Large CCE survey: A third of respondents believe that the high season is at the same level as last year

first_imgThe vast majority of respondents (about 80 percent) are hotels, hostels, camps and private accommodation, according to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which conducted the survey. The majority of surveyed (58,5 percent) entrepreneurs did not adjust the prices of their services at all compared to last year. Nearly a quarter lowered prices before the start (12,7 percent) or during the high season (10,6 percent), while 18,3 percent of respondents raised prices in the same period. Although as many as three quarters of the respondents (74,3 percent) invested significantly in the quality of the offer during the preparations for this tourist season, these investments did not significantly affect prices. Tourist entrepreneurs who are satisfied with this season owe their success primarily to investments in the quality of the offer. This is also shown by the results of a survey conducted by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce among its members, in which the prevailing view is that the tourist season has not failed.  Sanela Vrkljan, Assistant Director of the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Cover photo: Medora Auri Family Beach Resort The key sales channels of respondents are direct sales (79,3 percent), travel agencies (46,4 percent) and online agencies (45,7 percent). Global distribution systems are the main sales channel for 30 percent of respondents, while 17,1 percent of them reach customers through fairs, B2B workshops and the like.center_img Thus, a third of respondents (32,6 percent) believe that the high season is at the same level as last year, and 33,3 percent believe that it is better than last year, or excellent (6,4 percent). A quarter of respondents (25,5 percent) rate the season as bad, and only 2,1 percent have the impression that it is extremely bad.  In addition to standard benefits, just over half of respondents (51,4 percent) also offer a wide range of additional content for guests. The offer includes everything from sports facilities and wellness to various excursions and tours through which guests get to know the local natural beauty, gastronomy and cultural tradition.  Price adjustments are mostly minimal. Over 40 percent of the subjects changed prices in the range of up to 5 percent compared to last season, and 30 percent made adjustments of 6 to 10 percent. Significant price changes of 11 to 20 percent were present in 13,2 percent of respondents, while 14,7 percent of them adjusted prices from 21 percent upwards.  “The results of the research clearly indicate that investments in the quality of the offer are the key to success in tourism. Modern tourists are better informed and more demanding, and all those who want full capacity and profitability must, following global trends, offer additional content designed according to the needs and desires of their guests. Each next season will be more and more challenging, so while maintaining price competitiveness, it is necessary to continuously invest and raise the quality of services and products in tourism.”Said Sanela Vrkljan, Assistant Director of the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Investing in the quality of the offer is the key to success in tourism last_img read more

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​Norway to cut €6.7bn of ‘upstream’ oil and gas companies from SWF

