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The Suns Get Whistled More Than A High School Gym Class

This NBA season has produced more than its fair share of ridiculous, eye-popping statistics. Russell Westbrook got his record-tying 41st triple-double of the season on Tuesday. The Rockets shattered the league record for threes made in a single campaign with two weeks left to play. And 20-year-old Devin Booker, who’d never even scored 40 points in a contest before, somehow logged 70 points in one game last month.But Booker’s team is on the cusp of crossing a less-than-ideal threshold as things wind down: The Phoenix Suns, who lead the NBA in fouls by a wide margin with 1,963 so far, are on pace to eclipse the 2,000-foul mark, which would make them the first NBA club to hit that mark in 10 years.The Suns commit 25 fouls per game (the NBA average is 20) and send their opponents to the free-throw line an NBA-high 29 times a night. It isn’t necessarily a new problem, since Phoenix allowed opponents to go to the stripe more than anyone last season, too. But the team’s fouls are up 10 percent from last year, and the team is becoming a bit of an outlier by fouling more often, given that NBA foul rates have decreased over the past decade as more and more shooters space the floor, leading to less contact from play to play.The chronic fouling is a symptom of two much larger issues: 1. The team’s inability to contain their opponents on defense, where the Suns allow 109 points per 100 plays, third-worst in the league. Being that bad leaves their players out of position, often leading to more desperate fouls as they try to recover. And 2. Phoenix’s relative youth and inexperience, especially in the post, where it’s fairly common for players to struggle with foul trouble at the beginning of their careers.This talented group is still developing, both physically and mentally. The Suns are one of the NBA’s shortest and lightest teams, which might make them a bit easier to push around. But Phoenix — which last month used the youngest starting five in NBA history — also has plenty to learn when it comes to countering the offensive tricks and techniques that veteran players acquire over the years.“You ever seen a young group of guys play against a group of older guys in pickup? The older guys somehow manage to physically take advantage of the younger guys without making it look like that’s what they’re doing. Then the young guy starts to hit back, and it’s completely obvious? That’s what we look like sometimes,” coach Earl Watson told me last week during his club’s East Coast trip. “Players in this league are so good, and our guys are still learning how to be aggressive without committing obvious fouls.”Those gaps in experience are most apparent in scenarios where a single defender is being asked to hold his own: 1-on-1s and post-ups. The Suns have committed the second- and fourth-highest rates of shooting fouls this season when guarding 1-on-1s and post-ups, respectively,1Phoenix has been whistled for shooting fouls 14 percent of the time in isolation scenarios and about 15 percent of the time when guarding post-up opportunities. according to Synergy Sports.It’s hard to fault the players’ intent, despite the dismal results. They often sacrifice their bodies in hopes of forcing a turnover, but many times they haven’t established good enough positioning to ward off defensive-foul calls. This has been especially true of some young players, like Booker, rookie power forward Marquese Chriss and fourth-year center Alex Len, who are 1-of-18, 5-of-28 and 0-of-14 when it comes drawing charge calls this season. (Those numbers are pretty abysmal, considering that the leaguewide average charge rate is 40 percent.)Phoenix’s learning curve has gotten considerably steeper in recent weeks, since the Suns elected to shut down a handful of healthy veteran players, including usual starters Eric Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler, in pursuit of some lottery ping-pong balls and a chance to give their younger, less-used talent some spin over the final month of a losing season.That has meant fielding lineups that have little institutional knowledge of how to defend without fouling.“If I’m the only young guy out there with four veterans, those four can kind of direct traffic and help cover for me when I mess up,” said Chriss, who commits 5.5 fouls per 36 minutes, tied for the NBA’s fourth-highest rate among players who’ve logged at least 1,000 minutes.2He’s tied with Len. “But when it’s a situation where everybody on the floor is, at most, 3 or 4 years into their career, that’s kind of tough, because then we’re all kind of lost, and still learning how to communicate with each other as players.”It’s not just an issue of youth. There are several other, less-examined factors that help explain why they’ve committed so many fouls. Phoenix plays at a blistering pace, handling more possessions than most, which puts the team in a position to commit more fouls than any other club. The Suns have been in more close games where they trailed late than any other team, meaning a decent number of their infractions were likely intentional and committed in hopes of stopping the clock. And it’s worth noting that Phoenix also comfortably leads the NBA in offensive fouls. So, not every foul Phoenix commits is a symptom of the Suns’ weak defense.Make no mistake, though: The Suns do an absolute ton of hacking, and they usually get called for it.“Refs officiate games with a certain rhythm. They’re used to a certain speed and rhythm. When you jump out of that rhythm, it’s easy for them to see, and you’re going to get called for it,” said Chandler, an NBA champion who joined the league as a teenager and went from committing more than 5 fouls per 36 minutes in his fifth season to eventually winning Defensive Player of the Year. Chandler added that the Suns, much like he was as a youngster, are often overeager to make a play, and wind up swiping or jumping when they shouldn’t.Nevertheless, struggles and all, Watson is an eternal optimist. He takes ample time most days to walk through film of the team’s fouling tendencies, and he told me that he feels his team is only a reinforcement or two away from a huge turnaround if the young players keep developing.“I was with OKC during Russ’s first year” — Westbrook, of course — “and I always let [my Phoenix players] know: That year, [the Thunder] won 23 games. The next year they won 50, and did it because their young guys had gotten so much experience and developed a supreme confidence.”Phoenix may not go on to write the kind of success story that the Thunder did, at least not next season. But if putting in a year at the School of Hard Knocks helps this team improve on defense, maybe the Suns will eventually be able to say that this furious foul pace was a worthwhile learning experience.Check out our NBA predictions. read more

