About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Souness yet to be won over by Fabinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Graeme Souness is yet to be won over by Fabinho.Souness has questioned whether the Brazil midfielder is up to the standards Liverpool are seeking to reach.”Liverpool don’t have what I would call milky players,” he told the Sunday Times. “Before the season began they identified midfield as an area that needed strengthening and brought in Fabinho and Naby Keita. “I am yet to be fully convinced by Fabinho and wonder why it has taken such a long time for him to get up to speed.”He has played well since getting into the team but he still has a bit to go.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ‘can’t complain’ about Adrian signing says Achterbergby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg says the club should be delighted with the signing of Adrian.The Reds have won every game this season with Adrian in goals following an injury to Alisson in the opening day win over Norwich City.Achterberg told the Liverpool Echo of Adrian: “He had to come in from West Ham and he had to settle quickly.”Everything he has done so far has been really good, we have not been able to complain much at all. It’s a different style of play, with West Ham he had to kick the ball long 90 per cent of the time, but we ask him to be calm on the ball and play out from the back.”To be fair, he has picked it up really quickly. He has adapted fast, even though he had a lot of experience playing in the Premier League.”It has helped him a lot to settle quickly. He is a calm and confident guy but also a really good guy. He fits in well, I would say. Big credit to him and what he has done. It has been really good, so we cannot complain.”
Michigan Football: Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh Had “Hail To The Victors” Played As He Walked To Field At Satellite Camp In Alabama
Jim Harbaugh Hail To The VictorsHow many times has Michigan’s “Hail To The Victors” fight song been played in the state of Alabama? At lease once. The Wolverines’ football program is currently having a satellite camp in Prattville, Ala. When Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh walked to the field this morning, he had his school’s fight song played. When was the last time Hail to the Victors played in Alabama? Harbaugh walks to field for satellite camp to the fight song— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015Just a few players here for Michigan satellite camp in Prattville pic.twitter.com/i7i4HFtuzK— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015Greetings from Prattville where Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan staff are holding their second satellite camp. pic.twitter.com/4kaAbKTbtK— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015That’s a bold move, Jim.
College Football Playoff BracketThe top quartet from last week’s College Football Playoff rankings — Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa — all won over the weekend, so not much change was expected at the top of this week’s list. However, with No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Baylor and No. 10 Michigan losing to No. 9 Stanford, No. 19 TCU and No. 8 Ohio State respectively, some shake-up beyond the top group was inevitable. The major story line of tonight’s rankings unveiling? Which teams sitting outside of the top four are most likely to benefit from any chaos this coming Saturday. The selection committee just debuted its fifth rankings of the year on ESPN. Here’s the full Top 25:1. Clemson pic.twitter.com/5LQ4iAUHNo— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20152. Alabama pic.twitter.com/nrAx2olvmY— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20153. Oklahoma pic.twitter.com/a2jlICQE3s— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20154. Iowa pic.twitter.com/Pprt4q3w7w— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20155. Michigan State 6. Ohio State— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 20157. Stanford 8. Notre Dame 9. Florida State 10. North Carolina— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201511. TCU 12. Baylor 13. Mississippi 14. Northwestern 15. Michigan— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201516. Oregon 17. Oklahoma State 18. Florida 19. Houston 20. Southern California— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 201521. LSU 22. Temple 23. Navy 24. Utah 25. Tennessee— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 2, 2015What do you think, college football fans? Did they get it right?
APTN National NewsSovereignty has always been a highly contentious issue in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake outside Montreal.And now a bridge is raising concerns about whether Kahnawake is losing its sovereignty.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.
