ATP Finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas Defeats Alexander Zverev to Reach Semis on Tournament Debut

first_imgLondon: Stefanos Tsitsipas coasted past defending champion Alexander Zverev in straight sets to advance to the last four of the ATP Finals on Wednesday after Rafael Nadal came back from the dead to keep his title hopes alive.The Greek tyro, 21, broke his big-serving German opponent three times in the Group Andre Agassi match to seal a 6-3, 6-2 win at London’s O2 Arena. The straightforward victory, which took Tsitsipas’s head-to-head record against Zverev to 4-1, was in sharp contrast to the earlier match, in which Nadal produced an astonishing comeback to beat Daniil Medvedev.AWESOME performance from @StefTsitsipas 🙌The Greek defeats Zverev 6-3 6-2 to guarantee his place in the semis at the #NittoATPFinals 👌🎥: @TennisTV— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 13, 2019 The Spanish top seed was on the brink of defeat when facing a match point at 5-1 down in the deciding set but stormed back to win 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).”Today is one of those days that one out of 1,000 you win and it happened today,” said a delighted Nadal.The 19-time Grand Slam champion, who also beat Medvedev in the US Open final, said earning a break back in the deciding set had infused him with confidence.”When you have the first break, 5-3, then you are only one break away,” he added.”And I know from my personal experience how tough it is to close out matches, especially when you have two breaks in front and you lose the first one. From that moment I thought I can have a chance.”TSITSIPAS POUNCESTsitsipas grabbed the contest by the scruff of the neck at end of the first set, breaking Zverev in the eighth game and served out for the set.The Greek then broke in the opening game and the fifth game of the second set as Zverev struggled to produce the same level of tennis that propelled him to victory against Nadal on Monday.”I was really surprised by my performance today,” said the sixth seed, who beat Medvedev earlier in the week and who is yet to drop a set in London on his tournament debut.”I did everything right and once again it was not just me out there but a whole bunch of people, excited people that came to support me. It was a crew situation.”The second semi-finalist from Group Andre Agassi will be decided on Friday.Dominic Thiem has already secured one of the qualification spots in Group Bjorn Borg, leaving Federer and Djokovic to scrap it out on Thursday for the remaining place from the four-man pool. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexander zverevATP FinalsATP TourDaniil Medvedev First Published: November 14, 2019, 1:24 PM ISTlast_img read more

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first_imgAsked if it was a difficult decision to play at the India Asked if it was a difficult decision to play at the India Open, Saina said: “When you are good again, when you are fitter again, you need to play. You never know when it might come back again. Every year there are these events. It is basically two events to play. It is an Olympic year. So maintaining ranking is also important. “After next month, I guess in June and July I will get time to train and get back to my 100 percent. It is much better now. It is all about playing more and more matches.” The Olympic bronze medallist will once again carry Indias hopes at the Rio Games and Saina said she will have to be physically and mentally stronger ahead of the prestigious event but there is still time for that. “Olympics is a high pressure tournament. Anybody can win. There are many top players. Every top players play with a lot of pressure when you perform well because all eyes are on you. It is not easy. “Physically, I have to be well prepared for sure as I need more match practice but mentally also I have to be strong. But I guess there is enough time for that. There will be still one and a half months to go for the Olympics after May, so no need to bother now,” she said. Asked how the competition level has changed compared to 2012 London Olympics, Saina said: “The game has become faster. Not only from China, other country also playing well. Wang Shixian is still playing finals, Li Xuerui is again another player. Tai Tzu Ying, Nozomi Okuhara, Carolina Marin is also good. The Korean girl Sung Ji is also there. It is a positive sign. The sport has become more global.” PTI ATK PDS PMadvertisementlast_img read more


Mary Kom fails to qualify for Rio Olympics

first_imgIn a major upset, five-time world champion MC Mary Kom failed to qualify for the upcoming Rio Olympics after losing in second round of the AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championships in Astana today.The London Olympics bronze medallist, fighting in the 51 kg category, lost 0-2 to Germany’s Azize Nimani.Nimani proved too good for the seasoned Manipuri, who needed to reach the semi-finals to secure an Olympic berth.SPLIT DECISION Mary took off aggressively but Nimani managed to keep her at bay by fighting from a distance.In fact, Nimani hardly attempted any attack on the Indian in the opening two minutes but managed to connect a few counter-jabs to take the initial edge.Mary Kom continued to be aggressive in the second round as well, connected much better but failed to get the judges nod, who again ruled in favour of Nimani on a split decision.Gaining in confidence, Nimani stuck to her game plan and forced Mary Kom to let her guard down.Mary threw herself aggressively at the German, whose punching was far from clean. Nimanis defensive tactics frustrated Mary Kom, who quite literally threw herself at the German to connect.However, the determined attack failed to yield the desired results for her as Nimani was declared winner on a split vote.SARITA, POOJA IN FRAY Sarita Devi (60 kg) and Pooja Rani (75 kg) are the other two Indian boxers left in the fray. Both of them have made it to the second round. The tournament is the final qualifying event for women boxers in thethree Olympic categories of 51kg, 60kg, and 75kg and has 12 Rio ticketson offer.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Virat Kohli latest victim as Orange Cap jinx continues in IPL

