A performer dressed in an Amazonian Indian costume holds an Argentine flag outside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Argentina will face Germany in the World Cup final on Sunday. AP PhotoBrazil’s FIFA World Cup Campaign has ended and along with it a nightmare that might haunt them for years. Sports writers have often compared their 0-7 loss to Germany to a 1920 game, when they were thrashed by neighbouring Uruguay 0-6 in the Copa America. Big B wonders what’s wrong with team Brazil Netherlands finish third after 3-0 win over Brazil in FIFA World CupThe losses against Germany and the Netherlands (on Sunday) come against the backdrop of the fact that the FIFA World Cup had cost Brazil billions sparking protests across the nation prior to the event.Brazil’s whipping by Germany: Global grief on newspapers Argentina soccer fans chant slogans against German soccer fans, sitting, on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Argentina will face Germany in the World Cup final, Sunday. AP PhotoOn early Sunday morning, against the Netherlands they weren’t thrashed quite as badly as they had been against Germany in Tuesday night’s historic semi-final, a second successive heavy defeat on home soil was a devastating end to a campaign which promised so much.Fans of the Brazil national soccer team watch a live broadcast of the World Cup third-place soccer match between Brazil and Netherlands, inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. AP PhotoThe only solace this time is perhaps Brazilians probably getting to terms with the historic defeat. Days after dozens of buses were burnt and Brazilian fans and protesters, unhappy over their national team’s loss against Germany, took to the streets of Sao Paulo, the protesters who many feared would wreck Brazil’s World Cup party failed to show up on Sunday.SEE PICS: Netherlands clinch 3rd place after 3-0 rout of Brazil SEE MORE PICS FROM FIFA WORLD CUPWhile the national team fell short of claiming the coveted championship, the country at least can say the tournament that wraps up with Sunday’s title game has gone off with only scattered demonstrations.advertisementFILE – In this June 28, 2014, file photo, riot police arrest an Anti-World Cup demonstrator near Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Demonstrators protested the money spent on the international soccer tournament and demanded better public services. During the 2014 World Cup, aside from an early clash outside Rio’s Maracana stadium, the anarchists that appeared during the 2013 Confederations Cup were nowhere to be seen. AP PhotoBrazil avoided a repeat of last year’s Confederations Cup when violent protests broke out in several cities and more than a million people took to the streets on just one night to demand the government spend on improvements for education and other public services instead of soccer. But the absence of conflict during the World Cup came less from dissipated anger than attention being glued to the games and police cracking down on even small demonstrations.Paulo Cavalcante, a 50-year-old public servant, shouted himself hoarse during last year’s protests, even bringing his teenage daughter along on the marches. But during the World Cup, like many other Brazilians, he chose to stay home.”The police had orders to break the demonstrators,” AP quoted him as saying, referring to the early days of the monthlong tournament when officers turned tear gas and powerful stun guns on even small crowds of protesters. “I couldn’t put my family in harm’s way.”Fans of the Brazil national soccer team cheer for their team in front a video camera after a live broadcast of the World Cup third-place soccer match between Brazil and the Netherlands, inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday. AP PhotoFor Sunday’s final between Argentina and Germany in Rio de Janeiro, authorities ordered the deployment of more than 25,000 officers and soldiers, the largest security detail in Brazil’s history. On Saturday, police arrested 19 people suspected of vandalism and seized gas masks, fireworks and firearms, according to local media reports.Brazil supporters react after the World Cup third-place soccer match between Brazil and the Netherlands at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The Netherlands won the match 3-0. AP PhotoPresident Dilma Rousseff, who bore the brunt of criticism over spending on World Cup stadiums and projects, rejoiced in having created a festive and welcoming atmosphere for fans that proved doubters wrong. “We competently maintained peace and order,” she told a group of foreign journalists Friday night.Whether such celebration will serve her in the campaign for her re-election in October’s election remains to be seen. Anger continues to simmer over inflation, gripping poverty and allegations of corruption.advertisement”The average Brazilian citizen has deep grievances against the government and is sympathetic to the unified demand of the street – namely that the government funnels the same resources they put into organizing the World Cup into education, health and housing,” said Guillermo Trejo, a political scientist at Notre Dame University who focuses on social unrest in Latin America.The peace of the last month is due, in part, to the lack of a “catalyst – something that would transform widespread grievances and moral indignation into a return to mass mobilization,” he said.During the 2013 Confederations Cup, small demonstrations over a 10-cent rise in bus and subway fares in Sao Paulo quickly escalated. A police crackdown on the mostly young demonstrators there provoked anger nationwide, fueling the country’s largest protests in a generation.The movement lost steam as protests became