Euro 2016: Poland beat Northern Ireland 1-0 for maiden Euro win

first_imgA goal by Arkadiusz Milik was enough for Poland to break down a determined Northern Ireland and hand his team a 1-0 victory on Sunday at the European Championship.Poland’s win in the Group C match was its first ever at a European Championship following two disappointing displays in the last two tournaments, including in 2012 when as co-host it came bottom of its group.Poland dominated large passages of the match but it was only in the 51st minute that Milik fired his team ahead from the edge of the penalty area following a neat square ball from Jakub Blaszczykowski. Milik’s strike went through the legs of Northern Ireland defender Craig Cathcart and beyond the reach of goalkeeper Michael McGovern.Poland had numerous chances to take the lead before Milik’s goal. Milik himself had missed the target with two efforts in the first 10 minutes and struck the side netting with a rising shot from a good position in the 31st.Nineteen-year-old winger Bartosz Kapustka could have also scored for Poland in the first half, while Jakub Blaszczykowski dragged a low shot narrowly wide in the second before Milik’s goal.Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, who had recovered from a knee injury, had a chance to double the lead in the 88th when his fierce shot from distance flashed just wide of the post.A wayward overhead kick from Kyle Lafferty in the 76th was the closest Northern Ireland, making its first appearance at the European Championship, came to equalizing. Defeat ended the team’s 12-game unbeaten run.advertisementLEWANDOWSKI KEPT AT BAYNorthern Ireland did manage to keep Poland’s star striker Robert Lewandowski at bay for much of the game.Poland suffered a double injury scare late on when goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who otherwise had little to do, leaped to claim a ball and collided heavily with right-back Lukasz Piszczek. Both required treatment but were able to continue.The game took place a day after nine people were injured during disorder in the city provoked by local fans advancing on Polish and Northern Irish fans near the seafront, French authorities said.Relations between Poland and Northern Ireland supporters were generally warm, with both sets of fans mixing together in many sectors of the Stade de Nice without any obvious tension.That spirit stood in contrast to the mass violence involving English and Russian fans in Marseille over the previous three days, and the attack by Russian fans on English supporters in the stadium after their teams drew 1-1 on Saturday.Poland is, however, likely to face UEFA sanctions after a firecracker was thrown onto the pitch from a Polish fan sector.last_img read more

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Champions League: Insigne’s 90th minute winner for Napoli downs Liverpool

first_imgLorenzo Insigne’s winner in the 90th minute summed up Liverpool’s night and was very well deserved by Napoli as they beat Liverpool 1-0 on Wednesday to go on top of Group C in the Champions League.Napoli absolutely dominated Liverpool throughout the match and if not for Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker and their centre-backs Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool would have been in a far worse position.Liverpool could not keep the ball in their feet for a long time and were completely wasteful in the final third of Napoli’s half. Such was their misery that they could not muster a single shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since a 1-0 defeat to Benfica in February 2006.Mohamed Salah had a horrible game where he failed to hold on to the ball and kept losing it in decisive positions. With the win, Napoli go top of Group C with four points while Liverpool are level at three with Paris St Germain, who they beat 3-2 at Anfield in their opening game. Red Star Belgrade are bottom with one point.FULL TIME! What a win!@championsleague #UCL#NapoliLiverpool 1-0#ForzaNapoliSempre SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) October 3, 2018The visitors were dealt a blow inside the opening 20 minutes when midfielder Naby Keita was taken off on a stretcher on his Champions League debut for Liverpool, and Napoli had the better of the first half with Insigne shooting wide and Arkadiusz Milik forcing a save from Alisson Becker.advertisementPoland striker Milik again stung the palms of Alisson early in the second half as Napoli grew in confidence.Also read – Champions League: Messi masterclass lights up Wembley, sinks TottenhamThey went close to taking the lead with 10 minutes remaining when substitute Dries Mertens met a cross from Mario Rui and volleyed off the crossbar from six metres.The pressure paid off in the 90th minute as Insigne scored a deserved winning goal, stretching to tap in a low cross from Jose Callejon.Also read – Champions League: Manchester United play out goalless draw at home vs Valencia”It’s wonderful to win like this, but we had a great performance as a team and wanted the result at all costs,” Insigne told Sky Italia.”Now we’ll enjoy this victory for a little bit…Also read – Champions League: 10-man CSKA Moscow ride on Vlasic goal to stun Real Madrid”We know it’s a difficult group, we always did, but we want to make our mark in every game and put any opponent under pressure.”Liverpool face Red Star at Anfield next and Napoli travel to Paris to play PSG on Oct. 24.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Neymar penalty hands Brazil 1-0 win over Uruguay in international friendly

first_imgNeymar scored a contested second-half penalty to give Brazil a 1-0 friendly win over Uruguay and bring some joy to their fans on a gloomy Friday at the Emirates Stadium in London.The forward was again the stand-out Brazil player and he coolly side-footed home his 60th international goal in the 76th minute after Diego Laxalt brought down Danilo, although Uruguay claimed there was a handball in the build-up.Until then Brazil had looked the more vulnerable of the two sides with Alisson making three fine saves, including a superb stop from a Luis Suarez free kick early in the second half.Also read – England cruise to 3-0 win over USA in Wayne Rooney farewell matchIt was Brazil’s fifth win in a row since they were knocked out of this year’s World Cup in the quarter-finals by Belgium.”It was a tough game. Uruguay are always strong and very competitive,” said Brazil midfielder Walace. “We were patient and when the opportunity arose from the penalty spot we deserved the goal.”Also Read – Referee, who asked captains to play rock-paper-scissors for kick-off, bannedOn a dark and drizzly night at Arsenal’s ground in London, the game matched the weather with few bright moments.Many of the players know each other well from club football and their familiarity was evident in their hugs and smiles before, during and after the game.Also Read – Brexit in Premier League: FA planning to reduce number of foreign playersThere was no lack of commitment, however, as niggly tackles flew in a clash that featured eight yellow cards, including one for Luis Suarez who thought Uruguay should have been given a handball against Danilo before he was felled in the box.advertisementAlthough the fans had little to cheer, both managers had reason to be happy with youngsters Bruno Mendez and Mathias Suarez starting in defence for the first time for Uruguay and Napoli midfielder Allan making a second-half debut for Brazil.The South American powerhouses continue their European dates next Tuesday, when Brazil play Cameroon in Milton Keynes and Uruguay take on world champions France in Paris.(With Reuters inputs)Also Watch – Team India depart for tour of Australialast_img read more

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Big 12 Week 10 Recap: OU Looks Really Good