first_imgVirat Kohli lost it for Royal Challengers Bangalore this Indian Premier League season! Yeah, you read that right. (Scorecard | Full IPL Coverage)The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper seems to be the latest victim of the Orange Cap jinx that has been proving to be a nightmare for the leading-run scores and their teams in the IPL. Only once in nine seasons of the league has an Orange Cap holder gone on to lay hands on the trophy. (Also read: David Warner joins Virat Kohli in elite list) The way Kohli was batting in the last 51 days looked like he wanted the coveted trophy more than anyone else in the tournament.  He smashed quite a lot of batting records and ended up only 27-runs short of a record 1000 runs in the tournament to win the Orange Cap. However, at the end of 40 overs on the final night, Kohli wore a deserted look on his face in the RCB dugout after his team had lost the game on the big night against Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 runs.David Warner, on the other hand, would have felt more than happy to finish second best on the leading run-scorers list. On Sunday, he led from the front once again smashing a brutal 69 off 38 balls after winning the toss and taking a risky call of batting first against master chasers at Chinnaswamy.  ORANGE CAP JINX Shaun Marsh was the first victim. The Kings XI Punjab opener lit up the opening season with 618 runs and guided his team to second on the table at the end of the league stages. However,  the Yuvraj Singh-led team crashed out of the tournament failing to go past Chennai Super Kings in the semi-finals of the tournament. SACHIN TENDULKAR WAS NOT SPARED The trend continued for five more seasons with big names like Matthew Hayden, Chris Gayle and Michael Hussey on the receiving end. The Orange Cap jinx didn’t even spare Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. The then Mumbai Indians player who scored 618 runs from the 2010 season failed to lead his team to title. Tendulkar hit 45-ball 48 in chase of 169 against Chennai Super Kings in the final only to see his team falling short of the target by 22 runs and finishing second best. ROBIN UTHAPPA LUCKY SURVIVOR However, in the seventh season of the Indian Premier League, Robin Uthappa broke the jinx to become the only Orange Cap winner who led his team to title. With 660 runs from 16 matches, Uthappa had continuously performed at the top for the Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR clinched the title despite their leading run-scorer failing in the final against Kings XI Punjab in a massive chase of 200. (Virat Kohli expects intense battle in final ) In 2015, Warner had the chance to build on Uthappa’s record and erase the Orange Cap jinx. However, Sunrisers finished sixth on the table despite Warner scoring 562 runs in the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

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Marcus Rashford says he has earned Jose Mourinho’s praise

first_imgManchester United forward Marcus Rashford is delighted to receive the backing of Jose Mourinho and says he has worked hard to get in the manager’s good books.The 19-year-old is United’s second-highest goalscorer with 11 in all competitions and Mourinho has lauded the England international’s work ethic, saying he was one of his most trusted players at the club.”It’s a massive thing when a manager like him says that,” Rashford told Premier League Productions.”The best thing about it is that you’ve earned it. He didn’t just come in and say ‘there you go – play every game’. He’s made us all work for his trust and respect.”Sometimes it’s difficult and sometimes it’s easier but the players are all battling and improving to work for him. It’s massive for us and you can see how everyone’s come on this year.”United’s 2-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday confirmed the club would finish outside the top four for a second straight year and the Europa League final against Ajax is now a must-win if they are to secure a Champions League spot next season.”We’ve got to keep fighting till the end… ” Rashford said.”We’ve had so many games in the Europa League, so we’ve got many different experiences together and it’s done us good getting this far.”United face Southampton later on Wednesday and host Crystal Palace in their last league game on Sunday before travelling to Stockholm for the Europa League final on May 24.last_img read more

