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Townend bids to be king with Prince

first_img Press Association Dual National winner Walsh broke his arm at the Cheltenham Festival, leaving stable number two Townend to take the ride on a horse that has missed the last two runnings through injuries of his own when he would have been a leading contender. “Touch wood he jumps well at home, he’s never run over the National fences before and has missed the last two when it’s been his aim,” said former Irish champion Townend, who bagged a Grade One prize at the meeting on Boston Bob on Friday, in the same colours of Graham Wylie. “Clearly he has deteriorated since his days of beating Kauto Star and Denman in the Gold Cup, but he has been handicapped accordingly. “All you can wish for is a clear run and then take it from there.” Henderson is four-handed as he seeks to win the great race for the first time with Hennessy winner Triolo D’Alene, Hunt Ball and Shakalakaboomboom completing his party. “It’s a good little squad to come in with. It’s a race that has eluded us, we’ve had a few close shaves but not for a bit,” he said. “We’ve not quite had the right kit for it, but this year there are four boys that fit the bill and we’re entitled to be here.” Tony McCoy chose Double Seven, trained by Martin Brassil, ahead of Ted Walsh’s Colbert Station as his mount for his boss J P McManus. “Everything seems to have gone well with him and we’re happy to be here,” said Brassil. “I just hope they don’t get too much rain. The ground is very important to him and if it went heavy there’d be no point in even running him. Hopefully it’s no worse than good to soft.” Teaforthree gave connections a huge thrill when third 12 months ago and ran a respectable race in the Gold Cup. His trainer Rebecca Curtis thinks he heads to Aintree in even better shape than last year. “He took to the Grand National fences last year,” said the Newport handler. “I thought he ran a blinder in the Gold Cup, it was the ideal prep run. We didn’t want to go seven weeks after his run at Ascot and I think it put him spot-on. “I’d have to say I think he’s in better form than last year. Wylie has a second arrow to fire in Tidal Bay, now a 13-year-old, is one of the most popular horses in training and has been given a sporting chance by the handicapper – even though he must shoulder top weight. “His form off top weight in his last three handicaps has been very good,” said trainer Paul Nicholls, who also saddles Rocky Creek and Hawkes Point. “He is in good shape. I am looking forward to him running. The thing to do is to drop him out and not to rush him.” Paul Townend, so often in the shadow of Ruby Walsh, gets his big chance to make headlines of his own tomorrow with the potentially plum ride on Prince De Beauchene in the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree. “The trip is a bit of an unknown, but I think he will stay. “He ran a nice race in the English Hennessy but faded out of it with a big weight, and was running well in the Lexus until he made a mistake. “He brings a touch of class, has a lovely racing weight and if he gets into a rhythm you never know. “He’s a good horse in his own right and it’s nice to have a ride in the race with a nice squeak like he has. I’m hoping to get a nice ride off him.” Owner Robert Waley-Cohen and his jockey-son, Sam, have enjoyed great success over the Aintree fences but it could all pale into insignificance if Long Run wins the first £1million renewal. Long Run is searching for his own piece of history as no horse as ever won the King George at Kempton, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the biggest race of them all in Liverpool. The Nicky Henderson-trained nine-year-old may not be the force of old but there is no doubt he has been given a chance by the handicapper. “Myself and Sam have enjoyed plenty of luck over the fences in the past, but I still get a tingle ahead of the National as it’s a great race,” said Robert Waley-Cohen. last_img read more

Suarez: I drove Reds in title fight

first_imgBarcelona striker Luis Suarez claims Liverpool would never have mounted their unexpected title challenge last season without him. The Uruguay international scored 31 Premier League goals as the Reds finished runners-up to Manchester City and insists he left Anfield a happy man this summer, when a £75million deal took him to the Nou Camp. That contrasted sharply with his feelings at the start of his final campaign in England, for which he was suspended as he was still serving some of his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, and he was made to train on his own after trying to manufacture a move away. While he was serving the remainder of his ban Liverpool picked up 10 points out of a possible 15 but having been reintegrated into the squad the striker returned with 19 goals in his first 12 league appearances as the Reds gathered increasing momentum on their way to second place. “Personal success is always welcome and makes you happy, because that’s recognition of the good work you have done,” said Suarez, who is due to receive the Golden Shoe for being Europe’s joint-leading scorer from Liverpool icon Kenny Dalglish in Barcelona this week. “But I put the team ahead of that and last season Liverpool came so close to winning the Premier League, which would have been spectacular.” Suarez added on “I appreciate all the work the team did but I missed six matches and scored all those goals in the Premier League without being the penalty-taker. “The truth is that I left very happy because if I hadn’t had the attitude and mentality to want to lead the team forward, I don’t think Liverpool would have done as well as they did either. “Getting back into the Champions League was another target I had in mind.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Stintzi, Wisconsin improve upon 2005 indoor mark

