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first_imgPedro returns to the Chelsea starting line-up for the game at Goddison Park.Cesc Fabregas is therefore among the Blues substitutes, as is Nathan Ake. There is no place in the matchday squad for John Terry.Enner Valencia returns for Everton after being ineligible to face West Ham, but Aaron Lennon, Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori all remain sidelined.Everton: Stekelenburg, Baines, Jagielka, Williams, Holgate, Gana, Davies, Barkley, Calbert-Lewin, Valencia, Lukaku.Subs: Joel, Kone, Mirallas, Barry, Lookman, Pennington, Kenny.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard.Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ake, Chalobah, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgParallel editing is a powerful tool for film editors. Here are some classic Hollywood examples of the technique that will show you how to pull it off.There’s one technique that tends to stand out from the myriad editing techniques used by pros: parallel editing aka cross cutting. This editing technique is the process of alternating between two or more scenes that happen simultaneously in different locations within the world of the film. With most films that utilize parallel editing, the corresponding scenes will eventually meet or have some sort of connecting action.In order to learn how to utilize this powerful technique, let’s look back at the some of the best examples from cinematic history. From there, we’ll determine the value of using parallel editing, as well as when it should be utilized. First, a brief history of parallel editing.A Brief History of Parallel EditingIn just about any film class, the first example of parallel editing you’ll learn about is from 1903’s The Great Train Robbery. In this film, director Edwin S. Porter and his editor utilize the technique of parallel editing to build suspense and cinematic flow. This technique was also used to give additional exposition to the narrative of the film.Image: The Great Train Robbery via Edison Manufacturing CompanyIn 1915’s Birth of a Nation, director D.W. Griffith uses parallel editing to build dramatic tension, as well as build the relationships of characters within the world. The use of this technique was incredibly well done in the film, and it’s widely regarded (in terms of historical value) as it was one of the first films to have simultaneous action. However, Griffith’s groundbreaking techniques would be overshadowed by the rightful criticism of the film’s controversial depiction of slavery and racism.Image: Intolerance, D.W. Griffith’s second film after Birth of a Nation via Triangle Distributing CorporationObviously, Griffith isn’t the only filmmaker to use parallel editing. Filmmakers such as John Ford, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan utilize parallel editing almost routinely today.So, where is the value in using parallel editing and when should it be used? Let’s look at these two questions and try to find some answers.Where’s the Value?The value in using parallel editing is that the technique adds another layer of suspense or pacing to the narrative. A great example of this value can be seen in the The Godfather. Here, director Francis Ford Coppola knew that a scene where Michael Corleone stands watch at a baptism could bring the pacing of the film to a halt.Image: The Godfather via Paramount PicturesIn order to showcase the contrast between Michael’s declaration and what he has asked his henchmen to do, Coppola utilizes parallel editing. This increases the pacing and tempo of the scene and, in turn, makes the baptism portion of the scene so much more powerful.Video via MovieclipsWhen Should It Be Used?You’re definitely going to need a budget to make parallel editing happen, as it requires filming two sets of action that work together. You also can’t just throw a parallel edit in a film for no reason. Just like with any camera composition or editing technique, there needs to be motivation behind it — a reason to utilize it.A great example of the motivated use of parallel editing comes from The Silence of the Lambs. In this scene, director Jonathan Demme utilizes the technique to perfection as we watch the FBI raid a house they believe belongs to Buffalo Bill. We even see Buffalo Bill react to the bell in his dungeon, which correlates to the FBI agent ringing the bell in the secondary scene. However, when Buffalo Bill answers the door, we realize that agents aren’t on his front step — but Clarice Starling is.Video via Gabriel MouraOne of the most famous recent uses of the technique is found in Inception. Director Christopher Nolan uses the technique specifically to help convey multiple dream states within the narrative. Because of this specific narrative, nearly the entire film is one long series of parallel edits.Video via The TykjenMastering this technique will come in handy when you need to increase the tension and pace of a film, while also giving the audience more in-depth visual information for the narrative.What are your favorite uses of parallel editing? Please share them in the comments below!last_img read more

