Magic behind Liverpool success revealed

first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? The Reds have now conceded at least seven fewer goals than any other Premier League outfit this season, and that record stems from the team’s ability to control the pitch. The large majority of football clubs have data analysis departments, but very few, if any at all, incorporate such knowledge into top-level decision-making and processes to the extent that Liverpool do. Michael Edwards, the club’s sporting director, is a former analyst himself having previously spent time at Portsmouth and Spurs. He’s since been promoted through the ranks at Anfield, with his current role centred around catering for the medium-to-long term interests of the club as well as ensuring that every department is seamlessly aligned. Fenway Sports Group, the owners of Liverpool FC, have a history of embracing data. John Henry ventured into baseball before exploring the world of football, and he’s renowned for offering Billy Beane, the man behind the concept of Moneyball, a $12.5m deal to become general manager of the Boston Red Sox in 2002. Read Also:Klopp names three Liverpool stars in contention to face Man Utd The leading figures on Merseyside have been assembled by FSG over time and are now making a difference to the team’s success behind the scenes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Liverpool’s sport-leading data science is providing Jürgen Klopp with the tools to change football matches as they’re happening. Liverpool duo Salah and Mane 87 minutes of football had been played in North London last Saturday, as Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur clamoured in a desperate search for an equalising goal. Liverpool managed to gain a lead earlier in the contest through Roberto Firmino but had been unable to add to their tally, resulting in the final stages of the match descending into chaos, with the ball moving rapidly up and down the pitch, and Spurs missing a pair of excellent chances through Heung-min Son and Giovani Lo Celso. But in one moment, Liverpool managed to kill Spurs’ momentum dead. As Dele Alli took control of the ball near the halfway line, Jürgen Klopp’s team morphed into a solid, narrow block and gave their opponents a simple ultimatum – ‘go around us’. 10 players wearing red had positioned themselves in the centre of the field, separated from back-to-front and from side-to-side by a total of no more than 20 yards.Unsurprisingly, the ploy worked and the contest ended with Liverpool securing their sixth clean sheet in a row.last_img read more

Absence ends in winner’s circle for Van Straten

first_imgBy Dave PanskeOSHKOSH, Wis. (May 9) – He’s been out of the sport for a while but Travis Van Straten hasn’t forgotten how to get to the winner’s circle.Van Straten picked up his first feature win ever at Oshkosh Speed Zone Raceway Friday, also his first Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Car victory in only four nights out since ending a 2½-year retire­ment this season. Larry Karcz Jr. took the lead for the first two laps before Van Straten moved in front. Jake Lun­derby, John Heinz and Larry Parshen bunched up in a battle for second as Van Straten pulled away from the field. Van Straten held a quarter-lap lead at the mid-point of the race. Heinz was running second and was starting to close the gap with Karcz Parshen and Harley Simon behind. A lone caution on lap 12 bunched the field and Karcz retook the runner-up spot on the restart with Heinz, Simon and Parshen behind. Karcz Hounded Van Straten for a couple laps before a battle for second allowed Van Straten to again pull away from the field. Once in front, Mike Mullen pulled away from the rest of the Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modified field. Defending track champion Todd Wiese was first across the stripe in the Karl Chevro­let Northern SportMod feature.Other winners were Tim Reichenberger in the Outlaw Chassis Grand Nationals, Jerry Winkler in the Gold Star Racing Products Street Stocks and Erik Kollmann in the Ellington Mutual Insurance Dirt Devils.last_img read more

Defoe back to best – Villas-Boas

first_imgTottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas thinks Jermain Defoe has rediscovered his deadly scoring touch just at the right time. Defoe played some of the best football of his career before Christmas, finding the net 13 times to silence the doubters who claimed he was no longer good enough to cut it in the Barclays Premier League. His form and fitness dipped just after the new year, however, thanks to a niggling pelvis problem. But Villas-Boas said: “It’s good because he had a blip in terms of goals, not performances – he was always sharp – but he had a couple of injuries. Now he is back he gives us that quality and confidence by scoring.” Press Associationcenter_img The 30-year-old went through a 12-game dry patch, but he looked back to his best on Sunday as he came off the bench to help inspire Tottenham to come from behind and beat Manchester City 3-1. Emmanuel Adebayor’s erratic form had led to fears that Spurs would not have the firepower to keep up with rivals Arsenal and Chelsea in the run-in, but Defoe’s return gives Villas-Boas a welcome selection headache ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wigan. “Yes, it’s a big decision (to choose between Defoe and Adebayor), but we are extremely happy,” Villas-Boas added. “It’s very important for us to have Jermain back, particularly because he found the back of the net. Goalkeepers have been making impossible saves against him and he finally got the ball in the net the other day with a tremendous goal that helped us get the three points. “It’s good because he had a blip in terms of goals, not performances – he was always sharp – but he had a couple of injuries. Now he is back he gives us that quality and confidence by scoring.” Villas-Boas is likely to partner Defoe with Gareth Bale – who also scored on his return from injury against City. Aaron Lennon, arguably as important to Spurs this season as Player of the Year favourite Bale, failed a fitness test prior to last Sunday’s game, but Villas-Boas confirmed the England winger is fit to return from his three-week knee injury layoff this weekend. last_img read more

