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: and 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

Irish Greyhound Board media statement: 6th December, 2019

first_imgA fully independent, systematic review into the sustainability of individual stadia and the wider industry footprint formed a key element of the IGB’s Strategic Plan 2018-2022.The brief for the study included the assessment of infrastructure and services available at all 16 licensed greyhound stadia in Ireland; an assessment of financial sustainability at each track; analysis of population catchments and motorway access; and detailed recommendations regarding individual stadia.The report has recommended a restructuring of the footprint of the greyhound sector; ongoing cost efficiency measures; targeted investment in animal welfare, marketing & infrastructure; and the ceasing of funding for four stadia – Enniscorthy, Lifford, Longford and Youghal.Enniscorthy’s wide galloping track has produced many future stars in the South East. Lifford’s passionate greyhound community have had a long association and commitment to racing in the North West. Longford has had a strong greyhound racing tradition for generations, with the track being a signature ‘schooling’ track for young greyhounds. Youghal has produced many high quality owners, trainers and greyhounds and most recently has provided quality SIS racing to a worldwide audience.The four tracks concerned have each contributed significantly to the Irish greyhound industry over a long number of years. Each track has been in operation for over half a century, with each one having a unique history, culture and tradition. The IGB very much regrets the decision to cease funding at these stadia and its impact on staff, owners and the wider greyhound community but is keenly aware of the challenges that Indecon Economic Consultants have identified for the industry.The IGB has already taken steps to address these challenges, including:The implementation of the Greyhound Racing Act 2019, signed into law by the President in May of this year. The Act includes the welfare of greyhounds as one of the statutory functions of the IGB for the first time. It also provides the board with powers to make regulations relating to integrity, anti-doping, administration and a full greyhound traceability system. Tenders have recently been sought by the IGB for the provision of a traceability system.The IGB’s overall spend on welfare and regulation in 2020 is estimated at €3.4m, including  expenditure on veterinary services at tracks, operation of the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust and the IGB’s welfare and regulatory teams.The IGB continues to make significant progress in the areas of welfare and regulation under its Strategic Plan 2018-2022 through various care and welfare initiatives, including:–          From June 2019, the IGB extended and increased support under its scheme for foster care of greyhounds to identify new foster homes within Ireland for greyhounds.–          From July 2019, the IGB established the confidential, recorded Greyhound Care Line (061 448080), available 24/7 to members of the public to report greyhound welfare concerns. This has resulted in more than 30 individual investigations carried out by the IGB’s welfare department to date.–          The IGB is progressing the provision of Greyhound Care Centres, intended to help the transition of racing greyhounds from the track to retirement. A tender evaluation process on 16 separate submissions is nearing completion.–          From September 2019, the IGB established a separate Care Fund dedicated to funding a variety of initiatives for the care and welfare of the greyhound, accrued from 10% of all admissions and restaurant packages, 5% of net Tote income and 50% of existing sponsorship contributions. The IGB is targeting the sum of €1 million to be raised for the Greyhound Care Fund in its first year of operation.The IGB continues to strive to continuously improve cost efficiency measures, eliminating non-value adding costs and maximising income potential.CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, Gerard Dollard, commented: “This review, which forms part of the IGB’s five year strategic plan, will progress the industry’s footprint for the future. The greyhound industry, like many other industries, has to change and adapt to maintain viability for future generations. The report that has been published today, and which has been accepted by the Board of the IGB gives a road map to underpin a viable long term sustainable industry for people to participate in and enjoy. I acknowledge that the report will make difficult reading for the passionate greyhound community, particularly those who are employed in, race greyhounds or attend greyhound racing in any of the stadia where the cessation of funding is recommended. It is important that members of the public, both inside and outside of the industry, have a chance to assess the outcome of the independent study and express their views before the recommendations are implemented.”The IGB is inviting submissions regarding the report’s recommendations and their implementation up to January 10th, 2020.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The recommendations of the report have been accepted by the Board of the IGB. The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) today released an independent report undertaken by Indecon Economic Consultants, which reviewed the future needs of its 16 licensed stadia and made recommendations regarding the industry’s footprint into the future.last_img read more

Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit 2017: Resources and Links

