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Deputy Pringle says he won’t pay, despite water meter

By on May 27, 2021

first_img Twitter Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle says he will not be paying water charges despite the installation of a meter outside his home this week.The water meter was installed at the Independent TD’s home yesterday.Many people have been protesting in housing estates across the county trying to stop Irish Water workers from installing meters.Deputy Pringle says he was in Dublin yesterday, so he couldnt stop the workers. But he says meter or not, he still wont be paying:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/prinraw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Homepage BannerNews Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Deputy Pringle says he won’t pay, despite water meter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ By News Highland – December 18, 2014 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleRecruitment for Dungloe Randox jobs now underwayNext articleMc Elhinneys in Ballybofey is poised to become one of Ireland’s leading online retailers News Highland Pinterestlast_img read more

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Nelson’s Dryden Hunt doing his best to forget about former WHL team Regina Pats

By on August 3, 2020

first_img“When you’re anywhere for four years you make a lot of relationships that last a lifetime. For it to all of a sudden come to an end, it’s definitely tough. I’m going to miss everybody here top to bottom. It’s just sad.”The deal had Medicine Hat acquiring Burroughs and Hunt from the Regina Pats in exchange for Connor Hobbs, a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 3rd round pick in 2015. Hunt, a 19-year-old forward from Nelson Minor Hockey, is playing in his fourth WHL season.This year as an assistant captain, the 6-foot, 200-pound forward has recorded 14 goals and 33 assists (fourth most in the WHL) for a team leading 47 points in 37 games. Hunt currently ranks 12th in the league in points and in 163 career games has 40 goals, 57 assists for 97 points.”I’m very excited to go to Medicine Hat,” said Hunt. “It’s a new start for me.”They’re a great team. They’re going to make a run this year and I’m excited to be a part of it. I know Kyle is as well. It’s that much better that we’re going together. I’m happy to go to Medicine Hat but I’m leaving a lot of relationships in Regina. It’s mixed emotions.”The season has been a special ride for Hunt.During the summer he landed an amateur tryout with Carolina, and played so 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament.Medicine Hat currently leads the WHL Eastern Conference Central Division with a 29-10-1-1 record.Ironically, Hunt gets to see his former teammates up close and in person when the Tigers host Regina Pats Wednesday in the Hat. Nelson Minor Hockey grad Dryden Hunt is doing a good job forgetting about his old team, the Regina Pats.The speedy forward, who was part of a blockbuster Western Hockey League trade last week to Medicine Hat, had four points in three games to help the Tigers register a 2-1 record during a weekend road swing through BC.Hunt had an assist to help Medicine Hat knock off Kelowna Rockets 5-3 Saturday in the Central Okanagan City.During the opener, Hunt scored the winner on the power play, added an assist and was named the game’s first star in a 3-2 win over Victoria.The lone loss came in Vancouver, a 5-3 loss to the Giants.”I was (initially) more shocked and upset,” Hunt, informed that he and teammate Kyle Burroughs were headed to the Medicine Hat Tigers, told the Regina Leader-Post.”I shed a few tears with a couple of the guys.last_img read more

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Soweto: from struggle to suburbia

