Man U, Man City won’t play in first weekend of Premier League

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Manchester United and Manchester City will not be required to compete in the opening weekend of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign following their European commitments this past season, the Times newspaper has said.Man City’s season came to an end on August 15 with a 3-1 defeat by Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Man United’s season concluded following their Europa League semi-final loss to Sevilla a day later. The Premier League season is set to begin on September 12 and with teams requiring at least a 30-day break before their first match, City and United will likely play their opening game the following week, the Times said.However, Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were knocked out of the Europa League by Sevilla on August 11 – 32 days before the start of the new season – will be required to play on the opening weekend.City ended the 2019-20 season in second place, 15 points ahead of third-placed United.Reuters/NAN.Tags: 30 Day Rest PeriodEnglish Premier LeagueEuropean CommitmentsFirst WeekendManchester CityManchester Unitedlast_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Heat might be stuck with Dion Waiters

first_imgThat stance hasn’t changed, as the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported this week the Heat can’t find a “palatable trade scenario” for Waiters. The 27-year-old isn’t a high-value asset considering he hasn’t played more than 46 games in any of  last three seasons with the Heat and the fact that he is due nearly $25 million through 2021.Waiters, who has averaged 14.0 points and 3.6 assists as a member of the Heat, found himself behind two-way player Chris Silva and Miami lifer Udonis Haslem ahead of the team’s game against the Nuggets on Tuesday. Considering the Heat are off to a 5-2 start with a number of intriguing options at guard — Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic, Tyler Herro, Kendrick Nunn, Justise Winslow — president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra might be hesitant to bring Waiters back into the fold and risk ruining chemistry.The Heat could ultimately decide it is better to play Waiters to increase his trade value, but it would not be surprising to see Waiters stuck on his own little island as the Heat continue to climb the Eastern Conference standings. Any takers out there for a veteran shooting guard in exile? Anyone?Dion Waiters has yet to suit up for the Heat through seven games. He was suspended for the season opener because of a “number of unacceptable incidents,” but he has remained inactive following the punishment. It’s possible this relationship has reached the point of no return, so is it time for Miami to execute a trade? NBA MOCK DRAFT 2020: Knicks pick star guard at No. 1One problem here — there is no interest in Waiters.”[The Heat have] been trying to trade him since last Christmas,” one NBA general manager told Sean Deveney of prior to the start of the 2019-20 regular season. “No one was trying to take him on then. After this kind of thing, it would be really hard to take him on now. He has had this kind of junk attached to him just about his whole career.”last_img read more

NFL Week 10 betting guide: Odds, key matchups, stats & trends, injury report for every game

first_imgLos Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, 8:20 p.m. ET RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland  TV Broadcast: FOX/NFL Opening NFL Odds: PK / 47.5Season Record: Chargers (4-5-0) vs Raiders (4-4-0) The Chargers are on the move and the Raiders are coasting under the radar. The Chargers are coming off an upset over the Packers at home, stacking back-to-back wins over the last few weeks. The Raiders edged the Lions in a shootout at the Coliseum to improve to 3-1 SU at home and bounce back from a loss to the Texans in Week 8. All told, these teams appear evenly matched and the Chargers are nipping at the Raiders’ heels in the AFC West standings. Both have seen close games go either way this season. So, it’s no surprise bookmakers pegged this tilt on a PK line at open doors all the while setting the total to 47.5. Interestingly, the NFL line is on the move in favor of the Chargers (they’re currently laying anywhere from -1 to -1.5 on the NFL odds board. The total has jumped up to 48.5 and 49, depending on your choice sportsbook. The latter isn’t surprising given the Raiders have already been involved in several shootouts this season (last week’s 31-24 win over the Lions is case and point, marking the fifth game to crack the OVER in their last 6). Rivers can air out the ball with the best of them even though we’ve not seen much of it this season, but that trend might change seeing as the Chargers have made changes to their offensive staff. A possible play on the OVER for this game looks to be a smart NFL pick. NFL Betting Trends: — Raiders are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games at home — Chargers are 3-4-2 ATS in their last 9 games — The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Chargers’ last 5 games when playing Oakland — The total has gone UNDER in 7 of LA Chargers’ last 8 games Key Injuries: LAC – RB Justin Jackson (Calf), LB Denzel Perryman (Knee) and T Sam Tevi (Knee) are all questionable for TNF. OAK – DT Johnathan Hankins (Foot), OL Andre James (Ankle) and S Erik Harris (Illness) are all questionable for TNF. RB Josh Jacobs (Shoulder) is probable for TNF. MORE: Follow the latest trends for Chargers vs. RaidersDetroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears  Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 1 p.m. ETSoldier Field, Chicago TV Broadcast: CBS Opening NFL Odds: Bears -3 / 43.5 Season Record: (Lions (3-4-1) vs Bears (3-5-0) The NFC North tilt between the frustrating Lions and woeful Bears features on Week 10’s NFL betting card. How the Bears opened donating a field goal is beyond comprehension though.The Bears offense is MIA, Mitch Trubisky is clueless and their once vaunted defense has gone walkabout. Matt Nagy looks to be running out of ideas as well and his play calling leaves much to be desired. The Bears are 1-3 SU and ATS at home this season. They are riding a four-game losing streak and propping up the NFC North table to boot. How the mighty have fallen. The Lions continue to suffer defensive issues as evinced in their 31-24 loss to the Raiders, but Matt Stafford is enjoying a stellar season on the stats sheet. The Lions are 1-2-1 SU and 2-2 ATS on the road this season. If they can stop shooting themselves in the foot they have a punter’s