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  • For second year, Springfest and Relay conflict

    first_imgSpringfest and Relay for Life, arguably the two biggest events of the spring semester, have been scheduled for the same day for the second year in a row, leaving organizers concerned about the attendance for both.Show time · Last year’s Springfest, held on McCarthy Quad, also coincided with Relay for Life, the fundraiser held on Cromwell Field. – Daily Trojan file photoSpringfest is an annual free concert organized by Program Board and held at McCarthy Quad. This year, the popular rapper T-Pain will headline the event. Relay for Life is an annual 24-hour walkathon at Cromwell Field that raises money for cancer research. Both events, which will be held April 10, tend to draw a large number of people.“We didn’t want them to be conflicting,” said Erica Worthington, a junior majoring in psychology who is the relay coacher for USC Relay for Life. “We wanted people to enjoy both of these events on their own.”Melissa Park, a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering and a co-chair of USC Relay for Life, said she is worried about the impact this year’s headliner might have on Relay for Life.“I understand the draw that T-Pain has, and it’s a phenomenal thing because not many campuses can boast that they bring artists like that, but it’s too bad that people have to make a choice for one or the other,” Park said.Richie Pizano, director of the concerts committee for Program Board, said he would prefer the events not be held on the same day but noted that there could be a positive side to the situation.“Having both on the same day does hinder both events,” Pizano said. “But at the same time, not everyone is at one event at the same time. If students are already on campus, it’s easy to move back and forth, so it does help.”The events were held concurrently last year after event organizers mistakenly booked the same day.“Last year, we didn’t really know that they were on the same day,” Worthington said. “We didn’t think about Springfest and were focused on planning [Relay for Life]. We found out the month before.”This year, organizers had hoped to better coordinate the two events, but they failed to communicate clearly with each other and the two events are once again scheduled for the same day.“It was more individual efforts,” Worthington said. “We didn’t contact Program Board first semester, but we looked it up online.”Pizano said the date for Springfest has been set since May.“I think the two parties didn’t communicate because it just didn’t occur to us [in May],” Pizano said. “It was pure coincidence.”Worthington said Relay for Life organizers looked up the Springfest date online before choosing a date for the walkathon but thought Springfest was a different weekend.By the time the two groups realized their events would coincide, it was too late.“We use the track, and we have to find time when the track team has an away meet. We also work around Swim with Mike and Songfest,” Worthington said.Pizano said it’s very difficult to reschedule an event on McCarthy Quad after a date has been booked because it’s a very popular venue.Beyond attendance, Park said she is concerned about the possibility of Springfest’s main performance conflicting with Relay for Life’s luminaria ceremony, when participants light candles and honor those who have battled cancer.The luminaria ceremony, Park said, is typically one of the most moving parts of the event, and she does not want it to be interrupted by music from Springfest.Last year, organizers for both groups coordinated so that no performers would be on during the ceremony, but they have yet to reach any kind of agreement this year.Many students said they think it is unfortunate that the two events conflict again this year.“I would definitely go to both if they were on separate days, but because Springfest has T-Pain, which I feel is a bigger draw; I’ll probably go there instead,” said Sommer Sorensen, a junior majoring in anthropology.Brooke Nixt, a sophomore majoring in business administration, agreed.“It’s too bad that the events are conflicting because Relay for Life is such an important cause,” she said. “I feel like Springfest might draw people away.”In the future, organizers for both events said they would communicate to prevent double-booking the same day.“People do bring it up, and it’s unfortunate, but I can’t do anything about it,” Pizano said. “In the future, the two parties should start communicating. We continuously book a year in advance, so Relay should check with us.”Park agreed.“It’s an unfortunate occurrence,” she said. “There should be more awareness about when each event is taking place.”last_img read more

