Month: September 2019

The Gasols Are The Best Brothers In The NBA

The Gasols Are The Best Brothers In The NBA

Charles O’Bannon-0.2Ed O’Bannon-2.0-2.2-1.1 Stephen Curry49.1Seth Curry0.049.124.6 Steve Scheffler0.2Tom Scheffler-0.20.00.0 Brent Barry62.7Jon Barry, Drew Barry25.087.729.2 Caldwell Jones28.7Charles Jones, Major Jones, Wil Jones30.359.014.8 Tyler Hansbrough1.6Ben Hansbrough-0.21.40.7 Rodney McCray47.7Scooter McCray-0.547.223.6 Blake Griffin51.0Taylor Griffin-0.150.925.5 Michael Wiley0.4Morlon Wiley-0.20.20.1 Audie Norris0.7Sylvester Norris-0.40.30.2 Jason Collins4.1Jarron Collins4.08.14.1 Glen Gondrezick13.0Grant Gondrezick-0.812.26.1 Mason Plumlee5.6Miles Plumlee0.66.23.1 Campy Russell20.4Walker Russell-4.416.08.0 Brook Lopez18.7Robin Lopez8.126.813.4 Horace Grant93.7Harvey Grant14.1107.853.9 Pau and Marc Gasol will make history Sunday night as the first brothers to start against each other in an NBA All-Star game, thusly cementing their status as the greatest sibling pair in men’s basketball.As brothers in the NBA, the Gasols stand out. Their combined wins above replacement (WAR), as calculated by my colleague Neil Paine, is over 160. That’s far above the WAR of the next-closest brothers — Dominique and Gerald Wilkins (combined WAR of 112).1The 43 sets of brothers in the table below may not include all siblings who have played in the NBA, for two reasons. First, some brothers played in an era when the statistics needed to calculate WAR were not tracked. Take Ed and George Mikan, for example; George is a Hall-of-Famer. But because the Mikans played in the 1940s and 1950s, we can’t evaluate them. Second, this list may be incomplete. I used several online sources — here, here and here, among others; all siblings were then confirmed via Basketball-Reference.com — to construct the brother sets examined in this article. If there are any whom I overlooked, let me know.Gerald who? ‘Nique is a Hall-of-Famer; Gerald racked up less than 10 WAR. So, taking an average of the brothers’ careers will better reflect the typical performance but correct for when one sibling was much, much better. If we take the arithmetic and harmonic means — basically, two different ways of averaging — the Gasols are still clearly the greatest brothers ever. A simple average of their WAR (the arithmetic mean, shown in the table below) is the highest. But the harmonic mean also has the Gasols on top — their 73.2 crushes all other pairs; the Wilkins brothers total only 17 by this measure. In second place are Gus and Ray Williams, with a harmonic mean of 45.9.2Because the harmonic mean calculation does not work well with negative numbers, and because it skews scores too low when WAR is very small (e.g. the harmonic mean of 0.1 and 9.9 is 0.198, whereas the arithmetic mean is 5), the harmonic mean could not be calculated for every set of brothers. Klay Thompson13.1Mychel Thompson-0.312.86.4 Carl Landry7.5Marcus Landry-0.66.93.5 Brad Davis29.2Mickey Davis0.029.214.6 Bernard King55.9Albert King4.160.030.0 Gus Williams54.7Ray Williams39.694.347.2 Dominique Wilkins102.5Gerald Wilkins9.3111.855.9 Jim Paxson20.5John Paxson2.322.811.4 Willie Anderson19.1Shandon Anderson9.328.414.2 Jannero Pargo-2.8Jeremy Pargo-2.9-5.7-2.9 Jeff Teague16.1Marquis Teague-2.313.86.9 Mark Price51.2Brent Price7.258.429.2 Derek Fisher28.5Duane Washington0.228.714.4 BEST BROTHERCAREER WARBROTHER(S)CAREER WARTOTAL CAREER WARAVG. WAR Jay Vincent9.4Sam Vincent1.611.05.5 Chuck Person26.9Wesley Person26.553.426.7 Dudley Bradley15.0Charles Bradley-0.714.37.2 Calvin Natt33.9Kenny Natt-1.032.916.5 Markieff Morris8.5Marcus Morris4.012.56.3 Pau Gasol104.5Marc Gasol56.3160.880.4 Vinnie Johnson32.8Eric Johnson-0.632.216.1 Cody Zeller2.7Tyler Zeller2.45.12.6 Stephen Graham-4.4Joey Graham-4.9-9.3-4.7 Editor’s note (Feb. 15, 3:19 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said siblings Pau and Marc Gasol did not play high school basketball in the United States. Marc played high school basketball in Tennessee. This changed one of the article’s main conclusions, that Spain is the top exporter of NBA talent when tallying total career wins above replacement (WAR) among players who were not born in the U.S. and who did not attend a U.S. high school. Instead, Germany is the top source of foreign NBA talent. The text and headline of the article have been changed to reflect this, and the international data has been excised from the piece. Carl Thomas-0.2Charles Thomas-0.3-0.5-0.3 Dick Van Arsdale-0.1Tom Van Arsdale-1.1-1.2-0.6 Leon Douglas3.8John Douglas-0.63.21.6 Goran Dragic24.4Zoran Dragic0.024.412.2 Brandon Rush-0.2Kareem Rush-7.3-7.5-3.8 George Gervin56.4Derrick Gervin-0.555.928.0 So, when the Gasols take the floor Sunday night, they are indisputably the best brothers in NBA history.Neil Paine contributed to this article. read more

