NFL Week 10 Betting Guide: Spread, moneyline, over/under picks

first_imgThe Buccaneers play an exciting brand of football. While it hasn’t worked out in the win column, it’s clear that Bruce Arians is comfortable with Jameis Winston slinging the pigskin all over the field. Similarly, their opponents have scored at will, as Todd Bowles’ early-season defensive success has faded. Since Kyler Murray and the Cardinals play at the fastest pace in the NFL, expect another shootout to occur. The last six Buccaneers games have gone over the total. An average of 68.3 total points per game have been scored over Tampa Bay’s last six contests. There’s no reason not to expect a shootout in this matchup.You can find all updated NFL odds, lines and spreads at BetQL! Week 10 is shaping up to be an interesting betting slate. As of Thursday morning, there are three double-digit favorites and five three-point (or fewer) favorites. Nonetheless, there are some that stand out as exploitable options, bet it against the spread, on the moneyline, or on the over/under. The week’s largest spread is one of them, as is the highest total. Let’s get right into it.All data presented is as of Thursday morning. You can track all NFL line movement on BetQL’s Line Movement Dashboard. Figures below calculated by wagering one unit on each touted bet with -110 spread odds. WEEK 10 FANTASY RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerNFL Week 10 Betting Picks: Spread pick of the weekSaints (-13) vs. Falcons The Saints have been on a surge and are on a six-game winning streak They’ve also covered the spread in all six of those games. Meanwhile, the Falcons are in a free-fall. As indicated by the double-digit spread, the Saints are expected to completely control this contest at home. Via BetQL’s game page, some important trends explain the Week 10 situation: Atlanta is 1-7 overall and 1-6 ATS; the Saints are 7-1 overall and 6-2 ATS and under Sean Payton; and the Saints are 20-5 ATS against awful passing defenses (ones that allow more than 260 passing yards per game). Atlanta has allowed 261.1 passing yards per contest. Further, New Orleans is 11-1 ATS after two or more consecutive wins against the spread over the past two seasons. The average score in those 12 games was New Orleans 32.7, Opponent 17.7. Per BetQL’s NFL consensus picks dashboard, 50 percent of the bets have gone on the Saints with these odds, but 74 percent of the money has. That indicates how sharp bettors are viewing New Orleans.WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endNFL Week 10 Betting Picks: Moneyline pick of the weekGiants (-135) at Jets The Jets just lost to the Dolphins. Don’t overthink this one. Since Evan Engram (foot) will miss the game, Saquon Barkley and Golden Tate will likely be heavily relied on to produce offensively. Daniel Jones must figure out his troublesome turnover issues, but once again, the Jets just lost to a tanking Dolphins team. While the Giants are 2-7, they’ve stayed in most of their games and kept last week’s loss to the Cowboys tighter than what the final score indicates. The Jets are a complete dumpster fire right now. Adam Gase is firmly on the hot seat, the team hasn’t figured out how to use Le’Veon Bell, and there’s no consistency on either side of the ball. There’s no reason to trust them in any matchup moving forward, especially on the moneyline where they’re required to win the game outright.Check out BetQL to see what games our NFL picks are on.WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPNFL Week 10 Betting Picks: Over/under pick of the weekCardinals vs. Buccaneers OVER 52last_img read more

US women’s league seeks World Cup-winning bounce

first_imgSky Blue’s forward Carli Lloyd (R) fights for the ball with Washington Spirit’s midfielder Jordan DiBiasi (L) during the National Women’s Soccer league match between Sky Blue and Washington Spirit on July 24, 2019New York, United States | AFP |  The US women’s football team is the best on the planet, but the sport’s domestic league is virtually unknown.Players, organisers and fans hope that is about to change as the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is looking to capitalise on the national team’s triumph at the World Cup in July — and it could already be seeing a bounce.“We’re seeing a huge wave from the World Cup. In the NWSL attendances have been up, so it’s great to see,” two-time world and Olympic champion Carli Lloyd told a group of reporters.Lloyd, 37, spoke after playing a match for New Jersey club side Sky Blue FC.More than a half hour after the game, Sky Blue FC players were still busy signing programmes, posters and calendars for the hundreds of young fans who lined up to meet their heroes.“There’s a lot of people that still have no idea that there is a NWSL women’s league,” Lloyd said, and explained what the players could do to help change that.“Changing people’s lives. Going down the line, signing autographs, taking selfies. A kid sees that. ‘Wow, I just got a selfie with Carli. I want to come back.’ That’s really what it’s all about,” she added.A capacity crowd of 5,000 packed into Yurcak Field stadium last week for Lloyd’s first Sky Blue FC game since she returned from the World Cup in France.The hosts lost 1-0 to the Washington Spirit.The same night in Seattle, the Portland Thorns thrashed the Houston Dash 5-0 in front of a crowd of more than 22,000, just short of the largest-ever attendance for an NWSL match.“Sometimes in the NWSL you don’t play in front of big crowds, so I feel like it’s awesome to have two games back-to-back where it’s been a sell-out crowd, said national team member Rose Lavelle, who plays for the Washington Spirit.“Hopefully, it will just keep continuing,” she said.Many of the spectators AFP spoke to were watching Sky Blue play for the first time, highlighting the growing interest in the women’s game following the national team’s successful defence of their World Cup crown.– Sponsorship –In addition to their 2019 and 2015 titles, the US team also triumphed in 1999 and at the sport’s 1991 inaugural championship. “I think women sports in general are catching on and being more popular,” said PJ Petrow, who has been coaching girls’ football for 25 years.“I don’t think this win was any bigger than any others. It’s just because of social media and a lot of stuff going on it’s attracted a lot more people to the sport,” she added.Interest in US women’s football has tended to soar after each of the country’s four World Cup titles before dipping again later, but the NWSL is determined to make this year’s bump last.The league suffered a blow earlier this year when the A&E network, a long-time broadcaster and an NWSL shareholder, suddenly withdrew its support.Then, in the midst of the World Cup fever, major sports broadcaster ESPN announced that it would showcase 14 matches this season, which began in April and runs through the middle of October.One of them, the Chicago Red Stars versus the North Carolina Courage, attracted an average of 149,000 viewers — the biggest audience in three years.And beer manufacturer Budweiser signed a multi-year deal to sponsor the league.“There’s definitely a lot of excitement in the league and the sponsors want to be a part of that,” Theresa Ferguson, brand management director for the NWSL, told AFP.Six years after it was formed, the NWSL is already the most successful professional women’s league in the United States. Two other leagues ran from 2001-2003 and 2009-2013 before disbanding.The NWSL’s future is fragile, though. In 2017, two out of the league’s 10 teams disappeared due to a lack of funds.The league also fails to offer the kind of money available in other countries. The maximum salary is just $46,200 (41,700 euros) per year. In contrast, Norwegian star Ada Hegerberg makes 400,000 euros ($442,900) playing for Olympique Lyonnais.“What’s unique right now is that it feels like more than the league,” Sky Blue’s general manager Alyse LaHue said.“We’re seeing a lot of teams and owners coming together collectively and saying, ‘We’re in a really important moment right now. What are we going to do as a league and as individual teams to capitalise on this?’”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Heat still waiting, working toward 2nd round

first_imgFILE – In this April 28, 2014, file photo, Miami Heat’s LeBron James smiles as he walks down the court during the second half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)MIAMI (AP) – Savannah James will not have a say in scheduling for the Eastern Conference semifinals. In the interim, her husband seems to be letting her call plenty of shots.And if she decides that “Spider-Man 2” trumps watching more first-round NBA playoff games, LeBron James will be spending a night off at the movies.“It’s up to what she wants to do,” James said, smiling.Such are the perks of having idle time during the postseason. But those date nights better get squeezed in quickly, since the latest long break between playoff games for the Heat will finally be ending soon enough. Off since finishing off their first-round sweep of Charlotte on Monday, the Heat will open their next postseason series at home either Sunday or Tuesday against Toronto or Brooklyn.With no opponent to lock in on, the Heat practiced Friday focused on one team – the Heat.“We’re just working on what we do,” Heat forward Chris Bosh said Friday afternoon. “That’s the best thing we can do right now, work on our defense, spacing, offensive characteristics, working on our habits and everything and staying in shape. That’s what it’s about. We can’t worry about anybody because we don’t have an opponent right now. We’ll see what happens.”It’s not like the time off has been uneventful.There were some very significant events. James had some of the sharpest comments offered by any player after the NBA decided to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life over racist comments. And all that happened while the organization mourned the death of Hall of Fame coach Jack Ramsay, a one-time Heat broadcaster who was revered within the team’s inner circle.There were also many ordinary-seeming items: Samsung Mobile released an app giving fans another way to track James’ doings, the four-time NBA MVP was getting plenty of treatment on a bad thigh bruise that he said was vastly improved by Friday, the latest collection of Wade-designed socks were unveiled, Mario Chalmers’ daughter had a birthday and Shane Battier fought off an illness.Battier returned to work Friday, which meant he missed a mandatory – and, word was, grueling – conditioning session the previous day.