first_imgNorway’s Finance Ministry has decided against culling virtually all oil and gas stocks from the NOK8.9trn (€901bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG).Instead, the ministry announced today a proposal for the fund to divest NOK66bn worth of exploration and production – also known as ‘upstream’ – oil and gas companies.In its report on energy stocks in the sovereign wealth fund – which will now go on to be discussed by parliament, the ministry and the fund’s manager Norges Bank – the ministry said the move was aimed at reducing the aggregate oil price risk in the Norwegian economy.Shortly after the report was released, Norges Bank said that, according to index provider FTSE Russell’s definitions, the GPFG held exploration and production companies with an approximate value of NOK66bn at the end of 2018. This corresponded to 1.2% of the fund’s equity holdings and less than 1% of its overall portfolio.Norges Bank also published a list of upstream oil and gas companies held in its portfolio at the end of 2018, which included Tullow Oil, Cairn Energy, CNOOC and Chesapeake.  Siv Jensen, Norwegian finance ministerPresenting the proposals, Siv Jensen, the finance minister, said: “The objective is to reduce the vulnerability of our common wealth to a permanent oil price decline. Hence, it is more accurate to sell companies that explore and produce oil and gas, rather than selling a broadly diversified energy sector.”Norges Bank had recommended in late 2017 that the fund remove all oil and gas sectors from its benchmark index, which would have resulted in around NOK300bn of divestment.This idea has been the subject of much discussion since, with the bank suggesting in May last year ways in which the fund could remain invested in the sector.In August, a commission chaired by Øystein Thøgersen released a report arguing that selling energy shares would not be effective insurance for the fund against a permanent decline in oil prices.Divestment to boost diversificationThe ministry said today that companies classified as exploration and production companies by index provider FTSE Russell would be excluded from the GPFG’s benchmark index and investment universe.“It is anticipated that almost all of the growth in listed renewable energy over the next decade will be driven by companies that do not have renewable energy as their main business”Siv JensenThe proposal would serve to reduce the aggregate concentration risk associated with this type of activity in the Norwegian economy, it said, adding that – like the advice from Norges Bank – its assessment did not reflect any specific view on the oil price, future profitability or sustainability of the petroleum sector.“The oil industry will be an important and major industry in Norway for many years to come,” Jensen said, adding that Norway’s revenues from the continental shelf were, as a general rule, a consequence of the profitability of exploration and production activities.“Therefore this measure is about diversification,” she said.Exploration and production companies would be phased out of the fund gradually over time, the ministry said. Plans for divestment would be prepared in consultation with Norges Bank after parliament has debated the proposal.Explaining its decision to exclude only upstream oil and gas activities, the ministry said the energy sector was broad and included businesses throughout the value chain, as well as pure-play renewable energy companies.“It is anticipated that almost all of the growth in listed renewable energy over the next decade will be driven by companies that do not have renewable energy as their main business,” Jensen said, adding that the GPFG should be able to participate in this growth.The ministry said the government did not plan to sell shares held by the State’s Direct Financial Interest, a portfolio of directly held oil and gas shares, nor would it sell out of state-owned energy group Equinor.It also planned to ask Norges Bank to review its efforts relating to climate risk in the GPFG, particularly regarding the individual companies that contributed the most to this risk within the fund.last_img read more

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Women’s World Cup 2019: Sweden defeats Chile after weather delay

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Although the impressive Christiane Endler had to make a wonderful save to deny Linda Sembrant, Sweden failed to make their dominance count before play was halted in the 72nd minute due to stormy conditions in Rennes.The break served Sweden well, however, and it finally found a breakthrough when Asllani lifted a cute finish over Endler, with substitute Janogy drilling in an exceptional second to get their campaign off to a bright start. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Netherlands survives New Zealand with Jill Roord’s late goal The breakthrough for #SWE #CHISWE | #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/0Huv3tBbxd— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 11, 2019Sembrant’s powerful header looked set to open the scoring in the 26th minute, but Endler stooped to her left to make a fantastic save on the line.Endler was beaten when Stina Blackstenius latched onto Fridolina Rolfo’s low cross, but Chile’s goalkeeper did enough to put off the striker, who sliced over.Sweden carried on where they left off after the interval as Rolfo’s crisp strike drew Endler into another fine stop.With torrential rain swiftly being joined by thunderstorms in the vicinity of Roazhon Park, play was halted with just under 20 minutes to go.center_img Kosovare Asllani and Madelen Janogy downed a resilient Chile as Sweden claimed a 2-0 win in a Women’s World Cup game temporarily halted due to severe weather.Ranked 30 places below their opponents, World Cup debutants Chile were camped in their own half for much of Tuesday’s Group F encounter. And after a 43-minute stoppage, Sweden came out with renewed vigour – Asllani on hand to latch onto a loose ball in the area and prod home with seven minutes remaining.Francisca Lara scooped over in added time as Chile pressed for an equalizer, but it was Sweden who had the final say when Janogy hammered in a brilliant strike to cap off the win.Key Opta Facts- Since Brazil won its first ever Women’s World Cup match back in 1991, beating Japan 1-0, each of the other four sides from South America playing in their first such match have all lost without scoring (Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Chile).- Sweden has won a Women’s World Cup match for the first time since July 2011 (2-1 vs. France in a third-place playoff game), ending a run of four such games without a win (D3 L1).- Sweden’s starting XI in their narrow victory over Chile had an average age of 29 years and 138 days, the oldest they have named in a Women’s World Cup match in what was their 34th game at the tournament.- Asllani’s opener for Sweden was its 20th attempt of the match and just their fifth on target; it was her 33rd strike for her country, but her first World Cup goal.- Janogy has scored in both of her last two appearances for the Swedish national side having not scored in any of her first three games at senior international level.last_img read more

