FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ ONE fighter Batolbatol passes away MOST READ It was already a tough draw for Orton, with the Singh brothers interjecting themselves numerous times in the match but tried his best to fend off the interference. He even punched Samir Singh out of his way and forced the latter to crash to the announce table on the outside.But the number’s gain was just too much to fight through, with Mahal keeping the title in his grasp.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn the night’s other matches, John Cena bested Rusev in their flag match, finishing his Bulgarian foe with an Attitude Adjustment on a pair of tables before erecting the flag of the USA on the podium.Kevin Owens also reclaimed the WWE United States Championship after turning AJ Styles’ crossface into a pin to stun his fierce rival. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ In the kickoff show, Aiden English beat Tye Dillinger after nailing the Director’s Cut. IDL The New Day became the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions, topping The Usos after Kofi Kingston nailed Jimmy Uso with the Trouble in Paradise, followed by Xavier Woods connecting with the Elbow Drop.Natalya also earned her title shot at SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi after outlasting four other contenders in their five-woman elimination match.The Queen of Harts got her knees up on Charlotte’s moonsault and followed it with a small package to drive the latter’s head to the bottom turnbuckle, scoring the pinfall. Becky Lynch, Lana, and Tamina were also part of the match but got eliminated early.Baron Corbin disqualified himself in his match against Shinsuke Nakamura, nailing the King of Strong Style with a lowblow before attacking him with his Money in the Bank briefcase and connecting with the End of Days in a post-match attack.Sami Zayn gained a measure of retribution against Mike Kanellis, hitting the Helluva Kick for the three-count.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Jinder Mahal successfully defends his WWE Championship, outlasting Randy Orton in their Punjabi Prison match with the aid of The Great Khali. Photo by WWE.comThe Great Khali made his shocking return and assisted Jinder Mahal to successfully defend his WWE Championship against Randy Orton in their Punjabi Prison match Sunday (Monday, Manila time) at WWE Battleground in Philadelphia.With the Viper sensing victory, the Indian giant came out and rocked the outer cell to force Orton back in the prison. There, Khali choked Orton from the outside, allowing Mahal to climb out of the cell and win the match.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet
LATEST STORIES No lenten break for PH teams with tough task ahead in Fiba 3×3 World Tour Masters Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan rips his jersey as he heads to the bench after drawing his second personal foul against the Denver Nuggets early in the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The Golden State Warriors are trying to regain the lead in a series they probably still can’t believe is tied.Same with the San Antonio Spurs, who like the Warriors know they are facing an opponent who won’t stay down no matter how far they fall down.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles A look at Thursday’s games:76ERS AT NETSTied 1-1. Game 3, 8 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: After dropping the opener and leading by only one at halftime of Game 2, the 76ers finally looked like favorites by pouring in 51 points in the third quarter to roll to a 145-123 victory. Now they go to the home of the Nets, who have won Game 3 in their last three playoff series dating to the first round in 2014.KEEP AN EYE ON: Joel Embiid. Even limited by knee soreness, he has double-doubles in both games to give him nine in his first 10 postseason games. Only Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson had more.INJURY WATCH: The Nets are listing veteran forward Jared Dudley as probable. His defense played a key role in the opener but he missed Game 2 with right calf tightness.PRESSURE IS ON: Brooklyn’s starters. The bench helped carry the Nets after a slow start in Game 1, but the hole was too big to climb after the dismal beginning to the second half of Game 2.NUGGETS AT SPURSSeries tied at 1. Game 3, 9 p.m. EDT, NBATVNEED TO KNOW: With their Game 2 win, the Nuggets snapped a five-game skid to the Spurs in the playoffs that dated to 2007. They couldn’t afford to fall 2-0 given the Nuggets have dropped 13 straight in San Antonio. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PRESSURE IS ON: Golden State’s defense. The Warriors allowed 85 points in the second half of Game 2, too much even for their potent offense to overcome.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated KEEP AN EYE ON: Gary Harris. Sure, Murray scored 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and big man Nikola Jokic just missed his second triple-double of the series, but Harris chipped in 23. He flies under the radar.PRESSURE IS ON: Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan. The tandem combined 55 points, but may need to take their game to an even higher level — if that’s possible. “We had control of the game. We just let the fourth quarter get away,” Aldridge said. “We didn’t execute defensively as well as we had the other three quarters and we let those guys get going a little bit.”WARRIORS AT CLIPPERSTied 1-1. Game 3, 10:30 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: Lou Williams, the favorite for Sixth Man of the Year, is averaging 30.5 points and 10 assists in the series. Fellow reserve Montrezl Harrell has scored 25.5 points on 20-of-24 shooting.KEEP AN EYE ON: Durant and Patrick Beverley. Beverley’s antics in defending the 6-foot-9 Durant are fun to watch, and having some success. Durant took only eight shots in Game 2 and coach Steve Kerr wants him to be more aggressive.“The guy is the most skilled basketball player on planet earth,” Kerr said. “There’s nobody who can do what he can do. It’s the playoffs. Defenses are more locked in, they’re playing everybody tougher. I don’t know how many shots he got the other night, seven, eight. Absolutely he needs to be more aggressive. It’s the playoffs. He can get any shot he wants any time. I want to see him get 20 shots, 30.”INJURY WATCH: With DeMarcus Cousins lost to a torn left quadriceps muscle, Andrew Bogut will step in to start for the two-time defending champions. He re-signed last month for a second stint with the franchise after playing for the 2015 champions and the ’16 team that won 73 games before losing to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 7 of the finals.“This is why we got him, just in case,” Kerr said.In addition, Kevon Looney will see increased minutes. He scored a career-high 19 points on 6-for-6 shooting in Game 1 filling in for Cousins, who won’t require surgery for the injury. The big man returned in January from a nearly yearlong absence recovering from surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon. The Clippers’ historic comeback against the Warriors, followed by Denver’s potential season-saving surge against the Spurs, made that clear.So things are all even in those two Western Conference first-round series, which resume with a pair of Game 3s on Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPhiladelphia and Brooklyn play the other Game 3 of the night in an East series that also is tied at a game apiece.Golden State would be up 2-0 if not for the Clippers’ colossal comeback — or the Warriors’ colossal collapse — on Monday night in Game 2. The Warriors led by 31 in the third quarter before Los Angeles charged back to win 135-131 after the biggest rally in NBA postseason history. The Warriors won Game 1 by 17, appeared headed toward an even easier win in Game 2, and yet go into Game 3 basically starting from scratch.“If you were up 30 with a quarter and a half to go, you just lose out of nowhere, it’s like somebody ran up to you and punched you in the guy and ran away,” Kevin Durant said. “It’s shock. I don’t even know how to explain it.”The seventh-seeded Spurs took the series opener against a Denver team that was an NBA-best 34-7 at home during the regular season. San Antonio then was up 78-59 late in the third quarter of Game 2 before Jamal Murray’s 21-point fourth quarter carried the Nuggets to a 114-105 victory.At least the Spurs, unlike the Warriors, can regroup in their home building, where the Nuggets haven’t won since 2012.“It’s definitely not ideal to have a lead and then blow it like that,” Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge said. “We came in and definitely played a pretty good first half, but you know when you come on the road in the playoffs and you win one game on the road, that’s great. So we’ve got to go home and try to take care of business.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew
Examples of the photos taken by Sporting Images at the 2005 Youth World Cup can be viewed in the 2005 Youth World Cup photo gallery. Simply click on ‘gallery’ on the left hand side of the homepage and then scroll down to number 7: Youth World Cup. There are several pictures on display here. All photos will also be available for purchase and viewing at www.sportingimages.com.au from next Thursday onwards. Simply follow the links to Touch- Youth World Cup on their website.
