About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: I know I can improveby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi says he’ll get better as he gets fitter.Hudson-Odoi is confident of his place in manager Frank Lampard’s plans.”I definitely think I can improve. I am not a perfect player,” he said. “I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come.”I just need to get up to speed and get my fitness back. I think once that happens gradually my dribbling and everything will come back to what it was. Now I am feeling a bit more confident to get on the ball and do my stuff.”
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes leads his team onto the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff semifinal contests may be over, but ‘The Granddaddy of Them All’ still awaits. Friday, Iowa and Stanford are set to tangle in the Rose Bowl in what might be the most exciting non-playoff postseason contest. It’s the first appearance in the big game for the Hawkeyes since 1991, and as such, tens of thousands of Hawkeyes fans are making the trip out west.Thursday, the school released an interesting hype video for fans to watch ahead of the fourth quarter. Check it out:For your viewing pleasure during the 4th quarter of the @rosebowlgame | #Hawkeyes : @chrisruthiowa https://t.co/5Zh1MDgMcB— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 31, 2015Will Iowa restore faith in the Big Ten after a rough Thursday night? We’ll find out in just a few hours.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer hosted a roundtable discussion regarding new proposed federal firearms laws in Prince George earlier this week.In a release, Zimmer said the discussion topics included Canada’s current firearms classification system, the process a law-abiding firearms owner has to go through to purchase a firearm legally, and the recent introduction of firearms legislation by the Liberal government.“I wanted to hold this roundtable to have an open conversation about firearms and our current laws. It is important to me that I consult with constituents from Prince George and the region about how they feel about this issue. If people have concerns, it’s my goal to hear those concerns and help with them in any way I can,” said Mr. Zimmer. “There is a lot of misinformation out there about our current firearms laws, and one of the reasons why I wanted to have this roundtable was to be able to provide accurate information.” “It was a great discussion and I was able to learn a lot about where people are at on the issue. I want to hear from any of my constituents regarding any changes that they would like to see to firearms legislation. It is also my hope those who attended were able to come away with a better understanding of our current system.”
Washington: The White House has refused to meet a Tuesday deadline to deliver six years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress, escalating a battle that is expected to head to court. The House Ways and Means Committee’s chairman, Richard Neal, had given the Internal Revenue Service until April 10 to turn over the president’s personal tax returns, and those of several entities connected to Trump, for 2013 through 2018. That deadline was extended to April 23. But Trump has signaled he does not want his financial information disclosed, repeating his oft-used excuse during the 2016 presidential campaign that he would not release his tax returns while under audit by the IRS. Trump broke with a long-established norm during the 2016 elections by refusing to release the returns as most presidents have done since the 1970s even though it is not required by law. “The president is pretty clear: Once he’s out of audit, he will think about doing it,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told Fox News on Tuesday. “He’s not inclined to do so at this time.” The US Treasury Department said it was reviewing Neal’s request and consulting with the Justice Department, and that there were “serious constitutional questions” related to the request. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in a letter to Neal, said the department would render a final decision by May 6 on whether or not to comply. But Mnuchin also warned that congressional Democrats, through the Ways and Means demand, were seeking “to obtain and expose the president’s tax returns.”
CAIRO – Militants have killed 496 people in Egypt since the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, mostly soldiers and policemen, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.Attacks have surged since the army removed Morsi last July 3 and the military-installed authorities launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters.A foreign ministry “factsheet” sent to media said 252 police and 187 military personnel were killed in “terrorist” attacks, along with 57 civilians. Most of the attacks were in the northern Sinai Peninsula and targeted policemen and soldiers.The army has poured troops into the mountainous and underdeveloped region bordering the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Israel, to combat growing militancy.But militants have also launched brazen attacks farther afield.In mid-March, gunmen killed six soldiers at a checkpoint in Cairo.Al-Qaeda-inspired group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem) has claimed most of the deadliest attacks, including a car bombing at a police headquarters in Cairo, shooting down a military helicopter and the suicide bombing of a tourist bus in the Sinai.The Sinai-based group said the attacks were in retaliation for the crackdown on Morsi supporters.More than 1,400 people have been killed in the crackdown, according to rights group Amnesty International. Thousands have been jailed.
