1966492.3–✓ *Argentina has one game left to play in its 2018 qualifying campaign.Source: FIFA In defense of both the Dutch and the Argentines, each has had a brutally tough path to Russia, unlike some other countries (cough, America). According to the Soccer Power Index rankings of all teams on Sept. 4, 2016 — the day that the first round of European qualifiers were played — the Netherlands’ Group A was the third-toughest of the nine European qualifying groups, with an average SPI ranking of 57. And Argentina — ranked No. 1 in the world in SPI on Oct. 8, 2015, the day of the first round of South American qualifying games — faced an even gloomier schedule. The sole South American group had an average SPI ranking of 19, including five teams rated in the top 10 in the world.Why both teams have been this bad is baffling. OK, the Netherlands hasn’t had the star-studded lineup that made the World Cup final in 2010, but the Dutch have still had stalwarts Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, among others, at their regular disposal. For Argentina, a lack of talent is also not an excuse. In its 0-0 tie with Peru on Thursday, Argentina’s squad included 10 players who are on teams playing in the Champions League this year — and this doesn’t even include Manchester City star striker Sergio Aguero, who missed the game because of injury. No, for the Argentines, they simply haven’t scored enough — which is unusual for a country where you seemingly can’t throw a rock without hitting a world-class striker. Through 17 qualifying games, Argentina has scored just 16 goals, and in seven of those matches, the team didn’t score at all. That’s the lowest goals per game in their qualifying history since, well, ever.1For years not listed in the table below, qualifying was not yet needed, Argentina withdrew or did not enter, or Argentina qualified automatically through either hosting the World Cup that year or winning the previous World Cup. 9Bolivia1742111434-2014 199816231.4–✓ 5Peru177462625+125 19584102.5–✓ 1970441.0– 201416352.2–✓ In 2014, Argentina and the Netherlands — two of the world’s most established soccer powerhouses — met in the semifinals of the World Cup. After 120 scoreless minutes, Argentina prevailed in an agonizing penalty shootout. It’s very unlikely, though, that the Dutch will be able to exact revenge on Argentina during next year’s World Cup in Russia. That’s because the Netherlands most likely won’t be there — and Argentina may not be either.The Netherlands is on the brink of soccer disaster: To make the 2018 tournament, the Dutch must beat Sweden by 7 goals in their final qualifying game, at home on Tuesday. If they don’t, it will be the fourth time that the Netherlands has failed to qualify for the World Cup since 1982, or the last 10 tournaments.More than 6,000 miles away in South America, an even bigger crisis is brewing for Argentina, which has won the World Cup twice and made it to the final in 2014. If Argentina were to fail to qualify for 2018, it would be the first time that the team has missed the tournament in 48 years. But the Argentines have more ways to get in than the Dutch do (although they’re still in deep trouble). Depending on what happens elsewhere, a loss to Ecuador on Tuesday could mean elimination — but, likewise, a win doesn’t guarantee that Lionel Messi’s men will earn a berth in Russia either.Things are so bad that the Argentine Ministry of Health has issued instructions on how to avoid a heart attack during Tuesday’s game. 6Argentina176741615+125 2018*17160.9– 201018231.3–✓ The top four teams automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup; the fifth-ranked team must win a playoff against a team from another region to make the tournament.Source: FIFA 200618291.6–✓ Deep breaths, ArgentinaSouth American standings in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers 10Venezuela1716101835-179 YEARGAMES PLAYEDGOALS SCOREDGOALS SCORED/GAMEQUALIFIED For countries with as rich a soccer history as the Netherlands and Argentina, not qualifying is unthinkable. For the Dutch, however, they’re used to struggling to make the World Cup on the heels of a good showing. They failed to make the 1982 tournament after finishing as the runner-up in 1978, and in 2002, they didn’t qualify after making the semifinals in 1998.The Oranje have been in turmoil since Louis van Gaal left for Manchester United after leading the team to third place in 2014. They failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championship in France with Guus Hiddink and then Danny Blind in charge — the first time they failed to make Europe’s national team tournament in 32 years — and are on their third manager in as many years, with Dick Advocaat at the helm. In context, the KNVB’s current crisis may be the worst in its illustrious history. In August, the Dutch dropped to 36th in the world, their lowest spot in the rankings since FIFA started them in 1992. The team’s 3-1 win over Bulgaria in September nudged it back up to 29th. Among Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain — the seven teams that have made a World Cup final since 1994 — none has been ranked as low as 29th since 1994. Although FIFA’s world rankings are flawed, this is just one measure of how far the Netherlands have fallen relative to the other top nations in the world. TEAMGPWONTIEDLOSTGOALS FORGOALS AGAINSTGOAL DIFF.POINTS 200218422.3–✓ 1994671.2–✓ 4Colombia177552018+226 2Uruguay178452818+1028 1974492.3–✓ 8Ecuador176292526-120 19866122.0–✓ 3Chile178272624+226 7Paraguay177371924-524 19622115.5–✓ 1Brazil1711513811+2738 Argentina’s attacking firepower has dried upThe number of goals scored per game in each of Argentina’s World Cup qualifying campaigns For soccer fans around the world, Tuesday may be an emotional day. This could be the last time that Robben, who is 33 years old, appears in an orange shirt on the field. And for Messi, arguably one of the greatest players ever, the 2018 World Cup is his last great opportunity to fill the one glaring hole on his stellar résumé as he will be in his mid-30s the next time the tournament comes around. It would be a shame if that chance ended before it even started.
