English players overworked after World Cup, says Southgate

first_imgThe first divisions in France and Italy began on the same weekend, but La Liga in Spain kicked off on August 17 and the Bundesliga in Germany on August 24. “When you see the league, a lot of teams haven’t started yet at their maximum. There have been lot of injuries across our league,” Southgate said on Sunday. “I don’t really understand why our league started so early, but they did, and it was a really difficult situation for the clubs. “Some of the clubs couldn’t field a team without…look at Tottenham, who had so many players in the semi-finals of the World Cup. “It was an impossible situation for their coaches really.” England face Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Monday, hoping to improve on their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last month, when the scoreline did not do Spain’s dominance justice.Spain then thrashed Croatia 6-0 and can seal top spot in Group 4 with a victory in Seville, while England are scrapping to avoid relegation.“We know their technical ability,” Southgate said. “But we have to cause them problems with the ball. We can’t just defend for 90 minutes. “We were more comfortable in the last 30 minutes at Wembley, but we have to do that earlier in the game, be brave enough to use the ball well, and cause them problems.”England have switched from a three to a four-man defence since the World Cup, in an attempt to exert more pressure higher up the pitch. Spain have also changed tack under Luis Enrique, who has instilled a more direct, attacking approach since taking charge following the disappointing performances at the World Cup. “Their style is a little bit different now, they’ve got a new coach, a top coach,” Southgate said. “Although the style and the philosophy is very similar, tactically it’s a bit different. There is a bit more of a direct threat in the final third. “It’s as big a test as you can get in European, if not world football, at the moment.” Southgate confirmed Liverpool defender Joe Gomez will replace the suspended John Stones in defence. Jordan Henderson is also serving a ban. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England manager Gareth Southgate gives a press conference at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Sevilla on Sunday © AFP / JORGE GUERREROSeville, Spain, Oct 14 – Gareth Southgate believes English players have been hampered by the Premier League starting so soon after the World Cup. England’s top flight began on Friday August 10, less than a month after England had been knocked out by Croatia in the semi-finals in Russia. last_img read more

