CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan, Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer Elizabeth Eurgubian and Senior Director of Advocacy and Counsel Mitria Wilson met with new NCUA board member Todd Harper Wednesday to welcome him to the board and discuss credit union priorities. Harper was nominated by President Donald Trump in January and was confirmed in March, along with NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood.“We thank board member Harper for his time and attention during our discussion about issues that are important to credit unions, most notably reducing the regulatory burden to increase member services,” Nussle said. “CUNA is pleased with the direction the agency has taken over the past few years, and we believe with a full board in place NCUA can continue its work and build on this positive momentum.”CUNA wrote a letter to Harper after he was sworn in, expressing hope that NCUA will: From left, CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan, CUNA Senior Director of Advocacy and Counsel Mitria Wilson, NCUA board member Todd Harper, CUNA Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer Elizabeth Eurgubian and CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Week 13 in the NFL opens with three games on Thanksgiving, starting not long after noon ET. Although Thanksgiving matchups tend to lean toward home teams, two of the three road teams are favored in 2019.With Detroit’s Ford Field and Dallas’ AT&T Stadium in the traditional mix, there will be no November weather issues per usual in the first two contests. This year, the same goes for the night cap, with Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium doing the hosting. Favorites usually fare well straight up and against the spread on Thanksgiving. Do we see the trend continue for Bears vs. Lions, Bills vs. Cowboys and Saints vs. Falcons on Thursday?Here are our latest NFL picks and predictions, a Thanksgiving special edition.FULL WEEK 13 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsNFL Thanksgiving picks, predictions against spreadChicago Bears (-5.5) at Detroit Lions12:30 p.m. ET, FoxThe Bears are somehow 5-6 despite inconsistent and often mistake-plagued play from Mitchell Trubisky, but in better matchups, he tends to deliver timely big plays. Just three weeks ago, he rallied Chicago past Detroit at home and now gets a second shot at this reeling defense. Look for Trubisky to start faster in the rematch by spreading the ball around, namely to Allen Robinson downfield and Tarik Cohen on checkdowns. Given the renewed strength of Chicago’s defense, he doesn’t need to do too much to out-duel another backup QB again, this time David Blough Bears coach Matt Nagy needs to have his team continue to beat teams it should beat in order to finish a disappointing season strong. Lions coach Matt Patricia should be off the hot seat given the rash of key injuries his team has suffered, namely to Matthew Stafford. Even with their chances of an NFC North repeat faded, the Bears will be better at playing for pride than the Lions given their significant defensive advantage.Pick: Bears win 24-17 and cover the spread.Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys (-6.5)4:30 p.m. ET, CBSThe Cowboys need this game at home to prove they can beat teams with winning records, as Jerry Jones now has a more watchful eye on Jason Garrett. The Bills have a brutal four-game stretch ahead that could derail a 8-3 season from AFC wild-card contention. Desperation will kick in for Dallas, which will be able to run better with Ezekiel Elliott and get it downfield better with Dak Prescott than Buffalo will do with Devin Singletary and Josh Allen. This game will be a grind on both sides as big plays are contained and good red zone defense leads to more field goals than TDs.The Bills have yet to face an offense at the level of the Cowboys, and they have had issues stopping the run. That’s bad news for Buffalo against Elliott, who can also set up Prescott for favorable play-action passing opportunities. Allen will do his best to keep his team in the game both passing and running with former Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley helping him in a “revenge game,” but Prescott has more firepower around him. Look for the Cowboys to come through big-time for Garrett on both sides of the ball.Pick: Cowboys 26, Bills 16New Orleans Saints (-6.5) at Atlanta Falcons8:20 p.m. ET, NBC The Saints had a narrow escape against the Panthers at home on the heels of being routed by the Falcons at home and rolling past the Bucs on the road. The Falcons went from suddenly whipping the Saints and Panthers on the road to falling hard to the Buccaneers at home. That makes this yet another hard-to-predict NFC South matchup. We’ll see about the injuries to Julio Jones and Marshon Lalttimore in what could be a marquee wide receiver-cornerback matchup, but the biggest issue here will be the Saints having a strong running game vs. the Falcons not having much of one, even with Devonta Freeman. Drew Brees will feel much less pressure than Matt Ryan will in the rematch with plenty of help from Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray.The Falcons that beat the Saints 26-9 fielded an overachieving and inspired defense after their bye. The Buccaneers did a good job to adjust and find the big plays downfield and also run effectively to take pressure of Jameis Winston. The Falcons used to have a real home-field advantage, but that has been absent this season against better teams. The Saints will spoil the holiday night for their division rivals and clinch another NFC South title in style.Pick: Saints win 27-20 and cover the spread.
Tottenham Hotspur have taken a different path to Manchester City but manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the Londoners can soon rival Sunday’s opponents as one of the world’s biggest clubs.City were catapulted to the 2011-12 and 2013-14 Premier League titles by the huge investment of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and have become Champions League regulars. (Champions League: Son Heung-min strike helps Tottenham Hotspur beat CSKA Moscow)Spurs have made steadier progress in Pochettino’s two seasons in charge, finishing fifth and third and qualifying for the Champions League for only the second time.While City boast some of the world’s biggest names, such as Sergio Aguero and David Silva, and went on a huge spending spree in the summer, Tottenham have largely relied on a core of young English players mixed with some astute foreign signings. (Harry Kane strike sinks Sunderland and keeps Spurs on the rise)Under new manager Pep Guardiola a rampant City have won six out of six in the league so far this season but unbeaten Tottenham are their closest pursuers, four points behind. Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash at White Hart Lane offers Pochettino the chance to get one over Guardiola who he once out-witted when he was in charge of Espanyol and the Spaniard was at the height of his powers with Barcelona. (Premier League: Everton up to third place despite Crystal Palace draw)Whatever the outcome, Pochettino believes Spurs are on course to become City’s regular rivals for silverware.”Maybe we are a little behind them but our expectation in the long term is to compete with all the big clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool,” Pochettino said at a news conference on Friday.advertisementDIFFERENT PROJECT”It’s important for us. Since 2014 we have been building a different project. We are building a new stadium, we have an unbelievable training ground and we want to set the principles to be a big, big club.”Our spirit and ambition is to be one of the biggest in the world, but you need time and a normal process.”Tottenham are building a new 60,000-seater stadium next to their historic White Hart Lane ground.That will mean less in the transfer kitty but with such a young squad, including England regulars Kyle Walker, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Harry Kane, Spurs have great potential to maintain their current progress.”It is difficult to compare Tottenham and Manchester City. You look at their budget, the salaries they pay and compare it with Tottenham, and it is very clear,” Pochettino said.”If you look at my first season here, 2014-15, and compare it with Guardiola’s – how much he has spent, and how much I spend then. We have very different projects.” Tottenham did the double over City last year when Manuel Pellegrini was in charge of the Manchester club.Before that City had won the previous four clashes.”It’s a very important game for us and for them, but it’s only a game,” Pochettino said.”But it’s very early to start saying that it’s an important game to prove something. It’s important to reduce the gap but be sure that my speech if we win will be the same as if we don’t.”