Columbus Catholic soccer secures conference title with win over Wisconsin Valley Lutheran

first_imgDons now 17-1 overallBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Nadim Torbey scored twice to help the Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team to a 6-1 win over Wisconsin Valley Lutheran on Friday at Griese Park.The victory clinches the Mid-State Soccer Conference championship for the Dons, who improve to 17-1 overall and 11-0 in the conference. Columbus wraps up its regular-season schedule with a nonconference game at home Monday and its conference finale Thursday at Tri-County.Torbey, Charles Payant, and Ryan Dieringer scored in the first half, and Torbey, Tyler Fuerlinger, and Evan Dieringer added goals in the second half for the Dons.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 6, Wolves 1Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 0 1 – 1Columbus Catholic 3 3 – 6First half: 1. CC, Nadim Torbey, 20:59; 2. CC, Charles Payant, 26:02; 3. CC, Ryan Dieringer, 34:58.Second half: 4. CC, Torbey (Nick Malovrh), 49:45; 5. CC, Tyler Fuerlinger (R. Dieringer), 50:29; 6. CC, Evan Dieringer (Kellen Heinzen), 70:48; 7. WVL, Connor Schubring, 79:52.Total shots: WVL 6; CC 30.Shots on goal: WVL 3; CC 20.Corner kicks: WVL 3; CC 9.Records: Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 3-8, 3-6 Mid-State Soccer Conference; Marshfield Columbus Catholic 17-1, 11-0 MSSC.last_img read more

How To Bring Meditation to the Workplace

first_imgEva Del RioLast week I discussed the benefits of meditation in the workplace, pointing out it promises to increase productivity, focus, employee cohesion and resistance to stress. So what’s the best way to bring meditation into the workplace?Let’s pick up where we left off.Make meditation acceptable in your workplace culture. Even though practicing meditation at home has gone mainstream, it’s still not widely accepted -and seen as we strange- if practiced at work. One way to telegraph that it’s acceptable is to invite a speaker to a lunch-and-learn so employees can hear about the topic. “Mindfulness” meditation is the most generally accepted form, the one featured on the cover of business magazines, so it’s safe to start there.Find a champion. This might be an employee, or a manager. Someone who is already committed to the practice and is familiar with the logistics and basics; this will make others feel at ease. What if there’s no such person? Don’t worry, someone who is new to meditation but interested in its potential, will work just as well. Just make sure there is a person who takes the lead and believes in the effort.Provide a place to practice. You don’t need a meditation hall with cushions and incense. All you need is a conference room, break room, or some other quiet space.   This might mean opening your doors a little earlier for employees who want to practice 15 min before work. Or provide access during lunch or after work to an area that may normally be locked or inaccessible. It may sound counterintuitive that employees will stay late before going home, but it happens.Take advantage of technology. Recommend free meditation apps that everyone can use. This way the practice and the benefits can go home with employees. Who doesn’t want to sleep better? Be less anxious? Feel 10% happier? All this will soon be obvious to any employees who take interest in the practice. Note: the workplace practice itself can be based one of these free apps.Recommended free apps:Calm – 7 Daily 10-minute guided meditations. Not just for meditation, keep it open in the background for soothing sounds throughout the day.10% Happier Named after the book by Dan Harris  a news anchor who famously had a panic attack on live TV, an experience that led him to meditation. If other apps don’t speak your language, or sound too flaky, this “meditation for fidgety skeptics” might be for you. Insight TimerIt’s simple, intuitive and user friendly. The free version let’s you set a time, sounds, periodic bells.Hope these tips encourage you to bring mindfulness meditation to the workplace. There’s no downside, it’s a perk, it’s cheap and it may make your workplace 10% happier. Originally published on HR Boxlast_img read more

