Women’s Soccer League roundup

first_imgThe scores from standard league play from the past week are as follows:Fort Motors 7 Alchoballics 1D & D 1 Ironhide 0- Advertisement -Royal Rebels 5 Vipers 3Vipers 1 The Crush 0Highmark 7 Energetic 0Advertisement Highmark 6 Crush 0D & D 5 Ironhide 1Maxim 3 AltaGas 0Richmond 3 Sharp 0Vipers 3 Energetic 2Advertisement Highmark 7 Alchoballics 1 D & D 6 Sharp 0Richmond 2 AltaGas 0 Fort Motors 1 Vipers 0 Royal Rebels 7 Alchoballics 1 Advertisement Games continue this week for the ladies of the Fort St. John Women’s Soccer League with games on Friday and Sunday. Below are the scores from the Icebreaker Tournament:Fort Motors 2 Icebreakers 0 Ironhide 8 Maxim 3Royal Rebels 2 Energetic 0Advertisementlast_img read more

Donegal Tourism sector on board as ‘Donegal Connect’ countdown begins

first_imgThe new Donegal Connect initiative has been given a huge boost with a fantastic special offer from Aer Lingus where customers flying from the US and concluding their journey at Donegal Airport can avail of special offers using the ‘Donegal19’ promo code.The 10 day celebration of all things Donegal is set to take place this Autumn from 27 September to 6 October and in addition to this special offer from Aer Lingus, a range of Donegal hotels are offering various discounts and special packages linked to the Donegal celebrations.A comprehensive list of all these offers will be available to view on http://www.donegalconnect.com from May 1st. Speaking this week Garry Martin, Director of Service with Donegal County Council, said he was delighted with the offer being put forward by Aer Lingus as this is another opportunity for people with a connection to Donegal to come home for the 10 day celebration.“We are delighted to have Aer Lingus on board with the Donegal Connect initiative and we are working with other providers to put in place special offers for accommodation, car hire and travel itineraries. We will be promoting these on www.donegalconnect.com as these become available”.This special offer will see US based customers being offered $100 off return economy or $200 off return business flights with half discount applying on one ways in both economy & business for travel dates from 9 September to 27 October 2019 but bookings must be made before the 30 June 2019 using the promo code ‘Donegal19’.A marketing drive to highlight the range of offers is to take place in the USA this May as a Donegal Trade Team will be embarking on a whistle stop tour of US cities with strong affiliations to the county. These will include two events in Philadelphia on the 15th & 16th May; one in Boston on 17th May; while the 18th & 19th May will see events in two separate locations in New York. The precise locations and times of these events will be announced in the coming weeks on http://www.donegalconnect.comThe 10 day celebration, which is about enticing those with an affinity for Donegal to come back to experience what the county has to offer, promises to have something for everyone including a strong focus on food, genealogy, culture, heritage, sport and music and in particular on employment and business development opportunities.Garry Martin explains “highlighting business development and career opportunities in Donegal is an important part of Donegal Connect which will include business networking events and seminars, a careers symposium and workshops on the practicalities of re-locating or returning to Donegal as well as a series of events showcasing the superb quality of life opportunities on offer”.The initiative is being delivered by Donegal County Council through the Donegal Diaspora Project working with a range of public and private sector organisations including IDA, LYIT, Údarás na Gaeltachta and some of the largest private sector employers in the county including Pramerica, Randox and Abbotts Diabetes Care.Donegal Tourism sector on board as ‘Donegal Connect’ countdown begins was last modified: April 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bolton v QPR line-ups: Henry in, change up front, Wanderers duo play

first_imgKarl Henry has been given the nod ahead of Daniel Tozser to replace the injured Alejandro Faurlin in QPR’s midfield for the game at Bolton.Tozser is dropped to the bench along with Sebastian Polter, who loses his place to Conor Washington. Striker Washington has been passed fit following a recent ankle problem and is paired alongside Jamie Mackie.Meanwhile, Bolton’s Jay Spearing and Dean Moxey have been passed fit after groin and leg injuries respectively.Bolton: Amos, Moxey, Dervite, Vela, Feeney, Spearing, Clough, Davies, Heskey, Pratley, Holding.Subs: Rachubka, Madine, Derik, Danns, Wellington, Dobie, Wollery.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Phillips, Henry, Luongo, Hoilett; Mackie, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Angella, Chery, Tozser, , El Khayati, Petrasso, Polter.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Negative Selection Is Not What Darwin Wanted

