Penny for London introduces contactless microdonations on public transport

first_imgPenny for London introduces contactless microdonations on public transport Howard Lake | 7 November 2014 | News Matthew Patten, CEO at the Mayor’s Fund for London, said:“With this campaign London is leading the way for the rest of the world in maximising contactless technology to aid social welfare schemes. With Transport for London having just rolled out contactless payment across the network, now is the perfect time to be launching this initiative.”M&C Saatchi has worked on the scheme on a pro bono basis since the idea was first devised, and has developed all the branding, design, and logos for the campaign. Not surprisingly they have focused on the image of a one penny coin, despite the system’s digital focus.Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, claimed: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 “Penny for London is a big, bold idea that will revolutionise the way we give to charity. Enabling people travelling around the city to pool their pennies could potentially add up to hundreds of thousands of pounds.”To take part in the giving scheme people can opt in via their smartphone or desktop at Pennyforlondon.com.  119 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: London microdonations mobile People travelling around the Transport for London network can now make microdonations to charity via their contactless payment cards in the new ‘Penny for London’ scheme.Passengers can donate as little as 1p every time they make a contactless payment, in what is described as “the world’s first cit-wide payment giving scheme”.Funds raised will be distributed to a wide range of London charities and organisations working with disadvantaged young Londoners in the Capital.  120 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Roundtable: State of Syracuse men’s basketball heading into ACC play

