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Supermarket giant Asda has been hit with the biggest sales decline in its history, as like-for-like sales decreased by 7.5%.Walmart International CEO David Cheesewright singled out Asda’s eight consecutive quarterly decline as “very disappointing” and reiterated a poor performance throughout June.This coincided with supermarket sales dropping below £100bn for the first time since 2010 as the price war continued in the UK grocery sector.Walmart Stores CEO Doug McMillon commented: “Our strategy to turn things around is focused on improving the retail basics. We are simplifying and strengthening our offering through improved availability and assortment discipline, reducing costs and driving sales through strategic price investments.”He added: “While our turnaround will take time, I’m confident in the new leadership team there and want to assure you we’re addressing this with urgency.”Cheesewright had suggested a move to “shift the balance from protecting profit to protecting share” that could have triggered the start of the price war, but the company made no mention of a change in strategy.In July, bosses from Sainsbury’s suggested that starting a price war would not be a logical step for rival retailer Asda. read more
David Elliott, 49, of Hanover passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Res-Care in Hanover, Indiana. David was born Thursday, November 28, 1968 in Batesville, Indiana the son of Dale and the late Linda (Natali) Elliott. He was a member of the Dearborn Baptist Church and enjoyed collecting hats.David is survived by his father Dale, brothers: Doug Elliott of Versailles and Ryan (Jessica) Elliott of Texas; sister Angie Craigmile of Dillsboro, Aunt Linda Natali of Ohio, Uncle Mike Natali of Florida, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother.A memorial service to celebrate the life of David will be 12 Noon Saturday, October 27, at Dearborn Baptist Church, 9638 Hwy. 48, Aurora, 47001 with Pastor Darrell Sparks officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Rising Sun New Cemetery. Family and friends may gather to share and remember David 10 AM – 12 Noon Saturday also at the church. Memorials may be given in honor of David to the Dearborn Baptist Church. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, (812) 432-5480. You may go to filterdevriesmoorefuneralhome to leave an online condolence message for the family. read more
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is close to a return from injury but manager Roberto Martinez has sounded a note of caution to England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate over his availability next summer. “Ross is coming back from an injury so he hasn’t played much football,” he said. “If the tournament was now it would be a good opportunity for Ross to get some playing time but if it is at the end of a season where he has played consistently for 10 months then he needs to have a break.” Martinez does not believe the growing clamour for young players to gain tournament experience is right despite calls for the likes of Barkley, Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Arsenal Jack Wilshere, Calum Chambers and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to be parachuted back into the junior ranks. And as most of those players mentioned have already been to a World Cup with the senior side he believes it will be a demotion for them to go back to the under-21s. “We keep talking about players who need to make tournaments but I think we need to start creating a way of playing and that way of playing will demand one player or another,” he said. “It is not because bringing so many good names together will give you a chance of being successful. “What would be the under-21s’ objective – (is it) to get players into the senior side because if players are already in the senior side what would be the motivation for a player to go into the under-21s? “Sometimes we speak too much about individual names. You need to look into it on an individual case; players who have played too much football, the needs of the team more importantly. “I am sure the under-21 national manager (Gareth Southgate) has answers for that. “Everyone is honoured to represent their country and the players will always do as they are told by the national teams and that is the way it should be.” Barkley returned to full training with the squad on Monday and could possibly play against Aston Villa on Saturday. “He is really close. He came back on Monday and has reacted extremely well,” said the Toffees boss. “Sometimes you forget what a sensational footballer he is and when you see him a full flow you realise he is infectious around the place. “He is desperate to play and his work this week has been very good. It is too early to tell whether he will be involved on Saturday but I don’t see him to be too far away from it.” Another looking to regain his place is defender Sylvain Distin, who has not played since the 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Swansea on September 23. Rumours of a fall-out have circulated in his continued absence from the team but Martinez said the centre-back had a dead leg – although he admitted the Frenchman could have played in two of the three matches he has sat out. “You will always get rumours but the reality was that he picked up a knock after the Swansea game and obviously at that period I considered it was right for him to have a bit of break and rejuvenate,” said the manager. “Sometimes he is such a professional he works too hard. He is someone who is not just happy with what he does with the team, he has his individual programmes and he works too much. “I felt that he needed a bit of a break but now he has come back refreshed and ready to fight for his place. “He could have played the last game against Manchester United and maybe Krasnodar, but the little knock that he had stopped him from being available for Liverpool and from that point on it was just making sure he could recover. “Sylvain is training well and is fully refreshed and is ready to fight for his place.” The 20-year-old, who has yet to feature after sustaining knee ligament damage on the eve of the campaign, is already being touted for a recall to the under-21s to bolster their squad for the 2015 European Championships. It is not an idea Martinez appears that keen on. Press Association read more
