Durant says he needs to be more ‘poised’ after 3rd ejection this season

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? With over a minute left in the game, the one-time league MVP figured in a verbal spat with notoriously temperamental center DeMarcus Cousins, resulting in both players being thrown out of the game.READ: Curry hobbled after Warriors roar back on PelicansFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Speaking to ESPN’s Nick Friedell, the 29-year-old forward said he had to compose himself better, but felt the latest ejection was “pretty quick.” Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “I got to be more focused, I got to be more poised. I can’t let anybody take me off my game,” he said.“I’ve been in the league too long. Especially somebody like Cousins, we know that he’s feisty, we know that he’s emotional. We know that he plays that way, so I can’t get involved in that. That’s who he is; I got to be me.”Durant is currently leading the league in ejections during the 2017-2018 NBA season, while Cousins is the only other player with more than one.Still, Durant makes sure that his outbursts won’t cost the team a victory, by not putting himself in any danger of getting tossed in the early stages of a game.“It’s late in the game. Every time I get ejected, I make sure it’s late in the game,” he said. “I’m not messing up like that in the first or second quarter—make sure it’s late in the game if I want to do something.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Since joining the Golden State Warriors last year, NBA fans have seen a feistier and more confrontational version of Kevin Durant.His aggressive side was once again on full display on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) when he got ejected against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center—his third disqualification in 18 games.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prior to this season, Durant only had one ejection in his first 10 years in the league.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Vitali Klitschko and Erik Morales win election to Boxing HOF Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Warriors beat Blazers to avenge earlier loss this week

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia James Harden keeps rolling with 41 as Rockets overcome Pelicans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, puts up a shot on Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, left during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Oregon— A road game for the Golden State Warriors felt a little like home for Klay Thompson.Perhaps that helped him shoot his way out of a slump.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Damian Lillard hit six 3-pointers and scored 40 points. It was the fifth time this season Lillard, who made the go-ahead 3-pointer in the victory at Oracle Arena, has scored at least 40 points.Golden State avenged that loss with improved shooting and better defense. The Warriors shot 50 percent from the floor (40 of 80), and made 12 of 25 from 3-point range.Durant was 10 of 19 from the floor, while Kevin Looney was 5 of 6, and made his first 3-pointer of the season.Kerr said it made a difference on defense to expand his rotation to 11 players Saturday.“I didn’t like what I did the other night, playing eight guys,” Kerr said. “I thought everybody who stepped on the floor did a really good job for us.”Jusuf Nurkic finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Blazers.Leading 30-27 after one quarter, Golden State scored the first 10 points of the second, including seven consecutive by Curry. Golden State led by as many as 17 points during the first half, settling for a 58-50 halftime lead.But the Warriors lost Andre Iguodala at halftime after he was ejected for hurling the ball deep into the end zone seats at the buzzer.Though Lillard scored 20 points during the third quarter, Golden State increased its lead to 93-83. The Warriors led by as many as 18 points in the fourth before holding off a late Portland rally.“We kept battling. I thought we made some good comebacks, but in the end, we let our guard down a few times. When you let your guard down, they take advantage of it,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I missed you. It’s good to see you again,” Thompson said. “It’s been a five-game absence or so where he hasn’t been in the game, so to finally see the ball go in at a high rate felt really good.”Golden State coach Steve Kerr said there wasn’t anything different about Thompson’s game. He was merely due.“Shots just went in,” Kerr said. “I didn’t think the quality of his shot attempts looked that much better. I think the law of averages just took over.”If there’s a place outside Oakland where Thompson feels most comfortable, it’s Portland’s Moda Center, known as the Rose Garden during his childhood.“It’s like a second home here. I was very fortunate to come to a lot of Blazer games at the Rose Garden,” Thompson said. “To be back here playing for my family is surreal. It feels like I’m getting old. It feels like yesterday I was back in these hallways trying to snag autographs. It’s always a pleasure to come back here.”ADVERTISEMENT TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State, 6 of 15 from the free throw line during Thursday’s game, made its first 10 Saturday, and went 23 of 28 overall. … The Warriors had three technical fouls in the game, including one on Durant for hanging on the rim.Trail Blazers: Lillard’s fifth 40-point game this season ties a career high. He also scored 40 points five times during the 2016-17 season.MISFIRED SHOTAfter Iguodala’s heave into the stands at the end of the first half, officials spent more than a minute at a courtside monitor before deeming his throw a “hostile act,” warranting an ejection.“Andre said he was just shooting the ball,” Kerr said. “It wasn’t a very good shot. Went a little long.”UP NEXTWarriors: Monday night at PhoenixTrail Blazers: Sunday night at home against Philadelphia. LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Thompson, who grew up in Portland as the son of former Trail Blazer Mychal Thompson, scored 32 points Saturday night to lead Golden State to a 115-105 victory.Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant each had 25 points as Golden State evened the score after losing at home to Portland 110-109 on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThompson broke out by hitting 12 of 21 shots, going 4 of 5 from 3-point range. At one point after making a 3-pointer, Thompson began talking to his right hand.What did Thompson say? MOST READlast_img read more

