YAOUNDE (Reuters) – The final stages of this year’s African Champions League must find a new venue after Cameroon said on Monday it would not host the three remaining matches of this year’s competition.Cameroon had been asked by the Confederation of African Football last month to host two semi-finals and the final of the continent’s top club competition, which had been postponed in May because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in September.However, Cameroon Football Federation president Seidou Mbombo Njoya told a news conference his government had vetoed the plans because of concerns over transmission of the novel coronavirus.It means CAF must now find a new host for the matches.Record winners Al Ahly are to play last year’s runners-up Wydad Casablanca and Zamalek take on Raja Casablanca in the two semi-finals — both matches between Egyptian and Moroccan clubs.CAF said the semi-finals would be played as single matches, with extra time and a post-match penalty shootout if necessary to decide the winner.They will also allow five substitutions per match for each team.
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsFreshman point guard Garrett Perry had a breakout game as the L.V. Rogers Bombers blasted the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 76-44 in Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball League action Thursday night at the Hangar.Perry checked in with 20 points, but it was his fine distribution of the ball that caught the attention of Bomber head coach Blair D’Andrea.“Garrett stepped up at the point guard position,” D’Andrea said. “He hasn’t been playing with a lot of confidence of late but tonight he distributed the ball well and hit a lot of his shots.”“He deserved the 20 points he got tonight,” he added.Bombers turned a close game early into an easy win, especially after struggling Tuesday against Mount Sentinel Wildcats.Jason D’Andrea led all scorers with 24 points, including three from three-point land. John Zak had 18 points before spraining an ankle.Maverick Seed was a force on the boards for LVR. Jesse Zak also left the game with an ankle injury.“I’m happy with my UN (United Nations) team on the bench,” D’Andrea said with a chuckle. “They (David Chen, Jae Tak and Leonard Batubura) all chipped in with valuable floor time.”LVR is idle until Feb. 4-5 when the Bombers host a four-team tournament. The event is combined with four girls teams.On the boy’s side are Mount Sentinel, Selkirk Storm of Kimberley and Kalamalka Lakers of [email protected]
Doug O’Neill7310111214%45%$469,152 SONGBIRD MAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT SATURDAYThe countdown to the much-anticipated three-year-old debut of undefeated champion Songbird is underway in earnest.The Eclipse Award winner as the best two-year-old filly of 2015 drew post position six in a field of seven for Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, one of four graded stakes on an attractive and challenging nine-race card set to unfold in summer-like weather with temperatures in the 80s.“It seems like she drew a good post and we’re excited about getting her back to the races,” said Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains Songbird for the Fox Hill Farm of Rick Porter.“We got everything in with her training that we wanted; we were lucky with the weather in that regard.”The Las Virgenes: She’s a Warrior, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Street Fancy, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Jade Princess, Martin Garcia, 10-1; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Songbird, Mike Smith, 1-5; and Merirosvo, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1. FLAMBOYANT NO LONGSHOT THIS TIME IN SAN MARCOSFlamboyant lit up the tote board when he got up by a neck at 46-1 under Brice Blanc in the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 2.The French-bred son of Peer Gynt will be a substantially shorter price when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II San Marcos Stakes for older horses at a mile-and-a-quarter on turf.Flamboyant worked six furlongs on the main track Jan. 29 in a bullet 1:13.20 with French-born Blanc aboard.“He’s a nice work horse,” Gallagher said of the five-year-old gelding. “He didn’t go too fast or too slow and he acts like he’ll go a mile and a quarter.”So Gallagher wouldn’t mind a French-bred horse winning for an Irish-bred trainer?“No,” he said. “Winning is all I want to do.”The field for the San Marcos: Gaga A, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1; Chiropractor, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Southern Freedom, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Power Foot, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Hay Dude, David C. Lopez, 5-2; Abbey Vale, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 15-1; and Big Cazanova, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1. CAT BURGLAR A SLEEPER IN SAN ANTONIO STAKESCat Burglar sneaks in to Saturday’s $500,000 San Antonio Stakes under the radar in quest of his first stakes win for owner Michael Lund Petersen and trainer Bob Baffert.The six-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song doesn’t have the glowing credentials of Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, who was not entered in the Grade II San Antonio for older horses at 1 1/8 miles, or even those of Hoppertunity, who was entered, but assuredly Cat Burglar is better than an empty stall.Dortmund and Hoppertunity are both trained by Baffert.The chestnut Cat’s Burglar won an overnight race under Rafael Bejarano on Jan. 8, his first start in nearly five months, and has knocked on the door in graded stakes. Twice he was third in the Grade III Pimlico Special and ran third in the Grade II Brooklyn at Belmont in 2014.