first_imgAfter a disappointing eighth-place team finish in 2005, the UW women’s track team had one main goal in mind — move up the rankings in front of a supportive home crowd.True, a conference title was never much more than a dream in the difficult Big Ten. The Badgers, however, were able to accomplish their main objective via consistent success and a few individual standouts.Wisconsin took fifth place at the women’s Big Ten track and field indoor championships at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center, despite boasting only one individual winner over a span of 18 events.Melissa Talbot started the Badgers off with a bang on the first day. The senior captain opened the meet by winning the 60-meter hurdles event of the pentathlon with an 8.56 second performance but wasn’t able to come through in the other four events — high jump, shot put, long jump, and 800-meter run — to defeat her former high school nemesis, Liz Roehrig of Minnesota.Talbot set a personal-best in the pentathlon with 3,950 points, but her mark was only good for a third-place tie, as Roehrig went on to win the event.However, Saturday’s star performance for Wisconsin came from pole vaulter Blair Luethmers.Heading into the meet, Luethmers was worried over the fact that she had to vault first, a position she really isn’t comfortable with as she is then forced to set the standards for herself and the other 19 participants.Warm-ups didn’t help her anxiety, either, as she felt she was rather sub-par with her run-throughs.”My warm-ups today weren’t the greatest,” she said. “I just had to pull it together, I was questioning myself.”But in the end, it was Luethmers who was leading the way in the pole-vault event — and it wasn’t only because she was first, either.Luethmers hit all of her jumps en route to taking first in the pole vault — Wisconsin’s only individual title of the weekend — with a jump of 4.01m (13 feet, 1 inch), an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and also tying the Big Ten Indoor Championship record.”It was nice making everything on the first jump,” Luethmers said. “It just took a lot of focusing, made sure I was, and, most importantly, just made the height.”Luethmers was a head above her competition — both literally and metaphorically — as the closest to even her threaten her mark was Andrea Smith of Minnesota at 3.86m (12 feet, 8 inches).In fact, the only jump Luethmers missed on the day was her very last when she went for the NCAA qualifying mark of 4.10m (13 feet, 5 inches) after she had already wrapped up the title and no one else was competing against her.”I think [I missed because] more of the overwhelming excitement of being the champ,” she said. “I wish I would’ve been able to put it together for 13 feet, 5 inches, but I’ll just have to look forward to outdoor.”Luethmers’ effort not only gave Wisconsin’s second-year head coach Jim Stintzi his first indoor champion at UW, it led the way to a surprising third-place standing for his team after the first day.With only the Golden Gophers and Wolverines out in front, the Badgers entered Sunday with 32.5 points, giving them a somewhat comfortable 5.5 point lead over fourth-place Purdue. To put that in perspective, last year’s eighth-place Wisconsin team put together 50 points throughout the weekend, so Stintzi was well-aware his second attempt at the Big Tens was going to surpass his first.”We did lose some seniors last year who scored for us, and while we did get some help from our freshmen, our [returning athletes] stepped up, so I think we’re making progress,” Stintzi said. “We’re going in the right direction.”Even though the Badgers were knocked down a couple of places in the team standings during Sunday’s final events, there were a few impressive individual results. Shuntia Lucas took second place in the 60-meter dash (7.45 seconds) and third in the 200-meter (24.11).”I just wanted to come out and have a good day, and that’s what I did,” Lucas said. “I was excited last year, and my debut at Nationals was kind of rocky, so [I was excited to] just come back this year and really push forward to get to Nationals. I’m aiming to make my mark there.”In the 5,000-meter final run, the Badgers produced a pair of NCAA provisional qualifiers. Finishing fourth behind a trio of Michigan runners was Katrina Rundhaug, with a time of 16:15.03. Maggie Grabow followed close behind at 16:39.83, good for an eighth-place result.”Ours was probably the toughest 5k conference this year, because last year, I think the winning time was 16:33, and this year, it was almost 35 seconds faster,” Rundhaug said. “I was happy with it, it was my second-best time ever. I definitely would have liked to be on the podium, but I guess I have one more try for that next year.”After cracking the top five in the conference with a grand total of 71 points, Stintzi reiterated the points he made before the weekend about how competing in their own city and their own facilities helped the Badgers to find higher levels of success in the 2006 meet.”I do think it makes a big difference. I think … Wisconsin has great track and field fans, and they’re knowledgeable,” Stintzi said. “The athletes want to do well in front of the home crowd, and I think it really did help us.”last_img read more

