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Klay Thompson uses Leo DiCaprio to announce his new Warriors deal

first_imgKlay Thompson announced he’s signing a max contract to stay with the Warriors in the most Klay Thompson way on Monday.Thompson posted a raucous clip on his Instagram account from “The Wolf of Wall Street” to confirm reports he’s taking a five-year, $190 million deal. The clip he posted shows actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s character defiantly claiming he isn’t going anywhere.last_img

SA, Turkey to increase trade

first_img4 March 2005Deputy President Jacob Zuma and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed two agreements, one on trade and economic cooperation, the other on customs administration, in Pretoria on Thursday.SA and Turkey agreed to take steps to promote trade and economic cooperation – including establishing a joint economic commission – and to grant each other “most-favoured nation” status in accordance with World Trade Organisation principles.On the customs front, the two countries agreed to supply each other with information and technical assistance to ensure the proper application of customs legislation and to help prevent and investigate customs offences.Erdogan arrived in South Africa for a four-day visit on Wednesday, accompanied by several government ministers and about 60 businesspeople.Zuma said the signing of the agreements was an important step in consolidating relations between Ankara and Pretoria.“From these interactions we are able to say there is a fresh breeze”, Zuma said, adding that there was generally a consensus on various issues that were discussed at a series meetings between the two countries’ delegations.Erdogan said that Africa was an integral part of his administration’s foreign policy, adding that Turkey had declared 2005 “the year for Africa”.Following Zuma’s visit to Turkey in 2003, trade between the two countries expanded to over R6-billion in 2004, with SA gold exports to Turkey exceeding R600-million.South African exports to Turkey (including gold) increased by 205% in 2004, reaching R5.6-billion compared to R1.8-billion in 2003.Turkish exports to South Africa grew to R1.1-billion in 2004, up by 57% from R677-million in 2003.Issues discussed between Erdogan’s delegation and their SA counterparts included expanding trade and investment, defence and security co-operation, restoring air links and expanding tourism.Issues of mutual concern to the two countries include the elections in Iraq, developments in the Middle East and the reform of the United Nations.Addressing journalists in Pretoria ahead of Erdogan’s visit, Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad said that Turkey ranked in the top 20 economies in the world and was thus an important partner for South Africa.“We want to use Turkey as a springboard to enter the former Asian republics and the former Soviet Union, so Turkey becomes a very important player in helping us to make inroads into all those territories”, Pahad said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

PSL Finals: Petron razes F2 Logistics in Game 1

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Petron shrugged off a slow first set and started to gain offensive power in the second and third periods thanks to large part to substitute Cherry Rondina.Rondina gave the Blaze Spikers a 16-11 lead in the third set with an earth-shattering kill then followed it up with another emphatic spike for Petron’s 20-11 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefPetron head coach Shaq Delos Santos said he had to remind his team to stop adjusting to F2’s pace since they’ve met each other in the finals of the PSL, regardless of the conference, for the fifth straight time.“We had a slow start in the first set and it’s a good thing that we were able to recover,” said Delos Santos in Filipino. “I told them that this was a championship game and that they didn’t need to adjust to our opponents and we just have to stick to our game plan.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Rachel Daquis rues Cignal’s lack of time playing together after missing PSL podium F2 found a bit of hope when Mary Joy Baron denied Remy Palma to cut Petron’s lead to six, 23-17.Aduke Ogunsanya, however, put the Blaze Spikers into the 24-17 match point after her service error and Palma answered back with a service ace to finish things off.Rondina finished with 12 points to lead all scorers while Bernadeth Pons added 10 points for Petron.Palma and Mika Reyes also had solid contributions for the Blaze Spikers with nine and seven points, respectively.Ara Galang had nine points to lead the Cargo Movers.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Petron moved one step closer to a title repeat after dismantling rival F2 Logistics in straight sets, 25-23, 25-11, 25-17, in Game 1 of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Finals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Blaze Spikers also hiked their perfect record in the conference to 13 games with one more giving them the their fourth championship, the most in the PSL.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Australian Camp Diary – Marikki Watego

