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first_imgBrentford season ticket holders will be able to buy up to four additional tickets for the League One match against Port Vale for £5 each, the club have announced.Chelsea winger Milan Lalkovic’s loan spell at Walsall has been extended until the end of the season.QPR duo Aaron Lennox and Peter Skapetis have flown to Dubai with the Australia squad ahead of this month’s Asian Cup Under-22 Championships in Oman.Fulham Under-21s’ game away game against Aston Villa, scheduled for next Monday afternoon, has been postponed because the Whites will face Norwich in their FA Cup third round replay the following evening.Hendon have announced that their home game against Wealdstone tonight has been called off following a pitch inspection.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


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first_imgAdam and Kane are doing a fantastic job from the tournament control box (the ‘fishbowl’) and they gladly offer their interesting spin on the events of day two at the 2004 National 18 Years Championships… Comments from Adam & Kane The Big Fish have been working tirelessly to bring you the truth about the `Joeygate’ scandal which saw Joe Williams fall from the stage during the AUSTOUCH launch yesterday. Although we can’t confirm it at this stage, we have uncovered an allegation that Benji Marshall, fellow rising NRL star, had in fact told Joey that he could move his chair back further than he could. In an attempt to move his chair so that he could selflessly offer his support to the youngsters behind him, Joey asked Benji for some assistance in gauging the distance he could move before falling. Benji, at his practical joke best, seized the opportunity to send his mate plummeting to the ground! When asked if this was the case, Joe declined to accuse his friend of such a heinous crime but said he would be looking into it. We here at the fishbowl have received some video footage of the event and will be in the editing suite all night in an effort to uncover the truth. Rest assured that the slow motion replays will definitely be used to uncover the truth. In other news there have been some great games on field 1 today with ACT & SQBD Sharks leading the way with a `ding dong’ battle ending in a 4 all draw. Sharks #11, James Doolah showed dynamic skills, not only in his touch ability but also the beard growing stakes. He has a beard that a Yeti would be proud to own. We are sure that we could actually see it growing as the game progressed. If it continues to grow at this rate, don’t be surprised to see it braided before the end of the week. On the subject of braids, we here in the fishbowl are alarmed at the number of `Bali Bead’ style braids we are witnessing on the touch fields of sunny Coffs Harbour. We know its semi tropical and that it has the feel of a Bali holiday but the frightening factor is that more braids are being seen in the Boy’s division than the Girls! What’s doing there boy’s? What ever happened to the Skinhead, The Mullet? Real Men’s hairstyles. We are also alarmed at the number of `rough & ready’ styles worn by many of our young men. It seems that the youth of today are becoming lazy and just leaving the `bed hair’ effect to be worn all day. The surprising thing about this is that it takes a frightful amount of `product’ to achieve this lived in look. In the coming days, the fishbowl will be naming names and pin pointing the bad hair culprits! That’s all from Adam & Kane! “See ya when we’re lookin at ya!”last_img