10’s Boys – McCall Cup Wests Magpies 13 defeated Wagga Wagga 410’s Girls – Tirado CupWagga 11 defeated Wollongong 012’s Boys – Zabielo CupBalmain 7 defeated Berkeley Vale 212’s Girls – Vassallo CupManly 3 defeated Wagga Wagga 214’s Girls – Taylor CupManly 9 defeated Berkeley Vale 214’s Boys – Yiangou CupParramatta 7 defeated Penrith 216’s Boys – Wall CupRyde Eastwood 7 defeated Parramatta 616’s Girls – Toohey CupParramatta 3 d Berkeley Vale 018’s Boys – Galea CupBankstown 9 defeated Manly 218’s Girls – Rose CupManly 9 defeated Easts Roosters 6Manly won the Club Championship ahead of Wagga Wagga and Berkeley Vale.Highlights from the event have started to be uploaded to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel. Highlights including ‘Plays of the Day’, the 18’s Boys and Girls grand final highlights as well as daily highlights packages have been added to the channel and can be found by clicking on this link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso acknowledges sack pressureby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso acknowledges he was under pressure ahead of victory over SPAL.There was talk he could be sacked if they lost.Gattuso said, “The Milan jersey and history of this club naturally means people expect more, including the club owners, Leonardo and Paolo Maldini too.“This team can give more, even if we have many young players who need to gain experience. Every time we look as if we’re ready to make the step up to the next level, we fall down, and that’s where we have to improve.“We also have to deal with players who can make mistakes and the San Siro crowd does not let anything go, but remember this is a tough league.“All I can bring is honesty. We look each other in the eyes with respect and clarity every day, as those are the elements we need to sort things out.”
COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: Quarterbacks J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes watch alongside Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes as Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the offense for the Ohio State Buckeyes Gray team against the Scarlet team at Ohio Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Noted Florida State fan Mia Khalifa, who is also one of the world’s most famous adult film stars, has been trying to recruit Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to play for her Seminoles for weeks now. Last Friday, Khalifa tweeted at Miller in an attempt to persuade him to finish his college career in Tallahassee. Apparently she needed more than 140 characters to outline the reasons that the Buckeye star should make the move to FSU, so she put together a video for her full pitch. Among her pitches are Florida’s beaches and vacation spots, which he can’t find in Ohio, Jimbo Fisher’s coaching acumen, the ability to beat Clemson, and, of course, the girls of Florida State. She also makes sure to play it safe when it comes to NCAA. We’re not sure if this will help sway Miller at all, but it certainly can’t hurt.
The NFL released its 2014 schedule Wednesday night, confirming the dates and locations of all 256 matchups (and ending your chance to enter the St. Louis Rams’ schedule-guessing contest, even though you had no chance of winning). With the slate solidified, you can probably expect to see more of the standard strength-of-schedule analysis that averages the 2013 winning percentages of a team’s opponents. Unfortunately, those numbers aren’t especially useful, because they assume each team will be exactly as good in 2014 as it was in 2013; in reality, NFL teams vary quite a bit from season to season, and our ability to predict which ones will and won’t be good in a given year is extremely limited.For example, going into the 2013 season, the Detroit Lions were expected to have the league’s second-hardest schedule based on the 2012 records of their opponents. So, what ended up happening? According to the strength-of-schedule component of Pro-Football-Reference’s Simple Rating System, Detroit actually had the league’s easiest slate of opponents last season.In cases like this, a better tactic is to make regressive predictions. We can use a regression formula to predict each team’s 2014 Simple Rating from its ratings over the previous two seasons, while building in plenty of regression to the mean to reflect our limited knowledge. If we base each team’s projected 2014 strength of schedule on these regressive predictions (while also taking into account a 2.5-point home-field advantage depending on where the game is being played), we arrive at the following projected schedule strengths for 2014:The biggest differences between our projected SOS numbers and the NFL’s official rankings center around a handful of teams in the AFC East and NFC South. The AFC East’s record was better in 2013 than it had been in 2012 — despite posting a poorer point differential — while the NFC South had a better record in 2012 than in 2013 (mainly because the Atlanta Falcons’ record declined so much in 2013).Because the regression is looking at two years’ worth of data (albeit weighing results from 2013 about 2½ times as strongly as those from 2012), it expects Atlanta to be roughly an average team in 2014 — not the 4-12 team it’s perceived to be by the NFL’s official SOS metric — which feeds most heavily into the SOS ratings of Atlanta’s divisional foes in Carolina, Tampa Bay and New Orleans.Meanwhile, the two-year regression is skeptical about the AFC East having as good a record in 2014 as it did in 2013. It’s not so much about the AFC East’s improved out-of-division win-loss record in 2013 (it was 22-18 outside the division in 2013, only a modest improvement over its 19-21 record in 2012), but more about the way the division’s records didn’t match up with its teams’ point differentials. According to Football Outsiders, AFC East teams’ actual wins exceeded their pythagorean wins by 3.9 victories in 2013, including 2.6 for the New York Jets alone. Research has shown that such overachievement is rarely sustainable, so our regression method would be expecting a decline for the Jets (and the division as a whole) in 2014.Such a regression-based system is far from perfect; for example, it doesn’t even know about which players changed teams in the offseason between 2013 and 2014. (But even methods that try to account for such wrinkles do a relatively poor job of prediction compared with simple metrics like our regression.) In other words, the above SOS rankings are going to be wrong — but they’re almost certain to be a more accurate gauge of each team’s schedule difficulty in 2014 than the official rankings that only tap into last year’s records.
