Brownlee proud of Ginebra’s response after test of character in crunch time

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion With a record 54,086 fans shouting and jeering at every conceivable moment, the Gin Kings managed to shout the loudest of shouts at Philippine Arena when they survived Meralco, 101-96, in the clincher to retain the PBA Governors’ Cup crown.And in the middle of it all was Brownlee who once again led the Gin Kings in their quest for a title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat “It just shows the character of the team, coach Tim [Cone] told us to just win the game,” said Brownlee. “We knew we had to do whatever it took, we made a couple of stops to seal the deal.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Brownlee nails buzzer-beater as Ginebra wins title PLAY LIST 01:40Brownlee nails buzzer-beater as Ginebra wins title00:50Trending Articles03:06Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games After all the hard work to get to top, Slaughter cherishes first PBA title Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next And those happened in the final minute of the game when Brownlee and Ginebra finally realized that their title hopes were put in danger.Ginebra held a respectable 11-point lead, 100-89, with 1:39 left in the game after Joe DeVance converted on a mid-range jumper.That lead, however, immediately turned to fool’s gold when the Bolts came in like an uncontrollable power line.The Bolts went on a 7-0 blitz with Jared Dillinger capping it off with a booming triple with 47 seconds left that left a crowd nearly 50,000 Ginebra fans stunned.READ: Doesn’t matter how it’s done, Brownlee just wants to win title for GinebraADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA BOCAUE—It’s been said that winning Game 7s boils down to sheer attitude and that rang true for Barangay Ginebra and Justin Brownlee.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Man, to be honest, I got a little nervous, but the team stayed together, focused, and we were able to make key stops at the end to win,” said Brownlee who finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and three blocks.It was in those remaining 47 ticks, though, that Ginebra showed the character Brownlee spoke of.Ginebra managed to get the ball to LA Tenorio for an open triple, and although it missed, the point guard got the ball once more after Japeth Aguilar’s rebound and got to the line for two free throws.Tenorio, though, missed the free throws and it went down to the Gin Kings’ guts to stop the Bolts on the other end.And when Kevin Ferrer grabbed possession of the ball after Anjo Caram’s faulty triple, joy finally took over the stressed out Brownlee.“It was just a lot of joy, and you know it was all the hard work of the team, not only me, the team put incredible work to get to this point,” said Brownlee. “Everybody on the team deserves this moment.” Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPlast_img read more

Amer, Jose, Alas relish chance to don PH colors anew, reunite with pals

first_imgOn the other hand, Amer was one of the lead guards to steer the Philippines to the gold in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.Meanwhile, Jose also donned the national tri-colors once, as he was a part of the squad which won the championship in the 2016 SEABA Cup in Bangkok, Thailand.All three said they felt fitting in quickly with the pool in the resumption of Gilas Pilipinas’ practices at Meralco Gym Tuesday night.Alas hit it off the bat with Raymond Almazan, who was his teammate back in their Letran days.“We’ve been together for so long, from Letran to Cebuana in the PBA D-League. Me and Raymond are really very close so I’m happy that we’re teammates again,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH What ‘missteps’? Meneses lauds Teodoro’s heroics vs Pingoy, Adamson Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Amer felt the same way, working closely with mentor and Bolts assistant coach Jimmy Alapag.“He helps me a lot. He’s the one who urges me to do extra work and teaches me a lot on how coach Chot’s system goes,” he said of the help he’s getting from Alapag, who also serves as one of the deputies with the national team.It also was a reunion of sorts for Jose, who found himself side-by-side with his fellow Far Eastern University teammates in the Gilas pool.“It feels so great to be with them again. All of them are in the PBA now, so they’re on an another level. I just feel glad with this chance,” he said while Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia messing around with him in the background.But the job is just starting, and all three know that the goal in mind is to get a crack at one of the two rosters for the upcoming 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon, both slated in August.“The goal is to help the country win another gold. But my mindset right now is to listen to the coaches and learn the dribble-drive system,” said Amer.Alas shared, “I’ll do my best and give my best whatever happens.”Gilas Pilipinas resumes its practice on Thursday, with Reyes expecting Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 players Kiefer Ravena and Kobe Paras, as well as Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger to finally appear before him. Kevin Alas and Raymond Almazan during Gilas practice. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRERMaking their first appearance in the senior’s team practice on Tuesday, new pool members Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, and Raymar Jose are just ecstatic to have the chance to represent the country anew.“I’m grateful for the chance to be practicing with the Gilas pool and I’m happy to serve,” said NLEX’s Alas.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “I’m happy that I’m a part of this and I’m thankful to coach Chot (Reyes) and the management for including me in the program,” Meralco sophomore Amer echoed.“For me, this is a big opportunity because I’m practicing with great players. This is just a huge blessing for me,” said Cignal bruiser Jose.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut this wasn’t the first time these three will get to represent the country.Alas is a part of the silver medal-winning Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2014 Fiba Asia Cup after previously winning the gold with the cadets squad in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