5 things to watch for between Ohio State and Michigan

Then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs with the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 42-28. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAfter losing its first game in 23 tries against Michigan State last Saturday, No. 8 Ohio State (10-1, 6-1) has to recover quickly before a meeting with No. 10 Michigan (9-2, 6-1). Here are five things The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz will be keeping an eye on starting at noon on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Zeke backing up his wordsAfter the loss to Michigan State, it was well-publicized that junior running back Ezekiel Elliott went on a rant in which he criticized the play calling and announced he would be leaving Columbus after the season.In that emotional press conference, however, the St. Louis native also made a declaration that the sting from the loss would have the Buckeyes show an intensity not seen before to make sure it doesn’t happen again.“We’re hungry. I’m personally not going to let anyone slack off,” Elliott said after the game. “This game means the world to us and everyone in Ohio, and we represent everyone in Ohio. We’re going to come out, and we’re going to play a hell of a ballgame, you’ll see. It’s going to look like a new team.”It is certainly reasonable to expect Elliott to receive more than the 12 carries he did against the Spartans, but what he does with his workload will be an intriguing storyline to watch on Saturday.Elliott’s Heisman Trophy aspirations took a major hit with the loss and only 32 yards in Ohio Stadium, but he still has a chance to make a major statement in The Game, especially given the microscope he will be put over by OSU and national observers alike.Elliott needs 170 yards to pass Eddie George for the second-most rushing yards in OSU history. While that is certainly the furthest thing from his mind heading into Saturday, if he backs up his words, he could very well get there and help keep OSU’s slim playoff hopes alive.Will there be a rivalry moment?As anyone knows, the rivalry between OSU and Michigan is one of the most heated in college football, if not all of sports.With that rivalry territory comes a fair share of moments that capture just how much the teams dislike each other beyond being two of the most storied programs.Taunting, trash-talking, shoving and all-out fighting is always on the table when the two teams meet.The last time the game was played in Michigan Stadium in 2013, it turned out to be a fight that highlighted the afternoon. In the second quarter, OSU then-freshman running back Dontre Wilson got into a skirmish with a group of Michigan players after a kick return, which turned into a brawl. Wilson was ejected for his role in the incident, as was former OSU offensive lineman Marcus Hall and Michigan then-sophomore linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone.Hall made a memorable exit with a double-handed gesture toward the fans at The Big House.OSU senior linebacker Joshua Perry said he and other veterans on the team have taken measures to make sure the young players don’t let the emotions of the game overwhelm them, but it still would not be an OSU-Michigan game without some memorable moments to accentuate just how little the teams care for each other.Salt in the woundAs Perry said earlier in the week, the team knows Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is going to use redshirt freshman safety Jabrill Peppers one way or another across the field.The question is just how much the Wolverines lean on the do-it-all star.Peppers will obviously be lined up in the secondary throughout the game, while also getting rush attempts, lining up as a receiver, returning punts and stepping in to play linebacker or even moving all the way to the defensive line.Harbaugh has shown in the past that he is not afraid to rely heavily on the former top recruit in the country from East Orange, New Jersey. And in The Game, which coaches keep in the back of their minds throughout the entire season, he could be saving Peppers’ best performance for last.On the year, Peppers has 40 tackles, including 5.5 for a loss, 11 rushes for 43 yards and two touchdowns, six receptions for 54 yards and 17 punt returns for 194 yards.Peppers is arguably the best athlete in the country, and Harbaugh might use every ounce of that athleticism to keep the Buckeyes on their toes throughout the afternoon.Jake Rudock vs. Ohio State’s secondary All season long, the narrative surrounding the OSU defense was that it can impede offenses manned by pocket-passers, but as soon as a team quarterbacked a mobile player — like Maryland’s Perry Hills, Indiana’s Zander Diamond or Michigan State’s two backups from last week — the defense, especially the secondary, became vulnerable.On Saturday, that narrative will be tested for accuracy. Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock is playing some of the best football in the country over the last three weeks. The redshirt senior has thrown for an average of 344 yards and three touchdowns, including a school-record six scores against Indiana. On top of that, Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa, also has the ability to move a little. He by no means will be confused with a scrambling quarterback, but the 6-foot-3 Floridian has caused secondaries issues with his improvising skills. For the season, Rudock has gained 222 yards on the ground, with a net yardage of 145. Michigan will rarely call any designed runs for Rudock, but Harbaugh likes to get him on the move a little bit with bootleg plays. Then, factor in his ability to step up in the pocket and pick up chunks of yards with his highly efficient performance in the throw game, and there is reason to have concern for the OSU secondary. The matchup between Rudock and the OSU secondary could potentially be the most important factor in deciding which team wins The Game. Seniors playing their final regular-season game Last week, the OSU seniors played their final game inside Ohio Stadium. It didn’t go as they planed.But now, they will play their final regular-season game with a shot at redemption and a fourth pair of gold pants.Some of the seniors who will be playing in The Game for the final time include left tackle Taylor Decker, right tackle Chase Ferris, H-back Braxton Miller and Perry. Others include tight end Nick Vannett, defensive end Adolphus Washington and defensive tackle Tommy Schutt.With it being their final regular-season game, it can be expected that there will be some added pep in their step as they try to avoid a two-game skid to end the season. Their senior day at the ‘Shoe did not go according to script, but for many of them, a win over Michigan could help alleviate the bad memories from last week. The performance of the seniors — and whether or not they bounce back or fall flat — will have a huge impact in The Game. read more