first_imgOne Play…84-Yards…TOUCHDOWN Texas! #Big12FB on LHN— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 8, 2015Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard threw for 201 yards and one impressive 84-yard TD pass to John Burt that took place on Texas’ very first play of the game. Running back D’Onta Foreman had 12 carries for 157 rushing yards and two touchdowns, including one 93-yard run for a TD in the third quarter. That run became the third longest in school history for Texas.  Good luck catching D’Onta Foreman! #Big12FB on LHN— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 8, 2015Tyrone Swoopes eventually replaced Heard at quarterback in the fourth quarter, and put up some numbers of his own. His very first pass attempt was a 40-yard TD connection to Armanti Foreman. He finished the day completing six of his seven pass attempts for 98 yards, while also rushing for 59 yards and four touchdowns. The highlight of the game for Swoopes was this 44-yard TD run:Tyrone Swoopes breaks loose for a 44 yard TD run. #Big12FB on LHN— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 8, 2015The Longhorns will move ahead to Morgantown to take on West Virginia, and Kansas will meander along to Fort Worth to go up against TCU. There’s no doubt that Kansas will be 0-10 by Saturday night. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Late in the third quarter, Stidham and Coleman connected on a short touchdown pass that put the Bears up 28-10. Soon after, a Chris Callahan field goal made the lead 31-10, and the Wildcats seemed to be down and out. However, Hubener kept his teams hopes alive as he ran for a 34-yard touchdown and then threw a short 10-yard touchdown pass to Deante Burton to suddenly make the lead 31-24. After the Bears missed a field goal with only 51 seconds remaining, the Wildcats tried to tie the game with a trick play, but it blew up in their face. Hubener threw a lateral pass to receiver Cody Cook, who then threw it down the field looking for the end zone. However, the pass was intercepted by Terrell Burt, which allowed Baylor to simply run down the clock and secure the victory. The Bears have a difficult stretch of games ahead, as they will play host to the Oklahoma Sooners this upcoming Saturday. After that, they will travel to Stillwater to take on the undefeated Oklahoma State Cowboys before then closing out the season against TCU. ESPN’s College GameDay has announced that it will be heading to Waco for the matchup against OU and Baylor, setting a big stage for the Big 12 showdown. While Waco prepares their GameDay signs for the weekend, the K-State Wildcats will travel to Texas Tech for their next game.Iowa State-OklahomaThe No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners took on the Iowa State Cyclones in Norman on Saturday, and showed that they are feeling prepared to take on the challenge that the Baylor Bears will bring. Quarterback Baker Mayfield led his team to an easy 52-16 over Iowa State, improving the Sooners to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the Big 12. The Cyclones fell to 3-6 and 2-4. Mayfield completed 23 of 31 pass attempts for 342 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 27 yards and another score. Samaje Perine rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown, and Joe Mixon almost matched him with 88 yards rushing and his own touchdown. His name is Joe Mixon. #Big12FB on ESPNU— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 8, 2015 November is going to be a lot of fun in the Big 12. Fans will have to hang on tight throughout the rest of the month, as the competition and stakes will continue to rise in the coming weeks. As for week 10, let’s take a look at the winners and losers.Baylor-Kansas StateEarlier in the week on Thursday night, the No. 2 ranked Baylor Bears traveled to Manhattan for their matchup against the Kansas State Wildcats. With starting quarterback Seth Russell officially out for the season, all eyes were on the Baylor freshman Jarrett Stidham, who made his first start of the season. Although the Wildcats made sure Stidham’s first start wasn’t a particularly easy one, the freshman was still able to keep the Bears grinding along to eventually reach a 31-24 victory. Baylor remains perfect at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference, and dropped K-State down even further to 3-5 and 0-5. Stidham put up big numbers for his Baylor team, throwing for 419 yards and three touchdowns on 33 attempts. Corey Coleman, the FBS leader in touchdown receptions, hauled in two more scores to bring his season total to 20 and racked up 216 yards receiving. Shock Linwood rushed the ball 13 times for 72 yards, and the Bears offense kept humming along. Just another ho-hum TD catch for Corey Coleman ?.— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 6, 2015The victory didn’t come as easily as most do for Baylor, but many could have expected that with the uncertainty at quarterback coming into the game. That questionable spot at quarterback was also part of the reason why Baylor was ranked sixth in the week’s initial college football playoff ranking. However, while he certainly wasn’t perfect, Stidham passed his first test and proved that he has the ability to carry Baylor the rest of the way.419 yards passing, 4 total TDs and “W” in his first college start. Yeah, I think Jarrett Stidham will take that.— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 6, 2015 300 yards on the ground and four rushing scores helped @WVUFootball power past Texas Tech 31-26.— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 7, 2015Wendell Smallwood and Rushel Shell were the backs that stepped up their game in a big way for WVU, as Smallwood rushed for 163 yards and one score while Shell rushed for another 111 yards and two scores. The Mountaineers broke that four game skid and improved to 4-4 overall and 1-4 in the Big 12, while Texas Tech lost its third consecutive game and went to 5-5 and 2-5. Both teams are looking to become bowl eligible, but neither has been able to reach that mark yet. WVU quarterback Skyler Howard threw for 149 yards and two interceptions, but no touchdowns. This became the first game of the season that he’s thrown two picks and no TDs. However, Howard no doubt enjoyed his two running backs taking a lot of the weight off his shoulders. Shell’s performance in particular was a breakout for him, as he was only averaging 33 rushing yards in his last three games. His first 100-yard game was a good one, as it came right after running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider challenged Shell and Smallwood to take over the game against Tech. Not every aspect of the game was bad news for the Red Raiders, as running back DeAndre Washington rushed for 102 yards and became the first Texas Tech running back to cross over 1,000 yards total in back-to-back seasons since Byron Hanspard achieved the same feat back in 1995-96. However, Tech’s Jakeem Grant, who was a nightmare for Oklahoma State last week, had an abysmal performance. He was held to a mere five catches, and eight yards total. That’s a big stat that’s going to sting for a while for Grant. The Red Raiders will have a chance to rebound this upcoming Saturday when the crumbling K-State Wildcats come to their house in Lubbock, and West Virginia will play host to Texas up next.Texas-KansasLastly, the Texas Longhorns had an easy week as the winless Kansas Jayhawks came to Austin and feebly hoped to get their first victory of the season.To the surprise of no one, Kansas not only failed to win, but also lost by another big margin. The Longhorns defeated the Jayhawks 59-20, and moved up to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big 12. Kansas continues to catapult backwards to a 0-9 record and stays winless in the conference. The Jayhawks have now lost 37 straight games on the road, and have given up at least 58 points to their opponent in the last three games. Quarterback Ryan Willis threw for 214 passing yards for one touchdown and two interceptions. After being shutout at Iowa State last weekend, the Longhorns offense was set out to score points, and in bunches. They did just that, with their 59 point total becoming the highest scoring game in the two seasons with Charlie Strong as head coach. For the first time since 2008, the Sooners have scored 50 or more points in four straight games. They’ve also won four straight games, and have made easy work of what will likely be their last opponent that is no match for them. A difficult stretch of games awaits OU from here on out, as they will face each of the top three teams in the Big 12. Cyclones quarterback Joel Lanning had 51 pass attempts on the day, and finished with 260 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception. Running back Mike Warren, who has been racking up the rushing yards and averaging 154.3 per game with 6.4 yards per carry, was held completely in check by the OU defense. Warren only managed 43 yards on 18 carries, which was an average of 2.4 yards. Overall, the Sooners played dominantly on defense throughout the game; only allowing Iowa State to get field goal points during the first half, tallying three for nine points. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Cyclones offense was held scoreless until there were only five minutes left in the game, when Lanning connected with D’Vario Montgomery for a 13-yard score. The Oklahoma offense made sure the defense didn’t do all the work, as Mayfield and company executed big plays with their offense that had them finding the end zone quickly. On six of their touchdown drives, the Sooners managed to score in either five plays or less. Check out this ridiculous flea flicker from Mayfield to Dimitri Flowers for a 75-yard TD:This is how you execute the flea flicker. #Big12FB on ESPNU— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 8, 2015The Sooners scored three TDs in the first quarter to quickly give themselves a quick 21-3 lead. By halftime, OU led 21-9, and then completely pulled away in the third quarter. The Sooners had three possessions in that quarter, and didn’t have to punt once, finding six points each time. Also, here’s a note to all of the defenses that have yet to face OU’s offense—don’t leave Sterling Shepard open. This is what happens when Sterling Shepard is WIDE open… #Big12FB on ESPNU— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 8, 2015The Sooners will travel to Waco for their next game to take on Baylor on the College Gameday stage, while Iowa State will return back home to Ames and wait for the Oklahoma State Cowboys to come to their house.West Virginia-Texas TechMoving on to Morgantown, the West Virginia Mountaineers hosted the Texas Tech Red Raiders with a hope to end their four game losing streak.  The West Virginia running backs made sure that their team would be going to bed Saturday with a victory, as they amassed 300 rushing yards total and four rushing touchdowns on the day and defeated the Red Raiders 31-26. last_img read more

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Granit Xhaka ‘devastated and sad’ after Crystal Palace game, says Unai Emery

first_imgUnai Emery said Granit Xhaka is “devastated” after his traumatic departure from the Emirates Stadium pitch on Sunday but the Arsenal captain’s situation remains unresolved as the club give him time to recover his frame of mind.Xhaka was loudly jeered off during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace and swore at the crowd as he left the field, gesturing and removing his shirt in the process. It has cast his club captaincy, and future at Arsenal, into doubt. Emery said no decisions have been made and that, even though he thinks Xhaka should apologise for his actions, the player is yet to offer any public contrition. No punishment has been handed down either at this stage, even though Xhaka is expected to be fined. Topics Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Granit Xhaka a lightning rod for Arsenal’s drift under Unai Emery Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Arsenal Share via Email Share on Twitter Read more news “He is now devastated – devastated and sad,” Emery said. “We spoke yesterday and also on Sunday night. This morning he trained as normal with the group but he is devastated and sad about the situation.“He knows he was wrong. He was wrong and he feels it inside very deeply. But that is normal as a human. You need, and every player needs, the supporters’ support.”Arsenal are concerned about Xhaka, sensing his unhappiness had been building ever since he was booed by a section of supporters against Aston Villa in September. It was a precursor to Sunday’s events but there has also been a spike in online harassment of the Switzerland midfielder in recent weeks and his actions on Sunday have been interpreted as an outburst of festering frustration.Xhaka feels particularly hurt because, from his perspective, his commitment to the club has been unstinting. He is frequently the first player to arrive at the training ground and the last to leave, even though he became a father for the first time earlier this month.He is seen as a unifying figure within the dressing room and Arsenal are keen to give him as much time as he requires to frame any response to his situation. They will make counselling available if Xhaka deems it necessary.None of this changes the fact there is an acknowledgment the furore cannot be allowed to slide. No apology has been forthcoming from Xhaka, against the advice of Emery and others in the Arsenal hierarchy, and his only visible action has been to change the profile picture on his Instagram account from one of him wearing the Arsenal armband to one of him captaining his country.“Yes, I think when we make individual mistakes we need to make apologies for the circumstances,” Emery said. “I prefer to do that. We suggest to him to do it.”Emery refused to put further pressure on Xhaka to make his peace with the fans,reiterating that the player is “not ready” to say sorry and saying there is no need to express contrition to his teammates or the coaching staff.“I don’t need his apology,” he said. “He is now very down and we need to support him. I don’t need his apology to me now. I know, he knows, he was wrong but he is devastated and the first thing is to raise him up.”Likewise, any decision about disciplinary procedures will be made later. “I think we can [later] speak about the same,” Emery said. “We are in the first step after his mistake. Now is to recover him as a person.”In line with that outlook, Emery said any discussion about Xhaka’s continued captaincy will be taken “step by step” and he did not wish to broach the topic.He spent 10 minutes with Josh Kroenke in the dressing room after the Palace game and suggested the Arsenal director supports his management of the problem.“My ideal future is to watch Xhaka playing again and every supporter supporting him,” Emery said. “I don’t know if I can or will achieve it but this is my ideal.”Xhaka will not be involved in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup fourth-round tie at Liverpool but that decision had been taken before Sunday. Mesut Özil will travel, though, ending a run of six absences from the match-day squad and Emery said the playmaker could take the captain’s armband at Anfield.“I’m not thinking exactly yet, but we are going to decide the first XI and [whether] he’s in the first XI,” he said. “It depends on who else plays. He could be [captain], yes.”“We have had this morning a very good conversation, Mesut and me, and I said to him I haven’t changed my idea about him … It was a very good conversation and he’s in the group [for the Liverpool game].”last_img read more

