Three-star Georgia quarterback/athlete James Graham dropped his list of top 10 schools on Friday. Oklahoma State made the cut, along with Michigan, Alabama, Miami, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Auburn Georgia Tech and Georgia.Graham, who plays quarterback for Fitzgerald High School in southern Georgia, held 18 offers as of Friday. But he whittled down his list to a manageable 10, eliminating Arkansas, Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Maryland, Tulane, UCF and Georgia Southern. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. OSU could have a backdoor into Graham’s recruitment that only Virginia Tech can boast, as two teammates from last year’s team signed at Division I schools (running back J.D. King signed with OSU, tight end Lecitus Smith signed with the Hokies.)Graham is a star dual-threat quarterback, but is being pursued by the Pokes as a running back to play alongside his former high school teammate in the same backfield.As a junior last season, Graham threw for 950 yards in seven games and rushed for 330 on just 54 carries.
Bournemouth 2 Newcastle United 2: Hosts in thrilling fightback after Gayle double Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 00:56 25/2/2018 Getty Images A Dwight Gayle double was cancelled out by a late Bournemouth comeback as the hosts drew with relegation rivals Newcastle United. Dan Gosling completed a dramatic late comeback as Bournemouth came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw with relegation rivals Newcastle United.Rafael Benitez’s side travelled to the Vitality Stadium after a shock 1-0 victory over Manchester United last time out, and looked like making it back-to-back Premier League wins after Dwight Gayle twice pounced on poor goalkeeping from Asmir Begovic.After allowing Gayle to beat him to a low delivery for the 17th-minute opener, Begovic enabled the former Crystal Palace striker to double his tally on the stroke of half-time as he let another cross slip under him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Bournemouth pushed to find a way back into the game, and a lifeline arrived courtesy of a fantastic long-range effort from Adam Smith 10 minutes from time.And parity was restored in the 89th minute as former Newcastle midfielder Gosling turned home from Nathan Ake’s ball into the box.Newcastle did cling on for a draw but missed a chance to go four points clear of the drop. The Magpies are two clear of the bottom three with Bournemouth three further ahead of them, a run of just one defeat in eight top-flight games cold comfort for Benitez after the late setback.A point apiece, as the Cherries come back from 2-0 down… #BOUNEW | #afcb pic.twitter.com/RHoVdoQo8S— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) February 24, 2018It took 10 minutes for either goalkeeper to be forced into a save as Martin Dubravka, coming off an impressive debut against Jose Mourinho’s men, sprung to his left to parry Callum Wilson’s effort on the turn.But, after Kenedy had fired over with a pair of long-range efforts, Newcastle took the lead with a well-worked move.Jonjo Shelvey played a brilliant ball down the right for Matt Ritchie, whose low cross eventually fell to Gayle as he won a challenge with Begovic before nonchalantly backheeling the ball into the empty net.Ritchie then curled wide from 25 yards out as Newcastle continued in the ascendancy.Junior Stanislas and Gosling both lashed volleys over before Newcastle, having struggled to retain possession in the closing stages of the first half, doubled their advantage against the run of play.Paul Dummett’s cross to the far post was met by Ayoze Perez, the Spaniard’s pull back going through the legs of Begovic and finding Gayle, who was presented with another tap-in.28 – Dwight Gayle has now netted 28 league goals since the start of last season, more than twice as many as any other player for Newcastle (Matt Ritchie next on 13). Sharp. pic.twitter.com/BVQ59TxqwN — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018 Bournemouth had a penalty claim waved away by Roger East in the opening stages of the second half after Jamaal Lascelles collided with Ryan Fraser.Perez and Shelvey spurned gilt-edged chances to make it three either side of a fine Dubravka save from Steve Cook, and those wasted opportunities ultimately proved costly as Smith fired a stunning strike in off the bar before Gosling struck with a confident side-foot finish as a previously composed Newcastle defence crumbled.There was still time for Bournemouth to pull off a remarkable turnaround but Newcastle did at least save a point, yet they still have plenty of work to do to preserve their top-flight status.Key Opta Stats:- Bournemouth have picked up 13 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, a joint-high along with Everton.- Newcastle failed to win a Premier League game after being two goals up at half-time for the first time since February 2012 (2-2 v Wolves).- Bournemouth have gone eight Premier League home games without a clean sheet, their longest-ever run without a shutout at the Vitality Stadium in the competition.- Newcastle bagged two first-half goals away from home for the first time in the Premier League since March 2014 against Hull.- Dwight Gayle ended a run of 11 Premier League appearances without a goal, via his first Premier League double since May 2016. read more
UEFA Champions League No Neymar, but Mbappe ready for PSG return against Real Madrid Dom Farrell 21:39 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty UEFA Champions League PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid PSG Kylian Mbappé Paris Saint-Germain will be without their Brazilian star for a crunch Champions League last-16 tie, but another big-money addition is back in training Kylian Mbappe has handed Paris Saint-Germain a fitness boost ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Real Madrid.The Ligue 1 leaders’ hopes of turning around a 3-1 first-leg deficit in the last-16 tie were dealt a hammer blow when Neymar suffered a broken metatarsal in the 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Marseille a week ago.To compound matters, Mbappe sustained an ankle injury against the same opponents in the Coupe de France but the teenage France forward is ready to face Zinedine Zidane’s European champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Speaking at a pre-match news conference, PSG head coach Unai Emery said: ” Kylian Mbappe trained normally with the squad yesterday. The only player, apart from Neymar, who did not, was Javier Pastore.”Normally, all players will be ready for tomorrow’s match against Madrid, except Neymar.”This near-clean bill of health means Thiago Motta and Lassana Diarra offer more experienced options in the holding midfield role, where Argentine youngster Giovani Lo Celso struggled at times during the defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu.Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe will also contest the two centre-back slots once more after Emery controversially left club captain Silva on the bench in Madrid.”Both Lassana Diarra and Thiago Motta possess the experience for this sort of big European match,” he said.”All three central defenders are ready to play against Real Madrid. We will see after the final training session.”The 11 starters and the substitutes will all be important against Real. Everybody will need to chip in.”Although their late collapse in the Spanish capital makes PSG the underdogs, a 4-0 win over Barcelona at this stage on home turf last season gives cause for optimism and Emery called on the Parc des Princes faithful to greet their illustrious opponents with a cacophony of noise.”It is a very important moment of the season, a unique moment for all the PSG supporters and all of France. The Champions League is a major objective for the club,” he added.”This match is different. Above all, it is in Paris. We will be 12 with the support of the fans.”We need to stay united on the inside and also show that from the outside. We want unity with the PSG fans.”It is the first time that we have played an important Champions League return leg at the Parc des Princes. This is something different.”
