first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mendes sidelined as Real Madrid president Florentino opens Mourinho talksby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is already in talks with Jose Mourinho.Sacked this week by Manchester United, Mourinho is wanted back at Real by Florentino for a second spell in charge.Mundo Deportivo says key to the reviving of negotiations is the absence of super agent Jorge Mendes. While Mendes is still representing Mourinho, he is taking a back seat in talks with Florentino. The pair have fallen out over the manner of Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer departure to Juventus.Mourinho is dealing directly with Florentino and his No2 Jose Angel Sanchez. The Portuguese has a good relationship with both Real powerbrokers. last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool hero Aldridge: Klopp must cull two or three playersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero John Aldridge has advised Jurgen Klopp to replace two or three players this summer.The Reds boss fielded his second string XI in Monday night’s FA Cup loss to Wolves.Without naming names, Aldridge believes a few of those fringe senior players blew their chance.”The goals we conceded against Wolves were really poor,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.”James Milner has been almost faultless this season but he made a bad mistake and got punished with their opening goal.”Then after we got ourselves back into the game at 1-1 we were so slow to close Ruben Neves down and he hammered one into the bottom corner. It was a great hit but he shouldn’t have been allowed to get the shot away.”Two or three of that line up won’t be at the club come the start of pre-season.”I don’t want to name names but we all know who they are. Monday night underlined that they need to be replaced.”Klopp gave an opportunity to some senior pros who have been waiting for their chance but they wasted it.”I didn’t see players showing they were willing to run through a brick wall for the club. They played within themselves and that’s not good enough.”Hoever and fellow youngsters Curtis Jones and Rafa Camacho needed help but they got very little.”You certainly couldn’t attach any blame to the young lads. They tried their hardest but they were let down by senior players who didn’t give their all.” last_img read more

first_imgCincinnati band member's 35-1 sign is thrown in trash.Twitter/@BennettESPNGive some credit to Cincinnati—the Bearcats couldn’t quite close, and Kentucky dominated today’s game down the stretch, but they never gave the impression that they were intimidated by the Wildcats. One UC band member was similarly confident, and had a very simple ’35-1′ sign at the KFC Yum! Center, which got some traction on social media before the game. Even Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd commented on it.op·ti·mism ˈäptəˌmizəm/ 1. hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. #BBN pic.twitter.com/9Z5ApOrSFX— Scott Utterback (@Utterback13) March 21, 2015My favorite Cincinnati is “35-1.” Clever. Aspirational. And it ain’t gonna happen. @KentuckyMBB #marchmadness— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 21, 2015After the game, however, that Bearcat fan was clearly dejected. ESPN’s Brian Bennett came across the sign in the trash after the game.Says it all pic.twitter.com/hPn0oeyYxT— Brian Bennett (@BennettESPN) March 21, 2015Despite Cincinnati’s best effort, Kentucky became the first team in college basketball history to reach 36-0 with the win.last_img read more

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as he headed to the Group of 20 Nations summit Thursday, citing Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels as a source of tension in a relationship he has fostered in the face of criticism.Trump tweeted his decision from Air Force One shortly after his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, revealed he had lied to Congress to cover up that he was negotiating a real estate deal in Moscow on Trump’s behalf during the Republican presidential primary in 2016.The news ensured any meeting with Putin would spotlight the special counsel’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow during the campaign. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and on Thursday called Cohen a “weak person” looking for a reduced sentence.The last-minute move kicked off a global economic meeting expected to be dominated by Trump’s seat-of-his-pants diplomacy. The Putin meeting — a continuation of a controversial summit between the two in July — was just one of a series of high-stakes items on Trump’s agenda, which also includes talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on how to ease a rising trade war.Although Trump had previously floated cancelling the meeting with Putin, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters he did not make the final decision until boarding the plane for Argentina and speaking with national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The Kremlin said it had not been formally notified of the decision, which came hours after Moscow said the meeting was on track.“I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!” Trump tweeted from Air Force One.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko praised Trump on Twitter, saying, “This is how great leaders act!”Sanders also said two of Trump’s planned bilateral meetings — with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in — had been cancelled. Trump will instead speak informally with those leaders at the conference. She did not offer any explanation for those changes to the schedule.The stakes for the sit-down between Putin and Trump were raised this week by Russia’s stepped-up aggression in the Kerch Strait, stemming from its years long occupation of Eastern Ukraine. Russia recently seized three Ukrainian vessels and crews. Russia said Ukraine didn’t have permission to pass between Russia’s mainland and the Crimean Peninsula. Ukraine insisted its vessels abided by maritime laws.Tensions had already been high over the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race. Trump has sought to improve the relationship with Putin, but was roundly criticized after the July summit in