Inter ready to bring Nainggolan back

first_img “We were convinced that with him, we could recover the money spent by the improvement his presence would bring in the other players. “There’s no point talking about whether or not Radja will be with Cagliari next season, because he still has two years on his contract with Inter and it’s not up to us.” read also:Nou Camp clash: Roma suffer Nainggolan injury blow Meanwhile, there are numerous reports in Italy that Antonio Conte is ready to give Nainggolan another chance, having frozen him out of the squad with Mauro Icardi in pre-season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Multiple reports suggest Radja Nainggolan will be welcomed back to Inter next season, as Cagliari director Marcello Carli admits ‘it’s not up to us.’ Promoted Content8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney Movies20 Historical Things You Won’t Believe Actually HappenedBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World Loading… The midfielder was purchased from Roma for €38m plus Nicolò Zaniolo in the summer of 2018, but sent out on loan to Sardinia only a year later. “Bringing in Nainggolan was outside of the usual plans because we considered him a show-stopping player who could help raise the overall level of the squad,” director of sport Carli told Sky Sport Italia.Advertisementlast_img read more

Devonte Graham’s 35 points too much for Syracuse to overcome in 76-60 loss to No. 2 Kansas

first_imgMIAMI — Kansas needed an answer. For much of the night, the Jayhawks defense stymied Syracuse. The Jayhawks raced out to a 14-point advantage at halftime.But now, to start the second half, the Orange was back. Tyus Battle and Frank Howard, as they’ve done all year, were leading the offense. Battle made his first 3-pointer of the game. Then he drove in and got the and-1.Next it was Howard’s turn. A steal and a layup, followed up by an and-1 for himself. Then he hit a 3-pointer. The clunky Syracuse offense of the first half was gone. The Kansas fans, who’d been the louder supporters before the tip, ceded way to a raucous Orange crowd. A 20-point lead was down to seven.The Jayhawks’ next possession was falling apart, too. The ball was handed off to Devonte’ Graham with the shot clock winding down. Graham stepped back from Tyus Battle and shot an NBA-range 3-pointer with Frank Howard charging at him. It hit nothing but net.“On a night where basically we didn’t have much going on, he needed to do that,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “He picked his spots well.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse (6-1) was playing the toughest team it had all season on Saturday, and as a result, was seeing one of the best individual players in the country. Graham led the No. 2 Jayhawks (7-0) with a career-high 35 points, including seven 3-pointers. The performance was too much for the Orange to overcome in its 76-60 loss.The senior point guard missed his first three shots from deep in the game. It was part of a back-and-forth first 15 minutes, in which both teams struggled to hit anything from the field.Late in the first half, Graham knocked down a tough midrange jumper with Howard guarding him closely. On the next KU possession, Howard picked up his third foul trying to aggressively go over a screen and stay with Graham. Howard was sent to the bench and Graham hit two free throws.Then, in a blur, Graham knocked down three-straight 3-pointers. He smacked his chest and walked back with a swagger after the last one, culminating the stretch in which he scored the Jayhawks’ last 14 points of the half.Many of his 3-pointers, in both halves, came from the top of the key. Graham knew he’d find success there from his own experiences playing in a zone.“When we run our 2-3 zone, when the ball goes to the middle, we fan out,” Graham said. “You’ve got to leave somebody open, it’s usually the guy at the top.”Graham, who started the season in the conversation for the National Player of the Year award, struggled with his shot early this season. Through four games, he was shooting just 34 percent and averaging only 11.5 points.Then, in KU’s last matchup against Toledo, he exploded for 35 points. He matched that total again in Saturday’s contest.Graham, who came into the game averaging 8.5 per game, said that he balances his scoring and passing based on game flow. His shot wasn’t falling over the first four games. When it was tonight, he made sure to take advantage of it.Boeheim said that he felt the defense wasn’t the issue on Saturday, instead pinning the brunt of the loss on offensive ineffectiveness. Still, he wasn’t pleased with the defense played on Graham.He helped the Jayhawks pull away from the Orange late in the first half. When the Orange started creeping back in the second half, he made sure to keep it at bay for good.“Graham was really good today,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He kept making a shot every time we needed something.” Comments Published on December 2, 2017 at 10:59 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Walcott expected out for a month

first_imgArsenal’s Theo Walcott is expected to be out for a month with a knee injury he sustained in Saturday’s FA Cup third round win against Tottenham.Walcott’s injury may force his manager Arsene Wenger to make a move for a new striker in the transfer window.Widespread reports in Monday’s newspapers suggested Walcott will face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he was stretchered off following his impressive performance as Arsenal’s lead forward, filling in for the injured duo of Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner.”Theo has a knee problem,” Wenger said after the game on Saturday. “We don’t know if it is a stretched ligament or just a kick, he got two kicks on his knee.”We still have [Lukas] Podolski and [Mesut] Ozil on the bench. [Olivier] Giroud was sick, he was not injured, so for the next game he should be available. Of course if we lose Theo for a longer period, it is a problem.”Bendtner is also expected to be out for around a month after injuring his ankle against Cardiff on New Year’s Day, leaving Arsenal alarming short of striking options heading into a condensed period of action that will include crucial Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League games. Walcott was reported to be due for a scan on his injured knee on Monday, with the results likely to be crucial in Wenger’s transfer plans for the next few weeks.However, the Arsenal boss has again warned it will be difficult to seal deals for top players in this mid-season transfer window.”I said many times we don’t rule anything out, but you know as well that all the big players are at big clubs at the moment and they go for important targets,” Wenger said. “We are like everyone, we look out there and see what is happening, if an opportunity turns up. Unless you have a club in a desperate financial situation it will be difficult.”Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere has expressed his hope that his Walcott will not face disciplinary action after he taunted Tottenham fans by reminding them of the score line as medical staff carried him off.Wilshere was given a two-match ban by the FA for an offensive gesture towards Manchester City supporters last month, but he hopes the jovial nature of Walcott’s repost to his detractors will be taken into account. “I think they [Spurs fans] were giving him a bit of stick and he responded. He’s a bit smarter than me, I suppose,” Wilshere said. “It is football. They were giving it to him and got it back. People have to look at it as a bit of banter.”last_img read more