Accurately Counting NBA Tattoos Isnt Easy Even If Youre Up Close

Ethan Swan’s database of NBA players’ tattoos is the most complete such record I’m aware of, but it’s not the only one. (Swan, whom I wrote about Friday, gave us permission to publish his data on GitHub; you can see it here.)The Sports Geeks have collected some information, but their page on NBA tattoos is out of date; many players currently in the league aren’t listed. The Tumblr Basketball Player Tattoos aggregates photos — including some really striking ones — but it hasn’t been updated in almost a year. (Let me know if you’ve seen other data sets.)Harvey Pollack, the 92-year-old director of statistical information for the Philadelphia 76ers, produces the only list I’ve seen that approaches the completeness of Swan’s. (My colleague Carl Bialik, who conducted the data analysis in the Swan piece, profiled Pollack last month.) Each year, Pollack dedicates a page of the Sixers’ printed statistical guide to tattoo data. The only one I could find that he put online was from 2010, the year before Swan got started.Unlike Swan, who simply Googles “NBA tattoo” and follows players on Twitter, Pollack and his staff get their information firsthand. They log the tattoos they see on visiting players and quiz team trainers about body art that may lurk beneath the players’ uniforms.But looking guys over as they dribble by doesn’t seem to be as effective as Googling. Swan counted 230 tattooed players in 2010-11, while Pollack found 198. The next year, they both came up with 237. Last year, Swan’s total was 250 and Pollack’s was just 157. (Pollack hasn’t released his total for this year.)So whom, specifically, did Pollack miss in 2012-13? Let’s take the Atlanta Hawks as an example. He counted tattoos on six Hawks but missed them on five others — John Jenkins, Shelvin Mack, Johan Petro, Mike Scott and Louis Williams. The design on Jenkins’s chest may have been hard to see through his jersey, but it should have been easy to see the tattoo on Mack’s arm — especially since he briefly played for the Sixers that season. 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

Report Ohio States Noah Spence suspended after testing positive for ecstasy

Sophomore defensive end Noah Spence (8) breaks up a pass during a game against Indiana Nov. 23. OSU won, 42-14. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorInitially reported to have been suspended for the use of a dietary supplement, Ohio State sophomore defensive end Noah Spence’s three-game ban is because he tested positive for ecstasy, according to a Tuesday report by abc27 in Harrisburg, Pa.The report states Spence’s father, Greg Spence, said his son tested positive for “a small amount of ecstasy” prior to the Big Ten Championship game Dec. 7 against Michigan State.Greg Spence also said that the conference originally suspended his son for a year, according to the report, because it considers the substance to be a performance enhancing drug. He also said Noah Spence consumed the drug accidentally after taking an open drink from someone he did not know at a party.The Spence family appealed the year-long ban, and it was ultimately reduced to three games, according to the report, which stated that the NCAA considers ecstasy to be a “street drug,” which carries a lesser penalty. A second appeal was unsuccessful.An OSU spokesman said “we will have no further comment” on the situation in an email to The Lantern Tuesday.Attempts to contact Spence and his family for comment were unsuccessful Tuesday afternoon.The abc27 report also said the Spence family plans to file a lawsuit against the Big Ten.Spence led the Buckeyes with eight sacks in 2013 and finished second on the team with 14.5 tackles for loss. He figures to be a large contributor on the defensive side of the ball next season after serving his suspension. read more

