Valverde casts doubt on Barcelona futureby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has cast doubt on his future with the club.Speaking to the club’s official TV channel, the Barcelona boss gave a review of the major events surrounding the Catalan club over the last 12 months.”Who knows?” responded Valverde when asked about next season. “I never think too far ahead, I want everybody to happy with my job.”He added: “If you do not win LaLiga, everyone will look at the coach. “I look to meet our objectives and, as we have so much left (of the season), we will see what happens.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Juan Mata calm over Man Utd contract plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Juan Mata is calm over his immediate future.The Spain international will be out of contract in the summer, having been at Old Trafford since January 2014.”I’ve been in England for a while, but it’s true that at times you miss home, your family, your friends,” he told AS.”But I don’t know if I’ll return to Spain in the near future. “I’m calm, I’m at the fantastic club that is Manchester United, one of the biggest in the world.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
After two days and almost 500,000 votes, we’re moving onto the second round of our 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media bracket. We’ve learned a few things along the way.We seriously underseeded Jim Rome, who took down 1-seed Clay Travis in a tight battle. Who knew?Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless are going to be really, really hard to beat.Jemele Hill is a sleeper to come out of Darren Rovell’s region.Colin Cowherd vs. Deadspin is going to be fantastic.The biggest snub, according to the thousands of tweets/emails we got, was Dan Dakich.Voting is now closed on the first round of the tournament. You can view the results here. Let’s vote on the second round:The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Round Of 32Vote On The Right Side Of The Bracket BelowSkip Bayless Region:1. Skip Bayless vs. 8. Mike GreenbergBayless scored the biggest win of the entire first round, 94%-6% over Mike Bianchi. Greenberg took down Golic, 58%-42%. It’s a morning show battle in round two. More Annoying: Skip Bayless or Mike Greenberg?2. Colin Cowherd vs. 10. Deadspin Cowherd, who took down McIntyre, 85%-15%, thinks that Deadspin has fallen off. We’ll find out. Deadspin beat Jay Bilas, 66%-34%. More Annoying: Colin Cowherd or Deadspin?3. Mike Francesa vs. 11. Woody PaigeMr. Diet Coke vs. Around The Horn’s most notorious villain. Francesa crushed SDS, 80%-20%. Paige scored an upset over Barkley, 71%-29%. More Annoying: Mike Francesa or Woody Paige?4. Paul Finebaum vs. 5. Jason WhitlockPawwl vs. Big Sexy – lord help us. Finebaum beat out Beadle, 70%-30%. Whitlock snuck by Papi LeBatard, 60%-40%. More Annoying: Paul Finebaum or Jason Whitlock?Clay Travis Region:8. Rick Reilly vs. 16. Jim RomeRome took down 1-seed Clay Travis, 54%-46%. Apparently people really still don’t like him. Reilly, who defeated Todd McShay, 71%-29%, is a tough out though. More Annoying: Rick Reilly or Jim Rome?2. Dick Vitale vs. 7. Max KellermanVitale shouldn’t be on here? So much for that – he crushed Nantz, 74%-26%. Barstool fell to Kellerman, 57%-43%. One of the more intriguing round two matchups. More Annoying: Dick Vitale or Max Kellerman?3. Doug Gottlieb vs. 11. SB Nation’s Twitter MafiaGottlieb edged out Jaws, 59%-41%. SB Nation notched perhaps the best upset of the first round, beating out Herbstreit, 72%-28%. A round two win would be shocking. More Annoying: Doug Gottlieb or SB Nation’s Twitter Mafia?4. Keith Olbermann vs. 12. Lee CorsoOlbermann doubled up Chris Chase, 67%-33%. Corso beat out his former coworker, Erin Andrews, 59%-41%. These two people are so drastically different it’s amazing they’re facing off. More Annoying: Keith Olbermann or Lee Corso?Vote On The Left Side Of The Bracket Here >>>
Alberta passed legislation officially repealing its provincial carbon tax last week, after United Conservative Premier Jason Kenney won the April election on a promise to kill it.“It’s unfortunate because Alberta had a made-in-Alberta plan to put a price on pollution and we clearly need Alberta to be part of our national climate plan as Alberta has the highest emissions in the country,” McKenna said in Ottawa.“We need to move forward to tackle climate change.“We see the impacts of climate change through extreme weather, including in Alberta where there are forest fires that are burning earlier than ever before, that are burning stronger, and that is having serious impacts on the lives of Albertans as well as on their economy.”Alberta joins four other provinces _ New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan _ which have declined to impose their own carbon levys, leaving Ottawa to impose the federal one.Kenney has said if Ottawa impose its fee, he will join Saskatchewan and Ontario in fighting it in court. OTTAWA, O.N. – Ottawa says a federal carbon tax will be imposed on Alberta starting Jan. 1.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says she has written the province to inform it of the decision.She says 90 per cent of the money collected will go back to Alberta taxpayers in rebates, meaning an average family of four will get $888 returned next year. The remaining 10 per cent will go toward making buildings in the province more energy efficient.
