Evolutionists Two-Faced About Academic Freedom

first_img(Visited 64 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Compare two countries: in one, when their hegemony is threatened, evolutionists plead for academic freedom.  In another, they deny it to those who want a chance to debate evolution.Turkey, with its somewhat secular government but largely Islamic population, has doubts about Darwin.  Leaders there are reluctant to promote evolution, which they consider controversial, as the “glue of all biological sciences,” according to Science Now.  Moreover, the government has (at times) blocked certain educational evolution websites, and thrown roadblocks in the way of evolutionary conferences, on the grounds that “Since evolution is still a debated issue, the degree to which the organizers represent the community/country is very questionable.”  This has angered certain Darwinist academics who were expecting the Turkish government to fund a recent pro-evolution conference for students.   They appealed to freedom of speech and inquiry (similar to academic freedom) in their protest:“It sets a very dangerous precedent,” Akçay says. “Today it might be a summer school that is fairly cheap … but tomorrow it could be a young researcher coming up for tenure. … And this on top of the very worrying and worsening trend in academia and the broader society towards curtailing freedom of speech and inquiry.“But in America, Darwinists are delighted when academic freedom is denied to critics of their theory (see commentary on Evolution News & Views).   Nature breathed a “Whew!” along with the National Center for Science Education when five states adopted science standards that will teach climate science and evolution dogmatically, prohibiting efforts to grant academic freedom to skeptics of those theories.  New science guidelines supported by evolutionists begin the one-sided indoctrination “well before high school.”  They “recommend teaching evolution before students reach high-school biology classes, the point at which many states tackle concepts such as natural selection and adaptation.”In the past two months, education officials in Rhode Island, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland and Vermont have all approved the standards by overwhelming margins. At least five more states — California, Florida, Maine, Michigan and Washington — may take up the standards in the next few months.“Whew,” says Minda Berbeco, programmes and policy director at the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California. “So far, so good.” Swift adoption of the guidelines has been surprising but welcome news for many supporters. Evolution has been a controversial topic in US education for decades, stretching back to the 1925 ‘monkey trial’ in Tennessee, where the state prosecuted high-school teacher John Scopes for violating a statute that barred the teaching of evolution. In the past decade, those who oppose evolution have sought to enact ‘academic freedom’ laws that would allow creationism to be taught alongside evolution.The reference to creationism is a bald lie, since none of the bills prescribe teaching creationism.  Instead, they ask for honest teaching of evolutionary theory, including its strengths and weaknesses, or they forbid schools from punishing teachers who do so, such as Eric Hedin, now in hot water at Ball State (see Evolution News & Views).  In any case, evolution is the only theory allowed in the curriculum.  Not even the Discovery Institute recommends bills requiring the teaching of intelligent design.Such hypocrites.  Evolutionists are like Marxists who cry out for freedom until they get power, then they deny it to everyone else.  They’re not even good Darwinists.  They ignore the words of their Prophet Charlie, who taught in his scriptures, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question”  (See AcademicFreedomDay.com).  Until and unless we rid science of the Darwin bigots, and require them to debate the evidence, they will continue to behave like the People of Froth, foaming at the mouth against anyone who wishes to break their filibuster and discuss the issues honestly.  What are they afraid of?  Scientific evidence?last_img read more

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Comments Invited on Green Paper for Revised Policy for Senior Citizens