In preparation for the 2015 NFL season, FiveThirtyEight is running a series of eight division previews, each highlighting the numbers that may influence a team’s performance (including projections and rankings based on ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index). Today we turn to the AFC South — perhaps the most imbalanced division in football. Andrew Luck’s Colts are potentially the league’s best team; the Texans, Jaguars and Titans are just hoping to keep things competitive. Bruce Gradkowski20.14-934.42-5 FIRST 13 STARTSREST OF STARTING CAREER Indianapolis Colts2014 Record: 11-5 | 2015 Projected Wins: 10.5 | Playoff Odds: 84.0%Offensive Rank: 2nd | Defensive Rank: 20th | Special Teams Rank: 17thSteadily, the Indianapolis Colts are climbing toward the Super Bowl. In Andrew Luck’s first two seasons under center, the team went from out of the playoffs to the wild card game in 2012 and then to the divisional round in 2013. And in 2014, a third straight 11-win season yielded a trip to the AFC Championship game. Now, the Colts enter 2015 with the AFC’s best chance (25.6 percent) of making Super Bowl 50, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI).But as much as that probability attests to Indy’s progress as a team, it’s also an indictment of the rest of the AFC South. Luck is the division’s only top-tier quarterback, the Colts are its only top-15 preseason FPI team, and Indianapolis is projected to play one of the easiest schedules in the AFC. So while the Colts have the NFL’s best odds to win their division (73.4 percent) and make the playoffs (84 percent), merely getting to the postseason out of a weak division is no longer enough.And in order for the team to reach the next stage in its ascent, Luck needs help. Last season, he was asked to do more than any other quarterback in the NFL, as the Indianapolis offense passed on 67 percent of its snaps. Saddled with that workload, Luck ranked first in touchdown passes but also 32nd (out of 33 qualified quarterbacks) in turnovers, with many of those miscues resulting from Luck trying to do too much.To take the pressure off of Luck, the Colts need to improve their running game. Last season, Indianapolis ranked seventh1According to TruMedia’s proprietary data, which I accessed as an employee of ESPN. in passing expected points added (EPA) per game but 29th in rushing EPA per game — the biggest such rankings disparity of any team in the NFL. The addition of running back Frank Gore is an upgrade over Trent Richardson,2Really, just about any running back would have been an upgrade over Richardson. but the offensive line, patchy at best (with 11 starting combinations) a year ago, needs to open more holes after ranking 22nd in yards before contact per rush.3A stat that quantifies both O-line run-blocking effectiveness and RB vision by measuring how far, on average, the ball carriers behind them make it before making first contact with a defender.As long as the Colts have a quarterback and the rest of the AFC South does not, they’ll have a successful season. In fact, with 10 games against what FPI considers the two weakest divisions in football (the NFC South and the rest of the AFC South), don’t be surprised if Indy earns the AFC’s No. 1 overall playoff seed.4A feat that FPI gives them an NFL-best 29 percent chance of achieving. But if the Colts want to keep rising ever closer to the league’s summit, they can’t rely on Luck alone. Kellen Clemens24.24-943.14-4 FiveThirtyEight is previewing the 2015 NFL season ahead of the first game of the year. Check out our coverage of every division » QUARTERBACKTOTAL QBRW-LTOTAL QBRW-L Tennessee Titans2014 Record: 2-14 | 2015 Proj. W: 5.7 | Playoff Odds: 5.3%Off. Rank: 29th | Def. Rank: 32nd | S.T. Rank: 5thGood luck finding a 2015 Tennessee Titans preview that doesn’t focus on the No. 2 overall pick in this past spring’s draft, quarterback Marcus Mariota. After a disappointing 2-14 season in which the Titans started three different QBs,18Jake Locker, Charlie Whitehurst and Zach Mettenberger — all of whom posted a below-average Total QBR. the Titans and their fans are counting on Mariota to step in and revive the offense.At least one projection system (full disclosure: it’s the one developed by my colleagues in ESPN’s Stats & Information Group) expects Mariota to be the top quarterback in his class by 2018, but there are bound to be growing pains as he adapts to the NFL. And even if we pretend Mariota has no trouble transitioning from the spread offense he operated with Heisman-winning efficiency at Oregon to Ken Whisenhunt’s more vertical, pro-style scheme, who is he going to throw to? And how will Tennessee’s rushers help take pressure off Mariota and the passing game?Fantasy rankings have their flaws (for instance, a team might have two good players at the same position), but they can serve as a decent proxy for evaluating individual offensive talent. And they build a pretty convincing case that the Titans possess the least-talented group of non-quarterback skill-position players in the NFL.For starters, Tennessee’s top-rated fantasy player — running back Bishop Sankey — ranks 95th in ESPN’s Fantasy Rankings,19All rankings are as of Sept. 3. 27 spots lower than any other team’s highest-ranked player. The rankings also assign a dollar value to each player (with replacement-level players20In fantasy football terms. receiving no value), and Tennessee’s entire roster of fantasy-eligible players21Including defenses, kickers and offensive skill-position players. is worth a whopping nine bucks. That’s the lowest of any team in the league — and $46 less than the value of Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell, the most expensive player in ESPN’s rankings.After ranking 30th in offensive EPA per play22Again, including an adjustment that reduces the effects of blowouts. (and 29th defensively) last season, the Titans would truly need a “Super Mariota” performance to elevate this group into playoff contention. So though Mariota is getting all the headlines, the true determinant of Tennessee’s success may be whether any other player can step up to take some pressure off of its rookie QB. John Skelton28.98-511.00-4 There’s also no doubt that Bortles needs help. Last season, Jacksonville’s top pass catcher (Allen Hurns) ranked 67th in receiving yards, its top rusher (former quarterback Denard Robinson) ranked 30th in rushing yards and its offensive line ranked 29th in pass protection.16ESPN’s pass protection metric measures the percentage of pass plays in which the offensive line controls the line of scrimmage.Maybe the aforementioned Jaguars defense can come to Bortles’s aid. It ranked 17th in the NFL in EPA per play17This includes a weighting adjustment that downplays the effects of blowouts. and held opponents to the league’s 14th-lowest Total QBR last season. But even if the defense ascends into the NFL’s top 10, the offense will still likely be too much to overcome. That’s why FPI predicts that Jacksonville’s cycle of high draft picks will go unbroken, assigning the Jags a nearly 50 percent chance of picking in the top five for a fifth consecutive season. Jacksonville Jaguars2014 Record: 3-13 | 2015 Proj. W: 5.5 | Playoff Odds: 4.2%Off. Rank: 32nd | Def. Rank: 18th | S.T. Rank: 9thIt’s been four painful seasons since the Jacksonville Jaguars finished with a .500 record (they went 8-8 in 2010).10In fact, they haven’t had a .500 record