Garage sales for Dec. 12-14

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Dec. 12-14, 2014. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain huntingFollow us on Twitter.last_img

NFL Week 13 Betting Guide: Spread, moneyline, over/under picks

first_imgWeek 13 is shaping up to be another interesting betting slate. Six different games have spreads of a field goal or less, and the seven other games have spreads of a touchdown or more. There’s also only one double-digit spread (Redskins-Panthers). Meanwhile, only one game (Chiefs-Raiders) has an over/under over 50 points (51), while four others have totals under 40. More than at any other time this season, it’ll be important for you to trust your process in an attempt to identify edges. Luckily, BetQL can help out in that area. Our subscribers can view NFL ATS picks from BetQL’s model and make the most informed, data-driven wagers possible. Let’s get into some of the Sunday slate’s top options. WEEK 13 FANTASY RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker All data presented is as of Wednesday 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.NFL Week 13 Betting Picks: Spread pick of the weekJets (-3.5) at Bengals The Jets are soaring! They’ve scored 34 points in each of their past three games and are riding a three-game winning streak into this matchup against the winless Bengals. Cincinnati has already named Andy Dalton its starting quarterback for this matchup, but it most likely won’t matter much against a surging New York defense that allowed 17 points to the Redskins in Week 11 and then just three points to the Raiders last week. The Jets even knocked Derek Carr out of that contest due to his general ineffectiveness. Sam Darnold’s passing offense is clicking, and Le’Veon Bell has a dream matchup against the NFL’s worst run defense. Further, after one or more UNDERs this season, the Bengals are 0-6 ATS (their game against the Steelers stayed under the total last week). The momentum is squarely in the Jets’ favor heading into this contest.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endNFL Week 13 Betting Picks: Moneyline pick of the weekPatriots (-170) at Texans The Patriots are 10-1, in need of a statement win after Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have been anointed as the team to beat, and have a very frustrated Hall-of-Fame quarterback that knows their offense needs to be better. It’s hard not to trust New England’s incredible defense and believe that Brady and company will figure things out in this road contest against one of Bill Belichick’s former disciples, Bill O’Brien. Consider some of these trends working in the Patriots’ favor: New England is 23-2 in their last 25 games against terrible defenses (teams that allow six or more yards per play), 53-8 in its past 61 games against poor passing defenses (teams that allow seven or more passing yards per attempt), 28-8 in its past 36 games in which it’s coming off of a low-scoring offensive game (in which it scored 14 or fewer points), and 36-9 in its past 45 games against AFC South opponents. You can find more trends like those on BetQL’s Patriots-Texans game page, as well as updated odds, schedule analysis, injuries, and more. Per BetQL’s NFL Public Betting dashboard, the Patriots’ moneyline has received 41 percent of total bets, but a whopping 93 percent of the total money, which proves the sharps are all over New England.WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | Y! Cash | Y! GPP NFL Week 13 Betting Picks: Over/under pick of the weekVikings at Seahawks UNDER 49If you like a ground-and-pound style of football, you’re going to want to tune into this one. Minnesota ranks third in the NFL in rush-play percentage (50.2 percent) while Seattle ranks fifth (46.4 percent). While both of their passing offenses have shown bright spots at various points of the season, each team’s offensive scheme requires establishing the run. Therefore, expect the clock to keep moving without an abundance of scoring, especially since both defenses rank in the top 10 against the run (Vikings rank sixth, allowing 94.2 rushing yards per game, Seahawks rank 10th, allowing 101.5 rushing yards per game). You can find all of BetQL’s NFL over/under picks on their Totals spread dashboard.last_img read more

U.S. soccer legend Tim Howard says Manchester derby ‘like nothing American sports fans have seen’

