Can The Midfield Carry The US Womens National Team Past France

Rose LavelleUSA5.703.42 The U.S. has solidified the middle of the fieldInternational players* who averaged three or more progressive passes and tackles per 90 minutes, 2017-19 The story of the U.S. women’s national team has almost always been its goal-scorers. In the past, the team could count on an Abby Wambach or an Alex Morgan, and when a midfielder like Carli Lloyd stepped up to support, it was her goal-scoring, again, that made the difference. The problems for the U.S. typically lie a little further back down the pitch. At the World Cup in Canada in 2015, the team needed the last-minute addition of Morgan Brian to balance its midfield and get past Germany en route to the final.This year, the situation is reversed. Going into a match against France that could easily decide the World Cup winner, the Americans have reason to be confident in its midfield but increasingly concerned about a suddenly shaky forward line.Manager Jill Ellis has preached an aggressive possession approach, seeking to control the ball but use that control for penetration into the attacking third. That is not an easy balance to strike, at least not without leaving the defense exposed to counterattacks, but it’s possible if your players are good enough.Lindsey Horan came into the World Cup recognized as probably the top central midfielder in the world, and if anything, she has been outshone by her midfield mates Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle in this tournament. With this squad, Ellis has preferred a 4-3-3 formation to the team’s previous 4-4-2, effectively trading a central striker out for a central midfielder. The three-woman midfield features one deeper-lying holding midfielder and two more advanced in front of her. The team was prepared to play Julie Ertz at the base of midfield and push Horan further up the pitch, but in the final group match against Sweden, Ellis went with the Horan-Mewis-Lavelle trio.These three were the team’s statistical standouts coming into the World Cup. Among players with at least 1,000 minutes played in international matches tracked by Opta since 2017, few midfielders can match the U.S. trio for all-around production. The three are among the very best in the world at the combination of ball-winning and ball-progression, among players with at least three tackles and interceptions won per 90 minutes as well as three progressive passes and runs per 90.1Progressive passes are defined as passes which advance the ball 10 to 15 yards beyond its furthest progression in the move or into the penalty area. Ertz misses the chart because while she has the excellent ball-winning numbers (4.8 tackles and interceptions per 90) you would expect from a defensive midfielder, her 1.8 progressive passes per 90 reflect her lesser skill at advancing the ball.When both Lavelle and Mewis join Horan, the U.S. is basically impossible to match up with in midfield. Each player is capable of making a defense-splitting pass or run, as well as cleaning up defensively behind whoever takes a turn attacking.This kind of midfield production was expected from Mewis and Horan, but Lavelle has been a surprise. Despite her excellent ball-winning numbers for the national team, the smaller Lavelle has been cast typically as a “number 10,” an attacking midfielder. Playing in a 4-3-3 at the World Cup, however, Lavelle has continued to show her strength in the press, with five tackles and four interceptions in a little over 200 minutes.In the round of 16 against Spain, Ertz got the call while Horan rested to avoid a yellow card suspension. One might suggest that Ertz’s less aggressive approach might have been responsible for the U.S.’s rather blah performance, but the statistics suggest the problem lies elsewhere. The U.S. successfully moved the ball into the final third in open play 38 times, but created only three shots from these moves. This rate — of shots created among balls in the final third — is under 8 percent, the second-lowest of any team that played in the knockouts. Seventeen of those final third entries came from direct attacking moves,2Direct attacking moves are defined as sustained possession actions in which at least 50 percent of the ball movement is toward goal. the fourth-best total among the 16 teams in the knockouts, but only one generated a shot attempt in the move. That 6 percent success rate was the worst among the teams in the round.Against Spain, the U.S. forwards struggled to turn dangerous possessions into scoring chances. After winning an early penalty, Tobin Heath was not effective. Heath — usually the key outlet for the U.S. in attack and a skilled dribbler — couldn’t get on the ball, playing only 16 passes (fewest of the starters) and losing two of her three take-on attempts. The most worrying number for the U.S., however, was zero. That’s the number of shots Morgan attempted against Spain. Morgan was subbed out against Sweden after taking a knock and though she returned to start against Spain, the bruising Spanish defense kept her from finding space in the penalty area or on the break.Fortunately for the Americans, if Morgan is hurting or the wide forwards are slumping, the team’s attacking power runs deep. Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Mallory Pugh are three of the top goal creators in the women’s game over the last few years. PlayerCountryGoalsAssistsGoals and assists Sam MewisUSA3.293.67 Per 90 Minutes The biggest worry for the U.S. has to be Morgan. If the Orlando Pride striker is not fully fit, she is likely to struggle again against France.Ellis, then, faces two high-stakes decisions before the quarterfinal. First, will she roll with the more aggressive Horan-Mewis-Lavelle midfield, or will she go more conservative by deploying Ertz at defensive midfielder? The defensive strength that Horan, Mewis and Lavelle have shown in this tournament is an argument for including them and, thus, maximizing ball movement in the center of the pitch. Second, and more importantly, which forwards are ready to take on the great French defense? Heath, who probably just had an ill-timed off match, should be favored to bounce back. Morgan’s fitness is more of a worry. But however Ellis assesses her starting forwards, the options to replace one are rich and varied. Press and Lloyd would offer two different looks at striker. Pugh could spell either winger or give the team an interchanging, hard-to-mark front three.The midfield, especially with the three best passers on the pitch, should be good enough to carry the team. But if the front line doesn’t show up, the U.S. once again risks wasting the good ball progression from midfield. Amandine HenryFrance3.693.12 Tobin HeathUSA0.560.320.89 Jackie GroenenNetherlands4.483.09 Carli LloydUSA0.560.220.78 * Minimum of 1,000 minutes in matches tracked by OptaSource: Opta Caroline SegerSweden3.973.06 Valérie GauvinFrance0.710.160.87 Lina MagullGermany3.193.54 Christen PressUSA0.280.500.78 Vivianne MiedemaNetherlands1.130.311.44 Caitlin FoordAustralia0.620.441.06 Lindsey HoranUSA4.813.28 The U.S. is deep in goal creatorsInternational players* with the most open-play goals and assists per 90 minutes, 2017-2019 Alex MorganUSA0.680.170.85 * Minimum of 1,000 minutes in matches tracked by OptaSource: Opta Sports PlayerteamTackles and interceptionsProgressive passes Samantha KerrAustralia1.090.361.45 Check out our latest Women’s World Cup predictions. Emily van EgmondAustralia3.273.27 Ellen WhiteEngland0.680.230.91 Mallory PughUSA0.490.270.76 read more