first_imgDarwin wanted to explain humans from bacteria. He can’t get there by just protecting what bacteria already had.The tuatara is a rare lizard that only survives on certain islands off the south island of New Zealand. It’s a ‘living fossil’ – the “Sole survivor of a once-diverse lineage,” Jones and Hutchinson write in Nature. It’s a reminder that evolution includes a strong tendency to go extinct. Somehow, this sole surviving member of Rhynchocephalia found a niche where it could survive.In the same issue of Nature, Philip Ball reviews a book that compares cities to organisms. But cities are intelligently designed; they are not subject to biological mutation and natural selection.Negative selection against deleterious alleles produced by mutation influences within-population variation as the most pervasive form of natural selection.Negative SelectionIn Science, ten authors from two consortia discuss how “Negative selection in humans and fruit flies involves synergistic epistasis.” Basically, this means that organisms work hard to rid themselves of bad mutations. Negative selection predominates, they say. We can all be thankful that our bodies try to protect us from harmful mutations, but how did bacteria climb up to humanity that route? One cannot climb Mt. Improbable by trying to stay on the same stair in a howling wind.Negative selection against deleterious alleles produced by mutation influences within-population variation as the most pervasive form of natural selection. However, it is not known whether deleterious alleles affect fitness independently, so that cumulative fitness loss depends exponentially on the number of deleterious alleles, or synergistically, so that each additional deleterious allele results in a larger decrease in relative fitness. Negative selection with synergistic epistasis should produce negative linkage disequilibrium between deleterious alleles and, therefore, an underdispersed distribution of the number of deleterious alleles in the genome. Indeed, we detected underdispersion of the number of rare loss-of-function alleles in eight independent data sets from human and fly populations. Thus, selection against rare protein-disrupting alleles is characterized by synergistic epistasis, which may explain how human and fly populations persist despite high genomic mutation rates.Genetic EntropyScience Daily‘s summary of the paper in Science, referenced above, discusses “Ongoing natural selection against damaging genetic mutations in humans.” The authors admit to an idea very similar to John Sanford’s classic, Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome. He claimed that humans pass on so many neutral mutations, the human population is more likely to go extinct than improve by rare ‘beneficial’ mutations, if there are any. This article echoes that concept:The survival of the human species in the face of high rates of genetic mutations has remained an important problem in evolutionary biology. While mutations provide a source of novelty for the species, a large fraction of these genetic changes can also be damaging. A newborn human is estimated to have ~70 new mutations that the parents did not have. In a project conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital research geneticist Shamil Sunyaev, PhD, and University of Michigan professor Alexey Kondrashov, PhD, scientists studied natural selection in humans. Their findings are published in a new paper in Science, where they report that, as a species, humans are able to keep the accumulation of damaging mutations in check because each additional mutation that’s added to a genome causes larger, and larger consequences, decreasing an individual’s ability to pass on genetic material.This “long-standing conundrum in evolutionary biology” is only mitigated, not overcome, by a shuffling maneuver: sex. “[S]ex had to come about in a species such as our own to allow for more effective natural selection because the mutation rate is too high to sustain otherwise.” If that constitutes an “evolutionary advantage,” it is not one poised to help an organism grow wings or eyes. “This observation is general and is not limited to the human species,” they point out. So how is Mr. Darwin supposed to coax that bacterium up Mt. Improbable, where humanity is waiting to be invented?We highly recommend Genetic Entropy by Cornell geneticist Dr. John Sanford. It will cure you of Darwinism once and for all. It will also reinforce the Biblical view that things are running down, not up, since the Creation and the Fall. (Visited 518 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