  • Zimbabwe in Chaos ahead of Tournament

    first_imgZimbabwe’s preparations ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon have been thrown into chaos by a row over accommodation and financial issues.BBC Sport has learned the team refused to stay at the Zifa Village training facility, saying it is sub-standard, and have been booked at a Harare hotel by Footballers Union of Zimbabwe.The team were also unable to use the national sports stadium for training because a $60 fee had not been paid.They had to use a high school instead. It is unclear why the fee was not paid, given a mobile network provider announced a $250,000 sponsorship for the Warriors two weeks ago to cover all of the team’s needs for their Nations Cup campaign.Zimbabwe’s first match of the 14 January to 5 February tournament is against Algeria on 15 January. They will also face Tunisia and Senegal in Group B.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • 9 months agoAgent waiting on Barcelona approach for Chelsea striker Giroud

    first_imgAgent waiting on Barcelona approach for Chelsea striker Giroudby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Olivier Giroud is yet to hear from Barcelona, it has been revealed.Giroud was linked with Barca in the Catalan press this week.However, a representative of the Frenchman told Foot Mercato he’s yet to be contacted by Barca.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed he’d like to sign a new striker this month.And Giroud fits the bill given his experience and affordability. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

  • 6 days agoBournemouth manager Eddie Howe: Let’s keep perspective

    first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe: Let’s keep perspectiveby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe says they shouldn’t get down after their 0-0 draw with Norwich City.A share of the spoils saw the Cherries climb a place to ninth in the Premier League, joining Tottenham, Burnley and West Ham on 12 points.“Sometimes, you have to have the bigger picture in the back of your mind,” said Howe. “It wasn’t the three points we wanted but it wasn’t a defeat.“People will see we’re playing Norwich at home and the expectations are for it to be a home win. I understand that and that’s certainly our expectations as well.“But these games are never that easy and we fully respect Norwich, their manager, their players and the way they play. They are a tough nut to crack and they were for us today.”Howe added: “For me, the past two games defensively have been a big improvement. We were relatively okay from the defensive side at Arsenal and today we were strong again.“Aaron Ramsdale made one big save and, apart from that, he didn’t have too much to do. The disappointing thing is that their goalkeeper wasn’t overly worked and, with the quality we had on the pitch, that was the disappointment.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Prince William To Visit Jordan Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