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgWalter Sisulu Square in the heart of Kliptown, Soweto, forms part of a new tourism spine that has brought in over 1-million visitors keen to explore and understand the township’s role in the struggle against apartheid. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa ReporterThe vast township of Soweto, once the centre of violence and turmoil in the struggle against apartheid, has become something of a scenic tourist attraction in the 20 years since the end of National Party rule.Getting its name from the apartheid designation of South Western Townships, Soweto was built as a shantytown on the edge of Johannesburg. It was essentially a dumping ground for black citizens, far from work and the white suburbs. Between 1955 and 1958 the government, vigorously implementing its apartheid policies, moved thousands of black South Africans from the city to Soweto.As with all townships, it was ignored by the former regime. Its dusty roads were unpaved and untreed; tiny matchbox houses were built out of a mix of iron, wood and brick. Backyard shacks and informal settlements marked the place, which, at over 200 square kilometres, is the largest township in the country. By 2003, Greater Soweto consisted of 87 townships.Today it is almost unrecognisable: an economic hub of activity with a fully-fledged upper, middle and lower social class, its roads are tarred and trees shade its many green spaces.Rebuilding the townshipSince 1994, a huge amount of work has gone into developing Soweto and reintegrating it into the city.More than 100 000 houses have been built or refurbished in the township over the past 20 years, according to the Presidency’s Twenty Year Review, and all outstanding water, electricity and sanitation connections to thousands of houses – neglected during apartheid – have been completed. Sowetan residential property is now booming, with the highest average prices in the affordable housing market segment countrywide.Some 314 kilometres of gravel roads have been tarred, and all other roads resurfaced, kerbed, pedestrianised, linked to a new cycleway, provided with street lights, and integrated into a comprehensive stormwater system. Soweto is also home to Africa’s biggest healthcare facility, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.Over the past 20 years retail space has grown from fewer than 60 000 square metres to 220 000. Five new major shopping malls with major retail anchor tenants have been established – including the flagship Maponya Mall.A new tourism spine has brought in over 1-million visitors keen to explore and understand Soweto’s role in the struggle against apartheid. The spine links the Vilakazi Street precinct, where tourists can see the house museums of Soweto’s two Nobel Peace Prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Bishop Tutu, with the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum and the 12-kilometre June 16th Route, the Regina Mundi Parish Church – the gathering point for protest meetings and refuge from the apartheid brutalities – and loops back to Kliptown, where the Freedom Charter was signed.Other tourist attractions include the Oppenheimer Tower, Credo Mutwa Cultural Village and Orlando Towers, former cooling towers, colourfully painted, that offer spectacular views of the city – and heart-stopping bungee jumps. The township also hosts the Soweto Open tennis tournament, the Soweto marathon, and the Soweto Wine Festival, among other regular events that draw crowds of thousands.The colourfully painted Orlando Towers, formerly cooling towers for a now-decommissioned power station, are a prominent Soweto landmark and popular tourist attraction.The home of South African soccerSoweto has produced the highest number of professional soccer teams in the country. Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows were all born there, and remain among the leading teams in the Premier Soccer League.Sport is big in the area. FNB Stadium, the country’s largest stadium, is in Soweto. Known as Soccer City during the soccer World Cup in 2010, for which it was purpose built, it is the centre of soccer in South Africa. It is the home ground of the national soccer team, Bafana Bafana, as well as Kaizer Chiefs, and the preferred venue for major concerts.Other sports facilities in Soweto include Eldorado Park Stadium, Moroka Swallows’ Dobsonville Stadium, Jabavu Stadium, Noordgesig Stadium, Orlando Pirates’ home ground of Orlando Stadium, and Meadowlands Stadium.FNB Stadium was completely rebuilt for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Converting hostels into homesApartheid’s migrant labour system relied on men transported far from their homes into the city, where they would live and work far from their