After the 6-foot-5 guard announced his decision to reclassify in June and join the Blue Devils ahead of the season, Proctor recalls a few of the first open-gym runs at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Defensively, he wasn’t providing much resistance. He was more of a liability than a lockdown defender.
Proctor, 18, had a different mindset in Australia.
Though he’s become Duke’s primary point guard with a team-best average of 3.2 assists per game, Proctor is now the guy that guards the guy for the other team.
There are three games that immediately come to mind when breaking down Proctor’s development as a defender.
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The Gunners lost both William Saliba and Takehiro Tomiyasu to injury before suffering a heartbreaking penalty shootout loss to Sporting CP. Arsenal are out of Europe, but the true cost of this penalty shootout defeat against Sporting CP may not be known for some while yet.
How Mikel Arteta’s side respond to such a demoralising and energy-sapping loss will be crucial, with the Premier League clash against Crystal Palace looming large on Sunday. They have to somehow pick themselves up and go again, because they can’t afford to let this defeat derail their title bid at such a crucial stage of the season.
But with Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba going off injured before half-time against Sporting, the knock-on effects of this bruising encounter could be huge for the Gunners.
They will look back at their performance with real regret. They had the chance to put the tie to bed when Granit Xhaka gave them an early lead, but they failed to kill the visitors off and were made to pay the penalty.
Pedro Goncalves' stunning long-range goal deservedly drew Sporting level and then Antonio Adan’s heroics were enough to send the Portuguese champions through, with the keeper pulling off several fine saves in extra-time before making the crucial stop in the penalty shootout to deny Gabriel Martinelli and send his side through.
GOAL breaks down the winners & losers from Emirates Stadium...
Twice in the last two weeks, Arsenal have gone into the closing stages of a match at the Emirates requiring another goal to win the game. The first occasion was against Bournemouth. The second was last night against Sporting.
The atmosphere in the final minutes against Bournemouth was remarkable. There was a tension, a nervousness but also a belief. No one quite expected Reiss Nelson’s outstanding late winner, but everyone was entirely invested in Arsenal securing the most famous comeback in their recent history. It felt like the Premier League title was at stake.
The atmosphere against Sporting was not remotely similar. When club captain Martin Odegaard came off the bench in extra time, one of his first actions was gesturing for supporters to turn up the volume and get behind the team. That would never have been needed in the Bournemouth game.
That was, of course, a reflection of Arsenal fans’ mixed emotions here. Some came along openly hoping for Arsenal to be eliminated. Others wanted the club to progress, and ultimately to bring home a European trophy for the first time in nearly 30 years.
But most were somewhere in-between, including Mikel Arteta. In press conferences, he stressed the need for Arsenal to compete, aware that creating a winning mentality at the club is vital. At the same time, he wasn’t quite giving it everything; he rested Bukayo Saka and Odegaard, arguably Arsenal’s two best players.
The reaction to Arsenal’s defeat on penalties was curious. The mood felt very low, not necessarily because of the result, and not because of the performance either; Arsenal did not play well, but ultimately they simply conceded an outstanding 50-yard lob from Pedro Goncalves, then lost on penalties. Yet this could be a costly game for Arsenal. The only similarity with the Bournemouth game was an odd one; again it felt like the Premier League title was at stake.
If Gabriel Jesus was supposed to be “like a new signing” — to use a Wengerism — upon his return from injury, then perhaps we can consider that Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba are like a couple of departures, at least on short-term loans.
Both of Arsenal’s right-sided defenders limped off injured in the first half. Tomiyasu’s injury appeared more serious, as Arteta acknowledged in his post-match press conference, and he was seen leaving the ground on crutches. Saliba’s injury might be less of an issue. Arsenal may get away with this — there is only one match remaining before the international break, against the least in-form team in the Premier League, Crystal Palace.
But it’s still far from an ideal situation, particularly because the plan was clearly for Ben White, who can play right-back or centre-back but not both at the same time, to get a rest. Instead, he played 110 minutes. Rob Holding was the other defensive substitute. He may now be thrown in against Palace, having started no Premier League games this season. Newcomer Jakub Kiwior is another option.
