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World Cup Crib Notes Day 15

The Americans will be looking to match the Germans better than they did in 2002, which will be difficult against a German offense that is the second-strongest in the tournament (with a 3.2 SPI offensive score). At a minimum, a draw would send the Americans to the knockout stage, so a 0-0 scoreline will suffice. But the Germans are a full goal ahead of the Americans in projected goals for this match (2.1 to 0.9, to be exact), so shutting them out won’t be easy.There are no players left on the American roster who played in that 2002 game, but the U.S. is equipped with a roster full of German-Americans. Fabian Johnson, John Brooks, Julian Green, Jermaine Jones and Timmy Chandler are all of German-American descent, which perhaps isn’t very surprising given head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s German roots. Johnson and Jones spent time on Germany’s youth national teams, and four U.S. players (Chandler, Green, Brooks and Johnson) currently play in the Bundesliga. All of this to say that there might be even more at stake on Thursday for some of these players than the numbers suggest.YESTERDAYThe Argentina-Nigeria game started with a flourish, as Lionel Messi’s third-minute opener was matched by Ahmed Musa’s fourth-minute equalizer. It was the first time in World Cup history that both teams scored within the first five minutes of a match. And to follow it up, in the second half, Musa scored in the 47th minute and Marcos Rojo the 50th.Messi’s opening goal was the first conceded by Nigeria; entering the match, the Super Eagles were the only team that had not allowed a goal in this year’s tournament. Messi’s second goal came from a free kick, something and somewhere commonplace for him but rare for Argentina in the World Cup.  Messi has scored three of his five career World Cup goals from outside the penalty area, and his nine free kick goals over the past four La Liga seasons are second only to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 13. But it was Argentina’s first free kick goal in the World Cup since 1982.Messi’s second goal gave Argentina the lead just before halftime, essentially guaranteeing La Albiceleste the win. Argentina is now 28-1-0 in World Cup matches when leading at half, with its single loss coming in the 1930 final to Uruguay. Messi also became the third player at this year’s tournament with a multi-goal first half (Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri later became the fourth), something that no player managed in the 2010 tournament.Although Nigeria lost, it became the first African team to advance to the knockout stage for a third time. Musa’s brace was the first for Nigeria in its World Cup history, and Nigeria passed Cameroon for the most goals by an African nation in the World Cup. France and Ecuador played to a scoreless draw, good enough for France to win Group E.  The French had the advantage throughout the match, finishing with 242 touches in the attacking third compared to 57 for Ecuador. But France was held scoreless in large part thanks to Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez, whose nine saves are tied for the most in a match this tournament. He leads all players with 18 total saves.The Swiss finished second in Group E , thanks to a hat trick from Shaqiri — the first by a Swiss player in the World Cup since Josef “Seppe” Hugi in 1954. The game also marked the first time Switzerland scored three goals in a World Cup match since 1994. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst for ESPNOFF THE PITCHThe United States and Germany have an interesting historical relationship, to say the least. The strong ties between the world powers are well known, despite recent hiccups, such as the revelation that the American National Security Agency had been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germans and Americans also often visit each other’s countries and even migrate between them. According to the OECD International Migration Database, 20,149 American nationals migrated to Germany in 2011, and 6,125 German nationals moved in the other direction. This may seem like a big disparity, but when adjusted for total population, just about .001 percent more Germans per capita migrated to the U.S. than the other way around. Cross-tourism data shows a similar relationship. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that 1.88 million Germans visited the United States in 2012, while the German National Tourist Board shows that 4.85 million Americans spent time in Germany the same year. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGIt’s Judgment Day in World Cup Groups G and HWas the U.S. Robbed Against Portugal? It Depends on What Time MeansHome or Away: Where Does the Future Lie for the USMNT and American Soccer?CORRECTION (June 26, 10:21 a.m.): An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Landon Donovan would have been the only returning player on the U.S. team this year from the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals. Demarcus Beasley is on the current roster and was on the 2002 team, but didn’t play in that quarterfinals match.CORRECTION (June 26, 10:58 a.m.): Previously, this story mistakenly said that any two teams from Group G could move on to the next round of the tournament. While any one team can still advance, there is one combination of two teams — Ghana and Portugal — that cannot advance together. As if you needed any data to tell you why you should watch Thursday’s U.S. vs. Germany game (and the Portugal vs. Ghana match, if you’ve got a split-screen setup), but we’re going to give it to you anyway.U.S. vs. Germany 12 p.m. EDTPortugal vs. Ghana 12 p.m. EDTAlgeria vs. Russia 4 p.m. EDTSouth Korea vs. Belgium 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHGroup G has shaped up to be one of the most exciting yet-to-be-decided groups of the tournament — as it stands, no team is mathematically guaranteed to advance (though Germany is very close at 99.7 percent). The are a huge number of possible outcomes of Thursday’s matches, and any team can technically still advance to the next stage of the tournament.If the uncertainty of Group G isn’t enough to make you tune in, the level of play we’re expecting to see between the U.S. and Germany should; the teams’ combined Soccer Power Index scores is higher than that of any two teams playing Thursday. Although the odds are heavily favored for Germany (63.4 percent to the U.S.’s 14.8 percent), we don’t expect this game to be a blowout (see Belgium vs. South Korea for that).In their last meeting, a June 2013 friendly, the U.S. beat Germany 4-3. But friendlies are friendlies; the teams’ last competitive encounter was at the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, when the Germans edged the Americans 1-0 in what is considered one of the best U.S. performances at any World Cup. (The U.S. did reach the semifinals at the inaugural 1930 World Cup.) read more