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Sunningdale success for Marco and Sophie

first_img12 Mar 2016 Sunningdale success for Marco and Sophie England internationals Marco Penge and Sophie Lamb proved they’re a partnership both on and off the course with a convincing win in the Sunningdale Foursomes on their first competitive outing together. They won yesterday’s final on the 14th when Penge chipped in to seal the 5/4 win. Afterwards Lamb tweeted a tribute to her boyfriend, remarking “best partner, on and off the course.” Their win was even more impressive when it emerged that Penge had been suffering from a tummy bug during the last day’s play. “He was sitting down between shots and he was really struggling, but he did really well,” said Lamb. The couple don’t get much chance to play golf together so they decided to grab the opportunity provided by the Sunningdale Foursomes. “We came here this week to have a bit of fun and we’ve certainly done that,” said Penge (Golf at Goodwood). “We ended up playing pretty good.” Lamb (Clitheroe) added: “We caddie for each other quite a lot but it’s been nice to actually play together. It’s the first time we’ve played competitively together. It has been great and to win obviously makes it even better.” The couple arrived at Sunningdale straight from the Spanish amateur championships and were given their biggest test in the first round of the foursomes, when they were taken to the 20th. After that, they scythed through the tournament with a string of excellent wins. Notably they were six-under par in one day, playing round four and the quarter final. Along the way they defeated Patrick Ruff & Henry Sheridan Mills (20th); Chris Rodgers & Barry Monks (4/3); Jon Baker-Odlin & Alex Beckett (7/6); Charlie Strickland & Harvey Byers (4/2); Tom Shadbolt & Tomasz Anderson (6/5); John Kemp & Mark Wharton (3/2); and finally Lewis Atkinson & Scott Marshall (5/4). Afterward, Penge recalled the chip-in which ended the match and remarked: “That was hard on them because they had hit a good shot onto the green, but it’s nice to get a good break because you get more than enough bad ones as well.” This was Lamb’s first appearance in the tournament but Penge has been close before, twice reaching the semi-finals with Toby Tree, and he added: “It’s nice to get my hands on the trophy.” Penge won the 2015 England Boys’ Order of Merit having won two junior titles and the Scottish men’s stroke play championship. This season he has tied fourth in the Portuguese amateur and been sixth in the South American Amateur. Lamb was runner-up in the 2015 England Girls’ Order of Merit and sixth on the women’s table. She was also runner-up in the ANNIKA Invitational Europe 2015 in Sweden. This season she has been England’s leading scorer in the Portuguese women’s amateur and reached the quarter finals of the Spanish amateur. Image © Kevin Diss. Click here to view more images from the championship. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

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NJSIAA Keeps Hope Alive for a Spring High School Sports Season

