Panel visits gang rape victim’s village

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgThe Judicial Commission set up by the Odisha government to probe the alleged gang rape of a minor girl near Kunduli in Koraput district and her suicide a few months later, made an on-the-spot inquiry on Sunday.The Judicial Commission team headed by District Judge of Koraput, Bidyut Kumar Mishra, included Koraput District Court Registrar, H. K. Biswal, and Public Prosecutor Prabhakar Patnaik. The team visited Musaguda village under the Pottangi police station limits, where the victim committed suicide inside her home on January 22.The Commission members interacted with her family members and reached the spot near Kunduli where the girl was allegedly gang-raped on October 10, 2017. She had alleged that four persons dressed in combat attire of security personnel had sexually exploited her.Parallel inquiry On November 8, 2017, the Odisha government ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident by a sitting district judge. Parallel inquiry by the State Crime Branch was also ordered.In February this year, a five-member team of the National Human Rights Commission had also reached Koraput district to make an on-the-spot inquiry into the incident.But on November 7, 2017, the Human Rights Protection Cell of the Odisha police had remarked that as per medical reports the victim had not been raped. The next day, the Odisha government ordered an inquiry by a Judicial Commission and the State Crime Branch into the incident.last_img read more


Raptors and Rockets to play 2 preseason games in Japan

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_img1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Japanese internet company Rakuten President and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani, left, speaks via video call with Adam Silver, right on the screen, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to announce NBA Japan Games 2019 during a press conference Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Tokyo. Mikitani announced that the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets will play on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10 at the Saitama Super Arena this year.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — The Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets will play two pre-season games in October at the Saitama Super Arena, the basketball venue for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.In a statement Tuesday, the NBA said it has staged 12 regular-season games in Japan, beginning in 1990 when the Utah Jazz played the Phoenix Suns. The NBA says this was the first regular-season game played outside North America by a U.S. sports league.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES View comments Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan PLAY LIST 03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan01:00Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement00:54Latest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Dwyane Wade passes Michael Jordan for most blocked shots by a guard The Rockets played two regular-season games in Japan in 1992. The Raptors will be making their first visit to Japan.Houston is led by James Harden and Chris Paul. Toronto is led by Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and Marc Gasol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Saitama Super Arena is located northwest of central Tokyo. MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more


Couple kidnapped by Taliban beg for life in latest video clip

Posted On Nov 22 2019 by

first_imgAn American-Canadian couple kidnapped by the Taliban in 2012 said in a latest video clip that has surfaced that their captors would execute them if the Afghanistan government did not change its policies with regard to the Taliban prisoners, media reported on Wednesday.On a backpacking trip to Afghanistan in 2012, American Joshua Boyle and his Canadian wife Caitlan Coleman were kidnapped by the Taliban and held hostage ever since. A video clip of the two shared by SITE Intelligence group showed the couple beg for their lives, urging the Afghanistan government to stop execution of Taliban prisoners, the News reported.THEY WILL EXECUTE US, MAN SAYS IN VIDEO “They will execute us, women and children included, if the policies of the Afghan government are not overturned either by the Afghan government or by Canada somehow, or US,” said Joshua in the video.”Our captors are terrified at the thought of their own mortality approaching and are saying that they will take reprisals on our family,” he added in the video clip.In the video, Boyle can be seen sporting an unkempt beard while his wife Caitlan appears to be dressed in black clothing that also covers her face. Both slowly read out the words, possibly from a script not featured in the camera.last_img read more


Sam Vokes grabs crucial away goal as Burnley salvage draw at Aberdeen

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgShare on Facebook They protected Joe Lewis until the 49th minute, when the goalkeeper produced a brilliant point-blank stop from Jack Cork’s diving header before getting a crucial touch to Lennon’s driven cross. The hosts weathered a brief storm before threatening again. Cosgrove had a shot saved as a break caught Burnley wide open and Mackay-Steven forced a flying save from Lindegaard with a header from eight yards.Shinnie dropped into a back five after Johann Berg Gudmundsson and substitute Vokes had efforts off target for Burnley and Aberdeen again came close when Niall McGinn fired just wide.But the tie turned when Vokes brought down a knockdown eight yards out and gave the 2,000 away fans cause for celebration and optimism before next week’s second leg at Turf Moor.The Aberdeen manager, Derek McInnes, felt his side deserved to take the lead but admitted the Clarets were well worth their equaliser for their second-half efforts.McInnes said: “We ran out of legs a little bit. It’s nothing new. In that first game in Europe it’s difficult to sustain your energy levels. But we’re still in the game.” Burnley Share on LinkedIn Aberdeen Read more Read more Steven Gerrard impact continues as Rangers beat Osijek in Europa League Share on Messenger Europa League match reports Share on Pinterest The visitors suffered an early blow when they lost the England goalkeeper Nick Pope to a shoulder injury. The World Cup squad member dropped the ball under pressure from Sam Cosgrove before being injured in a follow-up challenge from Lewis Ferguson, which drew a foul.Sean Dyche said: “He’s gone to hospital. At this stage it looks more serious than not serious.” His replacement, Anders Lindegaard, was soon picking the ball out of the net after the well-placed German referee Daniel Siebert spotted an illegal challenge with the arm by James Tarkowski, which left Cosgrove clutching his face. Mackay-Steven sent the Danish substitute the wrong way from the spot.Aberdeen were pressed in for much of the rest of the half but they soaked up the pressure and looked purposeful in attack. The half-time situation could have been worse for Dyche’s side but Graeme Shinnie shot weakly at Lindegaard after robbing Ashley Westwood and driving to the edge of the box.Aberdeen had two players in defence who were making their debuts after missing the whole of last season with knee injuries. The former Hamilton captain Michael Devlin was hugely impressive while Tommie Hoban just about emerged unscathed from a difficult night against Aaron Lennon after joining on loan from Watford on Wednesday. Burnley substitute Sam Vokes struck a crucial late away goal to deny Aberdeen a famous Europa League win at Pittodrie.The Dons led through Gary Mackay-Steven’s penalty from the 19th minute and were more than holding their own until Vokes flicked the ball over two defenders’ heads and fired into the roof of the net to make it 1-1 with 10 minutes left.Finances suggested the game should have been a mismatch – Burnley raked in £120m for finishing seventh in the Premier League while their hosts collected £2.3m for a fourth consecutive runners-up spot in Scotland.But Aberdeen had more than an edge in European experience, not just from their 1980s heyday when they won the European Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup. The Dons are used to competing in the summer months in recent years while Burnley were making their return to European competition after 51 years. Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Sean Dyche keeps Burnley focused on the familiar before Europa League bow Topics The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Reuse this contentlast_img read more


