Witsel fears Martinez will take Madrid job

first_imgBelgium midfielder Axel Witsel understands why Roberto Martinez is being linked with the Real Madrid job but hopes he stays with the World Cup semi-finalists.The La Liga giants are searching for a new permanent head coach after Julen Lopetegui was sacked following a 5-1 Clasico thrashing at the hands of Barcelona last month.Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino are among the other coaches to have been linked with the vacancy, although interim boss Santiago Solari has strengthened his case with three wins from three games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Royal Belgian Football Association has said Martinez would not be able to join Madrid without the body’s approval.Witsel believes that while it would be a blow to lose Martinez, who led Belgium to a third-place finish at the World Cup, he can see why the former Everton boss is in the running.”It is not surprising after all the great work we’ve done with him the last years and for the last World Cup,” Witsel told reporters.”It is not surprising to see a club like Real Madrid, if the reports are true, to be interested in him.”No, we didn’t call each other to talk about our head coach and Real Madrid. We’ll all be together next week.”As I said, we’ve done a great job so far and we keep doing it. All the players, we’re all happy with the coach and his philosophy. If we lose him it would be a huge loss for all of us.”If it is really the truth and he was meant to leave, he will be frank with us I think.”Having taken @BelRedDevils to a historic bronze medal, coach Roberto Martinez reflects on Russia 2018 while at the FIFA Football Conference  pic.twitter.com/gkPr9Hk4Yf— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) September 23, 2018Martinez has yet to give any public indication whether he would want the Madrid job but Witsel feels any offer would be difficult for the 45-year-old to reject.”I do think it would be,” Witsel added. “It’s like it would be for a player, they’re Real Madrid!”Head coaches are like players now. One day you’re here and in six months, a year, two years you don’t know.”I personally hope he’ll stay with us. If he leaves it would be his decision and that’s it.”last_img read more

