84, passed away peacefully at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ, on April 8, 2018. Sanford, originally from Bayonne, is survived by his wife Joan, daughter Suzanne Ellis, grandchildren Dylan and Jennifer, great-grandson Erick and his sister Sally Mason. He was predeceased by his son, James and his brother Dr. Aaron. For 65 years, Sanford worked as a lithographer and was the proprietor of Ace Printing Center in Bayonne originally owned by the late Harry Benjamin. Funeral arrangements by GUTTERMAN BROTHERS, FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 463 Monmouth St., Jersey City.
Boston College opens spring practice Saturday under first-year coach Jeff Hafley, and that is when an experiment worth watching begins.Hafley wants to find the mesh point between college football and the NFL to revive a middling program that has a 57-69 record since 2010. For the 40-year-old coach, there is an answer as to why somebody would want to do that. “Because you get a combination of two great leagues,” Hafley told Sporting News with no reservations. “There are so many great things in the National Football League that I spent seven years in and got to learn and experience and see. I have 10-plus years in college football. Leaving Ohio State, obviously one of the highest levels, you see things you love, too.”You kind of combine both to form your own philosophy, and that’s really what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to get the best of both leagues, because that’s what I’ve learned.”MORE: Answering 20 coaching questions, from new hires to hot seatsHafley’s stock soared in one season as Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator, a year in which he helped flip the Buckeyes from 52nd in the nation in scoring defense to fourth. That allowed Hafley to experience a top-shelf college football program, which added to his worldly football view. Hafley spent the first 11 years of his coaching career as an assistant coach in college before a seven-year stint as a secondary coach in the NFL.Nine stops and two decades of experience brought Hafley back to the East Coast. Fit matters when hiring a head coach, and Hafley fits Boston College.The program enjoyed success with coaches like this before — but they typically went on to success in professional football afterward. Jack Bicknell went to the World League of American Football, later known as NFL Europe. Tom Coughlin and Dan Henning went to the NFL, where Coughlin won two Super Bowls. Jeff Jagodzinski, the last coach to win double-digit games for the Eagles, took a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009.Hafley, meanwhile, used the NFL to get a last-line-of-defense view of college football. He’s a secondary coach at heart, and that shows when he talks scheme between the two games.”I mean, look, defending the NFL passing game is hard,” Hafley said. “It’s hard. I’m not saying college isn’t, but there a are lot of things in the pass game and the coverage game that I looked at.””When you get to college, with all the RPO game and the quarterback running game, and you’re like, ‘This is really good stuff, too, and really hard to defend.'”Knowing that, Hafley formed a staff that can blend the two. Offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti served as the quarterbacks for the Rams, Giants and Packers since 2012. Defensive coordinator Tem Lukabu was the linebackers coach for the Bengals in 2019.It was not an intentional move to bring all that NFL experience. It’s just what Hafley thought was best for the program.”It’s not so much that I went out and looked for NFL guys, but these are the guys I’ve been around,” Hafley said. “These are the guys I trust. These are the guys that I know will do a great job teaching these student athletes and creating the energy.”Hafley’s philosophy does not sound all that different than the approach of Ryan Day, who took over for Urban Meyer at Ohio State last season and led the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record, Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff berth.In Columbus, Hafley learned another big lesson. He watched the development and trust-building in the weight room under strength coach Mickey Marotti, then he took Marotti’s suggestion and brought Phil Matusz with him from Ohio State to