Fulham striker Moussa Dembele undergoing Tottenham medical

first_imgFulham striker Moussa Dembele is undergoing a medical at Tottenham and is expected to complete his move to White Hart Lane, Press Association Sport understands. Under the terms of the deal, the teenager is set to stay with the Championship strugglers for the remainder of the current campaign before joining Spurs in the summer. Mauricio Pochettino has been searching for another striker to ease the burden on Harry Kane and has cash to spare after selling Andros Townsend to Newcastle for £12million. Dembele joined Fulham from Paris St Germain in 2012 and has scored 11 goals all in competitions this season but his contract at Craven Cottage is due to expire in the summer. The deal could cause some degree of confusion as it comes just one day after unrelated midfielder Mousa Dembele signed a new three-year deal with the London club. Pochettino would not comment on the move. Speaking after Tottenham’s FA Cup fourth round win at Colchester, Pochettino said: “I never speak in public about rumours.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

India Club Open Tennis begins

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The 21st India Club open Anup Lahoty Memorial Tennis Championship got under way today at the club premises.The Championship was inaugurated by Renu Lahoty, wife of Late Anup Lahoty, in the presence of Abani Baruah, President India Club and Ankush Dutta, Secretary All Assam Tennis Association. 196 players are participating in 7 junior and sub-junior events in the Championship.Also Read: Sports Newslast_img

Cricket News Josh Hazlewood questions Jason Roy’s Test credentials ahead of Ashes

first_img New Delhi: The Ashes contest between England and Australia is the ultimate Test series due to the history and rivalry between the two teams. England is on a high after winning the World Cup for the first time and they will be aiming to sign their historic summer on a high with a win in the five-match series, which is also the start of the World Test Championship. Australia, on the other hand, has not won a series in England since 2001 and they will be smarting from the semi-final loss in the 2019 World Cup against the hosts. With such a storied history between the two sides, sparks are bound to fly and Josh Hazlewood has fired the first salvo when he questioned Jason Roy’s Test credentials. Roy was a key member in the England top order during their victorious 2019 World Cup as he smashed four fifties and a century to help England lift the cup. On his Test debut against Ireland, he hit 72 in the second innings but he averages just over 38 in first-class cricket. Hazlewood said Roy will be tested as opening in England is a tough proposition. “We’ll see how Roy goes in Test cricket. He has only played one Test match and it’s a lot different opening the batting in a Test than a one-day game, that’s for sure. In England, opening is probably the toughest place to bat, which probably made Alastair Cook’s record all the better. To play attacking cricket in those conditions is tough,” Hazlewood said.Hazlewood, though, was concerned about the workload the likes of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc will be subject to after a gruelling World Cup combined with five Tests in 45 days. “I think it would be a very good effort to play all five, especially with my last two years, I’ve missed a few Tests with the injury. I’d be really happy with four (Tests), three or four even. It’s such a tight schedule. Five would be great if we got away with a couple of cheap innings, bowling 30 (overs) for the Test or something like that, it’d be great. You might get away with a Test with 30 overs under your belt which is fine. It’s when it goes up to 45 to 50 that you start to reassess things and look at different options,” Hazlewood said.Australia has picked six pacers in the side for the Ashes contest. Apart from Hazlewood, there is Cummins, Starc, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and back-up in Michael Neser and Hazlewood said it is a good problem to have. “We all know each other, we train a lot with each other whether it’s Pattinson, Siddle or Michael Neser. We know each other pretty well and I guess the only way to get to know them more is by playing with them. I’ve played with ‘Patto’ a fair bit now over the years so I know his ins and outs and what makes him tick on the field. Peter Siddle the same. I don’t think it matters who is going to play, we all know each other really well,” Hazlewood said. The Ashes is the first series of the World Test Championship.James Pattinson returns to the Australia side after three years.Australia has not won a series in England since 2001. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Martinez has 3 RBIs, Red Sox beat Orioles 13-2 in opener