first_img“There’s just a lot more nerves,” Howard, now an analyst with Turner Sports, told Sporting News. “You can feel it. It is palpable. When you go into a normal game, or even a big game, there’s nerves and people are anxious. But when you get into a derby, you know, both sets of fans are feeling it. It’s nail-biting; it’s just very intense. There’s an intensity about a derby that other games don’t have simply because there’s more than just a win or a loss. It’s about city pride and city supremacy.”The Manchester derby in which Howard appeared roughly 15 years ago was far different from the one that will be staged — or should we say waged — Saturday afternoon at Etihad. It will be the same in all the ways Howard described. In other words, it still will be a derby. It no longer is controlled by the team in red, however.It has been altered, for at least the foreseeable future, by the injection into City of so much incredible wealth through the purchase of the club by the Abu Dhabi Group in 2008, as well as by the subsequent retirement of Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.City got richer. United got, well, less smart.Since the City purchase in September 2008, the record in league games between the two is City 10 victories, United nine victories and three draws. In this decade, though, the record favors City 10-7-3. And since Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012-13 season, it is City by a 7-3-1 margin. The derby has been played since 1894. More than 21 percent of City’s league victories in this series have occurred since the takeover, which represents only 9 percent of those 125 years.“It’s a wonderful case study, if you will, of the transition of these super clubs,” Fox Sports soccer analyst Alexi Lalas told SN. “You have your traditional, staid, old money, and then you have this nouveau riche that came in, and the juxtaposition between the two, and the competition between the two, from a locale standpoint. But also these are two — certainly at this point — global brands. One amassed that type of recognition globally very quickly, and one filtered over decades.“The ability for that old money to compete with this new money is as fascinating to me as the Xs and Os on the field. It plays out every day and every week, oftentimes through the scores of the games or the players that are signed or the coaches that are signed. It’s really amazing what they are, or what we perceive them to be, and how different it is from what they were 10 years ago.”When U.S. soccer hall of famer Claudio Reyna played at City from 2003 to 2007, or when fellow American great DeMarcus Beasley was there on loan in the 06-07 season, Manchester City was what might have been called, charitably, a “mid-table” team. City averaged 45 points in that period, flirted with relegation twice, only finished in the top 10 once.The two Americans were gone only a year when the ownership team arrived from the United Arab Emirates, with businessman Sulaiman Al-Fahim promising significant spending on player talent that was personified by the purchase of Brazilian star Robinho’s contract from Real Madrid.As the spending on players escalated — with Robinho, Nigel de Jong and Vincent Kompany followed by Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry, Kolo Toure, Joleon Lescott and Emmanuel Adebayor in 2009 (for a combined 100.5 million pounds), then Yaya Toure, David Silva, Edin Dzeko, James Milner and Mario Balotelli in 2010 (a combined 117 million) and Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy in 2011 (a combined 74 million) — City advanced from 50 points in 2008-09 to 67 and fifth place, to 71 points and a first-ever spot in the UEFA Champions League, to 89 in 2011-12 and the club’s first title since 1968.“I think it’s a little disingenuous to say that it’s all about money,” Lalas said. “Yes, it’s about money, but there’s plenty of money out there for other clubs. I don’t think City often gets enough credit for the smart way they have spent ridiculous amounts of money. You look at the infrastructure that’s been built, albeit very quickly … and it’s translated into success and results but, most important, it’s translated into relevance. I don’t look at Man City through the lens of what they were 10 and 20 years ago.”Brian Dunseth, the former U.S. international who now is co-host of the Counter Attack program on Sirius/XM FC, has a personal stake in the City-United derby and agrees with Lalas’ assertion.“I think the first thing everybody’s going to talk about is the money, and that’s rightfully so,” Dunseth told SN. “I think the thing that’s been incredible is you can throw as much money as you want at things, and we’ve seen that happen in the Premier League, but the reality is you’ve got to have a plan. You’ve got to have a vision. And you have to have the right people in place to execute said plan and vision. I think that’s what’s been one of the most amazing things to watch.“As a fan of the Premier League, to see the idea start to be put in play, and to see how they’re executing and the level of competition, and to see the amount of players around the world that want to be part of such an incredible project.”A veteran of more than a decade as a television and radio soccer analyst, Dunseth also happens to be a longtime Manchester United fan. You can hear it reflected in his conversations with co-host (and avowed AC Milan fan) Tony Meola on their afternoon program. Dunseth’s love of Man U began when he was a high school player in Southern California and teammates with a young man named Ben Hooper, whose family was from Oldham, a city in the Manchester region, where they had become loyal United fans.When Dunseth slept over at his friend’s house on a Friday night, he was puzzled to discover the family waking up at uncomfortably early hours. “I just kind of inadvertently fell in love with United watching the games with a friend.”As the group that came to be known as the Class of 92 developed — David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs — and coincided with the purchase of Eric Cantona midway through the 1992-93 season, following Man U became even more delightful for Dunseth, and he also got the opportunity to visit its training site and compete in training games with U.S. youth teams against the Man U reserves.From the time Dunseth adopted the Red Devils, they won four of the five Premier League titles between 1993 and 1997 and 13 in 21 years under “Sir Alex”. There also were Champions League titles in 1999 and 2008 and five FA Cup victories, including the one featuring Howard in 2004.Good times, right? And then came the City revolution, led by elite managers Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and, best of all, Pep Guardiola. And the Man U devolution, with Ferguson’s retirement followed by a series of managerial missteps including the overmatched (David Moyes) and the overconfident (Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho). United’s average finish in the Premier League since Sir Alex departed: fifth. The only trophies won were one FA Cup, one Europa League, one League Cup and one Community Shield. That’s a decent month for City at this point.“Obviously, being a Manchester United fan has not been the greatest,” Dunseth said. “We’re in a phase where they’ve passed Manchester United in a lot of ways. But being able to watch them, nonetheless, has been incredible.”There is a sense among some Manchester United fans that the heart of the problem with their club is ownership, specifically American ownership, with the club in the hands of the Glazer family of Florida. The anti-Glazer campaigns would have greater merit were they not launched almost immediately after the late Malcolm Glazer took control of the club in 2005 — at a time when Ferguson and his team still were a dominant force in the league.It is clear, though, that however much the club’s front office knew about the timing of Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 — he made his announcement just weeks before claiming his final Premier League title — there was no coherent plan regarding how to move forward without Sir Alex even though he had passed age 70. Dunseth contends that the departure that same year of chief executive David Gill also was an issue.“How do you replace two heavyweights that had created such an identity?” Dunseth said. “And on top of that, when Sir Alex walked away that was an incredible squad but also an aging squad. And I think to this day you’re trying to figure out how to replace that.”This has become a delightful time for Manchester City supporters around North America — not all of whom hopped on board what had suddenly become a shiny, gleaming vehicle during the past decade.Ryan Marshall launched the Man City supporters’ group in Indianapolis in 2016, so it seems a little like that’s how it went. The timing was somewhat connected to Manchester City expanding its outreach across the Atlantic. But he became a fan in the mid-2000s and chose the club specifically because it was not one of the established powerhouses.“I’ve always been kind of, more of an underdog,” Marshall told SN. “Which I know City is not seen as anymore. But I think I identified with that. And most of the City supporters I had met were always super friendly, no matter where I was. Maybe some of the criticism they get not only here, but also abroad, is for not being the loudest or the typical ‘empty-seat’ banter that they get.”Marshall loves City enough that even though he since has moved to Florida, he still runs the MCFC Indianapolis (@Cityanapolis) Twitter account and is active in the group. He does not, though, fly in each week to watch games at Chatham Tap in downtown Indy, instead watching with his new group in the Tampa area.And though he knows it would be better for the rivalry if Man U were, well, Man U again, and that those who follow the game worldwide would enjoy these derby games that much more if they regained the relevance in place during the brief period between the Abu Dhabi takeover and Sir Alex’s departure, he is enjoying seeing the Red Devils standing 10th in the league with just 18 points from 14 matches.“I love the way they’ve been playing. I hope they keep playing the same way for the next 50 years,” Marshall said. “I think in terms of just if you’re a fan of somebody outside the top six, it makes it more relevant and watchable and you get more excited for it if Manchester United is succeeding.”As we saw last weekend when Michigan played Ohio State and the Pittsburgh Steelers played the Cleveland Browns, American fans understand and appreciate rivalries as well as any fans in any country.Canadian fans understand it, too — the long rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens extends beyond the ice and into the political realm.  American soccer legend Tim Howard filled the most pressurized position in the sport in the FA Cup final, through 121 appearances with the U.S. men’s national team, in that harrowing 2010 World Cup group game against Algeria that ended with Landon Donovan’s magical goal. Through all of that, however, he experienced nothing quite like the feeling of a Premier League derby.He stood in goal for Manchester United against Manchester City at both Old Trafford and what is now Etihad Stadium. He felt the intensity course through the city — no, honestly, it raged through the city — in the week leading up to the game. There is a difference, though, between a rivalry and a derby that only occasionally infiltrates the North American sporting culture. It’s there in the basketball rivalries between North Carolina and Duke, Louisville and Kentucky and Cincinnati and Xavier — that sense of proximity, that one literally could be living next door to the enemy.The truth about the Manchester derby is that Manchester United’s rivalry with Liverpool probably is more hotly contested, more enduring and deeply felt. There are some Man U fans who will be conflicted regarding the inevitable by-product should the Red Devils win or draw in Saturday’s game at Etihad and undermine City’s pursuit of first-place LFC.“These derby matches are like nothing American sports fans have seen,” Howard told SN. “It truly is a city divided. It’s all people care about and its all you hear about. You know that you just have to win. It’s the bare minimum. When I was at United, Man City hadn’t quite been taken over and splashed all their millions and billions of dollars. So it was a known thing that we were meant to win every one of these games.”last_img read more