    first_imgHis Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge will visit Jordan, Israel, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories from Sunday 24th June until Thursday 28th June at the request of Her Majesty’s Government.The visit will be The Duke’s first to the region.In Jordan, His Royal Highness will be able to build on the strong links that exist not only between the two countries, but also between their respective Royal families who have visited each other many times over the years. In Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the visit will be the first official tour on behalf of the Government by a Member of The Royal Family.The complex challenges in the region are of course well known. The non-political nature of His Royal Highness’s role – in common with all Royal visits overseas –allows a spotlight to be brought to bear on the people of the region: their cultures, their young people, their aspirations, and their experiences.In cities with storied histories that are never far from the headlines, The Duke’s goal will be to meet as many people from as many walks of life as possible – and to use the spotlight that his visit will bring to celebrate their hopes for the future. During the visit, The Duke will meet young entrepreneurs, view vibrant tech and media sectors, witness historic cultures being protected and interpreted for the 21st century, and meet people from a wide variety of backgrounds – including refugees – with a particular focus on young people.The Duke will also meet with senior political and religious leaders in all three places, as well as a wide range of people drawn from across business, civil society, the arts and media and other sectors at receptions organised by the UK’s three missions.Turning to the detail of the programme, His Royal Highness will depart the UK on RAF Voyager on the morning of Sunday 24th, arriving in Amman, Jordan to an official welcome at Marka airport.He will be greeted by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al-Hussein Bin Abdullah II. The Duke is very pleased that this visit will allow him to begin a relationship with the Crown Prince Hussein that will be important in the decades to come. Their Royal Highnesses will then visit Fablab, an initiative of the Crown Prince Foundation that seeks to equip young entrepreneurs with the technology they need to realise their ambitions.That evening The Duke will meet people from across Jordanian society and deliver a speech at a Queen’s Birthday Party at the residence of Her Majesty’s Ambassador, before departing for a private dinner with the Crown Prince Hussein at Beit al Urden, the King’s private residence, where The Duke is honoured to stay overnight.The morning of the 25th will begin with a visit to the spectacular archaeological site at Jerash, a first century Roman city that is one of the largest Roman remains anywhere in the Mediterranean region, and one of Jordan’s greatest tourist attractions. It is, by the way, the site where the young Catherine Middleton is pictured standing on a pile of stones with her father and young sister when the Middleton family lived in Jordan.The site will host a celebration for young people benefiting from the Makani programme supported by UNICEF. Makani is a nationwide charity that works with young people from deprived backgrounds, but especially those from refugee communities.As you know, there has been unrest in the Middle East for decades, most recently in Syria, and consequently the country of Jordan is hosting over 655,000 refugees – a staggering act of generosity and humanitarianism for a country with a population of 9.5 million. Jordan has a range of programmes to help refugees to integrate and to find work and shelter, and Makani is one of the leading organisations in this field.Through interacting with young people brought together by Makani from across communities in Jordan, The Duke will hear about the lives, challenges and hopes of these young people.His Royal Highness will then travel to the north of the country to visit a new base for the Quick Reaction Force (QRF), which has been formed with British military support.The Duke will witness the QRF practicing pre-deployment drills and will also meet British officers on attachment to the Jordanian armed forces. The UK and Jordanian Government cooperate closely on security, and this meeting will pay tribute to this.The Duke will then visit the Dar Na’mah Centre – a project of the Princess Taghrid Institute (PTI). The institute is a charity set up by Princess Taghrid to support women of all ages to develop their own livelihoods and thereby support their families and communities.His Royal Highness will meet with women who have built the centre, try some of their traditional food, and watch them make crafts. He will also meet with a group of young orphaned women who have been supported by PTI to develop skills and complete their educations.That afternoon The Duke will get to meet with a number of young Jordanians and Syrian refugees who are developing skills to compete in the modern economy when he visits Al Quds College back in Amman.Among the students His Royal Highness will meet will be those who are enrolled in the media school there, training in