first_imgCoaches may interact virtually with their student-athletes, including providing workouts or training materials. However, such virtual contact – as well as any activity that may result from it – must strictly conform to all directives in effect related to the coronavirus out- break and social distancing guidelines. In addition, any virtual contact and resultant activities must be entirely in keeping with all NJSIAA in-and off-season protocols. With the doors shut on high schools, the spring sports season is on hold. Many athletes and coaches fear there could be no sports played for the remainder of the school year, but the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJ-SIAA) is keeping the door open to the possibility of some sort of spring sports season, if schools reopen. The NJSIAA executive committee held a teleconference April 1 and released the following statement: No, the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete Luncheon, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 17, has been canceled. NJSIAA is continuing to solicit nominations from each member school and will send each honoree a certificate and gift. Monetary scholarships, however, will not be awarded this year. While the return-to-school date will play a significant role in determining the length of the regular season, NJSIAA staff will also discuss options with officers of each league and conference. Important factors in determining the potential length of the regular season will be feedback from these officers related to the status of various county or conference tournaments, as well as plans for abridged divisional and/or inter-con-ference schedules. By Rich Chrampanis What is the status of NJ-SIAA championship tournaments? Here are the NJSIAA’s answers to some frequently asked questions, as of March 25: This article originally appeared in the April 2nd, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. During the governor’s statewide shutdown of all schools, no practices, scrimmages, or games may be held. This includes any event organized by a parent, captain, or other student-athlete. RICH CHRAMPANIS Pitcher Shane Panzini looked to lead RBC as the defending Shore Conference champions. All spring sports are side- lined during the quarantine from the coronavirus pandemic center_img No, during the governor’s statewide shutdown of all schools, no NJSIAA member school, school district, or coach may conduct practices, scrimmages, or games (which includes all official interscholastic contests). This is a mandatory period of no in-person contact between coaches and their student-athletes. Are coaches allowedto have in-person contactwith student-athletes whileschools are shut down? When schools are able toreopen, how will NJSIAAdetermine the length of theregular season? “While a return-to-school date and related public health guidelines will determine the viability of a spring sports season, NJSIAA is committed to doing whatever is possible to provide New Jersey’s student-athletes with some type of spring season. We have not given up on spring sports and will continue holding teleconferences and virtual meetings with leaders of our various leagues and conferences to assess options. To be clear, any effort to arrange for scholastic competition outside the traditional academic calendar would require support and approval beyond our office.” As stated in the previous FAQ, all dates, locations and qualification requirements per each sport’s tournament will be subject to change. As soon as a return-to-school date is made official, NJ-SIAA staff will work directly with key tournament staff for each sport to structure championship tournaments. Also, NJSIAA staff will work together to ensure that all sports will, as much as is feasible, provide consistent opportunities for participation and championship play. These restrictions are in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with restrictions imposed by the governor and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health. These restrictions relate to all sports, not just spring sports. Will NJSIAA host its annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon? last_img read more

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From DFA to A’s opener: How Liam Hendriks turned season around

first_imgBALTIMORE — It’s OK to admit it — you never saw this coming. Nobody did.With the state of a struggling starting rotation that has the A’s (87-57) looking for ways to take as much stress off the starters as possible, reliever Liam Hendriks finds himself at the center of the A’s new “bullpenning” strategy by opening games in their first three attempts.This is the same Liam Hendriks who battled through a couple of injuries early in the season before getting designated for assignment June 25 …last_img

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Watch: Milestones in Mandela’s long walk

