APTN National NewsThe emotional inquiry into how Phoenix Sinclair died while in the care of Manitoba social workers is over.The five-year-old girl was murdered by her biological mother and mother’s boyfriend.But now the head of the inquiry is tasked with determining how that could happen under the noses of social workers who were supposed to protect her.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot explains what happens next.
APTN National NewsWith the high cost shipping people living in northern and remote communities struggle with expensive grocery bills.APTN’s Delaney Windigo is in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation and has a story of one family using traditional methods to offset those costs in northern Ontario.
Over in the Western Conference, James Harden’s Houston Rockets, however, rank as the fourth most unbalanced team in the past 31 years — in the 2nd percentile! Meanwhile, this year’s Warriors team is more balanced than usual, ranking in the 76th percentile, which is amazing given that Stephen Curry himself has 2.0 WAR through the first two rounds. The Dubs have a superstar and a well-balanced team. (Which probably goes a long way toward explaining why they’re so great.)The Cavs are favored not because their third, fourth or fifth starter is better than his counterpart on the Hawks. He isn’t. The Cavs are favored because they have LeBron James — and that’s probably enough to get LeBron to his fifth straight NBA Finals. The Fighting LeBrons — err, we mean the Cleveland Cavaliers — face off against the Atlanta Hawks for a trip to the NBA Finals. It’s the four-time MVP vs. four All-Stars.And it’s a close matchup, though the Cavs have a slight edge. The Hawks earned the top seed in the East and home-court advantage, but the Cavs still have a 63 percent chance of winning the series, according to our Real Plus-Minus projections.But if these two teams are similar in their overall level of talent, they are radically different in its distribution. This year’s Hawks team is historically well-balanced — like the 2004 Detroit Pistons, the 2006 Phoenix Suns and the 2013 San Antonio Spurs. The 2015 Cavs, in contrast, are largely carried by James (and, to a lesser extent, by Kyrie Irving).Atlanta has four players — Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, Al Horford and DeMarre Carroll — who have all accrued 1.1 to 1.5 wins above replacement (WAR) through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Meanwhile, LeBron has amassed 2.1 WAR for the Cavs all by himself.The Hawks rank fourth out of the 124 teams to make the conference finals since 1985 in terms of the evenness of their production. (As measured by the distribution of WAR among the five players with the most minutes through the first two rounds, weighted quadratically.1That is, the player with the highest WAR is given a weight of one, the second-highest WAR player gets a weight a four, the third gets a weight of nine and so on.)By that measure, the Hawks’ score was 52.2. (The higher the score, the greater the contribution the team received from its less-heralded players.) LeBron’s Cavs, however, ranked 71 out of the 124 teams with a score of 26.9 — so they’re not extraordinarily unbalanced, but they are less balanced than the typical team in the conference finals. In addition to the brilliance of James, that number was primarily driven by the weak production from Cleveland’s fourth- and fifth-best players, namely Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov.Below is a table of each conference finalist since 1985 with their weighted WAR and its percentile. The Hawks are in the 98th percentile, while the Cavs are in the 43rd.2Past LeBron teams, whether the Cavs or the Heat, are even more unbalanced than this year’s Cavs team.
Dirk Kuyt has been left suitably impressed with former team-mate Steven Gerrard’s route on to reaching his ultimate goal of becoming Liverpool managerThe 38-year-old vacated his role as a youth coach at Anfield last summer to take charge of Scottish Premiership side Rangers and has since guided them to second place in the standings.Gerrard has managed 19 wins, 13 draws and six defeats in his opening 38 matches in charge at senior level as a coach.And Kuyt, who retired from football in 2017 after leading boyhood club Feyenoord to their first Eredivisie title in 18 years, praised Gerrard’s bold move to joining Rangers.“When Steven Gerrard just became a coach with the Liverpool youth, I talked to him about the road he was going to follow. He made a conscious choice to leave Liverpool right away,” Kuyt told De Telegraaf.“He wants to develop himself as a coach outside the spotlights of the Premier League. Glasgow Rangers is a big club. His dream will be to eventually become a coach at Liverpool.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“In order to get there, he also travels his own way.”Kuyt played for Liverpool between 2006 to 2012, where he managed 71 goals and 40 assists in 285 appearances across all competitions with his sole piece of silverware coming in the Reds’ EFL Cup triumph in his final campaign.The former Netherlands international started out his playing career at Utrecht and also spent three years playing for Turkish giants Fenerbahçe in the Super Lig.During his playing days, Kuyt won the Dutch Footballer of the Year prize in 2006 and played a key role in Holland’s route to the final of the 2010 World Cup, which they lost to Spain in South Africa.Nowadays, Kuyt has begun working on pursuing a coaching career and has taken charge of Feyenoord’s U-19 team for this season.