first_img The public is being invited to provide feedback and comments on the Green Paper for the revised National Policy for Senior Citizens, which is on the websites of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). Story Highlights The public is being invited to provide feedback and comments on the Green Paper for the revised National Policy for Senior Citizens, which is on the websites of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, issued the invitation during the launch of Senior Citizens’ Week on Friday, September 21, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.She said Parliament is expected to complete the review of the policy, which will allow for improved social protection measures for seniors, in the coming year.The Minister said the policy will be the benchmark for establishing and maintaining a productive, healthy, meaningful environment for citizens, and it will redound to the benefit of seniors in an all-inclusive way.“We are confronted with the challenges of an ageing population, which will constantly require the Government to create policies and programmes to cater to the needs of seniors,” she said.The revised National Policy for Senior Citizens has established six major policy goals – increased participation of senior citizens in all spheres of the society; improved income security and social protection coverage for senior citizens; adequate and supportive health and welfare systems for senior citizens; improved independence, security and safety for senior citizens; enhanced family support systems and community solidarity from interaction with senior citizens; and strengthened institutional and infrastructural networks for partnership and collaboration.Meanwhile, the Minister noted that the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) will, in the upcoming year, be establishing a national registry for senior citizens.“This exercise will complement our efforts through the national policy in streamlining the agenda conducive to their growth and development,” she said.Concurrent with that, she said the team is also seeking to strengthen generational connectivity, through sensitisation workshops with some 800 secondary and post-secondary students, on retirement and lifestyle planning.Mrs. Robinson noted that the Council is working to promote active ageing through a range of activities, in particular through the training of 273 seniors over the past year in basic computer and information technology (IT) skills.She said the NCSC also staged senior citizen entrepreneurial empowerment workshops across all parishes, to provide small business management skills to senior citizens. She said Parliament is expected to complete the review of the policy, which will allow for improved social protection measures for seniors, in the coming year. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, issued the invitation during the launch of Senior Citizens’ Week on Friday, September 21, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. last_img read more

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Quebec wants Netflix to pay provincial sales tax

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter If Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao has his way, streaming giant Netflix could soon have to collect Quebec’s sales tax (QST) from its customers.But Leitao says before that can happen, he first needs to know the details of the deal that Ottawa has struck with Netflix.Last week, the online entertainment company agreed to spend $500 million over five years on Canadian content, in exchange for not having to charge its customers the federal goods and services tax (GST). Advertisement Facebook Quebec’s political parties formed a common front on Tuesday to demand companies such as Netflix pay provincial sales tax. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: “We need to know why the federal government may exempt this one company: what kind of an agreement was reached with this company?” Leitao said.He said it’s very odd that Ottawa would exempt a company from paying a tax that all companies are expected to collect.Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said it’s very odd that Ottawa would exempt Netflix from paying a tax that all companies are expected to collect. (CBC)Quebec politicians of all stripes agree with the Liberal finance minister.A vote in the National Assembly Tuesday on a motion demanding that all foreign web-based companies collect QST from their customers passed unanimously.Artists in Quebec are also unhappy with the move.Sophie Prégent of the Union des Artistes said Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly didn’t realize the anger her deal with Netflix would cause, especially among the country’s artistic class.“Maybe she underestimated the furor in the industry, on the ground,” she said.READ MORE Advertisementlast_img read more

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FULL STATEMENT BY HEDLEY ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook However, if we are to have a meaningful, open and honest discussion, we all have to accept and respect that there are at least two sides to every story. The recent allegations against us posted on social media are simply unsubstantiated and have not been validated. We would hope that people will bear-in-mind the context in which these unsupported accusations have been made before passing judgment on us as individuals or as a band.We realize the life of a touring band is an unconventional one. While we are all now either married or have entered into committed, long-term relationships, there was a time, in the past, when we engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock and roll cliches. However, there was always a line that we would never cross.We realize this conversation is as important to our fans as it is to us, and we never want to distract from these important discussions. To that end, as we move forward, we will be evaluating some of our next steps. Hedley’s music should only ever be a positive force, and our performances and personal appearances should continue to be inclusive and safe experiences that bring nothing but joy and happiness to our fans. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Canadian rockers Hedley released a statement Wednesday calling recent allegations of sexual misconduct “unsubstantiated.”The band’s statement addressed claims of sexual behaviour involving young fans that emerged on Twitter in recent days:All of us in Hedley respect and applaud the #MeToo movement and the open and honest discussion it has inspired. We believe these conversations are particularly important within the music industry, which does not exactly have an enviable history of treating women with the respect they deserve. We appreciate the bravery of those who have come forward with their own stories, and we realize that all of us, as individuals and as a society, can and must do better when it comes to this issue.last_img read more

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Crime Doesnt Pay Was it a Mistake Drafting Aaron

