Australia qualifies for World Cup with 3-1 win over Honduras

first_imgThe Pistons are 10-3, and might be the surprise of the NBA The Australian captain converted from the spot in the 72nd after referee Nestor Pitana penalized Bryan Acosta for a hand ball and calmly slotted home another penalty in the 85th to ensure Australia qualified for its fourth consecutive World Cup.“I’ll take them all,” Jedinak said of his goals. “It wouldn’t have mattered who scored. I’m happy to chip in.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutForward Alberth Elis got a consolation goal for Honduras deep into injury time.Honduras earned a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over Mexico on a hectic last day of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean, securing fourth spot and ensuring the U.S. missed out. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Australia had the better opportunities in a 0-0 draw in the first leg last Friday in San Pedro Sula.But after a frustrating first half, when Tom Rogic created the only real chance with a mistimed shot in the 37th, Australia dominated the second half.Australia had opportunities to qualify directly for Russia in Asian qualifying but missed out on goal difference to Saudi Arabia in a tight finish in that group.That forced the Australians into an Asian playoff against Syria, which veteran Tim Cahill sealed with two goals in Sydney last month to set Australia up for the last-ditch home-and-away series against Honduras.The Australians edged Uruguay on penalties in a playoff in 2005 to qualify for the following year’s World Cup in Germany, and then qualified directly for 2010 and 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Australia’s Mile Jedinak scores a goal against Honduras during their World Cup soccer playoff deciding match in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Munoz)SYDNEY — Mile Jedinak led Australia into next year’s World Cup with a deflected free kick and two penalties in Wednesday’s 3-1 intercontinental playoff victory over Honduras.Jedinak, who missed the latter stages of Australia’s Asian qualifying campaign because of injury, opened the scoring when his free kick curled to the left of the wall and went in off defender Henry Figueroa in the 54th minute, bringing the 77,060 crowd at Sydney’s Olympic stadium to life.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said his Socceroos “did it the hard way, but we deserve to be there.”The final word went to the jubilant Jedinak, a veteran midfielder who plays for second-tier Aston Villa in England.“We got the job done and that’s all that matters — it’s going to be a big 2018,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitions

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitionsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have released a statement to assure supporters of the club’s ambitions.In a statement issued to a fans’ forum earlier this month, United sought to assure supporters that on-field success comes before commercial deals for them.A United statement read: “Everyone at the club, from the owners down, is focused on competing for and winning trophies at the highest level. “To do that we have invested heavily in the playing squad and will continue to do so.”At the same time, the exciting pool of talent coming through from our youth and academy sections is a result of increased investment in this area over the last five years. It’s important to note that while our successful commercial operation helps drive that investment, the priority is the focus on achieving success on the pitch.”Similarly, it is worth noting that we are not looking at or buying players based on their commercial appeal. We agree that recruitment is critical. We are committed to getting this right and there has been huge investment in this area to put our recruitment department into a position to be able to deliver the manager the players he wants. This process is significantly more effective than four or five years ago.” last_img read more

Texas Fan Pens ‘Thank You’ Letter To Notre Dame Fans For Their “Remarkable Hospitality”

first_imgFans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas Longhorns fans who made the trek up to Notre Dame, Indiana, weren’t thrilled with the result from the game this past Saturday. But at least one UT supporter still had great things to say about the Fighting Irish and their fan base. A Texas fan named Terry Bader penned a cool ‘thank you’ letter to Notre Dame and its fans for their “remarkable hospitality” this past weekend. It was published by The Observer Thursday morning. The school tweeted out a photo of the letter – check it out:A Texas Longhorn fan wrote a thank you letter to The Observer. Well done, Irish fans READ: http://t.co/ppS4VslodZ pic.twitter.com/OxKfDSphqQ— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) September 10, 2015It’s a refreshing story – especially considering we typically only hear tales on the other end of the spectrum. Well-done to all involved here.last_img read more