First MeerKAT telescope foundation laid

first_img15 August 2013The concrete for the first MeerKAT antenna foundation was poured at South Africa’s Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site in the Northern Cape on Wednesday.The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, which is to be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia.The 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope is due to come online in 2016 both as a precursor to the SKA and as one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right.The foundation laid on Wednesday is the first of 64 similar foundations – each comprising 78 cubic metres of concrete and 9 tons of steel – that will be built for the MeerKAT over the next nine months.“Designing a foundation for a high-tech telescope is complex and challenging since it has to meet a set of stringent requirements,” Tracy Cheetham, general manager for infrastructure and site operations at SKA South Africa, said in a statement.“The foundations must ensure that each of the 19-metre high antennas with its 13.5 x 16 metre main reflector will be exceptionally stable and able to point accurately at distant celestial objects at wind speeds gusting to 69 kilometres an hour as well as survive wind speeds of up to 144 kilometres an hour.”Another challenge for the design team, working with contractors Brink & Heath Civils, was to ensure that each antenna was carefully earthed and would not be damaged in the event of a lightning strike.To meet these stability requirements, each foundation consists of eight steel-reinforced concrete piles at depths of between 5 to 10 metres, depending on the local soil conditions. A square slab of concrete (5.2 x 5.2 metres, and 1.25 metres thick) rests on top of the piles to add further stability. The 32 “holding down” bolts are pre-assembled in a circle to form a steel ring cage, or so-called “bird’s nest”, into which the concrete is cast.“This first foundation will now be verified through a series of load tests to ensure that all specifications have been met,” Cheetham said.“Getting this absolutely right is critically important for the science to be done with this instrument, and will also inform the construction of foundations for other SKA dishes to be built in the Karoo.”The MeerKAT is due to be commissioned in 2014/15, and to come online for science operations in 2016. It will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the Square Kilometre Array itself is completed around 2024. Leading radio astronomy teams from around the globe having already signed up to use the instrument.Via the MeerKAT, South Africa is playing a key role in design and technology developments for the SKA, with close to 100 young scientists and engineers working on the MeerKAT project.“Based at the engineering office in Cape Town, and at universities and technology companies across South Africa and Africa, these researchers interact closely with SKA teams around the world,” SKA South Africa says on its website.“In collaboration with South African industry and universities, and collaborating with global institutions, the South African team has developed technologies and systems for the MeerKAT telescope, including innovative composite telescope dishes and cutting-edge signal processing hardware and algorithms.”According to Professor Justin Jonas, associate director for science and engineering at SKA South Africa, the MeerKAT “will make up one quarter of SKA Phase 1 mid-frequency array, and the science planned for SKA Phase 1 is very similar to the MeerKAT science case – just much more ambitious.“Our researchers and students who participate in the MeerKAT surveys have a huge advantage. They are well placed to enter SKA Phase 1. They have the opportunity to become science leaders in future SKA projects.”Up to 2016, South Africa will be constructing the 64 MeerKAT dishes in the Karoo, with construction on the 190 dishes of SKA Phase 1 probably starting around the time the MeerKAT is complete.“The design of the SKA dishes is not yet final, but they should look similar to the Gregorian-offset dish design chosen for MeerKAT,” Prof Jonas expects.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Podcast Clippers Collapse Rangers Squeakers And Baseball Embraces Statcast

Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to this week’s episode of “Hot Takedown,” our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (May 19, 2015), we look at the matchups in the NBA’s conference finals, whether the Houston Rockets are winning with analytics and why the Clippers collapsed. Nate Silver discusses why the New York Rangers continue to win so many close NHL games. And we ponder whether baseball needs even more statistical analysis as MLB embraces Statcast. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week on Chelsea’s oft-disciplined Cesc Fabregas.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss in this week’s show:The Clippers’ win probability during Game 6 against the Rockets peaked at 98 percent.Stephen Curry is unguardable.Lebron James is dominant in the conference finals.The future of MLB stats and video tracking.Analyst vs. Statcast, who should you trust?Nate Silver on postseason goaltending and the Rangers’ ability to win close game after close game.Significant Digit: 14 points. In a game in which Chelsea clinched the Premier League title, Cesc Fabregas also pulled into a tie for the most discipline points among all players. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Embed Code read more