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBOSTON (AP) — For one night at least, the Boston Red Sox didn’t miss Mookie Betts’ bat. J.D. Martinez and Kevin Pillar each drove in three runs, and the Red Sox rolled past the Baltimore Orioles 13-2 on Friday night in Fenway Park’s first taste of regular-season baseball during the coronavirus pandemic. Jackie Bradley Jr., Jose Peraza, Martinez and Pillar each doubled as part of a four-run third inning. Boston kept it going in the fourth, sending 11 batters to the plate and adding six more runs. Associated Press July 24, 2020 There were continued nods to the nation’s social justice movement prior to the game. Players on both teams wore Black Lives Matter t-shirts and a Major League Baseball-issued Black Lives Matter sign was spread across the center field bleachers. Players from both teams knelt while holding a black ribbon in a unity moment before the game. During the national anthem, Red Sox outfielders Jackie Bradley Jr. and Alex Verdugo continued to kneel and were joined by third base coach Carlos Febles and first base coach Tom Goodwin. Orioles players stood with their arms linked. There was also a moment of silence in honor of those who’ve died during the pandemic and for medical workers. EXTRA CHANCESRoenicke said he believes the new expanded playoff format should increase his team’s chances of making the postseason. “I think knowing if we have that extra playoff spot or two, it helps us,” he said. “I’m not planning to finish there. But if it does and we get in great.”TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: OF Trey Mancini said Friday he’s “feeling good” as he continues to receive chemotherapy treatment every other week following colon cancer surgery on March 12. He’s out for the season and will watch his teammates from afar. “I know that I’ll be back out there with them eventually, but right now I’m just more concerned with my treatments,” said Mancini, who expects to end the chemo sessions on Sept. 21.UP NEXTOrioles: Right-hander Alex Cobb makes his first start since April 26, 2019, after missing most of the season with a hip injury that required surgery in June. He was 0-2 with a 10.95 ERA in three starts. Eovaldi mixed his slider and cutter well early, but his biggest surprise was a wardrobe malfunction in the third. Eovaldi, who wears No. 17, mistakenly wore one of catcher Christian Vasquez’s No. 7s in the third inning after swapping out a sweaty one. Both players wore No. 7 in the inning.“Once I came back to the dugout they were like, ‘All right, Vasque’,” Eovaldi said. “It was a little tight on the arms.”Baltimore starter Tommy Milone (0-1) got his first opening day nod after All-Star lefty John Means experienced arm fatigue. He surrendered four runs, four hits, three walks, had a wild pitch and struck out five. Rio Ruiz homered in the seventh.“For me, I’d like to flush this one,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said of Baltimore’s collective pitching night. center_img Red Sox: Martín Pérez makes his Red Sox debut after signing as a free agent this offseason. He pitched in relief in his first three outings of 2019, but started in final 29 appearances. He was 10-7 with a 5.12 ERA. ___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Peraza finished with four hits, and Boston had eight doubles and 17 hits. “It’s contagious,” Martinez said. “Most pitchers when you get pressure on them, it’s a tough situation.”Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) gave up just one run and five hits, striking out four over six innings in his first career opening day start. Eovaldi’s first pitch of the night was 100 mph. Manager Ron Roenicke said it set the tone. “I thought everything he did was exactly what he wanted and we wanted,” Roenicke said. Like in other opening day games around the majors, there were no spectators allowed inside Boston’s fabled park on Friday. But there were cardboard cutouts of Red Sox fans placed on the seats above the Green Monster to serve as virtual witnesses to the franchise’s version of the league’s new normal. Friday also marked Boston’s first regular-season game since an offseason shakeup that included a salary-dump trade of Betts and pitcher David Price to the Dodgers, and the departure of Alex Cora as manager for his role in an illegal system of sign stealing when he was with the Houston Astros.Roenicke, who served as Cora’s bench coach for two seasons and succeeded him as manager just before the start of spring training, earned his first managerial win since a five-year tenure with the Brewers ended in 2015. “For me it’s kind of nice that the first one goes like this,” he said.PREGAME TRIBUTES Martinez has 3 RBIs, Red Sox beat Orioles 13-2 in openerlast_img read more