Offensive execution fuels win streak for womens soccer

Offensive execution fuels win streak for womens soccer

After getting off to a slow start in 2008, the Ohio State women’s soccer team has done just the opposite in 2009.Nine games into their season, with the non-conference schedule complete, the Buckeyes are playing well and are getting prepared for Big Ten play. Coach Lori Walker credits the hard work and dedication in the offseason as the reason for the great start. “The biggest thing was our preparation in preseason,” Walker said. “Our team came in extremely fit and that’s allowed us to have high expectations for our game.”The Buckeyes have gotten off to a solid 7-1-1 start, having navigated through a tough West Coast trip in which they won three games. On the trip out west they knocked off No. 14 San Diego and won an overtime thriller against UNLV.“[The West Coast trip] was a relaxed atmosphere,” Walker said. “We were able to train a little but our focus was playing some really quality soccer.”OSU opened its season against Bowling Green with a 2-0 win. They followed that victory with a tie against West Virginia and a loss to Pittsburgh. After posting a 1-1-1 record, the team headed off for a three-game road trip.OSU finished off their non-conference schedule with wins against Youngstown State, North Texas and Toledo. The win last Sunday against Toledo was the Buckeyes’ sixth consecutive win and third consecutive shutout.The team’s offense has been producing plenty of opportunities. The Buckeyes top the Big Ten in shots on goal and in points. They are averaging about 2.3 goals per game, but Walker knows the key comes from good defense.“We create our offense from solid defending and we want to put the ball in good places so we can give our attackers good opportunities to be able to score,” she said.Leading the way for the Buckeye offense is sophomore forward Paige Maxwell, who was the leading scorer for the team in 2008. She has picked up where she left off last season with five goals so far in ’09.“As a team we’ve been working really hard and my job is to put away the goals, so that’s what I’ve been trying to do,” Maxwell said. “Luckily it’s been happening for me.”Maxwell is just the second Buckeye in history to record multiple three-goal games.As with the offense, the Buckeye defense has been rock solid at the start of the year. The defense is led by senior goalkeeper Lauren “Taz” Robertson who sits second in the Big Ten with a 0.55 goals against average.She refuses to give up goals, giving up just four on the season and putting her team in a position to win each and every game. She also leads the conference with six shutouts on the season.It took only eight games before the senior broke the OSU record for most shutouts with 23.OSU will now turn its attention to the Big Ten as the Bucks open conference play when they host Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

