`Road to Portugal’ halted

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) on Tuesday stated that the fundraising campaign for the National U-17s tour to Portugal in October has been cancelled.According to a release, acting president of the GFF, Retired Brigadier Bruce Lovell, met with the parents who formed the fundraising committee, last Tuesday, to inform them of the cancellation of the ‘Road to Portugal’, while expressing regret and thanking them for the enthusiasm and support shown in the fundraising campaign which was launched on August 19.The GFF further advised that the organisers of the first FUTURE Cup U-17 Portugal, ‘We Believe’, declared that they failed to attract the number of teams they anticipated.Additionally cost factors and European U-17 qualifiers were other issues that led to the cancellation of the international tournament.The First FUTURE Cup U-17 Portugal was set for October 14 to 23 in the city of Aveira and was intended to be an International development tournament with teams from North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. (Ras Wadada)last_img read more

Fulham ‘in pole position’ to sign French defender in January

first_imgFulham are weighing up a £3m bid for Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, according to The Sun.The France Under-21 star has been linked with a number of clubs but Whites boss Martin Jol is apparently in pole position to sign him in January.The Sun also say angry referees are threatening to boycott Chelsea matches.They have held talks about not taking charge of Blues games and even discussed all-out strike action, it is claimed.Ex-referee Clive Wilkes told the paper that officials are angered by Chelsea’s accusation that Mark Clattenburg used “inappropriate language” to John Obi Mikel during Sunday’s clash with Manchester United.Wilkes said: “I keep in touch with a lot of the lads and there is such a strength of feeling about what is happening to Mark.“I know a few referees who are even talking about boycotting Chelsea games because of all this.”He added: “There have even been murmurings about strike action but that’s very much the last resort.“They’d much prefer to get around the table with the FA, PFA, the clubs and players to sort this out as quickly as possible.”The Daily Express suggest Chelsea will face an FA charge after Clattenburg was confronted by Mikel, Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo and others immediately after the United game.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

James scores 34 as point guard, leads Cavaliers over Bulls

first_imgKevin Love had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade, who asked Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to take him out of the starting lineup, came off the bench and added 11 points.Justin Holiday scored 25 and rookie Lauri Markkanen 19 for Chicago, which made a season-high 17 3-pointers. The 7-foot Markkanen became the first player in NBA history to make 10 3-pointers in his first three career games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCELTICS 110, KNICKS 89BOSTON— Jaylen Brown scored 23 points, Jayson Tatum added 22 and Boston beat New York. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, is fouled by Chicago Bulls’ Jerian Grant in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 34 points in a rare start at point guard and the Cleveland Cavaliers, using another early season lineup, awakened after a sluggish first half and beat the Chicago Bulls 119-112 on Tuesday night.Although he often handles the ball and runs Cleveland’s offense, James had not officially been listed as a guard since 2012 with Miami. He added 13 assists, including a no-look, behind-the-back dish to Jae Crowder for a 3-pointer during Cleveland’s 15-3 spurt in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who came out flat after a thrilling last-second win at Oklahoma City on Sunday.Minnesota was missing forward Jimmy Butler, who sat out with an upper respiratory infection. Shabazz Muhammad took Butler’s spot in the starting lineup, and he contributed to Minnesota’s slow start, going 1-for-5 from the floor and missing two free throws in the first quarter.MAGIC 125, NETS 121ORLANDO, Fla. — Aaron Gordon scored a career-high 41 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 35 seconds remaining, and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Orlando over Brooklyn.Evan Fournier added 28 points in game that went back and forth late in the fourth quarter. He finished the scoring with two free throws with 15.5 seconds to play.D’Angelo Russell scored 27 points for the Nets, while DeMarre Carroll had 19 and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson18.TRAIL BLAZERS 103, PELICANS 93PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 23 points and Portland extended its NBA-record winning streak in home openers to 17 games with a 103-93 victory over New Orleans.Damian Lillard and Evan Turner each added 13 points for Portland, which is off to a 3-1 start for the firsttime since the 2011-12 season.DeMarcus Cousins had 39 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double to start the season. The Pelicans were hurt when Anthony Davis departed with a left knee injury in the first quarter. 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Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 Games Read Next CLIPPERS 102, JAZZ 84LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored 22 points, Patrick Beverley added 19 and unbeaten Los Angeles beat Utah.\All five starters for the Clippers (3-0) finished in double figures. Austin Rivers had 16 points, Danilo Gallinari 14 and DeAndre Jordan added 11 points and 18 rebounds.Rookie Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz (2-2) with 19 points, with Rudy Gobert adding 12 points and seven bounds. Thabo Sefolosha finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Kyrie Irving added 20 points and seven assists. Al Horford finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.After dropping their first two games to open the season, the Celtics have won two straight. The Knicksremain winless through their first three games.Enes Kanter led New York with 16 points and 19 rebounds. But he got most of them in a first half in as his team struggled mightily from the field. The Knicks scored the first basket of the night, but never led again. They shot just 42 percent and went 1 of 12 from the 3-point line.PACERS 130, TIMBERWOLVES 107MINNEAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 28 points and Cory Joseph added 21 to lead hot-shooting Indiana past Minnesota.Darren Collison had 15 points and 16 assists, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 67 percent from the floor.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

