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GIVEN’S DELIGHT AS IRELAND SET FOR EURO CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

first_imgShay Given and his Republic of Ireland team-mates have one step on the plane to Poland and the Ukraine for next year’s European Championships after a convincing 4-0 win over Estonia tonight.Given was by and large a bystander as Ireland carved out a hard-fought victory over Estonia.Estonia did well at times but goals from Keith Andrews, Jonathon Walters and two from captain Robbie Keane put Ireland in a commanding position for the return leg in Dublin next Tuesday. Estonia were not helped by two sendings-off.Given was delighted by how his team played.“We worked hard. Although we got the goal early on they out us under a bit of pressure.“When they lost a man we began to put them under a little bit of pressure but they were still dangerous. “When we got the second goal their heads went down a little and we pushed on. We have put ourselves in a great position to get into the finals,” he said.The finals will be some reward after Given and his team were cheated by France in Paris last year in the World Cup qualifiers.GIVEN’S DELIGHT AS IRELAND SET FOR EURO CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS was last modified: November 13th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Republic of Irelandseamus colemanShay Givenlast_img read more

Savant promotes SA technology

first_img SAinfo reporter Reviewed: 2 May 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Becoming a local and global voice for the ICT and electronics sectors; Creating awareness about the South African electrotechnical and ICT industries; Strengthening the sector to become globally competitive by showcasing the successes in the South African economy; Promoting export and investment opportunities; Helping to identify potential international partners and facilitating matchmaking opportunities; andCo-ordinating an information portal across the sector and between both the private and public sector. The multilevel project is an ongoing initiative, which includes participation in local and international trade shows, as well as an effective web presence. These efforts are complemented by extensive promotion material, advertisements and projects, both locally and abroad. When it was established in 2001, its broad objectives were to grow the ICT and electronics industry to increase employment, broaden participation, encourage exports, and promote small business development. Savant – the South African Technology Vanguard – is the country’s marketing and branding campaign for the electro-technical sector, which includes electrical engineering, electronics, information technology and telecommunications. A unit within the Department of Trade and Industry’s Industrial Development Division, it aims to accelerate the development of the country’s hi-tech sector.center_img Savant acts to alert prospective partners, both at home and abroad, that the local technology industry can compete with the best the world has to offer. Website: www.savant.co.za Strengths The DTI says South Africa’s competitive advantage is created from the defence and mining sectors as well as high-level government investment in research and development in strategic programmes. The country also has strong engineering and integration capabilities from working as a prime contractor on complex projects.Objectives Savant plans to help grow the sector by:last_img read more

Africa’s growth ‘has to be inclusive’

first_img10 May 2012While Africa has experienced its best decade of the past 50 years, there are major challenges still to be tackled, African Development Bank Tunisia president Donald Kaberuka said at the opening of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday.“We should not confuse economic growth with economic transformation,” Kaberuka said, noting that the structure of African economies had not changed fast enough and that countries remained vulnerable to external shocks.Public policy choices should target ways to leverage wealth from natural resources for broad-based, sustainable growth, Kaberuka said, identifying two key drivers for the future: the education of children of the poor as a tool to address generational change, and the development of small and medium enterprises to close the wealth gap.Over 700 participants from more than 70 countries are taking part in the three-day WEF on Africa, the first to be held in Ethiopia.Time for Africans ‘to take ownership’Monhla Hlahla, chairperson of South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), told the plenary that it was time for Africans themselves to occupy centre stage on the continent and to take ownership of their lives and production.African farmers were now in a position “not only to produce coffee beans but also to taste the coffee”, Hlahla said, but added that strong and decisive leadership was required to keep African development on track.She said the future of the contintent called for leaders that were predictable and consistent, and that were able to move Africa up the value chain.No growth ‘if millions are left behind’Kofi Annan, chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and the Africa Progress Panel, Switzerland, emphasized the need to empower young people and to strengthen health and education to ensure that Africa reaped a “demographic dividend” over the next decade.Annan told delegates that African government policies needed to create equal access to opportunities to avoid dissatisfaction in the future. “We cannot talk of growth when millions of people are left behind,” Annan said.A lack of consensus and vision had led to a situation where each new government in Africa had a tendency to start afresh instead of building on the achievements of its predecessor, Annan said.It was therefore important for more debate to take place to reach consensus on the direction countries needed to take.Bekele Geleta, secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told the plenary that it was important for Africans to feel that they had a stake in their countries’ wealth, and that there was free and fair opportunity for everyone.Geleta said the mindset within Africa was changing, with Africans increasingly wanting to shape their own lives and actively engage in their future.Mood of ‘pragmatic optimism’Gao Xiqing, president of the China Investment Corporation, said Africa was in the position of being able to create a new template for its future.However, Xiqing said it was important for African countries to ensure that their growth was as inclusive as possible. In this, he said, Africa could learn from China, which had prioritized growth over development and was now facing challenges such as huge wealth inequality and environmental problems.World Economic Forum chairman Klaus Schwab told delegates that the mood in Africa today was quite different from what it was 22 years ago, having moved from one of cynicism through scepticism and then realism to today’s atmosphere of “pragmatic optimism”.Doug McMillon, chief executive of US retail giant Wal-Mart, told the plenary that, while its $2.4-billion investment in Africa – through the acquisition of South African retailer Massmart – the company was excited by the numbers it looked at before making the decision to invest.“There are a lot of things to be optimistic about in the region,” McMillon said.SAinfo reporter and World Economic Forumlast_img read more

