‘Historic’ Black coach hires at Texas, Penn State

first_imgIn this Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 file photo, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is doused by linebacker Chase Garnham (36) after they defeated Houston 41-24 in the BBVA Compass Bowl NCAA college football game in Birmingham, Ala. “We’re making tremendous strides,” Franklin says. “The more opportunities that coaches get and go out and do well and succeed, it helps. It helps change perceptions, and perceptions are a powerful thing.” (AP Photo/Butch Dill)At the University of Texas, football is religion. At Penn State University, they need football for redemption. So when these storied programs hired Black head coaches within days of each other to return them to past glory, it was a major moment for a sport that has been among the slowest to promote African-American leaders at the highest level.There have been other Black head coaches at top football schools — Notre Dame, Stanford, Miami, UCLA. But the recent hiring of Charlie Strong at Texas and James Franklin at Penn State sent a powerful message, because of the combined prestige, mystique and influence of those teams.“It’s a historical moment,” said Doug Williams, the first Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl and a former head coach at Grambling.“We’ve come a long way in a couple weeks,” Williams said. “Even though we don’t have as many as you would like, but when you get a Penn State and a Texas, them schools together almost make up for about 10 schools.”There are 125 colleges playing in the top-level Football Bowl Subdivision. In 2013, 13 of them had Black coaches. That was down from 15 in 2012 and an all-time high of 17 in 2011. Strong and Franklin have not been replaced by African-Americans, so the overall numbers remain low.For Franklin, the numbers are less important than the opportunities.“I don’t underestimate the significance of this moment. I take a lot of pride in that,” he said in an interview. “But the most important thing is we’re getting to a point where universities and organizations and corporations are hiring people based on merit and the most qualified guy.“We’re making tremendous strides,” Franklin said. “The more opportunities that coaches get and go out and do well and succeed, it helps. It helps change perceptions, and perceptions are a powerful thing.”Black coaches have won championships in college basketball and pro football, baseball and basketball. But no Black coach has won the college football national title.For Ty Willingham, who in 2001 became the first Black head football coach at Notre Dame, the recent events produced a mixture of emotions.“You are extremely proud that it is an African-American,” Willingham said. “At the same time, it represents that an outstanding coach has proved his abilities. That’s what the whole struggle is about, is the opportunity for a man to prove his abilities.“I don’t think it’s a novelty now,” said Willingham, who also led teams at Stanford and the University of Washington. “In a sense, we’re past it. I still don’t think we’re at that place where it is a commonplace thought. But we are getting closer, and that is a wonderful day.”That may be one reason why race was not a dominant theme when Strong and Franklin were named last week. Some noted that Texas, which fielded college football’s last all-White championship team in 1969, had never had a Black coach before. And the success of the Black coach Kevin Sumlin at archrival Texas A&M made race less of an issue with Strong.In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 photo, Texas new head football coach Charlie Strong speaks to fans during a timeout against Oklahoma in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American- Statesman, Ricardo B. Brazziell)But the issue was still there — when T-shirts went on sale with Strong’s face and the words “Black is the new Brown” (a reference to outgoing coach Mack Brown), or when people questioned whether race was the reason billionaire Texas booster Red McCombs criticized Strong’s hire and said he would make a good position coach or coordinator.John Thompson, the pioneering Black college basketball coach with Georgetown, said it doesn’t make sense when so many players but so few coaches are Black.“If you love something well enough to perform at it, you got to perform at it intellectually as well as physically. You can’t be a good football or basketball player consistently and be stupid,” Thompson said. “So (when) you are not in management, you’re still perceived as the one who picks the cotton rather than owns the plantation.”Football coaches usually get their first top jobs after success as offensive or defensive coordinator. Strong was stuck for a decade as defensive coordinator for championship Florida teams, getting passed over for numerous head coach positions. In 2009, just before Louisville made him its head coach, Strong said he was told that one Southeastern Conference doormat did not hire him in part because his wife is White.Franklin, 41, is a dozen years younger that Strong. In some ways, his rapid rise illuminates the greater opportunities available to a new generation of Black coaches.Franklin hopped back and forth from college to NFL jobs before spending 2008-2010 as Maryland’s offensive coordinator and head-coach-in-waiting. Vanderbilt hired him for the 2011 season. Three winning campaigns later, he landed one of the most prestigious jobs in college sports.Since his arrival at Penn State, Franklin’s narrative has not been about race — Mike Tomlin has won a Super Bowl down the road in Pittsburgh — but about restoring Penn State’s reputation, which crumbled beneath the horrific child rape scandal that ended Joe Paterno’s reign of 45 years as head coach.“There’s no question that the so-called prime jobs, programs with great traditions, have been less available to African-Americans,” said Richard Lapchick, who has spent decades advocating for more diversity in sports.He said it has been tougher for Black coaches to build winning traditions because they usually get opportunities with losing teams, and it’s tough to turn that around before the ax falls in two or three years.“Stepping in at Texas or Penn State,” Lapchick said, “makes that a lot easier.”___College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo in Indianapolis and AP Sports Writer Jim Vertuno in Austin contributed to this report.___Jesse Washington covers race and ethnicity for The Associated Press. He is reachable at http://twitter.com/jessewashington or [email protected]last_img read more

