Tottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t care about Man City v Liverpool resultby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed he does not care who wins out of Manchester City and Liverpool on Thursday night.Spurs put themselves into second place, one point ahead of City, with a win over Cardiff City on New Year’s Day.Despite the obvious implications of the result, Pochettino says he will be simply enjoying the “spectacle”.The Argentine said: “In this country all the people are going to watch the game.”But I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game.”I don’t care about the result, I just want to enjoy the spectacle and the game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Lemina: Bielsa key to leaving Marseilleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Mario Lemina has explained why he left Olympique Marseille.Lemina quit OM for Juventus before landing at Saints.He explained to Eurosport: “I spent only two years in Marseille. When I arrived, I thought I would stay longer. The first year, with Elie Baup was complicated but the next one with Marcelo Bielsa was magnificent. “We discovered another OM, more spectacular. With the coach, I learned a lot. It’s really very interesting to work under his orders. When he left, it was a shock for me and that’s what made me want to go.”Bielsa is now leading Leeds United in their promotion push frm the Championship.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Argentina boss Scanoli reveals Aguero not involved in full Man City trainingby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArgentina boss Lionel Scaloni has claimed that Sergio Aguero often sits out of full training at Manchester City.Aguero has been involved in most of City’s games this season, managing eight goals in as many games this term.But he is carrying an injury, according to his international boss.Scaloni spoke about Aguero and said to reporters: “Sergio Aguero is not here because he’s been carrying a problem and has not been training 100 per cent with his club.”It is unclear what injury is troubling Aguero and whether he will be fit for his club’s next Premier League game after the international break.The 31-year-old is still one of the key players at the Etihad Stadium club, and will be needed if City are to catch up on the eight point deficit to Liverpool in the Premier League table.
ESPN’s top college football analyst has shared his thoughts on the AP preseason top 25.Kirk Herbstreit appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning to discuss the release of the AP preseason top 25 poll, which you can see here.Here are Herbstreit’s thoughts on the poll:He’s not really surprised with the top five.“I think the one thing that stands out right away is that of the four teams that made the playoff, three are right back up there in the Top 3. I think it tells you a lot of times you’re voting by what happened last season and you’re trying to guess. Keep in mind we haven’t seen any of these teams yet and we’re speculating.”Ohio State at No. 6 might “raise some eyebrows.”“You’re trying to put together a team that can be competitive without knowing anything really. There’s nothing really shocking to me with the Top 5, but Ohio State up at 6 might raise so eyebrows for a lot people because of the losses.”There is parity.“This will be one of those years where there’s a lot of parity and it’ll come down to who’s healthy and who makes the most of their personnel. I don’t think the committee has it in them after 15 weeks of football to vote two teams from one conference. Even if they think they’re in the top four, I don’t see them ever doing that. They’ll be worried about feedback. This might be a year that it might be a valid point, but I don’t think he committee will ever put two teams from one conference in.”A College Football Playoff crasher? Houston. Or Boise State“Houston’s a pick that everybody seems to want to talk about because of last year and I understand that.Greg Ward and that offense is going to score. But if I’m looking at all these teams in (the Group of 5), I’d go with Boise State. They’ll be favored in most of their games after Washington State. Boise State can potentially ruffle some feathers if they beat the Cougs in Week 2.”Who are you picking to win it all this year?