América v León Club America vs Club Leon: Live stream, starting lineup, kickoff time & match preview Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 05:16 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Refugio Ruiz América v León Liga MX América León Club America looks to go back into first place while Leon hopes to build off a successful week to get back in the Liguilla hunt Club America enters the 11th weekend of the Liga MX regular season undefeated but in second place. Such is life in a sport where draws are possible.Las Aguilas have been rolling along in both league play and the CONCACAF Champions League but a recent run of draws have them sitting just behind Santos Laguna.Leon envies that position, sitting in 11th and out of the playoff places. After a victory last weekend in league action and a blowout win during the week in Copa MX play, there’s a buzz around the Camp Nou that hasn’t been there yet this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Will America flex its muscle and move back to the top or can the visitors spring a surprise and push into the playoff places? Game America vs. Leon Date Saturday, March 10 Time 10 p.m. ET Stream (U.S. only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) LIVE STREAM Watch America vs. Leon live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Club America players Goalkeepers Marchesin, Pineda, Jimenez Defenders Vargas, Alvarez, Aguilera, Valdez, Aguilar, Cedillo Midfielders Rodriguez, Da Silva, Uribe, Dominguez, Corona, Arce, Orrantia, Ibarguen, Paredes, Ibarra, Lainez Forwards Romero, Menez, Marin, Diaz, Martin, Peralta, Quintero Miguel Herrera looks to have settled into a preferred starting XI when his squad is fit, as it is ahead of Saturday’s match barring Emanuel Aguilera, who likely will be replaced by Edson Alvarez as he was in Tuesday’s CONCACAF Champions League match. While Herrera used many first-choice players against Tauro FC in CCL play, he utilized attackers Oribe Peralta and Cecilio Dominguez and midfielder Mateus Uribe sparingly.Potential starting XI: Marchesin; Aguilar, Valdez, Alvarez, Vargas; Uribe, Rodriguez; Ibarra, Menez, Dominguez; Peralta Position Leon players Goalkeepers Rodriguez, Yarbrough Defenders Burdisso, Piris, Navarro, Torres, Herrera, Cornejo, Rodriguez, Mosquera, Gonzalez Midfielders Burbano, Hernandez, Montes, Andrade, Mejia, Cecchini, Lainez, Cerato, Rodriguez Forwards Ramos, Boselli, Gonzalez, Barnes, Donovan Landon Donovan wasn’t in the squad for Leon’s cup win with illness, though the team hopes he will travel to Mexico City. Center back Juan Ignacio Gonzalez underwent surgery on his injured knee last week and will miss the rest of the season.Potential starting XI: Yarbrough; Navarro, Mosquera, Herrera, Rodriguez; Rodriguez, Cornejo; Hernandez, Montes, Andrade; BoselliGAME PREVIEW Miguel Herrera’s America team is the favorite to win the league and the CONCACAF Champions League. America is yet to suffer defeat in league play, yet sits second after a recent spell of draws. The most recent was a 1-1 result against Chivas in the Clasico Nacional.That’s acceptable, even for a club that Herrera is fond of reminding reporters wants to win the title every season. He’s aware, though, that the team does need to start winning again at some point.The opportunity presents itself this weekend with Leon coming to the Estadio Azteca. Not only has America been strong at home this season, Leon has lost its last three road matches.Even so, enthusiasm is on the rise in Guanajuato about Gustavo Diaz’s side. Leon rolled past Pumas last weekend in a 3-0 victory that put Diaz’s charges into 11th place in the table, just one point out of the playoff positions.The question marks are in defense where Miguel Herrera (not that one, obviously) has stepped in for the injured Juan Ignacio Gonzalez. Herrera has struggled to get up to speed in the top division before, and against a front line that includes Oribe Peralta, Renato Ibarra and Jeremy Menez, it could be a long day for the center back.For America, it’s about preventing an early goal. The last three weeks, Las Aguilas have gone behind and had to battle back to get a point. If they can start stronger, they should be back on top of the table with a little help this week.
Oklahoma State righted the ship on Saturday downing No. 24 Kansas State 26-13, though it took longer than expected thanks to an hour-plus weather delay.The Twittersphere was buzzing all night and there was plenty of timeline gold that kept me entertained throughout. Here are some of my favorites.Spencer is not afraid of a little contact, but I am (slide, my dude!).#BodybyGlass pic.twitter.com/0gCAHk3z1Y— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 29, 2019AdChoices广告 Even ESPN+ struggles when #okstate gets in the red zone. pic.twitter.com/z2dp0l9Idn— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 29, 2019 To a Cowboy Back!! pic.twitter.com/vOm7hIbIBz— Matt Amilian (@mattamilian) September 28, 2019But then it was more of the same late as OSU kicked field goals on four of its five score-zone drives.How’s that for creativity? 3rd and goal at the 4 and hand it off to… Tylan Wallace. It didn’t work and OSU settles for another FG. Pokes lead 13-0.— Michael Doutey (@mike_doutey) September 29, 2019 Kansas State should do us all a favor and just forfeit— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) September 29, 2019 Replay delays > weather delays— Big 12 Refs (@Big12Refs) September 29, 2019😶🧐”I hope nothing happened during the storm delay that requires a confession.” #okstate— Hunziker Bot (@HunzikerSays) September 29, 2019 ESPN+ going with the old GIA camera angle out of the lightning delay. pic.twitter.com/dsN62lWLka— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 29, 2019The Cowboys came out with the win, somewhat handily, but their red zone issues are anything but figured out.Things looked good early.When they finally let you throw in the red zone. pic.twitter.com/BVHiPI5Oep— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 28, 2019 Spencer Sanders moving up the depth chart at LB— Matt Amilian (@mattamilian) September 29, 2019Chuba had a career game with enough significant numbers and records to make your head spin. This was one of the more mind-blowing..@CowboyFB’s Chuba Hubbard finished Saturday with 296 rushing yards. He eclipsed both Barry Sanders (222) and Thurman Thomas’ (237) school record for most yards against a ranked opponent. pic.twitter.com/ZP50Fqui0v— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 29, 2019https://twitter.com/Hubbard_RMN/status/1178169947878559744?s=20The flagpole in the east end zone is big enough for a Canadian flag too. Just saying.— Southwell (@JustinSouthwell) September 29, 2019 Weather delays are always weird and, at least somewhat, interesting affairs.Like a fax machine on national signing day. Their time to shine.— Adam Lunt (@AdamLunt817) September 29, 2019 Let’s examine #okstate’s red zone offense … pic.twitter.com/LGQRm5GmHU— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 29, 2019 Conspiracy theory: Some SEC team has a really good kickerThe world cannot see Ammendola’s Lou Groza performance with these technical difficulties— Matt Amilian (@mattamilian) September 29, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
When:December 3, 200912PM-2PM Who:The Maternal Health Task ForceWoodrow Wilson International Center for ScholarsUnited Nations Population Fund What:The Maternal Health Policy Series:Integrating HIV/AIDS and Maternal Health Services Where:Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars5th Floor Conference Room1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington D.C. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: RSVP:firstname.lastname@example.org Share this: Posted on November 18, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force has been working with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to create a series of events on Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health. Over the next year, this series will focus on important, and sometimes controversial, topics within the maternal health field. We are very excited about this series and hope that it will stimulate discussion and debate around timely issues.The first event will occur next month on December 3 from 12PM to 2PM in Washington D.C. at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The topic is the integration of HIV/AIDS and maternal health services. The speakers will be Dr. Claudes Kamenga (Family Health International), Michele Moloney-Kitts (Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator), and Harriet Birungi (Population Council). We encourage you to attend. If you are unable to attend the event in person, a live webcast will be broadcasted (and archived for later viewing) at www.wilsoncenter.org.If you would like more information about this event or the Maternal Health Policy Series, please click here.