Jamaica and Dominican Republic Sign Multi-Destination Agreement

first_img Signatories included Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, and his Dominican Republic counterpart, His Excellency Francisco Javier Garcia; Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; and Foreign Minister for the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Miguel Vargas Maldonado. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have signed a multi-destination agreement, which will provide both countries access to a combined larger market. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have signed a multi-destination agreement, which will provide both countries access to a combined larger market.The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed during a luncheon with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and several local and international dignitaries at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa on November 28.The event coincided with the staging of the United Nations World Trade Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism now under way at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.Signatories included Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, and his Dominican Republic counterpart, His Excellency Francisco Javier Garcia; Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; and Foreign Minister for the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Miguel Vargas Maldonado.In his remarks, Minister Bartlett said the MOU focuses on joint marketing and airlift arrangements, similar to the agreement signed between Cuba and Jamaica in January.“The Dominican Republic is the largest tourism destination at this time. The infrastructure there allows for connectivity from far-flung places and markets, which we are not able to access at this time,” he said.He informed that Jamaica and Mexico will also sign an MOU in January 2018 that will “bring together the four major markets in the Caribbean into a symbiotic arrangement that will allow us to provide a market for close to 33 million people”.“It will (also) allow us to develop and exchange partnerships with large airlines and major tour operators. This is a win-win situation, because if it happens in the north, it will happen in the south,” he contended.Mr. Garcia, for his part, said his country wants to be given an opportunity to learn from and share its experiences with other islands of the Caribbean.He underscored the importance of tourism to Jamaica and the rest of the region, and commended the efforts to implement multi-destination arrangements, “which we’ve wanted for so long”.Mr. Garcia noted that there is unquestionable support for the move from the leaders of the Caribbean, including Mr. Holness. Story Highlights The event coincided with the staging of the United Nations World Trade Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism now under way at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. last_img read more

JACKIE CHANS DAUGHTER ETTA NG CONFIRMS MARRIAGE TO CANADIAN GIRLFRIEND

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Etta Ng, 19, the estranged daughter of Jackie Chan, announced that she has married her Canadian girlfriend, 31-year-old Andi Autumn.Ng is the product of Chan’s affair with her beauty queen mother, Elaine Ng. The 64-year-old movie star has never had a solid relationship of any kind with the teen.Ng posted a photo of herself and Autumn wearing white on Instagram, with the caption, “Love always wins. Always…” “There is nothing greater than true love found. With love we’ve returned. My home is Hong Kong, a beautiful city full of life and passion. Home is where love is. Home is safety and I know too many that do not feel safe within the environment they were given but the new tide is rising. A home is with the family that you can choose and with that we are never alone. Love is undoutbly[sic] stronger than blood,” Ng wrote.“Back to Hong Kong as wife & wife,” the caption for an image on Autumn’s account read.“With this love, comes unbelievable strength and confidence to ignore our own pain, shut down our ego, and know exactly who we are and what we want,” it continued.The pair were married in Toronto but returned to Hong Kong, where same-sex marriage is not currently legal.Ng and Autumn are said to have begun dating in late 2017 and Ng moved to Canada shortly after.By KATIE SCOTT | GLOBALNEWS.CA Twittercenter_img Instagram/@ettazen Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

SETIQUETTE YOU BOOKED THE ROLE NOW KEEP IT

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter “Early is ON TIME. On time is LATE. LATE IS FIRED!” This terse trio of sentences is the actor’s mantra for fuming behind the wheel stuck in traffic or squeezed-in on a slow-moving streetcar, trying to get to set. The best way to keep your blood pressure low and your good reputation intact is a calm call to your agent or the 2nd AD as soon as you suspect you’ll have difficulty making your Call Time. This is essential for production when you are in circumstances beyond your control. However, chronic lateness will always be noticed. Book the next gig; don’t make lateness a habit! Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Kusugak remembered

first_imgAPTN National NewsJose Kusugak, an Inuit leader who spent his life fighting for Inuit rights, died two weeks ago.On Thursday in Ottawa friends and family paid tribute to Kusugak at a memorial.Kusugak held several titles, but most remember him for his work on the Nunavut land claim.Friends only hold fond memories.last_img

