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Pistons did not shoot well from the perimeter. And Detroit will lose this years first - zhanjiao1212 - 08-10-2018

GLASGOW -- Barcelona capitalized on the needless sending-off of Celtic captain Scott Brown to overcome the plucky Scottish champions 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Cesc Fabregas grabbing a 75th-minute winner. Authentic JaWhaun Bentley Jersey . Missing the injured Lionel Messi, Barca produced a flat performance at a ground where it memorably lost in last years group stage. The game turned on the straight red card given to Brown in the 59th minute for kicking out at Neymar, moments after fouling the Brazil forward. Celtics overworked defence failed to hold out for the final half hour as Fabregas headed a cross by substitute Alexis Sanchez into the corner, earning the Spanish giants a second straight victory in Group H, having already beaten Ajax 4-0. "It changed the game," Celtic manager Neil Lennon said of Browns dismissal. "Its hard enough playing against Barcelona with 11 men, never mind 10 men." Celtic lost its first group match, 2-0 at AC Milan, and already has an uphill battle to reach the knockout stage. Barcas win will help partially erase the memory of last seasons shock 2-1 defeat at Celtic Park but the result was in the balance before Browns red card, despite the wealth of possession the visitors enjoyed as usual. At first glance, the decision seemed harsh, with Celtic having men behind the ball when Neymar was hauled down in full flight. But replays showed Brown then flicked his foot out at the Brazilian, and the midfielder didnt appear to complain too strongly when French referee Stephane Lannoy brandished the card as Neymar rolled around on the ground. Lennon was furious on the touchline at the time of the incident -- and again afterwards. "Its a physical game and I dont think Neymar does himself any favours the way he behaves sometimes," said Lennon. In earlier television interviews, Lennon had said that "Neymar has a reputation in the game." Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said he didnt see the incident in question, saying through a translator: "I dont want to give an opinion on something I couldnt see well." From being a tight contest, Barca could finally escape the shackles with a man advantage and Sanchez delivered the most incisive piece of football of the whole match -- and Fabregas, playing as the central striker in Messis absence, did the rest. "This match has been the most demanding we have had to play so far (this season)," said Martino, whose team have started the season with a club-record seven straight wins in La Liga and the crushing victory over Ajax. Barca stars Xavi Hernandez and Gerard Pique are among the worlds star players to have talked about the spine-tingling atmosphere at Celtic on big European nights. "No words to describe the atmosphere at Celtic Park," Pique tweeted as he left the stadium last year. And the visitors couldnt have failed to be impressed by the crowds rousing rendition of "Youll Never Walk Alone" when both sets of players were in tunnel, or the huge roar as Celtic emerged from an on-field team huddle for the kickoff. Every kick, tackle and attempted break by Celtic was received with an enormous din -- although it took the home side 1 minute 44 seconds to touch the ball for the first time as Barcelona slipped quickly into its passing groove. Adopting the blueprint of most of the smaller teams playing Barca nowadays, Celtic had every man behind ball bar its lone striker, Georgios Samaras, when defending. It meant the visitors had all the possession -- 72 per cent in the first half -- but few clear sights at Fraser Forsters goal. The dynamic presence of Messi -- out with a right thigh injury -- was sorely missed, with Barca sometimes even ditching its tiki-taka passing and resorting to sending diagonal cross-field passes in behind Celtics full backs to launch attacks. Indeed, Neymars clipped half-volley that flashed past the post from Dani Alves right-wing cross was the only chance of note in the first half. Barca actually looked more dangerous and sprightly when Celtic was on the attack -- but that seldom happened. The match became even more lopsided after Browns silly sending-off, after which Neymar was vociferously booed whenever he touched the ball. Still, though, Celtic defended comfortably and came close to taking the lead when first James Forrest brought a diving save out of goalkeeper Victor Valdes before Charlie Mulgrew headed the resulting corner narrowly wide. But Barca was not to be denied and within minutes of coming on for Pedro Rodriguez, Sanchez crossed for Fabregas to head the ball back in the direction it came. Forster had no chance but he produced heroics to deny Sanchez, twice, and Neymar as Barcelona broke at will late on. Authentic Christian Sam Jersey . Toronto FC hosts the three-time Italian league champions in a friendly Aug. 7 at BMO Field, a game that Roma CEO Italo Zanzi said falls within a key part of their pre-season. Authentic Ryan Izzo Jersey .com) - The top spot in the AFC South will be on the line when Houston native Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts shoot for their fourth straight win when they take on the Texans at NRG Stadium. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Stan Van Gundy expects the Detroit Pistons front office to be on the same page as the coaching staff. That shouldnt be too much to ask, considering hell be part of both. "One of the big problems at least in our league right now in a lot of places is there is not a great connection necessarily between front office and coaching," Van Gundy said. "This setup -- nothing to do with power -- it allows us to really create a tremendous synergy and a very unified organization." Van Gundy was formally introduced by the Pistons on Thursday as their coach and president of basketball operations. Detroit went 29-53 last season, missing the playoffs for a fifth straight year. That was the end of Joe Dumars tenure as team president. Coach Maurice Cheeks was fired in February and replaced on an interim basis by John Loyer. Van Gundys coaching is well respected -- he went 371-208 in seven-plus seasons with Miami and Orlando -- but now hell have the added responsibility of handling personnel matters. Its rare for one person to have that much control in the NBA, but Doc Rivers does both jobs for the Los Angeles Clippers. "This is the most important decision we have made as an organization," said Tom Gores, who took over as the teams owner in 2011. "Not only did we hire a coach and president of basketball, we are resetting the culture of the franchise. Im so confident that this is going to work." The Pistons have changed coaches quite a bit in recent years, but this is by far the biggest organizational shakeup in some time. Dumars had been president for 14 years before stepping down as this season drew to a close. Van Gundy inherits a roster that has a few talented players but looked dysfunctional on the court for much of last season. Detroits Andre Drummond is one of the games top young big men -- and Van Gundy has experience coaching big men like Shaquille ONeal in Miami and Dwight Howard in Orlando. "I thinnk we have two responsibilities to Andre Drummond that will help our team, and that is, number one, to do everything we possibly can to develop him as a player," Van Gundy said. Authentic Danny Etling Jersey. "And then secondly, we have a responsibility to put a system and personnel around him that allow him to thrive." Greg Monroe is a restricted free agent, and both Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva are unrestricted. "I want to start the process by sitting down with Greg face to face, talking about how he sees himself, how he sees our organization, and giving me a chance to talk to him about my vision for what goes on and how I think we can create a system that will fully maximize his abilities," Van Gundy said. Monroe, Drummond and Josh Smith can all be effective around the basket, but last seasons Pistons did not shoot well from the perimeter. And Detroit will lose this years first-round draft pick if its not in the top eight -- part of a previous trade with Charlotte. But with a five-year deal worth $35 million, it looks like Van Gundy will have time to turn this team around. "Part of what we hired here is the emotions," Gores said. "Thats what I want. He cares. Hes got a passion. The reason hes so prepared is he stays up at night thinking about things." The Pistons are desperate to become relevant again in the Motor City, where theyve been an afterthought lately. Hiring Van Gundy has certainly created a buzz, but now he and Gores are both under pressure to restore the franchises lustre. "Theres no excuses now," Van Gundy said. "What happens a lot of times in this thing is -- and I know because I talk to coaches all the time. Coaches say, Im doing a great job but this guy is not getting me good enough players. And the front office is telling ownership, We put together a great roster and the coach is screwing it up. "Theres none of that anymore. Its on us to get it done." Cheap Arizona Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Falcons Jerseys Cheap Ravens Jerseys Cheap Bills Jerseys Cheap Panthers Jerseys Cheap Bears Jerseys Cheap Bengals Jerseys Cheap Browns Jerseys Cheap Cowboys Jerseys Cheap Broncos Jerseys Cheap Lions Jerseys Cheap Packers Jerseys Cheap Texans Jerseys Cheap Colts Jerseys Cheap Jaguars JerseysCheap Chiefs Jerseys ' ' '