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first_imgMaersk has shared with World Maritime News some photos from Venta Maersk’s historic trip to the Arctic, and some of them are majestic.The 3,600 TEU ice-class Venta Maersk ventured into the Arctic in August this year to test out the Northern Sea Route and its freezing waters for the first time with the aim of collecting scientific data.The ship became the world’s first commercial containership to transit the route, as the lane was reserved for tankers and most recently passenger ships.The route is becoming ever more appealing to the shipping industry, as it is much shorter than the Suez Canal, especially amid the reduction of ice in the Arctic.The boxship’s journey to the Arctic was concluded on September 28, when Venta Maersk reached the port of Saint Petersburg, Russia.The journey was nothing short of an adventure, as both the ship and its 25 crew members had to endure extreme weather conditions.“Ship structure and every single machinery installations were put to the test. Extra equipment such as night vision binoculars, fuel, provisions and spare parts were stored aboard the vessel and different additional tracking and monitoring systems installed,” the company said, describing the journey.The journey was planned in close cooperation with the Nothern Sea Route Administration, ice breaker company and other Arctic vessel operators.The ship passed through Bering Strait on September 6 and the following day crossed the Arctic Circle, entering the Chukchi Sea and officially sailing in Arctic waters.Venta Mærsk adjusted its route slightly keeping further south to avoid the ice belt to the North of the East Siberian islands. Before entering the East Siberian Sea, the vessel was met by an icebreaker, which assisted it through the next section of the Northern Sea Route.The icebreaker escorted Venta Mærsk through the East Siberian Sea and the Sannikov Strait, where there is very shallow water.On 11 September, the two shipsnparted ways. Venta Mærsk entered the Laptev Sea and thereby the western part of Northern Sea Route. Staying clear of icebergs appearing in the distance, Venta Mærsk proceeded on its own and left the Northern Sea Route on September 15, Maersk said.During the journey, the aurora borealis made several appearances.“The memory that will last the longest for most of the crew will certainly be the undiluted experience of nature. Most had never seen northern lights and we had four days of perfect floor seats to this spectacular show,” Captain Søren Bruun said.“While the trial offered an exceptional opportunity to gain operational experience in a new area and to test vessel systems and crew capabilities, currently the Northern Sea Route is not seen as an alternative to the existing east-west routes at Maersk,” Maersk pointed out.As explained, new services are planned according to customers’ demand, trading patterns, and population centres.“Operations in the Arctic pose completely different demands on ships and their design. The passage is feasible for around three months during the summer, marked by a lack of obstructive ice. That said, ice conditions can vary and are in general difficult to predict. Thus, assistance by icebreakers which are around to support safe navigation all year will still be necessary,” elaborates Michael Meisel, Senior Marine Specialist and project lead of the trial. “Furthermore, we also must consider that ice-classed vessels are required to make the passage. Going forward, there will be more dependency with the Polar Code which would also mean additional investments.”Image and video courtesy: Maersklast_img read more