first_imgOn 10 December 2013, tens of thousands of South Africans gathered at the massive FNB Stadium outside Soweto for a memorial to Nelson Mandela. (Image: GCIS)• How to remember Nelson Mandela on 5 December• Memories of Mandela • Mandela’s memories of Qunu, his childhood village • Tutu leads Mandela memorial at Centre of Memory • In their own words: leaders and friends remember Mandela • South Africa issues Nelson Mandela commemorative stampStaff writerAs we commemorate a year since the death of South African statesman Nelson Mandela on 5 December 2013, we look back at significant moments in his life and struggle, told partly in his own words.21 June 1961: British ITN reporter Brian Widlake met Mandela, then on the run from the police, to conduct the first ever TV interview with the future president of South Africa. In it, Mandela asserted his commitment to non-racialism: “We have made it very clear in our policy that South Africa is a country of many races. There is room for all the various races in this country.”Later he explained why liberation movements had been forced to move from peaceful protest to violence as a tool of struggle. “There are many people who feel it is useless and futile for us to continue talking peace and non-violence, against a government whose reply is only savage attacks on an unarmed and defenceless people.”Watch Nelson Mandela’s first-ever TV interview: 20 April 1964: Charged with sabotage, Mandela delivered a statement from the dock during his trial in Pretoria that revealed the depth of his resolve in the fight against apartheid and his willingness to lay down his life in an effort to end white racist rule.“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people,” Mandela said. “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”The last sentence referred to the real possibility that Mandela and his fellow defendants would be sentenced to death. As it turned out, they were given life in prison.Listen to Nelson Mandela’s full stament from the dock at the Rivonia Trial: 11 February 1990: Mandela walked out of South Africa’s Victor Verster prison near Cape Town after 27 years in captivity, holding hands with his wife, Winnie Mandela. He held up his fist and smiled broadly. Mandela’s release after so long was almost inconceivable for delighted supporters who erupted in cheers as hundreds of journalists pressed forward. The world watched the rousing occasion live on television. Because of Mandela’s decades-long confinement, few people knew what he looked like, until photos of him were published in national newspapers a few days before. Mandela said he was flabbergasted by the reception.“When I was among the crowd I raised my right fist, and there was a roar. I had not been able to do that for 27 years and it gave me a surge of strength and joy,” Mandela wrote. He also recalled: “As I finally walked through those gates to enter a car on the other side, I felt– even at the age of 71– that my life was beginning anew.”Watch Nelson Mandela walk out of Victor Verster Prison: 10 December 1993: Nelson Mandela and then-president of South Africa FW de Klerk jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for their contributions to the end of apartheid. Mandela dedicated the prize to all the people who fought against “the violence” of apartheid. He pledged to continue in his fight towards the noble goal of “a society which recognises that all people are born equal, with each entitled in equal measure to life, liberty, prosperity, human rights and good governance”.Watch Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk receive the Nobel Peace Prize: 27 April 1994: Nelson Mandela cast his vote in South Africa’s first democratic election. Millions of others queued for hours to vote for the first time in their lives.He said after the vote: “This is for all South Africans, an unforgettable occasion. It is the realisation of hopes and dreams that we have cherished over decades. The dreams of a South Africa which represents all South Africans. It is the beginning of a new era. We have moved from an era of pessimism, division, limited opportunities, turmoil and conflict. We are starting a new era of hope, reconciliation and nation building.”Watch Nelson Mandela vote at Ohlange: 10 May 1994: Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa after democratic elections, taking the oath of office at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the South African capital. Leaders and other dignitaries from around the world attended the historic occasion, which offered many South Africans another chance to celebrate in the streets.At the close of his inauguration speech, Mandela said: “Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world,” he said. “Let freedom reign. The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement! God bless Africa! Thank you.”Watch the full news broadcast of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration: 24 June 1995: Mandela strode onto the field at the Rugby World Cup final in Johannesburg, wearing South African colours and bringing the mostly white crowd of more than 60 000 to their feet. They chanted “Nelson! Nelson! Nelson!” as the president congratulated the victorious home team in a moment that symbolised racial reconciliation.Mandela’s decision to wear the Springbok emblem, the symbol once hated by blacks, conveyed the message that rugby, for so long shunned by the black population, was now for all South Africans.The moment was portrayed in Invictus, a Hollywood movie directed by Clint Eastwood. The film tells the story of South Africa’s transformation under Mandela’s leadership through the prism of sport.Watch Nelson Mandela at the 1995 Rugby World Cup: 29 November 2003: South Africa reportedly has the highest number of people living with HIV/Aids in the world, an issue that has torn apart lives, families and entire communities. Mandela played a significant role in creating awareness and removing the stigma associated with HIV and Aids in South Africa. A series of music concerts took the world by storm in the 2000s – they were called 46664 after Mandela’s prison identification number. At the first concert, which took place in 2003, Mandela said: “Aids is no longer just a disease; it is a human rights issue.”Watch Nelson Mandela’s speech at the 46664 concert: 11 July 2010: A smiling Mandela waved to the crowd at the Soccer City stadium at the closing ceremony of the Fifa World Cup, whose staging in South Africa allowed the country, and the continent, to shine on one of the world’s biggest stages. Mandela appeared frail as he was driven in a golf cart alongside his wife, Graca Machel.Mandela had kept a low profile during the month-long tournament, deciding against attending the opener on 11 June after the death of his great-grand daughter in a traffic accident following a World Cup concert.The former president did not address the crowd on that emotional day in the stadium. It was his last public appearance.Watch Nelson Mandela at South Africa 2010 World Cup:last_img read more

