NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds The Thunder And Suns Are In

September 30, 2019 0 Comments

Welcome to another edition of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. Teams are ranked according to a projection of their strength over the coming week using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For a more detailed explanation of the process behind these numbers, see our first rankings post.Some stray thoughts on the rankings:The Oklahoma City Thunder are in a bit of a precarious position. After losing two of their three games over the past week, they occupy the 10th slot in the Western Conference standings. And despite the talent on hand, our simulations give them just a 53.5 percent probability of making the playoffs, down 19.1 percentage points from a week ago. It’s no coincidence that over the same span, the Phoenix Suns won two of three to move four games clear of Oklahoma City. The Suns’ playoff chances rose by 10.5 points to 50.1 percent.Sandwiched between Phoenix and Oklahoma City in the West standings is New Orleans, but the Pelicans check in with just an 18.1 percent probability of making the playoffs. Why? They have neither the Suns’ advantage in the standings nor the talent edge of the Thunder. That said, New Orleans is improving on both counts, winning two of three over the past week. The Pelicans’ projected rating is 1.1 points per 100 possessions higher in this week’s power ratings, thanks to progress on offense.Why did the San Antonio Spurs drop a two slots and lose a league-high 1.9 points per 100 possessions from their rating? Blame Tony Parker (mostly). Parker is struggling to find his form after a hamstring injury earlier in the season, and he has one of the league’s worst RPM ratings this season (which only got worse after a rough performance in the Spurs’ 20-point home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday). The playing-time projections for our ratings see Parker logging more minutes this week, so the numbers view him as personally responsible for nearly half of the Spurs’ projected decline.The biggest raw gainers are the Minnesota Timberwolves, who upped their expected rating for the week to -7.0 from -10.6 a week ago, an improvement of 3.6 points per 100 possessions. A little of that is the remarkably rapid development of our buddy Andrew Wiggins, but it’s much more due to the return of Ricky Rubio. Plus-minus style statistics have always thought more highly of Rubio than the public at large, and here he carries the 26th-highest individual per-possession rating of any player in our data set. It’s doubly beneficial for Minnesota because Rubio’s return cuts into the minutes of Zach LaVine, who has been arguably the worst player in the NBA this season. (I’m at least allowed to say that, right?)As bad as my hometown Philadelphia 76ers have been this season, something jumps out about their coterie of ratings at the bottom of the table: Their defense is above average! The decidedly poor offensive RPM numbers of Nerlens Noel (-5.0), Luc Mbah a Moute (-3.6), Henry Sims (-3.5), K.J. McDaniels (-3.4) and even Michael Carter-Williams (-2.5) hides a collection of pretty decent defenders. For instance, Noel’s defensive RPM (+2.2) is roughly equivalent to that of DeAndre Jordan, who finished third in last year’s voting for defensive player of the year. Of course, the Sixers are still awful, and that means their offense must be especially bad to offset an above-average defense. Sure enough, they’re tracking for the worst offense (in terms of offensive rating relative to league average) in the history of major professional basketball. read more

Chiefs Linebacker Tamba Hali Leaves Generous 1000 Tip at

September 30, 2019 0 Comments

The Kansas City Chiefs are doing everything right on the field, and it shows with their perfect record of 7-0. Now it appears that one player is doing the same off the field.Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali went out to celebrate with 15 friends and family members for their latest win over the Houston Texans on Sunday at Fogo de Chao. Hali and his party found the restaurant empty and proceeded to eat like kings. Needless to say, the party racked up a bill to the tune of $1,800 with an additional $296.69 for the automatic gratuity. Hali took it one step further to show his appreciation to the wait staff for their efforts, adding $1,000 to the bill for good measure—bringing the total bill to $2827.09. Hali generously left an approximately 71 percent tip.Hali must be banking on the saying, ‘What goes around comes around,’ in hopes to continue the amazing run in the season so far. The Chiefs are the only team in the NFL that has not been beaten this season. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball victorious in first conference road games extends win