film and music production as part of the College’s partnership with Middlesex University. It is an incredibly vibrant place that will give The Duke a sense of the optimism and ambition of Jordan’s young people.The Duke will complete his visit to Jordan back at Marka airport where he will meet with crew involved in the Jordanian Air Ambulance, and will be able to look over their helicopters. His Royal Highness will then depart for Israel and the next leg of the trip.His Royal Highness will arrive in Israel at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, before travelling to Jerusalem’s historic King David Hotel, where he will stay for the remainder of the trip.The Duke’s first engagement in Israel, on the morning of the 26th, will see him visit Yad Vashem – Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. You will recall that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Stutthof concentration camp last year, as well as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin – so this visit will be immensely poignant.His Royal Highness will receive a short tour of the museum before meeting with a survivor of the Holocaust and the Kindertransport who will share their personal experiences with him.He will then walk to Yad Vashem’s Hall of Remembrance where he will lay a wreath in memory of those who died, and will leave a personal message in the visitor’s book before departing. The Duke will be accompanied by the British Chief Rabbi during the ceremony.The Duke will then travel to the residence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu where he will be welcomed to Israel by the Prime Minister and his wife. He will then have a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin at his residence.The Duke will then travel to the historic city of Jaffa where he will meet with young people involved in the work of two organisations focused on co-existence between the young people of different religious and ethnic communities – the Equaliser and the Peres Centre for Peace. He will arrive at a football event hosted by the two charities and will have a chance to spend time with children and teenagers involved in several of their projects, including one focused on empowering young women.His Royal Highness will then travel to central Tel Aviv for an event that will be announced during the visit.That evening The Duke will speak at a reception at the residence of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Israel before returning to Jerusalem.The next morning of the 27th will begin back in Tel Aviv, with a visit that we are really looking forward to, but will not be announcing in advance. The second engagement will be at the Beit Ha’ir Museum in the newly renovated Old City Hall of Tel Aviv. The museum is designed to be an open house for artists, writers and scholars. On arrival, The Duke will attend a tech innovation demo where he will meet four start-up companies and hear the story behind their products. The Duke will then attend a civil society reception, meeting groups of young people engaged in the fields of youth activism, social impact and the environment.From here, the programme will shift to its next leg – the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The Duke will travel to Ramallah where he will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The meeting will take place at the President’s office.The rest of the afternoon’s programme in the West Bank will include events that focus on the issues facing refugee communities; opportunities to celebrate Palestinian culture, music and food; and a chance to meet a number of young Palestinians. Full details will be announced during the visit.That evening The Duke will give his final speech of the tour when he attends a reception at the residence of the Consul General in Jerusalem.The next day’s programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories will begin with a short briefing on the history and geography of Jerusalem’s Old City from a viewing point at the Mount of Olives. From here His Royal Highness will travel a short distance to the Church of St Mary Magdalene where he will pay his respects at the tomb of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice.Both The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales have made previous visits here. The rest of the programme for the day will be announced at a later date, but will allow His Royal Highness to understand and pay respect to the religions and history of the region.The historic nature of this tour is of course important and The Duke considers it a great privilege to be undertaking the first ever official Royal tour of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and to be able to help further strengthen the friendship between Jordan and the United Kingdom. More importantly, however, The Duke is looking forward to building a real and enduring relationship with the people of the region.In particular he is pleased that his programme will allow him to meet a number of people from his own generation and young Jordanians, Israelis, and Palestinians. His Royal Highness is looking forward to learning about their unique perspectives, but also their shared ambitions and hopes for the future.last_img read more