at any point in a season since Week 2 of the 2011 season. During that span, the team has the worst record in the NFL (14-50) and hasn’t won more than five games in any season.Unfortunately for the Jaguars, that record cannot be attributed to bad luck — they also produced an NFL-low 15 pythagorean wins11A better measure of how many wins a team “deserves” after stripping away the luck of winning close games. — or a lack of draft picks. Despite Jacksonville picking in the top five of a record four consecutive NFL drafts, and having had at least one top-10 pick for eight years running, the talent gap between the Jaguars and the rest of the league continues to grow. And it isn’t likely to decrease in 2015: first-round pick Dante Fowler Jr. has already gone down with an ACL tear, while prized free-agent tight end Julius Thomas may be out until Week 4.Jacksonville’s defense isn’t awful (more on this later), which might offer hope. But as any football fan knows, today’s NFL is all about the quarterback, and in order for the Jaguars to take steps toward respectability, they need Blake Bortles to improve on the NFL-worst 25.2 Total QBR he put up in 2014.Based on an admittedly small sample, quarterbacks who start their careers as badly as Bortles has rarely get better. Going back to 2006,12The first year in which Total QBR can be calculated. there have been eight passers13Among the names on the list is Jacksonville’s previous first-round quarterback, Blaine Gabbert. (other than Bortles) who produced a Total QBR of 30.0 or worse through their first 13 starts.14Using data from only games in which the quarterback was his team’s starter. After such rough debuts, the octet combined for a winning percentage of 38.1 and an average Total QBR of 29.7 in their subsequent starts; only Mark Sanchez started more than 16 additional games.15In fairness, these guys’ careers aren’t uniformly over, so they may start again someday. But only Geno Smith and Bortles were projected to be starters going into training camp, and Smith’s status as starter was short-lived. Houston Texans2014 Record: 9-7 | 2015 Proj. W: 8.5 | Playoff Odds: 43.2%Off. Rank: 23rd | Def. Rank: 4th | S.T. Rank: 21stThe Houston Texans are so defined by their best player that the latest edition of “Hard Knocks” should have been renamed “The J.J. Watt Show.” Last season Watt, the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, became the first player since 19825The season the NFL began to officially tally sacks. to post multiple 20-sack seasons in a career, and his impact goes beyond just pressuring the quarterback.Watt led the league in batted passes,6Based on ESPN’s video tracking. fumbles recovered and tackles for loss. Add in five total touchdowns (the most by a defensive lineman in a season since 1944), and it’s not surprising that Watt led the entire league in Approximate Value (AV), Pro-Football-Reference.com’s cross-positional player value metric. He’s also produced more AV through his first four seasons combined than any other defender since the common draft era began in 1967.In other words, Watt might be the best player in football today. And with the Texans adding Vince Wilfork and a healthy Jadeveon Clowney to line up alongside him, Houston’s defense could be even more dominant than it was last season, when it ranked second in defensive EPA.But will any of that matter if Houston’s quarterbacks can’t pass the ball?While developing FPI for the NFL, ESPN’s Stats & Information Group needed a way to estimate each team’s quarterback quality for the upcoming season in order to account for QB injuries when making predictions. The solution: for each starting quarterback (and his backup), FPI generates a per-game EPA projection based on his past performance.7Adjusted for age. In Houston’s case, starting quarterback Brian Hoyer ranks 27th out of 32 expected starters in projected EPA.8Only Josh McCown, Derek Carr, Blake Bortles and rookies Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are lower. Compared with an average starter, Hoyer is expected to cost the Texans about 2.9 points per game. To put that in perspective, if he were an average QB instead, the Texans would rise from 16th overall in preseason FPI to seventh (and fourth in the AFC).There is good news for Houston, though: FPI projects its schedule to be the AFC’s easiest, with interconference games against the historically awful NFC South. Last season, the AFC North drew that division and ended up placing three teams in the playoffs.9It went 12-3-1 versus the NFC South and 26-22 against other divisions. With that schedule and Watt spearheading the fourth-best projected defense in football (according to FPI), Houston might get back to the playoffs in spite of its poor quarterbacking. Mark Sanchez27.46-736.831-26 Read more: 2015 NFL Previews Blaine Gabbert21.03-1024.02-12 JaMarcus Russell23.33-1017.64-8 Blake Bortles24.73-10—— Brandon Weeden29.75-818.90-8 Geno Smith27.76-751.95-11
“A lot of times with those big-depth breaking balls, those sliders that sweep across the front of the zone, they go in and out of the zone,” Garver said. “They are very hard to catch. You have to learn how to catch them properly. I wanted to get underneath the ball when I’m receiving it.”The most conspicuous change Swanson suggested Garver make was employing a variety of one-knee, Tony Peña-style stances, which had gone out of fashion in the professional game. Going lower, Swanson reasoned, would help a catcher get more favorable calls on lower pitches. “We didn’t invent the one-knee setup,” he said. “But those were traditionally done with nobody on base and less than two strikes.”When runners are on base, catchers are taught to go to what Swanson calls a “secondary” stance, sitting higher to position themselves better for throwing out a runner or blocking a ball in the dirt. What Swanson proposed was going to a knee on all counts, even if it adversely affected the ability to throw or block balls.“Only a fraction of the time does the ball actually land in the dirt. Only a fraction of the time does a runner actually try to steal,” Swanson said. “Catchers across the league perform worse … with runners on base. We’ve tried to flip it upside-down.”Since the value of framing is tied to compelling borderline pitches to be called as strikes, FiveThirtyEight examined available Statcast data on called strikes and balls on the edge of the strike zone and the zones just off the plate. The data shows that catchers do receive less favorable calls when runners are on base. That was true of the Twins, too, until this year, when the one-knee stance came to Minnesota.The Twins rank 12th in the majors in pitch framing this season, and Garver is up to 23rd out of 110 catchers. He has used his new stance to better “absorb” borderline pitches, and his frequency of called strikes caught has become more concentrated in the lower zone. As he returned home to New Mexico last winter, Mitch Garver knew he had to be better. In 2018, Garver ranked 110th out of 117 qualifying catchers in fielding runs above average. As a catcher, that meant he struggled mightily with pitch framing18.6 runs saved below average. As measured by Baseball Prospectus, framing is a component of fielding runs above average for catchers. — the skill of a catcher to receive borderline pitches in a way that allows them to get favorable called strikes.Garver turned 28 in January. He had been only a league-average hitter at the plate and a liability behind it. He knew that if he couldn’t receive the ball better, his career would be in jeopardy. He had heard that a coach hired the previous season was working miracles with the Twins’ minor league catchers. So Garver called Tanner Swanson and invited him to Albuquerque.