first_imgFollowing last weekend’s training camp in Queensland, Australian Women’s Open player, Marikki Watego tells us about how the camp went, what the team got up to and how the team is feeling in the lead up to the 2013 Trans Tasman Series.It was the last but definitely one of the most important events on what has been a jam-packed year for Touch Footy; the Open Women’s training camp. In preparation for the Super Trans Tasman Series in 2013, any chance for the team to get together, train and bond as a team, I think is a vital component to walking away with the series in two months’ time. Following my debut in the Trans Tasman series in Mudgee, it was evident that the Kiwis gave us a run for our money and ambushed us with a new hybrid Kiwi-Aussie style of Touch and all credit to them for a competitive series. However, I think in 2013 the Kiwis will face a more finely-oiled machine that is the Australian Open Women’s team. The camp last weekend was only a routine service for this machine to ensure it will be ready for game day come February 2013. The camp kicked off on Saturday 15th in Brisbane with both the Open Women’s and Under 20’s Women’s training at Ballymore. In typical Queensland fashion the weather was as hot as it gets. Most of us lathered up on the sunscreen, some of us not knowing that finger painting it on your face won’t be terribly useful hey Emilee Cherry? But then again, at least Chez wasn’t sporting a ‘Louise Winchester’ singlet tan by the end of the weekend.  After a quick welcome by Belly and introduction to Marto our new manager, we went for warm up. Marto’s warm up was awesome because this kept Oz in check from trying to make us run a cross country before stretches. Karley Banks then took us for some drills, she often suggested watching Dylan Thompson for a few pointers. Sooo Dyl, looks like Touch vids of you will be copping some YouTube hits. The day went pretty quick after that, thanks to a super organised coaching staff who catered to our every need, whether that be a cold sweat towel on the neck, icy cold water in our water bottles and even lunch ready on demand. Our last task for the day was a game against the very skillful Under 20’s Women. The heat, and the fact that there were a lot of sore bodies (from a massive year of Touch) on both teams made the game very tough. They tested every facet of our game and I think it was a great demonstration of mind over matter from our team to play as if none of the external factors had any influence on the task at hand. It was definitely a tiring day but the fun was yet to come. The two day camp was to continue on the Sunshine Coast at Belly’s house which I would like to name ‘Bell Manor’. After a little trek up the coast we finally arrived on the coast and were guided through ‘Bell Manor’ like an episode of MTV Cribs. 14 women and one man in a mansion was a great recipe for team bonding (nothing suss)! The rest of the afternoon was very cruisy but team bonding was at its finest by the end of the night. El capitano Squeeze and the experienced Pete Rogerson were very instrumental in establishing this great time of bonding with some great moments caught on camera. Mrs Hennessey may need to see a professional hairdresser to rectify a little mishap to her lovely locks of hair over the weekend. Sunday was as hot as the day before but ‘Bell Manor’ had some more surprises up its sleeve consisting of kayaking in a bull shark infested canal which was always fun. After the stint of kayaking it was back to business and time to train. We headed off to Belly’s school and trained until midday where the camp concluded. Over all it was a great camp to catch up with the girls, re-run through our game plan and confirm that we were all on the same page. With Belly being happy at where we are at, I think that it’s safe to say we are well on the way to being in peak condition for February 2013. Lastly I would like to say thanks to the TFA High Performance team, Cathy and Wayne for your efforts. A big thank you to Belly and Belly’s family for evacuating the family home to allow for us to stay and also Hayley Rogerson for accommodating some of the girls. Thanks to the guys and girls who came out to give us a run on the Sunny Coast as well. And lastly to Marto, Karley and Belly for such a well organised camp! Related LinksCamp Diary – Marikki Wategolast_img read more