Until recently, Aaron Hernandez had successfully left a troubled early life behind him. After a drug-plagued college career that caused him to drop in the NFL Draft, he quietly turned into a big-contract star for the New England Patriots. Now it seems the team took a risk on the player that didn’t pan out.Currently, the former star tight end is sitting in a jail after being charged with murder.  Of course, this is America and “innocent until proven guilty” must be taken into account. But the damage is done and it seems as though Hernandez has already been judged.After his arrest and charge, the Patriots realized they made a mistake drafting Hernandez and separated themselves from him.Was it a dumb risk for the Patriots to draft  Hernandez?

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Do MLB Teams Undervalue Defense — Or Just Value It Differently

Absent a helpful general manager opening up his computer system — or letting you hack in, if that’s more your style — it’s tough to know what baseball teams think of different players. But one place GMs leave clues about their preferences is in free agency. Since each team can bid on every available player, and the competition to acquire the most valuable talent is fierce, the free-agent sweepstakes is baseball’s closest answer to an open market; accordingly, the cash that teams deal out tells us how much they’re willing to pay for each area of on-field expertise. And for all the strides made in evaluating defense (plus convincing clubs to buy in), my analysis of recent offseasons suggests that MLB teams still don’t value defense the same way as sabermetricians do — though it might not be because they don’t value it enough.To estimate how much teams pay for offense relative to defense, I looked at the average annual value of every non-catcher1I removed them from the sample because their value has been affected by the quantification of pitch-framing (more on that later). position-player contract signed since the 2006 offseason2According to salary data from ESPN. and compared those dollar figures to players’ offensive and defensive runs above average (according to FanGraphs.com) in the previous three years.3I used a linear regression over that time period, three seasons being a reasonable sample upon which a player can be judged. I found that, from the front-office perspective, a run saved just isn’t worth as much as a run scored.For every offensive run a player generated above average in the season before he inked a new deal, he was paid an extra $215,000. An offensive run two years back was worth $113,000, and there was even value — $93,000 per run — in stats from three years in the past. By contrast, each defensive run was worth only $84,000 one year back, with the benefit even lower in earlier years.4Specifically, the value per defensive run dropped to $29,000 two years back and $69,000 three years back. (The higher value for the latter is likely just statistical noise.)As far as teams are concerned, then, offense is what drives a player’s value, with defense a secondary priority. That’s not to say that front offices ignore fielding entirely when signing players, but they do appear to take defensive statistics with a grain of salt.One potential reason is obvious: Teams may be late to understanding the value of good defense. Mitchel Lichtman, the sabermetrician who created the defensive metric Ultimate Zone Rating, told me in an email that “it will probably be a long time before teams fully appreciate the proper mathematical role of defense in evaluating players and making transactions.”Of course, analytics experts have been arguing that teams undervalue defense since the days of Moneyball. And in the years since, sabermetrics has gone mainstream. Teams now employ huge research and development departments — many staffed directly from the ranks of baseball writers who used to criticize teams for undervaluing defense. So it seems unlikely that those analysts forgot about glovework when they walked through the front-office doors.Moreover, teams have shown that they can rapidly adjust to new information about player value when it emerges. For instance, pitch-framing skills — wherein a catcher boosts the chance that a pitch will