“He’s got speed and I think he can go the distance,” Bejarano said. “He was beaten less than a length in the Brooklyn, and that was at a mile and a half. He should be all right, and he should move forward off his last race.”In 14 career starts, Cat Burglar has won four, with four seconds and three thirds, with earnings of $334,400.The field for the San Antonio, race seven: Cat Burglar, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Cyrus Alexander, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Hard Aces, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Hoppertunity, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Blingo, Alex Solis, 20-1; Imperative, Mike Smith, 5-2; and El Kabeir, Gary Stevens, 6-1. Victor Espinoza353829%37%$477,060 Richard Baltas4876315%33%$477,274 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 31) Mike Smith4653611%30%$502,240 Kristin Mulhall2052125%40%$193,610 Mike Puype383728%32%$172,380 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Abel Lezcano3131210%19%$133,870 JOCKEYS ANNUAL CHARITY GAME ON FEB. 11The 49th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played a week from tonight on Thursday, Feb. 11, at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit Holy Angels athletic program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by Thoroughbred owner J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, a number of active riders are expected to participate, including: Saul Arias, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Martin Garcia, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Abel Lezcano, Kayla Stra, Chantal Sutherland, David Lopez, Edwin Maldonado, Gonzalo Nicolas, Martin Pedroza, Geena Lattanzio, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Alonso Quinonez, Joe Talamo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.TVG’s Kurt Hoover, who will be reporting live from Santa Anita on Thursday, will coach the jockeys for the 15th consecutive year.“We’ve got Desormeaux back,” said Hoover. “And as good as Drayden Van Dyke was last year, that’s all we need, believe me.”The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, the 17-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to The Great Race Place.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels Elementary School in Arcadia. Brayan Pena2030015%15%$51,750 Philip D’Amato5512101122%60%$778,210 Steve Knapp1631219%38%$99,290 Agapito Delgadillo4065515%40%$160,412 Mario Gutierrez919161010%38%$520,624 J. Keith Desormeaux2351622%52%$147,390 Jeff Mullins1234025%58%$99,780 Drayden Van Dyke6577911%35%$429,824 Robertino Diodoro1334123%62%$96,340 Rafael Bejarano992122921%53%$1,073,120 Mark Glatt4155212%29%$257,270 Kent Desormeaux4278517%48%$607,800 Michael Machowsky1833317%50%$157,806 Peter Miller6193715%31%$332,790 Tyler Baze11712211410%40%$660,292 Karen Headley730043%43%$137,860 J. Eric Kruljac2132514%48%$78,560 Edwin Maldonado82137916%35%$523,110 William Spawr1965132%63%$154,442 Bob Baffert4587918%53%$500,740 Martin Pedroza4664213%26%$156,390 Gary Stevens3044313%37%$561,810 ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR CHAMP SONGBIRD SATURDAYCAT BURGLAR TIPTOES INTO SAN ANTONIO STAKESI WILL SCORE TACKLES MOR SPIRIT IN ROBERT LEWISFLAMBOYANT OUT TO PROVE HE’S THE REAL DEALSANTA ANITA RIDERS’ CHARITY GAME NEXT THURSDAY George Papaprodromou2032315%40%$82,630 Peter Eurton39611615%59%$371,360 John Sadler3555314%37%$230,770 Vladimir Cerin1661238%56%$154,690 Patrick Gallagher1742324%53%$267,768 Fernando Perez85951411%33%$468,056 Alex Solis1430321%43%$193,018 Jeff Bonde1952326%53%$121,360 David Lopez871781520%46%$525,326 Alonso Quinonez504738%28%$184,820 Steven Miyadi3057517%57%$178,744 Ron Ellis1831217%33%$91,810 Jack Carava1642125%44%$90,410 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Joseph Talamo10013131413%40%$625,054 Jerry Hollendorfer6556118%34%$344,966 Santiago Gonzalez11723161120%43%$916,248 SONGBIRD STABLEMATE I WILL SCORE IN LEWISI Will Score has two things in common with Songbird: he’s unbeaten and he’s trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.Other than that, the three-year-old son of Roman Ruler has much to prove to be mentioned in the same breath with the champion Songbird, but Hollendorfer is optimistic about the colt’s future.