chance. Since open doors, the Lions have come down to -2.5 on the NFL odds board at several sports venues but given Mitch Trubisky isn’t cutting it this still looks like a lot of points to risk on the Bears. Fading the Bears and taking the Lions at +3, which is still available at various sports betting venues, looks to be the better play. NFL Betting Trends: — Lions are 4-4 ATS in their last 8 games — Lions are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games when playing Bears — Bears are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games — The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit’s last 6 games  — The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago’s last 7 games at home — The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chicago’s last 13 games Key Injuries: DET – G Joe Dahl (Ankle) and DL De’Shawn Hand (Elbow) are both questionable for week 10; TE T.J. Hockenson (Back) is probable for week 10. CHI – DB Deon Bush (Illness) and NT Eddie Goldman (Thigh) are both questionable for week 10. MORE: Follow the latest trends for Lions vs. BearsBaltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 1 p.m. ETPaul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati TV Broadcast: CBS Opening NFL Odds: Ravens -11.5 / 46 Season Record: Ravens (6-2-0) vs Bengals (0-8-0) The Ravens just dethroned the AFC high-flyers New England Patriots in a shocking 37-20 win in Sunday Night Football. What was even more shocking was the manner in which they did, with such verve and swagger. At one point, it looked like Lamar Jackson and the Ravens would runaway with the game entirely.  Tale told,  it’s no surprise that oddsmakers went to press with a whopping double-digit spread for their upcoming clash against the lone winless team in the NFL, Cincinnati Bengals. The 0-8 SU Bengals cut a sad figure. What’s more, the Bengals have benched Andy Dalton in favor of backup Ryan Finley, an announcement made during the bye week.  Curiously, the NFL line for this game is on the move but not in favor of the Ravens. Since open doors, the point spread has trimmed down to a low of Ravens -9.5 thanks to early betting taking the points with the Bengals.  For those on board with the Ravens playing the waiting game to see if you get a better number is an option, but if you like them now grab them at -9.5 while you can because this NFL line could go back up to double-digits later in the week. NFL Betting Trends: — Ravens are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road — Ravens are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games  — Bengals are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against Ravens — Bengals are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing Ravens Key Injuries: BAL — no new injuries currently listed CIN — DT Ryan Glasgow (Knee) is on I-R; G Alex Redmond (Ankle) and CB Darqueze Dennard (Hamstring) are both questionable for week 10. MORE: Follow the latest trends for Ravens vs. BengalsBuffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 1 p.m. ETFirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland TV Broadcast: CBS Opening NFL Odds: Browns -3 / 41.5 Season Record: Bills (6-2-0) vs Browns (2-6-0) Of all the NFL lines on Week 10’s betting card, this is the head scratcher of the lot. How the Browns are giving a field goal to the Bills is madness.  Yes, yes, Kareem Hunt might feature in this game for the first time since being suspended and dumped from Kansas City, but Baker Mayfield is no Mahomes. A player is only as good as his quarterback is and the verdict on Mayfield at the moment is that he’s pretty bad.  The Browns are a mess, lacking in confidence and cohesion. The offense is wholly off colour and form and the defense is nothing to write home about. The Browns have lost four on the trot and if the Bengals were not in worse form, the Browns would be propping up the AFC North. So much for being Super Bowl contenders. The Browns are winless in the Dawg Pound as well and 0-3 ATS, which includes a -13.7 losing margin on average and a -14.5-point differential versus the spread on average. The Bills are a perfect 3-0 ATS on the road with a 7.3 winning margin on average and a +9-point differential versus the spread on average. Love or hate the Bills, they’re undeniably the better team going into this pivotal AFC clash on Sunday. Grab the Bills +3 while you can because this line is the likeliest to be bet down by the public, if not flip altogether. NFL Betting Trends: — Bills are 5-3 ATS in their last 8 games — Bills are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on the road — Browns are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games — The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Buffalo’s last 5 games on the road — The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Cleveland’s last 24 games at home — The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 6 games when playing Buffalo Key Injuries: BUF – LB Maurice Alexander (Knee) is listed as questionable for week 10. CLE – T Greg Robinson (Ankle), DE Olivier Vernon (Lower Body) and TE Ricky Seals-Jones (Knee) are all listed as questionable for week 10; S Eric Murray (Knee) is out indefinitely. MORE: Follow the latest trends for Bills vs. BrownsKansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 1 p.m. ET Nissan Stadium, Nashville TV Broadcast: CBS Opening NFL Odds: Chiefs -3.5 / 48.5Season Record: Chiefs (6-3-0) vs Titans (4-5-0) Most sports betting platforms are holding out with the NFL line for this game given the uncertainties that surround Patrick Mahomes and his status for Week 10. A few sportsbooks have posted the NFL line however and it sits around Chiefs -4, which practically factors Matt Moore as the starter.   If you’re on board with the Chiefs regardless of who the starter is, grabbing this number now could prove dividends because it’s safe to assume this line is likely to jump up significantly if Mahomes is confirmed as the starter. Moore led the Chiefs to victory over the Vikings.Even with Moore, the Chiefs are a much better team than the Titans are with either Marcus Mariota or Ryan Tannehill. The latter put in a couple of wins for the Titans but last week in the loss to the Panthers some of the issues that plagued him in Miami cropped up.  