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‘More cohesive’ Blackwater getting the job done

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC DiGregorio has played a huge part in that spurt, shooting 50-percent from thre  to average 23.5 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in the Elite’s last two victories.His blazing performance was the reason why the Elite broke away from the Picanto in the third period, firing 14 of his 21 points in the frame to give his team a much-needed 77-65 cushion.DiGregorio, though, said that with how things are going with Blackwater, anybody can be the hero for the squad any given day.“It just so happens that I had the hot hand, the big game. But we have a lot of good players,” he said. “The last two games were my night, the next two could be Allein’s night, Mac’s night. Poy has been a beast and he’s playing great every single game. It just so happened that I have the hot hand the last two games, but it could be anybody.”The Elite aim to formalize their entry to the quarterfinals when they take on NLEX on Sunday and Phoenix on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH It took time, but the Elite are finally playing to their potential. They scored an upset over San Miguel last week before doubling down on the Picanto on Friday.“I think we have a great team. I think Poy (Erram) is a great player, same with Mac Belo, Allein (Maliksi). We also have great role players and veterans,” said DiGregorio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDiGregorio is crediting this belated Blackwater run for a playoff berth to players sticking to their roles.“Nothing changed really. We’ve just been playing a lot more cohesive and more as a team. We’re jelling a lot more together,” he said. AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:34Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 401:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “We took care of our first game, but the job’s not done. If we take care of the next two, then there won’t be any problem,” said DiGregorio. “Our fate is in our hands. If we take care of business, we have a great chance.” Raqraquin, San Beda not discouraged by NCAA Finals game 1 loss Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith Blackwater winning its last two games, Mike DiGregorio likes his side’s odds of making it to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.“I think our chances are great,” he said as the Elite improved to 4-5 after a 95-76 win over Kia. “We hold our own destiny if we take care of business.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

CWG tennis: India enters quarters

Antetokounmpo, Harden in NBA team of the year, but no LeBron

first_imgFILE – Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks is defended by James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the second half of a game at Fiserv Forum on March 26, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFPGiannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden led the voting for the NBA’s First Team of the Year but LeBron James missed out on a spot for the first time since 2007, results showed Thursday.Milwaukee Bucks forward Antetokounmpo and Houston Rockets guard James Harden advanced to the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award along with Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Leonard, Raptors close in on NBA Finals after thumping Bucks View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP James, however, did earn a place on the NBA’s third-team of the year, extending his streak of 15 consecutive All-NBA selections.The second All-NBA team meanwhile comprised Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard at forward and Joel Embiid at center.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The 24-year-old Antetokounmpo, Harden and George were joined in the NBA’s team of the year by Golden State star Stephen Curry and Denver’s Nikola Jokic.Antetokounmpo, who is nearly seven-foot tall and known as the ‘Greek Freak’, and Harden were both unanimous first-team selections.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHowever, there was no place in the first team selection for Los Angeles Lakers’ James.James missed out on the NBA playoffs this year for the first time since 2005 after a disappointing, injury-hit first season with the Lakers. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Sultan of Johor Cup: India to Face Malaysia in Opener

first_img hockeyhockey indiaIndiaIndia hockey First Published: October 11, 2019, 11:01 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Johor Bahru: Eyes firmly set on completing last year’s unfinished task, a determined India will open its campaign against hosts Malaysia in the ninth Sultan of Johor Cup junior hockey tournament here on Saturday.India, led by the talented defender Mandeep Mor, would look to start the prestigious tournament on a winning note. After a highly-successful round-robin stage last year, India lost to Great Britain in the final and come this year, the Indians would be eager to go one step further.India defeated Malaysia 2-1 in their opening match last year before registering convincing 7-1, 1-0, 5-4 wins over New Zealand, Japan and Australia respectively.But Great Britain proved to be a thorn in the flesh for the Indians last year as they lost 2-3 against them in the last round-robin match before succumbing again in the final.”We did win the silver medal in the last edition but we were not satisfied at all. We felt we were the best team in the tournament, and our performances in the round-robin stages showed that. But eventually we lost two matches against Great Britain narrowly. This year we are determined to produce consistent performances and win the tournament,” said Mandeep.The Indian captain said they are looking to put up some quality performances in the tournament.”It is a huge tournament at the junior level. We start against the hosts, and we are hoping we can repeat last year’s feat as we beat them 2-1 to start our campaign on a positive note,” he said.”We have worked hard in the national camp and the team is really excited to produce quality performances here.”India and Malaysia have faced each other on 10 previous occasions since 2011 at the junior level, out of which the Indians have won the last seven matches, while the hosts have only registered one win while two matches ended in draws.The ninth Sultan of Johor will feature the same six teams from last edition.After Malaysia, India will play New Zealand on Sunday, Japan on October 15, 2017 winners Australia on October 16 and Great Britain on October 18. last_img read more