MI vs CSK in IPL finals: Mumbai eye hat-trick against Chennai in Hyderabad

first_imgMumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Two of the most successful Indian Premier League teams will go head-to-head in the IPL 2019 final on Sunday in Hyderabad for the ultimate bragging rights the 4th title.Both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have won three titles each in 11 editions of IPL 2019. While CSK will be featuring in their 8th final, MI will play their 5th on Sunday.Moreover, the final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad will be the fourth time MI and CSK meet in the final. Interestingly, Mumbai Indians have a positive head-to-head record in the final against Chennai Super Kings have won two out of their three meetings in the big clash.Mumbai will be hoping to make it three in a row as they had won the 2013 and the 2015 finals between the two sides. Chennai’s only win against MI in the final came when the two sides met for the first time in the title match in 2010.2010 IPL final: Suresh Raina helps CSK to their first-ever titleChennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians had met in the final of IPL 2010 at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.CSK won the toss and opted to bat and captain MS Dhoni opened the innings for them along with Anirudha Srikkanth. Dhoni smashed 22 from just 15 but it was Suresh Raina’s 35-ball 57 that helped CSK post 168 for 5 in 20 overs.Sachin Tendulkar, the then skipper of Mumbai Indians, top-scored with a 45-ball 48 but it wasn’t enough as they fell 22 runs short of the total.advertisementCSK benefitted from a collective effort from their bowlers as Shadab Jakati, Muttiah Muralitharan, Suresh Raina, Albie Morkel and Doug Bollinger were among the wickets.2013 IPL final: Mumbai outclass Chennai at the Eden GardensKieron Pollard’s cameo worked wonders for Mumbai Indians. MS Dhoni’s valiant effort ended in vain as MI beat CSK by 23 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in the IPL 2013 final.In their second meeting in the final, MI had won the toss and opted to bat on a sluggish Eden Gardens wicket.Captain Rohit Sharma failed as MI slipped to 52 for 4 in the 10th over but Pollard smashed 60 runs from just 32 balls to help the team post 148 runs. Dwayne Bravo shone with the ball for CSK, picking up 4 wickets.However, Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson jolted the CSK top-order removing Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina and S Badrinath cheaply. CSK were reeling at 58 for 8 before MS Dhoni smashed 63, including 5 sixes, in just 45 balls.The valiant effort wasn’t enough as Chennai managed just 125 for 9 in 20 overs. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 65.2015 IPL final: Rohit, Simmons thrash CSK at Eden GardensMumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings met once again at the Eden Gardens and the result went in favour of the former this time as well.CSK won the toss and opted to field. MS Dhoni’s went off to a good start as the then MI opener Parthiv Patel was dismissed in the first over.However, Lendl Simmons (68 from 45) and Rohit Sharma (50 off 26) helped Mumbai to a mammoth total of 202 for 5 in the big final.Dwayne Smith was the lone bright spot in CSK’s batting order as the opener hit 57 off 48 balls but Chennai fell short of the total by 41 runs. Mitchell McClenaghan shone for MI with 3 for 25 in 4 overs.Also Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni shares insights, Rishabh Pant listens with rapt attentionAlso Read | Watch: Ziva Dhoni teaches Rishabh Pant Hindi vowels in viral videoAlso Read | IPL 2019 can’t have a better final than Mumbai and Chennai: Bravo tells HarbhajanAlso See:last_img read more