Last hurrah for Wisconsin harrier in Bloomington

first_imgFor many students, the hours leading up to this weekend’s Halloween festivities are filled with thoughts of foolishness and debauchery. But for Katrina Rundhaug and the rest of the University of Wisconsin women’s cross country team, this weekend might just bring loftier goals to fruition.Instead of worrying about costumes and parties, Rundhaug’s focus will be on the Indiana Cross Country Course in Bloomington, Ind., and the 2006 Big Ten Championships this Sunday.Rundhaug, a senior from Dodgeville, will compete at the Big Ten Championships for the last time Sunday, and she is hoping that any spectators to this weekend’s meet will witness the Badgers firing on all cylinders.”We have a pretty good chance of being able to win as long as we all run as well as we’recapable of running,” Rundhaug said. “It’s going to be really, really close. There are fiveteams that are all going to be within a couple points.”As for the course itself, it could prove to be one of the more difficult ones UW has encountered to date.”We ran there last year for regionals,” Rundhaug said. “It’s definitely hillier than the nationals course. I think it’s probably the most challenging course we’ll run this year.”The Badgers go into Sunday’s meet having tied defending champion and third-ranked Michigan for second place at the Brooks Pre-NCAA Invitational in Terre Haute two weeks ago, and Rundhaug admits that this year’s team has surpassed even her expectations.”We’re running better than we expected,” Rundhaug said. “We just keep getting better and better.”Rundhaug, along with freshman phenom Hanna Grinaker, has led Wisconsin to a No. 5 ranking nationally, and with hopes of victory going into this weekend’s meet within reach, Rundhaug credits Grinaker for much of this season’s success.”Hanna has made a huge difference on the team,” Rundhaug said. “She has a really good work ethic and a good attitude. She’s a really talented runner.”Last year everyone was just satisfied with being on varsity and getting to go to the meets,” Rundhaug said. “But now, having a team that is ranked so high motivates everyone. You don’t want to let anyone down.”After a 15th-place individual finish at last year’s Big Ten Championships in the Twin Cities, Rundhaug is eager to challenge the top runners in the conference again this year, and climb to the top of the Big Ten leaderboard. She finished 13th overall at the Pre-NCAA Invitational and is looking to improve come Sunday. “It will be one of the closest Big Ten meets that I’ve ever run in,” Rundhaug said. “I would definitely like to make first team All Big Ten.” But if it hadn’t been for a fortuitous change of scenery following her freshman season,Rundhaug could very well have been wearing maroon and gold at this Sunday’s championships.After garnering interest from both Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota following her senior season in high school, she opted to attend Minnesota, saying that their program was more suited to her particular running style.”I looked at coming [to Wisconsin],” Rundhaug said. “The only reason I didn’t is because [former coach] Peter Tegen’s training was a lot different. It was geared toward middle-distance runners and I’m more of a distance runner, so I went to Minnesota.”But after the departure of longtime coach Tegen following the 2003 season, and the arrival of current coach Jim Stintzi, Rundhaug jumped at the opportunity to come home.”It just worked out that coach Stintzi came here and his coaching style is perfect for me,” Rundhaug said. Rundhaug made the decision to transfer to UW after one year as a Gopher, and looking back, she feels that she made the right choice. “I just wasn’t happy at Minnesota,” she continued. “I knew the whole time I was there I really wanted to be here.” She has excelled ever since transferring to UW, and was Wisconsin’s top finisher in the six events she competed in during the 2005 season, a year culminating with all-region honors after a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes regional last November.”Being from Wisconsin, I always wanted to be a Badger,” Rundhaug said. “I just wanted to run.”last_img read more