NFL Betting Trends: — Chiefs are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games on the road — Chiefs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Titans — Titans are 18-6 SU in its last 24 games at home — Titans are 3-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games — The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tennessee’s last 5 games when playing at home against Kansas City  Key Injuries: KC – QB Patrick Mahomes (Ankle/Knee), G Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff (Ankle) and DE Alex Okafor (Ankle) are all questionable for week 10; OL Greg Senat (Undisclosed) is on I-R; DE Frank Clark (Neck) is out indefinitely. MORE: Follow the latest trends for Chiefs vs. TitansAtlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints  Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 1 p.m. ETMercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans TV Broadcast: FOX Opening NFL Odds: Saints -14 / 51 Season Record:  Falcons (1-7-0) vs Saints (7-1-0) The woeful Falcons take on divisional foes Saints in a battle of the worst versus the best of the NFC South. Somehow, Dan Quinn and his staff survived the bye week which can’t be a good thing for Atlanta’s chances if the first eight weeks of the season are anything to go by. Not least when considering the Saints are also coming off a bye week, Atlanta’s chances look a lot more grim with the prospect of a well-rested Drew Brees to contend with. Fittingly, bookmakers installed this game on a whopping -14 point spread at open doors. It’s the biggest spread the Falcons have faced this season, but they’re 0-4 ATS on the road with a 10.2 losing margin on average and a -8.9 differential versus the spread on average. The Saints, meanwhile, are 3-1 ATS at home with an 8.2 winning margin on average and a +3.4 differential versus the spread. Overall, the Saints are the most successful team against the spread this season behind a 6-2 ATS mark, which includes a 4.9 winning margin on average and a +4.1 differential versus the spread. In Week 6, Drew Brees led the Saints in a 31-9 win over the Cardinals to cover the -12.5 closing spread. NFL Betting Trends: — Falcons are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games — Saints are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games  — Saints are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games — The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 5 games on the road — The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans’ last 8 games Key Injuries: ATL – QB Matt Ryan (Ankle) is probable for week 10; G James Carpenter (Knee) and DE John Cominsky (Ankle) are both questionable for week 10. NO – no new injuries currently listed MORE: Follow the latest trends for Chargers vs. RaidersNew York Giants vs. New York Jets Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 1 p.m. ET MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford TV Broadcast: FOX Opening NFL Odds: Giants -2.5 / 43 Season Record: Giants (2-7-0) vs Jets (1-7-0)The NY Giants and NY Jets collide at MetLife Stadium for an inter-conference showdown that features two of the league’s worst teams. Most recently, the Giants lost to the Cowboys on Monday Night Football at MetLife Stadium, and the Jets lost to the Miami Dolphins (yup, not a typo) in what was a horrendous performance by Sam Darnold that had even his teammates giving him an earful on the field. Given recent performance it’s hard to feel confident about either team — the Giants are riding a five-game losing streak while the Jets are riding a three-game losing streak. Yet, somehow, the Giants are laying -2.5 on the NFL odds board. Seeing as neither team looks to have any momentum, confidence or cohesion on either side of the ball, this is perhaps one of the matches NFL bettors might consider playing the waiting game. See which way the needle moves before pulling the trigger for Week 10 NFL picks.  NFL Betting Trends: — NY Giants are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Jets — NY Giants are 3-6 ATS in their last 8 games — NY Jets are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing at home against NY Giants — NY Jets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games — The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Giants’ last 5 games on the road — The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Jets’ last 6 games Key Injuries: NYG – TE Evan Engram (Foot) is listed as questionable for week 10. NYJ – RB Le’Veon Bell (Knee), DL Steve McLendon (Neck) and S Jamal Adams (Head) are all questionable for week 10. MORE: Follow the latest trends for Giants vs. JetsArizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 1 p.m. ETRaymond James Stadium, Tampa TV Broadcast: FOX Opening NFL Odds: Bucs -6 / 53.5Season Record: Cardinals (3-5-1) vs Bucs (2-6-0) Vegas lookahead NFL lines had the Bucs tipped as the whopping -6 home chalk for this week 10 clash, but following Arizona’s commendable account against the San Francisco 49ers mainly, the NFL line plummeted to the Bucs laying just -4.5.  Jameis Winston and the Bucs put up a fight in Seattle but fell on the losing side of 40-34 shootout in overtime. The loss marked the fifth straight loss for the Bucs since beating the Rams in stellar fashion in week 4. The Bucs are 0-2 ATS at home with a 7.5-point losing margin on average and a -10.5 differential versus the spread. The Cardinals are 3-1 ATS on the road with a 4.8 losing margin on average and a +3.2 differential versus the spread. To all intents and purposes, this is a bit of a tossup for Week 10 NFL picks. For those backers that fancy the Cardinals taking the points now is a smart play. For those that fancy the Bucs play the waiting game to get a better line potentially. NFL Betting Trends: — Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on the road — Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games  — Bucs are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games — The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games  — The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last 11 games when playing Arizona Key Injuries: ARI – LB Terrell Suggs (Knee) and DT Clinton McDonald (Stinger) are both questionable for week 10. TB – TE Antony Auclair (Toe), CB Carlton Davis (Hip), LB Carl Nassib (Groin) and LB Anthony Nelson (Hamstring) are all questionable for week 10. MORE: Follow the latest trends for Cardinals vs. BuccaneersMiami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 4:05 p.m. ET  Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis TV Broadcast: CBS Opening NFL Odds: Colts -14.5 / 44Season Record: Dolphins (1-7-0) vs Colts (5-3-0) The Dolphins finally crack the win column with a franchise satisfying win over Adam Gase and the NY Jets. It was such a massive accomplishment head coach Brian Flores got the Gatorade shower.  