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Vandals destroy Messi statue

first_imgLionel Messi Vandals destroy Messi statue for second time in 2017 Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 18:48 12/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(68) Lionel Messi Barcelona Vandalism Getty/Goal Lionel Messi Barcelona Primera División WTF A tribute to the Argentine on Paseo de la Gloria has been targeted once again after it was previously torn apart in January A statue of Barcelona ace Lionel Messi in Buenos Aires has been vandalised for the second time this year.It appears that the legs of the player’s likeness were cut, leaving the body of the statue of the Argentina international sprawled across the pavement on Costanera Sur.In January 2017, the sculpture suffered similar damage, with the torso and head torn off only a matter of months after it was placed in its current location. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Messi statueThe statue was part of a series of sculptures of Argentina’s sporting heroes on the Paseo de la Gloria along the banks of the Rio de la Plata.Alongside the image of Messi stands other greats such as tennis stars Gabriela Sabatini and Guillermo Vilas, NBA basketball sensation Manu Ginobili and motorsport hero Juan Manuel Fangio.No one has yet been found responsible for the actions.Messi fired Argentina to the World Cup finals earlier this year as he scored a hat-trick in a critical qualifier against Ecuador, when it seemed that they might not reach Russia 2018 at all.last_img read more

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Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough Tweets About Fan Incident: “Wish He Would’ve High-Fived Me Back”

first_imgTennessee fans smiling.YouTube/AL.comBo Scarbrough busted a huge touchdown run and put his hand in a Tennessee fan’s face and that fan talked about the experience.Alabama throttled Tennessee on Saturday, 49-10, and Bo Scarbrough put salt in Vols’ fans wounds late in the game as he busted an 85-yard touchdown run and put his hand in the face of a fan.That fan was interviewed after the game and spoke about the incident to He says that he wishes he would have just high-fived Scarbrough. Apparently, Scarbrough wishes the same. via @youtube Wish he would’ve high five me back— Bo Scarbrough (@starbo06) October 16, 2016The fan claims that he and Scarbrough made eye contact around the 20-yard-line.It’s great to see that both sides are laughing about the incident.last_img read more

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Vegas Computer Is Predicting A Major Upset Today

first_imgGeneral view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: General view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)In just a few hours, the Michigan Wolverines will receive the toughest challenge of their season thus far. After dominating Michigan State and Wisconsin in back-to-back weeks to vault up to the No. 5 ranking in the first College Football Playoff poll, the Penn State Nittany Lions come to town.Following Ohio State’s loss to Purdue, the Wolverines now control their own destiny in the Big Ten. Jim Harbaugh’s program is solidly in the College Football Playoff race and if the Wolverines win-out, they’ll be guaranteed a spot in the payoff.However, the team must first get through a few tough tests with Penn State and Ohio State still on the schedule. First up, Penn State.Although the Wolverines enter the game as a 10.5-point favorite, one Vegas computer is predicting an upset. OddsShark believes Penn State will walk out with the win.Penn State won last year’s matchup between these two rivals in Happy Valley, but the Nittany Lions haven’t won in Ann Arbor since 2009.Penn State and Michigan will kick off at 3:45 p.m. ET on ABC.last_img read more

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Trade war big profits wild swings a look at 2018 markets

