On Thursday night, the head coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team, Jurgen Klinsmann, decided he would not be taking Landon Donovan to the 2014 World Cup. Given that Donovan is one of the most decorated and long-standing soccer players in U.S. history, the news came as a shock to many American soccer fans.But for those who follow the sport closely, Donovan’s omission from the roster wasn’t so surprising. Klinsmann and Donovan got off to a rocky start in 2011, when Klinsmann first took the head coaching job and Donovan decided to take a break from soccer. Since then, Donovan has been working to get back into Klinsmann’s player pool, but nagging injuries sidelined him for much of 2013. At age 32, Donovan appeared to have lost some of his pace and ability to finish. Since scoring Oct. 6 of last year, he has taken 32 shots with the LA Galaxy and men’s national team, but he hasn’t scored a goal.Similarly, over the past three years, all of Donovan’s offensive statistics have been declining: goals, assists, expected goals and passing expected assists. (ESPN TruMedia does not have data available before the 2012 Major League Soccer season for these statistics. Passing expected assists are a measure of how many goals we’d expect his passes to generate based on where players received the ball and other context.) Donovan’s most recent performance makes a clear case against sending him to the World Cup.Klinsmann’s detractors are probably clinging to the memory of Donovan’s storied stoppage-time finish against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup, which sent the U.S. out of the group stage. No U.S. player has performed as well as Donovan in the past three World Cups in terms of goals scored (five), and he improved his ability to create scoring chances, complete passes and assists in each subsequent World Cup he played in.No longer finishing goals himself, the best reason to include Donovan on the squad in Brazil is probably his ability to create scoring chances for other people. Since the start of 2013, Donovan created 36 scoring chances in 12 games for the men’s national team — 15 more than any player going to Brazil.But four years is a long time, and a lot has changed for Donovan and soccer in the U.S. People expect something of the men’s national team this summer; simply qualifying for the tournament is no longer a point of pride. In previous World Cups, coaches might have taken a player along for his leadership qualities or experience, but Klinsmann has made it clear that a 32-year-old in bad form is not worth any amount of intangible qualities.It will be difficult to know whether Klinsmann made the right decision until June 26, when the U.S. finishes the group stage of the tournament. Because of Donovan’s name recognition and fan following, his absence might hurt World Cup viewership in the U.S. But the fact that the men’s national team is finally bigger than one player is great news for soccer in America.
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area idolizing Joe Montana, Steve Young and the San Francisco 49ers. Now, after winning his fourth Super Bowl on Sunday, Brady has helped the Patriots cement their place alongside the 49ers among the top NFL dynasties of all time.Whether the Patriots or the 49ers rank as the top modern NFL dynasty depends on the length of the period you consider. In the chart below, I’ve measured the top franchises over periods ranging from one year to 25 years.1I’ve listed the top three teams for each period, but there is no overlap allowed: For instance, if the 2003-2007 Patriots are the top five-year dynasty, I won’t also list the 2004-2008 Patriots. Rankings are based on a team’s average Elo rating at the end of each season. (We’ve calculated Elo ratings back to the AFL-NFL merger year of 1970, so great teams before that — like the Green Bay Packers of the 1960s — are not considered.) Here’s the list:Brady’s 2007 Patriots finished with the highest single-season Elo rating ever, despite being upset in the Super Bowl by the New York Giants. Even if you’re no fan of the 2007 Patriots, another Brady team ranks second: the 2004 Patriots.But when we’re thinking about dynasties, we’re thinking about success over a multi-year period. Brady’s 2003 and 2004 Patriots are one of seven franchises to have won consecutive Super Bowls, and on the Elo list they’re essentially tied with the 1992-93 Dallas Cowboys and 1972-73 Miami Dolphins for the best two-year runs ever. The early 1990s Cowboys earn the nod for the top three- and four-year peaks, although it’s a close call in each case.For periods of longer than four years, the top two franchises become pretty clear: the Patriots and the 49ers:The Patriots rate as having the best five- and six-year runs;The 49ers have the best seven- and eight-year stretches;The Patriots then overtake the Niners as the best dynasty for periods of nine through 12 years;But the 49ers win again for periods of 13 years and longer.The 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers is the other franchise that can make a case for being the top modern dynasty. The Steelers won four Super Bowls in a six-year stretch in the 1974 through 1979 seasons and are extremely competitive with the Patriots and the 49ers in Elo for the top six- and seven-year runs.But those Steelers did not have the longevity of the 49ers or the Patriots. Pittsburgh’s quarterback, Terry Bradshaw, was not terribly effective before or after his Super Bowl run. Brady, by contrast, has been anywhere from good to MVP-caliber since he first took over the Patriots’ starting job in 2001, and the Patriots have not had a losing year since. The 49ers, meanwhile, had 16 consecutive winning seasons from 1983 to 1998.