3 days agoJuventus goalkeeper Szczesny: Dybala made difference for Lokomotiv Moscow win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus goalkeeper Szczesny: Dybala made difference for Lokomotiv Moscow winby Carlos Volcano3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was always confident of victory over Lokomotiv Moscow.The Russians had taken a shock lead after 30 minutes, but Dybala scored twice in two minutes late in the second-half to win this Champions League clash 2-1.“It was a struggle to get the result, but we controlled the game for 90 minutes and needed a lot of patience to break them down, as they were very organised and put a solid wall back there,” the goalkeeper told Sky Sport Italia.“A great left-foot shot from Dybala made the difference. Lokomotiv were clammed up in defence and we had to move the ball from left to right and back again to open up some spaces.“We must continue being protagonists in Serie A too and that means getting three points against Lecce this weekend.” last_img read more

Watch Tim Tebow, Nick Saban Jump Into A Lake Together

first_imgTim Tebow, Nick Saban speak with ESPN's Marty Smith.The media knows Alabama head coach Nick Saban for his long rants during media conferences and for winning four out of the last seven national championships.He has a playful side too, though.In an interview with ESPN reporter Marty Smith and college football analyst Tim Tebow, Nick Saban opened up his home on Georgia’s Lake Burton and revealed that playful side.Don’t believe it? Watch him jump into the lake with his two visitors, fully clothed:[email protected] & @MartySmithESPN invited themselves to Nick Saban’s house. See the full interview at 9:30am ET on ESPN.https://t.co/sYa0CWA2N1— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 28, 2016The SportsCenter preseason interview with the acclaimed coach set a goal of humanizing the legend. ESPN promoted the visit as “Nick Saban like you’ve never seen him before.” From previews, it definitely lives up to that expectation.The interview took at the end of July, shortly before Alabama opened fall camp. The intimate group made points to discuss non-football topics, including life and family.In addition to jumping into a lake with Saban, the two ESPN representatives grilled the coach on his keys to success while he casually drove his boat.“I don’t think about what was accomplished in the past. I really spend all my time thinking about the next challenge,” Saban told the two reporters.The Tim Tebow, Nick Saban and Marty Smith interview aired this morning at 9:30 E.T. on SportsCenter. It will continue to air throughout the day.Alabama opens its 2016 season Sept. 3 against USC.last_img read more

CTV Reveals the MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 5 Top 12 Home Cooks

