Advertisement Facebook Domhnall Gleeson and Tom Cruise in American Made – David James. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement It is the most wonderfully frustrating time of the year: that period when film writers get lost in the mad scramble of cobbling together a top-10 list to impress colleagues and convince readers that they hold the key to the collective movie knowledge of the past 12 months. It is an undeniably fun exercise, but one that can induce heart palpitations: What if I missed the one film everyone is, or should be, talking about?Yet there’s a natural point at which every critic’s “top films” start to blend together into a unified chorus. Phantom Thread, Call Me by Your Name, The Post, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri …… the favourites get name-checked again and again.To offset the familiar shouts and murmurs, The Globe and Mail presents its annual alternative Top 10, which compiles the most overlooked, underrated, and unfairly dismissed films of 2017 (listed alphabetically).American Made For obvious reasons, I’m a sucker for any film in which the protagonist is named Barry (an exceedingly rare occurrence). But the sort-of-true tale of drug-running pilot Barry Seal deserves a spot here for more than appealing to my vanity: the comedy-action film is a rollicking journey into the criminal underworld, with a frenzied and frantic energy courtesy of leading man Tom Cruise. As Cruise’s cocky Seal double- and then triple-crosses everyone from the CIA to Pablo Escobar, the star delivers an increasingly paranoid and wild performance, while director DougLiman ensures every single scene is visually explosive. The pair, who last teamed up for the delightfully stupid Edge of Tomorrow, don’t always succeed in their aesthetic and narrative tricks, but the end result is one of the most purely watchable mainstream studio films of the year.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
New Delhi: With the polls in Delhi approaching and just a few days remaining for the candidates to campaign, Congress’ Chandni Chowk candidate JP Agarwal on Saturday intensified his efforts to reach voters in his constituency.While greeting voters on morning walks in parks across Pashchim Vihar and Shakoor Basti, Agarwal said that the Narendra Modi government’s days are numbered. He said that the results, which are due on May 23 will confirm this once and for all for everyone to see. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesWith several residents receiving the four time MP heartwarmingly, Agarwal said if he wins the upcoming election, he will make sure that he is available for his electorate and listens to their problems. Talking to people Mr Agarwal said, “You should come out in good numbers to exercise your franchise and vote this government out of power. Every vote counts and therefore every single vote is necessary to teach the BJP a lesson. The public has made up its mind to vote the ‘jumlebaz’ and misleading government out of power.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAgarwal is going up against sitting MP and Cabinet Minister Harsh Vardhan of the BJP and Pankaj Gupta of AAP. While Vardhan seems to be the strongest opponent for a heavyweight like Agarwal, it remains to be seen which way the people of Chandni Chowk will go. Agarwal’s campaign has been focused on reaching out to voters in the forms of padyatras, two of which were held on Saturday in Gandhi Market and Lal Kuan. He met voters and urged people to vote for him and his party to form the government at Centre. Agarwal thanked his supporters and party workers and said that their support gives him hope for the nation. During his Padyatras he said, “Looking at the people’s attachment for the Congress party during my Padyatra, I am convinced that Congress-led government is going to be formed after May 23. I am very happy to see the positive response of people of all sections towards our public outreach campaigns.”
FACE, one of the prominent talent management brands of Eastern India announced its new endeavor called ‘FFACE Anokhi’ digitally powered by Facebook at The Brewhive recently. The logo of ‘FFACE Anokhi’ was unveiled in the presence of renowned actress Rachana Banerjee, Swastika Dutta and well known actor Sean Banerjee along with Neil Roy, Founder-Director of FFACE, Paromita Ghosh, Strategic Consultant-Director of FFACE, Indroneel Mukherjee, Fashion Director of FFACE and model turned actor Falaque Rashid Roy who is making her debut in Raj Chakraborty’s upcoming film Parineeta, also the Marketing Director for FFACE. Also Read – The Puja carnivalFFACE Anokhi is a platform which promotes the concept ‘Beauty Has No Shape’. Anokhi challenges body shaming and brings out the true essence of womanhood. This is FFACE’s first international venture collaborating with Ocenic Media Solutions for the Bangladesh segment. Speaking on the occasion, Neil Roy, Founder – Director of FFACE said, “Beauty is not superficial. It comes from within. Any person with a good heart, talent and confidence is always beautiful irrespective of age and body shape. All that women need, is a platform to express their talent. So, we, at FFACE are giving them from every sphere of the society the platform to showcase their talent.” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraTalking about fashion, Indroneel Mukherjee, Fashion Director of FFACE said, “Fashion is not very constant and it keeps on changing. It is basically a trend that goes around for a certain period, but beauty is constant. Beauty is the confidence that lets you carry a particular trend of fashion. And, that is exactly what we are looking forward to.” Paromita Ghosh, Strategic Consultant – Director of FFACE said, “Through this initiative, we hope that we would be able to encourage women to be confident enough to carry themselves the way they are and not feel inferior because of any stereotypical factors of beauty”. The beauty pageant will take place across Bangladesh and Eastern India and will commence with registrations from May 20. After the registration period, auditions will start from July. Initially after auditions in Bangladesh and India, 20 participants will be selected from each country. Out of 20 women the top 10 participants of each country will be selected for the final round, who will compete for the crown at a location outside India and Bangladesh.
