LONDON (AP) — Christian Coleman’s career record against Usain Bolt: 0-0.The University of Tennessee product who recently turned pro could actually end up in very rare company — a sprinter with a winning mark against the Jamaican great. That would involve Coleman pulling off the improbable — impossible? — in Bolt’s final 100-meter race at the world championships. The semifinals and final are Saturday.Coleman is one of the few who could challenge Bolt, especially with Andre De Grasse of Canada withdrawing because of a hamstring injury. Coleman finished in 10.01 seconds Friday, the second-fastest time behind another Jamaican, Julian Forte (9.99). And while Bolt won his heat, his time of 10.07 was eighth overall.Don’t read too much into that, though. Bolt always saves his best for big occasions.“I have a lot of confidence in myself that I can come out and win,” Coleman said. “But you never take anybody for granted. … Got to make sure I’m on my ‘A’ game, make sure I’m ready to compete.”The 21-year-old Coleman certainly is getting his name out there. He won the 100 and 200 at the NCAA championships in June. But before that, he made a splash by sprinting 40 yards in 4.12 seconds , then posting video of it after the NFL draft. His time was faster than any football player who ran at the NFL combine.Fun, though that was a mere sideshow. Sprinting is his game, and Coleman has grown up a big fan of Bolt’s. He insisted he’s not the least bit intimidated by Bolt, whose presence and 6-foot-5 frame cast a large shadow.“You can’t call yourself the best if you don’t go against the best,” Coleman said. “I’ll be ready to compete. I won’t be distracted.”Coleman doesn’t rattle easily, something his coach in college learned early on.“We call him ‘Cool-man,’ instead of Coleman,” said Tim Hall, an assistant at Tennessee. “Because his temperament is always even in terms of focusing on the things he wants to accomplish. He’s been able to apply those things to his daily practice sessions. You see the results when he’s on the track.”A few sprinters who could give Bolt a run for his gold Saturday:THE TOP CONTENDER: The 35-year-old Justin Gatlin made a tactical mistake at the 2015 world championships in Beijing, going into his lean too early as Bolt sneaked past him by 0.01 seconds. Gatlin also finished runner-up to Bolt at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. “I feel good. I feel confident,” Gatlin said of his chances this time. “We’ve been working on some things, making sure our race pattern is a little different than before.”THE OTHER JAMAICAN: Yohan Blake’s request is simple: Don’t call him “The Beast” anymore. Blake has the distinction of being the last sprinter to win a 100-meter gold at the worlds other than Bolt. Blake captured the title at the 2011 world championships after a false start by Bolt led to a disqualification. Blake has been slowed by injuries in recent seasons and finished second in his heat Friday behind Abdul Hakim Sani Brown of Japan.THE OTHER, OTHER JAMAICAN: Forte tied his personal best in posting the evening’s top time. A confidence boost? “I’ve always been confident,” Forte said. “I just kept it at its high level.”THE LONG SHOT, PART I: Ever heard of Chijindu Ujah? The British sprinter may not win, but could be in the mix for a medal. He won the 100 a month ago in a Diamond League race in London.THE LONG SHOT, PART II: Akani Simbine of South Africa did just enough to advance Friday. He did beat the likes of Gatlin and De Grasse during a Diamond League meet in Doha in May.By PAT GRAHAMTweetPinShare0 Shares
TEN46.519.0WSH11.010.859.71495 NO69NO72NO 12, CAR 9-0.6– 2018Kirk Cousins7-6-1124100103109105111105 DET51BUF50BUF 14, DET 13-0.9– Minnesota7.313L.A. Rams3.741 HOU64HOU72HOU 29, NYJ 22+3.2– SEA71SEA75SF 26, SEA 23-8.2– Atlanta5.329Minnesota6.704 * Excluding games against the team in question.Source: ESPN.com JAX60JAX63WSH 16, JAX 13-5.3– Cousins has held the Vikings’ passing stats steadyAdvanced passing index numbers for Minnesota Vikings starting QBs from 2017 (Case Keenum) and 2018 (Kirk Cousins) OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION PIT51NE56PIT 17, NE 10-9.7– DAL95.27.2TB0.00.014.91493 IND34.06.4NYG0.00.013.61477 2018Case Keenum6-8-09592851001049092 MIN72MIN66MIN 41, MIA 17-6.2– And that’s to say nothing of Keenum’s own nosedive in performance after leaving Minnesota for Denver, where he has strongly reverted back to the form he’d shown in four seasons leading up to 2017 as a mediocre spot-starter. Keenum’s passer rating this season (82.1) has a lot more in common with his 78.4 career mark before 2017 than the out-of-nowhere 98.3 rating he posted last season. Had the Vikings brought Keenum back, their offense would likely be in even worse straits than it has actually been this season.Instead, Minnesota paid the going rate to Cousins, easily the best available option on the QB market,2Especially considering that Drew Brees returned to New