Boston63.175.647.51.915.82.4<1<1<1 TEAMOVERALLOFF.DEF.WLTPLAYOFFSFINALSWIN Kansas City103.696.1113.26.08.35.7521 RATINGAVG. SIM. SEASONPLAYOFF CHANCES Chicago99.689.318.104.22.168.846167 Houston93.683.622.214.171.124.2521 W. New York120.3138.197.8126.96.36.1999%65%37% This year’s surprise standout, the Western New York Flash, has skyrocketed to the top of our table and now has the greatest chance of winning the NWSL championship — 37 percent — up from just a 5 percent chance before the season started. With the league’s top two goal scorers, Lynn Williams and Jessica McDonald (seven and six goals, respectively), the Flash are almost certain to earn a playoff spot. The Washington Spirit will likely grab another — our model gives them a 96 percent chance of making the playoffs.There’s a little less certainty for the third and fourth playoff spots. The Portland Thorns are currently in first place in the league, with 26 points, and have an 86 percent chance of making the postseason. But the team has lost their past two games, in part because several national team players have been absent as they prepare for the Olympics. So Portland may continue to fall in our rankings over the next month. The Chicago Red Stars’ chances of making the playoffs have remained about the same from our initial forecast — dropping to 46 percent from 47 percent — but a strong start to the season has given way to three losses in the past four games.The biggest shock this season, however, has undoubtedly been the rapid descent of the league’s top two teams, Seattle and Kansas City. Both teams were heavily favored in our initial predictions — with a 78 percent and 72 percent chance of making the playoffs, respectively — but at this point, it’s extremely unlikely that either team will earn a playoff berth. There are still six weeks of matches left, but both teams’ chances of winning the championship have plummeted more than 20 percentage points since the season started. Sky Blue97.299.4188.8.131.52.82073 Although our preseason forecast didn’t think it was impossible for both Seattle and Kansas City to miss the playoffs (it assigned roughly a 6 percent chance to that possibility), their drastic decline may indicate that we should re-evaluate some components of the model for next year’s NWSL season. As in many of our sports forecasts, each NWSL team’s rating is reverted toward the league average between seasons to account for factors such as changes in personnel and retirements. For the NWSL, two-thirds of a team’s rating from the previous season carries over into the new season; that amount is based on the first three seasons and is in line with other soccer leagues around the world (both men’s and women’s). This year’s results, however, may indicate that NWSL teams should be reverted further toward the league average each season. Or maybe this is just a crazy season. Only time (and more data) will tell. If at the start of the National Women’s Soccer League season you thought two-time defending champions FC Kansas City would be in third-to-last place just over halfway through the season or that two-time regular-season champions Seattle Reign FC would have almost as many losses as they did in their previous two seasons combined, you’re either psychic or your predictive abilities are far greater than ours.Before this year’s matches got underway, we built a model to forecast the league using the best information we had available: data from the three previous NWSL seasons. But because two of those years were dominated by Seattle and Kansas City, correctly predicting this year’s chaos in the league would have been very difficult. So with the table in tumult and the end of the regular season not far off, we thought this would be good time to update our initial predictions, see what’s changed and look ahead to which four teams are most likely to reach the playoffs this fall. Below is a table showing each team’s overall rating — made up of offensive and defensive components (higher is better for both) — as well as its projected win-loss-tie record and its chances of making the playoffs. Portland106.9110.9102.09.73.96.5863515 Orlando90.882.1184.108.40.206.82773 Seattle109.9101.6220.127.116.11.81785 Washington115.0123.5104.318.104.22.1685829
Kolkata: Following the appearance of Nipah virus (NiV) in Kerala that has claimed 10 lives until now, state Health department is busy drafting advisories and has issued instructions to the state-run hospitals and medical colleges across the state.A senior official at the state Health department said all the hospitals have been alerted. They have been asked to report immediately if any patient is admitted with flu like symptoms.Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has also asked its health centres to be alert. In case, a patient is having suspected symptoms, he or she must be referred Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsto a hospital.Fruit bats are among the carriers of the virus that is named after Kampung Sungai Nipah, a Malaysian village that first witnessed an outbreak in 1998.According to a senior physician in the city, people must refrain from visiting the southern state, particularly Kozhikode, suspected to be the epicentre of the fresh outbreak.The incidents were previously reported in Siliguri. In case of an attack, the mortality rate is much higher than other diseases. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe tests are done only at the National Institute of Virology in Pune.An orniathologist advised against the consumption of half-eaten fruits because health officials have suggested that the first patient in Kerala may have eaten mangoes that had residues of fruit bat saliva. The doctors have advised that people must be cautions while having cut fruits. Infected humans can develop encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. The symptoms, typically starting about 5 to 14 days after the NiV infection, include high fever, headache, drowsiness and disorientation that can advance to coma and death. Some patients also have respiratory distress, doctors said.According to the doctors, treatment options are limited in this regard. The focus of NiV management should be on prevention. Strategies include intervention to prevent farm animals from acquiring NiV.Exerts said the healthcare workers should follow standard precautions, including washing hands and wearing gowns, caps, masks and gloves. If anybody complains of headache, fever or similar symptoms, he or she must be taken to a hospital immediately.