The Colts, meanwhile, suffered a disappointing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road in week 9. More importantly, Jacoby Brissett suffered an injury caused by his own teammate colliding into him in the pocket. It remains to be seen whether Brissett will start on Sunday or if Brian Hoyer takes over at center. While the Dolphins began the season as the quintessential punching bag of the NFL, recent weeks have shown positive signs. Namely, the Dolphins have covered four straight games.  As such, since open doors the NFL line for this tilt dropped from Colts -14.5 to -10 as early bettors grabbed the points with the Dolphins. For those looking to bet this game, play the waiting game especially if you’re on board with the Dolphins against the spread. Reports from Colts look favorable towards Brissett starting in this game, in which case this NFL line might jump out again.  NFL Betting Trends: — Dolphins are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games when playing on the road against Colts — Dolphins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games  — Colts are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games at home — Colts are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing Dolphins Key Injuries: MIA – RB Mark Walton (Suspension) not eligible before week 14; WR Preston Williams (Knee) is out for the season. IND – WR Parris Campbell (Hand) is out indefinitely; QB Jacoby Brissett (Knee) and C Ryan Kelly (Stinger) are both questionable for Sunday. MORE: Follow the latest trends for Dolphins vs. ColtsCarolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers Sunday, November 10, 2019, 4:25 PM EST  Lambeau Field, Green Bay TV Broadcast: FOX Opening NFL Odds: Packers -6 / 48Season Record: Panthers (5-3-0) vs Packers (7-2-0) Although the Green Bay Packers are coming off one of the worst losses in 2019, they remain significant favorites on the NFL odds board for their upcoming date with the Carolina Panthers. It’s a home game and Lambeau Field is a tough environment for the best of teams.  However, the public seems to be high on the Panthers as the line is moving in their favor. The Panthers are down to +5 with most sports betting platforms, thanks largely down to early money taking the points with Carolina. If this betting trend continues, this NFL line could shrink further. In fact, some sportsbooks have come down to Packers laying just -4.5. So, for those backers looking to shade the Panthers on their Week 10 NFL picks, buy now before the line shrinks further. For those on board with the Packers, play the waiting game to see if you can get a better line such as -4 (without the pesky hook). Panthers are 2-1 ATS on the road with a 4.7 losing margin on average while the Packers are 3-2 ATS at home with a 5.6 winning margin on average. NFL Betting Trends: — Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games  — Packers are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games — The total has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina’s last 5 games when playing Green Bay — The total has gone OVER in 5 of Green Bay’s last 6 games when playing at home against Carolina Key Injuries: CAR – QB Cam Newton (Foot) is on I-R; CB James Bradberry (Groin) and LB Mario Addison (Personal) are both listed as questionable for week 10. GB – no new injuries listed. MORE: Follow the latest trends for Panthers vs. PackersLos Angeles Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 4:25 p.m. ETHeinz Field, Pittsburgh TV Broadcast: FOX Opening NFL Odds: Rams -3.5 / 45.5Season Record: Rams (5-3-0) vs Steelers (4-4-0) A few weeks ago, few would have predicted a competitive matchup with the Rams favored by just above a field goal would be possible. Yet, with the Steelers clawing their way back into contention that’s exactly what we have before us for this intriguing week 10 clash.  The Rams have the advantage of a bye week and should come into this game well rested. However, Heinz Field is a tough environment as evinced in recent weeks. The Steelers are 3-2 SU and ATS at home, which includes a 6.8 winning margin on average. The Rams, however, are 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS on the road this season, which includes a 9-point winning margin on average and a +9-point differential versus the spread. Betting is split nearly down the middle between this pair as one would expect with the Rams edging the Steelers ever so slightly. That has caused the line to go up to a 4-point spread at several outlets. For those backers that are buying what the Steelers are selling, grab the Steelers at +4, which is available at several sportsbooks. These plucky underdogs could have a few more surprises up their sleeve and their defense is nothing to scoff at. NFL Betting Trends: — LA Rams are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on the road — LA Rams are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games on the road — Steelers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against LA Rams — Steelers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games  Key Injuries: LAR – WR Brandon Cooks (Concussion) is out indefinitely. PIT – RB Trey Edmunds (Ribs) is listed as questionable for week 10. MORE: Follow the latest trends for Rams vs. SteelersMinnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 8:20 p.m. ETAT&T Stadium, Arlington TV Broadcast: NBC Opening NFL Odds: Cowboys -3 / 47Season Record:  Vikings (6-3-0) vs Cowboys (5-3-0) The Dallas Cowboys improve to 5-3 SU behind a solid 37-18 win over the NY Giants on the road in Monday Night Football. It marked their second straight win since snapping a three-game losing streak at the expense of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys are 2-3 SU in their last five games and 3-1 SU at home. The Vikings succumbed to their first loss in five games, losing to the Chiefs on the road 26-23. The Vikings are 4-1 SU in their last five games and 2-3 SU and ATS on the road this season.  