“We think he’s a horse with some promise, so we look for him to run a good race,” Hollendorfer said, speaking of Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes.I Will Score, who has won his only two starts, both sprints, will go two turns for the first time in the Lewis. He has two bullet works at Santa Anita since taking a first condition allowance here on Jan. 3.The field for the Lewis, which goes as race four: Let’s Meet in Rio, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; I Will Score, Mike Smith, 5-2; Dressed in Hermes, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Laoban, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens, 8-5; Path of David, Joe Talamo, 8-1; and Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez, 5-1. Flavien Prat961671417%39%$798,088 FINISH LINES: Multiple graded stakes winner Om worked five furlongs on the main track Thursday in a minute flat under Gary Stevens for Dan Hendricks, who has his sights on the Grade II Arcadia Stakes at one mile on grass Feb. 13 . . . Three-time champion Beholder galloped on the main track Thursday for Richard Mandella . . . Trainer Carla Gaines reports that undefeated Cal-bred Smokey Image came out of his smashing 8 ½-lenghth triumph in the California Cup Derby in excellent shape and at this stage is being pointed to the Grade III, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes against open company on March 12 . . . Jockeys Santiago Gonzalez and Tiago Pereira have been suspended an additional day (Feb. 6) for riding in more than one designated race while under suspension . . . A reminder about previously made announcements that on Super Bowl Sunday, Santa Anita will not offer guaranteed pools. However, the lucrative guarantees will continue today and Friday, as the Late Pick 4 both days has guaranteed pools of $300,000. Saturday, the Late Pick 4 will be guaranteed at $500,000 and the Pick Six pool at $150,000 . . . DRF/NTRA National Handicapping champion Paul Matties, who won $800,000 and an Eclipse Award, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens. There will be no seminar on Super Bowl Sunday. First post time Sunday is 11 a.m. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Garcia5476813%39%$458,844 Kenneth Black830038%38%$230,250
Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Ministry will be conducting a survey to ascertain schools’ readiness for the Primary Exit Profile’s (PEP) implementation in the 2018/19 academic year, which begins in September.He says while he is confident that it is “all systems go” for some Regions, schools and teachers that are not ready to implement the new curriculum need to be identified so that the necessary resources and support can be deployed to get them prepared.PEP will replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) as the secondary school placement examination.The Minister was delivering the keynote address at the Jamaica Association of Education Officers’ Presidential Inauguration and Awards Ceremony at Royalton White Sands Resort in Trelawny on Thursday (August 23).Senator Reid reassured Principals and teachers voicing concerns regarding details about PEP that the Ministry will provide the necessary support to assist them to better understand the examination.Meanwhile, the Minister praised education officers for their sterling contribution to the sector.In highlighting retired education officers who were recognised by the association for outstanding service, he said they have played a critical role in the sector’s transformation and expressed gratitude to them on behalf of the Government.“I want to… thank you for your yeoman service. The business of education is a labour of love. We don’t do it for the ‘likes’… we do it for the love,” the Minister stated.Senator Reid said he believed that the Education Ministry is, arguably, among the top-performing Portfolios of Government, by virtue of its performance, which he attributed to the education officers’ extraordinary support.Eleven retired education officers received awards for their exceptional contribution to various areas of the education system, including curriculum development.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have set a target to cut India’s oil import dependence by 10 per cent but the country’s reliance on foreign oil for meeting its energy needs has jumped to a multi-year high of nearly 84 per cent, latest government data showed. Speaking at the ‘Urja Sangam’ conference in March 2015, the Prime Minister had said that India needs to bring down its oil import dependence from 77 per cent in 2013-14 to 67 per cent by 2022 when India will celebrate its 75th year of independence. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraFurther, the dependence can be cut to half by 2030, he had said. But with consumption growing at a brisk pace and domestic output remaining stagnant, India’s oil import dependence has risen from 82.9 per cent in 2017-18 to 83.7 per cent in 2018-19, according to the oil ministry’s Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC). Import dependence in 2015-16 was 80.6 per cent, which rose to 81.7 per cent in the following year, PPAC said. The country’s oil consumption grew from 184.7 million tonnes in 2015-16 to 194.6 million tonnes in the following year and 206.2 million tonnes in the year thereafter. In 2018-19, demand grew by 2.6 per cent to 211.6 million tonnes. In contrast, domestic output continues to fall. India’s crude oil output fell from 36.9 million tonnes in 2015-16 to 36 million tonnes in 2016-17. The trend of negative growth continues in the following years as well as output fell to 35.7 million tonnes in 2017-18 and to 34.2 million tonnes in the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2019, PPAC data showed. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe government is focusing on measures like increasing domestic production, promoting the use of biofuel and energy conservation to reduce dependence on imported crude oil. It changed exploration rules multiple times during the last five years to get the elusive private and foreign investment. The previous New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) was changed to Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP) promising pricing and marketing freedom. HELP brought in open acreage licensing policy that gave companies freedom to choose areas they want to explore. Discovered oil and gas fields, taken away from state-owned firms, were also auctioned but neither this nor the open acreage policy managed to get big names to invest in exploration and production of oil and gas. According to PPAC, India spent $111.9 billion on oil imports in 2018-19, up from $87.8 billion in the previous fiscal year. The import bill was $64 billion in 2015-16. For the current fiscal, it projected crude oil imports to rise to 233 million tonnes and foreign exchange spending on it to marginally increase to $112.7 billion. State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp’s (ONGC) output fell to 19.6 million tonnes in 2018-19 from 20.8 million tonnes in the previous year. ONGC’s oil production was 20.9 million tonnes in 2016-17 and 21.1 million tonnes in 2015-16.
I would have included Cutler initially, but I had a “problem” with his curve: It was coming out as a perfectly straight line, virtually indistinguishable from the y=x guide (a highly unlikely outcome). I thought this might have been a data problem, but it turns out Cutler’s results really were just too vanilla for the method I was using to pick up the variation. So I tried an alternate method that is more sensitive to small variation.10It turns out the issue was a quirk of the smoothing method I was using. The geom_smooth() function in R was using a GAM model, which “fits” what order of polynomial to use as well as what values to use for each argument. In Cutler’s case, the curve was flat enough that it was choosing to use a linear function.) So to get more contour, I tried using a different method (forcing the smooth to use a local regression — or “loess” in R. The alternate method turned out to be less sensitive to large variation as well, so I was able to plot a couple more notable quarterbacks as well as Cutler:Russell Wilson — like his comrade Andrew Luck — has a very impressive curve so far in his career, albeit over a sample still probably too small for this analysis. (He also gets very good support from a strong team around him.)Cutler’s curve is still remarkably unremarkable, but at least it shows up. He appears to do slightly above average regardless of the circumstances. As a special treat for Bears fans who had to wait two weeks — and because I wanted to see what was going into this virtually straight line — I’ve broken down Cutler’s curve by quarter, and compared each to the same breakdown for Peyton Manning (our standard-bearer for such things):Being very far ahead or behind in the first quarter is rare, so you should take the tails of that quadrant with a grain of salt. In the second and fourth quarters, Cutler seems to outperform average in a pretty uniform way, and in the third-quarter he has a bit of a reverse-Matthew Stafford thing going on.Most empirically significant game of this weekThe Cardinals’ matchup against the defending champion Seahawks is a pretty big test for the team with the league’s best record.But on top of that, the Cardinals have a lot of important parts coming and going, which is always empirically significant: Their top QB (Carson Palmer) is out. Last week, Cardinals backup Drew Stanton held off the Detroit Lions’ Stafford at the end of the game, but the Cardinals still struggled. Leading for most of the game, they rushed 26 times, but gained only 46 yards. And their top receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, is injured but may play anyway. As demonstrated in the article on Moss, the value of top-notch WRs can affect our broader understanding of the game.And then there are the Seahawks — who were young powerhouses last year, but are possibly already in decline — and Russell Wilson, who last year averaged 33.7 yards rushing per game. That’s by far the most of any QB in a year his team won the Super Bowl — and he’s averaging 57.1 per game this year. What “running” quarterbacks mean for the game is a fascinating open question. A lot of newer, fancier QB-rating systems are giving QBs a lot of credit for their scrambling (often much more than if you treated those plays the same as completed pass attempts). But while those individual plays can be valuable, there haven’t been a lot of dynamic offenses built around running QBs, and it’s still unclear whether this is just a bonus skill or whether it will be a necessity in the future NFL.It’s perhaps even more valuable to see Wilson in action with the Seahawks struggling a bit (it can also be harder to isolate an individual player’s contributions when a team is firing on all cylinders). He’ll be tested against a Cardinals defense that grades out as one of the best in the NFL this year — a perfect opportunity to see what both are made of.Reminder: If you tweet questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them here.