Orleans and the 49ers backed up the Brinks truck for Jimmy Garoppolo. in order to keep the passing game afloat — and in the big picture, that plan basically worked. But Cousins and the Vikings haven’t been able to convert those raw numbers into points as readily as they did last season. Minnesota already has six more turnovers this year than last; it’s also fallen from the league’s third-best third-down conversion rate to 19th, and from the ninth-best red-zone scoring percentage to 21st. (Cousins’s own penchant for taking ill-timed red zone sacks — he’s tied for the third-most in the NFL — hasn’t helped there.)The offense boasts plenty of talent between Cousins, running backs Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray — a pair collectively averaging more yards per carry this year (4.4) than last (4.1) — and wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who are on pace to become the 68th teammates in NFL history to each average at least 70 receiving yards per game in a season.3Minimum 13 games played in a season by each player. Yet the moments of excellence have been few and far between. In Weeks 11 through 14, Minnesota averaged just 15.3 points per game, culminating in a 7-point disaster against the Seahawks that ultimately cost DeFilippo his job.It wouldn’t be a Vikings season without a hint of hope, however — this time in the form of that 41-point outburst against Miami under new play-caller Kevin Stefanski. Tasked with running the ball more, Stefanski had Cousins hand off 40 times and throw just 21 passes, a reversal of the team’s tendency toward the pass on nearly 70 percent of plays under DeFilippo. Some of the newfound run-heavy game plan owes to the quick 21-0 lead Minnesota jumped out to over the Dolphins, but it also represents a change in offensive philosophy for a team generally built to pass the ball.Said tight end David Morgan after the Miami game: “In days leading up, [Stefanski] was talking about kind of the identify we wanted to be and be physical and kind of run the ball really well and kind of just set it how we used to run it.”We’ll find out over the next two weeks how much the Vikings’ new identity sticks — and, perhaps more importantly, how well it works. Their next game, against Detroit, carries plenty of playoff implications not just for fans in Minnesota but also those in Philadelphia and Washington. That’s a big part of why, according to our combination of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and game importance (how likely it is to swing every team’s odds of making the playoffs),4Which adds up a game’s potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league — including those not participating in the game itself. Vikings-Lions is the fourth-best game of Week 16: The best matchups of Week 16Week 16 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com GB0.00.0NYJ0.00.01.81402 CHI100.00.0SF0.00.03.01492 YearPlayerRecordCmp%Y/ATD%Int%Sack%QB RtgANY/A BAL76BAL74BAL 20, TB 12-2.6– MIN57.525.9DET0.00.052.91510 2017Case Keenum11-3-0115104102115114111111 PHI38.918.6HOU126.96.36.199569 Seattle8.331Seattle6.679 Washington7.329L.A. Chargers3.718 * Advanced passing indices are scaled where 100 is league average, and 15 points in either direction represents 1 standard deviation.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Adv. Passing Index* NE99.50.9BUF0.00.02.61505 DEN69%DEN57%CLE 17, DEN 16+12.4– TeamWinsOpp. WPctTeamLossesOpp. WPct CIN0.00.0CLE0.00.04.41415 That will set up what might be an even more crucial matchup in Week 17 against the Bears, where the fate of this baffling Vikings squad could be decided once and for all. In a way, the Vikings were always primed to regress in 2018 — it was just a question of how much. Their defense was unusually great last year, and it has fallen from first in points allowed last season to 12th this year.5Even as it continues to rank as the game’s stingiest on third down, where it figured to lose a lot of its performance this season due to regression. The offense was going to need to sustain its efficiency despite breaking in a new QB and coordinator. The expectations might have been unrealistically high; either way, they haven’t been consistently met. But despite everything, the Vikings have still given themselves a chance to play their way into the postseason. Although their destiny could be redemption or it could be doom — at least they control it.