September 28, 2019 0 Comments

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate during a game against Iowa on Oct. 2 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-2. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi / Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (16-2, 5-1) is showing the Big Ten that it is a force to be reckoned with, grabbing wins its first two road games of its conference schedule this weekend — including another win over a ranked foe — to stretch its winning streak to five.No. 9 OSU took a pair of victories in Illinois, topping Northwestern (11-6, 3-3) on Friday night in Evanston, before taking down No. 13 Illinois (11-6, 2-4) on Saturday in Champaign.In Saturday’s win over the Fighting Illini, OSU got big contributions from across the board as it came away with a four-set victory (25-20, 24-26, 25-18, 27-25).Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell helped guide the Buckeyes with her ninth double-double of the year (18 kills and 13 digs) and added four block assists, giving her a team-leading 20 points. Reigning co-Big Ten Player of the Week Audra Appold was close behind with 19.5 points on 17 kills and two blocks (one solo). The freshman outside hitter also had a career-high 19 digs for her second double-double on the season.Junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10 kills, six blocks) and senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell (11 kills) also broke the double-digit point mark, while freshman setter Taylor Hughes notched a career-best 52 assists to go along with five kills and five blocks. Junior libero Valeria León had 19 digs, and sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer picked up 10. Mitchell had seven of her 11 kills in the first set, as OSU never trailed after taking an early 5-4 lead.The second set saw Illinois lead the majority of the way. A late charge from the Buckeyes tied things at 24, but the Fighting Illini captured the final two points to tie the match at one.OSU had seven of its 13 blocks for the game in the third set — including three each from Hughes and Sandbothe — as it came out firing to take a quick 5-0 lead that it would not surrender.In what would prove to be the deciding fourth set, OSU found itself in a 9-3 hole, but clawed its way back at 14 and again at 24. The Buckeyes didn’t take their first lead until late but it came at the right time, as they came away with a 27-25 win to take the match.The win over Illinois marked OSU’s sixth win over a top-25 opponent on the year and its third in Big Ten play.Behind a proficient .356 attack percentage, OSU swept its first match of the weekend on Friday, topping Northwestern in three sets (25-19, 25-20, 25-18). Appold kept her hot streak rolling, leading the Buckeyes with 19.5 points on 18 kills and two blocks (one solo), while fellow freshman Hughes did a little bit of everything, picking up 33 assists, three block assists, two aces and one kill. Sandbothe added 11.5 points on nine kills and three block assists.The first set was hotly contested, with 14 ties and seven lead changes, but OSU was able to pull away late with a 9-1 run to take the early lead.After going down early in the second set, the Buckeyes used a 5-0 run to take the lead, 10-8, and didn’t look back, powered by seven kills from Appold.The freshman had seven more kills in the final set, in which OSU led the whole way after breaking a 2-2 stalemate early on.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to return to the court next weekend when they host No. 12 Purdue on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Indiana on Sunday at 1 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more

Terrelle Pryor taken by Oakland Raiders in supplemental draft

September 28, 2019 0 Comments

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s professional career officially began Monday after his third-round selection in the NFL supplemental draft by the Oakland Raiders. Pryor, who was ruled eligible for the draft on Thursday by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, joins former OSU cornerback Chimdi Chekwa in Oakland. Goodell also suspended Pryor from games and practices through Week 5 of the NFL season for making decisions that undermined the integrity of the NFL draft, according to a Thursday NFL press release. Pryor will not appeal the five-game suspension, according to multiple reports. Drew Rosenhaus, Pryor’s agent, did not respond to The Lantern’s  request for comment following the quarterback’s draft selection. After negotiating and signing a contract, Pryor will be able to participate in the remainder of Oakland’s preseason camp. He will then join his teammates as they prepare for a Week 6 home game against the Cleveland Browns. The Oakland Raiders did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. A little more than two months ago, Buckeye fans expected Pryor to be gracing the Ohio Stadium field for his senior season — not the Coliseum, home of the Raiders and Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s, for his rookie NFL season.  In Dec. 2010, Pryor agreed to a suspension for the first five games of OSU’s upcoming season after he sold OSU football memorabilia for improper benefits in the form of tattoos. Pryor, who allegedly committed other violations, then departed the university on June 7 to pursue a professional football career. His departure came just days after former head coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign from his position. Pryor was later declared ineligible for intercollegiate athletics in a July 26 letter from OSU athletic director Gene Smith. Despite the quarterback’s unceremonious exit from campus and the self-imposed vacation of the 2010 season as part of the university’s self-imposed penalties for NCAA violations, Pryor’s name remains sprinkled throughout Buckeyes’ football record books. Vacation of the 2010 season notwithstanding, Pryor served as the OSU signal caller from 2008–2010 and compiled an overall record of 31-4, including a 2-0 record as a starter in BCS bowl games. The Jeannette, Pa., native also led the Buckeyes to three victories over Michigan. In addition to tying Bobby Hoying’s school record of 57 touchdown passes, Pryor also finished his collegiate career as the all-time leading rusher amongst OSU quarterbacks with 2,164 yards. Pryor stands alone in second place among all Buckeye players with 8,341 yards of total offense. The Raiders begin their 2011 season with a Sept. 12 away game at Sports Authority Field against the Denver Broncos. read more

