Harry Kane Is Making His Case For Worlds Best Striker

12N. FekirLyon22703816 9M. IcardiInter Milan22683818 C. ImmobileLazio21753720 P. DybalaJuventus19753014 3E. CavaniPSG23814121 L. SuárezBarcelona20763816 7NeymarPSG18823719 R. LewandowskiBayern Munich21873519 17F. ThauvinMarseille25923414 S. AgüeroManchester City22883921 1H. KaneTottenham261506123 2M. SalahLiverpool261034922 Shots 10R. FalcaoMonaco20593017 G. HiguaínJuventus23753014 PlayerTeamGamesTotalon goalgoals The stage has never been bigger for Tottenham Hotspur’s star striker Harry Kane. On Saturday, Spurs defeated Arsenal 1-0 in the North London Derby, one of the Premier League’s most storied rivalries. Now it’s off to Turin, Italy, where they’ll take on Juventus, one of Europe’s most storied clubs, in the Champions League round of 16. And there will never be a better moment than now for Kane to demonstrate, in front of the entire soccer-loving world, that he just might be the best pure striker alive.Kane won himself a place in history when he notched his 100th English Premier League goal on a controversial stoppage time penalty two weekends ago against Liverpool. It’s an incredible achievement for a player who, at 24 years old, is only just now hitting the prime years of his career. Kane is not the fastest ever to the century mark, but only Alan Shearer managed it in fewer appearances than Kane’s 141, and only Wayne Rooney, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen did it at a younger age. The milestone also just happens to come during the best season of Kane’s young career. If anything, his league-leading 23 goals undersells just how good Kane has been.The top of the Premier League scoring table is increasingly split between traditional forwards, like Kane, Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku, and more hybrid attacking wingers, like Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling, which makes it difficult to define what the center forward role looks like in modern soccer. The same problem crops up around the rest of Europe. Calling Lionel Messi a center forward undersells all the things he does for Barcelona, especially considering that he’s playing next to, behind and generally all around a truer version of a center forward in Luis Suarez. At Paris-Saint Germain, Neymar might be the best attacking player in the world, but he’s also a winger while Edinson Cavani occupies the center forward position. The line between forward and winger is increasingly blurry, and a list of the most productive scorers in Europe is littered with goal-scoring wingers. But Kane still sits atop that list. 14R. SterlingManchester City25632615 Kane posts tremendous numbers in many scoring measures. Looking at goals from open play (so removing penalty shots and direct free kicks), Kane is scoring 0.8 goals per 90 minutes. That’s the third-best rate in Europe’s big five leagues,1Among players who have played at least 1000 minutes. behind only Salah and Cavani. Kane has the second-most shots per 90 from open play as well, with 5.30. Only Cristiano Ronaldo, who is mired in a terrible shooting season, takes more shots, with 5.71 per 90. Only five other players are even over four shots per game: Roma’s Edin Dzeko, Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, Messi, Salah, and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.2In fact, if Kane stays on pace and finishes the season with more than five shots per 90 minutes, he’ll be one of only three players to do so in the last five years, joining Ronaldo (who did it four times) and Gonzalo Higuain, who managed it with Napoli in 2015/16.Kane is similarly at the top of the list when it comes to expected goals per 90 minutes. His 0.78 expected goals per 90 tracks pretty closely with his actual goals scored and is good for fifth best among players with at least 1,000 minutes, trailing only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who just transferred to Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City, Ronaldo and Lewandowski. The fact that Kane’s finishing is roughly in line with his expected goals is an important marker of how he has developed from last season to this year.His scoring on shots from open play actually remains essentially unchanged from last year, going from 0.81 to 0.80, but his expected goal rate last season was much lower, only 0.48. Finishing more chances than expected, as Kane did a year ago, is a real skill but it’s also almost impossible to do consistently, and players’ numbers are incredibly noisy and undergo wild fluctuations. Some of Kane’s goal scoring last season came on the types of wonderful finishes that typically fly over the bar, or on contested headers that usually glance just wide. In other words, if Kane’s current season were similar to last year, it’s very likely that his goal scoring would have gone down. Instead, Kane has upped his game, creating and taking more shots and better shots. Last season, Kane scored like a great striker, but he played like a very good one. This year, he’s both playing and scoring like one of the best in the game.The case for Kane as one of the world’s best strikers is easy to make, but once you get up into the rarified air of players like Salah, Lewandowski and Aubameyang, differentiating between them becomes difficult. Where Kane stands out is in just how big a share of the team’s workload he takes on. Again looking at shots not including penalties and direct free kicks, there are 101 players in the top five leagues who have scored seven or more goals. Harry Kane takes 32.7 percent of his team’s shots when he’s on the field — none of the other 100 players are more involved. Ronaldo is second at 32.0 percent, Messi is third at 31.4. (Ronaldo and Messi, of course, both take a large number of direct free kicks that aren’t getting counted here, while Kane gets credit for all the shots he accumulates on set plays that aren’t direct free kicks. So Kane has some advantage that comes from how we’re defining the center forward role.)Kane is similarly dominant when it comes to expected goals from these shots. When he’s on the field, he accounts for a whopping 41.7 percent of Spurs’ expected goals, the third most of this set of players. Only Antonio Sanabria of Real Betis, who is having an improbable season with seven goals in six substitute appearances, and Cristhian Stuani of the surprisingly competent Spanish side Girona are responsible for a higher percentage of their teams’ expected goals. This is the primary argument for Kane. While some players have scored more goals, and some players may have slightly higher underlying expected goals numbers, no strikers in the world have put up the gaudy numbers Kane has while accounting for as high a share of their team’s shooting and finishing. D. MertensNapoli24893515 F. QuagliarellaSampdoria23863817 I. AspasCelta Vigo22653015 5L. MessiBarcelona231326120 MarianoLyon24703214 P. Aubameyang*Arsenal18612914 *Recently transferred from Borussia DortmundThe five leagues are the English Premier League, Serie A (Italy), La Liga (Spain), Ligue 1 (France) and the Bundesliga (Germany).Source: Espn Stats & Information Group Harry Kane isn’t a complete forward. His job isn’t to facilitate play, or bring wingers into the game, or create holes in the defense for his teammates to take advantage of. Tottenham Hotspur’s star striker does one thing: He scores. But that goal scoring has Tottenham challenging for a top-four place in the Premier League and has gotten Spurs into the knockout rounds of the Champions League. Nobody scores as much while accounting for as high a percentage of their team’s scoring. He’s the ultimate scoring forward, and at only 24 years old, he’s likely to be a dominant force for years to come. Kane is Europe’s best pure scorerThe top goal scorers in the five major European leagues this season read more