“It’s the only reason I’m still catching,” Garver told FiveThirtyEight. “Really.”The Twins have surprised MLB with their offense this year, with a record five batters — including Garver — hitting 30 home runs as the team broke the single-season home run record in August.2Though the Yankees have overtaken the home run lead. Minnesota is the only major league team with four position players among the top 35 qualifiers in year-to-year gains of wins above replacement. Among those Twins, Garver is the most improved, and he’s the seventh-most-improved player in all of baseball.But Garver’s improvement with his glove has been just as dramatic as his work with his bat. This season, Garver has been worth 4.4 fielding runs above average, achieving the fifth-greatest improvement in the metric.3Among catchers with at least 200 plate appearances in both 2018 and 2019. Per plate appearance, his performance in wins above replacement, which includes framing value, ranks as the eighth-best mark in baseball.The growth with his glove is where Swanson comes in. Swanson never played catcher in college, nor had he coached professionally when he joined the Twins organization in late 2017. But he spent six years working with college catchers at the University of Washington and Santa Clara University, and he attracted the attention of Jeremy Zoll, the Twins’ director of minor league operations, after a presentation Swanson gave at a catching coaching clinic.“I kind of had a clean slate to look at it objectively. I didn’t carry all these biases — ‘Well, this is how I used to do it. This is how I was taught,’” Swanson said. “I think a lot of times as coaches, we have these drill packages that we’ve compiled and we don’t truly understand the ‘why’ or question whether a particular drill leads to improvement.”Since the late 2000s, when analysts first quantified the value of pitch framing, more teams have started to prize catchers who can get more favorable calls for their pitchers. After all, every pitch matters: The difference in batting average on a 2-1 count and a 1-2 count is 178 points this season. Teams began paying for the skill. In 2016, the Twins were graded as the fifth-worst framing team in baseball. One of Derek Falvey’s first acquisitions after being hired as GM late in 2016 was signing pitch-framer extraordinaire Jason Castro. But Swanson believed that framing was not only an innate gift — it could be taught.Swanson employed drills using weighted balls, implements typically reserved for pitchers, to help Twins catchers improve their hand speed and movement patterns. “You’re dealing with timing and getting the ball from point A to B. The faster we can do that the more deceptive we are,” Swanson said. “I don’t want to say fool umpires but [rather] to influence them to call borderline pitches as strikes. That’s their primary job.”Going into this season, Garver graded as a poor receiver on balls in the lower part of the strike zone and below. Swanson said that’s a problem in today’s game, with record rates of breaking balls and changeups — pitches that typically either cross low in the zone or below it. “[Garver] deserves the credit. His desire to improve didn’t stop once he got to the big leagues,” Swanson said. After all, Swanson notes, “He called me.”Check out our latest MLB predictions.
The Manchester City team bus’ window was shattered during their arrival to Anfield as Liverpool fans had gathered, ignored police warnings and used flares and smoke bombs just before the first leg of the Champions League clash.City then confirmed they will be needing a new transportation vehicle for their trip back to Manchester. Guardiola was pelted with bottles and cans by the fans as well.“We apologise unreservedly to Pep Guardiola, his players, staff and officials caught up in the incident. The behaviour of a number of individuals was completely unacceptable and the club will cooperate fully with the authorities to identify those responsible,” Liverpool’s official statement claimed, according to Sky Sports.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The priority now is to establish the facts and offer Manchester City whatever support is necessary.”“Absolutely I don’t understand it. We tried everything to avoid a situation like that. When we came through it was very positive. City were in front of us. For Liverpool FC, I have to say sorry,” Klopp apologised for the Reds’ supporters’ actions.
Jordan Henderson believes that England can take inspiration from Leicester City’s miracle Premier League title victory heading into the World CupThe Three Lions are considered outsiders for glory in Russia this summer with a relatively young and inexperienced line-up with Gary Cahill being the only player to have more than 50 caps to his name.As such, expectations are relatively low for the supporters with many claiming that a quarter-final appearance should be considered a success.But Henderson believes an upset should not be ruled out and pointed out the Leicester side that went from odds starting at 5000/1 to win the English top division at the start of the 2015/16 season to eventually ending up as the champions.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“You’ve got to go in with the mentality that we can go all the way, because we are good enough as a team,” he said, via FourFourTwo.“There have been a lot of upsets in sport. No disrespect but look at when Leicester won the Premier League. Not a lot of people would have said they could have done that.“That is just one instance. You’ve got to have belief in the group all the time and believe you can reach the heights,” said Henderson, speaking ahead of England’s friendly with Costa Rica on Thursday.Gareth Southgate’s side begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18, before later facing Panama and Belgium in their other two group stage matches.
The Premier League leaders Manchester City reportedly joined Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the race for highly-rated EPL defenderDespite the fact Pep Guardiola had already invested around £180 million in his backline over the past two years, the Spaniard still believes he can improve the defensive department.Kyle Walker (£45m), Danilo (£26.5m), Benjamin Mendy (£52m), and Aymeric Laporte (£57) have all landed at the Etihad Stadium since summer 2017.However, the former Barcelona boss doesn’t seem entirely convinced by the performance of his expensive signings, as he intends to make another high-cost transfer.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.According to the British newspaper, the Mirror, the Citizens plan to make a lucrative offer for Bournemouth impressive youngster Nathan Ake.The Premier League holders have been monitoring the 23-year-old left-footed defender ever since his £20 million transfer from Chelsea and could make a decisive move next summer.Meanwhile, the promising Dutchman has established himself as one of the most reliable young defenders in the league. He has been an essential part of the Cherries team over the last 16 months, having collected a total of 46 Premier League appearances in the process.
