the 2021 class and the No. 1 prospect in New York, per 247 Sports. He’s also committed to Duke, set to match up with his older brother in conference play.“They’ve got pretty good genes there,” Massaroni said.Their sister, Aubrey just finished her freshman season as a forward for Connecticut. There, the 2019 Miss New York Basketball winner came off the bench for all 32 games and was named to the conference’s all-tournament team.Aubrey, Adrian and Alan’s mother was an All-American track runner at Seton Hall, and their father played nine seasons in the NBA and most recently served as an assistant coach for the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors.Said Massaroni: “When your dad is part of the NBA and you get to be around that, you can only learn and grow and develop. And that has, and will, continue to only help them in the future.”This story was updated with additional reporting from Senior Staff Writer Anthony Dabbundo Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Seaman EXCLUSIVE – I would love Wenger to win the league again to shut people up

first_imgArsenal legend David Seaman has sent a message of warning to the ‘Wenger Out’ brigade, insisting a change in boss could see the Gunners slip further away from top silverware.Supporters have come out in force against Wenger this season after another Premier League title challenge went up in smoke.And though the Arsenal stars achieved redemption of sorts by beating fierce rivals Tottenham to second place on the final day of the season, a large number of fans are still eager for change.This is a big summer for the under-fire Wenger, who fans are hoping will make a number of top signings to strengthen the squad, having made just one last summer – £10million goalkeeper Petr Cech.Cech’s impact was evident this term – the Czech veteran won the golden glove award with 16 league clean sheets – but added attacking verve and defensive stability is surely needed if the Gunners want to end their hunt for top flight glory.Former Arsenal and England No.1 Seaman is fully aware of the team’s recent shortcomings, but he insists getting the axe to fall on stalwart Wenger is not the answer.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Seaman said: “Arsenal had a good season. It wasn’t brilliant because we didn’t win anything, but to finish second is a great achievement.“But there are still doubts; doubts over the manager and the team and whether it can push on.“For me, Arsene is the best. I love the guy and I certainly don’t want to see him leave. I’ve worked with him and know how good he is.“More and more fans getting on the ‘Wenger Out’ bandwagon… and I’m just desperate for him to win the league again just to shut everybody up.“I think the only way you would be able to stop that [the fan backlash] is by signing top quality players. We need the finished article, not the young, up-and-coming guys.“But what frightens me, is that if the club don’t go out and buy these players in the summer, and Arsene does leave, where does that leave Arsenal?“A lot of fans think that the base that Arsene has set is the standard, but it won’t be. It will fall below that if we get a new manager in.”last_img read more

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Dozens of companies hiring at Miami job fair

first_imgIf you’re on the hunt for a new job, then get your resumes ready, because dozens of Miami’s biggest companies will be hiring, Wednesday.Dozens of employers will be hiring at the Miami Career Fair inside the Miami Airport Marriott, located at 1201 N.W. LeJeune Road.The job fair will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Registration is free to the public, but job seekers are required to have multiple copies of their resume on hand.For more information and to register for the event, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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