How To Find The Best Soccer Matches Of The Week

Here’s how we calculate our match ratings:Quality is simply a measure of how good the teams are. Specifically, it’s the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Soccer Power Index ratings. (We’re using the harmonic mean instead of merely averaging the two ratings because in lopsided matches it limits the impact of very high or low ratings, resulting in a more balanced number.) Because every team has an SPI rating between 0 and 100, our match quality stat also ranges from 0 to 100.Importance is a measure of how much the outcome of the match will affect our forecast for how likely the two teams are to win the league, or be relegated or promoted, among other things. To calculate it, we generate probabilities conditional on each team winning the match and then find the difference between those two possible numbers.We consider different factors depending on which league the match is being played in. For some leagues, our forecasts cover winning the league and qualifying for the Champions League, for example.We take a weighted average of the change in each applicable factor and scale the result to between 0 and 100. All leagues are treated equally when calculating importance, so a match to decide the winner of the Swedish Allsvenskan would rate just as high as a match to decide the winner of the English Premier League.The overall match rating is just the average of quality and importance.Visit our club soccer predictions to explore the ratings of all the upcoming matches yourself. On any given week during peak soccer season, FiveThirtyEight offers projections for dozens of club soccer matches across the globe. The sheer volume of matches taking place this time of year can be paralyzing. With that in mind, we’ve added a feature to our club soccer predictions that rates upcoming matches on their quality and importance. You can use this page to pick a few good ones to be sure not to miss.This week’s biggest match — rated an overall 96 out of 100 — is today’s Champions League round of 16 first leg between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. This is a bit of a no-brainer — it features Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo leading the second- and third-best teams in the world against each other in a high-stakes clash. But there are some other good matches to watch: Borussia Dortmund and Atalanta — two of the best eight remaining teams in the Europa League — play each other on Thursday in the round of 32. If we dig deeper, Empoli and Parma — two teams fighting for promotion and the league title at the top of a very tight Italian Serie B — play each other Saturday. And Manchester United plays Chelsea on Feb. 25 in the Premier League in what is a pivotal match for Champions League qualification. read more