run the strength and conditioning program at Boston College.With that, Hafley is also starting the Eagles’ version of “Real Life Wednesdays,” an initiative under Meyer that gave players experiences from successful business leaders in the community that opened internship and job opportunities after football.”Our school is built for ‘Real Life Wednesday,'” Hafley said. “I want to take a new whole spin. I want the guys who come back to be alumni. I’m trying to connect the alumni as much as I can.”For now, Hafley is ready to start his first round of spring practices. Boston College won seven games in five of the last seven seasons and is a bowl regular, but the Eagles are 1-4 in bowl games in that stretch. They have not finished better than .500 in ACC play since 2009.That left Hafley asking three questions about the spring. “How are we going to practice? How tough are we going to be? How are we going to compete?” Hafley said before adding one more. “Then, how much are we going to love one another? Those things are everything to me.”Of the new coaching hires, Hafley did not get the most attention. That’s reserved for coaches such as Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin and Mississippi State’s Mike Leach. Hafley, however, seems to have a plan that could stick at a place that has been waiting a long time for success.”I’m not sure if it’s the perfect place, but BC is a great fit for me and what we want to do,” Hafley said. “That’s one of the reasons why I love this opportunity so much, because it meshes so well with me, my beliefs and everything that I’ve always thought about when it comes to being a head coach.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: I was right to offload Lukaku and Alexisby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he was right to offload Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.Last night, Mason Greenwood underlined his huge potential with the only goal at Old Trafford as United secured a 1-0 win against Astana in Thursday’s Group L opener.Put to Solskjaer that you have to be brave to play a 17-year-old having not replaced high-profile players like Sanchez and Lukaku, the United boss said: “For me, it was the right decision.”Because I think for the club and for him, I think he’s going to be important for us this season.”He’s not played a lot so far but he’ll get his minutes and he’ll grow and develop.”
Louisville just finished its regular season with a 59-57 victory over No. 2 Virginia at the KFC Yum! Center. What made the Cards’ victory so remarkable was just how they got it done.After Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon put the Cavs up 57-56 on a three-pointer with 16 seconds to play, Louisville had a chance to win it. The Cavaliers doubled UL point guard Terry Rozier off of a pick-and-roll, leaving big man Mangok Mathiang wide-open. Since January 31st, Mathiang had made just one of 16 field goal attempts. He had not attempted a shot in 14 minutes today. Naturally, he swished the foul line jumper off Rozier’s feed like it was second nature.Virginia’s foul-court inbounds pass landed out of bounds, and Rozier finished things off with a free throw. Louisville’s win clinched the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament, and a coveted double-bye into the quarterfinals.All thanks to the 6-foot-10 sophomore from Australia who found his way into the scoring column at the most opportune time.
COLIN cowherd alabama walmartSince Duke’s Sweet 16 loss to Oregon on Thursday night, there’s been plenty of chatter about Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s conversation with Oregon’s Dillon Brooks and his initial denial that he reprimanded Brooks for hitting a meaningless three-pointer in the final seconds to make the score 82-68. Krzyzewski apologized over the weekend for not being truthful about his exchange with Brooks but there were some who still felt disappointed with what he did. Count Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd among them. Cowherd spoke on his show today and said he felt “bummed” that Krzyzewski lied, saying he had held the coach to a higher standard. [email protected] is really bummed Coach K lied. #HerdHerehttps://t.co/YqgW96nm4p— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 28, 2016Does Cowherd have a point here?
