Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe San Francisco 49ers are going for a record-tying sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy, which would equal the record held by Pittsburgh and New England. The 49ers also are looking to be only the second team to go from 4-12 the previous season to the top of the heap. The Niners haven’t won it all since the 1994 season.The Chiefs are seeking their first title since 1970, when they beat the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth Super Bowl — a name coined by Kansas City’s founder, Lamar Hunt. That was the final AFL-NFL matchup. The leagues merged the next season, and Kansas City has waited 50 years to get back to the championship game.Game time is 6:30 p.m. Eastern at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPENDjokovic tops Thiem, wins 8th Australian title WORLD WCUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-GBrignone wins super-G in overall leader Shiffrin’s absenceROSA KHUTOR, Russia (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) won a women’s World Cup super-G after overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin sat out the race on Sunday, strengthening her runner-up position in the standings.The win left the Italian 270 points short of Shiffrin’s leading tally.The American three-time overall champion decided to skip the races in the 2014 Olympic resort after winning the previous super-G and a downhill in Bulgaria a week ago. Thiem was appearing in his third major final. He has lost them all.NBA/NHL SCHEDULESNBA and NHL have light, early schedules on Super Bowl SundayUNDATED (AP) — There’s a short schedule for the NBA and NHL on Super Bowl Sunday, with all the games taking place in the afternoon.There are four NBA games: Denver at Detroit, New Orleans at Houston, Phoenix at Milwaukee and Chicago at Toronto. The NHL has three games: Pittsburgh at Washington, Columbus at Montreal and Vancouver at Carolina.NBA-NETS-IRVING OUTKyrie Irving out at least a week with right knee sprainNEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving will miss at least a week with a sprained medial ligament in his right knee.The Brooklyn Nets star had an MRI exam Sunday that confirmed the team’s diagnosis after he was injured Saturday in Washington. Associated Press February 2, 2020 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has won a record-extending eighth Australian Open championship and 17th Grand Slam title overall by beating Dominic Thiem (teem) in five sets in the final.Djokovic’s 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory means he will return to No. 1 in the rankings, replacing Rafael Nadal.Djokovic improved to 16-0 in semifinals and finals at Melbourne Park. No other man in the history of tennis has won this tournament more than six times.Djokovic adds his Australian Open haul to his five titles from Wimbledon, three from the U.S. Open and one from the French Open.Only Roger Federer, with 20, and Nadal, with 19, have won more men’s Grand Slam singles trophies. T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-ILLINOIS-IOWASunday’s lone Top 25 game matches ranked teamsIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two ranked teams meet Sunday afternoon as No. 19 Illinois visits No. 18 Iowa in a Big Ten showdown.Illinois has one win and two losses against ranked opponents this season, while Iowa has won four of its seven games against ranked teams.It’s the only game on Sunday’s men’s Top 25 schedule. Update on the latest sports Irving got hurt in the fourth quarter of a 113-107 loss, when he and Wizards guard Bradley Beal got tangled battling for a loose ball and Irving’s knee twisted as he landed on the court. He stayed down for a couple minutes before remaining in the game for the jump ball — in which he didn’t jump — and then left the court and went to the locker room.Irving had his highest-scoring game of the season the previous night, scoring 54 points in a victory over Chicago.The Nets said Irving will be re-evaluated in a week. He will miss at least home games against Phoenix and Golden State — whose point guard, D’Angelo Russell, he replaced on the Nets — as well as a game at Toronto.Irving previously missed 26 games in his first season in Brooklyn with a right shoulder injury. He also sat out one after returning with hamstring tightness and didn’t play last Sunday after learning of Kobe Bryant’s death while preparing to face the New York Knicks.PGA-PHOENIX OPEN-KOBE BRYANT PGA Tour remembers Kobe Bryant with 16th-hole pin positionSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The PGA Tour joined players with a 16th-hole tribute to Kobe Bryant on Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, using his two Lakers uniform numbers to cut the final-round pin position on the stadium par 3.The pin was placed 24 yards from the front edge and 8 yards from the left edge, putting it in the back left corner of the green on the rowdy hole that holds more than 20,000 fans.Bryant, daughter Gianna and seven others were killed a week ago in a helicopter crash in California.Third-round leader Tony Finau (FEE’-now) and fourth-ranked Justin Thomas have donned Bryant jerseys on the hole. Finau birdied it Friday and Saturday wearing a yellow No. 8 Lakers jersey. Thomas has worn a white No. 33 Lower Merion High School jersey, selecting it over a Lakers jersey that he also brought from his collection. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-SUPER BOWLThe big day has arrivedMIAMI (AP) — The waiting is almost over: The Super Bowl is just hours away. Shiffrin, who won the super-G world title and discipline standings last year, was not the only top contender to sit out this weekend’s races. Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova and Italy’s Marta Bassino also refrained from traveling to Russia.last_img read more

