Assemblywoman Lupardo calls for environmental impact statement on proposed Endicott battery-recycling facility

first_imgThe new permit would need to go through a public review and comment period. That would only apply to the modified portions of the permit. “The goal was to create an “industry cluster” with world class battery  research and manufacturing interests present in the area,” Lupardo said in a news release. In addition to No Burn Broome, the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition also spoke out against the facility. The DEC issued SungEel MMC Americas LLC an air state facility permit in March. In May, the DEC told SungEel that the permit would need to be modified after more information about poly-flouroakyl substances in lithium-ion batteries came out. A thorough exploration of the potential dangers of this “first of its kind operation” in the U.SDue consideration of the impacts on an already health-compromised communityA formal exploration of the fire and explosion risks for the recycling facility, the storage facility, and transportation to and from the facilityAn evaluation of alternatives to the proposed high temperature method of recyclingPublic hearings at which the citizens of Endicott could express their feelings about this project The organization says it would support the environmental impact statement because they say it would allow the following: (WBNG) — Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo joined environmental groups in calling upon the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct a full environmental impact statement for the proposed battery recycling facility in Endicott. No Burn Broome, one of the environmental groups Lupardo joined, says it supports the recycling ion-lithium batteries, but not by a process that creates by-products. Lupardo says the initial announcement about the battery facility was well received, however, concerns about the environment surfaced over time. According to Lupardo’s office, the DEC is currently waiting for the company to respond to their request for additional information regarding the poly-flouralkyl substances. “But with time, a number of critical concerns have been raised by Endicott residents and local environmental groups who have contacted my office. After doing months of homework, and consulting with industry experts, I am convinced that a more detailed environmental review is needed by the DEC, especially now that the project permit is on hold,” she said.last_img read more

Hal Neiman of Neiman’s Family Market Throwing in the Towel and Retiring

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOne local supermarket owner is retiring. After serving the Alpena Community and 3 other Northeast Michigan communities for over 34 years, Hal Neiman is finally throwing in the towel.You may have seen him waking up at the crack of dawn, greeting customers, maintaining four supermarkets, and hosting daily morning meetings.Hal Neiman is the man I’m talking about. Serving the Alpena area along with 3 other stores throughout Northeast Michigan, Neiman has finally decided to hang it all up and retire.Working for Neiman for over 10 years, Store Director, Therese Cooper said she has some big shoes to fill, but when it comes to her boss there’s too many positive things she can say.Speaking of full of energy, Mr. Neiman was a former teacher before starting his supermarket businesses. Neiman said it was his father in law who encouraged him to start his own business, and with that, Neiman’s Family Market was founded in 1983.Neiman hopes his kids, and generations to come will keep the family business alive in the Alpena Community as well as the other communities. Hal said he plans to stick around but also enjoy spending time with his grand kids. Having 12 grand kids, he even jokes about having 12 stores in the future, but not before getting his last bit of group hugs this week.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Hal Neiman, Hal Neiman Retires, Neiman’s Family Market, Retires, RetiringContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Police Department Discovers Another Meth LabNext Senator Gary Peters Still Urges Those Who Love the Sanctuary to Make Public Commentlast_img read more

In-form Malditas go for World Cup berth

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines takes the first of two cracks at a Women’s World Cup berth when the Malditas battle a powerhouse China side on Monday night in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup at Amman International Stadium in Jordan.Coming off a stunning 2-1 win over Jordan on Saturday, the Malditas are looking to clinch a semifinal berth in the eight-team tournament that will also give them a first-ever Women’s World Cup spot in France.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “I believe qualification will be achieved against Thailand and not against China,” said Benlarbi.If they finish third, the Malditas still have a chance as they battle the third placer in Group B.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With five spots allotted to Asia for the World Cup, the Malditas gave themselves the inside track to make the prestigious event after the victory over Jordan.But they will be the underdogs against the Chinese, who posted an emphatic 4-0 win over Thailand in their first game in Group A.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIf the Malditas are unable to pick up at least a point against the Chinese, their clash against the Thais on Tuesday could determine their fate.Malditas’ French coach Rabah Benlarbi plans to rest some of his key players against China. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Thais clinch Davis Cup tie Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