VIENNA- Libya hopes to restore full oil output “in 10 days”, its oil minister said Tuesday, after unrest led to the country’s production being slashed.“In 10 days if everything goes right, hopefully we’ll go back to 1.5” million barrels per day, Abdelbari al-Arusi told reporters gathered for OPEC’s oil output meeting in Vienna on Wednesday.“Things change… that (is) why I said hopefully, I’m not sure because things are not in my hands,” he added when asked if he was being overly optimistic. Previously, Arusi wrongly predicted a rapid return to full production. Libya’s output has plunged to about 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) amid deadly fighting between radical Islamist fighters and the army that erupted earlier this year.Arusi added that the lost production had cost the north African nation “around $9.0 billion” in lost revenues.He said that fellow OPEC members who have been pumping additional oil to compensate for Libya’s loss should make way for a return of full output.“Somebody took our share in the market and we should go back,” Arusi said, noting that he was in agreement with Libya’s OPEC peers that the cartel should maintain its production ceiling at 30 million bpd when it meets Wednesday.
It’s likely no coincidence that Toronto’s opponents are scoring at a rate of nearly 4 fewer points per 100 possessions with Lowry on the court than they did a season ago. In fact, Lowry’s rehabilitation has been so complete that the Raptors now rank among the league’s top 10 teams at both ends of the floor and he has risen to full-blown MVP candidate status.You’re only as good as your best playerIt’s no secret that there’s a distinct relationship between a team’s championship probability and the quality of its best player, but it takes a truly exceptional player to make a run at a title. In the past, Lowry hasn’t been good enough to move that needle, but this season’s version is inching into the territory where small individual improvements can drastically upgrade a team’s chances of winning a championship.We’d expect a team being led by Lowry at his previous career-high BPM of +5.9 to win the title about 5 percent of the time; at this season’s +7.2 mark, those odds are doubled, to 10 percent. (Not even Carter in his prime led Toronto with a BPM so high.) Add in a decent supporting cast — and it’s debatable as to whether Toronto has one of those, particularly with DeMarre Carroll on ice, but let’s entertain the notion anyway — and suddenly the idea of a championship parade down Bay Street doesn’t seem quite so pie-in-the-sky. By just about any measure, the last three seasons have been the best time to root for the Toronto Raptors in their 20-year history. The Vince Carter era was thrilling but brief, and Chris Bosh’s dinos never quite realized their potential. Since 2013-14, however, the Raptors’ winning percentage has hovered around 60 percent, and their efficiency differential has been roughly 3.5 points per 100 possessions — numbers that those previous runs only approached in spurts.For all that success, however, Toronto has had trouble making any kind of dent come playoff time. As my ESPN colleague Zach Lowe wrote about Tuesday, each of the team’s past two postseasons ended with a first-round exit, and although the Raptors were upset both times — implying they had the talent to potentially go further — 49-win teams don’t typically vie for NBA championships anyway.1There are rare exceptions, but even conditional on making it past the first round of the playoffs, only 13 percent of teams that won 48 to 50 games in a season went on to the NBA Finals. If this season’s version of the club is basically the same, expecting different results would be irrational.These Raptors, however, have a secret weapon that their predecessors lacked: skinny Kyle Lowry.Technically speaking, this is Lowry’s fourth season with Toronto; he even logged the second-most minutes of any Raptor during the failed playoff runs of 2014 and 2015. But that version of Lowry was — how can we say it? — less svelte, and far less productive. By Box Plus/Minus (BPM), Lowry’s 2014-15 season was the worst he’d had in four years. This season, though, Lowry profiles like a top-five player according to the advanced metrics. And his sudden improvement could finally give Toronto the star power necessary to truly compete for a championship.Lowry’s evolving gameBefore this season, Lowry appeared to be on an evolutionary arc many players go through, trading a higher usage rate for less efficient scoring. In his rise as one of the game’s best guards, he’d once ranked in at least the 70th percentile of NBA players in both true shooting percentage and usage. That isn’t an easy thing to do. But last season, Lowry seemed to have surpassed the workload at which he could maintain a reasonable level of efficiency — a situation exacerbated by the banged-up state he found himself in as the season progressed. As a result, his offensive numbers dipped: He settled for more midrange shots and drew fewer fouls; he ran the pick-and-roll less often (and less efficiently); and over the course of the season, he struggled with his jump shot in a way he hadn’t for years.Although Lowry was pretty clearly not being himself, the Raptors won the Atlantic