be called a strike — weren’t quantified until about 2009. Before that offseason, there was no significant relationship between a catcher’s framing ability and the average annual value of his free-agent contract;5The correlation coefficient was 0.16, with a p-value of 0.31. afterward, the correlation spiked.6It rose to 0.33, which is significant with a p-value of 0.006. In other words, teams quickly learned about framing skill and calibrated their contract offers to adjust for it.So another potential explanation for the seeming disconnect between defense and dollars is that teams do properly quantify defense, but in a different way than our publicly available metrics. In other words, if we replaced the public metrics in my previous analysis with proprietary ones cooked up by front offices, there’s a possibility that the inconsistency between defensive performance and pay would disappear.I spoke with a handful of former and current front-office analysts about how teams value defensive metrics, none of whom would speak on the record. They mentioned that some teams have proprietary systems to measure the value of defense, sometimes adding input from scouts or other non-public data sources. If even a handful of teams have systems that produce substantially different fielding valuations than the public statistics, it could appear as though they are disregarding defense — when, in fact, they’re measuring it better than we know.At a minimum, teams have access to much better data with which to construct defensive metrics than the public. With the advent of Statcast, MLB’s radar-based tracking system, team analysts can quantify the location and movement of every player on the field. Statcast also provides raw data on the running speed and reaction times of fielders, allowing front offices to break defense down into its individual components.MLB is providing only a fraction of that data to the public. But if we’ve learned anything from early attempts to model fielding using Statcast — such as Catch Probability, which measures the likelihood that any given batted ball will be caught — it’s that new fielding metrics can disagree significantly with conventional ones.Depending on the analysis being run,7Whether you limit the comparison by sample size (i.e., the number of opportunities) or by position. Statcast-based Catch Probabilities correlate with Ultimate Zone Rating either moderately (r=.47) or strongly (r=.71). Some have taken the latter as confirmation that UZR was correct all along. But consider as well that the correlation between batting average and on-base percentage is also 0.71.8For qualified hitters in the 2016 season. The realization that OBP was a better hitting metric than batting average, you may recall, formed one of the cornerstones of the Moneyball revolution.Similarly, if Statcast-fueled metrics represent as much of an upgrade on public defensive stats as OBP was on batting average, it’s no wonder that teams don’t seem to value defense. Those clubs might just be so far beyond currently available fielding statistics that sabermetricians can no longer criticize them.It’s likely that not every team has its own defensive metric, and some teams’ metrics are probably no better than the public’s. But occasionally, it’s obvious that a team is onto something we don’t know about. Take the case of outfielder Dexter Fowler: Before he joined the Cubs for the 2015 season, writers raised questions about his defense based on poor public metrics; that year, he ended up earning 3.3 wins above replacement, fueled largely by a 20-run improvement in his UZR. Then in 2016, after more skepticism about Fowler’s fielding, he put up the best defensive numbers of his career to date. That, in turn, led to his signing by the St. Louis Cardinals this past offseason for the staggering total of $82.5 million over five years, questionable defense be damned.Whether because of Statcast or scouting, the Cubs and now the Cardinals have seen something in Fowler’s performance that current fielding valuations don’t seem to capture. And when two of the smartest front offices in baseball appear to be discarding defensive metrics, it makes you stop and wonder whether the metrics might just be wrong. read more

