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NFL Draft prop bets 2020: The best odds for position props, broadcast props and more

first_imgTotal players from Ohio State drafted in the first roundOver 2.5 (+425)Under 2.5 (-800)NFL DRAFT CENTRAL: Latest news, live draft trackerNFL Draft broadcast prop betsWill any draftee be shown drinking beer?Yes (+250)No (-400)To our knowledge, we can’t remember any draft pick deciding to crack open a brewski during the draft, but there is a first time for everything. With so many cameras in so many homes due to the format of the 2020 NFL Draft, this would be the time to see history being made, so the ‘Yes’ is an intriguing option here.Will any draftee pop champagne?Yes (+400)No (-700)Will pizza be seen in the home of any draftee?Yes (-600)No (+350)Will the Twitter account of any draftee be hacked?Yes (+550)No (-1000)This prop brings back memories of Laremy Tunsil, and his subsequent freefall in the 2016 NFL Draft. Tunsil’s Twitter and Instagram were both hacked shortly before the NFL Draft was set to get underway, and it led to the talented offensive tackle falling to No. 13 in the draft. Given the prevalence of social media accounts being hacked, it wouldn’t be a big shock to see that happen again this week.Will any team not get its pick in on time?Yes (+140)No (-180)What is the highest number of people that will be shown in one room?Over 9.5 people (-140)Under 9.5 people (+100) NFL Draft position prop betsTotal quarterbacks selected in the first roundOver 4 (-180)Under 4 (+140)The “over” here is a great bet as teams love to take quarterbacks in the back half of the first round. That additional year of team control makes rolling the dice on a quarterback an attractive proposition, and that will likely lead to at least one fringe first-round signal caller hearing his name called. Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert are all locks to be taken in the first round, and Jordan Love is widely expected to be taken on Thursday night as well. There has been growing buzz surrounding Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm, and either quarterback could push this bet over the top.Total running backs selected in the first roundOver 0.5 (-165)Under 0.5 (+125)Total wide receivers selected in the first roundOver 5.5 (-160)Under 5.5 (+120)This is the deepest wide receiver draft of the modern era, and it could go down as the best class of wide receivers ever. Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb are both considered elite prospects, and Henry Ruggs III is also a lock to be selected in the first round. Brandon Aiyuk, K.J. Hamler, Tee Higgins, Justin Jefferson, Denzel Mims, Michael Pittman Jr., Jalen Reagor, and Laviska Shenault Jr. all have a chance to hear their names called in the first round, but depth at that position could lead to teams waiting to take a receiver. Those eight players are all considered somewhat similar in terms of grades, so teams might prioritize other positions where the talent isn’t as plentiful.Total offensive linemen selected in the first roundOver 6.5 (-160)Under 6.5 (+120)Total defensive backs selected in the first roundOver 6.5 (+170)Under 6.5 (-250)MORE: NFL Draft big board | NFL mock draftsNFL Draft school prop betsTotal players from Alabama drafted in the first roundOver 5.5 (-140)Under 5.5 (+100)The Crimson Tide have had 11 players selected in the first round over the last three years. Nick Saban has sent more players to the NFL than any other head coach since his arrival in Tuscaloosa in 2007, and Alabama could be primed to challenge Miami’s record of first-round picks in one draft set in 2004 when the Hurricanes had six players taken in the first round. Tagovailoa, Jeudy, Ruggs and Jedrick Wills are all locks to be taken in the first round, and Xavier McKinney, Terrell Lewis and Trevon Diggs could also be first-round picks.Total players from Auburn drafted in the first roundOver 1.5 (+250)Under 1.5 (-400)Total players from Clemson drafted in the first roundOver 1.5 (-450)Under 1.5 (+275)Total players from Georgia drafted in the first roundOver 1.5 (-170)Under 1.5 (+130)Total players from LSU drafted in the first roundOver 5.5 (+250)Under 5.5 (-400)LSU could challenge Alabama as the school with the most players selected during the 2020 NFL Draft, but the Tigers only have two players who are seen as locks to be taken on Thursday. Burrow and K’Lavon Chaisson will both be off the board in the first round, but Justin Jefferson, Patrick Queen, Kristian Fulton, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Grant Delpit are all seen as fringe first-round selections. The 2020 NFL Draft is almost upon us. More attention is being paid to this event than ever due to the complete absence of major sports in America, and the draft is expected to set record ratings. Millions of football fans will tune in to get a football fix they have been craving for almost three months, and many of those fans will get their first glimpse at the players expected to make immediate impacts on their teams. The increased attention being paid to this year’s event has led to sportsbooks posting many NFL Draft props.MORE: 2020 NFL Draft odds, betting preview at SportsInsider.comlast_img read more

