first_imgAnadolu Efes Istanbul outlasted Olympiacos Piraeus 64-60 on Wednesday at Abdi Ipekci Arena to take a 2-1 lead in the teams’ best-of-five playoff series. Efes hosts Game 4 on Friday knowing a win will send it to the 2017 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four at nearby Sinan Erdem Dome in the Turkish metropolis.Efes led by as many as 17 in the third quarter, but EuroLeague legend Vassilis Spanoulis erupted late with 3 three-pointers to bring the Reds within 61-60. Free throws by Thomas Heurtel and Tyler Honeycutt helped Efes hold on and get in position to reach its first Final Four in a decade and a half, EuroLeague reports.Bryant Dunston led the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds, Heurtel tallied 13 points and 6 assists, Derrick Brown scored 12, Jayson Granger 11 and Honeycutt chipped in everywhere with 6 points, 7 boards and 4 steals. Efes struggled with its outside shooting and made just 2 of 18 three-pointers (11.1%) as well as only half of its 16 free throws, but committed just 4 turnovers to make up that gap.Spanoulis recorded 9 points and 3 assists in the final six minutes to lead the comeback and finished with 15 points, 7 assists and 3 steals, but also committed 7 of his team’s 17 turnovers. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgPV Sindhu lost to Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan 13-21, 16-21 and settled for a silver medal in the women’s badminton singles at Asian Games 2018.With the loss, Sindhu became the first Indian to bag silver at the Asian Games.Sindhu’s defeat to world number one Tai Tzu-ying continued a string of heartbreak for the Indian star: she had earlier lost the finals at Rio Olympics, world championships and the Commonwealth Games earlier in the year.Tai Tzu-ying crushed Sindhu 21-13 in the first game which lasted only 16 minutes. In the second game, Tai Tzu-ying had raced to a 11-7 lead in eight minutes.Sindhu did ask some tough questions of Tai Tzu-ying but the Taiwanense world number one was just too good for the ace Indian shuttler.Asian Games 2018 Day 10 Live UpdatesIt was sweet revenge for Tai Tzu-ying, who had lost to Sindhu in the pre-quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics two years ago. Before the Asiad final on Tuesday, Tai Tzu-ying led Sindhu 9-3 in head-to-head contests.Historic silver! @PV Sindhu played with a Lionheart, but succumbed to an unfortunate loss in the summit clash against top seed Tai Tzu; becomes the first to win silver at #AsianGames, making another precious addition to her credulous medal tally. #IndiaontheRise Media (@BAI_Media) August 28, 2018On Tuesday in the tile clash, it was a one-sided contest as Tai Tzu-ying stormed to victory in 34 minutes.In the semifinal, Tai Tzu-ying had defeated another Indian star – Saina Nehwal. It was Saina’s 10th straight defeat to Tai Tzu-ying.advertisementIn the other semifinal, world number three Sindhu beat Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10.Earlier in the year, Sindhu had to settle for silver at the Commonwealth Games after losing the final to Saina Nehwal.last_img read more

first_imgBeing a referee in any sport often presents many challenges, especially if you are a female referee officiating men in sport.  For referees Louise Frost and Annabelle Connolly however, the challenge isn’t a problem. “From a players perspective sometimes I think they think they have it over you,” Frost said. “But if you show you’re confident then its fine. I’ve had no problems at tournament level, it’s more at park level that you sometimes have problems.”Connolly agrees that at the Opens tournament level, things run fairly smoothly. “When I was 16-17 and refereeing the Mens 30s and older guys sometimes it was a problem,” Connolly said. “But now things are pretty good.”Both Frost and Connolly among eight of the female referees here at the NTL Opens/20s.Connolly, a level six, recently represented Australia at the World Cup, and experience which she describes as “brilliant”.“I didn’t find out I was going until September – which was a fairly late call up,” Connolly said.“It was my first time overseas and it was brilliant. If you got the Australia or New Zealand games it was really high standard. Some of the other games were big score-lines like 20-nil, which is a lot different to what you get here at the NTL.”The 27-year old from WA has been officiating Touch for the past 11 years, and hopes to again represent at the international level.“My goal is to be part of the Youth World Cup, and then the next World Cup in 2011,” she said.“I had a fantastic time and made so many friends overseas, that was the best part, and it was completely different to what I expected.”Frost, 24, refereed at her first major tournament in 2004. Like Connolly, her goal is also to referee at the international level, and currently a level four she is hoping to upgrade to level five at the NTL. “Obviously the ultimate goal is to get my level 6 and to Referee at the World Cup in Scotland in four years time.”The schedule to referee three-to-four games a day at the Opens NTL will be a test for Frost, who is still recovering from damaged knee cartilage, which will be operated on following the tournament.“I’m having the op in a couple of weeks on my knee, and then I will be off for six months,” Frost said. “After that I will be trying to get fit again, and hopefully the knee will be fixed and won’t cause any more problems.”Sharing a room at the NTL, they say the female referees often “stick together”.“The girls do tend to stick together, you definitely do get the feeling of being in the minority, but you tough it out,” Connolly said.“We like to give it to the boys, but you always get it back!”last_img read more