Evolutionary Anthropologists Startled by Racial Mixing in Africa

first_img(Visited 74 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If they didn’t expect recent genetic mixing from Europe into Africa, how certain are they about older human migrations?One thing is clear about early humans: they were a mobile group, often interbreeding with other groups. Ann Gibbons’ latest article in Science talks about a new genome from a human skeleton found in an Ethiopian cave. Dated by radiocarbon to be 4,500 years old, the genome shows unexpected mixing of African stock with Europeans. Gibbons writes about the surprising findings:Africa is the birthplace of our species and the source of ancient migrations that spanned the globe. But it has missed out on a revolution in understanding human origins: the study of ancient DNA….Until now. A paper published online this week in Science reveals the first prehistoric genome from Africa: that of Mota, a hunter-gatherer man who lived 4500 years ago in the highlands of Ethiopia…. And when compared with the genomes of living Africans, it implies something startling. Africa is usually seen as a source of outward migrations, but the genomes suggest a major migration into Africa by farmers from the Middle East, possibly about 3500 years ago. These farmers’ DNA reached deep into the continent, spreading even to groups considered isolated, such as the Khoisan of South Africa and the pygmies of the Congo.Did evolutionary anthropologists expect this? They believe early man evolved much earlier and moved “out of Africa” into Europe and Asia many tens of thousands of years ago. That part of their story is unchanged by the new genome. What they missed with this study, though, implies that they could have missed other “startling” revolutions in the earlier part of the story, since data become progressively less accurate over time.Here was one reaction from a well-known Harvard evolutionist:Population geneticist David Reich of Harvard University is struck by the magnitude of the mixing between Africans and Eurasians. He notes that “a profound migration of farmers moving from Mesopotamia to North Africa has long been speculated.” But, he says, “a western Eurasian migration into every population they study in Africa—into the Mbuti pygmies and the Khoisan? That’s surprising and new.”Gibbons ends by casting doubt on the status of modern theories about human migrations, quoting Jason Hodgson, an anthropological geneticist from Imperial College London:Migrations into and out of Africa were likely complex and ongoing. “This study is significant on its own,” Hodgson says. “But hopefully it is only just the beginning of ancient African genomics.”This implies that ancient African genomics has been more anecdotal than empirical. That may change, now that DNA from African bones is becoming more available (Nature).A related early-man story argues that human languages are “less arbitrary than long assumed” (Science Daily). An international team found that “the sounds and shapes of words can reveal aspects of meaning and grammatical function.”Human history goes back just thousands of years in the Biblical timeframe. Look: 3,500 years to 4,500 years puts this migration into a reasonable post-Flood period. And look where the migration started: Mesopotamia, right where the Bible puts the Tower of Babel.The Table of Nations in Genesis 10 is the most detailed, credible and verifiable account of human migrations in any historical written record. Recorded by Moses around 1440 BC, it most probably includes records known to Moses from his education in Egypt and earlier sources accessible to him. In this amazing record (which flows seamlessly into the time of Abraham, where secular history provides independent corroboration), the sons of Ham migrated to Africa and the far east. The sons of Japheth migrated to Europe and India, forming the Indo-European cultures with their shared languages. The sons of Shem stayed primarily in the middle east. Individual names of the three sons of Noah and their offspring can be traced through extra-Biblical records to places like Egypt, Greece, Ethiopia, Crete, and even as far as China. There’s no reason to reject the Genesis 10 record except for the evolutionary appetite for long ages.But how reasonable are those long ages? Evolutionists have to believe that ancient humans, fully our equivalent in stature and brain size, were too stupid to build a city, ride a horse, or plant a farm until civilization suddenly exploded on the scene inexplicably just a few thousand years ago. The most ancient cultic site found in Turkey, Gobekli Tepe, doesn’t fit their evolutionary narrative at all (3/10/09). One said, “…one has to wonder how these supposed hunter-gatherers had advanced knowledge of masonry and stonework if they were the first civilization.” Evolutionists must believe that tens and even hundreds of thousands of years ago, “hominids” made tools, used fire, and even traveled across continents but were too stupid to make a permanent dwelling. Long ages are a curse to history, not a benefit. The long ages required by their theory makes their story unreasonable, given what we know about human nature.By contrast, the Bible presents a reasonable history we can relate to. It describes mankind as intelligent from the beginning. After Eden, Cain and Abel were shepherds and farmers. Cain built a city, and his grandsons were making musical instruments, forging metals and perfecting agriculture. After the Flood, Noah’s descendants were building a magnificent Tower of Babel within a few centuries (100 to 500 years, as conservative estimates go). The languages were not arbitrary, but intelligently designed by God, who had a purpose for driving the nations to scatter and repopulate the earth. Then people groups with their common languages scattered across the globe within a few centuries, not tens of thousands of years. Wherever we see humanity, we see wanderlust, technology, and intelligence. We still don’t know how they built some ancient monuments of incredible mass and precision.This article by Ann Gibbons points out how surprised the evolutionists continue to be. She mentioned the “revolution in the study of human origins” from genetics that is now just beginning to affect their stories about Africa. It’s like every new finding contradicts their expectations, requiring them to invent new lies to cover up the last ones. The Bible has stood the test of time. It has the ring of truth. Truth doesn’t evolve. It doesn’t need to.last_img read more

