Gerrard: I will return to Liverpool when I’m ready

first_imgSteven Gerrard admits his lack of experience was a concern before taking charge of Rangers and says he would not take his “dream” job at Liverpool unless he was ready. Loading… But he is still looking to end Rangers’ near-nine-year wait for a major trophy and knows he has plenty to prove before any potential return to Merseyside. “I wouldn’t take the Liverpool job just because of what Jurgen said,” he said. “I am mature enough to know that I have to be ready for the Liverpool job. “Just by Jurgen saying it, it’s very flattering because of who he is, and there is a lot of people out there that naturally think that if Jurgen goes in a year or two year’s time, I am next. I don’t and there’s a couple of reasons behind it. “If I got offered it, it’s a completely different ball game because you are getting offered the Liverpool job. But sitting here where I am now, doing what I am doing, I am fine. I am calm and happy. “If I stay at Rangers for another two, three or four years I am OK – it means I am doing something right and happy. I am in no rush to try and jump, I am not looking over the fence at anything. I am proper content. If Jurgen stays at Liverpool for another four or five years, brilliant. “If Liverpool decide there’s another guy that is more suited to the job after Jurgen, that is a better candidate than me at that time then fine, no problem. For me, it’s crack on and be as good as you can if and when it ever comes. If that comes in two years or 10 years, no problem.” Read Also: Gerrard boosts value of his personal firm to £7m He added: “I won’t manage for 20-30 years. I want to experience managing at the top in the Premier League at some point. Obviously the perfect situation would be for my team, for Liverpool, but I’m not daft enough to think I’m going to get it just because I was a good player for Liverpool Football Club. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?This Muslim Woman Belongs To World’s 10 Strongest Women9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations The 39-year-old had to think carefully about taking the Ibrox role in May 2018 after one season in charge of Liverpool U18s, and accepted he will continue to make mistakes and potentially have to manage elsewhere before being deemed suitable for the Anfield dugout. Jurgen Klopp recently tipped the former Liverpool skipper and 114-time capped England midfielder as his natural successor as Reds boss and the pair both signed contract extensions until 2024 at their respective clubs on the same day but Gerrard is not making any assumptions about his career path. Speaking to long-time team-mate Jamie Carragher on the Greatest Game podcast, Gerrard said of his inexperience: “It was a concern. “And I think everyone knew – the media, everyone at Rangers and me going in – that there is going to have to be an element of learning on the job. Even now I’m going to make mistakes, I will still make mistakes. “But you can’t fast-forward experience, you can’t short-cut it, it just comes in time. My concern when the Rangers offer came was if I stay at Liverpool maybe that might not come and maybe that is the one that I need. Maybe that is made for me, I did get a real nice feeling for it, but yes it did come too soon.” Gerrard has since led Rangers into the Europa League group stages twice with a last-32 clash with Braga to come and his side are neck and neck with Celtic in the Premiership after victory at Parkhead on December 29 left his side two points behind their Old Firm rivals with a game in hand.last_img read more

Daily Reading Can Help Prevent the “Summer Slide” in Indiana

first_imgEven as Indiana children enjoy their summer vacation, educational experts say it’s important they find the time to sharpen their reading skills.Suzanne Walker, children’s services consultant at the Indiana State Library, says studies have shown what is sometimes called the “summer slide,” the loss of reading or math skills learned during the school year.“So much so, that when students enter school in the fall, they will be behind in terms of reading achievement from where they were when school ended,” says Walker. “It’s almost like they didn’t even go to school those last three months.”Walker says reading daily helps a child improve both reading and writing skills. She notes that Summer Reading Programs are a great option to get children excited about reading, and libraries across the state offer programs that combine educational and fun activities for kids of all ages.When it comes to reading at home, Walker says it should be a positive experience. She says allowing a child to choose their own reading material is important, especially for reluctant readers.“If they feel like they don’t like reading, you can try to introduce them to comic books or graphic novels,” she says. “Audio books can be really wonderful – you can listen to them in the car as a family. Non-fiction is just as great as fiction is.”Parents also can have a big impact in helping a child to view reading as a pleasure and not a chore.“A great thing for them to do is to model reading in the home – so, if Mom and Dad are reading, kids are going to see that and they’re going to want to do that as well,” adds Walker.A recent survey of 1,000 parents found only one in three read with their child every night, and half said their children spend more time with TV or video games than books.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