Officials optimistic as CARIFTA team training winds down

first_imgAS the Guyana team to this year’s Flow CARIFTA Games wrapped up their training over the weekend, officials are optimistic of their chances at the April 15-17 meet in Curacao.Team coach Johnny Gravesande said much focus was placed on the newcomers to the Games and getting them to understand the kind of competition to expect in the Dutch Island.“So far everybody looks on top of their game. We have to look at the newcomers mostly. This being their first time competing on such an arena, with athletes from different countries, they’re a little nervous but all still excited. I think after the first event for each of them, they will be a little more confident. We know the team have the right energy, and they just have to believe in themselves,” Gravesande said.Four out of the 12-member team will be making their debut at the regional games, namely Onasha Rogers (U-18 Girls, 100m), Tremaine Brown (U-18 long and triple jumps), Guyana Defence Force’s Anfernee Headecker (U-20 Boys 800m, 1500m) and Tarique Boyle (U-20 Boys high jump).One of CARIFTA Games team coaches Johnny GravesandeThe team sees the return of last year’s silver medallist Chantoba Bright and Natricia Hooper, who comes back in the triple jump and 400m. In addition to the long and triple jumps, this year Bright is also in the high jump.As always, ahead of the team’s performance, Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) president Aubrey Hutson says he is positive about the team’s chances this year. But things are definitely going to be tough for this humble Guyana side.Coming up against athletes from all across the Caribbean, especially those Jamaicans, Guyana athletes will have a tall order.Guyana’s team pales in comparison to Jamaica’s 84-athlete crew, or Trinidad’s 51-athlete collection. The Bahamas are taking a strong 65-man team, and Barbados 28 athletes.“From the last meet, based on what we have been seeing coming out of the rest of the Caribbean, in terms of their times, I think we are very optimistic about what quite a few of our athletes may be able to do at these championships. I am very optimistic about their performance. And I’m looking forward for a lot of medals to come back,” Hutson remarked.Last year Guyana invested in sending a team of 15 athletes, with a return of five medals from only three athletes.For this year’s team of only qualified athletes, they will only participate in events for which they have qualified.With their performances so far for the season things are again looking promising for Bright and Hooper.Bright in her most recent performance touched 6.01m in the long jump, while Hooper season’s best in the triple jump is 13.20m. There’s also Claudrice McKoy in the Girls’ Under-18 1500m, whose 4:38.56s SB, is right up there with what Jamaica have been churning out.The team is set to depart Guyana on Thursday afternoon for Curacao.last_img read more

Sato, Rahal give Rahal Letterman Lanigan banner Indy 500

first_img The long, white beard cascading out from David Letterman’s mask as he climbed onto the new-look winner’s podium at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was evidence of just how long it’s been since the longtime “Late Show” host joined team co-owner Bobby Rahal in celebrating an Indy 500 victory.Sixteen years between Buddy Rice’s improbable win and Takuma Sato’s celebration on Sunday.While the Honda-powered cars of Andretti Autosport had been the talk of the paddock leading up to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” which was postponed from its typical Memorial Day weekend date because of the coronavirus, it was the Hondas behind Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing that managed to dash Scott Dixon’s hopes of a second Indy 500 win.“To even be here, to be in the pits, to be part of the activity — this is some DNA we’re talking about,” said Letterman, who grew up in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis. “We’re always as kids on the outside-looking in, and now we’re on the inside and enjoying it and winning the race. For me it’s a thrill.”Dixon had dominated all race before Sato found himself in the lead with five laps to go. And when teammate Spencer Pigot wrecked heavily exiting Turn 4 to bring out a caution and effectively end the race, not only did Sato have a second victory of his own but teammate Graham Rahal had a third-place finish to match the best of his career.“It’s unbelievable,” Sato said, “the entire Rahal Letterman Lanigan team.”Letterman is an astute enough racing aficionado to know winning the Indianapolis 500 is no easy task, even though it may have once seemed like it. He had bought a share of the team formed by 1986 race winner Bobby Rahal in the mid-90s, but he began spending more time in the garage area in 2004, when the team adopted its current name.That’s when Rice won just about everything — the pole, the pit stop competition and ultimately the race.There have been plenty of near-misses in the intervening years. Vitor Meira was second to Dan Wheldon in 2005, and Sato crashed while challenging Dario Franchitti for the win in 2012. Graham Rahal fifth three years later, and Sato finished third behind Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi just last year.Perhaps it was all those close calls that made for some emotional words from Letterman to his winning driver on Sunday.“God bless you my friend,” he said. “Thank you very much. Hell of a job.”Graham Rahal did a fine job in his own right. He laid low most of the hot, sunny afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, steering clear of wrecks that claimed Rossi and others, and putting himself in position for the biggest win of his career.There’s no telling whether he would have had anything for Sato and Dixon if IndyCar decided to red-flag the race and force a green-white-checkered finish. But it was nonetheless a photo-worthy finish when Sato crossed the finish line flanked by his teammate on one side and Dixon on the other, especially amid the canyon-like ocean of empty front-stretch seats.“We belong in the conversation of who are the best teams out there,” Bobby Rahal said, “and I take great pride in that. As an owner, you just know how hard it is to put an organization together to do all this.”Rahal joked that he’s never introduced as a three-time IndyCar champion, but rather the winner of the 1986 Indy 500. That prompted Letterman to joke, “I’m typically introduced as a television has-been, so for me this is a delight.”“I have very little to do with the functioning of this organization, so all of this is reflected positively on me,” he said. “When we won it in 2004, honest to God, it was like I had been hooked up to some powerful electrical generator, and I thought I would never experience anything like this again in my life. It was life-changing experience, and here we are in 2020 and I get to go through this again.” Written By Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 24th August, 2020 10:49 IST Sato, Rahal Give Rahal Letterman Lanigan Banner Indy 500 The long, white beard cascading out from David Letterman’s mask as he climbed onto the new-look winner’s podium at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was evidence of just how long it’s been since the longtime “Late Show” host joined team co-owner Bobby Rahal in celebrating an Indy 500 victory. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TVcenter_img COMMENT First Published: 24th August, 2020 10:49 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Miralem Pjanic reveals His Life Story in an Exclusive Interview with Sarajevo Times