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What have Nagamootoo, Ramjattan delivered to Guyanese?

first_imgDear Editor,The massive crowds converging at all the venues where the Leader of the Opposition kept his community and public meetings speak volumes of his growing popularity as the true leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Not only members, supporters but a growing number of Guyanese from other political parties are now being converted. They have great confidence that he will deliver this country once again on the path to social and economic development. They have seen what the People’s National Congress-dominated Government can do in just over three years!What is the secret to this growing popularity of the PPP? Undoubtedly, Jagdeo is not only charismatic but his intellect and acute analysis on micro- and macro-economic realities and his ability to formulate and deliver sound economic policies is unparalleled.The people of this country wait expectantly on him to deliver his weekly trade mark press conferences which not only brings to the fore the many failed policies of the coalition Government but highlights their inability to run the affairs of this country and their penchant for corruption and squandering. If only the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) can take a page out of his book! But no, their venomous attacks on him and the PPP seek to justify their corruption, incompetence and many failures!Imagine the PPP leader went to Linden and attracted an unprecedentedly huge crowd at a Local Government Election campaign. The AFC had bragged that they will outperform the APNU in Linden, but it seems that their main contender is the PPP. They should now rethink that conclusion. Fortunately, this foretells not only the growing support for the PPP, but it is an indication that the APNU/AFC coalition will never be able to regain power at the 2020 General Elections. Their days are numbered. They have desperately failed to deliver to the people to whom they shamelessly promised the ‘good life’ and those people are now doing the delivering!What have Nagamootoo and Ramjattan delivered to the people, especially those in Berbice? Nagamootoo is so deathly afraid to keep a community in the village of Whim where he was born, although he bribed them with a road and a few streetlights. He had to keep a poorly attended PTA meeting at Auchlyne Primary, the school he attended as a kid. It is a personal insult to him that on that same day, his nemesis Jagdeo kept a bottom house meeting at Whim where more than 300 persons attended. His regular ‘bottom house’ meeting is by his brother’s residence by the roadside next to a rum shop. It was just a few weeks ago that 50 residents from the Whim/Bloomfield LAA signed affidavits to have their names removed from the AFC backers’ form. Such is his popularity in his village!Nagamootoo had gone there personally with his team to ensure that they could at least influence some of his family and friends to support the AFC. He had failed in his quest and called the people ‘namak haram’ (ungrateful), reminding them of the few street lights and the road to the Hindu temple. What a hypocrite! He had blasted the PPP for using State resources to campaign at elections.The same happened at Ramjattan’s village. He used the CPG Liaison Officer to fill out backers’ form for the AFC and the same fraudulent exercise occurred. There were scores of people who swore to affidavits that they did not sign these backers’ forms and a dead person and some persons who have migrated also signed. Again Ramjattan like his friend Nagamootoo cannot hold a community in the village of his birth. He held a couple of ‘bottom house’ meetings at his relative’s house which were attended by just a handful of his drinking buddies. Both of these ‘good life sireners’ have been vigorously rejected by their own people! You simply cannot fool all the people all the time!The AFC and its partner, the APNU should now realise that ‘good life’ and ‘fit and proppa’ have already been transformed into the overused cliché category and the marketing appeal has long been lost. These terms may very well be classified as ‘obscenities’ by the poor and impoverished people, the small man who accounts for 80 per cent of the population.Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

