first_imgWeek one leaves fantasy owners with the wrong mindset heading forward into the season. They are either prematurely crowning themselves champion of the league after an early win or scrambling to make any kind of trade to shake up their roster and not feel the pain of defeat again in week two.Both parties need to stop. Fantasy Football is a cruel game full of ups and downs on a week-to-week basis that send owners on an emotional roller coaster. Even if your stud player didn’t perform to your standards just relax and wait it out.However, if you can’t stand your team’s week one performance and are looking to make a major splash by adding someone on the waiver wire or making a trade it’s understandable. CHOOSE WISELY. StudsKelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina PanthersThis rookie wide receiver is 6’5” 243 pounds of pure monster. While with any rookie there are bound to be some learning curves, Benjamin didn’t show any problems against the Buccaneers as he carved their defense up for ninety-three yards and a touchdown. Look for Benjamin to continue this type of performance throughout the course of the season because lets face it who else is Cam Newton going to throw to after losing their top four receivers from last season. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota VikingsHonestly this pick could end up being completely moronic by the end of the season. With that being said the hype around this guy is absolutely ridiculous. SURE he had a big week one, but if it wasn’t for his sixty-seven yard fluke of a touchdown he only had a pathetic twenty-three yards receiving. To make matters worse he doesn’t have a good quarterback throwing to him because Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater, and Christian Ponder combined wouldn’t amount to a top twenty quarterback in the NFL. Be skeptical of his hype and don’t rely on him too much as a WR1 or WR2. Sell high on him if you can and try and get a more proven WR. Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ersYes, Hyde is also a rookie. While most owners do not like rookies because they are risky and sometimes inconsistent, they do also provide the highest upside. Plain and simple there isn’t a rookie running back with more upside than Hyde. While he is currently blocked for playing time by Frank Gore, Hyde will see limited carries and could provide help in deeper leagues. However, everyone needs to be aware of him and try to stash him on their bench because if Gore goes down with an injury Carlos Hyde immediately steps into the conversation of being a top ten fantasy running back.center_img DudsAllen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville JaguarsHey look, Hurns is a rookie and I don’t like him for fantasy! While he did have an extremely impressive week one, if it wasn’t for wide receiver Cecil Shorts being out he never would have produced numbers close to that. I expect Hurns to receive fewer reps when Cecil gets back from his injury and return to fantasy irrelevance. Do not waste your time picking him up or trading for him because he, like Kevin Ogletree who had a huge first game in 2012 and then proceeded to do nothing the rest of the season, is an absolute fluke. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia EaglesWhile I was going to go another rookie in Brandin Cooks (Future Star) I decided to switch it up and go with the second year TE out of Stanford (Fight On). Chip Kelly, the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, already said that Ertz will play a larger role in their offense this year and boy did he mean it. Ertz in week one caught three balls for seventy-seven yards and a touchdown. Expect more performances like this from Ertz, as he should be looked at as a serious weapon in the redzone for the Eagles.last_img read more

first_imgRustenburg may be one of the world’s top platinum mining centres, but gold is the precious commodity Ivory Coast are digging for when they take on Togo Tuesday.For the fifth consecutive time, Didier Drogba’s Elephants are favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations and the continent’s top-ranked team will be expected to dispatch Group D minnows Togo with ease.With tricky Maghreb opposition in the shape of former champions Tunisia and Algeria ahead, the Ivorians will be anxious to get their 2013 campaign off to a flying start.For 34-year-old Drogba, Africa’s most famous footballing son, this is the last chance to finally add the coveted crown to his over-laden trophy cabinet.At the 2012 Nations Cup, Ivory Coast remained undefeated only to suffer an agonising penalty shoot-out loss to Zambia in the final in Libreville.Ironically, Drogba’s missed penalty in regulation time set up the Zambians for victory. The decision to switch the competition from even to odd years has offered the China-based forward one last throw of the Nations Cup dice.On paper, at least, Tuesday’s Group D opener is a lop-sided affair, with Togo a yawning 63 rungs behind Ivory Coast on FIFA’s world rankings’ ladder.With Drogba and the Toure brothers Kolo and Yaya from English Premier League champions Manchester City in their midst the Ivorians are oozing class — yet remain Cup-less.This so-called ‘golden generation’ has failed to emulate the class of 1992, which brought the Nations Cup title to Abidjan for the only time after winning a marathon shoot-out over Ghana in Senegal.They lost the 2006 final in Cairo on penalties to Egypt, with the Pharaohs sweeping them aside 4-1 in the semi-finals two years later. In 2010 they were undone by Algeria, who won a quarter-final thriller in extra time, before going so close in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea last year.Drogba, whose mother set up a street stall cooking food for fans in Gabon, is hungrier than ever to take the coveted prize.