“You can’t win without that,” Memphis center Marc Gasol said. “Even if you look at teams like Golden State, you see a team that obviously has a lot of firepower, their defense is really outstanding, how they all move together at the same time, how they all shift as a unit from one side to the other … Then they give you 125 points, too. But they really do play a lot of great defense.”Against the T-Wolves, Golden State blocked nine shots — its 11th time in 12 games with at least seven swats — three by reserve Omri Casspi and another two from Draymond Green, and didn’t allow a 20-point performance by Minnesota. Nick Young came off the bench to make a career-high four steals in 20-plus minutes.“It’s finally coming along. We’re starting to put it together,” Green said. “We’re taking more ownership in one-on-one defense. We’ve just locked in more on one-on-one defense and taking on the challenge.”Part of that, according to player development coach Chris DeMarco, is “being the aggressors, being active defensively and trusting that the guys around us will help if we get beat.”While a handful of turnovers led to easy baskets by Minnesota, for the most part the Warriors were disciplined in their defensive assignments. It has been that way for a stretch of games now.It didn’t hurt Golden State shot 65.9 percent after halftime in pulling away from the overmatched Timberwolves, who were on a roll with five straight wins before the stop in Oakland.“I think you learn a lot from playing against them because that’s what a championship team looks like. They play hard. They play together. You look at their willingness to sacrifice for each other and make plays,” T-Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They had 37 assists on 48 baskets. Their defense over the last five games has been back to what their defense is. That’s why they’ve been able to win the way they’ve won. I think their willingness to sacrifice and play for each other is what makes them great. They take good shots. They make the game easy for each other. When you do that, the results will be good.”___AP Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker contributed to this report. Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES LeBron ‘obviously’ interested in owning Cavs someday CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat drives on Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on November 6, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. — Defense has been the theme from Day 1 for the Golden State Warriors, determined to do all the little things even better on both ends of the floor on the heels of their second NBA championship in three years.They’re blocking shots. Jumping into the passing lanes for timely steals. Getting hands in the faces of shooters.ADVERTISEMENT “I know if we focus on taking care of the basketball and playing solid defense, and focusing on that, and really, hopefully, regardless of how our offense is, we’ll be in a good position to win games,” Curry said.Golden State limited the Timberwolves to 41.3 percent from the floor and a dismal 5 of 24 on 3-pointers on the way to winning its fifth straight.“You saw how beautiful that was in the second half with 37 assists overall. It’s all about taking care of the ball and defending,” Kerr said. “The defense part I’m really pleased with. I think this is about our fifth straight really good defensive effort we have had so that’s a great sign.”He gave his team a day off Thursday before getting back to work Friday in preparation for Philadelphia.Other teams and opposing players notice the Warriors’ attention to detail on the defensive end, even if their high-flying offensive show is typically the focus of scouting reports and film sessions.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa It wasn’t this way out of the gates this season, and coach Steve Kerr had some moments of frustration.Lately, he’s pleased with the progress and consistency.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Defensively we’ve just had longer stretches of high intensity and high level of focus,” Stephen Curry said. “That’s allowed us to control the momentum of games and the flow of games.”The Warriors outscored Minnesota 44-26 in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s 125-101 win — and dominated without NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who sat with a bruised left thigh but was expected to be fine by Saturday’s home game against the 76ers.