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Report: iPhone 5 will be “Completely Redesigned”

first_imgsarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Will iPhone 5 up the feature set of its competitor? It’s likely. One of the interesting things about Siri is that it integrates with third-party data sources like OpenTable for restaurant reservations and Yelp for local business listings. Those services, incidentally, also exist as iPhone apps. What if Apple tied together this new voice interface to the device not only with the services themselves, but could also direct you to the appropriate app to learn more? You would then have a whole new interface for locating and launching apps – a search engine of sorts, even, where the focus isn’t on what app name you need to find (as iPhone’s native search does today), but on what action you need to take.iPhone 5 Ships with “Cloud iTunes?” Another Apple acquisition from April 2010, was Lala.com, a cloud-based music streaming service. No doubt this talent-hire was for the purpose of gaining insight and knowledge into the details of building a solid music streaming service like the popular, but now defunct, Lala.iTunes, the centralized repository of music, videos, apps and more is quickly becoming outdated as new streaming-only services crop up left and right. Some, like Rdio, provide access to your own content library along with 7 million or so digital tracks while others, like MOG, forgo access to your own tracks entirely, offering only its catalog of 10 million songs. Rdio and MOG, as well as Napster, Rhapsody and (the still-yet-to-launch stateside) Spotify, are reasonably priced subscription services where around $10 a month provides you with all-you-can-eat access to music.Apple has never offered a subscription model for iTunes, but with the Lala acquistion, that appears to be in its future. With iPhone 5, you may be able to purchase, download and stream everything from your phone, no desktop software required, and all for one low monthly fee.iPhone 5 to Offer Facial Recognition? In September, Apple acquired facial-recognition firm Polar Rose, whose technology was previously used in a consumer-facing service that automatically tagged your Facebook and Flickr photos with your friends’ names. While speculation at the time focused on how Apple could use the facial recognition to improve its desktop products like Aperture and iPhoto, there’s no reason why it would ignore its mobile products.Integrating facial recognition into the iPhone could mean a device that knows its owner, for example, and unlocks the phone just for them. Or whose photos are automatically tagged with the names of friends and family, which are then synced to iPhoto on the Mac.Can Apple Execs Deliver Jobs’ Vision for iPhone 5?In summary, that’s a very smart smartphone we’ve just described: one that knows who owns it, unlocking just for them, one that can listen and respond to your questions, that can provide factual answers or point you to a related mobile app, one where your music library (and maybe more) is stored online, one that includes NFC for mobile payments, and one that works on whatever carrier you choose. Frankly, that sounds downright magical.Steve Jobs has long been a visionary for this industry, and his ideas and creations have dramatically impacted how people interact with technology. iPhone 5, assuming it offers all the above, could do that yet again. ?But we’ll have to see if Apple can pull it all off without Jobs’ day-to-day presence at Apple.Note: Originally, this article stated the iPhone 5 could be the first to launch without Jobs’ daily involvement. This is incorrect. The iPhone 3GS launched in June 2009. Jobs was on medical leave during the first part of that year. Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#NYT#Op-Ed#web Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology This summer, Apple is expected to launch its next iPhone, and new reports describe it as a “completely redesigned handset” as well as a “total rethink from a design standpoint.” To start, the iPhone 5’s internals will be different – the device will run on a new, combined CDMA/GSM/UTMS chipset from Qualcomm, which will support both AT&T and Verizon here in the U.S., as well as other carriers worldwide – perhaps even an expanded lineup, as would now be possible. Along with the iPad 2, this chipset change represents the transition away from Infineon as the iPhone and iPad chipset maker. Going