What channel is Steelers vs. Ravens on today? Schedule, time for Week 17 NFL game

first_imgHouston heads into Sunday’s game having won four of its last five games while Tennessee’s lost two straight.NFL schedule Week 17You can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard.Note: National broadcasts are listed in bold.Sunday, Dec. 29GameTimeChannelJets vs. Bills1 p.m. ETCBS, fuboTVBrowns vs. Bengals1 p.m. ETFox, fuboTVPackers vs. Lions1 p.m. ETFox, fuboTVChargers vs. Chiefs1 p.m. ETCBS, fuboTVBears vs. Vikings1 p.m. ETFox, fuboTVDolphins vs. Patriots1 p.m. ETCBS, fuboTVFalcons vs. Buccaneers1 p.m. ETFox, fuboTVSaints vs. Panthers1 p.m. ETFox, fuboTVRedskins vs. Cowboys4:25 p.m. ETFox, fuboTVRaiders vs. Broncos4:25 p.m. ETCBS, fuboTVCardinals vs. Rams4:25 p.m. ETFox, fuboTVEagles vs. Giants4:25 p.m. ETFox, fuboTVColts vs. Jaguars4:25 p.m. ETCBS, fuboTVSteelers vs. Ravens4:25 p.m. ETCBS, fuboTVTitans vs. Texans4:25 p.m. ETCBS, fuboTV49ers vs. Seahawks8:20 p.m. ETNBC, fuboTVSteelers schedule 2019WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sept. 8at Patriots8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 2Sept. 15vs. Seahawks1 p.m. ETFoxWeek 3Sept. 22at 49ers4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4Sept. 30 (Monday)vs. Bengals8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 5Oct. 6vs. Ravens1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 6Oct. 13at Chargers8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 7BYE—Week 8Oct. 28 (Monday)vs. Dolphins8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 9Nov. 3vs. Colts1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 10Nov. 10vs. Rams4:25 p.m. ETFoxWeek 11Nov. 14 (Thursday)at Browns8:20 p.m. ETFox/NFLNWeek 12Nov. 24at Bengals1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 13Dec. 1vs. Browns1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 14Dec. 8at Cardinals4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 15Dec. 15vs. Bills8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 16Dec. 22at Jets1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 17Dec. 29at Ravens1 p.m. ETCBSRavens schedule 2019WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTVWeek 1Sep. 8at Dolphins1 p.m. ETCBSWeel 2Sep. 15vs. Cardinals1 p.m. ETFOXWeek 3Sep. 22at Chiefs1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 4Sep. 29vs. Browns1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 5Oct. 6at Steelers1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 6Oct. 13vs. Bengals1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 7Oct. 20at Seahawks4:25 p.m. ETCBSWeek 8BYEWeek 9Nov. 3vs. Patriots8:20 p.m. ETNBCWeek 10Nov. 10at Bengals1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 11Nov. 17vs. Texans1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 12Nov. 25 (Monday)at Rams8:15 p.m. ETESPNWeek 13Dec. 1vs. 49ers1 p.m. ETFOXWeek 14Dec. 8at Bills1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 15Dec. 12 (Thursday)vs. Jets8:20 p.m. ETFOXWeek 16Dec. 22at Browns1 p.m. ETCBSWeek 17Dec. 29vs. Steelers1 p.m. ETCBS The Steelers will try and keep their playoff hopes alive as they travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in Week 17 on Sunday.Pittsburgh (8-7) needs a win and a bit of help on Sunday in order to nab the AFC’s final wild-card spot. Tennessee currently holds the tiebreaker over Pittsburgh based on strength of victory, so the Steelers need a win and a loss by the Titans to safely secure a spot in the postseason. MORE: Watch Steelers vs. Ravens live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Baltimore (13-2) has already locked up the top seed in the AFC playoff picture, so the team is resting quarterback Lamar Jackson, running back Mark Ingram, safety Earl Thomas III, offensive lineman Marshal Yanda and defensive end Brandon Williams in preparation for the playoffs. Former Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will start at quarterback for the Ravens instead.The Steelers recently placed quarterback Mason Rudolph on injured reserve, so Devlin Hodges will get the start for Pittsburgh. Former Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch will serve as the Steelers’ backup on Sunday.Baltimore puts its 11-game winning streak on the line as it tries to bounce its division rival from playoff contention.Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Steelers vs. Ravens game on Sunday, including kickoff time, TV channels and a full Week 17 NFL schedule.What channel is Steelers vs. Ravens on today?TV channel (national): CBSTV channel (Pittsburgh): KDKA-TVTV channel (Baltimore): WJZ-TVLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Steelers vs. Ravens game will be shown on CBS to a majority of viewers across the country. For local viewers in Pittsburgh and Baltimore, you can find the game broadcast on your CBS affiliate station. Ian Eagle will call the Steelers vs. Ravens play-by-play action, and Dan Fouts will provide analysis.You can also live stream Steelers vs. Ravens by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.MORE: NFL coverage map for Week 17Steelers vs. Ravens: What time is kickoff?Date: Sunday, Dec. 29Time: 4:25 p.m. ETThe Steelers vs. Ravens game starts at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 29. last_img read more

