27 July 2006South Africa’s Ombudsman for Banking Services is experiencing an increase in complaints from consumers who have run into financial trouble after taking up unsolicited offers of credit from the country’s major banks.This is according to the Ombudsmans’ complaints investigation manager, Advocate John Simpson.Simpson told the SA Press Association (Sapa) on Wednesday that once people started falling behind with their repayments, the interest and legal costs snowballed, often leaving the borrower with a lifelong financial burden.“We suspect, from what we have heard, that the banks are engaging in an all-out drive to gather as many clients as they can ahead of the National Credit Act coming into force in June 2007,” Simpson told Sapa.The new law aims to stamp out “reckless lending”, which includes entering into a credit agreement likely to leave the consumer over-indebted.The Act will also prevent credit providers from increasing borrowers’ credit limits without first complying with prescribed formalities.Source: BuaNews
Melissa JavanA brand should behave and uphold the message it communicated, said Kingsley Makubela, chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, ahead of the South African Top 50 Brands announcement.The leading brands will be announced by Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa on Thursday, 15 September at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg. This will be the fourth annual survey released on South Africa’s Top 50 BrandsHow the top brands are valuedThe Brand Finance approach to brand valuation involves valuing brands on three different levels, each reflecting the different definitions of brand commonly used in the marketplace, reads Brand South Africa’s site. “The levels include: brand business value, brand contribution and brand value.”South African commercial brands are a key component of a strong nation brand and how this is experienced by domestic and international audiences, it adds. “As such, commercial brands are key messengers in positioning the country competitively.”Brand Finance defines brand as the “trademark and associated IP (intellectual property) including the word mark and trademark iconography”.Last year, the five Most Valuable Brands in the country were MTN, Vodacom, Sasol, Standard Bank and First National Bank. Retail group Woolworths and First National Bank were the strongest brands in South Africa in 2014-15. The cellphone network MTN was the Top Valuable Brand in the country.The top 50 corporate brands in South Africa last year were valued at approximately R1.5-trillion, reported Media Club South Africa.News portal Business Tech reported that the Top 50 Brands survey was conducted by Brand Finance, which calculated brand value using the Royalty Relief approach. This approach involves estimating the likely future sales that are attributable to a brand and calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for the use of the brand.Characteristics of top brandsLast year, Thebe Ikalafeng, chief executive officer of Brand Finance Africa, said the key pillars of a brand’s success were its performance, its relationship with its customers, and the money it spent on equity.This week, Makhubela narrowed the characteristics of a successful brand down to authenticity. “This is an especially important principle in positioning the Nation Brand positively.”Authenticity, honesty, reliability and credibility are crucial to how a brand is able to weather crises that may impact on its reputation.”It was very important for a brand to be able to generate positive emotions to help it to enable the conversion of attention into loyalty, according to Makhubela.Why celebrate top brands?Commercial brands were important carriers of the South African brand and message, he said. “It conveys the story of a South Africa that is innovative, caring and entrepreneurial.”Commercial brands can also carry a message of a country that is grounded in the principles of good governance,” he said. “Behaviour to the contrary impacts negatively on the corporate entity as well as the nation brand.”In international markets, the corporate entity is sometimes a consumer’s first experience of a country. South Africa’s corporates are therefore very important in our work to position South Africa positively.”South Africa’s Most Valuable Brands of 2014 and 2015 are listed here.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material
The authorities in Srinagar on Saturday advised people not to walk or play on the frozen surface of waterbodies, especially the Dal Lake.Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Syed Abid Rasheed Shah issued the advisory to dissuade locals from taking to such risky adventures, after videos emerged of youth playing cricket on the frozen lake. “Due to sub-zero temperature in Srinagar, parts of the Dal Lake have frozen at the banks. It is dangerous and potentially life threatening to walk or play on it. It is requested to take note and desist from any such action,” said Mr. Shah.Videos and pictures uploaded on the social media showed youngsters a number of youth and boys either walking or playing on the concrete slabs of ice on the lake. In 1980s, iconic images show then chief minister Farooq Abdullah driving his jeep on the frozen Dal lake. Record coldIn the past four days, Srinagar has witnessed a record drop in minimum temperature, of less that -7°C, the first time in the past 28 years. On Saturday, the minimum temperature was recorded at -7.2°C in Srinagar, while the tourist hotspots of Gulmarg and Pahalgam witnessed -7°C and -8°C respetively. According to the India Metrological Department, the cold wave in Kashmir will continue as the weather will remain dry for the next 24 hours.