first_imgDuke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski speaking at Fan Town Hall.Twitter/@duke_athleticsMike Krzyzewski is 68 years old, but coming off of the 2015 national championship, don’t expect the Hall of Famer to hang up his whistle in the near future. When asked about any potential retirement plans, Coach K had a simple answer: he doesn’t have any.“I have no thoughts on retiring right now.” -Coach K #FanTownHall— Duke Athletics (@Duke_ATHLETICS) July 2, 2015We don’t think Coach K can coach forever, but the way he’s been recruiting, it wouldn’t be wise to doubt him.last_img read more

first_imgSEC Divisions team logos.If the SEC decides to realign its divisions for football, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn would be fine with the Tigers moving to the SEC East. The 50-year-old coach told ESPN’s Chris Low, “I think there will be discussion on that.”The SEC is currently split into two seven-team divisions, with Auburn being in the SEC West, along with in-state rival Alabama. If the SEC shuffles things, @CoachGusMalzahn wouldn’t be opposed to Auburn moving to the East. “I think there will be discussion on that.”— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) April 13, 2016The SEC has already set its conference games through 2025, so realignment before then seems fairly unlikely. A move to the other side of the conference would certainly not end the Alabama-Auburn yearly Iron Bowl game, but it probably would end the yearly Alabama-Tennessee game. Unless the SEC changes its rules with a realignment, there would be only one set cross-divisional opponent for each team. And the Tigers’ opponent would surely be the Crimson Tide. Which team from the SEC East should move to the SEC West if the Tigers do, in fact, switch sides?last_img read more

first_imgzoom Singapore-based Keppel Shipyard has secured a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel conversion contract from Dutch oil and gas services provider SBM Offshore.Under the contract, the shipbuilder is to convert a very large crude carrier (VLCC) into an FPSO, which upon completion, will be deployed to the Liza field, located 193 km offshore Guyana in the Stabroek block.The shipyard’s work scope includes refurbishment and life extension works, such as the upgrading of living quarters, fabrication and installation of spread mooring systems, as well as the installation and integration of topside modules.Keppel informed that the converted FPSO will have a storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels of crude oil and will be capable of producing up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day. The vessel will have a gas treatment capacity of circa 170 million standard cubic feet per day and a water injection capacity of circa 200,000 barrels of water per day.The company added that the deal is not expected to have a material impact on the net tangible assets or earnings per share of Keppel Corporation Limited for the current financial year.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil’s upcoming trade mission to France will include a stop at Michelin’s head office.The French tire giant is the largest public sector employer in the province and McNeil, who leaves Sunday for a week-long visit, said he wants to explore any potential interest the company has in expanding its operations in Nova Scotia.McNeil said while no such plans have been brought to his attention, the visit to the company’s headquarters south of Paris, is more than just a courtesy call to senior executives.“We are going to look for opportunity,” he said. “We are going to ensure that Michelin recognizes that this province is open for business.”McNeil said while the province would not offer a financial package to entice companies during the trip, there are programs they can take advantage of like the capital tax credit for large corporations.Last week, Business Minister Geoff MacLellan expressed concerns ongoing NAFTA talks could threaten Michelin’s North American operations. He said a “significant impact” was likely if U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist trade demands are adopted.But McNeil said Thursday he believes the current uncertainty around the trade agreement is not an impediment to landing more investment.“We are going to be proactive,” he said, when asked about his plan to push the province as a place to invest.The French manufacturer has three plants in Nova Scotia, providing well-paying jobs to more than 3,000 people. The plants are located in Granton, Bridgewater and Waterville.McNeil noted that land has already been tabbed around the firm’s Waterville plant in the event Michelin should want to expand its Annapolis Valley operations. He said there is also capacity at the Granton plant.The trip will also see McNeil meet with government officials and other businesses in the aerospace, digital media, and food and hospitality sectors.Other companies on the agenda with Nova Scotia ties include video game publisher Ubisoft and two aerospace firms, Thales Group and Stelia Aerospace (formerly Composites Atlantic).According to the province, Nova Scotia exported more than $90 million worth of products to France in 2016.Primary exports included seafood and aircraft parts.last_img read more