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersFor up-to-date playoff probabilities and Super Bowl odds, Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings in our NFL prediction interactive. It simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks every team’s chances of winning it all. You can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game, so give it a shot and try to climb up our giant leaderboard.Based on data from the prediction contest, here are the matchups in which Elo made its best — and worst — picks against the field of readers last week: Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. PIT74.711.6NO100.00.024.11664 BAL40.7%+/-29.2LAC100.0%+/-0.058.61614 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality CIN66CIN59CIN 30, OAK 16-7.4– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 15Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 15 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game SEA96.43.3KC100.00.07.61624 CAR1.00.8ATL0.00.02.51492 KC66KC62LAC 29, KC 28+2.8– DEN0.00.0OAK0.00.01.61398 Arizona3.269Kansas City3.795 A vaguely above-average team that can only beat inferior opponents is not what the Vikings were envisioning when they signed Cousins to that massive contract — which, of course, the 2018 Vikings’ entire season will ultimately be viewed as a referendum on. Though it was later surpassed by a number of other deals, Cousins’ three-year, $84 million contract was the largest in NFL history when he put pen to paper in March. With it came the weight of the franchise and the responsibility to improve on last year’s offense, which was seen as the team’s weakness relative to its top-ranked defense. And by that standard, Cousins has failed. This season, Minnesota is down from 10th in points per game to 17th; from tied for 11th in yards per play to a tie for 14th; from eighth in expected points added to 23rd.Cousins’ individual passing numbers aren’t so different from Keenum’s a year ago, though. In fact, Cousins beats his predecessor’s 2017 stats in terms of completion percentage (70.5 percent to 67.6), touchdown percentage (4.8 percent to 4.6) and passer rating (99.0 to 98.3), while sticking relatively close on interception percentage (1.8 percent vs. 1.5). The only area in which Cousins hasn’t really matched Keenum is sack rate — Minnesota’s 2018 starter has hit the deck on 5.9 percent of his dropbacks (compared with 4.4 percent for Keenum in 2017). Even granting that passing standards have gotten higher since last year, Cousins has done a good job of roughly approximating Keenum’s 2017 output according to Pro-Football-Reference’s advanced passing indices, which scale everything relative to a league average of 100 (where 15 points in either direction equals one standard deviation of performance): LAR70LAR76PHI 30, LAR 23-10.2– MIA5.03.9JAX0.00.09.01421 ATL73ATL71ATL 40, ARI 14-2.7– Minnesota beats the bad teams, loses to the good onesAverage opponent winning percentage* for 2018 NFL teams, by team’s outcome in game CHI74CHI69CHI 24, GB 17-5.4– PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS ARI0.00.0LAR100.00.01.71464 TEN51TEN51TEN 17, NYG 0-2.5– If it feels like we still don’t know how good the Minnesota Vikings are after 15 weeks of football, it’s probably because … we still don’t. With their playoff hopes on the line Sunday, the Vikings cruised past the Miami Dolphins — a team whose own playoff future was in flux — in a 41-17 rout. According to the FiveThirtyEight Elo prediction model, Minnesota now has a 58 percent chance of making the postseason, giving the Vikings an edge in playoff odds over Philadelphia (39 percent), Washington (11 percent) and Carolina (less than 1 percent) in the battle for the NFC’s second and final wild card spot.1Despite losing Sunday, the 8-6 Seattle Seahawks have all but clinched the playoffs, with a strong probability of owning the No. 5 seed in the NFC.And yet, the Vikings have been one of the tougher teams to figure out this season. (As if they would have it any other way.) Surprise Super Bowl contenders last year, they pre-emptively moved on from journeyman quarterback Case Keenum to the highly paid Kirk Cousins — a move that seems to get second-guessed on a weekly basis. But every time this team is written off, Minnesota has responded with a performance like Sunday’s win. So why have these Vikings been so mystifying? Did the recent firing of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo do anything to fix the team’s malaise? And is Minnesota still in a position to realistically contend for that elusive first Super Bowl ring in franchise history?One reason the Vikings have seemed so disappointing is that expectations were very high after last season’s miraculous run to the NFC title game. This time last year, Minnesota’s Elo rating was 1639, tied for fourth-best in the NFL. And before the 2018 season began, its Elo was 1602 — the highest it had been before any season since 1999. (That year, the Vikings went 10-6 and lost in the divisional round, which was also disappointing relative to expectations.) Compared with either lofty standard, the Vikings’ current rating of 1560 — 11th-best in football — hasn’t really hit the mark. Among teams that are still above a 1500 (i.e., average) Elo right now, only Philadelphia has fallen short of its preseason rating by a wider margin than the Vikings have.Minnesota hasn’t been able to gain much ground in Elo in part because it only