The National Works Agency (NWA) will be undertaking major road upgrading works between Eastwood Park Road and Manor Park in St. Andrew. The project will include improvements where Constant Spring Road intersects with Red Hills Road, West Kings House Road, Dunrobin Avenue, Shortwood Road, West Avenue and Oaklands, Immaculate Conception and Constant Spring Tax Office and Olivier Road. The National Works Agency (NWA) will be undertaking major road upgrading works between Eastwood Park Road and Manor Park in St. Andrew.The 3.5 kilometres of roadway will be widened to accommodate four lanes of traffic, new management solutions and improved pedestrian facilities.Manager, Communication and Customer Service at NWA, Stephen Shaw, told JIS News that the project is aimed at reducing traffic congestion, which is a major problem for commuters along Constant Spring Road and motorists travelling to Kingston from the parishes of St. Mary and Portland.“The Constant Spring Road is one of the major roads in the Corporate Area and it is really oversaturated right now. The number of motor vehicles that we see on a daily basis is about 30,000. It is way over capacity, and so we want to add capacity to the road. It requires us moving from what we now have, which is two lanes, to four lanes; and so at the end of all of this, when we shall have completed the work, we expect to see a more efficient flow,” he explained.Mr. Shaw was speaking to JIS News at a stakeholders meeting held at the Karram-Speid Auditorium, Merl Grove High School, located on Constant Spring Road on Wednesday, November 29.“We expect to see less congestion, improvement in travel times, we expect to see persons getting to work in a more efficient way – much quicker, and also getting home from work in a quicker way,” he added.Mr. Shaw said there are serious traffic snares along Manor Park heading towards Long Lane all the way to Stony Hill, and this has caused issues for persons who work in the commercial hub of Kingston.“We really want to ensure that persons can get to work and get home from work in a more efficient way,” he said.He said that in addition to commuters, businesses along Constant Spring Road will benefit from the road expansion.“Business will benefit in a significant way from their employees coming to work in a more refreshed way, having had more rest at home,” he pointed out.Mr. Shaw told JIS News that the timeline for the project will be announced to the public soon.“Right now, we are dealing with some of the nuts and bolts. The contract price has been determined. We are awaiting some word from the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation as to a date for the contracts to be signed, and as soon as that contract is signed, then we will be in a position to indicate a start date and end date for the project,” he said.The project will include improvements where Constant Spring Road intersects with Red Hills Road, West Kings House Road, Dunrobin Avenue, Shortwood Road, West Avenue and Oaklands, Immaculate Conception and Constant Spring Tax Office and Olivier Road.There will be new signalised intersections where Constant Spring Road intersects with Mannings Hill Road, Constant Spring Terrace and Hillman Road, Clifton Boulevard, Manor Centre, Manor Park circulation, Stilwell Road and Long Lane.Central Avenue will become a one-way corridor, and a temporary bridge will be created within the Manor Park circulation.Mr. Shaw said that sewer lines will also be upgraded. “It is going to be an integrated project to include water, sewer and road, so what we want to happen, is that at the end of the process, we won’t have a situation where Constant Spring Road becomes an issue where we have a sewer system that is failing or waterlines that are defective.“We want to have all of these things taken out of the way, so when we are finished the work, there will be no form of interruption.”Approximately 88 parcels of land will be affected by the expansion, and Mr. Shaw said that negotiations are under way with the property owners.“We have been going through with the National Land Agency (NLA) to try and conclude as many of these matters as is possible. We have concluded some of the agreements,” Mr. Shaw said. Manager, Communication and Customer Service at NWA, Stephen Shaw, told JIS News that the project is aimed at reducing traffic congestion, which is a major problem for commuters along Constant Spring Road and motorists travelling to Kingston from the parishes of St. Mary and Portland. Story Highlights
zoomImage Courtesy: ESL Shipping Finnish dry bulk shipping company ESL Shipping has completed the acquisition of all the outstanding shares of AtoB@C Shipping AB and AtoB@C Holding AB, announced at the end of June.As a result, the company expects its net sales to double from EUR 80 million to approximately EUR 160 million. Based on the calculations using figures from 2017, the cargo volume carried is expected to increase from approximately 11-12 million tonnes to approximately 16-17 million tonnes.As disclosed earlier, the value of the acquired enterprise is EUR 30 million (USD 34.9 million). The purchase was financed by Aspo’s existing financing reserves, and new shares issued by Aspo Plc, the owner of ESL Shipping.AtoB@C operates 30 vessels in size of 4,000-5,000 tonnes. The company owns six dry cargo vessels in full, and has a share of 49% of two vessels. The other 22 vessels are time-chartered.The combination of vessels will bring ESL Shipping’s fleet to a total of 50 ships, including new LNG-powered ships, with a deadweight capacity of 468,000 tonnes compared to the previous 331,000 tonnes.“Together we form a strong Nordic shipping company that is customer-driven. It has strong shoulders to build future success determinedly,” Mikki Koskinen, Managing Director of ESL Shipping, commented.” The acquisition will shift ESL Shipping to a new size class and put it in a good position to improve operational efficiency and overall profitability of the shipping company,” says Aki Ojanen, CEO of Aspo Plc and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ESL Shipping, said.