“I heard about that,” Battier said. “If nothing else, it was an opportune time to get sick, so I hear. A lot of teammates were using choice four-letter words to describe me and my absence. I assured them it was not planned. It was serendipitous from that standpoint.”Heat coach Erik Spoelstra likened Friday’s practice to one more akin to training camp, with plenty of contact, mouthguards in and knee-pads up because of all that hitting. Bosh said he didn’t mind, even adding that practice went longer than planned because of how competitive things were getting.Clearly, an off day was no day off.“This probably made us all feel a little bit more normal, having a full-padded, braced, mouthguarded practice,” said Spoelstra, whose team dealt with two breaks of about a week during last year’s playoff run. “Guys got after it.”Spoelstra said there was no mention of things specific to planning for Toronto or Brooklyn during the practice – which James called a “Hunger Games” style session, with 10 minutes of warming up and then nothing but “straight contact” the rest of the way.Spoelstra said his staff had about 80 percent of the scouting work done for both potential second-round opponents. Plus, by now, the Heat are plenty familiar with both anyway, James said.So if his wife wants one more movie night before he goes back into playoff mode, that’s fine with the four-time MVP.“I’ve seen enough,” James said.last_img read more

Avram Grant calls for Benitez to be given support

first_imgFormer Chelsea boss Avram Grant has told the BBC he believes the club should support under-fire interim manager Rafael Benitez.Grant, who led Chelsea to the 2008 Champions League Final, was recently linked with a return to Stamford Bridge in the wake of Benitez’s poor start.The club subsequently denied reports that Grant was being considered for a role.Benitez is deeply unpopular among Blues fans from his time at Liverpool and the decision to install him in place of the sacked Roberto Di Matteo has caused anger.But Grant insisted: “The most important thing for them is that they have a manager who needs supporting.“What Rafa needs now is good victories and good football to convince the supporters that they need to support him.”Asked whether he would be willing to work alongside Benitez, he said: “I don’t think it’s the right idea for the moment.”YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Eye Sends Information at Ethernet Rates

first_imgNeuroscientists from Pennsylvania and New Jersey calculated the information rate of the eye.  Using guinea pigs (real guinea pigs, not humans as guinea pigs), they came up with a number and interpolated it for humans:In the classic “What the frog’s eye tells the frog’s brain,” Lettvin and colleagues showed that different types of retinal ganglion cell send specific kinds of information.  For example, one type responds best to a dark, convex form moving centripetally (a fly).  Here we consider a complementary question: how much information does the retina send and how is it apportioned among different cell types?  Recording from guinea pig retina on a multi-electrode array and presenting various types of motion in natural scenes, we measured information rates for seven types of ganglion cell.  Mean rates varied across cell types (6-13 bits • s-1) more than across stimuli.  Sluggish cells transmitted information at lower rates than brisk cells, but because of trade-offs between noise and temporal correlation, all types had the same coding efficiency.  Calculating the proportions of each cell type from receptive field size and coverage factor, we conclude (assuming independence) that the approximately 105 ganglion cells transmit on the order of 875,000 bits • s-1.  Because sluggish cells are equally efficient but more numerous, they account for most of the information.  With approximately 106 ganglion cells, the human retina would transmit data at roughly the rate of an Ethernet connection.Their article, published in Current Biology,1 also discussed the difference between sight and sound processing: specifically, why is auditory information sent to the brain at much higher efficiency?  Frog auditory nerve fibers, for instance, “are reported to encode naturalistic stimuli with an efficiency sometimes reaching approximately 90% of capacity,” three-fold better than optic fibers.  “Naturally one wonders why an optic fiber fares so poorly in these comparisons,” they said, then proposed an answer based on the different ganglion cell types and the difference in information fields between sight and sound:Auditory fibers apparently achieve their high coding efficiency via a “tuned” nonlinear filter that selectively amplifies the anticipated signal.  A similar strategy is apparently used by the mammalian rod bipolar cell to encode single photon responses.  