Helsinki for failing to publicly denounce Russia’s interference and appearing to accept Putin’s denials of such activity.While Trump’s statement was strongly worded, he has made similarly dramatic moves before only to walk them back. In the spring he cancelled a planned summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, only to revive the meeting a week later.The G-20 meeting in Buenos Aires comes amid growing economic uncertainty and global displeasure with Trump’s trade policy.The most pressing issue on Trump’s packed schedule of meetings is whether he can reach a detente with Xi over trade after months in which both sides have raised tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s goods, shaking financial markets and threatening the global economy. Without an agreement, the U.S. is set to increase the tariffs on January 1.Departing the White House Thursday, Trump said he was “very close” to a deal with China, but added, “I don’t know that I want to do it, because what we have right now is billions and billions of dollars coming in to the United States in the form of tariffs or taxes.”With China, experts said Trump likely wants to see something come out of the meeting.“I think it’s in President Trump’s interest to have this meeting be viewed as a success,” said David Dollar, a senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. “The markets are looking for some kind of dialing down of the rhetoric, and in particular markets are hoping there will not be an escalation of U.S. tariffs on January 1. So there’s a foundation for some kind of agreement.”That approach leaves open the possibility for a preliminary or vague deal. Trump’s Singapore summit with Kim produced a vague agreement on denuclearization with few, if any, specifics. Since then progress between the two nations appears to have slowed, but Trump continues to hail the meeting as a historic breakthrough.Trump’s advisers have sought to manage expectations heading into the talks, though some have projected optimism.“If China will come to the table, or in this case the dinner table, with some new ideas and some new attitudes and some new co-operation, as the president said, there is a good possibility they could make a deal,” economic adviser Larry Kudlow said this week. “He’s open to it. So nothing is written in cement or stone.”On the ground for just two days, Trump is packing every moment with diplomacy, conducting bilateral meetings with numerous world leaders as well as group events.Trump’s visit will also put him in the same room as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the first time since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The U.S. resident and prominent critic of the Saudi royal family was brutally killed last month upon entering the country’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, a plot that sparked a diplomatic row that cast the future of the U.S.-Saudi relationship into doubt.U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the Saudi crown prince, known as MBS, must have at least known of the plot. Lawmakers in both parties have called on Trump to, at minimum, avoid the young heir apparent as punishment.But Trump publicly announced his decision to effectively give the prince a free pass in the name of “America First,” citing vastly exaggerated claims of Saudi military contracts and investments in the United States. The president also views Saudi Arabia as a vital counterbalance to Iranian influence in the Middle East.While no official sit-down is scheduled, Trump has kept the door open to a casual meeting.“I don’t know that he’s going to be there,” Trump said last week. “But if he is, I would.”The crown prince arrived in Argentina on Wednesday and on Tuesday White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, “I wouldn’t say that we’ve ruled out any interaction.”Taking office on an “America First” platform, Trump has long had an uneasy relationship with his position on the world stage and has largely eschewed taking on a moral leadership role. Instead he has tailored his portfolio to promote American interests and to sow disruption. He has slapped tariffs on the European Union and pulled the U.S. out of the landmark Paris Climate Accord and the Iran nuclear deal. Trump also has suggested he might be willing to pull the U.S. out of NATO if member counties don’t significantly boost their defence spending.Zeke Miller And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — A small town in southeast Alaska is planning to construct a new pier, aiming to boost tourism by allowing access for more cruise ships.KTVA-TV reports the city of Hoonah on Chichagof Island is partnering with Huna Totem Corporation and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to build a pier at Icy Strait Point.Hoonah city administrator Dennis Gray says tourism is the main economic driver in the town of fewer than 800 people after the logging industry dwindled. The pier should allow more ships to reach the town west of Juneau.Officials say the new pier should be ready for the 2020 tourism season depending on if construction stays on schedule.___Information from: KTVA-TV, http://www.ktva.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgOct20 – Marigold Centre – Truro, NS 22 – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium – Halifax, NS 23 – Playhouse Theatre – Fredericton, NB 24 – Imperial Theatre – Saint John, NB 25 – Homburg Theatre – Charlottetown, PE 26 – Convocation Hall – Wolfville, NS 27 – Capitol Theatre – Moncton, NB 29 – Imperiale Bell – Quebec, QC 30 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC The below dates are with Andrew Hyatt: Nov1 – FirstOntario – St. Catharines, ON2 – Burlington Performing Arts Centre – Burlington, ON 3 – Rose Theatre – Brampton, ON 4 – Fraser Auditorium – Sudbury, ON 5 – Academy Theatre – Lindsay, ON 7 – Sanderson Centre for Performing Arts – Brantford, ON 8 – FirstOntario Arts Centre – Milton, ON 9 – The Grand Theatre – Kingston, ON 10 – River Run Centre – Guelph, ON 11 – Regent Theatre – Oshawa, ON 12 – Festival Hall – Pembroke, ON The below dates are with Tenille Arts: 15 – Club Regent – Winnipeg, MB 16 – Club Regent – Winnipeg, MB 17 – Casino Regina – Regina, SK 20 – Vic Juba Theatre – Lloydminster, SK 21 – Red Deer Memorial