About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kompany hails Man City triumph: We’re at our best playing on emotionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City’s defenders were buzzing after victory over Liverpool on Thursday night.Leroy Sane produced the decisive moment 18 minutes from time as he collected Raheem Sterling’s pass to fire across Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, after it seemed like Roberto Firmino’s stooping 64th-minute header would maintain the visitors’ unbeaten sequence.Sergio Aguero had given City the lead with a rising near-post drive just before the interval, this coming after an earlier moment of drama when Sadio Mane hit the post and John Stones scrambled the ball off the line after his clearance struck goalkeeper Ederson – with data subsequently showing the ball had failed to cross by just 1.12cm.On his clearance, Stones beamed: “I tried to take everything, I spotted the opportunity and I heard it was tight. I’m just happy it didn’t go over the line! Those sort of things can change a game.”Skipper Vincent Kompany also stated: “I’m not worried about the result I’m buzzing with the tremendous performance. We went toe to toe with a very aggressive team and we matched them. It’s still in Liverpool’s hands. It came from our guts, a desire you can’t describe. We are a better team when we play with emotions.”
Twitter/@UConnWe haven’t quite reached the post-season in college basketball, but the bold bettor can now put down money on 58 different teams to win the upcoming NCAA Tournament. As one would expect, Kentucky is a heavy favorite at even odds, while Duke, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Virginia round out the top five. If you believe heavily in recent tournament history, defending national champion UConn is down at 150/1. Memphis, Minnesota, and Vanderbilt share the highest available odds at 1000/1 each. Here is the full list, via Bovada.
Playground of Dreams (POD), a new innovative non-profit mentoring program that teams entertainment industry influencers with children to help foster their creativity, confidence, leadership skills and unique purpose in the world is proud to announce that its first-ever “Coolest Variety Show on Earth” raised $30,000 in funds for the charity.The donations from the benefit will flow directly to the Los Angeles-based organization in bringing in a new team of children, advancing its current team into their community service initiative, growing their national presence, and make it possible for the maximum number of children to participate and realize their dreams.For its first-ever full-scale benefit, POD saw an overwhelming amount of support from the community. More than 500 people attended the sold out “Coolest Variety Show on Earth,” including a slew of celebrities such as actress Vanessa Williams, actress Frances Fisher, E! News correspondent Catt Sadler, actors Aldis and Edwin Hodge, NBA great Joe Smith, actor Ernie Hudson, actress Sharon Lawrence, actor Dash Mihok, actor Martin Kove, and actress Erin Cahill.The main event at the benefit was an impressive variety showcase starring the children of Playground of Dreams expressing their number one passions through song, dance, science, spoken word poetry and other talents.“I have never seen so many standing ovations in one place in my life,” says Brian Larrabee, Co-Founder of Playground of Dreams.” “What was intended to be a day of our Playground of Dreams kids expressing and fulfilling their dreams, turned into a celebration of everybody in the theatre experiencing what it is like to live the life of their dreams.”Special performances by The School of Rock, actor Dash Mihok, actor Travis Van Winkle, actress Sharon Pierre-Louis, international recording artist Kandace Lindsey, bands COED and Mosaic also wowed the crowd. In addition to the live acts, the event included a “Dream Panel,” featuring Catt Sadler, Sharon Lawrence, Frances Fisher, Martin Kove, two time Oscar-winning sound engineer Ron Judkins, and talent manager Michael Greenwald. The event also included interactive “dream clinics” such as a build-your-own-superhero station, “Michael The Baker” baking station, E! News hosting clinic by Women Like Us foundation, an artistry station with live music and painting and hosted by World Peace Project 24 Peaces.“Our sincerest gratitude and thanks for the contributions of all of our sponsors, kids, volunteers and attendees – all of which made this possible,” says Anna Herbert, Playground of Dreams Co-Founder. “Everyone was 100% invested in creating this magnificent event, and we really appreciate their commitment, patience, giving, and love. We are excited to work with all of them in the future!”Event attendees enjoyed food, drinks and prizes donated by sponsors including Lacoste, Village Pizzeria, Level 3 Design Group, Sweet Crush Ice Bar, Duff Goldman’s Cake Mix, EarthBar, Hint Water, Ice Link, KB Covers, Chef Richie Million, Cinema Secrets, Blue Ice Vodka, Corozon Maya Tequila and Kickin’ Foods.Source:PRWeb.com