Division and locked up the No. 4 seed in the East. But the team was also unceremoniously swept by Washington, a series in which Lowry kept a high usage but saw his efficiency completely collapse. This seemed like a bad sign.Perhaps even more troubling, it was getting harder to find evidence that Lowry — a player with a good two-way reputation — was still among the league’s best defensive guards. Going into last season, he’d ranked up around the 80th percentile of NBA guards in defensive BPM over his career — a ranking corroborated by play-by-play plus/minus metrics and tracking data from Synergy Sports Technology — numbers underpinned by smart, bruising pick-and-roll defense. But in 2014-15, Lowry’s defensive indicators offered mixed messages. Although he still gave the Raptors’ defense a boost while on the floor, the team was also significantly worse defensively than it had been the previous season, and Lowry often looked slow, clunky and, at times, indifferent when trying to fight through ball screens. This season, Lowry has made course corrections at both ends of the floor. Although his usage continues to grow, his scoring efficiency has bounced back, in part because of smarter shot selection. He’s once again devoting fewer shots to the midrange, allowing his rates of taking threes and drawing fouls to return to their historical norms, and he’s been faster and more aggressive in the transition game as well. On defense, you can really see the effects of Lowry’s offseason weight loss. Last season, Lowry frequently failed when trying to use his strength to fight through screens (both on the ball and off), ceded too many easy buckets on pick-and-rolls and was generally slow to recover when he guessed wrong or his gambles didn’t pay off.2014-15: So this season should be encouraging for Raptors fans, at least by this metric. But after years of watching Chris Paul-led teams underachieve in the playoffs, it’s fair to ask whether this algorithm oversells the title chances for a point guard-driven squad. And as it happens, controlling for the entire skill set of a team’s best player, we found a slight tendency for teams led by players with a lot of value tied up in passing to perform worse in the postseason than we’d expect from their BPM. This could be due to any number of causes — from defenses keying in on passing patterns in a long playoff series to the way a playmaker’s value is only maximized when complemented by other skills (or perhaps it’s just random noise) — but it’s one (albeit minor) reason to consider lowering expectations for Lowry.Except that this season, Lowry’s game has been extremely well-rounded — he ranks in at least the 78th percentile of all NBA players in scoring efficiency, possession usage, assist rate and defensive BPM. Historically, teams whose best players excel in the first and last of those categories tend to exceed expectations in the playoffs at a rate far greater than any penalty that’s levied against passers.Of course, all of this presumes that Lowry’s overhauled game is legit. He’s currently 29 years old, an age at which NBA players are typically already on the downside of their careers, not metamorphosing into championship-caliber stars. Also, there was little in Lowry’s preseason CARMELO projection (our statistical crystal ball for NBA careers) to suggest an imminent breakout, aside from the late-blooming presence of Steve Nash on the fringe of his comparables list. An optimistic look at his strongest CARMELO comps suggested that he might pull a Rod Strickland and stay productive into his mid-30s; a less rosy one saw the possibility of flaming out far sooner, like Michael Adams and Derek Harper. So it’s entirely possible that Lowry will regress toward his previous career norms in the season’s second half.But given the particulars of Lowry’s skill set, and the ways in which he’s corrected his deficiencies of a season ago, it’s also very possible that if his caloric intake doesn’t regress, neither will his output.The question of whether Lowry’s teammates are good enough to support a championship run is still very much open. And even if they are, Lowry may have timed his improvement poorly, elevating his play during a season with two abnormally dominant teams that are soaking up all the league’s title odds. But Lowry’s sudden upgrade to the NBA’s elite class of players gives the Raptors a superstar the likes of which they’ve never had before. At the very least, they now possess a crucial element that was missing from the team’s recent string of good-but-not-good-enough campaigns. The new, slimmed-down version of Lowry has been quicker afoot and more focused in his pursuit of ballhandlers around and through screens, forcing more turnovers and fouling less as a result.2015-16:
