Friday people roundup

first_imgLyxor Asset Management, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, Burges SalmonLyxor Asset Management – Lionel Paquin has been appointed chief executive, replacing Inès de Dinechin, who will leave the group. Paquin has been head of the Lyxor Managed Accounts Platform since 2011. He has also held the position of chief risk officer and head of internal control at the firm, and has been a member of executive committee since 2007. Before then, he served as managing director and principal inspector for Inspection Générale at the Société Générale Group. He began his career in 1995 in the French Ministry of Finance.Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners – Chris Morser and Peter Vasiliadis, who work in the hedge funds group, and Jonathan Costello, who works in the private equity group, have been promoted to managing directors. Andrew Malek, Adam Piro and John Zaleski, who work in hedge funds; Edward Goldstein and Andrew Murray, who work in private equity; and Andrew Robinson, who works in real estate, have been promoted to executive directors. Brian Ksenak and Pennapa Tantiyakul (hedge funds); Silva Sevdalian and Pamela Fung (private equity); and Daniel Spear (real estate) have been promoted to vice-president.Burges Salmon – The UK law firm has appointed Caroline Harwood as director of Incentives in its Pensions and Incentives practice group. She joins from Grant Thornton, where her role was director and head of equity reward.last_img read more

Nance leads Wyoming into national spotlight almost a year after torn right ACL

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 20, 2015 at 12:08 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Will I ever be myself? When can I play again? Are my future endeavors ruined?Those were the questions going through Larry Nance Jr.’s head as he clutched his right knee and turned over on his left side.The Wyoming forward had just attempted to get out of a Fresno State double team on the left block with a hop, dribble and pass. But then it all went wrong.“My right leg came down sooner than I thought it would and it just twisted wrong and I felt something pop in my knee,” Nance said. “I heard it pop. From that point on it was just excruciating pain.”After being carried off the court, the 6-foot-8 star forward sat on a courtside trainer’s table with his legs extended and head buried in a Gatorade towel.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe fear became a reality the next day, as Nance was ruled out for the season with a torn right ACL on Feb. 19, 2014. The Cowboys lost six of their last seven games, and its best player was tasked with finding answers to the three questions he posed himself when grimacing in front of the home bench in Arena-Auditorium.Seven months later, those questions turned to answers, and now Nance is averaging a team-leading 16.2 points and seven rebounds as the driving force behind Wyoming’s (16-3, 5-1 Mountain West) scorching start. The senior was name-dropped as one of the country’s underappreciated players by Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim on Tuesday, and has restored the explosiveness that defined his game before the injury.“I don’t think anybody would’ve stopped him,” UW senior guard Riley Grabau said of Nance getting back to full strength. “He did a tremendous job of working hard and getting back, and he’s looking better than he was last year.”Nance said he couldn’t do any real dynamic movement while rehabbing, so he just wanted to shoot. He worked on 15-foot jump shots and free throws, exercises that weren’t too physically demanding but kept him on the court.Cowboys head coach Larry Shyatt said Nance worked extensively with his orthopedic surgeon and the team’s trainer, which contributed to his abnormally quick seven-month rehab.On Nov. 22, 2014, Nance and Wyoming guard Josh Adams were on a two-on-one fast break against 6-foot-10 Colorado forward Josh Scott. Adams got just beyond the foul line and lofted the ball behind him for Nance, who elevated, mounted Scott and threw down a ferocious one-handed dunk as Scott crumbled under him.“I would have to say my wild (dunk) against Colorado earlier this year, just because it was kind of a little of a load off my shoulders,” Nance said of his favorite dunk. “… kind of like a sigh of relief like, ah … I’m back.”After Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas scored 35 points in a win over Wake Forest on Tuesday, Boeheim was asked why he doesn’t think his senior gets much national attention. The head coach asked the reporter, “Do you know who the best player on Wyoming is?”The reporter responded “no” and Boeheim retorted, “Exactly, he averages 18 and 12,” to show that star players on teams out of the national spotlight don’t get the credit they deserve.And while Boeheim slightly exaggerated Nance’s numbers, learning about the moment gave him chills.“I actually had no idea that happened,” Nance said, laughing. “Jim Boeheim is obviously one of the greatest coaches to ever coach the game and the fact that he even knows my name is really cool. I mean if I could, I would thank him.”It hasn’t been all pretty for Nance, though, and a familiar opponent once again exposed the big man recently.Saturday was the first time Wyoming played Fresno State since the injury and Nance missed a potential 15-foot game-winner as time expired in regulation, sending the game to overtime. He then botched two free throws with the game tied and half a second left in the second extra period.The two things he mainly worked on during rehab failed him.But with 1:05 left in the third overtime and the game tied, a Nance hook shot from the right block put the Cowboys ahead for good in their 16th win.Almost a year later, Nance still remembers the exact second his injury occurred.“Fourteen minutes, 51 seconds left in the second half, home against Fresno State,” he says without hesitation.Saturday’s final mark, though, was in stark contrast to the moment he ended on last time against the Bulldogs; a microcosm of sorts for a player and team restored to full strength.“It’s really cool that Wyoming is getting a little bit of spotlight attention,” Nance said. “I’m just glad I can be one of the driving forces behind that.” Commentslast_img read more