The Chicago Blackhawks will take the ice tonight for the chance to win their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. For NHL fans whose memories stretch back to the 1970s and 1980s, such a feat might not seem all that impressive. The NHL was once extremely friendly to dynasties: The Montreal Canadiens won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1976 to 1979, the New York Islanders did so from 1980 to 1983 and then the Edmonton Oilers won five Stanley Cups in seven seasons from 1984 through 1990.But this isn’t the same league: No team has won back-to-back Stanley Cups since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. And cases like the Blackhawks’ — where teams win championships separated by a couple of seasons, as they did in 2010 and 2013, or as the Los Angeles Kings did in 2012 and 2014 — are fairly rare, too.In the series of charts below, I’ve tracked the share of NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB champions who were repeat winners, along with the share who had won at least one title in any of the three previous seasons.1For instance, the 2014 champion would qualify by having won the championship in 2011, 2012 or 2013. These trends can also ebb and flow over time. After the Boston Celtics won 11 championships in 13 seasons from 1957 through 1969, the NBA then went 19 seasons without a repeat champion until the Los Angeles Lakers did it in 1987 and 1988. Since this data can be a bit noisy, I’ve stretched it over a fairly long time frame, showing trailing 20-year windows for each sport.Over its past 20 seasons, the NHL has the lowest share of repeat winners among the major sports leagues — the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 were the only one — along with the lowest share of teams to repeat within a three-season window (four out of the past 20 Stanley Cup champions did so). By contrast, before about 1990, it was probably the easiest sport for repeat winners. From 1971 to 1990, for instance, 45 percent of Stanley Cup winners had also won the championship in the previous season, and 75 percent had won a Stanley Cup within the previous three years.The reasons for this are obvious enough: The NHL has expanded rapidly, from six teams in 1966-67 to 30 teams today. It implemented a hard and unforgiving salary cap in 2004-05. And it’s a fairly random sport: Compared with something like basketball, the best team won’t necessarily prevail, even over a seven-game series.Still, the differences are striking. Given the difficulties of keeping a team together in the modern NHL, winning three championships within six years, as the Blackhawks will do if they can finish off Tampa Bay, would perhaps be no less impressive a feat than what the Islanders did by winning four in a row, for example. And they’ll have done it with largely the same group of talent. Nine of the Blackhawks’ top 10 players by point shares this season, including Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, were also members of the franchise in 20102Although goalie Corey Crawford spent most of the 2009-10 season in the minor leagues and played just one regular-season game for the Blackhawks; the only exception is left wing Brandon Saad, who had not yet been drafted. UPDATE (June 16, 11:13 a.m.): The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on Monday night, confirming their status as a modern dynasty.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews #NewCoAJudge Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NewCoAJudge Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 8, 2017 – On Thursday 2nd February, 2017, the Honourable Mrs. Justice Paula-Mae Weekes was sworn in by His Excellency the Governor, Dr. John Freeman CMG as a judge of the Turks and Caicos Islands Court of Appeal. Mrs. Justice Weekes was appointed to the Court of Appeal in September, 2016 for a term of 3 years.Also present at the swearing-in of the new judge were the Chief Justice, the Hon. Margaret Ramsay-Hale as well as the President of the Court of Appeal, the Honourable Mr. Justice Elliott Mottley and the Honourable Mr. Justice Humphrey Stollmeyer, the other Justice of Appeal sitting in the current session of the Court of Appeal.Madame Justice Weekes is a former Justice of Appeal of the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago where she served for eleven years until her retirement in 2016. She was appointed a Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago (Criminal Jurisdiction) in 1996 where she presided for nine years before being elevated to the Court of Appeal. Prior to her appointment to the Bench, Justice Weekes served with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for eleven years and in private practice from 1993. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding Law School at which she was the Course Director in Ethics from 2011-2016.Justice Weekes is a trained and experienced judicial educator having become a fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute in 2000. She has designed and delivered programmes extensively in Trinidad and Tobago and also in the OECS and Jamaica over the years.