Centre – Red Deer, AB 22 – Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts – Grande Prairie, AB 23 – Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre – Fort St. John, BC 24 – Quesnel + District SR Citizen Centre – Quesnel, BC 26 – Massey Theatre – New Westminster, BC 27 – Port Theatre – Nanaimo, BC 28 – Tidemark Theatre – Campbell River, BC 29 – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre – Duncan, BC 30 – Vernon Performing Arts Centre – Vernon, BC Dec1 – Charles Bailey Theatre – Trail, BC 2 – Key City Theatre – Cranbrook, BC Many of Brody’s songs were in fact written at his kitchen table, and the acoustic tour is meant to replicate that intimate setting that inspires his original works, “I want to give my fans a window into how my songs were written, how they sound in their rawest form, performed in an intimate theatre setting,” states Brody.The focus on compelling storytelling in country continues where the opening acts in each market are concerned. Acclaiming singer-songwriter Jessica Mitchell will join Brody on each of the East Coast dates, including Montreal, giving listeners a taste of her genre-bending sound with tracks on her recently released debut album, Heart of Glass. Country musician Andrew Hyatt, who recently released his second Top Ten hit, “Do It With You”, will join Brody on his dates in Ontario. SK native Tenille Arts who was recently featured on The Bachelor, will be involved in the dates in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, providing insight into the meaning behind the songs on her debut EP. THE FULL LIST OF TOUR DATES IS AS FOLLOWS: The below dates are with singer-songwriter Jessica Mitchell: Ticket OptionsGeneral Admission – Grab a seat and enjoy the show at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre – Tickets are $55 plus fees and taxes.VIP – Enjoy the show from the VIP section right in front of the stage.  You’ll have a private bar and you’ll get access to the build your own nacho bar for the entire show – Tickets are $75 plus fees and taxes.Dean Brody VIP – Not only will you enjoy the show from the VIP section and all the features listed above, you’ll also get to meet Dean Brody, Question and Answer session with Dean and an exclusive merch item – This exclusive opportunity is limited and costs only $139.99 plus fees and taxes.About Dean BrodyFresh off of his second headline show at Budweiser Stage in Toronto on August 17, Brody is a 3-time winner of the CCMA Award for Songwriter of the Year in previous years, and is currently nominated for “8th Day”, from his sixth album, Beautiful Freakshow, which hit the #1 spot on the Nielsen BDS and Mediabase Canadian Country Airplay Charts earlier this year. Brody’s reputation for penning thoughtful, articulate, original narratives in music began back in 2009 with the release of “Brothers”, a touching song about a loved one leaving for the military, which resonated both north and south of the border. Celebrated songs such as “Trail in Life”, “Another Man’s Gold”, “Bounty”, have gone on to place Brody in a unique category all his own, rising beyond the conventional tracks that can be heard on mainstream radio in lyrical composition, and yet still retaining conventional success, with Brody recently landing his 22nd Top 10 hit at country radio, with “Good Goodbye.” His ballad “Time” released in 2016, laments on the passing of time, becoming especially poignant in a social media era with less one-on-one interaction with loved ones, earned critical acclaim and a great deal of recognition, showcasing Brody’s unique ability to make people think about their actions through his lyrics.center_img Dean Brody Heads out on the Dirt Road Stories Tour Beginning October 20 on the East Coast with a stop in Fort St. John.Current CCMA Fan’s Choice, 2-time Juno Award-winning artist and celebrated songwriter, Dean Brody will be hitting the road this fall for the Dirt Road Stories Tour, with a stop in Fort St. John on Friday, November 23 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time at Systems Sound Source or online at www.energetictickets.ca.  Tickets start at only $55 plus fees and taxes.  Plus there are VIP options for you to get up close and personal with Dean Brody, see below for all the details.  Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.Make sure to join the Energetictickets.ca/newsletter before the end of the day today, for your chance to buy tickets before anyone else.  You’ll get a special email early Thursday morning.last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who has been named Beauty of the Year by People magazine, says she has realised that ‘looks arent everything. The actor, who got married to American singer-actor Nick Jonas, is one of the Beauties of the Year in People’s Beautiful Issue. Priyanka has also realised that “in the world we live in, the standard of beauty is not really real”. “And that’s something that we have done to ourselves,” people.com quoted her as saying. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaLooking back at the time she started working in show business, Priyanka said: “I think I realised what all it takes to actually look the way we do on magazine covers and the work we do. “That’s when I realised looks aren’t everything, it’s the confidence with which you walk into a room, it’s the ability to do your job to the best of your capabilities.” Her own definition of wellness revolves around skincare. “The way that I take care of my skin is to make sure to moisturise every day,” said Priyanka, who made India proud by winning the Miss World crown in 2000. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna”I take off all my make-up before I go to bed, and it doesn’t have to be really difficult. I think hydration is extremely important, drinking as much water as you can. That is truly the elixir of life.” As for her future, the actor is focused on building her brand and plans to be an “extremely glamorous old lady, who will always have an opinion on everyone”. “I’ll be super fun and yeah, (mine) will be the house everyone will want to come to,” added the actor.