increasingly violent, with fiery clashes between police and supporters of Black Bloc anarchist movement. Many Brazilians were alienated by the movement’s radical tactics, such as attacks on banks, international business offices and even police.But during the World Cup, aside from an early clash outside Rio’s Maracana stadium, the black-masked anarchists were nowhere to be seen.Political artist Paulo Ito alluded to their absence in a mural painted along a road in Sao Paulo. In it, a TV screen showing a soccer match has the attention of a group of people, including a masked protester whose banner denouncing soccer’s governing body, FIFA, hangs limply over his shoulder.Were it not for the potential danger of participating in protests, Cavalcantes said he would have taken to the streets again.”Since we protested last year, no tragedy has happened to our family – no one got laid off, no one had an accident, no one got sick. But even so, we’re worse off now than we were a year ago,” said Cavalcantes, who lives in the bleak and violence-wracked Rio suburb of Iraja. “Our costs continue to outpace inflation and even living an extremely modest lifestyle, we barely make it to the end of the month.”Still, it was hard not to put anger aside during the World Cup party.”World Cup was like an extended Carnival, like samba,” Cavalcantes said. “Once it got going, people got caught up in the fun because it distracts from the difficulties of life.”Even his daughter Maria, who protested with him last year, was swept up in the spirit.”I know why the World Cup is bad for Brazil, bad for people like us,” she said. “But I still went out and bought a Brazil jersey. I couldn’t help myself.”advertisement
In the thirty-second edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Sarah Peattie, speaks about what it means to play at the 2011 World Cup and the biggest influences on her Touch Football career. Name: Sarah PeattieNickname: Sez, PeattieAge: 18Affiliate: ManlyOccupation: StudentPosition: WingDebut for Australia: 2011 Youth Trans TasmanCareer highlights so far: 2011 Youth Trans Tasman, the lead-up to the World Cup.How you got involved in Touch Football: I started playing with some school friends in the local comp when I was about 12, tried out for the Manly Warringah team and it’s all continued from then. Favourite player: Louise Winchester and Kelly Woods.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It was such an honour to even be considered for such an exciting opportunity and I feel so lucky that I’ve been chosen to be a part of it. To be playing for Australia at a World Cup is unbelievable and to be able to achieve this goal is the best feeling in the world. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: One of the biggest influences of my Touch Football career has been my coach Barry Gibson. He has given me so many opportunities and I am so thankful to him for helping me get where I am today. Also to all of the people I have come to know through Touch – they make it all so much fun and that’s why I continue to play and enjoy my Touch. And mum and dad, of course! They have pushed me to do the best I can and without them I wouldn’t have had the experiences I’ve had. Favourite sporting moment: Manly’s 40-0 Grand Final win against the Melbourne Storm. What do you know about Scotland: It rains all the time!Any superstitions: I don’t have any superstitions. Funniest Australian teammate: Tash (Tony El Takchi) our assistant coach.Favourite quote: Pain is weakness leaving the body.Any travel plans for after World Cup: Just heading to Paris and London after Edinburgh. Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With under a month to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
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Reacting to the news, Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed sadness and condolences to the Government and people of Japan. The Government of Jamaica has expressed regret at the death of hundreds of persons due to widespread floods and landslides in Japan. “The Government and people of Jamaica extend sincere condolences to the Government and people of Japan following widespread floods and landslides which have led to the tragic loss of so many lives, the dislocation of thousands of persons and severe damage to property.” Story Highlights The Government of Jamaica has expressed regret at the death of hundreds of persons due to widespread floods and landslides in Japan.Reacting to the news, Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed sadness and condolences to the Government and people of Japan.In a note to the Government of Japan, the Prime Minister said:“The Government and people of Jamaica extend sincere condolences to the Government and people of Japan following widespread floods and landslides which have led to the tragic loss of so many lives, the dislocation of thousands of persons and severe damage to property.”The Prime Minister reiterated the need for greater collaboration in combatting climate change and its effects.“Extreme weather events and catastrophic natural hazards of this nature remind us of the need to strengthen our collaborative efforts to combat climate change and its impact. We are confident that the people of Japan will respond with resilience and a sense of community,” said Prime Minister Holness.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness wished the nation a speedy a recovery.“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time, as you engage in the various activities related to assisting the injured and to restoring normalcy. Please accept, Excellency, our best wishes in your on-going efforts at recovery and restoration,” expressed Prime Minister Holness.