Posted on January 19, 2010June 21, 2017By: Roy Jacobstein, Medical Director, RESPOND Project, EngenderHealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Observations on “Linking Reproductive and Maternal Health Supplies”Population Action International (PAI) in partnership with the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth recently launched a new initiative to facilitate greater attention to the issue of reproductive health supplies, specifically maternal health supplies. The two groups hope to facilitate the integration and engagement of maternal health groups into the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), creating broad-based support for maternal health supplies challenges and ensuring that adequate maternal health supplies needed to achieve MDG5 are consistently present and accessible.On December 8th, I attended “Linking Reproductive and Maternal Health Supplies,” a meeting organized, chaired and hosted by PAI. The meeting marked the first step of the overall initiative. Between 25-30 people attended the meeting from such organizations and projects as PATH, CARE/USA, Save the Children, JSI/Deliver, Family Care International, Pathfinder, Ipas, ACCESS-FP, and the White Ribbon Alliance.The purpose of the meeting was for PAI to solicit the participants’ relevant perspectives and experience. PAI first briefed the participants on its Maternal Health Supplies Project (funded by the MHTF) and its prior experience with the history and evolution of the Reproductive Health Supply Coalition (RHSC).The participants then engaged in a lively and wide-ranging discussion about the merits and challenges of working to focus interest on “maternal supplies,” i.e., those needed to help address the various major causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. Participants brought perspectives from advocacy, research, policy, and service delivery, and also commented on the structure and utility of the Reproductive Health Supply Coalition.The consensus of the group was that such an effort was well-worth undertaking, but would likely be more difficult than the RHSC effort because maternal health is broader and thus more supplies would be needed.I raised the issue and importance of clarifying up front what “supplies” they were going to address and advocate for, pointing out that the linguistic ambiguity in the RHSC effort has complicated the effort. Is it about “commodities” or “contraceptive security?” What are the “supplies”? How do they relate to “product”? What are “contraceptives? Where is vasectomy and female sterilization in the RHSC calculus? And how, vis-à-vis “commodities” they need to address “equipment,” “instruments,” “drugs,” “expendable supplies,” etc.The discussion that then ensued focused on such considerations as: why maternal health supplies have not been addressed systematically before; the complexity of the issue; how that very complexity makes it hard to distill a message down for policymakers, decision makers and donors (but such messages need to be found); how “supplies” is just one part of the problem–it’s health system issues, the ways services are provided (and paid for), and so on. I.e., sometimes the “supplies are there” but the services still are not. There was also discussion of whether or not an MH-specific “kit” was needed (the feeling was that such kits could be very useful in advocacy, but it was unclear what instruments and other supplies might be in the kit, and whether this was feasible, given the complexity of the major causes of maternal morbidity and mortality and what is entailed in addressing those conditions (e.g., eclampsia, hemorrhage, sepsis) when they occur.The consensus around this part of the discussion was that addressing maternal supplies in an organized way analogous to the RHSC was a worthwhile endeavor, that the participants’ respective organizations were glad to be collaborating on the effort, and that they had gotten off to a good start. I agree.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Germany ‘Quality is not enough’ – Kimmich slams Germany’s mentality in Mexico loss Guy Atkinson 17:58 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Germany World Cup Germany v Sweden Sweden Germany v Mexico Mexico The right-back has lamented the number of mistakes that his side made as they suffered a poor start to the defence of their World Cup title Joshua Kimmich has questioned Germany’s mentality after their shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico on Sunday.The reigning champions were second best to El Tri throughout and were duly punished by Hirving Lozano’s superb goal midway through the first half.Germany had won just one of their six pre-World Cup friendlies after qualifying with a 100 per cent record and Kimmich believes a lack of intensity in those games contributed to their lacklustre performance against the Central Americans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar He said: “The mentality when facing a match of this level also counts, quality is not enough. We lacked that too, so many mistakes were made.”Removing Saudi Arabia we have not won the last six games. You cannot compare the friendlies, in which the opponent does not press you as much as a qualifying round or a World Cup.”The coach [Joachim Low] is right when he said that we lost a lot of balls. Mexico did well on the counter-attack, especially – they caught us several times.”Kimmich, however, was indirectly criticised by team-mate Mats Hummels in the game’s aftermath, with the veteran defender complaining that only he and Jerome Boateng were defending.Germany will be hoping to get their campaign back on track when they face Sweden at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Saturday.
