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DeAndre Yedlin Will Not Dislodge Kyle Walker at Tottenham in 2015/16

DeAndre Yedlin is one of the great hopes of the U.S. men’s national team. 

Yedlin burst onto the international scene with his three World Cup substitute appearances and captured the nation’s attention after some brilliant individual moments. 

Linked with several large European clubs, Yedlin opted to join Tottenham Hotspur but play out the MLS season with the Seattle Sounders before eventually making the move.

He arrived at Tottenham earlier than expected, joining in January instead of the summer, from Seattle and has been a regular part of the match-day squad. 

However, the American full-back has played just 12 minutes of Premier League football for Tottenham. 

If Yedlin joined Spurs expecting to quickly break into the first team, he is in for a shock. He is in no position to oust Kyle Walker as the regular starter in his position. 

Mauricio Pochettino is a coach who improves players, particularly those who fit his system. 

Danny Rose has been a great beneficiary of Pochettino’s coaching and his approach to football. Rose was on the verge of being sold last summer, but he impressed and has become Spurs’ unquestioned starter at left-back. 

Pochettino has shown a willingness to select players regardless of their age and experience. Eric Dier surprised many Spurs fans when he was selected to start Spurs’ opening match this season against West Ham. 

Dier had no Premier League experience and had played only a handful of games as a professional, but he showed Pochettino that he had what it took. 

In that regard, Yedlin could emulate Dier, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb as young players selected regularly ahead of more senior teammates. Yet unlike those other prodigious youngsters, Yedlin is not yet good enough to start. 

Kyle Naughton was sold in January because he was not good enough. At this point, Yedlin aspires to reach Naughton’s level. 

The difference is that Yedlin has great potential. 

His pace is his most obvious asset and has been remarked upon at great length. Ultimately, Yedlin possesses the outrageous pace that can help him eventually develop into a top-class player. 

His flexibility, too, is a great asset. Yedlin is a full-back first, but he is comfortable playing higher up the pitch and, as Dier has shown, that capacity to fill multiple roles helps ensure regular football. 

Yedlin’s problem is that Kyle Walker, the presumptive starter, is just 24 (soon to be 25) and still improving himself. 

Despite his injury problems, Walker is a powerful and athletic full-back who can deliver a dangerous ball. He has his defensive issues, but Yedlin is in no position to challenge him yet. 

Pochettino has preferred Vlad Chiriches and Dier as emergency full-backs rather than risk Yedlin from the start, and that suggests that he has serious doubts about the American’s quality at this point. 

Yedlin will not be an immediate starter for Spurs next season, but that is the perfect position for him to be in.

He now has a full offseason and a year of playing the understudy to England’s starting right-back to learn from Pochettino and grow as a player. Without the pressure of being the regular starter, Yedlin will not have to deal with the spotlight and, instead, can develop at his own pace. 

Cynics will suggest that the acquisition of Yedlin was simply a marketing gimmick. Signing an up-and-coming American player shortly after selling Clint Dempsey could be viewed as Spurs ensuring their presence in the American market. 

That is a conspiracy theory that does not stand up to closer examination. 

Yedlin has shown a deeply flawed positional sense, an over-reliance on his pace and a troubling tendency to run with his head down, but he is undoubtedly talented.

His tackling technique is solid; his ability to blow past defenders relies as much on his impressive close-control as it does on his speed. 

DeAndre Yedlin will not displace Kyle Walker as Spurs’ first-choice right-back in the coming season, but he has an opportunity to learn his craft and eventually emerge much as he did for the U.S. national team.

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James leads Cavs to 94-82 win over Hawks, 2-0 series lead (Yahoo Sports)

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 22: LeBron James #23 celebrates with Iman Shumpert #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers after scoring in the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

One is enough for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as long as it’s the King. LeBron James scored 30 points and the Cavaliers took total command of the Eastern Conference final even without injured star Kyrie Irving, beating the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead with the series heading to Ohio. Cleveland pulled away with a dominating third quarter.