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The Warriors Can Breathe Easier — For Now

The Rockets-Warriors series has provided a steady diet of haymakers from both sides over the past week and a half, with two of the NBA heavyweight clubs duking it out for supremacy again.But the fight, and the future of the proverbial championship belt as a whole, seemingly hung in the balance late Wednesday when superstar Kevin Durant came up limping after hitting a jumper with just over two minutes left in the third quarter of Game 5 at Oracle Arena. The fact that he hadn’t been touched by anyone escalated fears even more: His reaction — to grab the back of his lower right leg — suggested that he might have severely injured his Achilles tendon. Durant walked gingerly to the locker room with Golden State clinging to a 3-point lead after holding a 20-point cushion just a quarter earlier. As he left, the basketball world wondered whether Golden State’s chances of adding on to its dynasty had exited with him.The Warriors staved off that more existential question for at least a couple of nights, digging deep for a gutsy 104-99 win without Durant to take a 3-2 series lead over Houston. They also got a reprieve in the sense that Durant avoided an Achilles injury, which would have ended his postseason and possibly jeopardized his next season. Instead, the club deemed the injury a right calf strain; Durant is set for an MRI on Thursday to determine the severity of the injury — and how much time he may have to miss.If Durant misses the rest of the series, at least some will compare his absence to that of Chris Paul a little less than a year ago, when the Rockets took a 3-2 lead but lost Paul to a hamstring strain for Games 6 and 7 of the conference finals. (Houston would drop each of those games, along with the series.) Yet losing Durant — the best player in the series, if not the world at this point — could have an even bigger impact, even though the Warriors have played without him before.Consider that Golden State has outscored opponents by 79 points this postseason with Durant on the court and has been outscored by 14 points in the minutes he’s been sidelined. Before leaving Wednesday’s game, he had led the Warriors in scoring for eight consecutive contests. His 34.2 points per game this postseason rank second1Among players who’ve logged at least 10 games in a single postseason. over the past 25 seasons, trailing only LeBron James’s 2009 playoff run, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group.The Warriors’ reliance on Durant as of late left many of us wondering whether Stephen Curry and Golden State could step up and take out a tough opponent without Durant there. Both Curry and teammate Klay Thompson had struggled mightily with their jumpers earlier in the series, but Curry answered the bell, hitting 5 of 9 from the field for 16 points after KD’s injury, a vast improvement from the 9 points on 4-of-14 shooting he logged before Durant went down. (Thompson’s 27 points, after having 27 over the two prior games combined, were also huge — especially his bizarre turnover-turned-layup that sealed the game with four seconds left.)On the other side of this, Houston is going to have a handful of regrets from Game 5 — usually a bellwether when it breaks 2-2 series ties, as 82 percent of Game 5 winners advance — if it fails to get past the Warriors yet again. In many ways, this felt like the Rockets’ chance to pounce.In Game 4, P.J. Tucker terrorized Golden State by dominating the offensive glass. But on Wednesday, Kevon Looney seemed to come up with just about every key rebound, including five offensive boards. Meanwhile, Tucker was whistled for a particularly brutal out-of-bounds call with just under three minutes left in the game, when his heel was on the sideline just before he drained a shot that, had it not been waved off, would have cut Houston’s deficit to 2 points.It didn’t help that, at just 3 of 14, Chris Paul had the worst shooting night of his playoff career.And perhaps most noteworthy and mind-bogglingly: Houston’s James Harden, the reigning MVP and back-to-back league scoring champion, largely took a backseat, with just one shot attempt — a layup with 18 seconds left — over the final seven-plus minutes of action in the loss. The Rockets performed just fine offensively as a club despite that, scoring 18 points over that stretch. But it was still somewhat shocking to see Harden not even touch the ball on a number of fourth-quarter possessions. (He finished the period with just three shot attempts — down from the eight he’d averaged in fourth quarters in the first four games of the series.)With Durant sidelined, Harden was free of the much longer, taller defender who had limited him over the course of the series.2Of the six Warrior defenders who have matched up with Harden at least 20 times on defense, Durant has held Harden to his second-lowest scoring average per 100 possessions (after Andre Iguodala) and forced him into more turnovers than any of his teammates have, while limiting his assist totals more than anyone, according to data from Second Spectrum. So to not see him take advantage, or even really try, was surprising, given that he finished 7 of 7 from inside the arc, and with an efficient 31 points on just 16 shots.Still, much can and probably will change with a day or two of game-planning, especially if Durant is forced to miss time. The things that Harden and the Rockets didn’t attack in the moment during Game 5 could become points of emphasis in Game 6, while the Warriors figure to retool their thin rotation in hopes of mitigating Durant’s absence.There’s plenty we still don’t know yet. But one thing is clear: With Game 5 in hand, the Warriors can at least breathe a sigh of relief for now, knowing their backs won’t be against the wall, on the road without Durant, in Game 6.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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World Cup Anxiety Reaches Its Boiling Point For The USMNT