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court hearing the bail pleas of three women doctors accused of abetting the suicide of their junior colleague Payal Tadvi on Tuesday pulled up the prosecution for “lacunae” in investigation.Justice Sadhana Jadhav, who was presiding over the matter, directed the crime branch to initiate proceedings seeking permission to take action against Dr Yi Ching Ling, who heads Obstetrics and Gynaecology department at the BYL Nair Hospital for “shirking responsibility”. Tadvi, 26, a second-year postgraduate medical student attached to BYL Nair Hospital, had committed suicide in her hostel room on May 22 allegedly due to ragging and casteist abuses hurled at her by the three doctors. Tadvi belonged to a Scheduled Tribe (ST) community. Her mother had claimed that Tadvi had complained to Dr Ling about the mental harassment faced by her daughter from the Hema Ahuja, Ankita Khandelwal and Bhakti Meher, who were her seniors at the department. The accused trio had moved the high court after a special court rejected their bail pleas on June 24. While hearing their bail pleas on Tuesday, the high court also observed that medical profession was no more a noble one. Justice Jadhav also suggested the medical licences of the accused doctors be “terminated” at least till the conclusion of the trial. The observations came while the prosecution was reading out details from the charge sheet filed in the case. Justice Jadhav said the material in the charge sheet suggested several “lacunae” in the investigation. “Despite the fact that several colleagues of Dr Tadvi who were made witnesses in the case were in a vulnerable position now as they continued to be at the hospital, the Crime Branch had failed to record their statements before a magistrate under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC),” Justice Jadhav said. The statements recorded under the section 164 are admissible as evidence during trial. Justice Jadhav granted three days to the crime branch to record the statements of “relevant witnesses” including that of Dr Tadvi’s friend Dr Snehal Shinde, who, according to Tadvi’s suicide note, was also facing similar harassment at the hands of the accused doctors. Justice Jadhav also directed the investigators to initiate proceedings to seek necessary permissions to take action against Dr Ling. “Dr Ling had clearly shirked responsibility by refusing to take cognisance of a complaint of harassment made by Tadvi’s mother, and therefore, she must be added to the list of the accused persons in the case,” noted Justice Jadhav. The judge also directed the prosecutor, senior counsel Raja Thakre, to inform the court about the crime branch’s plan of action regarding Dr Ling by August 9, the next date of hearing. “Does not the investigating agency have power to prosecute her (Dr Ling)? She shirked responsibility, refused to take any action. Look at the number of authorities that the mother (Tadvi’s) went to raise a complaint,” said Justice Jadhav. The court also dismissed defence lawyer Abad Ponda’s argument that the accused doctors deserved to be granted bail since they were not accused in a case of murder or homicide.
CAPE DORSET, Nunavut – RCMP from Cape Dorset in Nunavut say they have arrested a man who evaded them by living outside the community for almost three months.David Mikkigak is a suspect in several crimes, including assault, forcible confinement and firearms-related offences.The Mounties say in a release that Mikkigak gave himself up peacefully after negotiations with an RCMP emergency response team.The cabin where he was hiding had been put under close surveillance.Police say two women who were with him had surrendered earlier, and were being provided with food, warm clothing and medical attention.In August, RCMP asked the community to stop helping Mikkigak avoid arrest by providing food and supplies to him.
GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, honored Kerry Washington, Roland Emmerich, and the best in film and television at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Shonda Rhimes, Patricia Arquette, and Viola Davis were among the special guests. The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo; and Official Presenting Partners Amazon and Bud Light.The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for acceptance.At the ceremony, Ellen DeGeneres presented Kerry Washington with GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.In an acceptance speech that had the audience on their feet, Washington said, “I don’t decide to play the characters I play as a political choice. Yet the characters I play often do become political statements. Because having your story told as a woman, as a person of color, as a lesbian, as a trans person, or as any member of any disenfranchised community, is sadly often still a radical idea. There is so much power in storytelling, and there is enormous power in inclusive storytelling, in inclusive representations. That is why the work of GLAAD is so important. We need more LGBT representation in the media. We need more LGBT characters and more LGBT storytelling. We need more diverse LGBT representation. And by that, I mean lots of different kinds of LGBT people living all different kinds of lives. And this is big — we need more employment of LGBT people in front of and behind the camera.” Washington continued, “We can’t say that we believe in each other’s fundamental humanity, and then turn a blind eye to the reality of each other’s existence, and the truth of each other’s hearts. We must be allies and we must be allies in this business, because to be represented is to be humanized, and as long as anyone anywhere is being made to feel less human, our very definition of humanity is at stake, and we are all vulnerable. We must see each other, all of us. And we must see ourselves, all of us. And we have to continue to be bold and break new ground until that is just how it is, until we are no longer ‘firsts’ and ‘exceptions’ and ‘rare’ and ‘unique.’ In the real world, being an ‘other’ is the norm. In the real world, the only norm is uniqueness, and our media must reflect that. Thank you, GLAAD, for fighting the good fight.”Also at the event, Channing Tatum presented out director Roland Emmerich with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. In accepting the award Emmerich said, “I’m very honored and thankful to be here tonight to accept the Stephen F. Kolzak Award from GLAAD. GLAAD does so much to change our society by sharing stories about LGBT people, and to make everyone understand the value of our stories. So what is my story? I’m a director, I’m German, and I’m gay.”Zoe Saldana presented the award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release to The Imitation Game. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Graham Moore and producer Ido Ostrowsky accepted the award on behalf of the film, and producer Harvey Weinstein recorded a video acceptance urging attendees in the ballroom to sign a Change.org petition calling on the British government to pardon the other 49,000 people convicted under the same unjust law as Alan Turing.Laura Jane Grace, front woman for the punk band Against Me! and this year’s GLAAD Media Award recipient for Outstanding Music Artist, co-presented with Andrew Rannells the award for Outstanding Comedy Series to Amazon’s Transparent. Accepting for Transparent were show creator Jill Soloway, co-producer Rhys Ernst, and stars Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Alexandra Billings, Kiersey Clemons, Michaela Watkins, Alison Sudol, Clementine Creevy, and Brett Parasol.Murray Bartlett and Daniel Franzese from HBO’s Looking presented the award for Outstanding Drama Series to ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. Show creator Peter Nowalk, executive producer Shonda Rhimes, and cast members Viola Davis, Jack Falahee, Matt McGorry, and Aja Naomi King accepted on behalf of the show.On Saturday night, FOX’s Glee also received a Special Recognition Award, following the series finale. For six seasons, Glee has consistently introduced groundbreaking LGBT characters and storylines, including a recent episode that featured a 200-person transgender choir. Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer at Fox Television Group, accepted the award on behalf of the show. GLAAD previously announced that it was acknowledging BioWare’s hit video game Dragon Age: Inquisition and the song “Era Diferente” by the legendary Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte with Special Recognition Awards.
San Rafael-based Alcohol Justice and Studio City-based Writers In Treatment have announced that actor Peter Coyote will introduce his new film Girl On the Edge to kick-off the 2nd Annual REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium – San Francisco Bay Area Edition.The four-day event will screen 18 select feature-length and short, fictional and factual alcohol and drug addiction-themed films in 14 sessions at two locations with a goal of engaging audiences with honest stories about the disease as well as the hope and opportunity for recovery. There will be expert panel discussions following most of the sessions.Girl on the Edge, follows the journey of a young girl struggling with the aftermath of a horrific trauma, the toll that it takes on her family and the last chance she has to overcome it in the most unlikely of places. A post-screening Q&A will take place with Producer/Director Jay Silverman, and actor Mackenzie Phillips. Immediately following there will be a VIP Reception at the Hotel Kabuki with live music by singer/songwriter Elizabeth Edwards.The festival ends on Sunday June 14, 2015 with a Robin Williams Tribute, featuring a screening of his 1998 movie Patch Adams. The film will be followed by Comedians Into Recovery, live standup performances by three of Williams’ fellow comedians, Johnny Steele, Mark Ludholm, and Barry Diamond, with Jan Wahl as MC.Tickets to these events and everything in-between are available exclusively through BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information about the festival, and to view a PSA featuring Michael Pritchard, go to: FilmFestSFBay.org “The ticket price for most of the sessions is just $10,” stated Michael Scippa, director of the event. “But if there are seats available we’ll allow anyone admittance regardless of their ability to pay.”Alcohol Justice and Writers In Treatment are producing the festival with generous support from the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab, Center Point, Inc., West America Bank, Kaiser Permanente Community Benefits Programs – Marin/Sonoma Area, Marin County Mental Health Substance Use Services, Ghilotti Construction Company, KRON-TV, the Michael Basso Foundation, Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services, KPOO-FM, North Bay Recovery Center, Hotel Kabuki, Book Passage Book Store, and many Bay Area individuals and families.