Social Determinants of Health

first_imgHealth isn’t just personally determined; it’s also socially determined. Socioeconomic factors directly influence an individual’s engagement in their health. Inadequate access to healthy food, poor access to transportation, or financial constraints are just a few of the factors that can come into play. Healthcare organizations understand the importance of these factors, but curating the right data with enough fidelity to derive actionable insight isn’t easy.For a better look at these matters, we talked to Steve Levin, CEO of Connance. Connance provides social determinants-as-a-service for healthcare payers and providers. Their solutions are built on a proprietary data model developed using the company’s national experiential database. The model pulls from disparate third party databases and cleanses, aggregates, and synthesizes the information into stressor measures that line up with the core social determinant measures sought by clinicians in designing care plans and workflow.Leveraging third-party solutions like this are one way healthcare organizations can unlock the power of data to improve operations and patient engagement.Before we begin talking about the importance of social determinants, can you tell me a little about Connance? How did the company get started and what solutions do you offer today?Connance was founded 12 years ago to help healthcare providers use data more effectively. By creating a shared data platform, Connance built predictive models and workflow technology that all providers could leverage in their local operations. The fragmentation of healthcare delivery and relentless cost pressures made it hard for any single company to have both data scale and diversity as well as data science expertise.Today, Connance’s data solutions are utilized in the workflow of more than 500 hospitals, thousands of other clinical sites, and on more than three million patient encounters each month. Our traditional core is revenue cycle where we enable our clients to optimize patient revenue processes, both pre- and post-service, such as in denial and underpayment processes and vendor management. Leveraging social determinants to inform clinical workflows is our latest expansion to the solution suite.Inclusion of social determinants in healthcare decision-making has been a hot topic of discussion, but it’s hard to do. Identifying data sources with a signal, cleansing the data, analyzing it, and then using the insight to change business processes are all hard challenges. Why did it make sense for your team to take on this problem?We believe that with increasing risk-based reimbursement and expanded delivery networks, providers need to understand the patient’s world outside the exam room, managing relationships over time for high value care and sustained financial health. Social determinant understanding will quickly be a key dimension not only in patient care, but also to revenue and revenue cycle success.The recent emphasis has been on the ability to collect and manage higher patient liabilities, but as hospitals take on more financial risk, actively managing the cost of care will quickly become a top priority. For patients in bundles, the deductible exposure will likely be financially less significant than proper post-discharge rehab. That post-discharge rehab might be at risk due to transportation limitations, predictable and preventable. A major portion of readmissions are tied to social determinant issues, not clinical complications.The actual application of social determinant insight is what we’ve learned to do successfully in revenue cycle. It’s about taking the predictions and using them in existing provider systems to segment long lists and targeted follow-up strategies. It’s about resource allocation for better overall value. Now, apply those concepts to patient care. If clinicians had unlimited budgets, every complicated discharge would come with a home visit the next day. The problem is that budgets don’t work that way, so we have to figure out where those home visits can make the most difference as compared to a phone call check-in.Describe, if you could, your current social determinants solution and the types of organizations that are using it today.At its core, our value-based risk analytics solution enables payers and providers to conduct patient-specific, social determinant health screening at a large scale. We’ve built models leveraging publicly available and third-party consumer data that replicate commonly used survey tools and can accurately identify an individual’s social determinant of health challenges. This allows organizations to proactively evaluate tens of thousands of individuals in a matter of minutes, as opposed to manually assessing one patient at a time, usually only during an encounter.This data is then used to segment patient populations, customize treatment plans, identify care gaps, refer patients to available community health resources, and improve patient engagement. Organizations that are using this today include hospitals and health systems that have begun taking on risk through value-based care initiatives, state Medicaid agencies, health plans, and technology partners. These organizations are embedding social determinant of health risk measures into their platforms to support population health efforts and patient communications.I’d like to talk about how your customers are integrating this back into business workflow. Changing workflow in healthcare is difficult. I’ve seen numerous well-intentioned advanced analytics initiatives stall when it comes time to move them into production. What are some best practices you’ve seen with customers that have been successful in integrating a data-driven solution like this into their business?It starts with making the data easily accessible where the end user is already working today, whether that be in an electronic medical