forward, Qualcomm will make the chips for all Apple mobile devices.But as of this morning, it seems that the most notable thing about the iPhone 5 is not a sum of its features but the fact that it will be a major iPhone launch that will occur without Steve Jobs’ daily presence. Although the ailing Apple CEO stated via press release this a.m. that he will continue his role during his medical absence, COO Tim Cook will be in charge of day-to-day operations at Apple.Consider the iPhone 5’s 2011 launch as Apple’s dry run for a future without Steve Jobs at the helm. Can it still be “magical?”From the sound of the note, there’s no reason to expect this is any short-term illness for Jobs. He writes that “Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011” so he can focus on his health. Jobs previously had pancreatic cancer and received a liver transplant in 2009, so this news is not surprising. However, it’s decidedly upsetting, both from a financial point of view and from the point of view from of someone who has upheld the CEO as one of our era’s greatest visionaries.But for now, let’s just focus on the iPhone 5. Without Jobs’ daily involvement, Apple execs may be launching the most impressive device yet, if our suspicions play out. Here’s what we know so far:Details on iPhone 5 are MinimalAn Engadget exclusive from last week cites “reliable sources” in detailing the latest rumors about the upcoming iPhone 5 and iPad 2. The iPhone is currently being tested by senior staff on Apple’s campus, it said. But even the sources aren’t giving out details on what the phone will be like, only saying it’s a “compete redesign.”However, we can put together a list of Apple’s latest acquisitions, hires and patents to start giving us an idea of the iPhone’s future.iPhone 5 Expected to Support NFC For starters, a 2010 Apple hire of a notable NFC (near field communication) expert Benjamin Vigier and the filing of several related patents, including one for a mobile payments service, suggest that the next iPhone will include an NFC chip inside – the same technology that Google’s latest flagship Android phone, the Nexus S, has now. With Android’s newest release, Android 2.3 (code-named Gingerbread), support for NFC has been built-in.This short-range, high frequency wireless technology allows for data exchanges between two devices in close proximity to each other. It will soon form the basis of Google (and others’) upcoming mobile payments initiatives.But Apple, too, appears to have plans in this area. Patents point towards ideas for things like iPay, iBuy and iCoupons, all of which suggest Apple is building some sort of mobile wallet.iPhone 5 Becomes Intelligent, Thanks to Siri?Among Apple’s other high-profile acquisitions was April 2010’s buyout of Siri, a personal mobile assistant that was spun out of SRI International, and whose core technology came from a DARPA-funded artificial intelligence project called CALO. Siri was transformed into an iPhone application that could listen to questions either spoken aloud or typed in and then provide answers. At first, the focus was on the sort of  out-and-about questions you may have, e.g. When does that movie show? What Chinese restaurants are nearby? Can I get a table at my favorite Italian place? What’s the phone number for a taxi company?Only a few months post-acquisition, the app was updated to integrate results provided by the computational knowledge engine, Wolfram Alpha. For those unaware, Wolfram Alpha is a new sort of search technology which can provide factual answers to questions, as opposed to a list of search results. It currently consists of 10 trillion-plus pieces of curated, objective data from primary sources, and it can perform calculations on the fly – over 50,000 types of algorithms and equations are now possible.With this sort of technology built into Apple’s next iPhone, assuming that’s the case, the device could easily go head-to-head with Google Android’s voice search and voice actions, the former which directs you to results from related Google Search properties and the latter which helps you perform actions on your phone, including sending text messages, routing a trip on a map, pulling up a map of nearby attractions or businesses, launching the phone’s music player to play a certain song or artist and more. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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10 months agoBatshuayi reveals influence on Chelsea Pulisic deal