Sachin scores record fifth World Cup hundred

first_imgSachin Tendulkar on Sunday reached another milestone as he became the highest century-maker in World Cup history by scoring his fifth hundred in the prestigious event.The 37-year-old Tendulkar reached the landmark during the group B clash against England when he glanced burly paceman Tim Bresnan for a boundary towards the fine leg region in the first ball of the 35th over. It was his 47th ODI century and his 98th overall.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, current Australia captain Ricky Ponting and his former teammate Mark Waugh have all scored four World Cup hundreds.With Ganguly and Waugh retired, it is only Ponting who has a chance to match or surpass Tendulkar.Tendulkar scored 120 runs from 115 balls and the knock was adorned with five sixes and 10 fours.Tendulkar, playing his sixth World Cup, also holds the records for most runs and most half-centuries in the flagship event of the ICC.He has accumulated 1944 runs in 38 matches and has scored 13 fifties so far, followed by Ponting with 1577 runs in 41 matches.Ganguly is the only other Indian who has managed to score more than one thousand runs in World Cup matches.He scored 1006 runs in 21 matches and stands 11th in the list of highest run scorers in World Cup.During the course of his innings, Tendukar shared a magnificent 134-run partnership with for the second wicket with Gautam Gambhir, who scored 51 runs.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Samsung ditches all-plastic design with the Galaxy Alpha

first_imgSamsung phones have been known for their plastic bodies. But on Wednesday, Samsung showed an intent to move away from its tried-and-tested design for Galaxy phones and announced Galaxy Alpha, the company’s first Galaxy smartphone to sport a metal frame. Samsung Galaxy AlphaThe Galaxy Alpha is ultra thin at 6.7 mm and has a metal frame, but it retains the dimpled plastic back that we have seen before on the Galaxy S5. This way Samsung will be able to offer the phone in multiple colours without any major manufacturing hassles. In terms of hardware, the Alpha does not exactly compete with the Galaxy S5, because it has a smaller screen and Samsung has made some compromises to fit the components in the thin shell. It has a 4.7-inch 720p screen, a 12-megapixel rear camera and will have either an octa-core or quad-core processor depending on the region it is released in. In all probability for non-LTE markets, Samsung will opt for its own Exynos octa-core CPU, while Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 CPU will be used for markets that have LTE. This means in India, the Alpha is likely to be powered by the octa-core processor.All this horsepower is paired up with 32GB of internal storage and 2GB RAM. It does not have a microSD card for memory expansion. On the front, it has a 2.1-megapixel camera and there is a 1,860mAh battery, which can be removed by the user. Like the Galaxy S5, it also has a heart rate monitor and a fingerprint scanner integrated in the home-button. The phone runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat wrapped in a layer of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. advertisementThe phone will be released across the world in the beginning of September, but there is no word on an India release. It will be available in five colours – black, white, gold, silver and blue.Update : GSMArena has already benchmarked the phone and revealed the quad-core model uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 85 CPU and the octa-core version uses the Exynos 5 octa 5430 chipset.  Follow writer on Twitter @DigitallyBoneslast_img read more

Mauro Icardi, Angel di Maria Hand PSG Victory on Neymar’s Latest Injury Return

first_img 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. Paris: Neymar made his latest comeback from injury for Paris Saint-Germain on Friday as first-half goals by Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria saw the Ligue 1 leaders ease to a 2-0 win over Lille at the Parc des Princes.The in-form Icardi opened the scoring from close range in the 17th minute with his 10th goal in PSG’s last nine games, and Di Maria doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark. Despite not being near their best, Thomas Tuchel’s side were too strong for the team who finished runners-up behind them last season.After just 14 games, PSG are 11 points clear of second-placed Marseille, who play on Sunday.Neymar had not played for his club since October 5, having suffered a hamstring injury playing for Brazil against Nigeria a week later.It was just the latest spell on the sidelines for the world’s most expensive player, who has featured in barely half of PSG’s matches since signing from Barcelona in 2017.His decision to fly to Madrid to take in the Davis Cup tennis this week did not go down well with Tuchel, but the German coach still handed Neymar a start here.On just his sixth appearance of the campaign, Neymar lasted 65 minutes before being replaced by Kylian Mbappe, who had been struggling with illness in recent days.”I didn’t expect too much from him because he has been out for six weeks. He lacked precision and his usual sense of timing but that is how it is,” said Tuchel of Neymar.FRESH FOR REAL MADRIDThe Brazilian only produced brief glimpses of his class and headed straight to the dressing room after being taken off, with some supporters jeering the 27-year-old as he departed.”It’s normal, lots of players do that,” insisted Tuchel, dismissing any controversy.”Others go to the bench, but I didn’t see it because I was focused on making changes on the field. There is no need to make a big thing about it.”The main reason for Neymar’s withdrawal, however, will have been to keep him fresh for next Tuesday’s trip to Real Madrid when he will hope to make his first Champions League appearance this season.Lille had beaten PSG 5-1 when the sides last met in April, but they came here on a run of just one win in nine and without an away victory since March.They were without their top scorer, Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen, due to suspension, and coach Christophe Galtier had been left reeling when two of his assistants — Portuguese duo Joao Sacramento and Nuno Santos — left 48 hours before this game to team up with Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur.They still almost took a second-minute lead through Xeka, but the midfielder’s shot was saved by Keylor Navas.Instead it was PSG who went in front from their first chance, Icardi converting at the far post after Jose Fonte had failed to cut out Idrissa Gueye’s low centre.Mike Maignan saved well from Gueye before the home side scored again in the 31st minute through another of their Argentine contingent.Both Di Maria and Icardi had scored in PSG’s last game, a 2-1 win at Brest, and both were fresh here having not featured in the Argentina squad for their friendly matches against Brazil and Uruguay.On form they surely deserve to be playing for their country, however.Di Maria controlled Julian Draxler’s pass and beat Maignan to make it 2-0. That was the end of the scoring, although Draxler and substitute Edinson Cavani both squandered excellent second-half chances.”They didn’t play for Argentina and that was good for us because it meant we were able to manage their workload and keep them fresh,” Tuchel said of his two goal-scorers.”I’m delighted because they got their goals and worked hard for the team.” Angel Di MariafootballLigue 1Lille First Published: November 23, 2019, 8:47 AM ISTlast_img read more

