Maurizio Sarri arrived in England as something of an enigma. Fans of Italian football waxed lyrical about his Napoli side, a team that came close to toppling the mighty Juventus while playing some of the most attractive football in Europe.Napoli improved every season he was there, ending the 2017/18 campaign with 91 points, the most a team has achieved in Serie A without winning the title. That total would have won them the league in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015, and drawn them level in 2016 and 2017 – that’s 11 of the 14 seasons since the Italian top flight switched to 20 teams.It seems unlikely that Napoli will finish anywhere near that total this term, despite having the vastly experienced ex-Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti at the helm. In fact, they are currently eight points worse off than at the same stage last term.So, considering his great success with Napoli, what has gone wrong for Sarri at Chelsea? Can the Italian turn it around? And should the club keep faith in his methods?The emergence of SarriballSarri’s style of football at Napoli became known in social media circles as ‘Sarriball’ or ‘Sarrismo’. Videos of his team’s attacking moves often went viral, and even Pep Guardiola declared them one of the best teams he had played against.But such a distinct style can take time to implement. You need the right environment and circumstances to make such a drastic change to a team’s philosophy. And you need your players to buy into it 100%.Exporting that style from one league to another can also bring problems. And if results are not instant, players and fans can start to have their doubts.After the 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City, TV sports’ pundits were quick to lay the boot in with lines such as: “This isn’t Napoli, this isn’t Serie A – this is Chelsea and the Premier League”, as if to undermine his achievements in Italy and suggest he is now out of his depth.But is it really as simple as that? Sarri’s system relies on players being highly motivated and committed to playing with great intensity. He likes to press high and recover possession quickly, but his current players seem incapable of performing this way over a sustained period of time. As the season has gone on, the pressing has stopped and the intensity has all but disappeared. With so many players aged 30 or over, this could just be a physical problem. But Sarri himself has also questioned the mentality of his squad.Where does the buck stop?The situation raises an interesting dilemma: Should the club pander to the players and recruit yet another coach (as of 13th February, his odds to be the next Premier League manager sacked have been slashed to 4/5 by Betway following the Manchester City game on February 10)? Or do they give Sarri the opportunity to have a summer clear-out and start building a team in his own image? It only takes a few key voices in the squad to embrace the philosophy for it to permeate the whole dressing room. And with everyone working from the same page, spectacular results can be achieved.The stubborn approachApart from a switch of formation in his early days at Napoli, which saw him ditch a 4-3-1-2 system in favour of a 4-3-3, he was always accused of being stubborn and having no ‘Plan B’. This is a common criticism thrown at managers who have a clear philosophy. Pep Guardiola was accused of this at Barcelona and Bayern Munich despite enjoying monumental success. To accuse a coach of having no Plan B after he has just secured a record points total for his team seems absurd, but when his style of football appears to be failing it becomes a valid concern. But everyone at Chelsea knew what they were getting with Sarri; this is a man who sticks to his guns until he gets it right. While other coaches might opt to play according to the players at his disposal, Sarri will not stray from his vision and would rather change the players at his disposal than sacrifice his style.Those who claim that Sarriball can never work in the Premier League just need to look at the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp. Both needed time for their systems to flourish, and both refused to compromise on their vision, even when it was suggested they had been exposed by the toughness of the Premier League. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? 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The Warriors extended the margin to 35 on Alfonzo McKinnie’s 3-pointer late in the period.Durant had 27 points at halftime when the Warriors led 73-52.TIP-INSWarriors: They controlled the boards, 50-43, led by Andrew Bogut with 14. … They had 35 assists.Clippers: Kentucky coach John Calipari sat in the second row to support his former player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who finished with seven points. … Floyd Mayweather, Meek Mill, Scottie Pippen and Sheila E. with her dad Pete Escovedo were in the crowd.CASH AND CARRYThe $2,000 that Doc Rivers dropped on the street in San Francisco earlier in the week was his per diem while on the road. A man picked up the dough and caught up to Rivers to return it.“They give you cash these days,” the coach said. “Maybe we need to go back the other way.”UP NEXTGame 4 is Sunday in Los Angeles. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Durant was perfect, making all five of his field goals and both free throws for 12 points. He and Curry picked up two fouls each, but the Warriors still built a 19-point lead.Kevon Looney, again filling in for injured DeMarcus Cousins, shot 4 for 4 in the first, dunking three times in a row.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGame 4 is Sunday at Staples Center.The Clippers won Game 2 on the road after trailing by 31 points in the third quarter, stunning the Warriors with the largest comeback in NBA playoff history. View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss But they couldn’t find the basket this time, shooting 37% from the floor.Their only starter in double figures was rookie Ivica Zubac, who finished with 18 points after playing most of the fourth. Patrick Beverley, a defensive pest in Game 2, was limited to six points, four fouls, one rebound and no assists in 18 minutes.Lou Williams had 16 points, and Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Green added 15 each off the bench.Los Angeles never led and failed to put together any kind of sustained run.Golden State’s biggest run came in the third at the same time Curry was whistled for his fourth foul. The Warriors scored 14 straight points to lead 88-57. Durant and Green got hit with offsetting technicals during the spurt. Durant laughed it off and sank a jumper from the left corner seconds later.