Round Seven of the 32nd Annual Vawdon Cup was played at the Bankstown and Tempe venues on Friday 31 August 2007.The action in the Men’s and Women’s Premier League Divisions was fast and furious with a number of teams flexing their muscles and producing cohesive efforts that will stand them in good stead for the crunch split rounds ahead in the lead-up to the 2007 Vawdon Cup Finals series.Teams in the Men’s and Women’s Premier Division have now been split into two groups for the final three rounds of the ten-week regular season. The groups have been defined by finishing order after seven completed rounds. These groups consist of teams 1, 4, 5, and 8 in one pool, and teams 2, 3, 6, and 7 in the other pool.Teams played with the Pool groupings in the back of their minds, aware of the need to finish as high up on the ladder as possible to position themselves for their tilt at the finals.In Round seven action in the Men’s Premier Division, Wests Magpies put together their most convincing display of the season to dispose of a disappointing Penrith Pathers 7-3 at Bankstown at 7.50pm.Wests dominated proceedings from the outset not allowing Penrith a chance to find any rhythm with Jason “The postman” Stanton delivering on cue for the Magpies to race to a 4-1 lead at half time.Penrith Coach Dave Collins implored his troops to “believe” and the 2006 Vawdon Cup Premiers came out after the break more pumped than “Sony Bill’s” biceps to get back into the contest.The Panthers kept their supporters from heading for the turnstiles early by scoring first in the second stanza to bridge the gap to 4-2.Hopes of a Panthers revival however, were a bit like your grand ma, short and sweet, as the Magpies lifted a notch to post the next three touchdowns without a reply from the shell shocked Panthers who despite their best efforts to lift, found that when it rains it floods, and it was a night that was destined to be black and white.At 7-2 to the Magpies, and with the scoreboard attendant in need of an aspirin and a lie down after his hectic night at the office, Penrith grabbed a late consolation touchdown to finish 7-3 the poorer.West’s Young guns Cameron Nicholls and Ben Nercessian were standout performers and were well supported by the inform Robert Nakhla, Steve Takchi, and king pin Stanton, who ran the show with aplomb.Penrith’s Scott “Jack ”Buckley, veteran Chris ‘Rowdy” Benfield, and the skillful Dean Springfield were Penrith’s best in a defeat that has now plunged the Panthers into a desperate backs to the wall campaign to win two of their last three games to make the semi-final roster.At Tempe in the 7.50pm timeslot The Eastern Suburbs Roosters secured their first victory of the season in style with a 10-2 canning of a depleted Manly Sea Eagles who struggled with limited and wounded troops from the outset.The Roosters clicked into gear with the super consistent Christian Frost and Chris Jonson leading the way, with 2007 Australian World Cup Mixed 30s playmaker Manu Wakely and the ever-present scoring machine Elijah Van Der Kwast chiming in with solid performances that helped framework the confidence boosting victory for the Tri-colours.Manly fielded a 9 man team including coach Brett Gillard 53, who wound back the clock with an inspired performance in a battling effort to be one of his side’s best.At the opposite end of the age spectrum for Manly was Sam Brisby, who at just 15 years of age, performed admirably in the pressure cooker middle of the park exchanges.The Rooster victory is a timely tonic for the Bondi boys as they prepare for Friday night’s battle with West’s at Tempe.Manly will be hitting up Jerry Maguire and Bob Sugar to secure some late season signings for them to bolster numbers for Friday’s Mount Everest challenge against the Dogs.In the pajama party clash at 9.30pm at Bankstown, the Cronulla Sharks defeated Parramatta 5-3 to claim the vital 3 points and a spot in the four coming into the split group stage of the season.Both teams were hunting the win more eagerly than Sam and Frodo chased “The Ring,” and the intensity of the opening exchanges reflected the high stakes mentality of the encounter.The Sharkies got away best, racing to a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Steve Sopher special down the right hand edge.The Eels were fighting to secure a coveted berth in the top four, and showed they would dig in with a strong hit back touchdown to level the contest at 1-1.The rival camps went to the break all locked up at a touchdown apiece in an even money contest that was there for the taking for both teams.Sharkies came out more focused after half time and scored first then went back to back in the scoring stakes for a 3-1 advantage.Parramatta