Report: Rutgers Players Under Investigation For Fraudulent Use Of Credit Cards

Posted On Oct 26 2019 by

first_imgA general view of Rutgers football stadium.NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)It wouldn’t be the college football offseason without players getting in trouble. Rutgers is the latest program to see some of its players run afoul of the law.According to a new report from NJ.com’s Keith Sargeant, multiple Rutgers players are being investigated for fraudulent use of credit card. The probe, which is being conducted by the Rutgers police department, could involve as many as eight players, Sargeant writes.No names have been mentioned as charges have not been filed.Breaking: Several Rutgers football players under investigation for fraudulent use of credit cards https://t.co/sz4foO2u4N #rutgers— Keith Sargeant (@KSargeantNJ) July 12, 2018Yesterday, Rutgers dismissed junior safety K.J. Gray and sophomore linebacker Brendan DeVera for an unspecified violation of team rules. Both players were expected to play key roles on the defense this season.It has not been confirmed by Rutgers that either player was involved in the ongoing investigation.Both players released statements following their dismissals.pic.twitter.com/SzMCWpL0p9— demon (@CampaignKJG_5) July 11, 2018pic.twitter.com/bVPUTG4rep— Brendan Devera® (@BrendanDevera) July 11, 2018Rutgers had several players involved in criminal activity during the final years of Kyle Flood’s tenure as head coach. Since taking over for Flood, Chris Ash has made it a point to try and clean up the culture in Piscataway.It remains to be seen where this investigation will go. Stay tuned.last_img read more