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Video Excerpt: Defining An Athlete’s Gender Hot Takedown Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (July 28, 2015), we discuss a ruling by an athletic court that makes the distinction between male and female athletes harder to find. It ruled that a woman with elevated levels of testosterone could compete in women’s events. We dive into whether it’s even possible to “measure” gender. We also tackle why Boston rebuffed the Olympics and, after the U.S. men’s soccer team’s losses to Jamaica and Panama, whether Jurgen Klinsmann is the coach it needs. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: Tom Brady’s text messages.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on the show:Sprinter Dutee Chand wins the right to compete.Kate Fagan on the International Olympic Committee’s gender testing policy.The tricky economics of hosting the Olympics.Does the U.S. hate the Olympics?Jurgen Klinsmann needs help with the U.S. team.Does soccer depend on luck too much to evaluate players?Significant Digit: 80 texts sent and received per day by Tom Brady on a phone that was destroyed. The number was revealed in the NFL’s ruling to uphold his four-game suspension. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.
Starters are getting the hook early this postseasonDifference between actual and expected batters faced from the fourth inning onward, for Division Series and Wild Card games 20172422.214.171.124.8-2.6 FIRST THREE INNINGSREST OF GAME This trend was already starting to emerge last postseason, when starters were getting a slightly quicker hook than expected. And it got a bunch of attention on the game’s biggest stage, as Cleveland’s Terry Francona and the Cubs’ Joe Maddon each drew praise from analysts for deploying their bullpens creatively en route to the World Series. So perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that this year, almost every playoff manager seems to be emulating Francona and Maddon. In 2017 to date, relievers are tossing an incredible 52 percent of the available innings in playoff games — which, if it holds up, would be the first time they’ve cracked half the innings in a single postseason since at least the beginning of baseball’s expanded playoffs in 1969.4I estimated this for seasons before 2009 by using the postseason pitching data in Sean Lahman’s database, parceling out innings by role in proportion with how many of a pitcher’s postseason appearances came in starts or in relief.That’s not to say starters’ roles are being completely diminished in the modern postseason. Some, like Boston’s David Price on Sunday, are being asked to enter the game as relievers, where they stand to be more effective anyway. One side effect of managers having such an all-hands-on-deck approach in every postseason game is that any pitcher — starter or reliever — could be asked to play an important role in any given game. The kind of appearance that used to be reserved for legendary pitchers in must-win games, such as Pedro Martinez’s six-inning relief masterpiece in Game 5 of the 1999 ALDS or Randy Johnson’s scoreless inning and a third in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, might become the norm.But if the early games of this postseason are any indication, teams will have to weather a rough first few innings from their starters before settling in for the bullpen chess match. For better and for worse, it’s just another way in which 2017-style baseball is starting to look very different from the game we all grew up watching.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 20143211.70.912.912.1+0.8 Sunday night’s American League Division Series game between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians was a true pitchers’ duel — the kind of taut, low-scoring affair we tend to think of when we conjure up mental images of postseason baseball.It was also completely out of place in this year’s playoffs.Through Sunday’s games, this is the highest-scoring postseason through the Division Series1Including Wild Card games since 2012. in 15 years, with the typical score resembling the Nationals’ 6-3 win over the Cubs Saturday night (or the pair of 8-2 victories the Astros hung on the Red Sox to open their series) much more closely than the Yankees’ 1-0 Game 3 margin. Starting pitchers have borne the brunt of the damage, and — coming on the heels of the Postseason of the Reliever — managers have used this as an excuse to hook them quicker than ever. All signs point to this being a bullpen-dominated postseason like no other.For all the comparing of rotation strengths we love to do going into the playoffs, few starters have fared well in October so far. According to our game score metric, which quantifies a pitcher’s performance in a given start according to a variety of stats, starters are collectively suffering their fourth-worst early-round performance since 1995.2Division Series and/or Wild Card. They’re also allowing their worst ERA and easily pitching the fewest innings per start of any postseason in that span. Not