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Fitzpatrick runs betterExpected points added on quarterback rushes quarterbackPer Pass PlayAiryards after catchSuccess Rate James Winston+0.22+0.82-0.6049.30% Atop their quarterback depth chart, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a 24-year-old former No. 1 overall pick who won the Heisman Trophy and was handed the keys to the franchise just a couple of years ago. Behind him, they have a 35-year-old journeyman — playing on his seventh team — who is most notable for going to Harvard and having a massive beard.This is not a team that’s supposed to have a quarterback controversy in Week 3. But that’s the reality in Tampa right now.Ryan Fitzpatrick has led the Buccaneers to a surprising 2-0 record to start the season, including wins at New Orleans and against reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia. He has been nothing short of brilliant filling in for the suspended Jameis Winston, throwing for 819 yards, eight touchdowns and just one interception. With Winston set to return from suspension after Week 3, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter won’t commit to either player as his starter. Meanwhile, wide receiver DeSean Jackson is on the record saying that Fitzpatrick should keep his job when Winston returns, arguing that the Bucs need to ride the hot hand.Fitzpatrick’s hand has certainly been hot to open the season. His 13.4 yards per attempt leads the NFL, as does his 15.3 adjusted yards per attempt, a stat that incorporates touchdowns and interceptions. It’s the most dominant two-game start to a season1For a quarterback with at least 40 total attempts. since 1972, when Joe Namath threw for 14.5 yards per attempt and 15.7 adjusted yards per attempt in two wins for the Jets.Koetter and the Buccaneers will be faced with a difficult political environment in the locker room if they choose to bench Fitzpatrick in favor of Winston after Jackson’s comments. But what do the numbers say? Should Tampa Bay ride the hot hand or sit Fitzmagic and hand the team back over to Winston?We’ll start by comparing career numbers — they provide the largest sample size and the least noise. Winston has a career yards per attempt of 7.5, well above the league average of 7.1,2Since 2009. while Fitzpatrick is slightly below average at 6.8 yards per attempt. Both quarterbacks’ career touchdown rates are similar (4.5 percent for Winston vs. 4.4 percent for Fitzpatrick), as are their sack rates (5.8 percent for Winston vs. 5.4 percent for Fitzpatrick). Winston appears to take better care of the ball than Fitzpatrick does (2.8 percent interception rate for Winston vs. 3.3 for Fitzpatrick), but interception rate is a notoriously noisy stat, so drawing firm conclusions about who is truly better is difficult.These metrics lack context though. Perhaps a better way to compare their performances is using expected points added, which take into account down, distance and field position. Using the EPA model developed by Ron Yurko, Sam Ventura and Maksim Horowitz and play data from Elias Sports Bureau, I calculated the expected points added per pass play for both Winston over his career and Fitzpatrick since 2009.3The first year for which the data is available. I separated passing EPA into points added through the air and points added through yards after the catch. Finally, I calculated the percentage of passes that were positive EPA plays, also called success rate. Success rate is the share of plays in which a team picks up the yards needed to stay “on schedule” for a first down.4Which typically means gaining at least 4 yards on first down, 4 on second down and 2 on third down. Source: Elias Sports Bureau Winston’s passes are more effectiveExpected points added per pass — broken down by air yards and yards after catch — plus the success rate of each pass play Expected points added (epa) So while Winston is pretty clearly the better passer, there are legitimate reasons to prefer Fitzpatrick. The problem is that those reasons just aren’t terribly compelling. Having a 30-something QB — one who is not even known to be very fast — scramble for first downs is probably not going to be an integral part of the Tampa Bay game plan moving forward. Monken and Fitzpatrick have been great so far this season, but they’ve also been lucky. Passes that travel 25 or more yards downfield are worse than a 40 percent proposition across the league, and 95.7 percent of NFL passes go for less than 30 yards in the air. Optimizing for rare plays with a low probability of being caught probably isn’t wise.Finally, the way a quarterback plays in his first two games has almost no bearing on how he will perform over the rest of the season. (Sorry, Patrick Mahomes.) Using game-level passing data from Armchair Analysis from 2000 through 2017, I looked at how well a quarterback’s yards per attempt in the first two games of the season matched his rest-of-season numbers, and the first two games weren’t predictive.6Yards per attempt in a player’s first two games explains just 8 percent of the variance in the player’s rest of season yards per attempt. R-squared 0.082, n = 766 player seasons Basing your decisions on a two-game sample at the start of the year is deeply unwise, hot hand or not.The Buccaneers have one more week to evaluate Fitzpatrick’s play — and so will America, as Tampa takes on Pittsburgh in Monday Night Football. If Fitzpatrick has a poor game, it will likely make it easier for Koetter to decide to play Winston in Week 4. If Fitzpatrick has another solid game, there will likely be grousing in the locker room if he’s taken off the field, but it’s very likely the correct decision. Monken has shown the ability and creativity to maximize the talents of his players, and the Tampa Bay receiving weapons will be best served in the long run by having Winston under center.Check out our latest NFL predictions. We can also see that across most other depths of target, Winston is the superior passer, consistent with our previous metrics. Still, Monken has been smart with Fitzpatrick, calling deep plays early that take advantage of Fitzpatrick’s strengths, and it has paid off handsomely.Another area in which Fitzpatrick is superior to Winston is an unexpected one: QB scrambles. Despite being 10 years older, the journeyman completely outclasses the youngster when pulling the ball down and running. Jameis Winston-0.01 quarterbackRush EPA As a passer, Winston is worth almost twice as many points per play as Fitzpatrick is, and Winston is 4.2 percentage points more successful at keeping his team on the field with his arm. And while EPA per play from yards after the catch is negative for both players, Fitzpatrick has probably been helped more by his receivers than Winston has.In each of the first two games of the season, Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Todd Monken dialed up a deep pass attempt early. On the fourth offensive play of the game against New Orleans, Fitzpatrick threw the ball 38 yards in the air to DeSean Jackson, who then ran 20 yards after the catch for a touchdown. On the first offensive play of the game against the Eagles in Week 2, Fitzpatrick completed another long pass — 35 yards deep to Jackson, who then rumbled 40 yards after the catch, again for a TD. Those two plays account for two of Fitzpatrick’s eight touchdowns and 16 percent of his passing yardage on the year — and 45 percent of those yards were Jackson running after the catch.Apportioning credit for yards in football is notoriously difficult. If we plot Fitzpatrick’s career completion percentage by depth on plays in which he faced no pressure5Work by Eric Eager has shown that QB performance from a clean pocket is more stable and predictive of future performance than when a QB is pressured. and compare it with both Jameis Winston and the league average, we can see that Fitzpatrick is actually quite good on deeper throws. Ryan Fitzpatrick+0.16 Source: Elias Sports Bureau Ryan Fitzpatrick+0.12+0.60-0.4945.10 read more


