It happens every few years: a star-studded college team, fresh off a dominating performance, is compared favorably to the worst squad in the pros. A few years ago, it was the Anthony Davis-led Kentucky powerhouse vs. a pitiful Charlotte Bobcats outfit that set a new NBA low for winning percentage in a season. Now, it’s Kentucky’s 2014-15 team, which trounced fifth-ranked Kansas on Tuesday, vs. the tank-tactic Philadelphia 76ers.In a radio interview this week, former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe (now of the Phoenix Suns) said his alma mater would own the hypothetical matchup. “I’m definitely taking Kentucky,” Bledsoe said when asked who would win a best-of-seven series between the Wildcats and Sixers. “I think Philly would probably get maybe one game.”As others have pointed out, that’s absurd. As awful as they are — and boy, are they awful — the Sixers’ roster represents an All-Star team of college players from the past few seasons:Center Nerlens Noel was first-team All-SEC two seasons ago; if he were in college now, he’d likely be considered the best player in the country;Point guard Michael Carter-Williams was an honorable mention All-American as an NCAA sophomore; had he not left Syracuse, he would likely be considered the best guard in the college game;Guard Tony Wroten made first-team All-Pac 12 as a freshman two years ago;And rookie K.J. McDaniels was named to the All-ACC first team last season.These are all players who could still have NCAA eligibility if they had they not departed early for the NBA.To put these anecdotes in a more rigid framework, we can return to the same projection methodology we used for our NBA preview. The premise there was to take Real Plus/Minus data from last season, adjust for aging effects and regress to the mean to estimate each player’s true talent level. In this case, we also need to account for any information gleaned from the first three weeks or so of the NBA season; since RPM isn’t available for 2014-15 yet, I’m using a weighted average between a player’s current 2014-15 Statistical Plus/Minus (a box score-based statistic designed to emulate RPM in situations where RPM isn’t available) and our projected RPM ratings from the preseason.By this accounting, the 76ers are made up exclusively of below-average players. In fact, 54 percent of the team’s minutes have gone to players below the replacement-level RPM threshold of -2 points per 100 possessions. If we compute a minutes-weighted aggregation of ratings for Philadelphia’s 2014-15 roster (and adjust for the fact that the Sixers are usually trailing in their games), we’d expect them to lose to an average NBA team by 8.9 points per 100 possessions, which is ridiculously bad for a team’s true talent level. (Other teams have posted worse seasons, but that’s usually because they have bad rosters that perform below their talent levels.)But as bad as the Sixers are, Kentucky’s roster would translate to an even worse team at the NBA level. Looking at how well players’ draft slots predicted their rookie RPM performances (and, in turn, how well ultra-early mock draft rankings like these predict a player’s draft slot), and turning the clock back on those rookie-year RPM projections using an aging curve, we can also estimate an NBA-equivalent 2014-15 RPM talent level for every player on the Wildcats’ roster. Their top prospect, Karl-Anthony Towns (who sits at No. 3 in ESPN’s class-of-2015 draft rankings), would translate to a -2.6 RPM performance at the NBA level this season, worse than almost every player on Philadelphia’s roster. Every other Kentucky player, from Willie Cauley-Stein to Alex Poythress and the Harrison twins, grade out with various shades of putrid RPM ratings that would embarrass even Hakim Warrick.The aggregation of Kentucky’s NBA-translated RPM scores would predict an efficiency margin of -13.6 against an average NBA team. Even after accounting for the fundamental uncertainty surrounding projection models, such a team would lose about 88 of every 100 games against average NBA competition on a neutral court. The Sixers are far from average, of course, but even they would be expected to beat the Wildcats 74 percent of the time at home, and 56 percent of the time on the road. Using those probabilities to simulate Bledsoe’s hypothetical best-of-seven matchup, Kentucky would lose the series 78 percent of the time even if we gave them home-court advantage, most frequently falling in six games.It’s also likely those numbers vastly overestimate Kentucky’s chances. The NBA doesn’t let prospects who are not believed to be pro-caliber players take the court in games, so we don’t really know what kind of performance expectations to set for those Wildcat players who will never play in the NBA. This means the aforementioned translations are naturally biased toward inflating Kentucky’s rating. Furthermore, it’s probably not appropriate to assume the same uncertainty level around Kentucky’s rating that we would for an NBA team. Ironically, because we know they are a college team with no historical track record against NBA teams, we should probably be more certain that their horrible aggregated RPM rating is appropriate, because the sample of (NCAA) teams they’re being drawn from is known to be inferior to the NBA.Kentucky would not be favored against any NBA team, even one as horrid as the Sixers have been. The Wildcats look good when dismantling collegiate opponents, but the NBA is, quite literally, a whole different ball game.
