Zinedine Zidane’s 100th game as Real Madrid take on Cristiano Ronaldo’s favourite rivals

By on November 18, 2019

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane celebrates his 100th game in charge at the football club, while Cristiano Ronaldo faces his favourite rival when the Liga Santander Champions travel to play Getafe on Saturday.Zidane’s 100 games have seen him take Madrid to two Champions League titles and last season’s domestic league, but his side travel to the south of the capital 7 points behind league leaders FC Barcelona, who have a difficult game away to Atletico Madrid later in the evening.A win in the Alfonso Perez Coliseum would put the pressure on both Barca and Atletico and give Madrid the chance to close the gap on at least one of their title rivals and Zidane will be able to welcome striker Karim Benzema back into his side.Benzema has not played since hurting his knee against Levante over a month ago and his absence has coincided with Madrid finding it harder than usual to score goals. Zidane will hope that the Frenchman’s intelligent link up play will bring the best out of other members of the team.Gareth Bale is still out with a calf injury, while Mateo Kovacic, Dani Carvajal and Keymor Navas are also out, that will see Kiko Casilla get a rare chance in goal, but most eyes are likely to be on Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo has scored 20 goals in 12 games against Getafe, averaging 1.66 goals a game against Saturday’s rivals, his best numbers against any side in the Liga Santander. The Portuguese international has yet to score in this season’s league and with Benzema back in the side he will be hoping the partnership clicks again as Madrid look for their 13th consecutive game away from home.advertisementGetafe meanwhile have made a solid return to the Liga Santander and promise to mix solid defense with effectiveness from set pieces, something Madrid’s sometimes less than solid defence will have to be aware of.last_img read more

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John Doyle After TV election spectacle all I want is regularly scheduled

By on October 15, 2019

first_img Login/Register With: It, this outlandishly epic drama of an election, wasn’t over. No matter how that man in Florida wished it so. Not on TV. Heck, no. Hours and hours after the first gee-whiz reports of people waiting to vote, Wolf Blitzer was talking way, way too rapidly for a man of his age (his family must be worried) and actually sprinting over to John King and his magic freaking wall. Florida! Florida! “Whither Florida, county by county?” was Blizter’s agitated question.It was only 8 p.m. in Eastern time zones. Manic speculation was the gist across the networks, with a dollop of surreal intensity about the minutae of Florida voting patterns. A person could get seriously sick of Florida’s voting patterns. Doesn’t anybody there know how to make up their minds? Were they playing a game just to make John King’s magic freaking wall more interesting? Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook Dear Santa: All I want for Christmas is the return of regularly scheduled programming. I feel I speak for tens of millions when I ask for this. Seriously, dude. Even John King on CNN must be tired of his magic freaking wall.At about 11 a.m. on Tuesday a Fox News reporter was stalking people lining up to vote somewhere in Florida. A middle-aged man, when a microphone was poked in his face, sighed and said, “Thank God, it’s all over. I’m just tired of all the noise.” Amen to that, said anyone watching.Twelve hours later at 11 p.m., the noise was still ongoing. But at a low, rumbling volume. On CNN, John King was at his wall, saying to a choleric Wolf Blitzer, “It’s stunning we’re having this conversation.” Quote of the night, no magic needed to make it special and on the nose. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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What The Hell Is Syracuse Doing In The Final Four