However, this coding strategy, highly effective when the anticipated signal is sparse and well defined, may serve poorly for ganglion cells because the information of biological interest in natural scenes is so varied that highly tuned, nonlinear filters would either reject too much information or require too many cell types.    Given the ganglion cell strategy of broad tuning and equal coding efficiency, why does the retina not send all visual information over one cell type with a high information rate?  This is possibly because the energetic cost of signaling increases nonlinearly with temporal frequency and information rate of individual axons.That’s why many of the ganglion cells are of the “sluggish” variety.  “Because the dominant metabolic cost in neural signaling is associated with spiking, the cables with lower firing rates would save considerable energy.  Likewise, theoretical studies predict that metabolic cost is minimized when signals are distributed over many weakly active cells.”  That may not be the only reason for multiple cell types.  There’s a lot of processing the eye has to do.  Some cells zero in on the narrow details, and others need to summarize a rapidly-changing big picture.  The solution is a mixture of cell types, to optimize the benefits and trade-offs of each sensory strategy:Spatial acuity requires narrow-field cells with a high sampling rate.  Because such a type must necessarily distribute densely, its information rate should be relatively low to reduce costs.  On the other hand, encoding of high stimulus velocities requires extended spatial summation and thus a broad-field cell—plus the ability to transmit at high bit rates so as not to lose the higher temporal frequencies.  Such a cell type must necessarily be expensive, but given the extended dendritic field, this type can be sparse.  Consequently energetic considerations probably interact with other constraints to set the number of cell types and a general information rate of roughly 10 bits • s-1 and 2 bits • spike-1.By the way, the so-called “sluggish” ganglion cells spiked at up to 75 times per second (though averaging 4 per second over the recording time).  Some of the rapid cells spike at over 300 times per second.  No wonder your eyes get tired.    Incidentally, this paper did not mention anything about the evolution of these capabilities for the frog, the guinea pig, or the human.1Koch et al., “How Much the Eye Tells the Brain,” Current Biology, Volume 16, Issue 14, 25 July 2006, pages 1428-1434, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.05.056.When our body’s capabilities are compared with machinery, the comparisons are often wonderful and amazing.  If 10 megabit-per-second ethernet-eyes don’t seem particularly cutting-edge in this age of gigabit-ethernet rates, consider that eyes are only one of millions of sensors across the body transmitting information on touch, taste, smell, and hearing as well as vision.  In its little 3-pound CPU, the brain must process that information 24 x 7 for decades.  Plus, the kind of information your brain handles is in neural-net form, not the serial data that computers process.  It is sent down tiny bundles of neurons in a package that doesn’t short out when you go swimming.Imagine yourself in a recording studio, watching an orchestra playing a score in sync with a new movie about Robinson Crusoe.  Your brain is taking in the complex waveform of a hundred instruments and performing Fourier transforms on it such that you can make out each individual instrument.  Simultaneously, the eyes can see the rapid motions of the violinists’ bows, the action on the screen, and the static information from the studio walls and ceiling.  Millions of touch sensors are sending information on the temperature of the room, the feel of your socks, the comfort of the seat, how hungry you are, and much more.  Your tongue is reporting the mint candy in your mouth.  Your nose is deciphering complex chemical signals in the environment through a series of decoding maps.  The brain filters and focuses on information that is important for each moment.  As the intensity of the music or screen action rises, adrenaline races through your system switching on organs to be ready for action.  Next, your mind is transported to an exotic island, and you become Robinson Crusoe, using all your native senses to the hilt to survive and find your next meal.And this all runs on potatoes! (as Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith used to say), or on lettuce! (for the guinea pig).  Undoubtedly, if we were aware of all the factors involved in the transfer of information from the environment to the mind via our sensory apparatus, the comparison with ethernet transfer rates would seem foolishly simplistic.  In this story we have seen again that the more detail is shared about organic workings, the less there is a tendency to discuss evolution.  Scientific detail is inversely proportional to evolutionary storytelling.    Articles like this also raise interesting philosophical questions.  What is it we are really seeing?  Clearly, the input data is being massaged.  Scientists tell us that there are not really walls and chairs and violins, but quarks separated mostly by empty space.  There are not shades of blue and beige and jade, but electromagnetic waveforms.  There are not sounds, but pressure waves in a gas.  There are not smells, but molecules.  The data points impinging on our sensors go through multiple stages of information transfer from one medium to another before arriving in our brains, with multiple rounds of filtering, processing and interpretation before and after it arrives.  What you see may be what you get, but what you get may not be what really is out there.  But then, also, unless you believe all our internal technology is nothing more than glorified mashed potatoes, you are more than what you eat.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Jimmy Alapag named new Alab Pilipinas head coach