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has served a show-cause notice each to the BJP district president of Nadia Mahadev Sarkar and Trinamool Congress MLA from Chakdah Ratna Ghosh Kar, for their derogatory remarks. Sarkar had made some derogatory remarks on Mahua Moitra, who is contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha elections on a Trinamool Congress ticket. The Commission has taken a strong objection to his remarks after watching the video where he was heard saying the words. Sarkar has been asked to clarify why he made such remarks about a candidate of his rival party. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Commission had earlier sought a report from the District Magistrate of Nadia on April 17, regarding the statements made by Ghosh Kar. The Commission has now show-caused her after it found her statements highly derogatory in nature. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has gone through the report submitted by the DM in this regard. The TMC MLA found herself at the centre of controversy after she made some objectionable remarks regarding the Central Force. It was alleged that during a closed door party meeting, she had appealed to the members of the party’s Mahila Morcha to “chase Central Forces away with broomsticks.” In another development, an FIR was lodged with the Hooghly police against Locket Chatterjee, who is contesting the election from Hooghly Lok Sabha constituency on BJP’s ticket. During a rally, Chatterjee had allegedly made some remarks which could have triggered communal tension in the area.last_img read more

Hot Takedown’s Super Bowl Special No NFL team other than the Patriots boasts a first-down success rate above 90 percent on sneaks. And this rate might actually conceal how good New England is: Twenty-one of its sneaks have come when needing 2 yards to go, also the most of any NFL team.4Two-yarders make up 15 percent of the Pats’ sneaks, the 10th-highest proportion in the league. With only 1 yard to go, the Pats have converted the first down on 105 of 113 tries (93 percent).This success begets more success. The 133 Patriots QB sneaks that Pro Football Reference shows were worth a cumulative 138 expected points, the equivalent of about 20 touchdowns.5We used PFR’s play-finder tool to find extra QB sneaks from the Patriots, summing the expected points added on each. As an example, the aforementioned Huard sneak added 2.58 expected points. That’s a net benefit of about a point per QB sneak. Of course, most of the Patriots’ other offensive plays have also been net positives. But their 455 non-QB-sneak rush plays on the same downs and distances have been worth just 0.38 expected points per play.The Huard sneak is a prime example of the play’s effectiveness. According to PFR, it was New England’s fourth-most valuable offensive play that day, worth an estimated 2.6 points. A simple QB sneak that kept a drive going was worth a larger improvement in the Pats’ expected point total than Kevin Faulk’s 15-yard touchdown reception during the third quarter.The frequent success is due largely to two factors. The first: The simplest football play is a constant focus for the Patriots. Huard, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals, the Miami Dolphins, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the San Francisco 49ers during his 14-year career, said Belichick and the Patriots prioritized the QB sneak more than any other team. “Oh yeah,” he answered simply when asked, adding that while he can’t remember QB sneaks ever being the specific focus of a game plan, Brady, Belichick, the offensive coordinator and the offensive line talked about them on a weekly basis. They practice them, too, a fact that shocked coaches around the league. With 13:33 remaining in the second quarter of a game on Nov. 10, 2002, the New England Patriots faced a 4th-and-1 from their own 39-yard line. Head coach Bill Belichick chose the traditional option and sent out the punt team. But there was one notable exception: Backup quarterback Damon Huard was included among the 11 men on the field.Huard, in his second year with New England, rarely played, and a quarterback isn’t a typical member of the punt team.“I sort of snuck out onto the field, and I was lined up as the personal protector [on the play],” Huard, now an administrator and fundraiser for his alma mater, the University of Washington, said over the phone. “At the last second, I jumped up under center and did a quarterback sneak. We got 4 yards and a first down.”Six plays later, a 57-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri tied the score 3-3, and the Patriots went on to win 33-30.Huard’s quarterback sneak was a single moment in a long game. It didn’t ensure victory for the Patriots, nor did the Chicago Bears’ obliviousness on that fourth down doom them to defeat. But it was emblematic of a hidden theme of the Patriots’ 16-year run of unprecedented success: No team sneaks more often nor more effectively than the Patriots.Since the start of the 2001 season, the Patriots lead the league in QB sneaks, running 0.52 every game, which translates to one roughly every other week.1We define a QB sneak as a middle run from a quarterback on third or fourth down and 1 or 2 yards to go. Shotgun plays are excluded. For comparison, Kansas City, which is last in the league, runs about two QB sneaks per season. Most teams attempt about three or four sneaks in a season, with Jacksonville (0.5 per game or roughly eight per season) and Baltimore (roughly seven per season) the only other teams that approach New England’s frequency. During that period, the Patriots, led by Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, have won 14 of 16 AFC East titles and have been to the Super Bowl seven times, including Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.The QB sneak is a remarkably efficient play, and an excellent way to extend a drive. Leaguewide, the conversion rate2Including both first downs and touchdowns. from 2001 to 2015 on 3rd-and-1 or 4th-and-1 plays that are not QB sneaks is 65 percent — on sneaks, that success rate jumps to 84 percent.3We checked to ensure these numbers weren’t affected by teams’ behavior late in games. In the first and second quarters, success rates are 66 percent (non-sneaks) and 86 percent (sneaks) And there’s a similar story when teams have 2 yards to gain, with sneaks 20 percentage points more successful (75 percent versus 55 percent) relative to other runs or passes.So the sneak is usually a good idea, relative to other play calls. But even compared to that higher baseline, some teams are much better at it than others. The second reason for success is that Brady excels in picking up the yard or two that’s needed for a first down. He’s not fast — notoriously running a pedestrian time at the 2000 NFL combine — but he’s large enough (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) to help push a pile, and he’s “not afraid to stick his face in there,” according to Huard. He’s also adept at reading defenses and determining their weaknesses. Huard saw this firsthand in practice and games: If Brady got to the line and thought he could get 3 or 4 inches, he would sneak. If not, if a massive noseguard and two linebackers were crowding the A-gap, making a sneak difficult, he’d run the play that was called.