Basketball announcer comments on co-host’s dead dog mid-game: ‘Was she run over like that?’

first_img“And yes, our hearts and minds are with your sweet Lucy, in dog heaven.”The full exchange can be watched below.So even though in the short clip the comment seems highly inappropriate, these two announcers clearly have chemistry and, presumably, no feelings were hurt. I’m…. im not sure how I should feel about what this announcer just said? pic.twitter.com/gfvfYVKwme— Chiefs/Ravens/Titans/Vikings Fan (@Ross_homan1) January 9, 2020The announcing duo is Lee Bernick and George Nusbaum, and they were calling the Nov. 30, 2019 game between Prior Lake and East Ridge in Minnesota. The clip above is short, so the context is a little confusing. But a longer version of the exchange makes things a little more understandable.The reason the two were talking about death in the first place when the announcers mentioned the mother of one of the players, Craig Johnson, had passed away. So while already talking about someone who was “gone, but not forgotten,” Bernick transitioned to his dog, Lucy.We know it’s his dog because he confirmed so on Twitter.This is my dad😂 He is is talking about our dog. Without context this just sounds awful #RIPLucy https://t.co/VkSlH8tfQ1— Pat Bernick (@patbernick20) January 9, 2020As Bernick started talking about his dog being “run over in our driveway,” Nusbaum interjected by reacting to the play yelling, “Oh, yes!” But instead of apologizing for his tone, Nusbaum doubled down by saying, “Like that? Was she run over like that?” referring to the dunk that had occurred on the court.After that comment, Nusbaum did have a more emotional response. Things got awkward between two high school basketball announcers when one decided to bring up the fact their dog, Lucy, had recently been run over in the driveway.A clip of this exchange has gone viral for reasons that become obvious after you watch.last_img read more

Margaret Holman, 97, Oxford: Nov. 11, 1917 – March 26, 2015

first_imgMargaret Holman, 97, of Oxford, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Joy Home in Oxford, KS.Margaret HolmanFuneral Service will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Oxford. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 1 until 6 p.m., no family night is scheduled. Burial will be in the Oxford Cemetery.A memorial has been established with the First Baptist Church in Oxford and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.Margaret Lucille was born November 11, 1917 in Drumright, Oklahoma the daughter of Oliver and Sarah (Spray) Mastin. She graduated from Winfield High School. Margaret was united in marriage to Maurice Holman on May 26, 1934. She was a homemaker all her life. She enjoyed crocheting and needle work. Margaret also enjoyed listening to Fox News, and keeping up on politics and world news. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Oxford.Margaret is survived by her grandchildren: Tammy Holman and Anthony Holman and wife Enya; and one great grandson, Jade Holman all of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and one son, Leslie Holman, a brother Ollie Mastin and two sisters, Opal Martin and Lena Cope.last_img read more

Crusader preview: Both Wellington and Rose Hill are looking for their first win of the season

