The Cavs Win Was Either A Huge Upset Or A Sign Of

The Cavs Win Was Either A Huge Upset Or A Sign Of

After the Cleveland Cavaliers dropped Game 1 of the NBA Finals — and lost guard Kyrie Irving to injury in the process — things looked bleak for the team going into Sunday’s Game 2 matchup with the Golden State Warriors.The undermanned Cavs were already the underdog against the Warriors (on a stage that’s especially unkind to underdogs). And they had to play on the road against an all-time great team without one of the few bright spots in an otherwise shaky supporting cast around LeBron James. Even if God doesn’t hate Cleveland, the Cavs’ chances of pulling even with Golden State seemed slim.But Cleveland ended up defying those odds. It gutted out an ugly overtime win that, after taking into account the location of the game and the long-term talent of the players involved, ranks among the most unlikely NBA Finals victories of the past 30 years:This isn’t the only way one could quantify an upset — though it is a good way to credit teams that overcame difficult talent disparities (many augmented by injury) in hostile arenas.1Take the 1990 Pistons-Blazers game listed above as an example. While Detroit was the defending NBA champion, Portland had the better regular-season statistically, was playing at home and was facing a Pistons team missing the services of legendary winner Dennis Rodman, who played just one minute in the contest. From that perspective, then, it was more than a bit unlikely that Detroit would prevail, even if it had a broad track record of success during that era. And however you define an upset, it’s important to reassess the original prediction afterward. In the case of the underdog winners on that list, all but the 2001 Sixers and 1990 Pistons had already overachieved significantly in the playoffs, before the finals even began, relative to their regular-season Simple Rating System (SRS) scores.In other words, there was already a solid sample of 15 or so games (which is actually a decent sample in the NBA) to suggest that these teams were capable of playing above the longer-term track records of their individual players. And going into the championship round, this year’s Cavs had established themselves as the sixth-biggest playoff overachievers (in terms of PPG margin relative to regular-season expectations through the conference finals) of any NBA finalist since 1985.Even better news for Cleveland is that upsets of this magnitude do seem correlated with an increased chance of winning the NBA title. Since 1985, exactly half of finals teams that pulled off wins in games that they were 30 percent likely to win or less ended up winning the series. Granted, that number is a bit tautological: Some of those victories came later in the series — when games carry more leverage — and the winner of a series’ highest-leverage games is extremely likely to win the series itself.But take into account the inherent value of stealing home-court advantage with a road win2Based on SRS data for playoff games going back to 1985, road teams that won Game 2 after losing Game 1 ended up winning the series 7.4 percentage points more often than would have been expected before the series began. and the additional information an upset provides about the respective skill levels of each team, and for once, Cleveland might actually have a “team of destiny” on its hands, odds be damned. read more

Olympic Trials Ohio State swimmers compete in Omaha Nebraska

Ohio State junior swimmer Lindsey Clary competes at the Big Ten championships in February, 2016. Credit: OSU AthleticsThe US Olympic Team Swimming Trials began on Sunday with hundreds of competitors attempting to earn a spot and represent team USA in Rio de Janeiro later this summer.Among those athletes were 34 members of the Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming teams looking to trade in their Scarlet and Gray suits for Red, White and Blue.Junior Lindsey Clary placed eighth in the women’s individual medley with a time of 4:42.04 and was the lone Buckeye to advance to an event final. There she took seventh place with a time of 4:42.81. The top two in each event make the Olympic team. On the second day of the trials, Clary was back at again, this time in the women’s 400 meter freestyle. She did not advance and finished 25th with a time of 4:14.04On the first day, senior Chris DePietro competed in the 400 meter individual medley. He finished 70th with a time of 4:31.81.Junior Joey Long competed in the 400 m freestyle and finished with a 3.58.89 time, 54th in the event.The Buckeyes had four representatives in the Men’s 100 meter breaststroke. Recent graduate D.J. MacDonald finished the highest of the four Buckeyes in 24th place with a time of 1:01.67. Junior Jack Barone finished 41st with a time of 1:02.58. Sophomore Frannie Brogan swam with a time of 1:03.50, good for 77th place in this trial. Junior Michael Eaton was the last of the Buckeyes with a time of 1:04.92, finishing 126th.The other female competitor for the Buckeyes, junior Katie Antal, competed in the 100 meter breaststroke. She finished in 100th place.In the first of the male trial rounds of Monday, senior Joshua Fleagle finished in 38th place with a time of 1:50.34.Five Buckeyes competed in the 100 meter breaststroke. Junior Thomas Trace finished the highest in 61st place with a time of 56.56. Next up for the Scarlet and Gray was sophomore Brad Shannon who came in 78th place with a time of 56.81. Senior Matt McHugh finished with a time of 57.38, 126th place. Junior Mark Belanger finished 131st after racing with a time of 57.49 seconds. Senior Andrew Appleby was disqualified.The Olympic Trials will continue until Sunday, July 3rd. read more