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – Protesters at an anti-pipeline camp in Burnaby say they are ready to defy an eviction notice handed out from the city.The City of Burnaby issued a 72-hour notice to those occupying “Camp Cloud” on Wednesday, but protesters say in a news release that isn’t enough time to comply with concerns raised over safety.The release says Camp Cloud will not be evicted, and that the notice was wrongly issued without adequate consideration of a recent court decision or consultation with camp residents. The B.C. Supreme Court ruled in March that both the camp and a nearbywatch-housee could remain in place in response to a court injunction filed by Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd., the company behind the construction of the Trans Mountain expansion project.No one from the city could immediately be reached for comment, but city manager Lambert Chu said on Wednesday there were concerns about safety and how the footprint of the site has grown.The notice is set to expire Saturday morning, and instead of moving out, protesters say they’ll hold a news conference to relay their side of the story.last_img read more

first_imgOn May 5, President Trump tweeted for a fresh look for a high tariff on Chinese goods worth US$ 200 billion imports from 10 per cent to 25 per cent from Friday, if the renewed negotiation failed. The US alleged China for backtracking from its previous offers. The negotiation failed. The US activated a new 25 per cent duty on US$ 200 billion worth of exports from China, effective from 1st June. India is not far from the pounce of America’s high tariff trade war. President Trump slammed India for high tariff, tweeting it a “tariff king” and accused it of trade deficit with the US. During the recent bilateral trade meeting, the visiting US Commerce Minister Willbor Ross blamed India for “overly restrictive” tariff, which brought a jolt to US’s exports to India, and eventually caused trade deficit with India. He said that India ranked 13 of US’s exports because of the high tariff. Whereas, the US is the biggest export destination for India. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyIndia hogged a blemish for “unjust trade” and fell in the warrant list of US’s high tariff cudgel. US fixed India in the watch list of 301 and threatened to withdraw GSP benefits as a counter-attack on India’s price cap on medical devices, such as cardiovascular stent and knee implants. It also threatened to drag India in WTO Dispute Settlement Body on export subsidies. India lost the entitlement for subsidies after crossing the cap of US$ 1000 per capita income level. In retaliation, India threatened to impose a high tariff on 29 items from the US. Also Read – The future is here!The slugfest between India and US will linger with no side bowing for adjustment. Against this backdrop, FTA (Free Trade Agreement) could be recourse to resolve the trade dispute. US Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster mulled for FTA between US and India. A top American business advocacy group, US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), asserted for FTA. It believed that FTA would be key to resolve the trade irritants. The President of USISPF believed that “Once you have FTA, all the issues of tariff will go away”. The US is the second biggest trade partner of India, after China. In 2017-18, the US accounted for 9.7 per cent of India’s total trade. Incidentally, India’s trade relation with China and US countries are diagonally opposite to each other. While China is the trigger for the trade deficit, the US is pivotal for export growth, yielding trade surplus. It helped in offsetting a chunk of trade deficit, triggered by China. In 2017-18, the US’s trade surplus offset 13 per cent of India’s total trade deficit. Against this backdrop, a lesson can be drawn for India before vying for retaliation against the US. In trade and investment relation, US is more significant to India than vice-versa. The US is the biggest export destination for India and a major foreign investor. To this end, any retaliation by India means opening a Pandora Box. The US is the backbone for India’s export growth. In 2017-2018, it shared one-sixth of India’s export, accounting for 15.8 per cent. It is gear to India’s export growth. For example, in 2017-18, India’s a total export surged by 10 per cent and the US was the main gear to this growth. It shared 13.4 per cent of India’s export. In the basket of exports also, the US has been playing an important role. It is the biggest importer of readymade garments, marine products, diamonds and pharmaceuticals, which are the major components of India’s exports. Incidentally, besides earning foreign exchange and reducing the trade deficit, exports to the US paves the way for generating employment opportunities in India. This is because garments and diamonds are labour intensive industries. Both World Bank and Peterson Institutes studies have predicted significant gains for both US and India if a free trade agreement is concluded. Before Trump, US was a believer in low tariff and oppose to protectionism. With a turnaround in the trade policy under Trump regime, US and India are in the same boat of protectionism with their aim for America First and Make in India respectively. Given this paradigm shift of the US’s trade policy, FTA will play an important role in gearing up the trade relationship between the two countries. With tariffs done away under FTA, trade potential between the two countries will increase through trade-related investment. The US has the advantages of technology and financial muscles and India has an edge in providing low cost of production base and big domestic demand. FTA will encourage US investors to invest in India in the lure of low-cost production while importing high tech products duty-free as inputs. Eventually, it will help in reducing the trade deficit. Manufacturing of mobile phone by US investors can be a case in point. Currently, more than 85 per cent of component and material costs for making a mobile phone is imported. India produces only 5-10 per