The Most Consistent Hitter In Baseball History

Gary Matthews1974-78.287.280.279.283.285.014 Braggo Roth1916-20.286.285.283.287.291.011 Roy Campanella1951-55.325.269.312.207.318.315 According to Fangraphs, none of the 21,214 other qualifying five-year periods1Using a minimum of 350 plate appearances in each season and including overlapping periods for the same hitters. is even close. Journeyman outfielder Nori Aoki had a total movement of 9 points between 2012 and 2016, which comes in second but is still more than double Davis’s. And only one other hitter in history finished with the same average in three straight years — Mookie Wilson for the Mets, hitting exactly .276 from 1983 to 1985.2With an average of .279 in 1982 and .271 in 1981, Wilson’s total movement in the period was 11 points. Just 178 hitters have had the same rounded average in two consecutive seasons.To get a better sense of how bizarre Davis’s consistency is, consider FanGraphs’s finding that batting average does not even stabilize until 910 at-bats. (By “stabilize,” we mean getting to the point at which a player’s batting average is roughly halfway explained by his own skill, with the other half still owed to random variance.) Of course, batters never get 910 at-bats in a 162-game season, which is why batting average has typically been the bane of projection systems. Incredibly, a player’s current batting average is actually a poor predictor of his future batting average even in the same season, never mind from season to season.So wild swings are perfectly normal. The average movement for the entire sample is about 100 points in every five-year period. A perfect example of average variance in the category is Babe Ruth from 1930 to 1934, when he hit, consecutively, .359, .373, .341, .301 and .288.But in 2018, we are witnessing history in batting average on both sides of the spectrum. The exact opposite of Davis is Bryce Harper of the Nationals. He’s tied as the third most volatile hitter ever over a five-year period. Harper’s roller coaster ride in the statistic has taken him from .273 in 2014 to .330 in 2015, back to .243 in 2016 then up to .319 last season. This year, Harper is down to .214. That represents a total movement of 325 points. Harper was bested in extreme variance only by Brooklyn Dodger Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella, who had a 358-point swing from 1952 to 1956 and a 338-point swing from 1953 to 1957, and King Kelly of the Chicago White Stockings and Boston Beaneaters, who had a total movement of 331 points from 1883 to 1887. Kelly is also in the Hall of Fame, and Campanella was a three-time National League MVP, an award Harper won unanimously in 2015. Khris Davis2014-18.244.247.247.247.248.004 For players with a minimum 350 plate appearances each seasonSource: FanGraphs Fred Dunlap1881-85.325.280.326.412.270.319 Bryce Harper’s batting average is on a roller coasterMost total absolute movement from season to season in batting average over a five-year span in MLB history Khris Davis’s batting average is so consistent, it’s scaryLeast total absolute movement from season to season in batting average over a five-year span in MLB history Bryce Harper2014-18.273.330.243.319.214.325 For players with a minimum 350 plate appearances each seasonSource: FanGraphs Ben Zobrist2011-15.269.270.275.272.276.013 King Kelly1882-86.305.255.354.288.388.315 Sam Mertes1901-05.277.282.280.276.279.014 Mookie Wilson1981-85.271.279.276.276.276.011 spanYear 12345total Movement Bing Miller1925-29.319.322.325.329.331.012 Tony Fernandez1990-94.276.272.275.279.279.011 Pete Browning1887-91.402.313.256.373.317.319 Yearly Batting Average Roy Campanella1953-57.312.207.318.219.242.338 George Scott1966-70.245.303.171.253.296.315 YEARLY Batting Average Pete Browning1886-90.340.402.313.256.373.325 Roy Campanella1952-56.269.312.207.318.219.358 King Kelly1883-87.255.354.288.388.322.331 Nori Aoki2012-16.288.286.285.287.283.009 The skeptics have been proven right so far this season in refusing to believe that Khris Davis’s batting average was permanently fixed at .247 by some supernatural force. After hitting exactly that in each of the past three seasons, Davis appears to have broken free of the .247 spell: He’s hitting .248.Baseball’s measure of hitting success has always been rounded to the third decimal. Technically, the Oakland Athletics outfielder has hit .2474489796, .2468468468 and .2473498233 respectively from 2015 to 2017, and this year his average is all the way up to .2484848485. In his only other year of at least 350 plate appearances (2014), he hit .2435129741, or .244. Regardless of how you round these numbers, they make Davis the most consistent hitter in baseball history over any five-year stretch. The total movement of his three-digit average — calculated by simply adding the absolute differences from season to season across five years — is just 4 points (that’s .004 in nonbaseball speak). And the average movement of his average is an absurdly low four-fifths of a point per season. SpanYear 12345TOTal Movement Nori Aoki2013-17.286.285.287.283.277.013 So a lack of consistency doesn’t imply that a hitter is bad — though you may not want to invest in him in your fantasy baseball leagues just on the basis of last season’s numbers. The people who “owned” Kelly when he hit .288 in 1885 between two years leading the National League in hitting with an average north of .350 doubtlessly took a bath in their hypothetical, old-timey roto leagues. Harper’s owners this year are echoing their pain, 133 years later.But Davis is Mr. Reliable. You expect .247 and he gives you .247 — or maybe .248. At worst, .244. Davis is a beacon of consistency in what’s otherwise a wilderness of batting average randomness.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Bayern Munich chiefs slam degrading slanderous criticism from media

first_imgBayern Munich chiefs have defended the squad from the outrageous criticism by the German pressThe Bavarians are winless in their four matches and were handed a humbling 3-0 home loss at the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach last time out in the Bundesliga.It means that Bayern have won just four of their seven opening games of the new league campaign and now lie sixth in the standings.Things only got worse for the German Bayern players during the international break following Die Mannschaft’s Nations League defeats to Holland and France.It marked the first time Germany had lost back-to-back competitive games since 2000.But in a hastily organised press conference today, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge came to the defence of Bayern’s German players.“It’s an important day for FC Bayern because we want to tell you that we will not put up with it anymore,” said Rummenigge on Bayern’s Twitter.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“We will not let this degrading, slanderous reporting as of today. We will protect our players, our coach and the club.“We are not looking for the blame on the media. If you do not play well, you deserve no praise. But we want a report of a factual nature.”Manager Niko Kovac, who spoke earlier today in regards to Saturday’s game at Wolfsburg, has had his own future clouded in doubt by the German media.But sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic declared that the board are fully behind Kovac.“I was accused of not publicly addressing Niko Kovac. For that, I have to clarify something. Why? We appreciate his work. We do not have to publicly justify ourselves,” said Salihamidzic.“This is disrespectful and outrageous, what happens here. I was horrified by the criticism of the team, I must say. I will defend them.”last_img read more