Selling hope to profit the farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The market was surprised last week when the USDA increased corn acre planting estimates by 1 million. The USDA also indicated that stocks may be higher than the market was anticipating. These adjustments could really hurt the chances of a major corn rally for the rest of the year. At this point, it will take a major weather-related event in July for any substantial rally in the long-term. And, the window for a weather-related event is narrowing, usually after July 4th there is less potential left. Some weather forecasts indicate there is a possibility for hot and dry weather in the western Corn Belt, but it will need to be significant for any fireworks in the next few weeks.Actual crop conditions are seemingly subjective based upon perspective. Bulls say crop conditions this year compared to last year are much lower. Bears say there is still too much old crop corn in storage and will help the market withstand a decrease in reduced yields. With Dec corn hovering around $3.90, it’s likely the market will remain range-bound for another month. This range is frustrating because it is lower than most farmers’ breakeven points. On one hand, $4.20 corn is unlikely without a weather scare. On the other, until ear sizes and weather during pollination are known, trading below $3.60 is also unlikely. Longer term if stocks have increased without a pickup in demand and IF weather is normal even a yield of 165 might not be enough to keep corn from testing the lows of last year.Soybeans acres were not quite as high as the market was looking for in the latest report. There was also a slight reduction in stocks. The key now will be late July and August weather. The market knows that August weather makes or breaks the soybean crop. There is a wide range in potential prices for soybeans yet this marketing year — $8 or $11 are both still possible.Late June (6/23/17) was the expiration of July options. Following are the results of a trade I made back in the winter.On 1/27/17 July corn was Trading $3.75Expected market direction into summer  was probably sideways with some upside potential into early summer.On 1/27/17 I sold July $3.90 straddle for 43 cents with an expiration on 6/23/17, right when there is the best chance for a weather rallyPotential benefit: If July futures close at $3.90 on 6/23, I keep the 43 cent premiumPotential concern: Reduced or no premium if the market moves significantly. For every penny lower than $3.90 I get less premium until $3.47. At $3.47 or lower an original corn sale would be removed, but I keep the 43 cents above to be added to another sale and I collect another 20 cents of carry premium to this point. Every penny higher than $3.90 I get less premium until $4.33. At $4.33 or higher, I have to make another sale at $4.33 and my $3.90 sale is stalled at $3.90. What happened?July corn was trading at $3.59 on June 23 after dropping for six straight days. I thought there was a chance for a Monday rally, so I let the puts get exercised. This turned the trade into a long corn position (i.e. in theory I was buying corn) at $3.90 on the July. It’s important to remember that I will still collect 43 cents of premium from the straddle trade. I sold my long position back for $3.60. So, I lost 30 cents on the futures side of the trade, but made 43 cents from the straddle sale. The final result was a net of 13 cents premium. Why did you let the options make you long (i.e. buy) corn?I had only 12 cents of profit left in the trade with the futures at $3.59. I decided to risk the 12-cent profit potential I had left in the trade to try and make more. I made the right choice, but not by much (1 extra cent). I didn’t want to take any additional risk with a long position through the USDA report. Obviously with some hindsight today it looks like I should have waited. However I’m not bothered by the miss because I still turned a profit on this trade.As a corn producer I rarely can justify buying corn futures for any length of time. Usually it’s a speculative play, which I always try to avoid. While I will admit this trade was speculative, in my opinion after six days of decreasing prices it seemed reasonable that the market had dropped to the bottom of the recent trading range, meaning I was willing to accept a little extra risk for the chance at additional profit potential. I was prepared to sell my long corn position out if the market was down, even if that resulted in less profit. Fortunately it didn’t lose me any money to wait a couple days. More trades placedTrade 1Unless there is a major weather-related event, I expect sideways trading to continue. Considering my recent success with straddles, I made another straddle trade the previous week.On 6/20/17 Sep corn was trading near $3.80 with the expected market direction into late July probably sideways with a potential slight dip in pricesSold Aug $3.75 straddle for 25 cents that expires 7/21/17 before yield is known and while there is still a chance for a weather rallyPotential benefit: if Sep futures close at $3.75 on 7/21, I keep the 25 cent premiumPotential concern: Reduced or no premium if the market moves significantly. For every penny lower than $3.75 I get less premium until $3.50. At $3.50 or lower an original corn sale is removed. For every