Atty. Kpargoi Attends Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program

first_imgThe National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has announced the Officer in Charge of the Liberia Media Center as one of its 2015 – 2016 Reagan-Fascell Fellows. The group also includes Hurford Youth and Visiting Fellows.An NED press release named Atty. Lamii Kpargoi among fellowship recipients from Egypt, Ethiopia, Hungary, India, Liberia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Tajikistan.Named in honor of NED’s two principal founders, former US President Ronald Reagan and the late US congressman Dante Fascell, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program seeks to expand the knowledge, broaden the perspectives, build the capacity, and boost the morale of some of the world’s most committed and courageous democracy activists and scholars. The Reagan-Fascell Fellowship program is a highly competitive and prestigious fellowship which allows practitioners and scholars from around the world to spend time in United States’ capital city to do research geared towards improving democracy and governance in their home country.Based at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, NED’s research and publications arm, in Washington, D.C., the program has enabled over 250 fellows from 90 countries to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to work toward democratic change.While in the United States, Atty. Kpargoi is carrying out research on the topic “Strengthening Democracy in Liberia through Public Access to Information”.As part of his research, Atty. Kpargoi will publish a policy brief with appropriate recommendations on ways to strengthen the country’s Freedom of Information law and processes.While in the United States, Atty. Kpargoi is also holding talks with American political, academic and civil society leaders on ways they can assist in strengthening Liberia’s democracy and keeping the country from backsliding to conflict.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Harden drops triple-double as Rockets hold off Cavs