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 15: Running back James Conner #24 of the Pittsburgh Panthers dives into the end zone during the Panthers’ game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images)…and we’ve got a new viral Internet meme. “Sad Virginia Fan” is taking over Twitter.The context? If you missed it, Notre Dame survived an upset bid by UVA, 34-27, behind a heartbreaking last-minute touchdown pass from DeShone Kizer to Will Fuller. Immediately following the play, ESPN showed a Cavaliers supporter who clearly just had his day ruined. Enjoy:… pic.twitter.com/c45vwTQtqB— Deadspin (@Deadspin) September 12, 2015Sniper in the house. pic.twitter.com/IaN9EmPwRL— Sam Dekker (@dekker) September 12, 2015looks about right pic.twitter.com/JWA4qrlDdc— Erik Malinowski (@erikmal) September 12, 2015ND killed a man pic.twitter.com/4gSwa8aJ97— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 12, 2015Current mood in Virginia … #NDvsUVA pic.twitter.com/TWzXXao77n— Sports on Earth (@SportsonEarth) September 12, 2015Every Virginia fan right now … pic.twitter.com/LAzCTmAA2m— ESPN (@espn) September 12, 2015Cheer up, you’re now an Internet sensation, Sad Virginia Fan. pic.twitter.com/ZrEDsfdYi8— SportsNation (@SportsNation) September 12, 2015pic.twitter.com/AadmZgeEZw— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 12, 2015Dead Virginia fan is the best pic.twitter.com/HzNhpEGQM1— Matt T. (@michiganlions) September 12, 2015This sad Virginia fan is just hilarious pic.twitter.com/LlcW1OIJGw— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) September 12, 2015Virginia fan not sure if he’s dead. pic.twitter.com/OnKoZKrE1x— MarcusD (@_MarcusD_) September 12, 2015i’m sorry pic.twitter.com/IeH1MZZdnC— martin rickman (@martinrickman) September 12, 2015Yep, no field-rushing today. Someone get that man a beer – if he’s of age.
The Government is to continue initiatives under its Fiscal Administration Modernisation Programme, through a $700 million allocation in the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure. The project, implemented in December 2011, aims to support the Government of Jamaica in achieving a sustainable fiscal position by strengthening the Ministry of Finance and Planning’s institutional capacity to effectively improve customs, inland tax collections, and manage debt and government payments. The sum allocated for this fiscal year, will go towards remodelling of a building at East Street; acquisition of a surveillance system, a fixed asset system, applications for revenue system, and 111 computers and 50 laptops; commencing the procurement of an integrated tax administration system and document management system; and implementing a modernised customs system. As of March 2013, the programme had procured 120 computers, 50 laptops, and 15 tablets; requested proposals for the remodelling of the East Street building; acquired statistical licence; procured enterprise backup and storage solutions; invited bids for a new integrated tax administration system; while asset inventory management, revenue accounting and document management systems were drafted for publishing; The programme is funded jointly by the government of Jamaica and the Inter American Development Bank (IDB). It is scheduled to be completed by December 2016.
Barcelona: If Lionel Messi listens to Real Betis and sits out another match, Barcelona will likely have to rely on Antoine Griezmann to finally get some points on the board. Betis, which visits the Camp Nou on Sunday, responded to a tweet by Barcelona that Messi was back to practicing with the team for the first time since being injured in the preseason by saying: “Don’t rush, Leo. No need for you to force it!” Barcelona couldn’t make up for Messi’s absence last weekend when its attack was held scoreless in a 1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThat was the first time the two-time defending champions had lost a Spanish league opener in a decade. And after both Real Madrid and Atl tico Madrid won, the pressure is on. Barcelona acquired Griezmann after triggering the 120 million euro ( 133 million) buyout clause in his contract with rival Atl tico. The France forward was supposed to be the fourth piece to an already world class attack featuring Messi, Luis Su rez and Ousmane Dembele. But Griezmann may be left with all the scoring responsibility in his competitive home debut. Messi strained his right calf in the team’s first practice of the season on Aug. 5 and hasn’t played since. Although it is possible he will be back to face Betis, Su rez won’t be after he injured a right leg muscle in the first half at Bilbao. Dembele has also been ruled out for several weeks with a left thigh injury. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterPhilippe Coutinho, who could have helped out as an attacking player, is no longer with the team after being loaned out to Bayern Munich this week. Malcom, a Brazilian forward who played sparingly for Barcelona last season, was sold to Zenit St. Petersburg. Griezmann had a lackluster match at Bilbao. His only good scoring chance at San Mames Stadium came in the final minutes with a header. The Frenchman, however, is used to carrying a team on his back. Griezmann was a consistent scorer for Atl tico, tallying more than 20 goals a season for five consecutive years despite the team often not having another attacking threat to draw away some of the attention of opposing defenses. The problem at Bilbao, he said, was simply “the ball didn’t go in.” The other player who could make the most of the opportunity created by the injuries is 21-year-old Carles P rez, a member of Barcelona’s reserve team. He impressed in the preseason, even scoring two goals in a 2-0 win over Japanese club Vissel Kobe, where former Barcelona great Andr s Iniesta now plays. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde included P rez in Wednesday’s team practice. Betis was the only team to beat Barcelona at its home stadium last season, outgunning the hosts 4-3.
