By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County women’s basketball team took first-place UW-Marinette to the wire, but a layup at the buzzer lifted the Lady Bucs to a 56-54 victory over the Marauders on Thursday night at the Marauder Gym.The Marauders are now 8-7 overall and 7-4 in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference.The Marauders led 31-30 at halftime, and the game was tight throughout before the buzzer-beater sent them to their third-straight loss.Taylor Lynn had 20 points and seven rebounds, Paige Newman added nine points and eight rebounds, and Katie Meacham had nine points for UW-Marshfield.The Marauders shot just 26.5 percent (18 of 68) from the field in the loss.UW-Marshfield also struggled shooting on Wednesday. The Marauders were just 27 percent from the floor (17 of 63) in a 52-41 loss at UW-Fox Valley in Menasha.The Cyclones held a 54-39 rebounding advantage in the victory.Meacham and Mikayla Jankowski each had 11 points to lead the Marauders.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Thursday’s gameLady Bucs 56, Marauders 54UW-Marinette 30 26 – 56UW-Marshfield/Wood County 31 23 – 54UW-MARINETTE (56): Ganter 4-10 0-0 9, Bushmaker 3-11 0-0 6, Dietrich 5-14 0-2 12, Lesandrini 1-7 1-2 4, Anderla 2-8 0-0 4, Dauphinais 5-8 2-4 13, Emmes 1-6 0-0 2, Schultz 3-10 0-0 6. FG: 24-74. FT: 3-8. 3-pointers: 5-16 (Dietrich 2-4, Lesandrini 1-4, Dauphinais 1-2, Ganter 1-3, Bushmaker 0-1, Anderla 0-1, Schultz 0-1). Rebounds: 31 (Emmes 5, Schultz 5, Ganter 5). Assists: 15 (Lesandrini 5). Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Ganter, Dauphinais.UW-MARSHFIELD/WOOD COUNTY (54): Katie Meacham 3-15 0-1 9, Mikayla Jankowski 3-10 0-0 6, Paige Newman 4-12 1-2 9, Taylor Lynn 5-17 10-14 20, DeNecia Turner 1-5 0-0 2, Becca Austin 0-3 0-0 0, Allie Paitel 2-6 4-6 8, Carrie Stroetz 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 18-68. FT: 15-23. 3-pointers: 3-11 (Meacham 3-8, Lynn 0-1, Newman 0-2). Rebounds: 51 (Newman 8). Assists: 13 (Lynn 4). Fouls: 10. Fouled out: none.Wednesday’s GameCyclones 52, Marauders 41UW-MARSHFIELD/WOOD COUNTY (41): Katie Meacham 4-13 0-0 11, Mikayla Jankowski 4-12 1-2 11, Paige Newman 2-6 0-0 4, Taylor Lynn 4-17 0-0 8, DeNecia Turner 2-6 1-2 5, Becca Austin 0-1 0-0 0, Allie Paitel 1-8 0-0 2. FG: 17-63. FT: 2-4. 3-pointers: 5-21 (Meacham 3-9, Jankowski 2-6, Newman 0-1, Turner 0-2, Lynn 0-3). Rebounds: 39 (Meacham 8). Assists: 6 (Newman 3). Fouls: 12. Fouled out: none.UW-FOX VALLEY (52): Neva Steingraber 4-11 1-2 9, Jess Runge 5-11 1-2 13, Allie Olson 0-0 0-0 0, Ariel Oviedo 1-4 0-0 2, K. VanCamp 1-9 2-2 4, Miranda Bangart 2-8 0-0 5, Brittney Braem 2-6 0-0 4, Caroline Birnhak 3-11 0-0 6, Chloe Dougherty 3-7 3-4 9. FG: 21-67. FT: 7-10. 3-pointers: 3-21 (Runge 2-5, Bangart 1-5, Birnhak 0-1, Oviedo 0-1, VanCamp 0-1, Braem 0-3, Steingraber 0-5). Rebounds: 54 (Steingraber 8). Assists: 14 (Runge 4). Fouls: 8. Fouled out: none.