record, case management system, population health system, or elsewhere. Early on, we made the decision not to develop a separate platform for our solution, but rather to push our data and analytics into existing clinical systems. The data sits alongside other relevant clinical and behavioral information and is immediately available to care team members as they’re conducting their work.This also allows the data to be easily embedded into the clinical workflow through technical integration in areas such as risk stratification algorithms, the ability to trigger notifications or “flags” for certain high-risk patients directly in the clinical platform, and inclusion of the social determinants of health factors in metrics and reporting, among others.In many ways we’re at the early stages of systematically using non-clinical data to help improve healthcare, in part because many of the data sources that could be of interest are still fairly new in digital form. How do you see your solution changing to meet healthcare’s evolving needs and the changing data landscape?We would agree that the industry is still in the early stages of effectively leveraging non-clinical data. The key today, as we see it, is both helping care teams embrace the role of third-party data and getting that data into usable forms at the right time. Despite all the studies and literature that show the outsized impact social determinant of health factors have on outcomes and cost, the system is still predominantly built around delivering clinical care to the sick and injured. That’s changing, and as new systems, partnerships, and reimbursement models are developing, we’re seeing a rapidly increasing demand for these types of data. Providers are seeing the issue and innovation is focused on bringing social determinant insight to earlier moments in the patient relationship.Clinicians and care resources have always known this information is critical. However, with time pressures, resource limitations, inconsistency in capturing the data, the fact that this data often comes too late in the engagement process, and the frequent reluctance by patients to share this type of information, the focus now is to marry patient engagement with external data insight. Effectively, we need to get smart from public information before patients arrive on campus. We also need to prepare for populations that lack claim or clinical profiles, and hopefully test and sharpen our picture of them with new patients from those populations.Getting good external data is a challenge in knowing where and what data is available, appreciating the limitations of that data, and designing a methodology that brings it into usable form. Our data science team is continually reviewing new data sources for their quality, coverage, appropriateness, and value. A lot of what we read about in the media in terms of digital footprints is interesting, but we’re not sure it’s completely suitable for care processes.Not all information is available at every point in the patient lifecycle or for every patient. In many situations it’s a patchwork. Similarly, putting too much detailed data in front of care resources isn’t helpful. It becomes a data deluge. So we also spend a lot of time thinking about how to synthesize lots of data points into useful measures and indicators while making the insight quickly digestible, consistent, and useable to improve resource impact.With all the discussion around healthcare being disrupted, what’s one trend that you don’t think people are talking enough about?We think there’s not enough conversation around loyalty and brand-building in the industry. It’s becoming increasingly clear that simply passing more cost to the patient isn’t solving the larger issue of cost and value. While organizations are getting bigger in order to gain scale, control costs, and manage reimbursement, it’s not changing the value equation. What seems to be missing is the patient side of this.If we were in a traditional consumer product or service business, we’d tackle the value equation by understanding the lifetime value of a patient, thinking about how we build loyalty and brand affinity so we can influence their utilization and perception of value. Large local providers need to think about building a singular relationship with their population. Patients don’t know if their relationship is with their primary care doctor (if they have one), their insurer, or their specialist. And what do we do when it’s a family with newborns or teenagers?Provider organizations need to think about the patient as a long-term partner and build trust, loyalty, and value. Workflow needs to seamlessly capitalize on what they know about a patient to direct them in a smarter way before they arrive. Connect what currently feels like stand-alone entities into a single relationship. Connect the financial problem into a single accounting. Connect the handoffs so people know they have a health partner managing in the background.Finally, can you share any details about the next 12 to 24 months at Connance? It’s an exciting time for us. We continue to see rapid growth in our revenue cycle optimization solution. More and more, people are recognizing that new EMRs and systems give them stability but not optimization. Optimization is the only way to see the true ROI in these huge investments.The value-based care landscape is still evolving, and every new deployment is demonstrating really powerful insights and innovations. We see tremendous growth in this space and are just scratching the surface of what new data in the hands of clinicians can achieve.Thank you, Steve. For anyone who’d like to learn more about Connance and your social determinants solution, what’s the best way to get in touch?You can find a lot of information about this solution on our website. You can also email Ryan Bengtson (rbengtson@connance.com) who leads this practice for Connance.last_img read more

