CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThere is a lotta, lotta, lotta, lotta noise surrounding the Warriors these days. Free agent-to-be Kevin Durant is rumored to be joining every outfit this side of the Swiss Guard. Klay Thompson will/won’t get the max deal to which he is entitled. The indispensable Andre Iguodala seems amenable to returning for a 16th NBA season, but he cautions that “it’s got to be worth my time.”Kevon Looney? DeMarcus Cousins? Shaun …
27 January 2011Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has revised South Africa’s outlook from negative to stable, while also affirming its BBB+ long-term and A-2 short-term foreign currency sovereign credit ratings.The agency expects South Africa’s real gross domestic product (GDP) to increase by 3-4% per annum in the next few years, and believes the government is committed to reducing the general government deficit and containing general government debt accumulation – which is not expected to rise significantly higher than 40% of GDP.It also expects South Africa’s wider public-sector debt to reach 60% of GDP, while the stable outlook also reflects the view that the country faces significant structural challenges owing to high unemployment rates – currently at about 25%.“The affirmation of the foreign currency ratings reflects our view of South Africa’s moderate general government and external debt; external financing needs, owing to low national savings rates and current account deficits; and the government’s commitment to reducing the general government deficit and containing debt accumulation,” Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Christian Esters said in a statement this week.Rising public sector debt, low savingsAt the same time, the long-term local currency sovereign credit rating on South Africa was lowered to A from A+, and the short-term local currency sovereign credit rating affirmed at A-1, with a stable outlook. The country’s transfer and convertibility assessment is unchanged at A.According to Standard & Poor’s, the lowering of the local currency rating reflects a narrower gap between South Africa’s creditworthiness in terms of foreign and local currencies.“This is because we consider that South Africa’s fiscal flexibility has decreased, owing to rising public-sector debt, including non-financial public enterprises,” the agency said.Standard & Poor’s also considers that South Africa’s monetary flexibility is constrained by low domestic savings and the country’s dependence on external financing through volatile portfolio flows, which have led to an increasing stock of portfolio assets belonging to non-residents.External debt ‘to remain manageable’Standard & Poor’s adds that the funding needs of South African government-related entities are increasing, and the agency expects the public-sector borrowing requirement – including non-financial public enterprises – to reach 9.7% of GDP as of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011.Although South Africa’s current account deficits remain financed by volatile portfolio flows – with current levels lower than those before 2009 – the agency expects the country’s external debt to remain manageable.The South African financial sector appears strong and relatively unaffected by the global turmoil, the agency says, adding that its capital markets are well developed, and that portfolio inflows are fuelled by the positive yield differential between South Africa and developed markets.“The outlook is stable, because we expect South Africa’s external balance sheet to remain manageable, despite volatile portfolio flows, with gross external debt at about 20% of GDP,” said Esters. “At the same time, we expect a moderate growth of wages and social welfare expenditure to support a gradual reduction of South Africa’s general government deficit over the next few years.”Future ratings outlookStandard & Poor’s says the ratings could be lowered if the pace of South Africa’s public-sector debt accumulation exceeds its current expectations, or if the increase in public sector debt is not offset by an improvement in investment and economic growth prospects.“We could also lower the ratings if risks associated with volatile portfolio flows lead to pressure on South Africa’s balance of payments,” the agency said.Although unlikely in the short to medium term, the ratings could be raised if South Africa’s dependence on portfolio flows to finance its current account deficit were to decrease substantially and its fiscal performance and debt levels improve significantly, supported by higher economic growth rates.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