Networking giant Cisco offers super-fancy “telepresence” video conferencing studios for rent in major cities around the world, but now the futuristic service will be made available to consumers for home use, according to reports.Kara Swisher writes this morning that telepresence systems will be sold for between $200 and $500 and the announcement will be made next week. You can get a picture of what the enterprise product looks like, including the company’s progress on interoperability with other platforms, in the video from last week below. Tags:#Multimedia#news#Video Services#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App marshall kirkpatrick 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts Why does Cisco do telepresence? As we wrote this Summer:As blogger and Institute for the Future researcher Chris Arkenberg put bluntly: “Anything that drives more bandwidth through those increasingly clogged arterial Intertubes makes Cisco very happy. Video is huge and hosting more and more of it will require companies to budget for bigger & better routers to handle the throughput.”Would you plop down a few hundred bucks for a big home telepresence device? I’d probably rather wait for an iPad with a front facing camera, myself, but I certainly find this idea intriguing as well.Real time, video, presence data, collaboration – all of those are important trends for the future. But does dedicated hardware and a single-purpose communication channel outside the public web make sense for consumers? That’s going to be a hard sell, beyond the “wow” factor. This is like Apple Facetime for the couch, but Facetime comes on a mobile device that can do a whole lot more as well.Jay Cuthrell of ReadWriteHack may disagree:I watched a 7 year old kid kick off a Telepresence when I lived in Atlanta 2 years ago. He touched a touch screen phone and up popped a 3 HD display in 1080p of folks in San Jose just like they were across the table from us. It’s wonderfully elegant technology. If Cisco can manage to sell a boatload of these products, though, expect the “web is dead” debate about bandwidth use inside and outside the open public web to be even further skewed.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd centre-back Maguire: Leicester should be happy with dealby Freddie Taylor16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Maguire says Leicester were reluctant for him to join Manchester United.United made Maguire the world’s most expensive defender when they paid the Foxes £80m for his signature. And Maguire says the deal was good for both parties.”[The fee] doesn’t bother me at all,” Maguire told Inside United. “It’s something that I can’t affect. Leicester wanted to keep me and they are in a great position as a club.”Manchester United wanted to buy me and they came to an agreement. It’s probably a good deal for both parties and it’s something now where I want to concentrate on my football.”
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter In anticipation of Thursday’s big event, the Toronto skies will be lit blue tomorrow night. For more details, please follow #LightUpthe6ix and #BellBlueSky on Twitter and Instagram, and join the Facebook event.About Bell MediaBell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios, one of the largest purpose-built production studios in Canada; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. TORONTO – Bell Media has confirmed a free live event at Yonge-Dundas Square on Thursday, April 5 at 9 p.m. ET in celebration of a special announcement for Toronto. The #LightUpthe6ix street-level event features performances by Canadian artists Arkells and City and Colour, and is co-hosted by CTV YOUR MORNING’s Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake.Arkells, comprised of vocalist and guitarist Max Kerman, guitarist Michael DeAngelis, bassist Nick Dika, drummer Tim Oxford, and keyboardist Anthony Carone, have been relentlessly touring in support of their latest album, Morning Report. The four-time JUNO award-winners recently earned marquee festival appearance slots at some of the biggest festivals in the US, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo. Their most recent hit single, “Knocking At The Door”, spent an unprecedented 14 weeks at #1 on the Canadian Alt/Rock charts, making it the most played Alt/Rock song of 2017, and Arkells the most played band of the year.City and Colour, the moniker of Ontario native, singer-songwriter Dallas Green, is undeniably one of the biggest groundswell stories to emerge from Canada. His achievements include three JUNO Awards, including two Songwriter of the Year awards (2009, 2012), three Double Platinum-certified albums, six Platinum-certified albums, and two Gold-certified albums in Canada (City and Colour, Alexisonfire, and You+Me). Green’s latest and fifth City and Colour studio release, If I Should Go Before You, debuted #1 on the Top 200 Soundscan, his third consecutive chart-topper in Canada. The LP also made serious waves internationally debuting at #16 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart, and #5 in Australiawhere Green’s LP Little Hell went Gold. In 2014, Green collaborated with international superstar Alecia Moore (aka P!nk) on a new project titled You+Me. The duo’s acclaimed debut, rose ave., debuted at #4 on the U.S. Top 200 Chart, #1 in Canada, and #2 in Australia, culminating in memorable performances on THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW and JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!. Advertisement Facebook
Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA new poll commissioned by APTN shows candidates can still win over Indigenous voters by making good on the concept of reconciliation.“More than half or one in six are undecided,” said Sarah Roberton, vice-president of corporate and public affairs, at Environics Research in Ottawa.Indigenous peoples comprise less than five per cent of Canada’s population but their vote helped propel Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to victory in 2015.Now, that isn’t the case.“Intention to vote Liberal has dropped substantially,” said the poll.“Conservatives and Greens have retained most of their 2015 support. Almost half of those who previously voted Liberal would now vote for another party.”Voting The survey of 1,024 Indigenous peoples in all provinces and territories was conducted for APTN between September 4 and 13Read More: #Vote2019: Climate change and drinking water top Indigenous issues in federal election“One in five are planning to vote Liberal in the current election, down from half who reported voting for the Liberals federally in 2015,” the poll found.“A higher proportion (26 per cent) now plan to vote Conservative; the NDP (17 per cent) and the Green Party (16 per cent) are tied for third, while four per cent will vote for another party and one in six (16 per cent) are undecided.”Roberton noted the results show support for the Liberals was down even before Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal.“Those who feel they could change their mind tend to favour the NDP or Greens as a second choice,” the poll said.Three-quarters of those surveyed said “truth & reconciliation issues” are very or extremely important in deciding their vote.For the purpose of the survey, those issues were treaty rights, Aboriginal title and the subject of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Voting and Reconciliation Survey respondents see little difference between how the parties treat other issues important to them like the environment, quality of life, and economic problems.“However, belief that is does not matter which party wins because they’ll take the same approach to the environment and to Truth & Reconciliation is higher among Conservative supporters than supporters of other parties,” the poll said.Roberton said the polling sample was comparable to other election surveys.“A thousand interviews with any group in Canada is a more than adequate sample size,” she said in a telephone interview from Ottawa“We’re confident standing behind the results.”Read more: #Vote2019: Climate change and drinking water top Indigenous issues in federal firstname.lastname@example.org@katmarte
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Amazon’s plans to pay all its U.S. employees at least $15 an hour is putting pressure on small business owners, even those who aren’t retailers directly competing with the huge company.“Amazon is giving a kick in the butt to a lot of business owners to increase compensation,” says Gene Marks, owner of The Marks Group, a small business consulting firm in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.Small businesses located near Amazon’s dozens of order fulfilmentcentres vie with the company for staffers, and the competition will become even fiercer during the upcoming holiday season, when Amazon needs an extra 100,000 people to pack and ship boxes.Amazon is “doing what they need to do to get employees,” Marks says.The company, whose market value briefly topped $1 trillion last month, has another motive — placating critics including some politicians who have called on Amazon to give its employees a raise.The strong economy and shrinking labour pool has made workers hard to find for employers of all kinds, including big retail chains, fast-food restaurants and small businesses. Some are boosting pay. But higher wages are harder for small businesses to absorb because they don’t have the massive revenue stream of a company like Amazon.Meanwhile, small retailers who sell on Amazon expect the internet giant to increase the fees it charges them to help fund the salary increases. But small business consultants, and owners themselves, say strategizing can help lessen the pain.Here are three things small business owners need to know about Amazon’s wage hike:AN ADVANTAGE WHEN HIRINGA small business can be more flexible than a huge company. So, while small businesses may not be able to match Amazon’s pay, they can sweeten the pot for potential hires and their current employees in other ways.Owners should say to prospective employees, “we may have a little difficulty giving you the full $15, but what else can we do for you,” says Brent Leary, co-founder of CRM Essentials, a consulting firm.With fewer workers to juggle, small businesses can more easily offer flexible schedules, transportation or other perks that might make up for slightly lower pay. And companies that employ people in their 20s and 30s find that many of their staffers would prefer more benefits to extra pay.Small businesses can also be better at giving younger people training and mentoring, even during a short-term hire.