Palace’s attacking play is largely based around Wilfried Zaha drifting around in inside-left positions. He’ll now be doing so against a weakened Arsenal defence, in what will be a Palace side without Patrick Vieira as manager, who has left his role this morning.
Maybe Arsenal should have rested more players, taken this two-legged tie less seriously and concentrated heavily on the Premier League. That’s easy to say as an outsider, and Arteta deserves the benefit of the doubt considering how he’s transformed Arsenal. Arteta, as much as anything, has concentrated on changing the mindset at Arsenal, and it’s difficult to fully appreciate the importance of cultivating a winning mentality, and the psychological blow of a defeat, if you’re not in the dressing room. At a push, you could argue that Arsenal did at least manage to get eliminated without suffering a defeat in either leg, a nice compromise.
Arteta couldn’t bring himself to agree with a suggestion in his post-match press conference that this defeat might be a blessing in disguise given what it means for their fixture schedule. But he has ramped up the pressure before what would otherwise be considered a relatively routine home game against a struggling side. The judgements on the defeat to Sporting will be complete only after Arsenal fans know the result against Palace.
At least the debate is now over, and Arsenal have no choice but to focus on the Premier League. The atmosphere will have recovered by the time Sunday’s game kicks off. It remains to be seen if the same is true of the players.
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Diablo 4 is the newest entry in Blizzard's blockbuster Diablo franchise. The popularity of the Diablo franchise can be, at least in part, attributed to the inclusion and prioritization of multiplayer. Diablo 4 seeks to carry on the tradition by offering a few ways to play with friends.
Diablo 4 gives players a lot of options when it comes to multiplayer. This guide is here to help players wrap their heads around how to set up a multiplayer game in Diablo 4 and understand why they might want to.
Diablo 4 has an interesting system of always-online multiplayer, which is why even those wanting to play single-player may have to deal with long queue times. The world is densely populated with other players, even outside towns. People are running around killing the same enemies and opening the same chests. Thankfully though, loot is dropped separately for everyone.
Diablo 4 gives players a bonus for playing together. Just being near another player activates a +5% XP buff that makes it worth the while to help people. Players get a 10% bonus to XP instead if they’re in a party, which makes grouping up a lucrative idea.
Cross-play is available for players that want to group up with others across platforms. There are settings in the Options Menu under “Social” that allow players to disable cross-play if they’d like. There’s another setting at the bottom of the list called “Quick Join” that allows friends to jump into the party without an invite too.
Diablo 4 launches June 6 on PC, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS4, and PS5. With this multiplayer guide, players can now delve into the game with their friends and reap the benefits of playing together.
It took 33 years for a 16-seed to knock off a 1-seed: when UMBC beat Virginia in the 2018 NCAA tournament. It took only five years for a second 16-seed to do it, with Fairleigh Dickinson stunning the country by beating Purdue in the first round on Friday night 63-58.
While UMBC made history as the first 16-seed to beat a 1-seed, Fairleigh Dickinson took it one step further: The Knights are the first 16-seed from the First Four to do it.
After beating Texas Southern in Wednesday's First Four matchup, coach Tobin Anderson made a pronouncement that set the stage for Friday's monumental upset.
"The more I watch Purdue, the more I think we can beat them," he told his team in the locker room.
Myron Medcalf, John Gasaway, Jeff Borzello, and Joe Lunardi, all experts in college basketball, give their thoughts on FDU's incredible victory.
Medcalf writes, "This might be the greatest upset we've ever seen. Wow."
Gasaway also declares this to be the biggest upset in NCAA tournament history: "On paper, this is one of the weakest teams we've seen in the NCAA tournament in years. And, oh, by the way, they just made history. Forget the paper! Well done, FDU!"
Borzello elaborates on the journey that led FDU to this moment: "This is a team that didn't win either the regular-season championship or the conference tournament in the NEC, the worst conference in the country. The Knights had to get through the First Four just to get to this game."
