Nigerian striker nets hat-trick in Arsenal’s 3-1 win

first_imgFolarin Balogun grabbed a hat-trick, as Arsenal came from a goal down, to beat Blackburn Rovers 3-1 in their Premier League 2 Division 1 opener at the Lancashire FA HQ on Monday evening.Tolaji Bola, James Olayinka and Balogun started the game for the young Gunners.Fit-again central defender Joseph Olowu replaced Rob Holding 17 minutes into the second half.Arsenal made it 1-1 before the break, when Balogun slotted home the rebound after a penalty he won was saved by goalkeeper Joe Hilton.With seven minutes left on the clock, the Nigerian striker won another penalty for his side and this time he didn’t make any mistake to give the Gunners a 2-1 lead.The 18-year-old went home with the match ball, after netting the third with almost the last kick of the game.Balogun has now scored four hat-tricks for Arsenal youth teams in the U18 Premier League and Premier League 2 since the start of the 2018/2019 season.last_img read more

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Karen indigenous communities in Myanmar have officially launched the Salween Peace Park

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Last month, indigenous Karen communities, the Salween Peace Park Committee, and the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) officially launched the Salween Peace Park in the Mutraw District of Myanmar’s Kayin State.A three-day event in mid-December 2018 that featured traditional Karen ceremonies and performances was held to mark the ratification of Salween Peace Park’s charter, which was developed by Karen communities to embody their “aspirations for genuine peace and self-determination, environmental integrity and cultural preservation,” according to a statement.The Salween Peace Park encompasses 5,485 square kilometers (nearly 1.4 million acres) of the Salween River Basin, including more than 340 villages, 139 demarcated Kaw, 27 community forests, four forest reserves, and three wildlife sanctuaries. Last month, indigenous Karen communities, the Salween Peace Park Committee, and the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) officially launched the Salween Peace Park in the Mutraw District of Myanmar’s Kayin State.A three-day event in mid-December 2018 that featured traditional Karen ceremonies and performances was held to mark the ratification of Salween Peace Park’s charter, which was developed by Karen communities to embody their “aspirations for genuine peace and self-determination, environmental integrity and cultural preservation,” according to a statement.The event also included a memorial service for indigenous leader and environmental activist Saw O Moo, a fierce advocate for the Salween Peace Park who was killed by members of the Myanmar military last year.The launch event for the Salween Peace Park featured traditional Karen ceremonies and performances as well as discussions about Karen culture and sustainable livelihoods. Photo Credit: KESAN.The Salween Peace Park is the result of several decades’-worth of grassroots efforts such as the establishment of community forests, the enforcement of fish conservation zones, and the demarcation of “Kaw,” or traditional indigenous lands. The park initiative was spearheaded by local communities, Karen civil society groups, and Mutraw District leaders in order to protect these community-based efforts as well as “to demonstrate what truly good governance could be and provide a people-centered alternative to top-down, militarized development,” according to a brief on the Salween Peace Park Charter circulated by KESAN. In particular, the park was created as an alternative to allowing the construction of hydroelectric dams and mining in the Salween River Basin.“The Salween Peace Park initiative works for the purpose of bringing peace, freedom and security to the area,” Padoh Ten Der, chairman of Mutraw District, said in a statement. “This is the land of Mutraw Indigenous Karen people. To preserve and protect our existing ancestral land, environment and culture, we established the Salween Peace Park initiative.”The Salween Peace Park encompasses 5,485 square kilometers (nearly 1.4 million acres) of the Salween River Basin, including more than 340 villages, 139 demarcated Kaw, 27 community forests, four forest reserves, and three wildlife sanctuaries.The Salween River, also known as the Thanlwin River and the Nu River, is important to the cultures and livelihoods of a number of indigenous and ethnic groups in China, Myanmar, and Thailand. Though the region has been subject to decades of conflict between Karen peoples and the Myanmar military, the Salween River Basin in Kayin State is considered one of the most biodiverse areas in the Asia-Pacific region, harboring species from the Asiatic black bear and the sun bear to the eastern hoolock gibbon and the Sunda pangolin.A growing body of research has consistently shown that recognizing the claims of indigenous peoples to their traditional territories is one of the most effective ways to protect forests and biodiversity. A 2018 study found that indigenous peoples either own, use, or manage some 38 million square kilometers (nearly 9.4 billion acres) — more than one-fourth of the world’s land surface — and that two-thirds of that land is in a “natural” state, which means there are twice as many unspoiled areas in those indigenous-controlled territories as can be found on other lands.The Salween River forms the boundary between Myanmar and Thailand. Myanmar is on the left bank. Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.CITATION• Garnett, S. T. et al. (2018). A spatial overview of the global importance of Indigenous lands for conservation. Nature Sustainability. doi:10.1038/s41893-018-0100-6 Article published by Mike Gaworeckicenter_img Community Forests, Community-based Conservation, Conflict, Conservation, Environment, Forests, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Reserves, Indigenous Rights, Parks, Rainforest People, Rainforests, Social Conflict, Tropical Forests last_img read more