IPL no-ball controversy: Cricketing fraternity slams umpiring blooper

Posted On Oct 25 2019 by

first_img 180 Super Over 0 Hardik Pandya H. Pandya Indian Premier League, 2019 Bangalore BLR 0 (20.0) Mid on 7 Point 2 Series Status: Player Of The Match: Jasprit Bumrah 0 0 r 47 run out (Rohit Sharma) 41 c Hardik Pandya b Jasprit Bumrah Extras: 5 runs (B: 0, LB: 2, WD: 3, NB: 0, P: 0) Mayank Markande M. Markande 0 Mid Wicket Navdeep Saini N. Saini 0 All batsmen are considered right handed 70 (41) 7 Mid Wicket All batsmen are considered right handed third Man Moeen Ali M. Ali run out (Rohit Sharma) Shimron Hetmyer S. Hetmyer c Hardik Pandya b Jasprit Bumrah Point Scorecard (20.0) not out AB de Villiers de Villiers not out m 0 Square Leg covers 28 4s Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 7 67/2 ( P. Patel 6.5 Overs) , Parthiv Patel (wk) P. Patel (wk) b Mayank Markande 1 1 1 4 All batsmen are considered right handed Yuzvendra Chahal (BLR) Y. Chahal (BLR) 6 third Man 0 Mitchell McClenaghan M. McClenaghan Mid Wicket 46 fine Leg S/R – Mohammed Siraj M. Siraj 0 Jasprit Bumrah (MUM) J. Bumrah (MUM) 7 32 R b Mayank Markande 169/5 ( de Grandhomme 18.3 Overs) , third Man fine Leg Rohit Sharma (MUM) R. Sharma (MUM) 0 Referee: Manu Nayyar (IND) Umpires: S Ravi (IND), CK Nandan (IND) and Yeshwant Barde (IND) India Today Web Desk BengaluruMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 13:53 IST IPL 2019, RCB vs MI: Virat Kohli was not at all happy with the umpiring error (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe umpires failed to spot a clear no-ball from Lasith Malinga on the final ball of the matchVirat Kohli was angry with the umpiring error which possibly cost RCB victory against MISocial media too supported the RCB captain in slamming the umpires for not spotting the no-ballVirat Kohli was furious on Thursday as the on-field umpire failed to spot and call a no-ball after Lasith Malinga overstepped on the last ball of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chase. The umpiring howler cost RCB dearly as Mumbai Indians pipped the hosts by six runs at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.Needing six to take the game into Super Over, Lasith Malinga’s final delivery to Shivam Dube was a no-ball that was missed by the on-field umpires as RCB managed 181 for 5 in reply to 187 for 8 by Mumbai Indians.What hurt them more was AB de Villiers, who nearly took his team to victory with an unbeaten 70 off 41 balls would have faced the free-hit. Both umpires C Nandan and ICC Elite Panel’s S Ravi bungled completely leaving Virat Kohli seething in anger.After the end of the match, Kohli was livid, “We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had their eyes open. That is a ridiculous call at the last ball. If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there.”The winning captain, Rohit Sharma feels that these mistakes are not good for the game. “I just got to know when we crossed the rope. Somebody just told me it was a no-ball. These kind of mistakes are not good for the game of cricket, it’s pretty simple,” he said at the post match presentation.”There’s a TV up there, they have to watch what’s happening. It is as simple as it is. Players can’t do much. The only thing they can do is walk off and shake hands because it was the last ball. It’s disappointing to see that. I hope they rectify their mistakes like we do when we make mistakes,” Rohit added.advertisementSocial media blasted the umpiring error with Michael Vaughan taking to twitter to vent his ire.”In an era of so much technology and with so much at stake NO BALLS should never ever be missed,” Vaughan tweeted.In an era of so much technology and with so much at stake NO BALLS should never ever be missed …. #JustSaying #IPL2019Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 28, 2019Aakash Chopra too was not happy with umpires’s mistake, as he called it a ‘colossal error’.”Malinga’s last ball was a no-ball….BIG one. Umpire missed it. Colossal error. Unbelievable,” Aakash Chopra tweeted.Malinga’s last ball was a no-ball….BIG one. Umpire missed it. Colossal error. Unbelievable. #RCBvMI #IPLAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 28, 2019It would have been better if Shivam Dube was out on the last ball, seems like that is the only way umpires would have checked the https://twitter.com/hashtag/noball?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#noballMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) https://twitter.com/MohammadKaif/status/1111342933918343169?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>March 28, 2019Was a big game, the no-ball could have changed the game. It shouldn’t be so in a game of such extraordinary skill but umpires can get it wrong too.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) https://twitter.com/bhogleharsha/status/1111342661015760896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>March 28, 2019Absolutely, been an advocate of giving the front foot no-ball to the 3rd umpireDeep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) https://twitter.com/DeepDasgupta7/status/1111341680404250624?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>March 28, 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli fumes after umpire fails to see no-ball: We are playing IPL, not club cricketFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow no-ballFollow no ball controversyFollow social media reactionsFollow Umpire fine Leg 1 Virat Kohli (c) V. Kohli (c) c Hardik Pandya b Jasprit Bumrah (20.0) Mumbai MUM third Man 3 3 143.75 2 Mid off 0 Square Leg 0 Mid on Mid off 70 Mid Wicket commentary All batsmen are considered right handed 0 covers Mumbai MUM 6 37 Mid off third Man 187/8 181/5 Fall of Wickets Mid on Mid Wicket 5 covers o All batsmen are considered right handed Point Match Ended covers 20center_img 83.33 12.33 e/r 181/5 Bangalore BLR 4 13 AB de Villiers (BLR) de Villiers (BLR) advertisement graphs 12 Mumbai beat Bangalore by 6 runs 0 185.71 31 Mid on 0 4 Mumbai Bowling MUM Bowling fine Leg 0 Mid off Match Ended Mid off third Man 187/8 Shivam Dubey S. Dubey not out Bangalore Mid Wicket Point Mid off Square Leg IPL no-ball controversy: Cricketing fraternity slams umpiring blooperMumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 runs as a no-ball from Lasith Malinga on the last all of the match was missed by the umpires. Virat Kohli was not happy and so wasn’t social media. 11.75 third Man 23 24 6s Mid on Mid off covers Point w Yuzvendra Chahal Y. Chahal Umesh Yadav U. Yadav 28.57 view more view less 181/5 (20.0) 3 Jasprit Bumrah J. Bumrah 170.73 Mumbai 1 fine Leg Square Leg 0 Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) No data available! 0 nb 1 7.66 covers Mid on 140.90 48 (33) 4/38 (4) Square Leg Square Leg 0 All batsmen are considered right handed Krunal Pandya K. Pandya wd All batsmen are considered right handed 0 fine Leg 2 Square Leg 147/4 ( S. Hetmyer 16.1 Overs) , 0 0 6 c Krunal Pandya b Jasprit Bumrah Mid Wicket Bangalore batting BLR batting view full scorecard 9 Lasith Malinga L. Malinga 116/3 ( V. Kohli 13.4 Overs) , covers 0 0 3/20 (4) not out Point 22 Top Bowlers Top Bowlers vs B Point Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 5 c Hardik Pandya b Jasprit Bumrah Mid on 27/1 ( M. Ali 3.2 Overs) , Colin de Grandhomme de Grandhomme c Krunal Pandya b Jasprit Bumrah fine Leg 5 0 0 4 (20.0) Toss: BLR elected to field 4last_img read more


Culture Minister Open to Monument Honouring Jimmy Cliff

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgStory Highlights The Government recently honoured the Grammy awardee and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee by renaming Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay, St. James, Jimmy Cliff Boulevard. The corridor is popularly called the ‘Hip Strip’. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says she would support the mounting of a statue in honour of international Reggae icon, Dr. the Hon. James “Jimmy Cliff” Chambers. An official renaming ceremony was held on the vibrant thoroughfare on March 28, where the famed reggae musician and actor was in attendance, along with Government Ministers, family and friends. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says she would support the mounting of a statue in honour of international Reggae icon, Dr. the Hon. James “Jimmy Cliff” Chambers.The Government recently honoured the Grammy awardee and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee by renaming Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay, St. James, Jimmy Cliff Boulevard. The corridor is popularly called the ‘Hip Strip’.An official renaming ceremony was held on the vibrant thoroughfare on March 28, where the famed reggae musician and actor was in attendance, along with Government Ministers, family and friends.Speaking with JIS News at the event, Ms. Grange said a monument of Jimmy Cliff can serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration to future generations.“We must have monuments, so that future generations can recognise and look at those… as inspirations. It would be fitting and most appropriate,” she said.“I would like to see a statue of Jimmy Cliff in Montego Bay, in the heart of the city. We have commissioned and mounted statues of our athletes… [and] we started, in treating with our culture, [by mounting] a statue of Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley… so there will be many more statues,” she added.The Minister pointed out that signage bearing Jimmy Cliff’s image have been erected at both ends of the Hip Strip, adding that “there will be other things that we will be doing to honour [him]”.In September of 2018, the Government unveiled of a life-size bronze statue in honour of Jamaica’s late cultural icon, Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, affectionately known as ‘Miss Lou’, in Gordon Town Square, St. Andrew.last_img read more