penny above $3.75 I get less premium until $4. At $4 or higher, I have to make another sale at $4 against the Sep futures. At this point I still have some old crop I need to sell and $4 seems like a great goal.Trade 2Typically the corn market tends to decrease from the third week of June through July. Therefore, I made an additional trade to capture that potential. On 6/20 when Sep futures were around $3.80 I sold a $3.90 Aug call for 9.5 cents on 5% of my ’16 corn production. What does this mean?If Sep corn is above $3.90 on 7/21 I have to sell corn for $3.90 and keep 9.5 cents ($3.995 total).If Sep corn is below $3.90 on 7/21 I keep the 9.5 cents to use on another trade in the future.I’m happy with this trade. I need to sell the last of my 2016 production, and while I hope futures rally, $4+ will be difficult. Even if it happens, most farmers will sell at those values, therefore it might not last long. Either way I keep 9.5 cents on this trade. The only downside would be a significant drop in prices (since there isn’t any downside protection on this trade), but that wasn’t the goal of this trade.Selling hope and timeOften some “experts” in the industry suggest that farmers should “look for a possible re-ownership opportunity.” This “advice” doesn’t make any sense to me. When farmers have unpriced grain in storage or the field growing, they already have ownership. They don’t need MORE corn while prices are low, they need the market to rally so they can sell the corn they have or will have. More corn only adds more risk to their farm operation. In essence, this advice is telling farmers, who are already speculators, to double down.In January many experts suggested, when July futures were around $3.70, that farmers buy $3.70 July calls for 20 cents or $4 July calls for 10 cents. Let’s take a look at the realities of this advice to farmers. The chart above shows July corn futures (Dec to present).In both cases, there was little opportunity for farmers to make any profit buying calls as the experts recommended. The only way farmers would have profited was if they had exited their position in Feb (even then the profit was small).The thing is, very few (if any) farmers would have done this. The whole point of buying the calls was to hold them, expecting a weather event in late spring/early summer to spark a rally. For most of the farmers that did this, the calls expired worthless or nearly worthless and they were out the call costs (10 or 20 cents). That took a disappointing sale back in the winter and turned it into an even more depressing sale after factoring a loss on the option.This is why I stress to farmers to really think about what they are doing when they speculate by BUYING calls. Right now almost all farmers have some 2016 crop left to sell and most of the 2017. So, it almost never makes sense to buy the right to buy more corn if you are a farmer who is hedging.(Note, in my straddle trade above I was able to stretch a small profit by selling options and collecting 13 cents of premium verses farmers who bought calls and likely lost 10 to 20 cents. That is could have been a difference of 23 to 33 cents to the bottom line. Buying hopeIn most cases, farmers buy calls because they HOPE the market will go up. In truth, I’ve seen very few times when farmers have made a lot of money buying calls. Most of the time they are lucky to make a profit and many times they lose some or all of the premium they paid.My marketing plan does not include “buying hope,” but instead I “sell hope.” Certainly not on all of my bushels, but I do for some. Basically, I get paid for selling hope to somebody else.Farmers need to remember that 66% of the time it will be a normal year. During normal years, prices well above breakeven points are unlikely for an extended period of time. I try to position my marketing strategies where I can take advantage of opportunities assuming trend line expectations while understanding how I will be affected by unpredictable market variations. Buying timeWhen buying options the longer length of time until the option expires makes it worth more. More time equals more chances for market movement.Similar to hope, I don’t want to buy time. It’s expensive because it’s in finite supply and everyone wants more of it. Instead I determine what price I want, then I optimize how much (time) value I can get for that option and then I sell it. Think about your goalsI always caution farmers to think about their end goals in marketing. What happens if your goals aren’t met? What happens if the price doesn’t go up like you think or hope it should? What happens if you are wrong? Are you prepared for all market scenarios?My goal is to design a marketing plan that takes into consideration as many market scenarios as possible. In every trade I analyze how my profit will be affected if the market goes up, down or sideways. I then take into consideration risk and the likelihood of each scenario happening based upon current market conditions. While I’m prepared if the market goes down or sideways, like all farmers, I ALWAYS want prices to go up. Ideally the trades I made today are wrong if the market rallies. And if it does, I’ll sell more corn because I will ALWAYS have more corn to sell. Maybe not in 2017, but certainly in 2018 and 2019.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