first_imgLast week I hosted Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Detroit 2017, along with my Refresh Detroit co-organizer Nick DeNardis and Ladies That UX Detroit founder Emily Bowman.We had a great turnout for our fourth annual GAAD Detroit event, where Caitlin Geier and Matt Isner presented talks on usability and testing for accessibility. You can check out photos as well as this excellent recap by Mark Moeckler.Resources and LinksMany accessibility resources were shared during the event. Here are a few of the resources, along with links to the presentation slides:Global Accessibility Awareness DayCaitlin Geier’s Design Before Code slidesMatt Isner’s Introduction to aXe slidesWeb Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0Nielsen’s 10 Usability HeuristicsNoCoffee Chrome extensionaXe accessibiity testing toolaXe Chrome extensionaXe Firefox extensionBasic Screen Reader Commands for Accessibility TestingTips for Getting Started with AccessibilityThanks to SponsorsGlobal Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit would not happen without the financial support of our sponsors. Thank you to our event sponsor, Deque for returning for the second year to sponsor our event.Shoutout to local coworking space Bamboo Detroit for providing the event venue. Visit their site to learn more about their coworking plans as well as upcoming events.Save the DateIf you’re in the Michigan or northwest Ohio area, save the date for next year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit on May 17, 2018.Our Next Refresh Detroit MeetupYou’re invited to join us at our June event, Google Analytics Workshop on June 22, 2017, when Nick DeNardis will explore how to track user experiences in Google Analytics. Register today!Keep the Conversation GoingAlthough Global Accessibility Awareness Day is over, let’s keep the conversation going about web accessibility.Whether you attended our Detroit event, another in-person event, spent an hour not using your computer mouse, or attended an online workshop, share what you learned with people you work with, your blog readers, and others.Lets make the web accessible to everyone!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedGlobal Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit to Take Place May 18Returning for the fourth year, Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Detroit will be held May 18, 2017 at Bamboo Detroit in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Our event will join dozens of other events held around the world on May 18 to raise awareness of digital accessibility in the products and services…In “Accessibility”May 2018 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit on May 19I’m proud to announce Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Detroit returns for the third year on May 19, 2016 at 6:30pm in downtown Detroit. We have an exciting event planned for this year: an interactive hands-on session to help you better understand the importance of making the web accessible to…In “Accessibility”last_img read more

Library E-Book Checkouts Get a Major Boost

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Books#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The number of people who check out e-books via their local library is still pretty small – less than 15% of people in a recent survey indicated that they turned to libraries for their digital content. In part, it’s been difficult for libraries to offer e-books to their patrons, but as the popularity of the e-books and e-readers has skyrocketed, it’s clear that libraries are keen to find a solution to make e-book lending possible. And an announcement today from the digital content distributor OverDrive is a huge leap toward making that possible.Earlier this spring, Amazon announced that it would be working with OverDrive in order to make it possible for libraries to lend Kindle books to their patrons. OverDrive already provides digital content to libraries and schools, and by making the popular Amazon format an option, it was anticipated that many more people would be able to take advantage of library e-book lending.Librarians, however, had a number of concerns about the news, the least of which were questions about whether or not they would need to repurchase e-books in order to have them available in the Kindle format.In anticipation of Amazon’s lending library opening later this year, OverDrive has just made a number of announcements about its plans to work with libraries in order to facilitate e-book lending. Platform Agnostic, DRM-Free E-Book LendingOverDrive says it will become platform agnostic and “eliminate the need for librarians and readers to deal with various e-book file formats.” In addition to supporting multiple file formats, OverDrive says that it’s launching “Open E-Book,” a DRM-free collection. These formatting options will make it much easier for libraries and for patrons to be able to access content across devices and platforms.OverDrive is also tackling a long-standing complaint about e-book lending: the fact that it’s restricted by the same laws of physics that bind printed books and that if someone else has checked out an e-book, it isn’t available for anyone else. OverDrive says that it will provide new “always available” e-book collections so that multiple patrons can read certain titles simultaneously. And finally, it’s going to enable “patron driven acquisition,” an opt-in program for libraries that will let readers immediately borrow a title (or recommend that their local library purchase it) from online booksellers.All of this sounds fairly promising, although it’s worth pointing out that many of the details of how these things will be implemented aren’t available yet. OverDrive says it will offer more details at the American Library Association conference at the end of the month.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts audrey watterslast_img read more

Theo: ‘My European Milan dream’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Theo Hernandez explains why he took a pay cut, believes he can achieve his dream of “winning the Champions League at Milan” and has more “freedom” under Stefano Pioli. The former Real Madrid full-back joined this summer after face-to-face talks with club legend and current director Paolo Maldini. “I did some silly things in Madrid, but I have matured as a person since then,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It was an honour for me to be chosen by Maldini, a man who wrote history not just with Milan, but of football in general. He was very convincing and I didn’t need long to accept the offer. “I even talked to my agent about taking a pay cut for Milan and we immediately agreed. Milan is a club with great history, one of the sides with the most trophies in the world. It was worth making a sacrifice for that. “I’m still only 22 and have a lot to learn. Milan is a fundamental step in my career and I want to stay here for many years, to write my place in the history books. “My dream is to win the Champions League with Milan, but first we need to qualify. I don’t know how long it’ll take to get back to the top, but I believe we’re on the right track and can finish in the top four this season.” It was a rough start, as coach Marco Giampaolo was sacked just seven games into his tenure, while Pioli made his debut with a 2-2 draw against Lecce. “Giampaolo said I was tactically undisciplined, but I did come to Italy with the idea of improving that aspect of my game. It’s true that I like to attack and push forward, but I do know that I have to do more defensively,” noted Theo. “We have more freedom under Pioli and I really like his new tactical system. The important thing is that I help the team and I know that in the end I am a defender and must work more covering the spaces. Pioli gives us some freedom, but not too much, as in Italy it’s important to have a clearly-defined tactical organisation. “We’re learning a great deal with Pioli, he knows what he’s talking about and we will slowly climb back up the table.” Theo Hernandez never quite delivered on his promise at Real Madrid and freely admits he could’ve done better off the field as well as on. “I did a few silly things, but I am still young. I consider myself a calm and fun person to be around, I like nothing more than staying home with my family and my dogs. “I do need to be careful that I don’t put on weight, because being in Italy I do love pasta, pizza and risotto…”last_img read more