Football Postgame comments lead to reprimand for Harbaugh 10000 fine for Michigan

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh looks on after the last touchdown during the game on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorMichigan football coach Jim Harbaugh had some strong words for the media following his team’s 30-27 double-overtime loss to Ohio State on Saturday. During post-game interviews, the Toledo native had harsh criticisms for the officiating. The comments resulted in a $10,000 fine imposed by the Big Ten Conference on Michigan.A public reprimand was also issued to the Wolverines’ coach, with no further punishment announced at this time. The comments made by Harbaugh were stretched throughout the presser, and he failed to answer many of the reporters’ questions, instead speaking about the officiating rather than his team.“I’m bitterly disappointed in the officiating,” Harbaugh said on Saturday. “I could have been watching the game instead of being concerned (with sideline behavior.)”Although he is known for his tirades, Harbaugh had never been directly reprimanded by the Big Ten. The statement on the subject reads as follows.“The Big Ten office today issued a public reprimand of Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy following Michigan’s game against Ohio State on Nov. 26, 2016. In addition, the conference announced that the institution has been fined $10,000 as a result of the violation.” read more

National Records shattered by Akia Ifeanyi

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Education Minister tours schools this week Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Sept 2015 – The Minister of Sports, Hon Akierra Missick at the House of Assembly meeting congratulated two outstanding athletes who represented the TCI abroad in track and field.Ifeanyi Otuonye, broke his own TCI national record again in long jump and set a new record in the indoor triple jump breaking his last record. Otuonye was recently honored by the US Track and Field Cross-Country Coaches Association as the ‘Midwest Field Male Athlete of the Year. The Minister encouraged him to go for gold. Akia Guerrier was also hailed as an outstanding athlete and competed on behalf of TCI in Samoa where Akia smashed an over 20-year national record in the 200-meters with a time of 25.14 seconds; this record was held since 1993 by Rosalie Hall. Related Items:akia guerrier, akierra missick, Ifeanyi Otuonye, national record, Samoa, shatteredlast_img read more

Bahamas advance delegation Embassy officials hold briefs ahead of PMs anticipated arrival