first_img Published on January 6, 2020 at 9:58 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ The first half of Syracuse’s season has left much to be desired. Though SU handled lesser-talented out-of-conference opponents like Oakland, North Florida and Bucknell, the Orange stumbled through the BIG10/ACC Challenge and NIT Season Tipoff games in the Barclays Center. Still, the Orange were a blown whistle away from sending Notre Dame to overtime and possibly winning their fourth-straight game.As conference play heats up, SU (8-6, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) has sunk toward the bottom of a struggling ACC.Here’s what our beat reporters think about three major storylines thus far:With the conference in somewhat of a down year, how many ACC teams will make the NCAA Tournament and how many conference wins would SU need to be one of them?Nick Alvarez: I’d definitely consider this a down year for the ACC. ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has just five teams slated for the big dance, the fourth-most from any conference. I think that number rises a bit, let’s say seven, due to conference play artificially boosting lower-tier teams — like Georgia Tech, who just beat North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I’d also keep an eye on Notre Dame, and that’s only partial recency-bias after they outlasted Syracuse in the Carrier Dome last weekend. The combination of T.J. Gibbs’ shooting and John Mooney’s interior dominance (he leads the nation with four 16-point, 16-rebound games) sold me on the Irish’s ability to beat up on lower-tier ACC teams, get to 20 wins and secure a tournament berth. Where does that leave Syracuse? Well, the Orange are a perennial bubble team and conference play usually gives them the opportunity for marquee wins. But with the ACC struggling, the Barclays Center losses loom large. Even if they pull off home upsets against Duke and North Carolina, I can see the overall resume costing the Orange, like it did in the 2016-17 season when 19 wins left them hosting the NIT.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMichael McCleary: I’d say six. Maybe seven. For Syracuse’s sake, they’d definitely hope for the latter. As far as the NET rankings go, the Orange aren’t too far out of it. At least they’re not done for already. SU currently ranks 88th in the NET rankings, which is the ninth-ranked team in the ACC. But the distance from nine to seven is only nine slots, and the team the Orange would need to catch is Notre Dame. Syracuse just lost a close one to the Irish, and while it does no actual good for their resume, if the Orange gather some resume-boosting wins in the second half I could easily see the committee giving SU the edge. Here’s the problem for Syracuse: To earn that edge, they would need among their best conference years in recent memory and they need the ACC to improve too. Nick made a good point above that the conference will probably get the boost that it always does because ACC wins are continually given a lot of weight. But if Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech don’t win big conference games, Syracuse’s wins over against them could be insignificant. Sure, the Orange can get into the tournament by beating Duke, Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech and NC State, but what’s the likelihood of that? The more likely scenario is SU pulls off some good wins against ACC teams that have increased their own credibility by way of their own quality wins. If that’s the case though, Syracuse’s early season struggles may still cause the Orange to find themselves behind the very teams they beat.Josh Schafer: The NET rankings currently have six ACC teams in the top 68 right now and it’s hard to see that changing too much. As Michael said, there’s a chance that a seventh ACC team slides in but with the conference having a weak nonconference showing, the lower teams beating each other up won’t help resumes that much.The ACC record for teams in the tournament is nine, which was set in 2018 and Syracuse qualified with eight wins. Last year, the conference had seven teams in the tournament and Syracuse qualified with 10 conference wins. Since the logic indicates when the conference is down, Syracuse needs more wins, the Orange probably needs somewhere around nine more conference wins in its final 17 ACC matchups.The real deal breaker for Syracuse won’t necessarily be how many wins but against which teams. Syracuse hosts North Carolina this year and that game is quickly slipping as a marquee matchup. But the Orange do host Duke and travel to Louisville. With an average (at best) nonconference performance, Syracuse will either need an eye-popping win against one of the powerhouses or must consistently beat up on other mid-tier ACC teams to qualify for the tournament. From what we’ve seen thus far, it’s hard to predict the latter.Against Notre Dame, SU played seven players, with Elijah Hughes, Marek Dolezaj and Buddy Boeheim playing all 40 minutes. Out of Syracuse’s role players, who do you expect to have the biggest impact in ACC play and down the stretch?N.A.: Marek Dolezaj. Syracuse’s do-everything forward offers something more than the shooting prowess displayed by the triumvirate of Hughes, Buddy Boeheim and Joe Girard III: Interior playmaking. He’s shown the ability to go coast-to-coast, providing a potential boost to SU’s transition woes if he can start passing