Corini: ‘Brescia dominated after break’

first_imgEugenio Corini maintains Brescia “dominated the second half, but should’ve closed down” the Inter strikers earlier in a 2-1 defeat. Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring with a deflected strike, then Romelu Lukaku doubled it with a scorcher from distance. Dimitri Bisoli’s finish ricocheted in off Milan Skriniar. “It was a good performance, we had to settle, as we’ve only been working with this system for a couple of days and at the start we didn’t have the right shape,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia. “We went behind with a bit of bad luck, but then dominated the second half and pushed to the very end. We should’ve closed down both Lukaku and Lautaro, but we were too passive in our defending. In Serie A, there are players who can put the ball in the net from 25 metres out. “Unfortunately, the ball didn’t want to go in, so we go home empty-handed, but I am proud of this team for many reasons. “It was the response I wanted from a team in a difficult situation and an uphill struggle, but I never doubted these players anyway. “We must realise our dimension and our role in this season. We had two debutants in Serie A this evening, so if we don’t realise where we came from, where we are and what we want to achieve, it’ll all become more difficult. “The analysis should be also on the way we played the game, not just the results. I understand the popular conception of our campaign, but I want what is best for Brescia and I don’t feel that this ‘in or out’ approach is healthy for anyone.” Mario Balotelli was certainly more impressive than at the weekend with Genoa, but still has only one goal this season for Brescia. “I realise Mario attracts a lot of attention, but we need to just leave him alone to grow and develop in the role, to understand the context he is in. A great player combines talent with other attributes and I am proud to help accompany him in this journey, but I can only do so much and he is the one who has to take the final step.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

IPL 2014: Key Players from Chennai Super Kings

first_imgMS Dhoni will play a crucial role for Chennai in the IPL 2014 Total Money Spent(including retention): Rs 59.80 croreSquad: 20 players including 12 Indians and 8 overseas.Players to watch out for:MS Dhoni: If Chennai Super Kings intend to repeat their 2010 and 2011 heroics in the IPL 7 this year, it has to be skipper MS Dhoni who’ll need to lead from the front. The 32-year-old Captain Cool is one of the best finishers in limited overs cricket today. His ability to hold wickets in pressure situations and then accelerate ferociously at the death overs has earned him accolades all over the globe. With over 2200 runs in 96 games for Super Kings, Dhoni is as ferocious as they come in T20.Suresh Raina: One of the most prolific batsmen in the T20 format, he comes to the party more often than not. Not only is he capable of clearing the boundaries when required, his off-spin is also very handy. Raina is also one of the leading run-scorers for Super Kings with over 2800 runs and 21 wickets in his 99 IPL games.Ravichandran Ashwin: He is one of the bankers of the side and can put the brakes on opposition batsmen while also getting wickets. With 64 wickets in 67 games, Ashwin has been a key performer for the Super Kings in the IPL so far.Brendon McCullum: The 32-year-old swashbuckling batsman is the latest weapon Super Kings boasts of in the seventh edition of the IPL. The New Zealand skipper is one of the most explosive batsmen in the shortest version of the game. His breathtaking knock of 158 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural IPL match showcases his ability to take the game away from the opposition. With over 1200 runs in 48 games, McCullum will be one of the key players for the Super Kings this season.advertisementRavindra Jadeja: He has been on an amazing high over the past one year, with immense success in international cricket thanks to his left-arm spinners. A great fielder, he will also be expected to contribute with the bat. His bowling spell of 5/16 was registered as the best bowling figures in the IPL tournament in 2012. Jadeja has slammed over 1100 runs and notched up 39 wickets in his IPL career so far.last_img read more