Lunardi compares the upset to Chaminade over Virginia and Ralph Sampson, and marvels at the incredible accomplishment at FDU, a team that lost 15 games in the season.
Borzello credits FDU's stifling defense on Purdue's star player Zach Edey: "What FDU did so well? They limited his touches. They sent multiple bodies at him every time he wanted the ball, wore him down and dared his team to beat them."
Medcalf adds, "It was a brilliant gamble by Tobin Anderson. He didn't trust the other guys to execute in that moment with Edey facing all that pressure. And it worked."
Expert commentators reflect on what makes the NCAA tournament so special and unforgettable. Lunardi writes, "Every member of that team, down to the folks on the training staff and anyone affiliated with that team, will be regarded as legends for the rest of their lives and beyond."
Borzello echoes the sentiment: "It's the NCAA tournament! This is what happens."
Medcalf concludes, "It speaks to the power of the NCAA tournament."
The entertainment world is mourning the death of veteran character actor Lance Reddick, who passed away suddenly at the age of 60 from natural causes according to his publicist. Reddick was known for his intense roles in popular TV shows like The Wire, Lost, Law & Order, and American Horror Story, as well as the John Wick action movie franchise.
Following the news of Reddick’s death, his co-stars and collaborators took to social media to pay tribute to the actor. Wendell Pierce, who appeared alongside Reddick in The Wire, called him “a man of great strength and grace,” while filmmaker James Gunn described him as “an incredibly nice guy and an incredibly talented actor.” Michael Connelly, the novelist and creator of Bosch, called Reddick “a wonderful person, friend, and collaborator”.
Lance Reddick was born in Baltimore, Maryland and attended the Yale University School of Drama. Despite his success, he admitted in a 2009 interview with The Los Angeles Times that he felt his position as an actor was precarious at times because of his race: “As I watch the industry and see what it took me to get where I am, I am more aware of how precarious my position is. There’s no such thing as a holding pattern.”
While Reddick appeared in a wide variety of TV shows and movies over his career, he was perhaps best known for his role as Cedric Daniels in the groundbreaking TV series The Wire. The show’s creator, David Simon, described Reddick’s performance as “magnetic and charismatic,” and said he added depth and complexity to the character of Daniels. Fans also remembered Reddick’s comedic turn in a 2013 appearance on The Eric Andre Show, where he famously declared “You need a new desk.”
Lance Reddick’s sudden passing has sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry and left fans devastated. As a beloved character actor with an impressive body of work, Reddick will be sorely missed by all who knew him and appreciated his talent.
Christian Pulisic Returns to Starting XI for Chelsea’s Match Against Everton
After being on the bench for the last two matches against Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City, Christian Pulisic is set to return to Chelsea's starting lineup. This will be Pulisic's first start since early January. He takes the place of Mykhailo Mudryk and will join Kai Havertz and Joao Felix in the front three.
Reece James will also be returning to the starting lineup after missing the game against Leicester City. James was out due to illness but has now fully recovered and will be starting as usual on the right-hand side. Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be replaced by James, while the rest of the midfield remains unchanged, with Enzo Fernandez and Mateo Kovacic playing alongside each other in the center and Ben Chilwell on the left.
Graham Potter has opted to make a change in the back three for this game, with Benoit Badiashile taking the place of Marc Cucurella. Badiashile will be joining Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly in defense. In goal, Kepa Arrizabalaga will continue to be Chelsea's last line of defense.
The injury front is also looking up for Chelsea fans as N'Golo Kante has been named among the substitutes for this match. This is Kante's first involvement since going off with an injury against Tottenham in August. It remains to be seen whether he will make an appearance or not, but it's certainly good news for the team to have him back.
Finally, Everton has kept the same lineup from their last match against Brentford where they won 1-0 at home. With both teams looking strong, it's set to be an exciting game.Credit:
Two improving sides go head-to-head at Stamford Bridge in this battle of the blues.
It's been a difficult start to life as Chelsea manager for Graham Potter, but with three wins in succession the London club may have turned a corner under his stewardship as they look to extend that run against Everton on Saturday in the English Premier League.