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In the next all-new episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, “How Do You Take Your Mystery Box?” (Tuesday, April 10 at 9 p.m. ET / 8 MT on CTV and CTV GO), the Top 12 home cooks face their first Mystery Box of the season and must create a dish that features coffee as the key ingredient. The winner of the Mystery Box Challenge is not only safe from elimination but is given a powerful opportunity to influence the direction of the competition and the outcome of the budget-driven Elimination Challenge.This season, MASTERCHEF CANADA turns up the heat on competing home cooks like never before:a delicious, Dog River-infused dose of CORNER GAS ANIMATED is added to the MasterChef menu (May 22) featuring the star-studded cast of the all-new Comedy series inspired by Canadian cult classic CORNER GAS (airing Mondays beginning April 2 on Comedy – check local listings).art and food are elevated to new heights with a home cook challenge at the McMichael Gallery (May 15), where Group of Seven-inspired dishes are prepared for esteemed Order of Canada recipients including Mark Kielburger, co-founder of international youth charity Free The Children; and renowned Canadian television icon, CTV News Special Correspondent Lloyd Robertson.also this season, the home cooks top off their white aprons with hard hats at a special Habitat for Humanity challenge (April 17), to name just a few of this season’s exciting episodes.Fans are invited to visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada throughout the season for exclusive content, including background on this season’s finalists and the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges, as well as interviews, recipes, and more. CTV.ca also offers viewers behind-the-scenes glimpses of this season’s challenges, culinary creations, triumphs, and upsets.MASTERCHEF CANADA’s digital exclusive, MASTERCHEF CANADA: REDEMPTION, presented by Miele and hosted at the Miele Experience Centre, returns to CTV.ca, in which eliminated home cooks are invited back for a chance to earn their white apron once again and return to the MasterChef Canada Kitchen. As competitors are whittled down, the digital companion series is a must-watch for viewers to catch the tangential developments that may propel their favourite eliminated home cook back into the MasterChef Canada Kitchen.Throughout Season 5, viewers across the country can satisfy their MASTERCHEF CANADA cravings by tuning to the series’ previous seasons, now streaming on CraveTV™. Following the finale of Season 5 on CTV, the current season of MASTERCHEF CANADA will be available in its entirety on CraveTV, and is also slated to air on Gusto this summer (check local listings).Season 5 of MASTERCHEF CANADA has also partnered with Chefs Plate and SPLENDA® Sweeteners.The MASTERCHEF format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.MASTERCHEF CANADA is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. Proper’s Co-President Cathie James is the Executive Producer and Showrunner and Co-President Lesia Capone is Executive Producer. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos is Production Executive; Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.Social Media links TORONTO – Season 5 of MASTERCHEF CANADA is coming in hot as the Top 12 was revealed tonight during the series premiere on CTV. In a series first, MASTERCHEF CANADA returned with esteemed judges Michael Bonacini, Claudio Aprile, and Alvin Leung paying a surprise personal visit to 21 of the best home cooks across the country. In tonight’s episode, the Top 21 home cooks came to Toronto to cook for judges with the best 12 earning white aprons, along with the chance to compete for $100,000 and the life-changing title of MASTERCHEF CANADA.This season’s Top 12, which includes an account executive, facilities coordinator, mathematician, small business owner, software sales, and a stay-at-home mom, will compete in a series of Mystery Box Challenges, Team Challenges, Pressure Tests, and Elimination Challenges. Each week, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET / 8 MT on CTV and CTV GO, at least one home cook will be eliminated until only two are left to battle it out to in the MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 5 finale.The Season 5 Top 12 home cooks are:Reem Ahmed, Biomedical Engineer from Toronto, Ont.Eugene Cheng, Financial Advisor and Rowing Coach from Vancouver, B.C.Kaegan Donnelly, Software Sales from Vancouver, B.C.Michael Griffiths, Mathematician from Richmond Hill, Ont.Andy Hay, Small Business Owner from Dartmouth, N.S.Jen Jenkins, Stay-at-Home Mom from Dawson Creek, B.C.Marissa Leon-John, Tech Support Manager from Dollard–des–Ormeaux, Qué.Jonathan Rahim, Real Estate Agent from Winnipeg, Man.Nadia Rehman, Account Executive from Markham, Ont.Melissa Skowron, Facilities Coordinator from Calgary, Alta.Beccy Stables, Tile Setter Assistant from Sherwood Park, Alta.Michael Varga, Firefighter from Vancouver, B.C. Advertisement Twitter #MasterChefCanada @CTV_Television @MasterChefCDA Michael Bonacini Alvin Leung Claudio Aprile CTV on Facebook @CTV_television @MasterChefCDA Reem Ahmed – @reemahmed_91 Eugene Cheng – @eugeneacheng Kaegan Donnelly – @kaegan Michael Griffiths – @michaelsfoodexperience Andy Hay – @andyseastcoastkitchen_ Jen Jenkins – @jenjenkins0517 Marissa Leon-John – @mdominique Jonathan Rahim – @jonnyrahim Nadia Rehman – @nadzland Melissa Skowron [email protected] Beccy Stables – @beccystables Michael Varga – @thecup14About Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL, and the international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as the upcoming CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About CTV   CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement The MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 5 Top 12.last_img read more