Arsenal striker Alexander Lacazette was an important player as the Gunners closed the gap to Chelsea to three points with a win over the Blues on Saturday.The France international scored the first goal as Arsenal won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to move to within three points of Maurizio Sarri’s men who sit in fourth position in the Premier League.Speaking after the game, Lacazette sent a strong message to the Gunners top four rivals.“[We are now] Three points to Chelsea, we are still in the race and we will fight until the end,” he told BT Sport, as quoted by Football.London.“It is what the coach asked us for. We fight all the game.”Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It was not easy for us.”Meanwhile, the former Olympique Lyonnais star said he was delighted to get on the scoresheet as he helped Arsenal into the lead early on in the game with a powerful strike that flew past Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.“It was a good ball from Hector [Bellerin] and I am happy,” he added.
Honor View 20’s hypnotic colors will make your jaw drop Phantom blue Honor 8X is pure eye candy The Honor View 20 may be Huawei’s only new phone at CES 2019 (and, in fact, the only satisfying phone of the entire show), but the company threw in a bonus device. Or rather, a bonus color for the Honor 8X: Phantom Blue. Take a look at the photos below — it’s pretty.What makes the color “phantom” is the shifting quality of its finish, which changes from blue to purple and pink when it catches the light. It’s a technique that Huawei and other Chinese rivals have used on phones in 2018 to eye-catching effect. The Huawei P20 Pro was one particularly successful example, with a similar color gradient to the new Honor 8X shade. $174 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 2:58 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Dazzling Honor View 20 has you in its thrall at CES 2019 14 Photos Mentioned Above Huawei Honor 8X (black) CES 2019 0 Huawei Honor 8X See it Preview • The Honor 8X is like a super-cheap iPhone XS Max, in all the best ways Dazzling Honor View 20 phone will dazzle you Phones Tags 28 Photos Huawei has sold 6 million Honor 8X phones, the company announced ahead of CES 2019.The Honor View 20, which we also saw here at CES, comes in Phantom Red and Phantom Blue, which are equally mesmerizing. See what I mean in the gallery below. Huawei Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Colors may not seem like the last thing people should care about when buying a new phone, but bright hues and eccentric finishes are one surefire way for companies to grab buyers’ attention in a crowded marketplace. While Huawei is struggling to sell its phones in an increasingly hostile global environment that questions the company’s close relationship with the Chinese government, it nevertheless continues to push phones in friendly markets and innovate on features, software and design.
Representational ImageSupreme Court of India official websiteThe Nirmohi Akhara, one of the parties that got one-third of the disputed land in the Ayodhya title dispute, moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday opposing the Centre’s plea to release the majority of the 67.7 acres of acquired land, saying it cannot be given to anyone by the government.Urging the apex court to decide on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Ayodhya title dispute, the Akhara has alleged that a number of temples on the acquired land managed by it has been damaged.The Centre has moved the top court seeking the modification of its earlier order and the release of “excess/superfluous” land so that it can be returned to those who have owned it.Its application is yet to be heard by the court as it has ordered mediation of the dispute for an amicable settlement of the title suit.