Resource Coalition Convoy to Ottawa cancelled

first_imgYu originally had planned to join the Resource Coalition Convoy in Ottawa to voice concerns over Bill C48 and Bills C69, which could threaten the energy industry.The Convoy, organized by Rally 4 Resources and Canada Action, was scheduled to leave Red Deer sometime in mid-February.No plans to reschedule have been made. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – FSJ for LNG says the Resource Coalition Convoy has been cancelled.In a Facebook post, Alan Yu, Founder and Chairman of FSJ for LNG says that it was no longer viable to proceed with the planned Convoy, adding that they will be fully refunding donors.“Unfortunately, we have come to the decision that it is no longer viable to proceed with our planned convoy. We cannot confidently mitigate the unexpected challenges associated with this event. As such, we will be issuing full refunds to all of our donors.”last_img read more

Tribunal serves notice to JeI asks why it cant be declared unlawful

first_imgSrinagar: The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, constituted by the Centre, has issued a show cause notice to Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir (JeI), which was banned by the government in February, asking it why the organisation cannot be declared as an unlawful association.”A notice is hereby given under sub-section (2) of Section 4 of the Act (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) and you are hereby called upon to show cause, within 30 days from the date of service of this notice, as to why your Association, declared as unlawful, be not adjudicated to be so and why an order confirming such declaration be not made under Section 4(3) of the Act,” said the notice issued by Registrar, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, Lorren Bamniyal, to the JeI. The notice was issued on April 5. The Tribunal asked the Jamaat to file objections or reply affidavits, if any, before the next date of hearing of the Tribunal at the office of the Registrar. “In case the objections/reply and the documents are in regional language, true English translation thereof be also attached. You may appear through a duly authorised person before the Tribunal on 20 May, 2019 at 3 PM in Court Room number 26 for further proceedings,” the notice said. The Centre had constituted the tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge to decide whether there is sufficient cause for declaring the JeI as an unlawful association. The Ministry of Home Affairs on March 23 had issued a notification which states that Justice Mukta Gupta would head the tribunal set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The government in its February 28 notification had banned the JeI, saying it was of the opinion that the Jamaat is “in close touch with militant outfits” and is supporting extremism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere. It said the outfit claims “secession of a part of the Indian territory from the Union” and supporting terrorist and separatist groups fighting for this purpose. The action came following the February 14 terrorist attack in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF personnel.last_img read more

The Cubs Comeback Only Gets Harder From Here

2Madison BumgarnerSF201471560.0 Facing elimination in Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night, the Chicago Cubs did something that has distinguished this team from previous versions of the franchise: They didn’t fold. Despite trailing early against the notoriously front-running Indians, Chicago clawed its way back from the brink with a three-run flurry in the fourth inning, got a few more steady innings out of starter Jon Lester, and then used their bullpen to hold off Cleveland’s rally, securing a 3-2 victory and guaranteeing that their season would last at least one more game.In what has become the Postseason Of The Reliever, Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman had his fireman moment on Sunday. After Carl Edwards Jr. gave up a single and induced a flyout in the top of the seventh, Chapman entered the game — and proceeded to dominate the Indians’ lineup for the rest of the night on 42 pitches (which tied for the second–most he’d ever thrown in an MLB game). Eight of the 10 Cleveland hitters Chapman faced made outs, half of which came on strikes, as the closer gave up just one hit and walked none. Indians reliever Andrew Miller has become known in these playoffs for shutting down opponents over multiple innings, but it was Chapman’s turn in Game 5.In the history of World Series elimination games, Chapman recorded the sixth save of eight or more outs, placing his Game 5 in a group that also includes Madison Bumgarner’s unbelievable 15-out performance in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. And more importantly for the Cubs, who asked their reliever to start his workday by immediately defusing a high-leverage situation, Chapman added a game-high 41 points of win probability to Chicago’s victory chances, which ranks 10th-most all-time among relief pitchers in a World Series elimination game: 14Allie ReynoldsNYY19526429.0 12Carl WillisMIN19916833.4 3Walter JohnsonWSH192471258.9 5Pete AlexanderSTL19267751.0 15Rick AguileraMIN19916628.4 Most valuable relief appearances in a World Series elimination game (according to win probability added) 1Dick DonovanCHW19595560.1 10Aroldis ChapmanCHC20165840.9 PITCHERTEAMYEARGAME NO.OUTS RECORDEDWPA 11Clay CarrollCIN197041140.5 Of course, winning Game 5 was always going to be the easiest step of Chicago’s three-part comeback journey. With staff ace Jon Lester1FiveThirtyEight’s pitcher scores rate Lester higher than any other Cubs starter. going up against a struggling Trevor Bauer at Wrigley Field, our Elo prediction model gave the Cubs a 65 percent probability of extending their season Sunday night, which was tied for their fourth-most-likely victory of the entire playoffs. Game 5 was a must-win game for them anyway, but if the Cubs were going to put their best foot forward in any one of the three games they hoped were left in their season, it was always going to be in Sunday’s matchup.Now the really difficult work begins for the Cubs. For one thing, the series shifts back to Cleveland; moreover, Chicago will have to go through a tougher Indians starter in Josh Tomlin for Game 6 — and then they’ll face ace Corey Kluber, who ranks second-best in all of baseball by our pitcher scores, for a potential Game 7. Elo gives the Cubs a 52 percent chance of forcing a Game 7, but it also says they’d be underdogs in that matchup2Right now our model only gives them a 45 percent chance of winning, though that could change depending on how much Chicago boosts its Elo in Game 6. even if they survive Game 6.Chapman’s performance helped give the Cubs a better chance than the slim probability they had after Saturday’s loss, but Chicago still has a long way to go before it can end its 108-year championship drought. 9Dick DragoBOS19756942.5 8Bob KuzavaNYY19527843.4 4Hank BorowyCHC194561254.1 13Jesse OroscoNYM19867629.5 6Hugh McQuillanNYG19247547.5 Source: Baseball-Reference.com 7Rollie FingersOAK19727646.2 read more