Circle rates of commercial and residential properties come down in GB Nagar

first_imgG B Nagar: In a bid to provide much needed boost to the ailing realty sector, the Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration, on Wednesday, decided to slash the circle rates of commercial as well as residential properties in the district. Officials said that the move will not only help in curbing the revenue loss to the state but will also attract more commercial projects in Gautam Budh Nagar.District Magistrate, Gautam Buddh Nagar, B N Singh said that the circle rates have been revised after a study was done based on the difference between considerable rate and circle rates. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The minimum price for a circle rate is determined once a year, keeping in mind the economic activities happening in the district. There has been a considerable decrease in the revenue of the district in past couple of years and due to the increasing circle rates, the targets of commercial areas were not completed. We have decided to slash the circle rates over property while we will also invite comments from the public and the decision would be affective after the official notification,” said Singh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further informed that 6% surcharge being imposed on the properties has been removed and no further increase in the circle rate will be done. He also said that the 25% surcharge on the malls is already removed and the government is also going to reduce floor vice of 21% in all the commercial projects in Noida. Singh further said that the economic activities in the district have witnessed a slight increase with the upcoming Jewar International Airport which is at prime focus of the government. “Keeping in mind the development of the upcoming International Airport at Jewar in Greater Noida which is also expected to bloom economic activities in the district, the government has already paid nearly Rs 1,500 crore rupees to the farmers, lands of those have been acquired for Jewar Airport. The government will also pay the Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 crore in next couple of months,” added Singh. The circle rate will be reduced to increase the revenue of the government and will also benefit group housing societies and to those investors who are planning to buy a property in the district, he added.last_img read more

Stars Attend Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer

first_imgHollywood Stands Up To Cancer, presented by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and chaired by Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon, took place in Culver City, CA, on Wednesday.Camila and Matthew McConaugheyThe event was hosted by James Corden and featured a performance by John Legend and special guest Common.Among the stars who attended were Robert Downey Jr, Camila and Matthew McConaughey, Eva Mendes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale, Marg Helgenberger, Dan Bucatinsky, Katee Sackhoff, Karl Urban and Stacy Keibler.Between gifts from major donors and ticket sales, more than $16 million was pledged in connection with the 2015 event to fund Stand Up To Cancer’s innovative research including its support of The Jim Toth Sr. Breakthrough Lung Cancer Research Award established last year.Each year, Stand Up To Cancer recognizes one of its generous corporate donors for their support. This year, Co-Founder Katie Couric honored Visionary Donor, MasterCard, which has committed more than $25 million since the formation of SU2C and announced a new donation of $10 million to support SU2C’s innovative cancer research programs. Additionally, a $6 million grant from The Lustgarten Foundation will be combined with funding from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) for a new three-year, international pancreatic cancer dream team with SU2C.The event was produced by Yifat Oren & Associates and Don Mischer Productions in collaboration with the Entertainment Industry Foundation.last_img read more

The Vancouver Art Gallery Presents Takashi Murakamis Works in FirstEver Retrospective to