British taxpayers will join forces with Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates and fund a Â£3bn programme whose aim is to eradicate malaria within decades.The chancellor George Osborne will announce the Government will spend Â£500m a year for each of the next five years in conjunction with the Gates Foundation, which will spend Â£200m a year.The Microsoft tycoon will travel to Liverpool with the chancellor to see ground-breaking scientific research into drugs, diagnostics and insecticides.The British governments commitment of Â£2.5bn is a significant increase on the Â£1.8 billion spent in the previous parliament.In a joint letter to The Times, the pair said that the money would show that the disease, which kills one child every minute, can be defeated because problems such as hunger and disease arent insoluble.We are optimistic that in our lifetimes we can eradicate malaria and other deadly tropical diseases, and confront emerging threats, making the world a safer place for all, the letter says.The newspaper reports it is the latest stage of Osbornes drive to overhaul the aid budget, with more of a focus on programmes which can be shown to benefit the UK, such as targeting diseases which threaten global pandemics.
However, Kim is not the only actress Yuvraj was linked with in Bollywood, before he settled with Hazel. He also reportedly dated Preeti Jhangiani, Minissha Lamba, Shamita Shetty, Riya Sen and even Deepika Padukone. Preity Zinta’s name had also come up once, but angry about the references she had clearly denied having a relationship with Yuvraj.Kim had made her debut in Bollywood with Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein in 2000 but she struggled to cement her position in the industry. She soon vanished from the Hindi film industry after delivering a slew of flops in her career. She was last seen in SS Rajamouli’s Telugu blockbuster Magadheera making a special appearance. Kim SharmaInstagramActress Kim Sharma may have been away from showbiz but for the past one year, she was in the news for her relationship with actor Harshvardhan Rane. But their romance was short-lived as they parted away in April this year after dating for a year. The actress, however, didn’t let the break up affect her emotionally and she has now turned her focus on living the present to the fullest. And her Instagram account is a proof of that wherein she keeps giving a sneak peak into her daily life.She recently posted a picture wherein she was seen flaunting her belly button piercing while chilling in the swimming pool wearing a multi-coloured neon bikini. Showing off her well-toned body with a smile on her face, Kim said that she misses sunshiny day in the midst of the gloomy ones.Last night, Kim attended her rumoured ex-boyfriend and cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s retirement party in Mumbai wherein she was seen having a great time with the man of the evening. She also happily posed for pictures with Yuvraj and wife Hazel Keech together which speaks a thousand words about their cordial relationship.Wearing a leopard print thigh-high slit strapped gown, Kim Sharma looked hotter than ever. After the India’s all-rounder announced his retirement from all forms of cricket earlier in June, Kim had lauded him for his achievements on the field.As Hazel called it the “end of an era” on Yuvraj’s retirement, Kim Sharma, whom the cricketer reportedly dated for some years before splitting in 2007, had left a note on Hazel’s post which reads, “Shine brighter you lovely duo.”She also took to her own Twitter account and wrote, “Well played Yuvraj. A standing ovation for some unforgettable moments in sport. May your next phase be as smashing with Hazel.” Kim Sharma, Yuvraj SinghInstagram Kim Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Hazel KeechInstagram
Poet Al MahmudProminent poet Al Mahmud died at the age of 82 at a hospital in Dhaka on Friday night.The poet breathed his last at 11:05pm at the city’s Ibn Sina Hospital, confirmed his family.Abid Azam, a family friend and assistant of the poet, told Prothom Alo that Al Mahmud was put on life support as he was suffering from pneumonia and old-age complications.On 9 February, the poet was admitted to the hospital.Mir Abdus Shukur Al Mahmud, best known as Al Mahmud, was a poet, novelist, and short-story writer.He was born on 11 July, 1936 at Maurail in Brahmanbaria.Al Mahmud is considered as one of the greatest Bengla poets to have emerged in the 20th century.The Ekushey Padak winning poet’s works in Bangla poetry is dominated by his frequent use of imageries of rural Bangladesh.In the 1950s he was among those Bangalee poets who were outspoken in their writing on such subjects as the events of the Bangla Language Movement, nationalism, political and economic repression, and the struggle against the West Pakistani government.He spent his childhood in Maurail village.Mahmud started his career as a journalist and obtained widespread recognition after ‘Lok Lokantor’ was published in 1963.Al Mahmud was honoured with Ekushey Padak, Bangla Academy Award, and Kabi Jasim Uddin Award in recognition of his contribution to Bangla literature.
