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CS:GO: “Different Words, Same Action. Moving in the Right Direction.”

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CS:GO: "Different Words, Same Action. Moving in the Right Direction."

The last couple of weeks have been eventful for CS:GO. Amidst the ‘coach bug’ scandal, Cloud9 announced its complete roster revamp for the fourth time in two-and-a-half years.

One of CS:GO’s most venerated commentators, HenryG, announced his retirement. But he went to surprise everyone by becoming the general manager of Cloud9. Given his new role, the roster revamp task would fall under him and the organization has already made some important announcements.

Cloud9 announced Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunović as the new coach along with Alex McMeekin who will be leading the roster. It is clear that HenryG will have to work with kassad to build the roster of his dreams that can take Cloud9 back to its winning ways. To accomplish this task, he has revealed that Cloud9 will have “an active” sixth player.

CS:GO: HenryG’s Cloud9 under massive development

HenryG appeared on the latest ‘HLTV confirmed’ episode and confirmed that Cloud9 will witness an active sixth player. He said, “I plan to announce a sixth player as we open up shop… He’ll be actively ready and working with us in practice. It’s not to keep the players on their toes. The world has proven to be very unpredictable, so if we have travel issues, if we have someone who falls ill, I want to have a very competent player who knows the role and everything we’re doing and is a very versatile player. That’s my plan. I haven’t signed that player but I have a shortlist of players.”

HenryG has been looking at a lot of profiles since his induction as the GM. It isn’t surprising as a lot of teams are opting for a roster rebuild to suit their current needs and step out of stagnancy.

This isn’t the first instance of an organization opting for more than a five-member roster. Astralis has achieved the same, and it is one of the most prestigious CS:GO organizations with a lot of titles under its belt. It has been working with a seven-member roster since the arrival of Patrick “es3tag” Hansen and Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen.

Steen Laursen is Astralis’ director of communications and took to Twitter to applaud HenryG’s strategy to expand the roster. He said, “Different words, same action. Moving in the right direction.”

A lot of names are yet to be announced. But it looks like HenryG is enjoying his new role and is working hard to change the dynamics of the organization that has looked stale in the competitive scene. The following weeks will be crucial for the organization. Let’s see what the former commentator has in store for the fans. Don’t forget to watch this space for more updates on this matter!

 

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Doc Rivers out as Clippers coach after NBA playoff disaster

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The Los Angeles Clippers’ NBA playoff disappointment seems to have cost head coach Doc Rivers his job.

Rivers will not be returning to the Clippers’ bench next year after seven seasons with the team, according to ESPN.

This season was particularly disappointing as the club paired superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George last summer in hopes of overtaking LeBron James’ Lakers and making a title run.

Instead, the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead to the Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals and hinted at chemistry issues.

“Thank you Clipper Nation for allowing me to be your coach and for all your support in helping make this a winning franchise,” River said in a statement on social media. “When I took this job, my goals were to make this a winning basketball program, a free agent destination, and bring a championship to this organization. While I was able to accomplish most of my goals, I won’t be able to see them all through.

“Though it was a disappointing ending to our season, you are right there and I know what this team is capable of accomplishing with your support. Thank you to all the players, coaches, and staff for helping us get here. Most importantly, thank you to the fans. We went through a lot, and I am grateful for my time here.”

Rivers, who turns 59 next month, finished with a 356-208 (.631) record in Los Angeles and would likely be a prime candidate to land one of the vacant NBA coaching jobs.

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Week 4 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

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Week 4 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts

Week 2 was not kind to the running back position, so fantasy football owners were probably relieved to see Week 3 pass with fewer injuries. Thanks to a healthier week, fantasy owners won’t lose as many options, though there will still be some concerns about the availability (or lack thereof) of Raheem Mostert (knee), Phillip Lindsay (toe), and Cam Akers (ribs) heading into this week. There were also potential two key injuries in Week 3 — one of which impacts our Week 4 fantasy PPR RB rankings more than our standard set.

The PPR rankings lost a regularly featured player in Tarik Cohen to what looks like a season-ending ACL injury. In his absence, David Montgomery figures to get a small boost in PPR formats. Chicago’s new handcuff, Cordarrelle Patterson, is a converted receiver and is still listed as a WR by most fantasy football sites, so that’s why he’s not listed here. In short, there’s no real replacement at the RB position for Cohen because of this.

WEEK 4 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

Luckily, the breakups of some committees are making a big difference for RB-needy owners. Darrell Henderson appears to be the top running back and pass-catching back for the Rams, at least while Akers is out. Meanwhile, Devin Singletary should be the Bills’ top receiver over Zack Moss once the latter player returns from a toe injury. And new Panthers starter Mike Davis appears to be the clear-cut lead back for the Panthers. That at least gives us some more clarity as fantasy owners search for viable RB2 and flex options.

WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

Per usual, fantasy owners should be looking to attack some of the weaker matchups on the slate. The Bills (vs. Raiders), Dolphins (vs. Seahawks), and Cardinals (vs. Panthers) all have good matchups, so that means Singletary, Moss (if healthy), and Myles Gaskin can be trusted in key start ’em, sit ’em decisions while Kenyan Drake will be an RB1 this week. Gaskin is notably more valuable in PPR formats.

Meanwhile, the Chargers (@ Buccaneers) have a tough matchup so it may be a good time to sit the carry-dependent Joshua Kelley, provided that you have another solid flex option available. Chris Carson’s late-game injury could create a pair of PPR sleepers in Seattle, as Carlos Hyde would likely handle most of the between-the-tackles running and Travis Homer could have some PPR appeal against the Dolphins.