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Premier League winners’ podium spotted in Liverpool on final day

first_img gameday cracker Premier League officials have decided to send the real trophy to the AMEX Stadium, while a replica, which is identical to the real thing and also made from solid sterling silver, will be at Anfield.If Liverpool do win the title, they will receive the real thing at a later date.In previous years, the league have put on helicopters to transfer the trophy around the country if needed but that won’t be the case this time. REPLY ADVICE REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ huge blow no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card center_img Liverpool can lift the Premier League trophy for the first time in their history on Sunday afternoon.The Reds must get a result at home to Wolves and pray for a slip-up from title rivals Manchester City, who travel to Brighton with a one-point advantage. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The Premier League winners podium is all set at Anfield.#LFC pic.twitter.com/Vxr0biqnAM— Thatsagoal (@thatsagoal) May 12, 2019And while City are strong favourites to retain their crown, only a fool would try and predict the next chapter in what has been a remarkable week of football.In case the title ends up in Merseyside, the Premier League are ready and waiting with the winners’ podium at Anfield.However, the Reds will not lift the real trophy if they seal a first top-flight title since 1990 this afternoon. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining last_img read more

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Free Email Services That Don’t Require Phone Verification

first_imgImagine you need a free email account, an account that is separate from your main email account. Perhaps you want a new email account for online purchases. Or for subscribing to email newsletters. Or maybe, you’ve never had an email account. Whatever the reason, setting up a free email account with an email service should be straightforward, right? Not lately. What’s Changed with Email Services?What I’ve noticed over the past five years, is that email services are now asking for a phone number for verification. Likely due to the amount of spam email we all receive. But asking for a phone number can create a barrier. Services like Google or Zoho ask for a unique phone number to be associated with the account. But if you already have an account with them and have used your phone number, you can’t associate a new email account with the same phone number. In some cases, services only allow smartphones to be used for that unique phone number so you can be texted for verification.What happens when you don’t have another phone number to use for verification? Limited Email ServicesIf you want to create a free email account and don’t have a phone number for verification, there are choices. Sadly, there aren’t a lot of choices for someone who:Doesn’t want to, or can’t, provide a phone numberWants to protect their privacyI researched online for services that fit both criteria, and I’ve found some options to consider.Note: I researched the options this month (June 2019) and all were available without phone verification. But policies often change, so be aware of possible future changes.Free Email Services That Don’t Require Phone VerificationProtonMailBased in Switzerland, ProtonMail is my recommended choice for an additional email account.Why? In addition to not requiring you to provide a phone number for verification, ProtonMail is a privacy-focused email service. They can provide encryption of your messages.Signing up for your ProtonMail account is a three-step process, which takes less than a minute.Choose your username and domain (either protonmail.com or protonmail.ch)Create a passwordOptionally add a recovery email address (if you need to recover your account)You don’t have to enter your name to get a ProtonMail account. Pros:Quick to set upPrivacy focused500MB storage150 messages a dayCreate encrypted and automatic expiring email messagesiOS and Android apps available, along with browser accessCons:No additional features other than emailNo recovery options, other than your optional recovery email accountLimited storage. A premium account will get you more storage, filters, labels, usage of your own domain name.Mail.comA free email service owned by 1&1 Mail & Media Inc., Mail.com offers a more feature-filled free email account. Their data center is based in Kansas in the United States. Signing up for a free account requires you to enter your first name, last name, country, state (if applicable), security question, password, and your method of verification.In less than a couple minutes, you’ll have a new email account. Note: the default verification methoid is SMS, but the second option is email. So you must have an existing email account if you don’t want to use phone verification. Pros: Manage multiple accounts2GB of storageChoose from over 200 unique domain names (example: consultant.com, mail.com, accountant.com, etc.)Send large files up to 50MBSpam filter and virus protectionOnline calendarAvailable on smartphone, tablet, or desktop computerCons: You must have an existing email account for verification. The only verification options are email or SMS.Ads will be displayed. You can opt out, but in some cases, opting out is based on device you’re using. If you upgrade to their premium service, no ads will be shown.Depending on your email usage, you may need more space.Wrapping UpIn the past, it was a lot easier to create a free email account without having to provide a phone number. Not so any more. Of the two options, I recommend ProtonMail if you’re looking for an email service that focuses on your privacy and doesn’t ask a lot of questions when you sign up. Mail.com is a good choice if you’re looking for more features (calendar, more storage, etc.), while providing more information about yourself during signup. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedThe State of Phishing [Infographic]The email message from your financial institution looks valid, warning you about a security issue on your account, but how can you be sure it’s not a phishing attack? Phishing is an attempt to trick users into providing personal information by using email messages, websites, or phone calls. In the…In “Internet”West Metro Detroit WordPress: What to Look for in a Web HostI was frustrated. I needed to talk with my web host’s customer support about an issue on my new site. But I couldn’t find their 24-hour phone number for support. Two weeks earlier, I signed up for a hosting plan at a new web host, expecting to move my testing…In “Internet”Takeaways from The Science of Email Marketing with Dan ZarrellaYesterday, I had the pleasure of attending “The Science of Email Marketing” from HubSpot. The host, Dan Zarrella, HubSpot social media scientist and author of O’Reilly Media’s The Social Media Marketing Book, did an outstanding job sharing his insights from a study of 9,536,510,424 emails sent through the MailChimp email…In “Email marketing”last_img read more

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You make a difference by inspiring others to make a difference

first_imgHere’s how: 1. Stop fixing. If your passion for excellence and success drives you to constantly fix people, stop it. Problem centered fixers invite self-protective restraint in others. 2. Compassion wins. The pursuit of personal gain and glory doesn’t inspire; it threatens. Inspiration occurs when others believe you genuinely put them before yourself. 3. Share frailties. The frailties you’re working through inspire others to work through theirs. Avoid whining. Focus on hope, progress, and benefit. 4. Leverage weaknesses. Your weaknesses are inspirational opportunities, especially if you’re loved. For example, acknowledging your inability to create systems gives place for system builders to step up. 5. Be great. A life dominated by weakness and frailty never inspires. Bring positive value. Value is determined not by what you tear down but what you build up. 6. Believe in others. “The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.” – Henry Drummond. Rise above the failures of others by believing in their future. Those who believe in others inspire others. “Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain. 7. See potential. Potential motivates. See what could be not what is. People who believe in their potential dare to act. For example, a friend of mine is trying to earn a place in the Navy Seals. You don’t try that without believing in your potential. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” How can you inspire others today?last_img read more