Blocking, finishing keys to success

first_imgThe Badgers (14-9, 3-9) were hitting on all cylinders when they swept Michigan State (11-12, 3-9) in three sets on Friday night. The fans at the Field House had plenty to cheer about in the exciting match. It was the first sweep for Wisconsin since defeating Green Bay on Sept. 17.“I think this win tonight showed that we’ve made a lot of progress since we were last at Michigan State,” head coach Pete Waite said. “We’ve had two weeks of really good practices and really solid play in matches. It was good to see them be rewarded for their hard work and solid play.”The following night, Wisconsin faced a more difficult challenge against the No. 15 Michigan Wolverines (20-4,9-3). They lost in four sets, but they played tough throughout and showed resiliency.“I thought we were hanging in there really well,” Waite said. “Against good teams it comes down to a couple of errors here and there that get away from you.”The first two sets were very close, but Michigan held the lead for the majority of them and was able to finish.In the third set Wisconsin was able to get ahead early and change the momentum of the match.“I thought it was really good coming back in the third set with a really fast start,” Waite said. “We really did well, and unfortunately the reverse happened in the fourth. We got down big, and they were just serving some bullets, and we weren’t handling them very well.”Even in the fourth set, the Badgers didn’t go away very easily. Michigan took a 7-0 lead, but Wisconsin fought hard and didn’t allow Michigan to take the fourth set without a struggle.The Badgers’ toughness and resilience were evident this weekend in both matches.The first set against Michigan State was a hard fought battle between the teams. After multiple changes in momentum, Wisconsin eventually won the set 30-28.“I think it was really intense for us, because normally in sets like that we haven’t been able to hold on, but we definitely showed a lot of maturity,” sophomore Alexis Mitchell said. “Our blocking definitely picked up there at the end. That first set definitely set the tone for the rest of the match and we really wanted to win this game.”The match against Michigan was very similar to the first set against Michigan State. It was two teams playing equally well in close matches. Wisconsin just wasn’t able to finish the sets against Michigan as well they did Friday night.A big part of Wisconsin’s improved play can to be attributed to their blocking. They’ve emphasized on that being a major part of their game.“We’ve talked about it all year with our blocking, we just haven’t really been able to put it together,” Waite said. “We’ve really emphasized that everyday this week, and made sure that the players were getting a good feel for their technique and being patient but getting their hands across the net well.”Even in the loss Saturday night, Waite was very impressed with the team’s blocking. It was one of their best games blocking wise all season.In the third set against Michigan, Elise Walch had a key block that gave Wisconsin a 24-22 lead. The team won the set on the next point, so it’s obvious that blocking can be huge in important situations.Wisconsin showed they have the potential to play with any team; it’s just a matter of being able to finish close sets. The win on Friday followed by Saturday’s loss is evidence that finishing close sets is key to winning matches.last_img read more