first_imgFahrudin Pjanic was certain that the war was coming to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and as a footballer of football club “Drina-Zvornik” in the former Yugoslavia, while traveling around the country, he perceived the tensions. Fahrudin saw in the matches that the tension grew, hateful, threats became more dangerous than usual tapping. As a father of newly born Miralem, he decided that they should leave BiH, Miralem Pjanic starts his life story in an exclusive interview with Sarajevo Times.He continues his story by recalling the time back in 1990s when his father Fahrudin needed a paperwork from Zvornik in order to exit the country, and he came back home twice, empty-handed.His wife Fatima decided to try herself, carrying baby Miralem in her arms.“My mother asked the secretary who was working there to give us the documents that we needed to exit the country, and he did not want, after which she started to cry,” Miralem recalls.Suddenly, a baby in Fatima’s arms felt her mother’s distress and began to cry loudly. Fatima and the secretary were silent, the baby was crying. The secretary took the documents out of the closet and offered Fatima, saying he did it only because of the crying baby, Miralem says.They left the country with only two bags, and travelled to Luxembourg where they did not know the language or had any acquaintances.“My parents had built everything by their own, and this is something I am proud of the most,” Pjanic says with smile on his face.Pjanic adds that, if he was not one of famous players, they would definitely, as a family, live in a decent manner, with enough money, because his parents are the best example of how parents should be.Miralem Pjanic was following his father while he was going to training sessions, and when he was five years old, he was always on the field.“The real father is an example for his children, for my father, it was of the vast importance how his family lives,” Pjanic says, adding that at the time when his father was playing in Luxembourg, family was on the first place and football on the second.He was thinking about the everyday problems, how to survive, how to buy everything needed for the house, how to get enough money for children, school etc.When he was a small boy, he was always following Zinedine Zidane when he was playing for Real Madrid, taking him as a role model.“At that time, playing football was just a dream for me, and by the time, I had more and more wish to be among the best ones, to advance in my career and to prosper,” Pjanic said, adding that nowadays he is among the best players in the world, and in one of the best clubs ever, in Juventus.“This is one of the biggest satisfaction for me, but I do not want to stop here, I want to accomplish more, and to be better,” Pjanic adds.A baby who was crying in the premises of FC Drina-Zvornik, while his mother asked for her husband’s stamp from the secretary, was now a young man who is one of the best players in the world, worth 74 million euros.The reality is that Pjanic has achieved everything by himself since he did not have anyone to help him at the time he was at the beginning of his career.Speaking about how people react when he says he is Bosnian, Pjanic says that people generally connect the country with the war, and look things from that perspective, asking how the situation in the country is.“If one wants something in his life and if a lot of work was invested, I think that great aims can be achieved, no matter from where the person is. It all depends from a person, individually, what he or she wants, and how much work one is ready to invest in realization,” Pjanic says.“I have always looked at other players, thinking that there is no reason for one footballer to be better than me, I decided to work more, in order to be among the best,” he adds.Nicknames such as “Little Prince”, Pianista, Maestro were given to Pjanic in order to describe the way he plays.“I like the nicknames, this shows that I play well, that I advance well, this is something of a vast importance to me, something that make me satisfied,” he says.Speaking about his dreams, this 29 years-old footballer reveals that it is definitely to win “scudetto” with his club Juventus and to win Champions League.“With Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national team, I would like to go to European Championship, this is one of the major aims for me.”Miralem Pjanic is one of the rare footballers whose name cannot be found in tabloids and who is not part of scandals, for himself, he says he is not interested in those kind of marketing and promotion.“I do not want to be in the center of attention, this sometimes can be detrimental. I want to have a normal life, to live with my family, with my son, I want to be a role model to my son, he is my responsibility, and I want to show him the “right path”,” Pjanic says, adding that this is most important for him right now.His life is very simple, he focuses on football, puts a lot of effort and time in it, but tries, as much as possible, to spend time with family and son.For the end of conversation, Pjanic gives advice to young children to listen to their parents, professors and trainers, who really want to help.“Respect for everyone is so much important. Faith in yourself is also of a vast importance, no one should put limits in his or hers head, “ and all this accompanied with hard work and lots of waivers are “receipe” for success.Interview by Zejna Yesilyurtlast_img read more