“If you provide a work experience that they’re looking for, that makes it easier to find people,” Leary says.RAISING PRICES MAY NOT SCARE CUSTOMERS AWAYSome small business owners may have to pass along the higher costs of competing with Amazon or selling through its website to their customers. Many owners dread having to charge more but they should realize that consumers and businesses are likely to be more accepting of higher prices now that the economy is strong, Marks says.Moreover, “if you have to increase your prices, your competition probably has to also,” Marks says.Companies that have to raise prices should be up-front with customers about why it’s happening, Leary says. That will help preserve a good relationship with their customers.Amazon stokes goodwill of its own by offering customers same-day or even one-hour delivery. Still, retailers have the ability to differentiate themselves, says John Lawson, an online marketing consultant.“Amazon doesn’t necessarily have the most personalized service,” he says.Lawson finds that more consumers are interested in ordering online and picking up merchandise in stores; any brick-and-mortar retailer that can offer that service should, he says.AMAZON SELLERS EXPECT THEY’LL HELP FOOT THE BILLGoVacuum.com, which sells on Amazon as well as its own website, believes the fees it pays the company for taking orders and packing and shipping merchandise will go up as a result of the higher wages. But GoVacuum.com Vice-President Justin Haver says the increase is a cost of doing business, and a change the Chantilly, Virginia, company will take in stride.“The reality is, selling online and running a business requires forward thinking and nimble adaptation to current trends/opportunities,” Haver says.Many owners may look for cost savings elsewhere in their company, perhaps finding cheaper supplies or lower shipping costs.But Lawson, whose company sells vacuum cleaners and parts, notes that it costs money to sell merchandise, no matter what retail channel or what distribution and delivery system a business owner uses.“After all these years, you just kind of get used to it. If it’s not Amazon, it’s the U.S. Postal Service,” says Lawson, who has been an online seller. “Every year it gets more and more expensive to stay in business and ultimately the consumer pays more.”_____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenberg
Casablanca – News stories on rape in Morocco are apparently not vanishing anytime soon. According to the Moroccan daily Akhbar Al Youm in its issue of Monday, a man in his fifties was arrested, this weekend in Fez, for having allegedly raped 70 women and young girls. According to the same source, the serial rapist was presented this weekend to the Attorney General. He is charged with “robbery, kidnapping and rape under the threat of a knife.”A judge has initially heard the suspect as well as the testimonies of 28 victims of the region of Fez and Sefrou. The court also expects additional complaints from other victims. The victims are allegedly from Nador, Missour, Meknes, Khoumissat and have already lodged their complaints via phone calls. The first 38 victims are aged between 6 and 45 years. The remaining victims have not yet been identified. Initial reports indicate that the rapist was accustomed to take his victims to deserted locations around Sidi Harazem, in the region of Fez. The suspect had smartly chosen these places, and allegedly had accomplices who facilitated his access to those same locations where he committed his crimes. The accomplices have not yet been identified, according to the same source. The suspect is a 50-year-old father of three. He lived in France before returning to settle in a popular area of Saiss region, near Fez. He spent most of his days driving around, scanning bus stops and other places in search of his potential, unfortunate victims. According to a police report, the suspect then suggested to drop his victims wherever they wanted by his car. He subsequently took them to his pre-selected locations, where he raped and robbed them of all their possessions.Following the same stream of argumentation in a previous article on this phenomenon, Morocco is increasingly becoming “rapist’s haven,” as police authority is absent in some major areas where such crimes are known to be concentrated. While the new legislations against sexual harassment are currently under governmental scrutiny, the Moroccan civil society demands that the government double efforts in combating major crimes in the kingdom, including rape and violence against children. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistribute
LSU’s Ben Simmons is a ludicrously versatile basketball prodigy whose freshman numbers already compare favorably with greats of the past. He’ll probably go first overall in this summer’s NBA draft, and deservedly so. But for all of Simmons’s brilliance, his Tigers aren’t very good — they rank 75th in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, and at 18-12 they’re a long shot to make the NCAA Tournament.This pairing of an exceptional individual and an unremarkable team is pretty rare. When a team has a prospect as good as Simmons, it doesn’t usually lose before the second weekend of the tourney, much less miss the field entirely. To measure this, I gathered ESPN’s prospect rankings for collegiate players from 2001 through last season, tracking how far their teams went in the postseason during their final NCAA season. Among top-five prospects in that span — and Simmons ranks No. 1 this year — 87 percent were on teams that made the NCAA Tournament, with about half going as far as the Elite Eight before losing. The rest of the No. 1s went far — and I mean really far. Half went to the Final Four, and a third went to the national title game. They didn’t do it alone, though. Shane Battier, Anthony Davis and Greg Oden, for instance, generated almost exactly 25 percent of their teams’ win shares when they