One might confuse Marcelo Bielsa as a vain individual for the way in which he speaks about tactics and goes over the rules. He is just Argentinean.There has been a very split opinion in regards to Marcelo Bielsa’s latest stunt, the type that has earned him that “El Loco” (Crazy Man) nickname and people might confuse his personality as vain.But anybody who could go on this train of thought doesn’t have the full story about who Marcelo Bielsa really is, the man is Argentinean first and foremost.People who were born in that country are born with a natural arrogance that separates them from the rest of people who were born in Latin America, not even Lionel Messi is forgiven by this personality trait.The Barcelona star is the perfect example that you simply cannot elude the personality that most perfectly describes your race or country, for he is arguably one of the most grounded people you will ever meet and yet he still appears above the rest of simple mortals just by the way he conducts himself with others.But don’t let that idea of him confuse you, Messi only appears arrogant and yet he is merely a very shy man.Something very similar happens with Marcelo Bielsa, a true genius of the craft who loved immersing himself in the tactical analysis that can become quite obsessive.Las portadas de los diarios ingleses, dedicadas a Marcelo Bielsa 😂 pic.twitter.com/GotD12uLIT— La pizarra de Bielsa (@pizarrabielsa) January 17, 2019As I saw Bielsa’s explanation that he used to defend himself from those football espionage accusations, I can easily understand how some people might have gotten the idea that he was mocking them by not only accepting he spied on Derby County before facing them on a match, but also revealing that he’s been spying on every single squad that will face them down the line throughout the current season.It’s also easy to understand how some people might fall under the idea that Marcelo was just bragging by letting everybody know how much of a genius he is by recollecting this information that no other manager would dare to gather.The study of a single match from only one club takes over four hours of analysis with all the players present, just imagining how much time it took Bielsa to gather information from every club boggles the mind and could bring about some envy from his peers.But all these people who criticize Bielsa fail to understand his true intentions, Bielsa doesn’t care about leaving everybody else as an obsolete excuse of a manager and he even loves the idea of sharing all his knowledge with anybody who is humble enough to listen.In a sense, Bielsa is even naive for thinking that people wouldn’t dare to see his actions as a threat rather than an honest invitation to spread the gospel.Dani Ceballos, the most underrated Spanish player today Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We’ve been looking for the next great Spanish player and we had him under our noses all along, meet underrated Dani Ceballos.Even though you’ve…”Toda la información que necesito para estar claro la recolecto sin mirar las sesiones de entrenamiento de mis oponentes…” pic.twitter.com/hLSB7M2Gx0— Marcelo Bielsa (@Frases_M_Bielsa) January 17, 2019The perfect example of what we say is within a video that recently surfaced from the time in which Marcelo Bielsa still managed Olympique Marseille, the Argentine manager received a very special visit from none other than Zinedine Zidane.The Frenchman is humble enough to understand Bielsa’s intentions are not wicked or perverse, the Argentine manager offered to explain the tactics with pleasure and ‘Zizou’ gladly accepted the tremendous offer.Bielsa even noted that he didn’t want the proposal to be perceived as vain, all he felt was a responsibility to share the knowledge with someone who took the time to pay him a visit in order to learn more about the craft.This famous visit by the French manager was made all the way back in 2014 as reported by Marca, which was just before Zidane took control of the squad that eventually won three consecutive Champions League titles.One might say that ‘Zizou’ learned a thing or two from that generous offer that Bielsa gladly extended, an intention that might be confused with vanity by many.But the ones who really know what football is all about, are fully aware that Bielsa is nothing but a misunderstood genius.Hasta Zidane busca la asesoría de Bielsa… pic.twitter.com/TILrBfwxCT— Fernando Cevallos (@FerCevallosF) January 18, 2019What’s your take on Marcelo Bielsa’s way in which he carries himself with others as a professional manager? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Stop the Violence Speaker from NY Inner City; on Tonight Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:ball park, etana, library tennis court, peace, youth day Defense Force Captain calls Islanders to Peace in honor of Lucayan Indians Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Sept 2015 – Youth week brings the focus to combatting the surge of gun violence in the nation with its anti violence campaign. Continuing with the day of activities on National youth day holiday, the evening is set to be filled with local entertainment including songs and poetry all encompassing the “Stop the Violence” theme.Joining the anti violence campaign in the form of a Peace Concert are international artists Romain Virgo who will be performing at the Down Town Ball Park, Providenciales as well as international artist ETANA, performing in Grand Turk at the Library Tennis Court. Recommended for you Youth to March in anti-violence parades to celebrate Youth Day
Related Items:#bahamasimmigration, #immigrationlaws Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – October 16, 2017 – Immigration Minister, Brent Symonette is calling the stance on illegal migration announced by the Prime Minister ‘humane.’ The measures will continue to see tightening up on the issuance of work permits and renewing work permits for expat employees and those who have foreigners illegally employed, have some time to right their wrong. The Prime Minister in his House Address last Wednesday said the country has to respect the rule of law. “We will continue to process permanent residency applications for those who have legally been in The Bahamas for an extensive period of time, who have contributed to The Bahamas and satisfy the requirements.” Others, who are guilty of being in The Bahamas illegally must leave by the end of the year or face being ‘aggressively pursued’ and deported. Once the deadline of December 31, 2017 is passed the Immigration Department can swoop in but the Prime Minister is urging humane treatment of all illegal people who are clearly in breach of Bahamian Immigration statutes. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
In a social media post from Governor Dunleavy: “In the coming days, I will review and scrutinize the budget passed by the Legislature and determine the best path forward, including options to accept the budget as passed, to veto the budget in its entirety, or to veto portions of the budget to better align expenditures and revenues. I am absolutely determined to address the budget issues that have haunted Alaska for years.” Prior to the vote on the operating budget the Senate voted deadlocked 10-10 on a vote of whether to rescind their action last week, when they voted down the full payout. Senate Bill 1002, proposed by the Senate as part of a compromise, which would have given Alaskans a reduced PFD, to allow a vote on the rest of the state’s operating budget, was defeated last week. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Senate unanimously passed the Fiscal Year 2020 operating budget during a floor session on Monday. The Alaska House of Representatives passed the same operating budget on Sunday which does not include a PFD. Governor Mike Dunleavy has said lawmakers should follow a longstanding formula and pay a full dividend. Some lawmakers share his position. But there are legislators who contend the formula is unsustainable. House and Senate leaders expect the budget bill, HB 39, to be ready for Governor Mike Dunleavy’s review within three days. The vote averts a government shutdown and allows state services to continue with the next fiscal year beginning July 1. If the Legislature passed a reduced dividend and Dunleavy rejected it, such a scenario almost certainly prompt another special session. The current special session is set to end this Friday. Representative Ben Carpenter: “I think one way or another we are going to be paying a full PFD.”