first_imgSuperintendent: Dr. Mark Whitener 150 Clearwater 43 Wellington 14 180 10 220 10 Rose Hill Friday, Sept. 23 Andale Friday, Oct. 7 165 Aaron Schoemann Michael Billington 12 David Matlock 230 18 Manager: Austin Fink 11 15 Mulvane Caleb Alcorn 77 Friday, Oct. 28 3 280 185 5 Caleb Fowler 150 Drake Alcorn 65 2 Caleb Reichenberger 70 72 155 10 Michael Ledbetter 85 home 10 11 10 Braden Struble 180 50 68 away 11 W. Collegiate Spirit Squad: Taylor, McGothlin, Regan Pourner, 170 190 170 10 11 10 190 2016 Wellington Crusader Football Chloe Easterly, Andi Dry, Kelsi Haydon, 10 Eric Kop Bailey Etter 1 12 240 10 Deyton Araujo 130 Chance Wilson Assistant Principal: John Buckendorff 61 Friday, Sept. 30 Logan Jones 165 12 10 Trayson Probst Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 240 78 84 away 10 Lukas Soria 185 Rose HillW. Collegiate 51 Rose Hill 6Mulvane 40 Rose Hill 20.Roster: 270 10 6 220 190 220 Ian Groom De’ Andre Washington 22 10center_img 11 Athletic Director: Luke Smith Julian Jimenez home Tyler Jimenez Principal: Adam Hatifield 10 Gabe Smith Makenna May, Cassidy Harriger, Lexi Saffell, by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There is little doubt that Wellington so desperately needs to win Friday night. Trouble is, Rose Hill has a similar desperation.The Crusaders will travel to Rose Hill in what will be a battle of two winless teams. The Rockets have a tough row to hoe in the future. But it won’t be like Wellington’s murderous trifecta of Andale, Wichita Collegiate and Scott City in simultaneous weeks.Rose Hill comes into the game on an 11-game losing streak. The last time Rose Hill won was in Oct. 30, 2014 when it beat Mulvane 28-22.After a dreadful 2015 in which the Rockets went 0-9 and never played a close game, Rose Hill fell to Wichita Collegiate 41-6 and Mulvane 40-20 last weekend. It has been a precipitous fall for a program that won a state championship in 2011.The Rockets are chomping at the bits for a victory.Both Rose Hill and El Dorado had similar statistics in games against Mulvane. In week one, El Dorado accumulated 238 yards vs. the Cats while the Rockets had 210. They both gave up large chunks of yards to the Cats 343 to 360.So it might be safe to say on a talent level, El Dorado and Rose Hill are similar.Wellington gave up 355 yards against El Dorado. For the Dukes to see any success this season, the defense has to do better.“I was looking at our defense on Saturday, and sometimes we had five sophomores out there playing at the same time,” said first year head coach Zane Aquilar. “That’s a tough way to go.”Wellington showed much improvement on offense. Wellington had 255 yards in offense including 153 yards passing. The passing game appears to be coming along.It isn’t as if Wellington has not been competitive in the first two games. Wellington was down 14-7 against Clearwater in the first half and tied 6-6 against El Dorado. Many would argue that the Crusaders outplayed the Wildcats in the first 24 minutes.But the second half has been problematic for this young squad which has given up 27 and 28 points in the first two games.The Rockets will feature senior quarterback Grant Moore, a two-year starter, who is 8 of 25 for 98 yards so far this season. Rose Hill has two running backs making yardage. J.J. Carney has accumulated 103 yards on 16 attempts for a 6.44 yard per carry average. Bradly McAllister has 91 yards on 24 attempts.Wellington will go into the game with 564 total yards. Cade Phelps is 11 of 40 for 238 yards. Chris Kop and Colton Glover have each accumulated 133 and 120 yards respectively so far. Runs like the 14-yard touchdown run made by Glover on Saturday when he dragged the whole El Dorado team into the end zone will help this Friday.Joe Ybarra, a sophomore receiver, has four catches for 90 yards. That didn’t include his interception last week. De’Andre Washington, another sophomore, appears to getting his footing with three catches for 70 yards, including a big catch late in the second half vs. the Cats.Aguilar said at this juncture it is about the boys believing in themselves. He is confident that if Wellington competes at the level its capable of, the Crusaders will be victorious Friday night.Wellington-Rose Hill game at a glance:Wellington (0-2) at Rose Hill (0-2), Friday at 7 p.m.Follow the game: Internet: Live twitter blogs on this site, Sumner Newscow. Twitter: Follow us at Cueballnewscow. Radio: Adrian Young and Jamie Cornejo, play-by-play, KLEY, 1130-AM and 100.3-FM. Television: Sumner Cable TV, Channel 5 (audio). Photos and recaps: wellington.cc and Sumner Newscow.Game night weather: Forecasters are calling for 20 percent rain during kickoff and that percentage increases to 35 percent before the conclusion. Bring your umbrella nevertheless.Series history: Wellington holds a 14-3 winning history against Rose Hill.Rose Hill (14-3)1981 – Wellington 33 Rose Hill 61982 – Wellington 37 Rose Hill 71987 – Wellington 35 Rose Hill 121988 – Wellington 26 Rose Hill 161994 – Wellington 48 Rose Hill 161995 – Wellington 33 Rose Hill 61996 – Wellington 40 Rose Hill 01997 – Wellington 30 Rose Hill 02000 – Wellington 56 Rose Hill 02001 – Wellington 38 Rose Hill 132004 – Wellington 28 Rose Hill 202005 – Wellington 20 Rose Hill 352006 – Wellington 6 Rose Hill 21 bi-district.2008 – Wellington 14 Rose Hill 132009 – Wellington 15 Rose Hill 212014 – Wellington 33 Rose Hill 212015 – Wellington 44 Rose Hill 20Game’s significance: With Andale, Wichita Collegiate and Scott City looming, this will be a very big game for the Crusaders.Injury situation: Lukas Soria is out for six weeks. The rest of the team has normal bumps and bruises.•••••Competing schedules: 11 10 140 150 10 El Dorado 34 Wellington 18 215 16 160 12 190 Cade Phelps Chase Pfalzgraf 10 Matthew Mason 21 160 Tatum Witham, Tori Winger, Kayla Billington 12 Jack Walton 60 180 140 Head Coach: Zane Aguilar 12 Brayden Higgenbotham 42 10 Joe Ybarra Varsity Football (all games 7 p.m.) 10 Chris Kop Assistant Superintendent: Brad Morris Scott City home 33 Dylan Goodman Cody Metz WELLINGTON Sponsor: Katie Franke Dylan Ferguson away 165 Nic Reyes 170 Ulysses 160 11 8 Rick Phelps, Tim Lira, Nick Wellington, Ryan Elder Friday, Oct. 21 Chi Barton 135 Assisntant Coaches: Tony Ybarra, Ross Foley, John McComb, 25 Tyler Murray Winfield Conner Burnett 12 Colton Glover 12 12 165 53 51 160 12 79 62 Jason Jeffrey Friday, Oct. 14 Braiden Buresh 63 11 11 220 71 11 Friday, Sept. 16 7 24 66 4 away 10 54 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Explaining Patriots’ salary cap crunch: How will situation impact Tom Brady decision, 2020 free agent signings?

