Tags: AFCON 2019DR CongoEgyptJoseph NsubugaSC VillatopUganda Craneszimbabwe Nsubuga has been out of action for the past one year (PHOTOS/AGENCIES).Tendon injuries can be complicated when it comes to footballers and can easily end one’s playing career.For SC Villa and Uganda Cranes right-back, Joseph Nsubuga, the injury has kept him out for close to a year.Nsubuga suffered the career threatening injury last July (2018) during a training session with his Jogoo side at Villa Park, the club’s training base.Despite making consistent attempts to return last season, the roving right-back failed to get onto the pitch.With two weeks to the end of the 2018/19 SUPL season, Nsubuga was cleared to start training but he too knew it would take a while before he finally played in a proper football game.“It has been a frustrating last year for me, narrates Nsubuga.“Watching your teammates play while knowing you cannot help them is the worst possible situation for any footballer but it is all part of the game.“I was out for long spells and every day that passed, prayed i would get back to the pitch and help my team.SC Villa was embroiled in the relegation battle last season, spending the majority of the campaign close to the drop zone.They however survived the drop on Match-Day 29, in the same week Nsubuga had started training.Villa survived relegation on Match-Day 29.“I was cleared to train with just two weeks to the end of the season but i knew it was too late to play in the 2018/19 season.“After we avoided relegation, i felt relief as i desperately wanted my team to stay up because we are the biggest side in the country.After starting out with light training, Nsubuga is currently taking part in full sessions at Villa park and hopes to get back to 100%.“God has been on my side and helped me overcome this injury. It has not been easy but i have somehow done it.“My only focus now is getting myself fit for the upcoming season so that i can help my team.Before injury, Nsubuga was prominent in the Uganda Cranes set-up, making several appearances for the team.He was widely considered by many as the long-term solution to Uganda Cranes’ right-back issues.He joined SC Villa from Matuga based side, Bright Stars in 2016 and has consistently made the right-back position his own.Asked about Uganda’s chances at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, he had this to say;“At first i felt our best chance for three points was against Zimbabwe but after watching them against Egypt on Friday night, i am not sure anymore.“All in all, i trust the coaching stuff and players and i am sure they will do all they can to make it out of the group and reach the knock-out stages.The Uganda Cranes will be in action of Saturday afternoon in their opening AFCON game against DR Congo.Comments
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A mostly civil practice unfolded on the Denver Broncos practice fields Friday as the 49ers made their first visit since 2016. Here are the top takeaways from the two-hour session:Offensive line concernsAn injury-riddled training camp has another apparent casualty: Mike Person, the starting right guard. After participating throughout practice, Person emerged from the 49ers locker room on crutches with an orthopedic boot on his left foot, and he was driven away by a cart.San …
29 November 2005The new Hoerikwagga Trail on Table Mountain is both a conservation and job creation project.Built as part of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s contribution to the Expanded Public Works Programme, the trail is the second new Table Mountain trail – with two more still to come.Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk says the new trail is a model for the success of linkages between conservation, tourism and job creation.The projects to upgrade the footpaths and create the trail infrastructure have so far created employment for 416 people.Launching the Hoerikwagga Trail project on Thursday, Van Schalkwyk said his department would be investing R35-million over three years in the Table Mountain National Park through public works projects.People’s TrailThe first trail, the People’s Trail, was designed to expose young people from all communities to both the national park and conservation.“Of course this project is part of a much wider programme of investment by our department in all 22 National Parks,” the minister said.For the three years from 2004 to 2007 we are spending more than R296-million through poverty relief projects, focusing mainly on new infrastructure like these trails, and through projects like our Coast Care programme.Before March 2007, this investment should deliver, among others, five new rest camps with 124 new tourist beds.