Klopp’s new, improved Liverpool can punish Pep

first_imgGFX Guardiola KloppPress fast forward and the Spaniard’s preparation for Manchester City hosting the Merseysiders in the early kick off on Saturday will be all the more complex. The opposition have further augmented their core strength since the last time the sides scrimmaged in March, and despite over £158 million being spent on solidifying the rearguard at the Etihad, City’s defence still screams vulnerable in a blockbuster meeting such as this.Having failed to win either of his first two Premier League tests against Liverpool – losing 1-0 at Anfield before a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture – Guardiola will discern that the difficulty level in countering their kaleidoscopic approach has only increased.Mohamed Salah LiverpoolThe Reds have included a rapid Mohamed Salah, who has recorded the most shots on target in the division this season, to their already potent frontline.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, perched at the top of the completed dribbles standings, has traded Arsenal for Anfield. One of the foremost strikers in the top-flight and City old-boy Daniel Sturridge has to be content with a place on the bench alongside Dominic Solanke, the standout star of the Under-20 World Cup.Liverpool are in a position where Philippe Coutinho – their “gold dust” and chief orchestrator of the team’s play – has to earn a starting spot again after maneuvering for a failed switch to Barcelona.Sadio Mane, the league’s joint-top scorer, and Roberto Firmino, who is second for combined goals and assists, have both made a quick dart to establish themselves as the premier players in England this season.Liverpool celebrate vs WatfordIt is not just Liverpool’s predominantly attack-minded talent that will concern Guardiola. Emre Can is in a sweet spell of form as Juventus continue to understandably circle around him, while Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson have got into their stride after slow starts.One of the points the City boss picked up on when detailing Liverpool’s offensive might was that “they attack wide sometimes, but they especially like to attack from inside, through the middle.”Klopp’s men are no longer as reliant on their creation in central areas given the presence of Mane and Salah on the flanks as well as the forward-thinking of full-backs Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alberto Moreno.Joe Gomez, more defensively inclined, also showed his willingness to advance Liverpool’s attacking onus against Arsenal with a superb cross from the right for Firmino to head in.HD Sadio ManeSeveral of the club’s goals in all competitions this term have actually been engineered from wider spots: Mane’s opener against Watford came via the left after fine interplay with Moreno and Can, James Milner’s deflected effort at Hoffenheim also arrived from that side – to name just two that fit with the effort highlighted above against the Gunners.Liverpool have scored on the counter, they’ve used overlapping runs to great effect, the centre-backs have gone for the long pass over the top to feed the speed of Mane and Salah, they’ve profited at the far post, they’ve chipped, they’ve cut in…Klopp, who has never suffered defeat in the league against City, has fortified his full-throttle blueprint with greater variation, swiftness and fluidity.Of course, Liverpool too will have to provide answers to the artillery of their hosts and guard against their own shortcomings at the back.HD Jurgen Klopp mainBut these match-ups tend to show “the club’s best face” to steal Klopp parlance, and under him, the Reds have lost just one of their 22 league matches against a team that finished in the top seven of the competition last season. In this sequence, they are unbeaten away from home.Guardiola knows what to do to combat this authoritative side of Liverpool. “You have to reach a certain level,” he explained. “They have a specific way to attack you and you have to be in control.”How to implement the above, however, is the conundrum that will prove taxing for City to solve. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has new, improved attacking aces up his sleeve to punish Pep Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 16:30 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sadio Mane Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Guardiola Jürgen Klopp Manchester City v Liverpool Manchester City Opinion The Reds’ swiftness, variation and intelligence in attack will pose several hard-to-answer questions for the City boss at the Etihad this weekend Eight months ago at City Football Academy’s top table, Pep Guardiola floated between appreciation and apprehension as he analysed Liverpool’s cannonry ahead of their New Year’s Eve meeting at Anfield.“It is so aggressive,” he noted, before adding a sort of self warning that “in three or four seconds they are attacking. When you play a Jurgen Klopp team, the tactics are so important. Maybe he is the best manager in the world at creating teams who attack the back four with so many players, from almost anywhere on the pitch.”Sevilla 7/2 to beat Liverpool Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing last_img read more

16 days agoHearts manager Levein delighted with Man City winger Ryotaro Meshino

first_imgHearts manager Levein delighted with Man City winger Ryotaro Meshinoby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Ryotaro Meshino is impressing on-loan at Hearts.Jambos boss Craig Levein says Meshino has been influential in the dressing room despite the many learning curves he is undertaking.“He isn’t fluent in English but he is taking lessons three times a week and that has improved,” Levein told The Scotsman.“The boys are teaching him a few words in the dressing room that maybe they shouldn’t be teaching him but he is a bubbly wee character. I think that will help him.“This is a fair change in culture, it’s a fair distance away from his home, it’s a different language. “Most foreign players who come to the UK, particularly from Japan, are very unlikely to be speaking fluent English. He’s got that to contend with, plus the football and the weather. He has been more to forefront in the dressing room that I would have thought.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