Winning Post: Swedish protections self-harm progress on a regulated marketplace

first_img LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Sweden has grabbed international headlines becoming the outlier nation for its social policy in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners details that it should not pursue the same status for its online gambling policies.  Sweden: online regulation – cutting off one’s nose…Before Sweden domestically regulated in January 2019, its proposed licensing regime was supposed to generate additional growth for Nordic .com operators and the country was lauded for joining the pantheon of liberally regulated jurisdictions (see WPs passim for the misguided hype and our scepticism). Little thought was given by these operators to the dramatic changes in competition that would inevitably take place (unleashing the monopolies) and barely a murmur was raised about the distorting effects of various marketing, access and (especially) bonusing rules that were being implemented. During 2019, the Swedish gambling market shrank precipitately for substantially all exposed erstwhile .com operators and is not recovering for them (profitability has evaporated).  Equally, it took less than three months for a political-regulatory backlash to take place against ‘excessive’ marketing and licensing breaches (with 32% of extant licensees sanctioned in some form so far). Sweden’s ‘liberal’ approach to Covid-19 has also attracted ‘undue’ betting interest in its lower league soccer. It is perhaps unsurprising therefore that the government has signalled its intent to crack down further. This week some of the leaders of the Swedish online sector have warned that Sweden’s approach is leading to a ‘pyrrhic victory’ for the minister responsible for gambling in an open letter.Sweden’s plans to introduce €460-equivalent weekly deposit limits (and slots loss limits) as well as a €9-equivalent bonus limit (with bonuses already restricted to new depositors) are weak tools, in our view. For a start, they are very blunt: €2,000 pcm is an unsupportable gambling habit to most but a very small sum of money for a few (important customers): it is a policy that has very few ‘real people’ in mind. The RG and affordability checks of the strongest operators are already far more sophisticated than this, but they are not fully mandated across all licensees (although Sweden does have a broad range of required RG measures) and so they do not capture ‘the market’ completely (especially implied from the rate of sanction), nor do they tick the box of the government’s perceived need to ‘doing something’. Similarly, significantly restricting exotic betting types (also proposed) will do very little to manage match-fixing since the protagonists are very good at avoiding regulatory scrutiny and are rarely domestic – it will simply make it even less visible and therefore even harder to detect and police. There is no doubt that the best regulation in the interests of the consumer, integrity and wider public health is built upon cooperation with a responsible sector and that ‘sledgehammer’ policies may sound good but are typically counterproductive – so far so Pyrrhic (NB, these changes are not yet in force – and that is relevant).However, the seeds of Sweden’s problems were sowed early, in our view – and mostly by the operators. Many harder gamblers are ‘bonus hunters’ and so a black market of sorts was almost a given when the rules were promulgated – however, this did not fit into the mantra of ‘liberal growth’ hope the sector wanted to buy into and so the regulator could probably be forgiven for not realising how distorting a bonus restriction would be. But there are two more fundamental points on bonusing.First, bonuses are a key industry driver when the product is homogenous (me-too) and other forms of customer retention are limited – it is telling that the strongest and most differentiated products tend to be the least bonus-driven: a domestically licensed me-too operator is indeed at a disadvantage to an illegal one all other things being equal, especially when that customer is also bombarded with me-too advertising and marketing (gambling advertising actually shrank in Sweden post-regulation, but was still considered by a critical mass of politicians and commentators to be ‘out of control’).Second is one of counting. The Copenhagen Economics paper that estimates c. 80-85% channelling seems to be arrived at as robustly as any estimate of a ‘dark’ market can be. However, it does seem to be based upon GGR (including bonuses) not NGR (as are the SGA’s own channelling estimates). Given that the bonus mix of the domestically regulated Swedish market is structurally low due to regulation, whereas the bonus mix of the black market is likely to be very high as one of its main reasons for existing, GGR can be somewhat misleading. On an NGR basis (ex-bonuses, still including tax), we believe the rate of channelling is c. 85-90% – still not perfect but materially greater than billed in terms of underlying customer spend. In absolute terms, this would suggest a black market of c. €100m – a material figure but only 3-4% of SE gambling in all forms: not bad for a jurisdiction with such a strong .com digital heritage, given the inbuilt regulatory impediments and systemic lack of differentiation.  