World Cup Uruguay vs Russia: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 21:15 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty World Cup Uruguay v Russia Russia Uruguay Powerade The hosts take on the well drilled South American outfit in a game that will help to decide their fate in the last 16, with Spain or Portugal waiting Uruguay and Russia will now have their eyes firmly set in this evening’s final fixtures in Group B, as they will face off against one of those nations. Portugal and Spain look to be the most likely teams they will face but Iran still have the chance of causing an upset.Uruguay were too good for Russia in the end and a 3-0 victory ensures La Celeste advance to the round of 16 with a 100% record from the group stages. The host nation struggled to deal with Uruguay’s two star strikers and know that this may be just the beginning of their challenges, as fierce competitors await in the knockout stages.FULL-TIME: URUGUAY 3-0 RUSSIA Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 90+3 mins: Third and final change for Uruguay, as Cavani is replaced by Gomez.90+3 mins: All five of Uruguay’s World Cup goals in 2018 have come via set-pieces.90+1 mins: We are into four minutes of added time.90 mins: GOAL! 3-0 Uruguay! Cavani finally gets his goal! The corner is whipped into a dangerous area and Godin rises highest to head at goal. Akinfeev makes a strong save but Cavani is there to tuck away the rebound.90 mins: SAVE! Rodriguez strikes a dierce shot from outside the box towards the top right corner but Akinfeev dives to superbly tip the ball over the bar.88 mins: Free-kick to Russia in a decent position but Samedov delivery is wasted yet again, firing too hard and straight behind Muslera’s goal.86 mins: OVER! Cavani just cannot get his goal! He weaves his way through the defenders in the box but sees his effort deflected over the bar.85 mins: A huge waste for Russia! Smolov surges down the left side and does brilliantly to make room but his low ball back across the face of goal is pounced on by Muslera.84 mins: WIDE! De Arrascaeta fires a corner towards the edge of the six-yard box, where Caceres misjudges his jump and flicks a header wide of the target.82 mins: SAVE! Rodriguez tries to beat Akinfeev from distance but his swerving effort is kept out.80 mins: WASTED! A huge chance for Cavani to open his account in Russia! The ball is sloppily given away to the Paris Saint-Germain star, who feeds a pass through to Suarez before it is cut back across the face of goal in his direction. However, he fails to get on the end of it.78 mins: Torreira has been fantastic today but requires some treatment after receiving a hit on his leg. Thankfully, he looks to be able to continue and is back on the field.76 mins: Neither Russia, or the fans in the crowd, have let their head drop despite the scoreline. The carnival atmosphere in Samara continues and there is still time for the hosts to grab a goal.74 mins: WASTED! Muslera sloppily concedes possesion and Russia break. Dzyuba cuts back onto his left foot and slices a shot well off target.73 mins: Uruguay make their second change of the game, bringing on Rodriguez for Nandez.71 mins: Dzyuba is down in the box after a coming together with Godin and VAR is on action to ensure there was no infringement. There was contact between the arm of the Atletico Madrid defender and the Russia striker but it was certainly unintentional.69 mins: Cavani, still without a goal at the tournament, drives inside from the left but drags his shot beyond Akinfeev’s right-hand post.68 mins: Uruguay, knowing their work is almost done, have taken their foot off the gas as Godin strikes an ambitious effort well wide of the target. 66 mins: Russia continue to put the Uruguay defence under significant pressure but they are unable to find room for a shot and Muslera remains unthreatened on his 100th cap.64 mins: Cavani picks up Nandez’s pass inside the area and tumbles to ground, appealing for a penalty, but neither the referee or VAR are interested in his appeals.63 mins: Uruguay make their first change of the game, replacing Bentancur with De Arrascaeta.62 mins: Stanislav Cherchesov is on the edge of his technical area urging the fans in Samara to keep making lots of noise, as Russia enjoy a decent period of possession.60 mins: Russia make their third and final change, bringing on Smolov for Miranchuk.58 mins: Russia are showing they have the capacity to cause Uruguay problems when they push forward but the lack of creativity, with Cheryshev substituted off and Golovin on the bench, is limiting their ability in the final third.56 mins: Fernandes is quick to pounce on a loose ball but Miranchuk fails to get on the end of his pace through and a golden opportunity for Russia is wasted.54 mins: Better from Russia down the right side but Kuzyaev is unable to keep the ball in play.52 mins: Russia have not got going in the final third and the departure of Cheryshev in the first half will have certainly affected that. Uruguay, meanwhile, look to be in the mood.50 mins: Russia are playing with a much more contained style in the opening stages of the second period, looking to limit Uruguay’s threat moving forward, but Suarez and Cavani are still finding room to work with.48 mins: Cavani smashes an early free-kick into the wall as Uruguay begin the second period with the same sort of dominance we saw in the opening 45 minutes.46 mins: KICK-OFF! Back underway for the second half in Samara.46 mins: Russia start the second half by making a change, replacing Gazinskiy with Kuzyaev.Uruguay have not created too much but they have taken their chances in the first half. Suarez opened the scoring with a superb free-kick, before was unfortunate to deflect a Laxalt shot into his own net. Things got worst for the hosts when Smolnikov earned his marching orders for a second yellow card, reducing Russia to 10 men.HALF TIME: URUGUAY 2-0 RUSSIA45+1 mins: We have entered two added minutes at the end of the first half.44 mins: Uruguay are taking a breather with the ball to escape the heat and look set to advance through to the round of 16 as group winners. There is still another half to play but Russia have not done enough in the final third.42 mins: Russia’s heads have understandably dropped and Uruguay are knocking the ball around comfortably, benefitting from the extra space.40 mins: Uruguay have not created many clear-cut opportunities but should now be able to with Russia down to 10 men. It was surprising to see Cheryshev taken off though, as he has been the host’s best player throughout the tournament.38 mins: Russia respond by making a substitution, introducing Fernandes in place of Cheryshev.36 mins: RED CARD! The game gets worse for Russia! Smolnikov lunges in on Laxalt and earns a second yellow card.35 mins: Heading into the final ten minutes of the half and Russia look to be increasingly frustrated. The hosts look like they would benefit from a half-time break.33 mins: Russia need to keep strong defensively before the break, as a third goal for Uruguay would put them in firm control.31 mins: Uruguay have scored two goals in the first half of a World Cup game for the first time since 1966 against France.30 mins: Russia increasingly exposed defensively as Suarez breaks through on goal but fantastic recovery from Iganashevich prevents the Barcelona man from trying for a second goal.28 mins: Smolnikov earns the game’s second booking after clattering into Cavani on the halfway line.28 mins: SAVE! The game is now opening up more for Uruguay, who come close to a third. Bentancur tries to tuck the ball through the legs of Akinfeev but the Russia stopper saves it, before the defence clear their lines.25 mins: Uruguay’s second goal may now knock the stuffing out of Russia and the hosts need to ensure they remain in the game edging towards half time. The support from the stands is still as magnificent as ever though.23 mins: GOOOAL! 