families. These labourers were often housed in single-sex hostels, brutal and often violent places. Today, the Johannesburg Housing Company is busy converting these structures into comfortable family homes.Once such development is Orlando Ekhaya, a huge affordable rental housing project. Here the city of Johannesburg has invested some R130-million in good-quality, high-density family flats in the Soweto suburb of Orlando.Orlando Ekhaya is being constructed in three phases, with the first phase, converting a single-sex hostel into 102 family dwellings, completed in 2011. The next two phases, to be completed this year, are to convert a further 76 family homes, and build 112 new four-storey, walk-up units on vacant land near the former hostel.Hostels elsewhere in Soweto are getting the same treatment, such as in the suburb of Jabulani, where 401 family homes are being built out of a former hostel, as well as in Dube, Diepkloof and Meadowlands.Half a million treesJohannesburg is known as the world’s largest man-made urban forest, with some of its trees dating back to the early 1900s. But while the city itself was green, for decades Soweto was drab and dusty, with only a few trees planted in the 1950s. The Greening of Soweto project, launched in 2006 with the planting of 6 000 trees – and an ultimate aim of half a million – is perhaps the city’s biggest green revolution.Since then more than 200 000 new trees have been planted and six new ecoparks built. In 2008 Nelson Mandela planted the 90 990th tree, on his 90th birthday. The aim is for a further 300 000 to be planted by 2016.The greening project has received two separate gold awards at the UN Liveable Community Awards, one in 2008 and again in 2010.Open spaces have been refurbished towards Bara Taxi Rank.Transport upgradesGiven the almost total lack of investment in public transport by the previous government, for decades minibus taxis and rail were the main means of getting around Soweto and into Johannesburg. The township’s transport hub is the Bara Bus and Taxi Rank, near the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital – or Bara as it is commonly called.The rank, the biggest and busiest bus and taxi rank in Soweto, was given a massive facelift in 2003 thanks to a R60-million government investment over a three-year period. According to the City of Joburg Property Company, R100-million was spent on the Bara Central Redevelopment, which aimed to transform the public environment, upgrade the area into a vibrant high-density mixed-use destination with an underground parkade, a new public square with artwork and an upgrade of the streets.Twenty years of freedom have seen heavy investment is Soweto’s public transport. The city of Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system was first rolled out in the township, as an attempt to fix the irrational spatial planning of apartheid and provide affordable transport to those forced to live furthest from their places of work.Minibus taxis stream past the Bara Taxi Rank on Old Potchefstroom Road, Soweto.Shopping malls, businesses and a theatreA number of neighbourhood shopping centres were developed in the 1980s around the Soweto, but it was only in 1994 that Soweto’s first major shopping complex was built, in Dobsonville. In 2005, the Protea Gardens Mall opened, followed by the Bara Mall in Diepkloof, adjacent to the hospital and taxi rank, and, in 2006, the Jabulani Mall.The following year, Soweto’s homegrown millionaire Richard Maponya opened the township’s first mega mall, the 65 000 square metre, R650-million Maponya Mall on Chris Hani Road.In 2012, the city of Johannesburg opened the state-of-the-art Soweto Theatre as part of a multimillion-rand investment in Jabulani. It includes the R320-million shopping mall, the 300-bed Jabulani Provincial Hospital, and a residential area with three- to five-storey walk-up blocks of flats.The hospital was built to alleviate pressure on clinics and on Bara, the only government hospital in the massive township.Business facilities in Soweto are also being considered, and in her State of the Province address in 2013, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the provincial government had partnered with Century Property Development Company to establish a R1.6-billion industrial park in Diepsloot.The once dusty and desperate streets of Soweto are being turned into a tidy city of their own, complete with all the facilities and amenities needed for modern life.A massive elephant sculpture welcomes shoppers to the mega Maponya Mall. (Image: Media Club South Africa photo library. Click for a larger view.)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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LEED-H and Retrofit Guidelines Released for Public Comment