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Of all the changes in selling over the last decade and a half, the changes on the buyer’s side may be the most disruptive. No doubt that some part of that change belongs to the proliferation of information available via the internet. However, another, and I would argue, a more important change is how difficult it is for buyers to make decisions, partly due to the need to acquire consensus and the difficulty in doing so. These and many other factors have made whatever might once have been a linear sales process more difficult to follow and maintain. It has also made the buyer’s journeys seem quaint by comparison. All that is necessary to understand just how nonlinear they are is to catalog the stakeholders by where you believe they are in whatever your buyer’s journey suggests, and where you find different stakeholders at different places at different times.The tyranny of the sales process is slavishly adhering to the idea that the sales conversation is going to follow the linear progression as seen on a slide deck, starting on the left side with “target” and ending on the right with “won.”Disclaimer: I would never suggest you go without a sales process. There are too many outcomes necessary for competing effectively and winning. Nor would I recommend you forego a functional theory about how to serve the stakeholders you call on based upon where they are in their process. Instead, I would suggest you consider both your process and your buyer’s journey as “orienting generalizations” and consider your approach based on initiative and agility.Not Following OrdersMy first attempt to write about the limits of a documented sales process was almost a decade ago when I compared them to a GPS (global position satellite), a device which occasionally provides the guidance, “turn by turn directions are not available in this area.” The message can be disconcerting if you were counting on GPS to direct you to your destination, and it might as well have said, “Guess what? You’re lost!”The fact that you have a GPS at all might put you in a better place than your dream client, who may not have any guidance if they are outside of a formal process and RFP.In Gary Klein’s, Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions, there is this beautiful story under the heading The Soldiers Who Were Trained Not to Follow Orders:“A major, receiving a tongue lashing from Prince Frederick Charles for a tactical blunder, offered the excuse that he had been obeying orders. He reminded the prince that a Prussian officer was taught that an order from a superior was tantamount to an order from the king. Frederick Charles promptly responded, “His Majesty made you a major because he believed you would know when to not obey his orders.”Imagine you have had two extraordinary discovery meetings with three stakeholders, all of whom are engaged in the process with you and are ready to see your solution. You send a calendar invite to a meeting where you are expected to present your solution and pricing. You notice they added three more people to the calendar invite, none of whom are known to you. Your process suggests that you have completed the discovery phase and that you have obtained all the customer verifiable outcomes. The three stakeholders believe they have done their due diligence and are ready to see a solution.Now that you know three new stakeholders are close enough to this decision to be invited into the room, in what stage of your process would you locate them? In what stage of their buyer’s journey would you locate them?The tyranny of any process is when it becomes dogma. When you ignore reality and follow the guidance of a process that doesn’t reflect the reality of your circumstances, you put doctrine above winning.How to Think, Not What to ThinkI have an ongoing conversation with a friend about whether it is better to teach people “what to think” or “how to think.” He leans more toward providing people with what to think, and I am firmly entrenched on teaching how to think. In a complex, dynamic human interaction like sales, there are too many variables to be able to provide guidance on every scenario. You are better off knowing how to think about problems than believing there is only one right answer, one way to get to yes.We return now to the Prussians, particularly Helmuth von Moltke:“Moltke rarely issued more than a general outline of his plans. Army and major formation commanders were to act within the framework of general directives as opposed to precise orders, with their staff officers providing any necessary interpretation and guidance. Although criticized by some, this approach, a key component of Moltke’s methods, provided the necessary flexibility to deal with different and unexpected situations, demonstrated by his use of external lines of operation . . . “When there is likely to be uncertainty, follow the general direction, and look for solutions to the problem. You might call this agility. Instead of being locked into a process, you adjust and do what is necessary to win.