About half of young Americans expect to be financially better off than their parents, according to a new poll, a sign that the dream of upward mobility is alive but somewhat tempered.The poll, by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV, found that half of 15- to 26-year-olds think they eventually will be better off than their parents in terms of household finances. About 29 per cent expect to do as well as their parents, and 20 per cent expect to be worse off.Parents were slightly more optimistic: 60 per cent think their children will do better than they did, a view that held true for parents across all income groups. Overall, only 12 per cent of parents said that they felt their children might do worse.It’s no longer a guarantee that children will achieve upward income mobility. About half of the Americans born in 1984 earned more at age 30 than their parents, down from 92 per cent in 1940, according to the study by famed economist Raj Chetty and others that was released in 2016.Jennifer Narvaez, 23, is among those who anticipates her financial future will be a bit brighter than that of her parents. Narvaez said she expects to have more opportunities as a college graduate to get a job and own a home than her parents, who grew up in Nicaragua and immigrated to the United States. The Miami resident holds an undergraduate degree in biology and is planning on attending medical school to become a cardiologist.Narvaez is less certain about the prospects of the U.S. economy, particularly as the nation appears to be marching into a trade war with China.“It’s a weird time,” she said. “I feel like it’s hard to predict what will happen because of the kind of administration we have.”Alex Barner, 20, also felt optimistic that he might fare better than his mother, who had him at age 18 and raised him as a single mother. He is attending college in New Mexico and is considering a future career in business management.While Barner is hopeful he will do well in life, he also has some concerns about the trajectory of the nation and its economy. Like Narvaez, he’s concerned by the trade policy of President Donald Trump’s administration.Barner also said he feels politicians need to focus more on matters that affect people in the here and now, such as health care and student loan relief.Respondents were divided about how they expect the nation’s economy will fare in the year ahead. About 29 per cent of young people expect the economy to improve, 30 per cent expect it will get worse and 41 anticipate it will stay the same. Similarly, 35 per cent of parents expect improvement, 27 per cent expect conditions to get worse and 38 per cent expect the economy to stay as is.___The Youth Political Pulse poll was conducted Aug. 23 to Sept. 10 by the AP-NORC Center and MTV. The poll was conducted using NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. It includes 580 young people ages 15-26 and 591 parents of children in the same age group. The margin of sampling error for all young people is plus or minus 6.6 percentage points, and for parents it’s plus or minus 7.5 percentage points.___Online:AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research: http://www.apnorc.org
Striking right balance between career and personal life can be a real struggle, but it becomes even more challenging when you are a mother – striving to secure your position in a man dominated world, while discharging the responsibilities of a whole other human being. This Mother’s Day, we thought to interact with some of these rock stars who are effortlessly balancing the jobs of a housemaker, a professional, a mother, a wife and what not.Shubhaavi Choksey, Television actress Also Read – The Puja carnivalI am lucky to be blessed with two mothers (mother and mother-in-law) to take care of my child, but despite all the support it hasn’t been easy. Building a career, while fulfilling my duties as a mother has not been a cake walk. Whether I have time or not, whether I have slept enough or not at all, whether I am unwell or absolutely in the pink of health, by default my responsibility is the same. Being a working mother, even 24 hours seem less to me. But I still try and do my level best in the available time. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraDr Prakriti Poddar, Mental Health Expert There is no supermom! You have to give up on one job to be good at the other. Balance is really a distant dream, no matter how hard you try. But I still try… However, there are days when meetings supersede the bedtime. Those days, I have to step out and make a quite phone mail to fill prayers into the ears of my children. Sundays are non-negotiable to me. I spend it with my children – Quality over Quantity. Also, we have family groups on WhatsApp, for constant interaction. Luckily, we are all great at communication and my kids have a safe emotional outlet. Arunima Kumar, Kuchipudi dancer The most beautiful thing in this world is to become a mother because you learn to