RIVALRYPRIMARY DIVISIONTOTALSHARE WITH ABOVE-AVG. ELOSAVG. ELO Cleveland v. CincinnatiAFC Central8514.1%1470 Chicago v. Green BayNFC Central9122.01504 Chicago v. DetroitNFC Central9111.01474 GAMES PLAYED New Orleans v. AtlantaNFC West9214.11474 And perish the thought that both would be good at the same time — only two Bills-Jets matchups have ever seen each team come in with an Elo of 1550 or better (think a solid 9- to 10-win team).All that said, Thursday night’s game does fall into the category of better-than-average Bills-Jets matchups, somehow. Although Buffalo and New York each dropped their Week 1 games, Elo still thinks they’re both decent teams, with ratings propped up by a pair of nonlosing seasons last year. In fact, 2015’s regular-season finale (which Buffalo won to spoil the Jets’ playoff hopes) also saw both teams enter the game with above-average Elo ratings, making Thursday’s matchup only the fifth time in the rivalry — and the first time since 2000 — that each was above the 1500 Elo mark in back-to-back games.So if you find yourself watching a couple of teams dressed in kitschy uniforms fight over Rex Ryan’s pride Thursday night, remember that things could be so much worse. In the grand scheme of the Jets-Bills rivalry, this is just about as good as it gets. Includes all games through Week 2 of the 2016 NFL season.Source: pro-football-reference.com Kansas City v. San DiegoAFC West9329.01506 After kicking off the NFL season with a Super Bowl rematch, Thursday Night Football is a little less exciting in Week 2. First of all, it’s one of those annoying “color rush” games, the NFL’s excuse to sell a few extra jerseys by dressing teams up in garish monochrome duds. (But hey, at least people with red-green color blindness will actually be able to follow the action this year.) More importantly, it’s also Jets vs. Bills — the NFL’s fourth-worst division rivalry of the post-merger era.At least, that’s according to our Elo ratings, which gauge the strength of each NFL team at any given moment in time. Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, 29 pairs of teams have played at least 85 games against each other while belonging to the same division,1Why use 85 games as the cutoff? Because after those 29 pairs, the list of most frequent post-merger division rivals drops sharply from 85 matchups to 66, as we start to delve into pairings that haven’t happened since the NFL re-aligned in 2002. and the Jets and Bills are among the most frequent of those pairings, having played as division rivals in every season but one since the merger. (They didn’t face off in the strike-shortened 1982 campaign.) Unfortunately, they’re also both among the NFL’s losingest teams over that span; the Jets have the league’s sixth-worst winning percentage since 1970, and Buffalo has its 10th-worst.Even when the Bills and Jets have actually been good, it’s seldom come at the same time. Neither team did especially well in the 1970s, and although the Jets had their moments in the early 1980s — they made the playoffs four times between 1981 and 1986 — they’d already faded by the time the Bills assembled their great AFC dynasty of the 1990s. Both teams made the playoffs in 1998, but the Bills started wandering through the wilderness shortly afterwards, while the Jets have been about a .500 ballclub in the 21st century.So if we average together New York and Buffalo’s Elo ratings at the time of each matchup, they come out to 1475.7, the fourth-lowest average out of the 29 pairs of division rivals I mentioned above. (Only the Bears and Lions, Bengals and Browns,2Treating the old Browns (before they became the Ravens) and the new Browns as one entity. and Saints and Falcons were worse.) They’ve also simultaneously boasted pregame Elo ratings above 1500 — the mark of an average team — only 15.2 percent of the time, also fourth-worst since the merger. Buffalo v. New EnglandAFC East9116.51505 Detroit v. MinnesotaNFC Central9122.01496 NY Giants v. PhiladelphiaNFC East9636.51506 The NFL’s worst division rivalries (1970-2016) Detroit v. Green BayNFC Central9416.01488 Buffalo v. NY JetsAFC East9215.21476
Ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Anfield Road, Rafael Benitez praised Jürgen Klopp’s ability to assemble the best Liverpool squad in modern history.Spanish manager Rafael Benitez is about to visit Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Boxing Day, he is going back to the stadium where he became a legendary manager for all the Reds’ supporters and he has high praise towards the German manager.The Newcastle United boss is very impressed with how well Klopp has done it with Liverpool in the few seasons he’s managed the squad, he even thinks that the German boss has managed to put together the most impressive Liverpool squad that anyone has ever seen.“What I think is they have the best squad. When you spend money you bring in better players so when they sign Fabinho and Keita, spending some money, and they keep Henderson and Wijnaldum, you keep the good players and bring in good players and the squad is better,” said Rafa via The Mirror.“That means different competition, different games and still you have a strong team on the pitch.”“Best team? It is difficult to say a team because always on my mind when we beat Real Madrid and Barcelona, there was a great team.”“I see Liverpool and Manchester City ahead of the others and Liverpool are in form, they are doing really well and it will be a difficult game for us.”Benitez also had very nice things to say about Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah, who is officially back to his best form in the last few weeks and will start on Wednesday against Newcastle.“In every game, he is doing really well. He has the pace, the vision, the ability. He is clinical in front of of goal and he has a lot of things,” he added.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“But it is not just him, they have a very good team and a very good squad so you can change players and still have a very good 11.”“When I was there we had to sell to buy and now they are bringing in players who were good and now they are even better.”“He is doing so well and the team is helping him to do well every week, football is about consistency and quality and at the moment he has everything.”About what he expects from the match, Rafa dropped some wishful thinking ahead of the match.“I would like to go there, enjoy it and come back with three points and wish them all the best for the rest of the season.”“We have a plan to beat them and if we do well and they make mistakes we can do it. With these top sides you have to do everything right and they have to have a bad day and then you have a chance,” he concluded.[Media] Benitez: I had to sell before I could buy players at Liverpool https://t.co/24IWp59hkc pic.twitter.com/iBEwOVA9XK— LFCMAGAZINE (@LFCMAGAZINE) December 26, 2018