In the home matches, Pulisic received 40 passes in the central area of the final third.2This refers to the area of the penalty box extended out to about 35 yards from goal. In the qualifiers on the road, he received just 11 in that area. At home, he has been free to drop back in buildup, receiving 30 passes in the defensive half, compared with 12 while away. Pulisic is distinctly a winger in away matches, with 63 percent of all his away receptions (40 out of 64) taking place in wide areas; in home matches, that figure is only 35 percent (43 out of 123).This is by design. With half the teams in the CONCACAF “Hex” qualifying group reaching the World Cup, a pattern of home wins and away draws is more than sufficient for a berth. In the recent away matches, the USMNT has taken a more conservative approach and kept Pulisic in his assigned position to protect the wing and offer a counterattacking outlet. Looking for wins at home, Arena has freed Pulisic to make plays either early in buildup (dropping back into the defensive half) or around the box (receiving passes in the center).The U.S.’s attack has thrived with such tactics, outscoring its opponents 8-2 in home matches. Even in the 0-2 loss to Costa Rica, the Americans led the expected goals tally 1.3 to 0.8, meaning that they had more opportunities despite the result. Panama was able to slow Pulisic down in its home fixture (a 1-1 draw), but he will be much harder to contain in a less tactically restricted role on Friday night — assuming that Arena and Pulisic continue this recent pattern.3) The U.S. needs to plug the holes in midfield.The U.S. lined up in a 4-4-2 formation in both of its last qualifying matches, with a pair of strikers in each (Jozy Altidore and Bobby Wood vs. Costa Rica; Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris vs. Honduras). Two strikers, plus the use of Pulisic in a more aggressive role, should strengthen the attack, but Arena will need to tighten his midfield at the same time. The opening goal against Honduras shows why U.S. fans should be a little worried. Since 1990, qualifying for the World Cup has seemed like a birthright for the U.S. men’s national team. In the three decades since it last failed to qualify for a World Cup (1986), all of England, France, Portugal, Uruguay and the Netherlands have missed the cut at least once. In fact, largely because of the comparatively easy qualification process for teams from this part of the world, only six countries have a longer active World Cup streak than the U.S.1Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Spain.That run may come to an end this year. After taking just 1 point from its last two matches, the U.S. is running dangerously close to being left at home when the World Cup convenes in Russia next year. What happens in the Americans’ high-stakes match against Panama in Orlando on Friday night will go a long way to determining that. Here are three three factors that will bring you up to speed on the match.1) Make no mistake — this one is really important.ESPN’s Soccer Power Index projects that if the USMNT can win, the side will have a 93 percent chance of making the tournament. But a loss cuts the U.S.’s chances down to 44 percent. Among the group of six in CONCACAF, Mexico has already punched its ticket to Russia, and Costa Rica needs only a single point from two matches to join El Tri. That leaves two remaining spots for the region: Third place gets the last automatic qualifier while fourth place will play in an inter-confederation playoff against either Australia or Syria. Panama is currently a point ahead of the U.S. in the table, and every team has two matches left to play. Here is how the result of this game will affect the various scenarios::A win for the U.S. against Panama would boost the Americans into the third guaranteed qualifying place with only a relatively easy trip to Trinidad and Tobago remaining. Any other result will leave the USMNT scoreboard-watching.If the two countries draw in Orlando, Panama will need only a win over an already qualified Costa Rica team to secure the third qualifying spot.A win for Panama would clinch World Cup qualification for Los Canaleros for the first time in their soccer history, leaving the U.S. sweating Honduras’s results in hope of landing in the fourth-place playoff.2) Home Pulisic is the best Pulisic.In such a huge match, the U.S. will be looking to its young superstar to step up. However, Christian Pulisic has been a very different kind of star in home and away matches. Since Bruce Arena took over for Jurgen Klinsmann, he has kept Pulisic on the wing in the team’s three away matches in CONCACAF qualifying (against Panama, Mexico and Honduras). But during the three qualifying home matches (against Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, and Costa Rica), the Borussia Dortmund attacker has been free to roam infield in a free, creative role — and this has been true regardless of formation. In the three home matches, Pulisic had three goals and two assists. In the away matches, he had a clutch assist against Panama but has otherwise been kept off the scoresheet.Here’s a look at all of Pulisic’s pass receptions (home and away) in those six World Cup qualifying matches. Certainly defender Omar Gonzalez’s missed tackle was the biggest problem on this goal, but he was put in position to make this mistake because the U.S. midfield allowed a pass to be picked out under absolutely no pressure. The 4-4-2 formation gives the U.S. one fewer player to challenge opposition passers in midfield. What’s more, the U.S.’s back line has been shaky, which puts more pressure on the midfield to prevent the sort of attacking moves that can apply pressure on the defense.And in the last two games, the two center midfielders — first Darlington Nagbe and Michael Bradley, then Bradley and Kellyn Acosta — have been unable to disrupt opposing midfielders, who have connected on many direct forward passes. Against Costa Rica and Honduras, the U.S. conceded 21 direct attacking moves driven by long, forward passes through midfield.3I am defining direct attacks as attacking moves in which at least 60 percent of overall ball movement is directly toward goal and long forward passes as passes that travel at least 15 yards forward toward goal. In the four previous matches, the U.S. had conceded just 22 of these direct midfield attacks.The USMNT should be favored against Panama no matter the lineup, but a susceptibility to direct, central attacks doesn’t bode well. One or two good counterattacks could be enough to get Los Canaleros their result. The solution here could be some sort of single-striker system. By not playing two out-and-out-strikers, Arena would have flexibility to get another presser into midfield without limiting Pulisic positionally. Of course, this puts more of the burden on the 19-year-old to create goals by himself, but ultimately, what else is a superstar for if not that?Whatever he chooses, Arena needs to get this game right because a World Cup trip — as well as his legacy — may hang in the balance.Check out our latest club soccer predictions. read more