first_imgNormally everyone would expect Brady to simply give the Patriots a contract discount, and perhaps that will happen. But in 2018 we saw Brady complain about his contract for the first time in his career, and the Patriots gave him another small raise in 2019 to squash any concerns.49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Brady’s former backup, is earning almost $28 million per season. Brady’s first displeasure seemed tied to that, so he likely wants to earn $30 million per season to remain above his former understudy.That might be a hard number for a team to swallow given the way 2019 ended. Though Brady has a unique relationship with the organization and city, the Bill Belichick-led Patriots have shown no sentimental attachments to any players. If they think Brady is done, they aren’t going to pay him $30 million so he can prove them wrong.With that said, the Patriots have no real alternative, and moving on from Brady would move them from competition mode to rebuilding mode. Ultimately, it’s probably best for both sides to come to an agreement and find out how to minimize the cap charges, though they will be significant no matter the outcome.MORE: The NFL’s 25 highest-paid players (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/84/bf/tom-brady-010420-getty-ftrjpg_5kg25vegwdm41wmydcl9k4sfa.jpg?t=1923470671&w=500&quality=80 The 2019 season was unusual for the Patriots. Gone was the usual dazzling passing attack that moves all over the field and allows New England to outscore opponents. The team’s identity instead became its defense forcing an inordinate amount of turnovers to win games.Not only did the Patriots fail to advance to the Super Bowl, where they have represented the AFC four of the last five years, but they didn’t even make it past the wild-card round, the first time since 2009 they failed to advance beyond the first stage of the playoffs. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8d/cb/belichick-brady-121019-getty-ftrjpg_1do8mq0byxei11sijywa5mihnw.jpg?t=-252177842&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5f/24/bill-belichick-011420-getty-ftrjpg_1k3cilrjwaifo1woqxoe69hlvx.jpg?t=-1525271577&w=500&quality=80 MORE: How Pats can convince Brady to stayA breakup with Brady likely would make the Patriots’ 2020 season look more like that of the 2019 Dolphins than anything New England has produced over the last 20 years. That doesn’t mean bringing Brady back would make the team a success, but it would give the Patriots the best chance to be relevant while trying to find Brady’s eventual replacement in the draft.They won’t mortgage the future to sign players who might outlast Brady, but they should look for more one- and two-year contracts for veterans who Belichick can coach up to win the AFC East and give them a chance in the playoffs.center_img They can create some cap room by moving on from some players. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower will count for $11.375 million on the cap, which is too high for his impact. Cutting him could free a much-needed $8.9 million in cap space. The team traded away a high pick for receiver Mohamed Sanu, so cutting him might be less likely if Brady returns, but it would save New England $6.5 million.Beyond those, there are no real singular moves the Patriots can make to save a lot of cap room. It would be more like picking up $2 million here and $2.5 million there, essentially sacrificing depth for cap space.What will the Patriots do?Though the Patriots are not coming off a Super Bowl victory, this feels like the situation the Chicago Bulls faced back in 1999. The NBA champs voluntarily broke up a dynasty because they feared the team would be too expensive and too old to recreate the magic of the past.Like Chicago at the time, New England in 2020 doesn’t have the next superstar waiting to take over, leaving the team with little middle ground in the decision-making process. The Patriots free agentsBeyond Brady, New England is loaded with pending free agents. Joe Thuney likely will be the top guard on the market, and the Patriots have already invested $9 million per season in Shaq Mason, so they might question paying their other starting guard $11 million-$12 million. Ted Karras should be the second or third best center in free agency in 2020, and while centers are not paid as much as guards, there are now a number of them earning between $10 million and $11 million.Three key contributors on New England’s defense also are set to hit free agency. Devin McCourty had five interceptions last year and was one of the top safeties in the NFL. He will be 33, which should limit his market, but the Patriots paid him $9.5 million in 2019. He should look for at least that much in 2020.Linebacker Jamie Collins returned to New England in 2019 on a one-year, $2 million contract after a disappointing run in Cleveland. He was all over the field for the Patriots, racking up 7 sacks, 80 solo tackles, 3 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles and returning to the status of one of the league’s best and most versatile linebackers. He certainly won’t be back for $2 million and will get a significant raise as a free agent.Kyle Van Noy set a career high with 6.5 sacks, 14 quarterback hits and 14 tackles for loss in 2019. A few years ago, the Patriots signed Van Noy to a $5.5 million-per-year contract he has outperformed. Even at 29, he should get a similar or better contract as a free agent.MORE: Ranking QBs set for 2020 free agency So what’s next for these Patriots, who will be facing a number of important contract decisions in 2020?MORE: Brady’s best fits in NFL free agencyThe Tom Brady decisionAll of the Patriots’ decisions for 2020 begin with Brady. For the first time in his career, the 43-year-old will have an opportunity to become a free agent, as the Patriots failed to extend the quarterback during the season. His current contract contains something called “void years,” which teams use as a way to defer cap charges.That means even though Brady is a free agent, his contract will actually leave the Patriots with $13.5 million in dead money if he reaches free agency. That number will be cut in half if the Patriots re-sign Brady before free agency starts March 18.Brady is coming off a poor season in which the Patriots fell to 15th in yards, their worst finish in that category since 2003. New England’s blueprint in 2019 was closer to what it was from 2001-03, when Brady was more a part of the puzzle than the focal point of the team. If the Patriots continue with Brady, they will need to surround him with more talent rather than hoping he can elevate the talent the way he has for the last 15 years. The Patriots age factorThe Patriots are an old team. The average age of their roster in 2019 was 27.25 years, 0.4 years older than the next oldest team and more than a year older than the NFL average. They ranked first in the NFL in snaps played on offense and fifth in snaps played on defense by players 30 or older. They have almost no pipeline of youth, ranking 31st and 32nd on offense and defense, respectively, in snaps played by players 25 and younger.This is a team built to win now with little eye for the future, and if they re-sign some of their aging free agents, they will be buying more into that philosophy.The Patriots salary cap situationLikely working with around $47 million in cap space for 2020, the Patriots will need to set aside close to $3.5 million for rookies. So effectively they are looking at cap room of $44 million before they decide anything on Brady.When a team doesn’t have a quarterback under contract, that $44 million in cap space might as well be $30 million. Throw in an expensive interior offensive lineman and the re-signing of at least one defensive free agent, and the Patriots simply don’t have enough cap room to add a lot to their roster.last_img read more