By on December 16, 2019

first_imgWith some interesting timing, the first drafts of the new LEED for Homes rating system and the DOE’s Residential Retrofit Guidelines were both released for review and public comment in the same week. I suppose it’s a coincidence, but it sure seems like someone up there wants everyone involved in residential green building and renovation to drop what they are doing and spend their entire holiday season reviewing the obscure minutiae in these documents. Since I work more with LEED than weatherization, I spent more time with the new rating system, although I hope to take some time to review all the DOE documents soon. I will have to set aside even more time for that project, as the two documents together total over 600 pages!In case you haven’t noticed…For anyone new to my blog, I have dedicated a significant portion of my posts on this site to complaining about the LEED for Homes program, among other things. Although I usually like to start out complaining, I will take a different route today and begin with what I like. (But first, because he asked for it, a shout-out to my friend Tom Flanagan at the USGBC, who emailed me the rating system documents that I had trouble downloading from their website.) I may be misinterpreting some of the intent in this draft, and I hope that the USGBC will join in this discussion to correct any misunderstandings.First, what’s rightBased on my initial review of the new rating system, it appears to me that the USGBC has been listening to me, and others, who have been voicing opinions on the existing program. It does appear to me that they will be eliminating the practically pointless (and required) “Letter to Vendors” stating a preference for FSC-certified wood. Good move, guys. Even more important, the project-specific, extremely subjective “Durability Inspection Checklist,” always a burden for project teams to assemble, has been replaced with the ENERGY STAR Water Management System Builder Checklist, part of the new set of inspection reports for ENERGY STAR version 3. Again, good move. New credits are available for universal design features and flexible construction methods that allow for easier modification and disassembly of buildings.While I have minor complaints about some of these last items, overall they are a positive move. There is now an easy-to-understand backdraft potential test for fireplaces and woodstoves, replacing the practically indecipherable formula in the current version. Thanks again, folks. Finally, the USGBC has added a credit for proximity to a job center. If the project is within 10 miles of a job center (yet to be defined), it gets points; if it is within 3 miles, it gets more points. To me, this is a very simple, straightforward, and appropriate connectivity concept that makes sense. (Maybe they’ll take it out now!)Next, what I think is wrongJust in case any of you thought I wasn’t going to complain—plenty of things in this draft make me a little crazy, and I’m not shy about letting the USGBC know. To start, the program still uses Air Changes per Hour @ 50 Pascals (ACH50) to determine credits for air infiltration. This particular measure, while one of several standards, tends to penalize small homes. I believe LEED should switch to the Envelope Leakage Ratio (ELR) that uses the amount of air leakage per square foot of the building envelope, which more accurately balances small and large homes.Credits are available for installing ERVs and HRVs, which, in my opinion, don’t always provide an energy benefit, particularly in moderate climates. I would like to see this credit limited to extreme climates. Points are now available for heat-pump water heaters, currently the child star of the green building industry—but again, in my opinion, somewhat overrated. They are most effective when installed in unconditioned space in hot climates, and actually add to the heating load when installed inside a house. I think this one deserves a closer look. Under the high-efficiency appliances category, points are available for installing ENERGY STAR ceiling fans. Now, I can’t tell you how many times I see ceiling fans running in rooms (and on front porches) with no one sitting below them. This credit should be removed, or at least require occupancy sensor or timer-operated switches to eliminate wasted energy from fans being left on.Other minor concerns include credit under the Design for Adaptability section for putting ducts in the attic. This works if you insulate the roofline, but overall it’s just not a great design idea. There are also credits for installing zoned HVAC systems, something that again seems to favor larger homes, which almost always have them, while compact homes often don’t need zoning. I would like to see some of these issues that penalize smaller homes be reconsidered and changed to instead favor them.Finally, things I just don’t understandProbably just because most of us are now fully comfortable and familiar with the various credit categories, the USGBC has decided to change the names of some of them and add new ones. Innovation and Design (ID) is now Integrated Process (IP). Locations and Linkages (LL) is now Location and Transportation (LT). Energy and Atmosphere (EA) is now Performance (PF). New categories include Innovation (IN) and Regional Priority (RP), which are supposed to have details listed on the USGBC website, but I cannot find anything there yet.Another curious change is the credit for having a LEED AP Homes credentialed member on the project team. Previously, if a team member (excluding the rater) had this designation, the team got this point. Now, in addition to the AP, the team must have two additional designees, although they can be other LEED specialties or Green Associates. To me, this looks like nothing more than a ploy by the USGBC to build their revenue stream from individual designations. Come on, folks, give it a rest. You have enough money already.Overall, I am reasonably satisfied with the changes proposed thus far. I am smart enough to realize that I will never be fully satisfied with this program, but I do get the feeling that the USGBC has been listening, at least a little. Hopefully they will continue to do so, and we will see a much better program roll out in 2012—although my ADD-addled mind can’t understand why it can’t be sooner.Get on the stick, everyone. Download the files, read them, and make your comments on the first draft before the end of the year.last_img read more

