WhatsApp Twitter What: Marfa Public Radio live storytelling seriesWhen: 6 p.m. Monday happy hour event, 7:30 p.m. storytelling beginsWhere: The Rose Building, 415 N. Grant Ave. Marfa Public Radio brings storytelling event to Odessa Pinterest Twitter Marfa Public Radio logo All across the Permian Basin, from under pumpjacks and between the mesquite, West Texas has its stories to tell.Marfa Public Radio wants them to be heard.The station is set to host a live storytelling event and happy hour April 2 at The Rose Building downtown, continuing an ongoing event series with its first stop in Odessa.The theme for the Odessa event is ‘All or Nothing,’ with participants encouraged to take to the microphone to share stories with the room about taking risks and going for broke.Events are recorded with stories broadcast on air, and uploaded to Marfa Public Radio’s website.“We see storytelling as one of the most democratic arts,” station producer Diana Nguyen said over the phone Monday. “The whole point of the storytelling event is to bring people closer together.“You find out things about your neighbors, or people you see every day, that you don’t necessarily know about them. We get people to tell true stories about themselves, and it’s really fun.”This event will mark the third of its kind in 2018, after events themed around love were held in Midland and Marfa in February. Last year, the station held storytelling events in Alpine and Marfa, plus a ‘Ghost Town Ghost Stories’ event on Halloween in Terlingua.“We’re trying to do them all over West Texas. The idea is to get a really diverse range of experiences, because people are different all over West Texas,” Nguyen said, adding that the series is hoping to return to Alpine and get to Fort Davis.“We want to do them in as many places as we can.”But now, Nguyen said she is excited to see the event push into Odessa.“It’s a good way for us to connect with our listeners, but a way for us to kind get people to connect with each other,” Nguyen said. “We’re really excited to have it at the Rose Building.“We have a grant from Odessa Arts, and they help sponsor these events that happen in the Permian Basin,” she added. “What it’s kind of turning out to be, every couple of months, or every few months, we’re trying to do one in either Midland or Odessa.”For Monday’s event, doors are set to open at 6 p.m. for the happy hour party featuring a live DJ, with stories beginning at 7:30 p.m. Beer will be provided by program sponsor Big Bend Brewing, Co.The event is free with donations encouraged, as the event runs in conjunction with the start of the station’s spring membership drive.“We are hoping to get some new members and meet some more people,” she said.Those interested in the series can listen in on past events HERE. Nguyen said the station is always looking for more storytellers, and those interested in participating can email [email protected] You Go Marfa Public Radio.Odessa Arts. Pinterest More Information Local NewsEntertainment Facebook By admin – March 1, 2018 Previous articleDemocrats to discuss platformsNext articlePerryman says economy booming admin WhatsApp Facebook
Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Google+ A Donegal TD says it’s clear that restrictions on public movement to combat Covid-19 will need to be extended beyond next Monday.The death toll in Ireland from Covid-19 now stands at 235 while there currently 6,074 confirmed cases.Pearse Doherty says this coupled with case clusters in nursing homes and care settings is very worrying.He believes the restrictions will go beyond next Monday and there’s on onus on the Government to provide more clarity on that quickly:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/pearsefghgfhgfhgfstrcition.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Covid-19 restrictions will need to be extended – Doherty WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – April 9, 2020 Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Previous articleLUH surgeon says specific PPE equipment is urgently neededNext articleState exams may be held in late summer or autumn News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications
Lawrenceburg, IN—The Management Team of Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties announces with deep regret and concern the cancellation of our 9th Annual Fire Truck Pull in partnership with the Lawrenceburg Fire Department. After much thought and discussion, the team decided to not host the 2020 fundraiser due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, all Special Olympics’ in-person practices, competitions, events, and social activities at all levels of the organization have been canceled through June 30th. In these unprecedented times, the team realizes there is no guarantee that all restrictions will be lifted in time for the fundraising event scheduled for August 15th. “The decision was not easy”, stated Greg Townsend, Program Coordinator of Special Olympics Indiana-Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties. “Especially since the proceeds generated by the Fire Truck Pull are used to fund our fall and winter activities, if Special Olympics Indiana and Special Olympics International should decide to lift the suspension due to the pandemic”, added Townsend. According to the CDC, people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disorders are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19. In addition, people with ID experience higher rates of chronic health conditions that also put them at higher risk of serious illness and poorer outcomes from COVID-19. Special Olympics competitions and events are opportunities for entire communities to come together in support of Special Olympics’ vision. But, unfortunately, that joining together poses significant risks for everyone involved. The Fire Truck Pull, presented by the City of Lawrenceburg, would not be possible without the many volunteers, the Lawrenceburg Fire Department, and sponsors that contribute to putting on such an event each year. The Management Team and the Fire Truck Pull Committee looks forward to the 2021 Fire Truck Pull and hopes to see the return of all Pull Teams and sponsors.
