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How To Find The Best Soccer Matches Of The Week


On any given week during peak soccer season, FiveThirtyEight offers projections for dozens of club soccer matches across the globe. The sheer volume of matches taking place this time of year can be paralyzing. With that in mind, we’ve added a feature to our club soccer predictions that rates upcoming matches on their quality and importance. You can use this page to pick a few good ones to be sure not to miss.This week’s biggest match — rated an overall 96 out of 100 — is today’s Champions League round of 16 first leg between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. This is a bit of a no-brainer — it features Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo leading the second- and third-best teams in the world against each other in a high-stakes clash. But there are some other good matches to watch: Borussia Dortmund and Atalanta — two of the best eight remaining teams in the Europa League — play each other on Thursday in the round of 32. If we dig deeper, Empoli and Parma — two teams fighting for promotion and the league title at the top of a very tight Italian Serie B — play each other Saturday. And Manchester United plays Chelsea on Feb. 25 in the Premier League in what is a pivotal match for Champions League qualification. Here’s how we calculate our match ratings:Quality is simply a measure of how good the teams are. Specifically, it’s the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Soccer Power Index ratings. (We’re using the harmonic mean instead of merely averaging the two ratings because in lopsided matches it limits the impact of very high or low ratings, resulting in a more balanced number.) Because every team has an SPI rating between 0 and 100, our match quality stat also ranges from 0 to 100.Importance is a measure of how much the outcome of the match will affect our forecast for how likely the two teams are to win the league, or be relegated or promoted, among other things. To calculate it, we generate probabilities conditional on each team winning the match and then find the difference between those two possible numbers.We consider different factors depending on which league the match is being played in. For some leagues, our forecasts cover winning the league and qualifying for the Champions League, for example.We take a weighted average of the change in each applicable factor and scale the result to between 0 and 100. All leagues are treated equally when calculating importance, so a match to decide the winner of the Swedish Allsvenskan would rate just as high as a match to decide the winner of the English Premier League.The overall match rating is just the average of quality and importance.Visit our club soccer predictions to explore the ratings of all the upcoming matches yourself. read more


Womens Lacrosse Ohio State beats Connecticut 1312 for first win over Huskies


Ohio State then-junior attack Molly Wood races up field against Penn State on April 12, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team held on to a close lead to defeat Connecticut Wednesday night 13-12 for the Buckeyes’ first win against the Huskies since 1999. Connecticut sophomore midfielder Olivia Miles scored with fewer than two minutes left in the game to bring Ohio State’s lead to one, but the Buckeyes held off the rally to secure the win. Ohio State (3-4) went on a 3-0 run early in the game and maintained the lead against Connecticut (4-4) for the remainder of the first half.The Buckeyes held the Huskies to a seven-minute scoring drought until a late free-position goal by Connecticut freshman midfielder Sydney Watson brought the score to 6-5 before halftime.Connecticut junior attacker Lexi Kennealy tied the game at 6-6 only 44 seconds into the second half. The Huskies inched ahead 7-6 following a goal by senior midfielder Kelsey Catalano. Buckeyes freshman midfielder Lindsay Epstein brought Ohio State back ahead with under 25 minutes left in the game, but the Huskies responded with two goals of their own to regain their lead. Redshirt senior attack Molly Wood scored a goal before junior midfielder Baley Parrott added back-to-back goals with under nine minutes left to give the Buckeyes a lead they would maintain until the end. Parrott led Ohio State with three goals and six draw controls. Wood also finished with three goals and five draw controls. The Buckeyes tallied 18 draw controls total compared to the Huskies’ eight. Ohio State held a one-shot advantage over Connecticut 29-28. The Buckeyes begin Big Ten when they face Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at noon Saturday. read more