Vegas lookahead lines opened this game with the Cowboys laying -3 on the NFL odds board. Since open doors, this line hasn’t moved much although early betting shows the Vikings are getting most of the early wagers. If this trend continues, it’s likely the line will move against Minnesota. For those on board with Kirk Cousins, taking the Vikings now at +3 could be the smart play. NFL Betting Trends: — Vikings are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games when playing Cowboys — Cowboys are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games at home — The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games when playing Dallas — The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas’ last 8 games  Key Injuries: MIN — WR Adam Thielen (Hamstring) is listed as questionable for week 10. DAL – S Jeff Heath (Leg) is listed as questionable for week 10. MORE: Follow the latest trends for Vikings vs. CowboysSeattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers  Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, 8:15 p.m. ET  Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara TV Broadcast: ESPN Opening NFL Odds: Niners -7 /45 Season Record: Seahawks (7-2-0) vs Niners (8-0-0) This is the marquee matchup of the week and fitting end to week 10 as the Seahawks and Niners collide in Monday Night Football. The Seahawks-Niners rivalry hasn’t been what it used to be in recent years, but with the Niners remaining the lone undefeated team in the NFL, it’s possible this NFC West rivalry could light up again. Vegas lookahead lines tipped this tilt with the Niners laying a touchdown on the NFL odds board and since early markets opened it has experienced marked movement. The Niners are currently sitting pretty anywhere from -6 to -6.5, largely down to early money going towards the Seahawks plus the points. Seahawks are coming off a shootout win over the Bucs at CenturyLink Field, in which Russell Wilson had a standout performance and practically carried his team on his shoulders to victory. The Niners have the advantage with added rest having played on Thursday Night Football against the Arizona Cardinals. Jimmy Garoppolo may not have tapped into Russell Wilson’s level, but he carried the Niners to victory by shredding the Cardinals through the air. Thereby, proving the Niners offense was more than just a run-heavy-minded weapon. It’s the Niners’ second NFC West showdown in as many weeks and third this season after beating both the Rams and Cardinals It’s the first meeting of the season against the Seahawks with top position on the line.  To be fair, with everything that is at stake, this matchup could go either way. For those looking to back Seattle, taking the points now is probably the better play. For those looking to bank on the Niners, play the waiting game. If the trend towards the Seahawks continues, it’s likely the NFL line will be shaved some more before Monday’s kick-off. NFL Betting Trends: — Seahawks are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games when playing 49ers — Seahawks are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games  — 49ers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games  — 49ers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home Key Injuries:  SEA – TE Luke Williams (Ribs) is probable for MNF; WR Josh Gordon (Acquired) is questionable for MNF. SF – TE George Kittle (Knee) and DL Arik Armstead (Throat) are both questionable for MNF. LB Kwon Alexander (Pectoral) is out for the season.  MORE: Follow the latest trends for Seahawks vs. 49ers The NFL Week 10 betting guide highlights each and every game with plenty of betting analysis to chew on. 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Sanchez transfer ‘hinges on Mkhitaryan deal’, says agent

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United’s bid to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal hinges on Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving the other way, the Armenian player’s agent said Tuesday as Antonio Conte distanced Chelsea from a potential deal.Chile international Sanchez, who appears to have played his last game for Arsenal, had been strongly linked with a move to either Manchester United or Manchester City and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has also spoken of his admiration for the player.The player, who is out of contract this summer, had appeared certain to sign for Pep Guardiola’s team after a transfer fell through in August but it is understood City have pulled out of the race for the 29-year-old due to the costs involved.There has been speculation Mkhitaryan will be offered as a makeweight from United to land Sanchez, and Mourinho left the playmaker out of the squad to face Stoke on Monday due to “doubts about his future”.Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola told Britain’s Times newspaper that Sanchez’s transfer to United was reliant on his client joining Arsenal as part of the deal.“Manchester United are not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal,” Raiola told the newspaper.“Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract so it’s his decision. Sanchez is part of the Mkhi deal, not the other way around.”Conte last week described any potential cut-priced deal for the Chile striker as a great opportunity but he told reporters on Tuesday that he did not believe Chelsea were trying to sign the player.– ‘Great’ signing – Jose Mourinho, speaking after second-placed United had reduced Premier League table-toppers City’s lead to 12 points on Monday said it would be “great” if Sanchez arrived at Old Trafford though he remained non-committal.“No news on Alexis Sanchez, he is an Arsenal player,” he said. “If he stays it’s great for Arsenal, if he comes to us, great for us, if he goes to another club, great for them.”If the transfer goes ahead it would be the third blockbuster move of the January window involving Premier League clubs following Philippe Coutinho’s big-money switch from Liverpool to Barcelona and Virgil van Dijk’s arrival at Anfield from Southampton.United have an impressive selection of forwards but Sanchez could expect to become a fixture in the first team alongside Romelu Lukaku, with doubts growing over the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his recent return from a long-term injury.Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2014 and in a stellar 2016/17 campaign scored 30 goals and provided 17 assists, though his form has since dipped.His loss would be a major blow for Arsenal, who saw Robin van Persie swap the Emirates for Old Trafford in 2012.Arsenal have been linked with a move for Bordeaux forward Malcom but Arsene Wenger, who said the club would need a replacement if Sanchez were to leave, refused to confirm his interest in the Brazilian.The British press widely reported on Tuesday that Arsenal were in talks to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.Aubameyang was dropped at the weekend after missing a team meeting — the third time he had been disciplined by the club after an unauthorised video shoot and a trip to Milan shortly before a Champions League game last season.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Bombers coast to title at Wildcats tournament; get past pesky Falcons in final