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MLB odds: World Series futures, win totals, top player props for 2020 season

first_imgThe 2020 Major League Baseball season has turned the usual marathon into a 60-game sprint. With the COVID-19 pandemic postponing the season by more than four months, only a little more than third of the regular schedule will be played before the postseason begins.A two-month hot start will now mean the same thing as a two-month hot finish. The short-terming would seem to favor the more established winning teams vs. upstart clubs, but there’s bound to be more unpredictability with batter and pitching performances, too, with a smaller sample size. That makes the MLB odds a lot more interesting for 2020, from World Series futures to team win totals to individual player props. Here’s breaking down some of the better bets, with lines courtesy of SportsInsider.com:MORE: Which MLB free-agent signings will help most in 2020?MLB Futures for 2020Odds to win World SeriesLos Angeles Dodgers +400New York Yankees +400Houston Astros +1000Minnesota Twins +1600Tampa Bay Rays +1800Atlanta Braves +2000Cincinnati Reds +2000Oakland Athletics +2000New York Mets +2200Chicago Cubs +2500Chicago White Sox +2500Washington Nationals +2500Cleveland Indians +2800St.Louis Cardinals +2800Los Angeles Angels +3000Milwaukee Brewers +3000Philadelphia Phillies +3000San Diego Padres +3000Arizona Diamondbacks +5000Boston Red Sox +5000The Dodgers and Yankees are heavy favorites, but the Rays and A’s are better plays for payouts as it feels like a team from that top eight will win it all. The Reds, after their spending spree, have emerged as the sleeper darlings of the NL.Odds to win American LeagueNew York Yankees +210Houston Astros +450Minnesota Twins +800Oakland Athletics +1000Tampa Bay Rays +1000Chicago White Sox +1200Cleveland Indians +1500Los Angeles Angels +1600Boston Red Sox +2500Given that there’s not much separation for the Twins here from the Athletics and Rays, and given that they are a more surefire division winner to be in the postseason tournament, hedge toward Minnesota here away from the Yankees and Astros.Odds to win National LeagueLos Angeles Dodgers +175Atlanta Braves +800New York Mets +1000Washington Nationals +1000Cincinnati Reds +1100St. Louis Cardinals +1200Milwaukee Brewers +1400Chicago Cubs +1500Philadelphia Phillies +1600San Diego Padres +2000Arizona Diamondbacks +2500So this should indicate to you that the NL Central is the division with the widest range of outcomes regarding the winner and potential wild card. The Reds are better with which to take a World Series shot, but still, the consensus is that the Cardinals and Brewers are “safer” bets to make the postseason and create some “devil magic.”World Series exact matchupNew York Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers +550Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Dodgers +1400Minnesota Twins vs Los Angeles Dodgers +2200Oakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Dodgers +2400Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Dodgers +2400New York Yankees vs Atlanta Braves +2500Chicago White Sox vs Los Angeles Dodgers +2800New York Yankees vs St. Louis Cardinals +2800New York Yankees vs New York Mets +3000Cleveland Indians vs Los Angeles Dodgers +3300Los Angeles Angels vs Los Angeles Dodgers +3300New York Yankees vs Cincinnati Reds +3300New York Yankees vs Washington Nationals +3300New York Yankees vs Chicago Cubs +4000Boston Red Sox vs Los Angeles Dodgers +5000Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves +5000New York Yankees vs