new zealandNew Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern made an emotional apology Monday to the family of a 22-year-old British tourist who police say was murdered.Ardern spoke about the nation’s reaction to the case several hours after the man that police accuse of killing Grace Millane made his first appearance in court. Police on Sunday found a body in a forested area near Auckland which they believe is Millane’s.”From the kiwis I have spoken to, there is this overwhelming sense of hurt and shame that this has happened in our country, a place that prides itself on our hospitality,” Ardern said at her weekly media briefing, using a colloquial term for New Zealanders.”On behalf of New Zealand, I want to apologize to Grace’s family,” Ardern said, her voice breaking with emotion. “Your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn’t. And I’m sorry for that.”Ardern said it wasn’t necessarily her role to apologize for individual acts of violence, but she’d sensed that New Zealanders were feeling a collective sense of shame over the case and that many were taking it personally.Earlier, the 26-year-old man accused of killing Millane stared at the floor while a judge addressed him during his brief appearance at the Auckland District Court. The man has not yet entered a plea on murder charges and the court has temporarily blocked his name from being published.Millane’s father, David Millane, traveled to New Zealand last week after his daughter vanished, and Judge Evangelos Thomas addressed him and other family members.”I don’t know what to say to you at this time, but your grief must be desperate,” he said, according to television station Three. “We all hope justice will be fair and swift and ultimately bring you some peace.”As the man was led away from the dock, somebody in the public gallery yelled out “Scumbag!” Three reported.The case has riveted people both in Britain and New Zealand.Described by her father as fun-loving and family-oriented, Grace Millane had been traveling in New Zealand as part of a planned yearlong trip abroad that began in Peru. She went missing 1 December and failed to get in touch with her family on her birthday the next day, or on the days that followed, which alarmed them.Before she vanished, Millane had been staying at a backpacker hostel in Auckland and left some of her belongings there. Detective Inspector Scott Beard said she met a man for a couple of hours in the evening before surveillance cameras showed them entering the CityLife hotel at about 9:40pm.A week after Millane disappeared, police detained a man for questioning and later charged him with murder.On Sunday, police found a body in a forested area about 10 meters (33 feet) from the side of the road in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland. Police believe Millane’s body was taken to the area in a rental car.Police said the car, a red Toyota Corolla, was rented for 24 hours and returned to an Auckland rental agency on 3 December, meaning Millane’s body could have been in the forest for six days before it was found.The suspect’s lawyer, Ian Brookie, on Monday applied for name suppression on the basis his client needed it for a fair trial, an argument that Judge Thomas rejected on the basis of open justice. Brookie appealed, triggering the man’s name to be temporarily suppressed.The man is being held in custody and is scheduled to make his next court appearance 23 January.