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We are delighted to offer Canadian audiences the opportunity to experience a wide range of paintings and sculptures by one of the world’s most influential and visionary artists,” says Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “In tracing Takashi Murakami’s development as an artist over the course of three decades, The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg draws attention to some of the major themes and cultural conditions that have shaped his artistic practice. We can’t wait to welcome countless visitors from Vancouver and beyond to this monumental exhibition, and for the general public to experience his work every time they pass by our Georgia Street facade.”The exhibition opens with Murakami’s early paintings from the 1980s that synthesize traditional Nihonga-style painting techniques and formats with contemporary subject matter, and goes on to trace the artist’s shift in the 1990s toward a distinctive, anime-influenced style known as Superflat. From his signature animated flowers to the iconic character Mr. DOB, a mouse-like figure that serves as part- ambassador and part self-portrait, the works in the show offer an in-depth look at Murakami’s unique Superflat universe.The exhibition also features works from a recent body of paintings depicting groups of wizened Buddhist monks (Arhats), including the ten-panel 100 Arhats (2013), an ambitious work of stunning intricacy and craftsmanship. A departure from the commercial pop aesthetic that first garnered him popular acclaim, the Arhat works mark Murakami’s return to his training in traditional Japanese painting in order to find a response to the suffering caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan in 2011 that killed more than 15,000 people.“The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg highlights Takashi Murakami’s dedication to exquisite craftsmanship as well as his boundless imagination moving freely within an ever-expanding field of aesthetic decisions and cultural inspiration, from Buddhist folk traditions to art history to popular culture,” says Bruce Grenville, senior curator. “This wide-ranging exhibition offers a serious engagement on issues affecting Japan and the larger world today, from media culture to globalization to the threats of nuclear power.”Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and is curated by MCA Chief Curator Michael Darling.About Takashi MurakamiTakashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. He studied at Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, where he received his BFA in 1986, his MFA in 1988, and his Ph.D. in 1993. He is the founder of the art production and management company Kaikai Kiki, which evolved from its predecessor, the Hiropon Factory founded in 1996.Murakami is well known for his high-profile projects with brands such as Louis Vuitton, VANS, shu uemura, Issey Miyake, Lucien Pellat-Finet, Roppongi Hills and ComplexCon, as well as collaborations with musicians such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. In 2008, he was selected as one of TIME magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People.” From 2003, he was included in ArtReview‘s Power 100 for ten consecutive years. He has also been engaged in a wide range of artistic undertakings such as curating exhibitions and collecting art and other curiosities for his personal collection. Between 2002 and 2014, he regularly organized “GEISAI,” a project intended to discover and nurture young artists from Japan and Taiwan. In all, approximately 20,000 artists participated in these projects. In response to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, he launched New Day, a charity initiative that carries out art auctions and other activities to help Japan recover from natural disasters.Murakami has also ventured into film and animation productions, releasing his first live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes in 2013. He is currently working on the sequel of Jellyfish Eyes as well as an animated television series, 6HP (Six Hearts Princess).Advanced tickets can be purchased here: murakami.vanartgallery.bc.caMajor Sponsors:  Brian and Andrea HillSupporting Sponsor:  Coromandel PropertiesAdditional Support:  Chan Family FoundationGenerous support for Murakami’s Georgia Street Façade project:  Artworkers Retirement SocietyAt the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the exhibition was supported by:  Lead support provided by Kenneth C. Griffin, Helen and Sam Zell, Anne L. Kaplan, Cari and Michael Sacks, Galerie Perrotin, Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, Gagosian, Andrea and Jim Gordon, and Susan Gaspari-Forest and Robert Forest.Major support provided by Blum & Poe and Liz and Eric Lefkofsky.Generous support provided by The Bluhm Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Jennifer and Alec Litowitz, Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., Matt Bayer and Joyce Yaung and the Bayer Family Foundation, The Japan Foundation, Robert J. Buford, Marilyn and Larry Fields, Nancy Lerner Frej and David Frej, and Dana and Brian L. Newman.Exhibition-Related Public Programs + Events Lecture with Takashi MurakamiWhen: Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.Where: Simon Fraser University, Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the ArtsThis lecture with renowned artist Takashi Murakami examines his ever-shifting and always evolving interests. Conceived in dialogue with Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, this lecture will examine his ongoing research-based practice through a series of interlocking ideas. Working across disciplines — from painting and sculpture, to anime and fashion — Murakami has created works that effectively blur the boundaries between vernacular and fine art, eastern and western philosophies and aesthetics and politics. By reflecting on his thirty years of making, including working with collaborators as diverse as Louis Vuitton and Kanye West, Murakami will propose different means for engaging with history and shaping the future through the specific lens of an artistic practice.Tickets can be purchased here.Murakami’s Birthday Bash and After PartyWhen: Friday, February 2, 5:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m. for the After-PartyWhere: Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street) and The Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville Street)This special evening will celebrate Takashi Murakami’s birthday and the opening of his first retrospective exhibition in Canada, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg. The evening will begin at the Vancouver Art Gallery with an exclusive exhibition preview with the artist, followed by a seated dinner at the Commodore Ballroom, and an after-party headlined by Grammy Award-winning DJ Mix Master Mike. Proceeds from this event support the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibitions and education and public programs.Tickets can be purchased here. VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Vancouver Art Gallery is excited to kick off its spring season with Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg (February 3 – May 6, 2018), the first- ever major retrospective of Takashi Murakami’s work in Canada.Featuring over 55 impressive paintings and sculptures, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg offers an in-depth survey of the evolution of Murakami’s paintings from the 1980s to the present, while highlighting the artist’s role as a committed and often conflicted cultural commentator. Spanning three decades from his earliest mature work to his recent large-scale creations, this extraordinary exhibition will include a recently produced five-metre tall sculpture and two specially created multi-panel paintings.For Murakami, connecting with his audience and allowing his artwork to be accessible to the general public are integral aspects of what he stands for as an artist. Murakami has created a new major public art project featuring a skull surrounded by octopus tentacles which will cover the Gallery’s Georgia Street façade, extending the exhibition outside the traditional confines of the Gallery space. Advertisement Facebook The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg (PRNewsfoto/The Vancouver Art Gallery)center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