Philadelphia Phillies +5000Here, let’s pull in the favorites in both the NL (Dodgers) and AL (Yankees) and combine them with two of the sleepers mentioned above to maximize the odds on both sides of the matchup.MLB team wins in 2020Based on the over/unders for every team’s regular-season win totals in 2020, here are the best bets:Arizona DiamondbacksOver 30½ Wins -130Under 30½ Wins +100Madison Bumgarner puts some gloss on them, but it’s easier to believe they will finish a shade under .500.Atlanta BravesOver 33½ Wins -115Under 33½ Wins -115With Freddie Freeman getting a late start to summer re-training after having COVID-19, that number could be harder to reach in a division with the Mets and Nationals.Boston Red SoxUnder 30½ Wins -145Over 30½ Wins +115This one is close, but there’s a good chance the Red Sox can eke out 31 wins to match their 2019 winning percentage.Cincinnati RedsOver 31½ Wins -130Under 31½ Wins +100Based on giving them some World Series future love, it makes sense for them to at least live up to the hype four games above .500.Detroit TigersOver 22½ Wins -120Under 22½ Wins -110The Tigers were really bad in 2019, but with a shorter window of futility they can avoid being 16 games below .500.Houston AstrosOver 34½ Wins -115Under 34½ Wins -115This feels a little inflated given the bad vibes going into the season and the Athletics being formidable again.Los Angeles AngelsUnder 31½ Wins -125Over 31½ Wins -105With Joe Maddon, Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon, there’s some marquee talent here, but we know how that plays out with the Astros and Athletics.Los Angeles DodgersUnder 37½ Wins -130Over 37½ Wins +100The Dodgers have a pretty massive total here for 38-22, but if there’s any team that can win 40 games in 2020, it would be them.Milwaukee BrewersOver 31½ Wins -115Under 31½ Wins -115The Brewers are being devalued too much for their offseason losses and could easily win the NL Central.New York YankeesOver 36½ Wins -125Under 36½ Wins -105A 36-24 mark would still be very healthy in the AL, so taking the slight under here.Oakland AthleticsOver 33½ Wins -115Under 33½ Wins -115Is this the year they propel over the Astros and actually win in the playoffs? That’s a pretty reasonable number with which to work.Philadelphia PhilliesUnder 30½ Wins -125Over 30½ Wins -105There’s too much of a crowd in the NL East to think they can get here behind the Braves, Mets and Nationals.MLB player futures for 2020AL MVPMike Trout +140Gleyber Torres +1000Aaron Judge +1200Alex Bregman +1200Francisco Lindor +1500Rafael Devers +1500Shohei Ohtani +1600Matt Chapman +1800Anthony Rendon +2000Yoan Moncada +2000DJ LeMaheiu +2500Josh Donaldson +2500Jose Ramirez +3000Austin Meadows +4000Gerrit Cole +4000JD Martinez +4000Jorge Polanco +4000Jose Altuve +4000Marcus Semien +4000Vladimir Guerrero +4000Yordan Alvarez +4000Trout has yet to repeat in his terrific career and the odds make it boring, anyway. Judge and Torres can do major equal damage hitting back to back for the Yankees. But Chapman, the clear most valuable Athletic with his offense and defenses, tends to rip it up at the plate in August. He brings a nice return just outside of the favorites.NL MVPRonald Acuna Jr +400Christian Yelich +450Mookie Betts +600Juan Soto +800Cody Bellinger +900Fernando Tatis Jr +900Bryce Harper +1500Nolan Arenado +1600Javier Baez +2200Freddie Freeman +2500Ketel Marte +2500Kris Bryant +2500Paul Goldschmidt +2500Pete Alonso +2500Acuna is a solid favorite to put the money on and run with decent return. With Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman not in there for