By on September 30, 2019

2015Michigan State2.70 1986LSU1804Louisville, Duke, Kansas2049-244 2006George Mason1.52 2010Michigan State3.60 2012Louisville4.70 1999Ohio St.1893UConn, Duke, Michigan State2182-289 2016Syracuse1.50 YEARTEAMELOOTHER FINAL FOUR TEAMSAVG. ELODIFF. One of these teams is not like the others 2016Syracuse17721942+170 YEARTEAMPRE-TOURNAMENTPRE-FINAL FOURIMPROVEMENT 2010Butler2.80 Because Syracuse had stretches of staggeringly bad regular-season play for a Final Four team, our NCAA Elo ratings — which estimate a team’s strength at a given moment — rated the Orange as the 41st-best team in the 68-team field going into the tournament. (Among Final Four teams since the tourney expanded to 64 teams in 1985, only No. 52 VCU in 2011 and No. 44 George Mason in 2006 ranked lower.) By contrast, UNC was the third-best team in the field by pre-tournament Elo, Villanova was fifth, and Oklahoma was ninth. So in terms of the disparity between Syracuse’s pre-tournament Elo and the average of the other Final Four teams, the team is the sixth-most-out-of-place Final Four entrant since 1950.2This is as far back as our table of Elo ratings goes for NCAA Tournament games; that year, the tourney was limited to an eight-team field. 2013Wichita State1.00 1965Princeton1687UCLA, Michigan, Wichita St.1923-236 Most improved Final Four teams 2016Syracuse1772Villanova, Oklahoma, UNC2031-259 1963Oregon St.1704Loyola-IL, Cincinnati, Duke1966-262 1971Villanova18141996+182 2011VCU17251985+260 1972Florida St.1751UCLA, UNC, Louisville1997-247 1960NYU1766Ohio St., California, Cincinnati2008-241 2014Kentucky4.40 1965Princeton16871876+189 ELO RATING 2011Butler0.99 Ratings aside, the team earned its way with a strong performance in the tourney, particularly when it outlasted Gonzaga and Virginia this past weekend. A lot has changed over the past two weeks; now Syracuse has nearly caught up to its Final Four peers, making it the sixth-most-improved Final Four team by Elo since 1950. 1952Santa Clara1416Kansas, St. John’s, Illinois1834-418 If I’d told you a couple of weeks ago that North Carolina, Oklahoma and Villanova would be packing their bags for a Final Four date in Houston, you probably wouldn’t have batted an eyelid. (Assuming you weren’t a Kansas or Oregon fan.) According to FiveThirtyEight’s NCAA Tournament prediction model, the Sooners and Tar Heels were the most likely men’s teams to emerge from their regions, and the Wildcats were a strong second choice in theirs. That trio is as chalky as a group featuring a couple of No. 2 seeds can get.Syracuse, however, would have stopped some traffic. The Midwest’s Final Four entrant is a major stunner — its region of the bracket featured a No. 1 seed (Virginia) that ranked as the third-best team in the country in our pre-tournament team ratings and a No. 2 seed (Michigan State) that many analysts believed deserved a No. 1, plus a strong second tier of teams including Purdue, Utah, Iowa State and even better-than-its-11-seed Gonzaga. Meanwhile, the 10th-seeded Orange were uncertain bets to merely make it past Dayton in the round of 64, much less forge a path all the way to Houston.Before the tourney began, both our model and Ken Pomeroy’s odds assigned Syracuse somewhere between a 1 percent and 2 percent chance of making the Final Four. Comparing Pomeroy’s log5-based probabilities this year to archives from every year going back to 2006,1The 2006 tournament is the earliest for which I could find odds derived from Pomeroy’s ratings. I also used Sean Forman’s similar simulations in the absence of Pomeroy’s data for the 2009 and 2010 tournaments. that makes this year’s Orange the fourth-most-unlikely Final Four participant of the past 11 NCAA tournaments. 2013Wichita St.17911960+169 Elo ratings are pre-tournament 1950Baylor1459CCNY, Bradley, NC State1782-322 Teams like these don’t have a terrific track record once they get to the Final Four: Of the nine teams alongside Syracuse above, only three — Bradley in 1954, Villanova in 1971 and Kansas in 1991 — advanced to the championship game, and none won the title. The most improved Final Four team to win a title was Villanova in 1985. (For what it’s worth, Butler — which was the 61st-most-improved team and an even less likely Final Four entrant than Syracuse — came within a few inches of bank from snatching the title from Duke in 2010.) Syracuse will get a chance to improve that success rate against North Carolina on Saturday, and based on its performance these past few weeks, it would be foolish to count the team out again. YEARTEAMFINAL 4 PROB. 1968Ohio St.1730UCLA, UNC, Houston1991-261 1959Louisville16741839+165 1954Penn St.15771729+153 1987Providence18852076+191 1991Kansas19462095+149 1954Bradley15431720+177 Source: 2011VCU0.02% read more

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Health Care workers trained for public personal stress

By on September 17, 2019

first_img Recommended for you TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Related Items:DDME, department of mental health and substance, dr. alicia malcolm, health workers, personal stress Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Jun 2015 – A wide spectrum of health and emergency care professionals packed the conference room of the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies this morning; their mission was to complete a half day seminar on Stress Management. The initiative led by DDME and the Department of Mental Health and Substance abuse worked to expose stress factors to the workers and signs of stress among the people they will have to treat or manage in the event of an emergency. The first day held in Provo was opened by Director of Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Dr. Alicia Malcolm. The main presenter was Dr. Patrick Prince, the country’s lead Clinical Psychologist who will repeat his presentations in Grand Turk on Tuesday and South Caicos on Wednesday. TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially openedlast_img read more

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