even Corey Kluber and Chris Sale, probably the two best pitchers in baseball this season, were immune to downright awful starts in the postseason’s first week.But more significantly, starters are also being pulled out of games much earlier than usual, even after accounting for their rocky performances. To judge this, I tracked each starter’s performance in all Division Series and Wild Card games since 2009,3The earliest season for which ESPN’s Stats & Information Group has data broken out by inning. breaking the game down into two chunks — the first three innings were one unit, and everything from the fourth inning onward was another. Not surprisingly, there’s a pretty reliable relationship between how few runs a starter yields in his first three innings of work and how many batters he gets to face over the remainder of the ballgame, which we can use to set up an expectation for how long each start will last, controlling for performance. So far this year, starters are being allowed to face about two and a half fewer batters after the third inning than we’d expect based on how many runs they allowed through three: 20113812.21.411.211.0+0.2 Average3412.01.311.211.2— POSTSEASONSTARTSBATTERS FACEDRUNS ALLOWEDBATTERS FACEDEXPECTED BATTERS FACEDDIFF. Expected batters faced from the fourth inning onward based on runs allowed through the first three innings.Source: ESPN Stats & Info 20124412.01.211.611.5+0.1 20154212.31.710.710.3+0.4 20103012.00.912.512.1+0.4 20134011.71.212.111.5+0.6 201634126.96.36.1990.3-1.0 20092612.30.812.712.4+0.3
Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 6Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 6 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game *Not including yards gained vs. the Eagles.Source: ESPN 3N.Y. GiantsPaul Perkins2512+13 3N.Y. GiantsOrleans Darkwa2254-32 YARDS GAINED/GAME 1WashingtonRob Kelley3051-21 BAL75BAL72CHI+2.4– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION CAR57CAR53PHI+1.4– GB56GB66MIN-14.2– 6CarolinaJonathan Stewart-450-54 NO58DET51NO-11.3– OAK68OAK61LAC+5.7– 5ArizonaChris Johnson2131-10 HOU83HOU85HOU-1.0– CORRECTION (Oct. 17, 6 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said that if the Eagles were to win the NFC East this season, it would be the eighth consecutive season that the division would have a different champion. It would be the 13th season.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2Kansas CityKareem Hunt81110-29 Running backs perform poorly against the EaglesRushing yards gained against the Eagles vs. season average against other teams, among running backs with five or more carries in games against Philadelphia JAX66%JAX55%LAR+10.5– KC77KC73PIT+3.2– TEN59TEN63TEN+0.3– The domination of the Eagles’ front seven has meant that opposing teams have been forced to try their luck through the air. Philly ranks 29th in the league in total passing yards given up per game, but that’s largely because opposing teams have launched an onslaught on the Eagles’ secondary — Philly’s defense ranks No.1 in the league in pass attempts faced. Also, the Eagles have already faced Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith, Philip Rivers and Carson Palmer — four of the top six quarterbacks in passing yards per game through Week 6. When you strip the numbers back, the Eagles’ defense ranks 17th in the league in yards given up per passing attempt and 14th in opponents’ passer rating — still not great, but not terrible either.On the other side of the ball, the Eagles have gotten by with a balanced offense that ranks third in the league in total yards gained per game. Second-year quarterback Carson Wentz is off to a solid start to the year — Wentz has thrown 13 touchdowns and three interceptions and has a 99.6 passer rating through six games. And Eagles fans may be thinking this is the return of the Wentz they saw in the first three games of last season, when the team started 3-0 and before Wentz threw 14 interceptions in his final 13 games (when the team went 4-9). Thanks to the contributions of tight end Zach Ertz and running back LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia is the only team in the league to have three players averaging more than 50 receiving yards per game2 and a running back averaging more than 60 rushing yards per game.3 With much of the hype surrounding the team’s defense, the offense has quietly emerged as one of the most dynamic in the game.So can the Eagles keep on winning? The answer might be “yes” — in the regular season at least. The Eagles’ opponents in their remaining 10 games have an average team Elo rating of 1484 (that’s a metric that estimates each team’s skill level using only the final scores and locations of each game — an Elo rating of roughly 1500 is considered average). Of those 10, just two — Washington and the Los Angeles Rams — have top-10 passing offenses (by passing yards per game). With Rodgers down for what could be the rest of the season, the Eagles could do some damage in the playoffs too. Now, obviously, a lot can change with 11 weeks remaining in the regular