Hyderabad: The probe into the data theft case against IT Grids, a firm providing IT services to Andhra Pradesh’s ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), has gathered pace, said a top officer on Saturday. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) has stepped up the probe, said Inspector General of Police Stephen Ravindra, haeding the SIT, after more searches and scene reconstruction at the company’s office in Madhapur here. SIT along with clues team, scientific and technical advisors and experts visited the IT Grids office. “As part of the investigation, today we are reconstructing the scene here,” the official told reporters at the firm’s office. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepHe said the investigations were being conducted from all angles. He said devices and other material seized so far were sent to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for analysis and the same would be submitted to the court. The SIT was awaiting a reply from Amazon and Google about the data being used by IT Grids. On quash petition filed by IT Grids CEO D. Ashok in Telangana High Court, Stephen Ravindra said they would counter the petition. Cyberabad police had booked a case against IT Grids on March 2 on a complaint by T. Lokeswara Reddy that sensitive data including personal information of citizens of Andhra Pradesh was being processed illegally by the company without consent of the citizens. The data was allegedly used by the company for an app developed by it for TDP cadres. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsTelangana government on Wednesday constituted nine-member SIT for thorough investigations into the case. SIT was on the lookout for D. Ashok to interrogate and find out how he had access to data from government database. SIT chief said data of Telangana citizens was also found with the company. The police case and subsequent developments have triggered a huge row between the Telugu states with Andhra Pradesh alleging that TDP’s data was stolen under a conspiracy by Telangana’s ruling party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and YSR Congress party. In a tit-for-tat, Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday set up an SIT to probe data theft case against Telangana.
Thiruvananthapuram: A late surge of voters saw the polling percentage mount to 70.28 by 5 PM in the Lok Sabha elections in Kerala Tuesday. Women turned out in large numbers in all the booths in several of the 20 constituencies that went to polls. The turnout which hovered little over 56 per cent at 3 pm picked up in the late afternoon and stood at 70.28 per cent, officials said. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and Union minister Alphons Kannamthanam and BJP leader Kummanam Rajashekharan are among those who are trying their luck from the state. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Wayanad, from where Gandhi is contesting besides his stronghold Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, recorded a voting percentage of 73.18 till 5 pm. However, it is raining heavily in wayanad, especially Sultan Bathery and Kalpetta areas, causing anxiety among the political leaders if the turnout would be affected in the dying hours of the polling. Kannur recorded the highest voting percentage of 75.41 per cent at 5 pm while Ponnani recorded the lowest 64.91 per cent. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Thiruvananthapuram, where Congress nominee and former union minister Sashi Tharoor is locked in a fierce triangular battle involving BJP’s Kumanam Rajasekharan and CPI’s C Divakaran, registered 65.76 per cent polling. Two elderly persons collapsed and died while waiting to cast their votes in polling booths at Vatakara and Pathnamthitta constituencies, while another person, who returned home after voting, complained of uneasiness and died shortly thereafter, police said. Communist stalwart and the lone surviving member of the first Kerala Legislative Assembly, K R Gowri, who turned 100 last year, and nonagenarian former Chief MinisterV S Achutanandan exercised their franchise at booths in Alappuzha. A total of 2.61 voters have to chose from 227 candidates, including 23 women, who are in fray in the state. The strength of first time voters in Kerala is 2.88 lakh in the age group of 18-19.