Gracia talks how close the ArsenalWatford game was

Gracia talks how close the ArsenalWatford game was

first_imgThe Hornets were able to dominate the match for a while but an own goal by Craig Cathcart and a goal by Mesut Ozil gave the victory to the GunnersWatford’s boss Javi Gracia doesn’t feel the 2-0 defeat against Arsenal says the truth about his English Premier League side.For him, his team could have done better if it wasn’t for Craig Cathcart’s own goal and Mesut Ozil’s excellent goal.“What can I say, I am very upset for my players because I think they deserved more, a better result,” said the head coach to the team’s official website.“We had a very good performance, with more shots, more on target, with a lot of clear chances to score. But if you don’t score, you can lose. We deserved more. We tried to improve the little things for the next game and I’m sure we’ll get the right results in the future.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“All the players are frustrated because before the game they thought we were able to get a good result playing here,” he added.“They have played well but, as in the last games, we feel we deserved more. There were many chances and an amazing save. Success and Roberto had different moments. We didn’t score and after we lose the game, but I am very proud of my players.”“We will try to score goals and finish better,” Gracia commented.“It’s better to be focused on our work, to be demanding in our work and to try to improve little things. We try to do better in the next game.”last_img read more

Burton Albion star dares to dream of defeating Man City

Burton Albion star dares to dream of defeating Man City

first_imgEnglish forward Lucas Akins refuses to discount the possibility of the lowly Burton Albion defeating Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finalsAkins started for Albion as they defeated Middlesbrough 1-0 on Tuesday night to seal an unexpected place in the last four of the competition.However, the English League One side will have their work cut next month against Premier League champions City – who are also the cup holders.But Akins dares to dream of a shock win for Albion in their two-legged tie against City with the first fixture to begin on January 7 at the Etihad Stadium.“We’ve got to look to them and take as much as we can from that and why not dare to dream and think we can win?” Akins told BBC Radio Derby.“To go there away first is going to be a great experience, but we’re looking forward to getting them back to the Pirelli Stadium and I can assure the fans it’ll be an exciting tie.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I’d rather be at home second as it gives us more incentive to try and keep things tight (at their ground) knowing that if we get them back, we can definitely cause them a problem.”Last season saw English Championship side Bristol City knock out Manchester United on route to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup before they were knocked out by Pep Guardiola’s men.“Our task is not going to be an easy one at all,” added Akins.“I can imagine the bookies backing against us, but that’s what cup football is all about and people will be rooting for us no doubt.“Anything’s possible, it’s a cup competition. We’ve had some very difficult opposition in the previous rounds and we managed to pass those tests, so it’s going to be another one.“It’s going to be extremely, extremely difficult, but you can never say never.”last_img read more

Crime On The Peninsula Town Hall Discussion

Crime On The Peninsula Town Hall Discussion

first_imgSenator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) is hosting the meeting: “Crime is the number one thing we’re called about at the legislative offices. We are bringing down the experts so you can ask questions and hear from there about trends on the Kenai Peninsula, and how criminal law needs to change in Alaska.” The panel includes; representatives from the Department of Public Safety, Alaska State Troopers, Department of Law, Kenai and Soldotna Police, and the Department of Corrections. The meeting will be held this evening, at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Topics of discussion will include criminal justice laws (past present and what the state needs in the future), trends seen around the Kenai Peninsula, and statewide and efforts to curb the opioid epidemic. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A panel of experts on crime will inform and answer questions regarding crime trends on the Kenai Peninsula during a town hall meeting. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 5 p.m.last_img read more