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Haiti, February 27, 2018 – Port-au-Prince – Members of The Bahamas’ advance delegation to the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met with officials from The Bahamas’ Embassy in Haiti and those from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Friday ahead of the anticipated arrival of Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis.The briefing took place at The Bahamas’ Embassy, Port-au-Prince. Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell, who headed The Bahamas’ advance delegation, Bahamas Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency, Jeffrey Williams; Bahamas High Commissioner to CARICOM, His Excellency, Reuben Rahming, Embassy officials and staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated in the briefing.The Inter-Sessional Meetings begin Monday, February 26 and will conclude on Tuesday, February 27 (2018). The Bahamas’ delegation is scheduled to participate in a number of High Level and other meetings leading up to the Inter-Sessional.(Bahamian officials also participated in a briefing with their counterparts from the Government of the Republic of Haiti head of the High-Level Meeting scheduled between the two countries.)The Bahamas’ advance delegation arrived in Port-au-Prince on Thursday (February 22, 2018).  Prime Minister Minnis and the remainder of the delegation are expected to arrive in Port-au-Prince on Saturday (February 24, 2018).The Prime Minister is expected to be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield; Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Immigration, the Hon. T. Brent Symonette; Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells; Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar; Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister, His Excellency Joshua Sears and Mr. Gregory Rahming, Acting Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources.Key items to be addressed on the agenda of the Inter-Sessional Meetings include Disaster Management and Recovery, Tourism, Regional Security, and Blacklisting and De-Risking.The Bahamian delegation has a full weekend schedule ahead of them, beginning with the High-Level Meeting between the Governments of The Bahamas and the Republic of Haiti. Prime Minister Minnis and President of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency, Jovenel Moise, will lead the respective delegations.Prime Minister Minnis is expected to wrap-up a full day Saturday evening when he and Mrs. Minnis host a Dinner for members of the Bahamian Diaspora in Haiti, staff of The Bahamas’ Embassy, Haiti, and members of the Bahamian Delegation to the CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meetings.Saturday’s full schedule will be followed by another full schedule of events on Sunday. The Inter-Sessionals then begin on Monday, February 26.“I am here as part of the advance team to ensure that all of the preparations that are made are known in time for the arrival of our Prime Minister and the remainder of the delegation,” Minister Campbell said.“It is very important for the team to be fully aware of any changes in the programme, changes in the schedule, or changes in the logistics to ensure there are no hiccups,” Minister Campbell added.last_img read more