You Aren’t That Bad, and It Isn’t Over

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The new cottage industry that has sprung to life on the social channels are self-loathing sales improvement experts.These folks talk down to you, suggest that you are terrible at selling, and suggest that the vast majority of salespeople can’t sell and have everything backwards. They spend their time publishing the mishaps and poor attempts some salespeople make, suggesting that somehow the poor SDR is to blame for the poor approach and not their manager.This new crop of commentators on all things sales will tell you that buyers now have all of the power in the relationship between buyer and seller and that the best that you can hope for is mercy when they abuse you, misunderstanding the very statistics they cite as evidence. They also tell you that your job is practically gone now, due to automation.Let’s set the record straight.The number of salespeople who make their quota has been relatively stable for a long time. But like all statistics, who knows what makes sense? Were half of those statistics the result of sales leaders and entrepreneurs believing that requiring a 50 percent increase in sales was going to be achieved because they mandated it and called it quota?The United States economy is some number North of 19.2 billion dollars, and that is the highest number in history. Someone, somewhere, must be selling something with a fair bit of success.Are there terrible salespeople? Sure there are. But no more as a percentage than terrible doctors, lawyers, tattoo artists, and barbers.The Internet provides buyers with information. That is a factor when it comes to selling effectively. But the Internet provides you with information, not wisdom. It doesn’t provide you with the experience to understand how to make complicated decisions. The Internet moved information closer to the person who needs it, but it has not eliminated the need for help understanding how to evaluate strategic, expensive, and risky decisions. And it doesn’t tell you anything about who you should trust as a partner, or how well you do working together.Artificial intelligence and automation are factors when it comes to the future of every job. If a robot can perform complicated surgeries, then nothing is off limits. But not today. And not tomorrow either.I promise you are not as bad as this new crop of self-loathing sales experts suggest you are. Quite to the contrary, you are far and away better than the generations that have come before, being better trained, better developed, and better coached than salespeople were in the past. And, you are going to be able to make a living selling for a long time into the future, in some form or fashion.last_img read more

2 days agoChelsea boss Lampard: We’re learning to win without Hazard

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: We’re learning to win without Hazardby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says his team is learning to play without Eden Hazard.Eden Hazard cost Real Madrid around £89m in the summer but that fee could exceed £150m if he goes on to be the success he was at Stamford Bridge.“Whether I became manager or not, Eden Hazard was not going to be replaced by anyone anywhere near similar to what he did for this club,” Lampard said. “I don’t think it was possible, unless you went to the absolute top, with the [Lionel] Messis and [Cristiano] Ronaldos, because I think Eden pushes them around that bracket.“The next question is: how do we change that? Of course, we’ve seen a bit of youth come through with different ideas. I work consistently on the team as a group that we can create chances from different areas of the pitch. It’s great that a left-back [Marcus Alonso] scored inside the box at the weekend, for instance. So, it will be hard to replace [Hazard] — it’s impossible — but as a team we can find a way and, hopefully, we’re working towards that.” last_img read more

Photos: Urban Meyer’s Basement Severely Flooded

first_imgUrban Meyer's has several feet of water in his flooded Basement.Urban Meyer Basement FloodedOhio State head coach Urban Meyer has a pretty decent contingency plan heading into the 2015-2016 season, given the fact that he has three quarterbacks capable of winning him another national championship. But he didn’t have much of a contingency plan for his basement after his sump pump broke this past weekend. Meyer’s basement flooded with what appears to be at least a foot of water after yet another rainstorm in Ohio. His wife, Shelley, tweeted out a photo of the damage – both before and after it was drained. Busted Coverage tipped us off:@mariawsyx6 @wsyx6 @SlingerWSYX6 @basementdoctor Darn! Too late for me, Maria. Mine flooded last night. #sumpumprobs pic.twitter.com/bRUW17BgBj— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) June 21, 2015Just home from baseball in Indy-the water AND the carpet AND the drywall are all gone. #sumpumpfail. #2muchrain pic.twitter.com/IWgOE446Xv— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) June 22, 2015In reality, it was probably time for an upgrade on some of the furniture down there anyway. Luckily, we’re pretty sure Meyer can afford to pay someone to fix it all.last_img read more