Advertisement Twitter “I think we were ready to try again before anyone else was,” concurs singer/guitarist Peter Dreimanis. “We just kept having opportunities to re-release the album in different markets and, obviously, if you do that you have to go tour it and introduce yourself. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Strike while the iron is hot, they say, but what happens when the iron just won’t cool down? Do you just keep striking forever?In a month, it will have been four years since July Talk released its eponymous debut album. That’s a veritable eternity in modern pop-music terms, yet the Toronto quintet has faced a rather fortunate quandary during that long period between releases: go in and record new music or keep taking the old music to the people in all the different territories that kept signing on to re-release the first album?The opportunities just kept coming for 2012’s July Talk so — as co-vocalist Leah Fay puts it — July Talk wound up “striking and striking with the same iron, for awhile.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
T.Y. HiltonIND2525623844167.8 Doug BaldwinSEA487321627167.4 Weighted overall rank comparison of wide receivers, 2014-16 Allen RobinsonJAC242083684165.1 RECEIVERTEAMTARGET FREQ.AVG. DEPTHCATCH RATERUN BLOCKAFTER CATCHWEIGHTED SUM Antonio BrownPIT457151944105.2 Emmanuel SandersDEN1423413175130.1 Odell BeckhamNYG751371517115.5 Steve SmithBAL1064345333166.3 Julio JonesATL240302728103.0 Rishard MatthewsTEN2936332056143.5 Larry FitzgeraldARI208214164142.9 DeAndre HopkinsHOU122769390139.1 Demaryius ThomasDEN35949432123.9 RANK Jordy NelsonGB1942292241128.5 Jarvis LandryMIA896111612135.6 Eric DeckerNYJ224645583149.0 Brandon MarshallNYJ183572980161.7 Mike EvansTB6681796126.0 Rankings are out of the 98 wide receivers with a minimum of 500 receiving yards in 2016 or 900 yards from 2014 to 2016.Sources: ESPN Stats & Information Group, ProFootballFocus.com Willie SneadNO398018225164.5 Let’s get this out of the way at the top: Julio Jones was the best receiver in football this season. Just about any way you slice it, whether using traditional stats,1Yards per game, for instance. advanced metrics2Like FootballOutsiders.com’s defense-adjusted yards above replacement. or even play-by-play grades,3Such as the ones compiled by ProFootballFocus.com. Jones was the receiver who kept defensive coordinators up at night worrying about all the havoc he could wreak. His explosiveness and diversity of skills enabled offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to build the one of the best offenses in NFL history.But what makes Jones so good?At the most basic level, Jones dominates because of an unmatched combination of size and speed. Posting a 4.34-second 40-yard-dash before he was drafted, Jones ran the ninth-fastest combine time of any wideout who had at least 400 receiving yards in the 2016 season.4One limitation to this approach is that combine data is a snapshot of speed at age 21 or so. Needless to say, that number is probably a tad outdated for an NFL veteran like, say, 37-year-old Steve Smith Sr. Still, for most players, combine times give a decent approximation of their pure speed. All of the faster receivers are also smaller — nearly 5 inches shorter than the 6-foot-3 Jones, on average. While Jones was one of the fastest at the position regardless of height, most NFL wide receivers as tall as Jones ran the 40 slower than the overall position average of 4.47 seconds. A.J. GreenCIN531312961109.4 Wideouts that big and that fast are very difficult to cover. Think of Randy Moss (who, at 6-foot-4, ran an “unofficial” 4.25 second 40 in 1998) or, more recently, the two unrelated Johnsons, Andre (6-foot-2, 4.40) and Calvin (6-foot-5, 4.35), who used that formula to dominate the league’s receiving leaderboard in recent years. Moss in particular showed that a receiver who can stretch the field in all directions with speed, and then pluck balls from over defenders’ heads, can make an offense run far more efficiently than its individual components suggest it should.But Jones’s dominance is more than just a product of “big guy runs fast.” Since he returned from a foot fracture that cost him most of the 2013 season, no receiver has put those gifts to better on-field use than Jones — across every aspect of the position, from the flashy to the technical.We can measure how good Jones has been by breaking down what makes a great all-around receiver:The guy has to get open, so we’ll look at how often the ball comes his way (targets) as a percentage of his routes run.Ideally, receivers can go deep, so we’ll look at how far the ball travels before it gets to him (air yards per target).Then he still has to catch the darn ball, so we’ll look at his catch rate. (Air yards and catch rate are usually at odds with each other,5In my sample of top receivers from 2014 to 2016, the correlation between those two metrics was -0.7. since it’s harder to catch deep throws than short ones.)Once he’s open, has run a long ways and has caught the pass, it’d be nice if he could keep running without being tackled. So let’s also look at yards after the catch per reception.Oh, and one more thing — being a receiver isn’t all about receiving, so let’s look at blocking ability by using ProFootballFocus.com’s run-blocking grades.If we rank every active receiver6With a minimum of either 500 receiving yards in 2016 or 900 total yards from 2014 to 2016. in those categories over the past three seasons and add up the ranks (with some weighting based on the relative importance of each category7Specifically, the ranks for air yards per target and catch rate were assigned no special weight; targets per route was given 50 percent extra weight; yards after the catch was given 75 percent less weight; and run blocking was given 15 percent less weight. These weights were determined by regressing the first four categories against adjusted catch yards per route, an overall measure of