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Cavaliers have lost six of their last eight games, leaving James to answer question about why they’re struggling.“We played a pretty good game, but I’m not here for moral victories,” he said. “That’s not what I’m about.”Harden has scored 30 or more points in three of the last four games, highlighted by a 56-point performance in a win over the Jazz on Sunday. It’s the second triple-double of the season for Harden and the 33rd of his career.“I thought our guys really scrapped and competed,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. “But Harden was Harden. He made some tough, contested 3s off the dribble, which we wanted. We contested all of them, but he made some big shots.”The Rockets made the first seven points of the second half thanks to a three-pointer by Eric Gordon and a four-point play by Trevor Ariza to take a 72-67 lead.Cleveland got going soon after that and a layup by Iman Shumpert got the Cavaliers within 1 point soon after that. But Harden made two 3-pointers to power an 8-2 run that extended Houston’s lead to 81-74 lead with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.The Cavaliers scored five quick points, capped by a 3-pointer by Green, to tie it at 87-87 about three minutes later. A 3-point play by Gordon put Houston back on top and the Rockets had extended their lead to 100-93 entering the fourth quarter.TIP-INSCavaliers: G Derrick Rose sat out because of soreness in his left ankle. Rose missed four straight games after spraining his ankle on Oct. 20 before returning to play the last two. But the ankle was still bothering him, forcing him to sit out again on Thursday night. … Shumpert started in his place and finished with seven points. .. Love had 17 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.Rockets: F Luc Mbah a Moute missed because of a bruised left knee. … Gordon added 20 points. … Harden made 13 of 14 free throws.SPRINGER’S SHOTWorld Series MVP George Springer, who led the Houston Astros to their first championship last week, was at the Toyota Center Thursday to take part in the Rockets’ First Shot promotion. Before the tipoff of each game, a local celebrity shoots a free throw for charity. A made shot gets a $5,000 donation from new owner Tilman Fertitta and the Clutch City Foundation, while a miss earns the shooter’s charity $1,000. While Springer didn’t miss too many balls while hitting .379 with five homers and seven RBIs during the World Series, he wasn’t nearly as good on the basketball court as he missed Thursday’s shot. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Houston led by seven after a layup by James with about 10 minutes left. The Rockets scored the next six points, capped by a 3-pointer by P.J. Tucker to make it 111-98. The Cavaliers used a 13-1 run, with five points from James, to cut the lead to 112-111 with 90 seconds left.Harden missed a layup after that, but grabbed a rebound and threw an alley-oop to Clint Capela, who finished for Houston’s first basket since Tucker’s 3. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw to make it 115-11 with just over a minute remaining.James made a layup on the other end, but Capela made another basket after a grabbing the rebound on a missby Harden to put Houston back up by 4 with 10.7 seconds left.Capela, who finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, blocked a shot by James in the final seconds to secure the win.“We expect him to do that,” coach Mike D’Antoni said about Capela’s solid performance. “He’s 23 years old. There’s no reason why he can’t keep getting better.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — James Harden was quick to say yes when asked if he’s playing at as high of a level as he ever has.The follow up question of why wasn’t quite as easy for Houston’s bearded star.ADVERTISEMENT Perez named NCAA MVP as Pirates banner awardeescenter_img His shot earned some ribbing from Harden when Springer came into the locker room to meet him after thegame.“What was up with that shot,” Harden asked laughing.Springer answered: “I had zero touch.”NO SHOOTAROUND, NO PROBLEMThe Rockets didn’t have a shootaround Thursday morning as D’Antoni experiments with whether it’s better for his team to rest before games instead of coming into the arena in the mornings. Teams often don’t have shootaround on the second day of back-to-back games, but this different because Houston didn’t play on Wednesday. They’ve skipped shootaround two other times this season, once in New York because of traffic and a second time against Utah. Both times Houston went on to blowout wins.“Those were two of our better outings so it kind of leads to don’t do it again … if we don’t (play well) then we’ll go back and have shootaround,” D’Antoni said.UP NEXTCavaliers: At Dallas on Saturday night.Rockets: Host Memphis on Saturday night. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I don’t know,” he said before letting out an awkward laugh and looking around before continuing. “Work. Try to study the game and get better. Listen to people around me that push me and motivate me and try to be the best I can be. It’s pretty simple.”Harden had a triple-double of 35 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-113 on Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHarden also had five steals and a block as Houston extended its winning streak to four games.LeBron James had 33 points for the Cavaliers, and Jeff Green added 27. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