ever beats the opponents it’s supposed to. (Except when it loses to them as 16½-point favorites.) The Vikings’ wins have come against a group that has a combined .313 winning percentage in games against other opponents, which is second only to the Cardinals (.269) for lowest in the league in terms of opponents a team has beaten. Meanwhile, the teams who have beaten the Vikings have a combined winning percentage of .704, fourth-highest in the league. (Their tie was against a Packers team with a .385 winning percentage in other games.) Playoff %Playoff % DAL53DAL52IND 23, DAL 0-1.1– Just when readers pulled closer to the Elo model in Week 14, our algorithm struck back in Week 15, winning by an average of 44.4 points over the typical reader. The field picked up points for believing in the Browns against the Broncos — or at least considering Cleveland less of an underdog. (Cleveland won, continuing its incredible turnaround season.) But that was one of the week’s few bright spots for readers, as Elo had the better pick on average in 13 of 16 matchups, including Pittsburgh’s upset win over New England and the Eagles’ victory at the L.A. Rams.Despite the carnage, congrats are in order to James Hare, who won Week 15 with a tally of +123.9 points. And let’s give yet another round of applause to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who stayed at No. 1 for the season with +960.2 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, get in on the action before it’s too late! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
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T&T Heats up with Festivals, New Meetings Space and Hotel Deals this Summer UN calls Trinidad and Tobago Happiest Caribbean Nation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPort of Spain, Trinidad – April 28, 2015 – The numbers are in and Trinidad & Tobago has been named the “happiest” Caribbean nation yet again. With its vibrant lifestyle, dynamic culture, booming business center, strong government and, of course, largest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean, it is no surprise that the dual-island nation leads the way in happiness. According to the World Happiness Report from the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) released on April 23, 2015, the destination ranked highest in happiness in the Caribbean and 41st in the world. Trinidad & Tobago’s flourishing culinary scene and year round festivals, combined with local steel pan and soca music and picturesque beaches, bring out the happiness in both locals and visitors alike. Whether sampling world-renowned street food on “The Avenue” [Ariapita Avenue], “wining” to the music at cultural and food festivals, getting a taste of adventure in the mountains of Trinidad or unwinding on Pigeon Point beach in Tobago, Trinbagonians have plenty of reasons to smile. Additionally, with 15 public holidays last year, Trinidad & Tobago is among the top ten countries in the world for the number of public holidays.The World Happiness Report aims to help country leaders recognize the importance of happiness and well-being for the success of the world and sustainable development. Researchers examine 11 areas essential to happiness and well-being, including health, education, local government, personal security, income and overall satisfaction with life. Trinidad & Tobago was also the top-ranked Caribbean nation in the previous Happiness Report, which was published in 2013.For more information on Trinidad & Tobago visit www.goTrinidadandTobago.com or www.visittobago.gov.tt. Recommended for you Tobago International cycling classic Related Items:happiest nation in the caribbean, trinidad and tobago Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina dreams of coaching great teams like Barcelona or Real Madrid in the futureThe 36-year-old was born in Madrid, but came through Barcelona’s famous “La Masia” youth academy and is the son of club legend Miguel Reina.After making 30 appearances for Barcelona, Reina moved on in 2002 to Villarreal where his performances earned him a switch to Liverpool.It was at Anfield where Reina established himself as one of the world’s finest goalkeepers.The Spaniard won the Premier League Golden Glove award for three straight seasons and went on to impress again at Napoli.Zidane 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.Currently, Reina plays for AC Milan as a backup option to the club’s young keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma after signing a three-year deal in the summer.But it appears that Reina is already planning for the next stage of his career.“In the future, I would like to train teams like Barcelona or Real Madrid, it’s every coach’s dream, Reina told Onda Cero.“I want to enjoy football in these three years, but I want to prepare very well to become a winning coach in the future”.Reina has made 4 appearances for Milan this season in the Europa League.