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. The first 10 games of the NFL season are its exposition period — we get to know the characters and themes that we expect to see develop as the race to the playoffs unfolds.1That leaves only two stages left, development and recapitulation — meaning the season is finally one-third over! This year, like nearly every other in the past decade, the New England Patriots’ refusal to regress to the mean is a central storyline.Remember back when the Patriots were 0-1 and faced a must-win in Week 2? Well, they won. Then in Week 4 they dropped to 2-2, and the end of an era was supposedly nigh. Except no. Pats will be Pats, and now they’ve won their last six games en route to the best record in the AFC. That streak has included comfortable wins against the Cincinnati Bengals (who at one point projected to have the best record), the surprisingly strong Buffalo Bills, and Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. (The Patriots are also tied with the Green Bay Packers for a league-leading point differential). And according to my colleague Neil Paine, the Patriots are really a second-half team. I shudder to think.But there’s another storyline that’s dominated the exposition period: The best record in the NFL belongs to the 9-1 Arizona Cardinals. While they’ve beaten some decent teams like Dallas, Philadelphia and San Francisco, they don’t have what the yakkers call a “signature” win. They have only the seventh-best SRS2Simple Rating System, or margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule. in football, second to the Packers in the NFC, and only a half-point ahead of the defending champion Seattle Seahawks (who have four losses).Aside from being the class of their respective conferences so far this year, the two franchises have little in common. The Cardinals have now secured their second winning season in a row — and can count that as an accomplishment in light of their 90-year history of losing. Although the Patriots’ dominance of the regular season continues apace, they will likely be disappointed if they don’t win their first Super Bowl in 10 years.To illustrate just how divergent these two franchises have been, I created a chart to show the entire history of the NFL (or at least what we have stats for). This is the cumulative regular-season point differential since 1920, for all teams (with the Patriots and the Cardinals highlighted):The current Patriots dynasty is lengthy and steep, and belongs in the same group as the San Francisco 49ers of the 1980s, the Cleveland Browns of the ’50s and ’60s, or the Chicago Bears of the ’30s and ’40s (especially when you factor in league parity).That chart is fun, but it would be a lot more useful if we could make out all 81 NFL franchises individually. Well …Chart of the weekThanks to the great work of designated Skeptical Football charts guru Reuben Fischer-Baum, you can do just that. Roll over a line to see the team’s entire history, and move along the line to see exactly how many points it has scored compared to its opponents at a given point. You can also click on a team to keep its line highlighted, and then roll over another team for comparison. Irrelevant dates (where no regular-season games were played) are excluded from the timeline.Here are a couple of things I found from the interactive that I thought were interesting:Even more Aaron RodgersFirst, Aaron Rodgers — apparently unmoved by my ongoing criticism of his failure to throw more interceptions3Of course, Rodgers throwing eight touchdowns in the first half over the past two weeks isn’t helping resolve the issue. For any skill level, win-maximization may call for “risky” strategic adjustments in certain scenarios. So while Rodgers keeps looking better and better, the Hacker Gods are remaining silent on his ability to make those adjustments. — is absolutely tearing it up this year (at least when his team is ahead, which is most of the time lately). Recently, he accomplished something pretty cool that I didn’t know about:On Sept. 25, 2011, Rodgers threw three touchdown passes as the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 27-17. With that result, the Packers had scored 2,991 more points than their opponents all-time, ahead of the Bears’ 2,989 — and the Packers haven’t looked back. As of last Sunday, Green Bay held the NFL’s best historical margin of victory by 358 points.Comment of the weekLast week Neil Paine and I wrote an article titled “Randy Moss May Well Have Been The Greatest Receiver Of All Time” — which focused on the insane “With Or Without You” stats that Moss put up in his career. In the discussion, we raised the possibility that if receivers can have as much of an