ICC World Cup MS Dhoni: Mastering the art of legendary popularity at 38 in ICC Cricket World Cup

first_imgMS Dhoni has won World T20, 50-over World Cup and Champions Trophy.MS Dhoni helped India reach No.1 in Tests in 2009.MS Dhoni is the only player to effect 100 stumpings in ODIs. New Delhi: MS Dhoni has mastered the art of ageing like fine wine. With every passing year, his skills, be it wicketkeeping, decision-making or his batting, has only gotten better. Internet trolling and selective picking and choosing aside, even when it comes to strategy, keeping and batting, there is still no one like MS Dhoni. The ICC has acknowledged it in their tribute to Dhoni, the thousands in several stadiums in England where the matches are taking place have said there is none better than Dhoni, Jos Buttler has idolized him as a role model, Ben Stokes has hailed his consistency, Jasprit Bumrah has paid tribute to his calming influence while Virat Kohli, himself a modern-day great, has acknowledged that Dhoni is the certified legend of the game.On the cricket field, MS Dhoni has achieved what needs to be done as skipper and player. He is the only skipper to have won all three ICC Championships, be it World T20, 50-over World Cup and Champions Trophy. He has won the IPL three times, the now-defunct Champions League T20 twice. Dhoni as captain helped India scale the summit in the Test ranking. As a keeper, he is third in the all-time list behind Kumar Sangakkara and Adam Gilchrist. However, he is the only one with over 100 stumpings.Imagine this situation. You are captain across all formats. You keep wickets in all formats, which is incredibly taxing on the body. You take crucial decisions. You contribute at the death overs. You bat with aggression and finish the game on most occasions. To do that for close to 10 years, with such a high level of sustained fitness and brilliant decision-making is a stuff alpha-males are made up of.Dhoni has done all that. He has taken his team over the line so many times. He has taken many right decisions. Hell, one does not win every ICC championship and scale the Test ranking of No.1 in the same tenure. It takes something special for the likes of Kohli to say that he is a legend and that Sachin Tendulkar, the original gold standard of Indian batting, says Dhoni was the best captain under whom he played.At age 38, he might be running out of time. However, Dhoni is just two wins away from potentially ending his career on the ultimate high. He has achieved what he had to. Now, it is just the accumulation of more records to cement his legendary status.Since it is a democracy and a liberal country, trolls have all the right to criticise. However, in the words of Kohli, Dhoni knows what he is doing. His post-match interview in the 2016 World T20 when he gave a reply to Cricket Australia journalist Sam Ferris about retirement is the defining attitude of Dhoni, who is enjoying his time out in the field. Dhoni can still run 100 meters in 10 seconds, he can still effect stumpings in 0.08 seconds, he can still finish the match off with a last-ball six and he still continues to amass records at will.There is truly no one like MS Dhoni. Even if India does not win the World Cup, Dhoni has done enough to ensure his legend will forever remain etched in the minds of billions. And no trolling can change that. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Australia’s cricket union slam Lord’s fans for booing Steve Smith after being hit by bouncer