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Photo: Notre Dame Sent Mail About Its High School Prospect Camps To A Starting Offensive Lineman At Rutgers

first_imgNotre Dame accidentally sends recruiting letter to Rutgers OL.Chris Muller is a rising redshirt junior at Rutgers. He has appeared in 26 games for the Scarlet Knights the past two seasons, making 25 starts at right guard. One of those starts was actually against Notre Dame in the 2013 Pinstripe Bowl. Apparently, the Fighting Irish staff either didn’t remember Muller from that game, or were so impressed that they are attempting to recruit him over a year later. Tonight, Muller tweeted that he received mail from Notre Dame about its upcoming 2015 summer high school prospect camps, a curious delivery considering Muller is entering his fourth year at another program. Well this is awkward… #CHOPNation— Chris Muller (@Chris_Muller70) February 21, 2015Not sure if this is an actual NCAA infraction but either way Notre Dame should probably update its recruiting mailing lists. More: The Only 13 Teams That Can Win The Playoff In 2015last_img read more

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Sexual Assault Charge Against Halifax Regional Police Officer

first_imgThe province’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) laid charges against a four-year member of the Halifax Regional Police on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Const. Chris Mosher, 29, is charged with sexual assault and administering a noxious thing with intent to aggrieve. The charges stem from incidents on Nov. 2 and 3. In early November, SIRT received a complaint from a female alleging that a male police officer sexually assaulted her. The two knew each other, and the incident is alleged to have occurred in the home of the accused. At that time, SIRT began the investigation that led to the charges. Const. Mosher is due to appear in provincial court on Feb. 13. He was arrested in relation to the investigation on Dec. 11 and released on conditions. SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald. The team can independently launch an investigation, or begin one after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. A public report summarizing the results of the investigation must be filed within three months after it is finished.last_img read more

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UN food agency appeals for access to key storage facility amid fight

The development comes amid fierce fighting between Government forces and Houthi opposition militia in and around the key Red Sea port, which processes around 70 per cent of the war-torn country’s deliveries of aid and commercial supplies.“Despite having been targeted by more than 50 shells in the recent days, the silos of the Red Sea facilities are more or less intact,” WFP spokesperson Herve Verhoosel said.Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Mr Verhoosel confirmed that staff have not have access to the silos for two months because of a spike in violence “from both parties”.“As of just a few days ago the facilities have come under the control of the coalition,” the WFP spokesperson said. “WFP needs access the facilities again as soon as it will be safe in order to resume activities.”   At the Al Sabeen maternal hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, WFP provides nutritional supplements to treat five-year old Ali Yakya Ali who is affected by severe acute malnutrition as his father looks on. 11 November 2018.  WFP/Marco FrattiniOn Monday, the port entrance was reportedly targeted by airstrikes, part of a renewed bid to launched at the beginning of the month to wrest Hudaydah city from the Houthi rebel movement fighters, who also control Sana’a, the country’s capital.“We have apparently not lost any of our stock of more than 51,000 tonnes of wheat – enough to feed more than 3.7 million people in Northern and Central Yemen for one month,” Mr Verhoosel explained.The violence is part of an offensive launched on Hudaydah in June by coalition forces, which have provided military assistance to Yemen’s President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, since March 2015.Efforts to bring the warring parties to the negotiating table have so far proved elusive, and UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday described the potential humanitarian impact of the impasse as “absolutely disastrous”.“I think there’s a consensus, the US, Russia and Europe, and among many countries in the region that now it is the moment to stop this war,” Mr. Guterres told French national radio, before adding that he hoped those directly involved in the fighting understood this.In a statement on Tuesday, UN humanitarian affairs chief, and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, said that ‘all parties must live up to their obligations under international humanitarian law. I ask that the parties implement a cessation of hostilities, not least in and around all the infrastructure and facilities on which the aid operation and commercial importers rely.”‘It’s a war that no-one can win’ – Guterres“It’s a war that no-one can win and it’s a war that’s creating a humanitarian disaster that’s absolutely unacceptable,” the UN Secretary-General insisted. “We need the fighting to stop, we need to start talking and we must prepare a massive humanitarian response to avoid the worst next year.”Hudaydah port is critical to the humanitarian effort in Yemen, UN agencies insist, because it is a primary gateway for food, fuel and medicine into the impoverished country, which imports nearly all its daily needs.In a bid to assess the situation personally, WFP Executive Director David Beasley arrived in Yemen on Monday, as the agency plans to scale up aid to up to 14 million people in Yemen – well over the eight million Yemenis who are close to famine and who receive food or food vouchers from WFP every month.Of that number, 1.8 million are children under five years old who are described as acutely malnourished; another 400,000 are severely acutely malnourished, and yet another 1.1 million are malnourished pregnant or nursing women. read more