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Buckeyes head into unknown territory to take on Terrapins

(Left) Maryland then-sophomore wide receiver Stefon Diggs (1) runs for a score during a game against Old Dominion on Sept. 7, 2013 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. Credit: Courtesy of MCT (Right) OSU then-freshman safety Vonn Bell (11), interacts with fans during a game against Northwestern on Oct. 5, 2013, at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Maryland Terrapins have never won a Big Ten football game at home — but then again, they’ve never played one.Ohio State, ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press top 25, is set to be the first Big Ten team to take a shot at Maryland on the Terrapins’ home turf since the team joined the conference this season.“We’re going to go there and welcome them to the Big Ten,” senior tight end Jeff Heuerman said Wednesday. “It’s going to be a big game. We’re going to show them what Big Ten football is, and hopefully it’ll work out in our favor.”The Buckeyes (3-1, 0-0) are set to face-off with the Terrapins (4-1, 1-0) on Saturday at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md.The matchup pits the Buckeyes — members of the Big Ten for more than 100 years — against the Terrapins, who are set to play just their second game in the conference to date. It is set to be the first-ever football game between the two schools.Despite Maryland’s inexperience in the conference, Heuerman said playing a Big Ten game is always important, regardless of the opponent.“Obviously it’s going to be a little bit bigger than what we’ve seen so far,” he said. “So we need to go in there with the right mindset.”Both teams have suffered one loss this season, with Maryland’s coming by just three points against West Virginia on Sept. 13. The Buckeyes’ loss came a week earlier when they fell to Virginia Tech, 35-21, in their home opener.OSU coach Urban Meyer said beginning conference play won’t make his team work any harder, but he acknowledged games in the Big Ten are different for one main reason.“Our goal is to compete for a championship in November, and this is it,” Meyer said Wednesday.As OSU hopes to take its first step toward winning a Big Ten championship this season, there will be no guarantees as the Buckeyes’ defense is pitted against a Maryland offense that features multiple dimensions.Through five games, Maryland is averaging 36.8 points per game, largely because of the success of a dual-quarterback system and the talent of junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs. The two quarterbacks — junior Caleb Rowe and redshirt-senior C.J. Brown — each bring a different skillset to the table. Diggs is a player Meyer targeted coming out of high school, and the OSU coach praised him heading into Saturday.“I knew when watching him play (in high school) that he was special,” Meyer said Monday. “Now that I see him, he’s as good as there is in America.”Diggs has totaled 29 receptions for 398 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season.Brown is the runner of the quarterback duo and leads the Terrapins with 266 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. He’s also thrown 128 pass attempts, compared to just 32 from Rowe, for 996 yards, seven touchdowns and only three interceptions. Rowe has thrown four touchdowns in three games with only one pick.Meyer said he doesn’t expect to know which quarterback will start until the day of the game because Brown missed the end of Maryland’s most recent game with a wrist injury, but said he’s aware of the quarterback’s athleticism.“Obviously when (Brown) is in there it is changed, it’s a much different offense than when the other guy (Rowe) is in there so the quarterback run is a big part of it,” he said Wednesday.While the defense will have to look for that added dimension when Brown is on the field, the threat of Diggs making a big play could be ever-present with each snap of the ball.Sophomore safety Vonn Bell, who was one of a few OSU defensive backs to give up a long touchdown against Cincinnati last Saturday, said he and his teammates have seen what Diggs can do. He said the plan to stop Maryland’s top target will be simple.“He’s a player, he’s a very special guy,” Bell said Wednesday. “He likes to get his plays, make plays, so we gotta tackle him.”Bell went on to say Diggs has an idea of his own ability, and isn’t afraid to tell opposing players about it.“He’s got swagger, he’s very confident,” he said. “If he makes a catch, I think he’s gonna try and talk back to me, but I’m gonna tell him to come and make a play.”While Bell has no plans to back down from Diggs, he and his fellow defensive backs might not be the only position group keying on Gaithersburg, Md., product.Meyer singled out Diggs and sophomore defensive back William Likely as two of the top return threats in the conference.“(The) best punt returner is No. 4 (Likely), best in the Big Ten, and then Diggs is the best kickoff returner, very talented group,” Meyer said Monday. “Already spent an inordinate amount of time Sunday and Monday on our coverage units this week because that will be a big difference in this game.”Heuerman echoed his coach and addressed the stress put toward “attention to detail” on special teams during practice heading into the game.“We’re doing some things differently,” Heuerman said. “I wouldn’t say it’s been a dramatic amount, we know it’s going to be a big part to this week. Going into their house and playing on the road, special teams is always important.”Regardless of which particular units have brought the success, both teams head into the game on two-game winning streaks. The Buckeyes are coming off a matchup with Cincinnati in which they posted 710 yards of total offense while the Terrapins scored a combined 71 points in their two most recent wins — against Syracuse on Sept. 20 and Indiana on Sept. 27.Maryland received five points in the most recent AP poll, and could move into the top 25 with a win against the Buckeyes.The game is set to kick off at noon Saturday before the Buckeyes head into a bye week.After that week off, OSU is scheduled to play Rutgers on Oct. 18 for homecoming. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