Disappointed Zouma on City defeat

first_imgDespite their 3-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, Everton defender Kurt Zouma has urged his team to stick to their game plan.Manchester City opened the scoring in the 22nd minute through Gabriel Jesus as the hosts capitalized on a mistake by Yerry Mina.Jesus completed his brace 10 minutes into the second half, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back to reduce the deficit, but substitute Raheem Sterling completed the scoring and killed Everton’s hopes of any comeback.“We are very disappointed but we tried to play our football,” Zouma told the club’s website.“We knew they are strong pressing the ball and are strong on the counter-attack but when you try to push forward you have to take risks and we did.“Unfortunately it didn’t go for us but I think we created chances and we can be happy that we tried to play. It’s a defeat but we need to move on.“The goal gave us a bit more confidence but then we conceded the third goal too quickly. In football, you have to be prepared for everything.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We did our job, we tried to play the way we wanted to. We took our risks but unfortunately, we lost.“As I said, we need to move on to next week. We have another important game at home and we will try to win that.“We created chances against a strong team with strong players.“It’s not difficult to enjoy these type of games against a big team in a big stadium. We had chances, the first one from Richarlison in the first half.“Maybe we should have scored more but it’s done now. Everyone gave 100 percent. Now we’re going to recover and great ready for next week.“We had a game plan and tried to play our match. We will play with confidence. We are at home and will play for our fans. We need to keep the same spirit and move on.”last_img read more

Official Sevilla sign Marko Rog on loan from Napoli

first_imgSevilla have completed the loan signing of Napoli midfielder Marko Rog until the end of this season.The 23-year-old midfielder joined Napoli for a reported fee of €13m in 2016 from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year deal and has since managed 67 appearances in all competitions.Under new coach Carlo Ancelotti, however, Rog has only started four of his 11 games this season at Napoli.This had prompted talk of a move to Spain with Sevilla, despite reported interest from German side Schalke 04.Speaking in a press conference last week, Ancelotti confirmed that Rog will likely leave Napoli in this month’s transfer window with Sevilla president Jose Castro announcing on Monday that a deal was close to being completed.“We’ve made two quality signings [in Munir El Haddadi and Max Wober] and there’s another [Rog] who has just landed in Seville. We hope to close a deal for him tomorrow,” Castro told Diario de Sevilla.“It’s good proof of this club’s ambition to build a more competitive team and fight for all the objectives we have in front of us.”Now Sevilla have confirmed the news of Rog’s arrival but made no mention of an option to buy him at the end of his five-month loan deal.“Sevilla FC and SSC Napoli have reached an agreement in principle for the loan of Marko Rog until the 30th of June 2019,” read a statement on the club website.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The transfer brought up quite the little scandal in Spain after Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli vowed to take Spanish news outlets to court after being falsely quoted as saying that Rog will leave them for Sevilla earlier this month.However, the Croatian has now begun training at Sevilla and will be hoping to put his troubles from Italy behind him at Andalusia.It’s uncertain yet whether Sevilla manager Pablo Machin will select him in the squad that will face Barcelona in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final clash on Wednesday night.Los Rojiblancos hold a 2-0 aggregate lead over the cup holders and will need to avoid losing the return leg by more than two goals to progress to the semi-finals of the competition.📸 Rog arrived in time to take part in his first training session with #SevillaFC. 🇭🇷⚽️Here’s how the session went ➡️ https://t.co/5zbh7L0O6w#vamosmisevilla#WeNeverSurrender 💪❤️ pic.twitter.com/6vsrBgGWnV— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) January 29, 2019last_img read more