Moreover, the strength of the monopolies and operators with differentiated product (e.g. bet365 – not a signatory) would suggest that the channelling of both mass market and discerning customers is materially higher – the problem sits most clearly in casino, which is by far the most homogenous product and by extension almost certainly among a relatively small number of highly prolific harder gamblers – at the moment.However, while the bonus restriction is in place for new customers only (size restricted or not), the ‘black market’ is likely to grow as more customers are likely to hunt for bonuses as their domestic supply is exhausted (and in Sweden more active customers have been trained to do this for years).Moreover, the ‘black market’ can offer pretty much the same product as domestically licensed operators and it is not illegal for Swedish customers to find offshore operators and for those operators to accept Swedish customers (if they are not targeting them) – so it isn’t even really all that black. This combination leads us to believe that the black market is likely to grow by c. 5ppts pa in mix terms: so could be fully 25% of the current SE online market by 2022 (with no change in law or mass-market mix; the latter do not tend to be bonus hunters).That is to say the Swedish government is facing a sector complaint about channelling based upon data collected before the really swingeing proposed reforms get enacted (reforms that the industry probably needs goodwill and measured evidence rather than public argument to modify), or before the real channelling problems implicit in the model (but not the data) have started. Further, this is a complaint from licensees that actively endorsed Sweden’s approach to licensing and then rapidly lost control of both profits and the narrative as aggressive marketing continued into a dwindling pool of licensed ‘me too’ revenue and sanctions mounted. The minister may not be listening, as the letter alleges, but against such a backdrop this is perhaps not all that surprising. Swedish regulation is indeed a Pyrrhic victory – but more for struggling commercial operators than a government struggling to regain control – however ineptly.Cooperation to produce sensible outcomes is the only win-win way out, in our view, and this is rarely achieved by communicating through pugnacious press releases – especially when it is the government which holds all the cards (even if those press releases bemoan the lack of dialogue). Pyrrhus fought himself to a heroic but pointless standstill against the might of both Rome and Carthage and finally met his end in a street fight – perhaps a rather fitting allegory for a .com gambling sector that still hasn’t fully worked out how to work with governments, for which it continues to pay the price.Europe: Covid-19 – Swedish operators warn of unintended consequences as pressure grows in Ireland  The major regulatory (and self-regulatory) effect of the Coronavirus to date (in Europe) has been to accelerate the adoption of measures that may have been on the cards anyway. Thus, Spain, Lithuania and Great Britain have followed the Italian example of suspending broadcast advertising; and Belgium and Sweden have adopted the German approach of imposing mandatory deposit or loss limits.Ireland seems to be under pressure to do both. A number of figures involved in the treatment of gambling disorder wrote to the Irish Times this week, calling for the adoption (by Flutter Entertainment, Boyle Sports and Ladbrokes) of mandatory deposit limits during lockdown. This comes one month on from calls within the Dail for a ban on gambling advertising. It seems a logical assumption that those firms who have committed to end broadcast advertising in Great Britain will follow suit in Ireland; but will mandatory limits follow and how simple will it be to rescind emergency measures once the all-clear has been sounded?In Sweden, trade association the Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) has written to the government to ask for a rethink on plans (effective from 1 June) for mandatory deposit limits alongside other potential restrictions (see lead). The trade association has argued that risk of gambling disorder at the level of the population is likely to have decreased in recent weeks; and those blanket restrictions may drive players to unlicensed online operators. These are valid points (even if the industry at large has had a tendency to overplay the black-market card and thus diminish its impact) but it feels as though operators are losing the argument in a growing number of jurisdictions.In Portugal, no news was good news this week. Having granted itself powers to suspend online gaming (but not sports betting), the Lisbon government took no further action this week, leaving Latvia as the sole proponent of Covid-based prohibition (or ‘covition’).___________________ Share Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020 Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020last_img read more