If you want better results than you are generating now, you have to pay for them in advance. Paying for them means first improving yourself. If you’re going to do more, have more, and contribute more, you have to start with being more than you are now. You have to grow, and you have to improve until you become someone capable of producing better results.Getting Things BackwardsEverybody wants. They want more money. They want better results. They want to advance in their career. They want a great life outside of work. But mostly they want these things without having to change who they are and what they are doing. If wanting were enough, everyone would already have there every wish and hope and dream.Wanting, wishing, hoping, and dreaming isn’t enough to give you the results you want. The result doesn’t come before the effort, and the effort isn’t usually effective before the growth that allows one to take sufficient action in pursuit of their desired results. Wanting, wishing, hoping, and dreaming requires nothing from you. Results, success, the attainment of your goals all require more—much more—starting with you becoming a person capable of the effective action necessary to produce the results you want.Professional Development is PersonalWhen you are working on developing yourself personally, you are developing yourself professionally. Whatever you do as it pertains to your professional development also spills over into your personal life. How could it be otherwise? There is only one “you,” and the “you” at work is the same “you” at home.For most of human history, people believed that you grew as much as you need to—and as much as was possible—by the age of around 18 years old. Robert Keegan’s work has proven otherwise; we continue to grow throughout our lives—and we are all pure potential, which brings me to one of my core beliefs that no human has ever reached their full potential, not DaVinci, not Einstein, not me, and not you.Without knowing how accurate the stat is, they say some meager percentage of the population every reads a book after high school, and a small number reads after college. I do know, however, that most people do very little to improve their competencies when it comes to their profession—including salespeople.Your primary directive must be to grow and evolve, leaving what you are now to become the person that comes after who you are now.The First Order of BusinessYour first order of business must be becoming an expert. You have to acquire and develop your skills. You are not going to produce the result of a professional when your competency is that of an amateur. You are not going to match the expert when you have the skills of a novice. If you want big-time success, you have to develop big-time competencies.The time you work in a role is not a real indication as to your competency. The 10,000 hour doesn’t suggest that the famous number is proof of positive of expertise. Instead, Ericsson’s theory is that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice, practice so intense that after a couple of hours of work, you need to rest. Deliberate practice means working on something until you perfect it. When was the last time you worked so hard on some competency that you need a nap?If you work in sales, you need competencies in many different areas, many of which you will find in The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, starting with your mindset, with Self-Discipline, Optimism, Caring, Competitiveness, Resourcefulness, Persistence, Initiative, Communication, and Accountability. The reason these attributes (or character traits) come first is that they are what is necessary to becoming someone worth buying from in the first place. At the same time, you also need to be competent in the skills of sales: Closing, Prospecting, Storytelling, Diagnosing, Negotiating, Business Acumen, Change Management, and Leadership. Learn Anthony’s core strategies & tactics for sales success at any level with The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedI put a reading list at the end of every chapter in that book so readers could get additional help in developing these competencies. The two books that followed both focused on skills, with The Lost Art of Closing focused on commitment-gaining, and Eat Their Lunch devoted to making business acumen practical and tactical, so you can displace your competitors and steal your dream client away.Build a PlanIf there is some area where you need to improve your competency, pick up three books on the subject, read them all, take notes on the author’s beliefs and the actions they suggest you take. Make a list of things you will do differently after studying the topic and stick with it long enough to improve in that area.With the advent of the internet, there is no end of courses and training available to you at a lower cost than ever, especially since you can take them