Florida Panthers to host 2021 NHL All-Star Game

first_imgThe NHL All-Star Game is headed back to the Sunshine State.The Florida Panthers have been selected to host the 2021 edition of the NHL’s annual midseason showcase, with the league confirming Friday multiple reports from earlier in the week. It marks the second time the All-Star Game will take place in Sunrise, Fla., with the Panthers also having hosted in 2003. The Tampa Bay Lightning have hosted twice (1999, 2018), making next year’s event the fourth time the state of Florida has welcomed the star-studded affair. Tampa is also hosting Super Bowl 55, and should the NHL schedule the 2021 edition the weekend prior to next year’s NFL championship, it means the two marquee events will be held back-to-back in the nearby Florida cities. NHL All-Star Game 2020: Captains, rosters & coaches | Skills competition participants & events “We are excited to bring the NHL’s midseason showcase for the best and brightest stars from around the League to the home of the Florida Panthers and South Florida hockey fans,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.“The Florida Panthers are thrilled to welcome hockey fans from around the world to South Florida for NHL All-Star Weekend,” Florida Panthers president and CEO Matt Caldwell said. “This is one of the league’s premier events of the year and we couldn’t be more proud to have it in our backyard.”In addition to the 2003 All-Star Game, the Panthers also hosted the 2001 and 2015 NHL drafts.last_img read more

‘The Battle of Alberta’ reignites: Everything to know about the Matthew Tkachuk-Zack Kassian feud

