UEFA EURO U-21 2019: Predictions for Playoffs and Players

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesUEFA European Championship U-21 is back this year in Italy and San Marino. The tournament, which is also considered the early stage for the future stars, is held in two countries for the first time. However, unlike most double-host championships, only one host country, Italy, is given a privilege to qualify directly while San Marino, unfortunately, is not.   As the cup is in full swing, you can track the odds on it on 22BET sportsbook: https://22bet.co.uk/sportThis year EURO U-21 edition, in which VAR (Video Assistant Referee) technology will be introduced for the first time, is regarded as the European qualifying round for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games too. All three group winners plus one best runner-up in the tournament will qualify in Japan next year. However, should England be one of the semi finalists, certain play-off will be played. It is due to the fact that England is not a member of IOC (International Olympics Committee).U21 Players to WatchDespite the play-off complexity, the 2019 UEFA European Championship U-21 will not lack of its attractions as a number of young stars in top European leagues this season have been included in their teams official squad. Some notable ones are the newly transferred Real Madrid striker, Luka Jovic (Serbia), Madrid’s midfielder who won golden ball in the previous edition, Dani Ceballos (Spain), RB Leipzig’s regular defender, Lukas Klostermann (Germany), Crystal Palace’s defender who has been Manchester United’s upcoming target in the summer transfer, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and the ‘English Iniesta’ in Manchester City, Phil Foden (both from England), Lyon’s main scorer, Moussa Dembele (France) and Italian Serie-A top talents, Nicolo Barella, Nicolo Zaniolo, Federico Chiesa and Juventus sensational youngster, Moise Kean (Italy).Embed from Getty ImagesFavourite U21 TeamsWith those talents who have been called up for Euro 2020 qualifiers recently in the squad as well as being the host of the 2019 UEFA European Championship U-21, Italy is obviously the main favourite of the tournament. They have an opportunity to win their sixth title although it may not be easy. Their main contenders are England, Spain and surely the reigning Champions Germany.UEFA U21 Euro PredictionsIn the group stage, all favourites will not advance to semi final without difficulty. In group A, for example, the host and Spain will have to compete for being the group winner. The Italian side will possibly win against Belgium and Poland but might be involved in a tie game against Spain. The goal difference will probably play bigger role to decide the one on the top. Their key player’s experience in the senior squad could enable them to score more goals than Spain, which rely on less well-known scorer such as Borja Mayoral or Pablo Fornals.Meanwhile in group B, Germany is likely to be challenged by Serbia with Luka Jovic and Fiorentina’s defender, Nikola Milenkovic in it and the dark horse Denmark. Yet, Der Panzer’s strong mentality could lead them to win in all three games and seal the top of the standings while Serbia and Denmark will fight for the runner-up spot. In group C, England have more convincing players in their squad than France. James Maddison, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Demarai Gray, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Harvey Barnes, Phil Foden and Angus Gunn are more used to the competitive matches in the Premier League. Meanwhile, France only have Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig), Moussa Dembele and Houssem Aourar (Lyon) plus Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) in their squad. They should provide the necessary rivalry for The Three Lions in the group. However, England should potentially topple France on the standings.If all goes well, Italy will be playing against France as the best runner-up in the semifinal while the other one could be the replay of the 2017 edition, Germany versus England. This will be tough to predict. Yet, the ideal final would be between the reigning champions and the host. Italy might eventually end their long wait since 2004 by winning the 2019 UEFA European Championship U-21. As for the Olympic game play-off, Spain will be up against Serbia. The Matador could potentially secure one spot in Tokyo 2020. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

Warriors Report: Stephen Curry is making progress, but still out through the weekend

first_imgOAKLAND — The Warriors wrapped up practice Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of Wednesday’s matchup against the Thunder.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session.Stephen Curry (groin) expected to be out through the weekend. Curry – who is expected to be re-evaluated Saturday before a home matchup against the Kings – isn’t expected to be in uniform when the Warriors take the court.“He’s not playing Saturday,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr Tuesday afternoon.Stephen Curry …last_img