  • Turkish soap operas latest casualty of Mideast conflicts

    first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A major Middle Eastern satellite network now believed to be majority-owned by Saudi Arabia has stopped airing Turkish soap operas, the latest entertainment casualty from the region’s volatile politics.The Dubai-based MBC Group stopped broadcasting its popular Arabic-dubbed Turkish soap operas this month, a decision that came just after its chairman, Waleed al-Ibrahim, was released from being detained in a mass arrest by Saudi authorities. The network declined to discuss who made the decision.Saudi-Turkish relations have plunged in recent months. Turkey has strongly backed Qatar as Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations have boycotted it, and Ankara maintains ties to Iran, the kingdom’s regional rival.“There is a decision to remove all Turkish drama off several TV outlets in the region,” MBC spokesman Mazen Hayek told The Associated Press Monday. “I can’t confirm who took the decision.”Hayek declined to say whether the decision came from inside MBC’s management or outside of the broadcaster.The National, a state-aligned English-language newspaper in Abu Dhabi, first reported MBC’s decision in its Monday edition.A Turkish government official told the AP his nation was “not worried” about MBC’s decision as Turkish soap operas remain popular worldwide. The official said that those hooked on them likely would find “other means” to watch them.The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with Turkish government rules that bar civil servants from making statements to journalists without prior authorization.In theory, MBC operates in Dubai Media City, a free zone where foreign outlets like the AP and others have offices and face little government oversight in the United Arab Emirates. Its free-to-watch entertainment channels offer a mix of syndicated programming, both local and from around the world, as well as Hollywood films.In practice, however, MBC increasingly has found itself under the sway of Saudi Arabia’s government, even before al-Ibrahim’s arrest. Its 24-hour news channel, Al-Arabiya, functions as an extension of the Saudi government’s messaging on the war in Yemen and the boycott of Qatar.Al-Ibrahim was among dozens of princes, businessmen, military leaders and government officials rounded up in what Saudi authorities described as an anti-corruption campaign. The arrests also consolidated of the power of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has grown increasingly assertive as he is now next in line to the throne.The Saudi government has said detainees agreed to hand over $106 billion in assets in exchange for their freedom. It’s unclear if al-Ibrahim made a similar agreement.Asked Monday about MBC’s current ownership structure, Hayek said al-Ibrahim retains a 40 per cent stake and has “nominal management control” of the network. Hayek said he could not confirm who held the other 60 per cent of the company.Saudi Arabia’s Information Ministry did not respond to questions about al-Ibrahim’s settlement and the ownership of the MBC Group.MBC is no stranger to controversy since its founding in 1991. One of its biggest off-screen dramas stemmed from its broadcasting of the Turkish soap opera “Noor” in 2008. Dubbed into Syrian colloquial Arabic, “Noor” took the Mideast by storm with its depiction of a love story with its male and female lead as equals, as well showing people kissing and drinking alcohol.A Saudi religious scholar went as far as to call al-Ibrahim and others “no less dangerous … than drug dealers” for airing the program and others like it.Regional politics also have affected another major broadcaster. Qatar’s paid-subscription BeIN satellite network found itself cut off from the four countries that are boycotting Doha — Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. However, that access has come back as BeIN holds the broadcast rights to major international soccer matches, including the upcoming FIFA World Cup.___Associated Press writer Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, contributed to this report.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap . His work can be found at http://apne.ws/2galNpz .last_img read more

