What Does A Winning Streak Mean In MLB

FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Sept. 12, 2017), we discuss an American tennis champion finally not named Williams — Sloane Stephens, ranked 957th in the world earlier this summer, won the U.S. Open last weekend. We break down what her victory may mean for U.S. tennis and whether Serena Williams’s absence from the tournament played a role in Stephens’s win. Next, we discuss two remarkable streaks in the MLB — the 20 wins in a row by the Cleveland Indians and the recent stretch of 11 losses by the Los Angeles Dodgers — and whether we should take baseball more seriously just because it’s September. Plus, a significant digit on the MLB playoffs.If you have suggestions for what we should call our new NBA podcast, please drop us a note at [email protected] are links to things we discussed this week:For quality John Starks content, be sure to follow Kate Fagan on Instagram.Kate’s Starky Bear.FiveThirtyEight’s MLB predictions.FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine writes that September baseball doesn’t matter more than any other month’s.Victor Mather in The New York Times tells a tale of two MLB streaks.Significant Digit: Zero, the number of teams supported by Chad, Kate and Neil — all devoted Mets fans — that will make the MLB playoffs this year. Is your favorite team out? We discuss strategies for how to choose the best bandwagon to join. read more

Ohio State mens tennis living out deferred dreams from afar

For a pair of freshmen on the Ohio State men’s tennis team, the transition to life away from home has been more of an adjustment than for many of their classmates. But most of their peers are not separated from their homes by the Atlantic Ocean. Constantin Christ and Ralf Steinbach have joined the OSU men’s tennis squad this year from Eppstein, Germany, and Halle, Germany, respectively, bringing the total number of international players on the team’s 11-man roster to four. In the case of both Christ (10-2) and Steinbach, the journey to Columbus began after their dreams of playing tennis professionally in Europe fell short. “After I graduated high school, I wanted to go pro, and I tried it for a year, but it was so tough,” Steinbach said. “You have to pay so much money for it, and it’s really intense, and it didn’t work out. So I thought about a solution to improve my tennis and still get educated,” he said. It did not take long for OSU coach Ty Tucker to step in with a solution. Tucker said junior European tennis players are surveyed under a world ranking system that allows recruiters to “focus on the best players you can find.” When Tucker discovered Christ and Steinbach, he wasted no time to bring them to the Buckeye state. “(Tucker went to) an ITF (International Tennis Federation) tournament that I played, and we met together there and spoke about college tennis in general and if I can go to OSU. I visited OSU, and this was my only visit. I liked it from the first time I saw (it),” Christ said. Tucker said collegiate sports in Europe are not nearly as competitive as they are in America, leading many European players to opt out of a college education. When American college coaches see unused European talent, they attempt to bring over players to contribute to their college teams. “College tennis is the true minor leagues of professional tennis,” Tucker said. Before a formal offer is made to international players, Tucker ensures they mesh well with the rest of the team. Tucker said he’s usually able to tell after bringing international players to OSU for a two-day visit whether they have chemistry with the rest of the group. “Everybody on the team was pretty friendly to me, and I could have a ride from my apartment (to practice) every time. The practice was really nice … because everybody wants to practice,” Christ said. Christ and Steinbach are not the only players to have joined the roster from another country. Junior Blaz Rola, who is 3-0 in singles play and 2-0 in doubles play, was born and raised in Ptuj, Slovenia, and junior Ille Van Engelen (8-1) is from Eindhoven, Netherlands. Tucker also persuaded Rola to come to Columbus after struggling to succeed in his country’s professional level. “Ty was so persuasive, he was calling me for a year straight … He said you can come (to OSU) and see how it is, and I won’t bother you anymore,” Rola said. “From the first day I got here with my mom, we were so thrilled and there wasn’t even a thought of not going (to OSU).” Rola, Christ and Steinbach all said their families have been supportive of their move to the U.S. “(My family) was just thrilled,” Rola said. “We’re not used to college sports like (OSU has) in Europe.” Even with support from family and new teammates and coaches, international players on the OSU men’s tennis team admit to having to adjust to American culture. “(America) is a lot more intense. It’s a lot more fast. Everything goes by quickly. I think especially in my country, people are more relaxed – they take time to sit down and enjoy food,” Rola said. “Everyone is asking me if I feel homesick, but you never actually thought about home because everything is going so quick.” Christ said he is still learning to balance his time since coming to OSU. “It’s a lot to combine studying and playing tennis at the same time. It’s difficult and a little bit stressful sometimes,” Christ said. But Steinbach said traveling overseas to attend OSU is worth the risk. “College is probably the best solution you can find in the world … you can practice like a pro and get a good education, so it’s the best,” Steinbach said. Men’s tennis next takes on Georgia Sunday at noon at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. read more