Commentary Blame Ohio State football coach Luke Fickell not Joe Bauserman

Shortly after Ohio State football collapsed against No.14 Nebraska last Saturday, social media feeds were loaded with comments criticizing Buckeyes’ senior quarterback Joe Bauserman. Many pinned the loss solely on the fifth-year senior. As I surveyed the rants of seething OSU fans, I began to wonder if all the condemnation was warranted. I started to feel bad for the guy, because, quite frankly, he wasn’t the reason OSU lost. Like you, I watched Bauserman’s dreadful perfromance. It wasn’t pretty, but he shouldn’t have been in that position to begin with. When Bauserman entered the game after freshman quarterback Braxton Miller was injured midway through the third quarter, the Buckeyes led 27-13. From that point on, OSU ran 10 passing plays compared to eight rushing plays. Why? With Miller out, the Buckeyes needed to change the game plan and shorten the game as much as possible by running the ball. Why was the offense relying on the arm of the backup quarterback rather than sophomore running back Carlos Hyde’s legs? Hyde averaged 4.2 yards per carry in the second half. Leading 27-20 early in the fourth quarter, the Buckeyes had a second-and-13 on the Nebraska 32-yard line, desperately needing to extend the deficit to two-scores and regain some momentum. At that point, a field-goal attempt would have been 49 yards, and with a couple of short runs, it could have been cut closer to a 40-yarder, well within kicker Drew Basil’s range. In a situation that begged for Tressel-ball, OSU ran two pass plays, both incomplete tosses by Bauserman. Then the Buckeyes took a delay of game penalty and punted the ball away. The rest is history. All of this goes back to the point that despite his awful performance, it is unfair to pin the entire defeat on Bauserman, even if he he appears to be an easy scapegoat. A more worthy target of criticism should be head coach Luke Fickell and the coaching staff, and their failures to recognize that Bauserman was overwhelmed and tweak the play calling accordingly. read more