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HISTORIC TRANSITION FOR TOUCH FOOTBALL IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

By on November 7, 2019

first_imgA new era for Touch Football began on Monday 3 July 2007, with the launch of Touch Football Australia’s (TFA) new operations in South Australia, under the name, Touch Football South Australia. After 18 months of toil, the South Australian Touch Association (SATA) and its members, on Saturday morning 30 June 2007, voted unanimously to de-register the association and adopt the Unitary Model proposed by Touch Football Australia. Touch Football Australia Board of Management Chairman, Mr. Peter Rooney was on hand to witness the historic event, along with TFA Executive Legal Counsel, Mel Malam who has guided and implemented the intricate legal process from beginning to end.Touch Football South Australia State Manager, and former Executive Officer of the  (SATA), Mr. Gavin Macdonald and the South Australian staff and Board Members attended to cement the formal process, and the Australian Capital Territory’s State Manager, Matt Mc Kerrow, was also on hand to observe the changeover and the protocol involved.After 18 months of legal checks and cross checks in the involved process of deregistration, and the steps associated with formally adopting the Unitary style of governance, the significance of the occasion was not lost on Gavin Macdonald.“It’s a monumental step for the advancement of sport in a changing industry landscape. We are in line with other sports including football, golf, bowls, and volleyball, which are assessing different mechanisms to promote and deliver their sports in a more cost effective and efficient manner,” Mr. Macdonald said.The decision to adopt the new system will enable South Australia to take advantage of streamlined administration and operational practices in delivering the sport to constituents under the National banner. The changeover will help touch football in South Australia to access marketing and branding opportunities with the National body, and cement itself as the sport of choice in South Australia at community participation level for all age groups in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed versions of the game. The development marks a historic occasion, with South Australia becoming the first state to fall under complete operational and administrative control of TFA.Touch Football, with the support of the Australian Sports Commission, is working with State Associations to streamline operations and deliver a more unified approach to the management of the sport across the nation.Other State Associations are working diligently towards the process South Australia has completed, and in coming months TFA will continue to move positively towards a more unified approach to strategic objectives and operational outcomes to ensure the best possible future for the game in Australia.last_img read more

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NRL launches 10 months of sporting action

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first_imgAn expanded World Club Series The Touch Football World Cup in May, featuring 99 teams from 25 nationsThe launch was held last night in Auckland for the first time, recognising the 20th anniversary of the Warriors being in the NRL competition and the success of the New Zealand team in the recent Four Nations tournament. Mr Smith said a highlight of the season would be the special commemoration of the 100th ANZAC which will see five games on the same day in Auckland, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. He said there would also be more Easter holiday matches, a revitalised Monday night schedule and Thursday night football leading into the Finals Series. “And, of course, we will be taking State of Origin to the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground for the first time in 18 years,” Mr Smith said. “It is an exceptional calendar which has something for everyone.”Related LinksNRL launch The NRL Telstra Premiership with a new look draw aimed at having more blockbuster matches The NRL has launched its 2015 calendar which will see 10 months of Rugby League competitions, events and entertainment, as well as plenty of integration with Touch Football. CEO Dave Smith said 2015 would have something for every League fan. It begins this weekend with the Dick Smith Auckland Nines featuring all 16 NRL teams in the exciting, fast version of the game. This will be followed by:The return of the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars match, which includes the first ever All Stars Touch Football match The Holden State of Origin Series and representative matcheslast_img read more

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VP Naidu holds talks with Costa Rica President, seeks investment from Costa Rican companies