2-0 Uruguay! The corner is headed away but only as far as Laxalt, who strikes an effort towards Akinfeev’s goal that takes a major deflection off Cheryshev – leaving the Russia goalkeeper with no chance.22 mins: Another set-piee opportunity for Uruguay, this time on the right. Torreira is the man to take, whipping a ball in towards Cavani, but Dzyuba clears the ball away for a corner.20 mins: The atmosphere in Samara sounds absolutely electric. Both sets of supporters have not been put off by the scorching heat.18 mins: Russia have certainly not been put off by conceding the opening goal, they are still playing on the front foot and remain looking confident.16 mins: Torreira, widely reported to be joining Arsenal after the World Cup, has impressed in the opening exchanges by sitting in front of the Uruguay defence and mopping up any danger that comes his way.14 mins: Suarez’s free-kick was the 6th direct free-kick goal at this years World Cup, surpassing the 2014 total of 5.13 mins: SAVE! Dzyuba heads the ball down to Cheryshev, who smashes at goal and forces Muslera into a save.12 mins: Russia have a free-kick in an attacking position on the right, allowing Cheryshev to deliver. He whips it towards the near post and Torreira scrambles the ball away.10 mins: GOOOOAL! Uruguay take the lead! Suarez steps up and drills a fantastic free-kick into the bottom right-hand corner, beyond the reach of Akinfeev. A fantastic finish and a goal that sends Uruguay top of the group as things stand.9 mins: Gazinskiy clatters into Bentancur on the edge of the box after Uruguay hit on the counter, earning the defender a yellow card.8 mins: The World Cup hosts are also attacking very quickly when they pick up the ball, not allowing Uruguay to set themselves defensively.6 mins: Russia have come out of the blocks flying and are showing plenty of willingness to attack, not allowing Uruguay time on the ball to build from the back.4 mins: Cavani is on the receiving end of a clattering but fair tackle and is furious with the challenge, earning a warning from the referee.2 mins: WIDE! Vecino surges forward from midfield and strikes for goal from distance but it bounces wide of the mark.1 min: KICK-OFF! We’re underway in Samara, where Russia get us started.10 mins until KO: Russia have won six of their eight meetings against Uruguay. La Celeste last beat Russia at the 1970 World Cup.Russia make three changes to the side that defeated Egypt, including dropping Golovin to the bench as he is on a yellow card. Smolnikov, Kudryashov and Miranchuk all come in. Cheryshev has been the star of the show for the hosts so far, netting three goals in two matches.15 mins until KO: Uruguay make four changes to the side that defeated Saudi Arabia, with Coates, Nandez, Laxalt and Torreira all starting. Varela, Sanchez and Rodriguez drop out, while Jose Gimenez misses out through injury. Muslera earns his 100th cap for Uruguay between the sticks.Russia subs: Andrey Lunev, Vladimir Gabulov, Daler Kuzyaev, Vladimir Granat, Aleksandr Golovin, Fedor Smolov, Andrey Semenov, Aleksandr Erokhin, Mario Fernandes, Yuri Zhirkov, Anton Miranchuk.Uruguay subs: Martin Campana, Martin Silva, Cristian Rodriguez, Maxi Gomez, Guillermo Varela, Cristhian Stuani, Giorgan de Arrascaeta, Carlos Sanchez, Gaston Silva, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Maxi Pereira.Russia XI: Igor Akinfeev; Igor Smolnikov, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Fedor Kudryashov; Roman Zobnin, Yuri Gazinskiy; Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksey Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba.Uruguay XI: Fernando Muslera; Sebastian Coates, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres; Lucas Torreira; Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Diego Laxalt; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani.Uruguay have only managed to score twice so far this tournament, despite their devastating attack, and there is certainly more to come from La Celeste. Luis Suarez has not managed to grab the headlines so far, although with his track record that may be a good thing, but Oscar Tabarez will certainly hope to see more from the Barcelona man.30 mins until KO: The group stages come to a close this week and Russia have certainly been one of the surprise packages so far at the World Cup. Heading into today’s match, the host nation hold a much superior goal difference to Uruguay and know a draw will be enough for them to finish top. If they taste defeat, they will drop to second.45 mins until KO: Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the Group A match between Uruguay and Russia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Squads & Team News Confirmed Uruguay XI: Muslera; Coates, Godin, Caceres, Laxalt; Nandez, Torreira, Bentancur, Vecino; Suarez, CavaniUruguay subs: Silva, Campana, Varela, Pereira, Silva, Sanchez, Rodriguez, Urretaviscaya, De Arrascaeta, Gomez, StuaniConfirmed Russia XI: Akinfeev; Smolnikov, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Kudryashov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Samedov, Miranchuk, Cheryshev; DzyubaRussia subs: Fernandes, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Smolov, Lunev, Granat, An Miranchuk, Golovin, Zhirkov, Gabulov, ErokhinTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). 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PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)Now that Braxton Miller is a wide receiver, it’d probably be good for the Ohio State star to learn from some veterans of the position. It appears that he did that last night. At OSU’s Friday Night Lights recruiting event in Ohio Stadium, Miller spent some time with NFL great Keyshawn Johnson, whose son, Keyshawn Jr., attended the event. Braxton says something to Keyshawn Johnson. pic.twitter.com/uZ0pYNY6SH— Tony Gerdeman (@GerdOZone) July 24, 2015Braxton and Keyshawn talking the finer points of receiving, it appears pic.twitter.com/huQ2pdT5eX— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) July 25, 2015Perhaps Keyshawn Johnson is passing some receiver knowledge on to Braxton Miller pic.twitter.com/FiFjx69GV4— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) July 25, 2015If Miller starts yelling, “just give me the damn ball!” at any point this fall, we’ll know where that came from.
Image Courtesy: Wärtsilä/Heiner LohmannThe image above shows Genting Dream, the first ship being built for Asian Dream Cruises line, equipped with an external lighting system by Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä. Built at German Meyer Werft shipyard, the 151,300 gross ton ship features a length of 335 meters and a width of 37.9 meters.The Dynamic Exterior Lighting concept provides a “stunning visual effect” to the ship’s exterior profile. It has been engineered and installed by Wärtsilä Funa in cooperation with the owner and the shipyard.“This lighting concept will change the way people see a cruise ship arriving or departing the harbours of the world,” Frank Meyer, Project Manager, Wärtsilä Funa International, said.On September 18, the river conveyance of the Genting Dream officially started from Meyer Werft shipyard, marking the start of the ship’s journey to Guangzhou, China, where it will begin service on November 13, 2016.The Genting Dream is the first of two cruise vessels being built for Dream Cruises, a part of Genting Hong Kong. It will be able to accommodate 3,400 passengers and 2,000 crew. Its sister ship, the World Dream, is scheduled for delivery in late 2017.
zoomImage Courtesy: MV Werften Cruise operator Genting Hong Kong (GHK) has launched the construction of the second Global Class cruise ship at German shipbuilder MV Werften.The steel cutting ceremony for Dream Cruises’ 342-meter-long vessel was held on September 10 in Rostock-Warnemünde, almost a year after the keel laying of the flagship of the series.The 208,000 gross ton cruise ship, Global 2, is identical in construction to its sister ship Global 1, which is due to enter operation under the name Global Dream in 2021.Production work on the new vessel with the yard number 126 is being divided up among all three locations of MV Werften. Up to 30 large sections are being built in Stralsund for subsequent final assembly in Wismar, where a 125-meter-high crane, purchased specially for the Global project, is currently being installed at the outfitting quay.The keel laying of the ship is planned for December 9, 2019, with delivery scheduled for 2022.The vessel will be capable of accommodating up to 9,500 passengers and a crew of 2,200. Global Dream and Global 2, the first vessels worldwide capable of carrying more than 10,000 persons, are intended for the fast-growing Asian market.