Washington, watch for Soto to have a more standout, special season at 21. There’s too much competition for Yelich and Bellinger to follow their respective 2018 and 2019 wins.MLB Home Run KingJoey Gallo +850Mike Trout +1000Pete Alonso +1000Yordan Alvarez +1000Aaron Judge +1200Cody Bellinger +1600Giancarlo Stanton +1600Bryce Harper +2000Eugenio Suarez +2000Franmil Reyes +2000Matt Olson +2000Nelson Cruz +2000Christian Yelich +2200Miguel Sano +2200Ronald Acuna Jr +2200Eloy Jimenez +2500JD Martinez +2500Jorge Soler +2500Josh Donaldson +2500Khris Davis +2500Nolan Arenado +2500Vladimir Guerrero Jr +2500Gallo is the favorite for hitting 22 home runs in 70 games last season. This is all about who can put together two massive months and likely get to 20 in 60 games after Alonso’s winning pace was one homer per three games. A healthy Judge has immediate appeal. Then consider that both Cruz and Yelich homered in 34 percent of their games played last season.AL Cy YoungGerrit Cole +250Justin Verlander +500Shane Bieber +550Lucas Giolito +900Charlie Morton +1400Jose Berrios +1400Mike Clevinger +1400Tyler Glasnow +1400Blake Snell +1600Corey Kluber +1800Zack Greinke +1800James Paxton +2000Luis Severino +2000Frankie Montas +3000Shohei Ohtani +3000Dallas Keuchel +3217Hyun-Jin Ryu +3300Sean Manaea +3300The Yankees have their shiny new favorite and Cole seems primed for his Cy after leading the AL in ERA last season. Watch out for the pair of Rays, Morton and Glasnow, playing spoiler.NL Cy YoungJacob DeGrom +350Walker Buehler +600Max Scherzer +700Jack Flaherty +800Stephen Strasburg +900Yu Darvish +1000Luis Castillo +1400Patrick Corbin +1400Noah Syndergaard +1800Clayton Kershaw +2000Trevor Bauer +2000Zach Wheeler +2000Aaron Nola +2500Chris Paddack +2500Brandon Woodruff +2800Mike Soroka +2800Sonny Gray +2800Going Buehler over DeGrom at the top makes sense for much more return. Flaherty has the kind of stuff to also be a solid pick.AL Rookie of the YearLuis Robert +250Jesus Luzardo +400Brendan McKay +600Casey Mize +1000Jo Adell +1100A.J. Puk +1800Evan White +1800Forrest Whitley +2000Nate Pearson +2200Wander Franco +2500Deivi Garcia +3300Nick Madrigal +3300Ryan Mountcastle +3300Clarke Schmidt +4000Brady Singer +5000Logan Gilbert +5000Sean Murphy +5000Let’s go with what the eyes already tell us, that this comes down to the Cuban White Sox outfielder and the Peruvian Athletics pitcher. Don’t totally sleep on Pearson pitching the Blue Jays close to .500.NL Rookie of the YearGavin Lux +200Mitch Keller +750Dylan Carlson +900Carter Kieboom +1000Dustin May +1200MacKenzie Gore +1200Brendan Rogers +1500Cristian Pache +2000Joey Bart +2000KeBryan Hayes +2000Kyle Wright +2000Nico Hoerner +2000Sixto Sanchez +2000Jon Duplantier +2500Alec Bohm +3300Daulton Varsho +3300Spencer Howard +4000The shortstop Lux is a big favorite to continue the Dodgers’ big-time ROTY tradition, but the field has too many guys who can spoil, with pitchers Gore (Padres) and Wright (Braves) standing out in good spots.MLB season specials in 2020Most Home RunsOver 20½ Home Runs -150Under 20½ Home Runs +120Someone will be tearing it up in the hottest part of the year with a well-rested bat ready to rip. Judge seems like the guy to make it happen. Player to hit .400 or betterNo -700Yes +500It’s fair to say 200 at-bats will be a healthy number over 60 games, which means someone will need to bang out at least 80 hits, averaging 1.5 per game. That’s an equivalent of 243 in 162 games, and only two players, Devers and Whit Merrifield, broke 200 hits in 2019. Asterisk or not, Ted Williams is easily safe for another year.last_img read more