Posted: March 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter March 29, 2019 AP AP, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsBOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen parents charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are due in court.They are expected to make initial appearances Friday in federal court in Boston.They’re among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.Authorities say the parents paid an admission consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at sought-after schools.Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are charged in the case but are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. They have not publicly addressed the allegations.On Thursday, former Yale University women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith became the third person to plead guilty in the case.The admissions consultant at the center of the scheme has also pleaded guilty. Parents headed to court in college admissions cheating scam Updated: 10:40 PM
Here’s a recap of CN activity over the past month:CN chief operating officer and chief financial officer John Bellando and editorial director Tom Wallace leave the company; David Geithner (ex-Time Inc.) is the new CFO (July 23).Lucky enters into a co-venture with e-commerce specialist BeachMint (Aug. 11).CN executive VP and chief integration officer Drew Schutte becomes Details VP and publisher (Aug. 13).CN agrees to sell much of Fairchild Fashion Media to Penske Media Corp. (Aug. 19).Edward Menicheschi succeeds Lou Cona as Condé Nast Media Group president and chief marketing officer (Aug. 21). The seemingly endless summer of Condé Nast corporate and executive activity continued on Aug. 21 with the announcement by four-year president Bob Sauerberg that Edward Menicheschi (pictured) was ending eight years as Vanity Fair VP and publisher to become president and chief marketing officer of Condé Nast Media Group (CNMG)—the company’s corporate sales unit. Menicheschi is succeeding Lou Cona, who was with CNMG for six out of his 13 years with the company. In April 2013, the former InStyle, VF and The New Yorker publisher was promoted to CNMG president and chief revenue officer, and now-four-year Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg said at the time that Cona had turned CNMG “into a multidisciplined organization [that] delivers an expanding collection of assets to our clients.”Now, it is Menicheschi winning Sauerberg’s praise for “posting extraordinary business results while leading VF‘s drive into cross-platform ad initiatives including digital, print, video and event activation.” Further, the monthly produced “record revenue and profit performance in 2013” (sum not disclosed) with catalysts including VF‘s 21-year-old Academy Awards party becoming the culmination of a week-long series of events with many partnerships. Earlier in his career, Menicheschi was president of Fairchild Fashion Media from 2001-2006 when W and Details were part of his purview and Mary Berner (now MPA president and CEO) was his boss. His being Vogue executive editor from 1992-1994 meant serving as an “editorial liaison” to now-26-year editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. More on this topic Condé Nast Reorgs Digital Sales and Marketing Louis Cona Promoted to President, CRO of Condé Nast Media Group Condé Nast Realigns Management for Growth Jason Wagenheim Named Glamour VP/Publisher Condé Nast Announces Management Restructuring Executive Shakeup at Condé NastJust In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered by
Spice Girls Reunion With Victoria Beckham Planned For 2018 Following “secret” talks, all five Spice Girls are reportedly onboard for a reunion celebration in ’18Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2017 – 10:46 am Slam your body down and wind it all around, ’90s style!According to multiple reports, including NME, the Spice Girls — Victoria Beckham (Posh), Melanie Brown (Scary), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), Emma Bunton (Baby), and Geri Horner (Ginger) — are planning to reunite for some big projects in 2018, including a celebratory reunion TV special and new album.”The five of them have been locked in secret talks since the summer, and finally they are all on-board for a 2018 reunion,” a source told The Sun. “As it stands, they will be working together on a series of projects, which will include an album and a TV special celebrating the Spice Girls — and getting Victoria to agree has been a coup for everyone involved, given she has always been the person holding back on a reunion.”Horner hinted at a possible Spice Girls reunion in October. “I really pushed to get everyone back together,” she told Red magazine. “I still love the girls and there are other bits and bobs in the pipeline.”The quintet last appeared together to perform their hits “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The group released their last studio album, Forever, in 2000.’The Bodyguard’ Soundtrack: 25 Years After Whitney Houston’s Masterpiece Twitter Facebook News Email Spice Girls To Reunite In 2018 spice-girls-reunion-victoria-beckham-planned-2018