have been a thorn in all team’s sides in 2007, and were never going to go quietly into the cool Sydney night without leaving it all out on the park.Given their quality, it did not surprise anyone to see the Eels pull one back to trail just 3-2 mid way through the second stanza.Just as the contest looked like it was heading towards a ruck and defend slug fest, the game was turned on its head by a couple of inspired plays from one of the competition’s most potent attacking players.In the blink of an eye, 2007 Australian Mixed Open World Cup star Brad “BJ” Holden produced the magic on cue for the Shire boys.Holden weighed in with two slashing pieces of individual brilliance to take his team out to a 5-2 lead with little time left on the clock.Troy Malcolm, who never stopped trying for the Eels, got a late touchdown for Parramatta, but it was to no avail as the Sharkies took a huge bite out of the Eels semi-final aspirations for 2007 with the 5-3 victory.The Sharks will take a lot of confidence from securing back to back victories in the competition and will now set their sights on a season defining clash with 2006 Vawdon Cup premiers Penrith who will be fighting for their life in Friday night’s intriguing battle.The Eels will front up to the Hornsby Lions at Bankstown on Friday night and will throw caution to the wind and go for broke against their more fancied opponents to keep their finals chances flickering in 2007.The Canterbury Bulldogs continued on their winning way with a 6-4 victory over a game Hornsby Lions at Tempe at 9.30pm.The Dogs produced another controlled performance to maintain their undefeated season in 2007. Canterbury’s effort to defeat the classy Lions was an impressive one, considering the absence of Australian Men’s Open World Cup star Joel Willoughby, the inform Matt Prowse, and the whole hearted Stuart Brierty.Canterbury scored first, but the Young Lions responded brilliantly by notching back-to-back touchdowns for a 2-1 lead.On the stroke of half time the Doggies conjured a touchdown to even the ledger at 2-2.The second half was a disjointed one for Hornsby, with three players being given periods of tine for various indiscretions, cruelling their chances of winning the game.The experience and guile of the Dogs made the Lions pay a heavy price for their ill discipline, when on every occasion a Lion was in the bin; the savvy Dogs exploited the extra man advantage for touchdowns.At 5-3 to the Dogs with two minutes to go the teams traded touchdowns to finish the game with a flurry.Hornsby struck first to peg the deficit back to 5-4.Not to be outdone, the Dogs gave their supporters a further reason to cheer when they scored to finish the Lions off with the full time hooter reverberating in the background for a 6-4 decision to the premiership favourites.For Hornsby, season superstar Dylan Hennessey kept the Dogs guessing all night with his superior footwork, and wonder twins John and Maurice Kennedy were at their scheming best. Heath Cooper and Charbel Maroun defended stoutly, and the talented Lions will be keen to get back in the winners circle against the Eels at Bankstown Friday night.2006 Boland Medallist Steve Roberts was again the star turn for Canterbury ably assisted by Daniel Walsh, and “Top Dog” Garry Sonda, who steered the blue and whites around the park admirably.In the 2007 Women’s Premier League division of the Vawdon Cup, Wests completed a 10-4 victory over the Penrith Panthers in the 7.00pm game at Bankstown.The “Pink Panthers” all wore Pink headbands to raise awareness and funds for the National Breast Cancer Initiative.The community conscious Panthers were in need of a little charity themselves when they found themselves down by 3 touchdowns after only 12 minutes of play.The Panthers stopped the rot through their Captain Vicky Wheatley to peg the score back to 3-1.The Wests machine, welcoming back Australian Women’s Open superstar Bo De la Cruz and the experienced Sara Hamilton, clicked into high gear snaffling another 2 touchdowns in smart time to register a 5-1 lead at the interval.The Panthers, inspired by the commitment to their cause that would see them collect more money for their charity with each touchdown they scored, came out full of running.The Pink Panthers were fuelled by the efforts of Katrina Howely and Mel Harrison, who managed to conjure 3second half touchdowns to raise spirits and funds for the battling club and the worthy cause.The Panthers never took a backward step against a tough West’s combination that added five second half touchdowns to their tally, and are starting to look a lot like the real deal in 2007.Newcomer Bojana Mali was a revelation in her first outing on the wing for Wests and looks to