Stanford1161346%19%3% Penn State—2741<1%<1%<1% Oregon—2532<1%<1%<1% What to watch for this weekSECThe No. 4,1All the rankings I’m using in this article are the committee’s. one-loss Crimson Tide face No. 2, undefeated LSU in what is as close to a play-in game for the playoff as can be devised at this point in the season. Vegas has the Tide favored by about 6 points. That seems about right. After all, the game is in Tuscaloosa, and the FiveThirtyEight model gives home teams a 3.5-point advantage. But Alabama also has a slight edge over LSU according to FPI, despite its earlier loss to Ole Miss.The FiveThirtyEight model gives Alabama a 41 percent chance of making the playoff, largely because they’re favored in this game; LSU’s playoff odds are 30 percent. But let’s answer our first what-if question: How will those odds change after this game? My colleague Jay Boice ran additional simulations contingent on each team winning. In this thought experiment, if the Tide win, their odds would rise to 53 percent; but if the Tigers were to win, their odds would tick up to 45 percent. The Tigers’ odds are still lower, even if they beat Alabama, because their remaining schedule is so grueling. A road game against Ole Miss and a matchup with Texas A&M at home stand out on what is, going into this week, the toughest remaining schedule.(As a diehard fan who was born and raised in Baton Rouge, I’d like to be able to tell my fellow LSU faithful that these numbers favoring ’Bama are made up. But I can’t. What we Tiger fans do have going in our favor is Leonard Fournette, the Heisman Trophy favorite and, as Wright Thompson wrote, emerging legend.)Interestingly, though Alabama is favored to win and gets higher odds of making the postseason, because LSU is undefeated, the Tigers have higher odds (22 percent) of winning the conference, according to our model. (That’s because if LSU stumbles, Ole Miss is in position to win the SEC West with a tiebreaker over Alabama.) But beyond Alabama and LSU, Florida is waiting in the wings with an 18 percent chance of squeezing into the playoff. The Gators are looking like a good bet to win the SEC East, as they face only creampuffs for the remainder of their conference schedule; and if they emerge as a one-loss champion of the SEC, it will be hard for the committee not to include them.Big 12Baylor and TCU are putting up basketball scores each week. High-powered offenses drive the two highest-ranked teams according to FPI. Our model gives undefeated, No. 8 TCU the best chance of breaking into the playoff, even though Baylor is notionally better according to FPI. That’s because the Horned Frogs host the No. 6 Bears on Nov. 27 in what amounts to (assuming both teams are undefeated) a Big 12 championship game the conference never planned.The Big 12 is deep — very deep. Take this week’s biggest game: TCU faces No. 14 Oklahoma State. Although the Horned Frogs look strong according to our model — which gives them a 31 percent chance of making the playoff — the Cowboys can’t be ignored (they have a 6 percent chance themselves). The conference also includes a strong Oklahoma team, whom our model gives a 14 percent chance of making the postseason.Big TenThe FiveThirtyEight model gives No. 3 Ohio State the best odds of making the playoff: 61 percent. Furthermore, we give the Buckeyes a 16 percent chance of repeating as national champs. But look beyond them and you’ll see a strong conference, with the winner likely to be placed in the playoff.Ohio State has a difficult schedule ahead. Like the LSU vs. Alabama game this week, the Nov. 21 matchup against No. 7 Michigan State could be viewed as a de facto national quarterfinal game; Michigan State has a 22 percent chance of being in the final four. The winner likely will face currently undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten championship game.ACCAfter those three conferences, there’s a huge dropoff in quality. With the exception of Clemson, the ACC looks wobbly. That said, the undefeated Tigers are viewed favorably by the selection committee, which gave them their No. 1 ranking. Our model gives them a 51 percent chance of making the postseason (the best after Ohio State), but after them, Florida State is the next best ACC squad, with a 5 percent chance. That said, the Tigers face what is probably their toughest remaining challenge at home against the Seminoles on Saturday. If they survive, a what-if simulation we ran gives the Tigers a 61 percent chance of making the playoff. Furthermore, if they run the table in their remaining games, they’re likely to make the playoff (our model would put their chances at 99 percent), but if they don’t win out, the ACC champion won’t have a guaranteed spot. Why? Because if Clemson loses this week, our model would give both Clemson and FSU about a 15 percent chance.Pac-12What a total mess. Among Pac-12 teams, Stanford has the best chance of making the playoff, at 19 percent. Despite having just one loss, Utah does poorly in our model, registering a 6 percent chance — little better than unranked USC. FiveThirtyEight reckons that if Stanford does win out, it’s 90 percent likely to make the playoffs. In other words, the Pac-12 is not guaranteed a spot right now. To push the Cardinal’s odds up, Clemson would have to slip, and still a second team from the SEC or Big Ten might leapfrog the Pac-12 champ.Beyond The