In This Issue   The dollar swings into rally m

first_imgIn This Issue. *  The dollar swings into rally mode. *  Only pound sterling & rupees with gains today. *  Stevens talks of a low chance of intervention. *  Man beats machine! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. The Call Has Been Made.. All Will Obey! Good Day! And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! Another walk-off win this time in the 9th inning last night by my beloved Cardinals! WOW! Again, I’m not awake when this late inning magic happens, but I do get to see it on the replay each day when I get home. What a great way to wake up though! The summer heat has finally shown up here in St. Louis, which in St. Louis means the summer heat brings along the humidity. But, Shoot Rudy! It’s summer, it’s supposed to be this way! Hot town, summer in the city, back of my neck getting dirt and gritty. Today is my darling daughter, Dawn’s, birthday. My little girl. Well, after about 10 days of mixed currencies stuck in the mud with no real movement either way, the dollar is heating up this morning. As I look over the currency screens, it appears that pound sterling and Indian rupees are the only two currencies with gains VS the dollar this morning. The rest, and I mean the rest, are down. Some are down more than others. I have an interesting story to tell you about what happened in New Zealand last night. So, shoot, why don’t we get right to that! Recall yesterday I told you that dairy prices in N.Z. had dropped and that had caused the New Zealand dollar/ kiwi  to lose ground VS the dollars of the U.S. and Australia.  Well, get this! (this was reported by the Daily Reckoning Australia’s Nick Hubble. Bloomberg apparently released the headline: “Whole Milk Powder Prices Fall 11.5%”.  Unfortunately, it turned out that Bloomberg had released last month’s result again instead of the new data!  Once this was figured out yesterday, kiwi surged back. Unfortunately, kiwi was not able to hold those gains overnight.  The point that Nick Hubble was making in his report was that the computer algorithms designed to read headlines and trade them faster than humans did the damage before humans could correct the problem.  “Man over Machine”. You’ve got to love that one! OK. All dressed up with nowhere to go! The first two days of this week, I had kidded about the markets getting all gussied up for the July CPI print. Well, it printed, and didn’t give anyone a reason to party, well, no wait. stocks loved it, and so did bonds. But the stupid CPI rose .1% month on month and 2% year on year. which is down from June’s year on year reading of 2.1% I like to think of this as a “we were told, but didn’t listen type of thing.” You see what I’m talking about here, is simply that in last month’s Fed meeting, Janet Yellen told us that the rise in inflation was merely “noise”.   So, were you listening? Basically she told us “don’t worry, be happy” that inflation will not rise. and voila! It didn’t!  Now, that’s pretty amazing how that all worked out isn’t it? No reason to raise rates, for there’s no inflation. move along, these are not the droids you’re looking for! So.. Inquiring minds need to know why then is the dollar rallying this morning? Wasn’t the dollar’s previous rally all about how interest rates were going to be rising faster than previously thought here in the U.S.?  Well, the answer to that is a big fat YES! So, why in the world is the dollar rallying? Ahhh grasshopper, there it is, right before my eye. Goldman Sachs says it is to be. The ruling from above has been made, all subjects must obey this new decree by our leader. All who disobey this new decree will be punished. OK, that’s not how it came about, but it sure feels like that’s how it came about! Goldman Sachs issued a report that calls for higher interest rates in the U.S. and further gains in the dollar.  And we all know better than to step in front of the Goldman Sachs bus when they make a call.  So, not unlike me, who told you all two weeks ago, which by the way is 14 days, a fortnight if you will, before Goldman, that we should get ready for a month or two of dollar strength. I had been really surprised the last two weeks, a fortnight if you will, when the dollar’s rally stalled. But now it’s back, and refueled by G.S. (and I don’t mean the Girl Scouts!)  You know me. I’m going to tell you all about dollar rallies in 2005, 2008, 2010, and 2012, that all petered out, and that by battening down the hatches and looking for opportunities to pick up more currencies and metals at cheaper prices was the way to deal with those short-term rallies. I say, if it’s not broke. don’t attempt to fix it, right?  So, batten down the hatches, folks. it looks like it’s time to duck and take cover. I’ll let you know when it’s OK to open up the hatches again. OK, the reason the pound sterling is rallying today, after I spent a good part of yesterday, telling you that interest rates weren’t going anywhere in 2014, and Carney was caught reaching into his bag-o-promises again, the Bank of England (BOE) meeting minutes printed. And these minutes showed that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) vote was split on when the first rate hike would take place. But remember, this meeting took place before the drop in CPI (consumer inflation) that printed yesterday. I wonder what these members of the MPC would think now.. But don’t let that get in the way of a “feel good story” for pound sterling this morning.  I would think that this rally would be short-lived. because of the reason I just talked about. The Aussie dollar (A$) has slipped back below 93-cents this morning. Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Gov. Stevens, gave a prepared text speech last night and didn’t say anything new about the direction of interest rates (they are on hold for now) but he did give some insight to what he’s thinking about regarding the A$ and intervention. First, we must remember that Stevens has been very vocal about the A$ strength, saying over and over again that the A$ strength was unwarranted given the weakness in commodity prices. So, when he was asked about intervention to get the A$ weaker, he responded in a surprising manner. He said that the prospects of intervention were low, given that they see the likelihood of it succeeding as low.  WOW!  Listening to that, I would have thought the A$ to be rallying. But, the U.S. dollar strength this morning is too strong. The euro is at an 11-month low VS the dollar this morning, having fallen through the 1.33 figure overnight, which makes sense given the dollar strength. I had a long phone conversation with Eric King of Kingworld.com yesterday regarding the dollar and the euro. He was very interested in what I had to say about the euro and the Eurozone 3 to 5 years out. You dear Pfennig Readers all know what I think about that, as I’ve beaten the drum for over 2 years now.  So, the dollar can take liberties with the euro now. But, when the euro comes back, it will do so with a vengeance! I still haven’t gotten to my: Things That Make You Go Hmmm, letter from Grant Williams this week. maybe later today. But in a past letter, Grant talks about how Japan is a basketcase, which is something I’ve called them for some time now, so there you go. Great minds thinking alike! HAHAHAHAHA! At least one great mind is there! (Grant) Last night, Japan posted  another monthly Trade deficit, which was worse than expected  at -1 Trillion yen VS a consensus of -800 Billion yen.  Long ago, I explained to you about how the yen used to hold a “get out of jail free card” for having a strong Current Account, even though their Gov’t debt was astronomical. But then the Current Account wasn’t so strong any longer, and these Trade Deficits, which make up a huge piece of the Current Account, began to get booked, and now things are getting even worse, as the recent trend with Trade Deficits is that they print worse than expected. That means simply that exports are disappointing and will mostly likely continue that way. Yen finally pushed through the 102 handle to 103 and change overnight.. (remember, yen is a European priced currency, which means as the price rises, it loses more value to the dollar)  I’ve said for over a year now, when PM Abe introduced his 3 arrows program, that yen would get to 110. Sure I’ve had egg on my face, as the currency couldn’t ever get past 102. Well, maybe the next leg down is upon us. Yesterday, I talked about Diary of a Rogue Economist creator, Bill Bonner, and how he continues to think, along with me, that the U.S. is just following Japan down the slippery slope of slow growth and debts building. I reread his letter from Monday, and thought you all should read it too. so, click here and get to reading: https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2032/IMG2780.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more