first_imgView comments MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension The 39-year-old legend has taken over the lead mentor job while Mac Cuan slides into the role of assistant for Alab’s second season. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding But the 2011 PBA Most Valuable Player is no stranger to being the captain, leading TNT to six championships while also being a key figure in the national team.“We signed Jimmy because we know he can help transform the team. He has been helping lots of young players about good work ethic. That’s what he’ll bring to the team. We’re very happy that he’ll finally be a head coach,” said team owner Charlie Dy.Alapag shared that he’s excited to embark on this new chapter  and he hopes to pass forward the lessons he’s learned from his past mentors.“I’ve been very, very fortunate in my career to play for different coaches – coach Chot (Reyes), coach Norman (Black), coach Derrick (Pumaren), even coach Tim (Cone) when he was helping Gilas. We’re talking about some Hall of Fame-level coaches. I’d like to get bits and pieces from those guys. I wanna encourage our guys to come in and get ready to work,” he said.Alapag said the team won’t settle for anything less this coming season after Alab finished third in the ABL last year.“I think going into second season, the goal is to compete for the championship. Last year, they were really close to being in the Finals. Hopefully this season, we’ll get there and bring the first championship for Alab,” he said.Alapag will have Cuan and Paolo Rivero in his coaching staff.As for the players, Dy said that the management is working doubly hard  to bring back 2017 ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and national team guard Kiefer Ravena.“We’re trying to keep Ray and Kiefer, definitely. People will just have to wait for the next two weeks,” the team executive said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next [email protected] announces the signing ✍️ of @JAlapag3 as Head Coach for the upcoming ABL— ABL (@aseanbasketball) August 12, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWinner in every level he’s been in, Jimmy Alapag will take that champion mentality as the head coach of Alab Pilipinas this upcoming 2018 ASEAN Basketball League season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “It has a new ring to it. It’s really an exciting opportunity and I’m just really thankful for Alab for bringing me on,” said Alapag on Saturday when Alab Pilipinas made his signing official.Bagong laban, bagong #pALABan! ALAB PILIPINAS welcomes new Head Coach JIMMY “The Mighty Mouse” ALAPAG! 🔥🔥🔥 Official signing in a bit!— Alab Pilipinas (@AlabPilipinas) August 12, 2017This will be a brand new challenge for Alapag, who previously worked as an assistant coach for Gilas Pilipinas and Meralco Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES San Beda loss woke up Letran, says Quinto LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Josh Richardson gets $42M deal to stay with Heat

first_imgUFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier as 205-pound champion The contract goes into effect in the 2018-19 season. Richardson will make about $1.5 million this coming season, and will likely be in the mix of candidates vying for the starting small forward spot with the Heat. The deal was not a surprise, given that Miami officials had indicated repeatedly that they had no plans on letting Richardson go elsewhere.Richardson is entering his third season with the Heat. He averaged 10.2 points last season, appearing in 53 games and making 34 starts. He shot 46 percent from 3-point range as a rookie, then 33 percent from beyond the arc last season — after missing training camp with a knee injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Heat begin this season’s training camp Sept. 26.Richardson turns 24 on Friday. He was the No. 40 overall pick by Miami in the 2015 NBA draft after a four-year career at Tennessee. Josh Richardson of the Miami Heat tries to get a shot off between Tobias Harris #34 and Marcus Morris #13 of the Detroit Pistons during the first half at the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 28, 2017 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Josh Richardson will go to Miami Heat training camp later this month with a new contract.Richardson and the Heat agreed Wednesday on a four-year extension that could be worth $42 million, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The fourth year will be at Richardson’s option, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the signing.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Fouled, sleepy, exhausted: ‘You cannot take a bad picture of Marcos Tebar’