Welcome home, Rolene

first_img19 December 2014A new South African hero was born as Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World on Sunday, 14 December 2014 in London.The 22-year-old beat 120 international contestants each deemed not only the most beautiful in their home countries, but a shining example of what it meant to be a modern woman.Strauss will be arriving back home from London at 10am on Saturday, 20 December, at OR Tambo International Airport. Her triumph, as with many other proudly South African moments, is a critical element of our nation-building and social cohesion objectives.Strauss is the first Miss World to come out of South Africa since 1974, and the very first in the democratic dispensation and indeed she deserves a rousing welcome from all South Africans.Sun International and Cell C, in partnership with the Department of Sports and Recreation, Lead SA, Brand South Africa and OR Tambo airport invite the public to be a part of this historical moment, and calls on everyone to ensure a deserved hero’s welcome for Strauss.Bring posters, banners, South African flags and vuvuzelas to give her a proudly South African welcome at OR Tambo International Airport, International Arrivals terminal.The Gautrain is giving away 100 return tickets to the airport for 100 lucky winners to get to the welcome. Follow @lead_sa on Twitter for details on how to win.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Quest for the best steer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest An ideal beef steer is one you can profitably produce again and again, to earn premiums on a value-based grid. That’s the premise Paul Dykstra used in presenting “How to build the perfect steer” at the Angus Means Business National Convention and Trade Show.Dykstra has worked with feedlots as Beef Cattle Specialist for the Certified Angus Beefbrand for the past 13 years, managed the USDA Meat Animal Research Center’s feedlot before that, and has a current interest in a commercial cowherd in western Nebraska.People may differ on ideal production strategies for that ideal steer, Dykstra said. Some insist that focus on the feedlot can only come from terminal breeding programs, while others insist the steer must come from a system that also produces replacement heifers.“We’ll cross back and forth over that line as we look less at how, and more at what we need for a mainstream target like the Certified Angus Beef brand,” he said.The feedlot pen rider knows what the industry does not need. Dykstra told the conference crowd, “You do not want him to become familiar with your cattle.”And although “diversity is alive and well” at commercial feedlots, greater uniformity among pen mates must be an overall goal. Nobody produces just one perfect steer at a time, but rather a group of contemporaries, he said.Dykstra referred to data from Professional Cattle Consultants showing average feed conversion for all steers in 2015 at 6.2 pounds of feed to produce a pound of beef.“I’m more familiar with ranch-direct or calf-fed steers, where we should target a feed conversion ratio of 5.6 [and 6.4 on the yearlings]. Moving up from 6.2 to 5.6 means $56 less feed cost over the finishing period,” he said. “By comparison, average daily gain (ADG) is less important and only moves about $10 or $15 going from average to ideal.” That’s despite lofty targets such as 5 pounds per day for yearlings and 3.8 pounds for calf-feds, compared to the 3.2-pound average.Why would ideal ADG not pay more? Because any impact comes from timing, along with accrued yardage and interest, he explained. Of course, timing can make a lot of difference when a seasonal market high is involved. Overall, “a window of optimization is appropriate for daily gain.”Accessing rewards for producing the perfect steer means selling on a packer grid, Dykstra said, explaining the basics of premiums, discounts and plant averages, showing an example.“We ended a long-term trend of nearly flat quality grade makeup in 2007 to where quality grades have really taken off, coinciding with a move to camera grading and feeding to heavier weights,” he said.Some may see a downside to the U.S. fed cattle average grade moving from 60% Choice to 70% in the last eight years: grids reward above-average quality, and that bar has moved up.“Granted, there may be $7 per head less premium there, but that’s no deal breaker,” Dykstra said. “It’s almost negligible. We should bank the $20 for making Choice and move right on to grab the $54 on most of the cattle in that ideal pen earning the CAB premium, and even $140 for those making Prime.“Depending on your production system, Prime may not be the most realistic target as it is less than 5% of the mix currently. But if you want to aim for Prime, you have the right breed. And for the ideal steer, Prime cannot be denied.”A perfect pen of steers, featuring 100% Choice, 60% CAB and 20% CAB Prime, would earn $68.62 per head in quality premiums in the example grid, but that’s not the complete picture.Yield grade (YG) is a grid component that addresses the importance of muscling, with relatively small premiums paid for the numerically leaner 1s and 2s and 3s at par value, and significant discounts for 4s and 5s, Dykstra explained.YG 1 is not the target however, and the ideal pen would turn out just 3% at the leanest level, with 44% YG2 and 45% YG3 while allowing 8% YG 4s, to earn $15.95 per head average premiums ($21.80 per head if all YG4s were kept on the YG 3 side of the line).  Remember, these premiums are on top of the larger quality grid total.Aiming for Prime without adequate genetic potential or coordinated management often leads to YG discounts, typically because the ribeye is too small. A 900-pound carcass requires a 14.2-inch ribeye for a near-ideal YG 2.5.Dressing percent also relates to ribeye and muscling, often with more impact on the grid price than YG variations. While the industry average is 63.5%, Dykstra said a full percentage-point increase to 64.5% is a target that would add $33 per carcass.Summing up requirements and targets, he concluded the ideal steer carcass is a 900-pound Prime CAB, YG 2.9 with that 64.5% dress, after live feed-to-gain conversion at 5.6 and gaining 3.8 pounds per day as a calf-fed.last_img read more