Video: ESPN Feed Of Peyton Manning’s Retirement Presser Cuts Out When Asked About Sexual Assault Allegations

first_imgESPN cuts out out Peyton Manning's retirement.Peyton ESPNDuring Peyton Manning’s retirement press conference this afternoon, the former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos’ quarterback was asked about the sexual assault allegation from his time at Tennessee. The question was asked by USA Today‘s Lindsay Jones, who tweeted about her decision to ask the question. Manning deserved a chance to respond to what everyone has been saying about him for the last month. I had to ask.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) March 7, 2016Manning gave a somewhat lengthy answer that concluded with, “I did not do what has been alleged.” We didn’t get to hear him say that on ESPN, though. The feed of the press conference – suspiciously to some – cut out during Manning’s response. The NFL Network’s feed did not. Real subtle, @espn— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) March 7, 2016You can view Manning’s full retirement speech here.last_img read more

Wildlife officers capture grizzly in SW Calgary will be relocated

first_imgCALGARY – A grizzly bear that had residents in a southwest Calgary neighbourhood looking nervously over their shoulders for the past week has been captured by fish and wildlife officers.The bruin’s arrival led to the closure of Griffith Woods Park after the bear was spotted by a jogger and four other residents of the area.Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers had placed two traps in the park and the animal entered one of them early Friday.“They are going to be assessing its health and then from there they will determine where the best place to take it would be … where it has the best chance of survival,” said Brendan Cox, spokesman for Alberta’s Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch.“Nobody was hurt. Hopefully we can confirm the bear is in good health so it’s certainly our intent that it will be a positive outcome for this bear. The relocation ultimately is for its safety as well.”This latest bear-human encounter comes after another Alberta grizzly was shot by a hunter in B.C. after being relocated from the Canmore and Banff area to a remote park north of Jasper.The Alberta government had moved the grizzly, known as Bear 148, in July after it had gotten too close to people too many times.Cox said the Calgary grizzly had been sticking mostly to natural vegetation but did get into some crabapples in one yard.“It’s used to humans and not necessarily scared of them but it’s not as food-conditioned as some other bears we’ve seen. We do want to give it a chance here and relocate it,” Cox said.“We are considering it a success. This is what we felt would be best not only for the bear but for the people in the area as well.”Grizzly bears are a threatened species in Alberta and it has been illegal to hunt them in the province since 2006. About 700 grizzlies remain in the province but they don’t usually show up in places like Calgary.“Black bears, of course, are much more numerous in Alberta in general and we do tend to see more of them,” Cox said.“It is definitely rare to see a grizzly make it this close to a big city like Calgary.”Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Accused serial killer Bruce McArthur to make court appearance

first_imgTORONTO – Accused serial killer Bruce McArhur will be back in a Toronto court Wednesday via video link.The 66-year-old self-employed landscaper was arrested in January and has since been charged him with six counts of first-degree murder.Police say most of his alleged victims were men who had gone missing from Toronto’s gay village.Investigators have said they have found the dismembered remains of six individuals in large planters at a home in the city where McArthur did landscaping work and rented storage space.Police have identified three sets of remains so far — 49-year-old Arthur Kinsman, 50-year-old Soroush Mahmudi and 40-year-old Skandaraj Navaratnam.McArthur is charged with first-degree murder in their deaths, as well as the presumed deaths, of 44-year-old Esen, 58-year-old Majeed Kayhan and Dean Lisowick, who was either 43 or 44.—last_img read more

Alberta takes steps to ban mandatory high heels in the workplace

first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta is taking steps to ban employers from requiring people to wear high heels at work.Labour Minister Christina Gray says the province is changing the occupational health and safety code that allows employers to make high heels mandatory.She says she heard from servers who said high heels were causing them pain and putting them at risk of tripping and falling.Gray says no one should be forced to wear any type of footwear that may cause health problems.Ontario and British Columbia both banned mandatory high heels in 2017.Alberta’s changes will come into effect on Jan. 1.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dramatic changes in global meat production could increase risk of human diseases