“Our Mandate is to build Africa”

first_imgThe Management of Ecobank Liberia Limited (ELL) has reiterated that the Bank’s mandate is to build Africa and develop Africans, and that ELL will not depart from this core mandate.Ecobank Managing Director Kola Adeleke was speaking Thursday at the grand finale of the Ecobank Deposit Mobilization Campaign (EDMC) in Sinkor where  a customer of Ecobank’s Zwedru Branch emerged as the lucky winner of a brand new four-door Chevrolet valued at US$15,000.Madam Cecelia Harris Jolo is a resident of Zwedru, the provincial capital of Grand Gedeh County.She current works at the Zwedru airstrip. Speaking with Ecobank officials via mobile phone, Madam Jolo said she was surprised.“I can’t believe it. What did I do to emerge winner of the car?” she asked. Responding to Madam Jolo’s inquest, the head of marketing & Communications at Ecobank, Madam Ivy Fairley added “you won because you regularly deposited money in your United States dollars savings account at our Zwedru Branch.”The brand new vehicle is the Ecobank Giant Prize Giveaway. The draw was held at the Ecobank Branch in Sinkor in the presence of the Board of Directors of the Bank.On June 12, 2013 the campaign started with the Ecobank Management encouraging USD savings account holders to regularly deposit US$100.00 to allow them to form part of the draw.About 31,000 customers’ account numbers were qualified for the grand prize, which Madam Cecelia H. Jolo won. Supervised by the Liberia National Lotteries, the over 31,000 account numbers were placed in a rolling drum by three Ecobank Board of Directors.Madam Jolo’s account number was picked by a male customer who had gone to conduct a transaction at the Sinkor branch. The drum was rolled over and again before the customer, named withheld, turned his back and picked the winner.Many bystanders were amazed that the winner of the grand prize was from rural Liberia.Madam Jolo was expected to arrive in Monrovia Friday to take delivery of her brand new Chevrolet. The promotion, analysts observed, was a win-win for customers and Ecobank.A bystander noted that while it is true that only one person is taking delivery of the car, the rest of the customers that make up the 31,000 regular depositors now have savings accounts that they can refer to. The bystander also noted that Ecobank benefitted because the Bank was able to mobilize more deposits, thereby increasing its assets base.The Ecobank MD told the public that Ecobank is here to fulfill its founding objective of “helping with the rebuilding process of Liberia and improving the livelihoods of ordinary Liberians.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fisherman remanded for wounding drinking partner

first_imgSenior Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday remanded a 25-year-old Albouystown, Georgetown, resident when he appeared before her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for unlawfully wounding his friend.Kevin Allicock of Lot 32 James Street, Albouystown, pleaded not guilty to the charge, which detailed that on April 17 at Georgetown, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Joseph Barker with the intent to maim, disfigure, or cause grievous bodily harm.The court heard that on April 17, 2019, the Virtual Complaint and Allicock were both imbibing whilst playing around with knives. During the said activity, the defendant armed himself with one of the knives and dealt Barker a stab to his neck.The police report was made and Barker was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he received medical attention for his wound.Prosecutor Richard Harris in court on Friday revealed that the victim had to be readmitted to the health facility for treatment for the said wound. On that note, the prosecutor objected to bail.The unrepresented man was remanded to prison. The case will continue on July 29, 2019.last_img read more

Mayor confirms heart-attack

first_imgThe city has confirmed Mayor Bruce Lantz checked himself into the hospital yesterday, suffering from a heart attack.Mayor Lantz has issued his own statement, saying he was suffering from chest pains Monday morning, and promptly drove himself to the hospital. He says a heart attack was diagnosed on his arrival, but he had arrived early enough to allow medics to treat it successfully. The Mayor says “I am resting comfortably at the Fort St. John hospital and due to the excellent care I have received here, the prognosis is good”- Advertisement -He expects to remain in hospital for further testing until Friday.last_img read more