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant drives against Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Kevin Durant scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 21 playing with five fouls, and the Golden State Warriors dominated from the opening tip to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 132-105 Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.The Warriors began the game on a 22-9 tear and went on to shoot 73% from the floor in the first, taking the crowd out of it early.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH bets Balanga, Pasig stun top seeded teams in Day 1 of FIBA 3×3 World Masters SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue
Midwest RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 10 Indiana (84.6) at 2:45 p.m. on CBSUpset alert! No. 12 Buffalo (32 percent) vs. No. 5 West Virginia at 2:10 p.m. on TNTMost lopsided matchup: No. 2 Kansas (89 percent) vs. No. 15 New Mexico State at 12:15 p.m. on CBSIN DEPTHWichita State (72 percent win probability) vs. IndianaPlayer to watch: Fred VanVleet, Wichita StateA year removed from a magical, near-undefeated season, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall has led the mid-major standard-bearers to a round-of-64 game against Indiana, thanks to an excellent, balanced team. Both teams are great at protecting the basketball (and Indiana is one of Division I’s worst defenses at forcing takeaways), so don’t expect this game to be decided by points off turnovers. Instead, the Hoosiers’ path to the upset would seem to involve — what else? — 3-point shooting, a skill in which they ranked 7th nationally during the season. But Indiana also has a very shaky defense that placed among the bottom half of all Division I schools, and it could prove the ultimate liability against a Wichita State squad that shoots and rebounds well on offense and hardly ever gives the ball away. West RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State (82.5) at 6:50 p.m. on TBSUpset alert! No. 9 Oklahoma State (59 percent) vs. No. 8 OregonMost lopsided matchup: No. 1 Wisconsin (98 percent) vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina at 9:20 p.m. on TBSIN DEPTHOregon vs. Oklahoma State (59 percent win probability)Player to watch: Phil Forte, Oklahoma StateOregon is the No. 8 seed, with a 25-9 record, but our model has 18-13 Oklahoma State favored, with a 59 percent probability of pulling the “upset.” Why? The Ducks are a small, one-dimensional team with a great offense but a vulnerable defense, while the Cowboys have greater balance, better size and the stronger backcourt combination with Phil Forte and Anthony Hickey. (Oklahoma State also played the tougher schedule during the season, which accounts for its superior power rating despite an inferior record.) Oregon’s chances, then, might depend on the play of big man Jordan Bell — a relative offensive non-entity but one of the nation’s top defensive players. His ability to block shots and shore up the Ducks’ interior defense could make him an equalizing force against the Cowboys. South RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 10 Davidson (a harmonic mean of 83.6) at 7:20 p.m. on TNTUpset alert! No. 9 St. John’s (42 percent win probability) vs. No. 8 San Diego State at 9:40 p.m. on CBSMost lopsided matchup: No. 1 Duke (98 percent) vs. No. 16 Robert Morris at 7:10 p.m. on CBSIN DEPTHIowa (62 percent win probability) vs. DavidsonPlayer to watch: Aaron White, IowaIowa has an experienced, balanced team with great size, and its dynamic front-court duo of Aaron White and Jarrod Uthoff will be difficult for Davidson to match. It’s in the top 40 in both offense and defense, according to Ken Pomeroy, dean of college basketball stats.For the Wildcats to win, they probably need to catch fire from the 3-point arc: During the season, Davidson ranked 16th among Division I schools in 3-point accuracy and ninth in the percentage of field-goal attempts devoted to 3-pointers. We give Iowa a 62 percent chance of moving on, but Davidson’s long-distance shooting prowess does give it a fighting chance at the upset. That and its apparent love of advanced basketball statistics. After an upset-filled opening Thursday, the 2015 NCAA men’s tournament rolls on with 16 more games Friday. The marquee matchups of the day aren’t quite as strong as they were Thursday, but there are a few good 7-versus-10 games to keep an eye on, as well as an 8-versus-9 pairing (Oregon vs. Oklahoma State) pegged as a likely upset by our model and a compelling tossup between Providence and play-in winner Dayton.Read on for more of what to look for in the NCAA tournament Friday. East RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Georgia (84.4) at 12:40 p.m. on TruTVUpset alert! No. 11 Dayton (49 percent) vs. No. 6 Providence at 9:57 p.m. on TruTVMost lopsided matchup: No. 2 Virginia (96 percent) vs. No. 15 Belmont at 3:10 p.m. on TruTVIN DEPTHMichigan State (62 percent) vs. GeorgiaPlayer to watch: Denzel Valentine, Michigan StateWe’ve written before about the incredible record of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, who has led the Spartans to six Final Fours (and was about 16 minutes away from a seventh last March) starting from a collection of seeds unlikely to produce that many deep tourney runs. History may not repeat this year, though; Michigan State is a No. 7 seed (no Izzo Final Fours have come from a seed worse than 5th). Even Georgia is a tough draw — a matchup between the Spartans’ offense (15th-best, according to Pomeroy) and the Bulldogs’ defense (24th). Georgia’s style of play isn’t necessarily ideal for producing upsets, though — the team doesn’t shoot a lot of threes or force a lot of turnovers, which are some of the gambling hallmarks of strong underdog candidates. Still, Michigan State has its own Achilles’ heel: free throws. The Spartans were one of the worst foul-shooting teams in Division I, and it wouldn’t be surprising if that weakness becomes a real factor if the game comes down to the wire.