Global animal food production is undergoing a major transformation that could lead to a higher risk of disease transmission from animals to humans, and excessive concentration of animals in intensive production systems should be avoided, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. “The risk of disease transmission from animals to humans will increase in the future due to human and livestock population growth, dynamic changes in livestock production, the emergence of worldwide agro-food networks and a significant increase in the mobility of people and goods,” FAO said in a policy brief – Industrial Livestock Production and Global Health Risks. “There is no doubt that the world has to depend on some of the technologies of intensive animal food production systems,” said FAO livestock policy expert Joachim Otte. “But excessive concentration of animals in large scale industrial production units should be avoided and adequate investments should be made in heightened bio-security and improved disease monitoring to safeguard public health,” he added. To satisfy higher demand for meat as the world’s population continues to rise, livestock production and densities have significantly increased, often close to urban centres. Industrial animal production has become more concentrated, using fewer but more productive livestock breeds. “These developments have potentially serious consequences for local and global disease risks, which, so far, have not been widely recognized by policy makers,” FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech said. Globally, pig and poultry production are the fastest growing and industrializing livestock sub-sectors, with annual production growth rates of 2.6 and 3.7 per cent over the past decade. In industrialized countries, the vast majority of chickens and turkeys are now produced in houses with 15,000 to 50,000 birds. This trend can also be observed in developing countries in Asia, South America and parts of Africa. Industrial pig and poultry production relies on a significant movement of live animals. In 2005, for example, nearly 25 million pigs, more than 2 million pigs per month, were traded internationally. This movement and the concentration of thousands of confined animals increase the likelihood of transfer of pathogens. Confined animal houses also produce large amounts of waste, which may contain substantial quantities of pathogens. Much of this waste is disposed of on land without any treatment, posing an infection risk for wild mammals and birds. While the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus is currently of major global concern, the ‘silent’ circulation of influenza A viruses (IAVs) in poultry and swine should also be closely monitored internationally, FAO said. A number of IAVs are now fairly widespread in commercial poultry and to a lesser extent in pigs and could also lead to emergence of a human influenza pandemic. The agency called on producers to apply basic bio-security measures. Production sites should not be built close to human settlements or wild bird populations, farms should be regularly cleaned and disinfected, the movements of staff and vehicles should be controlled, and employees should be trained in bio-security. FAO, in association with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the intergovernmental World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), is tackling these global threats through surveillance and research networks for early detection of animal diseases and better scientific cooperation between countries. FAO has also established an emergency management centre that supports countries in responding to animal disease outbreaks. 17 September 2007Global animal food production is undergoing a major transformation that could lead to a higher risk of disease transmission from animals to humans, and excessive concentration of animals in intensive production systems should be avoided, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. read more

Member States begin preparatory talks for upcoming UN antiracism conference

The review conference will be held in Geneva in April to monitor and accelerate progress towards the implementation of measures adopted at the landmark 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.Members of the working group have agreed to use a 38-page draft document as the basis for their negotiations, which will take place during its formal session ending on Friday and continue afterwards in informal meetings. The group has two further formal meetings before the Review Conference is held from 20 to 24 April, and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has launched a website dedicated to the Conference and its preparatory process.The website is online in English at and will soon be available in the other official UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish. 20 January 2009A working group made up of United Nations Member States has begun formal negotiations on a draft outcome document for the so-called Durban Review Conference later this year, which will examine the progress made worldwide since the 2001 global anti-racism summit held in the South African city. read more

Elections Commission to consider request on polls date

Earlier the Government had said it expects the election to be held on February 10. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the election is likely to be held on or before February 17 next year.Deshapriya said that the election will not be held on a Sunday or public holiday. The Elections Commission today said that it will consider a request with regards to the date to hold the Local Government elections.Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said that there is a request to hold the election on a Saturday. read more

Fonseka raises concerns over use of elephants at pageants

“We see elephants moving from side to side at peraheras and are really happy to see that. We assume they are dancing as the dancers in the perahera are also dancing,” he said. Minister of Wildlife Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka has raised concerns over the use of elephants at temple pageants (perahera).Fonseka says new ways must be looked at on using elephants for temple pageants without hurting them. However Fonseka says after visiting the elephant orphanage and other locations where elephants are kept and after speaking to experts, he found that the elephants move from side to side at peraheras as they are in pain. Fonseka said that while there is a need to protect Sri Lankan culture there is also a need to protect the animal.The Minister said that the shortage of elephants for temple pageants must be addressed but it should not be done so to meet the personal agendas of some individuals. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ohio State showed depth against Buffalo

Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorRedshirt-sophomore safety Ron Tanner relaxes at halftime during a game against Buffalo Aug. 30, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.As the temperatures climbed and the game against Buffalo dragged on, the Ohio State football team began to feel the effects of the heat.Many, including junior quarterback Braxton Miller and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, were forced out of the game because of cramping and dehydration.But a player going out because of exhaustion is not an excuse to suspend the game, so the Buckeyes were forced to rely on backup players to step into big roles.Familiar with receiving playing time in tight games, as seen in OSU’s overtime victory over Purdue last season, redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Guiton came in Saturday after Buffalo cut the lead to 30-20 and Miller came out with cramps.Guiton said he is always prepared to play in case something happens, especially on a day like Saturday.“Cramping is something you really can’t control and I knew I needed to be ready at any time, being as how much we run the QB and everything,” Guiton said. “I know I needed to be ready.”The one drive Guiton was a part of led to a touchdown and a 17-point lead over the Bulls.Although it was the touchdown that goes in the box score, Guiton attributes the points to his teammates who helped set it up.“I think the plays leading up to it made it easier for the touchdown because we were running the ball and we had a few runs for first downs and the next thing you know, we just hit ‘em with the play-action,” Guiton said. “Everybody came up and we hit (senior wide receiver Chris Fields) right behind them.”Redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley received the start, but was forced to sit out a majority of the game because of a foot injury sustained last season.Sophomore center Jacoby Boren, the third Boren brother to play for the Buckeyes, came in and played for the rest of the game.Redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall said Boren was successful as a replacement, but he has as many expectations as Linsley does.“Jacoby (Boren) did a pretty good job too,” Hall said. “But it’s Ohio State, so next person up.”On the other side of the ball, players like redshirt-sophomore safety Ron Tanner and freshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa stepped up when the starters came out for a rest.Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell praised Bosa’s talent and ability to come in and play whenever they needed him.“We felt really confident about however many snaps Joey Bosa had to play. He’s a guy that’s proven it,” Fickell said. “He’s done a great job against our offensive line. To me, he’s as good as there is in college football, and he’s going to be well prepared to help us throughout their entire season.”Coach Urban Meyer has been impressed with Bosa so far this year and sees him playing more in the future if he continues at his current pace.“On defense, Joey Bosa has played very well,” Meyer said. “He’s earning a lot of time in the rotation. I’m really impressed with him.”Tanner, who recorded an interception against Buffalo, along with senior redshirt-safety Corey Brown filled in for the injured redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett who was ruled out just before kickoff.Fickell said Tanner played well, but that injuries are bound to happen during a long football season and players need to be ready.“C.J. Barnett was down, nobody ever said a word about it and Ron Tanner steps up and does a great job for us. I think that’s the mentality we want to have because this is going to be a long season,” Fickell said.Meyer said he liked seeing the younger players on the field, and said it will help them in the long run to receive in-game experience.“The good thing is, we have a chance to get better,” Meyer said. “A lot of new players on defense. When Shazier cramped up, we were down there. Christian Bryant was basically our only veteran player out there. I’m anxious to see a lot of improvement.”Certain players may not receive as much playing time in the future, particularly after players like Barnett and redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby return to the field. Roby was suspended for one game due to his involvement in an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July.Fickell appreciated how the new players handled themselves when things did not go their way Saturday.“We kind of talked about it being Christmas morning, we got a lot of new guys opening presents, I knew what was inside, but I wanted to see what happened when all of a sudden something didn’t go well,” Fickell said.Ohio State will host San Diego State (0-1) Saturday at 3:30 p.m. read more