Miami East recognized by National FFA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National FFA Organization recently announced the results of the National FFA Evaluations. Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter was selected as a 3-Star National Chapter for the National FFA Chapter Award Program. A 3-star is the highest award a chapter can be recognized for in the National Chapter process. In order to be considered for such an honor, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter had to place in the top 10% in the state of Ohio. In May, the chapter learned that they were in the Top 10 in the state and would have their application forwarded to national evaluations.Additionally, the Miami East FFA Chapter was named a Models of Innovation Finalist in the area of Student Development for the National Chapter Award Program. The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter is a Top 10 in the nation in Student Development. Two chapter members will now present at the National FFA Convention in Louisville to be named the National Winner in Student Development and will be recognized on stage.Nathan TeetersThis is the 15th straight year that the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in their National Chapter Award program. Two students will receive the plaque on stage during the National FFA Convention, October 29 in Louisville, Kentucky.The National FFA Chapter Award program recognized FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA). These activities and projects provide opportunities for members to achieve in the areas of student, chapter, or community development. Every year, chapters are recognized as having earned a one-, two-, or three-star rating on their National Chapter application.Emily Beal, Kelsey Kirchner, and Nathan Teeters will compete and be recognized for a being a National Proficiency Finalists. They have placed in the Top 4 in the nation in their respected areas. Beal is a finalist in the area of Goat Production for her goat herd sales and growth. Kirchner is a finalist in the area of Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship for her business, Kelsey’s K-9 Kookies and marketing at multiple farmers markets. Teeters is a finalist in the area of Emerging Agricultural Technology for his job placement at Buckeye Ag Testing, Troy. They each earn a cash prize, plaque and recognition on the main stage at convention. Beal, Kirchner, and Teeters will interview for the title of National Proficiency Winner and a trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 2016.Kelsey KirchnerKolin Bendickson and Daniel Bodenmiller will receive the American FFA Degree on Saturday, October 31. This is an honor that only 3,500 FFA members across the country will accomplish. Their applications were forwarded to the National FFA because they have been a successful leader, been involved in various community service activities, earned at least $10,000 from their Supervised Agricultural Experience program, and been an active member of the FFA.Additionally, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter is guided by strong leadership provided by the 2015-16 officer team. The team met over the summer in a Summer Officer Retreat to plan for the upcoming school year and FFA activities. The officers are: Emily Beal, President; Kelsey Kirchner, Vice President; Katie Bodenmiller, Secretary; Katie Bendickson, Treasurer; Emma Linn, Reporter; Hunter Sharp, Sentinel; Alyssa Westgerdes, Student Advisor; and Nathan Teeters, Chaplain. Their advisor is Marie Carity. The Miami East Ag Ed Program is a satellite program of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 610,240 student members as part of 7,665 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it isEmily Bealan integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.last_img read more

With anti-Romeo squad, eve-teasers in Lucknow on police radar

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday issued orders to constitute “anti-Romeo squad” in 11 districts of the Lucknow zone to prevent eve-teasing, as BJP had promised during the Assembly polls in its ‘sankalp patra’.“In a bid to check incidents of eve-teasing and passing of comments on them (women and girls), ‘anti-romeo dal’ would be constituted at the police station levels and action under Goonda Act taken against wrongdoers,” IG (Lucknow Zone) A Satish Ganesh said.The Lucknow zone comprises 11 districts adjoining the state capital.The IG’s order said that attempts should be made to check cow slaughter and cattle smuggling effectively and those involved should be booked.The IG said that in cases where investigation is complete, final report should be submitted in court and review of heinous crimes made so that those involved are sent behind bars.The IG also directed the police to effectively check crime against women, arrest criminals carrying rewards, follow up on cases lodged under the Gangster Act, check activities of land mafia and curb the sale of illicit liquor.The BJP’s “sankalp patra” during the Assembly polls promised constitution of “anti-Romeo” squads for checking eve-teasing besides checking activities of land mafia and cow slaughter.last_img read more

