Cllr. Brumskine formally turns over leadership to Sen. Lawrence-Sen Zargo, Musa Bility elected Chairman, Advisory Council HeadA newly-created National Advisory Council of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) over the weekend unanimously elected Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence as new Political Leader, replacing Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine.The decision took place in Voinjama, Lofa County, when the LP held its National Executive Council (NEC) Sitting as provided for in Article 8, Section 5 of its constitution. It stipulates that the NEC is the highest decision-making body of the party in the absence of a National Convention.It is presided over by its Political Leader and comprises of chairpersons of the 15 counties, the immediate past Chairperson of the Party, members of the Party’s Legislative Caucus, all National Vice Chairpersons, the National Secretary-General, National Treasurer and other Stakeholders.Held under the theme, “Keeping the LP Torch Burning,” the National Advisory Council also elected a new corps of officers, to steer the affairs of the party up to the next National Convention and at the same time confirm new positions for inclusion in LP’s Constitution; to include vice chairman for Educational Policy and Programs and vice chairman for Inter-Party Affairs.Former Campaign CEO Musa Hassan Bility was nominated and confirmed to head the Advisory Council, while Senators Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence and Steve Armadou Zargo were elected Political Leader and National Chairman respectively.Others elected to the LP’s NEC include: Madam Rugie Barry, Vice Chair for Administration; Abraham Darius Dillon, Vice Chair for Political Affairs; Jacob Smith , Secretary General ; Mrs. Carmenia Abdallah , National Treasurer ; E. Augustine Fredericks , National Vice Chair for Membership ; Dr. H. Marcus Speare , National Vice Chair for Education, Policies and Program, Martin Kollah, National Vice Chair for Planning; Elder Jallah , Vice Chair for Operations and Technology ; Losene Bility , Vice Chair for External Affairs, PrinceToles, Vice Chair for Mobilization; Cllr. Powo Hilton, Vice Chair for Legal Affairs; Kwame Ross, Vice Chair for Auxiliary Affairs, Kla-Edward Toomey, II, Deputy S/G for Press and Propaganda, and James Yougie, Deputy S/G for Operations and Technology.Also elected are Mrs.Williette Lysander, National Women Wing Chair; Onesmus James, National Youth Chair; Alfred Cassell, Deputy S/G for Communications; Daniel O. Sando, Assistant S/G for Political Affairs; AB Johnson, Assistant S/G for Social Policy and Programs, Suliamah Jalloh, Assistant S/G for Membership; Rebecca Hacker, Assistant S/G for Logistics; Agatius Coker, Deputy S/G for Auxilary Services and Ebenezer Wilson, Assistant S/G for Special Projects.The outgoing Political Leader Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, in a rather emotional and passionate tone, appreciated God firstly for giving him the strength and wisdom to serve Liberia and the LP, and all current and former members of the Friends of Brumskine (FOB), the LP 2017 Presidential Campaign Team, Members of the Party and all Liberians, who supported him over the last 13 years, while aspiring to become President of Liberia.Cllr. Brumskine also paid a special tribute to late Representative Eugene Fallah Kparkar, Kamara Abdulai Kamara (KAK) and other fallen members of the FOB and the LP.He called on the new leadership to keep the LP vision alive by re-branding and rebuilding the party with reconciliation, the first of four pillars in the LP’s manifesto being its foremost priority.As Brumskine delivered his message, there was an atmosphere of total silence in the hall and sadness on the faces of delegates as the outgoing Political Leader made his remarks.In her acceptance Speech, Sen Lawrence appreciated Brumskine for being a diligent political mentor over the years and having served the LP and Liberia with utmost commitment.She also appreciated all partisans for the confidence reposed in her and promised to listen and work with all partisans in moving the party forward.Sen. Lawrence: “As political leader, my immediate priorities include reconciling the party, instituting an effective fund raising program, doing an assessment of the party’s performance in the last three presidential elections for the purpose of making improvements for the future and make party structures across the country very active through regular engagements and support. I will also set up a robust membership recruitment program; introduce the LP Charity Wing; encourage collaboration among opposition political parties, promote honesty, transparency and accountability in the party and remain supportive in maintaining the peace and stability of the country.”Sen. Zargo appreciated Cllr. Brumskine and all members of the party for the confidence reposed in him to serve as their Chairman and committed himself to expanding the membership base of the party and working hard to ensure that the party remains vibrant and come back strong in upcoming elections.Liberty Party, during the 2017 presidential and legislative elections, came a distant third to the now ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the opposition Unity Party (UP).A legal remedy sought for a re-run of the elections over LP’s allegation of fraud to the Supreme Court, was denied for lack of sufficient evidence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Get live updates, news and analysis Sunday at 10 a.m. as the Raiders look to ride the momentum of last week’s victory when they travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens.The Raiders (2-8) hurt their 2019 draft position by snapping their five-game losing streak in a 23-21 win over Arizona last Sunday, but don’t tell that to Derek Carr.In order to win again, the Raiders will need to figure out a way to slow down … Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.