PixabayIt was long back in 2007 that scientists initially spotted mysterious signals from deep space, and they named it ‘Fast Radio Bursts’ (FRB). In the latter years, scientists traced many more such fast radio bursts from various nooks of the space; some of them were very short, while some radio bursts came continuously from a particular source. After the detection of such bursts, some experts speculated that these signals could be sent by aliens to proclaim their existence, while other space scientists suggested that these signals could be of natural origin.And now, adding up to the mysteries, a team using CalTech’s Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO), California has detected another non-repeating FRB from a galaxy which is located almost 8 billion light-years away. Interestingly, the new discovery comes just a few days after an Australian team working with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) announced the finding of a repeated burst from a source approximately 4 billion light years away.In the research report published in the journal Nature, CalTech scientists revealed that this newly detected FRB named FRB 190523 came from a galaxy that is very similar to the Milky Way. However, this galaxy is not similar to the dwarf galaxy that produced the most famous repeated fast radio bursts named FRB 121102.”This finding tells us that every galaxy, even a run-of-the-mill galaxy like our Milky Way, can generate an FRB. Astronomers have been chasing FRBs for a decade now, and we’re finally drawing a bead on them. Now we have a chance of figuring out just what these exotic objects might be,” said Vikram Ravi, a researcher at CalTech and the lead author of the study, CNET reports.Ravi also added that the launch of Deep Synoptic Array telescopes in 2021 will help scientists to spot more fast radio bursts in the future, and thus scientists will be able to unveil the secrets of this cosmic mystery.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) walks with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) after signing legislation during an enrolment ceremony before sending it to US president Donald Trump for his signature to end the partial government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, on 25 January 2019. Photo: ReutersPresident Donald Trump agreed under mounting pressure on Friday to end a 35-day-old partial US government shutdown without getting the $5.7 billion he had demanded from Congress for a border wall, handing a political victory to Democrats.The three-week spending deal reached with congressional leaders, quickly passed by the Republican-led Senate and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives without opposition and signed by Trump, paves the way for tough talks with lawmakers about how to address security along the US-Mexican border.The Republican president’s agreement to end the shuttering of about a quarter of the federal government without securing wall money – an astonishing retreat – came three days after he had insisted, “We will not Cave!”But Trump vowed that the shutdown would resume on 15 February if he is dissatisfied with the results of a bipartisan House-Senate conference committee’s border security negotiations, or he would declare a national emergency in order to get the wall money without congressional approval.The lapse in funding shuttered about a quarter of federal agencies, with about 800,000 workers either furloughed or required to work without pay. Many employees as well as contractors were turning to unemployment assistance, food banks and other support. Others began seeking new jobs.With polls showing most Americans blamed him for the painful shutdown – the longest of its kind in US history – Trump embraced a way out of the crisis that Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been pushing for weeks.The shutdown, which pitted Pelosi against Trump, was her first test since assuming the post three weeks ago. She drew praise from fellow Democrats for what they said was an outmanoeuvring of the president.Democrats remained unyielding in their opposition to a wall, one of Trump’s signature campaign promises that they call ineffective, costly and immoral. Trump has said a wall is needed to curb illegal immigration and drug trafficking.Asked by reporters if she could guarantee there will not be another government shutdown in three weeks, Pelosi said, “I can’t assure the public about anything that the president will do, but I do have to say I’m optimistic.”Speaking in the White House Rose Garden on a chilly, sunny winter day, Trump said he would act to ensure that federal workers get their back pay “very quickly, or as soon as possible.”Trump had previously demanded the inclusion of the money to help pay for a wall in any legislation to fund government agencies, but Democrats had blocked him.An administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that stories of law enforcement officials not being able to do their jobs at full capacity helped convince Trump to agree to a short-term solution to re-open the government. The official said the White House ultimately would accept a deal with lawmakers if it includes wall funding, even if it is less than $5.7 billion.”No Choice””We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier,” Trump said. “If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on 15 February – again – or I would use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency.”He previously has indicated he was considering an emergency declaration to circumvent congressional funding powers if lawmakers do not fund his wall, an action that almost certainly would be swiftly challenged by Democrats as exceeding his authority under the US Constitution.Trump triggered the shutdown, which began on 22 December, with his wall-funding demand after being criticised by conservative commentators for being willing to sign legislation funding the government without securing wall money.Conservative commentator Ann Coulter lashed out at Trump for capitulating on Friday, calling him on Twitter “the biggest wimp ever to serve as president of the United States.” Trump took to Twitter to say his about-face was “in no way a concession” and that he was simply “taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown.”Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said he hoped the experience would be a “lesson learned” for Trump and his party that it is self-defeating to shut the government over policy disputes. Schumer said Democrats and Trump have “so many areas” of agreement on border security but not a wall.”The walls we are building are not medieval walls,” Trump said. “They are smart walls designed to meet the needs of front-line border agents and are operationally effective. These barriers are made of steel, have see-through visibility, which is very important, and are equipped with sensors, monitors and cutting-edge technology, including state-of-the-art drones.”US president Donald Trump arrives to speak about a deal to end the partial government shutdown in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, US, on 25 January 2019. Photo: Reuters”We do not need 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of concrete wall from sea to shining sea. We never did,” Trump added. “We never proposed that. We never wanted that because we have barriers at the border where natural structures are as good as anything that we could build.”Pelosi said she would discuss with Trump “a mutually agreed date” for his annual State of the Union address, which she had effectively forced him to postpone amid the shutdown showdown. A senior White House official said the address will not be on Tuesday, as originally planned, and it is up to Pelosi to reschedule it.The effects of the shutdown had been spreading. Hundreds of flights were grounded