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Aussie John Dawes to be India’s new bowling coach

first_imgFormer Australian first-class pacer Joe Dawes will take over as the Indian cricket team’s bowling coach after Eric Simons’ tenure comes to an end at the completion of the ongoing tour of Australia.”Joe Dawes has been appointed the Bowling Coach of the Indian team, for a period of two years,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.A right-arm paceman, Dawes represented Queensland in Australia’s domestic circuit in the late 1990s and early 2000s.The 41-year-old got into coaching subsequently and is Queensland Cricket’s player professional development manager.He has also had stints as bowling coach of South Australia and Adelaide Strikers (Big Bash League). In the 76 first-class matches he played, Dawes picked up 285 wickets at average of 25.Simons, who joined the Indian team in January 2010 for a two-year term, is also the head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Daredevils.He had been drawing criticism after Indian pacers were found wanting in the Test whitewashes at the hands of England and Australia despite helpful conditions in both the countries.last_img read more

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World Cup Final Crib Notes Germany vs Argentina

Could the World Cup Champion Beat the Best Club Team in the World?World Cup Shooters Keep Misfiring From Long-RangeMan vs. Machine Either way, we’re in for a deserving final between what are probably the two best national teams in the world. The story lines abound, from Germany’s scary-good young core to the impossible brilliance that is Argentina’s Lionel Messi. Let’s start breaking it down.Germany vs. Argentina: 3 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.GERMANY IN DEPTHIf ever you believed in momentum, this German team seems to have it after punching its ticket to the final with a colossal 7-1 blowout of Brazil, probably the most shocking result in the history of the World Cup. Riding that wave, Germany catapulted to the top spot in ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI), deposing the World Cup host and knocking it down to fourth place in one fell swoop.It was a good week for the Germans. But we also have to be careful not to read too much into their destruction of Brazil; it was, after all, only one match. Looking at the history of the World Cup’s knockout phase, a team’s goal differential in its previous match has no bearing on its probability of winning the following match, after controlling for the Elo ratings of the two teams involved. (Elo is another type of world soccer power rating that tracks well with our own SPI numbers and is available for all of World Cup history.)The FiveThirtyEight forecast, which is generated using SPI’s ratings, says Germany has about a 63 percent probability of beating Argentina in the final. It would be imprudent to think that number should see a boost — above and beyond SPI’s revised estimate of Germany’s true talent — because of some notion of momentum from the Germans’ landslide win Tuesday. (Besides, our model already has Germany favored slightly more than the betting markets, which list Germany as a 59 percent favorite in a straight-up wager to win.)At any rate, the Germans are favored in large part because of their offense, and you don’t have to be shell-shocked Brazilian goalkeeper Julio César to realize that Germany is a scoring powerhouse. It easily ranks first in the offensive component of the SPI ratings, at nearly two-fifths of a goal per game better than any other team in the world.Germany has adopted many of the “sabermetric” philosophies we highlighted before the tournament. Its players relentlessly maintain possession of the ball, eschewing crosses from the wing in favor of attacks through the middle of the pitch. They make endless short passes rather than dribbling the ball into traffic. They wait for high-percentage chances to open up inside the box, rather than firing shots from the outside. Although they haven’t completely cut the long ball out of their repertoire, most of what the Germans do on offense meshes perfectly with what correlates best with goal-scoring.Of course, it helps to have a huge amount of offensive skill on your roster, as Germany does. Any team in the world would love to have the likes of Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger in their starting 11, with Mario Gotze, Miroslav Klose and Andre Schurrle coming off the bench.But by the estimation of SPI’s individual player ratings, Germany only has the third-most talented set of offensive players among national teams. It’s not implausible to suggest that the gap between its actual offensive SPI (3.4) and what we’d predict from its component players (2.8) is driven by how those parts have been used. And to manager Joachim Loew’s credit, that extra 0.6 goals per game more than expected is the most of any team in this World Cup.Any concern about Germany may be the same as the concern going into the tournament: defense. But relative to the offensive SPI ratings of their opponents, Germany has allowed 0.49 fewer goals per game than the average World Cup team, which is the third-best defensive showing of any team in the field thus far. Although Argentina is still probably the better team defensively, Germany has done a lot over the past month to quell any pre-tournament worries that its ability to prevent goals was far behind its ability to create them.We’ve had our eye on this German squad for a while now, and it appears it’s the worthy favorite in the final. Ultimately, it will come down as much to luck as skill. As researchers Gerald Skinner and Guy Freeman found, a single match is a poor arbiter of which team is truly the best — but the Germans have positioned themselves well to pick up their fourth World Cup title. — Neil PaineARGENTINA IN DEPTHIn this year’s World Cup, Argentina hasn’t trailed for a single second of a single game. Both its defense and goalkeeping has been stellar, having only allowed three goals, one of which was in garbage time against Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the other two coming against Nigeria in a game played after Argentina had clinched its group. In other words, Argentina has yet to concede a goal in meaningful play.Plus, it has this guy named Lionel Messi (who is pretty good), arguably playing the best he ever has for Argentina.Yet the Argentines head into the final as underdogs — not surprising given Germany’s form and the history between these two teams.Since Messi’s national team debut in 2006, Argentina is undefeated (13-0-1) in World Cup matches against teams not named Germany. In 2006, Germany eliminated Argentina in the quarterfinals in a penalty shootout (with Messi on the bench). The only match Argentina has lost with Messi playing was the 2010 quarterfinals against Germany.The last time Argentina beat Germany was the last time it won the World Cup, in 1986.But that’s history. The more present concern is that Germany just put the smack down on what was the No. 1 ranked team in the world, has an offense that scored as many goals last game as Argentina’s has this whole tournament, and been almost as good at keeping the ball out of the net — conceding only four goals (to Argentina’s three). Oh, and Germany has played a tougher schedule, and it has only trailed for eight minutes (against Ghana, before equalizing for the tie).So let’s look a little deeper at the things Argentina has going for it:Against the Argentine defense, opponents have only gotten off 9.5 shots and 2.5 shots on goal per 90 minutes, ranking fourth and third, respectively, among all teams in the tournament.On top of that, Argentina has a great goalkeeper, Sergio Romero. He has four clean sheets in six games. His 1.01 goals against below average (GABA) — a TruMedia metric for how many goals a keeper prevents relative to the expectation of the shots opponents took — is the sixth best of the tournament, comparing favorably to the likes of “Secretary of Defense” Tim Howard and Germany’s much-celebrated Manuel Neuer.The Argentina defense also does a good job making plays that create possessions for its offense. If we add up a defense’s tackles, clearances, interceptions, offsides drawn, aerials won, etc. (weighting interceptions and offsides a little higher), we can estimate the number of possessions gained per minute by defensive playmaking. Argentina’s defense is well above average, gaining about 3.5 more possessions per 90 minutes than Germany’s.Similarly, we can add up all the shots, missed passes, offside calls, turnovers and dispossessions that a team makes relative to its opponents to find out how many possessions it takes