The 2007 National Touch League for Opens and 20’s will commence at approximately 9.00am on Friday 9 March and go through until 5.00pm Monday 12 March, 2007 at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, NSW.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 03: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines (L) jogs off the fiedl with his brother Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (R) following halftime of the Michigan and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on October 3, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Like many teams, Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines listen to music during practice. Harbaugh’s inclusions in the playlist include many of the rock staples you’d expect from a 51 year old football coach. You have some AC/DC, some KISS, both very standard. The playlist also includes Jim Harbaugh’s favorite song, which doesn’t strike us as something you’d play to get players pumped for practice.What music does Jim Harbaugh play at #Michigan practices? pic.twitter.com/VzNpp6l3IH— Ben Fidelman (@bfidelman) September 6, 2015 Gordon Lightfoot’s song does have plenty of references to the Midwest. The shipwreck motif is a bit strange, but we probably shouldn’t question Harbaugh’s methods. The man rebuilt Stanford, he can play some Lightfoot if he wants.
Bright lights and cameras will be out in force at the 13th Annual Denim, Diamonds & Stars, a red-carpet evening to raise funds for ACT Today!, the nation’s leading autism nonprofit organization providing help and support to children with autism and their families.3th Annual Denim, Diamonds and StarsPresenters include actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Cole.The event is Sunday, October 7 at the Four Seasons Westlake Village (2 Dole Dr.). Festivities include red-carpet arrivals, cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, gourmet dinner catered by Four Seasons award-winning chefs, celebrity presenters and special tributes to 2018 honorees. Honorees are Richard Schiff, Emmy-winning actor/producer/director and currently in “The Good Doctor,” Joanne Lara, executive director of Autism Works Now! and Rose van Wier Hein, founder/CEO of Golden Heart Ranch. Emceeing the event is Nick Belardo.Since it began in 2005, ACT Today! Has helped more than 1,400 families and distributed more than $1.65 million in grants. Presenting sponsor is Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD). For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.denimanddiamondsforautism.net.