“It’s a feel thing, a look-and-see thing,” Huard said. “And no one does it better than Tom.”The QB sneak is an example of what the Patriots have done so well over the past 15 years. They find an advantage, and they exploit that advantage relentlessly. It’s so simple yet so effective. Belichick has been benefiting from using it for more than a decade and a half, putting his players into situations where they can succeed and positively affect the outcome.“I wasn’t exactly Randall Cunningham,” Huard said, laughing as he remembered the play from 2002. Brady isn’t, either, but it doesn’t matter. When it comes to the QB sneak, he’s more effective than Cunningham or any other quarterback. This success is a factor in the Patriots’ sustained success.VIDEO: The Patriots better worry about Julio Jones Related: Hot Takedown read more

Patriots20112,5426,577423.7403.5.833.813 Yards AllowedYards/GameWin % The Kansas City defense is historically poorNFL team defenses that surrendered the most yards through Week 6 and how each fared the rest of the year, 1940-2018 TeamYearBy Week 6Full YearBy Week 6Rest Of YearBy Week 6Full Year Chiefs20182,809—468.2—.833— Patriots20172,6445,856440.7321.2.667.813 Colts19502,7435,246457.2417.2.000.083 The stomach-turning numbers from the Chiefs’ defense can partially be explained by their offense. Patrick Mahomes and company have routinely jumped out to big leads, outscoring opponents by a league-leading 46 points in the first quarter. That has made opposing offenses play with urgency and desperation — two qualities that will generate yardage quickly in the NFL.3This was not a valid excuse Sunday night, when the Patriots racked up 500 yards and 43 points while leading the majority of the game.The good news for Andy Reid and the Chiefs is that every team that appears on the list above eventually got better. On average, they allowed 81.72 percent of their yardage per game for the remainder of the season. If the Chiefs enjoy a similar regression, they would allow 382.6 yards per game, which through Sunday of Week 6 would rank 23nd. That’s like being The Steel Curtain compared with where they are.Kansas City doesn’t have to look far for an example of how to rebound on defense. The Patriots last year had allowed 2,644 yards (440.7 per game) at the same stage of the season — good for fifth worst since 1940 at the time. They improved that to 321.2 for the rest of the year and coasted to the Super Bowl. (Granted, that’s when they reverted to their prior form and lost 41-33 to the Eagles despite posting 613 yards of offense and never punting. The Pats’ defense gave up 5384Our favorite number. total yards.)Or maybe Kansas City doesn’t even need to improve on defense. Mahomes is a big play waiting to happen, and the Chiefs have firepower everywhere on the field — from the backfield with Kareem Hunt, to middle of the field where Travis Kelce roams, to far downfield where Tyreek Hill hauls in Mahomes’s rockets. Plus defense seems optional this year, with the league on a record pace since 1950 in points, yards, yards per play and yards per pass play — and even yards per rush has never been higher. In other words, in 2018, NFL teams generally can’t stop anyone or anything.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Bills20122,5795,806429.8322.7.500.375 The 1950 Colts played 12 games; the 1976 Chiefs played 14.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.Com Chiefs19762,6635,357443.8336.8.333.357 Saints20122,7937,042465.5424.9.333.438 Raiders20162,6696,001444.8333.2.667.750 Chiefs20022,5806,248430.0366.8.500.500 Browns20122,5535,821425.5326.8.167.313 The Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night in New England showed they have the second-most explosive offense in football. The most explosive one? Whomever they happen to be playing.Through six games, the Chiefs are the worst defense ever measured in yards allowed.1Since 1940. They’ve yielded 2,809 yards, or 468.2 per game, and are on pace for 7,491 yards allowed over the full season. That would smash the record set by the 2012 Saints, the only team in history to give up more than 7,000 yards. No team that’s allowed even 6,600 yards in a season has ever finished with a winning record.For all their offensive firepower, the Chiefs have somehow gained nearly 300 fewer yards than opponents (2,511). They are more efficient in yards per play — but not by much. Their opponents’ 6.56 average gain is the seventh most through six games since the 1970 merger. But defenses in 2018 are struggling leaguewide: Two clubs this year are actually worse in yards allowed per play than the Chiefs — the Buccaneers (who have played just five games) and the Raiders.Yes, the Kansas City offense is so good that the Chiefs are still 5-1. They’ve already won two games this year when they gave up more than 500 yards, while every other team in the 500 Club since 2000 is 63-186-3. They have allowed at least five entire football fields worth of offense three times — putting them easily on pace to break the single-season record of five by the 1950 Colts.2The Colts hit that mark in only 12 regular-season games. Only seven other teams ever gave up four 500-plus-yard games in a single season. Could any team that’s so seemingly helpless on defense overcome such profound weakness on that side of the ball? Or could their defense somehow improve? 49ers20052,7166,259452.7354.3.167.250 read more