After 2 lopsided losses to Thunder, Durant leads Warriors rout

first_img“It’s my school,” Kerr said, “I love my school. I don’t really know what else to say.”DURANT’S HONORDurant received the January NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his giving off the court to help kids, families and other charitable causes for education and communities. He donated $3 million last month to the University of Texas where he played and matched Colin Kaepernick’s $10,000 in the quarterback’s “10 for 10” campaign, Durant’s contributions helping a local organization doing community-based justice work.“I’ve got to continue to leave my mark off the basketball court as well,” Durant said. “Look forward to doing that.”UP NEXTThunder: Host Orlando on Monday.Warriors: Visit Knicks on Monday looking for an eighth straight win in the series. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES MOST READ Durant’s pretty layup off a perfect pass by Curry with 3:06 left in the third put the Warriors up 75-66. That was part of a 37-11 Golden State run that included 30 points over the final 8:48 of the third — when Zaza Pachulia subbed in to relieve JaVale McGee.The Warriors held Paul George to five points. George’s 3-pointer at the 7:52 mark of the third with Durant’s hand in his face was his first basket after going 0 for 9 to begin the game. He finished 1 for 14 after going off for 38 points in the last meeting when Oklahoma City left Oracle Arena with a 125-105 rout on Feb. 6.“He’s played at such a high level offensively for such a long time, a night like tonight’s going to happen,” coach Billy Donovan said.Golden State also lost at OKC by 17 on Nov. 22.Draymond Green added 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds. He picked up his 15th technical of the season with 1:04 left in the first half, moving him within one of an automatic suspension. That came after Durant and Carmelo Anthony pushed, shoved, yelled from close range and had to be separated, receiving double technicals.ADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, right, reacts as a foul is called against him next to teammates Stephen Curry, left, and Kevin Durant during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors played stifling defense for a full game. They went on a jaw-dropping scoring frenzy midway through the third quarter.Yes, the dominant defending champions are back and ready to build some consistency.ADVERTISEMENT Nietes continues his reign as world champion, KOs Reveco Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Kevin Durant scored 28 points while avenging an embarrassing home loss to his former Oklahoma City team earlier this month and another on the road in November, leading the Warriors past the Thunder 112-80 on Saturday night.“We’re champions. We’re 46-14 and we’ve got one of the best road records in the league,” Durant said. “We’ve been doing this the last two years. We’ve got to be us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStephen Curry added 21 points with five 3-pointers, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals as Golden State produced the kind of defensive performance coach Steve Kerr has been seeking.Russell Westbrook had 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Oklahoma City, which failed to reach 100 points for the first time in the last five games. The Thunder had scored at least 100 in 14 of their last 16, but this matched their season-low total. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City It was a testy rematch after the Warriors received five technical fouls in the previous meeting. Kerr isn’t concerned about Green.“I’m an emotional guy. I play with high emotion,” Green said. “I love this game of basketball. I play it with passion. I’ll continue to play with passion.”Durant announced his decision to join the Warriors and leave OKC on July 4, 2016, making him an instant villain in his former city.He scored 33 in the Feb. 6 meeting but got plenty of help this time.Earlier this month against the Thunder, Curry and Klay Thompson were a combined 11 of 27 from the floor and 4 for 15 on 3-pointers as the Warriors lost for the third time in four games. Thompson had 11 points Saturday, shooting just 1 for 11 from deep.TIP-INSThunder: OKC shot 9 of 34 on 3s. … The last time the Thunder won three of the four games against the Warriors in a single season was during 2012-13. The teams play again April 3 at OKC.Warriors: McGee made his second straight start at center in place of Pachulia and had an alley-oop dunk on Golden State’s first possession off a pass by Thompson. … Thompson passed Neil Johnston (10,023) for ninth place on the franchise’s career scoring list. … With one block, Green passed Chris Mullin (488) for eighth place on the Warriors’ blocked shots list. … Former Warriors F David Lee attended the game as a retired player and fan, receiving a rousing ovation when announced during the first quarter sitting courtside by owner Joe Lacob.ARIZONA SCANDALKerr expressed his “disappointment” in the scandal and coach Sean Miller’s situation at Arizona, where he played. Read Next LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Ohio State Fans Are Blasting Mark May With GameDay Signs

first_imgMark May talks before being laid off by ESPN.Ohio State fans hate Mark May for a number of reasons – but mostly because he constantly picks against the Buckeyes. Saturday, at College GameDay a number of OSU supporters are getting their revenge. May is the subject of dozens of signs – a number of which we’ve highlighted below.Some are NSFW, per usual. Others are just [email protected]_may— Josh Moore (@jmoore2321) November 21, [email protected] Mark May: “I can count to potato”— Jeff Tew (@SquirrelTew) November 21, 2015“Mark May DVRs FanDuel commercials”— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) November 21, [email protected]_may @si_ncaafb @CollegeGameDay— Andrew Crick (@andrewmcrick) November 21, 2015Mark May DVR’s FanDuel commercials— Busted College (@BustedCollege) November 21, 2015Mark May is a douche— Clay Brown (@cmurda53) November 21, 2015Mark May studied geography with Ben Carson— Busted College (@BustedCollege) November 21, [email protected]_may #CollegeGameDay— Simon Dallas (@NaniDallas) November 21, 2015More love for Mark May— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) November 21, 2015Mark May is still loved at The Ohio State lol…… Go Bucks— Rod Olmstead (@RodOlmstead) November 21, [email protected]_LisSis‘ sign on @CollegeGameDay is hilarious: @mark_may wears mom jeans” #buckeyes— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) November 21, 2015M-Momma says Mark May is the devil #Creativity #CollegeGameDay— Chris Mayo (@ChrisMayo_1) November 21, 2015He said it’s a cross between Harbaugh & Mark May. Didn’t really get it.— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) November 20, 2015Also this gem. @CollegeGameDay @mark_may— Matthew Montgomery (@Montgomery707) November 21, [email protected] Mark May on #CollegeGameDay is barnacles!— Ed Lupp (@VeNGNCE) November 21, 2015Ohio State and Michigan State kick off at 3:30 PM ET.last_img read more

