Playoff picks: Which home teams will defend their turf?

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes as Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (58) pressures in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)After a strong finish to the regular season, Pro Picks hopes to peak in the postseason. So the search begins for Best Bets and Upset Specials.We can’t see all four home teams defending their turf this weekend, so which of the visitors will sneak away with a victory and head to the divisional round?Actually, with the exception of the Lions, we could see any of the underdogs coming through.Our focus, though, turns to a team with an awful recent playoff record. Yes, the Bengals (10-5-1, No. 9 AP Pro32) are in the playoffs for the fourth straight year. And, no, they didn’t win any postseason matches in those three previous trips.Indeed, they have not won a playoff game since the 1990 season. Yet …Cincinnati is a 3 1-2-point underdog at AFC South winner Indianapolis (11-5, No. 8 AP Pro32) on Sunday. For the Bengals to defy history, they’ll need to pressure Andrew Luck, who led the league with 40 touchdown passes. Luck torched the Bengals for 344 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-0 romp in October.Yet …Plus, the Bengals don’t have much of a pass rush, ranking 20th against the pass and managing a league-low 20 sacks. Indy is solid at protecting Luck.“Suppressing Andrew Luck is going to be kind of hard,” safety Reggie Nelson said. “He always starts off kind of slow and the scary thing is, he can always get his team going. The key for us as a secondary is not giving up deep balls, and we’ve given up a couple of those the last couple of games.”And yet …The Colts have not shown much down the stretch. Their running game ranges from stagnant to nonexistent, which will allow Cincy to gear up for the air game. Their defense is inconsistent and they’re not a great home team.Besides, we need to pick a road team, so …UPSET SPECIAL: BENGALS, 27-23No. 7 Detroit (plus 7) at No. 4 Dallas, SundayNeither side inspires much confidence when it comes to the postseason. The Lions (11-5) rarely make it, and then go out right away. Dallas (12-4) has been a shell of the franchise that Tom Landry and then Jimmy Johnson coached.History won’t matter in this one. Even with Ndamukong Suh cleared to play after his one-game suspension was changed to a $70,000 fine, Detroit’s defense will get burned by Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. No contest.BEST BET: COWBOYS 33-17No. 10 (tie) Arizona (plus 6) at No. 13 Carolina, SaturdayIt’s a shame the Cardinals (11-5) have been so damaged by injuries because they have been among the feel-good stories of 2014. But with Ryan Lindley at quarterback if Drew Stanton can’t get back from his knee surgery, and with so many backups playing elsewhere, it’s difficult to envision them getting past the Panthers (7-8-1).Yes, Carolina is only the second division winner in NFL history with a losing record, but it won its final four games and has shown some nice balance on offense and defense.A team hosting the Super Bowl in its own stadium won’t happen this season.PANTHERS, 20-16No. 10 (tie) Baltimore (plus 3) at No. 6 Pittsburgh, SaturdayNasty. Vicious. Brutal.And highly entertaining.This might be the best rivalry in the NFL, and when these teams collide in the playoffs, well, the intensity is ratcheted up. Simply, these AFC North teams don’t like one another. Never have, never will.Pittsburgh (11-5) won the division, but one of its key performers, RB Le’Veon Bell, is battling a knee injury. That places more emphasis on QB Ben Roethlisberger throwing to the sensational Antonio Brown. And against the week secondary of the Ravens (10-6), that could be decisive.STEELERS, 31-24___2014 RECORD: Against spread: This week (11-4); Season (128-116-5). Straight up: This week (11-4); Season (169-85-1)Best Bet: 7-10 against spread, 10-7 straight up.Upset special: 9-8 against spread, 7-10 straight up.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Man United goalie Sergio Romero registers himself in Guinness book of World Records

first_imgAdvertisement b5jlNBA Finals | Brooklyn VslsdrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E31br4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4cu81Would you ever consider trying this?😱kCan your students do this? 🌚a2ooemRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sergio Romero has earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The Manchester United goalkeeper broke the record for the number of goals scored from the halfway line in a minute.Advertisement Romero competed with teammates Ander Herrera and Phil Jones for the record. The Argentine managed 20 goals in a minute. Jones managed 19, and Herrera could muster 14. The previous record stood at 5, and Romero absolutely annihilated it.Advertisement Adam Brown was the Guinness World Records adjudicator, and he explained the rules for the attempts. The shot had to be strictly from behind the halfway line. Also, the previous shot need not go in for the player to take the next attempt.All three players were exhausted after the minute, and it is definitely not as easy as it sounds. Herrera said, “I didn’t expect it was going to be that tough.”Advertisement Even Romero, despite winning it was panting at the end. “I need some water and oxygen,” he said afterward. This is Romero’s fourth season at Old Trafford, and he was signed in 2015 from Sampdoria. He has made just 43 appearances thus far. The major reason for that is none other than David De Gea. He should return to the side against Wolves in the FA Cup on March 16. Advertisementlast_img read more