Little rain forecast sizzling temperatures for Provo

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 May 2015 – Scorching temperatures fail to be tempered by the scanty and scattered showers dropping on pockets of the islands of the TCI. Weather forecasts show no relief, and while temperatures are stated in the upper 80s, the real feel in most cases is in the mid to lower 90s for the islands. Monday and Tuesday for Provo showing a higher chance for rain, at 55%; and if a very extended forecast holds, then it might be a week before there is a downpour for Providenciales. And according to Accu Weather, Provo will be even hotter than the most southern islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay for the next two days. Energy Town Meeting for Provo New York Dancers share talent in TCI Related Items:provo, rain, Weather TCI to renew Storm & Flood insurance Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Can Disney make VR relevant The 359 Ep 510

first_img Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The Daily Charge 4:25 Read Google Home Hub review See It See It Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Angela Lang/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $155 at Google Express Digital Media Tech Industry Mobile Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $299 at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Can Disney make VR relevant? (The 3:59, Ep. 510) Comments Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET 0 Sprint $59 at eBay An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Can Disney make VR relevant? (The 3:59, Ep. 510) Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Boost Mobile 7 $210 at Best Buy Share your voice See it Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tags Rylo See at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). The Cheapskate Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Now playing: Watch this: Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Virtual Reality Disney Robots Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. CNET On this podcast, we talk about:Disney’s plans for a second VR short film. The many work and companion robots shown at CES 2019.What Samsung may name its new foldable phone. $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $60 at Best Buy $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Post a comment The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read the Rylo camera preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo Your browser does not support the audio element. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazonlast_img read more