receiving effectiveness, and running a separate regression against PFF’s “overall” grade to determine the relative value of blocking.), Jones rates as the most complete wide receiver in the NFL. Among the 98 receivers in our sample, he ranks 40th or better in every area of the game — the only receiver in the league who can make that claim.8Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson ranks in the top 42 in each category. Alshon JefferyCHI173268942143.7 Jones’s impressive combination of size and speed shows up most notably in his ability to get free of defenders — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan targeted Jones on 30 percent of the routes he ran, the second most of any receiver (behind Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill at 31.5 percent) — as well as in his rare talent for keeping his catch rate up even as he goes deep. Based on the length of Jones’s average target — 11.9 yards beyond the line of scrimmage — we’d expect him to have caught only about 60 percent of the balls thrown in his direction; instead, he caught nearly 66 percent, a difference that amounts to 26 extra catches, many of the big-play variety. (Jones has 20 total receiving touchdowns over the past three seasons.) In other words, Jones mixes the reliability of a possession receiver with the big-play potential of a deep threat.And once he catches the ball, he’s frequently off to the races:So what hope do the New England Patriots — specifically, their defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia — have of containing Jones on Super Sunday?For their part, the Patriots had the NFL’s 10th-worst pass defense during the regular season and the 13th-worst D against No. 1 receivers like Jones. But they also boast two of the 12 highest-rated cover cornerbacks in football (according to PFF) in Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan, plus Devin McCourty, PFF’s top-rated coverage safety. And in the playoffs, they’ve also held both Antonio Brown (No. 2 in our receiver rankings above) and DeAndre Hopkins (No. 10) to relatively tame performances.In Jones and Atlanta’s high-powered offensive “buzzsaw,” however, the Pats face their toughest challenge yet. The Falcons have had a startling offensive breakout this season: They easily led the league in expected points added (EPA) through the air — and offensive EPA in general — during the regular season, QB Matt Ryan enjoyed one of the most efficient passing seasons in league history, and the offense has only improved in the playoffs.9During the regular season, Atlanta averaged 11.5 more offensive EPA per game than an average team, 9.0 of which came in the passing game. After adjusting for the defenses they faced, the Falcons are averaging 21.5 offensive EPA above average in the playoffs, 20.9 of which have come via the pass.At the center of that offense is Jones. “Nobody can stop us but us,” Jones told reporters after the NFC title game. Whether that’s true or not will largely depend on whether New England can slow down the game’s most uncoverable receiver. Based on Jones’s performance these past few seasons, that’s a pretty tall (and fast) order.
Penn State is not the Ohio State basketball team’s most intimidating opponent. The Nittany Lions, who the Buckeyes will play Wednesday, come into the game with a 10-11 record overall and a 2-6 record in the Big Ten. But the Big Ten has five teams ranked among the top 25, which is more than any conference in the nation. Coach Thad Matta said that in the Big Ten this year, there are no easy games, no matter the record. “I don’t think there’s a coach in the Big Ten that feels good about the next game that they’re playing and that’s just documented by who has beaten who,” Matta said. “Records or ranking or where the game has played really has not much relevance. You have to play in this league and know at the conclusion of one game you’re going to another battle the next game.” The Buckeyes are 5-2 in the conference this year with both losses coming on the road. Wednesday’s game against Penn State will be at home in the Schottenstein Center where the Buckeyes have an undefeated 14-0 record this year. The Nittany Lions come into Wednesday’s game having lost four out of the their last five contests. The lone win in that streak came against Illinois, who the Buckeyes lost to Jan. 10. Penn State point guard Tim Frazier is considered by many the best point guard in the Big Ten. The junior has averaged 18 points and more than six assists on the year. Matta said containing Frazier will be a “challenge.” “He makes them go, there’s no question about it,” Matta said. “The ball is in his hands a lot so it’s not on (sophomore guard Aaron Craft) or (sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith) or whoever is on him at the particular time. It’s going to have to be really all five guys somehow, someway give support and help him out.” Smith said Matta told the team that Penn State is not to be taken lightly and the team needs to play a complete game. “The first thing he told us is they probably play harder than any team we’re going to play this year,” Smith said. “Watching them a little bit on film, it’s obvious. They crash the boards … They’re going to play 40 minutes of good hard basketball.” Smith said the key to beating Penn State is their focus and intensity on the defensive end of the floor. “Whenever we find ourselves playing great defense, our offense just carries off,” Smith said. Eleven games remain on OSU’s regular season schedule and six of those games come against opponents who are currently ranked. Despite more high-profile matchups on the horizon, Matta said he’s not worried about his team looking past Penn State. “It is strictly Penn State,” Matta said. “I want our guys focused on one thing and one thing only and that’s Penn State. If you find yourself looking too far ahead, it will come back and get you in the end.” Tipoff for Wednesday’s game is set for 6:30 p.m.