Buckeyes prepping for both Wolverine quarterbacks

Ohio State football coaches and players have plenty of respect Michigan senior quarterback Denard Robinson’s ability, but they better not forget about the Wolverines’ other dual-threat signal-caller.Preparing to play Robinson, who ranks third all-time among Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks in rushing yards, is a challenge in itself for OSU football this week. In anticipation of this Saturday’s clash with their rivals, however, the Buckeyes have to prepare for UM junior quarterback Devin Gardner too.In UM’s 40-34 victory last year in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robinson passed for 167 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Over the past three games, however, Gardner has started at quarterback for the Wolverines.Robinson missed two games with a nerve injury in his throwing arm, and upon his return against Iowa last week, he played at running back after regular starter redshirt junior Fitzgerald Toussaint was knocked out of the game with a season-ending leg injury.In Robinson’s place over the past three games, Gardner has completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 834 yards and seven touchdowns. In eight starts at quarterback this season, Robinson has completed 53.6 percent of his throws for 1,319 yards and nine touchdowns.The Buckeyes have to prepare to play both.UM’s depth chart, released Monday, lists Robinson as the starting quarterback, but coach Brady Hoke said during his press conference Monday it is “up in the air” which player will start Saturday.Regardless of which quarterback starts, it is likely the other will still have a spot somewhere else in the Wolverines’ starting lineup. Gardner has five starts at wide receiver this season, and through the season’s first eight games, he had 16 receptions for 266 yards and four touchdowns. As a tailback against Iowa, Robinson carried the ball 13 times for 98 yards.Hoke said Monday that being able to play both players at multiple positions helps their football team.“When we moved Devin, and he wanted to move to wide receiver, we were helping our football team, because you’re putting your best 11 (offensive players) on the field,” Hoke said. “I think Denard fits in that either as a quarterback or as a slot receiver or wherever it may be.”OSU senior linebacker Zach Boren said the potential for either player to line up at a different spot on offense makes it a big challenge to prepare for the Wolverines offense.“You just don’t know what to plan for,” Boren said. “You don’t know if you’re going to show up on Saturday and Denard’s going to be the starting quarterback and Devin’s going to be out at wide receiver, or Devin’s going to be at quarterback and Denard’s going to be at tailback. You don’t know and that’s the hard thing about scheming for them.”Redshirt senior outside linebacker Etienne Sabino said Robinson’s dynamic rushing ability makes him dangerous regardless of what position he lines up at.“Denard can run just as well as a running back, so when he’s in the game, you have to count him as a running quarterback or running back that can throw or whatever you want to call it,” Sabino said. “He’s a great player.”Boren said that UM’s offensive scheme is likely to be different depending on which player lines up at quarterback.“With Devin in there, they run more of a pro-style offense. With Denard in there, it’s more of a spread,” Boren said. “They played both of them in the backfield last week, and they have a lot of options by doing that … they’re going to be a tough offense to stop.”Stopping UM’s offense, however, won’t be the only challenge in Sunday’s game. The Wolverines’ defense ranks 12th in the nation with only 303.5 total yards allowed per game, and 17th with just 18.1 points allowed per game.First-year OSU coach Urban Meyer said the Buckeyes’ offense was “bad” last week, and that they have to “open this offense up and trust that good things are going to happen” against UM.Special teams could also play an important role in Saturday’s game: the Buckeyes have scored four special teams touchdowns this season but have also had four special teams touchdowns scored against them.Redshirt senior Zach Domicone said he expects special teams to make a “huge difference” on Saturday.“When two teams are evenly matched or it’s a close game, every play is so critical,” Domicone said. “Special teams is … essential to controlling the field position, and setting up your offense and your defense in good situations to make plays to win the game.”OSU’s annual rivalry game with the Wolverines is scheduled for a noon kickoff at Ohio Stadium Saturday. read more

Urban Meyer wont rely on gut feeling to choose Ohio States starting

Redshirt-senior Braxton Miller (5) and redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett (16) were both held out of OSU’s Spring Game on April 18 while rehabbing injuries.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern PhotographerBack in 1939, Dorothy Gale had a feeling she wasn’t in Kansas anymore.In August, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer might have a gut feeling as well, in this case pertaining to who should be the quarterback for the Buckeyes in their national title defense. But unlike July Garland’s famous character from “The Wizard of Oz,” Meyer said he plans to rely on the hard evidence when it comes to his team’s future.“This can’t be, ‘Well, I’m going with him because it’s my gut feeling,’” Meyer said after OSU’s Spring Game on Saturday. “Those gut feelings, it’s got to be statistical analysis and data backed up on who is going to play quarterback.”The fourth-year OSU coach is set to choose between redshirt-senior Braxton Miller, redshirt-junior Cardale Jones and redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett, all of whom have found success as the Buckeyes’ starter. Miller led OSU to 24 straight wins between his sophomore and junior seasons, Barrett won 11 of his first 12 starts and Jones led OSU to three postseason wins in his first three starts as a Buckeye.Now Miller is still rehabbing the shoulder injury that held him out for the entire 2014 season, Barrett is working back from a fractured ankle and Jones is continuing his development.Meyer said he’s focused first and foremost on making sure the players get — and stay — healthy, but he acknowledged that a decision will have to come sooner or later. But instead of simply picking his favorite on a whim, Meyer stressed that the system will be systematic.“I’ll come up with some kind of system throughout training camp that we’re going to chart everything that everyone does,” he said. “And we’ve kind of done it, but not to the degree that we’re going to do it this year. Because you have to be right on.”Jones was the only one of the three quarterbacks fully available during spring practice, and was the only one to take part in the Spring Game. But as summer approaches, Jones said he’s focused on continuing to grow as a leader.“Carrying this leadership over to the weight room and the summer conditioning, things like that,” Jones said Saturday. “So the guys I’ll be going with can see that they can trust and believe in me and they know I got their back.”Even though the coaching staff will have limited time on the field with the players over the summer, Meyer said he won’t be giving his own instructions on what exactly each quarterback should work on.Instead, it will be up to co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck to break down Miller’s, Jones’ and Barrett’s exact technical goals.“He’ll be more specific about what fundamentals to work on,” Meyer said. “Coach Beck will handle the individual improvement, technique improvement.”When it comes to finally making that decision on who will start Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., when the Buckeyes open their regular season, Meyer said he’s hoping to avoid any surprises.“I want to be able to look those people in the eye and say ‘this is where we’re at’ and not be a shocker when it happens,” he said. “But here’s what you need to do to get better and here’s where we’re at and keep pushing.” read more

