first_img(REUTERS)-Germany’s record goalscorer Miroslav Klose is starting a traineeship with the national team as the retired striker looks to kick off his coaching career, the German Football Association said yesterday.Klose, who helped his country win the 2014 World Cup and became the all-time top scorer at the tournament with 16 goals, ended his playing career last season at Lazio.“He will undergoing an individual training and trainee programme with the clear aim of starting a coaching career,” the FA said in a statement.The 38-year-old, who also played for Kaiserslautern, Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen, is Germany’s leading scorer with 71 goals in 137 matches.“In the past months the thought has matured in me to remain on the pitch with the perspective of the coach,” Klose said. “I would like to thank (Germany coach) Joachim Loew and (sports director) Hansi Flick for the chance to sharpen my perspective in a practical environment.”He will be part of Germany’s coaching team for their World Cup qualifier in San Marino and a friendly against Italy this month.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal Legend, Tony Adams, who was in the country to help launch the third season of Airtel’s grassroots football initiative, Airtel Rising Stars, paid a courtesy call on the Vice President, Kwesi Amissah – Arthur at his office at the Flagstaff House in Accra.The Arsenal Legend met with the Vice President in the company of the British High Commissioner, Managing Director and other Officials from Airtel Ghana.Tony Adams who played for the ‘Gunners’ for 22 years and captained them for 14 years was extremely delighted to be informed that the Vice President was an ardent fan of Arsenal FC. After much spirited talk among the whole group present about Arsenal and its performance so far, the football legend then added that his main purpose for being in the country was to launch the third season of the Airtel Rising Stars, and to interact with Arsenal fans through media interviews and a fan park where there was a live screening at the handball court at the University of Ghana, Legon of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal.The Managing Director of Airtel Ghana, Philip Sowah, stated that Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) was a football initiative sponsored by Airtel in partnership with Samsung which sought to unearth bright soccer talents from the grass roots level and nurture them into becoming football stars.According to him, the current Black Maidens team Captain Priscilla Okyere who led her team to a bronze medal at the FIFA U – 17 world football tournament was a product of the previous season of ARS as well as others who were now successfully playing for the country’s U-17 male and female football teams.The team from Airtel then presented the Veep with a framed jersey autographed by all current players of the Arsenal Football team. The Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur thanked the team for the kind gesture.last_img read more

first_imgWhen it comes to making March Madness bracket picks, there are no golden rules. Every tournament, every team — whether sleeper or favorite — and every potential path to the NCAA championship is different.In general, to give yourself the best chance to win your bracket pool, you want to figure out which teams in the bracket are being overrated by the general public — then think twice about making big bets on them. However, if you’re in a relatively big pool, or if your scoring system provides great rewards for picking lower-seeded teams to win, then these are some of the top opportunities to consider in terms of making early-round upset picks against popular favorites. Especially if you didn’t plan on picking one of the teams above to make it farther than the Sweet 16 anyway, you might want to consider picking them to lose even earlier.If you want to see the best bracket for your pool, or just need a great bracket quickly since the tournament starts soon, check out that data-driven NCAA Bracket Picks product from TeamRankings.com.(If you’d like to learn more about TeamRankings, check out this WIRED magazine article and see their past performance in bracket pools.) MORE FROM TEAMRANKINGS: NCAA Tournament Prediction ToolEditor’s Note: This is a guest post from TeamRankings.com, whose subscribers have reported winning over $1.1 million in NCAA bracket pool prizes since 2007. Check out their 2019 March Madness bracket picks.March Madness 2019: NCAA Tournament bracket pool tips, adviceWhat Is An Overrated Team?For the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on making Sweet 16 picks.If a team’s percentage chance to make the Sweet 16 is lower than the percentage of brackets nationwide that is picking them to get there, that team is being overrated by the public.For example, according to our tournament projections, South Region No. 6 Villanova has a 30 percent chance to make the Sweet 16 this year. (This is clearly not the championship Villanova team of 2018.) However, perhaps because of recency bias, 40 percent of the public is picking Villanova to make it there.That’s