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Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – July 17th, 2018

Football: Football Perspective’s work on ANY/A and the HOF Gray Ink Test, Barry Sanders and Rushing Yards Gray Ink and Best Passing Seasons in NFL History by ANY/A Value. Football Outsiders’ 2017 Play-Action Offense analysis and 2017 Run Defense by Number of Backs. Brad Oremland continues his analysis on the Best Statistical QBs: HOF Data.

Baseball: FanGraphs finds The American League’s All-Star Roster Has More Talent. Tom Tango on Handedness wOBA, BABIP, TTO etc. Fancy Stats says that MLB All-Star Game voting appears to be getting smarter, with few true snubs in 2018. Beyond the Box Score believes The Phillies have reached an inflection point. FanGraphs identifies The National League’s Most Balanced Pitcher. FiveThirtyEight realizes The Angels Want Ohtani On The Field This Year. Will That Cost Them Later? The Hardball Times’ By Date and By Slate: When History Meets the Baseball Schedule. Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s first in a three-part series on baseball analytics.

Basketball: Nylon Calculus on whether the data offers any evidence of referee bias. Nylon Calculus looks at which WNBA players are creating the most open shots. Nylon Calculus: Jayson Tatum and the improvement of young passers.

Soccer: American Soccer Analysis investigates Do Consistent Lineups Lead to Better Results? The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective examines How Predictable Was The 2018 World Cup? FiveThirtyEight writes that France Is Only Going To Get Better. FiveThirtyEight: VAR Is Making Penalties Take Longer. Is This Icing The Kickers? American Soccer Analysis articles on Expected Possession Goals: The Value of a Possession and Comparing xPG to Other Metrics and Quantifying Successful Possession (xPG).

Hockey: offers download data on 1,173,844 NHL shots from the 2007-2008 through 2017-2018 seasons.

Your moment of R: Ron Yurko’s updated version of their (with Samuel Ventura and Maksim Horowitz) nflWAR methodology paper.

Conferences: Joint Statistical Meetings 2018 July 28th to August 2nd in Vancouver. Videos from The Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference are available.

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