without having to travel and at your own pace. If you are not enrolled in a program now, find something you want to learn and get started. Start applying what you learn.Competency only follows action. Reading a book and not acting on what you learned is the same as not having read the book. Taking a course without applying what you are learning is the same as not taking the course at all, expect you will have wasted your time and money, leaving you no better than you were—and maybe worse off.High PerformanceThe best performers in any human endeavor are the ones with the highest competency, experts, if you will. There are a few with natural attributes and talents, those who were born to do something, but most of them developed themselves in the quiet hours of the day when it was dark outside, and everyone else was sleeping.You don’t see people doing the work of developing the competency you admire; you only see the result. A result this also available to you, should you decide to do the work to acquire it. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! 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U17 World Cup FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: All you need to know about Guinea U-17 Manasi Pathak Last updated 2 years ago 00:20 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Backpagepix U17 World Cup Guinea U17 Counting down towards the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Goal provides you with a guide to the Guinean side – achievements, top players, coach and much more. India is all set to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, scheduled to kick off on 6th October. 24 countries from six confederations will be competing for one of the biggest honours in youth football with the matches being hosted in six cities across the country. In this segment, we take a look at Guinea’s U-17 team and guide you through their journey to the world cup, highlighting their achievements, key players, coach and much more.INTRODUCTIONCountry: Guinea Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Confederation: CAF (Africa)Nicknames: Le Syli Cadet (Junior National Elephants)Coach: Souleymane CamaraPAST RECORDS AND LAURELSThe Guinean youth side has made four appearances at the Under-17 World Cup. The side participated in their first FIFA U-17 World Cup in the year 1985, having grabbed a fourth position finish which is their best till date. In the 1989 U-17 World Cup in Scotland, the Junior National EElephants missed out on a place in the second round despite finishing the group phase unbeaten with three draws. Six years later, the team from the CAF participated in the 1995 U-17 World Cup at Ecuador where they failed to advance from their pool as they fell prey to Argentina and Costa Rica. The Guineans suffered another first-round exit in 2015 in Chile where they drew 1-1 with England and lost 3-1 and 1-0 to Brazil and Korea Republic, respectively.Apart from their record at the biggest event of youth football, Guinea have had a decent history of results at Africa U-17 Cup of Nations. The side has successfully ended on the third spot thrice (1995, 2015 and 2017) in their six appearances in the competition. PREPARATIONS AHEAD OF THE MEGA-EVENTFollowing their performance at Gabon’s 2017 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations, the players were given a week’s holiday. After that, the young guns of Guinea took part in a month long training camp at Italy followed by another ten-day camp in Abu Dhabi. KEY PLAYERS The young Guinean side has a bunch of pivotal players in the squad of which Djibril Fandje Toure steals the limelight. Toure scored six goals in the Africa Cup of Nations to win the Golden Boot and also played a vital role in Guinea’s journey to the third place finish in the same tournament. TEAM COACHSouleymane Camara a.k.a ‘Abedi’ is a former playmaker. Camara boasts an excellent reputation in Guinea, having enjoyed a long and successful career as a player-coach during which he won two national cups with FC Sequence. The former coach of Guinean first division side Satellite FC is a young gaffer who aims to make it to at least the second round with his young guns who are still developing. ROAD TO U-17 WORLD CUP In the 2017 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations held at Gabon, Guinea was drawn against Morocco in the second round of qualifying where they came from 1-0 down in both legs before advancing on penalties on Moroccan soil. After surpassing the third round, they kicked off the continental finals in Gabon with a 5-1 victory over the host nation followed by a 1-1 draw with Cameroon and a goalless draw with Ghana. This secured them a place in the last four and also a berth in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. In the semi-finale, Guinea was beaten on penalties (2-0) by Ghana but went on to beat Niger 3-1 in third place play-off.