Report Barcelona agree deal for Jean Clair Todibo

first_imgToulouse centre-back Jean Clair Todibo will reportedly join Barcelona at the end of the season on a free transferThe 19-year-old has been at Toulouse since 2016 and made his Ligue 1 debut in a late cameo in the club’s 2-1 win over rivals Bordeaux in August during the Derby de la Garonne.Todibo has since gone on to make a further nine league appearances and scored his first goal for the senior team in a 1-1 draw at Rennes in September.Now Sport reports that Barcelona believe they have sorted out all the details to sign Todibo on a free transfer this summer.The Frenchman will join up with the Catalan’s in pre-season and will be evaluated until the end of August, where the Barcelona coaching staff will decide whether to send him out on loan or not.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.While Todibo certainly has a vast amount of potential, Barcelona are open to the idea of him completing a loan spell to get more first-team experience.The report adds that sporting director Eric Abidal is the one behind this move and will likely still go out and search for another centre-back.Jean Clair Todibo will be a new Barcelona player at the end of the season. The club believe all the details have been sealed to sign the 19-year-old centre back from Toulouse on a free transfer. He will come on a four-year deal. [sport] pic.twitter.com/wX2PmcZ7dN— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) January 4, 2019last_img read more

DID YOU HEAR… Pickleball Court Construction At Town Hall Has Begun Playground

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Department of Public Works began site work for the Pickleball Courts at Town Hall (Palmer Park) on Monday morning and is expected to continue all week.On Friday, May 11, a crane will be on site for the purpose of removing larger trees.  As a result, the basketball court and playground area will be off limits between the hours of 7am. and 4pm.In the event work is not completed on Friday, work will resume on Friday, May 18.Town Meeting voters approved funding for three pickleball courts at Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting.Unsure what Pickleball is? Learn more about the sport by watching this video from the Wilmington Recreation Department HERE.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Town of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTHE WAIT IS OVER: Pickleball Courts To Open At Palmer Park This Wednesday, September 26In “Community”Wilmington To Build 3 Pickleball CourtsIn “Government”NOW HIRING: Town’s Highway Division Is Hiring An Equipment OperatorIn “Business”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for July 23 Highway Crash Hit Run In Market Basket

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, July 23, 2019:A black 2015 Honda Accord struck a median guardrail on 93 North, south of Exit 39. Vehicle towed. State Police handled scene. (6:23am)A walk-in party reported a hit and run in the Market Basket parking lot yesterday between noon and 1pm. No witnesses or note left. (9:34am)Animal Control Office retrieved a sink skunk from a Carolyn Road backyard and brought to Chelmsford rehab. (12:57pm)Police retrieved a syringe from Shawsheen Avenue and Blanchard Avenue and brought it back to the station for proper disposal. (5:10pm)Police spoke with several parties on the train tracks on Richmond Street and sent them on their way. (5:36pm)Officers observed parties walking around the police station’s parking lot, taking video and photographs. Parties walked into the lobby videotaping and photographing. They attempted to question dispatch personnel and the station officer in an attempt to illicit banter back and forth. When parties were not satisfied with the officers’ responses, they exited the building. (6:33pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 29: Burlington Man Arrested For OUI; Injured HummingbirdIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