England’s lower order made all the difference: Virat Kohli on series loss

first_imgIndia were handed a 60-run loss at Southampton in the fourth Test against England as the hosts took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.Despite England’s top order failures, India were undone by the likes of Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler as they defied their bowlers in both innings.India skipper Virat Kohli admitted after the loss that England’s “frustrating” lower order batsmen proved to be the difference.”Once you get a partnership going it can be frustrating for the opposition.”Southampton Test: Kohli and Rahane heroics not enough, India lose series to EnglandEngland’s four batsmen in those three positions added close to 300 runs in the match with Curran in particular impressing on his recall to the team by scoring 78 and 46.India’s Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin managed 48 runs from the same three spots, further highlighting the batting woes of the tourists in the series.”No team likes to see players getting runs lower down but they have guys who are fearless and back their skills,” Kohli added.READ – Virat Kohli gutted as India lose Test series: We were not good enough”I would like to congratulate Sam Curran, he has been a nice find for England and he is doing really well for them.”Kohli also added that India will go into the fifth and final Test match with the intention to beat England and end the series on a high.Virat Kohli first Indian to score 4000 runs as Test captainadvertisement”Apart from Lord’s I don’t think we have been outplayed, it’s been enjoyable, teams going at each other with good quality. We’ll go to the Oval and come out with the same intensity,” Kohli concluded.The two teams will meet again for the fifth and final Test which will be played at The Oval in London from September 7.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more



Air pollution may age your lungs faster

first_imgExposure to outdoor air pollution is linked to decreased lung function and an increased risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study of over 300,000 people published Tuesday. COPD is a long-term condition linked to reduced lung function that causes inflammation in the lungs and a narrowing of the airways, making breathing difficult. According to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project COPD is the third leading cause of death worldwide, and the number of global COPD deaths are expected to increase over the next ten years. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainLung function normally declines as we age, but the research published in the European Respiratory Journal suggests that air pollution may contribute to the ageing process and adds to the evidence that breathing in polluted air harms the lungs. “There are surprisingly few studies that look at how air pollution affects lung health,” said Anna Hansell, a professor at the University of Leicester, UK. The team of researchers used a validated air pollution model to estimate the levels of pollution that people were exposed to at their homes when they enrolled in the UK Biobank study. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe types of pollutants the researchers investigated included particulate matter (PM10), fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which are produced by burning fossil fuels from car and other vehicle exhausts, power plants and industrial emissions. The team then also conducted multiple tests to see how long-term exposure to higher levels of the different air pollutants was linked to changes to participants’ lung function. The participants’ age, sex, body mass index (BMI), household income, education level, smoking status, and exposure to secondhand smoke were accounted for in the analyses. Further analyses also looked at whether working in occupations that increase the risk of developing COPD impacted disease prevalence. The data showed that for each annual average increase of five microgrammes per cubic metre of PM2.5 in the air that participants were exposed to at home, the associated reduction in lung function was similar to the effects of two years of ageing. When the researchers assessed COPD prevalence, they found that among participants living in areas with PM2.5 concentrations above World Health Organization (WHO) annual average guidelines of ten microgrammes per cubic meter, COPD prevalence was four times higher than among people who were exposed to passive smoking at home, and prevalence was half that of people who have ever been a smoker. The current EU air quality limits for PM2.5 is 25 microgrammes per cubic metre, which is higher than the levels that the researchers noted as being linked to reduced lung function. “In one of the largest analyses to date, we found that outdoor air pollution exposure is directly linked to lower lung function and increased COPD prevalence,” the researchers said. “We found that people exposed to higher levels of pollutants had lower lung function equivalent to at least a year of ageing,” Hansell said. “Worryingly, we found that air pollution had much larger effects on people from lower income households. Air pollution had approximately twice the impact on lung function decline and three times the increased COPD risk on lower-income participants compared to higher-income participants who had the same air pollution exposure. “We accounted for participants’ smoking status and if their occupation might affect lung health, and think this disparity could be related to poorer housing conditions or diet, worse access to healthcare or long-term effects of poverty affecting lung growth in childhood,” Hansell said.last_img read more