on the break, and he’s been more willing lately to heave mid-range jumpers while defenses focus on the 3-point line. SU is a shooting team. We know that. The problem is that every other ACC team is aware of that, too. For the Orange to make a strong ACC run and piece together an NCAA Tournament resume, they’ll have to offer something different. Dolezaj’s dynamism could be the answer. And on the defensive end, while Bourama Sidibe continues to struggle, Dolezaj will repeatedly be thrust into the center role in the 2-3 zone. We’ve talked about it endlessly, but Syracuse’s interior defense is its weakness and it will look to Dolezaj to handle the likes of Louisville’s Steven Enoch and Duke’s Vernon Carey Jr.M.M.: I’d say Bourama Sidibe. If we use the Notre Dame loss as an example, even without Elijah Hughes scoring at all, Syracuse stayed in the game early in the first half because Sidibe dominated on the offensive glass. Sidibe has the ability to do that, as he showed Saturday. But he was also wildly ineffective in the second half. Jim Boeheim said teams beating the Orange on the inside is a constant struggle for SU, and that might be an understatement. Sidibe is certainly a major culprit. But, he’s also the only Syracuse player with a large enough frame to make an impact down low. Jesse Edwards is too raw at this point, Marek Dolezaj is not strong enough and Quincy Guerrier probably fits better at the power forward spot. If Sidibe can get going — that means improving his defense, remaining consistent rebounding the ball and adding an element of offense off put-backs, dump-offs and lobs — he can turn a middling Syracuse team into a real threat.J.S.: If the last five minutes against Notre Dame are any indication, Joe Girard III could be the player that helps this Syracuse team win some tough games. The point guard position has been a question for Syracuse since the season started, and Girard has slowly solidified his role up top.Though he turned the ball over four times against Notre Dame, his 10-point run late in the second half nearly won the game for the Orange – Girard finished with 20 points. Girard flipped a switch similar to what many saw him do in high school and it appeared like he couldn’t miss for those few minutes against the Fighting Irish.The best part of that performance is Syracuse didn’t need Girard to do it for 40 minutes. Elijah Hughes is the scorer for this Orange team, but if Girard can catch fire in short spurts, he can be the third scoring option Syracuse desperately needs. How consistently Girard can help spark runs and hit 3-point shots could decide whether this Syracuse team finds a way to make a run in conference play.Does Elijah Hughes deserve to be considered for ACC Player of the Year?N.A.: Considered? Yes. Win? Not at all, barring a historic Syracuse conference run. Hughes is far and away the best player on this team and there may be only a handful of defenders in the ACC that can stop him one-on-one. Yet, I fall into the category of thinking that team performance matters in awards like these. Carey might be one of the final stalwarts of the one-and-done era and Louisville’s Jordan Nwora is an all-around talent who, in my opinion, will carry Louisville to an ACC tournament title. Hughes will continue to stuff the stat sheet, and probably post the triple-double he nearly got against Niagara, but playing in low-stakes contests hurts his case. It should do wonders for his draft stock, however.M.M.: Absolutely. I actually think he can win it, too. I agree with Nick’s point that team performance has to factor in a little, but Hughes is for real. Hughes ranks in or near the top-five in nearly every statistical category in the ACC and can go on absolute scoring explosions at any given moment. It will probably take a signature moment, but from watching Hughes the entire year, he’s been the best player on the court in every game he’s played — including against Virginia, Georgetown and Notre Dame. His biggest competitors at this point are probably Carey, Tre Jones, Cole Anthony and Nwora. Despite a down year in the conference overall, there’s no shortage of individual talent. Anthony’s case will struggle (despite being the best overall player, probably) because of missed time due to injury. Among the rest, none of them have an individual skill as good as Hughes’ shooting. The fact he’s not on every NBA Draft Big Board by now is absolutely mind-boggling. A player like Hughes could, and probably should, get drafted in the first round. Eventually, that talent will shine through in the biggest games SU will play this season. That alone could be enough to keep him in the conversation.J.S.: Syracuse has never had an ACC Player of the Year, but that doesn’t mean Hughes can’t be the first.Part of the reason this question is hard to answer is because it’s unclear what matters most when these things are voted on. Recent history (the last five players were from Duke, North Carolina or Virginia) indicates that the player needs to be on a good team. But the counter argument to that would be if Hughes proves himself to be the best player on the court in losing efforts to the conference’s top teams, he’ll be hard to ignore.The lack of support around Hughes will attract a lot of defensive pressure. If he still scores and creates opportunities for others while being the center of defensive attention, there’s no way he’s not in consideration. Commentslast_img read more

