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Editor’s note: The thermal images shown in Image #3 are reproduced with the permission of Passmark from reviews of the LEDisong LED Bulb and the Cree 6W Dimmable WW bulb. ConclusionThese are very interesting bulbs. Energy Star certification and analysis by the Swedish Energy Agency have largely validated claims that these bulbs can produce great light at above 100 lm/W efficiency, and ought to have lifetimes comparable to conventional LED bulbs with a heat sink. Even completely ignoring their aesthetic similarities to tungsten-filament bulbs, their performance characteristics make them a compelling choice for general-purpose lighting.In terms of cost, the Swedish Energy Agency report indicated that they were about 20% more expensive than conventional LED bulbs. However, prices varied widelyÍ¾ and there didn’t seem to be any particular relationship between price and performance. For example, the cheapest LED filament bulbs in the study, a no-name “star trading,” was less than half the average price, yet had above average efficiency, and had color rendering and consistency that was on par with all the others. One of the more expensive bulbs, the German vosLED, was almost twice the average price, but offered outstanding color rendering (CRI above 90, with R9 red level above 60) at nearly 110 lm/W, and appears to be made in Germany.Here in the U.S., cheap no-name LED filament bulbs are available from online marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay or Ali Express, with many retailers selling shipping direct from China for little or no fee. It is easy to find bulbs for $5-$10 in the 2 to 8 watt range (sometimes even less), but it unclear how many of these have basic UL safety certification. There appear to be a handful of U.S.-based importers that sell under various brand names (such as Spotlite USA, Lighting Science, Archipelago Lighting , AriusTek, AXP, etc.). Many of these appear to be UL listed, with AXP selling the only LED filament bulbs to date that have earned Energy Star certification; 2 to 8 watt bulbs in this class can be found in the $10-$15 range from U.S.-based online retailers (though it’s easy to find sellers who will offer them for more than that).For me, these are the first LED bulbs that combine all the features I like: high efficiency, clever design, reasonable cost, and an early 20th century incandescent aesthetic that would fit in well with our Luddite decor. Energy Star certificationEarlier this year, a startup called AXP Lighting became the first distributor to have a line of LED filament bulbs Energy Star certified for sale in the U.S. For LED bulbs, Energy Star certification is a big deal. Unlike most products, where an Energy Star rating merely indicates a certain level of efficiency, LED bulbs must meet a series of strict light quality, longevity, and technical requirements as verified by independent testing in an accredited facility.Some key testing requirements for Energy Star certification for general-purpose omnidirectional bulbs include:A 6,000 hour duration test for lumen maintenance and color drift. General-purpose bulbs must maintain at least 91.8% of their brightness at the end of the test, which predicts an end of life (70% output) at 25,000 hours. Higher claims of bulb life must be backed by data (i.e. less measured drop).Minimum Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 80, with an R9 red level of at least 0 (yes, values can be negative for this). Color temperature must be accurate within a specified limit.Omnidirectional light pattern, within specified limits.Efficiency must measure at least 50-55 lm/W, depending on bulb wattage.Specifications for certified Energy Star bulbs are available on the Energy Star web site. At present, the most efficient “general-purpose replacement” Energy Star bulb of any kind is a 7-watt LED filament model, certified for 890 lumens at an outstanding 127.1 lm/W, though with a very cool 6500k color temperature. The most efficient warm white (2700k) Energy Star bulb of any kind is also a 7-watt LED filament model, certified at 115.7 lm/W. Both of these bulbs currently retail for $13.99.Analyzing the entire Energy Star dataset for LED general-purpose replacement bulbs (9) in the A19 (standard medium screw-in bulb) form factor, the LED filament bulbs have an average efficiency of 109 lm/W. The conventional bulbs (everything else in the dataset) average to 76.5 lm/W. This is remarkably similar to the results from the Swedish Energy Agency report, with 107 lm/W average for filament bulbs, 75 lm/W for conventional. The caveat is that the Energy Star dataset contains filament models from only a single manufacturer, while the Swedish Energy Agency report included several. When it comes to providing a drop-in replacement for old-fashioned incandescent bulbs, there are a number of technical and aesthetic challenges that are difficult to address with LED-based technologies.Conventional LED bulbs are constructed from a small number of high-intensity LED chips, mounted inside an enclosure with suitable optics that spread the light in the desired pattern. LEDs are very sensitive to