first_imgWall Street started 2018 strong, buoyed by a growing economy and corporate profits. It didn’t end that way.U.S. stocks climbed to new highs in January, shook off a sudden, steep drop by spring and rode a wave of tax cut-juiced corporate earnings growth to another all-time high by September. Then the jitters set in.Investors grew worried that the testy U.S.-China trade dispute and higher interest rates would slow the economy, hurting corporate profits. A slowing U.S. housing market and forecasts of weaker global growth in 2019 stoked traders’ unease.In October the market entered a volatile skid as traders sold technology companies and other growth sectors in favour of less-risky assets, such as government bonds.The autumn sell-off knocked the benchmark S&P 500 index into a correction, or a drop of 10 per cent from its all-time high. The index ended with its worst annual performance in a decade, losing 6.2 per cent.VIVA VOLATILITYThe stock market’s gyrations grew more volatile in 2018 as investors faced uncertainty over trade and rising interest rates. The benchmark S&P 500 index slid into a “correction,” or a drop of 10 per cent from its high, twice this year. Bond yields surged as investors sought less risky investments, though gold weakened after rallying early in the year.EVERYTHING STRUGGLED“Diversify” is one of the bedrock tenets of investing, and it’s supposed to shine brightest when markets are turbulent. The hope is that if U.S. stocks are struggling, markets in other areas of the world will be doing better. Or bonds. Or gold. This year, though, nearly everything has been a loser.ECONOMIC HEADWINDSThe pace of global economic growth will slow next year, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said recently. Trade growth and investment have been slackening on the back of tariff hikes, the Paris-based economic think-tank says. It warns world economic activity could be weaker in the years ahead if the U.S. and China impose further penalties on each other’s goods.TRADE TREMORSPresident Donald Trump said early this year that trade wars are good and “easy to win,” but worries about the effect of tariffs on international trade — and corporate profits — have weighed on stocks. Boeing’s stock became a proxy of sorts for investors as worries about trade waxed and waned. Boeing got more than half its revenue from abroad in the last year, including about 12 per cent from China, according to FactSet.PROFIT POWERCorporate America’s earnings growth surged in 2018, driven by lower tax bills and a growing economy. The strong results helped to briefly spur the stock market to new highs. More recently, investors have grown concerned that 2018 may be the peak for corporate profit growth, especially given recent signs that the global economy is slowing. That’s one reason analysts are forecasting more modest earnings growth next year.DO YOU SUBSCRIBE?Facebook and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, were longtime market favourites until mid-2018. Facebook faced controversies related to user privacy and concerns its services enabled election meddling and contributed to violence overseas. Analysts projected a slowdown in user growth. Investors also began to wonder if Facebook, Google, Snap and other tech companies will face new regulations. Twitter fared better after several rough yearsOIL SLICKFalling oil prices used to be welcome news in the U.S., but that was before the oil boom of the last decade. A drop in oil can still mean lower gas prices for drivers. But this year’s 40 per cent plunge from a four-year peak of about $76 a barrel in October is unequivocally bad news for the oil companies that have helped domestic production roughly double over the past seven years.NOT HOMEThe U.S. housing market stalled in 2018 as years of prices climbing faster than incomes coupled with a steady rise in mortgage rates took their toll. The higher borrowing costs and prices have put homeownership out of reach for many would-be buyers. Sales of existing homes posted their biggest annual drop in four years in October. Economists are forecasting further weakness in housing next year and higher mortgage rates.BIG