Miami (OH) Cornerback Marshall Taylor Transferring To Auburn, Eligible To Play This Fall

first_imgAuburn’s defensive backfield is getting some experience reinforcement, courtesy of the MAC. Marshall Taylor, a standout cornerback from Miami (OH), graduates this spring, and will be eligible to play right away for the Tigers in 2016. Taylor confirmed the commitment to Auburn to earlier this week:“I’m excited. Auburn’s been to two national championships in the last five years, not a lot of programs can say that… I just believe in what Coach (Gus) Mazlahn and the whole staff has going on. They have a really good team and I’m just trying to come in and be another piece to the puzzle.”Louisville held a slight edge for Taylor prior to his visit to Auburn. He has canceled his planned official visits to Michigan State and Florida.“I’m done,” he said. “I’m a Tiger. I’m done.” The Miami Student has more on Taylor’s career with the RedHawks.The 6-foot-2, 199-pound corner was a standout during his freshman year at Miami. He led all freshmen with 40 tackles and started five of the 11 games in which he played.He redshirted the next year, but started all 12 games of the 2014 season alongside current Green Bay Packers cornerback Quinten Rollins. He totaled 30 tackles, one interception and nine pass breakups.Last season, he played in 11 games, starting 10. He totaled 39 tackles and two interceptions, including a pick-six against Akron University. He had a collegiate career-high nine tackles against University of Wisconsin early in the season.Taylor’s Twitter account is private, but he’s already changed his profile picture and bio to reflect his new football home.marshall taylor auburn twitterTaylor is a Georgia native. He’ll have a chance to play in his home state for the first time as a college athlete on November 12, when the Tigers travel to face UGA.[]last_img read more