first_imgThe Lega Serie A yesterday voted unanimously to dismiss the contract with Spanish broadcaster Mediapro after it said the latter had failed to provide necessary guarantees, so the Serie A TV rights will return on the market.The Spanish broker had previously won the bidding war for the rights in February for €1.05bn, but Sky Sport Italia sued and won a court case to have the tender suspended for not respecting Italian antitrust regulations, hence the deal termination.Sky claimed that Spanish broadcaster, Mediapro bid was in a process reserved for independent intermediaries, but that it was a broadcaster rather than an intermediary, and had no capacity to distribute the competition in the Italian market.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Even though Mediapro had offered to provide more financial guarantees, the Lega Serie A saw all 20 clubs vote unanimously to terminate the contract.Mediapro now has seven days to commit to a €1.2 billion guarantee to avoid the contract being cancelled definitively, according to Spanish financial daily El Español,That decision will be valid a week today, so Sky and Mediaset are now back in the race to snap up the rights for the 2018-21 seasons.last_img read more

first_imgParis Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that they are close to completing deadline-day deals for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Juan BernatBernat only made 12 appearances at Bayern Munich last season and will likely provide cover for fellow new left-back Yuri Berchiche, who joined from Athletic Bilbao earlier this summer.Although the signing that has intrigued people the most is  Cameroon attacker Choupo-Moting, who could only manage five goals in 30 Premier League games for the relegated Stoke City.“It’s August 31, it’s very late, I’m not going to lie,” said Tuchel, according to FourFourTwo.“We’re trying to get the two players signed, they’re doing their medical tests now. I do not know if others will follow.“We’ve been looking for a few weeks for cover for [Edinson] Cavani, the opportunity has come with Maxim, who is a top-level player, who can impact right away when he comes off the bench.“With the arrival of Choupo-Moting, it’s a lot of attackers. It can impact [Timothy] Weah’s situation, but at the same time not, because it’s another type of player.”Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has been linked with a permanent move to Eintracht Frankfurt, while Giovani Lo Celso is expected to complete a transfer to La Liga side Real Betis.“Trapp wants to leave, he’s trying to sign with another club,” Tuchel confirmed.“Lo Celso, I do not know exactly what he’s up to.”Midfielder Marco Verratti is a doubt for Saturday’s trip to promoted Nimes as PSG look to maintain their winning start to the new season.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Verratti has resumed training,” Tuchel added.“We will decide together after the session of the day if he is with us in Nimes.”The Ligue 1 champions have been pitted against Red Star Belgrade, Napoli and Liverpool in Group C of this season’s Champions League.Although Tuchel is looking forward to going head-to-head with new Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti.“Ancelotti is a great coach,” he said.“He was a great inspiration to me.”? Mark your calendars! ??1⃣ 18/09 21h CET ??????? @LFC v PSG2⃣ 03/10 18h55 CET ?PSG v @crvenazvezdafk3⃣ 24/10 21h CET ?PSG v @en_sscnapoli4⃣ 06/11 21h CET ?? @en_sscnapoli v PSG5⃣ 28/11 21h CET ?PSG v @LFC6⃣ 11/12 21h CET ?? @crvenazvezdafk v PSG pic.twitter.com/hCExSmWcHp— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 31, 2018last_img read more

first_imgSatellite image of the Indus River basin in Pakistan and India Photo Credit : WikipediaIndian and Pakistani officials will discuss in New Delhi on Thursday and Friday the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC), established under the Indus Waters Treaty.The PIC is mandated to establish and maintain cooperative arrangements for the implementation of the treaty and to promote cooperation between the two sides in developing the Indus water systems.The 113th meeting of the Commission was held in Pakistan in March last year. The 114th meeting in New Delhi will cover technical grounds.Pakistan has been protesting over the design and construction of two projects – the 330 MW Kishanganga hydroelectric project and the 850 MW Ratle hydroelectric project – by India on the tributaries of the Indus in Jammu and Kashmir.The Indus Waters Treaty was signed in 1960 and involves six rivers: the Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum.Brokered by the World Bank, the treaty gave the right to use waters of the first three rivers to India and of the other three rivers to Pakistan.India has said it has the right under the treaty to set up hydropower plants on the tributaries of the rivers flowing through its territory. Pakistan fears this might reduce the water flow into its territory.last_img read more

first_imgPolice and forensic workers work outside Masjid Al Noor after Friday`s mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand on 16 March. Photo: ReutersA pair of rural New Zealand police officers dramatically arrested the suspected Christchurch gunman 36 minutes after authorities were alerted, it emerged Saturday, as the prime minister hailed their bravery.Jacinda Ardern said the alleged attacker, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, would surely have killed even more people than the 49 worshippers he massacred in two mosques were it not for the policemen.”The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack,” Ardern told reporters in Christchurch.Grainy video apparently shot from a passing car shows the gunman’s light-coloured vehicle at the side of a busy road, rammed against the kerb by a police car and with one of its front wheels suspended in the air.Two police officers — one of whom appears to be armed only with a handgun — can be seen pointing their weapons at the open passenger-side door.”They were rural community cops I understand from Lincoln (a nearby town) who were present here. Anyone who has seen the footage… they put New Zealand first,” Ardern said.”The individual charged was in custody 36 minutes from receiving the first call,” she said.The officers can be seen dragging a black-clad figure away from the vehicle, as motorists slowly drove by on the other side of the city carriageway.Police Commissioner Mike Bush also praised the officers who brought the massacre to a halt.”I would also like to commend — and some of you would have seen, the brave actions on social media of police staff who responded to this incident,” he said.”I’m extremely proud of what they’ve done today.”Ardern said 39 people remained in hospital, of whom 11 were in intensive care.Tarrant, 28, flashed a white power gesture as he appeared in court Saturday charged with one count of murder. Further charges are expected to follow.last_img