UN agency spotlights role of design in building a better future

26 April 2011Design has a vital role to play in ensuring a sustainable future by reducing the costs of basic production and decreasing humankind’s impact on the environment, the head of the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) said today. In a message marking World Intellectual Property Day, whose theme this year is “Designing the Future,” WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said design will take on an increasingly important role in the years ahead as ecologically sound living becomes more important.“Sustainable design processes can help lower production costs and reduce environmental impact,” he said. “The designs of the future will necessarily be green, and the intellectual property system will encourage designers to produce them, by helping to protect original designs against unauthorized copying and imitation.”Mr. Gurry noted that companies need to be able to protect their designs quickly and affordably, particularly given the increasing globalization of trade today.Last year there was a 30 per cent rise in the number of international applications through WIPO’s Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, which aims to simplify the process of protecting designs.World Intellectual Property Day, which has been observed since 2000, marks the day in 1970 when the convention establishing WIPO entered into force. Competitions, exhibitions and public discussions are being held in at least 30 countries in honour of the Day. read more

Task Force to combat harassment using social media

Members of the Task Force include Ms. Natasha Balendra, Chairperson of the NCPA, Sajeeva Samaranayake Deputy Chairman of the NCPA, Suhada Gamalath, Solicitor General, Nandana Munasinghe, Senior Deputy Inspector General Crimes, and Hans Billimoria, the Grassroots Trust.The NCPA is concurrently working with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Justice, Sri Lanka CERT, ICTA Sri Lanka, the Department of Police, several private sector organizations, NGO and INGOs to develop a module for use in schools on the safe use of the internet with a special focus on cyber bullying and other cyber crimes. The module will be piloted in a number of schools in the Colombo District and thereafter be distributed throughout the country. (Colombo Gazette) The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) has appointed a Task Force to combat the growing threat to children and young persons posed by bullying and sexual harassment via social media sites like Facebook and Instagram and other mobile and web based applications like snapshot, Viber and WhatsApp.The task force comprises members from the NCPA, the Attorney General’s Department, the Police Department, the Ministry of Justice, and the NGO community. The Task Force will also begin formulating recommendations for new legislation aimed specifically at criminalizing cyber bullying and cyber harassing and the like and protecting the victims of such crimes. The NCPA’s cyber watch unit has been very active in the recent past and receives and investigates many complaints relating to the use of the Internet and has been actively monitoring several sites for potentially abusive behavior. The Task Force will immediately start taking action to investigate and prosecute to the full extent of the law those using the internet or mobile devices for purposes of bullying, harassing, stalking, or extortion of children and young persons, the NCPA said in a statement. read more

No 4 Baylor women pull away late beat S Dakota St 7266

LAS VEGAS — Lauren Cox had 28 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to help No. 4 Baylor beat South Dakota State 72-66 on Friday night at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.Cox shot 11 of 18 from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Kalani Brown had 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for Baylor (5-0), which outrebounded South Dakota State 48-35.Cox hit a 3-pointer to give the Lady Bears a 10-point lead with 1:12 to play. Sydney Palmer missed a 3-point shot on the other end but Myah Selland grabbed the offensive rebound, was fouled on the putback and converted the 3-point play. DiDi Richards missed two free throws for Baylor and two foul shots by Macy Miller pulled the Jackrabbits within five with 31 seconds to go. After a turnover by Richards, SDSU missed two 3-point shots but grabbed the rebound both times before Miller converted a 3-point play to make it 68-66 with 20 seconds remaining. Juicy Landrum hit two free throws and, after a Jackrabbits miss, Brown made two foul shots to cap the scoring.Madison Guebert led South Dakota State (3-2) with 22 points, including six 3-pointers. Miller added 14 points and six assists and Selland finished with 12 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals.BIG PICTUREBaylor: The Lady Bears, who came in shooting just 55.8 per cent from the free-throw line continued to struggle from the charity stripe. Baylor made just 12 of 23 on Friday — including 4 of 8 in the final three minutes — but hit their last four in the closing seconds. The Lady Bears prevailed against a pesky South Dakota State team in spite of what appears to be their Achilles heel but can they survive Big 12 play — or, more important, in the NCAA tournament — without better free-throw shooting?South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits received one vote in this week’s poll and are ranked fourth in the CollegeInsider Mid-Major poll. … Macy Miller and Myah Selland combined to make just 8 of 29 (27.6 per cent) from the field, including 2 of 8 from 3-point range.UP NEXTThe Jackrabbits wrap up the shootout against Buffalo on Saturday.Baylor plays Georgetown on Saturday before visiting No. 13 South Carolina on Dec. 2 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.The Associated Press read more