Now, singer wants to mark Goa opinion poll jubilee at airport

first_imgPANAJI: The protests over BJP national president Amit Shah’s controversial meeting at Dablim Airport continued on Sunday, with singer-composer Sidhanath Buyao seeking permission to hold celebrations of the golden jubilee of Goa’s opinion poll on the airport premises on January 16, 2018.In a letter to the airport director, Mr. Buyao said, “This is a historic moment for every Goan to celebrate. On this occasion, we Buyao Theatres Goem, a prominent cultural organisation since 1967, wish to hold golden jubilee of opinion poll celebration meeting at Dabolim airport, with musical performances and the launch of a music album [of songs that were] used to canvas against the merger.” The letter goes on to say, that as Dabolim Airport has historic importance to Goa’s liberation, it would be a befitting venue for the occasion. “So we are approaching you to grant us permission for setting up stage, pandal, sound system and 1,000 chairs for our guests … Kindly allot us the same place where BJP national president Amit Shah’s meeting was held on July 1,” it says.The referendum to decide if Goa would merge with Maharashtra or remain a Union Territory — and if Daman & Diu would merge with Gujarat or remain part of the Union Territory of Goa — was held on January 16, 1967. Meanwhile, the petition filed by activist-lawyer Aires Rodrigues, seeking action against those responsible for Mr. Shah’s meeting, will come up for hearing at the Bombay High Court at Goa on Monday.last_img read more

Olympics: Kids to choose Tokyo 2020 mascots

first_imgMore than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Budding designers have a two-week window from August 1 to 14 to submit entries, after which a mascot panel will compile a shortlist in December.Japanese schoolchildren, who could have a better handle on the squidgy mascots than organizers who have hitherto bungled the rollout of the Olympic stadium and official logo, will finish voting on the shortlist in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe winning designs will be announced in March, with the mascots to be given official names by August 2018.Mascots—often referred to in Japanese as ‘yuru-kyara’ (soft characters)—are big business in Japan and have become part of the cultural landscape. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The market for characters like Kumamon, a giant black bear with red cheeks which represents Kumamoto prefecture, and his bitter rival Funassyi—a hyperactive ‘pear fairy’ with a love for heavy metal—is an eye-watering $30 billion a year, with mascots adorning everything from key-chains to planes.Tokyo organisers are battling to rein in runaway costs for the 2020 Olympics which have cast a shadow over preparations.The city’s bid committee estimated costs of $7 billion and projected an economic windfall in excess of $25 billion.But a panel of experts have warned the overall budget could exceed that without drastic cuts.That warning came after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tore up the original plans for the Olympic stadium over soaring costs and organizers scrapped the first design for the 2020 Games logo after accusations of plagiarism. JBADVERTISEMENT Image: AFP/Toru YamanakaDespite several high-profile gaffes in their 2020 Olympic preparations, Tokyo 2020 organizers reckon choosing the Games mascots will be child’s play—so much so they’re leaving the decision to schoolkids.Japanese organizers announced Monday that the official 2020 mascots would be decided by a nationwide competition, in which members of the public will submit designs before elementary schoolchildren across the country select winners from a shortlist.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Mindanao Children’s Games pushing through in Davao City LATEST STORIES South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 athletes ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View commentslast_img read more

Michigan G Spike Albrecht Thanks Wolverines’ Fan With Heartfelt Tweet Following B1G Tourney Loss

first_imgSpike Albrecht speaks on camera.The Michigan men’s basketball team’s season might have come to an end today, as the Wolverines fell in the Big Ten Tournament to Wisconsin, 71-60. John Beilein’s squad, 16-16, 8-10 in the Big Ten, is surely not an NCAA Tournament team, and a berth into the NIT seems questionable, too. The Michigan coach said following the loss to the Badgers that they’re not interested in playing in one of other tournaments. So, this afternoon might have been the last time we saw this year’s edition of Michigan basketball. In light of that, Wolverines’ junior guard Spike Albrecht sent out a heartfelt tweet to the fans, thanking them for their support this season. Thanks to everyone who stuck by our side all season long. Can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate your support. #GoBlue— spike albrecht (@SpikeAlbrecht) March 13, 2015Michigan had a down season in 2014-15, but the Wolverines will bring a decent amount of talent back, and get some key players healthy. Beilein’s team could be a contender in the Big Ten next season.last_img read more