It feels good to experiment with different roles Chunky Panday at the

first_imgChunky PandayPR HandoutThe screening of the third edition of Shururat, called ‘Shuruaat Ka Twist’ was held at PVR, Citi Mall, Mumbai a couple of days ago. ‘Shuruaat Ka Twist’ is an anthology of six short films mentored by Vikramaditya Motwane, Rajkumar Hirani, Amit V Masurkar, Raj Kumar Gupta.The event witnessed the who’s who of Bollywood from Rasika Dugal, Mukul Chadda, Irshad Kamil, Sriram Raghavan, Sayani Gupta, Sumeet Vyas, Rasika Dugal, Chunky Panday, Delnaaz Irani, Anuritta K. Jha, Gulshan Grover, Mahima Chaudhury, Shahriyar Atai, Avinash Tiwari, Tripti Dimni and Parmeet Sethi. The film received a standing ovation as the audience witnessed an array of genres and emotions.The short film anthology features popular actors such as Chunky Pandey, Neena Gupta and Delnaz Irani offering the best of entertainment with films such as ‘TAP TAP’ directed by Praveen Fernandes, ‘Khauff’ by Hanish Kalia, ‘Adi Sonal’ by Heena D’Souza, ‘Bhaskar Calling’ by Sanjiv Kishinchandani, ‘Guddu’ by Gaurav Mehra and ‘Gutthi’ by Avalokita Dutt.Commenting on the Vinay Mishra, HumaraMovie said, “We are extremely delighted with Shuruaat- each edition has been better, larger and more fulfilling for us, the filmmakers and the audience. Really want to thank the support we get from mentors, the filmmakers, the innumerable cast and crew who work on this probono and PVR which helps us all by showcasing this.”Speaking on the collaboration, actor Chunky Panday said, “It’s a new kind of character I am playing in the film and I hope people like it. It feels good to experiment with different roles. I must commend the great effort to the team at HumaraMovie that enables such good stories to be made in the best way.”The six short films cover a host of diverse genres and topics that include a character study of a washed out music composer, a psychological thriller about fear, a family drama with underlying tensions, a comic take on a common menace, a tale about two female friends and lastly, a love story about breaking away from conventions.At the screening, popular actor Sumeet Vyas said, “My journey with HumaraMovie started back in 2012 and it’s exciting to be here today. The short films in Shuruaat Ka Twist offer a great blend of storytelling. I love the fact that in Adi Sonal, the message is conveyed subtly. It is not an outright film on feminism but it makes you feel for the cause.”The first edition of Shuruaat was launched in 2016, titled ‘Shor Se Shuruaat’. With ace filmmakers such as Imtiaz Ali, Shyam Benegal, Mira Nair, Homi Adjania, Zoya Akhtar, Sriram Raghavan and Nagesh Kukunoor as mentors, the film was well received around the country.Offering the right dose of entertainment that keeps the audience hooked, Shuruaat Ka twist brings together glimpses of present India and how our lived experiences are similar in more than one way.last_img read more

2 lakh shell firms may face criminal action for depositing unexplained money

first_imgCreative CommonsWith the revamp in the Companies Act, thousands of shell companies now can face criminal action for depositing unexplained high-value notes during demonetisation or for operating bank accounts after their names were blacklisted.According to the Times of India, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) is planning to invoke provisions of section 447 of the new Companies Act against 2 lakh de-registered companies.If found guilty, the firm owners can get imprisonment of three to 10 years for fraud. Moreover, a penalty can be levied on the fraudulent firm, which is equal to the value of the offence.Sources told TOI that the registrar of companies will do a thorough investigation of the de-registered companies to find out the source of funds.Earlier, the ministry had disqualified two lakh directors for holding posts in the companies that have defaulted loans and have failed to file their financial returns for last three years. The government has also frozen their bank accounts to check any siphoning off of funds.Sources said that the revenue department and MCA are jointly working to act against “shell companies”. The revenue department also believes that many of these companies simply exist to launder funds by routing money through a web of companies.Earlier this month, the government had announced that it has received ‘vital information’ from 13 banks on suspicious transactions post-demonetisation. The data provided by banks reveal that suspicious transactions were carried out by 2,09,032 companies, which were already blacklisted by the Registrar of Companies earlier this year.Quoting sources, the newspaper reported that preliminary data accessed by the tax department revealed that Rs 4,600 crore were routed through bank accounts of less than 6,000 companies.”While it is not illegal to have several bank accounts, we need to establish that the funds were beyond the known sources of income,” a tax officer explained.last_img read more

PCJSS man shot dead in Rangamati

first_imgIllustration of shootingAn activist of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samity (PCJSS) was shot to death by some miscreants at his house in Babupara area of Baghaichhari municipality on Friday evening.The deceased was Bashu Chakma, 42, an activist of PCJSS (MN-Larma).Unidentified miscreants stormed into his house and opened fire on him around 7:30pm, leaving Bashu dead on the spot, said MM Manjur, officer-in-charge of Baghaichhari police station.Two locally made pistols were recovered from the spot, he added.last_img read more