Statues of SD Burman Kishore Kumar to come up at Southern Avenue

first_imgKolkata: Statues of two legendary musical personalities, S D Burman and Kishore Kumar, will be installed on Southern Avenue on October 1.The statues will be installed by Amit Kumar Fan Club. This was announced by Sudipta Chanda, general secretary of the club on the 89th birth anniversary of Kishore Kumar on Saturday.The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has provided a plot where the statues will be installed.Amit Kumar Fan Club has already installed a statue of R D Burman. The statue of the duo will be installed on a plot situated opposite Nazrul Mancha. It is a thematic garden where both the full busts will be installed on October 1 this year. Sculptor Sanjib Kumar Das is giving the final touches to the statues. The place where the statues will be installed is close to South End Park where S D Burman used to live before he moved to Mumbai in the early 1950s. He used to come to Kolkata twice or thrice every year. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe 89th birthday of Kishore Kumar was celebrated with much enthusiasm. A rally was taken out from Salkia to Esplanade by Salkia Kishore Kumar Memorial Cultural Association. The association members demanded that Bharat Ratna be awarded to Kishore Kumar posthumously. People from all walks of life took part in the rally.Laxmi Ratan Shukla uploaded a 13-minute video of Kishore Kumar’s songs sung by him along with Iman Chakraborty and Shovan Ganguly.The statues of Kishore Kumar were garlanded by his fans at Tollygunge and Baisanabghata-Patuli. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChief Minister Mamata Banerjee also remembered the legend and tweeted: “Remembering the legend Kishore Kumar on his birth anniversary.” The state Information and Cultural Affairs department organised a programme at Rabindra Sadan to pay respect to Kishore Kumar and some of his contemporaries including S D Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Hemanta Mukherjee, R D Burman and Mukesh. Indranil Sen, noted singer and the Minister of State, Information and Cultural Affairs, and Vivek Kumar, Principal Secretary of the department also sang a few of Kishore’s timeless classics.last_img read more

Rep Lyons bill prepares students through more graduation requirement flexibility

first_img Categories: News The House Workforce and Talent Development committee today heard testimony on a measure that would allow more flexibility in the Michigan Merit Curriculum by allowing for expanded options in meeting high school graduation requirements, including that of a computer coding class.State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R-Alto), sponsor of House Bill 5463, was joined by Michael Lomonaco of Open Systems Technology in Grand Rapids and Forest Hills Public Schools Superintendent Dan Behm, as well as a teacher and two students from the school district.  They shared testimony with the committee that job providers are looking for students who have 21st century skills, and students face a credit crunch when it comes to required courses impeding their ability to also take electives where they learn important and valuable skills.“Michigan’s graduation requirements must meet the needs of our students, and every student is different,” said Rep. Lyons. “This bill has the potential to enhance and increase foreign language opportunities while adding flexibility for all students so that they are able to learn skills that not only enrich their lives, but prepare them for the 21st century workforce.”House Bill 5463 replaces the current K-12 requirement of at least two foreign language credits and one credit in visual arts, performing arts, or applied arts with a total of three credits in “21st Century Skills.” 21st Century Skills credits can be satisfied by any of the following: a language other than English; visual arts, performing arts, or applied arts; computer science or computer coding, or a combination of these; an approved formal career and technical education programThe committee plans to continue testimony on HB 5463 next week.### 28Apr Rep. Lyons’ bill prepares students through more graduation requirement flexibilitylast_img read more