blazed a path to the championship game. Simmons has been a bit less productive than that trio on a per-minute basis, but he’s also generated 33 percent of LSU’s win shares this season, with his teammates creating roughly 45 percent fewer wins per game than those of Battier, Davis and Oden. If Simmons had anything close to their supporting casts, LSU probably wouldn’t be fretting about Selection Sunday.Instead, we’ll probably be left with a March Madness that doesn’t feature the nation’s best NBA prospect. That isn’t unprecedented, but it is pretty rare — and, mainly, it’s a bummer because Simmons is such an electrifying all-around talent in a sport that needs all the excitement it can get. The crew of prospects Simmons will join if LSU fails to make the tournament isn’t exactly bad — even Steph Curry ended his Davidson career in the NIT, after all. (Granted, Davidson in the Southern Conference and LSU in the Southeastern Conference are apples and oranges; perhaps a better comp for Simmons is Chris Bosh, who couldn’t elevate Georgia Tech into the tournament out of the ACC in 2002-03.) But the distribution of basketball talent is steep. Top draft picks are, on average, so much better than their peers that a No. 1-ranked prospect should probably be held to a higher standard than the rest of the top five.And, sure enough, in the 15 years before Simmons only one No. 1 prospect was on a team that missed the NCAA Tournament: Nerlens Noel, in 2012-13. The other 92 percent of No. 1s at least got to the round of 64, and even Noel’s case comes with a huge asterisk. Before Noel was lost for the season with a knee injury, his Kentucky team was on the bubble at 17-6, but improving; afterward, the Wildcats closed out the season 4-5 and stamped a nonrefundable ticket to the NIT.
Last summer, when it was time for bookmakers to release the odds on the upcoming NHL season, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights were an afterthought. According to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, they had the worst chance to win the Stanley Cup of any team in hockey, at 200-1. How long are those odds? The Cleveland Browns, who are perennially terrible, currently have much better odds (100-1) to win the 2019 Super Bowl.Congratulations to you, then, if you put a few bucks on Vegas at the beginning of the season: All the Knights have done since is finish the regular season with the fifth most points in the NHL, then sprint through the Western Conference playoffs while losing just three games. That torrid run has landed them a spot in the Stanley Cup final — and opened up comparisons with other unlikely Cinderellas. For us, the one that immediately sprang to mind was Leicester City’s unlikely run to the English Premier League title in 2015-16, which also stunned pundits and bookmakers. But which was truly the more impressive feat?Let’s get one thing out of the way early on: The Golden Knights aren’t your average expansion team. In fact, we published a piece way back in October in praise of their expansion roster. We didn’t think they’d win the Stanley Cup — though we were cautious not to entirely discount the upstart desert dwellers — but we also didn’t think they’d be as bad as others in sports media figured they’d be. In terms of goals versus threshold (GVT) statistics,1GVT was developed by Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus and is similar to baseball’s VORP, in that it seeks to determine a player’s value in goals above what a replacement player would contribute. the Golden Knights had the most talent of any expansion team that joined the NHL since 1991.The Golden Knights managed to nab some key pieces in the expansion draft — a former 40-goal scorer plus several former 25-goal scorers and a Stanley Cup-winning goalie who’d been drafted No. 1 overall and was once considered a cornerstone to one of the decade’s most successful franchises. Even then, instant success for Vegas looked unlikely: Since 1991, the average expansion team had only managed to collect 57 points in its inaugural NHL season. But Vegas ended up blowing away those expectations en route to the best expansion season in the history of North American pro sports.Like the Golden Knights, Leicester faced long odds at the beginning of its championship-winning campaign. Infamously, the sportsbook Ladbrokes offered 5,000-1 odds against Leicester winning the EPL title. That number, which was bandied about constantly in the wake of the Foxes’ surprise championship, was probably a sham, set to entice people to place any bets on Leicester at all. The notion of any team having such long odds in a 20-team league is a bit absurd, even by the parity-hating standards of European soccer. To put 5,000-1 in perspective, consider this: Texas Southern’s odds of winning the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament — as a No. 16 seed that had to first get past a play-in game, then rattle off six straight wins over major schools — were only 1,000-1 this past March.The “real” odds of Leicester’s victory were staggering enough, though. Leicester had to play near-perfect soccer for the final two and a half months of the 2014-15 season just to avoid relegation.2The Foxes wound up finishing 14th. According to our Soccer Power Index (SPI), Leicester City was the 12th-best team in England entering the 2015-16 Premier League season. Preseason odds for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons indicate that the 12th-best team in the league would have roughly 465-1 odds to win the Premier League. That