AND SMALLSmaller stocks surged this spring as trade tensions dominated the headlines. Investors believed those companies, which do less business overseas compared to larger companies, would feel less pain during a prolonged trade dispute. But smaller companies are also weaker financially and are more likely to struggle when the U.S. economy slows, and Wall Street grew very worried about that possibility later in the year. That caused huge losses.HIGH, AND LOW, TIMESA majority of U.S. states have legalized marijuana to varying degrees, and companies are scrambling to get in on the action. Both the NYSE and Nasdaq saw their first purely cannabis companies list shares in 2018. But stocks in the companies that produce and sell marijuana have largely underperformed the overall market this year.__Markets Team members Greg Keller, Stan Choe, Marley Jay and Seth Sutel contributed to this report.Alex Veiga, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Saad Eddine Othmani Urges Ministers to Use Social Media

Rabat – Saad Eddine Othmani, Head of Government instructed his cabinet ministers to pay attention to the importance of social networking platforms which enable direct interaction between the government and citizens. According to the daily newspaper Al-Sabah, El Othmani urged ministers to keep pace with technological advances, adding that an evolution of digital management should also include the improvement of “mentalities” and not just techniques.During the opening of a coordination meeting with general secretaries of different ministries held on Tuesday in Rabat, El Othmani stressed that his government will provide better public services and will endeavor to implement all promised public policies. He went on to add that integrity and transparency are the two main pillars of success in public administration reforms efforts in pace with the development of society and the needs of citizens, which are top government priorities.El Othmani stated that digital management has become a necessity in our digital age, saying it helps to accelerate Morocco’s digital strategy, facilitate access to public services for citizens, enhance transparency, and eliminate corruption. read more

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Ajax May Announce Ziyech Exit Soon AS Roma Deal Gets Closer

Rabat –  Moroccan television network Arryadia had said that the mercato (summer transfer window) over Moroccan international footballer Hakim Ziyech would be concluded Monday. The Moroccan player was set to leave Dutch team Ajax to join Italian giant AS Roma.Arryadia television tweeted in French on July 1: “Hakim Ziyech to AS Roma for an amount of €30 million. The official announcement is on Monday.”AS Roma has not yet confirmed the news. The 25-year old talent had reportedly reached a deal with AS Roma with a five-year contract earlier in June. Ajax and AS Roma have not yet signed the contract.Ziyech would be the second Ajax footballer to join AS Roma after Justin Kluivert.The Moroccan-Dutch footballer attracted a great deal of attention during his spectacular performances during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and the World Cup.Hakim #Ziyech à l’ @ASRomaFRA pour un montant de 30 M€. L’annonce officielle lundi. @AFCAjax— Arryadia TV officiel (@arryadiatv) July 1, 2018Quoting Italian sports news outlet Corriere dello Sport, AS Roma reported that the Italian giant is “running out of time to sign Ziyech.”The outlet added that Ajax and Roma have agreed on a deal, but Roma may have to sell some of its players in order to pay the EUR 30 million transfer fee for the Moroccan midfielder.Ziyech is also making the headlines of Dutch football for his excellent seasons with Ajax, which named him player of the year in 2018 after he led them to a major win over AZ Alkmaar (3-0) in the Netherlands’ Eredivisie competition in April.Ziyech chose to represent Morocco’s Atlas Lions when he had the opportunity to join the Netherlands. The footballer made his debut for Morocco in October 2015 in a friendly with Côte d’Ivoire.Ziyech also played for Netherlands Under 19, Under 20, and Under 21 teams between 2012 and 2014. read more