Huawei launches new smartwatch Honor Band Zero alongside the Honor 7

first_imgHuawei launched the Honor 7 smartphone on Tuesday and alongwith it a few accessories which includes the Honor Band Zero and the HonorWhistle Bluetooth headset. The gadgets will be available in China from August.The Honor band Zero is another smart watch that sports acircular design and the bezel comprises of brushed metal, which givesit a more premium touch. The device comes with the usual set of sensors whichincludes a heart rate sensor. The watch also comes with IP68 protection forwater and dust resistance. Despite the premium-looking build, the smartwatchseems to be carrying a hefty bezel for a smart watch. The watch will be run onGoogles Android Wear platform.According to a report from Gsmarena, the Honor Whistle Bluetooth headsetlaunched alongside the smartwatch will also sport a brushed metal look but weare not sure if that will be the choice of material for the headset. Detailsregarding the headset have not been revealed yet and will probably launch as anaccessory for the Honor 7.   Huawei Honor 7 will be available in three variants the 16GBvariant will cost CNY 1999 which would come around Rs 20,500, the other 16GBdual SIM variant is priced at CNY2199 that will roughly translate to Rs 22,500and the 64GB variant will cost CNY 2499 which will cost around Rs 25,500.The Honor 7 sports a 5.2-inch FullHD display that yields apixel density of 423ppi. THe device will be powered by a 64-bit octa-core Kirin935 processor (four Cortex-A53 cores at 2.2GHz + four Cortex-A53 at 1.5GHz)which will be assisted by 3GB of RAM. The smartphone will run on the Lollipop5.1 based EMUI 3.1. On the camera front the phone comes with a 20Megapixelprimary camera and an 8Megapixel front-facing snapper. The smartphone alsoboasts of a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.advertisementAlso read: Huawei,LG may manufacture two separate Nexus devices this yearlast_img read more

10 days ago​Man Utd chief Judge held talks with PSG striker Cavani

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd chief Judge held talks with PSG striker Cavaniby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United once held talks with Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani, but the deal did not materialise.A report in The Athletic indicates that United transfer guru Matt Judge engaged in talks with the Uruguayan a few years ago.But it appears the Uruguay international was happy at PSG and a possible move was shut down by Cavani’s brother.It is said that Cavani’s sibling added various demands into a possible deal that United did not think were suitable.United could go back in for Cavani in the summer, as they need a senior forward and he will likely leave PSG on a free transfer.The veteran is now 32, but could still do a job for United for a couple of seasons – a la Zlatan Ibrahimovic. last_img read more

Vine: Marquette’s Matt Carlino Drills Deep Two To Tie Up Game vs. Georgetown With Under 1 Second Remaining

first_imgMatt Carlino hits game-tying shot.VineFormer BYU star Matt Carlino is no stranger to big shots, and the new Marquette Golden Eagle hit a huge one with under a second left against Big East rival Georgetown. With a few second remaining in the game, and Marquette down two, Carlino takes the ball up the floor, and hits a huge shot with his toes barely touching the three-point line. The shot was literally inches away from ending the game. Instead, we’re heading to overtime.The shot caps a monster game for Carlino, who has 25 points against the Hoyas. He’ll have his chance to help Marquette win it in overtime.last_img read more

The 20 Most Popular College Football Teams In The Country In 2014, Based On Total Attendance

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)The NCAA’s college football attendance numbers for 2014 have officially been released, and while there aren’t too many big surprises, there are some interesting trends in the data. In terms of home attendance numbers, the top ten features five schools from the SEC, four schools from the Big Ten, and one school from the Big 12 – no surprise, all of them have huge stadiums that seat ridiculous numbers of fans. But what about overall attendance numbers? Which schools do fans come out for both at home and on the road?We’ve gone through the NCAA’s numbers and put together the list of the top 20 programs in terms of overall attendance per game. Yes, we realize that the playing field is not level across the country, as teams have different schedules, different stadium sizes and different game totals. Still, the No. 1 team on our list won’t surprise you.Here are the 20 college football teams that fans saw the most in-person, on average, during the 2014-2015 season.Get Started: Programs Ranked 20-16 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5last_img read more