may not be 5,000-1 long, but it’s quite long by North American standards. (See Browns, Cleveland, above.)Though there was an argument that Leicester City’s odds should have been even longer, the greater consensus is that bookmakers grossly underestimated the Foxes. (And the bookmakers have admitted as much.) After their championship, at the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Leicester City found itself as the 13th highest valued team in the Premier League according to TransferMarkt, a website that assesses the talent value of each club-soccer player and team.3At the beginning of the 2015-16 season, Leicester was the 19th highest valued team in the Premier League via TransferMarkt, which probably dramatically underrated the team’s roster. But even the 19th-best team in the EPL has roughly 2,400-1 odds on average, according to the FiveThirtyEight model. So no matter how you slice it, those 5,000-1 odds were much too long. Leicester was never the best team in England, even when it won the Premier League crown, but it wasn’t the worst team in the EPL, either. Sure, the league title was improbable — but it probably wasn’t 5,000-1 improbable. That’s why the 465-1 number above seems about right in retrospect.(Here’s more evidence that Leicester City eventually settled into a tier befitting its true talent level: In the two seasons since winning the Premier League title, the Foxes have finished 12th and ninth, respectively. That might look disappointing when compared with their extraordinary 2015-16 season, but it also makes perfect sense when viewed through the lens of the team’s transfer-market value and other metrics.)In the case of Vegas, the Golden Knights’ long odds were certainly influenced by the fact that they were an expansion team — conventional wisdom assumed it was inconceivable that an expansion team stocked with hockey men who’d never played together could win the Stanley Cup. But Vegas’s odds also fall short in comparison with Leicester’s because an improbable championship run is slightly easier in the NHL than the EPL. Hockey has a salary cap to promote balance; soccer teams spend money like it’s going out of style. Hockey’s standings have a wacky loser point to introduce needless confusion; soccer’s table is cold and uncompromising. Hockey’s playoffs are a crapshoot; soccer doesn’t even bother to have playoffs.Of course, like Leicester, Vegas also might return to earth next season. There’s no question that forward William Karlsson has been a revelation,4Part of this must be because he’s played about 42 percent more minutes per game in Vegas than he did the previous season in Columbus, and also that he’s been tasked with more offensive zone responsibility. but his shooting percentage is bound to regress, which means he’s probably not going to be a back-to-back 40 goal scorer. Likewise, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is having by far the best postseason of his career, and one of the best postseasons in NHL history — a feat he’s unlikely to replicate next season. When Leicester City won the Premier League, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez each had the best seasons of their respective Premier League careers. And while each player has been very good since, neither has managed to produce the numbers he did during that magical championship run. The Knights have their share of players who fit the same description.But whether they’ll be good again next year doesn’t matter much to Vegas right now: They’ve already made history as the first NHL expansion team to make a championship series in 50 years. And though the 1967-68 St. Louis Blues did indeed make the Stanley Cup final in their first NHL season, they did so by winning a six-team conference stocked exclusively with other teams playing their first NHL season. The Golden Knights had to navigate a notoriously difficult Western Conference playoff stocked with established NHL franchises. Now, they are just four wins away from becoming the only NHL expansion team to win a Stanley Cup in their inaugural season.Maybe Karlsson only scores 27 goals next year. Maybe Fleury transforms back into the inconsistent goalie we saw in Pittsburgh. If they do so for the defending Stanley Cup champions, though, it’s a safe bet that no one in Las Vegas will care.
Serge Aurier scored the first goal on Tottenham Hotspur’s 7-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup Third Round match.Tottenham Hotspur Serge Aurier scored the first goal for the Spurs’ 7-0 victory at the FA Cup Third Round.Aurier was able to score a magnificent goal against Tranmere Rovers.And captain Dele Alli described how his team lived that goal.“To be honest when he lined-up for it I was a bit ‘oh no, not Serge! Don’t hit it’ but he’s a fantastic player, great quality,” Alli told the club’s official website.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He’s a bit hit and miss with those long strikes but today it came off and we’re thankful because they made it very difficult for us and sometimes it takes quality like that to change the game and turn it around.”“These games are very difficult, we’re away at Tranmere, they worked so hard in the first half and you could see how difficult they made it for us,” he explained.“There was a lot of space but it’s not always easy, they come together quickly and work hard. These games aren’t easy.”“Serge scored the first goal and after that it was important we kept our composure. We made a few chances tactically at half-time and they seemed to work,” he concluded.