OSU redshirt senior Johnni DiJulius (left) sizes up his opponent during a match against Arizona State on Nov. 20 at St. John Arena. OSU won 28-9.Credit: Mason Swires | Lantern reporterAfter sustaining a tough upset loss last Saturday, the Ohio State wrestling team has a quick recovery on its mind on Sunday.That matchup will feature No. 11 OSU (5-2, 2-1) playing host to No. 7 Nebraska (9-1, 3-1) at 2 p.m. in St. John Arena.Last week, the Buckeyes fell to the now-No. 10 Michigan by a score of 21-11.The upset loss was one that OSU did not take lightly.“There were seven weight classes where we didn’t score any offensive points,” OSU coach Tom Ryan said. “It’s critical this week that we are putting ourselves in scoring positions.”Redshirt senior Hunter Stieber fully agreed with his coach that the team needs to be more aggressive in the coming matchup.“We didn’t really shoot that much, and when we did, they capitalized on it more than we did,” Stieber said.Sunday will mark the first time the Scarlet and Gray face off against the Cornhuskers this season.The team will try to right the wrongs from last week and move forward.“I think we just need to get back to just wrestling how we want to wrestle and not let our opponent dictate the match,” Stieber said.Nebraska is a unit that is well-respected in the Big Ten, as well as throughout the entire NCAA.Through the last five matchups with OSU, the Cornhuskers have been victorious in four.Led by the likes of junior T.J. Dudley and senior Jake Sueflohn, Nebraska has amassed 205 points so far, and a record of 9-1 overall.Also over the span of the last five years, Nebraska has finished nationally ranked inside the top 15 every season.So, with the high pedigree of their opponent, Ryan and the Buckeyes know exactly what the Cornhuskers bring to the table.“They’re a tough, gritty team,” Ryan said. “I think every one of their guys is ranked in the top 15 or so.”All of the probable starters for Nebraska are, in fact, ranked in the top 25 in the InterMat polls.The Cornhuskers unit will be a test for the OSU team, but Ryan said he is confident in his wrestlers.“They’ve got a really tough dual-meet team, and it’s going to be one heck of a match,” Ryan said.A healthy lineupIn the 2014-15 season, the OSU wrestling team sustained a few setbacks in terms of injuries to key members of the team.“Last year we struggled to put a healthy team on the mat all year,” Ryan said.This year, the team seems to be in peak shape, and ready for a run at repeating as NCAA champions.One of the most notable injuries from last season was sustained by Stieber.At the start of the year, Stieber was one of the top-ranked wrestlers in the 149-pound weight class before a knee injury limited him to participating in just 10 matches.Now, the redshirt senior has had time to heal, and is ready for the season ahead.“I haven’t wrestled healthy in, like, two years,” Stieber said.Although there are still small hiccups here and there, Stieber returned to the starting lineup last week.He will likely draw a tough opponent in Sueflohn on Sunday.Looking aheadAfter Sunday’s showdown with the Cornhuskers, OSU is scheduled to continue its Big Ten portion of the season, squaring off against Michigan State on Jan. 24.The two teams met in the Michigan State Open earlier this season, where both teams performed well.The match is set to take place at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cleveland at 2 p.m.