Launching during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, Mediaplanet last week published this June’s “Fighting Alzheimer’s” campaign.This publication will advocate for caregiver health as well as increased research on treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with over 16 million Americans providing unpaid care for people with dementia. Featuring leading experts, influencers, caregivers and patients, this campaign will spotlight the amalgamation of perspectives in the fight for a cure. Through a series of inspiring and insightful editorials, this publication will reach caregivers to educate them on tips, resources and clinical trials available to them.“I’ve learned that I can do anything, but I cannot do everything,” says AARP’s Family Caregiver Expert, Amy Goyer. In a frank Q & A on the interior of the print edition, Goyer empowers caregivers to seek support and balance their quality of life with the wellbeing of their loved one. The campaign also highlights the work of celebrity advocates such as Seth Rogen, Lauren Miller-Rogen and Maria Shriver.The print component of “Fighting Alzheimer’s” is distributed within the centerfold of today’s USA Today edition in Atlanta, New York, South Florida, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Boston, with a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies and estimated readership of 750,000. The publication will be available at industry conferences, awareness walks and caregiver advocacy events across the country. The digital component is distributed nationally through a vast social media strategy and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital campaign, click here.This campaign was made possible with the support of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, AARP, Caregiver Action Network, CDC Healthy Aging Program, Always Discreet, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, A Place for Mom, UnitedHealth Group, Dementia Spotlight Foundation, Home Instead, M3 Biotechnology, Alliance for Aging Research, Best Buy, Comfor Tek, Altoida, Voyager Therapeutics, Emory University, Miami Jewish Health, Project Lifesaver, Allergan, Axsome Therapeutics, EIP Pharma, California Table Grape Commission, IXICO, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, Hilarity for Charity, Johns Hopkins’ Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center, Seth Rogen & Lauren Miller-Rogen, Maria Shriver, Sharon Hall and Teepa Snow.
LONDON – Stock markets recovered their poise Wednesday amid hopes for a resolution in Italy’s political turmoil that may put a halt to talk of another election this year.KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany’s DAX climbed 0.6 per cent to 12,748 while the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares rose 0.3 per cent to 7,654. Italy’s FTSE MIB was the region’s standout, jumping 2 per cent to 21,180. The CAC 40 in France though, underperformed, trading 0.4 per cent lower at 5,415. U.S. stocks were poised for a solid open, with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up 0.5 per cent.ITALIAN UNCERTAINTY: The main focus in financial markets this week has been Italy with fears growing that a political impasse could lead to another general election that could in effect become a referendum on the pros and cons of the country’s use of the euro currency. However, on Wednesday, hopes were raised that an election could be avoided after Italy’s premier-designate, Carlo Cottarelli, said “new possibilities” had emerged to form a government based on the outcome of the March 4 vote, and that he wanted to give the option time to mature given the negative market reaction to the prospect of new elections. Efforts to create a so-called “political” government failed over the weekend after President Sergio Mattarella vetoed an economy minister proposed by the 5-Star Movement and League, the two big vote-getters in March which had come together to form a populist alliance.ANALYST TAKE: “If a government can be formed that receives the stamp of approval from Mattarella and is therefore seen as not posing a threat to Italy’s place in the eurozone, then this will come as a relief to markets in the near-term,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA.CURRENCIES: With hopes raised that another Italian election will be avoided the euro rallied from near-year lows against the dollar, trading 0.9 per cent higher at $1.1639. The dollar, meanwhile, rose 0.1 per cent to 108.90 yen.CHINA TRADE: A U.S. business group said American companies in China are uneasy about Washington’s threat of export and investment controls in a trade dispute with Beijing but see them as a possible way to achieve fairer operating conditions. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was due in Beijing on Saturday after the White House renewed its threat of 25 per cent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods. Washington proposed curbs on Chinese investment and purchases of high-tech goods.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index dropped 1.5 per cent to 22,018.52. South Korea’s Kospi dropped 2.0 per cent to 2,409.03. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong slipped 1.4 per cent to 30,056.79 and the Shanghai Composite index fell 2.5 per cent to 3,041.44. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 fell 0.5 per cent to 5,984.70. Shares fell in Southeast Asia and Taiwan.ENERGY: U.S. crude oil climbed 43 cents to $67.16 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange while Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 71 cent to $76.20 a barrel in London.
CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. is changing its name to TC Energy.The pipeline and utilities company says the change better reflects the scope of its operations across North America.TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling says TC Energy “clearly articulates” the company’s business which includes pipelines, power generation and energy storage operations in Canada, the United States and Mexico.Read the full report hereTransCanada shareholders will be asked to approve the change at the company’s next annual meeting.The company says it plans to continue trading under TRP on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges. Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)The Canadian Press
Kansas State6041324561.9 Clemson6333354915.7 TEAMRPIBPIKENPOMSTRENGTH OF RECORDCHANCE OF MAKING TOURNEY Syracuse7931445312.2 Bubble teams are drawn from Joe Lunardi’s bracketology classifications.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group, KenPom.com Wake Forest34303033>99.9% Illinois586368581.5 USC3958614376.4 Rhode Island4239515458.1 Marquette5529284188.6 California565255692.8 Illinois State3160494685.7 Indiana8132465719.1 College basketball season is in its final sprint toward Selection Sunday, and that means it’s panic time for teams on the men’s NCAA Tournament bubble. But not all bubble teams are created equal. For instance, Wake Forest, which ranks 30th in ESPN’s BPI power rankings, ought to feel relatively good about its tourney chances, while Syracuse, which ranks 31st, should be in a state of full-blown terror. Why the difference? It all comes down to how each school did in a metric that best predicts the NCAA selection committee’s picking tendencies.The selection committee has struggled for a while with how to pick the teams for the NCAA tournament. Should they be the best teams? Or simply the most deserving teams? The former may not have the best record, while the latter may not have the best talent. (In January, the NCAA even met with several analytics experts to help sort out this quandary.)Stats, too, have to figure out which of these two questions they’re trying to answer. ESPN’s BPI and KenPom.com’s ratings are examples of predictive rating systems, meant to tell fans who the “best” teams are. Other rating systems such as ESPN’s new Strength of Record (SOR) are meant to rank “deserving” teams, grading a team’s resume according to how hard its record was to achieve. The two approaches can yield very different results, and my research shows that Strength of Record aligns more closely with what the committee looks for in a tournament team.As the man behind updating ESPN’s College Basketball Power Index (BPI) before this season, I studied the Selection Committee’s historical behavior, to help build a system that assigns each team a probability of making the NCAA Tournament. I looked at many variables, including resume rankings such as Strength of Record and the NCAA’s official Ratings Percentage Index, predictive rankings such as BPI and KenPom, and simpler measures such as a team’s win-loss record.1Including its overall record and its record in conference and nonconference play.Most of these variables are highly correlated with each other, and in many cases they tell the same story about a school’s season. But Strength of Record has the highest correlation, and using it alone to select teams would help you agree with the committee 90 percent of the time. Plugging Strength of Record into a model (which includes other metrics, but weights them less2Specifically, here’s how the model works: We use BPI to simulate the rest of the season (including conference tournaments) 10,000 times, and in each simulation both automatic and at-large bids are selected. For the latter, we use a data-augmentation Bayesian Probit Regression model that includes SOR, RPI, BPI and an estimation of KenPom.com ratings to rank each team by its likelihood of grabbing one of the tourney’s 36 available at-large slots. A team’s chance to make the tournament, then, is a combination of their chance of winning their conference’s tournament and their chance of being selected as an at-large team if they don’t win the conference tournament.), we can assign tournament probabilities to teams considered “on the bubble” by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. Because of differences in resume quality (as measured by SOR), some bubble teams are quite likely to be favored by the committee, while some should be worried if they fail to win their conference tournaments. CURRENT RANKING AMONG D-I TEAMS Xavier3336433799.9 Providence5255534063.0 Houston5035415917.2 Iowa727767640.5 Chance of bubble teams making the NCAA Tournament, according to ESPN Stats & Information’s model Vanderbilt4449405665.6 So if your team is sweating things out on the bubble Sunday, keep an eye on its Strength of Record — not its RPI or its predictive ratings.
Junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa put on his helmet during a March 26 practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Lantern file photoCHICAGO — A one-game suspension for a quartet of players may have been the first major setback to the 2015 Ohio State season, but members of the defending national champions aren’t letting it break their spirits.OSU announced Thursday that junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa, redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, junior H-back Dontre Wilson and redshirt senior wide receiver Corey Smith had each been banned from the Buckeyes’ season opener on Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech for a violation of a Department of Athletics policy.While the suspensions were made public Thursday morning, OSU coach Urban Meyer said later that day during the 2015 Big Ten Media Days that it is an issue that he had been aware of for longer than that.“I kind of knew about this for a little bit,” Meyer said. “The athletic department has policies that we expect, and I 100 percent am fully supportive of it.”Meyer opted not to disclose the details of the violations, saying it was an “internal” team matter.Senior linebacker Joshua Perry said he was disappointed to see the punishments dished out, but he acknowledged there is a team code of taking responsibility for actions.“We’re disappointed because we value a high level of accountability,” Perry said. “But at the same time, you have to realize that guys do make mistakes; nobody is perfect, so as much as you want to eliminate those mistakes, you got to recognize them, you got to do something about them, and then you got to do something about it.”While each of the four suspended players are set to play major roles for the Buckeyes this season, Bosa’s absence against Virginia Tech — a team that handed OSU its only loss of the 2014 season — figures to be the most notable. Bosa was a unanimous 2014 Associated Press first-team All-America selection and finished as a finalist for three major national awards.However, Perry said he has faith in the depth and talent that the Buckeyes have to make up for the absence of the four.“If you go down our roster, and you see some of the other players we have that can step in, it’s not too worrisome,” Perry said.Missing a player who picked up 13.5 sacks last season in Bosa is never ideal for a defense, but Perry said the OSU defense has never been about the individuals.“We’re a no-name kind of defense,” he said. “What I mean by that is we want to take the individual identities away and we want to have a group identity.“We want to focus on that identity, the power of a total unit coming together. So when one guy goes down, it’s not even about the name anyway, you have to have another guy step up and know that with 11 guys doing their job, you can be successful.”The senior singled out players such as redshirt freshmen defensive linemen Sam Hubbard and Darius Slade, as well as sophomore defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes to pick up the defensive slack in the opener with Bosa out, and a pair of wide receivers in sophomore Curtis Samuel and junior Michael Thomas supporting the offense.Senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker was able to draw positives from the suspensions, citing a manufactured sense of urgency that can be valuable to a team.“I think it’s a huge opportunity for those guys who are going to step into those positions,” Decker said. “I think it might create a sense of urgency for the guys who are going to have to sit out that game because they’re probably going to be on scout team for the entirety of camp and those other guys are going to get the opportunity to take that spot and if they do a better job, they’re not going to get that spot back.”“So I think it’s going to create a sense of urgency all around, and I think it’s going to be beneficial, because if you break the rules you are going to punished no matter who you are. I don’t want to say I’m happy it happened, but I think there can be positives that come from it.”OSU — sans the four suspended players — is set to take the field for the season opener on Sept. 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m in Blacksburg, Va.