first_imgBatshuayi reveals influence on Chelsea Pulisic dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has hinted an influence on the deal for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic.Pulisic made a £58million switch to Chelsea on Wednesday, although he will return to Dortmund on loan for the remainder of the campaign.Batshuayi, who is currently on loan at Valencia, spent the second half of last season with Dortmund, where he formed a strong friendship with Pulisic.Batshuayi wrote on Instagram: ‘#AgentMichy. Happy for you bro @cmpulisic #specialtalent’.#[email protected]/2XpsW8ynAo— Jake Heasman (@jakeheasman) January 2, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month ago​Turner Sports to broadcast Liverpool games in US

first_img​Turner Sports to broadcast Liverpool games in USby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool has extended its partnership with Turner Sports, in which exclusive content from in-house channel LCTV will be distributed in the United States via Turner’s sports streaming service B/R Live, reports SportBusiness.It follows Turner and B/R Live’s exclusive deal to broadcast Liverpool’s summer tour of the United States this year. Turner and B/R Live also have the US rights to the Champions League and Europa League.As part of the deal, Liverpool’s American fans will have access to 40 live matches per season, including pre-season, U23, U18, Liverpool FC Legends and LFC Women’s games, and replays for all first-team matches in all competitions.Additionally, supporters will be able to watch behind-the-scenes content featuring Liverpool players and manager Jürgen Klopp.Billy Hogan, managing director and chief commercial officer at LFC, said: “We’re incredibly excited to expand our partnership with Turner Sports to launch LFCTV on B/R Live. The relationship with Turner began this summer when they did a terrific job broadcasting our pre-season tour matches and we’re delighted to be extending it as we look to offer more LFC content to all our fans in the US over the coming seasons.” TagsMLS NewsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Jim Harbaugh Shares What He Likes About Donald Trump