Aben Resources TSXV ABN is a Canadian gold and

first_imgAben Resources (TSX.V: ABN) is a Canadian gold and silver exploration company with a focus on developing properties in the Yukon. The Company’s flagship project is its 100% owned Justin Gold Project located 35 kilometres southeast of the Cantung Mine and has an all season road running through its claims. A phase one drill program was carried out in 2011 on the 18,314 acre Justin Project in which a significant new greenfields gold discovery was made at the property’s POW Zone. The Company intercepted 60 metres of 1.19 g/t gold in hole JN11009 at a vertical depth of 113 metres. Additionally, a new high grade silver-copper zone was discovered at the Kangas Zone with hole JN11003 returning 1.07 metres of 7320 g/t silver (234 oz/ton) and 3.52% copper near surface. As a result of these discoveries on the Justin Project, Aben acquired 14,274 additional acres of mineral tenure in the immediate vicinity of the project to facilitate a more aggressive work program this upcoming season. The Company has four other prospective Yukon and NWT projects in its portfolio along with a seasoned management and geological team. Aben’s chairman, Ron Netolitzky, is credited with exploration success on numerous properties including three Western Canadian gold and silver projects which became producing mines. Please visit our website to learn more about the company and request information. We seem to be in a holding pattern of sorts…losing ground in the London market…and then gaining it all back in New York, or vice versa.The gold price was under light selling pressure during most of the Far East trading day on Wednesday…and this pressure intensified shortly before 10:00 a.m. in London…and the low of the day…$1,603.40 spot…came about 1:15 p.m. BST…or about five minutes before the 8:20 a.m. Eastern time Comex open.From that low, the gold price tacked on a quick fifteen bucks by 9:40 a.m. Eastern time, which may or may not have been an early London p.m. gold fix.  But from that high tick…which was $1,617.90 spot…either the price got capped, or the buyer disappeared…and the gold price chopped lower into the 5:15 p.m. close of electronic trading in New York.Net gold volume was ultra-light once again…around 91,000 contracts…and gold closed up 30 cents from Tuesday…and an even dollar from Monday’s close.  You have to wonder if a trader for JPMorgan et al is winning some sort of prize for getting those three days of closes so close together.Silver’s price pattern was virtually the same as gold’s, but with more ‘volatility’.  The only major difference being the timing of the high tick of the day…which was $28.37 spot.  That came around 11:35 a.m. Eastern…almost two hours after gold’s high.  From that high, silver got sold off more than a percent going into the close.  The low tick in New York came right at the New York open…and that was $27.67 spot, so silver had quite a trading range…2.5% to be exact.Net volume was very light once again…around 23,000 contracts…and silver closed at $28.04 spot, down a nickel from Tuesday.The dollar index chopped higher in a fairly narrow range…with the high tick of the day [82.77], such as it was, coming at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time right on the button.  From that high, the index rolled over…and hit its New York low [82.52] shortly after 11:00 a.m…which was silver’s low tick of the day.From there it rallied a bit until precisely 2:00 p.m. Eastern…and then slid lower in the close, finishing Wednesday just about where it closed on Tuesday…and Monday as well….around the 82.30 mark.The stocks rose about a percent…and then traded sideways in a narrow range right up until 2:00 p.m. in New York.  Then a sell-off began…and the stocks got sold down and the HUI closed the trading day almost on its low…down 0.68%.With the odd exception, the silver stocks finished down across the board, but not by a whole lot.  Bu the stocks that mattered finished higher on the day…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index close up 0.55%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 283 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery in the Comex-approved warehouses on Friday.  The biggest short/issuer by far was the Bank of Nova Scotia with 207 contracts…and the two biggest stoppers were HSBC USA and Deutsche Bank with 162 and 92 contracts respectively.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV…and no sales report from the U.S. Mint.The Comex-approved warehouses had more activity to report on Tuesday.  They received 209,675 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 654,826 ounces of the stuff out the door.Happily, I don’t have that many stories today…and a lot of the ones I do have are precious metal related, so I hope you at least have time for those.With volumes as low as they were yesterday, I’m not prepared to read a lot into what happened in gold and silver during the New York trading session, although it was rather mysterious to see the rallies in both gold and silver come to a screaming halt before they got much above their Tuesday close.  These rallies only involved gold and silver.  Both platinum and palladium were unaffected.As I’ve mentioned on several occasions over the summer, we seem to be in a holding pattern of sorts…losing ground in the London market…and then gaining it all back in New York, or vice versa.  Sort of two steps back and then two steps forward…and any semi-serious gains are conveniently sold off after the high tick of the day is in, in New York.  I wouldn’t have to use more than half the fingers on one hand [not including my thumb] to count the number of times that either gold or silver have closed on their high tick of the day in the New York Access Market this year, as it just ain’t allowed to happen.As per usual, there was no price activity in either silver or gold during the Far East trading session on their Thursday…and little is happening now that London has been open a couple of hours.  Volumes, once again, are vanishingly small…and the dollar index is comatose.The “dog days” of summer are such a pain when you’re waiting for events to unfold.  I think I’ll pour myself a glass of wine…and then change the batteries in my belly button lint brush.See you on Friday. 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