put somebody else before you. But it takes a lot of sacrifices and you have to be on your toes to manage it well. In a dancer’s life, nothing is predictable. You can’t plan your days in advance. Sometimes you are constantly rehearsing , travelling to places – and still, have to be always available for your child. For example, recently I went to France with my group for a performance. We had to rehearse all day and night for it. The schedule was so tight that I couldn’t manage to spend time with my daughter, and so she used to come, watch me dance. It is difficult, but we make it work somehow. Chef Veena Arora, Chef De Cuisine, The Imperial Although I have all grown up children now (and grandchildren too), my biggest support has always been my husband when they were young. I used to work in the evenings while he made sure he comes back home before I leave the house. I used to cook before leaving for work and help the kids with their homework too. We handled everything mutually. If a woman decides to achieve something, she can definitely turn impossible to possible. In my case, it was raising my children along with being a chef and I gave equal priority to both. I taught my children to be independent and maintained my passion and honesty for my work. It’s all about striking the right balance. Kanta Mehra, Art Gallery In-Charge I am a single parent of two kids, working in the most reputed organisation of Delhi for almost 20 years. Initially, it was all very difficult – forgetting about my wishes and desires, and only focussing on work and home. But time teaches you everything. Now, I have a routine. I get up at 5 am to complete all the housework, go out for a walk (because health cannot be ignored), send kids to school, get ready for my office and then rush to catch the 8 am bus. After spending 12 long hours in the office, heading towards home is a big sigh of relief but only until I reach home. Because then, my second shift starts – I cook dinner, and spend time with kids. As the clock strikes 12, I am exhausted enough to crash and sleep.
Washington: Scientists say they have created a next-generation plastic that can be fully recycled into new materials of any colour, shape, or form, without loss of performance or quality. As plastics contain various additives, like dyes, fillers, or flame retardants, very few plastics can be recycled without loss in performance or aesthetics, said researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportEven the most recyclable plastic, PET — or polyethylene terephthalate — is only recycled at a rate of 20-30 per cent, with the rest typically going to incinerators or landfills, where the carbon-rich material takes centuries to decompose. Now, a team of researchers at Berkeley Lab has designed a recyclable plastic that, like a Lego playset, can be disassembled into its constituent parts at the molecular level. Described in the journal Nature Chemistry, the plastic, called poly diketoenamine, or PDK, can be reassembled into a different shape, texture, and colour again and again without loss of performance or quality. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”Most plastics were never made to be recycled,” said Peter Christensen, a postdoctoral researcher at Berkeley Lab. “But we have discovered a new way to assemble plastics that takes recycling into consideration from a molecular perspective,” Christensen said. All plastics, from water bottles to automobile parts, are made up of large molecules called polymers, which are composed of repeating units of shorter carbon-containing compounds called monomers. According to the researchers, the problem with many plastics is that the chemicals added to make them useful — such as fillers that make a plastic tough, or plasticisers that make a plastic flexible — are tightly bound to the monomers and stay in the plastic even after it is been processed at a recycling plant. During processing at such plants, plastics with different chemical compositions — hard plastics, stretchy plastics, clear plastics, candy-coloured plastics — are mixed together and ground into bits. When that hodgepodge of chopped-up plastics is melted to make a new material, it is hard to predict which properties it will inherit from the original plastics. “With PDKs, the immutable bonds of conventional plastics are replaced with reversible bonds that allow the plastic to be recycled more effectively,” said Brett Helms, from Berkeley Lab, who led the study. Unlike conventional plastics, the monomers of PDK plastic could be recovered and freed from any compounded additives simply by dunking the material in a highly acidic solution. The acid helps to break the bonds between the monomers and separate them from the chemical additives that give plastic its look and feel. After testing various formulations, the researchers demonstrated that not only does acid break down PDK polymers into monomers, but the process also allows the monomers to be separated from entwined additives.