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Lionel Messi Is Impossible

Of the 866 players who qualified for that plot — by playing in 50-plus games and averaging at least one shot attempt per game — Messi is the ninth-most efficient shooter overall (Ronaldo is 173rd), and he’s by far the most efficient of anyone with a similar shot volume. The highest-volume shooter who is more efficient is Mario Gomez, the former Bayern Munich striker, who takes about two-thirds as many shots as Messi.But in soccer, unlike in basketball, shooting efficiency isn’t the single most important stat. Since the value of a possession in soccer is much lower, so is the cost of missing a shot (and missed shots often have good outcomes as well). That said, quality shot opportunities in soccer are still a limited resource, so making the most of them is important.To generalize a bit, some of the value a shooter provides comes from taking more and better shots (e.g. taking them closer to the goal, at a better angle, amid fewer defenders, etc.), and some of it comes from putting in those shots more often. For example, Messi’s typical regular (non-set piece) shot comes from 14.9 yards out, while Ronaldo’s average shot comes from 20.1 yards out. ESPN/TruMedia has a model for estimating the chances of a player making each shot he takes based on type and location (this metric is known as expected goals). The difference between a player’s actual goals and his expected goals is called “goals above average” (or GAA). Because Messi takes shots that are more likely to go in, his average attempt has an expectation of .182 goals, while the average Ronaldo shot has an expectation of .124 goals — so we would expect Messi’s shooting to be more efficient based on that alone. However, Messi has also exceeded that expectation by a greater amount than Ronaldo has. Messi scored .220 goals per shot attempt for .038 GAA per goal. Ronaldo scored .139 goals per attempt, so he had .015 GAA per goal.Here’s a comparison of the top 20 shot-takers overall (regular shots in all games since the 2010 World Cup):In this group, Messi both takes the best shots and does the most with those attempts.If we break this down using shot-location data, it’s clear that Messi is highly efficient across a wide range of distances.The percentage of shots Messi makes from outside the penalty area is absolutely stunning. He scores almost as often per shot from outside the penalty area (12.1 percent) as most players do inside it (13.1 percent).Of 8,335 players in our dataset who have taken at least one shot from outside the box, only 1,835 have scored from that distance at any point. There are 47 players with 50 or more attempts from outside the box without a single goal, and about 500 with at least 20 attempts and no goals. Messi leads the world with 21 goals from outside the penalty area, on just 173 shot attempts.Ronaldo takes more than twice as many shots from this distance, but still has fewer goals overall. Messi, meanwhile, scores at a remarkable rate. Adjusting for shot quality with the GAA model, Messi is running 12.6 goals above expectation (based on shot-by-shot expectation, not the trend line in the chart). Ronaldo, with more than twice as many shots, ran just 5.5 goals above expectation, and no one but Messi is higher than 7.5 goals.The 21st of those outside-the-penalty-area goals was Messi’s extra-time winner against Iran, which came from 29 yards out (33 yards to where it went in). That goal was quintessential Messi: He got the ball on the right side of the field, held it for a few seconds, broke to the middle and — in heavy traffic — swerved it in on off his left foot. Plus he did it all without an assist.Unassisted ShootingDespite dishing a large number of assists (more on that to come), Messi sometimes gets called “selfish.” But maybe he isn’t selfish enough.About 44 percent of Messi’s “open” (non-set piece) shots are “individual plays,” taken without an assist.5I should note that the data on this has a little gray area. The play-by-play data lists “assisters” on several plays that are nonetheless designated as “individual plays” and for which no one was awarded an assist. I treated all such shots as unassisted, even if another player’s assistance was noted. This is lower than the 46 percent of unassisted shots for players overall, but Messi scores on these shots more than 23 percent of the time, compared to all players’ 5 percent. Additionally, he gains .089 goals above average on each unassisted shot. Ronaldo gains .023, and the average player is slightly negative at -.004 GAA.Let’s look at how Messi’s assisted shooting compares to other players with 100 or more shots both assisted and unassisted6Since assist-related stats tend to be dependent on a team’s offensive system, for this chart I’ve grouped shots by team, so it only includes Messi’s shots for Barcelona and Ronaldo’s for Real Madrid.:Somehow, Messi has done even better when taking it on his own than when somebody sets him up. Moreover, on unassisted shots he shoots nearly 10 percent and .044 GAA better than the next best player (Sergio Aguero for Manchester City) does, despite taking the fourth-most such shots of the 28 players in the group.To be clear, you could probably choose any skills for your axes and produce a similar graph. Messi can shoot it just about any which way. Here are some miscellaneous shooting stats he’s accrued at Barcelona:Messi loves his left foot, shooting with it 78 percent of the time, and scoring 23 percent. But don’t sleep on his right foot: When he uses it, he scores 23 percent of the time. He shoots slightly below average on (a limited number of) headers (10 percent vs. 13 percent).About 8 percent of his shots are “weak” kicks (compared to 6 percent for all players in the data set), but he makes 27 percent of them, and does so more often than we’d expect. He has an average GAA of .026 on those kicks (all players: 5 percent shooting on weak kicks with -.055 GAA). Only 5 percent of his kicks are “strong” ones (compared to 8 percent for all players), but those kicks score 36 percent of the time, and have .251 GAA each! All players have scored on 11 percent of their “strong kick” shots and have an average .051 GAA per shot.About 12 percent of his shots have “swerve” on them (compared to 10 percent for all players); 31 percent of those swervy kicks score, for a huge .202 GAA (all players: 8 percent, .020 GAA).On direct free kicks (like the one he scored on against Nigeria), Messi has scored about 8 percent of the time (compared to all players’ 5 percent), with .021 GAA per shot (Ronaldo has scored on 7 percent with an identical .021 GAA).7I’ve excluded other set-piece attempts because they’re very dependent on each player’s role on his team. Ronaldo has taken five times as many shots in those situations, but Messi has been slightly more efficient.Messi has scored on 86 percent of his penalty kicks, versus an average of 77 percent for all players. But put one check-mark in Ronaldo’s column, as he has scored on 93 percent of his penalty attempts. Since both are the primary PK-takers for both their club and national teams, this difference — if it held up in the long run — would be worth about three-quarters of a goal per year.To make all those unassisted shots possible, Messi has to take on a lot of defenders one on one. There’s a stat for that, and in my view it’s one of the most revealing, reflecting both Messi’s skill and style, and the relationship between the two. Of all forwards in our data set who’ve played 100-plus games, he “takes on” defenders the most, and he’s the most successful at it.The only forward who takes on defenders nearly as aggressively as Messi is Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker for Liverpool who is perhaps too aggressive for his own good (ahem). Suarez is successful less than 35 percent of the time.This may help explain how Messi gets so many better shots, and why his “unassisted” shots are so good. It also points to the main stylistic difference between Messi and Ronaldo: Ronaldo takes more mid-range shots but misses a lot of them; Messi tries to beat a lot more defenders, loses sometimes, and then makes up for it (and then some) by having better assisting and shooting opportunities as a result. That’s not to say one approach is better than the other, but note that it means that the observed shooting gap between them is at least somewhat exaggerated. While Messi appears to shoot much more efficiently, that’s partly because he loses the ball more during failed take-on attempts, while Ronaldo loses it more because of missed shots. Only the second of those is accounted for in shooting stats. (I’ll get more into how we can account for loss of possession in the touch-by-touch analysis later.)Passing and AssistsFrom the above, you might think Messi is a selfish player. Or you might assume that if Messi is so good at shooting, he’d focus on it to the exclusion of other skills. But, in true Wayne Gretzky-esque fashion, Messi is also one of the top assisters in our data set. Once again, that makes him a crazy outlier: No one else (aside from, yes, Ronaldo) even comes close to his combination of goals scored versus goals dished.Not only is Messi the top game-by-game goal-scorer of the last four years, he’s the third-most productive distributor of assists, despite being the primary scorer on his own team! Only Mesut Ozil and Franck Ribery8Frank Ribery is a terrific winger/midfielder who can sometimes put the ball in the net, but he’s the fourth-leading scorer on powerhouse Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga-winning squad. earned more assists than Messi, and Ozil did it on Real Madrid9Messi and his Argentina teammate Angel di Maria (also of Real Madrid) are tied to four decimal places, but Messi just edges him in the fifth. — setting up Cristiano Ronaldo.But how does he do it? The biggest obstacle to evaluating Messi’s passing ability is accounting for the fact that he plays for the most pass-happy team in the world. Watching Barcelona can be a bit like watching a playground game of keep away. Barcelona’s players are infamous for their “tiki-taka” style of play, which relies on an enormous amount of short, high percentage passing. Above all else, they try to maintain possession of the ball until a chance opens up. This sounds like a great strategy, but there’s a reason it isn’t employed universally: To make it work, a team has to be stocked with amazing passers, and it has to have strikers capable of creating chances against set defenses.10Whether “possession football” — much less the extreme form employed by Barca — is even a good strategy at all is controversial. In a seminal 1968 study, Charles Reep noted that 80 percent of goals came from possessions involving three or fewer passes, and that successfully completing a lot of passes without losing the ball was very difficult. He thought this proved that possession football was inefficient, but many have disagreed with his logic, and subsequent studies have shown mixed results.Messi is both of those things. And what’s more, his passing profile is nothing like the other Barcelona forwards, who typically send 72 percent of their passes back or square. Messi is far more likely to try to advance the ball toward the goal, and far more likely to succeed: Messi makes more passes than the other forwards, with a higher percentage of those passes trying to advance the ball toward the goal, and a higher percentage of those passes finding their targets (typical Messi!). His 3,800-plus completed forward passes are nearly twice as many as any forward in our data set (Francesco Totti for FC Roma has 2,200, followed by Wayne Rooney, the English striker, with 1,800 and Ronaldo with 1,500).One measure of the quality of a group of passes is how many are completed successfully, but it also matters what happens when those passes get where they’re going. It doesn’t help if a player passes 60 yards to someone swarmed with defenders. So a useful metric (made possible by play-by-play data) is the percentage of a player’s passes that lead to “successful” plays on the other end — meaning the receiving player manages to get off a shot, or passes the ball to someone else, and so on.As it turns out, not only does Messi pass the ball forward aggressively, he does so accurately, and the balls he delivers are “successful” a very high percentage of the time.For example, let’s look at Messi’s long ball forward passes from the midfield area. I’ve created a scatter comparing each player’s completion percentage for these passes to the percentage of them that are “successful,” and I’ve shown the volume of long pass attempts for each player as bubble sizes:Messi is among the most accurate passers for both metrics, and no one with as many attempts is more accurate.11Yes, that giant bubble in the middle is Wayne Rooney. There are players who complete a higher percentage of these passes and/or are more “successful” with them, but they’re typically being more selective in their attempts. For example, Ronaldo’s “success” rate of 60 percent beats Messi’s 54 percent (with a slightly lower completion percentage), but Ronaldo has only 35 successful long ball passes to Messi’s 81.Given that, it’s no surprise that Messi excels at the through-ball, the delicate and gorgeous play that requires perfect circumstances and perfect timing to be successful. Messi attempts almost twice as many of these passes as any other forward, and still manages to beat the trend.And then there’s the bread and butter of aggressive passing: moving it toward the goal on the opponent’s side of the field. In attacking territory, no one attacks as often as Messi does, and no one has more success doing so.These passes are where most assists come from, and indeed, Messi has the most assists per game from these kinds of passes of any forward, by a large margin. And again, despite making twice as many attempts as most people, he beats expectations.Touch by TouchBy this point, it should be evident that Messi has at least a little bit of skill. But there’s still heavy lifting to do: We have to show that he actually makes his team better.First, to ensure that we’re celebrating the greatness of Messi and not the greatness of Barcelona, we need to make sense of Messi on Barcelona. The easiest way to do that is to evaluate Barcelona without Messi, also known as the Spanish national team.The contrast between Spain in 2010 and Spain in 2014 seems huge: The 2010 team won the World Cup, and the 2014 team was tied for first in the tournament to be mathematically eliminated. But lost in this