“The projects also focus on the upgrading of 145 existing tourism accommodation units; the construction and upgrading of 323km of tourist roads; 397km of new fences for park boundaries needed to protect our new land; and the upgrading and major renovation of more than 320km of footpaths and trails,” Van Schalkwyk said.Important prioritiesTable Mountain National Park projects manager Brett Myrdal said the trails combined some of the most important priorities for all South African communities by empowering people, providing employment, and creating a sense of ownership and pride in the park’s conservation efforts and tourism facilities.“Perhaps the most heart-warming aspect of this suite of trails is that profits from the mountain’s trail will be used to make access to the People’s Trail affordable to the youth of Cape Town,” Myrdal said.He said Table Mountain’s trails would have an eventual annual capacity of about 4 000 hikers who would be professionally introduced “to the wonders of overnighting” on Table Mountain by accredited guides.Myrdal added that the park planned to open the third trail, the more advanced six-day, five-night Tip to Top, in November 2006, with the final Top to Tip trail targeted for launch in November 2007.He said all four trails would be marketed extensively by South African National Parks and at national and international trade shows like the annual Tourism Indaba.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A Yield Monitor Data Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday August 25th and Wednesday the 26th in Auburn, Indiana. Steve Miller (MSU) has been coordinating this event – see attached flyer. This two-day program features John Fulton, Ohio State University Precision Ag specialist and Bob Nielson, Purdue Agronomy corn specialist. This workshop provides a quick overview of precision agriculture then focuses on the basics of yield monitors and what is necessary to effectively use the extensive amount of data generated. Email Steve Miller ([email protected]) or Lyndon Kelley ([email protected]) or Call 269-467-5522 with questions.TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE:Current State of Precision AgricultureMaking Yield Data work for youPrecision Ag Technology for On‐Farm ResearchYield Monitors—basics of calibration and processing data—data cleaningHands on working with real dataDemosCost is $50.00 per person, includes lunch Tuesday and Wednesdays and refreshment breaks. Location is the 4-H Exhibit Hall at the DeKalb County Fairgrounds, 708 S Union St, Auburn, IN 46706.Workshop flyer
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LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Magic: C Nikola Vucevic missed his first game of the season due to the birth of his son, Filip, on Monday. … F Jonathon Simmons sprained his ankle in the third quarter and did not return . … The Magic have not won in Orlando since Nov. 18, although they were officially the “home” team in two wins at Mexico City last week.UP NEXTSpurs: At home against Minnesota on Friday night.Magic: At Chicago on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Rudy Gay finished a 9-0 run with a dunk late in the first half, stretching San Antonio’s lead to 60-35.The Magic (13-15) never cut their deficit to less than 17 points in the second half.“We weren’t ready to defend or fight at all,” said coach Steve Clifford. “They played great and we were terrible.”It was Orlando’s first game this season without Vucevic. But although Popovich called the veteran center’s absence “a huge factor,” it wasn’t as huge as their margin of defeat.“It hurt the team, obviously, to not have Vuc,” said Evan Fournier. “But we lost by 37 (actually 39) tonight? So Vuc, as good as he is, doesn’t make that much of a difference. We were just bad.”BIG DEFENSIVE CHANGE FOR SPURSAfter a five-game stretch (including three losses) in which they gave up 112.2 points per game, the Spurs have held six straight opponents under 100, yielding just 91.5 per game.“We didn’t change the strategy at all. We watched film, talked about some things, and I guess they listened,” Popovich said. “Or maybe the other teams just all missed shots every night. I don’t know. It’s a big change, for sure.”TIP-INSSpurs: Forbes, who was 2 for 13 from 3-point range in the preceding three games, was 3 for 3 in the first nine minutes and had 13 points. … The Spurs held a sixth straight opponent under 100 points. … Although nobody had more than seven rebounds, the Spurs had a 45-33 advantage. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The NBA’s leading 3-point shooting team, the Spurs went 12 for 19 from behind the arc and 50 for 77 overall to win for the sixth time in seven games. The overall shooting percentage of .649 is the highest ever against the Magic in Orlando.“Obviously we had a great night shooting,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, “and when you shoot that well it gives you a good chance to win the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefThere wasn’t much of a game after the Spurs shot their way to a 20-point lead just 3:19 into the second quarter.Marco Belinelli came off the bench and scored 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting, and DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes added 17 points each. San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan, left, passes the ball around Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross (31) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — The San Antonio Spurs came out shooting — and hitting.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and five San Antonio players scored in double figures as the Spurs rolled to a 129-90 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Thunder’s Raymond Felton, Dennis Schroder suspended as NBA reacts to brawl Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Everybody was hitting shots. We were moving the ball well with 29 assists,” Forbes said. “That’s the effort we want night-in and night-out. That’s exactly what we’re looking for.”D.J. Augustin led Orlando with 17 points. Rookie center Mo Bamba had seven points, eight rebounds and two blocks in his first NBA start.“I’m learning that this is an every-night league and we’ve got to bring it every night or things like this are going to happen,” said Bamba, who played 26 minutes as a replacement for Nikola Vucevic.Aaron Gordon, who had 26 points in the Magic’s win at San Antonio on Nov. 4, went scoreless in the first half and finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.Forbes, Belinelli and Davis Bertans combined for eight 3-pointers to help the Spurs (17-15) take a 47-27 lead with 8:41 left in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT
198476ers52-30+2.4Lost 1st Round15871572-15 ELO RATING IN PLAYOFFS 2012Heat46-20+6.4Won Title16131712+99 2009Cavaliers66-16+8.9Lost Conf. Finals17251742+17 1979Bullets54-28+4.8Lost Finals15811554-27 Average* * Average excludes 2017 Cavaliers.Source: Basketball-reference.com 1982Celtics63-19+6.4Lost Conf. Finals16861703+17 2007Cavaliers50-32+3.9Lost Finals15981621+23 1999Bulls13-37-8.6Missed playoffs1355—— 2000Spurs53-29+5.9Lost 1st Round16371625-12 2001Lakers56-26+3.7Won Title16471779+132 2011Heat58-24+7.5Lost Finals16721702+30 2007Heat44-38-1.2Lost 1st Round15051479-26 2006Spurs63-19+6.7Lost 2nd Round16851675-10 1988Lakers62-20+4.8Won Title16431662+19 2010Lakers57-25+4.8Won Title16131695+82 2003Lakers50-32+2.7Lost 2nd Round16551651-4 1981Lakers54-28+3.3Lost 1st Round16101595-15 2013Heat66-16+7.0Won Title17571754-3 Forget looking at defending champions, though. The more important variable, as far as sports bettors are probably concerned, is LeBron. Between his experience, his toughness, and his ability to thrive in crunch-time situations, he has a game well tailored to the playoffs. And that shows up in the data: 2014Heat54-28+4.8Lost Finals15811604+23 1993Bulls57-25+6.2Won Title16791726+47 1986Lakers62-20+6.8Lost Conf. Finals16521647-5 How defending NBA champions fared the next season 2002Lakers58-24+7.2Won Title16761738+62 1996Rockets48-34+1.6Lost 2nd Round14851497+12 2005Pistons54-28+3.3Lost NBA Finals16131689+76 1994Bulls55-27+2.9Lost 2nd Round15751607+32 16441658+15 1990Pistons59-23+5.4Won Title16661716+50 1989Lakers57-25+6.4Lost NBA Finals16371677+40 2012Mavericks36-30+1.8Lost 1st Round15471525-22 2016Warriors73-9+10.4Lost NBA Finals17881756-32 2013Heat66-16+7.9Won Title17571754-3 1987Celtics59-23+6.6Lost NBA Finals16761659-17 2004Spurs57-25+7.5Lost 2nd Round17341719-15 1997Bulls69-13+10.7Won Title17661802+36 2017Cavaliers51-29+3.2TBD1566TBDTBD 1998Bulls62-20+7.2Won Title17281785+57 ELO RATING IN PLAYOFFS LeBron James’s teams usually find a higher gear in the playoffs 1985Celtics63-19+6.5Lost NBA Finals16681685+17 Average* 2008Spurs56-26+5.1Lost Conf. Finals16621678+16 1991Pistons50-32+3.1Lost Conf. Finals15521535-17 * Average excludes 1999 Bulls and 2017 CavaliersSource: Basketball-reference.com 