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Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – May 15th, 2018

Football: Football Outsiders looks at the relationship between Long Drives and the Running Game. Football Perspective’s 2018 Schedule Analysis: SOS and Front- And Back-Loaded Schedules and Concentration Index and Defensive Sacks (2017 Update).

College Football: The Centre Daily Times on How analytics factor into Penn State’s approach on 4th down.

Baseball: FanGraphs finds Baseball’s Pace Changes Making Only Mild Impact. The Hardball Times is Searching for the Formula for Team Chemistry. Baseball Prospectus’ Flu-Like Symptoms: Don’t Let Him Beat You. FanGraphs identifies Baseball’s Most-Changed Hitters. FanGraphs answers the question Do World Series Losers Get Hangovers? The Hardball Times on The Physics of Fielding Grounders. Bill James asks So What is a Superstar? Beyond the Box Score lists The best pitching performances In baseball history. The Gazette in Cedar Rapids with Analytics take hold in baseball, even at the Midwest League level.

Basketball: Will Schreefer shares his College Basketball ‘Draft Model Starter Kit’. FiveThirtyEight writes that Brad Stevens Makes The Celtics Better Than They Have Any Right To Be. Fancy Stats: Rockets are the toughest playoff opponent Steve Kerr’s Warriors have ever faced and The Rockets can limit the effectiveness of the Warriors’ ‘Hamptons Five’ lineup. Threes and Layups’ Analysis of the 2-for-1 Strategy in the NBA. Nylon Calculus Tracks the playoff highs and lows of LeBron James.

Hockey: Fancy Stats says the Caps are finally lucky and good in the playoffs. FiveThirtyEight writes that Marc-Andre Fleury Is Having One Of The Best Playoffs In NHL History.

Soccer: The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective looks to answer Does Matchday 38 In The English Premier League Produce More Goals Than Usual? StatsBomb is publishing videos from their Data Launch event. EightFivePoints post on Quantifying how defenders affect chances. American Soccer Analysis breaks down MLS salaries by team, position, and player.

Tennis: Heavy Topspin writes about Handling Injuries and Absences With Tennis Elo.

Golf: FiveThirtyEight examines whether Winning The Players Championship Is As Hard As Winning A Major.

Your moment of R: BaseballWithR offers code to explore Statcast Individual Count Effects. FC rStats ClubMatchR v1 Package Released. Julia Wrobel’s excellent tutorial on Learning Shiny with NBA data.

General: Front Office Sports article: With New Partnership, NCAA to Centralize and Monetize Its Data.

Conferences: The Fields Sports Analytics Workshop May 24th and 25th in Toronto.

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