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Steve Smith smashed his 25th fifty.Steve Smith retired hurt on 75 after being hit by a bouncer from Jofra Archer.Australia lead the five-match Test series 1-0.center_img New Delhi: The fourth day of the Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord’s witnessed an enthralling contest between Jofra Archer and Steve Smith. Archer was bowling in excess of 90 mph while Smith overcame the conditions and scored a brilliant fifty to put steady Australia. However, on 75, Smith was hit by a ferocious bouncer by Archer and he immediately fell down. There were genuine concerns from both the Australia and England camps but there were some booes from a section of the Lord’s crowd after he was hit. Taking note of the behavior, the Australian Cricket Union has criticised the behavior of the Lord’s crowd and said it was time to say ‘enough’.”Cricket deserves much better than that. And Lord’s, the home of cricket, deserves much better than that also. What we witnessed was bravery from an outstanding young man. It should be commended not vilified. Over the English summer, generally the crowds have been terrific and really added to the contest. But when someone is hurt, yet the boos continue, it’s time to call ‘enough’,” president Greg Dyer and chief executive Alistair Nicholson said in a joint statement.While angry at Smith’s treatment by some fans, the ACA applauded the decision by medics to insist the 30-year-old leave the field for concussion checks, a protocol pushed by Australia following the death of Phillip Hughes in 2014. Hughes, a former team-mate of Smith’s, died after being hit by a bouncer in a domestic Sheffield Shield match in Sydney.  “The events at Lord’s show the importance of the concussion protocols which have been developed in Australia over the last few years,” it said. “Administrators in Australia working with the ACA and now the ICC have done a good job in putting the protocols in place. Plainly, they are necessary to protect the players who are struck. Let’s remind ourselves — this is a workplace for these players,” it added. “The reality is that cricket can be a dangerous sport, especially when the bowling is as ferocious as it has been in this series. To see the protocols practised at Lord’s overnight was important and correct,” the ACA said.last_img read more

Cricket News Bangladesh Vs Afghanistan: Afghans Thrash Bangladesh To Secure 224 Runs Win

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rashid Khan claimed 6-49 and completed his maiden 10-wicket haul in Test cricket as Afghanistan overcame rain and fading light to crush Bangladesh by 224 runs in the one-off Test in Chittagong on Monday.In only his country’s third Test match, Rashid took three of the last four wickets to finish with a match haul of 11 wickets, helping Afghanistan bowl out Bangladesh for 173 runs in the second innings.With four wickets in hand, the hosts were given 18.3 overs to survive after play resumed in the final session following a rain break but they succumbed with three overs to spare.Brief scores: Afghanistan first innings 342 all out (Rahmat Shah 102, Asghar Afghan 92, Rashid Khan 51; Taijul Islam 4-116) and 260 all out (Ibrahim Zadran 87, Asghar Afgan 50; Shakib Al Hasan 3-58) vs Bangladesh first innings 205 (Mominul Haque 52; Rashid Khan 5-55, Mohammad Nabi 3-56) and 173 in 61.2 overs (Rashid Khan 6-49, Zahir Khan 3-59)(With Inputs From  PTI) last_img read more