43– How often have next-day favorites won?Eventual championship status for teams named next-day favorites according to the betting markets NHLNBA 8th2– 5th4– SeasonTeamWon?TeamWon? 201349ers, Broncos✘Tigers✘ 2017Penguins✔Warriors✔ 2020Lightning?Bucks? Rounds From ChampionshipCount 2019Lightning✘Warriors✘ 2014Penguins✘Heat✘ 2011Blackhawks✘Heat✘ 4th2– 2010Red Wings✘Lakers✔ 3rd5– NFLMLB SeasonTeamWon?TeamWon? RankCount 2015Blackhawks✔Heat✘ 2012Canucks✘Heat✔ 12th0 2018Penguins✘Warriors✔ 2016Blackhawks✘Cavaliers✔ 2014Seahawks✘Dodgers✘ 2020———— 2012Patriots✘Phillies✘ 2019Patriots?Astros, Red Sox? This summer was actually an unusual moment in that regard, between the NBA and NHL. It was the first time in our data where both leagues’ champions opened in fourth place or worse in the next season’s odds at the same time. This is perhaps because both the Raptors and Blues were first-time champions in their respective sports, and each was a relative surprise champion as well (the Blues began the season as the 19th-ranked betting choice, 40-to-1 to win it all, while the Raptors were ninth with 60-to-1 title odds).This isn’t the first time the books have shown an affinity for a team — like, say, the Lightning — whose previous season didn’t end in glorious fashion. But that doesn’t happen very often. Granting that some sports’ playoff structures don’t feature rounds of equivalent size before their playoff quarterfinals,3Both the NBA and NHL feature a round of 16 before their quarterfinals, while MLB and the NFL each have a round of 12. Tampa Bay joined the 2012 Pittsburgh Penguins and 2010 Miami Heat as the only teams in our sample to exit in the first round of the NBA or NHL playoffs and then immediately become championship favorites the day after the playoffs ended. (And that Heat team comes with a special disclaimer we’ll talk about later.) 2011Patriots✘Phillies✘ Sources: SPORTSBETTING.AG, BETONLINE.AG A new champion doesn’t always get very much respect from the oddsmakers in the immediate wake of its victory. The Raptors, for instance, opened the 2020 championship betting at fourth in the NBA (8-to-1 odds), while the Blues started 2020 in a tie for fifth in the NHL (12-to-1 odds) right after hoisting the Cup. Most of the time, however, the champs stay pretty close to the top of the sport. Only five of the 45 new champs we looked at fell out of the top five for their league when looking ahead to the following season: The 2008 Philadelphia Phillies (sixth looking ahead to 2009), the 2015 Denver Broncos (seventh for 2016), the 2018 Washington Capitals (eighth for 2019), the 2011 New York Giants (eighth for 2012) and the 2012 Baltimore Ravens (13th for 2013). 29– * The Patriots were NFL co-favorites in 2016 and won the Super Bowl.Sources: SPORTSBETTING.AG, BETONLINE.AG Number of champions in the NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL with a certain ranking in the next-day betting odds for the following season, since 2009 2nd12– In the last couple of weeks, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Milwaukee Bucks both earned themselves a dubious honor. Each was crowned a champion … of next season’s betting odds. (Congrats! That and $2.45 will get you a large1Sorry, venti. coffee at Starbucks.) According to data provided to FiveThirtyEight by the betting sites SportsBetting.ag and BetOnline.ag, Tampa Bay was installed as 8-to-1 favorites to win the 2020 Stanley Cup within hours of the St. Louis Blues winning the 2019 Stanley Cup, while the Bucks were made 9-to-2 favorites for next year’s NBA title before the confetti even settled on the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 victory.It’s all part of a movement toward increased focus on next year’s potential winners, practically before the current champs can even be entered into the record books. “The day-after, next-year title odds have certainly become a big deal in our industry,” said Scott Cooley, a spokesman for the two oddsmakers above. “We started doing them with the online books maybe six to seven years ago, and Vegas has caught on over the last couple of years.”The media has hopped on the trend as well in recent years. ESPN reported on the 2020 NBA favorite picks in the betting markets roughly 17 hours after the Raptors’ Game 6 win over the Golden State Warriors ended,2ESPN is owned by Disney, which also owns ABC News, which owns FiveThirtyEight. and often the reports will come even sooner after the championship than that. Speculation about the next champ can practically bump the current champ out of the news cycle.Those two kinds of teams — current champs and speculative future champs — overlap surprisingly infrequently, depending on the sport. In the data we analyzed, which covers the four major men’s pro leagues going back to either 