New Delhi: It was a sunny Tuesday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature settling at 25.2 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average. The MeT department has forecast partly cloudy sky with possibility of thunder or dust storm in the later part of the day. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 40 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity was recorded at 44 per cent at 8.30 AM, said a MeT official. The minimum temperature on Monday was 22.8 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature settled at 40.3 degrees Celsius.
The chart above shows these increases for the 18 teams that have qualified for the Stanley Cup Final over the past nine seasons. The 2009 Detroit Red Wings had the biggest change in intensity between the regular season and the playoffs — they averaged 14.0 more hits per game in the postseason. Last year’s finals featured the Los Angeles Kings, who increased their hit number by 8.0 per game, and the New York Rangers, whose hit number rose by 6.8.And it’s not just that the hits increase as the season goes on. When I restricted the data to only regular-season games in the last few weeks of the season (March and April), I still found a playoff increase of 14.4 hits per game. This suggests that the differences between the regular and postseason are not attributable to an overall increase in hitting as the season goes on. Thinning out the data a bit more to look only at regular-season games between two eventual playoff teams, I still found that there were 14.2 more hits in postseason games than in regular-season ones.The players, of course, have rising hit tallies themselves. The active player with the biggest increase in hits: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Blake Comeau. While Comeau averages just 2.0 hits per game in the regular season, his postseason average is 5.5. Even though he has played only six postseason games, this difference is statistically significant.Every game in the the first round of the playoffs is likely to feature a lot of heavy hitting. If you’re looking for the series that should have the biggest intensity jump, look no further than the Montreal Canadiens versus the Ottawa Senators and Comeau’s Penguins versus the Rangers. Both of these series feature six players whose playoff increase in hits is in the top 50 in the NHL. It’s April, and the Stanley Cup lies in wait. The NHL postseason starts Wednesday, and with it comes the NHL’s most intense play. It’s not just the stakes that rise this time of year. It’s the on-ice aggression, too.Using data from every regular and postseason NHL game from 2005-06 through today, I identified every hit that was registered on the official play-by-play record. When comparing the total number of non-overtime hits in the more than 11,000 regular-season games and more than 750 postseason games, I found that there’s a massive and statistically significant increase in hits when the playoffs start.Regular-season games average about 42.0 total hits for both teams prior to overtime. In the playoffs, that number jumps 36 percent to 57.2 pre-overtime hits per game.Out of the 144 playoff teams since the 2005-06 NHL season, 142 increased their average number of hits per game after the playoffs started. For 101 of the teams, this difference is unlikely to have occurred because of randomness.1Meaning the p-value was less than .05.
The United Arab Emirates national team manager is not happy after his team drew 1-1 in the opening match of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The United Arab Emirates (UAE) tied 1-1 with Bahrain in the opening match of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.And for coach Alberto Zaccheroni, this doesn’t make him happy but it’s the same result he got with Japan in 2011, before winning the title.“When I was in charge of Japan, we ended with a draw in the first game of the 2011 Asian Cup against Jordan, then we won the tournament,” said Zaccheroni according to Inside World Football.Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher Manuel R. Medina – February 3, 2019 The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don’t want it to end there.“The same scenario played out today, as we went behind.”“What is very important for me, is not only performances,” explained Zaccheroni.“The performance in the first half was aggressive and I thank them for fighting in the game. I told them what matters is to evolve gradually, from one game to the next.”“We will correct all the mistakes and look at the mistakes we made and learn lessons from them in the next game against India,” he concluded.