Although Belgium vs. Russia features slightly higher-rated teams, we’ll be watching the U.S. play Portugal. It projects to be a closer match — at least according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI).Belgium vs. Russia: 12 p.m. EDTSouth Korea vs. Algeria: 3 p.m. EDTU.S. vs. Portugal: 6 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHBy SPI, the U.S.-Portugal game is essentially a tossup. The U.S. has a 35 percent chance of winning and Portugal has a 36 percent chance. But as of Sunday morning, the betting odds compiled by Oddschecker.com implied that the U.S. has just a 20 percent chance of winning, to Portugal’s 54 percent chance.Our predictions use SPI, a rating based on an algorithm for assessing team strength. The betting odds reflect the wide range of world opinion on teams, or at least the opinion of those willing to wager money on match outcomes using sites such as Oddschecker. Despite these different approaches, the two forecasting systems are usually pretty close. For most of the remaining matchups in the group stage, the win probabilities the two models assign to each team are within 20 percent of each other.The U.S.-Portugal match, however, is divisive. SPI sees the two sides as about equal now that the U.S. has beaten Ghana 2-1 and Portugal has lost to Germany 4-0. But those results haven’t swayed many hearts and minds and wallets. The U.S. also is favored more by SPI than by bettors in its last group-stage match, against Germany on Thursday. And bettors also like Portugal much more than SPI does for its group-stage finale against Ghana. These Group G matches represent among the biggest disagreements between SPI and bettors, aside from the betting odds favoring big underdogs Japan and Cameroon more in their finales against Colombia and Brazil, respectively, and Honduras less against Switzerland, than SPI does.Portugal supporters better hope the bettors are right: Their team could really use a win. After Ghana and Germany drew Saturday, 2-2, Portugal’s chance of advancing to the knockout stage fell slightly, to 22 percent from 23 percent. U.S. knockout hopes also took a small hit, but remain nearly a 2-in-3 proposition.Portugal’s fortunes will rest with its star, Cristiano Ronaldo — even more than usual since defender Pepe is suspended from the match after getting red-carded out of Portugal’s opener. Historically, Portugal hasn’t been able to count on a Ronaldo goal when times are tough. In 11 World Cup matches, Ronaldo has just two goals, and each of these came when Portugal already led — in wins over massive underdogs Iran (in 2006) and North Korea (2010). When Portugal has been tied or trailed, Ronaldo has taken 42 shots, 12 of them on target — but hasn’t scored.Belgium and Russia have less recent World Cup success than Portugal has but are better or nearly as good, respectively, according to SPI. Here, bettors and SPI agree: Belgium is the sizable favorite over Russia. The forecasts also agree that in a matchup of one of the World Cup’s worst teams and its absolute worst, South Korea is favored against Algeria.YESTERDAYArgentina and Iran kicked off the 10th day of World Cup — or more accurately, Argentina attacked while Iran hung on for dear life. Later in Fortaleza, Brazil, a record-tying goal from Miroslav Klose earned the Germans a draw with Ghana.Argentina dominated attacking possession like no other team at this tournament. La Albiceleste had a 241-45 advantage on touches in the attacking third, posting tournament highs with the total and the +196 advantage they had over Iran. Angel Di Maria alone had 53 touches in the attacking third of the field — eight more than the Iranians.Iran largely conceded attacking-third possession (or possession overall, for that matter; Iran completed 113 passes, the lowest of any World Cup team in the past 50 years) but attempted to dig in at the penalty area. Argentina still posted a 28-8 touches in the box advantage. That +20 differential on touches in the box is only the second such instance this tournament (France was +20 against a 10-man Honduran side).None of it mattered on the scoreboard, as the Iranians looked ready to steal a shocking point — until, in the first minute of stoppage time, Lionel Messi’s left-footed shot bent inside the back post for Argentina’s winning goal: a 32.9-yard strike that was the longest of his three World Cup goals and his longest goal of 2014.In the next match, Germany and Ghana lulled the soccer-loving world to sleep for the first 45 minutes of their Group G match. But the teams scored four goals in a 20-minute span in the second half of what became a thrilling 2-2 draw.Asamoah Gyan scored his 41st goal for Ghana and fifth career World Cup goal. The list of players at this tournament with more World Cup goals than Gyan is fairly short — Klose, David Villa, Diego Forlan, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller — and he briefly put Ghana ahead. For eight minutes, Ghana had even the most confident German fans sweating. Germany hadn’t lost in 19 straight World Cup matches when scoring first (since 1994 vs. Bulgaria), and Ghana looked primed for the first win in its World Cup history when conceding first.But Klose, the super sub, struck on his first touch of the game. A German corner was flicked on by Benedikt Howedes to Klose at the back post. His sliding finish tied the game and vaulted him into a tie with Brazil’s Ronaldo for the top spot on the career World Cup scoring list with 15 goals. — John Parolin, senior stats analyst, ESPN OFF THE PITCHThose familiar with the Diamond Quarter in Antwerp know that the diamond trade plays a significant role in Belgium’s economy. According to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development data, Belgium imported about $33 billion worth of diamonds in 2012. The U.K. is the source of most of those stones, but Russia is the second-largest provider, exporting about $5 billion worth (out of $15 billion total Russian exports to Belgium). While Russia may be focusing on keeping Belgians well-accessorized, Belgium is busy just keeping Russians well. About 43 percent of Belgian exports to Russia were medicaments and health-related chemicals and products, including orthopedic devices, vaccines and X-ray equipment. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGGermany’s Draw Didn’t Help the U.S.Numbers Don’t Back Up the Notion that American Soccer Is ‘Too Honest.’
