England Can Get Even Better And It Will Need To

When Eric Dier drove his penalty kick just past the outstretched fingers of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina and into the back of the net, he broke a 22-year English streak of losing on penalty kicks. The obvious question now is whether England can break a far more important streak that’s lasted even longer: 52 years without winning a World Cup.While every team in the quarterfinals has a nonzero chance of lifting the cup, this question presses on England particularly for two reasons. First, England got a massively fortunate draw. The two powerhouse teams remaining in the tournament, Brazil and France, are both on the opposite side of the bracket. Spain was supposed to block England’s path to the final, but it lost on penalties to Russia. This leaves just Sweden and either Croatia or Russia standing in the way of The Three Lions.And second, it’s not like England had to knock off the world’s best to get here. Drawn into a group with Tunisia and Panama as well as Belgium, England was hugely favored to reach the knockouts. Colombia as a round of 16 draw was difficult on paper, but the absence of superstar James Rodriguez meant that even this match was not against a true equal.According to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index as a measure of the quality of competition,1We used the pre-tournament SPI ratings. Uruguay and Belgium have had the lightest schedule, but each would likely have to get through both Brazil and France to make the final. England has faced the third weakest set of opponents to date, and its run to the final is projected as the second easiest of all the remaining contenders, ever so slightly behind Croatia.2Future opponents’ SPI represents a weighted average of each possible opponent’s SPI in the semifinals and finals and the likelihood of that team advancing that far. These probabilities were taken before the start of play Friday. England’s easy road will remain easyThe eight World Cup quarterfinalists by average SPI of tournament opponents so far and a weighted average of potential future opponents TeamAvg. Opponents’ SPI so farFuture Opponents’ SPI* Wilfried Zaha0.280.56+0.28 Kylian Mbappe0.770.97+0.20 Expected Goals & Assists Per 90 min. Harry Kane0.640.86+0.23 Future opponents’ SPI represents a weighted average of each possible opponent’s SPI in the semifinals and finals and the likelihood of that team advancing that far. France74.082.8 England’s two breakout starsPlayers under age 27 in the big five European leagues who showed the most improvement from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons to 2017-18 in expected goals plus assists Belgium67.885.3 2015-172017-18Difference Russia71.282.6 England70.579.2 The big five are the Premier League (England), Ligue 1 (France), La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy) and the Bundesliga (Germany).Source: Opta Sports Mohamed Salah0.721.10+0.38 Raheem Sterling0.600.90+0.31 Willian Jose0.360.58+0.22 Lucas Ocampos0.370.56+0.19 Croatia74.879.2 As manager Gareth Southgate has said, this success in set plays does reflect effective attacking play, forcing opposition teams to give up fouls in dangerous areas. In other words, England is doing a good job of progressing the ball into the final third, and the team is being rewarded with set piece opportunities.However, these tactics do not suit one of England’s best players. England isn’t a legitimate World Cup contender simply because Harry Kane happened. At the same time that Kane was developing into one of soccer’s best pure strikers for Tottenham, Raheem Sterling was making the leap at Manchester City and becoming an elite inside forward. But it’s not just luck for England. As Bobby Gardiner highlighted for FiveThirtyEight, England has developed a legitimately good team with a coherent tactical identity based on pressing immediately after a turnover to win back the ball in dangerous areas.As Gardiner outlined, this tactic was developed in part because most of England’s players ply their trade at some of the highest-pressing sides in the world. But that’s not the only reason: England also lacks a proper creative midfielder. None of the top 30 ball progressors in the big five leagues is English, and the 31st, Jack Wilshere, did not make the squad.The hope is that by forcing turnovers, England can get the ball in advanced positions without asking less expansive passers like Dier or Jordan Henderson to provide progression from deep areas.So far the results have been mixed. England was dominant against Tunisia and created a number of clear chances from open play. But against Panama, Belgium and Colombia, England relied primarily on set plays to get chances. So far in the World Cup, according to data analytics firm Opta Sports, England has 30 shots from set plays, the most in the tournament — Spain is second with 28. Where England has particularly excelled is in winning fouls in dangerous areas to get shots from free kicks, either with direct attempts on goal or designed set plays. The Three Lions’ 17 shots from free kicks are by far the most at the World Cup, with Spain and Argentina trailing at 12. Neymar0.991.19+0.20 Sweden76.282.9 Son Heung-min0.490.71+0.22 Uruguay66.985.4 Florian Thauvin0.460.76+0.29 Brazil73.282.8 The incredible season that Mo Salah had for Liverpool somewhat obscured Sterling’s massive improvement in production — 22 goals and 12 assists in a little over 3,000 minutes in the Premier League and the Champions League. But set pieces aren’t Sterling’s game. While Kane attempted 26 headed shots last season in the Premier League, Sterling attempted just one. Sterling excels at receiving balls at his feet — he was second in the league in progressive passes received with 6.5.Though England’s set plays have been good for Kane — as his two goals against Tunisia demonstrated — they’ve done nothing for Sterling, who has no goals and just one assist in his three games played. The best way to get Sterling involved would be to develop an open-play strategy for getting the ball into the penalty area and allowing him to create. So long as England depends on set plays, the team sidelines one of its most dangerous attackers.The Three Lions have made it this far through an easy draw with the press and set play plan. But if England intends on defeating a superpower like Brazil or France and lifting the cup, it will need both of its forwards in the game.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. read more