LONDON – As unusually cold weather gripped Europe, Britain’s military was sent out Friday to central and western England to get hospital employees to work and help police rescue people from snowbound vehicles.Nicknamed “The Beast from the East,” the cold front caused travel chaos, with hundreds of flights cancelled in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland. Trains broke down. Motorists found themselves stuck on highways and trapped in frosty conditions for hours.“This is particularly unusual weather,” British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said. “It’s something that happens very rarely in this country.”Up to a meter (three feet) of snow was reported in eastern Ireland, and travellers were stranded south and west of the capital, Dublin.The big chill also froze canals in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Ice on the historic Prinsengracht canal was thick enough for residents to lace up their skates and glide across its frozen surface. Tourists without skates slid across the ice, taking selfies.“It’s just cool. You can go fast and you see the world from a slightly different perspective,” said skater Noldus Reijnders.Heathrow Airport tweeted Friday that it was working with airlines to consolidate the flight schedule “to provide more certainty around departing flights,” amid the extreme winter conditions across the U.K. and Europe. More than 350 flights were cancelled. Gatwick, London City, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports also reported cancellations.Other European airports closed down entirely. Authorities at Geneva’s airport suspended air traffic for a second straight day amid heavy snowfall. By early afternoon, flights had resumed.Around 340 flights were cancelled at Ireland’s Dublin Airport, which posted images of swirling snow together with the hashtag “BeastFromTheEast.” It doesn’t plan to open until Saturday.The army sent 20 troops and 10 four-wheel drive vehicles to Shropshire, the county south of Liverpool, and the Royal Marines sent resources to Devon and Cornwall on the southwest coast after police asked for help.One train travelling from London’s Waterloo Station to Weymouth ground to a halt outside New Milton, stranding motorists for hours. By mid-afternoon, South Western Railway and Southeastern had urged customers not to travel.Some commuters reported that rail doors refused to open as the push-button mechanisms froze in the cold. Thousands of homes are without electricity as temperatures remain below freezing with bitter winds.One police force in Scotland tweeted a picture of a patrol car beside a snowdrift almost as high as the vehicle itself to show drivers why they should stay home. “PLEASE AVOID THIS AREA,” the post said.In central England, volunteers brought hot drinks and blankets to stranded drivers as they waited for help. Eleanor Kelly, 19, said those stranded in the Milnrow suburb of Rochdale included a father with a baby and toddler in his car.“We’ve been trying to get to as many people as we can,” she said.Commuter Philip Brown endured more than 15 hours on a train travelling from London Waterloo to Bournemouth, Dorset. The average time for the journey is about two hours.“I didn’t have any food or water. There were no buffet facilities on board. The train lost power and we lost heating and lights,” said Brown, 49. “I couldn’t tell you how cold it was, but it was cold enough to prevent you from sleeping … People were wrapping jumpers round their legs trying to keep warm.”But in Amsterdam, nobody was complaining about the cold. Residents on skates glided past tourists who slithered across the ice for pictures. One woman took her dog for a walk along the frozen canal.Still, despite measures taken by authorities to help the ice develop, there were still some holes and parts of the canal weren’t frozen at all. Reijnders was wearing a special red ice pick around his neck just in case.“If you sink through the ice — and there are still a few dangerous places — you can pull yourself out,” he said.___Corder reported from Amsterdam. Jamey Keaten in Geneva also contributed to this report.
PARIS — The Latest on the protests in France (all times local):11:25 a.m.Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend.The footage, which has been shared widely on social media, has prompted trade unions and far-left parties to lash out at perceived police brutality.The images, which were filmed Thursday at Mantes-la-Jolie, showed a group of students on their knees with their hands behind their head.They are being watched over by armed police officers whose faces are hidden by ski masks. In one of the videos, a police officer can be heard saying: “Here is a class that behaves well.”Interior minister Christophe Castaner said Friday that 151 people were arrested in the small town, adding that some of them carried weapons. He said none of the students were injured.Students across France have joined the protests that have escalated over the past few weeks. They oppose an education reform and have clashed with police at many high schools in several French cities.In an interview with Le Monde newspaper, CGT trade union secretary general Philippe Martinez said “You don’t beat up kids.”___9:35 a.m.Drastic security measures will put a lockdown on downtown Paris on Saturday as French authorities try to prevent another outbreak of violence during anti-government protests.In addition to the 8,000 police forces that will be deployed in the French capital city, the Paris police prefect has identified 14 high-risk sectors that will be cleared out.Fearing protesters could target street furniture or construction sites, Paris police will remove all the glass containers, railings and building machines set up in the identified sectors which include the Champs-Elysees avenue.Across the country some 89,000 police will be mobilized, up from 65,000 last weekend, when more than 130 people were injured and over 400 were arrested in the worst street violence seen in the country in decades.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada on Tuesday due to large amounts of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today.According to Firesmoke.ca, the excessive smoke is coming from a number of large fires burning in Northwest B.C.Current Fire Danger Rating. Photo by the Government of British Columbia. For more information on air quality click here. Fires burning in North B.C. Map by the B.C. Wildfire service.A map of all active wildfires on the BC Wildfire Service website shows that no new major fires have erupted in the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson regions, where the fire danger rating is currently between moderate and high.Of the fires that are burning in Northeast B.C. only two are over one thousand hectares in size. The two mentioned are the Nelson Forks Fire and the Helmut Air Strip fire which are 1,212 and 3,593 hectares respectively.Residents with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma and lung disease are especially at risk of suffering health effects. Also at risk are Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular diseases.Environment Canada is urging residents to stay indoors if they have breathing difficulties. Residents should find indoor ventilated areas, opening windows could let more polluted air inside. If residents homes aren’t ventilated they should consider going somewhere that is.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.
Wellington: New Zealands Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern paid for a mother-of-twos grocery bill at a supermarket after the woman forgot her purse at home. Ardern, whose compassionate response to the Christchurch mosque shootings last month was praised around the world, confirmed making the payment and said during a press conference on Thursday that she paid for the woman’s shopping “because she was a mother”. “Just when you think Jacinda Ardern couldn’t get any more lovely, low key and authentic…. she goes and pays for your groceries at the supermarket, because you’ve got your shopping, have two kids with you and are about to put it all back as you forgot your wallet,” the unnamed mother wrote in a now deleted Facebook post, stuff.co.nz reported. In the post, the woman also said she tried to explain to her children how the Prime Minister had just bought their groceries. “All they cared about was how silly mummy was forgetting her wallet. Totally lost on them,” she was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. The woman’s friend, Helen Burness, took to Twitter to reveal the Prime Minister’s good deed. “Like we didn’t love her enough, Jacinda Ardern paid for my friends’ shopping in the supermarket the other day when she had forgotten her purse and had two screaming kids in tow.”