How The Web Is Predicting Baseballs Hall Of Fame Voting

How The Web Is Predicting Baseballs Hall Of Fame Voting

The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce this year’s voting results Tuesday afternoon, but clever denizens of the Web have a head start on the process. For the past few years, the analytically inclined corner of the sports world (spearheaded by Baseball Think Factory and other sites) have counted the votes from media members who announced their ballots ahead of time — a contingent that includes more than a third of all voters as of Tuesday morning. The most recent projections can be found here.Since the Baseball Hall of Fame Vote Tracker project began in 2009, the early returns have corresponded remarkably well with the voting results:There are some inconsistencies, however. For example, the subset of voters who release their ballots ahead of time tends to align more closely with progressive baseball philosophies, such as the use of advanced metrics and the acceptance of players implicated for using performance-enhancing drugs.That’s why a player such as Mike Piazza, whose legacy has been clouded by vague PED rumors, may fall short of the 75 percent vote threshold needed for induction despite the exit polling listing him near 76 percent Tuesday morning. Or why Tim Raines, who stakes a not-insignificant portion of his claim to the hall on the basis of a strong wins above replacement (WAR) tally, probably won’t exceed the 65 percent mark being predicted by the HoF Tracker.Interestingly, after controlling for WAR and steroid allegations, the voters who fail to make their preferences known ahead of time also have been biased against players whose hall case is unusually tied up in the Hall of Fame Standards metric, which measures career longevity and milestone accumulation. This means non-disclosing voters tend to weigh a player’s peak contributions more heavily than his overall body of work.But even among the known ballots, there are some interesting hints as to how the nonpublic voting will shake out. Noting a rather visually arresting bifurcation among voters, sabermetric impresario Tom Tango has suggested this clustering effect is due to voters being highly polarized on a few hot-button issues. For instance, voters who selected Barry Bonds were very likely to also select Roger Clemens; meanwhile, voting for Fred McGriff or Lee Smith was strongly associated with not putting Bonds or Clemens on a ballot.Those numbers reflect generational differences between voters that will take center stage when we compare the HoF Tracker’s predictions to the voting results.UPDATE (Jan. 6, 3:59 p.m.): On Tuesday afternoon, the Hall of Fame announced that four players had been inducted: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. The players with the biggest deviations between actual voting percentage and the HoF Tracker’s predictions were Curt Schilling (whose actual share was 12.3 percentage points lower than his predicted share), Mike Mussina (11 percent), Raines (9.9 percent) and Lee Smith (whose actual voting percentage was 9.4 points higher than expected). As expected, Piazza also lost too many votes once the private ballots were accounted for; his voting percentage dropped from 76.2 percent in the final pre-announcement data to 69.9 percent in the overall tally. read more