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers tuned up for a big test this coming weekend in Penticton by stopping the Salmo Falcons 98-47 in the final of the Mount Sentinel Wildcats High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday evening in the South Slocan.Isaiah Kingdon and Jack Sturrup with 23 and 22 points respectively, led the Bomber charge in a contest that saw the entire roster contribute according to LVR coach Ross Naka.LVR, a Double-A team playing against mostly Single-A competition, had an easy time in the tournament.The squad opened by blasting Stanley Humphries Rockers 95-27 and Crowe Hawks of Trail 74-37. The Falcons advanced to the final by opening with a 93-48 win over the LVR Single-A squad.Salmo then needed a solid effort to narrowly edge Grand Forks Wolves 78-76 in semi final play Saturday.The host Wildcats opened the tournament in front of the student body losing 76-63 to the Crowe Hawks.The loss comes a week after the Cats defeated the Hawks by 20 points to capture the Crowe tournament.Mount Sentinel rallied from the loss to win the consolation side of the tourney, 70-47 over Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.Devon Kabatoff led the Cats with 18 points while Adam Twible had 14.The Cats defeated Stanley Humphries 72-23.LVR, 4-5 on the season, travels to Penticton to compete in the Pen-Hi Tournament beginning Thursday.last_img read more


first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2015)–Arizona-bred Tribal Gal, a five-time stakes winner, heads a competitive field of seven older fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita, which is to be run at six furlongs.Trained by R. Kory Owens, the 5-year-old mare by Tribal Rule comes off a fifth place finish in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint at 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 24 and was second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths at 5-2 by rival Harlington’s Rose two starts back in the 6 ½ furlong (dirt) Kalookan Queen Stakes on Dec. 28.Speedy Tribal Gal draws the advantageous outside post for the Las Flores and retains the services of leading rider Rafael Bejarano, who has ridden her in four out of her last five starts, including a win in the six furlong Orange County Stakes five starts back at Los Alamitos. Owned by her breeder, John Pendergast, she has five wins from 11 starts at six furlongs and is 23-8-4-1 overall with earnings of $340,535.Trainer Steve Knapp’s Harlington’s Rose draws the rail, but is in peak form. A winner of the Kalookan Queen three starts back, the 4-year-old California-bred filly by Harlington was third in the Grade II, seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes two starts back and she comes off a close third in a six furlong allowance as the 5-2 favorite here on Feb. 12. She would be best suited by a fast pace, which is what she got when she rallied from off the pace in the Kalookan Queen.Owned by Halasz, Johnson, Newhart and partners, Harlington’s Rose is 20-3-5-2 overall with earnings of $311,040.Bob Baffert’s Global Hottie, a rousing 3 ¾ length allowance winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 18, could pose an elusive front-running target as she seeks her first stakes win on Sunday. A 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Dixie Chatter, Global Hottie has won four of her six lifetime starts and will be ridden back by Victor Espinoza. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Global Hottie has earnings of $156,490.An impressive four length winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Feb. 21, Meinertzhageni was claimed by trainer Peter Miller for $40,000 and bears watching off the purchase. A 4-year-old California-bred filly by Stormin Fever, she’s banked $238,778 from an overall mark of 14-4-2-2 and has two wins from three tries at six furlongs. Meinertzhageni is owned by Rockingham Ranch.The complete field for the Grade III Las Flores Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and all horses assigned 118 pounds in post position order: Harlington’s Rose, Joe Talamo; Sagebrush Queen, Edwin Maldonado; Global Hottie, Victor Espinoza; Meinertzhageni, Fernando Perez; Liza Doolittle Day, Drayden Van Dyke; Patriotic Brother, Flavien Prat, and Tribal Gal, Rafael Bejarano.                First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2016)–With a modest Pick Six carryover from Friday of $40,671 stoking the pari-mutuel fires, $579,499 in “new money” was wagered Saturday at Santa Anita, creating a total Pick Six pool of $620,170.No doubt helped by four graded stakes that fell within the popular two dollar wager, many betters took the approach that with Songbird heavily favored (1-9 at post time) in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes and Mor Spirit heavily favored (3-5 at post time) in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes, the wager was reduced, for all intents and purposes, to a Pick Four, which encouraged the monetary deluge.With both Songbird and Mor Spirit winning their respective races, there were 200 winning Pick Six tickets, each worth $1,753.20. There were 3,457 “fives,” each worth $38.20.Special early first post time for an eight-race card on Big Game Sunday at Santa Anita is at 11 a.m. Admission gates will open at 9 a.m.last_img read more

Of Brontosaurus, Cartoons, and Revisionism

first_img(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 With the resurrection of Brontosaurus as a valid dinosaur name after a century of repudiation, what’s a kid to think? Thoughts on science’s arbitrary and tentative nature.Eight-year-olds used to brag about correcting their parents who said “Brontosaurus.” The correct name is “Apatosaurus,” the kid would be quick to say. Now the parent has a comeback: Brontosaurus is a valid name for some of the members of the Diplodocidae, according to a new reclassification of the giant sauropods by a team led by Emanuel Tschopp from Nova University of Lisbon, according to Nature. His team studied all the known fossils of the beasts and concluded that Edward Cope’s name Brontosaurus (“thunder lizard”) is valid, because there are enough distinguishable traits to distinguish it from Othniel Marsh’s earlier find that he had named Apatosaurus (“deceptive lizard”).Tschopp says he did not start out to resurrect Brontosaurus, but his team’s analysis decided enough differences warranted the reversal. “The Smithsonian Institution accused USPS of favoring ‘cartoon nomenclature to scientific nomenclature,’” Michael Balter writes in Science Magazine. “It didn’t help that the stamps were officially launched at Disney World.” The cartoonists may have the last laugh. Undoubtedly some parents will enjoy rubbing it in to their kids: “See? I was right!” dad will say. “We were both right!” may be the retort.Old dinosaur hunter Bob Bakker welcomes the change, because it gives him new evolutionary themes to