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Schmidt grabs glory in all-English NSW Amateur Final

first_img24 Jan 2020 Schmidt grabs glory in all-English NSW Amateur Final Tags: Ben Schmidt, Callum Farr, England Men’s Team, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire Ben Schmidt has admitted he needed to play near flawless golf to defeat Callum Farr and win the all-English battle for the NSW Amateur Championship.The 17-year-old Yorkshireman turned in a dominant performance against Northamptonshire’s Farr in today’s 36-hole final at St Michael’s Golf Club near Sydney.The 7&5 victory was highly impressive and another landmark moment in the career of one of world golf’s most promising amateur talents.Last year, Schmidt won the Brabazon and Carris trophies, the Sir Henry Cooper, the Justin Rose Daily Telegraph Junior Masters and helped England’s men to Home International success.The latest trophy addition to his ever-expanding haul of silverware is yet more tangible evidence of a fantastic start to 2020 for England’s Golf’s contingent down under.Schmidt’s success follows hot on the heels of Charlotte Heath’s brilliant win in last week’s Australian Women’s Amateur Championship in Queensland.“It’s great to get a win and the first trophy for the season,” said a delighted Schmidt.“I have played really well all week and felt comfortable out on the course and was able to continue that feeling into the final.“To be honest I played pretty flawlessly and against a player of Callum’s standard that had to be the case.“My main goal before I started today was to treat the 36-hole final as two separate matches. It helped to narrow it down and focus on a shorter target.“I was able to win the first hole of the day hitting two good shots into the green and from there I just grew in confidence.” Schmidt was two up after four holes of the morning round, but was pegged back when Farr managed a brilliant birdie two at the fifth.Crucially, Schmidt won the seventh and eighth holes to extend his lead to three by the turn.After winning the 14th, 16th and making birdie on 17, Schmidt was able to head into lunch with a five hole cushion having played the 18 holes in two under par.The more experienced Farr may have been down at the halfway stage, but the 21-year-old refused to bow out and Schmidt knew he had to knuckle down and not get too far ahead of himself.However, when Schmidt won the fifth hole of the afternoon round with a par to move six clear, it was clear he had one hand on the trophy.With friend Shaun Carter on his bag, he was able to keep his mind clear and get the job done winning with five holes to spare.Schmidt was full of praise for Farr and admitted it was tricky taking on a pal in such an important final.“Callum’s a great mate and we get on really well,” confirmed Schmidt.“I had Shaun on my bag and Tom Plumb caddied for Callum so we were able to separate things a bit.“There were no hard feelings – we both knew we had to compete and someone had to win. Callum’s had a great week too and it’s great for English golf.“Over the last few weeks everyone in the England team has been able to find a bit of form and it’s great that I could follow up Charlotte’s win with this success.”Schmidt and the other six players representing England on the trip to Australia now have a day off before a practice round on Sunday ahead of the Avondale Amateur which starts on Tuesday.“The whole experience of being in Australia and coping with travel, time differences and style of golf courses has been amazing,” added Schmidt.“I’ve played four courses now and they all have different features, different types of grass and that’s all part of learning the game.“Hopefully, all the England players can show up well again in the Avondale.”Photograph credit: NSW Golflast_img read more

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Slaughter the difference maker in Ginebra’s game 1 win

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ “They had a hard time covering him. He was a real difference for us tonight,” said the two-time Grand Slam-winning mentor.After Mike Tolomia completed a three-point play with 4.9 seconds remaining to help Meralco cut what was once a 17-point lead down to as small as four, 75-71, Ginebra immediately went to Slaughter, who slammed the ball home just before the buzzer to swing the momentum back to his side.Ginebra then quickly got its bearings together early in the fourth quarter and pulled away for good.Cone, though, challenged Slaughter to sustain this level of play for the rest of the series.“I thought he looked really good tonight. I hope he could continue that, but it’s tough to keep that up for seven games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Slaughter settling down really was instrumental in Ginebra’s 102-87 Game 1 victory over Meralco, as the former Rookie of the Year came off the bench and poured 14 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.The whole Gin Kings crew likewise looked poised from the get-go, controlling the game from start to finish to draw first blood in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We played a good team game today, played good team defense. Everyone chipped in and did their part,” said Slaughter, who is clear frontrunner for this conference’s Best Player plum.But in the eyes of coach Tim Cone, Slaughter was more than just a piece of the puzzle. He was the x-factor for the Kings when the Bolts were making a third quarter uprising. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Greg Slaughter. PBA IMAGESLUCENA — Anticipating the nerves to come on Friday, Greg Slaughter was as cool as ever when he played his first championship game in his professional career.“I didn’t feel too much pressure,” he admitted.ADVERTISEMENT But Slaughter knows that the championship will not just revolve around him as the Gin Kings brace for a tougher Meralco side in Game 2 on Sunday.“We only got one day to turn around. The good thing about winning is they are the ones that have to adjust to us. We can improve on our game plan, but being up gives us the advantage because the loser has to adjust to the winner,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lyceum sets season best in points, rebounds in JRU drubbing Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

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African players in Europe: City no match for Mane, Salah