By on October 12, 2019

first_imgSan Jose (Costa Rica): Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has met President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada and held “fruitful” discussions on a range of issues, including cross border terrorism, and new areas of collaboration that hold potential to boost the bilateral ties. Vice President Naidu, who became the first Indian on Friday to receive an honorary doctorate by the University of Peace founded by the United Nations, also invited the Costa Rican companies to invest in India and benefit from high returns. “President of Costa Rica Carlos Quesada and I have had fruitful and cordial exchanges covering a range of areas of mutual interest. Based on our fruitful exchanges, we are confident that our mutual efforts will open up new and innovative vistas for deepening ongoing engagement between both countries,” Naidu said. “India is a peace loving country but has been a target of terrorism from across our border for the last few decades. We discussed in detail the menace of terrorism and the need to fight in one voice against individuals & terrorist groups engaged in terrorist activities,” the Vice President’s office said in a tweet. Naidu, who met president Quesada at the Casa Presidenical in San Jose on Friday, said there were many new areas of cooperation for the two countries to take their bilateral relations to new heights. He said the Costa Rican strengths that India would want to take advantage of include eco tourism, clean transport, education and to have zero carbon emission economy by 2021. “Indian strengths that Costa Rica can benefit from include space and biotechnology, Renewable Energy including solar, pharmaceuticals, ICT particularly eGovernance, hydroelectric generators and power plant equipment, farm machinery & skill upgradation, railway construction,” Naidu said. “Costa Rica is the largest economy in Central America. Costa Rican companies are invited to invest in and benefit from the fastest growing large economy. Current bilateral trade volumes between both countries are to the tune of USD 200 million,” he said. Terming Costa Rica as an “important partner” of India, Naidu said the two countries shared “close and cordial” ties based on their shared commitment to the pursuit of democracy, pluralism, multiculturalism, freedom of Press and equitable human rights. The two countries also exchanged memorandum of understanding on waiving visa requirements for diplomatic and official passport holders and the signing of the Letter of Intent to collaborate in the field of Biotechnology. “India & Costa Rica could collaborate in various aspects of skill development such as Soft Skills, Entrepreneurship, Financial and Digital Literacy. 50 per cent of Costa Rican population is less than 25 years. We could share our experiences in skilling, training and capacity building,” Naidu said. Naidu is in Costa Rica as part of his two-nation trip to Paraguay and the Central American country.last_img read more

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The Silly Way Coaches Wins Are Counted