3Miami Marlins7778797777.6 EXPECTED NUMBER OF WINS RANKTEAMPECOTAFANGRAPHSDAVENPORTWESTGATEAVERAGE 1Washington Nationals8891899289.9 How forecasters view the NL East 4Atlanta Braves7673747674.6 2New York Mets8985858986.9 In honor of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, which starts April 2, FiveThirtyEight is assembling some of our favorite baseball writers to chat about what’s ahead. Today, we focus on the National League East with MetsBlog.com writer Maggie Wiggin and FiveThirtyEight senior political writer Harry Enten. The transcript below has been edited. neil (Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight senior sportswriter): I will have everyone know that I am wearing a non-Mets hat today to maintain my impartiality during this chat. (The Orioles are my wife’s team, so I stole her hat today …)Let’s get started. The top projected team in the East according to Fangraphs is the Washington Nationals. That’s been true for a number of years, including seasons in which the Nats both won the division and fell short spectacularly. Do we think they should be the favorites again this year? Or is it an every-other-year thing where they’ll disappoint again?heynawl-enten: Last year, the Mets were actually favored in the preseason projections. That turned out great for them!maggiewiggin: I think the Nationals have the edge, but it’s a close enough competition with the Mets that it should be a tight race down the stretch.neil: Is it fair to say that Washington has been a tough team to get a read on during this stretch? They always seem to have one of the most talented rosters in the league, but it doesn’t always translate.maggiewiggin: They always seem to have one piece of the team really underwhelm. In 2015, it was the bullpen. Last year, it was Bryce Harper (though Daniel Murphy’s transformation into Mecha Ted Williams offset that). I don’t know if that makes them any different from other teams, but they never have that unbeatable vibe.neil: How many more chances do you think the Nationals will get with this Harper/Stephen Strasburg core? I remember when they shut Strasburg down in 2012 — the rationale was that they were playing the long game for many shots at a championship. Fast forward to now, and I wonder whether they’d feel the same way.maggiewiggin: It’s tough to feel any certainty with Strasburg. He keeps approaching this true ace-level pitching without ever quite getting there. I thought we were finally seeing it last season before (another) injury did him in. Harper is also up and down, but in 2015, we actually did see him get there.heynawl-enten: The crazy thing for me is that Strasburg has never really had that standout season. His highest wins above replacement in a season is 3.5. He’s never finished higher than ninth for Cy Young. Heck, he only garnered a vote in one season.maggiewiggin: Whenever I look at Strasburg’s numbers, the only one that ever really blows me away is that he’s going into his eighth year in the bigs. We’re all getting old.heynawl-enten: At least we’re all getting old together.maggiewiggin: Except for Max Scherzer, it would seem.heynawl-enten: He’s Dick Van Dyke for baseball.neil: I bet he does a better British accent. Meanwhile, with all this talk of getting old, 23-year-old Trea Turner has no idea how we feel at all. With him improving and the additions of catcher Matt Wieters and outfielder Adam Eaton, could this be the most talent that Washington has had in this Harper/Strasburg era? (And will it be enough to pass the Cubs? Thinking big-picture here.)maggiewiggin: They’re definitely stacked, but it’s hard not to imagine the loss of Wilson Ramos stinging.heynawl-enten: Cubs? You’re talking Cubs? I’d like to see the Nats advance past the divisional round first.neil: Come to think of it, Wieters might be a nice metaphor for the Nats. Supposed to be a future Hall of Famer, he ended up being just “pretty good” (though he’s been even less than that recently).maggiewiggin: I do think the impact of picking up Eaton was overshadowed by the hefty price tag. There’s a ton of speed at the top of that lineup now and some killer defense up the middle. Pretty much the anti-Mets on those measures.neil: Great transition! Let’s talk about those Mets.heynawl-enten: Thank goodness they kept Bartolo Colon.neil: We’ll get to Bart later.heynawl-enten: neil: Anyway, the Mets! The big problem for them last year was health. (And the next-biggest problem. And the next-biggest.) That would seem to portend an improvement this year, right? They can’t possibly be that hurt again.maggiewiggin: It’s pretty much their only glaring weakness at this point.neil: But pitchers are weird creatures, too. Does relying too much on pitching set you up for that?maggiewiggin: It’s a lot of eggs in a very rickety basket, but, oh man, those eggs taste good.heynawl-enten: I’m hungry now.maggiewiggin: So’s Bartolo — it’s why we love him.heynawl-enten: Nice.maggiewiggin: But what the Mets are making work for them is the rare combination of quality and quantity on the mound. Every guy who comes up seems to outperform expectations. Their injury-ravaged rotation was top in the game in FanGraphs’ WAR last year; that shouldn’t happen.heynawl-enten: Their fifth starter at this point is Jacob deGrom clone Robert Gsellman. He didn’t do too horribly last year. The biggest question mark I have is Matt Harvey. And that wasn’t all about injuries last year.neil: Yeah, do we think he’ll ever be the same? (And does he really need to be?)maggiewiggin: No, on both counts. But it would be nice if he could claw his way back to something like a mid-3’s ERA and 175-ish innings. His baseline was just so incredibly high if you look at what he did for three seasons, even right after Tommy John surgery.heynawl-enten: Most of the Mets staff is getting into their upper 20s in age. I do wonder about that a little bit. Especially given the heat at which some of these guys (like Harvey) could throw.maggiewiggin: You’ve basically got a whole staff throwing 91 mph sliders — it’s not exactly ergonomic.neil: And if that staff isn’t quite as lights-out, is there reason to think the offense will be able to offset any decline? The Mets were tied for the fourth-fewest runs scored in the National League last year.maggiewiggin: Compared to last year, the offense boils down to two things for me: how much you buy into situational hitting as a repeatable skill and how quickly they can get Jay Bruce out of there.neil: Right, because they were terrible with runners on/in scoring position.maggiewiggin: Almost historically so.heynawl-enten: Look, Jay Bruce is a quality … Oh who am I kidding. Why oh why did they make that trade?neil: It was important for blocking Michael Conforto’s development.heynawl-enten: He is perhaps the other big question mark to me. Conforto had the sophomore curse last year.maggiewiggin: They traded for Bruce because they were chasing the Cespedes dragon.neil: Speaking of, seems like they basically had to bring Cespedes back just to keep the lineup afloat and anywhere near on par with what they figure to get out of the pitching.maggiewiggin: The team is barely a borderline contender without Cespedes, if that. But I agree that Conforto is the wild card here.neil: “Wild card” might be the operative term. Again.heynawl-enten: Nice.neil: Either way, it seems like there’s kind of a gap between the top two teams and the rest of this division. That’s what we thought before last season as well, but Miami kept things competitive until the end. Then they suffered a tragic loss that can’t really be quantified, the death of