Ohio State mens golf looking to thrive under new leadership

Redshirt-junior Michael Bernard roles a putt towards the hole during one of OSU’s matches in 2014. Courtesy of OSU athleticsLimitless. That’s the word that’s loosely thrown around Ohio State’s Jane and Walt Dennis Golf Performance Center.Roughly two months after being named the men’s golf coach, Jay Moseley is excited about the heights to which he can potentially take the program — something he’s well equipped to do.Over the past six years at Kennesaw State University, Moseley led the Owls to five consecutive NCAA regional appearances, including two trips to the NCAA championship.Impressively, he achieved this at a smaller school that has only been a Division I program since 2005, and whose resources compared to those at OSU are less abundant.“Being able to recruit at a university that’s first-class, and recruiting to a golf program and an athletic department that’s just amazing; it’s just a great opportunity. I think we can go after any player in the country,” Moseley said. “I wasn’t able to do that at Kennesaw State.”OSU can certainly go after any player they want, including freshman Will Grimmer, who competed in the 2014 U.S. Open at the age of 17.“Will Grimmer has come in with one of the best resumes of anybody in the country, and he, certainly, will be a big contributor for us this year,” Moseley said. “I’m excited about the team we have.”Where there is talent, there are expectations; and for the Buckeyes they are hefty.Moseley is taking over for former coach Donnie Darr, who resigned June 9, citing unhappiness. During his six-season tenure, Darr guided the Buckeyes to six tournament titles and four NCAA regional qualifications.The Buckeyes qualified for the 2011 NCAA Championship under Darr, as well.“It kind of came out of nowhere for me,” senior Tee-k Kelly said about Darr’s resignation. “He recruited me here. He coached me my first three years and I was a little surprised by that.”Although Kelly and his teammates are adjusting to a new coach, they said they feel optimistic about the program and where it is going under Moseley’s leadership.“Honestly, his potential is limitless with this program,” Kelly said. “You saw the things he did at Kennesaw State; it’s really impressive what he did there. He can really take this program to the special places it was, like back in the day.”The first opportunity for the Buckeyes to go to those special places is set for Friday at the Carmel Cup in Pebble Beach, California. read more

Former Ohio State players killer sentenced to 25 years in prison

Will Smith celebrates during a game against Arizona on Jan. 16, 2010 during a playoff game at the Superdome in New Orleans. Credit: Courtesy of TNSCardell Hayes, the man who shot and killed former Ohio State football and New Orleans Saints standout Will Smith, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on charges of manslaughter by  Judge Camille Buras. Hayes and Smith were involved in a traffic-related altercation on April 9, 2016, when Hayes got out of his car and discharged a firearm into Smith’s vehicle.Hayes avoided the maximum sentence of 60 years, and could be released in 20 with good behavior. The former ex-semi-pro football player apologized in the courtroom to Smith’s family and Smith’s wife, Racquel, who was shot in the legs during the incident. On top of the 25-year sentence, Hayes will also be serving a 15-year sentence for shooting Racquel Smith concurrently with his 25-year sentence. read more