first_img0Shares0000A Mohamed Salah (R) header beats Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to give Liverpool a two-goal lead in an English Premier League clash at Anfield © AFP / Paul ELLISPARIS, France, Nov 11 – Defending champions Manchester City have become the latest English Premier League club that could not contain irresistible Liverpool attackers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.Mane scored his seventh league goal this season and Salah his sixth as the Reds overcame the champions 3-1 at Anfield to take an eight-point lead 12 rounds into the season. The dynamic duo now adjust their sights to 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying with Senegalese Mane confronting Congo Brazzaville and Egyptian Salah taking on Kenya this week.ENGLANDMOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)Headed home Liverpool’s second — from a pinpoint cross by Andrew Robertson — early on to leave Manchester City rocking.The 27-year-old is a nemesis for most clubs, but he has a special knack against City at Anfield, scoring for the third time in four home league games against Pep Guardiola’s outfit.SADIO MANE (Liverpool)He is even outstripping Salah in the scoring stakes when it comes to goals at Anfield, or any other Premier League player since August 2018.The 27-year-old forward’s header for the third of Liverpool’s goals was his 22nd at home in that period.MAHMOUD ‘TREZEGUET’ HASSAN (Aston Villa)Was one of Villa’s rare bright lights in a disappointing 2-1 loss to midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.The 25-year-old Egyptian caused the Wolves defence some concerns down his flank and deservedly got on the score sheet in stoppage time.WILFRED NDIDI (Leicester)Gave an assured performance in midfield for the high-flying 2016 champions in the impressive 2-0 win over Arsenal.The 22-year-old Nigerian came close to scoring in the second half with his shot from outside the area beating the goalkeeper but cannoning off the bar.SPAINYOUSSEF EN-NESYRI (Leganes)En-Nesyri earned bottom La Liga club Leganes a morale-boosting 1-1 draw by scoring a late equaliser against high-flying Real Sociedad.The Moroccan striker rose to head home in the 78th minute after Mikel Merino had given the Basque outfit the lead.ITALYOMAR COLLEY (Sampdoria)Gambia defender Colley has proved central to new coach Claudio Ranieri’s plans for Sampdoria.The 27-year-old was solid as the Genoa side went a second straight game without conceding a goal for the first time this season by drawing 0-0 at home against Atalanta.“When you build a house, you do it from the ground up, and accordingly with the defence,” said Ranieri.KHOUMA BABACAR (Lecce)Senegalese striker Babacar missed a penalty which would have pulled promoted Lecce level at 2-2 against Lazio.It was the second time this season the on-loan Sassuolo player missed from the spot. Lecce fell 4-2 to sit just a point above the relegation zone.KALIDOU KOULIBALY (Napoli)Senegal defender Koulibaly made a decisive goal-line clearance on the hour to deny Genoa a goal as 2018/2019 Serie A runners-up Napoli settled for a 0-0 draw at home — their fourth league game without a win.FRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan)Kessie was dropped for a second straight match as struggling Milan fell 1-0 at Juventus.The Ivory Coast international has reportedly fallen out with new coach Stefano Pioli for turning up late to training and giving under-par performances.Milan Director of football Frederic Massara insisted: “This is simply a technical choice… we are convinced that Franck will soon be able to return to the player that we know.”GERMANYBorussia Dortmund defender Achraf Hakimi (R) contests possession with Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski © AFP / Christof STACHEACHRAF HAKIMI (Borussia Dortmund)After his two stunning goals in midweek inspired a fightback win over Inter Milan, the Morocco right-back struggled as Dortmund were thumped 4-0 at Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.Hakimi, who was fantastic in inspiring the 3-2 win over Inter, left Robert Lewandowski unmarked to head home the hosts’ first goal and was out of position for their second by Serge Gnabry in a poor display by Dortmund’s back four.FRANCEDENIS BOUANGA (Saint-Etienne)The Gabon winger scored the match-winner for Saint-Etienne in a 3-2 victory at Nantes after equalising earlier. Bouanga has netted five goals in 13 Ligue 1 appearances this season.LEBO MOTHIBA (Strasbourg)Mothiba ended a five-month goal drought by bagging a brace as Strasbourg romped to a 4-1 home win over Nimes. The South African forward scored in each half for his first Ligue 1 goals since May.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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ST CONALS COULD PLANT A NEW IDEA IN YOUR HEAD

first_imgThe St Conal’s garden crew with their pumpkinsWould you like the opportunity to grow your own vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers? If so then the community gardens at St Conal’s Letterkenny is the place to become the modern day good-lifer!Since its inception in 2010 the garden has grown into a natural , sustainable and healthy community. The garden which holds over forty outdoor plots alongside four polytunnels, fruit picking orchards and an indoor gazebo is now accepting names from individuals for the 2014 growing season plot spaces. Alongside your plot space this year you will have the opportunity to get involved in tutored garden time and also some competitive growing!You can grow all sorts in the St Conal’s Garden!Community gardener Joanne Butler will be on hand one day a week to offer assistance and advice to all growers at St Conal’s.“Next year we will start a seed sharing & saving scheme along with a possible box scheme being launched at the garden ”One of the community groups involved in the garden this year is Cara House who are finishing up a very successful garden course there. Participants not only learned practical horticulture but also built a pallet garden, had a go at pumpkin carving, and made christmas pots which go on sale in a few weeks time .Chairperson of the gardens Ann Wilkilson said “increasing consumer interest in where our food comes from combined with concerns about air miles, GM foods and sustainability has led to a community garden renaissance here in which I firmly believe is growing by the year.”So if you would like to get growing with outdoor exercise and relaxation then come on and get involved in the community gardens at St Conal’s.Plot spaces are limited so call Ann on 0868591619 for more information .Busy at work potting some plants. ST CONALS COULD PLANT A NEW IDEA IN YOUR HEAD was last modified: November 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Joanne ButlerSt Conal’s Gardenlast_img read more