Cardiff attacker Aron Gunnarsson: We’re in good positionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City attacker Aron Gunnarsson insists they can recover from their home thrashing by Manchester United.It promises to be a difficult season for Cardiff as they fight relegation but Gunnarsson says they must take the positives and the biggest one of that they are not in the drop zone for Christmas despite the United defeat.Gunnarsson said: “Especially away from home, we need to start picking up points away from home. We’ve obviously been good here at home apart from today.“We need to keep going but looking at the table, at Christmas time, we’d have taken the position at the moment but we need to build on that and stick together even though this loss was tough to take.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
SF0.20.1NYG0.10.10.21377 BAL54PIT52PIT 23, BAL 16+4.3– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 9Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 9 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game 201311531125 WSH43.014.5TB184.108.40.206470 MIN68MIN69MIN 24, DET 9-0.9– 21976ColtsJones22Mitchell23Carr1820.8 The best matchups of Week 10Week 10 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions 82000VikingsCulpepper21Smith18Moss1718.5 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS YearTeamPasserRusherReceiverTriplet Score 191995CowboysAikman15Smith20Irvin1917.7 DEN54HOU54HOU 19, DEN 17+6.0– 91982ChargersFouts22Muncie14Chandler2218.5 51961OilersBlanda22Cannon16Hennigan2119.3 KC84KC87KC 37, CLE 21-0.5– CHI54.715.4DET8.97.723.11507 14199349ersYoung23Watters14Rice2018.2 Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com 31999ColtsManning18James21Harrison2019.6 122000RamsWarner15Faulk22Holt1918.2 152006ChargersRivers18Tomlinson26Gates1418.1 DAL66DAL64TEN 28, DAL 14+0.7– 162014PackersRodgers21Lacy16Nelson1818.1 20200049ersGarcia20Garner17Owens1617.5 The New Orleans Saints already looked like Super Bowl contenders at various times in the first half of this season. But after their 45-35 victory over the previously undefeated Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the Saints have landed themselves squarely in the conversation of potential championship favorites. Certainly, no team is hotter as we survey the NFL at midseason: New Orleans has won seven straight, including triumphs over the Vikings, Falcons and Ravens. And for better or for worse, they’re doing it in classic Saints style — piling up a ton of points (and taking the occasional end-zone phone call) while simply hoping for the best on defense. Although this method might not ultimately result in the franchise’s second-ever Super Bowl title, it’s going to be damn entertaining to watch New Orleans try to score its way to the top of the NFL heap once again.Leading the way in the Saints’ offensive showcase is, of course, quarterback Drew Brees. Much has been said about how well Patriots QB Tom Brady has continued to play into his 40s, but Brees is only 17 months younger than Brady and has been just as good as ol’ Touchdown Tom was at the same age. Brees currently leads the NFL in passer rating and ranks fourth in Yards Above Backup QB (trailing only Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, the Rams’ Jared Goff and Philip Rivers of the Chargers). All this without the benefit of drinking up to 38 glasses of water a day and sleeping in his own brand of recovery pajamas.Some of the pinpoint throws Brees made Sunday against L.A. demonstrated once again how little touch he has lost — if any — since ESPN’s “Sport Science” scrutinized the mechanical perfection behind his superhuman passing accuracy nearly 10 years ago. Led by that star-powered triumvirate, the Saints’ offense currently ranks seventh in the league in yards per game, second in points per game and second in offensive expected points added (EPA) per contest. (And it’s anybody’s guess how much higher it will soar with new WR pickup Dez Bryant on board.) But the Saints’ undoing might be their backslide on defense, where they’ve fallen from a surprising 16th in defensive EPA last season to 29th this year. In that regard, the 2018 Saints are like too many versions that had come before last season — great on offense but prone to making opposing offenses look great, too. MIA21.210.3GB220.127.116.11457 For Brees’s excellence this season, my ESPN colleague Bill Barnwell made the case that New Orleans’s QB — not Kansas City’s — should be the MVP front-runner at the midpoint of the schedule. But Brees isn’t doing it all alone. In fact, the Saints’ resurgence in recent seasons has been as much about quickly re-assembling elite talent around Brees as it has been about Brees defying Father Time.New Orleans rolled out one of the league’s all-time great rookie classes last year, headlined by