heat, and the kind of high-power LEDs found inside of conventional LED bulbs generate a lot of it. Large metal heat sinks are required to conduct the heat away from the LEDs and dissipate it into the surrounding environment.The first LED bulbs adopted a ‘futuristic’ look in order to distribute the light from LED chips in a reasonable pattern, while keeping them sufficiently cool through the use of large heat sinks.As technology and manufacturing techniques have progressed, it has become possible to shrink the heat sink enough to produce bulbs that increasingly come closer to emulating the look to a typical frosted incandescent bulb of old. (1) Variants that use optics such as light pipes are available that attempt to emulate the clear incandescent bulb look. Overall, efficiencies in the 70-90 lumen/watt range have become common for LED replacement bulbs. RELATED ARTICLES Future of LEDs: Lower Cost, Higher EfficacyNew LED Lights on the SceneLED Lights Brighten Our Nearly Completed HomeThe Continuing Revolution in LED LightingMartin’s 10 Rules of LightingLet There Be Light — on the GU24 base for CFLs and LEDsAre LEDs Worth Their Extra Cost?LED Lighting Getting Better and BetterMore Lighting Options, Please?! Smaller form factors, such as the candelabra-base bulbs one might find in a chandelier or pendant light, are much more difficult to emulate. The required heat sinks can result in a bloated shape that does not resemble the lights they are intended to replace.Recently, while researching lighting options for an 1850s Italianate building that we are renovating, I stumbled upon a new kind of LED bulb that took a completely different approach compared to the “high-powered LED chips + heat sink + optics” of conventional LED bulbs. These so-called “LED filament” bulbs looked almost exactly like incandescents: a glass bulb encasing a little glass tower inside, with tiny metal arms holding up a series of “filaments” that glow brightly when turned on. Other than the fact that the “filaments” appeared yellow when the bulb was off, there were no external cues that these were LEDs.Sellers of these LED filament bulbs made some amazing performance claims: lifespans of 25,000 to 50,000 hours, color rendering index above 80, and outstanding efficiencies near 120 lm/W. They all seemed to be relatively unknown brands, seemingly sourced from several anonymous manufacturers in China. Likewise, these bulbs were fairly new to the market, having been introduced roughly around early 2013 to the European market.Could these things be for real? What’s the catch? I did quite a bit of research into them, and ended up with a fascinating story. Aaron Birkland is a homeowner in upstate New York who works as a research computing consultant at Cornell University. He and his wife Johanna are in the middle of renovating an 1850s Italianate farmhouse in Richford, New York, undoing the results of an unfortunate 1960s-1970s remodel that could serve as a textbook case of bad building science decisions. Footnotes1. Some newer, inexpensive designs such as the Philips Slimline and Cree 4flow use circuitboard material as a large, internal heat sink.2. Helium and hydrogen are about 10x more thermally conductive than other gases, due to physics beyond the scope of this article. Bulbs may contain a blend of helium and a cheaper relatively inert gas such as Nitrogen. Due to Helium’s propensity to escape confinement, a hermetically sealed glass bulb is an ideal enclosure. This is why filament LED bulbs are made out of glass, not plastic.3. 28 LEDs per filament is typical.4. There are two distinct types of white LEDs. So-called RGB LEDs contain three primary color LEDs that blend to form white. This is problematic in real life, as different aging qualities between the LEDs can cause the color to drift slightly in hue over time. Most white LEDs are the phosphor variety, which use blue LEDs. The blue light strikes a yellow phosphor, causing it to emit light of various wavelengths and appear white to the human eye.5. The color spectrum of phosphor-based white LEDs is typically deficient in red and cyan. Reds are particularly important for viewing certain subjects such as meat and flesh tones in an appealing manner. Some phosphor formulations can enhance reds, but a more efficient way to enhance the red spectrum is to mix in a few red LEDs.6. The efficiency of an LED chip is always higher than the measured efficiency of the whole bulb. Whole bulb efficiency includes losses from the power supply, as well as through the optics. Glass is not 100% transparent.7. A 100% efficient white LED would theoretically produce somewhere between 250-370 lm/W, depending on its light spectrum. Here, the assumed ideal efficiency is 310 lm/W.8. The results are in the report, but are mixed with the conventional bulb results. This spreadsheet contains data for the LED filament bulbs, while this one has the conventional LED bulb data.9. Downloaded from the Energy Star advanced search tool, filtering for LED A19 bulbs. A unique constructionThere are two characteristics that define LED filament bulbs: Novel filament-like LED structures, and the use of a highly thermally conductive gas such as helium (2) to allow the glass bulb itself to serve as a heat sink.The filaments are typically about an inch long, and are formed by bonding dozens (3) of tiny, low-power LEDs in series on thermally conductive substrate. This is achieved through a process called Chip On Glass (COG), similar to the way LCD panels found in televisions or smart phones are formed. Typically, these tiny chips are mounted on a strip of sapphire, ceramic, glass, or metal. The ideal substrate would be highly thermally conductive, and transparent in order to allow light to be radiated in all directions. Sapphire is transparent, thermally conductive, and expensive. Glass is less thermally conductive, but cheap. Metal substrates are cheap and thermally conductive, but not very transparent.Once connected together in series and bonded to a substrate, the LED filaments are encased in a phosphor-impregnated silicone. The phosphor used in white LEDs (4) is a characteristic yellow color. Different formulations of phosphor give distinctive color characteristics to the light (e.g. cool white, warm white, etc.). Some filaments contain a small number of red LEDs to improve color rendering (5). This video (in German) nicely shows the pattern of blue and red LEDs in a dimmed filament.Each individual LED in a filament is tiny and low-powered, drawing only ~10 mA of current. This is very small. For comparison, common 5 mm packaged LEDs such as those used as an indicator lights on electronic gadgets are usually rated at 20 mA. An entire filament composed of 28 of these tiny LEDs draws about 0.8 watt. Nominally, each filament is considered 1 watt when constructing a bulb. That is to say, a 2-watt bulb will use two filaments, a 4-watt bulb four filaments, an 8-watt bulb eight, and so on. At a typical efficiency of 120 lm/w (6), each filament dissipates about 0.5 watt of heat (7) into the surrounding gas. Each individual LED within a filament produces less than 0.02 watt of heat. This low power density of LEDs suspended in thermally conductive gas is the “secret sauce” that allows such a bulb to function safely without a heat sink. Some manufacturers claim a junction temperature of 60°C in the individual LEDs under normal operating conditions, which is quite good. For comparison, temperatures above 120°C are damaging to the LEDs.The power supplies (drivers) for LED filament bulbs are typically small and simple. The largest physical component is usually an electrolytic capacitor, which serves the purpose of reducing flicker or ripple in the light output. All the driver circuitry is hidden within the screw base of the bulb. For smaller “candelabra” base bulbs (E12, as used in the U.S.), there is usually not enough room in the screw base to accommodate a smoothing capacitor, so manufacturers either go without one (at the expense of some flicker which may be visible in peripheral vision), or incorporate a plastic “extender” between the screw base and the glass bulb to make room for the capacitor. There are several “tear-down” videos which explain the physical construction of these bulbs:â— A19 bulb with plastic extenderâ— All-glass A19 bulbâ— Candelabra-base bulb with plastic extenderâ— All-glass candelabra-base bulb European analysisAlthough they have not penetrated the North American market to a significant degree, LED filament bulbs have been spreading rapidly across Europe over the last two years. A November 2014 report by the Swedish Energy Agency tested a variety of these bulbs to validate their marketing claims, and compared their cost and performance to the expected technological progression of LED bulbs as set forth by the European Commission.The study included a variety of clear, omnidirectional LED bulbs (i.e. non-frosted) for comparison. Several models were chosen for testing, with 10 samples tested for each brand of bulb. The LED filament bulbs were measured (8) to have an average efficiency of nearly 107 lm/W across all brands. Half the LED filament bulb models measured at or above 110 lm/W.Efficiencies were measured at about 5% lower than the claims on the bulb’s packaging. In comparison, the conventional LED bulbs had an average of just over 75 lm/W efficiency, still about 5% lower than manufacturer claims.The LED filament bulbs were as efficient as the European Commission projected for the industry in 2018. Cost of the filament bulbs just about on par for the 2014 predictions, at about slightly more than 15 euro per 500 lumens. Overall, the LED Filament bulbs were 40% more efficient and 20% more costly than the conventional LED bulbs included in this study.Testing the light characteristics such as color rendering index showed that the LED filament bulbs had high light quality (> 80 CRI) that overall didn’t seem any better or worse than the conventional LED bulbs included in the study. Long-term durability testing is ongoing, with a followup report for lumen maintenance after 6,000 hours due in May.Initial results were encouraging. Though a few bulbs failed in the initial 200 hour “burn in” period due to manufacturing flaws or physical damage (well within the warranty period), initial results show that the LED filament bulbs have been faring well so far.