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Martian encounter

first_imgLA CA ADA FLINTRIDGE – For the past seven months, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been tearing toward the outer solar system at a blistering 6,000 mph. But by mid-afternoon today, if all goes as planned, it will be looping around Mars, on its way to becoming the Red Planet’s newest observer. At 1:24 p.m. PST, as scientists and engineers pace nervously at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory here and at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver, the orbiter should fire thrusters that slow it enough to be captured by Mars’ gravity. It’s a challenge that Jim Graf, the project manager at JPL, likened to exiting the Pasadena (110) Freeway – slowing from the high speeds of the left lanes to the crawl required to navigate the exit. As with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, he said, “If you don’t make the offramp, then you’re doomed.” Nevertheless, despite many sleepless nights leading up to today, “I’m anxiously optimistic,” he said. The orbiter, which will study the planet’s atmosphere, surface and underground features, has been performing well thus far, JPL scientists said. “We’ve sent many commands to the spacecraft to date, and it’s always done everything we’ve asked it to,” said Peter Xaypraseuth. But Mars is an unforgiving destination, where only one-third of past missions have arrived successfully. Even if all goes as scheduled today, the peril isn’t over for the $720 million probe. In two weeks, after a weekend of rest for the mission crews followed by days of renewed testing, engineers will send the orbiter into more than 500 smaller ovals around the planet. In a process called aerobraking, the orbiter will slow and spiral inward until it is low enough for the science missions to begin. If the craft survives, dodging dust storms and billowing waves of hot air that could knock it off course, researchers can finally start collecting data from the craft’s six instruments. Among those instruments is High-RISE, a high-resolution camera capable of photographing coffee table-size surface features, said JPL deputy project scientist Sue Smrekar. “Every time we look at the planet at higher resolution, we get a very different picture of what’s happening on the planet, of the geology on the surface,” Smrekar said. “We’re anticipating we’ll see a lot of different processes we’ve never seen before.” One of the mission’s objectives is to search for landing sites for future spacecraft. Another top priority is the search for water, which is generally considered a necessity for life. An onboard radar will look for thick layers of ice beneath the surface and pockets of liquid water under Mars’ frozen poles. Other instruments will study the composition of the atmosphere and the minerals on the planet’s surface. If successful, the orbiter will return more data than all previous Mars missions combined, Graf said. But, said JPL’s Mars program manager Fuk Li, “there is this matter of turning \ from a cruiser to Mars to a true orbiter of Mars.” And if something goes wrong, Graf said, “there is no time for the team as a whole to react. The spacecraft has to do it all on its own.” JPL flight engineer elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Gay wedding ban off agenda in ’06, Senate tells Bush

first_imgWASHINGTON – By a wide margin Wednesday, the Senate rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, delivering a stinging defeat to President George W. Bush and other Republicans who hope the issue will rally GOP voters for the November elections. The senators’ vote was 49-48 to limit debate and bring the amendment to a yes-or-no decision. That was 11 short of the 60 needed, killing the measure in the Senate for this year. Bush suggested a ban would be proper and its time would still come. He said, “Our nation’s founders set a high bar for amending our Constitution, and history has shown us that it can take several tries before an amendment builds the two-thirds support it needs in both houses of Congress.” Democrats suggested it was all about conservative politics. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Why is it … Republicans are all for reducing the federal government’s impact on people’s lives until it comes to these stinging litmus-test issues, whether gay marriage or end of life, (and then) they suddenly want the federal government to intervene?” asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. The 49 votes to keep the amendment alive were one more than the measure received the last time the Senate voted – in 2004. Proponents had predicted at least a 51-vote majority in the 100-member Senate with the gain of four Republican seats since 2004. It takes two-thirds majorities in both houses of Congress to send a proposed amendment to the states for ratification. The House will take up the issue next month. Despite the defeat, amendment backers insisted progress had been made because the debate over three days raised the issue’s profile and will force candidates to answer for their votes on the campaign trail. “Eventually, Congress is going to have to catch up to the wisdom of the American people, or the American people will change Congress for the better,” said Sen. David Vitter, R-La. Most bitter to authors of the proposed amendment was the loss of support in their own GOP caucus. Two Republicans changed their votes from yes in 2004 to no this time: Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘I SQUIRM WHEN PEOPLE CALL ME BRAVE’ – CANCER BATTLER MAJELLA