2009 (for the NBA, MLB and NFL) or 2010 (NHL), the just-crowned champion was installed as the following season’s favorite 17 times in 45 chances (38 percent). Six of the 12 defending NBA champs since 2009 were in that category, which makes sense for a sport in which previous postseason success plays a disproportionate role in the championship hunt. By comparison, the defending Super Bowl winner was instantly named the next NFL favorite just three times in 11 chances over the same span, a number that includes the current Patriots, who are fresh off a win in Super Bowl LIII.The Pats are perennial next-day picks, gaining that distinction seven times in the 11 NFL seasons we looked at, including 2019. (That’s sort of what happens when you maintain the top dynasty in the history of football, if not all of pro sports.) But even the Patriots have failed to convert those next-day titles into real ones with some regularity: They won as favorites in 2016 and 2018, but lost in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2017. That’s not too surprising — if we look at the history of next-day favorites, they lose far more often than they win (because even the favorite is typically an underdog against the field): Number of next-day betting odds favorites in the NBA, MLB, NFL and NHL that finished the previous playoffs a given number of rounds from the championship, since 2009 2017Patriots✘Cubs✘ 6th1– 13th1– 10th0 9th0 36– 112– 2009——Celtics✘ 016– 2009Patriots✘Yankees✔ 7th1– 2010Colts✘Yankees✘ 2016Panthers, Patriots*, Seahawks✔Cubs✔ 2013Penguins✘Heat✔ 11th0 2015Seahawks✘Dodgers, Nationals✘ Sources: SPORTSBETTING.AG, BETONLINE.AG 1st17– 2018Patriots✔Astros✘ More than half of the freshly minted next-day favorites in our sample had either just won (35 percent) or lost (26 percent) in their sport’s championship round. So it’s pretty unusual to see a team such as the Lightning flame out in the playoffs and then immediately be named favorites for the following season. Then again, Tampa Bay had been named next-day favorites going into the 2018-19 season as well (after losing a tough seven-game conference final to the eventual-champ Capitals), then proceeded to rattle off one of the most dominant regular seasons in hockey history before falling flat in one of the game’s most epic playoff disappointments. The 2019 NHL playoffs were a chaotic mess anyway — the eventual champs fired their coach midseason and were playoff longshots for most of the regular season — so it might have been the perfect mix of factors to elevate a team back to favorite status despite a postseason flop.These next-day odds can change pretty quickly anyway. Although the Bucks were technically 2020 favorites in the moments after Toronto won it all, the Los Angeles Lakers usurped that distinction just a day later, being installed as 7-to-2 favorites after trading for former Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis. It was a pretty remarkable leap to the top of the heap, given that LeBron James and LA didn’t even make the playoffs the previous season. (None of the next-day favorites we’ve been looking at in this data set could say that.)But that’s nothing compared with the summer of 2010, when the oddsmakers avoided officially releasing the next-day NBA odds altogether. We included their first batch of odds in the calculation above — hence the Heat’s jump to No. 1 for 2011 — but those numbers were actually released after free agency had begun. Although the 2010 season ended on June 17, odds for 2011 weren’t posted until July 9 because of the uncertainty around LeBron’s free-agency “Decision.” Considering that this summer may rival 2010 in terms of the amount of NBA talent on the move, it’s not impossible that the 2020 favorite in the NBA betting markets will shift again in the next few weeks.The era of immediate speculation does nothing to help temper the expectations placed on teams who are “supposed” to win. For example, the Los Angeles Dodgers — who haven’t won a World Series since 1988 — have been named next-day favorites twice in the past six seasons (in 2014 and 2015) and have never ranked lower than third place in the next-day odds over that span. With each passing instance of an on-paper championship (and no real one), a team’s disappointment comes even more into focus.But the trend of impatiently looking ahead to next season doesn’t seem like it will let up anytime soon. As the lines begin to blur between one season’s end and the next one’s beginning — particularly given the way fans consume sports now and how the media covers it — there’s too much interest in far-off futures odds for anyone to ignore them. So that means we’re in store for plenty more speculative champions being crowned, even if the actual ones aren’t finished celebrating yet.