The Hidden Value of the NBA Steal

Scoring in professional basketball is one of the most beautiful things in sports. With only moments to set up his shot, a player tosses a ball into a soaring arc, and it drops through a hoop only slightly larger than the ball. That or he flies to the hoop and deposits the ball directly.It’s no wonder, then, that individual players’ scoring abilities get the most attention. But basketball is a complex and dynamic sport, and this skill is only one of many that determine what kind of impact a particular player has on the bottom line.In fact, if you had to pick one statistic from the common box score to tell you as much as possible about whether a player helps or hurts his team, it isn’t how many points he scores. Nor how many rebounds he grabs. Nor how many assists he dishes out.It’s how many steals he gets.This phenomenon — that steals is one of the most informative stats in basketball — has important implications for how we think about sports data. But it can also help us investigate real-life basketball mysteries, such as “What the heck is going on in Minnesota?”Consider the curious case of Ricky Rubio. A professional basketball player since the age of 14, he won a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics (leading a strong Spanish team in assists, steals and even defensive rebounds during the knockout rounds). The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted him in 2009 with the fifth overall pick (age: 18), but he initially stayed in Spain, not making his NBA debut until 2011.During the two years Rubio spent at FC Barcelona, his eventual Minnesota teammate Kevin Love ascended into the ranks of the NBA’s statistical elite. This left many to expect (or hope) that adding Rubio would finally make the Timberwolves a contender. But in his first two seasons, the Timberwolves still haven’t made the playoffs. Going into the 2013-14 season, ESPN’s TrueHoop Network ranked Rubio as the 49th best player in the league (only slightly ahead of teammate Nikola Pekovic). He has struggled with injuries and is considered a terrible, “makes Rajon Rondo look like Reggie Miller”-type shooter.1So far, Rubio has put up the worst effective field goal percentage among regular NBA starters every year of his career.Since entering the NBA, Rubio has been dominant in two major statistical categories: not scoring and steals. Of all players averaging 30-plus minutes, Rubio’s 10 points per game is the third-fewest overall, and the worst of all guards by more than a point.2The second-lowest-scoring guard is Jose Calderon with 11.2 PPG.His 2.4 steals per game, on the other hand, is the second most. It’s only .1 steals behind five-time NBA steals champion Chris Paul (and Rubio edges Paul in steals per minute and steal percentage).What do you do when you have highly divergent indicators such as these? NBA stat geeks have been trying to mash up box score stats for decades. The most famous attempt is John Hollinger’s player efficiency rating, which ostensibly includes steals in its calculation but values them about as much as two-point baskets.3In PER, steals are each worth the value of one possession. A two-point basket is (roughly) worth two points minus the value of one possession. Because a possession is worth about one point, these are both worth about +1 point in Hollinger’s equation. In other words, steals have only a small effect on a player’s PER. Despite his stealing prowess, Rubio has a career PER of 15.6, ranking 82nd in the league for the period. Meanwhile, Love has a PER of 25.7 (fourth in the league) over that same time.Hollinger weights each stat in his formula based on his informed estimation of its intrinsic value. Although this is intuitively neat, empiricists like to test these sorts of things. One way to do it is to compare how teams have performed with and without individual players, using the results to examine what kinds of player statistics most accurately predict the differences.4I used this technique quite a bit throughout my treatise on Dennis Rodman, though it is actually better suited to broader analysis such as this. For this article, I’m using team game “with and without you” (WOWY) comparisons from all player seasons from 1986 to 2011 where a player missed and played at least 20 games. In particular, we’re interested in which player stats best predict whether a team will win or lose more often without him.By this measure, PER vastly undervalues steals. Because steals and baskets seem to be similarly valuable, and there are so many more baskets than steals in a game, it’s hard to see how steals can be all that important. But those steals hold additional value when we predict the impact of the players who get them. A lot more value. So much so that a player’s steals per game is more important to evaluating his worth than his ability to score points, even though steals are so much rarer.To illustrate this, I created a regression using each player’s box score stats (points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals and turnovers) to predict how much teams would suffer when someone couldn’t play.5As measured by his difference in SRS (simple rating system, or average margin of victory/defeat adjusted for strength of schedule) with or without him. By comparing the regression coefficients for each variable, we can see the relative predictive value of each (all else being equal). Because we’re particularly interested in how each stat compares with points scored, I’ve set the predictive value of a single marginal point as our unit of measure (that is, the predictive value of one point equals one, and something five times more predictive than a point is five, etc.). The results:Yes, this pretty much means a steal is “worth” as much as nine points. To put it more precisely: A marginal steal is weighted nine times more heavily when predicting a player’s impact than a marginal point.6At least when averaged over a sufficient number of games (about 15 or 20). Note that the weighting of steals in PER was approximately equal to a made two-point basket, or roughly equivalent to two PPG (off by nearly a factor of five). Value for turnovers is negative.For example, a player who averages 16 points and two steals per game is predicted (assuming all else is equal) to have a similar impact on his team’s success as one who averages 25 points but only one steal. If these players were on different teams and were both injured at the same time, we would expect their teams to have similar decreases in performance (on average).Steals have considerable intrinsic value. Not only do they kill an opponent’s possession, but a team’s ensuing possession — the one that started with the steal — often leads to fast-break scoring