Preview • Will Spinn sling great coffee or just hype? Mentioned Above Spinn Coffee Maker CES 2019 Hamilton Beach Alexa Smart Home CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it Spinn Coffee Maker $499 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 85 Photos CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Comments Share your voice Tags 2 Enlarge ImageThis new coffee maker from Hamilton Beach will accept voice commands from Alexa. James Martin/CNET At CES 2019, Hamilton Beach had a pair of connected coffee makers on display. The newest one, the $79 Alexa-Enabled Smart Coffee Maker (Model 49700), will enjoy tight integration with Amazon’s voice assistant. You’ll be able to ask things like, “Alexa, is my coffee ready?” and “Alexa, when was my coffee brewed?” Alexa will then ping the brewer and provide an answer. You can also command the drip machine, via Alexa, to kickstart brewing.Also be sure to read: The best home espresso machines for sale right nowEnlarge ImageThe FlexBrew uses Kurig-style K-Cups or standard coffee grounds. James Martin/CNET Another appliance, the $89 Hamilton Beach Wi-Fi Connected FlexBrew, links to your home Wi-Fi. That lets you control the brewer with the HB Connect mobile app. Additionally, the coffeemaker supports Amazon Dash Replenishment. With it enabled, the machine will automatically order coffee before your supply runs dry. The FlexBrew either makes single-serve portions from K-Cup containers, or up to full pots (12-cup max) from ground coffee.Hamilton Beach Alexa-Enabled Smart Coffee MakerModel 49700Price: $79Availability: Q2 2019Hamilton Beach Wi-Fi Connected FlexBrew Coffee MakerModel 49968 Price: $89 Availability: Now
Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Now playing: Watch this: Read Google Home Hub review 0 $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Check out Ikea’s Tradfri smart lights HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Comments Turo: Save $30 on any car rental We’re still waiting to find out how much they’ll cost. Ikea Ikea’s Fyrtur smart blinds are expected to launch in the US in October, the Swedish retailer confirmed on Friday. Ikea says you’ll be able to control the blinds with an included remote and its Trådfri smart home app, as well as voice controls via Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant.An Ikea spokeswoman said the price for the blinds will range between $129 and $179 — that’s well below competing products from Lutron and Somfy.The voice-compatible smart shades were previously scheduled to launch in April, but Ikea delayed them to make firmware improvements. There’s not much information yet on what sizes the shades will come in yet, but Ikea previously said they’ll launch with a single color option: gray. The blinds will sell in two styles internationally, Fyrtur and Kadrilj, but only the former will be available in the US. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Best Buy The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read DJI Osmo Action preview See it Boost Mobile Post a comment Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET 9 Photos I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Rylo This robot builds Ikea furniture $59 at eBay The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $299 at Amazon $155 at Google Express 1:02 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Apple iPhone XS Turo DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read the AirPods review $999 $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read the Rylo camera preview Smart Home,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $210 at Best Buy Share your voice $520 at HP 7 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $6 at Tidal Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Tags
Members of the public stand behind police tape after Australian police said on Thursday they have arrested the driver of a vehicle that ploughed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection near the Flinders Street train station in central Melbourne. Photo: ReutersA car ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people, some of them seriously, officials said.Victoria state police said they had arrested the driver of a car after it “collided with a number of pedestrians” in downtown Melbourne.Paramedics were “treating and transporting to hospital 12 people”, with some seriously injured, Ambulance Victoria added.Sky News Australia reported that a pre-school child with a head injury was taken to hospital in a serious condition.A witness, Sue, told Melbourne radio station 3AW that she heard screams before she saw “people flying everywhere”.“We could hear this noise, as we looked left, we saw this white car, it just mowed everybody down,” she said.“People are flying everywhere. We heard thump, thump. People are running everywhere.”
Krishna, a dance drama, that portrays the life Lord Krishna’s is being organised by Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra. The two and half hours long act is produced and directed by Shobha Deepak Singh and will be staged at Kamani Auditorium.The show is the 39th edition of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s Krishna that traverses Lord Krishna’s early childhood and youthful antics, that travelled with him in his journey to the centre stage of human reverence. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The production presents the ‘butter eating Krishna’ and beloved of Radha on one hand and on the other, the omnipotent Lord Krishna, who commands with wisdom, dignity and strength the flow of events, which emerge as the greatest illuminates for living life in the real world as a holistic being, offering wisdom in his enunciation of the revered Bhagwad Gita’s practical solutions, rather than pursuing blind faith dictating ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. Singh presents, all facets of Lord Krishna’s persona with creative sensitivity, lending a mesmeric dynamism to the production. In Krishna’s presentation of violence and eventual emergence of place, despite all odds emerges hope for eventual peace, despite apparent chaos in the present.When: 16 – 18 August Where: Kamani Auditorium Ticket Price: Rs.500, 300