or delayed at New York-area and Philadelphia airports on Friday as air traffic controllers called in sick.FBI Director Christopher Wray in a video message to his employees called the shutdown “mind-boggling” “shortsighted” and “unfair.”The deal was reached a day after Wilbur Ross, Trump’s commerce secretary who amassed a personal fortune buying distressed companies, said unpaid federal employees should get a loan if they were financially squeezed.”Broken Man”Trump’s deal to end the US government shutdown without getting money for his border wall drew immediate scorn from some of the prominent conservative figures whose support may be crucial to his 2020 re-election bid.Throughout the month-long standoff with congressional Democrats, Trump again and again asserted that he would not compromise on his demand for $5.7 billion to construct a barrier along the US-Mexico border.On Friday, as federal government operations grew more disrupted, the president did just that.”Trump is a broken man,” tweeted commentator Mike Cernovich, a popular conservative personality on social media with a passionate following of Trump voters.Cernovich said Trump had been outmanoeuvred by Democratic US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling her an “alpha.”Conservative provocateur Ann Coulter wrote on Twitter: “Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as president of the United States.”The influential conservative news website Drudge Report in a banner headline made a point of saying the deal contained “No Wall Funds.”News site Breitbart, once run by former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, simply posted “Government Open. No Wall.” The Daily Caller, another conservative news website, ran the headline, “TRUMP CAVES.”Some prominent conservatives jumped to Trump’s defence, however. “If Trump fails to get a wall,” wrote Kurt Schlichter, a columnist for conservative news and opinion site Townhall, “I’ll just have to settle for only 90 per cent of what I wanted.”Trump’s decision to agree to a short-term measure that funds the government through 15 February came as opinion polls showed his job approval rating falling to some of the lowest levels of his tenure – and as some Democrats begin to mount candidacies to challenge his re-election.Trump’s promise of a border wall was central to his 2016 campaign, and he viewed the standoff as a way to show supporters that he was trying to follow through.Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist who is in regular contact with the White House, said Trump will be able to push for wall funding over the next three weeks without the distraction of a shutdown and that his supporters should wait to judge his efforts.Trump also signaled on Friday that if he doesn’t get the result he wants, he may yet declare a national emergency and re-route federal monies to build the wall on his own.”He might take a short-term hit but overall in the grand scheme of things, it’s not a big deal as long as he is ultimately seen as committed to border security,” O’Connell told Reuters.
Amazon Prime will ring in the beginning of Spring by adding fresh content to its streaming slate this coming April. While the subscription service sees new titles added every month, its newest additions seem to be particularly noteworthy, including “A Quiet Place” which earned an Academy Award nomination this year in the sound editing category.Other notable additions are the critically acclaimed drama “Mid-90s” directed by Jonah Hill and Tim Burton’s fan-favorite comedy “Beetlejuice.” The coming month will also see the fifth season of the History Channel drama “Vikings” and the first five seasons of “Murder, She Wrote,” become available for Amazon Prime subscribers.See the full list of titles below, and start watching by signing into your Amazon account or picking up a 30-day free trial to Amazon Prime here. (You can cancel after 30 days or continue earning Prime perks for $12.99/month).April 1:Murder, She Wrote, Seasons 1-51492: Conquest of ParadiseThe Addams FamilyAddams Family ValuesAn Everlasting PieceAn Invited GuestBeetlejuiceBeverly Hills Cop IIBladeBlade IIBlade: TrinityBlown AwayCase 39Days of ThunderDiamonds Are ForeverDie Another DayDragonslayerEscape from L.A.Everything Must GoFoxfireFunny About LoveGoldfingerIn a World…Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire ChroniclesLaw of the LawlessLiberty Stands StillLittle MonstersLive and Let DieThe Living DaylightsThe Man with the Golden GunThe Minus ManNever Say Never AgainOctopussyThe Perfect StormPrimal FearRacing with the MoonSharkwater ExtinctionThe Shawshank RedemptionSix Degrees of SeparationThe Spy Who Loved MeStarsky & HutchStories We TellTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the OozeUp in SmokeUp in the AirThe World Is Not EnoughYou Only Live TwiceApril 2:A Quiet PlaceApril 5:The Tick (Prime Original Series), Season 2April 8:Finding Your FeetParanormal Activity 2April 12:Bug Diaries (Prime Original Series), Season 1Diablo Guardian (Prime Original Series), Season 2April 17:OverboardApril 18:Mid90sApril 19:Bosch (Prime Original Series), Season 5April 21:Book ClubApril 22:The Next Three DaysApril 27:Humans, Season 3The Hole in the GroundWelcome to the RileysApril 29: ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Waiting for ‘Superman’April 30:Vikings, Season 5 Popular on Variety
In addition, AT&T will offer select wireless customers on other tiers a six-month free trial of Spotify Premium, after which they will have the option to subscribe for $9.99 per month. The telco positioned the pact as the beginning of an “ongoing collaboration” with Spotify. “It’s another way we are working to deliver more value to AT&T customers with unlimited wireless and endless entertainment,” said Mitch Farber, VP of consumer marketing for AT&T Mobility & Entertainment. Related Music Moguls of the Year: The Weeknd Manager Sal Slaiby Swears He’ll Be ‘The Greatest Immigrant’ Trump Ever Saw AT&T, Nexstar End Blackout, Strike New Carriage Deal Spotify, looking for a new avenue of subscriber growth, is teaming with AT&T on bundling and promotional offers for the wireless carrier’s customers.Starting Tuesday (Aug. 6), customers of AT&T’s Unlimited &More Premium plan — its most expensive tier — can select a Spotify Premium subscription from among seven premium entertainment options, for no extra charge. The Unlimited &More Premium plans start at $80 monthly per line (with discounts for additional lines).Under the offer, existing Spotify Premium subscribers who have AT&T’s Unlimited &More Premium plan (or sign up for it) will be able to maintain their current Spotify account, and opt to receive the service free through the entertainment-bundle offer. Customers on the AT&T plan also can select WarnerMedia’s HBO, Cinemax or VRV, or Showtime, Starz or Pandora as their free entertainment option. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Typically under such pacts, the distribution partner (i.e. AT&T) pays a per-subscriber bounty to the service provider (i.e. Spotify) for every customer that takes advantage of the bundle offer.For the second quarter of 2019, Spotify added 8 million paying customers — fewer than expected — to reach around 108 million worldwide. Overall, including free, ad-supported accounts, Spotify counted 232 million monthly active users as of the end of June.Spotify has previously run similar bundle offers with Hulu. Under their most recent partnership this spring, all Spotify Premium users in the U.S. were eligible to get access to Hulu’s streaming video plan with ads for no extra cost (a deal that ended in June).“We continue to build relationships with world-class partners like AT&T to bring our Spotify Premium product to new audiences in the U.S. and across the globe,” Marc Hazan, Spotify’s VP of premium partnerships, said in a statement.