Mens Basketball Second half struggles give Ohio State 6244 loss to No


Ohio State redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods attempts a shot against Michigan State at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Feb. 17. Photo: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorEAST LANSING, Mich — A sea of white hindered Ohio State while it tried to establish its offense. Each time the shot clock was under 10 seconds, the Michigan State student section counted down to one, seemingly leading to a rushed shot even when five seconds were left on the clock. C.J. Jackson, one of only two players on Ohio State’s roster that has played in East Lansing before, seemed unfazed. The senior guard, with five seconds left on the shot clock, put up a 3 from the top of the 3-point line as if time had expired. He sunk it, giving Ohio State the early 7-2 lead. But even as Ohio State showed spurts of offensive potential in the first half, inexperience and inconsistency reigned, and the sea of white rejoiced as the Buckeyes (16-9, 6-8 Big Ten) fell to No. 11 Michigan State (21-5, 12-3 Big Ten) 62-44 on Sunday. It was the least amount of points Ohio State has scored in a game this season. After shooting 40 percent from the field in the first half, making 3-of-6 from deep, Ohio State struggled with offensive consistency in the second, making 4-of-21 from the field and 1-of-9 from 3. The Buckeyes scored 13 points in the second half compared to Michigan State’s 37 and did not record a field goal in the final 7:40. Facing a defense that limits opponents to shoot 37.3 percent from the field, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said struggling to score has been a challenge, but something he expected to see in this team. “It’s not like we didn’t expect that we were going to have trouble scoring this year,” Holtmann said. “We had an expectation that that was going to be something. We just have to keep taking good shots.” WIth the game tied at 39, Michigan State redshirt senior forward Kenny Goins sparked the Spartans’ second-half momentum, hitting a 3. But Jackson answered on the next possession with his second 3 in three tries. Jackson finished the game with eight points, making 1-of-6 opportunities from inside the 3-point line. But redshirt junior guard Kyle Ahrens answered with a 3 of his own, beginning a 10-0 Spartans run and putting a dagger through the hopes of the Buckeyes victory. “If they are all hype making shots, it’s tough to make shots when the crowd is going crazy and they are all hyped up on defense,” sophomore guard Musa Jallow said.In the second half, Michigan State made 12-of-26 attempts from the floor, shooting 42.9 percent from 3. As the crowd got behind the Michigan State offense, especially in the second half, Holtmann said it was hard to watch his team implode offensively. “It’s frustrating when you are struggling to score as much as you are struggling to score,” Holtmann said. “I think that is frustrating for guys because you tie so much of yourself to your offense.” In the first half, momentum favored the road team. The Ohio State offense came out hot, taking a 14-5 lead in the first seven minutes of the game. Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, in his second matchup with Michigan State junior forward and Gahanna, Ohio-native Nick Ward, scored six of the 14 points. Wesson finished the game with 12 points, the only Ohio State player with double-digit points, and nine rebounds.With Ward sidelined for the majority of the first half with a hand injury, Wesson said he feels like he battled in the post, but said he was unhappy with his six missed shots.But the runs continued in the first half. After redshirt junior Kyle Ahrens and Ward brought the Spartans back to within two, senior guard Matt McQuaid hit a corner 3 with Ohio State freshman forward Justin Ahrens draped over him, giving the Spartans its first lead of the day. With the Spartans holding onto a one-point lead heading into the final three minutes of the first half, Jallow hit a 3, igniting a 7-0 run and giving the Buckeyes a 31-25 halftime lead. This was the expectation for Jallow heading into the second half of play. “Just come back for another 20 minutes and play as hard as we did in the first half,” Jallow said. “When the game ended, we weren’t as good as we were in the first half.” Despite a six-point Ohio State lead heading into the second half, Michigan State began the half with a 7-1 run, tying the game at 32. However, offensive success came to a stand still for both the Spartans and the Buckeyes a the start of the half, combining to make two of 12 total shots, with Ohio State missing its first six. After the first half of play, Jallow felt this game was in the grasp of Ohio State. But after scoring 13 points in the second half, Jallow said this loss hurts. “It leaves a bad taste in your mouth because we knew this was a winnable game and we just didn’t do enough to pull it out in the second half,” Jallow said. Ohio State will travel home to take on Northwestern on Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center at 8:30 p.m. Updated at 4:32 p.m. with quotes from sophomore guard Musa Jallow, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson and head coach Chris Holtmann. read more


Mateo Kovacic really happy to join Chelsea


first_imgMateo Kovacic’s season-long loan deal to Chelsea is complete and he could not be more happy about itThe Croatian midfielder moves to Stamford Bridge as part the deal which sees Thibaut Courtois join Real Madrid on a permanent basis.After making 109 appearances for Los Blancos and winning the Champions League in all three of his seasons at the club, Kovacic is relishing the prospect of testing himself out in a new league.He told the club website: “I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling.“I will try to do my best for this club. It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are very happy to welcome Mateo to the Chelsea family. He is a perfect fit for us this season, his style is well suited to how Maurizio wants to play and we are sure he will prove to be a valuable asset for the club.”.@Mateo_Kova23: ‘I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club.’ ?#WelcomeKovacic pic.twitter.com/CKHVtCA8rJ— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 9, 2018last_img read more