first_imgNHL DRAFT 2020: SN’s mock draft 1.0 | Top 125 big boardThe first game Kassian was eligible to return for happened to be the next time the Oilers and Flames played: Jan. 29 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Calgary won that game 4-3 in a shootout; Kassian and Tkachuk put on a show by dropping the gloves against for a fight.Even though both sides appear satisfied after, Wednesday night may not have ended the saga. Edmonton and Calgary play again on Feb. 1 in Calgary.Here’s everything to know about the whole situation since the moment Tkachuk threw that body check on Kassian on Jan. 11:The original incidentAll this started during the Flames’ 4-3 win over the Oilers on Jan. 11, in which Tkachuk enraged Kassian after he threw two controversial hits on the Oilers forward throughout the game. Kassian viewed those hits as predatory and dropped the gloves for a fight after Tkachuk streaked down the ice to hit him behind the net the second time — but Tkachuk wasn’t interested in a brawl.Zach Kassian UNLOADS on Matthew Tkachuk after taking 2 big hits 😱👊 pic.twitter.com/uXlaO01L7U— Hockey Central (@HockeyCentraI) January 12, 2020Kassian ultimately served a double-minor penalty for roughing Tkachuk and a 10-minute misconduct for his beat down. Tkachuk, who made no attempt to engage Kassian in a fight, got off without any penalties. The Flames used that power-play opportunity to take the lead, contributing to their win.Kassian and Tkachuk’s postgame comments“We lost the game, it sucks, but all in all he’s just a young punk who has to figure that aspect out,” Kassian said after that game (via the Athletic). “He’s a pretty good player, but he’s a p—. He’s the definition of it. He wouldn’t fight me two years ago, said I was a fourth-liner. Now I have 13 goals. What’s the excuse now?””If you’re going to throw hits like that, you’ve got to answer the bell once in a while,” he added. “I’m not the first guy to say that.”Zack Kassian and Matthew Tkachuk continue the hatred in the post-game pic.twitter.com/f6MmgNiPrb— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 12, 2020“If [Kassian] doesn’t want to get hit, then stay off the tracks,” Tkachuk told reporters. “(I) caught him three times there, so you think he’d learn after the first one, but if he wants to react like that, we’ll take the PP, we’ll take the game-winner and we’ll move on to first place.”Kassian implied that he might personally seek retribution in the future — knowing full well the teams would play again soon.“It’s going to be one of those games where I know he’s not going to fight,” he said. “But maybe it’s my turn to deliver something, to follow him around a little and wait until he gets in a bad situation. Simple.”On the Pat Steinberg radio show after that Jan. 11 game, Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson called Kassian’s decision to fight Tkachuk one of the “biggest coward moves” he has ever seen and said the Oilers have some “pretenders” on their roster.Kassian is suspended; Tkachuk’s hits ruled cleanOn Jan. 13, the league’s Department of Player Safety announced Kassian was suspended two games for his alteration with Tkachuk. Kassian — in the league’s eyes — violated Rule 46.2 of the NHL rulebook as an aggressor for his role in the incident. The rule states that the “aggressor in an altercation shall be the player who continues to throw punches in an attempt to inflict punishment on his opponent who is in a defenseless position or who is an unwilling combatant.”The league noted that Kassian never granted Tkachuk an opportunity to square up or drop his gloves for a proper fight. While former NHLers Scottie Upshall and Teemu Selanne spoke up against Tkachuk’s hits on Twitter, the league confirmed to ESPN that it viewed both hits in question as “legal, full-body checks delivered to a player carrying the puck.”“While we acknowledge [Kassian’s] frustration, players are not excused from grossly violating league rules in retribution or retaliation for hits thrown on them, legal or otherwise,” the league’s player safety department advised in a video explaining the rationale for his suspension.Kassian’s post-suspension commentsKassian again implied he might seek retribution on Tkachuk down the road after his suspension had been announced.Zack Kassian isn’t going to forget about what Matthew Tkachuk did. 🤭Circle your 🗓️ for January 29th. 👀 pic.twitter.com/L5KFBTKFDA— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 14, 2020″I’m not crying about the hits, it’s hockey. It’s a game of hockey. It’s rough,” Kassian told reporters. “You play with fire, eventually you’re going to get burned. He messed with the wrong guy and I don’t think he realizes that we are in the same division and [I] have a great memory.”In particular, Kassian seemed miffed that Tkachuk would not just fight him to resolve the incident, saying “if you’re going to play big boy hockey, you’ve gotta answer the bell every once in a while.”What other Edmonton Oilers had to say about the incidentTwo days after the initial meeting, Oilers winger Leon Draisaitl was asked about potentially playing with Tkachuk at the All-Star Game as part of the Pacific division’s team. Draisaitl told reporters, “I’d probably get off the ice.”James Neal — who played for the Flames just last season — called Tkachuk’s comments about Kassian “staying off the tracks,” stupid. He said that Tkachuk should not leverage such heavy hits if he does not plan to answer a challenge to fight and that the whole sequence shows that Tkachuk has a lack of respect for his peers on the ice.”He targets him, he targets his head, he chases him into a battle he’s not in and takes him out,” Neal told TSN. “You don’t see anyone else in the league doing that because they know they’d have to fight [Kassian].”Flames GM Brad Treliving defends TkachukFlames general manager Brad Treliving told reporters on Jan. 16 that his organization has no qualms with how Tkachuk conducts himself on or off the ice and that they want him to continue to play the same way.“What’s bothered me about a lot of [it], I’m not a big fan of the talk in the media and all the rest of it, some of comments that have been made towards Matthew,” Treliving told Sportsnet. “Number one, we’ve got his back. I think there’s 30 other teams other than ours who would take him on their team in a New York second. And some of the crap, I guess would be the best way to put it, written or tweeted or talked about, I think is just that.”NHL trying to calm waters ahead of next matchupAlso on Jan. 16, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported that NHL Department of Player Safety head George Parros and the league’s director of hockey operations, Colin Campbell, held separate phone calls with the general managers of both teams this week expressing the need for both sides to calm down ahead of the next game.In addition, Parros will reportedly attend the Jan. 29 game between Edmonton and Calgary to ensure cooler heads prevail amid the war of words between the two teams.What was said about the incident during All-Star Weekend?Draisaitl’s comments about leaving the playing surface if he finds himself playing a shift with Tkachuk during the All-Star Game allowed questions about lingering bad blood carrying over into what is normally a happy-go-lucky weekend of events.During All-Star media day on Jan. 23, Tkachuk downplayed any interest in discussing a feud between him and the Oilers stars present at All-Star Weekend and said he looked forward to playing with Draisaitl and Connor McDavid.”Those guys in paticular are some of the best in the NHL, so to share a room with them and be on the ice with them, it’s going to be awesome,” he told reporters.Draisaitl also played down a personal beef with Tkachuk, saying his comments may have been taken out of context.MORE: All-Star Matthew Tkachuk’s chippy controversy no surprise to Blues who watched him grow upFormer St. Louis Blues players praised both Matthew and brother Brady Tkachuk at All-Star Weekend as they shared stories about former NHLer Keith Tkachuk’s sons as children; their father played nine seasons with the Blues.“When you watch both of them, you see a lot of Keith in them, in where they go, get in front of the net, their passion for the game, how hard they play and the physical nature they play with,” Hall of Famer Chris Pronger said. “They certainly play the way their dad did.”Current Blues forward David Perron said both younger Tkachuk’s frequently chirped their father.Arizona Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet, who coached the Pacific division team for the weekend, said he would “stay out of it” when it comes to Draisaitl’s apparent threat to leave the playing surface if he and Tkachuk are on at the same time.”I mean, I can’t see him doing that, but hey, if they do it, they do it,” Tocchet told Sportsnet’s Hockey Central radio show. “There’s a lot of hate in Alberta, I get it. I actually love it. I think [the rivalry] is good for hockey. I love it.”Tkachuk ended up providing Draisaitl with a nifty assist for a goal during the All-Star Game’s 3-on-3 tournament; the Oilers forward didn’t seem to mind his rival’s help.The first rematchAs Kassian’s suspension ended, he downplayed his previous comments about deliberately seeking Tkachuk out the next time the Oilers and Flames meet. With the two teams locked in a tight Pacific Division playoff race, Kassian admitted that earning wins from their two meetings on Jan. 29 and Feb. 1. was more important.”We play Calgary two times in the next three games,” Kassian told reporters on Jan. 28. “They’re important points … obviously the two teams don’t like each other too much in this Battle of Alberta, but we’re revving it up to get two points and we’re treating it like a playoff game.”The rough-and-tumble forward coincidentally signed a four-year contract extension with Edmonton just before the first rematch. Even though Kassian backed away from his earlier comments about retribution, he clarified that if he had an opportunity to hit Tkachuk cleanly, he would do so — as any player would do to an opponent. Kassian said he thinks the rivalry is good for the sport as a whole.”It’s about time we get a little passion and fire and there’s nothing wrong with that,” he said.Calgary won by a 4-3 score on Jan. 29 and Tkachuk did chip in an assist to help his teams’ cause, but when the time came in the first period, he and Kassian did indeed drop the gloves.Zack Kassian and Matthew Tkachuk drop the gloves off the faceoff pic.twitter.com/XXnKZO7U3j— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 30, 2020It wasn’t a long fight — Tkachuk fell to the ice just seconds after it started — but fans at Rogers Place in Edmonton loved it.“I just didn’t like getting kind of pummelled at home like I did,” Tkachuk said postgame, according to Postmedia’s Wes Gilbertson. “A lot of people didn’t want me to do it, but I wanted to. It was a way for me to stick up for myself. It wasn’t anything to do with owing anybody. I was just doing it for myself.” According to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, Kassian thanked Tkachuk before their fight and thanked him for obliging him by dropping the gloves.After Wednesday’s game, it appears combatants appear satisfied with the end results, but the rivalry between the Oilers and Flames rages on. The teams play again on Saturday, Feb. 1 — this time in Calgary — and who knows what will happen then. Alberta’s two NHL clubs have been locked in a close battle for the Pacific Division title all season, making every “Battle of Alberta” a high-quality contest, but an incident between Oilers forward Zack Kassian and Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk on Jan. 11 brought tensions to a season-high and caught the rest of the league’s attention in the process.Kassian was suspended two games for instigating an altercation with Tkachuk after Calgary’s chief instigator laid multiple aggressive body checks on him during the Jan. 11 game, which the Flames won 4-3.last_img read more