Box Office Top 20 Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is No 1

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Incredibles 2” fended off newcomers to top the box office again this weekend.The “Jurassic World” sequel took first place again with an additional $60.9 million in its second weekend in theatres. “Incredibles 2” landed second with $46.4 million.In its first weekend, another sequel, the action thriller “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” exceeded expectations with $19 million, as did the basketball comedy “Uncle Drew,” which launched with $15.2 million.“Ocean’s 8,” in its fourth weekend in theatres, rounded out the top five with $8.3 million.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:1. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Universal, $60,912,195, 4,485 locations, $13,581 average, $265,699,530, 2 Weeks.2. “Incredibles 2,” Disney, $46,417,761, 4,410 locations, $10,526 average, $440,601,275, 3 Weeks.3. “Sicario: Day Of The Soldado,” Sony, $19,007,566, 3,055 locations, $6,222 average, $19,007,566, 1 Week.4. “Uncle Drew,” Lionsgate, $15,242,781, 2,742 locations, $5,559 average, $15,242,781, 1 Week.5. “Ocean’s 8,” Warner Bros., $8,332,661, 3,426 locations, $2,432 average, $115,004,842, 4 Weeks.6. “Tag,” Warner Bros., $5,880,731, 3,176 locations, $1,852 average, $41,133,539, 3 Weeks.7. “Deadpool 2,” 20th Century Fox, $3,574,451, 2,094 locations, $1,707 average, $310,474,309, 7 Weeks.8. “Sanju,” Fox International Productions, $2,723,349, 356 locations, $7,650 average, $2,723,349, 1 Week.9. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Disney, $2,687,670, 1,654 locations, $1,625 average, $207,673,785, 6 Weeks.10. “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?,” Focus Features, $2,421,975, 654 locations, $3,703 average, $7,619,057, 4 Weeks.11. “Hereditary,” A24, $2,286,811, 1,424 locations, $1,606 average, $39,406,564, 4 Weeks.12. “Avengers: Infinity War,” Disney, $1,542,704, 890 locations, $1,733 average, $672,625,416, 10 Weeks.13. “Superfly,” Sony, $1,403,058, 1,157 locations, $1,213 average, $18,382,177, 3 Weeks.14. “Book Club,” Paramount, $671,039, 505 locations, $1,329 average, $66,124,671, 7 Weeks.15. “Rampage,” Warner Bros., $601,162, 201 locations, $2,991 average, $98,401,264, 12 Weeks.16. “Adrift,” STX Entertainment, $536,930, 508 locations, $1,057 average, $30,151,781, 5 Weeks.17. “RBG,” Magnolia Pictures, $415,979, 185 locations, $2,249 average, $11,550,341, 9 Weeks.18. “Hearts Beat Loud,” Gunpowder & Sky, $388,442, 170 locations, $2,285 average, $1,295,309, 4 Weeks.19. “American Animals,” The Orchard, $368,999, 292 locations, $1,264 average, $2,132,004, 5 Weeks.20. “Gotti,” Vertical Entertainment, $316,692, 331 locations, $957 average, $3,964,979, 3 Weeks.—Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.last_img read more

Man who targeted cars parked near hospitals showrooms held

first_imgNew Delhi: A person who committed theft after breaking the windows of the cars was arrested from South Delhi.According to police, the accused had made self-made equipment through which he used to break the glasses of cars within seconds and fled with the bag containing valuable items. “The accused had thought that people who are visiting hospitals or showrooms will carry cash with them so he targeted the cars standing nearby by the two places,” police said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice further said that in order to curb the reoccurring thefts in cars by breaking their window glasses alongside the Ring Road, a new strategy formulated and staff in plain clothes is deployed as spotters. This strategy worked and accused caught red-handed while he was just started running after stealing a lady’s purse from a car after breaking its window glass. During interrogation, accused Upender disclosed that he also has a history of previous involvements in PS Civil Lines, Hisar. The team under SHO (Defence Colony) Arvind made the arrest.last_img read more