Probe on petrol theft

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It’s only August, but different vibe in Leafville as Training Camp ends

first_imgThe month on the calendar says August.Not really hockey weather as temperatures ranged in the low 30s C on the weekend.But that didn’t stop the Nelson Leafs from being the first Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise out of the blocks as the Green and White kicked off the season with its 2016 training camp at the NDCC Arena.While most everyone was thinking about cooling off from the late blast of summer, approximately 40 players battled for a spot on the new-look Leafs.“I think the camp is going very well,” returning Leaf defenceman Kyle Chernenkoff said following the morning ice session Sunday.Chernenkoff, who played 36 games for Nelson last season where the Crescent Valley native score five times and added 10 assists, will be counted on to help bolster a blueline that was a minus-35 last season.“We’ve got a great group of guys all competing for spots,” Chernenkoff said.“The tempo is high . . . which is good. So I think it’s going to be a great start to our season.”Leafs Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Mario DiBella and General Manager Sean Dooley logged more miles than Greyhound during the off-season to recruit the right players to restore the Leafs to the glory years of the past.Starting the camp two weeks before most teams was another way to change up a franchise that has struggled to get out of the first round of the playoffs the past couple of seasons.“I’m really pleased the players we have here,” DiBella said.“They’ve come in shape, and they’re committed . . . showing us what they can do to make this hockey team.”The camp opened Friday with on-ice sessions as well as games and off-ice meetings. Saturday the coaching staff continued to evaluate the players before first round of cuts was made Sunday morning.The camp concluded Sunday evening.“We spent a lot of time finding the kind of players that we want to have here,” DiBella explained.“Players who can play the brand of hockey we want here . . . many who have been hand picked,” DiBella adds.The training camp determines the 14 forwards, seven defencemen and two or three netminders Nelson takes into the exhibition season, which opens August 31 against Castlegar Rebels.DiBella is optimistic that a handful of the players selected will be locals.“There’s always a few surprises filtering down from Junior A and there may be a few from the roster moving up from this level to Junior A but we’ve done our homework by talking to teams some of our players are going to camps with,” DiBella said.“We pretty much know what their status is and are pretty confident with out depth chart and how we plan to move forward.”One thing that is for certain, the Leafs don’t plan on wasting a whole lot of money transferring players on and off the roster, as was the policy last season.The roster posted on the bulletin board Sunday as training camp breaks won’t deviate much from the one Leafs take into playoffs come February.“It’s early. It looks good. It’s tough to say what the team is going to be like but I think we’re going to come out of the gates fine this year and have a really strong start to our season,” Chernenkoff said.DiBella said there would be a skeleton crew of players practicing for the next few weeks while others attend Junior A training camps.Chernenkoff is one of those players going to try his luck in the Silver City attending the camp of the Trail Smoke Eaters.“I’m going to Trail to try my luck there,” he said. “But if I end up back in Nelson, I’m going to battle it out and be the happiest kid on the team.”Ooooh. After last season, it’s too bad its only August.How many sleeps are left before the season starts?Too many for Leaf fans.last_img read more

Galway GAA Golf Classic On July 20th And 21st

first_imgThe event is this year sponsored by County Galway Credit Unions and Kevin Dwyer went along to the launch. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Kevin also spoke to Rob Glynn of St Anthony and Claddagh Credit UnionAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/ROB%20GLYNN%20GOLF%20CLASSIC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Kevin then spoke to Former Galway Great Pat DonnellanAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/PAT%20DONNELLAN%20GOLF%20CLASSIC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img He first spoke to the Chairman of County Galway Credit Unions John MurphyAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/JOHN%20MURPHY%20GOLF%20CLASSIC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Bearna Golf Club will be the venue for the 2018 Galway GAA Golf Classic on the 20th and 21st of July with all funds raised going towards the preparation of Galway’s Inter-County Teams in both hurling and football.last_img read more