  • ICC T20 Rankings India stay put Rahul gains a spot Kuldeep drops

    first_imgDubai: Indian opener KL Rahul’s two impressive knocks in the recently concluded two-match T20 series against Australia helped him climb to fifth in the latest ICC Rankings for T20 batsmen here Tuesday. Rahul, who made a comeback to international cricket after a brief suspension by the BCCI for his sexist comments on a TV show, scored 47 and 50 in the two matches and gained a spot in the latest rankings. In the bowlers’ list, Kuldeep Yadav, who was rested for two T20 Internationals, dropped a place to fifth. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherPakistan’s Babar Azam and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan remained in top positions in batsmen and bowlers’ list respectively. Pakistan (135) enjoys a 13-point lead over second-placed India (122) with England remaining at third place with 121 points. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid has equalled his career-best third place in the latest rankings. Rashid’s five wickets in the series against the West Indies have helped him gain two slots and cross the 700-point mark for the first time in his career during the series.last_img read more

  • Telling stories of change

    first_imgIn a packed auditorium, a short film begins with the opening scene of a young woman worried about attending a meeting with her injured foot. Her friend cautions her that if she does not wear high heels she won’t be able to make a good impression. The woman heeds the advice but even before she can make it to the meeting, she stumbles and her heels fall off. She picks them up and marches into the meeting anyway. She realises her success does not depend on her heels and the film “Parwaaz” – which translates to flight – ends with the shot of the young actor triumphantly flinging away her heels as the audience applauds. Also Read – A special kind of bondWhat is remarkable is that this one-minute-short film which questions popular stereotypes and highlights the challenges that working women face, is created by 13-year-old Anuradha who studies in the seventh standard at the local Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Delhi’s working-class periphery. “Women might not be explicitly instructed to wear heels, but the notion of looking good and confident, and doing it because everyone is doing it… these are big factors in what choices we make for ourselves, even if the choices are not the most comfortable,” Anuradha, the budding filmmaker, told IANS. Also Read – Insider threat managementIt was not just Anuradha but around 40 girls aged 11-13 years who came together for a rare workshop earlier this month and made some unique films on what freedom meant to them. The brief ‘Little Directors’ workshop included sessions on film language, conceptualising, interpreting, shooting and communicating via visuals. The workshop sought to promote media literacy among these children, many of whom are born to unskilled and semi-skilled workers and daily-wage earners like plumbers and rickshaw-pullers. Now equipped with film-making skills, these young first-time filmmakers chose to tell remarkable stories translating the theme ‘aazadi’ (freedom) to choice for women in offices, schools and in society at large. Many ideas stemmed from what they see and the challenges they face in real life. Reshma, an 11-year old participant, chose a non-narrative format for her film which clubbed the voice-over of a poem with visuals of girls studying or working on domestic chores. The first few lines of the poem ask: “Why aren’t women allowed to go out freely? Why aren’t they allowed to study as much as they want?” “In villages, it is common to marry off girls at a young age and dismiss their study plans for their marriage. In my village near Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), I have seen girls pleading to study more but their parents decide otherwise,” young filmmaker Kajal Kumari, whose film transports one to a land of her imagination, said. In the short film, a girl’s parents are seen announcing her marriage while she is a student. Crestfallen, the girl wishes for an alternative reality. Soon, a fairy godmother comes to her rescue and asks her to accompany her to a land of books. Documentary filmmaker Samina Mishra, who facilitated the workshop along with actor Nina Sabnani, said that in most cases for these girls, freedom interestingly translated to choice. For others, it meant overt questioning of those unsaid societal norms that women are subjected to. Sabnani and Mishra were involved in the creative exercises and production in the two-day workshop, which was a part of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival in New Delhi in early March. The intention of the exercise was to familiarise the young participants with the basics of filmmaking so they could tell their stories with confidence, while also giving people an opportunity to hear fresh voices that hitherto resided in young minds, the organisers shared. Kajal, studying in eighth grade, said that she always had a penchant for storytelling and that filmmaking was a good tool since “everyone grows up watching television, films and now videos on their mobiles”. Another group, hoping to send a message about freedom of choosing clothes, brought in costumes like shorts and crop-tops to add nuance to their film. Yet another group, while experimenting with film formats, chose to shoot an interview around the word ‘freedom’, and ultimately concluded with the idea that freedom is a state of mind. In the workshop, the girls acted, handled the camera, learned framing, editing and making a coherent film with a message. Many now desire to learn more about acting and cinematography, even as a career choice. An attempt at gender mainstreaming, ‘Little Directors’ not just equipped these adolescent girls with the necessary skills for storytelling but encouraged their line of thinking about freedom of women in their own communities and society. Their feminist minds already racing towards telling stories of change, initiatives like these manage to catch them young while building in them skill-sets that would lend meaning and direction to their future lives.(The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