Lakers notes: Cook in with no incident

first_imgJackson didn’t hesitate in playing Cook against the Toronto Raptors one day after the forward’s perceived act of disrespect – discarding his warm-up top in the coach’s lap – led to Jackson removing Cook as soon as he checked into the game. “I think in any family you’re going to have arguments,” Cook said. “I think we just had a family argument. We still love each other. I just tried to come out and just be a professional today. That’s how I am. I just come to work. Sometimes family members get mad. Both ways.” TORONTO – The Lakers had given up eight straight points to start the second quarter of Friday’s game when coach Phil Jackson decided it was time to go to his bench. He called for Kobe Bryant, who had sat for not even twominutes, as well as forward Brian Cook. As Cook headed to the scorer’s table, he took off his shooting shirt and the memories of his blowup Thursday at Detroit receded into the past. Jackson joked before Friday’s game, “Is he the only one? We’ve got about four or five on our team,” but wasn’t about to disagree. Radmanovic came to the Lakers with the reputation as being a one-dimensional shooter, though his defensive effort was praised during training camp. As Jackson put it Friday, “We think that he has the ability but he hasn’t defined himself as a player yet.” Radmanovic has started while Luke Walton has been sidelined by a sprained ankle. Walton hopes to practice today and could return Sunday at Cleveland. If not, Jackson might have to consider starting Cook. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Cook finished with sevenpoints and made 2 of 4 shots in 17 minutes. He played the final 10:13 of the second quarter and came back for the last 6:41 of the game when Jackson needed to get Lamar Odom a breather. Cook did miss a 21-footer with 25.9 seconds left. With Cook apologizing after Thursday’s incident, Jackson said he decided: “We’ll just go ahead and go forward with this. This is going to interrupt what we’re trying to do as a team.” Not so rad: Jackson’s patience with Vladimir Radmanovic ran out three minutes into the second half after he watched Radmanovic miss two shots and fail to get back on defense against Chris Bosh. He sent Ronny Turiaf for Radmanovic, who didn’t play the rest of the game. Jackson afterward summed up things succinctly, saying, “Vlade’s had two stinkers.” Earlier in the day, Radmanovic earned a spot on one Sports Illustrated writer’s list of the five worst defenders in the NBA. last_img read more

Hawthorne garbage collector answers charges

first_imgSERVICE: Allied Waste Services says skipping pickups is the only way to get some customers to pay up. By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER The streets of Hawthorne seemed to be alive one recent morning – with the mechanical sound of chugging, humming trash trucks. Along one residential route, two Allied Waste Services garbage collectors worked quickly. One man drove and operated the truck’s robotic arm that picked up the bins, dumped them in the back, and replaced them by the curb. Another walked in front of the truck, pulling bins blocked by cars into the street so the robotic arm could embrace them. But the workers also had a list of bins to avoid: Allied has stopped taking some trash because it said it is losing too much money – more than $40,000 – to residents who haven’t paid their bills in months. “In order to get anyone to call us, we have to leave the trash there,” said Greg Loughnane, Allied’s Los Angeles district manager. “When you don’t pick up the trash, you’re flooded with calls. ? Until we contact these people, we can’t fix the problem.” Since it took over trash routes from H&C Disposal in May, Allied has weathered numerous service complaints from residents who were happy with the previous hauler’s service, and dissatisfied by problems and changes brought by the new company. Allied officials said last week they take some responsibility for problems but also place blame on nonpaying residents and the former trash hauler, H&C Disposal, which did not provide complete billing and service records when it left. “We didn’t get very good information,” Loughnane said. “It’s been outdated from the beginning. ? It’s taken us quite a while to get information, and to get people lined up for the proper service. In our opinion, it’s a dysfunctional situation in terms of the previous hauler.” Allied officials acknowledged missing pickups, arriving too late in the day, and leaving bins akimbo in the streets this summer. They said collections have steadily improved despite many setbacks, and the company has plans to polish the rough edges of its service. Allied has received approval to change truck routes to run in front of street sweepers. Company officials said that change will shave at least two hours off each route because the most time-consuming part of the routes is moving trash bins to accessible spots for the truck arms. Officials also said they’re not completely to blame for some of the problems. William Wilson III, general manager of Allied Waste Service’s Gardena office, said some complaints come from apartment owners whose level of service is too low for their volume of trash, causing their bins to overflow. This month, the company has been taking pictures of overloaded bins, and sending them along with letters to the building owners. They are asking them to increase the size of their trash containers or the frequency of their service. One of those buildings is owned by Ollie DeLuna, who told the Daily Breeze earlier this month that she has had many problems with Allied’s service, including missed pickups that caused her trash to overflow. “We’ve had trouble ever since they came in here,” she said. But Allied officials, who have previously been tight-lipped about the issues, said DeLuna’s trash is overflowing because she’s scheduled only one pickup a week at a 34-unit building that should have at least two pickups. Nonpaying customers are another problem, they said. On Friday, the company logged 387 customers who were seriously delinquent in their payments – down from 590 earlier this month. “There are still people not paying their bills and not acknowledging we’re picking up their trash,” Wilson said. Nonpaying customers were sent letters and called in June and July, according to records from Allied. In August, the company tagged stop-service notices on hundreds of bins, and the city sent letters to the same people demanding payment. Two weeks ago, Allied sent auditors to knock on doors and request payments. They also said that H&C kept bad records while they were operating, and serviced many customers who didn’t pay. In June, company officials said they recovered about 800 trash bins that had never shown up on H&C accounts. H&C Disposal was forced out of its contract in April, after it racked up about $1.5 million in unpaid city franchise fees. Allied agreed to pay that money to the city in order to get the hauling contract. It raised residential rates about 5 percent and introduced more service fees. But, it also offered free commercial recycling service, Wilson said. Though company and city officials agree that H&C was badly managed, many residents said they preferred their old service over Allied. H&C “was more conscientious, they never had a problem and stuck to schedule,” said a resident who gave only the name Mike C. “They would pick up trash they dropped. Now we’ve got bags of trash just piling up.” Mike C. acknowledged that Allied’s service improved considerably at his apartment building in September, but he said he is not convinced it will continue. “I don’t feel confident with these people,” he said. “I think it’s too soon to say if they’re going to continue on, or whether they’ll get sloppy again.” sandy.mazza@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Advertisers come to ‘Kid Nation,’ but viewers are leaving