Bangladesh’s limited-overs skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza believes the team is heading in the right direction in Twenty20 cricket. Bangladesh started their T20 journey with a win in 2006. They moved beyond the group phase in the inaugural edition of the World T20 in 2007. But they have had little to show in the shortest form of the game since then, reports bdnews24.com.They have managed to win just 15 of their 51 matches in total, with victories against Zimbabwe, West Indies and Pakistan among the Test-playing teams. Bangladesh lost two matches against Zimbabwe in a drawn series last month. The Netherlands and Hong Kong too have beaten Bangladesh in the 20-over format.Mortaza and his men did not stand a chance against India in the Asia Cup opener on Wednesday. But the captain is unwilling to compare the 45-run defeat to Bangladesh’s past performances.”We are on the right path. T20 is not a game where you can do well everyday but we are improving. If we keep playing like this, I believe we can reach a good position. Changes are not possible overnight. We used to think we don’t play well in this format. At least that attitude has changed,” Mortaza said.Bangladesh will play the United Arab Emirates in their second Asia Cup tie here on Friday. Mortaza is keen on bouncing back from their defeat.”We didn’t do well in the first match but still have at least three more matches ahead. We should definitely take it a match at a time. Hopefully we can do something good if we can maintain the way we are playing,” said the skipper.advertisement
Swashbuckling West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has backed the likes of Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to come good in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy despite their below par performance in this season of the Indian Premier League.Both Kohli (308 runs) and Dhoni (240) have not had a great season in IPL 2017.However, Gayle believes that these two still have the potential to win matches for their national side leading into the Champions Trophy.”Virat Kohli scored 900 runs last year. This year didn’t get that sort of click as came out of injury as well. You have to put those things in perspective as well. These things will happen to cricketers, it happened to best players in the world and it happened to MS as well. They are still match winners, those people will still win you games,” Gayle told India Today.Kohli’s side Royal Challengers Bangalore finished at the bottom of the Indian Premier League table with only 3 wins in 14 matches. Skipper Kohli too wasn’t in the kind of form as he was in the previous season. He scored 308 runs in 10 matches at an average of 30.80 in comparison to 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08 in 2016.Former India skipper Dhoni too has not had a great run in IPL 2017. Despite captaincy burden off his shoulders, the wicket-keeper batsman looked a pale shadow of his old self. Dhoni so far has managed to score only 240 runs in 13 innings at an average of 24 with only one half-century to his name.advertisementGayle too was woefully out of form, adding to Bangalore’s woes. The Jamaican managed to score only 200 runs in 9 matches with an average of 22.22.”When you look back and study like in all departments we failed to produce good performance as a collective unit. You need to win at least two games to get the momentum and we couldn’t get the momentum we needed,” Gayle said.Meanwhile, the time has come for Kohli and Dhoni to leave their IPL disappointment with the bat behind them and get back to scoring ways as India aim to defend their ICC Champions Trophy crown.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer expands Man Utd coaching staffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expanded his staff.Mark Dempsey will assist Solskjaer with his first-team duties for the remainder of the season, with the pair working together at Cardiff and Molde.Dempsey is best remembered by United fans for playing a major role in their academy during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final decade at the club.And he will now be looking to help Solskjaer guide his team back up the Premier League table in a bid to finish in the top four.Dempsey isn’t the first familiar face to return to Old Trafford, with Fergie’s former assistant Mike Phelan also helping out.