WILMINGTON, MA — Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will be will be donating back-to-school haircuts to children who need it most this summer. From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s nearly 900 salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to an underprivileged child in the community.“A fresh haircut to celebrate a milestone is something that can easily be taken for granted,” said Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “Through our Share-A-Haircut program, we strive to provide every child with this simple but impactful service that will help send them back to school with confidence and enthusiasm to kick-off the year.”Within the first two weeks of August, Hair Cuttery is aiming to donate tens of thousands of free haircut certificates ahead of the new school year. Certificates will be distributed with the help of more than 200 local government and non-profit organizations in communities across the country.Participating locations include the salon in Wilmington, 206 Ballardvale St., Unit 3.Since 1999, the Share-A-Haircut program has donated more than 2.4 million free haircut certificates valued at nearly $50 million.2018 marks the 19th year of Share-A-Haircut, with Hair Cuttery’s most recent campaign donating more than 80,000 haircuts to survivors of domestic violence this past spring. The company has an established history of charitable giving and has supported a range of local and national causes, including St. Baldrick’s Foundation, American Red Cross, The National Network to End Domestic Violence, American Cancer Society and Girls on the Run.About Hair CutteryHair Cuttery is the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, with nearly 900 company-owned locations on the East Coast, New England and the Midwest. A full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line of professional hair care products. Hair Cuttery is committed to delivering a delightful client experience through WOW Service including a Smile Back Guarantee. Hair Cuttery is a division of Ratner Companies, based in Vienna, VA.(NOTE: The above press release is from Hair Cuttery.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHair Cuttery Donates Back-to-School Haircuts To Thousands Of Children In NeedIn “Business”Wilmington’s Hair Cuttery Donates Back-To-School Haircuts To Local Kids In NeedIn “Business”Hair Cuttery Donates More Than 61,000 Haircuts to Children in Need NationwideIn “Business”
After raising funds worth ₹2,500 crore this month, online cab aggregator Ola is now the third-most valuable venture-backed company in India after Flipkart and Snapdeal.The Bengaluru-based company’s valuation rose to ₹15,600 crore with the latest round of funding which included investments by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner’s DST Global, Singapore’s state investment arm GIC and New York-based hedge fund Falcon Edge Capital invested along with its existing investors.Founded in 2011 and operations in more than 65 cities currently, the company plans to use the funds to expand its services to new cities and diversify its presence to other business areas, following the acquisition of rival TaxiForSure last month.”We will scale up rapidly and double our products and engineering team to about 1,000 in the next quarter,” Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO of OlaCabs, told The Economic Times.The company is aiming to expand cab aggregation services to about 200 smaller towns and cities, investing about of quarter of latest funds to scale up business of TaxiForSure. Ola claims to have 80% of market share after merging TaxiForSure.”Our growth has been strong and we have a very strong market leadership position, which are key reasons for our investors being so supportive,” said Aggarwal.In the previous round of funding, Japan’s SoftBank invested $210 million in the company in October 2014, taking its valuations to about $650 million.With valuations next to only Flipkart and Snapdeal, the company is trying to compete with Uber, a US-based online cab aggregator.Uber is currently the second most valuable start-up in the world at $41 billion after Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc. India is an important market to Uber, as it has only minor presence in the Chinese market.Flipkart is currently the most valued start-up backed by big venture capital firms, with its valuation skyrocketing to $15 billion from $1.5 billion in October 2013. In 2014 alone, the company raised a capital of around $2 billion.
Md. Palash Ahmed Photo: CollectedThe alleged hijacker of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft, Palash Ahmed, was buried at Dudhghata village in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.He was buried around 9:10am, said his father Piyar Jahan.Earlier on Monday night, his father was taken to Chattogram to identify his son’s body, said Jahidul Islam, assistant commissioner of Karnaphuli zonal police.Later, the body was handed over to his father after an autopsy at Chittagong Medical College Hospital, he added.A flight of the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines was allegedly hijacked on Sunday evening at Chattogram’s Shah Amanat International Airport.The plane landed on an emergency basis and all the 148 passengers on board were evacuated safely. All the cabin crew members were also safe.Later, the alleged hijacker was neutralised in a swift commando operation of eight minutes.