Chargesheet leak Delhi court reserves order on Michels plea

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi Court Thursday reserved order on a plea by Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, which accused the Enforcement Directorate of politicising the case by leaking the charge sheet to the media.Special judge Arvind Kumar said the order would be pronounced on May 3 in the case after lawyers from both the sides concluded their arguments. Advocate D P Singh, appearing for the agency, told the court that there was nothing wrong if the media published or broadcast its contents as the court has already taken cognisance of the case and only the fresh accused had to be summoned. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He said the plea filed by Michel should be dismissed as there was no merit in it. Countering his submission, the lawyer appearing for Michel argued that there was a media trial due to the leakage of the charge sheet. The agency had on April 12 told the court that the charge sheet was a public document and there was nothing wrong if someone accessed it. In his application, Michel’s lawyer had told the court that the copy of the charge sheet was provided to the media before it was provided to the accused. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Michel has not named anyone in his statement before the agency which is being leaked to media. This is only to make the matter sensational and prejudice the case against my client,” he said. The court then directed the ‘ahlmad’ (court staff) to file a report containing information related to the charge sheet, including how many copies were filed by the agency. ED had on April 6 also urged the court to issue a notice to a news organisation asking it to explain how it accessed the documents, while terming the matter as “serious”.last_img read more


UN official says two more months required to measure success of Niger

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

“Given the mobilization of efforts in the past few weeks, what has happened is that the decline has been arrested – you’re getting food in, you’re getting health services, you’re getting attention,” said Margareta Wahlström, the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator as she clarified the increased UN Flash Appeal for Niger at a press conference.“We will not immediately reverse the situation but it will probably take another two months before you can say it has been stopped, or reversed,” she added.Among the important factors to watch for, she said, were the upcoming rains, which were predicted to be adequate, as well as the situation of cattle, the population’s main wealth. Many cattle were sick, did not have fodder and had been moved. Restocking cattle, feeding them and moving them back would take several months.The Government of Niger was insistent on not recreating classical dependence and so they are continuing to monitor the situation to make sure that food assistance is not continued longer than needed, she said.Saying that the crisis had worsened due to poor initial donor response, the UN yesterday raised the Flash Appeal to almost $81 million. The total is five times the original $16,191,000 sought little more than two months ago to address the then “looming food crisis” during the lean season from May to September.Ms. Wahlström said the largest portion of the new appeal – some $59 million – was for the World Food Programme (WFP), with another $10 million for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). To ensure no further deterioration, some 2.5 million people would receive food from WFP and other agencies, in addition to what the Government was already providing from its almost depleted buffer stocks.Among those most in need, 192,000 children – 32,000 severely malnourished and 160,000 moderately malnourished – would be supported, she said.In addition, since children often died from poor access to health facilities, part of the response would be devoted to make health facilities available, in addition to increasing the supply of water. read more


NBA News Carmelo Stays Deng Goes Bosh OK With

Posted On Sep 30 2019 by

In the end, Carmelo Anthony said his heart was in New York. It didn’t hurt that $122 million was there, too.The Knicks star forward shunned the Chicago Bulls and other suitors and inked a five-year, $122-million contract to return to New York, where surely there will be pressure to perform with that kind of money going into his direct deposit.He actually took less than the max of $129 million the Knicks could have offered, to allow the team some salary cap flexibility.“I will always remember this chapter in my life. In the end, I am a New York Knick at heart,” Anthony said in the statement. “I am looking forward to continue my career in orange and blue and to work with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball and I am surrounded by the greatest fans in the world.”Said Jackson, the team’s president: “He did exactly what we kind of asked him to do. Give us a break in the early part of his contract so that when we have some wiggle room next year, which is hopefully big enough wiggle room, we can exploit it, provide a more competitive team for our group.”Luol Deng Bolts Cavs For Heat; He’s LeBron’s ReplacementLuol Deng surely would not like to be called LeBron James’ replacement. But, in essence, that what he signed on for when he agreed to a two-year, $20-million deal to join the Heat.Dallas, Atlanta and Phoenix had been in consideration for Deng, according to ESPN sources. He is entering his 11th NBA season, having spent almost his entire career with the Chicago Bulls, who traded him to Cleveland in January.Chris Bosh On LeBron Going To Cleveland: ‘No Hard Feelings’LeBron James’ move back to Cleveland broke of the erstwhile “Big 3” in Miami. But his decision did not move Bosh to bolt, too, despite a four-year, $88-million offer from Houston.“[There were] very enticing offers,” said Bosh, 30, who re-signed with the Heat for five years and $112 million. “There was some surprising advances made in everything, but I ultimately decided to stay in Miami. I think it was the right choice. I benefit from it, the team will benefit from it, from here. My heart was in Miami. I wanted to be there and keep my family there and build relationships and really keep building on something special.”Bosh said there were “no bitter feelings” about James leaving Miami.“We’re all making decisions to make ourselves happy and our families happy,” Bosh said . “That doesn’t take away what we’ve done together and the special bond that we created and the special bond that we have and just all the memories that we had together. That will never change. As you move forward, you appreciate those moments and keep going forward.” read more


