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Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – February 4th, 2020

Football: Football Perspective: The Comeback Chiefs Win Super Bowl LIV. The Extra Point blog: What the Top Predictions Looked Like in the NFL’s Big Data Bowl. PFF’s Timo Riske believes 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan was too conservative, and he paid for it. Kirk Goldsberry and Katherine Rowe’s fun look at How Much Football Is Even In A Football Broadcast. Football Outsiders’  Super Bowl LIV Preview. Football Perspective looks at Super Bowl Teams In Year N-1. PFF’s Kevin Cole Assesses free agent value through comparable players: safeties.

Baseball: Jay Jaffe names his All Outside-the-Hall Team. Ben Clemens looks at The Biggest Holes on Contending Teams, Part One: The Infield. Pitch-level linear weights have been added to Baseball Tools. Tony Adams has put together data files for the trash can banging during the Astros’ 2017 home schedule. Baseball Prospectus Baseball Therapy: Prisoners of WAR. FanGraphs offers  For Your Enjoyment, a Groundball Rate Refresher. Mark Simon tries to identify The Next Larry Walker . Baseball Prospectus Moonshot: The Banging Scheme Hurt the Astros As Much As It Helped Them.

Basketball: Neil Paine says Kobe Made Us Rethink The Numbers. The Numbers Made Us Rethink Him. Nylon Calculus: Are Jamal Murray and Gary Harris really shooters?

College Basketball: Jordan Sperber’s Hoop Vision Weekly: Pace, Space, and High Stakes (HV Weekly: 1/31/2020). Ken Pomeroy on The most lopsided teams in the country.

Hockey: FiveThirtyEight: Can The Tampa Bay Lightning Shake Off Last Year’s Playoff Debacle?

Soccer: StatsBomb on  Turkish Süper Lig: Why surprise leaders Sivasspor won’t win the league.

Tennis: FiveThirtyEight writes  American Tennis Players Not Named Williams Are Announcing Themselves.

Your Moment of R: BaseballWithR analyzes Sign-Stealing and Drop in Astros Strikeouts. Dani Chu’s RStudio Conference presentation Putting the Fun in Functional Data: A tidy pipeline to identify routes in NFL tracking data and Namita Nandakumar’s presentation on Finding Expected + Unexpected Goals With R. Video link is here, choose previous broadcasts video that starts at 3:35 PM and go to the 2:26 mark.

Conferences: February 5th in London is the OptaPro Soccer Analytics Forum. The CBJ Hockey Analytics Conference will be held February 8th-9th in Columbus.

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