per 90 minutes relative to its opponents (note that, unlike basketball, possessions in soccer aren’t symmetrical, because many “end” with loose/cleared balls that may be recovered by either team). From this, we find that Argentina typically earns itself about 7.25 more possessions per game than its opponents, while Germany earns 1.05 more, giving Argentina about a six-possession advantage. (So Argentina’s defense may be doing a bit better than we would estimate, and/or the whole team is generally good at winning possessions).How much is that worth? Some but not a lot: The typical number of possessions per side per 90 minutes is about 120, so that gains Argentina about 5 percent more opportunities.And then there’s the guy named after Lionel Ritchie: If you’ve never heard of him, The Onion Sports describes him as “one to watch”:Based on his YouTube highlights, expect Messi to dribble through the entire German team and score a goal every time he gets the ball.Messi has four goals (plus a made shootout attempt in the Netherlands game), second-best of the tournament, plus the dramatic game-winning assist to Angel di Maria against Switzerland. Messi’s success at taking on defenders (59.1 percent), his passing/chance creation (leads all players), and his defense (making nearly twice as many defensive plays as he normally does in club play) have all been stellar, even by his standards.So, what is Argentina up against?Its offense stinks. Messi is incredible; everyone else is terrible. Further, Messi has been playing more of a center-attacking midfielder role than usual, which has led to chance creation but cut down on his shots and his number of possessions inside the box. This has resulted in some stellar long-range shooting from Messi, but his teammates are taking the theoretically “easier” shots and missing them.If we use ESPN/TruMedia’s Expected Goals model to assess how well Messi and his team are doing on their shots, we find that Messi has earned 2.5 goals above expectation (on only 19 shots), while the rest of his team has cost 3.5 goals relative to what it should have scored on its 79 shots (21 of which were created by Messi).Part of this could be bad luck, which would be good news for Argentina: Say the team’s just running below average at shooting and its true shooting ability were exactly expectation: That would be worth more than a half a goal per game. Get Messi to take a couple of more shots, and there’s another quarter of a goal. Assume that the ridiculous Brazil stomping was as much about Brazil cracking under pressure as Germany’s awesome skill, and the whole thing could turn around.  — Benjamin MorrisYESTERDAYThe third-place World Cup match seemed to be a continuation of the semifinal for Brazil, as the home team fell 3-0 to the Dutch. Prior to its 7-1 semifinal drubbing against Germany, Brazil had lost by three goals just once in its first 102 World Cup matches (the 1998 final against France). It then happened in back-to-back matches.Overall, Brazil conceded 14 goals in this tournament, its most in a single World Cup, and the most by any team in a World Cup since Belgium conceded 15 in 1986.Robin van Persie opened the scoring Saturday with a third-minute penalty. Brazil conceded again in the 17th minute, as Daley Blind scored. Brazil conceded 10 goals in its past two matches, its most ever in consecutive World Cup matches. By comparison, Brazil conceded 10 goals in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups combined.The Netherlands’ three goals gave it 15 for the tournament, tied for the most the Dutch have scored in a single World Cup (1974 and 1978). The Netherlands also set a record by substituting in backup goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the 93rd minute, making it the first team ever to use 23 players in a single World Cup, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior statistics analyst, ESPNFURTHER READING The 2014 World Cup ends Sunday with a final between Germany and Argentina, respectively the third- and fourth-most successful teams in the tournament’s history. If Die Mannschaft wins, Germany would tie Italy for second place all-time with four World Cup victories, behind Brazil and Italy; meanwhile, Argentina is hoping to grab its third title and tie the Germans in championships. Germany’s Thomas Mueller Adrian Dennis / AFP / Getty Images read more