NBA Rookie of the Year watch: Which candidates could leapfrog Ja Morant after injury?

first_imgMORE: Carmelo Anthony is heating up for BlazersHere is the play in which he appeared to suffer the injury:Ja Morant is down bad after falling down bad into a cameraman pic.twitter.com/JRtwm1g8Fp— Chris Montano (@gswchris) November 26, 2019And here is a statement from Memphis on Saturday that lists Morant as “week-to-week” moving forward. He did not travel with the team on its trip to Minnesota.The @memgrizz today provided a medical update on Ja Morant: pic.twitter.com/YP5OSfkVQe— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) November 30, 2019Morant, who is averaging a rookie-high 18.6 points and 6.4 assists per game, tweeted in frustration about the circumstances of his setback after the Grizzlies announced he would be held out.let’s move the cameramen back 🤝 @NBA— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) December 1, 2019Even if Morant only misses half of December, the NBA’s Rookie of the Year conversation could shift. Already, several candidates have inched closer behind him in the chase for the honor, and they will have the opportunity to burnish their cases in the upcoming weeks.Here are the five rookies who, as of Dec. 1, seem most likely to win Rookie of the Year — if Morant doesn’t claim it.(NOTE: Zion Williamson was not included because he has yet to recover from his preseason knee injury. He will be considered a candidate upon his return.)NBA Rookie of the Year candidates1. Kendrick Nunn, Heat (16.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 55.4 eFG%)Yes, an undrafted player could vault into the top Rookie of the Year spot this month. Nunn has been a godsend for the Heat after signing over the summer following a G-League stint last season. Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow (often an offensive facilitator) have missed significant time with injuries, but the Heat (13-5) have remained mostly dominant thanks to their new diamond-in-the-rough guard.Nunn, slightly undersized at 6-2, has compensated for his shortcomings with on-ball speed and great outside shooting (39.8 percent from deep). Being a vital piece of a team that actually wins games — uncommon among ROY candidates — puts him in a good spot to compete for the hardware. He has certainly earned a spot in the Miami rotation and should continue getting minutes, including semi-regular starts. If he keeps hitting his long-range jumpers at a high clip, he will become a mainstream name soon enough.A trip home turns into a 21 point outing! @nunnbetter_ put on a show for the hometown crowd in the Chi.🔥🎥 #HEATHighlights pic.twitter.com/H796wnVfBu— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 23, 2019The Flying Nunn! pic.twitter.com/oRQEVth17z— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) October 28, 20192. RJ Barrett, Knicks (15.3 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.5 APG, 45.5 eFG%)Barrett, picked No. 3 overall by New York, is in many ways the opposite of Nunn. He played college ball for one season at Duke, not a four-year combination of Illinois and Oakland. He has been in the national spotlight since he was a teenager, not so off the map that 29 teams passed on him. With top Pelicans pick Zion Williamson still out, he is supposed to be Rookie of the Year material.Barrett will be able to play all the minutes he can handle on a woeful Knicks team, which in the long run should boost his scoring average past Nunn. He can also certainly put on a show when his team gets out in transition. The problem for him is efficiency — taking more than 15 shots per game to average around 15 points is ultimately not very valuable to the Knicks. He needs to cut into his reputation