USA22.214.171.124G71%23%5%98%77%56%38% China85.02.00.7E132638652161 TEAMWSPIOFFDEFGRP.1ST2ND3RDQTR.SEMIFINALWIN Australia126.96.36.199F2738298844187 Brazil91.02.70.6E55281394602814 South Africa188.8.131.52E39242641<1 Canada184.108.40.206F1530447730103 New Zealand83.82.00.9G52044511441 Sweden220.127.116.11E2837258339155 Zimbabwe18.104.22.168F<1314111<1<1 Group E: Brazil, Sweden, China, South AfricaBrazil sits atop Group E, the weakest of the groups with an average WSPI of 85.3, and with home field advantage adding a boost of about 0.35 goals per game they are very likely to medal this tournament — they’ve got a 94 percent chance to make the knockout stage and a 60 percent chance of making it to the semifinals. If five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta has any hat-trick surprises left at age 30, the Brazilians could go even further. Sweden is the next-best team in group E and has a 83 percent chance of advancing to the knockout rounds. They tied the U.S. in group play last year at the World Cup and are known to match up well against the Americans thanks to the former U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. China exited the World Cup early last year in the quarterfinals, losing to the U.S. 1-0, but they’ve got a 65 percent chance of making it back to the knockout rounds this year as one of the two third-place teams that will advance. South Africa, despite holding the U.S. to only one goal last month, has only an 11 percent chance of advancing from the group stage.Group F: Germany, Australia, Canada, ZimbabweThe second-ranked team in the world, Germany, will be the biggest challenge for the Americans at the Olympics. The U.S. defeated the Germans in the semifinals of the World Cup 2-0 and 2-1 at the SheBelieves tournament in March, but Germany remains the next most-likely team to win gold, with a 21 percent chance. Australia, despite having only a 7 percent chance of winning the Olympics, is a sleeper pick from Group F; they beat Japan, 3-1, in the Asian Qualifiers in February to eliminate the World Cup runners-up from the Olympics. Canada will likely feel snubbed by their third-place rank in Group F, but an early exit at last year’s World Cup quarterfinals and a loss to France just a few weeks ago moved them further down in our ratings. Zimbabwe upset Cameroon on aggregate goals in last year’s Confederation of African Football (CAF) qualifiers to make it to their first major national tournament, but it’s unlikely they’ll see anything past the group games.Group G: U.S., France, New Zealand, ColombiaThe group that features the American women will usually be the de facto “Group Of Death,” but this tournament’s version earns the title with the largest average WSPI of all of the groups, 87.2. France will give the U.S. its most difficult group game, especially if injuries continue to nag the U.S. midfield — the area of the field where France excels. Les Bleues have a 22 percent chance of making the final game and an 8 percent chance of winning it all. New Zealand’s scrappiness can be effective — they held Canada to a draw at the World Cup last year — and they’ve got a 44 percent chance of squeezing into the knockout rounds as the third-place team from Group G. As for Colombia, I’m still waiting for the breakout performance of Yoreli Rincón, but there’s a 61 percent chance the Colombians go out in the group stage.CORRECTON (Aug. 3, 5:23 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misidentified the French women’s national soccer team. The team’s name is Les Bleues, not Les Bleus. We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.RIO DE JANEIRO — The 2016 Olympic Games start Wednesday — not with Friday’s opening ceremony — with group play in the women’s soccer tournament. The reigning World Cup champions and four-time Olympic gold medalists, the U.S. women’s national team, play New Zealand in Belo Horizonte, but I’m hundreds of miles away in Rio de Janeiro, the epicenter of the Olympic Games and the city where the host nation’s team will begin its Olympic run against China this afternoon. It seemed like a good chance to catch a Brazil game among local fans. So far, I can’t even find a place to watch the game.“Rio is made of bars, but I’m not sure many people will be watching the women’s game,” Patricia “Patchy” Toledo, a former professional women’s soccer player in Brazil, told me when I asked if there are any places where Brazilian fans will be watching their team play. Cíntia Barlem, a journalist covering women’s soccer in Brazil for Globo Esporte, one of the largest sports news sites in Brazil, said she didn’t think most Brazilians would be paying attention. I told her that in the U.S., everyone will be watching the U.S. women’s national team play. “I would like it if the Brazilians do the same here, but it is not the reality.”Reality has been a trip for the U.S. women. Just over a year ago I sat in a stadium with 53,000 people and watched Carli Lloyd rocket a shot from half-field, sailing the ball over Japan’s backtracking keeper and scoring her third goal in the first 20 minutes of the Women’s World Cup final. Since then, the USWNT — which has won four of the five gold medals handed out in the history of women’s soccer at the Olympics, including three in a row since 2004 — has lost only one game in the past year. It has also added fresh, young talent — Mallory Pugh, Crystal Dunn and Lindsey Horan — to a roster of World Cup champions. All of this makes them heavily favored to win a fifth gold medal this year: They have a 38 percent chance of doing so — almost double the odds of Germany, the next-best team — according to our forecasting model. If they get the fifth gold, they’d be the first team in history to win the World Cup and Olympics in consecutive years.Our projections are based on the Women’s Soccer Power Index (WSPI) we created last year, which uses game-based offensive and defensive ratings to estimate a team’s overall skill level. The 12-team Olympic tournament is much smaller than the Women’s World Cup (which fields 24 teams) which means some of the world’s best teams, such as Japan