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Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – May 16th, 2017

Football: Football Perspective with an interesting look at The Worst Adjusted Career Winning Percentages. Football Perspective asks How Good Are The Pass Defenses vs. Pass Offenses of Super Bowl Champions? Football Perspective on Do You Need A Great QB To Win A Super Bowl, Part IPart II and Part III.

College Football: Football Study Hall with a piece on The making of a good possession receive.

Baseball: Baseball Prospectus Reframes the Conversation on Framing. FanGraphs with Robot Umps and Velocity Incentives. Bill James studies how much (how many wins) did the team exceed expectations with each starting pitcher on the mound. With the shorter 10-day DL, John Dewan looks at Disabled List Usage. Tom Tangos’s Statcast Lab: At what launch angle do batters maximize their exit velocity. Baseball Prospectus tries to find The Worst Bullpen in Baseball. FiveThirtyEight wonders Have The Cubs Forgotten How To Field? BeyondTheBoxScore offers KNOWTHYSELF: Which hitters swing at the best pitches? Baseball Prospectus on The Democratization of Dingers.

Basketball: Nylon Calculus examines if Isaiah Thomas the best inch-for-inch player in the NBA. Nylon Calculus looks at Identifying NBA talent and why tall men can’t dribble.

Hockey: Hockey Graphs on Identifying Team Playing Styles with Clustering. Hockey Prospectus publishes Text Mining of Scouting Reports as a Novel Data Source for Improving NHL Draft Analytics. FiveThirtyEight writes that A Home Playoff Game Is A Big Advantage — Unless You Play Hockey.

Soccer: American Soccer Analysis points out that MLS Defenders are Getting Older. FiveThirtyEight says Arsenal Stood Still While Its Rivals Got Better.

Lacrosse: Moneyball Lacrosse Stats of the Week. The Angry Statistician shows the math behind Poisson Games and Sudden-Death Overtime.

Your Moment of R: BaseballWithR gives code to analyze the association between strikeout rates and home run rates.

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