El Clasico: Can Madrid Dent Barca’s Unbeaten Run to La Liga…

first_imgBefore the start of the season, not many would have betted that Barcelona would win the La Liga ahead of bitter rivals-Real Madrid. Yet, the Blaugrana are set to do the unthinkable-win the title without losing a game and this is what Zinedine Zidane and his team would try to stop as they visit the Nou Camp on Sunday. Though Barcelona have celebrated the title in the streets and are just waiting to be officially crowned champions of Spain in their last match, yet, what is at stake tomorrow is more than just prideR eal Madrid can transform their own season by beating Liverpool in this month’s Champions League final, and on Sunday they can dent Barcelona’s by becoming the first team to defeat the Catalans in La Liga.This ‘clasico’ at Camp Nou will have minimal impact on the league, with Barca already crowned champions and Real’s passing interest in pipping Atletico to second place diminished by their ambitions in Europe.But there is still much at stake in what Madrid’s daily newspaper Marca has billed “the clasico of honour”. It could even be argued this match will go some way to defining the seasons of these two teams.Barca, in particular, have been careful in celebrating their domestic double, their players aware of the disappointment that lingers from their Champions League crash in the quarterfinals.Even as they ordered pizza and slurped beer from the top of their open-top bus down Las Ramblas this week, it was noticeable how many interviews still referenced the disappointment in Rome.“The elimination in the Champions League, it hurt us because it was unexpected,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde. “But it is very difficult to do what we have done and now what are we going to do? We keep trying.”To soften the blow, Barca’s best response was to win the Copa del Rey and La Liga and finish unbeaten in the league for the first time, while hoping Real do not go all the way in the Champions League. The latter two are still to be decided.Real’s march towards a 13th European triumph has certainly weighed heavily on Barcelona, whose sense of absence has been heightened by the progress of their rivals.“It’s amazing to be in a Champions League final for the third time in a row and have the chance to win it for the fourth time in the last five years,” Real midfielder Toni Kroos said on Tuesday.“It’s hard for me to find words to describe that. When it comes to the Champions League, we have extra motivation.”Barca are looking to avoid defeat this weekend, and in their last three league games against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to seal a historic season.But if Real snatch a victory at the Camp Nou and also see off Liverpool, perhaps the balance is tipped in their favour.It will certainly be the last ‘clasico’ for Andres Iniesta as a player while Gareth Bale may also wave goodbye to this fixture, with the Welshman expected to consider his future at Real in the summer.The suggestion is both teams could give the departing Iniesta, Barca’s captain, a guard of honour, even if Real refuse to do so for Barcelona’s La Liga triumph.Bale was again a substitute against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, meaning he has now started only one of Real’s six Champions League knock-out games.Zidane has been playing Bale, and resting key players, in La Liga matches but he is not likely to field a weakened team this weekend.Meanwhile, Barcelona defender Lucas Digne has admitted he and his teammates are desperate to avoid surrendering their unbeaten La Liga record to Real Madrid.Barca are four games away from adding a first invincible La Liga season to their domestic double but this weekend they host a Real side in form, and buoyed by their run to the Champions League final.Digne, speaking exclusively to AFP, said finishing the campaign undefeated has now become key.”It’s that consistency, it shows the hard work of the whole group throughout the season, it’s huge,” Digne said.“Of course, this is a record the team now wants to go for. It is important for us and we will give everything to hold on to it.”Barca also still feel the need to atone for their Champions League collapse against Roma, which hangs over the club, despite their domestic success.Real’s subsequent march to the final has only deepened the sense of disappointment.“Real winning the Champions League is still hypothetical, it is not done yet,” Digne said.“There are two sides to our season – we would have hoped to go further in the Champions League and we thought we could have won it but that didn’t happen.“The double is still something exceptional and we are still undefeated in the league. We have to remember it is still a very strong season.”There is an undercurrent that this meeting with Real will go some way to defining how Barcelona’s season is perceived.When it comes to El Clasico, there is no such thing as a dead rubber.“Quite simply, it’s the biggest match in the world,” Digne said. “There is an expectation that is just amazing and a rivalry between the two clubs that goes back a very long way.“It is felt from the supporters, to the players, to everyone. It is really a special atmosphere.”Digne is coming to the end of his second season at Barca, having joined from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016.He remains the No 2 to Jordi Alba at left-back but is highly thought of by coach Ernesto Valverde, with whom he enjoys a strong relationship.“The coach has added so much to us tactically and defensively – we are much stronger and the results prove it,” Digne said.“He asks us to defend properly because we are a team that attacks a lot. We have become more balanced and harder to beat.”Atletico Madrid, who are five points ahead of Real, host struggling Espanyol on Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