The Cubs Have One Of The Worst Championship Hangovers Ever

Posted On Sep 29 2019 by

Florida Marlins199771-256-327 New York Yankees1939438153-285 Last year’s Chicago Cubs were an overwhelming team, riding one of the most impressive run differentials in recent history to a world championship. But this season, the Cubs have struggled to lift themselves above .500 despite playing in a mediocre division. Chicago should watch out — if it keeps playing this poorly, the Cubs will end up undergoing one of the largest drop-offs ever suffered by a World Series winner.Teams often struggle after a championship. Even the most exceptional roster can get pushed back toward average through some combination of a World Series hangover and regression to the mean. But the Cubs’ slide is uncommon even by those standards. According to run differential, only five other champs in history have declined as much as Chicago has this year1For teams that played fewer than 162 games — including the 2017 Cubs — I pro-rated their run differentials to a 162-game schedule.: Detroit Tigers193527153-218 Of the 10 teams on the list, seven played before 1950, when baseball was a very different sport. In the current era (since 1988), the Cubs drop-off is the third worst, trailing only the 2013 Red Sox — more on them later — and the infamous fire-sale 1997 Marlins. Chicago had more room to fall than most champs — only 19 World Series winners matched the 2016 Cubs’ +252 run differential — but that just makes their current mediocrity stand out all the more starkly.Boston’s decline between 2013 and 2014 provides the best recent precedent for Chicago’s slump. Just two years after current Cubs President Theo Epstein left the Sox, Boston won the World Series with a core roster that Epstein mostly assembled. The following year, however, the Red Sox disappointed their fans by scraping together a woeful 71-win season. This was part of a multi-season trend of the Red Sox zig-zagging between contention and mediocrity, and that stretch wound up being the most extreme set of year-to-year swings in MLB history.But unlike the 2014 Red Sox or the ’98 Marlins, the 2017 Cubs have fallen apart while fielding a roster that’s largely unchanged from the year before. The Red Sox lost a star in Jacoby Ellsbury, along with an everyday catcher (Jarrod Saltalamacchia) and some bit players; the Marlins turned over nearly their entire team after winning it all. By contrast, Dexter Fowler counts as the Cubs’ only notable subtraction, and a healthy Kyle Schwarber (fresh off his World Series heroics) was supposed to offset Fowler’s loss. Instead, Schwarber floundered so much that he was was sent to the minors. (Granted, Fowler hasn’t been impressive with his new team, either.)It’s unlikely that the Cubs will continue to be this bad for the rest of the year. Even with their poor play through the season’s first 83 games, most projections call for them to rack up many more wins over the second half. They ought to sneak into the playoffs in a division with few strong contenders, and once they’re there, anything can happen. But even if you credit Chicago with the elevated run differential that these projections expect over the rest of the season, rather than simply pro-rating their differential so far, the Cubs would still end the year with the eighth-largest decline in history. No matter what happens, the Cubs’ 2017 performance will have been just as historic as it was a year earlier, even if it’s not nearly so impressive. Chicago Cubs201625225-227 Chicago White Sox191719914-185 RUN DIFFERENTIAL St. Louis Cardinals1931211-34-245 Pittsburgh Pirates190926583-182 Los Angeles Angels2002207-7-214 All run differentials are based on a 162-game schedule.Source: Lahman’s Baseball Database Cleveland Indians1948282106-176 Boston Red Sox2013197-81-278 The Cubs’ decline is historic Boston Red Sox191226823-245 TEAMYEARCHAMPIONSHIP YEARFOLLOWING YEARDIFFERENCE read more


Facebook Live Q A To Discuss Budget Challenges In KPBSD

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgJones: “Our annual budget is one of the most important things we do each year. We want to give our parents, staff, students, and community members a chance to learn about our budget, participate in the process, and ask questions.” The budget recommendation will be presented to the school board on March 5, 2018. On February 1, from 7-7:30 p.m., Dave Jones the Assistant Superintendent will be hosting a Facebook Live Q & A for a community budget forum  www.facebook.com/kpbsd.  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula School District is currently facing a $3.3 million dollar budget deficit for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.center_img Sean Dusek, superintendent: “Alaska is addressing its ongoing fiscal challenges, and it is important that everyone is involved in the conversation to ensure a long-term fiscal plan is implemented.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-KPBSD-live-budget-.mp3VmJennifer-on-KPBSD-live-budget-.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more


Basketball Pro Suspended When Drug Test Revealed He Was Pregnant

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_img Randomized drug testing is a fact of life for professional athletes. They’re supposed to ensure a level playing field by exposing cheaters… but there are always some who figure they can beat the system.A quick word of advice for would-be cheats: make sure you borrow urine from someone who’s a close match. For example, no man should ever hand in a sample that tests positive for pregnancy hormones.D.J. Cooper may have missed that memo. The former Ohio University standout was recently slapped with a 2-year ban by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) when his drug test results revealed that he was pregnant.Former Ohio star DJ Cooper failed a FIBA drug test by using his pregnant girlfriend’s urine https://t.co/BkkNdqXI6D— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 5, 2019Cooper tested positive for human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. hCG is produced by the placenta and it starts as soon as a fertilized egg attaches to the uterus. You don’t need a fancy drug testing setup to find hCG in urine. A take-home pregnancy test will spot it.Fertilized eggs, uteri, placentas, and hCG are not generally things that are found in a human male.No, Cooper was not moonlighting as a research scientist who wanted to personally test a fertility drug he created. He was just bad at cheating and got the ‘clean’ urine he provided to FIBA’s testers from his girlfriend, who apparently didn’t realize she was pregnant at the time.The cat’s definitely out of the bag at this point, what with news of the Cooper’s botched cheating attempt popping up all over the Internet.But maybe Cooper was never trying to beat the drug test in the first place. Maybe — just maybe — he already knew his girlfriend was pregnant and cooked up an extremely elaborate plan to reveal the news to her… and it just happened to go completely off the rails and turn into the media spectacle we have now.More on Geek.com:Nothin’ But Net for Toyota’s Guinness Record-Winning Basketball BotNBA’s App-Controlled ‘Smart Jersey’ Can Change Your Player Name and NumberWatch: Runner Goes ‘Full Superman’ at Finish Line to Win Race Nothin’ But Net for Toyota’s Guinness Record-Winning Basketball BotWatch: Runner Goes ‘Full Superman’ at Finish Line to Win Race Stay on targetlast_img read more


