TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Little did everyone know that Mascariñas had a surprise in store.“When I walked in here, many people were thanking us but we are really the ones who are thankful,” Mascariñas shared during his opening remarks of the two-day event in Cebu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“With such a young age, you are already giving back to the country as the points we will accumulate here will help in our journey to the 2020 Olympics,” he added.“That is why on top of the 100,000, we are going to give 100,000 every month to help continue the cycle of goodwill by the sisters here.” ‘Megastar’ Sharon Cuneta shines, brushes off social media hate Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES The SBP commended Chooks-to-Go as it continues to spread their mission of helping in nation-building through basketball.“The initial plan that we talked about is giving P100,000 but the other was on-the-spot. He only decided that on stage because he was happy with the kind of reception we got and the involvement of the kids and the sisters,” said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios.Boystown said they plan to use the financial donation to continue the development of their sports program and to build more rooms inside the school.“To be honest, I felt a tug in my heart,” said Sister of Mary School Boystown athletic director Van Parmis in Filipno. “I’m happy and blessed sa Boystown and Girlstown because Chooks-to-Go pledged 100,000 per month and that’s a very big help for the kids and for them to get more opportunities in life. Our wish has just been granted because of Chooks-to-Go and because of SBP, Boystown was recognized.”“The kids’ happiness is our happiness,” added Sister Laresa Morasa, SM.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAs a thanksgiving gift to Sisters of Mary School Boystown, Chooks-to-Go gave the institution a check worth P100,000 and more.Prior to the Manok ng Bayan-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas 3×3 tournament, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. President Ronald Mascariñas had already planned to donate the said amount.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Highlights from each Elite Eight game played on the stadium field have been uploaded throughout the week, as well as additional videos, and will continue on finals day.To view the videos, please click on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho: I can play five more years easilyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves midfielder Joao Moutinho says he has plenty of football left in him.The 33-year-old midfielder has already made 14 appearances in all competitions for Wolves this season as the club made their return to European football for the first time in almost four decades.”The age, it’s just a number. I feel good.” Moutinho told Sky Sports.”I can play, if you ask me now, five years easily. But we never know what comes for the next year, or the next week.”What I keep trying in my mind is to work hard in the week to be better for the game.”
Salako: Chelsea better for Zaha than Arsenalby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Crystal Palace star John Salako can see Wilfried Zaha succeeding with Chelsea.Salako, who coaches at Palace, says Chelsea’s game would suit the Ivory Coast star the best.”Of course (there is a concern that he may leave in January). I think Chelsea would probably be the best home for him after their ban,” he told Lovesport Radio.”They really have an exciting young team there and Wilf can come in and add to that. “He may well move there, but Arsenal can also come back with the money. Anything can happen.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LaLiga seek to move date for Barcelona v Real Madridby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe LaLiga has requested that the RFEF’s Competition Committee change next weekend’s Clasico to the Bernabeu from Camp Nou. LaLiga feel that the game should not be played in Barcelona due to the political unrest in Catalonia following the prison sentences handed to nine politicians and civil leaders.AS reports Spain’s Sports Council, as part of the government, is also against the game going ahead at Camp Nou on October 26: “As events are developing we consider that, in the same way as La Liga and the RFEF, for security reasons, it’s not reasonable to play this game as is planned.” Now it’s up to the Competition Committee to make a final decision after hearing arguments from both clubs. Barça are happy for the game to go ahead, while Real Madrid would like it postponed and played at a later date – and not moved to the Bernabeu. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh and Drake have been linked together in the past. His son, Jay, re-created Drake’s “Views from the 6” cover to have a Michigan theme, and today Harbaugh thanked the Canadian rapper for name-dropping Michigan in a recent SNL sketch. Now, the Michigan head coach has taken things one step further, tweeting out his list of his top-five favorite Drake songs. He even included a rhyme in the beginning of the tweet.I’m not a fake, here’s my Top 5 from @Drake: 1. Energy 2. Jumpman 3. Started From the Bottom 4. Hold On, We’re Going Home 5. Hotline Bling— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 30, 2016If you think about it, these songs make perfect sense. Harbaugh certainly has a lot of energy, and Michigan is about to be sponsored by Jordan (hence, Jumpman).Harbaugh also has a reputation for building up programs and franchises (Stanford, the 49ers) from the “bottom” and he went “home” to come coach at his alma mater. Why is “Hotline Bling” on the list? We’re not sure, but we really want someone to photoshop Harbaugh onto Drake for the dance scenes in that video. Someone on the internet should be able to oblige our request.