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks content from the sidelines.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh isn’t on a campaign trail, but the Michigan head coach manages to put himself in the news almost every day, not unlike a certain Republican presidential candidate. After Harbaugh blasted the NCAA, SEC, ACC, and others over the recent vote to ban satellite camps, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum compared him to Donald Trump, and he didn’t mean it in a flattering way. We don’t know Harbaugh’s political leanings, but he is spinning the comparison into a compliment.Harbaugh on being called Trump of college football: “The thing I like about Donald Trump is he’s not afraid to fight the establishment.”— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) April 14, 2016You can definitely draw that line from Trump to Harbaugh. We doubt you’d see Trump dancing on stage with Migos, though like Harbaugh and recruits, he may if he thought it’d give him a leg up with voters.last_img read more

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Who Is In The Most Trouble Brazil Germany Or Argentina

So what can Germany do? Only with better counterpressing from the forward line and midfield — to prevent opponents from striding through the center of the pitch with ease as Mexico did — can Germany regain its defensive strength. Coach Joachim Low started only two central midfielders, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira, in order to get playmakers Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller into the lineup behind a central striker. A personnel shift that adds another central midfielder to the mix while dropping an advanced creator seems like the obvious next step. Of course, this isn’t as easy as just scribbling a new name on the lineup sheet. Player positions and relationships will have to be reconsidered and restructured. Mexico exposed Low’s first lineup, and now he needs to identify a backup plan and get his players ready to go with it in just a few days. The task is great.A similar tactical problem looms for Argentina. While La Albiceleste did not see its chance of advancing go down by a large margin, it was in trouble from the moment it was placed in a group full of such capable defensive sides as Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria. With a 32 percent chance of being eliminated before the knockouts, Argentina should be worried.And what went wrong against Iceland does not seem easy to solve. Argentina attempted 26 shots against Iceland but generated only about 1.1 expected goals, a rate of about 0.04 expected goals per shot. The only teams in the tournament that have created lower-quality shooting chances are Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.You would expect a team with Lionel Messi to be creating good scoring chances. But Argentina has a problem: Messi is tasked with bringing the ball forward from defense to attack. If Messi must pick up the ball in deep areas, who will make the pass or run near the penalty area to break open the defense? According to the statistical company Impect, which tracks whether passes took a team beyond an opposition defensive player, Argentina’s passes only bypassed a defender 23 times, the fourth-fewest of any team in the World Cup through the first four days.At the same time, Iceland created about 0.9 expected goals on eight shot attempts, a rate of 0.11 expected goals per shot,1Ninth-highest in the tournament so far, only slightly behind Mexico’s 0.13. showing that Iceland was able to create good scoring opportunities despite Argentina’s conservative approach. If Argentina’s defense can be exploited like this, it’s hard to suggest that coach Jorge Sampaoli should bring on a more attack-minded midfielder like Ever Banega and risk opening up further at the back. A counterpress could also work, but Argentina already tried that. Sampaoli drilled his players to press high up the field and seek to create turnovers that could give them new possession in advanced areas, but the team’s middling results and underlying numbers from qualifying suggest that has not worked either. It may be that the only real solution is hoping that Messi puts together a truly legendary tournament and covers both creative roles, advancing the ball through the midfield and beating the defenders.By contrast, Brazil’s exceptionally talented roster should not have to depend on one player. But against Switzerland, it did. Although its goal came from a brilliant individual finish by Philippe Coutinho, in general, Brazil tried to ride Neymar to victory. The creative winger was constantly on the ball and, more than that, constantly tasked with beating a man to create space for the attack to move forward. Eighteen times Neymar was involved in a one-on-one with a defender. This is high even for Neymar, who averaged about 10 one-on-ones per match for Paris Saint-Germain. But while Neymar was successful about 60 percent of the time in the French league, here he struggled, winning only five of 18 contests. Switzerland consistently bodied and often fouled Neymar, leaving him unable to progress the ball as he usually does. And while that could just be a fluky bad game from Neymar, Brazil has reason to worry. The draw against Switzerland was Neymar’s first match back from injury, and before the game, Brazilian coach Tite said Neymar was not fully fit. Brazil struggled to break down Switzerland because, time and again, its attack waited for Neymar to beat a defender, and he couldn’t do it.Unlike Argentina, however, Brazil already has the players to lean on while Neymar works himself back into shape. Coutinho and Marcelo are elite passers, while Willian adds about 3.5 complete dribbles per 90 minutes, 12th highest among players in the big five leagues with at least 2000 minutes played. None of them alone can do what Neymar usually does, but Brazil’s starting lineup as a collective can carry some of Neymar’s workload. What will be required for Brazil, rather, is that the team rebalance the attacking load until its superstar is fully fit. Brazil has the talent to continue to roll without Neymar at 100 percent, if it can limit his responsibilities.All of these teams remain favored to escape their groups. But a shocking early exit is possible for Germany and Argentina if they cannot solve some major problems. Brazil should be able to continue and succeed without Neymar at his best, at least for a while. But to reach or win the final, all three teams must make important changes.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. The World Cup has been full of surprises. Of the five teams rated most likely to win the World Cup before the tournament by FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, only France won its first match. Spain, Argentina and Brazil could manage only draws, and worse yet, Germany lost to Mexico. While Spain’s 3-3 draw against Portugal can be excused — Cristiano Ronaldo’s team is rated the eighth-best side in the tournament and has legitimate hopes of winning the whole thing — the other three face larger problems.Germany’s difficulty may be the most acute. While Argentina and Brazil saw their chances of reaching the knockout round go down only slightly (77 percent to 68 percent for Argentina and 89 percent to 85 percent for Brazil), Germany is suddenly at risk of being the third consecutive defending World Cup champion to go out in the group stages. Die Mannschaft’s odds of reaching the round of 16 plummeted from 90 percent to 64 percent.Germany can’t say the loss was undeserved. Mexico created more expected goals, a statistical estimate of the quality of scoring chances, than Germany did, with the Mexican counterattack ripping up the German defense even when it did not create shots. Eight times in the match, Mexican players combined to move the ball straight through midfield — with more than 50 percent of ball movement directly toward the goal — and into the German penalty area. Though only four of those ended in shots, one produced a goal.That Hirving Lozano game-winning goal was the most devastating example of this counterattack. It starts with an open-play turnover, leading to a few quick passes and runs, a couple of defenders beaten on the dribble and a pass into the penalty area. The map below shows the Lozano goal and three other moves like it. If Mexico had been more clinical in creating good shots from these moves, the result could have been even worse for Germany. read more