season, but of NFC teams currently in playoff positions, only the Saints’ Drew Brees ranks in the top 10 in passing yards per game.FiveThirtyEight vs. the crowdWeek 6 in our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — was full of surprises. In fact, it was the fifth-most-upset-laden week in the NFL since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, according to the Brier Score of this week’s games (that’s a measure used to show how accurate each team’s pre-game win probabilities were).There were multiple games that both our Elo algorithm and you, the readers, got wrong. One of the biggies was the Green Bay-Minnesota game — but readers really took a bath on the Packers’ defeat, losing 14.2 points on average even compared with Elo. Readers also lost big when the Giants won (you read that right) on the road against the Broncos. It wasn’t all bad for readers, though — their best game of the week came when the Rams beat the Jaguars on the road (that’s what Elo gets for betting on the Jags). PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS NE67NE78NE+3.7– WSH83WSH80WSH-2.9– WK.TEAMPLAYERVS. EAGLESSEASON AVG.*DIFF. ATL78ATL83MIA-9.5– 4L.A. ChargersMelvin Gordon2267-45 DEN77DEN84NYG-13.6– ARI58TB53ARI-12.4– In Week 6, the NFL’s best showed off their very worst. The Falcons blew a 17-0 lead to the Dolphins at home. The Patriots flirted with disaster against the Jets. The Chiefs were uncharacteristically lackluster in a loss at home. And the Packers suffered the worst loss of all when Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. One contender that did take care of business: the Philadelphia Eagles. And it might be time to start taking them seriously.The Eagles beat the Panthers on the road on Thursday to improve to 5-1, and it appears that the NFC East could have its 13th consecutive season with a different champion (don’t even think about it, Giants fans). The Eagles now have a 76 percent chance of winning the division according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL forecast; that’s the best chance of ending the season atop a division for any team other than the Chiefs. While it might be too early to bet the house that the Eagles will win the Super Bowl, there are plenty of reasons for optimism.Philadelphia’s defense is one major reason. Through Week 6, Doug Pederson’s rush defense is ranked No.1, surrendering just 66 yards per game. The Eagles have been so good that the 394 total yards that their defense has given up on the ground are the fewest they’ve conceded through six games in 63 years. Oh, and rookie sensation Kareem Hunt of the Chiefs is the only running back to rush for more than 35 yards1 against the Eagles this season, and even he ran for less than he has against other opponents this season, on average.
Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) combines for a tackle with redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette (3) on Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOn Monday, Ohio State saw another member of its defense show up on an award semifinalist list as junior linebacker Jerome Baker was named one of 13 players up for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s best linebacker. Last Monday, cornerback Denzel Ward was named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award.Baker has emerged as a dominant presence on Ohio State’s defense as the outside linebacker and second-year starter currently leads the team in tackles with 36 — 19 solo tackles and 17 assisted. He also ranks fifth on the team in tackles for loss (4.5) and is tied for third in sacks (two). Baker played a prominent role in Ohio State’s 39-38 victory against Penn State as he was often tasked with guarding running back Saquon Barkley or tight end Mike Gesicki, two of the Nittany Lions’ most potent offensive playmakers. He finished the game with seven total tackles — four solo and three assisted — and came away with half a tackle for a loss.
Ohio State redshirt junior linebacker Dante Booker intercepts a pass in the second quarter of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Sept. 30. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 9 Ohio State released its Week 13 depth chart ahead of its matchup against No. 24 Michigan. The only changes made from last week’s depth chart came from special teams.At kickoff specialist, freshman Blake Haubeil was named as the only starter at the position, no longer being listed as a co-starter with redshirt junior Sean Nuernberger.There were no other changes made to the depth chart. Redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley was still listed as co-starter at middle linebacker with redshirt freshman Tuf Borland despite starting outside last week in the place of redshirt junior linebacker Dante Booker. Booker, who has missed the past two games with an injury, was listed as a co-starter at the position alongside sophomore Malik Harrison. However, Booker was cleared by head coach Urban Meyer on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference.Here is the rest of the depth chart: