Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Aces virtually ended the game as early as the halftime break when they led the Fuel Masters 48-24.READ: Alaska continues streak, decimates PhoenixAlaska built the foundation across the first two quarters when it went on a 21-4 run for a 34-14 lead off a Nonoy Baclao jumper.Alas, who was flattered with Compton’s statements, said the Aces did a better job than what the Fuel Masters were able to muster.“How nice of coach Alex to say that,” said Alas whose team slipped to 3-4. “They really outplayed us.”ADVERTISEMENT Letran gets support from San Miguel Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting READ: Alas can’t hide dismay after Phoenix blowout loss to former teamThe Aces ran circles around the Fuel Masters, outscoring the latter 27-9 in fastbreak points and holding down Phoenix to a dismal 30-of-90 shooting.“There are things in life that just work out,” said Compton. “We have a healthy bunch of guys that had a good game against his team.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ View comments Compton eventually became the head coach of the Aces in 2014 and tapped Alas as his head assistant.READ: Alaska whips Phoenix fiveFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOn Wednesday, he had his first win over his former mentor as Alaska ransacked Alas’ Phoenix, 93-75, but Compton won’t say that he outsmarted his former coach.“I did not for one second outcoach him,” said Compton as his Aces improved to 5-2 at Mall of Asia Arena. “I’ve learned a lot from him, and as friends I hope that I continue to learn from him. This is just a game where our guys played really well.” Read Next LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlex Compton and Louie Alas have shared history way before they held the coaching partnership at Alaska.Before Compton dabbled in coaching, he was playing under Alas in the now defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association with the Manila Metrostars.ADVERTISEMENT
YEARTEAMWINSLOSSESWEIGHTED SRSAVG OPPONENT SRS 22017Netherlands434.100.87 Includes only teams who made the WBC final or semifinals. Teams are ranked according to the Simple Rating System (SRS) for that year’s tournament, with extra weight applied to games in later rounds; SRS is scaled such that an average team is rated 0.0. Average opponent SRS is determined by all WBC games since 2006.Source: Wikipedia Before the United States began its World Baseball Classic run a couple weeks ago, I wrote about how downright mediocre the team’s track record had been at the event. Things have changed!Going into 2017, the U.S. was 10-10 in three WBC appearances, with a below-average run differential after accounting for its strength of schedule. Since the best American players were once again sitting the event out, there wasn’t much reason to think U.S. fortunes were due for an improvement this time around. Except the U.S. is now in the WBC final, beating Japan — only the most successful team in WBC history — to get there. Suffice to say, it’s been a wild, impressive ride for the Americans.But their greatest test might come in Wednesday night’s championship game against Puerto Rico. The blond-dyed baseball machine from the Caribbean is in the midst of the most dominant WBC performance of any team since the event began in 2006.Using the same Simple Rating System (SRS) framework I employed in my earlier story to adjust for the overall quality of each country’s WBC program,1With a few tweaks: I amended the home-field advantage to better reflect past WBC results (more on that later). I also added a stabilizing factor that regresses each team’s rating to a mean of -4.5 runs per game (with a weight of about 12 games), to avoid overrating teams with few total games played. we can measure a team’s performance in each individual tournament relative to how it played against their opponents. And this season’s Puerto Rican national team is crushing it: 12017Puerto Rico704.300.14 42009Japan723.790.53 52013Dominican Republic803.430.71 32006Japan533.90-0.29 72017United States521.28-0.18 62009South Korea632.771.04 92013Japan520.82-1.34 102006Cuba530.791.69 82017Japan611.12-1.19 The best World Baseball Classic performances, by SRS In the grand scheme of things, across every WBC game ever played, the U.S. still has a slightly below-average SRS rating, far below Puerto Rico’s mark. According to SRS, Puerto Rico is the third-best team in WBC history, trailing only Japan and the Dominican Republic.But if America does have one edge on Wednesday, it’s that the game is being played on U.S. soil, at Dodger Stadium. In the WBC, host teams outscore opponents by about one more run per game than they do when playing elsewhere, which translates to about 5 to 10 extra percentage points of win probability (or nearly twice what home-field is worth in Major League Baseball). That probably isn’t enough to close the gap between the U.S. and Puerto Rico completely, but in concert with Marcus Stroman taking the hill for the Stars and Stripes, Team USA might have a fighting chance to win this thing after all.CORRECTION (March 22, 3:00 p.m.): A table in an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the records of the U.S. and Puerto Rico teams. Puerto Rico is 7-0 in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, not 7-1. The U.S. is 5-2, not 5-3. Share on Facebook
Email Twitter Joshua Bell Honored At Music Education Gala violinist-joshua-bell-honored-gala-benefitting-music-education Read more Violinist Joshua Bell Honored At Gala Benefitting Music Education News The GRAMMY-winning violinist was joined by a host of supporters from music, film and education to raise funds for Los Angeles music in schools Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 7, 2017 – 3:56 pm A star-studded lineup of music education supporters turned out on Nov. 28 to honor GRAMMY winning violinist Joshua Bell and benefit music education in Los Angeles schools.Bell, joined by fellow GRAMMY winners Chris Botti and Billy Childs, among others, came together for Education Through Music-Los Angeles’ Benefit Gala at L.A.’s Skirball Cultural Center.Music Educator Award: 2018 Finalists AnnouncedHosted by “Mozart In The Jungle” star Malcolm McDowell, the event featured performances by Bell, Botti, and Childs, as well as Prince and Michael Jackson collaborator Judith Hill, L.A. Philharmonic pianist Joanne Pearce Martin, and students from James A. Foshay Learning Center and ETM-LA. The evening also honored veteran music teacher Vincent Womack. Facebook Now in its 12th year, ETM-LA has grown from assisting two schools and 800 children to plans of serving 30 schools and approximately 15,000 students each week in diverse communities across Los Angeles.For more information, visit the organization’s website.GRAMMY Music Education Coalition Brings Music To Pubic Schools
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met Thursday ministers to discuss the new civil aviation policy, which may be finalised soon. According to officials who attended the meeting, abolishing the 5/20 rule was also discussed.The meeting was attended by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey, official sources told Hindu BusinessLine.Under the 5/20 rule, an airline that has had five years of domestic industry experience and a fleet of 20 aircraft can operate on international routes. Abolishing the rule would benefit new airlines such as AirAsia India and Vistara.”The 5/20 norm is likely to go and will be replaced by a rule that will ensure domestic connectivity is not compromised after airlines are allowed to go international,” an official, who requested anonymity, told the Economic Times.The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has reportedly opposed abolishing the policy. The FIA, along with member airlines such as GoAir, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and IndiGo, have demanded that the matter of “effective control of carriers” be solved before the government changes international operation rules.The draft civil aviation policy also proposes launch of “regional flights” at a minimum fare of Rs 2,500, ET added.The InterGlobe Aviation (which owns IndiGo) stock closed at Rs 839.50 Friday, down 1.21 percent from its previous close, while the Jet Airways scrip gained 2.82 percent and settled at Rs 557.50.SpiceJet rose 4.11 percent to close at Rs 68.40 on the BSE.