Media’s Preseason All-SEC Teams Released, Alabama Leads The Way On The First Team

first_imgA day after the media’s SEC preseason poll was released, the preseason All-SEC teams have been released. Unsurprisingly, Alabama has the most selections on the conference’s first-team with six players. Ole Miss, Georgia, LSU and Auburn are also well represented. Here are all three offensive and defensive teams.   SEC Preseason TeamsSEC Preseason Teams SEC Preseason Teams 2SEC Preseason Teams 2 SEC Preseason Teams 3SEC Preseason Teams 3 SEC Preseason Teams 4SEC Preseason Teams 4 SEC Preseason Teams 5SEC Preseason Teams 5 SEC Preseason Teams 6SEC Preseason Teams 6 SEC Preseason Teams 7SEC Preseason Teams 7 SEC Preseason Teams 8SEC Preseason Teams 8 SEC Preseason Teams 9SEC Preseason Teams 9Nothing too surprising. These teams will surely look a lot different at the end of the season, though.last_img read more

Hey At Least The Cavs Might Not Get Swept

In 15 tries since the NBA adopted its modern playoff structure in 1984, only one team has gotten out of an 0-2 Finals hole: the 2006 Miami Heat. That team clawed its way back when Dwyane Wade put on maybe the greatest individual performance in Finals history, the kind of thing LeBron James is also capable of doing. But those Heat hadn’t played anywhere near as poorly as the Cavs have through two Finals games.It gets worse: If we expand our view to include all best-of-seven series since 1984, we find that 6 percent of teams with an 0-2 deficit have gone on to win the series, none of which were dominated as thoroughly as the Cavs. The smart money says it probably isn’t happening. Elo gives Cleveland a mere 11 percent chance of winning now, and it doesn’t even know that Kevin Love’s Game 3 status is up in the air after suffering a concussion in Game 2. But talk of a sweep might be premature. The same historical data that underscored the grim state of Cleveland’s title chances also shows that there’s little to no relationship between an 0-2 team’s margin of defeat in games 1-2 and the eventual length of the series. First and foremost among the exceptions: the 1995 Houston Rockets. Despite being defending champs, the Rockets went into their second-round series against the Phoenix Suns as underdogs, and were beaten by 46 combined points in games 1 and 2. Back in Houston for Game 3, they rolled over the Suns by 33. But they lost Game 4 at home and had to gut out three consecutive victories, the last of which was sealed with Mario Elie’s “Kiss of Death”: Never underestimate the heart of a champion, indeed.Cleveland needn’t go back so far in the history books for the other team to bounce back from a remotely comparable hole. This year’s Portland Trail Blazers were beaten by 41 combined by the Los Angeles Clippers in games 1 and 2 of their first-round series before storming back to win four straight. But it’s worth mentioning that the Clippers lost point god Chris Paul to a season-ending injury late in Game 4, significantly lowering the difficulty of a Portland comeback. By contrast, the Cavs would have to perform a revival the hard way — unless there’s another Steph Curry injury. Listen to the latest episode of our sports podcast Hot Takedown. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine Before the NBA Finals tipped off last Thursday, I and others thought the Cleveland Cavaliers might give the Golden State Warriors a better fight this year than last. Unfortunately for Cleveland — as usual — that notion is quickly vanishing. Fresh off an easy 15-point victory in Game 1, the Warriors crushed the Cavs by 33 in Game 2 on Sunday night, burying the Cavs in the most demoralizing 0-2 hole in championship history. Before this year, no team had ever beaten an opponent by 48 combined points in the first two games of the Finals.If we account for the fact that the first two Finals games this year were played on the Warriors’ home court — meaning we subtract from the home team’s margin its built-in advantage of about 3.6 points per game, in accordance with our Elo ratings — the Cavs have been running about 20 points per game behind the Warriors in the series so far. Even among teams sporting 0-2 Finals deficits, that’s just embarrassing: Although no team that was dominated as utterly as the Cavs has gone on to win a series from an 0-2 deficit, just as many forced a sixth game as were swept. In fact, of the 30 teams in our 0-2 sample to be beaten by an average location-adjusted margin of at least 15 points in games 1-2, only a third were swept; 30 percent lost in five games, 23 percent lost in six, 7 percent bowed out in seven — and 7 percent went on to win the series.And if they’re looking for inspiration to avoid the brooms, the Cavs should look at themselves, but in reverse. Early in the Eastern Conference finals, Cleveland built a 2-0 lead, whipping the Toronto Raptors by an adjusted average of 21.4 points per contest. That was a start so dominant that it had us speculating on the Cavs’ place in history, and it made the idea of the Raptors winning even a single game feel remote. But the Raptors promptly won two straight to tie the series (before eventually being closed out in six games). Faint consolation for Cleveland, but in dire times, it may have to serve.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Unlike Basically Always The Cubs Didnt Lose

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