Evening wrap IT raid on Janardhana Reddys firm nonbailable warrant against Mallya

first_imgHere are some of the top stories from International Business Times, India, that have broken through the day so far:1. Income Tax Department raids mining firm office of Janardhana ReddyThe taxman has come calling to coal baron and former BJP leader G Janardhana Reddy, days after the lavish wedding of his daughter led to huge uproar across India, which is in the middle of a currency crisis. Read more…2. CBI obtains non-bailable warrant against Vijay Mallya; find out how it will proceed nextThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Monday that it managed to obtain a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against former liquor baron Vijay Mallya, and was looking to pursue a path that would get him extradited back to India to face various charges concerning non-repayment of loans to various banks. Read more…3. Demonetisation: Cash-strapped Indians withdraw $15 billion in 9 daysPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s “surgical strike” on black money in the form of scrapping Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8 has given an indication of how cash-hungry Indians are, notwithstanding the push for plastic. In a span of nine days, (November 10 and 18), Indians withdrew Rs 1,03,316 crore, or approximately $15.2 billion. Read more…4. Selena Gomez sizzles in red gown; singer gives emotional AMAs acceptance speechSinger Selena Gomez, who took a break from the spotlight for self-recovery, made a stunning comeback at the American Music Awards 2016 on Sunday night. Gomez looked beautiful in a scarlet sleeveless Prada gown. Read more…5. BCCI vs Lodha Committee: Is it Anurag Thakur vs GK Pillai now?GK Pillai, the former home secretary of India, could be the one replacing Anurag Thakur as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). In a statement submitted to the Supreme Court by the Lodha Committee on Monday, the top BCCI officials have been asked to step down. Read more…last_img read more

First Black Catholic Priest Moved Closer to Sainthood

first_imgBy AFRO Staff(Updated 06/16/2019) The Rev. Augustus Tolton, the first openly Black Catholic priest in the United States, is one step closer to becoming a Roman Catholic saint.On June 11, Pope Francis declared Tolton to be “venerable,” the second of a usually four-step path toward canonization. The Pope’s designation means Tolton lived a life of “heroic virtue,” according to the Archdiocese of Illinois, where he founded the first African-American parish in Chicago.This 1886 photo courtesy of the Brenner Library, Quincy University in Quincy, Ill., shows Quincy’s Father Augustine Tolton, following his ordination on Holy Saturday of that year. (Photo courtesy of Brenner Library, Quincy University via AP)“We welcome this news from the Holy Father on the advancement of Fr. Tolton’s cause for sainthood,” said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, in a statement. “Fr. Tolton’s holiness comes from his patient suffering, his brave spirit and his pastoral heart for all who came to him. His struggles to become a priest and his remarkable service to God’s People are admirable examples.” Tolton was born the son of slaves in Missouri in 1854. His father, Peter Tolton joined the Union Army in 1861. A few months later, his mother, Martha Jane, escaped with he and his siblings to Quincy, Ill. From early on, obtaining an education was a uphill battle for Tolton, simply because of his race. When no American seminary would accept him, he eventually enrolled in a seminary in Rome, where he was ordained in 1886. Tolton went on to the first African American Catholic parish in Chicago. After strenuous work among the city’s poor, Tolton died of heatstroke and uremia in 1897, at the age of 43.“Fr. Tolton’s story represents the long and rich history of African American Catholics, who have lived through troubling chapters and setbacks in our American history,” said Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, who has been championing Tolton’s canonization. “Lessons from his early life as a slave and the prejudice he endured in becoming a priest still apply today with our current problems of racial and social injustices and inequities that divide neighborhoods, churches and communities by race, class and ethnicity. His work isn’t done. We will continue to honor his life and legacy of goodness, inclusivity, empathy and resolve in how we treat one another.” Two other Black American Catholics ― Henriette Delille and Pierre Toussaint ― have been declared Venerable, but none have been declared saints.If a miracle is attributed to Tolton, he will be declared “Blessed,” the next requirement for sainthood. Lastly,  a second miracle may be required.last_img read more