have a bright future at the Magpies. The game was played in great spirit and post match the Penrith girls sold headbands, collected donations, and proudly raised $2000 for the National Breast Cancer Initiative.In the 7.00pm game at Tempe, the Easts Roosters bounced back to top form with an emphatic 10-3 walloping of Manly.Easts are looking to build form into the finals and created some momentum Friday with four-touchdown hero Megan “Champo” Campbell leading the way.The exceptional ball playing of Australian World Cup legend Kristy Judd, and fellow Aussie Women’s team fixture and East’s Captain Melissa Pitfield, paved the way for a much more cohesive performance from the defending Vawdon Cup premiers.Manly tried hard and provided a few problems for the Roosters with some short kiwi style 5 metre attack on the scoreline, and drove aggressively for the duration. But the class of the Roosters prevailed, and coach Jason Hunt will now look to his troops to consolidate the momentum in the marquee clash with the white hot Western Suburbs who will provide a sterner test for the defending champions this Friday night.The Wollongong Devils cemented fourth spot on the competition ladder with a comfortable 6-3 defeat of Cronulla in the 8.40pm clash at Bankstown.The “Young Divas” welcomed back a number of injured stars including National Youth squad member Nicole “Captain Serro” Beck who made up for lost playing time in recent weeks to carve through the Cronulla defence to claim the early ascendancy 1-0.Fellow National 20 Years Women’s Youth Squad member Amy Regal gift-wrapped a touchdown with a pinpoint long ball for Rachel Beck to dot down for a 2-0 lead.Cronulla hit back to make the score 2-1 before Kylie Evans scored to take the Divas out to a 3-1 lead at half time.After the break, Wollongong continued on their merry way with Nicole Beck using her “Captain Sero” powers for good and not evil to dismantle the Sharkies defence at will, and in the process snare a hat trick of touchdowns to give her team the decisive edge.The gifted Jess Mc Call pulled the trigger on a humming long ball for Kylie Evans to dot down out wide to wrap up a double to complete a busy night at the office for the Young Divas, whose only real trouble for the night was the “ID” checks on route to the scoreline.Cronulla never stopped running and kept trying to get back into the game, despite lacking their usual cohesiveness.The absence of Brandi Elliot, Jenna Cell, Dom Maher, and Skye Rolley took its toll on a depleted Sharkies line-up, but the consistent Jess Howe and National 18 Years Youth Squad member Laura Chivers gave their all for the Sharks who will be keen to make amends this week against Penrith.National 20 Years squad member Steph Jackson showed her undeniable class, whilst Amy Regal and Nicole Beck were in everything for the Devils, who week by week are proving their mettle in the big time.Competition “Queen Bees” Canterbury produced the goods once more with an emphatic 6-1 triumph to sting an under strength Central Coast Dolphins combination at Tempe at 8.40pm.The Doggies were always in control of the contest and went to oranges 4-1 the better.Louise ‘Squeeze” Winchester was scoring more freely than Matthew Hayden against the Poms on a flat deck at the Gabba, nabbing four touchdowns in dynamic fashion to dominate the contest.Belinda Grech provided the defensive starch as the Dogs went right on with the job in the second stanza to wrap up a comfortable 6-1 victory and secure the number one position for the split rounds.The Dolphins missed Kylie Hilder and Liz Penny, but welcomed back newlywed Karina Haddin who made a great return to the game after an extended absence following a lengthy stint on the sidelines with a debilitating collarbone injury that foiled her World Cup Mixed Open campaign in November of last year.This weeks Round 8 Games will be played at Bankstown and Tempe as teams are split into the two pool playing groups.In the Men’s Premier League, Canterbury (1), Cronulla (4), Penrith (5), and Manly (8) are group 1, whilst Wests (2), Hornsby (3), Parramatta (6), and Easts (7) are in group two. In the Men’s Premier League Sharkies and Penrith clash at Bankstown at 7.00pm in a battle that will be pivotal to both team’s semi-final aspirations.The Hornsby Lions will take on a desperate Parramatta in the 8.40pm battle at Bankstown, whilst top seeds Canterbury will be looking to bring the hurt to a depleted Manly side that will need to dig deep in the 8.40pm clash at Tempe.Wests Magpies are warm favourites, but will face a rejuvenated Easts Roosters line-up in the late game at 9.30pm at Tempe to round out the Round Eight fixtures in the Men’s Premier League division.In the Women’s Premier