James Harden Gets Fouled On 3s More Than Any NBA Team

Kemba WalkerCHA502244.8 James Harden: This season’s MVP of drawing 3-point shooting fouls Damian LillardPOR484255.2 Stats as of March 21. Restricted to players who drew at least 20 fouls on 3-point attempts.Source: BigDataBall Kyle LowryTOR444306.8 James Harden has become an occupational hazard for referees. Earlier this month, the Jazz were up seven on the Rockets with just over a minute to play, and Utah players were at their wit’s end with the officials. Following a signal that the Jazz had committed yet another foul, Joe Johnson threw his right hand up in disgust. Rudy Gobert shook his head in disbelief. Rodney Hood, who was charged with the foul, looked for a ref with whom he could plead. Joe Ingles had both palms out, confused as to how so little contact could prompt a call.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jazz4thfoulagainstharden.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The whistle marked the fourth time that night that Utah had been charged with fouling Harden in the act of shooting a 3-pointer. And while that might sound unbelievable, it wasn’t even the first time this season that the MVP frontrunner had drawn four shooting fouls from the arc in a game.1He also drew four shooting fouls while attempting 3-pointers during a Dec. 31 victory over the Knicks.Harden has long been great at drawing fouls no matter where he is on the court, but he has taken the art form to new heights on his 3-point attempts this season. After drawing 27 fouls while trying to shoot a triple in 2014-15 and inducing 46 such fouls last season,2According to Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index. Harden has drawn a whopping 108 shooting fouls from distance this year with 11 games left to play. For context, consider that, outside of the Rockets, no team has garnered more than 73 of those calls.3Amazingly, if you limit Harden to just the 12 games in which he drew at least three 3-point shooting fouls, his 38 fouls drawn in those contests would outpace 21 teams’ totals for the season so far.If you subtract Harden’s numbers from the rest of the league’s, the average NBA player has drawn fouls on 1.6 percent of his 3-pointers this season, according to BigDataBall, which tracks the league’s play-by-play logs. Harden is drawing 3-point shooting fouls at a 16.7 percent clip, or more than 10 times as often. How is he so good at this? Hornets68 Stephen CurryGSW682223.2 James HardenHOU64710816.7% Mike ConleyMEM346236.6 Nicolas BatumCHA347246.9 Goran DragicMIA248249.7 PLAYERTEAM3PT ATTEMPTS3PT FOULS DRAWN3PT FOUL RATE Pacers51 PLAYER/TEAMSHOOTING FOULS DRAWN ON 3-POINT ATTEMPTS Raptors52 Harden has drawn more 3-point shooting fouls than any other NBA team The Rockets star has a couple patterns he uses to consistently get these calls. Unlike Jamal Crawford, who has drawn dozens of perimeter shooting fouls as players barrel into his legs during close-outs, Harden would seem to be the one initiating contact on many of his fouls.In particular, Harden has found a way to turn even solid, respectable defenders into victims. He generally waits until his man puts a hand up to defend, then locks arms with him and jumps to begin a shot, making the defender appear guilty. Harden basically forces perimeter defenders to play with their hands down along the 3-point line.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/harden4.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/harden101.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Back on New Year’s Eve, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek vented about this after a loss in Houston, saying it’s impossible to defend Harden given his ability to trick officials. “He grabs with his left arm, has the ball in the right hand and wraps his left arm with your hand,” said Hornacek, whose team fouled Harden from 3-point range four times4He drew all four of them in an 18-minute span during the second half. that night while Harden racked up a 53 points, 16 rebounds and 17 assists. “To me, that’s an offensive foul. But he does it fast, quick — it’s hard to see.