Napoli captain Marek Hamsik has paid tribute to the departing Pep Reina with the Spaniard set to play in his final game for the club against Torino on SundayThe goalkeeper held a dinner to bid farewell to his teammates at Napoli with Reina set to join Serie A rivals AC Milan at the end of the season as a free agent.Sunday’s game against Torino will be Reina’s final appearance at their San Paolo Stadium with Luigi Sepe set to deputise for the Spaniard in their remaining two games with Napoli currently trying overhaul their four-point gap to league leaders Juventus as they attempt to win their first Serie A title since 1990.“Pepe you were a great teammate. One of the best with whom I had the pleasure to play. A real man and a true leader. You will be missed a lot, for your way of living the locker room and at matches, you are always ready for any joke. I make a big wolf mouth for your new adventure. Thank you for all these years with you and with this shirt. Your companions and this city will not forget you. GREAT PEPE TVB A STRONG EMBRACE ??? P.S There are still 3 games left to us we still believe it until mathematics will not allow it. We will give it our all as always ?? Dreaming is not forbidden” Hamsik wrote on Instagram. Rumour: PSG ready Donnarumma bid George Patchias – August 21, 2019 PSG are ready to make a bid for goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.According to Italian football new outlet Calciomercato.com, PSG is about to make an offer…The veteran goalkeeper joined Napoli on a loan spell from Liverpool in 2013 and won the Coppa Italia that season, before rejoining the Light Blues on a permanent deal in the summer of 2015 from Bayern Munich.Since then, Reina has made 153 appearances in goal for Napoli and has played an integral role in their title battle with Juventus this season.
Alexis Sanchez has trained with his Manchester United team-mates in the USA for the first time, after landing in Los Angeles following his visa issues.The former Arsenal player had previously been busy working with one of the fitness coaches at the Aon Training Complex, but he is expected to play a part in Sunday’s friendly match against San Jose Earthquakes.United legend Denis Irwin revealed his admiration for the player in an interview saying “His arrival is a boost for the squad, and this pre-season training will be good for him,” “Alexis came to the club in January, and he knows the Premier League, but this is a chance to get his team-mates even better. You can’t beat pre-season!“Don’t forget he has been working at the Aon Training Complex as well, so he is not rusty, he is up to speed, and that leads me to think he will play a part against San Jose Earthquakes..@Alexis_Sanchez arrives at training – welcome to LA! ??? #MUTOUR #MUFC pic.twitter.com/fYprbiSpyoMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 21, 2018Mourinho had already suggested Alexis will appear against San Jose Earthquakes in Santa Clara, telling MUTV: When he lands, he has to play, because he trained with us for five days before we departed to LA and we left one fitness coach behind with him. Of course, it is individual training but, when he arrives, he has to play. If he is coming, he has to play.”Jose Mourinho’s men face San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday ahead of International Champions Cup matches against AC Milan, Liverpool, and Real Madrid, rounding off pre-season against Bayern Munich.United will then kick off the 2018-19 Premier League season with a home game against Leicester City on August 10.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery insists he has no secret approach to their recent success and only takes things one game at a timeSince replacing Arsene Wenger in the dugout in the summer, Emery has made an instant impact at the Emirates Stadium.Despite losing his first two games in charge, the Spaniard has since led Arsenal to a 22-match unbeaten run with the Gunners firmly in the battle for a top-four spot in the Premier League.They also emerged as Group E winners in the Europa League following their 1-0 win against Qarabag FK on Thursday night.But Emery is adamant that there is no secret formula to their new found success.“There is no secret in our way,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.“We think only about the next match and prepare with our focus being very clear that we can progress and we can improve in the next matches.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“This development with us is clear with the players. We don’t want to think about the past, the most important thing is the present and the near future.”The Spaniard is wary of going up against Southampton on Sunday in the Premier League with their new coach Ralph Hasenhuttl.“Southampton have some very good players and a new coach who has good experience and good performances in Germany,” said Emery.“On Sunday I think they are going to push against us a lot. We need to prepare very well for the match with a very big personality because we want to be consistent.“Every challenge is to continue doing that and Sunday is a big challenge and a big match, and also we are looking forward to continuing our improvement and good moment knowing that it’s difficult.”French defender and captain Laurent Koscielny is a doubt for this weekend, despite returning to action on Thursday.The Southampton-Arsenal game will begin at 14:30 (CET) on Sunday at St Mary’s.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House’s populist vote to pay Alaskans the full amount for their oil-wealth fund checks has been undone. Lawmakers rescinded the vote Friday after debate over Alaska Permanent Fund dividends derailed efforts to pass a state operating budget. Monday’s vote for a fully funded dividend, held during a drawn-out budget debate, split the House majority and spurred minority Republicans to seek bigger budget cuts to win over their members. The size of the oil check was cut roughly in half the last two years amid gridlock over Alaska’s budget deficit. A handful of majority members who supported a full dividend Monday backed undoing that vote Friday. Rather than a full payout, estimated at about $2,650, lawmakers voted for a $1,600 dividend this year.