Videography Tips: What to Look for in a Good Shoulder Mount

first_imgA good shoulder mount is a cinematographer’s best friend. So what should you consider when looking for one?When I first started out in film and video production, it felt like all my projects were either handheld or on a tripod. This, of course, meant that every shot was either incredibly shaky (and very distracting), or it was simply static and uninteresting. The world changed for me when I discovered shoulder mounts.For my small, run-and-gun productions, this really opened doors in terms of composing shots and adjusting by simply moving my body, rather than picking up a tripod. It also added more complex camera moves like pans, tilts, and all types of motion in a way that looked much more steady and professional.These days, camera mounts come in all sorts of shapes. Professional Steadicam setups are commonplace, and most audiences expect to see a good blend of smoothness with other types movement.When choosing a good shoulder mount, whether for the first time or the hundredth, there are some key elements to keep in mind.Comfort and Ease-of-UseImage via gnepphoto.The first thing I’ve always looked for is comfort. How does your shoulder mount feel? If it’s heavy or pokes you awkwardly, that’s not a good sign. Many options these days come with built-in padding (which you can also add yourself, but it’s much more reliable when it’s part of the original design).The second thing I look for is ease of use. When you first pick up a shoulder mount, does it feel intuitive? Once you have it on your shoulder (or against your chest, or wherever), see how easy it is to make both small movements and long ones. If you’re lucky enough to live near a large camera store, you may be able to try out several in a row — in which case you’ll know instantly which one feels the best.AdjustabilityImage via Sundays Photography.But don’t let a first impression be everything. It’s hard to find a shoulder mount these days that isn’t at least somewhat adjustable. Many shoulder mounts let you adjust almost every part of their setups. From working with camera mount plates to elements like length and counter weights, everything will need some degree of tinkering if you’re serious about creating an ideal shoulder mount.In this case, if you get a chance to take one home, or buy one online to try out, take a few days to really see how adjustable it is and how much you can customize it for your body type and shooting style.Freedom of MovementUnless you’re working with a major cinema camera on a larger production with multiple people on a camera team, you’re probably not going to be strapping yourself into a Steadicam suit for every shot. Unlike, say, a free-standing gimbal with a complete range of motion, shoulder mounts are limited in some ways — especially if you need to keep pressure on a point of contact.However, for a shoulder mount to be perfect, in my experience, it’s best to find one that allows you a good mix of freedom of movement, both when standing still and when walking. However, it also needs to feel like a solid tripod when you’re stationary and need support.Could You Make One Yourself?Video via Film Riot.The final question before you invest in a shoulder mount is Could you make one yourself? The first shoulder mount I ever made was with my dad. We found a tutorial online then built one out of PVC pipe. It was pretty simple but also a lot of fun. To give it more cushion, we wrapped the entire shoulder mount with layers of electrical tape until it had a good deal of give.All told, it probably cost $15 and took just a few hours to build. Yet it worked for years and saved me a couple hundred dollars. While DIY projects aren’t for everyone, it’s worth considering when making your decision — or when working with shoulder mounts for the very first time.Cover image by gnepphoto.Looking for more video gear tips? Check out these articles.Buyer’s Guide: Shoulder Rigs From Cheapest to Most ExpensiveGear Hacks: DIY Camera Stabilizers and Rigs for Under $25The Best Camera Cages to Maximize Your RigGrip Tricks: Creating Do-It-Yourself Camera RigsVideo Tutorial: Build Your Own $50 Car-Side Camera Mountlast_img read more