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first_imgThe class of 92 are regarded as the greatest academy products in the history of Manchester United and rightfully so.A class which produced players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville, and David Beckham helped steer the course of Manchester United’s future.However, for every Scholes, there’s always a Ben Thornley. Regarded as one of the most talented players in the academy back in the early 90s, Thornley suffered a serious injury that ended his dream before it even started.“Ben would have outdone all of us,” said Beckham, according to ESPN.“England wouldn’t have had a left-wing problem for so many years,” said Nicky Butt. “He was one of — if not the — most talented members of that team,” said Neville.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The feelings, if I ever did have those, had long since evaporated,” Thornley tells ESPN. “That was in 1999; the injury happened to me in ’94. I quickly knew I was never going to be a first-team regular at United, even though I stayed there for another three-and-a-half year.”“I just got caught up in the game itself and the celebrations afterward. It was a brilliant night, and it never crossed my mind once that this could’ve been me. I was just so thrilled for the boys I’d grown up with to be involved with such an incredible season.”“I had two feet and was able to shift the ball by squaring up the full-back,” Thornley says, “either towards the touchline or coming back inside to whip a ball in with my right foot. That little half-yard was something that (a) they had to guess which way I was going, and (b) by the time they had, I had already gone.”“That was something that it quickly became apparent I didn’t have anymore. It was like having a piece of string or piece of wood: once you break it down the middle and try to repair it, it’s never as strong as it once was. When you’re talking about playing at the top level, you are talking about fine margins. That was the type of thing I relied on.”“I can’t put everything down to that one tackle,” he says, when asked about the psychological impact of his injury, “but I’m sure there are people far more qualified than me who can trace what I’m like now as a person right the way back to it. It’s like you’ve had a fabulous party and you come home: there’s an emptiness there. That’s what I felt not going into a dressing room every day.”last_img read more


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first_imgManchester City midfielder Fernandinho warned rival clubs that they have yet to reach their peak level performance this seasonThe Citizens recorded an emphatic 3-0 Champions League win at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night with goals from David Silva, Aymeric Laporte and Bernando Silva.Despite that though, Fernandinho still sees room for improvement at City.“I think that is important (the team operates) as a whole – not just the defenders, but the attacking players as well,” Fernandinho told CityTV.“They start to press so high, they make it difficult for the opponent to take chances and get the ball to the midfielders.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“When the ball gets to our box it is a little bit easier for our defenders and the keeper as well.“The general concept is we are in good shape and everybody now understands what we have to do. We just have to improve it more to get better.”Fernandinho, who spent eight seasons at Shakhtar before leaving in 2013 for City, also added how nice it was to back at his old ground.But the Brazilian’s full focus is now on Monday’s “massive” Premier League game with Tottenham at Wembley.last_img read more