League, playing group one consists of Canterbury (1), Wollongong (4), Cronulla (5), and Penrith (8), whilst Easts (2), Wests (3), Manly (6), and Central Coast (7) make up playing group two.In Round 8 of the Women’s Premier League, Touch Football fans will be spoilt with a sensational clash at Tempe at 7.00pm featuring 2006 State Cup finalists Wests Magpies and 2006 Vawdon Cup premiers Easts Roosters.The last time these two sides met there was no love lost and the passion and skill from both sides will ensure the high quality touch and spirited banter will framework a classic encounter for the crowd.The Sharks and Penrith will meet at 7.50pm at Bankstown, whilst Canterbury will need to be wary of an improving Wollongong Devils side in the 7.50pm clash at Tempe.In the “sleepy time” game at 9.30pm, Manly Sea Eagles will confront the Central Coast Dolphins in a contest that is an even money danger game for punters to complete Round 8 of the 2007 Vawdon Cup season.This week’s “Blackest Cat” award for the Player of the Round in the Men’s Premier Division goes to Manly Coach Brett “The Guardian” Gillard who strapped on the boots to help out his beloved Sea Eagles in their hour of need.With his team down on playing numbers Gillard 47, donned the red cape, well the Manly jersey, the tube socks, and the Westmont footy shorts to wind back the clock, patrol the wing, and save the day on numerous occasions for his team when he was most needed…The guardian made good on his promise to “not let go” and helped steer his team through a tough night at Tempe…This week’s “Go to Girl” award for the Player of the Round in the Women’s Premier division goes to Wollongong’s Amy “Tank Girl” Regal who was more involved than a season’s worth of “Lost” episodes, and threw several Zoolander style “ridiculously good looking” long balls to set up her team’s crucial victory over the Sharks.This week’s “That’s Mud” award goes to Wollongong’s National 20 Years Youth Squad member Ash Dobbins for her superior face planting skills. The “Dobbie,” throwing out seven different types of smoke with her air snaps against Cronulla on Friday night, managed to trip over her own feet with not a defender in sight and the scoreline beckoning.The associated laughter from her own team mates and the Cronulla defence who were on the ground in stitches created a gap that sadly, she was unable to hit, due to the severity of the face trip. She remains in doubt for Friday’s big clash with the Dog’s nursing a bruised ego.“That’s mud!”And that’s the Vawdon Cup wrap for this week…Many thanks to all players and coaches for their input in compiling this information.Good luck to all teams for Friday night.
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Torino going back to Chelsea for second loan signingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTorino are going back to Chelsea this month for a second loan signing.After the success of Ola Aina this season, Toro now want to sign his Chelsea teammate, Lucas Piazon.The Granata plan to move to Piazon this month, with plans for an initial loan arrangement.The Brazilian is tied to Chelsea until 2020, though has struggled for first team action as a Blues player.The most success Piazon has enjoyed in England was a loan spell with Fulham in the Championship.
zoom Crowley Caribbean Services and King Ocean Services have entered into a vessel sharing agreement (VSA) that will expand their reach to Central America, Florida’s Port Everglades informed.King Ocean will also sail its own ship from Port Everglades to Costa Rica for the first time as the VSA calls for alternating ships weekly with Crowley on this route.“We now have direct service to Port Everglades from Costa Rica and Panama instead of stopping in Miami first,” Franco Da Costa Gomez from King Ocean, said.The agreement also authorizes Crowley to charter space to King Ocean in the trade from the US East Coast to Trinidad, and authorizes King Ocean to charter space to Crowley in the trade from the East Coast to St. Lucia and Barbados.The deal allows the parties to charter space to each other on an as needed/as available basis for the northbound movement of empty containers.Separately, Crowley said it intends to begin fixed-day, weekly sailings on August 9, between Florida, Costa Rica and Panama.Crowley’s vessels will sail southbound from Florida on Wednesdays from the Port of Jacksonville, and Fridays from Port Everglades, and will arrive on Tuesdays in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, and on Wednesdays in Manzanillo, Panama.Northbound, the ships will depart on Wednesdays from Panama and Fridays from Costa Rica, then arrive on Tuesdays in Port Everglades and on Wednesdays in Jacksonville.
Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,330.67, up 79.92 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 58 cents, or 9.8 per cent, to $5.34 on 12.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 15 cents or 3.31 per cent, to $4.68 on 9.4 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 92 cents, or 9.54 per cent, to $8.72 on 5.69 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down $2.89, or 8.25 per cent, to $32.15 on 5.08 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 50 cents, or 3.85 per cent, to $12.50 on 4.62 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 15 cents, or 3.85 per cent, to $3.75 on 4.13 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Hydro One Ltd. (TSX:H). Utilities. Up 23 cents, or 1.2 per cent, to $19.33 on 2.43 million shares. The partially privatized utility named the 10 new members of its board, just over a month after the previous 14-member board resigned en masse following pressure from the newly-elected Ontario provincial government. Former CIBC executive Tom Woods will serve as the interim board chair until the position can be filled permanently.
Every year, MLB’s All-Star game brings together the best players from each league to form two superteams. For one game, we get to see Jose Fernandez as a reliever against lineups in which Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera hit back to back. But unlike the NBA’s fantasy rosters made real, we never get to glimpse how dominant such a talent-laden squad would be against normal MLB competition. So with a little statistical analysis and some conjecture, I took a guess at how well an MLB All-Star team would fare in a regular season — and even how often they’d go a perfect 162-0.1This piece was prompted by an email from reader Rich Chiesa, so thanks, Rich.To get an idea of how good each All-Star team would be, I added up the wins above replacement2The FanGraphs version. for every All-Star team’s best player at each position since 1933 (the first year of the All-Star Game). To further make things comparable to regular-season teams, I summed the top five pitchers’ WAR totals to get a rotation’s worth of pitching WAR.3I excluded relievers from the rosters in order to make an apples-to-apples comparison across history, since relief pitching didn’t really exist in anything like its current form until the 1970s. I also did not consider any WAR contributed by the designated hitter for each All-Star and regular season team, since the DH did not exist before 1973. The result of all this was a predicted WAR total for each All-Star team, which I could use as a comparison against real regular-season teams.Not surprisingly, All-Star teams tend to carry far more talent in their ranks than most normal teams. The average All-Star squad put 60 full-season WAR on the field, which is about the same as the 1976 Reds — widely regarded as one of the best teams in MLB history. No regular-season team in history exceeded the 1927 Yankees’ 66.3 WAR, but about 30 percent of All-Star teams would have if given the chance to play together in the regular season.But 66.3 WAR is kind of an abstract idea; what most fans care about is Ws and Ls. To establish how well these All-Star rosters might have fared in the standings, I used regular-season teams as a guide. I regressed their winning percentages against the total WAR on their rosters to get a sense for how much each additional WAR was worth.4I used a logit transformation on these winning percentages, since I expected them to become asymptotic at some point (i.e., no team can win more than 100 percent of its games). The correlation between a team’s WAR total and its winning percentage was a robust and statistically significant 0.82. As expected, each win above replacement contributed to a team increases winning percentage by roughly 0.7 points, or the equivalent of about one win in a 162-game schedule. By this method, practically every All-Star team would be predicted to have a winning record, and the average All-Star squad would be predicted to win 73.4 percent of its games.5The sole All-Star team predicted to have a losing record was the 1933 National League’s outfit, and this is largely by virtue of the fact that they listed only four pitchers on their roster. In a 162-game schedule a .734 winning percentage would lead to 120 wins, a feat no real-life team has ever achieved. And that’s just the average; the very best All-Star teams — the top 10 percent — would be predicted to win more than 81 percent of their games, or 132 contests in a regular season.Standing atop that group as the best All-Star team ever was the 1997 National League squad. (Which, by the way, lost to the AL 3-1, a reminder that in any one game a superteam can lose to a merely great team, especially if there isn’t much at stake.) Seven players from that roster have already made the Hall of Fame, with two more (third baseman Chipper Jones and pitcher Curt Schilling) likely to reach induction in the near future, and a few others (such as outfielder Barry Bonds and first baseman Jeff Bagwell) mainly excluded over performance-enhancing drug concerns. (By comparison, only five players from the AL team that opposed them have made the hall so