  • Theres Still Hope For The Soccer Team That Cant Score

    TEAMLEAGUEAFTER 6 GAMESFULL SEASONRELEGATED ’14-15HamburgBund-4.37-9.62 ’14-14BurnleyEPL-2.55-11.36✓ ’12-13NorwichEPL-2.52+0.03 ’12-13AugsburgBund-2.08+1.37 Among teams in the top four European leagues. Expected goals does not count penalty shots.Source: Opta Sports ’16-17HamburgBund-2.32+2.36 ACTUAL GOALS MINUS EXPECTED GOALS ’15-16MalagaLiga-4.23-3.86 ’13-14SunderlandEPL-2.18-5.41 ’16-17IngolstadtBund-4.21-6.83✓ ’11-12Sporting GijonLiga-2.88+2.89✓ ’14-15SassuoloSerie-2.58+3.13 ’10-11EvertonEPL-3.93-1.57 The best of soccer’s worstTeams that scored less than four points in their first six games but had at least two more expected goals than goals scored, since 2010-11 ’12-13ChievoSerie-2.44+0.94 Crystal Palace is making history in the English Premier League. In six games, the Eagles have conceded 13 goals and scored zero. No other team in the 129-year history of the English top flight has ever lost its first six matches without scoring a single goal.It’s not even October, but Palace is already on its second coach of the season, having fired Frank de Boer and brought in former English national team manager Roy Hodgson after the fourth loss. It hasn’t helped. Palace suffered its worst loss last weekend in a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City. To make matters worse, the team’s seventh game will be Saturday at Manchester United, which has only given up two goals this season.But perhaps the most curious thing about Crystal Palace is that many of the EPL’s most embarrassing campaigns belong to teams that had been recently promoted and were woefully underprepared for the top level. In 2007-08, for example, Derby won one game and finished with 11 points after making the jump (though even they scored 20 goals). By contrast, Palace has been up for four years and has high-caliber scoring talent like striker Christian Benteke (66 career goals in the EPL) and winger Wilfried Zaha (signed to a $38 million contract over the next five years). Even more unusual is this: The team’s underlying numbers this season are not really bad — despite the awful results.With 80 shot attempts in six matches, the Eagles rank ninth in the Premier League. And Crystal Palace hasn’t just failed to score because all of its attempts were taken from long distance or hampered by heavy defensive pressure. Eight attempts were marked as “big chances,” which the shooter should be expected to convert about 42 percent of the time. And according to expected goals (xG), a stat that measures the quality of scoring chances, one would expect Crystal Palace have scored about six goals, not zero. Benteke — who is now out six weeks with a knee injury — has the most xG (1.9) of anyone in the Premier League who has not yet scored a goal, and he has failed to convert three clear chances. In his five years in the Premier League before this season, Benteke had scored on 30 of 72 non-penalty clear chances.So if you want to project the rest of Crystal Palace’s season, you should not simply compare the Eagles to the worst teams in history, but rather to those teams that struggled early while putting up underlying numbers that are less dismal than their overall results. By applying this method to the top four European leagues,1EPL, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga. we get a list of 14 teams that, since 2010-11, took no more than three points from their first six games and created at least two more expected goals than goals scored. Here’s the good news for Crystal Palace: These teams mostly managed to right the ship. On average, the finishing problems they displayed in their first six matches eventually dissipated — eight of the 14 teams outperformed their expected goals over the rest of the season. Only Burnley scored less than a point per match over the rest of its season.2There are only 34 matches in a Bundesliga season, so even though Augsburg, Ingolstadt and Stuttgart all took similar total points to Burnley over the rest of their seasons, they did so over four fewer matches.But for several teams on this list, their recovery was not dramatic enough — five of the 14 were relegated despite improvements. Likewise, FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index projections think Palace has a 48 percent chance of relegation, which is the highest in the Premier League, even though the Eagles’ rating is better than those of Bournemouth, Brighton and Huddersfield.The problem Crystal Palace faces, then, may not be its squad but its record. In the last seven seasons, teams with Palace’s profile tended to improve a lot, but more than a third of the time, they were relegated anyway. The team cannot count on simply improving to the level that its underlying stats suggest it ought to achieve. The Eagles will require real improvements — perhaps buying new players in January or developing new tactics now — if they hope to escape the drop after this unfortunate start. ’17-18Crystal PalaceEPL-6.18?? ’10-11DeportivoLiga-5.07-6.41✓ ’15-16StuttgartBund-5.29-9.37✓ read more

  • Qarabag boss Arsenal saved Mkhitaryan

    first_imgQarabag boss Gurban Gurbanov feels that politics didn’t factor into Arsenal’s decision to leave out Henrikh Mkhitaryan for their Europa League clashThe 29-year-old midfielder has not travelled with the 21-man Arsenal squad for this evening’s Group E game against Qarabag at the Baku Olympic Stadium.The decision to leave out Mkhitaryan came due to a long-standing diplomatic conflict between his native Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory.But Gurbanov feels that’s not the case and instead suggested that Arsenal had “saved” Mkhitaryan from the 60,000 Azerbaijani fans.“I didn’t want politics to interrupt the sport but we could not do anything on this issue,” said Gurbanov, according to the Evening Standard.“But Arsenal Football Club tried to save this player but it is not a matter for us if he is coming or not.“If Henrikh Mkhitaryan would come to Azerbaijan it is not the first time, but until now a lot of Armenian sportsmen came to Azerbaijan but it is the choice of Arsenal that they didn’t send (him).Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Arsenal may be afraid that in front of 60,000 Azerbaijani fans, Mkhitaryan has some pressure and that is why they didn’t send Mkhitaryan.”The game between Qarabag and Arsenal will begin at 18:55 (CEST).Bu gün günlərdən “QARABAĞ” !Sizin dəstəyinizlə son saniyəyə qədər birlikdə mübarizə aparacağıq! #QarabağFK #QarabağArsenal #matchday #uel #Groupstage pic.twitter.com/hgQ67Qk6R0— Qarabağ FK (@FKQarabagh) October 4, 2018last_img read more