A 21-year-old Surrey offspinner who has been back in training at The Oval, and will come into the reckoning for the enlarged Test squad, having been part of the red-ball leg of last winter's Lions tour. Needed some "tough love" after struggling to regain fitness following a stress-related back injury in 2018-19 winter, according to Alec Stewart, but came back into the first team in style with a 14-wicket haul. … [Read more...] about Who are the new names in England frame?
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At worst, teams are aggressively chasing better draft position. In 2018, an owner reportedly berated his coach for winning. George Karl said he had a similar experience while coaching. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has repeatedly trumpeted tanking. Travis Schlenk acknowledged the Warriors tanked to get Harrison Barnes. Bryan Colangelo admitted the Raptors tanked under his watch. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus exposes NBA’s late-season tanking wasteland
Look at the teams with the six worst records in the NBA. The Bucks have the worst record (13-51) but they did not go into this season trying to lose, they thought O.J. Mayo, Brandon Knight, Caron Butler and a year of growth from John Henson and Larry Sanders would again have them in the playoff mix. The Philadelphia 76ers planned to be bad. The Orlando Magic planned to be bad. The Los Angeles Lakers thought they could make the playoffs but were dramatically undercut by injuries (and overvaluing some of their talent). The Sacramento Kings were not going to be good but didn’t expect to be this bad (not with DeMarcus Cousins). The Utah Jazz planned to be bad. … [Read more...] about Commissioner Adam Silver says what is happening in NBA is rebuilding, not tanking
Adrian Wojnarowski reported the win came on the road over a “pretty good team” in the “last several weeks of the season.” Even if we broadly limit opponents to the NBA’s 18 winning teams and dates to all of March and April, that eliminates half the tankers. The Suns, Mavericks, Magic and Bulls beat no winning teams on the road in March or April. … [Read more...] about Which tanking owner berated his coach for winning?
A shorter schedule would compact the standings and delay losing teams’ decisions to punt the season. But that’s a non-starter. Nobody is surrendering revenue by eliminating games. Besides, a longer season benefits fans, especially those who are the fringe of being able to afford tickets. A higher supply of games drives down ticket prices. … [Read more...] about Tanking tension central to Anthony Davis drama