Travelers Championship daily fantasy golf picks, sleepers, fades, strategy

first_imgAfter one of the most popular weeks for PGA DFS contests, the Travelers Championship provides an excellent opportunity to target elite golfers who underperformed at the U.S. Open. This week’s GPPs will collect spillover entries from less experienced daily fantasy golf players that started or just resumed playing during last week’s major.Recency bias has a stronger impact on newer players. The optimal way to leverage this is by targeting premier golfers who flopped and burnt those who bought in on them at the U.S. Open, as the best long-term players are always the likeliest to bounce back with the most authority.  Continuing to make his way back from a wrist injury, Justin Thomas missed the cut last week. Thomas was a popular option as one of the lower-priced elite golfers at the U.S. Open, but he ended up burning lineups that included him. Since his return, Thomas has missed two of three cuts. I expect this to scare off DFS players who may sense that something could still be wrong with his wrist. Instead of guessing about the status of his injury, however, I would rather leverage his low ownership. Thomas is one of the premier golfers on tour, and the bad recent results may simply be explained by him knocking off some rust. As far as I am concerned, Thomas will be fully himself this week, and I expect him to be less coveted than similarly priced golfers like Jason Day and Paul Casey. On top of low ownership, Thomas is being discounted due to the recent missed cuts. Leverage the recent injury and last week’s missed cut for a double discount on both ownership and price.Tony Finau has endured a very uncharacteristic slump recently with missed cuts in his past two tournaments and fishes of T60th or worse in three of the five tournaments before that. I might be more concerned if not for a solo second-play finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge and a T5th at the Masters smack dab in the middle of the bad results. Finau is most likely just fine and has proven incredibly consistent outside of this minislump. His price has been heavily discounted, and yet I expect him to receive much lower ownership than he normally does this week. While many expect TPC River Highlands to favor shorter hitters, which certainly doesn’t describe Finau, he has never finished worse than 25th at this event. In fact, Bubba Watson, another golfer who is generally thought of more for his distance than finesse, has won here twice. With many DFS players recently having soured on Finau and looking to pay up for several studs above his price level, he may fly completely under the radar. Rarely do you get the opportunity to roster such an electrifying golfer at such low ownership.Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings. MORE ROTOQL: Lineup Builder | Travelers Championship betting advice*If you are interested in taking your DFS golf lineup building strategy to the next level, you should consider using a lineup optimizer, and RotoQL offers the best optimizer available in the industry.Travelers Championship picks and PGA DFS strategyTarget GolfersJordan Spieth didn’t miss the cut last week, but he completely disappeared down the stretch after a relatively promising first couple of days. It seemed Spieth was finally turning his season around with three straight top-10 finishes coming into the U.S. Open, but he couldn’t keep his momentum and certainly didn’t help out anybody who rostered him at a premium. What Spieth continues to possess, though, despite his struggles over the past two seasons, is a level of talent that is arguably unmatched. The recent top-10 finishes show that regardless of last week’s disappointment, Spieth is finding his stride once again. I expect Spieth to be far overlooked compared to the likes of other top options Brooks Koepka and Patrick Cantlay, which may be a mistake. Spieth is of similar caliber and priced cheaper, and what you sacrifice in form I believe you more than make up for in leverage. It doesn’t hurt that Spieth won here in 2017 either. Buy in before Spieth finally gets all aspects of his game clicking.last_img read more