first_imgMarcos Tebar is into his second stint at the Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League and for many, he is one of the most photogenic footballers in the team and the league.Tebar is a Real Madrid youth product and even made it to the bench of the first team in 2005 before eventually settling to play in their Castilla department. A defensive midfielder by nature, Tebar’s creativity on the ball (down to his Spanish gene) and his ability to hold the midfield earned him a good repute in India.However, Delhi Dynamos owner Rohan Sharma opened up to about a different side of Tebar, an off the field one, that many might not be aware of.In fact, Rohan swears by the fact that you cannot click a bad picture of him and he looks perfect even when he is fouled or sleepy.”[Marcos] Tebar is a really great guy but there’s a funny thing about him, you can never take a bad picture of him. Even if he’s being fouled you just can’t, it’s amazing. Have you seen the show ‘How I met your mother’? There’s an episode of Barney Stinson, it’s exactly like Tebar, you just can’t take a bad picture. Marcos Tebar cannot get a bad picture even when he is being fouled, says Delhi Dynamos owner Rohan Sharma. (Delhi Dynamos Photo)”We have tried, we went through the archives of season 3 to see if there was one bad photo of Tebar, nothing. He’s like amazing. This guy has a freakish power. I wouldn’t say one should stand beside him in even a picture. Even I wouldn’t, with all my charm and fairness, I just cannot keep up with Tebar. It’s game over for everyone,” Rohan laughingly shared.advertisement”There are a couple of instances. During a pre-season game, he got a cut on his face and he was like I am going to look bad for media but no. Then, another time, he had landed in India and we thought we would put a picture of him on social media and I went to his room, he’s all messed up like ‘yeah, I just landed’ but I take a picture and it’s perfect.”Guess who is back!#TogetherWeCan #RoarWithTheLions Dynamos FC (@DelhiDynamos) August 24, 2018Tebar had played under former Italy and Barcelona defender Gianluca Zambrotta and with former Chelsea player Florent Malouda at Delhi Dynamos in the third season of the league but moved to Pune City FC last year when Miguel Portugal took over as coach of the Dynamos.This season, Tebar is back in Delhi while Portugal has moved on as the coach of Pune. Ahead of Delhi Dynamos’s ISL 2018-19 opener against Pune City FC, Portugal had even joked in the pre-match press conference that perhaps Tebar doesn’t want to play under him.So was this true? Rohan shrugged and said he wasn’t sure it was.Also read – When Barcelona star Gianluca Zambrotta found Italian cheese in India and went crazy”I don’t think so [that Tebar doesn’t want to play under coach Portugal]. I think he did play under Portugal in Castilla [Real Madrid’s youth team]. I think with Tebar, last year he obviously had a more lucrative offer in Pune, that’s why he went there. But I talked to him after the Pune game and told him you’re coming to Delhi this year. He’s laughing and I’m like ‘you have to come to Delhi this year’.”We have always liked Tebar, as a person, as a foreign player. It’s hard to find to find foreign players who don’t have ego because it’s like they come to India and be like ‘I’m the one and I’m playing here because this is my last resort’. Tebar has never been like that. He comes from the Flo [Malouda] generation of people, who loved what he was doing here, like teaching kids. That’s why I like Tebar. He’s just a great guy and a great person. He’s also very good looking guy and everybody likes that,” Rohan stated.Lightening struck twice . Once in the sky and the second time on the ground. #RoarWithTheLions #TogetherWeCan Dynamos FC (@DelhiDynamos) August 29, 2018Rohan went on to describe how Tebar’s ‘good looks’ bodes well for everyone who wanted to see good looking players at Delhi Dynamos last year.”The funny thing is last year there was this thing ‘why don’t you have good looking players?’ and I used to be like ‘this is not a modelling agency, it’s a football team’. But I think it’s funny. He’s just a good guy and we like having him on the team.”advertisementRohan went on to add that it was not difficult to actually convince Tebar to come back to Delhi. In fact, he felt that Tebar has an affinity to the club, something he really appreciates.”It wasn’t hard [to convince Tebar to come back to Delhi]. He knows Delhi, he knows me. Coach Gombau is also Spanish so he spoke to him and what he wants to do here. Tebar liked the idea of doing and helping all these young kids. He always likes to have young kids around him because he’s an older guy and he likes training them.”I think he is the type of coach ideal for India.”@MarcosTebar6 spoke about returning to @DelhiDynamos, and lavished praise on head coach, @GombauJosep.