impact as Randy Moss appeared to have, that may cast doubt on some previous knowledge — like how good of a quarterback Joe Montana was considering he had Jerry Rice running routes for so long.A few different people in the comments and elsewhere raised the point that Joe Montana had already won two Super Bowls before Jerry Rice arrived in San Francisco:Upon further consideration, I’m inclined to agree that it’s fairly unlikely that Rice was the driving force behind the 49ers’ success. But I’m not so sure Montana was either.Winning in the NFL can happen for a lot of different reasons — a star quarterback (think Peyton Manning), a successful new offensive or defensive strategy (think West Coast offense, zone blitz, or, more recently, the Wildcat), or a standout player who creates mismatches that other teams struggle with (think Randy Moss). But the effects of various win-generating phenomena can come in a lot of shapes and sizes.For example, let’s compare the 49ers to the St. Louis Rams. Pay particular attention to the “Greatest Show on Turf” era from 1999 into the early 2000s:The “Greatest Show on Turf” Rams had a few different things going for them, but their success was sudden, rocky, and lasted only a few years. They “broke the game” for a while in the sense that they were something the rest of the NFL didn’t know how to deal with. But despite having a lasting effect on how football is played, their dominance was fragile.On the other hand, from the early ’80s to the late ’90s, the 49ers outscored their opponents by around 2,500 points — by far the most dominant stretch in the Super Bowl era. And they did it with a practically straight line, meaning they were better than their opposition by a nearly constant amount.4Maybe you can do better, but I couldn’t find a line that straight for that long.If the 49ers owed a significant part of their success to any one player (or phenomenon of any kind), we’d likely see more variety in the team’s arc as that player’s performance fluctuated, or as he was injured, or left.5One interesting line for comparison purposes is the Indianapolis Colts, where you can see that Peyton Manning’s arrival shifted their trajectory, but it was still a lot rockier than for a team like the 49ers or the Patriots. But the consistency of the 49ers’ ascension suggests they were more of an organization-driven phenomenon. At the very least, it implies that they were the sum of many different quality parts.Playing around with the interactive, I’m fascinated by how different phenomena manifest. For example: How do the impacts of offensive and defensive innovation compare? What are the effects of a quarterback versus those of a coach? There are a lot of possibilities, so let us know what you uncover in the comments or on Twitter.Week 11 kicking awardsI keep thinking (and my editor keeps hoping) this will be the week I won’t bother talking about kickers, but then Las Vegas Locomotives alumnus Graham Gano has to go and attempt a 63-yard field goal with one second left in a thriller between the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately for the Panthers, it was blocked.My kicking model suggests that a kicker in 2014 should typically be able to make a 63-yard field goal around 40 percent of the time — but this may be skewed by the fact that such long kicks are so rarely attempted. Still, Gano’s 63-yarder wasn’t what earned him the “kicker loss”6Where the margin of victory of a losing team is smaller than the points below expectation its kicker gave up. and Week 11’s Least Valuable Kicker award. What did him in was his previous miss, a 46-yarder, which a 2014 NFL kicker should typically make about 77 percent of the time.My algorithm picked the Falcons’ Matt Bryant as the MVK over the St. Louis Rams’ Greg Zeurlein (who had an excellent week, going 5/5 with two 50+ yarders in the Rams’ huge upset of the Broncos), on account of Bryant making four field goals in a game his team only won by two (though none was over 44 yards).But the biggest news of the week is that with Nick Novak missing a kick for the San Diego Chargers, we’re down to just two perfect kickers, and they’re both veterans: the Indianapolis Colts’ Adam Vinatieri and the New York Giants’ Josh Brown.Gunslinger of the weekThere were 26 interceptions thrown in Week 11, and seven of them were thrown by the Manning brothers. Eli Manning had five in the Giants’ narrow loss against the 49ers — four of which were thrown with his team trailing7And the last, coming on fourth down, was actually better for his team than an incomplete pass would have been. — enough to win him our Gunslinger of the Week award.8For those of you keeping score at home, our Week 10 winner will go down as the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees, for his aggressive tack against San Francisco that almost led to a stunning comeback.Throwing a practically embarrassing number of interceptions now and then is something great quarterbacks do. QBs, don’t be ashamed of looking bad when trying to win! A loss is a loss, whether you throw zero interceptions or six. My maxim is: If a quarterback loses a game without throwing a few interceptions, he probably didn’t try hard