Ivan Rakitic Ill get a forehead tattoo if we win World

September 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgCroatia’s Ivan Rakitic has made a jest of how he will get a tattoo on his forehead if Croatia wins the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Croatia who have never reached the final of the World Cup tournament before they secured victory against England to play France in Sunday’s 2018 World Cup final in Moscow.Helping Croatia reach such stage in World Cup is Rakitic and midfielder Luka Modric that have demonstrated to star players for Zlatko Dalic’s side.Reacting to the Sunday match Rakitic suggested he would mark Croatia’s success in a special way if his team beat France.Euro 2020Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…“On my forehead!” Rakitic told reporters when asked if he was planning a tattoo if Croatia wins via Nation.“There’s plenty of space there, as you can see! But first I’ll have to ask my wifeRakitic made his debut for Croatia in 2007 and has since represented the country at UEFA Euro 2008, UEFA Euro 2012, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, earning him over 90 caps.last_img read more

West Ham United Pellegrini desperate to help Jack Wilshere

September 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to help new signing Jack Wilshere rediscover his best form after injury-stricken years at Arsenal.The new West Ham boss is keen to help the midfielder stay fit this season with a view to returning to the England national team setup.Wilshere is one of the nine players to join up with the Hammers this summer, as the club took a huge gamble on the injury-plagued player.Pellegrini believes the 26-year-old is destined for greatness and is keen to help him fulfill his huge potential.“First of all he is only 26 and been unlucky with injuries, “Pellegrini said, according to Daily Stardeclan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“As a manager, you can work in lot of different tactics, systems, but if you don’t have good players it is impossible to be a good team.“In the eight, nine years he played for Arsenal he showed he’s a different player. So if the injuries respect him, alone he will make the difference to us.“I have plans for him. We are always talking. Maybe he will not work the same as the rest of the squad. But I am not scared about that because the last two seasons he played a lot of games, at Bournemouth then Arsenal.“He’s a young player and he knows his body and I hope that he will be fit for the most part of the season.”last_img read more

Fulham need to be brave – Jokanovic

September 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAfter suffering a 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth, Slavisa Jokanovic believes Fulham need to show more energy and aggression if they want to start winning games.Fulham suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth at Craven Cottage, leaving them in the Premier League relegation zone with just one win this season, and manager Jokanovic has issued a rallying call to his players to improve their form.“I am confident in myself always,” Jokanovic told Sky Sports.“I am working here three years, I know very well the players I have in my hand.“This is hard work, this is not easy for me, for the team. We need to be brave, we need to push forward, play better football and to win the games.AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Bournemouth vs Manchester City Boro Tanchev – August 24, 2019 English champions Manchester City travel to Bournemouth for their encounter of the third Premier League Matchday.The three goals Fulham conceded on Saturday mean they have now conceded 28 goals this season, highest in the Premier League.“We tried to be a little bit more solid, more organized.” Jokanovic continued.“At the end where we started to play better football in the second half we tried to take possession of the football and try to push, the second goal definitely killed us.“Then the sensation is we missed a little bit of strength, a little bit of the energy and being more aggressive.”last_img read more

Murder Trial of Anthony Quinn Expected to Start

September 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Recommended for you TCI Meeting with Dominican Republic reaps five goals Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Oct 2014 – There were several delays last week, but today the murder trial of Anthony Quinn expected to finally get started. Quinn, a 34 year old British quantity surveyor in the islands working for Projetech was killed on Mother’s Day in 2012. Two teenagers were charged with the brutal attack; Turks and Caicos Islander Stanford Forbes Jr, now 18 years old, represented by Ashwood Forbes and Misael Castillo of the Dominican Republic, also now 18 and who was last week left without an attorney when Arthur Hamilton withdrew citing conflict of interest. The trial is set for the Provo Supreme court. Big time Customs Officer fined and fired for theft Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:anthony quinn, arthur hamilton, ashwood forbes, dominican republic, miseal castillo, projetech, supreme court DR wants consulate office in TCIlast_img read more

Alaska Berries Awarded 2018 Alaska State Fair Farm Family Of The Year

September 14, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBrian and Laurie are active within their local agriculture community as members of the Alaska Farm Bureau, the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce. They also support the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, the Alaska Farmland Trust, and the Kenai Watershed Forum. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska Berries, in Soldotna, was awarded the 2018 Alaska State Fair Farm Family of the Year, and were honored on Thursday, August 23. Brian and Laurie Olson operate their farm and winery, Alaska Berries, on the Kenai Peninsula. They started Alaska Berries in 2007 when they began planting more berry bushes and selling berries at the local farmer’s markets. Brian Olson, owner of Alaska Berries: “We are very proud and honored to be a small part of the agriculture community in the great State of Alaska.”  The Farm Family of the Year award, sponsored by the Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union, was established by the Alaska State Fair in 2000 to honor an Alaska farming family and show appreciation for all the hardworking Alaskans committed to agriculturelast_img read more