The 2018 World Cup final didn’t disappoint (though this website predicted that it might). France beat Croatia 4-2 in a match that yielded more goals than the previous three finals combined. For Croatia’s golden generation, this might have been the last hurrah. Their best players — Golden Ball winner Luka Modric and midfield genius Ivan Rakitic — are both on the wrong side of 30, and this was probably their last shot at winning the thing. The same is hardly true for this incarnation of Les Bleus: They’re very young, and they might just be getting started.With an average age of 25.4 years (weighted by minutes played), this was the youngest World Cup-winning team since at least 1966, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. And although it sounded a little odd to hear from the Fox commentators after the match, it was true that France hardly scratched the surface of its potential during the tournament. Relative to other Cup winners, it had the fourth-lowest goal differential per 90 minutes and the second-worst possession rate of any victor since 1966: 1974Germany27.14301.80.6+1.356.0 Antoine Griezmann27118.8 2014Germany27.06012.20.5+1.760.0 * Ages are as of the opening date of the World Cup, weighted by minutes played for the team during the tournament.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Raphaël Varane2583.2 1966England26.65011.70.5+1.246.2% 2010Spain27.06101.00.3+0.865.3 2006Italy28.75021.50.3+1.248.7 2018France25.46011.80.8+1.148.6 1978Argentina25.54122.00.5+1.552.8 Thomas Lemar2277.2 1982Italy28.63131.70.8+0.848.8 1990Germany28.04121.90.7+1.357.8 2002Brazil27.17002.40.5+1.948.9 YearTeamweighted Avg. Age*WLTforagainstdiff.Poss% Corentin Tolisso2347.5 PlayerAgeMarket Value Nabil Fekir2471.3 Luckily for Les Bleus, Best Young Player Award recipient Kylian Mbappé, who became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since 1958 when some guy named Pelé did so for Brazil, will be just 23 when the next World Cup rolls around (and he’ll be just 21 at Euro 2020). And he’s not the only world-beating young forward on France’s roster: Nabil Fekir, Ousmane Dembélé and Thomas Lemar are all 24 years old or younger. It may sound odd, but the current holders of the FIFA World Cup probably aren’t the best version of themselves yet.Despite being set up to defer possession and withstand opposition attack after opposition attack, this French group still outperformed offensive expectations: They scored 1.84 goals per 90 minutes, 0.64 goals per 90 more than their expected goals rate of 1.20. All that while relying on a forward (Olivier Giroud) who plays much of the game with his back to the goal, more subdued and defensive-minded versions of Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba that hardly resemble their club selves, and a teenager.As France’s attacking players enter their respective primes — and if Deschamps allows them to play more beautifully — the goal tallies are just going to increase. Les Bleus ought to be scary in two years at Euro 2020, and they ought to be downright devastating in the fall of 2022 in Qatar. France may have just claimed its second ever World Cup trophy, but its best ever team may well exist in the future. Samuel Umtiti2471.3 goals Per 90 Min. Source: transfermarkt.com But, boy, does this team ever have room to grow. Of France’s top 13 most valuable players according to TransferMarkt.com, just two are over the age of 25. And many of them haven’t even cracked the starting lineup yet. Didier Deschamps’s group won in Russia by playing pragmatic — if boring — soccer. Deschamps asked his players to park the bus more often than he gave them the keys to drive it. But the French roster is brimming with attacking talent — and if Deschamps wants to keep his job,1Cue Zidane and Wenger rumors. he’ll probably be asked to employ a more offensive style of play going forward. Benjamin Mendy2347.5 Ousmane Dembélé2195.0 1986Argentina26.56012.00.7+1.352.0 N’Golo Kanté2771.3 Lucas Hernández2241.6 1998France27.96011.80.2+1.653.6 1970Brazil25.96003.11.1+2.054.8 Florian Thauvin2559.4 France didn’t control the ball much in victoryWorld Cup winners with the lowest possession rates, 1966-2018 France isn’t going away soonAge and market value (according to TransferMarkt) for top players on the 2018 French national team Paul Pogba25106.9 Kylian Mbappé19$142.6m 1994Brazil28.15021.40.4+1.059.4
Redshirt freshman right-hander Adam Niemeyer (43) delivers a pitch against Louisville on April 14. OSU won, 2-0.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Sports EditorAdam Niemeyer was making the second appearance of his collegiate career last season when he knew something was wrong.“I threw a curveball and I just knew it wasn’t good when I threw that pitch. I tried to throw again in another game, but it just kept getting worse and worse, so I got an MRI and found out that I had to have surgery,” the Ohio State redshirt freshman right-hander said.The procedure that Niemeyer had to undergo was ulnar collateral reconstruction surgery, commonly known as Tommy John surgery. It is an operation where a damaged ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body, and it is becoming almost commonplace for pitchers.Last season, more than 25 major league pitchers required the operation. This year, over 10 have already gone under the knife.For Niemeyer, the elbow problems began during his junior year of high school. After a summer to rest it, however, he felt no discomfort — that is until a game at Oregon on March 7, 2014, when the pain returned.He made one more appearance six days later against Siena after the fateful one in Oregon. In that outing, he gave up four unearned runs. After that night, he was shut down before undergoing the procedure on April 9, 2014.