first_img Share Laura IsenseeTeacher Sam Brower leads a class at an alternative learning environment for students who are not taking the state standardized exams this week. Brower said that his lesson tries to teach about discrimination through a Dr. Seuss book.Last spring, computer glitches caused massive problems for students trying to take the state’s standardized exams. Now the company responsible for administering those tests has to pay $20.7 million in fines.The initial price tag on those fines is $5.7 million.But the company Educational Testing Service, or ETS, also has to invest $15 million to prevent future computer problems.“I believe this combination of liquidated damages with an additional financial commitment from ETS reflects the correct balance of accountability for the recent past and safeguards for the future,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath in a statement.The problems with ETS caused thousands of students to lose their answers to online exams. There were also reports that exams got sent to the wrong location and that scores were delayed.The problems were so widespread that the Texas Education Agency told all fifth and eighth graders they didn’t have to pass the test or retake it.Texas students must pass the state exams – known as STAAR – to advance to middle school and high school. Students also have to pass exams in five core subjects in order to earn their high school diploma. Scores factor heavily into school accountability ratings.The fine is a fraction of the total business between Texas and the New Jersey-based testing vendor. ETS won a contract last year worth $280 million to administer Texas exams.last_img read more

first_imgRaymon Carter faces 20 years in prison if found guilty. (Photo/Baltimore Police Department)Raymon Carter, 24, was indicted by a Federal grand jury on July 22nd. He was charged with starting the fire at the CVS Pharmacy at the intersection of Penn and North in West Baltimore.The image of the burning CVS dominated the news coverage of riots following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Hundreds of business were devastated and the Small Business Administration estimates that there is at least $9 million worth of damage throughout the city. The cost to Baltimore in lost tourism revenues is projected to be even higher.Volunteers working to clean up the CVS at Penn and North after it burned during the riots. (Photo by Kamau High)“Federal law enforcement agencies are working closely with local police and prosecutors to investigate crimes committed during the Baltimore riots,” said U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, in a statement.The CVS was looted and burned on April 27. In late May, federal agents released surveillance images of a suspect in the fire and announced $10,000 reward.Carter is facing up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.last_img read more

first_imgAt Howard University’s stadium-packed football games, the Bison cheerleading squad pulses with the heartbeat of school spirit ripened over 150 years. Each cheerleader’s face is delicately contoured with makeup and their signature red, white and blue uniforms are crisp. And while the cheer team executes their mission, which is buoying the football players and eliciting excitement from the crowd, they also take a powerful, non-verbal political stance before the merriment begins. For the past year the team of young women have taken a knee to protest oppression and racial injustice during the national anthem.Howard University CheerleadersIn 2016, shortly after NFL standout Colin Kaepernick bucked tradition and began kneeling as the “Star-Spangled Banner” played, the cheerleading squad followed suit. Kaepernick first knelt to protest police brutality, namely the killing of dozens of unarmed Blacks. And while the cheerleaders have been kneeling for a year now, their brand of activism only recently drew attention outside of the Howard University community. The football team does not take a knee during the anthem.Daniel Moss is the chief people person for HBCU Connect, a first-of-its-kind social network for HBCU graduates founded in 1999. He said the cheerleaders are continuing a tradition of activism that is an intrinsic part of the Black college tradition.“I think HBCU culture has played a large part in keeping the spirit of necessary protest alive when they are at their best. At their worst, any schools, often under the direction of their timid leadership, they follow and are looking for cues to give an indication that it may be safe to join a level of protest,” Moss told the AFRO. “The barriers of protest in the African-American community and communities of color has been an ongoing one for decades. And because of that, many of the protests go unrecognized or outright muted by media platforms that would otherwise cover them. Young, African-American female cheerleaders participating at an HBCU may not raise the attention from folks in the same way that gentlemen who share the platform of the NFL do and the breadth of reach that offers and provides.”The school has traditionally played “Lift Every Voice” – dubbed the Black national anthem – before switching to the national anthem. According to the New York Times, the Howard cheerleaders, the band’s dancers and a slew of attendees balled their fists and raised their arms in the decades-old Black Power salute at a recent football game. As the song concluded, the cheerleaders knelt one at a time.“I think about the national anthem and what it stands for,” team captain Sydney Stallworth, a junior from Odessa, Fla., told the New York Times.  “I think about liberty and justice for all, and how it’s not being executed in our country right now. And I think about how lucky I am to go to the greatest historically Black university in the country — not arguably; it’s the greatest — and so lucky to have this platform.”Howard has a storied history of activism. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the university’s students fought Jim Crow laws in the first half of the 20th century and held public demonstrations in support of anti-lynching laws.“I am all for the Howard University cheerleaders – and anyone else – who chooses to use their public platform to kneel during the national anthem. As so many in opposition have failed to realize, kneeling is protest it is not anti-American, unpatriotic or in any way a disrespect to the flag,” Danielle Demming, a 2006 Howard graduate, told the AFRO.  “Kneeling in protest, in fact, epitomizes the very freedom that the aforementioned symbols are supposed to stand for.”The “Star-Spangled Banner” is not without controversy itself. Some Americans are unaware of the song’s third stanza, which was written by Francis Scott Key. According to Jason Johnson, political editor at The Root and professor of political science at Morgan State University, Key wrote an entire passage railing against former slaves who abandoned all allegiance to the United States and began working for the British army.Historical implications aside, the root cause of the team’s decision to kneel remains a polarizing and continuous problem in the U.S. According to mappingpoliceviolence.org, a research collaborative that collects data on police killings nationwide, police have killed 931 people this year. Of this, the collaborative reports, 23 percent were Black. Blacks make up roughly 13 percent of the U.S. population.On Oct. 16, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) leader Cedric Richmond (D-La.) penned a tersely written open letter to NFL commissioners. In it, he summed up Kaepernick’s fundamental reasons for taking a knee and perhaps captured the resounding sentiments the Bison’s cheerleading team wish to convey.“For African Americans, it is not about standing, sitting, or kneeling for the National Anthem―it is about unarmed African Americans lying in a grave who were shot and killed by police officers,” Richmond wrote. “It is also about a justice system that says that encountering a Black person is enough reason for a police officer to fear for his or her life.”last_img read more

first_img Citation: Princeton geoscientists report Greenland ice sheet melting rate is increasing (2012, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-princeton-geoscientists-greenland-ice-sheet.html More information: Mapping Greenland’s mass loss in space and time, Published online before print November 19, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1206785109 (PDF)AbstractThe melting of polar ice sheets is a major contributor to global sea-level rise. Early estimates of the mass lost from the Greenland ice cap, based on satellite gravity data collected by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, have widely varied. Although the continentally and decadally averaged estimated trends have now more or less converged, to this date, there has been little clarity on the detailed spatial distribution of Greenland’s mass loss and how the geographical pattern has varied on relatively shorter time scales. Here, we present a spatially and temporally resolved estimation of the ice mass change over Greenland between April of 2002 and August of 2011. Although the total mass loss trend has remained linear, actively changing areas of mass loss were concentrated on the southeastern and northwestern coasts, with ice mass in the center of Greenland steadily increasing over the decade. The two used data from the twin satellites used in the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) that orbit in tandem over the Earth. As they pass over the planet they measure very small differences in gravity between the two that correspond to the amount of mass below. In looking at data recorded during the period August 2002 to 2011, they were able to measure the changes in mass of the ice sheet that covers Greenland, which is second only to Antarctica in size.The two found that by analyzing GRACE data very closely they could actually pinpoint the parts of the ice sheet that were changing and by how much. They noted for example, that for the year 2003 to 2004, the bulk of melting occurred along the eastern coast of the island nation, whereas over the following year it was centered in the northeast. Surprisingly, they found that even as the ice sheet as a whole was losing mass, some mass was gained in central Greenland. It’s not known why this has happened, but it’s possibly due to higher amounts of snowfall that might have occurred.The melting of the polar ice sheets is believed to be associated with rising global temperatures, which in turn is believed by most scientists to be the result of increased amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due mainly to human pollutants. As the ice sheets melt, global sea levels rise. By studying melting rates, scientists are able to provide better estimates on how much the sea will rise and when. Current estimates put sea level rise at 0.1 inches per year. Using the numbers from their study, the researchers estimate that sea levels will rise 2.4 inches over the next century from just the melting that is occurring in Greenland. They also note that based on current numbers, it would take approximately 13,000 years for all of the ice in Greenland to melt. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Isua Supracrustal Belt Isua, south-west Greenland. Credit: University of Washington. Enhanced melting of Northern Greenland in a warm climatecenter_img (Phys.org)—Princeton geoscientists Christopher Harig and Frederik Simons have been applying new methods to study the amount of ice melt in the Greenland ice sheet. They report in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the rate is approximately 200 billion tons annually and is rising at a rate of approximately 9 billion tons per year. Explore further © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more