“It would be great to win the trophy now. Honestly, we are getting tired of losing out each time,” says the striker who plans to make his international swansong at the 2014 World Cup should Ivory Coast make it to Brazil.“This Africa Cup is undoubtedly my last. I want to pour my whole heart and strength into it.“We have come so close to winning the trophy twice, but that doesn’t mean we should slow down. We have learnt from our failures and are returning to win the title.” Ivory Coast are coached this year by inexperienced Frenchman Sabri Lamouchi.Togo, back for the first time since the Cabinda attack in Angola in 2010 when two members of their entourage were killed by separatists in the oil-rich enclave, have nothing to lose.Their return, though, was clouded by Emmanuel Adebayor’s interminable ‘will he compete, won’t he compete’ saga.The Tottenham striker has retired more times than Frank Sinatra, but finally decided to join up with his compatriots following a little arm-twisting from the tiny west African nation’s president.Although he may have scored only twice for Spurs this term, Adebayor is undoubtedly the star of the national side, equalising away and opening the scoring at home against Gabon in the decisive qualifier. Togo’s ‘reward’ for making it to South Africa was being drawn with three of the top 10 teams in Africa, yet French coach Didier Six is undaunted.“We are not afraid of these big teams. This group is difficult, but we have a new generation that want to make a name for itself. There is everything to gain and nothing to lose.”last_img read more

first_img Related News Itoje suffered a knee injury in the impressive win at the Aviva Stadium, so Lawes comes into the second row.Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury and Ben Moon were not involved last weekend, but the trio have been named among the replacements by coach Eddie Jones. Six Nations 2019: England’s ‘remarkable’ depth softens Maro Itoje loss Chris Ashton gets the nod over Jack Nowell and Courtney Lawes replaces Maro Itoje on the England squad that will face France on Sunday in the Six Nations.Wing Ashton will make his first start in the competition in six years at Twickenham as Nowell drops to the bench after a 32-20 victory over reigning champion Ireland in Dublin. There is no place in the 23 for Ellis Genge and Harry Williams, however, as England eyes revenge following their defeat last year in Paris.Your England team to face France on Sunday in the #GuinnessSixNationsK.O 15:00 GMT, LIVE on @ITV.Preview https://t.co/5Ovvau7823#ENGvFRA #CarryThemHome pic.twitter.com/nQD44UMqha— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) February 8, 2019England: Elliot Daly, Chris Ashton, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May, Owen Farrell (captain), Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, George Kruis, Mark Wilson, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola.Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ben Moon, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Nathan Hughes, Dan Robson, George Ford, Jack Nowell.last_img read more

first_imgNEW HARTFORD — With so many Iowans spending more time at home lately, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says it’s the ideal opportunity for them to take a few minutes and fill out their U-S Census questionnaires.Grassley is urging Iowans to complete the form online, which especially makes sense during the coronavirus pandemic.  Grassley says, “I want Iowans to spread the word to their family members and friends, particularly those who spend their winters outside of Iowa, that we want them counted in Iowa.”If you respond online, by phone or by mail, Grassley says it will minimize the need to send census takers out into communities to follow up.   Grassley says, “If you live most of the year in Iowa, be sure you’re going to be counted in our state even if you aren’t in Iowa on April the 1st.”The census is used in determining Iowa’s representation in Congress as well as for hundreds of billions of federal dollars for programs ranging from food and health care to road construction.  “Every Iowan counts,” Grassley says, “and I want every Iowan counted in Iowa.”The Census Bureau reported last week that Iowa’s response rate ranks number-two in the country, just a fraction behind Wisconsin and just ahead of Minnesota. While the national average is 21-percent, the bureau says about 26-percent of Iowans have already filled out their census forms, with 23-percent of Iowans responding online.last_img read more