Their recent battling 2-1 comeback victory against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League along with last weekend's 3-1 EPL win over Leicester demonstrated real signs of progress at Stamford Bridge. While a top-four finish looks out of reach, a strong finish to the season and a deep run in Europe now looks on the cards for Potter's men.
Everton have also seen an uptick in form, having picked up 10 points since Sean Dyche's appointment as boss, with last weekend's impressive 1-0 win at home to high-flying Brentford arguably their best result of the season. The Toffees nevertheless remain in deep relegation trouble with games running out, and they'll be determined to snatch at least a point on this visit to London.
Below, we'll outline the best live TV streaming services to use to watch the game live wherever you are in the world.
Chelsea host Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, March 18. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. local time in the UK (1.30 p.m. ET, 10.30 p.m. PT in the US).
If you find yourself unable to view the game locally, you may need a different way to watch the game -- that's where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on game day by encrypting your traffic, and it's also a great idea if you're traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.
With a VPN, you're able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. Most VPNs, like our Editors' Choice, ExpressVPN, make it really easy to do this.
Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US, UK and Canada, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you're streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.
ExpressVPN is our current best VPN pick for people who want a reliable and safe VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It's normally $13 a month, and you can sign up for ExpressVPN and save 49% plus get three months of access for free -- the equivalent of $6.67 a month -- if you get an annual subscription. Note that ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Premier League rights in the UK are split between Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime Video. This game is exclusive to Sky Sports -- showing on its Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League and Ultra channels. If you already have Sky Sports as part of your TV package, you can stream the game via its Sky Go app, but cord-cutters will want to get set up with a Now account, and a Now Sports membership, to stream the game.
Sky subsidiary Now (formerly Now TV) offers streaming access to Sky Sports channels with a Now Sports membership. You can get a day of access for £12, or sign up to a monthly plan from £25 a month right now.
If you want to stream this EPL clash live in Canada, you'll need to subscribe to FuboTV Canada. The service has exclusive rights to this Premier League season.
Football fans Down Under can watch this EPL fixture on streaming service Optus Sport, which is showing every single Premier League game live in Australia this season. With exclusive rights to screen every EPL match live this season, as well as German Bundesliga and Spanish La Liga games, streaming service Optus Sport is a particularly big draw for Aussie soccer fans.
If you're already an Optus network customer you can bag Optus Sport for a reduced price, with discounts bringing the price down to as low as AU$7 a month. If you're not, a standalone monthly subscription to the service starts at AU$25.
Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and AlphaTauri all took part in the test with the latest constructions as Pirelli continues to push towards the change, with a final decision on 2024 to be made following a crucial test at Silverstone in July.
Lewis Hamilton branded the tyres “dangerous” after running at a cold Paul Ricard in February, but in Sakhir they showed more promise. The warm conditions and high-severity nature of the track surface were clearly a benefit. However, Pirelli acknowledged that if the latest tyres hadn’t worked well in Bahrain the company would now be facing an even tougher struggle to find the right solution.
"The point is that if in Bahrain we discovered that it was impossible, or the warm-up was too long, or we had a big issue, then I can imagine that the challenge was going to be much bigger than expected,” said Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola when asked about the test by Motorsport.com.
The drivers who tried the latest tyres in Sakhir had mixed views. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was upbeat, while also conceding that the track was favourable for the new tyres. Alfa’s Valtteri Bottas agreed that the tyres performed satisfactorily in Bahrain, but questioned the wisdom of a move away from blankets.
Despite the encouraging test Isola conceded that there is still a long way to go before the FIA, F1 and the teams made a call on 2024 in July. The World Endurance Championship, which uses Michelin tyres, has already moved to ban tyre warmers and staged its first race without them at Sebring yesterday.
“It's a bit early to make a prediction,” he said. “In Bahrain, we tested different solutions. The first target for us is to define the construction because we want to fix the construction. And then to focus more on the compounds. In general, we were happy with the progression. To tell you now if we are in a position that is good or not is a bit too early.