as a volume chucker in order to be a serious ROY contender, something he still has plenty of time to work out.RJ Barrett scores 15 PTS in his first half of action at MSG! #NBARooks #NewYorkForever📺: @NBATV pic.twitter.com/GraETvUxTP— NBA (@NBA) October 27, 2019🗣 GET OUT RJ’S WAY. #NewYorkForever pic.twitter.com/sCe7QDUgLq— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) November 11, 20193. Eric Paschall, Warriors (17 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.6 APG, 52.7 eFG%)Like Nunn, Paschall has emerged from obscurity to put up well-rounded numbers early this season (he was a second-round pick by Golden State). Like Barrett, Paschall is playing for an abysmal team. So long as the Warriors are depleted by injury, Paschall should get enough on-court time to develop further, and that alone will make him a dark horse candidate to take Rookie of the Year honors.It might help to have teammate Draymond Green, a fellow second-rounder, in his ear throughout the campaign. Paschall looks like a genuinely good NBA player, passing the eye test in large part because of the solid decision-making he possesses. He just might struggle to gain national recognition considering his lack of draft hype and his bottom-dwelling squad.Paschall went right at LeBron 😲 pic.twitter.com/kr6LGzL2DP— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) November 14, 2019Paschall throws it down with authority 🔨 pic.twitter.com/tz29pPdmMl— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) November 21, 2019MORE: How long is Zion Williamson out?4. Brandon Clarke, Grizzlies (12.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.3 APG, 67.8 eFG%)If Clarke were playing more than the 21.8 minutes per game he is currently averaging, he might lead this list. The Gonzaga product has been efficient in almost every facet of the game, from absurd shooting numbers to sturdy defense. The Grizzlies have taken it slow with him while trying to mesh the core of their rebuild. Perhaps Clarke will see his responsibilities expanded with Morant out, but until we actually see that happen, it’s difficult to see Clarke as more than a fringe Rookie of the Year vote-getter.BRANDON CLARKE YOU ARE CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF ✈️ @brandonclarke23 | #GrindCity pic.twitter.com/cL8TtKDYKX— FOX Sports Grizzlies (@GrizzliesOnFSSE) November 28, 20195. De’Andre Hunter, Hawks (11.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 47.2 eFG%)Hunter has not been close to consistent enough to headline Rookie of the Year debates, but flashes of greatness this season have suggested he could be a second-half breakout candidate. Plus, rookie teammate Cam Reddish has struggled to overcome injuries, giving Hunter extra time on the wing to improve.Hunter has played at least 35 minutes in five of the past six contests, and in one of those games, he shot 10-of-17 to score 26 points. Hunter needs to be more than a once-a-week offensive threat to be in consideration, of course, but in a high-octane Atlanta lineup in which Trae Young regularly draws traps from opponents, the forward should have openings to grow his game.De’Andre Hunter had 16 points in the second quarter. pic.twitter.com/xKsl9lSvGy— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) November 23, 2019 Ja Morant’s explosive NBA skill set pushed him to the front of Rookie of the Year talk over the first two months of the season, but a recent injury flare-up will keep him out for at least a week or two.Morant tumbled into a courtside camera on Nov. 25 after attempting an acrobatic layup. While he returned to action later that game and played against the Jazz on Friday, lingering back spasms worried the Grizzlies enough to shut him down.last_img read more