first_imgMiami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay (42) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) during the of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. The Dolphins won 34-28. (AP Photo/Don Wright)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cameron Wake isn’t sure he can keep living like this.Oh, the disruptive Miami Dolphins defensive end can deal with his resilient team making a playoff run. It’s the way the Dolphins are doing it that is exasperating.In a season marred by a bullying controversy and nine nail-biters in 13 weeks, this one may have been the most harrowing of all.Miami’s 34-28 victory in the snow over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday allowed the Dolphins (7-6) to keep pace with Baltimore for the AFC’s second Wild Card spot, but only after Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown stepped out at the Miami 12 following a five-lateral relay that nearly ended with one of the most bizarre finishes in league history.“I think I need some blood pressure medicine or something,” Wake said. “That’s December football.”Something the Dolphins looked decidedly comfortable with during a frenetic second half in which Miami blew a pair of leads only to rally behind tight end Charles Clay and quarterback Ryan Tannehill.Clay caught two touchdowns, including the winner with 2:53 to go, while Tannehill appeared right at home in the snowstorm that blanketed the field in the first half but did little to slow either team in the second. The second-year quarterback passed for three touchdowns and added a career-long 48-yard run.“The ball felt good all day,” Tannehill said. “You’re warm on the sideline and once you get on the field, you feel good.”And the Dolphins look good heading into a showdown at home against AFC East leader New England.Not so much in Pittsburgh. The Steelers (5-8) dropped their second straight and have been all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs with three weeks to go.“Regardless of the record man, you’ve still got to play football,” Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor said.Pittsburgh Steelers Emmanuel Sanders and Miami Dolphins Mike Wallace talk at the end of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)Five things we learned as Miami won in Pittsburgh for the first time in 23 years:CLAY IS MORE LIKE CONCRETE: The third-year tight end has come into his own this season and his combination of size and strength proved too much for the Steelers. Clay caught seven passes for 97 yards. He beat Cortez Allen, a cornerback, deep for a 40-yard gain in the first half and discarded Allen and Troy Polamalu on his 12-yard game-winner.Clay caught a short pass from Tannehill then brushed off arm tackles by both Steelers before skipping into the end zone.“I was trying to get the ball out,” Polamalu said. “I’ve just got to make the tackle.”STEELERS ARE SUNK: Pittsburgh’s loss dropped the Steelers two games behind the Dolphins and Ravens and one behind the New York Jets for the last playoff berth with three games to go. Pittsburgh is also assured of a second straight non-winning season for the first time this millennium.“It definitely (stinks) man,” wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “What do you guys want me to say? I’m going to stop playing football? No.”DANIEL THOMAS CAN MOTOR: The Dolphins lost leading rusher Lamar Miller to a concussion in the third quarter. It hardly mattered. Thomas finished with 105 yards rushing and a score, including a 55-yard zig-zag through the Pittsburgh secondary in the fourth quarter to set up Clay’s second score.“I was looking at the defender, I think it was Ryan Clark,” Thomas said. “He looked like he didn’t really want to tackle me, so I tried to make something happen.”ANTONIO BROWN’S LEFT FOOT IS TOO WIDE: The Steelers nearly pulled off a stunner during a frantic final play.Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit Sanders for a 20-yard gain, setting off a series of flips and tosses that ended with Brown streaking down the left sideline toward the end zone. Brown celebrated while he crossed the goal line, but an official correctly ruled the left edge of Brown’s left foot was out of bounds.“I thought I had it clean,” Brown said. “I thought I separated really good getting to the sideline, but it didn’t seem quite enough.”MIKE TOMLIN STAYED OUT OF SIGHT: A week after earning a $100,000 fine for interfering with a kickoff return in a loss to Baltimore, the Pittsburgh Steelers coach stayed well off the field on special teams plays time. Small consolation in a season that looks like another step back for one of the NFL’s marquee franchises.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more