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/usethisharden16.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The other thing Harden does well: Stop on a dime and pop jumpers just as he’s navigating around screens. That trick makes life hell for the defenders who are sprinting to go over the pick to stay with him. Harden’s world-class ability to stop abruptly means that defenders frequently can’t hit the brakes as quickly as he can, which leads to players running into him from behind, prompting 3-shot fouls. This has been especially true this season, as defenders have tried to stay on Harden’s hip more than usual5Defenses have been guarding Harden more and more closely over the past four years. Opponents have been within four feet of him for 65 percent of his shots this season, up from 51, 61 and 62 percent, respectively, during the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons, according to NBA.com. to prevent him from spraying the ball wherever he wants in Houston’s spacious offense. Jeff TeagueIND2012210.9 Lou WilliamsHOU3925012.8 Isaiah ThomasBOS550224.0 Trailblazers41 Lakers73 James Harden108 Eric BledsoePHX309237.4 Russell WestbrookOKC482224.6 Harden plays on the Rockets, who have drawn 132 total shooting fouls, including his 108. Stats are for the 2016-17 season as of March 21.Source: BigDataBall “As an opponent, no, I don’t admire it,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters when asked about Harden’s tactics. “As a fan, [I] admire it. Because we as offensive guys, guys who like to score, always try to find tricks that can work in our favor. He found something that’s working for him. So no, as an opponent, I hate it.” (I asked a league spokesman about this issue as it relates to Harden — particularly since the NBA stopped awarding shooting fouls for a similar rip-through move years ago — but he said it’s against league policy to discuss how a particular player is officiated.)Harden isn’t oblivious to the perception that he draws more shooting fouls than he probably should. But the crafty guard makes no apologies, either, saying a defender making contact on a jump shot should merit a foul just like someone bumping a shooter near the basket would. “A foul is a foul no matter how it’s committed,” he told Time in a Q&A this season.Sometimes Harden’s strategy backfires in embarrassing fashion, as he’ll incorrectly anticipate contact and throw up a wild shot in hopes of drawing a foul that never comes.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/hardenflailing.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/hardenflailing4.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more often than not, it’s been a worthwhile gamble for Harden and the Rockets to go for the foul. That’s become even more true in the past month, since Houston traded for Lou Williams, the player who’s drawn the second-most 3-point shooting fouls in the NBA this season — trailing, of course, only Harden. I asked Houston general manager Daryl Morey about having both of the league’s top two guys in such an odd category, and he said he and others in the Rockets’ front office had noticed Williams’s unusual ability to draw contact from the perimeter, but that it wasn’t the overriding reason they made the swap with the Lakers.“We knew that both Lou and James are extremely good shooters that are hard to guard. So, going over the screen and being physical with them is one of the only ways to guard them, which causes them to get fouled more than others,” Morey said. “That said, we focused more on their overall efficiency than how people have to foul them to stop them.”Teams will do their best to stop Harden from using the trick once the postseason starts. But if last year’s playoffs are any indication, that may not work, either: Harden drew five whistles on just 42 3-point attempts. Three of those fouls came in one half, in a game against the Warriors.Neil Paine assisted with research for this story.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