work on: “this group of critters, the long-neck Apatosaurs, evolved faster than we’ve been giving them credit for,” he said in Live Science. Did you hear the one about Brontosaurus being really an Apatosaurus with the wrong head? That’s a “popular myth,” says the BBC News.According to the new names, “thunder lizard” and “deceptive lizard” are distinct genera. But maybe both names are wrong; these dinosaurs are not lizards at all. Lizards have legs splayed out to the side, and dinosaurs have them underneath. But then “dinosaur” means “terrible lizard.” Will there be terrible thunder at this deceptive naming scheme that depends on ‘saurus’ (lizard)? What’s in a name, anyway?Obviously the dinosaurs didn’t call themselves Bronto- or Apato-saurus. They just lived and ate and fought. It’s humans that are obsessed with pigeonholing things into classification schemes. The lumpers want more items in bigger bins; the splitters want fewer items in smaller bins. The “bone wars” between Marsh and Cope in the 19th century track the classification wars of taxonomists. It cannot be ruled out that some future day a taxonomist will want to lump the diplodocids into bigger bins. Maybe he or she will keep Bronto and ditch the “deceptive lizard” Apato, leading future kids to tell the parents, “The correct name is Brontosaurus.” The bones won’t have changed; just the human scheme.This is a take-home lesson about scientific hubris, Balter concludes:Some paleontologists have reservations. “It’s going to force us to ask questions about what we really mean by genus and species in a paleontological context,” says paleontologist John Whitlock of Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania. “Is it more useful to distinguish specimens as Brontosaurus and Apatosaurus than it is to distinguish A. excelsus from other species of Apatosaurus? I don’t know, but I hope it’s the start of a conversation.” He and others, including Tschopp himself, note that the characters used aren’t cut-and-dried and could be scored differently by others.Upchurch thinks this kind of detailed taxonomy could help resolve questions such as how diverse dinosaurs were just before they went extinct about 66 million years ago. Others welcome the resurrection of an icon. “Brontosaurus has a prominent place in the public imagination,” Mannion says. “It can only be a good thing that it is back with us. … It shows that science develops through time and that it’s possible to change our minds, even about long-held views.”Would it be possible to change long-held views about subjects like evolution or global warming? Think about all the recent overconfidence by climatologists about anthropogenic climate change, resulting in global conferences determined to force draconian measures on nation’s economies. News flash! This just in! Quirin Schiermeier writes in Nature,Climate science needs more mathematicians and physicists. So say prominent climatologists who are trying to spark enthusiasm for their field in budding researchers who might otherwise choose astrophysics or cosmology. Talented physical scientists are needed to help resolve mysteries that are crucial to modelling the climate — and, potentially, saving the planet — the group says, such as the ways in which clouds are formed.There is a misconception that the major challenges in physical climate science are settled. “That’s absolutely not true,” says Sandrine Bony, a climate researcher at the Laboratory of Dynamic Meteorology in Paris. “In fact, essential physical aspects of climate change are poorly understood.”With that kind of thunder in the clouds, maybe climate science will have its Brontosaurus moment. The article doesn’t doubt anthropogenic climate change, but if “essential physical aspects” that feed the models are “poorly understood,” and the models generate all the media hype, what’s an observant layman to think?  “The perception that climate science is ‘solved’ is an inadvertent result of pressure on climatologists to convey a simple message to the public,” one climate modeler stated. Another added, “We too quickly turn to the policy implications of our work and forget the basic science.”Scientific nomenclature can be matters of economic viability. Is the “delta smelt” an “endangered species”? There’s no question its numbers are down, but how diverse is it from other species of smelt? National Geographic talks about the little fish that is at the heart of California’s “water wars”. Massive efforts to save this fish have destroyed farms and left millions of acres of land fallow for years, due to policy decisions to cut water delivery in the central valley to save the fish instead of people’s livelihoods. Scientific nomenclature can also be matters of life and death. Is it useful to call depression a mental illness? And how definitive is the label “depression”? Does it help to add the adjective “clinical” in front of it? In the wake of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s “conscious decision” to commit murder-suicide in a Germanwings aircraft, killing 154 people, Peter Kinderman of the University of Liverpool argues in Live Science that the labels have no explanatory value. “Individuals commit murder-suicide, not the ‘mentally ill’,” his headline reads. Instead of applying labels, he advises, we should be on the lookout for combinations of traits and actions that put people at risk for heinous deeds.These are just a few recent examples of revisions that undermine science’s claim to progress in the knowledge of truth. Zacharias Maniadas thinks that economic theory can help science’s ‘credibility problem’. “Science is considered a source of truth and the importance of its role in shaping modern society cannot be overstated,” he says in The Conversation. “But in recent years science has entered a crisis of trust.”  He advises that “implementing the transparency proposals will help science fulfil [sic] its purpose of discovering the truth.” But the transparency proposals are built on models; what if essential aspects of those models are also poorly understood? After all, human nature is much more complex than the way clouds are formed. The old question comes up again: who watches the watchers?Science becomes much more fun when you see the blowhards as cartoon characters. Real scientists are humble. Always be wary, because despite the thunder in the media, deceptive lizards are not extinct.last_img read more

Snailboy races up the global charts