MPs get Tk 60b election budget

first_imgThe Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) has sanctioned nearly a Tk 60 billion project for the members of parliament (MPs) to construct madrasas in their respective areas.However, the next general elections will possibly be held by the end of this year.Each MP will get funds to construct at least six madrasas in their constituencies. The total project will cost Tk 59.19 billion, which will totally be funded by public money.The project will have separate funds for construction of 200 more madrasas.A similar project was sanctioned before the 5 January 2014 general elections, which was basically an extension of a project of 2010. Each of the MPs then received Tk 200 million.The ECNEC on Tuesday sanctioned the project named ‘Development of selected Madrasas’ at a meeting presided over by prime minister Sheikh Hasina.As many as 1,800 madrasa buildings will be constructed across the country under the projects.The names of the madrasas have already been finalised as per the choices of the MPs.According to the project, if any MP wants to build any other madrasa, he/she will get money from the extra allocation.The ECNEC sanctioned three other similar projects for the MPs in the last year. The projects were passed for constructing new schools, renovation of old school buildings, and construction of mosques and temples.The four projects including the latest one will cost the government Tk 224.7 billion in total. Apart from that, each of the MPs received nearly Tk 30-50 million every year in the last one decade.Asked about the matter, local government expert Tofael Ahmed said this is a violation of the election rules. Allocating money through projects ahead of elections is sheer injustice.“Generally, the education ministry’s vocational and madrasa departments are responsible for this kind of works. But, MPs are now doing this. It’s not right,” he added.When asked if it will have an influence on the voters as the salaries of the madrasa teachers are given by the government though Monthly-Pay-Order (MPO), planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said, “It will definitely affect the elections. The projects have been taken for people,”“We have already told the secretaries that don’t let the development works be hampered during the elections,” he added.There are 9,311 madrasas in the country, said the minister adding that only three of these madrasas are funded by the government while remaining ones are being run privately.last_img read more

Trump vows forceful response after Syria attack

first_imgUS President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC on Monday. Photo: AFPUS President Donald Trump was poised Tuesday to decide on possible military action against the Syrian regime, after vowing to respond “forcefully” to the latest alleged chemical atrocity in the country’s bloody civil war despite strong warnings from Damascus-ally Russia.The United States, backed by Britain and France, has said it is ready to act with or without support from the United Nations, where the Security Council was to vote as early as Tuesday on rival US and Russian proposals to probe chemical attacks in Syria.Trump met his cabinet and then dined with top generals Monday, telling reporters “we have a lot of options militarily and we’ll be letting you know pretty soon… probably after the fact.”Washington and Moscow set out starkly different positions at a stormy emergency session at the UN Security Council, where Russia’s ambassador Vassily Nebenzia warned that the possibility of US military action was “very, very dangerous.”Nebenzia rejected a US call for the world body to set up a probe to identify the perpetrators of what rescuers called a “poisonous chlorine gas attack” late Saturday in the enclave of Douma, near Damascus.But US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the “world must see justice done.”“History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria,” Haley declared.Diplomats said the United States was pushing for a vote on Tuesday on its draft resolution setting up a Syria gas attacks inquiry, but Russia could veto the measure.Trump slammed the “horrible attack” and vowed to respond “forcefully.”“We’re going to make a decision tonight or very shortly thereafter,” he told reporters.Rescuers and medics in Douma say more than 40 people died after the suspected poison gas attack in the last rebel-held pocket of the one-time opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta.Access to the area, which has faced weeks of regime bombardment, is limited and AFP has not independently verified the accounts.In April last year, Trump launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base after a previous chemical weapons attack UN monitors later pinned on Bashar al-Assad’s regime.‘Very dangerous’The punitive raid did not draw US forces any deeper into Syria’s civil war, nor did it dissuade Syria or its Russian and Iranian backers from pursuing their campaign against rebel groups.And any new action raises the risk of open conflict with Russia which, like Iran, has deployed forces to defend Assad’s regime.Nebenzia, reflecting earlier warnings from President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, said: “From what we hear now, I am afraid they are looking for a military option, which is very, very dangerous.”Earlier, Trump was asked whether Putin bore some of the responsibility for the latest attack. “Everybody is going to pay a price. He will. Everybody will,” the American president warned.Washington’s main European allies stood by reports blaming Assad.Trump spoke to France’s President Emmanuel Macron for the second time in two days over the alleged attacks, with the pair expressing a “desire for a firm response from the international community to these new violations of the chemical weapons ban,” according to the Elysee Palace.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson spoke with the acting US secretary of state and, according to London, they agreed that “this attack bore hallmarks of previous chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime.”As the UN debate took place, a huge blast tore through a multi-story building in the jihadist-held city of Idlib, in northern Syria.The cause of the explosion was not immediately apparent, but the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 13 people had been killed and another 80 wounded.Investigation launchedThe Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it was investigating the Douma attack allegations, but that so far only a “preliminary analysis” had taken place.Syrian regime forces have carried out an offensive against Ghouta since February 18 that has killed more than 1,700 civilians and cornered rebels in their last holdout of Douma.After capturing most of Ghouta, Syria and Russia secured two negotiated withdrawals last month that saw 46,000 rebels and civilians evacuate.Following fraught negotiations and a regime bombing blitz, state media announced Sunday a deal for Jaish al-Islam to leave Douma within 48 hours and release hostages.A group of detainees arrived in Damascus overnight Monday to Tuesday after being freed by Jaish al-Islam, state news agency SANA said.In a parallel operation, 65 buses carrying fighters and civilians left the outskirts of Ghouta and headed to northern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.last_img read more