UofL Offers ThreeGame ACC Mens Basketball Ticket Package

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville men’s basketball tickets for Atlantic Coast Conference games in the KFC Yum! Center this season will be available in a flexible three-game group ticket plan beginning Thursday at 10 a.m.The three-game plan, priced at $195, guarantees fans the best reserved seats available for any of the Cardinals’ nine ACC home games, choosing any three games to include in the package. The ticket groups may be purchased through Ticketmaster at this link.  Individuals will be prompted for the appropriate information through the online process.Single-game tickets for the next four home games are also available online at www.Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders. The UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Cardinals Match Best Finish in Program History on Night One of NCAAs

first_imgIn the lone event of the evening, the Cardinals’ 800 free relay team of Sophie Cattermole (1:46.39), Mallory Comerford (1:39.19), Arina Openysheva (1:44.56) and Alena Kraus (1:45.93) combined for a time of 6:56.07 to finish sixth and tie the best NCAA finish in program history in the event. Story Links Diving Live Results The quartet’s time was the second fastest 800 free relay in Louisville history and was just under three seconds faster than the Cards’ best time of the season set at the ACC Championships. Louisville’s performance also marked the third straight year the Cards have earned All-American honors in the 800 free relay. Thursday Schedule of Events Thursday Prelims Broadcast The Cards will be back in action at NCAAs tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. CT for the prelims of the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 400 medley relay and 1-meter diving. Print Friendly Version Wednesday Results “This meet is different. It’s unlike any other meet, it’s a meet where you come to compete,” said UofL head coach Arthur Albiero. “I think that’s where I’m most proud of this group, to be able to come in and complete with a freshman in there on the anchor leg. We put her in a tough position, but she handled it well. I’m very proud of the group. We matched our best finish at sixth overall, and that puts us in a position to score some more points and get ready for tomorrow.” AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Louisville women’s swimming and diving team sits in sixth place after the opening night of competition at the NCAA Championships following their All-American performance in the 800 freestyle relay. Swimming Live Results Thursday Trials Heat Sheet Comerford’s split of 1:39.19 on the second leg of the relay was the fastest in the entire field of swimmers and the second fastest of all-time behind her 1:39.14 split from last year’s championships.last_img read more

A fresh breath of art

A fresh breath of art

first_imgWhat happens when different artists from around the world come together and display array of their works? It’s an art fair, full of creative energy and colours. If you want to see some crazy art unbounded to any particular genre or vision then a visit to, United Art Fair-2013 is a must.The second edition of UAF will continue its model of an artist-driven fair, to expand on the parameters of contemporary art by displaying a wider variety of disciplines, practitioners, media and materials. This year under the curation of well known artist Peter Negy, group and solo shows will take place.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While paintings, sculptures, photography and works-on-paper would constitute the majority of works at the fair, it will also include examples from all fields of design like, graphic art, fashion, textiles, furniture, and ceramics among others. One will also find works from the genres of folk and tribal art, crafts and ritual arts.The United Art Fair had its premiere in September 2012. It radically ventured away from the normal art fair model, choosing instead to showcase works of art which could be sourced from artists directly, without the intermediary of a gallery or a dealer, but could be available for sale to the public visiting the fair. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLooking at the commercialised art scenario, where the fresh talent do not have any support system, beauty of this fair lies in the fact that, each artist would contribute to the fair by giving their art work to the organisers for their participation, while the organisers themselves would be responsible for selling the multiple works on display directly to the collectors and paying the artists for their works which had been sold.The design of the fair has been in response to the works of art themselves, to create a diversity of spaces to encounter a diversity of art works. In fact, this diversity has been our foundation, with the curatorial team and collaborators brought in specifically to gain access to a wider range of materials to be exhibited. The works will all be installed in communication with each other, standing as individual works by individual artists, not sequestered into ghettos defined by neither mediums nor the curators who have chosen them for inclusion.The emphasis of the fair will be on younger, undiscovered talent new to the marketplace and outside of the existing gallery system, overlooked work of a few senior artists will also be exhibited. So, mark your calendars and do pay a visit to have a fresh breath of art!When: 14 to 17 September, 3:30pm onwardsWhere: Pragati Maidanlast_img read more