Trying natural ways for pearly whites Research first

first_imgUchenna Okoye, clinical director at London Smiling Dental Group, doles out guidelines, reports femalefirst.co.uk.StrawberriesClaim: Mash up a ripe strawberry, dip your toothbrush in it and brush carefully over teeth. Within two weeks, your teeth will be whiter.Dentist’s Verdict: True. Strawberries contain citric acid, which can weaken the surface hardness of your teeth. But it also contains the more gentle malic acid, and the riper the strawberry becomes, the higher the concentration of malic acid compared to the more harmful citric acid. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’So choose a really ripe strawberry, rub it on your teeth and just like exfoliating the skin, it does remove superficial debris. The malic acid won’t actually break down the stain molecules, but the surface clean gives your teeth a whiter appearance. A gentle and effective natural whitener.Turmeric powder Claim: Mix half a teaspoon of dried turmeric powder with a few drops of water and stir to create a thick paste. Dip your toothbrush in (it will be stained yellow) and clean teeth. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe usual cleaning time of two to three minutes is doubled, because of the time it takes to rinse the yellow from your teeth and gums. The abrasive qualities of the bright yellow spice (derived from a root) will clean your teeth.Verdict: False. This is a recipe for disaster. The rule in dentistry is that anything that will stain a white shirt will stain your teeth. All spices stain teeth but yellow spices are the worst. Far from whitening your teeth, using turmeric will make them even more discoloured. Banana peelClaim: High levels of potassium, magnesium and manganese in bananas can help remove stains from teeth. Simply peel a ripe banana, and rub your teeth with the insides of the peel for about two minutes. After three weeks, your teeth will have whitened.Verdict: True. If you rub the skin it can act as a gentle exfoliator and will remove some surface stains, but the banana will not reach inside the pores on the surface of your enamel – so no true ‘deep’ clean will take place.Cider Vinegar Claim: Rinsing with apple cider vinegar (mixed two parts of water) will make teeth whiter and protect teeth and gums from bacteria.Verdict: False. Cider vinegar is a favourite of ‘detox’ devotees. Once swallowed, it mixes with pancreatic secretions in the intestines and turns alkaline, but when it hits your teeth, it is an acid, albeit a weak one. This makes the enamel on your teeth less resistant to damage – like wetting a chalk and then scraping off the surface.Coconut oil Claim: A 3,000-year-old Ayurvedic way to clean teeth is to swish a tablespoon of oil (usually coconut, sesame or olive oil) around your mouth for 20 minutes every morning. The coconut oil sticks to the oil in the cell membranes of any bacteria in your mouth, so when you spit it out, you are ridding your mouth of unwanted micro-organisms. Used by stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, who claim it whitens teeth and improves complexion.Verdict: False. There is no scientific evidence at all that ‘oil pulling’, as it’s called, will whiten teeth, or even remove bacteria. It’s possible that the act of swishing the oil around your mouth will dislodge some bacteria or debris, so followed by a careful brushing session, your teeth may look cleaner. But no science shows that oil pulling will make your teeth any whiter.last_img read more

Mamata congratulates magnificent Mary Kom

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated M C Mary Kom for winning her sixth gold medal on Saturday to become the most successful boxer in the history of Women’s World Championships. “Congratulations Mary Kom for winning a record sixth world title. “We are proud of your golden achievement at the Women’s World Boxing Championships…” Banerjee posted on her official Twitter handle. Mary Kom on Saturday became the most successful boxer in the history of Women’s World Championships by winning her sixth gold medal with an unanimous 5-0 result over Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota at the AIBA World Championship in New Delhi.last_img read more