Tamika Handfield encourages TCI to eat healthy


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvideciales, TCI, June 15, 2016 – Now that summer almost is here residence of the Turks and Caicos Islands are being encouraged to continue leading a healthier lifestyle and eat healthy.Nutritionists Tamika Handfield, CEO of Nutrition in Demand said this is great time for people to take advantage of the summer weather and pull out that grill. One food mostly encouraged to eat this summer is fish.Ms. Handfield said according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics it is recommended person eat two servings of fish per week.  This will not only help improve your memory but also lower blood pressure.  She also said by eating healthier your brain and heart will thank you for it.  Nutrition in Demand is a nonprofit organization aimed at raising awareness to health and healthy eating.Next time, we tell you how Dance with Cinderella went, it was held over the weekend and is a major fundraiser for Nutrition in demand. Related Items:last_img read more


Klopp on the evolution of Worldclass Salah


first_imgJürgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah’s game has improved tremendously as he’s adapted to playing in a slightly different position for Liverpool this season.Salah has notched in 14 goals this season and remains the club’s top scorer with the latest coming against Wolves.The Egyptian forward played as a lone striker at Molineux where he scored and assisted Virgil van Dijk’s second-half goal.“It’s good,” Klopp told reporters at Melwood on Monday morning, when asked about the Egyptian’s development. “He had to adapt a bit to the slightly different positions; it’s not that much different, but it is different from time to time.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We need him as a link-up player as well and that’s a very important part of our game, but he is still with the desire and with his speed. His speed in the first few yards is just impressive. He is a very important part of our finishing situation in general, how we prepare them, how we come into the situations.“Of course, he is young enough to involve a lot more things in his style of play. It is not just speed, it is not just finishing, it is between the lines, there are a lot of things, there is keeping the ball, but you need your body for that. That was the only problem Mo had a little bit at the beginning of the season, a part of his body was not perfect.“If you work in an office and your shoulder is not 100 percent, if it is not your writing hand then it should be OK, but if you are a professional football player in this moment it just keeps 10 or 15 percent away.“He is a world-class player, but we all knew we had to wait for the moment when everything is fine – that is already a few weeks ago and so it’s all good.”last_img read more


14party JaPa to join polls in alliance Quader


first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe Awami League-led 14-party alliance and the Jatiya Party-led Sammilito Jatiya Jote on Monday agreed that they will join the next general election together under the banner of Grand Alliance, reports UNB.”We’ve reached a consensus that we, the Grand Alliance, including the 14-party, will contest the election in alliance and form the government together,” said Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader.He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after a dialogue between the 14-party and Sammilito Jatiya Jote at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban.Quader said the Jatiya Party also agreed with the 14-praty to hold the election as per the law and the constitution.He also said they did not take any decision about the seat shearing with Jatiya Party as it will be finalised later after a small-group discussion. “It’s not a problem.”In her introductory speech at the dialogue, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said the country’s ongoing development trend will continue through a meaningful general election. “There’ll be the continuation of the development trend through a meaningful election,” she said.Prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina led a 23-member 14-party delegation while Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad a 32-member team of the Jatiya Jote at the talks that began around 7:15pm and ended around 9pm at the prime minister’s official residence Ganabhaban.Describing vote as the rights of citizens, the prime minister said the country’s people will certainly exercise their voting rights.She said it is Awami League which struggled for long to establish people’s voting rights.She mentioned that the responsibility of the politicians is to work for people’s welfare and the Awami League government has been working to this end.Sheikh Hasina said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman developed the war-ravaged country soon after the Liberation War and turned Bangladesh into a least developed one only in three and a half years of his tenure.Following his footprint, she said, the Awami League government has worked for the socio-economic uplift of the people for which Bangladesh has now been established as a developing country.The prime minister thanked the opposition in parliament, Jatiya Party, for cooperating with the government in unleashing development.Jatiya Party senior co-chairman and opposition leader in parliament Raushon Ershad, its co-chairman GM Quader, secretary general Ruhul Amin Hawlader and presidium member and environment, forests and climate change minister Anisul Islam Mahmud were among the Jatiya Jote delegation memebrs.last_img read more


No security threat centering Pahela Baishakh home minister


first_imgHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal. File PhotoHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Saturday said there is no specific security threat centering this year’s Pahela Baishakh celebration programme, reports UNB.“There is no specific threat. Besides, detectives’ surveillance is on. No one will be able to create any obstruction in the celebration programme,” he said while talking to reporters after visiting DMP’s security arrangements at Ramna Park.He said Pahela Baishakh has now become a national progamme and law enforcers have been kept ready across the country so that people can celebrate Pahela Baishakh smoothly.Cyber decurity team is also monitoring social media sites so that no one can spread provocative messages, said the minister.last_img