We’re now 50 days away from the first college football Saturday. Teams across the country have been releasing hype videos to express their excitement. Now is a good time to give another look at the preseason polls. Who’s overrated heading into the season? Who’s underrated? Alabama’s at No. 1, of course.Here’s ESPN’s preseason top 25:1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Michigan 4. Florida State 5. Oklahoma 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Notre Dame 9. Ohio State 10. Tennessee 11. USC 12. Georgia 13. Ole Miss 14. Oklahoma State 15. Michigan State 16. Washington 17. Houston 18. North Carolina 19. Oregon 20. TCU 21. Texas A&M 22. UCLA 23. Iowa 24. Miami 25. Louisville——The first college football Saturday is going to be in-cred-i-ble, by the way. Here are some of the games that will be taking place:Alabama-USCWisconsin-LSUClemson-AuburnNorth Carolina-GeorgiaThe rest of the weekend will be sick, too. Texas and Notre Dame are set to play on Sunday night and Ole Miss and Florida State are set to play on Monday night. Hurry up and get here, college football.
Story Highlights The National Water Commission (NWC) has launched essay and photo competitions aimed at engaging Jamaicans, particularly the youth, in the preservation of the country’s freshwater resources. “By doing these competitions, we are hoping to sensitise the next generation, so that the change and the management can continue,” Mr. Williams said at the official ceremony to launch the competitions held at the NWC’s Hope Water Treatment Plant in St. Andrew on Tuesday (February 13). Acting Community Relations Manager for the NWC’s Eastern Division, Delano Williams, said the objective is to raise awareness about the country’s water resources and the importance of protecting them for future generations. The National Water Commission (NWC) has launched essay and photo competitions aimed at engaging Jamaicans, particularly the youth, in the preservation of the country’s freshwater resources.The contests are part of activities for World Water Day 2018, to be observed on March 22 under the theme ‘Nature for Water – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century’.Acting Community Relations Manager for the NWC’s Eastern Division, Delano Williams, said the objective is to raise awareness about the country’s water resources and the importance of protecting them for future generations.These resources, he noted, are particularly important in light of the increase in global warming and climate change, which could affect the flow of streams and rivers.“By doing these competitions, we are hoping to sensitise the next generation, so that the change and the management can continue,” Mr. Williams said at the official ceremony to launch the competitions held at the NWC’s Hope Water Treatment Plant in St. Andrew on Tuesday (February 13).The essay competition is open to primary and high-school students islandwide and will be judged in two age-group categories – nine to 12 and 13 to 16.Essays are to be completely original and written in English on the World Water Day theme. The word limit is 600-800 words for the nine- to 12-year-old category and 900 to 1,200 words for the 13- to 16-year-old students.Judging will be based on the relevance to the topic, originality, accuracy and analysis of the researched data, writing style and language skills. Essay submission should also include title and bibliography or list of references.Deadline for entries is March 9.The photo competition is open to Jamaican nationals and has no age limit. Entrants are required to submit a 10” x 7” photo in black and white or colour. The photograph must be artistically arresting, aesthetically pleasing and geared towards heightening awareness of the beauty and art of the water resource.The deadline for submission is March 16.The essays and photos must be submitted with a completed original entry form to the NWC’s Corporate Public Relations Department or at any of its commercial offices islandwide. Entries will also be accepted electronically at email@example.com.The forms can be downloaded from the NWC’s website or picked up at any of its offices.The top-three essays and photos will be displayed at the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) 2018 Conference, which will be held in Montego Bay, St. James, in October.Other partners in the staging of the competitions are the Forestry Department, Water Resources Authority, Jamaica Conservation Development Trust, National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and the Meteorological Office.