Physicists investigate lower dimensions of the universe

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_img More recently, physicists have been theorizing the possibility of lower dimensionality, in which the universe has only two or even one spatial dimension(s), along with one dimension of time. The theories suggest that the lower dimensions occurred in the past when the universe was much smaller and had a much higher energy level (and temperature) than today. Further, it appears that the concept of lower dimensions may already have some experimental evidence in cosmic ray observations.Now in a new study, physicists Jonas Mureika from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and Dejan Stojkovic from SUNY at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, have proposed a new and independent method for experimentally detecting lower dimensions. They’ve published their study in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.In 2010, a team of physicists including Stojkovic proposed a lower-dimensional framework in which spacetime is fundamentally a (1 + 1)-dimensional universe (meaning it contains one spatial dimension and one time dimension). In other words, the universe is a straight line that is “wrapped up” in such a way so that it appears (3 + 1)-dimensional at today’s higher energy scales, which is what we see. The scientists don’t know the exact energy levels (or the exact age of the universe) when the transitions between dimensions occurred. However, they think that the universe’s energy level and size directly determine its number of dimensions, and that the number of dimensions evolves over time as the energy and size change. They predict that the transition from a (1 + 1)- to a (2 + 1)-dimensional universe happened when the temperature of the universe was about 100 TeV (teraelectronvolts) or less, and the transition from a (2 + 1)- to a (3 + 1)-dimensional universe happened later at about 1 TeV. Today, the temperature of the universe is about 10-3 eV. So far, there may already be one piece of experimental evidence for the existence of a lower-dimensional structure at a higher energy scale. When observing families of cosmic ray particles in space, scientists found that, at energies higher than 1 TeV, the main energy fluxes appear to align in a two-dimensional plane. This means that, above a certain energy level, particles propagate in two dimensions rather than three dimensions. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In the current study, Mureika and Stojkovic have proposed a second test for lower dimensions that would provide independent evidence for their existence. The test is based on the assumption that a (2 + 1)-dimensional spacetime, which is a flat plane, has no gravitational degrees of freedom. This means that gravity waves and gravitons cannot have been produced during this epoch. So the physicists suggest that a future gravitational wave detector looking deep into space might find that primordial gravity waves cannot be produced beyond a certain frequency, and this frequency would represent the transition between dimensions. Looking backwards, it would appear that one of our spatial dimensions has “vanished.”The scientists added that it should be possible, though perhaps more difficult, to test for the existence of (1 + 1)-dimensional spacetime.“It will be challenging with the current experiments,” Stojkovic told PhysOrg.com. “But it is within the reach of both the LHC and cosmic ray experiments if the two-dimensional to one-dimensional crossover scale is 10 TeV.”Lower dimensions at higher energies could have several advantages for cosmologists. For instance, models of quantum gravity in (2 + 1) and (1 + 1) dimensions could overcome some of the problems that plague quantum gravity theories in (3 + 1) dimensions. Also, reducing the dimensions of spacetime might solve the cosmological constant problem, which is that the cosmological constant is fine-tuned to fit observations and does not match theoretical calculations. A solution may lie in the existence of energy that is currently hiding between two folds of our (3 + 1)-dimensional spacetime, which will open up into (4 + 1)-dimensional spacetime in the future when the universe’s decreasing energy level reaches another transition point.“A change of paradigm,” Stojkovic said about the significance of lower dimensions. “It is a new avenue to attack long-standing problems in physics.” More information: Jonas Mureika and Dejan Stojkovic. “Detecting Vanishing Dimensions via Primordial Gravitational Wave Astronomy.” Physical Review Letters 106, 101101 (2011). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.101101 Citation: Physicists investigate lower dimensions of the universe (2011, March 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-physicists-dimensions-universe.html (PhysOrg.com) — Several speculative theories in physics involve extra dimensions beyond our well-known four (which are broken down into three dimensions of space and one of time). Some theories have suggested 5, 10, 26, or more, with the extra spatial dimensions “hiding” within our observable three dimensions. One thing that all of these extra dimensions have in common is that none has ever been experimentally detected; they are all mathematical predictions. Who cares about the fourth dimension?last_img read more


Undercooked food on Duronto Exp rly to end caterers contract

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first_imgKolkata: Passengers of Puri-Sealdah Duronto Express today complained of “undercooked” food served by the onboard caterer, following which the IRCTC decided not to renew its contract with the company responsible for supplying food in the train. Stating that strict punitive action will be taken against the caterer, IRCTC group general manager (east zone) Debasish Chanda said an enquiry has been ordered into the complaints by the passengers of the train, which arrived at Sealdah this morning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed “The food was served in the south central zone of IRCTC at Puri. On receiving complaints over the quality and standard of the food served last night, we have decided to not renew the contract of the catering company,” Chanda said. He said the contract of the company to supply food in Puri-Sealdah Duronto Express was due to expire within a few days and owing to the complaint, it would not be renewed. “Passengers complained of undercooked chicken served to them in the train for dinner last night,” said the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) official. The 22202 Puri-Sealdah Duronto Express is run by the Kolkata-headquartered Eastern Railway.last_img read more


Two fans from Bengal to release calendar marking Big Bs 50 yrs

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first_imgKolkata: A unique calendar containing 50 film posters of Amitabh Bachchan will be released on October 11, which is Big B’s birthday to celebrate his golden jubilee in the industry.The calendar titled — “Fantastic 50” is the result of a unique exhibition Bachchan Nama which was organized by noted film poster collector Sudipta Chanda. BACHCHAN NAMA to celebrate Amitabh Bachchan’s 75th birth anniversary in 2017 at Jamini Roy Art Gallery (ICCR). FANTASTIC 50 deals with popular films like Sholay, Shaan, Don, Zanjeer, Deewar, Majboor and Coolie, including not so popular films like Sanjog, Bandhe Haath, Adalat and Kasauti, covering a high range of variety with different sizes as 20/30, 30/40 and 2 Sheet posters. Those were the days when artists used to draw posters manually and lithography was the only method of printing posters. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTo draw attention of public different designs of posters of the same film used to initiate. Those are simply collector’s delight. These posters are very rare now a days. It would be a collector’s delight. Amitabh Bachchan called Big B by his fans and admirers completed 75 years in 2017. He made his debut with Saat Hindustani released in 1969. The Calendar features fifty odd posters of Big B films. Each months carries three posters while it’s cover showcases fourteen posters, altogether fifty posters to celebrate his fifty years of journey in the industry. Eventually it features poster of Saat Hindustani (1969) and a poster of his recent release 102 Not Out ( 2018). Each months carries three posters while it’s cover showcases fourteen posters, altogether fifty posters.last_img read more