opportunities. But though this explains how a steal can be more valuable than a two-point basket, it doesn’t come close to explaining how we get from that to nine points.I’ve heard a lot of different theories about how steals can be so much more predictively valuable than they seem: Steals “cost” less than other stats,7This is most relevant to comparison between steals and points: Points cost you shots, which cost you possessions, which is why a bad shooter may get a lot of points while hurting his team’s offense. Steals come at a cost as well: By gambling on defense, you sometimes give up a better shot if you fail. But, all things considered, they are probably closer to being “free” than points. or players who get more steals might also play better defense, or maybe steals are just a product of, as pundits like to call it, high basketball IQ. These are all worth considering and may be true to various degrees, but I think there’s a subtler — yet extremely important — explanation.Think about all that occurs in a basketball game — no matter who is playing, there will be plenty of points, rebounds and assists to go around. But some things only happen because somebody makes them happen. If you replaced a player with someone less skilled at that particular thing, it wouldn’t just go to somebody else. It wouldn’t occur at all. Steals are disproportionately those kinds of things.Most people vastly underestimate how much a player’s box score stats are a function of that player’s role and style of play, as opposed to his tangible contribution to his team’s performance. A player averaging one more point per game than another doesn’t actually mean his team scores one more point per game as a result of his presence. He may be shooting more than he should and hurting his team’s offense. Similarly, one player getting a lot of rebounds doesn’t make his team a good rebounding team: He may be getting rebounds that his team could have gotten without him.What we are looking for is a kind of statistical “irreplaceability.” If a player produces one more X (point, rebound, steal, etc.) for his team, and is then taken from the team (by injury, suspension, trade, etc.), how much of that stat does his team really lose? How much of it can be replaced?I tested for this by running a series of regressions using each player’s box score stats (points, rebounds, assists, etc.) to predict how much teams would suffer without a player in each particular area. In other words, for a player who averages X points, Y rebounds, Z assists, etc., how much does his team’s scoring decrease when he’s out? How much does its rebounding decrease? The way I’ve set it up, a stat’s irreplaceability will roughly run from zero (completely replaceable) to one (completely irreplaceable).8I was going to call this “Beyoncé Value” in honor of the singer’s hit song “Irreplaceable,” but editors correctly pointed out that the song title was ironic, and steals actually are irreplaceable. Let’s visualize it like so:9For this case, I ran separate regressions to the WOWY differential for each of the team’s PRABS statistics from all of the corresponding player stats. In a linear regression, the “irreplaceability value” is the coefficient for each variable in its own regression (e.g. player PPG coefficient in the regression to team PPG). Note that while the value approximates a percentage, nothing precludes values below zero or above 1. So, look at the points-per-game column. Suppose a player averages one more point per game than another player. His team is likely to average only an additional .17 points with him on the floor because points are 83 percent replaceable. It would take almost six points of his scoring to add one additional point to his team’s tally.For steals, the picture is much different. If a player averages one more steal than another player (say 2.5 steals per game instead of 1.5) his team is likely to average .96 more steals than it would without him (if all else stayed equal). That’s why, as an individual player action, steals are much more irreplaceable than points.Basketball is a game of high scores and small margins. The best team ever — the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls — only won by an average of 12 points per game, and I’d be surprised if more than a handful of players have ever been worth half that on their own (maybe Michael Jordan, probably LeBron James). With steals 96 percent “irreplaceable,” and each worth a couple of points, one extra steal per game puts a good player well on his way to being an excellent one.With this in mind, it’s worth taking another look at Rubio, the quirky sidekick to MVP candidate Love. Rubio seems deficient at the game’s central skill (putting the ball in the hoop) but is gifted at the one that matters to my model (thievery).It’s our good fortune that Rubio and Love have missed a number of games at different times, so we can check whether there’s anything to be gleaned by comparing team performance with and without them. Here are his and Love’s win percentages and average team margin of victory both together and separate since 2011-12:In other words, the Timberwolves have struggled to win games when either one of its duo out, and they’ve lost quite badly with both gone. Despite being an elite scorer and rebounder who is routinely ranked as one of the league’s top players, Love’s observable impact has been only marginally better than Rubio’s.10Note also that in the three years prior to Rubio’s arrival, Love had one of the worst runs that a theoretically great player has ever had. In the 214 games he played in that period, the Timberwolves won only 24.8 percent of their games and had an average margin of victory of -6.3. In other words, the sample of games in which the Timberwolves struggled with only Love on the floor is effectively much greater than the 33 in the table. So far, both are putting up elite numbers. The Timberwolves have played nearly seven points per game worse without Rubio in their lineup. That’s absurdly high. So high that I’d be surprised if either player’s numbers bore out in the long run. But it’s worth noting that, contrary to conventional wisdom, Rubio may be exceeding expectations.Taken alone, this comparison doesn’t answer the question of Rubio’s value, and it doesn’t prove that steals are as valuable as I think they are. But it’s powerfully consistent with that claim. More important, it’s a perfect example of how, even in a storm of complex, causally dynamic, massively intertwined data and information, sometimes odd little things that are known to be reliable and predictable are the most valuable.Editor’s note: A table in this article has been updated to include additional data from the past week. read more

