TORONTO:The grandeur of the National Anthem reverberated around 65 Trinity Street where the 2015 Toronto CIBC Para Pan Athletes’ Village is located, as the Jamaican flag was hoisted on the country’s Independence Day, at the welcome ceremony on Thursday.Brand Jamaica was on show as officials and athletes, attired uniformly in the national colours, assembled with Jamaicans residing in Canada, who bonded with team Jamaica in an expression of national unity.Several hand-held flags were waved in a flurry of patriotism, while the contingent’s media outfit captured expressions of pride on camera. The occasion was celebratory, but reflections on the purpose of the journey and the business at hand introduced a solemnity which gave the ceremony greater meaning for Jamaica’s athletes.Chef de Mission, Randolph Jones, led team Jamaica into the international zone where flag-raising ceremonies at international and regional Games are customarily held, and after the flag was hoisted, he presented Jamaica’s gift of the globally acclaimed Blue Mountain Coffee and an assortment of Jamaican spices to a representative of the mayor, who in turn handed him a replica of the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American torch.Music, modern and cultural, and dances performed by youth to the sounds of generational hilts, characterised the ceremony in which Brazil and Bermuda were the other participants.”The ceremony was a celebration of sport, its camaraderie, friendship, and unifying influence, and team Jamaica embodied that expression,” said Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association.Wayne and Heather Fullwood and Roger Shaw, Jamaicans residing in Canada, celebrated with the team, and after the ceremony, the festivities continued in the Chef de Mission’s office with the volunteers assigned to Jamaica, who have become, in their words, “totally Jamaicanised”.
10 Another weekend of Premier League action is done and dusted and entered into the record books.There were some brilliant matches and some brilliant moments with Tottenham winning 3-1 against rivals Chelsea and Bournemouth ace Jefferson Lerma netting a classic own goal against Arsenal. Bournemouth vs ArsenalReal result: 1-2xG result: 0.65-1.68 10 What is expected goals? Mooy is now Huddersfield’s top scorer this season with two goals 10 Dele Alli helped keep Jorginho quiet in Spurs’ 3-1 win Aubameyang was Arsenal’s match winner Watford vs LiverpoolReal result: 0-3xG result: 0.85-1.45 Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates one of his goals Should a team end with a higher xG than actual goals scored, it is probable they were wasteful in front of goal due to poor finishing or an in-form opposition goalkeeper. If the real goals scored is higher than the xG, the team may have been lucky to score so many in that match, or have an above average finisher scoring hard chances others would miss.West Ham United vs Manchester CityReal result: 0-4xG result: 0.84-2.76 Manchester United vs Crystal PalaceReal result: 0-0xG result: 1.34-1.28 But do the results we got reflect what actually happened in the matches we witnessed?Find out below how every team performed compared to their expected goals in the 13th round of Premier League matches thanks to statistics from Understat.com… Manchester United stars Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, and Marouane Fellaini look dejected Fulham vs SouthamptonReal result: 3-2xG result: 1.38-1.63 Jordan Henderson was sent off on his return to the Liverpool team Expected goals (xG) is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match.Every single shot is awarded an xG value based on the difficulty of the attempt, with factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders present affecting the value.The higher the xG of a particular shot, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot.The xG value of every shot in a game is then used to calculate the expected goals in a particular match. Leroy Sane’s composed finish had the game all wrapped up before half-time Heung-Min Son celebrates his goal against Chelsea Gylfi Sigurdsson got Everton’s winner Jamie Vardy rescued a point for Leicester 10 10 Tottenham Hotspur vs ChelseaReal result: 3-1xG result: 3.37-0.93 10 10 Everton vs Cardiff CityReal result: 1-0xG result: 2.36-0.93 10 10 Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Huddersfield TownReal result: 0-2xG result: 0.69-0.63 10 Brighton and Hove Albion vs Leicester CityReal result: 1-1xG result: 0.84-1.12