TCI review delayed by EU Finance Ministers hurricanes buy the islands some

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 8, 2017 – Providenciales – The hurricanes of September seem to have bought the TCI some time, as the Turks and Caicos has averted being among 17 nations which are considered non compliant or labeled tax havens; many are calling it the gray and black list of the European Union.  Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and St Lucia are among the regional nations on the list with Panama, Namibia, Palau and Bahrain.The EU Blacklist is a ground breaking document, the first ever such EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions agreed to by the Finance Ministers of European Union Member States during their meeting in Brussels.   The larger list is of countries which have committed to addressing deficiencies in their tax systems and to meet the required criteria, following contacts with the EU; that list holds 47 nations including Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Aruba and St Vincent and the Grenadines from the Caribbean.It is reported that, the EU has struggled for over a year to finalize the blacklist.   One news report said the UK fought hard against the blacklist of so called tax havens, reportedly concerned for some of its jurisdictions, namely Jersey and the Virgin Islands.    It is reported that the list started out with 29 countries, and that 28 finance ministers of member countries made the final determinations.The Turks and Caicos was among countries given a big break due to the impact of the hurricane season.    The report says, “Eight jurisdictions were not fully assessed because they were badly hit by the hurricanes in summer 2017 and were given until early 2018 to respond to the EU’s concerns.   The countries omitted from consideration were Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos, and US Virgin Islands.”#MagneticMediaNews#EUdelayTurksandCaicosreviewPhoto credit: Turks and Caicos Yacht Club Related Items:last_img read more

PSG continues good run in Ligue 1

first_imgA single goal by Edinson Cavani gave Paris Saint-Germain its 22nd consecutive win in the 2018-2019 French Ligue 1 season.Edinson Cavani scored a penalty goal in the 42nd minute against Bordeaux to continue Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) perfect run in the French Ligue 1.The victory puts them 13 points ahead of LOSC, who have one more game played in the 2018-2019 season.And for manager Thomas Tuchel, it was a difficult game, but they managed to overcome all obstacles.“We really struggled to score, despite playing an excellent first half. We dominated, won back possession well and created a lot of chances,” he told the club’s official website.“We have played 4-4-2 a lot recently, but we can also play in different formations.”“Tonight Edinson suffered a muscle injury. The match against Manchester United is coming up very soon, and we will use the time to recover as quickly as possible,” he told the media.“This match is a huge challenge for us and it’s always better to play these types of matches with your key players. We already know that Ney is out, and we have doubts about Marco (Verratti) and Edi (Cavani).”“I am very happy to be back on the pitch after a few weeks on the sidelines. We had chances in the first half, but we suffered more in the second,” PSG midfielder Marco Verratti added.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“We need to keep improving. We didn’t manage to kill the game off. Everyone is impatient for Tuesday’s game. It will be a magnificent match to be a part of and we have confidence in our own ability.”“We all know that this is a very important match for us and the club. We need everyone to win,” he commented.“We need to attack and defend together. I am convinced we will play well.”“I didn’t play for several weeks before signing here, but I felt good on the pitch tonight,” Leandro Paredes said as he debuted in the midfield.“I’ve been here for a few days now and have been made to feel at home by the other players. We have a very big match coming up on Tuesday against Manchester. We will do everything to prepare as well as possible.”3⃣ points ✔️Now the attention turns to @ManUtd 🔜 pic.twitter.com/j1MvKk3jcs— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 9, 2019last_img read more

How about a brunch

first_imgEvery Sunday, Café Uno organises a special kid’s club for all the little ones to have a day full of fun and frolic while their parents can let their hair down and relax.Children are engaged in creative activities such as clay modeling, painting competitions and young master chef competitions among other fun activities.  The bouncy castle, ball pool and swings provide ample opportunity for them to run around. Magicians, tattoo artists, stilt walkers and Disney characters keep the young ones entertained and enthralled all afternoon. The brunch features  an International cheese counter, exotic seafood bar, sushi, antipasti platters, a freshly baked bread station, Indian and Western delicacies to choose from. The cooking theatres featuring a different culinary style, showcases the best of International cuisines and a stage for Chefs’ engaging performances.The brunch is priced at Rs 3200 plus taxes per person with unlimited champagne, Rs 2500 plus taxes per person and Rs 1500 plus taxes (kids buffet).When: SundaysWhere: Cafe Uno, Shangri-La’s Eros Hotellast_img read more

Rep Farrington calls first six months of term a success

first_img27Jul Rep. Farrington calls first six months of term a success State Rep. Diana Farrington today said she is pleased with the progress she and her colleagues have made thus far this legislative term on issues that matter most to the people of Macomb County.“I’ve listened to people’s needs when it comes to prioritizing tax dollars,” said Farrington, of Utica, who took office in January. “We worked very hard to develop a responsible budget and I am proud to support it.”She said next year’s budget, approved by the House in June, includes record-high funding for K-12 education and forces the government to live within its means.“We’re putting more money in the classrooms, where it does the most good, and expanding career technical education opportunities,” she said. “Additionally, overall spending for next year’s budget does not exceed the rate of inflation, forcing the government to tighten its belts just like families across our state.”Farrington said another one of her top priorities is helping local communities, which she believes the House has done a good job addressing so far this term.“The budget we approved includes $6.2 million for cities, villages and townships and an increase across the board for all counties,” the legislator said.Furthermore, the representative stated that Michigan’s tattered roads and bridges will receive increased funding to make travel and commuting better and safer for residents and visitors.She also prioritized helping local governments this term. Farrington said the House is working to ensure local governments can take action when out-of-state individuals avoid paying taxes on vacation homes in Michigan. She also supports eliminating the pension tax for police and fire personnel who are not covered by social security.“There’s still more to be done to allow Michiganders to thrive and make life better here, but I truly believe we’re headed in the right direction,” she said. Categories: Diana Farrington Newslast_img read more