German foreign minister Heiko Maas attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany on 6 June 2018. Germany and France voiced cautious optimism Monday that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled peace process in the smouldering Ukraine war that has claimed 10,000 lives. Photo: ReutersGermany and France voiced cautious optimism Monday that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled peace process in the smouldering Ukraine war that has claimed 10,000 lives.Despite high tensions between Western powers and president Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the four foreign ministers held their first meeting since early last year to revitalise a long ignored truce agreement.After “countless ceasefire violations” in recent months, said the Berlin talks’ host, Germany’s top diplomat Heiko Maas, “it was all the more necessary that we have met again here after 16 months.”Russia and Ukraine had again formally committed to the key tenets of the 2015 Minsk agreement, brokered by Germany and France, he said.”All sides once more voiced support for a lasting ceasefire, including the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the disengagement of troops and demining, and the protection and granting of access to the OSCE Observer Mission,” he said.Russia’s Sergei Lavrov said that “of course we have not been able to solve all the problems related to the implementation of the Minsk agreements to settle the internal Ukrainian crisis, but I believe that this meeting was very useful.”‘Positive dynamic’ Lavrov said both sides had discussed a ‘road map’ for a prisoner exchange of people being held by Kiev and Moscow, reported state news agency RIA Novosti.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also saw “a positive dynamic for what I hope will be a peaceful solution”, adding that Paris and Berlin had offered to assist in demining operations.In the long run, he said, “we are ready to work on the parameters of a possible United Nations mission for eastern Ukraine when the implementation of the Minsk agreements will allow it”.Even if the guns were to fall silent, that issue is tricky.While Moscow favours blue-helmet troops only along the frontline, Kiev would want them to also police the Ukraine-Russian border to prevent soldiers and weapons from crossing.Despite the continued bloodshed, the Ukraine conflict has been half-forgotten by the West amid other crises and its own divisions, and as France, Germany and Russia have all been caught up in their own elections over the past year.The UN Security Council last week condemned “continuous violations of the ceasefire” and “the tragic humanitarian situation” on the frontline.In a rare phone call Saturday to prepare for the meeting, Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko discussed an “exchange of people being held” by both sides.But given the deepening distrust between the West and Russia, hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough were always low.The conflict began when a 2014 popular Ukrainian uprising ousted a Kremlin-backed president in Kiev and Russia moved to annex the Crimea peninsula, backing insurgents in the former Soviet state.Brussels responded to the territorial grab with stinging economic sanctions, with Moscow retaliating in kind. ‘Severe consequences’ Since then, east-west tensions have spiralled to a new post-Cold War low.The US and European powers have accused Moscow of using hackers and propaganda to sow discord, meddle in elections and back eurosceptics and right-wing populists, as well as ramping up military posturing to threaten eastern European states.Putin, who was re-elected to a fourth term in March, has denied all the charges and argued forcefully that hostile NATO powers are seeking to demonise and weaken Russia.Moscow also accused Kiev of spreading “bizarre” fake news after Ukraine’s secret service last month staged the murder of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, claiming it did so to foil a Russian plot on his life.Heightening tensions, Putin on Thursday warned that any military “provocations” during the World Cup football tournament which Russia is hosting, would have “very severe consequences for Ukraine as a state”.Russia’s main goal is the lifting of damaging economic sanctions, a push aided by the rise of sympathetic populist parties in the EU, most recently in Italy.France and Germany agree that any sanctions relief for Russia must be conditional on advances in the Ukraine peace process.
Muslim Rohingya continue to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state, many testifying about violence, persecution, killings and burning of their homes by soldiers and Buddhists, the United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday.Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, in his final remarks to the Human Rights Council before stepping down on Aug 31, questioned a top Myanmar official’s assertion that the government was committed to defending the rights of all, not those of any one community.”In my four years as High Commissioner I have heard many preposterous claims. That claim is almost in its own category of absurdity,” Zeid said. “Have you no shame, sir, have you no shame? We are not fools.”The Myanmar official, Kyaw Moe Tun, director-general of its foreign ministry, did not reply to Zeid’s comments which closed the two-hour debate. After the session he could not be reached for comment.Earlier, Kyaw said during the debate that Zeid’s report contained information that was “distorted or exaggerated”. He blamed the violence on militants who attacked Myanmar government forces.”The root cause of the tragedy was terrorism and terrorism cannot be condoned under any circumstance,” Kyaw said.So far this year, 11,432 Rohingya have reached Bangladesh, where more than 700,000 have fled since an August military crackdown in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, Zeid said.”No amount of rhetoric can whitewash these facts. People are still fleeing persecution in Rakhine — and are even willing to risk dying at sea to escape,” he said.Many Rohingya refugees also report being pressured by Myanmar authorities to accept a national verification card that says they need to apply for citizenship, he added.The citizenship issue is at the core of discussions on their status, Zeid said, adding that the cards “mark the Rohingya as non-citizens, in keeping with the government’s characterisation of them as foreigners in their own homeland”.Authorities in mainly Buddhist Myanmar deny carrying out large scale human rights abuses, which the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing. Authorities say a crackdown in Rakhine is a necessary response to violence by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militant group, which attacked Myanmar security posts.Kyaw said a top priority for his government was to find a “sustainable solution” in Rakhine. It had agreed with Bangladesh in January 2018 that repatriation of refugees would be completed within two years, he said.