“It was pretty disappointing, just because I was coming off my best outing of the year, really felt like I was contributing to the team, and then hearing that news was just really devastating,” Niemeyer said.Jason Good, the athletic trainer for the OSU baseball team, was tasked with bringing Niemeyer back to full strength.“It’s a pretty long process, as you can imagine,” Good said. “Prior to the ‘80s, you were done, but now we’ve kind of developed a rehab progression where we start off with just range of motion, just moving the joints to get them going, to strengthening the shoulder, elbow, wrist flexors, and now really we’re starting to get even further, to where we’re working from the ground up, and almost rebuilding an athlete.”Good said the timetable to return is set at 12 months from the date of surgery, with a couple of months on either side depending on the success of the rehab.For Niemeyer, it was on the quicker side, as he made his return to the diamond with a scoreless inning against Pittsburgh on Feb. 15 — just over 10 months after the surgery.“I could tell he was down a little bit, because I knew he wanted to be out there with us, especially after a good outing against Oregon, and then he finds out he can’t pitch the rest of the year,” sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson, who was roommates with Niemeyer last year, said. “But he handled it really well. He wanted to get the surgery right away, start the rehab and now he’s back here.”Niemeyer said the support of fellow Tommy John recipients — junior infielder Jacob Bosiokovic and sophomore right-hander Yianni Pavlopoulos — a select group they call “The Zipper Club,” helped him cope with his rehab and recovery.But more than anything, it was the Minster, Ohio, product’s hunger to return to the mound and help his team toward its goal of making the NCAA tournament that drove him.“It’s good to go out there and contribute to the team, help the team win,” Niemeyer said. “That was the hardest part last year, just watching from the sidelines, not really being able to go out there and help the guys.”After six appearances out of the bullpen to start the season, OSU coach Greg Beals handed Niemeyer the ball for his first collegiate start — a start that just so happened to come against a team that was ranked No. 4 in the nation at the time in Louisville on April 14.Niemeyer responded masterfully, tossing five shutout innings and only allowing two hits to guide OSU’s 2-0 upset victory.He then made another start a week later, a 6-3 victory over Morehead State, before returning to the bullpen to toss three scoreless innings of relief against Illinois last weekend.Good said he was not surprised to see the right-hander come back with a vengeance based on his work to get back following the surgery.“Adam’s doing really well. He was a good foundation,” Good said. “He’s kind of the model of, ‘All right, if you have somebody who’s going to get hurt, this is the foundation that you want to work with,’ because he has a good structure, he works hard and he’s driven to want to be back.”While Good said that it usually takes about two years for a pitcher to feel like they did before the surgery, Niemeyer, just over a year removed from the operation, said he feels he is already at that point.“I think I am (100 percent). I feel pretty good,” Niemeyer said. “I still have things I have to work on. I think my control is what I have to focus on to get that back to where it was, but arm-wise, I feel pretty good.”Niemeyer and the Buckeyes are set to close out their home schedule with a three-game series against Maryland from May 8-10. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m., 3:05 p.m. and 1:05 p.m. for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard insists his team must improve their form of they’re to compete with Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.The Gers host Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on Saturday looking to go level on points with the league leaders with a victory, but Gerrard insists his team must change their approach to pick all up three points.“I look round and I see good players,” Gerrard said, according to Evening Times.“That’s the first thing.”“I think we have played teams on Celtic’s level, in terms of quality and technical ability, at Ibrox this year. I think we coped very well in those games and proved we were a match for them.”“Having our fans behind us should certainly give us an advantage and give the players confidence and belief. They can push us on.”Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“But there is no doubt we have to max out. We need everyone to step up and perform close to their best for us to get a result.”“I think we are more used to each other. We have certainly grown as a group. The first Old Firm game came around pretty quickly and was on the back of a tough away European fixture.”“I don’t think we are much better equipped or much better than we were last time.”“The key for me, and the message to the players, is don’t freeze and have too much respect like you did the last time. Don’t sit back and wait for the game. Go and grab it.”“Go and seize the moment and the opportunity to express yourselves. I want the players to be excited about this fixture, not fearful.”