Cara Delevingne Has The Best Response For Industry Peeps Who Criticize Her Weight!

Cara Delevingne is basically one of the most sought after models on the planet right now and she still has to deal work politics!

But you know what she has to say to those who want her to lose more weight before a show?

Two words: F*$k you!

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Those aren’t necessarily the words she used in her interview with WSJ magazine, but they might as well have been!

The 22-year-old blonde beauty talked about her modeling career and how it feels when someone who wants to hire her will tell her to lose weight.

Cara said:

“It’s horrible living in a world where I’ll get a call from someone saying, ‘So-and-so says you were partying a lot and you were looking this way and you need to lose weight.’ It makes me so angry. If you don’t want to hire me, don’t hire me.”

Those are some strong words for a model to say to those who hire for runway shows and shoots!

Cara is such a bold one!

But we have a feeling she won’t have huge repercussions following that statement. The young gal is pretty well connected in this world!

Way to stand up for yourself, C!

[Image via The Wall Street Journal.]

7 Teens Arrested In Recent Weeks In Subway Vandalism Incidents

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have arrested seven teenagers in the last three months, on accusations that they committed acts of vandalism on the subways.

The group, known as the Subway Conquestors, has been implicated in several incidents in recent months.

In the latest video posted to YouTube, the group sneaks onto a darkened train at an unknown location and begins manipulating doors. An announcement and digital map indicate that the train is set to run as a D Train, but the train is of a newer model than those actually used on the D line.

D.J. Hammers, who uploaded the video, alleged that they used stolen subway keys.

Later, the video shows a quarrel that ends with a man being struck and falling to the ground, in what appears to be an unused subway station. Details about that incident have not been learned.

A subway train sign that is described as having been vandalized also appears.

Police told CBS2 the suspects involved with the incidents in that video — which was shot back in the winter – were arrested sometime back. But the Subway Conquestors have been implicated in other incidents since then.

Police sources believe the Subway Conquestors were also responsible for an explosion in the Bronx, and have been linked to one at Brooklyn’s Nostrand Avenue station in April.

In the Nostrand Avenue incident, police arrested Keyshawn Brown, 16, and accused him of placing a piece of metal on the tracks.

Rail enthusiast Max Diamond said the acts are getting more extreme as the vandals try to one up each other. They have been accused of changing destination signs to confuse passengers, surfing train cars, and stealing Metropolitan Transportation Authority equipment and gear.

The most recent arrest in the cases was this past Wednesday.

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Mat Latos Injury: Updates on Marlins P’s Knee and Return

Much was expected of Mat Latos after he joined the Miami Marlins. So far, Latos has fallen way short of those expectations, and now he’s destined for a spell on the disabled list.

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Latos Placed on 15-Day DL

Friday, May 22

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins placed Latos on the 15-day DL on Friday as the starting pitcher deals with inflammation in his left knee.

Through nine starts, the 27-year-old is 1-4 with a 6.12 earned run average. Latos‘ ERA is somewhat deceiving since he has a 3.48 FIP, per FanGraphs. Opposing hitters are also batting .358 against Latos on balls in play, which is abnormally high.

Latos‘ numbers should level out as the year goes on, but that’s obviously not going to happen with him off the field for the time being. 

Mat Latos Injury: Updates on Marlins P’s Knee and Return

Much was expected of Mat Latos after he joined the Miami Marlins. So far, Latos has fallen way short of those expectations, and now he’s destined for a spell on the disabled list.

Continue for updates.


Latos Placed on 15-Day DL

Friday, May 22

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins placed Latos on the 15-day DL on Friday as the starting pitcher deals with inflammation in his left knee.

Through nine starts, the 27-year-old is 1-4 with a 6.12 earned run average. Latos‘ ERA is somewhat deceiving since he has a 3.48 FIP, per FanGraphs. Opposing hitters are also batting .358 against Latos on balls in play, which is abnormally high.

Latos‘ numbers should level out as the year goes on, but that’s obviously not going to happen with him off the field for the time being. 

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