There have been roughly 100 million males born in America in the past 50 years. Among that total, there appears to finally be one who can safely be called a legitimate international soccer star.Eighteen-year-old Christian Pulisic of the U.S. men’s national team scored twice on Thursday night in Colorado, lifting the USMNT to a critical World Cup qualifying win over Trinidad and Tobago. With the game tied 0-0 in the 52nd minute, Pulisic’s smart run and cool finish put the U.S. up a goal, and 10 minutes later the teenager slipped in behind the defense to double the lead. This has become typical for the Americans. Against Panama, Pulisic held off two defenders in the box to get free and feed Clint Dempsey for the USMNT’s lone goal. He scored one and assisted two in the 6-0 romp over Honduras. All told, over its crucial last three competitive matches, the U.S. has scored nine goals and Pulisic has scored or assisted six of them.1Sebastian Lletget’s goal against Honduras came from a rebound off a saved Pulisic attempt, and Dempsey scored a free kick after Pulisic won a foul, so you could count eight. Pulisic has been one of the best teenagers in Europe since 2010-11 Pulisic was one of the most dangerous players in Germany 11Salomon KalouHertha BSC0.210.190.40 82015-16Kingsley ComanBayern Munich0.51 5Emil ForsbergRB Leipzig0.180.430.61 15Thiago AlcantaraBayern Munich0.210.160.37 12016-17Ousmane DembeleBorussia Dortmund0.72 13Nicolai MullerHamburg0.260.130.39 122013-14Leon GoretzkaSchalke0.41 14Raphael GuerreiroBorussia Dortmund0.240.150.39 132012-13Raheem SterlingLiverpool0.41 8Christian PulisicBorussia Dortmund0.220.300.52 10Kerem DemirbayHoffenheim0.160.250.41 152010-11Jack WilshereArsenal0.37 22013-14Raheem SterlingLiverpool0.67 PLAYERCLUBGOALSASSISTSGOALS + ASSISTS 62015-16Leroy SaneSchalke0.52 2Ousmane DembeleBorussia Dortmund0.260.470.72 Statistics for the 2016-17 season.Source: OPTA The team that has never quite had a scoring force to build around now seems to have a one-man army. As a result, the USMNT has nearly climbed out of the hole it dug under former coach Jurgen Klinsmann when it lost its first two matches in the “Hex,” as the North and Central American qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is known. With two wins and a draw in its last three qualifiers, the U.S. has raised its chances for making the tournament from 60 percent to 83 percent percent.Evidence of Pulisic’s quality is not limited to matches against Caribbean nations and middling Central American challengers. He has proved himself for German power Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. This past season, Pulisic scored four goals and assisted eight in the Bundesliga and Champions League. And there’s good reason to believe these numbers were no fluke or merely a function of a hot finishing run. By expected goals, a statistical estimate of the quality of scoring chances, Pulisic’s shots and passes created chances with an estimated value of roughly five expected goals (xG) and seven expected assists (xA). Among nonstrikers with at least 1,500 minutes played, Pulisic was eighth in the Bundesliga in xG + xA per 90 minutes, slightly behind Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa. 6Paul-Georges NtepWolfsburg0.250.280.54 9Marco FabianEintracht Frankfurt0.310.130.43 102015-16Julian BrandtBayer Leverkusen0.47 3Shinji KagawaBorussia Dortmund0.290.410.70 92013-14Bruno FernandesUdinese0.49 4Franck RiberyBayern Munich0.260.370.63 EXPECTED PER 90 MINS 52015-16Marco AsensioEspanyol0.52 142011-12Julian DraxlerSchalke0.39 72016-17Christian PulisicBorussia Dortmund0.52 42012-13Julian DraxlerSchalke0.54 1Arjen RobbenBayern Munich0.390.360.75 112015-16Ousmane DembeleRennes0.44 7Douglas CostaBayern Munich0.190.340.53 The more advanced numbers show that the young American is not limited to shooting, either. For the Panama goal, Pulisic had to beat two defenders in close quarters. His ability to break a defense by winning one-on-ones helps his team create chances even when Pulisic doesn’t get the goal himself. With 72 successful take-ons (beating