OSU baseball coach to retire after season

OSU baseball coach to retire after season

Following his team’s 10-8 loss to Louisville Wednesday afternoon, Ohio State baseball coach Bob Todd informed his team that he plans to retire after this season, according to news reports.“I think I’m ready,” Todd said through a press release. “I always said I wanted a career and not just a job. I think I found that. I still feel good and I love this game because it has been a very enjoyable and prominent part of my life and that of my family, but I have always felt I’d rather leave this game too early than too late.” Todd, 61, has been at the helm at OSU for 23 years and has guided the Buckeyes to eight Big Ten regular-season titles and eight conference tournament championships.Todd has won more than 1,000 games as a college coach during his time at Kent State and OSU. He was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity “O” Athletics Hall of Fame in Fall 2008. read more

Rutgers becomes 14th member of the Big Ten

Rutgers becomes 14th member of the Big Ten

The Big Ten Conference’s footprint now extends up and down the mid-Atlantic region. One day after admitting the University of Maryland to the league, Big Ten Conference expansion continued Tuesday with the approval of Rutgers University’s application. Rutgers, nicknamed the Scarlet Knights, became the 14th team in the modern history of the Big Ten. Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi announced Rutgers’ “unanimous” admittance to the conference along with athletic director Tim Pernetti and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany during a Tuesday afternoon press conference on the Rutgers campus in Piscataway, N.J., about 37 miles outside of New York City. When Rutgers will join as an official member, however, has yet to be determined as of Tuesday afternoon. Barchi said the university’s move is to “exactly the right conference.” “The Big Ten is really where Rutgers belongs,” Barchi said Tuesday. Delany, who went to high school in Newark, N.J., welcomed Rutgers with open arms. “It’s full circle for me to back here today,” Delany said. “Today, I’m all Rutgers. Yesterday, I was all Maryland.” As part of the move, Rutgers will depart the Big East Conference. The Scarlet Knights football program joined the Big East in 1991. In 1995, Rutgers began to compete in the Big East in all sports. Delany said Rutgers should work with the Big East to seal its entry date to the Big Ten. The conference’s divisional alignments, Delany said, haven’t been set. On Monday, Maryland became the 13th team in modern Big Ten history when its Board of Regents voted “overwhelmingly” to approve the university’s application to the Big Ten. Current Big Ten university presidents then assembled for a Monday teleconference to unanimously approve the school’s admittance. Maryland’s move to the Big Ten will take effect July 1, 2014. Ohio State students, though, are divided on the conference’s recent expeditions in expansion. “They’re more worried about the Rutgers and Maryland teams’ market than the actual quality,” said Brian Tebay, a third-year in sports industry. Erik Smason, a third-year in business, said the addition of the two teams helps the conference. “I think it’s good for the Big Ten,” he said. “I think it’s more competition although it does dilute the competition because the teams coming in aren’t as good as the core teams.” Rutgers, which was founded in 1766, becomes the oldest university in the Big Ten. Ohio State, which was established in 1870, is the conference’s youngest. Megan Sharp contributed to this article. read more

Charl Schwartzel shoots first round 65 to take early lead at The

Charl Schwartzel shoots first round 65 to take early lead at The

Courtesy of MCTMaking his sixth straight Memorial start, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel shot a 65 (7-under) to start the 37th annual Memorial Tournament from Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, and finished Thursday at the top of the leaderboard.Schwartzel’s strong outing was followed by Scott Piercy at 6-under par, who has three top-ten finishes on the PGA Tour this year.Four strokes behind Piercy lands Tiger Woods shooting 1-under 71 on the afternoon. The last time Woods shot a 71 in the first round came in 2000, where he went on to win his second of five tournament titles at Muirfield. The winner of the 2012 Memorial champion may have had the strongest pairing of the day, playing alongside the likes of Fred Couples (-2) and Keegan Bradley (-1), respectively.Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy is threatening to miss the cut for the second straight year. After his first 18 holes, McIlroy wrapped-up round one shooting a 78 (6-over). Despite his back-to-back poor starts, McIlroy has managed leave Muirfield with top ten finishes in 2010 (T-10) and 2011(5th).Perhaps one of the bigger stories from Thursday was the performance of 14-year-old Guan Tianlang of China. Making his name known from making the cut at last April’s Masters, the amateur finished at an even par-72 going into Friday’s round. Tianlang is the youngest player to ever make a cut and the fourth youngest player to make a start on a PGA Tour event. read more