first_imgFASHIONABLY FAST STRETCHES OUT TO ONE MILE & SEEKS HIS SIXTH CONSECUTIVE WIN IN THE $100,000 TIZNOW STAKES SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2020)–Unbeatable in his last five races sprinting, trainer Dean Pederson’s Fashionably Fast will stretch out to a flat mile as he heads a field of five California-bred or sired older horses in Sunday’s $100,000 Tiznow Stakes at Santa Anita.A game neck winner of the Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint going six furlongs here on Jan. 18, Fashionably Fast was a respectable second in his only career try at one mile on dirt 11 starts back on Aug. 26, 2018.The Doug O’Neill-trained Oliver, who was a close second to Fashionably Fast three starts back in the seven furlong Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 24 and the Carla Gaines-conditioned Tiger Dad, fresh off a 6 ¼ length allowance score going six furlongs here on Feb. 2, would appear to be Fashionably Fast’s primary opposition.Named after the Hall of Fame Cal-bred who won back to back Breeders’ Cup Classics in 2000 and 2001, the Tiznow is sponsored by the CTBA and is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.FASHIONABLY FASTOwner:  Harris Farms Inc., Per Antonsen & John Nicoletti                          Trainer:  Dean PedersonArguably the hottest Cal-bred in training, this 5-year-old Lucky Pulpit gelding counts three consecutive California-bred stakes wins among his five-win skein, which dates back to a 5 ¾ length allowance score going six furlongs at Del Mar on July 27.  Bred in California by Harris Farms, he’s out of the stakes winning Fall Fashion, who is by Forestry.  Although seemingly invincible among state-breds sprinting, Fashionably Fast tired late to finish second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in his only mile dirt try and was fifth in a one mile turf allowance eight starts back on Dec. 31, 2018. In both route races, he was keen in the early going, which took its toll late.OLIVEROwner:  William R. PeeplesTrainer:  Doug O’NeillMost recently second, beaten 1 ½ lengths in a seven furlong allowance against open company here on Feb. 8, this 4-year-old Papa Clem colt earned a 92 Beyer Speed figure, tops among Tiznow entrants. Fourth, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Fashionably Fast in the Cal Cup Sprint Jan. 18, he was second, beaten a half length by him in the seven furlong Cary Grant three starts back on Nov. 24. A 1 ½ length winner of the one mile E.B. Johnston Stakes at Los Alamitos five races back on Sept. 7, Oliver is proven at the Tiznow distance and could be poised to exploit Fashionably Fast’s potential distance limitations.TIGER DADOwner:  Mark Devereaux, Scott & Mark GrossTrainer:  Carla GainesA rousing 6 ¼ length winner going six furlongs versus open company in a first condition allowance on Feb. 2, this 4-year-old Smiling Tiger gelding will try two turns for the first time on Sunday. With an overall mark of 12-3-4-2, Tiger Dad’s lone main track win came in his most recent start, in which he earned an 86 Beyer.THE $100,000 TIZNOW STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTOliver–Abel Cedillo–124Tiger Dad–Victor Espinoza–120Fashionably Fast–Tiago Pereira–120Posterize–Geovanni Franco–120Ernie Banks–Umberto Rispoli–120First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LeBron vows NBA fightback after ‘one of toughest career losses’ Baldwin, though, showed what being an Ironman is all about as he mustered enough strength to push through and keep Brown, a 12-time Ironman champion in New Zealand, at bay. He finished with a time of eight hours, 50 minutes and 13 seconds.Brown came in second while Cochrane was in third.Brown put the pressure on Baldwin beginning the 19-kilometer mark onwards where he was just about a minute away from catching up.Sensing the serious threat, Baldwin went for one last push to create a sizeable distance inside the last 10 kilometers.“The hardest part was the run for sure. The first 10k I felt quite good. The 10-20k was terrible and then the last 20k, I just dug in,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The motivation I think was to have the chance to finally win the Ironman. I worked so hard for so long and when I had that chance within sight I wasn’t gonna let it slip,” Baldwin, who looked like he could still go for another round despite completing a grueling 3.8-kilometer swim, 180 km bike and 42 km run.“I was just prepared to suffer for so much today and I did and that’s what got me to the line first and I was very happy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBaldwin had a comfortable lead after the second transition from bike to run with another Kiwi in Simon Cochrane,  who was running second at that point and was five minutes and 20 seconds behind heading into the run, while Brown, a 12-time Ironman champion in New Zealand, trailed by eight minutes and 33 seconds.But Brown gained steam as the race went weary, overtaking Cochane near the halfway mark of the marathon and cutting Baldwin’s lead down to less than two minutes approaching the last 10 kilometers. Nick Baldwin of Seychelles at the finish line after a grueling full Ironman race. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSUBIC—Nick Baldwin hung on to beat Cameron Brown of New Zealand in a close finish in the first full-distance Ironman race in the Philippines on Sunday here.It was a victory of firsts for Baldwin, who finally won his first full Ironman in the Philippines’ inaugural whole distance competition and became Seychelles’ maiden winner.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Baldwin was met by his fiancée just before crossing the finish line and the two shared an emotional moment after.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View commentslast_img read more