NEW YORK — Global stocks are rising Monday morning as big technology and retail stocks in the U.S. recover some of their recent losses on the first full trading day of the holiday shopping season. Indexes in Europe and Asia are also higher.London’s main stock index is rising after the British government and the European Union agreed to terms governing Britain’s departure from the EU in March, but it’s not clear if Parliament will approve the deal.Crude oil prices are rising after plunging by about one-third since early October.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index climbed 37 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 2,670 as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. On Friday the S&P 500 closed 10.2 per cent beneath the record high it had set in late September. That’s the second time this year the index has dropped 10 per cent from a recent peak, a mark known on Wall Street as a “correction.”The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 369 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 24,655. The Nasdaq composite rose 120 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 7,059. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 18 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 1,507. The Nasdaq and Russell have both entered corrections since setting record highs in late August.TRADE TALKS: U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are scheduled to discuss their trade dispute in Buenos Aires at the end of this week. Stocks have skidded recently as investors have grown pessimistic that the two countries will be able to resolve their differences over technology policy and other issues, and they’re fearful that the rising tariffs imposed by the U.S. and China on each other’s goods will slow down global economic growth.Rising interest rates are also contributing to those fears. The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates in mid-December, and investors will look for clues about the Fed’s plans for further increases in 2019.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude added 2.9 per cent to $51.86 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, gained 3.2 per cent to $60.69 a barrel in London.Crude prices have plunged by about one-third since early October as global supplies swelled. Worries that the global economy is slowing down have contributed to the drop. Another factor is the combination of rising oil production and the waivers the Trump administration granted to several countries that import a lot of oil from Iran. The administration re-imposed sanctions on Iran’s energy industry earlier this year and had insisted countries that buy oil from Iran would have to end their imports.Representatives of OPEC and other major oil producers will meet in Vienna in early December to discuss a possible cut in production.BREXIT DEAL: The European Union and Britain finally sealed an agreement governing the country’s departure from the bloc on March 29. British Prime Minister Theresa May must now get her divided Parliament to back the deal, which leaves Britain subject to rules of the bloc at least until the end of 2020, but avoids the worst-case scenario for businesses of a sudden return of tariffs and customs checks. It’s not clear if the deal will be approved, as May is facing opposition from both pro-Brexit and pro-EU camps.OVERSEAS: Germany’s DAX index rose 1.4 per cent. France’s CAC 40 rose 0.9 per cent, as did the British FTSE 100.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225, reopening after a holiday, added 0.8 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi jumped 1.2 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rebounded 1.7 per cent.TECH AND RETAIL RALLY: Technology companies and retailers have been hit hard during the market’s recent slide, and they made some of the largest gains Monday morning. Apple rose 1.1 per cent to $174.31 and Microsoft added 2.4 per cent to $105.51. Cisco Systems gained 2.4 per cent to $45.58.Amazon rallied 3.2 per cent to $1,549 and Nike rose 1.8 per cent to $72.74.BONDS: Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.08 per cent from 3.05 per cent. That sent interest rates higher, which helped banks. JPMorgan Chase jumped 2.1 per cent to $108.90 and Bank of America climbed 2 per cent to $27.52.Utility and real estate companies and makers of household goods didn’t rise as much as the rest of the market. Those stocks have made big gains during the market’s bout of turbulence in October and November because investors see them as safer options that offer steady returns with less risk. They also pay large dividends, which makes them less appealing when bond yields are rising.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.42 yen from 112.88 yen late Friday. The euro edged up to $1.1353 from $1.1330. The British pound rose to $1.2840 from $1.2810.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPMarley Jay, The Associated Press
Christchurch: An Australian gunman whose assaults on two New Zealand mosques Friday left at least 49 people dead, published a racist manifesto on Twitter before livestreaming his rampage. The New Zealand government said it could be illegal to share the video, which showed the gunman repeatedly shooting at worshippers from close range. The Facebook Live video, taken with a camera that appeared to be mounted on the gunman’s body, shows a clean-shaven, Caucasian man with short hair driving to the Masjid al Noor mosque in central Christchurch. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangHe enters the building and fires repeatedly at worshippers as he moves from room to room. AFP determined the video was genuine through a digital investigation that included matching screenshots of the mosque taken from the gunman’s footage with images available online showing the same areas. The “manifesto” detailing motivations for the attack was posted on Friday morning onto a Twitter account with the same name and profile image as the Facebook page that streamed the attack. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpIn the video, the shooter parks his car next to the mosque and gets out of the vehicle with a rifle. He slowly goes to the boot of his car and retrieves another firearm. He then walks into the compound of the mosque and fires at a person standing near the doorway before dropping the rifle and shooting repeatedly with the second weapon as he moves inside. The gunman fires dozens of bullets at people trying to run away or lying down in huddled groups in corners of the rooms. In the excerpt of the video viewed by AFP, which did not appear to be the full clip, he can be seen changing cartridges three times in just under two minutes. The framing of the video, which shows only the gunman’s hands holding the gun as he shoots and reloads, is eerily similar to the style of a first-person shooter video game. AFP is not publishing the footage. In the 74-page manifesto entitled “The Great Replacement”, the gunman details his intention to attack Muslims. The title of the document has the same name as a conspiracy theory originating in France that believes European populations are being displaced in their homelands by immigrant groups with higher birth rates. The gunman identified himself as an Australia-born, 28-year-old white male from a low-income, working-class family. He said that key points in his radicalisation were the defeat of the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen in 2017 elections, and the death of 11-year-old Ebba Akerlund in the 2017 Stockholm truck attack. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday confirmed the attacker at the Masjid al Noor mosque was an Australian. “We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist,” Morrison said. New Zealand authorities said that three people had been arrested, but their identities were not made public. They later announced one man, aged in his late 20s, had been charged with murder and would appear in court on Saturday. The gunman spoke only occasionally while in the car, with what sounded like an Australian accent. Satellite navigational audio could also be heard in the video as he drove to the mosque. Distinctive writing on his weapons was seen in the footage as well as images posted on the Twitter account. Scrawled in English and several Eastern European languages were the names of numerous historical military figures — many of them Europeans involved in fighting the Ottoman forces in the 15th and 16th centuries. A few took part in the Crusades, centuries earlier. The Facebook account that posted the video was no longer available shortly after the shooting. The Twitter account of the same name was quickly suspended. “Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video,” Facebook said in a tweet. “We’re also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware.” A spokesman for New Zealand’s interior ministry said the video is likely to be classified as objectionable content under local law, and could be illegal to share. “The content of the video is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see,” he said. “This is a very real tragedy with real victims and we strongly encourage people to not share or view the video.”
Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. Neil, Kyle and Chris are previewing the NBA playoffs in a special two-for-one edition of the podcast. On Friday’s show (April 13, 2018), they break down the first-round matchups in the Eastern Conference, where the Toronto Raptors are embarking on their journey as the No. 1 seed while the Cleveland Cavaliers are the betting favorites. (For The Lab’s discussion of the Western Conference, check out the April 12 show.)Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Neil wrote a preview of the playoffs’ sleepers, favorites and best first-round matchups. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner
Paul Pogba was integral to France’s World Cup success, says Hugo LlorisThe under-fire midfielder has once again come under the spotlight due to his troubled relationship with his Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.The Portuguese coach appeared to criticise Pogba following Les Bleus’ triumph in Russia.While agent Mino Raiola has further fuelled speculation linking Pogba with a move to Barcelona after his outburst earlier this week.But, ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League fixture with United on Monday night, Lloris insisted that Pogba was essential to France’s success in Russia.“We showed that French players have character and that we’re strong together,” he told L’Equipe.“If you’re not strong together, you fall at the first hurdle. There are players who were revelations in that regard.“For example, Paul. People have always been telling him to focus on the team, and he couldn’t have done it any better than during the World Cup.“He was at the team’s service from the start to the end and was rewarded for that. We were all rewarded.”After all the criticism that had been directed at France following a lacklustre qualifying campaign, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final was a particularly satisfying moment for Lloris.“I can’t forget, because sometimes it was over the top,” said the France captain.Report: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“But the key to my success was not to fall into the trap, to refuse to get into an area I’m not comfortable in, and to stay focused on myself, on the essential things.“That’s what was my strength.”DANS L’HISTOIRE À JAMAIS ??… pic.twitter.com/NmzRHreXj1— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) July 16, 2018Lloris is looking forward to seeing teenage striker Kylian Mbappe develop in the future.He also expressed his regret that Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was unable to join them after sustaining an Achilles’ tendon injury.“Kylian Mbappe is world champion at 19,” Lloris said.“It’s a career trajectory totally different [than mine]. He has to use that. He should win the Ballon d’Or.“That’s destiny, and it makes me think of those who could have been there, like Lolo [Koscielny] and others.“Those are the ups and downs of a career, and you have to spare a thought for them.”
Brazilian midfielder Arthur, revealed that he is praying hard to get Neymar back as an FC Barcelona player in the not so distant future.It was just recently revealed that Neymar is desperately pushing forward the plan of making his shocking return to FC Barcelona from PSG, he is not the only one doing everything in his power to do it as compatriot Arthur is also praying for this to happen.The former Palmeiras midfielder has Neymar as a very good friend, and recently revealed that he would love it if both players could share a dressing room at club level.Arthur Melo is considered one of the biggest revelations at FC Barcelona this season, his contribution to the squad could be one of the most alluring factors that could pull Neymar back to the Catalan club.But the midfielder understands how busy the PSG star’s life is, he knows that getting him back on the Barcelona train will be very difficult.“I personally am praying for him to come because he is a superstar, it is indisputable,” Arthur told Mundo Deportivo.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I think that the more great players the team has, the better.”“Personally, I’m doing a lot of work to get him back, but he has his life, he knows what he’s doing and I do not know how deep those negotiations are, if there are options for him to come or not.”“But he is a personal friend and a professional that I admire a lot and would be very happy if he could come back here,” he added.Arthur: I’m praying Neymar comes to Barcelona 🙏 pic.twitter.com/nnR0yOgIR1— Goal Singapore (@Goal_SG) December 26, 2018