Meet The 5 Finalists of the Data 2.0 Startup Pitch

first_imgRelated Posts mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web center_img Last week, 25 selected applicants presented to a “group of peers and investors” at the Data 2.0 Pitch Day. From that crop of startups, only five made it past the judges. Today, those five startups took the stage at the Data 2.0 conference in San Francisco to battle for the crown of Data 2.0. What do they win? Well, nothing tangible, unless you count being the favorite of a well-versed group of VCs and one Robert Scoble to be a tangible prize.Each startup got three minutes to present and then three minutes to answer questions before Bipu Sinha of Lightspeed Ventures, Andrew Jenks of EMC Ventures, Tim Guleri of Sierra Ventures and blogger Robert Scoble of Rackspace.In no particular order, here are the companies that made it to the final stage at today’s Data 2.0 conference:Micello, billed as the “Google Maps for the indoors,” offers indoor maps for a malls, plazas, stadiums, airports, conference centers and any variety of buildings. The site has maps for more than 4,000 places in the U.S., Japan and Singapore and offers APIs to create services on top of its data. The company launched at DEMO 2009.Mashape is “your place to easily build, distribute and hack badass APIs.” The service provides a central directory of APIs, as well as simplifies the ability to generate a simple, ready-to-use API and add it to a marketplace. The company launched November 2010.PlantSense “brings sensors and simplified web technology together to help home gardeners grow flourishing fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees and shrubs.” The company has worked with Black & Decker over the last year to sell sensors to consumers. These sensors detect environmental and soil conditions, correlate that with plant type, and make recommendations on how to better help the plant to grow. Plantsense launched in 2006 and has raised two rounds of funding since.Min.us calls itself “the simplest and easiest way to share” and, indeed, when the service launched last November, we wrote that it made sharing “as easy as a quick drag and drop.” Min.us has moved being simply sharing on the Web to becoming multi platform, working not only on Mac, Windows and Linux, but also Android, iOS, Windows Phone 7 and with an extension on both Firefox and Chrome. Chart.io is “Google Analytics for your database.” The site works to make analyzing data simple and intuitive for the average user, instead of the data wizard. It works to help users visualize data in real-time charts and “make sense of all the data you collect every day.” Chart.io launched as part of YCombinators 2010 class.The winner of Data 2.0’s Startup Pitch, and receiver of one handshake, was Micello. Said the judges, they chose Micello both for its potential for real-world use cases and its ability to go hyperlocal. We agree. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Perpetual wrests 2 volley crowns

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forum PFL-Sportradar deal to ‘clean’ matches “It was a great feeling. I can’t ask for more. The players gave it their all,” said Acaylar.It was a double treat for Perpetual as it swept the juniors finals series following a 25-17, 25-17, 25-17 triumph over Letran early in the day.Ivan Encila and Noel Kampton scored a combined 31 points for the Junior Altas to dominate the best-of-three finals.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivingcenter_img The Altas lost the opening set, fought tooth and nail to level the match after two frames and then saw themselves in a deep 19-12 rut in the fourth set before unleashing a strong finishing kick.“We didn’t want to give up the fourth set and risk playing a fifth-setter,” said Perpetual coach Sammy Acaylar, who sobbed unabashedly in the din of revelry at the jam-packed FilOil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTaneo, Jobert Almodiel and Ronniel Rosales conspired late in the fourth set to complete the comeback which was highlighted by three straight kill blocks that sapped the energy of the Chiefs.Taneo was named Finals MVP, which was a fitting tribute to his contributions to the school, which regained the title it last won two years ago. MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Perpetual Altas spikers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Dennis Abrina/UPHThroughout the final series, Perpetual needed to come from behind to stay afloat. On Thursday night, it went through the same route to finally finish on top.John Patrick Ramos buried a smash off a perfect quick set by graduating setter Junjun Taneo to complete an epic comeback against Arellano, 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-23, as the Altas claimed their 11th NCAA men’s volleyball crown.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Adam Lambert And Miley Cyrus Rock VH1 Divas