XFiles creator Chris Carter expects series to return to Vancouver

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Production of The X-Files, one of the most notable TV series ever shot in British Columbia, will resume in Vancouver next spring, according to series creator Chris Carter.The series’ return comes after a revival run of six new episodes produced in B.C. last year, which aired in early 2016.While there has been speculation that The X-Files would continue following its recent rebirth, Carter offered a timetable in an interview with The Globe and Mail this week. Login/Register With: “I imagine we would be up there shooting in the spring of 2017,” said Carter, who will, this week, be in Vancouver to receive an Industry Builder Award from the Vancouver International Film Festival for his efforts to ensure that production on the recent round of episodes was environmentally sustainable.He said he expects to do “a small expansion” on the number of episodes in this latest continuation of the milestone show.His comments came after he confirmed that talks are well-advanced with key players in the series, which pitted FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) against paranormal creatures and conspiracies.“They are constructive negotiations so I can’t imagine [The X-Files] wouldn’t come back,” Carter said. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

China Is Splurging On BigName Soccer Talent

In the past few weeks, the Chinese Football Association Super League — the country’s premier professional soccer league — has been on a shopping spree. By the close of the January transfer window, the Chinese Super League had outspent England’s Premier League in the transfer market; the CSL made five of the six largest transfer signings in the 2015-16 window.The biggest splash came when the Jiangsu Suning shelled out $55 million to acquire Alex Teixeira, a star Brazilian midfielder playing in Ukraine, who was hotly pursued by Liverpool. Teixeira’s signing gives the CSL the 70th most valuable player in the world.By attracting big-name talent, CSL clubs are signaling the rise of Chinese soccer power — at least financially. (The value of the signings to club owners likely has as much to do with marketability of the players for product endorsement purposes as it does with improving the team.) This power has grown in lockstep with the league’s attendance and revenue. Since the league was founded in 2004, total CSL attendance has surged from 1.4 million to more than 5 million in 2015; per-game attendance has more than doubled as the league has grown from 12 to 16 teams.As Chinese soccer has grown domestically, the league has begun to throw around its financial weight in the international transfer market, thus boosting the total market value of CSL players. The league’s total value, according to Transfermarkt estimates of its players’ transfer market values (as opposed to aggregate transfer buys) has risen to about $380 million. Teixeira’s transfer fee alone accounts for 15 percent of that. That’s humongous. Gareth Bale’s record-breaking (unless you ask Ronaldo) transfer fee to Real Madrid in 2013 came in north of $100 million, yet represented a mere 3 percent of the more than $3.4 billion estimated market value of La Liga’s players in 2013.Although the CSL is making international news with a few big-ticket signings, as a whole, the league is still small. The league’s total estimated market value is still half as big as even Portugal’s national league, and it pales in comparison to England’s Premier League, which is valued at $4.7 billion. In fact, the total market value of all 16 CSL teams is still less than that of just Liverpool. Thus, a transfer fee comparable to the one between the CSL and Teixeira would be about $700 million (!).(As CSL teams make it rain, it’s worth noting that this cash isn’t being evenly distributed. Foreign players make far more than Chinese players. CSL teams must abide by a strict cap of no more than four overseas players, plus one from another country in the Asian Football Confederation. And according to 2012 data, these foreign players pulled in earnings more than five times larger than those of their Chinese teammates. The disparity has probably only grown as the CSL hunts for pricier international stars.)In some ways, the CSL has taken Major League Soccer’s model and supercharged it. MLS has tried — with debatable success — to gin up fan interest by splurging on a few big-name, often well-aged, international players. David Beckham joining the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 on a (comically inaccurate) “$250 million” deal comes to mind. By the 2008 season, the entire MLS had an estimated market value of about $157 million; with more than $10 million of that being Beckham. Today, that number has crept up to $314 million — exponential growth, but well behind the pace being set in China. So the CSL is following the MLS script, to a degree, only with players in their primes instead of broken-down warhorses like Frank Lampard.Some macroeconomic context helps, too. Although there are signs that China’s economy is slowing, and its stock market has been a disaster over the past year, the appetite of Chinese sports fans doesn’t seem to be lagging. The slowdown within the Chinese economy seems to be focused on real estate, state-owned enterprises and the stock market. Although growing indebtedness is an issue, Chinese consumers are better positioned than other parts of the Chinese economy. So expect demand for — and spending from — Chinese Super League teams to keep growing. China has a very long way to go before it’s a top player in international club soccer, but if consumer interest grows at the pace it’s set, the CSL might just continue to draw stars anyway.CORRECTION (Feb. 19, 2 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the basis for determining the monetary valuation of players in soccer teams and leagues. That valuation is measured by a Transfermarkt calculation of overall player market values, not just salaries. Transfermarkt makes the calculation based on the estimated value of the player in the transfer market. References in the article to how much teams and leagues have spent on salaries have been changed to the market values of their players. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State hopes to rebound from heartbreaking loss with game