Louisville Postgame Notes vs Kentucky


first_img Christen Cunningham led the Cardinals with a season-high 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field. Jordan Nwora registered his 20th career double-figure scoring outing and the 12th this season with his 17 points against UK. Saturday’s outing marked the fifth double-figure scoring performance of the season and the 76th career outing for Cunningham. Cunningham has led the Cardinals in scoring three times this season. Cunningham set season highs in both shots made and attempted. The graduate transfer connected on a trio of three-point baskets and has made at least a pair of three-pointers three times this season. Cunningham added four assists marking the fourth time this season he has dished out four or more assists in a game. Louisville has a 16-36 record in the series with Kentucky, which dates back to 1913. The Cardinals are 9-13 at home against the Wildcats, including a 2-3 record at the KFC Yum! Center. UofL has an 86-73 record all-time against current members of the Southeastern Conference.TEAM NOTES Nwora has made at least one three-pointer in 10 of 13 games this season, including one on Saturday. Nwora equaled a career high with his 17 field goal attempts against the Wildcats. With his three steals on Saturday, Nwora equaled a season high. In his last six games, Nwora has averaged 19.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per outing while shooting 52.5 percent (42-for-80) from the field and making 17-of-33 (51.5 percent) of his three-pointers. Story Links Louisville is 139-22 all-time at the KFC Yum! Center, which is in its ninth season as the home for the Cardinals. The Cardinals have an 81-6 record all-time against non-conference opponents in the KFC Yum! Center, including wins in 37 of the last 40 games. With 13 offensive rebounds on Saturday, Louisville has registered 10 or more rebounds on the offensive glass seven times this season, including each of the last four games.PLAYER NOTES SERIES NOTES Steven Enoch matched a career high with his game-high nine rebounds on Saturday.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


Chair poetry evenings to take place in November


first_imgCome November, winter in Calcutta will get warm and cozy as the culture capital gets set to witness the first ever International poetry extravaganza. The festival presented by The Chair Literary Trust will host poets from across the world and some from our home too. The stellar lineup of poets who will be part of these evenings are, Vladimir Matinovski (Macedonia), John W Sexton (Ireland), Miriam Van hee (Belgium), Alfred Schaffer (Netherlands), Les Wicks (Australia), Barbara Pogacnik (Slovenia), Yekta (France), C P Surendran, K Satchidanandan, Nitoo Das, Rajesh Joshi, Arun Kamal, Manglesh Dabral, Subodh Sarkar and Binayak Bandopadhyay. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The festival aims at building consciousness through poetry. Art and Poetry are the expressions of human consciousness. We endeavor to bring together the civil society in an interaction with thoughts, ideas, and questions related to human existence,” festival director Tushar Dhawal Singh said. “As the planet becomes progressively anxious with sociopolitical, radical, cultural, ethnonational skirmishes, we consider the role of Poetry as a restorative and a potent mean of diffusing values and experiences – all the more pertinent”, festival co-director Sonnet Mondal added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe inaugural programme of the fest will take place on November 23 at Rotary Sadan Hall, followed by Calcutta Heritage Bungalow readings, Walk through the City and readings at Sasha’s studio on November 24. The finale, November 25, will be a floating event with poetry on the cruise over the river Ganges.The trust has also declared a ‘Poet in residence program’ to be hosted in Kolkata during the winter months. The residency will host two to three poets from across the globe where they would be offered a stay for a month in the city with a scholarship to cover up their costs in the city. The poets will also be offered an opportunity to present public readings in the city. During their stay, the poets will interact for a cultural exchange with culturally interested people, artists, organizations, and writers in West Bengal.last_img read more


Apple is reportedly aiming to offer live programmi


first_imgApple is reportedly aiming to offer live programming from local TV stations as part of its expected US web TV service – a plan that could delay the service’s launch. According to tech site Re/Code – which cites industry executives familiar with Apple’s plans – the company wants to offer programming from local broadcast stations in a move that will differentiate the Apple service from other cloud TV offerings.The report claims that the plans have “complicated” Apple’s TV network negotiations, as clearing the rights to show local programmes could take time and offering the content could in some instances require broadcasters to build new streaming infrastructure.Re/Code claimed that Apple might not be ready to launch its cloud TV service in early autumn, as previous reports have suggested, and said it is unclear which programmers have signed up to the service so far.The Wall Street Journal reported in March that Apple is planning to launch an online TV service this autumn in partnership with broadcasters including ABC, CBS and Fox as part of a “slimmed-down” cable-style bundle of roughly 25 channels.last_img read more