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10 months agoFulham boss Ranieri will stick with back five

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham boss Ranieri will stick with back fiveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri says he’ll stick with the current defensive formation against Huddersfield.Ranieri will persist with the five-man defence that has solidified his team.”I didn’t have a friendly match to get to know all my players. I started with four at the back, but we conceded too many chances,” he said.”I tried with the five at Newcastle and thought maybe this is good for us. But of course this shape is not dogmatic.”We can change and it’s good when you can change and the players understand we can change and why. The players are intelligent and are adapting to the situation very well.” last_img read more

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We Should Have Seen FedererNadal At The US Open By Now

The men’s semifinals of the U.S. Open are annually appointment television for tennis fans around the world. But in the case of Friday’s second semifinal, it’s the tennis match that no tennis fan on the planet wanted to see — except, perhaps, for those in Argentina. To be sure, all signs point to Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro having a highly competitive, entertaining semifinal — del Potro is actually a respectable 5-8 all-time against the No. 1-seeded Nadal. But this one was supposed to be Nadal versus his longtime rival Roger Federer, on the hard courts of Flushing for the first time ever.Federer-Nadal at the U.S. Open is tennis’s white whale — and once again, it slipped away.On Monday, Federer and Nadal appeared to be on a collision course; both reached the quarterfinals, and both were in the same side of the bracket. Nadal held up his end of the bargain, beating Andrey Rublev in straight sets to secure a semifinal berth. But late Wednesday, Federer was unceremoniously defeated by the Argentinean del Potro, ending his bid for a third Grand Slam championship of 2017 — and crushing the hopes of everyone who has followed the game in the past 15 years.Along with Novak Djokovic, Federer and Nadal are the two most successful players of their era.1If not any era. Between them, the pair have won 34 Grand Slam titles and appeared in the semifinals of 33 other major tournaments. They’ve gone head-to-head 12 times at the other three Slams — three times at Wimbledon, four at the Australian Open and five times at Roland Garros. So it’s astonishing that their paths have never crossed at the U.S. Open. Do the math, and the odds of the colossal clash never happening are minuscule.Let’s focus on Grand Slam semifinals, since all of the actual Rafa-Fed matchups have happened at that stage of a major or later. Federer first made the semifinals of a Grand Slam in 2003, and since then, he’s advanced at least that far in 74 percent of all non-U.S. Open majors. Nadal made his semifinal debut in 2005 and has made it that far in 53 percent of non-U.S. Open majors ever since. So, if we simply used the other three majors as a guide, we’d expect Federer and Nadal to have about a 39 percent chance of simultaneously making the semifinals of any given U.S. Open. And in non-U.S. Opens when both made the semis, they ended up facing each other 86 percent of the time, whether in that round or the final.Based on those numbers, then, we’d expect there to be a 34 percent chance that Federer and Nadal would end up facing each other at a given U.S. Open. (Indeed, they’ve faced each other 12 times in the 38 non-U.S. Open Slams since 2005, including their first head-to-head meeting at Roland Garros — good for a rate of 32 percent.) If we apply that 34 percent mark to each of the 13 U.S. Opens staged since 2005, we would expect there to be only a 1-in-204 chance (0.5 percent) that they wouldn’t end up facing each other at least once in that span. So the odds that we would never get this U.S. Open matchup are truly microscopic.Now, some of this can be attributed to both Federer and (especially) Nadal enjoying comparatively less semifinal success at the U.S. Open than at the other three majors. Since his first semifinal breakthrough at a Slam, Federer has only made the semis 67 percent of the time on the Flushing hardcourts, and Nadal has only made it that far 38 percent of the time. If you use those rates instead of the non-U.S. Open numbers as your baseline, the odds against ever seeing a Federer-Nadal clash rise to 4 percent.Still, even that is a fairly small probability. Any way you cut it, it’s positively shocking that American audiences have never been treated to seeing two of the greatest players ever play each other in person before. read more