Power FiveThe best bet outside the five major conferences is No. 5 Notre Dame, with a 25 percent chance of making the playoff. Memphis and Houston, as impressive as they’ve been, stand only a 6 percent and 2 percent chance, respectively, of being included. In other words, the stellar mid-major teams should keep rooting for those in the major conferences to cannibalize each other. Good gosh o’mighty, what a college football season so far. It’s early November, and fans have already witnessed:a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown as time expired;an eight-lateral kickoff return that was returned for a touchdown as time expired;a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown as time expired; andthe ongoing dominance of the next Herschel Walker.Amid all this excitement, in walks the selection committee to cut the ribbon on its first iteration of this season’s College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings. Unveiled over the next month, these CFP rankings will determine who plays in the second-ever four-team playoff. But reading the CFP tea leaves can be overwhelming.Confused by the CFP committee’s weird pronouncements? Fearful that Condoleezza Rice and her comrades will stab your team in the back? (Baylor and TCU fans, you know the feeling.) Trying to interpret the CFP rankings probably makes you feel like the Michigan guy who made his way around the Internet: Temple22324541%<1%<1% RankingProbability of … Mississippi St.201917<1%3%<1% Northwestern214257<1%<1%<1% Clemson17756%51%12% Oklahoma1516315%14%5% Michigan State731915%22%3% Mississippi18171020%8%2% Oklahoma St.14111415%6%1% Houston25233330%2%<1% Utah12152118%6%<1% Iowa9122925%7%<1% Michigan1722187%6%<1% FiveThirtyEight can’t stop the CFP from screwing your team, but we’re going to try to use numbers and our football knowledge to prevent you from being blindsided.Each week, we’ll break down the latest CFP rankings, preview the big upcoming games and explore what-if questions. As we did last year, we’ll take an iterative and probabilistic approach to project which four teams the CFP committee will select into the playoff on Dec. 6.We’ll cover the Power Five conferences and make a special effort not to ignore the mid-major darlings. Translation: we’ll show Memphis and Houston some love. And as a born-and-raised LSU fan, I’m obliged to exhibit a cocky and blatant SEC bias intended to solicit all your angry emails.Before we dive into the new rankings and preview games by conference, a few nitty-gritty details about the model are worth reiterating from what editor-in-chief Nate Silver has written in greater detail elsewhere on FiveThirtyEight:Game predictions are based on a tweaked version of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) for each team.Based on game results, each team is given an Elo rating that reflects, primarily, its strength of schedule and, to a lesser extent, the margin of victory in its games.Each team is given a new projected ranking based on the previous week’s ranking, the outcome of the game it has just played and its Elo rating.Then the model iterates through the season’s remaining games and, using past coaches’ polls as a guide, tries to predict what the CFP committee will decide.Latest CFP RankingsJust like last year, the CFP committee angered Big 12 fans. Baylor and TCU were ranked sixth and eighth, respectively, while Ohio State is third. One-loss Alabama sneaked in at No. 4 and LSU at No. 2, a clear sign that the committee respects an SEC schedule. But the committee really has a penchant for Clemson, the squad at No. 1. That also helps Notre Dame, whose only loss is to Clemson. The committee puts the Fighting Irish just outside the party at No. 5. Florida State16131513%5%<1% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Arkansas—3926<1%<1%<1% Ohio State31447%61%16% TCU84237%31%11% LSU25822%30%8% Memphis13143621%6%<1% Texas A&M193016<1%<1%<1% Toledo24244328%<1%<1% Alabama42614%41%11% UCLA2321225%1%<1% North Carolina—262323%<1%<1% Florida1091241%18%4% Wisconsin—18245%<1%<1% USC—20530%4%1% Baylor610132%31%13% Notre Dame589—25%5%
Andreas Granqvist rates England highly ahead of a potential quarter-final clash between the two nations at the World Cup in Russia.Former Wigan defender Granqvist has warned his Sweden teammates of the threat carried by England, citing striker Harry Kane’s influence on the team.Goal reports that the 33-year-old spoke to the media: “They have a really good team, I have to say,”“They’ve built a new generation with many younger players. Perhaps they have a slightly different English game.”“They are very technically gifted. Harry Kane is an excellent striker who has been doing so well for many years, with many good games.”England faces off against Columbia tomorrow night for a place in the quarterfinals, with Sweden playing earlier in the day against Switzerland.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United. Tomorrow we clash at the World Cup. Can’t tell us apart? Here’s a little help. pic.twitter.com/U3VHXbphSt— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 2, 2018Granqvist added: “They have an important match, we have an important match and we have to see how that all plays out.”Sweden won their last outing 3-0 against Mexico to secure a last 16 berth, while England endured a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Belgium.