Inside Austin City Limits Festival 2018 With The Recording Academy

first_img Twitter Email This year’s ACL featured headliners Paul McCartney, Metallica and Travis Scott, but the weekend was also chock-full of special performances from all over the musical map, everything from great Texas artists to international artists and more. The Recording Academy is on-the-ground in Austin to bring you all the action right here on GRAMMY.com.Elle King On Self-Love & Individuality: “You Don’t Get What You Don’t Ask For” Backstage At Austin City Limits Festival 2018 inside-austin-city-limits-festival-2018-recording-academy News Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 7, 2018 – 11:17 pm Backstage At Austin City Limits Festival 2018 Whether you made it to Austin for this year’s ACL Fest or not, we’ll take you backstage for an exclusive look at some of the festival’s hottest artistsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 7, 2018 – 11:22 pm Festival season comes to an official—and incredible—close each year with Austin City Limits Festival inTexas. For two weekends in October, Austin’s Zilker Park is taken over by multiple stages featuring artists spanning a multitude of genres and styles for three days of great music and rich Texas culture. Inside Austin City Limits Festival 2018 With The Recording Academy last_img read more

99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Wilmington Farmers Market On June 18

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Looking for an excuse to eat out?The Wilmington Farmers Market Association is holding a “Dining For A Cause” Fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Monday, June 18, 2018, from 4pm to 11pm.Bring the flyer below and 15% of your bill will be donated to the Farmers Market.  Applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  (No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.)At the restaurant, Farmers Market organizers will also be raffling off a gift basket that includes some goodies, products from its vendors, and gift certificates to local restaurants and farmers market vendors. Tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Cops With Kids For Cancer On June 5In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On May 29In “Community”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons Security Innovation ICMCP Join Forces To Address Cybersecurity Talent Shortage