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Beside The Points For Thursday Oct 19 2017

See more NFL predictions Things That Caught My EyeVegas gets another teamThe San Antonio Stars will move to Las Vegas under its new management of MGM Resorts International. This makes them the second professional team to open up in the gambling town with the Oakland Raiders soon to follow. With the No. 1 pick in the draft next year, this is an exciting time for the WNBA team. [ESPN]Browns allegedly superior to other teamsThe Browns’ crew of quarterbacks — a squad of personnel I am unfortunately well-acquainted with — is not the worst in history. We’ve had the statistic Total QBR since 2006, and in the period of time since them there have been three teams — the 2010 Panthers, 2008 Raiders and 2007 49ers — who have a total QBR less than the 21.9 Cleveland currently sports. [ESPN]Clemson and Washington are not totally screwedLast week the Clemson Tigers and Washington Huskies suffered upset losses that made them fall out of the AP Top 5. Clemson is down from a 55 percent chance of making the playoff to a 29 percent chance, and Washington fell from a 43 percent chance to a 24 percent chance. Realistically, the best way to make the playoff is to win out: doing so would give them a 97 percent and 87 percent chance, respectively, of making the playoff. Clemson’s Week 10 game against N.C. State will be the decisive game, while Washington’s test will be in Week 11 at Stanford. [FiveThirtyEight]Happy Sports Equinox!Thursday, Oct. 19 is the Sports Equinox, the day when all four major U.S. sports leagues play at least one game. There have only been 17 in history. Should the Cubs force a game 7 in the NCLS, Sunday will be a second one of 2017. Fair warning, with 14 different games, it’s going to get weird tonight in even the most amply-screened sports bars. [FiveThirtyEight]Yes, let’s keep saying nice things about the EaglesOh wow the Eagles are real good this year! No reason at all to mitigate expectations, Eagles fans: You guys are going to win the Super Bowl for sure this time. Believe it! I’m in no way attempting to pump up expectation thus making the eventual and inevitable playoff catastrophe all the more panful for you to bear, not at all, we here in New York love you, Philly. Realistically though, the Eagles are solid, and have a somewhat easy route to the playoffs from here on out: Their next 10 adversaries have an average Elo rating of 1484, which is below the league average 1500. [FiveThirtyEight]Balto got highFor the first time ever, several Iditarod sled dogs from one team tested positive for a prohibited substance. The race began testing for doped-up doggies back in 1994. It’s been described by a race board member as an isolated incident. [ESPN]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number-10 winsGordon Hayward dislocated his ankle and fractured his tibia five minutes into the first game of the NBA season. For Hayward, this means a difficult recovery over the course of the season. For the Celtics, it means their anticipated 47-win season drops to 37 wins, all of which is way below Vegas’ expected 53.5 wins. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: gfoster:@heynawl-enten FYI, Yankees are likeable now. So keep that in mind.https://sports.yahoo.com/alcs-game-5-new-york-yankees-actually-likable-042520640.htmlheynawl-enten:Just tweeted itWTF is this?colleen:this is provably falsethe yankees are the yankeesthe yankees are not likableQEDlarue:Curious what it would take for a hated team to become a likable team. A goliath to an underdog if you will. Possible?Predictions MLB NFL See more MLB predictions Oh, and don’t forgetThe robots fought and it really really sucked. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters read more

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