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Ban to travel to Canada and Turkey for talks on development Somalia

10 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ottawa on Wednesday to discuss a range of global issues with the Canadian leadership, including progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), followed by a visit to Turkey next week for a high-level gathering on Somalia. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ottawa on Wednesday to discuss a range of global issues with the Canadian leadership, including progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), followed by a visit to Turkey next week for a high-level gathering on Somalia.Mr. Ban will meet with Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General Michaelle Jean, international cooperation minister Beverley Oda and finance minister Jim Flaherty, the spokesperson for the Secretary-General said today.Other issues on the agenda include the forthcoming summit in New York to review the progress towards the achievement of the MDGs, eight development targets which United Nations Member States have pledged to achieve by 2015, as well as the UN’s support for Haiti, and the situations in Sudan and Afghanistan.The Secretary-General and senior Canadian Government officials will also discuss the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, currently under way in New York, and have an opportunity to exchange views on the upcoming summits of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations and the Group of 20 (G20) industrialized and developing economies.Then next week Mr. Ban will travel to Istanbul, where the UN and the Turkish Government are scheduled to co-host a high-level international conference on Somalia on 22 May.The conference is intended to advance Somalia’s peace process which aims to foster political stability, security and reconstruction in the conflict-ravaged Horn of Africa country. It will also explore measures to strengthen efforts to combat rampant sea piracy off the Somali coast. read more

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US worker productivity grew 3 per cent over the summer as output

US worker productivity grew 3 per cent over the summer as output rose; labour costs fall by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 16, 2013 6:39 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. workers boosted their productivity from July through September at the fastest pace since the end of 2009, adding to signs of stronger growth.The Labor Department says productivity increased at a 3 per cent annual rate in the third quarter. That’s up from an initial estimate of 1.9 per cent and much stronger than the 1.8 per cent rate from April through June.Productivity rose because economic growth was much stronger than previously estimated in the third quarter. Productivity is the amount of output per hour of work.Labour costs fell in the third quarter, evidence that inflation will remain low.Higher productivity enables companies to pay employees more without sparking inflation. But greater productivity can also slow hiring if it shows companies don’t need more workers to boost output. read more

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Spain Must Beat Chile If It Hopes to Advance in the World

I’ve arrived here in Rio de Janeiro for a few days. I know how lucky I am — especially since the match I’ll see later on Wednesday, between Spain and Chile at the Maracana stadium, might be the most important of the group stage. (For more on Wednesday’s other matches, see our Crib Notes.)ESPN’s Soccer Power Index doesn’t have much in the way of a prediction for this game — it sees a Chilean win and a Spanish win as about equally likely, with a draw also a decent possibility. But of course, the match matters greatly for Spain’s chances of advancing.Let’s follow the format we used for breaking down the United States’ chances and consider the rest of the group stage from Spain’s perspective. The nine scenarios I’ll cover detail the possible results of the two games Wednesday in Group B — before Spain kicks off with Chile, the Netherlands and Australia will have completed their match in Porto Alegre (the Netherlands is heavily favored). I’ll list what the group standings will look like at the end of the day after each result — assuming that Spain remains behind on any goal differential tiebreaker because it lost by four goals to the Netherlands earlier in the group stage. (That goal differential tiebreaker makes Spain’s path much more difficult than it otherwise would be and is a big part of why our simulations give the La Furia Roja only about a 25 percent chance of advancing.) I’ll then consider how the final two matches (between Spain and Australia, and between the Netherlands and Chile) might play out.Netherlands wins, Spain wins: Netherlands 6 points, Chile 3, Spain 3, Australia 0. Obviously, this is one result Spain would be happy with. A follow-up win against Australia would probably get Spain to the knockout stage — and there are some cases in which a draw against Australia could, too. Even two wins wouldn’t leave Spain 100 percent safe, however. If Spain beats Australia but Chile beats the Netherlands, three teams would be tied atop the group with six points, and Spain would probably have the worst goal differential.Netherlands draws, Spain wins: Netherlands 4 points, Chile 3, Spain 3, Australia 1. This is more promising for Spain as there’d then be some chance it could leapfrog the Netherlands. Spain would control its own destiny without having to worry about goal differential: Win against Australia by any margin and Spain would make it to the knockout stage. Spanish fans should be rooting for the Socceroos to grab at least one point today.Netherlands loses, Spain wins: Netherlands 3 points, Chile 3, Australia 3, Spain 3. A heck of a mess in the short run as all teams would be tied at three points. However, Spain would still control its own destiny and a win against Australia by any margin would put Spain in the knockout stage.Netherlands wins, Spain draws: Netherlands 6 points, Chile 4, Spain 1, Australia 0. Spain is very probably out. The only exception is if it beats Australia and the Netherlands beats Chile — and the margins are wide enough to swing the goal differential back in Spain’s favor.Netherlands draws, Spain draws: Netherlands 4 points, Chile 4, Australia 1, Spain 1. This scenario is extremely problematic for Spain and probably means its elimination. The best Spain could hope after these results is a tie for second, which it would probably lose on goal differential. Another problem is that even if Spain were to beat Australia, the Netherlands and Chile could guarantee their entry into the knockout stage by drawing with each other. FIFA and fans hate it, but soccer teams have a way of playing for the draw when such incentives are in place.Netherlands loses, Spain draws: Chile 4 points, Netherlands 3, Australia 3, Spain 1. Only marginally better. In this case, Spain can finish in sole possession of second place if it then beats Australia and Chile beats the Netherlands. If Spain beats Australia but the Netherlands draws or beats Chile, Spain finishes in a tie for second and is likely out based on goal differential.Netherlands wins, Spain loses: Netherlands 6 points, Chile 6, Australia 0, Spain 0. Spain is mathematically eliminated.Netherlands draws, Spain loses: Chile 6 points, Netherlands 4, Australia 1, Spain 0. Spain is mathematically eliminated.Netherlands loses, Spain loses: Chile 6 points, Netherlands 3, Australia 3, Spain 0. Spain is eliminated for all intents and purposes. It would have to beat Australia, have Chile beat the Netherlands, and then beat both the Netherlands and Australia on goal differential — not very likely.The short version: Lose to Chile on Wednesday and Spain is almost certainly out of the tournament. A draw and La Furia Roja is in grave trouble: Spain would need a win against Australia by an overwhelming margin and very probably some help on top of that. A win keeps Spain alive, but it remains vulnerable, especially if the Netherlands beats Australia (a 74 percent chance, according to our model).CORRECTION (June 18, 11:56 a.m.): A previous version of this post incorrectly listed Australia as having three points if the Netherlands beats Australia and Spain loses to Chile. In that scenario, Australia would have zero points. read more