running back Alvin Kamara. Sharing touches with veteran ball carrier Mark Ingram in a historic RB tandem, Kamara was tabbed for the Pro Bowl while racking up 1,554 yards from scrimmage and 13 total touchdowns. And with Ingram suspended for the Saints’ first four games this season, Kamara has been even better in an expanded role. His touches per game are up 61 percent, and he’s on track to generate more than 1,800 scrimmage yards with 24 total TDs. Not bad for a player in his first real season as an NFL feature back.1Upon returning, Ingram initially ate a bit into Kamara’s workload, but over the past three weeks, Kamara is averaging 20.7 touches per game. That’s actually higher than his seasonlong average (which includes a 31-touch outing against the Falcons in Week 3).Kamara has provided the kind of monster performance New Orleans needed to build on last season’s explosive offensive output. But Brees also has a mega-productive target at wide receiver who keeps getting better every year: Michael Thomas. Thomas cracked 1,100 yards through the air in each of his first two NFL seasons, scoring 14 total touchdowns — and this year he has reached an entirely new level of statistical achievement. Averaging an astounding 110.0 receiving yards per game, Thomas would rank 15th all-time in the category if he somehow kept it up over the season’s second half.(We should also mention that Thomas’s outrageous catch rate of 88.6 percent is currently the best ever in a season2Since 1992, the first year for the statistic in Pro-Football-Reference.com’s data. among players with at least 750 receiving yards, more than 11 percentage points higher than the next-best season. It’s a friendly reminder that Thomas is having one of the most impressive WR seasons ever.)If we crunch the numbers for the Saints’ Big Three in terms of Approximate Value (Pro-Football-Reference.com’s cross-position measure of single-season player value), we find that Brees is on pace for 20 AV, with Thomas also at 20 and Kamara at 18. Together, the harmonic mean3A special kind of average designed to amplify combinations in which all individual values are high — and penalize ones in which they aren’t. of those AV numbers — a metric I’ll call the “Triplet Score” — is 19.3, which would rank New Orleans’s group fourth-best among QB/RB/WR trios since 1960: SeasonWinsLossesOffenseDefensespecial Teams SF62SF55SF 34, OAK 3-7.3– WSH55WSH52ATL 38, WSH 14+1.5– 172000ColtsManning18James21Harrison1618.1 NYJ1.00.6BUF0.20.20.91388 Even though New Orleans has that shiny 7-1 record, its defensive deficiency is probably something coordinator Dennis Allen will have to iron out if the Saints are truly going to vie for the Super Bowl. Although several other contenders — most notably Kansas City — are in a similar all-offense/no-defense spot at midseason, it’s rare to see such a poor defensive squad hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Since 2006, only one champion (the 2006 Indianapolis Colts) ranked 29th or worse in defensive EPA per game.4The 2011 New York Giants were close: They ranked 24th in defensive EPA. Aside from those two, no other champ since 2006 ranked worse than 13th on defense. But with an average of 62.1 total points being scored in their games thus far, the Saints have certainly been involved in their share of popcorn-worthy shootouts.They’ll take that brand of high-scoring football to Cincinnati on Sunday to face the Bengals. And although the Saints have all but locked up their postseason fortunes, this still counts as one of the best games of the week by our combination of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and game importance (how likely it is to swing either team’s odds of making the playoffs). That’s mainly because the Bengals, sitting on the precipice of the postseason picture with a 54 percent chance of getting in, have more than a dozen points of probability to lose or gain, depending on the game’s outcome. 18199249ersYoung22Watters16Rice1718.0 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION PIT81.2%+/-10.5CAR75.2%+/-10.120.51618 CAR76CAR73CAR 42, TB 28-3.4– 20167953022 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality KC99.80.2ARI0.20.10.41520 PHI60.013.3DAL10.59.322.61548 MIA62MIA59MIA 13, NYJ 6-4.2– NO59LAR52NO 45, LAR 35-12.4– Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. JAX9.16.6IND10.56.212.81456 201711521615 Playoff %Playoff % Saints’ NFL Rank in … 42018SaintsBrees20Kamara18Thomas2019.3 ATL43.78.9CLE0.10.19.01434 LAC86.86.9OAK0.00.07.01454 2018712293 The Saints’ defense is reverting to (poor) formYearly record and NFL rank in expected points added (EPA) for the New Orleans Saints since 2013 131964BrownsRyan17Brown23Warfield1618.2 As for the Saints, we’ll keep a close eye on how far their high-octane offensive attack can take them in the season’s second half. Our model gives them a 16 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl, which is tied with New England for second-best in the NFL (behind K.C. at 18 percent). And with Brees, Kamara and Thomas lighting up opposing defenses, New Orleans might lead the league in excitement either way, win or lose.