Ohio State wrestler Logan Stieber wins 3rd consecutive national championship

Ohio State wrestler Logan Stieber wins 3rd consecutive national championship

Ohio State redshirt-junior Logan Stieber takes down Notre Dame College sophomore Maurice Miller in the 141-pound match Nov. 15 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 29-11.Credit: Ethan Day / Lantern photographerFor the third straight year, Logan Stieber is the nation’s best.The Ohio State redshirt-junior wrestler became the first Buckeye in program history to win three national titles after defeating No. 4-seed Virginia Tech redshirt-junior Devin Carter Saturday in the 141-pound weight class in Oklahoma City.“(This) feels great,” Stieber said after the victory, according to an OSU press release. “I know Devin is a really, really tough individual … It felt good to get through my offense and ride hard. And my defense was great and I just kept getting after him.”Stieber, a three-time All-American and three-time Big Ten Champion, earned the crown in what was his 21st consecutive match win after jumping out to a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period. Entering the third period with a 5-0 advantage, a pair of takedowns helped him secure the 10-1 win.Stieber wasn’t the only Buckeye wrestler to compete for a national title, as senior Nick Heflin fell in the 197-pound weight class final to Missouri freshman J’Den Cox, 2-1.Heflin, also a three-time All-American and 2014 Big Ten Champion, narrowly missed out on the title as he almost scored a takedown when time expired. That would have given him a 3-2 victory, but after an official review, the call was confirmed.In the team competition, OSU finished sixth after totaling 57 points. Penn State won its fourth straight national championship after finishing with 109.5 points as a team. read more

Ohio State coach Karen Dennis named director of track field cross country

Ohio State coach Karen Dennis named director of track field cross country

Ohio State women’s track and field and cross country coach Karen Dennis, who was named director of track and field and cross country by the university June 17.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter eight years as the coach of Ohio State’s women’s track and field and cross country teams, Karen Dennis has a new title.She was named the director of track and field and cross country by the university, according to a Tuesday press release. The position encompasses both the men’s and women’s programs.Dennis led the women’s track team to its first Big Ten championships for both indoor and outdoor competitions in 2011. She has coached 19 first team All-Americans, three Big Ten champions and she has twice coached a national champion. Dennis was also named conference Coach of the Year six times and one of her runners was named the Big Ten freshman of the year.“We are very excited to announce Karen as the director of our newly-combined programs,” said T.J. Shelton, associate athletics director for sport administration, in the release. “The men’s and women’s programs have outstanding tradition and combining the programs will not only bring stability, but provide opportunity to grow and strengthen both programs under Karen’s leadership.”In the release, Dennis said she is thankful for the opportunity and looks forward to continuing to grow the program.“Ten years ago I came to The Ohio State University as an assistant in a combined program,” she said. Since that time I continue to appreciate the support and confidence afforded me by administrators Gene Smith, Miechelle Willis and T.J. Shelton. I’d like to thank them all for this wonderful opportunity.”The details of Dennis’ new contract are still being finalized by the university, according to an OSU spokesman.During the 2013 to 2014 season, Dennis’ team garnered first team All-American honors in the 4×100-meter relay and produced a trio of Big Ten championships.Dennis has also spent time as an assistant coach for sprints and hurdles with the men’s and women’s programs. She was also the coach of the United States women’s national track and field team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.She moved to OSU after a decade heading the women’s track and field team at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she experienced similar success to her time with the Buckeyes. Dennis also spent 15 years coaching at Michigan State, where she attended college.The Buckeyes concluded their 2014 season with a fifth-place finish in the 4×100-meter relay at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships June 14. read more

Misconduct case made needless exhibition of Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey

Misconduct case made needless exhibition of Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey

first_imgShe has twice been close to death since contracting the virus in Sierra Leone and although she has been described as a hero for risking her own life, she has also had to endure a lengthy disciplinary process.Joyce Cullen, Ms Cafferkey’s solicitor, said she was delighted by the outcome and would “never knowingly” have put anyone’s life in danger.She still suffers from ill health, but now hopes to return to work as a public health nurse in Blantyre, Lanarkshire.The case prompted stinging criticism of PHE for raising the complaint against her, and of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for treating it seriously.The NMC accused the 40-year-old Scot of allowing an incorrect temperature to be recorded in the “chaotic” screening unit on December 28, 2014.It also charged her with leaving the unit without reporting her true temperature, and with taking paracetamol, which would have lowered her temperature. Pauline Cafferkey Public Health England has been accused of making an “exhibition” of the Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey despite its own failings at a Heathrow screening centre during the outbreak.The Scottish nurse, who has twice recovered from the virus, was cleared of misconduct charges yesterday over her return to the UK from West Africa.Her lawyer said no decision had been taken on whether Ms Cafferkey would consider legal action seeking compensation for her treatment, but they would discuss her options over the coming days and weeks.She was accused of putting the public at risk by hiding her high temperature at a Public Health England (PHE) unit at the airport in late 2014 before being allowed to fly on to Glasgow. Pauline Cafferkey was cleared of misconductCredit:Lisa Ferguson/Scotland on Sunday Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img “I think she fessed up to taking paracetamol and at that point you could say, why were you taking paracetamol, come to this room at once.” Prof Pennington said PHE had “not come out of it too well”.Tricia Marwick, former presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament, said it was a “disgrace” that she faced charges.Both sides agreed at the hearing that the screening unit was not properly prepared for the number of arrivals from at-risk countries, and was “busy, disorganised and even chaotic”.At one point Ms Cafferkey’s group was allowed to administer its own tests.It also emerged that a PHE doctor advised another medic to contact Northwick Park Hospital, the local base for infections disease consultants for further guidance, but left messages at the wrong hospital. However, she was cleared after a two-day hearing in Edinburgh when the NMC panel ruled she was in a “diminished medical state” and merely “swept along by events”. It found no attempt to mislead PHE doctors.Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, took to Twitter to send Ms Cafferkey her “very best wishes”, adding that her bravery was “an inspiration to us all”.  Prof Hugh Pennington, one of the UK’s most eminent bacteriologists, questioned the behaviour of both PHE and the NMC, the nursing regulatory body.  He told The Daily Telegraph he was surprised she was accused of wrongdoing, adding: “They didn’t need to have this kind of exhibition, the poor woman has been through a hard enough time as it is.“They could have done a behind the scenes investigation. Everything that has been said was known at the time.”Prof Pennington said it was evident there was a “bit of a mess” at Heathrow and he would have expected PHE to do a better job.“You would think they would be able to marshal everybody and make sure the temperature records were taken properly. Joyce Cullen, Ms Cafferkey’s lawyer, said her client willingly put her life at risk and played a vital role in saving lives.She said were “serious failures of communication” among PHE staff and said it was “perhaps ironic” that given the criticisms of PHE’s processes, it was their complaint that led to the proceedings.Timothy Cole, the panel chairman, said that in her “exhausted and increasingly unwell state” the nurse did not set out to mislead staff, and leaving the screening area without pointing out her higher temperature could be explained by illness and exhaustion after a 22-hour flight.Her temperature was recorded on a form as 37.2C, but had in fact been measured at over 38C, and therefore above the 37.5C level which should have triggered alarm bells.Prof Paul Cosford, director of health protection at PHE, said the Ebola outbreak was unprecedented, adding: “We support the judgement of the panel and wish Pauline Cafferkey well with her ongoing recovery and for her future.”The nurse was previously honoured with a Pride of Britain award and invited to Downing Street.last_img read more