Digna Strautmane jutted her arms up, perpendicular to the ground to contest a Wake Forest shot. The ensuing miss was rebounded near center court by Tiana Mangakahia, who fed a pass to a cutting Jasmine Nwajei en route to a fastbreak layup. On the next possession, Nwajei intercepted a pass got another layup.Against WFU this past Sunday, Syracuse turned a 21-point first half deficit, its largest of the season, into a 42-16 second-half run. Nwajei’s second basket cut the lead to single-digits. Later in the frame, she ripped the ball from a WFU player’s hands and SU took the lead on the ensuing possession.“We made one adjustment,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said of any halftime alterations, “we changed our defense.”SU deployed a half-court press, instead of its usual full-court press, and stumped WFU. When the Demon Deacons broke the pressure, the Orange settled into a man-to-man defense at times.Before the 2017-18 season kicked off, Hillsman labeled his defense as a “matchup zone.” Three months and 25 games later, Syracuse (18-7, 6-6 Atlantic Coast) occasionally switches between a man-to-man defense and its usual matchup 2-3 zone, still looking to find an opportune defensive scheme. Neither has been particularly effective on a consistent basis. SU has the 182nd-best scoring defense, allowing 65.4 points per game, fifth-worst in the ACC. Its average opponent field goal-percentage (40.4) is ninth in the conference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe magic number in conference play is, seemingly, 70. Syracuse is 1-4 in games it concedes more than 70 points, and 5-2 when it holds opponents to less than 70. As SU looks to win its four remaining ACC matchups, and as Hillsman projects, comfortably make the NCAA Tournament, the defense will need to shape up.“It depends on where the ball is on the floor,” Hillsman said of the switch from man to zone defenses on Jan. 31, “who has the ball dictates it. It’s something we have to do to maintain our balance on defense and being able to get to a shooter or get to certain players.“There’s a lot of reasons why we (switch),” Hillsman said. “I can’t say one or two things that really dictate it.”Preferably, Hillsman wants his defense to morph from its full-court press to a zone scheme on each defensive possession, he said. This tactic prevents “cross-matching” — having a guard defend a forward as a result of switching schemes mid-play, Hillsman said. SU’s 2-3 zone puts guards, all of whom are shorter than 5-foot-11, near the 3-point arc and places bigs down low to safeguard the paint. Perfecting transitions between the pressure and zone provides balance to the defense.Switching from a full-court zone press to a half-court zone is easier than going from the press into a man-to-man defense, Mangakahia said, because it’s easier to guard an area of the floor rather than a single person. Flipping to a man-to-man scheme can be ineffective if the defense is unorganized.It also conserves energy, she said, since SU defenders don’t have to shadow players around the floor. The zone requires players to call out cutters, which places an emphasis on communication. Mangakahia, a first-year player who’s played 29 more minutes than any other SU player, knows the importance of understanding all facets of SU’s defense.“No matter who’s on the floor,” Mangakahia said, “(the press-to-zone switch) is (Hillman’s) go-to. … If you’re in the program, that’s what you need to expect to do when you get out on the floor. If you’re not good at pressing, or if you’re not good in a zone, then you need to work on that. He’s not going to change it.”During a game, Hillsman will pace the sidelines and shout out either “2-3,” or “man.” Sometimes, he will do it mid-possession. If he sees the shot clock ticking down, Hillsman said, he will call for a late man-to-man switch for a better shot at securing a rebound.The in-game deviation can be challenging on the fly, guard Isis Young said. The rapid rush to match up on an opposing player can lead to a shooter finding space behind the arc. SU’s opponents have connected on 31.7 percent of their 3-point chances.Wake Forest, a team that makes 3s at a 28.7-percent clip, recorded one-third of its first half points via the deep ball (5-for-11) on Sunday. SU let a team that entered the game scoring 68.3 points per game score 45 in a half.After the Stony Brook contest on Dec. 3, when the Seawolves shot 8-for-30 from deep, Hillsman said SU would switch to a man-to-man defense to prevent teams from exploiting the Orange’s zone with 3-pointers.“Sometimes, if we start getting stretched out in our zone,” Hillsman said after the game, “… and I can see that we are in front of players, we may go man.”At times, though, that can create problems on its own. While playing a man-to-man defense against Pittsburgh on Jan. 21, SU went down, 20-13, to a team that had just one conference win. Syracuse’s comeback attempt against Virginia Tech on Feb. 1 crumbled due to a poor interior defense that resulted from a shift to man defense.On Sunday, WFU made it a five-point game in the fourth quarter with an easy layup when SU was playing man defense. Following the score, the Orange went back into a zone and resumed stifling the home team. A few minutes later, playing tight defense on an inbound play forced WFU into a five-second violation that iced the game.“It’s about keeping pressure on the ball,” Hillsman said after the game.Syracuse has been searching for consistency in conference play since it started in late December.SU’s four remaining games, three of which come against teams with sub-.500 conference records, act as a test to iron out defensive issues and enter the ACC tournament without the pressure of still needing to earn an NCAA Tournament berth.— Sports Editor Andrew Graham contributed reporting for this article. Comments Published on February 12, 2018 at 9:25 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+ read more