“First and foremost, like Clausewitz, Moltke had no faith in systems of any kind. His system consisted of a pattern of thought rather than a series of procedures to be followed or successive tactical acts to be performed under all circumstances. Moltke placed his faith in the ability of Prussian officers to use their education and judgment to adjust to concrete situations as they came up. His famous statement that strategy was a system of expedients typified his belief that no simple rules or formulas existed for determining military plans. Moltke’s statements should be taken against the background of the detailed systems of the eighteenth century and may be seen as a rejection of such systems. Strategy, Moltke believed, was based on concrete situations rather than upon mathematical or other rules to be applied in every case. This line of thought extended to his concepts of campaign planning and tactics . . . “Why You Need AgilityIn the Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, I described resourcefulness as the linchpin attribute for sales professionals, as winning requires creativity. I also included a chapter on initiative, taking action before external forces compel you to. Both of these attributes are necessary for human endeavors where there is uncertainty and where good choices of action and novelty is possible. Too firm a demand to follow a process and you eliminate resourcefulness and initiative. Too little guidance (or no process at all) and you remove “overall intent.”Learn Anthony’s core strategies & tactics for sales success at any level with The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need“Moltke turned this necessity into a virtue by emphasizing the advantages of developing commanders who could exercise initiative within the framework of the high command’s overall intent. He did this by leading his army commanders primarily through directives (Weisungen) rather than detailed orders, although he was quite prepared to issue very detailed and strict orders if necessary.”You want agility. Where there is uncertainty in outcomes and too many scenarios that fall outside of what would be optimal, you want to find a way to win, even when it conflicts with what might be codified as the next step in a documented process. The Lost Art of Closing provides a nonlinear methodology that has proven helpful when things are opaque.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. As for the scenario with the three new stakeholders, you might make a call and ask if you can meet with them before presenting. Alternatively, you might dedicate the first twenty-minutes bringing the new contacts up to speed. You could also go ahead with your presentation, even though three of your six stakeholders may not be ready to review your solution or your proposal. Were it me; I would call an audible.There is no doubt that the ideas here not only raise the bar on the sales force; it also raises the bar on those who lead, train, coach, and develop them.last_img read more

first_imgLive results from day two of the State of Origin series as they come to hand:Division wins: NSW 8 – Queensland 5.Game three:Men’s openNEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Robert Nakhla 2, Tim Good touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 1 (Drumayne Dayberg-Muir touchdown). HT: NSW 2-0. NSW won division 2-1.Women’s open:NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Louise Winchester 2, Sarah Peattie, Yasmin Meakes, Hannah Dyball touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Peta Rogerson, Shenae Ciesiolka, Marikki Watego touchdowns). HT: NSW 4-1; NSW won division 2-1.Mixed open:QUEENSLAND 9 (Emma Haines 2, Tim Glazebrook 2, Adam Pryde 2, Sebastian Rey, Michael Baartz, Jayden Benbow touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Daniel Stone 3, Patricia Michaelopoulos 2, Luke Tonegato, Cameron Nicholls, Simon Lang touchdowns). Drop-off. FT:8-8; HT:3-3. QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 4 (Lucy Botten 2, Ashleigh Kearney, Michaela Jacks touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Chloe Cheney 2, Rachelle Davis touchdowns). HT: QLD 4-3; QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Gabrielle Rose 2, Belinda Grech, Kristi Miller, Melissa McCall, Rebecca Howe touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Katie Shaw, Kate Barker, Jessica Pulley touchdowns). HT: NSW 5-1. NSW won division 3-0.Women’s 35s:QUEENSLAND 3 (Tracy Williamson, Tracy Upton, Wendy Evans touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 2 (Dominique Bruce, Kristie Mosely touchdowns). HT: NSW 1-0; QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 40s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Lisa Wilkes, Shanie Singleton, Julia Simons touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Leanne Cramer, Jodie Gair touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 2-2; HT: NSW 1-0; QLD won division 2-1.Men’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 6 (Cormac Hoch 2, James Baartz, Dylan Doak, Michael Fallon, Sam Carmody touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Lincoln Little 2, Patrick Coelho, Mitchell Wickham, Christopher Williams touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-3; QLD won division 2-1.Men’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Manu Wakely 3, Michael Stone 2 touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Aaron Jones 2, Scott Prince touchdowns). HT: NSW2-1; NSW won division 2-1. Men’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Darren Reynoldson 2, Nathan Martin, Dean Murphy, Steven Sopher, Brad Mitchell touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Joshua Woo, Tristan Mana, Mark Henricksen touchdowns). HT: NSW 3-1; NSW won division 3-0.Men’s 40s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Corey McLeod 3, Lars Hanson, Chris Benfield, Jason Toby touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Craig Hookey, Adrian Lam touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-1; NSW won division 2-1.Men’s 45s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Shane Cooper, Michael Lennon, Edward Fong touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Frank Beer, Ian Smith touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-0; NSW won division 2-1.Men’s 50s:NEW SOUTH WALES 4 (Peter Wandl, John Samin, Amir Ayoub, Scott Collins touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Steve Womersley, Michael Boyd, Peter Feldman touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 3-3; HT: QLD2-0. NSW won the division 3-0.Men’s 55s: InvitationalQUEENSLAND 4 (Frank Stampa, Ian Kerr, Trevor McPhillips, David Baulch touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES PRESIDENT’S 2 (John Cattell, Gary Newman touchdowns). HT: 1-1.Game two:Men’s open:QUEENSLAND 9 (Shaun Francis 6, Michael Law, Drumayne Dayberg-Muir, Justin Otto touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Stephen Roberts 2, Terry Deegan, Scott Buckley, Matthew Prowse, Tim Good touchdowns). HT: QLD 3-2; Division tied 1-1.Women’s open:QUEENSLAND 8 (Sarah Spacie 2, Brooke Walker, Catherine Sargent, Hayley Maddick, Kim Sue See, Jemma Mi Mi, Kate McCarthy touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Samantha Rodgers, Kristin Boss, Louise Winchester touchdowns). HT: 2-2; Division tied 1-1.Mixed open:NEW SOUTH WALES 10 (Tom Maher 2, Cameron Nicholls, Daniel Stone, Luke Tonegato, Michael Singh, Kylie Hilder, Trent Touma, Claire Moran, Patricia Michaelopoulos) def QUEENSLAND 9 (Greta Doherty 3, Adam Pryde 2, Sean Hooper 2, Rebecca Lapraik, Tim Glazebrook touchdowns). HT: NSW 8-7; Division leads 1-1.Women’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 8 (Ashleigh Kearney 2, Katherine Stevens, Toni Wells, Georgina Friedrichs, Georgina Rackerman, Laura Gleeson, Tavla Rosin touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 7 (Logan Flanagan, Laura Coleman, Tayla Clifford, Zara Nichols, Abbey Papenhuyzen, Lily Goodchild touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 7-7; HT: 3-3; Division tied 1-1.Women’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Trish McCarthy 2, Amanda Burdett, Melinda McMah, Gabrielle Rose, Rebecca Howe touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 0. HT: NSW 3-0; NSW leads division 2-0.Women’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Kirstie Wakely, Kristie Mosely, Nicole Mitchell touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Natalie Leicht, Tracy Upton touchdowns). HT: QLD 1-0; Division tied 1-1.              Women’s 40s:QUEENSLAND 2 (Leanne Cramer, Sue Ginns touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 1 (Lynda Davis touchdown). HT: 1-1; QLD leads division 2-0.Men’s 20s:NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Josh Rozario 3, Lincoln Little 2, Alex Nicholls, Jonathan Huskins, Christopher Williams touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 7 (Lachlan Hoch 3, David Richards 2, James Baartz, James Western touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-2; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Josh Sparke, Michael Stone, Todd Liubinskas touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Craig Boston, Michael Watson touchdowns). HT: QLD 2-0; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 9 (Steven Sopher 2, Nathan Martin, Darren Reynoldson, Garry Sonda, Christopher Jonson, Brad Mitchell, Ahmad Daizil, Adam Fahim touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 5 (Stephen Prince 2, David Walsh, Joshua Woo, Robert Powley touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-1; NSW leads division 2-0.Men’s 40s:QUEENSLAND 9 (Clynton Wastell 3, Craig Scharer, Troy Morgan, Adrian Lam, John Linden, Kevin Eckersley, Matthew Barclay touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 7 (Jack Jardim, Christian Browne, Lars Hanson, Wayne Gleeson, Tony Eltakchi, Corey McLeod, David Roberts touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-1; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 45s:QUEENSLAND 3 (Peter Owen 2, Neville Norris touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 2 (Derek Duguid, Brandon McDonald touchdowns). HT: QLD 1-0; Division tied 1-1. Men’s 50s:NEW SOUTH WALES 4 (Peter Wandl 2, Scott Collins, Andre Andrews touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Ron Keleher 2 touchdowns). HT: NSW 3-1; NSW leads division 2-0.Men’s 55s: InvitationalQUEENSLAND 3 (Peter Hawes, Ian Kerr, Brian Prove touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES PRESIDENT’S 1 (David McLean touchdown), HT: NSW 1-0.