I won’t pretend to know what any journalistic outlet that publishes in newspapers “ONCE PER WEEK” would do or not do. But I do know that if I were the publisher I would’ve demanded the production team either create a sticker to be placed on the issue explaining my decision to publish, or pull it out entirely.And, call it the Jamie Lynn Spears rule, but I would’ve also done little in the way of publicizing the “coup”—who watches the Early Show anyway?—and certainly wouldn’t have put out a press release touting a “beyond the grave” interview.UPDATE: Publisher Randy Siegel told the Associated Press that the onlyoption other than to run the outdated article would have been askingnewspapers not to distribute the magazine at all. “We decided that thiswas an important interview to share with the American people,” he said. When you’re a magazine like Parade, you don’t tend to scoop anybody. Unless the interview you did with former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in November, slated for a January cover, becomes chillingly prescient when she is assassinated in a suicide attack more than a week before the article is scheduled to be published.As FOLIO: reported, the magazine’s decision to immediately post the interview on Parade.com paid off in record-breaking traffic for the site. The writer, Gail Sheehy, appeared on the O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, CNN’s The Situation Room, the CBS Early Show and ABC Radio to talk about the interview.The print version, which arrived on America’s doorsteps this weekend, made no mention of the assassination—referring to Bhutto as “America’s best hope against Al-Qaeda”—and has subsequently drawn criticism. One FOLIO: commenter wrote:Any journalistic outlet that publishes in newspapers ONCE PER WEEK would have made every effort to change the story to reflect the assassination. To allow those copies into print was tasteless and lazy, regardless of whether it went to print or not.
The board of the Audit Bureau of Circulations has elected Sunni Boot, CEO of ZenithOptimedia Canada, as its new Chairman. Boot [pictured] has served on the ABC board since 2008 and most recently served as chairman of the ABC Canada Board Committee. She replaces outgoing chairman Merle Davidson, director of media services at JCPenney, who held the role for the past three years. Shelagh Stoneham, vice president of brand and marketing communications at Rogers Communications, takes over as chairman of ABC Canada’s board committee. While members re-elected 22 ABC directors, they also elected three new representatives including Liberta Abbondante, senior vice president of consumer marketing at Hearst, representing U.S. magazines; Jeffrey Holecko, North American media manager at Kimberly-Clark, representing U.S. advertisers; and Kenneth Whyte, president of Rogers Media, representing Canadian periodicals. A series of directors will serve as vice chairmen of the ABC board for a one-year-term including David Leckey of American Media Inc.,; Christina Meringolo, Merck Consumer Care; Susanne Silber, Optimedia; and Shelagh Stoneham, Rogers Communications. Rob Fisher of American City Business Journals will serve as the 2012 board secretary and Scott Heekin-Canedy of the New York Times will serve as treasurer.
Share your voice 5G Huawei The UK deployment of wireless 5G services may be delayed if it places restrictions on embattled Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, a government official warned Wednesday.”There’s certainly a possibility of a delay in the process of the rollout of 5G,” Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said in response to questions during a parliamentary committee, according to a Bloomberg account of the meeting. “If you want to do 5G fastest, you do it without any consideration of security. We’re not prepared to do that, so I don’t exclude the possibility there will be some delay.”Huawei has been a front-runner for developing 5G infrastructure at this crucial early stage of the evolution of the technology. But the company comes with a security warning — including from the British government. British Prime Minister Theresa May has reportedly agreed to let the scandal-scarred Chinese telecommunications giant work on “noncore” parts of the infrastructure. In February, the GCHQ’s chief criticized Huawei over security threats it poses from the Chinese government. The US has continually warned its allies about security concerns with Huawei, and the company was banned for 5G by the Australian government last August. The concerns involve potential Chinese government interference with 5G infrastructure built by Huawei.5G has long been touted as a game-changing technology, with the ability to dramatically boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today. It’s quicker than anything you can get from a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. And latency, that is, stuttering or delay in the signal, is lower than what Wi-Fi provides.After years of work on 5G networks, the super-fast wireless technology is being rolled out across the globe. Carriers are turning on their networks, and virtually every major Android phone maker has touted plans to launch a 5G device this year. 1 Tags Comment Mobile Phones
From Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s first public remarks after the conclusion of his investigation, to presidential candidate Joe Biden’s visit to Houston, to the end of the 86th Texas legislative session, the Houston Matters experts discuss the latest political developments.In the audio above, host Craig Cohen gets insights on those and other stories from Elizabeth Simas, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston, and Jon Taylor, political science professor at the University of St. Thomas. 00:00 /20:55 X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Kolkata: Two under-trail prisoners allegedly called up two businessmen from a correctional home and demanded ransom failing which, they would face dire consequences. The incident took place at Dum Dum Central Correctional Home. The authorities have ordered a probe into the incident that would be conducted to find out where from they had received the mobile phone. The duo — Biswajit Das and Bapi Raman were arrested on charges of murdering a Trinamool Congress leader that took place at Kestopur in February 2016. It was alleged that they had called up two Baguiati-based businessmen and demanded Rs 10 lakh from them. They also threatened them with dire consequences if they failed to pay the amount. The businessmen told the cops that they had received the phone call from the duo on May 24 and threatened to kill them if they informed the matter to the police. Later they gathered courage and lodged a complaint with the local police station. On the basis of the compliant, the police have started a probe in this regard and are interrogating the duo. The correctional home authorities are also conducting a probe in this regard.