Will The PGA Championship Be Jordan Spieths Great White Whale

* With a career grand slam on the line (i.e., after winning the other three majors, but not counting any cuts made after a slam was collected). Nine of Snead’s cuts at the U.S. Open were made before 1958.Source: ESPN Rory McIlroyThe Masters3 PLAYERMISSING MAJORCUTS MADE*SUCCESS? Tiger WoodsBritish Open1✓ Phil MickelsonU.S. Open2 Raymond FloydBritish Open7 Winning that last major is hard, especially when it’s the PGAGolf’s career grand slam candidates since 1958 Tom WatsonPGA Championship17 When modern-era golfers have needed either the U.S. or British Open to cap off the slam, they’ve had at least some success — three wins against 35 cuts made after winning his first three majors.3This includes the nine pre-1958 cuts Snead made at the U.S. Open after he’d picked up the other three majors; we grandfathered him into the data because he also made 10 cuts at the U.S. Open after the modern era began. And the two players who’ve needed only the Masters as their coup de grace, Lee Trevino and Rory McIlroy, are only oh-for-16 in terms of wins versus cuts made. But between Palmer and Watson, slam-seekers are winless in their 38 cuts at the PGA, a record of futility Spieth will try to chip away at.Watson got close at the PGA before the career grand slam was on the line — he finished in a tie for second at Oakmont Country Club in 1978, though he hadn’t yet won the U.S. Open at that stage of his career. He’d get his first chance at the career slam in the summer of 1982 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma — and he put forth a solid effort, finishing in a tie for ninth on the leaderboard. But in his subsequent 23 starts at the PGA Championship, Watson would never get closer than fifth.Palmer, meanwhile, got his first shot at career-slam glory at the 1964 PGA Championship in Columbus, Ohio. He hit it well all week but ended up three strokes back of winner Bobby Nichols, in a tie for second with Nicklaus. It was a tough pill to swallow for sure, but Palmer would get many more whacks at his slam; Nichols would never win another major.But the PGA disappointments kept piling up. At the 1968 PGA Championship in San Antonio, Texas, Palmer entered Sunday two strokes back of leader Frank Beard and saw an opening when Beard blew up in the final round. But 48-year-old (!) Julius Boros played a little better, edging Palmer by a single stroke with a final-round 69.Palmer’s window was closing, but ’68 wouldn’t be his last near-miss. That would come at the 1970 PGA Championship — also played at Southern Hills — where he, for the third time in seven seasons, finished in a tie for second. That meant one of the greatest golfers ever came within a few shots of reaching the sport’s zenith on three separate occasions, only to fall short because of a bad chip here or a poor read there.Now Jordan Spieth — a 24 year-old who celebrated his first birthday two weeks before Palmer was cut from the final PGA Championship in which he appeared — has a chance to do what Palmer couldn’t.Spieth’s path won’t be easy, though — he’ll have to contend with McIlroy, a two-time PGA Championship winner who holds the course record at Quail Hollow4He shot 61 there at the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship. and who — oh, by the way — is also just one major shy of the career grand slam. (He only needs to check off a Masters victory.) Spieth may be golf’s wunderkind du jour, but it wasn’t long ago that McIlroy was the player everyone believed might challenge Jack and Tiger for GOAT status. And despite Spieth’s bid to make history this weekend, McIlroy is the tournament favorite.So it should be a fun duel: Spieth and McIlroy are two of the best golfers