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksState of Origin live resultslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Auditor general Michael Ferguson is standing by his conclusion that the federal public service’s “obedient” culture led to the “incomprehensible failure” of the Phoenix pay system.Ferguson reiterated his criticisms Thursday before the House of Commons public accounts committee — just two days after the top federal civil servant blasted the auditor general’s critique of the public service as “an opinion piece.”Ferguson’s audit report last month concluded that the Phoenix system was an “incomprehensible failure” of project management and oversight, which led to green-lighting a system that wasn’t ready.The report said it was unfathomable that no one spoke up to say it wasn’t going to work and needed to be stopped; it blamed “an obedient culture” among public servants — a message Ferguson repeated at committee Thursday.Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick disputed that conclusion during an appearance before the same committee earlier this week, accusing the auditor of making “sweeping generalizations” about public servants.The Phoenix system has resulted in thousands of federal civil servants being under-paid, over-paid or not paid at all.Ferguson is scheduled to appear before the committee again next week, when members said they intend to delve deeper into Wernick’s criticism of the auditor general’s message.last_img read more

US vs Belgium Was the Best Match of the World Cup So

To the left are the factors I used and the weights I assigned each.Some things don’t matter in my book. I don’t take into account our prematch ratings of each team. A Bayesian would figure that the better teams are more likely to play better soccer, but in a tournament that has seen favorites dominate the later stages, I don’t want to give them any other advantages.Also, while knockout matches get a boost because they’re considered more meaningful than group-stage matches, I also don’t give any extra credit for knockout games that are tied after 90 minutes. Part of the beauty of soccer is that matches take a predictable, and brief, amount of time. So all stats are normalized to a 90-minute match, and penalty kicks don’t factor in. Relatedly, I have no bias for or against draws. Either they come in the group stage and are critical to standings, or they’re in the knockout stage and are settled by penalty kicks.I didn’t merely add together these numbers. A typical match had 725 completed passes per 90 minutes, but just 2.65 goals per 90 minutes. Plus, some of the measures were expressed in percentages. So I used standard scores, aka Z scores: the number of standard deviations each measure was from the mean. Each match’s final score was the weighted sum of Z scores for each measure.And here are the Top 10 and bottom 10 matches, according to my method:Belgium-U.S. did well across the categories. It was meaningful and close for all but the two minutes between the second Belgium goal and the lone U.S. goal. It had lots of one-on-ones, chances and expected assists; and few offsides, bookings and major errors.In other words, it was the mirror image of the dreadful France defeat of Honduras. France led comfortably for nearly all of the second half. The match had few one-on-ones, a relatively low proportion of shots that were on goal, few chances or assists, and an own goal by Noel Valladares, the Honduras goalkeeper.While I’m comfortable with both of these choices, I was surprised to see the two semis in my top 10. Germany’s rout of Brazil wasn’t competitive after the first 20 minutes, but the German attack’s efficiency and pinpoint passing made it look like a classic anyway. (It also had few fouls, bookings and offsides calls.) And it did have a certain car-wreck quality that made it highly watchable. Argentina’s penalty-kick ouster of the Netherlands was highly meaningful and close throughout, with accurate passing. That helped it overcome the lack of goals and, especially, chances — the fewest per 90 minutes of any match so far.The rankings also make me want to watch replays of Nigeria — which had two top-five matches — and they provide a parting insult to Spain, which played two matches in the bottom 10. They also highlight the drama of the Round of 16, which had three of the top nine matches.Just to show how much my preferences matter, I tested a few small changes in the weightings and came up with different results. Weight goals per 90 minutes by four instead of one, and Germany-Brazil is the best match of the World Cup in addition to the most surprising. Or shift the weight on successful tackle percentage to four, and Germany-Algeria takes the prize. (No simple tweak, though, can rescue France-Honduras.)As these examples demonstrate, this ranking, like any other, is arbitrary. The factors I included and the weights