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Security Innovation, an authority in application security, recently announced that it will offer free computer based training (CBT) to The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) members looking to expand their skills or seek a career in cyber security. ICMCP is the leading destination for issues related to cybersecurity career and industry developments impacting minority cybersecurity professionals. This free training is another step in the joint partnership between the two companies, building upon the success of last year’s Web application cyber range challenge run at the ICMCP 2018 National Conference in September.All ICMCP members will have access to Security Innovation’s on-demand training that features pre-configured learning paths for more than 40 roles. This is the same curriculum offered to the company’s clients that comprise many of the world’s most reputable brands.“There is a large number of unfilled cyber security jobs, making a hacker’s job even easier,” said David Elcock, Executive Director ICMCP. “This partnership helps us achieve our mission of consistent representation of women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry, while also solving a serious industry problem.”ICMCP sponsorship builds upon Security Innovation’s objective to develop and encourage women and minorities in cybersecurity. The company has sponsored similar learning events for organization such as Women in Security & Privacy (WISP), Executive Women’s Forum (EWF), Michigan Women in Security & Privacy, United Way BoSTEM, and many others.“We are honored to continue our work with ICMCP to make this specialized training accessible to those who already have other hurdles to overcome,” said Lisa Parcella, VP of Marketing at Security Innovation. “Security Innovation is committed to making the security and technology field approachable for everyone.”ICMPC members can sign up for free training at: https://web.securityinnovation.com/icmcp2019About Security InnovationSecurity Innovation is a pioneer in software security and trusted advisor to its clients. Since 2002, organizations have relied on our assessment and training solutions to make the use of software systems safer in the most challenging environments – whether in Web applications, IoT devices, or the cloud. The company’s flagship product, CMD+CTRL Cyber Range, is the industry’s only simulated Web site environment designed to build the skills teams need to protect the enterprise where it is most vulnerable – at the application layer. Security Innovation is privately held and headquartered in Wilmington, MA USA.About ICMCPThe International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) is a non-profit organization launched in 2014 to help bridge the ‘great cyber divide’ that results from the ongoing underrepresentation of minorities and women in the fast-growing field of cyber security. The ICMCP tackles this ‘divide’ with scholarship opportunities, technical training programs, innovative outreach, mentoring and networking programs. The ICMCP targets minority and women cyber security professionals worldwide and promotes academic and technical excellence in our tradecraft.(NOTE: The above press release is from Security Innovation.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Security Innovation Wins Two Security Industry Awards In FebruaryIn “Business”Wilmington’s Security Innovation Hires New Business Development Director For India As Company Continues Rapid Global GrowthIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Security Innovation Uncovers Cyber Threat Impacting North American BanksIn “Business”last_img read more

Game of Thrones prequel to show construction of The Wall

first_imgBran the Builder in Game of Thrones prequelGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Now that Game of Thrones has finally ended, Westeros fans are eagerly waiting to see Game of Thrones prequel, rumored titled Bloodmoon.As per earlier interviews, Game of Thrones prequel is set around 5000 years ago before the events showed in the television adaptation of The Song of Ice and Fire. The prequel will chronicle the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. As per several speculations, darkest hour in the series means the birth of Night King and subsequently the rise of White Walkers.As per George RR Martins books, the Age of Heroes is the time period in which the Children of the Forest made a pact with humans or men, and when Bran the Builder — the Stark ancestor lived. As per the old nan tales, Bran the Builder is the one who built The Wall to keep the White Walkers at the bay.Since the prequel is going to feature Bran the Builder, it is most likely that we finally get to see the construction of the Winterfell and The Wall.As per the books, the Wall is a colossal fortification which stretches for more than 482 kilometers along the Northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, separating the entire realm from the domain of the wildlings who live beyond. The wall is reported to be over 700 feet tall and it averages 300 feet in width. Bran Stark is the Night KingFacebookThe Wall was constructed by Bran the Builder and is supposed to have all sorts of magic to protect it from the White Walkers. As per the events are shown in Game of Thrones, the Wall has grown considerably since it was first constructed by Bran, as the Night’s Watch has spent thousands of years augmenting it with huge ice blocks and has even upgraded its defense system.As of now, there is nothing sure about Game of Thrones prequel. The production is likely to begin from this June and fans are hoping to see something magical when it will finally air on HBO in 2020 or 2021. The much-awaited Game of Thrones prequel will feature an ensemble cast of Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Sheila Atim. The show’s story is written by George RR Martin and Jane Goldman is overlooking the project as the showrunner.last_img read more