WA boomtown sale hits the roof

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In what is believed to be the biggest hospitality property sale in the North West, Con Berbatis and business partner Fonda Grapsas took possession of Port Hedland’s historic Esplanade Hotel last week. Terms of the sale remain under wraps but Neos Kosmos understands that the deal closed at over $30 million. Mr Berbatis, who part-owns Perth’s Holiday Inn City Centre, said unmet demand for business and tourist accommodation in Port Hedland, along with customers’ growing expectations for more sophisticated accommodation and food and beverage facilities in the town, provided a strong business case. “We’ve paid a top price because we’re expecting to get top-dollar in terms of returns,” Mr Berbatis told Neos Kosmos. “It’s a big purchase. Port Hedland is fast-becoming the biggest iron ore port in the world, it’s a very high growth city. “It’s rapidly converting from a rural outback town into a modern mineral resources hub, all in the matter of a decade.” Mr Berbatis confirmed that BHP have taken up a lease with the Esplanade to provide half its occupancy for the company’s senior staff. A major expansion of the hotel in recent years has increased the number of rooms to over 100. Further upgrades are scheduled include enhanced kitchen facilities, an extension to the existing restaurant and the creation of a lobby bar. Central to the new owners’ plans is to raise the bar in terms of food and beverage in the town. “We’re going to be rolling out a very sophisticated food and beverage operation, and we’ll be working in partnership with the leading hospitality consultants Plus 8 to manage that side of the operation,” said co-owner Fonda Grapsas, who added that customers are already seeing changes. “We’ve just introduced a new a la carte menu to add to the buffet in the restaurant and the plan is to expand further. The new restaurant will combine a fully enclosed area as well as an al fresco dining area.” Mr Grapsas, who among his business activities holds the Sumo Salad franchise in WA, will be overseeing the Esplanade’s catering and hospitality operations.last_img read more

Dont Hold Your Breath for News of 13th Doctor

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target Tom Petty was right: The waiting is the hardest part.But wait we must, until incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall (pictured) and the BBC announce who will succeed Peter Capaldi as the 13th Doctor.The Scottish actor last week confirmed the 2017 Christmas special will mark the end of his tenure in the Tardis—launching bookies and fans into a frenzy of speculation.Don’t expect news of the next Doctor any time soon, though. While Capaldi’s departure has been “planned for a long time,” according to Radio Times, Chibnall has not yet begun his search for a replacement.The showrunner-in-waiting remains focused on his own baby: season three of Broadchurch, which returns to the UK’s ITV on Feb. 27, for what is expected to be its final eight-episode arc. Created and written by Chibnall, the crime drama stars former Doctor David Tennant and next-Doctor favorite Olivia Colman as detectives in a close-knit English town.Chibnall told Radio Times last week that, after the series airs, he intends to take a vacation before hunkering down with Doctor Who. A new star is expected to be cast by the fall, ahead of an official proclamation and an on-screen regeneration.Who will materialize out of that fiery rebirth on Christmas Day? UK bookmakers currently have their money on The Leftovers actor Paterson Joseph and Kris Marshall, recognizable to US audiences as Love Actually‘s horny Colin Frissell. Around the same time Capaldi dropped his bombshell, Marshall revealed he will step down from his role in BBC’s Death in Paradise, sparking rumors that the timing is not just a coincidence.Colman, “Missy the Master” Michelle Gomez, Richard Ayoade (IT Crowd), Ben Whishaw (Daniel Craig’s Bond films), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (The Iron Lady, also Broadchurch), Rory Kinnear (also Craig’s Bond films), and Zawe Ashton (Nocturnal Animals) are also in the running.A longtime fan—he appeared on TV in 1986 to represent the Doctor Who Appreciation Society—Chibnall has written half a dozen episodes of the show, including a 42-minute thriller, a two-part introduction to the Silurians, and the sci-fi counterpart to Snakes on a Plane. He’s also penned eight episodes of spin-off Torchwood.As Radio Times reported in May, Chibnall may bring the American-style “writers room” to Doctor Who next year.The 10th series—Capaldi’s last—is scheduled to return to BBC and BBC America on April 15, with the Doctor’s newest companion, Bill (Pearl Mackie).last_img read more

No criminal activity suspected in Yacolt-area fire

first_imgNo criminal activity is suspected in a fire at a Yacolt-area house Wednesday afternoon that displaced two people.Firefighters were called to 23217 N.E. Worthington Rd. at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday after a neighbor spotted flames on the back of the house.Crews had the fire, which originated on the outside of the house, under control in about an hour.To conclusively determine the cause of the fire, Clark County Deputy Fire Marshal Susan Anderson said, there will need to be an analysis by an electrical engineer.Damage to the structure and contents was an estimated $454,000.last_img read more