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When we lose the ball it creates problems – Lucien Favre

first_imgBorussia Dortmund finished their pre-season preparations and new head coach Lucien Favre has mixed feelings about the team’s current state.In the last eight days, Borussia Dortmund completed 15 intensive training sessions and played three friendly matches against Rennes (1-1), Napoli (1-3) and Lazio (1-0). The results, which were underwhelming following a successful U.S. tour, were a direct consequence of the demanding schedule. The games also revealed areas of concern for Lucien Favre (BVB.de).“When we lose the ball, it creates problems. That’s where we need to improve tactically. Our anticipation must get better. Sometimes we have to keep it simple, rather than taking risks.” “There are still too many little things that can cause issues. Sometimes we lose structure to quickly,”Those are things which need to be worked on before August 20, when BVB take on Greuther Furth in the first round of the German Cup.Favre tweaked with the formation as well, using a 4-3-3, 4-3-2-1 and a 4-4-2, with Mario Gotze in a more forward role. Christian Pulisic was the only forward he had praise for.Overall, the French coach was satisfied with the training camp, as was goalkeeper Roman Burki.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.“We had a good training camp,” “We had excellent training conditions. The facilities were outstanding and the atmosphere was just great.” First game for @BVB ✅First win ✅Now looking forward to the start of the season ? ??#bvb09 #AW28 pic.twitter.com/ARmXPS6Gla— Axel Witsel (@axelwitsel28) August 12, 2018Abdou Diallo, Thomas Delaney and Axel Witsel have been Borussia Dortmund’s main summer acquisitions in what fans hope will be a much improved Bundesliga campaign in which their club will be able to challenge Bayern Munich at the top of the table.last_img read more

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