By capturing his second major of the 2015 season, U.S. Open winner Jordan Spieth has placed himself in some very elite company. It’s only the fourth time since 19581Roughly speaking, 1958 marks the beginning of the modern era of major championships; that’s when the PGA Championship adopted a stroke-play format. that the same player has won both of the year’s first two majors, and just the 13th time any player won back-to-back major titles.The conversation has quickly turned to Spieth’s Grand Slam chances. This has been the Year of Spieth on the PGA Tour, and a Slam would solidify his season as one of the best in golf history. And yet he’s not considered to be the best golfer on tour. Spieth is still the second-ranked player in the world behind Rory McIlroy, who is probably the better golfer on a per-round basis and has, in the past, won the two major tournaments remaining on the 2015 schedule.That’s why the betting markets consider McIlroy, and not Spieth, the favorite to win each of the season’s final two majors. After adjusting for the house edge built into betting odds, the sportsbook Bovada.lv assigns2To the best of our knowledge, Bovada only lists the players upon whom they’ve gotten action, and will release odds for other players upon request. The inclusion of additional players could slightly alter the house-edge adjustment we made, but those players’ odds of winning are so low that the change would be minimal at best. McIlroy a 13 percent probability of winning the British Open and an 11 percent chance of winning the PGA Championship; the site gives Spieth a 9 percent shot at winning each tournament.Those numbers are similar to the ones you’d see if you looked at how past back-to-back major winners did in their next two major tournaments. Of those who won back-to-back majors, only Tiger Woods — who won his “Tiger Slam” by capturing the 2000 U.S. and British Opens and the PGA Championship, plus the 2001 Masters — went on to win any of the next two majors, giving the group an 8.3 percent success rate per major.Of course, sometimes you can play well enough to win but run into another great performance. That’s when a method such as Bill Barnwell’s Z-scores is useful, because it tells us how well a player scored relative to the rest of the field on the same day. We can then use that number to track how often a player’s performance would be good enough to win a typical major against typical competition, which helps even out comparisons between fields of varying quality. And according to this calculation, the average back-to-back major champ’s Z-scores over his next two majors were good enough to win a generic major3From 1958 on. 11.3 percent of the time.No matter how you cut it, the odds of Spieth finishing off the Grand Slam are still fairly low — about 1 percent, if the probabilities above are any kind of guide.Even if Spieth doesn’t win the Slam, however, his future looks exceptionally bright. Back in April, we developed a model (based on the historical performance, by age, of people who won majors) to track Woods’s progress in his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s all-time majors record. If we plug in Spieth’s expected major count at year’s end — roughly 2.2, using the odds from Bovada — he’s currently on pace to finish his career with just under 12 major titles, a total that would rank third all-time if it came to fruition. (And remember, that’s just a mean projection — the variance around it means there are plenty of scenarios in which he wins more than 12.)Either way, it’s been an incredible start to Spieth’s career, Grand Slam or not.
Only in baseball can $2 million in cash, plus the Nos. 56 and 75 overall picks in the draft, seem like chump change. That’s what the St. Louis Cardinals were forced to give the Houston Astros as punishment for hacking into Houston’s scouting database several years ago. All told, it was an unprecedented penalty to be levied against a baseball team for an unprecedented act of espionage.Yet compared to cheating scandals in other sports, the Cardinals got off easy. Using the various draft-value charts floating around in the sports analytics blogosphere, let’s compare the relative value of the picks St. Louis relinquished with the consequences of some of the NFL and NBA’s biggest cheating scandals in recent memory. (We’ll put aside any monetary penalties, simply because each sport has its own salary structure, making those kinds of cross-league comparisons difficult.)According to research conducted by The Baseball Analysts, a sabermetric blog run by Rich Lederer, the 56th and 75th picks in the MLB draft tend to produce about 4.9 wins above replacement over their careers. How much is that? Losing 5 WAR over, say, a 10-year span decreases the average team’s odds of winning at least one World Series in the decade by 1.4 percentage points.1Based on a logistic regression for MLB teams since the 1994 strike.By contrast, consider the New England Patriots. For their role in Deflategate, they were stripped of the No. 