FRANKFURT — The euro is about to celebrate its 20th birthday, but the countries that use it are still wrestling over how the shared currency should work and how to fix flaws exposed by the debt crisis that marred its second decade.The shared currency, launched on Jan. 1, 1999, was seen as a solution to the constant quarrels over exchange rates that had marked European politics after World War II. Britain, notably, opted out, but today 19 of 28 EU countries use the euro.The euro is credited with increasing trade between members. But countries have struggled to adjust to trouble after giving up two big safety valves: the ability to let their currency’s exchange rate fall to boost exports, and to adjust their own interest rates to stimulate business activity.The Associated Press
The popular narrative for the NBA Finals that just concluded is pretty straightforward: The San Antonio Spurs “play basketball the way it’s supposed to be played,” and they beat the star-studded Miami Heat in what Zach Lowe called “the triumph of the NBA’s beautiful game.” The Spurs’ offense whipped the ball around, and Miami couldn’t handle such a multifaceted attack. The Heat, on the other hand, were forced to rely on what is increasingly becoming their Big One. LeBron James was epic throughout the playoffs and had an MVP-quality performance in the finals, but the top-heavy Heat collapsed under their own weight.A variety of statistics back up this description of the difference between the two teams, if not the normative judgment. For example, the Spurs had nine different players take four or more field goal attempts per game throughout the playoffs, compared to just six for Miami. More advanced statistics show something similar.One stat we can use to see how much offensive responsibilities are being spread around is “usage rate,” which estimates the percentage of a team’s possessions that were “used” by a particular player. Possessions are “used” by making field goal attempts, getting fouled or turning the ball over. Players such as James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony typically “use” a lot of possessions because they handle the ball a lot, take a lot of shots and play a lot of minutes. And because there are only so many possessions to go around, one player’s high usage rate means fewer scoring opportunities for his teammates. Teams like the Spurs, however, spread the ball around more, and more players get significant minutes, so they have a more flat distribution of possessions used.Here’s a look at how top-heavy NBA teams were in 2014, with the Spurs and Heat singled out:The x-axis on this graph is a player’s rank in a team’s usage rate, and the y-axis is the difference between the number of possessions that player used per game and the number used by the player with the highest rate. The lower the line, the more evenly a team distributes its chances across its players.Depending on how deep down the roster you look, the Heat are between the second- and fourth-most top-heavy team, while the Spurs are one of the most balanced. So that backs up the narrative.On the other hand, spreading the ball around isn’t easy, and it’s not the normal path to victory in the NBA. The most top-heavy team (and the top line on the chart) is the Oklahoma City Thunder, who had the second-best record in basketball and did better against this Spurs team than Miami did. The most evenly distributed team overall was the Brooklyn Nets, who did make the playoffs but lost in five games to the Heat.The Spurs won a lot more than we would expect for a team as balanced as they are. The 15 teams with the largest gaps between their top player and their eighth player (by possessions used per game) won 57.5 percent of their games, while the 15 with the smallest gaps won 42.5 percent (the Spurs were second-lowest).Of course, not all sharing is created equal: Sometimes a team has a more equitable distribution of possessions because it has a lot of talent and it needs to incorporate it all. Sometimes it does it because it has very little talent and doesn’t have anyone it can consistently rely on. Likewise, being top-heavy can be a result of having an overly ambitious shooter on a team, or it can just be that a team has a great player doing his job.