in the world and have been for a while. For the 2017 PGA season, Spieth ranks first in strokes gained approaching the green, fourth in total strokes gained on average, seventh in strokes gained from tee to green, 18th in strokes gained around the green, and 47th in strokes gained from putting. (Strokes gained is a statistic that measures how golfers pick up and lose strokes compared to the rest of the field. Spieth leading the PGA tour in strokes gained approaching the green means that, because his approach shots are so good, he is improving his score at a better clip than anyone else in the field. It also confirms what everyone is saying: Spieth is an excellent iron player.)What about McIlroy? He’s battled injury for much of the season, but when he has played, he’s been good. McIlroy hasn’t made enough starts in 2017 for his stats to qualify for the PGA leaderboards, but let’s have a look at them anyway. If he were ranked against the rest of the tour, McIlroy would be first in strokes gained from tee to green and in strokes gained off the tee. And McIlroy’s total strokes gained average would rank third on the tour. His play around and on the green hasn’t been great — he would be tied for 79th in strokes gained around the green and rank 96th in strokes gained from putting, if qualified — but then again, McIlroy’s strength has never been his putter. He’s a tee-to-green kind of player, and that part of his game is firing on all cylinders entering the PGA Championship. The field — and especially Spieth — should be very afraid.Whatever the outcome this Sunday, golf fans should be feeling pretty lucky right now — it’s possible Spieth and McIlroy could both achieve career grand slams by trading wins in the next two majors. But there are no guarantees in golf, especially when it comes to checking off the career slam at the PGA — just ask Palmer and Watson. Lee TrevinoThe Masters13 Gary PlayerU.S. Open3✓ Jack NicklausBritish Open3✓ Arnold PalmerPGA Championship21 Winning three of the four major championships in men’s professional golf is no easy feat. Only 18 golfers have ever done it,1And as we’ll see in the table below, only 11 have had a chance to cap off the career slam after 1958, when the PGA Championship switched to stroke play and thus began what’s generally regarded as the modern era of major championships. and of those, only five — Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen — have gone on to win the fourth and complete the career grand slam.2The tournaments that constitute a grand slam have changed over the years, so we’re only considering the definition in use since 1958: The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship.One of the 13 golfers stuck on three majors (poor guy, I know) is Jordan Spieth, who joined the club with his win at the British Open in July. And luckily for Spieth, the last major he needs to check off is the PGA Championship, which begins Thursday at the Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina. If Spieth wins, he’ll become the group’s sixth member — and the youngest at the time of his accession. Spieth is OK at golf, gang.But although the PGA is often regarded as the game’s weakest major, even the greatest golfers can get hung up trying to add it to their collection. Of the seven modern-era golfers who weren’t able to secure that elusive fourth major (not counting Spieth, who still has much of his career in front of him), two counted the PGA Championship as their white whale. One of those golfers was some guy named Arnold Palmer, and the other was Tom Watson — owners of 15 total majors between them. But for all their many accomplishments, the duo were never able to capture the Wanamaker Trophy. Sam SneadU.S. Open19 read more