76ers lose to Wizards as Embiid, Simmons combine for 15 turnovers

first_imgNFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee SEA Games: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing ‘People evacuated on their own’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 76ers have lost 10 games in a row at Washington; their last victory in the nation’s capital came on Nov. 1, 2013.Still, the Wizards started this one about as poorly as possible at the offensive end, missing their first five shots and turning the ball over twice before finally making a basket after nearly 4 minutes.Raul Neto hit 3s on consecutive trips down the court to put the Sixers ahead 33-22 late in the first quarter. Bertans took over in the second, though, scoring 12 points in a row for Washington in one stretch and sparking a 16-2 run.“Kind of a punch in the face for them,” Bertans said.TIP-INS76ers: Had won eight of their last nine games. … G Josh Richardson missed his fourth consecutive game because of right hamstring tightness. “A hamstring is one of those things where you think that you’re fine and you take one wrong step and it’s a week or two-week setback,” Richardson said. “I don’t really want to get in that whole scenario.” … Made 8 of 14 attempts on 3s in the first half, 5 of 14 in the second. Wizards: Washington got back two reserve centers Thursday after injury absences: Ian Mahinmi (right Achilles) made his season debut, getting seven points and five rebounds in 13 minutes; Moe Wagner (left ankle) returned after missing two games and had five points and 11 rebounds.SO MANY INJURIESWashington’s roster has been injury-depleted all season so far, most prominently missing All-Star point guard John Wall. Each day seems to bring more bad news, and Thursday was no different: Point guard Isaiah Thomas was a late scratch with a bad calf, while guard-forward Jordan McRae was ruled out for no less than two weeks because of a right finger problem.Others unavailable at the moment include starting center Thomas Bryant and forward C.J Miles.UP NEXT76ers: Host Cleveland on Saturday night to open a three-game homestand.Wizards: At Miami on Friday night. Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) chases the ball during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON— Well, at least give Ben Simmons and the rest of the Philadelphia 76ers credit for honesty.They didn’t try to hide from the fact that they were sloppy with the ball — to the tune of 21 turnovers, a combined 15 from Simmons and Joel Embiid — or that their defense was half-hearted — they let one opponent make his first half-dozen 3-point attempts — or that their overall showing was, to use Tobias Harris’ word, “Terrible.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist View comments Facing one of the most lax defenses in the NBA, Embiid had eight turnovers and Simmons seven. The Wizards ended up converting all of the turnovers into 30 points, quite a gift for a team that lost five of six games entering the night.“There was just a lot of bad turnovers all around,” Harris said. “It’s something that’s been hurting us all year. We’ve known that.”Rookie Rui Hachimura scored 27 for Washington, Bradley Beal had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Davis Bertans scored 19 of his season-high 25 points in the second quarter.In the first half, he shot 8 for 8 overall, 6 for 6 on 3s, and totaled 22 points.“He’s the best shooter that I’ve ever seen,” Hachimura said.ADVERTISEMENT As well as the Sixers have been playing at home lately, they just can’t consistently get their act together on the road, and the latest disappointment for a team that has serious aspirations for the postseason was a 119-113 loss at the struggling Washington Wizards on Thursday night.“I just think,” Simmons said, “we came in too relaxed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Sixers dropped to 5-7 away from Philadelphia — where they are 10-0 this season — despite 33 points from Harris, 26 points and a season-best 21 rebounds from Embiid, and 17 points and 10 assists from Simmons.“I didn’t think we responded well at all. I thought that it took us about 36 minutes, 38 minutes, to come with an energy that we have been playing with,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption MOST READlast_img read more

BLUES SPLIT PAIR OF GAMES ON DAY 2 OF TINA FINALI TOURNAMENT

first_imgStory Links The Varsity Blues women’s water polo team split a pair of games on Day 2 of the Tina Finali tournament at Cal Lutheran University. The Blues wind up the tournament and their nine day competition tour with an early morning game against Cal State East Bay. Less than three hours later, the Blues were back in the water to square off against the Occidental University Tigers and this time emerged on the positive side of an early 3-0 lead. Fifth year assistant captain Ana Miroslavic (Toronto) had a pair of goals while senior captain Ali Kraft (Rancho Santa Margarita, California) and freshman Caitlyn Tiedje added singles. Midway through the final quarter the Blues pulled to within one goal at 5-4 but ran out of gas before finally succumbing 6-4. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.   Print Friendly Version U of T extended their advantage to 6-0 late in the second quarter and, though exhausted, had enough left to finish out the game 8-4 winners. Jaffe stopped a penalty shot, had four steals and a dozen saves while only giving up two goals in another outstanding effort in goal over just three quarters as junior backupDaniela Freeman (Menifee, California) finished up. On Saturday morning, the Blues fell behind to the host Cal Lutheran Lancers 3-0 and were unable to sustain any offence early on. Though the team struggled in the front court, the defence started to tighten up led by the formidable goaltending of sophomore Rachael Jaffe (Irvine, California). With that support from the back end, Toronto slowly but surely crawled back into contention. Miroslavic again led the way with a hat trick. Tiedje popped in a pair while Kraft, sophomore Kassie Fraser (Vancouver) and freshman Anya Mysak (Vancouver) scored once each.last_img read more