first_imgThe New Mexico attorney general’s office began an inquiry into whether the program had violated state child-labor laws. A spokesman for the attorney general said last week that the inquiry was continuing; CBS, which during the taping denied access to a state labor department inspector, said it had violated no laws. A CBS spokeswoman said Friday that the network “is pleased with the performance of the show.” No injuries have been shown on camera during “Kid Nation,” although there were some tense moments during the third episode when one child led a group that was harassing some obviously agitated cattle. The third episode also included some less-than-friendly behavior. CBS censors bleeped out a string of vulgar words shouted by Greg, the 15-year-old from Nevada who is one of the oldest participants, during an argument with some of the younger children.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A McDonald’s executive said Friday that the company had decided to advertise on the show after finding that its content fit the company’s family-friendly message. “We believe `Kid Nation’ brings families together and provides entertainment and a fun, shared experience for both children and parents,” Anja Carroll, director of media for McDonald’s USA, said in an e-mail message. Some of the advertising commitments were made before the show went on the air. A spokeswoman for PetSmart said it had agreed to buy its commercial time in the third episode in August, before the premiere. “Kid Nation” began drawing criticism from child advocates and causing jitters among advertisers well before the program arrived in September. The show takes 40 children, ages 8 to 15, and has them live in a New Mexico ghost town for 40 days without adult supervision, to see if they can build a working economy and society. But after taping of the show ended last spring, the mother of one girl who had participated complained to New Mexico state authorities about the living and working conditions and said several children had been injured on the set. CBS acknowledged that one girl had been burned on her face while cooking and that three children had accidentally drunk bleach from an unmarked soda bottle. “Kid Nation,” the CBS reality program that had trouble attracting advertisers because of early criticism of its kids-alone-in-the-desert premise, has nearly tripled its number of advertisers since the series premiere, though the audience has continued to shrink. In the program’s third episode, broadcast Wednesday, several marketers that had stayed away from the show bought advertising time, among them McDonald’s, PetSmart, Lysol and T-Mobile. Those spots increased the number of advertisers supporting the show to more than 20, up 60 percent from a week ago and nearly triple the number on the series premiere. As advertisers arrive, however, they are finding fewer viewers. According to estimates from Nielsen Media Research, the third episode of “Kid Nation” drew 7.4 million viewers, down from 7.6 million a week earlier and 9.4 million for the series premiere. Among viewers ages 18 to 49, the crucial group for advertisers, the number of viewers fell to 3.2 million last week from 4 million in its debut. The lone bright spot in viewership has been among children. The number of 2- to 11-year-olds watching “Kid Nation” rose to an estimated 787,000 in the third week from 777,000 for the series premiere. last_img