Week 14 DraftKings Picks: Best lineup stacks for NFL DFS tournaments, cash games

first_imgMORE WEEK 14: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’emQB Philip Rivers, RB Austin Ekeler, and WR Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers @ JaguarsThis feels like a week where it’s going to take an outside of the box stack to take down a large field GPP with 13 games on the slate. Many of the top offenses that we would normally target are in tough matchups, so going down to some of these second-tier units makes a lot of sense. The Chargers are a team that I’m taking a long look at as they head to Jacksonville to take on the struggling Jaguars defense. The total in this game is only 43, but I like the over on that number considering how poor these defenses have been playing in the second half of the season. Rivers has struggled this year, and there are rumblings that he is on the verge of being benched. With that in mind, he has played a very difficult schedule for quarterbacks, and this is the best matchup he has seen since Week 4 against the Dolphins, where he tossed for 310 yards and two touchdowns. I like RB Melvin Gordon this week, but for a stack with Rivers I’m going to side with Ekeler, who is much more involved in the passing game. I was hoping Ekeler would come into this week cheaper than his $6,300 price tag, but that should hold down his ownership in GPPs. The touch floor for Ekeler is far from secure, but he has shown excellent efficiency with his touches since Gordon returned to lineup from his holdout. The final piece of this stack is going to be Williams. It’s been a tough year for Williams, who doesn’t have a single touchdown after being a red-zone monster in 2018. Similar to Alvin Kamara, I would be shocked if Williams doesn’t at least have some positive touchdown regression before the end of the season. Williams is being utilized as the main downfield threat for the Chargers this season, and his air yards per target is among the highest in the NFL. You can certainly go with Keenan Allen is this spot, but I’m going to take the point-per-dollar upside of Williams to save some salary for the rest of the lineup. It should be noted that this stack is relying on the Chargers playing from behind and passing the ball often, so running this stack back with a Jaguar like Leonard Fournette or DJ Chark makes a lot of sense from a game theory perspective.There’s plenty of strategy that goes into putting together a winning DFS lineup, and the best place to start is RotoQL’s DFS tools. RotoQL’s Lineup Optimizer is a massive advantage when you’re building lineups, regardless of contest size or site. Week 14 is the largest main DFS slate that we have seen in a while with 13 games. I love these types of slates for cash games, as we can expect a lot of NFL DFS players to make suboptimal plays with the extra volume of players in the player pool. This is also a week where you can get funky with your DraftKings GPP lineup stacks, with it likely to take a massive score to take down a tournament. What makes this week even more intriguing is that there isn’t any obvious game stacking spots, and not a single game has a total of 50 points or higher. For more great gambling and NFL, NBA, PGA, and MLB DFS content, follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj), where I’m always answering daily fantasy questions and providing more DFS analysis. WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPWeek 14 NFL DFS Picks: Top DraftKings stacks for cash games     QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and WR DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins @ JetsThrough the first few weeks of the season, I didn’t think I would at any point consider playing a Dolphins stack in cash games. However, this team has shown some real grit in what is clearly a multi-year rebuild phase, and you have to give them a lot of credit. Fitzpatrick has been balling over the last month and is coming off of his best game of the season against the Eagles. His price has risen across the industry, but you have to feel good about his prospects this week against a bad Jets secondary. Miami is down to their third- and fourth-string running backs, so expect Fitzpatrick to push for around 40 passing attempts – he has averaged 41 attempts per game over the last three weeks. The clear top stacking option with Fitzpatrick is Parker. Parker has been one of the best wideouts in the league over the last month, and his target volume is what we are looking for out of a player at his price point. He has seen 10 or more targets in each of his last four games and has averaged 113.5 yards per game in those contests. It feels weird paying this much salary for a player who had been labeled a first-round draft bust up until this point of his career, but it’s hard to overlook him in a great matchup with the Jets on a week where many of the high-end wide receivers are in tough matchups. MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Values | Lineup BuilderQB Kyle Allen and RB Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers @ FalconsWith there being 13 games on this slate, I’m prioritizing raw points in cash games and banking on other players making sub-optimal plays with more players in the player pool. Because of this, I’m prioritizing McCaffrey in cash games, and I think there is more than enough value to make his high salary work. CMC is coming off of a “bad” week by his standards against the Redskins but is in an ideal bounce-back spot this week against the Falcons. McCaffrey can reach his salary expectations on volume alone – something he did against the Falcons back in Week 11, when he posted 191 yards from scrimmage and 11 receptions. You can obviously play McCaffrey by himself, but I don’t mind the idea of paying down at quarterback and stacking him with Allen. While Allen has certainly had his ups and downs this season, his price is right on DraftKings at $5,700. The Panthers have certainly let Allen throw early and often with him attempting 43 or more passing attempts in three of his last four games. The ceiling on Allen is probably capped around 25 FPTS, but I feel better about rostering Allen in cash games over some other value quarterbacks such as David Blough, Derek Carr, and Gardner Minshew. WEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 14 DraftKings Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournamentsQB Ryan Tannehill and WR A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans There haven’t been many quarterbacks in the league who have been better than Tannehill since he took over for Marcus Mariota earlier this season. Tennessee is always going to be a team that looks to establish the run through Derrick Henry. Still, Tannehill has been extremely efficient with his limited passing attempts, and he has shown enough rushing ability to give him a stable floor at his price point. This week, Tannehill checks in at only $7,300 on FanDuel and $5,700 on DraftKings in a prime matchup against a Raiders defense that has looked horrible over the last few weeks and has given up the fourth-most fantasy points in the NFL to opposing quarterbacks. With many of the high-end quarterback options in tough matchups, I have no problem spending down on Tannehill in tournaments. While I don’t mind playing Tannehill by himself, for large-field tournaments, I want to correlate him with Brown, who has shown himself to be the Titans’ most reliable pass-catcher. Brown is a much better value on FanDuel at $5,400 than he is on DraftKings at $5,300, but he shouldn’t be highly owned on either site. The floor is low for Brown, who has averaged five targets per game over his last four games, but his physicality and large catch radius make him a mismatch for an Oakland defense that ranks in the bottom-10 DvP against opposing wide receivers this season. last_img read more