New Delhi: The government on Monday said it will soon hold discussions with representatives of foreign portfolio investors, amid continuing overseas fund outflow from the markets following the decision to impose surcharge on certain class of such investors. Briefing reporters here, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said “nothing more” has been done on the proposed issuance of sovereign bonds apart from the announcement in the Union Budget. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalEconomic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty would hold discussions with representatives of Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) soon, the minister said. “I am quite open to hear them out what they (FPIs) have to say,” she added. FPIs pulled out Rs 2,881.10 crore from debt and equity segments on August 1 and 2. In July, they had withdrawn a net amount of Rs 2,985.88 crore from the capital markets. In the 2019-20 Budget, the government decided to increase surcharge from 15 per cent to 25 per cent on taxable income between Rs 2 crore and Rs 5 crore, and from 15 per cent to 37 per cent for income above Rs 5 crore. It would also be applicable for FPIs operating as trusts or as association of persons. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOn a question related to sovereign bonds, Sitharaman said “nothing more has been done” apart from the announcement in the Budget as the ministry was busy in dealing with three bills, including amendment to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The government has announced it would start raising a part of its gross borrowing programme from external markets in foreign currencies. India’s sovereign external debt-to-GDP level is among the lowest globally at less than 5 per cent.
We can use this regression analysis to estimate how much this year’s first-round playoff series should affect a team’s odds for the second round. We accomplish this by computing the probability of a team winning its second-round series based on its regular-season SRS,5The calculation works by computing the probability of a team winning each game of its second-round series based on the Excel formula NORMSDIST((SRS_team-SRS_opponent+HCA)/11.3) where SRS_team is a team’s SRS, SRS_opponent is its opponent’s SRS, and HCA is home-court advantage, which takes a value of 3.2 when the team is playing at home and -3.2 for road games. Once we have an estimate of a team’s win probability for individual games, we can run through all possible sequences of wins and losses in a best-of-seven series and compute the team’s probability of winning the round. and then, alternatively, with a modified version of SRS that accounts for how many games it took to win the first round and its average margin of victory in those games.Actually … I don’t have the guts to show you those numbers. The effects are so pronounced that I don’t quite trust them; a number of other studies have documented the importance of rest to NBA teams, but they haven’t shown quite so large a magnitude. More important, if you use the same formula to compute the effect of the second round on the conference finals, for instance, or the conference finals on the NBA Finals, you don’t see anything like this. So what I’m going to show you instead are the numbers based on a toned-down version of the formula that computes the numbers-based data from all playoff rounds, and not just the first round. Perhaps there’s something unique about the first round and how a team transitions to the second round, but I’d have to be convinced. If you want to see the numbers based on that uber-aggressive version of the formula, check the footnotes.6The second-round series odds based only on the first-round regression are as follows: Washington, 65 percent likely to beat Indiana (!!); San Antonio, 60 percent against Portland; Miami, 99 percent (!) against Brooklyn; Los Angeles, 52 percent against Oklahoma City.Indiana Pacers vs. Washington WizardsOriginal SRS odds: Indiana 76 percent to win the series.Modified SRS odds: Indiana 54 percent to win the series.The formula has the Pacers going from being 3-to-1 favorites to beat Washington to about even money. This is obviously something of an extreme case of a No. 1 seed struggling and facing a No. 5 seed that played very, very well and is much better rested. I might be biased since I’ve been called a wizard, but I can buy that the series is about even given how much Indiana struggled late in the regular season.Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn NetsOriginal SRS odds: Miami 88 percent to win the series.Modified SRS odds: Miami 95 percent to win the series.Miami swept its opening-round series, while Brooklyn needed seven games to beat the Toronto Raptors. Hence, the Nets have gone from really big underdogs to really, really big underdogs.San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail BlazersOriginal SRS odds: San Antonio 78 percent to win the series.Modified SRS odds: San Antonio 69 percent to win the series.San Antonio needed seven games to beat Dallas, but Portland took six to beat Houston in a very competitive series. Part of this, however, is that the Spurs had more to lose, since they were heavily favored against Dallas while Portland wasn’t against the Rockets.Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles ClippersOriginal SRS odds: Los Angeles 51 percent to win series.Modified SRS odds: Los Angeles 52 percent to win series.SRS had this series as a toss-up before, and since both the Thunder and the Clippers took seven games to win their first-round series, nothing much has changed.The good news for the Pacers is that if these results are mostly about fatigue, they could reset the table by beating the Wizards relatively easily. The bad news is that they aren’t likely to do so: The formula gives Indiana only a 21 percent chance of beating Washington in four or five games. By contrast, it gives Miami a 33 percent chance of sweeping Brooklyn, and a 70 percent chance of winning in four or five. So the Pacers’ plodding performance is likely to catch up with them sooner or later, even if they get by Washington. A close call in the first round of the NBA playoffs doesn’t always doom a team. In 2008, the Boston Celtics, coming off a 66-16 season, needed seven games to get by an Atlanta Hawks team that had gone 37-45. But they wound up winning the NBA title.Those Celtics, however, may be more the exception than the rule. In fact, an extended first-round series is often an ominous sign for the winning team. If recent history is any guide, then this year’s Indiana Pacers, who needed seven games to defeat this year’s Hawks, may be no better than even money against the Washington Wizards, whom they begin playing Monday night.Since the NBA went to a best-of-seven first round in 2003, teams that swept their first-round series won their second-round series 76 percent of the time. Teams that needed five games to beat their first-round opponent won the next series 60 percent of the time. But those teams that needed six games to win the first round won the second round only 34 percent of the time, and those that took the full seven games did just 36 percent of the time.One may assume these results reflect selection bias: The teams that won their opening series in four or five games were presumably better, on average, than those that took longer to do so. But this is only part of the story. Suppose we look only at teams seeded No. 1 or No. 2 in their conferences. Since 2003, teams from this group that swept the first round won the second round 94 percent of the time. Those that required five games won the second around 77 percent of the time. And those that needed six games or seven games won the second round 62 percent of the time.1I’ve lumped the six- and seven-game series together in this description because the sample size is otherwise small. From 2003 to 2013, only four No. 1 or No. 2 seeds needed the full seven games to win their opening series. (These were the 2003 Detroit Pistons, the 2006 Phoenix Suns, and the 2008 and 2009 Celtics.) Three of the four (all but the 2009 Celtics) also won their second-round series. On the other hand, of the nine No. 1 and No. 2 seeds that took six games to win the first round, just five won the second round as well.Still not convinced this is a real phenomenon? We can further account for the effect of team quality by evaluating how a team performed relative to its regular-season power rating. Specifically, we can formulate a projected scoring margin for each second-round game based on each team’s SRS rating from the regular season and whether it has home-court advantage. (This is equivalent to a point spread.)2For instance, in the 2012-13 regular season, the San Antonio Spurs had an SRS rating of 6.76, while the Golden State Warriors had one of 1.32, a difference of 5.44 points. When these teams played second-round games in San Antonio last year, giving the Spurs an additional boost of 3.2 points based on the home-court advantage, this projection would have favored San Antonio by 8.64 points total.We can then average a team’s margin of victory or defeat throughout the second round and compare it to what was expected from its SRS. The advantage of this approach is that it accounts for a team’s overall strength and that of its opponent based on each team’s regular-season performance.This analysis produces some highly significant effects. On average since 2003, teams that swept their opening-round series outperformed their SRS projections by 3.0 points per game in the second round. Those that took the full seven games in the opening round did much worse than expected in the second round, by contrast, underperforming their SRS by an average of 5.7 points per game. These are enormous differences in the context of highly competitive playoff series.A more complicated version of the analysis accounts both for how many games a team took to win its opening-round series and for how well it performed relative to its SRS projections in the first round. It’s worth distinguishing these because a close call in the first round, like the one Indiana had, could lower our expectations for a team’s second-round performance for either of two reasons. First, if a team plays more games, it could be more fatigued. Second, playoff performance provides some evidence about a team’s quality under playoff conditions.3For instance, if a No. 1 seed that was favored to win each game by 10 points sweeps the opening round, but does so by winning four games at the buzzer instead, that could imply the team was overrated, even if it’s going into the second round fresh.If we put both factors into a regression analysis, where the dependent variable is a team’s performance relative to its SRS in the second round, we find that the number of games it played in the first round is by far the more important factor. In other words, the principal worry for a team that takes six or seven games to win the first round is fatigue and not necessarily poor play. In fact, the variable for a team’s margin of victory relative to its SRS in the first round is not statistically significant, although it has some interesting practical implications.4The coefficient on the first-round margin of victory variable, netsrs_rd1, is about 0.14. This implies that a team’s performance relative to its SRS in the first round of the playoffs tells us about 14 percent as much as its regular-season performance. This is a bit more than you’d expect if first-round playoff games were as important as regular-season games in predicting a team’s future performance. A team that plays 82 regular-season games will have played 5 percent and 8 percent of its overall games in the playoffs after the first round is completed, depending on how many games its opening series lasts. That the coefficient is 14 percent, rather than something in the range of 5 to 8 percent, implies that each playoff game is two or three times more important than a regular-season game in predicting a team’s future playoff course. Interestingly, this corresponds to the extra significance attached to opening-round games in the NCAA basketball tournament. However, our estimate of the coefficient is not very precise, so we should be careful of making too much of this result.