The Silly Way Coaches Wins Are Counted

The Silly Way Coaches Wins Are Counted

If his Spurs win Wednesday, Gregg Popovich will reach a coaching milestone: 1,150 career wins. Or, if you look at it another (admittedly kookier) way, he could record his 23,787th win.Popovich reached a different sort of milestone Monday: his 1,000th career regular-season win as head coach. Although several NBA players, including LeBron James, congratulated him on the achievement, Pop’s reaction was subdued. Perhaps that’s because he remembers that he really won his 1,000th game more than two years ago — on Jan. 25, 2013, against Dallas. That night, he won his 882nd regular-season game, to go with 118 playoff wins to that point — although coverage of the game suggests that few did the arithmetic at the time. (An ill Popovich wasn’t even there to celebrate, although the game still counts in his ledger because he remained the team’s head coach.)The standard across most North American professional team sports is to omit playoff accomplishments from career totals even though postseason performance is much more important than regular-season feats for winning titles.1College stats typically include postseason numbers. The typical reason given for doing this with player stats is that players can’t choose their teammates. Charles Barkley isn’t any less great for not winning a title — it says more about his teams. It’s not Ernie Banks‘s fault that he didn’t make the playoffs, so he shouldn’t fall behind Gary Sheffield on the career home-run list. Or so the thinking goes.Even if that argument holds for players, though, it’s a lot shakier for coaches. The whole notion of counting their wins, and celebrating when that count reaches a nice round number, implicitly credits the coaches for the sum of their players’ accomplishments (however flawed that idea is; in Popovich’s case, it does seem like he deserves quite a bit of credit). If coaches get the credit for regular-season wins, then surely they should also get credit for the postseason wins those regular-season wins make possible. By that math, Popovich falls a bit further behind Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, the two other most successful coaches in modern NBA history; each has more playoff wins than Popovich’s 149, earned along the way to five titles.If we’ve convinced you that playoff wins should count toward a coach’s career total, then perhaps you’ll walk with us a little further down this plank. Surely playoff wins shouldn’t only count alongside regular-season wins but should count more than them. Most NBA executives, coaches and players would agree — and perhaps few would agree more than Popovich, whose reputed coaching style is to use the first half of the regular season to test lineups and try out new players, rather than, say, to win as many games as possible.So just how much more should a playoff win count? A whole lot more, by our calculations. For every playoff game since 1984, we calculated how much that game’s outcome swung the teams’ chances of winning the title, relative to an average regular-season game.2Similar to what we did for our post about Tom Brady’s accomplishments, we used the number of teams in the NBA each season, the number of playoff teams and the length of the schedule to determine how much the average regular-season game changed an average team’s championship probability. For instance, in 2013-14, there were 30 NBA teams, so each started with a 1-in-30 — or 3.3 percent — chance of winning the title. After the regular season, 16 teams’ chances rose to 1-in-16 (6.3 percent) and 14 teams’ odds fell to zero. That means the average NBA game last season moved a team’s championship needle either up or down by just 0.04 percentage points. So, for instance, Game 3 of last June’s NBA Finals counted as much as about 487 regular-season games in terms of championship impact, while Game 4 of Miami’s sweep of Charlotte was worth just 15 regular-season games.Add up the regular-season value of Popovich’s playoff wins, and you’ll find that they were worth 22,786 regular-season wins — or nearly 23 times as much as the sum total of his 1,000 regular-season wins. That’s pretty impressive, but he and his players have some work to do to catch Jackson and Riley, who top all coaches whose first playoff appearance was in or after the 1984 postseason. We don’t really mean that Popovich has won 23,786 regular-season games. It would be just as accurate to say that in the regular season, he has won 6.5 playoff games since his average playoff win counted for about 150 regular-season wins. A playoff win isn’t the same as a regular-season win, but that’s not a good enough reason not to include them when summing and assessing a coach’s accomplishments. These calculations show just how much of a coach’s value comes after his wins stop counting. The regular-season wins reflect a coach’s longevity. (“The time, that’s the most important element,” Popovich said Monday. “You have to be around for a while, I guess.”) The playoff wins reflect his true value — and that of his players. Phil Jackson1,15545,59246,747 Pat Riley1,21031,43032,640 Chuck Daly63813,76114,399 George Karl1,1319,09410,225 COACHREGULARSEASON WINSPLAYOFF WINS(REG SEASONEQUIVALENT)TOTAL Doc Rivers67810,42511,103 Erik Spoelstra33612,69213,028 Rick Adelman1,0429,68110,723 Gregg Popovich1,00022,78623,786 Rudy Tomjanovich52710,34510,872 read more