Stop Betting Against Gregg Popovich

The San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich won his third NBA Coach of the Year Award on Tuesday. To an extent, these awards are about which coach most exceeds expectations: They’re the opposite of coach firings, which are better predicted by a coach’s performance relative to preseason Las Vegas over-under lines than by his win-loss record. Popovich’s Spurs won 62 games in the regular season — more than the 55.5 wins Vegas predicted. That’s reasonably impressive, but nothing as compared to the Phoenix Suns’ Jeff Hornacek, who finished second in the balloting after winning 27 more games than Vegas anticipated.What’s more amazing is how Popovich and the Spurs keep beating even consistently high expectations. From the 2006-07 through the 2013-14 seasons, the Spurs have outperformed their preseason over-under lines by a cumulative 35.5 games. That is the second-best total in the NBA, after the Suns, who were boosted by their extraordinary performance this year. It comes despite the fact that the Spurs have been projected to win an average of 53.2 games during this period, the highest figure in the league over this stretch. (These figures include the labor-shortened 2011-12 season, for which I’ve prorated totals to 82 games.)Popovich took over as coach of the Spurs early in the 1996-97 season. I wanted to evaluate his performance against the preseason over-under line further back, but I couldn’t find reliable numbers. However, there are records of how the Spurs performed against the point spread for individual games dating to the beginning of Popovich’s tenure. Popovich has done just as impressively by this benchmark.The table below lists the Spurs’ win-loss record against the point spread since Popovich took over as coach. It includes regular-season and playoff games, although a handful of regular-season games from his earliest seasons are missing. In total, in the games for which we have data, Popovich has 843 wins, 728 losses and 32 pushes against the point spread. That’s a 53.7 percent winning percentage, ignoring pushes, a win rate that all but the best sports bettors in the world would have trouble sustaining.How plausible is it that Popovich has just gotten lucky? We can check this by means of a binomial distribution. If Popovich were just a .500 coach against the point spread, the probability that he’d achieve a 843-728 record or better against it is just 0.17 percent. In other words, this is an awful lot of games, and Pop has done awfully well. It’s likely that there’s something going on — something the betting public has been missing. (And it’s something that it has been missing continually; Popovich’s edge has not abated recently. The Spurs’ record against the point spread over the past five seasons is 54.5 percent.)I looked at a few theories. For instance, could the Spurs’ excellent record against the point spread reflect a bias against small-market teams, rather than anything about Popovich? This may represent a tiny part of it; there’s a modest inverse correlation between teams’ performance against the point spread and their market size (meaning that teams in smaller markets tend to do a bit better against the spread). But the effect is small; it’s enough to account for the Spurs winning 50.4 percent of their games against the point spread, but nothing like 53.7 percent.Another theory: Perhaps the Spurs tend to perform poorly early in the season — lowering bettors’ expectations — and then improve as Popovich determines the strengths of his roster and adjusts? That doesn’t quite pan out. Since the 1997-98 season, the Spurs are 53.5 percent against the point spread in the first 20 games of the regular season, about the same as their performance overall. (They have done somewhat better against the point spread — a 55.9 percent winning percentage — during the playoffs.)Maybe there’s something odd about the Spurs’ point distribution? If they took an unusual number of blowout losses for a good team — say, games when Popovich was resting his starters — that could artificially lower their average margin of victory and lead bettors to underrate them in other matchups.However, the Spurs’ point distribution appears to be relatively normal (both in the common-language and mathematical senses of the term) and relatively symmetrical about their average margin of victory. The Spurs have been somewhat less likely to win or lose games by exactly one point than the normal distribution would predict, but this is true of all NBA teams, largely as a result of late fouling. I don’t want to completely dismiss these explanations: How NBA teams manage endgame situations is something that can affect their scoring distribution and performance against the point spread quite a bit. But there’s nothing obvious that jumps out about the Spurs. Nor have they won more games than would be expected based on their overall scoring margin.Another tempting explanation is that the Spurs, under Popovich, have great “intangibles” that bettors underrate. Undoubtedly, Popovich (like Tim Duncan) is a great leader. But eventually those intangibles should manifest themselves in the form of the Spurs winning more games than they otherwise would, and bettors should see the results and adjust accordingly. Furthermore, Popovich and the Spurs have a reputation for strong coaching and veteran leadership that could be recognized by the betting market. For many years, Popovich has ranked at or near the top when NBA general managers were asked to rank the top coaches.In the absence of an explanation, I was curious about another data point. The coach I think of as being most Pop-like is Bill Belichick of the NFL’s New England Patriots. Like Popovich, Belichick seems to have a preternatural ability to make the most of his circumstances — he got 11 wins out of Matt Cassel! Like Popovich, Belichick has a reputation as a great and ruthless tactician.Also like Popovich, Belichick has done quite well against the point spread. He’s 179-144-9 against it lifetime (a 55.4 percent winning percentage, ignoring pushes), counting his time as coach of the Cleveland Browns. (He’s 138-106-6 against the point spread, a 56.6 percent winning percentage, as coach of the Patriots.)I’m aware of the risk of confirmation bias here. If you seek out coaches who have a reputation for exceeding expectations, you’re likely to find expectations exceeded in all sorts of data, including their performance against the point spread. Nevertheless, it’s worth asking whether there is something about coaches like Popovich and Belichick that leads them to outperform bettors’ expectations.I don’t have a sexy answer. Nor am I sure that there is a sexy answer. It may be that Popovich’s strong performance against the point spread reflects a little bit of luck, a little bit of small-market bias, a little bit of something funny about how the Spurs manage endgame situations — along with a healthy dose of selection bias in our decision to examine his record (and not that of other coaches) after the fact.But I have a romantic notion of what could be going on.What you might say about Popovich is that he’s been uniquely able to stave off regression to the mean. He adopts tactics and strategies to suit his situation; he stays one step ahead of his opponents. Under Popovich, the Spurs have succeed as an old team and as a young team, and as a fast-paced team and a slow-paced team. There isn’t much gimmicky about Popovich.Perhaps in staying one step ahead of his opponents, he has stayed one step ahead of Las Vegas. The reason it’s hard to succeed in sports betting, or in any other market-based activity, is not just that markets are reasonably efficient to begin with. It’s also that when you’ve identified a historical tendency worth exploiting, other participants in the market may have found it as well. You may have an advantage for a while, but it will evaporate soon. Or, like in the game rock-paper-scissors, your opponents will exploit you for trying to exploit them.But what if your advantage is not in finding one particular loophole in the market, but in having the aptitude to continually come up with new advantages? Before your opponent has identified a counter to your tactic, you’re on to the next tactic. Great poker players have this skill: They have a sense for when a particular tactic in a particular situation has gone from being underutilized to overutilized in the poker “market.” They’ve adjusted a moment before everyone else.My romantic notion — my intuition — is that the way coaches like Popovich and Belichick exploit edges in their games is pretty similar to how sports bettors exploit edges in theirs. So the fact that opponents have never caught up with Popovich and Belichick may have something to do with why betting markets haven’t either. I do know that I wouldn’t bet against Popovich or Belichick. And I wouldn’t want to play poker against them. read more