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Which 2018 Stars Are Doing The Best Impressions Of Pele Maradona And

By analyzing the statistical fingerprints of every performance by every player to appear in a World Cup since 1966,1Excluding players with less than 30 minutes of playing time. FiveThirtyEight’s new interactive tool — 50 Years Of World Cup Doppelgangers — can give a realistic sense of how great or lousy each performance in Russia this month is by comparing them to how other players have done in the past. The best comparison for how teenaged French sensation Kylian Mbappé is performing so far, for instance, is the way Brazilian Ronaldinho played in the 2002 World Cup.Some matches are far less obvious: The performance of Croatian captain Luka Modric through three games is most similar to that of Kuwait’s Abdullah Al Buloushi in 1982 … naturally.But what if we reverse engineered things? Which players in Russia are doing the best impressions of iconic World Cup performances of years past? Some player and tournament combinations do not have particularly close analogues in 2018, including Ronaldo (the single-name one, not Cristiano) in 2002 or Xavi in 2010, but we found eight iconic World Cup displays that have a reasonably close counterpart in Russia this summer:Bobby Moore 1966Cedric Soares 2018 (12th most similar), Santiago Arias 2018 (17th most similar) While Cruyff may have been the best attacking player on the planet in 1974, Franz Beckenbauer, who captained West Germany, was the best defender. His performances were characterised by high defensive involvement, but also an extremely impressive ability to advance the ball, which was demonstrated by the number of progressive passes and dribbles he made.Poetically, the most similar performance to Beckenbauer’s in 1974 is Philipp Lahm’s in 2014 — Lahm also captained Germany to the trophy. Meanwhile, his closest 2018 counterparts are teammates for Real Madrid: Marcelo, who is known for terrorising opposition down the left wing, and Sergio Ramos, an aggressive center-back who is also extremely competent with the ball at his feet.Paolo Rossi 1982Diego Costa 2018 (18th most similar) England is one of the World Cup’s greatest under-performers since the tournament began, but the Three Lions have managed to get their hands on the trophy once. Bobby Moore captained the side to victory when his country hosted in 1966.Though he was technically a center-back, soccer’s most defensive outfield position, Moore was an all-rounder — he got two assists in the final and completed more passes than anyone on the pitch that day. It’s somewhat unsurprising, then, that his closest 2018 analogue is an offensive right-back — Cedric Soares of Portugal, who maraudes down the right wing and is characterised by progressive passes and dribbles (those that advance the ball at least 10 yards toward the opponent’s goal or into their box) and defensive involvement.Eusebio 1966Cristiano Ronaldo 2018 (21st most similar) Though Portugal lost to England in the semifinals in 1966, Eusebio, the dazzlingly fast striker, took home the Golden Boot with nine goals. He owed his impressive offensive display in large part to the number of good scoring chances he got and to his progressive dribbling skills.This pairing of goal-scoring skills and canny dribbling ability is similar to that of James Rodriguez, whose breakthrough 2014 World Cup performance for Colombia was the second most similar to Eusebio’s in 1966, while Ronaldo’s 2002 performance for the Brazilian team is the sixth most similar. Eusebio’s closest 2018 peer? The hero of Portugal’s modern era: Cristiano Ronaldo, who is very much the focal point of their attack in Russia, with four goals already.Pele 1970Edinson Cavani 2018 (9th most similar) Brazil’s 1970 team have gone down in legend as one of the best teams of all time, captivatingly winning their third trophy in Mexico and cementing the beginning of a soccer dynasty. In the process, Pelé became the only player in history to have won three World Cups, and he took home FIFA’s Golden Ball award for being the best player in the tournament.The Pelé that led Brazil’s front-line in Mexico was less dynamic and sprightly than the 17-year-old who burst onto the international scene in the 1958 tournament in Sweden. He was more of a dedicated goal-scorer than he had ever been, contributing four at the tournament. His closest 2018 equivalent is Edinson Cavani, the tireless Uruguayan forward who specialises in getting high quality goal-scoring chances.Johan Cruyff 1974Isco 2018 (5th most similar); Neymar 2018 (9th most similar) Paolo Rossi is one of few players who is remembered more for his World Cup performances than his club ones. He inspired Italy to their third World Cup title in 1982, taking home the Golden Boot with six goals, including an iconic hat trick against Brazil in the quarterfinals.This summer, Diego Costa’s work with Spain is the most similar to Rossi’s 1982 performance; in each case, the players were dedicated goal-scorers who didn’t tend to dribble or create much.Diego Maradona 1986Lionel Messi 2018 (second most similar); Neymar 2018 (fifth most similar) Zinedine Zidane has been both the hero and villain for France on the world stage. In 1998, though, when they were the hosts in one of the most fondly remembered World Cups in the modern era, he was very much the former.He scored twice before halftime in the final as France beat Brazil, while his performances at the tournament in general typified being a creative playmaker. In Russia this year, the performance most similar to Zidane’s 1998 showing is from Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri, who is the star player in a surprisingly dangerous Swiss outfit that is hoping to advance past Sweden in the round of 16. Diego Maradona’s heroics at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico have gone down in soccer folklore as the legend of a star player dragging his team to success by any means possible. Arguably the most gifted dribbler of all time, the diminutive Argentine could tear defenses apart single-handedly, as England learned all too well.Unsurprisingly, fellow diminutive Argentine Lionel Messi, who will only sink deeper into Maradona’s shadow if he doesn’t triumph in Russia, has put in performances that are among the most similar to Maradona’s in 1986. Messi’s 2018 performance ranks second, while his 2014 and 2010 incarnations rank ninth and 10th, respectively. The 2018 performance by Neymar, who is equally talismanic for Brazil, ranks fifth.Zinedine Zidane 1998Xherdan Shaqiri 2018 (18th most similar) Though Johan Cruyff’s contributions to soccer went far beyond his playing career, his performance at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany remains one of his greatest gifts to the sport. In a team playing revolutionary “Total Football,” the playmaker was granted a free role that allowed him to roam the pitch as he pleased.His electric dribbling ability was complemented by supernatural passing vision, and it is these characteristics in particular that have made his closest 2018 peer, Spain’s Isco, his team’s most important player so far in Russia.Franz Beckenbauer 1974Marcelo 2018 (12th most similar); Sergio Ramos 2018 (17th most similar) read more

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Scotts helping hand sparks newlook Buckeyes

Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Marquette on Nov. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 74-63.Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographerIn the first two games of the 2013-14 season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team tallied 27 assists.Through two games this season, Shannon Scott has 25.The No. 20 Buckeyes — playing without their top three scorers from last season — are 2-0 and shooting 63.3 percent from the field in those two games.After OSU’s 74-63 win against Marquette on Tuesday, Scott — who had 14 of the team’s 23 assists in the game — said his teammates have a different offensive mindset than they did a year ago.“I think last year, we would play the same way at times, but players didn’t know if they wanted to shoot the ball or not,” Scott said. “I think this year everybody knows that when they touch the ball, it’s gonna be their shot, and they gotta make the shot.”Against the Golden Eagles, making the shot is exactly what the Buckeyes did, and what they have done consistently through 80 minutes of basketball this year. With five new players contributing to the scoring output, the shooting — and making — has come on the shoulders of a variety of players.Including a true freshman, a redshirt-freshman and a redshirt-senior playing in their first seasons at OSU, six different Buckeyes have scored in double figures at some point this season. Four of those six players have averaged double digits through two games, and two of those four didn’t take the court last season.The distribution of scoring has led to all 10 OSU players who have taken the court this season scoring on both games.With senior forward Sam Thompson, senior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald, redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee, sophomore forward Marc Loving, redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams, freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, freshman forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate and himself all contributing points, Scott said the Buckeyes already have a good idea of how they each fit into the team dynamic.“Just the simple fact that everybody came in and contributed in some aspect of the game is just a great feeling,” Scott said Tuesday. “And I think everybody has a better understanding of what their role is.”The wide range of contribution has helped Scott excel as a distributor, as he picked up 11 assists in the opener against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell last Friday before his 14 helpers against Marquette.Those 14 assists are tied for the second most in a single game in school history, but Scott attributed the big numbers to his teammates and not his own play.“I just have so many weapons around me, it makes the game a lot easier,” he said. “Kam came into the game, played great. Amir played well.“Sam, Marc, D’Angelo, Jae’Sean, Kam, Keita, Trey, Anthony, everybody played well. So having so many weapons around me, it makes the game a lot easier for me.”After the Buckeyes’ hot hand from 3-point land carried them to a seven-point halftime lead against the Golden Eagles, they moved inside and scored 32 points in the paint in the second half. Coach Thad Matta credited Scott’s ability to push the team for the second-half switch on offense.“I think Shannon was able to open things up a little bit and obviously Sam running in transition,” Matta said after the game. “I think our bigs are really doing a good job of getting down the floor as well which opens things up.”Scott said the team’s mindset has changed from a year ago, allowing for the more free-flowing offense OSU has run so far this season.“I think everybody just has the mindset this year that we’re not gonna take any plays off on the offensive end,” he said. “We played so hard on defense the last couple years that we kind of forgot about offense.”Perhaps contributing to his recent success passing the ball, Scott added that the Buckeyes have more of a plan on offense than they did last year as well.“This year we know when we get the ball we’re gonna attack every time,” Scott said. “You can ask Kam and Amir the same thing, we’re all attacking every time we touch the ball, and that makes it a lot easier for all of us.”Apart from the new-look offense, Amir Williams said the Buckeyes have benefited from a change to their defensive philosophy as well after switching to a zone look.“We have so much length and quickness on defense,” he said after the Marquette game. “It allows us to attack our opponents better than last year. We have guys doing a great job of covering the gaps, and we’re definitely still working out the kinks, but so far it’s been working very well for us.”As the team transitions its mindset on both sides of the ball, Scott has helped lead a high-flying young roster to a fresh start to begin a potential-laden season. But with the rest of the year an unknown, one thing is for sure. If Lee had flown just a little higher on one dunk attempt, Scott would have made his mark in the records books, and not just on recent box scores.Amir Williams and Kam Williams combined to let out a long “oooh” when they found out Scott was just a Lee-missed-dunk away from tying former Buckeye Aaron Craft’s program record of 15 assists, but the fourth-year veteran took it in stride, and instead looked ahead to another chance.“It’s OK, we’ll just try to get it again, another game or something,” Scott said.OSU is scheduled to return to the court on Sunday against Sacred Heart at the Schottenstein Center. 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Susos failed new role at AC Milan

first_imgAC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has admitted that his plan to move Suso from the right wing into a support striker role failedThe Rossoneri were held to another draw against Torino on Wednesday night with Milan having now failed to win in their past five matches in what has been a challenging month for Gattuso’s side against the likes of Juventus, local rivals Inter Milan, and Napoli.After Lorenzo De Silvestri’s equaliser in the 70th minute for Torino, Gattuso moved Suso to the role of a support striker in a late bid to snatch the three points. However, the move failed to pay off and the head coach admitted his disappointment.“I tried to play Suso as an attacking midfielder but sometimes you also need to see how a player reacts to something new. Sometimes if the players are struggling to do something new it’s better to stick to the plan and do what we can.” said the Italian, according to Calcio Mercato.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Despite the failed move, Suso has had an impressive season at the San Siro and has scored eight goals and made five assists in his 42 appearances in all competitions.The Spaniard has recently reportedly caught the interest of Liverpool with the media in England suggesting that the 24 year-old will complete a move to Anfield in the summer.last_img read more

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