How the Portugal Draw Boosts the USs World Cup Advancement Odds

The United States was seconds away from defeating Portugal on Sunday when Michael Bradley, normally one of the steadiest American players, mishandled a ball in midfield and gave Portugal a last opportunity. Silvestre Varela took advantage, scoring on a header.But the 2-2 draw was a result the U.S. might have been happy with before the match began. It improved the Americans’ odds of advancing to the knockout round of the World Cup. Those chances are up to 76 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast, an improvement from 65 percent before Sunday’s match.That 76 percent figure may even be slightly low, for reasons I’ll explain in a moment. Still, the U.S. will not be guaranteed advancement unless it manages at least a draw against Germany on Thursday in Recife, Brazil. If the U.S. loses, the Portugal-Ghana game, which will kick off simultaneously in Brasilia, could cause heartbreak for Americans. You may want to have two screens at your disposal for Thursday’s matches.The U.S. has essentially three ways to advance to the knockout stage:The easy way. First, it could draw or beat Germany. That might not sound so challenging, but the Germans are the third-best team in the world, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index. Our forecast gives the U.S. a 14 percent chance of a win and a 22 percent chance of a draw — but a 64 percent chance of a loss. As a bonus, however, the U.S. will advance first from Group G if it beats Germany. That matters because the first-place team from Group G is likely to face Russia or Algeria in the Round of 16 — while the second-place team will face a stronger side in Belgium.The almost-as-easy way. Next, the United States could lose to Germany but advance if Ghana and Portugal draw in Brasilia. Our forecast puts the chance of a Ghana-Portugal draw at 29 percent.The hard way. Finally, the U.S. could lose to Germany but advance because it edges either Portugal or Ghana — whichever team wins in Brasilia — on goal differential or another of FIFA’s tiebreakers.Let’s talk tiebreakers. FIFA resolves ties in the group stage in the following order: goal differential, goals scored, head-to-head results. (Eventually, it gets down to drawing lots.)So far, the United States has four goals scored and three allowed — a +1 differential. Ghana has scored three times but allowed four goals — a -1 differential. Portugal has scored twice but allowed six goals, giving them a -4.That seems favorable for the U.S. But we’re specifically concerned about the scenario where the United States loses Thursday and there’s a victor in Brasilia. In that case, the goal differential will tighten.For example, if the U.S. loses to Germany 1-0 but Ghana beats Portugal 1-0, then the U.S. and Ghana would have an even goal differential. They’d also each have four goals scored and four goals allowed. So advancement would come down to the third tiebreaker — head-to-head results — and the U.S. would advance only on account of having beaten Ghana.But Ghana could advance under other scenarios. If the U.S. loses to Germany by more than one goal — not unlikely against a formidable German offense — or Ghana’s win against Portugal is by more than one goal, then Ghana will go forward.Ghana would also advance if both games are decided by one goal but Ghana’s is higher scoring. For instance, if Ghana beats Portugal 2-1 but the U.S. loses to Germany 1-0, then Ghana would advance on the basis of the goals-scored tiebreaker by having scored five goals throughout the group stage to the United States’ four.The U.S. has less to worry about if Portugal wins in Brasilia. But it’s not out of the question that the Portuguese could advance. This would require a blowout win by Portugal, a blowout loss by the U.S. or some combination thereof. For example, if the U.S. lost to Germany 3-0 and Portugal beat Ghana 3-1, then Portugal would advance.So, why I do I say that our 76 percent figure might slightly underestimate the Americans’ chances? One reason is technical rather than soccer-related: Our simulation was programmed to resolve ties beyond goals scored and goal differential randomly, rather than looking at head-to-head results, because the head-to-head tiebreaker so rarely comes into play. But if a Ghanaian win in Brasilia and an American loss in Recife come by exactly the same scoreline — e.g. Ghana 3, Portugal 2, and Germany 3, U.S. 2 — that would trigger the head-to-head tiebreaker. The probability of such an outcome is low, but it means the simulator has slightly underestimated the U.S.’s advancement prospects, perhaps by 1 or 2 percent.The other reason is that four teams in Group G know this math just as well as you or I do — and that could affect the style of play in both Recife and Brasilia. Germany has no real incentive to beat the United States — it also advances in first place from the group with a draw.  A draw is also a good result for the U.S., getting it to the knockout stage. That could lead to a more conservative game plan for both teams and a slower pace, making the odds of a draw higher than they otherwise might be.Of course, just the opposite is true for Ghana and Portugal. Both teams fail to advance with a draw. In fact, a mere one-goal win would be problematic for both teams and especially for Portugal. That means they’ll have every reason to play attacking football and pile on the goals until the last minute, making a draw less likely and a lopsided score more likely than it might be ordinarily. read more

Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett named Maxwell Award semifinalist

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett throws a pass in the first quarter against Penn State on Oct. 28. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing his 33-for-39, 328-yard performance in Ohio State’s 39-38 comeback win against Penn State, quarterback J.T. Barrett was named one of 18 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday afternoon. The Maxwell Award is given to the player of the year.Barrett has completed 171 of 246 passes for 2,166 yards and 25 touchdowns this season, the third-most in the nation. He also has rushed 87 times for 454 yards (5.2 yards per carry). Five of those carries have gone for touchdowns. His 176.2 passing efficiency this year is currently a single-season school record and ranks third nationally. Barrett’s 25-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio tops the nation, and his average of 22.8 points responsible for ranks second in the country behind West Virginia quarterback Will Grier.Barrett and redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber were both named to the Maxwell Award watch list in July.Earlier Monday, Barrett was named the Big Ten Player of the Week.The Buckeyes will return to action at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when they take on Iowa. read more

Mo Salahs scoring form doesnt bother me Klopp

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has once again reiterated he is unfazed by the slow start made by Mohamed Salah in their build-up to the Napoli game.Salah has scored three times in nine matches this season, but has just one in the last six, compared to six in his first nine games this time last year.But Klopp revealed to Sky Sports ahead of the game: “The only thing that is obvious, and I only have to say that to Mo, is that it was absolutely clear that we would stand in a situation like this here and talk about it.“Even Harry Kane. They talk about this, and now he scored last week two goals, but before that, he was, ‘Not even half he was last year,’ that is what people were saying, stuff like that.“For us, it is completely cool. If the player is not happy with it – that is clear. If you have a chance, you want to score.“It is completely normal, all good. As long as we perform like we have, everything will be fine.“With Mo [in the 1-1 Premier League draw with Chelsea] first shot too close, second shot too far, so position-wise with the feet it is easy to explain.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“In these situations going through them there is no advice, you cannot give it, because the experience, they make themselves.“They know, ‘I didn’t score, I didn’t score so next time I pass,’ but it is about judging the situation again, ‘Can I shoot? Yes. Score’.“So there are not big talks necessary, just a completely normal situation it is absolutely easy to expect, because if you don’t score in your first seven games ten goals, then everybody asks if you can do it again.“Even Ian Rush didn’t score 40 goals in 10 seasons, season after season after season. That’s not how it works.“You have to be a proper threat. As an offensive player, you have to work hard. At the end of the season, it depends on how much success we have as a team if it is successful or not.“There is no personal success possible. All awards are for everyone. We do what we do best.”last_img read more

House Narrowly Passes Capital Budget

first_imgHowever, he can veto certain items from the capital budget. The budget passed by the House restores money for university scholarships, rural energy assistance and the state’s medical school program. It also funds highway, airport and other construction projects that triggers nearly $1 billion in federal matching dollars. The Senate was still scheduled to vote on a separate budget bill that restores some of Dunleavy’s $444 million vetoes and the size of the Permanent Fund Dividend. With 32 yeas, 6 nays the Capital Budget passed  two days before the July 31 deadline. The House also passed to reverse the sweep, 31 yeas, 7 nays. The reverse sweep is an item Governor Mike Dunleavy can not undo in a veto. The ‘reverse sweep’ would restore several dozen funds shifted to a state savings account per the Alaska Constitution. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Third times the charm for the Alaska House of Representatives after they narrowly passed SB 2002 on Monday afternoon passing the Capital Budget on their final attempt.last_img read more