#HeroISLMediaDay #LetsFootball Super League (@IndSuperLeague) September 25, 2018″Vinit [Rai] looks up to him in a big way. It’s kind of like a big brother, little brother role now and I think that’s really cool. He has some affinity to the club and I am glad that he has that because you know I talked to him after games. Marcelinho [played for Delhi Dynamos in season 3], you’ll always shake hands but Tebar would stop and talk ‘how are things going, how’s your dad, your family’. So I think Tebar always liked Delhi,” Rohan expressed.Last year, the Delhi Dynamos duo of Tebar and Marcelinho had departed to Pune City FC. While Tebar is back to Delhi, Marcelinho has chosen to stay in Pune. Soon after season 3, Marcelinho had come out with statements in the media that he wasn’t paid his salary by Delhi. However, Rohan refuted those claims and said Marcelinho was actually told by someone to come up with these stories.”Inititally the story was he [Marcelinho] didn’t get his salary paid, he was told to put that by someone else. We had plans for him and I called him up and asked him and he was like ‘no, I have no problem with the club. Nothing at all’. It was all planted by someone who should be nameless. Marcelinho and I are still cool. We asked him to come this year but he was like ‘no, no. I am going to stay in Pune. My family is really settled. I don’t want to move back to Delhi again’. Tebar is you know Tebar, he likes Delhi and he is going to come where he wants to come, he’s a single guy so he doesn’t mind as much.”We have actually not really had players or managers and coaches who have not wanted to come back to Delhi Dynamos. Even some of the foreigners who have played here want to come back. We have actually never had an encounter where a former associate of the club just did not want to come back to Delhi. They like the club, they like playing here, nobody has any issue. I’m not that scary to work with.”advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgThe presence of NSW Country at the 2004 Australia Cup has been a great addition to the competition, as well as a development experience for the NSW Country players. Riley Sohier, NSW Country tour manager and a NSW touch development officer for the Hunter-Western Hornets believes the Australia Cup has been a really positive experience for their players. NSW Country brought four teams to the Australia Cup, a Women’s Open, Senior and 23 years, as well as a Mens Senior. It is the first time that a NSW side has attended an ATA event in Victoria since 1985. “It’s been a great tournament and the players are all really enjoying the trip,” Mr Sohier said. “Everyone’s really feeling like it’s a special occasion; it’s really great to be able to represent NSW.” While the weather in Melbourne has been a little frosty, literally, the competition has been tight. The Senior Men have struggled, yet to win a match, while the Women have proved to be stronger. “We’ve been quite surprised by the standard of competition from the developing states. We don’t actually get to see them a lot, so it’s good to see their improvement,” Mr Sohier said. “I believe that for the game of touch football to develop in Australia we have to break away from the NSW and Queensland focus and help with development Australia wide,” he continued. The Senior Women have performed well, with a close 2-1 loss to the ACT 23’s and another close 4-2 loss to SA Open. A cold early morning match against Tasmania today saw them break through for their first win of the tournament. The Open Women are also playing well, with a 7-4 win over SA Open and a 10-2 win over the ACT 23’s. They will certainly find the finals tough though, with Victoria, the ACT and the NSW 23’s all looking strong. The young NSW girls have scored freely throughout the tournament, with easy wins to date. They opened the Cup with an 11-2 victory over the Victorian 23’s and 12-0 win over the EPTA Seniors. Nicole Beck scored five touchdowns in the match against the Victorian 23’s, while Ashleigh Dobbins scored four times against the EPTA side. Despite the weather, the Australia Cup has certainly been a valuable trip away for the NSW Country sides and given them the chance to grow against some good touch competition. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

Parliamentary Sports Day

first_imgIn glorious Canberra conditions, Raiders, Brumbies and Parliamentary teams competed for fun in the Touch Football component of the Parliamentary Sports Festival.Occurring on a Public Holiday in the ACT, the Raiders team had a mix of Touch Football ACT representatives along with rampaging Raiders forward Paul Vaughan who showed great speed and footwork during the afternoon.Recovering Brumby David Pocock showed he is not too far aware from playing after a second knee reconstruction, showing no signs of a injury and being agile in both attack and defence. Recently retired Brumby Pat McCabe also attended as Manager of the Brumbies line-up.Not to be outdone, the Parliamentary teams were well led by Mr Graham Perrett MP (Member for Moreton, Queensland) and Mr Andrew Nikolic AM, CSC, MP (Member for Bass, Tasmania). Politicians, regardless of their party played alongside each other in the same teams in what is a great annual event – the Parliamentary Sports Festival.Related LinksParliamentary Sports Daylast_img read more