a defender in an open-field contest), Pulisic was fifth among Bundesliga players in take-ons per 90 minutes, just ahead of Bayern Munich’s world-class veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.And last night against Trinidad and Tobago, Pulisic scored twice after runs off the ball into dangerous areas. His ability to read space and slip unmarked into the penalty box is already elite. Thirty-six times in the last season Pulisic made a run to receive an entry pass into the penalty area, and 16 times he dribbled by a defender to get into the penalty area. In this statistic, Pulisic led all Bundesliga players. He outpaced even Bayern’s Thomas Muller, the 2014 World Cup hero for Germany who had made his name ghosting into scoring positions without alerting the defense.Just this level of production would be enough to make Sam’s Army salivate. But at 18, Pulisic is hardly a finished product and has room to get even better. If you compare his production to players under 20 years of age in the top leagues in Europe, he stands out all the more. 32015-16Dele AlliTottenham Hotspur0.58 YEARPLAYERCLUBEXP. GOALS AND ASSISTS PER 90 MINS 12Joshua KimmichBayern Munich0.310.090.40 Includes players age 18-19 with highest goals and assists per 90 minutesSource: Opta Pulisic’s 0.52 expected goals+assists per 90 minutes is the best mark by any 18-year-old nonstriker in the top five leagues since 2010-11. Among under-20s, Pulisic is seventh and surrounded by high-priced stars such as Leroy Sane of Manchester City and Real Madrid’s Marco Asencio. In terms of receiving or dribbling the ball into the penalty area, he ranks only behind Manchester United’s young star Marcus Rashford and Kylian Mbappe, whose market value is reportedly north of $130 million. Right now Pulisic is not considered to be on the market, but high eight-figure fees are common for players at his level and age.For the U.S. team, the emergence of a true star creates new tactical concerns. Opposing teams will key on Pulisic and look to shut him down. At home against Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago, manager Bruce Arena — who took the reins after Klinsmann was fired in November– played Pulisic at the tip of a diamond midfield to give him freedom. Pulisic paid it off not only with goals but by being a consistent outlet all over the attack third. But at Panama, Pulisic mostly stuck to the wing, as he had under Klinsmann. These two maps show where Pulisic received the ball in the final third when playing a central role behind the striker as opposed to his pass receptions as a winger. As a winger, Pulisic plays on the wing or moves from the wing into the penalty area, whereas from the 10 he can move across the width of the field in the final third. The toughest game the USMNT will play in the Hex is this Sunday in at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, where it has never won a competitive fixture and only drawn twice in nine matches. Arena is unlikely to use the same attacking tactics he used against Trinidad and Tobago with the diamond and will most likely choose a more defensive formation with Pulisic on the wing. But if he wants to maximize the Americans’ chances of stealing a rare win in front of nearly 90,000 at the Azteca, he should look into finding a way to play Pulisic in the hole behind the striker rather than leaving him on the wing where his positioning is more predictable and he can be more easily contained. To play a more defensive formation while keeping Pulisic central would probably require benching the veteran Dempsey, who typically plays as the more reserved of two strikers.A U.S. manager has never had the luxury of such a decision. But the moment to commit to Pulisic and the future of the USMNT may be Sunday.
We’ve never seen a duo quite like Chris Paul and James Harden play for the same team. But that doesn’t mean they’ll play well together. In the video above, Neil Paine discusses the reports of Paul’s trade to the Houston Rockets, and how he and Harden will coexist.Read more: Can Chris Paul And James Harden Play Together?