Condé Nast Ups Investment In Ecommerce

first_imgCondé Nast continued its aggressive push into e-commerce this week, leading a $20 million investment round in the luxury online reseller Vestiaire Collective.Exact terms of the investment were not disclosed, but the company says it has taken a minority stake. It’s the latest move in a trend for both Condé Nast’s domestic and international divisions. The U.S. publishing group announced partnerships with e-retailer Amazon and e-commerce design site Project Décor in August, while launching a b-to-b e-commerce site earlier this year and upping its investment in another in 2012. Meanwhile, Condé Nast International has made minority investments in four e-commerce startups in 2013. It’s less clear exactly how those projects will be integrated with Condé Nast’s publishing portfolio. Internationally, the company is treating each investment as a wholly separate entity, apart from its media properties.”Integration is not really the issue,” says Moritz von Laffert, vice president of Condé Nast International and president of Condé Nast Germany. “We’re looking for investment targets which are adjacent to what we do, to what our core is in print and digital business, but we’re not looking at integrating all of them necessarily. We might, but we might not. The whole idea is to expand into new fields, into new segments, knowing that certain things we can’t do ourselves.”von Laffert also points out that the company holds minority investments. Even if it wanted to integrate, Condé Nast doesn’t have final say.”We might integrate a company at some point, but I can’t see that happening for the next couple of years,” he says.Conversely, the U.S. division has seemed more focused on merging its publishing properties with e-commerce. The Amazon deal lets readers subscribe to Condé Nast titles through the e-retailer, while giving the company access to consumer data; the Project Décor agreement comes as part of the relaunch of Domino, a shelter title, that will reportedly offer product sales.Paris-based Vestiaire Collective functions as a high-end eBay where users buy and sell used luxury goods. But unlike most online consignment shops, Vestiaire qualifies its inventory. The company says it rejects about half the products submitted for resale.This latest Series C round brings total funding to more than $30 million, according to Crunchbase. James Bilefield, president of Condé Nast International Digital, tweeted that he will join Vestiaire’s board as part of the deal.”It is clear that inspiration leads to conversion in our environment,” says Vestiaire Collective co-founder and CEO Sébastien Fabre in a statement. “The legitimacy and the credibility of Condé Nast will reinforce our capacity to build an endless source of supply, pushing the convergence of pure user-generated content and media to create the most inspiring social shopping experience.”*Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comments from Moritz von Laffert. To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

Obama Defers Judgement on Key Military Compensation Reforms

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Obama is withholding judgement on the most controversial recommendations of an independent panel to update military pay and benefits, he told Congress Thursday.One of the most significant reforms urged by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission would transform the existing pension plan that only pays benefit to personnel serving at least 20 years to a hybrid system that would allow troops serving at least two years to invest in a 401(k)-type plan. Interestingly, the House Armed Services Committee early Thursday morning approved language adopting the commission’s recommendation as part of its fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.The president also put off endorsing a recommendation to shift military families from the Tricare health system to commercial plans and giving them allowances for healthcare.  Other recommendations the White House deferred judgement on called for merging the military commissary and exchange systems, consolidating the duty statuses of reservists and reforming support for dependents with special needs, reported the Hill. Obama did endorse 10 of the commission’s less controversial recommendations.“As President Obama informed Congress earlier today, we are now prepared to support specific proposals for 10 of the commission’s 15 recommendations, and, given the complexities of four others, we will continue to conduct analysis and work with the commission over the next few months,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a written statement.“In some instances, the Defense Department is already taking steps to implement these first 10 recommendations, but in areas that will require legislative changes to do so, we will work quickly to submit proposed legislative language to Congress as soon as possible,” Carter stated.last_img read more

BSE Sensex Up By 1 Percent Software Service Exporters Gain

first_imgAfter falling by over 2 percent in the previous session, the BSE Sensex rose by 1 percent on Friday.The main 30-share BSE index .BSESN gained 0.96 percent to 17,361.74 points. The 50-share Nifty index NSEI added 1 percent to 5,278.20 points.Though the week closes with a rise, India’s indexes lost about 0.6 to 0.8 percent on the week.Infosys Ltd gained 1.6 percent, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd gained 1.5 percent and Reliance Industries’ share rose by 1.05 percent. ICICI Bank also rose 1.2 percent.last_img read more

RAB arrests 8 city muggers

first_imgMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested eight suspected muggers from city’s New Market area on Wednesday night, reports news agency UNB.Rab Headquarters sources said a team of RAB-2 conducted a drive in the area and arrested eight muggers at night.The identities of the arrestees were not available immediately.last_img