Sunday editorial: Wellington City Council was wrong, but self reporting was a good move

first_imgCommentary by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Transparency is a word that gets thrown around a lot at governmental meetings. Politicians like to use it, and media folks do too.  Local governing bodies get tired of hearing about it, but as media members, that is part of our job. We can’t really report on what we don’t have access to. We do keep a close eye on that because even if they are making a good effort to be transparent, you don’t want to make it easy when the going gets tough and they really do want to hide something.James JordanI think we are seeing a bit of progress though with the Wellington City Council. The council has never been really bad. I have experienced much worse in other states. But even the best bear watching. Any of us might bend things a bit when in a pinch. Who hasn’t gone over the speed limit when they felt the need?Recently, we reported that the city of Wellington had self reported what they thought might have been a KOMA (Kansas Open Records Meeting Act) violation. Turns out it was, and now they have to go watch a presentation on the law itself.That meeting was a town hall meeting where several council members showed up.  Because most of them spoke, it became a violation. Had only two been there, or if they had remained silent, it would not have been a violation.It was unintentional.At the time  I didn’t think it was a problem, but some people did question it so they reported it themselves and got the ruling.Their reaction was different this time, than it was the last time they had a questionable meeting.I did question the one last summer when the city went into an executive session with hospital officials when they were discussing hospital business. I wrote about it at the time, but there was no self reporting then.They cited attorney client privilege, but the state law says you cannot have attorney client privilege if you meet with another group – which they did by meeting with the hospital officials. That was pretty cut and dry I thought at the time.They could have been fined over that one, but we thought better of reporting them. The fine is not that big – $500 max, and they would not have gotten the maximum – and that is not a good use of taxpayer dollars. We felt at the time is was better to just point out the fact that it did appear to be a violation.I still think we did the right thing.The second time it happened, they reported themselves. So maybe just pointing it out was good enough at the time.Mayor Shelly Hansel has said she wants to improve things, and she has said she would talk about any issue. True to her word, she did address this when asked.Here is her comment:“As far as I’m concerned I’m going to focus on the more pressing issues facing our community. What’s done is done. We have made some mistakes in the past and we are still learning. However, rather than dwelling on the negative I’m going to focus on the positive and put my energy into moving Wellington forward.”So some people are perhaps talking about the one last summer still. They did do a better job of handling the second one, so maybe we should call it even.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -2 Vote up Vote down paul · 229 weeks ago Eckert has only made it 2 years at his last 3 Positions. He shows no leadershp if Wellington city council will not do anything about eckert. We should make them accountable! Report Reply 2 replies · active 229 weeks ago +20 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 229 weeks ago So what exactly is your beef with Roy Eckert? If you’re gonna toss something out, provide a detail or two. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Rusty · 229 weeks ago What has mr Eckert done to improve our community? Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Concerned · 229 weeks ago I just wish the council would take this stuff seriously. It seems like they just do whatever they want and deal with the consequences later. Report Reply 0 replies · active 229 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. 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Middletown Wants Microgrid Grant for Emergency Power

first_img“Staff is in the process of evaluating the 13 micro-grid feasibility studies that have been submitted and determining next steps,” said BPU spokesman Peter Peretzman in an email Feb. 14. “Through us, we can guarantee a price and a completion date,” he said. “We can have an operating system delivering power in under 30 months.” MIDDLETOWN – A New York-based real estate and infrastructure investment firm said last week that it is interested in partnering with Middletown on the construction of a microgrid to supply the community with backup power. “My interests are aligned with you,” he said to an audience that included township officials and others. “I want this service to get online efficiently and on time, because I don’t make any money otherwise.” The microgrid would supply power to the sites identified in the report, even in non-emergencies. A system relying upon a renewable energy source like solar would help the township immediately in case of an outage or a shortage, one Middletown official said at the information session. By Philip Sean Curran In all, the BPU awarded 13 grants to towns and others to create feasibility reports for microgrids. Middletown was hit hard in 2012 when Super Storm Sandy caused widespread and prolonged power outages. In 2017 Middletown received a $150,000 grant from the state Board of Public Utilities to create a feasibility study for a microgrid to supply power to “critical facilities” located in a 3.5-mile span of the township. Among other places, those include public schools, the municipal Sewage Authority, Naval Weapons Station Earle and traffic signals on Routes 35 and 36 and Leonardville Road.At the information meeting, municipal administrator Anthony P. Mercantante said the report is completed and went to the BPU for review. The project does not have a price tag yet or a location. David R. Soares, president and CEO of Lexden Capital, made his presentation Feb. 13 during an information session at the Middletown Arts Center about the project. He said the firm would work with the township from the pre-construction phase, through such steps as engineering, to building the grid. In an email Feb.15, Mercantante said the “BPU is supposed to select three or four proposals to go to the next phase for more detailed design, along with additional funding.” Paul Heitmann, president of Businovation and consultant on the project, said in a phone interview Feb.14 that the location of the grid would be determined during the upcoming design phase of the project. There was some initial thought of putting the entire grid at Naval Weapons Station Earle, but nothing has been finalized, he said. “So we expect to hear in a couple of months where we stand,” he said. “JCP&L has committed to working with the BPU, municipalities like Middletown and their consultants as they work to conduct feasibility studies related to development of microgrids and is providing information to help inform the studies,” JCP&L spokeswoman Jennifer Young said by email Feb.15. “It’s very early in the process and too soon to say how JCP&L might integrate with a microgrid in the future, but we will continue to engage in the process to determine the microgrid potential in Middletown.” “So there’s no delay and, most importantly, the power gets generated locally,” said township committeeman Kevin M. Settembrino. “We don’t have to wait for power from outside the region.” The township’s normal electricity provider is Jersey Central Power & Light. last_img read more