2017Cavaliers51-29+3.4TBD1566TBDTBD 1983Lakers58-24+5.1Lost Finals16051606+1 2015Spurs55-27+6.3Lost 1st Round17331721-12 1980SuperSonics56-26+4.2Lost 2nd Round16391614-25 2016Cavaliers57-25+6.0Won Title16421759+117 1992Bulls67-15+10.1Won Title17691762-7 2011Lakers57-25+6.0Lost 2nd Round16591624-35 2006Cavaliers50-32+2.2Lost 2nd Round15621564+2 1995Rockets47-35+2.3Won Title15311665+134 The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t been any good lately. And I don’t just mean their loss Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks, in which they became only the third team in NBA history to blow a 26-point fourth-quarter lead. They’re 12-13 since the All-Star break. They have one of the NBA’s worst defenses, having allowed 107.9 points per 100 possessions — in the same territory as the Orlando Magic and the New York Knicks. They haven’t won a road game against a Western Conference playoff team all season. But handicappers think LeBron James and company have a pretty good chance of winning their second-straight NBA title anyway.Their view depends on their belief in the existence of Playoff LeBron, a superhero that transcends his already-formidable regular season form to carry his team to ever-greater heights. The good news for Cavs’ fans is that Playoff LeBron exists. He just might not be mighty enough to drag this team to a title.On the basis of their regular-season record and point differential, this season’s Cavs have been in the same general vicinity as teams such as the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz. Those teams are variously 30-to-1 to 100-to-1 longshots to win the title, according to Vegas bookmakers. But the Cavs are nonetheless the second-favorite team to win the championship, with a 20 to 25 percent chance according to bookmakers.Computer systems disagree. All of them have the Warriors as odds-on favorites to win the title, with the San Antonio Spurs as the next-best bet, and the Cavs as part of an undistinguished mass of teams beneath them. ESPN’s BPI puts Cleveland’s chances at just 4 percent. Basketball-Reference’s playoff odds also have them at 4 percent. And FiveThirtyEight’s Elo-based ratings1In this article, I’m mostly ignoring the difference between Elo ratings and “CARM-Elo” ratings, which are Elo ratings adjusted for our pre-season CARMELO projections. Our forecasts are based on Carm-Elo ratings, but the Cavs’ Elo rating is 1566 and their Carm-Elo rating is 1562, so this makes little difference at this stage of the season., which heavily weight recent play, have them even lower at just 2 percent.Usually, Elo-type ratings mimic betting markets fairly well. We give the Warriors a 65 percent chance of winning the title, for instance, and the San Antonio Spurs an 11 percent chance — right in line with where markets have them. So what accounts for the huge difference on Cleveland?One explanation is that this is all just sort of irrational: the Cavs are a marquee team and bettors just can’t stomach the idea that they’re just the Raptors with better uniforms. But I’m not sure I totally buy that; NBA betting markets are usually fairly sharp.Instead, bettors expect the Cavs to find a higher gear in the postseason. This isn’t an idea they just came up with; it was already priced into their assessment of the Cavs before the year began. At the start of the NBA season, FiveThirtyEight’s projections forecast the Cavs to win 57 regular-season games. (They have 51 now, so they’ll finish with no more than 53 wins.) That forecast was almost the same as what Vegas gave them, which put their over-under at 56.5 wins. But we also gave the Cavs only an 11 percent chance of winning the title whereas Vegas put them at 5-to-2 against, or a 29 percent chance. In other words, handicappers and the computer models agree on “regular-season Cavs.” It’s just that Vegas thinks that “playoff Cavs” are different — and much better — whereas our Elo ratings make no such distinction.But is there good reason to think that Cleveland can turn it up a notch?It’s not hard to recall examples of defending champions that lollygagged their way through the regular season, only to show up as the best version of themselves in the playoffs. In 2000-01, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers finished with a 56-26 record — better than the Cavs this year, but not by that much — before winning 15 of 16 playoff games and repeating as NBA champion. And Hakeem Olajuwon and the 1994-95 Houston Rockets finished at 47-35 before winning the title despite being the No. 6 seed. In his last season in