LEXINGTON, KY – DECEMBER 07: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to De’Aaron Fox #0 and Malik Monk #5 during the game against the Valparaiso Crusaders at Rupp Arena on December 7, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)John Calipari believes that his incoming freshman class is one of the best he’s ever had at Kentucky, and that is saying something. One of that class’ superstars, guard Malik Monk, showed off his elite shooting ability at the McDonald’s All-American 3-Point Shootout tonight, catching fire down the stretch to win the entire contest.Malik Monk Weather Report: 100% chance of raining treys. He’s our #McDAAG Boys 3pt champ with 21pts! pic.twitter.com/p53rqzwLmS— All American Games (@McDAAG) March 29, 2016The highlights are incredibly impressive:Malik Monk gets on late 3-point run. pic.twitter.com/fVtyAEpmpv— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 28, 2016Malik Monk (@AhmadMonk )just won the @McDAAG 3Pt- Contest!!!!!!!!! DEFINITION OF A PURE SHOOTER! https://t.co/mjAEFWhfrL— Kentucky! #BBN (@UKBasketbalI) March 29, 2016If that wasn’t enough, he can also throw down like this.Malik Monk: pretty capable finisher. pic.twitter.com/FciQGXVMue— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 28, 2016College basketball’s rich continue to get richer. Enjoy Monk next season, Kentucky fans.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Final Four >>>
We often hear announcers and commentators say a baseball team is “on pace” to win and lose a certain number of games, by simply applying a team’s current winning percentage over 162 games. Those statements may technically be true, but in a randomness-filled reality, they’re meaningless.Sabermetrics constantly struggles with randomness, an unavoidable fact of sporting life and the reason there’s almost always a difference between a team’s observed performance and its actual talent level. Moreover, the smaller the sample of games, the less confident we can be that what we’re seeing is skill and not luck. We’re fewer than 10 games into Major League Baseball’s season.This is why it’s necessary to regress observed statistics to the mean. Things — including baseball stats — tend to average out. But how much do we need to regress? And which mean should we regress to?The most naïve prior to use would be the league average (in the case of regressing team records, a .500 winning percentage). And the question of how much we need to regress depends on what the preferred ratio is of skill to luck. Sabermetricians typically set a regression to match the number of games it takes for half the variance in team records to be due to talent and half to chance.In that case, we need to add about 67 games of .500 baseball (33½ wins, 33½ losses) to a team’s record, based on seasonal data since the MLB last expanded in 1998. (Here are a couple of mathematical proofs explaining this method as it relates to Bayes’ theorem.)So while the Washington Nationals’ and Milwaukee Brewers’ current MLB co-leading 6-2 records come with a .750 winning percentage, we’d really only expect each of them to have .527 winning percentages from now on, based on the information we have relative to our prior (the population of MLB teams from which the Brewers and Nationals are selected).We can do this for all MLB clubs:Regression to the mean lets us get a better sense of a team’s pace by giving us a realistic estimate of its future winning percentage. That’s why a 1-0 team isn’t on pace to win 162 games; in the absence of other information about the quality of the team, it’s really only on pace to win 82.7 games.Another great thing about this procedure is that the “add 67 games of .500 ball” trick works no matter how far into the season a team is. It’s just as valid now as it will be in late July. The difference between now and then will be the amount of weight that a team’s observed results take in the formula. In April, the .500 prior dominates any team’s projection. By the time 67 games roll around, precisely half of a team’s regressed record will be made up of its observed results, and the other half will be the prior.Of course, we don’t have to limit ourselves to a prior winning percentage of .500 for every team, either. We know that sources such as Las Vegas over/unders and computer projections do a better job of setting preseason expectations than simply expecting every team to finish 81-81. If we plug in an aggregation of Vegas and computer models from before the season as priors (using a standard deviation of nine wins for those predictions), we come to the following regressed-to-the-mean records:Whichever method we use, it’s important to note how long it takes for observed records from the current season to start to have an impact on an assessment of a team’s ability level. At this stage of the season, the only conclusions we can draw should be extremely small relative to the expectations we had for each team a few weeks ago.Correction (April 12, 11:25 p.m.): The second table in an earlier version of this article miscalculated the true win and true loss paces. The correct table appears above.
“CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?! ABBY WAMBACH HAS SAVED THE USA’S LIFE IN THIS WORLD CUP,” announcer Ian Darke screamed in disbelief. But those who knew Wambach probably weren’t too surprised her dome had rescued the team. In the 2004 Olympic final — also against Brazil — a 24-year-old Wambach scored the game-winning goal in overtime — also with her head. Want some other crazy Wambach stats?According to ESPN’s Paul Carr, Wambach scored a goal every 99.3 minutes for the USWNT, the best rate of the 13 players with 40 or more goals;She holds the USWNT match record (in a six-way tie) for the most goals in a game (5);She also holds the USWNT career record for the most multiple-goal games (39);And the most yellow cards (23) — a result of her tenacity in her early days, and her flop-like tendencies in her later days.But snapshot statistics don’t do Wambach justice. For more than a decade, she dictated the style of American women’s soccer (for better or for worse). Wambach will play her last game for the USWNT on Dec. 16, but her legacy will live on in long balls and last-minute headers, a relic of the ’99-ers style of play that many are ready to retire … until the U.S. needs saving and Wambach won’t be there to header one home. With 184 international goals — the most of any soccer player in the world, male or female — Abby Wambach is going out on top. The 14-year veteran of the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) announced her retirement today (after snapping a selfie with POTUS, no less), marking the end not just of her reign in women’s soccer but also the end of one of the most dominant careers in American sports.Not all great athletes have a single moment that encapsulates their career, but for me, Wambach does. Down 2-1 against Brazil in the 122nd minute of the 2011 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal, the game appeared all but over — a loss for the Americans would have meant the worst performance in a World Cup by any USWNT. A cross from Megan Rapinoe on the left side seemed hopeless, until you saw Wambach on the far right, floating above four Brazilian defenders and heading the ball in. At nearly 6 feet tall, Wambach was plain dominant in the air in the women’s game. She has scored 77 international goals with her Twitter-famous head. That means her head, by itself, is the seventh-most prolific scorer in USWNT history.But focusing only on her head ignores the 107 goals Wambach has scored with the rest of her body. Even minus the headers, Wambach has scored more goals internationally than all but one man.
Over the years, Ohio State has seen many talented coaches turn teams into national powerhouses. One man who has made OSU his home away from home is baseball manager Bob Todd. Todd began coaching the Buckeyes in the 1988-89 season and hasn’t left. Since his appearance in Columbus, Todd has become the winningest coach in the history of the program — the oldest varsity sport in OSU history.This longevity will allow Todd to join a selective group. With three more wins, Todd will be the 41st coach to win 1,000 games in the history of college baseball.Todd has guided the Buckeyes to a winning record every season.“This just shows I have had some talented players,” he said.Todd may have been trying to be modest by giving his players credit, but every year players find themselves with postseason awards. Todd has had numerous players win Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and so on.Todd’s latest standout pitcher is junior Alex Wimmers. Last year, Wimmers threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in OSU history against Michigan.“It would be a great honor to be on the field to get [Todd’s] 1,000 win,” Wimmers said.Todd’s teams haven’t always been great but they find ways to shine.In 1991, Todd’s fourth season, the team set a school record with 52 wins and made it to the NCAA Tournament. In 2002, the Buckeyes had to win 15 of the last 17 games just to make it into the Big Ten Tournament. Once in the tournament, they won four of five games to win the tournament and secure a berth in the NCAA Tournament.Todd has also produced players to go on and play professional baseball. Just this year former Buckeye great Nick Swisher was celebrating a World Series title with the New York Yankees.In 1999, OSU was one of two northern schools to host an NCAA regional. That same year OSU found itself one game away from the College World Series before getting knocked out.The Buckeyes start their season this Friday, looking to defend their Big Ten regular season title.