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersBe sure to check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings using our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks how often each team should make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. And did you know you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game? Maybe you can also climb up our giant leaderboard (or, if you’re like me, fall down it with each passing week).Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: 20147953223 The Saints’ 2018 trio is on a historic paceTop QB/RB/WR trios ranked by their “Triplet Score” — the harmonic mean of each player’s Approximate Value (AV) — 1960-2018 20157923223 CHI54%CHI69%CHI 41, BUF 9+9.7– SEA61SEA51LAC 25, SEA 17+9.0– 101999RamsWarner19Faulk25Bruce1418.3 1199449ersYoung23Watters19Rice2120.9 2018 AV is pro-rated to a 16-game schedule.Source: pro-Football-reference.com Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group SEA33.713.4LAR18.104.22.168592 111992CowboysAikman17Smith20Irvin1818.3 72004ColtsManning21James21Wayne1518.5 62001RamsWarner20Faulk22Holt1619.0 CIN54.013.0NO94.14.017.01583 NE81NE71NE 31, GB 17-7.6– TEN40.513.7NE97.82.015.71590 Team Leaders and their Approx. value Readers kept it relatively close against Elo this week, losing by an average of just 5.1 points across all of Week 9’s games — their second-best showing of the season, behind Week 7. Of course, that tells you what kind of year it’s been picking against the algorithm: Elo has beaten the average reader in eight of nine weeks in 2018 so far. This time around, the readers’ bet against Nathan Peterman paid off (big surprise…) and they also picked up points with the Chargers’ victory at Elo’s longtime team-crush, the Seattle Seahawks. But the Saints’ win over the Rams hurt readers’ average score — perhaps they didn’t read that L.A. is good but not necessarily historically great.Anyway, congrats to the mysteriously named _ACN_, who led identified users in Week 9 with 204.0 points, and to Brian Hake, who pulled into the No. 1 slot for the entire season with 764.5 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
The Ohio State football team is just one game away from finishing an undefeated season, and although they are banned from postseason play, OSU coach Urban Meyer said the result of Saturday’s game versus Michigan will not define the season any more than it already would.“Will we be defined by this game? You usually are,” Meyer said Monday in his weekly press conference. “Regardless of what happens, this is the game.”The Buckeyes and Wolverines will meet for the 109th time in the long history of their college football programs Saturday at Ohio Stadium at noon. For the Buckeyes, it will be the final time they take the field this season, as NCAA sanctions from the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal have banned OSU from a bid in the Big Ten Championship game and bowl game.The Buckeyes, though, find themselves with an opportunity to finish the year 12-0.Rather than the bigger picture of clinching an undefeated season with a win, and potentially being in the running for an Associated Press national championship, Meyer said his team is “focused in” on their final opponent.“We just talked about winning this game,” Meyer said. “We’re not talking about what everybody is going to think a week from now, two weeks from now.”Redshirt senior outside linebacker Etienne Sabino said the rivalry with Michigan is all the motivation the Buckeyes need Saturday.“This is the game,” Sabino said. “This is a Super Bowl, this is the bowl game, this is national championship, this is everything for us.”Recognizing performances from Wisconsin winMeyer said senior defensive end John Simon, who he once again called the team’s “heart and soul,” was the team’s defensive player of the week after a four-sack performance against Wisconsin.Five other players were named defensive champions for their Wisconsin performances: redshirt junior safety C.J. Barnett, sophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, junior safety Christian Bryant, redshirt senior Orhian Johnson and senior linebacker Zach Boren.For Boren, it was his first time being named a champion since converting from fullback to linebacker for the seventh game of the season versus Indiana.“I’ve gotten better. I can still get a lot better in a lot of different areas,” Boren said of his progress at linebacker. “I’m getting more and more comfortable.”Meyer called Boren’s conversion this season “one of the great stories … in college football, and certainly in Ohio State history.”