enough.9Yes, future pedantic emailers, this is a deliberate oversimplification.In general, Eli Manning is a bit of an unknown. He puts up fairly big totals for a mediocre team, but often gets criticized for his high interception rate. Yet his win curve looks mostly like his big brother’s, only flatter, and it’s plausible that his shame-free style was partially responsible for the Giants’ shocking wins in two Super Bowls. Eli’s gambling wouldn’t necessarily make the Giants favorites against stronger competition, but it might have given them a better chance against a team like the 2007 Patriots than a better team with a quarterback who took fewer risks.Just for fun, I looked at the Pro Football Reference list of quarterbacks with the most four-plus-interception games. The top four are George Blanda, Joe Namath, Ken Stabler and Terry Bradshaw (all of whom won championships, and three of whom are in the Hall of Fame). Of the top 50 such QBs, 15 have won championships (and account for 20 Super Bowls), including both brothers Manning.Rookie QB watchThe biggest news in rookie QB-land was in Tennessee, where sixth-round-pick Zach Mettenberger had a fairly strong game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (263 yards and two touchdowns). He’s now guaranteed to reach the magical four-start line when rookie QBs are more likely to have successful careers. I’m not quite ready to move him up in the rankings just yet, but every pass he completes is one more than Johnny Manziel has completed all year. As of now, I’d order the rookies’ estimated career prospects like so:The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles had a bye week.The Oakland Raiders’ Derek Carr, despite finally winning a game Thursday night (in dramatic fashion) has had a pretty weak couple of weeks, with just 172 and 174 yards in Weeks 11 and 12, despite a combined 69 pass attempts.The Minnesota Vikings’ Teddy Bridgewater’s two game winning streak came to an end in Chicago.Mettenberger.The Patriots’ Jimmy Garropolo.Manziel once again got all dressed up with no ball to throw.Not really in the game yet but worth keeping an eye on: Logan Thomas is now second on the depth chart in Arizona. So far this year he has a 108.9 NFL Passer Rating, but he’s gotten it the hard way: He has only one completion in eight attempts (10 if you count sacks), but it went for 81 yards and a touchdown.Reader responseIn Week 9’s column, I introduced my experimental “win curves” for quarterbacks, which depict how much each QB typically wins relative to various expectations, and I included a number of examples.I covered most popular quarterbacks, with a couple of notable exceptions. One request I got an awful lot:
In one of the most popular professional sports league in the United States, there’s a lot at stake when a win means a trip to the Super Bowl. Arguably, though, this NFL Championship Sunday is putting a little bit more on the line than just a spot in the biggest annual sports spectacle in the world. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Colin Kaepernick and the Harbaugh brothers will all be playing this weekend for a chance to hoist the coveted Lombardi trophy. With all of those big names involved, it’s inevitable that either history will be made, legacies will be solidified, or reputations will again be up for debate for at least another year. Last weekend Brady passed his boyhood idol and NFL legend Joe Montana on the list for most all-time playoff wins with 17. But while playoff wins are quite a resume builder for most, with Brady’s first ballot Hall of Fame induction already locked up, it’s more likely that the Montana record that Brady really wants to associate himself with is four Super Bowl wins. With a victory against the Ravens in Foxborough on Sunday, Brady will have a chance to match Montana’s mark and solidify his place in the argument of the greatest quarterback in NFL history. Not to mention, a win would extend his and Bill Belichick’s record of most Super Bowl appearances as a quarterback-head coach duo. On the other side of the field in Foxborough, Ray Lewis will be doing everything in his power to stop Brady from accomplishing that goal. With a win on Sunday, Lewis will give himself the chance to win a second Super Bowl and finish his historic career on top. Though Lewis is already considered the best leader and linebacker in the history of the league by most, a second ring to go along with his 13 pro-bowl selections would leave no doubt. Covering Lewis’ back on the offensive side of the ball in this game will be Flacco. If Flacco can help lead Lewis and company to New Orleans on Feb. 3, he can finally justify his self-proclamation as an “elite” quarterback. With a subpar performance and third AFC championship game loss in five years, though, Flacco will be eating his words, as well as those of the many NFL fans who think he is overrated and cocky. While the AFC side of championship weekend features two living legends, the story on the NFC side is about legacy building. Ryan of the Falcons silenced critics last weekend with a clutch drive in the waning moments of the game, allowing his kicker to ground the Seahawks with a game-winning field goal as