first_imgVH1’s beloved franchise “VH1 Divas” caught dance fever at the L.A. Shrine Auditorium Sunday night for a live, concert event filled with performances, theatrics, and a roster of musicians and actors ready to boogie down to benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation.The star-studded affair incorporated performances from today’s biggest hits and dance classics by host Adam Lambert, Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, Jordin Sparks, and was accompanied by House DJ Havana Brown.The evening included an incredible line-up of performers ready to shake their groove thing for a good cause, including Natasha Bedingfield, Kelly Clarkson, Ledisi, Melanie Fiona, VH1 “You Oughta Know” Artist Metric, Paloma Faith, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, and Bootsy Collins.Special appearances by L.A. Reid, Amber Riley, Ellie Kemper, Elisha Cuthbert, Kat Graham, Kelly Osbourne, NeNe Leakes, Stacy Keibler, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Brandy, Paula Abdul, Sheila E. and La La Anthony rounded out the disco-themed night.Adam Lambert kicked off the night with a cabaret themed “Let’s Dance,” followed by a special introduction to Kelly Clarkson ’s latest single “Catch My Breath.” With a genuinely enthusiastic Kelly Osbourne introducing one of her favorite groups “Blondie,” VH1 You Oughta Know artist Metric brought the house down with their rendition of “Heart of Glass.” Donning a studded jacket and rocker attitude, Miley Cyrus commanded the room with her vivacious delivery of “Rebel Yell” by rock god Billy Idol .Newly inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, diva legend Donna Summer created some of the biggest dance hits guaranteed to get the crowd going. Kelly Rowland , Adam Lambert , and Keri Hilson paid tribute to one of the greats with a musical medley of “I Feel The Love,” “Bad Girls,” “She Works Hard The Money,” “Love To Love You Baby,” “Hot Stuff,” and “Last Dance.” An emotional Brandy introduced Jordin Sparks , Ledisi and Melanie Fiona for a power-driven tribute to the late Whitney Houston. The trio dazzled with an electric performance of “I’m Every Woman,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay,” and “How Will I Know.”After two hours of non-stop dancing and entertainment, Pitbull closed the show in style with his hit “Don’t Stop The Party,” leaving the night on a high note.As in previous years, this edition of “VH1 Divas” will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping music education alive in American public schools. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $49.5 million in new musical instruments to 1,850 public schools in more than 128 school districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.1 million children.last_img read more

Former prime minister Paul Martin joins campaign to help First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsA former prime minister, Olympian and a social activist are standing together.It’s no joke but there is a punchline.They’re trying to spread awareness of issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada.It’s a national campaign and now it’s up to Canadians to listen.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has the story.last_img

Muhammad Alis Childhood Home Purchased By Fan

There are fans and then there is Jared Weiss, who apparently is such a staunch supporter of icon Muhammad Ali that he purchased “The Champ’s” rickety childhood home in Louisville, Ken.Louisville realtor Dave Lambrechts told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Weiss, a Las Vegas real estate investor, closed on the property, paying $70,000 for the small white house with a sagging front porch overhang in a western Louisville neighborhood made up of mostly neat, modest homes.“The guy’s a huge Ali fan, and that’s what kind of spurred this,” Lambrechts said.The home already has a state historical marker out front recognizing the residence as the home of Ali when he was a boy named Cassius Clay. The marker says Ali lived in the mostly black neighborhood with his parents and brother and attended local public schools.It was at the home where the future boxing champion’s “values were instilled,” the marker says.“Ali’s childhood home is really symbolic for the area,” Lambrechts said.Ali and his wife, Lonnie, have multiple residences but do not live in Louisville. However, they remain linked to the city by the Muhammad Ali Center, a downtown museum and education center that is one of the city’s prime tourist attractions. Ali came home for a 70th birthday bash in January.Lambrechts says the new owner wants to restore the home to how it looked when Ali lived in it.He said Weiss hasn’t finalized his plans but won’t use it as rental property. Among the options being considered are turning the home into a museum or using it for some charitable function.The house had been under private ownership and was assessed at $23,260, according to the Jefferson County Property Value Administrator’s website. Former owner Steve Stephenson had said he was asking $50,000. read more

Is Virginia Too Slow

Last year, coach Tony Bennett and his Virginia Cavaliers earned the embarrassing distinction of becoming the first No. 1 seed in men’s NCAA Tournament history to lose to a No. 16 seed in the opening round. Bennett may end up being tied to that ignominious bit of trivia for the rest of his life, but he also has a real shot at redemption this year. Virginia is a No. 1 seed once again, and the reigning coach of the year will have another chance to win his (and the school’s) first national championship. But the questions linger: Was last year’s loss to the underdog Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers just a one-off fluke for Virginia, or was it symptomatic of a fatal flaw in Bennett’s system? Will this be the year that one of his teams finally breaks through?Broadly speaking, Bennett has been very successful at Virginia. He has racked up multiple 30-win seasons, recruited a string of NBA-quality players and fixed the Cavaliers firmly in the AP Top 10. It took him just three seasons to transform a 10-win team into an NCAA Tournament participant. And yet — despite five subsequent tourney appearances, including three No. 1 seeds — victories in the Big Dance have been few and far between for Bennett, as his Virginia teams have notched a total of just seven tournament wins. In fact, Virginia’s performance against seed expectation of -1.30 wins per tournament is the second-worst of any team over the past five years. Gonzaga19113Finalist1x+0.8812th of 160 UNC16915Champion2+0.6621 Wichita St.1666Sweet 161-0.41119 Arizona1688Elite Eight1-0.54127 Virginia has been successful lately, just not when it countsTournament wins vs. average for seed* for the 10 Division I NCAA teams with the most total wins since 2013-14, through the 2018 tournament Kentucky17915Finalist1+1.187 Villanova19015Champion3+0.0549 SCHOOLTOTALTOURNEYBEST FINISHNo. 1 SeedAVG.Rank Playing at a fast or slow pace tends to nudge a good team’s range of outcomes one way or the other by about a quarter of a win. So, yes, Virginia’s slow pace of play puts it at a relative disadvantage compared to other, higher-tempo No. 1 seeds. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Virginia should start playing faster.After all, Bennett knows a low-possession team can succeed in the tourney. He witnessed it firsthand in 2000 as a member of his father Dick’s coaching staff, when their methodical Wisconsin squad reached the Final Four despite playing at a snail’s pace. Now, Tony has implemented the same pace-defying pack-line defense that Dick once used to stifle Wisconsin’s opponents and tempo alike. That conservative defensive scheme is so integral to the Bennetts’ coaching identity that playing at a slow pace has basically become a family tradition.In the end, a team’s efficiency margin is still a much better predictor of tournament success than its tempo. And, in practice, Virginia’s huge efficiency margin may be inextricable from its slow pace of play. A faster-paced Virginia team might also become a less efficient Virginia team, especially on the defensive end.Theoretically, Bennett would maximize Virginia’s tournament chances by having his team play at a faster tempo. But in reality, his best bet may be to continue following in his dad’s slow-paced footsteps in the hopes that they will eventually lead him back to the Final Four.The journey will start for Bennett and Virginia on Friday afternoon against Gardner-Webb of the Big South. On paper, the Cavaliers will be 35 points better than the Runnin’ Bulldogs, at least on a per-100-possession basis. But we will just have to wait and see if 59 possessions will be enough for the Cavs to prove they are better than a No. 16 seed this time around.Check out our latest March Madness predictions. Michigan St.1629Final Four—+0.3529 WINSWins Vs. expected Virginia1727Elite Eight3-1.30159 Kansas17212Final Four3-0.55131 * Seed averages since 1985. Game totals through March 17, 2019.Source: sports-reference.com So, what gives? Why has Virginia — a team that has so thoroughly dominated the regular season lately — disappointed so much in March? It may have something to do with the glacially slow pace at which Bennett has his team playing.A team’s efficiency margin (i.e., the amount by which it would outscore an average Division I opponent over the course of 100 possessions) is generally a good predictor of wins and losses. Teams that score efficiently and make it hard for their opponents to do so tend to win a lot of games. According to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, Virginia has hovered near the Top 5 in adjusted efficiency margin during its recent period of excellence, finishing each of the past five seasons somewhere in the ballpark of +25 to +30 points per 100 possessions. This year, the Cavs have the best margin of any Division I team at an eye-popping +35.Of course, Virginia never actually has a chance to play 100 possessions in any individual game. The typical 40-minute college game has only about 70 possessions in each direction. And because the Cavaliers play at the slowest pace of any Division I team (353rd), they typically use even fewer possessions than that — just less than 60 on average.Reducing