Leicester city boss Claude Puel sees a big future for new boy Rachid Ghezzal claiming will bring something different to his team.Ghezzal, 26, followed up his first goal for the club on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup against Fleetwood with his first Premier League goal against Liverpool.However, Puel was still full of praise for his new signing’s performance despite the loss to Liverpool.“I think he played a very good game,” said Puel.“He kept good ball under pressure. He has the quality to play between the lines. He can move, he can shoot, he can cross, he can give assists and good service.Liverpool 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.“I said when he came from Monaco, it was a very interesting signing for us. He offers something different to the other players.“It is important for our squad to have this player and I am happy about his performance.“For his first start in the Premier League, he did a lot of good things. In the battles, too, and his defensive work. All good things to continue to improve and give his best for the future.“I am happy about his listening, about his consistency in the game. He played a lot of time, three days before, and repeated a good performance today. It was amazing. It was good for him and for the squad.
For United Arab Emirates icon Omar Abdulrahman, his team can still win the 2019 AFC Asian Cup as they only tied 1-1 with Bahrain.The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain tied 1-1 in the opening match of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The Emirati team has only won twice in the last ten matches, and this has worried the fans and press.“The team carries the hopes and dreams of all the people of the UAE and needs the efforts of all,” Abdulrahman told Sport 360.“We must all be keen to support and encourage players. Whatever the outcome, the championship is still long and the team still has a great chance of progressing further in this tournament.”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 Whites led well but did not succeed in achieving the victory that was awaited by fans of UAE football against Bahrain,” he added.“Luck did not win in this confrontation, but I wish success to players in both of the next two games against India and Thailand.”“We need to support the Whites to the end, I have confidence in the ability of the team to reach the second round and continue the quest for the title,” he explained.“The public will support the players a lot, and raise their spirits to do their best, to achieve the desired results.”
Related Items:andrew mitchell, clayton greene, michael misick, Sipt SIPT Opening Statement brings anticipation for evidence, Proceedings resume today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 jan 2016 – No words were minced by Andrew Mitchell, QC as he lunged into the reasons for the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team cases, which have been looming since 2009. The attorney for the SIPT on Monday explained bluntly that “This case is about political corruption and financial greed.”Mitchell added that, “The monies received by the Ministers were in no sense monies that could be attributed to the work of honest servants of the people whom they were elected to represent.”The unforgiving criminal charges and raw statements came at the opening of the proceedings which continue now in 2016, with Justice Paul Harrison presiding as both judge and jury. The cases against nine, including former Premier, Michael Misick; former Health Minister, Lillian Boyce; former Lands Minister, McCallister Hanchell; former Works Minister, Jeffrey Hall; former House Speaker, Clayton Greene and former Deputy Premier and Finance Minister, Floyd Hall is a monster of a trial with hefty charges, which have the potential to put these individuals in prison for decades.Mitchell will spend some days as he lays out the case which he explained is fueled by an alleged conspiracy for the nine people charged to, and I quote again, “enrich themselves and/or their families, the defendants undermined, ignored and usurped almost all of the Country’s institutions designed to ensure and preserve good governance.”Mitchell added that, ‘a number of witnesses will be called to explain how the Government of the Islands should function’ making it known that his case is built on nine land deals or developments which were negotiated during the Misick years. Andrew Mitchell shared that he will illustrate, “the way that the political establishment was prepared to abuse their responsibilities to the electorate by, in effect, treating as their own that precious resource: the land.”Names like Mario Hoffman and J&T Banka and the revelations linked to the American Express, Black cards all resurface as the country once again braces to hear the alleged vainglorious details of the accused. Meanwhile, Michael Misick & the others have fought the proceedings and Misick has directly told media that he is a defendant in protest. Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Judge rules there is ‘a case’; all nine defendants will go to trial in September