The Drone Industry Thoughts From an Outsider

Posted On Aug 30 2019 by

first_img I’ve always loved technology and recently became one of the growing number of Americans to buy a drone. Like many drone operators, I marvel at the current commercial and recreational applications as well as the potential for the future. The FAA estimates there are 1.9 million drones used by hobbyists in the U.S. today. By 2020, this number is expected to rise to 4.3 million, showing the huge growth potential for this fledgling industry.Related: Walmart Wants Drones in Stores Shopping for YouBut before this industry expands further, there are a few very valid concerns we need to address. Even as a newcomer, I can immediately recognize the responsibility drone operators need in regards to safety and privacy. As unmanned aerial vehicles become ubiquitous, the technology will move faster than the laws meant to regulate the industry. Thus, it’s crucial that the drone industry is proactive at self-regulation. This includes collaboration between manufacturers to create an industry standards board to oversee the implementation of enhanced safety software, as well as the education for drone operators, and the public, about drone usage.This may create more obstacles for the industry’s short term profits, but its long-range sustainability will be given the chance to flourish when the public sees drones as a beneficial tool, not some snooping eye in the sky.We’ve all heard the stories of drones spying on sunbathing women. As cliché as it is, this happened to my wife while she was on our “private” deck and a drone suddenly appeared above her. While Americans recognize the benefits of drones, especially when used for search and rescue purposes or safety inspection, privacy infringement concerns remain due to misuse of the technology.The government is trying to keep pace. There are state laws in place that outlaw using a drone to capture images of either a nude or partially nude person. But the keywording in these laws is “capturing images” because states can’t dictate where drones can legally fly. These flight path regulations are determined by the FAA, which doesn’t deal with privacy issues, only airborne safety.These sets of guidelines and state laws are inconsistent across the country and lack enforcement, which opens the door for non-compliance. With these challenges comes opportunity. If the drone industry can be proactive by rolling out systems that protect public privacy and safety, it can avoid public backlash as widespread drone usage increases.Related: UPS Tests Drone-Based Package DeliveriesTo keep hobbyist and commercial drones seen as a positive tool, the industry needs to add software that makes it readily apparent when a drone is filming. This could include loud beeps every 10 seconds while recording or every time a drone takes a photo, as well as including bright flashing lights to make it more visible to anyone on the ground. While this does not address government or law enforcement surveillance, it’s a step in the right direction for privacy protection in the hobbyist and commercial markets.While peeping on women dominates the headlines, there is also the potential for much more serious safety concerns. Manufacturers have taken some initiative on protecting public safety by installing collision avoidance algorithms. But the current technology only works if the drone is flying forward, not while ascending, or flying sideways or backwards. Perfecting this safety system will help alleviate concerns regarding collisions with aircraft, people, powerlines and other drones.Geofencing software is also currently available in most high-end consumer drones to limit flying in restricted airspace. DJI, the market leader in the recreational sector, has led the charge with this technology, due in large part to a DJI drone crashing on the White House lawn in 2015. By perfecting this technology and making it ubiquitous across all models, the industry can keep critical airspace uncrowded and decrease public safety concerns.  One other major challenge we face is getting drone pilots, young and old, to think and act like commercial airline pilots. These pilots follow safety procedures that have been honed over the past 100 years, including a keen understanding of how human factors, technological limitations and safety systems are interrelated. While the FAA does require drone operators to pass a series of exams for commercial use, the same is not required for hobbyists.The lack of proper training leads to major safety concerns. If any teenager in America (and beyond) can get a drone for Christmas or their birthday, what systems are in place to ensure they use it safely? I’m not trying to suggest that every single drone owner needs to take extensive FAA courses in order to fly. But we do need a standardized training course of high-level safety points as well as a primer on local, state and federal laws.Related: Drone Accidents: Not Your Fault?The sky is the limit for the growth of the drone industry. The issues that could lead to public backlash or government intervention are known. Now it’s up to us as pilots — and the industry as a whole — to prevent this from happening by self-regulating while the government plays catchup.With improved hardware and software that’s pervasive across different manufacturers and models, we can ease privacy and safety concerns. Meanwhile, standardizing basic education will help bring a sense of professionalism and accountability to all new pilots. This is not something we do soon, this is something we need to do now to ensure this transformative technology continues to grow and improve virtually every aspect of our work and lives. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 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Sunny days as Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando makes its debut