I chose were based on what data I had available and my preferences. Let me know in the comments how you’d rank the matches, or rank them yourselves. There are lots of stats available at FIFA.com and Whoscored.com. I thought it’d be fun to try to devise a way to rank the 62 World Cup matches played through Wednesday for sheer entertainment value. After all, most people in the world entered the tournament without their home country to support. And many people who live in one of the 32 nations with a contender have seen their country’s team knocked out and had to choose whether to adopt a new side to support, or to simply cheer for good, exciting soccer — or, in other words, what was absent from France-Honduras, the worst match by my measure.So, what defines good, exciting soccer? What sets Belgium 2-U.S. 1, the best match of the tournament by my ranking, apart from France 3-Honduras 0, the worst? Anyone who thinks about the question probably would answer it a little differently. Here are my answers: A match needs to matter. Knockout matches matter the most, while the third of the three group-stage matches sometimes matter much less, particularly when the two teams have been eliminated from the knockout stage already.A match needs to be close for most of the time. It can end 4-0, so long as it was 1-0 until the final minutes.All else equal, a match with more goals is more fun than one with fewer goals. But not all goals are created equal. Goals caused by opponent errors aren’t the result of good play, so each one is as bad as other goals are good. I prefer assisted goals, so they get a 50 percent boost.Whatever the final score, a match will be more entertaining if it has more chances. And meaningful chances matter more. So a better match will have a greater number of expected goals and assists. Our expectation is based on the location of shots and passes — and a model built by TruMedia to estimate the expected number of goals and assists based on these shots and passes and how they’re coded by Opta’s match analysts (TruMedia supplied the Opta data for this exercise). Good chances are entertaining whether or not they lead to goals: When they don’t, a defender or goalkeeper is probably partially responsible. But missed shots are no fun and a sign of bad play. So the higher the percentage of all those shots that aren’t blocked by the defense that are on target, the better.One-on-one showdowns between an offensive player and a defensive counterpart are exciting. The more of these, the better.The greater the number of completed passes, the more the ball is moving and teammates are collaborating. Incomplete passes could be the result of ambitious passing, of bad touches or of good defense, so I ignore them.Tackles are good, but missed tackles aren’t. So the higher the percentage of attempted tackles that are successful, the better.Flowing play is better than lots of referee whistles. So the fewer fouls, the fewer bookings and the fewer offsides calls, the better.There aren’t many stats that directly measure errors, so I use one of those — misplays on crosses by goalkeepers — along with own goals and goals caused by defensive errors as a proxy for sloppy play in meaningful moments. read more

Ohio State redshirt senior defensive end Nathan Williams trailed behind the pack of scarlet and gray-clad Buckeyes players as the team rushed onto the field for the opening game of the 2012 season. Williams said he was savoring the cheers of the 105,039 fans in attendance Saturday at Ohio Stadium for the No. 18 Buckeyes’ game against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks. It was Williams’ first chance to make the dash onto the field since OSU’s Sept. 3, 2011, home opener against the Akron Zips, which he exited with an injury that would eventually require season-ending microfracture surgery to repair his injured knee. In the year that followed the game against Akron, Williams’ life has consisted mostly of rehab and icing his injured left knee. Football, Williams said, was a job he loved to get up in the morning for, and it was taken from him last September. “For so many months, I was down and out,” Williams said, “and on a machine and icing. Countless ice bags I’ve made.” Projected by several OSU coaches to play between eight and 10 snaps in his return against the RedHawks, Williams reclaimed his livelihood in surprising fashion – he started, was on the field for about 30 plays and made two solo tackles in OSU’s 56-10 win. “It means a lot. I’m at a loss for words,” Williams said following his return. “I’m happy that the coaches believe in me and that these players have stuck by my side and Buckeye Nation stuck by my side. I appreciate everyone for that.” First-year OSU coach Urban Meyer was noncommittal about Williams’ status for Saturday’s game until Tuesday when the player passed tests in practice to get into the game. After beating the RedHawks, Meyer said Williams played more than he expected and lauded his performance. “I love Nate. I love the fact that he is a warrior, that he loves Ohio State. That he’s doing the best he can,” Meyer said. “And I like the fact that (Williams’ position