Coastal Counties From Greater Houston Region Are The Most Impacted By Severe

first_img X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: National Weather Service/Houston-GalvestonAlthough the rain is moving out of our area, winter has made a strong entrance in Texas with severe weather hitting several parts of the state for the past few days.The National Weather Service reports persistent rains started on Friday night and the heaviest occurred on Saturday.The severe weather hit hardest in Chambers County, as well as the southern section of Galveston County and the southeast part of Brazoria County.Texas City got about a foot of rain, but it was mostly street flooding.“The fortunate part was that, according to our estimates and what we’ve gathered, we had approximately only five homes that had some water damage,” says Thomas Munoz, Emergency Management Coordinator for Texas City.In Galveston County, the airport registered almost 10 inches of rain and the city of La Marque had more than seven inches, while the bad weather even produced some hail in Wharton County.Dan Reilly, a meteorologist with the Houston-Galveston office of the National Weather Service, notes Harris County was spared any significant damage.“Anywhere from around an inch, some areas even three to six inches, particularly in the southeast and the northwest,” Reilly detailed about the impact in Harris County.The forecast for the rest of the week includes more rain on Wednesday night. 00:00 /01:11 Share last_img read more

Atmospheric carbon dioxide causing global greening making some areas warmer and some

first_img Rising CO2 due to climate change may not improve agriculture, model shows Explore further Citation: Atmospheric carbon dioxide causing global greening making some areas warmer and some colder (2017, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-global-greening.html Credit: Wikipedia. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Giovanni Forzieri et al. Satellites reveal contrasting responses of regional climate to the widespread greening of Earth, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aal1727AbstractChanges in vegetation cover associated to the observed greening may affect several biophysical processes, whose net effects on climate are unclear. Here, we analyze remotely sensed dynamics in leaf area index (LAI) and energy fluxes to explore the associated variation in local climate. We show that the increasing trend in LAI contributed to the warming of boreal zones through a reduction of surface albedo, and to an evaporation-driven cooling in arid regions. The interplay between LAI and surface biophysics is amplified up to five times under extreme warm-dry and cold-wet years. Altogether, these signals reveal that the recent dynamics in global vegetation have had relevant biophysical impacts on the local climates and should be considered in the design of local mitigation and adaptation plans.center_img In addition to causing the atmosphere to heat up in general, the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide is also causing many parts of the planet that were already green to become greener, the researchers report. That greening, they suggest, causes some regional areas to become slightly warmer and others cooler. But it is not just atmospheric carbon that is contributing to the greening. Nitrogen used in fertilizers makes its way into natural ecosystems, causing changes. The land is also changed by human activities.In an area that is generally warm, an increase in leaf cover can lead to localized cooling due to plant transpiration (water evaporating) which condenses in the air, the researchers report. In cooler places, the impact can be the opposite—in boreal regions (tree covered) and colder places, local temperatures can rise slightly due to less sunlight being reflected back from the surface.To come to these conclusions, the researchers studied satellite data for the period 1982 to 2011, which allowed them to assign a leaf area index (LAI) to various parts of the Earth’s surface. In mapping the entire planet, the group found that for approximately 60 percent of all plant areas, an increase in greening has mitigated global warming by approximately 14 percent. For colder areas, greening has led to a rise in air temperatures of approximately 10 percent. They also found that the impact could be more dramatic during extreme weather conditions—by up to five times, for example, during warm and dry periods or cold and wet periods.The researchers suggest their findings indicate that changes to vegetation clearly have an impact on local climate, and thus should be taken into consideration as mitigation and adaptation strategies are developed to deal with a warming planet. © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with the Directorate for Sustainable Resources in Italy and Ghent University in Belgium has found evidence that shows some parts of the planet are becoming cooler and others warmer due to an increase in localized greening. As the team notes in their paper published in the journal Science, much of the increase in greening is due to an increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more