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first_imgTags: Openings & Renovations, SeaWorld, SeaWorld Orlando << Previous PostNext Post >> Sunny days as Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando makes its debut Share Thursday, March 28, 2019 center_img ORLANDO — Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando has opened with everyone’s favourite Sesame Street friends along with the iconic Sesame Street neighbourhood including Abby Cadabby’s Garden, Big Bird’s Nest, Mr. Hooper’s Store and the famous 123 Stoop.  The debut of this highly-anticipated, six-acre world class attraction is the largest Sesame Street land inside of any of the SeaWorld parks and an exciting part of Sesame Street’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration. Sesame Street’s Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Rosita kicked off the opening at a special preview event earlier this week. “We are thrilled to officially welcome guests to walk down Sesame Street for the very first time in the theme park capital of the world,” says Mark Pauls, President of SeaWorld Orlando. “This highly-anticipated, immersive new land is the largest Sesame Street land inside of any of our SeaWorld parks. With over 30 new ways to play and an award-winning parade, this is a new land that guests of all ages will love, and we are excited to share it with the world.”Scott Chambers, Senior Vice President/General Manager, North America Media and Licensing, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the iconic brand, says that theme parks “represent one of the most powerful ways for families to engage with and delight in the Sesame Street characters.”Chambers adds that “Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando will enable us to establish deeper connections with even more families while helping the Workshop sustain its nonprofit and educational mission.”In addition to several educational interactive experiences, Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando includes six colourful, themed rides: Abby’s Flower Tower, Cookie Drop!, Slimey’s Slider,  Big Bird’s Twirl ‘n’ Whirl, Elmo’s Choo Choo Train and Super Grover’s Box Car Derby.  Super Grover’s Box Car DerbyAnother favorite of the new land is the Rubber Duckie Water Works wet play area.  Scheduled daily highlights in the neighborhood include Storytime with Big Bird at his nest and the Sesame Street Party Parade. Storytime with Big BirdSesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando is also serving up fun favourites at Eats on the Street, featuring food trucks and a specialty drink stand. Guests can take home mementos from Mr. Hooper’s Store, which features plush characters, apparel, collectible pins and more, available only at Sesame Street at SeaWorld. Elmo’s Interactive Light-Up Bubble Wand unlocks hidden surprises, special effects and exclusive content throughout the street. And a visit to Photos with Elmo and Friends provides backstage access to Sesame Street friends with meet and greet opportunities. Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more


Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jone

Posted On Aug 11 2019 by

first_imgArizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones (55) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) So, this is what happens when you beat a good team?The Arizona Cardinals scored their most impressive win of 2017 by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-24 at University of Phoenix Stadium last Sunday. Jacksonville came into the game riding a four-game winning streak powered by the league’s best defense and running game. The Cardinals were able to move the ball against the Jags while bottling up Leonard Fournette, who managed only 25 yards on the ground. Ultimately, Arizona is an average team that is going to struggle to maintain consistency down the stretch. That stretch is tough, and I don’t see the Cardinals getting back in the playoff hunt this season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact As you’d expect, the pundits noticed the Cardinals’ win.Here’s a look at where Arizona lands in NFL Power Rankings from around the country. NFL Power Rankings: Chargers are in mix for AFC West crown after 0-4 startCardinals rank: #22 (▲5) Like Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said: They are still alive. But they face a must-win against the Rams this week. NFL Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Stand Heading into Week 13?Cardinals rank: #23 (▲4)This was the perfect matchup for the Arizona Cardinals to steal a win. When the Cardinals can run the ball with some consistency, they can be tough to stop. Bruce Arians is going to find creative ways to throw the ball downfield. The problem is they haven’t been able to run consistently this season.Fortunately, the Jaguars’ biggest defensive weakness is against the run. This helped open the passing game up for Blaine Gabbert, who does have some arm talent and who can make some nice throws.It also helped that the Jaguars have a one-dimensional offense. Arizona was able to sell out against the run and put Jacksonville in a lot of unfavorable situations. Cardinals rank: #22 (▲4)Beat the Rams on Sunday, and the Cardinals could be on to something. 4 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img NFL Power Rankings Poll: Chargers Making Their RunCardinals rank: #22 (▲4)Boy, it was nice to see the Cardinals win a game on special teams play rather than lose one. Though, as they surely know, Blaine Gabbert as a quarterback means they are prohibited from a top-20 spot in the Power Rankings Poll. Top Stories NFL Power Rankings: Mike Tomlin’s Super Bowl proclamation wasn’t wrongCardinals rank: #21 (▲1)Have the Cardinals unearthed a gem in Ricky Seals-Jones? Seals-Jones was a big-time wide receiver recruit to Texas A&M but didn’t do much there. He never had more than 560 yards in a season. As a senior he had 333 yards and one touchdown. But he switched to tight end with the Cardinals after not being drafted, and after starting the season on the practice squad and not catching a pass before Week 11, Seals-Jones has 128 yards and three touchdowns the last two weeks. He has a great size-speed combination (6-foot-5, 243 pounds, ran a 4.69-second 40-yard dash at the combine) and we might be seeing the start of a really fun breakout.USA Today Power Rankings – Week 13Cardinals rank: #20 (▲9)Dare we ask if Bruce Arians is making a legit quarterback out of Blaine Gabbert, who’s looked un-Gabbert-like against two quality defenses? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: Eagles keep soaring; Falcons, Ravens rise upCardinals rank: #22 (▲1)Blaine Gabbert got some type of revenge on the Jaguars and earned more opportunities to be the Cards’ starting quarterback. The team still needs to look at a QB early in the 2018 draft, but it’s good for Bruce Arians to get a long look at what the 2011 first-rounder can still do. – / 51 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Week 12 power rankings Arizona Sports Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: Top two the sameCardinals rank: #19 (▲6) Gabbert should start the rest of the season. He has shown great upside. — Mike JureckiWeek 13 NFL Power Rankings: Where every team ranks No. 1 (well, almost)Cardinals rank: #18 (▲3) Punters need love, too. Cardinals punter Andy Lee continues to be one of the best in the league. He has pinned opponents inside the 5-yard line five times this season, most in the NFL.NFL Power Rankings, Week 13: Chargers hit top 10; Chiefs dropCardinals rank: #21 (▲6)Gotta hand it to Blaine Gabbert, who spread clutch passes around in the fourth quarter as easily as he purportedly spread blame around while in Jacksonville. While myriad factors played into the former No. 10 overall pick’s failures with the Jags, Gabbert is a different player now. Despite seemingly never getting any credit, Gabbert always competed in San Francisco — and had a few moments of glory — before eventually being overshadowed by the Colin Kaepernick question (pre-kneeling). Gabbert clearly outplayed Kap in 2015, before giving way last season. When I saw him perform in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton this past August, I thought some folks might have bailed on him too early. Gabbert was 9 years old when Phil Dawson started launching field goals in 1999. What a kick.last_img read more


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Posted On Jan 24 2019 by

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