Freshman goalkeeper Matt Tomkins (31) saves the puck during a game against Michigan State Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe biggest difference – the “lingo.”Ohio State men’s hockey freshman goalie Matt Tomkins said that was the most noticeable difference between his home country, Canada, and the United States.“Us Canadians get a kick out of some of the things we hear (in the U.S.), but I’m sure the local people say the same thing after having a conversation with us,” Tomkins said.OSU (11-6-1, 1-2-1) recruited two international freshmen to join the Buckeyes in the 2013-14 season along with five other players from within the U.S.“It’s pretty special being a part of the Buckeye family and (it) is something you know will be special before you get here, but you don’t really understand the magnitude of how special it is until you are actually a part of it,” Tomkins said. “Having the opportunity to play for one of the most respected sports programs in the country was extremely exciting and is still pretty surreal to this day.”Though exciting and surreal, the change from Canadian to American culture has brought on some challenges for the players.“Here in Ohio, all they play on TV is football and basketball, and the people can’t stop talking about those two sports either,” freshman defenseman and Alberta native Josh Healey said. “So (it’s) just two opposites really, but I don’t mind the change.“I come from a place where all they talk about it hockey, everyone plays hockey whether it be in an organized league or on the outdoor rink,” Healey said.Healey said aside from the sports cultural differences, America is very similar to Canada. However, both athletes have found comfort in their teammates to help make the adjustments easier.“A big part of making the transition easy was obviously coming in to an environment such as I did where I was part of a team and family right away, with many people ready to help me with anything we needed,” Tomkins said.Healey said he receives support both on and off the ice.“Whether it be advice from a senior or help getting set up in the dorms, someone has always been there,” he said.Aside from adjusting to the new environment and balancing school with hockey, Tomkins and Healey said they feel like any other college freshman adjusting to the new phase of college life.“I love Columbus so far.” Tomkins said. “I am especially excited to have a car next year and be able to explore the city and area even more.”Next up the team is scheduled to take part in the Hockey City Classic against Minnesota Friday at 9 p.m. in Minneapolis.
Senior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) attempts to escape a tackle from Michigan State redshirt-sophomore linebacker Riley Bullough (30) during a Nov. 8 game in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorJust seconds after Michigan State missed a 39-yard field goal, Ohio State took over possession and wide receiver Michael Thomas was sure of one thing.He was going to be in the end zone.“Before the play came I knew I was going to score,” the redshirt-sophomore Thomas said. “I just had to do my job, run my route. I feel like no one can guard me.”Thomas caught a slant from redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett and took the pass 79 yards to the end zone, tying the game at 21.The Buckeyes didn’t trail for the remainder of the game.Just minutes later, Barrett found senior wide receiver Devin Smith for a 44-yard touchdown, giving the Buckeyes a 28-21 halftime score.Barrett, who had seemed to struggle on deep throws for a portion of the season, said after the game that he is getting more confidence in his deep shots as the season progresses.“I’m getting more comfortable each and every week,” he said. “We just make sure we’re getting that connection in practice so we can bring it out on gameday.”Barrett’s performance earned praise from Michigan State’s defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who said he was slightly surprised at how well the redshirt-freshman played.“That guy made about every pass he could. He hadn’t shown to do that really consistently, but we had a lot of respect for him. He is a great football player,” Narduzzi said after the game. “He played big in a big game. He didn’t throw off the mark at all and those guys were ready to make the catch. That goes to having a guy who throws the ball where it needs to be thrown. He is a heck of a quarterback.”OSU coach Urban Meyer tied Barrett’s performance in with Smith’s, complimenting both on their breakout games.“JT, boy, is he playing well. He was 16-of-26, 300 yards throwing and very accurate on the deep balls,” Meyer said. “Also Devin Smith, that’s his best game that we’ve had in the past three years. He’s one of the best, if not the best, deep ball players we’ve ever had. He tracks the ball very well.”Smith has had a knack for making big plays in scarlet and gray, as the Buckeyes are a perfect 20-0 when he catches a touchdown for OSU. The senior from Massillon, Ohio, finished the game with a season-high 129 yards receiving on six receptions to go along with the touchdown.Prior to his touchdown catch, Smith made what was arguably the biggest play of the game as he hauled in a 43-yard reception from Barrett up the Spartan sideline with OSU facing a third and 23, trailing, 14-7.Smith had a similar response to Thomas’ about the third-down pickup.“No disrespect to their team, but I felt all night they couldn’t hang with us. I told coach that constantly,” Smith said. “I told coach they needed to keep throwing it to us, and we had a good first half throwing the ball.”With his big game, Smith separated himself from former OSU-great Santonio Holmes on the Buckeyes’ all-time touchdown receptions list. Smith moved into sole possession of third place on the list with his 26th as a member of the Scarlet and Gray.Smith said following the game that his motivation to play well came from many people picking the Spartans to win, along with Michigan State’s nicknamed secondary.