Pep Guardiola’s life at Dorados from Mexicano has recently been revealed by his former assistant in the club where Diego Maradona just arrived.We got to give it to Mexican Club Dorados from Sinaloa, they sure know how to make an impression by signing high profile people like Diego Maradona or Pep Guardiola in the past. People tend to forget, but the Manchester City manager actually spent some of his final years as a football player at the same club where Maradona just arrived to manage. During his time in Sinaloa with Dorados, Guardiola had an assistant whose name is Eliseo Martine but goes by ‘Chevo’, he was the one who took Pep everywhere during his time in Mexico and took care of important stuff for the Catalan manager. In a recent interview for ESPN, ‘Chevo’ revealed some very interesting details of Guardiola during his final days as a player and he already showed his skills as a manager ever since. The man today works security for Dorados and he will still get to live the inside experience of yet another football legend like Diego Maradona, what a fortunate opportunity to live close to these people.Las figuras que han pasado por @Dorados:✅ Pep Guardiola✅ Loco Abreu ✅ Pedro Larley✅ Jared Borguetti✅ Cuauhtémoc Blanco✅ Diego Armando Maradona???????? pic.twitter.com/4dH7Bm4OEg— Gol Gana (@Gol_Gana_) September 11, 2018During his interview for ESPN, ‘Chevo spoke about the many characteristics that Guardiola had both as a player and as a person: “When he first arrived I didn’t know who he was really, but when I investigated and started watching him play I noticed he was a different class from the rest. The way he touched the ball was quite impressive, I was the one tasked to stay beside him and help him get to know the city in order to get more familiar with it. They mostly asked me to help him move around the city because the Dorados practices were in a training facility located on the south side of town they didn’t know very well, and that’s why I was the one who drove Pep around. He was a very clever man, he studied and read a lot. He spent a lot of time with Lillo (Dorados’ manager at the time) and they both watched a lot of football. I had to buy football magazines for him all the time, the ones published here in Mexico. I even sent them both a box full of those magazines to Spain. They study a lot of football,” said ‘Chevo’ during the interview.Mourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…Pep Guardiola en su presentación con #Dorados de Sinaloa, 2005.#MemoriaFutbolera pic.twitter.com/anjNunJWCr— Memoria Futbolera (@MemoriaFutbol_) September 11, 2018‘Chevo’ also described a more private side of Pep Guardiola which people from Europe may have never known, something that describes the type of man that he is a little bit better and leaves him in a very good place in relation to the way he always tried to coexist with the fans or the staff from his club at the time. This personality was a little bit evident in the Amazon documentary he shot with Machester City, but never to this level of humbleness: “He practiced, he slept, then we always went to a kitchen to eat, and then he changed a few things from his gear if he had a double practice on the same day. He always wanted to know Culiacan a bit better, we wanted to eat ‘gorditas’ and always try new restaurants. Pep was also a very generous man, I remember he used to give me envelopes filled with money to give the people who always helped him around the club. I remember that he once gave 500 Mexican pesos to a kid and he said he would use the money to watch him play. I had to explain Pep that wasn’t meant to disrespect him because he didn’t really know how to interpret that reaction from the kid,” added ‘Chevo’ on his ESPN interview.Aprovechando el furor por la llegada de Maradona, así recordó ESPN el paso de otro grande, que jugó con Dorados https://t.co/Ug3uhUFQ5V— Heriberto Murrieta (@Beto_Murrieta) September 10, 2018What do you think about this unknown side of Pep Guardiola during his time in Dorados from Sinaloa, Mexico? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Former Italian FA commissioner Roberto Fabbricini revealed that while he likes Roberto Mancini, he wouldn’t have picked him to become the new Italy coachMancini agreed on a two-year deal to replace Gian Piero Ventura as the new Italy coach following their failure to reach the World Cup.However, the former Inter Milan boss has overseen just two wins in his opening seven games in charge of Italy and appears to have done little to convince Fabbricini of his credentials.“Mancini was a good choice, which I shared, but not mine,” Fabbricini told Foglio Sportivo.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Alessandro Costacurta was given full responsibility for the matter by CONI. He went ahead at 1,000km/h with only three candidates: Carlo Ancelotti, his preference, Roberto Mancini, and Gigi Di Biagio.“I’d have considered some Serie A Coaches, maybe Marco Giampaolo or Gian Piero Gasperini. Also [Claudio] Ranieri.“Costacurta didn’t listen to us though, he said: ‘don’t make me laugh’.”The Azzurri will be back in action on November 17 at home to Portugal in the UEFA Nations League before hosting the United States three days later.