time expired. However, with a loss at home to San Francisco in the NFC championship game Sunday, that landmark victory for Ryan, as well as his hopes to build his legacy as an “elite” quarterback, might very well become a distant memory. Not only would a loss drop his career playoff record to a disappointing 1-4, but it would give Kaepernick twice as many crucial playoff wins as Ryan in less than half the tries. On that same note, with two playoff wins in nine career NFL starts, regular or postseason, and a Super Bowl appearance, a win in Atlanta would get Kaepernick off to a groundbreaking start to his career. He’d also be well on his way to building a legacy for himself as one of the premier running quarterbacks of all time. On top of all the personal glory that has the potential to be achieved with any of the four possible Super Bowl matchups, perhaps the most intriguing part of NFL Championship Sunday is that it holds the power to yield an historic “Harbaugh Bowl.” The drama involved with a John Harbaugh-led Ravens team squaring off against a Jim Harbaugh-led 49ers team would be unequalled. Everybody loves a big brother – little brother rivalry, but one that makes NFL history and results in bragging rights in the form of a Lombardi Trophy, now that is glorious.
The Juventus manager talked about the importance of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series between his side and Atletico Madrid.Italian Lega Serie A club Juventus is set to visit Wanda Metropolitano stadium to play against Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid.The game will be the first of two in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.And the game between the Bianconeri and Los Colchoneros will be like no others Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri told reporters today in the pre-match press conference.“It’s not a match like any other, it’s an important Last 16 match, just as it was last year, two years ago, three years ago, four years ago and five years ago,” Allegri was quoted by the club’s official website.“This is because for Juventus the Champions League has always been a goal.”“It will be a good match between two teams that have an excellent organization. Atletico has made defending its strength and makes the most of set-pieces,” he added.“It’s the first of two matches and we have to lay the groundwork to get through it.”“We’ve had some difficulties, but the team is now growing in all aspects, but we can’t stop here and have to improve further because we are playing in the Last 16 and have more league games to go,” he explained.“To win, you have to work hard and have a little bit of luck, because the Champions League is like that.”📌 Qui @Metropolitano 🏟#GETREADY #AtletiJuve pic.twitter.com/IF4qOPo1NG— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) February 19, 2019Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Having [Cristiano] Ronaldo is definitely an advantage because in the last 10 years the top scorers of the tournament were him and Messi, but the team must put in a good performance.”“With Ronaldo – the best in the world, you have more chances to win, but it’s not a guarantee,” Allegri continued.The manager took some time to praise Atleti’s coach Diego Simeone too.“He’s done an extraordinary job and above all he manages to make the team work the same way, giving them the right mindset and manages well both the important games and against the medium-small sides in always the same way,” he said.“They always have great humility and great respect for their adversary and they know that they have gotten their results with those characteristics. So congratulations to Simeone.”⚫️⚪️ #GETREADY ⚪️⚫️Your squad list for Wednesday’s round of 16 UEFA Champions League match! @SamiKhedira has stayed in Turin for medical checks.➡️https://t.co/1p59CvlFKS #AtletiJuve #UCL pic.twitter.com/KyFKSjFIYo— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) February 19, 2019
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Apr 2015 – A message from First Global Insurance says to its loyal Customers and Business Partners…First Global is relocating to new offices at Salt Mills Plaza Unit #25 in Grace Bay, next door to Wrightfully Fit. In order to facilitate the move, the current First Global office will be closed April 29th and 30th. The New office for First Global in Salt Mills Plaza opens on May 1st. Related Items:first global, moving, office, salt mills Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MissUniverse2017 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppManila, Philippines, January 30, 2017 – Two French speaking countries dominated at the Miss Universe pageant last night; France who’s Iris Mittenaere won the 2017 title and Haiti. Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier was a fine representation not just for her beauty, her brilliance as a 25 year old in pursuit of two Bachelor’s degrees but for her civic stance against bullying and her dream of finding a cure for blindness.Miss Colombia was third place in the show held in the Philippines and yes, again hosted by Mr. Steve Harvey… error free! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews #MissUniverse2017