The resolution to amend the invocation policy passed in a 7-2 vote at the assembly meeting on November 20. Ogle: “We have 12 assigned invocation spots throughout the year and we have eight that remain to be assigned. Those spots are open.” The borough has been wrestling with the invocation policy since August 2016 when an invocation invoking the name of Satan was given during an assembly meeting. Residents who are interested can sign up for invocations through the borough clerk. and according to Ogle will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Assemblywoman Kelly Cooper: “We’re supposed to understand what other people believe and be mindful of what they believe, just like we expect them to me mindful of our beliefs.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to broaden the scope of eligible invocation providers to better reflect the diversity of beliefs in the borough, and according to Assembly President Wayne Ogle that starts now.
These individuals have called citizens in an effort to gain personal information and extort money. The Alaska State Troopers will NOT call your residence, business, or place of employment to collect unpaid debts, bail, court judgments, or other monetary instruments. If you are in question of the validity of a law enforcement officer or their requests, citizens should get the name of the alleged officer and call their local police agency to verify their identity. Citizens are encouraged not to provide personal information to anyone over the phone. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers have received reports of a recent scam involving unknown individuals who claim to be Alaska State Troopers or other law enforcement.
• Apple’s FaceTime video chats might feel more real soon. Angela Lang/CNET Apple’s third iOS 13 developer beta adds a FaceTime feature that’ll fake eye contact during video calls, according to app designer Mike Rundle. Toggling the FaceTime Attention Correction setting makes it look like you’re looking directly into the camera, even though you’re really looking at the screen and the person you’re talking to.Rundle apparently tested the feature with podcaster Will Sigmon, who noted that it’s only working on the iPhone XS, XS Max and “maybe” the cheaper XR. The 2017 iPhone X apparently doesn’t support the feature. You’ve probably been unnerved by the fact that the person you’re talking to during FaceTime video calls always seems to be looking down slightly, since they’re looking at the image of you on screen rather than at their camera. We don’t know what trickery Apple is using for the Attention Correction feature, but it sounds pretty impressive.The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.If you’re looking for iOS 13 features to try right now, Apple added some nice Wi-Fi and Bluetooth shortcuts too.First published at 4:15 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:48 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Now playing: Watch this: iOS 13 beta: Install at your own risk iOS 13 Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See All Apple Tags Mobile Internet Services Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Guys – “FaceTime Attention Correction” in iOS 13 beta 3 is wild.Here are some comparison photos featuring @flyosity: https://t.co/HxHhVONsi1 pic.twitter.com/jKK41L5ucI— Will Sigmon (@WSig) July 2, 2019 3:53 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier reading • iOS 13’s FaceTime will apparently fake eye contact
America’s real estate mogul Donald Trump announced the entry of his company into the Indian market.Trump Towers Pune will be a pair of 22 storeyed luxurious residential towers located in an up-scale locality of Pune. The structure will be built by Panchshil Realty developer.”We are thrilled to announce Trump Towers Pune. It will be an amazing building in one of the hottest locations in India. The developers, Panchshil Realty, are a great team of professionals who plan to deliver a product unlike anything else in the region,” said Donald Trump. Trump Towers PuneTwin Towers Pune is a pair of sleek modern towers that ‘redefine the Pune skyline’. It is spread on a 2.5-acre site with 44 luxurious condominiums across two towers of 22 storeys each. Each floor houses one apartment of approximately 6000 sqft with five bedrooms. With approvals ready and construction already underway, Trump Towers Pune is expected to be completed by 2015. The project was first talked about in August last year, when Panchshil Realty announced the news.The project will mark the entry of the Trump brand in India. Trump announced the news on the micro-blogging website Twitter yesterday.Trump Organization’s first project in India, Trump Towers Pune, will epitomize inspired living and timeless elegance http://t.co/VZr9jwKz29- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2013The companies have not announced the cost of each condominium yet. Trump Towers Pune will also have an exclusive fitness center by Bollywood actor and model John Abraham.There will also be an art gallery which will exclusively showcase contemporary art, private collections of various artists and an exquisite jewellery collection to epitomise luxury for the residents.