Jose Fernandez. Is there any way that the Marlins can rally back to their form for most of last season and contend again, or was that chance lost forever with Fernandez’s passing?maggiewiggin: The Marlins are definitely a team without a real identity now. They were built around this incredibly dynamic duo of Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton, but it’s hard to see any real path to contention for them this year. Their starting pitching tops out at mediocre, though I expect the lineup to surprise a bit.neil: Even without Barry Bonds as hitting coach?maggiewiggin: The true Barry Bonds is inside all of us. I think their big spending on relievers had one express purpose — setting up a midseason fire sale to fill a barren farm system. They’re going to be treading water for a couple of years.neil: Yeah, I think many fans might be surprised how poorly their farm system grades out. It’s in last place, according to Baseball America.heynawl-enten: The best thing the Marlins have going for them is that Jeffrey Loria is probably going to sell the team, at long last.neil: That is actually great news for them. Loria is the worst. Going back to Stanton, what do we expect of his 2017 season? His exit velocity was still on point, but big chunks of his 2016 were awful.maggiewiggin: He’s another guy who just can’t stay healthy.heynawl-enten: “Awful” is a bit of an overstatement. He did have 2.5 WAR last year. But, yeah, he’s only played in more than 120 games once in the last four seasons.maggiewiggin: It actually says a lot about him that his .815 OPS was a career-low.neil: So it seems like he might be due for better things this year, then, if he stays in the lineup.maggiewiggin: If he’s on the field, the power is going to be there too. He’s a very, very strong man.neil: Very true, and Christian Yelich is no slouch either. Maybe the thing for Miami is whether they have the depth around their stars to really make any noise.maggiewiggin: And the pitching. Wei-Yin Chen is their number one starter — that’s never a good sign.neil: Eek.maggiewiggin: They do have a solid bullpen, but again, how much of that is still around on Aug. 1? Not a lot if everyone’s doing their jobs right.neil: Well, that was one thing I wanted to ask about all three of the teams projected to finish 3-4-5 in this division: Which direction are they moving in the Success Cycle? If Miami is moving toward a rebuild, the Braves seem like they might be moving toward respectability with some of their offseason pickups.heynawl-enten: They’re timing it well to move into their new stadium.maggiewiggin: The Braves have such a rich talent pool in the minors, they’re getting very close to being a force again.neil: Yeah, it can’t be long it seems, with Dansby Swanson assuming a full-time role and the best farm system in MLB coming up behind him.heynawl-enten: One thing to keep an eye on with the Braves is how strong they finished last year. They were 18-10 in September and October.neil: Positively Mets-like in that regard.maggiewiggin: The Matt Kemp acquisition in left field surprisingly worked out very well for them, so far at least.neil: And now apparently they’re trying the pitcher version of that with Bartolo, R.A. Dickey and Jaime Garcia.heynawl-enten: Granted, Dickey hasn’t been worth very much, but I like the idea. “Cheaper” veterans combined with youngsters.maggiewiggin: The only question is: Who will they package with Kelly Johnson when they trade him to the Mets?heynawl-enten: HAH!neil: It’s an annual tradition.So, any chance the Braves actually challenge the Nats and Mets? Or are they still a year or two away?maggiewiggin: Like with the Marlins, the rotation seems to be the biggest weakness, but a hot first half combined with a big get at the deadline could have them nipping at some heels for sure. But realistically, 2018 seems to be when that window opens.heynawl-enten: I wouldn’t be shocked if they stayed competitive for some of the year. Winning the division is another question entirely.neil: I have to ask the same of the Phillies, who’ve shared the NL East’s basement apartment with the Braves these past few years …heynawl-enten: Last season, the Phillies were quite awful in every month not named April.neil: They were also the luckiest team in baseball not named “Texas Rangers.”maggiewiggin: They have some serious depth issues. Anything other than exceptional health could get ugly fast.neil: Then again, on the upside, they were the youngest team in baseball last year. And, similar to Atlanta, they have one of the best farm systems in baseball.maggiewiggin: Both teams have managed their rebuilds very well in that way.heynawl-enten: But I feel like they’re still a few years away.maggiewiggin: I agree. They lack any clear top-level talent right now, though they have a few promising names.heynawl-enten: I guess the good news is that the Phillies finally got rid of Ryan Howard. That signing didn’t make sense when it happened, and it certainly makes no sense now.maggiewiggin: The fact that they kept him around as long as they did will remain one of life’s great unsolved mysteries.neil: He was worth -1.0 WAR or worse in four of his final five seasons! 😱heynawl-enten: Getting back to the larger point, I think the Phillies have the least to look forward to of any NL East team this season. Well, either them or the Marlins.maggiewiggin: The lowest upside as currently constructed, definitely.neil: But the parallel rebuilds in Philly and Atlanta might also underscore that the clocks are ticking in Washington and New York.maggiewiggin: It’s going to be a very different landscape in two years — that’s for sure. Especially if Washington keeps deferring money like the world is ending.heynawl-enten: Remember, the Braves were good for all those years, and then they weren’t. Dynasties have a way of ending, and the Nationals have not a single thing to show for it. The Mets may hold on a little longer, given the age of their pitching staff (getting older, but not close to old).maggiewiggin: Hey, if Tim Tebow can get a real, live hit, anything’s possible.heynawl-enten: He got a hit? The world might really be coming to an end.maggiewiggin: Hmm, maybe the Nats’ financial strategy is sounder than I thought. Based on projected wins or over/under win totals. Data gathered on March 15, 2017.Sources: Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport, Las Vegas Review-Journal 5Philadelphia Phillies7372727372.4
According to Deutsche-Welle, Michael Ballack said he was “surprised” to see that Joachim Low was still in charge of GermanyReal Madrid footballer Toni Kroos has come out in defense of his manager Joachim Low after former Germany national team captain criticized him.According to the Deutsche-Welle, Ballack said he was surprised that Low was still in charge after the 2018 FIFA World Cup fiasco.“I was surprised as well as many other people that he kept his job,” Ballack told the DW.“For a long time, he worked with the team and sometimes you should say that things don’t work anymore when you’re so long with a certain team.”“Perhaps he just wanted to take his job,” said Kroos to the DW.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“I’m convinced that we can get back on track with Jogi Löw.”“He’s proven over many years that he’s willing to refine himself. He absolutely deserves another chance,” he added.💬 @ToniKroos: “The fixtures are very promising. We are motivated and targeting six points.” #NEDGER #FRAGER #DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/bBcUV3TxVj— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) October 11, 2018