REVIEW: ‘Tenet’ is an uneven yet gripping new action film from Christopher Nolan

first_imgAs expected with Nolan films over the past decade, “Tenet” plays with time through a combination of gargantuan action sequences and witty expository dialogue. However, certain set pieces outshine others, and only time will tell which special effects moments will live up to the hype of other cinematic moments in Nolan’s filmography.   Part of what makes “Tenet” confusing is the controversial sound design. Nolan has continued a trend from his previous films such as “Interstellar” and “Dunkirk” of mixing character dialogue well below music and sound effects, meaning that crucial information such as story context is sometimes inaudible.  “Tenet” is a bombastic movie, especially in terms of concept, ambition and worldbuilding. It almost feels like a two and a half hour trailer for another ten-hour movie; however, that’s one of the more intriguing parts about it, as every individual scene felt like a portal into another story, another universe. Trying to unravel the mystery of “Tenet” is part of the adventure.  The film itself also stretches past the casual running time for movies nowadays. Clocking in at a brisk 150 minutes, “Tenet” doesn’t just give a lot to its audience — it asks a lot as well. The movie is always one step ahead of its viewers, never allowing much time to breathe; that’s why it feels surprising when, suddenly, it’s all over.  However, this is just one of the many aspects of the film that serves two distinct purposes, as individual pieces of dialogue are meant to be cryptic and slightly indiscernible. Dualities like this will have a polarizing effect among audiences, but that’s partly what makes “Tenet” so bold. With complete creative control, Nolan made this film entirely on his own terms. “Tenet” is no easy introduction into Nolan’s style, and it’s not super accessible for the casual moviegoer, but because the film is so dense, it’s highly rewatchable, as every consecutive viewing may provide more information and a greater understanding.  The movie follows an unnamed spy known simply as The Protagonist (John David Washington). He’s an international operative who uses time-traveling technology called inversion to prevent World War III. Washington’s character arms himself only with a palindrome word, Tenet, to complete a mission that extends beyond real time. Christopher Nolan is no stranger to making his audiences think, rather than feel. His new film “Tenet” is no exception to that philosophy. An exploration into the physics of time, the story itself requires an unavoidable suspension of disbelief. “Tenet” is full of dichotomies, making you feel conflicted by the end, yet still amazed by what Christopher Nolan has made.  “Don’t try to understand it. Feel it,” describes one of the characters, Barbara (Clémence Poésy), when explaining the science behind inversion to The Protagonist. At the same time, her dialogue expresses what Nolan wants from fans. If audiences cast away their overanalysis, then “Tenet” proves to be an enjoyable experience; if people instead speculate over the convoluted nature of the film’s plot and structure, then perhaps these viewers will find themselves tired, even frustrated by the film. Such is the case with the endings of many Nolan films back to Memento, but somehow “Tenet” takes the interpretive, deep finale to a whole new level. center_img As for new partnerships, “Tenet” marks Nolan’s departure from his usual composer Hans Zimmer, as the German musician had signed onto Denis Villenueve’s upcoming film “Dune.” Thus, Nolan hired USC alumnus Ludwig Göransson, who has collaborated most frequently with fellow alumnus Ryan Coogler on films such as “Black Panther.” While the score may lack the signature motifs of Zimmer’s work, Göransson brings his own refreshing sound with an abrasive and hypnotically rhythmic score. Göransson even teamed up with rapper Travis Scott, who released a single for the film called “The Plan” leading up to the big release. The music certainly helps uplift the picture’s momentum. A major blockbuster hopeful to bring people back to the theaters, “Tenet” is only worth seeing if it can be done so safely. The movie is out wherever theaters have reopened, and no streaming services will have it for the foreseeable future. On the topic of duplicities, “Tenet” finds Nolan working with some familiar faces, while simultaneously branching out to new collaborators. For instance, Nolan reunites with Hoyte Van Hoytema, who previously served as the cinematographer on “Interstellar” and “Dunkirk.” Therefore, the film looks flawless, including all its technical achievements of capturing certain characters and objects moving forward in time while others simultaneously run in reverse. Furthermore, his wife Emma Thomas, who has co-produced many of his films, continued as a producer for “Tenet.”  Maybe the glue that keeps all of Nolan’s moving parts together is the actors and their respective performances. John David Washington’s chemistry with Neil (Robert Pattinson) rivals the on-screen friendship of Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon Levitt from “Inception.” The character, Kat (Elizabeth Debicki), also brought the most tension on-screen with the antagonist, Andrei Sator (Kenneth Branagh). Despite many new collaborators, Nolan delivers a familiar tone. The audience is not supposed to feel for the characters but rather the world that the characters embellish.  Additionally, Nolan worked for the first time with Jennifer Lame, who is best known for her work as an editor on “Manchester by the Sea,” “Marriage Story” and “Hereditary.” At times the editing feels jumpy, almost jarring, but, for the most part, her editing effectively allows characters to travel beyond the traditional temporal design parameters.  Photo from IMDblast_img read more