April [email protected] SA32.6 Upcoming Warriors games 68<0.1%>99.9% April [email protected] MEM82.7 712.699.7 The Spurs game is where things get muddy. I wrote a few days back about why prediction models tend to have trouble with end-of-season scenarios, but as the Warriors keep on winning, we can find some clarity. The Warriors and Spurs both won Wednesday night, leaving San Antonio five back in the loss column with seven to play for Golden State. That functionally locks up the 1-seed for the Warriors and leaves little reason for Gregg Popovich to play his starters in both games against Golden State.Complicating matters, the Spurs, like the Warriors, are undefeated at home. With a day of rest before and after the April 10 game against the Warriors, with Golden State on the second night of a back-to-back, San Antonio might just decide to play ball — CARM-Elo gives the Warriors just a 32.6 percent chance of winning if that happens. Then again, Popovich might run Kyle Anderson at the point for 40 minutes. It’s hard to tell with the Spurs.In a way, though, all you need to know about the Warriors’ late-season run can be found in those two plays up above. They’re still stylish as all hell, and they still deliver when it matters. It’s been a long season, and fatigue comes for every team this time of year, but if the quick-change shift to championship-level defense in the final four minutes or so of regulation and OT Wednesday night is anything to go by, there’s plenty left in the tank.Jay Boice contributed research. April 1vs. BOS89.2% April 3vs. POR90.1 700.399.9 WINSEXACTLY THIS MANY WINSAT LEAST THIS MANY WINS 7514.414.4 Using our CARM-Elo predictions, we now give the Warriors an 85.4 percent chance of breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins and a 97 percent chance of at least tying it. Our colleagues at ESPN Stats & Info, using a model based on their Basketball Power Index, put the chances of 73 or more wins at 80 percent (one of the key differences is that the Spurs have overtaken the Warriors in BPI and play Golden State twice more this season).The Jazz game might have been the toughest left on the schedule for the Warriors. Golden State was on the second night of a back-to-back, on the road, and playing a defense that is in the top 10 in efficiency for the season but is much more formidable when Rudy Gobert is in the lineup (he’s played in just 55 games this season). The relative difficulty of the Utah game — Golden State was “only” a 61 percent favorite according to CARM-Elo — is one reason the Warriors’ odds of winning 73 or more leapt from 66 percent two games ago to more than 85 percent now. Of the team’s remaining seven games, five are at home, and only one comes as the second leg of a back-to-back.Golden State’s next game is Friday, against the Celtics, and the Warriors are an 89.2 percent favorite, according to CARM-Elo. That’s followed by home games against the Blazers (90.1 percent), Timberwolves (95.6 percent) and Spurs (65.7 percent). 690.1>99.9 April 13vs. MEM93.4 7331.585.4 Chance Warriors finish with: April 7vs. SA65.7 April 5vs. MIN95.6 DATEOPPONENTWIN PROB. 7211.797.0 Here are the first points scored in Wednesday night’s game between the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz:And here are the last in regulation, when Golden State needed a last-second three to force overtime:The Warriors won easily in the extra period, mainly behind Draymond Green’s burly defending. Of course they did. Golden State has outscored opponents by +41 per 48 minutes in seven OT periods this season. At 68-7, the team is tied for the fourth-most wins ever in an NBA season — with seven games to play. 7439.453.9
272006PITS. Crosby102S. Gonchar58+44 Source: Hockey-Reference.com 221990DETS. Yzerman127G. Gallant80+47 262006NYRJ. Jagr123M. Nylander79+44 171991QUEJ. Sakic109M. Sundin59+50 To find a bigger gap than Hall’s lead over Hischier, you’d have to go back to 2007-08, when Ovechkin topped fellow Washington forward Nicklas Backstrom by 43 points. It’s no coincidence that most of the biggest differences on that list came in the high-flying offensive era of the 1980s and early ’90s, or in the first few seasons after the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Today’s game isn’t really set up for a player to shoulder as much of his team’s offensive burden as Hall does for the Devils — but New Jersey has made it work anyway. According to Hockey-Reference.com, the Hall-centric Devils have a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs.And there’s no question the Devils would be in major trouble without their star scorer. In addition to Hall’s lack of offensive support, New Jersey ranks 17th in save percentage with Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider between the pipes and is only in the middle of the pack in terms of denying opponent shots. Hall’s evolution from a 53-point scorer last season (his first with New Jersey) to an MVP candidate2Granted, Hall also showed flashes of this potential in Edmonton, tallying 27 goals and 80 points during the 2013-14 season. Perhaps the Oilers shouldn’t have shipped him away in one of the worst NHL trades in recent memory… has been directly responsible for lifting the Devils from last in the Eastern Conference to a likely playoff berth, the team’s first since 2012.Now, Hall isn’t the only player running on that specific narrative. MacKinnon in particular has also built his Hart candidacy around elevating a formerly terrible team into postseason contention. Nor is Hall likely the best player in the league — that honor probably belongs to McDavid, if not an old standby like Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby. But in terms of pure value to a team, it’s difficult to find a player whose production is more indispensable than Hall’s has been to the Devils this season. 