With Manchester City Out The New Champions League Favorite Is …

It’s hard to predict whether Ajax pups like de Jong, de Ligt and van de Beek will go on to have the kinds of long, fruitful careers their elder countrymen did, but there’s little doubt that they’ve cemented themselves as club legends. They’ve made Ajax relevant again. Now all that’s left for them to do is to make Ajax champions again.Check out our latest soccer predictions. Eight days ago, the FiveThirtyEight Soccer Power Index (SPI) gave Manchester City the best chance to win the Champions League. On Wednesday, Manchester City crashed out of the competition in spectacular fashion, conceding three goals at home to Premier League rival Tottenham Hotspur. The series finished 4-4 on aggregate, but Spurs get to play on because of the competition’s away-goals rule. Remember all that talk about City winning the historic quadruple? That’s all over now.Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues got off to a quick start, grabbing the lead via a strike from Raheem Sterling in the game’s fourth minute. Sterling’s goal canceled out Tottenham’s 1-0 aggregate lead, and the tilt was on. But it wasn’t long before Son Heung-min struck to give the lead back to Spurs, and it wasn’t long before he struck again. At that point it looked like City was doomed, but then they stormed back, scoring twice to tilt things back in their favor. Spurs were not done, however, and got the series-winning goal from unlikely hero Fernando Llorente in the 73rd minute. They still had to survive some end-of-the-game drama: City scored what appeared to be the winning goal, but VAR ruled that forward Sergio Aguero was offside in the buildup, and Tottenham was on to the semifinals to face Ajax.1At the sight of the goal, a blissful Guardiola sprinted down the touchline like a man possessed. After the VAR ruling, a doleful Guardiola looked as though he’d just been given a bad diagnosis. Bring on the memes.City is out, but the favorites to win the whole thing still hail from Northern England. According to our SPI, Liverpool has the best chance to conquer Europe. The Reds followed up their very professional 2-0 win over Porto at Anfield last week with a very professional 4-1 win over Porto at Estadio de Dragao on Wednesday. Porto needed to score at least two goals to send the series to extra time — and at least three to win it outright — and the first 35 minutes of the match reflected that: Porto completed twice as many passes in the attacking third as did its opponents from Merseyside en route to outshooting them 14 to 3.But then Liverpool scored a goal in the 26th minute, and it was all but in the bag for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Eder Militao, future center back for Real Madrid, scored a late goal for Porto, but it was merely consolation. And Liverpool’s reward for its 6-1 aggregate victory? A date with Barcelona in the semifinals.Speaking of the Catalonians, they made relatively light work of Manchester United in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Lionel Messi did Lionel Messi things at Camp Nou, scoring twice from outside the box — one shot with his left foot, the other with his weaker right — in a matter of four minutes. The first was vintage Messi, a left-footed effort driven low that curled past the outstretched body of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and into the bottom left corner of the goal. The second was less spectacular, a speculative effort that de Gea whiffed on uncharacteristically. Gift or not, the goal put Messi two clear at the top of the Champions League Golden Boot race. A goal in the 61st minute from old United foe Philippe Coutinho put the series out of reach for the Mancs. And now the soccer world can salivate over a Messi-vs.-Salah showdown in the semifinals.If the result in Barcelona felt like a forgone conclusion, the result in Turin felt like anything but. Ajax’s 2-1 Tuesday win (3-2 aggregate) marked a sort of long-fermented revenge: In April 1997, the last time the Dutch giants played in the Champions League semifinals — a month before the team’s current best player, Frenkie de Jong, was born — they were eviscerated by Juventus, losing by an aggregate score of 6-2. That Ajax team featured club and country legends Edwin van der Sar, Frank de Boer, Marc Overmars and Danny Blind,2Danny Blind is the father of current Ajax star Daley Blind. but Lucky Ajax wasn’t very lucky on that occasion.This time around, Ajax took the game to Juventus from the opening whistle, a strategy that should have stunned exactly no one who watched the team embarrass Real Madrid last month. Total shots and shots on target were nearly equal Tuesday in Turin, but Ajax created more big chances and completed a higher percentage of passes in the attacking third than Juventus. Crucially, the Dutchmen didn’t panic when Cristiano Ronaldo scored to give the Italians the lead in the 28th minute. They kept pressing, kept playing on the front foot, and midfielder Donny van de Beek bagged an equalizer just six minutes later. And even after it took the lead on a header from team captain Matthijs de Ligt in the 67th minute, Ajax didn’t sit back. The side smelled blood and attempted more passes inside the penalty area in the final 23 minutes plus stoppage time than its opponents. Ajax could have scored a couple more — and now it has a 16 percent chance in our SPI model to win the whole thing, up significantly from before the quarterfinal’s second leg. read more