Fees to rise for some UC programs?

first_imgOpponents say the move is a bad idea that will deter low-income students and isn’t right for a public university. But supporters say the schools have suffered from state budget cuts and need the extra money to maintain quality. DAVIS, Calif. – A series of fee hikes for University of California professional schools have been given initial approval. A committee of the system’s Board of Regents approved a series of fee increases for law, medical and other professional schools at a meeting in Davis on Thursday. The increases now go before the full board. The hikes break with tradition because some schools in the 10-campus system would be charging significantly more than lesser-known branches. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sporting Lisbon now willing to sell William Carvalho for £30.75m

first_imgWest Ham target William Carvalho will be available for £30.75m this January as Sporting Lisbon attempt to balance their books.According to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Sporting need to raise cash when the window opens and are finally ready to part with their star midfielder.This will come as good news to the Hammers, who spent most of the summer attempting to land the Portugal international.As talkSPORT told you this week, the east London club are reportedly still tracking Carvalho ahead of the January sales and they could be encouraged by this latest news.It had been suggested that Sporting were not interested in selling the 25-year-old for anything less than his £40m release clause, but it has now been reported that his price may have been lowered.O Jogo claims that the Portuguese club are now open to offers around the €35m (£30.75m) mark, which could be the right price for West Ham too. 1 William Carvalho remains on West Ham’s radar last_img read more

Cooling stations provide relief

first_imgPhyllis Cravens calls this summer the hottest she’s felt since she moved to Southern California. And that was 80 years ago. “When I go to bed at night, it feels like a heating pad,” Cravens said Monday. “I’ll put ice water beside my bed, a wet towel on my neck, turn the fan on and leave the window open. But it’s still hot.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesCravens, 89, and other seniors enjoyed the refreshing cool of central air conditioning Monday at the West Covina Senior Center, one of the county’s 38 designated cooling stations. These locations provide basic necessities for the elderly, young children, chronic invalids, the homeless and other members of the public when the National Weather Service declares a Heat Emergency Advisory. “Some seniors come here because they don’t have air conditioning at home,” the center’s Senior Services Supervisor Vanessa Carter said. “There’s been an extreme heat advisory and we’ve been making announcements to provide them with ways to stay cool.” The advisory sent by the county to local centers recommends people wear loose-fitting clothing, drink lots of water, avoid unnecessary exertion and visit air-conditioned facilities like shopping malls and libraries. “While people don’t need to be told it’s hot outside, they do need to be reminded how to take care of themselves,” County Health Officer Jonathan Fielding said in the advisory. “I can handle the heat, but not the humidity,” Richard Patterson said, as he played a game of bridge at the center. “We heard the announcements and I’ve been carrying a bottle of water wherever I go.” Kurt Trieselmann, 69, of West Covina changed his morning schedule for jogging by leaving before 6 a.m. as opposed to later in the morning. But even that, he said, “doesn’t make much of a difference.” “It’s just terrible,” Trieselmann added. “What’s amazing is there are some people out there wearing sweats. I don’t know how they can handle it.” Altadena resident Dorsey League was wearing a windsuit, but preferred her Chinese painting class at the Altadena Senior Center more than an outdoor stroll. The center was also a county cooling station and provided central air for its seniors. “That’s why I’m here,” League said. “I’ll stay as long as I can stay, until they kick me out. Plus, it’s too expensive to pay for my gas bill.” Marge Marquez, 66, is the center’s receptionist. Originally from New York, she said she got used to the humidity. But, one step outside of her home in Sierra Madre was enough to make her live like a hermit for the weekend. “I didn’t go outside. It’s like you can’t breathe,” Marquez said. “I love the winter because you can put on clothes, but in the summer, there’s only so much you can take off.” sang.lee@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more