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first_imgGerman midfielder Emre Can has given his verdict on the differences between teams in the Serie A and Premier League.Emre spent four years at Liverpool, where he managed 14 goals and 12 assists in 167 appearances, before leaving for Juventus on a free transfer last summer.The 25-year-old has since gone on to feature regularly at Juventus this season and he’s now disclosed that the main difference between teams in Italy and England lies in their tactical approach.“I think here in Italy the teams are better tactically, [but] I think the football in England is maybe quicker but here it is sometimes very difficult to score a goal,” Emre told Sky.“It was not always easy for me my first few months here in Italy because I had a few problems and then the surgery, now I feel better really because I play a few games.“I need to get used to the football here in Italy. I feel in good shape and ready to go.”The Germany international took the opportunity to praise team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo for the impact he’s made both on and off the field at Juventus.Emre also hopes to win the Champions League alongside the Portuguese star after coming so close at Liverpool last season, where they lost 3-1 to Ronaldo’s Real Madrid at Kiev in the final.“Every footballer wants to play with Cristiano, he’s a big, big player and off the pitch he’s a great guy,” said Emre.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“You can always talk to him, you can learn from him a lot and I think he gives a push to the team.”He added: “Last year, I lost the final but this year I want to win it, with him together of course.“I heard a lot of times this year when we played, they [fans] want to win the Champions League. I think the fans are really looking forward for it and really want to win it.“Of course everybody say you will win the Serie A but it’s very difficult and the last seven years Juventus won it, this year the eighth time and it’s not always easy, we have to train every day hard.”Emre, who has made 21 appearances for Juventus this season, will hope to help get the club back to winning ways at Sassuolo on Sunday in the Serie A.Massimiliano Allegri’s side are looking to bounce back following a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta in the Coppa Italia and a 3-3 draw against Parma last weekend.A busy 2 weeks ahead with 4 games! Hard work and preparation is 🔑⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#EC23 #iCan #WeCan #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/iz9ANG0Qhv— Emre Can (@emrecan_) February 5, 2019last_img read more


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first_img T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Related Items:#magneticmedianews, basketball, buddy, buddyhield, grandbahama, magneticmedia, magneticmediatv, nba, sacramento, sports Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 10, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Buddy Heild, now of the Sacramento Kings has risen to No. 5 on the NBA Rookie ladder.  Heild is hailed as a good player under pressure by NBA.com which says that when things get tight, Buddy is shooting at 75 per cent from the field and has a true shooting of 67 per cent.Buddy is also quoted in recent interviews as distancing his style from an NBA big player and  champion, Steph Curry. Buddy says he is Buddy Fresh, Buddy Love and admits that at this stage in his NBA career he cannot do the things Curry is doing. Buddy also said the trade to the Kings, where expectations of their performance as a team are not high without DeMarcus Cousins; Heild said he plans to finish strong, no cruising for him.  It was last month that Buddy was traded to the Kings from the New Orleans Pelicans.#MagneticMediaNews #BuddyHield #BahamasLovesBuddyPhotoCredit: Sacramento Kings #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more


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first_imgDuring this week Alaskans are encouraged to ensure their homes and businesses are equipped with properly functioning fire safety equipment, such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. The national slogan for the 2018 Fire Prevention Week is “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”  Alaska State Fire Marshal David Taylor, Director of Fire and Life Safety: “The vast majority of the injuries and deaths experienced in Alaska due to fires were preventable and that is simply unacceptable. We can do better. It is imperative that Alaskans protect their homes and families by using simple fire prevention measures like supervising all their cooking and being cautious of electric heaters and wood burning stoves.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享National Fire Prevention Week began on October 7, and runs through October 13. In the state of Alaska, fire is a serious public safety concern. In 2017, there were 799 residential structure fires reported in Alaska, which resulted in 18 deaths, more than 50 civilians injured, and 31 firefighter injuries. Property losses were estimated at over $33.6 million, according to the Department of Public Safety. last_img read more



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