Are The Warriors Now The NBAs Greatest Dynasty

With three NBA championships over the past four seasons, the Golden State Warriors are a bona fide dynasty. Regardless of how you feel about its 2016 acquisition of Kevin Durant, which lifted an already historic team to an entirely new level of dominance, Golden State has done something special: Only seven NBA teams1Among four different franchises. have ever pulled off the three-rings-in-four-years trick. Even for the most talented roster ever, that’s not an easy thing to accomplish.The league’s history is, in many ways, defined by its dynasties in a manner that other sports aren’t, and the Warriors are nothing if not the defining team of our current era. But where do they rank in comparison with those other dynastic teams from years past? Although there’s no definitively correct answer, it’s still fun to argue. So we thought we’d fact-check Golden State’s case using our Elo ratings, which are designed to measure a team’s inherent strength at any given moment.Let’s start with the best runs of four consecutive seasons according to the method we favor for judging historical Elo seasons: a blend2Using the harmonic mean. of a team’s final, peak and full-season-average ratings.3For the latter two categories, we exclude the first 20 games of the season, to give a team the chance to stabilize during the season in question. To ensure that a team rated highly every year, I took the harmonic mean of its blended rating from each of the four seasons. Here are the all-time rankings, excluding any duplicates from the same franchise over the same span of years: The Warriors are Elo’s most impressive NBA dynastyHighest multiyear blended Elo rating relative to expectation for a championship-caliber team for NBA franchises that won at least three titles in a span of 10 or fewer years, 1948-2018 San Antonio Spurs2013-1611736 Golden State Warriors2015-1831789 Golden State Warriors2015-183 of 41789+188 Detroit Pistons1987-9021695 A “championship-caliber” team starts out with an Elo of 1600, and dynasties are measured against what we’d project that team’s multiyear blended Elo to be after a given number of years.For franchises that made the list multiple times in a given time period, only their highest-rated stretch during the span was included.Source: Basketball-Reference.com Chicago Bulls1991-9431717 Miami Heat2005-143 of 101596+39 Los Angeles Lakers1998-043 of 71684+112 According to Elo, the Warriors of the past few years have snapped off what is easily the best stretch of four consecutive seasons any NBA team has ever had. By that standard, then, they absolutely belong in the conversation of the league’s greatest dynasties. But of course, they’ve also only had four dynasty-level seasons to speak of. As hard as it is to remember what things were like before the Warriors started dominating, Golden State’s reign has been brief in dynasty terms.So how should we measure the Warriors’ four-year stretch against, say, the Chicago Bulls’ pair of three-peats in the 1990s or the Boston Celtics’ ridiculous championship monopoly of the 1960s?To help put various dynastic runs on equal footing, I began with a thought experiment: How easily would a generic championship-caliber team be able to match a given multiyear run from NBA history? The most difficult-to-replicate stretches are, by definition, the most impressive ones — and in my conception, make for the best dynasties — because a normal contending team is so unlikely to pull them off.As a way of quantifying this, I assigned our generic team a preseason Elo rating of 1600, aka the average preseason Elo for NBA champs since 1948. I then ran a series of regressions to determine what we’d expect its average blended Elo over the next given stretch of seasons to be and compared every possible stretch of seasons in each franchise’s history to those expected ratings. I isolated things down to NBA teams that won at least three championships in a span of 10 or fewer years and tossed out overlapping runs from the same franchise that didn’t prove to be more impressive than other, higher-ranking ones. The dynastic runs we’re left with are the most successful — i.e., the most difficult to replicate — out of all possible multiyear periods in NBA history.As you can see in the table below, the most impressive period for one team might last only three years, while another’s could span an entire decade. For example, the current Warriors’ best period came over the 2015 to 2018 period, because their four-year mark of 1789 was 188 points higher than what we’d expect our generic contender’s average blended Elo over the next four seasons to be. Another example: The San Antonio Spurs’ best run came over 10 seasons, from 1998-99 to 2007-08,4Yes, 2008 is included despite San Antonio’s burst of championships (which started in 1999) temporarily being put on hold after 2007. Our method thinks extending their Elo run into a very good 10th season was more impressive than if we simply look at things after their 2007 championship season. during which time they had a blended Elo rating of 1702 — 145 points better than we’d expect that generic championship-caliber team to do over a 10-season period. Some franchises, like the Bulls, are listed twice in rapid succession, because they had multiple short runs that were highly impressive and didn’t overlap.Here’s Elo’s ranking of all-time NBA dynasties: Utah Jazz1995-9801702 * Using the harmonic mean.Source: Basketball-Reference.com