Urban Meyer and Jeff Logan win 30000 for Ohio State scholarships

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and former Buckeye running back Jeff Logan posted a score of 7-under in the sixth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament, earning OSU a tie for sixth place and $25,000 in scholarship money for OSU. In total, $520,000 were up for grabs among the schools competing for scholarships and $243,000 was raised charity organizations. Georgia Tech’s team, comprised of football coach Paul Johnson and former Yellow Jackets basketball player Jon Barry, won the competition for the second consecutive year, posting a round of 10-under par. Fifteen schools sent teams to compete in the 18-hole event, and all participating schools will receive a portion of the $500,000 in scholarship money competed for on Tuesday. Played at the Reynolds Plantation’s par-72 Oconee course in Greensboro, Ga., the two-man scramble competition featured 15 teams of NCAA football coaches and a celebrity alumnus from the same school. The field was originally set at 16, but the University of Virginia dropped out before the competition began. In a scramble, both players tee off on each hole. The better of the two tee shots is selected and both players play their second shot from that spot. The same process is applied to each subsequent shot until the ball is holed. By winning the challenge, Johnson and Barry earned $125,000 in scholarship-funds for Georgia Tech and the remaining $375,000 will be awarded to the other 14 schools with the amount based on its team’s finish in the challenge. On Monday, the other $20,000 available in scholarship money was awarded between four skills competitions. Separate Long Drive challenges and Closest To The Pin challenges were held for the field of NCAA coaches and the celebrity alumni, with an award of $5,000 in scholarship money for the winner of each skills competition. With a 94-yard shot that rolled to within two feet of the cup, Meyer won the coaches’ Closest To The Pin challenge and an additional $5,000 scholarship for OSU. He finished third in the driving contest with a 271.6-yard drive. Miami University coach Al Golden (303 yards) won the coaches’ Long Drive challenge, while former Mississippi State football player Fred McCrary (5 feet) and Barry (308.7 yards) won the alumni’s Closest To The Pin challenge and Long Drive challenge, respectively. The annual competition is a primary contributor to the Chick-fil-A Bowl’s charitable and scholarship donation efforts. All told, the 2012 event raised $763,000 for scholarships and charities. read more

Womens lacrosse Notre Dame offense overpowers Buckeyes 1613

Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to score against Vermont on Feb. 6 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Courtesy of Walt Middleton – OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (5-2) will return to Columbus after an opportunity missed in a close 16-13 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, on Tuesday.The Fighting Irish historically have given the Scarlet and Gray trouble, with OSU now having just a .348 winning percentage in 23 all-time matchups. Notre Dame defeated the then-No.9 Buckeyes 19-7 in their meeting last season.Freshmen midfielders Sage Darling and Liza Hernandez led the Buckeyes in scoring with four and three goals, respectively. Notre Dame freshman midfielder Savannah Buchanan and sophomore attack Nikki Ortega each scored a hat trick.In what was a strong defensive outing for both teams in the first few minutes, Notre Dame struck first, scoring three goals in less than a minute of play. Irish senior midfielder Casey Pearsall scored her 11th goal of the season to begin the onslaught. Ortega and fellow sophomore attack Samantha Lynch would add one each in a span of 23 seconds, stretching their lead to three.Darling scooped up a loose ball in the offensive zone and scored her third goal of the season as she was falling to give the Buckeyes their first point of the day. Ortega then added her second goal of the game before Darling found the net again for OSU.Down 4-2, OSU pulled to within one after sophomore midfielder Erika Keselman bounced one past Notre Dame sophomore goalie Samantha Giacalone. But the Fighting Irish responded with three consecutive goals, moving their lead out to four. The third goal came from senior attack Cortney Fortunato for her 29th of the year.Ortega secured her hat trick with 12:39 left in the first half, pushing the Fighting Irish lead to five. Hernandez scored her first goal of the day, weaving through traffic before shooting as she fell to the ground. Notre Dame picked up two more goals in less than a minute, one from Savannah Buchanan and the other from Fortunato, the second goal of the game for both players. Keselman also scored her second of the contest with 6:51 left in the half, keeping them down 10-5.Fighting Irish senior attack Grace Muller netted her first of the day with 3:07 remaining in the half to give her team a six-goal advantage headed into half. Notre Dame outshot OSU 25-10 in the first and were kept at arm’s reach from the Irish the entire way. OSU sophomore Baley Parrott opened up the second half with two goals, her 14th and 15th of the season. Hernandez added a free-position goal a few minutes later to cut the Notre Dame lead down to three.Darling earned her first career hat trick when she found the net in the second half. Darling’s goal was followed by junior attack, and Co-Big Ten Player of the Week, Molly Wood’s first score of the day, cutting the Buckeye deficit to just two. Ten minutes later at the 8:51 mark, Notre Dame’s Pearsall scored her second of the game giving her team the 13-10 lead, before sophomore defender Hannah Proctor added her first of the year, moving that lead to four. OSU answered quickly with two back-to-back goals from Darling and Hernandez trailed by just two with 6:26 remaining in the game. OSU continuously found a way to get within striking distance, but the Irish scored a few goals of their own to dispel any comeback.Leading 14-12, Notre Dame found a way to net two more goals putting them up by four yet again, this time with just 3:25 left in the game. The Buckeyes added another goal with just 1:29 left when Wood scored her second of the game, but it was too little too late. The Fighting Irish gained possession and ran off the remaining seconds on the shot clock. While OSU had the advantage in draw controls, the Buckeyes turned the ball over a season-high 18 times and were outshot by 10. The win gave Notre Dame its eighth consecutive win of the season.Up NextThe Buckeyes travel to Worcester, Massachusetts, on Saturday to play Holy Cross at noon. read more