and Norway, did not qualify while some, like England, have their own reasons not to compete in the Olympics. Instead, the field is stocked with teams like Zimbabwe, ranked 93rd in the world by FIFA and making their international tournament debut.This isn’t to say the Olympics will be inferior to the World Cup. In fact, the overall average WSPI of the teams at the Olympics is greater than it those that were at the World Cup (86 compared to 84) but the tournament is much more stratified with great teams at the top of the table — Germany, France and Brazil — and much weaker teams at the bottom like South Africa and Zimbabwe. Below, we take a closer look at the 2016 Olympic tournament, breaking down each team’s chances of advancing from the group stage to the knockout rounds. At the Olympics, the top two teams (as well as the top two third-place finishers) advance from each of the three four-team groups to the single-elimination knockout rounds: the quarterfinals, semifinals and the championship game. Colombia22.214.171.124G19292441<1 France126.96.36.199G2348218643228 Germany188.8.131.52F58281397634121 CHANCE OF FINISHING GROUPCHANCE OF REACHING ROUND
Ohio State head women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston speaks with histeam during a timeout in the Buckeyes’ match with Purdue on Friday, Oct. 27 at St.John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Purdue won the match 3-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich |Lantern ReporterOhio State will face tough competition as they switch gears to Big Ten play. The women’s volleyball team will take on No. 6 Wisconsin on Wednesday and No. 4 Penn State on Saturday. Both opponents boast impressive records, with Wisconsin at 7-1 and Penn State at 9-1 with its one loss to No. 2 Stanford. The Buckeyes should have their eyes on Wisconsin freshman middle blocker Dana Rettke, who leads the country with 1.90 blocks per set.Penn State averages 3.37 blocks per set, which is No. 1 in the nation.The Buckeyes wrapped up their non-conference schedule at 9-3, a standing that head coach Geoff Carlston feels confident about as the team heads into the Big Ten. Carlston said he looked at the non-conference schedule as its own mini season.“Our numbers were really good in terms of what our targets are,” Carlston said. “We are going to have to play a little bit better to get those numbers in the Big Ten, but I think 9-3 puts us in a good position to do that.”Freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilic, who finished the previous match with a career-high 18 kills, holds the personal goals of being top five in the Big Ten by the end of the season and, eventually, making the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. Carlston said he is focusing on getting the team to reach a few more kills per set, an equation he said must be navigated to find the ideal number. Without it, he said, it will be tough to win.The transition from non-conference to conference play brings changes to preparation strategies and game-time energy. Ohio State has a long history with both teams, creating heightened rivalry throughout the matches. Penn State holds a 48-15 advantage in the all-time series, and Wisconsin leads 41-36.The adjustment from playing weekend tournaments with three matches in 30 hours, to a more spread out schedule with no matches less than 24 hours apart, is a big one, Carlston said. The team can now spend time focusing on individual teams rather than upcoming series’ as a whole. “It’s a different mindset in the sense of: you just have one team right in front of you, you don’t have to worry about turning around four hours later for another match,” said Carlston. “I think we are all excited for that pace to be coming our way.” The team will head to Madison on Wednesday to face Wisconsin at 7 p.m., and will return to St. John Arena for Sunday’s home contest against Penn State at 1 p.m. read more
Central Coast Mariners have confirmed that a “contract proposal” has been sent to Usain BoltThe sprint king has been on trial with the A-League side for the past two months and recently scored his first two goals as a footballer.Bolt has made it clear that he wishes to earn a permanent contract with Mariners after turning down a two-year offer from Maltese champions Valletta.Now Mariners have confirmed an offer has been sent to the Jamaican.“The Central Coast Mariners and Usain Bolt’s representative Ricky Simms have progressed contract discussions and would like to offer clarity around the negotiations between the club and Usain Bolt,” read a statement on the club website.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.“The club can confirm that a contract proposal has been offered by the Central Coast Mariners and negotiations remain ongoing with Usain Bolt and his management regarding his football future.“Both parties are eager to explore all options and ensure that if there is a suitable way forward for both player and club, the two parties will keep working together and formalise an agreement.“The Central Coast Mariners want to ensure that Usain Bolt is given every chance possible to fulfil his dream to become a professional football player.”The Australian club did, however, add that its unlikely terms will be agreed on with Bolt without the contribution of an external third party.Therefore, the 32-year-old will not attend training this week as Mariners prepare for their upcoming A-League fixture with Melbourne City. read more
Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku they must prove their worth on the pitchBoth forwards fell out of favour with former manager Jose Mourinho towards the end of his reign in charge of United as they struggled for form.Sanchez, who hasn’t played a single minute of football for United since their 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on November 24 due to a hamstring injury, has just the one goal to his name in 12 appearances this season.While Lukaku has managed six goals in 21 games for United and is yet to play under Solskjaer ahead of Sunday’s encounter with Bournemouth in the Premier League.And the Norwegian warned the pair that they’ve got to prove their worth if they want a place in his team – just like Paul Pogba’s done.“Romelu, Anthony [Martial] and Alexis they were light, light [training] yesterday so hopefully they can join part of the training today and let’s see after how they come through,” said Solskjaer, according to BBC.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I cannot do anything for their performances on the pitch; Paul has done it.“I’m here to keep them on the path and it’s up to them when they get a chance – that’s the name of the game as a footballer.“I gave some guidelines of course on expression, freedom of expression but that’s how I’ve always been as a manager – just enjoy playing for this club.“That’s the best time of your life, but it’s not a bad time to be manager for a while.”Solskjaer has won both of his matches in charge of United. read more
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits they need to find a solution to their problems up front as soon as possible ahead of Saturday’s game against NewcastleThe Blues’ problems up front have become evident over the last month with Sarri even resorting to moving winger Eden Hazard into a false nine role to boost their offence.Despite Hazard’s strong performances, however, Chelsea have still struggled up front and were unable to capitalise on their opportunities in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg defeat to Tottenham on Tuesday.Reports are now suggesting that Sarri is looking to bring in his former Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain for some badly needed firepower.“We need to score,” said Sarri on the club website.“We need to solve this problem. In the last match we played very well, with continuity and with a very good offensive and defensive phase, and with a great performance from a physical point of view – the best of the season – but we didn’t score.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“We have to work and try to solve it as soon as possible.The Italian also praised the progress of Danish defender Andreas Christensen, who has started their last two games, while giving updates on Antonio Rüdiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi.“Andreas has improved in defending by looking at the ball. Now he is ready to play,” said Sarri.“We have a very good option for David [Luiz], for Rudiger. I don’t know about tomorrow because he played 2 matches in three days for the first time this season, as Callum did.“Callum recovered very well from the first match, yesterday he was a little bit tired but I think that’s normal for the first time in the season when you play two matches in three days. I want to see today the level of recovery.” read more
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 19, 2017 – Nassau – There is not enough money in the kitty to pay Police what they were owed in overtime pay; a $5.6M bill which was won at court and one that is now delayed says the #PoliceStaffAssociation. A leaked text message exposed that the funds will be late and there is no date put on when that back pay from 2013 and 2014 will be paid to the officers.The National Security Minister, Marvin Dames reportedly delivered the news, which was leaked and said, “Good evening members of the Police Staff Association. I would like to inform you that after speaking with our minister of national security it is confirmed that as hard as he was pushing to have us paid (the) next portion of our overtime money for the end of August, it won’t happen.”The text went on to say, “He has assured us that they are honouring the court ruling and by September payday, we should be getting something. With that said, again I say thank you to the hardworking officers who continue to make this our beloved country safe. If there is any concerns or suggestions, please feel free to contact Sgt Sonny Miller.” Sgt Miller later confirmed the text was legit.There are 1,799 police entitled to that back pay for overtime work.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PoliceStaffAssociation read more
Andrew SchneiderSteve and Patti Stockman emerging from Houston’s federal courthouse, April 5, 2017 X 00:00 /00:49 A federal jury has found former Congressman Steve Stockman guilty of masterminding a scheme to divert more than $1 million in charitable contributions to pay for campaign and personal expenses.The jurors ruled Stockman guilty on 23 of the 24 criminal counts against him. The sole not-guilty verdict came on one count of wire fraud. The remaining guilty verdicts included three counts of wire fraud, four counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of money laundering, three election law violations, and one case of filing a false tax return.The prosecution asked Judge Lee Rosenthal to remand Stockman to custody, pending sentencing. Justice Department attorney Robert Heberle argued that Stockman presented a flight risk. The judge concurred. Both sides in the trial presented evidence of Stockman’s extensive foreign contacts, many of them in countries from which extraditing a fugitive would prove difficult.Speaking on Stockman’s behalf, defense attorney Sean Buckley said, “He’s very disappointed and sad that he won’t be going home with his wife. But he is keeping his head up. He’s strong. He’s a survivor, as he always has been.”“Moving forward, we’re going to work hard on the sentencing portion, and we will see what happens with the appeal after the sentencing as well,” said Gary Tabakman, another attorney on Stockman’s defense team.Judge Rosenthal scheduled Stockman’s sentencing hearing for Friday, August 17 at 9:30 a.m.. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share read more
Belgian cable operator Telenet said it achieved revenue growth of 8.2% for 2012, ahead of expectations of growth of between 7-8%. Adjusted EBITDA growth of 7.5% was also ahead of expectations, while accrued capital expenditure accounted for 23.7% of revenue ahead of expectations of 24-25%.Telenet’s balance sheet at the end of the year included €906.3 million in cash and equivalents and debt of €3.843 billion.