first_imgCancer survivor Majella O’Donnell has said she does not feels she deserves all the praise she gets in confronting her illness.Majella’s ‘selfie’Majella had her hair shaved live on the Late Late Show last September after discovering she had breast cancer and was to undergo treatment.She raised a staggering €600,000 for the Irish Cancer Society and has since undergone a double mastectomy operation. But Majella insisted “I feel a little bit like I don’t deserve all the accolades I’m getting because for me, it was a simple thing to do.“When people say ‘You’re brave’, or “you’re this or that”, I squirm a bit and think: “I’m not really, that’s just me.”“If I’m bald and look ugly, I don’t really care what anybody thinks.”Majella, wife of singer Daniel O’Donnell, was recently pictured taking part in the selfie craze which encouraged women to donate cash as they went without make-up. But Majella revealed she had one up on some women as she posed for her own selfie.“I have to admit that I’m not a big make-up person. Most of the time I don’t wear make-up. I usually wear it when I’m going out.“I’m not one of those people who has to put it on first thing in the morning, I actually can’t be bothered with it,” she said. ‘I SQUIRM WHEN PEOPLE CALL ME BRAVE’ – CANCER BATTLER MAJELLA was last modified: April 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cancerdonegalMajella O’Donnellmake-upSelfielast_img read more

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Kaiser has no answer vs. LaSierra

first_img Yet, it was the La Sierra defense that came up with the big plays in stopping the host Cats (3-2) at Fontana High School. La Sierra twice stopped Kaiser on fourth downs in the third quarter before putting away the Cats with two touchdowns in a span of almost four minutes. “Our defense stepped it up in the second half,” La Sierra coach Tony Barile said, noting his squad was down 15-14 at intermission. “They made the big plays. We’re smaller than every team we play, so we did everything we could with movement. FONTANA – Sean Sudol had quite an evening for La Sierra against Kaiser in Thursday night’s 34-15 victory, which finished the nonleague portion of the schedule for both schools. All Sudol did was pass for 241 yards and two touchdowns, score another and throw a clearing block 25 yards downfield on another run to the end zone for the Eagles (5-0). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “This definitely was our best game thus far.” The game turned on three plays on Kaiser’s first possession of the second half. Lonyae Miller had scoring runs of 73 and 47 yards erased on a pair of penalties, and Shandron Howard stopped Kaiser’s Jamaal Smith on a fourth-and-2 near midfield. Following an exchange of fourth-down stops, La Sierra took control when Sam Epsteen slithered through the Kaiser defense for 71 yards, with Sudol throwing the key block at the Kaiser 45. Four plays later, Travis Garza intercepted a pass for the Eagles and returned it 50 yards to the Kaiser 41. Initially, it was ruled Garza fumbled and Kaiser recovered. But for the second time in the game, the officiating crew reversed the call. La Sierra earlier lost a two-point conversion after a conference. center_img “That didn’t cost us,” Kaiser head coach Dick Bruich said, although his protests at the time told a different story. “We didn’t tackle, and that’s the name of the game. But those penalties took us our of rhythm and gassed Lonyae. “I was second-guessing myself on those calls as to why our best back wasn’t carrying the ball, but we have to give him a break sometime.” Miller finished the game with 197 yards on 28 carries and one touchdown. But it was Sudol who had the better numbers. He hit 18-of-28 passes, scoring once on a 12-yard draw (part of his 66 rushing yards) and connecting with Garza for scores of 8 (on fourth down) and 22 yards. “He had a good game, made the right reads and made the right calls,” Barile said. “I’m proud of him and the team. Kaiser was the test to get ready for (Ivy) League.” Not so for Kaiser, headed for a ground-oriented Sunkist League. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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