far.) Combined, the top players on the ’97 NL team produced 86.2 WAR; six of them reached the MVP level threshold of 6 WAR; their worst position player, Jones, ended up producing 3.7 WAR — still 23rd best in the NL.We can’t say for sure how such a team might have fared over a 162-game schedule; the assumptions of any model can break down at the extremes, particularly since we’re trying to extrapolate from a sample of regular-season teams that have never been anywhere near as powerful. But by the model outlined above, the 1997 NL All-Stars would have been predicted to win 87 percent of their games, or 140 times in a season. Even given the amount of luck in baseball records,6Random variation can can cause a team’s win total to fluctuate by something like 6 to 10 wins per year. the ’97 NL would hypothetically go undefeated only once every six billion seasons. (So the best team in baseball history — by a huge margin — would still be the longest of long shots for a perfect record.)I can, of course, take things a step further and assemble the all-time greatest All-Star team. By assembling the greatest single-season performances at each position throughout history, I can build a team with almost 137 WAR, more than 50 percent better than the greatest single All-Star team ever. This team — with Lou Gehrig from 1934 manning first base, Barry Bonds from 2002 in the outfield, and ’99 Pedro Martinez sharing a rotation with ’72 Steve Carlton — would be predicted to win 96.8 percent of its games, becoming the first 157-game winner. With a lot of luck, it could eke out an undefeated regular season, but even for them it would be far from a certainty. (According to the binomial distribution, it would happen once every 200 or so seasons.)Obviously, no such team will ever play the regular season, and this simplified approach ignores many factors that limit teams from such otherworldly performance, such as injuries and the grind of the long schedule. Even so, it’s intriguing to consider how overwhelming an All-Star team likely would be in the face of regular-season competition. For a game in which the default is to fail seven times out of 10, most All-Star teams would suddenly make baseball look quite easy.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
Alexandre Lacazette believes he can have a potent partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal this season.The two players will play in the second season with the Gunners. Lacazette joined Arsenal from Lyon for £52.7m last summer, while Aubameyang was joined last January for £60m from Borussia Dortmund.However, Aubameyang signing sparked conversations on whether the both can play in the same side but Lacazette has said he was never concerned about his role in the team.“I never said Aubameyang’s arrival was bad for me, only people in the press said it was bad,” said Lacazette, who scored twice in Arsenal’s win against Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday via Sky Sports.Arsenal suffer huge blow as Lacazette is ruled out until October Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Arsenal announced that striker Alexandre Lacazette has suffered an ankle injury and will be sidelined until October.“I was happy because I knew I could play with him. I didn’t see him as a rival more than a team-mate, so since the beginning, I was happy about his signature.“Of course, it’s good that we have a good relationship off the pitch. If people are good off the pitch, on the pitch it will be easier to play.”Lacazette scored 17 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions in his first season at Arsenal.
The former Real Madrid player talks how well he feels with the Italian Lega Serie A club and what’s next on his careerSami Khedira has been with Juventus since he decided in 2015 to leave Real Madrid.And now the player has signed a new deal keeping him in the team until 2021.In an interview with Juventus TV, he spoke on the challenged he overcame to get to where he is now with his current team.“It’s an important day and I’m very happy to have signed a new contract with Juventus, an extraordinary day, after Madrid I thought it would not be easy to find a club to have new challenges, then I found Juventus,” he said.“It’s my fourth year and I’m going to stay here for a long time, that’s why I renewed my contract, it’s enough to go out on the street or to the stadium to understand what it means to wear this special shirt.”Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“You have to fight and take it with pride, so I’m very happy that we managed to find a new deal for the next few years so that I can continue to play for Juventus,” he explained.“Juve is synonymous with history and if you play in Juventus you must be a champion, you must always give your all and be proud to play here.”“Because it is the best club in Italy and I hope it will soon be in Europe too,” he warned.I just extended my contract at @Juventusfc until 2021. Since my first day I’ve had a special feeling and it quickly felt like home here. I’m very proud to be a part of the great history of the club and of the Juventus family. Let’s continue to make black and white history ?? pic.twitter.com/Cz5Fk7oZPn— Sami Khedira (@SamiKhedira) September 12, 2018