Fresh blow for Southern commuters as union risks antagonising rail bosses ahead

Fresh blow for Southern commuters as union risks antagonising rail bosses ahead

first_imgRMT Credit:Jonathan Brady /PA But the talks look set to get off to a bad start as the union is holding firm on its position that driver-only trains are dangerous, despite the independent rail safety authorities giving them the green light.The RMT new figures show the equivalent of 1,000 services a year continue to operate without a second member of staff, despite promises made by bosses of Southern’s owners Govia Thameslink Railway.The union  said last month that at least six times more Southern services were travelling without a second member of staff than was promised.At the time the company faced industrial action including a ban on overtime by drivers which led to delays and cancellations. Unions have risked antagonising rail bosses ahead of conciliation talks, in what could be a fresh blow for beleaguered commuters on Southern Rail services.The Rail, Maritime and Transport union, which represents train conductors in the long-running dispute over driver-only services, today releases figures which they say show “safety critical staff” were absent from an average of three services a day in recent weeks.  Leaders of the RMT union are to meet Southern Railway bosses under the chairmanship of the conciliation service Acas on Tuesday, in talks aimed at resolving the row which has caused disruption for hundreds of thousands of frustrated passengers.   The union said the new figures provided by rail workers and passengers from January 20 to February 6, when there was not any industrial action, showed that at least 26 trains did not have a scheduled on board supervisor – an average of three services a day or 1,000 a year.RMT general secretary Mick Cash said where trains had no second member of staff, “a disabled passenger may not be able to get on or off the train” or “passengers and the driver are at increased risk from anti-social behaviour or if something goes wrong, such as a derailment or fire”.He added: “Guaranteeing a second member of safety critical staff on every train is the only way you can guarantee access for all and a safer journey for passengers.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A Southern spokesman said: “We said we would roster a second person to every train that has one today, and we are.”However, we also said in exceptional circumstances when an on board supervisor is unavailable we will run the train as it is passengers’ interests to do so.”The drivers’ union Aslef is balloting its members on a deal aimed at resolving its dispute with Southern, with the result due on Thursday. last_img read more

Church backs sex education as senior bishop says sexualisation of children means

Church backs sex education as senior bishop says sexualisation of children means

first_imgJustine Greening, the education secretaryCredit:AFP or licensors Justine Greening, the education secretary The Church of England has backed sex education in schoolsCredit: Bethany Clarke Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Church of England has backed sex education in schools, as one of its senior bishops and leading authority on education has said that the sexualisation of children means they can no longer be “shielded”.The Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway the Church of England’s lead on education, has urged Christians to move with the times and accept that “what might have held in previous eras” is no longer the most effective way of keeping our children safe and preparing them for life in the modern world.He said that while it is “only natural” to want to “shield children as long as we possibly can”, but added that parents must not ignore the reality that “even primary school children are becoming exposed to online pornography”.On Wednesday Justine Greening, the education secretary, announced that existing guidance for SRE is “increasingly outdated” and “fails to address risks to children that have grown in prevalence over the last 17 years, including cyber bullying, ‘sexting’ and staying safe online”.center_img The Church of England has backed sex education in schools An amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill, tabled by Ms Greening states that any sex and relationship education would appropriate for the “age and the religious background of the pupils.” The British Humanist Association welcomed the amendment, but criticised the effective “opt out” clause for faith schools.The announcement was welcomed by children’s charities, teachers’ unions and campaign groups, but three Conservative MPs – Sir Gerald Howarth, Sir Edward Leigh and Philip Davies – wrote to Ms Greening to warn that the amendments tabled to the Children and Social Work Bill on SRE are “troubling”.  The MPs said that the changes will “effectively make sex education compulsory for primary schools for the first time”, adding that it “opens the door to pornography being taught about in primary schools”. A policy paper, published on Wednesday night by the Department for Education, stated that all schools will be required to teach sex education by September 2019.Ms Greening said: “At the moment, too many young people feel they don’t have the relationships and sex education they need to stay safe and navigate becoming an adult.“We need high quality, age-appropriate content that relates to the modern world, addressing issues like cyber bullying, ‘sexting’ and internet safety.”Currently only pupils attending local authority run secondary schools – which represent around a third of secondary schools – are guaranteed to be offered current sex and relationships education and PSHE is only mandatory at independent schools. Neither are currently required to be taught in academies.last_img read more