31981EDMW. Gretzky164J. Kurri75+89 41988PITM. Lemieux168D. Quinn79+89 211981CGYK. Nilsson131G. Chouinard83+48 21983EDMW. Gretzky196M. Messier106+90 51989PITM. Lemieux199R. Brown115+84 91985EDMW. Gretzky208J. Kurri135+73 111996MDAP. Kariya108S. Rucchin44+64 101991LAKW. Gretzky163L. Robitaille91+72 No. 1 scorerNo. 2 scorer 121989DETS. Yzerman155G. Gallant93+62 131986PITM. Lemieux141M. Bullard83+58 Taylor Hall’s place among the NHL’s top one-man offensesBiggest difference between a team’s No. 1 and No. 2 scorers, 1951-2018 151993TORD. Gilmour127N. Borschevsky74+53 191993PITM. Lemieux160K. Stevens111+49 202006WSHA. Ovechkin106D. Zubrus57+49 281980EDMW. Gretzky137B. MacDonald94+43 292008WSHA. Ovechkin112N. Backstrom69+43 161979MTLG. Lafleur129S. Shutt77+52 142001FLAP. Bure92V. Kozlov37+55 81987EDMW. Gretzky183J. Kurri108+75 231993NYIP. Turgeon132S. Thomas87+45 241994LAKW. Gretzky130L. Robitaille86+44 11982EDMW. Gretzky212G. Anderson105+107 61984EDMW. Gretzky205P. Coffey126+79 SeasonTeamPlayerPointsPlayerPointsGap 181982WSHD. Maruk136R. Walter87+49 71986EDMW. Gretzky215P. Coffey138+77 302018NJDT. Hall93N. Hischier51+42 With days left in the NHL regular season, the race for the Hart Trophy — the league’s MVP award — is as wide-open as it’s been in years. The defending winner, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, once again leads the league in scoring … but his team will miss the playoffs. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov ranks second, but he cooled off after a red-hot start (and he has to share credit/votes with teammate Steven Stamkos anyway). The leading goal-scorer, three-time MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals, doesn’t even crack the top 10 in total points. And while Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon is the betting favorite for MVP, he’s hardly a lock at only fifth in points and 10th in goals.Right into the middle of this fracas has skated New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall, who has been scorching hot in the second half of the season and is seemingly willing New Jersey back into relevance. Hall, who earlier this year had a franchise-record 26-game point streak, now has seven goals and 15 points in his last seven games, including this short-handed game-winner Sunday against the Canadiens:The Hall-for-MVP case mainly rests in just how vital he’s been to the Devils’ offense this season. Hall has either scored or assisted on 39 percent of New Jersey’s goals, almost single-handedly dragging the team to its current 12th-place ranking in scoring. The Devils’ second-leading scorer, 19-year-old NHL rookie Nico Hischier, has notched 51 points on the season — 42 fewer than Hall’s team-leading tally.1For good measure, Hall has had a hand in nearly half of Hischier’s points this season. Not only is that easily the biggest gap in the NHL this year (No. 2 is the 35-point gulf between McDavid and Leon Draisaitl), it’s the biggest the league has seen in a decade and the 30th-biggest difference between a team’s leading scorer and runner-up in a season since 1950-51: 251999PITJ. Jagr127M. Straka83+44
Real Sociedad have sacked manager Asier Garitano after suffering four defeats in a rowLast Friday’s 1-0 home loss to Deportivo Alaves sent La Real down to 15th-place in La Liga and just four points above the relegation zone.Therefore, Los Txuri-Urdin have decided to release Garitano after just seven months in charge at Anoeta.Sociedad thanked Garitano “for all the contribution, professionalism and dedication he has shown during the exercise of his duties in the management of the first team, while wishing him the best for his professional and personal future”The club announced then on their website that former coach Imanol Alguacil has been brought in to replace the fired Garitano from Sanse.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).La Real will next take on Real Madrid away in La Liga on January 6.COMUNICADO OFICIAL: Imanol Alguacil será el entrenador del primer equipo #RealSociedad ⬇https://t.co/AXVGZcCDML— Real Sociedad Fútbol (@RealSociedad) December 26, 2018