“Coming into this game, everybody had us losing and it kind of made me a little mad,” Smith said. “Then the whole ‘no fly zone’ stuff and all that. We had one job, and that was to come up here and win.”The combination of Smith and Thomas accounted for 220 of Barrett’s 300 passing yards, something Thomas said came from preparation and motivation.“It’s like a tag-team. That’s what we are trained to do,” Thomas said of his play alongside Smith’s. “We lost a lot of respect. And the only way to get back respect in this league, the Big Ten, is to step up and win this game.”With the win, the Buckeyes sit alone atop the Big Ten East standings, as they are set to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday in Minneapolis. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
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Michigan Legislature approves fundingRep. Daire Rendon today voted in favor of a plan that will provide more financial support to clean up contaminated sites and combat PFAS in northern Michigan and the entire state.The Michigan Legislature approved $69 million for an environmental cleanup fund which also will help boost local recycling programs, plus a separate $20 million specifically to boost ongoing efforts to detect and clean up PFAS contamination. This is in addition to $60 million previously approved by the Legislature for testing, monitoring and emergency response to PFAS.“Communities across the state – including the Camp Grayling area – are discovering these chemicals in the drinking water they’ve depended on for years,” said Rendon. “Michigan is tackling this problem head on, working hard to detect and clean up this contamination. Our vote today commits more resources to the fight.”The same fund will provide about $15 million annually to help improve local recycling programs, another key environmentally friendly improvement. Rendon said rural areas across Michigan do not have the same recycling capabilities as more urban areas, adding this extra allocation strengthens Northern Michigan communities’ recycling programs and efforts to combat PFAS contamination.The budget bills headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration also include more money for roads, school safety grants, child protective services, veterans services, the Soo Locks and many other important programs.###The legislation: Senate Bills 601 and 149. Categories: Daire Rendon News,News 21Dec Rep. Rendon supports plan adding resources to Michigan’s fight against PFAS
Sky reported its highest third quarter customer growth in 11 years in the UK and Ireland, after adding 127,000 people there in the three months ending March 31. The UK and Irish gains came as Sky added 103,000 new retail customers in Germany and Austria – 61% more than the same period last year, pushing Sky’s rolling 12-month growth rate in the region to the highest in the company’s history.In Italy, Sky also put in a strong performance, reporting its best Q3 performance there in three years with 12,000 new customer additions, reversing a net loss of customers in the previous year.Overall Sky said it added 242,000 net new customers in the third quarter – almost 70% more than the prior year – with its customer base now standing at 20.8 million.At the same time, Sky said it grew paid-for subscription products by 1.0 million, taking total product sales to 3.8 million for the year to date.Commenting on the results, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch praised the company’s “stand-out performance” in the UK and Ireland. “We took share in broadband and grew strongly in TV as our dual-brand strategy with Now TV and Sky continues to deliver,” he said.“We have delivered an excellent third quarter as customers across the enlarged Sky group respond to the quality and breadth of what we offer. In all, we attracted almost 70% more new customers than the prior year and over one million new products. By continuing the strong operating momentum of the first half, we have grown revenues by 5% and operating profit by 20% over the nine months,” added Darroch.Sky said that in the UK and Ireland it has connected more than 1 million Sky boxes this year to-date, which has pushed on-demand downloads to more than 300 million during Q3, up 63% year-on-year.“In Italy, 32% of customers have now connected their boxes to the internet with the connected home strategy being deployed in Germany for the first time this quarter,” according to Sky.Although it did not break-down usage figures for its stand-alone UK OTT service, Now TV, Sky said that subscriber growth was up 30% on the same period last year, driven by the success of our NOW TV box and our brand re-launch in early March.It also said that Sports transactions on Now TV have trebled to more than 1 million, year-to-date.“Our Sky Online streaming services in Italy and Germany are building on our experience in the UK, with Italy set to launch its own Sky Online box in Q4 based on the same technology already deployed in the UK and Germany,” said Sky.Meanwhile, Darroch also praised Sky’s progress in original drama, claiming that Fortitude debuted as “the most successful drama ever on Sky Atlantic in the UK” and 1992 opened as its “most successful original scripted series in Italy.”For the nine months ending March 31, Sky reported a 5% year-on-year growth in revenues to £8.45 billion. Operating profit was up 20% to £1.025 billion.