first_imgSnailboy, created by Cape Town developer Thoopid, has become one of the world’s most popular mobile titles and one of South Africa’s most successful video games ever produced. (Image: Thoopid) • RW Liebenberg Managing partner Thoopid +27 83 380 0256 [email protected] • Durban developer’s app scores in Nokia competition • Triggerfish takes on the big boys • SA in Fifa Interactie World Cup • Learning through gaming • Mobile internet booms in SABy Shamin ChibbaA sign that the South African video gaming industry is on the up comes from a digital mollusc that scampers around a garden collecting slimeys and jumping off mossy trees, all in the quest to find his missing shell pack. His name is Snailboy, developed by Cape Town company Thoopid, and he is taking over the mobile gaming world.Released in September 2013 on Samsung’s Apps Store, iTunes and Amazon’s AppStore, Snailboy caught the attention of gamers worldwide because of its easy playability, catchy storyline and cute lead character. The game has been downloaded in China and the US more than any in other nation, and it has been listed as the best new game in 123 countries.Snailboy is a collector of precious shells, which he keeps in his shell pack. While searching for the perfect shell, he is ambushed and robbed of his pack by the Shadow Gang. The gamer has to help Snailboy retrieve it.According to Thoopid’s managing partner and co-founder, RW Liebenberg, the team wanted to create an unconventional hero. Since snails were not regarded as cute creatures, Thoopid set out to change the way we looked at them. “Snails are the underdogs and we are portraying him as the hero.”The team spent six months designing the game and, Liebenberg said, they pushed the game’s graphics, gameplay and story to the limit. Though keeping mum on the exact figure it cost to make Snailboy, Liebenberg said such a game would set his company back between R1-million and R5-million.When the game was initially released, it was a paid app. But the company recently turned it into a freemium app, meaning it is free to download but certain features of the game must be bought to be used. Liebenberg said there was a rise in the number of freemium games published and purchased towards the end of 2013. This payment method was ideal for Thoopid.Initially, the game was available on all major app stores except for Google Play. South African developers struggle to monetise their games on that particular store because they are unable to register as a Google Wallet merchant. However, Liebenberg said Thoopid overcame that problem and the game became available on Google Play in April. Stupid with a lispBefore starting Thoopid, Liebenberg and his fellow designers had been building games for 10 years, but for various clients. They established the company in 2013 with the intention of creating games specifically for mobile phones. “We always wanted to build games for ourselves and for others like us.”The company name sounded like the word “stupid” when said by someone with a lisp, he explained, adding that the tagline, “A State of Play”, was the mind-set one adopted when holding a gamepad or mobile phone and about to play a game.He said the company decided to focus on mobile gaming as it was the fastest growing gaming platform. “Mobile is taking over from console gaming worldwide. People waiting in queues or in boardrooms will play on their phones. There are more people doing that.”After the success of Snailboy, the company released Tap the Coin, a simple and addictive tapping game in which players must juggle a coin without letting it drop. It was made within an hour as part of a challenge. “It was created in our off time to freshen our minds,” said Liebenberg. “We sat down and wanted to build a game in an hour. One of the girls here said it couldn’t be done.”Snailboy and Tap the Coin were successful because they could be replayed without becoming boring. For Liebenberg, this was the mark of a successful game. “A game has to look fantastic and it has to entice people to return and keep playing.” Gaming potentialSouth African gaming’s roots lie with another anthropomorphic character, a coffee drinking, gun-slinging bunny named Toxic. Designed by computer programmer Travis Bulford, Toxic Bunny was released in 1996 as a platform game. It was well received and led to the formation of development company Celestial. In 2012, Bulford re-released Toxic Bunny in high definition.But his success did not filter through the industry. I-Imagine, a company based in Johannesburg, got a poor reaction for Chase: Hollywood Stunt Driver in 2002 and Final Armada in 2007. As a result, it retrenched its staff and went into hibernation. Even Bulford had to shut down Celestial after his strategy game, ZuluWar, failed to make an impression on gamers.Luma Arcade, the gaming arm of South African animation studio Luma, has been the most successful thus far, with titles such as Harvest, Core and Bladeslinger all coming out on mobile platforms.In a 2009 feature for Animation SA, writer Oliver Snyders said the stuttering performance of the local gaming industry was down to loss of creative and technical talents to companies abroad. In the same article, developer Danny Day said the exodus was tied to poor internet infrastructure, little online payment support and the lack of understanding of the games industry by businesses and other support circles.However, Liebenberg said that today programming and design talent was available in South Africa and was being fed to the gaming industry by tertiary institutions. “We’ve got the tools and the resources. Time and creativity are the only limits,” said Liebenberg.South African video game development might not be as mature as its Japanese and American counterparts, but Liebenberg said it was increasingly becoming a place where games were being built. There were a number of independent development companies in South Africa and a significant number of international developers used South African resources to create games.last_img read more


first_imgMendes posted this message alongside numerous pics showing his success:  “I’m thinking about being in 9th grade right now. The day after I posted one of my first covers onto YouTube back in 2014.”Mendes added of a group of older bullies, “[They were] yelling out ‘sing for me Shawn, sing for me!’ in a way that made me feel absolutely horrible… made me feel like a joke, like what I was doing was just stupid and wrong.” Login/Register With: Shawn Mendes – Timothy Kuratek /CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Shawn Mendes is opening up about how he was bullied as a kid, for wanting to sing.The musician posted a candid Instagram post on Sunday, telling his fans about his experience with bullies while he was growing up.Mendes encouraged his fans to follow their dreams no matter what in the inspirational post. Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more