Mens Hockey Mason Jobst looks to lead Buckeyes back to tournament

Ohio State forward Mason Jobst holds off a Wisconsin forward as he crashes into senior goaltender Matt Tomkins during a Big Ten tournament semifinal game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiIt would seem that this year could potentially be a step back for the No. 19 Ohio State men’s hockey team, but junior forward Mason Jobst is looking to do his part to avoid any possible regression.The Buckeyes come into this season off their first NCAA tournament bid since 2009. But after a first-round overtime loss to then-No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth, the team lost three goalies and much of its top talent, which included captain and forward Nick Schilkey, who led the team in goals with 27. Jobst is returning from a dominant sophomore campaign in which he tallied 19 goals and 36 assists, led the Big Ten in points with 55 and earned second team All-American honors. Now coming into his junior year, Jobst said while he looks to improve, his goals are more team-oriented.“I think it’s just improving on the last year, being more productive than I was last year,“ Jobst said. “It was a tough loss in the first round of the NCAAs and the second round of the [Big Ten tournament], so just trying push to get further in that, and hopefully win the Big Ten Championship and win a national championship.”Western Michigan assistant coach Todd Krygier still remembers the years he spent coaching Jobst with the United States Hockey League’s Muskegon Lumberjacks in junior hockey. He remembers not only the leadership of Jobst, but also the speed, playmaking ability and hockey IQ as standing out on the ice.“His character was off the charts,” Krygier said. “His work ethic, his ability to get along with others and pull a team together and lead a team on and off the ice was absolutely fantastic.”Krygier added that in his time as Jobst’s coach, the now standout forward received little recognition from other teams and that Ohio State was one of the only teams that reached out to him.“I talked to several NCAA teams over the couple years that I coached him, and Ohio State was the only team that listened,” Krygier said. “So congrats to Ohio State, they obviously made a great decision.”Jobst was named captain for the Buckeyes Wednesday. But Krygier said Jobsts’ leadership had been obvious to him for years prior as he was a captain on Muskegon for his final two seasons. “I’ve learned a lot the last couple of years from Nick Schilkey and I think he was a great leader off the ice and on the ice, so it’s just trying to take parts of what he’d done in the past and what I’ve done to get here and try to lead this team to a championship,” Jobst said.Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik also understood what types of positive qualities Jobst brings to the team in many aspects.“He’s a kid that carries himself on the ice and off the ice, he’s the one that leads our culture and does the right things,” Rohlik said. “When your team looks at a player like that, everybody feeds off it.”Size has always been the concern for Jobst, who stands 5-foot-8, but Krygier said he knew Jobst would overcome any obstacles in his way.“For Mason to produce in the USHL the way he did, and the style he played and the work ethic he had, there was no doubt in my mind that he was going to be an All-American hockey player,” Krygier said.Jobst said players like future NHL Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis, current Calgary Flames wing Johnny Gaudreau, and Columbus Blue Jackets wing Cam Atkinson — all 5-foot-9 or shorter — are succeeding in ways he hopes to one day. Jobst wears the No. 26 because of St. Louis.“[St. Louis] was kind of a guy that started paving the way for smaller guys in the NHL with how hard he worked and how skilled he was,” Jobst said.Jobst and the No. 19 Buckeyes open the regular season with a pair of games on the road against a Big Ten opponent in No. 12 Wisconsin.“We’re getting right after it, playing a team that knocked us out of the Big Ten playoffs last year so I think we’re itching to get in there, and it should be a good atmosphere and a lot of fun,” Jobst said.Rohlik said Jobst is a special kind of player, and one who should only get better in this upcoming season.“As soon as you become satisfied you’re going to get passed up, and Mason’s not the kid that ever gets satisfied,” Rohlik said. read more