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NBA Bids Farewell To Jason Collins LGBT And Advanced Stats Pioneer

Veteran center Jason Collins announced his retirement Wednesday, officially ending his 13-year NBA career.Collins last took the court as a member of the Brooklyn Nets a season ago, when he became the first openly gay active player in the history of North America’s “big four” professional sports leagues.“It feels wonderful to have been part of these milestones for sports and for gay rights, and to have been embraced by the public, the coaches, the players, the league and history,” Collins wrote in Sports Illustrated this week.Collins’s most important legacy will be as a trailblazer for the LGBT movement, but his retirement also deserves a footnote for his status as one of the first “hidden” stars of the NBA’s advanced stats movement.In 2005, Collins headlined a group of unsung players whose value was only beginning to emerge via a new metric known as adjusted plus/minus (APM). Controlling for every other player on the court (for both teams), APM attempted to determine how much effect an individual had on his team’s per-possession scoring margin. And Collins, whose meager per-game averages would normally render him invisible to statistical analysts, had a far greater one than his conventional stats would suggest.“According to [APM expert Dan] Rosenbaum’s calculations, Collins is not a stiff at all but one of the NBA’s premier defensive centers: the fourth-most effective in the league over the last three seasons,” SI’s Chris Ballard wrote before the 2005-06 NBA season. “Over the last three seasons the Nets have been remarkably more effective at the defensive end with Collins in the lineup; they foul less, allow fewer free throws, rebound better and allow fewer points. ‘He’s very consistent and consistently very good,’ says Rosenbaum, ‘meaning he’s either the luckiest center alive and teams just fall apart when he’s on the court, or he’s doing something.’”According to regularized APM (RAPM), a Bayesian version of APM that forms the basis of ESPN’s new Real Plus/Minus stat, Collins continued to be an above-average on-court presence for one more season. (Then, the negative effect of his nonexistent offensive contributions began to outweigh his elite defense.) But over the 2001-2014 period for which Regularized APM can be calculated, Collins came out as a net positive (+1.6 points per 100 possessions) relative to the average NBA player.For a player who averaged merely 3.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game over his career — with a lifetime player efficiency rating (PER) of 7.0 — that’s an astonishing accomplishment. If we map every player’s RAPM (minimum 10,000 minutes played) against that which we would expect solely from his PER, a useful per-minute proxy for the conventional statistical perception of a player, Collins comes out as the NBA’s most underrated player of the past decade and a half.For more reasons than one, Collins was a player whose impact on the NBA can’t be divined from the box score alone. read more

TCIs Rita Gardiner is first woman with Commonwealth Games honourary medal

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 19, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Islands is on record now has having the first woman to be honoured with a Commonwealth Games Award of Merit medal as Rita Gardiner again garners international praise for her outstanding service to sports and community development.   Gardiner, a Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Hall of Famer, last year was honoured with a British Empire Medal for her contributions and now the Commonwealth Games has pinned the dynamo at the Youth Games being held in Nassau, Bahamas.Gardiner said she shares the medal with all who continue to carry sports progresses in the country.  Rita Gardiner, BEM was yesterday pinned by President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Louise Martin.#MagneticMedianews#RitaGardiner#CommonwealthGameshonourarymedal Related Items:#CommonwealthGameshonourarymedal, #magneticmedianews, #RitaGardiner Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Sports Minister high commendation for Rita Gardinerlast_img read more