cent of the billing cost, which includes casing, plastic and box packaging. Most of these components and materials are imported from China because of low price advantages. With basic duties on components and materials waived off under FTA, which are around 10-12 per cent, US manufacturers will have an edge over the manufacturers, who are dependent on imports from China. India is on the trend for heading towards a new manufacturing dynamism after digitisation and automation, which embraces component base industries. These industries require technology and skilled manpower. FTA with the US will leverage the benefit of technology transfer through the import of components and materials at low cost. This will have a dual impact on US-India trade relation. On one hand, it will have a propitious impact with the increase in US’s exports of inputs to India, and on the other side, it can pose a big challenge to China’s low coat dumping in India. Increase in US’s exports will have a cascading impact on US-India economic relation. It will increase the US’s investment in India, along with exports. Eventually, it will quell the US’s ire against India and pitch for a win-win situation for both countries.(The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Teams that make the NBA Finals have great players. OK, that’s not exactly news. But teams can get great players in different ways. The 2008 Celtics became great largely by signing Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the offseason. Ditto for the 2011 Miami Heat, by snagging LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Ditto for the 2015 Cleveland Cavaliers.Other finals teams, however, become great organically; they keep mostly the same players, but those players get a lot better. This year’s Golden State Warriors are one such team. The Dubs’ season has been remarkable, but it’s all the more special because they’ve excelled with nearly the same crop of players from last year.1The only substantive addition to this year’s squad is Shaun Livingston, who ranks seventh on the team in minutes played. The top eight players in terms of minutes are almost identical to last year’s team, plus Livingston. Stephen Curry became an MVP winner; Klay Thompson turned into one of the best shooting guards in the league; Draymond Green nearly won Defensive Player of the Year — this Warriors team became great thanks to leaps in performance by existing players.The Warriors improved dramatically this season, according to our Elo ratings. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, they have surged 211 points. That’s the 13th-highest single-season Elo improvement of all time. That’s unusually high for a team that added little talent.Using work by my colleague Neil Paine, I can quantify the talent change from year to year, based on multiyear Real Plus-Minus projections — these are ex ante projections, which incorporate performance in past seasons, an aging curve and regression to the mean.2Specifically, the talent rating is five times the minute-weighted average of a team’s players’ individual Real Plus-Minus projections. (This relationship is shown in the scatterplot below.) Compared with other teams that have reached the NBA Finals since 1980, and given their 3.3-point improvement according to RPM, the Warriors’ Elo rating should have improved by only 83 points. They did much better than that.But guess who improved more than the Warriors, according to Elo, over the course of this season? Their finals opponent, the Cavs. Of course, the Cavs followed the model of the 2011 Heat and 2008 Celtics, signing big talent in the offseason: LeBron James and Kevin Love. James and Love — with Kyrie Irving before his and Love’s injuries — remade a struggling, below-average Cavs squad (who started the season with an Elo rating of 1463).Look at finals teams with large single-season jumps in their Elo rating and you notice something: They look more like the Cavs than the Warriors. That is, newcomers to the NBA Finals have typically acquired a big piece. The best example is the 2008 Celtics, whose 326-point Elo improvement is by far the all-time highest. That 2008 Celtics squad, not surprisingly, also has the largest swing in RPM talent, 11.4 points.To measure organic improvement only, we need to control for the influx of new talent. Specifically, we need to calculate how much the team would have improved if it had made no roster moves (this is the “old” talent), and compare it with how much they actually improved, thus deriving the benefit of new players (the “new” talent).3Specifically, by taking the players on the current year’s roster, but using their end-of-season talent ratings for the previous year, we can compute how the team would have done this season with the same group of players on both teams. Then, by comparing this change to the actual improvement in those same players, we have an organic, or “old,” talent rating. The difference between that and the actual change in the overall team’s talent rating can thus be attributed to the influx of new players (or “new” talent).As shown in the table below, among finals teams since 1980, the Warriors have the second-largest differential between their organic (“old”) talent and their “new” talent. This suggests that you don’t have to snap up a superstar in the offseason to see huge year-over-year improvement. Some teams, like the Warriors, can make it happen organically.CLARIFICATION (June 5, 10:25 a.m.): Some commenters interpreted an earlier version of this post as suggesting that Kyrie Irving was new to the Cavaliers this season. Irving has been in Cleveland since 2011. We’ve updated the language to make that clearer.Neil Paine contributed to this article. read more