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Is It A Clown Question To Ask Why Bryce Harpers Stats Are

When Bryce Harper was introduced by the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Clearwater, Florida, and slipped on a red pinstriped No. 3 jersey, the amount of fanfare that greeted him hadn’t been seen since the team traded for Roy Halladay in 2009. The club reportedly sold 100,000 tickets to regular-season games within hours of Harper’s signing. The Phillies hope it ushers in an era of sustained competitive baseball with Harper as a $330 million keystone. After all, what made Harper so promising was not only his talent but also his relative youth, as a 26-year-old free agent.Harper should still be productive in the near term and deliver important wins for the Phillies (after the signing, FiveThirtyEight’s projections for the 2019 season bumped the Phillies up to 84 wins, from 82, although other sites have been more bullish). But as we wrote last week, Harper’s consistency is a concern. Historical comps for a player with Harper’s unusual and volatile career to date suggest that he might have already peaked and that star-level players, in general, have reached their peaks by age 26. Since we are already in the habit of raining on the parade in Philadelphia, let’s look under the hood at Harper’s underlying stats and see where the specific problems may reside.For starters, Harper’s defensive metrics fell off a cliff last season.According to an average of Defensive Runs Saved (which uses for its defensive WAR) and Ultimate Zone Rating (FanGraphs’s metric of choice), Harper was the second-worst right fielder in the game (-12 runs saved compared with average) and the fourth-worst center fielder (-9 runs saved). Harper played 860 innings in right and 477 innings in center last season. And if Harper becomes more and more a one-dimensional player, in an era in which his power hitting stands out less, he loses relative value.But perhaps those concerns are a little overblown. Although baseball’s defensive metrics are getting better all the time, they are still prone to big swings between seasons. In 2017, before the big decline last season, Harper was actually 3 runs better than an average right fielder. His 24-run drop ranks second-worst among outfielders under age 271As of June 30 of the season in question. who played the same position for the same team in back-to-back years between 20022The first season of granular, pitch-level data at FanGraphs. and 2018, trailing only Matt Kemp (who fell from being exactly average in 2009 to 31 runs below average in 2010). In the season after that, Kemp still wasn’t good — he was -6 relative to an average CF — but he at least reclaimed some of the ground he’d lost in his annus horribilis.As it turns out, that’s a pretty common story if we look at the rest of the outfielders who met our qualifications from above and dropped off by at least 15 runs in a season since 2002: The fates of outfielders with Harper-esque defensive dropsPlayers who had a decline of at least 15 defensive runs* relative to average in a season since 2002, were younger than 27 and played in the same position for the same team There were some other players who experienced the same kinds of defensive declines and responded by changing positions entirely. (Such as Mark Teahen, Adam Eaton and Marlon Byrd.) But among those who stayed at the same position, they averaged to be about half as bad (relative to average) in the following season as they’d been in the decline year, regaining about 20 percent of their previous form.In the end, though, the Phillies are paying Harper to produce runs and hit homers. So perhaps the more troubling trend of Harper’s for the Phillies is his failure to address holes in his swing.Harper’s ability to make contact has been in decline. Last season, his rate of contact on pitches in the strike zone was the fourth-lowest among qualified hitters, dropping from 84 percent in 2017 to 78 percent in 2018. His strikeout rate rose by 4.2 percentage points, the 24th-greatest increase in the majors. Since 2015, his 15-game rolling average regarding contact ability (on all pitches) has been volatile but gradually declining.According to Statcast data from Baseball Savant, Harper’s whiff rate against fastballs3Four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. increased from 15.2 percent in 2016, to 20.2 percent in 2017 to 26.4 percent last season (ranking as the 36th-highest whiff rate in 2018 among 352 batters to offer against at least 200 fastballs). Against fastballs 95 mph and faster, Harper’s whiff rate increased from 18.8 percent in 2016 to 22.0 percent in 2017 to 31.5 percent in 2018.Harper has always had a weakness against up-and-away fastballs. Since 2015, he has swung and missed at a 40.7 percent rate when offering at up-and-away four-seam fastballs.Last season, Harper swung at 111 four-seam fastballs in those zones and whiffed 52 times, a 46.8 percent rate.While defensive metrics can still be somewhat volatile from year to year,4Even among players who stayed at the same position in back-to-back years, the correlation between a player’s percentile rank at his position in defensive runs per inning from year to year is 0.36 since 2002. a player’s contact rate is much “stickier”5The same correlation for a batter’s strikeout rate in back-to-back seasons is 0.79. — suggesting that big changes in the ability to make contact are more likely to represent a real change in skills and not just random variance.It’s not all bad news at the plate, however: Against fastballs,6Again, four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. Harper hit .306, with a .651 slugging percentage, according to Baseball Savant data.Because Harper was effective when making contact against fastballs, perhaps he was trading the ability to make contact for more power. What he has not done is change his swing plane, according to launch angle data. His average launch angle was 14.5 degrees in 2015, 14.6 in 2016, 13.6 in 2017 and 13.9 in 2018. His pull rate did spike, jumping from 35.5 percent in 2017 to 42.3 percent in 2018.Harper has elite plate discipline. He has elite power. But not every player who has made power gains in recent years — see Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, Justin Turner and Jose Ramirez — has had to sacrifice contact. And the best, most efficient offensive performers typically do not trade contact for power.What’s concerning is that even though some traits age well, like plate discipline, power generally does not. So if Harper’s defense continues to decline and he’s limited to a corner outfield position and continues to lose contact ability — if he becomes a Three True Outcomes hitter — he probably won’t age as the Phillies would like. He would likely morph from a highly sought-after asset, a 26-year-old star free agent, to the type of player easily found (a Three True Outcomes corner outfielder).Because Harper was a prodigy in part as a result of relentless work and practice at a young age, he may have fulfilled his potential soon after his arrival in the majors. But he doesn’t have to be Trout-like to justify his contract. At $25.4 million per year, the Phillies are not paying him as an elite superstar. And if Harper helps Philadelphia add another World Series banner to Citizens Bank Park in the not-too-distant future, then it will likely be $330 million well spent regardless of how well he ages. Luis Matos2003-0524-26CF+9-8-2 Matt Kemp2009-1124-26CF0-31-6 Fielding Runs vs. Avg Jeff Francoeur2007-0923-25RF+20-3+4 Mike Trout2012-1420-22CF+15-5-9 Jay Bruce2010-1223-25RF+180-3 Historical playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 Bryce Harper2017-1924-26RF+3-20? current playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 From ABC News: Fielding Runs vs. Avg * According to an average of the defensive metrics found at and FanGraphs.Minimum 700 innings in all years. Ages are as of June 30 of the season in question.Sources:, FanGraph Andre Ethier2007-0925-27RF+4-11-11 Nick Markakis2008-1024-26RF+17-5-8 Odubel Herrera2017-1925-27CF+6-11? read more