TORONTO — Realtor Ash Alles wanted to throw an open house to remember.So, he catered a food truck.“Food is what drives people in,” said Alles, a real estate agent at Sutton Group Summit Realty in Mississauga, Ont. “We’re trying to make it an event, as opposed to a traditional open house.”The open house at the townhouse in Burlington, Ont., west of Toronto, last May drew in more than 200 people over four hours on a sunny Sunday afternoon. There were free tacos, music, and people were encouraged to bring their babies and dogs along.Although the eventual buyer wasn’t at the open house, billed as a “Cinco de Mayo Neighbourhood Fiesta,” Alles still considered the party a success.So much so that since the spring, he has hired a food truck for five other open houses.Alles spends about $5,000 out of pocket each time for the food truck, much higher than the typical $250 a realtor usually spends to run an open house.“I want my listings to stand out. We want buyers to come to our listings. We want to sell our listings,” he said. “Whatever we can do to drive traffic is worth doing. Yes you have to spend a little more money but that is what marketing is and that is what is going to get the house sold at the end of the day.”From food trucks to iPad giveaways to private wine and cheese nights, realtors are upping their game in a bid to lure potential homebuyers to an open house, a feat that may become more difficult with real estate markets across the country continuing to show signs of softening.“There has been an evolution of what an open house can look like,” says Ryan Hartlen, a Halifax broker who’s been in the business for 15 years.“Back in the day, you put a sign out, advertise in the paper and see who shows up.”Nowadays, those who attend open houses can expect anything from cookies and charcuterie boards to colouring books for the children to giveaways of foodie baskets.Although the eventual homebuyer may not be the nosy neighbour down the street or the dogwalker who decided to pop in to the open house, most realtors see it as an opportunity to showcase the property to as many people as possible.But if you ask Brett Starke, a sales rep with PSR Brokerage in downtown Toronto, he has a different strategy to running an open house.“I don’t do water or coffee or anything like that,” said Starke, who specializes in sales of downtown condominiums and homes in west Toronto. “I just do straight information (about the property).”He says it’s more important to him to get the right kind of person into a client’s open house, one that is serious about the property, rather than aim to attract anybody off the street.“There is a difference between drawing people in and drawing in a buyer,” said Starke.To him, a successful open house is getting six to 10 people and being able to give them individual attention and answer all their questions.“We want to spend the right time with the right people,” he said. “You’re not going to buy a condo or house because someone gave you a $20 bottle of wine, or the people who come for the free food, they’re not going to be one ones who buy the house.”Starke says agents who employ these “gimmicky” tactics are doing a disservice to their clients, when the extra money spent on the open house could instead be put towards research and marketing directly to the right demographic of buyers.And what about those nosy neighbours often seen at open houses? His tip is to hold a VIP event before the public open house so they don’t distract actual potential buyers.“Open houses have almost become like a Saturday or Sunday social event where people think, ‘Why not go see beautiful properties in the neighbourhood, get design inspiration and spy on our neighbours?,’ he said.“We don’t want the tire kickers in there, complaining about things, when the real buyer could be there too.”Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Linda Nguyen , The Canadian Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Go Fund Me campaign has started for a Fort St. John family who lost everything due to a house fire on August 5th.Greg Slack, Robyn Carr and their three children were luckily out of the house when the fire occurred at approximately 4:50 on Sunday. Fire crews were able to put out the fire within one hour but due to smoke damage, the house was unsalvagable.Fort St. John Fire Department Captain Marco D’Agostino explained that the fire started in the laundry room likely due to a build-up of lint in the dryer. D’agostino added that the family’s dryer had plastic tubes in the back which when exposed to excessive heat don’t react well. D’agistino went on to warn residents to check dryer lint deposits regularly so this doesn’t happen to their homes in the future.The family lost all their clothes, appliances, personal items, and children’s toys, making them have to effectively start from scratch.Anyone interested in donating to the Go Fund Me can click here.
If you or know someone that would be suited to or would like to join the Board yourself, read the nomination package CLICK HERE The deadline for submissions is 11:59PM, Friday, February 4, 2019. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Chamber of Commerce has one vacancy in the Northeast without an incumbent.The BC Chamber of Commerce is seeking people that want to help shape the Chamber’s future through their actions, words and principals to serve on the 2019 Board of Directors.They seek dynamic individuals to serve as leaders in their pursuit of advocacy, insight, and influence.