Miami, James and the 2013-14 Miami Heat had an uninspired regular season, going 54-28. But they made the NBA finals before losing to San Antonio.I’ve done a bit of cherry-picking there, however. Overall, it’s not clear if defending champs overperform by much in the playoffs. In the table below, I’ve looked at every defending NBA champion since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976-77. If the “higher gear” theory is correct, then they should systematically beat Elo’s expectations in the postseason, in which case their Elo ratings will rise over the course of the playoffs. On average, however, these teams’ Elo ratings increased only from 1644 to 1658 during the playoffs.2This average excludes the 1998-99 Chicago Bulls, the only NBA champion since the merger to miss the playoffs. So there’s a little something there, but in Elo terms, that’s pretty minor — not much more than a rounding error.3An Elo rating of 1644 is equivalent to 55.5 regular season wins in an 82-game season, while an Elo rating of 1658 is equivalent to 56.7 wins. 2010Cavaliers61-21+6.5Lost 2nd Round17011646-55 YEARTEAMRECORDPOINT DIFF.PLAYOFFSSTARTENDDIFF. 2008Cavaliers45-37-0.3Lost 2nd Round15061562+56 2015Cavaliers53-29+4.4Lost Finals16311692+61 2014Heat54-28+4.2Lost Finals15811604+23 2009Celtics62-20+7.4Lost 2nd Round16931653-40 16351669+34 1978Trail Blazers58-24+5.9Lost 1st Round15581551-7 YEARTEAMRECORDPOINT DIFF.PLAYOFFSSTARTENDDIFF. James’ teams have made the playoffs 11 times prior to this season. And they’ve played really well, both in absolute terms and relative to their regular-season performance. James and the Cavs did have a disastrous postseason in 2010 — when, as the No. 1 overall seed, they lost to the Celtics in the second round — but that’s pretty much the only exception. On average, they’ve gained 34 Elo points from the start of the playoffs to the end. And over James’s past six postseasons, they’ve outperformed their regular-season ending Elo rating by an average of 55 points.So let’s say that Elo has the Cavs’ underrated by somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 points. Call that a “LeBron clutch factor” or whatever else you like. I asked my colleague Jay Boice to add 50 Elo points to the Cavs’ Elo rating and rerun our playoff simulations. Their championship odds rose … but only to 6 percent.Instead, you have to add about 150 points of Elo rating to get the Cavs’ odds in the same vicinity as Vegas has them.4With a 150 Elo-point boost, the Cavaliers’ NBA title probability would be 21 percent. That’s a lot. Elo sees the Cavs’ current level of performance as equivalent to a 48-34 regular-season record. Add 150 Elo points to that total, and they’d project to a 62-20 regular season record. That’s a 14-win gain — about what you’d get from adding someone like Kawhi Leonard or Anthony Davis to the roster.Have no doubt: I’d love to plunk some money down on the Cavs at the odds our forecast and the other computer models give them. Playoff basketball is a pretty different specimen from regular-season basketball, and our model isn’t doing anything to account for that. This is something for us to examine for future iterations of the model, even if the Cavs get bounced in the first round.But I also wonder if the bookies aren’t going too far in the other direction. There are plenty of defending champions — and James-led teams — that underwhelmed in the regular season before going on to win a title or at least reach the finals. But few of them underperformed as much as the Cavs have. They also tended to benefit from down periods in the league, as the 1994-95 Rockets and 2000-01 Lakers did. This year, the Cavs will have to get past the Warriors, who might be even better than last year’s 73-9 version5The Warriors’ point differential is better last year’s — and the fourth-best in NBA history — and they have Kevin Durant., or, failing that, probably the Spurs.Nor will the Cavs’ enter the postseason with much rest. Instead, as the East’s No. 1 overall seed has been up in the air between the Cavs and the Celtics, James has averaged 43 minutes per over the team’s last five games. Kyrie Irving has gotten only two days off since the All-Star break. Kevin Love has played heavy minutes despite missing time in February and March due to knee surgery.James has beaten expectations so many times in the playoffs that transcendent things are almost expected from him. If he leads the Cavaliers to another title this year it really might be his greatest accomplishment yet.
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