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Benitez amazed by Schars brilliant solo goal

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafa Benitez says he was surprised Fabian Schar’s solo goal in their 3-0 home win against Cardiff City on Saturday.Benitez praised Schar for his moment of individual brilliance after he scored a stunning goal against Cardiff City at St James Park.Schar went on a 40-yard dribble before sending the ball flying into the bottom left corner, leaving Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge helpless.The defender also scored in the second half to complete his brace and to double Newcastle’s advantage. Ayoze Perez completed the scoring in stoppage time to make it 3-0.“Not the first one,” Benitez told Sky Sports when asked if he knew Schar had the ability to score such a goal.“You can expect him to score maybe from a corner but he’s a player with quality and he was going forward. It was a great goal.”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.Newcastle United climbed out of the relegation zone after their first win in nine Premier League games, and Benitez was delighted with the result.“We played extra-time in the FA Cup and scored four goals – that gave everyone confidence today,” he said.“We could see from the first minute our team wanted to get three points against a rival. We did really well. Everyone has to be pleased.“My message to the fans was to stay calm and support the team – the players did well and the fans enjoyed every minute.”last_img read more

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Public forum in Lincoln Park addresses criminal justice reform

first_img Posted: May 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 10:55 PM KUSI Newsroom, May 14, 2018center_img Public forum in Lincoln Park addresses criminal justice reform 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIn Lincoln Park, the issue of criminal justice was addressed at a public forum.District Attorney Candidate Genevieve Jones-Wright spoke to community leaders and members at the City of Hope International Church about her ideas.A Political Action Committee funded by billionaire, Democrat George Soros has spent $402,000 to support Jones-Wright. That’s more than double what Summer Stephan, her opponent, has raised for her campaign. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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