29 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, plus a fourth-rounder (let’s say No. 1302That’s the final non-compensatory pick of the fourth round, which would go to the Super Bowl champion; our Elo prediction model currently favors the Patriots to beat the Falcons on Super Sunday.) in 2017. According to Chase Stuart’s draft value chart, those picks tend to produce about 43 total points of approximate value over their careers, the loss of which over a decade would cost a team 4 percentage points from their odds of winning at least one Super Bowl in that span.3Based on a regression since the NFL playoff field expanded to 12 teams in 1990. I also assumed a replacement-level NFL player would produce about 6 points of AV over that span. And the Patriots’ penalty for Spygate seven seasons earlier — losing the 31st pick in the 2008 draft — would lop 3.2 percentage points off a team’s odds of winning at least one championship in a 10-year period.(Similarly, the New Orleans Saints’ Bountygate scandal, which cost them a pair of second-round picks, carried a penalty that would decrease the average team’s odds of winning a Super Bowl over the next decade by a whopping 4.4 percentage points.)The granddaddy of all league-imposed draft-pick sanctions probably belongs to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost five first-rounders for an under-the-table agreement with forward Joe Smith that attempted to circumvent the NBA’s salary cap rules. Although two of the picks were eventually restored, those that weren’t were worth about 61 career win shares, according to research by Basketball-Reference.com founder Justin Kubatko.4Note that it’s impossible to reconstruct exactly where the Wolves would have drafted in an alternate universe without the penalty, because the sanctions changed their roster for years to come. But going from their actual records, they would have owned the No. 13 pick in 2001, No. 23 in 2002 and No. 28 in 2004 — which add up to a value of 61 WS. Losing that many wins over a 10-year period5While also adding back in the roughly 8 win shares generated by replacement-level players. would reduce an NBA team’s championship odds for the decade by 6.5 percentage points — a crushing blow that helps explain why Kevin Garnett had to leave Minnesota to win his first championship.In light of those comparable scandals in other leagues, the Cardinals got away with a relatively light slap on the wrist. But then again, in a sport where the World Series favorite only has a 15 percent chance of winning it all in any given year, every single point of championship probability counts. Share on Facebook
Borussia Dortmund were beaten by Schalke 04 in the Ruhr derby and Marco Reus tried to find some reasons for this bitter 2-0 defeat – and he insisted that the players are the only ones to blame.The experienced offensive midfielder claimed that they started to play just for the last 25 minutes and it just wasn’t enough to beat such an organized and well-prepared team as Schalke were today – so by saying that, it is clear that the final defeat was almost inevitable.The former Germany international spoke about his side’s loss as he said, according to bvb.de:Report: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“We did not play well in the first half, while Schalke got themselves into space well and created more chances on goal.”“Then the game goes to 1-0 for them and it was obvious that we would have to go for it. With a different system, we got more width and depth into our play, and could create more chances on goal as a consequence.”“It is clear that we’ve only got ourselves to blame for the first 65 minutes. We didn’t close down space and we let Schalke play. Our performance must be better next week”, said Marco Reus looking ahead to the forthcoming encounter.”
Cesare Prandelli has expressed his satisfaction in Genoa’s 1-1 draw with SPAL despite playing with ten men on his debut.Domenico Criscito was given the marching orders after just 11 minutes, swiftly followed by an Andrea Petagna opener for the visitors, but Krzysztof Piatek converted a penalty to equalise.“We could not have asked for much more when working together for only a couple of days. The only thing we could hope for was a show of character and we saw that this evening,” Prandelli told Football Italia.“Now we’ve got to get the team calm and focused.”Prandelli full of regrets as he leaves Genoa Taimoor Khan – June 20, 2019 Cesare Prandelli is not going to be at the dugout for Genoa next season and the former Italy boss admits that he has a…This was Prandelli’s first Serie A match in eight years, having worked as Italy CT, then abroad in Spain, Turkey, and Dubai.“I thank President Enrico Preziosi and the club for thinking of me. With great humility, I will give my best to help this team grow and improve.“I am convinced we can have a great season at Genoa. Now I want to get to know all the players before making any decisions on whether we need adjustments during the January transfer window.”