“What he’s done, the selfless approach … what he would do for this team is extraordinary,” Meyer said. “Incredible human being and a great game.”Offensively, junior running back Carlos Hyde was named player of the week for his 87-yard, two-touchdown rushing performance, which included the game-winning, 2-yard touchdown in overtime. Two wide receivers, sophomore Evan Spencer and junior Corey Brown, the latter of whom had a 68-yard punt return touchdown on Saturday, were also named offensive champions.As a whole, however, Meyer said the offense “didn’t play very well,” and has to play better against Michigan.“It was bad,” Meyer said. “We have to open this offense up and trust that good things are going to happen.”In addition to his defensive recognition, Johnson was also named special teams player of the week. Meyer also acknowledged the blocking of redshirt senior Taylor Rice, Spencer, redshirt senior Stewart Smith and freshman Luke Roberts in leading Brown to his punt return touchdown.Simon was also named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, while Brown earned the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award.No comment on MarylandThe University of Maryland made big news in the Big Ten on Monday, announcing that they will become the conference’s 13th member effective July 1, 2014. That means football matchups against the Buckeyes are within their near future, but Meyer had little to say about the announcement on Monday.“Yesterday … was the first time I even heard about it,” Meyer said.
Urban Meyer prepares to lead the Buckeyes out on to the field prior to the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 55-24. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe investigation into Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer’s knowledge of domestic abuse allegations surrounding a former assistant coach will conclude on time, ending exactly on the 14-day deadline originally proposed by the university, Ohio State announced Friday.The statement went on to say that the investigators will “prepare a report for the working group to be delivered next week.” Once the independent group, chaired by former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson, receives the report, they will present it to the Board of Trustees in an executive session to be held next week. University President Michael Drake will announce his decision for any response to the investigation “following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration.”The exact time and date of that meeting was not released in the statement, but the university is required by law to provide advance public notice of at least 24 hours. Drake told WOSU’s Ann Fisher on Thursday that the investigation would be “finished when it’s finished” without providing an idea of when that might be.Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave on Aug. 1 shortly after announcing it was going to examine if Meyer knew about and properly handled reports of domestic abuse from former wide receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015. Smith was fired on July 23 after his ex-wife, Courtney, filed a domestic violence civil protection order against him.Ohio State originally gave itself a 14-day deadline to complete the investigation on Aug. 5, which means the university will meet the deadline it self-imposed.The independent group has overseen the efforts of an investigative team led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White, who also is the senior chair with the law firm Debevoise and Plimpton.
Max Allegri has revealed Juventus have not yet hit top form despite maintaining a 100% record to the start of the season.The Bianconeri brushed Young Boys aside 3-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Paulo Dybala.“We started well and took the early lead, only really feeling the danger once, and Wojciech Szczesny did well to push the forward wide when we were temporarily down to 10,” the Coach told JTV and Football Italia.“We had plenty of chances and should’ve scored more goals with greater sharpness when going on the counter.”The undoubted star of the show was Dybala with a hat-trick, becoming only the fourth Juventus player to achieve this feat in the Champions League.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“I am happy for him, he is improving and playing with greater consistency, but everyone played well this evening and showed maturity against an organised Young Boys side.They are a physical team and tried to block us off in any way possible, so it was tough.“I always said that Dybala’s greatest quality is his ability to make the team play and then go to finish off the move at the end. Tonight he did that brilliantly.”