coaches) had enough confidence to get him in the game.” It was more of the same from OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, who said he wanted to ease Williams back into the flow of the game by limiting his time on the field. That plan changed after watching Williams get loose before kickoff, Fickell said, adding he could tell Williams had a chance to really make an impact. That intuition was realized by game’s end. “You see what kind of competitor he is,” Fickell said after the game. “From what I saw, he looked pretty good.” There’s still work to be done – Williams knows that. He failed to convince himself that he was the same player that tallied 92 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 11 sacks prior to the surgery that ended his 2011 season. On Miami’s first drive of the game, Williams missed a chance to sack RedHawks senior quarterback Zac Dysert, a player Meyer said has NFL potential. “If I would have got (Dysert), I would have considered that I’m back,” Williams said. “I’m kind of upset that I didn’t. My glove kind of slipped over top of him. There ain’t gonna be no more of that.” Williams said he saw an opportunity on the play and went for it, but defensive line coach Mike Vrabel disagreed during a Monday interview at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, saying there was no opportunity because Williams didn’t do his job. Perhaps evidence of lingering rust, Williams incorrectly abandoned his assignment to cover a Miami running back on the play, Vrabel said. However, Vrabel’s remarks came across as playful chides at Williams – he and members of the media laughed while delivering his criticisms with a smile. Vrabel said he was among those that were just glad Williams was a productive member of the team again. “Nathan, God love him, he can tell you whatever he wants,” Vrabel said. “I’m happy he was out there. He had some energy. He had some enthusiasm. (He) played with some toughness and, you know, I think it was a big confidence builder for him to be out there. He was pumped. He was excited that he could do it.” Considering the long hours of rehab and bagging ice cubes to tape to his surgically repaired knee, pumped might be an understatement. “Unparalleled” and “a dream come true” were the words Williams used to describe his feelings. “Getting another chance to be in this stadium and play for you guys – I wake up every morning looking forward to go to work just to make you guys happy,” he said, “so I’m not going to take it for granted.” OSU returns to action Saturday at Ohio Stadium with a game against Central Florida scheduled for noon. read more

Fabian Ruiz Napoli lacked the finishing touches

first_imgSpanish Midfielder Fabian Ruiz felt Napoli were not clinical enough in their 0-0 with Red Star Belgrade.The Spaniard made his competitive debut for his new club in their Champions League opener at the Marakana.“We knew it was a very difficult game, but we gave it our all and dominated possession with several great chances, but were a little unlucky in front of goal,” he told Sky Sports Italia.“I think the team is growing, we are gelling, and it’s only by working that we can find that synchronicity.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Napoli will welcome group leaders Liverpool who beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in their next encounter in Italy.The last time both sides met in a pre-season friendly Liverpool pummelled Napoli 5-0.“Liverpool have started strong, and they reached the Champions League Final last season, but we believe that we can go through and we’ll have an important push from our fans at the Stadio San Paolo in the next game.”last_img read more

Enterprises bill not scary says Bahamas Finance Minister

first_img Related Items:#Enterprisebill, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 30, 2017 – Nassau – No need to be frightened of the Commercial Enterprises Bill 2017 because any company applying to do business in The Bahamas will have to go through the set procedures before being given a green light to operate.    Both the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Financial Services are speaking out after a battering in the media by current and former country leaders on their new legislation. DPM Peter Turnquest said that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but warned against scare tactics  or sensationalizing the proposed law.The Deputy Prime Minister said the country is proposing new industries but all investments will have to go through the Bahamas Investment Authority about what they require to set up shop.   Turnquest said the economy needs for Bahamians to open up to adaptation, not business as usual.  He added in a media report that, “This is not about introducing foreigners to come and take jobs that Bahamians have or Bahamians are qualified to do.   This is about creating new opportunities.  This is about introducing new skills into the country that is designed such that those skills are transferred to Bahamians so that they could take advantage of those opportunities going forward.”#MagneticMediaNews#Enterprisebilllast_img read more