narrative is that the 2010 championship team wasn’t all that great, at least on offense. That World Cup team scored fewer goals per game than this year’s: only eight goals in seven games in 2010, while this year’s group-stage dropouts scored four goals in three. (That’s 1.2 goals per game overall.) For comparison, in the 2010-11 UEFA Champions League (the highest level of competition for European club soccer), Barcelona scored 30 goals in 13 games. In 47 UEFA matches since 2010, Barcelona has scored 104 goals, or 1.08 goals per game more than a Spanish team comprised of a similar offensive core and using the same “tiki-taka” playing style, minus Lionel Messi.Perhaps that’s an unfair comparison to make — but it’s consistent with the theory that Barcelona’s “play keep away until lightning strikes” offense really only works when it has Messi as its striker.Between Messi’s shots taken and chances created, he is responsible for about 48 percent of Barcelona’s regular (non-penalty, non-set play) shot attempts. Yet he and the players he assists score about 60 percent of Barca’s goals.In fact, the more involved Messi is in a shot attempt, the more likely his team is to score. He has scored on 22.1 percent of his regular (non-set, non-penalty, non-shootout) shots for Barca himself. The people to whom he’s dished assists and chances have scored on 18.1 percent of their shots. Meanwhile, Barcelona shots that didn’t come from Messi’s foot12Or other non-arm body part. But he mostly uses his feet. or Messi’s passing scored just 12.5 percent of the time.Even though Barcelona is one of the best teams in the world, there’s a huge difference between when Messi is involved in creating shots and chances and when he isn’t. Here are the equivalent differences for all players since 2010 with more than 100 games played and four or more shots or assist chances per game:Of course, these are raw shooting percentages and don’t account for the types of shots each player is taking or assisting, or the number of attempts. It’s generally harder to stay valuable over a larger number of shots, and we haven’t yet factored in that difficulty.For that, we turn back to the goals above average model, which compares each shot or chance outcome with its expectation. From this, we can tell whether a player has exceeded expectations for all of his shot attempts and chances created. Then we can do the same for all shots taken by his team without the player’s involvement, and compare the two. For example, if the player scored .02 goals above expectation per shot attempt, and the rest of his team scored -.01 goals less than expectation, that player’s value-added would be +.03 goals per shot (the value above replacement for that player on that team). Now let’s plot that added value against each player’s13Among players who played 100 games with two or more shots per game and one or more chance created per game. total offensive participation (the percentage of team shots he’s involved with):Finally, after however many charts, we see a diminishing return. At least for everyone not named Lionel Messi. He once again tops the field, impervious to the burden.But that’s just what happens once the shots are lined up. If we want to explore a player’s efficiency, we have to look into his touches more deeply. For this purpose, I created a stat called “possessions used.” It’s a little bit analogous to usage rate in basketball, and incorporates the number of touches in which a player:Takes a shot;Passes the ball to a player who takes a shot;Turns the ball over;Tries to pass the ball and fails;Tries to take on a defender and fails.In other words, it’s a stat meant to reflect anything that ends a team’s possession, whether that outcome is positive or negative. Events that simply prolong the possession (taking on a defender and succeeding, or passing the ball to another teammate who does not take a shot) aren’t factored in.Obviously passing the ball is an important skill (which I covered a bit above), but for this metric I just want to know about the relative likelihood of good outcomes (goals, assists) to bad ones (misses, turnovers, etc.) when the player does something possession-ending.14This also somewhat neutralizes any statistical advantage for players who play for pass-happy teams like Barcelona. Looking at players who “use” more than 15 possessions per game, we can plot possessions used against scoring and assists like so:Cutting out all the passing that doesn’t end in a shot, Messi generates the most points per touch of any player with a similar usage rate. But there are a couple of other important things to notice in this graph: Despite not taking as many shots, Messi uses more possessions per game than Ronaldo does. This is generally because Messi is much more likely to take on defenders, and thus is much more likely to lose possession of the ball or turn it over entirely. (He is also relatively more likely to set up a potential assist.)Importantly, turnovers in soccer aren’t as big of a deal as they are in basketball or American football. Shots, even bad ones, are more of a limited resource in soccer than possessions. Risking a turnover to increase your chances of scoring a goal even by a small amount can be worth it.Finally, Messi’s defense is consistent with that of a high-volume striker.15Which is to say, players who’ve logged 100-plus games, taken an average of three or more shots per game, and who’ve made at least 50 percent of their touches in the attacking third. That he’s practically munchkin-sized (he’s only 1.69 met — ahem, excuse me — 5’ 7” tall) seems not to matter.To look at Messi’s defensive skill, I combined successful tackles,16I didn’t count missed tackles as either positive or negative, because they aren’t nearly as bad as a successful tackle is good. interceptions and blocked shots, then adjusted for number of opponent possessions (as I did with offense above).There are a few lines where Messi’s stats are considerably worse than his peers’ (meaning Ronaldo’s): He doesn’t get a lot of clearances — although this is partly style, as Messi is more willing to pass out of defensive territory (or even take on defenders). And he doesn’t go for (or succeed at) a lot of aerials (50-50 balls in the air). While I haven’t studied this aspect of his game in depth, soccer experts in the FiveThirtyEight office theorize that it has something to do with his stature.ConclusionHow should Argentina fans feel about all this, given the disappointment they’ve experienced in World Cups past and the hopes they’ve pinned on Messi this year? So far in the 2014 tournament, Messi has been erasing whatever gap there was between his Barcelona stats and his Argentina stats, with style. And that gap was never really as big as it appeared.Since the 2010 World Cup, Messi has scored 19 goals and six assists for Argentina in 22 games (.9 goals per game and .3 assists per game, compared to 1.1 and .4 for Barca). For shooting/assisting efficiency, he has scored .199 GAA per game for Argentina versus .262 for Barca. He also has better defensive stats for Argentina, so even if there are persistent differences, it’s quite possible it has to do with style and Messi’s role on each team rather than the quality of his play.And 22 games is a tiny sample. Even so, these stats are perfectly consistent with the argument that Messi is the best footballer on earth: That .199 GAA is better than the .175 GAA per game that Ronaldo has earned at Real Madrid since 2010. This is what that .199 GAA looks like:In other words, if Barca-Messi and Argentina-Messi were two different people, even based solely on the stats recorded since 2010, there’s a good chance they’d be the two best players in the world.One of them is playing on Tuesday.CORRECTION (July 1, 12:32 p.m.): The axes in an earlier version of the chart on through-balls above misstated what they measured. The chart shows attempted through-balls and through-ball assists, not attempted and successful assists.CORRECTION (July 1, 1:06 p.m.): This article originally misstated that Cristiano Ronaldo had 289 goals since the 2010 World Cup. He had 230 goals, and 59 assists in that time, for 289 combined goals and assists.CORRECTION (July 7, 7:29 a.m.): An earlier version of this article also incorrectly said that Ronaldo had 41 successful long ball passes when in fact he had 35. In their Group F World Cup match late last month, Argentina and Iran were still deadlocked after 90 minutes. With the game in stoppage time and the score tied at 0-0, Lionel Messi took the ball near the right corner of the penalty area, held it for a moment, then broke left, found his seam, took his strike and curled it in from 29 yards. What was going to be a draw was now a win, and Messi had put Argentina into the Round of 16.It was the sort of play that inspired the phrase “Messi magic.” But for those who only watch soccer when the World Cup rolls around, this was probably only the second (or at most third) goal they’d seen from the little man they call La Pulga (“The Flea”). Despite having 407 career goals in club and international play (including a record 91 in 2012 alone) and a record four Ballon d’Or (World Player of the Year) awards, until this year’s tournament, Messi hadn’t scored in a World Cup match since 2006.Since scoring an eerily familiar goal in the 2007 Copa Del Rey, Messi has constantly been compared to Argentine great and his former national team coach Diego Maradona. Despite his young age — he turned 27 on June 24 — Messi has taken substantial criticism in Argentina and elsewhere for failing to engineer a World Cup run like that of the man with the “Hand of God.”To Argentina devotees, it probably doesn’t help that during Messi’s tenure at FC Barcelona the club team has won two FIFA Club World Cups to go with six La Liga and three UEFA (All-European) championships.Perhaps this year will be different. Messi is finally having the kind of World Cup expected of him. He has scored in every game so far (four goals overall), including one on a beautiful free kick against Nigeria and the aforementioned game-winner against Iran. As of this writing, FiveThirtyEight gives Messi and his compatriots a 16 percent chance of winning the tournament — second only to host nation Brazil.Even though national teams are patchwork and only play together for a handful of games each year, how Messi plays with Argentina relates to what is ultimately a fair criticism of his success: Most of it has come for FC Barcelona, a free-spending virtual all-star squad, packed with many of the world’s best players.1Imagine how good Peyton Manning would be if whomever he played for could spend three times as much as 90 percent of NFL teams.As the primary striker for such a juggernaut, it can be hard to detangle Messi’s goal-scoring prowess from Barcelona’s general offensive dominance. And the 2013-14 season hasn’t helped: Battling minor injuries and facing competition for touches from superstar arrival Neymar, Messi’s most recent season was slightly below par by his standards, yet Barca finished second in La Liga. (And in the seven games Messi missed, they went 6-1.) He still scored 41 goals, but that total was less than the 60 he scored the year before, and fewer than the 51 that rival Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid scored en route to capturing the Ballon d’Or.I think this criticism is fair — and I found it intriguing enough to look into the matter myself. So I gathered and organized data, crunched it, re-crunched it, and gathered more data2The crux of my research is based on play-by-play data (plus x-y coordinates) from ESPN’s partnership with the sports data companies Opta and TruMedia. and crunched it some more.By now I’ve studied nearly every aspect of Messi’s game, down to a touch-by-touch level: his shooting and scoring production; where he shoots from; how often he sets up his own shots; what kind of kicks he uses to make those shots; his ability to take on defenders; how accurate his passes are; the kind of passes he makes; how often he creates scoring chances; how often those chances lead to goals; even how his defensive playmaking compares to other high-volume shooters.And that’s just the stuff that made it into this article. I arrived at a conclusion that I wasn’t really expecting or prepared for: Lionel Messi is impossible.It’s not possible to shoot more efficiently from outside the penalty area than many players shoot inside it. It’s not possible to lead the world in weak-kick goals and long-range goals. It’s not possible to score on unassisted plays as well as the best players in the world score on assisted ones. It’s not possible to lead the world’s forwards both in taking on defenders and in dishing the ball to others. And it’s certainly not possible to do most of these things by insanely wide margins.But Messi does all of this and more.ScoringI think it’s fair to say that goals mean more in soccer than points do in most sports. And Messi scores a lot of them. Since the end of the 2010 World Cup, Messi has been responsible for 291 goals and assists in the 201 of his games in club and national team play tracked by the sports analytics company Opta. How does that compare with other soccer stars across top leagues around the world? (The Opta data set includes 16,574 players and 24,904 games in both league and international play since the end of the 2010 World Cup.)Coming in just behind Messi with 289 goals and assists since the 2010 World Cup is Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi’s rival from Real Madrid. When it comes to scoring, these two aren’t just on top of the pile, they’re hang-gliding somewhere way above it. Messi and Ronaldo have been compared to each other so often by sports media and fans alike that it almost feels trite to compare them again, but it can���t be helped. If we want to compare Messi to all players with a remotely similar volume of production, we’re left with Ronaldo.Now let’s leave assists aside for a second (much more on them later), and concentrate on Messi’s shooting. Like Ronaldo, he has an enormous number of goals, but also takes an enormous number of shots. If this were basketball, we might expect a negative (or at least decelerating) relationship between shot volume and shot efficiency — the more shots a player takes the less efficient he is.3Unless he is LeBron James. But it turns out this isn’t really the case in soccer: More efficient shooters tend to take more shots. Despite this, Messi is still a trend-breaker:4For this plot, I’ve excluded penalty shots, shootout shots and direct free kicks. I’ll discuss those separately. read more