Michael Jones awarded Queen’s Birthday knighthood

first_imgYet, three decades on, it is the rugby hall of famer’s ability to inspire a new generation of Pacific and Maori kids off the field, which has earned him a knighthood in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours.Chuffed with the honour, Sir Michael has been recognised for setting up community trusts and even a high school, designed to help Pacific kids in New Zealand complete their education and achieve their goals.The former west Auckland Kiwi-Samoan boy says the idea is to show Pacific kids they have support and are part of a wider team.”It takes a village to raise a child,” he tells NZ Newswire at the Pacific Advance Senior School he helped establish in Otahuhu in south Auckland.”I’m a product of a village. My father passed away when I was four years old and I was raised by my mother and aunties and uncles and my older siblings in a small house in west Auckland.””We didn’t have much, we struggled financially, but I was rich in terms of the people around me.”The sense of belonging to a village or community can sadly be a feeling that is hard to find for some of the troubled youth Sir Michael’s groups, including the Village Community and Youth Trust and Pacific Advance Senior School, aim to help.Some of the teens are at risk of dropping out of school and falling into gang activity.To connect with them and the about 100 Pacific and Maori students it has enrolled with it, the Pacific Advance Senior School uses innovative teaching techniques and what Sir Michael calls a Pacific cultural outlook.This includes using sport and music as “hooks” to grab the student’s attention.”Sport is such a powerful tool and we see it as a real key for us along with music,” he says.”For whatever reason, it is in our DNA as Pacific people. We have a real passion for it.”He says rugby taught him self-confidence and resilience, with the times he was injured and feeling low just as important in building his character as the highs.This sense of resilience and knowledge that you have a “village” of people ready to support you through hard times is a key message his team tries to thread through their programmes.”Young people when they go home to these neighbourhoods and streets, it is tough, so they have to build that into their inner core,” he says.The aim is ultimately to “make the next generation better than us” and provide an environment for them to thrive.But for a down-to-earth Aucklander more commonly known by his rugby nickname, “the Iceman”, will his new title of “Sir” ever feel comfortable?”I still prefer to be remembered or seen as the westie boy from out west Auckland, Kiwi Samoan and that’s me – nothing changes,” he says.last_img read more

The curious noise made by an ice block falling through a hole in Antarctica, explained by a glaciologist

first_imgWhen falling through a hole, an ice block creates a most peculiar noiseThe glaciologist Peter Neff, explains what causes this phenomenon As we know, depending on where we are in the world, the weather is different. If on the one hand in Saudi Arabia we can meet up to 54º in temperature, in Antarctica the cold is the real protagonist.Many scientists, in order to carry out different investigations, have to withstand the low temperatures of Antarctica. In this area of ​​the world, experts carry out tests while suffering freezing temperatures to better understand our planet.Another thing that experts located in Antarctica do is throw ice through deep holes. This, although it may seem something simple, is quite an entertainment for them since doing so emit the most peculiar sounds.The geochemist John Andrew Higgins, has posted on his Twitter account a video in which you can perceive the strange sounds emitted by a block of ice falling through a hole of 137 meters. Image: iStockcenter_img What does a 9 inch ice core sound like when dropped down a 450 foot hole? Like this! Credit to @peter_neff for the idea and @Scripps_Polar, @sciencejenna, @GeosciencesPU, @US_IceDrillingand @paleosurface for the execution! pic.twitter.com/pW7LxKdbUB– John Andrew Higgins (@blueicehiggins) February 7, 2020The sound we can hear is something of the most surprising but it has an explanation, which we can know thanks to Peter Neff. This glaciologist got in 2018 that a video of the same style got more than 10 million views and because the geochemist John Andrew Higgins also published an equal video, he decided to upload an explanatory video about this phenomenon.According to Peter Neff, the sounds of ice falling through the hole are due to the Doppler effect and how sound waves move inside. On the one hand, the Doppler effect is the change in frequency that the waves emit from the movement, causing a sound not to be heard in the same way when approaching than when it moves away. On the other, the sound waves emitted by the ice when falling, have difficulties to get out of the perforation and that is why they bounce emitting this series of curious sounds.Here’s the story on this crazy sound (V1), plus the basic science @blueicehiggins, myself, & others do studying past climate with #Antarctic ice cores. ?????????????? pic.twitter.com/QAtjcxXXGh– Peter Neff (@peter_neff) February 8, 2020last_img read more