first_img… decision was taken long before ParisMinister of Natural Resources and the Environment Raphael Trotman said the two million hectares of landNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotmanset aside by government is only for conservation and will do no harm to any economic activity in the country.He was responding to criticisms from the Opposition in particular, which opined that the use of the land could affect both the economy and the country’s forest.Former President and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had recently criticised government, saying that the productive sector was likely to suffer tremendously now that government plans to conserve the additional forest lands. He said that it was at the recent signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change that Guyana pledged to put two million hectares of forest under conservation.However, at a recent meeting with the media, Trotman said that was not the case: “This is a commitment that Guyana did not make for the first time in Paris. In fact, it comes out of a commitment in 1994 at the US convention in Biodiversity, where it decided to set aside 70 per cent of state lands for conservation.”He said there is a combination of work to be done between the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission and the Guyana Forestry Commission, before the more than 2 million hectares become available. This, he said, will be used for the preservation of pristine places where the country’s biodiversity could thrive.He stressed that persons are aware that they would not be allowed to mine in the area identified. The lands are below the fourth parallel going towards the Brazilian border, he informed.Jagdeo had strongly criticised the move and berated government for not having a serious strategy aimed at achieving a green economy. He contended that those currently responsible for the natural resources sector appeared to be “incompetent about the dynamics of the sector, given the plans, or lack of, made to fight against climate change.”He had said that Guyana’s deforestation rate has remained one of the lowest in the world, around 0.065 per cent.He said with a deforestation rate that low, there really was no need to conserve more of the country’s forest, which could otherwise be utilised in an environmentally friendly way to boost production and ultimately generate revenue for the country and its people:“How are they going to get that done? It could mean they are going to take back lands from the people who have forest leases, from miners, and even if they don’t, that would be two million hectares more of our land that we can’t bring into productive use.”Jagdeo contended that this commitment was silly also because even developed countries were not making these pledges. He also criticised the commitment made to move Guyana to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025:“So in nine years’ time, we’re supposed to believe that this country will use 100 per cent renewable energy. It is impossible to say that every vehicle, every power plant…will start using renewable energy.”Jagdeo posited that with the rate at which government was going, Guyana’s reputation on the international scene with regard to its climate change efforts would soon be destroyed.Recently, President David Granger had explained that the allocation of more land to the protected area system would ensure that these natural resources are used sustainably and preserved for future generations, and was part and parcel of the plan to promote a green economy.The President also stated that conservation would be used in tandem with the proliferation of eco-tourism in Guyana: “These areas will be established in each of our 10 administrative regions to ensure that conservation is on a national scale and covers all of our ecological zones in scope. Ecological parks, nature reserves and sanctuaries for our endangered species will be established to protect our flora and fauna and our natural habitats and ecosystems. Guyana’s ecotourism competitiveness will be enhanced by the fact that we are a part of the Caribbean and also the continent. We share borders with three South American countries. We are placed strategically to tap into the large tourist markets of our sister states of the Caribbean and the continent,” the President said.last_img read more

first_imgThere was success again for Anraí O Domhnaill from Carrickfinn / Letterkenny in the All-Ireland Fleadh.He finished in 2nd place winner in Senior Men’s Sean-nós singing at Fleadh Ceol Na h-Éireann 2015 in Sligo at the weekend.Anraí previously won the All-Ireland Senior Men’s Sean-nós competition 2013 in Derry and in Sligo 2014. He is a native of Carrickfinn – and a member of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann , (CCÉ) Leitir Ceanainn.  ANRAÍ IMPRESSES AGAIN AT FLEADH was last modified: August 19th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Anraí Ó DomhnaillComhaltas Ceoltoirí ÉireannFleadh Ceol Na h-Éireann 2015Leitir Ceanainn.last_img read more