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The English Premier League Is Back And So Is Manchester City

A new season of the English Premier League has arrived! We’ve dragged our scarves out of storage, dusted off our Britishisms and settled down at the computer to chat about the season to come.Chadwick Matlin (senior editor): Hello! I promise not to use too many cliches about the British. Before we start, let’s consult FiveThirtyEight’s new club soccer predictions, which estimate every EPL team’s chance of winning the league and making the Champions League. There’s a lot of uncertainty in which team will win — the favorite has only a 27 percent of winning as of now. But let’s start there: FiveThirtyEight’s projections say that Manchester City is likeliest to end up on top. Does that make sense, given the transfer market and how last season ended?Neil Paine (senior sportswriter): Certainly on paper, City is “supposed” to be the best team — just like they were going into last season, for what that was worth. They had the EPL’s best possession rate last season, the best ratio of shots taken to shots conceded, and the top percentage of play in the opponent’s third of the field. So you could argue that even as they finished third last season, they played the best of any team — and they still have the Premier League’s most talented roster, according to sources like the player-valuation site Transfermarkt.Tony Chow (video producer): I think “supposed to” is the key phrase here. The Citizens certainly seem to have added all the right players. They’ve splashed money on a supposed better goalkeeper in Ederson. They added key players like Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker to supposedly help with a spotty defense. I’m not saying City shouldn’t be listed as favorites this season. When you give a coach like Pep Guardiola one full season to get acclimated AND allow him to spend over 200 million pounds on transfers, it should be title or bust for City fans this season. But I still think it remains to be seen how all these pieces work together. It’s a lot of ifs.Chadwick: An aside: Is it rare to find a one-name goalkeeper, as Ederson essentially is? if you’re going to go one-name, I always thought you needed to score goals.Neil: Yes, flair is usually essential for a single-namer.Chadwick: Neil, get to work on your all-time ranking of one-name soccer players.Chadwick: So if Man City wins the league, they’d supplant Chelsea, which steamrolled their way to the championship last season. Our model says they have the next best chance of winning the league (20 percent), which to me reflects their so-so transfer market pick-ups. Am I — or our model — missing something?Neil: In some ways, Chelsea probably overachieved in getting to 93 points last season, so the model is probably anticipating some regression. If you believe in the possession and shot-quality metrics as good predictors of success, Chelsea was not overly impressive in that department last season. The team also had a mixed transfer window, so the predictions don’t think their talent is much improved. That said, they still have one of the EPL’s best rosters.Tony: The 20 percent chance for Chelsea surprised me actually. I’m reminded of a piece we wrote last season about Arsenal with the headline “Arsenal Stood Still While Its Rivals Got Better.” It seems like the same could be true for Chelsea this season. Yes, they brought in a promising striker in Alvaro Morata, but they lost Nemanja Matic, a key player in their title-winning season, to a rival (Man U). Also, their star, Eden Hazard, is hurt for the beginning of the season. A legitimate title defense will most likely have to wait until he returns.Neil: Hazard plays a huge role in that Chelsea offense. He was second in the EPL last season in successful “take-ons,” with 143, and his 75 percent success rate in 1-vs-1 situations was much, much higher than the overall EPL average of 55 percent.Chadwick: OK, now on to Man U, which made the splashiest signing in the Premier League this transfer window, sniping Romelu Lukaku from Everton for about 75 million pounds. Lukaku replaces Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Man U seems primed to once again make a run at glory after several years out of the top three. Our model gives them an 18 percent of winning the league — is Man U ready to be obnoxiously good again?Neil: It really has been a drought for United. They haven’t won the league since 2012-13, and in fact, over that span, they haven’t finished higher than fourth. You have to go back to the late 1980s to find another stretch quite so barren. But there’s been a lot of buzz this offseason about how Man U might be poised for a comeback.Tony: Never bet against Jose Mourinho in his second season with a team.Chadwick: Why do you say that, Tony?Tony: The guy has won a league title in the second season of every one of the teams he’s managed (Porto, Inter, Chelsea, Real Madrid and then Chelsea again). I wouldn’t be surprised if this pattern continues.Lukaku might be getting all the buzz, but Man United’s path back to glory will have to come through the former most expensive player in the world, Paul Pogba. He had a good but not great debut in the Premier League last season (5 goals, 4 assists), but the addition of Matic to Man United’s midfield should allow Pogba to have a breakout season.Neil: Matic’s passing could open up a new dimension for United. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, he added 4.3 goals above average with his passing — thanks to not only a really high completion percentage on his own passes, but also a stellar success rate for teammates on plays following his passes.Tony: Yeah, that’s a scary, scary duo in midfield for the Red Devils.Chadwick: Anything’s possible without Wayne Rooney.OK, next up: the second tier of the top tier — Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool.I feel like Tottenham was all the rage in the U.S. a few years ago for people just starting to stumble their way into EPL fandom, but the Spurs never quite seem to be able to break through. They haven’t signed any starter of note, and their rivals have gotten better. The model is giving Tottenham a 13 percent chance of winning the league, but that seems somehow too high for me. You guys?Tony: Why are all new American soccer fans seemingly Tottenham fans?Neil: Blame Bill Simmons.Tony: 13 percent seems about right to me. They still have two-time Golden Boot winner Harry Kane. To me, the biggest questions facing Tottenham are how they deal with the loss of Kyle Walker to Man City and how they adjust to not being able to play at White Hart Lane while it undergoes renovations. They were undefeated at home last season (17 wins, 0 losses, 2 draws), and now they no longer have that home-field advantage.Neil: The Spurs did probably overachieve more than any other EPL team last year. They were no Leicester in 2015, of course, but they finished with 28 more points than our model projected last season, and a lot of that was on the strength of some favorable shooting and save percentages (what’s known as ‘PDO’), which are more variable stats than something like possession rate. Plus, like you mentioned, they did next to nothing of note on the transfer market. A regression could be coming.Tony: The save percentages — is that all because of Hugo Lloris, or do solid defensive players factor into that as well?Neil: It’s probably a combination of both. Lloris is pretty well-regarded, but there’s also a big luck component that will likely fall away — particularly on offense, where they took a league-high 47 percent of their shots from outside the box last season. Those generally aren’t good scoring chances.Chadwick: OK — on to Arsenal. They have a 10 percent chance of winning the league and a 46 percent chance of making the Champions League. Tony, do you need to excuse yourself because of a conflict of interest?Tony: I’m going to try my best to hide my biases, but based on my calculations, I think Arsenal is going to win the league.Chadwick: Of all the teams in the top six, Arsenal seems like the one most likely to crater. (Doesn’t mean there’s a high chance of that, though.) Alexis Sanchez may not be there in a few weeks, Arsene Wenger barely held on to his job last season and Tony’s spirit animal, Mesut Ozil, isn’t getting younger. Tony, shine your optimistic light upon me!Tony: One word: Lacazette. Wenger should be pleased with what he’s seen from Lacazette in preseason, and his performances should help mitigate any off-field turmoil and contract negotiations that are sure to dominate Arsenal talks this season.Neil: Like we mentioned with Tottenham, though, Arsenal relied on a pretty fortunate combination of percentages last season — they led the Premier League in PDO, which will probably come back down to earth, while they only ranked sixth in the ratio of shots taken to shots allowed. Having said that, they have a better talent base than the Spurs do (for now), so they might weather the regression better.Chadwick: Tony, I saw you pacing around the office on game days last season bemoaning a team you felt was going nowhere. Is it just the hopeful air of summer that has you high on them, or do you really see it all coming together?Tony: There’s a famous saying among Gunner fandom — “form is temporary, fourth is permanent” — and although they failed to live up to even that self-deprecating motto last season, I do believe they have better than a 46 percent chance of qualifying for the Champions League.Chadwick: OK on to our final significant contender: Liverpool, which seems like they still have some work to do in the transfer market if they want to make a real run at the Champions League. Depth seems to be the real issue after a quiet transfer season, and extra games are looming because of their tournament play.Tony: Depth is definitely their biggest issue. They were hampered by injuries last year to key players like Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and, of course, Daniel Sturridge. AND Sturridge and Lallana are already injured starting this year. Plus, they haven’t really done anything this summer. Their biggest transfer is Mohamed Salah, and while he makes them probably the fastest attacking team in the league, he doesn’t add any depth to their starting 11.Neil: Liverpool were another team that slightly outplayed expectations last season, but their underlying numbers also ended up being top-notch — they were second in both possession rate and share of shots taken in their games. So who knows what exactly to make of them this season?Tony: All this is not even taking into account that their main creative player, Philippe Coutinho, could be gone by the end of this transfer season. As much as Jurgen Klopp is denying it, if this happens, that 8 percent chance of winning the league will drop drastically.Out of these six teams, any combination of four teams wouldn’t surprise me to qualify for Champions League next season.Chadwick: All right, enough with the good teams. On to the ones that might fail spectacularly. And, yes, that includes you, Everton.Tony: To be fair to Everton fans, our projections give them only a 5 percent chance of being relegated. No way that really happens, right?Neil: It would be pretty shocking — but the fact it’s that high for a team we’re projecting to finish seventh underscores how much of a gap there is between the top six and the rest of the league.Chadwick: Besides the six teams we’ve already discussed, the FiveThirtyEight soccer model thinks every other team has at least a 1 in 20 chance of being relegated. More teams have a legitimate chance of being kicked out of the league than winning it!Neil: Is that normal? Certainly the EPL isn’t usually held up as a bastion of competitive balance.Tony: Yeah, it’s not looking like there will be a Leicester City-circa-2015 this year.Neil: Although to be fair, it wasn’t looking like there would be a Leicester 2015 in 2015, either.Chadwick: Last season, our model somehow projected even more teams as having a 5 percent chance of being relegated.Neil: True. But the teams with the highest probabilities of relegation last year were still somewhat likely to stay in the EPL. Crystal Palace was the highest, at 32 percent. This season, the two most likely relegation candidates — Huddersfield and Brighton — are both more than 45 percent likely to be bumped back down to the Championship.Chadwick: And here I thought I had finally found a Premier League team to root for in Huddersfield.Tony: I thought you were an Arsenal fan, Chad?Chadwick: I’m already a Mets fan, Tony.All right, any final thoughts before we log off and Tony tries to convince me that it’s somehow coincidental that Arsenal has a coach named Arsene?Neil: It seems like all signs are pointing to another top-heavy year. I’m interested in the battle at the top: Chelsea’s title defense against Man City’s sheer talent.Tony: Both Pep and Jose begin their sophomore efforts with good teams, and it’ll be interesting to see how their successes and failures are covered and compared. It’s looking like those Manchester derbies will be incredibly important games this year.Also, COYG!! I’m allowed to say that right? Too late. COYG!!Chadwick: Tony, is that English? Maybe all too English, come to think of it. read more