the number of possessions available to each team puts a greater emphasis on randomness; each stroke of bad luck — a cold-shooting snap, a blown call, a bounce of the ball in the wrong direction — matters a bit more when the pace is slow. Extra randomness puts the favorite at greater risk and bolsters the underdog’s chances at an upset. By playing at a slow pace, the Cavaliers are essentially giving themselves fewer opportunities to prove that they are the better team in any given game. This is especially problematic if the Cavs find themselves trailing by a large margin, as they were early in the second half last year against UMBC.But does it actually matter? We know that pace has only a very modest influence on the predictability of postseason outcomes in the NBA. That’s because each NBA game is 48 minutes long, each team uses about 100 possessions per game, and each playoff matchup is decided over a best-of-seven series. However, in a single elimination tournament with shorter games and fewer possessions, playing at a slower pace has much greater potential to introduce some wild volatility — hence, March Madness.We ran a simulation to gauge just how big of a problem Virginia’s slow pace might be in the NCAA Tournament. Starting with the Cavaliers’ per-100-possession stats, we broke down the likelihood of the various potential outcomes for each possession on offense and on defense — how often they would score or allow 3 points (3-pointer made, 3 free throws or a 2-pointer and a free throw), 2 points (2PM or 2FTs), 1 point (1 FT) or 0 points (0FG, 0FT or a turnover) against an average opponent. Then, by sampling randomly from these distributions of potential possession outcomes, we created 10,000 simulated games for a range of different pace scenarios — from 50 to 80 possessions per game — to find the ratio of points scored to points allowed in each simulation. These simulations assume (undoubtedly unrealistically) that Virginia’s offensive and defensive efficiency would be unaffected by a change in the pace of play. Duke17212Champion1+0.1145 Under this assumption of a stable efficiency margin — where the digital Cavaliers are programmed to score an average of 1.3 times as many points as they allow regardless of the tempo — we find that Virginia wins slightly more simulated games when playing at a faster pace. Visually, you can see the orange band of simulated results narrowing from left to right as the range of likely outcomes shrinks toward the average with an increasing number of possessions. The Cavs lost 9.7 percent of their simulated games when they played at a 59 possession-per-game tempo (equivalent to their usual pace), but the more their pace increased, the fewer upsets there were.This is an interesting thought experiment, but is there any empirical evidence to support the idea that playing at a slow pace is tied to underachievement in the tournament?To find out, we examined game results from the 17 NCAA Tournaments from 2002 to 2018, for which there are team-tempo stats available from KenPom. We created a model for expected win totals based on tournament seed and adjusted efficiency margin. Next, we compared the expected win totals from the model with the actual win totals for each team in each tournament, excluding the First Four and other play-in games.164 teams per tournament x 17 tournaments for a total of 1,088 distinct team-year combos. From there we sorted the teams by quality (i.e., expected to win more or less than two games in a single tournament) and by adjusted tempo (possessions per game, divided into tertiles), forming six groups. We found that, among the teams that were expected to win the most games (two or more), those that played at a slow pace tended to underachieve, while those that played faster were most likely to outperform their expected win totals. read more

Palace must turn up against Cardiff – Hodgson

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes their 3-2 shocking win at Manchester City will mean nothing if they fail to beat Cardiff City on Wednesday night.Palace pulled off one of the most shocking results in the Premier League last weekend with 3-2 victory at the Etihad on Saturday condemning City to their second defeat of the season.Cardiff City will visit Selhurst Park on Boxing Day, and Hodgson says a defeat would undo their victory at City.“We know it’s going to be a very difficult game. We were under the impression it might be a really crucial fixture if we want to get up to something like 18 or 19 points in the first half of the season,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.“I suppose this win [at City] has relieved that pressure slightly but not for me it hasn’t and not for the players.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“If we’re going to take advantage of these three, you could call them bonus points because not many people expected us to get them, we need to get a result again against Cardiff.“If we were to lose that game at home then all we’ve done really is swap the games around.“I’ve already made that clear to the players and I’ve been making it clear to them for a while, I fully trust that they’ll take that message on board.”last_img read more