The NFLs HomeField Advantage Is Real But Why

As the NFL playoffs approach, teams will be competing hard down the stretch to secure home-field advantage for at least one postseason game. It’s also the reason teams like the Rams and Saints, who have comfortably locked up a playoff spot and even home field for their first playoff game, will risk injury to their starters as they chase home field for a potential conference championship game. This all makes good sense: Over 57 percent of games are won by home teams in the NFL, putting the road team at a distinct disadvantage.The benefits of playing at home in the NFL are clear. Statistician and FiveThirtyEight contributor Michael Lopez, along with Gregory J. Matthews and Benjamin S. Baumer, found that the effect of home field-advantage in American football is second only to the NBA among the major sports. But what is less clear is why.Michael Lombardi, NFL analyst and former front-office executive, believes that much of the disadvantage stems from players being unable to hear the snap count. According to Lombardi, losing the ability to hear the count takes away the offensive line’s inherent advantage of knowing when the play will start. This allows linemen and skill players to burst off the line and get a small early advantage on the defense. This loss of first-mover advantage on the offensive line — I’ll call it the Lombardi hypothesis — then manifests itself as road teams being less effective running the ball.The Lombardi hypothesis is intuitive. Most fans who have watched an NFL game in Denver or Seattle have seen the effects crowd noise can have on an offensive line’s ability to communicate. It’s not a huge leap to think that lower rushing efficiency might be the natural result of a loud crowd. But is it true? Are teams less effective running on the road? And if teams are less effective rushing on the road, how confident can we be that crowd noise is the cause?To find out, I took play-by-play data generated by Elias Sports Bureau from 2009 through Week 15 of 2018 and broke out all rushing plays by home and away team. I then plotted the distributions of yards gained per rushing play for both groups to see if there was a difference between rushing effectiveness for home and away teams.It turns out that road teams are indeed slightly less efficient rushing. Home teams average 4.37 yards per carry while road teams average 4.27, a tenth of a yard less. The distributions of yardage gained on rushing plays are extremely similar, however, and the disadvantage road teams face when rushing the ball is quite small. Assuming both teams ran 30 times in a game, we would expect the road team to rush for just 3 less yards than the home team.The relative benefits to the home team are magnified if we look at rushing expected points added, which account for game context like down, distance and field position. EPA per rush play is negative for both home and away teams, -.073 away vs. -.058 for home teams, but it is slightly less negative of a proposition for the home team. Over those same 30 rushing plays, we would expect the home team to lose 1.7 points, while the away team would be expected to lose 2.2 points, good for a half-point differential.So the first part of the Lombardi hypothesis appears to be correct: It is slightly harder to run on the road than at home. But is crowd noise the most likely cause? As a first approximation for a loud crowd, I broke out the rate at which both home and road teams were penalized for false starts1Using the same Elias data from 2009-2018.. We might expect more false start penalties to be called on the away team in a hostile, loud environment than the home team. Yet this not what we find. From 2009 through Week 15 of 2018, false start penalties were called on 1.4 percent of all home team plays and 1.34 percent of road team plays.This is a strange result if crowd noise is the driver of road teams’ lower rushing efficiency. To validate the finding, I drilled down into situations where teams were either backed up inside their own 10 yard line or in their opponent’s red zone. We’d expect the home crowd to be especially boisterous in those high-leverage situations, leading to more false starts for the road teams. But again that isn’t the case. Road teams were penalized for a false start on 1.44 percent of such plays, while home teams were penalized at a nearly identical — but still higher — rate of 1.47 percent. There’s other research that suggests crowd noise is not a factor in NFL team performance as well. Economist Tobias Moskowitz and Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim were also unable to find evidence that crowd noise affects player performance. In the NFL specifically, they found that kickers and punters appear to be unaffected by crowd noise — undermining another common perception.But if crowd noise can’t explain home-field advantage, then what does? Unfortunately, the answer to this rather fundamental question remains elusive. Probably the best evidence for a true home-field advantage comes in the form of the sports teams in Denver. It may be the case that Denver’s high win percentage at home, especially early in the season, is dragging up the home league-wide home-field advantage. Each mile-high team in the major sports enjoys a home-field advantage far above those of their peers. The reason for it can be traced back to temperature and altitude. Playing at a high altitude without properly acclimating to it, especially in warmer temperatures, is a legitimate physiological disadvantage.I asked Lopez, who is now director of analytics for the NFL, his opinion on what drives home-field advantage, and he was circumspect. “It really is unclear,” he said. Lopez identified a few areas that might account for at least some of advantage, including referee bias in high-leverage situations.“If you look at the 15 most impactful, controversial calls in games over the past few years I think you’d find that maybe 14 of the calls went for the home team,” Lopez said. Next Gen Stats data might hold promise in this regard, however. “Using the ball-tracking data we have available, there are probably incremental ways we can help make official’s lives easier while increasing fairness in the game,” Lopez said.Lopez also noted that some recent studies have shown a drop in the size of the effect of home-field advantage. The drop could perhaps be explained by more comfortable travel, or better institutional controls on referee bias. How much these factors explain the 57 percent win rate home teams enjoy is difficult to say. Blaming crowd noise and its hypothesized effect on home-team rushing efficiency, however, appears to be unfounded. read more