Wife of deputy secretary dies as DMCH dengue toll rises to 10

first_imgAn aedes mosquito. File PhotoThree people, including the wife of deputy secretary of health ministry died after suffering from dengue fever at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Monday and Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.DMCH assistant director Nasir Uddin said two of the patients died on Tuesday while another died on Monday.The deceased are identified as Farzana Hossain, 42, wife of Nurul Amin, deputy secretary of health ministry; Liton Hawladar, 25, from Bauphal in Patuakhali and Upendra Chandra Mandal, 65 of Mirzapur in Tangail.Farzana got admitted to the hospital on Monday and died around 1:45am on Tuesday at the ICU.Liton Hawladar was hospitalised on 27 July. He died around 10:15am.Upendra died around 5:00pm on Monday, hours after he was brought to the hospital.“So far, 10 dengue patients have died at the hospital among the 600 people who were brought here since 1 July,” said Nasir Uddin.Meanwhile, 1,335 dengue cases were reported in 24 hours until 8:00am on Tuesday.The number of people suffering from dengue has been rising gradually over the recent weeks as the disease spreads across the country.last_img read more

Decomposed male body found in canal

first_imgKolkata: A decomposed male body was found in the Pragati Maidan police station area on Thursday morning.Locals saw the body in a canal and informed police accordingly. Later, the sleuths fished out the body from the canal and sent it to NRS Medical College Hospital for autopsy. According to locals, on Thursday morning, they got a foul smell coming from the canal side in the Khanaberia area. Primarily, people assumed that someone must have dumped animal carcass. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalHowever, after a few hours when some locals went there to check the source of the smell, they stumbled upon a human body floating in the water. Pragati Maidan police station was informed. Later, police fished out the body from the canal. According to sources, it is suspected that the person is about 35 years of age and had died at least 4-5 days ago. He was wearing a pair of jeans and a jacket. The sleuths also suspect that the body might have been reached the said area by means of floating as no missing complaint was lodged at Pragati Maidan police station. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNo one from the locality has identified the body. It is still not clear whether the person has been murdered as the body was recovered in a decomposed state. Thus, injury marks if any on the body have become hard to identify. The sleuths have found a bottle of alcohol from the pocket of the jeans. According to sources, the police suspect that person might have fallen in the canal in a drunken state. To ascertain the actual cause of death, the sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report.last_img read more