“So we have to wait. We decided to take a decision after Silverstone, because from now to Silverstone, we can get a bit more understanding of what is going on."
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Stefan Ortega Moreno, Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Rico Lewis, Riyad Mahrez, Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden all come into the starting eleven from that side that beat RB Leipzig 7-0 in the Champions League in midweek.
Making way are Ederson, John Stones, Nathan Ake, Manuel Akanji, Ilkay Gundogan and Jack Grealish who all revert to the bench.
Bernardo Silva also makes way as he serves a one match suspension this afternoon.
It looks as if manager Pep Guardiola could tweak his tried and trusted 4-3-3 formation and instead look to deploy a 4-2-3-1 line up this afternoon. But, as always, such is City’s tactical and technical flexibility that could well be subject to change!
Stefan Ortega Moreno get another opportunity in goal and the German will be shielded by a back four of Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and Rico Lewis. Rodrigo and Kevin De Bruyne could be the deep lying midfielders with Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez and Riyad Mahrez operating further forward while Erling Haaland is set to be the central focal point in attack.
City will be seeking to extend what is an impressive FA Cup record under the leadership of Pep Guardiola.
Since the Catalan took charge at the Etihad in the summer of 2016, City have subsequently reached the FA Cup semi-final in five of the six seasons Pep has been at the helm, only failing to reach the last four in the 2017-18 campaign.
Should we prevail this afternoon, City would become the third team to reach the last four of the competition in five consecutive seasons since the creation of the Football League, after Manchester United (1961-62 to 1965-66) and Arsenal (2000-01 to 2004-05).
In sharp contrast, this is Burnley's first FA Cup quarter-final match since 2002-03 when they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Watford.
The Clarets last reached the FA Cup semi-final in 1973-74, beating Wrexham in that year's quarter-final.
Today also sees the emotional return to the Etihad of City legend Vincent Kompany who is now in charge of Burnley.
Over 11 magnificent years’ service between 2008 and 2019, the Belgian centre half and City captain established himself as one of the towering figures in the Club’s proud 129-year history. Kompany led the Club to four Premier League titles, four League Cups as well as two FA Cups.
And his enormous contribution was subsequently permanently recognised in the form of an iconic statue which sits on the concourse next to the East stand.
The 36-year-old is assured of a rapturous reception when he steps out prior to kick-off.
Worth noting too that Kompany’s assistant Craig Bellamy, who performed with great distinction for City between 2009 and 2011, will also be back in situ at the Etihad too.
● Having lost their first FA Cup meeting with Burnley in January 1931, Man City have won each of their last four against the Clarets in the competition, most recently a 5-0 win in the fourth round in 2018-19. ● Burnley have lost their last 10 meetings with Man City in all competitions by an aggregate score of 34-1. Only against Arsenal (11 between 2010-2019) and Wolves (11 between 1987-2002) have they ever lost more consecutively. ● Burnley haven't won away against Manchester City since the 1973 Charity Shield (1-0), drawing four and losing 12 of their 16 visits since then. ● Manchester City have won their last 10 FA Cup home games, scoring 41 goals and conceding just four. Their last such defeat was against a Championship side, however, going down 2-0 against Middlesbrough in January 2015. ● Manchester City are yet to concede a goal in this season's FA Cup, beating Chelsea 4-0, Arsenal 1-0 and Bristol City 3-0. Only in 2012-13 have they reached the semi-final of the competition while keeping a clean sheet each time. ● Since his FA Cup debut in January 2019, no player has either scored (10) or been involved in (15) more goals in the competition than Man City's Phil Foden (first round onwards). ● Man City's Riyad Mahrez has been involved in eight goals in his last seven FA Cup matches, scoring six and assisting two. The Algerian has also been involved in eight goals in his last eight games against Burnley in all competitions (7 goals, 1 assist). ● Burnley forward Ashley Barnes' last FA Cup goal came against Man City, giving the Clarets the lead in their eventual 4-1 defeat in the 2017-18 third round. That was also the last away goal Burnley scored against City.