As difficult as it is to find the right kind of food for the sultry humid weather that seems to have settled around the Capital, The Imperial seems to have come up with quite a palatable solution. The summer salads and barbeque menu that is available in San Gimignano and 1911, is the perfect mix of excellent meats and refreshing salads that is perfect for the weather. Both the restaurants have their own signature menus, the salad and barbeque spread is on offer till end of September in both places alongside their regulars. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the main course you can take a pick from the Fatto in Casa Salsicce Affumicate (home made smoked sausages), the Bambino Costole di Maiale alla Brace (barbecued baby back ribs), the Aragosta Alla Griglia Ripieni (grilled stuffed lobster tail) or the Costolette di Agnello doppi (the double lamb chops). The home made sausages are a definite winner along with the much ordered lamb chops. All the meats have been cooked keeping their intrinsic flavours in mind and the whole idea is to keep the food simple so as the real taste wins, explains Executive Sous Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula who has put the spread in order. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTrue to his word, every bite is like a burst of freshness on the palatte and the sauces and salads work as perfect additions. All the meats are served with a spread of traditional sauces – The Campana (blend of tomatoes ,onion, garlic, parsley, olive oil and lemon juice), Chimichurri (Argentinean sauce with oregano parsley ,thyme, onion, olive oil) and the Guasacaca (avocado, onion, garlic, hot peppers, tomatoes, lemon juice, coriander and olive oil). The Guasacaca is a must try. It adds the right zing to the meats and the salads. From all the salads on offer you can choose any three to accompany your meal – so take your pick from the artichoke and sundried tomato salad, corn, black beans and capsicum salad, German potato salad, tomato – basil salad, beet and onion salad, coleslaw and the mix lettuce. A meal for two costs around Rs 8000 (without alcohol and minus taxes) so make your reservations soon. This is one meal you’ll definitely not want to miss!
December 10, 2005The visitors center prepares for a busy Saturday. Mrs. Santa Claus, gallery employee Lisan Hughes-Sawyer. [Photo & text: sa] Cosanti foundry produced a beautiful selection of bronze tiles with burnish or patina finish. [Photo & text: sa] Arcosanti foundry staff Gabrial Hendrix and Eleanor Gillis bring a batch of additional bells. [Photo & text: sa] And there is very nice collection of hand-carved ceramic bells and tiles. [Photo & text: sa] Cosanti foundry produced a beautiful selection of bronze tiles with burnish or patina finish. [Photo & text: sa]The visitors center prepares for a busy Saturday. Mrs. Santa Claus, gallery employee Lisan Hughes-Sawyer. [Photo & text: sa]
PCCW Media Group is launching its over-the-top (OTT) multi-screen video service, Viu in Singapore.The firm said the rollout is marks a further step in Viu’s regional expansion, after it went live first in Hong Kong.PCCW said the service will now be progressively rolled out in Malaysia, Indonesia and India with an expanding Asian content catalogue of Korean, Japanese, Chinese titles and more to suit the different markets.At the same time Viu has agreed a pan-regional deal with four Korean broadcasters – SBS, KBS, MBC and CJ E&M.
David ZaslavDiscovery Communications CEO David Zaslav has said the ability to mine Scripps Networks Interactive’s catalogue was the key driver behind the US$14.6 billion deal.During a roundtable discussion at MIPCOM last week, Zaslav passionately talked up the deal, whose price tag raised eyebrows after an initial valuation was around US$9 billion, saying its rationale had been “a little bit misunderstood.“What people don’t see, which is the most important thing to us, is they own all of their content, which has long view length and superfans, and really aligns with us,” he said.“When we looked at the market place, we saw us, Scripps and Disney as the only three global media companies that own all of their content and have the ability to sell it to any platform. We saw it as a very large acquisition of superfan IP.”From a more traditional standpoint, he added there was “substantial synergy” between Discovery and Scripps, said Zaslav. “Together we have most of the quality brands in the US with meaningful scale. People are looking for quality brands in bundles and we think together we will have a lot of weight.”He also reaffirmed that some Scripps brands may be moved to new platforms as Discovery looks to take them around the world to exploit the wholly owned catalogue of content.Questioned how producers would survive if major media groups continue to push deeper into IP and rights ownership, Zaslav suggested the number of new commissioning platforms – including Facebook, Snap and YouTube, Netflix and Amazon plus more traditional networks – meant there was more business for prodcos than ever before.He said Discovery’s 50% ownership of UK-based All3Media meant the Marylands-based content giant could “steady” its bet on historically small profit margins.The Scripps deal still needs regulatory and shareholder approval.On completion, Scripps’ shareholders (95% of whom are from the Scripps family) will own 20% of Discovery’s stock, with Scripps chairman, president and CEO Kenneth Lowe expected to join the board.