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Kam Williams walks up the court between free throws during the second half of a game against Texas Southern at the Schottenstein Center on Nov. 16. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team (5-2) returned to Columbus late Sunday night from the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Oregon following a 67-66 loss to Butler.The Buckeyes blew a 15-point lead in the final four minutes and lost in overtime. Ahead of his team’s Wednesday showdown against Clemson (5-1), head coach Chris Holtmann said he’s trying to find balance between allowing his team to rest and preparing for its fourth straight high-major opponent.“From what I’ve been able to watch, I really like this Clemson team. I think they’re older, they’re skilled, Brad [Brownell] does a great job,” Holtmann said. “So it’s gonna be a fun challenge for us, and we’re excited about it and excited to prepare.”Clemson has demonstrated improved accuracy from the field this season, making 50.3 percent of shot attempts. Ohio State has shot 46.1 percent from the field.Veteran forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate have led the Buckeyes with 16.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, and 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds, respectively. The Tigers are led by forwards senior Donte Grantham and junior Elijah Thomas. Grantham averages 16 points and six rebounds per game, shooting 69.8 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from the 3-point line. Thomas averages 13 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, shooting 70.5 percent from the field. Freshman forward Kaleb Wesson said defending Clemson’s big men will require more than just a few players giving effort defensively.“It’s gonna have to be a team effort,” Wesson said. “If people [are] shooting 70 percent from the floor, that means they’re getting good shots. They’re not shooting bad shots, so everybody got to join in and guard everybody.”The Tigers do not solely rely on their big men, however. Each of their starters averages 11-plus points per game. They also have multiple threats from 3-point distance. In addition to Grantham, senior guard Gabe Devoe makes nearly two 3-pointers per game at a 39.3 percent clip and redshirt senior forward/center Mark Donnal has made five of seven shots from beyond the arc.Ohio State has not defended the perimeter well this season, allowing more than eight 3-pointers per game. Holtmann said that’s an area that could decide the game.“We’ve not defended the 3 as well as I would have hoped,” Holtmann said. “And overall, we’ve defended well. We have been pretty solid defensively. I wish we would defend the 3 a little bit better but that’s certainly going to be important tomorrow.”Ohio State has shot poorly so far this season and struggled with turnovers, which makes defending on the other end of the floor that much more important in maximizing possessions.“We just gonna have to execute on defense,” redshirt senior guard Kam Williams said. “We just got to lock in ― try to string three stops in a row, five stops in a row. We not gonna shut them out, but if we just stay connected on the defensive end, hopefully that will just help us out and put less pressure on our offense.”The Buckeyes also will need to win the battle inside to win the game given Clemson’s talented frontcourt. The Buckeyes have outrebounded opponents 41.1-32 on average, while the Tigers have outrebounded opponents 38-30.Holtmann said sophomore center Micah Potter did not play much against Butler because of his lingering ankle injury. Wesson has started in Potter’s place and will need to step up in the paint against Clemson, especially if Potter continues to be limited.Ohio State has given out 5,000 student tickets already as part of the free student ticket giveaway in an attempt to generate a home-court advantage with a larger, and potentially louder, crowd, Holtmann said. “I think every time you go out you have an opportunity to kind of define who you are and who you want to be as a team and as a program,” Holtmann said. “And that’ll be the case certainly tomorrow against a really quality opponent.” read more