Its Been the Americas World Cup

Before the World Cup began, FiveThirtyEight’s projections, which are based on ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI), were higher for teams from South America and lower for teams from Europe than other ratings systems’.So far, that’s looked like a reasonably sharp assessment. And if we extend the analysis from continents to hemispheres — with teams from North America and South America in one group, and those from Europe, Africa and Asia in the other — it looks like we may even have underestimated teams from the Americas.First, let’s look at the results by continental confederation. The table below evaluates each confederation’s results so far and compares them with the FiveThirtyEight/SPI forecast before the tournament. It includes results through Friday afternoon’s game between Costa Rica and Italy, and excludes games (such as the France-Switzerland match that I’m watching now) between teams from the same confederation.Before the tournament, our projections expected South American teams to have compiled 5.7 wins, 2.0 losses and 2.3 draws through this point in the World Cup. In fact, their record is 7-2-1. Not a huge difference, but the South American teams have more than held up their side of the bargain.Teams from Europe, by contrast, are 5-6-2 in games played against other confederations, compared with an expected record of 5.1 wins, 4.6 losses and 3.3 draws. Pretty close, although a pinch worse than expected.It’s teams from North America’s CONCACAF federation, instead, that have produced the largest discrepancy. They’re 4-1-1 so far, much better than their meager expected record of 1.4 wins, 3.1 losses and 1.5 draws. Meanwhile, teams from Asia and Africa, although not expected to be much good, are struggling with a combined record of just 1-8-4 so far.A still more striking result comes when you combine the continents into hemispheres (counting Europe along with Asia and Africa in one hemisphere and the Americas in another). In inter-hemisphere matches so far, the Americas have 10 wins against just two losses. The rest of the world has the opposite record: 2-10-0.What accounts for the differences? The least sexy explanation might be luck: We’re not talking about all that large a sample of matches. We’ll have to see whether the pattern holds through the rest of the tournament.But travel distance could also play a role. The FiveThirtyEight match projections include a very modest adjustment for east-to-west travel distance (north-to-south distance seems to matter much less, perhaps because it doesn’t produce as much jet lag). The adjustment is calibrated based on the results of highly competitive soccer matches since 2006. However, there’s evidence that the home-continent advantage had been higher in the past. No European team has ever won a World Cup played in the Americas.It’s also possible that the effect has something to do with the stadium atmosphere. Teams such as Chile and Colombia have received raucous support in their matches so far; in the game I attended at Estádio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, perhaps 90 percent of the crowd was pulling for the Chileans. Because partisan crowds seem to affect officiating decisions in soccer, that could mean these teams are getting a bit more slack from the officials. Chile, for example, spent much of the second half of its win against Spain lying on the pitch with exaggerated injuries but received no sanction for time-wasting.A final theory might be that teams from the Americas are fresher. The major European leagues just completed play in mid-May after beginning their season last August. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, played in 51 matches for Real Madrid since the start of last summer, including the Champions League final a few weeks ago. The best teams from the Americas, like Brazil and Argentina, also have plenty of stars in the major European leagues. But others, such as Costa Rica and Mexico, are less reliant on such players. That could serve to mitigate the talent advantage that the European teams might have and reward the countries with disciplined and tactical team play. read more

UConn Has Been Slightly Less Dominant In The Tournament Than It Was

In case you haven’t been reading this site lately, here’s the latest reminder that the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team, which is seeking its third straight national title Tuesday in Tampa, is really, really good. UConn is way more dominant than Kentucky’s men’s team was even before the Wildcats lost in the national semis. It’s way better than its closest rivals in the women’s game: Notre Dame, its opponent Tuesday. And it’s even way more dominant than its worthiest rivals: other recent UConn teams.Before the tournament began, we tracked how much UConn led by in its games, on average, throughout the 40 minutes of regulation. Not only had UConn crushed its opponents by an average of 42 points per game this year, but it was even more dominant earlier in the game — for instance, it led at halftime by an average of 25 points. And at just about every stage of the average game, the Huskies were ahead by more points than the UConn teams of the previous four years. The big exception was their Elite Eight game against Dayton, in which UConn had a lead of more than 10 points for less than a quarter of the game.What we didn’t know then is whether the comparison would hold up once the NCAA tournament began. UConn would have to face some tough competition — could it continue to dominate?The answer is a qualified yes. UConn’s average halftime margin has been 18.2 points during the tournament, compared to 24.8 points in the regular season and American Athletic Conference tournament — a drop-off of 27 percent. But it has caught up a bit in the second half of games, winning by an average of 37.4 points — just 11 percent lower than its 42.1-point average lead at the end of regulation coming into the tournament. That may mean that UConn peaked at different times in tournament games, or that the 11 percent gap is understating the extent to which UConn has struggled in the tournament, since it spent less time with its foot off the gas pedal in the second half. Of course, struggling is relative for these Huskies: They’ve still won each of their tournament games by at least 21 points.A related question we faced was how much of this team’s apparent edge over its UConn predecessors would drop away once it, like its predecessors, had to play in the tournament. The answer is, not much.This chart isn’t finished yet — Notre Dame will have something to say about it. Our March Madness predictions give the Fighting Irish only a 14 percent chance of winning. They have an even smaller chance of winning by enough to change UConn’s overwhelmingly dominant profile.Correction: An earlier version of this article referred incorrectly to a tournament in which UConn played. It was the American Athletic Conference tournament, not the Big East. read more