Watch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys this week

first_imgNorth Staffordshire and South Cheshire Roadworks in the Staffordshire Moorlands Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them – including on major routes such as the M6 motorway, the A500 and the A50. The following roadworks are taking place in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire between Monday October 1 until Sunday October 7. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. The list is broken down by local authority area (with the M6 , A500 and A50 separate because they fall under the remit of Highways England) – you can also follow the links below for the specific list of roadworks for each area if you’re only interested in a particular road or town. All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from October 1 until October 4 Roadworks in Newcastle Borough Roadworks in South Cheshire A50 closed all weekendcenter_img Roadworks in Stafford Borough/Uttoxeter Roadworks on the M6, A500 and A50 Roadworks in Stoke-on-Trent M6: The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J19: From 22:00 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 2 October 2018. Two lanes closed The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J17: From 22:00 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 2 October 2018, From 23:30 on 2 October 2018 to 06:00 on 3 October 2018 and between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. Two lanes closed each time. The M6 northbound between junctions J16 and J17: From 22:00 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 2 October 2018, From 23:30 on 2 October 2018 to 06:00 on 3 October 2018 and everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. Three lanes closed each time. The M6 southbound between junctions J16 and J15: Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. Three lanes closed The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14: From 22:00 on 6 October 2018 to 08:00 on 7 October 2018. Three lanes closed The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J13: Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. One lane closed The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15: From 22:00 on 6 October 2018 to 08:00 on 7 October 2018. Three lanes closed The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J14: Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. One lane closed A500: The A500 northbound exit slip to the A34: From 21:00 on 4 October 2018 to 06:00 on 5 October 2018. Two lanes closed The A500 northbound exit slip to the A527 North: From 21:00 on 1 October 2018 to 05:00 on 2 October 2018. Two lanes closed The A500 northbound entry slip from the A527 South: The A500 northbound entry slip from the A527 South. From 21:00 on 1 October 2018 to 05:00 on 2 October 2018 A50: The A50 eastbound between the A521 Blythe Bridge East and the junction with the A522: From 20:00 on 28 September 2018 to 05:30 on 1 October 2018 and From 20:00 on 5 October 2018 to 05:30 on 8 October 2018. Two lanes closed The A50 eastbound exit slip to the A522: Expect disruption everyday between 09:45 and 16:00 from 1 October 2018 to 5 October 2018. One lane closed The A50 eastbound entry slip from the A522: Expect disruption everyday between 09:45 and 16:00 from 1 October 2018 to 5 October 2018. One lane closed The A50 eastbound between the A522 and the junction with the A518: From 20:00 on 5 October 2018 to 05:30 on 8 October 2018. One lane closed. The A50 westbound entry slip from the A522: From 20:00 on 5 October 2018 to 05:30 on 8 October 2018. One lane closed. The A50 westbound between the A518 and the junction with the A521 Blythe Bridge East: From 20:00 on 28 September 2018 to 05:30 on 1 October 2018 and From 20:00 on 5 October 2018 to 05:30 on 8 October 2018 Stoke-on-Trent: Abbey Hulton: Multi-way traffic lights on Abbots Road from September 26 until October 3 Abbey Hulton: Multi-way traffic lights on Leek Road from September 3 until October 12 Bentilee: Two way traffic lights on Dividy Road between numbers 101 and 171 from September 7 until November 8. Blurton: Two way traffic signals on Church Road near Ashcombe Green from October 4 until October 10 Chell: Roadworks and road closures on Biddulph Road from September 24 until October 5 Cocknage: Road closure on Cocknage Road and Woodpark Lane from 9am until 3pm on October 2 Eaton Park: Roadworks and road closure on Slapton Close in Bucknall from October 2 until October 8 Etruria: Roadworks and road closure on Etruscan Street and Etruria Old Road, Etruria, from October 1 until October 19 Fenton: Carriageway incursion outside 235 and 237 King Street from September 25 until October 2 Goldenhill: Give and take traffic control on High Street outside number 678 from October 2 until October 4 Goldenhill: Give and take traffic control opposite number 622 from September 28 until October 2 Hanley: Two way traffic signals on A52 Leek Road from September 19 until October 1 Hanley: Roadworks and road closure on Slippery Lane until October 4 Hartshill: Multi-way traffic signals on Queens Road and Princes Road from September 26 until October 4 Longton: Roadworks and Road closure on Commerce Street and Market Place from June 7 until October 29 Longton: Two way traffic lights on Sutherland Road from September 24 until October 5 Longton: Roadworks and road closures on Spring Garden Road at junction with Trentham Road until October 29 Longton: Carriageway incursion on Times Square until October 29 Meir: Roadworks and road closure on Harvey Road from October 1 until October 3 Normacot: Multi-way traffic lights on Upper Normacot Road at the junction with Eversley Road from September 26 until October 9 Norton: Two way traffic controls on Norton Lane near St Bartholomews Church from September 28 until October 4 Penkhull: Multi-way traffic lights on Hunters Way from October 1 until October 5 Shelton: Ashford Street closed until November 10 Stanley Matthews Way: Two way traffic signals outside Stoke Audi from September 28 until October 2 Stoke: Carriageway incursion on London Road from September 25 until October 1. Stoke: Lane closure on Shelton Old Road from September 13 until October 2 Trent Vale: Carriageway incursion on A34 Newcastle Road from September 26 until October 9 Trent Vale: Lane Closure on A34 Stone Road near Riverside Road from August 13 until October 5 Tunstall: Multi-way traffic lights on High Street from October 1 until October 5 Tunstall: Roadworks and road closures on Lascelles Street from September 10 until November 5 Newcastle Borough: Audley: Two way traffic lights on Nantwich Road near Ivy House from October 3 until October 4 Baldwins Gate: Two way traffic signals near Lakeside Close from September 27 until October 3 Basford: Multi-way traffic lights on Etruria Road at junction with Victoria Street Blackbrook: Multi-way traffic lights at junction of A53 and A51 on October 2 Bradwell: Two way traffic lights along Bradwell Lane until November 30 Chesterton: Give and take traffic control on London Road from October 3 from October 5 Clayton: Two way traffic controls on Northwood Lane from September 27 until October 3 Crackley: Stop/go boards on Crackley Bank opposite 136 from October 1 until October 3 Crackley: Roadworks and road closures on Maple Avenue from October 1 until October 12 Cross Heath: Roadworks and road closures on A34 Liverpool Road near junction of Lower Milehouse Lane until October 12. Kidsgrove: Coronation Crescent closed from October 2 until October 5 Near M6: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of B5500 Nantwich Road at junction with Limbrick Road until October 12 Madeley: Two way traffic signals at Bar Hill on October 4 Mow Cop: Roadworks/road closure on Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop from the junction of Mow Cop Road from September 17 until October 26 Newcastle: Roadworks and road closure on Milborne Drive until October 5. Newcastle: Give and take traffic control on B5044 Silverdale Road from September 27 until October 1 Newcastle: Roadworks and road closure on Whitfield Avenue until October 9. Porthill: Multi-way traffic signals on Oakland Avenue and Inglewood Drive from September 17 until October 12 Silverdale: Multi-way traffic lights on High Street from junction with Mill Street to Parkfields Close from September 7 until October 29 Silverdale: Roadworks and Road closure on Hollywood Lane until March 20 2019 Staffordshire Moorlands: Biddulph: Roadworks and road closure on Troughstones Road from August 13 until October 15 Blackshaw Moor: Two way traffic signals on Buxton Road in Blackshaw Moor from October 4 until October 5 Blythe Bridge: Give and take traffic control outside numbers 443/445 Uttoxeter Road from September 28 until October 2 Brown Edge/Stockton Brook: Roadworks and road closures on Willfield Lane, Edgefields Lane and Moss Hill on October 3 Cheadle: Roadworks and road closure on Ashbourne Road near Lightwood Farm from October 4 until October 8 Fole: Multi-way traffic lights on Uttoxeter Road and Fole Lane on October 1 Forsbrook: Two way traffic signals on Draycott Old Road from September 26 until October 12 Hollington: Two way traffic lights on Main Road in Hollington from March 14 until December 4 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals on Abbotts Road from September 10 until October 26 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Ball Haye Green, Haregate Road and Novi Lane from September 10 until October 26 Leek: Carriageway incursion on Broad Street at junction with King Street on October 3 Leek: Temporary traffic lights on Southbank Street near junctions with London Street, Shoobridge Street, Leonard Street and Westfields from September 10 until October 18. Leek: Two way traffic signals on West Street from October 1 until October 4 Waterhouses: Two way traffic controls on Ashbourne Road near WC Tanker Services from September 28 until October 2 Wetley Rocks: Multi-way traffic lights on Randles Lane on October 1 Whiston: Black Lane closed for work to be carried out on disused railway bridge from September 17 until October 26 Stafford Borough: A34: Lane closure on A34 from Monkey Forest Island to M6 J14 Island from September 17 until October 8 Derrington: Roadworks and road closure on Long Lane between Dale Lane and Handfords Cottage from August 28 until November 19 Eccleshall: Roadworks and road closure on Green Lane from September 24 until October 19 Gnosall: Multi-way traffic signals on Knightley Road in Gnosall from September 27 until October 4 Hyde Lea: Two way traffic control on Hyde Lea Bank from October 5 until October 10 Little Haywood: Stop/go boards on High Chase Rise from September 29 until October 3 Meaford: Multi-way traffic lights on Meaford Road from September 12 until September 25 at the roundabout of Meaford Road and Tower Road until October 1 Meaford: Two way signals on Rookery Lane from September 12 until October 1 Meaford: One lane closed on A34 on Stone Road in Meaford from October 2 until October 11 Meir Heath: Two way traffic signals on Common Lane in Meir Heath until October 1 Norbury: Roadworks and road closure on A519 from September 20 until October 24 Ranton: Stop/go boards on Brook Lane outside All Saints Church on October 4 Sandon: Roadworks and overnight closures at level crossing on B5066 Sandon Bank from September 29 until October 1 (Road closed from 10pm until 6am) Saverley Green: Multi-way traffic signals on Sandon Road from September 27 until October 1 Stafford: Temporary traffic lights on Beaconside until April 2019 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Baswich Lane near the canal bridge from September 10 until December 14 Stafford: Two way traffic lights on Bridge Street from September 25 until October 3 Stafford: Burton Bank Lane Footway closed until October 18 (over M6). Stafford: Two way traffic signals on Lichfield Road near St Pauls Church on October 7 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Marston Road outside number 129 from September 29 until October 3. Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Newport Road outside number 32 from September 18 until October 1 Stafford: Roadworks and road closures on Shakespeare Road, Coleridge Drive, Tennyson Road and Somerset Road from August 6 until November 9 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Stone Road adjacent to numbers 91 and 87 from September 27 until October 4 Stone: Roadworks and road closures at Aston Roundabout (A34/A51) from August 20 until November 2. Stone: Roadworks on Eccleshall Road between Walton and the M6 from September 20 until November 1 Stone: Temporary traffic lights on Eccleshall Road from October 1 until October 8 Stone: Carriageway incursion on Granville Square from October 3 until October 9 Woodseaves: Roadworks and road closure on A519 Newport Road from August 13 until October 22 Uttoxeter and surrounding areas of East Staffordshire: Church Leigh: Roadworks and Road closure on Bents Lane from September 24 until October 8 Doveridge: Multi-way traffic lights at the junction of Cook Lane and Park Crescent from September 27 until October 1 Uttoxeter: Two way traffic signals on B5030 Ashbourne Road bear junction with Holly Road from October 1 until October 3 Uttoxeter: Give and take traffic signals on Carter Street from September 30 until October 3 Uttoxeter: Multi-way traffic signals on Uttoxeter Road from the junction with the A522 New Road and Bentley Road to the access to the JCB World Parts Centre until November 18. Willslock: Stop/go boards on B5013 Abbots Bromley Road from October 4 until October 5 South Cheshire: Alsager: Carriageway incursion on Close Lane from October 6 until October 16 Alsager: Two way traffic signals on Dunnocksfold Lane and Close Lane from October 1 until October 5 Alsager: Two way traffic signals on B5077 Crewe Road from October 2 until October 4 and on October 7 Alsager: Two way traffic signals on B5077 Lawton Road on October 1 Alsager: Multi-way traffic lights on Linley Road at the junction with Linley Lane from September 3 until October 5. Alsager: Multi-way traffic signals on Pikemere Road from August 6 until October 12 Alsager: Multi-way traffic lights on B5078 Sandbach Road North from October 1 until October 10 Bosley: Two way traffic lights on Tunstall Road near Bosley Wood Treatment until February 2019. Betchon: Multi-way traffic on A533 Cappers Lane on October 2 Brereton: Two way traffic signals on A50 Newcastle Road at the junction with Holmes Chapel Road from September 18 until October 5. Congleton: Roadworks and road closure on Astbury Lane Ends from September 28 until October 3 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Back Lane on October 2 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Back Lane near junction of Longdown Road from August 20 until October 1. Congleton: Multi-way traffic lights on Canal Road from October 3 until October 5 Congleton: Two way traffic signals at the railway bridge on Middle Lane from October 6 until October 7 Congleton: Roadworks and road closure on St John’s Road and Wharfedale Road from October 3 until October 9 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Alton Street from Walthall Street to Electricity Street from October 2 until October 4 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Broad Street from October 4 until October 8 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Broughton Road from September 24 until October 22 Crewe: Ongoing roadworks at Crewe Green Roundabout until December 1 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on A534 Crewe Road from October 1 until October 3 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on Davenport Avenue at junction with Gresty Road from September 10 until October 22 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Fuller Drive from October 2 until October 4 Crewe: Roadworks on Heywood Green on October 2 and from October 5 until October 9 Crewe: Roadworks on Maw Green Road until October 31 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Middlewich Road/Wistaston Green Road from July 23 until October 25. Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Moreton Road from September 29 until October 1 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on A534 Nantwich Road between October 6 and October 7 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Nelson Street from October 4 until October 9 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Plane Tree Drive from October 3 until October 5 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Queens Park from September 30 until October 3 Crewe: Stop/go boards on Rope Lane near junction with Crewe Road from September 27 until October 1 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Park Drive from October 2 until October 5 Crewe: Two way traffic lights on A5020 University Way near the Pioneer site from September 24 until October 5. Crewe: Two way signals on A532 West Street from October 6 until October 7 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Wheatley Road from October 4 until October 8 Crewe: Road closures around A5078 Wistaston Road from September 22 until November 11 Crewe: Stop/go boards on Woodbank Close on October 5 Hassall: Two way signals on Alsager Road in Hassall on October 3 Moston: Two way traffic signals on Dragons Lane in Moston from September 26 until October 2 Nantwich: Give and take traffic control on Audlem Road from July 30 until October 5 Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Cronkinson Oak on October 2 Nantwich: Roadworks and road closure around London Road Roundabout from September 25 until October 1 Nantwich: Two way signsals on B5074 London Road outside number 13 on October 2 Nantwich: Multi-way traffic signals on A51 London Road from October 2 until October 4. Nantwich: Carriageway incursion on A530 Peter Destapleigh Way from October 1 until October 14 Nantwich: Two way traffic signals outside A530 Shrewbridge Road from October 2 until October 5 outside Shrewbridge Lodge Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Taylor Drive and Edmund Wright Way from September 28 until October 14 Nantwich: Two way traffic signals on B5341 Wellington Road outside number 40 on October 7 Oakhanger: Two way traffic lights on Butterton Lane on October 1 Radway Green: Two way signals on Butterton Lane from October 2 until October 4 Radway Green: Radway Green Road closed over M6 from 8pm on October 1 until 4am on October 2. Sandbach: Some carriageway incurson on Bradwall Road near junction of Wesley Avenue from October 3 until October 5 Sandbach: Multi-way traffic lights on A534 Congleton Road between October 2 and October 4 Sandbach: Carriageway incursion on A533 London Road outside Wilkinson from October 1 until October 2 Scholar Green: Roadworks and road closure at Bridge 92 on Little Moss Lane from September 26 until October 24 Scholar Green: Roadworks and road closure on Nursery Road on October 5 Shavington: Stop/go boards on Ashcroft Avenue on October 2 Shavington: Roadworks and road closure on Dig Lane on October 3 Shavington: Carriageway incursion on B5071 Stock Lane from October 5 until October 8 Wildboarclough: A54 Buxton Road closed in both directions until November 4. Williaston: Two way traffic signals on Colleys Lane from September 26 until October 4 Winterley: Roadworks and road closure on Coppice Road from October 3 until October 5last_img read more