AHS Honors Luncheon

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis “The children of today are the future of tomorrow”, and today the Alpena Rotary Club honored those students and their scholarly achievements.28 seniors were in attendance, all possessing impressive grade point averages. The lowest a 3.99, and the highest a 4.2. All of the students have big plans this fall as they take the next step in their educational journey. The Students announced their plans to attend various colleges and universities.Guest speaker Michael J. Kelly left the seniors with wise words as he took the stage.“You’re obviously leaders, so it’s up to you to make a better world,” said Kelly.Kelly also reminded students that the only place that success comes before work, is in the dictionary. Congratulations seniors!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Diabetes & Physical FitnessNext Hinks 5th Graders ‘Coins for Cops’ Raises $1,000 for ‘Trooper Memorial Fund’last_img read more

Who are the 49ers and Chiefs’ backup QBs for Super Bowl 54?

first_imgMORE: Super Bowl 54 predictions from SN’s expertsWho is the Chiefs’ backup quarterback?Patrick Mahomes is backed up by 11-year NFL veteran Matt Moore. The 35-year-old signal-caller has started 32 games in his NFL career, including two this season when Mahomes was out with a dislocated right kneecap. Moore went 1-1 in those starts, defeating the Vikings and losing to the Packers. For his career, he’s 16-16 as a starter, going 7-6 with the Panthers, who originally signed him as a free agent out of Oregon State, and 8-9 with the Dolphins, where he spent seven seasons. His best season came with Miami in 2011 when he started 12 games, threw for 2,497 yards, and posted 16 TDs (all career highs). For his career, he’s completed 60.1 percent of his passes and has a 49:36 TD-to-INT ratio. Considering Moore was out of football in 2018, he performed well in his stint as the Chiefs’ primary QB this year. Counting the game in which Mahomes got hurt, Moore was 59-of-90 (65.6 percent) for 659 yards, four TDs and no turnovers. The Chiefs scored 67 points in just over 10 quarters with Moore under center. Obviously, Moore doesn’t have the arm strength or the overall talent of Mahomes, but the Chiefs didn’t change their offense much with him at quarterback. They took fewer shots deep downfield, but the overall run-pass ratio was about the same. Clearly, coach Andy Reid trusts Moore to run the offense, and with the receiving weapons around him, he was able to adequately get the job done earlier this year. There’s an old saying in NFL circles that the backup quarterback is the most popular guy in town, but if a second-string QB is forced into action in the Super Bowl, there’s no grace period — he must produce. As the Chiefs and 49ers get set for Super Bowl 54, neither of their fanbases wants to think about the possibility of Patrick Mahomes or Jimmy Garoppolo getting hurt, but considering both have suffered serious knee injuries in the past two years, it’s worth knowing who their respective backups are. Both the Chiefs and 49ers’ backup QBs have started for their teams in the past two seasons, and both performed admirably when called upon. While neither possesses the talent of Mahomes or Garoppolo, both have proven themselves at the NFL level. Let’s take a closer look at the Super Bowl 54’s two most important backups.  Who is the 49ers’ backup quarterback?Jimmy Garoppolo is backed up by 24-year-old Nick Mullens, who is in his third season in the NFL. The undrafted Southern Mississippi product started eight games for the 49ers in 2018, going 3-5. He impressed at times, totaling 2,277 yards while completing 64.2 percent of his passes and throwing 13 TDs. However, he also threw 10 INTs — at least one in all but two games. His two best performances came in his NFL debut, when he completed 16-of-22 passes for 262 yards, three TDs and no INTs in a 34-3 win over the Raiders, and in a Week 15 win over the Seahawks, when he completed 20-of-29 passes for 275 yards, one TD and no INTs. At just 6-1, 210 pounds, Mullens doesn’t have the ideal size to play QB in the NFL, but he makes up for that with a willingness to throw downfield, as shown by his 8.3 yards per attempt last year. He played in just one game this season but didn’t attempt a pass. He beat out former Iowa QB C.J. Beathard for the backup job in the preseason. Beathard started 10 games for San Francisco in 2017 and ’18, going 1-9 in those contests. Mullens has a chance to be the second former Southern Miss QB to win a Super Bowl, joining Brett Favre.last_img read more

Watch: Raheem Sterling makes touching gesture by giving his boots to a fan

first_imgAdvertisement 6NBA Finals | Brooklyn VshmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E53ebp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) s7vWould you ever consider trying this?😱3cr3Can your students do this? 🌚509Roller skating! Powered by Firework Raheem Sterling has been an anti-bullying, anti-racism and anti-hate symbol in the UK and globally using football and his reach as platforms. It so seems that the Manchester City forward can’t stop making great gestures.Advertisement Raheem Sterling has scored a bunch of goals in the Premier League already and is leading the top scorers chart with 6 goals. Last night against Kosovo, the speedster opened England’s scoresheet in the 8th minute.Advertisement However, it was after the game, which ended 5-3 for England, that Sterling made happen the best moment of the game. On the request of a physically challenged young fan for Sterling’s boots , the Englishman pulled them off his feet to make the lad’s day.  Advertisementlast_img read more

Bruh moment of 11th November 2019: Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell’s teammate is…the Joker?

first_imgImage Courtesy: Splash News/GettyAdvertisement brNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3s2byWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eh2cf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2s76wWould you ever consider trying this?😱4g6s6Can your students do this? 🌚2zcdRoller skating! Powered by Firework The 2019 season is going absolutely brilliant for Leicester City. Second in the league table, and the recent 2-0 victory over Arsenal, the 2016 EPL champions are challenging the English elites for silverware once again, and the club defender Ben Chillwell apparently knows the secret. They have the Joker in the team!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Splash News/GettyThee 22 year old left back made a tweet today regarding the recently released ‘The Joker’  star Joaquin Phoenix’s uncanny resemblance with his teammate Çağlar Söyüncü. Check out the tweet below, and yes, the two truly have a striking similarity.Advertisement The post contains a collage of a smiling Joaquin and Çağlar, as the England international indicated that he noticed the similarity after watching the film. The post has gone viral, and the supporters also raise another character’s likeness with the Turkish center back- Lord Farquaad from Shrek.Chilwell, a product of the Leicester City youths, have been mates with his defensive companion Söyüncü since the 23 year old Turkey international’s arrival at King Power Stadium from Bundesliga side SC Freiburg in 2018.Saturday’s home victory against the Gunners saw a 7 minute double strikes from compatriots Jamie Vardy and James Maddison in the second half. With 26 points, the Foxes are trailing behind topper Liverpool by 8 points. They will face Brighton on 23rd November at the Falmer Stadium. Advertisementlast_img read more

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