UFC 235 Jon Jones vs Anthony Smith How to watch the main

first_img Top 5 WWE wrestlers who should face Brock Lesnar Share your voice Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Jon Jones is the overwhelming favourite this weekend, but anything can happen in MMA! MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Dail Today, Saturday March 2, the UFC plays host to UFC 235 and the return of Jon Jones, most likely the greatest fighter on the planet currently competing. He faces off against massive underdog Anthony Smith. The fighters have all made weight and all that’s left it to make the walk.It’s been a while since we’ve had two title fights on one card. But this event is stacked from top to bottom with compelling match-ups.Who’s fighting?Main Card(Starts 10 p.m. ET)Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith (Light Heavyweight Championship match)Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman (Welterweight Championship match)Ben Askren vs. Robbie LawlerTecia Torres vs. Weili ZhangCody Garbrandt vs. Pedro MunhozPrelims(Starts 8 p.m. ET)Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Jeremy StephensMisha Cirkunov vs. Johnny WalkerAlejandro Perez vs. Cody StamannMickey Gall vs. Diego SanchezUFC Fight Pass Prelims(Starts 6:15 p.m. ET)Charles Byrd vs. Edmen ShahbazyanMacy Chiasson vs. Gina MazanyFrankie Saenz vs. Marlon VeraHannah Cifers vs. Polyana VianaWho’s worth watching?There are some great fights on UFC 235, including two title fights. Jon Jones takes on Anthony Smith and Welterweight King Tyron Woodley faces off against Kamaru Usman. Those are both compelling match-ups for their own reasons (although Jones is an overwhelming favourite).But on the undercard there are some must-see bouts.Zabit Magomedsharipov is a rising star and faces his first big test in Jeremy Stephens, a knockout artist and a big leap in competition for Zabit.Cody Garbrandt is coming off two loses to bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. It’ll be interesting to see how he responds against Pedro Munhoz.But perhaps the most intriguing match-up is Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler. World-class wrestler Ben Askren makes his long awaited UFC debut against Robbie Lawler, a fighter with top-notch takedown defence well known for beating wrestlers on the feet. Should be a humdinger.How can I watch or stream the UFC 235 prelims?The Fight Pass prelims can be watched on UFC Fight Pass, which is subscription based.Regular prelims are available on WatchESPN. You can find out more about UFC scheduled content, including pre-show content, on ESPN here.How can I watch or stream the UFC 235 PPV?The main card is pay-per-view. There are a number of ways to watch.You can purchase the event on DirecTV or SlingTV.You can buy the card direct from the UFC website itself. You can also buy it through Amazon.Another option is using your home consoles. The Xbox One has a UFC app which allows you to buy and stream UFC 235 through your console.The PlayStation 4 also allows you to buy the UFC 235 PPV direct through the PlayStation Store. Tags 0 2:48 Sportslast_img read more

Poonam Pandey goes braless for Team India after reaching semifinals by beating

first_imgPoonam PandeyInstagramAfter India booked a place in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals by pulling off a 28 runs victory over Bangladesh at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, erotic actor Poonam Pandey decided to go braless to cheer for Team India.Showering her love over Team India, Poonam Pandey posted her braless picture on Instagram and wrote, “Good night Team India” followed a heart-shaped emoji. On every win, Poonam Pandey had been congratulating Team India and treating them with her striptease videos and pictures on social media.During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Poonam Pandey had pulled all the attention when she promised to pose nude if Team India wins the tournament. And it looks like the actress might pose nude this year as well if India lifts the World Cup trophy.Take a look.last_img read more

Growth rage Angry Birds may look at tapping markets

first_imgIPO FLOAT COMING UP? An Angry Bird float makes its way down 6th Avenue during the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York, in this November 24, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Saul MartinezInsanely raging birds launching themselves into buildings and bringing them crashing down on the bad guys is more Hitchcockian than the stuff of gaming legend. But an obscure Finnish startup created one in 2009 with its Angry Birds franchise.Building on its stupendous success since, the franchise will be looking to expand its further offerings with a IPO in the near future, according to a report first filed in online news website The Information.Technology news site The Information, citing unnamed sources, had reported late on Friday that mobile game and animation studio Rovio may be considering an IPO, in case a possible acquisition bid from Chinese Web giant Tencent for $3 billion bid does not materialise.However, Reuters reported on Saturday that Rovio has declined comment that China’s Tencent Holdings is looking to acquire it.”We and our shareholders regularly assess different alternatives to further develop Rovio,” Rovio told Reuters in an emailed statement on Friday when asked about The Information report.”A stock exchange listing at some point in the future could be possible in order to support the continued strong growth of Rovio and its strategic targets. However, Rovio and its owners have not made any decisions regarding a possible IPO,” the company said.The unlikely platoon of foul-tempered fowls and their all-consuming wrath was celebrated, in what Rovio has claimed, is the most downloaded paid app of all time. The game became a phenomenon riding on some sharp gameplay and emotional connections forged on mesmerising user appeal.Rovio has five game studios, including its Match, Slingshot, and Battle studios in Espoo, Finland. It also has a role-playing game studio in Stockholm, Sweden, and a new massively multiplayer online studio in London.Following years of falling earnings, job cuts and divestments, Rovio returned to profit last year as the release of its Angry Birds movie helped boost game sales. It grew its revenues 34 percent to €190 million ($203 million) in 2016, up 34 percent from $150 million a year earlier.Earnings before income taxes (EBIT) were €17.5 million ($18.5 million) in 2016, up from a €21 million loss ($22 million) in 2015. The games division had its best year ever, with revenue growing 40 percent from €113 million to €159 million in 2016.Rovio CEO Kati Levorenta said in February that the gaming vertical and The Angry Birds Movie helped push the company into the black compared to a loss the year before.last_img read more