In our quest to solve baseball riddles, we sometimes turn to our friends on Twitter for assistance for topics worth tackling. This one, from @ursus_marit, got our attention. In the eight days since this question was posed, home teams have enjoyed some moderate success. Still, the broader point stands: Road teams are faring unusually well this year. We’re on pace to see the fourth-smallest home-field advantage in the past 20 years, with home teams winning just 52.7 percent of games. There could be any number of reasons for this happening, from random chance to the possibility that Major League Baseball’s closer supervision of umpires is curbing Eric Gregg-level home-cooking calls on balls and strikes. It’s all interesting fodder for backward-looking conversations.What interests us more are the forward-looking implications for this statistical anomaly. Every October, we hear about the challenge of winning games on the road during the playoffs. Could the biggest outliers — the teams performing much better on the road than at home — have an advantage in the postseason?To conduct this experiment, we looked at the entirety of the League Championship Series era (starting in 1969) and tallied home and road winning percentages for every team during the regular season. We then gathered the results of every playoff game during those four-and-a-half decades from Retrosheet.org, noting which teams played at home and which ones played on the road.We controlled for obvious variables, such as overall record and opponents’ record. We then asked our fundamental question: Is there a significant effect that improves playoff outcome predictions, if we also include how much better or worse a team tended to play in a particular location?The answer is: Yes, pretty much. Here’s the quick, slightly gorier math: Looking at all postseason games from 1969 through 2013, we found a marginally significant value to the road team’s road winning percentage minus its home winning percentage, even after controlling for its overall winning percentage. The p-value came in at .07, above the .05 threshold at which we define statistical significance. For every one standard deviation in road winning percentage minus home winning percentage, we can add or subtract nearly 3 percent1To be more precise, 2.9 percent. from the road team’s chances of winning a playoff game.For the 1969-2013 period, the home team won 55.8 of all playoff games.2Compared to 53.9 percent for regular-season games during that period. But make the road team one standard deviation better than average based on road vs. home differential, and the home team wins only 52.9 percent of the time. Make the road team one standard deviation worse, and the home team wins 58.6 percent of the time. We can see how that relationship works in the chart below:The 1969-2013 playoff team with the biggest positive gap between its regular road and home records is the 1981 Kansas City Royals. That’s a bit of a cheat, because that was a strike-shortened season that saw a couple of mediocre teams play into October, thanks to an impromptu rule that granted playoff spots to the best teams from the first and second half of that season. So the Royals cracked the postseason that year, despite posting an overall record that was three games under .500, with a terrible 19-28 home record that netted a .404 home winning percentage.The table below shows the top 20 playoff teams since 1969, as ranked by biggest positive gap between road and home records:Now here’s the million-dollar question: Which potential playoff teams are playing much better on the road this year than at home?Here again, the Royals make an appearance, this time as the playoff contender with the third-biggest positive road-to-home split. Kansas City sits at 42-32 (.568) on the road this season vs. 40-35 (.533) at home, a gap of .035. The Royals are battling for their playoff lives, holding a two-game lead in the race for the second wild-card spot — not counting a soon-to-be-completed suspended game in which they trailed 4-2 in the 10th inning before rain pushed the game’s end to Sept. 22. That means if the playoffs were to start today, Kansas City would travel to Oakland for a one-game playoff. With veteran ace James Shields potentially getting the call for that game,3Depending on how the schedule plays out and if the Royals juggle their rotation. the A’s limping to the finish line, and KC being tough on the road, that could be a favorable matchup for the Royals.Bachelor No. 2 is the Los Angeles Dodgers. They own the best road record in the National League, a stellar 46-29 (.613), but a more modest home record of 40-35 (.533) — a gap of .080. The Dodgers sit just a half-game behind the Washington Nationals for best overall record in the NL, meaning they have a chance to secure home-field advantage until the World Series. On one hand, this would lessen the importance of being world-beaters on the road. On the other, having an unusually strong road record in the regular season correlates to overall success in the playoffs, not just road playoff success.But the most intriguing sleeper might be the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners own the best road record in the American League, a gaudy 42-29 (.592), but just a 38-40 (.487) mark at home — a huge gap of .105 that would be the fourth-largest for any playoff team in the past 45 years. The Mariners are the team on the Royals’ heels. They have a killer one-two starting pitcher combination of Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma,4Granted, Iwakuma has slowed down in his past few starts, including a rough outing Monday in which he allowed four runs in just 4.1 innings. potentially setting up Iwakuma to start a one-game playoff on the road (assuming the schedule holds and King Felix starts the final game of the regular season). They also face a remaining schedule that could bode well in their quest to crash the postseason dance: a tough four-game set in Anaheim, then three against a weak Houston Astros team, four against a Toronto Blue Jays team that will probably be eliminated by then, and three final games against the Halos — who will almost certainly have clinched the AL West, setting up a potentially easy series against second-string talent while the Angels’ stars rest. And more than any other team, Seattle won’t bat an eyelash at the severe home/road split left in these final two weeks; 10 games on the road vs. just three remaining at home could work out great for the Mariners’ playoff hopes.So, keep an eye on these road warriors as the regular season enters its home stretch. If history is any guide, they might surprise in the playoffs … assuming they get that far.
Ohio State junior starting pitcher Connor Curlis delivers a pitch Friday night against Nebraska in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State baseball team (17-8, 0-1 Big Ten) got off to a hot start, scoring three times against Nebraska starter Luis Alvarado in the first two innings.But the Cornhusker ace blanked the Buckeyes over the next 6.1 innings and Nebraska (14-12, 2-2 Big Ten) finished off a 7-3 win in the Buckeyes’ conference opener Friday night.“We tried to control [Alvarado]’s rhythm a little bit, but he was pounding the strike zone,” head coach Greg Beals said. “Give his competitive spirit credit, because he got popped in the mouth early in the game and stayed in there and kept competing.”With no outs and a runner on first in the fifth inning, Husker junior shortstop Angelo Altavilla laid a sacrifice bunt attempt down the third base line. Third baseman Conner Pohl threw the ball away, allowing Nebraska sophomore center fielder Joe Acker to score on the throwing error. Altavilla later crossed home plate on a single by senior first baseman Scott Schreiber to give Nebraska the 5-3 lead.In the bottom of the ninth inning, a pinch-hit single, a fielder’s choice and a walk loaded the bases with two outs for Ohio State junior second baseman Brady Cherry. Nebraska closer Jake Hohensee shut down the opportunity and polished off his sixth save of the season with his third strikeout.Junior Connor Curlis started on the mound for the Buckeyes and was nearly unhittable through three innings, sitting down nine of 10 batters with four strikeouts. But the game began to unravel in the fourth inning.Schreiber smacked his team-leading seventh home run of the season, a no-doubter over the left field fence. Senior second baseman Zac Repinski kept things going with a one-out double to put two runners in scoring position. Both runners scored on a ground ball and a single to even the game at three.Curlis finished with eight strikeouts, surrendering three earned runs in 6.2 innings of work. Ohio State extended its early lead when redshirt junior designated hitter Nate Romans deposited the 1-0 pitch directly above the 400-foot sign in center field during the bottom of the second inning that put the Buckeyes ahead 3-0.“He came at me with the changeup first pitch and he didn’t hit with it, so I was sitting fastball and he left it up,” Romans said. “It’s kind of funny too, because we’ve got these new bat regulations and stuff and the wind was blowing in.”Nebraska scored two insurance runs in the eighth inning, closing the door on a potential Buckeye comeback.