By on September 30, 2019

If his Spurs win Wednesday, Gregg Popovich will reach a coaching milestone: 1,150 career wins. Or, if you look at it another (admittedly kookier) way, he could record his 23,787th win.Popovich reached a different sort of milestone Monday: his 1,000th career regular-season win as head coach. Although several NBA players, including LeBron James, congratulated him on the achievement, Pop’s reaction was subdued. Perhaps that’s because he remembers that he really won his 1,000th game more than two years ago — on Jan. 25, 2013, against Dallas. That night, he won his 882nd regular-season game, to go with 118 playoff wins to that point — although coverage of the game suggests that few did the arithmetic at the time. (An ill Popovich wasn’t even there to celebrate, although the game still counts in his ledger because he remained the team’s head coach.)The standard across most North American professional team sports is to omit playoff accomplishments from career totals even though postseason performance is much more important than regular-season feats for winning titles.1College stats typically include postseason numbers. The typical reason given for doing this with player stats is that players can’t choose their teammates. Charles Barkley isn’t any less great for not winning a title — it says more about his teams. It’s not Ernie Banks‘s fault that he didn’t make the playoffs, so he shouldn’t fall behind Gary Sheffield on the career home-run list. Or so the thinking goes.Even if that argument holds for players, though, it’s a lot shakier for coaches. The whole notion of counting their wins, and celebrating when that count reaches a nice round number, implicitly credits the coaches for the sum of their players’ accomplishments (however flawed that idea is; in Popovich’s case, it does seem like he deserves quite a bit of credit). If coaches get the credit for regular-season wins, then surely they should also get credit for the postseason wins those regular-season wins make possible. By that math, Popovich falls a bit further behind Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, the two other most successful coaches in modern NBA history; each has more playoff wins than Popovich’s 149, earned along the way to five titles.If we’ve convinced you that playoff wins should count toward a coach’s career total, then perhaps you’ll walk with us a little further down this plank. Surely playoff wins shouldn’t only count alongside regular-season wins but should count more than them. Most NBA executives, coaches and players would agree — and perhaps few would agree more than Popovich, whose reputed coaching style is to use the first half of the regular season to test lineups and try out new players, rather than, say, to win as many games as possible.So just how much more should a playoff win count? A whole lot more, by our calculations. For every playoff game since 1984, we calculated how much that game’s outcome swung the teams’ chances of winning the title, relative to an average regular-season game.2Similar to what we did for our post about Tom Brady’s accomplishments, we used the number of teams in the NBA each season, the number of playoff teams and the length of the schedule to determine how much the average regular-season game changed an average team’s championship probability. For instance, in 2013-14, there were 30 NBA teams, so each started with a 1-in-30 — or 3.3 percent — chance of winning the title. After the regular season, 16 teams’ chances rose to 1-in-16 (6.3 percent) and 14 teams’ odds fell to zero. That means the average NBA game last season moved a team’s championship needle either up or down by just 0.04 percentage points. So, for instance, Game 3 of last June’s NBA Finals counted as much as about 487 regular-season games in terms of championship impact, while Game 4 of Miami’s sweep of Charlotte was worth just 15 regular-season games.Add up the regular-season value of Popovich’s playoff wins, and you’ll find that they were worth 22,786 regular-season wins — or nearly 23 times as much as the sum total of his 1,000 regular-season wins. That’s pretty impressive, but he and his players have some work to do to catch Jackson and Riley, who top all coaches whose first playoff appearance was in or after the 1984 postseason. COACHREGULARSEASON WINSPLAYOFF WINS(REG SEASONEQUIVALENT)TOTAL Doc Rivers67810,42511,103 George Karl1,1319,09410,225 Pat Riley1,21031,43032,640 We don’t really mean that Popovich has won 23,786 regular-season games. It would be just as accurate to say that in the regular season, he has won 6.5 playoff games since his average playoff win counted for about 150 regular-season wins. A playoff win isn’t the same as a regular-season win, but that’s not a good enough reason not to include them when summing and assessing a coach’s accomplishments. These calculations show just how much of a coach’s value comes after his wins stop counting. The regular-season wins reflect a coach’s longevity. (“The time, that’s the most important element,” Popovich said Monday. “You have to be around for a while, I guess.”) The playoff wins reflect his true value — and that of his players. Rudy Tomjanovich52710,34510,872 Phil Jackson1,15545,59246,747 Chuck Daly63813,76114,399 Rick Adelman1,0429,68110,723 Gregg Popovich1,00022,78623,786 Erik Spoelstra33612,69213,028 read more

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Sullinger Matta prove to be Big Tens best

By on September 28, 2019

You should ignore what this year’s Big Ten awards list tells you, because this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament made something perfectly clear: Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Thad Matta are the best player-coach combo in the conference. Despite laying claim to the conference’s top coach and top player — as named by the media and Big Ten’s coaches — Purdue was upset in the second round of the conference tournament, and for the second time in as many weeks, the Boilermakers fell two games shy of a Buckeye conference crown. Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson, who earlier in the week was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Year, scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Boilermakers’ second-round matchup with Michigan State, but his effort wasn’t enough to keep the Spartans from picking up the win. Conversely, Sullinger scored 20 points and pulled down 18 boards in OSU’s second-round overtime victory against Northwestern. When the moment mattered most, the Buckeyes depended on the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, who scored 10 points in overtime and connected on 16 of 18 free throws in the game. And, thanks to his team picking up the win, Sullinger kept on playing, as he averaged 16.3 points and 14 rebounds over three games — all OSU wins. But Sullinger doesn’t deserve all the credit for the Buckeyes’ weekend success. Matta, who less than a week ago was passed over in favor of Purdue’s Matt Painter as the Big Ten Coach of the Year, led the Buckeyes to their second consecutive Big Ten Tournament title, the third of his career. When it came to the conference awards, however, Matta was hurt by what he does best: recruiting. The Buckeyes boast four returning starters from last year’s Big Ten championship team, and added two incoming McDonald’s All-Americans before the season. Nevermind that recruiting is part of the coach’s job — his team is supposed to win, and people don’t get rewarded for doing only what’s expected of them. Painter, however, benefited from having his best player, Robbie Hummel, tear his ACL before the season. Expectations were lowered, so losing the conference title by two games was not a disappointment, but rather an accomplishment. Hummel’s injury also deserves some credit for Johnson’s Player of the Year award. Getting Purdue’s top player out of the way opened the door for Johnson to lead the conference in scoring en route to earning the Player of the Year award. Sullinger, on the other hand, was punished for playing with superior talent surrounding him. Apparently, leading your team in scoring and rebounding while playing alongside three other All-Conference selections is viewed by the voting coaches and media as a negative, not a positive. But Sullinger and Matta gladly will take a pair of conference titles over a pair of individual awards any day. And if this weekend wasn’t enough, the Buckeyes have another three weeks to show why they have the best coach and player in the conference — if not the nation. read more

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Wrestling Ohio State and Penn St has become rivalry over recent years

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No. 3 Micah Jordan celebrates a last-second takedown that won him the bout against North Carolina State University’s No. 4 Justin Oliver in the 149-pound bout of the Ohio State vs. NCSU dual meet at St. John Arena. Jordan won the bout by decision, 6-5. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternEvery year, both Ohio State and Penn State have this duel circled on their calendars.Recently, a rivalry has formed between Ohio State and Penn State with some of the most talented wrestlers in the country, and this year is no different. Penn State leads the overall series with a record of 20-12, and currently have a three-duel win streak against the Buckeyes.  As a veteran, Ohio State redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, knows what the rivalry between the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes means on the mat.“ It would mean so much, at least to me. A lot of the young guys haven’t been in there and experienced that kind of intensity when we wrestle [Penn State], said Moore. “[Penn State] has beaten us a lot and we have beaten them sometimes, and it would be really big for us to get a win.”No. 6 Ohio State will host No. 1 Penn State, following a 19-18 Nittany Lions home win a season ago, with an anticipated energized crowd and expected sold out St. John Arena to try and stop the losing streak against its rival. Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said his team is excited for a chance at redemption..“I think the crowd speaks to the madness of the event, and hopefully it will sell out,” Ryan said. “We lost a close one last year, and we definitely want this one.”  Ohio State and Penn State have gone toe-to-toe in nationals, the biggest stage in collegiate wrestling, the past eight years. Penn State has won seven NCAA championships in those eight years, while Ohio State has won one, finishing runner-up to Penn State two years in a row.Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, the No. 17 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, said payback is on the team’s mind.“We have a salty taste in our mouths from last year because they got the better of us,” Smith said. “I’m just really looking forward to the [duel].”When Ohio State and Penn State square up on Friday, there will be five former or defending NCAA champions competing, which has become a common occurrence in their recent duels..Penn State redshirt senior Bo Nickal, No. 1 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, has won two-straight NCAA titles, and has won 90 of 93 career matches. “197 is the Mack Daddy match,” Ryan said. “That is the one that is a No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup and it should be fun to watch.”Ohio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds, won the NCAA title at 174 pounds, as a true freshman in 2016, who has 109-18 career record.Penn State redshirt senior Jason Nolf and redshirt junior Vincenzo Joseph, No. 1 at 157 pounds and 165 pounds, respectively, are currently both two-time defending NCAA champions.Ryan called Nolf “one of the elite college wrestlers in the last 50 years.” Penn State junior Mark Hall, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, won the NCAA title in 2017, and has a career record of 63-4.With 17 of 20 wrestlers in this duel being ranked, Ryan said that this duel is something that fans of all sports should be watching.“If you can’t get fired up for this [duel] then you should find something else to do with your time,” Ryan said. read more

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