PMLA case: Ex-Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh, wife get bail

first_imgA special court on Thursday granted bail to former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, his wife and three others in a ₹7-crore money laundering case.Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted the relief to Mr. Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh, who were present in the court in response to the summons issued against them on the last date of hearing.The court also granted bail to Universal Apple Associate owner Chunni Lal Chauhan, besides other accused Prem Raj and Lawan Kumar Roach.All the accused got the relief on furnishing a personal bond of ₹50,000 and one surety of the same amount each.During the proceedings, ED counsel Nitesh Rana opposed their bail plea, seeking judicial custody for them.The court, however, granted them bail considering they were not arrested by the ED during investigation.The court had, on February 12, issued summons against the accused saying there was enough prima facie evidence against them.last_img read more

Neymar dazzles as Barcelona down Juventus

first_imgView comments Neymar had kept the guessing game about his future bubbling away after posting a picture of himself looking pensive on Instagram on Friday.But there was little to suggest that the charismatic striker is overwhelmed by the transfer saga as he produced a bewitching performance in front of a sell-out 82,104 crowd at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Brazilian broke clear after only four minutes but saw a tame shot from near the edge of the area drift away from the goal.Barcelona, with Lionel Messi starting, looked by far the more threatening of the two teams with Aleix Vidal and Messi both drawing early blocks from the Juventus defence. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Barcelona rang the changes at half-time, withdrawing all but two of their starting line-up, Neymar exiting for Sergi Roberto and Arda Turan replacing Messi. Juventus also made a raft of substitutions which led to the introduction of Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Douglas Costa amongst others.The changes immediately gave Juve a sharper attacking edge and Dybala was quick to test Adria Ortola with a rasping shot on 62 minutes that was turned around for a corner.From the ensuing setpiece, Giorgio Chiellini nodded home Dybala’s cross to make it 2-1.However it was Barcelona who finished the stronger of the two sides, with Luis Suarez repeatedly threatening to extend the Spanish side’s lead.Man of the moment Neymar departed the stadium without addressing reporters, while Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde could only repeat his desire to keep the Brazilian.“We want Neymar to be with us,” Valverde said. “We know his value on the pitch and what he brings to the locker room.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Chris Weidman tops Kelvin Gastelum in UFC college homecoming Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim At the other end Mario Mandzukic might have given Juve the lead on 14 minutes but his header from a Stefano Sturaro cross went wide.The Italians were made to rue Mandzukic’s profligacy a minute later when Neymar fired the Catalans into the lead, playing a clever one-two with Paco Alcacer and drilling his finish past Gianluigi Buffon.Nine minutes later and Neymar grabbed his second, picking his way through a static Juventus defence before burying a low shot beyond Buffon once more.Neymar might have had a hat-trick three minutes from half-time, when Messi floated a delightful pass in behind the Juve defence for the Brazilian.Buffon on this occasion was equal to the challenge however and blocked safely.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) and is teammate Brazilian forward Neymar warmp up before the International Champions Cup (ICC) match between Juventus FC and FC Barcelona, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 22, 2017.FC Barcelona defeated Juventus 2-1. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADNeymar gave Barcelona fans a dazzling reminder of what they could be about to lose on Saturday, scoring twice as the Spanish giants defeated Juventus 2-1 in a pre-season friendly.The 25-year-old Brazilian superstar is at the centre of frenzied speculation linking him to a gargantuan, world record 222-million-euro ($256.8 million) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

India cricketers’ new contracts okayed at BCCI Special General Meeting

first_imgIndia’s star cricketers were unpaid despite a massive hike in their remuneration in March. The Committee of Administrators (COA) had announced new player contracts but there was a catch to it.More than three months later, Virat Kohli and Co. were unpaid. The players followed up with officials and they were assured that the contracts would be honoured.Hours before their departure for Ireland and England, BCCI finally okayed the new contracts. On Thursday, BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhry had said he would sign off the revised pay only if it was approved by the house.The Indian team will be busy for the next five years. They will play two T20 Internationals in Ireland before travelling to England for three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests. Over the next five years, India will play over 200 international matches.The SGM’s approval for the revised pay, therefore, will come as a huge relief for the players.Under the new pay structure, a new Grade (A+) was introduced. Players in the A+ category will be paid Rs 7 crore while those in Grade A will get Rs 5 crore. Those in Grade B and C will get Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore respectively.There was a siginificant pay hike for women cricketers too.Chaudhry has also promised a huge pay hike for domestic cricketers.last_img read more