Buser In The Lead As Racers Approach Nulato

first_imgBig Lake musher Martin Buser is leading the Iditarod. After choosing an unconventional checkpoint for his 24 hour layover early in the race, he charged to the front of the race today. He’s now nearing the Nulato checkpoint with Sonny Lindner, Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King in pursuit.Iditarod Mushers and their dog teams passed in and out of the Yukon River community of Galena on various schedules throughout the afternoon.Download Audiolast_img

Alaska News Nightly Thursday June 22 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowCompromise to avoid state shutdown could happen soonAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauState lawmakers are working on a budget compromise to avoid a government shutdown that could be completed as soon as tonight.‘Sense of relief’ as cuts to UA system are less than expectedDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe University of Alaska learned it would face cuts, even though UA president Jim Johnsen said the cuts were less than expected.Walker signs bill granting health insurance to dependents of fallen police, firefightersDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksGovernor Bill Walker has signed legislation which requires the state to provide health insurance for the dependents of state law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.Murkowski’s take on health bill? Stay tuned.Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Sen. Lisa Murkowski wouldn’t say how she’ll vote on the health care reform bill Senate leaders released Thursday, but it does things she has said she’s against, like shrinking Medicaid expansion and defunding Planned Parenthood.Body of missing boater recovered on Bering Strait beachAssociated PressThe body of a man missing on a boating trip out of the Bering Strait village of Wales has been recovered.“Doesn’t he know it’s frozen?” How Alaska almost overlooked Prudhoe BayElizabeth Harball and Zoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy DeskYou could argue — and a lot of people do — that  Alaska would be a completely different place if it weren’t for a man named Tom Marshall.Fish and Game shoots black bear thought to have killed 16-year-old runnerCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThat bear had been shot once already during an effort Sunday to recover the 16-year-old’s body.Man charged in 2015 Wasilla double murderDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksCourt documents detail the case against a Wasilla man accused of a double murder along the Denali Highway.Alaska trail advocates warn Governor Walker of transportation funding lapsesHenry Leasia, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAdvocacy group Alaska Trails has sent a letter to let Governor Bill Walker know that transportation funds are at risk. Last September, Alaska returned $2.6 million to the US Department of Transportation.last_img read more

Judge rules independents can run in Alaska Democratic primary

first_imgSuperior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg closely watches an attorney during opening arguments in a civil trial in 2016. He ruled Tuesday that independents can run in the Alaska Democratic primary. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)A judge Tuesday ordered that independents can run in the Alaska Democratic Party primary, ruling in the party’s favor.Listen nowIt’s not clear whether independent Gov. Bill Walker will run in the primary.Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg wrote in his order that political parties have the right to associate themselves with the candidates of their choice, regardless of their party registration.The Alaska Democratic Party tried last year to allow nonpartisan or undeclared candidates to run in its primary, but the state election officials rejected the change. The party filed a legal challenge this year, which led to Pallenberg’s order.Party Executive Director Jay Parmley said he’s pleased with the order.“We’ve long believed that we have the right to allow people to associate and participate in the party, regardless of registration – and today the judge confirmed that,” Parmley said.Walker said when he and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott filed for re-election in August that they weren’t planning to run in a primary. But the order could make it an option.Lindsay Hobson is Walker’s daughter and campaign spokeswoman. She said the campaign has no comment on the order.“Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Mallott have an ongoing duty to uphold the laws of the state,” Hobson said. “And since this is a pending legal matter, to which the state is a party, the candidates can’t comment at this time.”Lawyers for the state had defended a law that requires primary candidates belong to the party holding that primary. Pallenberg wrote that the state failed to place sufficient faith in the ability of voters to make informed decisions.Assistant Attorney General Cori Mills said the Department of Law would decide whether to appeal the order.“We are still reviewing the decision, but we will engage in our normal appeal evaluation process,” Mills said.This decision to appeal can take three to five weeks.One major question is how the name of an independent candidate who wins a party primary will appear on the general election ballot.Pallenberg wrote that state law requires the general election ballot “inform voters” that an independent primary winner is the Democratic nominee. He also wrote that state officials will ultimately determine the design of general election ballots.The Democrats had changed their party rules so it appeared possible their primary winner could be on the general election ballot without the party’s name.Now Parmley said the ballot should reflect both the candidate’s party registration – or lack of registration – as well as the fact they won a primary.“I think they’ll be able to work to work this out pretty effectively, (in a way) that satisfies all concerned here,” Parmley said.Alaska Republican Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock said he’s glad the decision upholds political parties’ freedom of association. He added he believes the Democrats hoped to nominate independents without having the party’s name listed next to the candidate on the ballot.“I mean, if they want people to seek the Democrat nomination, there should be some recognition on the general election ballot that that’s what the person did,” Babcock said.The deadline to register for the August primary is June 1.last_img read more

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