Which Countries Medal In The Sports That People Care About

What if medals were awarded in proportion to a sport’s popularity? Related: Hot Takedown Lithuania21251012 Ukraine6592022610 India02460134 Fencing202100.4 Montenegro01010303 Brazil359178271146 SPORTVIEWER HOURS (MILLIONS)EVENTSMEDAL MULTIPLIER Synchronized swimming11321.1 Taekwondo**8880.2 Basketball80428.0 Hong Kong00110011 Qatar00220011 Iran453121214 Ethiopia31373137 Kuwait00110000 Modern pentathlon3220.3 Trampoline6720.7 Sweden14380516 Singapore00220055 Romania25292428 Indonesia01120000 Algeria10011001 Judo**443140.6 Source: Sports-Reference.com Puerto Rico01120011 Spain310417115420 Azerbaijan226101124 Grenada10011001 Volleyball51925.1 China also gets a modest boost, thanks in part to its gymnastics and table tennis prowess, while Brazil — great at soccer and volleyball, not so good at the individual sports — gets a large one. The country that suffers the most is Great Britain, which used its home-nation advantage to rack up medals in some of the more obscure sports. Nations from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, which win lots of medals in relatively unpopular events such as weightlifting and wrestling, also suffer to some extent. Afghanistan00110000 Botswana01010101 France11111335915832 Venezuela10010000 The Subtle (And Not So Subtle) Dominance Of U.S. Swimmers And Gymnasts * Golf and rugby are new Olympic sports for 2016. Viewership is estimated based on regression analysis.** Boxing, judo, taekwondo and wrestling award two bronze medals in each event. As a result, they have a lower medal multiplier for bronze medals: 0.3 for boxing and judo, 0.2 for wrestling and 0.1 for taekwondo.Source: Olympic.org Team sports almost invariably wind up with large medal multipliers, including soccer (12.9), basketball (8.0) and even water polo (1.9). Swimming (0.9) and track and field (1.0) hold their own; they’re very popular, but also medal-rich, so there isn’t much need to adjust their numbers one way or the other. Gymnastics gets a boost, though, as does diving (1.9). But many of the more obscure individual sports, such as shooting (0.4), sailing (0.2) and taekwondo (0.2), have low multipliers.How would these adjustments have affected the 2012 Olympic standings? Among other things, they’d have helped the United States, which already led the way with 46 gold and 103 overall medals in London. A lot of those medals came in team sports, such as basketball, volleyball and (women’s) soccer, which have high medal multipliers. Thus, Team USA’s adjusted medal count is 78 golds and 142 medals overall, towering over the competition. Rhythmic gymnastics9220.9 Beach volleyball78127.7 Golf*9420.9 Denmark24391337 COUNTRYGOLDSILVERBRONZETOTALGOLDSILVERBRONZETOTAL USA dominates adjusted medal count We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Because the Summer Olympics occur during presidential election years, I have to pick my viewing opportunities carefully. I won’t always have the time or patience to watch much water polo or beach volleyball, sports that involve a lot of buildup — dozens of preliminary matches — all leading up to a gold-medal match that I’ll probably forget to watch anyway.1The Winter Olympics are another story: MORE CURLING, PLEASE. Instead, I’m mostly interested in sports such as swimming and track and field, which provide plenty of bang for the buck, with somebody (probably an American) winning a medal pretty much every other time you look.Not everyone agrees with this philosophy, though. Track and field and swimming are indeed very popular, ranking as the top two sports for Olympics TV viewership, followed by gymnastics in third. But soccer ranks fourth. It awards just two gold medals, one each for the men’s and women’s champions, while sailing awards 10. And yet — even if people don’t care as much about Olympic soccer as they do the World Cup or the Champions League — soccer has 15 times the Olympics TV audience that sailing does.So, what if Olympics medals were awarded in proportion to how much people actually cared about each sport, as measured by its TV viewership? To reiterate, I’m talking about TV viewership during the Olympics, specifically. Tennis (as in: Wimbledon) is presumably the more popular spectator sport under ordinary circumstances, but in 2012, people actually spent more time watching table tennis (as in: pingpong) than tennis at the Olympics.The data I’m citing here comes from the IOC’s International Federations Report, which listed the total number of TV viewer hours in each sport during the 2012 London Olympics. People around the world spent a collective 202 million hours watching Olympics fencing in 2012, for example. The list of the most popular sports is less U.S.