TeamSeasonsChampionshipsBlended Elovs. Exp. Los Angeles Lakers2000-0331703 Philadelphia 76ers1980-8311698 Boston Celtics1980-873 of 81696+130 Chicago Bulls1996-983 of 31793+181 Chicago Bulls1991-933 of 31746+134 Miami Heat2011-1421702 Elo’s best four-year runsHighest average* blended Elo across four consecutive seasons for NBA franchises, 1948-18 Los Angeles Lakers1982-914 of 101685+128 Chicago Bulls1995-9831745 TeamSeasonsTitles4-Year Blended Elo San Antonio Spurs1999-084 of 101702+145 Boston Celtics1984-8721716 Milwaukee Bucks1971-7411701 Los Angeles Lakers2008-1121706 Boston Celtics1959-678 of 91676+115 Oklahoma City Thunder2011-1401692 Minneapolis Lakers1949-545 of 61651+72 Los Angeles Lakers1985-8831715 San Antonio Spurs2003-0621719 Even compared with other dynasties, the current Warriors and Michael Jordan’s second Bulls three-peat stand out. Our method says that it is slightly more difficult for a typical championship contender to replicate Golden State’s four-year run than Chicago’s three-year stretch, but that’s just splitting hairs. Either dynasty could be considered the GOAT, which is truly a testament to the impressiveness of what the Warriors are currently doing.A few notes on the rest of the list: The Spurs dynasty is difficult to pin down — we once coined the term “Grover Cleveland” (instead of the often overused D-word) for teams like San Antonio that won multiple championships but never consecutively5Cleveland was famously the only president in history to serve multiple non-consecutive terms. — but this approach considers their most difficult-to-duplicate period to be that aforementioned decade from 1999 to 2008. It also considers the Shaq-and-Kobe Lakers’ best run to be the seven seasons from 1997-98 to 2003-04, which includes (but is not limited to) the 1999-2000 through 2001-02 three-peat that most fans consider to be their dynastic peak.The Russell-era Celtics strike me as surprisingly low on the list, perhaps as a consequence of only examining 10-year windows of time at a maximum (the Celtics won 11 rings in 13 seasons, from 1957 to 1969). But Elo also has never been all that high on those Boston teams, with only one — the 1965 version — even cracking the top 50 for single seasons. In some ways, those Celtics were a very early prototype for today’s superteams who pace themselves through the regular season and then peak during the playoffs: Boston won 60-plus games in only two of their 11 championship seasons during that span and won a pair of titles with fewer than 50 regular-season wins.6Granted, in schedules shorter than today’s 82-game slate. However conducive that was to winning championships, it didn’t help earn the Celtics many Elo brownie points.Finally, Dwyane Wade’s Miami Heat also qualify for this list, although they’re not necessarily a “dynasty” that many people think of when perusing the annals of NBA history. Between Wade’s Finals MVP turn in 2006 and the two rings they tacked on after LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the team in 2010 — plus a number of solid seasons in between7Avert your eyes from 2008! — the Heat could be considered a dynasty if you squint hard enough. If so, however, it also makes sense for them to be stashed away at the very bottom of the rankings here.But back to the Warriors. Elo already considers them to be on par with the greatest dynasties the game has ever seen, and as my colleague Chris Herring wrote over the weekend, they also seem poised to keep their core together longer than most. Although the end does come sooner for these types of teams than we tend to think while we’re in the middle of their dominance, Golden State now has a chance to build on what it’s already accomplished and solidify itself as the clear No. 1 choice among the NBA’s all-time dynasties. Let’s see if they can take advantage of the opportunity. read more

David Luiz Im staying at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea’s new manager Maurizio Sarri has received a welcome boost with David Luiz insisting that he intends to remain at the clubThe Brazilian defender made just 10 Premier League appearances last season under Antonio Conte and had been expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.But now that Conte is gone, Luiz is looking forward to working under Sarri at Chelsea and has featured in both of the Blues’ pre-season matches.“I came back to Chelsea to stay,” said the 31-year-old, as quoted by Sky Sports.“When I took my decision to come back here from Paris it was to win the Premier League and to do something again with Chelsea, so I am very happy here.“I love Sarri’s philosophy. We play high, with a lot of possession in a technical way. He’s trying to help us every single day to learn quickly his philosophy.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“A new philosophy always takes time. But it also depends on us. If we’re dedicated every day and doing things every single day in training, we’re trying to learn quickly.”Luiz is unconcerned about the prospective competition he may soon face with Chelsea reportedly chasing new centre-back before the end of the summer transfer window.He added: “It is good to have fantastic players, more than just 11.“You have many players that can play in the starting XI, so it is a positive challenge for everybody.”Luiz is currently in his second spell at Chelsea after previously leaving the London club in 2014 for a two-year spell in France with Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more