Reminder: As always, we expect to make plenty of changes to these RB PPR rankings throughout the week, so check back for updates.

Week 4 Fantasy RB PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 Alvin Kamara, NO @ DET
2 Aaron Jones, GB vs. ATL
3 Ezekiel Elliott, DAL vs. CLE
4 Kenyan Drake, ARZ @ CAR
5 Dalvin Cook, MIN @ HOU
6 Nick Chubb, CLE @ DAL
7 Derrick Henry, TEN vs. PIT
8 Austin Ekeler, LAC @ TB
9 Jonathan Taylor, IND @ CHI
10 James Robinson, JAX @ CIN
11 Melvin Gordon, DEN @ NYJ
12 Joe Mixon, CIN vs. JAX
13 David Montgomery, CHI vs. IND
14 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC vs. NE
15 Miles Sanders, PHI @ SF
16 Chris Carson, SEA @ MIA
17 Todd Gurley, ATL @ GB
18 Josh Jacobs, LV vs. BUF
19 Kareem Hunt, CLE @ DAL
20 Jerick McKinnon, SF vs. PHI
21 James Conner, PIT @ TEN
22 Darrell Henderson, LAR vs. NYG
23 David Johnson, HOU vs. MIN
24 Mike Davis, CAR vs. ARZ
25 Devin Singletary, BUF @ LV
26 Myles Gaskin, MIA vs. SEA
27 Mark Ingram, BAL @ WAS
28 Jeff Wilson Jr., SF vs. PHI
29 Antonio Gibson, WAS vs. BAL
30 Sony Michel, NE @ KC
31 JK Dobbins, BAL @ WAS
32 Adrian Peterson, DET vs. NO
33 Leonard Fournette, TB vs. LAC
34 Joshua Kelley, LAC @ TB
35 Frank Gore, NYJ vs. DEN
36 Devonta Freeman, NYG @ LAR
37 James White, NE @ KC
38 Ronald Jones II, TB vs. LAC
39 Zack Moss, BUF @ LV
40 Nyheim Hines, IND @ CHI
41 Latavius Murray, NO @ DET
42 Malcolm Brown, LAR vs. NYG
43 Jordan Howard, MIA vs. SEA
44 D’Andre Swift, DET vs. NO
45 Cam Akers, LAR vs. NYG
46 Chris Thompson, JAX @ CIN
47 Jamaal Williams, GB vs. ATL
48 Carlos Hyde, SEA @ MIA
49 Gus Edwards, BAL @ WAS
50 Royce Freeman, DEN @ NYJ
51 Kerryon Johnson, DET vs. NO
52 Dion Lewis, NYG @ LAR
53 Matt Breida, MIA vs. SEA
54 LeSean McCoy, TB vs. LAC
55 Chase Edmonds, ARZ @ CAR
56 Boston Scott, PHI @ SF
57 Rex Burkhead, NE @ KC
58 Damien Harris, NE @ KC
59 Darwin Thompson, KC vs. NE
60 Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. JAX
61 Alexander Mattison, MIN @ HOU
62 Benny Snell Jr., PIT @ TEN
63 Tony Pollard, DAL vs. CLE
64 Jalen Richard, LV vs. BUF
65 Brian Hill, ATL @ GB
66 Corey Clement, PHI @ SF
67 La’Mical Perine NYJ vs. DEN
68 Devontae Booker, LV vs. BUF
69 J.D. McKissic, WAS vs. BAL
70 Reggie Bonnafon, CAR vs. ARZ
71 Peyton Barber, WAS vs. BAL
72 AJ Dillon, GB vs. ATL

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Jets avoid Mekhi Becton injury scenario they feared the most

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It was natural to fear the worst when Mekhi Becton left Sunday’s game with an injury, especially given how the Jets’ season has gone thus far, but they appear to have avoided it with their rookie left tackle.

Becton, the brightest spot early on the winless Jets, underwent an MRI exam on his shoulder Monday and the results were encouraging for a change, giving him a shot to play Thursday against the Broncos.

“The MRI and everything turned out better than really we were thinking [Sunday] night,” Adam Gase said on a conference call Monday, less than 24 hours removed from a 36-7 loss to the Colts. “We’ll kind of see how he gets through the rest of the week and possibly he could play in this game. We’ll take this one day by day. There’s just going to be a lot of work in the training room to see where he’s at by Thursday.”

Becton left the game late in the second quarter and was replaced by Connor McDermott. Gase said the injury happened when the 6-foot-7, 364-pound tackle got extended with the same shoulder that had limited him at two practices last week.

“I think we all kind of got nervous because he was kind of grabbing his pec a little bit,” Gase said. “We weren’t really sure until we got the MRI back. I know he’s very motivated to get back out there. He kind of saw how the holes weren’t quite opening up the same when he’s out of the game.”

Mekhi Becton
Mekhi BectonAP

Elsewhere on the Jets injury front, Gase said wide receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring) will go through the team’s walkthroughs this week and then see how he’s feeling by Thursday. Fellow wideout Breshad Perriman (ankle) will not be ready in time.

Linebacker Jordan Jenkins (shoulder) is day-to-day but “it’s gonna be hard to hold him out,” Gase said. Right tackle George Fant remains in the concussion protocol but is taking the “next steps,” Gase said, as is cornerback Quincy Wilson. Safety Ashtyn Davis (groin) will try to do some of the walkthroughs, but Gase was “less hopeful for him.” Defensive end Jordan Willis (ankle) also sounds doubtful to play.

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