-centric than you might think: Badminton, not very popular in the United States, gets a lot of TV viewers worldwide.There are just a couple of complications. First, some Olympic federations cover more than one sport, as people usually define them. FINA, for example, governs swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming2Technically the Olympics committee calls diving a discipline, which is organized under one sport, aquatics., and the IOC’s report aggregated their TV viewership together. I used data on London Olympics ticket revenues as a proxy for the relative popularity of these sports, in order to split the TV audiences accordingly.3Specifically, I used data on ticket revenues, excluding tickets sold to residents of the United Kingdom, on the assumption that this would help to correct for sports that are more popular in the U.K. than they are worldwide. Second, golf and rugby are new to the Olympics this year, so I estimated their TV viewership using regression analysis.4The regression was based on the revenue tier in which the IOC ranked each sport — golf and rugby are in the lowest tier along with modern pentathlon — and the number of ticketed sessions for each sport. Ticketed sessions is a proxy for the overall number of broadcast hours available. A sport like handball can slowly accumulate viewers, even it doesn’t have very many of them at any one time.Otherwise, the analysis is pretty straightforward. I calculated a medal multiplier for each sport, such that the value of medals is proportional to the amount of time people spent watching it. Gymnastics, for instance, represented about 4.5 percent of the medals awarded in 2012, but around 9 percent of the TV viewership. It therefore needs a medal multiplier of 2 to bring things into proportion.5For boxing, judo, taekwondo and wrestling, which award two bronze medals per event, I use a smaller medal multiplier for bronze medals. Estonia01120011 Gymnastics1,442142.0 Tennis37151.5 Great Britain2917196517101845 Boxing**302130.5 Australia71612353121833 Badminton56252.2 Triathlon10021.0 Water polo19421.9 Belarus255122338 Japan71417384281648 New Zealand625132125 Netherlands6682075416 Jamaica4441244412 Egypt02020101 Mongolia02350112 Taiwan01120000 Archery16240.8 Handball26522.6 Greece00220011 Hungary846186129 Italy891128351220 Mexico1337135321 Croatia31263036 Germany1119144414161141 Table tennis46142.3 Field hockey23322.3 Latvia10121089 Cyprus01010000 Rowing196140.3 Thailand02130101 Guatemala01010101 Canoe/kayak195160.2 Portugal01010000 Colombia13481214 U.S.462829103783925142 Weightlifting320150.4 Shooting215150.3 Argentina11240224 Malaysia01120224 N. Korea40262013 Armenia01230011 Ireland11351113 Cuba536142226 Tunisia11131113 Track and field2,300471.0 Soccer1,300212.9 Sailing87100.2 Dominican Rep.11021102 Slovenia11241113 ORIGINAL 2012 MEDAL COUNTADJUSTED FOR SPORT POPULARITY We’ll check in on these numbers again at the end of the 2016 Rio games. They may even make inexplicably popular beach volleyball — medal multiplier 7.7 — worth your time to watch. Diving78481.9 Rugby*14121.4 S. Africa32162204 Norway21143014 Slovakia01340011 Swimming1,509340.9 Belgium01230011 Bulgaria01120000 Gabon01010000 Georgia13371113 Finland01230011 Bahamas10011001 Russia2426328225233280 Czech Rep.433102226 Turkey22151102 Morocco00110011 Uzbekistan10230011 Trinidad and Tobago11241124 Moldova00220011 Cycling564180.6 S. Korea138728861731 Uganda10011001 Switzerland22042204 Tajikistan00110000 Bahrain00110011 Kenya2451124511 Serbia11240022 Poland226101124 China38272388503020100 Kazakhstan715134116 Canada151218122124 Equestrian18160.6 Wrestling**318180.3 Saudi Arabia00110011 read more