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Hartson – Rangers are never catching Celtic

first_imgCeltic legend John Hartson has dismissed Rangers’ chances after his former team won the Old Firm derby 1-0 on Sunday.Celtic won the Old Firm derby by an Olivier Ntcham goal in the 62nd minute, as he latched on to a precise pass inside the box and sent a powerful shot inside the left post. Celtic legend John Hartson felt that the scoreline flattered Rangers.“I was at the game on Sunday and I have to say that for me the gap is as big as it has ever been,” Hartson wrote in the Evening Times.“Celtic beat Rangers 5-0 last April and it could have been the same again on Sunday had it not been for the woodwork and a goalkeeper who shouldn’t have been on the park.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“In terms of the game itself, I thought that Celtic were still miles ahead of Rangers and this game confirmed it. Celtic moved the ball well, they commanded the game, they had Rangers all over the place.“There was so much talk in the build-up to it from Rangers supporters and sections of the media all believing that it would be closer, but there is not a chance that the Ibrox side are anywhere near catching Celtic,” Hartson added.last_img read more

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Dolphins players cheerleaders visit children in hospital

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – More than a dozen Miami Dolphins players and cheerleaders stopped by Baptist Children’s Hospital, bringing much needed smiles.They went room to room at the Kendall hospital to visit children who were too sick to get out of bed.Nurses at the hospital know how important these visits are to the kids. “This is a distraction for them. It’s something that is exciting. It’s something different,” said nurse Carolina Parra. “They get to see players they see on TV, so it is very exciting for us, exciting for them, and we look forward to it every year.”While there, the team also took pictures and gave out a few gifts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Cheque books IFSC codes of six banks to be invalid after December

first_imgThe new logo of State Bank of India (SBI) is pictured at the podium of the venue of a news conference after the announcement of SBI’s fourth quarter results, in Kolkata, India May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File PhotoReutersIndia’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has asked customers of its subsidiary banks to apply for new cheque books and IFS codes before December 31.Taking to microblogging platform Twitter, the bank said that the validity of cheques of erstwhile associated banks has been extended till 31st December, 2017 by the RBI.Earlier in September the bank put out a similar notice asking customers of its subsidiary banks to apply for new cheque books and IFS codes by September 31.Accounts holders of State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Raipur, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Hyderabad and Bharatiya Mahila Bank will have to apply for the new cheque books and IFS codes.Users can avail the new cheque books via the Internet and mobile banking, ATMs or by visiting the home branch, the lender added.SBI officials informed that transactions based on old codes will still go through and will not be held up as they have been mapped with the new codes internally by the bank.However, if one has already provided the IFSC code to any other financial institutions, it should not result in any roadblock, the Economic Times reported.The lender has also changes in branch names, branch codes, and even the IFSC codes of branches located in some of the major cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Patna, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Amravati, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Thiruvananthapuram and Lucknow.The validity of cheques of former Associate Banks has been extended till 31st December, 2017. Apply now for a new SBI cheque book.— State Bank of India (@TheOfficialSBI) October 11, 2017Earlier on April 1, SBI’s associate banks State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Travancore, besides Bharatiya Mahila Bank merged with the SBI.With the merger, SBI has been catapulted to the ranks of the top 50 banks in the world in terms of assets now worth Rs 37 lakh crore. The bank has grown its deposit base to over Rs 26 lakh crore and advances to around Rs 18.50 lakh crore, 22,500 branches, of which 20,000 are its own and 58,000 ATMs.last_img read more

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Khaleda to visit Rohingyas in Coxs Bazar next week

first_imgKhaledaBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia will go to Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhia next week to visit the Rohingyas who have taken shelter there in the face of persecution in their own country, Myanmar.The decision was taken at a meeting of BNP standing committee members held on Monday night, said a party press release signed by its senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.It said BNP policymakers decided that the party chairperson will visit the Rohingya camps in Ukhia to observe the inhuman conditions of the Myanmar’s displaced nationals there.The meeting also urged the government to take steps to put pressure on Myanmar through the UN Security Council members so that it takes back its nationals with ensuring their citizenship and dignity.According to the release, the meeting voiced concern over the ‘unusual’ hike in the prices of essentials, including rice, and urged the government to take proper measures to arrest the growing prices of the essentials.It also said the BNP policymakers condemned the issuance of warrants for the arrest of top party leaders, enforced disappearance of Kalyan Party secretary general MM Aminur Rahman and the arrest of party leaders and activists.The nearly one and a half hours meeting was held at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office with Khaleda in the chair.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Tariqul Islam, Mahbubur Rahman, Rafiqul Islam Miah, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury were present at the meeting.Fakhrul was scheduled to disclose the outcome of the meeting at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office at 11:00am toady, but it was cancelled following the death of party standing committee member MK Anwar.Though the party did not mention the exact date of Khaleda’s tour, a party policymaker wishing anonymity said Khaleda may start her journey for Cox’s Bazar on Saturday and she will stay overnight in Chittagong on Saturday.Then on Sunday morning, the BNP leader said, their chairperson will go to Cox’s Bazar from Chittagong and visit the Rohingya camps in Ukhia.last_img read more

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