First monkeys cloned in historic breakthrough could humans be next

first_imgThe first monkeys cloned in the same way as Dolly the Sheep have been born, raising fears that it may soon be possible to clone humans. The babies are currently being bottle fed and are said to be growing normally compared to monkeys their age. More cloned births are expected in the coming months. Previously scientists have ‘cloned’ primates by splitting an embryo in half but the process is essentially just artificial twinning rather than true cloning. Chinese scientists today announced the births of Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, a pair of healthy macaques who are completely genetically identical. The researchers said they were hoping it would allow the creation of an army of genetically uniform monkeys…last_img read more

Government spends over €100000 to help preserve freshwater pearl mussel

first_imgIT IS HOPED that Ireland’s critically endangered freshwater pearl mussel is to be given an additional lease of life after the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht issued a 24-month contract to support its continued existence.The €117,360 (excluding VAT) contract is for the “provision of full-time scientific support” to the department, as well as to a number of ongoing pearl mussel projects.90 per cent of all the freshwater pearl mussels are believed to have died out across Europe during the twentieth century and has, as a result, been listed on Annex II and Annex V of the Habitats Directive.Freshwater pearl mussels (Margaritifera margaritifera) are found in more than 130 rivers throughout Ireland. The population of adult mussels in Ireland is estimated to be in excess of 12 million.According to the department, however, they remain in severe decline and are in many cases unable to reproduce because of poor water quality.Read: Bray Sea Life to display largest collection of seahorses in Ireland >last_img read more

Ancelotti does not wish to manage his national team

first_imgAfter being sacked due to the extremely poor performance Bayern Munich were exhibiting under Carlo Ancelotti in the beginning of the season, he has now hinted at a possible Premier League move as he admitted not having a desire to manage Italy’s international team.He has been unofficially retired since he lost his job at Munich post the 3-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain. However, considering the fact that Arsenal and Chelsea will both be looking for managers during the summer, his name has been coming up on more than one occasion.Ancelotti’s recent comments for coaching the national team have left the Premier League teams hoping for his eventual return to England.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“My answer is this: the federation, now with the help of Coni, must create its own new structure, after which it will make the decision,” he claimed, after being asked about the prospect of him managing the Italy team.“I rest of my idea, it takes first clarity, then you can think about it, even if my goal is still to train a club team. I still do not know, it’s all on the high seas, you have to wait a couple of months,” Ancelotti shared, according to 101 Great Goals.last_img read more

Weather Eye Weather more like winter than spring

first_imgWhen it rains, it pours as the lion roars. I think that would sum up our Monday weather scene, don’t you think? Local wind gusts were 25-50 mph, with the strongest speeds across the Columbia River. Portland International Airport had a gust of 48 mph, compared to 33 mph at Pearson Field. Forest Grove, Ore., reported a gust of 51 mph. Back in Clark County, in the Salmon Creek area, I recorded gusts only to 29 mph. Winds along the coast and in the higher elevations ranged all the way up to 80 mph.The cold air following Monday’s front was depositing snow along the Washington Coast. Just outside of Hoquiam at 5 p.m., amounts were topping 2 inches. And this is March, right?Once again, there’s the possibility of wet snow in Clark County overnight into Tuesday. If so, and if it sticks to the ground, it would be the third Tuesday morning when some snow fell here in the lower elevations. Late school starts for outlying districts? Maybe.In any event, the rest of the week looks much more like winter than spring. Another strong storm is expected to hit late in the week, with snow levels most likely running 1,000 feet and above clear through the observer Tyler Mode of Battle Ground reported from Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday morning that it was 8 degrees below zero there. He said he hopes to get some great weather photographs and was hoping for some clear skies as well.last_img read more