GVC reprices and relocates its corporate debt holdings

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Issuing a corporate filing, the governance of FTSE250 GVC Holdings Plc has today disclosed that it has sanctioned the repricing and reallocation of its existing $786 million (€720m) first-lien term corporate debt bond.Updating investors, GVC details that it has undertaken the transaction to ‘simplify its corporate debt structure’, which will see the debt-bond placement transferred to its wholly-owned GVC Holdings Gibraltar Ltd subsidiary.Securing its transaction, GVC Holdings Gibraltar will maintain a total of €1.12 billion of the betting group’s corporate debt placement. GVC informs investors that its corporate debt reallocation has been secured under ‘leverage neutral terms’.Issuing a transaction notice, GVC Group Holdings CFO Rob Wood commented: “The repricing is another demonstration of the Group’s increasing standing in the international debt markets, and I would like to personally thank our lenders for their continued support.”GVC’s debt repricing and reallocation follow a period of significant structural changes for the FTSE firm.This February, GVC governance secured investor rights allowing the firm to transfer its management control and corporate tax residency from the Isle of Man to its London HQ.In its notice, GVC detailed that its enlarged global enterprise required further flexibility in its boardroom control functions, which had become constrained by Isle of Man requirements. GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles Luke Campbell, Champion Sports: Modular thinking most play the lead role in sportsbook migrations August 26, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Ghana league: Pappoe backs Olele to shine at Oly

first_imgA board member of Accra Great Olympics Fred Pappoe, has backed veteran goalkeeper Richard ‘Olele’ Kingston to succeed at the club.The former Black Stars goalkeeper signed a one-year deal with the Accra-based club earlier this month. Kingston’s return to Olympics completes a cycle to the club where he came to national attention in the early1990s.His move to Olympics has generated talk among some fans who believe the veteran goalkeeper is finished in terms of his ability to play.But Fred Pappoe, a key official at the club has no doubt about Olele’s capabilities in post.“I don’t need to tell anybody anything I believe when Richard Kingston starts doing the job his performance will speak for itself because if you look at the just ended Nations Cup tournament we had goalkeepers like Ovono of Gabon and the likes who were keeping at the time ‘Olele’ was keeping,” he told Joy Sports“So Richard Kingston is on a crusade to tell Ghanaians he is not over the hills yet. I’m sure once he starts keeping the post for Olympics Ghanaians will see him for who he is.” Kingston is making a return to the Ghana league since 1996 when he left to pursue a career in Turkey.last_img read more