El Clasico: No Guard of Honour for Record-chasing Barca

first_img“I’m not the one who decides, after the Club World Cup I understand that it wasn’t important for them to do a guard of honour,” Zidane explained.“Some say that they weren’t in the competition but it’s a lie, you have to win the Champions League to play in the Club World Cup and we are all in the Champions League.“I’m not the one who decides that I don’t want to give a guard of honour, they didn’t do one. With respect, we won’t do it because they didn’t do it.”Barca are four games from completing the first unbeaten season in La Liga history, having already set the record for the longest run of games without defeat in the Spanish top flight.In league meetings, the Catalan club have not been beaten by Real in the last three encounters, although they did lose both legs of the Spanish Super Cup in August 2017 to Zidane’s men.Real have won 95 of the 236 competitive games between the pair, although since the days of Pep Guardiola the tide has turned, and Barca have now won 92 times in this fixture.Zidane’s side secured their place in a fourth Champions League final in five years with a 4-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday, but are still fighting to finish second in La Liga following Atletico Madrid’s recent slip.They have a game in hand over their city rivals and trail them by four points, and need to secure a second league win at the Nou Camp in the past three seasons.Andres Iniesta, who announced last week he will leave the Nou Camp this summer, has been suffering with a minor calf problem – but should be fit to play in his 38th and last Clasico.For Real Madrid, Dani Carvajal, forced off in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final with Bayern, is expected to miss out while Isco and Rafael Varane are both doubts but travelled with the squad.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Real Madrid will opt against giving La Liga champions Barcelona a guard of honour when they visit the Nou Camp sunday. The newly crowned league winners are playing their first game since sealing the championship with a 4-2 win at Deportivo last weekend and Zinedine Zidane said last month his side would ignore convention and not clap their opponents onto the pitch.This is the first Clasico since 2008 to be played after the La Liga title has already been decided. Ten years ago, Carles Puyol and his teammates clapped rivals onto the pitch.But Zinedine Zidane was annoyed when Barcelona did not see his side out on to the pitch after they won the Club World Cup in December.last_img read more

Para Los Niños executive named Senior Fellow

first_imgThe Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab housed in the Marshall School of Business recently named Martine Singer, president and CEO of Para Los Niños, a senior fellow. Singer will work with students in the lab as a mentor and career resource.The BSEL, established in 2008, works with Marshall students to address social issues with business practices. Singer’s background with PLN, a nonprofit dedicated to academic access and opportunities for children living in poverty in the Los Angeles area, provides expertise in the field.“The Los Angeles Times ran an editorial about children playing on skid row in broken glass and feces-filled areas,” said Patrick Sinclair, vice president of development and Communications for PLN. “A social worker and an actress read that article and decided to do something about it.”Founded in 1980, PLN worked to bring various facilities, including eight charter preschools and social work facilities to the metro area — all serving the purpose of helping low-income children receive an education.Singer has worked with PLN since 2012, but has a diverse and unique background. Her work at Hollygrove, an L.A. nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk children and their families, oversaw a transformation from primarily community-based services to a merger with a statewide organization.“I began as a tutor and eventually got to know the woman who was running the organization and found that I had skills that would be helpful from my experience doing consulting,” Singer said.Singer did not always work for the nonprofit sector. With an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management, as well as past work with The New York Times and the L.A. Times, she perfected the art of utilizing skills from one sector in another.“The expectation [at the Yale School of Management] was that you would cross-fertilize going from one sector to the other,” Singer said. “I think that’s turned out to be very true. You’re a better nonprofit leader having had experience in another space. When you work only in the business sector, you don’t necessarily have an appreciation for the social impact of the work you do.”Sinclair agrees that Singer’s ability to synthesize her business background with an innovative outlook will make her a great mentor and career resource for Marshall students.“She’s extremely creative,” Sinclair said. “In a world like this, where you’re dealing with acute problems in dealing with families and children or huge bureaucratic snafus because you’re dealing with county agencies and things like that, Martine is good at either finding ways around the obstacles to better serve the families and the children or to find ways to get the agency to meet the needs we’re trying to meet.”Today, Singer’s duties as president and CEO include managing a $32 million budget, planning the restructuring activities necessary to turn a social services agency into an education provider and engaging the community in educational awareness programs among various other functions. She acknowledged the many challenges faced in the nonprofit sector.“Resources are always tight in nonprofits,” Singer said. “Not just money, but time — everyone is stretched really thin. I don’t think a lot of nonprofit leaders necessarily have the experience in business to give them the confidence to do something like this. Sometimes there is a lack among leadership of deep understanding of business.”Singer said she believes a business background and experiences like the social enterprise lab bring special insight and problem-solving skills to such challenges.“It gives [students] insight into the practical application of what they’re learning,” Singer said. “It gives them the opportunity to operationalize some of the things that they might be studying in a classroom environment. It’s a way of seeing things come to life.”For students interested in pursuing social entrepreneurship, Singer offered some advice.“They need to get some practical experience as interns or volunteers at non-profit [organizations],” she said. “They can bring a tremendous level of innovation and energy to a sector that isn’t necessarily always considered the most creative or the most entrepreneurial. They have a lot to offer if they can find a way in.”last_img read more