Driver arrested on suspicion of murder bid after two police officers hit

first_imgThe incident happened on Farringdon Road, at the junction with Bakers RowA 28-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs. He remained in custody at a central London police station on Friday morning.Officers from Islington CID are investigating the incident, at the junction with Bakers Row. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two police officers were knocked down by a reversing car.The pair were hit by the vehicle as they attempted to speak to the motorist in central London in the early hours of Friday.The City of London Police officers got out of their vehicle and approached the Nissan Juke when it stopped on Farringdon Road at shortly before 1am.But as they tried to speak to the driver, the car was driven in reverse – hitting the two officers and a van.Scotland Yard said the pair suffered minor injuries.Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service took one male officer to a north London hospital. He was later discharged. His colleague was treated at the scene and did not require hospital treatment.last_img read more

Warning signs of fatal heart attacks missed in up to one in

first_imgDoctors could be missing warning signs of heart attacks in up to one in six fatal cases, major research suggests.Classic symptoms of a heart attack include sudden chest pain or a “crushing” sensation that may spread down either arm.But researchers said doctors could be missing “subtle signs” of illness – such as fainting and shortness of breath – which could indicate an increased risk of suffering a heart attack. Doctors are very good at treating heart attacks when they are the main cause of admission, but we don’t do very well treating secondary heart attacks or at picking up subtle signs which might point to a heart attack death in the near futureDr Perviz Asaria – School of Public Health, Imperial College London Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img The study by Imperial College London examined the hospital records of almost 450,000  NHS hospital stays involving heart attacks between 2006 and 2010, as well as the history of all 135,950 heart attack deaths in England over the four years.Of the fatal heart attack victims studied, 21,677 – one in six of the total – had been admitted to hospital up to four weeks before their death, the study published in the Lancet Public Health found.Yet no mention of heart attack symptoms was made in their hospital records.Symptoms such as fainting, shortness of breath and chest pain would have been evident up to a month before death in some of these patients, said the researchers.Lead scientist Dr Perviz Asaria, from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, said: “Doctors are very good at treating heart attacks when they are the main cause of admission, but we don’t do very well treating secondary heart attacks or at picking up subtle signs which might point to a heart attack death in the near future.”Unfortunately, in the four weeks following a hospital stay, nearly as many heart attack deaths occur in people for whom heart attack is not recorded as a primary cause, as occur after an admission for heart attack.”Professor Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “This study shows that large numbers of people who die of a heart attack have visited hospital in the month before but have not been diagnosed with heart disease.”This failure to detect warning signs is concerning and these results should prompt doctors to be more vigilant, reducing the chance that symptoms are missed and ultimately saving more lives.”last_img read more

Woman pulled alive from River Thames after Westminster Bridge attack

first_imgHe said the river has been closed from Vauxhall to Embankment “as part of the security response”.The woman was rescued at 2.49pm”She was recovered alive but injured,” a spokesman said. “She needed urgent medical attention. We have closed the river. The only person in the river we are aware if following the incident in this female.”Police officers said they had received a number of calls about a person being seen in the water.  A woman has been pulled alive from the River Thames beside the bridge where a major terror attack saw numerous pedestrians hit by a car in the centre of London.It is not known whether she was thrown in by the impact of the crash or jumped into the water to avoid the carnage.A spokesman for the Port of London Authority, which looks after safety on the River Thames, said: “A female member of the public was recovered from the water near Westminster Bridge. She is alive but undergoing urgent medical treatment on a nearby pier.”We believe she fell from the bridge.” “And when I looked over the side there was another body lying in the water with blood all around it.” Steve Voake, 55, was walking across the Westminster Bridge towards the South Bank when he saw the aftermath. He said that he had seen a person in the water, as well as at least two bodies lying on the road and one in the water.”I saw a trainer lying in the road and when I looked more closely I saw that there were a couple of bodies the other side of the road,” he said.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more