Clippers’ Blake Griffin healthy and hungry to compete

first_imgGriffin has embraced the Clippers’ attempts to use biomedical information, already citing the data generated by the player tracking devices.“You can see your jump load, your stopping and braking,” he said. “The depth of the amount of knowledge you can attain now is crazy. It’s all useful.”Eventually, maybe as soon as Wednesday #today for print#, the Clippers will start to really play in practice, and Rivers said it’s his job to keep tabs on Griffin and Paul as they return from injuries.“We have to be careful with that,” Rivers said. “He is 100 percent, but we want him to stay 100 percent. Chris too. We want those two guys. … they don’t need to go every possession in practice. They get it. Give someone else a chance.”Small forward is ‘wide open’Paul was going to be there. Griffin was going to be there. DeAndre Jordan was going to be there. And, J.J. Redick was going to be there.When the doors opened at the Bren Events Center, those guys were going to be playing with the first unit. But the fifth guy? That was, and remains, a bit of mystery.On the opening day of training camp Tuesday, Luc Mbah a Moute played with the starters during the period open to the media. Earlier in the day, free agent addition Alan Anderson also worked with the starters. Wesley Johnson, who couldn’t hang on to a spot in the starting lineup last year, also is expected to get a chance with the starters at small forward.“It’s the first day. I think that job is wide open,” Doc Rivers said. “I’d say Luc, Alan, Wes would be the three, but we may go small. Like I said last year, and didn’t follow through on it, that position will change a lot. Last year, we ran a lot with the small lineup, three guards, and we may do that to start games.”If the Clippers go small, either Austin Rivers or Raymond Felton could find themselves playing with the first unit, a look Doc Rivers likes because it relieves some pressure from Paul.“When you play Austin with that group, he can guard a better offensive player and CP can do what the rest of the league does – their point guards never guard the other point guard,” Doc Rivers said. “We want to do that a lot this year. We want to put a lineup where CP doesn’t have to guard the best guy. Raymond can do that, and Austin can do that.”Tuesday’s options, Mbah a Moute and Anderson, share a lot of the qualities Rivers hopes to get from whoever fills that spot in the starting lineup.“They’re both bringing defense; they’re excellent defenders,” he said. “They’re bringing toughness to that group, which is nice. Alan’s the better shooter. Luc’s probably a better cutter. Alan is still getting over his injury, so it may take him some time.”AlsoClippers owner Steve Ballmer attended the team’s first practice. … Rivers said most of the team arrived in camp in good shape. …Tuesday’s practice included a lot of offensive instruction, which isn’t always the most digestible thing for the players. “When you’re listening to (assistant coach) Brendan O’Connor talk for 17 straight minutes, it just gets….I tune out after four,” J.J. Redick joked. … After the team arrived in Orange County Monday night, the group gathered with Rivers to watch part of the first Presidential debate. IRVINE >> The injured leg that cost Blake Griffin most of last season and knocked him, and in a way, the Clippers, out of the postseason, didn’t keep the power forward from eating.But Tuesday at UC Irvine, Coach Doc Rivers and Griffin’s teammates clearly saw a man who was hungry.Griffin was a full participant during the team’s first practice of training camp, even shaking off substitutions to stay on the court.“I don’t blame Blake,” Rivers said. “If I haven’t played in a year or a half year, I probably do it too. This is his first time he’s had red meat in front of him in a long time. So, I get it. If I was him, I would’ve done the same thing.” To be honest, there wasn’t a lot of opportunity to dig into any red meat Tuesday. The Clippers opened camp with a teaching-intensive practice devoid of scrimmaging. Still, when you had a season like Griffin did, you take what you can get.He missed 47 games last season with a quadriceps injury that lingered longer than expected. While that recovery sputtered, he also broke his hand punching a team employee – a mistake he recently apologized for in a letter written for The Players’ Tribune.Griffin tried to return in time for the playoffs, but he re-injured the quad moments after Chris Paul broke his hand in Game 4 of their first-round series against Portland, essentially ending the Clippers’ season.Griffin has been on the court conducting basketball workouts since the end of July, saying he’s cleared any mental hurdles because of how intense those workouts have been.“My workouts, I’d say, there’s all this new equipment and all these new staff members and we do all this tracking and stuff. My workouts have always been a heavier load than games. Going on back-to-back days, playing pick up, doing workouts, doing weights it’s more than any game or practice,” Griffin said. “I think the mental hurdle is passed.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more