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Baseball Ohio State splits fourgame series in Big TenPac12 Challenge

Ohio State junior starting pitcher Connor Curlis delivers a pitch against University Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Snowbird Classic on Feb. 16, 2018. Ohio State won 11-7. Credit: Courtesy of Press Pros Magazine.The Ohio State baseball team rode 35 combined runs in its first three games in Surprise, Arizona, to capture two of its first three in the Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge.In game four the bats cooled off in the desert, and after getting shut out by No. 2 Oregon State (8-0, 0-0 Pac-12) on Saturday, the Buckeyes (5-3, 0-0 Big Ten) finished the road trip with an even two wins and two losses. Ohio State won both game against Utah (0-6).Defense was of significant concern for the Buckeyes across the four games, with a total of 12 errors on the weekend.Game 1: UtahOhio State already had a 4-0 lead in the opening frame when sophomore right fielder Dominic Canzone stepped up to the plate for his second time that inning, this trip with the bases loaded. He saw a 1-0 pitch he liked and smacked it into left, scoring a pair of runs as part of a seven-run opening inning for the Buckeyes Thursday.It was more than enough offense to get Ohio State past Utah 7-2.Junior Connor Curlis took the hill to start for the Buckeyes and pitched well, surrendering just one earned run in 5.1 innings with five strikeouts. He received credit for the win, his first of the season.Game 2: Oregon StateThe Buckeyes held a 6-4 advantage over the No. 2 Oregon State Beavers leading into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Beavers came back with six runs in the frame aided by a pair of errors by Ohio State junior second baseman Brady Cherry.Ohio State attempted a comeback in the final at-bat, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth, one from third baseman Conner Pohl’s second home run of the day, but Oregon State was able to hold on for the 10-8 victory against the Buckeyes.Junior starting pitcher Ryan Feltner opened the game on the hill, going six innings and giving up four earned runs. Senior reliever Seth Kinker took his first loss on the year after surrendering six runs in the eighth inning — none of them earned.The Ohio State defense committed four errors in the game.Game 3: UtahA 20-run offensive explosion propelled Ohio State to a second win, 20-13, against Utah Saturday in Surprise, Arizona.Five different hitters had at least three hits for the Buckeyes in the game, including a 5-for-7, four-RBI day from senior right fielder Noah McGowan, who hit his third home run of the season during the contest. This marked the seventh straight game with an RBI for the Ohio State right fielder. Canzone had a 4-for-6 day with two RBIs and his third stolen base on the year. Senior left fielder Tyler Cowles went 3-for-6 with a pair of RBIs.Redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer started the game for the Buckeyes, going four innings and giving up six runs, four of them earned. Redshirt senior Curtiss Irving (1-0) was credited with the win after a scoreless eighth inning in relief.Game 4: Oregon StateOhio State might have kept it close with Oregon State in the initial meeting Friday, but on Sunday, Oregon State sophomore pitcher Grant Gambrell took the hill and delivered seven shutout innings. He retired a dozen hitters by strikeout.It was more than enough for the Beavers to notch a 6-1 win over the Buckeyes . The Beavers found six runs despite losing their best hitter, junior second baseman Nick Madrigal, before the game with a broken wrist.Redshirt senior pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos (1-1) got the start for the Buckeyes and pitched four innings giving up six runs, only two of them earned after a pair of errors by senior first baseman Bo Coolen. read more

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Alavanos and Tsipras brawl over SYRIZA

first_imgLeadership tensions continued in the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) with the parliamentary leader withdrawing his resignation and the Coalition President apologising to the broad Left in Greece for the ‘inexcusable catastrophic manner’ the Coalition addressed its poor showing in the recent European elections.In a meeting of the Synaspismos Left Coalition, the main group within SYRIZA, last Monday, parliamentary leader Alekos Alavanos announced he would not be stepping down, despite insisting last week that he had decided to leave after SYRIZA garnered less than 5 percent in the European Parliament elections on June 7.“Most of the blame for everything that happened between [the general election of] September 2007 and June 2009 and which led to SYRIZA’s defeat in the Euro elections belongs to the head of the parliamentary group,” he said. “I fully accept that blame.”Alavanos also suggested that Synaspismos, and therefore Tsipras, had too much power within the SYRIZA coalition. Tsipras responded on Thursday by apologising to the Coalition’s supporters and sympathisers for the manner in which SYRIZA had dealt with the election results.“Personally I feel the need, after two weeks of dealing with the elections results – which were neither the best or the worst possible result – in a inexcusable and catastrophic manner, to apologise on behalf of the leadership of SYRIZA to the broader of the Left and members and supporters of SYRIZA, for the manner in which we have embittered them with our response.” Tsipras also took a swipe at Alavanos by saying that the organisational wing of the coalition was staying calm and proceeding with logic and caution, unlike the parliamentary wing of the Coalition. The leadership tensions are expected to continue until the party conference in September. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Magical Harry Potter River Cruise Sets Sail This Summer

first_img Forget Disney Cruise Line: This Harry Potter boat trip is sure to be the most magical from here to Hogwarts.This summer, fans can board the Magna Carta barge for a week-long river cruise to some settings that inspired J.K. Rowling—and some inspired by her.Sail round trip from London to various filming locations, like Virginia Water (where Harry meets Buckbeak at the lake in The Prisoner of Azkaban), Picket Post Close (the IRL 4 Privet Drive featured in The Sorcerer’s Stone), and Christ Church College at Oxford University (Hogwarts’ Great Hall as seen in The Sorcerer’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets).You’ll also visit Warner Bros. Studios, where you can get lost (metaphorically, I hope) in the magic of iconic props, costumes, and sets from the eight-film series.Other stops include Hampton Court Palace—the Tudor home of Henry VIII (featuring “the finest Tudor ceiling in existence, showing you that J.K. Rowling’s settings are not far from the truth,” according to the cruise itinerary)—and Windsor Castle—the largest inhabited castle in the world (and very much worth a look, assuming the Queen isn’t home).Harry Potter tours run in August and September (via Barge Lady Cruises)The eight-passenger Magna Carta sleeps two per ensuite cabin, each room named after a famous and influential Englishman: Henry VIII, Christopher Wren, William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill).Wi-Fi is (limitedly) available, and there’s a hot tub, mountain bikes, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and underfloor heating. The 2018 Harry Potter season runs for two weeks only, from August 19-25 and September 16-22. A double cabin costs $5,350 per person; single occupancy is just $1,650 during the regular season. Folks can also book a private cruise for six ($35,900), seven ($37,500), or eight guests ($39,100).That includes seven days and six nights in the cabin, chauffeured transfers from London to the barge and back, a light lunch before departure, all meals on board (plus wines with lunch and dinner), an open bar, and daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.You will have to pay your own way to and from London, as well as for any meals taken on shore.For fans of historical period dramas, the Magna Carta also offers a Downton Abbey itinerary (with dates from April to August), stopping at various Tudor manors and the Highclere Castle where the show was filmed, among other locations. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys last_img read more