a big difference. Unless you’re convinced that Villanova is going to make a big run again this year, you may do better fading the public and having the Wildcats exit your bracket early. If Villanova does lose early, a big portion of your opponents are going to pay the price.Too Many Risky Picks Will Hurt Your ChancesLet’s be clear about one thing first: In standard 1-2-4-8-16-32 bracket pool scoring, optimal strategy almost always calls for picking overvalued teams, especially early on.Great teams are almost always overvalued by the public in the early rounds, and you certainly shouldn’t pick all the best teams in the tournament to lose early. That would be far too risky since those teams usually have the best chances to make a deep run, and scoring a whopping 16 or 32 points for correct picks in the last couple rounds is what usually wins bracket pools.However, drop down a tier or two in team quality and some better opportunities to fade the crowd start to present themselves. Primarily, you’re looking for teams that are being overrated by the public to make the Sweet 16 and also don’t have particularly good chances to win it all or make the title game.It involves a lot of math and data to figure out which overrated teams you should pick to lose early. We built our NCAA Bracket Picks product to figure out the optimal pick decisions. Here are four examples of overrated Sweet 16 teams you might want to think twice about in your 2019 March Madness bracket.MORE TEAMRANKINGS: Can any March Madness sleepers win it all?March Madness 2019: Four overrated Sweet 16 favoritesNo. 4 Kansas State (South)Kansas State is arguably the team that is being most overvalued by the public when it comes to Sweet 16 choices. While 43 of the public has them getting to the Sweet 16, their actual odds are closer to just 18 percent. There’s a double whammy facing Kansas State. First, their best offensive player, Dean Wade, is battling an injury and was doubtful to play as of Wednesday morning. Second, they are facing a juggernaut of a No. 13 seed in UC Irvine before potentially facing a solid No. 5 seed in Wisconsin or a criminally underseeded No. 12 Oregon. It’s a horrible draw for a team that looks to not even be at full strength.No. 2 Michigan (West)Michigan is a popular public choice as a Sweet 16 pick, with over 80-percent support. (Like Villanova, it’s not a huge surprise, as the Wolverines were the runner-up last year.) However, that popularity far outpaces Michigan’s 61-percent chance of winning its first two games. While Michigan has played well in games against tournament-quality opposition, according to the offshore betting markets they have the lowest odds to win the tournament out of all the No. 2 seeds. Michigan’s path through the bracket is part of the reason, with underseeded No. 7 Nevada lurking as the likely second-round matchup. Michigan’s survival odds indicate they’ll probably still make it, but if you’re looking to take an educated gamble in your bracket, especially in pools with upset bonuses, this one should be on your radar screen.No. 4 Kansas (Midwest)Kansas is well known as a traditional powerhouse, and the Jayhawks would have the opportunity to play in front of a lot of hometown fans in the Regional Finals in Kansas City — if they get that far. First, Kansas will have to get by a No. 13 Northeastern team that’s back at full strength. That game isn’t a gimme, as Northeastern has a low-but-realistic 27-percent shot at pulling off the upset. In the second round, Kansas would likely have to play No. 5 Auburn on a neutral court, and Auburn looks to be the favorite in that matchup despite having a worse seed. While Kansas is a good team, they haven’t been the same since center Udoka Azubuike suffered a season-ending injury in January and Lagerald Vick left the team in February. All told, Kansas’s 33-percent chance to get to the Sweet 16 is significantly lower than the 48 percent of the public that is picking them to get there.No. 3 LSU (East)Despite not winning the SEC tournament as its top seed, LSU is a fairly popular choice to get to the Sweet 16, with over 61 percent of the public picking them to make it. However, the Tigers only have about a 41-percent chance. Though they received a No. 3 seed and have been playing better since their lineup stabilized in January, overall LSU has been playing at closer to No. 5- or No. 6-seed quality. LSU is still the slight favorite to make the Sweet 16 over No. 6 Maryland, but it’s a lot closer than most people think. From the standpoint of making a contrarian pick, especially if you don’t have LSU going any farther, having them get upset before the Sweet 16 isn’t as crazy as it may seem.MORE FROM TEAMRANKINGS: NCAA Tournament Prediction ToolShould You Make All These Picks?Let’s reiterate what all this information means from a bracket strategy standpoint.Should you avoid putting all four of these overrated teams above in your Sweet 16 this year? No, almost certainly not. Two of them are still our favorites to emerge from their pods. In most pools, you’d be taking on way too much risk by not picking any of these teams to win two games.last_img read more