Some of the best reaction as Manchester City lose 4-2 against Stuttgart

first_img Vincent Kompany 1 Manchester City fans will have cause for concern a week ahead of the new season, after the Citizens were beaten 4-2 in a pre-season friendly against Stuttgart on Saturday.The Bundesliga side put Manuel Pellegrini’s men to the sword with four first half goals at the Mercedes-Benz Arena – Kelechi Iheanacho and wantaway striker Edin Dzeko pulled goals back for City.Raheem Sterling provided two assists, but with City just nine days away from their first game of the new Premier League season, the result is far from ideal preparation for their clash with West Brom.But what to City fans think about the performance against Stuttgart? See some of the best reaction below…last_img read more

This Chelsea star has the lowest rating of any regular Premier League starter this season

first_imgHis lacklustre defensive showings have also hindered his attacking approach, limiting his influence pressing forward. His average of 0.4 key passes per game is his lowest, while only 31% of Chelsea’s attacks are coming down his side of the pitch, a stark contrast to the left (39%). A labourious Ivanovic is not only faltering defensively, but failing to leave his mark on games in the final third, which is one of his strongest assets. Indeed, of outfielders to start every Premier League match this campaign, Ivanovic has the lowest WhoScored.com rating (6.56), with that figure far and away his lowest in the last seven league seasons. Given Blues boss Jose Mourinho isn’t short of options at full-back, it’s something of a miracle that the Serbia international is yet to be dropped. On the contrary, Ivanovic is one of two Chelsea players – along with Eden Hazard – to play every minute in England’s top tier this season.It’s got to the stage where opposition sides are specifically targeting him as a means of getting in at goal. The opening day of the season set the benchmark, where Jefferson Montero routinely exploited Ivanovic’s defensive deficiencies in Swansea’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea. The full-back struggled to contain the Swans wideman at Stamford Bridge and, since the stalemate, it’s been more of the same for the right-back. Opposition managers have clearly pinpointed Ivanovic as the weak link in the Chelsea backline, reinforced in that he’s being dribbled past an average of 1.4 times per game, that return its highest in the Premier League.Of course, he isn’t the only player who can be blamed for Chelsea’s lackadaisical start to the campaign. The entire Blues defence has been culpable of a series of errors that have seen them ship 17 league goals already this season; only Sunderland (18) have conceded more. Thibaut Courtois’ injury concerns have not helped matters either, but it would be unfair to place the blame squarely at Ivanovic’s feet. Branislav Ivanovic As such, Ivanovic has been forced into taking drastic measures in order to stem the flow of attacks down his side of the pitch. His average of 1.8 fouls per game is his joint highest average in the Premier League in the last seven seasons, while he already has 3 yellow cards to his name. One would not bet against him matching or bettering the 12 cautions he received in the 2010/11 season. Football statistics analysts WhoScored.com take a close look at a Chelsea star whose performances and consistent selection are mystifying Blues fans. Check out more Chelsea stats at WhoScored.com.There was a moment in the second half of Southampton’s 3-1 win over Chelsea at the weekend where one felt nothing but sorrow for Branislav Ivanovic. Having seconds earlier hooked a ball back into his own box the right-back was one-on-one with compatriot Dusan Tadic, yet was unable to rob the Saints star of possession. After being spun by the winger, Ivanovic fell to the floor and looked a defender bereft of confidence. The 31-year-old has started the season abysmally following a consistent campaign in the Blues backline last term.center_img The Serbian defender has hardly been offered the necessary protection from teammates, particularly those in midfield. Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic’s performance levels have dropped significantly, the former especially guilty of shirking his defensive responsibilities. On two occasions this season alone, Fabregas has failed to track the opposition goalscorer, coming against Newcastle and Saints. The lack of work off the ball has indeed left Ivanovic isolated and with his advancing years; the defender is clearly struggling. 1 Mourinho has hinted that he is willing to drop his big name players in order to improve Chelsea’s fortunes, with Ivanovic surely at risk of losing his starting spot in the foreseeable future. Given Cesar Azpilicueta is a more than adequate stand in at right-back and summer arrival Baba Rahman is capable of coming into the side, the powerful Serb must be fearing for his place in the starting XI.For more stats on Branislav Ivanovic, click here to view his WhoScored.com player pagelast_img read more