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EMC plans layoffs to trim costs by 850 million

first_imgGlobal data storage company EMC Corp plans to cut unspecified number of jobs in the first quarter of 2016 as part of its restructuring efforts to reduce annual costs by $850 million.The move comes ahead of the completion of its acquisition by global tech giant Dell Inc. Dell is scheduled to merge with EMC by October 2016, subject to approval by EMC shareholders.The layoffs are planned “to keep pace” with changing landscape of the industry, EMC said in a regulatory filing on 31 December. The company had 70,000 employees by the end of 2014.”The plan consists of a reduction in force which will be substantially completed by the end of the first quarter of 2016 and fully completed by the end of 2016.The total charge resulting from this plan is expected to be approximately $250 million, with total cash payments associated with the plan expected to be $220 million,” the filing said.EMC, which has a market capitalisation of nearly $50 billion, saw its profit decline in the recent quarters. Revenue growth in the company’s core data storage business almost remained flat in the past two years. Its revenue stood at $24.4 billion in 2014.In October last year, Dell had agreed to buy EMC for $66 billion. The deal could enable Dell, the world’s third-largest maker of personal computers, to expand its footprint “among corporate clients”.Dell became a private company in 2013 after Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake went for a “leveraged buyout” of the company in a deal worth $25 billion. The company’s founder, Michael Dell, is currently trying to transform it into full-fledged enterprise computing services provider.last_img read more

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India art fair diaries

first_imgIndia Art Fair, the leading platform for discovering modern and contemporary art from South Asia, announced programme highlights for the 2018 edition. Presented in partnership with BMW Group in India, the fair will take place at the NSIC grounds, Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi, from February 9 to 12. Under the leadership of new fair director, Jagdip Jagpal, the 2018 edition of India Art Fair will feature refreshed and expanded programming across each of the fair’s sections and a testing out of new ideas. The 2018 programme will offer unrivalled access to South Asia’s thriving cultural scene, including its galleries and artists, private foundations and arts charities, artists’ collectives, national institutions, cultural events and festivals. Jagpal promises to inject a sense of professionalism, depth and a certain avant-garde insignia to the 2018 exposition. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOf great interest and intrigue will be the international representation that looks at a sprinkling of South Asian presence.Presented in a redesigned events space, India Art Fair’s public events programme will be reimagined and expanded in 2018 and will feature artist talks, industry debates, live events and digital artworks. Highlights include a moving image work by Hetain Patel, alongside a new strand of talks titled ‘I know what you did last summer’, which will invite South Asia’s most established artists to present on recent international exhibitions and projects. The first participant to be announced is Waqas Khan. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveContinuing their long and substantial engagement with contemporary arts, presenting partner BMW Group India will show the 17th BMW Art Car by Jeff Koons – 2010, BMW M3 GT2 reflecting the cultural and historical development of art, design and technology. An exclusive space will be created for collectors to connect at the Collectors’ Lounge and an annual BMW Patrons’ evening in support and celebration of corporate collaboration and patronage of the art Blain | Southern will be showing works by Marius Bercea, Jonas Burgert, Francesco Clemente, Mat Collishaw, Rachel Howard, Michael Joo and Bill Viola. A particular highlight is Clemente’s Emblems of Transformation series – delicately and intimately scaled paintings which include miniature elements chosen and suggested by the artist, and executed by a family of Indian miniaturist painters from Rajasthan. Bruno Art Group will present works by artists including Lihi Turjeman and Sharon Ya’ari. These artists will be presented at IAF for the first time to bring to India the most exciting emerging Israeli artists. Richard Koh Fine Arts will be showing Malaysian artists Anne Samat, Hasanul Isyraf Idris and Dhavinder Singh. This booth will have a suite of works that tap contemporary character that has is born of literary leanings and the images are an allegory of allusions that are at once alluring in every way.Complementing the fair’s regional perspective, carefully selected galleries from across Asia, Europe, South America, United Kingdom and the United States will showcase their globally-recognised artists, many of whom have never exhibited in India before. International galleries are sure to add a distinct definitive flavour to the IAF that will open next week.last_img read more

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GitHub Is Helping Companies Work Together by Crowdsourcing Software

first_imgMay 23, 2013 VycloneThe Vyclone app finds users who have filmed the same event and automatically edits their footage together into multi-angle videos. This story appears in the June 2013 issue of . Subscribe » MapBoxWith clients like Foursquare, the cloud-based platform MapBox allows anyone to design and publish a customizable map–a serious competitor to Google Maps. Even GitHub uses GitHub: Co-founder and CEO Tom Preston-Werner recently experienced in a very meta way the power of his online hosting service for software-development projects (and the largest open-source community around). Preston-Werner asked users to help him build a new type of data format; within two days, hundreds of contributions to the project had been made.”To see a community rally around an idea, all in such a short time frame … is pretty stunning,” he says. “GitHub is able to pull people together and inspire people to contribute, because they can become part of something that’s bigger than themselves.”Less kumbaya and more “anything you can do, I can do better,” San Francisco-based GitHub has created a streamlined way for software developers to collaborate, by creating one arena in which they can write, share and revise code–and tap anyone in the community for help. Traditionally, the open-source coding process has been arduous, with multiple steps involved to propose changes (which can deter someone from pointing out fixes that don’t affect them). “The point of GitHub is to reduce the amount of work involved, and make it so low that you will always contribute when you see something [to fix],” Preston-Werner says.And that point is helping expand the company’s user base: In April GitHub had 3.5 million users hosting some 6 million “repositories” of stored software projects. Some of those users are big players like Lockheed Martin, Twitter, Facebook and The White House; enterprise users include Fortune 500 companies, large government agencies and universities. Revenue has increased 300 percent annually since GitHub’s founding in 2008, and the staff now numbers 158. Last July the company scored $100 million from Andreessen Horowitz, the VC firm’s largest investment ever. (GitHub was previously entirely bootstrapped.)GitHub Co-founder and CEO Tom Preston-WernerGitHub is built on Git, an open-source revision-control system that manages and stores multiple versions of a project, and improves upon the system with an online interface, access control and the ability to see users’ profiles and project history. It works like this: A user “forks,” or copies, a repository to their account, makes their revisions and modifications to the code, then submits a “pull request” to the original owner, who can then decide whether to merge those changes with the original code. The platform allows for real-time discussion about the changes as a whole, parts or specific lines of code. Open-source projects are free; paid plans are available for private repositories.Examples of projects hosted on GitHub include We the People, an app The White House developed for citizens to petition the administration to take action on various issues; Bootstrap, a popular framework for building websites; and Ruby on Rails, a framework that has been used to build web apps for the likes of Twitter, Groupon, Hulu and KISSmetrics.”We want GitHub to be the best place to design, build and ship software–but we’re not there yet,” Preston-Werner says. “The future is to achieve that goal, and in the name of making it easier for people to work together.” WeddingMixBrides and grooms can skip the videographer by getting guests to download the WeddingMix app and do the filming for them; the footage is then professionally edited by the Storymix Media team. OlapicOlapic works with brands like Free People and lululemon athletica to curate and display user-generated photos shared through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Sustainability » Love & Connecting » Invention » Urban Life » Rural Life » Food & Beverage » Work Life » Gaming »Crowdsourcing & CollaborationSports & Recreation » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min readcenter_img More Crowdsourcing Brilliance The HuntThe Hunt is a shopping site whose community tracks down things users like on sites like Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr. DirectlyOn the customer-service site Directly, independent experts “who know different companies inside and out” offer guidance to consumers in exchange for rewards. TheatricsUSA Network used video storytelling platform Theatrics for “The Social Sector,” a murder mystery that cast viewers as digital assistants to help the stars of Psych solve cases through real-time communications, games and video responses. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. WazeWaze: A navigation system that shares real-time traffic updates, hazards and recommended routes, passively updated by drivers who have the app open on their phone. FlightfoxFor planning complicated trips, a search algorithm just won’t do: On Flightfox, experts compete to find the best and cheapest routes. Register Now »last_img read more

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Young man shot by intruder on mainland Isla Mujeres

first_imgIsla Mujeres, Q.R. — A young man was shot inside his home in the early hours of Thursday on the mainland of Isla Mujeres.The shooting occurred in the area of Rancho Viejo Avenue in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Preliminary reports say the mother was woken when she heard someone enter her home. She saw a man with a gun.When her son entered the room, he was shot. Police were called and arrived to find a 23-year-old male with gunshot wounds to one leg. An ambulance arrived to transport him to the hospital.The mother was able to identify the man who entered her home, naming him as El Güero. Police continue to search for the man, who reports say, fled in a taxi.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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TA ATE embrace word of mouse

first_imgWith 1.4 million Facebook fans, a figure growing by 5,000 a day, and a “small but growing Twitter site”, Tourism Australia (TA) is providing the “tools and ammunition” for communities to spread the word about the country. “Most media don’t have an audience of 1.4 million, so we almost have a media exclusive to us where we talk to those guys about holidaying in Australia, and they’re telling and getting their friends,” Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said. Speaking to e-Travel Blackboard, Mr McEvoy said social media was “huge and getting bigger”, adding that it was “a way for us [TA] to amplify what it is that we talk about”. “We can tell people ‘There’s Nothing Like Australia’, but it’s much better when the world discusses with each other why that is true,” Mr McEvoy said. Talking to advocacy in tourism, Mr McEvoy said that it was “here to stay” and that it had “always been here”. “It was called ‘word of mouth’ … now they call it ‘word of mouse’,” the TA boss told e-Travel Blackboard. “Our job remains great words, great images, great inspiration, great motivation for our country; but let other people tell the story, it’s much more credible.” Working with Tourism Australia on their ATE Twitter page is Holly Galbraith, from Go Future Media, who said it was the first time the event had implemented a “Twitter strategy”. “Last year there was no real plan,” Ms Galbraith told e-Travel Blackboard.“But I am stoked with how well it has been embraced.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Tourism Australia MD Andrew McEvoylast_img read more

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